July 25, 2019
Mosquito Control
With heavy rains and flooding earlier this year, we're seeing no end in sight for mosquitoes. Not only are mosquito bites uncomfortable, they can also cause health problems. However we can all take steps to reduce these insects and their effects.

What we do:
Our mosquito control program aims to reduce mosquito populations that not only can cause potential health problems, but also cause discomfort for people enjoying the outdoors. Mosquito borne diseases include West Nile Virus, malaria, and yellow fever in humans, and even can transmit canine heart worm to dogs. Mosquito control is an important service provided to our community.

  • The city treats sewer catch basins with larvicide to reduce mosquito broods before they reach the adult stage of life. Crews treat catch basins monthly beginning in May and continuing through September.
  • Spraying applications for adult mosquitoes are conducted periodically throughout the summer months as well.

What you can do:
An important factor in mosquito control is to remove breeding sites. Mosquitoes can breed in standing water in as little as seven days under proper conditions, and adult mosquitoes will shelter themselves in tall grass. Residents are encouraged to maintain their properties by removing completing general maintenance on their property by:

  • Keep lawns mowed and trimmed to deter adult mosquitoes from resting in tall grass
  • Maintain swimming pools so water will not become stagnant
  • Reduce standing water by making sure containers such as trash cans, buckets, bottles, loose tires, and any item that has the potential to hold water are free of water

These simple steps to reduce mosquito breeding sites will aid the community greatly.

Don't miss out - last chance to Rock at the River!

July 25: The last concert of the 2019 Rockin' at the River Summer Concert series is going to be a fun-filled celebration for EVERYONE! To start the evening, we will have a balloon artist from The Unique Twist making balloon hats, animals and more from 5:00 to 8:00. A face painting artist will also be there from Wild Style Design Company from 5:00 to 8:00. The balloons and face painting are FREE! Vendors will also be on hand selling food and refreshments!

Emily Hope brings her unique and beautiful music to the stage from 5:30-6:30. Then at 7:00, it's time for the kiddos (and the adults) to get up and dance and sing with ANIMAL FARM. ANIMAL FARM is a Chicago-based quartet of musicians and educators whose lively performances entertain and engage children of all ages. Their stage show is a colorful blend of music, storytelling, hilarious antics and audience participation. Animal Farm’s songs explore themes of friendship, community and self-expression through the eyes of our furry, feathered, scaly and shell-dwelling friends. A pig gets greedy, a two-headed tortoise tries to get along with itself, and a baby bat struggles with his fear of the dark. Parents will enjoy the smart and perceptive lyrics. Kids will relate to the challenges and triumphs faced by the hilarious cast of characters. And everyone will love the fun and upbeat music!

And did we mention, this event is FREE to attend (although donations will be accepted to help offset costs). The inaugural Rockin' at the River Concert Series has been a HUGE success. Let's end it with a bang!

Activities start at the Band Shell at 5:00, opening acts begin at 5:30, and headline acts are from 7:00-9:00. We hope to see you there!
Chautauqua Pool Memorial Bricks Now Available
Are you interested in supporting the Camp-Humiston Pool Memorial in Chautauqua Park? The Chautauqua Park Memorial will be a gathering place for the community and will help with redevelopment of the park. The memorial will be built on the former site of Camp Humiston Memorial Pool. The form can be found on our website or at Pontiac City Hall; fill it out and return with your donation to Pontiac City Hall (115 W Howard St., Pontiac). For more information, call Taylor Baxter at Pontiac Parks and Recreation (815) 844-6818.
Rendering of proposed Memorial and sample 8"x4" brick
What's going on in Pontiac?
July 25 : Animal Farm Rockin' at the River
July 25: Tiny Martini Tasting
July 26-27: Christmas in July
July 26: First Presbyterian Movies Under the Stars
July 27: Farmers' Market
July 30: Obstacle Course at the Splash Pad
July 31 : Mayor Russell's Retirement Open House
August 2 : Relay for Life
August 3: Farmers' Market
August 3 : Party in the Park
August 3: Mighty Vermillion Duck Race
August 3: Wand Making at the Library
August 3: Jolly Corks Wine Festival
August 4: Humiston Woods "Open House"
August 6: Sidewalk Chalk Contest
August 8-11 : The Vermillion Epic
August 9: Dollar Day at the Pool
August 9: First Presbyterian Movies Under the Stars
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