Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wilmington Holiday Light Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting 2013

Here are some photos from the 2013 Wilmington Holiday Parade:

Wilmington Fire Department Engine with Christmas Lights

Window with Christmas Angel in a Wilmington Antique Store Window

People line the streets of downtown Wilmington to wait for the parade

Wilmington, Illinois will celebrate the Holiday season with a Holiday Light Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 30 at 5 p.m..  Following the parade, there will be an  ice carving demonstration and a performance by the Wilmington ShowCats under the gazebo.  

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Will County Farm Bureau Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary

By Mary Baskerville

The Will County Farm Bureau’s 100-year history was celebrated November 23, 2013 at the Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center on Laraway Road. Drawing farmers, county and state leaders, and agriculture educators and supporters together, the event included a display of farm life spanning the century.

Will County Board member Ken Harris said the displays were very interesting to him because as a County Board member it is helpful to gain information about agriculture and "understand the farmers and the people that are affected."  Harris is standing by a display of a John Deere corn husker and John Deere wagon holding ear corn.

Will County Farm Bureau President Tom Nugent welcomed keynote speaker Orion Samuelson saying that his reputation as the “voice of agriculture” for over a half-century on WGN Radio was vital in helping explain the role of farming to many.

Will County Farm Bureau President Tom Nugent (left) and Orion Samuelson at the  Will County Farm Bureau 100th Anniversary Celebration

Samuelson told the crowd of over 400 that as agriculture becomes more modern “the challenge becomes even greater.” He told the new generation of farmers to dream big dreams: “You can’t dream big enough.”  

Vast changes occurred during the past century, he said, with even bigger changes coming. Organizations like Farm Bureau help explain the role of agriculture: “We will lead the change.”

In 1918, there were 3,588 individual farms in Will County. By 2009, Will County’s population reached 685,251 and there were 877 farms.

The Will County Farm Bureau Centennial Committee was co-chaired by Tom Nugent and Jim Robbins. Members included Pat Bleuer, Jerry Davidson, Doug Erickson, Bob Fitzer, Glenn Fritz, Barbara Kestel, Roger Koehn, Gene Malone, Tom McCoy, Henry Meader, Johan Meier, Bob Muehling and Jim Schillinger.

Manhattan Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Times Square 2013

Manhattan will celebrate the Christmas Season with a Lighted Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7th.  The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and the tree lighting immediately follows.

The Manhattan Park District is sponsoring cookies, activities, and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus for kids in the Program Center before the parade from 3:00--5:00 p.m. (sign up at Program Center).    There also will be live reindeer on Gustafson Street from 3:30--5:30 p.m..

On Friday, December 6th, the Lincoln-Way Central Madrigal Signers will perform at the Park District Program Center at 7:30 p.m..  Admission is free but you must register with the Park District by December 5th.

The tree lighting is a great way for the entire community to come together to celebrate.  Here is the scene from a previous Christmas Tree lighting in Manhattan: