EGG HUNT RESULTS FROM PATRIOTS PARK
The Easter Egg Hunt at Patriots Park was again a success this year. Despite the cold temperatures, the Easter Bunny hid nearly 200 dozen eggs on Saturday and kids came out at 2PM that afternoon to participate in the hunt. Coordinator Terry Barth commented that everything went as planned and the kids had a good time. There were four age groups and a group for disabled children with one grand prize egg and one golden egg in each group.
Grand Prize egg winners were 8 year-old Kirsten McElroy (not pictured), 7 year-old Nicholas Freeman, 3 year-old Cameron Wilson, 9 year-old Lane Bohanon, and 2 year-old Evan Green. Golden Egg winners included 3 year-old Adrianna Ephron and Kirsten McElroy.
BOND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HERITAGE DAY APRIL 14TH
The Bond County Historical Society's Heritage Day will be held Saturday, April 14th. There will be a Ronald Reagan Plaque dedication at 1PM on the southeast corner of the courthouse square. The featured speaker during the event will be Senator Frank Watson. Other activities that day include the annual Quilt Show at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the season opening of the Hoiles-Davis Museum and an antique appraisal and flea market at the Bond County Housing Authority Building.
The events will run from 9am to 4PM. Free hotdogs will be given to visitors at the Hoiles-Davis Museum from 11:30am to 12:30PM. For more information visit www.bondcountyhistorical.org.
POLICE RESPOND TO APRIL FOOLS JOKE ACCIDENT
On April 1st, around 7:25PM, a 911 call was received at the Greenville Police Department regarding an injury accident. According to police, EMS and officers were sent to the scene. It was then learned that the report of the accident was actually an April Fool's joke between family members. Upon further investigation it was learned that the call placed to 911 was based on good faith and a belief that there really was an emergency, when in fact there wasn't. Based on the false information given to the caller, no charges were filed in the incident.
The Greenville Police Department reminds residents that not only did this prank cause emotional distress to a family member, but it also put police, EMS and the general public at risk due to the priority and immediate emergency response that was taken on the call.
EXTREME MAKEOVER A SUCCESS AT UNIT 2
A little over a week ago community volunteers throughout Bond County went to school on Saturday for an Extreme Makeover. For years the Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education has wanted to improve the "curb appeal" of all buildings at BCCU#2. The landscaping project occurred on March 31st at all centers, according Unit 2 board member,Mike Suess, who said there were around 200 volunteers who came out that day.
Work began at 8am and was scheduled till noon, but all of the projects were nearly completed in about two hours. Suess commented that landscaping of this magnitude couldn’t have been done without the volunteers, as there has never been room in the district's budget to fund a project like this. The Unit 2 School Board believes that the first impression of district school facilities is important for visitors, and students need to see that educators are striving for excellence in all areas.
Extreme Makeover was designed so that no one person had to make a significant contribution of time. The project will continue throughout the years, as new areas will be landscaped and old areas touched up.
LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS RECEIVE GRANTS FOR WEST NILE PREVENTION
It was recently announced that $2.5 million in grants will be given to several health departments in Illinois for surveillance and control efforts of mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus. In 2006, the Illinois Department of Public Health received reports of 215 human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois and ten deaths due to West Nile virus related illnesses. Public Health Director, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, comments that when temperatures warm up, more mosquitoes will be out, and health departments need to take action now to help reduce the risk of the West Nile virus.
The Bond County Health Department will receive over $6,000 in funding, with Madison County getting $35,000, Clinton County $2,000 and Fayette County $1,000. Funding for the grants comes from a 50-cent fee on new tires that was put into place in 2003 to create a public health emergency fund. West Nile virus activity has occurred in Illinois since 2001 with more than 60 deaths in 2002. Activity this summer will depend on how hot the temperature gets.
MULBERRY GROVE FAMILY LOSES HOME TO FIRE
A Mulberry Grove family lost their home to a fire Wednesday afternoon. Donations will be greatly accepted for Herbie Cooley, his wife Melody and their four children. Items suggested include Value City gift cards, household items and clothing. Sizes needed are…
Men's jeans (32X32), shirts (large or X-large), shoes (8 1/2)
Women's jeans (size 16), tops (large), shoes (10 wide)
Clothes for the two boys include jeans (sizes 10 and 14), shirts (large and size 10-12), shoes (6 youth)
Clothes for the two girls are tops and pants (sizes 10 and 6X), shoe (size 11 ½ toddler and 3 youth). Please contact Lulu Belle Lutz at 326-8442 for more information or to drop off items.
ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS DURING APRIL
The Illinois State Police District 11 in Collinsville has announced the use of Roadside Safety Checks during the month of April. Acting Commander Jerry Culp says these checks are effective tools in generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public. He comments that the potential to come across these checks, encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers and keep their alcohol consumption within the legal limits.
The Roadside Safety Checks by the state police will be conducted during the month of April in Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties.
HEALTH BOARD APRIL MEEITING PREVIEW
The Bond County Board of Health will meet Monday, April 9th at 6:30PM. Items on the agenda include a West Nile Virus and Flu update. Other topics to be discussed are the Prairie Counseling Center Policies, the local Health Protection grant and Board of Health board members whose terms expire in June.
The Greenville Comets lost 8-1 this Saturday in a game against Stewartson-Strassberg.
MULBERRY GROVE ACES BASEBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces baseball team split two games last week. On Wednesday the Aces beat Odin 4-1. But lost on Thursday 2-1 against Metro East Lutheran.
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