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Grand Marshall Announced...

Galva Freedom Fest is proud to announce this year's Freedom Fest Parade Grand Marshal, Tyler Glaser!


Tyler is a community driven doer. He is always thinking of ways he can help benefit our local charitable organizations through The Back Road Music Festival, attending local events and supporting our local businesses. The Back Road Music Festival is also an avid supporter of Honor Flight. He is always coaching a youth sports team, attending Galva Wildcat sporting events with his family, and most importantly setting a great example of what it means to be a part of a community and making a positive impact wherever he goes. Thank you Tyler!!!


Tyler is pictured here with his wife, Bethany Vandevelde-Glaser, and their three children. On the right is the chair of the Freedom Fest Committee, Melissa Halsall.


Glaser And Family




Galva Spark Business Competition Announced...


We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Galva Spark Business Competition! This initiative is designed to ignite entrepreneurial spirit and foster business innovation within the Galva community.

We're inviting all aspiring entrepreneurs introducing new concepts or expanding to a storefront to participate.

What's in Store? The Galva Spark Business Competition offers a fantastic opportunity for business owners to win a fully supported storefront for one year—complete with rent, utilities, and taxes covered. This is a chance to help an entrepreneur bring their business ideas to life in the heart of downtown Galva.

Spread the Word! We encourage you to share the attached promotional materials on your social media pages and websites to help us reach a wide audience. The success of this competition depends on community support, and your participation is key!


Click On The Image Below For More Information and an Application

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Sixth Annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series Lineup Announced...

Grab some lawn chairs and get ready for a summer full of music in Galva. The Galva Arts Council is excited to announce a very talented lineup for the sixth annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media.

Held at Wiley Park in Galva, these Sunday concerts are an opportunity for community members of all ages to enjoy free live music in a picnic-style setting.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase during concerts.

Admission to the concerts is free and attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family, and neighbors for an opportunity to meet new friends and celebrate the summer season.

This year the series will feature eleven concerts instead of the normal ten!

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which partners with changemakers and nonprofits across the country to activate underused outdoor spaces through the power of free, live music—bringing people together, fostering belonging, and invigorating community life. Presenting high-caliber talent and a broad array of music genres and cultural programming, Levitt concerts are welcoming and inclusive destinations where people of all ages and backgrounds come together.


The 2024 lineup includes the following acts:


May 26 – Soultru (Soul, RnB), Sturtz (Folk, Soul)
June 2 – Rachel Brooke (Country), Rye Davis (Country)
June 9 – Sweet Lizzy Project (Rock), Gallivant (Rock)
June 16 – Shanna in a Dress (Folk Pop), Emily the Band (Folk Pop)
June 23 – Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt (Creole), Black Cat Zydeco ft. Dwight Carrier (Zydeco)
June 30 – Dyer Davis (Rock, Blues, Soul), David Rosales (Americana, Rock)
July 7 – STEAM Irish Quartet (Traditional Irish), Blame Not the Bard (Traditional Irish)
July 14 – LowDown Brass Band (Brass), Kommuna Lux (Ukrainian)
July 21 – Rhythm Future Quartet (Gypsy Jazz), Mozzy Dee w/3 on the Tree (Rockabilly)
July 28 – EmiSunshine (Bluegrass, Folk, Pop), The David Mayfield Parade (Bluegrass)
August 4 – Lone Piñon (Mexican), Sunny War (Gospel, Folk, Avant Garde)


The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media is made possible by generous community support. To learn more please visit: galvamusic.com.


About the Galva Arts Council:

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.


About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation:

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation's primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.


In 2024, the national Levitt network of music venues and concert sites is presenting 650+ free concerts in 45 towns and cities, with audiences over 750,000. In addition to supporting free concerts, the Levitt Foundation is dedicated to advancing equitable music ecosystems through research and partnerships. www.levitt.org





Songwriter Shines Spotlight on Neglected Historic State-Owned Buildings with Heartfelt Anthem...

When singer-songwriter Dan Holmes heard the historic state-owned properties in his hometown of Bishop Hill, Illinois had fallen into disrepair he knew he needed to do something. "So, like I usually do when moved, I wrote," said Holmes. The finished product ended up being a song, titled "Hometown", which is partly a history lesson of the colony and partly an autobiographical account of a childhood spent in Bishop Hill and insight gained through a life of travel. Holmes, very gently, makes a nod to the long neglected historical landmarks owned by the state, in hopes that "it might help the cause". The Bishop Hill Colony Church was recently added to Landmarks Illinois' Most Endangered Historic Places List.Dan Holmes

Holmes began playing guitar at age 10, learning by listening to James Taylor, Paul Simon, Jim Croce and John Denver records. His music career later began to grow while attending Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. For a time, Holmes moved to the east coast and experienced some success there, once opening for Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. When his father was diagnosed with cancer he moved home and put music on hold for a time, while he began a career in education. Years later, Holmes began performing again, including four tours of Europe, performing at the Illinois State Fair and the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk To Cure Breast Cancer, and writing music for the Appalachia Service Project.

Dan calls himself an "old school singer/songwriter" who loves creating music about the presence of God in our world. He lives in Belvidere, Illinois with his wife.


"A recording of Hometown" can be heard at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngk0muiXq80


Those interested in helping the cause are encouraged to voice their concerns to Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and their state legislators.



Blue Star Home Program Announced...

Applications are begin accepted for those that wish to participate in the Blue Star Home Program ("the Program").

Upon completion of an extensive background check, a Blue Star home will be given the opportunity to display a blue star on on their homes indicating that they have chosen to assist any young person that feels threatened in any manner, whether that threat is bullying, suspicious activity or imminent bodily harm.

Any juvenile that is uncomfortable with conditions outside a Blue Star Home may seek refuge from those conditions by ringing the door bell, pounding on the front door or yelling for help.

Blue Star Home participants are limited to assessing the situation, calling the child's parent or guardian absent an immediate threat, reporting all such incidents to the Galva Police immediately after contacting the child's parent or guardian, or in the case of a threatening situation immediately dialing 911.

Further, Blue Star Home participants agree that they will NOT take the law into their own hands, and that they will always have the best interests of the child in mind when offering assistance.

The Galva Police Department reserves the right to reject any application for the Blue Star Home Program for any reason or for no reason at all.

If you would like to participate in the Program, download the Application, fill it out in its entirety, and return it to City Hall. If your application is approved, you will receive a call from the Galva Police Department indicating acceptance into the Program and will be allowed to pick up your Blue Star from City Hall.




Letters from Galva...





Galvan Ryan Olson Featured In Airman Magazine...

When Ryan was a senior at the Air Force Academy, Airman Magazine wanted to do a video on the space program at the Academy. Ryan was the number one cadet in the Astronautical Engineering department and was chosen to do this video.




The Galva Giant Makes It To YouTube...




OSF Announces The Care-A-Van Mobile Health Care Unit...





Gary Metiever Produces Galva Levitt Amp Video...





Eagle Enterprises Publishes New Recycling Standards...

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Sons of the American Legion...

The Galva American Legion Post #45 has received their charter for a new Sons of the American Legions Squadron.

The Legion is looking for new members to get the squadron rolling.

If you have a parent, grandparent or great grandparent or step parent or step grandparent that was in the military, you are eligible to join.

If interested, please contact Wayne Glisan at (309) 335 - 2931, Lloyd Anderson at (309) 853 - 7347 or Earl Stuckey at (309) 853 - 7917