You can help seni-ors, infants and children during this holiday season of giving. Herrin Area United Way will gladly receive donations of any amount for the 16 Herrin agencies and community groups that are partially funded through United Way.
It has been a difficult year for donations for many area charities. Donations are especially needed.
Mail checks to Herrin
Area United Way of Southern Illinois, P.O.
Box 56, Herrin, IL
Ladies night out: Herrin Elks Banquet Room, on the corner of North 13th and East Monroe, will present 18 vendors, special drinks and snacks for holiday shopping under one roof at 6 p.m. Monday.
Jewelry, clothing, handbags, crafts, baby items and more will be on hand. Admission is free. Linda Miller is event coordinator.
Blood drive: American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 300 S. 17th, in Herrin. This is a special request at Christmas. All blood types are needed. For information, call 800-RED-CROSS or log onto redcrossblood.org.
Cookies for sale: Cookies-by-the-pound sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marion with a huge array of traditional and fancy homemade cookies. The Women of ELCA sponsor the annual event. Crafts and a 35th Anniversary of the
Church cookbook will be for sale.
Lights: The Holiday Lights Fair on Du Quoin State Fairgrounds is in beautiful motion nightly through Dec. 30. The Expo Hall is open with food, crafts and visits with Santa and train rides Dec. 10 to 12 and 17 to 19 for additional festive fun. Admission is $8 per car. For information, call 800-455-9570.
Star: Candice Accola, who toured with Miley Cirus, is now performing on Vampire Diaries on the CW Channel at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. She is the only blonde on the show and plays the part of “Caroline.” She is the daughter of Dr. Kevin and Carolyn (Clark) Accola of Orlando, Fla., and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson “Red” Clark of Herrin.
Beta Sigma Phi: Members of Herrin Beta Sigma Phi, Gamma Xi chapter, enjoyed a Christmas brunch with their husbands and guests Sunday at Kokopelli in Marion. Sandra Colombo was hostess. Bess Hogan is president.
Christmas in Illinois: Herrin native and author James Ballowe, who edited “Christmas in Illinois,” is pleased that the holiday volume, beautifully bound in red and white, is selling well throughout Illinois. It is available in Bookworm at Illinois Centre mall in Marion.
Moving: One of the region’s favorite singers, Don Falknor of Herrin, is moving with his wife Jan to Florida. Falknor, who has survived numerous health crises, is wished the best from all of us. He will be missed.
Snapshots: Caroline Price of Marion and Janice Shahadey of Herrin both sporting reindeer antlers and bright red Rudolph noses on their vehicles on highways in Williamson County.
Becky and Irl Eaton with French Studio in Herrin walking their basset menagerie, Cagney and Lacey and Fred and Barney. If you’re lucky, they might greet you at French’s on a business day with Christmas greetings.
Brent Pyles, owner and barber at Brent’s Barber Shop, and barber Darren Keefer talking sports and life in general at the shop at 104 W. Cherry in Herrin.
The ice rink at Walker’s Bluff Winery in northwest Williamson County attracting some fancy skaters, strutting their stuff. I heard they were from Chicago or Minneapolis.
SIH staffer Cindy Morgan with two of her grandchildren, Riley and Gavin, enjoying HerrinFesta Volunteer Christmas Supper Tuesday in Herrin KC Hall.
Longtime morning anchors Wes Bennett and April Bennett (no, they are not related — just have same last names) on W3D Mornings, decking our radios with whimsy and holly from 5 to 10 a.m.
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December dances to Christmas in merry ways. Most of us are doing a holiday jig to get there, but I see a few people who waltz, waiting for Christmas Eve to do their shopping.
CHERYL RANCHINO is a lifelong resident of Herrin. She has penned The Paper Telephone for 35 years.