Tremont News

2015 Bridge the Gap Fundraiser

Bridge the Gap is Saturday, March 21, all day at the High School/Middle School.

For more details, you can view the day's schedule here. Or, please find us on Facebook or check out the school website. A great day is planned and you don't want to miss the pancake & sausage breakfast from 7:00-10:00 and the lunch/dinner cookout that runs from 11:00-6:00 (courtesy of the Tremont Volunteer Fire Department and District staff). Ron Stuber and the MisFitz, featuring Bill Lohnes will be playing in the Cafetorium from 1:00-4:00. There are activities for kids and families throughout the day. Finally, a great variety show is planned to conclude the evening at 6:30. There will be raffles and baskets to look through, consisting of some really incredible prizes, throughout the day.

Once again we appreciate everyone's assistance in regard to our Bridge The Gap initiative. In this era of diminished state support for the education of our children, these types of events are helpful to maintain programs, facilities, and educational opportunities for Tremont students. The District plans to distribute a portion of the proceeds to 40+ clubs, organizations, and athletic teams in all three schools. A remaining project is to improve parking at the Middle School and extend the back drive all the way to West and Walnut Streets, eliminating the current bottleneck that exists near Route 9. We plan to break down this cost into several phases so it is more palatable to our budget. Certainly, current financial challenges may take precedence as the budget year unfolds but this project is near the top of our list as we look at current needs.

Meet the Candidates

The Parent's Club will be sponsoring a Meet The Candidates Night on Monday, March 23 at 7:00pm in the HS/MS Cafetorium. The District #702 Board of Education has 4 seats open and there are 6 candidates running for election. You will have a chance to hear from them Monday night; we hope you'll be able to attend. Election Day is Tuesday April 7 and the names will appear on the ballot in the following order:

  • Rachel A. Snow
  • Steven E. Runyon
  • William R. "Bill" Hopkins
  • Douglas Tucker
  • Kevin R. Ulrich
  • Robert Ropp

Tremont 4-H Clubs Engineering Program

The Tremont Clovers will be hosting a special event on Thursday, February 26th, and are inviting all 4-H families and clubs to attend!

Who: The Caterpillar Society of Women Engineers
When: Thursday, February 26th from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Tremont Community Center
What: A "speed-mentoring" program open to all 4-Hers. Several men and women engineers will be sharing their expertise in 6-8 minute mini sessions. Come and find out about all types of engineering happenings at Caterpillar!

3rd Annual Tremont vs. Dee-Mack FACULTY Basketball Game

The 3rd Annual Tremont vs. Dee-Mack FACULTY Basketball Game is coming up on Saturday, February 28th!  Come out and cheer on your favorite faculty members!  Our players are faculty members from the Grade School, Middle School AND High School!

Game Details:

5:00pm – Dinner in the Cafetorium beginning at 5pm ($5 - includes a sandwich, side, and drink)

6:00pm - Game time!  (North Gym at Tremont High School)

A halftime show including staff cheerleaders/dancers, a raffle, and other games will take place.

Cost for the game is $2 for students and $3 for community members. Children ages 5 and under are free. All proceeds from the event will go to support Val Weghorst, THS 2010 graduate, and her fight against Hodgkin's Lymphoma. 

Tremont Betterment Association Disbursements Meeting

The Tremont Betterment Association (TBA) will have its annual Disbursements Meeting on Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Tremont Community Center. This year, TBA will be donating the proceeds from the 2014 Tremont Turkey Festival.

Local organizations are invited to submit their requests for donations by submitting a Disbursements Forms attached to this article. Requests will be granted based on funds available, and the answers provided on the Disbursements Form. Download form here.

Forms should be submitted to TBA by March 6, 2015 via:


Mail to:
Tremont Betterment Association
ATTN: TBA Disbursements
P O Box 611
Tremont, IL 61568

Future of Tremont Rescue 702

Please visit the Rescue 702 website to view information regarding the future of our Ambulance Service.

