Heddington Oaks Launches Facebook Contest

Peoria – Like Heddington Oaks? Then like their Facebook page for a chance to win a one hour massage at AlignLife Chiropractic! Now through July 27, Facebook fans who “like” Heddington Oaks’ page (www.fb.com/heddingtonoaks) will be entered to win a massage at AlignLife’s North Peoria location, a prize valued at $60.00.

Social media continues to be a vital tool for communicating with our community. The Heddington Oaks’ Facebook page shares key events happening at the nursing home, with residents and visitors alike. In addition, those considering skilled care for their loved one or themselves will get useful information and resources on the Heddington Oaks’ Facebook page.

For more information about the contest, contact Jenny Fulton, Peoria County’s Director of Strategic Communications, at 309-672-6918.


Ada Oetgen



(Peoria, IL / July 22, 2014) The Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is pleased to acknowledge it has received its largest monetary gift to date. The planned gift was made by Ada Oetgen of Peoria, an alum and former faculty member, who died in February at the age of 89.

The $1.5 million gift will be used to establish the endowed Ada Oetgen Memorial Scholarship Fund and will be used for student scholarships.

Miss Oetgen was a 1945 graduate of Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing, as it was known then. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University in 1952 and a Master of Arts in Nursing in 1959 from the University of Chicago.

Miss Oetgen joined the School of Nursing faculty, teaching anatomy and physiology, microbiology and trends and issues. As the school transitioned to the College of Nursing in the 1980s, Miss Oetgen was an integral part of the planning and transition. For the College, she taught pathophysiology along with trends and issues. She retired from the College of Nursing in 1994.

“We are always so thankful for people like Miss Oetgen who have a special place in their heart and look out for those who are the best of the best but might need help fulfilling their passion of caring for others,” said Keith Steffen, President and CEO of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. “Her gift is consistent with our Sisters’ Mission of serving with the greatest care and love.”

“Ada Oetgen was dedicated and passionate about teaching and students learned so much from her,” said Patti Stockert, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing President, who served on the faculty with Oetgen for fifteen years. “The gift comes at an opportune time as the College sees the need for institutional scholarships for students continuing to grow. Last year, 89% of our BSN students received some type of financial assistance. The scholarships given in her name will help many students pursue their dream of a nursing career.”

There will be a display in the College lobby honoring Miss Oetgen, including items related to her long nursing career.

Upcoming Municipal Band Concerts For Week of July 21, 2014

Peoria – The City of Peoria Municipal Band continues its 77th continuous season by playing three concerts this week. 

On Friday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Philomena Church (3216 N Emery Ave), the Band performs their only Friday evening performance of the season.  Katie Burnham and Anton Grasch will be there to sing in this one hour performance. Guest should bring their own lawn chairs.

The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested citizens. Current band members come from all walks of life, many are currently music teachers in the local schools. They are selected by audition and then commit to a full season of rehearsals and performance. Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed their music since 1937. Today, with the support of the City, the band continues the long-standing tradition of excellence in music. The Peoria Municipal Band plays free concerts at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday in the Warehouse District and each Sunday in Glen Oak Park through August 10.  A full schedule and details can be found at www.peoriamunicipalband.com. 

Public meeting announcement

Focus Forward CI Data Center of Excellence Review Panel
Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 10:00 am
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
211 Fulton St., Ste. 207, Peoria, IL 61602



  •  Discuss Presentation by Purdue University at July 11 Technical Working Group Meeting
  • Discuss Preferred Products
  • Develop Schedule for Acquiring Products
  • Other
  • Schedule Next Meeting Date
  • Adjournment

For more information, please contact:

 Nick Hayward
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Free Seminar: Building an Energy Efficient Home: A roadmap for a comfortable, efficient, and healthy home

This seminar is designed to help homeowners make strategic choices for their new home. No products, services, or contractors are being sold

Open to the Public!

The best time to implement energy efficient measures is during the planning and construction stages of building a new home. This seminar is designed to present an

overview of energy efficiency measures in the home and how to make strategic decisions that will impact the comfort and efficiency for the life of the home.


  • • What makes an energy efficient home
  • • What features to consider – insulation, heating & cooling equipment, structural, water heating, lighting, appliances
  • • How the energy codes have changed
  • • How to build beyond code

Bio: Todd Abercrombie is an energy consultant and president of Peoria-based Evergreen

Home Energy Consultants, Inc. He works with homeowners and contractors to test, diagnose, and troubleshoot the performance of homes and buildings and to present cost effective solutions. He is certified professional by the Building Performance Institute and is credentialed by the U.S Green Building Council as a LEED Green Associate.

309-253-2242 www.evergreenhomeenergy.com

Dates & Locations

  • Tuesday, August 12th – 6:00PM – 7:30 PM. @ Dunlap Public Library
  • Wednesday, August 27th – 6:00PM – 7:30 PM. @ Pekin Public Library
  • Wednesday, September 24th – 6:00PM – 7:30 PM. @ Peoria Public Library – North Branch
  • Tuesday, October 7th – 6:30PM – 8:00 PM. @ Washington District Library
  • Monday, October 20th – 6:30PM – 8:00 PM. @ Fondulac District Library, East Peoria

GCS CIGAR SUMMIT MEETS THIS WEEKEND!Annual Event at Jimmy’s Bar in West Peoria Friday and Saturday

The 2014 GCS Cigar Summit comes to Peoria this Friday and Saturday, July 25th and 26th. The annual event will be held at Jimmy’s Bar, 2801 W Farmington Rd., West Peoria and is sponsored by the Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria.

