There was a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new Bond County Transit Building.  Many prominent members of the community were present, including the mayor, city manager, city councilmen, Bond County Board members, and others.  At the center of this project, Anna Oestriech and her team at the Bond County Senior Center worked diligently to make the new facility a reality for the citizens of Bond County. 

Anna recognized the efforts of the Bond County Board, Greenville City Council, transit employees, and senior citizen center employees.  She also spoke about the services BCT has provided. Anna said last year they provided the residents of Bond County with about 30,000 trips covering more than 260,000 miles.  The construction of the new facility shows they have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of Bond County residents through increased mobility, providing access to education, employment, medical services, nutrition, shopping, and more.  Anna said she is personally grateful for the dedicated staff, office personnel, and drivers from BCT who work so diligently to provide this service to Bond County. 


Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday.  Remember to set your clocks back one hour as we “fall back” to standard time.  Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston said twice a year you should replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Although they generally plug into the wall, carbon monoxide detectors usually have a backup battery which should be replaced.  Bill said these two items are lifesavers. If there is ever an incident in your home, they may possibly save your family’s lives.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.



The weather has been relatively dry recently in the WGEL listening area providing more harvest time for farmers. Ron Marshall at the Farm Bureau said farmers are working hard to finish their harvest and you may encounter slow-moving farm vehicles on the roads. Slow down and take your time when driving to help avoid accidents with farm machinery.  Farm equipment is made of steel while many cars are made of aluminum and plastic.  In a collision with a combine or large tractor, a passenger car would receive a substantial amount of damage.  Please be patient and cautious and we should have a safe harvest season.


The DeMoulin Museum is sponsoring a program entitled “The Wild and Wooly DeMoulin Fashions for the Redmen” Friday, November 2 at the Bradford Community Building.  John Goldsmith said this unique program is at 7:00 p.m. and involves an interesting chapter in DeMoulin's history.  DeMoulins got their start making items for fraternal organizations.  There will be a presentation on the history of one particular fraternal organization called the Improved Order of Redmen, or the IORM, for which DeMoulins made garments. 

Several DeMoulin-made artifacts will also be on display.  Tickets will be available at the door and are $6.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 12 and under.  Admission includes complimentary appetizers.  For more information call 664-4115.



The Kaskaskia College Trenton Expansion Team will host “The Big Event” at the Hidden Lake Winery Saturday, November 3, from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.  The event includes an exciting menu of wonderful appetizers and gourmet desserts as well as music and entertainment.  George Evans, of the Trenton Center, said the night is centered on fun and there will be live music, a jazz band, and a DJ.  The Kaskaskia College Culinary Arts Department is providing the gourmet appetizers and there will be a large assortment of pastries and desserts.  The event is a fundraiser and all proceeds go to the Trenton Education Center Expansion Project.   Tickets for the food and entertainment are $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple. 



Dweneth I. “Dee” Kesner    

Dweneth I. “Dee” Kesner, age 76, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, October 31 at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Marine.  Burial will be in Valley View Gardens Cemetery in Edwardsville.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Christ of Marine, Highland Area Food Pantry, the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry, or to the donor’s choice. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

James I. Bucher, J.D.  

James I. Bucher, J.D., age 81, of Marine, passed away Wednesday, October 31 at Saint Louis University Hospital.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine.  Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the Patricia Ann Bucher Memorial Fund at the University of Pittsburgh.


SATURDAY - 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 47, low 33

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 53, low 35


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Belinda Baxter, a volunteer with the Bond County Health Department.  November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. They will talk about the different types of diabetes, how diabetes affects your life, and some ways you may manage your diabetes.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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