AQUA DOTS AND TOY CARS BEING RECALLED
During a year of unprecedented numbers of recalls of a variety of items, more toys are again being taken off the shelf. Spin Master is voluntarily recalling all Aqua Dots sets sold nationwide from March through November of this year. The 4.2 million sets are hazardous due to the chemical coating on the beads, that when mixed with water, can turn toxic if ingested. Children who swallow the beads can become comatose, develop respiratory distress or have seizures. There have been two cases of such illnesses reported in the past several days.
Dollar General is also recalling certain toys. Hundreds of thousands of toy cars, sold in sets of four, are being removed from stores due to high levels of lead. The cars are the type that can be pulled backwards to set them in a forward motion. Both the car sets and the Aqua Dots were manufactured in China. Parents are urged to take the toys away from children and return them to the store in which they were purchased. For more information on recalls, visit www.recalls.gov.
911 BOARD SUBMITS STARCOM GRANT APPLICATION
The Emergency Telephone Systems Board met Thursday morning and voted to submit a StarCom grant application. Bond County, along with four other counties, will be submitting the request together in hopes of receiving funding for new radio communication equipment throughout for police, fire and EMS. Bond County 911 Coordinator Alan Davis said that they wouldn't know until early 2008, whether or not they will be awarded the grant.
During the meeting, and after coming out of closed session, 911 Board members approved a 3% pay increase for Davis for the upcoming year. And just a couple weeks ago, Davis received a "Thank You" Award at the Illinois Chapter of National Emergency Numbers Association's Convention. He said that the award is for supporting the mission of the State and furthering the overall mission. The convention was held in Springfield on October 21st through the 24th.
The next Bond County 911 Board meeting will be Thursday, December 13th, at 9am.
MULBERRY GROVE AMERICAN LEGION POT LUCK DINNER
The American Legion Post 1180 Annual Veteran's Day Potluck Dinner will be held at the Mulberry Grove Community Center on Friday, November 9th, at 5PM. The post will furnish the meat and drink. The program will start with the dedication of the flag poles in front of the tank. The poles were donated by Woodman of the World, the Clayton Edwards family, Bob Hill Family, Charles Hall family and the Jim R. Blankenship Family.
Following the flag pole dedication, there will be the potluck dinner. The guest speaker will be retired Colonel Lou Cotton. Other special guests include Judge John Knight, State's Attorney Chris Bauer and Sheriff Jef Brown. All veterans and their families and widows of veterans are invited.
Sunday, November 11th, at 8am, the post will raise the 102 casket flags, of deceased veterans, in the Avenue of Flags at the Mulberry Grove Cemetery.