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Headlines for Sunday, June 1, 2014

Frontier Community College’s summer session begins this Thursday and runs through July 31st.  Courses will be offered in several areas and subjects, including drama performance, water aerobics, basketball, food sanitation, and CNA training, as well as kids classes during June.  Registration is currently underway, with a summer tuition special of $35 per semester hour being offered, with some restrictions.  A PM Tuition Reduction is available for classes starting after 6 p.m. and senior adults 60 and older are only required to pay fees as tuition is waived.  More information is available by calling the college.

12-year-old Chloe Stirling of Troy, IL expressed her thanks to Illinois lawmakers by sending them cupcakes and a thank-you letter to the statehouse Friday morning.  Chloe baked over 100 cupcakes for state representatives and senators who passed a bill that will allow her to use her oven again.  Her business had been shut down last December because she had been making cupcakes out of her uninspected home kitchen.  A new bill awaiting Governor Pat Quinn’s signature would allow her and others to sell foods out of their home, as long as they don’t make over $1000 a month.

The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal in conjunction with the National Safety Council, is highlighting fire safety education as part of the annual observance of National Safety Month during June.  During the month, both agencies are reminding the public of safety tips in six areas: fire safety, prescription drug abuse, slips and falls, safety in public places, driving safety and summer safety.  They said that in 2013 Illinois fire departments reported responding to nearly two million incidents, of which about 50,000 were fire-related and just over 794,000 involved emergency medical services.

Hydrant flushing begins Monday for customers of the New Hope Waterworks.  Employees will be flushing the hydrants through June 30th.  The process is performed twice a year in the spring and fall to keep the water supply safe and clean.  Residents may notice a dip in water pressure and some discoloration of water during the flushing process.

The Business of the Day Promotion starts today on WFIW-FM.  Each day through June 30th an area business will be featured as the Business of the Day.  Listeners are being invited to keep track of each day’s business and send the list in at the end of the month.  A drawing will be held for a shopping spree of $200, $100 or $50 at any one of the Business of the Day sponsors.  The drawing will take place on July 7th.

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