University of Illinois Extension’s Mercer County office relocates to Viola starting in September

Starting Tuesday, September 3, you can find Mercer County Extension and 4-H in their new location, 910- 13th Street, Viola, Ill (next door to Casey’s in the building formerly used by Verplaste Excavating). County director Jenny Garner said the new office will provide more space, especially for storage of their educational curriculum and supplies. There will be offices for staff, a conference room, small kitchen, copy room, large parking lot and lower level storage. The old office (2106 SE 3rd St., Aledo) will close the week of August 26 for the move and the new office will open after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 3. The office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm (closed from 12 – 12:30 for lunch) and by appointment. The phone number will stay the same (309) 582-5106. Garner said they are planning an open house for later this fall and will announce the schedule once details are finalized.

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