Monday, December 10, 2018

Santa’s Secret Shop

Santa’s Secret Shop

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From the MGS PTO:

The MGS PTO holds the annual Secret Shop to provide students an opportunity to do their own holiday gift shopping for family and friends. Children will shop with a volunteer Elf to help them select gifts for everyone on their list.  Our Elves even help shoppers wrap and label their purchases so your child will leave Santa’s Secret Shop with wrapped gifts ready to go under the tree! 

K-4 students will visit Santa’s Secret Shop on Thursday & Friday, December 13th and 14th during special library times at school. The children really look forward to this event and to make this a success, we need your help! It takes a lot of Elves to help run the store, especially during school hours. You can volunteer to be an Elf who helps the children shop, purchase, and wrap their gifts...Elf ears and attire are not required, but certainly welcomed! We also need other volunteers to help usher in the Christmas spirit - setting up, decorating, and cleaning up.

Sign-up here.
December 10th, 2018 Human Rights Day 70th year anniversary

December 10th, 2018 Human Rights Day 70th year anniversary

Metamora Herald, world human rights day
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This holiday season, we will all be gathered with family, friends/coworkers at social events. There will be food, laughter, and gifts to exchange. But the one gift we should all be the most grateful for every day of the year is the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. Created by the UN after WW2 ended. The UN adopted the declaration on December 10th, 1948, and kept December 10th is the annual date of the celebration.

[1] This year, Human Rights Day  marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. 

After reading the declaration I have to say, that I wish the Articles in this document were followed more closely. Everyone everywhere should consider human life important.  [2] Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. The best place to start is local. Food banks, clothing/toy donations, or volunteering your time are all excellent ways of supporting people in your community. Happy Human Rights Day!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bradley survives comeback from Western Illinois for 14-point Win

Bradley survives comeback from Western Illinois for 14-point Win

Bradley's Nyjah White and Western Illinois' Annabel Graettinger go for the opening tip at Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria on Tuesday morning's Field Trip Day game. Bradley would win the contest, 82-68. PHOTO / ALEX STAAB
Peoria, Ill. - The last time Western Illinois (3-6) and Bradley (7-0) met was last season in Peoria. In a thrilling and high-scoring game, Bradley came out on top, 87-80. When meeting in 2018, it would end up being the same thing, but it didn't start that way, at least for the visiting Leathernecks.

At the first media timeout, Bradley already held a 14-4 lead, after a three from freshman Lasha Petree forced Leathernecks head coach JD Gravina to call his first timeout, thus becoming the media.

For the most part, Bradley was able to keep that lead where it was at in the first place. The Braves led by double figures still until a free throw by Grace Gilmore cut it within nine, then a pair of free throws from Olivia Kaufmann made it a seven-point game after a quarter.

In the Oakland game on December 1st, Gabi Haack shot 1-10 from the field. In tuesday's game, Haack turned it around. A three of hers kicked off the second quarter scoring. Actually, it wasn't until the 6:03 mark of the quarter that someone other than Haack scored for Bradley. The sophomore was responsible for Bradley's first eight points of the quarter.

Junior Ryan Wilkins would turn into a factor, knocking down a couple of shots to push bradley's lead to 10 with the second shot.

The first half, and second quarter especially, was a game of runs for the Braves. Individual runs to be exact. Next up was senior Vanessa Markert. The Brown County alum scored Bradley's next four points on a layup on a pair of free throws.

Wilkins' first of two shots in the quarter would make it a 10-point game. From the time of Wilkins' make through the halftime break, the Braves maintained a double figure lead. It would be 41-29 in favor of Bradley at the half.

The Braves were able to maintain momentum once the third quarter got underway. A jumper from sophomore Nyjah White gave Bradley a 14-point lead midway through the third.

It even got as high as 18, when Chelsea Brackmann scored on a layup to force a Western Illinois timeout.

Western Illinois would get it within 12, but the Braves would still be leading by not only double figures, but that 14-point spread, with just 10 minutes to go.

