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Around Town: Eagle tours available at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

 
By Dixie Terry
Contributing writer
updated: 1/23/2018 6:56 PM

Interested in seeing eagles in their natural habitat at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge? There are presently seven pairs of bald eagles that make the refuge their home year-round. Eagle tours, with guides and vehicles provided, will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 and 28 and Feb. 3 and 4. Tours are at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. There is no charge for the tour, which takes about two hours, but reservations are a must by calling (618) 997-3344, ext. 1, The tours will begin at CONWR Visitor Center on Illinois 148, following a short talk by one of the guides. There will be stops along the way for taking photos and using binoculars to view the soaring eagles.

Like to learn more about bees? Be at Giant City Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, for this free bee program.

For those who are thinking spring, the 11th annual Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show is coming to The Pavilion of the City of Marion. Show times are from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Proceeds will go to Gum Drops and Youth Outdoor Education Foundation. There is no parking or admission fee. Lots of vendors will be showing the latest in boats and recreation equipment, and there will also be food vendors offering gourmet choices. Also, there will be live music from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. that Saturday.

Remember to drop in at LEAA Art Centre for its annual high school art exhibit, which continues through Feb. 11. Twelve local high schools are represented.

Not only is the location changing, but so is the name. Joe's Records is becoming Hard Copies by moving from Illinois Star Centre Mall to a location next door to Rural King. The co-owner is Josh Stockinger, who offers an inventory of records and more.

The recent bad weather apparently didn't keep folks from heading to The HUB. I heard from several that there was a crowd there every day, using the memberships they received for Christmas.

Good news. Bob Evans is now offering a selection of family-sized, carryout soups, perfect for a cold winter's night.

The Williamson County Historical Society Museum will open with regular hours in early March, but during the winter it is open only one day a week -- from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Lots of folks take advantage of the large research library, with circuit clerk records dating back to 1839, a genealogist's paradise. We once discovered my mother-in-law's photo in an early Marion High School yearbook in the research library.

For those with travel on their minds, the Second Act of Southern Illinois Healthcare will be offering a coach trip May 21 to 23 to Memphis, Tennessee, and Tunica, Mississippi, with stops at Sun Studio, Graceland, Beale Street and the casinos, of course, along with gourmet meals and nice lodging. Call (877) 480-4040.

Johnson County HCE of U of I Extension will be inviting one and all to take a coach trip Sept. 24 to 29 to Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, with island hopping, tram tours and a harbor cruise. Call (618) 771-0066.

After staying at home for nine days in a row, I ventured out Saturday afternoon and enjoyed the heat wave. Finally, the hunk of ice and snow that kept me from getting my car out of the garage was soft enough to tackle with a shovel. Thanks to my neighbors, the Hillmans, for bringing me my newspaper each morning as they bravely took a walk on our street, which was never cleaned off or treated. I sincerely hope that winter weather is over and we head into spring, which is wishful thinking, since some of our worst weather has traditionally arrived in February or March.

I did get a head start on spring cleaning, however. I now have a spotless refrigerator and stove, and a multitude of neat drawers, plus a mountain of items to donate to the local thrift shop.

It has been said that "no news is good news," but that's not true for a column writer.

• DIXIE TERRY would like your community news from the Marion area. Contact her at (618) 995-2491, dixieterry85@yahoo.com or 101 Sidney Lane, Goreville, IL 62939.