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Santa is coming to Tolono Christmas parade

Sidney had one and St. Joseph has a Christmas parade in the works, too. Last week, the Tolono Fun Day committee and the Tolono Fire Protection District teamed up to sponsor a Christmas Parade for the Village of Tolono on Saturday, December 19.

Santa, on his way back north after doing a dry run for his December 24th activities, will make a guest appearance at the parade. The community is welcome to take part with floats, golf carts or other vehicles. Due to the length of route, organizers ask the walkers sit this one out. Click on the map below to view the official parade route.

The parade will start from Unity High School at 5pm. Residents interested in participating should arrive at the school's east entrance starting at 4:30pm to line up.

For more information contact the Tolono Fun Day by phone at (202) 630-0883 or via email at tolonofunday@yahoo.com.

Christmas lights contest in Tolono

The Tolono Fun Days committee is sponsoring a holiday lighting contest next month. Winning lighting displays and holiday scenes will be eligible to win gift card prizes provied by local business and the committee.

To enter, Tolono residents that wish to participate in the contest will need to turn their outdoor holiday displays and lights on by 6p on Friday, December 4. There are three categories that will be award prizes at the village tree lighting ceremony on Saturday.

The three divisions are the Fuse Buster, Frosty's Pick and Low Watt.

Fuse Busters are big, bold bright displays "that is spinning the watt meter" according to the flyer circulated by the committee on Facebook. The Frosty's Pick award will go to the best display that features a snowman. The Low Watt entries will be judged for the best display with a few lights.

The Tolono Fun Days committee asks that residents bring a non-fragile, weather-proof ornament for the village tree lighting at the police station 6p on December 5.

"Join us for a social distancing event to bring in the holidays."

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Willowdale Winter Wonderland coming in December

When Lacey Smith moved into the Willowdale Subdivision with her husband and three kids in 2015, she heard tales from the past when residents would lavishly decorate their homes for the holidays.

"I love Christmas and we have a fantastic neighborhood!" said Smith, who has lived in St. Joseph since 2012. "The idea just popped in my head that one day I would like to organize this for the community."

She had a lot of wonderful memories of visiting Candlestick Lane in Urbana, the source of her inspiration, as a child. She decided she wanted to try and build a similar tradition.

Last fall while hosting a bonfire for neighbors, Smith casually brought the idea up.

"Everyone was interested and plans began to form for the Willowdale Winter Wonderland!" Smith said.

After the initial positive response that evening, she made flyers to spread the word with the subdivision community. With the help of Tonya Yeazel and the subdivision's Facebook group page, it didn't take much effort for residents to join forces on transforming the neighborhood into a Christmas-inspired holiday oasis on the prairie.

Starting Friday, December 4, Willowdale will become a Winter Wonderland. Visitors will be able drive through the unique three-block neighborhood surrounded by corn and bean fields to enjoy dozens of decorated homes. It hasn't been confirmed, but Smith said that they are hoping that Santa will make an early visit to the Wonderland on December 12 to say hello to all the good little boys and girls.

"Stay tuned for confirmation once we hear back from the North Pole," she said. "Spread the word. I hope you and your family can come on out for a drive through Willowdale Winter Wonderland!"

Smith said she and her neighbors are a pretty tight-knit group.

"Covid has really brought many of us closer, too," she said, explaining the support and their shared sense of community. "None of us knew when we said we wanted to launch this in 2020, that we would be in the middle of a global pandemic. Now we feel like this is a great opportunity for us to spread some cheer and give kids something to look forward to this year."

Photo of the Day - November 14, 2020

St. Joseph mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges hands out medals

First Santa 5K a success

St. Joseph Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges helps hand out medals and greet runners crossing the finish line at the Ho Ho Ho 5K in December of 2018. There were more than 300 participants and nearly that number in spectators, family members and well-wishers along the 5k course the first year. The annual race, now called St. Joe Santa 5K, will run this year as virtual race in its the third installment due to Coronavirus pandemic.

(Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Christmas Parade in Philo December 4

A group of four women in Philo are pooling their collective talents to organize the first annual Village of Philo Christmas Parade. Julie Pioletti, Lisa Quinn, Cindy Schweighart and Lori Donovan are working together to bring a few hours of holiday cheer to friends and neighbors in the village.

The parade will make its way through town starting at 7 p.m. on December 4. Organizers are tying up one last detail before releasing the official route, which should be announced in the next week.

"We selected a route that allows for plenty of parking and open spaces to allow for social distancing," Pioletti said. "We need to confirm that we can use one more space before the map is posted."

The organizers want to light up the streets of Philo to put fellow residents in a festive, holiday mood and infuse the Christmas spirit throughout the village.

"We would like to take this time to invite you to participate in what we believe will be an exciting and memorable parade!" organizers said in a release. "We hope you will take the opportunity to decorate your golf cart, car, etc. with lights and festive decorations!"

It is not too late for your business or organization to register a float for the parade. There is no fee for this year's participants as there will not be a judged competition or entry contests.

The applications for entries are due November 20. All parade motorized entries must have a "lighted component to the float". In the event of severe and potentially dangerous weather - ice or snowstorm, driving rain with lightning - the parade will be cancelled.

One more thing - Santa imposters will not be permitted on parade entries. The official Santa Claus will be there and will appear at the end of the procession.

For more information contact Julie Pioletti at piolett1@yahoo.com or call 217.649.2156.

Spectators are asked to observe the current public health recommendations during the parade.

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To the editor: Winter Wassail is seeking your help

Friends of St Joseph,

The Holidays are approaching, and the Church of Christ (SJCOC) needs some of your help for our 1st Annual "Winter Wassail Festival" on Friday December 4th. We're going to need to utilize some of the community parking that is a few blocks away from the Church located on Sherman Street.

We've tossed around the idea of using some of our community golf carts to help shuttle folks, especially the elderly, to and from those parking areas. The carts would need to first of all, be equipped with and licensed in compliance with the Village's rules. Also, they would need to be wiped down between uses (COVID safe) and it would be especially fun if they were decorated in a Christmas type theme with judging for the best "ride".

Right now, we are simply curious if anybody would be interested in volunteering for something like this.

The Festival will run from 4-9 pm, but you would not need to be asked to cover that entire time! We'd take whatever time you'd be available. And, obviously you would get free tickets to attend the event as well.

So, please reply if this is something you'd be interested in doing, and thanks! REPLY here, or PM me, or e-mail me at gordongilly1@gmail.com

Gordon Gilly
St. Joseph

Third installment of holiday 5K held in St. Joseph goes virtual

While the Coronavirus pandemic has put the kibosh on a lot of events, it is not stopping Brenda Hixson from raising money for the St. Joseph Food Bank. The St. Joe Santa 5K will run on - online that is.

Proceeds from the race in past years was given to help support the local St. Joseph food bank pantry managed by the St. Joseph Methodist Church in partnership with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

The race was originally started as collaboration of efforts between Hixson and fellow runner Max Painter to host a local holiday race and raise money for local charities. The event this year will benefit the St. Joe Feed the Need program, which is managed by the First United Methodist Church through the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. Feed the Need provides free food each month to anyone in the community.

Runners start out on the St. Joe Santa 5K course
Runners start their run during the Ho Ho Ho 5k, now called the St. Joe VIRTUAL Santa 5k Run/Walk Race, in 2018. As with thousands of established running events around the country, this year's race will be hosted virtually. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

A virtual race may not be ideal without spectators to cheer you on and fellow runners to push you to a better time, but there is one big advantage to running a virtual race in central Illinois.

This year's race directors point out the big draw to participating this year is that you can run when you want the whole month of December. "You can wait for a day when the weather is favorable!" which makes this option awesome so ensure you are not running on what could be the coldest day of the month.

The directors also hope runners will "get your family or group of friends together and have a fun run with photos along the way!"

The best part is racers will still receive the best holiday race swag of the season. This year's swag bag includes a Santa hat, Santa neck gaiter, a red long-sleeve Santa shirt and a race medal.

