Our Town Books seeks the best stories from Jacksonville’s waterways in a Town Brook History Contest.

Did you or someone you know grow up playing in the Town Brook? Have any family history along Mauvaisterre Creek? Or do you know a really good yarn? Share that story with Our Town Books and you could win one of five $25 gift certificates.

The stories will also help Ken Bradbury who is writing a play about what the Town Brook and Mauvaisterre Creek mean to our community. The play will be put on by Lincoln Land Community College students in the spring to benefit the Town Brook Initiative of the Jacksonville Parks Foundation.

Entry forms can be picked up at Our Town Books as well as at The Source, Jacksonville Journal-Courier or Jacksonville Public Library. You can also enter, or download a form, at townbrook.com. Deadline for submissions is November 30.

The Jacksonville Parks Foundation is an independent organization with initiatives to benefit children and encourage health, as well as support parks in the community. Contact the group’s President Steve Warmowski 217.473.5517 or Treasurer Laura Marks 217.245.4111 with questions about how you can support the effort, or use contact form.