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Honor Flight Benefit Is Back...

The Honor Flight Benefit returns to Bishop Hill Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. The Filling Station Restaurant is organizing this benefit. If anyone wishes to volunteer, donate items, or need more information about this benefit, please call the Filling Station at 309 927-3355.

The Honor Flight Benefit begins with a breakfast buffet at the Filling Station. Breakfast will be by free will donation. Bluegrass music will be provided by the Tap Toot Wranglers outside the Filling Station. A silent auction, 50/50 drawing and a raffle will be occurring next door at the Welcome Center and the Bishop Hill Fire Station.

Over the past ten years, the community has raised more than $100,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight Network. Area veterans will be provided with a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Representatives from the Honor Flight organization will be in Bishop Hill to answer questions and to accept applications.

Right now, we are accepting donations for the silent auction. In addition, we are requesting donations of coffee cakes and muffins for this fundraiser. To make a donation or for more information about the Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit, please call 309 927-3355.

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Jordbruksdagarna Time Again in Bishop Hill...

Bishop Hill’s annual 19th century harvest festival Jordbruksdagarna (pronounced yord-brooks-DAH-ga-na) will take place Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26, 2021. As always, there will be a variety of traditional craft demonstrations, food, vendors, and hands-on activities for the children all over the village during the 49th Jordbruksdagarna (Swedish for “earth work days”) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Demonstrations, hands-on activities, and music are all free.

In the village park, artisans will make rope, process flax, carve wood, forge metal, butter making, and more. Vendors will also be selling farm produce, pumpkins, pioneer popcorn, baked goods, crafts, and much more in the park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Musical performances will include Hammer and Pick at noon and 2 p.m., and the Nordic Dancers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day at the gazebo. Old-fashioned children’s games will also be conducted in the park at 2 p.m. each day.

Jordbruksdagarna is not just located in the park but all over Bishop Hill. At the Colony School, the Old Settlers’ Association will be serving their famous Colony Stew. In and behind the Bjorklund Hotel from noon to 4 p.m. each day, there will be demonstrations on how to press sorghum and make candles. Visitors, especially children, can also try their hand at shelling corn, making bricks, and creating a cornhusk doll. Visitors can explore Henry County’s agricultural heritage at the Henry County Historical Museum, where a variety of antique tractors will be on display outdoors. Each day at the Henry County Historical Museum, the Bishop Hill Agricultural Association will demonstrate corn shelling and conduct a kid pedal tractor pull at 11 a.m., have an antique tractor parade around town at noon, threshing at 1 p.m., and finish with corn shelling at 2 p.m. People movers will also be available to transport people around town to experience many of the activities, museums, and stores that Bishop Hill has to offer.

On Saturday only, the BHHA Acting Troupe will perform their Bishop Hill Colony history skit Dirty Laundry at the Steeple Building Museum. Author Mary Davidsaver will be having a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center. Also, on Saturday only, Patt & Possum (Patt Plunkett and Charlie Walden) will perform a concert of traditional mid-western fiddle music that will get your feet a stompin behind the Bjorklund Hotel from noon to 3 p.m.

For more details about these or other Jordbruksdagarna activities, call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net, check the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook page, or view www.visitbishophill.com. Please bring a lawn chair and help Bishop Hill celebrate its 175th Anniversary.

Jordbruksdagarna is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Arts Council, Old Settlers’ Association. VASA National Archives, Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department and numerous local businesses, with the assistance of many volunteers. The event is also partly funded by the Illinois Art Council Agency, Nature’s Creations, State Bank of Toulon, Brookfield Renewable Energy, Wilbur and Marilyn Nelson, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, and the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association. WJRE is our major media sponsor. The Galva FFA and Galva Boy Scouts provided special assistance.


Galva Cemetery Board Announces Cemetery Clean Up Week...

The Galva Cemetery Board has declared Sunday, 17 October through Saturday, 23 October as the Fall Clean Up week.

If you wish to save them, all artificial flowers, potted flowers, plants (including plants in vases), shepherd hooks, and figurines must be removed from the Galva Cemetery by Sunday, October 17, 2021. No more flowers or items should be placed on the graves until Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Military markers and solar lights do not have to be removed.


Galva American Legion Announces Community Breakfast...

The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 12 September, 2021 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.


Local Organizations Provide Financial Support to the BHHA...

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce that it has received two grants from local organizations. From Community State Bank, the BHHA received a gift of $1,000. Funding for this gift came from CSB’s partner, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. This grant will be used to assist with the Heritage’s general operating expenses during the pandemic.

Through their GCF Community Impact Fund, the GalesburgGCF Community Foundation has given $2,500 to the BHHA for a 2021 Program Series at the Dairy Building. Next year is the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Bishop Hill Colony. As part of this anniversary, the Heritage is hosting a series of lectures, workshops, and concerts celebrating the heritage of Bishop Hill. Funding from the Galesburg Community Foundation will partially support these programs.


The BHHA is dedicated to preserving the history of the Bishop Hill Colony and passing it on to future generations. Like many other nonprofit historical organizations, funding has drastically decreased due to lower visitor revenues. These grants will assist us to continue our activities. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association thanks Community State Bank and the Galesburg Community Foundation for their financial support.


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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Galva Arts Council Secures Third Award...

The Galva Arts Council will once again enliven Wiley Park through the second Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, further activating the large, underused green space into a dynamic hub for self-expression, connection and layered arts experiences set to free, live music from across the globe.

The 2021 series aims to deepen community engagement and expand upon community partnerships, creating a weekly communal celebration of the best Galva has to offer.

For photographs of last year's series of concerts, visit our Gallery or visit the official Levitt AMP Galva Facebook page.


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