This Year's Winner Announced...
This year's Gary German Memorial Award winner was officially recognized at the Abilities Plus award banquet held on Thursday, the twenty-fifth of September in Galva's own Wiley Park.
Following is a paraphrase of Special Olympic Coach Lou Guthrie's remarks concerning this year's winning athlete:
"This year's Gary German Award winner is an Overcomer and no stranger to adversity. After deciding not to participate in Special Olympics for several years, this year's winner came back to the sport as an epitome of a Special Olympic athlete. Brave in the attempt, he won Gold in the Regional Games, and to watch him perform in the state wide competition was something special.
After two attempts in his event, the Standing Long Jump, our regional gold medalist was in third place, but in the final jump, against competitors from Chicago and down state, he astounded us all by jumping further than he had ever jumped before, thereby winning 1st Place at the state final in Bloomington, Illinois.
Our award winner for this year? None other than Steven Verstrate!"
Regional Gold Medalist and State Champion Steven Verstrate
Coach Lou Guthrie and Steven Verstrate
Mom Congratulates the Winner
Steven poses with Mom, Sister and Coach
The City of Galva wishes to thank the Galva Lion's Club and Abilities Plus for allowing us to host your annual banquet.
Following are a few photographs from the event:
For more photographs from the event, visit our Gallery.
Henry County's Largest One Day Craft Show...
The members of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority invite you to attend and participate in the 36th annual Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In past years, this has been one of the area's largest and finest arts and crafts shows, with display booths set up in three locations: Galva High School gym, hallway, and outdoors.
For more information, please visit the official Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show Website, where you can find dealer application forms, links to local tourism websites, and photographs from last year's event.
Free Yard Waste Pickup & Cemetery Cleanup Week Announced...
The City of Galva is offering free pickup of yard waste on Friday, October 17th which is the last scheduled pickup for the 2014 season. Eligible items for the free pickup include grass clippings, weeds, leaves and garden waste. Waste must be placed in yard waste bags, garbage bags or cans and on the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on October 17th.
After the free pickup, no more scheduled pickups will be held until next spring. However, Galva residents can still have lawn waste picked up but will have to call City Hall to request it. Stickers will be required on each bag. Stickers are $2.00 each and may be purchased at City Hall or Galva Supermarket.
Sticks and branches are always picked up free of charge in separate pickups. These items are picked up at the City's convenience. For more information call City Hall at (309) 932-2555.
Cemetery Cleanup Week...
If you wish to save them, artificial flowers, potted flowers, and all other plants must be removed from the Galva Cemetery by Sunday, October 19, 2014. Please do not return or place new items on graves until Friday, October 24, 2014.
Notice of Public Hearing Concerning the Intent of the Communities of Annawan, Atkinson, Cambridge, Carbon Cliff, Galva, Geneseo, Orion and Woodhull, the County of Henry, Illinois, and the Henry County Economic Development Partnership (HCEDP) to apply for an Enterprise Zone designation, to be awarded by the State of Illinois in 2015.
Public Notice is hereby given that the Communities of Annawan, Atkinson, Cambridge, Carbon Cliff, Galva, Geneseo, Orion and Woodhull, and the County of Henry, Illinois, will hold a public hearing on the 30th day of September, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held at the Henry County Courthouse, 307 West Center Street, Cambridge, Illinois, in the North Courtroom. The reason for the hearing will be to identify the purpose of the proposed zone, describe the boundaries of the zone, and identify the local plans, tax incentives and other information that would be established in the event that the State of Illinois awards an Enterprise Zone designation to the aforementioned consortium of communities.
Ljom and Dairy Maids will be performing in Bishop Hill
Sunday, October 5, the Scandinavian five piece band Ljom (pronounced "Yoom") will be performing at the Dairy Building at 7 p.m. Basing their music on old vocal melodies used on mountain farms along the Norwegian-Swedish border, this band has created a unique contemporary sound. For more information about this band, check out their website at http://www.ljom.net/.
During Ljom’s intermission, BHHA’s very own Dairy Maids will be performing their skit, "Bow to the Cow." Three Dairy Maids tell through dialogue, Bishop Hill Colony history with emphasis on the importance of the Dairy Maids’ role in the forming of the Colony. To provide the necessary dairy products for existence in the early days of the commune, responsible young ladies were chosen to care for the cow herds and to turn out the needs for the Colonists in fresh milk, butter, cheese, and whey butter. The Dairy Maid performers enjoy gossip, giggles, and gags that will entertain people of all ages.
From Left to Right:
Dianne Lindbom, Cheryl Dowell, Vicki Massie, Deni Menken, Marie Watson
This free performance of Ljom and the Dairy Maids is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Illinois Arts Council. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street, on the north end of Bishop Hill. For more details, call 309 927-3899 or look online at www.bishophillheritage.org.
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