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Lunch in the Park held

Visitors to Fairbury’s Sunken Park were able to enjoy lunch on a sunny day Thursday during “Lunch in the Park” from the United Way of Livingston County.

They do lunch on the lawns in Pontiac and decided to hold this event in Fairbury.

“The food comes from Steidinger’s and Catton’s Creamery,” explained Deb Howard, director of the United Way of Livingston County.

Since volunteers are getting harder to find, United Way agreed to run the Fairbury Community Fund, but nothing is changing, according to Howard.

“Your letters will be the same and what you pay will be the same.”

A lunch on the lawn is planned for next month in Pontiac and the “Power of the Purse” is planned before the campaign starts again.

Howard said there is a great need for United Way services in the area as the county averages between a 16 and 18 percent poverty level at any given time. Now, they are seeing ALICE, or “asset limited income constraint employed,” people.

“They are not making enough to make ends meet,” explained Howard. “So, they are one car battery away from not paying their rent or an electric bill and that’s where we step in.”

Resource development manager for the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County, Clint Deroze was at the lunch selling tickets for the upcoming Duck Race to benefit the club. It is set for Aug. 5 in Pontiac where rubber ducks are dropped into the Vermilion River for prizes.

You have plenty of chances to adopt a duck until race day.

“We are in numerous places around Pontiac and Fairbury, we’ll be at a number of events,” noted Deroze.

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