Lexi Wendel Foundation Fundraiser

The Lexi Wendel Foundation Fundraiser will be held Saturday, November 8th from 10 AM - 2 PM at the Tremont Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Vendors represented:
Silverwear IT, Scentfully Soy, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Young Living Essential Oils, Avon, Thirty One, Norwex, Tupperware, Gold Canyon Candles, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple, Stella & Dot, Scentsy, Arbonne, Paisley Lane, and a handful of homemade craft booths.

Tremont Fire Protection District Annual Open House

Tremont Fire Protection District would like to make mention of their annual open house, scheduled this Sunday, Oct 5th, from 1-4 PM, with food, some training demonstrations and antique fire truck rides.

Tremont Community-wide Garage Sale Map

Friday & Saturday, September 26th & 27th
Download map here.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Tremont Area Park District
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Aug. 10, 2014
7 P.M. Race Time
$10 entry fee per boat

Tremont Area Park District is hosting its 2nd annual cardboard boat regatta. This family-friendly event requires cardboard, creativity and a lot of duct tape.

Participants are invited to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape that is capable of being launched and paddled across the pool while holding two people. All boats are to be created at home and brought to Tremont Pool on the day of the event.

Additional information can be found by going to the TAPD website and clicking the "read more" link on the Cardboard Boat Regatta section of the main page. Can't wait to see the creative cardboard creations this year!

Dog Training Class for Tremont Residents

The Park District is pleased to announce we're partnering with Ann Goyen, of Pet Behavior Alliance, to offer a local dog training class for Tremont residents. This is a 7-week basic manners/learning course to teach you how to train and communicate with your dog using marker based training. The first class begins Saturday, August 16th and will be held at the Sampson Street Building.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the attached registration form here and mail to Ann at the address provided on the form. The class is first come, first serve and is limited to 6 participants. If there is extensive interest in this class, we will look for opportunities to offer additional sessions.

Thank you for your continued support of Tremont Area Park District. We're excited to serve our community by improving existing programs and forming new partnerships to provide unique opportunities such as this.

Wag more, Bark less. Look forward to seeing you, and your furry friends, there!

Triangle of Opportunity Bike Tour

Mark your calendar for the August 2nd, Triangle of Opportunity Bike Tour (TOOC). This is the 19th Annual TOOC. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Triangle of Opportunity Scholarship Fund and the Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.

The 2014 TOOC will begin and end at Morton’s Idlewood Park, 450 E. Greenwood Street. This is a family friendly tour and not a race. Registration for the bike tour are available on line at

Completed forms are to be mailed to TOOC, P.O. Box 292, Deer Creek IL 61733.

Early registration fees are as follows: $20 for individual and $35 for a family. A late fee of $5 will be charged if registration is received after July 26, 2014. Registration fees will include a light breakfast, refreshments at rest stops along the route, and a lunch-style meal following the tour. Registration will begin on the day of the event at 7 a.m.

TOOC details: A map of the route will be provided to bicyclists. The lengths of the routs are approximately 50 and 33 miles. The routes will be marked with white arrows on roads. Rest stops Tremont, Hopedale, Minier, Mackinaw and Deer Creek. Support vehicles will travel the routes for participants needing assistance.

All entrants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Entrants under the age of 18 must have an entry form signed by a parent or guardian. Helmets are mandatory. This is a rain or shine event. All bicyclists are asked to observe Illinois traffic laws.

For further information, call 309-447-6433.

Tremont Senior Socialites

The Tremont Senior Socialites will meet on Thursday, June 26 for a noon potluck at the Tremont Community Building, located on Sampson Street across from the Tremont District Library. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Those who come early will be asked to be greeters or to help serve drinks and ice at the serving counter. Following the potluck meal, Lauren Bale will give a presentation about the Tremont library. After the program, members will have an opportunity to discuss the future of this local community group. Please pass along this information about Tremont Senior Socialites and invite several friends to this meeting.

contact person: Joanna Spence, Secretary


Village Board issues rules for Comments from the Public

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TBA - Press Release

On Monday, April 7, the Tremont Betterment Association disbursed a portion of the proceeds of the 2013 Tremont Turkey Festival. View Press Release Here.

Tremont Betterment Association Disbursements Meeting

The Tremont Betterment Association (TBA) will have its annual Disbursements Meeting on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Tremont Community Center. This year, TBA will be donating the proceeds from the 2013 Tremont Turkey Festival.

