Parks and Recreation

Couple donate to Allerton Park

Allerton Park & Retreat Center has announced that Mark and Chris Golden, of Chillicothe, IL, have made a six-figure gift utilizing two different “lifetime income gift” methods through the U of I Foundation. The couple also established the Christine L. (’75) and Mark Q.


Princesses gather at Allerton mansion

As snowflakes gently fell to the ground on Sunday, it wasn’t much of a stretch to mistake the Allerton mansion near Monticello for a medieval castle – one that housed fairy tale characters like Belle and Cinderella’s Prince Charming.


Hero workout held for downed officer

CrossFit had not been founded when Monticello’s Virgil Lee Bensyl worked for the Illinois State Police, but family friend Dave McLearin thinks the downed Illinois State trooper would have been honored by the hero workout performed by fitness enthusiasts last week at CrossFit KMC in Monticello.


Grant received for Allerton trail improvements

Allerton Park & Retreat Center was recently awarded two grants, which will be used for trail improvements and environmental education programming.


Allerton hosting Birding Big Year contest

Allerton Park hosts up to 200 different species of birds throughout the year, which should make it a hot spot for bird watchers.

But that aspect of the Monticello-area forest is somewhat overlooked.


Recreation site development endorsed by council

The on-again, off-again project to turn 30 acres of city owned land on the west side of Monticello into a recreational facility is on again.

Monticello aldermen Monday approved a resolution to continue funding the project, which has been on hiatus for over a year.


Monticello parade steps off Saturday

Santa Claus is coming to Monticello this Saturday, Dec. 3 to take part in the annual Christmas parade and Lunch with Santa. The day will also feature several other events, including fundraisers and vendor events.

The Saturday schedule includes the following:


Large gift made to Allerton Park

When supporters of Allerton Park & Retreat Center donate to an upcoming project, they will have a chance to double their gift through a generous matching gift opportunity. David and Debra Rathje have donated $156,000 to help fund a semi-permanent tent structure, and they have pledged to match up to $150,000 of additional contributions made to the project until June 2017.


'Blithe Spirit' Nov. 12-20 in Monticello

The Monticello Theatre Association is currently rehearsing the comedy “Blithe Spirit” for performances in mid-November. 


New flag pole to be donated for Ivesdale park

A United States flag atop a 30-foot pole will be installed at Ivesdale’s community ball field in memory of William Auth, who passed away in August.

It seems an appropriate tribute for the man who was born on the Fourth of July and was known for placing memorial veteran flags at a local cemetery.


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