Posting Of Devon Amphitheater’s Partial Summer Schedule Is Great News!

Editor Paul Osborne

     • ISN’T THAT GREAT? We all waited for so long for the Nelson Park Amphitheater to become a reality. During a news conference on Friday the good news was announced that Nelson Park Amphitheater will open Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, 2019. (Details in another post on this site.) The Decatur Park District also announced the official name of the amphitheater is “The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater”, named in honor of the wife of Howard G. Buffett, whose foundation’s generous gift made the project possible. I really appreciate Howard and his foundation’s very generous support of our community. A lot of positive projects have (and are) becoming important parts of Decatur and Macon County and they are making us a better, and more attractive, community as a result. I always think that Howard could help any community in the world with his energy, commitment and financial strength—but he chose Decatur and he is a real blessing to our community in so many ways. Thank you, Howard. •

     • MAYORAL candidate David Horn will be hosting two upcoming “Conversations with the Candidate”, on Friday, February 22 at Door 4 Brewing Co. (1214 W. Cerro Gordo St.) and Friday, March 1 at Decatur Brew Works (101 N. Main St.) from 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Horn invites the public to stop by for informal discussion about the city and his campaign for Mayor of Decatur. Horn presently serves on the Decatur City Council and is a Millikin University Biology Professor. You can contact him at hornfordecatur@gmail .com or 217-358-5003 if you have any questions.

     •• THE EDC of Decatur and Macon County emphasized in its recent newsletter that crime rates have seen a decreased in Decatur. “Over 80% of all auto break-ins were to vehicles with unlocked doors, and over 36% of all home break-ins were to homes with unlocked doors. (According to 2017 Decatur Police Department Statistics) “Preventing crime can be as easy as locking your door. To help with this effort, several organizations have partnered together to create a simple and fun reminder for residents to protect their homes and cars. “The ‘Look, Stop & Lock’ campaign is a collaborative effort between the Decatur Police Department, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the Children’s Museum of Illinois and Limitless Decatur & Macon County, and is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.” Since the campaign launched in late spring 2018, auto burglaries have decreased by 39% and residential burglaries by 21%. The campaign will continue during May and June of 2019 and again during the 2019 holiday season.

     • WE ARE still getting calls about why the Macon County Health Department’s Food Inspection Reports are not being printed in our print edition of the Decatur Tribune. As explained in an earlier edition, the health department is changing how the scores are reported and, after I checked with the department on Friday, I was informed that the new format should be ready soon. As soon as we start receiving the reports, they will start appearing in the Trib most weeks. I think the health department was pleased to hear that readers are missing the report.

         • HURRY! I thought three words that I saw printed on a sign in a window of the Art Farm on North Park Street a few days ago pretty well summed up my feelings about the weather in Decatur over the last month. The sign read: SPRING: PLEASE HURRY! My sentiments exactly.

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