Local organizations are invited to submit their requests for donations by submitting a Disbursements Forms attached to this article. Requests will be granted based on funds available, and the answers provided on the Disbursements Form. Download form here.

Forms should be submitted to TBA by March 31, 2014 via:


Mail to:
Tremont Betterment Association
P O Box 611
Tremont, IL 61568
ATTN: TBA Disbursements

5Th Annual - Trees At The Tiber

5th Annual TREES AT THE TIBERLighted Christmas trees will again be available this holiday season to local businesses, organizations, and families.

For $100 you can sponsor a 7-8 foot lighted tree which will be placed along the Tiber and remain lit from late November until early January. Your business, organization or family’s name will be displayed at your sponsored tree.

Contact Jane Butts at 925-3779 or by November 9, 2013 to reserve your tree. Download Flyer.

Sponsored by Tremont winning communities

Tremont Mini-Tri Results

The Tremont Mini Triathlon took place on Saturday, August 8 in the Tremont Park. The Race included a 100 yard swim, a 4 mile bike, and a 1 mile run, and provides a good introduction to the sport of Triathlon for children and adults.

According to Race Director Glen Gullette, "This is such a fun event for participants and spectators. Today, 45 triathletes crossed the finish line in age from 6 to 41, and I saw smiles on 100% of their faces." Each
finisher received a finishers medal, and the right to call themselves a "Triathlete".

Tremont Mini-Tri Results

Bridge the Gap

Bridge the Gap – Letter from the Superintendent
Bridge the Gap – Agenda
Bridge the Gap – Race Registration Form

Tremont Village Board adds ordinance for Golf Carts on Village Streets

View here.

Checking in on Illinois Accredited Degree Programs Resource

http://www.AccreditedOnlineColleges.Org/Illinois/, is a comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university in America by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, and retention rates.

According to the 2010 Census, a reported 18.2% of the state's residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 5.9% have at least an associates degree, 4.7% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree. This is why when searching for online and traditional programs for Colleges and Universities, you should look for accreditation to protect both your future and the value of your educational dollar. This type of information is very valuable to today's students who are not only dealing with a more competitive higher environment, but also with the rising costs associated with them.

Flanagan South Pipeline Project, by Enbridge

Enbridge approached Winning Communities. The following is Notes from Informational Meeting 5/9/13 at Tremont High School

Enbridge is the North American Leader in Energy Transportation. They have interest in 50,000 miles of pipelines. The pipelines are monitored and controlled round-the-clock; any anomalies are visually inspected and repaired. Presently the pipeline coming from Flanagan is 22-24 inches in diameter and carries 195,000 barrels/day.

Enbridge has found increased supply of oil in Canada, North Dakota and Montana.

The new pipeline will be 36 inches in diameter, 600 miles long, going through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. (Flanagan, IL to Cushing, OK.) It will carry 600,000 barrels of oil per day. Construction will begin on August 7th, 2013. We in Illinois are Spread 1. They anticipate getting 2 miles done per day. There will be 500-600 people working at each spread, 6 days/week 10 hour days. If all goes as hoped, each spread should take 2 months. Tazewell County is 25 miles, and the nearest pipe yard is South Pekin. The pipeline will be buried a minimum of 4 ft. below the surface.

Potential Business Opportunities
Clear, log, and salvage
Access road development
Janitorial and security services
Skid & swamp material production
Equipment rentals
Equipment servicing
Gravel and granular
Pipe stock piling
Reclamation and re-vegetation
Fuel Supply
Consumables supply
Accommodation and food supply

Go to Flanagan South Pipeline Project to keep informed about the project.

Municipal Aggregation Announcement

Save on your electric bill!
The Village of Tremont wants to tell you how...Download/print flyer here.

IDOT project

Upcoming IDOT work for 2013 to 2015

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced a large project at the intersection of I-155 and I-74 during the next several years. Watch this video for more information.

The “Tremont Village Center” project is well under way!

Through co-operation and collaboration between the Village of Tremont and Tremont Winning Communities, the newly remodeled Community Center is nearing the first stage of completion and is now available for use by the public.

