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February 15 - 26Applications for Genesis Philanthropy/Mercer Foundation for Health Naturally Slim program applicationRegistration is going on now through Feb. 26th for the Naturally Slim program. This program is free to applicants who qualify. To learn more or to register, CLICK HERE
4/29/16 - until further noticeBOIL ORDER - Village of SeatonThe Village of Seaton is under a boil order effective immediately and until further notice.
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Jan. 31
Bushels for HungerFarmers throughout the area have donated bushels of grain in an effort to feed the hungry through the “Bushels for Hunger” program. The following elevators are just some of the elevators that have joined Farm Bureau’s efforts to feed the hungry: ADM grain, Big River Resources, Gold Star FS, River Valley Cooperative, and Cargill.

Farmers have until January 31st to donate grain. Donating grain is simple. Just tell the scale operator how many bushels you would like to donate to “Bushels for Hunger.” All of the grain donated will be sold and the money earned will be donated to River Bend Food Bank. Remember, you have until January 31st to donate to this very worthy cause.

If you have any questions about the “Bushels for Hunger” program, contact the Mercer County Farm Bureau at 309-582-5116.
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Feb. 15
Mediacom Scholarship ApplicationsMediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarship support for high school students who are seniors and plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Recipients will be selected from applicants living in areas where Mediacom delivers broadband and cable television services. Applications for Mediacom’s World Class Scholarships are available online at: www.mediacomworldclass.com. All high schools in Mediacom-served communities were sent informational cards asking school officials to make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage submission of applications on or before Feb. 15, 2015.
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March 15
Illinois Sheriffs' Association ScholarshipThe Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will award a $500 scholarship as a part of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. Applicants must be a permanent Illinois resident; utilize the scholarship with an institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois; and enroll as a full-time student during the 2015-2016 school year (excluding summer session). Applications are available at any local sheriff’s office or online at www.ilhsheriff.org. Completed information must be returned to the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s permanent county of residence, postmarked by March 15, 2015. For more information, contact your local sheriff’s office, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school counselor or college financial aid office.
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March 27
MCFB Scholarships AvailableThe Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation announces that they are offering scholarships to students who are to be admitted to a post-secondary school during the 2015-2016 school year. Applicants must be members of the Mercer County Farm Bureau or a dependent of a member of the Mercer County Farm Bureau by Jan. 1, 2015. Applicants must also meet all other eligibility requirements pertaining to the Foundation’s scholarship program. The Foundation is awarding up to nine, $1,000 scholarships this year. To obtain a scholarship application, CLICK HERE , e-mail mcfb1@frontiernet.net, stop by the Farm Bureau office at 206 SE Third St., Aledo, or call 309-582-5116. Deadline for scholarship applications is March 27, 2015.
NOW - April 1, 2016Mercer County Retired Teachers Association ScholarshipsThe Mercer County Retired Teachers Association announces a newly revised scholarship program to support Mercer County students planning to enter the teaching profession. One or more scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded in May, 2016. Eligibility has been expanded for this program. Completed applications are due no later than April 1, 2016. Application forms are available now from high school counselors at all high schools serving Mercer County residents.
NOW - June 30, 2016Free PSA screeningMercer County Health Department will be offering free PSA screening for all men age 40 and over until June 30, 2016. PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is produced by the prostate gland and normally occurs in the blood of all men. A simple blood test is used to detect PSA levels. Contact Shawna Weeks at 309-582-3759 for more information or to set up an appointment. Funding provided by the Illinois Prostate and Testicular Cancer Education and Awareness Grant, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Mercer County Health Department.
Jan. 18VFW Community Blood DriveThe VFW Community Blood Drive (sponsored by New Life Assembly of God Church) will be Mon., Jan. 18th, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall's Main Room located at 106 SW 3rd Ave. Aledo. To schedule an appointment, contact Leota Cooper at 309-582-7127.
Jan. 19
RSVP by Jan. 15
Mercer County Women For WomenMercer County Women for Women invite all women residing in Mercer County to the next meeting on Tues., Jan. 19th, at 6 p.m. at Doug’s Town & Country Restaurant, Aledo. Featured speaker, Frank Bockman of Aledo, will present a program on the “+55 Club” with information on their events, activities, discounts, and travel. To make reservations, call Carol Hess at 309-582-2291 by 5 p.m., Fri., Jan. 15th.
Jan. 21Genesis Medical Center-Aledo Auxiliary MeetingGenesis Medical Center Aledo Auxiliary will hold their monthly business meeting on Thursday, January 21st at 2:00 in the hospital cafe. All members are welcome to attend. A social time, with refreshments, follows the meeting.

