Fifth Annual ‘Let’s Keep Decatur 
Bee-Utiful!’ Small Business Beautification
Contest Underway

Making Decatur a bee-utiful place to live, work and play is the goal behind the small business beautification contest kicking off this spring.
‘Let’s Keep Decatur Bee-utiful!’ contest coordinator Jill Davis encourages businesses to spruce up their landscaping and tidy up their property to improve their overall curb appeal.
Trimming and maintaining landscaping, having a plan to monitor and pick up litter on  their property, securing dumpster lids, keeping buildings, fencing,  benches, signs and parking lots clean are all ways to make a business look great. 
These are also criteria the judges will be looking for to determine winners.
Businesses will be divided into three categories: businesses with less than 10 employees, 11 – 25 employees, and more than 25 employees, with first, second and third place winners in each category.  “This way,” remarked Davis, “we can recognize and reward more bee-utiful businesses in the community!” The Speed Lube Continued Excellence cash award of $350, and the $350 Lowe’s Best in Show Gift Certificate Award, are two of the exciting awards this year.
Besides receiving publicity for their business in the Herald & Review, the Business Journal and on Facebook, as well as a Bee-utiful sign to display, each business that registers receives a 15% discount coupon from Connie’s Greenhouse. 
Each first place winner receives a $350 gift certificate to ‘From The Ground Up’ landscapes. Each second place winner receives a $200 gift certificate from Connie’s Greenhouse and each third place winner receives a $100 gift certificate from Cedar Lake Gardens and Gifts/Walkers Landscaping.
The deadline to register for the contest is June 12, 2015. Applications can be completed online at or can be printed and faxed to 217-877-6647.
The following sponsors help make this contest possible: Grain Journal, Busey Wealth Management, Herald & Review, Millikin University, Coaching House, Inc., Nims Foundation, Kevin and Sue Breheny, Wood Printing, Dunn Company, Decatur Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, and Bob and Cyndy Smith.
Davis challenges all small businesses to take a fresh look at their property, spruce it up a bit, and to register for a chance to win.

Spectacular Summer Day Camp And Teen Club
Offered By The Park District

An action-packed summer awaits at the Decatur Park District’s Spectacular Summer Day Camp & Teen Club. 
Day Campers aged 5 – 11 will take field trips, play sports, climb the DISC rock wall, and much more. 
Teen Club participants aged 12 – 14 will enjoy special events, sports, and field trips. 
Create-a-camp options are available for Park District programs including Scovill Zoo camps, junior golf, B.O.S.S., and Greater Decatur Youth Band. 
Transportation to and from Park District programs is provided. Campers can attend daily or weekly sessions from May 26 to August 14; register at least 48 hours in advance or by Wednesday if registering for the following week. 
Contact Danita Deffenbaugh at the DISC, 429-3472, to request a calendar of events and registration form. 

‘Straw Bale Gardening’ Session To Be Presented May 26

If bad soil, weeds, limited space or physical limitations are some of the reasons you don’t garden anymore come learn about an alternative gardening method that may change your garden.  
Decide if Straw Bale Gardening could work for you at a web-based session provided by University of Illinois Extension as part of their Four Seasons Gardening series.
The program is offered on May 26, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.  The session will be presented via the web at the Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur.  Advance registration is needed at least one day prior. 
For more information call the Macon County Extension office at 217.877.6042 or email Karyn at  
You may also register online at with the Four Seasons Gardening – Spring 2015 registration.  This session is available for attendance from home by pre-registering at University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, contact the extension office. 

Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate:  
Class And Exam Offered

The Illinois Department of Public Health “Food Service Sanitation Code” requires food establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified food service sanitation manager during hours of operation. 
University of Illinois Extension will teach the Food Service Sanitation Manager course that provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the National Certification Examination.  Topics include food borne illnesses, safe food handling, cooking, and storage, employee health and hygiene, facility safety and maintenance, and cleaning and sanitization.
Join this course on July 27, 2015 from 9:00am-3:00pm and July 29, 2015 from 9:00am-2:00pm with exam on July 29 from 12:00-2:00pm at the DeWitt County Extension Office, Clinton, IL.  Bring a valid photo ID to the exam.
The cost for this course is $100 for the 2 days and includes the textbook, class materials, and exam.  After successful completion of this course, an additional $35 is paid to the Illinois Department of Public Health to receive your certificate.  Renewal of the certificate occurs every 5 years. 
Register by calling 217-935-5764 or online at by July 20, 2015.
If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact 217-935-5764.

