PLAQUE DEDICATION AT HERITAGE DAY
State Senator Frank Watson spoke at Saturday's dedication of a plaque commemorating the 1980 Visit of then presidential candidate Ronald Reagan. Reagan was the second presidential candidate to speak in Greenville; the other was Abraham Lincoln. The plaque is now in its place on the Southeast corner of the Bond County Courthouse lawn.
Other activities on Heritage day included the season opening of the Hoiles Davis Museum, and the annual Historical Society Quilt show at the St. Lawrence Church hall and a flee market at the Bond County Housing Authority Building.
AVISTON WINERY TO TAKE PART IN FESTIVAL
A local winery has been chosen to take part in the inaugural Illinois Wine Festival. Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, was chosen by Capitol Celebrations LLC to be one of two sites that will host the first ever state wine festival. The statewide wine festival series, featuring Illinois wines only, is the start of an annual tradition that will showcase the high quality and diverse selection of wines being produced. Vintners from many of the Illinois wineries will pour samples of dozens of different varieties, ranging from dry and semi-dry to sparkling fruit and dessert wines. Each of the events will also feature gourmet cuisine, wine pairing and tasting, musical entertainment, hot air balloon launches, and an arts and crafts show. The Illinois Wine Festival will be held at Hidden Lake Winery on August 25th & 26th. For more information, visit www.illinoiswinefestival.org
Today is election day. Bond County Clerk, Randy Reitz,(above) was out and about this morning encouraging people to vote. He did not go unnoticed.
POOL PRICES FOR 2007
At their most recent board meeting, the Kingsbury Park District held a discussion over raising pool pass prices. The passes have remained the same cost since 1998. It was finally agreed by board members to raise the fees. The increase will help offset the $30,000 loss that the Park has incurred. The new prices will be $3.50 for ages 4-54 and $1.75 for seniors 55 and older. Children ages 3 and under will be admitted for free. An individual season pass will be $65, for residents and $97.50 for non-residents.
Residents who are 55 years old and up will pay $45, those who are non-residents will pay $67.50. A family season pass for up to four people is $130 for residents and $195 for non-residents.
2007 HOMETOWN AWARDS APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED
Illinois cities, town and villages are invited to proudly recognize the outstanding contributions of their community by nominating their volunteer efforts and accomplishments for the 26th Annual Home Town Awards. Each year this award recognizes those committed volunteers who greatly improve the communities in which they live. Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development, the 2007 Home Town Awards are presented in six categories based on population. They include Youth Involvement, Senior Citizen Involvement, Veteran Involvement, Parks and Recreation and Clean-Up/Beautification.
Applications may be submitted by a variety of community representatives, including governments, schools and chambers of commerce. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2007. For more information, contact Lou Ann Williams at 217-558-2838.
CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO THE PAPAYA CARRYOUT CHICKEN DINNER
The Pierron and Pocahontas Active Youth Alliance is sponsoring a carry out chicken dinner on Friday April 20th . The dinners can be picked up at the Immaculate Conception Church in Pierron between 5 and 7PM, and WGEL has tickets you could win.. Be caller number 5 or 6 when you hear the WGEL chicken on Thursday morning April 19th, and you could win a pair of tickets.. More chances to win from your friends at WGEL…