PAUL OSBORNE, EDITOR 

Decatur Tribune Online

UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS

Celebrate World Kidney Day At Decatur Memorial Hospital March 8

    Decatur Memorial Hospital will host a free educational seminar on World Kidney Day, Thursday, Mar. 8 from 5 pm – 7: 30 pm in the DMH Classrooms. Physician presentations will start at 5:30 p.m. Robert Blackwell, MD, Urologist, from SIU Medicine will be this year’s featured guest speaker. 
    Mohammed Dawood, MD, Mohammad Hasnain, MD, and M. Mustansar Qureshi, MD, all Kidney Specialists from the DMH Medical Group will also be on-hand at the event.  
    “Kidney Disease is rampant in the United States and incidences are on the rise. Our focus is prevention and to increase the awareness and knowledge of the risk factors like obesity, hypertension and diabetes,” said Dr. Hasnain. 
    Refreshments will be served and seating is limited. Call 217-876-2850 to register or visit https://www.dmhcares.com/events/world-kidney-day/

State Of Grace Trio In Concert At Grace Baptist Church March 17

    The State of Grace Trio will be in concert at Grace Baptist Church 3770 N Water St. Decatur IL on Saturday March 17 at 7:00pm.  It's a free event, an offering will be taken to support the group.  
    For more information call 217-877-0009  or check out the website at www.experiencegrace.net  
    E-mail  is gracebaptistdecatur@gmail.com 


2018 Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Exemption Forms 
Now Available

    The 2018 Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Exemption forms are now available.  State statute requires this form to be completed annually.  You can get the form from most area banks, credit unions, libraries, post offices, on the county’s website and in our office.  
    Bring your 2017 income information to the Macon County Supervisor of Assessments Office at 141 S Main St Ste 401.  We will verify your income eligibility and help you complete the form.  


Rev. Dr. Mansfield To Present ‘The Heart Of 
The Matter’ At Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 
Of Decatur Feb. 25


    On Sunday, Feb. 25, The Rev. Dr. Doak M. Mansfield will present "The Heart of the Matter" -- Some considerations personal and professional of existential ideas, aspiration, and realities at 10:15 a.m. at the Unitarian Uni-versalist Fellow-ship of Decatur.    
   Rev. Mansfield is currently the pastor at the Community UU Church in Pasco, Washington.  
    Over the past 40 years he has served as minister at UU churches in Tampa, FL; Huntsville, AL; and Cincinnati, OH.  
    A soup lunch will follow the service.  

Wesley United Methodist Church To Hold Rummage Sale

And Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast Feb. 24 

    Wesley United Methodist Church will have a Rummage Sale and Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 24th. 
    The breakfast will be at  8 a.m. and will be hosted by the Wesley United Methodist Men. Profits will go to various missions.  
    The rummage sale will feature collectibles and miscellaneous.  There
will be a clothing & shoe bag sale at noon.  
    The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 3800 E. Cerro Gordo St. (corner of Brush College & Cerro Gordo St.), in Decatur.  
    Call the church, at 429-2113, for more information.

Stephen Decatur Chapter Of DAR To Hold Chapter Meeting March 1

    The Stephen Decatur chapter of the Daughters of the American  Revolution will hold a chapter meeting Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 1:00P.M. inside St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
    Rebecca Damptz will present, "War Photos".
    Hostesses are: Cheryl Chamblin, Chairman, Sue Ridgely, Nancy Sheppard and Linda Bowlby.
    Guests are welcome.

Macon County To Host Community Blood 
Drive On Feb. 28

    Macon County will host a community blood drive Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 141 S. Main Street, Decatur, inside Bloodmobile.
    To donate, contact Jeannie Durham at (217) 424-1472 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 60858 to locate the drive.
    Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds.  A photo identification is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, call Central Illinois Community Blood Center at (800) 747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before Jan. 3, 2018 are eligible to give at this drive. 
    Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Yoga For Beginners At Fletcher Park Recreation Center Starting March 13 

    Yoga for Beginners will be held at Fletcher Park Recreation Center. Classes will be held March 13 through April 19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
    The  six-week class will help attendees gain yoga skills by learning a safe way to approach and access yoga postures.     Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, towel and water to class.    
    The fee will be $60. Register at Mt. Zion Village Hall, 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Mt. Zion or call (217) 864-5424.


