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Daily Digest 03/03/10

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Rotary collection on way to Africa

GRIDLEY — A 40-foot container with supplies donated by Central Illinois businesses and residents is on its way to an African school.

Pontiac Rotary Club member Bill Schweizer said the container, with supplies for a school in Kitwe, Zambia, is expected to arrive April 3. 

Shipping costs were covered by a Rotary International Foundation matching grant and donations to the Pontiac Rotary Club.

Schweizer, fellow Rotarian Sarah Walters, and Wayne Steffen, orphan advocate for Lifesong for Orphans, will travel to Kitwe in April to help unload the desks, chairs, backpacks and clothing. The school is one of several the Gridley-based Lifesong helps support in four countries.

The project has been under way for about a year.

Former resident designs memorial

NORMAL — A former local resident has designed the new Portland (Ore.) Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Architect Aaron Whelton of Whelton Architecture, Portland, graduated from Normal Community High School in 1992. He is the son of Charlie and Debbie Whelton, Bloomington.

 The design can be viewed at http://whelton

projects/portland-firefighters-memorial/. It features memorial lanterns and benches, with light levels reflecting the number of historical line-of-duty deaths.

The expected $2.4 million cost will be raised privately.

The memorial will be named after David Campbell, fire chief from 1898 to 1911, when he died fighting a fire. Since 1881, 36 Portland firefighters have died in the line of duty.

Setting it right


College basketball — A list of “good wins” this season on the Illinois basketball team’s NCAA Tournament resume, published in Tuesday’s Pantagraph, incorrectly listed the Gonzaga game as a victory. The Fighting Illini lost that game, 85-83, in overtime.


Teacher honor — Teri Wilson of Normal Community West High School has been named the Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year. Her last name was wrong in Tuesday’s Pantagraph.


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