News Briefs

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Sept.18 Program in Bishop Hill 

As part of Bishop Hill’s 175th Anniversary Celebration, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association is hosting a series of programs that investigates various aspects of the Bishop Hill Colony. On Saturday September 18, Dr. Brita Butler Wall will present a program on Anna Sophia: The Prophet’s Window. The prophet is of course, Eric Janson, the founder of the Bishop Hill Colony. Anna Sophia had a remarkable life, unlike any other woman in the Colony. Dr. Wall’s talk focuses on Anna’s brief memoir. Since publishing an article about the memoir in the Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, Dr. Wall has continued to explore Anna Sophia's life and impact.

This free presentation is open to the public and will start at 2 p.m. in the Dairy Building.

The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill, IL. Please contact the BHHA at or by calling 309 927-3899 for more details. The BHHA and the Galesburg Community Foundation are sponsors of this program series.

Orion native opens physical therapy clinic in Coal Valley

Rock Valley Physical Therapy, one of the largest therapist-led physical therapy companies in the nation, began servicing Coal Valley, Ill. and surrounding areas, Sept. 13.

Located at 301 West 1st Ave, the Coal Valley clinic is the 53rd member of the Rock Valley family, and will be led by Orion native Bryce Thomsen, PT, DPT, CMT, SCS.

Thomsen, who works sideline assessment for the much-heralded Orion High School football squad, also coached basketball at Orion for five prep campaigns.

The newest Rock Valley location is the former Blackhawk State Bank building and provides generous parking and convenient-clinic access.

Galva craft show cancelled

The 42nd Annual Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show on Saturday, October 16th, 2021  has been cancelled. The show was held each year at Galva High School by both Galva Beta Sigma Phi chapters. The dealers filled the gym, hallways and outside. A lunch was served and all of the proceeds each year went back to Galva area projects. 

The members were saddened to cancel due to COVID this year but hope to have the October 15, 2022 craft show.

irst Baptist of Galva to host fashion show

First Baptist Church of Galva will be hosting a fashion show/salad potluck on Sat., Sept. 18 at 12:00 noon.  The public is welcomed to attend.  Please bring a salad to pass for the luncheon.  Models will be wearing retro dresses designed by Joy Griem.  There are dresses for every size and some may be available for purchase.  If you wish to be a model, please call Joy at 818-279-5617.  Ladies may also model their own creations or just a dress that looks good on them!    First Baptist is located at 211 NW 4th Avenue - across from Wiley Park.  Please use the center door to enter.

Geneseo Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross Blood Drive held on September 9 at the First United Methodist Church South Campus had 32 donors.  In addition to appointments made prior to the drive, there were 6 donors who presented without reservations. Three of those donors were lovely ladies who were friends and came together to donate.

Fresh donuts of all varieties were graciously donated by Bill from The Donut Shop, and donors were delighted to have them back again.  Many thanks to Bill for his kindness.

Blood supplies are low and donors are greatly needed.  If you are a blood donor, please mark your calendar for our next drive to be held at the South Campus of First United Methodist Church on Thursday, November 4.  Registration information will be announced in The Republic the week prior to the blood drive.

Andover Historical Society to meet

The Andover Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the American Woman’s League Chapter House. Nikki Rehn will moderate the program, “Andover Memories.” Everyone attending the meeting is asked to display a photo or talk about a special memory they have of Andover. They will hear an update on the Andover Historical Museum renovation. Bonnie Bandelow will be the hostess.

First Annual Olof Krans Arts Festival Saturday

The first annual Olof Krans Arts Festival will be held Saturday in Veterans Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There will be arts and crafts.

The Galva Historical Society will be selling books  of the history of Krans as well as other items. The Historical Society will also have water for sale.

The first Coffeehouse will begin at 7 p.m. at the Galva Arts Council building  on North Exchange Street with James Herr performing.