Open House At Decatur 
Christian School March 1 


    An open house for preschool (three and four year olds) and kindergarten age students will be held Thursday, Mar. 1 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Decatur Christian School, 137 S. Grant in Forsyth.
    For additional information, call 877-5636 or visit the website, www.decaturchristian.net.


Soup Supper At Cerro Gordo Church Of The Brethren Feb. 24

    Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren, located at 102 E. Durfee St. in Cerro Gordo, will have a soup supper on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    The menu will consist of a variety of soups and sandwiches, veggies and dip, pies, cakes and drink. A free will offering will benefit the church’s local outreach ministries.
    The community is invited to attend for an evening of food and fellowship.


Maple Syrup Programs At Rock Springs March 3

    Discover where maple syrup comes from at the Macon County Conservation District’s Maple Syrup programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, March 3.  Programs will be held hourly at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
     You’ll experience the process of making maple syrup.  See how a tree is tapped, sap is collected, and how the sap becomes syrup as we boil it down over an open fire.  The programs are free and a fun learning experience for all ages.  You pre-register online by noon on March 2 at maconcountyconservation.org.
     Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.  
    To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road.  Watch for signs.  
    There is plenty of parking available.


Fundraiser For April Kostenski To Be Held At Beach House Feb. 26

    A fundraiser for April Kostenski, Democratic candidate for Macon County Treasurer, will be held Monday, Feb. 26, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Beach House, 2301 Lake Shore Drive, Decatur.
    The fundraiser will be hosted by Julie Curry, Michael Carrigan, Tom Schneider, Tim Stone, Jim Underwood, Marcy Rood, P Kay Nuernberger, Jay Dunn and Decatur Trades & Labor.
    A friend sponsorship is $25; silver, $100; gold, $250 and  platinum, $500. Make checks payable to Friends of April Kostenski and mail to 2695 Timber Ridge Drive, Decatur, IL 62521.
    For additional information, call Jim Underwood at (217) 433-8632, or P Kay Nuernberger, (217) 855-4810.


Meet the Candidate Fundraiser And Reception For Samantha Murray Feb. 21  

    A campaign fundraiser will be held for Samantha Murray at Coz’s Bar and Grill, 1405 E. Village Pkwy, Mount Zion, Illinois, on Feb. 21 at 6 pm. The suggested donation is $25.
    Murray, a Republican candidate, is campaigning for Macon County Clerk.
    Murray will be joined by Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten and Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray. Murray promises "plenty of food and engaging conversations about the importance the role of county clerk.”
    For more information, contact Hubert via email at VoteSamantha@gmail.com or visit www.VoteSamantha.com


Entrants Being Sought For Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade March 17

    Entrants are being sought for the 2018 annual Decatur Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to be held at 11 AM Saturday, March 17th in downtown Decatur sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 577. 
    To join in the fun email Jim Wrigley at jwrigley@koehlbros.com or call 217-685-0696. 



Decatur Genealogical Society’s General Meeting Feb. 25


  The General Meeting of the Decatur Genealogical Society will be held on Sunday Feb 25th at 1:00 pm.      The speaker will be Don Chamblain. He will be speaking on the topic of “Building Illinois Railroads”. 
    Born and educated in Decatur, Chamblain taught high school biology/chemistry at Eisenhower High School for 31 years before retiring in 2000.  
    Known far and wide as an excellent speaker and presenter, he has in-depth knowledge of his subject.   
    There will be a short meeting at 2:00 pm with refreshments and research time until 4:00 pm.  
    There will be members available to help with research.  The public is welcome. 

Extension Offering Certified Food Protection Manager Training, Exam

    This March, the Macon County University of Illinois Extension office is offering the state mandated Certified Food Protection Manager course and test. Under the Food Service Sanitation Code, the Illinois Department of Public requires all food establishments be supervised by a Certified Food Protection Manager during hours of operation.
    The two-day course will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 and 9 at the Macon County Extension Office located at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur. Participants must attend both classes. The certificate exam will take place on the second day of classes. Bring a valid photo ID to the exam.
    The class will be taught by Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator Caitlin Huth and provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the national certification exam. The fee for this course is $115 and includes the textbook, class materials and exam. Classes fill quickly. 
    Register by Feb. 11 online at go.illinois.edu/dmp or by calling 217.877.6042. If needed, a retest will cost $50. If a reader or translator is needed, contact the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals at 800.446.0257 or customer.service @nrfsp.com.


