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Academy of Seniors and Mornings with the Professors Scheduled
Illinois State University’s Academy of Seniors and Mornings with the Professors programs will begin classes in September and continue through January. The lifelong learning classes are sponsored by Illinois State’s Senior Professionals organization and will be held in the University’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St. in Normal. This year is the 25th anniversary celebration for the Senior Professionals organization.
For a full listing of class descriptions and registration details visit or call (800) 877-1478.
 Academy of Seniors offers four classes, and the speakers and their topics include:
The Prostitute by the Side of the Road and Other Strange Biblical Stories – Presented by retired theologian Richard Watts from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25.
The Sixties: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll – Presented by W. Michaels Weis, Department of History professor and chair, Illinois Wesleyan University, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
All in a Day’s Work: The Challenges and Rewards of Nursing – Presented by Mennonite College of Nursing faculty from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 12, 17 and 19.
From Sea to Shining Sea: The Story and Status of American English – Presented by K. Aaron Smith, Department of English associate professor, Illinois State – from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The Mornings with the Professors programs are scheduled for five Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Speakers and their topics include:
David Foster Wallace: An introduction – Presented by Charles Harris, professor emeritus of English, Illinois State, Oct. 10.
Individual Right to Privacy: Concerns about Bulk Data Collection – Presented by Robert Bradley, retired professor, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State, Oct. 17.
Experiencing Science Hands-On – Presented by Jay Ansher, Department of Physics general education lab coordinator, Illinois State, Oct. 24.
For the Love of the Accordion – Presented by Bruce Bergethon, manager of radio station WGLT, Illinois State, Oct. 31.
US-India Relations: Reset or Rehash? – Presented by Ali Riaz, professor and chair, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State, Nov. 7.
The cost for Academy of Seniors is $35 per class for members and $45 for non-members. The cost of Mornings with the Professors is $35 for members and $45 for non-members for all five sessions or $15 for individual sessions and may be paid at the door.
From 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 a special Classroom Journey bus trip to see the hidden treasures in Pontiac will be held and the cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members.
For more information call (800) 877-1478 or visit

Illinois 4-H Foundation awards Lauren Parks $1,000 scholarship
Lauren Parks of McLean County was one of six Illinois 4-H members selected from a pool of 70 applicants to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. The presentation was made during the Illinois 4-H Foundation Family Event held Saturday, August 9 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Parks is a 10-year member of the Homespun and Stylistics 4-H Clubs of McLean County. Lauren plans to attend Heartland Community College in the fall and achieve her associate degree in science. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
“Lauren hopes to become a school teacher and share her love of learning with children,” said Oberle.
The Legacy of Leadership Scholarship is based on lifelong 4-H accomplishments, leadership, community service and educational goals of Illinois 4-H members. A seventh $1,000 scholarship, the Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship, was awarded to a 4-H member for outstanding work in the livestock project area.
The Legacy of Leadership scholarships were provided by generous donations from Lila Jeanne Eichelberger, Farm Credit Illinois, Keith Parr, Tim and Belinda Carey, the Nellie R. McCannon Trust, and Nann Armstrong, said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

