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WCAZ Radio News Archives for 2021-11

Hancock County Reports 47 COVID-19 Cases and 1 Death November 21-27, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report forty-seven (47) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and one (1) death related to COVID-19 for the week of November 21-27, 2021.  Our sympathies go out to the family and fDuring the week, there was one male in his 90’s, one male in his 80’s, two males in their 70’s, four males in their 60’s. three males in their 50’s, one male in his 40’s, three males in their 30’s, six male in their 20’s, one male in his teens, and two males 10 years old and under.  In addition, female cases include two females in their 70’s, two females in their 50’s, four females in their 40’s, five females in their 30’s, three females in their 20’s, four females in their teens, one female in her pre-teens, and two females 10 years old and under.  

There have been a total of three-thousand-twenty-nine (3029) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-nine-hundred-twenty-eight (2928) people have recovered, sixty-four (64) people are currently isolated, and thirty-seven (37) have passed.   

There were sixteen (16) of the forty-seven (47) cases during the week of November 21-27, 2021 that were fully vaccinated.

WINTER COAT DRIVE

WINTER COAT DRIVE

AmeriCorps Seniors/Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and United Way of the Great River Region is hosting a Winter Coat drive from December 1, 2021, until December 22, 2021, at the United Way Resource Center in Fort Madison. 

The coats can either be new or gently worn. Gently worn clothing must be freshly laundered. We will also be accepting new hats, gloves, and scarves.

 The donations can be dropped off at:

Fort Madison – 3421 Avenue L (Resource Center) between the hours 8:00-2:30 pm M-F

The donations will go to local area residents in need of these items. 

Area residents can come to pick up needed items on:

Monday January 17, 2022 and Wednesday January 19, 2022 between the hours of 

                                     8:30 am and 2:30pm.

United Way of the Great River Region supports non-profit organizations and agencies that provide programs addressing needs in health, education, and financial stability to residents in Clark, Hancock, and Lee Counties.  

United Way of the Great River Region serves all of Lee, Hancock, and Clark Counties. All donations are tax-deductible.

Hancock County Reports 70 COVID-19 Cases November 14-20, 2021

November 14-20, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report seventy (70) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for the week of November 14-20, 2021.  During the week, there was one male in his 80’s, three males in their 60’s. four males in their 50’s, three males in their 40’s, six males in their 30’s, three male in their 20’s, seven males in their teens, three males in their teens and two males 10 years old and under.  In addition, female cases include one female in her 90’s, two females in their 80’s, one female in her 70’s, six females in their 60’s, five females in their 50’s, four females in their 40’s, five females in their 30’s, three females in their 20’s, three females in their teens, two female in their pre-teens, and six females 10 years old and under.  

There have been a total of two-thousand-nine-hundred-eighty-two (2982) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-eight-hundred-sixty-eight (2868) people have recovered, seventy-eight (78) people are currently isolated, and thirty-six (36) have passed.  

During the week of November 14-20, 2021 eighteen (18) of the seventy (70) positive COVID cases were documented as fully vaccinated.  

 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday if you are sick do not be around others, follow isolation and quarantine guidance if it has been provided to you.  In addition, try to have gatherings in larger, well-ventilated areas, clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces, use good hand hygiene, wear masks to help protect everyone you are around. If you get sick or find out you have been around someone who tested positive for COVID, it may be a good idea to get tested.

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LABORATORY RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FROM THE COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTS

 The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Memorial Hospital Laboratory, Carthage, Illinois, based on a recent on-site inspection part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

 

The facility’s Medical Director, Jason W. Barnes, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the provided services. Memorial Hospital Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

 

“We are proud of our lab,” says Memorial Hospital Laboratory Director Robert Deveraux “Our laboratory must meet over 3,000 standards set forth by CAP accreditation.  Over 10,000 tests are performed annually in the following areas: Blood Bank, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry and Blood Gas, Serology, Point of Care, Microbiology, and Molecular.  Staff competency must be maintained in all areas of testing”. 

 

The United States federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as equal to or more stringent than the government’s inspection program.

 

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years.  Cap inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program, records, and overall management.

 

About the College of American Pathologists

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and the leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide

Ada Bair honored for visionary leadership, dedicated service to state hospital network

Ada Bair honored for visionary leadership,
dedicated service to state hospital network

 

CARTHAGE, IL – Ada Bair, CEO, Memorial Hospital, Carthage, recently received the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s highest award for exemplary and visionary leadership in rural healthcare, the 2021 Presidential Award, bestowed upon her during ICAHN’s Annual Conference, held November 18 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign.

As a registered nurse and longtime CEO, Ada used her clinical leadership skills to propel her hospital to become a “5-Star Provider of Choice,” a highly competitive and coveted title recently granted to Memorial Hospital and its exceptional staff and administration during the Healthcare Service Excellence Awards, held in San Diego, CA. 

In addition to these honors, Memorial Hospital was also lauded by the State Offices of Rural Health as Illinois’ “Community Star” during virtual ceremonies held on November 18, National Rural Health Day, celebrated across the nation. The “Community Star” Award is granted to only one individual or organization recognizing the finest in rural healthcare in each state.

