Highland News Leader

St. Jacob & Marine News for the week of May 14

Marine Library to sponsor ‘Chalk-Art-in-the-Park’

The Marine Library is holding a Chalk-Art-in-the-Park event for the children in grades K-12 at the Marine Village Park from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.

Contest rules for Chalk Art in the Park are as follows:

▪ Sign up for the event at the library or by calling (618) 520-6551 before May 19. The library is open on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

▪ Arrive at the Village Park at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, ready to work on a panel.

▪ Rain date will be June 14.

▪ Art must be family-friendly and based on a favorite story book character.

▪ No stenciling.

▪ Artists must use only chalk that is provided. Only washable, solid, non-toxic chalk pastels can be used.

▪ Participants will compete in one of four categories: Ages 5-7, 8-11, 12-13, and high school

▪ Each participant will receive one 3-by-3-foot section of concrete as an art space. Note: the section could have a crack or other imperfections.

▪ One first-place winner will be chosen per group.

▪ Judging will occur at 3 p.m.

▪ There will be a craft project after completion of drawing.

▪ Participants should provide a T-shirt size when signing up.

▪ Participants will be treated to refreshments during the judging.

▪ Participants must be a resident of Marine, Marine Township, or have a library card.

MCT to open Heritage Trail on Saturday

The grand opening of the Madison County Transit (MCT) Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at Glen Carbon Fire Station 1, which is located on South Main Street and Daenzer Drive.

There will be a ribbon cutting, light refreshments and brief remarks. State Sen. Bill Haine, Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt and MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane will be on hand.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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