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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Region News ' Page 3 • !i!i00 Phil Jenkins Carol Waller Jack Molloy April Nuzzi 855-6930 972-9257 433-0544 412.9009 R0seJ,-Hu KayJac0be TrishaBeck DoogRawliNs 519-2907 201-2600 853.3550 619-5627 Visit our website: "The better we market j,our properO; tile better we nu,rket our company" Paula Coole Owned Managing Broker 454-1050 1125 Woodland, MZ "mr .' ;!Ii E::!!!*iii!:;ii:i £ 3 BR 2 Story in MZ, 3000+ sq ft, 1.38 acres, 35 herbs, Updated K. Screened porch: Deck. $187,500. CallTdshe. r MZ Schoolsl Updated 1.5 Story in D City, "Move In Reedy r 25 car gar w/heat & work bench $13,000 Call Paula or Phil • • • • • FEATURED LISTINGS • • MZ Schools! Bi-Level, 3 Ig. MZ Schools! Raised Ranch, ] Sangamon Valley Schools! 1.5 Story, 4 BR, Roof09, A/C; BR, Neutral Decor, Siding 3 BR. 2.5 baths, F fin. beret., I "Move In Ready!" 3 BR t2, 2.5 carde gar. $85,900, '12:Roof'11. Furnace/AC Roof 2012 $164,900 Call lRanch, Lots Updates t CalITrisha '03. $134,900 CallDoug Rose. 0$99,900 CallTrisha. 4 BR Ranch in MZ Open.  Ii   WfL Schools! 3 BR Ranch, concept, Split bdrm design, Ranch, Split bdrm. Design, 2 Story with adjoining 80xl 20 Updates 2009-2010, 2 sheds. Jacuzzi, pool $149.900. 20x20 atrium! $139,900. IlOt, Huge Deck: Pool, Shed 2 car art garage $79,g00. I Call Phil. Call Kay. Call Paula. [ $164,900. Call Phil. , MZ Schools! New MZ Schools! 3 BR 1 Story, lW.rrensbumJLaamSchools! 3 BR Ranch, Updates!, F. "Owner Wants Sold!" bsmt. Construction! 3 BR Ranch. Updates in 2013, L 9. MBR, [Open-concept Ranch, 4 BR, Nice Floor Plan! Open- Fenced back yd $93.900. Jetted tub, Patio. Privacy $68,900. CallPhil. Concept, Oak flooring. Call Paula fence $129900. CallPhi[. roomy gar, F bsmt " " $205,000 Call Paula. Buying - Selling - Looking? Call Today - Our Agents are ready to assist you! OPEN SUNDAY 1-3 805 Baker Dr., Recently Reduced Again $3000. "Move In Ready!" 3 BR Ranch in MZ= Lots of Updates! 2 car gat. Deck. $129,900. Call Phil, Dir: Rt. 121 S Io L (E) on loberts to L(N) on Baker Dr. OPE,N SUNDAY 1-3 2660 Jennifer Dr, REDUCED1 $5,000, MZ Schools! Nice Updated 4 BR 2 Story. 2.75 baths• Open- concept K/FR Combo. $194,900. Call Doug, Dir.: Rt. 38 E to R (S) on 70th to R (W) at stop sign to Jennifer. • • • • • • • • • • • 3 BR Raised Ranch, Lots of Make Offerl Mendian Updates! Bsmt, 1 car att. Schools! Ranch, sits on carportt2 car dot garages. 5 acres. 35x45 machine $94,000. Call Rose. shed. $144,300. Call Phil A/O Schools! 3 BR Ranch 8 BR 2.5 Story/3 Story in Oreana. New carpet - LR v#ith English Domestic & halls. FrontJBack decks. ; architecture, 4.5 baths. $79.9"00. Call Paula Full bsmt, "A Must See[  $162.000, Call Trisha. AtwoOdlHammond Schools! Meddian Schools! 1 Stc Solid core hand-hewn Log in Macon, =Selling Home, 3 BR, 2 baths, Full Updates 2000 thrt ]! fin. bsmt wl2nd kitchen $5g,900 Call Caro[ $12g,900. Call Paula. NO Schools! 3 BR 2 Story, 3 BR Ranch, "Great Starter Open-concept, 2 baths, Home!" Fenced cornerlot. Updates!S89.900. CatlDo. $54,000. Call Dou 9. , , r Give the gift of life this Thanksgiving American Red Cross thanks blood donors with complimentary pies at participating Thanksgiving blood drives .As Thanksgiving approaches, many people reflect on their blessings and look for ways to give back to the community or someone less fortunate. Giving an hour of your time and donating blood could give a patient needing blood the most valuable gift of all - the gift of life. This Thanksgiving, the American Red Cross is encouraging all eligible donors to give back by • donating blood. It's the gift that doesn't cost a thing and can offer another holiday season to a patient in need. The Red Cross is thanking presenting donors with a complimentary pie at special blood drives during the week of Thanksgiving. As hff " ad'd'd ' incentiVe' during' 27 to Dec. 1 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T- shirt, while supplies last. "While the need for blood _ is ongoing, the supply isn't - especially around the holidays," said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Red Cross Heart of Americ Blood Services Region. "Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. Without the generosity of volunteer blood donors, we would not be able to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need." Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Macon County ' NOV. 25 fi:om 12-6 plm. at American Red Cross, 2674 N. Main St. in Decatur, Ill. How to donate blood Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver!s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh t least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school tudents and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height tnd the Thanksgiving holiday, all presenting donors from Nov. :,i;i,iil;i ::i::i:i!iii!P: :i !! ill :!i .......  