SkyWest Airlines Bringing United Express Jet Service to Decatur This Spring!

Daily United Express jet service, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will take off between Decatur (DEC) and Chicago (ORD) this spring! Starting March 5, 2020, SkyWest will provide Decatur travelers access to United’s global network via the airline’s Chicago hub. Tickets are available today at united.com. “We are excited to be a part of the Decatur community and look forward to providing reliable, convenient air service,” said Greg Atkin, SkyWest Airlines managing director – Market Development. “Passengers will enjoy a seamless travel process and improved flight experience onboard the quiet, comfortable 50-passenger jet.”
The flight schedule* in Decatur begins March 5 and is as follows:
Frequency Departure Airport

Departing Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time Daily DEC 6:00 a.m. ORD 7:05 a.m. Daily ORD 9:25 p.m. DEC 10:30 p.m. S,M,W,T,F ORD 10:35 a.m. DEC 11:40 a.m. S,M,W,T,F DEC 12:12 p.m. ORD 1:18 p.m.

*Flight schedule varies and is subject to change

Flights from Decatur are timed to provide maximum connection opportunities in Chicago for both business and leisure travelers. From United’s Chicago hub, customers will enjoy nearly 600 departures to more than 150 destinations worldwide, including stops in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and Africa. Customers will also have the opportunity to accrue frequent flier miles in United’s MilelagePlus loyalty program. Customers may book flights immediately at united.com or by calling United Airlines reservations at 800.UNITED.1 (800.846.8331). Remember, the best fares are always available at united.com. This press release and additional information about SkyWest Airlines can be found at www.skywest.com.

About SkyWest Airlines SkyWest Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. and partners with the world’s largest network carriers including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. With more than 14,000 aviation professionals operating nearly 2,400 daily flights, SkyWest Airlines connects millions of passengers each month to 267 destinations across North America and has a fleet of 495 aircraft. Headquartered in St. George, Utah, SkyWest’s industry-leading workforce and excellent leadership team have consistently generated solid operational and economic performance, setting the standard for excellence in the regional industry. Visit www.skywest.com for more information and follow @SkyWestAirlines on Twitter.

Saturday Zoo Buzz – Winter 2020

This winter, Scovill Zoo will offer a series of adult zoo sessions called Saturday Zoo Buzz at the Scovill Zoo Education Center. These adult-focused sessions will feature local, national, and global conservation topics. Join us the first Saturday of every month January – March, at 9 a.m. for coffee, snacks, and presentations by zoo professionals from around Illinois. Topics are listed below. Fee is $5.  Pre-registration is encouraged by calling the zoo at 421-7435.

 

SATURDAY ZOO BUZZ

Date/Topic:

Jan 4                Zoo Volunteerism

Feb 1               Dispelling Zoo Myths

Mar 7              Zoo Keeper Chats

Location:        Scovill Zoo Education Center

Time:              9 – 10 a.m.

Fee:                 $5

 

Decatur Issues Community Perception Survey

The Decatur Economic Development Corporation is reissuing the community marketing survey that was distributed in 2014 before the Limitless campaign launched, again in 2016 as a progress report of sorts, and today to see how perceptions have changed nearly 5 years into the community marketing and branding effort.

It measures perceptions about our community from both those that live here and those that don’t. Getting a sense of how people feel about Macon County is important for directing our marketing efforts and formulating plans for the next phase. Please take 10-minutes to complete the survey and share it with friends near and far.

Click here to take the survey.

First Shows Confirmed for 2020 Season at The Devon

As the 2020 season schedule for The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater comes together, the first confirmed shows have been announced including: BB King Blues Band, Hairball, BritBeat and Platinum Rock Legends.

“Like last year, we are offering a good mix of musical variety, price ranges and types of shows,” remarked Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon. “We are really excited to bring back a couple of our successful acts from last year and also introduce new tributes, headliners and $5 Friday shows.”

Ticket on-sale dates and prices for each show can be found online at Eventbrite.com. More shows will be announced as they are confirmed.

To keep up with announcements, follow The Devon on Facebook and subscribe to email updates at www.devonamphitheater.com.

Decatur Airport Welcomes SkyWest Airlines in 2020

Decatur is excited to welcome SkyWest Airlines in 2020!

On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation selected SkyWest Airlines, Inc., branded as United Express (SkyWest), to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Decatur, Illinois, for a two-year contract term from February 1, 2020, through January 31, 2022.

SkyWest will provide 12 nonstop round trips per week to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) using 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet CRJ200 (CRJ200) aircraft.

Watch the WAND-TV news story

Decatur Mayor, Julie Moore-Wolfe said, “SkyWest’s service will attract and help retain passengers in the region by offering greater access to the national air transportation network, as well as increase the number of passenger enplanements at Decatur Airport.”

Mr. Chris Harrison, President of the Decatur Park District that owns and manages Decatur Airport, writes: “After a thorough review of airline submissions, formal airline presentations, and engaging public feedback, the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners is recommending SkyWest Airlines…for providing Essential Air Service…” Mr. Harrison also stated that ORD is key to increasing passenger usage and long term success for air service at Decatur.

Congressman Rodney Davis, House Representative of the 13th District, Illinois, expressed strong support for SkyWest’s proposal, writing: “I fully welcome SkyWest’s proposal to provide highspeed jet access and air services from the Decatur community to Chicago (ORD). These proposed flights out of Decatur will add to our region’s continued economic growth.”

Ms. Miranda Rothrock, President of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to the Department that echoed Congressman Davis’ sentiments that SkyWest’s proposal would provide economic benefits to the Decatur region. Ms. Rothrock writes: “The SkyWest service will help attract and retain staff and customers in our community by offering greater access to the air travel network and a higher net number of enplanements. Existing businesses in Macon County will benefit while making it easier to recruit new ones through these offered air services.”

