Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities
The Danville Art League had a booth during last month's Arts in the Park festival. Members who exhibited included: Julie Colby, Michael Holtz, Jane Holtz Tiscornia, David Nolan, Leslie Woodrum, Beverly Ward, Kolleen Asaad, Becky Engel, Eileen Dunavan, Peyton Dunavan, Margo Firebaugh, Lonnie Meuser, Joyce Rowley, Kem Wiggins, Diana Longdail, Darla Payne, Brenda Tellier, Steve Smith, Jason Pratt, Jane Parient, Carol Garver, Sabrina Donnelly, and Dorothy Fava.
Winners were: Best of Show, Carol Garver; Oil/Acrylic — first place, Jason Pratt; second place, Kolleen Asaad; Watercolor — first place, Kem Wiggins; second place, Becky Engel; Drawing — first place, Sabrina Donnelly; second place, Carol Garver; Mixed Media — first place, Jane Holtz; second place, Kolleen Asaad; Photography — first place, Michael Holtz; second place, Margo Firebaugh; Sculpture/Ceramics — first place, Steve Smith.
Members who had their own booths at Arts in the Park included Steve Smith, Les Woodrum, Jacqueline Sisson and Linda Shumaker.
Sew much talent
The Vermilion County Museum Society announced winners of the 32nd Midwest Heritage Quilt Show.
Best of Show winners were Mary Deray for her Applique/Pieced quilt "Robin's Basket" and Linda L. Preston, for her Embroidered quilt "Feathered Star."
First-place winners were Rosemary Casey, Clothing/Purses; Mary DeRay, Applique/Pieced; Janice Elwell, Clothing/Purses; Edy Farnsworth, Pieced — 1950 to present; Sherry Fourez, Miniature; Sherry Fourez, Wall Hangings; Bonnie Johnson, Pillows; Ellen Monson, Kit; Linda L. Preston, Embroidered; and James Wallace, Lap Quilts.
Second-place winners were Julia E. Comingore, Household; Mary DeRay, Wall Hangings; Janice Elwell, Clothing/Purses; Ila Hillard, Embroidered; Suzanne LaBombard, Lap Quilts; Barb Monson, Lap Quilts: Barb Monson, Unquilted Tops; Ellen Monson, Pieced — 1950 to Present; and Joyce Wallace, Clothing/Purses.
Third-place winner were Sue Barr, Lap Quilts; Edy Farnsworth, Unquilted Tops; Donna Gash, Kit; Bill Gouty, Embroidered; Cindy Jaeger, Pieced — 1950 to Present; Jessica Stamm, Baby; Maggie Szanfranski, Wall Hangings; Linda Thompson, Applique/Pieced; and Joyce Wallace, Clothing/Purses.
Honorable Mention winners were Marianne Monson, Lap Quilts; Anastasia N. Nelson, Child; and Linda Thompson, Wall Hangings.
A special display of quilts made by Victorena Stanis will also be on display, as part of the celebration for the museum society's 50th anniversary.
Vic Stanis was instrumental in starting the Midwest Heritage Quilt Show. The museum is honoring her for all of her hard work, insight and dedication.
The quilts will be on display throughout July at the museum.
First Presbyterian Church in Danville has been awarded a national church honor. The Presbyterian Serious Mental Illinois Network (PSMIN) presented the local church with the Florence Iversen Kraft Award for its "outstanding leadership in ministry with those living with serious mental illness and with their families."
First Presbyterian has developed a "Comfort My People" team to continue mental health awareness as an on-going ministry and pastoral care concern.
The church dispenses mental health awareness information year-round, but gives special recognition during the month of May, which has been declared as Mental Health Awareness Month.
The First Presbyterian youth group also has taken mental health awareness as one of its missions and has presented several skits concerning mental health issues to the congregation.
"The award is basically for the church's openness and welcome to those dealing with mental health issues personally or their family," said Rev. Dr. Jimmy Hopper, First Presbyterian Pastor.
"Much of the church's mental health efforts have been spearheaded by Janet Martin, one of our church members," said Hopper. "She has been involved in a number of national, state and local mental health organizations and has worked for years on developing these programs for our church."
— Carrie Wilson of White Heath was named to the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Dean's List. Wilson is majoring in therapeutic recreation.
— Two area students, both majoring in air traffic control management, made the Lewis University Dean's List for spring semester: Alexandra Wolfe of Danville and Evan Millan.
— Owen Keagle of Champaign was named to the Dean's List at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
— Area students making the Dean's List at Illinois College, Jacksonville, included: Garrett Barr of Oakwood, Lynnette Bauer of Melvin, Kyle Cody of Sullivan, Holly Garcia of Onarga, Bradley Herrmann of Mahomet, Kara Hoover of Sheldon, Trent Hoveln of Urbana, Tanya Ifft of Piper City, Phillip Irace of Atwood, Brielle Jones of DeLand, Franklin Kimmell of Danville, Dawson Loschen of Fithian and Dylan Schuler of Watseka.
— Catherine Schell of Champaign was one of 226 Cornell College students named to the Dean's List for the spring semester. Schell earned High Honors.
— Champaign resident Molly M. Taylor has been named to Stonehill College's Dean's List.
— The following students at Wheaton College were named to the Dean's List: Jonathon Neumann of Saint Joseph, Chantal Meacham of Champaign, Adam Blackman of Urbana, Matthew Neumann of Saint Joseph, Galen Nicolof Urbana, Anne McNamara of Champaign.
— Jessica M. Debolt of Mahomet was named to the Dean's List by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Fine and Performing Arts.
— Sian Best of Champaign and Christopher Adams of Tuscola were named to the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's List.