Decatur's newest Eagle Scout from the Lincoln Trails Council, troop 202, was awarded his badge on March 7, 2018. Daniel Jay Trebacz of Decatur earned his Eagle Scout award under the direction of Jim Livasy, scoutmaster. His proud parents are Steve and Marilyn Trebacz.
Macon County CASA To Receive $130,624 In Funding From ICJIA
Macon County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will receive $130,624 in funding from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). This money will help Macon County CASA continue to offer advocacy to the increasing number of children who have been abused and neglected. Trained volunteers protect the “best interests” of the child. Steve Miller, executive director of Macon County CASA, said this county has a strong need for the program and the money is necessary, because too many children have to be separated from their homes: 533 as of Nov. 1. “More children are being taken into care - 286 last year vs. 198 in 2016. We have trained more volunteers. Thirteen were trained in February, and our Mar. 20 class is filling up. We needed to give them more support. We received a grant to bring on three new advocate supervisors. Those are our professionals who coach and work with our dedicated volunteers.”
Macon County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates helped 242 children last year according to Miller. This was up from 2016, when 172 children received advocacy. He said the advocates have a special relationship with the children they are assigned.
“We advocate for these children so that they do not get lost in the system…as a volunteer advocate, you are closer to the case - and the child - than anyone else. That includes the case workers, attorneys and the judge and even the foster parents and birth parents.”
The advocates receive special training from CASA so they can build relationships with their assigned children through school and home visits, keep track of the progress of the case and write periodic court reports that aid the judge during his decision making as they generally watch out for the well-being of children during their time under court supervision.
According to Illinois CASA, children who have a CASA advocate see their case end eight months sooner and are 50% less likely to re-enter the foster care system. Statewide, CASA volunteers provide over 175,000 volunteer hours to children who have been abused and neglected.
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend April 13-15
A Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend is set for April 13-15 in Peoria. The weekend will begin Friday evening and end Sunday evening.
Join couples who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive.
For additional information, contact Norm and Deb Lopez at email@example.com, or check out the website www.godlovesmarriage.org. March 26 is the deadline for reservations but late reservations will be taken if space is available.
City Of Decatur’s 2018 Citywide
Cleanup Dates Set
The City of Decatur, in partnership with Advanced Disposal, has set its 2018 citywide cleanup dates. Cleanup dates will be held on:
Saturday, May 5, from 8:00 a.m.-12 p.m.;
Tuesday, June 19, from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 11, from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
All events will be held in the Decatur Civic Center parking lot.
Residents will be allowed to dispose of large items for no charge. Items must be placed in roll off bins located within the parking lot.
Items such as old furniture, mattresses and household items can be disposed of during this cleanup. Limited amounts of tires from residents will also be accepted. No electronics, appliances, paint or yard waste will be allowed.
The City of Decatur’s citywide cleanups are part of the City’s initiative designed to reinvigorate and improve neighborhoods.
Contact Richelle Irons at (217) 424-2864 or Raymond Lai, (217) 424-2335 for additional information.