Cigar representatives will be in attendance to sell cigars as well as answer questions. New this year will be cigar rolling demonstrations as well as a Dominoes tournament! Jimmy’s will also provide liquor tastings Friday evening and Saturday and Cuban sandwiches will be available during the event. There will also be raffles during weekend with all proceeds donated to Cigar Rights of America.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 25

STL Cigars Selling Premium Cigars
  • 5:00              Summit Opens
  • 5:00 – 7:00  Brewers Distributing – Sampling
  • 6:30              Cigar Rolling Demonstration
  • 7:00 – 8:00  Wirtz Beverage – Sampling
  • 7:00 & 8:30 Raffle Drawing

Saturday, July 26

Cuban Sandwiches Served All Day
STL Cigars Selling Premium Cigars
  • 12 Noon          Summit Opens
  • 12 – 1:00          Baumgartner Distributing – Sampling
  • 1:00 – 2:00       Marketplace Selections – Sampling
  • 2:15                 Raffle Drawing
  • 2:30                 Cigar Rolling Demonstration
  • 2:00 – 3:00       Southern Wines & Spirits (Jim Beam Portfolio)
  • 3:00 – 4:00       Domino Tournament
  • 3:30                 Guinness Ice Cream from Spotted Cow
  • 3:45                 Raffle Drawing
  • 4:00 – 5:00       Wolfe Distributing – Sampling
  • 4:15                 Cigar Rolling Demonstration
  • 4:45                 Long Ash Contest
  • 5:45                 Raffle Drawing
  • 6:00 – 7:30       Brewers Distributing – Sampling
  • 7:45                 Raffle Drawing

The GCS Cigar Summit is free and open to the public. Contact:  Mark Little at mlittle@gentlemenscigarsociety.com

New Report to Outline Risk and Costs that Dynegy’s Coal-fired power Plants Place on Illinois Communities

Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance (CIHCA), Sierra Club Highlight Path for Communities to Transition Away from Risky Coal

What: On Wednesday, CIHCA members will gather in Peoria to release and discuss a new in-depth report that outlines the high levels of risk that Dynegy’s coal-fired power plants put on communities across Illinois.

Dynegy is a Texas-based energy company that acquired several coal plants throughout central and southern Illinois in the past year. Many of the coal plants operated by Dynegy – including the E.D. Edwards coal plant in Bartonville – are outdated and lack modern pollution controls. According to a report from the Clean Air Task Force, pollution from Dynegy’s Illinois coal plants contributes to 177 deaths, 2,986 asthma attacks, and 274 hospital visits annually.

Acknowledging Dynegy’s aging fleet of coal plants, the report outlines the importance of building responsible transition plans for Illinois communities like Peoria that have been saddled with decades of coal pollution and are ready to build local clean energy economies.

Following the press conference, CIHCA members will deliver the report to local officials.

  • When: Wednesday, July 23rd, 10:30 AM
  • Where: Peoria City Hall – 419 Fulton St.
  • Who: CIHCA and community members


Robin Garlish, Pekin Mother of asthmatic child

Kady McFadden, Sierra Club

Carrie Otto, Prairie Rivers Network

Dave Weiman, Central Illinois Branch of the Interfaith Alliance

Seniors teaching Seniors – Join us at our Open House & Registration

Senior Net


You are invited to attend and learn more about computing and other newer technologies. The Open House will begin with a short presentation on Peoria Area SeniorNet. Volunteer Instructors and Coaches will be on hand to answer your questions concerning computers, photography, communication devices and much more!

This Open House is free and open to all.  Registration for Fall classes will follow the Open House.

WHEN:            SAT., August 16th, 9:00 AM To 10:00 AM; REGISTRATION, 10:00 AM - noon




Birds at zoo


As Central Illinois residents, we are lucky to live in one of the most diverse migratory flyways in the world called the Mississippi Flyway. Nearly half of North America’s bird species, and about 40 percent of its waterfowl, spend at least part of their lives in the Mississippi Flyway. Join us  Saturday, August 2, 11 am to 2 pm to celebrate our fine feathered friends through games, activities, and up close animal encounters. Learn about the birds who call Peoria Zoo home as well as those found in your very own backyard! Regular admission will be charged – Adults 13+: $9.00; Children 3-12: $5.25; Senior Citizens: $8.00. Consider a Family Membership and you’ll receive unlimited FREE admission to the Peoria Zoo for one full year, plus other great benefits!

Fun Bird Facts for a couple of highlighted Peoria Zoo Bird residents:


  • Calls consist of booming, drumming and grunting. The booming is created in an inflatable neck sac and can be heard up to 1.2 miles away.
  • Second largest bird by height in the world.

Red-Tailed Hawk

  • The eyesight of a hawk is 8 times as powerful as a human’s. They can spot a mouse from a height of 100 ft.
  • Sit and wait for food by watching from an elevated perch. They also hover in strong winds.


  • For questions call the Peoria Zoo at (309) 681-3509 or check our website at www.peoriazoo.org.


Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards for home schooled children. Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously. Registration is required. Parents are welcome but not required to attend (parents will have to pay if attending). If classes fill, alternate dates may be available. Min/Max: 10/30. Fee is $6 for members/$12 for non-members for each class.

Date Time Topic
W: 8/13 10-11:30 am Animals in Action
W: 9/10 10-11:30 am Animal Kids
W: 11/12 10-11:30 am Poopology
W: 12/10 10-11:30 am Remarkable Reptiles


Please pre-register for these classes by calling 681-3559. If you have questions or for more information, call the Peoria Zoo Education Department at 681-3559.