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Galva Fire Department Announces...

The Galva Fire Department has received word that the big man with the snowy white beard will be stopping in for a visit on December 20th from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Galva Fire Department located at 210 Front Street.


The big fella would like to stay longer, but he has to hurry back to his workshop in preparation for the big evening.


In honor of his visit, Courtyard Estates of Galva will be providing refreshments and snacks which will definitely make the line seem shorter.


So come around to the North Entrance (that is the back side of the building on the Main Street side) to the Fire Department and let Santa Claus know, just in the nick of time, what you want for Christmas before he returns to the North Pole. And bring you camera, because nothing pleases Santa more than having a memorable moment frozen in time for viewing later.



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Lucia Nights in Bishop Hill...

Bishop Hill invites you to join in the Lucia Nights celebration on Friday December 12 and Saturday December 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This Swedish tradition is based on a legend of Saint Lucia, Queen of Light. During a famine in Sweden, on the longest and darkest night of the year, Lucia appeared wearing a long white robe and encircling her head was a crown of candles. Legend has it that Lucia appeared on a ship laden with food. When the ship was unloaded, both it and Lucia vanished. Girls today wake their families on December 13th carrying a tray of Lucia buns while dressed in a white robe and wearing a crown of candles.


Lucia Girl


Lucia Nights begins with the Lighting of the Park Christmas tree at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 12. The public is invited to bring edible ornaments to hang on the tree. Attractions include free musical performances in various locations in town. Businesses and museums will have a Lucia girl serving cookies. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each window, and sidewalks will be illuminated. Special Christmas gifts will also be on sale.


Main Street Bishop Hill


On both Friday and Saturday evenings, Bishop Hill will be hosting a wide range of activities. The Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will be performing in VagnHall Galleri at 6 p.m., with the Mountain Men following at 7 p.m. In the Welcome Center from 6 to 9 p.m., storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will be sharing traditional Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories, mixed with a sing-a-long of many of your favorite carols. At the Steeple Building, Hammer and Pick will be playing from 6 to 9 p.m., with woodcarving demonstrations going on as well. In addition, the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host the annual Soup and Chili Supper beginning at 4:00 p.m. until they run out. A free-will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.


On Saturday, December 13 only, there will be an Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School beginning at 7 p.m. The Rusty Pickup String Band will be performing. All dances taught and called by Gail Hintze and Jim Hicks. Admission is $5 per person, and beginners are welcome. No partner is necessary.


Bishop Hill is located 150 miles southwest of Chicago and 20 miles east of I-74 in Henry County. For more information please call 309-927-3899 or visit www.bishophill.com.


*Lucia Nights is sponsored, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency, and the Quad City Arts.


** photographs in this section courtesy of Lou Lourdeau


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Casting Call...

Denise Karlström is working with casting in Sweden, for the production company Meter Television. Meter is known for TV programs such as "The Biggest loser", “Masterchef” and the NBC hit "Min it to win it".


Meter Television is now conducting a nationwide casting search for season 5 of the nominated TV series, "Allt för Sverige"; (The previous working title of the show was "Great Swedish Adventure").


Meter is looking for outgoing, fun and adventurous people for next season. You must be an American of Swedish descent and never have visited Sweden or any of the other Scandinavian countries before.


Do you know anyone with a little bit of Swedish blood that might want to find out about their heritage?!!

The deadline to apply is Feb 15, 2015. The show will be shooting in the summer 2015.


To learn more or to apply for the show please visit the Great Swedish Adventure Website.


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Chamber of Commerce Announces...

The Galva Area Chamber of Commerce announces that it will kick off the community's Ol' Fashioned Christmas celebration at train9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 30 with "Make It & Take It Crafts" which will be hosted by the Galva Arts Council along with the start of the Mini Christmas Tree viewing which will run until 5:00 p.m.


From 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. the Arts Council will serve lunch. This year's menu includes a chili bar, dessert and drink for just $5.00.


From noon until 4:00 p,m., "Li'l Chooch" train rides will be available for kids of all ages. To get on board, just line up at Veteran's Park and listen for that unmistakable train whistle.


The Gingerbread House in Veteran's Park is where you will find Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Santa encourages everyone to bring their cameras because he and Mrs. Claus love to have their picture taken with the children.


ornamentWhile you are at Veteran's Park visiting Santa and waiting for a train ride, you will be able to make and hang harvest quennsedible ornaments courtesy of the Galva Harvest Pageant. From 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. the lovely and talented ladies of this year's Pageant will be available to assist you with an ornament that will look every bit as decorative as it does tasty.


