CARDINAL CHAT: Quincy's Rich Marcolla saw a familiar face as he headed toward an elevator recently while attending a business meeting in Florida. Sitting by himself and reading a book in the hotel lobby was former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. After getting a not-so enthusiastic greeting from La Russa, Marcolla mentioned to La Russa that his daughter, Sophie, had raised money for the Quincy Humane Society. In addition to being one of the best managers in baseball history, La Russa is an animal lover. After hearing that tidbit, La Russa became chatty. Marcolla said the two talked for 90 minutes. "We discussed animal shelters, non-fiction books, politics, leadership, finance and a little baseball," Marcolla said. "At the end, he asked me if I wanted to try on all three of his World Series rings. I said, ‘No, just the St. Louis Cardinals rings.' " Marcolla got pictures of himself wearing the 2006 and 2011 World Series rings that La Russa earned by leading the Cardinals to the title those seasons.
BUS BREAKDOWN: The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team had one of its best games of the season on Wednesday when it thrashed Rock Island Alleman 70-27 in the semifinals of the Class 3A regional at Galesburg. The only thing that stopped the Raiders on Wednesday was the team bus, which barely made it from the high school parking lot to the on-ramp to U.S. 34 before the driver pulled it over to the side of the road. The team left at halftime of the second semifinal at about 8:30, but it had to wait two hours for a new bus to arrive. Some parents who had left earlier to return to Quincy made the trip back to Galesburg and brought some players home, but the new bus didn't pull in at 10th and Jackson until about 1 a.m. Thursday. "We were warm, and we had a movie (on the bus)," QND principal Mark McDowell said. "Given the way the kids played, if we need to have a bus problem to make sure they play like that, I'm fine with it."
SAFETY PRIZE: Jose Gomez recently was named Dot Foods' grand-prize winner of the company's annual safety incentive program. Gomez picked a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse from a choice of grand prizes that included a truck, car, motorcycle or boat. "I could hardly believe I'd won when they told me," Gomez, a six-year Dot employee, said in a press release. "You just don't expect to win a car for being safe." The $25,000 grand prize was awarded as part of a lottery-style drawing among all departments that achieved the company's safety initiatives. Employees within the eligible departments had to work injury free and have no second steps of discipline in 2012. Dot, which is based in Mount Sterling, also awarded 30 travel vouchers worth $2,000 to lottery winners at its eight distribution centers around the country.
AT THE READY: Marty Stegeman, interim director of Central Services and the Quincy Transit Lines, was brought up before the City Council last week to discuss snow removal from the Feb. 21 snowstorm and also the impending Feb. 26 storm. Stegeman, who usually dons a suit for City Council meetings, was in jeans, a long-sleeve shirt and work boots as heavy snow was forecasted to fall overnight. "It looks like you are ready to go," quipped Alderman Paul Havermale, R-3.
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