Sweet plansfor Candyland-themed Homecoming

By Colleen Lehmann
Fall weather appears to be in full bloom, and so are plans for Tuscola High School Homecoming 2014 and related alumni events. Keep up with what’s going on so you don’t miss a single event.

TCHS Student Council members have been busy organizing activities for the week leading up to the Oct. 3 football game against Clinton and the dance the following evening. Sponsor Rob Boyd noted the following schedule has been planned.

Saturday, Sept. 27 is float building day for all classes, and two nights later the community is invited to Pack the House Night for the girls volleyball game on Monday, Sept. 29 starting at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 30 the movie “Wreck It Ralph” will be shown for Family Film Night. Come to the TCHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m., and don’t forget to bring along a lawn chair, or blanket and pillow to get comfortable while you watch. This event is for all ages, and please be aware young ones cannot be left unattended.

Powder Puff football will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, the first matchup between freshmen and sophomores starting at 6:30 p.m. Juniors and seniors will face off immediately afterwards. On Friday, Oct. 3 the Homecoming parade will begin at 2:45 p.m. (lineup at 2:15 p.m.), with a pep rally to follow at the TCHS football field. The parade will begin a Ervin Park, go south down Main Street, east on Daggy, and continue south on Prairie Street around to the back circle drive. If you would like to be a part of the parade, entry forms are available at the TCHS office, and must be turned in by Monday, Sept. 29.

That evening the Tuscola Warriors take on the Clinton Maroons at 7 p.m., with the Class of 1964 being recognized before the game and Homecoming court introduced at halftime. The following evening is the dance, with coronation taking place Saturday night at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, and a $3 admission fee will be charged.

While that takes care of the high school crowd, alumni also remain a focus of the weekend, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Tuscola Alumni Association. Following Friday afternoon’s pep rally, there will be tours of TCHS given, as well as an alumni reception in the high school library. Special guests of honor will be the Class of 1964. This takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 3. After watching the Warriors and Maroons battle on the football field that Friday night, an All TCHS Homecoming reunion will be held at the Community Building, beginning at 9 p.m., though doors open at 8 p.m. If you are age 21 or over and have a tie to Tuscola, come on by to see old friends, watch videos from past TCHS events, and enjoy music, drinks (cash bar) and snacks. Door prizes will be given away and a 50/50 raffle held. Proceeds go to the Alumni Association for scholarships and Hall of Fame activities.

On Saturday, Oct. 4 the annual 5K run/walk takes to the streets of Tuscola at 8 a.m., kicking off at the Community Building. This year a kids color run has been added, which will be held immediately afterwards. Fuel up for the race (or just because you’re hungry) at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast also at the Community Building from 7 to 10 a.m.

One of the highlights of Homecoming weekend has become the TCHS Hall of Fame induction luncheon, and the 2014 event is slated for that Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Douglas County Museum. This year’s honored alums will be Morrie Reece (Class of 1962), Rick Mooday (Class of 1981), and Greg Skuta (Class of 1974). Reservations are due by Sept. 22 and can be made by calling the TCHS office (217-253-2377). Attire is dressy for this popular event.

Open invitation … you are welcomed Back To Church

By Colleen Lehmann
Does your Sunday routine no longer include attending church … or perhaps it never did? Have you wanted to venture back but were afraid of feeling awkward, uncomfortable, or unwelcome?

If that’s the case, the ideal solution awaits you on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Back To Church Sunday is a national movement that has found roots locally in Tuscola through the Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance (TAMA). A number of churches are embracing this call to help folks “rediscover church,” and are encouraging everyone to attend a service at any church or place of worship. In fact, you have probably received a postcard in the mail inviting you to do so.

Among the local ministers working in tandem to help spread the word of Back To Church Sunday are Darin Elder of Eagle Mountain Assembly of God, Bob Williams with Tuscola First Christian Church, and Ted Mitchell with Tuscola United Methodist Church. They talked recently about the value of having such an effort and mindset—not only on this particular date but every Sunday.

“I would love to see the entire congregation step up in inviting folks to church. It’s all about relationships; if someone knows someone else in the congregation they are much more likely to feel comfortable attending. And for the invitee—having a specific reason and occasion to invite someone likely helps with their comfort level as well,” said Elder.

