Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New Contributor, Mr. Charlie Drier

New Contributor, Mr. Charlie Drier

New Contributor, Mr. Charlie Drier, Metamora Herald
Photo by Mike Roedell

Recently, the Metamora Herald welcomed a new member of the sports team! Charlie Drier will be sharing stories about the ladies golf team at MTHS as well as possible other sports coverage.

Here is a bit about him:

A Michigan Native, relocated here to Central Illinois and this is our fifth move with my employer.  I am an in the Insurance Industry but don’t sell it, I am the Vice President for the state of Illinois.  My wife and I have been married for 28 years.  We have three children; one son that graduated college this May.  Our oldest daughter is a Junior at Augustana College and our youngest is a Junior at Metamora Twp High School and the reason I write for the girls golf.  All three of our children went through the Germantown Hills elementary and Middle school which feeds into the Metamora Township High School.

I am active in the community along with my wife.  Jill volunteers for the area Meals on Wheels and for PCAPs (Peoria County Animal Protection) too.  I am on the Executive Boards of The Salvation Army and Junior Achievement here in Peoria.  I graduated from Albion College ’89 and was a member of the MIAA Baseball Championship teams ’88 and ’89.  I am avid golfer, devoted Chicago Cubs Baseball fan and am brave enough to admit that I am a Minnesota Vikings fan as well.
Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce Awards Scholarships to Local Students

Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce Awards Scholarships to Local Students

Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce Awards Scholarships to Local Students, Metamora Herald
Pictured, left to right is Neal Beer, GHCC Vice President, Isaac Adams, Josie Koenig, and Veronica Axelson, GHCC President.

This past May 2019 Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce started a Scholarship Program offering two $500 scholarships for Metamora Township High School graduates with the following specifications:  have a business major and attend our local colleges of either Illinois Central College, Bradley University, or Eureka College.   
The two students who won this May 2019 were Isaac W Adams, and Josie L Koenig.
Isaac is the son of Scott and Jennifer Adams and lives in the Germantown Hills Area.   Isaac will be attending Illinois Central College for two years and then transferring to a four-year college.   He hopes to someday have his own financial advisory firm, and GHCC would love to see him back in the Germantown Hills area with his own company and hopefully a member of our Chamber.
Josie is the daughter of Michael and Tracey Koenig of Metamora and will be attending Eureka College this fall pursing a degree in Business and concentrating on the financial and economics side of it.   Her plan is following the path of the family business and becoming a major participant in the Koenig Trucking & Excavating business located in Metamora.     
GHCC wishes these students lots of success in the future and would love to see them as new GH Chamber members in the upcoming years.   

Monday, August 19, 2019

Metamora Girls Golf Place 4th at Eastland Invite

Metamora Girls Golf Place 4th at Eastland Invite

Metamora Girls Golf Place 4th at Eastland Invite, Metamora Herald

(L to R; Hannah Heiden, Oliva Ehlers, Brooke Drier, Rebecca Johnson, Cari Troutt, and Taylor Whitaker)

-Lanark, Illinois Saturday, August 17th
Rain rain go away, come back here another day?  As the lady Redbirds Varsity Golf team departed from Metamora for the Eastland Invite in Lanark, Il, it was downpouring rain.  Driving two and a half hours toward their destination, the girls and even Coach Danner were probably wondering if the drive was going to be worth it as this day could have been a rained out event.  As they drove Northwest to Lanark, the sky turned blue with some cirrus and stratus clouds causing the sun to come through and give them hope for this invitational.  Last year, the Eastland Invite was won by the Lady Redbirds, they wanted to defend their title.

Lake Carroll Golf Course is not for the faint at heart.  This course is one that even the most experienced golfer would have some doubt with their drives, secondary approach, and chip shots onto anyone of their holes.  Put it to you this way, your feet are level with your ball typically at the time of your drive and rarely in the fairway.  Developed in the very rolling hills of Northwest Illinois, the glacial landscape here created some tight and challenging holes for all that played here.  Far too many of these greens were elevated, causing your golf distance finder to respond often with = good luck.  

Our Lady Redbirds faced teams from Eastland (host), Winnebago, Rockford Christian, Monmouth United, Sandwich, Guilford Rockford Co-Op, Galena, Lena/Pearl City, Dakota, Erie/Prophetstown, and Lena/Pearl City.  Many of these team have competed here in regular play along with the conference.  Coming into this challenging course after having played in Oglesby for only 9 holes, our Lady Redbirds faced an incredible foe; Lake Carroll Golf Course.  The skies before tee time were beginning to cloud up with a forecast in the next minutes of a torrential downpour rain and a chance of thunderstorms.

