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Spring is HERE…A Fresh Opportunity to Work Together!

On Monday, March 14th, the Specialty Shops of Fairbury collaborated and held their Spring Open Houses. It was a great day! The shops appreciate the support from inside and outside the community. Many of the shops displayed their new spring items. Some offered samples, fun and games. An event like this helps bring people to town to celebrate the beginning of a new season.

What else is new and is proof that spring is around the corner? Did you read the article in the Blade last week about the Chatsworth Bluebird Project? What a great article! This project can inspire all area communities to work together.

On Saturday, March 12th, a couple of our group attended the Bluebird Celebration for the community of Chatsworth, referenced in last week’s Blade article. This event celebrated the erection of 80 bird houses throughout the community. With around 150 people in attendance, Chatsworth Citizen’s Advisory presented painted Bluebird plaques for the students, teachers, and community leaders involved in the project.

Viewing the decorations and banners on the walls and the tables at the Chatsworth American Legion was a special experience in itself. Chatsworth grade schools students researched bluebirds, and each class created a piece of art. Their artwork was very special – something to keep for a lifetime.

“This project is a great example of communities coming together,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops group and owner of Heart’s Desire. “Besides local community involvement, students and teachers from Pontiac helped out with the erection. The Village of Strawn is also on board as Strawn’s elementary school mascot was also the bluebird prior to consolidation. Folks who have an interest in bluebirds came from Dwight, Campus, Odell, and Piper City besides the local communities in the Prairie Central district.

“There are already folks from Strawn, Forrest and Fairbury who want to purchase bluebird houses and wish to jump on board to this project as well. Communities working together is exciting, and I believe it will reap tremendous benefits for all of us.” says Bobbi.

“Another great example of communities cooperating and pulling together was the SELCAS Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Saturday, March 26th. Another huge success! SELCAS serves Fairbury, Forrest, Chatsworth, Chenoa, Strawn, and Wing. Folks from all over came to volunteer and attend this event to support our local ambulance service, which we believe is the greatest in the world!” Bobbi concludes. “We live in some of the greatest communities in the world, too!”

As always, if you have any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics about our community, please stop by Heart’s Desire, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.