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Christmas Walk Saturday December 7th from 4 to 7 PM. Carols upstairs at Hick'ry Stick. Santa at Every Little Thing, come out for a getting in the spirit of the season event.
December 4, 2013
Volunteers asked to Wait
Bottle your desire to help there will be plenty of need and time to make a disaster a little better. Collect donations and wait for an opportunity to assist, I am sure Elmwood will plan a whole community effort of outreach to the Easterners on the other side of the Illinois River. As we did before Joplin Mission Trip
Elmwood UMC Open for Relief Drop Offs
I will be at church this afternoon until 5PM. The west door of fellowship hall is open for drop off now, I will assist carrying items.
Items suggested: bottled water, packaged food such as granola bars, breakfast bars, batteries, bandages, gloves, etc.
WCBU list posted: items that may be useful include work supplies like shovels and dust masks, garbage bags, gas cards, gift cards, cell phone cards, bottled water, baby formula, diapers, personal hygiene items, new clean socks, pet food, cat litter, storage space, cleaning supplies, and transportation. Steve Davis ----- November 18, 2013 10:17 AM
Tornado Damages Washington IL
Our community will reach out to Washington IL and other communities suffering from Sunday's storm. I will try and help coordinate and inform people. This is a start, I will talk to the minister at the Elmwood UMC Monday morning and see if we are to become a collection center for relief supplies.
Odd Couple at EHS
Support our drama students and have a good laugh.
Elmwood High School performs Neil Simon's beloved comedy classic this week end.
I Unite in common cause, our desires are in harmony, so we need the tools and methods to allow us to work together.
II We all have lives, we all get busy. We need to use modern communication to keep our efforts coordinated.
III We need to use our united communication to reach out to the world beyond Elmwood.
IV If we put together an outreach with a coordinated message, using social media we will make new connections.
V If we raise our own standard of living, Elmwood will be attractive to people and businesses seeking to relocate.
VI Growth will benefit us all, we have left so many approaches untried, now is the time to reboot the recovery process.
VII Use an open process seeking input and dialog with everyone. Our community strength exists beyond just current residents.
All our community groups must coordinate our on line presence, streamline our outreach message, and sell the great environment Elmwood is to operate a non retail oriented business. Bringing people to the Downtown District will envigorate it. Elmwood would be a great location for a small creative business. If we keep effectively making connections we might get one or two, I believe in planting seeds; it is only way I ever grew anything. I am not against prayer and hard work, it has often been essential. I suggest we make use of Internet tools available to us. I will be making some proposals to Elmwood Development Association and other community organizations. Everyone has a role to play. It may amaze us where we can go, if we are all rowing our virtual boat in the same direction.
Proposal in May -- Multi-generational Project
I have made proposals before. Collectively we, as the community of Elmwood, have not found the ways and methods to implement practicable steps to progress. We need to organize a systematic effort that we all have a stake in to get results. This is more on creating a local foods market and making Elmwood the "Center of the Universe" for local foods. At least the regional hub for Peoria, Galesburg, and Canton to find good tasting, safely produced, quality packaged, and effectively marketed local foods.
Local Markets – Regional Reach
Radical Hospitality & Extravagant Generosity Luncheon
Our church studied the book entitled Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase.
Two of the practices are Radical Hospitality and Extravagant Generosity. I am demonstrating these practices to help make my point for Elmwood. Elmwood naturally demonstrates these behaviors, but for effective outreach we need planning and organization.
I want to outline what I believe is the first effective step to revive our economy in Elmwood. It is a multi-generational local foods emphasis. I grew up on a farm and actually did farm, I know what a difference real produce, that is fresh and naturally ripened, has from typical produce. I often pay rather high prices for food in restaurants that is not nearly as good as the food I had in my mother’s farm kitchen. I hope today makes real in a very practical way what a need there is for this effort. I hope it opens your perspectives to the potential this approach holds for Elmwood. Enjoy lunch; maybe the chef hasn’t ruined everything.
Our current uncoordinated resources:
A model for coordinating these resources into an effective multi-generational economic development effort:
Potential benefits for Elmwood:
Why not put the Subway proposal here? In TIF so City can keep all the taxes on the improvement, still have all the touted benefits. It would be popular with those visiting residents in assisted living. An exit onto the new street would be much safer, yet location would give the business good visibility to traffic on IL 78 & IL 8.
Spoon River Drive Nice Fall Weekend
Weekend weather was great for the second weekend of the Spoon River Drive. Elmwood is in the second year of participating with Spoon River Drive. It looks like a growing activity, bringing people to town, business to our businesses. Elmwood is a perfect fit for Spoon River Drive, the Kickapoo Creek edition. Look froward to an even more rewarding and entertaining event next year. How warm was it? The Lime Shake Up was perfect for Saturday afternoon. Elmwood Spoon River Drive -- Spoon River Drive Organization
PDF of Opposition to Zoning Variance
in Health, Wealth, with a little Liberty, just like the constitution would urge us to
A Simple Proposal
I will make a simple proposal. It will bring revenues to our city, increase economic activity in our city, and make all our residents' lives a little healthier. It will provide opportunities for seniors and youth bring customers for our existing and future businesses. I invite you to participate in the discussion and become a stake holder in a development that can encourage growth in Elmwood in many ways.
There are many examples of successful and expanding local foods markets, many in and around Illinois. I return to the example I proposed three years ago during recovery planning following the tornado. It allows us a greater perspective to learn from a proven example. Experience is always a great, if painful method of education.
