Peoria County Genealogical Society News

On September 9, 2010 the Peoria County Genealogical Society is featuring new beginnings. In conjunction with the “Who Do You Think You Are” series currently in repeats this month on NBC television, the society is sponsoring a membership drive and…

2010 Peoria County Farm Bureau Photo Contest

The deadline for the 2010 Peoria County Farm Bureau photo contest is Wednesday, September 1st. Photos taken by Farm Bureau members, their spouse or dependents can send entries. Entries will be judged in three categories. 1) Farm Activities, Scenes and…

Junior League Hosts 2nd Annual Truck Stop Event

The Junior League of Peoria will host its 2nd Annual Truck Stop on Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Northwoods Mall. This one-day event is an opportunity for families throughout Central Illinois to experience fifty unique…

FREE Prostate Screening Events

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month On September 10, to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the Peoria City/County Health Department and Methodist Wellmobile will host the first of several FREE prostate screening events for Peoria County residents. Any man 50…

Events for Kids at the Peoria Public Library

By Trish Noack, Supervisor of Public Relations Banned Books  Quiz – All Branches – Celebrate your f-READ-om to read during Banned Books Week (September 25-October 2). Participants ages 12-18 are invited to take a short quiz Banned Books Week throughout…

Happenings for September

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS Sept. 3 – 4 – Blues Festival on Peoria Riverfront from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. Call 671-5555. Sept. 4 – Bryan Bowers Concert at Forest Park Nature Center – at 7:00 p.m. Call 686-3360. Adults- $7.00/Children- $6.00/12 &…

Local Food Donations Decrease as Need Increases

Summer is traditionally a time of vacations and fun in the sun. While leisurely living is reality for some, others find summer months more difficult for stretching already limited budgets. As requests for help at local food pantries increase, food…

Crime Stats, Police Cuts & Peoria’s Budget Woes

Editor’s Note: Due to the recent flare-up in alleged gang activity and homicides, Chief Settingsgaard has re-instated one gang intelligence officer from patrol duty for 120 days to work with detectives to solve these murders.] Latest national trend FBI statistics…

‘Postcards’ Merit Telly Award for Bradley Professor

Dr. Bob Jacobs, Professor of Communication and Director of the John C. Hench Production Art Studios at Bradley University, has won two international awards for his television production work. Jacobs produces a bi-weekly news feature series called, “Postcards From Home” …

RIP Woodruff High School 1937-2010

Woodruff High School is dead.  Its execution was ordered by District 150 board members David Gorenz, Laura Petelle, Debbie Wolfmeyer and Linda Butler. As a physician, Gorenz lost “the patient;” Petelle, the attorney, pulled the plug; Wolfmeyer, a school secretary,…

On July 4th, remembering ‘liberal’ Founders

Seventy-five years ago this month, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act, which said that collective bargaining was in the national interest of the United States. FDR is just one in a long line of patriots whose…

Now do you get it?

Sarah Palin has a flair for irony. According to her, the Gulf oil spill illustrates why we should do more drilling.  She points out athe blown out well, and spewing oil, were due, not to inept drilling or lack of…

Freedom’s Price

We the people of the United States will celebrate our independence this month. As we pull out the red, white and blue and make much noise, let’s not just spend the day overindulging in the festivities, waiting for the big…

The elusive ability to live in the moment

Dates and details are no longer of much significance to Margaret. She’s the first to admit, “My mind doesn’t work like it used to.” Likely it doesn’t, but I didn’t know her in her prime so I can’t compare. The…