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July 29, 2016

Mount Vernon Community Garden Project
Mount Vernon, Illinois has many passionate people - including a community of individuals who want to share their passion for gardening. Their mission is to not only help bring fresh food to the community but, with the assistance of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, they will teach the benefits, processes, and skills involved in gardening. To accomplish those goals, they created a video and kickstarter campaign to fund the garden.


Volunteers Make a Difference
On the 2016 Day of Caring organized by United Way of Crawford County (UWCC), more than 130 volunteers completed more than 500 hours of community service supporting Crawford County’s four school districts (Hutsonville, Oblong, Palestine and Robinson). Support was received from community organizations including Marathon, Hershey, SENCO, R&L Ready Mix, Otterbein Methodist Church, Hutsonville Methodist Church, and the Lawrence County Association of Exceptional Citizens.


This image is from a moving wind map which updates every hour and illustrates the movement, flow, and speeds of wind across the United States. You see the strength of the surface winds, where they are coming from, and the direction they are moving. Another interesting feature about this page is that you can zoom into various regions and locate cities. Hourly updates come from data about surface winds from the National Digital Forecast Database. You can locate areas of low pressure (air that flows counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere), high pressure (areas that experience calm/light wind speeds), and areas of convergence.


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