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Cheers

... to the Bloomington Kiwanis Club for, among other things, it's long-term support of Camp Limberlost, a program that serves children who could benefit from a weeklong camp experience.

Camp Limberlost, at the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center at Lake Bloomington, was founded in 1931 by The Pantagraph and has been sponsored by Kiwanis since 1940. The club covers campers' costs through fundraisers.

On behalf of the thousands of children who have benefited from Camp Limberlost through its many decades, we offer our heartfelt thanks.

Cheers

... to members of the American Legion posts in Bloomington and Normal for their combined commemoration of D-Day on the lawn of the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington.

These men and their families know all too well the importance of remembering history and honoring those who died for our freedom.

To them and all their supporters, we say thank you.

Cheers

... to the state of Illinois (yes, really) for including money in the new state budget to help nursing homes meet minimum staffing requirements and reimburse support costs.

These facilities care for our loved ones who no longer can care for themselves. We as taxpayers owe them the funding they so desperately need.

Cheers

... to Eureka College, for its continuing support of its most-famous alum, Ronald Reagan. Some schools might leave Reagan's name on a stone and call it a day. Not Eureka, which encourages scholarly study, speakers and growing knowledge of Reagan, his beliefs, current government and the changing world of politics.

The Gipper, now gone 15 years, would be proud. 

Cheers

... to Liz German, newly named interim CEO of YWCA of McLean County. She succeeds Dontae Latson, who is joining Rocky Mountain Communities of Denver.

Help if you can

... with the annual fan drive for The Salvation Army.

It's a short window between snow and heat in Central Illinois, but for those without air conditioning, a fan is a great help.

Donate money or a fan (or two) weekdays at the Corps Community Center, 611 W. Washington St., Bloomington.

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... and happy retirement to Pantagraph reporter Edith Brady-Lunny, who hangs up her press badge today after many years as a full-time reporter and long-time freelance writer for The Pantagraph, Decatur Herald & Review and numerous other publications near and far.

If there was a story to be written, a photo to be taken, an opportunity to share knowledge or a need for a listening ear, Edith was there for dozens of journalists over the years.

We wish her a very happy retirement.

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