VFW Post #7450 and American Legion Post # 23 will perform the flag raising ceremony this (Sat) morning to open the 36th Annual Harvest Daze in Watseka. The 9 am event is at the Old Courthouse.
Harvest Daze is the main attraction that raises funds for the Old Courthouse Museum and the Iroquois County Historical Society.
Several vendors have set up shop at the courthouse lawn. Food, entertainment, a bake sale, car and tractor displays, and a scarecrow contest are part of the fun. There's also the People's Choice Talent Competition Sunday afternoon.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 9 am – 4 pm. The Talent Show begins at 4:30 pm Sunday.
Alexander Lumber acquires Peoples Complete Building Center in Watseka
The Alexander Lumber Company has acquired Peoples Complete Building Center in Watseka. The acquisition, effective Thursday (Oct 1), finds Alexander Lumber expanding its 20 retail locations and manufacturing facility.
Peoples Coal & Lumber will maintain and continue its operations in Grant Park and Kentland, Indiana and three Ready Mix concrete operations in Watseka, Grant Park and Kentland.
In a prepared press release, Alexander Lumber Company states the Watseka location on South 3rd Street is open for business under the Alexander name.
Former Peoples Building Center manager Dan Martin said Alexander Lumber will keep all Peoples employees; that was an agreement with the transaction. Martin has managed the family business for 37 years. He's a fourth generation of the Martin family involved with the business.
Peoples Complete Building Center in Watseka was founded by Fred Martin and has been a local, family-owned business since 1902. Dan Martin says "while Peoples' has been in operation in Watseka along time, it's exciting to become part of Illinois' oldest retail lumber company."
Alexander Lumber Company was founded in 1891. The company is committed to being a strong member of its local communities.
Donate blood with the Red Cross to support organ transplant patients and others needing blood
October is Liver Awareness Month
During Liver Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products.
Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant with more than 6,000 performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery.
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Cissna Park 10/7/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cissna Park Elementary/Jr. High School, 511 N. Second _______________
Kankakee 10/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive 10/15/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Farmer's Market/Dearborn Square, S Schyuler Avenue & E Merchant Street _______________
Danville 10/5/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Church of God, 535 S Bowman Ave 10/7/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Watchfire Signs, 1015 Maple St 10/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 North Vermilion Street
Iroquois County MABAS urges caution, preparation during harvest
MABAS 37 IN Iroquois County...the firefighters Mutual Aid Box Alarm System...is asking farmers to be safe, alert and more-prepared as the Fall harvest continues.
Members of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Fire Aid Association advise that farmers can help in the event emergency situations arise. Property owners and farmers should have combines equipped with initial response tools in the event of a combine fire. An attached tillage tool is an obvious help in the event of a field fire.
Trucks and tractors should be equipped with fire extinguishers and a 5-gallon pressurized water extinguisher onboard combines are a big help.
Also, should that fire or smoke erupt, move that equipment and notify 9-1-1. Don't wait or investigate. Instead, get the fire department on the move.
Mutual Aid Association President Jeff Glenn also suggests that field workers know there whereabouts, be aware of the county coordinates to help with directions for responders.
The SAFETY REMINDER comes as dry, windy conditions develop during the harvest.