Sunday, 17 November 2013

Tornado Washington Illinois - Sunday 17th November

Firstly, Silvia and I are safe and well. However our hearts go out to those who where in Washington today, and have been badly affected by todays Tornado.

Washington is a city in Tazewell County, Illinois, United States.Washington is located about 11 miles East of Peoria. Police and fire personnel still are trying to sift through the wreckage of the tornado that hit Washington on Sunday morning. 1 person has been killed and many injured. It is estimated that up to 250 homes have been destroyed. Elsewhere in Illinois, another 5 people were killed in other Tornado related incidents.

Captured by Anthony Khoury

Captured by Jack Vance

Captured by Anthony Khoury


Monday, 11 November 2013

11th November 2013 - First snow of the season

Around 1" of snow fell today. In our 3.5 years in Peoria, this is the earliest we have seen snow fall in the winter season. Overnight temperatures fell to -8 Celsius (18 Fahrenheit). The record low for 11th of November in Peoria was recorded in 1995 and was -11 Celsius (13 Fahrenheit).

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Casa - 2nd November 2013

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Peoria County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile and Probate Court systems. Its existence is based on the belief that every child has the right to a safe and permanent home allowing them the chance to reach their full potential in life.
CASA of Peoria County has been serving abused and neglected children since 2005. CASA volunteers provide consistency to the children on their case, submit reports to the judge prior to all court hearings, and make certain that the child's best interests are represented. These volunteers are Everyday Heroes, people just like you who have chosen to speak up for a child.

Tom Schlink