MCT opens Heritage Trail
The grand opening of the Madison County Transit (MCT) Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail was held on Saturday, May 16 at Glen Carbon Fire Station 1, which is located on South Main Street and Daenzer Drive.
The 12.23-mile MCT Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail is a critical addition to the 125 miles of scenic bikeways that comprise the MCT Trails system. The trail runs from Main Street in Glen Carbon to Marine Village Park in Marine. It connects to the MCT Nickel Plate Trail and the MCT Goshen Trail. Originally developed and owned by the Village of Glen Carbon, ownership was transferred to MCT in June, 2012. In addition to grading, paving, signing and striping the trail, MCT also made critical repairs to 12 bridges and 3 tunnels.
The $4.2 million trail reconstruction was funded by a $2.7 million Illinois Transportation Enhancement grant, a $300,000 grant from the Metro East Park & Recreation District (MEPRD), $55,000 from the Village of Glen Carbon and $1.17 million in MCT Local funds. The project was completed by Keller Co. of Glen Carbon.
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St. Jacob Lions Club have successful bingo season
The St. Jacob Lions Club completed another successful bingo season thanks to all the bingo players. Profit from the bingos is used to support the Lions Club activities, such providing the Lions Hearing Bus to the residents for free testing, and providing a Sight Bus to the residents for free testing for macular degeneration.
The club contributes financially to Jakey in June BBQ, Movies in the Park, the St. Jacob PTO for its Trivia Night and Trunk-or-Treat, St. Jacob Christmas in the Village, the St. Jacob UCC Strawberry Festival, St. Jacob Cub and Boy Scouts, and the St. Jacob Baseball/Softball Association, in addition to many non-profit organizations in our surrounding communities.
For the St. Jacob Homecoming, a Lions Float is entered in the parade, and the clubs operates the bingo stand, providing volunteers and giving all the profits to the St. Jacob Homecoming for use in the special events in St. Jacob.
The club also provides its coffee machine to the St. Jacob Fire Protection Auxiliary for its annual breakfast.
For Memorial Day, the Lions purchased white crosses to be put out by the American Legion memorial to servicemen at the park.
The Lions collect eyeglasses, can pull tabs, cell phones and keys that allow us to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to eligible local residents.
The club also donate to the American Diabetes Association and the Special Olympics for Madison County residents.
The club also collects hearing aids, provides hearing aids and batteries to eligible local residents and funds for hearing impaired and sight impaired children to attend Lions Summer Camp. This summer, there are two attending from our area.
The St. Jacob Lions donate to Minds Eye of Lady of the Snows, which that supports a radio station and also provides radios to the sight impaired.
The club also support the Patriotic Sisters, which sends items to troops overseas; Gifts for Yanks, which gives much-needed items to local veterans; and Hope for Heroes, which sends kits to active troops overseas.
The Lions also donate to local residents for events to raise money for medical expenses and donate to local residents who lose their home in a fire.
The first bingo next season is Oct.3, 2015. The Starburst game is now more than $3,966 ,if you win on the special Starburst number. For the Jackpot game, if you get coverall in 54 or less numbers, you win $500. Food is provided by various organizations during the evening, beginning about 5:30 p.m. The evening features 25 bingo games, Starburst progressive cash raffle, lightening, pull tabs, 50-50 and free popcorn. If there are 120 or more bingo players, the payout for the $30 regular games will be $40.
For only $5 you can play six cards and have an evening of fun, good food and socializing.
If you are interested in joining the Lions, contact any Lions Club member you know, call (630) 203-3831, or go to the website www.lionsclubs.org. For more information about the St. Jacob Lions, contact 644-2378.
St. Jacob UCC
Heritage Hall Bulletin Board has a sign-up sheet for mowing grass. Remember, the church has the mower to be used.
The Youth Group continues to collect cans. Marked containers are in the rear of the church between doors to Heritage Hall and basement.
Chancel Choir, Handbells rehearsal
The Chancel Choir will be rehearsing on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. The Handbell Choir will be rehearsing on most Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Nancy Helmich at 887-4485 for more information.
The quilters will meet at 8 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month.
St. Jacob Events
Every Thursday: Trash collection day
Every other Thursday: Recycling collection day
Every Friday: Yard waste pickup day
First and third Thursdays each month: Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. at Activity Center
Every Saturday: Lions Club bingo at St. Jacob Activity Center. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
May 17: St. Jacob UCC Strawberry Festival at St. Jacob Park.
June 5-7: Jakey in June BBQ Cook Off, visit www.jakeyinjune.com for more information.
July 16: Special Family Night at St. Jacob Homecoming.
July 17-18: St. Jacob Homecoming.
Sept. 10-12: Villagewide yard sales.
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