IRS scam alert
Capt. Jeff Souders of the St. Jacob Police Department has reported that several residents of St. Jacob having received phone calls from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stating that they owed a large amount of money to the IRS. The caller stated that they should get a pre-paid money card from a store and send it to a certain address. This is a scam.
The IRS does not call on the phone or e-mail and ask for immediate payment. They will write a letter to you regarding your taxes. If you receive such a call, do not give them your Social Security number or debit or credit card number or any other information.
Report any such incident to St. Jacob police at (618) 644-5654 as soon as possible.
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Rabies clinics set
The Highland Animal Hospital will be conducting rabies clinics on Saturday, May 9 in St. Jacob and Marine. Clinics will be held at the St. Jacob Fire House from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and at the Marine Village Park from 10 to 11 a.m.
Illinois law requires dogs and cats that are 4 months of age and older to have a current rabies vaccination. The fee will be $11 for a one-year rabies vaccination and $16 for a three-year rabies vaccination.
Madison County will also be present to collect the county fee registration required for the rabies vaccination. The county registration fee schedule for one year rabies is $10 for an altered pet or pet under 6 months and $30 for an unaltered pet. The registration fee schedule for three-year rabies is $25 for an altered pet and $65 for an unaltered pet. Dogs must be one year of age or older to have the three year vaccination.
Other vaccines available include bordetella (kennel cough) for $15, canine distemper parvo for $15, along with feline distemper, $15, and leukemia, $22.
Contact the Highland Animal Hospital with questions 654-4688.
St. Jacob Strawberry Festival
The sweet smell of fresh strawberries is in the air as the St. Jacob United Church of Christ prepares for the 31st annual Strawberry Festival, which will take place on Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Jacob Township Park, 239 W. Main St.
Before the festival kicks off, Trailnet Bicycle Club will sponsor five Berry Bicycle Rides: 7, 17, 36, 52 and 100 miles long. Signing up for the ride online at www.trailnet.org will cost $11 for members, $16 for non-members, and signing up the day of the ride will cost $14 for members and $20 for non-members. Kids will cost $6 either way. Registration will be open at 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Returning to the festival lineup will be a variety of crafters, raffle prizes, such as a child’s bicycle and a handmade quilt, entertainment including local native Paul Jarvis, a corvette display, four kids bounce houses and, of course, food. There will be brats, hotdogs, chicken kabobs, strawberry desserts and a new addition of yogurt with fresh strawberries.
New this year will be a farmer’s market, complete with locally grown produce and goods for sale.
The St. Jacob UCC Strawberry Festival is sponsored by Steinkoenig Dairy Farms, Green Tree Audio & Video and Windcrest Dairy. All proceeds from the festival will go to the St. Jacob UCC.
Chamber Auction set for April 24
Spring is just around the corner, and it’s almost time for the 25th annual Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce Chamber Auction. This year’s theme is “Luau,” so come dressed in your favorite casual summer attire.
The date is set for Friday, April 24 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.
There will be an oral auction, 50-50 raffle, a “very interactive” silent auction and a bucket raffle. Tickets are $40 and are available on the Chamber’s website troymaryvillecoc.com or at the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce office.
Some of the items include an autographed Blake Shelton guitar, an authentic St. Louis Cardinals jersey autographed by Yadier Molina and an authentic St. Louis Blues jersey autographed by Vladimir Tarasenko. In addition, there are baskets, gift cards, experiences and more.
For more information on the event, call the Chamber office at (618) 667-8769. You can also stop by the Chamber office Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also items listed on the Chamber’s website.
Triad brick/paver fundraisers
Now is the time to participate in the Triad Athletic Booster Club’s brick/paver spring campaign. Bricks and pavers may be purchased with personal inscriptions etched upon them. The purchased bricks will be installed at the Triad High School’s “Knights Row” walkway before the THS Graduation May 17.
Inscription ideas include graduation dates, special teachers, sports or extracurricular accomplishments and memorials for loved ones.
The deadline for the Spring Brick/Paver campaign order forms is Saturday, April 25.
Personalized 4-by-8-inch red bricks are $100, while black granite 12-by-12-inch pavers are $1,000.
Order forms may be found and printed from the Triad High School website under the TABC link labeled “Knights Row” Paver form. Forms should be filled out and mailed with a tax-deductible check payable to TABC to: Triad Athletic Booster Club, c/o Engraved Brick/Paver Project, 703 East Highway 40, Troy, IL 62294. Purchasers will be notified after the brick/paver is installed.
St. Jacob UCC
A Christian family night will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 at Edison’s in Edwardsville. For just $20, each guest (adults and children) may enjoy pizza, soda, and unlimited bowling, laser tag, and arcade. They will also be playing contemporary Christian music all night long. All Sunday school students will only pay $10. The Sunday school will pay the other $10. If you and your family plan to go, you must tell your teacher how many from your family as soon as possible. The Sunday school needs to RSVP to Edison’s to receive this deal. All payments will be collected upon arrival.
Illinois South Conference & DuBois Center invite all to a 50th anniversary celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. on May 3 at GCS Stadium in Sauget, home of the Gateway Grizzlies. There will be games to play, music to listen to, an historical review and trivia question about our history, food, T-shirts and more. Advanced cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Tickets at the door are $10 per person or $15 per family. Tickets are available for purchase in the church office.
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.
Anyone interested in Confirmation contact the office as soon as possible.
Celebrate DuBois Church Camp Sunday is set for April 19 during Sunday school. Parents are welcome to join us for information regarding camp at DuBois. Kristen Kniepkamp will speak on DuBois and its awesome church camp, which offers opportunities to swim, hike, craft, ride, play, eat, shout and laugh. You just might get to enjoy a little of camp during Sunday school.
A Region 5 mission trip to Tosagua, on the coast of Ecuador, is being planned for June 20-29. The build site is located about 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean, southeast of Manta. Volunteers will be building a masonry and block home in the Manabi province. No experience is required, just a valid passport. For more information, contact Carol Amiri at (636) 328-3331 email@example.com.
The next Book Lovers will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 to discuss the book Far Afield by Susanna Kaysen.
The trivia night for the Hoyleton Home is set for Saturday, April 25. You don’t have to have a complete table of eight to compete. If a single person, or two or three people sign up, organizers will match people together to complete a table. A record for attendance was set last year. Sign up now by calling the church office, before room runs outs. If you call after hours, just leave your name and the number of people in your party on the message machine.
Upcoming bell performances
The Handbell Choirs from Marine UCC and St. Paul UCC in Lebanon will join forces again this spring to present two pieces during morning worship. The bell choirs will be playing in Lebanon on Sunday, April 19 at the 10:30 a.m. service. On Sunday, May 3, the bells will participate in the 10:10 a.m. worship service in Marine.
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.
May 7-9: Villagewide yard sales.
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.