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Page 2 The Region News .... mtzionregionnews@comcast.net Wednesday, August 12, 2015 r. ' .... Mt. Zion Odd Fellows Golf Outing On August 22 Phone Scammer Impersonating A Macon County Sheriff's Office Detective The Mt. Zion Odd Fellows Golf Outing is August 22 and will be i held at Moweaqua G01f Course. Shotgun start is at 8:00 am. The outing is a four man scramble with handicaps.. Part of the proceeds will benefit two outgoing seniors to help with their college expenses. Two trips to Las Vegas will be given away. P16ase contact Jeff Miller for more information on the'outing at217-620-0302. Escape To Mini Golf Event on August 14 Students can "escape to mini golf" at Overlook Adventure Mini Golf on August 14! From 4 - 9 p.m., students aged 4 - 18 (ages 4 - 13 must be accompanied by an adult) will receive unlimited golf, small fry with a side of cheese sauce, cookie, can of soda, and a froyo stick from Ted's Taters and CherryBerry. School supplies and door prizes will also be given. Fee is $10. For more information, call 422-2316. Decatur Audubon Society To Meet August 16 The Decatur Audubon Society invites the general public to its third summer meeting on Sunday, August 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center, 2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, Illinois (use Exit 88 off of 1-55). Joel Horweel, Center Director, will talk about the history and mission of the .center as we tour the facility. We will carpool from the west parking lot at the Decatur Conference Center, leaving promptly at 2:30 p.m. After the program we plan to dine at the Cracker Barrel at Exit 90 off 1-55. Guests are alwaYs welcome. Overdose Awareness Day Walk and 5K Race The third annual Overdose Awareness Day Walk and 5K will be held on Saturday, August 29 at the Mt. Zion Lions Center, 1595 W. Main Street in Mt. Zion, Packet pick=up will be 6"30 to 7:30 am with race/walk starting at 8:00 am. Cost for the race/walk is $25. There will be a minimum of three awards in each age division given. There will also be a post race breakfast, refreshments and door prizes. For more information contact Kathy Burkham at 217-972-4399 or Mike Burkham at 217-864-4646 or e-mail overdoseawareness@yahoo. com. Make checks payable to:Tyler Yount Foundation Ltd., P.O. Box 142, Mt. Zion, IL 62549. Super Kids Club Presents Jurassic Kids On August 15 Children can take a trip back in time to One Million B.C. as Super Kids Club presents "Jurassic Kids" on Saturday, August 15 at 2:00 pm at the Lincoln Square Theatre. The matinee with feature Spunky Squirrel, Granny Giggles and the Gary Strong Marionettes introducing Toby T-Rex. The program will include stone age games, a classic big screen cartoon plus a comedy short. Prizes are courtesy of Scotty's Pest Control. Club membership is free. Doors will open at 1:30 pm. Adult admission is free, children's admission is $3.00. All proceeds benefit the operation of Lincoln Square Theatre. For further information visit the theatre online at www.lincolnsquaretheatre. com or find them on Facebook. Residential Curbside Service Recycling available in many areas i; :Commercial Service R011 Off Service 10-40 cubic yards Pr0fessiona! Cust0rnerServic, e.=, Macon County State's Attor- identifying himself as Detec- Office. tline at 217-615-7582. All calls ney Jay Scott and Macon County tive Lewis Hemming with the If you receive this call hang are answered by State's Attor - Sheriff Thomas Schneifer have Macon County Sheriffs Office. up. If you suspect a seam has ney Jay Scott or Sheriff Thomas announced that area residents This is a scam. There is no such been committed or attempted, Schneider. To learn more aboui 'I are receiving calls from a person person employed by the Sheriffs please 9all the Elder Fraud He- seams visit www.sa-macon-il.us. WIC Market Clients to Incentive from Lumpkin Family Foundation i The Women, Infants, and all families who receive Farm- merit to receive a free reusable Lion, who is granting funds Children (WlC) Program at the ers Market coupons throughshopping bag and a bonus $5.00 help increase WIC farmers mar; Macon County Health Depart- WIC services. On August 17th coupon to be used at the on-site ket benefits in central Illinois. ment is teaming up with the I1- and 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 market that week. This incentive For more information, please linois Farmers Market Associa- p.m., these WIC families are program has been made possible