Sesquicentennial celebrations are set fopr this weekend in Chatsworth and Watseka. Opening ceremonies are today (Thursday) in both communiites.
Several published news articles highlight the rich history of the early beginnings in each of the towns in Livingston and Iroquois counties. Activities are planned at different sites in the two counties. Maps are available showing visitzors where many of the events are being held.
Watseka's opening ceremony is at 6:3 pm today at Lakeview Park/City Hall on Briana Drive.
Chatsworth has several events on the agenda including a parade, carnival, car show, hot air balloon launches and trolley tours.
The city of Gilman is busy this week with fire hydrant maintenance. ERH Enterprises has work crews flushing fire hydrants. Local residents may experience discolored water while the system flushes itself out. The work continues thru week’s end.
Aqua Illinois Water Company is also conducting a system-wide hydrant flushing and maintenance program Thursday (6/8). Aqua Illinois serves several east-central Illinois communities, including several in Vermilion County.
The company’s Vermilion Division reports nearly 19-hundred fire hydrants will be flushed and inspected to ensure proper operation. It is expected that it will take about four weeks to complete the inspection of all hydrants in the region.
Decreased water pressure and temporary water discoloration may be routine during the process.
Illinois State Police and other law enforcement officials are helping to carry the torch for Special Olympics. The annual torch run passes thru Kankakee County today (Wed) on its way to the opening ceremony of the competition in Normal.
The event kicks off Friday in Normal. The Torch Run will make its way on Route 45 at Manteno Road around 1 pm. There will be a police escort.
Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn was joined today by city officials and Amtrak to announce the completion of the new station in historic downtown Pontiac, the latest of several station improvements overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation along the Chicago-St. Louis passenger rail corridor. The new station opens to Amtrak service beginning Tuesday, June 6.
“After years of construction along one of the busiest passenger rail corridors in the country, the benefits are beginning to show with beautiful new stations in our state’s great communities,” Secretary Blankenhorn said. “This building will become a centerpiece of downtown Pontiac and provide travelers a safer, more reliable and convenient option to get to where they want to go.”
The 1,350-square-foot building features a peaked roof, glass façade and modern facilities and amenities for passengers on Amtrak’s Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle. Features include connections to bicycle and pedestrian paths, free Wi-Fi and parking for both vehicles and bikes. Located at 711 W. Water St., one block south of the old station, the new depot follows the successful opening last fall of a new station to the north in Dwight.