Jan. 21Eaglets & FriendsEaglets & Friends invites parents and children, birth to 5 years of age to join in the fun and expose your child to some “peer” play at a parent/child playgroup, on Jan. 21, (Bath Time Fun) at New Boston Elem. It’s a great way to introduce the concept of school without the fear of being left alone! Plus, it’s a great “bonding” time! “Open Gym” times are less formal and will be located at the YMCA Children’s school! For more information, call 309-224-2072.
Jan. 21Mercer County Farm Bureau Winter Market Outlook ProgramDale Durchholz, a Market Analyst for Agrivisor, is scheduled to speak at the Mercer County Farm Bureau’s Winter Market Outlook Program on Thurs., Jan. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Durchholz will predict what grain markets will do in the future as well talk about the recently released Annual Crop Production Report. The program will be in the Mercer County Farm Bureau Basement. Light refreshments will be served, and the program is free of charge.
Jan. 23New Boston Volunteer Ambulance Service Trivia NightThe New Boston Volunteer Ambulance Service is having a fundraiser Trivia Night, to raise money for new equipment including a new automatic lift cart. Join us on Fri., Jan. 23, at the Eliza Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., play starts at 7 p.m. Teams will consist of 8 people, $10 per person ($80 per table). You must have at least two people 18 years of age on your team. There will be lots of door prizes and raffle items, including a queen size quilt. Contact Jean Schroeder at 563-571-0285 or Sherri Butler at 309-738-7759 to enter a team. Hope to see lots of folks there.
Jan. 23Friends of Mercer Carnegie Library MeetingThe Friends of Mercer Carnegie Library will meet on Saturday,
Jan. 23rd at 10 a.m. at the Library. New members are always welcome. Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 N. College Ave. Aledo. For more information call 309 582-2032. Email: mercercarnegie@mchsi.com or visit http://mercercarnegielibrary.blogspot.com/.
Jan 24Viola Methodist Church Annual Winter Wonderland Soup LunchThe Viola Methodist Church will hold their annual Winter Wonderland Soup Lunch on Sunday, January 24th at their Fellowship Hall, located at 1407 18th Ave, Viola. They will be serving several different kinds of soup from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Desserts will be available. There will also be a silent auction.
Jan. 28
Register by Jan. 14
2016 Conservation Cropping SeminarsConservation Cropping Seminars will be on Thurs., Jan. 28th, at The Camden Centre in Milan. The registration deadline is Jan. 14th. Click here for more information or to register.
Jan. 28Mercer County Quilters GuildThe Mercer County Quilters Guild will have their January meeting Thurs., Jan. 28th, at 7 p.m. at the Quilters Clubhouse. Members please bring finished 9 patch blocks and bags made for the 5th grade museum tour in May so we can complete assembling. For more information, call 582-7020.
Jan. 30Messiah Lutheran Church - Saturday Night ServiceMessiah Lutheran Church would like to invite the public to our Saturday
night service on January 30, 2016, at 5:00. We will have special music by
the Terrill Sisters. Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 509 NE 2nd
Street in Aledo. For more information, call 309-582-5261.
Jan.Free Blood Pressure ScreeningWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free
blood pressure screenings at the following Mercer County locations:
Jan. 20, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. - Aledo – YMCA
Jan. 20, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. - Reynolds – American Legion Post 1166
Jan. 21, 4:30 – 5:50 p.m. – Aledo – Vashti Village
Jan. 27, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Aledo - Brookstone of Aledo
Jan. 27, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Aledo – Senior Center
Jan. 28, 5 – 6 p.m. – New Boston – Community Center
Feb. 3Eaglets & FriendsEaglets & Friends invites parents and children, birth to 5 years of age to join in the fun and expose your child to some “peer” play at a parent/child playgroup, on Feb. 3, (Love those Senses) at Apollo Elem. It’s a great way to introduce the concept of school without the fear of being left alone! Plus, it’s a great “bonding” time! “Open Gym” times are less formal and will be located at the YMCA Children’s school! (Play group – 10 to 11 a.m., Open Gym-1-2 p.m.) For more information, call 309-224-2072.
Feb. 3Interview Preparation Workshop at Mercer Carnegie LibraryAn Interview Preparation Workshop will be held at
Mercer Carnegie Library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. Reservations are required: Call Mellisa at 309-794-3664. Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 N. College Ave. Aledo. For more information call 309 582-2032. Email: mercercarnegie@mchsi.com or visit http://mercercarnegielibrary.blogspot.com/.
Feb. 9Mercer Carnegie Library Book Club MeetingThe Mercer Carnegie Library Book Club will meet Tuesday, Feb 9th at 4 p.m. to discuss “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson. Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 N. College Ave. Aledo. For more information call 309 582-2032. Email: mercercarnegie@mchsi.com or visit http://mercercarnegielibrary.blogspot.com/.
Feb. 13Nutrition Workshop at Mercer Carnegie LibraryA nutrition workshop will be presented by Milan HyVee Registered Dietitian Nina Struss on Saturday, Feb. 13th at 10 a.m. Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 N. College Ave. Aledo. For more information call 309 582-2032. Email: mercercarnegie@mchsi.com or visit http://mercercarnegielibrary.blogspot.com/.