The grocery store and liquor store building was donated to the village for the purpose of developing a new Community Center. Now, in order to help defray the conversion costs, the donor has pledged to contribute $1.00 for every $2.00 raised by the community. Estimated cost to complete the entire project is nearly $230,000. This generous pledge from the donor has prompted a one-time fund drive.

The next phase of the Tremont Village Center Project will be the demolition of the old grocery store, and the addition of new landscaping, parking lot, and a patio area. This project will also include the removal of electrical poles on the 200 block of South Sampson.

Please consider making a generous tax deductible contribution to the Tremont Winning Community Village Center Project Today!

Please make your Tax-deductible donations to:

Tremont Winning Communities, Inc.
P O Box 76
Tremont, IL 61568

Help The Tremont School District And Save Money

The Tremont Education Foundation has entered into a partnership with Constellation Energy. This agreement will allow Ameren electric customers to lock into lower prices with Constellation Energy, and earn each utility customer a $25.00 Prepaid VISA Card. Constellation Energy will then make a $25.00 donation to the Tremont Education Foundation for every utility customer who signs a 12-month or 24-month contract.

Sign-up is simple. Log onto and enter your member promo code SupportTremont. You can also call 866.577.4700 to sign up by phone. Make sure you have your current electric bill nearby.

Due to recent deregulation of public utilities, you may have received other invitations from other companies. Ameren CILCO will continue to be your electricity supplier and they will continue to maintain the power lines. In fact, your bills will continue to come from Ameren, however the rate will be locked in at a lower rate that has been negotiated based on the entire Constellation customer base.

Customers of Cornbelt Electric are not eligible, however many other utilities throughout the United States are eligible. Go to to check availability in your area. You can save energy costs, receive a $25.00 prepaid VISA card, and help the Tremont Education Foundation with each account you sign. Make sure you use the Promo Code SupportTremont.

Burning is Prohibited

The Tremont Police Department would like to remind the citizens of Tremont that Burning of Grass and Leaves is Prohibited by law within the village limits.

Leaves can be dumped just south of the Tiber on the east side of Harris Street as before. THIS IS FOR LEAVES ONLY. Sticks, grass, and other refuse are not allowed to be dumped in the leaf pile.

Tremont Veterans Memorial

On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, a group of local volunteers broke ground for the new Tremont Veterans Memorial in the Tremont Park. This project is being funded by Tremont Betterment Association, Tremont Commerce Association, Tremont Community Bank, and the sale of $100 granite bricks dedicated to veterans who have served in various branches of the armed services.

A web site has been developed for the Memorial at This site will allow people to e-mail a complete biography of each veteran who has been honored at the memorial.

EMT Basic Class – Tremont Rescue 702

Class begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evening, held at the Tremont Fire Station at 300 S. Sampson St. Class size is limited to 15 students. view more information >>

Tremont Examines Sewer Rates

The Village Board has approved a new sewer service rate of $16 per month for up to 10,000 gallons per month... read more >>

Effective January 1, 2012 -  all IMRF employers...

Effective January 1, 2012 all IMRF employers must post the total compensation package for employees whose compensation package exceeds $75,000 per year. In compliance with P.A. 97-0609 the following employee packages are noted:

Brian Hild (Superintendent of Public Works)

Salary 51,480.00
Insurance 32,934.00
Pension 8,283.00

Michael Dodwell (Chief of Police)

Salary 49,400.00
Insurance 27,086.00
Pension 7,948.00
$ 84,434.00

Tremont Family Named March of Dimes 2010 Ambassador Family

The Rennie family from Tremont was selected as this year's Peoria March of Dimes Ambassador Family... read more >>

Thank You to Veterans and Soldiers

Tremont Grade School Students Say Thank You to Veterans and Soldiers

In honor of Veterans Day November 11, over 150 Tremont Grade School students have created drawings, letters and posters thanking Veterans and those currently serving in the Military. Students learned about the sacrifices made by local Tremont residents when they accepted the call to military duty. This activity was especially meaningful because TGS students personally know neighbors, family and friends who have served. Nearly all of those now in the military or recently discharged had attended Tremont Grade School. You can read the students’ messages at

Tremont Marketing Campaign

During the past several months, many local Tremont businesses have been advertising on WMBD Channel 31. This is the result of a special program put together by WMBD and Tremont Winning Communities.