Ada was personally recognized at the ICAHN conference for serving as the founding co-chair of the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization, as past Secretary-Treasurer, President-Elect, and President of ICAHN’s Board of Directors, and for being instrumental in establishing the “Opioid Crisis Next Door” conference.

“Ada is the first person to delve into new projects or to put forth the work to apply for new grants,” said Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director. “She is the first person to share ideas and experiences with her fellow CEOs and any others needing her vision, and she is the first one to step forward to help her staff, hospital, and community. She embodies the true spirit of rural America, and we commend her for such extraordinary leadership during such challenging times.”

 

ABOUT ICAHN

ICAHN, located in Princeton, IL, is a network of 57 small, rural Illinois hospitals dedicated to strengthening the operations of its member hospitals through collaboration. The organization is composed of Illinois hospitals who have earned critical access hospital designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICAHN is recognized nationally for its work with rural healthcare and administers several state, federal, and private healthcare programs.

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CLINIC TO HOST PEDIATRIC COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC

 

memorial medical clinic to host pediatric covid-19 vaccine clinic

 

Carthage, IL – Memorial Medical Clinic Carthage’s hospital campus location has plans to hold a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday, December 10th from 4pm until 6pm. Children ages 5 through 11 can receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at this time, by appointment only.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide a two-dose primary series to individuals 5 through 11 years of age. The Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years has the same active ingredients as the vaccine given to adults and adolescents. However, children ages 5 through 11 years receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of the adult dose. Smaller needles, designed specifically for children, are also used for children ages 5 through 11 years.

To schedule an appointment for your child to receive a vaccine at this clinic, sign up online at mhtlc.org by clicking on the website’s top left button labeled, “Sign Up for the COVID-19 Vaccine” or call (217) 357-2173.

If you are unsure if your child should receive the vaccine, contact your child’s healthcare provider for further guidance. This vaccine is not recommended for children who have experienced a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine or those who have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.

To learn more about this vaccine clinic, call Memorial Medical Clinic at (217) 357-2173. To learn more about pediatric COVID-19 vaccine administration, visit cdc.gov.

LaHood Opposes Democrats' Tax and Spending Plan

LaHood Opposes Democrats' Tax and Spending Plan

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) voted against the so-called "Build Back Better" plan, a multi-trillion-dollar tax and spending plan. The plan breaks President Biden's promise to not raise taxes on the middle class and is not fully paid for as Democrats claim. LaHood released the following statement after his vote: 

"As the holidays approach, we have a border crisis threatening our national security, workforce shortages, raging inflation - raising the cost of everyday goods on all Americans, and a supply chain crisis harming our economy. Instead of stepping back and working with Republicans to address the issues American families are facing, President Biden and Democrats are pressing ahead with the most radical legislative agenda in my lifetime.

"Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans do not need tax hikes. However, the so-called Build Back Better plan clearly violates President Biden's promise to not raise taxes on middle-class families. Democrats’ reckless, multi-trillion-dollar tax and spending binge will raise taxes on Illinois farmers, workers, and small businesses while subsidizing the wealthiest individuals on the coasts. Moreover, this bill is not paid for as Democrats claim and it will only further bankrupt our children and grandchildren. The so-called Build Back Better Agenda is a bad deal for Illinois and American families."

LaHood's Route 66 Legislation Passes Out of Committee Unanimously

LaHood's Route 66 Legislation Passes Out of Committee Unanimously

Washington, D.C. – This week, the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed Congressman Darin LaHood's bill,  H.R. 3600 - Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act. The legislation would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, which will expand economic and historic development opportunities across all communities and states Route 66 runs through.

“Route 66 is a crucial transportation artery that connects America’s heartland to the west,” said Rep. LaHood. “The Mother Road provides powerful economic development tools for communities throughout Illinois, creating jobs and opportunity for 18th District residents. Designating Route 66 as a National Historic Trail would provide this highway with a permanent program to preserve, promote, and economically develop it. I applaud the House Natural Resources Committee for unanimously passing my legislation and urge the House to swiftly pass this important bill."

Two large model train sets will be on display at Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum in Carthage at the museum for public viewing beginning with the Carthage Christmas Open House December 2nd from 4pm-8 pm

 

Two large model train sets will be on display at Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum in Carthage at the museum for public viewing beginning with the Carthage Christmas Open House December 2nd from 4pm-8 pm 

The train sets will also be on display at Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum in Carthage  1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12,  Saturday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 8. 

Jim Morrison and Galen Wollbrink have set up their model train displays at the museum for public viewing beginning with the Carthage Christmas Open House. 

All the other exhibit rooms at the museum are open for viewing. 

There is no charge to enter the museum or see the displays.

 The museum is located at 306 Walnut in Carthage, one block south of Rt. 136.  See information  on Facebook at Kibbe Museum Carthage, or call 217-357-9552 and leave a message.

Carl Sandburg College Foundation Hosts 2021 Virtual Scholarship Reception

GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Foundation’s 2021 Virtual Scholarship Reception celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s scholarship recipients and generosity of their donors is now available for viewing.

 

Due to the ongoing presence of COVID-19, the Sandburg Foundation was unable to host its annual reception in person this year. A video of the virtual celebration is available at www.sandburg.edu/scholarshipreception, on the Sandburg Foundation Facebook page and on YouTube.

