Woodford County news briefs

Woodford County is holding a household waste collection day at the County Highway Department in Roanoke on June 15. (Photo courtesy of Woodford County)


 Highway Department hosts as waste collection

Woodford County is holding a community waste collection event on Saturday June 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the County Highway Department, 301 S. Main St., in Roanoke.

The collection is hosted by the county Health Department and is sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Accepted items include acids, antifreeze, cleaning products, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury, solvents, pool chemicals, oil-based paints, pesticides and motor oil.

The following items will not be accepted:

Agricultural/ Biological/Business/Commercial or

Institutional Waste


Cell Phones

Controlled Substances

Explosives (including fireworks)


Farm Machinery Oil

Fire Extinguishers

Hypodermic Needles/Sharps

Latex Paint (can be safely dried/absorbed and discarded in

regular trash)

Lead Acid Batteries

Propane Tanks

Smoke Detectors

For more information, check website at  www.woodfordhealth.org.


 Health community partners on cancer screenings

The Partnership for a Healthy Community put together a position statement recommending women start annual breast health screenings at the age of 40. Additionally, the position statement recommends that all women have a risk assessment for breast cancer completed by their physician by age 30.

The Partnership for a Healthy Community is a community-driven effort to improve health and wellness in Central Illinois

The program helps to identify and prioritize health and quality of life issues, map and leverage community resources to implement health improvement strategies in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties.

As part of the Partnership for a Healthy Community, the Breast Cancer Action Team formed to address the community health plan goal to reduce death and disability of breast cancer in the Tri-County area.

The Breast Cancer Action Team members include area hospitals, health departments and other women’s health providers.

Screenings and risk assessments were identified as evidenced-based interventions.

“In reviewing local and national data, the action team recognized the need to promote a common set of community screening age guidelines.” said Breast Cancer Action Team Chair Greg Eberle, Hopedale Wellness Center. “The team chose the recommendations for screenings following those outlined by American College of Radiology, The Society of Breast Imaging, and The National Comprehensive Cancer Network.”

To find position statement in full, or to learn about other Partnership initiatives, visit www.healthyhoi.org.


Library, 4-H invites students to Ozobot Theater

In this theater, robots are the actors. Youth entering fifth—seventh grades are invited to join University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator Alcha Corban for a fun, interactive workshop on Monday, June 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main.

Participants will learn script writing, costume design, and basic programming in this exciting workshop. At the end, the ozobots will perform for the group.

This class is free, but space is limited to 15 participants. Call the library at 309-467-2922 to register by June 7. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, contact the U of I Extension office at 309-467-3789.


Village hosts weekly concerts in the park

The community is invited out for summer concerts.

“Jammin’ in the Park” will take place at the Roanoke park at the upper pavilion on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Area musicians sharing their talents with instruments and singing  gospel, bluegrass and country. Bring lawn chairs.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is presenting free fishing clinics through Aug. 2 at Miller Park Lake in Bloomington.


 IDNR presents free fishing clinics in Miller Park

Individuals and groups are invited to participate in free fishing clinics sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Miller Park in Bloomington, 1020 S. Morris Ave.

The Let’s Go Fishing clinics will be held Monday through Friday now through Aug. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m.  and from 1 to 3 p.m.
Each two-hour session will include an educational seminar and a lot of fishing. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided.

Registration is required by calling the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts office 309-434-2260 during office hours.
Registered individuals or groups will meet at the shelter north of the bandstand in Miller Park.


Summer pass  gives unlimited admission to museum

Visitors to the Illinois State Museum this summer can have unlimited access to exploration, discovery, learning and admission for just $10 with the museum’s summer pass, now available for purchase at museum in Springfield.

“The Illinois State Museum has extensive exhibits and a calendar full of programs that seek to tell the story of the land, life, people and art of Illinois – so much so that we know people will want to come back again and again,” said Elizabeth Bazan, interim director of education, Illinois State Museum. “That’s why we’re so excited to offer unlimited access to the great things the museum has to offer for a one-time $10 fee this summer.”

For $10, visitors to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield can purchase unlimited admission for one adult through Labor Day.

With the summer pass, visitors can enjoy admission to the museum and all of this summer’s great programming including weekly tours, the Summer Film Fest, Super Saturdays, Story Times, and more.

Summer pass holders are not entitled to Museum Society Membership benefits such as program discounts and members-only events.

Regular museum admission is $5 for adults ages 19-64. Admission for children, seniors, veterans, and military personnel is always free.

Through Labor Day, admission also is free for the families of veterans and active duty military personnel through the Blue Star Museum program.

The summer pass will expire Sept. 2. The museum is located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield.

For more information, contact the Illinois State Museum at 217-782-7386.