Princeton

A Princeton theatre festival is celebrating love with a virtual Valentine cabaret.   

Frank Monier is the assistant artistic director of Festival 56. He stated that the theatre didn’t do much until last November and he said the group prides itself with bringing live shows to the area. 

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Princeton Pharmacies is among more than 70 independent pharmacies and pharmacy chains statewide taking part in a new state relief program. 

The Critical Access Pharmacy Program will give out $4.7 million to pharmacies in medically underserved areas. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will determine how the money is distributed, with most going to pharmacies in rural and downstate communities. State Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the payments are meant to assist small, independently owned pharmacies that have "experienced serious financial difficulty."

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The idea for Little Free Libraries started in 2009 in Hudson, Wis. That’s when Todd Bol built a small model of a one-room schoolhouse, set it on a post, and filled with it free books as a tribute to his mother’s love of reading.  

The appeal of the take-a-book, leave-a-book exchanges spread throughout the world.  This year, they came to Princeton, Illinois, in a big way.  

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Some students who graduated yesterday from Princeton middle school walked away with more than just a diploma -- they gained more knowledge about their own town.

David Gray has been teaching history at Logan Junior High School for six years. But Gray says this is the first time he assigned a project requiring his eighth-grade students to research historical landmarks in Princeton. The idea hit him when he was looking at travel brochures for the town.  

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Princeton is the county seat of Bureau County. It’s also the center for cultural activity that seems all out of proportion to its size.

Joni Hunt is Tourism Director for the City of Princeton. She says, no matter how you slice it, there’s a lot going on in this town of 7000.

“We have multiple platforms for artists and thespians and musicians, so it doesn’t matter what age you are, or what type of culture you’re interested in, there’s something for you here.”