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Halloween Events

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The Origins of Halloween
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The Origins of Halloween

One of the world’s oldest holidays, the origins of Halloween pre-date much of recorded history. A form of Halloween was being celebrated by Celtic peoples in Northwestern Europe, Ireland, and the United Kingdom long before Julius Caesar fought for control of those areas. Since those times, Halloween has evolved in a fashion that would come to mirror the traditions and values of each country it is celebrated in.   READ MORE...

Harry Potter Escape Room
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Harry Potter Escape Room

As many Halloween activities kick off in October, the Danvers Library is hosting a Harry Potter Escape Room. Two escape rooms were planned, and the first one has already been held last Monday on the 11th for younger kids. The second escape room is being held on the 23rd and is for those 15 and up. The first escape room was primarily puzzles laid out on tables. The escape room hosted on the 23rd will feature hidden keys, locked boxes, and “a small, but interesting, twist” according to Chantel Sisco who is running the two escape rooms. There are one-hour time slots with six people allowed in each time spot.       The library decided to host this escape room as they “wanted to do something Halloween adjacent for the month of October with a literary foundation”. The escape room hosted on the 11th went smoothly and the library hopes “that the people who signed up and completed the escape room enjoyed it as much as we loved hosting”. This is the first time the library has hosted an escape room but there is already a conversation about hosting others, with different themes. This opens up even more opportunities to participate in the escape rooms if you couldn’t get a spot this time.  READ MORE...

A Brief History of Mackinaw
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A Brief History of Mackinaw

Originally the first seat of government for Tazewell County, Mackinaw draws its name from the local Kickapoo Indian tribe that was said to live in the western and south-western parts of the county. During this time, local tribes were still dealing with some upheaval caused by local events and friction between tribes. For a period of time, the Kickapoo Indians were not considered friendly to non-natives, but were subdued in part due to influence from the local Potawatomi tribe. Luckily, the Potawatomi tribe was superior in numbers compared to surrounding tribes. Eventually, Kickapoo Chief Mackina would come around and begin the process of building neutral, if not friendly, relations with local settlers. Unfortunately, due to national events in 1832, local tribes would largely evacuate from the state of Illinois.  READ MORE...

Local News – Armington
Garage Sales

Garage Sales

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Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

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Hallo-wine DJ Dance Costume Party

Hallo-wine DJ Dance Costume Party

agriculture
A Diversity of Crops
Farm News

A Diversity of Crops

Although Illinois is known for being a leading producer in corn and soybeans, the state has a larger diversity in the crops grown than just those two crops. The climate and soil types that vary throughout the state allow for farmers to grow wheat, oats, grain sorghum, fruits, and many vegetables. Some specialty crops that are able to grow include buckwheat, horseradish, and Christmas trees. Illinois is able to grow such a wide variety because our state extends 400 miles from the northern border to the most southern part of the state. Within the 400-mile range, temperatures can vary 10 to 12 degrees, allowing for different growing seasons. For the soil, 89% of the state’s farmland is considered prime farmland according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. McLean County has soil known as “drummer soil”, and it is some of the best soil in the world.   READ MORE...

entertainment
The Addams Family 2
Movies

The Addams Family 2

Where to start with this, I guess the best I can do is say that it’s not a terrible film to entertain children when it becomes available to stream for free. I don’t know where they went wrong with this, but it was a big swing and miss for me. I wasn’t a fan of the original animated film, and this one doesn’t do anything to impress me.  READ MORE...

OHS Weekly Sports Recap
High School Sports

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

Last Saturday, the Olympia District Special Olympics team participated in the Region G Bowling Event. This was a wonderful placement event for our athletes. Caleb Busick earned Bronze and Kacie Raffety with Silver. The two Gold finishers of Hannah Baker and Dylan Olson will advance to the State Event on December 4th.   READ MORE...

sports
Blackhawks Season Preview
Hockey

Blackhawks Season Preview

The NHL season has just gotten started this week, with the first matches being played on Tuesday. The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for a bounce back season after finishing one game under .500 in their shortened 2021 campaign. The Blackhawks really struggled with holding onto a lead last season. The one, two or even three goal leads that the Blackhawks failed to maintain last season was enough to drive their fans crazy. Another lead that they failed to maintain last season was their standing in the central division. At the beginning of March, nearly two months into the season, the Blackhawks were only three games back from first place, sitting at fourth in the division. By the end of the season, Chicago ended up finishing sixth in the division and twelve games out of first place. That was quite the drop-off for a team that looked like they could legitimately compete for a spot in the NHL Playoffs. Although the overall season was not a “success”, there were plenty of positives that came from Chicago’s 2021 season. Kevin Lankinen emerged as a potential long-term goalie option, Patrick Kane showed that he is still a great player and Alex DeBrincat rebounded from a subpar 2019-2020 season and turned into a star.   READ MORE...

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