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August 27, 2021

 

 
 
John Lamb  
 

For folk artist John Lamb, inspiration could be found out of his window. For decades, the longtime Lewis University history professor created rough-hewn wood carvings, frequently inspired by the Illinois & Michigan (I&M) Canal. Now, those carvings are on display in the exhibit, “Life Along the Canal: The Art of John M. Lamb” at the Gaylord Building, a National Trust Historic Site in Lockport, Illinois.  Also part of the exhibit are Lamb’s carved walking sticks, statues, and even a ticket booth used for the Old Canal Days festival, an annual Lockport event that he helped start. Read more about the artist and learn more about the ongoing exhibition.

 

 
 
  Safe Routes to School
 

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for projects that will help children walk and bike to school through the Safe Routes to School program. “Children who walk or bike to school from an early age have a leg up on creating an active, healthy lifestyle that benefits both them and the environment,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “We are proud to offer this program to help ensure every student has the opportunity to take advantage of these obvious benefits by providing safe and enjoyable routes to school.” Safe Routes to School supports projects that improve safety and reduce traffic in areas around elementary and middle schools. The new grant cycle will distribute a total of $12 million for infrastructure projects only. Projects can include new sidewalks, speed monitoring systems and improvements to make routes more accessible for individuals with disabilities. A 20% local match is required, with a maximum award of $250,000. Successful applications must demonstrate how the projects will encourage students to walk or bike. Eligible applicants include school districts, local governments, planning organizations and nonprofit associations. Greater benefit will be placed on schools with higher percentages of low-income students and students with disabilities. Apply by September 30. Awards will be announced early next year. For more information, including selection criteria, visit https://idot.click/SRTS or email DOT.SafeRoutes@Illinois.gov

 

 
 
Extension  
 

Last chance! Tell us about your community’s environmental sustainability goals and challenges in this short survey. The results will be used to help Extension and researchers develop information you can really use.

 

 

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

The Illinois Department of Public Health attributes over 5,500 Illinois deaths a year to the use of alcohol and other drugs. The Hancock County Addiction Coalition, originally the Hancock County Opioid Task Force, is a community of individuals and organizations dedicated to stopping substance abuse and addictions. They have recently adjusted their priorities and activities in light of the pandemic. A free webinar by University of Illinois Extension and Rural Partners will highlight the work of the coalition. It airs at noon CT on Sept. 2. For more information, see registrations details here.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 31 – Elevate Illinois: What Makes Our State Great

September 2 – Hancock County Addiction Coalition: Who We Are and What We Do

September 7 – Corn Belt Ports Initiative

September 30 – Making Inroads into the Substance Use Disorder Crisis: Mobilizing New Approaches to Rural SUD Services

 
 
 
 
 

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