This Week, In The Port

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Here’s a quick look at the news, stories, events and happenings locally and around our nation for the week of January 14th, 2019.

This week in Freeport you can create pinch pot monsters, whimsical clay birds, and bowls at Jelly Art Studio in downtown. For ages 7 and up and a cost of $60 enjoy a 4 week clay class that will focus on hand-built projects. Some will be kiln fired, others air dry and the class is limited to 10 children. Contact Jelly Art Studio, 6 East Stephenson for more.

The next 3 dates are:
THU, JAN 17 5 PM – 6 PM
THU, JAN 24 5 PM – 6 PM
THU, JAN 31 5 PM – 6 PM

In Illinois, news that will make some people happy and mad, J.B. Pritzker is being sworn in as Illinois governor on Monday. He will become the richest governor and the richest elected official in the nation when he takes the oath of office. Other statewide elected officials will also be sworn in Monday morning include Incoming Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Secretary of State Jesse White, Treasurer Michael Frerichs and Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who announced her campaign for mayor of Chicago eight days after winning re-election.

If you’re experiencing problems with the veins in your legs, aching, cramping, tiredness, heaviness, restlessness, burning, and throbbing they are all symptoms of venous disease that can lead to varicose veins, sores on your legs, or even more serious circulation problems like blood clots, FHN says. They are encouraging people to make an appointment for a FREE vein screening at 815-599-VEIN (8346).

The next 3 dates are:
TUE, JAN 15 3 PM – 6 PM
TUE, FEB 12 3 PM – 6 PM
MON, MAR 11 3 PM – 6 PM

Around the nation a hostage situation that lasted several hours at a UPS facility in Logan Township, New Jersey ended this morning with the suspect being transported to the hospital after suffering an apparent gunshot wound, according to prosecutors. The incident began around 9 a.m. ET at one of the company’s supply chain processing facilities in Gloucester County, about 25 south of Philadelphia, when a man walked inside and fired multiple shots at the ceiling.

You can join the Ryan and Joe Trio this Friday night for a Pajama Party. Pajama Party 2019 kicks off at Royal Pub as the gang settles into winter in cozy clothes and great music. If you wear it to bed you can wear it Friday night; just keep those naughty bits buttoned up please. Pajama not required for entry, just for prizes. Drink specials all night and prizes awarded for most unique jammies. Royal Pub is located at 306 N Park Blvd.

A man who was told he would never walk again became the first person to ever cross Antarctica alone according to a story today. Colin O’Brady, who was severely burned in a fire in 2008 and told he would never walk again, speaks out on how he defied the odds to walk across Antarctica in 54 days.

In other news CNN put out a video that proposes the question, “Does marijuana lead to increase in mental illness?” Could this news network possibly get any worse. We just don’t get these folks at all.

You can help keep our families, friends, and community members safe this week by taking part in the Stop the Bleed class coming up. Stop the Bleed will teach you a step-by-step process when an immediate response to bleeding is required. You will get high-quality tourniquet training and hands-on bleeding control training. You’ll even walk away with a Stop the Bleed kit that includes a tourniquet, bleeding control supplies, gloves, and instructions, so you can be prepared in any situation that may arise. The $25 class is for anyone. Register today!

More than 550 furloughed federal workers in Virginia filed for unemployment. As the partial government shutdown enters its fourth week, at least 550 federal workers who are furloughed have filed for unemployment benefits in Virginia — and the number continues to climb.

“We have seen a steady increase in claims,” said Bill Walton, director of unemployment insurance for the Virginia Employment Commission. “Especially this last week.”

Federal workers who are furloughed or are working without pay are allowed to apply for the benefits, which range from $60 per week for 12 weeks to a maximum of $378 per week for 26 weeks.

Police in northern Texas say a woman has been banned from a local Walmart after she spent several hours driving an electric shopping cart around the store’s parking lot while drinking wine from a Pringles can. We’re not sure, but she probably watches CNN.

Last week we were sent a Jan. 8 letter to the editor of the Journal Standard by one of our viewers. The letter, written by Mike Ridgway of Freeport, says Freeport City Council’s recent considered loan is questionable. He says at the Freeport City Council meeting on Dec. 17, 2018 there was a discussion concerning Freeport borrowing money (interest-free) from a local businessman. That, this money would pay for the demolishing of 16 properties. He says the somewhat ironic problem with this generous loan is that the person offering it has, in the past, deeded condemned properties to a homeless man in order to avoid the cost of demolishing said properties. You can read the article here.

While we were there we happened to notice another letter to the editor. This one was all about liars. Students lie, Adam lies, everyone lies and apparently Highland Community College does not have professors. Careful how you speak, offended people are listening.

In other news, thousands of U.S. farmers waited to hear President Donald Trump speak in Louisiana on Monday, hoping for an update on a White House trade war with China that has left them struggling. Farmers gathered in New Orleans at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention, an event Trump was due to attend for a second year in a row even as a partial government shutdown in Washington dragged into its 24th day.

Pierce Athletics in Freeport is hosting Blanket Fort Wars on Friday from 6 PM – 9 PM. Pierce says it’ll be the most fun in all of Freeport. Blanket Fort Wars is an evening event for all of their members, friends, and friends of friends and is ‘Parent’s Night Out’, so no parents allowed! Dress in your most comfy, stretchy gym or workout clothes and get ready to build your team for fun that you’ll never forget! Treats will be served. You can register for the event with the office or through the ‘member login‘ section of our website. Open to all kids, ages 5-14. Members – $15, Non-Members – $30.

On Thursday you can join others at Fosler Art Gallery for their first paint and pour of 2019. Diego will help you create a beautiful painting to take home and we provide everything you need. No experience? No paint skills? No problem Diego says he has you covered. All Ages are welcome so sign up today as space is limited. Fosler Art Gallery is located at 18 West Stephenson Street.

Ever wonder what Freeport Noon Kiwanis Club does in our community? Join them for lunch and find out.  They invite you to attend and come learn what makes Kiwanis the greatest service organization in the world. Their weekly meetings feature a delicious lunch and program. Meetings are held at the Beltline Cafe located at 325 W South St.

The next 3 dates are:
TUE, JAN 15 12 PM – 1 PM
TUE, JAN 22 12 PM – 1 PM
TUE, JAN 29 12 PM – 1 PM

This Friday make sure to come out to Logan’s for the Tom & Larry Show. Enjoy some great easy listening music during dinner from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. 1805 S West Ave.

And finally, a total lunar eclipse will appear overnight from Sunday (Jan. 20) to Monday (Jan. 21). The potentially copper-colored moon — dubbed a “blood moon” — will be visible from all of North and South America. A lunar eclipse can occur only during a full moon phase. And since this full moon will appear to be one of the largest of 2019, NASA also describes the lunar eclipse’s full moon as a “super” moon. The term has only been used in the past few decades, and became especially popular during the three consecutive supermoons of late 2016.

“There are no precautions you need to take when observing a lunar eclipse, since the moon is never bright enough to hurt our eyes like the sun is,” Walter Freeman, a physicist at Syracuse University said in a Jan. 9 statement from Syracuse University. “A blood moon is one of the few opportunities we have to see both the moon and the stars in the sky at the same time, since the moon is usually too bright!”

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