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Road closures

BLOOMINGTON - East Taylor Street in Bloomington, between Florence Avenue and Harwood Place, will be closed to through traffic Wednesday through Friday for sewer repairs.

Fell Avenue in Normal, between Florence and Hovey avenues, will be closed to through traffic Wednesday and Thursday for sanitary sewer repairs. Local traffic will be detoured using Florence, Hester and Hovey avenues. Through traffic should use Vernon Avenue, Linden and Emerson streets.

Local foundation announces grants

BLOOMINGTON - Illinois Prairie Community Foundation has awarded more than $14,000 in grants for nine area projects. They are:

DeWitt County 4-H, Summer Lunch and Fun, $432; Homes of Hope Inc., home maintenance, $1,000; McLean County Museum of History, History Career Days camp scholarships, $1,875; Parklands Foundation, Merwin Nature Preserve privy acquisition, $1,500; Prairie State Legal Services Inc., Serving Our Seniors, $3,000; Project Oz, Host Homes Awareness and Training project, $3,000; Washington Elementary, Wolf Park Garden, $500; West Bloomington Revitalization Project, Westside Blooms, $750; YouthBuild McLean County, mentoring for older students, $2,500.

Naturalist training will begin this fall

BLOOMINGTON - Illinois Master Naturalist training will be offered this fall by University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with Sugar Grove Nature Center, Heartland Community College, Parklands Foundation, Illinois Prairie Wild Ones and McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The program is designed for any adult committed to life-long learning and stewardship of local resources. Training will be Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 to Oct. 28. Cost is $250; application deadline is June 15.

Visit or call 309-663-8306.

Aviation museum to honor veterans

BLOOMINGTON - Prairie Aviation Museum will honor Armed Forces Day on Saturday with free admission for all former veterans of any era and present-day military.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is at 2929 E. Empire St. Turn at the CIRA Commons sign, then immediately left on the service road.

Winner named for CCHS dream house

BLOOMINGTON - Michael Winn of Bloomington won the Central Catholic Dream House raffle, earning a choice of taking a house valued at $200,000 or $135,000 cash.

The drawing was Sunday and included another $10,000 in additional cash prizes. A list of winners is at

Proceeds benefit needs-based financial aid for students who would like to attend Central Catholic High School.

Eco center plans local calendar

NORMAL — The Ecology Action Center is providing a centralized location to let people know about environmental events and happenings.

The free calendar is at

The not-for-profit walk-in information and environmental education center has a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening, and preserving a healthy environment.


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