HCE Units to study Garlic during September
 McLean County Association for Home and Community Education groups will be learning about “Garlic” during their first meeting of the new HCE year. The Fact Find is on Borage. Other programs and workshops include: Sep 8, 1-4p, Scarf making, to RSVP by Sep. 4, supplies, fees, to Edna, 309-662-5520; Sep 9, 9a-12n, Card Making workshop, Miller Park Pavilion, Barb, 309-242-6187; Sep 15: 9a-12n-Comfort Quilts work, Eileen, 309-533-1135; 1-4pm-Hats, scarves & gloves for children, Edna, 309-662-5520; 2-3:30p Read & Share, discuss the book- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, LaVonne, 309-661-6391. Sep 22, 1-3p Jenna Smith will present a free program, “Cooking with fresh vegetables,” 309-310-9205.
All programs are held in the auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd,  Bloomington unless specified. Public is welcome to all meetings. Units meet as follows:
Downs: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2, Downs United Methodist Church; salad lunch following meeting; program-Rosemary Toohill; hostesses-Connie Wade, Joann Busing; 309 962 2121
Eastsiders: 9 a.m. Sept. 5, 9:00 am, Unity Center, 632 Orlando Avenue, Normal; program-Lynda Kobs; 309 533 1135
Normal: 9:15 a.m. Sept. 8; Evergreen Place, Gregory & Adelaide, Normal.; 309 662 5173.
Money Creek: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8; Lexington Community Center; bag lunch followed by meeting; 309-365-4681.
Towanda: 7 p.m. Sept. 8; Towanda Community Building; program- Cindy Kelley; hostesses-Bev Hornickel, Cindy Kelley; 309 663-4796
Dale: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10; Dale Township Town Hall, Covell; meeting followed by potluck lunch; program- Judy Ehlers; 309 829 8975.
Dry Grove, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11; Denney’s in Normal; breakfast followed by meeting; program-Judy Mohr; 309 963 5552.
Lexington: 10 a.m., Sept. 15; home of Dorothy Myers; bag lunch to follow meeting; program - Trish Morrison; 309 365-8055.
Night Owls: 6 p.m., Sept. 17;  home of Shirley McElvain, bring covered dish and lawn chair;  potluck supper followed by meeting; 309 275-6723.

September Green Drinks Environmental Networking Event to be Sept. 2nd at Medici’s
Green Drinks is an informal, social networking group for people working on or interested in environmental issues. Green Drinks groups meet in over 500 cities across the globe. The groups have no political affiliation and generally no agenda. They serve as a forum for environmental professionals and other community members to meet, socialize and share ideas. The Ecology Action Center holds Green Drinks in Bloomington-Normal on the first Tuesday of every month.
The September Green Drinks will take place Tuesday, September 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Medici and will feature a presentation by Vasudha Pinnamaraju, Executive Director of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission on the Bloomington Comprehensive Plan and the “Bring it On Bloomington” campaign.
The public is invited to attend Green Drinks; the group meets at Medici in Uptown Normal, in the small private room to the left of the lobby. For more information on Green Drinks, contact Michael Brown at the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169 x.11 or

Freecycle Free-For-All is September 6th
The Ecology Action Center announces the semi-annual Freecycle Free-For-All on Saturday, September 6 from 9 am – noon at Anderson Park in Normal. This is a Freecycle event open to the public where unwanted household items may be given away or obtained for free. Ultimately, the goal is to prevent useable items from ending up in the landfill.
The rules are simple – individuals may bring used, unwanted items in good condition and take what others have brought. One does not have to bring items to take items, nor take items to bring items. All items must be small enough to be easily carried; large furniture or appliances are not accepted. Additionally, no firearms, animals, foods, medicines or other consumables are permitted. Items will be accepted for donation from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. only.
More details are available at or by calling (309) 454-3169.

History on wheels at Davis Mansion on Sept. 6
Cars will cruise to David Davis Mansion on Sept. 6 to raise money for historic site
Vehicles of all styles and vintages will be on display Saturday, Sept. 6, at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site to raise money for programs and services at the historic home.
The fourth annual Cruise-In at the Mansion runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s open to the public for a $5 donation, which goes to the David Davis Mansion Foundation. There is no fee to enter a vehicle in the show.
In addition to fun and fascinating vintage cars, the event includes food concessions by St. Mary’s Boy Scout Troop # 20 and ice cream provided by Schwan’s Quality Foods. The band “Protégé,” sponsored by Scott and Susan McCoy and Don and Cindy Kopack, will provide music.
The Cruise-in at the Mansion is sponsored by the Car Community Automobile Club and will feature no judging or trophies – just a day of enjoyment for vehicle owners and enthusiasts. Dash plaques will be given to the first 150 participants.
To register a vehicle and reserve a dash plaque, email or call (309) 378-4391. On-site registration opens at 11 a.m. the day of the event.
The mansion, 1000 E. Monroe in Bloomington, was built in 1872 by David Davis, a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who had played a major role in getting Abraham Lincoln elected president.
Now operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the mansion is open for public tours Wednesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting education, preservation and acquisition programs at the site.

