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NOWFund Established For Fire Victims A Fund has been established for the Doug & Michelle Ferguson Family, who lost their home in a fire Feb. 2, 2014. To make donations contact: Joy State Bank, 412 Main St., New Boston, IL 61272 / 309-587-8171.
NOWFree 40+ Men's Prostate Cancer ScreeningMercer County Health Department offers Free Prostate Screenings to all men age 40 and over. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Early detection may save your life. Call Shawna Weeks at 309-582-3759 with questions or to schedule an appointment.
ONGOINGMercer County High School Track and Field Renovation - Donation/Gift Link Just click on this link:
Project Donation Forms and Information
NOW - May 1Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, Auxiliary ScholarshipsScholarships are being offered by Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, Auxiliary. Applicants must be pursuing studies in the medical field and reside in Mercer County. Applications can be picked up at the hospital gift shop and must be returned by May 1st to be eligible.
NOW - May 10M.C. Women For Women Seeking Nominations for “Woman of the Year” award. Mercer County Women For Women are seeking nominations for their annual “Woman of the Year” award. The award will be presented to a deserving woman in Mercer County at their monthly meeting on May 20th. All nominations must be received by may 10th. In submitting a nomination (250 words or less), criteria to take into consideration may include volunteerism, participation in local organizations, community events, personal attributes, caring and commitment to others as shown through family or faith. Also encouragement and leadership qualities shown by helping others to reach their full potential. Send entries to Phyllis Lundquist at 512 NE 2nd St., Aledo. For questions, call Phyllis at 309-582-7976. Please include your name and phone number in messages and correspondence.
NOWMyCoke Rewards Benefit Mercer Carnegie LibraryWhen you purchase Coke Products, you can also help your local Mercer Carnegie Library through the MyCoke Rewards program. Write down your code or bring your bottle cap, tear-off tab, or wrapper to the library where the product code will be entered to earn points to get magazine subscriptions for the Library. For more information, visit them at 200 North College Avenue, Aledo, call 309-582-2032 or click here: Mercer Carnegie Library Online
NOWMercer County Pictorial History Books For SaleThe new Mercer County History Pictorial books will be for sale at the Essley-Noble Museum (located at 1406 SE 2nd Ave., Aledo) during regular Saturday winter hours. Proceeds benefit Essley-Noble Museum. For questions, call Twyla at 582-5585.
NOWNew Windsor Fair & Rodeo Commemorative Belt Buckles On Sale The New Windsor Fair and Rodeo Association is selling a 75th year commemorative belt buckle. Order forms are available at the New Windsor Telephone Company office, Farmers State Bank of W IL in New Windsor or at www.nwrodeo.org. Cost: $80. Orders received by March 15th will be available on or about June 1st.
March 10 - April 25Aledo Main Street Scholarships - Time To VOTE!
Thanks to generous participating sponsors, Aledo Main Street will be awarding (3) $600+ Scholarships to Mercer County Seniors who applied for the scholarship and are planning on attending college, trade school, or other 529-approved program! Each dollar you spend equals 1 vote for your favorite student. Twelve students are in the running, so vote early & often for your favorite Mercer County High School Senior! Questions? Call Aledo Main Street at 582-2751 or visit aledomainstreet.com.
Beginning April 1Sherrard "Don't Be a Party Pooper" Post-Prom FundraiserSherrard High School Post-Prom Committee is sponsoring a “Don't Be a Party Pooper” Fundraiser. Starting April 1, beautifully painted toilets are being “dropped” in front yards throughout the school district and for a small donation, lucky recipients can have the toilet removed and deposited on the lawn of another lucky recipient. Suggested donations are $10 to have the toilet removed or sent along to the party pooper of your choice, or $15 to ensure that it never returns to your lawn. The Sherrard High School Art Club painted the toilets. Contact Lisa Miller, 309-235-1890, for more information.
April 7 - May 5Public Encouraged to View Disaster Recovery PlanInitial approval of the Mercer County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for Disaster Recovery is almost complete. The plan is available for public comment and can be viewed at the Mercer County Health Department April 7th through May 5th. Call 309-582-3759 for more information.