N ......... i II Decatur city Council Discussion The Decatur City Council on Monday began its review of the City's proposed 2014 tax levy and budget, with projections characterized by flat revenues, rising expenses and strained by the regions higher-than-average local unemployment rate, City Manager Ryan McCrady, in outlining the proposed financial roadmap for the next fiscal year during a study session, explained that the city is facing what is an estimated $1.6 million deficit and is working now to make adjustments to close the financial gap. Next year's revenues are conservatively projected to remain flat and the projected Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) .of local properties will decrease by 1.8% for 2013 property taxes payable in 2014 while operational costs continue to increase. The manager indicated that staff is now working to eliminate the projected deficit through red'uctions in expenditures that will also require reductions in personnel. The city ill make a concerted effort to, where Begins Budget, Tax Levy possible, utilize vacant positions to help reduce the number of individuals that will be furloughed. The council will Vote on what will be a balanced budget proposal with a formal plan for eliminating the deficit during its December 16 meeting. The vote on the proposed tax levy is scheduled for the meeting of December 2nd. Even with the financial difficulties being experienced by the City, the budget and associated tax levy do not include any tax increases for city residents. It should be noted that the City levy only constitutes about 14% of the total property taxes paid by City property owners. Despite the less-than- optimistic financial forecast, council members on Monday did hear about a number of projects that will continue in 2014 funded with specific designated revenues to include: Water system improvements to solve what has been a decades Ion[; supply problem for, the community. Lake Decatur dredging will start again in 2014 and work to secure supplemental water supplies will continue, as will Lake Decatur dam maintenance. These projects are separately funded with water use fees paid by water customers. Restoration and preventive maintenance on the Lake Shore Drive sewer, funded with sewer use fees and a low-interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The final phase of downtown streetscape and renovations, funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Demolition of as many as 75 unsafe structures throughout the community, paid for with a portion of the city's federal allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds. Next year's budge t does not include funding for the City's Capital Improvement Fund and only for emergency replacement continued on page 4 Wise and Otherwise By Kent A Stock DON'T BE A TURKEY ON THANKSGIVING You.know I am not a fan of lists on "how to" do, handle, say things but, like a train wreck, I am drawn to them smply because I choose to revel in their absurdit]. With the holiday season upon us, the popular lists out now are how to have a harmonious time with your family. My first thought is if you truly are consulting a list like this then perhaps it best you dine alone on Thanksgiving. Since this column is all about dispensing wise, sage advice (stop laughing) I'll share some tips and give my "otherwise" take on them. The following suggestions come from the Mayo Clinic so they must be good! 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Zion's Finest" to cry your feelings. Yes, please do so at the adult dinner table and you'll be moved to the children's table immediately unless, like me, you are already there. Probably not a good'idea to chase your relatives around the feast with the carving knife either as that will probably also be considered a poor choice even if that is the feeling you'd like to express. Reach out. This does not mean with your hands to choke your cousin you only see maybe once a year. Be realistic. I actually like this one. Let's face it, Norman Rockwell made that portrait thing up completely out of thin air. You don't have to put on a Martha" Stewart style banquet unless of course you ARE Martha Stewart then you'd better know how to fold those fine linen napkins into the shape eta turkey or you will disappoint all of your guests. " Set aside differences. What a bunch of party peepers this Mayo Clinic bunch is and how unrealistic. I don't disagree completely but that is why we have football on Thanksgiving. You can scream at the TV instead of each other. The perfect diversion along with the tryptophan in the holiday bird which makes you too groggy to chase your relatives with sharp objects as described earlier. Plan ahead. Most definitely, you need a good exit strategy in case things start going downhill faster than the Obamacare website. You need to plan excuses ahead of time. "I forgot to put water back in the fish tank, gotta go" or (pulling out phone) "Not again, they want me to come into the office to finish the Veeblefister report- right now!" or "I have a feeling that a fit of projectile vomiting could start at any minute if I have to sit here with you people one more second." Okay, perhaps the last one might be a little too frank but, heyl the "Mayo-naisse" people said to express yourself. Don't abandon healthy habits; Seriously, these people must be communists. Besides, our unhealthy habits keep the folks in the medical profession busy. Finally, and this is my favorite, seek professional help if you need it. I thought your tips were supposed to keep me from having to do something like that? This Thanksgiving we are going to rent a bus and I am going to take my entire family to Mayo Clinic for professional help - won't be the first time. Or. I'll just sit at the table and cry into my napkin folded in the shape of a turkey - Martha Stewart would expect nothing less. 8O0-469-7404 ENVIRONMENTAL - .'SERVtCEE; • Residential Curbside Service • Recycling available in many areas • Commercial Service • Roll Off Service 10-40 cubic yards • Professional Customer Service i The Mt. Zion Region News (ISSN 10860657) USPS (594-960) ' P.O. Box 79, 433 N. State Hwy 121 Mt. 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