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Taylor Huffington | Correspondent

Taylor Huffington is a Mail Correspondent covering the Olympia communities. She is from McLean, Illinois, and is a Junior at Olympia High School. Taylor is a member of the National Honor Society, the recording secretary of Student Council, and a softball athlete.

 


Summer Reading Program
Area Roundup

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Danvers Township Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on May 31st. The Program is for ages 0-17 and there will be an event one day per week for an hour. The first will happen on June 7th at 10:00 am at the Historical Society and will host Wild Times Exotic Animals, an exotic animal program based in Springfield. The Program will continue throughout June and until July 1st. Only books that are borrowed from the library will be counted towards the weekly reading goal and when your time goal is met for the week you will receive 1 prize bag for that week. This is a fun and exciting event for kids of all ages so make sure to register to join in on the fun.  READ MORE...

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
No Off Season Training

No Off Season Training

Student-athletes who want to continue training throughout the summer have an opportunity at the Hopedale Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is offering the purchase of a No Season punch card for $120 for 12 sessions with a certified trainer. These sessions will consist of weight lifting programs designed for each participant based on age, abilities, and goals. The sessions will be group training with individual programs and each training session is 60 minutes and will be supervised by athletic trainer, Josh Grant. Training times will be Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are interested stop by the Wellness Center front desk or call 309-449-4500 to get more info and register.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
May Story Hour

May Story Hour

The H.A. Peine District Library hosts their May Story Hour on Tuesday, May 24th from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Space is limited so be sure to call the library at 309-392-3220 to register and secure your spot and make sure to bring a blanket to the Story Hour to sit on during the story.

Local News  |  May 22, 2022
Palm’s Grill Cafe to Become a Bakery

Palm’s Grill Cafe to Become a Bakery

Missy Gaither who runs Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More is opening up her own bakery storefront in Atlanta at the old Palm’s Grill Cafe venue. Missy got the lease on May 1st  and the bakery will be open for business come the beginning of June. Missy has run Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More for 10 years and up until she acquired the lease in Atlanta, she has run the business out of her home. Missy used her Facebook page to take orders and would then deliver the orders to her clients or have them pick them up. Now that she will have her own storefront she won’t have to run around delivering orders which will save her a lot of time. There will also be a wider variety of flavors of cupcakes and cookies with the opening of the storefront and she will offer a Route 66 cookie as well.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Danvers Township Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on May 31st. The Program is for ages 0-17 and there will be an event one day per week for an hour. The first will happen on June 7th at 10:00 am at the Historical Society and will host Wild Times Exotic Animals, an exotic animal program based in Springfield. The Program will continue throughout June and until July 1st. Only books that are borrowed from the library will be counted towards the weekly reading goal and when your time goal is met for the week you will receive 1 prize bag for that week. This is a fun and exciting event for kids of all ages so make sure to register to join in on the fun.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

High School Sports  |  May 15, 2022
Olympia High School Weekly Sports Recap

Olympia High School Weekly Sports Recap

Post-season for Olympia High School athletics is coming into full gear. Just this week Girls Track and Field competed in their IHSA Sectional Meet. Anna Beiber qualified for State at the meet with a time of 2:21.68, just 2 seconds under the state qualifying time. Melissa Bieber just barely missed the qualifying time by .29 seconds with a 47.98 in the 300 hurdles, which is less than a second off the school record. Boys Track and Field will compete in their Sectional this coming week on the 18th.

Top Story  |  May 8, 2022
Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated in multiple countries throughout the world to honor our mothers, but where did this holiday come from?. In the modern form we know today, the holiday originated in the United States and is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Many countries follow this date but others celebrate the day at different times of the year. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
An Evening With Michelle Zauner

An Evening With Michelle Zauner

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting Michelle Zauner, a musician, and author, as she discusses her music career and her beloved bestselling memoir “Crying in H Mart” with Jessica Hopper joining her in conversation. Michelle has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for song releases like Psychopomp and Soft Sounds from Another Planet and her song Jubilee is currently nominated for two Grammy Awards. The discussion will happen on May 18th and will begin at 7:00 pm. To join the event you can visit the Danvers Township Library Facebook Page and find the event link to the discussion which will take place on a zoom call.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Student Council Color Walk

Student Council Color Walk

On May 14th from 9 am to 12 pm the Olympia High School Student Council will be holding their first-ever Color Walk. Proceeds from the walk will benefit a foreign exchange fund for next year’s foreign exchange students at Olympia. The Color Walk will begin at the new southeast parking lot. Fill out pledge forms for donations and register online on the Olympia website. Be sure to wear white!

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream Day

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting another Ice Cream Day at the hospital main entrance behind Veterans Memorial. Catton’s Creamery will be selling the ice cream and the price for a scoop is $2. Stop by any time between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to get your scoop and consider donating $2 to the Wellness Center to buy a scoop for a resident in the Nursing Home or Hopedale Commons.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Family Fun Night at Olympia West

Family Fun Night at Olympia West

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets are available for 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you want more info on the event you can contact the office at Olympia West for more details.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Kids’ Craft Day

Kids’ Craft Day

The H.A. Peine District Library will be hosting their Kids’ Craft Day on May 4th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. The craft for this month’s Craft Day will be Star Wars themed. To get more info on the event you can call 309-392-3220. The library is located at 202 N. Main, Minier.

High School Sports  |  May 1, 2022
Olympia High School Weekly Sports Recap

Olympia High School Weekly Sports Recap

The Boys Track and Field Team started off their week successfully in Heyworth with multiple first-place finishes. Owen Dare got first in the 400, Caden Clark got first in the 3200, Keagan Uphoff placed first in the 110 and 300 hurdles, and the 4x200 team came in first as well as the 4x400 and 4x800 teams. In the high jump, Olympia took the top two spots with Chase Litwiller in first and Keagan Uphoff in second, and Chase Ragar placed first in the boy’s triple jump. 

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Water Pollution and How to Prevent It

Water Pollution and How to Prevent It

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting the Ecology Action Center who will be teaching a fun, interactive class on Water Pollution and How to Prevent It. The event will feature a model town that has a lake filled with real water as they read a story. Throughout the story, they will demonstrate how pollutants are added to the water. There are still several spots available and if you want to reserve your spot call 309-963-4269, email danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com, or stop in the library. The event is on April 27th and will begin at 2:45 pm.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Blood Drive at Wellness Center

Blood Drive at Wellness Center

On Thursday, May 5th the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting a blood drive. The drive will be going on from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In order to give blood, you have to schedule an appointment which can be done at www.bloodcenter.org. The Drive is in association with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community so make sure to get your appointment scheduled.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales

Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales

The Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, and Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. To have your sale listed on the map call the Hopedale Community Banking Center at 309-449-3393. Please provide the following information: name, address, phone number, and whether your sale will be held on both days or not. Due to space limitations, a brief description of items will be included on the map. To have your sale included on the map, all information must be submitted to the bank by Friday, April 29, 2022. Maps will be available for pickup at Hopedale Bank, Hopedale Casey’s, and other locations on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. There will be a special trash pickup (clean-up day) following the sales on Monday, May 9, 2021.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Family Fun Night at Olympia West

Family Fun Night at Olympia West

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets are available for 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you want more info on the event you can contact the office at Olympia West for more details.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
In-Person Story Hour

In-Person Story Hour

Story Hour at the H.A. Peine District Library is coming up on Tuesday, April 26th at 11 am. Registration is required in order to attend. To register and reserve your spot stop by the library or call 392-3220. Attendees should bring a blanket to sit on. Space is limited so register now to make sure you get a spot.