April 15, RSVP April 11Mercer County Women for Women MeetingMercer County Women for Women meet for dinner and a business meeting at 6 p.m., Tues., April 15, at Doug’s Town & Country Restaurant in Aledo. Guest speaker Marla Reynolds of the Mercer County Family Crisis Center will discuss the upcoming Champions4Children Walk. Other special guests include the 2014 scholarship winners, who will be presented with their awards. All women in Mercer County are welcome to attend meetings and become members. To make a reservation for the April meeting, please call Cindy DeMarlie, 309-737-5424, by 5 p.m., Fri., April 11.
April 16Veteran's Office ClosedThe Veteran's Affairs Office will be closed Wed., April 16, to attend the Annual VA Conference in Iowa City. They will re-open the following morning, Thurs., April 17th.
April 17Lifetree CafeLifetree Café is open from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening in the fireside room at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo. Lifetree Café is an hour of stories and conversation to feed your soul, with a different topic and video each week. On Thurs., April 17th, the topic will be “Living with Autism...A peek into a hidden world.” Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Karen at 309-236-2911.
April 18"Looking For Jesus"Please join us for "Looking For Jesus," a dramatic reading in three parts. Part 2: "The Accusation" on Good Friday, April 18th, during Good Friday service at 7 p.m. at Grace E. Free Church,606 S.E.3rd St., Aledo. For information call Nancy, 309-299-4916.
April 18First Baptist Church Kids Easter EventsA Kids Easter Event will be held at First Baptist Church, 800 NE 6th Ave., Aledo on Good Friday, April 18th, 10 a.m. - Noon. The Servant King event is for all kids 3 years old - 5th grade. Kids will enjoy a story, game, snack and craft. Kids 2 years and under are invited for a special half-hour program from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Both events are FREE to attend, but they ask that you pre-register by calling the church office, 582-7812.
April 18Sunbeam Church Good Friday ServiceSunbeam Presbyterian Church will have Good Friday Worship Service, beginning at 10 a.m.
April 18S.P.A.R.K.S Easter Egg HuntS.P.A.R.K.S will host a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt Fri., April 18th, 8 p.m. at Seaton Park. All children, ages 0-110, are welcome. Bring baskets for children to gather their eggs and a flashlight. LED bunny ears will be distributed to the first 60 kids. An LED Balloon Memorial Parade & Release Ceremony will follow the hunt. There will be a charge per balloon of $5, and each balloon will come with a tag that can be filled out in honor of a special loved one. 50 balloons will be available for sale after the Egg Hunt - first come first serve.
April 19Aledo Easter Egg HuntThe Aledo Rotary Club will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. on Sat., April 19th, at Aledo's Fenton Park.
April 19Rescue Run Obstacle Course Benefit for Fire DepartmentsEveryone’s invited to come and see friends and neighbors participate in the Rescue Run obstacle course event to benefit the Seaton and Aledo Volunteer Fire Departments. It will be Sat., April 19th, at Hofmann Farms, 1521 200th St., north of Aledo. Gates will open at 7:45 a.m. with the first runners starting at 8:30. Pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips, cookies and drink will be available for free will donations. Rescue Run shirts will also be for sale and there’ll be music to enjoy. Spectators can be shuttled to opposite ends of course and are free to walk the course to see the obstacles as well. There is no admission or parking fee, but free will donations will gladly be accepted to support the fire departments!
April 19Ca$h Mob Squad Strikes Again!Sat., April 19th, join the Squad at Aledo's Central Park Pavilion at 12:45 p.m. to find out what business will be mobbed. Spend at least $20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at that location, and then attend a Post-Mob Mixer at Mercer Market for specials on treats.
April 19Sherrard Community Blood Drive Sherrard Community will host a blood drive from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sat., April 19, at the Sherrard Public Library, in the MVRBC Donor Bus. To donate, please contact Kelly Merchie at 309-593-2178 at the Library or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.
April 19 & 20Local Catholic Easter Masses Please note changes to Easter Mass dates & times for local Catholic Churches:

