LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO MULTIPLE FIRES TUESDAY
Keyesport Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 1:51 p.m., to a reported timber fire on Deer Trail. Mulberry Grove Firefighters were paged for mutual aid.
Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters were paged to a report of a grass fire Tuesday, at 3:23 p.m., on Rt. 140. Greenville Firefighters responded at 3:55 to a call for mutual aid. According to the fire report, approximately 65 acres of field and grass burned. No injuries were reported and no damage resulted. Firefighters were on the scene about an hour and a half.
Photo from Greenville Fire Department
Keyesport Firefighters were called again Tuesday, at 5:11 p.m., to a grass fire on Beaver Creek Trail. Mulberry Grove Firefighters were paged for mutual aid.
Greenville Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 7:12 p.m., to a report of a shed fire on Vine Street. According to the fire report, the fire was in a garden area and was quickly extinguished. Firefighters were on the scene about twenty minutes.
EARLY VOTING WRAPS UP SATURDAY
The primary is just one week away. Voters can beat the lines on March 18th by casting a ballot early. You can do that at your county clerk's office. Early voting ends this Saturday.
SENIOR CENTER TO HOST LAND OF LINCOLN FINANCIAL PROGRAM
The Bond County Senior Center will host Land of Lincoln as they offer information on a financial program on Monday, March 17. Director Anna Oestreich told us the event will be held after the lunch hour and is open to people of all ages.
“This is going to be a great program,” Anna told WGEL. “Land of Lincoln has a special grant and they really want to get out and promote the program, because like I said, there’s a lot of folks out there who are under water on their mortgages and really concerned about losing their homes, and they’re going to give them information about what can be done about that and about how this one bankruptcy program might be of interest to them.”
For more information on the upcoming program, call the Senior Center at 664-1465.
AMEREN OFFERS DISCOUNTED HOME ENERGY AUDITS
With a 20 percent increase in winter energy usage over last year, Ameren is offering discounted home energy audits to help increase energy efficiency and lower costs. Ameren Spokesperson Marcelyn Love gave us a few examples of what the home energy audits might find.
“Just by turning the thermostat down a couple degrees in the case of winter or up a little bit in the summer, you could really start to save on your bill,” Love told WGEL. “Other simple measures such as using ceiling fans and allowing that to help circulate the air throughout the home can really save. In the winter, you can take advantage of the sunlight to help to warm up the home a little bit. You can also do things like air sealant or the window seal to really increase the comfort level in your home.”
Love said Ameren is now offering a comprehensive diagnostic for $25. Ameren is also offering rebates for new energy-saving equipment including some programmable thermostats and power strips. For more information, visit their website at www.actonenergy.com
FAMOUS NATURALIST TO SPEAK AT SELF-RELIANCE EXPO IN GREENVILLE
Famous naturalist Eustace Conway will be the keynote speaker at the Owl Creek Gazette Self-Reliance Expo on Saturday, March 15 at First United Methodist Church in Greenville. Conway is the founder of Turtle Island Preserve in North Carolina. He told us more about Turtle Island’s camp programs.
“We also have family camps so any family in the country can sign up and join with other families or gather together several families that you might want to bring together,” Conway told WGEL. “We’re very flexible with our programming. We try to accommodate anybody’s special needs. We have summer camp for boys, summer camp for girls. We have adult camps, we have special interest type of subjects, like we have a blacksmithing workshop coming up and we have a hide tanning workshop coming up.”
Conway said they offer a wide variety of camps that all tie back to the self-reliance and the natural environment. The Self-Reliance Expo will run from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with Conway to speak at 1:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.owlcreekgazette.com.