Open house scheduled to honor long time Water Department employee

CHARLESTON -- An all-day open house is scheduled Friday for a long-time water department employee.

Becky Fasig, the Charleston water department supervisor and deputy city clerk, has worked in the water department for more than 28 years and is retiring Friday. Refreshments will be served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the water department located at Charleston City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave.

Midwest Open Taekwondo Championship to be held

DECATUR -- The Midwest Open Taekwondo Championship will be held Friday-Sunday at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 W. US Rt. 36. Competitors from across the country will be attending this annual event.

To learn more about the Midwest Open Taekwondo Championship, call Master Joshua Sharp of Sharp’s Taekwondo, 1070 Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth, at 217-875-5031 or visit www.midwestchampionships.com.

Charleston Reading Circle to hold meeting

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Reading Circle will meet at the Charleston Carnegie Library at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

At the last meeting on Nov. 3, Marilyn Dudley reported on "The Girl with Seven Names, Escape from North Korea" by Hyeonseo Lee and David John. Hyeonseo was born in North Korea and survived the chaos of a brutal regime, starvation and repression until she escaped to China at the age of seventeen. Although the book was Hyeonseo's story, the book revealed much about how the Kim family of dictators control every detail of Korean life in order to stay in power.

Jane Gilbert reported on "Flirting with French" by William Alexander. After admiring France and all things French for all his adult life, the author dedicated a year of his life to learning French by all types of study methods including an immersion class in France. The author didn't succeed in language fluency but increased his mental faculties to a remarkable degree in the process. His moral was that language study was an end in itself and helped to promote mental alertness as one ages.

Daughters of the Union Civil War Veterans presentation to be held at Charleston Library

CHARLESTON -- A Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War presentation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Charleston Public Library Rotary Room, 712 6th Street, Charleston. It is open to the public and presented by the Coles County Genealogical Society. For more information contact Ann Winkler Hinrichs at annewc615@aol.com or at 314-608-3451.

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