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Stormchasers of Illinois to appear at Carlinville Library on July 25

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The valuable meteorological practice of storm chasing will be the topic of a free, one-hour program at the Carlinville Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25.

Nick Bartholomew, an experienced storm chaser with a public-outreach focus, will discuss the activities, equipment, and purpose of tracking severe weather first-hand.

Bartholomew, who has appeared to audiences across Illinois, is the owner and director of Severe Weather Information, LLC., an organization founded in 2022 which also collaborates with Illinois Storm Chasers.  He has traveled the nation to witness Mother Nature’s worst weather, and has been featured on countless national news and weather outlets.

As a youth, Bartholomew was interested in weather, but was terrified at the thought of approaching thunderstorms. As he grew up, he turned that fear into a burning desire to understand severe weather.

As soon as he obtained his license, Bartholomew participated in local storm chases to observer weather up front. He has now documented over thirty tornadoes in his career, and regularly travels to the Plains region, dubbed “Tornado Alley,” to witness current outbreaks.

Bartholomew is also known for his outreach, which provides informative, entertaining, and interactive programs for all ages.

Other topics to be discussed at Carlinville include storm chasing, local climatology, past tornadic events, and severe weather safety and preparedness. A question-and-answer session will follow the program.

The Carlinville Public Library is located at 510 North Broad Street. For more information on the Stormchasers program or the many activities offered at the library, contact 217-854-3505 or mail@carlinvillelibrary.org

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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The Wilsonville Progressive Club will celebrate and host a 90 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 11. The party will include a catered dinner, a live band, and fireworks.

Doors will open at 2 pm with a catered dinner being served at 4 pm.  The Shane Kessinger Experience (live band) will play at 5 pm, and a grand fireworks display will be held at dusk.

The Progressive Club was originally established in 1934 by the Progressive Miners and was located on the northwest side of Wilsonville’s main street. The Club moved to their new building in January of 1949 and today this is still the current location at 212 Wilson Street in Wilsonville.

Wilsonville was founded in 1917 when Superior Coal Co. Mine No. 4 was sunk and this was the most modern mine in the Superior field. At that time, the little settlement which grew up around the mine was called Wilson. One day a worker paused and asked, “What are we going to name this town?” President Wilson was in office, thus the town was then and there named Wilson until 1919 when it was incorporated and the name expanded to Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville Progressive Club is operated and maintained by an elected panel of trustees and loyal members.  The Club is open to the public and membership is always welcome.  The large outdoor covered pavilion and manicured grassy side lot offer an attractive and convenient venue for any event along with inside facilities. 

If you are interested in renting for any kind of event, call 217-835-3122 during open hours which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to close, and Sunday doors open at 2 pm.  Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Club is on Facebook as well.

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Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation holding frozen meal fundraiser

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The Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation is holding a frozen meal fundraiser now through May 6.  Proceeds from the sale of the frozen meals will assist the Foundation in making possible exciting activities including scholarships for outstanding agriculture students, improvements in agriculture literacy, and enhanced leadership activities. 

To order, visit www.thegivingplatefundraisers.com between now and May 6 and select the Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation icon. 

Meals will be available for pick-up on Thursday, May 23 from 3-5 pm at the Macoupin County Farm Bureau, 220 N. Broad St., Carlinville. 

If you have questions about the fundraiser, contact the Macoupin County Farm Bureau office at 217-854-2571 or mcfb@gomadison.com.

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Craft fair, flea market, and coffee and cars event set for Oct. 14 in Gillespie

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A huge craft fair, flea market and coffee and cars will be held on Saturday, October 14 at Gillespie United Methodist Church starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

It’s not too early to think Christmas. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy those unique gifts and decorations to make your holidays special. The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 900 West Broadway, Gillespie, IL, rain or shine.

One-of-a-kind purses by local artist, beautiful woodwork, Primitive decor, fresh Georgia pecans for baking and gifting, local honey, Tastefully Simple, Norwex, and more will be available.

Sandwiches and desserts will also be for sale inside while cool rides will be on display at “Coffee and Cars!” in the parking lot of the church. Owners of the cars will receive a coupon for free coffee and donut upon arrival.

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