7-02-2007


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PATRIOTS PARK 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

The July 4th Holiday is just around the corner. Shelly Hinkle, with the Greenville Jaycees, invites everyone to head out to Patriot's Park on Wednesday for their annual 4th of July Celebration. The vendors will open at 4PM, with several food choices and the Root Beer floats like last year. The dunk tank gets under way at 5PM, with the Muny Band at 6PM, and the Photoside Café band at 7PM. There will be a couple of Relay for Life teams raising money for the relay. And due to the limited parking at the park, there will be a free shuttle service from the Greenville High School Parking lot. The bus will begin rounds at 4PM from the High School. It will continue to go back and forth all evening.

The public is encouraged this year to not park along Route 140 or Route 127. The west gate at Patriots Park will be for handicap parking and bus loading and unloading. The east gate will be for regular, limited parking. Both gates will have parking attendants. The 4th of July Celebration at Patriots Park will be held Wednesday, July 4th. The Firework display will begin at dusk. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. If you need special transportation, call Shelly Hinkle at 780-9030.


CAR SEAT TECHNICIANS PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO PARENTS

Recently, the Greenville Police Department sponsored a Car Seat Installation checkpoint. Sgt. Deb Keserauskis said that there were technicians from Clinton County and Carlinville showing parents the right way to install a car seat and secure the child appropriately. Out of the 10 vehicles that participated, one car seat was put in correctly, while one car seat had been expired for 6 years.

The technicians reported that the most common mistake for the day was that the car seat itself was not secured tight enough by the seat belt. The second most common error was that the shoulder harness, that snaps in front, was not at the correct height…usually too low on the child. The harness should always be at chest level.

In Illinois, children under 4 years of age must be in a car seat, with children under the age of 8 in a booster seat. Parents are always responsible for providing an approved child safety seat to anyone who transports their child. For more details on car seat installation, or the law surrounding child safety seats, visit www.illinois.gov.

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REPRESENTATIVES TO VISIT GREENVILLE AS NEXT STEP IN THE GOVERNOR'S HOME TOWN AWARDS

In early April communities were invited to nominate their volunteer efforts and accomplishments for the 26th Annual Home Town Awards. Each year this award recognizes Illinois' hardworking and committed volunteers. Recently, Lucille Ireland, with the Greenville Women's Club, submitted an application for Greenville under the citywide beautification category. She used examples such as the acorn lighting around the courthouse, the city of Greenville's planters that are placed from one end of town to the other, the decorated bicycles by area businesses, and the landscaping of the courthouse.

On Thursday, June 28, Ireland received a phone call informing her that representatives will be doing a site visit on July 19th, to see the examples that she had listed in her application. Ireland said that the beautification to the City of Greenville has been the work of many volunteers, and she's looking forward to giving the Home Town Award representatives a full city tour.


NEW MOTORING LAWS TOOK EFFECT JULY 1ST

Secretary of State Jesse White, is making Illinois Motorists aware of two new laws that went into effect July 1st. The first law aims to crack down on motorists who drive without insurance. Under this new law, motorists convicted of driving without insurance will lose their driver's license for three months. Subsequent offenses call for a six-month driver's license suspension. Current law suspends only the license plate of the vehicle.

The second law seeks to provide an incentive for teens to stay in school and requires the Secretary of State's office to cancel or deny driving privileges, including instruction permits, of students under the age of 18 who are chronic habitual truants or dropouts. The responsibility lies within the high schools and local school districts to determine when students become truants or are no longer enrolled in school. For more details, visit www.CyberDriveIllinois.com

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CITY SIDEWALK SHARING PROGRAM

Fixing sidewalks throughout Greenville is always on the list of city projects. Each year, $50,000, or 5,000 feet of sidewalk, is budgeted for sidewalk repair. If the sidewalks are determined to be hazardous in anyway, whether they be broken or have an elevation change between slabs, they will be put on a list and eventually replaced at the city's cost.

According to Greenville City Manager, Dave Willey, there's a program that can get your sidewalk moved up the list. If your willing to pay 40% of the repair costs, then the city will kick in 60%, and complete the work with their contractors. Wiley said that there have been several people who have taken advantage of the 60/40 split and have been very pleased. For more details on the City Sidewalk Sharing Program, call the Greenville City Hall at 664-1644.

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BCMW SUMMER COOLING PROGRAM

Starting in early July, the BCMW will begin setting up appointments for the summer cooling program. The program is targeted towards seniors age 60 and above, households than contain children 2 years of age or under, people receiving Social Security Disability or SSI, and those with a medical condition. Documentation for a medical condition must be a doctor's certification letter, dated within the last 90 days, stating that the medical condition would be aggravated by extreme heat.

Eligibility is also determined by providing 30 days proof of income, and having a utility bill in the head of household's name. Due to limited funding, and the two-week length of the program, the BCMW will not be able to serve as many households as they do in the winter. For more details, or if you feel you qualify for the program call 664-3309.


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE REMINDING RESIDENTS OF LIGHTNING SAFETY

The National Weather Service is increasing awareness to residents during this, Lightning Safety Awareness Week. In the United States there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. Residents are reminded that lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the rain area of a storm.

If you're outside, go inside a completely enclosed building. If no shelter is available, do not stand under a tree and avoid being the tallest object in the area. Make sure to get out of the water, off the beach and out of small boats and canoes. Do not use metal objects such as golf clubs, metal bats, fishing rods and metal tools while it's lightning.

If you're indoors, stay away from windows and don't use electric appliances during a storm. This includes a corded telephone, which is the leading cause of indoor lightning injuries each year. Also do not take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm. According the National Weather Service, there are around 100 deaths per year in the U.S. due to lightning and around 300 documented injuries.


BRADFORD TRAVEL CLUB PRESENTATION RESCHEDULED

The Bradford National Bank Travel Club presentation of the Tournament of Roses Parade trip, that was scheduled for July 2nd, has been postponed until July 17th at 10am in the Bradford Community Building. If you have any questions, call Judy Schneck at 664-2200 ext. 113.


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OBITUARIES

ROSE SMOOT

Rose Smoot, age 93 of Donnellson, passed away Thursday at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services for 93 year-old Rose Smoot was held this past Sunday, June 30th, at 2PM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial in Bethel Cemetery. Friends called one hour prior to service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

TOM MORGAN

Tom Morgan, age 69 of Greenville and formerly of St. Louis, passed away Thursday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 69 year-old Tom Morgan were conducted this past Sunday, June 30th, at 2PM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial in Mt. Nebo Cemetery at a later date. Friends called Saturday from 3-8PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

TONY W. MARTIN

Tony W. Martin, age 52 of Millersburg, passed away Sunday, July 1st, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield Missouri. Graveside services for 52-year-old Tony W. Martin will be Tuesday July 3rd at 1PM at Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas. Visitation will be at the May Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10am until time of service. Interment in Robinson Cemetery.

SHIRLEY JEAN MAY

Shirley Jean May, age 77 of Marine, passed away Saturday, June 30th, at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra. Funeral Service for Shirley Jean May will be held at 9am on Tuesday, July 3rd at the Marine Cemetery in Marine Illinois. Interment in the Marine Cemetery. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine is charge of arrangements.

MARJORIE AYERS

Marjorie Ayers, age 85of Litchfield formerly of Sorento, passed away this morning at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. The Perfetti Funeral home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services Marjorie Ayers are incomplete at this time.


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