2-14-2011

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BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 ADJUSTS 2010-2011 CALENDAR

Due to missing several school days for inclement weather, the Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education modified the 2010-2011 school calendar.  Three days, where were originally holidays or early dismissals, have been changed to full attendance days.  Monday, February 21 - Presidents Day, Monday, March 7 - Casimir Pulaski Day, and Wednesday, March 30 - an early dismissal day are now full attendance days at all Bond County Unit 2 schools.  According to Superintendent Jeff Strieker, this schedule modification assists teachers and students in adequately preparing for the ISAT and PSAE exams.  Spring break April 21-25, high school graduation May 28, teachers institute May 31 and report card pick-up June 1 remain unchanged.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the relevant building principal or program director.


FFA WEEK AT GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Starting in 1947, the National FFA Board of Directors chose the week of George Washington’s birthday for National FFA week.  WGEL spoke with Greenville High School FFA sponsor Steve Zimmerman about activities planned for the week February 20-26 and he said they have activities every day of the week except Monday, when students are not in attendance. Zimmerman said the week starts with FFA church attendance Sunday when the group is invited to the chapter president’s church. Tuesday is FFA official dress day with a teacher appreciation luncheon. Members are encouraged to wear their FFA dress to school.  A work auction is planned for Tuesday night at the high school, during which 25-30 FFA members will be auctioned off to work an eight-hour day for the buyer. Wednesday and Thursday are camo and farmer dress days. The celebration also includes a petting zoo when local school children are brought in to see and touch 20-25 different species of animals and a day in which FFA students may drive their tractors to school. The week gives members a chance to educate the public about agriculture, show teacher appreciation, volunteer for community service projects, and have fun.

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SPRING COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK

Sometimes, in these hard winter days, good news seems hard to find but here is something that should be good news for everyone. Spring is coming earlier than you think. Traditionally, we mark the first day of spring on March 21 but the Farmers’ Almanac is saying that astronomers and calendar manufacturers alike now say that the spring season starts one day earlier, on March 20 in all time zones in North America. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, spring comes earlier still, on March 19 and starting in 2016, the entire United States will celebrate the start of spring on the 19th as well. There are lots of reasons for the change including the tilt of the earth, the pull of other planets, and the fact that a year and its seasons are not truly an even amount of days.  But whatever the reasons, spring is coming a day earlier than usual this year.


DANGERS OF TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

The Illinois State Police and other state agencies are launching a new statewide campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and ultimately reducing the number of cell phone-related accidents on Illinois roadways. The campaign, entitled "Drive Now…Text Later", emphasizes the need to focus on the job of driving and that texting while driving can be dangerous and deadly, not just to yourself, but also to those around you. A recent online survey indicated that 40% of Illinois tollway drivers did not know that it is illegal to text or email at any time while driving on Illinois roadways.  January 1, 2011 marked the first anniversary of the state law that prohibits sending or reading text messages while driving in Illinois. Data indicates cell phone distractions including texting were the primary or secondary cause of more than 1,000 vehicle crashes per year. State Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig said there is hope the campaign will immediately impact and positively shape motorist behavior statewid.

 

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OBITUARIES

GERALD M. SCROGGINS

Gerald M. “Jerry” Scroggins, age 61, of Bethalto, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday, February 9 at his home.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Main Street United Methodist Church, located at 1400 Main Street in Alton.  Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Paynic Home for Funerals, located at 618 E. Airline Drive in Rosewood Heights.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to the Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton or to the Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills, Illinois.

DAVID C. MOORE

David C. Moore, age 66, of Pocahontas, passed away Friday, February 11.  Funeral services for 66 year-old David Moore will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery, also in Pocahontas.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

MARIE A. ZIMMERMAN

Marie A. Zimmerman, age 92, of Trenton, passed away Thursday, February 10. A funeral Mass will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Trenton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School, St. Mary’s Church, or Heartland Hospice.


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