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home : opinions :   May 29, 2016

6/17/2014 2:52:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Proud to be living in the Illinois Valley

There are those who would tell you that it could not be done; however, those persons have now been interrupted by those who have done it. I have rarely been as proud of the Illinois Valley as I was on June 8.

On that date Christ Family Four Square Church, First Congregational Church, Peru, Grace United Methodist Church, La Salle Catholic Parishes, Life Church, Trinity United Church of Christ and Zion United Church of Christ, with assistance from Ax Church, came together and provided a totally free family fun day for everyone in the area. There were two bouncy houses, old fashioned games (potato sack races, ring toss, bean bag toss, etc.), cotton candy, popcorn and Sno Cones and a concert by Last Call. Everything took place on the grounds of the Hegeler Carus Mansion. It was truly a magical day.

People from all generations were gathered together to enjoy food, games, music and fellowship. But it wasn’t just the churches, either — local businesses participated, as well. The Hegeler Carus Foundation allowed the use of the grounds and there were donations by McDonalds, Peru, Lock 16 Café & Gift Center, Starved Rock Family Fun, Four Star Restaurant, La Salle Parks and Recreation and Best in the West Pet Grooming. To see three generations of families playing together without need of electronic devices and to know that the community will pull together so that families can have a day to enjoy at no cost, and how freeing that is in our struggling economy, makes me “pleased as punch” to be a small town resident of the Illinois Valley.

At the end of the day, I heard others saying, “next year —-” It just doesn’t get better than that. Well done, Illinois Valley! Keep up the good work!

Toni Lucas,
Spiritual Formation director Grace United Methodist Church

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