Community gearing up for annual Corn Festival
The annual El Paso Corn Festival will be held Sept. 10 -12 at Library Park. This year’s theme is Back To The Future for decorating your car, float, or significant other for the parade at noon on Saturday. Sept. 12. Once again, the carnival will be open all three days, along with live entertainment and food vendors in Library Park. Armbands will be available each day. Advanced armband sales will be available prior to the festival for $15 and are good for Thursday or Friday night only. During the festival, armbands will be $20 for Thursday or Friday nights and $25 for Saturday.
College honored for its green building efforts
Eureka College announced the one-year-old Sanders Hall’s building has earned green status. The four-story, 17,270-square-foot facility that houses science labs and classrooms for a variety of courses was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification based on standards of the U.S. Green Buildings Council for its environmentally friendly construction and design. Sanders Hall is the first building on the Eureka campus and in Woodford County to earn LEED certification, according to the college. Sanders Hall’s sustainable design and construction features and practices include:
- A stormwater system that captures runoff through rain gardens and naturalized retention basins.
- A water system in which the building and occupants consume 35 percent less water than traditional systems.
- Energy systems that utilize up to 80 percent less energy than conventional systems.
- Flooring made of recycled crushed glass.
- Materials and building products harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
- Low-emitting materials, including adhesives and sealants, paint and coatings, wood and agrifiber products and flooring systems.
Reagan Fest Pro Rodeo coming to Eureka Lake
The first Reagan Fest Pro Rodeo, hosted by the Reagan Fest Committee, will be happening from at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Eureka Lake Lower Park. Gates open one-hour prior with food vendors and rodeo vendors available. The Big Hat Rodeo Company is a world-class rodeo that features the Calzavara family, who has been entertaining people for more than 94 years. Rodeo events being offered in Eureka will include bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. Talented cowboys and cowgirls from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri will be here to compete. In addition, many local area talented riders will be participating. Tickets can be purchased at Eureka IGA, Eureka Public Library and online at www.eurekareaganfestival.com.
Kiwanis hosting breakfast burrito morning
The Metamora Kiwanis Club is hosting a Breakfast Burrito Sale from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Metamora IGA, 610 W. Mt. Vernon St. Breakfast Burrito Combo is $5 and Burrito only is $4. Pre-ordering for large numbers is available. Contact Debbie McCombs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jessica Hilst at JHilst@hbtbank.com. The Kiwanis Club of Metamora has just recently formed a 501C3 charitable foundation to fund Metamora Township High School scholarships and other local Kiwanis charities. Events, like the Breakfast Burrito Sale, help to raise much-needed funds for our many charitable endeavors. The Metamora Kiwanis Club meets regularly at noon the first Tuesday of the month at The Flame Family Restaurant, and the third Tuesday at Michael’s Italian Feast. Guests are always welcome.
Park District fall/winter program guides are available
The new fall/winter program guide is now available at the Metamora Park District Office located at 717 W. Mt. Vernon St. in Metamora. To register for programs or reserve space, and to attend programs held in our Activity Room, call the office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Residents also may leave registration forms in the delivery box on the pool office door after hours. The pool address is 116 N.Douglas St. in Metamora.
Another bird with West Nile detected
For the second time a month West Nile virus has been detected in Woodford County.
A dead bird collected Tuesday in Eureka tested positive for West Nile, according to a Woodford County Health Department news release. The infected blue jay joins a bird found Aug. 5 in Metamora. Dead blue jays, crows and robins can suggest West Nile activity. Mosquito pools have tested negative for the virus. West Nile is transmitted through bites from mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on an infected bird. The health department suggests the public minimize time spent outdoors between about 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., when mosquitoes are most active. Also recommended is use of insect repellent and clearing standing water from outdoor pooling spots, such as buckets and wheelbarrows. For more information, contact the health department at 467-3064.
— Woodford County news briefs —