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A prom queen and tackiest prom queen will be crowned

03:29, 28/9/2012 .. 0 comments .. Link
 Prom night isn’t just for teenagers anymore.

A “Menard County Mom Prom” will be held from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Shambolee Golf Course clubhouse near Lake Petersburg.

Tickets to the women-only event are $30 and can be purchased at New Salem Children’s Center daycare on Illinois 97, south of Petersburg, or by calling organizer Tracie Sampson at 632-7587.  The evening includes a catered dinner and dance, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction and photos. The deadline to buy tickets is Oct. 7.

Proceeds will benefit 9-year-old James Thompson, who lives in the Athens School District and has spina bifida.

Attendees are encouraged to wear prom attire, such as vintage gowns, bridesmaid or cocktail dresses.  A prom queen and tackiest prom queen will be crowned, and a prize will be awarded to the woman traveling the farthest to the party.

The first Mom Prom was organized in 2006 in Canton, Mich., as a way for mothers to have fun and raise money for favorite charities. Since then, numerous Mom Proms have been held each year throughout the country, benefiting such causes as Juvenile Diabetes Research, American Red Cross, homeless shelters, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and more.

Sampson attended a Mom Prom in Havana last spring and “thought it would be a good (event) to bring to Menard County.”

“We’re hoping for a good turnout, so we can help the (Thompson) family and have a fun evening for the ladies,” she said.

Us male adults arení»t comfortable talking to you about how you dress

03:16, 21/9/2012 .. 0 comments .. Link
Principal Matt Gilbert and Assistant Principal Al Cayer recently explained the dress code to students during separate assemblies first for girls and then for boys.

At the girls’ assembly, Gilbert explained and Cayer nodded his agreement, “Us male adults aren’t comfortable talking to you about how you dress. But I want you to know what the expectations are. I will talk to the boys tomorrow. I don’t have the same issues with boys, like wearing short shorts.”

“At school, we need to create an atmosphere of respect. We want you to demonstrate your respect for your own body and your respect for others around you. I know you probably don’t know this but boys do get distracted by what you girls wear,” Gilbert said with a smile.

Gilbert explained that the policy originated with the school board. “Our board policy is much more realistic than other schools. Check out other schools online. At some schools, you have to have a natural hair color. Other schools say no pajama bottoms. Some public school students have to wear a uniform. Still others say shorts and skirts have to be at the top of the knees.”

The first rule is no midriff shirts. “This is not as big an issue as 10 years ago when Brittany Spears showed a lot of her midriff and it was hard to find long shirts. Simply put, make sure that your shirt meets your pants,” Gilbert said. “Today’s problem is more on the other end of the shirt. At least a one-inch shirt strap should cover your bra strap. Save the spaghetti straps for outside of school. If you have shirts that show too much, bring a sweatshirt to cover yourself.”

The second rule is shorts and skirts must be mid-thigh. Gilbert said, “When you are standing up straight, your shorts and skirts should be at least to the palm of your hand or beginning of your fingers.”

Showing his lack of knowledge of female apparel, Gilbert continued, “I think you call them pencil skirts. I call them creepy-crawly skirts – you know the ones that ride up all day. Please put leggings on underneath these skirts. That’s respecting yourself.”

Gilbert continued, “Leggings are okay as long as there’s a skirt or shorts over them.”

The girls questioned Gilbert about yoga pants. He responded, “Yoga pants – right now, no. But I’m working with the student council for suggestions and leadership. Remember I’m a guy. I don’t know the difference between yoga pants and leggings.”

The third rule is no ripped or torn clothing that exposes any body part from shoulder to mid-thigh.

The girls raised several questions to clarify Gilbert’s expectations.

“Ladies, the student council will work on clarifying the expectations. Please ask them to bring it up in their next meeting,” Gilbert said.

The next day, Gilbert and Cayer addressed the boys. Gilbert began, “Yesterday, I talked to the girls about the dress code. Today, I find it easier to talk to you. I’m going to talk about what applies to you. When you read the dress code, you probably laughed. None of you have problems with showing midriff or wearing short skirts.”

The fourth rule is no hats. “How many of you have become accustomed to wearing a hat all summer,” Gilbert queried.

All the boys raised their hands. Gilbert remarked that he wore a hat most of the summer as he played with his kids and mowed the lawn.

“Now you have to become accustomed to a different set of expectations,” Gilbert explained. “No hats in school from when you enter the building until 2:20 p.m. It’s OK after school hours. The no hat rule develops a professional expectation.”

