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UI Extension Releases 2018 Impact Report:

The University of Illinois Extension has released their 2018 Impact Report for Henry, Mercer, Rock Island & Stark Counties.

University of Illinois Extension provides practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. Based in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Extension is the statewide outreach program of the University of Illinois at UrbanaIntroUIReport Champaign.

Introduced by Robert Jones, Chancellor of the University of Illinois and our very own Jenny Garner, County Director for the Extension's services in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island & Stark Counties, the Report includes information on the impact extension is having in the following areas:

  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • SNAP-Ed
  • Horticulture and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Community and Economic Development
  • 4-H Positive Youth Development
  • Program Highlights
  • Financial Information
  • Staff Listing and Office Locations

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Chase away the winter doldrums with the warmth and uplifting, sunny music of classical chamber music programs coming up Feb. 24 and March 10 at the News Room Bistro in Toulon.

A trio led by Marcia Henry-Liebenow, concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and a piano recital by Bruce Polay headline chamber music programs set, respectively, for Sundays Feb. 24 and March 10 at 3 p.m. in the News Room Bistro at 101 W. Main in Toulon (Route 17).

Marcia Henry Liebenow, Kyle Dzapo, flute, and Chee Hyeon Choi, piano, will perform works of BrochureRachmaninoff, Suk, Gaubert and others on Feb. 24.

Two Sundays later Polay, recently retired professor of music at Knox College, returns from his family’s new home in Arizona to play a “swan song” program for his many fans in the Toulon area. Bruce’s program will range from a Chopin nocturne to pieces by Rachmaninoff. Schubert and DeBussy to great standards like “Liebestraum” by Franz Liszt and “Someone to Watch Over Me” by George Gershwin.

The trio members are all faculty members in the music department at Bradley University and each has long credits of CDs produced, books authored, and performances here and abroad.

This past year, Marcia was featured several times on NPR’s national program, Performance Today.

Both programs feature complimentary coffee, wines and sweets, and admission is by free will donation.

The News Room Bistro (no longer a bistro) is popular with musicians because its piano is grand and the 14-foot, 1890s wood-grooved ceiling and surroundings offer fine acoustics in an intimate setting. Audience members can almost literally reach out from their comfortable chairs and touch the musicians.

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Galva Arts Council Secures Second Award...

The Galva Arts Council will once again enliven Wiley Park through the second Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, further activating the large, underused green space into a dynamic hub for self-expression, connection and layered arts experiences set to free, live music from across the globe.

The 2019 series aims to deepen community engagement and expand upon community partnerships, creating a weekly communal celebration of the best Galva has to offer.

For photographs of last year's series of concerts, visit our Gallery or visit the official Levitt AMP Galva Facebook page.


American Legion March Events:

Community Breakfast - The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 10 March 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. They will be serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, milk and orange juice. Pop and bottled water are available for an extra charge. A donation of $6.00 is appreciated.


Veterans Day...

Click on any of the images below to view the rest of the photographs in our Veterans Day Gallery.