page dynasty tanashaSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed Dynasty Martin and Tanasha Brewer to the Illinois Senate on Wednesday as part of the Senate’s page-for-a-day program.

Tanasha and Dynasty participate in the NAACP back-to-school/stay-in-school program.

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Morse Farm 2CARLINVILLE—Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) toured the Village at Morse Farm supportive living center Friday.

“It’s great to see an environment where active seniors can have some support but keep their independence. Places like this—where seniors can have their needs met and their lives enriched—fill an essential, unique role in the community,” Manar said.

Manar met with administrators, staff and visited with residents during the tour.

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Hillsboro signSPRINGFIELD – The names of two Hillsboro natives killed in action during the Vietnam War will grace the streets of their hometown.

The Illinois State Senate voted Wednesday to designate two stretches of Illinois Route 16 as memorial highways in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Larry Claybrook and Army Spc. Charles Irby.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) sponsored the legislation to post memorial signs along the two routes.

“We hope to honor and preserve the memory of Lance Corporal Claybrook and Specialist Irby. Even though their service and sacrifice occurred years ago, time should not diminish the impact of their deaths and the importance of their lives,” Manar said.

Superintendent Dave Strowmatt of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Montgomery County brought the need for these memorials to Senator Manar.

Marine Lance Corporal Larry D. Claybrook Memorial Highway will stretch along Route 16 between School Street and to its junction with Illinois Route 185.

Army SP4 Charles Irby Memorial Highway will cover Route 16 along School Street from South Main Street to the corner of 22nd Street.

The memorial signs will be posted at both ends of the designated areas but will have no impact on street names or address listings.

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Blue Ribbon Award Ceremony 2MEDORA — Medora Elementary School received special recognition from the U.S. Department of Education on Monday night. The school held a ceremony to receive its 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Award.

“Each staff member took the time to make connections with the students. The teachers and staff knew all of the children's names. The most influential of all educational factors in my opinion is conversation; conversations between staff, students, parents, and the community. These open lines of communication have been the key to Medora Elementary's success,” Principal Diane Milner said.

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