Runners can choose their route and take to the streets in their neighborhood, at their favorite park, or at any safe location of their choosing to run/walk/jog to start and finish their course during the month of December.

"You can chose to run anywhere!" said Hixson, who is once again one of the race directors. "Run in Mahomet; on a trail at Allerton or Meadowbrook; in Champaign; in St. Joe or wherever you chose. We want to see [runners in] every town in their Santa race swag all month long!"

She added: "Post your pictures!"

Race registration is now open online at St. Joe Santa 5K. Once registered, race swag can picked up in person or ordered via mail.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event and want to help support a wonderful program in the community, business owners or individuals are asked to contact the race directors at 5ksantarun@gmail.com.

Enter to win the 2020 Sentinel Halloween costume contest

The Sentinel and Blondies are teaming up for our first-ever Halloween Costume Photo Contest.

Whether it’s your child’s cutest costume, a costume you are wearing to a party or a costume your pet is wearing, submit your photos for a chance to win! Any photo of a person, pets, or a group decked out in a Halloween costume is eligible. Submit your tasteful, family friendly photos via email to photos@oursentinel.com.

You can submit up to five photos per email. One entry per email address. All ages welcome. Provide name, age, costume description, email address and phone number to be entered to win a prize. And let us know if your ensemble is home-made. The more creative, the better!

The contest begins on October 30, 2020. All entries must be received through oursentinel.com by 11:00 pm Central Standard Time on November 2, 2020. Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline lapses. By submitting any photo via email you agree to the contest terms and conditions below.

This year's contest and prizes are sponsored by Blondies and The Sentinel. The winners and top photos will be featured on The Sentinel starting Wednesday, November 4.

First prize is a $75 Gift Card to Blondies
Second prize is a $50 Sentinel Gift Certificate
Third prize is a $25 Sentinel Gift Certificate

2020 Halloween Costume Photo Contest

Please read the rules and guidelines below before submitting your photo(s) to The Sentinel's Halloween Photo Contest. By participating in this contest, you understand, acknowledge and unconditionally agree to abide by the following rules:

1. The contest is open for online submissions only via email.
2. Submitted photos must have been created between October 29 and November 1, 2020.
3. Photos submitted must be at least 640 pixels on the shorter side, and no more than 2000 pixels on the longer side. Images should be no larger than 2MB. Photos must be in JPEG format.
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Easter-ween this Saturday in Ogden

The Old High School Park at 300 North Market Street in Ogden will be the site of Easter-ween this Saturday starting at 10am.

The egg hunt, originally scheduled for April 11, was postponed until this weekend due to the Shelter-in-Place Executive Orders issued by Governor Pritzker to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

In late March, Ogden trustee Sue Esposito told The News-Gazette that the village had no intent in canceling the event.

"We are going to just delay it, " she said. "So if we have an egg hunt in November or even December, whatever. ... There’s $700 worth of candy, eggs and money. That’s a lot. We’re not just going to give it up."

The Village of Ogden will provide Halloween bags to egg hunters.

Halloween parade, trunk-or-treat set for Tolono

The Tolono Fun Day group will host a Halloween parade starting at 3pm in Tolono on October 31. Open to walkers as well as to decorated floats, vehicles, tractors and golf cars, the parade will start at East Side Park and wind through town to West Side Park.

Participants are asked to line-up for the parade starting at 2:45pm at East Side. 

Tolono Halloween parade map
Parade route for the Tolono Halloween parade

"This is our first year doing anything like this," said Brian Booher, one of seven members of the group running the Halloween event. "We’re really not sure what our turnout will look like. It’s peaked the interest of some local businesses this time, too."

Booher, who lives in Tolono and graduated from Unity High School, said past participation in similar events has been modest, but with the parade open various vehicles, he is hoping for more participation and a decent size crowd along the route.

Our past golf cart parades we got around 20 carts," he said.  "With this parade also being open to vehicle, bike, and walkers, we hope to get a little bit larger turnout."

