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Jacksonville Main Street Art Fair

Jacksonville Main Street will host its 5th annual Art Fair on the Square. Join us for this arty two-day event in beautiful, newly renovated, historic downtown Central Park. Art Fair on the Square 2015 dates are Friday, August 7th, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, August 8th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy fine art by regional artists, including pottery, woodcarving, jewelry, metalwork, paper, photography, plus acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting. Besides vendors, this year will feature a children’s activity tent, food vendors, live music, and a craft brew festival! Friday evening will be in conjunction with the Imagine Foundation Gallery Hop and also be host to Jacksonville Main Street’s second outdoor movie!

Vendors, now’s the time to get signed up and save the date!!! Get the information you need at or contact Art Fair Chair, Deea Meek at 217-883-3511.

If you are a new artist to our fair, please submit 2 to 3 samples of your work to Deea Meek at or mail to PO Box 152, Jacksonville, IL 62651, no later than July 31st.


Photo 1 Impromptu Ivory

Photo 1 Impromptu Ivory



Photo by Kyla Hurt

There’s nothing like a Saturday morning impromptu tickle of the ivories. Tim Chipman played a handful of spontaneous tunes for guests at The Soap Co. Coffee House recently. 





New 3D Mammography at Passavant Area Hospital offers better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier, at more treatable stages

Passavant Area Hospital is excited to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. 

Passavant’s system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types.

We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” said Patti Brown, Director of Imaging.

Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40% higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.   Tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence with up to a 40% t reduction in recall rates. The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram.  During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

By offering women the latest technology in mammography, Passavant  expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

Passavant Area Hospital  is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, Passavant provides the latest in imaging technology. If you have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact your physician or the Imaging Department at 245-9541 extension 3371.


Habitat Breaking Ground Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, IL will break ground on its newest home in Jacksonville. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at 861 Hardin Ave. This will be the 22nd Habitat home to be built in Jacksonville. Upon completion, this home will be sold to Deanna Seymour of Jacksonville, IL. Area residents will be able to donate to and volunteer at the project this summer and fall. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the new owner to celebrate Christmas in her new home. Jubilee Habitat for Humanity serves local residents who are in need of safe and affordable housing but are unable to qualify for a traditional bank loan.  Habitat raises the money needed to build the homes, and then provides zero percent interest loans to qualified applicants with low monthly payments spread out over 20 to 30 year terms.  The homes are primarily built by volunteers, along with the future homeowners, in order to keep the purchase cost affordable. To inquire about volunteering, to make a donation, to apply for housing assistance, or to get more information about Jubilee Habitat for Humanity, call 217-371-4880 or visit  


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Ellie enjoys swinging at Duncan Park. Elliot Fink is the daughter of Josh and Amy Fink of Franklin. Her Maga (Sandy) took the picture and Pops (Jerry) was pushing her on the swing.





 JACIL Training

          On June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living will hold the next session of its four-part Citizens Advocating for Real Equality (CARE) training series designed to inform participants about disability and civil rights laws, voter rights and responsibilities, government functions and advocacy skill development.

The topic will be How Bills Become Laws.  JACIL’s Legislative and Voter Advocate Cyndy Benton will be the presenter. The series was developed to empower citizens with disabilities and their supporters to become more effective advocates that are better equipped to impact their political world. This session will help attendees better understand how city, county, state and federal government operates and its roles and functions in our lives.

The training will also provide attendees with an overview of how an idea becomes law, how government officials are appointed or elected, and the roles and functions of governments. Participants will receive printed materials that will provide them with detailed information about the local, state and federal governments. A light lunch will be served to those who pre-register.  Call JACIL at (217) 245-8371 (voice/tty). to register no later than June 24.  An ASL Interpreter will be present.



Jacksonville, IL is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Illinois. Filming is scheduled for Summer 2015.  AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear. If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to or call 855-old-rust.


The Wall That heals



Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spreads healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Jacksonville on June 25th through June 28th, 2015 at the Downtown Square, and will be open and free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War and its walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The Wall That Heals will be open 24 hours a day beginning June 25th. There is no charge for admission. For more information, contact WJVO or Amvets Post 100.


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Camp Casey Scholarship

The first annual recipients of the Camp Casey Scholarship awarded to students attending Western Illinois Youth Camp on behalf of Whitetails Unimited. The scholarship is in honor of Casey McDaniel. Pictured l to r, Camp Director Kori Daniels, Will Grojean, Liam Bourn, Nolan Decker, Sammy Wilson, Anderson Decker, and Breckin Withee kneeling. Back row ; Joely Dolen, Cal Heitbrink, Land of Lincoln Whitetails member – Vincent Gutierrez, Kayla McDaniel, Joe McDaniel, Jeff McDaniel, Joe Heitbrink, Anne McDaniel, and Tina Freeman.

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