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Ogden Trustee Duane Fitch did not lose his house during the Ogden tornado.
In fact, his home suffered very little damage.
His parents were not so lucky.
“The day they finished taking down my parents’ house remains one of the saddest days in my life,” Fitch said.
On April 19, 1996 33 tornadoes occurred in Illinois.
Duane and Carolyn Schluter’s family gathered on Nov. 17 for an early Thanksgiving at their farmhouse northeast of Gifford.
Ten minutes after saying grace, they were even more grateful.
Eighteen people escaped serious injury by fleeing to the basement, seconds before a tornado swept the house away.
The Ogden-Royal fire Department will be hosting a donation drive for Gifford at the Ogden fire station starting Monday and going through Friday from 5:30-8 p.m.
The St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District will be holding a donation drive on Tuesday at the fire station for Gifford.
The drive will be from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the station at 222 E. Warren St.
The district has asked the Red Cross if they can provide a trailer to collect donations.
Emily and Vinny Santanelli want to teach their children to help others.
"We want to help our kids to help others and be neighborly and instill a sense of community," Emily said.
They are hoping to expand that theme with a new project called "Love Your Neighbor."
Love Your Neighbor is a community wide initiative to restore the lost art of neighborliness in St. Joseph.
SJO to hold Financial Aid Night
St. Joseph-Ogden High School will host Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Nov. 21 starting at 6:30 in the library.
Guest speaker will go over steps necessary to fill out FAFSA (federal form for financial aid). Seniors students and parents welcome.
Mahomet Library to hold 5K event
Heritage NHS selling memory bricks
The Homer American Legion Auxiliary is having a Veteran's Supply Drive on Sat. Nov. 9 in Homer.
"We will be offering a drive up and donate service at the gazebo," said event organizer Kim Graham.
All of the donations will be given to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Danville to help support veterans and their needs.
Being Star of the Week at Heritage Elementary School was fun for Parker Robinson, but the highlight came on the last day of the week.