 

In addition to all scholarship recipients and donors being recognized, the virtual reception video highlights two-time Foundation scholarship recipient Selina Godina sharing her story on how scholarships impacted her educational goals and journey. Also, Sue Sperry, a longtime Foundation donor, provides a powerful message on creating and giving to the Nancy Cooper Haines Memorial Scholarship in loving memory of her sister.

 

For the 2021-22 academic year, the Sandburg Foundation awarded 205 scholarships to Sandburg students with a total award amount of over $200,000.

 

Foundation scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year are now open, with a priority consideration deadline of March 15, 2022, and a closing date of June 15, 2022. For more information, including a list of available scholarships and frequently asked questions, visit

www.sandburg.edu/scholarships, or contact the Carl Sandburg College Foundation Office

at 309.341.5215 or scholarships@sandburg.edu.

Illinois Chamber Responds to the Signing of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Illinois Chamber Responds to the Signing of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

 

The Illinois Chamber applauds the passage and signing into law of H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This bipartisan legislation fulfills a generational pursuit for adequate investment in Illinois’ vital and physical infrastructure by strengthening the work done in the state’s 2019 capital bill. In addition to the traditional Illinois priorities of roads, bridges, and transit, our residents and businesses benefit from investment in underinvested infrastructure such as waterways, rail, and cybersecurity.

 

The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will ensure Illinois will receive nearly $17 billion in must needed funding. In addition, there’s billions more in competitive grant programs for which the state can apply. 

 

 

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LaHood, Dingell, Joyce, Tonko Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Fish and Wildlife Restoration in the Great Lakes

LaHood, Dingell, Joyce, Tonko Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Fish and Wildlife Restoration in the Great Lakes

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Dave Joyce (R-OH), and Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation this week to support fish and wildlife in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Reauthorization Act of 2021 would reauthorize the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to work with states and other agencies to develop and execute proposals to conserve, restore and manage fish and wildlife populations and their habitats.

Since 1998, the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act has provided federal funding to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration, and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. This legislation would reauthorize $6 million annually through FY 2027 to implement restoration projects and USFWS activities of regional importance to the Great Lakes. It would serve an important role in implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and renew continued cooperative efforts to address impacts associated with invasive species throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

“The Great Lakes are a unique resource for Illinois residents who enjoy the outdoors, providing recreation and fresh water, and supporting our economy,” said LaHood. “As a Dad who regularly enjoys the outdoors with my three sons, I am pleased to join this bipartisan bill to support fish and wildlife restoration in the Great Lakes, expand economic opportunities in Illinois, and improve conservation efforts.”

“As someone who grew up on the St. Clair River, protecting the Great Lakes and its diverse species is personal to me and to so many who call Michigan home,” said Dingell. “The Great Lakes are a way of life – providing fresh water, fish and wildlife habitat, and countless opportunities for recreation, while supporting our state’s economy and hundreds of thousands of jobs. We’ve seen what happens when we all work together to protect our Great Lakes, and I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation to conserve fish and wildlife, combat the threat of invasive species, and protect the Great Lakes for generations to come.”

“The Great Lakes are critical resources to our New York communities and countless others, providing clean drinking water to 35 million Americans, serving as cherished recreational sites and bringing strong economic and environmental benefits to our region. We cannot afford to let these essential resources go unprotected,” said Tonko. “I’m proud to support the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Reauthorization Act and will continue pushing alongside my colleagues to strengthen our waterways and ensure they can be enjoyed for years to come.”

“The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act is a premier conservation program in the Great Lakes region,” said Robert Lambe, Executive Secretary of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. “The program has a long track record of restoring and sustaining valuable species, protecting critical habitat, and addressing illegal activities that harm our natural resources. The Commission strongly supports the reauthorization of this effective, proven legislation."

“Ducks Unlimited appreciates Congresswoman Dingell’s leadership and support to reauthorize the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act,” said Jason Hill, Director of Conservation Programs for Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Region. “This act will provide critical funding and leverage important partnership-based fish and wildlife habitat restoration efforts for the benefit of all residents and outdoor enthusiasts across the Great Lakes.”

To see the full bill text, please click here.
 

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Hancock County Reports 64 COVID-19 Cases November 7-13, 2021

Hancock County Reports 64 COVID-19 Cases

November 7-13, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report sixty-four (64) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for the week of November 7-13, 2021.  During the week, there were three males in their 60’s, four male in their 50’s, five males in their 40’s, three males in their 30’s, one male in his 20’s, two males in their teens, and ten males 10 years old and under.  In addition, female cases include two females in their 90’s, one female in their 80’s, one female in her 70’s, four females in their 50’s, three females in their 40’s, six females in their 30’s, three females in their 20’s, seven females in their teens, one female in their pre-teens, and eight females 10 years old and under.  

There have been a total of two-thousand-nine-hundred-twelve (2912) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-seven-hundred-ninety-five (2795) people have recovered, eighty-one (81) people are currently isolated, and thirty-six (36) have passed.  

During the week of November 7-13, 2021 thirteen (13) of the sixty-four (64) positive COVID cases were documented as fully vaccinated.  

 

There are many factors that can help reduce the spread of illness.  For the safety of yourself and others, it is important to social distance, wear masks, hand wash and use proper respiratory etiquette, stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect, follow isolation and quarantine guidance and get vaccinated.   

