For over a year, our communities saw all kinds of things close down. This was true of our committees and organizations, as well. They were forced to pause meetings, put plans on hold, and close down facilities. During that long year, the importance of quality of life in our small towns became more evident than ever, as we were stuck close to home. As we now come out of this pandemic year, the focus on beautifying and improving our communities is at the forefront!
As May’s Donation Creation recipients, we’ve chosen three organizations taking concrete steps to improve the quality of life of Morton, Tremont, and Metamora residents. Read on to learn more about the betterment projects taking place!
A joint effort between the Morton Chamber of Commerce and the Morton Community Foundation is putting an emphasis on bringing local history to life around the village. Plaques placed throughout Morton promote placemaking through historical landmark locations, so that residents and visitors can explore places from the community’s past.
Proceeds from each Honey Bee Latte sold at the Morton Shop will help fund a new plaque to be placed at the former Post Office (120 N Main – now Village Hall). As the Eli’s House was Morton’s very first Post Office, this plaque feels like an especially important tie for us!
On the next beautiful day, go on a hunt to find the other plaques currently placed in the community:
- Former Morton Pottery Co. (315 W Jefferson St ., now Morton Public Library – plaque placed near book drop)
- Former Interurban Railway (corner of Jefferson and 1st – plaque placed near sculpture)
- Village Town Crier (plaque placed on Jefferson – public lot between Home Instead and Unum)
Explore an interactive Morton History Tour virtually through the Morton History Project (arcgis.com)
Tremont Winning Communities is undertaking the beautification of downtown Sampson Street to create a more welcoming atmosphere for Tremont residents and out of town visitors. This is in partnership with the Village, and thanks to the generosity of Tremont Betterment Association and private donors.
Winning Communities will be undertaking the landscaping and the redesign of the two blocks beginning at Route 9 and continuing to South St, while the Village conducts necessary infrastructure upgrades. Work is scheduled to begin after the Turkey Festival.
Proceeds from each Honey Bee Latte sold at the Tremont Shop will help fund the cost of the landscaping and beautification efforts at the corner of Walnut and Sampson Streets.
Our recipient at the Metamora shop is the Metamora Park Foundation, the organization that aids the Park District with their financial support and development goals. After a year of limited programming, there is so much to see, explore, and join in at your local parks this year!
The Park Foundation intends to help the Park District maintain the public pool and make improvements to facilities around the local parks by making them more handicap-accessible.
Proceeds from each Honey Bee Latte sold at the Metamora Shop will help the Park Foundation reach the goals set out in their long-term vision for beautiful parks and facilities for all to enjoy in Metamora!
This month we are featuring the:
Honey Bee Latte
The Honey Bee Latte is a celebration of the warmer weather and all things Spring! It combines locally sourced, all natural honey with French vanilla and lavender. It’s topped off with whipped cream and raw sugar crystals.
Enjoy this drink hot, iced, or blended!