The purpose of Back To Church Sunday is not to go to any one particular church, say the ministers, but rather to attend services somewhere and open themselves to the possibility of a spiritual relationship.

“We want everyone to have the joy of knowing God loves and cares about them. The emphasis is not on building our own individual church kingdoms, but of building THE kingdom. We are all working toward the same end; we are all in this together,” says Williams. “Newcomers would be welcome wherever they are led to go.”

Mitchell offered this advice to potential attendees of Back To Church: “Church is nothing weird, or something to be afraid of. And you might be surprised at who you find sitting in the pews. As far as I’m concerned, on Sept. 21, everyone is considered a special guest under our roof.”

Williams quipped, “And don’t worry, the roof won’t fall in when you cross the threshold, so come as you are. It doesn’t matter why or for how long you’ve been away. You are welcome back.”

Added Elder, “Church is not a place where only ‘perfect’ people go. It’s a very human place, and there are no pre-conceived expectations for what or who you should be.”

Taking part in Back To Church Sunday was first broached late last spring, and planning began in earnest several months ago. Elder is excited about the undertaking.

“The ministerial alliance has taken part in other things, such as National Day of Prayer and conducting ecumenical services for various events, but this is the first real community-wide project TAMA has undertaken since I’ve been here. There are at least eight churches actively taking part. We’re very excited about the effort, and I hope it’s just the first of many such collaborations.”

For more information, find Back To Church Tuscola on Facebook, or call Tuscola United Methodist Church at 217-253-4232. You will be able to find or ask about church service times and any special events.

And if the Sept. 21 date doesn’t work with your schedule? Not to worry, says Elder.

“You are welcome to join any of us anytime. It doesn’t have to be that Sunday. The doors will always be open.”

Another hurdle cleared–IEPA issues permit for Cronus

By Colleen Lehmann
In the ongoing quest to land the Cronus Chemicals project west of Tuscola—at 785E Highway 36—another permitting hurdle has been cleared. On Sept. 5, 2014, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced a final decision had been made to issue a construction permit for the proposed Cronus Chemicals project. “The construction permit for this plant provides approval to construct pursuant to federal rules for Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality.”

TEDI executive director Brian Moody noted of the IEPA decision, “We are very pleased that Cronus has completed the environmental permitting process and received the necessary construction permits for the facility. This concludes nearly two years of work by Cronus and others on this specific process. It is a significant accomplishment for Cronus.”

He continued, “Receipt of the construction permit demonstrates the viability of this project in Illinois. It moves us much closer to a final decision on site selection. My work remains focused on completing the easement acquisition process. For the past nine months we have been working with Cronus and area landowners to identify and secure an easement corridor for a water pipeline. A committee of landowners has completed negotiations with Cronus, and I am now in the process of presenting the terms from that negotiation to all landowners along the identified corridor. We have had positive conversations with many landowners over the past few weeks. We look forward to continuing those conversations in the weeks ahead as we seek to complete the easement process.”

Moody also offered his thanks for assistance received on the Cronus project, at both local and state levels. “A tremendous amount of work over the past several years by our local team is nearing completion. I believe we have put our best possible effort into recruiting this project. We are closing in on a point where we will finally learn the outcome of all our efforts.”

City OKs second water line with Arcola for Cronus possibility

By Colleen Lehmann
Tuscola and Arcola will be working together again on a joint water line project, this time as a means of helping allow for development of an alternative supply of water for the proposed Cronus Chemicals project that could be located a few miles west of Tuscola.

The intergovernmental agreement was approved at the Sept. 8, 2014 Tuscola City Council meeting, and had already received similar action by Arcola city officials. In short, the agreement would allow for construction and operation of a separate water supply line from Illinois American Water Company, to be operated under the auspices of the joint agency. It would allow for backup and redundancy water purposes, as well as enabling expansion of services to existing and anticipated new customers.

“Approving this agreement does not carry a cost to the city, it provides [water supply] redundancy to the city, and would be in place if Cronus does come,” explained city attorney Andrew Bequette, noting City of Arcola passed the agreement last week.