Saturday, Apr. 19, 8 p.m., St. Anthony's, Matherville

Sunday, Apr. 20, 8 a.m., St. Catherine's, Aledo

Sunday, Apr. 20, 9:45 a.m., St. John's, Viola
April 20Messiah Lutheran Church Easter Sunrise Service and Community Easter BreakfastEaster Sunrise Service at Messiah Lutheran Church, 509 NE 2nd Street, Aledo, is 6:30 a.m., Sun., April 20. The Annual Community Easter Breakfast will be held following the service. The menu includes breakfast souffle casseroles, sweet rolls, muffins, donuts, coffee cake, fruits, juices, milk and coffee. A freewill offering will go toward YMCA Scholarships. Breakfast is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
April 20Sunbeam Church Easter Breakfast & WorshipSunbeam Presbyterian Church will host an Easter Breakfast at 8 a.m., with Easter Service to follow at 9 a.m.
April 20"Looking For Jesus"Please join us for "Looking For Jesus," a dramatic reading in three parts. Part 3: "The Resurrection" on Easter Sunday, April 20, during services at 10 a.m. at Grace E. Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo. For information call Nancy, 309-299-4916.
April 21Mercer County Historical Society Spring MeetingThe Mercer County Historical Society will hold their Spring Open Meeting on Mon., April 21st, at 7 p.m. at the Essley Noble Museum. A program titled “Highlights of 8 Decades of Archaeology in the Illinois River Valley” will be presented by Alan Harn of Illinois State Museum and Dickson Mounds. The public is invited.
April 24Lifetree CafeLifetree Café is open from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening in the fireside room at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo. Lifetree Café is an hour of stories and conversation to feed your soul, with a different topic and video each week. On Thurs., April 24th, the topic will be “After the Attack…Picking up the pieces and moving on.” Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Karen at 309-236-2911.
April 25Meeting of former William Dennison Chapter DARFormer members of William Dennison Chapter DAR will be meeting for lunch at 11:30 a.m., Fri., April 25, at Happy Joe's, Aledo. Call 582-2480 for more information. (Previously scheduled for April 18.)
April 25Mother-Daughter BanquetFirst Christian Church, Keithsburg will host a Mother-Daughter Banquet Friday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8. Contact Bertha, 309-374-2282 to make reservations.
April 26Eliza Community Club Auction & Bake SaleThe 13th Annual Eliza Community Club Auction & bake Sale is 10 a.m., Sat., April 26 at the Eliza Community Center. A food stand will be available. Set up time is Fri., April 25 5-7 p.m. and items may be dropped off at that time. For more information call: Mary Lou Howe, 309-537-3502; Ron Maas, 309-537-3437; Peg Cox, 309-537-3474.
April 26Kimel 4-H Pork Chop SaleKimel 4-H will be selling pork chop sandwiches in front of Mercer Market, Aledo, from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sat., April 26. Pork chops are $3 each and beverages $1.50.
April 26The Punches Family PerformsThe Punches Family, a bluegrass gospel group from Fredericktown, Missouri, will be performing at 6 p.m., April 26th, at the New Life Assembly of God Church, located at 606 SW 7th Ave. in Aledo. This is a family of parents and 4 children that play musical instruments and sing, having toured the U.S. since 2009. The performance is free of charge, but there will be a free will offering. Everyone is welcome to attend.
April 26Mercer County YMCA's Healthy Kids Day EventThe Mercer County YMCA's Healthy Kids Day event for preschool and school age kids will be April 26th from 1 to 3 p.m. at The YMCA Children's School and Jaycee Park in Aledo. Community organizations and business are invited to participate in this free event. Contact Lisa Clawson at 309-582-2503 for more information.
April 26Illinois City Saddle Club Trivia NightIllinois City Saddle Club Trivia Night will be
Sat., April 26th, at the Milan American Legion. Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia begins at 7, and for a small donation of $10 per person, you can be a part of it! Feel free to bring your own snacks; beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go toward improvements to the Loud Thunder Horsemen's Arena. For more information or to reserve a table, call Cathy at 309-798-2213.
April 26Mercer County Initiative West End Food PantryOn Sat., April 26, beginning at 9 a.m., the Mercer County Initiative will have an open food pantry. This will be held at the Mercer County Initiative West End Pantry at First Baptist Church of Joy, 220 East Edwards, Joy. This pantry is open to all area residents and is sponsored by The 180 Zone, Inc., a faith based, non-profit ministry.
April 30Pain Management Presentation at Mercer County Senior CenterOn Wed., April 30, at 10 a.m., Tara Gengler, Nurse Practitioner, from Genesis Health Group, Aledo will speak on pain management at the Mercer County Senior Center, 137 West Main Street, Aledo. This presentation is open to all. For more information, call the Mercer County Senior Center at 582-5492 or 888-825-1050.
April 2014Free Blood Pressure ScreeningsWestern Illinois Home Health Care FREE monthly Blood Pressure Screenings:

