C.E.F.S. Recognizes Fleshner for Personal Achievement

October 15, 2014

Submitted by Sue Sandschafer, C.E.F.S.

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 49th year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives. During the 2014 annual meeting, some very special people were recognized that had overcome obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White, “This past year our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”

Trudy Fleshner first came into the C.E.F.S. Moultrie County Outreach Office in Sullivan in 1998 to get help with diapers, baby food and quilts for her children. Over the years Fleshner and her family have utilized the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, food pantry, prescription assistance and Christmas vouchers when needed. Fleshner’s son Brandon was in the Head Start Program when he was younger. Read More

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Oct.24-26

October 15, 2014

Based on the Emmy Award-winning cartoon series of the `70’s and ‘80’s, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Jr.” follows Lynn, a young school teacher who is nervous about her first day of teaching. She tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of her personality emerge from the set and show her how to win her students over with imagination and music. Read More

Dove’s Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training Nov. 3-19

October 8, 2014

Training is available for individuals interested in educating themselves on the issues surrounding domestic violence. The training will take place November 3-19, Monday through Thursday afternoons from 1-5 p.m., in Decatur at Dove, 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Center. This 40-hour training is approved by ICADV (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence) and facilitated by Dove and other community agencies’ staff members. There is a fee for the training but some scholarships are available. Read More

Youth Waterfowl Hunting at Okaw Wetland

October 8, 2014

Okaw Wetlands offers 10 waterfowl blinds that will be available during the youth waterfowl season by special use permit only.  To obtain a special use permit, all hunters must make a reservation by telephone.  Reservations for youth season will be accepted starting Monday, October 6, at 8:30 a.m. No advance reservations will be accepted prior to this date and time.  Hunters will only be allowed to reserve one blind for either Saturday or Sunday.  The telephone number to call when making reservations is: (217) 774-3951 Ext: 7019. Read More

Oktoberfest 2014 Back Bigger & Better Than Ever

October 1, 2014

The 2014 Oktoberfest and 11th annual chili cook-off is back bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival will be held 6-11 p.m. Friday October 17 and noon-11 p.m. Saturday, October 18.

Friday night festivities include arts, crafts, and food vendors. The Sullivan Area Arts Council (SAARTS) will host Artoberfest at Cathrine’s Gallery Gifts & More. A highlight to the festival this year, the Oktoberfest wine tasting at 5 West will be open from 6-9 p.m., and the Oktoberfest beer tent will be open 6-11 p.m. Friday. XKrush will rock the beer tent 8-11 p.m. Read More

LLC Board Of Trustee Election Petitions Available

October 1, 2014

Persons who wish to file for a seat on the Board of Trustees of Lake Land College, Community College District No. 517, may pick up nominating petitions at the office of Jean Anne Grunloh, executive assistant to the president at Lake Land College on or after Sept. 23.

Petitions are available from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday when the college is open. Grunloh’s office is located in the administrative wing of the Luther Student Center on campus in Mattoon. Read More

Manufacturers, Educators Invited to Roundtable Oct. 28

October 1, 2014

Manufacturing representatives and educators from throughout the East Central Illinois (ECI) region will convene to hear best practices and discuss solutions to some of the industry’s workforce issues at the upcoming ECI Super Region Roundtable in Effingham, Illinois.

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST, community colleges, economic and workforce development agencies, K-12 educators, regional planning commissions, and area manufacturers will meet at Thelma Keller Convention Center to explore opportunities related to the ECI Super Region, which encompasses nearly 40 counties in East Central Illinois. Read More