2-20-2007

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NATIONWIDE RECALL FOR READY TO EAT CHICKEN

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a nationwide recall on "ready to eat" chicken, in which samples were found to be contaminated with Listeria.  According to Metro News Source, the recall is for Oscar Mayer/Louis Rich "ready to eat" chicken breast strips with rib meat in 6 oz packages that bear the number 1-9-6-7-6, with a "use by" date of April 19, 2007. 

Listeria is a bacteria and form of food poisoning that rarely affects healthy people, however it can be fatal in unborn children, newborn infants, and those with weak immune systems.  Others at higher risks include cancer patients on chemotherapy, people with kidney disease and people with AIDS.  Listeria has a long incubation period ranging from 11 to 70 days. So far, there have been no reports of anyone getting sick by eating any of the chicken.

Locally, neither Super Value or Capri IGA grocery stores carry the recalled food item.


GARDASIL VACCINE DISCUSSED AT LENGTH BY HEALTH BOARD

The new Gardasil vaccine, designed to reduce the risk of cervical cancer among girls and women, was once again discussed at length at the Bond County Health Board meeting last week.  The vaccine works for girls when it's given before they become sexually active and possibly contract certain types of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus.  These specific types of HPV are the cause of 70% of cervical cancer cases in women.

The vaccine is recommended for girls as young as 9 and women as old as 26.  It is given as a series of 3 injections over a six-month period.  The Bond County Health Department has only a limited supply of Gardasil and reminds that each vaccine, under the Vaccine for Children Program, is free for girls under 19, who have no insurance.  It's also free, for the same age group, through the Vaccine for Children Plus Program to those who have insurance, but where the vaccine is not covered.  Those over 19 will have to qualify under the Merck Assistance Program for a reduction in price.  Each vaccine, however, will be charged an administrative fee of $7.

A doctor's order is required for the vaccine.  For more information on Gardasil, contact your primary care physician or the Bond County Health Department.  The topic of the Gardasil vaccine is an ongoing discussion.


APPLICANT BRIEFINGS FOR LOCAL OFFICIALS FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

State and federal officials will hold seven briefings to help state, eligible local governments and private non-private organizations in 18 counties apply for federal disaster assistance in the wake of the severe winter storm last December.  The announcement was made by Illinois Emergency Management Agency's (IEMA) Director William E. Burke and U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Federal Coordinating Officer Michael H. Smith.  After the briefings, teams of state and federal officials will inspect disaster-related damages and associated costs.

Locally, briefings for Bond, Fayette and Madison counties will be held this Thursday at 2:30PM at the Lewis and Clark Trimpe Advance Technical Center in Godfrey. A briefing for Montgomery County will be held this Wednesday at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville.  The deadline for local officials to submit a one-page Request for Public Assistance to IEMA is March 12.

PACK 50 PINEWOOD DERBY RESULTS

Cub Scout Pack 50 held its Pinewood Derby and Blue and Gold banquet Saturday, February 10th.  The derby began at 1PM with the Sponsor Derby that included cars from local businesses. WGEL radio took first, with Gotta Go Wings and Things placing second and Gruen Welding taking third. 

The winners of the Tigers race were Tyler Mudd, first; Alex Wacker, second; Christian Moss, third; and Kyle Brink the alternate.  Wolf race winner was Jordan Schauwecker, while in the Bears Kyle Jett took first, Lane Bohannon second, William Darnell third and Conner Ketchum the alternate.  Devin Ulmer has first for the Webelos II, along with James Kaegy second, Taylor Hill third and Jacob Osborne the alternate.

William Darnell received Best Car of Show. A luncheon was held before the races with badges and promotions presented.  Cub Scout Pack 50 wants to thank all of the parents and sponsors for their assistance.

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WGEL's 1st Place Pinewood Derby Trophy


CITY ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEETING PREVIEW

The Greenville Zoning Board of Appeals will meet tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM at the Municipal Building.  Items on the agenda include a zoning variance request from Vickie Jerrell to allow placement of a privacy fence around her south property line on First Street, the construction of a garage and an additional front yard variance of 12 feet to allow for the fence.  Another zoning variance request will be heard from Howard Wise to allow for construction of a building on Washington Street that would infringe within the required setbacks.


UNIT 1 BOARD OF EDUCATION PREVIEW

The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education will meet for it's regular monthly meeting on tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM.  Topics on the agenda include the principal's reports and the superintendent's report.  Two residents have also made a request to speak to the board.


UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD PREVIEW

The Unit 2 Board of Education will meet tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM at the Sorento Education Center. Topics on the agenda include proposed action on several board policy sections, final action on other board policies, the superintendent's report and the consent agenda.




TUESDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces won 42-40 over Staunton at the Greenville Regional.  Aaron Kendall had 11 points.  The Aces play Breese Central tonight at 7:30 at the Greenville Regional.  Bunker Hill won the other game 70-50 over Patoka.  Bunker Hill plays Greenville Wednesday night.

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
Congratulations to Breese Central and Nashville as they are both advancing to the State Tournament in Normal this Friday.  Central defeated Olney 86-59 at the Salem Super-Sectional while Nashville was a 48-37 winner over Massac County at the West Frankfurt Super-Sectional.  Breese Central plays St. Joseph-Ogden at 1:45pm Friday while Nashville takes on Rochester at 8:15pm.

The Highland Lady Bulldogs defeated East St. Louis 45-43 at the O’Fallon Sectional.  Highland goes up against Belleville East Thursday night for the Sectional championship. WGEL will have play by play of Thursday's game. Highland is now 27-5 on the season.

TONIGHT ON WGEL:
Highland is hosting Bethalto Civic Memorial plus we’ll have updates from the Mulberry Grove Aces/Breese Central game.


OBITUARIES

None to Report

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