According to the agreement, if Cronus is sited in Tuscola and chooses to buy water from the joint agency, the joint agency would develop and operate a 24-inch pipeline from IAWC to a spot just west of Tuscola. The pipeline would provide up to 4,865 gallons-per-minute or more at peak demand. And in addition to serving as the primary water source for Cronus Chemicals, the 24-inch line would also be a back-up system for the joint agency in the event the current 14-inch pipeline was not operational.

•Verizon tower construction approved
Blake Conklin was in attendance at the Sept. 8 council meeting to offer additional information regarding a request by Verizon to build a 120-foot tower in Tuscola to help boost cell phone reception. Conklin noted the tower was deemed necessary “because there are just too many cell phone and smartphone users for Verizon to adequately handle with towers currently in place.”

Conklin said the reason for locating the tower near the downtown area (111 E. South Central Avenue) was “it’s necessary to have the antenna closer to where people are that use them.” As for concerns that the tower might fall and cause major damage during a significant weather or other event, Conklin had this to say.

“The pole tower will be constructed to withstand severe weather, so it is highly unlikely that a collapse would occur. In the very unlikely event that something of that nature would happen, the pole is designed with a buckling element so that it would collapse onto itself, thereby not falling 120 feet out, but rather within a radius of 40 feet.”

A motion to accept the planning commission’s recommendation that a special-use permit be issued for the cell tower was passed with a vote of five yeas (Slaughter, Hoey, Cleland, Henderson, Maxey) and one nay (Truitt). Councilman Alan Shoemaker was not present.
–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Sept. 10, 2014 edition

Three accomplished TCHS grads going into Hall of Fame

HallFame2“I’m coming home, I’m coming home … tell the world I’m coming home.”
By Colleen Lehmann
Those song lyrics may not have been scripted for Tuscola Alumni Association, but they certainly do apply, and no more so than for the 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame luncheon, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Museum. Reservations for this memorable event should be made by Sept. 26, and can be done by calling the TCHS office at 217-253-2377.

If you’ve attended past alumni HOF luncheon you know what a special event it is. If you have not yet done so, you are in for a treat. This year there will be three deserving inductees into the TCHS Hall of Fame: Morrie Reece, Class of 1962; Rick Mooday, Class of 1981; and Greg Skuta, Class of 1974. Following are excerpts of their biographies, clearly showing it to be a well-deserved honor.

•Morrie Reece—Class of 1962
Morrie grew up in Tuscola, the son of Bob and Ene Reece. He was senior class and Student Council president, was on football and track teams, and participated in a variety of student clubs while at TCHS. In 1963, Reece joined the Navy, serving as soloist with the U.S. Naval Bluejacket Choir, and sang at the U.S. Capitol for President John F. Kennedy’s funeral.

In ’64, Reece graduated at the top of his class from the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power Academy and became an instructor, training sailors to operate nuclear reactors aboard submarines and naval warships. A year later he was assigned to the nuclear power aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in Vietnam, reaching the position of nuclear reactor officer. Reece left the Navy in 1969, enrolling at EIU and earning a B.S. in education. In 1972 he began grad work at U of I, majoring in biomechanics. Upon graduating, he became a faculty member and cross-country coach at University High in Urbana, while also serving as lecturer in the U of I College of Education.

Reece began working with computers at U of I’s computer-based education research lab (CERL), becoming an expert with PLATO, the U of I’s teaching computer system. In 1976 he left the U of I to join Control Data Corp. PLATO division in Washington, D.C. as an education project manager. In 1982, Reece joined a small company named Apple Computer to work in the newly formed education division. For the next 30 years he held a variety of management positions within that division, and during his last 12 years with Apple, Reece was the company’s senior education development executive. He worked and consulted with over 120,000 educators in 32 states, and received Apple’s highest achievement award of excellence—the Golden Apple Award—15 times.

