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Talking to people doing big things in Bloomington-Normal.

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Talking to people doing big things in Bloomington-Normal.

    Ep. 25: Jamie Mathy, RC McBride (Downtown/Uptown)

    Ep. 25: Jamie Mathy, RC McBride (Downtown/Uptown)

    Justin & Tyson speak with two community leaders about the differences & similarities of Uptown Normal & Downtown Bloomington. 
     
    Support someone else doing a big thing in Bloomington-Normal: 
    The Community Health Care Clinic, providing efficient, high quality care through a free clinic model maximizing resources, volunteers, and community partners.
    Online: chcchealth.org
    900 N Franklin Ave (Normal)
     
    Thank you to our sponsors 
    Play Normal E-Sports (playnormalesports.com)
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    Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep. 24: Kathleen Lorenz (Normal Town Council)

    Ep. 24: Kathleen Lorenz (Normal Town Council)

    Kathleen Lorenz also dropped by the studio! We discuss the Town Council’s major accomplishment in 2019, the role of council, the town’s public comment policy, the proposed uptown underpass, and what she sees coming down the road in 2020
    You can reach Kathleen at 309-531-1884, email her at klorenz@normal.org, and follow her on Facebook at Friends of Kathleen Lorenz.
     
    Support someone else doing a big thing in Bloomington-Normal: 
    Check out everything going on at Normal Public Library (including the newly designed parking lot)
    www.normalpl.org 
    Side note: I’m actually editing this podcast at the NPL while one son plans on the public iPads and another son is doing a 1-1 reading program with a college student. Something for everyone!
     
    Thank you to our sponsors 
    Play Normal E-Sports (playnormalesports.com)
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    BRE Law (breinjurylaw.com)
     
    Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep. 23: Stan Nord (Normal Town Council)

    Ep. 23: Stan Nord (Normal Town Council)

    Stan Nord takes a break from his busy schedule to talk about his time on Normal Town Council since he was elected last year. We discuss what he’s learned about the role of the council, how he reaches constituents, the town’s public comment policy, Connect Transit and more.
    You can reach Stan at 309-242-2495, email him at snord@normal.org, and follow him on Facebook at Nord for Normal.
     
    Support someone else doing a big thing in Bloomington-Normal: 
    God’s Decision Outreach Ministry, helping at risk youth in the community with initiatives like Operation Hug a Child.
    www.gdompatterson.com
     
    Thank you to our sponsors 
    Play Normal E-Sports (playnormalesports.com)
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    BRE Law (breinjurylaw.com)
     
    Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 22: Matt Hawkins, Callum Fletcher (Sixty-Six Games Expo)

    Ep. 22: Matt Hawkins, Callum Fletcher (Sixty-Six Games Expo)

    Matt Hawkins and Coach Callum Fletcher talk about the upcoming Sixty-Six Games Expo. What all is going on at the expo, how did it come to be, and what about Bloomington-Normal is appealing for this premier national event? We also discuss the eSports program at IWU and local eSports culture.
     
    Catch the expo at the Arena on January 17-19.
    For more information, go to www.sixtysixgames.com
     
    Thank you to our sponsors 
    Play Normal E-Sports (playnormalesports.com)
    Normal Gadgets (normalgadgets.com)
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    Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 21: Justin Bellas (Bellas Landscaping, Lil’ Beaver Brewery)

    Ep. 21: Justin Bellas (Bellas Landscaping, Lil’ Beaver Brewery)

    Justin Bellas is a co-owner of Bellas Landscaping and Lil’Beaver Brewery. He explains how he got his start as a small business owner up through future plans for both companies. 
    You can find more information at the company’s websites and Facebook pages.
    bellaslandscaping.com
    lilbeaverbrewery.com
    You can also see what’s on tab at Lil’ Beaver by downloading the Untappd app.
     
    Support someone else doing a big thing in Bloomington-Normal: 
    Attend a McLean County Chamber of Commerce event. The chamber supports local businesses of all sizes in achieving their goals and celebrating their accomplishments.
    mcleancochamber.org
     
    Thank you to our sponsors 
    Play Normal E-Sports (playnormalesports.com)
    Normal Gadgets (normalgadgets.com)
    BRE Law (breinjurylaw.com)
     
    Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

    • 58 min
    Ep. 20: Deb Halperin (West Bloomington Revitalization Project)

    Ep. 20: Deb Halperin (West Bloomington Revitalization Project)

    Deb Halperin is the President of the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP). We speak about how the project has grown over the last decade, as well as how it plans to continue to build on the strengths of neighborhood and empower residents. Just look at all these programs: Community Garden, Bike Co-Op, Book Bike, Tool Library, Veggie Oasis, Seed Library, Bed Blitz, and more!
    You can find more information at:
    Their office at 724 W. Washington
    Website: westbloomington.org
    Facebook and other social media platforms
     
    Support someone else doing a big thing in Bloomington-Normal:
    Mary Cambell at Dreams as Possible. An organization, which helps women find sustainable employment by providing them with free materials to learn trade jobs.
    ilprairiecf.org/dreams-are-possible
     
    Thank you to our sponsors 
    Play Normal E-Sports (playnormalesports.com)
    Normal Gadgets (normalgadgets.com)
    BRE Law (breinjurylaw.com)
     
    Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

    • 1 hr 2 min

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