The Department expects Cape Air and SkyWest to work together to make a smooth transition at Decatur, with no service hiatus. Before Cape Air suspends service, the Department expects the carrier to notify all passengers holding reservations for travel after the suspension date, to assist those passengers in making alternate air transportation arrangements, or to provide a full refund of the ticket price, without penalty, if requested.

If SkyWest is unable to start service on February 1, 2020, Cape Air is required to serve Decatur with its current service pattern until SkyWest begins full EAS at the community.

Note: If passengers have a Cape Air ticket booked for March 5, 2020 or beyond it will be refunded by Cape Air starting on or around December 28, 2019. At that point you are able to then purchase a new ticket on www.united.com.

Read the full order selecting the carrier here. 

Ways to Support Wildlife this Holiday Season

As the holidays near, it is important to remember of the loved ones in your life – including the furry ones! The list below offers ways to support wildlife put together by Scovill Zoo.

    1. Become a member of Scovill Zoo or give a Family membership as a gift: $80 for a family and $40 for an individual (Membership rates go up to $85 and $42 in 2020).
    2. Adopt a Scovill Zoo animal in honor of a loved one.  The adoption is good for a year with donations ranging between $10 and $75.
    3. Donate items for the zoo animals.  Check out our list of items compiled by the Scovill Zoo Keepers.
    4. Support Association of Zoos and Aquariums partners such as: Zebra Pen, Gorilla Socks, and AZA SAFE Wine.  They make great gifts.  Portions of the proceeds benefit saving animals in the wild.
    5. Support your local animal shelters and wildlife rehab centers such as the Macon County Animal Shelter, The Raptor Center, The University of Illinois Wildlife clinic, etc.
    6. Make a donation in your loved ones’ name to a favorite animal welfare group such as AZA SAFE (Association of Zoos and Aquariums – Saving Animals From Extinction), The Wildlife Conservation Society, etc.  Please research the organization to see what percentage of the funds are used in their mission to save animals in the wild.
    7. The following link is to Amazon Scovill Zoo wish lists, “For the Animals” and “For the Keepers”: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1P7TTX2LQ9DA6?ref_=wl_share

Super Saturday Recess

 

Kids aged 4* -11 will enjoy an active Saturday morning at the DISC, with inflatables, scooters, basketball, tumbling, and rock wall (select dates). Parents must be present. No registration necessary. Need not be a DISC member.

Date: Saturdays, October 5 – March 28
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Location: DISC, 1295 W. Wood
Fee: $4 per child; free for DISC Full-Facility members
*Note: Children 3 & under may participate but are excluded from use of the inflatables for their safety.
No Super Saturday Recess on 11/16, 12/14 and 2/22

2020 Season Tickets on Sale for The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater Beginning December 11

2020 Season Tickets to The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater will be on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 11. The renewal period for current season ticket holders will be Monday, November 25 – Wednesday, December 4. Those who wish to renew their current tickets will receive an email communication with instructions.

Season tickets will include the full season of at least 20 shows produced by The Devon including headliner acts, $5 Friday Series, Tribute Series and a Christian Day. All acts including headliners will be announced as they are confirmed.

Season tickets can be purchased in three seating levels of the venue including: reserved seating level for $395 per person, general admission terrace level for $320 per person and general admission lawn level for $245 per person. Additional ticket processing fees will be applied at the time of purchase.

“We are working hard to secure a quality line-up that will give our ticket holders the level of entertainment they expect while keeping the prices affordable,” said Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon.

Season tickets will be available on December 11 at www.devonamp.eventbrite.com, by calling the Decatur Park District office at 217-422-5911 or in person at 620 East Riverside Avenue from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Single show tickets will be announced as they are confirmed.

To keep up with announcements, follow The Devon on Facebook and subscribe to email updates at www.devonamphitheater.com.

 

Give The Gift Of An Experience This Holiday Season!

Cover everyone on your list this holiday season with a gift card to the Decatur Park District! Redeem for fun adventures* all over Decatur including:

  • Daily or season passes to the area’s newest waterpark – Splash Cove
  • Daily admission, concession, gift shop, camps, classes or a family membership to Scovill Zoo
  • Adventure passes, daily admission or concession at Overlook Adventure Park featuring mini golf, a hi-ropes course with zipline and batting cages
  • Rounds of golf, cart, range balls or pro-shop merchandise at Hickory Point Golf Club or Red Tail Run by Raymond Floyd
  • Dance, theater, or performing arts lessons and recital tickets
  • Tickets to see the Greater Decatur Chorale, B.O.S.S. and B.O.S.S. Jr. and Perform! concerts
  • Midstate Soccer programs, camps and club fees
  • Daily admission or passes to the Decatur Indoor Sports Center
  • DISC rock wall, classes, fitness and indoor golf center

Call 217-422-5911 to purchase a gift card in any amount!

*Gift cards cannot be redeemed at The Devon Lakeshore Ampitheater or at District tenant locations like the Beach House, Stand Up Paddle Company or Red Barn Kitchen.

Splash Cove Family Aquatics Center

Splash Cove features a zero-depth entry leisure pool with an interactive play structure, wet deck, lily pad crossing feature, and vortex, an 8-lane lap pool with zip line, rock climbing wall, 3-meter diving board, 6 meter high dive, 4 body slides, and a zero-depth entry baby pool. A full service concession stand is also available.

Visit SplashCove.org for details  on pricing, hours, swim lessons and rentals!