April 16 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. YMCA Aledo
April 16 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. American Legion Post 1166 Reynolds
April 17 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Vashti Village Aledo
April 24 5 - 6 p.m. Community Center New Boston
April - MayKnox County Girl Scout EventsApril 26 - Girl Scout Sandburg Days Fun 9 a.m. to ? Cost is $12 for kids and $4 for adults. This event is open to both boys and girls, but if you are not a registered Girl Scout, an adult must attend with you. There are events at the Carl Sandburg Historic Site followed by your choice of either a 3 mile or 5 mile hike following clues and discovering things about Carl Sandburg, President Abraham Lincoln and their connection to the history of Galesburg. Cost includes a chili dog, chips and pop at Coney Island. Registration is due by March 25. To become a Girl Scout, call Lindsey Powell at 800-798-0833. For more information, call Lora at 337-9020.

April 25-27 Girl Scout Survivor Campout at Camp L-Kee-Ta, Danville, IA. Cost is $15 for registered Girl Scouts. Registration is due by April 16. To become a Girl Scout, call Lindsey Powell at 800-798-0833. For information about this event, contact Heather at 371-4163.

May 3 Girl Scouts plant the Girl Scout Garden 9 a.m. Come help beautify the Girl Scout Garden for this summer. Bring work gloves and garden tools and wear old clothes. Free! Registration is due by April 28. To become a Girl Scout, call Lindsey Powell at 800-798-0833. For more information, call Lora at 337-9020.

