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Friends of the Log Cabins Need Volunteers This Saturday

The Friends of the Log Cabins are scheduling a workday this Saturday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln-Era Log Cabin Village, located on Quinsippi Island, Quincy, IL. The Friends are looking for individuals or groups to volunteer to help preserve these historic structures.

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The Madonna House, Quincy, Illinois
Madonna House, Facebook

Madonna House Food Pantry Renovation Complete

Madonna House’s Food Pantry has been renovated. You are invited to see the completed project this Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. and say thank you to their partners.  

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Gus Macker Basketball, Jeff Dorsey
Gus Macker Basketball, Jeff Dorsey

Gus Macker Signup Period Extended Until May 12

The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament has extended the signup date until Monday, May 12. Only online signups will be accepted through next Monday.

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Here’s the Real Meaning of Cinco de Mayo

OK, today is the 5th of May, or Cinco de Mayo Day. According to some people it’s a day that commemorates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). Some people are questioning that though.I have my own version of why we celebrate the day. 

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images

Pets Now Allowed on The Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg

Amtrak travelers between Chicago and Quincy will now be allowed to take small cats and dogs with them for $25 in the first test in the nation of what could become a system wide pets-on-board Amtrak policy. The Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains will be the first Amtrak testing grounds for the service.

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Mark Wilson, Getty Images
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Without the Louisiana Purchase, Hannibal Speaks French and Quincy Speaks English

It was 211 years ago today the United States purchased from France what is known as the Louisiana Territory. More than 800,000 square miles of land that extending from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. The price was 60 million francs which equates to about $15 million.

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Former Daylight Donuts Building, Jeff Dorsey
Former Daylight Donuts Building, Jeff Dorsey

The Face of Quincy’s 24th and Broadway is Rapidly Changing

Demolition crews began working yesterday to demolish the old Daylight Donuts building at 24th and Broadway and have roped off the adjacent building which used to house The Associated Bank. This coupled with the removal of a building directly east of the Coach House Restaurant is certainly making 24th and Broadway begin to take on another look.  

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Jamie Squires, Getty Images
Jamie Squires, Getty Images

Quincy Native Offering Basketball Skills Development for Youth

With schools in the area about to break for the summer many parents of youngsters will be needing to find activities for their children. May I suggest one such activity? If your child loves to play basketball, Coach Andy Schmitt, a Quincy native, will be holding individual, as well as group lessons, specific to the current basketball skill level and age of your son or daughter. 

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Mike Nobis and Dennis Williams, Jeff Dorsey
Mike Nobis and Dennis Williams, Jeff Dorsey

Teen Reach Program a Huge Asset to Kids and the Community

I had the opportunity to hear about the Teen REACH Program in Quincy last Friday at the Quincy Exchange Club and it opened my eyes as well as the eyes of the other members of that organization. Mike Nobis and Dennis Williams were the Teen Reach Program speakers. For those unaware, including me prior to Friday’s meeting, dozens of Quincy kids go to the Teen REACH Center after school for help with homework and just to have a safe place to go.

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Dan Kitwood, Getty Images
Dan Kitwood, Getty Images

Here is the Dogwood Festival Block Party List

The Dogwood Festival Block parties will be held May 2, throughout the City of Quincy. Fourteen block parties were reported to Y101.  

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