Today in Morton - Feb. 11

Nathan Domenighini
Morton Fire Department call volume history (February 2009)

Fire department call volume growth chart

I have been meaning to get this chart posted for a while now, but the Morton Fire Department has been on the top of the news list regarding its large grant, new firehouse and the such. That said, this information is crucial in supporting the department's need for additional resources, such as new satellite fire stations.

I thought the growth in this chart was rather outstanding. But, chief Joe Kelley had some valid reasons for the growth.

Now is the time to take advantage of opportunities such as this one I received in an e-mail today:

"Area Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to bring local Senators, Representatives and City Council Candidates to you. The 23rd annual Heart of Illinois Legislative Reception is your chance to communicate this regions needs and concerns to our elected officials on issues that impact our businesses.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce along with chambers from Canton, Chillicothe, East Peoria, Limestone, Morton, Pekin, and Washington invite you to the event Monday, February 23rd at the Par-A-Dice hotel in East Peoria from 5-7pm. It is sponsored by Hanson Professional Services and Architectural Design Group."

Expected to attend are:

Rep. David Leitch (R-73rd District)

Sen. Dale Risinger (R-37th District)

Rep. Jehan Gordon (D-92nd District)

Sen. David Koehler (D-46th District)

Sen. Dan Rutherford (R-53rd District)

Poll results

It seems most of you are in between on this year's Pumpkin Festival theme. I have to say, I kind of expected this response. Myself, I can't stand the days that ensue after Thanksgiving. Who knows how I will handle thinking about Christmas in September!?

But, that is the theme, now I am curious what it is going to be all about and how the festival can tie this in. I don't believe pumpkins exist during Christmastime.

Here are the results: