(OLNEY) With the warmer weather finally here and with the holiday Memorial Day weekend less than a week away, today is the start of the 2018 National Safe Boating Week across America. In fact each day now through next weekend, a specific safety message is featured through the National Safe Boating Council and the National Weather Service. Today’s focus is on life jackets, while tomorrow’s emphasis is on fire extinguishers. Next week’s topics include boating under the influence, distress beacons, thunderstorm safety, hurricane preparedness, and marine forecasting. With the official boating season underway, all those on area waters are urged to take the extra time to make sure all safety measures are taken while boating.
(NEWTON) The City of Newton’s City-Wide Clean Up continues today, from now to 3:00. Those wanting to use the dumpsters in the alley behind the Newton City Hall should follow the signs, enter the alley on Morgan Street and exit on Jourdan Street. The Newton City Brush Dump is open for yard waste only. For more information, check the City of Newton’s website online at www.cityofnewtonil.com.
(NEWTON) The popular 2018 Spring Rendezvous and Links to the Future event is today at Wolf Creek State Park on Lake Shelbyville, northwest of Windsor. The outdoor youth festival is open to the public from 9:00 to 5:00 today, focusing on promoting, preserving, and continuing Illinois’ outdoor sporting traditions, sponsored by the Lincoln Trails Council Boy Scouts of America and the State DNR. There will be fishing, kayaking, dutch oven gathering, shooting BB guns or trap, archery, tomahawk throwing, and more. The Army of Tennessee CSA/USA re-enactors will return with their real vintage cannons, along with their real period costumes and equipment, plus the Prairieland Frontiersmen will encamp the lifestyle, clothing, and trades of the Rendezvous Era. Learn more about the 2018 Spring Rendezvous on Facebook.
(OLNEY/NEWTON) With an American Red Cross “urgent call” in place for all eligible blood donors to get out and give blood, here’s some upcoming blood drives : today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : also today at the Heritage Health, Therapy, & Senior Care Center in Robinson from 12:30 to 4:30 : next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00 : all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low area and regional blood supplies.
The Village of Noble will have a Chowder Committee meeting next Tuesday night at the Village Hall in Noble, starting at 7:00. Those interested in helping out and all others are welcome to attend.
The Richland County High School graduation is tomorrow afternoon in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS, starting at 3:00, with the doors open at 2:00. The final day of student attendance in Olney is next Tuesday.
The Rolling Thunder Illinois Chapter 3 will host a benefit event today. The registration for the benefit motorcycle ride is from 8:30 to 10:15 this morning at the Olney VFW with the kick stands up at 10:30. The 150 mile scenic ride will return to the Olney VFW for a 4:30 meal and a 6:00 auction. All proceeds go to help fund the next Veterans Honor Flight for Southern Illinois to Washington, D.C.
The Richland County Federation has a fundraising “pork burger” sale today at the CVS Parking Lot, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00. While pork burgers are $2.50 each, get a meal of a pork burger, chips, & drink for $5.00, plus lemonade shake-ups are $1.50. Call ahead orders or for delivery, call 618-839-3814.