Once the procession reaches its destination at West Side Park, there will be a Trunk-or-Treat event for kids to enjoy.

"Trunk-or-Treat is where folks will decorate their car trunks or back of golf cart with some Halloween decorations and hand out candy to the kids," Booher said. "I personally have never participated or seen one before, but I’m told it’s fun."

Community shred day in Philo

The Philo Exchange Bank will host a Community Shred Day in Philo this Saturday in town at 401 N Lincoln.

The staff will accept up to five boxes or bags of material per person to be shredded during the hours from 9 to 11am.

Depositors are ask to bring non-perishable food or canned goods to donate to their food drive. Free snacks will be available

Visitors can also spin the Philo Exchange Bank wheel to win prizes during the two hour event. The grand prize is a programable multi-cooker. Other prizes include gift cards, uChoose Rewards Points, wireless bluetooth earpods, Philo Exchange Bank swag, and other items.

For more information call (217) 684-5500.

Hours and guidelines set for Halloween 2020 in St. Joseph

St. Joseph will be hosting a village-wide Halloween contest for trick-or-treaters and residents.

We are asking those participating in giving out candy this year to get creative in how they deliver candy to the trick or treaters. The trick or treaters can submit those homes to the Village office on the Monday after Halloween," Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges said in a release today. "I thought this would be fun to encourage social distancing while distributing candy. The village has some very creative community members that hopefully will enjoy coming up with something."

Homeowners and trick-or-treaters are encouraged submit a photos with a description of the delivery system. The village will also accept description of how homeowners handed out candy and treats to trick-or-treaters if they are unable to print a photo in time. The description should the address and homeowners name if possible."

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Entries can be submitted through the Village office overnight slot by the front door or in-person during regular Village office hours. They may also be sent via emailed to mayor@stjosephillinois.org.

With guidance from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, the Village President said the board will make an official proclamation at the next meeting to allow trick-or-treating on Saturday, October 31, from 6pm and 8pm.

Here is the complete list of guidance from the Village to help make this Halloween fun and safe for the community:


"Trick-or-treating hours in the Village of St. Joseph will be from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. The use of face coverings, hand sanitizer, and social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others will always be required (per IDPH Guidelines), when outdoors while participating or chaperoning.

"Trick-or-treating will be challenging amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this year and may look different from previous Halloweens. However, for those who ARE welcoming trick-or-treaters to their home, leave your porch lights on to indicate you are participating. If you do not have a porch light, place a clearly marked sign welcoming trick-or-treaters or indicating you are not participating. For trick-or-treaters, if you do not see a home with a porch light on or a sign posted, we ask that you respect the wishes of those homeowners by bypassing those residences.

"If you and your family do decide to trick-or-treat this Halloween, here are a few guidelines to follow that will help protect our community and accommodate a safe Halloween experience for both participants and non-participants:

Trick-or-Treaters and Those Giving Candy:

"If you have COVID-19, developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, are under quarantine, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are in a higher risk category, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities.

1. Wear a mask – Incorporate a mask or face covering into your costume. Please remember that rubber or plastic masks do not offer any protection from the virus, so have a protective cloth mask layered into a costume’s decorative mask.

2. Practice good hand hygiene – If you choose to go house to house for trick-or treating or give treats, be prepared to practice good hand hygiene. Bring along hand sanitizer to use before you move from one location to another. A suggestion for those giving treats; give to a single person to limit contact with others. Also wash your hands as frequently as possible.

3. Maintain social distances – While it is fun to go trick-or-treating with friends, due to the COVID-19 risk, keep the group limited to family members who are within your protected “bubble”. Gathering in groups with people from outside your household increases the risks. When you are walking around with your child, you do not want to go into a big group of people or into crowded areas. Please remember that keeping social distance (at least 6 feet) from others is important to limiting the spread of the virus. Those passing out treats consider alternative ways to limit contact with trick-or-treaters. Be creative and inventive! *The Village is sponsoring a contest to see who can create the safest, imaginative, and clever way to deliver your candy. Encourage your trick-or-treaters to nominate your home and delivery system to the Village office on Monday. Nominations can be written on a piece of paper and placed in the overnight mail slot or dropped off on Monday. The winner will receive a gift card from one of our local businesses. 