The fourth quarter is where things became really interesting, as if it wasn't already. Bradley started with a layup from Peoria native Jailynn Lawson to make it a 16-point game, but Western Illinois decided to turn on the jets. The only question would be if they had enough time.

It stayed a 10+ point game until a layup from Danni Nichols brought the Leathernecks back within 10 for the first time since the 4:20 mark of the second quarter.

Western Illinois got even closer when Kaufmann hit a three to make it just a five-point difference, but that was the closest they'd get.

A free throw from White put Bradley back up double figures soon thereafter and that would seal Bradley's seventh straight win. The final score favored Bradley, 82-68.

Bradley Scoring: Nyjah White (23), Lasha Petree (19), Chelsea Brackmann (12), Gabi Haack (12), Vanessa Markert (8), Ryan Wilkins (4), Tatum Koenig (2), Ellie Spelhaug (2)

Bradley Team Stats:
FGs | 29-75 (38.7%)
3's | 6-27 (22.2%)
FTs | 18-25 (72.0%)
Reb | 55
Fls | 17
Ast | 21
TO | 18
Blk | 3
Stl | 9

Bradley Individual Leaders:
FGs | Nyjah White (10 for 15)
3's | Lasha Petree (4 for 14)
FTs | Chelsea Brackmann & Gabi Haack (4 each)
Reb | Chelsea Brackmann (15)
Ast | Nyjah White (8 - career high)
Blk | Nyjah White (2)
Stl | Nyjah White & Lasha Petree (2 each)

They Said It | HC Andrea Gorski:
On Gabi Haack's shooting in today's game
"Her legs are dead. We've played so many games in the past 10 days and two weeks. Not a lot of recovery. She gives it everything she has every time. There's not a rebound she doesn't go after. She's a physical player. She just did some things today that you don't really notice on the stat sheet. She's just a really steady player."

On Western Illinois' comeback
"They have five three-point shooters out there at the same time. It's a terrible matchup for us. We have a couple of bigs out there trying to defend guards. You know they're going to hit some. They're a tough team for us to play. They're a nightmare for anyone, just because of the matchups. Their style of play, it's different than what you face on a day-to-day basis.

On Taylor Higginbotham of Western Illinois
"I remember last year she had a great game against us. Just a good overall player. She can score inside-outside. She's crafty. We were worried about her coming in."

On Nyjah White narrowly missing a triple-double
"I think Nyjah's just been a little disappointed in her play the last couple of games. No one's harder on Nyjah than Nyjah. I thought today, she just worried about the next play. She didn't let one turnover lead into anything else. She had some great passes in there. Some big buckets down the stretch, too.

On four of five starters scoring in double figures
"We had 21 assists on 29 field goals. I mean, that's good basketball right there. I wish we would've shot a little higher percentage, but when you have 21 assists, that says a lot about how they're learning to play with each other and willing to share the ball."

On upcoming three-game road trip
"We're just going to take a deep breath. The kids haven't had a day off. Staff hasn't. We've had so many back-to-back games. We haven't even really thought too far ahead. I know we've done a good job in this stretch of taking it one game at a time. I expect we'll enjoy being (7-0) today, then tomorrow we're looking to go (3-0) in the next non-conference stretch."

They Said It | #11, Lasha Petree
On early momentum to Western Illinois comeback
"I think we just ended up losing focus a little bit on defense. We should've picked it up a little better, but we pulled it back together."

On physicality of the game
"We tried our hardest not to foul at the end and keep our hands up."

On the three straight road games
"We just have to stay focused on the game and help our bodies recover. Hopefully pull out wins in these next three games."

On Field Trip Day atmosphere
"That was actually pretty exciting. It was cool that all the kids, the high-pitched screams every time we scored. That was fun. I liked that."

They Said It | #45, Nyjah White 
On held momentum becoming preventing a comeback
"I remember they were cutting the lead, it was five. V (Vanessa Markert) took a charge, which was really big for us, because if they would've made that layup, they would've cut the lead to three. Our energy picked up right then and there. I'd say we just kept with it."

On Bradley out-rebounding Western Illinois by 21
"We definitely had some height over them, which was good."

