Local News for Sunday, October 6

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Published on October 6 2013 5:47 am
Last Updated on October 5 2013 5:48 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

On this National Respect Life and Life Chain Sunday, more than one million pro-life supporters will build Life Chains on their local sidewalks from 2 to 3pm.  The 26th local Life Chain will be staged along Keller Drive and Fayette Avenue.  Organizers say the event will be peaceful and participants will follow a self-imposed code of conduct.

Prior to the Life Chain event, a short prayer service will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish Center at Henrietta and Fayette, which will serve as headquarters for the day.  Signs will be furnished and at 3pm, when you return the signs, refreshments will be served.

There will be five minutes of silent prayer at 2:30pm for young and elderly who are physically able to kneel on the sidewalk.

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Business relationships started on the recently-concluded Illinois Grain Tour may pay immediate dividends for Illinois agribusinesses.  The foreign buyers who took part in the five-day "reverse" trade mission are projecting purchases of $173 million in the coming year.

The tour, which the Illinois Department of Agriculture conducts annually, brought 42 foreign grain buyers to Illinois from China, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Thailand and Vietnam.  Stops included farms, transportation facilities and equipment manufacturers as well as the Chicago Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Tourism reminds that the 2013 Illinois Scenic Byway Week is underway and will continue through Saturday. 

The National Road Association of Illinois (US Route 40) is one of those seven byways.  The National Road arose from dust and prairie grass to become the blueprint for an ocean-to-ocean highway.  For more historical information on the National Road Association of Illinois, visit www.NationalRoad.org or phone 888-268-0042.

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Ethan Fitzwilliam, the 18-year-old son of Joanie Fitzwilliam and the late Tom Fitzwilliam of Altamont, represented the Illinois 4-H Program at the National 4-H Engineering Challenge last week.  Ethan was selected based upon his project exhibit and interview at the Illinois State Fair in August.

The National 4-H Engineering Challenge allows talented youth from across the country to assemble together to showcase their knowledge and skills in a variety of individual and team-based engineering contests and activities.  While the event has become increasingly focused on engineeering, traditional events such as tractor operation have been retained and continue to play a big part in the challenge.  Purdue University served as host for the three-day event.

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The Effingham Fire Department will host its annual Open House today from noon to 4pm at the Central Fire Station located at Fayette and Maple.  This year's events will include station tours, the fire safety house, fire extinguisher demonstrations, the junior combat challenge, the Effingham City Telecommunication 911 call station, photo opportunities and a kid's raffle.  The Effingham Fire Department will also conduct a live extrication demonstration.

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Special guest speaker Rolena Adomo will present the lecture, "What Does Columbus Day Mean Now?" at 5pm Monday in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on the Eastern Illinois University campus in Charleston.  Dr. Adorno's presentation is part of the 2013-2014 Humanities Speaker Series: Authenticity, and is presented free of charge.  Free parking is located adjacent to the Center.

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The Fall Garage Sale of the Effingham County Humane Society concludes today at the Humane Society's location along Funkhouser Road west of Effingham and south off US Route 40.  A bag sale is planned today from 1 to 3pm.  All funds raised at the garage sale will be used for the care and upkeep of the pets that are waiting for their forever homes at the Humane Society.

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The Farina American Legion Chicken Dinner will be held today starting at 11am in the Farina Community Center.  The proceeds will be used to help with the upkeep of the Community Center building.  The menu will feature fried chicken, pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, salad, roll, drink and dessert.  The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for those under age 12.  Carryouts will be available.

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St. Paul Lutheran Church of Wheeler, located three miles north of Dieterich, is hosting a corn maze as part of a harvest festival from 2 to 6pm today.  Admission to the corn maze is $3.  Children under age 5 will be admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult.  Activities include a huge corn maze with a scavenger hunt, corn maze for five and six year olds, train rides, straw maze for smaller children games and other activities.

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Ticket sales will end Monday for the Altamont Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, set for Saturday, October 19 at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont.

The keynote speakers will be retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, who was assigned to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy at the time of President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, and author Lisa McCubbin who co-authored a book "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" about his experiences working with the Kennedy family.  Tickets are $60 each, but there are $100 tickets that will also include a Meet and Greet with the guest speakers.

For more information, phone Dawn Burrow at the Altamont Chamber of Commerce at 618-267-6537 or go to www.altamontchamber.com