...to managers of the ARC recreation center in Normal that continues to be a popular desitnation for Twin City seniors.
Almost 4,000 people are members of the center, 600 E. Willow St., who pack the place almost every day. Membership peaked in March, just before the first wave of renewals, but has stayed relatively stable since then.
That's thanks to the facility's staff, which has made a special effort to keep adding programs, reminds members about looming expiration dates and finds out what ARC needs to keep them coming back.
...to all the Central Illinois high school football team as they enter the home stretch for the playoffs. Several B-N teams already have reached the next stage, including both Normal Community and Normal Community West high schools (NCHS is undefeated), and Central Catholic.
Every Friday night under the lights is important, but these last two games will mean everything to a lot of teams who don't want their seasons to end.
... to George and Myra Gordon, who have been been named 2017 Philanthropists of the Year by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.
The Gordons have lived in Normal for 45 years and have been involved in myriad community organizations and events.
"We're very honored," Myra told The Pantagraph last week. "Our success is because so many people in town have joined with us in these efforts."
The foundation, in its 21st year, facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties.
The couple will be honored at the Celebrating Local Philanthropy Luncheon at noon Nov. 15 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in uptown Normal.
A well deserved honor.
... to the state of Illinois, which continues to try and dig out from the nation's worst budget crisis. An Associated Press review this week shows that $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills — as much as half the total — hadn't been sent to the official who writes the checks.
Although many of those IOUs have since been paid, a similar amount in unprocessed bills has replaced them in the last three months, says Comptroller Susana Mendoza.
The mound of past-due bills tripled over the two years Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly were locked in a budget stalemate.
As everyone knows, we have a state budget, but the bills keep piling up.
.... to the organizers of this week's International Day of the Girl event in New York City — and a smaller version at schools, including Epiphany Junior High School in Normal.
The day was designed to encourage young women to embrace their leadership skills and be confident in reaching their full potential.
We say, go girls!