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These photos taken by Pekin photographer Dave Humpke chronicle what he calls his “Magical Miracle Tour.”  They are on display at the Pekin Public Library this month.


Medical society salutes local physicians March 30

The Tazewell County Medical Society calls on the public to join it in recognizing the estimated 100 physicians who serve the people of Tazewell County on March 30, National Doctor’s Day. The professional organization suggests sending handwritten notes of appreciation and giving the symbolic red carnation.

The first Doctor’s Day was observed in 1933 in Winder, Georgia by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond. The first recognition was to send greeting cards and place flowers on graves of deceased physicians. In 1990, Congress approved legislation establishing National Doctor’s Day as March 30, and in 1991, the resolution was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

Illinois State Medical Society along with Tazewell County Medical Society recognize the 2017 members of Tazewell County Medical Society, who are the active voices of medicine in the county. They are:

  • President Alfred Rossi, M.D.
  • Richard Anderson, ISMS Trustee
  • Daniel Baer, M.D. Emeritus
  • John Baer, M.D.
  • George Beranek, M.D.
  • Tracy Bochantin, M.D.
  • Lesley Brinkman-Mosiman, M.D.
  • Scott Carlson, M.D.
  • Gregory Guard, M.D.
  • Douglas Harrington, M.D.
  • Daniel Hoffman, M.D.
  • James Hubler, M.D.
  • Scott Januzik, M.D.
  • Albert Maurer, M.D. Emeritus
  • Rebecca Proehl, M.D.
  • Trent Proehl, M.D.
  • Janice Takata-Rossi, M.D.
  • Lawrence Rossi, Jr., M.D.
  • Matthew Rossi, M.D.
  • Phillip Rossi, M.D.
  • Brad Stoecker, M.D.
  • Gail Williamson, M.D.
  • Emily McLaughlin, MS1
  • Isolina Rossi, MS3
  • Monica Rossi, MS3
  • Parker Thompson, MS4


High school musicians perform at national festival

Morton High School Wind Ensemble performed at the 2017 Music for All National Festival, the nation’s most prestigious festival for school instrumental music ensemble. The 26th annual festival was held in Indianapolis, March 9-March 11.

Morton High School Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Jeff Neavor, and was selected to perform by a panel of music educators by recorded audition.

Music for All is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations advocating in support of music education. The Music for All National Festival is comprised of the National Concert Band Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, Chamber Music National Festival and three national honor ensembles: the Honor Band of America, the Jazz Band of America and the Honor Orchestra of America.

Morton High School Wind Ensemble was one of 26 high school concert band ensembles from across the nation selected to perform at the festival.

Library to show residents how to build Little Free Libraries

Learn how to establish Little Free Libraries throughout the community when the Morton Public Library, 315 W. Pershing, Morton, holds a seminar about the literacy project at 10 a.m. March 18.

The Little Free Library concept, begun in Wisconsin in 2009, is a worldwide movement that promotes literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges. The first local Little Free Library was built in September by Morton Junior High student Chloe Schonert and her family on Jefferson Street adjacent to the Confectionery, 131 S. Plum Ave.

The library’s tutorial about building and maintaining a Little Free Library is being held to encourage other residents to consider putting Little Free Libraries in their neighborhoods. People who have built their own Little Free Libraries will speak.


Local photographer displays his work

Professional photographer Dave Humpke, of Pekin, is exhibiting several of his photographs chronicling his “Magical Miracle Tour” at the Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth St., Pekin, through the month of March. Humpke’s photographs were taken during an extended trip riding alone on a 50cc scooter around the U.S. from April to August 2001. His tour was a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For more information, contact the library at (309) 347-7111, ext. 0.

–Tazewell County News Briefs–