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League of Women Voters hosting Town Council candidates forum Mar. 21
The League of Women Voters of McLean County is partnering with WGLT to bring candidate forums for the Normal city council elections. Members of the community are invited to join us to hear from each of the candidates on the ballots for these positions.
March 21 -- Town of Normal Council forum (4 candidates for 3 open positions)
The forum will begin at 6 PM and will take place at the ISU University Galleries. Each forum will also be broadcast live at 6 PM and the following day at noon on GLT’s Sound Ideas, heard at on 89.1 FM and online at wglt.org. Questions for candidates in any forum can be submitted online to WGLT by members of the community. For additional information visit wglt.org or lwvmclean.org.



Republicans to host local candidates at March 20th breakfast
Normal Mayoral, Town Council, Township candidates to speak
The McLean County Republican Party will hold its monthly breakfast this Monday, March 20 at the Doubletree Hotel, with the doors to open at 6:30 a.m. and the program to start at 7:00 a.m. Our speakers this month will be the Town of Normal Mayoral candidates, Town Council candidates and the Republican candidates for Township Supervisor, Clerk and Trustees.
“I am excited that all have accepted my invitation to address the McLean County Republican Party at its monthly breakfast and I look forward to hearing from him.  I hope all Republicans take the opportunity to come out and hear from the candidates so that they can pick a candidate that best reflects their views,” said McLean County Republican Party Chairman Chuck Erickson.

Central Ill. Antique Dealers Assoc. 99th Show & Sale March 25 & 26 at the Interstate Center
The Central Illinois Antique Dealers Association (CIADA) will host its 99th consecutive Antiques & Vintage Show & Sale on Saturday, March 25th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 26th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Interstate Center, 1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington. Admission is $6.00 (good both days).
The CIADA Board and Show Promoters have recognized changes in the antiques, vintage & collecting market over the last several years. With this in mind, dealers are bringing a wider variety of merchandise to sell, including Mid-Century Modern, Danish Modern & repurposed items. This expansion of merchandise has been well received by dealers and patrons.
40+ professional dealers from across the Midwest will be participating in the 2017 spring CIADA show. In addition to the Mid-Century Modern era, some of the categories which will be represented at the upcoming show include Advertising, Americana, Art, Civil War Artifacts, Country, Folk Art, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Porcelain, Post Cards, Pottery, Primitives, Silver and Stoneware.
Chuck & Rhonda Kern, of C-R Antiques, are CIADA members and will once again be participating in the show. C-R Antiques specializes in furniture repair and restoration. Also, Rick & Rita Robben, owners of Robben’s Antiques & Metal Restoration, will be returning to the spring CIADA show. They specialize in silver, gold and other metal repair, as well as polishing and plating. Stop by and talk with these dealers about your restoration & repair needs… or bring your piece or pieces with you for them to see first-hand your specific needs.

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Unit 5 School Board Report
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  National Merit Scholarship Finalists From Unit 5 High Schools Introduced To School Board


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Unit 5 School Board Report

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National Merit Scholarship Finalists From Unit 5 High Schools Introduced To School Board