•Rick Mooday—Class of 1981
Rick Mooday is the son of Dale and Marilyn (Toppy) Mooday, and has two sisters: Dedra Williams and Shelley Rairden. Mooday was active in sports while attending high school, and went on to attend EIU and U of I, graduating with honors from U of I in 1985 and earning a degree in chemical engineering. He then entered the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Officers Candidate School and was commissioned as an ensign in September 1985. At flight school he received his naval flight officer wings and completed training in the carrier-based A-6 Intruder in 1988. Based out of Oceana, Va., Mooday completed two deployments as a bombardier-navigator, flying from the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy. He completed 26 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm in early 1991, and was next stationed at the U.S. Navy ROTC unit at Texas Tech University as an instructor and executive officer.

In 1994 Mooday separated from the Navy, and in 1998 received his Ph.D in chemical engineering from Texas Tech University. He accepted a post-doctoral research position at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico in 1999, and for the next 15 years worked in weapon materials, materials science, stewardship and refurbishment of U.S. nuclear weapons systems, intelligence, and assessment of foreign nuclear weapons. He is also active in Los Alamos emergency response programs focused on counter-nuclear terrorism and defeat of nuclear threats.

•Dr. Greg Skuta—Class of 1974
Greg Skuta is the son of Richard and Jackie Skuta of Tuscola, and was president and valedictorian of his graduating class. He also worked as a sportswriter for the Tuscola Review while in high school.

Skuta received his undergraduate degree (1977) and medical degree (1981) from the U of I at Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois College of Medicine, respectively. His internship was at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Lansing, Mich., where he met his wife, Anne. They were married in 1984.

Skuta completed an ophthalmology residency in 1985 at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was chief resident, and a glaucoma fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. He also served on the faculty at University of Michigan’s W.K. Kellogg Eye Center from 1987 to 1992. He joined Dean McGee Eye Institute in 1992 and was the James P. Luton clinical professor before becoming president of the institute. He currently serves as president and CEO of Dean McGee Eye Institute and the Edward L. Gaylord professor and chair of University of Oklahoma College of Medicine’s Dept. of Ophthalmology in Oklahoma City.

He is also serving as 2014 president of the 32,000-member American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and will preside over the academy’s annual meeting this October in Chicago, a gathering that typically draws over 25,000 attendees.

Skuta has served as the academy’s senior secretary for clinical education and secretary for ophthalmic knowledge. He has or currently is serving on AAO’s board of trustees, executive committee, committee of secretaries, and nominating and awards committee.

Skuta is a past president of the American Glaucoma Society, past director/senior examiner for the American Board of Opthalmology, and past member of the board of governors of the World Glaucoma Association.

Skuta has contributed to over 100 publications, book chapters and educational products, with a particular research and clinical interest in glaucoma clinical trials and wound healing and its modulation in glaucoma filtering surgery. He is also a much-sought-after speaker and has lectured around the world.
–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Sept. 10, 2014 edition

Bratten receives Kiwanis International heroism medal

Andrea Bratten of Villa Grove has been awarded the Kiwanis International Foundation Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism. The presentation was made Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at a dinner of the Tuscola Kiwanis Club. Jim Dooley of Peoria, the 2014/2015 I-I Direct Governor Designate, did the honors.

On March 29, 2014 while others stood by, Bratten displayed unwavering courage in the face of danger by rescuing two passengers from a burning vehicle. After assuring the two individuals were at a safe distance, Bratten ignored her own safety, and with compassion and caring thought only of the victim’ safety and needs.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Peter Buckley and Tuscola Kiwanis Club members were so impressed and moved by Bratten’s actions that a nomination for this award was submitted to Kiwanis International Foundation in April. The Kiwanis International Foundation Board of Trustees approved the nomination at their July meeting in Chiba, Japan.

The Kiwanis International Foundation awards the Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism to an individual who has risked or given his/her life to save someone else. This recognition has honored more than 600 individuals, each of whom has exemplified the supreme sacrifice given by Robert P. Connelly – who lost his life while trying to save a woman who had fallen in the path of an oncoming commuter train.

On Sept. 23, 1966, Connelly was selling peanuts on a train station platform in Lisle when a young woman lost her balance and fell on the tracks, directly in front of an oncoming train. Connelly rushed to the woman in an attempt to save her. Unfortunately, Connelly was unable to push the woman from the train’s path. He and the woman both lost their lives.

