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Friday: Partly cloudy. High 55. Low 43.

Saturday: Sunny. High 55. Low 41.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 57. Low 39.

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Trunk or Treat 5 to 7 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church. Join Bethel Baptist for family fun in the south parking lot. It will be an outside walk through event this year. Parking is provided in the far parking lots by the garage. Traffic control will be available to help you safely cross the street and park. This fun event will include lots of decorated trunks, candy, and a fun theme for the whole family to enjoy.


Fresh whole onions are causing a very large Salmonella outbreak in 37 states. Throw away any unlabeled onions at home. Do not eat, sell, or serve red, white, or yellow onions imported from Mexico and distributed across the US by ProSource Incorporated.

City of Galesburg

South Seminary Street in Galesburg, between Berrien Street to Fifth Street, is now open to traffic. The work on this road reconstruction project began August 14, 2020, and was completed by Brandt Construction.

The work included removing and replacing all the existing pavement with new concrete pavement, as well as concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter, driveway approach pavement, and storm sewer. This project also included replacing the existing cast iron water main with a new PVC water main as well as replacing any remaining lead water service lines within the project limits. The contractor, Brandt Construction, is continuing to finish landscaping and punch list items, but the roadway work is complete and the street is open to traffic.

The total cost of the project was $3.5 million. Sixty percent (60%) of the roadway work was funded by Federal Highway Funds and the balance was from State Rebuild and local funds. The water main work was funded 100% by City of Galesburg water funds.

Galesburg Parks and Recreation Department

The outdoor pickleball courts are being installed at Bateman Park. Weather has caused some delays, but in the near future you can expect to see fresh courts. Indoor pickleball is now available at the Lakeside Recreation Facility. Permanent pickleball lines are on the multipurpose courts, along with nets and loaner equipment. If you would like to play pickleball at the Lakeside Recreation Facility you can book an appointment online up to three weeks in advance. Future leagues may be offered depending on interest.

Galesburg Police Department

Trick or Treat hours in Galesburg are from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

The Galesburg Police Department will host a trick or treat stop for children in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, 150 S. Broad Street, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Kids are encouraged to stop by during those hours to trick or treat and visit with Police Department staff.

Halloween Safety Tips from the Galesburg Police Department:

  • Always accompany children Trick or Treating

  • Look both ways before crossing the street

  • Always be aware of your surroundings

  • Remind children to walk not run from house to house

  • Inspect all candy before consuming

  • Use sidewalks when possible

  • Use flashlights and glow sticks for visibility

  • Stay in groups

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers

  • If driving, slow down and be especially alert for pedestrians in residential neighborhoods

The Galesburg Police Department would also like to remind motorists of the dangers of impaired driving, particularly on Halloween when little ghouls and goblins are out in neighborhoods and on busy streets after dark. If you plan to be out celebrating, keep these fearsome warnings in mind: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drive High Get a DUI.

“If you know you're partying this Halloween, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely,” said Lieutenant Cromien. “Don’t put yourself, or others, at risk by driving impaired by alcohol, marijuana, or any other impairing substance.”

Each year throughout Illinois, hundreds die in impaired-driving crashes, while others face the ramifications of a DUI, including jail time, loss of license, and thousands of dollars spent on attorney’s fees, fines, and lost wages.

The Galesburg Police Department urges everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep our roads safe during Halloween:

  • Plan a safe way to get home before you attend a party.

  • Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.

  • Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

  • Use your community’s sober ride program.

  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.

  • Buckle up: It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

The Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Galesburg Public Schools Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Galesburg Public Schools Foundation, the Galesburg Public Schools Foundation board of directors was able to approve funds for backpacks, lunch boxes, and athletic bags (as needed per student) to students at all CUSD #205 schools, from preschool through high school. The Galesburg Public Schools Foundation is very thankful for the support of the community, both near and far.

Sprinkle and Spoon

Sprinkle and Spoon is a family owned and operated business that is now located at 108 S Seminary Street. They will be opening at their new location in November. Their hours will be shorter during the winter, probably opening in the afternoon and closing in the evening. They will adjust their hours in the summer.

“We might still do some pop up events during the summer, but we will mostly be popping up for catering events.” explained Lora Barajas, one of the owners of Sprinkle and Spoon.

Sprinkle and Spoon’s menu focuses on plant-based frozen treats and cloud treat which is like a mousse (dairy free, gluten free, egg free, and peanut free). Some flavors do include tree nuts like butter pecan. All treats include soy lecithin. They will sell some prepackaged pints and quarts of frozen treat, cloud treat, and whipped cream (frozen to thaw and use at home). Scoops of treat in cups and cones will also be available for purchase.

Sprinkle and Spoon’s most popular flavors are fudge judge (a rich fudgy brownie batter-like dark chocolate), cookies and dreams (made with oreos also available with gluten free oreos), and strawberry.

“We also hope to add other things to our menu during the winter time. Specifically pumpkin pie, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, hot cocoa bombs, and cookies. All will be allergy friendly as we can make them be. At the very least they will be dairy and gluten free.” stated Barajas.

For updates about Sprinkle and Spoon’s opening day on Seminary Street follow their Facebook page.

Beans and Things

“We appreciate and love all of you, but it’s time for us! We will keep the community's best interest first in regards to the future of Beans and Things. Follow our Facebook page for updates on the future of Beans and Things.” Beth and Bern, the owners of Beans and Things, passionately stated. Congratulations Beth and Bern on your retirement!

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