... to Bridget Logsdon-Isted, Carol Logsdon, Dalton Arbuckle, Brad Orrick and Bobby Moews, for their work on cleaning the markers at the Korean-Vietnam Memorial at Miller Park.
The memorial, dedicated in 1988 in the northwest corner of the Bloomington park, had deteriorated over the years and the names had become faded.
Logsdon-Isted estimated the work has taken about 100 hours, with more than 80 markers refurbished.
More work remains - concrete and brick work still needs to be done - and Logsdon-Isted hopes to find skilled volunteers for that chore.
The group's work, and that of similar groups, is why Central Illinois is such a great place to live.
... to Unit 5 and District 87 schools, among others, who are taking a look at a recent kindergarten readiness survey that showed youngsters may not be ready to start school.
The survey, by the Illinois State Board of Education, reflected student readiness in the areas of social and emotional development, language and literacy development, and math.
Parents and families are responsible for getting their children ready for school - teaching right from wrong, how to get along, how to share and be giving, as well as basic language, literacy and math skills.
The kindergarten survey may reflect more about how we interact with our kids than it does about schools.
... to the LeRoy American Legion on the occasion of its 100th birthday, celebrated July 4 with a parade in tandem with our nation's birthday.
... to Illinois State University on the revamp of Redbird Arena, which is making more comfortable seating for the thousands who attend games and events at the arena each year.
The $6.2 million renovation is being financed by auxiliary facilities system revenue bonds. Word should be done before the Sept. 13 volleyball home opener.
... and a big thank-you to everyone involved in and who attended the recent Celebrate America performances at Miller Park.
Celebrate America, an offshoot of The Pantagraph's Holiday Spectacular, includes many of the same cast members but decked out for summer with an Americana musical theme.
Both productions require hundreds of hours of volunteer time and community talent. They are another reason it's great to live in Central Illinois.
... to the Illinois State University solar car team, which competed in the American Solar Challenge Formula Sun Grand Prix.
Long name. Long trip, particularly when your fuel depends on a sunny day.
These students are making sure our future transportation choices are as flexible as possible.