4. Avoid “Face to Face” exposure – Interactions at any given doorway or front porch should be very brief and as limited as possible, which will help reduce the risk of exposure. Trick-or-treaters and those giving candy should always wear their mask.

5. Avoid eating candy while trick or treating – Encourage trick-or-treaters to be sure hands have been sanitized before opening and eating candy. Those giving out candy can consider this a diet saver. Wash Your Hands Frequently!!

6. Porch light must be on – If a homeowner is participating, they will keep their porch light on. If they do not have a porch light, they will have a clearly marked sign welcoming trick-or-treaters or indicating they are not participating. This is long-standing basic Halloween etiquette. If no light is on, do not go to that home. A yard light, common in many subdivisions, that usually comes on automatically at dusk is not considered a porch light and should not be an indication that it is ok to go to your door.

Those Not Participating Keep Your Porch Light Off!! If Your Porch Light Cannot Be Shut Off, clearly mark Your Porch or Front Door "NO TRICK OR TREATING"!!


Tami Fruhling-Voges, Village President and The St. Joseph Village Trustees."

St. Joseph yard sales this weekend

304 Western Drive
St. Joseph
Thurs. 4-6pm / Friday 8-4pm / Saturday 8-noon
Weather permitting ...
Chain saw, leaf blower, girl's bike, women's and men's clothes, dvd/vhs/cd's, xmas lights lots of misc.

528 Hawthorne Dr
St. Joseph
Thurs 5p-7p and Sat 8a-12p
Boys clothing Sizes 5-7; Girl clothing size 8-14, shoes/cleats/snow boots, toys, and household decor.

St. Joseph community garage sale coming in September

A fall community-wide garage and yard sale is in the works for the weekend of September 17-19 in St. Joseph.

The Sentinel, as we did with this July's summer community sale, is offering St. Joseph residents the opportunity to list their sale location and information at no charge.

Simply follow this link to submit your sale information by 5pm on September 15. Our complete list of area sales will be published Wednesday evening on The Sentinel website as well as across our social media platforms to help bring you more buyers.

Premium listings with photos and an extended word count is available. Contact The Sentinel at advertising@oursentinel.com for details.

Observing the state's pandemic mitigation and public health mandates, shoppers are strongly encouraged wear masks and maintain social distancing as much as possible to help keep friends and neighbors healthy as they visit various sales throughout the community.

St. Joseph Garage & Yard Sales for July 16 - 19

106 E. Warren
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

102 W. Sherman
Friday & Saturday

204 East Briarcliff
Sale dates & times unspecified
Baby boy/girl clothes - nb-3t; toys; Baby items; puddle jumpers; double stroller; board games; books; household goods; clothes dryer; weed eaters; table saw; coffee makers; kitchen tables chairs; Adirondack chairs
304 West Briarcliff
Thu 8-?, Fri 8-? and Sat 8-12
Large garage sale! Corner of water and Briarcliff. TONS OF CLOTHES! Lots of sporting gear. Books,shoes you name it. Don’t like the price, make me an offer! All must go.

301 East Lincoln
Thursday / Friday / Saturday

303 East Lincoln
Sale dates & times unspecified

107 N. Seventh Street
Sale dates & times unspecified

505 N. Seventh St.
Thur / Fri /Sat

105 S. Seventh Street
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

202 S. Seventh Street
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

408 N. Fourth St.
Thursday 4:30pm-6:30pm, Friday 12pm-6pm & Saturday 8am-11am
Lots of Womens, Mens, boys clothes, toys, electronic games and learning games, tv, misc. household items, child's ATV, etc..

304 S. Fifth
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

407 2nd Court
Thu 4pm -?, Friday 9am-noon & 3pm-?, No Saturday sales
Baby boy clothes, some baby girl clothes, women's clothing large and up, home decor, lots of misc.

