Summer 2015 OPBA Tryouts
OPBA baseball tryouts will be held Sunday, August 16th and Sunday, August 23rd from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Olympia West baseball field in Minier.  No pre-registration is required. Participants must turn between the ages of 9 and 14 prior to April 30, 2016.
If you have any questions, please contact OPBA Board President Joe Dehn at (309) 825-1845.

7th Annual Backpack Giveaway
New LIfe Fellowship at the corner of Third and Washington in Hopedale will be providing backpacks to area students at no cost on Saturday, July 25th from 1 to 3 in the afternoon.  There are no qualifications or obligations with this service.  Light refreshments and family friendly videos will be provided as well at the church during the event.
2015 Triangle of Opportunity Cycle Tour

The 2015 Triangle of Opportunity will have a rest stop at Olympia during the 20th Annual Triangle of Opportunity Cycle Tour.  The event will be held on August 8, 2015.  The 25-mile and 50-mile tours will start and finish at the Mt. Hope Funks Grove Park District building pavilion at 7:00 am.

Individual fee for the tour is $20; the family fee is $35.  There is a $5 extra charge if registering after August 1st.  All entrants under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult throughout the ride.  If an entrant is under 18 years of age, the entry form must be signed by a parent or guardian.  Helmets are mandatory.  Participants in the ride must check in at the registration table at the beginning and conclusion of the ride.

The terrain is flat to rolling hills.  The route will be marked with white arrows for cyclists directions.  Support vehicles will patrol the routes to offer assistance to riders with problems.  Rest stops will be provided at Atlanta, Armington, Hopedale, Minier, and the Olympia High School.  This is a rain or shine event.  All bicyclists are asked to observe the Illinois traffic laws.

For further information, call 309-447-6433 or visit and click tour.

The Triangle of Opportunity is a non-profit organization that was formed to promote the area between I-74, I-55, and I-155.  Members of the organization are from Armington, Atlanta, Danvers, Danvers Township, Deer Creek, Goodfield, Hopedale, Mackinaw, Minier, Morton, Mt. Hope Township, McLean, Stanford, Tremont, Dee-Mack CUSD #701, Olympia CUSD #16, Tremont CUSD #702, Eureka CUSD #140, and Morton CUSD #709.

Captain Reid Nannen, Olympia Grad

Services for Marine Major Reid "Eeyore" Nannen, a 2000 Olympia graduate, who died March 1, 2014 in a "Top Gun"training exercise at Fallon, Nevada were held Saturday, March 22.. Captain Nannen was ten days away from a promotion to Major Nannen and graduating from Top Gun School in Fallon, Nevada. Visitation was held from 4 -7 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Olympia High School, Stanford, IL. The funeral was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Eastview Christian Church, Normal, IL, with burial following at Camp Butler in Springfield.

While at Olympia, Reid was a two-year captain of the swim team, section leader for the drum line, member of Elite Eight Baseball Teams in 1999 and 2000 and was an Illinois State Scholar. After graduating from Olympia High School, Reid went on to the University of Illinois. While in school, he was a member of the NROTC battalion and participated in the Marching Illini Drum Line NROTC Drill Team. Reid was commissioned a second lieutenant in May, 2004, and attended The Basic School with Delta Company class 4-04. After TBS, Reid attended Naval Aviation Training with MATSG-21 at NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field and NAS Meridian. Reid received several awards and decorations in his short career.

Reid is survived by his wife, Sarah, and four children: Peter, 5, Betsy, 3 1/2, Curtis, 2, and Isla, age 2 months. Captain Nannen was the son of Dale and Mary Ann Nannen from Hopedale, Illinois, and he had two sisters, Bethany and Briana.

Click on the link below to see or contribute to the Captain Reid Nannen Memorial Children's Fund.