May 3 Girl Scout Camp Rally noon to 1:30 p.m. Come learn about the two day camps and one sunset camp offered locally as well as Resident Camps at our local Girl Scout Camps in the area. Registration due by April 28th. Free to registered Girl Scouts. To become a Girl Scout, call Lindsey Powell at 800-798-0833. For more information, call Heather at 371-4163.
May 1Lifetree CafeLifetree Café is open from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening in the fireside room at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo. Lifetree Café is an hour of stories and conversation to feed your soul, with a different topic and video each week. On Thurs., May 1st, the topic will be “Life’s Myths...What really leads to happiness.” Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Karen at 309-236-2911.
May 3Champions4Children WalkThe annual Champions4Children Walk is Sat., May 3rd, at 9 a.m. at Central Park, downtown Aledo. Registration cost is $20 (includes t-shirt when you register before April 20th), and you can sign up at either the Mercer County Family Crisis Center, 110 NW 3rd Ave, Aledo, or online at: getmeregistered.com
May 3Cole's Connections Trivia NightCole's Connections Trivia Night is Sat., May 3rd, 6:30 p.m. at Oakview Country Club. Get together an 8 person team and contact Megan Bull, 309-337-6114, or Pam Retherford, 309-582-6256, to register. Cost: $10/person. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
May 3Viola Fireman's Pancake BreakfastEveryone is invited to the Viola Fireman's Pancake Breakfast on May 3rd from 6 to 11 a.m. at the Viola Fire Station. The menu will be pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, and coffee, and there will be a 50/50 raffle, too! The cost is by free will donation and proceeds will be used to purchase and improve upon fire and rescue equipment in the Viola Fire Department.
May 10Aledo Community Blood DriveAn Aledo Community Blood Drive is set for 7-11 a.m., Saturday, May 10 at Community Bible Fellowship, Aledo. To donate, contact The Blood Center, 800-747-5401 ext. 1281, or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org
May 17Power of Pink 5K Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run Saturday May 17th, 2014 Mercer County Health Department will sponsor the Power of Pink 5K Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run, as well as the Ready, Set, Go Youth Fun Run for ages 3, 4, and 5. All proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen. Contact Ashley or Christina at (309) 582-3759 or emailpowerofpink5k@gmail.com to sign up.
May 24Mercer County Initiative West End PantryOn Sat., May 24, beginning at 9 a.m., the Mercer County Initiative will have an open food pantry. This will be held at the Mercer County Initiative West End Pantry at First Baptist Church of Joy, 220 East Edwards, Joy. This pantry is open to all area residents and is sponsored by The 180 Zone, Inc., a faith based, non-profit ministry.
May 2014Free Blood Pressure ScreeningsWestern Illinois Home Health Care FREE monthly Blood Pressure Screenings:

May 7 - 10:30-11:15 Keithsburg, Village Green Apartments
May 7 - 11:30-12:15 Seaton, Wheeler's Café
May 14 - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Aledo, Brookstone of Aledo
May 14 - 11:00 - Noon Aledo, Senior Center
May 21 - 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Aledo, YMCA
May 21 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Reynolds, American Legion Post 1166
May 15 - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Aledo, Vashti Village
May 29 - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. New Boston, Community Center
June 7, Sign Up NowOne Tough Cookie Obstacle CourseGirl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois present One Tough Cookie, a challenging yet fun obstacle and mud run open to all genders and abilities. The event is Saturday, June 7, at Camp Conestoga just north of I-80 Truck Stop. The mud and obstacle waves begin at 8:30 a.m. with a kids’ event at 9:30 a.m. Each adult participant will get a One Tough Cookie T-Shirt, OTC patch, a box of Girl Scout cookies and more. To register, volunteer, or sponsor, go to onetoughcookierace.com. Early registration fee is $60 through April 30. Cost bumps to $70 beginning May 1.
June 9 - 30, RSVP by May 31Mercer Carnegie Library Summer Reading ProgramMercer Carnegie Library invites everyone to take part in the Summer Reading Program, June 9 – 30. All ages are welcome. Participants will read five books out of eight categories at their reading level for a chance to win prizes. To be eligible for reading prizes, participants must register at the library by May 31st. Summer events will also be offered. No registration is required to attend events and they are open to the public. Stop by 200 North College Avenue Aledo, or call 309-582-2032 with questions.