“We feel that Tremont is still one of the best-kept secrets in Central Illinois” said Dr. Brock Butts, president of Tremont Winning Communities. “It’s time to make Central Illinois aware that Tremont would be a great place to raise a family, or to bring a new business. This video project allows us to show off some of the things that Tremont residents have taken for granted for so many years.” The project also allows Tremont area businesses to spotlight their business with a theme that carries into the 30 minute video.

The project was initiated by Tremont Winning Communities, but also received funding assistance from the Tremont Commerce Association, Tremont School District, and Tremont Betterment Association. According to Don Beard, Superintendent of Tremont School District, “In order to maintain optimal services for our students, we need to maintain a district enrollment of 1000 to 1200 students. We feel this project is a good investment, that will ultimately bring more families to Tremont, thus increasing our student population and tax base.”

A True Recycling Effort

FIRST, formerly the Kiwanis Club of Tremont, is pleased to announce a new aluminum recycling center has been installed at city park near the restrooms by the small shelter. Under the direction of Tremont High School teacher, Mr. Vedder, the shop class renovated a former ATM machine donated by Dr. Darren Camden to create the new recycling center. Don DuBois of Village Autobody donated his time to paint the recycling center in order to match the restroom facility at City Park.

All proceeds from the recycled aluminum will be donated to the Tremont Pool. Every piece of aluminum you save will help offset the expenditures of building and operating our community pool. Aluminum cans should be bagged and dropped into the recycling center. Already over $1500 has been donated to the Tremont Area Park District in support of the community pool. FIRST would like to thank Mr. Vedder and his class, Donny DuBois and Dr. Darren Camden for their donations to this project. If you should have any questions please call 925-5540.

Tremont Gives Thanks

We would like to thank the all of the businesses and individuals that helped make the Tiber Creek Project possible with their generous donations of time. In addition, we want to thank the hundreds of people that donated cash or volunteered to rake dirt, pick up rocks, and plant grass seed. The community spirit and enthusiasm for this project was exceptional!

More information here and be sure to visit the Winning Communities page to view some recent photos.

Tremont Winning Communities Board of Directors
Brock Butts, President

Tremont Education Foundation Awards Grants

The Tremont Education Foundation recently awarded $11,500 in grants to District # 702 teachers for the 2008-09 school year. The TEF received fourteen requests totaling over $ 43,000 which is an all-time record. The amount awarded each year is based on the amount of interest income earned the previous year. No principal funds are used as part of these grants. The grant requests funded for 2008-09 are as follows:

  • SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards to Enhance Diverse Student Learning Abilities to Julie Watkins, middle school special education teacher.
  • Mobile Laptop/Projector Cart to Susan Bishop, Tremont Grade School Technology teacher.
  • Exploring Math with Geometer’s Sketchpad to Kathy King, high school mathematics teacher.
  • SMART Board to Nichole Roller, high school art teacher.
  • Mathematics Manipulatives to Heather Rice, middle school mathematics teacher.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver Program to Amber Eve, high school technology teacher.
  • Motivational Productions Media Program to Jeremy Garrett, middle school principal.
  • The Tremont Education Foundation has awarded over $200,000 since 1993 in support of Tremont Schools.

Tremont Horseshoes

The Tremont horseshoe courts are open to all area residents. The Tremont Horseshoe League will begin play on May 6th at 6:30 p.m. and will play every Tuesday night. For more information, please call Don Fawer at 925-5398.

Tremont Winning Communities Published as Bankers Notes Magazine Cover Story

January, 2008

Jim Dittoe said, “Working with the people of Tremont has been one of the most pleasurable experience in my professional career. The leadership has been outstanding, particularly Jim Shafer of The First National Bank in Tremont and Rick Jameson of Tremont Savings Bank. They have put into action what they stated in the Winning Communities process. They are an example of ideas that work!”

View the published article.