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Midwest Technical Institute High School Welding Competition- Student Recognition

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 12:00 am

A number of area high school students received recognition and cash prizes for their welding skills at the annual Midwest Technical Institute High School Welding Competition earlier this month at the school’s Springfield, Illinois campus location.

The two-day event featured nearly 135 participants from 27 area high schools and career centers, including AC Central High School, Capitol Area Career Center, Carlinville High School, Edinburg High School, Effingham High School, Gillispie High School, Jacksonville High School, Monticello High School, Mt. Pulaski High School, Okaw Area Vocational Center, Pittsfield High School, Rushville Industry High School, Taylorville High School, Triopia High School, Afton High School, Capitol Area Career Center, Cuba High School, Grundy Vocational Area Center, Nokomis High School, Normal West High School, Norris City Omaha Enfield High School, South Technical High School, Staunton High School, Taylorville High School and Virginia High School.

Students were tested on a wide range of welding skills and theories, including live welding challenges as well as classroom-based testing. Twenty students in all were recognized for their work with the first place winners receiving cash prizes of $500 – second and third place winners received $250 and $100, respectively, and the top ten finalists were awarded commemorative medals for their efforts.

Thursday’s first place honors in Flight A went to Colton McGuiere from Okaw Area Career Center, taking home the top prize with Larry Edwards of Okaw Area Career Center finishing second and Taylor Dickinson from Gillispie finishing third. Flight B saw Shane Green from Okaw Area Career Center take home the first place prize, and Dalton Dugan and Blane Pruett, also of Okaw Area Career Center take home second and third.

Friday’s first place winner in Flight A was Alec May of South Technical High School, with Connor Chambliss and Alex Poertner both of South Technical High School finishing second and third as well. Flight B saw Vincent Indelicato of South Technical High School win the first place prize and Timothy Brinkley of Norris City Omaha Enfield High School come in second and Josh Slater of Cuba High School take home third place.

Established in 2007, the competition offers high school students more than an opportunity to showcase their welding talents. Participants will have the chance to tour the Springfield, Illinois campus, meet with faculty and staff and receive valuable information on how to turn their passion into a lifelong, lucrative career.

MTI’s Director of High School Development Eric Gleason believes the competition provides students with a well-rounded look at the skills and work ethic required to be a professional welder.

“The weld competition is designed to allow area high school students to not only showcase their skillset, but also to get a feel for the MTI environment and experience welding at the next level.”

The Springfield campus offers MTI’s Journeyman Welder I and II Program to train students for employment as professional welders in as little as seven months. For more information on the welding competition, contact the Springfield campus at (217) 527-8324. For interview requests and other media inquiries, contact MTI’s Director of Marketing at Stacey Wierman at 217-527-8324 ext. 1178.

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GET DISCOVERED: STATEWIDE KARAOKE CONTEST

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 12:00 am

GET DISCOVERED: STATEWIDE KARAOKE CONTESTRegional Contests to Boost County Fairs and Promote Local Talent

Can you carry a tune?  Are you known within your circle of friends for your karaoke skills?  This year local talent will be showcased on the biggest stage at the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fair.  The State Fairs Karaoke Contest will give one lucky fairgoer the opportunity to be an opening act on the Grandstand stage at both the 2016 Illinois State Fair and 2016 Du Quoin State Fair.

Today, State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon announced a fun and interactive contest that gives fairgoers the chance to perform on the Grandstand Stage.  This summer eight (8) regional county fairs will host qualifying rounds of State Fairs Karaoke.  The first and second place winners from the regional level contests will move on to the finale at the Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 20th, with the overall winner performing two (2) songs that night before the Little Big Town concert.  The overall winner also receives the honor to perform at the Du Quoin State Fair for a concert that has yet to be named.

“We are proud to partner with our Illinois County Fairs on this project,” said State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon.  “We hope this contest draws in a new audience for our county fairs. These county fairs are vital to our communities and to our rural economies.  Quite frankly, this is the perfect fit and win-win for all involved.”

In order to compete, you must be a solo act, you must be 18 years old, and it is highly recommended that each participant pre-register on the Illinois State Fair website (www.illinois.gov/statefair).  Space is limited at each venue and once the host site’s slots are filled the registration will be closed.  Complete contest rules can be found online.  Registration begins on Monday, May 16 at noon CST.