The fifth rule is no clothing with a questionable message.

Gilbert clarified, “This rule is about respect. T-shirts can’t be disrespectful to women or glorify drinking or drugs. Keep those T-shirts at home. When you come to school with questionable messages on your T-shirt and we ask you to take it off, don’t give us a bunch of back talk. You’ve been warned!”

Finally, Cayer demonstrated proper attire by turning his back to the audience. “Even though I’m wearing boxers, you don’t see them.”

Cayer continued, “Yesterday, we asked the girls not to see their undergarments. So we don’t need to see yours.”

The assembly ended with laughter. One boy asked, “Can we wear yoga pants?”

Gilbert quipped, “Only if you can tell me the difference between yoga pants and leggings and only if you wear a skirt or shorts over them.”

This tradition has its roots in the days of arranged marriages

03:39, 14/9/2012 .. 0 comments .. Link
"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue." Sound familiar? Although this is a popular saying that 99 percent of brides know about, a majority of them are unaware of the backstory behind this phrase. Wedding traditions such as this one date back to hundreds and hundreds of years ago, and fascinatingly enough are still very much alive.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Each item in this phrase represents a good-luck symbol for the bride. It is believed that if she incorporates all of them into her special day, she will have luck and prosperity on her side. "Something old" represents continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" symbolizes the beginning of the bride's new life and signifies hopefulness and optimism for the future. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. Lastly, there is "Something Blue," which has been linked to Ancient Rome. Brides during this time wore blue to symbolize love, humility, and faithfulness.

The Marriage License
The history of the marriage license dates back to ancient Rome. During this period of time, a bride and groom did not need to fill out any paperwork to make their wedding official. The matrimonial kiss was a contractual agreement and not a romantic gesture.

Ring Bearer and Ring Pillow
For centuries, ceremonial pillows have been used for all occasions of great significance. They have carried the king's crown during his coronation, the ceremonial sword during the Knighting and even Cinderella's slipper, while the Prince searched for his Princess. The ceremonial pillow has always carried an item that symbolizes a great change in our lives -- the kind of change that we dream about when we lay our heads down to sleep. When the ring bearer walks up the aisle with the pillow, he not only holds the rings, but also the promise of all your dreams fulfilled. The reason a child carries the rings is that youth represents innocence, the future and new beginnings.

The White Wedding Dress and Bridal Party Attire
Wedding gowns have not always been elaborate or white. Bridesmaids wore dresses very much like the bride's (and the ushers and best man dressed like the groom). This was done to confuse evil spirits or anyone who meant harm to the bride and groom. By dressing in unison, it helped to protect the bride from being kidnapped. White came into the picture when Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert in 1840. She had more influence on weddings than any other monarch and set the trend for the white gown. Though brides continued to wed in gowns of different colors, depending on the circumstance, white was the color of choice and has remained so today.

Showers
Legend has it that many years ago in Holland, a young girl gave her heart to a poor but well-liked miller. Her father did not approve and refused to give her the dowry. Word spread throughout the small town and the townsfolk decided to pool their resources. In a procession, they came to her, each one offering a modest gift for her new home. In the end, the young woman and her beloved miller had more than the father could have ever provided. This kind gesture has become today's modern bridal shower.

Toasts
In England, the gin that was drunk was so oily that a piece of toast was placed on top to absorb the oil. The term "raise a toast to you" came to be, because you would literally raise a piece of toast in your drink to honor the person.

The Bouquet
The bouquet from centuries ago was traditionally made up of scented bunches of garlic, fruit blossoms, and herbs. The bride would carry a bundle of these items to ward off evil spirits and impurities. Over the years, the herbs and grains were replaced by flowers, because it represented a sign of happiness and helped promote fertility.

Bouquet Toss
In ancient times, it was believed that a bride was especially lucky on her wedding day. Guests (especially women who were single) would sometimes tear at her bridesmaid dresses so they could take this "good-luck keepsake" home with them. The bride's tossing of her bouquet grew from her wish to offer a good luck souvenir to guests, but mainly to help avoid her dress from being torn.

Giving Away the Bride
This tradition has its roots in the days of arranged marriages. Daughters were considered their father's property. It was the father's right to give his child to the groom, usually for a price. Today, it is more of a symbol of the father giving his blessing and approval for the marriage.

The Ring Finger
All wedding and engagement rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. The vein in this finger was once believed (by ancient Romans and Egyptians) to go directly to the heart.

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