Local News  |  April 24, 2022
Olympia High School Transition Program Visits Tadoughs

Olympia High School Transition Program Visits Tadoughs

Olympia High School’s Transition Program recently had the opportunity to visit Tadoughs in Pekin where they got to learn about donut making. The students in the program were led through the process of making the dough, frying the donuts, and dipping the donuts in icing and toppings. They also were able to learn about the different kinds of jobs at the donut shop including the baker, box makers, and front sales.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
April Tumbling

April Tumbling

Every month the Hopedale Wellness Center hosts 4-week tumbling classes and this month’s classes are fast approaching. Starting on April 18th the program will begin with Tiny Tots going on Monday from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Then, on Wednesday, Little Beginners will go from 5:30 to 6:00 pm and Big Beginners will go from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. To get your kids enrolled in these classes all you have to do is call and register. If you want to learn more you can go to the Hopedale Wellness Center website at hopedalewc.com. Members pay $35 and non-members pay $50 for this 4-week session.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales

Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales

The Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, and Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. To have your sale listed on the map call the Hopedale Community Banking Center at 309-449-3393. Please provide the following information: name, address, phone number, and whether your sale will be held on both days or not. Due to space limitations, a brief description of items will be included on the map. To have your sale included on the map, all information must be submitted to the bank by Friday, April 29, 2022. Maps will be available for pickup at Hopedale Bank, Hopedale Casey’s, and other locations on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. There will be a special trash pickup (clean-up day) following the sales on Monday, May 9, 2021.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Ninja Kids

Ninja Kids

Do you have an active kid? Is your kid fascinated with ninjas? The Hopedale Wellness Center is opening up their Ninja Kids 4-week program for April starting on April 22nd. The program “offers the athleticism of gymnastics paired with the excitement of freestyle movement”. Kids will learn tumbling, strength, flexibility, and how to master obstacle maneuvers. The Little Ninjas sessions are for ages 3-6 and are from 4:30 to 5:00 pm and the Big Ninjas sessions are for ages 7-12 and are from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. If you want to register you can visit the front desk or call the Wellness Center. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Olympia West Family Fun Night

Olympia West Family Fun Night

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets will be available soon and will be 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you are willing to help Olympia West’s PTO they are also looking for some more items for their silent auction. These can be new toys, gift cards, or gift baskets, all of which can be dropped off in Hopedale. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Bags, Baubles, and Beads Sale

Bags, Baubles, and Beads Sale

On Saturday, April 23rd the H.A. Peine District Library will be holding a bags, baubles, and beads sale. Starting at 9:00 am and ending at 1:00 pm the sale will include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bags, and purses. This sale is great for kids, dads, and husbands to shop for mothers day and also a fun way to spend time with friends and family. There will also be raffle tickets at the sale for a chance to win a Michael Kors purse and more. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the kids’ program at the library.

Local News  |  April 17, 2022
Allin Twp. Fire Dept. Awarded Grant

Allin Twp. Fire Dept. Awarded Grant

Just recently the Allin Township Fire Department was awarded a $23,000 grant from Firehouse Subs. Every year Firehouse Subs has a grant program that many stations can apply for, so it came as a surprise to the Department that they were chosen to be awarded this grant. For small-town departments getting grants like these really help them and the community out as their budgets are smaller meaning they can’t afford some of the more expensive technology and equipment. As Chief Brian Foley stated in my interview with him, “The grants really help us to be able to get things we normally couldn’t have.”

High School Sports  |  April 17, 2022
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

With lots of meets and games throughout the week, Olympia High School athletes had an eventful, and successful, week. Track and Field had first-place finishes at the Metamora Coed Invite with Brad Schardan in the 400-meter, Owen Dare in the 800-meter, a boys 4x400 meter relay, a boys 4x800 meter relay, a girls 4x800 meter relay, and had a third-place finish from Anna Bieber in the 800 meter. The boy’s track and field team continued their success at the Monticello Invite with Owen Dare once again finishing first in the 800-meter, the 4x400 relay team getting a first-place finish, a second-place finish in the 4x800 relay, and Keagan Uphoff achieved third in the 300-meter.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Paint Night

Paint Night

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting a paint night on April 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the historical society and will be led by local artist Joan Maney. There is a $15 fee per person attending and there are only 10 spots available. Sign-ups will be available now through April 15th for Danvers residents and if there are still spots available they will be open to the public after this date. To reserve your spot or get more info call 309-963-4269 or stop by the library.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Health and Wellness Education

Health and Wellness Education

The Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting health and wellness education sessions where they will tackle various topics designed to provide a clear understanding of your health and wellness. The topic for April will be “Why Exercise?” and will be on April 20th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the White Fence Estate. The speaker at this session is Greg Eberle, a CES Wellness Center Manager. These sessions will happen every 3rd Wednesday of each month and will be $10 per session with each month having different speakers that address a variety of topics about health and wellness.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
March Tumbling

March Tumbling

Every month the Hopedale Wellness Center hosts 4-week tumbling classes and this month’s classes are fast approaching. Starting on April 18th the program will begin with Tiny Tots going on Monday from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Then, on Wednesday, Little Beginners will go from 5:30 to 6:00 pm and Big Beginners will go from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. To get your kids enrolled in these classes all you have to do is call and register. If you want to learn more you can go to the Hopedale Wellness Center website at hopedalewc.com. Members pay $35 and non-members pay $50 for this 4-week session.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Ninja Kids

Ninja Kids

Do you have an active kid? Is your kid fascinated with ninjas? The Hopedale Wellness Center is opening up their Ninja Kids 4-week program for April starting on April 22nd. The program “offers the athleticism of gymnastics paired with the excitement of freestyle movement”. Kids will learn tumbling, strength, flexibility, and how to master obstacle maneuvers. The Little Ninjas sessions are for ages 3-6 and are from 4:30 to 5:00 pm and the Big Ninjas sessions are for ages 7-12 and are from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. If you want to register you can visit the front desk or call the Wellness Center. 

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Bags, Baubles, and Beads Sale

Bags, Baubles, and Beads Sale

On Saturday, April 23rd the H.A. Peine District Library will be holding a bags, baubles, and beads sale. Starting at 9:00 am and ending at 1:00 pm the sale will include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bags, and purses. This sale is great for kids, dads, and husbands to shop for mothers day and also a fun way to spend time with friends and family. There will also be raffle tickets at the sale for a chance to win a Michael Kors purse and more. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the kids’ program at the library.

