Green Tree Inn Earns TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award

Green Tree Inn has been recognized by Tripadvisor as a 2024 Travelers' Choice award winner for bed and breakfast inns. This award honors businesses with excellent traveler reviews over the past year. Owners Connie and Gary Davis have created an outstanding destination for over a decade. Connie Davis said in a KMOV-TV interview, "For Gary & I, our favorite thing is sitting and having breakfast with our guests every morning." Elsah proudly celebrates this prestigious recognition from Tripadvisor.

Elsah Music Blast from the Past

Many Elsah residents know that actor Robert Duvall attended Principia College, graduating in 1953. Another notable resident was Terry Melcher, son of Doris Day, who attended Principia in the early 1960s. Melcher became a pioneering music producer in L.A., shaping the sound of 1960s surf music. He produced for The Beach Boys, The Rip Chords, Wayne Newton, and more. Melcher's innovative production techniques continue to influence music today.

Cicada Hunters Report Record Season

Elsah and Southern Illinois are experiencing a surge of periodical cicadas, nicknamed Cicadalypse. In 2024, Broods XIII and XIX emerge, the first time since 1803. Cicadas don't harm humans but can damage new shrubs and trees. They thrive in wet areas like Grafton. Cicadas are edible, with an almond-like taste, and consumed worldwide. Their calls can reach over 90 decibels, as loud as a lawnmower. Enjoy the unique sound now and the quiet autumn to come.

Village Matters June 2024

For local government matters, contact Village Clerk Barb Ostrowski at 618-374-1568 or [email protected], or Mayor Mike Pitchford at 618-616-4948 or [email protected]. The Zoning Board meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm, chaired by Mark Young. Trustee meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Meetings are public, and agendas are posted at the Post Office 48 hours before.

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