St. Mary's Widowed Support Group To Meet For dinner Dec. 19
St. Mary’s Widowed Support Group will meet for dinner at Witt's End, 181 Wall Street, Macon, on Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. All widows and widowers are welcome.
For additional information, contact Sister Chaminade Kelley, R.N. at 428-7733.
Decatur Human Relations Commission To Meet In Closed Session Dec. 12
The City of Decatur Human Relations Commission will meet in closed session in accord with Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (4), "to consider evidence or testimony presented in closed hearing where specifically authorized by law, to a quasi-adjudicative body, as defined in the Act, provided that the body prepares and makes available inspection a written decision setting forth its determinative reasoning," in specific reference to the public hearing held in the Daniel Igwe v. Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Internship Program to consider the Respondent's motion to dismiss the complaint on the basis of jurisdictional authority and timeliness of the complaint filing. The closed session will be held on December 12, 2013 at 5:45 p.m., in the City Council Chamber on the 3rd floor of the Decatur Civic Center, #1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza, Decatur, Illinois, 62523. For any questions, call Mark Barthelemy, human rights officer, at 424-2805.
Christmas Tea At Oglesby Mansion Dec. 15 The Governor Oglesby Mansion invites everyone to the annual afternoon Christmas Tea from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Tour this significant local landmark, an elegant circa 1870s mansion that belonged to Governor Richard J. Oglesby, in all its holiday décor while warming up with hot tea and refreshments.
The Oglesby Mansion is located at 421 West William Street in Decatur. To get to the Oglesby Mansion, head three blocks west on William Street from Route 51. Plenty of street parking is available.
Santa Claus at Children’s Museum of Illinois Dec. 13 It’s Cocoa and Cookies with Santa at the Children’s Museum Dec. 13th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Ask Santa for holiday gifts, enjoy yummy cocoa and cookies, listen to a holiday story, and make a craft. Cost is $7 per person for Museum members and $10 per person for non-members. Cost includes admission to the Museum. Children under the age of 2 are free. Pre- registration and pre-payment are required. Call the Museum at 217-423-5437 or register online at: www.cmofil.org. Children’s Museum of Illinois is located at 55 South Country Club Road, next to Scovill Zoo.
‘Downward Mobility Chosen’ Topic
of Annual Mangan Lecture Dec. 11
An annual lecture honoring a Decatur priest who aided locked out and striking workers during the “War Zone” era of the 1990s will be delivered by one of Father Martin Mangan’s long-time friends. Father Doug Hennessy of Bloomington will speak at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Decatur Public Library’s Madden Auditorium. “Fr. Martin Mangan, Pope Francis and Downward Mobility: Becoming a Church for the Poor,” is the subject of Hennessy’s talk which is free and open to the public. Hennessy said that recent statements and actions by Pope Francis have echoed decisions and actions taken by Mangan, who chose “downward mobility” by leaving the fast-track to a bishop’s robes to become a parish priest. Hennessy, who retired this summer on the 50th anniversary of his ordination, is a native of Bloomington. He attended the University of Notre Dame before deciding to become a priest and entering St. Ambrose Seminary in Davenport, Iowa. After transferring to the North American College in Rome, he was ordained in 1963. In the summer of 1964 he was assigned to St. Paul’s Parish in Macomb, serving with Father Joe Kelly, a close friend of Mangan’s. Later he served as the Director Religious Education for the Diocese of Peoria and served as a pastor in Urbana. Returning to the North American College in Rome in 1986. He served there for five years, returning to lead parishes in Danville and finally, Holy Trinity in Bloomington The Father Martin Mangan Lecture on Social Justice was launched a few months after the priest’s death in September 2001 and is held each year near his Dec. 12, 1929 birthday. Mangan, Hennessy said, “had a passion and compassion for the poor, the oppressed, and the maligned,” which led him to step down as chancellor of the Diocese of Springfield 1n 1967 after he was ordered by the then-Bishop William O’Connor to stop taking public stands on civil rights and other social issues. “In essence, as Mangan had been trained to eventually become a bishop this was downward mobility chosen. He knew he had cooked his goose with the Church in terms of rising.”
Spirit Of Giving Collection for Toys for Tots Dec. 13 On Friday, Dec. 13th, WAND will be holding their fifth annual Spirit of Giving day to help Toys for Tots in Macon County collect toys for the Salvation Army for Christmas. From 7am to 6pm on Friday, Dec. 13th, WAND employees will be in front of the station collecting new, unwrapped toys. Cromwell Radio will be broadcasting from 6am to 6pm from the WAND lot. You can also drop off toys at Slumberland on Ash Avenue. All the toys will be taken to the Salvation Army and then the Salvation Army will distribute them to children in Macon County on Tuesday, Dec. 17th. WAND understands that times are hard for many families this year. Our Spirit of Giving will put a smile on a child’s face Christmas morning. If you feel it in your heart and can help this year, bring a new, unwrapped toy to the station Friday, Dec. 13th to donate to Toys for Tots. Remember, it’s the thought behind it that will make a child smile. This year’s Spirit of Giving is brought to you by Menard’s, St. Mary’s Hospital, Slumberland, Cromwell Radio and WAND.
Nominations Being Accepted For Partners’ Salute To Outstanding Educator Award
Do you know an educator who excels in connecting the real world of work with educational instruction for students? If so, this individual should be recognized. Partners In Education is now accepting nominations. This award receives a monetary honorarium sponsored by Consociate Dansig presented at the Partners’ Salute on Monday, March 3, 2014. Nomination forms can be downloaded from: http://pie.richland.edu and are due in the Partners In Education office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013. For additional information contact Renee’ Stivers, 217-875-7211, Ext. 575.
Fifth Annual‘Home For The Holidays’
Fostering Program Is Announced
The Macon County Animal Control and Care Center in partnership with the Decatur and Macon County Animal Shelter Foun-dation announces the 5th annual Home for the Holidays fostering program. Come in to make the holidays special for a dog or cat. They can be fostered in your home during the holiday season. The foster pet can be adopted and given its forever home by you. Applications are currently being accepted and may be completed at the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center 2820 E. Parkway Drive. Approved applicants may take home their foster upon approved application. Fosters may remain in your home until Jan. 10th, 2014. If you choose to adopt your foster they will be available to you at 1/2 half off the normal adoption fee. Stop by to pick out a foster or call 425-4508 with any questions.
Annual ‘Holiday In The Halls’ Craft Show Dec. 14
Decatur Christian School is hosting their 6th Annual Holiday in the Halls craft show Saturday, Dec. 14th from 8 - 3. The show is one of only a few in the area that has only handmade items from extremely talented crafters. Not only can you shop for one-of-a-kind presents, there will be a warm lunch served to keep you going. Thee will also be a Cookie Walk to buy all the goodies for your Christmas celebrations. Come and enjoy your day at Decatur Christian School, 137 South Grant St., in Forsyth.
The African-American Civil War Soldiers Monument in the 300 block N. Water St.
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