Starved Rock State Park – Great Outdoor adventures

Starved Rock State Park – Great Outdoor adventures

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois, just about an hour and a half drive northeast of Peoria. Winter offers a whole new world of opportunities at Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park. For those who love the peaceful wintry scenery, venturing to Starved Rock in the winter provides an entirely different experience than other times of the year.

Maybe you’ll spy a view otherwise obstructed by trees full of leaves in the summer, or perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of some wintertime wildlife. No matter the experience, there’s something special about nature in the winter. Crisp cool air beckons hikers to cross through frozen terrain while the crunch of snow underfoot keeps the time of a march along the trail.
Starved Rock State Park and the area around Utica offers many winter experiences for you to take part in, such as beautiful hiking trails and outdoor activities. While snow is on the ground, visitors can take advantage of cross-country ski rentals at nearby Matthiessen State Park.

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Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team

Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team

The Peoria Rivermen Hockey team is based in Peoria and the team has played in the Southern Professional Hockey League (Minor Professional hockey) since 2013. The Rivermen’s home base is the Carver Arena in the Peoria Civic Center.

This is actually the third franchise that uses the name “Peoria Rivermen” as they started off in October 2005. it is, in fact, the oldest hockey franchise extant in the minor league previously playing under the names the Springfield Indians and the Worcester IceCatsand.
Overall. the franchise is the fourth oldest in the National Hockey League behind the Canadian teams Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, and the US Boston Bruins.
The Peoria Rivermen is among North America’s longest-running hockey teams and they have been continuously operational since the season of 1982-83 when they played in the International Hockey League as the Peoria Prancers.

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Peoria County Schools

Peoria County Schools

Over one hundred years have passed since the organizing of the first school in Peoria County.  With each ensuing year, our older settlers become fewer and our existing possibilities, to gather data about our early education, melts away as snow before a tropic sun.
With these thoughts in mind, and a desire to preserve the interesting activities of our forefathers, we have tried to secure from all the school districts, a brief history of the educational activities from the earliest time.
From these historical reports, we find that the first school taught within the boundaries of Peoria County as it now is, was taught by Peter Grant at Fort Clark in 1821. This school and the subsequent schools until 1855, were, for the most part, provided for and operated as a subscription school.  Isaac Essex, who was appointed a teacher to the Indians by Rev. Jesse Walker, taught the hero of Methodism in Illinois the second school.  Although this school was intended more especially for Indian children, white children were permitted to attend.

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Peoria Civic Center – Sports and More

Peoria Civic Center – Sports and More

Peoria Civic Center, with its centerpiece the Carver Arena, is the city’s top-notch sporting venue that is home to Peoria’s best sports teams,  the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team, Bradley Braves Basketball Team in Carver Arena, and the Civic Center is also host to March Madness, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys’ Basketball tournament that’s organized here for the 23rd time.

Peoria’s sports teams never fail to demonstrate athleticism and enthusiasm to their great and loyal fans, and they sure know how to motivate them, so when the residents of the greater Peoria region feel like enjoying a hockey match or basketball game, they will come to the city’s Civic Center. There is no sporting venue in the city that can match the Peoria Civic Center.

The Civic Center was one of the main efforts when the city’s downtown area was redeveloped. The venue is not only an important sporting venue for the city’s residents, it plays a vital role as well for the entire Central Illinois region as it offers world-class sports events in a top-notch facility.

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Be the Next David Beckham – Soccer Scholarships in America

Be the Next David Beckham – Soccer Scholarships in America

Soccer is really gaining ground as a legitimately popular sport in the US, thanks in large part to the success of the MLS and bolstered recently by the fine performance of the United States team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that was held in South Africa.

In order to help further the soccer cause in America and groom a new generation of US soccer players to compete in future worldwide competitions, the number of soccer scholarships in America is increasing.
Any sports scholarship requires that a student complete a full course of study while still representing the school in their chosen sport and soccer scholarships in America are no different.
Who Offers Soccer Scholarships in America?
Dozens of colleges across the country offer soccer scholarships and/or financial assistance for soccer players attending the school in return for their participation in the school’s soccer team. Like any other major college sport though, different colleges compete at different levels. Here are the major levels of soccer played at American colleges and universities across the country:

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Hanna City Wildlife Park and FOLEPI

Hanna City Wildlife Park and FOLEPI

Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City, Illinois is not your average park. It is home to more than 150 animals native to Illinois, from bison to cougars, and several others in between.

In the 1960s, the founder of the park, William Rutherford, a member of the Forest Park Foundation, received news the Brookfield Zoo was searching for space to raise exotic, endangered animals. The Forest Park Foundation acquired almost 500 acres of land, and with Rutherford’s influence, partnered with the Brookfield Zoo. The land was to be used for environmental and conservation efforts, but after a change of management at the Zoo, plans for the land changed. Visitors can enjoy up-close views of beautiful native deer at the park.

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