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Guys In Ties Opens
for Morrison Chamber Annual Dinner

The Morrison Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013. The dinner will be held at The Forest Inn, 20657 Lincoln Road, Morrison, IL, beginning at 6:00 p.m. (cocktails) and 6:30 p.m. (dinner). Entertainment will be provided by the improv comedy troupe “Guys in Ties” following a short meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Guys in Ties Improv Comedy, The National Touring Company of ComedySportz Quad Cities, are an elite traveling improv comedy troupe who present a hilarious and unforgettable show. They have opened for and/or performed with Weird Al Yankovic, Norm MacDonald, Howie Mandel, Darrell Hammond, Sinbad, Brad Sherwood, Tim Bedore, and many more!

Join us for an evening of G-rated laughter, great food, and networking. Cost for the evening is $25 per person and reservations are due by January 28, 2013. For more information visit About the Chamber at or call 815-772-3757.



Carroll Jo Daviess Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed Illinois State Regent Candace Fryburger at a recent meeting. Pictured left to right are Fryburger of Lake Bluff, Chapter Regent Connie Foster of Chadwick, and Chapter member and Honorary Illinois State Regent Luanne Bruckner of Thomson.

A Look at New Zealand

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At 9 a.m. on January 9 & 13, the Windmill Cultural Center in Fulton will be the gathering place for people who wish to experience a New Zealand adventure via the travels of Ron and Connie Koehn of Fulton. The Koehns first visited New Zealand in 1989. Their most recent trip in 2012, was devoted to New Zealand’s North Island. That visit will be the basis for the January 9th presentation on “No Two Days Alike: The Diverse North Island of New Zealand.”

The following week, January 16th, the presentation will focus on New Zealand’s gorgeous South Island which they have visited three times, most recently in 2006.

New Zealand is about the same size as Colorado but stretches 990 miles from north to south (as far as from Green Bay, Wisconsin, to New Orleans) and the diversity of landforms, flora, culture, and activities within this country in the southwestern Pacific ocean makes it a fascinating travel destination.

The Wild Winter Wednesday gatherings begin with coffee and a sweet served from 9-9:20 am. After that, the program is given in the educational area. The events are offered free and the building is handicap accessible. (Photo courtesy of Ron and Connie Koehn)


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Congratulations to Kathie Reese of Lanark, winner of the Carroll Service Building Center’s Word Search Contest held in December. Kathy won a hand-crafted 4 ft. wooden bench. Enjoy!
(PA file photo)


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Shelley’s Dance Studio, Milledgeville, recently took a bus trip to see the Radio City Rockettes perform Christmas Spectacular in Chicago. Pictured are the group of dancers that went, along with their dance teacher Shelley Hartman.


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Alvin Haan of Birkey’s Farm Store in Polo recently acquired his Master Technician certification. The Polo location is one of 13 locations in Illinois, and one in Indiana. Visit them at (Courtesy of Birkey’s Polo)

Say “NO” To Snow 5K Run/Walk

It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Say “NO” to Snow 5K Run/Walk, set for Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:00 a.m. in Lanark, Illinois.

What’s new this year?

“Everyone who crosses the finish line (walker or runner, 1 mile fitness or 5K) receives a 10th anniversary snowflake medal,” said Le Hartman, founder and organizer of this winter fund raiser. “Ok, truth be told, I’m cleaning up the leftovers from the past 9 years!”

Hartman said the same-day race fee is the same as pre-registration. “I try to keep the cost reasonable for you!” Winter Wear and Heating Assistance Programs will also be available.

Race Details: Out and back course is flat and friendly - unless it is cold and windy!

Race Day registration, lunch, raffle, post race awards, etc. held at Dave’s Place, located downtown on Main Street. Post race awards at approximately 12:00. There will be 3 medals deep awarded, in 13 age groups for male and female, starting with 10 and under through 70+. Special Overall Male and Overall Female Awards. “We’ll have lots of unique snowflake medals—you’ll want one!” Hartman stated.