Think you might have a bit of spare time between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.? Then you are in luck! While waiting to see Santa you will have the opportunity to take a free carriage ride, courtesy of the Galva Banking Center. Once your ride is over, don't forget to head back over to the Galva Arts Council building for their annual Chocolate Fair which runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This year's fair is sponsored by Bright Horizons 4-H.


The crowning of Little Mr. and Little Miss. Christmas, sponsored by the Galva Freedom Fest Committee, will occur at 4:00 at the Galva Arts Council building.


Parade participants will start lining up at the Stackhouse Moore Funeral Home at 4:15 p.m. and the Lighted Holiday Parade will commence promptly at 5:00 p.m. Look for the Galva Scouts who will be collecting canned goods and donations for the Galva Food Pantry.



santaThe Honorable Richard Nordstrom, Mayor, will light up the Christmas decoration in Veteran's Park at 5:30 p.m.


The Arts Council will host a Coffee House at 7:00 p.m. which will include entertainment by Mike Wallace to be followed by an open mic.


The following Galva businesses will be holding and Open House on the 29th:

The Chamber of Commerce would like to remind all parents that Letters to Santa will be accepted in side the Galva Post Office. Those letters received prior to December 15th will receive a written response from Santa.




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For Immediate Release....



Dixline Corporation, a leading provider of decorative finishing and EMI shielding coatings, today announced that it is expanding its facilities and capacity. This expansion includes a 275 ft building expansion and increases Dixline's electroplating, PVD metallizing and plastic injection molding capacity and will enable Dixline to increase production capabilities to handle new business growth.


"We are investing in new facilities and processing equipment to support new customers and growth we are seeing across all of our finishing lines. This investment allows us to offer our customers the newest plastic electroplating technology, chrome finishing, PVD metallizing technology and finishing capabilities" said David Fenton, COO/CFO. "The expansion is in addition to our leading technology and capabilities in providing decorative bright and antique finishes on plastic, steel, zinc and brass. "


Dixline Corporation began over 90 years ago by providing casket hardware to the funeral industry. Today, Dixline offers their advanced finishing services throughout the decorative finishing markets in the window/door, agricultural, consumer hardware and automotive accessory industries.


Dixline is experiencing growth and acquiring new customers in all of these industries. "We are definitely on our way to achieve our business plan objectives and expanding our customer base," added David Thomson & Kevin Thomson, co-owners of Dixline.


The company has started its construction and equipment additions both inside and outside of its facility in Galva, IL and plans to have the investment operational over the next 18 months.


Founded in 1924, Dixline Corporation is a decorative finishing and EMI shielding company serving the US and international markets. Dixline's history is in providingDixline Logo decorative casket hardware to the burial casket industry but has evolved into providing decorative finishes and raw part manufacturing across many end-consumer and OEM industries.


Finishing services include bright and antique electroplate finishes, bright PVD vacuum finishes and powder coating. Also on-site are manufacturing capabilities including zinc die casting, plastic injection molding, steel stamping, punching and roll forming. Dixline also provides its DemeShield™EMI Shielding product for the electronics packaging industry. Additionally, various assembly services are offered to provide customers with a true one-stop solution. For more information about Dixline, visit its website at www.dixline.com.

Galva American Legion Announces December Events...


Free Christmas Meal for Galva's Seniors

  • The Galva American Legion will be sponsoring a FREE Christmas Meal on 6 December, 2014 for Galva's Senior Citizens. The dinner will be held at the Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street in Galva. Carry out will be available. Delivery may be made to any senior that cannot get out. Contact Wayne Glissan 309-932-2679 or Lloyd Anderson at 309-932-2509 for delivery. The building will open at 11:00 and service will commence promptly at noon.

Community Breakfast

  • The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 14 December, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. They will be serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, milk and orange juice. Pop and bottled water are available for an extra charge. A donation of $6.00 is appreciated.





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Galva City Administration Building

P. O. 171

311 N.W. 4th Avenue, Suite B

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555 phone

(309) 932 - 3306 fax

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M,T,W,Th, F 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Galva Police Department

P. O. Box 1

210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 3720 phone (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

911 (emergency number only)

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Galva Fire Department

210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2114 phone (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

911 (emergency number only)

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Galva - Bishop Hill Ambulance Service

310 S.E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2120 phone (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

911 (emergency number only)

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210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2890 (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

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Galva Street Department

Maintenance Yard

949 S. E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 3624 or for after hours emergencies (309) 932 - 3900

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Galva Water & Sewer

949 S. E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555 or for after hours emergencies (309) 932 - 3900

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Galva Freedom Fest Committee

311 N. W. 4th Avenue

P. O. Box 171

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555


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