High School Sports  |  April 10, 2022
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

Olympia High School athletics had a successful week as many teams picked up wins throughout the week. Starting with girls’ track and field, the team placed 3rd out of 17 teams at the overnight meet in Greenville with only 4 points separating them from first. To achieve this placing the girls brought home 25 medals with Amelia Kistner finishing first in the 2-mile, Anna Bieber finishing second in the 800, Abby Litwiller placing third in the mile, Hannah Cleveland getting third in shot-put, Melissa Bieber finishing third in both the triple jumps and 400, Kourtney Fann placing 3rd in the 300 hurdles, and Chrystal Cornwell, Madison Bales, Anna Bieber, and Kaylie Dare got third in the 4x800.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Paint Night

Paint Night

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting a paint night on April 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the historical society and will be led by local artist Joan Maney. There is a $15 fee per person attending and there are only 10 spots available. Sign-ups will be available now through April 15th for Danvers residents and if there are still spots available they will be open to the public after this date. To reserve your spot or get more info call 309-963-4269 or stop by the library.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Health and Wellness Education

Health and Wellness Education

The Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting health and wellness education sessions where they will tackle various topics designed to provide a clear understanding of your health and wellness. The topic for April will be “Why Exercise?” and will be on April 20th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the White Fence Estate. The speaker at this session is Greg Eberle, a CES Wellness Center Manager. These sessions will happen every 3rd Wednesday of each month and will be $10 per session with each month having different speakers that address a variety of topics about health and wellness.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Hopedale Town Wide Garage Sales

Hopedale Town Wide Garage Sales

The Hopedale Town Wide Garage Sales will be held from Friday, May 6th to Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on both days. If you want your sale listed on the map you can call Hopedale Community Banking Center at 309-449-3393. When calling you will need to provide the following info: name, address, phone number, and whether the sale will be held on Friday, Saturday, or both. A brief description of your items will be included on the map and the submission deadline is Friday, April 29th. Maps will be available on May 4th at the Hopedale Bank, the Hopedale Casey’s, and other locations.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Women’s Self Defense Class

Women’s Self Defense Class

On Saturday, April 16th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting a women’s self-defense class instructed by Kelly O’Keefe who has over 40 years of experience in martial arts and self-defense training. This class is hands-on and interactive, partners aren’t required but are encouraged, you must be 13 years or older to attend, and the price of the session is $25. Registration for this event is due by Wednesday, April 13th and you can do so by calling the Wellness Center front desk at 309-449-4500.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Bunny Bop Easter Egg Hunt

Bunny Bop Easter Egg Hunt

The Olympia High School National Honor Society is partnering up with Lexington High School’s National Honor Society to hold an Easter egg hunt. The hunt will take place on April 10th at Olympia on the OHS football field from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and will be $5 per child. The age limit for this event are children aged 2-8. There will be an egg hunt, concessions, a bouncy house, face painting, and other fun activities throughout the event. All of the proceeds earned through the egg hunt will be going towards St. Jude. Reservations are recommended and to do so you can email amanda.hapgood@olympia.org or mking@lexington.k12.il.us.

Community Spotlight  |  April 3, 2022
Erin Dederich Awarded Multiple Scholarships

Erin Dederich Awarded Multiple Scholarships

Erin Dederich, a correspondent for the Mail Newspapers, has achieved multiple scholarships and recognitions throughout her senior year. Erin was chosen by the OHS staff as the nominee for the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship for Olympia High School and was awarded this scholarship at Olympia. She also got the National Honor Society Scholarship and was awarded the scholarship at the national level. 

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
April Story and Craft

April Story and Craft

The Danvers Township library will be hosting their April Story and Craft on April 15th at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm. The books this month will be Catch the Easter Bunny by A. Wallace and A. Elkerton and When Spring Comes by K. Henkes. After storytime, there will be an Easter-themed craft. If you have any questions you can call 309-963-4269 or email danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop

Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop

The Danvers Township Library is wrapping up Youth Art Month by hosting a Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop on March 31. This worship is taught by Lizzi Ogle and is targeted at kids aged 8 to 14 who are interested in cartoons and comics. At the workshop, kids will have the chance to learn a brief history about comics and cartoons, create their own, and get some materials to take home with them. This is a free workshop but there are only 12 spots available so register soon if you want to attend. You can also call the library at 309-963-4269 if you want to learn more or to reserve your spot.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Youth Art Month at Danvers Library

Youth Art Month at Danvers Library

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Scoop 4 Scoop

Scoop 4 Scoop

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting an Ice Cream Day on Wednesday, May 4th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the hospital main entrance behind Veterans Memorial. The ice cream will be from Catton’s Creamery and will be $2 per scoop. If you want to also donate $2 the Wellness Center will then buy a scoop for a resident in the Nursing Home or Hopedale Commons. This is a fun event so make sure to stop by on May 4th and purchase your ice cream.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Story Hour at Minier Library

Story Hour at Minier Library

The H.A. Peine District Library will be hosting their Story Hour on Tuesday, March 29th from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Space is limited so pre-registration is required for the Story Hour. To do so you can call 309-392-3220. Make sure to bring a blanket to sit on for the event, all are welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Renaming of Stanford Festival

Renaming of Stanford Festival

The Village of Stanford and Allin Township are relaunching their festival in 2022 but with a new name. The towns are asking for ideas from kids in the Olympia area for the new name of the festival and the author of the chosen name will be featured in the parade. Entries for the name are due by Friday, April 15th at 5 pm and can be submitted to the Village of Stanford at 206 W. Main Street or through email to festival@stanford-il.org. This is open to all kids aged 5 to 18 that reside in the Olympia School District.

High School Sports  |  March 27, 2022
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

Cold weather, rain, and harsh winds prevented many Olympia High School sports from competing this week with many of the games being canceled. Olympia boys and girls track and field didn’t face these cancellations due to their indoor season. Just this week four members of the boy’s team qualified for the Class 2A Illinois Top Times Indoor Championship Track meet held at Wesleyan’s Shirk Center. Of these members are seniors Owen Dare and Brad Schardan who will run the 800 and 400-meter races and will also be competing with sophomore Keagan Uphoff and freshmen Cohen Alexander in the 1600 meter relay. From the girl’s team, Anna Bieber qualified for Illinois Top Times in the 400-meter dash and will also be competing at the Wesleyan Shirk Center.

Top Story  |  March 20, 2022
All-State, All-Conference Players Named

All-State, All-Conference Players Named

Just this past week the Illini Prairie All-Conference lists for boys and girls basketball were released with three Olympia High School basketball players making the list. Taylor Nowaskie, the senior player who broke Olympia’s all-time career scoring record, made first-team, Casey Wissmiller, also a senior, made second-team, and Saegen Pierce, a senior, was an honorable mention.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
An Evening With Jenny Lawson

An Evening With Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, a journalist, and a blogger. The Danvers Township Library will be hosting a zoom event with Jenny on Wednesday, March 30th where she will be joined in a conversation with R. Eric Thomas, a bestselling author, award-winning playwright, and screenwriter where she will discuss her most recent memoir, Broken. If you are interested you can go to the Danvers Township Library Facebook Page to learn more and this is also where you can join the event when it starts.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month

As the Danvers Township Library continues its celebration of Youth Art Month they will be hosting another craft at the library on Monday the 21st. To also celebrate the International Day of Forests the craft will be spring tree thumbprint crafts. To reserve a spot or to get more info you can visit the library, call the library at 309-963-4269, or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Town Wide Garage Sales

Town Wide Garage Sales

The Hopedale Town Wide Garage Sales will be held from Friday, May 6th to Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on both days. If you want your sale listed on the map you can call Hopedale Community Banking Center at 309-449-3393. When calling you will need to provide the following info: name, address, phone number, and whether the sale will be held on Friday, Saturday, or both. A brief description of your items will be included on the map and the submission deadline is Friday, April 29th. Maps will be available on May 4th at the Hopedale Bank, the Hopedale Casey’s, and other locations.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets will be available soon and will be 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you are willing to help Olympia West’s PTO they are also looking for some more items for their silent auction. These can be new toys, gift cards, or gift baskets, all of which can be dropped off in Hopedale. 