I have a proposal that the Subway development should be at another location. Our fair corner should become a daily local market. If we would do these simultaneously, we can have our cake and eat it to. We will still get the gain of Subway revenues, while increasing revenues on the fair corner. This will leave open the possibility to consider a better suited and safer development in the future. All winning scenarios in this proposal no losers. How often can that happen?
I will expand a little on this each day. I hope we will be given consideration by the city council. I hope they will see there are better, safer, more revenue creating proposals, than the one currently before them.
A Good Location for a Subway
This lot has become almost un-farmable in the last few years. It would be a great lot for the development of the new Subway. The City of Elmwood should use their proposed $100,000 to help in making this lot available for the new development.
I believe if we would work in a collaborative open dialog, we can improve our economic future. We will create a healthier, more successful future. I will add a poll by tomorrow. I hope you will join in an alliance to make us all proud. One that doesn't sell out the safety of our children in a false choice. Many of us are seeking to advance our economy; we should all be a part of the process.
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E/B Trojans take on Knoxville
Friday Night at 7 PM at Elmwood both teams 4 and 0
Fall Festival a Great Event
Turns Late Summer Drought into Fun Times
Even though all farmers would have preferred a little rain for the soybeans, festival go-ers enjoyed great weather for the outdoor event. This year's Fall Festival was the first widely shared on Facebook, by both the festival committee and the festival revelers. Many wonderful photos of the fun made there way to Facebook in this long running Elmwood celebration. Elmwood Fall Festival Facebook Page -- If you want to read the Letter from Shiloh read during Thursday Night's Elmtastic Extravaganza Click on over to Elmwood Tales
Winding up Summer -- Festivals
The Illinois and Iowa State Fairs are underway. The County fairs are over and now the local festivals are marching along . Yates City Harvest Home starts this week end. Facebook Page Yates City Harvest Home Closer to Free with special guests Tom Hayes and Kris Petermeyer will kick off Friday Night at 6 PM followed by F Sharp on the main stage.
Elmwood Fall Festival Books
are out Plan for a Fun Time
My Place -- St Jude Fundraiser
The annual fund rasier topped $92,000, a great uniting event for the community of Yates City. I sold a few Tee Shirts Friday night. St Jude run coming up many local people would love to have another sponsor. Tom Hayes -- Facebook Photo Album
Yates City IL -- My Place Fundraiser - June 8, 2013
First Band Concert in Park Sunday June 9th
A great American tradition continues in Elmwood's Central Park Sunday June 9th. Illinois longest continuous municipal band starts a new season. Elmwood Schools Band Director will be on the podium. Erich Weiger has assisted but will be in charge this year Elmwood Band has a facebook page. Link Enjoy
You Tube Video from last year
Ashley Bean and Band
will play at Strawberry Festival at 7 PM
Strawberry Festival Moves to Elmwood School
The Elmwood Strawberry Festival is still going to be held this Saturday, June 1st, but due to the rain scheduled, it will be held at the Elmwood School. The programs will be held in the auditorium and the crafters and food vendors will be in the multi-purpose room and in the hallways. The firemen's pancake and sausage breakfast will still be at the fire house.
Summer Programs at Library
Registration for Summer Reading is being accepted at the Morrison & May Wiley Library until May 25th. Children 4 years old (by June 1st) through going into 6th grade in the fall are invited to attend. Children must be registered to attend any part of the program.
Morrison & Mary Wiley Library will hold the following programs in May and space is limited, so registration is required (call the library at 742-2431 to register) :
George Tanner will read poetry on May 30th at 6:30 PM. (No registration required).
The library will be closed on May 27th in observation of Memorial Day and June 1st for the Strawberry Festival.
Walk with camera on a beautiful Elmwood Wednesday
Elmwood at the WTVP Ch 47 Auction
Elmwood volunteers went to Peoria Sunday April 28th to promote Elmwood and help WTVP our PBS station. It was a new adventure for our volunteers, we were a little unaccustomed to the process. We had a fun time -- I am really sorry I missed out on the at Gold's Gym opportunity.
Overnight 4-18-13 ----- 5 " Rain
The rain, starting on April 17th and through the morning of the 18th, caused Kickapoo Creek to look like the Mississippi River. Throughout Elmwood basements were flooded, surrounding roads had many wash outs. Flooding of houses in Edwards and other surrounding communities has thrown the area into disaster recovery mode. It is covered by PJ Star, area TV CiProud, and others. Also it was reported on Facebook by many local residents. Start at a A Better Elmwood, try the New Zephyr, startling photos are all over.
Photo by Tom Conklin
Photo by New Zephyr
In a practical note flooded properties will treated in the same manner tornado damaged properties in Elmwood were, for 2013 assessment cycle. Peoria County is very proactive in trying alleviate any unfairness in assessment of properties due to a natural disaster. If you have questions click here Elmwood Township Assessor and get in touch with me.
From Toot's Facebook : We got the OK from the health department to open on Monday April 15th after our remodel.
We will be putting final touches on it over Weekend. Stop by Monday and look at the spruced up place. It looks pretty good, if i do say say so myself. A special thanks to some family members , True value, H&H, Fred Lantz Betsy, Kyle, Missy, Alan D Courson Plumbing and my wife. I most likely forgot someone, thank to you all who helped.
Hulslander Re-Elected as Mayor
John Hulslander was re-elected by a comfortable margin in the April 9th election.
I want to congratulate Mr. Hulslander on his re-election victory. I want to thank everyone who was so supportive of my running for this office. Best wishes for Elmwood, our people and businesses in the coming years. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a participant in this election. Everyone who took time to vote strengthens our democratic process of self-government. Again congratulations to Mayor Hulslander.