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School Bus - Car collide in Gilman

There has been a car/bus crash in Gilman, and several students from Iroquois West have been sent to the hospital.

The accident happened just a short time ago on 3100 block of South Crescent Street in Gilman.

Ambulances from several surrounding communities were sent to the scene, and a few children were transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital with what appear to be NON-life threatening injuries.

Details are still sketchy, but Gilman Police are investigating the accident, and we expect to hear from Iroquois West schools with an update soon.

(reporter Mack Berry 9/19/13)

Peggy Martin works at a gas station on the curve on US 24 near the center of town in Gilman. She said people coming into her store said the red car was in the wrong lane and the bus driver could not avoid the collision.

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Pontiac man accused of arson in apartment house fire

A Pontiac man is jailed in Livingston County, accused of setting an apartment fire last month.

34-year-old Anthony Spiker was arrested Wednesday on arson charges related to an August 14 fire on N. Chicago Street in Pontiac.

A woman had to be rescued from the burning home.
No one was seriously injured, but a firefighter was treated for a minor leg injury.

Pontiac firefighters were on the scene for about four hours.
Mutual aid was provided by departments from Cullom, Saunemin, Fairbury, Cornell, Flanagan, Odell, Dwight and Chenoa. Forrest firefighters and the Southeast Livingston County Ambulance Service were also on standby.

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Danville Funeral Owner Dies in Crash

A Danville funeral home owner died in a single-vehicle crash along Interstate 57 in Kankakee County. Illinois State Police say 70-year-old E.R. 'Bob' Pape III died when the van he was driving left the interstate and ran into a creek.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner says Pape was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:35 pm Wednesday. State Police report the van driven by Pape was southbound when it left the highway for some unknown reason.

Pape was headed home to Danville following a trip to Russia when the crash occurred.

The Danville Noon Rotary Club members said Pape had a passion about helping children at an orphanage in Russia.

As a Rotarian, Pape was named a Paul Harris Fellow. It is the highest award that a person can receive from Rotary International.

The Pape Memorial Home and Gardens in Danville says funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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The Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety at Carle is pleased to offer these free courses in Paxton on October 15 & 16 at the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, 330 West Ottawa St.

October 15
1:30 – 5 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR certification with AED
5:30 – 8 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid certification

October 16
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR certification with AED
1:30 – 4 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid certification

Participants may attend one or both of the classes.

According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death, just behind chronic diseases. CPR and First Aid training may save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Topics for CPR will include infant, child and adult choking and CPR as well as Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) use. The First Aid course will cover how to recognize and treat injuries, use appropriate equipment and supplies, and respond to various emergencies.

Courses will include hands-on instruction and a workbook. For each class successfully completed, participants will receive a certification card.

Space is limited, and registration is required at least 10 days prior to class. Participants must be 14 years of age or older. For more information or to register, please go to carle.org/cpr, or call the Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety at Carle at (217) 383-4601.

To learn about other classes offered by the Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety, please visit carle.org/farmsafety.

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Riverside's Silhouette Program Wins National Award

                            Mentoring Program Gives Students Up Close Look at Medical Careers

KANKAKEE, IL (September 16, 2013) – Choosing a career in the medical field is a big commitment, but what if you could have a real-life look at that career before making your final decision?

Through a unique medical career shadowing program, area college students have that opportunity at Riverside Medical Center. Sherri Guertin, director of Volunteer Services created Silhouette, a mentor/shadowing program, five years ago and recently received national recognition through the Association of Hospital Volunteer Resource Professionals. Guertin is honored by the recognition and considers it a role as leaders of hospital volunteer organizations to find ways to work with and encourage the next generation of healthcare professionals.

"Silhouette is an in-depth shadow experience for college juniors and seniors who are on an educational track for pre-med, nursing, PA, social work, community health, pharmacy or mental health," Guertin said. As a leader of Riverside's volunteer services, Guertin believes it to be part of her responsibilities to encourage not only volunteerism but also to help the next generation of potential healthcare professionals.

After applying and being accepted to the program, students go through orientation and list the top three specialties they are most interested in. Guertin then looks for physicians and nurses to pair them up. The mentoring program lasts 6- to 8-weeks, during which the student shadows his or her mentor for 4-20 hours per week. Students observe everything their mentor does, including clinic, rounds, procedures, operating room, meetings, lectures and everything in between.

"During my Silhouette experience, I quickly fell in love with cardiac nursing at Riverside," said Kathryn Jacobsen, RN. "Today I am a night shift nurse on 3Med/Telemetry."

Many times, this program is the spark a student needs to become even more excited about career possibilities. For others, it's exactly what they need to show them that a particular specialty or area concentration may not necessarily for them.

"Either way, it's a learning experience they would never have had, and they're so much better positioned to make a career choice based on their experience," said Guertin.
"Silhouette offers these students a unique way to expose and connect them to their field of interest, giving them a clearer direction in their careers and motivating them to continue working hard in their studies, especially for those interested in neurosurgery," said Neurosurgeon Dr. Juan Jimenez, one of the mentoring physicians in the program.

Michael Pyle, MD, and biology professor at Olivet Nazarene University, had been trying to create a similar program for ONU's pre-med students.

"It was nice not to have to build a shadowing wagon from scratch, but rather to hitch our program to the Silhouette wagon that was already rolling," Dr. Pyle said. "It effectively introduces our students to hospital volunteerism and healthcare professions."

"It's possible when these students graduate and are looking for a place to practice, Riverside will already be somewhere they're comfortable with, and we hope they put us at the top of their radar in their job search," said Guertin.

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