HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE PROGRESS DELAYED BY WEATHER
This year’s severe wintry weather has delayed progress on the newest Habitat for Humanity house in Sorento. Eric Watterson, with the Bond County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, told us the team is waiting on work to be finished by skilled tradesman in plumbing and electrical work now.
Once the skilled labor is completed, the chapter and its volunteers will be back to work on the interior. If you’re interested in volunteering, call Eric at 322-0080.
SHOAL CREEK CHAPTER HELPS NRA FOUNDATION RAISE FUNDS
The Shoal Creek Friends of NRA will hold their 18th Annual Banquet Saturday, March 8 at the Copper Dock Winery in Pocahontas.
Don Niehaus, with the Shoal Creek chapter, told WGEL the NRA Foundation was established in 1990 as a tax-exempt organization that raises tax deductible contributions to support a wide range of firearms-related public interest activities.
Over the past three years, the Shoal Creek Friends of NRA has awarded over $604,000 in grants to fund projects in southern Illinois. Half of their proceeds stay in the region, benefitting organizations such as the Mulberry Grove High School Aces Shooting Team, Fayette County 4-H, Montgomery County 4-H, Boy Scouts of America Greater Saint Louis and the Mount Vernon Police Department.
For more information on their upcoming banquet, call Don Niehaus at 217-537-3019.
FFA PREPARES MULBERRY GROVE STUDENTS FOR FUTURE
This week is National FFA Week. WGEL recently visited with Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter President Brett Schewe, who told us FFA is meaningful because it prepares students for life after high school.
“Before I came to high school, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to be,” said Schewe. “After being in FFA I’ve decided I want to go to college at Texas A&M and double-major in ag education and crop science. Coming into it, I didn’t quite have a plan, but being in FFA has given me, not only all these opportunities, but also a career plan for the future.”
In celebration of FFA Week, Mulberry Grove’s chapter will sport the official blue and gold FFA colors, hold their teacher appreciation luncheon, and hold the High School Ag Olympics this afternoon.
Greenville’s FFA chapter will celebrate today with "Farmer Dress Up Day" and a barnyard zoo. They will also hold an FFA work Auction this evening. A meal will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.
ST. LOUIS RAMS PUNTER TO TAKE THE POLAR PLUNGE
The St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker will be taking the polar plunge into Carlyle Lake on Saturday, February 22 to help raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois. He told us he is doing some intense training to prepare for the event.
“I’ve just been eating a lot of food, trying to gather up a big layer of blubber, kind of keep me warm when I come out of the water, you know kind of like a seal,” Hekker joked. “Trying just to look like a seal or like a beluga whale, just trying to build up something on that front.”
Hekker said he is very excited about the event and looking forward to having a lot of fun. You can join Hekker in the polar plunge Saturday at noon or donate to the Special Olympics cause by visiting www.plungewithhekker.com