406 Chestnut Drive
Thu 7a-7p, Fri 7a-6p, Sat 7a-?
Three family garage sale. We have so much stuff we can barely get the garage door closed. Lots of Christmas items- lights, ornaments, light holders, and table top items. Little girls clothing 3 moths to 3t. Some teen clothes to adult women and men’s. House wares – coffee cups, glasses, dish set, it’s just to much to tell you all of the items. Bathroom items and tons of nick knack’s. Come on by and check us out, see you all soon!! Rain or shine we will be open!

500 Harlan Wise
Thursday 3pm-? / Friday 8-5 / Saturday 8-12
Men’s and women’s name brand clothing (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, lulu lemon, express, American Eagle, boutiques, ex) hunting gear, shoes, accessories, electronics, tons of DVDs, electronics, kitchen and home items & decor!

507 Sherwood
Thur 4pm; Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 8am-12pm
Propane heater & tank, aluminum ladder, pool ladders (2), kitchen table, folding chairs, household items, kitchen/bath, home decor, jewelry, books, CDs, DVDs, wooden rocking chair, Amazon Fire TV Sticks (2), Rae Dunn

512 Crestwood Drive
Sale dates & times unspecified
Multi-family garage sale! Boyds Bears, tools, clothes, home decor, cameras, misc.

508 S. Main Street
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

513 Hawthorne Drive
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

603 Hawthorne Drive
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12
Multi-Family Garage Sale! Tons of girls clothes (Sizes 12 month-8), Women’s clothing, Tons of Jean (Silver and Maurices Brand), Barn Wedding Decor, Men’s Clothing, Toys, Kitchen Items, Craft Items

607 E. Douglas
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12
Old jewelry, baby clothes, strollers, car seats, furniture, toys, misc.

605 Sycamore Drive
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

607 Rosewood
Sale dates & times unspecified

607 Wingstem Drive
July 16 4p-7p, July 17 8a-5p, July 18 8a-12 noon
Lots of kids clothes - birth to 4t boy and girl, toys, women's clothes, men's clothes, candles and vases.

703 Northgate Drive
Friday 8a - 5p & Saturday 8a- 3p
Lots of Brand Name Clothes and Shoes - Boys, Girls, Juniors, Women's and Mens; Boys and Girls Toys; Doc McStuffins Nursery; Sofia The First 87 piece Lego Duplo Set; Sing A Long with Elsa Doll; Hallmark Storybook Buddies; Men's Safety Shoes; Softball Cleats; Full/Queen Frozen Bedding with Sheets. Smoke/Pet Free Home. Everything in excellent condition.

706 Jeanes Drive Unit B
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

808 A Kara Ave.
Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

808 B Kara Ave.
Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

900 B Kara Ave.
Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

1002 Reagan Drive
Thursday 4-7pm / Friday 8a-5p / Saturday 8a-12p
Lots of books, vinyl records, dvds (over 200 $1 each), lots of home decor, ladies and men’s clothes, bike, snow blower and more!

1606 Magnolia Drive
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

1715 E. Grand
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

1308 Peters Drive
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

2239 County Road 1700 North
Thursday 4pm-? / Friday 8-5/ Saturday 8-12

Community group organizes Juneteenth celebration in St. Joseph

A peace walk is scheduled for this Friday, June 19, at 6:10pm starting on the Northeast corner of US 150 and Main Street in St. Joseph to celebrate Juneteenth. Participants should arrive at 6pm or earlier prior to the start of the march.

Members of SJOnward, a local community group promoting diversity, inclusion, and racial equality in St. Joseph-Ogden and surrounding towns, will lead a procession through town stopping at least once for eight minutes and 46 seconds to pay homage to George Floyd, and African-American man in Minneapolis who was allegedly killed by an on-duty police officer in a video captured by a 17-year-old onlooker.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston on June 19, 1865, that anyone held in bondage in the state of Texas were free. The day is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day or Cel-Liberation Day. Despite that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed nearly two years and six months earlier, a large number of Americans, especially in remote areas of the country, continued to endure slavery due to the lack of availability of Union trips to enforce the Abraham Lincoln's executive order.

