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May 24, 2019

 

 
 

Watering your lawn in the early morning or in the evening, using phosphorus-free fertilizers, and mowing your grass to a height of at least 3 inches are but a few steps you can take to have healthier and environmentally-friendly lawns.  To learn more about peoples’ lawn habits and interests, University of Illinois Extension is looking for people to answer a brief questionnaire. If you are at least 18 years old and take care of your lawn, please consider participating here. Our questionnaire will take no longer than 20 minutes to do and once complete, you'll be eligible to win an iPad! Here’s the link to the survey questionnaire: https://go.illinois.edu/lawn

 

 
 

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is offering a workshop to help communities resolve environmental and redevelopment issues associated with brownfields properties on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CST) at the Danville Area Community College Auditorium, 2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL. Local/regional government officials, economic and community development organizations, not-for-profits, community groups, real estate developers, commercial real estate brokers, lenders and others working to promote economic development are encouraged to attend. The workshop is presented by the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University, in partnership with the Illinois EPA and Indiana Brownfields Program. Illinois EPA representatives regularly assist communities in taking on these properties for redevelopment. More information is available at https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/cleanup-programs/brownfields/Pages/default.aspx There is no cost to register, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided free of charge. Registration and workshop materials can be found at: www.ksutab.org/education/workshops. For assistance with registration, please contact Sheree Walsh with Kansas State University at chsr@ksu.edu or 785-532-6519.

 

 

 

 

 
 

The University of Illinois offers an online resource with proper audio pronunciation of places and landmarks across the state of Illinois. The tool was designed not only for broadcasters or news anchors, but for anyone publicly speaking about places in Illinois. The Pronunciation Guide for Illinois Place Names project is a compilation of all counties, cities, villages, communities, parks, creeks, and rivers in the state of Illinois, and the pronunciation of these names as preferred by local residents. The new online version, the guide’s fifth edition, displays a specialized phonetic cypher or pronunciation key, as well as the audio component of the name. Preferred local pronunciations—in the case of Illinois communities such as Cairo and Marseilles, Vienna and New Berlin—have been given precedence over accepted pronunciations for cities of the same name in other states or countries. To hear the pronunciation spoken aloud, visitors only need to click on the name in the guide.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 5 (Springfield) - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

June 12 (Workshop) - Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs, and Communities

June 20, 2019 (Chicago) - Small Business Expo

July 14-17 (Columbia, MO) - Community Development Society Annual Conference

August 12-15 (Moline) - Midwest Community Development Institute