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ACA help available

Posted by wlpo on January 20, 2014

If you need help figuring out the Affordable Care Act and how to get covered, the La Salle County Health Department has someone who could help.  The office is offering limited evening appointments Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Call the health department office in Ottawa to make an appointment. 

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Fire chaplains offer support to victims and emergency responders

Posted by wlpo on January 20, 2014

There’s old saying about firefighters being the ones running into a building when everyone else is running out of it.  Emergency responders aren’t normal but they still have feelings.  Fire chaplains offer support on the scene and at the station.

Pastor Dave Van Laar of Crossroads Community Church has been a firefighter since the late 1960’s.  More recently he has been a fire chaplain with the Wenona Fire Department and a volunteer on the Magnolia Fire Department.

Van Laar says while firefighters and paramedics respond to the emergency, fire chaplains look after the people affected by the call including family members.  The work of the chaplain continues after the emergency is over and the crews have returned to the station .  Chaplains offer emotional and spiritual support to emergency responders.  He says he spends time around the station and can tell if someone is acting unusual.

Learn more about fire chaplains and the situations that emergency responders encounter by listening to an interview with Van Laar that’s available at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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“Concert For Cora” Raises Thousands

Posted by wlpo on January 20, 2014

The Princeton High School Concert Choir’s latest performance was with a heavy heart.

The choir raised over $2,500 at Sunday’s “Concert for Cora”.  While the show was free, donations were accepted for the family of the late Cora Peters of Walnut.

The 18-year old Peters died last month after a battle with cancer.

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Head-On Crash Near Serena Injures Four People

Posted by wlpo on January 20, 2014

Four people were taken to area hospitals after a crash near Serena.

Michael Ridge of Earlville was on a county road Sunday afternoon when he lost control on the ice.  He slid into the other lane of traffic and hit head on Maverick Thomas of Serena.

Ridge and his passenger were taken to Valley West Hospital.  Thomas a passenger of his were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ottawa.

Nobody was ticketed.

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