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Local fire departments receive state grants

Local fire departments receive state grants

Three DeKalb County firefighting agencies have received state grants to purchase small equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other tools for firefighters, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office has announced.

Under the program, the DeKalb Fire Department received $25,750, the Kirkland Community Fire District received $23,880 and the Sycamore Fire Department received $16,614.

The grants were awarded through the Small Equipment Grant Program, aimed at increasing public safety and supporting Illinois’ first responders.

Under the program, fire departments across the state are eligible for grants of up to $26,000. The grants were awarded to 96 Illinois fire departments, which received a total of $2 million.

Monday is Jazz Night at Sycamore High School

The musical and singing abilities of Sycamore students will be on display at 7:30 p.m. Monday when Sycamore High School hosts its annual Jazz Night.

This free concert in the high school auditorium will feature a singing performance by the school’s Jazz Choir under the direction of Drayton Eggleson. The Jazz Ensemble will perform numbers including “Isfahan,” “Spain” and “Jack the Bear.”

Scott Mertens, director of the Jazz Ensemble and music department chairman, said NIU faculty saxophonist Rich Moore also will be performing with the student musicians.

The Sycamore music department also will unveil its grand piano during the performance.

National Day of Prayer event planned Thursday

The public is invited to gather at noon Thursday at the DeKalb County Courthouse to mark the National Day of Prayer.

The theme for this year is “Pray for America,” following the statement in Matthew 12:21, “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

Specific prayers will be for the national, state and local governments, as well as for our schools, first responders including police and firefighters and the military.

In case of rain, the gathering will move inside to Bethel Assembly of God, 131 W. Elm St., Sycamore.

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