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Ron Levaire was the overall winner of Saturday’s Kirby Derby in Monticello that boasted about 1,050 participants, shattering last year’s total of about 850.
With plenty of April showers, local gardeners got a head start on producing May flowers at the Monticello Main Street May Home and Garden Market last Saturday in downtown Monticello.
The 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello was host to 246 Piatt County fourth graders on April 30, as sunny skies and warm temperatures welcomed the youth to the annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day.
With nine different stations set up at the camp, students learned everything from water and electrical safety to the more rural issues of tractor safety.
Kirby Derby runners running in the 5K and 10K races through Monticello on May 11 will likely not notice any big changes to this year’s event.
Behind the scenes, however, organizers and law enforcement officials have been meeting to tighten up security in the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured over 200.
Monticello High School's Rotary Interact Club held its annual Carnival April 27, with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Youth took part in obstacle courses, bag tosses, face painting, Sages Plinko and a variety of other games and activities.
For all those interested in becoming a volunteer at Allerton Park, the next informational Volunteer Orientation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in the Allerton Visitor Center Auditorium.
If you are interested in volunteering but unable to attend, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mindy Brand at 217-333-3287, ext. 113.
The 6th Annual Kirby Derby 5k/10k Walk/Run, will be held on Saturday, May 11, and for this year’s event, Kirby Medical Center is calling on entertainers and performers from Central Illinois to showcase their talents.
The Village of Bement will host a flagger-training course at the Municipal Building on April 18 at 7 p.m.
The course will teach residents how to direct traffic and will be certified.
Runners at Allerton Park Saturday were met at trail markers by everything from renaissance-garbbed guides to tuba players and vocalists, all offering encouragement to participants of the inaugural Allerton Trails Half Marathon/10K race.
Pat Hunter of Bement has been collecting examples of non-electrical lighting sources such as whale oil and kerosene lamps for about 10 years. It was a satisfying endeavor – except for the fact most of the items were in storage at his home, which happens to be the historic 1882 Bryant House.