The Highland Arts Council’s 9th Annual “Art in the Park” is this Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14 at Lindendale Park in Highland.  Event Chairperson Lynette Schuepbach said there are 73 artists working in 12 different mediums including painting, sculpture, clay, glass, jewelry, wood, and more.  There are also many activities for the whole family to enjoy.  They have a gallery which is strictly for children.  Any child, age 5-18, may come in and buy a piece of art for $5.00 and kids may create their own project in the Kids' Creation Area.  Hours Saturday are from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Every year, they commission an art piece to stay in Highland.  This year, they have a sculptor who will be making a clay sculpture to be placed somewhere in town.  For more information, visit the Highland Arts council website at www.HighlandArtsCouncil.org.


The Family Fall Festival at the American Farm Heritage Museum is Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $6.00 for children through age 12.  Adults get in free.  There will be pumpkin painting, train rides, hot dogs, games, a costume contest, prizes, and more.

The 3rd Annual Donnellson Masonic Lodge #255 AF & AM Benefit Bass Tournament is Saturday, October 13, at Coffeen Lake.  Sign-up is from 6:00 – 6:45 a.m.  Take-off is at 7:00 a.m. and weigh-in is at 3:00 p.m.  The entry fee is $75.00 per boat.  For more information, call 217-851-4554.

The Hill’s Fort Society Youth Activities Day is Saturday, October 13, at the reconstruction site on the American Farm Heritage Museum grounds.  Events are from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Activities include quilting, surveying, rope making, archaeology, leather working, metal working, carpentry, and mallet making.  There is no charge for activities.  For more information or to register, call Jim at 667-8660.



The Greenville High School Concert Choir and Select Choir’s Fall Choral Showcase is this Saturday.  Mr. Shawn Cox said the show this year is called “100 Years of Broadway.”  It is a compilation of great works from the past century.  The show is Saturday, October 13, in the Greenville High School Auditorium, at 7:00 p.m.  There is no admission charge.  For more information, call the school at 664-1370.


For his Eagle Scout Project, Donnie Cruse is putting on Fur Fest, Saturday, October 13, from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m., at the Bond County Fairgrounds.  Donations of dog and cat food will be collected for entrance to the concert, which will feature both high school and college performers.  The donated food will be available for sale from the Bond County Humane Society for $3.00 a pound.  For more information, call Kim at 531-3926.


The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night.  Former mayor Gordon Corning addressed the issue of the Greenville Public Library not having e-books.  Councilman Mike Heath said the library is including a survey with an upcoming water bill, to assess the interest level.

Corning asked for the utility tax receipts for last month.  They were quoted, from the September financial data, at $45,708.00.

The council approved an amendment to the city code addressing the expiration of special use permits.  The amendment states special use permits shall expire upon the sale of the property or a discontinuance of operation for a period of more than six months.

The council approved an amendment to the city code specifying the composition, officers, qualifications, meetings, powers, and duties of the Lake Committee.  Prior to the amendment, the Lake Committee was an advisory board.

In past meetings, the council discussed signage primarily for businesses selling alcohol. There were some shortcomings in the signage rules particularly in regard to temporary signage.  City Manager Dave Willey presented a draft ordinance addressing the issues.  The draft ordinance was forwarded to the Planning Commission with a request to have a public hearing.  With suggested changes from the hearing, the ordinance will return to the council for a vote.



According to Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Scherrie V. Giamanco, 41 Illinois counties have been approved to implement the Emergency Conservation Program, or ECP, due to severe drought conditions.  Giamanco said, “ECP provides qualified producers the opportunity to request financial assistance during this critical time.”  Local counties approved for ECP include Bond, Fayette, Madison, Montgomery, and St. Clair.  For more information about FSA programs and ECP funding, contact your local FSA office.



Edward W. Blewer      

Edward W. Blewer, age 77, of Keyesport, passed away Wednesday, October 10 at Breese Nursing Home.  No funeral services are planned.  Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation.

JoAnn R. “Joanie” Geiger      

JoAnn R. “Joanie” Geiger, age 71, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, October 10, at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, also in Highland.  Friends may call Sunday, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the church, and Monday, from 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry, the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


SATURDAY - partly sunny, high 80, low 63, showers & thunderstorms Saturday night

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 74, low 48


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston.  They will talk about fire prevention and safety, what to do if there is a grease fire in your kitchen, how to ensure you have two exits available to you in the event of an emergency, and more.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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