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Fundraiser for Dog Park

Fundraiser for Dog Park

The Village of Minier is fundraising with Epicure in order to help fund the creation of a dog park in the town. For $25 you can purchase a fundraiser box that includes 5 dinners and a dessert. 40% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go to help fund the dog park. If you are interested in helping out and purchasing a box, or would like more info, please stop by the village office and ask for Sasha.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Youth Art Month at the Library

Youth Art Month at the Library

For their third week of celebrating Youth Art Month, the Danvers Township Library is hosting a craft night where kids can make a shamrock suncatcher. The craft is happening on the 17th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm and there will also be a storytime with the craft. To reserve a spot or learn more about the event you can call 309-963-4260 or email danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
National Nutrition Month at HWC

National Nutrition Month at HWC

The Hopedale Wellness Center is celebrating National Nutrition Month by having their dietitians, Amy Sammis and Jennifer Hubert, share healthy and satisfying meals throughout March. Last week their recipe was asparagus pasta and this week’s recipe can be found on Hopedale Wellness’s Facebook page. If you are interested make sure to check out the page to find delicious and healthy meals.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Youth Softball and Baseball

Youth Softball and Baseball

The Hopedale Sports League is looking for students in the surrounding communities for their youth softball and baseball teams. All skill levels and experience are wanted. Registration is currently open on their website www.HopedaleSports.com and is online-only, the deadline is April 10. This is a great league for kids who want to learn more about the game and have fun while doing it. Contact the Hopedale Sports Association at 309-825-9195 or email them at HopedaleSports@gmail.com for more information or if you have any questions.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Kid's Craft Day

Kid's Craft Day

On Thursday, March 17th the H.A. Peine District Library is hosting a Kids’ Craft Day. The craft is happening from 2:30 to 4:00 pm and has St. Patrick’s Day-themed crafts. Here kids will make the craft, color some coloring pages, and get to take home a snack. If you want to learn more call 309-392-3220.

High School Sports  |  March 13, 2022
Olympia High School Weekly Sports Recap

Olympia High School Weekly Sports Recap

With all of the winter sports having come to a close, within the next few weeks spring sports will be starting up. These sports at OHS include; softball, baseball, girls soccer, and girls and boys track and field. Many of these spring sports had successful seasons last year that will hopefully transfer into this year’s season.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Dietitian Consult

Dietitian Consult

The Hopedale Wellness Center has a variety of resources offered at the facility, one of them being their registered dietitian consult Amy. A dietitian is a professional that can “translate the latest in food science and research into practicable and actionable advice on foods that are right for you.” If you are interested in learning more about dieting and what one would fit you the Wellness center is offering a half-price dietitian consult from March 1st to March 31st with a $48 per hour session. If you are interested you can call the Hopedale Wellness Center at 309-449-4500 to get a session scheduled

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
March Tumbling

March Tumbling

Every month the Hopedale Wellness Center hosts 4-week tumbling classes and this month’s is fast approaching. Starting on March 7th the program will begin with Tiny Tots going on Monday from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Then, on Wednesday, Little Beginners will go from 5:15to 5:45 pm and Big Beginners will go from 5:45 to 6:15 pm. To get your kids enrolled in these classes all you have to do is call and register. If you want to learn more you can go to the Hopedale Wellness Center website at hopedalewc.com. Members pay $35 and non-members pay $50 for this 4-week session.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Massage Therapy at the Wellness Center

Massage Therapy at the Wellness Center

With an array of different kinds of massage therapy, the Hopedale Wellness Center has multiple ways for one to relax and feel rejuvenated after a massage session. Some of these massages are deep tissue massages, craniosacral therapy, Swedish massages, prenatal massages, cupping, and aromatherapy. Massages are a great way to restore your body, prevent injuries, and are a rehabilitative treatment that enhances your health and well-being. An hour massage at the Wellness Center is $65 for a member and $80 for non-member and a 90-minute massage is $95 for members and $110 for non-members. To schedule an appointment call 309-449-4500.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Ninja Kids

Ninja Kids

Do you have an active kid? Is your kid fascinated with ninjas? The Hopedale Wellness Center is opening up their Ninja Kids 4-week program for March starting on March 11th. The program “offers the athleticism of gymnastics paired with the excitement of freestyle movement”. Kids will learn tumbling, strength, flexibility, and how to master obstacle maneuvers. The Little Ninjas sessions are ages 3-6 and are from 4:30 to 5:00 pm and the Big Ninjas sessions are for ages 7-12 and are from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. If you want to register you can visit the front desk or call the Wellness Center.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
OHS Drama Department Fundraiser

OHS Drama Department Fundraiser

The OHS Drama Department has had struggles throughout the pandemic with their 2020 spring musical being canceled, no fall 2020 play, and the 2021 spring musical having limited attendance. Due to this Amanda Alford is trying to raise money to help the OHS Drama Department with their funds. There are four different donations people can make, $25-$49 is bronze, $50-$99 is silver, $100-$149 is gold, and over $150 is platinum. If you are interested in helping the Drama Department get onto their feet and would like to donate you can contact Amanda Alford on Facebook at Amanda Lacefield Alford.

Spotlight  |  March 6, 2022
In Time for Spring, 3:7 Garden Shed in Hopedale

In Time for Spring, 3:7 Garden Shed in Hopedale

Opening up on April 9, 2022, the 3:7 Garden Shed is a gardening shop owned by Jeff and Chris Litwiller but you may also see their four daughters around the shed helping out. The 3:7 Garden Shed took the place of the Hopedale Garden Shop after the owner decided to sell the business to Jeff and Chris Litwiller. Before this, the business originated as Slager Lawn Service in the 1980s. The shed’s name comes from 1 Corinthians 3:7; “Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow”.

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop

Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop

Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop The Danvers Township Library is going to be hosting a Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop on March 31st at 6:00 pm at the Danvers Historical Society. This beginners workshop is geared towards children aged 8 to 14 and will be taught by Lizzi Ogle. Lizzi will teach the kids a brief history of comics and cartoons, give them time to create their own, and the kids will receive great take-home materials. The workshop is free for Danvers Township Library patrons and there will be only 12 spots available so make sure to reserve your spot before they’re gone. To do so you can call the library at 309.963.4269, email danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com, or visit the library.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Youth Art Month at the Library

Youth Art Month at the Library

March is Youth Art Month and to celebrate the Danvers Township Library will be hosting art events throughout the month. To start the month off the library will be hosting a pipe cleaner animal crafts night on March 3rd at 4:30 pm. There will be other crafts throughout the month such as a St. Patrick's cereal rainbow craft and a wax paper lantern craft. Spots must be reserved so either call the library at 309-963-4269, email them, or visit the library to reserve spots.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Hopedale Birthday Calendars

Hopedale Birthday Calendars

This year's Hopedale birthday calendar is now available for purchase at the Hopedale bank, Hopedale Agri Center, Styles by Dawn, and the village clerk’s office. The calendar features 12 local businesses and includes history about the Hopedale park. If you would like to help support the Hopedale Betterment Association make sure to stop by any of the above locations and pick up your calendar.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Mr. Spartan

Mr. Spartan

The OHS Student Council will be hosting their annual Mr. Spartan contest on March 11th at 7:00 pm. Mr. Spartan is a male beauty pageant where juniors and seniors compete in different events to claim the Mr. Spartan title. This year there are nine contestants; Neil Alford, Ashton Campbell, Logan Farquar, Rogelio Hernandez, Shay Hunt Schroers, Jayson Michel, Ian Murphy, Carter Phillips, and Austin Swan. Tickets for this event are $7 and students can either buy them at school during lunch or tickets can be purchased at the door. Once the OHS auditorium is full though, tickets will no longer be available. Concessions will be sold by the Junior Class and the doors open at 6:30 pm.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Princess Tea Party

Princess Tea Party

The Olympia High School National Honor Society is hosting a Princess Tea Party on March 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. At this event, kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite princess or prince as the NHS members attending will also be dressing up. There will be refreshments and snacks provided along with lots of activities for the kids to enjoy. The Tea Party will be hosted at Olympia in the OHS Learning Center and will be a fun event for kids of all ages.  