Independence Pointe Offers Parents Night Out Respite Program

Independence Pointe Incorporated offers a Parents Night Out Respite Program several times per month. Parents register and bring their children with developmental disabilities and their siblings from ages 1 through 13 years for an inclusive experience of social activities, field trips, and entertainment.
For additional information call Lori Brown at 429-1052, ext. 111 or visit

Music At The Museum Fridays In May At
Children’s Museum Of Illinois

Sing along with Michael Scherer and Zach Garrett and tinker with different musical instruments on Fridays in May,  the 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th from 9:30 —10:00 AM. 
This is great for families with children ages 0-7! Free with admission.
For more information, visit or call the Museum at 423-KIDS.
The Children’s Museum of Illinois’ summer hours are now in effect. The Museum will be open on Mondays from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM until the end of August. Admission is $5 for everyone ages 2 and older. For more information, visit or call the Museum at 423-KIDS.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the museum. Mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers receive free admission on their special day. The Museum is open from 1 – 5 pm on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th.
Children’s Museum of Illinois is located at 55 South Country Club Road, next to Scovill Zoo on the shores of Lake Decatur. It is ranked one of the top 25 children’s museums in the U.S.  In 2014, nearly 63,000 guests visited the museum. The museum contributes to the community’s quality of life as an educational facility, visitor attraction, family destination, and site for volunteerism. May through June hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Closed major holidays.  Admission is $5 for everyone ages 2 and older.

‘Pollination Celebration’ At Rock Springs
Nature Center June 6

A Pollination Celebration will be from 8:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur.  
Discover the importance of pollinators in our ecosystem.  This day-long workshop will focus on humming birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators.  Also learn about landscaping and native plants that attract these pollinators. 
You will have a hands-on opportunity to create a Mason Bee house to help attract bees to your garden or a pollination pot to attract humming birds, bees and butterflies.
Cost of participation is $25 per person.  Register by May 30, 2015 at
The Pollination Celebration is made possible by a partnership between Glacier’s Edge Master Naturalists, a part of University of Illinois Extension, and Macon County Conservation District.
If you have questions or need more details, call Dena at 217.877.6042 or visit  
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.

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Tribute Concert To Feature Elvis Himselvis May 23

Midwest Elvis fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the music of “The King” on Saturday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm at the Hoogland Center for the Arts (3rd floor), 420 S. 6th Street, Springfield. 
The tribute concert will feature internationally known performer Elvis Himselvis, Rick Dunham, dancers and the DTCB Band. Rick has performed his Elvis tribute concerts for 30 years. Rick will be performing several new popular Elvis songs during this concert. 
Tickets are available at the: Hoogland Center for the Arts, 217.523.2787, or    Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for seniors.
Parking is available in the adjacent ramp lot.  

American Legion Castle Williams Post 105
Announces May Activities

American Legion Castle Williams Post 105, located at 1535 Legion Drive
in Decatur, has announced its May schedule of activities
• Saturday May 9: Karoke, 7:00-11:00 pm. DJ Cindy spins your favorite songs to sing, join on in!
• Monday May 11: Post and Auxiliary meeting 7:00 pm
• Saturday May 16: Buddy Love and The Can't Hardly Play Boys 8:00 -11:00 pm. No cover charge.
Saturday May 23: Fill The Hill Ceremony---4:00 pm
  You may pay tribute to your loved one veteran by purchasing a flag for $10.00. The flags  are 12x18 and are personalized by a yellow ribbon with the name of your loved one  on it. The flags will be placed on the hill north of the parking lot Saturday May  23rd, 2015. 
There will be a special ceremony held at 4:00pm when the names of the  honored will be read. The flags are then yours to take with you.  There will be an ice cream social following the ceremony.
• Saturday May 23: Karoke, 7:00-11:00 pm DJ Cindy spins your favorite songs to sing, join on in!
• Monday May 25: Happy Memorial Day. Ham & Beans while they last 11:00 am -3:00 pm. Donations appreciated.
• Saturday May 30: West End Boogie Project 8:00 -11:00 pm. No cover charge.

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The above photo shows the Transfer House in Lincoln Square in the early years of the 20th century .

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