CRAB ORCHARD - As warmer weather starts to make an appearance, the city of Crab Orchard has set its sights on the upcoming summer holidays, but its bank account could still use a little greening up.
Through the upcoming months, Mayor Mike Ramey and the Community Association have scheduled several citywide events, including a motorcycle poker run, to help raise the estimated $1,500 needed for the Fourth of July parade and street dance.
"It's just a way to build up revenue for the prizes and the trophies," said Ramey.
The fund-raisers also will help cover the costs of future community activities, programs Ramey hopes will improve community spirit.
"There's kind of a negative attitude, and this is just a way for us to change that attitude and get headed in the right direction," said Ramey.
One fund-raiser, set tentatively for June 5, will feature a 100-mile motorcycle poker ride. A course will be laid out for participants through the area, and at each stop they will be given a playing card.