YWCA Mclean County Celebrates 40 Years Of RSVP Volunteers
YWCA McLean County celebrated 40 years of the RSVP (Retired Senior and Volunteer Program) on Thursday, August 21 at the Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center. More than 250 RSVP volunteers attended the celebration.
Over the past year, RSVP volunteers donated more than 105,000 volunteer hours to almost 90 agencies in McLean County, saving area non-profits approximately $2.3 million.
Volunteers enjoyed breakfast, sponsored by YWCA RSVP and Luther Oaks; heard from keynote speaker, Colleen Reynolds, WJBC radio host and Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement at Heartland Community College; and were treated to the sound of the State Farm Employee Association Big Band Jazz Vocal Ensemble - J108.
“Volunteerism is essential to keep our non-profits running smoothing, the knowledge and manpower RSVP volunteers bring to our community is invaluable. We are very honored to be the link between these wonderful volunteers and the community agencies. This is our yearly way to say ‘thank you’ for their hard work and dedication,” said Colleen Steinberg, RSVP Director.
The RSVP volunteer program is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provides older Americans the opportunity to apply their life experience to meeting community needs. YWCA RSVP helps individuals age 55 and older put their skills and life experiences to work for their community. RSVP facilitates senior volunteerism through carefully matched placement and follow-up support. YWCA McLean County RSVP has more than 800 volunteers in their registry to help McLean County organizations.
For more information about YWCA McLean County RSVP, please call (309) 662-0461 or visit

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Helen J. Leake's Gardeners Tips
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The Spectator by Jim Bennett
The Cat on the Window Sill

Capitol Facts by Rich Miller
Polls show downstaters don’t like Quinn at all

They Call me Spence
There’s more to the fury in Ferguson than meets the eye 

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Normal Town Council Report
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Unit 5 School Board Report
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McLean County Board Report

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Capitol Commentary from Senator Bill Brady
Senator Brady’s  Top 5 Fiscal Facts

Subpoenas issued for Neighborhood Recover Initiative investigation

Publisher Ed Pyne - Pyne Needles
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Relay For Life Holding “Stand Up To Cancer” Watch Party At Moose Lodge On Friday, Sept. 5
Relay For Life of McLean County will hold a watch party for the kickoff of “Stand Up To Cancer,” an hour-long, commercial-free telecast which will highlight the work being done by “Dream Teams” of cancer researchers as well as acknowledge donors – which includes the American Cancer Society – who make such efforts possible. This event also seeks to build excitement for the 2015 Relay For Life season.
The partnership between ACS and SU2C will kick off with a star-studded fundraising special that will be telecast simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and many other cable networks. The broadcast will feature celebrity ambassadors and exciting musical performances. The local “Watch Party” for this event will be held Friday, Sept. 5, from 6-7p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 614 IAA Drive in Bloomington. There is a $25 registration fee, which includes a T-Shirt, luminaria, and buffet dinner.
Registration for this event must be done online at  HYPERLINK “”, and search for BLOOMINGTON. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 15. Using and signing up at this website is the only means of registering to attend this event.
To date, Relay For Life of McLean County has raised $7,613,633 since the first Relay event was held here in 1995. The current fiscal year for Relay For Life of McLean County will end on August 31, allowing for donations to be applied to our 2014 Relay total.
More information may be obtained by contacting either Dede Verplaetse (VER-plates) at 309-261-5521 or Steve Robinson at 309-242-7838.

