CLINTON — Showboat Trivia Night will be Friday night at Gil’s.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. A buffet meal is available for purchase at 6 p.m. No outside food can be brought in.

Cost to play is $10 per person with tables of six to eight people.

Cemetery cleanup set

CLINTON — Spring cleanup will be conducted during the last two weeks of March at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clinton.

Please remove all Christmas and winter decorations from gravesites by April 1.

Canvasback study underway

THOMSON, Ill. — Biologists from Western Illinois University will be conducting research on canvasbacks and wetland quality in Mississippi River Pools 12 and 13 from mid-March through April 2018.

Their research will utilize newly available techniques from 20 experimentally collected canvasbacks to determine if traditional Illinois spring migration stopover sites harbor individuals in greater body condition than lower quality wetlands. Unlike other waterfowl species that may derive their energy from adjacent habitat types, canvasbacks are a wetland obligate species, so will serve as a focal species for assessing wetland quality across critical staging areas during spring migration.

Results of the study may assist the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and other state or federal agencies with the geographic prioritization of waterfowl conservation efforts. Further, an assessment of wetland quality may help to identify specific life stages whereby management may help with future conservation of this species.

For additional information on this research project, contact Dr. Christopher N. Jacques, assistant professor, Western Illinois University, Department of Biological Sciences at (309) 298-2270 or email

Huckabee supports Caligiuri

OSCEOLA — Gov. Mike Huckabee has thrown his support behind Ginny Caligiuri’s campaign for Congress in Iowa’s 2n​d​ Congressional District.

“Ginny Caligiuri is a solid conservative – not a career politician. She and her husband Tony are dear friends who have always been willing and able to fight for conservative values in Iowa and in Washington. I proudly support her campaign for Congress,” he said in a media release. “Ginny is an ardent supporter of working Americans, the agriculture and business community. She supports the Second Amendment, religious liberty, the right to life, and our veterans.”

For the past five years she has served as the state director for the Congressional Prayer Caucus in Iowa as well as the state director for the National Governor’s Prayer Team and U.S. National Prayer Council. She has spent the last 10 years organizing and serving in statewide leadership roles within Iowa’s faith-based community.

She served on the Chamber of Commerce Board in Osceola and put a team together to explore becoming a Main Street Community then served as president of the organization and received the Iowa Volunteer of the Year Award.

She served on the South-Central Iowa Community Foundation Board, consisting of five counties, and on the Leadership Team at LifePoint Church.

“Finally and most importantly she is a devoted wife to Tony and mother to their son Taafe and their family’s 10 dogs,” said Huckabee.

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