On the Street: Honor Flight, quick meetings, Martinez sendoff and 60th birthdays

Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 6:13 pm Updated: Mar. 17, 2013 1:15 am

HELPING HONOR FLIGHT: Representatives from Refreshment Services Pepsi-Quincy along with Illinois and Missouri Ayerco stores donated proceeds from the 2012 Community Caps collection drive to the Great River Honor Flight. Local Ayerco convenience stores raised $5,606.40 through their drive as well as selling in-store Honor Flight paper plane sponsorships. For the third year in a row, local Ayerco stores again have chosen the Great River Honor Flight to be the beneficiary of this year's Community Caps campaign. Through the 2013 campaign, launched in late February, five cents of every yellow cap from a Pepsi product dropped off at collection bins in the stores goes toward funding trips to Washington, D.C., for local veterans.

QUICK WORK: The Quincy Park Board of Commissioners' monthly meeting on Wednesday lasted just 32 minutes. The Park Board meetings usually take between 45 minutes and an hour. Park Board President John Frankenhoff commended Quincy's Jeff Kerkhoff for helping get the meeting done quickly. Kerkhoff shows up to nearly every board meeting and offers comment during the public input portion near the end of the meeting. Kerkhoff spoke for only 45 seconds and got a thank you from Frankenhoff, who said it was one of the shortest public input sessions ever. "Is there an award for that?" Kerkhoff said with a laugh. Other than getting a few "attaboys" from some of the commissioners, Kerkhoff was not rewarded for his brevity.

PROPER SENDOFF: Friends and admirers of Arnie Martinez, a Quincy School District bus driver, gathered Friday afternoon to wish him well during a "retirement sendoff." Sheila Benz, who works for the district, said Martinez was a popular and effective bus driver. "He has made such a huge difference for our kids at Berrian," she said. "Truly cares for these kids and their well-being. He has very few behavior issues as they respect and love him so much. He will be greatly missed."

WHERE'S THE MEDIA: Kevin McClain was the featured speaker at Friday's meeting of the Quincy Exchange Club. McClain, whose father was long-time Quincy Notre Dame coach and athletic director Elmo McClain, is the director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. He spoke after Quincy police officer Darla Pullins was named the Exchange Club's Officer of the Year. Pullins left the room, as well as most of the media members gathered, after she received her award. McClain said he was in town last weekend to celebrate the 60th birthday of his sister, Molly Stroot, a teacher at Madison School. "Did you hear that? Molly's 60," McClain said. "Darn, I still wish the cameras were here for that."

HELPING HAND: The Quincy University Masters of Education in Counseling (MEC) program, in conjunction with Chi Omega (an international honor society for counseling students and professionals) recently made a $300 donation to the Well House, a Quincy home for women exiting incarceration. Well House assists its clients in reintegrating into the community by building a faith-based foundation, developing education and career goals, improving life skills and nurturing strong mother-child relationships. The donation was a portion of the proceeds from a holiday gift basket fundraiser that MEC and Chi Omega members held during the 2012 fall semester.

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