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Do you know an outstanding person, organization, or business in the Marseilles community? This month we’re asking our readers for subjects to be focused on in the community that we at MTCO Communications and Connected Magazine are proud to serve.

Please email us at with the person, business, or organization you would like to see as the Spotlight in a future issue.  Thank you!



Fire Up The Grill


The Marseilles American Legion will be hosting a steak fry on August 10th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The dinner will include a ribeye steak, baked potato, salad, bread and twenty five kinds of desserts. The cost is a $15 donation, and carry outs will be available.

This is an annual benefit hosted by American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary. All proceeds going to Marseilles Nursing Service.

Mark Your Calendars


The Marseilles Renaissance Faire will be held September 14th at the Guthrie Park Ball Complex at 655 Commercial Street.  Check back here in the September issue for a schedule of events and times!

Crafters, vendors, or interested volunteers, call 815-795-2414.

National Night Out


The Marseilles National Night Out will be held on August 6th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Marseilles Swimming Pool. There will be music, swimming and a bounce house, along with hot dogs, chips, soda, water and more. This event is free.

For more information contact Officer Mike Byrdat at 815 795-2131 ext. 21.

Off Roading! Wheelers for the Wounded


Bring the family or come solo and go wheeling in the woods Saturday, August 3rd, at The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park from 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. You will be assigned a Jeep and a driver courtesy of the Fox River Jeep Club, to enjoy an incredible day of adventure! Wear clothes and shoes that can get muddy. All drinks and food will be provided followed by a visit to the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall. If you would like to continue the camaraderie, stop for dinner (your own cost) on the way back East.

* You MUST arrive on time or you will miss the morning departure into the back woods. 

Renewable Energy Farm Tour


Invenergy Energy Center is home to solar panels, wind turbines, and battery technology and is the only facility of its kind in Illinois. Come along for a 1-2 hour tour of this one-of-a-kind facility on Friday, August 30th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Imagine what a clean energy future could look like in our own communities while learning about all three of the primary renewable energy technologies on this massive site. Meet in the lobby of the Welcome Facility located at Grand Ridge Energy Center - 2192 East 25th Road. Don’t forget to arrive on site 10 minutes before the tour.

Fall Rummage Sales


Marseilles Fall Rummage Sales are coming Saturday, September 21st from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sign up starts Monday, August 26th at City Hall on Lincoln Street. For more information, call Marseilles Tourism and Park Committee at 815-795-2414.


8th Annual WHL Wallace Memorial Event

The Ottawa Avenue Cemetery Association,  Seneca High School, and Seneca FFA are presenting the 8th annual weekend of events honoring Civil War hero  General WHL Wallace. This year’s event will take place at the FFA Land Lab located on 2667th E. 28th Road in Marseilles on August 17th and 18th. Wallace was one of Illinois’ greatest Civil War heroes. Visitors can meet famous figures of the past and learn of the relationship WHL Wallace had with Abraham Lincoln. 

Saturday, August 17th Schedule

o 10 am Civil War Camp Opens

- Period Music & Medical demos

- Artifact displays

- Local artifacts and displays onsite

-Camp life, cooking, Sutler, Blacksmith, Cooper

- Medical Demonstrations

o 19th Century Music – Multiple performances

o 2 pm – Civil War Battle

o 7:30 pm – Return for canon night fire

Sunday, August 18th Schedule

o 9 am Civil War Camp Opens

o 9 am Purchase and eat Breakfast with soldiers

o 10 am Public Historic Church Service

o 12 pm Civil War Battle

- Camp life, cooking, Sutler, Blacksmith, Cooper

- Medical demonstrations

- Civil War drill, period music

Civil War Vendors and food will be available for purchase.

All proceeds go to the restoration and maintenance of the Dickey Cemetery, General Wallace’s resting place.


Looking for New Members


The Marseilles Recreation Board is looking for individuals who are interested to provide enjoyable activities for the residents of Marseilles. Currently they are in need of voting members, non-voting members, who could be brought into voting positions as vacancies become available. The more memebers on the board, the more they can grow their programs and better the community.

If you are interested,  please message their Facebook page or talk to one of the current board members: Bryan Day, Marc Stanek, Don Modeen, Ed Cavanaugh, Jessica Smith, Heather Mulcahy and Stacey Brown.

Send us Your Community Events


Connected Magazine is now online. If you have any events happening in our area, please contact Bob or Kip at or call 815-795-5161. See all community events at




Wednesday, August 7th at 9 p.m on FOX

Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling, the original stars of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” return to FOX, in an all-new event series that takes the concept of a series reboot to a whole new meta-level.  When the cast gets back together, it will come with a big twist: the seven former teen idols will be playing heightened versions of themselves in the brand-new serialized drama that is inspired by their real lives and relationships with each other.

WE Day Special


Friday, August 9th at 7 p.m. on ABC

The WE Day special airs on ABC, Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. CT. Join host Neil Patrick Harris for an unforgettable WE Day Special featuring chart-topping performers and iconic celebrities.

Tune in to the WE Day Special to find hope, optimism and ideas that will inspire you to get doing and create big, lasting change. Featuring energetic performances combined with moving speeches, comedic interludes and documentary-style features highlighting incredible individuals who are making a difference, the WE Day special motivates viewers with tangible ways they too can have a positive impact at home and beyond.

Back-To-School Resource


 Help your kids get off to a a great start in the new school year!  Visit Scholatic’s site at to find useful articles, book lists, worksheets, and other helpful tools.

FREE HBO & Cinemax Weekend!


MTCO digiMAX customers:  Settle in for another HBO and Cinemax FREE Preview weekend starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, August 16th through midnight on Monday, August 19th.

Tune in to family-friendly programming on HBO Family, and check out  newer movie releases, including: The Mule, Aquaman, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, and more!