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Bishop Hill Heritage Associations Annual Meeting is February 6!

On Saturday February 6, the BHHA will be having its annual meeting at the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street. A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow at approximately 12:30 p.m.

 

The lunch and meeting is open to Bishop Hill Heritage Association members only. Some of the items that will be covered at the annual meeting are the election of officers, a review of 2015 accomplishments, and a preview of 2016 events. Heritage members, please attend and learn more abou the BHHA and Bishop Hill.

 

Galva American Legin Announces Two Events...

The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 14 February, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. They will be serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, milk and orange juice. Pop and bottled water are available for an extra charge. A donation of $6.00 is appreciated.

 

On 20 February, 2016, the Galva American Legion will sponsor a Texas Holdem Tournament at the Legion Building. Sign in starts at 5:00 p.m. and play will start at 6:00 p.m. The entry fee is $50 and one rebuy will be available for $25.00. Food and drink will be available.

 

The BHHA Recieves Funding for Educational Programming

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the gift of $1,500 from the Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation for 2016 educational programming. This local foundation is administered by Wells Fargo Bank.

 

The grant will be used to help fund such Bishop Hill events as the new Folk Music Festival on July 30 and 31; the Chautauqua on August 27 and 28; and Jordbruksdagarna.

 

In addition, the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association has once again agreed to be one of the business sponsors for this year's Jordbruksdagarna (Agricultural Days). Entering its 45th year, this 19th century harvest festival will be on September 24 and 25, 2016.

 

The BHHA would like to thank the Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, and Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association for generously supporting Bishop Hill's educational events this year. If you would like to contribute to maintain these events, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net .

 

 

Murray makes guide to park displays available...

Jordan Murray, Galva's own artist emeritus, has made available for viewing and downloading a brochure dedicated to the display stands you will find throughout Veteran's Park in downtown Galva.

 

Entitled "Art For History's Sake," the brochure invites residents and visitors alike to take a stroll through the park to learn more about Galva and the Swedes that settled her by viewing the poster boards affixed to the stands designed by Murray and manufactured in Galva by Best Manufacturing (which, incidentally, is Galva's oldest continuous business).

 

So, download your copy and discover what happened to the original fountain in the Park (and many other surprising facts); and don't forget to take that stroll.

Murray Remembers Rich Falk...City Participates in Falk Fund raiser...

Like the rest of Galva, Jordan Murray is a Rich Falk fan and has tracked the gentleman-athlete's exploits since watching him practice basketball in Wiley Park. The following is from a draft of a forthcoming brochure about Galva's superstar as envisioned by our artist emeritus, Jordan Murray, and which will accompany the release of his tribute maquette of Mr. Falk. The maquette, which awaits finishing touches by the master and a fundraising to complete, is the fourth in a line of bronze tributes which Murray calls his "Heroes of Galva" series:

 

"Born to Don and Charlotte Falk of Bishop Hill, Rich was an honor student and was constantly practicing basketball. I remember his practicing basketball in Wily Park while he was a junior at Galva High and I was only in the 6th grade at Lincoln. He was remarkable as he was a star not only in basketball but as a quarterback in football and as an athlete in track. He was named to the second string western Illinois all-conference football team. Nonetheless, his shining glory was in basketball."

 

Murray continues: "Even in his sophomore year he scored 421 points, scored 637 points as a junior but in his senior year in 1959-60, he put up 833 points in 28 games for an average of 29.7 points per game. A remarkable feat as there wasn't a 3-point shot back then!"

 

Jordan works on Falk

 

Murray's clay study of Falk stands about 22" high and is to be cast in bronze with a 1/4" wall. When finished, the tribute will weigh about 40 pounds. Murray notes that Rich Falk was much admired for his six foot muscular frame and while in Galva sported a widows-peak hair line and flat top hair style that did nothing but add to his signature clean-cut image. Naturally, Murray's tribute will have Falk sporting his Galva basketball jersey, and when finished, the bronze will be supported by a hand-crafted custom base.

 

Murray and Falk

 

Murray anticipates that he will need about $5,000 dollars to finish the piece with the bulk of those funds going to the bronze and casting; and the City of Galva is proud to act as the agent for the requisite funds. Help us pay tribute to this hero of Galva and bring your donations by City Hall or drop them in the mail to us with a note that the money is to be used only for the Rich Falk tribute.

 

Jordan Murray in his studio

Murray in his studio

 

 

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Galva, IL 61434

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City of Galva Freedom of Information Act Requests

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the City of Galva provides access to public records. To request public records, please call City Clerk Debbie VanWassenhove or simply mail or fax your request to the City Clerk using the contact information that follows:

 

Debbie VanWassenhove

City Clerk, City of Galva

311 N.W. 4th Avenue

P. O. Box 171

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555 phone

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Galva, IL 61434

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949 S. E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 3624 or for after hours emergencies (309) 932 - 3900

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Galva Water & Sewer

949 S. E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

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Galva Freedom Fest Committee

311 N. W. 4th Avenue

P. O. Box 171

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555

teresa@galvafreedomfest.org

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