Parks and Recreation

Ash Borers found in Monticello

Monticello residents who have ash trees on their property may be disposing of them in the next few years unless they apply costly treatment to combat emerald ash borers.

With the help of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the city put out four traps to see if the town had the aggressive pests, and it delivered bad news.


Allerton schedules second master plan meeting

Allerton Park’s formal gardens and hiking trails have been common topics as park officials gather input for their long-range master plan, but contributors have also given some out-of-the-box suggestions.


Theme of Monticellobration is appreciated

Except for a late-afternoon shower, the weather was nearly perfect for Monticellobration in downtown Monticello Saturday, Sept. 20. The event featured vendors, candidates in the November election, and actors and actresses portraying historic figures.


Monticello dog park opens

Several Monticello officials have said the idea of a dog park has been discussed for eight years.

So for the dogs that can now use the Robert Milligan Memorial Dog Park, it’s been more like, say 56 years?


Meeting set for Monticello master plan

A nine-month process has yielded a draft Comprehensive Plan for the City of Monticello, and the public will be able to hear more about it at a public open house scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 in the Monticello Municipal Building.


Tackling the Appalachian Trail

Thomas Atkins of White Heath left for the Appalachian Trail to take care of unfinished business. When he completed it 2,185.4 miles later he was left with a restored faith in humanity and a master plan for his future.


Medicine Show planned

Monticellobration will offer Dr. Cochran’s Traveling Medicine Show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 on the Courthouse Square in downtown Monticello. Gentlemen of good will and ladies of fine taste will not want to miss Dr. Cochran, the “people’s physician!”


Dog park to open Sept. 20

By Brian Murphy
Piatt County Journal-Republican

Local dogs around Monticello will soon have a place of their own to run and play outdoors. Robert Milligan Memorial Dog Park is set to open to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.


Lincoln visits friends in Bement

Facebook users harken to the past on Throwback Thursday, but in Bement it was more like a ‘send us back Saturday’ when Abraham Lincoln shared stories with onlookers Sept. 6 at the Bryant Cottage State Historical Site.


Group bike ride returning to Monticello

Doug Lilly rides his bike 100 to 150 miles per week, but emphasizes you don’t have to be near that polished to take part in the first Monticello-based Ride for Recreation Oct. 11.


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