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July 1, 2016
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The Midwest Community Development Institute (Midwest CDI) provides top-notch training to those who are actively engaged in building a vibrant and better community. Participants include development professionals, community leaders, public officials, and entrepreneurs.

Striving to make the training fun, interactive, and practical so that it can be immediately applied in their own communities. In addition to learning new skills, CDI helps participants to build relationships and develop a network of allies, resulting in an on-going source of support throughout their careers.

Participating in CDI and meeting additional criteria provides an opportunity to add to your credentials. You can earn certification as a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) from the Community Development Council.

Discovering a swarm of bees in the yard is frightening for the uninitiated. But it will make a beekeeper’s day. Beekeepers are always on the lookout for a swarm so they can add another hive to their collection for free. These fugitives may have escaped from a nearby beekeeper’s hive, or they may be feral honeybees living au naturel, which are especially desirable for a new hive because they tend to be genetically robust and disease-free compared to those reared by the million in apiaries and shipped in the mail. Since a swarm of bees is on a mission and have no babies to protect, the bees are relatively docile and aren’t likely to sting you. Still, don’t go meddling with them. Contact your local beekeepers’ association; they can likely put you in touch with someone to come capture the swarm. But you have to act fast—the bees typically migrate to their new home within days, if not hours. And if someone doesn’t come along to coerce them into a proper hive, they may make that new home somewhere you don’t want it.

Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of driv­ers who were distracted at the time of the crashes. Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.


July 11 - Farm Dreams, Blue  Yonder Organic Farm, North Salem, IN
August 15-18 - Midwest Community Development Institute, Moline, IL
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