The starter of this Invitational gathered all the players together, sharing ground rules, construction areas and out of bounds to the players, getting them prepared to their round before them.  They were recommended to play with a high speed of play due to the incoming weather that was predicted.  Into their second hole, the rain began, but it was a gentle light mist.  That was a big dodge in the weather prediction.  But with slight rain comes something that every golfer who has ever walked 18 holes cherishes; humidity.  If you have ever had a wet wool blanket on your shoulders and have attempted to do anything that resembles swinging a golf club, you know that it is cumbersome and it wears you down.

Despite the weather, humidity and having to be part mountain goat to navigate this golf course, our Lady Redbirds placed fourth.  The scores entered were Brooke Drier's 100, Hannah Heiden's 101, Kari Troutt's 110, Taylor Whitaker's 121, Olivia Ehlers' 130 and Rebecca Johnson's 140.  The Lady Redbirds had a 430 overall as the top four scores were used for today's invite with Guilford Rockford, winning with 348 and taking the trophy.  For the Lady Redbirds newcomers, Olivia Ehlers and Rebecca Johnson, this will more than likely be their toughest 18 hole course to encounter this golf season.  

The Lady Redbirds host the Redbird Classic at Metamora Fields, this Wednesday the 21st.  The invitational begins at 1:00 p.m. and several local talented golfers will be here.  Until then, may your ball find the fairway and the wind always be to your back.  

Submitted by Charlie Drier

Saturday, August 17, 2019

IPPFA praises signing of First Responders Suicide Prevention Act

IPPFA praises signing of First Responders Suicide Prevention Act

IPPFA praises signing of First Responders Suicide Prevention Act, Metamora Herald

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) today praised the signing of the Illinois First Responders Suicide Prevention Act, a new law the IPPFA drafted that will help fight the number one cause of duty-related deaths in the state. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the legislation today at the Illinois State Police headquarters in Springfield, and the law takes effect immediately.

“This new law is a major step toward saving the lives of everyday heroes, those who run toward danger rather than away from it and have for years suffered silently because of it,” said IPPFA President James McNamee. “This will give police officers and firefighters the assistance they need to save their own lives while they work every day to save ours.”

The legislation, which overwhelmingly passed the Illinois General Assembly as House Bill 2766, provides that any emergency services or public safety employee may refer any fellow first responder for mental health services through an employee assistance or peer counseling program. If such a program is not available through the employee's agency, the legislation authorizes that help may be sought from any available mental health assistance program. Most importantly, the bill mandates that any oral or written information communicated during these mental health sessions would be strictly confidential and could not be used in any judicial hearing, arbitration, or other adjudicatory proceeding.

The IPPFA drafted the bill more than two years ago. It was written by IPPFA board member and first responder Shawn Curry, and the legislation gained steam following several recent first responder suicides in Illinois.

“Crimes, fires and other emergencies have not gone down, and as we place more duties on fewer people, those people need to have access to confidential help when they need it,” McNamee said.

“The attempted suicide rate for first responders such as police officers and firefighters is more than ten times the rate of the general public, and this new law will literally save lives.”

This spring and summer the IPPFA partnered with the Northern Illinois University Psychology Department to develop training for first responder mental health service providers. This training will be accredited through the university and can be taught through the state's university system.

A recent study by the Ruderman Family Foundation examined depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues affecting first responders and the rates of suicide in departments nationwide. The study determined that first responder suicides outnumber all line of duty deaths in the United States, making it the number one cause of death for firefighters, police officers, probation and corrections officers, paramedics and ambulance personnel.

The IPPFA was founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit organization whose mandate was to educate public pension fund trustees. In 2009 the IPPFA became the primary education provider for public pension fund trustees in the state of Illinois, and its members manage more than $18 billion in pension assets.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Metamora High School Redbirds Girls Varsity Golf 8/15/2019

Metamora High School Redbirds Girls Varsity Golf 8/15/2019

Metamora High School Redbirds Girls Varsity Golf, Metamora Herald

Deer Park Golf Club, Oglesby, Illinois, August 15th 2019

The 2019 Redbirds Girls Varsity Golf team entered the new season here at Oglesby, Illinois.  They met with the LaSalle Peru Varsity Girls Golf Team.  Deer Park Golf Club was a new location for the Redbirds as last years contest was played at Senica's, just east of LaSalle.  Deer Parks course was well groomed and ready for this event as it had in years past.  Deer Creek, founded in 1904, certainly portrayed itself as the majestic and well kept secret for these many years.  This afternoon, the Redbirds were represented by Senior's Tayler Ellis, Olivia Ehlers and Rebecca Johnson, Junior's Brooke Drier and Hannah Heiden, Sophomore's Kerri Troutt and Taylor Whitaker.  