Events:
June 9, 10 a.m. - Furry Friends Petting Zoo
June 20, 10 a.m. - Mad Mixture science program
June 27, 10 a.m. - Fire Truck / Extinguisher Training
June 30, 10 a.m. - Magic Show
Year-Round, Dawn to DuskBlackthorn Hill Nature PreserveDid you know there is a nature lover's treasure located in rural Alexis? Blackthorn Hill is a 110-acre Nature Preserve that is open to the public from dawn until dusk. They offer many programs, from star-gazing to nature walks, for adults & youth. Find out more & see a calendar of events at: blackthornhill.org
Spring/Summer HoursEssley-Noble MuseumEssley-Noble Museum, 1406 SE 2nd Ave., Aledo, will observe Spring/Summer Hours, beginning April 1st: Wed., Sat., & Sun., 1 - 5 p.m. For more information, call 309-582-2280 or email: mcmuseum@frontier.com.
Every Thursday
Veterans Service Officer AvailableThe Veterans Service Officer will be in the Veterans and General Assistance Office every Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. to help with your veterans/military needs or questions. No appointments are necessary, first come-first served. The office is located in the Courthouse on the 2nd floor, west end. Call 582-2714 for more information.
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Sit & SewThe Sit and Sew group will meet the first Friday of each month. Any questions, call 582-0828.
Every FridayAmerican Legion Bingo Friday night bingo returns to the Aledo American Legion Post 121 on March 7th. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with bingo starting at 6:30. Food and drink will also be available. The Aledo American Legion is located 1 mile east of Aledo on Route 17. License number B1317.
Tuesdays & ThursdaysADONAI Coffee & Tea TimeADONAI Community Support Services, serving all veterans of all eras, offers Coffee & Tea Time every Tuesday & Thursday 9 - 11 a.m. in their casual, welcoming location at 110 NW 5th Avenue, Aledo. ***Please Note: In times of school cancellations, this event is generally also cancelled. Call 309-582-2277 with questions. Regular office hours: Mon. - Thurs., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday of each monthTrinity Presbyterian Church "Bible Bunch"Area children ages kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to attend "Bible Bunch," the free after-school ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Bible Bunch is held the first and third Thursday of each month from 3:15 to 5 p.m.during the school year, and Trinity offers after-school pickup to those who are attending. For more information, call 582-5324.
Every WednesdayPreemption UM Church "Wonderful Wednesdays"The Preemption United Methodist Church invites you to "Wonderful Wednesdays" at 6 p.m. This is a free meal site for those having financial difficulties or needing companionship & fellowship, or for busy parents who need an easy night with their kids. It's also free for kids who may need some tutoring at 5:30 before supper. Everyone is invited. Children 6th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. For questions or more information, call 309-754-8720.
Every WednesdayAledo UMC Wednesday Community MealEvery Wednesday evening, the United Methodist Church in Aledo will host a free meal, open to anyone in the community. The church is located at 301 N. College Avenue and the meal is served between 5:15 - 6 p.m. For more information, call 582-2169.
1st WednesdaySenior Center BingoMercer County Senior Center will be playing Bingo with Aledo Health & Rehab the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 137 W. Main St., Aledo. Call 582-5492 with any questions.
Mondays and Thursdays each weekModel Rail Club MeetsThe Western Illinois Model Railroad Club is looking for new members. They meet each Monday at 7 p.m. and each Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. above the old Dollar General Store on Main Street. For more information, call 582-2709.
2nd Wednesday of each monthCaregiver Support GroupCaregiver Support Group meets the Second Wednesday of each month, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Mercer County Senior Center, 137 West Main Street, Aledo. Support Group facilitator is Susan Kivista, LMSW. For additional information and resources, contact Susan at 309-736-6798, ext. 6798, or toll-free at 800-798-0988. You may also contact the Senior Center at 309-582-7221 or toll free at 888-825-1050.
ThursdaysLifetree CaféLifetree Café will be open from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening in the fireside room at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo. Lifetree Café is an hour of stories and conversation to feed your soul, with a different topic and video each week. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Karen at 309-236-2911.
1st and 3rd Thursday of each monthElectronics and Latex Paint RecyclingDo you have electronics or latex paint that you want to get rid of safely? You may stop by Aledo City Hall on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month between 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to let them know what you have to recycle. They will then have someone meet you at the PD Garage to turn in your recyclables. Spray paints are not accepted. For more information on recycling potentially hazardous materials, contact Aledo City Hall at 582-7241.
3rd Thursday of each monthAlzheimer's Support GroupAledo Rehabilitation & Health Care in Aledo will host monthly Alzheimer's Support Group Meetings on the 3rd Thursday at 2 p.m. in the facility conference room. Contact Wendy King, 309-582-5376, with any questions.
Now AvailableMercer Carnegie Library Offers eBooksMercer Carnegie Library is now offering downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks. Get best-selling and classic titles anytime, anywhere. This new service is free for patrons with a valid library card. For complete details, visit the library at 200 North College Avenue, Aledo; call 582-2032; Email: mercer.cargnegie@mchsi.com
NowFood Pantries Available to Area ResidentsChurches of Mercer County Food Pantry, 1200 N. College Ave., Aledo
Contact: Sharon Lingafelter 309-582-7449
Servicing Mercer County, Tues. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. & Fri. 8 a.m. - 12 (noon)