Macon County Environmental Management Department Accepting Applications For 2018 Community Sustainability Grants

    The Macon County Environ-mental Management Department is accepting applications for their 2018 Community Sustainability Grant program through Monday, April 2, 2018. These grants are available to organizations, businesses, institutions or local governments. 
    Proposals should be oriented toward environmental sustainability programs such as water conservation projects, innovative recycling efforts, waste reduction, or the reuse of waste into new products. Grant funding may cover up to a total of 70% of the project costs with a maximum grant award of $5,000.00 for any single project.
    Grant applications may be downloaded from www.MaconGreen.com. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Macon County Environmental Management Depart-ment at (217) 425-4505.

John Ullrich Foundation To Help Schools

See Library’s Illinois Bicentennial Exhibit
 
    Schools in five Illinois counties can apply for financial help visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and its special exhibit celebrating the Illinois bicentennial, thanks to the generosity of the John Ullrich Foundation.
     The grants are open to schools from Coles, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties. They will help pay transportation costs and admission fees for students in grades 4-12 to visit the presidential library between March 23 and June 30.
     March 23 is the opening day for the Lincoln Presidential Library’s latest exhibit, “From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama.” The exhibit will explore the state’s history through lives of the four U.S. presidents who called it home.
     “In 2018, our guests get to immerse themselves in Lincoln’s life and also learn about three other fascinating, influential men,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “It’s a wonderful time to visit, and the John Ullrich Foundation deserves a round of applause for making that easier for some students.”
     John Ullrich was a prominent Decatur businessman and landowner in Lincoln’s era. The foundation that bears his name was established in 1989 to assist the people of five central Illinois counties.
     Schools can apply for the John Ullrich Foundation Field Trip Initiative grants by visiting http://bit.ly/UllrichGrant. The application deadline is Feb. 7.
     The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln material. The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors. The ALPLM is also the state’s official historical library and holds some 12 million items pertaining to Illinois history
     Learn more at www.President Lincoln@illinois.gov or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Operation Enduring Support To Send Easter Care Packages To Deployed Troops

     Operation Enduring Support, a faith based support group will be sending Easter Care Packages to deployed troops and need addresses and donations no later than March 15th. Recent letters received express how much these packages are appreciated by our military.
     Donations for postage ($18.03 per box) and items to fill the boxes would be appreciated.  
    They may be mailed or brought to Grace United Methodist Church from 8 a.m. until noon Monday through Thursday.  
    Submit APO/FPO addresses to Ann Irwin – a.irwin@att.net or phone 428-5936; Nicole Whitaker – Nicole@decaturgrace.org or phone 429-5374.  They may also be mailed to OES c/o Grace United Methodist Church, 901 N Main St., Decatur, IL 62521.
     Girl Scout Cookies will be included in this mailing and donations of the cookies are needed.
    Other suggested donations include: individual instant coffee and drink mixes, beef jerky, slim jims, Hot Sauce, protein and Granola bars, cheese and cracker packs, canned meat, puzzle books, playing cards, beanie babies, sun glasses, razors.
     Also needed are letters from school children, deodorant, tooth paste and brushes, eye drops, lip balm, sun screen, aloe vera gel, body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
    Daily devotionals and  small American flags are also needed.  Magazines and bar soap are no longer sent. All items should be of medium size to fit in the postal mailing boxes.
     OES has been sending care packages since 2003.  The community’s support is appreciated. 

New International Program At St. Teresa 

    St Teresa has partnered with New Oasis International Education to bring  international students to the St. Teresa and Decatur community.
    They are actively searching for Host Families to host international students that will be arriving for Fall 2018. They  have both young ladies and young men from China that are interested in attending high school in America. 
    They have all completed an international preparatory program, with a proven track record for excelling academically.
    Host families provide meals, a bedroom, transportation to activities, and a warm family environment. A generous monthly financial stipend of $1,100 is provided to the host family to offset housing costs.     
    New Oasis strives to create and grow global citizens through cultural awareness and immersion. We fully support the students that take the chance in coming to America for their High School experience, as well as the families that open their homes and their hearts.
    If you are interested in serving as a Host Family or have any questions, contact the main office at 217-875-2431 or our local New Oasis Global Program Manager, Audra Murray: AMurray@ NewOasisEdu.com, or 703-380- 3531.
    For more information, visit www.st-teresahs.org/hostfamily.


Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plungers To Splash Into Lake Decatur March 3

    Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support the Special Olympics athletes of Illinois by jumping into the waters of Lake Decatur on Saturday, March 3 for the 2018 Decatur Polar Plunge. 
    The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge® will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Check-in for the plunge begins at 10:00 a.m. located at 2301 N Lake Shore Drive, Decatur.
    This will be the 19th year of the LETR Polar Plunge. In 19 years, more than $18.4 million has been raised by more than 66,000 plungers. GEICO is proud to be the Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor.
    All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $100 in donations. People are encouraged to come in costume and to form teams. A team must consist of a minimum of five plungers. Each team member must also raise the minimum of $100 in donations; all team members’ individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a combined team total. Statewide, teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised.
    All plungers will receive a Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt in cardinal red. Plungers will also receive an entry into the grand prize drawing. For every $500 and $1000 a plunger raises, he/she will get an entry into the grand prize drawing.
    The other incentive prizes are listed as follows:
    $250 – Exclusive Special Olympics IL John’s Crazy Socks
    $500 – Messenger Bag
    $1,000 – Soft Shell Jacket
    Kimberly Stivers is the 2018 Polar Plunge Ambassador for the Decatur Polar Plunge. She has been competing with Special Olympics Illinois since 2003 in a variety of sports such as track & field, bowling, bocce, and basketball. She is a great supporter of the Polar Plunge and encourages everyone to participate despite the cold. Kimberly has participated as team captain in the Polar Plunge for the past five years. She is constantly recruiting new members to her plunge team. Her motto is the more the merrier! 
    Join Kimberly Stivers as she supports the 2018 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois!
    Plungers can register for the Plunge at www.plungeillinois.com or by contacting Joanie Keyes at 217-428- 9255. Last-minute Plungers are welcome to register on-site the morning of the Plunge. 


Stephen Decatur Chapter Of The Sons Of The American Revolution Invites Interested Citizens To Its Monthly Meetings

    The Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R), which covers the counties of Christian, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt, is an organization which encourages and supports participation in the preservation of our American heritage of personal, economic, political and religious freedom and promotes individuals to be active citizens in our great democratic society.             

      Members of the Society are able to trace their ancestry to a patriot from the Revolutionary War. 
    Monthly meetings are usually held the third Saturday of the month and, besides the monthly business meeting, it is an informational meeting for anyone who may be interested in finding out how to become a member. 
    For additional information call Dave Miller at 217-649-4025.


Health Department Is Offering Walk-In Hours  

For Adult Emergency Dental Treatment

    Macon County Health Department Dental Clinic is now offering walk-in hours for adult emergency dental treatment on Fridays. Hours will be 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Walking in is not a guarantee that the individual will be seen or treated on the same day. Bring medical card, voucher, or self-pay.    For additional information, call (217) 423-9930.


Stroller Club At The DISC

     Throw on your walking shoes and join the Stroller Club at the DISC. Stroller Club is held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m. at the DISC Indoor Track. 
    This is a great opportunity to meet other parents while exercising. No registration needed. Free for DISC members or $3.25/visit for non-members.         

    Call the DISC at 429-3472 for more information. 

Meals On Wheels Of Macon County Reinforcing Its Commitment 

    Meals on Wheels of Macon County is working on reinforcing its commitment to the entirety of Macon County. There has been an almost 50% increase in the number of clients served over the past couple of years. There is not a waiting list for new clients.
    Meals on Wheels of Macon County delivers a warm, nutritious noon-time meal (Monday-Friday) to homebound seniors living anywhere in Macon County. It is much more than a meal. It is a warm smile, friendly hello, and quick chat to make sure all is well.
    Anyone over 60 who does not drive (or drives very little) is eligible. There are no income guidelines. For additional information, call  (217) 422-6611.