High School Sports  |  February 27, 2022
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

All winter sports at Olympia High School have officially come to a close. Starting within these coming weeks Olympia’s spring sports will startup, all of which include; softball, baseball, Boy’s and Girl’s Track and Field, and Girl’s Soccer.

Area Roundup  |  February 20, 2022
Blood Drive at Wellness Center

Blood Drive at Wellness Center

On Friday, March 4th the Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting a blood drive from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. This blood drive, and all of the ones the Wellness Center holds, is in collaboration with ImpactLife, a program that provides blood products and services to 126 hospitals. The blood drive is open to members and non-members. If you want to learn more you can do so at the Hopedale Wellness Center website at hopedalewc.com underneath the services tab.  

Area Roundup  |  February 20, 2022
Running Training Camp

Running Training Camp

On Saturday, February 26th the Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting a fun running training camp for girls in grades 6th through 8th. This camp will teach correct running skills and techniques so the girls can “up their running game” while also allowing them to meet other girls who are just as interested in running as they are. If you would like to learn more about the camp you can visit the Wellness Center’s website at hopedalewc.com.  

Area Roundup  |  February 20, 2022
Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

The Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial needs volunteers for their fundraisers at Pizza Ranch this year. They are looking for 3 bussers and 1 person to scrape dishes in the kitchen. If they can get enough people there is also a spot for someone to stand by the donation container but it isn’t necessary. Dates won’t be known until the memorial has volunteers. If you are interested or can get a group together to help out at these events PM Jarie Slack on Facebook for more info.  

Area Roundup  |  February 20, 2022
In-Person Story Hour

In-Person Story Hour

The H.A. Peine District Library is hosting this month’s Story Hour on Tuesday, February 22nd from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. There is a maximum of 5 household groups, 4 per group, and everyone must be able to social distance and wear a mask while in the building. If you want to register or learn more you can do so by contacting the library at 309-392-3220.  

Local News  |  February 13, 2022
An Evening with Jasmine Guillory

An Evening with Jasmine Guillory

Local News  |  February 13, 2022
Childcare at Wellness Center

Childcare at Wellness Center

Local News  |  February 13, 2022
Cookies and Milk Giveaway

Cookies and Milk Giveaway

The second annual Cookies and Milk Giveaway is being hosted on Sunday, February 13th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at Living Hope Community Church. There will be a drive-through on the Madison Street side where people can pick up their cookies or delivery is also available. If you want delivery you need to PM Erin Birky or Beth Beachy to let them know. An RSVP is preferred but not required, all are welcome.  

Local News  |  February 13, 2022
Game Night

Game Night

On Friday nights the Hopedale Community Center is hosting game nights. This is a fun event that you don’t want to miss out on. If you are interested and want to attend contact Beau Baker for more info and to let them know you would like to join.  

Local News  |  February 13, 2022
Running Training Camp

Running Training Camp

On Saturday, February 26th the Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting a fun running training camp for girls in grades 6th through 8th. This camp will teach correct running skills and techniques so the girls can “up their running game” while also allowing them to meet other girls who are just as interested in running as they are. If you would like to learn more about the camp you can visit the Wellness Center’s website at hopedalewc.com.  

High School Sports  |  February 13, 2022
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

As winter sports are coming to an end IHSA Regionals and Sectionals are fast approaching. The Boy’s Basketball team started the week with a win against IVC on Tuesday with a score of 53-49. On Thursday they faced Central Catholic where they put up a good fight, staying a few points away from Central throughout the third quarter, but couldn’t get it together to pull through a win and lost 48-69. The team has two more games before they start regionals on the 19th where they will play DeeMack to start. They lost a close game to DeeMack earlier in the season, 39-45, so hopefully they can pull through and gain a win in their first regional game.

Community Spotlight  |  February 6, 2022
Nowaskie Breaks All-Time Record

Nowaskie Breaks All-Time Record

Just this past Monday Taylor Nowaskie, a senior basketball player at Olympia High School, broke Olympia’s all-time career scoring record and took over the number one spot. A little over a week earlier Taylor also passed her mom, Mandy (Bryan) Nowaskie who was in second on the leaderboard. Taylor described these moments as “unbelievable” stating that “passing my mom on the list definitely made it so much more special for me.”

Local News  |  February 6, 2022
February Story/Craft

February Story/Craft

The Danvers Township Library is hosting their monthly story/craft day on the 15th of February at 9:30 am. Here kids will have a storytime and then get to make fun, themed crafts. If you are interested in having your kids participate you can contact the library at 309-963-4269 or visit their website at danverstownshiplibrary.com to learn more.  

Local News  |  February 6, 2022
Valentine’s Crafts

Valentine’s Crafts

The Danvers Township Library is hosting two Valentine Craft days this month. The first one is on February 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and the second is on February 9th from 9:00 to 3:00 pm. During these craft days you can create your choice of a vinyl decal on a hot pad or stem/less wine glass. To reserve a spot you can contact the library at 309-963-4269.  

Local News  |  February 6, 2022
Hopedale Wellness Center Ninja Kids

Hopedale Wellness Center Ninja Kids

Ninja Kids at the Hopedale Wellness Center is beginning another 4-week session. Ninja Kids is a great way for kids to learn strength, flexibility, and tumbling while being able to have fun and master obstacle maneuvers. This is the perfect program for active kids. The 4-week session begins on the 11th with the first session going from 4:30 to 5:00 pm and the second going from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. The two sessions are Little Ninjas, ages 3 to 6, and Big Ninjas, ages 7 to 12.   

Local News  |  February 6, 2022
Hopedale Wellness Center Tumbling Program

Hopedale Wellness Center Tumbling Program

The Hopedale Wellness Center is starting up another tumble session on the 7th. They have three sessions, one on Monday for toddlers from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Then on Wednesday, there is a session for Little Beginners from 5:15 to 5:45 pm and another for Big Beginners from 5:45 to 6:15 pm. Members pay $35 for the 4-week session and non-members pay $50. If you are interested and want to learn more you can visit the Hopedale Wellness Center website at hopedalewc.com.  

Local News  |  February 6, 2022
St. John's Church February Activities

St. John's Church February Activities

St. John's Church in Minier is hosting some fun events in the month of February. Every Monday they are hosting MEMO from 5:00 to 6:30 pm and on Wednesday the 16th they are hosting Youth at 6:00 pm. On the 12th St. Johns is also hosting a movie night at 6:30 pm and then on the 27th there will be a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.   

Local News  |  January 30, 2022
Aquatic Therapy Program

Aquatic Therapy Program

Do you suffer from pain? Do you have discomfort from joint replacements, arthritis, sports, or back injuries? The Hopedale Wellness Center has an Aquatic Therapy program that may be able to help. Aquatic Therapy can help to improve balance and coordination, joint flexibility, endurance, and muscle strength. If you would like to learn more about the program or schedule an appointment you can call 309-449-4501.

Local News  |  January 30, 2022
Hopedale Medical Foundation Scholarships

Hopedale Medical Foundation Scholarships

The Hopedale Medical Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2022 Scholarship Awards. Both high school seniors and college freshmen are eligible to apply as long as they have a permanent residence within the Olympia, Tremont, Delavan, Hartsburg/Emden, Deer Creek/Mackinaw, and Midwest Central school districts. Seven scholarships will be awarded and all entering students entering the healthcare or agricultural fields are eligible. If you wish to get more information on the scholarships you can visit the Hopedale Medical Complex website to learn more.

