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Patricia Greer: Heritage Health Spotlight

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“Sometimes I feel like I am old”

Patricia Greer, of St. Louis, is the resident spotlight for the month of October. Patricia is 80 years young and although it may not seem too old, she says “she feels like she is old sometimes.” Greer has been living at Heritage Health for about 6 months.

Her parents were hard working people in St. Louis as Patricia had one older brother growing up. Patricia loved the hustle and bustle in the St. Louis life even though she lived in the suburbs. When she was old enough, she attended a public school and stayed in school until she received her diploma.

Patricia was a quiet student in school and loved to spell. Spelling was her favorite subject, she laughed. We can assume she won quite a few spelling bee competitions, but she could not recall how many. “Heck, I don’t know,” she grinned. “I don’t recall.”

It was in high school when she found her love for photography. She loved to take pictures. “I loved to take pictures of family members,” she said. It was nothing in particular about taking pictures that she loved; she just liked to capture the moment.

After high school, Patricia got a job for a doctor. She was a receptionist for the specialist. The job fit right into her lifestyle: busy, come and go, and multi-tasking. She loved to be occupied all the time. Patricia worked for the doctor for a long time, but moved on to another job after she got tired of being a secretary.

Working is not the highlight of her life. It is rather her marriage. Patricia is still married and loves her husband more and more each day. “I am still married,” she bragged. Her husband, Eddie, comes out and visits her every day. “He will probably be out today,” she smiled.

Eddie and Patricia fell in love after a blind date. She could not remember who set the date up, nor does she care. The two were a match made in heaven. Although Patricia does not care too much for sports, her husband loved them. She loved them too when she was around him. “We were probably watching a ball game on our date,” she added.

After the two joined in marriage, they resided in St. Louis and had 2 children together until they made the move to Gillespie Lake. “All of our friends came down to Gillespie Lake to have an extra place to go, so we joined them.” They have been living in the Gillespie area for over 10 years now.

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“We love it!” They love the opposite life style and don’t miss St. Louis at all, she added. Her husband likes to fish and camp, so they ended up living by the lake. The pair loved to go to ball games and to watch the Cardinals. “He likes the ball games, but I don’t.”

Patricia, on the other hand, loves to dance, travel, and garden. She loves to garden and plant a bunch of flowers. “We had a lot of flowers,” she explained. Most of the flowers were seasonal flowers. Right now, she would have mums out. “We always gave some of our neighbors flowers.”

They lived for ballroom dancing though! No dance lessons were necessary for the Greer’s. “We knew how!” Me and Eddie just cut a rug, she laughed. They loved to go to the Coliseum and dance the night away. “There were some good bands to dance to,” Patricia added.

She loves her new home: Heritage Health. “They take great care of me,” she said. The kitchen staff prepares the best food and the helpers do the best they can to give you a nice place to stay. Patricia herself likes to sing. She sings during entertainment with Ed Love, who is a speech therapist. “It is fun! We sing wherever we are whenever we see each other,” she added. Music and singing are her two favorite things to do at Heritage Health!

Her husband comes out and goes to activities with her. “We like to listen to music,” Patricia said. Besides music, Patricia likes to play bingo and go to the church groups. The only thing she would like to change about Heritage Health is the “scary bats” that are clinged to the windows. “Oh gosh, they leave them on forever and they are so ugly,” Patricia said in a serious tone. “Christmas ones are happier. I don’t like the bats from Halloween; I don’t think they are cute.”

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Macoupin County Courthouse News

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Cases filed during July 7 through July 13. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Timothy D. Conlee, 29 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving in connection with a July 6 incident.

Dylan J. Arview, 25 of Benld, is charged with driving under the influence while license revoked or suspending, DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving 15-20 mph above the limit in connection with a July 5 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 35 of Sorento, is charged with driving revoked/suspended with a DUI, driving on revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, displayed registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

Dustin W. Gooch, 34 of Beecher City, is charged with aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, unlawful display of a title, improper use of registration/title, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and registration light in connection with a June 17 incident.

MISDEMEANORS

Jordan A. Black, 24 of Gillespie, is charged with battery/causing bodily harm in connection with a July 8 incident.

Dustin R. Stieglitz, 37 of Shipman, is charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon in connection to a June 29 incident.

Steven A. Kroll, 33 of Eagarville, is charged with resisting a peace officer, fire fighter, or corrections employee in connection with a June 26 incident.

TRAFFIC

David B. Brown, 58 of Virden, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a July 3 incident.

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Jennifer L. Roberts, 47 of Worden, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with July 5 incident.

Andrew L. Connoyer, 31 of Bethalto, is charged with improper use of registration, driving 15-20 mph above the limit, and no valid registration in connection with July 7 incident.

Megan E. Bertoldi, 37 of Gillespie, is charged with leaving the scene in connection with July 11 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Tasha McQuay versus David McQuay

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School board disciplines staff member; hires AD and Student Services Coordinator

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In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education approved a “resolution of remedial warning” against an unidentified district teacher, and hired a new Student Services Coordinator and Athletic Director.

The actions followed an 80-minute executive session during which board members presumably primarily discussed personnel issues. The regular monthly meeting of the board was moved up by one week to fill key positions, such as the Athletic Director and Student Services Coordinator, prior to the start of the school year next month. The district was taken by surprise when former Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Bray and Athletic Director Mike Bertagnolli both announced their retirements within days of each other.

Supt. Shane Owsley said the resolution of remedial warning is a disciplinary action representing “a second strike, so to speak.” Neither the teacher or the nature of the infraction was disclosed in open session.

In other action, the board, voted unanimously to hire Shelsie Timmermeier as the district’s Student Services Coordinator for the 2024-25 school year, stepping into the vacancy created by Bray’s retirement, pending confirmation of certification and a background check. In a separate action, the board also appointed Timmermeier as an assistant high school women’s volleyball coach.

Jeremy Smith was hired, also by a unanimous vote, as the district’s Athletic Director for the 2024-25 school year. In a related matter, Smith’s resignation as middle school head baseball coach was accepted. Additionally, the board posted the coaching position as vacant for the coming school year.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Dennis Tiburzi, the board hired Alex Jasper as a high school social science teacher for the coming school year. The board also voted unanimously to hire Tate Wargo as a first-year, non-tenured physical education instructor, pending confirmation of certification. Both positions were vacated as a result of the sudden resignation of Dalton Barnes in April as head football coach, physical education teacher and social science teacher. 

In related matters, the board also hired Wargo Monday night as an eighth grade boy’s basketball coach, and accepted Jasper’s resignation as a district paraprofessional and posted the position as vacant.

In other personnel action, the board:

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  • Hired Amanda Ewin as a one-on-one aide.
  • Hired Anthony Kravanya as a freshman men’s basketball coach.
  • Appointed Melissa Heigert as a volunteer assistant high school softball coach.

In other action, the board gave routine approval to a list of policies provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Supt. Owsley also provided a brief update on the progress being made on safety projects expected to be completed before the start of the school year, including installation of a new intercom system, a card-reader entry system and shatter-proof protective film on exterior windows.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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