Deer Creek resembles the Redbirds home course, Metamora Fields, with its often flat, wide and rolling fairways with large sandtraps that can ruin your chances for a par.  However, due to the age of this course, there were numerous menacing trees reaching over the top of and peering into fairways and often shadowing the greens. Many drives and approach shots were spoiled by these tall Oaks, Elms and Maples.  The Redbirds were prepared for this event under the leadership of Chuck Danner, Coach and Tom Ambrosch, Assistant Coach.  Before the golf season began, Coach Danner conveyed to the girls his expectations of playing as often as they could in the summer.  Due to IHSA rules, coaches are limited to off season contact and sanctioned practices.  Coach Danner, told the parents and players that he was excited for this season, as the girls were to defend the Mid- Illini Conference Title as they have won it three years in a row.  

LaSalle's girls were no contest for our Lady Redbirds.  For a nine hole match on Deer Park's golf course, Metamora defeated them with a score of 200 to 233.  Our Redbirds were led by Brooke Drier's 46 followed by 2018 State Final Qualifier Hannah Heiden's 49, then Kerri Troutt's 52, Tayler Whitaker's 53 and Tayler Ellis' 57.  The Lady Redbirds enter into this weekend playing in the Eastland Invite, Lanark Golf Course, Lake Carroll.  The Lady Redbirds are returning here to defend their championship title at this extremely hilly and challenging course.

Until then, keep it in the fairway and here's to having the wind at your back every hole you play!

Submitted by:  Charlie Drier

Joe Diffie Outdoor at the Avanti’s Dome!

Joe Diffie Outdoor at the Avanti’s Dome!

Joe Diffie Outdoor at the Avanti’s Dome!, Metamora Herald

The Avanti’s Dome and The City of Pekin are excited to announce Joe Diffie is coming to Pekin on Friday September 20, 2019 for an outdoor event benefitting St. Jude Runs! 

Pekin, IL (Aug 13) – The Avanti’s Dome in Pekin, IL is excited to announce Joe Diffie will be performing an outdoor show on Friday September 20 with Matt Miller and Katelyn Smith. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit St. Jude Runs. This is Joe Diffie’s 4th year being involved with St. Jude Runs in Central Illinois. This will be the first year of hosting the event at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin. The gates will open at 5P and the show will start at 6P. 

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance. Tickets will go on sale Friday August 16 at 10A and will be available at! 

About Joe Diffie Joe Diffie has earned twelve #1 Country Hits including “Home,” “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock from the Sun” and “John Deere Green.” He has earned over 20 top 10 singles, has released 13 albums and has garnered sales exceeding 6 million. Joe Diffie has won a Grammy Award, CMA Awards, and was once honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the Country Music Broadcasters.

About Avanti’s Dome The Avanti’s Dome is Central Illinois’ premier event and sports facility. 33 acre complex, 76,000 sq. ft. climate controlled dome, 4 outdoor diamonds. We are the event center of Pekin, IL! We host all kinds of events that Include sports: (baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse) and social gatherings: (weddings, banquets, reunions, birthdays, corporate meetings, craft shows, trade shows, car shows, fundraisers). Our facility and staff provide the best atmosphere for any event. 

Find out more about Avanti’s Dome and upcoming events by visiting or by following them on Facebook. 
In its 16th Year ‘Day of the Dozer’ Still Giving Kids the Ultimate Ride

In its 16th Year ‘Day of the Dozer’ Still Giving Kids the Ultimate Ride

n its 16th Year ‘Day of the Dozer’ Still Giving Kids the Ultimate Ride, Metamora Herald

On Saturday, August 24th, kids will get the experience of a lifetime . . . a chance to see and ride heavy construction and farming equipment!  The event runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington. 
In its 16th year, more than 11,000 kids have attended this one of a kind event! On this day, the kids will be in the driver's seat and actually drive dozers, excavators, and other heavy equipment with a professional operator at their side. 
Additional farming, construction and Emergency vehicles will be on exhibit, plus the world's largest sandbox and other kid friendly activities. Food, refreshments, and souvenirs will be available. It's a great day for good dirty fun!
Tickets for kids are $5 in advance, and $7 at the gate.  Admission includes souvenir 'Hard hat'. Purchase tickets in advance at:  Hy-Vee Bloomington, The School Shop, and Stark Excavating.  (Tickets not required for adults.) 
Honorary Chairmen are David Stark, CEO of Stark Excavating, and local agricultural leader, Jim Finnigan. Major Sponsors are Stark Excavating, Finnigan Farms, Radio Bloomington, and WMBD-WYZZ TV
Proceeds will benefit the “Stay 4” Project®; a local initiative designed to address the high school drop-out crisis, and help low income students that demonstrate the ability to succeed, yet are at risk for dropping out.  
For more information go to, call 309-828-3406, or email