I wholeheartedly, and without reservation, endorse council members Frank Akers and Sharon Kadell for re-election to the Wood River City Council. Councilman Akers and Councilwoman Kadell have decades of experience and community service between them, and have continued to work for the taxpayers of the city of Wood River day in and day out. Every vote that they cast is done with the taxpayers’ and future generations’ best interests in mind. It is under their watch that the city of Wood River has continued to prosper.
Under the guidance of council members Akers and Kadell, residents will continue to thrive in Wood River and the city will continue to move into the future as a great community in which to do business and raise families.
On April 7, 2015, I will gladly cast my vote for Frank Akers and Sharon Kadell. I would ask that you do the same, and give two dedicated public servants the privilege to represent you in City Hall for four more years.
Councilman Scott Miner
On behalf of Grassroots Grocery steering committee, we invite you to participate in Soul Food Saturday.
Soul Food Saturday is an event with food, family-rated music and other entertainment to attract the residents in the area of Ridge Street, which is our target audience for this event, to the store so that Grassroots Grocery could introduce them to benefits of the store.
If you haven’t researched Grassroots Grocery, please do so at www.grassrootsgrocery.org. This is a wonderful opportunity for Alton. Grassroots Grocery has a number of programs to enhance and promote healthy eating within our community.
The event will be Saturday, April 25, from noon to 4 p.m.
This event will be in a nice-size parking lot on the side of the building. Water and electricity from the building is available.
If interested in donating your time and services to this event in the category of food, music and other entertainment, please contact Derrick D. Richardson at (618) 741-7491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derrick D. Richardson
Since the Great River Road Bicycle Trail (Vadalabene Trail) was envisioned more than 30 years ago, there has been a need for completion of the bicycle section from the Alton riverfront to the beginning of the trail at Piasa Park.
I was disturbed that a federally funded $1,381,463 project was being planned along that 1.3-mile section of the riverfront that did not include construction of the bicycle trail. This is the third city administration that has not engineered safe passage through that very dangerous area.
Once all this fancy “riverfront, flood park stuff” is finished, no one will want to tear it up to put in a trail. Now is the time to do it, before loss of life occurs. This trail was the first demonstration trail that began bicycle trails for the entire state of Illinois, and it draws thousands of visitors a year. Yet this section through Alton has never been completed.
Thus, it poses a risk of injury or death to those attempting to go from the south trail near the Clark Bridge on the riverfront to the start of the Vadalabene Trail at Piasa Park. Also, it hasn’t been resurfaced for more than 30 years and the pavement is crumbling.
During the last debate about this “flood memorial park,” I expressed concern that this money was being spent on window dressing rather than bicycle safety. Elliot Davis from Channel 2 even did an interview about the flood park on TV and completely missed the issue. He should have reported that there wasn’t a safe trail in the plans.
We all should contact the Alton mayor and the aldermen on the Alton City Council and tell them to revise their plans and redirect this money toward making this section safe for the people we are attracting to the area. Otherwise, it will be too late and nothing will change.
I would like to thank everyone for their cards, thoughts, prayers, flowers, kind words, support, encouragement and monetary and food donations offered during the extremely trying time following the passing of my husband, Kenneth Lehr, Medora, Ill., Fire Chief. Your generosity and support have overwhelmed me and I am truly grateful. Thank you all.