 

 

 

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MEMORIAL HOSPITAL JOINS NATIONWIDE OBSERVANCE OF NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY ON NOVEMBER 18, 2021

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL JOINS NATIONWIDE OBSERVANCE OF
NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY ON NOVEMBER 18, 2021
Carthage, IL – 11/15/2021 - Memorial Hospital is proud to recognize the innovation, quality of
care, and dedication of health professionals and volunteers in our community during National
Rural Health Day on November 18, 2021.
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) founded National Rural
Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related
challenges; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in
addressing those challenges. National Rural Health Day is an annual day of recognition which
occurs on the third Thursday of November. National Rural Health Day (NRHD) seeks to
celebrate and promote the “Power of Rural” by bringing attention to maintaining quality
healthcare in rural areas to serve the 57 million individuals who live in rural America.
NRHD impacts healthcare beyond simply a daylong event as it strives to become a sustainable
movement by engaging a national audience of policymakers, program funders, partners, and
practitioners. NRHD also works to bring awareness to the incredible impact that rural healthcare
organizations have on their community. Memorial Hospital, for example, has annually infused
over $62.8 million in to the state’s economy and contributed to over 460 jobs to support working
families. For every dollar that hospitals spend, an additional $1.40 is generated in spending in
local economies. For every hospital job, 1.4 jobs are created in other sectors.
Memorial Hospital and other rural healthcare organizations are therefore proud to not only
provide quality healthcare to their local communities, but also to support the financial and
economic stabilities of these communities that they serve.
To learn more about National Rural Health Day, visit powerofrural.org.

SULLIVAN AUCTIONEERS TO HOST ONLINE SPONSORSHIP AUCTION TO SUPPORT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

sullivan auctioneers to host online sponsorship auction to support memorial hospital foundation

 

Carthage, IL – Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – Memorial Hospital Foundation is excited to announce that Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC, will host an online holiday auction to support Memorial Hospital Foundation. This auction will go live on Monday, November 22nd and end on Saturday, November 27th.

This auction will allow for individuals and organizations to bid on Christmas tree and tree topper sponsorships. Bidders will not receive trees to keep, but rather these decorated trees will be displayed throughout the holiday season on the historic Hancock County Courthouse lawn in Carthage, Illinois. Eight Christmas trees and eight uniquely decorated tree toppers, designed by Berry Creek Creations, will be available for sponsorship. The highest bidder of each tree or tree topper will have the opportunity to have their name or business displayed with their tree and will be honored as a supporter of Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2021 Campaign, You are my Sunshine. This campaign seeks to raise funds to construct a four-season sunroom on Hancock Village’s senior living campus in Carthage, IL.

Greta Wetzel, Executive Director of Memorial Hospital Foundation, states, “The community so enjoyed last year’s Christmas tree display and we are thrilled to keep the tradition alive this year. We are especially excited to engage local businesses and community members by offering the opportunity for tree sponsorships this holiday season. We are also incredibly grateful to Sullivan Auctioneers for hosting this online auction to support our fundraising efforts.”

A link to access the auction and to bid will be made available as the online auction nears and will be posted to Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Facebook page and webpage. For more information on this auction or to learn more about the You are my Sunshine campaign, contact Jennifer Garner at (217) 357-8568 or jgarner@mhtlc.org or visit mhtlc.org/foundation/

Betty Twaddle to retire- A reception will be held for Betty after the Nov. 16 Hancock County Board Meeting at the Hancock County Courthouse in the third Floor Board Room.

Betty Twaddle began her career at the Hancock County Courthouse in 1969 as a deputy treasurer in the Hancock County Treasurer’s Office working for her father A.E. “Ed” Lehr. She then worked for Dan Dion in the treasurer’s office. After leaving the treasurer’s office she went to work for Byron Winters in the Juvenile Probation Office for a short time. In 1995, Betty became the County Board Secretary. Over the years that she has been the County Board Secretary, she has attended countless meetings, helped with budgets, and planned a special Christmas party each year, in addition to her regular duties. Betty has worked with numerous county board members over the years and considers several of them valuable friends. In addition to the courthouse, Betty is a tax professional for H&R Block. She looks forward to traveling and spending time with her kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A reception will be held for Betty after the Nov. 16 Hancock County Board Meeting at the Hancock County Courthouse in the third Floor Board Room.

Jesse White Recognizes National Donor Sabbath Virtually Unveils PSA featuring Joliet father who received five organs through donation

Jesse White Recognizes National Donor Sabbath Virtually
Unveils PSA featuring Joliet father who received five organs through donation

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, in recognition of National Donor Sabbath, unveiled a new
radio Public Service Announcement (PSA), featuring a Joliet father who received five organs through
donation. The virtual event commemorating National Donor Sabbath may be viewed at
www.LifeGoesOn.com. National Donor Sabbath, held from Nov. 12-14 is an interfaith campaign,
aimed at educating religious communities about the importance of organ/tissue donation.
“Many people buy into the myth that their religion does not support organ donation. However, most
religions honor and respect organ donation as an act of generosity,” said White.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the majority of major religions support organ
and tissue donation, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
This year’s PSA features Phillip Hanks, a Joliet father of six, who says he is alive because of his faith
in God and an organ/tissue donor who generously gave him five different internal organs.
“My kids are happy to have their father back and I am going to be a grandfather,” Hanks says in the
PSA. “I have strong faith. I felt protected by God even after doctors told me that the transplant had a
50/50 chance of being successful.”
The PSA was distributed to approximately 100 radio stations statewide to further heighten awareness
about the program. To listen to the PSA, visit www.LifeGoesOn.com.
Currently, almost 107,000 people are waiting for organs nationally. In Illinois, despite a registry of
more than 7.2 million, approximately 4,000 people are on the waiting list.
To learn more about organ/tissue donation or to register to become a donor, visit
www.LifeGoesOn.com or call the Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 800-210-
2106.

