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>>Congressman Jackson Undergoing Care For Depression
(Chicago, IL) -- U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Junior is in Minnesota undergoing treatment for bipolar depression. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester confirmed yesterday the Illinois lawmaker is responding well and is regaining his strength. Jackson has come under fire in recent weeks for failing to reveal publicly why he went absent two months ago from his job as an elected official. Jackson allegedly asked his doctors to make the announcement.
>>Dead Female Hitchhiker Identified
(Springfield, IL) -- A female hitchhiker killed along Interstate 72 last week is finally identified by authorities. Thirty-one-year-old Starlett Walton of Springfield died while allegedly trying to get from Jacksonville to Springfield. Walton was struck near mile-marker 85 east of New Berlin. Authorities are still investigating the incident.
>>Urbana Rethinks Plans For Fiber-Optic Network
(Urbana, IL) -- Members of Urbana's city council say they'll review an agreement to install a new fiber-optic network through the region. Officials say they need to address concerns over the plan which would invite a private firm called "Gigabit Squared" to build the high-speed network to serve Urbana, Champaign and Savoy. Council members cautioned about a potential conflict of interest between the firm and a government consultant.
>>Threshing Show Begins Tomorrow In Perry Co.
(Pinckneyville, IL) -- Illinois farmers are gearing up for a popular attraction at the Perry County Fairgrounds. The 53rd annual American Thresherman Association's Steam, Gas and Threshing Show starts tomorrow with a draft horse pull. On Thursday a line of green and red tractors will parade from the fairgrounds into Pinckneyville. The event annually draws several thousand visitors and many camp out to participate in all five days of the show.
WHAT: IDNR -- HUNTER SAFETY COURSE
WHERE: NEBO DOG HOUSE
102 WEST MAIN STREET
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23, 2013 @ 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(lunch will be served at the Saturday session)
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
BILL GRAHAM @ 217-242-5589
SCOTT CAMPBELL @ 217-734-2395
** You must be present for both sessions and
complete/pass the written test given on Saturday
Farm Composting Workshop May 21
Livestock producers, horse owners and stable operators looking for manure management options are encouraged to attend a composting workshop and field day on May 21 at the Western Illinois University Livestock Center and Compost facility at Macomb. The workshop will run from 8:30 to 2:00.
The morning session will discuss the basics of aerobic composting, site development, permitting, compost use and quality control, and marketing. A tour of the WIU compost operation will be conducted in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided for those registering in advance.
Sponsors of the program include Western Illinois University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois Extension, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Advance registration cost is $15 per person, and can be done on line at
For more information, contact Dr. Paul Walker at 309-438-3881 (ISU), or Duane Friend at 217-243-7424 (U of I Extension).
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend will be busy for both Post 222 AND Auxiliary. On Saturday, May 25 th, the Auxiliary will be selling Poppy’s at three locations. They will be at First National Bank, downtown Barry & Farmer’s Bank of Liberty on Highway 106, until noon, and at Travel Plaza and Stroemer Foods until 3 pm.
On the 26 th, starting at 7 am, Legion members will be placing 520, + or – a few, flags around Lafayette Park then down both sides of Main Street to Park Lawn Cemetery. We will place 24 Special Flags, with names of persons who were killed in action, around the stone bearing their names, then the remainder of our flags will be placed along the roads inside the cemetery.
On the 27 th, Legion members will perform ceremonies honoring all veterans at four area cemeteries. We will be at Kinderhook Cemetery at 9:30,,Shearer Cemetery at New Canton at 10, Taylor Martin Cemetery by El Dara at 10:30, then meet at 11 at Lafayette Park in Barry, to march, along with Auxiliary, Western High School band, and Boy Scouts, from Lafayette Park, to Park Lawn Cemetery, to repeat the ceremony there.
At 4 pm on Monday, we will take the flags down and replace them in the storage building in Park Lawn.
If we are unable to get help from the Work Camp inmates in Pittsfield, we will need a lot of help from the community.
The dates that were included in my previous e-mail, were eligibility dates for membership in American Legion.
Griggsville-Perry Alumni Meeting
MEMORIAL DAY SUNDAY LUNCHEON
The Beverly Cemetery Association will host a Memorial Day Sunday luncheon at the Mound Prairie Cemetery, 1 mile east of Beverly, IL, on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Serving of the sandwich/pie luncheon will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m., following a church service conducted at the Mound Prairie Church which will begin at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Proceeds from the luncheon help with cemetery upkeep.
Monday May 27th
Western Music Boosters
will be serving Lunch Featuring
10am-2pm At Barry's Lafayette Park
Ribs - Pork Steak - Potato Bar Soda and Water
ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE in PITTSFIELD.
Memorial Day Service in Pittsfield will be held Monday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m. at the Armed Forces Memorial in the West Cemetery.
Please join us in Honoring the Servicemen and Women, all of whom pledged their Lives and Honor to defend our Country, both living and those who now have passed to live with God.
Military Rites will be accorded by the Pittsfield Post 152 American Legion, assisted by Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Memorial Address will be given by Reverend Tom Wilber, United Methodist Church, Pittsfield.
The Unit 10 High School Band under the direction of Justin Bangert will play, and Sound system provided by Bryan Curless.
Please join us at 10:00 a.m. Memorial Day, to Honor those who have provided and maintained the Freedom that you daily enjoy in our beautiful country, the United States of America.
American Flags have been placed by Post 152 American Legion on the graves of all known Veterans. If we have missed one, please let us know the name and exact location of the grave.
The Barry Fire Department will be holding their Annual Golf Tournament on June 2nd.
Shotgun start at 1:00pm
Bow Lake Golf Course, Barry, Illinois
All proceeds go towards rescue equipment
No need for kids to get bored at the beginning of their summer vacation! The Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday, June 3-7 from 1 to 3 p.m. each afternoon. There will also be a program for all VBS participants at the regular church service Sunday, June 9. Watch for more information in the weeks to follow!