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00Page 2 ............. Th-e-Region News ...... mtzi0nregi0nnews@comcasLnet ............ Wednesday, April 23, 20100- for pre-registered participants. Additional shirts may be purchased by May 1 for $10 each. Post race activities include a dj, food, award presentation and medallions for all participants. For more information contact Lindsay LeMaster at Lindsay.lemaowens@ or call 412-4576. Decatur Genealogica Society To Celebrate 50th Anniversary We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary with an open house on Sunday, April 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at our Library at 1255 West South Side Drive. We will honor our Past Presidents and Charter Members. Come and browse through the library and see what's new. We will be serving refreshments and giving away door prizes. This will be a time to renew old friendships and to make new ones and also learn more about genealogy. The public is cordially invited. University of Illinois At Springfield Announces Fall 2013 Dean's List The University of Illinois at Springfield has announced the Fall 2013 Dean's List. Students from our area are: Decatur: Phillip Barry; Kyle Brown; Candice Connour; Amanda Gray; Alyssa Heise; Wesley Hill; Tarika Mootrey; Jacqueline Newman; Kasey Steiling; Sara Stutzman Mt. Zion: Adam Soper Decatur Park District Kite Festival April 26 & 27 Fly a kite and celebrate Earth Day during the Decatur Park District's Kite Festival! On April 26 & 27 from 11 a.m - 4 p.m. at Sinawik Park,1715 S. 32nd St. in Decatur. Professional flyers from across the Midwest will amaze the crowd with stunt kites, dancing kites, and fighting kites. Families may bring a kite, make a kite, or purchase kites onsite from the Kite Harbor booth. Family-friendly activities will be offered throughout the day including a Big Kite Candy Drop (weather permitting). Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, call 422-5911. Earth Day To Be Celebrated At Community Recycling Center Earth Day is being celebrated Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the Community Recycling Center. Hours will be Friday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The center is located at 130 W. Cerro Gordo in Decatur. Stop by with aluminum cans to recycle and take advantage of a 50 Cents per pound price. You can also donate your cans t0 support Dove. The Community Recycling Center, operated by volunteers, benefits all the programs at Dove,Inc.. The center regular business hours are Thsday afternoons from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.For more information call Dove at 428-6616 or visit Garden Club Of Decatur To Hold Annual Plant Sale The Garden Club of Decatur will hold its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 3, 2013 at Prairie Avenue Christian Church, 2201 E. Prairie Ave, Decatur. The sale is 8:30-10:30 a.m. We offer perennial and annual flowers, cactus, hanging baskets and annual flats. We also have plants from our members' gardens which are reasonably priced. Come early--our plants go quickly! Visit our website at: Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale The 2014 Plant Sale sponsored by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Macon County Fairgrounds, Decatur. Hours for the event will be from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Offerings for the day include: a large selection of annuals, Master Gardener,hared"perenniats;,over150 hosta varieties, vegetable plants, and herbs. Back this year is the taflfe'BIt/ain Shd',ffVhlOh oi"fr"rderllilg gloves, ltttl gently used gardening items. A bake sale and food items will also be available. Don't miss out on this annual event to support local Master Gardener projects and scholarships. For more information, please contact the Macon County Extension Office at 217.877.6042. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the Extension Office. 00oucan00urchaseheRe00ionNewsat II Mt. Zion Mart, Hucks, Casey's 121 and Long Creek, Sav Mot Pharmacy, Billingsley and Walgreens or at our office located at 433 N. State Hwy 121. Ladies Night Out Sunday, April 27 I:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Timbuktu . 5843 Route 36 East Decatur Shop with 25 vendors Awesome Door Prizes ...... Food and Drinks .... Second Annual Chamber Banquet Continued From Page 1 participated in football and baseboll all four years of high school and 2 years of basketball. During his freshman year he was nominated along with three other students to attend a leadership conference that focused on building communications skills. He recently was selected to play in the 24th Annual Order of the Eastern Star football game representing Mt. Zion High School. Bailey will be attending Richland Community College in the fall majoring in Business. The second recipient of a $500 scholarship was Heaven Taylor. She is the daughter of Chris and Stephenie Taylor. Heaven is a senior at Mt Zion High School with a grade point average of 3.346. She has played high school volleyball forfouryearsandalso Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce Scholarship recipients: Heaven Taylor, Bailey club volleyball for two years, olds and Maria Schollmeier Heaven is a frequent volunteer Crystal Reed. at a local ,nursing home where state of higher education. "Over she has helped serve residents 160 college have merged, closed and their families during the or been renamed since James Annual Christmas Dinner. Millikin arrived in Illinois," he She raised enough money said. White addressed the three selling homemade baked good myths about college. to buy and wrap 75 Christmas The first of the myths is presents for residents. Heaven that college education isn't personally delivered and visited worth it anymore. He noted with each resident as they that most people think that opened their gifts. She has also college students graduate with volunteered at Girls Awakening unbearable amounts of debt. Weekend the past two years. White then shared the results of Heaven will be attending a survey done by Pew Charitable Southern Illinois University Trusts."They recently released a with a major in PrePharmacy. study that the average difference Her goal is to continue on to between a high school graduate received her PhD in Pharmacy salary and a college graduates and own her own pharmacy or salary is over $17,000 a year," consulting business, he said "this was not a study This year's guest speaker of peopl e at the peak of their for the event wa Dr. Patrick earning this was found in elderly E. White, the 15th President millennial between the ages of of Millikin University. 