HUSKIES HYSTERIA: Ryan Benz used to be a member of the management team at the Hy-Vee on Broadway in Quincy until he left last year to open a new location in Sycamore, Ill., near the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb. The store feeds the NIU football team every day, Benz said. The Huskies recently won the Mid-American Championship and earned a spot in the Bowl Championship Series. NIU will play Florida State in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day. "The school bought me out of everything orange we have," Benz said. The Hy-Vee staff has gotten to know the players over the year, including quarterback Jordan Lynch, who some touted as a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. "Jordan Lynch is a stand-up guy," Benz said. "On Thanksgiving, he was extremely thankful for us being there and thanked us about three different times."
n QHS FOOD DRIVE: The National Honor Society at Quincy High School has been doing its part to help the needy in the Quincy area. The organization recently sponsored a schoolwide food drive called "Nonperishable November." Alex Dietrich, president, reports the club collected more than 1,000 non-perishable food items throughout the month. Students then delivered the food to Quanada to help restock the agency's food pantry.
n LOADING THE LOBBY: Y101 and KICK-FM's fourth annual "Load the Lobby" campaign will end Friday (Dec. 14). New or good used toys and books that your children no longer use can be dropped off in the lobby of the radio station at 24th and Broadway in Quincy between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All the items collected will go to the Salvation Army for its Toy Town program.
n OUT WITH A BANG: Dick Gengenbacher decided to enter retirement in style. He worked in several duties in maintenance and as a machine repairman during his career at Gardner-Denver, and after 50 years and 4 days on the job, Gengenbacher, 69, worked his last day on Friday. He announced his retirement in November by calling Gary Graham, his supervisor, down to "his office" -- a limousine he rented for a day. He then used the limousine on Friday to take his wife, Mary Lou, and his seven children out to breakfast before he was honored at Gardner-Denver.
n FLAG FLAP: A Quincy man called The Herald-Whig's offices on Friday asking if employees knew what day it was. Friday was the 71st anniversary of the Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The caller wondered why some businesses and government offices didn't have their flags at half staff. Dec. 7 is known annually as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and the U.S. flag is traditionally flown at half staff. "It's important that remember our World War II soliders," the caller said. "There are still a lot of them out there who should be remembered."
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