Parks and Recreation

Kirby Derby set for May 9

Duane Schlabach has run around the world. Maybe not literally, but last year he hit the 24,901-mile mark – the same as the circumference of the earth.


"Once Upon a Mattress" this weekend at MHS

Monticello High School students will present “Once Upon a Mattress” in the MHS auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb 27 and Sat., Feb 28. There will also be a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

There is a charge for admission.


CGMS to present "Alice" this weekend

Cerro Gordo Middle School will perform “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Feb. 20-21.   The musical takes songs from the 1951 Disney cartoon “Alice in Wonderland.”


County Antique Day is March 7

The 3nd  Annual Piatt County Antique Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7 throughout the county.


Bowling alley reopens under new ownership

When given a choice, Roger Salmon would choose bowling over most anything else.


Planning for Monticello to Bement trail progressing

Formal talk of a 7-mile recreational trail between Monticello and Bement began five years ago, and Monticello Director of Community Development Callie McFarland joked last week that it could be five more before it comes to fruition.


Kirby prep begins Feb. 24

The 8th Annual Kirby Derby, 5K & 10K Run, 5K Walk and free Kids’ Race, will take place on Saturday, May 9. The entertainment at last year’s race was a huge success, so this year Kirby Medical Center is on the hunt for entertainers to encourage the runners and walkers along the race route.


Volunteer rec director idea nets differing opinions in Bement

The possibility of going back to a volunteer recreation director was discussed by the Bement village board last month, but the idea is not going over well with the Bement Area Chamber of Commerce.


Trustees approve Allerton Park master plan

Allerton Park and Retreat Center officials are ready to start planning park improvements now that the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has approved a three-phase master plan for the Monticello-area facility. Trustees approved the plan at their meeting Thursday (Jan. 15) in Chicago.


Trucks cause damage near Sun Singer

Facebook posts helped Allerton Park and Retreat Center officials net information on vandalism done to the circular yard around the Sun Singer statue last week.


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