The Friends of the Carthage Public Library are holding a gift basket raffle.

Friends of Carthage Library Basket Raffle

The Friends of the Carthage Public Library are holding a gift basket raffle. Tickets cost
$1 each, or 6 tickets for $5 and will be on sale at the Library November 15-December 15. The
drawing will be held on December 16, and winners will be contacted to come collect their prize.
There are 13 different baskets: a Dog Lovers’ basket; a Reader’s Delight package
featuring a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card; a Boredom Buster Bag for kids, a Sports & Speakers
package with tickets to a Peoria Rivermen hocky game, a wireless speaker & wireless Bluetooth
earbuds; a Dinner & a Show package with a $25 certificate to the Wood Inn & 2 tickets to the
winner’s choice of a show at the Legacy Theater; a Hallmark movie package; a Home Spa
package including a certificate for a facial at Ali & Co; a Christmas Baking Basket; a fitness
package including a free 1-week membership at Focus Fitness; a snack center package with a
two 1-qt crockpot unit; a Books & Beverages package with a $25 certificate from Java River; a
Handyman (woman) bucket with tools and a fire extinguisher; and a Chocolate Lovers’ package.
Many baskets have a value of $50 or more, and the Friends are very grateful to everyone who
donated items.
Each basket has a numbered ticket container so you may choose which drawing(s) to
enter. The baskets are on display at the Library. Photos of the baskets and lists of the contents
are posted on the Friends’ webpage, http://www.carthagepubliclibrary.com/friends-of-the-
library.html and their Facebook page.
Tickets may be purchased at the Carthage Public Library or from Friends of the Library
committee members. Tickets will also be on sale during the Carthage Christmas Open House on
Dec. 2. Proceeds will be given to the library to be used for furnishings for the new building.
For more information contact the Carthage Public Library District, 217-357-3232, or
email cartlib@mtcnow.net.

University of Maryland Ag Law Conference Fosters Dialogue Between Farmers and Environmentalists

 

University of Maryland Ag Law Conference Fosters Dialogue

Between Farmers and Environmentalists

 

Carbon Credits, Chesapeake Bay Conservation Among Legal Topics on Agenda

 

The seventh annual University of Maryland Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference takes place Wednesday, November 17 from 1pm-4pm and Thursday, November 18 from 9am-12pm. This year’s virtual format presents a flexible educational opportunity for the agricultural, environmental, and legal communities to exchange ideas about current issues related to the intersection of agricultural and environmental law.

 

Panelists will address pressing legal topics affecting agriculture and the environment in the Delmarva region including how to use increased funding to further Chesapeake Bay clean up goals; the effects of recently passed legislation expanding water pollution enforcement; and how to participate in the recently established Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program which encourages state agencies to purchase food from local farms.

 

During the keynote panel, “Growing Carbon Credits: Should Maryland Farmers Open a Carbon Banking Account?” Oklahoma State University agriculture economics Professor Shannon Ferrell will discuss the increasing interest in carbon banking and how it can affect a farmer’s bottom line.


The University of Maryland Agriculture Legal Education Initiative (ALEI) prides itself on hosting an event that brings farming and conservation experts together in a forum that allows for an exchange of ideas on up-to-the minute legal issues. The conference is open to farmers, attorneys, environmental groups, regulators, educators, students, and anyone else interested in the region's environmental quality and agricultural viability. To register, visit: https://go.umd.edu/umlawconfreg21. Nutrient Management Education credits are available for each day attended.

 

Sarah Everhart, JD, ALEI senior legal specialist and managing director of the program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law says the virtual conference is a great way for participants to customize their experience. “You can hop on and hear from a group of experts about what a law actually means and what the impacts are going to be for both environmental folks and agriculture folks,” she says.

 

Everhart stresses that a wide variety of experts will participate in the event representing both agricultural and environmental interests. “The point of this event is to bring everybody to the table,” she says.  “We want to see how laws affect these two incredibly important sectors and how they are going to comply, coexist, and move forward to reach goals that we all are trying to achieve.”

 

The University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative invites you to attend one or all of the carefully selected panel discussions created with today’s farmers and environmentalists in mind.

 

Media interested in attending should contact Laura Lee for a promo code.

2021 Virtual Conference Agenda

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

1:00PM| Environmental Enforcement Actions: New Tools in the Litigation Toolbox?

This panel will look at two bills that passed in the last General Assembly: The Citizen Intervention Bill (HB76/SB334) expands the scope of who has standing to intervene in civil actions brought by the State in state court regarding enforcement of water pollution control or any related discharge permit, effluent limitation, or order issued by Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The Environmental Enforcement Reporting Act (HB204/SB324) requires MDE to keep — and make accessible to the public — electronic records of enforcement and water pollution data.