On Chelsea Brackmann's back-to-back games with 10+ rebounds
"She's all over the place. I'm super proud of her for that, capitalizing off of that as well. It's really working for her."

On balanced scoring among starters
"I really love our starting lineup, as well as the whole team. We can all score, that way we can work the ball around. Anybody can shoot it or take it. It's a really good group we've got here."

On the nine day break until the three-game road stretch
"We've been at it for nearly weeks now, and tomorrow (Wednesday) we get our day off. I think we earned it. The recovery process is important for us. We've been doing very well with that."
Metamora uses 19-point comeback to defeat Peoria Notre Dame

Metamora uses 19-point comeback to defeat Peoria Notre Dame

Metamora's Alivia West goes up with Notre Dame's Lexi Snyder for the opening tip on Tuesday in Peoria. Metamora went on to win the game, 48-41. PHOTO / ALEX STAAB
Peoria, Ill. - The road trip got going on Tuesday for Metamora (7-1) (1-0), as they started off with the Irish from Peoria Notre Dame (4-4).

It was yet another slow start for the Redbirds, something that's started to become consistent over the last couple of games. All of five points were scored in the opening quarter. In fact, Metamora has been out-scored in the opening period by both of their opponents in true road games.

A three from Anne Peters and a pair of free throws from Alivia West compiled the Redbirds' scoring in the first. On the other hand, Lexi Snyder of Notre Dame proved to be a problem for Metamora right from the opening tipoff. Snyder found her way to the hoop on multiple occasions, and even popped a couple of shots from behind the arc, totaling 10 points in just the opening eight minutes.

The offense did improve for Metamora in the second quarter, but so did Notre Dame's. The Redbirds weren't able to make many shots, but they did take advantage of the free opportunities, going 7-8 from the charity stripe in the second quarter alone, a notable stat considering the Irish shot 3-9 for the entire game.

Despite the improved scoring, the Redbirds were still behind at the break, 28-16.

The deficit did not get any better when it came time for the third quarter. Notre Dame was able to work it to nearly a 20-point game. It did not take two minutes of the quarter from Metamora head coach Brianna Morrow to call a timeout. At one point, not here, Morrow was assessed a technical foul, which would be her first technical since November 24th, 2017 against Rockford East in Galesburg.

One may be able to pick from numerous instances, but perhaps that technical on Coach Morrow or the time of the timeout may have contributed to what would turn out to be one of the greatest comebacks in recent program history.

A leading factor as to why the game was at the point it was, Metamora's Reagan Begole was not in foul trouble, an issue the senior has had to deal with over the last few games. After the game, she did acknowledge that, citing the ability to play numerous minutes in the first half as the leading factor to her return to double figures in the scoring column. Tonight's 14-point performance by Begole was her first game in double figures since November 16th against Danville Schlarman in Galesburg, when she had 12.

The scoring, although it had already improved from the first to the second quarters, improved even more so in the third. Although it only came from three players, Begole scored eight of her 14 in that period. Hieronymus and Terry combined for the other four, and just like that, Metamora had the game within ten points with just a quarter to go.

The fourth quarter was something else, to say the least. Metamora would need to use all the energy it had to finish off this comeback if they really wanted it. Thankfully for Metamora fans, the comeback did not start too early.

Fatigue may have played a role in Notre Dame's effort, as well as foul trouble. As the game's minutes started to tick down, the Irish slowly got almost their entire starting lineup with three or more fouls. In fact, in a key moment of the game, Snyder, who finished with a game-high 22 points, fouled out. That didn't seal the win by any stretch, but it certainly helped the Redbirds, with Notre Dame not having a key piece like Snyder out on the floor.

An and-one from Peters was a key play for Metamora that capped off a 19-point comeback. The Redbirds would take it to the point where the Irish had to start intentionally fouling in hopes of Metamora missing some. They only missed four. In fact, Metamora went 22-27 from the line in the game, their highest number of free throws made (or attempted) in at least three seasons. In fact, going back through the 16-17 season, Metamora has never made 20 free throws in a game.

The free opportunities were just part of a quality comeback win, 48-41, over Peoria Notre Dame.

