On the Street: Miss Illinois takes the high road

Posted: Jan. 20, 2013 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 17, 2013 1:15 am

TAKING HIGH ROAD: Chelsea Handler, host of "Chelsea Lately" on the E! Entertainment network, poked fun at Miss Illinois Megan Ervin's talent during the Miss America competition, as well as Miss Iowa Mariah Cary's answer to her on-stage question, during a recent show. During her monologue, Handler showed a clip of Ervin's lyrical dance to Journey's "Faithfully," followed by a parody of it. Ervin, who finished in the Top 10, took the high road when responding on Twitter: "Apparently @chelsealately poked fun at my Miss America dance. Millions of young girls dream to even step foot on that stage. How sad …" Cary responded on Twitter, as well, saying, "I'm human. I make mistakes like everyone else." An Ervin supporter said on another message board in response to Handler: "Miss IL should have done an aerobics routine -- she can probably do one handed pushups. She is stunning and so polished … she was gorgeous and no one had a better body out there."

HELPING HAND: Renee Cafun, an eighth-grade student at St. Francis School in Quincy, asked for school supplies in lieu of personal gifts when she celebrated her birthday on June 28. The school supplies were given to Alston Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where Renee's great aunt, Valencia James, is the principal. A visiting family member from South Africa took the supplies in October, and at a year-end awards ceremony in December, the Alston students received packages from Renee's supply. Renee's mother, Joselyn Cafun, says most of the students who attend the school are from greatly disadvantaged homes and travel a long distance to get to the school each day. Renee received an email during the Christmas break from James, thanking her for the supplies and sending photos of the children who received her gifts.

SYSTEM SHOCK: Gus Traeder and Andy Nickelson had more than one thing in common when they were inducted into the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame last week. Both men were thankful for the honor, but both now spend their winters in Florida and said the cold weather in Quincy was a shock to their system. During brief comments, the retired businessmen also looked forward to getting back to a place with 85-degree temperatures.

WATCHING OUT: Quincy Notre Dame senior Gabe Nytes was happy to see former principal Ray Heilmann in the crowd during Friday's launch of the QND Foundation's 36th annual fund drive. Nytes made it a point to pick Heilmann out of the crowd just after he acknowledged new principal Mark McDowell. "Mr. McDowell has some big shoes to fill," Nytes said. "I should know how big those shoes are because I impersonated Mr. Heilmann at lest year's spring show. That means that, Mr. McDowell, I'm watching you."


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