Feb. 18Eaglets & FriendsEaglets & Friends invites parents and children, birth to 5 years of age to join in the fun and expose your child to some “peer” play at a parent/child playgroup, on Feb. 18, (Move to the Rhythm) at New Boston Elem. It’s a great way to introduce the concept of school without the fear of being left alone! Plus, it’s a great “bonding” time! “Open Gym” times are less formal and will be located at the YMCA Children’s school! (Play group – 10 to 11 a.m., Open Gym-1-2 p.m.) For more information, call 309-224-2072.
Feb. 19Girl Scout Soup Cook-offThe public is invited to the area Girl Scouts’ “Soup Cook-off” on Friday, February 19th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Intermediate School, 1002 S.W. 6th St., Aledo. Enjoy soup tasting and a variety of bake sale items. Tickets can be purchased for kids games and admission to the event is by free will donation. Funds raised will help girls attend camp this summer.
Feb.19Eaglets & FriendsEaglets & Friends invites parents and children, birth to 5 years of age to join in the fun and expose your child to some “peer” play at a parent/child playgroup, on Feb. 19, (Open Gym) at the YMCA Children’s School. It’s a great way to introduce the concept of school without the fear of being left alone! Plus, it’s a great “bonding” time! “Open Gym” times are less formal and will be located at the YMCA Children’s school! (Play group – 10 to 11 a.m., Open Gym-1-2 p.m.) For more information, call 309-224-2072.
Feb 20Devise Petting Zoo at Mercer Carnegie LibraryA Devise Petting Zoo will be offered Saturday, Feb. 20th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for patrons looking for help getting access to E-Books and E-audiobooks. Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 N. College Ave. Aledo. For more information call 309 582-2032. Email: mercercarnegie@mchsi.com or visit http://mercercarnegielibrary.blogspot.com/.
Feb 26Sherrard High School Wrestlers CaravanThe Sherrard, Coyne Center, Matherville, Viola, and New Windsor Fire Departments are going to escort the Sherrard High School wrestlers as they leave for the State Team Wrestling tournament this Friday, February 26th. The escort will be from the high school, south on Highway 67 . They will arrive in Viola at about 4:15 and continue east on Route 17 through New Windsor to I 74 on their way to Bloomington. Everyone is invited to bring their banners, signs and horns to cheer them along the way.
Mar. 4American Legion BingoAledo American Legion Post 121, at 2000 State Highway 17, east of Aledo holds bingo every Friday night from March 4th through the end of November. Doors and kitchen open at 5 p.m. with raffles starting at 5:30 and bingo at 6:30. Winning payouts can be up to $1199. American Legion license number is B1317
Winter HoursEssley-Noble MuseumWinter Hours:
Nov. 1st through March 31st, Sat., 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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.
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.
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 Deb at 309-371-4712.
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.
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
NOWBeginning Quilting ClassesMercer County Quilters Guild will teach beginning quilt classes to people 18 years and older. The classes will be taught by the Guild members and will include many techniques over a period of several weeks. If interested, call Sandy Brown at 582-7191.
NOW"Little Free Libraries" Available in New BostonTwo Little Free Libraries are available for use in New Boston, which is one of the many Townships in Mercer County that is not part of, or served by, a public library district. The premise of Little Free Libraries is simple: take a book, leave a book. They are located by the downtown mailboxes and one Little Free Library will be dedicated to children's materials only. Students from New Boston Elementary School decorated the Libraries, which were installed by the city, in collaboration with Mercer Carnegie Public Library in Aledo, the Library's Friends Group, and Royal Neighbors.
ONGOINGMercer County High School Track and Field Renovation - Donation/Gift Link Just click on this link:
Project Donation Forms and Information
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 SaleMercer County History Pictorial books are for sale at the Essley-Noble Museum (located at 1406 SE 2nd Ave., Aledo) during regular hours. Proceeds benefit Essley-Noble Museum. For questions, call Twyla at 582-5585.
NOWCounty Hazard Mitigation Plan SurveyThe Mercer County Health Department is seeking participants, county wide, to complete a short survey on natural hazards affecting Mercer County for research needed to update the Mercer County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan must be updated every five years for the county to be eligible for FEMA funding for future disaster events. If interested in completing a survey, please call the Mercer County Health Department and ask for Katie, 309-582-3759. Leave your full name and address. Surveys will be mailed to participants with a self-addressed return envelope. Thank you for your participation.
NOWFood Pantries Available to Area Residents1200 S. 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: Kathy (309) 737-6723
Servicing all of Mercer County, Tues. 2-4 p.m., Thurs. 5:30 – 7 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, 4010 Kimmel Drive, Davenport Iowa.
Contact: (563) 345-6490
Office: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Warehouse: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.