call Karen Shiflett, RN, BSN at tion to provide an incentive to invited to the Health Depart- by the Lumpkin Family Founda- (217) 423-6988 ext. 1343. Young at Art Exhibition Opening August 14th At Children's Museum Of Illinois Children's Museum of Illi-to experience both visual and development and motor skills, Club Road, next to Scovill Zoo nois will open its newest per- performing arts. Make-believe as well as later childhood devel- on the shores of Lake Decatur. It manent exhibition Young at Art play helps with children's social opment of proficiencies in in- is ranked one of the top 25 chil- on August 14th, 2015, starting and cognitive development; and ventiveness, cultural awareness dren's museums in the U.S. In at 9:30 AM. Young at Art is an the arts in general help children and improved academic ability. 2014, nearly 65,000 guests vis- interactive space that provides to express themselves, as well Schools, child care centers, and ited the museum. The museum families with a space to enjoy as interpret the world around families will be able to continue contributes to the community's and learn from the fine arts, and them", shares Kate Flemming, to expose children to the arts quality of life as an educational is a unique addition to the De- Executive Director of the Chil- through Children's Museum of facility, visitor attraction, fam- catur area. Developed by Red- dren's Museum of Illinois.Illinois with this exhibit. Young ily destination, and site for vol- Box Workshop, this exhibition This expansion of the Museum at Art Exhibition Opening is at unteerism. September through includes an art station for free- builds on its mission to comple- 9:30 AM, Friday, August 14th at April hours are Tuesday - Fri form art, area to display visitor ment and enhance educational Children's Museum of Illinois, day, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Satur- created drawings, as well as an opportunities, particularly in 55 South Country Club Road. day 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and interactive stage for student-le the arts and sciences. As school There will be a live art demon- Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. productions. Young at Art is budgets tighten, visual and per- stration starting at 10:00 AM by Closed Mondays and major hol- supported through the Amherst forming arts are often cut, at the local artist Ed Lozano, and fam- idays. Open on some Mondays Hardy Foundation, and other detriment of student growth, ily arts projects until l l:30AM, for school holidays. Admission private donors. "As a Museum Arts programs and activities Museum admission is $5 for ev- is $5 for everyone ages 2 and whose mission puts special fo- like Young at Art have been eryone ages 2 and older, older. cus on the arts, we envisioned shown to benefit early develop- Children's Museum of Illinois a space that allowed children mental skills, such as language is located at 55 South Country Mt. Zion Village Board Recognizes Retiring Board Member For Years Of Service (Continued FromPagel) The equipment being referenced as authorized by the Open July l,2013;September3,2013; listened to everything good was a 2004 trackless and its Meetings Act. According toOctober 28, 2013; November 4, and bad and dealt with it attachments that are no longer Village Administrator Julie 2013; December 7, 2013 and approporiately." in use by the Public WorksMiller this is done twice a year. December 16, 2013. Bright stated the highlights Department. Village Treasurer This released minutes fromVillage Engineer Matt Foster of his service to the village Corey McKenzie helped withNovember 3, 2014; January 12, gave the board an update on include the establishment of this ordinance by researching 2015; March 16, 2015; and June projects in the village. He stated Fletcher Park and the Mt. Zion how the village could sell the 1,2015 executive sessions,that the North Drive drainage Convention Center. He stated equipment through a service The board then authorized project is underway. Foster the park was done through the called Municibid. the destruction of audio or stated that he and Public Works combined efforts of both the The service will list it on their video recordings from closed Director Chad Reynolds had Village of Mt. Zion and Mt. site as well as Google, Craigslist meeting sessions. Miller stated spoken to a property owner Zion Township. The Convention and social media. "The beauty this is done every six months as who wanted an alteration to the Center