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The Salvation Army Senior Program To 
Be Held March 23

    The Salvation Army Senior Program, “It’s Not Easy Being Green” will be held Friday, Mar. 23 at 11:00 a.m. at 229 W. Main, Decatur. All seniors 50 and over are welcome.
    A $3 donation will be accepted at the door.
    Reply by Wednesday, Mar. 21 by calling (217) 428-4672.                          

HSHS St. Mary’s Widowed Support Group To Hold
Meeting March 22

    The HSHS St. Mary’s Widowed Support Group will meet Thursday, Mar. 22 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Whit’s End, 181 Wall Street, Macon
      All widows and widowers are welcome.
      For additional information, contact James Vogel at 429-2089.

Rock Springs Conservation Area

Hosting Summer 
Camps for 2018

    The Macon County Conserva-tion District is pleased to offer a variety of nature and history themed summer camps for children ages 1-15.  With the help of experienced staff, these camps have connected children with nature, encouraged exploration, and created lasting memories since 1982.  All camps meet at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  Online registration opens April 2 at 
     Earth Adventures returns as a full-day, Monday-Friday nature camp, designed for ages 6-12.  Campers will explore science, nature, and history through outdoor activities.  Camp runs from June 4 through August 10.  You may sign up for any number of weeks, or join us all summer as we learn about “River Explorers.”      Earth Adventures runs weekdays, from 9am to 4pm, with before and after care available in the mornings from 7am to 9am and evenings from 4pm to 6pm.  A fee of $120/camper each week covers all activities and transportation for weekly field trips and swimming.  Any additional siblings in a family receive a discounted rate of $105/week.  Campers bring their own lunches.  Space is limited to 40 campers each week.
     If a full week of camp doesn’t fit your schedule, the Macon County Conservation District also offers Adventure Club.  In Adventure Club, children ages 5-12 join in on Earth Adventures activities on Tuesday mornings, from 9am-12pm for $12/camper each week.
     In celebration of the Illinois bicentennial, Pioneer Adventure Camp will explore Illinois history this summer, from June 21 through July 26.  This history-themed camp for ages 6-12 meets Thursday mornings, from 9am-12pm in Rock Springs Nature Center.  Campers will explore how Illinois has lived, worked, and played over the last 200 years.  A fee of $12/camper each week includes a camp t-shirt and all activities.
     Children ages 10-15 seeking more adventure can choose from four unique X-treme Camp day trips.  Day trips include canoeing (June 20), horseback riding and Gator Creek cruise (June 27), horseback riding and Mississippi Riverboat cruise (July 18), and a trip to St. Louis Science Center and Planetarium (July 25).  A fee of $60/camper for each trip covers the cost of all activities and transportation.
     Mini Camps are one hour long camps for children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy.  They are held all year.  In June and July, we’ll explore a different local plant or animal each week.  A fee of $6/camper covers all activities and a snack. 
     Find more information about each camp and register online at  Conservation District staff are happy to answer your questions at 217-423-7708.
     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.  Plenty of parking is available.

Rotten Easter Egg Hunt at Scovill Golf Course April 6

    The 2018 Rotten Easter Egg Hunt will be held Friday, April 6 at Scovill Golf Course, 3909 West Main Street, Decatur. This adults only event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include music, pizza, adult beverages, games (bags, water pong), optional Easter basket contest and an outdoor hunt with thousands of eggs redeemed for cash prizes, gift cards, and more.     Bring a basket for eggs and a flashlight.
    Tickets will cost $25 per person/$40 per couple. VIP tickets will be $40 per person/ $70 per couple. VIP perks will include extra drink tickets, entry into the cash prize drawing, and parking.
    Registration deadline is April 5, unless sold out. To register or for additional information, call 422-5911 or go to
    All proceeds will benefit the Decatur Park District youth arts and recreation programs.

The United Way Of 
Decatur And Mid-Illinois Needs Volunteers For 
Line Of Effort Panels

    The United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois community needs volunteers to serve on their Line of Effort panels. Their community investment approach continues to evolve. 
    This year they will look at programs in the following Lines of Effort: youth education; adult education; job skills training and income resilience; health; safety; and essential needs and program linkage. Community funds raised during the United Way campaign will be invested into the most effective, efficient, and integrated community programs.
    As in past years, volunteering will include participating in a short orientation followed by a week of agency program presentations. 
    The presentations will consist of a program site visit and a detailed program presentation by agent staff to the volunteers. Each Line of Effort investment deliberation will take approximately one week from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 
    Actual times will not be known until total number of program applications per Line of Effort are known, after the application period closes. 
    For additional information or to volunteer, call (217) 422-8537 or email

Applications Being Accepted For Arts In Central Park

In Downtown Decatur Sept. 15, 16

    Applications are being accepted from artists interested in exhibiting at Arts in Central Park, a juried art fair held in Central Park in downtown Decatur, on Sept. 15 and 16, 2018.  Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.
    Artwork for jurying and inclusion in the show must be original.  Assistance of commercial molds and kits may not be used.  Resale of purchased item is not permissible.
    If interested, contact Decatur Area Arts Council at 217-423-3189 or Gallery 510 at 217-422-1509.  For details about the event or to download the artist application, go to ;
    In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Decatur Area Arts Council, they are sharing fun facts, memories, and history. 
    Now in its 56th year, Decatur's original juried fine arts fair was founded by Barn Colony Artists in 1962, with the newly-established Arts Council joining in 1969. Arts in Central Park as we know it today has been co-sponsored by DAAC and Gallery 510 Arts Guild since 1995.

​Macon County Farm Bureau To Hold ‘Family Meals

Made Easy’ Fundraiser March 22

    Macon County Farm Bureau will have a fundraiser, Family Meals Made Easy, at 1150 West Pershing Road, Decatur. Pick up date will be March 22 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    The cost for members will be $140 for 10 freezer meals that feed 5, or $70 for 10 meals that feed 2. The cost for nonmembers will be $150 for 10 freezer meals that feed 5, or $75 for 10 meals that feed 2.
    Menu includes honey garlic chicken, chicken taco casserole, BBQ pulled pork, savory pepper pork roast, sweet and sour meatballs, Philly cheesesteak sloppy joe, bacon cheddar meatloaf, white chicken chili, buffalo chicken casserole and cuban pork roast.
     Registration and payment is due March 15. Cash, check or charge will be accepted. A service charge may apply for credit card payment. Make checks payable to MCFB. Payment cannot be taken over the phone.
    For additional information, call (217) 877-2436.

Pam Marty Is Featured Artist 
For March At Gallery 510

    Pam Marty will be the featured artist during the month of March at Gallery 510, located at 160 East Main Street, Decatur. Pam’s reception will be held  Mar. 2 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walk. She will speak at 6:30 p.m.
    Jessica Disbrow’s watercolors will remain at the airport and Annette Russo’s exhibit will remain at Wildflour through the end of March. Barbara Dove will have work at the Decatur Library during March.

Decatur Park District Boat 
Slips Available

    The Decatur Park District has boat slips available for the 2018 season. All slips have boat lifts. Rental fee is $1,395. 
    The docks have locked entrance gates, accessible walkways, electricity, and potable water. 
    Call Mandy at 422-5911 for details.

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.  

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.

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 or call 217-685-0696. 

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 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

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 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 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 or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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@, or 703-380- 3531.
    For more information, visit

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.