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SHILOH, IL, (SWI-News.com), June 12, 2013 - The St. Louis Region has been selected as the winner of the prestigious Abilene Trophy which acknowledges the extensive support demonstrated for the airmen of Scott Air Force Base, and their families, during 2012.
"We couldn't have done it without the contributions from the various individuals, businesses, organizations and communities we reached out to, that told us what they did to support the base last year, and the dozens of letters of endorsement from local, state and federal legislators and regional businesses that helped to make our case," stated Ronda Sauget, President of the Leadership Council. A special community celebration for the presentation was held, June 11, at the Scott Field Air Heritage Park.
"The overwhelming response to our region-wide call for information demonstrated the depth of our region's commitment to Scott AFB and was instrumental in our ability to develop a winning package. This truly is a victory that we all can be proud of," said Sauget.
The nomination that propelled St. Louis into the winners' circle showcased over 270 examples of community help for the airmen and their families, including:
Hummingbird Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge
GRAFTON, IL, (SWI-News.com), June 5, 2013 - Hummingbird wings average about 70 beats per second and tend to sound more like a bee than the smallest bird in the world. But how often do people really get to see one up close? The answer is at least once a year at the Hummingbird Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, IL.
Visitors will watch as local hummingbird expert, Cathie Hutcheson, measures, weighs and bands the birds during the annual Hummingbird Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge on June 30, 2013, from 11am to 3pm.
The Hummingbird Festival will also include unique craft and art vendors, live music, wine tasting, children's activities, and restaurant favorites. Visitors can also take a tour of the historic Lodge while at the Festival.
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930's, Pere Marquette Lodge is considered to be a treasure-trove of nature and history. As the centerpiece of the largest state park in Illinois, the Lodge overlooks the scenic Illinois River. For more information, call 618-786-2331.
Illinois Law Enforcement Buckling Down with "Click It or Ticket" Campaign
COTTLESVILLE, IL, (SWI-News.com), May 22, 2013 - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has launched the 2013 Click It or Ticket mobilization, running through Memorial Day. Young males, 18-34, represented a third of the 955 people who died on Illinois roadways last year, accounting for 317 deaths.
During the two-week mobilization, police from more than 500 local law enforcement agencies will be directing extra enforcement of seat belt, impaired driving and other traffic laws during all hours of the day and night, with a large number of patrols occurring during late-night hours. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on late-afternoon hours when data shows unbuckled motor vehicle fatalities begin to rise.
"IDOT is utilizing federal safety dollars to assist Illinois law enforcement to provide more seat belt enforcement. They'll be out there during rush hour, during the morning commute and during those late night hours when the most unbuckled fatalities occur. If you're caught unbuckled or driving drunk, you'll be given a ticket or arrested. It is not about money; it's not about tickets. It's about saving lives."
"The Illinois State Police will be joined by all ranks of law enforcement across Illinois to deploy roadside safety checks, seat belt missions and DUI enforcement," said ISP Director Hiram Grau. "Law enforcement's collective message is clear, one fatality is one too many, so don't drink and drive and buckle up."
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