Donations go to food bank, Red Cross

NORMAL — Midwest Food Bank has received $50,000 from Growmark Foundation to assist the food bank, 2031 Warehouse Road, with its relief efforts for hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region has received a check for $4,144.38 as a result of the canister drive at the 15 Bloomington-Normal area McDonald's restaurants Sept. 1-2. That money will go to Red Cross hurricane relief work.

People who wish to become trained Red Cross disaster relief volunteers may participate in free training 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Red Cross, 1 Westport Court, Bloomington. Volunteers must register at 309-662-0500, ext. 7428, or by email at

Drinking-water pollution topic of talk

NORMAL — Bonnie K. Cox,  president of the League of Women Voters of Illinois, will speak about "Nutrient Pollution: An Unprecedented Environmental Challenge" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Normal Public Library. 

Cox will speak about the increasing dangers of nitrates and phosphates in waterways from farm fertilizer and other forms of runoff. These nutrients can cause toxin algae blooms in area waterways used for drinking water and are a particular problem in agricultural areas such as McLean County. 

Incidents of Blue Baby Syndrome as well as bladder cancer and thyroid cancer have been traced to the presence of high levels of phosphates and nitrates in drinking water sources. 

The talk is sponsored by the McLean County League of Women Voters and is free and open to the public.


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