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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archives May 15 1986, Page 3

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 15, 1986, Alton, Illinois Features Thi Telegraph thur., May is. 1986 a 3 Roxana Counselor retires a but not from education feature photo by Judy Sokolowski Roxana High school Counselor Donnie Calvin is making a career change after he years As an educator which began when she was 17 years old on june 6. She officially becomes retired from the Roxana District where she started teaching Junior High school in 1953. In 1955 she moved to the High school to teach girls physical education followed by part time counselling in 1958 followed by a full time Counselor position in 1963. For the past 23 years the counselling and coaching of the award winning Roxana cheer leading squad have occupied much of mrs calving a time. This year she elected to retire. A i Only took one year off and that a when our son. Jeff was said mrs. Calvin a with 38 years of experience. I guess in a the youngest person in Illinois Able to retire with that amount of service. A i always wanted to retire from Roxana while i still loved it and was t burned out or even browned out a she said though retired from Roxana. Mrs Calvin will not be retired from education. She has accepted a part time position As a College admissions Counselor for Monmouth College in Monmouth. Illinois. Two Days per week she will represent the College to High school students in the St Lewis area. She was familiar with the school she said because she has sent several students there a plus Irma Allen of Jerseyville to retired Alton High school Counselor represents the College in Southern Illinois i am sure she recommended me for the position. I have a very Good Mentor in working with Missouri students will be somewhat of a Homecoming for mrs. Calvin who started her teaching career at age 17 in a Small country school in the ozarks. A my father was president of the local school Board in the Days when Missouri country schools were beginning to consolidate. Quot a member of the Board asked my father if they could hire me to teach 20 kids in the school he said i would have to take a test at the county office to get a provisional she passed the test with flying colors and obtained a three year provisional certificate. For the next six years she taught school and attended Southwest Missouri state University at Springfield a i was logging 24 semester hours per year while i was teaching i loved to go to school and in six years time i had 5 years of teaching and a College degree. A live Len in school every year of my life since age five i guess next year will be no exception Quot she said she was reluctant to accept the position with Monmouth because she was looking Forward to pursuing Many of her Volunteer activities a i visited the Monmouth Campus and told them i might consider the position if i could devote two Days a week to the work they agreed and the More i thought about it the More it sounded like a great in addition to recruiting students she will assist the new director of alumni for the St. Louis area in reactivating the St. Louis group Quot i have set aside two Days a week for Monmouth but i can see the Job being More but 1 11 Start with that a mrs. Calvin said she was impressed with Many aspects of Monmouth a what most impressed me is that Monmouth develops the whole individual students have Access to faculty members not Only As teachers but also As adult role retiring Roxana Counselor Donnie Calvin will become a rewrite for Monmouth College models a development of the individual was one of the reasons mrs. Calvin was attracted by the counselling Field in the beginning. A when i was a senior at Southwest Missouri interest in guidance counselling was evolving into a new profession there were 20 seniors in my class and Many of them went into counselling and most of them in Illinois schools. A my fun activity at Roxana was coaching the cheerleaders which i did for 30 years i be seen them go All the Way to National Competition a i see extra curricular activities As an important part of schooling lending a helping hand As mrs Calvin begins her new career will be her husband Dean who is a Counselor for fast Alton Wood River High school. Not yet ready tor retirement a the will be a Good auxiliary for one legged St. Louis race Driver knows no barriers by Mark Peterson St. Louis apr Shannon Finley has been racing midget autos since he was a boy and he is still waiting to win his first feature event. He has. However already won plenty of respect Finley has but one leg. His right leg was amputated at the knee in 1978 because it had become infected with a Bone disease called osteomyelitis. He could t understand Why people figured his racing career was Over. A