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Alexander Lumber acquires Peoples Complete Building Center in Watseka

The Alexander Lumber Company has acquired Peoples Complete Building Center in Watseka. The acquisition, effective Thursday (Oct 1), finds Alexander Lumber expanding its 20 retail locations and manufacturing facility.

Peoples Coal & Lumber will maintain and continue its operations in Grant Park and Kentland, Indiana and three Ready Mix concrete operations in Watseka, Grant Park and Kentland.

In a prepared press release, Alexander Lumber Company states the Watseka location on South 3rd Street is open for business under the Alexander name.

Former Peoples Building Center manager Dan Martin said Alexander Lumber will keep all Peoples employees; that was an agreement with the transaction. Martin has managed the family business for 37 years. He's a fourth generation of the Martin family involved with the business.

Peoples Complete Building Center in Watseka was founded by Fred Martin and has been a local, family-owned business since 1902. Dan Martin says "while Peoples' has been in operation in Watseka along time, it's exciting to become part of Illinois' oldest retail lumber company."

Alexander Lumber Company was founded in 1891. The company is committed to being a strong member of its local communities.

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Donate blood with the Red Cross to support organ transplant patients and others needing blood

October is Liver Awareness Month

During Liver Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products.

Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant with more than 6,000 performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery.

To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Cissna Park
10/7/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cissna Park Elementary/Jr. High School, 511 N. Second


10/1/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.
10/8/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/15/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive

10/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive
10/15/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Farmer's Market/Dearborn Square, S Schyuler Avenue & E Merchant Street


10/5/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Church of God, 535 S Bowman Ave
10/7/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Watchfire Signs, 1015 Maple St
10/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 North Vermilion Street

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Iroquois County MABAS urges caution, preparation during harvest

MABAS 37 IN Iroquois County...the firefighters Mutual Aid Box Alarm System...is asking farmers to be safe, alert and more-prepared as the Fall harvest continues.

Members of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Fire Aid Association advise that farmers can help in the event emergency situations arise. Property owners and farmers should have combines equipped with initial response tools in the event of a combine fire. An attached tillage tool is an obvious help in the event of a field fire.

Trucks and tractors should be equipped with fire extinguishers and a 5-gallon pressurized water extinguisher onboard combines are a big help.

Also, should that fire or smoke erupt, move that equipment and notify 9-1-1. Don't wait or investigate. Instead, get the fire department on the move.

Mutual Aid Association President Jeff Glenn also suggests that field workers know there whereabouts, be aware of the county coordinates to help with directions for responders.

The SAFETY REMINDER comes as dry, windy conditions develop during the harvest.

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Firefighting training hurt by lack of state budget

Firefighters are feeling the burn of the state's budget impasse. A training program is temporarily suspended at the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Officials say 100 training classes are postponed until a state budget is approved. The Cornerstone program offers courses on fighting fires, safety and vehicle use.

Officials say it could take up to a year for the training classes to come back.

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Kankakee School District #111 needs to cut

Kankakee school district #111 officials are considering closing the Aroma Park Elementary school and eliminating six teaching positions as a move to save the district $3.5 million dollars.

The board is expected to vote on cuts and cost-reductions next month. The district is dealing with a $6 million deficit.

The proposed cuts were aired during a public budget forum at Lincoln Cultural Center Monday. Also presented was an online survey asking parents to rate what programs they value most about the district, including preschool, summer school, social workers and librarians.

The district hasn't had a balanced budget since 2012. In 2013, the state began scaling back what it gives Kankakee schools, which have lost $12 million since then.  State aid makes up more than 51 percent of the district's $64 million budget.

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