Highland News Leader

St. Jacob & Marine News for the week of May 7

Donny Becker of Marine Elementary tied for first place in the third- to fifth-grade individual category for his “Recycled Sports Stool.”
Donny Becker of Marine Elementary tied for first place in the third- to fifth-grade individual category for his “Recycled Sports Stool.” Courtesy photo

Marine Library book sale

The Marine Library is holding its spring book sale on Thursday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., for one day only. The library is located at 202 E. Silver in Marine. Price is 25 cents per book or fill a plastic bag for $2. Money raised from book sale is used to defer operating expenses.

Marine Grade School students do well in ‘Trashformation’ contest

In schools throughout Madison County, thousands of students and educators are working to promote understanding, knowledge and participation in a wide-range of recycling projects created as part of the Madison County Green Schools Program.

“Our youth represent the future in more ways than one way. As a result of these programs, our students are making recycling a daily habit and are raising community awareness about consumption and waste production,” said Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan. “Importantly, the Madison County Green Schools Program is empowering an entire generation of activists enthusiastically working to improve the environment and the footprint we leave on the planet.”

One of the most successful Green Schools programs has been Trashformation Innovation Creations, an interactive experience where students, working independently or as part of a group, utilize their creativity to by taking community-generated waste and turning it into reusable, functional items or innovative pieces of art.

The Sustainable PhotoVoice – Picture That Green contest, which was held in connection with the Trashformations contest and is targeted to older students, challenged students to photograph a scene that represents their community or their respective point of view relevant on sustainability that answered the question, “To me, sustainability in Madison County is…”

“The Photovoice competition is a way for students to use a photo image to capture aspects of their environment and experiences and share them with others. Using this method, students can make their voice heard through photography as they document the community’s needs and resources from their own personal experience,” stated Kim Petzing, Green Schools coordinator for Madison County.

“Both Trashformations and Photovoice are successful competitions which serve as a viable learning exercise for our county’s youth,” Petzing added. “We received more than 475 entries from 20 schools, and the caliber of the entries was exceptional. Every student who participated, and every educator that teaches the importance of recycling and sustainability, are to be congratulated.”

Several Marine Elementary students were winners in the Trashformation Innovation Creations contest.

Rock, Brock and Meggie O’Toole from Marine Elementary won first place in the kindergarten to second grade category with their “Steel Can Xylophone.”

Braden Wuebbels of Marine Elementary won third place as an individual in the kindergarten to second grade category with his “Imaginary Play” entry.

“The Green Garden” was the first-place entry for the third to fifth grade team of Nate and Libby Engler of Marine Elementary.

Donny Becker of Marine Elementary tied for first place in the third to fifth grade individual category for his “Recycled Sports Stool.”

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 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 1 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.

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.

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, will be the final day of Sunday school for the season and Promotion Sunday. All the kids will sing during worship. The Sunday school will be presenting a geranium to each mother for Mother’s Day. Following worship, everyone is invited down to Heritage Hall for donuts, as a thank you for all the support this year.

Marine UCC

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.

Quilters News

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 7-9: Villagewide yard sales.

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.

To submit an item to the St. Jacob & Marine News, email hnlnews@bnd.com or call 654-2366, ext. 21.