Two high school students, one each from Normal-based Unit 5 School District’s two high schools, were introduced to School Board members at the governing body’s regular meeting on Feb. 22 at district headquarters, as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Ethan Schuller attends Normal Community High School and Patrick Lipka attends Normal Community West High School.
 Qualifying for a National Merit Scholarship has numerous benchmarks to be met, which include that students achieve one of the highest PSAT/NMSQT scores, the results of which are confirmed by a subsequent SAT score. In addition, applicants are required to write a personal essay, list activities/volunteer service, leadership positions, honors and employment on their application.
Meet Ethan Schuller From NCHS: Introduced to Board members by NCHS Principal David Bollman, was that school’s Merit Scholarship candidate, Ethan Schuller. Outside of the classroom, Ethan, son of Eric and Shuh Schuller, is involved in a wide range of activities, both at NCHS and within the community. As a musician, Schuller has played the violin for many years, including winning awards and participating in special shows. He also used time and effort to learn how to clog, and has been a member of the local Sugar Creek Cloggers for the last several years.
Schuller has also showcased a competitive nature and intelligence as a member of NCHS’ Scholastic Bowl team, and as a member of the school’s Model UN Club. His family has roots in Singapore, where he recently visited. There, he learned more about his heritage, and founded the Chinese Culture Club at NCHS, an organization he currently serves as President. In addition, Schuller serves as team leader for the Miller Park Zoo Junior Zookeeper program. As a result of being involved in that program, Schuller assists in a variety of ways around the zoo, including being a keeper technician.
Schuller said he hasn’t made a final decision on a college yet, but he said that among the ones he is considering are University of Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to meeting with Board members, he said his parents urged him to practice taking the ACT test a number of times to help increase his capability with the PSAT test.
Meet Patrick Lipka From Normal Community West High School: Patrick Lipka, son of Dom and Kathleen Lipka, not only scored well on the PSAT test, but also completed the application process and was then selected as a Finalist. He has been a section leader in orchestra, a captain of the Wildcats baseball team, a freshmen mentor, and a member of the school’s Senior Board. Even with all that, he also had a lead in a recent school musical.
Of receiving the honor, Lipka said, “It’s pretty awesome. It’s great. I put a lot of work into it to get here. To receive this is unlike any opportunity I’ve ever had.”
Schuller, Lipka Are Two Of A Possible 15,000 Seniors: Should either Schuller or Lipka be selected, they would be one of only 15,000 seniors to be selected from across the country. That total represents less than one percent of all graduating seniors in the United States.
Normal West Baseball, Softball Coaches Recognized: Board members also recognized in a “good news” item the coaches of the softball and baseball teams from Normal Community West High School. April Schermann was named Sectional Softball Coach of the by the Illinois Softball Coaches Association for the 2016 season, having guided her Wildcats squad to a 29-10 season. The Wildcats finished second in the state in Class 4A, having lost the championship game to Oak Park-River Forest, 4-2 in 10 innings in June at East Peoria.
Schermann was introduced to the Board and recognized by Normal West athletic director Stan Lewis, for her accomplishment of leading her team to three conference championships, six regional titles, four sectional titles, and one Super-Sectional title during her time coaching the Wildcats. Her record at Normal West is 350-108-1.
Hawkins, who will enter his 18th season as head coach at Normal West when the new season starts in March, has accumulated a record of 442-178 and was formally inducted into the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall Of Fame at a dinner in Lombard in January. 
2017-18 School Calendar Approved: Among the items Board members approved on their omnibus agenda was the finalized 2017-18 school year calendar. Among the calendar’s highlights are the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 16; Normal West Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 22; NCHS Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 6; Christmas Break beginning Friday, Dec. 22; Second Semester beginning Tuesday, Jan. 9; Spring Break running from March 26-30; and high school graduations on Saturday, May 26




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Things to Come
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Thur & Sat., Mar. 16 & 18 • 7:00 PM
Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family (including frequent visits to her drama queen mother, played by the legendary Édith Scob). But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) is an uncommonly intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one’s own. NR / 100 min. In French w/ subtitles.

The Fits
A BNF Farlee Film Festival Choice
Fri & Sun, Mar. 17 & 19 • 7:00 PM
Toni trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she grapples with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere. Shortly after Toni joins the team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Soon, however, the girls on the team embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she’s found her footing. NR / 72 min.

The Triplets of Belleville
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Saturday, March 18 • 1:00 PM
The Triplets of Belleville is a 2003 animated feature written by Sylvain Chomet. Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue Madame Souza’s grandson who was kidnapped by the French Mafia during the Tour de France. Doors open at 12:30pm for this free showing. Volunteers will ask for donations at the door. The donations will be split between Bike BloNo and Walk In Bike Out, a local non-profit which repairs and provides free bikes to people who need them in our community. The Normal Theater will sell concessions and the Normal Marriott will also provide a selection of beverages during the event. Rated PG-13 / 80 minutes.




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Books To Benefit Supports Local Literacy Initiatives
On Thursday, March 2 at its open house, Books to Benefit, a local nonprofit and all-volunteer Foundation, was pleased to present checks to two agencies in Bloomington-Normal that support literacy programs. STAR Adult Literacy received $4000, and Youth Build of McLean County $2000 to support its program encouraging reading. Proceeds from the November books sale of Books to Benefit were also directed to Heartland Community College for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship which helps defray costs of textbooks for students.
Foundation Board President Jackie Langhoff made the presentations and noted that the goal of Books to Benefit is to donate to other nonprofit organizations so that they may continue or add services to their programs that support literacy and a love of reading. All books are donated, and unpicked sales are held twice a year with over 25,000 books at each sale. The next sale will be the weekend of May 18-21 at the facility at 360 Wylie Drive, Bloomington.
In addition to sales of books, non-saleable books are recycled, and others are sent to academic and museum collections throughout the United States. In the past year, rare or vintage books and those appropriate for special collections have been sent to Bradley University, The Webb Institute of New York, Miami of Ohio, University of North Dakota, Illinois Wesleyan University, and ISU, among others and to museums like the Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The goal of the organization is to “benefit,” and this includes placing books where they will be well preserved, used for research, and appreciated.
Books in gently used condition are needed and may be dropped off in local drop boxes or at Books to Benefit. Donations are sorted by volunteers, directed for sale or re-homed, keeping them as much as possible in circulation. Volunteers are needed and should contact Books to Benefit at (309)-531-8320 or at Books2BenefitBloomington@gmail.com. Further information about the organization is also available on their Facebook page, facebook.com/Books2Benefit Bloomington, or their website Books2Benefit.com. Volunteers are also available to present programs and share information.



















 

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