Local News  |  January 30, 2022
Book Club Meeting

Book Club Meeting

The Minier Library is hosting its book club on Monday, January 31st at 6:30. For this book club meeting, they are reading Still Life by Louise Penny. If you are interested you can stop by and pick up a copy of the book to read before the meeting. All are welcome you just need a library card to borrow a copy. The library is located at 202 N. Main, Minier and if you wish to get more info you can call 309-392-3220.

Local News  |  January 30, 2022
Friday Market for OHMS Students

Friday Market for OHMS Students

The Olympia High School and Middle School hosts a Friday Market every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month when school is in session. The market is open to all OHMS students and has food, school supplies, clothing, and personal care products that students can take for free. This is a great way for the school to give back to the students and help out those who need it.

Local News  |  January 30, 2022
St Jude Night

St Jude Night

This past Friday at the Boys Basketball Game against Paxton Buckley-Ioda a St. Jude fundraiser was held. Here there was a 50-50 raffle held with additional donation buckets where attendees could choose to donate between Dr. Jodlowski or Mr. Jones, the High School, and Middle School principles. The principal who raised the most money would get a pie in the face at halftime. The 50-50 ended up raising over $300 and Dr. Jodlwosky and Mr. Jones raised a similar amount of money so both got a pie in the face.

High School Sports  |  January 30, 2022
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

Going 3 for 4, the Girls Basketball team has had a busy week. They started off at Peoria Manual where they won 57-33 on Saturday the 22nd. Then on Monday, they got a tough loss against St. Joseph Ogden 40-50. They then faced East Peoria on Tuesday, winning 59-20, and then faced Pontiac and won 61-48. Also, this week senior Taylor Nowaskie, who just recently passed the 1,000 point mark for high school career points scored, has now passed her mom, Mandy (Bryan) Nowaskie, and has taken over the #2 spot on the All-Time Girls Basketball Career Scoring List.

Top Story  |  January 23, 2022
McLean is Setting for Horror Novel

McLean is Setting for Horror Novel

The Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 brought forth a lot of things, including the inspiration for Trevin Nichols’ My Tiny Town Just Got Put on Lockdown. Trevin Nichols grew up in Iowa but moved to Leroy, Illinois as a kid where he graduated from high school. Now he works building maintenance at Country Financial and has a wife, three kids, and two pets. 

Local News  |  January 23, 2022
Popcorn and a Movie

Popcorn and a Movie

If you check out a movie at the Danvers Township Library on a Friday in January you will receive a free bag of microwave popcorn to go with the movie. This is happening only throughout January so make sure to stop by the library on a Friday this month to receive the gift.

Local News  |  January 23, 2022
Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day

The Hopedale Community Center is hosting a Winter Field Day on January 29th-30th. Here attendees will be able to enjoy fun and food with the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club. If you would like more information you can contact Justin Flick, N9WX.

Local News  |  January 23, 2022
In-Person Pre-K Story Hour

In-Person Pre-K Story Hour

The H.A. Peine District Library is hosting an in-person Pre-K Story Hour. If you would like to sign your pre-schooler up you can call 309-392-3220 to register for a spot. The Story Hour is on Tuesday, January, 25th at 11 am and has limited spots available, so make sure to register soon to secure a spot.

Local News  |  January 23, 2022
Speech Team Competes

Speech Team Competes

The Olympia High School speech team competed at Glenwood High School this past weekend. Here the team placed 4th in the team sweepstakes. Three JV members and 11 Varsity members were finalists in this tournament. The team has one more regular-season tournament left before the IHSA Series begins in February

Local News  |  January 16, 2022
Danvers Library Board of Trustees Opening

Danvers Library Board of Trustees Opening

The Danvers Township Library has an open spot on their Board of Trustees and is looking for someone to fill it. If you are interested in the position or would like to know more you can either contact the library or their Board President, Cliff Magee, at 309-963-4269.

Local News  |  January 16, 2022
Winter Reading Program

Winter Reading Program

Beginning on January 31st through March 5th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting their Winter Reading Program for Adults. Throughout these five weeks, anybody who participates will have their name put into a raffle where they can win prizes such as Starbucks and Amazon gift cards, tote bags, and/or a travel mug. If you would like to register for the program you can do so through a link on the Danvers Township Library’s Facebook page or through their website at danverstownshiplibrary.com.

Local News  |  January 16, 2022
Updated Kidz Club Hours

Updated Kidz Club Hours

The Hopedale Wellness Center has updated its Kidz Club hours. Now on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 am to 11:00 am the Kidz Club is open. If you would like to sign your kids up for this you can do so on their SignUpGenius which can be found on the Hopedale Wellness Center Facebook page.

Local News  |  January 16, 2022
Grilled Pork Chop Sandwiches

Grilled Pork Chop Sandwiches

On Tuesday, January 18th at the boys’ basketball game against Monticello the Olympia FFA chapter will be selling their pork chop sandwiches. They will begin selling at the start of the JV game at 5:30 pm and will continue on throughout the Varsity game that follows. FFA will also be selling their sandwiches on Monday, January 24th at the girls’ basketball game against St. Joseph-Ogden.

Local News  |  January 16, 2022
Vaccine Clinics

Vaccine Clinics

Olympia North, Olympia West, and Olympia South will all be hosting COVID 19 vaccine clinics from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 26th, and Wednesday, February 16th. The clinics at each school are open to the public and will have Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines available. If you would like to register for the clinics you can visit the Olympia website and find the links for each school and date available. 

High School Sports  |  January 16, 2022
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

Olympia High School’s athletics had a successful week with the majority of the teams adding wins to their record and competing well throughout their games and meets.

Community Spotlight  |  January 9, 2022
Waynesville Mayor Paul Wiggins

Waynesville Mayor Paul Wiggins

Early in his term as Mayor, Paul Wiggins the Mayor of Waynesville, Illinois is excited to help and grow his community. Paul grew up in Oakley, IL and lived there until he graduated from High School & went to college. In 2002 Paul moved to Waynesville where he has lived ever since. Before taking over the position as Mayor, Paul served as the Village Trustee for several years. 

Local News  |  January 9, 2022
An Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

An Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Danvers Township Library is hosting an online zoom event on Wednesday, January 26th at 7 pm where fans can meet Silvia Moreno-Garcia and listen as she discusses her most recent book Velvet Was the Night. Silvia is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Certain Dark Things, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and Mexican Gothic. At this event there will also be a conversation with Gus Moreno, the author of This Thing Between Us. You can find the link to this event on the Danvers Township Library’s Facebook page.

Local News  |  January 9, 2022
Sausage and Pancake Breakfast

Sausage and Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, January 9th the Danvers’ Fire Department is hosting their 22nd annual All You Can Eat Sausage and Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. The meal is being served at the Danvers Township Building at 989 N West St. To pay for this meal all you need to do is to donate to the Fire Department. 

Local News  |  January 9, 2022
Kid's Craft Day

Kid's Craft Day

The H.A. Peine District Library in Minier is hosting another Kids’ Craft Day where kids can learn their names in Morse Code on Tuesday, January 11 from 2:30-4:00 pm. Kids will have the opportunity to make a bracelet with a hidden code and explore communicating in morse code. There will also be coloring pages and activity sheets at the event and the kids will be given a snack to take home. The library is located at 202 N. Main, Minier and if you want to know more about the event you can call 309-391-3220.

