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Thursday, June 16, 2005 05:59 pm

quick takes 6-16-05

ADOPT A MESSY ORPHAN

Mayor Tim Davlin and the folks at Springfield Green last week unveiled the latest effort to clean up litter. “Adopt-a-Street,” which is modeled on the state’s adopt-a-highway program, aims to clean up the city’s streets through volunteerism. St. John’s Hospital, the first business to join up, is pledging to keep tidy a one-mile stretch of Ninth Street near the hospital. Volunteers from each business agree to remove litter a minimum of four times a year over a two-year period. For more info, go to www.springfield.il.us/green, call 789-2116, ext. 529, or e-mail green@springfield.il.us

15,000 MILES AND COUNTING

Don Vermilyea, who has been walking across America since February 2002, stops for a while in the capital city to discuss his journey. He will speak at First Church of the Brethren, 2115 Yale Blvd., at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19. For more info, see www.meetingground.org

GOODWILL OPENS LOCATION

Goodwill Industries opens a new Springfield resale store and collection center at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23. The new 14,000-square-foot facility, located at 2305 W. Monroe St., will operate 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries has three other local stores, as well as locations in Jacksonville, Champaign, and Bloomington. The nonprofit serves 150 people with disabilities.

HEARTS ON FIRE

The University of Illinois at Springfield presents the seminar “Hearts on Fire: Southern and Northern Women in the Civil War” 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, in Brookens Auditorium. The program, the third in the “Society, Slavery, and the Civil War” series, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, contact Peggy Dunn at 217-206-7398 or e-mail pphsp@uis.edu.

SEA NAMES NEW LEADER

Robin Ehrhart, a math and calculus teacher at Springfield High School, took over this week as president of the Springfield Education Association, the union that represents District 186 teachers and support personnel. She succeeds Cinda Klickna, who was recently elected secretary-treasurer of the Illinois Education Association.

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