Heartland Theatre to present ‘The Language Archive’ Sept. 11-28
Heartland Theatre Company opens “The Language Archive” by Julia Cho, Thursday, September 11th on a Pay-What-You-Can Preview donation basis and runs through September 28.  The play is sponsored by Myra and George Gordon (Donor Advised Fund - Illinois Prairie Community Foundation).
 Kathleen Kirk directs the play which features actors Mark de Veer, Bruce E. Clark, J. Michael Grey, Vanessa Houssin, Michelle Kaiden, Devon Lovell, Nancy Nickerson and Chris Stucky.
About The Play:  George has devoted his life to lost languages, but his wife Mary may leave him because she just can’t find the words to tell him what is in her heart, and two visitors to his archive, the last speakers of a language on the verge of extinction, refuse to speak to each other.  This “wryly beguiling new play” is about language, love and the lapses between the two. [Mature Themes/ Mature Language]
Performances are September 11, 12 and 13; 18, 19, 20 and 21; 25, 26, 27 and 28 – 2014
Sunday, September 21 • Panel Discussion After The Matinee:
If language can unite us, does it also divide? How do we reach each other? Three panelists – Connie de Veer, Professor of Voice/Speech and Acting at ISU and a frequent dialect coach; Susan Ryder, Presbyterian co-pastor at New Covenant Community with a focus on the Tower of Babel; and a representative from Bloomington-Normal’s Friends Forever, a group that brings together children from cultures in conflict to promote understanding – will look at the fragile nature of words. [No charge, open to the public]
 Ticket Prices: General Admission - $15, Senior Discount - $12, Student Discount - $5
Curtain Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees
The play will be performed at 1110 Douglas St, One Normal Plaza, Community Activity Center.
For reservations call 309 452 8709 or email Reservations recommended for all performances, except Pay-What-You-Can. No reservations taken on that night only for other than season ticket holders. Check out our website

Mid Central Community Action golf outing to benefit Neville House and Mayors Manor
Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) will host its first Golf Outing to benefit Neville House and Mayors Manor on Monday, September 8th at the Crestwicke Country Club.  Neville House is the only emergency domestic violence shelter in the area and is designed to create a safe and nurturing place for families that is free of violence.  Mayors Manor provides permanent supportive housing to adults who were homeless and disabled.  The program provides supportive services to help residents maintain housing, economic independence, and stability. 
The outing, which will get underway at 12:30 p.m., will feature lunch, 18 holes of golf, a cart, two drink tickets, dinner, auction, games and prizes.  The cost for a foursome is $550 and individual players can register for $150. Dinner only is available for $65.
Dinner will feature a live auction and guests will have the opportunity to bid on items including:
• Southern Hospitality Golf Experience, including a 4-night stay at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S.C. and 3 rounds of golf for 2 on your choice of Osprey Point, Cougar Point or Turtle Point courses, Kiawah Island.
• Pinehurst Resort Golf, Dining & Spa, including a 4-night stay at Pinehurst Resort’s Holly In and your choice of either a round of golf for 2 or space treatments for 2 per night
•  Pair of tickets to Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals take on the Reds, Infield Field Box, Row 10
• A Chicago getaway, including Cubs tickets
• Initiation Fees to Crestwicke Country Club
Registration is open until August 28th and individuals can sign up by visiting MCCA’s website:

Green Top Grocery Impacting Local Economy With New Employees, Even Before Store Opens
Green Top Grocery, a local co-op grocery store opening in Bloomington-Normal is nearing their 600th Owner and has taken concrete steps to move this initiative forward by making the Outreach Manager a full-time position and hiring a part time Administrative Assistant. Other steps currently include owner-only gatherings and a recent electronic survey for owners, to secure feedback on potential sites.
Outreach Manager Katie Novak had her part-time position increase to full-time effective August 1, 2014. This is a direct reflection of the quickly growing owner base and the increasing requests for Green Top to participate in community events. Board President Stephanie Muxfeld stated that “having a full time employee dedicated to spreading the word about the Green Top’s community impact will improve our overall efficiency and help this project move forward more quickly.”
In addition, Green Top is pleased to announce Jodi Stalsworth has been hired as part-time Administrative Assistant to support the effort by processing ownership paperwork and payments. The addition of an Administrative Assistant will also allow for set office hours at the Green Top Grocery Office, located at 712 E. Empire, Bloomington. “Office hours will soon be posted and promoted on our website and Facebook page,” said Muxfeld. “Having the office open during certain days/times of the week will provide the community ‘in person’ access to Green Top.” The public will be welcome to stop by the office during the office hours to drop off applications, ask questions or just say hello.
Green Top will have their informational booth at the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market on Saturday September 6. In addition, you will see Green Top Grocery owners marching in the Labor Day Parade on September 1, 2014. 
To learn more about local efforts to bring a co-operative grocery store to this community, go to or contact Green Top Grocery Outreach Manager Katie Novak at 309-306-1523.