Metamora will continue the road trip at Limestone on Thursday.

Metamora Scoring: Reagan Begole (14), Alana Terry (12), Alivia West (8), Anne Peters (6), Kaylee Hieronymus (6), Katie Lalumandier (2)

Metamora Team Stats: 10 2's, 2 3's, 22-27 FTs, 14 points, 48 points

Metamora Individual Leaders:
2's | Reagan Begole (4)
3's | Anne Peters & Reagan Begole (1 each)
FTs | Alivia West (8-10)

Next Game:
Thursday, December 6th
@ Limestone Rockets
5:30 pm (Sophomores) & 7:00 pm (Varsity)
TV | MTCO Redbird Replay
Updates | @MetamoraGBB
Bald Eagle Spotted Over Metamora

Bald Eagle Spotted Over Metamora

Frank Cavataio snapped this pick near Snyder Village

 This big, beautiful bird was spotted over Metamora yesterday, December 3, 2018. Bald eagles move south when the waters they hunt begin to freeze over for the winter. Illinois is home to a large population of this sea bird that was once on the endangered species list. Haliaeetus leucocephalus, or white-headed sea bird, build the largest nests in North America that can weigh over a ton.

Monday, December 3, 2018

ACES Sensory Santa Event - Book Donations Needed

ACES Sensory Santa Event - Book Donations Needed

Metamora Herald Sensory Santa


Join us on Monday, December 17, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Illinois Prairie District Library located at 509 Woodland Knolls Road, Germantown Hills, IL. Join us! Photography by Heather Ball will be there to get pictures with Santa! This is a great opportunity for children (no age limit!) to meet with Santa in a calm, sensory friendly, child-led way. 

Would you like to help with this event? We would like everyone who participates in the event to go home with a new book. A book donation would be greatly appreciated.You can drop off book donations at: 

Woodford County Special Education office 205 S. Engelwood Drive, Metamora, IL. 

Germantown Hills Middle/Elementary School office 103 Warrior Way Germantown Hills, IL.

 Please RSVP on the Facebook event. Sponsored by: ACES of Woodford County, a parent-led community group focused on connecting families and individuals with developmental disabilities to social and educational connections & school - community inclusion.

Thank you for your help! Happy Holidays!

Tips on what to do after a tornado

Tips on what to do after a tornado

Tips on what to do after a tornado, Metamora Herald

With the recent weather activity that swept through Central Illinois, State Farm® would like to provide the following tips on what to do stay safe and assess your property damage from these storms:
After the Tornado: 
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and to be extremely cautious. Check yourself and the members of your family for injuries.
  • Do not attempt to move someone who is seriously injured, unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. The tornado has more than likely damaged power lines, gas lines or electrical systems, so remain aware of your surroundings and the possibility of explosion. A study of tornado injuries after a tornado in Marion, Illinois, revealed that 50% of all tornado related injuries were suffered during rescue attempts.
  • It is important to listen to public safety officials, as going into damaged areas by yourself may impede rescue efforts and jeopardize your own safety. The period following a tornado can be confusing and emotional, but it is important to take every precaution to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Home Damage: 
  • Be sure you understand how to handle property damage immediately following a tornado.
Tips for homeowners with property damage:
  • Call your insurance company right away. State Farm customers can call 1-800-SFCLAIM (800-732-5246), file a claim on Pocket Agent for Android or iPhone, or got to and file online
  • Take pictures of your damaged property. Keep notes and use an inventory list to help adjusters assess the damage.
  • Remove all tree debris from the structure and place it on the ground.
  • If it is safe to do so, make temporary repairs to your home to prevent further damage. You may tarp your roof, cover broken windows with plywood or tarps, etc. Be sure to keep a record of time spent and all receipts for work done on your property.
  • If the power has gone out, unplug any small electrical items to prevent electrical spike damage.
  • Do not dispose of any damaged contents until authorized by your agent or claim representative.
  • Contact licensed vendors for repair estimates. Make sure the estimates are signed by the vendor and approved by your adjuster or agent before having major damage repaired.
  • Listen/obey local authorities.
  • Use safety precautions when removing debris.