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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring Awakens Greenwood Cemetery

Here's a collection of beautiful photos from "Gabrielle Gaia" featuring Decatur's Greenwood Cemetery as it awakens to Spring 2014.

Follow all of Gabrielle's photos on her Flickr photostream at:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Staley Club House #2

Here's a collection of photos from the THE STALEY JOURNAL that feature the Staley Club House.
This is the structure that sits on the north side of the Route 36 bridge over Lake Decatur.

Special thanks to Eric Lutz for finding these photos and supplying them to us!

(click on any photo to enlarge)

click on picture to enlarge & read

more pictures of the Staley Club House (pump house) can be found HERE

Sunday, April 13, 2014

James Millikin Homestead

James Millikin Homestead
125 North Pine Street

Thanks to Mike Isenberg for sharing his collection of B&W's from the 70's (shown below)

(before the Stephen Decatur statue was relocated downtown)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Brush College Road Improvements

Here is a set of 6 illustrations depicting the **PROPOSED** Brush College Road overpass that is currently in the planning stages.
Funding has not yet been secured, so this is still a long way off.  

There is a town hall meeting coming up on April 22, 2014 out at the National Sequestration Education Center on the campus of Richland Community College to discuss the plans for this work.  Contact City of Decatur Engineering at 217-424-2747 for more information.


replace the current underpass on Brush College Road with an overpass

a closer look at what that overpass might look like

Option 1: intersection of Brush College Road and Faries Parkway
Option 2: intersection of Brush College Road and Faries Parkway  (yes, those are "roundabouts")

looking south towards the proposed overpass over Faries Parkway

looking west towards the proposed overpass carrying Brush College  (note the "roundabout")

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Scovill Zoo Penguins

The new season for Scovill Zoo began yesterday (April 5), with the opening of the zoo for 2014.

There's an amazing new attraction this year.... an incredible new exhibit full of PENGUINS!  Yes, penguins in Central Illinois.

original artist's drawing of the exhibit

before the start of construction

exhibit under construction Summer 2013

exhibit under construction Summer 2013

exhibit under construction Summer 2013

ribbon cutting ceremony March 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Decatur Municipal Band 1960's

Here is a collection of photos of the Decatur Municipal Band dating back to the 1960's.


Directed by Robert Kruzan:
(band director in the Decatur Public School District, including at MacArthur High School)

Recent photos of the Decatur Municipal Band are HERE (Summer 2013 Concert)

Robert Kruzan obituary:

Robert I. Kruzan, of Decatur, Illinois, died May 17, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Kruzan was born in Warrensburg, Illinois, the son of John A. and Minnie B. (Berman) Kruzan. He was the brother of Josephine Major, of Ten Mile Lake.

Mr. Kruzan began working for the Decatur Public Schools in 1947 as Elementary and Junior High Band Director, and later served as Band Director at Johns Hill Junior High, MacArthur High School, and Harris Elementary School. He was a member and the Director of the Decatur Municipal Band, and the leader of the Bob Kruzan Orchestra from 1947 to 1967. He served as Secretary of the Noon Kiwanis Club, through which he developed a program to receive donated musical instruments, refurbish them, and make them available to low-income students in Decatur schools. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church for over 65 years. He was also Hickory Point Township Assessor.

Mr. Kruzan was an alumnus (1943) of Millikin University, where he also received a Masters Degree and taught private music lessons. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a member of the 519-520 AAF Band.

Mr. Kruzan married Florence Weber in Pleasantville, New Jersey on December 2, 1945. He and his wife often visited Ten Mile Lake, staying with his sister or in a rented cabin. At one time they owned lots on the lake, but never developed them. He loved to read ("a family failing") and to play the piano for friends and relatives. He played the piano at Union Congregational Church in Hackensack on several occasions.

Mr. Kruzan is survived by his wife, Florence; son Erik Kruzan (Lori) of Maroa; daughters April (Alan) Coutant of Chillicothe, Illinois and Karla (Michael) Walker of Decatur; sisters Josephine Major of Hackensack and Bonnie Rester of Springfield, MO; a brother, David Kruzan of Dayton, HO; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister.