BRICKS FOR VETERAN'S MEMORIAL
There are currently 932 memorial bricks in the Veteran's Memorial on the Bond County Courthouse lawn. Bricks are placed at the Veteran's Memorial on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day each year and dedicated with a flag changing ceremony. Applications to place memorial bricks in the Bond County Veteran's Memorial for the Memorial Day ceremony in May must be received by Wednesday, March 31. Applications may be obtained at area banks. Requirements and instructions are on the application. For more information, contact Tony Koonce at 664-1976.
FLOOD INSURANCE REVIEW
As winter draws to an end and warmer weather approaches, it is important to remember that Spring is the prime time of year for flooding. The Illinois Department of Insurance reminds you to examine your homeowner or renter policies and determine whether to add flood insurance. A common misunderstanding is that flood risks are only near rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. The reality is that a flood can occur anywhere. Standard homeowner and renter policies normally do not cover flood damage and new flood insurance policies are not usually effective for 30 days. Floods are the number one natural disaster in the U.S. To find out if you are covered, call your insurance representative and inquire whether you have or need flood insurance. For more information, call the Illinois Department of Insurance at 866-445-5364.
ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CLIMBS TO 11.3 PERCENT
According to data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2010 was 11.3 percent, up from the revised December 2009 rate of 11.0 percent. IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell said, "Although there are some signs the recession technically might have ended, there continues to be significant job pressures in Illinois and throughout the country." Preliminary Illinois data for January reflects job growth. However, the three-month moving average of payroll employment, a broader view of job creation, still shows job loss. Since the recession began in December 2007, Illinois has lost 407,000 jobs.
READING IS MAGIC SHOW IN POCAHONTAS
A “Reading Is Magic” show and a Scholastic Book Fair will be held at the Pocahontas Center Monday, March 22. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open from 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. with the magic show from 6:30 - 7:30. Professional magician and speaker Chris Egelston will be the headline performer. “Reading Is Magic” is a fun-filled program of magic, comedy and audience participation that teaches the importance of reading. It gets children and their parents, excited about reading and visiting the library and is sponsored by Title I and the Pocahontas Library.