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Harvest Daze 2018 begins Friday in Watseka

It's the 39th annual Harvest Daze in Watseka.  It all begins at 4 pm today (Friday) at the Olde Courthouse Museum.  The annual event features crafts, entertainment and food.  The weekend event is the big fundraiser for upkeep of the museum.

The Woodworth-style fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on the grounds of the Old Courthouse Museum gets it all started. The fish fry is always a sell-out so early arrival is recommended.

Harvest Daze is sponsored by the Iroquois County Historical Society, a non-profit organization which generates support for the Old Courthouse Museum. All events of Harvest Daze occur on or around the museum grounds at 103 W. Cherry, Watseka.

Museum Coodinator Kathy Grazis says 78 vendors were scheduled for set-up. Home décor, plants, woodworking, handcrafted items, foods, farmer’s market items, household, photography, jewelry and accessories, art work and a variety of items for the home will be on display for sale.

Saturday morning's opening ceremony includes a flag-raising event.  American Legion Post #23e and the VFW present the colors.

Musical entertainment is all weekend. The 13th annual Cruise-In will accept registration from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday. The 15th annual Antique Tractor Show will be set up on the south lawn on Sunday. This show is a big attraction and offers lost of nostalgia to the seasoned farmer.

Sunday’s entertainment includes Rusty Wheels Jammers, Vern and Vern (Denault), and the Newton County Community Band.

Food vendors and a pumpkin contest are included. 

More information about Harvest Daze is availavble at the Old Courthouse Museum.. Call 815-432-2215 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Riverside and Iroquois Memorial sign Letter of Intent to discuss merger

              Vow to explore options that will best serve the community

Officials at Riverside Healthcare and Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) each signed a non-binding Letter of Intent this week to explore merging IMH into Riverside Healthcare.

"We are very excited about exploring what this could mean," said Phil Kambic, president and CEO of Kankakee-based Riverside Healthcare. "We have served the residents of Watseka and Iroquois County in various capacities for many years. This opportunity allows us to examine how we might shift that model and work with the dedicated team at Iroquois Memorial to find new and better ways to meet the healthcare needs of the community."

The Letter of Intent gives both organizations the chance to work confidentially to explore the possible merger.

"The Board, physicians and staff of Iroquois Memorial Hospital continue their deep commitment to having quality healthcare in our community," said Tim Smith, president and CEO of IMH. "As we look to the future, we believe we need a partner to effectively advance our mission. Having had conversations over the years with Riverside about what the future of healthcare might look like in this community, we felt now was the right time to explore the merger."

While no specific timeline for the merger was released, the due diligence process and review by regulatory bodies could conclude by the first quarter of 2019.
"This process is just getting started," said Kambic. "But as we move forward, I anticipate this to be a very exciting and rewarding chapter for Riverside, IMH and the residents of Iroquois County."

IMH opened in 1916 and has undergone numerous expansions. They currently employ 450 staff and operate several satellite clinics. Riverside, which opened its main hospital in Kankakee in 1964, employs 3,000 staff and began providing oncology care in Watseka in the early 1980s. In 2011, Riverside opened an outpatient facility in Watseka, which now provides immediate, primary and specialty care as well as chemotherapy and infusion services.

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Kankakee apartment fire under investigation

An apartment building on W. Station Street in Kankakee sustained significant damage last night. No injury was reported. The cause is under investigation, according to Fire Chief Damon Schuldt.

Four apartments were in the vicinity, but no one was evacuated. The apartment was unoccupied. The apartment building is adjacent to a tavern. Schuldt said the department did a good job quickly extinguishing the fire.

Firemen answered the call to the 900-block at 9 pm.

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Newton County crash kills Chicago woman

A 25-year-old Chicago woman died in a single-car crash this (Wed) morning on U.S. 41 in Newton County, IN. Sheriff’s Police investigated at 5 am just north of County Road 600 N.

The un-identified driver was northbound when she apparently lost control and hit a guardrail.

A 23-year-old female passenger and a 3-year-old were injured and taken to area hospitals.

The accident is under investigation. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department welcomes information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for about a two hours. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by the Coroner’s Office, Lake and Lincoln Township Fire, Morocco Fire and Newton County EMS.

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American Legion seeks donations to support Honor Guard

The Watseka American Legion Post #23 along with other Legion Posts will be soliciting for an Honor Guard Collection. The event is to raise money to purchase uniforms for American Legion Color Guards.

A drive-through collection is scheduled for Thursday (10/4) at the Big R Parking Lot in Watseka from 6am-7pm.

Thursday is Honor Guard Collection Day. Similar collections are scheduled in Danville, Tilton, Champaign and surrounding communities.

Lyle Kofoot is with Legion Post #23 in Watseka. He says the military uniforms show solidarity among the membership.

The Honor Guards are popular at military funerals and oftentimes, are part of parades and presenting the flags at civic and sporting events.

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