2:00PM | Using Legal Education to Increase Equitable Participation in NRCS Conservation Programs

 

This panel will discuss Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, including common legal considerations when entering NRCS program contracts and benefits of participation, and highlight the University of Maryland Extension Cultivating Conservation Program, which will create resources for farmers navigating the application and administration processes.

 

3:00PM| Legislative Strategies for Reaching Ag Sector 2025 Chesapeake Bay Clean-up Goals

This panel will focus on the statutory tools created in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly to assist the agricultural sector in reaching the 2025 Chesapeake Bay Clean-up goals. The experts will discuss the increase in funding available via the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program, the Clean Water Commerce Act, and more. 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

9:00AM| Developing Issues in Agricultural and Environmental Law

This session will highlight this year’s developing legal issues in agricultural, environmental, and food law from courtroom decisions, law, and policy and will let attendees know what issues to watch in 2022.

10:00AM| Keynote Panel | Growing Carbon Credits: Should Maryland Farmers Open a Carbon Banking Account? 

Carbon credits are a growing interest in the agricultural community not only by producers but by landowners. This session will highlight the latest that is being considered on Capitol Hill along with what Marylanders need to take into account currently in the market.

11:00AM | Strengthening Local Food Systems Through Law and Policy: the Role of Food Policy Councils and the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program

Recent Maryland legislation established a local food purchasing requirement – the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program – and the Maryland Food System Resiliency Council. Panelists will discuss what these programs are and how they aim to address supply chain and equity issues in Maryland’s food system.

ABOUT ALEI 

 

The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) is a collaboration of the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB); the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Maryland (UMCP); and the School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). ALEI is an initiative of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State, a collaboration between UMB and UMCP. This partnership leverages the sizable strengths and complementary missions of both institutions to strengthen Maryland’s innovation economy, advance interdisciplinary research, create opportunities for students, and solve important problems for the people of Maryland and the nation.  

 

LaHood Announces EDA Investment into the Peoria Innovation Hub

LaHood Announces EDA Investment into the Peoria Innovation Hub

Peoria, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the Peoria Innovation Hub with $2 million to support the conversion of an existing building into the new Distillery Labs' business assistance and incubator space. The funding, which was included in the CARES Act, is estimated to help support 400 jobs and leverage $10 million in private investment. 

"Encouraging and supporting the next generation of innovators is critical to the COVID-19 economic recovery," said Rep. LaHood. "The Peoria Innovation Hub will help all of Peoria County and the Greater Peoria Community expand entrepreneurial opportunities and spur economic investment. I was proud to support this funding in the CARES Act and I look forward to seeing the work Distillery Labs' will do to develop the future of central Illinois innovators."

Background:

This EDA investment supports the Peoria Innovation Hub with converting an existing building into the new Distillery Labs’ business assistance and incubator space in Peoria County, Illinois. Formerly occupied by Illinois Central College, the 67,000 square foot building will be redeveloped to accommodate programming related to entrepreneurship and start-up development, including leasable and shared office space to accommodate incubator tenants. Once completed, the project will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and diversify its economy with new local start-ups, which will increase entrepreneurship, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.

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Reception Nov. 19 for Show Featuring Sandburg Art Alumni

GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College’s third art show of the 2021-22 season features the works of 13 Sandburg alumni from Nov. 15-Jan. 15 in the Lonnie Eugene Stewart Art Gallery.

 

The exhibit, entitled “I Did a Thing …,” will have an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the gallery located in Building D on Sandburg’s Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. Both the show and reception are free and open to the public. Those in attendance will be required to wear a mask and fill out a brief health screening survey upon entry.

 

Many of the former Sandburg arts students featured in the show have gone on to continue their success as students and artists at institutions such as the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, Knox College and Monmouth College.

 

Alumni included in the show are: Megan Anderson-Voegele, Josh Dixon, Heather Hoadley, Lila Johnson, Jennie Elaine Nichols, Josh Niles, Adam Norvill, Melissa Paris, Joey Peterson, Katy Price, Paige Carlson Rohweder, Madelyn Turner and Erika VanDaele.

 

Established in 2006 and named for area artist Lonnie Eugene Stewart in 2015, the Lonnie Eugene Stewart Art Gallery has hosted group faculty exhibits, juried student exhibits and the works of area professional artists. For more information, contact Lisa Walker at 309.341.5303 or ldwalker@sandburg.edu

 

Carthage Kiwanis Club welcomed Don O'Brien, regional director for the Better Business Bureau

Carthage Kiwanis Club welcomed Don O'Brien, regional director for the 
Better Business Bureau, at the club's bi-monthly meeting at Alfano's 
Italian Restaurant in Carthage.  O'Brien spoke about the bureau's 
mission to serve as a liaison between businesses and consumers.  He 
also shared the importance of recognizing/reporting scams and 
protecting personal information in this digital world.  Carthage 
Kiwanis Club appreciates the knowledge and expertise shared by 
O'Brien. O'Brien can be heard every other week at 8 AM on WCAZ radio 
99.1 FM or 1510 AM

WEAVER FUNDRAISER COLLECTS $3,000 FOR PROJECT SANTA

WEAVER FUNDRAISER COLLECTS $3,000 FOR PROJECT SANTA

Macomb, Illinois, November 9, 2021 – Tim Weaver, of Macomb business Weaver Guns and Ammo, recently held an online fundraiser for the Project Santa program. Thanks to his efforts and the generosity of his supporters, Weaver was able to collect and donate $3,000 to the special program. 

