ACADEMIC FOUNDATION CELEBRATES SUCCESS
The 17th annual Bond County Community Unit #2 Academic Foundation dinner meeting held Monday, October 30 at the First Christian Church Fellowship Room, was a tribute to the foundation directors, school board members, faculty, and parents whose cooperation over the years has provided many educational opportunities to students. After the welcome by Jerry McFarland and the invocation by Reverend Darryl Bolen, those present enjoyed a concert by the high school jazz band directed by Pam Goodenough while eating a delicious catered meal. School faculty members then presented excerpts from the musical named "Nunsense," which they presented earlier as a fundraiser to help raise $4,000 for the Theater Patrons Fund.
President Carla Stampfli presented the financial report showing income of $34,037, expenses of $42,517 and a balance on July 30, 2006 of $87,284 in the endowment fund and $9,674 in the general fund. Vern Brewer, Carla Stampfli and Lester Harnetiaux presented Superintendent Melanie Allyn a check for $19,477 for teacher grants and Director Don Reed presented grant certificates to the teachers. Individuals can contribute funds to finance specific projects and that has happened in the Sorento School and in the Greenville Junior High School with the purchase of Smart Boards.
Directors elected for 2006-2007 are Lester Harnetiaux, Georgia Shank, Jerry McFarland, Pennie Slatton, Kevin Sybert, Jan Woker, Don Reed, Aimee Frey, and Penni Schreiber. Eric Ahern presented a PowerPoint presentation about the NASA Program in the Junior High School. Carla Stampfli listed foundation accomplishments since 1990. Membership funds total over $313,423 resulting in over $207,000 in teacher grants. The endowment fund has grown to $87,284, sponsoring four annual scholarships - Sara Cunningham, Kathy Haberer, Jan Nevinger Memorial and the Bradford National Bank scholarships, the Craig Baumberger Aviation Fund and the Fred Baumberger self-esteem Character education fund. Stampfli concluded by saying, "So many exciting things are happening in our schools because of the Academic Foundation."
PLANNING COMMISSION OKAYS REQUEST
The Greenville Planning Commission conducted a public hearing Monday night. After no negative public feedback and a positive recommendation from city staff they approved for City Council consideration a request by Walter Barenfanger. He wants the city to vacate an alley between several lots he owns west of his True Value Hardware store in Greenville. On another subject City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL the work on Beaumont Avenue should be finished this week.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFICERS ELECTED
The Bond County Historical Society’s annual banquet and officer election was held Monday night. Officers for the coming year are John S. Coleman, President; Janet Eyman, Vice-President; June Wise, Secretary; Judy Schneck, Treasurer; Dean and Nelda Anthony, Historians; and Marie Reeves, Registered Agent. Twelve directors representing the nine townships were also voted on.
In his year-end report, President Coleman said there were 501 visitors to the Hoiles-Davis Museum in 2006 including several high school classes. Other highlights included the Greenville home movie and soup supper, the Heritage Day quilt show, and the annual Muny Band and traditional country music nights. The Bond County Historical Society’s new web site has attracted around 4,100 visits in its first year.
Dr. John Hallwas, a retired professor at Western Illinois University, shared a program on the “Notorious Lawbreakers of Early Illinois.” WGEL will have more about this program in our Wednesday news.
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS LAW GOES INTO EFFECT JAN. 1
Beginning January 1, a new state law will go into effect requiring single family and multiple family residences be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms. At least one detector must be within fifteen feet of each bedroom. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is lethal to humans if it builds up. The law states that it’s the responsibility of the owner of the building to supply and install the alarms. In the case of rental property, the tenant is responsible for testing and maintaining the alarm.
Failure to comply with the new law can result in a Class B misdemeanor. Carbon monoxide alarms are usually available at hardware and home improvements stores with prices generally starting at $20.