Local News  |  January 9, 2022
Minier Tap Trivia Night

Minier Tap Trivia Night

On Wednesday, January 26th Minier Tap is hosting a Trivia Night. The event starts at 7:00 am and ends at 9:00 pm. The game features seven rounds of trivia designed to challenge participants. The Minier Tap is located at 121 S Main Ave, Minier, IL. 

Local News  |  January 9, 2022
Meal Train for Michelle Mollet

Meal Train for Michelle Mollet

Michelle Mollet from Stanford, Illinois recently came home from a long hospital stay. People in the Stanford community wanted to help out Michelle and her husband by providing meals for them during this tough time. There is a SignUpGenius where people who would like to contribute a meal can sign up for a date and time and also see the meal preferences of the two. You can find this link in the Stanford, IL Community Group on Facebook if you are interested in helping out.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney grew up in Bloomington, Illinois. He began volunteering in the Secor Fire Department in 2004, and in 2006 he joined the Armington Fire and Rescue Department. In 2007 Ryan moved to the rescue side of the fire department, and just a little over a year ago he became chief of the rescue department. Overall Ryan has been volunteering and helping those in need for over 17 years.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Veterans Day Dinner

Veterans Day Dinner

Veterans Day is a day to celebrate our American heroes, acknowledging their sacrifice and thanking them for their service. The McLean Legion Auxiliary does this through their annual Veterans’ Day dinner. This year the dinner was held on Thursday, November 11th and took place at the Mount Hope Community Hall. At this dinner they served turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, choice of apple or cranberry sauce, desserts, and drinks. Any veteran who attended this dinner ate this meal for free. Otherwise, the dinner was $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
2021 Minier Christmas Parade

2021 Minier Christmas Parade

With Christmas fast approaching, there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday. Going back at least 80 years, one of the longest-running parades in the state, the Minier Christmas Parade has become a local tradition to celebrate Christmas. This year the parade was held on November 27th with the theme “Minier Memories”. This theme was put in place to acknowledge the generations of Minier residents that have watched and been a part of the parade.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
George Washington Minier

George Washington Minier

Founded nearly 154 years ago, the village of Minier has an interesting history all of which leads back to its founder, Rev. George Washington Minier. Born on October 8th of 1813, Rev. Minier was one of ten children. He was raised in Bradford County where he found his education in public schools and Athens Academy. He was so dedicated to his studies he would walk six miles to and from school. After Rev. Minier finished his college education, he taught for three years.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes

HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes

HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes is a local 501c non-profit with the mission to give back to wounded soldiers. Four out of the five board members are Olympia graduates. To complete their mission HOOAH provides outdoor activities to these wounded soldiers. This includes events such as turkey hunts, fishing trips, deer hunts, and pheasant hunts. These activities are supervised by volunteers and every aspect is formatted to fit the needs of each soldier.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Payton Rich Recovers From Surgery

Payton Rich Recovers From Surgery

In May of 2021, Payton Rich was at her last middle school basketball practice of the season when she went to do a pivot move and bent her knee backward. This movement resulted in a stretched/swollen ACL and multiple bone bruises. On May 10th, a week after her injury, Payton went to go see a knee surgeon about her injury. Over the summer she spent time resting it, hoping at a chance to play in her freshman basketball season. Payton was in a wheelchair and wearing a leg brace for some time to help in the healing.

Community Spotlight  |  December 5, 2021
Minier Library Holiday Kids’ Craft Party

Minier Library Holiday Kids’ Craft Party

The village of Minier hosts a variety of Christmas-themed events. Just last week the annual Christmas Parade was held and now coming up on Tuesday, December 7th the Holiday Kids’ Craft Party is being held at the Minier Library. This event is a great place to get your kids into the holiday spirit and celebrate Christmas with some fun activities. 

High School Sports  |  December 5, 2021
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

Olympia High School’s winter sports are now in full motion, most having begun their season last week and continuing into this week. Multiple of the teams have had early successes, showing promise for the season to come.

Top Story  |  November 28, 2021
2021 Minier Christmas Parade

2021 Minier Christmas Parade

With Christmas fast approaching, there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday. Going back at least 80 years, one of the longest-running parades in the state, the Minier Christmas Parade has become a local tradition to celebrate Christmas. This year the parade was held on November 27th with the theme “Minier Memories”. This theme was put in place to acknowledge the generations of Minier residents that have watched and been a part of the parade.

Community Spotlight  |  November 28, 2021
OHS Speech Team Scores at Tournament

OHS Speech Team Scores at Tournament

As many other sports and activities start to get rolling for the winter season, so does the Speech Team. While it is still early in their season, they have had three tournaments so far with a lot of success. On the 20th the team competed in the Richwoods tournament where they had seven Varsity Finalists, four JV Finalists, and as a team they placed 5th overall. These early successes show just how great of a season they are likely to have.

Community Spotlight  |  November 21, 2021
Madrigal Feaste

Madrigal Feaste

Grand castles, intricate clothing, a grand feast, and the joy of Christmas and great music; all of this is what you will experience at Olympia’s annual Madrigals event. Every year about 100 students from Olympia High School’s Chamber Choir, Court Singers, Madrigal Band, Madrigal Masque, and 8th Grade Chorus perform in front of a crowd of guests, stepping them back in time and into the renaissance period. 

High School Sports  |  November 21, 2021
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

In these next coming weeks winter sports at Olympia are beginning to start. The Girls’ Basketball team started their first week of games this week, coming out of it with a win and loss for both the Varsity and Freshmen teams. The Varsity team played TCSV on Monday and won 57-29 and then played Mt. Pulaski on Tuesday losing 45-54. The Freshmen team played Metamora on Tuesday and ended up losing  20-45. They finished their week off on Thursday playing Lincoln and winning the game by four points. The JV Girls’ team hasn’t played yet, but so far the girls are off to a good start. This weekend the Varsity team has a tournament at Clinton and then they will play Athens on Monday.

Community Spotlight  |  November 14, 2021
George Washington Minier

George Washington Minier

Founded nearly 154 years ago, the village of Minier has an interesting history all of which leads back to its founder, Rev. George Washington Minier. Born on October 8th of 1813, Rev. Minier was one of ten children. He was raised in Bradford County where he found his education in public schools and Athens Academy. He was so dedicated to his studies he would walk six miles to and from school. After Rev. Minier finished his college education, he taught for three years.

Community Spotlight  |  November 7, 2021
Rebecca Marvel

Rebecca Marvel

Born in 1806 and passing away in 1893, Rebecca (Barr) Marvel is an important person in Waynesville history. Rebecca, at just 18 years old in 1824, traveled from Gibson County, Indiana to Central Illinois. Here, Rebecca, her husband, her brother, and his wife settled down in what we now know as Waynesville, Illinois. For several years they were the only ones living in the area, living out of log cabins they had built for themselves. As the years went by more people joined the settlement and built a community.

High School Sports  |  November 7, 2021
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

As the fall season of sports dies down, many sports and activities at Olympia High School have reached their post-season. Last Saturday the 30th the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams both competed in their sectional meet. At this meet, the Boys Team took second with Owen Dare finishing 10th and Carter Phillips finishing 21st. The Girls Team finished 3rd overall with Anna Bieber taking 15th and Abby Litwiller taking 21st.

