News from Eliza

Dick Nash/Correspondent

The Eliza Township Board of Managers met Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eliza Community Center. The Township meeting this month will be held on Monday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Eliza Community Center. Township meetings are open to the public.

Daylight Saving Time does not end this month, again this year. The federal law that established "daylight time" in this country does not require any area to observe daylight saving time. But if a state chooses to observe DST, it must follow the starting and ending dates set by the law. From 1986 to 2006 this has been the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but starting in 2007, it changed to being from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, adding about a month to daylight saving time.

The Eliza Fire Department wants to encourage residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks, because it can be so easy to forget otherwise. A working smoke detector more than doubles a person's chances of surviving a home fire. More than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, but

one-third is estimated to have worn-out or missing batteries.

The Eliza Community Club met Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Eliza Community Center. The second annual craft and bake sale is Nov. 1. Vendors are welcome to call Mary Lou Howe (309) 537-3502 or Peg Cox 537-3474 to make reservations for their tables by Oct. 13. The club will be serving soup by donation.

The second annual community club fish fry was held on Sept. 27 and was another great time. The funding for the generator is just about finished. Hopefully there will be good news next month.

The Eliza Lions Club will meet at the Eliza Kountry Kafe on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting and Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the dinner meeting. District Governor Jim McCarter will again be a special guest at this dinner meeting to install officers for the coming year.

The ham sale has been another success, with pick up of your hams scheduled for Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge.

Harvest is here. Please be careful driving with harvest underway. A tractor or combine can be right over a hill. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to slow down.

Musser Public Library in Muscatine has contracted with Eliza Township to allow township residents the use of its library services. Last year we had 174 residents use the library. All residents of Eliza Township are eligible to use this. If you will check out the library web site at www.muscatinelibrary.us, you will find a huge selection of services available to you at no charge.

The Aledo and Westmer Committee of 10 has scheduled an informational meeting concerning the proposed consolidation between the two Mercer County school districts. The forum is Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at Westmer Elementary School in New Boston. Voters will cast ballots on the issue on Nov. 4. It must pass in both districts for the merger to become effective.

If approved, the consolidated district will be recognized during the 2009/2010 school year. Two informational meetings have already been held in Seaton and Keithsburg. Sixth day enrollment figures were released by both districts earlier this week and they show declining numbers. Aledo lost 12 students from last year with enrollment dropping from 919 to 907. They have lost 59 students since the 2005/2006 school year. Westmer is down 34 students this year from 544 to 510. They were at 573 students during the 2006/2007 school year.