New Windsor United Presbyterian Church, 412 Walnut St., New Windsor
Contact: Cindy Adams 309-667-2493
Servicing New Windsor (PALS Ministry area), 2nd Fri. each month, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Reynolds United Methodist Church
Contact: Rev. Mark Slaatte 309-428-4449
Servicing the Reynolds area

Sherrard Village Hall
Contact: Cookie Dean 309-230-6440 or Dianne Graham 309-314-3888
Servicing Sherrard, Cable, Preemption, Swedona & Boden, Tues. 2-4 p.m.

Viola UM Church, 1407 18th Ave., Viola
Contact: Tammy Noyd 309-596-2140
Servicing Mercer County, 1st Tues. 9-11 a.m. & 3rd Thurs. 1-3 p.m.

River Bend Food Bank, 309 12th St., Moline
Contact: 309-764-7434
Office: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Warehouse: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
NowSmart Choice Food ProgramSt. Albans Church, Davenport, Smart Choice Food Program provides a basket of food, a Smart Box, that can be ordered monthly and picked up at St. Albans. Smart Boxes contain between $55 - $80 of food for a cost of $36. There are no income restrictions for participation in this program. Orders are accepted Monday - Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you cannot come to St. Albans during normal office hours, call 563-386-4087. For more information email robinsade@q.com with a subject line of Smart Choice. Alternate order placement may be done on line at: www.smartchoicefoods and scheduled for pick-up at St. Albans or through New Life Church in Moline.
ONGOINGMercer County Crime Stoppers Needs Your HelpMercer County Crime Stoppers is currently seeking information regarding the death of Melissa White of Viola. If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Mercer County Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-582-2762 or locally at 309-582-3500. If your information leads to the arrest of the person or persons involved in this crime, a cash reward of up to one thousand dollars will be paid to you in a confidential manner in addition to the one thousand dollar reward being offered by the family. That's Mercer County Crime Stoppers: toll-free at 1-800-582-2762 or for local calls, 582-3500.
NOWBankOrion Sherrard Family Fire FundA benefit account for the families and victims of the Sherrard house fire on March 27 has been set up through BankOrion. Donations may be made at any BankOrion location to the “Sherrard Family Fire Fund” account.
NOWFirst Community Bank Fire Funds Benefit Sherrard FamiliesAccounts have been set up through 1st Community Bank for the families, who suffered tragic losses during a home fire on Wed., March 27th. Donations can be made in person to 1st Community Bank in Sherrard or Aledo or mailed to: 1st Community Bank, Box 455, Sherrard, IL 61281. Please indicate Viager Family Fund, Turner Family Fund or Harker Family Fund on your check and if making donations to more than one fund, please write a separate check for each account. Call 309-593-2117 with any questions.
NOWNathan Robertson Memorial Magnets Benefit American Cancer Society"The Tumorators" Mercer County Relay for Life Team is selling magnets honoring Nathan Robertson, who passed away in October from cancer at the age of 15. The cost is just $1 and all proceeds go to The American Cancer Society. To order, contact Missy at 309-847-5150.
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