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Duplicate bridge results announced

CHARLESTON -- The results of the duplicate bridge Swiss team championship game played on Oct. 8 are:

  • 1 Mark Daily - Keith Atteberry
  • 2 Kate Dickens - Linda Heinkel
  • 3 Eric Bizzell - Donna Swick

The next game will be held on Monday at 6:45 p.m. at First Christian Church in Charleston. All bridge players are welcome.

Books Between Bites to hold meeting

MATTOON -- Books Between Bites will be held in the meeting room of the Mattoon Public Library at noon on Monday. Nancy Plummer will review the book "The Rock Hole" by Reavis Wortham.

Wortham lives in Texas and writes about stories he heard as a boy.

"The Rock Hole" is about a 10-year-old boy nicknamed Top (Texas Orrin Parker) who comes to stay with his grandparents in a little town called Center Springs, Texas. The narrator is Top and he describes many characters who live in the town. Top's grandfather is the county constable so he has information about the wrongdoing in Center Springs and Top is more aware of what is happening than his grandfather would like. 

The public is invited and you may bring a sack lunch. Coffee and iced tea will be furnished.

Flourishes Art Talk Tuesday to be held

SHELBYVILLE -- Whether an accomplished artist, a person who would like to experience something new in visual art, or someone who just wants to join a group for fun on a non-committal basis, Art Talk Tuesday may be for you.

Flourishes Gallery and Studios, located at 140 1/2 E. Main, offers free of cost sessions Tuesday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m. with the first half hour being sharing and the last hour a hands-on experience that is very open to everyone’s creativity. A talk subject is listed for each Tuesday and a list of supplies if needed. No reservations are needed.

This Tuesday's topic is relating a value drawing to what you want to paint. Bring a photo of what you want to paint.

For more information, call Carol at 217-827-5690. For those who have a hard time with the 25 stairs, the elevator is expected to be operational in September.

Tax information volunteers meeting planned at library

EFFINGHAM -- Visit the Effingham Public Library at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Bauer Computer Room of the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library for information on upcoming volunteer opportunities with AARP’s Tax Preparation Program. These volunteer opportunities include being greeters as well as being those that provide tax services.

For the past three years, the AARP Tax Aide program has provided tax assistance -- mostly to senior citizens -- at the Effingham Public Library. During the last tax season, Tax Aide volunteers helped nearly 120 people file their state and federal returns. But Tax Aide has a problem -- none of the volunteers who have helped at the site lives in Effingham. Last year, tax counselors traveled in from outside this community to help in Effingham. During the next tax season, unless other volunteers step up, services in Effingham may need to be reduced.

More details about the program will be provided at the information meeting, and people will be provided assistance in signing up on the AARP Foundation website if they wish. Successful volunteers will be expected to attend three days of training (typically held in Centralia or Mt. Vernon) in January 2019. Tax services will be provided each Tuesday from early February until early April. No Registration Required.

For further information, contact 217-342-2464, ext.1, or email


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