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Bookstock Music Festival in Jacksonville brings out local crowd to the public library

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The Jacksonville Public Library held its second annual Bookstock Music Festival today. This concert featured two sets of performers: one for a general audience, and one focusing on younger children.

Five acts took the stage in the library green space: Tom Irwin, Stone & Snow, Linda McRae, Ben Bedford, and the Grimm Family Band. Also outside was the Friends of the Library fundraiser. The Friends are an important group to ensure the library can continue to provide quality services to the community. Library Director Chris Ashmore estimated crowds for the outside concerts ran in the few dozen at a time, with a total attendance at more than 100. Heat indexes in the upper 90s are blamed for suppressing turnout.

Dino O’Dell, Heather Harlan, and Mike Anderson

The children’s concert was a different story. Three performers entertained over 40 young children. Local artist Mike Anderson took the stage along with Heather Harlan from Colombia, Missouri and Dino O’Dell from Kansas City. Heather Harlan said events like this are important both to expose children to music, but also to teach children what is expected during a live performance.

I had the chance to sit down with Dino O’Dell to talk about his music and teaching philosophy. For him, it is important that children be engaged with a performance, because engagement is key to learning. He uses his music to teach a number of subjects in a fun way, including earth science, health, and basic phonics as well. What he really wants to do with his work is contribute to healthy communities, which he sees as more important now than ever.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole April 9th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council committee of the whole meeting. The council will be discussing proposals to allow businesses to access the local fiber optic network. Fiber optic connections can dramatically increase network speeds over other technologies.

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City branch pickup starts tomorrow in the Northwest Quadrant

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Springfield’s spring branch pickup program starts Monday, April 8th. Each quadrant of the city will have two pickup dates, one in April and one in May. Crews will only visit each quadrant once per month. The first pickup will be in the Northwest Quadrant.

Size of Branch Piles

Branches must meet the following standards to be picked up:

  • No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
  • Piles larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city;
  • The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
  • Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
  • Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.

Small branches may also be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pick up by your waste hauler.

Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off

Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

Pickup schedule

Week of April 8th & May 6th

  • Northwest Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street/J David Jones Parkway.

Week of April 15th & May 13

  • Southwest Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street.

Week of April 22nd & May 20th

  • Southeast Quadrant– area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.

Week of April 29th & May 27th

  • Northeast Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council Meeting April 3rd

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for April 3rd, 2019. This meeting was moved for the April 2nd, election. There will be a presentation by Public Works on yard waste pickup service in the city. They also discussed providing funding for the Land of Lincoln Economic Development Corporation.

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