Soon after, Kiwanis International established the Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism in his memory. The medal honors people for exceptional personal involvement, which is an integral part of Kiwanis philosophy. Bratten’s actions personify the qualifications required of this award.

Get a look at the good life

The 4th Annual Douglas County Health Area Good Life Fair for 50+ will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tuscola Community Building. There will be a free breakfast for all in attendance, hosted by AARP and catered by Flesor’s Candy Kitchen. AARP will be providing programs on brain health, frauds and scams, and how you can get involved with AARP in the Capitol and in your community.

Among the other service providers represented will be the Douglas County Health Department, American Red Cross, area assisted living centers, Douglas County Senior Services, the Citizen Utility Board, representatives of the State of Illinois treasurer’s office, and the VA Mobile. Come out and see what might be of interest to you.

For more information about this event, please call the Douglas County Health Department at 217-253-4137.

Curves of Tuscola under new ownership

Change is a good thing at Curves of Tuscola, whether it is making modifications to your lifestyle, seeing a decrease on the scale, or a change of ownership. Curves of Tuscola is embracing change and has announced it is now under new ownership. Holley (Kappes) Phipps took possession of the club on August 8, 2014.

“I’m so excited to become part of the Tuscola Curves community,” said Phipps. “I’m looking forward to helping the women in our community reach amazing results, both physical and emotional, through our Curves workout program and support network. With change comes progress!”

Current club members, their guests, and members of the local media can meet Phipps at a special open house event to be held on a yet-to-be-determined date in the near future. Exciting changes to the club will be unveiled, including new member discounts.

Holley, along with her husband Alan, saw an opportunity to turn her own club membership into a lifestyle change and possible investment opportunity.

“My ultimate goal is to find a way to get paid to exercise. I joined the Curves family as a member in 2011; working full time in a local office, I needed to get moving and my weight gain was out of control. I knew the Curves here in town had been in business and a successful one for many years.

“Since I’ve been a member, the club has changed hands twice, and I was curious about it both of those times. When it became available for a third time this winter, I felt that God was really pushing me in this direction and this time I didn’t just sit back, but I decided to make it a reality.

“I’ve always joked that the only successful way I can diet and exercise is with a drill sergeant screaming at me (that’s my National Guard background) or if it was my job and I was getting paid. Re-enlisting isn’t an option anymore; but maybe the latter is. I told Alan when I began this journey, ‘We may not make any money from it, but at least my membership will be free.’ I really think that with my ties to the local community and with my own personal fitness and weight loss battles, I’ll be able to identify with members and make our experience a fun and successful one.”

Phipps continued, “I have worked with, and for, some very talented local business people, so it’s time to put what they have taught me to good use. I have an extensive service-based background and Alan has an extensive sales and marketing background. Surely that’s a recipe for success!”

With the average person gaining three pounds a year, a reasonable workout regimen that can fit into today’s busy lifestyle of work and family is critical to help combat diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, heart disease, and other health risks that women can face.

Curves’ exercise program consists of 30 minutes of exercise three times a week, during which participants impact all major muscle groups and receive a great cardio workout. It includes all five components of a complete exercise program: warm-up, strength training, cardio, cool down, and stretching.

In addition to a proven workout plan, Curves of Tuscola offers various programs to help motivate and assist women in obtaining a healthy lifestyle, including: CurvesSmart™ personal coaching system, a new technology pioneered by Curves that offers a precision designed workout, moment to moment feedback and progress reports to keep members motivated while they work out; and www.CurvesComplete.com, an online weight-loss subscription service that provides subscribers with diet and fitness information, tools, experts and motivation to achieve their weight-loss goals.

For more information about Curves, contact any of the staff at 217-253-9000 or visit www.curves.com.

Recess punishment becomes hot topic of discussion

By Colleen Lehmann
A punishment meted out to a group of North Ward students on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 by lunchroom supervisors has had some unfortunate repercussions. One parent–under the impression the fourth-grade students had been “forced” to sit on hot blacktop for a timeout–expressed concern given the day’s hot temperatures, and called media outlets, which set off a chain reaction of speculation and, it would appear in some cases, misinformation. It also led to at least one lunchroom monitor resigning their position.