September 4th Booth Brothers concert to benefit Midwest Food Bank
The Booth Brothers will be appearing on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 1017 N. School St., Normal.  ALL ticket proceeds to benefit Midwest Food Bank.  Tickets may be purchased prior to the concert at Midwest Food Bank of Bloomington, 1703 S. Veterans Pkwy, Bloomington, Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, or Midwest Food Bank, Peoria. Tickets can also be mailed upon request by calling Midwest Food Bank at 309-663-5350.  Ticket prices are $15 and $20.  A love offering will be taken at the concert.”
Midwest Food Bank of Bloomington, Illinois serves around 250 non-profit agencies monthly, 70 of those in McLean County and the others in surrounding communities.  Over 180,000 people are fed monthly.   Midwest Food Bank supports a School Backpack Program serving 25 schools and over 2300 students WEEKLY by providing food that can be easily opened and/or microwaved on the week-ends when many underprivileged children do not eat well.   Midwest Food Bank was voted by Charity Navigator as #1 Charity in the United States that relies solely on private contributions.  Ninety-nine cents of every dollar donated goes toward feeding the less fortunate. That is due to our more than 2700 different volunteers donating close to 30,000 volunteer hours last year.  Midwest Food Bank is on target in 2014 for providing close to $30 Million in food, free of charge, to our 250 not-for-profit agencies/food pantries.  We are blessed to have such an organization in our vicinity.

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Normal Public Library to Open New Seed Library
People across the country want to know where their food comes from and they are seeking out local farms and gardens to find fresh locally produced fruits and vegetables. This national trend is taking root in central Illinois and an important new community building effort in Normal, Illinois will help people gain access to sustainable healthy food.
The Normal Public Library is starting a seed library.  Seed libraries, often located in public libraries or other community gathering points, are institutions created for the purpose of sharing seeds. There are hundreds of seed libraries in the United States and more are being started every year.
“The idea is that a library patron can ‘check-out’ seeds to grow themselves, let plants ‘go-to-seed’, and return seeds to the library to share with other community members,” said Bill Davison, Extension educator, Small Farms and Local Food Systems. Seeds circulated at lending libraries are usually regionally adapted and are heirloom varieties (unlike most commercial “hybrid” seeds) so that the next generation of seeds will produce plants similar to the parent plant. The purpose of seed libraries is to reconnect local people with their food systems and provide them with locally adapted seeds.
Library staff and University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems Educator Bill Davison will be in the new café space in the library on September 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to explain how the library works, give a demonstration on saving tomato seed, and to distribute free vegetable and native plant seeds. Garlic and fall planted perennial onions will also be available and fall is the best time to plant these crops.  
“Come and meet with your neighbors, bring seed to share, and connect with a vibrant growing movement in our community,” said Davison.

