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Around The Burg

Published July 1, 2021 in The Burg


Friday: 40% chance of storms. High 73. Low 61.

Saturday: 30% chance of rain. High 73. Low 57.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 79. Low 59.

Mark Your Calendar

The Big Bang Boom returns to Lake Storey Sunday July 4 the fireworks will start at dusk. For the best viewing of the entire fireworks display, bring your family to Lake Storey Park to claim your spot along the north bank of the lake. The fireworks launch site will be on the south side of the lake on the edge of the campground. A synchronized Big Bang Boom soundtrack will be broadcast on 1400 AM, 93.7 FM, and 92.7 FM.

Knox County 9-1-1 Public Education Committee

Summer is here! Remember to practice water safety. Here are some important water safety tips:

Do NOT leave children unattended.

Evacuate the pool during thunderstorms or in the rain.

Install fencing and a gate to keep children safe.

If someone cannot swim ensure they have the proper floatation devices.

Do not allow glass or sharp breakable items in the pool.

Make sure gates, locks, and safety covers are secured when leaving the pool.

Remove items near the pool that children could climb on to access the pool (ladders, chairs, tables, etc…).

Have a phone close by to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency! Remember to stay calm, give clear answers to dispatchers questions, and follow instructions provided.

City of Galesburg Parks and Recreation

The City of Galesburg Parks and Recreation Department has added ping pong tables at Rotary Park and Kiwanis Park; kayak launchers at the beach, east boat ramp, and Alison Campground; and a new bathroom at the west boat ramp.

Galesburg Police Department

The blue donation bins located around town are not approved by the City and have no local charitable affiliation. If you locate these bins on your private property, you may contact 847-220-3870 to have the bins removed.

July Fourth traffic enforcement will have a focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers.

Galesburg Firefighters Association

74% of child drownings occur at home. Stay alert and always be within arm’s reach of your child when around swimming pools, lakes, rivers, ponds, and other bodies of water.

Galesburg CUSD 205

The CUSD 205 2021-2022 School Year Calendar is:

September: 1 Teacher Institute - no student attendance; 2 First Day of Student Attendance; and 6 Labor Day no school.

October: 15 Teacher Institute - no student attendance and 29 End of 1st Quarter ½ day for students.

November: 11 Veterans Day no school; 24 P/T Conference Day no student attendance; 25 Thanksgiving no school; and 26 Thanksgiving Break no school.

December: 23 - January 2 Winter Break no school.

January: 13 End of 2nd Quarter ½ day for students; 14 Teacher Institute no student attendance; and 17 Martin Luther King Day no school.

February: 21 Presidents Day no school.

March: 18 End of 3rd Quarter ½ day for students.

April: 11 P/T Conference Day no student attendance; 12 -14 Spring Break no school; and 15 Contractual Holiday no school.

May: 30 Memorial Day no school.

June: 2 End of 4th Quarter ½ day for students the last day of student attendance; 3 Teacher Institute no student attendance; and 6 - 10 Emergency Days.

Railroad Days

At the June 22 Galesburg city council meeting Mayor Peter Schwartzman declared by official proclamation that June 26, 2021 will be known as “Dennis Clark Day”. Dennis Clark has coordinated Railroad Days for 17 years! Congratulations to Dennis Clark on his final year coordinating Railroad Days.

Waste Management

If your trash has not been picked up, contact 1-800-796-9696.

Central Congregational Church

Repair work has begun at Central Congregational Church to secure the iconic stained glass windows.


The Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Kelli Winbigler-Kinzer as the new Executive Director.

Bishop Hill

Courtney Stone has created a petition asking the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to make Bishop Hill’s 1848 Colony Church, 1852 Bjorklund Hotel, The Olson Barn, 1847 Ox Boy’s Dormitory, and 1849 Colony Park a priority for immediate full restoration. The buildings have fallen into disrepair due to a lack of capital funding over the past 15 years.

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