A statement released the following day by Supt. Michael Smith read, “Tuscola School District would take any allegation that students have been mistreated, particularly by our own staff members, with the utmost seriousness. While we have had no specific complaints today from parents or students, nor any complaints of any student being injured or affected by the allegations raised, we will immediately look to uncover the truth. If there is any indication that anything like you suggest occurred, it will not be tolerated and the employees will be dealt with in the strongest terms available.”

Smith also noted, “Due to the laws that protect the confidentiality for those individuals involved in the matter, I cannot discuss specific students or specific staff members.”

After hearing the complaints and investigating the situation, North Ward Principal Libby Torbit notified parents of her findings.

“From what I have gathered, our fourth graders were being disruptive in the cafeteria on Monday. There were several reminders given, but the behavior continued. Therefore, there was a timeout issued for the following recess time. Students were asked by the supervisors to sit out for 10 minutes of their recess time – not necessarily on the blacktop, just to sit down. Some of the students did sit on the blacktop. The supervisors did not have any students expressing a concern about the heat of the pavement. There was no malicious intent on the part of the supervisors to ever harm the students in any way.

“That being said, we never want any of our students to ever be in a position where they are injured. We truly love our kids and work very hard to make sure they have a positive experience here at school. It was a mistake to allow the students to sit on the blacktop yesterday. The supervisors realize the error,” she said.

Torbit, on the school’s behalf, apologized for the oversight. “We will work to make sure this doesn’t happen again. If consequences need to be issued, we will do so in the classroom or in the grass if the pavement is hot.”

Happy Birthday TWC! Celebrating 120 years of community service

–Public open house 2-4 p.m. Sept. 14 at The Smith House
By Colleen Lehmann
There’s a reason longstanding Woman’s Club members are called jewels … reaching the 50-year mark of serving with this organization means you have long been associated with shining examples of community service and philanthropy.

Regardless of the length of their affiliation, all members of Tuscola Woman’s Club can and should rightfully be celebrated as the club marks 120 years since its founding in September 1894. First known as the South Side Reading Circle and boasting 10 members, the club swelled to 26 members when, two years later (October 1896), the vote was taken to officially change the name and come under the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

TWC has, since that time, been an extraordinarily active and impactful entity in Tuscola, literally changing the landscape of the town. In a nod to its original moniker, the club is in fact largely responsible for the establishment of the beautiful Carnegie public library located at 112 East Sale Street.

In 1897, a dozen TWC members decided a public library was needed in town, and began in earnest to collect books and financial donations. In 1902, club member Mrs. P.M. Moon wrote to philanthropist Andrew Carnegie telling him of the need. From that letter, a $10,000 grant was procured from the Carnegie Foundation, and with local matching funds the building was erected. A few years later TWC had enough money collected to finish and furnish the library basement, and the library board at that time deemed the basement would be the club’s meeting home “in perpetuity,” an arrangement that continues to this day.

Scores of Tuscola youth and adults alike have benefited from another very public TWC project—establishment of tennis courts in Ervin Park. The girls softball program in Tuscola was another endeavor championed by the club. And a generation or two of children romp on the park’s sprawling Prairieland Pride Playground, a true community project sparked and spearheaded by Tuscola Woman’s Club, in cooperation with Tuscola Rotary Club and scores of local volunteers.

Ensuring the welfare of children is yet another calling of the club, and contributing to entities similarly focused is a top priority of TWC. Hundreds of Tuscola students have been the beneficiaries of summer camp scholarships to pursue art, music, and leadership opportunities, speaking to the club’s affiliation with education and the arts. Beautification efforts around town, including numerous flower and tree plantings, are living reminders of the club’s interest in nature.

BETHS Place, SAM Food Pantry, Scouting, Douglas County Museum, and VA Illiana Healthcare System have also been among the local beneficiaries of the club. A partnership is currently ongoing with ARTCo to fundraise ($9,000 to date) for new seat risers, and eventually new seating for the community theatre group. TWC is also a loyal contributor to efforts undertaken at the organization’s state and national levels.
–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Sept. 3, 2014 edition