Woodford County news briefs

Jenna Smith


January Diabetes Clinic: Eating Well as You Age         

Join University of Illinois Extension for the January Diabetes Clinic: “Eating Well as You Age” class. January’s program will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.  16 at the Woodford County Extension Office, 109 E. Eureka Ave., Eureka.

Our food choices make a difference in how we look and feel as we get older. We will discuss which foods supply nutrients that are especially important for us as we age. Attendees will receive a packet of recipes and watch a food demonstration.

Diabetes clinics are informal but informational walk-in programs with a different topic each month designed especially for persons living with diabetes. There is no cost to attend this program and no registration is necessary.

For more information on this program or upcoming events, please visit us at go.illinois.edu/LMW, or contact University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator & Registered Dietitian, Jenna Smith by phone at 309-663-8306 or email her at jesmith6@illinois.edu.

  Explore current diet trends at Eureka Library 

University of Illinois Extension and the Eureka Public Library invite you to kick off your New Year with the “Exploring Current Diet Trends” class this January.

The program will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Eureka Public Library.

Dieting is nothing new to the U.S., but various diets fly in and fade away. So what’s trending? What really works? Keto, Whole 30, Paleo and Intermittent Fasting are just a few of the popular diets trending on various social media platforms.

Learn the pros and cons, evidence and the safety of these diets to walk away empowered to lead a healthy lifestyle.

To register, contact the Eureka Public Library at 309-467-2922. “Exploring Current Diet Trends” is taught by University of Illinois Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator and Registered Dietitian Jenna Smith. Eureka Public Library is located at 202 S. Main St. Eureka.

For more information on this program, contact Jenna at 309-663-8306 or email her at jesmith6@illinois.edu. For additional Extension programs in your area visit us online at go.illinois.edu/LMWEvents.

Loren Logsdon of Eureka


 Local writers appear in Downstate Story online publication

Ten new short stories by Illinois and Midwestern writers are featured in the 2019 edition of Downstate Story, Peoria’s only literary magazine for fiction. Downstate Story is now published only on the Web at www.downstatestory.com

The writers in this issue are:  Loren Logsdon of Eureka;  Marie Anderson of Western Springs; Duke of East Peoria; Connie Cook Smith of Canton.; Pepper Bauer of Mapleton; Grazina Smith and Jessica Gorogianis, both of Chicago.;  Audrey Carli of Iron River, Michigan.; Arlene Shovald of Salida, Colorado.; and Ralph Hayes of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Most of these outstanding writers have long lists of publications in other literary magazines, and some have authored books.

Published by Downstate Story, Inc., an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, the annual publication aims to present original fiction by Illinois writers and writers with ties to Illinois and the Midwest as a quality alternative to today’s mass-market publishing.

For this Web edition, readers are asked for donations to help defray publishing costs. All writers are paid for their work.

Downstate Story’s Facebook page can be accessed at www.Facebook.com/downstatestory

 LaHood, others ask Air Force to consider Peoria for new C-130Js

Representatives Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth sent a letter to the United States Air Force secretary in support of the 182nd Airlift Wing at the Peoria International Airport in Peoria for the current Air National Guard C-130J Recapitalization.

Over the last two budget cycles, Congress has appropriated and authorized the creation of 16 new C-130Js.

“We support our men and women serving at the 182nd and the Illinois National Guard and with a strong military presence in the state of Illinois, we believe the recapitalization of C-130J aircraft will further strengthen the value of the 182nd Airlift Wing to our national security and Illinois’s long-lasting partnership with the United States Air Force,” the letter stated.