HANOVER–It’s a Tuesday afternoon and the basement of the former RobertShaw factory in Hanover is a flurry of activity as local producers arrive, products in hand, ready to sort items with other producers and prepare deliveries as part of the Jo Daviess Local Foods co-op– jd.luluslocalfood.com.
An Ordovician Seafloor slab was recently donated by Dennis Kolata to the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society. The slab, delivered by Sam Panno, senior geochemist from the Illinois State Geological Survey, center, is 19 by 11 inches and about an inch or so thick. It was collected from a quarry near Dixon. The slab is from the Mifflin Member of the Platteville Formation, Ordovician in age 485 to 444 million years before present. The slab is full of brachiopods, coral and trilobite fragments. The tooth is a single mammoth tooth found in the Utica area and donated by Panno. Also pictured, Frances Rivoire, historical society board member, left, and Nancy Breed, historical society executive director.
PECATONICA–There is a weight posting on a bridge on U.S. 20 three miles west of Stockton. The bridge weight limit of 15 tons was posted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) on July 3 and remains in effect until further notice.
EAST DUBUQUE–There will be water interruptions in the Indian Hills Subdivision on Wednesday July 18, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for water main work.
SCALES MOUND–Fifteen students from Scales Mound experienced Germany in June, spending four days in Berlin and four days in Munich.
Work is underway on the basketball courts at Grant Park. East Galena Township funded the purchase and installation of two new goals at a total of $5,000. The township also pledged $5,000 each of the next two years for the court construction. Louie’s Trenching Service is donating the labor for the removal and the installation of the court and goals. The Louie’s crew, from left, Ryan Pregler, Nic Bingham, Mike Somers, Robby Murphy and Jeff Somers, did prep work on the site Thursday, July 12. Bard Concrete is discounting the concrete approximately 20 percent. According to Galena City Administrator Mark Moran, the city may not require the full donation from East Galena as a result of the donations and discounts.
In the July 11 issue of the Gazette, the story on page 10A about the food pantry receiving a DRA grant listed the incorrect dates for the United Churches of Galena Food Pantry.
ELIZABETH–It is that time of year again when Japanese Beetles are emerging and are doing what they do best: eating everything in sight. Japanese Beetles, the one-half-inch green and copper-colored pest, eat everything from vegetables and row crops to weeds. Their extremely wide host range makes them hard to miss during periods of increased activity, particularly along field edges.
GALENA–Registration for Galena School District families who have students returning for the 2018-19 school year is essentially the same as past years.