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American Legion Posts welcome Vice-Commander Robert E. Newman

Membership Drive Focuses On Bringing Veterans Together With A United Voice

CISSNA PARK --- American Legion Posts across, including Cissna Park, have been welcoming Robert E. Newman, the American Legion National Vice Commander.

Commander Newman is recognizing the service provided by veterans and legion homes. The

The Illinois State Police Legion Post at Litchfield (IL) also hosted Vice-Commander Newman.

"The American Legion is the voice of millions of American service members, past and present, to maintain veteran services earned in combat. Vice Commander Newman's presence serves as a reminder to honor our fellow veterans."

"We are honored in joining Vice Commander Newman in the national effort to encourage veterans to come forward and be recognized for their service and to support one another through a unified voice," said ISP Legion Post Commander Limey Nargelenas. he added.

National Vice Commander Newman's visit is part of a continual recruitment drive to bring veterans together with the American Legion throughout the central and southern regions of Illinois.

Robert E. Newman was elected as a national vice commander of the 2.4-million member American Legion at the organization's 95th national convention in Houston on Aug. 29, 2013.

A member of American Legion Post 178 in Garrett, Ind., he served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1969. He had held offices at every level of The American Legion, including department (state) commander of Indiana, northern vice commander of Indiana, Americanism Commission chairman of Indiana, department Children and Youth Commission chairman, Internal Affairs Commission chairman and Rehabilitation Commission chairman. Nationally, he has served on the Veterans Preference and National Insurance committees.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and served as the postmaster in Butler, Ind., from 1997-2001. Newman, who was commander at Post 178, lives in Garrett with his wife of 43 years, Rosey. They have two sons, Charles R. Newman and Robert Newman, Jr.

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Cissna Park bowling alley destroyed by fire

CISSNA PARK — Fire destroyed the bowling alley in Cissna Park Saturday morning. No injury was reported. The State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause.

Three dozen firemen from Cissna Park, Milford, Buckley, Loda, Rankin, and East Lynn answered the at 8:40 am. The Park Bowl Lanes was a popular business at the north edge of town.

No injury was reported.

A passerby reported the fire. There was no one in the building; the business was closed at the time. Firemen observed a large amount of smoke coming from the north end of the bowling alley and fire coming from the building's south end. A garage on the building's south side was engulfed in flames.

The bowling alley was owned by Jarrod Warner of Wellington.

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NWS Update: Winter Weather Advisory

                                    Saturday, January 18, 2014   6:00 pm

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING.

SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH MID EVENING.

PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL RESULT IN AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW.WITH TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES.LEADING TO HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

INTERMITTENT BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW ARE EXPECTED.& THIS WILL RESULT IN UP TO AN INCH & A HALF PER HOUR SNOW RATES AT TIMES.ESPECIALLY THIS AFTERNOON. THIS WILL RESULT IN SNOW COVERED ROADS & SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY TO UNDER A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

Check the www.wgfaradio.com cancellations.

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NWS issues Winter Weather Heads-up

Friday, January 17, 2014

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY.

THE NATL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY.

SNOW WILL SPREAD FROM PORTIONS OF NORTH-CENTRAL ILLINOIS SATURDAY MORNING EXTENDING SOUTHEAST ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS LASTING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

PERIODS OF MODERATE SNOW WILL RESULT IN ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES.LEADING TO HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

INTERMITTENT BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW ARE POSSIBLE.LEADING TO REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY TO UNDER A MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS & LIMITED VISIBILITIES.& USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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Diverse donor base critical for adequate blood supply

The American Red Cross is announcing upcoming blood drives in February in its continuing effort to replenish blood supplies. Donar opportunities are set in Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and Kankakee counties.

PEORIA, Ill. (Jan. 15, 2014) — February is Black History Month, and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, the first medical director of an American Red Cross blood bank, the Red Cross reminds eligible donors of the importance of a diverse blood supply.

Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with the same ethnicity. Prior to transfusion, blood type and Rh factor are matched. Oftentimes additional red cell markers in donated blood must be matched as well. Such markers are determined by ethnicity and best found in a diverse donor base.

Donors of all types are encouraged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Appointments to give blood can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Iroquois County
Feb. 3 from 1-6:30 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 104 S. Fourth in Sheldon, Ill.

Kankakee County
Feb. 6 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Feb. 13 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Livingston County
Feb. 3 from 12-6 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 320 S. Oak in Forrest, Ill.
Feb. 13 from 2-6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 108 Tremont St. in Odell, Ill.

Vermilion County
Feb. 3 from 2-6 p.m. at Community Church of God, 535 S. Bowman Ave. in Danville, Ill.