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Evergreen Cemetery Walk Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This year is the twentieth anniversary of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk. To celebrate the milestone of this award-winning outdoor history theatre program, we are bringing back some of our favorite characters who have been featured over the course of the last twenty years. Two of the characters are “Fan Favorites” and were selected by visitors who have attended the Walk in previous years.
Weekend tours will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on October 4-5 and 11-12. Advanced ticket sales begin Tuesday, September 3 and tickets will be available for purchase at the following locations: the Museum, The Garlic Press in Normal, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and Casey’s Garden Shop in Bloomington. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $14 for Museum members, and $5 for children & students w/ID. A special $2.00 pre-sale discount is available for general and Museum member tickets if purchased at least 24 hours before the day of the performance. There is no discount available on children/student tickets.
The Museum is also pleased to announce that this year’s sponsor of the event is Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. The Cemetery’s sponsorship will help bring over 2,000 students and chaperones to performances of the Cemetery Walk free of charge. These school performances take place on weekdays between the two weekends of public performances. Without the Cemetery’s support, many of these students would not be able to attend. Thank you to the Cemetery and its Board of Trustees for their support.                             
2014 Featured Characters
1. Weekend Performances Only Marie Litta (1856-1883) Born Marie von Elsner, Marie Litta (her stage name) was born in Bloomington to a musical family.  As a young woman, she became one of the world’s most acclaimed solo sopranos. Her popularity was her downfall as the frail Litta collapsed after a concert in 1883 and died shortly thereafter at the age of 27. First featured in 1995.
2. Bell Blue-Claxton (1872-1926) This courageous African American woman was an active member of the NAACP in Bloomington. During the summer of 1919, she worked hard to desegregate the beaches at Miller Park. First featured in 2003.
3. Adam Guthrie (1825-1904) Among the first settlers to come to McLean County, Guthrie served with the “McLean County Regiment” during the Civil War. Later he owned and operated a cigar business, The Ark, in downtown Bloomington, a well known gathering place where old settlers and politicians swapped stories and remembered the good times. First featured in 2000.
4. Fan Favorite Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn (1854-1897) Bloomington’s irascible Hall of Fame baseball player who played during an era when ballplayers were rough and uncouth. This great pitcher set a record for pitching 59 wins in one season; the record still stands to this day. First featured in 1995.
5. Fan Favorite Celestia Rice Colby (1827-1900) Colby found herself torn between a life of the mind versus living the life that society expected of a wife and mother. She carved out time to write stories and riddles for children, as well as articles for abolitionist, temperance, and suffragist publications. She did this all while making sure that her surviving children received the best educations she could offer them. First featured in 1998.
6. Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-1965) Politics was in his blood.  A member of the two most influential political families in the region, Stevenson distinguished himself in politics as his ancestors had done before him. He served as the thirty-first Governor of Illinois, two-time Democratic nominee for President of the United States, and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the turbulent 1960s. First featured in 1997.
7. Asahel (1810-1881) and Mary Gridley (1818-1900) One of the wealthiest families in McLean County, this power couple had just as many friends as enemies.  Asahel was a hot-tempered, self-made man and was McLean County’s first millionaire. Mary was a strong willed woman, not shy with her opinions, who found ways to get back at her husband for his nasty temper.  Despite their wealth and prestige in the community, their marriage was not a happy one. First featured in 1998 and 2001, respectively.
Visit the McLean County Museum of History website: and like the face book page to get up to the minute updates on the event and the actors who will be portraying this year’s characters in the Walk.

‘Planning and Planting for Pollinators’ topic of Sept. 8 program
Dr. Lesley Deem, Director of the U of I Pollinatarium, will be giving the September Illinois Prairie Wild Ones program providing expert advice on how ordinary gardeners can help our embattled pollinators.  Dr. Deem will bring native plants to highlight actions we can take and plants we can use in our gardens to support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Deem has a PhD in Entomology and is a Master Gardener.  Her principal interests are gardening, plant and insect interactions, pollinator and plant conservation, and sustainable farming and living.
A goal of Dr. Deem’s is “Pollinator Pathways” across Illinois, a project in which we can all help.
The program will be held Monday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the handicapped accessible U of I Extension Auditorium, 402 North Hershey Rd., Bloomington.
This program is free, and the public is cordially invited.
Illinois Prairie Wild Ones is a chapter of national Wild Ones. Our mission is to preserve, restore, and establish native plant communities, in order to support the biodiversity on which we all depend. For more information: Also on Facebook at IllinoisPrairieWildOnes


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