Old Towne Preservation Association hears speakers at montlly meetings

Apr. 19—DANVILLE — Old Town Preservation Association members met this week to nominate candidates for the 33rd Annual Old Town Preservation Association's Legacy Awards.

The group will announce the winners and give them the awards in May.

Old Town will have its annual picnic in June at Songer Pavilion at Lake Vermilion Park.

The group invites members and guests to attend their monthly meetings, which are the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and usually at the library. Dues are $25 annually.

The meetings have monthly speakers.

During the past several months, speakers have included Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Jr., who talked about Bresee Tower and local developments, The Dwelling Place's Donna Edington, who talked about the day center and new housing, Peer Court's Katie Osterbur, who talked about the youth program, and Vermilion Advantage's Mike Marron, who talked about having area high school students learn more about the trades, such as electrician and plumber jobs, and local careers.

A Career Expo will be Wednesday at the David S. Palmer Arena.

In March, Vermilion County Conservation District's Lara Danzl who talked about Bunker Hill's historic buildings and summer camps and other activities at the Kennekuk Environmental Education Center.

The Three Kings of Peace will be future speakers.

The Old Town members had a Christmas gathering at Jocko's and donated items to the Crosspoint Women's Shelter and DaySpring Shelter on Bowman Avenue.

The Old Town Preservation Association formed in June 1989 to foster and encourage the preservation and conservation of the natural and built environment of Danville and the surrounding areas.

Sharing in importance to Old Town are the stately old houses and commercial buildings, and the Lincoln sites, as well as the special places connecting Danville; our neighborhoods, schools, churches and businesses.