Community Spotlight  |  October 31, 2021
Area Ghost Stories

Area Ghost Stories

Halloween fills the month of October with spooky decorations, scary films, and people itching to get in the Halloween spirit. With this comes ghost stories. You would be surprised at the number of ghost stories our local areas have. All of the stories I tell today are from the website Haunting Places where people can submit the lore of buildings and places. 

Spotlight  |  October 31, 2021
Funks Grove Country Store: Antiques, Primitives

Funks Grove Country Store: Antiques, Primitives

The Funks Grove Country Store is a store that offers a wide range of antiques spanning decades. The owners of this store are Judi Braid, who I interviewed for this spotlight, and Rey Jannush. In 2018 the two decided to partner up and run the antique store together. When speaking to Judi she said that they “both love antiques and creating, so that was probably the big draw to do it together.”

Top Story  |  October 24, 2021
13 Days of Halloween

13 Days of Halloween

Starting on the 19th and going through the 31st, Atlanta is hosting a Halloween event with a multitude of activities, weekday events starting at 4 pm and Friday and Sunday events starting at 7 pm. Each night there is a different craft or activity that families can participate in, including pumpkin painting, trick or treat bag decorating, board games, and so much more. All of these events lead up to their main event being hosted on the 29th through the 31st, the Haunted Museum.      Christina Vannoy, the director of the Atlanta Public Library, and Julianna, the Programs Director at the library, are the two who have planned the majority of this event. They have also had help from Whitney Ortiz, Dale Colaw, Diane Devore, Jim Welchel, and a few volunteers. Both Christina and Julianna are really excited about the Haunted Museum. They said they had “a lot of fun researching the stories included in it, and [they’re] looking forward to sharing it with the community.” Christina is also excited to see what the kids create throughout the event and how creative they get with their arts and crafts.

High School Sports  |  October 24, 2021
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

To kick off the week of OHS activities, on the 16th the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams both competed in the St. Anthony Invite. In this meet, most of the girls and boys from the teams placed in the top forty. The Boys Team got first overall in this meet and the Girls Team got second overall.       The Girls Swim team had a meet at Porta High School where the team did really well. Isabelle Forrest got first in the 200 IM and the team also got first and second in the 200 Medley Relay. Just like many other fall sports, their postseason is fast approaching with their sectional meet two weeks from now. With only a few weeks left of normal meets, the season will soon come to an end and winter sports will be starting.

Community Spotlight  |  October 17, 2021
Harry Potter Escape Room

Harry Potter Escape Room

As many Halloween activities kick off in October, the Danvers Library is hosting a Harry Potter Escape Room. Two escape rooms were planned, and the first one has already been held last Monday on the 11th for younger kids. The second escape room is being held on the 23rd and is for those 15 and up. The first escape room was primarily puzzles laid out on tables. The escape room hosted on the 23rd will feature hidden keys, locked boxes, and “a small, but interesting, twist” according to Chantel Sisco who is running the two escape rooms. There are one-hour time slots with six people allowed in each time spot.

Top Story  |  October 10, 2021
OHS Homecoming

OHS Homecoming

To begin the Olympia High School Homecoming Week a kick-off assembly was held. In this assembly, the School Song competition was first where students competed to see who could be the loudest while singing the school song. The seniors took first with the juniors coming close behind. Slime Time was held after the School Song competition. The contestants for Slime Time were Maddie Conway, Taylor Nowaskie, Michael Bagby, Jayden Kavanaugh, and Mrs. Brown. Students bid on who would get to slime each contestant, the highest bid being $231 from Andrew Litwiller to slime Taylor Nowaskie. The dress-up theme was to dress like your elementary self. 

High School Sports  |  October 10, 2021
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

This week was a busy week for the Spartans with Homecoming Week going on and multiple activities having games. Boys and Girls Cross Country ran in the Illinois Prairie Conference meet which was held at Olympia. In this race, the Boy’s team placed second overall. They finished off the week on Saturday with the Metamora Runnin Red Invitational. The Boy’s team got eleventh overall and the Girl’s team got sixth.

Community Spotlight  |  October 3, 2021
HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes

HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes

HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes is a local 501c non-profit with the mission to give back to wounded soldiers. Four out of the five board members are Olympia graduates. To complete their mission HOOAH provides outdoor activities to these wounded soldiers. This includes events such as turkey hunts, fishing trips, deer hunts, and pheasant hunts. These activities are supervised by volunteers and every aspect is formatted to fit the needs of each soldier.

Spotlight  |  October 3, 2021
Gordy’s Garage

Gordy’s Garage

Gordy’s Garage is a local small engine repair shop ran by Mike Fuller. The shop is located in McLean and is specialized in repairing all kinds of small engines. Some examples are lawn mowers, chain saws, weed eaters, and other similar items. Essentially anything that has a small engine on it can be repaired by Mike.

Community Spotlight  |  September 26, 2021
Payton Rich Recovers From Surgery

Payton Rich Recovers From Surgery

In May of 2021, Payton Rich was at her last middle school basketball practice of the season when she went to do a pivot move and bent her knee backward. This movement resulted in a stretched/swollen ACL and multiple bone bruises. On May 10th, a week after her injury, Payton went to go see a knee surgeon about her injury. Over the summer she spent time resting it, hoping at a chance to play in her freshman basketball season. Payton was in a wheelchair and wearing a leg brace for some time to help in the healing.

High School Sports  |  September 26, 2021
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

The Girls Volleyball team had a strong week with two wins added to their record. In their first game of the week against Decatur, they won in two sets. The first set was 25-19, and the second set was 25-12. On Thursday against Prairie Central, the team won in three sets, winning the first one 25-13 and winning the third 25-19. Hopefully, they can keep the momentum going into next week.

Top Story  |  September 19, 2021
Summer Gives Way to Fall

Summer Gives Way to Fall

Fall is personally my favorite season, from the colorful trees and the crunch of fallen leaves, to the chilly nights and childhood memories of Halloween. It is a beautiful season full of all kinds of fun celebrations and traditions. Even if Fall isn’t your favorite season, it is still an enjoyable season packed full of all kinds of fun.

Spotlight  |  September 19, 2021
McLean Depot Train Shop

McLean Depot Train Shop

Tom Ludlam is the owner of the McLean Depot Train Shop and has been for 11 years. After he retired from the army, he had an opportunity where he could use the Depot building for a train shop, something he had “in the back of [his] mind to be an interesting thing to do for many years”, so he took the chance. The Depot is owned by the village, but he runs it and the Train Shop together. He loves being his own boss and working in a hobby he has an interest in.

Meet The Chief  |  September 12, 2021
Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney grew up in Bloomington, Illinois. He began volunteering in the Secor Fire Department in 2004, and in 2006 he joined the Armington Fire and Rescue Department. In 2007 Ryan moved to the rescue side of the fire department, and just a little over a year ago he became chief of the rescue department. Overall Ryan has been volunteering and helping those in need for over 17 years.

High School Sports  |  September 12, 2021
OHS Weekly Sports Recap

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

To start off the week, the JV football team got a win 18-8 against PBL Monday night. Alex Olsen led the team, getting a safety to end the second quarter, and a pick-six to end the game. On Thursday the Freshman team beat Monticello 20-16. 

Spotlight  |  September 5, 2021
Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More

Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More

Missy’s cupcakes, cookies, and more is a baking business based in Stanford and run by Missy Gaither out of her home. Missy started this business about 10 years ago because of her love of baking. As an entrepreneur she has turned her passion into a business and one of her favorite parts is being her own boss. Not only this but she loves meeting new people through her work. Missy wants to “grow [her] business and someday have a storefront.”

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