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May is a busy month for graduations
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Its purpose is to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, according to www.history.com. Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. There are numerous Memorial Day services around the area to attend at our local cemeteries. If you aren’t helping plan one of these services, why not plan to attend?
May is a busy month for graduations and celebrations. Here are a few upcoming events that will be happening in our community and school: May 25, Eighth Grade Graduation at 7 p.m. at the middle school in Perry, May 26 High School Graduation at 7 p.m. at the high school in Griggsville, May 29, Memorial Day and fish fry at the Griggsville American Legion.
The GP Summer League will be hosting a fish fry at the Griggsville American Legion, Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will consist of buffalo and swai fish, potato salad, baked beans, desserts, tea and lemonade. This event will be for a free will donation. Funds raised will help offset the cost of insurance, umpires, field maintenance, facility improvements, and other financial responsibilities that may arise for the summer league. The volunteers who run our summer league provide the opportunity to play baseball and softball to more than 100 kids in the Griggsville and Perry area. Stop by the Legion for a great meal and support our local summer league while you do it!
Jordan Brite recently received her master of science degree in athletic training from McKendree University! She is the daughter of Robbie and Jody Brite. Congratulations, Jordan!
GPMS track and field was well represented at the state level of competition! Congratulations to Quentin Booker on placing 2nd in 7th grade long jump, 6th in 7th grade high jump and 6th in the 800-meter run and getting a new school record! Also, congratulations to the 8th grade 4×200 relay team: Aaron Kurfman, Mario Rodgers, Eli Craig and Quentin Booker for finishing 14th in state with a season best time. And finally, congratulations to Aidan Keats-Mountain for finishing 17th in shot put with a season best throw. An excellent season for these student athletes!
The Pike County Health Department will be collecting dead birds from May 1 til Oct. 15. Why, you ask? The PCHD will be sending the dead birds to the Illinois Department of Public Health to be tested for West Nile Virus (WNV). Monitoring the bird and mosquito populations helps predict when and where humans will be at risk for WNV infection. The health department is looking for these most wanted birds: blue jay, crow, house sparrow, robin, and house finch. Call 217-285-4407 x 117 to get more information on what to do if you find one of the above-mentioned birds as well as what makes a bird eligible.