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Page 2 The Region News Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Averi;Quinlan, Jadyn;Rhodes, Rylie;Root, Allyson ;Traxler, Brayden ;Trelz, Gavin;Walker, Sloane ;Wallace, Alexis. "College 101" - A Guide to Richland Community College Exploring college options can be complicated!! If you are thinking about college, You will want to be at this event!! Richland Community College will be hosting "College 101 - A Guide to Richland Community College" on Thursday, March 8 th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Shilling Center (parking lot A+). Faculty, staff, and current students will be available to discuss academic programs, campus resources and student life. Experts in financial aid, scholarships and academic advisement will be available to answer your questions! Register to win a 3 credit-hour tuition waiver, gas cards and more! Call 875-7211 ext. 267 or visit to reserve a spot! This event is free. O'Field Graduates From NIU Allison O' Field of Decatur is a Fall 2011 graduate of Northern Illinois University. She received a Masters of Science in Education. She majored in Adult and Higher Education. EIU Announces Fall 2011 Dean's List Eastern Illinois University has announcedtheir Fall 2011 Dean's List. Student from our area are: Decatur: Alesha Bailey, Jamie Brown, Ashley Copple, Colton Edwards, Matthew Grimm, CHristopher Harter, Brandon Jelks, Savannah Kapper, Whitney Odom, Noah Sangster, Ashley Slifer, Bennett Stevenson Mt. Zion: Gabrielle Gould, Danielle Stoner, Andrew Underwood. PBIS Parent Training Program Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is the topic for a parent training opportunity in Decatur on Thursday, March 5. The session will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur SAIL office, 2449 Federal Drive (in Park 101). Refreshments will be served. Jill Johnson, Technical Assistance Coordinator for Illinois PBIS will present information including an overview of PBIS, resources for parents and family members using PBIS in the home setting. The training is open to anyone interested in students with disabilities or behavior issues. For more information contact Emily Dobson, SAIL Program Manager at 876-8888. IL Cares Rx/Circuit Breaker The Decatur-Macon County Senior Center is now providing individual assistance with the completion and electronic filing of Illinois Circuit Breaker IL-1363 forms. Assistance is available from 8:30am - 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Clients will be served on a first come first serve basis. This program is available for persons 65 years and older or those on disability. Documentation needed to file are as follows: Social Security card, Medicare card and Medicare Part D card, 2011 income from all sources, S.S.I., S.S.A., Railroad, Veteran's. Any Pensions, Annuities, 401-k and/or any related earned interest must be declared. Information on any rental income, farms, business capitol gain or other income usually listed for purposes of filing federal and/or state income tax. Income requirements for the Circuit Breaker grant, license plate discount and the Ride Free transportation card are $27,610 for a household of one and $36,635 for a two person household.Income requirements for the Illinois Cares Rx pharmaceutical assistance are $21,780 or a household of one and $29,420 for a two person household. For more information, please call the Senior Center at 429-1239. FFA Continued From Page 1 biggest threat to the family farm agriculture. "There is a light at the end of the tunnel if agriculture looks ahead, makes some plans, does not procrastinate," Ellis said " there are ways to overcome some of those challenges on your own without federal changes is the estate tax law." The Mt. Zion FFA presented a memory box to Mt. Zion High School principal Greg Bradley who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Bradley has been the principal for 19 years. Village of Mt. Zion Recreation Department Spring Classes SPRING TUMBLING: MON, MARCH 5 TH- WED, APRIL 11TH Fee: $35.00 MONDAY: 5:15-6:00 Preschool 6:00-6:45 Preschool WEDNESDAY: 5:00-6:00 Intermediate 6:00-7:00 Beginning NEXT OF KILN: Mosaic Garden Stone: tiles of broken china will be glued and grouted on a stone to create a beautiful garden accent. Monday, March 5 th, 1:00-2:30 pm. Fee: $14.00 SPRING IS HERE: Come to Fletcher Park Recreation Center to welcome spring! Mt. Zion District Library and the Recreation Department will have games, stories, crafts and snacks. Friday, March 16 th 1:00-2:30. Fee: free Registration form and waiver required to participate. Call Judy at 864-5424 or visit or website for information Black Cats? Probably not, Little black dress? Maybe hUgKY NII00ItT 8111' A (;real Timefir a Great Cause Mt.Zion FOUNDATION far Quality Education New Mt. Zion Convention Center Friday - April 13, 2012 * 7:00 pm $40 per person Silent and Live Auctions Food I Fun & Games I Cash Bar School Board Approves Legal School Calendar by Crystal Reed The Mt. Zion Sc:hool Board met this past Tuesday night. On the agenda was approval of the legal holiday waivers, 2012-2013 calendar and more. The meeting started with a public heating for legal holiday waivers. The proposed waiver was to approve permanent waiver of the second Monday in October (Columbus Day), November 11 (Veteran's Day), February 12 ( Abraham Lincoln's birthday) and the first Monday in March (Casmir Pulaski Day) Three people spoke during the public hearing. Bob Dondeville stated he was there to speak for those who are no longer here and those veterans who have sacrificed to protect the freedoms of all Americans. "Family members in this community have sacrificed greatly and deserve to have one day of respect for those sacrifices," Dondeville said "these sacrifices are not only in the past but are currently being experienced by families in the Mt. Zion School District." Dondeville stated that school assemblies do expose students to Veterans Day but participating in community displays and honor veterans by placing wreaths and flags on graves and memorial services is something that cannot be taught in the classroom. Dondeville added that an assembly that Rich Hansen is planning for next year is not to replace Veteran's Day, it is to honor the veterans. "Please find it in your hearts to keep the national holiday in the school calendar," Dondeville said. Carol Kussart also spoke at the hearing. She stated that she was pleased about the proposed calendar changes including a week later start to the school year an the holiday waivers. "From an elementary perspective a four day week is very