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Deb Holle and Doris Emrick look on as Ron Holle assists Terry Emrick in raising the inaugural flag for the Hoyleton Veteran's Memorial and Tribute.


Patricia Rensing

November 5 marked the flag raising for the Veteran’s Memorial and Tribute. Terry and Doris Emrick raised the flag surrounded by family and friends. The 5th marked the Sixth Anniversary of S/Sgt Jordan Emrick giving his life for our freedom. The Veteran’s Memorial is truly a remarkable addition to our Village Park. Deb Holle spearheaded the project working with Bach Landscaping from Carlyle designing and developing this marvelous edifice for our community. Deb solicited laser etched bricks and 200 bricks were purchased honoring our Veterans. An additional 20 larger stones were purchased for recognition of businesses and churches. The Hoyleton Fire Association purchased a 9-stone insignia displayed on the east side of the wall. The formal dedication of the Memorial Tribute is slated for Memorial Day Week-end 2017.

Persons have been approaching Deb Holle (618-780-0357) wanting to purchase a brick for their Veteran or as a family tribute. Deb is coordinating an additional order and the order is planned to be placed by the end of the year. This will allow brick placement in time for the dedication. Contact her at the number indicated for the particulars.

Zion Evangelical UCC welcomes everyone to their Sunday School for children at 9:00 am and Worship at 10:00 am. This coming Sunday will include a service of Veteran Recognition. The Scriptures are: Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 6:20-31. Pastor Bill Causer’s sermon is entitled “Doing the Right Thing”. Don’t sit around waiting for the rapture, but get on with doing what is right, doing good. Show others in word and deed the powerful message of our faith. The church council will meet following Worship. Pastor Causer will be in the church office on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

The Village Board of Hoyleton met on November 1, with Village President Alan Spenner calling the meeting to order at 7:41 p.m. Minutes of the September meeting were read and approved. A review of the bills found the General Fund to be short of monies; therefore, a transfer from water was motioned and approved. Issues continue with water billing from the Village of New Minden. Lucas Grote, Water Chairman, will be reviewing the balances and President Spenner will address. Deb Holle updated the Board on the Veteran’s Memorial and Tribute. Currently all four of the benches have been purchased and installation will occur prior to the dedication. Handicap parking is being modified. Tony Guinzy has plotted ADA parking and in addition a sidewalk will be poured from the roadway to the pavilion. Guinzy Construction is donating the labor for this project thus allowing folks to drive up to the Memorial for viewing. When queried, Deb stated the next step in the park beautification will be the placing of lamp posts. The current posts are in need of replacement. She will be checking prices.

President Spenner reported the poles are being prepped for the hanging of the Christmas lights. The Saturday after Thanksgiving has been marked to hang the lights. Persons interested in assisting are asked to report to the Village Hall at 9:00 a.m. on the 26th of November.

December 6 at 6:30 p.m. will open the caucus for Village offices. The call for Village President, 2 trustees, and treasurer will be made. With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 9:04 p.m.

We welcome Justin Jurkowski to Hoyleton. Justin recently purchased the home of Ralph and Arlene Michael.