The Project Santa program is managed by Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA), a social service agency based in Macomb. The mission of this annual program is to provide food, clothing and gifts to children of income-eligible families living in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren counties in Illinois.  

Project Santa Coordinator and WIRC-CAA Public Relations Manager Jamie Roth says that the donation is truly appreciated this year, as the program has over 800 children enrolled at the time of publication. “On average, we spend $100 on each child. Many of the families are struggling with hunger, so we also provide them with a holiday meal to prepare at home,” said Roth. “This donation could not have come at a better time. We truly appreciate Tim Weaver’s time and effort with his fundraiser.”

WIRC-CAA offers social service programs to help anyone in need, including a food pantry, clothing center, energy assistance program, scholarships, Project Santa, and more. The Community Action Agency also provides free counseling and advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and/or stalking through its Victim Services department.  

For more information about Project Santa, visit https://wirpc.org/projectsanta/ or call WIRC-CAA at 309-837-2997. 

Caption: On October 21, 2021, Tim Weaver (right) of local business Weaver Guns and Ammo presented a $3,000 donation to Project Santa Coordinator Jamie Roth (left) to help children through the Project Santa program. 

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LaHood Bill to Designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail Receives Hearing at House Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) testified before the House Natural Resources Committee at yesterday's hearing on his legislation, H.R. 3600 - Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act. The legislation would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, which will expand economic and historic development opportunities across all communities and states Route 66 runs through. Rep. LaHood was joined by Casey Claypool, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, who testified in support of the bill.

n his testimony, Rep. LaHood said, "If signed into law, the bill would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail ensuring that the National Park Service will have the authority to assist and support states and local communities in preserving, promoting, and capitalizing on economic development from Route 66 for generations to come."

In her testimony, Casey Claypool added, "I believe designating Route 66 as a National Historic Trail will help preserve and promote the road itself as well as increase economic development opportunities for the communities that have long supported its cultural heritage, intrinsic qualities, and idiosyncratic character. A National Historic Designation will enable Route 66 communities to thrive and allow them to continue to tell the compelling story of the road and the freedom and values that embrace it."

Yesterday's hearing is another important step in the legislative process for Rep. LaHood's bill and Route 66. Following the legislative hearing, the next step for the legislation would be a full committee markup, and then a full vote on the House floor. 

Full text of the legislation can be viewed here. Learn more about the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

PEORIA RIVERMEN COACH JEAN-GUY TRUDEL

PEORIA RIVERMEN COACH JEAN-GUY TRUDEL- BACK IN THE RIVERMAN PENALTY BOX DISCUSSING ALL THE PREPARATIONS AND EXCITING MOMENTS GETTING READY FOR THE SEASON. 

 

LEGACY THEATER ANDY BASTERT

LEGACY THEATER ANDY BASTERT- FOLSOM PRISON 5 IS COMING TO THE LEGACY THEATER THIS SATURDAY! DECEMBER IS FAST APPROACHING AND SEATS ARE FILLING UP FOR THE TWO PERFORMANCES BY THE TEXAS TENORS.

 

MARLA WILLIARD - WEST CENTRAL CHILDCARE CONNECTION

MARLA WILLIARD - WEST CENTRAL CHILDCARE CONNECTION- RANT SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER APPLY NOW FOR THE COMING YEAR. OPEN TO MANY CHILDCARE PROVIDERS EVEN SMALLER BASED UNITS.

 

Hancock County Reports 59 COVID-19 Cases October 31 - November 6, 2021

Hancock County Reports 59 COVID-19 Cases October 31 - November 6, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report fifty-nine (59) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for the week of October 31 - November 6, 2021.  During the week, there were two males in their 70’s, four males in their 60’s, three male in their 50’s, one male in his 30’s, three males in their 20’s, three males in their teens, one male in his pre-teens and four males 10 years old and under.  In addition, female cases include two females in their 70’s, three females in their 60’s, six females in their 50’s, three females in their 40’s, seven females in their 30’s, four females in their 20’s, five females in their teens, two females  in their pre-teens, and five females 10 years old and under.  

There have been a total of two-thousand-eight-hundred-forty-eight (2848) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-seven-hundred-forty-one (2741) people have recovered, seventy-one (71) people are currently isolated, and thirty-six (36) have passed.  

During the week of October 31 - November 6, ten (10) of the fifty-nine (59) positive COVID cases were documented as fully vaccinated.  

 

There are many factors that can help reduce the spread of illness.  For the safety of yourself and others, it is important to social distance, wear masks, hand wash and use proper respiratory etiquette, stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect, follow isolation and quarantine guidance and get vaccinated.   

Sandburg Men's Soccer to Make 1st NJCAA Tournament Appearance

GALESBURG — Turns out the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team’s historic season isn’t quite done after all.

 

The 12th-ranked Chargers have accepted an invitation to make their first-ever appearance in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship, which takes place Nov. 15-20 at the Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Kan.

