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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wapella Flag Flies High for Winnie Harris is proudly waving the Wapella flag today for one of the village finest, Dwynn "Winnie" Harris is getting our full salute today.

For many years Winnie has graced our village with her smile, her wit, and her dedication to children's education, her Parish and Wapella sports. Today, the Board of Wapella Historians is smiling back at Winnie and cheering on one of the most pleasant people in the Village.

So let the bands play, the flags fly, and may the village hoist a tall glass of good cider for this great lady, who along with her husband Kent Harris, have been such fine neighbors and friends to everyone in Wapella for the last 55 years or so.

Three Cheers for a great Wapella Wildcat, Winnie Harris!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Mourns the Passing of Margaret Veteto

CLINTON — Margaret Jane Veteto, 83, Clinton, died at 1:35 p.m. Thursday (May 12, 2011) at Manor Court, Clinton.

Service: 10 a.m. Monday graveside at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.

Visitation: private family visitation at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.
Memorials: DeWitt County Heart Fund.

Survivors include one son, Bradley Veteto, Clinton and one daughter, Mary Kinchen, Lexington, Tenn.

Mrs. Margaret Veteto was a piano teacher in the Wapella area, and a very kind and patient lady. She will be sadly missed. Our condolences to the Veteto, Deeters and other related families.

Monday, May 16, 2011 Mourns the Passing of Clarence Hibbard

Clarence Omer "Keeb" Hibbard, 52, of Elkton, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Hibbard was born Oct. 6, 1958, in Dayton, Ohio, and was a son of the late John Hibbard Sr. and surviving Pearl Hibbard Garriott of Clinton, Ill.

He was a machine operator for Packaging Corp. He was a Wapella Wildcat and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Clarence had a great zest for life and a great love for his country. He is best remembered for his sense of humor and his willingness to help out others in a time of need. Clarence greatly enjoyed all forms of music, old movies, fishing, gardening, barbecuing and woodworking, and socializing with his friends on Facebook. He was a great guy with a good heart, who had a smile for all. Clarence will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his mother, Clarence is survived by his fiancée, Cathy Murphy, and her son, J.J., of Elkton; three brothers, Kenny Hibbard, Kris Hibbard and John Hibbard Jr., all of Clinton, Ill.; a sister, Doris Jost of Clinton, Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends, who will greatly miss him. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Hibbard and Gary Hibbard.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Wayne Wright officiating and military rites by the Gooden Brothers VFW Post No. 9292. The family will receive friends following the service.

All flags half mast please for US Army Veteran Clarence Hibbard.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sure The One You Need on a Friday Afternoon

Especially if you need a Dentist, this video has it all, or most of the glory of English Dental Glory. Here's Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, sans Mick Jagger, as the New Barbarians doing Sure The One You Need.

Any ideas who the other guys in the band are?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Ryan Curi! would like to wish Ryan Curi, son of Mark and Teresa Ryan Curi (WHS '82) a happy 21st birthday. Curi will be a senior at the University of Illinois, and is a well regarded gentleman in the Glen Elyn Illinois area, where he excels at athletic, cultural and mercantile pursuits.

Congratulation Ryan on your 21st!

A young Al Pacino stands in for Ryan Curi in absence of a more appropriate photo

Friday, May 6, 2011 Welcomes Randy Johnson Just For Men Promotion

Your beard is weird?

What a day for fireballing sports legend Randy Johnson! Guaranteed Hall of Famer, Randall David Johnson, nicknamed "The Big Unit", has joined sports greats Mex Hernandez, Emmet Smith and Clyde Frazier on the Just For Men hair and beard dye commercials.

If you haven't seen this commercial, click on the video and see our sports legends in action. Congrats to Randy Johnson on his inclusion in this league of honor.

Just for Men prefers that Hernandez’s mustache be of a continually dark hue; the company does not mind if he keeps his hair dark, too, but his deal is strictly facial. Two executives have the additional corporate assignment of contacting him when they spot his color fading and suggest that it is time for a touch-up.

“During the season, I use it quite a bit,” said Mex Hernandez, the Mets’ former first baseman. “I can’t have gray.”

Just For Men's Lerch said, “When we remind him, it’s more like kidding him.”

Frazier needs no such reminders from the home office in White Plains; he is so fastidious about hiding the encroaching gray. But in the off-season, invisible to his gel masters, Hernandez lets the gray show in the signature facial hair that was voted the top sports mustache ever last year by the American Mustache Institute.

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