ILLINOIS WOMAN INFECTED IN LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, an Illinois woman is among 35 persons in ten states infected in the listeriosis outbreak linked to Rocky Ford cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms in Colorado. The 82 year-old woman became ill September 7 after eating a cantaloupe purchased at a store where the recalled fruit was sold. Twenty-eight persons have been hospitalized and four deaths have been reported. Symptoms include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Pregnant women may also develop fever, chills, back pain, and flu-like illness. If you think you may be ill due to eating these cantaloupes, contact your doctor immediately. For more information on listeriosis, check the website, www.fda.gov.
SEVENTH ANNUAL AUTUMN ARTWALK TODAY
Our Common Ground’s 7th Annual Autumn ArtWalk is today, from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. around the square in downtown Greenville. This year’s event will highlight hometown artists who have taken top awards in their respective fields. They include a chef, a creamery, an artist, and a musician. Two stages will keep the music going throughout the evening with a special stage for teens in the Bradford Bank parking lot. Come enjoy the music, artisans’ exhibits, wine tasting, gourmet foods, and a film festival at the Mavis Gallery. To learn more, check the website at www.ocgart.org.
SEPTEMBER UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Greenville High School teacher Virginia Larson presented an outline about a new Robotics club. She asked for partial funding to help get the club going and the board approved $2,500.00.
Gary Brauns and Meg File shared information about 2011 testing. Sorento, Pocahontas, and Greenville Jr. High made Adequate Yearly Progress status but Greenville Elementary did not, because of sub groups. High School Principal
Wendy Porter was present with ACT and PSAE reports for students who graduated in 2011. Both tests showed the high school exceeded state standards.
Last week Sorento Principal Bill Carpenter received word Sorento Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. The board approved expenses of not more than $7,000.00, for Carpenter and two of his staff to go to Washington D.C. to receive the award at a national reception and banquet.
TREE KILLING BEETLE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
The Emerald Ash Borer beetle was recently found just north of Salem in Marion County and at the Green Creek Rest Area on Interstate 57 in Effingham County. This metallic-green beetle, native to Asia, has been found in counties farther North in Illinois, however the recent findings indicate they may be moving south. The Illinois Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine to help limit the spread of the beetle. The Emerald Ash Borer’s larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die.
To limit the spread of these beetles, the Department of Agriculture asks you to burn firewood in the county of its origin. Firewood could potentially be contaminated with the larvae and moving the firewood could allow the beetles to spread.