After walkers arrive at Kolb Park, there will be a speaker talking about the cultural and historical significance of Juneteenth, information about the history of sundown towns and how this has shaped perspectives of our community. Other speakers will be on hand to discuss their personal experiences with racism in St. Joseph and beyond.

Organizers ask that participants observe social distancing precautions by wearing a mask and keep a six foot distance from others as much as possible.

For more information visit the event page on Facebook here.

St. Joseph Community Festival scaled back due to Covid-19

The pandemic wounded yet another annual summer tradition this year. The St. Joseph Community Festival committee announced that this year's celebration will be scaled down considerably as the state continues to navigate through it reopening phases.

In a statement released on Facebook, the festival committee announced that after conversations with the American Legion, the village officials and management from the carnival vendor, a decision was reached to cancel most of the events for this year's festival.

"With all of the unknowns at this time due to the coronavirus it is hard to plan what might or might not be allowed in August," Josh Reese wrote in his post in the St. Joseph, IL - Information and Community Events public group on Facebook. "We are planning on keeping a few events."

As of June 10, the planning committee plans to offer the following events:

Saturday, August 1
12pm • Antique and Lawnmower Tractor Pull Location: The Sports Complex

Saturday, August 8
7am - 10am • St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

6pm • Community Festival Parade
Location: Downtown

Dusk • Festival Fireworks
Location: Sports Complex

The Pancake Breakfast is listed as tentative. The SJSFD still needs to acquire applicable temporary food permits from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. The tractor pull was schedule to one week earlier due to the availability of the sled.

Reese signed off with a piece of good news after thanking the community for their support. The dates for next year's festival are scheduled to be held on August 12-14 in 2021.

Blood drive to be held at local church on Tuesday

There will be a blood drive this Tuesday, March 10, at the St. Joseph Church of Christ.

Donating blood is safe, quick, and can provide the gift of life. According to the American Red Cross, one donation can save up to three lives.

Walk-ins are welcomed at this Tuesday's drive and donors are encouraged make appointments online on the Mobile Blood Drive Schedule for priority service. Appointments can also be schedule via phone at (217) 367-2202.

At the time of this article, 16 time slots remain available for donations this week.

Sponsored by the Community Blood Services of Illinois, donations will be accepted from 4:30pm until 7pm. CBSI is the exclusive provider to Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center.

CBSI asks that you consume a meal prior to your donation and provide recent photo identification to verify their identity.

For more information contact the Primary Blood Drive Coordinator Talen Hawkin at (815)883-1966.

The St. Joseph Church of Christ is located at 226 East Sherman.

St. Joe Santa 5k is set for December 21

If you live in St. Joseph, don't be surprised if you wake up four days before Christmas and see hundreds of fit-looking Santas running through the village. No, these Kris Kringle knockoffs won't be looking for lost reindeer or handing out early holiday presents to those who've been extra nice this year. The red shirts will be running in the 2019 St. Joe Santa 5K run/walk on December 21.

Runners start out on the 2018 Ho-ho-ho 5K in 2018. Re-dubbed the St. Joe Santa 5k this will be the second installment of the Christmas holiday season race. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Last year's race attracted just over 300 runners and organizers hope that number will grow. The St. Joe Santa 5k Run/Walk is a non-profit organization whose main mission is to raise money to benefit local charities through various health and fitness events.

When runners pick up their race day packets, each participant will receive a Santa hat, Santa beard and a red race shirt to wear while running the course. Each runner will also receive a commemorative medal as they cross the finish line.

The event, organized by veteran runners Brenda Hixson and Max Painter, is slated to start time at 9 am. The registration fee is $25.00 for each runner.

For the latest information runners and spectators can find more information on the St. Joe 5K Facebook group page or on the official race website at https://sjsantarun.weebly.com/. Online registration is going on now here: St. Joe 5K.

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