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Galer becomes chair of National Newspaper Association board

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John Galer (right), owner of The Journal-News in Hillsboro, is handed the gavel by outgoing National Newspapers Association Chair Brett Wesner, president of Wesner Publications in Cordell, Oklahoma, as Galer becomes the organization's new board chair. Galer was handed the gavel Oct. 8 during the NNA's annual meeting at its convention in San Francisco. (Photo by Kate Decker for PubAux in Pensacola, Florida)

 

The Illinois Press Association and its more than 400 members congratulate John Galer on his installation as chairman of the National Newspaper Association Board of Directors. Galer received the gavel in the traditional ceremony in San Francisco on Oct. 8.

John and the entire Galer family represent what is best about community newspapers across Illinois and across the nation.

The Journal-News of Hillsboro and its sister publications in central Illinois are part of a multi-generational family-owned company which does exactly what community newspapers should do. They provide local news, sports and community coverage which is so important to the readers in those towns.

John has also given his time to state and local concerns in the newspaper industry. He was a member of the Illinois Press Association Board of Directors for many years, serving as board president in 2013. John was on the IPA Board as the Association developed and implemented Public Notice Illinois, a public notice platform owned and managed by newspapers, for newspapers. Public Notice Illinois provides the template now used by more than 17 sister state newspaper associations to promote public notices, in newspapers and on the web, at no additional cost to the local governments which are required to publish public notices.

Since 2014 he has served as a guiding member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Press Foundation, providing advice and insight as the Foundation launched, and now expands, Capitol News Illinois, a news bureau which operates from the state Capitol in Springfield. Opening with three reporters in 2019, the bureau is now expanding with additional print reporters and with a broadcast component set to begin in January 2023.

Congratulations to John, and congratulations to the NNA on another year of protecting the interests of community newspapers across the country.

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Jerry Reppert, Reppert Publications of Anna, carries the Illinois flag during the flag ceremony of the opening breakfast of the National Newspaper Association Foundation's 136th Annual Convention & Trade Show in San Francisco. Reppert also is president of the Illinois Press Foundation Board. (Photo by Kate Decker for PubAux in Pensacola, Florida)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2024

Contact Information:
Craig Baumberger
craigbaumberger@yahoo.com
 

Fly with the 'Sky Soldiers'
 

Coming Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation in Creve Couer, Missouri, will bring its Bell UH-1 “Huey” and AH-1 “Cobra” helicopters to the Greenville, Illinois, Airport Airstravaganza. The public will be able to purchase rides on each of these historic warbirds. This will be a unique opportunity for people to get a close look at two of the most important aircraft utilized by the US Army during the Vietnam War and in the years following. Vietnam veterans will be able to recall their experiences when they flew, rode in, worked on, or were supported in combat by these warbirds.

The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding, restoring, and flying Army aviation aircraft from the Vietnam era up until the 1990’s. Its vision statement:

"Empowering the past to inspire the future, the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation and Flying Museum envisions a world where the courageous legacy of Army Aviation pioneers lives on, igniting the spirit of innovation, service, and excellence in generations to come. Through dynamic preservation, immersive educational experiences, and community engagement, we honor the bravery and sacrifice of those who charted the skies before us, while fostering a deep appreciation for the evolution of flight, military service, and the critical role each has played in shaping history. Guided by our commitment to preserving heritage, educating minds, and inspiring hearts, we aim to be a beacon of excellence, enriching lives, and building a bright and patriotic future for our nation."

There are three chapters nationally with the local chapter based at Creve Couer Airport in Creve Couer, Missouri. They welcome visitors at their hangar on Thursdays and Saturdays. Membership is open to the public and not limited to veterans or pilots. 
 
The UH-1 was first developed by Bell Helicopter in the 1950s to fill the need for a utility helicopter for the US Army. They were manufactured in large numbers starting in the early ‘60s and played a major role in enhancing the mobility of infantry in Vietnam. Seven thousand saw action in Vietnam with an estimated three thousand destroyed. They continued to serve the Army well into the 1980s anywhere troops might be deployed. They were replaced by the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk.

