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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: The Lembckes

For Frank and Debbie Lembcke of Marion, living the HUB life is a family affair. The duo moved here from Texas four years ago and eagerly waited to become Hubbers while watching the construction of the facility. During the week, you can catch the Lembckes walking at least a mile in the lazy river each […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: Brittany Szynkowski

BRITTANY SZYNKOWSKI’S STORY: Brittany Szynkowski, 30, of Crab Orchard is a wife and mother of three beautiful daughters. After giving birth to her third baby, like many moms, she was ready to shed that excess pregnancy weight. “It’s hard to have self-control when you know you’re going to get bigger,” she admitted. Last year, she […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: Mary Jarrell

MARY JARRELL’S STORY: Overcoming obstacles and pushing past her limits is the best way to describe 52-year-old Mary Jarrell’s story. She, her husband and their two granddaughters became Hubbers back in April when she was able to take advantage of our one dollar enrollment fee. “The HUB is the greatest things that’s happened to Marion,” […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: King Family

THE KING FAMILY’S STORY: The King family of Marion had discussed joining The HUB Recreation Center before it opened, but hadn’t quite made up their minds. It must have been fate that brought them to The HUB when they won a free one month membership at a Herrin House of Hope event. The family became […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: Angel Prince

ANGEL’S STORY: On Sunday Angel Prince, 48, of Marion couldn’t have been more shocked and excited about placing 2nd in her division at our first ever indoor triathlon Tri The HUB. Prince, originally from Granite City, has been a runner most her life thanks to a mentor who told her she needed “something to strive […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: Mary Russell Muchmore

MARY RUSSELL’S STORY: A Navy kid from Long Beach, California, Mary Russell Muchmore is proud to call southern Illinois her forever home. She was a lifeguard growing up and taught swim lessons at a local country club, so it’s no surprise to catch her in the water a few times a week. She and her […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: Joe Pearce

JOE’S STORY: If you have ever had the chance to meet Joe Pearce of Marion, it won’t take you long to figure out the man lives and breathes tennis. His dad, Jim, got him involved at a very young age. Today, Joe plays competitive tennis, is a part of the United States Tennis Association, holds […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: Norma Spees

NORMA’S STORY: It was just another Wednesday for Norma Spees of Marion, but in a matter of minutes, it wasn’t so typical anymore. The 79-year-old was in the middle of her aquatics class at The HUB when she got a funny feeling, so she took a break and stood along the side of the pool […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: Paul DeMichele

PAUL’S STORY: Paul DeMichele was loving life. A scholarship recipient, he was preparing for his second semester at Eastern Illinois University. He was 19-years-old and on vacation with his family in Madison, Wisconsin when the accident happened. Paul fell water skiing, hit the left side of his neck on something, and suffered a blood clot […]

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HUBBER HIGHLIGHT: Larry Richardson

LARRY’S STORY: Larry Richardson and his wife Ruth couldn’t wait for The HUB Recreation Center to be up and running. They’d been keeping an eye on the construction progress and looking forward to opening day. The couple moved here six years ago from Belleville, where they enjoyed using a similar facility. There, Larry would swim […]

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