Community Notebook

Association to meet in September

The Crestlake   Homeowner Association has announced its meeting dates for 2014.

The meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the St.   Joseph Township Building. Meetings are as follows: Sept. 18 and  Nov. 20.  

Building celebrating 100 years

Community invited to participate in parade

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School Student Council is looking to expand their Homecoming parade.

The parade, which will take place Oct. 3 at 4:15 p.m., usually includes SJO students and groups.

This year that could change.

Student Council Advisor Jeff Kieffer said the council is looking to increase the amount of participants in the parade.

Group looking for ways to get community involved

A survey by Love Your Neighbor found St. Joseph residents are interested in walking, BBQs and card games as ways to get to know their neighbors.

Contract sent back to teachers

During the August meeting, the Prairieview-Ogden Board of Education did not approve the tentative agreement between the Prairieview-Ogden Educators Association and the Board of Education  Negotiation Committee.

The board voted 5-2 against the agreement.

The board members that voted no said they felt the raises tentatively agreed upon were too high.

St. Joseph School Supply lists

St. Joseph Grade School  
Pain apron or large tee shirt
Backpack or bookbag, large enough for papers/folders
Boys: bring the following supplies at the start of school.
Girls: Bring the following supplies after Christmas break.
1 box of 200-count tissues
2 rolls of Bounty paper towels
2 containers of antibacterial wipes (Clorox or Lysol)

Heritage band holds camp

The Heritage Marching Band is trying something new this year.

Previously, the marching band met during school hours in a classroom setting.

This year, the band is an independent study and the students schedule their own practice times.

"They are working their butts off," said Heritage Music Director Justin Lee.

Royal festival to take place Aug. 16

The Village of Royal will be celebrating 132 years on Aug. 16.

The celebration will kick off at 7 a.m. with the Royal Day 5K Run and Walk.

Runners can register for $25 on race day. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the Royal Community Building.

To register before the day of the event participants can call 217-841-6998 or visit

Chamber looking for new projects

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is looking at ways to benefit local businesses.

Chamber president Todd Jacob told chamber members during the July meeting that the Chamber should brainstorm ways to benefit local businesses.

Jacob said that since the Chamber did not sponsor the SJO 5K this year, the organization had a little extra money to spend.

Broadlands to hold festival

Broadlands will be celebrating 125 years on Aug. 16.

The day will feature a bicycle parade, kid’s tractor pull, kid’s games, lunch by the Community Club, an antique tractor show, entertainment throughout the day, fish and rib eye dinner by the Community Club, raffle drawing and the Broadlands Follies.

Youth group to hold food drive

On Aug. 10 members of the Church of Christ Youth Group will collect non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

The group will be going door to door from 5:30-8 p.m. to collect food.

"We have been doing this event for four years now, so people have started to expect us during festival weekend," said Chris Cox, Church of Christ Administrative Assistant.  

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