Herrin High School Homecoming takes the stage this weekend with class reunions, a parade, homecoming queen coronation, Tiger football and homecoming dance. Tiger Football Alumni Association has weekend plans with gatherings tonight at Herrin Elks Lodge after the game and a Saturday night dinner at Herrin KC Hall.
Forum: Members of HHS class of 1957 state basketball champs meet in a conversation and forum at 2 p.m. today at Herrin Civic Center. The event is sponsored by Herrin Area Historical Society. Copies of the two-disc DVD set of “A Magical Season — The 1957 Herrin Tigers” and prints of the award-winning team in two sizes will be available for sale. Mike Murphy, longtime radio announcer, will serve as master of ceremonies, with Paul Restivo as moderator. The program is free and open to the public,
Rotary barbecue: Add a tasty beginning to Herrin’s busy weekend when Herrin Rotarians offer their annual chicken barbeque from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Herrin Civic Center. Guests may dine in the civic center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; only carry-out service will be available from 2 to 7 p.m. For more information, call Terry Ryker at 618-942-5906.
Public tours: The Harrison-Bruce Historical Village on the campus of John A. Logan College is open for public tours. The first tours are set for 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. No reservations are needed. The village is located in the southeast corner of the campus. Docents will be available to guide groups or individuals. Four historical structures are available for viewing. Tuesday visitors should gather at the Robert Mees Village Centre. Next public tours are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 20. To schedule a private tour, call Gail Rawson at JALC at 618-985-3741, ext. 8326.
Nuptials: Alison Brewer and James Vigiano, both of Herrin, were married in an afternoon ceremony Sept. 22 at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion. A reception followed at Carterville Community Center. Congrats and best wishes.
Travelers: Herrinites Bunny Benham, Betty Akin and Mary Coloni and Lake of Egypt’s Mary Theil were among 80 travelers with Senior Circle Heartland Regional Medical Center travel group on a weeklong tour of upper Michigan and a visit to historic Mackinaw Island. Their tour included crossing “The Big Mac,” a super suspension bridge five miles long.
Job notes: Terri Flannigan, LMT, is owner and masseuse of Massage*Ology, located inside Sarah’s Hair Design, 301 N. Park Ave., across from Herrin City Hall. Terri offers a complete program of services, including Swedish, sport, relaxation and therapeutic massage. Call her at 618-791-0897 for an appointment.
Motorcycle trip: Federal prison retirees, Vietnam vets and Harley riders Chuck Parola and George Tregoning returned from their annual autumn motorcycle trip. They covered eight states and drove 5,650 miles in 21 days. Stops included Angle Fire, N.M., to see the first Vietnam Memorial, on to Colorado and over to Telluride and into Utah, Nevada and California to Yosemite National Park. They especially enjoyed the ride between Jackson and Reno, Nev., up the west side of beautiful Lake Tahoe. They noted that U.S. 50 through Nevada is aptly called the “Loneliest Road in America.”
New docs: Herrin Hospital was host to a welcoming reception Tuesday for community leaders to meet new physicians, who include Dr. Brian Dains, orthopedic surgeon; Dr. Anya Myers, physical medicine and rehabilitation; Dr. Donnie Shelton, emergency medicine; Dr. Jignesh Shah, nephrology; and Dr. Mark Fleming, neurosurgery.
Autumn dance: The annual HHS Alumni and Friends Dance is set for 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 6 at Herrin Civic Center. Social hour is 7 to 8 p.m. Entertainment provided by Terry Brooks Music in Motion begins at 8 p.m. with a cash bar. Judy Mueth Fix is dance chairwoman. Committee members are Debbie Hindman Payne, Charlie Groves and Lorene Garavaglia Calcaterra. Tables of eight can be reserved by calling 618-942-4024. Admission is $10 per person. This annual gathering is permanently set for the first Saturday in October.
Cruising: Traveling sisters Beth Clavenna and Susie Clavenna of Herrin are home after a cruise on the Caribbean Princess that left New York for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Saint John, New Brunswick, Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport. They toured east coast sites and viewed a Titanic exhibit, Bay of Fundy and The Breakers (Vanderbilt estate). It was a scenic and unique cruise with fine seafood.
Snapshots: Peoples National Bank in Marion sponsoring a day tour to Bridgeton Covered Bridge Festival Oct. 15 in Bridgeton, Ind. Make reservations with Pat Cruse at 618-998-2825.
April McHargue smiling as she celebrated a hallmark birthday Wednesday with her family. She was an easy birth on a rainy and cool September morning, a tiny bundle of quiet that gave no hint of her personality-plus and talkative ways of later years. What would we do without our daughters? This gal is mine.
Autumn reflections: September scoots right across our calendar. October with falling leaves, bazaars and festivals, nippy Friday night football games, bonfires, apple cider and finally Halloween come into play. Opulent and flamboyant October is one of the more charming months. We wait.
CHERYL RANCHINO is a lifelong resident of Herrin. She has penned The Paper Telephone for 37 years. Contact her at 618-942-3027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.