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Firefighter / Dispatcher training in Vermilion County

Radio Dispatchers are "often the forgotten link of the whole emergency system."

That comment from Danville Fire Lt. Rich Ervin. And this weekend's fire training in Vermilion County finds firefighters training – with dispatchers – to rescue one of their own.

Firefighters will use the demolition of a home to practice rescuing one of their own. One or two victims will come up lost, according to the scenario. A 'Search & Rescue' Team will go in and locate a downed fireman, cut him/her free, and provide an emergency air supply before removing the person from the building.

Lt. Ervin said the dispatchers provide vital, always-important info and communication for the responders.

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Kankakee County CERTS installing smoke detectors

Residents of Kankakee County can take advantage of a FREE install of smoke detectors.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERTS) and local fire departments will be installing FREE smoke detectors. It's an effort to improve fire safety. The American Red Cross donated the detectors.

The CERTS Team and members of the fire departments will install detectors (Saturday 4/2) in Bonfield and Otto Township. Several other communities will benefit too, over the next 10 Saturday's.

The smoke detectors must be installed by fire departments or CERT.

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Old Courthouse Museum features local artists

Two local artists are being featured through April at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka. Gene Quakenbush, a painter from Watseka, and Jenn Barrett, a weaver, basket maker and glass artist from Fowler, Indiana, will have their work on display.

An open house with Quakenbush will be held 2 to 4 pm Sunday, April 3, at the museum art gallery.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month.

For more information about the exhibitions and the museum, call 815-432-2215.

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Agriculture scholarships awarded to students

Emily Vaughn of Gilman and Hayden Schaumburg of Watseka are among 24 high school seniors who will be pursuing agriculture-related majors in college. Both have been awarded a $1,500 scholarship by Farm Credit Illinois.

Vaughn, the daughter of Doug and Stacie Vaughn, will graduate from Iroquois West High School and attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to major in crop sciences.

Schaumburg, the son of Clint and Jolyn Schaumburg, will graduate from Watseka Community High School and attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to major in agriculture business.

This is the 13th year of the Farm Credit agriculture scholarship program. Farm Credit Illinois has awarded nearly $300,000 to 274 student since 2004. Scholarship selections are based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant's commitment to an agricultural career.

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Community Improvement Grants courtesy of Farm Credit Illinois

The Prairie Champions 4-H Club and Milford High School FFA chapter are doing their parts to improve Iroquois County communities.

Farm Credit Illinois recently awarded 60 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $250 grants to pursue projects that are designed to make their communities better places to live.

The Prairie Champions 4-H Club will use the funds to renovate, update and clean the Buckley Lake recreation area. The Milford FFA chapter plans to use funds to repair and paint benches, a pavilion and basketball court at the Milford Community Park.

This is the eighth year that Farm Credit Illinois has funded community improvement grants, now totaling more than $60,000.

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