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Organizers have planned a one-day tour in and around Union and Jackson counties. Transportation, lunch and commemorative t-shirt are provided as part of the tour. The fall tour will commence at the Shawnee College Annex in Anna, Illinois at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The Fall Ozark Tour coincides with National Public Lands day. The tour will visit Shawnee National Forest sites including the Kaolin pond area where the clay for the famous Kirkpatrick pottery was obtained; Pomona Natural Bridge, one of the largest Natural Bridges in the Midwest; and the Lincoln-Douglas debate site at the old Union County fairgrounds all with interpretation by U.S. Forest Service personnel.
Steam Shovel Coffee is a local business that was launched in 2011 and opened doors in 2012 out of Anna, Illinois. "Fresh roasted coffee beans to you." Randy Miller, owner and creator of the local business, was a painter by trade before getting into coffee. He was intrigued by coffee beans and how different regions and types of beans affect the outcome of the coffee. Steam Shovel Coffee uses fair trade Arabica coffee beans that are roasted in a hot air roaster with temperatures reaching 465 degrees. Miller's goal is to become a regional roaster in Southern Illinois. He wants Steam Shovel Coffee to be a good, smooth cup of coffee.