9-26-2011

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NAMES SORENTO A “BLUE RIBBON” SCHOOL

The US Department of Education has named Sorento School one of 304 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or success in closing achievement gaps.  WGEL spoke with Principal, Bill Carpenter. The school was notified via email of their award.  It was exciting for the faculty, staff, and students to hear of the news.  The school had an open house and they were able to announce the news to the parents and community.  To receive the award, the school had to maintain a high level of academic excellence on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.  They were able to score very well several years in a row, which was what eventually led to folks in Springfield nominating Sorento for the National Award. Only 19 Illinois schools received the “Blue Ribbon” honor. 


UPDATE ON ARMED FORCES MUSEUM

On Saturday, September 17th, several directors of the Armed Forces Museum in Alton met with local citizens to discuss the future of their museum in Bond County. The museum has recently purchased a building on the American Farm Heritage Museum grounds and intend on moving there soon.  Newly appointed Greenville Tourism Director, John Goldsmith hosted the meeting at city hall.  WGEL spoke with Museum President, George Lawrence, regarding the move.The organization hopes that the new museum will be a big plus for Bond County.  Thus far, there has been a lot of enthusiasm regarding the move.   The museum is primarily looking for volunteers and help; however they are also interested in acquiring any military memorabilia that people would be willing to donate to the museum.  They are currently moving into a new building at the American Farm Heritage Museum, and plan on being fully operational by next Spring.


SMOKING OVEN BRINGS OUT FIRE DEPARTMENT IN GREENVILLE

The Greenville Fire department responded to smoke in a residence on College Avenue Friday afternoon just after 2PM.  Firefighters arrived and found smoke coming from an oven, they unplugged the oven, turned off the breaker and helped ventilate the residence.  No fire was found and firemen were on the scene for about 40 minutes. 

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GREENVILLE TOURISM COMMITTEE MEETING

The Greenville Tourism Committee met Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building.  After the previous meeting minutes were approved, John Goldsmith reported on the informational meeting with the Armed Forces Museum representatives that took place last weekend.   The Museum is in process of moving their headquarters and equipment onto the grounds of the American Farm Heritage Museum, which will be their new home.  Some discussion has been taking place with local VFW and American Legion Posts about membership and leadership for the Museum as it moves further away from the Alton area where many of the charter members have lived.  There has been no definitive action, however, at this time. Goldsmith also spoke about his intent to develop a proactive Marketing Plan for the Tourism Committee as he moves into his new leadership role, effective with the next meeting.  In his contact with tour organizations, he has found that some of the larger groups have requirements that Greenville is not quite ready to provide, but the requirements serve as a measure against future plans and actions. The Committee discussed getting more brochure racks for placing in businesses and whether those should be table top, wall-mount or of another sort.  Goldsmith said that he would canvas businesses to see what need there might be and would report back to the group. There was a quick review of upcoming events in Greenville: Apple Day is October 1st, the Ripson Bridge Festival is October 2nd and Downtown Halloween is October 28th. Finally, the Committee discussed that it has three open positions to be filled.


LLINOIS EPA LANDFILL CAPACITY REPORT

According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 24th annual Landfill Capacity report for 2010, 45 Illinois landfills reported capacity data to the EPA.  43 active landfills accepted more than 46.1 million gate cubic yards of municipal waste for disposal and no new landfills opened in 2010.  As of January 1, 2011, there were more than one billion gate cubic yards of landfill capacity remaining in Illinois, representing a projected 23 years of landfill life.


NUMBER ONE COMETS WIN AGAIN

Early this week the Greenville Comets Football team was rated the top Class 3A football team in the state by the Associated Press.   Friday night the Comets defeated number 7 ranked Alton Marquette 71 to 41 leaving the Comets the only undefeated team in the South Central Conference.  Next Friday Greenville is on the road to play the Pana Panthers.

COMET SOCCER RESULTS

Comets Soccer defeated Wesclin 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.  Goals were scored by Michael Schlemper, with 2, and Dellon Sanders scored the game-winner.  Assists were credited to Gustav Peikert, Schlemper, and Ryan Mueller.  Lincoln Siebert earned the win in goal making 4 saves in the second half.  Michael Schlemper is the first Comet player in school history to score 100 goals in his career, which he reached on his first goal of the match!

 

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OBITUARIES

Marie R. Grapperhaus

Marie R. Grapperhaus, age 90, of Trenton, passed away Friday, September 23 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services for 90 year old Marie R. Grapperhaus will be Tuesday, September 27 at 12:00PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday from 4:00pm-8:00pm and Tuesday from 9:30am-11:45am at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to the Breese Nursing Home Activity Department.

Keven T. Ciborowski

Keven T. "Mouse" Ciborowski, age 21, of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, September 21 in Perry County, IL.  Funeral services for 21 year old Keven T. "Mouse" Ciborowski will be Monday, September 26 at 10:00am at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Trenton.  Friends may call Monday from 8:00am-10:00am at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to the Wesclin Soccer or Track Teams.

John D. Kutz, Jr.

John D. Kutz, Jr., age 61, of Highland, passed away Friday, September 23rd at St. Elizabeth Hosptial in Belleville.  Funeral services for 61 year old John D. Kutz, Jr. will be Tuesday at 10:00am at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.  Friends may call Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Ewald A. Demkey

Ewald A. Demkey, age 70, of Grantfork, passed away Thursday, September 22 at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.  Funeral services for 70 year old Ewald A. Demkey will be Monday, September 26 at 10:00am at Dauderman Mortuary.  Burial will be at Salem Cemetery in Alhambra.  Friends may call Monday from 8:00am-10:00am at Dauderman Mortuary.  Memorials are suggested to Salem United Church of Christ or Hospice of Southern Illinois.


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