28 and 32." White became president of He also noted examples of the University last October. schools that have large amounts Prior to that he served as of applicants yet accept a select president of Wabash College in few. White also compared the Crawfordsville, Indiana. amount of population in several White based his speech on the states that have college degrees. with Mt. Zion Chamber President Becky Hamilton. photo California has 30.3% of their population that have degrees with a per capita income of $44,980. Illinois has 31% with college degrees and Mississippi has 19.8% with a per capita income of $33,070 the lowest in the nation "Education has always been the means of upward mobility in the United States," White said "a college degree will not make you in and of itself a good person, smart person or successful person and its not the only way to achieve success in the world."White stated whatever racial, cultural or ethnic diversity some of the richest schools have achieved they have yet to achieve economic diversity. He stated that over 25% of Millikin students wilk be the first in their families to graduate from college. "What happens at commencement is not just the success of one student its the success of a family and everyone that's gone before that family," White said. !ii He then addressed the secon myth that no one is getting,il job. "In every recession, eve downturn the unemployme, rate is lowest among worke: with at least a colleg education," White said He state that nowadays some employers are using college ,degrees as- an entrance ticket even to .'j interview. White stated that the two mos} difficult things with employing , people is showing up on tirn?j passing the drug test and doiii the work. The final myth is that colleg '! is just for the rich and priv schools and fast becoming, unaffordable He stated thai )r Millikin's tuition is $28,000 bit few students pay that "Among our first year students 54% had demonstrated financial need at the level that they and th families could contribute les than $9,000 annually to th education," White said IEMA Highlights Preparedness for the Whole Community in April Encourages families, businesses, schools and other organizations .... .... " " ...... .... 'o'al'evelop emrg/ency'plan'thtlt adttress'all'nded ' In the past 12 months, Ithnos residents have endured flooding, tornadoes, snow storms, a Polar Vortex and other public ,safety emergencies. While" these and other disasters can't be pre- vented, their impact can be re- 'duced when people, businesses, schools and others in a commu- nity are properly prepared. With that in mind, the Illi- nois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will focus on 'Preparedness for the Whole Community' throughout April as part of its 2014 preparedness campaign. "Whole community means ev- eryone in a community needs to be prepared for disasters, not just emergency response agencies" said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "Individuals, families, businesses, schools, faith-based groups and other community or- ganizations should develop and practice emergency plans that address the needs of everyone in our community. This should include seniors, children, those with health concerns or disabili- ties, non-English speaking resi- dents and others." The state of Illinois has several resources available to assist with whole community preparedness, including an upcoming webinar, people with ]uncti'onai needsl American Sign Language (ASL) videos, information available in six non-English languages and links to information available from other organizations. On April 8, the Illinois De- partment of Public Health's Disability and Health Program will sponsor a webinar entitled, 'Partnering with People with Disabilities in Emergency Pre- paredness Activities.' The webi- nar, which will take place from 1-2 p.m. (CST), is designed to help emergency preparedness professionals include people with disabilities in emergency planning and exercises. The webinar will feature Jes- sica Mitchell, Disabilities Inte- gration Specialist with FEMA Region V, who will provide information on the concept of whole community planning, why it is important to include 'people with disabilities in emer- gency exercises and how to plan inclusive exercises. In addition, a panel of speak- ers from agencies serving peo- ple with disabilities will discuss specific populations of people with disabilities, how to recruit people with a variety of different disabilities and how their agen- cies can assist local planners to a preparedness guidebook for include people with disabilities. I Shopping for a New Ride? We Ha ve Great Rates! Staley Credit Union 3330 North Woodford St. 440 N. 22nd St. 423-9767 This institution is not federally insured. Proudly insured by American Share Insurance. A| Membership is open to all who live or work in Macon, Moultde, Piatt, DeWitt and Shelby counes. 2014 Staley Credit Union. I j, The webinar is aimed at local' health department and emer- gency management agency preparedness staff, local com- munity-based organizations and others serving people with dis- abilities. The program is being held in collaboration with the Great Lakes ADA Center at the Uni- versity of Illinois at Chicago. To register for the webinar, visit Health. In addition, the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois. gov) offers a guidebook, Emer- gency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs, with preparedness tips for peo- ple with visual, cognitive or mobility impairments; people who are deaf or hard of hear- ing; those who utilize service animals or life support systems; and seniors. For each functional need, the guidebook  .... ! provides a list Qf supplemental items for a disag- ter kit, tips on developing a, emergency plan, suggestions o how to be better informed abou[ community emergency planning and a checklist of preparedness_! activities. The Illinois Depaament o Aging provides preparedness information specific to seni0( on its website at, AoARoot/Preparedness/R i sources_Individuals/index.aspx and on the Ready Illinois we site. 0: The Ready Illinois website.. also offers more than two dozen  emergency preparedness vid- i eos produced in American Sign Language with closed caption-) ing. A function on the website. also enables most preparedness! information to be translated into Spanish, Polish, Chinese, ltaiT] ian, German and Filipino. i Lions Club Calendar Winners For January January 1-Heather Norris January 2- Melissa Gosnell January 3- Bob Howell January 4- Kendall Badgley January 5- Heather Norris January 6- Gale Baker January 7- F.D. Smith January 8- Brian Wilson January 9- Jim Dick January 10- Conner Calhoun January 11- Dawn Followell January 12Geri/Terry Mertens January 13- Micah Leubchow January 14- Seen Williams January 15- Shirley Budge January 16-Ryan Morlan January 17- Perr,.Troxel Jr. January 18- Mark Isbell January 19- Linda Rath January 20-Dan Daugherty January 21- Donna Johnson January. 22- Joe Marshall January 23- Eldon Yeakel January 24-Mike Magko January 25- Susan Lynch ' January 26-Chad and Bee Calhoun January 27-Donna Phillips January 28-Cecil Barr January 29- Dan Moroney January 30-Mike Macko January 31-Robert Hugo