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Archive for June 12th, 2015

Ottawa wins ‘Legacy of Play’ Facebook voting contest; gets $25,000 worth of new playground equipment

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2015

The votes are in and it’s official; Ottawa is getting $25,000 for new playground equipment.

The Ottawa Kiwanis won the ‘Legacy of Play’ Facebook voting contest put on by Kiwanis International. They won by getting the most votes out of all Kiwanis clubs across the country. The club will now receive $25,000 worth of playground equipment from Kiwanis partner Landscape Sculptures, Inc.

The Ottawa Kiwanis will use the new equipment for a new playground at Lincoln-Douglas Park along East Norris Drive. The space has already been set aside. The driving force behind the playground will be that any child could use it including one with disabilities.

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Bridge inspection will snarl Route 251 traffic in Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2015

If the Route 251 bridge in Peru is part of your daily commute, you may want to make alternate plans next week.

Starting Monday, the bridge over the Illinois River will be down to one lane for a routine inspection. The lane closure will be from 8 until 5, next Monday through Friday.

Construction work on Route 251 in Peru is expected to last at least a few more weeks.

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Peter Miller Community Technology Center wins national environmental recognition

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2015

The newest building on the Illinois Valley Community College campus is earning national praise for its environmental efficiency.

The Peter Miller Community Technology Center has earned “LEED gold certification” from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED means Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.

The tech center was called a “showcase example of sustainable design”. The building earned high environmental scores for things like lighting, heating and cooling, water efficient landscaping and use of recycled products.

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran says the recognition aligns with the school’s vision statement of “Leading our community in learning, working and growing.”

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Railroad improvements will bring “huge inconvenience” to Ottawa drivers

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2015

Replacing a train crossing in Ottawa will create a traffic mess.

CSX Railroad plans on replacing its crossing on Columbus Street just south of the Wendy’s and Shell station in August. When the work is going on, all lanes of Columbus Street will be closed. You’ll be detoured around on side streets.

It’s supposed to take around a week to replace the crossing.

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Fundraising run and walk in Peru will honor a late L-P teacher

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2015

The Operation Promise 5K Color Run/Walk takes on extra meaning this year.

The third annual run this Sunday is in memory of Georgia Stohr, an L-P teacher who also served as Operation Promises’ secretary. Stohr died several weeks ago after a battle with cancer.

Registration begins at 8:30 Sunday morning at Baker Lake in Peru with the race starting at 10.

Operation Promise is a group raising awareness for teen drinking and driving and distracted driving.

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Cost to take countywide transportation could be going up in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on June 12, 2015

When you’re on a fixed income, every dollar matters.

Rates could be going up for seniors and the disabled who use the countywide transportation system called North Central Area Transit, or NCAT. Right now it costs anyone who is at least 60 years or disabled $1 each way whether it’s a trip in Ottawa or out of town. The proposal is to charge elderly and disabled riders 35 cents a mile per trip with a maximum fee of $5.

NCAT board member Reed Wilson says they’re suggesting the increase fare because of less state and federal funding and that some people are taking advantage of the system. Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut though thinks the higher rates will hurt many seniors with little money to spend.

Mayor Bob Eschbach suggested they set up a hardship fund where they can subsidize costs for Ottawa NCAT users.

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