Bell also developed the AH-1 Cobra. It was designed as an armed escort for the UH-1 transporting troops in Vietnam. It was developed around 1965 and entered service in 1967. It played an important role in protecting the lightly armed and armored UH-1s as they delivered troops, supplies and especially performed their famous Medevac role in Vietnam. The Cobra could respond quickly to suppress ground fire from the enemy. The Cobra had various armaments, most common being pod mounted rockets and nose mounted mini gun. Over a thousand were manufactured for the US Army. Three hundred were lost in combat. It was replaced by the AH-64 Apache.

      

Ticket prices
Huey $125
Cobra $800
To purchase advance tickets: Go to “armyav.org
For “Airstravaganza” information, call or text 618-322-3532
For questions about the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation:
Gateway (MO) – Army Aviation Heritage Foundation or call 636-362-4839
“Airstravaganza” is hosted by: EAA Chapter 1382/Greenville Pilots Association


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2024

Contact Information:
Alison Maley, government & public relations director
(217) 299-3122
alison@ilprincipals.org

Illinois Principals Association names new executive board and board members
 

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Principals Association, which serves more than 6,500 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois, announces the following school leaders to serve as the Executive Board for the IPA, effective July 1, 2024. 

President – Cris Edwards, Richland County Elementary School, Olney 
Immediate Past-President – Dr. Paul Kelly, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village   
President-Elect – Dr. Angie Codron, Normal West High School, Normal 
Treasurer – Shaun Grant, South Elementary School, Chillicothe  
Secretary – Dr. Courtney DeMent, Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove  

Other new board members include: 

– Diversity & Equity Chairperson – Sonia Ruiz, Jane Addams Middle School, Bolingbrook 
– Dr. Jennifer McCoy, principal of Lexington High School, Lexington, as state director for the Corn Belt Region 
– Dr. Rebecca Gabrenya, principal of Marquardt Middle School, Glendale Heights, as state director for the DuPage Region 
– Mandy Hughes, principal of Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, as state director for the North Cook Region 
– Doug Owens, principal of Tri-City Elementary School, Carterville, as state director for the Shawnee Region 
– Heather Baker, assistant principal of Northview Elementary School, Peru, as state director for the Starved Rock Region 
– Nick Stoneking, assistant principal of Edison School, Macomb, as state director for the Western Region 

For information about other board members and IPA regions, please visit www.ilprincipals.org/board and www.ilprincipals.org/regions.  

The Illinois Principals Association mission is to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders. For more information about the IPA, please visit www.ilprincipals.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2024

Contact Information:
Purple Wave Auction
Ph: (866)-608-9283
marketing@purplewave.com
www.purplewave.com
 

Purple Wave Auction announces new territory sales manager

Greg Ditch to serve Purple Wave as a territory sales manager in Northern Illinois
 

MANHATTAN, KANSAS (June 24, 2024) - Purple Wave Auction is pleased to announce that Greg Ditch has joined the company as a territory sales manager. Purple Wave Auction is a leader in online, no-reserve equipment auctions, serving the agriculture, construction, government, and fleet industries. The company provides opportunities for customers to buy and sell equipment with confidence.

In his role as territory sales manager, Greg will facilitate relationships with new sellers while also connecting with current sellers in his market. He will work closely with the sellers to evaluate their assets, help them through the auction process from start to finish, and share equipment with potential bidders.

Prior to Purple Wave, Greg worked for Purple Wave’s strategic partner, Copart, where he was the assistant general manager at its Chicago North yard. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the automotive and power sports industries, having held various roles, including owner, sales manager, and finance manager.

"I would like my customers to know they are more than customers; they are friends and can count on me to help them achieve their goals. Don't be afraid to call, email, or text. I am here to help solve problems and create opportunities", says Greg.

Greg Ditch
281-221-0996
greg.ditch@purplewave.com

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ABOUT PURPLE WAVE AUCTION
Purple Wave Auction was founded in 2000 and has become a leader in online equipment auctions. The company provides the easiest, most straightforward way to buy and sell equipment in the marketplace. Purple Wave is committed to the core values of trust, team, care, and passion and delivers those values throughout all offered services to bidders, buyers, and sellers.


 

 

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