... to all the Central Illinois high school football teams that are starting their "second season" Friday night and Saturday afternoon as the playoffs open across the state.
In our area, 13 teams are playing first-round games, including Normal Community, Normal West and Central Catholic high schools from the Twin Cities.
This is always an exciting time for players, coaches and fans. We wish all the teams the best of luck.
... to organizers of the year-old Fix It Friday program that involves Illinois State University students offering free basic mending and sewing repairs.
Not only is the program still going strong, but it recently received a national award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education..
The program is a joint project of the student Fashion Design and Merchandising Association and ISU's Office of Sustainability. Once or twice a month, the students set up in a different location around the Twin Cities, fixing rips, replacing buttons and doing other repairs.
Times and locations are posted on the program's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/IllinoisStateFixItFriday.
... to longtime Twin City lawyer and Lincoln expert Guy Fraker on the publication of his latest book about our 16th president, entitled " "Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln's Eighth Judicial Circuit," that is due this fall.
The goal, he said, is to "help people get on those roads, enjoy the landscape and see the story of Lincoln up close.”
Fraker's first book about Lincoln, also published by Southern Illinois University Press, is "Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency."
... to Home Sweet Home Ministries and Midwest Food Bank for once again organizing their annual Give Thanks Thanksgiving food drive that needs a lot of community support to pull off.
To the tune of asking the public to donate 2,000 turkeys and 2,000 meal bags of side dishes during the next 3 ½ half weeks to provide Thanksgiving meals for 10,000 people in need.
Every year, the community comes through for the agencies and we encourage residents to do so again to help make the holiday a festive one for a lot of people.
...to Lynn Fulton, who will become president of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, effective Nov. 5.
She replaces President Chad Boore, 49, who has been promoted to CEO of OSF HealthCare's Eastern Region, which is based in Bloomington and includes McLean, Livingston and DeWitt counties. Boore has headed OSF since 2013.
Boore replaces Ken Natzke, who retired at the end of September; Natzke was president of OSF St. Joseph before Boore.
Fulton, 46, has been OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee since 2014.