SENIOR CENTER PLANS TO BUILD NEW FACILITY ALONGSIDE NEW HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Last week, during another planning meeting for the development of the new Health Department site, the Bond County Senior Center announced their commitment to also constructing a new building on the campus. WGEL spoke with Anna Oestreich, Director of the Senior Center, about the decision, who said they are very excited to make a commitment to be a part of Health Department’s new site. She explained that the services offered by the Senior Center have continued to increase over the years, therefore a new building is something that has been discussed.
Oestreich says that the next step is to begin raising funds for the new building and look at the different grant opportunities available. She said that the timeline for construction of the Senior Center's new building will be a long range plan, compared to the Health Department's plan of breaking ground, on their building, in 2008.
POCAHONTAS-OLD RIPLEY FIRE, RESCUE AND EMS FALL FESTIVAL
The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue and EMS Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, from 10am-6PM, on the Pocahontas Square. Activities throughout the day include the Firefighters Rodeo at 10:30am, the parade at 1PM, Pumpkin Judging at 2PM, a Pie Eating Contest at 3PM and the Auction at 5PM.
There will be plenty of food and activities for everyone. The public is invited to come out, bring a lawn chair and enjoy the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue and EMS Fall Festival, this Saturday, starting at 10am, in Pocahontas.
PRACTICE YOUR ESCAPE PLAN DURING FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
It's National Fire Prevention Week and the Office of the State Fire Marshal is encouraging everyone to "Practice Your Escape Plan". In many cases, if a fire breaks out in a person's home, they may have as little as two minutes before the fire turns deadly. According to the State Fire Marshal, with so little time to escape a burning home, having an escape plan could prove to be a lifesaver.
It's recommended that everyone in the family should be involved in developing the plan and ensure that everyone understands the plan. Plans should include two ways of getting out of each room. Family members should also choose a meeting place, a safe distance from the home. For infants, young children and those with limited mobility, someone should be assigned to assist them during the emergency. And for homes with two floors, everyone must be able to escape from the second story. The plan should be practiced twice a year.
TRAVEL PLAZA IN VANDALIA TO OPEN MID-NOVEMBER
Construction is going strong on the new Travel Plaza that FS is putting up at the east exit of I-70 in Vandalia. We talked to FS General Manager Byron Sikma, who said that things are moving along according to plan, and that they are hoping to be open in mid-November.
He said that last week they poured about 4,000 yards of concrete during continued construction on the travel plaza. Sikma commented that it's starting to take shape and everyone's really excited about opening day. When asked about a restaurant, he said that they have a verbal commitment with a company who is interested in putting a restaurant in the plaza, but there is no signed lease as of now. Sikma hopes that those definite plans will be something he can announce in the near future.
JAYCEES HAUNTED HOUSES OPEN EVERY WEEKEND IN OCTOBER
The Greenville Jaycees are hosting a haunted house, every Friday and Saturday, in October. The Tunnel of Terror and Haunted Pirate Ship are located off of Route 40, on Overpass Road. Along with the haunted houses, there will be food, music and games. During the third and fourth weekends there will also be hayrides.
The Jaycees haunted houses are open from 7-11PM every Friday and Saturday, in October. The cost is $10 per person for both houses…children 5 and under are $7 for both houses.
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AMERICAN LEGION POST 1180 FISH FRY TICKET GIVEAWAY
American Legion Post 1180’s Annual fish fry will be Sunday, October 14th, from 11am till 2pm, and WGEL has tickets to give away.. On Thursday, October 11th, be the correct number caller, tell us what is your favorite fish, and you will win a pair of tickets. WGEL has six pairs of tickets to give away throughout the day, so be listening. Remember correct caller, favorite fish, and you are a winner.