he noted was built to give of this website is we can reject well and they look back at the alignme at on his property for the village offices more space any bid for any reason," he said previous 18 months of audio the project. He also stated that and the building also draws Another benefit of the service recordings. As long as minutes one of the grant programs he a.tt ation,to the, villag ..... is there is no fee to the v i.Uage have been released to the public was planning to apply to for ',;.Th':me~t~ it~mon ,the,agcaKia as ,a, se.31er and the ~.bt~,ym',',is aji~d ~mon~tt~J~a~v~i~ a-r-o~y,/arojec~l~a,s~reo~ne~. ~._ agl ,ordinaac...autl~orizing responsible for an2g and all fees c,La~,~ be ~0ne. ~This resolution Foster con ued on to state that the sale of surplus equipment, associated with the salve. ..... authorized the destruction of they oul like to use the granl The next item was opening recordings from May 6, 2013; if they received it for gates at the of closed session minutes May 20, 2013; June 3, 2013; railroad crossing. Top 10 Tips about Tax Breaks for the Military If you are in the U. S. Armed Moving Expense Deduction. reserve duties that are more Forces, special tax breaks may You may be able to deduct than 100 miles away from apply to you. For example, some of your unreimbursed home. some types of pay are not tax- moving costs. "This applies if ROTC Allowances. Some able. Certain rules apply to the move is due to a permanent amounts paid to ROTC stu- deductions or credits that you change of station, dents in advanced training are may be able to claim that can Uniform Deduction. You cannot t lxable. This applies to al- lower your tax. In some cases, deduct the costs of certain uni- lowances for education and you may get more time to file forms that you can't wear while subsistence. Active duty ROTC your tax return. You may also off duty. This includes the costs pay is taxable. For instance, get more time to pay your in- of purchase and upkeep. You pay for summer advanced camp come tax. Here are the top 10 must reduce your deduction by is taxable. IRS tax tips about these rules: any allowance you get for these Civilian Life. If you leave Deadline Extensions. Some costs, the military and look for worki members of the military, such Signing Joint Returns. Both you may be able to deducl | as those who serve in acom- spouses normally must sign a some job search expenses. Yot bat zone, can postpone some joint income tax return. If your may be able to include the costs tax deadlines. If this applies to spouse is absent due to certain of travel, preparing a resum you, you can get automatic ex- military duty or conditions, you and job placement agency feesi tensions of time to file your tax may be able to sign for your Moving expenses may also return and to pay your taxes, spouse. In other cases when qualify for a tax dedu.:tion. Combat Pay Exclusion. If your spouse is absent, you may Tax Help. Most military bas- you serve in a combat zone, need a power of attorney to file es offer free tax preparation and certain combat pay you get is a joint return, filing assistance during the tax not taxable. You won't need to Reservists' Travel Deduc- filing season. Some also offer show the pay on your tax re- Lion. If you're a member of the free tax help after April 15. turn because combat pay is not U.S. Armed Forces Reserves, For more, refer to Publication part of the wages reported on you may deduct certain costs of 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. It your Form W-2, Wage and Tax travel on your tax return. This is available on IRS.gov/forms Statement. If you serve in sup- applies to the unreimbursed at any time. port of a combat zone, you may costs of travel to perform your qualify for this exclusion. Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC. If you get nontaxable combat pay, you can include it to figure your EITC. Doing so may boost your credit. Even if you do, the combat pay stays nontaxable. Del's Express 10th Anniversary Celebration (Continued From Page 1) Saturday, August 15 between 10 am and 2 pm for the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. See the upgrades they've made to the shop and enjoy free samples. Del's Popcorn Express is located at 100 W: Debby Drive in Mt. Zion. You can reach them by phone at 864-9888. Under New Management (217) 1059 E. Columbia St. Arthur, IL 61911 New Hours of Operation Tues & Wed 9:00-5:30 Thurs & Fri 9:00-8:00 Sat 8:00-3:00 Closed Sun & Mon Imb lHB IlmCl 4~m FOR LIFE? J