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Time to make resolutions: 'I make only one'

By Dixie Terry
Contributing Writer
Posted on 1/2/2018, 1:00 AM

Welcome 2018! It's time to make resolutions, probably the same ones we make each year. In my old age, I make only one -- to do something nice for at least one person each day.

This is the month to focus on fiber and celebrate hot tea, oatmeal, soup, skin awareness, skating and prunes for breakfast. Take your pick and celebrate. The second week of January is Universal Letter Writing Week -- something to do on a cold wintry day.

Happy birthday to one of my favorite Marion folks, Ernie Rinella, who had his special day on Jan. 1. I'm not sure of his age, but he's already had his 90th.

Youngsters 5 and older are welcome to join a bunch at Marion Carnegie Library at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, to make a marker mug, with all materials furnished. At 4 p.m. each Wednesday, there are teen crafts. Afterschool tutoring will soon be underway, with hours that vary for different ages, so call (618) 993-5935 for info.

Adults are needed for auditions for the musical production of "Madagascar" at John A. Logan College. Auditions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 17 and 18, at O'Neill Auditorium. The musical is a Theatre for Young Audiences production and will be seen onstage March 8, 9 and 10. Materials to prepare for the audition are available in the college library.

Williamson County Historical Society Museum is currently operating on its winter schedule and open only one day a week -- from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The museum/genealogy library is located on Van Buren Street behind Marion Cultural and Civic Center. For more info, call (618) 997-5863 or visit

Sam Lattuca, president of Williamson County Historical Society, will be presenting a program at the next Marion Garden Club meeting in mid-January at Heartland Christian Church.

Like to get out in the fresh air? A birding tour will begin at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. And a "Becoming an Outdoors Family" eagle tour will be at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the refuge. Call (618) 997-3344 for more.

For those interested in getting rid of their live Christmas trees, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources would like to take them off your hands to use for fish habitat in our local lakes. After removing all of the decorations, they can be delivered through Tuesday, Jan. 16, to Ray Fosse Park in Marion, at the Goofy Golf parking lot at 519 Parrish Ave., and at the northernmost picnic shelter parking lot in Pyramid Park at 1300 Bevabeck Drive. An estimated 300 to 500 trees will be needed.

Local dog owners are excited about the new Bark Park, set to open this month at Russell Street Park. The fenced-in open space, featuring 39,150 square feet for the dogs to exercise in, will be open daily during daylight hours and will welcome members who each have their own keypad code. The annual registration will be $20 for the first dog and $5 for each additional one. Call Marion Park District at (618) 993-3940 to register your canine.

• News has been a bit scarce the past few weeks, so submit your club, church, school and organization happenings by calling (618) 995-2491; emailing; or mail it the old-fashioned way to 101 Sidney Lane, Goreville, IL 62939.

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