On the Street: Buzzer beater, flash mob proposal, deer anticipation

Posted: Nov. 17, 2012 9:34 pm Updated: Dec. 16, 2012 12:15 am

AT THE BUZZER: There were some nervous moments before Wednesday's meeting of the Quincy Park District Board of Commissioners. The board lost one member in October with Tom Behrens' resignation and it had yet to seat his replacement. Commissioners Tom Ernst and Jeff Van Camp were absent. That left only board president John Frankenhoff and commissioners Mike Ridder, Patricia McGlothlin and Chris Hogge to start the meeting. Everyone but Hogge arrived at the meeting early. Park District Administrative Assistant Vicky Egbert tried contacting Hogge to see where he was at. At the last minute, Hogge strolled through the door to cheers from his fellow commissioners.


n PRIORITIES: As supporters of the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area gathered Thursday night for a "friends of philanthropy celebration" as part of the organization's 15th anniversary, the chairman of the foundation's board, Brian Ippensen, noted that Nov. 15 marked a big occasion -- in more ways than one. "Tonight is a very important night," Ippensen told the well-dressed crowd assembled in the lobby of First Bankers Trust. "It is not only National Philanthropy Day. For some people in this audience, it's also the night before the first shotgun deer season in Illinois."


n MONEY TALK: Speaking of the Community Foundation, Executive Director Jill Arnold Blickhan noted at Thursday's 15th anniversary celebration that the foundation's total assets have grown to around $14 million since the charitable organization was formed in 1997. She said the foundation is ready, willing and able to accept donations from anyone, anywhere. "We accept gifts from $5 to $5 million and above," she said, drawing a laugh from the crowd.


n MOB PROPOSAL: Seth Brammer wanted to find a unique way to propose marriage to his girlfriend, Kate Weeks. Brammer, a help desk technician for the Information Services department at John Wood Community College, enlisted the help of a flash mob to help him pop the question. It took a month for Brammer to get everything in order for the proposal, which he made Nov. 2 at the JWCC men's basketball game. During the pregame warmups, the JWCC dance team started the routine by dancing to the song "What Makes You Beautiful." Members of the pep band, students and some staff members then stormed the court to form a flash mob, leaving Brammer and Weeks alone in the stands. Near the end of the song, Brammer started signing the words to Weeks. He pulled out an engagement ring and asked her to marry him. Weeks said yes.


n UNEXPECTED PRESENT: A group of Quincy music teachers was eating dinner recently at Kelly's when they learned someone at a nearby table was celebrating a birthday. So the teachers broke out into a rendition of "Happy Birthday." "We're available for hire," quipped one of the teachers after the impromptu performance.


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