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Spotlight on Service, Feb. 16, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Bismarck Lions Club

About the club

President:Rich Miller

Origin: The club is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month.

Meets: 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Bismarck Elementary.

Family Life: Pages from the Caregiver's Guidebook

By Chelsey Byers/University of Illinois Extension

For the retirees, Feb. 14-21, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

He changed schools but left plenty behind

URBANA — He raised $10,000 to buy 360 laptops for Franklin Middle School in Champaign.

But 14-year-old Nicolas Ramkumar doesn't want credit for his work.

"I have always been taught to try to help whenever I can," he said. "I was taught to always give back and to leave everywhere I am better than when I got there."

Bill allowing DACC, VA to trade land passes House

WASHINGTON — By voice vote the U.S. House Tuesday passed legislation allowing for a land swap between the Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System and Danville Area Community College.

The legislation is sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and is known as H.R. 3262.

Schools foundation names heroes to be honored at gala

CHAMPAIGN — Two Harvard alumni, a Los Angeles-based producer, a co-founder of Crimestoppers and a Champaign businessman will be honored as distinguished alumni at the 2016 Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation recognition gala on April 2.

Vermilion County considers emergency support team

DANVILLE — In more than 20 years in the Vermilion County coroner's office, Peggy Johnson has handled many suicide

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 9, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Watseka Elks Lodge 1791

About the club

Exalted Ruler: Scott Kingdon

Origin: The lodge was granted its charter from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1950 and currently has around 250 members.

Peoria mayor credits program for reducing gun violence

For more witnesses to start coming forward in high-profile gun cases, the entire community's view of violence must change, local officials say.

For the retirees, Feb. 7-14, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.