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The Heritage Music Department will be holding their annual 5K and fun run on March. 15.
The race starts at Homer Village Park at 9 a.m.
"It is a well-managed event," Music Director Justin Lee said. "With an enthusiastic staff and community support. It is a great local race with competitive and recreational runners."
Lee said the group is looking for donations.
The Village of Broadlands is making plans to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the town.
At the January board meeting, the trustees discussed the upcoming Broadlands 125th anniversary.
The Homer MAPPING steering committee met Jan. 18 to discuss plans for fundraising to cover the cost of the project.
Church of Christ to welcome Habeeb
Saint Joseph Church of Christ Men’s Conference Presents: Lessons in Leadership from Life with guest speaker Habeeb Habeeb.
The event will take place Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donuts and coffee will be provided at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided at noon from Hickory River.
Katie Duitsman has always loved agriculture.
The St. Joseph-Ogden agriculture teacher and FFA advisor was a member of the FFA at her high school, Paxton Buckley-Loda.
"Agriculture has been a big part of my life," she said.
Duitsman grew up on a small grain and live stock farm.
Ogden Trustee Duane Fitch did not lose his house during the Ogden tornado.
In fact, his home suffered very little damage.
His parents were not so lucky.
“The day they finished taking down my parents’ house remains one of the saddest days in my life,” Fitch said.
On April 19, 1996 33 tornadoes occurred in Illinois.
Duane and Carolyn Schluter’s family gathered on Nov. 17 for an early Thanksgiving at their farmhouse northeast of Gifford.
Ten minutes after saying grace, they were even more grateful.
Eighteen people escaped serious injury by fleeing to the basement, seconds before a tornado swept the house away.
The Ogden-Royal fire Department will be hosting a donation drive for Gifford at the Ogden fire station starting Monday and going through Friday from 5:30-8 p.m.
The St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District will be holding a donation drive on Tuesday at the fire station for Gifford.
The drive will be from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the station at 222 E. Warren St.
The district has asked the Red Cross if they can provide a trailer to collect donations.
Emily and Vinny Santanelli want to teach their children to help others.
"We want to help our kids to help others and be neighborly and instill a sense of community," Emily said.
They are hoping to expand that theme with a new project called "Love Your Neighbor."
Love Your Neighbor is a community wide initiative to restore the lost art of neighborliness in St. Joseph.