February 2013

Community Open House To Be Held For Mounds Feasibility Study

Granite City – Long before Lewis and Clark, our region was home to our country’s prehistoric foundation civilization – the Mississippian Culture. It has been said from these individuals sprang today’s great Indian Nations. With cultural reaches from Canada and Mexico along the mighty Mississippi, their center of trade and cultural exchange was here – Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois – spread over five counties. Cahokia Mounds, and the archaeological resources in the region today, are in need of additional protection tools that will help to secure the remnants of the largest Native American civilization in the North American Continent.

HeartLands Conservancy has been asked to develop a comprehensive feasibility study, capturing the significance of the Mounds region by demonstrating through economic, natural resources and community protection; it can remain interpretively intact and protect the partially remaining sites.  HeartLands Conservancy will develop the necessary reports and bring together community leaders and state and federal agencies to look at ways to protect and enhance these sites.

The study being conducted will consist of public outreach and listening sessions, researching case studies and developing an inventory of mounds and mound sites to provide a connected interpretive network. This study will look to national models in elevating the status of Cahokia Mound State Historic Site, as well as connecting other mound sites remaining in the Southwestern Illinois and St. Louis Region.

This study will review the feasibility of an appropriate national designation and process by which to protect, connect, interpret, promote, and preserve the remnants of the prehistoric Mississippian Mounds civilization that once thrived in the region while improving regional tourism, economic development, and the community’s quality of life.

A community open house will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Granite City Township Community Building at 2060 Delmar Ave. Granite City, IL from 6:30-7:00 PM with doors open at 6:00. The public is invited to review the information and maps showing remaining mounds sites in the area.

America’s Central Port Hosts E-cycle Drop Site on Saturday, February 9, 2013

On Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, America’s Central Port will host an E-Cycle drop site located on the former Army Depot Commissary parking lot located at West Seventh Street and A Street within the Port.

Operated by WITS Inc. an electronics recovery organization, this site serves as the Tri-cities E-scrap drop off point. The event is open to the general public regardless of residency or business location. Metro area residents with electronic products and items to be recycled can enter the Port property through the Welcome Center located on Niedringhaus Avenue then follow the signs to the drop off location.

Most items are accepted free of charge and include: Computers, monitors, printers, cables and peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.); office equipment, business equipment and machinery, networking equipment, servers, telecommunications equipment, phones, cell phones, clocks, VCR, stereos and audio/video equipment including cable/satellite, TVs – all sizes, Home electronics, blenders, toasters, irons, White goods: washers, dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, for a ($5 fee), Medical equipment, diagnostic equipment, electrical cabling, communication machinery and equipment, Industrial machinery and equipment including power and gas equipment, Lawn equipment, tools, old mowers, tillers, air conditioners, refrigerators, humidifiers and other freon-containing devices ($5 fee), Old motors, transformers and other electrical equipment, Car and household batteries and lead items, CDs, VHS, DVD, Cassette, DAT and all types of data tapes, Holiday lights and decorations.

Items NOT accepted: Paint, Tires, Chemicals and Household Furniture.

Materials can also be dropped off at the WITS offices and facilities located at 643 Holly Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. WITS also makes business reservations for pickup of items. Email information to dispatch@witsinc.org or fax the request to 314-382-1730 with the following information, location, quantities, loading logistics and a contact person and number.

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