 

Sandburg (15-4) lost 1-0 in double overtime at Prairie State last week in the semifinals of the Region IV tournament, but with the Pioneers and fellow finalist Triton both unable to participate in the national tournament, the NJCAA invited to the Chargers to serve as the region’s automatic qualifier.

                                                      

Sandburg will learn its seed and schedule for the tournament Tuesday. The 16-team tournament includes four groups in pool play. The winner of each group advances to the semifinal round Nov. 19. The championship will be played Nov. 20.

 

The national tournament appearance marks another historic accomplishment this year for Sandburg, which has already set a school record for victories and has been ranked in all 11 weeks of the national rankings. The Chargers were as high as No. 7 on a pair of occasions, the best ranking in program history.

 

Illinois Extension offering virtual workshop for high schoolers in Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike and Schuyler Counties

Illinois Extension offering virtual workshop for high schoolers in Adams, Brown,  Hancock, Pike and Schuyler Counties 

Do you have a high school student who is wondering what to do for college or career prep?  University of Illinois Extension is offering a 6-session virtual workshop that will teach teens  about personality style, essential work skills, generational differences, resume building, and how  to prepare for interviews. There will also be opportunities for youth to speak with professionals  from various fields such as healthcare, education, marketing, management, industrial, public  service and more.  

The cost for all six sessions is $20. Financial scholarships are available. Registration is  required. For a complete schedule, or to register, please visit go.illinois.edu/GR4L21 Questions  may be directed to Sheri Merry smerry@illinois.edu or Whitney McKeown wnh100@illinois.edu 

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by  translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community  leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

LaHood Opposes Infrastructure Bill Tied to Reconciliation Package

LaHood Opposes Infrastructure Bill Tied to Reconciliation Package

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) released the following statement on his vote against the infrastructure bill:

"I voted no tonight on the infrastructure bill which enables the Democrats to ram through their reckless tax and spending agenda using reconciliation. Given the reconciliation process initiated by President Biden and Speaker Pelosi at the behest of Senator Sanders and the radical progressive wing of the Democrat party, the reality remains that the infrastructure bill and reconciliation package are linked and cannot be viewed separately. A vote for the infrastructure bill is a vote that paves the way for an extreme reconciliation spending bill that includes crippling tax hikes that will kill American jobs and send them overseas, hammer small businesses as they struggle to recover from COVID-19, and worsen the labor shortage while driving up inflation on working families.

"If Democrats wanted this to be a bipartisan process with robust debate and input from both parties, they would have brought the infrastructure bill forward through regular order when it passed the Senate in August. Instead, they tied the two bills together to accomplish a radical social agenda that will leave future generations of taxpayers footing the bill.

"I have consistently advocated for responsible infrastructure investment in our roads, bridges, inland waterways, and rural broadband. 
I will continue to advocate for the transportation and infrastructure needs of my district, but I will not take part in helping the Democrats and Speaker Pelosi pass their irresponsible and partisan reconciliation package."

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Hancock County Reports 26 COVID-19 Cases and 1 Death October 24-30, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report twenty-six (26) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and one (1) COVID related death for the week of October 24-30, 2021.  During the week, there were two males in their 60’s, two males in their 50’s, one male in his 40’s, two males in their 30’s, two males in their 20’s, one male in his teens and one male under 10 years old.  In addition, female cases include one female in her 90’s, one female in her 70’s, two females in their 50’s, two females in their 40’s, two females in their 30’s, two females in their 20’s, four females in their teens, and one female under 10 years old.  The COVID related death occurred in a male in his 60’s.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with family and friends of the deceased.

There have been a total of two-thousand-seven-hundred-eighty-seven (2787) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-seven-hundred-twenty-one (2721) people have recovered, (30) people are currently isolated, and thirty-six (36) have passed.  

During the week of October 23-30, four (4) of the twenty-six (26) positive COVID cases were documented as fully vaccinated.  

 

There are many factors that can help reduce the spread of illness.  For the safety of yourself and others, it is important to social distance, wear masks, hand wash and use proper respiratory etiquette, stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect, follow isolation and quarantine guidance and get vaccinated.   

November Activities at Carthage Public Library

November Activities at Carthage Public Library

 

The Friends of the Carthage Library will hold a used book sale on Friday, Nov. 5 from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm and from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 6. All items are available by donation.

Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the Carthage Public Library by attending an activity session at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The theme is “Reading is my Super Power.”  The stories and crafts will be geared toward children 5-9 years of age, but younger children are welcome to attend with an adult or responsible teen.

The theme for Family Reading night is “Reading Colors Your World.”  Families are invited to come to the library from 5:30-6:30 on Thursday, Nov. 18 for colorful stories and crafts. The library also encourages everyone to check out books to read together as a family at home.

The adult book club will meet at 12:30 pm on Nov. 18 to discuss the book These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card. Copies of the book are available for check out. It has been described as part immigrant story, part historical fiction, part ghost story, and part family drama.

Carthage Public Library will be closed on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11. The library will close early at 5:00 pm on Wed., Nov. 24 and be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Library programs are free of charge and are open to all, including those who live outside our district.  For more information call the library at 217-357-3232 or email cartlib@mtcnow.net.

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