Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 20 - Almost July!

Hello Friends!

Well here it is almost July!! How in the world did that happen? Time marches right on even when we are not ready for it to happen!

Please remember that the Bushnell Recreation Center is available as a “Cooling Station” in the event of heat advisory’s in our area. Please be that good neighbor during these times and check on the elderly and those with health concerns to make sure they are alright. And don’t forget about our 4-legged friends! They need to be in shade and water available always!

Our Community has some exciting events coming up and I hope you can attend some if not all of them!

·         On June 30th, there is a Family Fun Day and Car Raffle scheduled in the East Park! This event is being held to help raise funds for the Reid Brewer Splash Park! There will be a “Bags” tournament, inflatables to play on, food and the announcement of the car raffle winner at 7pm with music to follow. Tickets are still available for the car raffle – get yours today!! You can contact City Hall to purchase a ticket.

·         On July 3rd is our Annual Fireworks Display – the best around!! The Big Bang Boom starts at dusk. We will have glow sticks and necklaces available for purchase.

·         July 14th – Movie in the Park! Coco will be showing starting at dusk! A great family event for sure!

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Vaughan and Bushnell will be moving in some of the equipment from the company they have merged with – Dasco, Inc. Davis Street will be temporarily closed during some of this move. They will also be moving out a press from one of the Norforge buildings. What a great way to close out June – lots of exciting movement upward in our Community!!

The bridge on Route 9 one mile west of Bushnell over the north branch of the Lamoine River will be closed for repairs starting July 2 through November 1. The detour route will be Waco Road. Please keep this in mind during your travels. These detours can be frustrating at times, but we are so thankful that the bridge will be repaired for our traveling safety!

I know that it is early – but start thinking about the Fall Festival!! Do you or a friend or family member have anything you want to enter in the Arts and Crafts Show? We would love to see what you have been up to all year – and you may be the best of the best!! What about an entry into the Parade? Are you a member of a group or organization and want to be involved? Are you a baker? The Pie and Cake Auction could really benefit from your talents! Keep the Festival in mind and get involved in our Community!

Keep Cool!



Happy June!!

Hard to believe we are almost half way through the year already! Before you know it, school will be starting and then the holidays! Please remember to take time and enjoy the summer days! I know that we will all be taking a few precious moments of rest and relaxation this summer; our hope is that you spend some of that time right here in Bushnell! The Bushnell Swimming pool is open full force with offerings of swimming lessons and good times splashing and playing in the cool water! I made many memories growing up in town at the pool – the best of times! Don’t forget the adult swim at noon – a chance to enjoy the water without all the “fun” splashing and hollering! Our Community is so lucky to have this gem – please patronize it often!

Did you know that the City must pay for all of the utilities that they use here in town? It is not just a given commodity to the City – we pay monthly for those services just like every citizen does for their own personal use. The City pays for 12 utility services and the Utility Company also pays for their services – 5 services for them. Monthly costs for all 17 services average out to be $11,816.48 per month! That is an annual cost last year of $141,797.75. I had no idea that this was how the utilities worked here in town! The properties that are covered include all City Offices, the Bushnell Recreation Center, the Police Department Complex, all City security lights, City street lights just to name a few! Just food for thought!

The Economic Development Committee of the City Council (Chaired by Alderman Steelman), is focusing on bringing back “life” to our downtown area. I am so excited at this prospect that I can’t tell you enough about it! We need to bring our town back to life and focusing on our downtown area is the best place to start! While we have quite a few ideas that will hopefully be implemented soon – we also rely on you, our Citizens, to give your input as well! Do you have any ideas/thoughts on what we can do to Build up Bushnell? Please contact us and let us know your thoughts! What would you like to see downtown? What have you seen in other communities that you would like to see in ours? No idea is too small or too big – tell us what you are thinking! Together – we will make a difference, I just know it!

This weekend is the first in a series of “Movies in the Park”! I hope you had the opportunity to attend, Guardians of the Galaxy 2! If you did not, there will be more opportunities coming up the 2nd Saturday of the month – try and make an appearance and enjoy some family fun! They are held in the East Park starting at sundown. July 14th will feature Coco – I cannot wait!

Upcoming events around town include Family Fun Day on June 30th in the East Park. This day is for the Reid Brewer Splash pad and is featuring a bags tournament and food to purchase as well as the drawing for a 1966 Ford Mustang. Tickets are still being sold for this gorgeous car – please see any member of the Team Reid project or contact City Hall. Our fantastic Fireworks display will be held on July 3rd. Please make plans to be somewhere to enjoy this fabulous light show! We will be selling glow sticks and necklaces at the display area and are hoping to have food vendors there to satisfy your cravings while you watch the show!

Be safe and have fun!


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