“This contest has the ability to make someone’s dream come true,” said Assistant Du Quoin State Fair Manager Tibretta Reiman. “I encourage anyone who has ever dreamed of performing on a big stage to check out this contest.  It’s free to enter, but the experience and the exposure could prove to be invaluable.”

Regional Contests
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June 7              Macon County Fair (Decatur)

June 20            Jasper County Fair (Newton)

June 22            Greene County Fair (Carrollton)

June 23            Henry County Fair (Cambridge)

June 25            Perry County Fair (Pinckneyville)

June 29            Schuyler County Fair (Rushville)

July 3               Grundy County Fair (Morris)

July 11             Heart of IL Fair (Peoria)

Be sure to check out all the new and exciting things planned for the Illinois State Fair (August 12-21) and Du Quoin State Fair (August 26 – September 5).

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The ALMH Market

Saturday, May 21st 2016 - 12:00 am

The ALMH Market

Saturdays May 21 – October 29, 8am-12pm
Logan County Fairgrounds Expo building in Lincoln.

The ALMH Market is an indoor, producer-only farmers market located at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln, IL. It features fresh produce along with extensive FREE health programming (fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, health screenings, and more).

www.thealmhmarket.org

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APL New Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Animal Protective League
1001 Taintor Rd

Want to volunteer with APL? Attend an informational orientation to learn how you can help!

Volunteer opportunities include dog walking, cleaning, cat & dog socialization, pet therapy visits, humane education, adoption events, fundraising, and much more!

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without a parent or legal guardian, and all minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to orientations and trainings.

Each session lasts approximately one and a half hour.

It is required to register for New Volunteer Orientation. Please sign up for an orientation at the APL or by emailing volunteer@apl-shelter.org.   Every orientation will be limited to approximately 15 people per orientation.

Direct questions to Caitlin at 217-544-7387 x227 or by email at volunteer@apl-shelter.org.

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Writers Group Meeting

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
at Home of Harry VanHoudnos
400 E Madison Street Apt #410

When entering the building, call 321-1912 to have someone come down and let you in.

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Annual Hog Roast

Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
at Camp CILCA
4124 Camp Cilca Rd

Camp CILCA will hold its annual Hog Roast on Sunday, May 29.  The day will begin with a worship service at 10:30am in the Indoor Chapel, and will continue with lunch served from 11:30-2:30.  The menu includes pulled-pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, desserts, and drinks.  Call 217-487-7497 or visit cilca.org for more information about this and other summer events.

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OUR SAVIOR’S SUMMER DAY CAMP 2016

Tuesday, May 31st 2016 - 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
at Our Savior’s Church & School
2645 Old Jacksonville Rd.

With the warmer days and sunshine, we are reminded that summer is just around the corner! Have you begun making those Summer Day Camp plans? Your child will flourish in summer activities at

Our Savior’s Summer Day Camp

2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, IL 62704

(217) 546-4531

www.oursaviors-school.org

Camp Director: Abby Wiemer

abby.wiemer@oursaviors-school.org

Monday-Friday

May 31 – Aug. 5, 2016

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

*Closed July 4th*

Camp Fees

Full time $135/wk

or Part time $28/day

(Full time is 5 days per week. Part time is anything less that all 5 days.)

**Early Bird Discount for Sign up by April 1!**

Full time( $130/wk)

$80 deposit required to hold a spot

FB:  https://www.facebook.com/Our-Saviors-Lutheran-Church-and-School-82096968068/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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APL New Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, June 1st 2016 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at Animal Protective League
1001 Taintor Rd

Want to volunteer with APL? Attend an informational orientation to learn how you can help!

Volunteer opportunities include dog walking, cleaning, cat & dog socialization, pet therapy visits, humane education, adoption events, fundraising, and much more!

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without a parent or legal guardian, and all minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to orientations and trainings.

Each session lasts approximately one and a half hour.

It is required to register for New Volunteer Orientation. Please sign up for an orientation at the APL or by emailing volunteer@apl-shelter.org.   Every orientation will be limited to approximately 15 people per orientation.

Direct questions to Caitlin at 217-544-7387 x227 or by email at volunteer@apl-shelter.org.

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Low Vision Technology Fair

Thursday, June 2nd 2016 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Civil War Tech – Germy Germs

Saturday, June 4th 2016 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street

What exactly are germs and how to they spread disease?  Today we’ll learn about the fascinating and sometimes gross lives of germs.  Ages 8-12 welcome.  FREE; Reservations required.

www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov

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