Washington Whispers - Sept. 17, 2008

Donelle Pardee Whiting

Did you know ...

Linda Thomas turned 50 Aug. 20. Her boss, Dr. Michael Moon, a Washington dentist, helped her celebrate by putting up a sign and pink flamingos on the grass in front of his office on Washington Road.

Turn about is fair play, though, as Linda announced that Moon turned 40 Sept. 5.

Anyone who knows Linda may have also seen her in the new Michael’s Family Feast commercial airing on cable. She is the one who says that was easy at the end of the commercial.

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Be sure to tune into WTVP 47 this fall. Between 4:55 and 5 p.m. Oct. 31, Natalie Kerr, 10, of Washington will give a video book report on “The Runaway Princess.” Kerr actually taped her report this summer.

The report will be aired as part of The Rainbow Readers program, now in its 20th year. Libraries from WTVP 47’s viewing area are invited to select a reader for the program each year. During the past three years, the invitation was extended to include readers in summer programs to give more children an added incentive to read and improve their literacy skills.

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Sally Leon, office manager at Washington Christian Village, turned off her computer July 18 and entered retirement.

“I’m looking forward to relaxing and spending more time with my family,” and reading the many books she has at home, Sally said. Sally’s children and grandchildren live in the Washington and Chillicothe areas.

Sally and her husband, Larry, will also spend time visiting Larry’s father in Iowa. Larry’s father recently celebrated his 101st birthday.

Sally began her career paying insurance claims, but since 1985, she has worked in long-term care doing accounts receivable.

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Jennifer Miller, a teacher at Washington Community High School, was one of only 100 high school chemistry teachers representing 93 rural school districts in Illinois, recently completed two intensive weeks of professional development at the University of Illinois.

The Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a statewide effort to strengthen rural high school teachers; understanding of the application of chemistry while building leadership capacity for science education.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS

• Connie Bartley turned 60 Sept. 14.

• Kyan Royalty turned 15 Sept. 15.

• David Webb celebrates his birthday today.

• Joe Rudzinski celebrates his birthday Thursday.

• Anna Robinson turns 1 Thursday.

• Cheryl Darrow celebrates her birthday Saturday.

• Chris Darrow turns 21 Saturday.

• Daniel Potter turns 15 Saturday.

• Jenny Bowen celebrates her birthday Sunday.

• Janet Hamilton celebrates her birthday Monday.

• Aaron Walker turns 15 Monday.

• John Finney turns 47 Tuesday.