11-29-2007

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MORE CHILDRENS PRODUCTS RECALLED; PARENTS URGED TO CHECK TOYS

 

 There are more consumer alerts and recalls regarding products for children. This time, the focus is on inexpensive jewelry, sold in various Dollar stores around the country, along with jewelry, favors and pencils sold at Claires Boutiques. Nearly a dozen different companies announced voluntary recalls Wednesday and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging a huge consumer alert.

  

As the list, of unsafe products for children, continues to grow, 

 

parents are urged to visit www.recalls.gov, for the latest information.

 


VANDALIA ROTARY PARADE THIS WEEKEND

 

For over 20 years, the Vandalia Rotary Club has provided a way for Santa Claus to arrive in town.  This Saturday, December 1st, at 10am, the annual parade will begin at the Fayette County Courthouse parking lot and continue down Gallatin to 4th Street, in Vandalia.  At the end of the parade, Santa will be at the Lincoln Park Gazebo to greet children. Then at 11:30am, there will be a free movie offered at the theater, sponsored by the First National Bank.

 

New this year will be the Main Street Committee having a Snow Ball Drop from a Vandalia Fire Department Ladder Truck.  Adults and kids alike can collect the ping-pong balls, with special discounts to area businesses, after the parade.


RESIDENTS URGED TO SIGN PETITIONS IN RESPONSE TO AMEREN RATE INCREASE REQUEST

 

In response to Ameren's latest request to raise their rates by 10%, State Representative Dan Beiser is asking citizens, of the Metro East, to join him in signing petitions to urge the Illinois Commerce Commission to deny the request.  A new state law requires the ICC to accept public comment before ruling on a rate increase request.  The signed petitions will be presented to the ICC before their ruling.

 

The request from Ameren would represent a $247 million total increase.  It was only a few weeks ago when the company spent millions in refunds and credits.  Petitions can be obtained by calling 465-5900, or by visiting www.housedem.state.il.us/members/beiserd/index.htm

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STATE HAS ON-LINE AUCTION SYSTEM

Municipalities throughout Illinois can now auction their surplus property using the State's on-line auction system, iBid.  The iBid auction service has recently been improved and upgraded.  The new version enables bidders to view competing bids as they occur, watch multiple auctions simultaneously, place absentee bids, and search auction lots by specific categories. 

 

The Village of Riverside, a suburb of Chicago, is the first local government to sell unneeded equipment, using the service.  They are using the iBid service to find buyers for tons of used water meters, an antique desk and other miscellaneous items.

 

To learn more about the Surplus Property Program, visit www.cms.illinois.gov.


MIDWESTERN STATES AGREE TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES

 

Last week, Governor Blagojevich joined the governors of Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin in signing the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, proposing to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Illinois and across the region. 

 

Goals of the accord include: increasing the number of retail gas stations offering 85% ethanol fuel, generating power using clean, renewable sources such as wind power, using energy-saving technologies to produce electricity, and capturing, storing and using carbon dioxide.

 


LUMINARY PROJECT

 

This year marks the fourteenth annual "Light a Luminary for a Loved One or Friend" program sponsored by the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary.  For a minimum of $10.00, a lighted luminary will be placed along the driveway or sidewalks surrounding the hospital.  Project donations may be made at the annual Holiday Bazaar or sent to the hospital or Fair Oaks.


CHRISTMAS CAROL TICKET GIVEAWAY

 

Tune into WGEL Friday, November 30th, for your chance to win one of two family packs of 4 tickets to see "The Christmas Carol" at the fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis. Tickets are for this Sunday's 1PM performance. Employees of WGEL and the Fox Theater and their immediate family members are ineligible to win. One winner per household, no purchase necessary, you must be at least 18 years old to win. All decisions of the judges final. 

 


THURSDAY SPORTS

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High bluejays basketball teams played Hillsboro on Tuesday.  The 8th grade team won in a very close overtime game, 26-24.  The 7th grade team lost 37-28.  The Bluejays will next play today at home against Pana.    

 

The Mulberry Grove Aces 7th grade Junior High basketball team lost to Highland St. Paul 53-24 on Wednesday. 

 

The Pocahontas and Mulberry Grove Junior High basketball teams will play each other tonight at Mulberry Grove. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

The JV and Varsity Lady Comets basketball teams will host East Alton-Wood River. 

 

Freshman Comets basketball will play at Nashville. 


OBITUARIES

KRISTIN NICOLE UNTERBRINK

 

Kristine Nicole Unterbrink, age 12, of Greenville, passed away Monday, November 26th, at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Memorial Services will be conducted on Saturday, December 1st, at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  The family will receive friends Saturday after 2pm, at Young Funeral Home.   Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.


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