a in be got one heart and one brain and together they were telling me i could do it a he said. And he did with a prosthesis modified so that instead of an artificial foot at the end there is a steel pipe which slips into a fitting that operates the throttle. That took some getting used to. Sometimes the pipe would pop out of the Metal cup at the floor Board and there was a Good Deal of pain As the top of the prosthesis would Jam into the upper portion of his let when the car hit bumps which Are plentiful on a dirt track. With the purely physical adversities came psychological ones. He was determined to come Back but nevertheless had periods of doubt. And he realized he had added an element of risk to an already dangerous sport. Quot probably i became a Little More tentative out there Quot said Finley 31. A but mentally i d always taken the approach before a race Here we go body we re going to crash her or win her. A he also Felt the scepticism of racers who at first had doubts about a Driver they thought May have had less than full control of his car. A i got some weird looks from Guys who saw me hopping around with my Crutch and a fake leg a he said Quot but they were always pretty Good about it. In be never had a Driver say anything offhandedly Quot he kept As Low a profile As possible and for quite a while did not try to win but merely to develop Confidence. As he became surer of his abilities so too did others. Donald Davidson a racing historian for Sac said there have been a few other professional racers with one leg a couple of whom drove in the Indianapolis 500 a a you a have to say it is quite an Davidson said. A they certainly had to have a special Finley began racing Quarter midgets when he was about 8 years old in the earlier years of his professional career he concentrated on racing motorcycles in 1979, he finished third in Points among midget car Drivers racing with the International motor contest association. In 1980 he finished fifth in 1975, when he was wearing a Brace on his bad leg Finley finished fifth among racers in the National Alliance of midget Auto racing. Along the Way he impressed a Man named Bob Illert who had noticed him while attending a race in St. Louis. Illert himself had recently lost his right leg in a motorcycle Accident. He was a Stock car Driver and at the time of the Accident was interested in racing midget cars. A a he a pick my brain about the whole general situation with me racing with one leg a Finley recalled. A but mostly he was interested in the general consensus of the other Guys on the track the mental thing a a i respected him for what he was said Illert. Who started racing midgets part time in 1981, using a hand operated Brake. A i was pretty concerned about How much Hack i d get from the other there was some of that but not anymore Quot they All pretty much know what i can he said. Same goes for Finley. And As another racing season gets into full swing he Hopes for Victory not Only tor the personal satisfaction but for the potential sponsorship it brings. If not though he a Happy to still be racing. A it s All i Ever wanted to do a he said. A if i Hadnot had racing to go Back to i would have died. I could t have adjusted to being one St. Louis Muny tickets to go on Sale saturday individual tickets for the St. Louis Muny opera season will go on Sale at 9 a m. Saturday amidst a Day Long schedule of family activities in Forest Park in St. Louis. The hit musical 42nd Street will open the season with a run from june 16 to 22. Individual tickets for that show and eight others will be sold for the first time saturday at the Muny Box office. The activities include a classic car show bands free Carriage rides a Kite flying contest and a performance by the Munyas new 100-member mini Muny dancers ensemble. Other Muny shows this summer Are singin in the ruin june 23 18 29 Swan Lake july 7-13 show boat july 14-20 la Cage Aux colies july 21-27 pippin july 28 aug. 3 gentlemen prefer blondes aug 4-10 Shenandoah aug. 11-17 and Joseph and the amazing technicolor Dreamboat aug 24. The Muny ticket office in Forest Park will by open from 9 a m. To 9 . Monday through sunday. Tickets can also be obtained at All ticketmaster locations at famous Barr and Dillard s stores and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Tickets can be charged on credit cards by calling charge a tic at 314-231 1234. Alton refrigeration run a sb-2509 Remote control classic style Pecan finish a Quartz electronic tuning a Cable ready a Flashback features Zenith the smart deck vr-1810 i new vhf video recorder open Mon. Till 6 . Fri. Till 8 . Other Days till 5 389 wireless Remote free delivery new he circuitry Cable ready Quartz tuning convenient terms 12-18-24 months financing with approved credit 550 e. 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