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December Students of the Month Visit Morrison Rotary

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Morrison Rotary welcomed December Students of the month Olivia Vanderbleek and Brock Deter.

Olivia is the daughter of Luke and Joan Vanderbleek. She is active in choir, madrigals, student council, scholastic bowl, jazz band and theatre. She is also a Religious Education instructor at St. Mary’s Church as well as an Altar Server. She plans to attend college with an emphasis in English and Literature with aspirations of becoming a publisher/editor.

Brock Deter is the son of Rick and Glenda Deter. He is involved in football, baseball, basketball and National Honors Society. He also enjoys Key Club, Church Youth Group and working as a leader in the Morrison Recreation Program. After two years at Sauk he plans to attend University of Wisconsin/Platteville for a major in Agri-Business.
(photo submitted by Morrison Rotary)


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The Mt. Carroll Rotary Club held their Dec. 18 noon meeting at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Mt. Carroll. (L to R) New Good Samaritan Director Cathy Smikle, Rotarian Jane Dixon and Interim Good Samaritan Director Dave Boock from Door County, Wisconsin. (Courtesy of MC Rotary)


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Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2012 at the Milledgeville State Bank, Dan Nederhoff, President presents a donation of $10,000.00 to the American Legion Veterans (L to R) Ron Hackbarth, Second Vice Commander, Jerry Yoeckel, member and Lee Gibbs, Commander. The bank agreed to match up to $5,000.00 in donations. $5,000 came from generous givers to their Veteran’s Memorial account, and the MSB matched the other $5,000. (Courtesy of Mv State Bank)


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Mary Keith, president of the Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll Auxiliary, greeted guests at the Auxiliary’s 8th Annual Christmas Bake Sale held recently at the Community House. The Auxiliary is purchasing chairs for the residents’ dining area with the more than $1,100 raised through this event. The Auxiliary welcomes new members and meets monthly at the Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll. Members volunteer and host fundraisers to benefit the residents at the care center. For more information, contact Anna Gray at 815-244-7715.


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The northern branches of THE National Bank collected money over the holiday season to donate to The Great River Outreach in Savanna. Employees were allowed to dress casually if they made a cash donation. (L to R) Laurie Foltz, Chadwick, Marsha Foltz, Mount Carroll, and Nancy Lawfer, Savanna, presenting the check to Rev. Michael Wey from The Great River Outreach. (Courtesy of L. Haring)



The River Ridge FFA Chapter hosted a Toys for Tots fundraiser December 10th-14th. They collected pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, quarters on Thursday, and bills on Friday. This year the FFA set the bar high hoping to raise $2,500. Each of the elementary, middle and high school were given a dollar amount to raise. The elementary classes met their goal of $1,000 and got the chance to pie the principle, Mr. Buchs, in the face. All together the school raised $2,160.79. From Left to Right: Jacob Krug, Ben Freed, Morgan Smith, Brenda Toot, Kelley Koester, Codie Geisz, Ryan McLane.


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Big Meadows resident Mae Robbe and employee Carla Seigwarth hand out hats to eager students at the West Carroll Primary School.


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The Morrison Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Carol Wolf of Hair Headquarters the recipient of the “Because Nice Matters” Customer Service Award for the month of December. Carol was nominated for her genuine concern for customers and their children and making time according to their schedules.
(Courtesy of Morrison Chamber of Commerce)

New Year, New Lessons

It’s a new year, so why not try something new? Add to your social life, and add to your joy of life!

On Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, the Grand Squares of Morrison will be hosting their Kick-Off Event at the Odell Library, 6:30 pm, in Morrison. The event includes a free Potato Bar at 7 pm, with the free dance experience starting at 8 pm.

The dress is casual, and the music is fun. No fancy footwork, and no special equipment is needed.

All are welcome: families, couples, and singles. The Grand Squares will provide partners for dancing. Generally, ages 8 to 88 find square dancing most enjoyable!

Lessons will continue Monday evenings through April at $5 per person per evening, or if you wish to pay in advance, $55 for the whole fun time.

Because we need to make sure we have enough potatoes, please call Butch & Ann VanderSchaaf at 815-772-3616, or Marilyn Johnson at 815-772-7065 to let them know that you are coming to enjoy this Grand Evening.

If the event is cancelled due to weather conditions, the Event will take place the following Monday, Jan. 14.

For more information and photos, please visit our website at

An Evening of Creole Fiddle Tunes & Stories

Mark your calendars for an evening of special entertainment! At 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013, the Mount Carroll Township Library and the Friends of the Library will present Dennis Stroughmatt, acclaimed artist noted for the preservation of traditional music.

Stroughmatt will provide French Creole, fiddle and folk tales of the Illinois country.

His vibrant performance will include a blend of Celtic, Canadian and old time sounds. Stroughmatt is an extraordinary fiddler, folklorist, historian and is a passionate educator and speaker.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy this special performance. The concert, open to the public, will be held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 Clay Street, Mount Carroll. Refreshments will be served and donations will be accepted.

For more information, contact the Friends of the Mount Carroll Township Library at 815-244-9594, ext. 4.

Monmouth College Dean’s List

Below is the Dean’s List for local students at Monmouth College for the Fall 2012 semester. To make the Dean’s List, students must have at least a 3.5 GPA for the given semester.

Madeline Landherr, a senior topical studies major, the daughter of Marybeth and Lynn Landherr of Lanark. Jacob Nysather, a senior biochemistry and chemistry major, the son of Charlene and Rod Nysather of Sterling.

Audubon Society to Host Programs in January

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society is offering two programs in January to breakup your long winter. On Tuesday, January 8th, Andy Paulios, the coordinator of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative at the Bureau of Wildlife Management in the Wisconsin DNR, will present a program on the year in the life of a Baltimore Oriole. Mr. Paulios will give a close look at the needs of the Baltimore Oriole and he will use the example of the Oriole to talk about the broader issues facing migratory birds as a whole. He will help participants rethink local conservation efforts to support all migratory birds throughout the year, and throughout their life cycle. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ on Church Street in Freeport. Refreshments will be served after the program. The program is free and open to the community. Contact Eve at 815-821-1886 if you have questions about this event.

A second program will be offered on Saturday, Jan 19th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tracks, Scats and Anything Else is an outdoor adventure that will give participants the opportunity to get out for a little ‘snoopin’ around’ in the woods during the winter. Participants will begin by searching for any animal sign we can find while trying to answer the questions, what?, when?, how? and why?

Meet at the Mogle Center at Oakdale Nature Preserve which is three miles south of Freeport on Baileyville Road. Dress for being outdoors including footwear that will keep your feet warm and dry. For more information, call Richard Benning at 815-865-5279.

First Baptist Church Movie Night

The First Baptist Church of Mount Carroll is pleased to present “Seven Days In Utopia” as this week’s Sunday Night Movie selection.

Seven Days In Utopia follows the story of Luke Chisolm (Lucas Black), a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour. When his first big shot turns out to be a very public disaster, Luke escapes the pressures of the game and finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas, home to eccentric rancher Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall).

But Johnny’s more than meets the eye, and his profound ways of looking at life forces Luke to question not only his past choices, but his direction for the future.

This wonderful movie will be shown at 5:00 pm this Sunday evening, January 6. There will be popcorn and refreshments provided. The First Baptist Church is located at 201 S Main St. in Mt. Carroll.

If you have any questions, please contact John McConnel Jr at 815-244-4005.



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