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July 10, 2014

Drum and bugle corps

to rehearse in Mount Vernon

One of the oldest young adult drum and bugle corps is coming to Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon High School band director Bernie Moore reports that this Sunday Mount Vernon will host the Boston Crusaders as the group prepares for a competition that night in Muscatine.

The Boston Crusaders group is composed of brass players, percussionists and color guard members under the age of 22 who travel more than 10,000 miles each summer to perform in more than 40 venues.

Moore said the Crusaders group will be in Mount Vernon from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. They will get some rest on the MVHS gym floor, then begin rehearsing on the school district campus around 9 a.m.

"You are encouraged to come out and watch this world-class band," Moore said.

Blood drive held Saturday at Southeast Linn in Lisbon

Lisbon High School will host a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Southeast Linn Community Center in Lisbon. To donate, contact Julie Light at 455-2659 or visit

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. or donor card is required. Donors who last gave blood on or before May 17 are eligible to give at this drive.

The drive benefits the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 87 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Free triathlon clinic set

A free triathlon clinic will be held Saturdays, July 19 and 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mount Vernon pool. The events are a way for people to get some training and instruction in preparation for a youth triathlon scheduled for Aug. 2 in Mount Vernon.

People can attend one or both sessions. Participants should bring running shoes, bikes, helmets and swimsuits. Parental guidance is requested for children under 12.

Comp plan reports coming

Subcommittees working to update the City of Mount Vernon's comprehensive plan will distribute their reports this coming week.

The group working on the plan update meets at 6:30 p.m. this coming Monday at City Hall. Subcommittees working on particular areas are submitting their reports and they will be available at the meeting for review.

The meetings are open to the public.

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