Learn and Volunteer in University of Illinois
Extension Master Gardener Program

Enrich your gardening knowledge and make a difference in your community by becoming a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.  
Volunteers should have a sincere desire to learn about horticulture topics, the ability to communicate effectively, and the willingness to work as a team.  Master Gardeners receive research-based training from University of Illinois staff in horticulture classes, including fruits, flowers, vegetables, landscape plants, insects, and herbs. 
Weekly training begins on January 22, 2015 and continues for a total of 11 weeks, through the first part of April.  Each class meets from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Five classes will be held in Springfield and six classes will be held in Decatur.  Following training, Master Gardener Interns agree to volunteer a total of 60 hours, by working at the help desk, display gardens, and numerous other projects.  With so many activities, it is not difficult to finish the hours while meeting wonderful people and enjoying many Master Gardener events.  
To become a Master Gardener, you need to fill out an application form by November 22, 2013 and attend an informal informational session.  The cost for the program and all materials is $150.00.  Scholarships are available.  Applications are available from University of Illinois Extension Macon County Office at 3351 N. President H. Brown Blvd., Decatur, IL, by calling Beth Allhands, Program Coordinator at 217.877.6042 or can be submitted through the online form at  University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call 217.877.6042.

Salvation Army to Open New Family Thrift Store in Decatur

The Salvation Army will open their Family Thrift Store at 2901 North Water Street in early December.  
“We are excited to be back in Decatur with a larger store for the general public of Macon County,” said Captain Robin Rutledge, Administra-tor of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.  The Thrift store will be filled offering all types of merchandise.    
A Job Fair was held Tuesday, in The Salvation Army Community Hall, 229 West Main Street in Decatur from 10 am – 2pm.  
“We plan to hire 15 – 20 people to work in this new store,” said Captain Rutledge.  
The proceeds from this thrift store and others throughout Central Illinois provides funding for The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, Illinois.  The men participating in the Adult Rehabilitation Center program are directly affected by your donations. 
They are provided with a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction and numerous resources to help them develop life skills and a personal relationship with God. 
Working to stop their addictions and once again become productive citizens.  Your neighbors and community benefit, too. 
The local Salvation Army Family Store is full of great values and bargain prices on clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics and much more.
To donate items to The Salvation Army please call 800-SA-TRUCK (800-728-7885) or go online at  Or use our mobile app on Google and Apple. 

Decatur Park District’s 40th Annual Turkey Trot Nov. 22

The Decatur Park District’s 40th Annual Turkey Trot presented by Tate & Lyle is scheduled for Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. at Fairview Park.
Included are a 5K run, 10K run, 5K recreational walk, and 1/2 mile Turkey Tot Trot. 
The first 300 entrants in the 5K, 10K, and walk will receive a long-sleeved Turkey Trot tech tee shirt. 
The top three winners in each age category will receive awards.  Refreshments will be provided after the race. 
Register online at or at the DISC (1295 W. Wood). Race fee is $25 ($30 on race day) and Tot Trot fee is $15 ($20 on race day). 
For more information, call Gabby at 429-7750.


The African-American Civil War Soldiers Monument in the 300 block N. Water St.

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