difficult," Kussart said "much of our reading, spelling and grammar is based on weekly units so when we try to cram five days of material into four days it is rough not only on the kids but the teachers as well." She stated that even though she enjoys days off now and then it is nice because five day weeks go easier than a four day week for teachers. Kussart thanked the board for considering the change. Nick Walsh also spoke to the board and distributed a document Holiday Waiver And 2012-2013 that had comments of those in the union in regards to the waiver. The opinion of those surveyed was to remove Casmir Pulaski Day and to keep the Veteran's Day holiday. Walsh finished his statement to the board by saying he supported Mr. Dondeville and the statements he made as well. The hearing was then closed. During the regular meeting the board was brought the approval for legal holiday waivers. The permanent waiver allows the district to choose whether there will be school, an inservice day or continue non-student attendance days on Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Abraham Lincoln's Birthday and Casmir Pulaski Day. In the event school is in session, the persons honor by these holidays shall be recognized through instructional activities conducted on that day or if it is not used for student attendance, on the first day preceding or following that day. A moment of silence will be taken to recognize Veterans of Foreign Wars on Veteran's Day in addition to the District programs that already take place. The board unanimously approved the waiver. The board was then presented with the 2012-2013 school calendar. There is a spring break built into the calendar for the first time ever the week prior to Easter. It will not always correspond with that holiday each year. The calendar has the first student attendance day on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, as a half day in-service and the first full attendance day on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. The projected date for high school graduation is Sunday, May 19,2013. The board was then brought a resolution to transfer of site and construction funds and abatement of bonds. The resolution allowed the district to move $460,000 from sales tax and appropriate it to bonds and interest so the district did not have to levy that. This dropped the levy from $4.03 to $3.81. The resolution just formally moved the funds. The board also approved the cancellation of the March 6 board meeting. They believe all business items can be completed at the March 19 meeting. Mt. Zion Les Femmes Announce Their 2 "0 Annual April Showers Raffle Mt. Zion Les Femmes announce their second annual April Showers Raffle. This year's raffle has expanded and is now three times the size of last year's raffle. A prize will be awarded for all thirty days in April. And, winning tickets are automatically re-entered in the drawing, giving each raffle ticket 30 chances to win! Every Wednesday in April means CASH - with a drawing for $100, two drawings for $200 and a grand prize of $500 cash - that's $1,000 in cash prizes! In addition, each Wednesday winner will receive a Majestic Bingo Hall package to play bingo for free at Les Femmes Wednesday Bingo along with a $10 concession certificate. But that's not all, there are great prizes all month long. Sports fans can win a pair of St. Louis Cardinal Tickets or a 3 month track pass at the Decatur Indoor Sports Centers. Two gift certificates fromAttitudes will be given away as well as a $200 spa package from Unique Boutique. A free family sitting and 8x10 photo from Rutherford Photo Video, a $150 value, will be given away. $50 gift certificates will be given away for Billingsley BP, Next of Kiln and Rural King. Keep your car clean with a 90 day pass from Rainstorm Express Car Wash. There are restaurant certificates Sell it inthe Classifieds! $10 for 30words or less and it goes in 3 papers. Call 864-4212. Les Femmes members are has expanded and there are a variety of prizes to win. from Benny's Grill, Bizou, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cheddars Casual Cafl, Corona's Mexican Grill, Culver's, Dairy Queen, E1 Corral, Krekel's, Papa Murphy's, Ruby Tuesday, Triple Dog Dare Ya and Steak 'n Shake. The last April Shower raffle winner of the month will win a brand new iPad. Tickets are only $10 each or three for $20. They can be purchased in the Mt. Zion area at Attitudes Salon, Family Video or Kenny's Ace Hardware. In Decatur, visit Benny's Grill, Cutz preparing for their April Showers raffle. This year the raffle by Vicki or Jerger Pediatric Dentistry. Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified prior to receiving their winning prize via certified mail. Les Femmes members will even drop your tickets right to your door -just call 433-6840 to make arrangements. Les Femmes members will be selling tickets door-to-door throughout the Mt. Zion School district on Saturday, March 3 d and Saturday, March 17% Money raised from the April Showers Raffle will go toward the on-going music education of the Mt. Zion Les Femmes, Macon County's only all-girl competition show choir from Mt. Zion High School. This award winning group competes throughout IL and IN this year, culminating in a trip to Fame Nationals in Orlando. For more information, visit Les Femmes website at http:// education/club/ club.php?sectionid= 10299. An apple a day keeps the dentist away: How parents can help their kids achieve good oral health More than two-thirds of chil- dren will have at least one cavity before their 19th birthday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. While tooth decay remains one of the most common health problems in chil- dren, it is also the most prevent- able, experts say. "With proper education and regular dentist appointments, children can go their whole life without dental health problems/' says LaVerne Johnson, dental as- sistant instructor at Everest Col- lege - Fort Worth South. Johnson, along with the other dental assistant instructors at the Everest campuses across Texas, understands the importance of maintaining good dental health. Johnson has a few tips on what continued on page 9 New or Used r Loans As Low as 0//0 APR" 2006-2012 Car Models 3330 North Woodford St. 440 N. 22nd St. 423-9767 *Annual Percentage Rate (APR). "I'his promotion only applies to loans for purchases on new or used vehicles (2006-2012) with a repayment term of up to 60 months. Existing loans do not quaJif,j for this promotion. All loans are subject to approval and individual rates may yaP/based on your credit score. 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