“We are waiting for final confirmation for Karaoke, there will be a delicious lunch available for a donation - you gotta eat somewhere - support our cause! And a raffle for the usual homemade goodies.”

Race fee is $20, payable to Say NO To Snow. Long sleeved t-shirt with pre-registration. Rock River Road Runners take off $1.

Proceeds to benefit the Eastland Council of Churches. For more information or to receive an entry form, call or write Le Hartman, 703 13th Ave. Sterling, IL 61081 - 815-291-6472.

Girl Scout Cookie Time Is Here Again

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) was chosen as one of only six councils across the nation to pilot two varieties of Girl Scout Snack Bars during the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Tagalongs Snack Bars feature rolled oats, cereal flakes, and chocolaty granola combined with peanut butter chips. Double Dutch Snack Bars are made of rolled oats, cereal flakes, and granola, sprinkled with dark chocolate chips and a chocolaty drizzle. Local Girl Scouts will offer bars by the box with five bars per box.

New this year are redesigned cookie boxes that capture the spirit of today’s Girl Scout, including what girls do in Girl Scouting, girls’ unique stories, the 5 skills girls learn from the cookie program, and ways for former Girl Scouts to reconnect with the organization.

GSNI is also participating in the “Super Six” program where girls will offer the six top-selling varieties of Girl Scout Cookies, as opposed to the traditional eight. Successfully tested, Super Six provides a much easier inventory experience for GSNI’s many hardworking cookie volunteers.

Girl Scout Cookie orders will be taken January 5-27 with delivery in mid-February. If you’re not approached by a Girl Scout, you can e-mail and your cookie order will be passed on to a local Girl Scout.

This year’s cookie lineup includes Do-Si-Dos, a crunchy oatmeal cookie with peanut butter, and Somoas, a vanilla cookie covered with caramel, coconut, and a rich, chocolaty coating. Of course, you can’t forget Tagalongs, a tasty cookie topped with peanut butter and chocolate, or Thin Mints, the thin wafer covered with a smooth chocolaty coating and made with natural peppermint. Girls will also take orders for Trefoils, a delicate tasting shortbread, and Savannah Smiles, a cool and crisp lemon wedge cookie. Each cookie variety will be on sale for only $4 a box. The new snack bars are $5 a box.

Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program directly benefits girls in northern Illinois, supporting Girl Scout Programs, camp scholarships, volunteer training, membership assistance, and outreach programs. Each troop receives a portion of the proceeds as discretionary funds for troop activities. In fact, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the few youth-oriented programs in the country providing its participants the ability to decide how to direct the proceeds generated through their business activity.

Retirement Open House

Tri-County Opportunities Council will be hosting an Open House on Friday, January 11th, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to honor its retiring President/CEO, Sandra Julifs, and the retiring Foster Grandparent Director, Sharon King. Ms. Julifs has been employed by the agency for 40 years and Ms. King for 14 years. All are welcome to attend. Tri-County annually provides numerous services to thousands of households throughout its nine-county service area. For further information about the Open House or the agency, please call 1-815-625-7830 or 1-800-323-5434.

Support Your Local Theaters at ‘Trivia Night’ Fundraisers

The Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition (NWITC) consisting of Back Street Players of Hanover, Plum River Playhouse of Stockton and Mighty Richland Players of Orangeville will be hosting 2 trivia nights in the upcoming months.

The first will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Route 20 Bar and Grill at 2051 N. AYP Road, Freeport, Illinois. Registration and check-in will begin at 5:30 PM. Come early to have a bit to eat, then settle in for an evening of fun and trivia, starting at 6:30.

Teams may be 4 to 6 members and the cost is $10 per person. Early registration can be done by e-mailing For further details, call Terrie Miller at 815-273-7825.

A second trivia night will be held in late March at Sharks in Elizabeth, Illinois. All proceeds will go to benefit the NWITC for their 2013 season.

4C’s Looking for Members

Do you enjoy social time? How about touring local businesses that you know little or nothing about? The Carroll County Country Couples (4C’s) formed back in 1953 and since then they have enjoyed fellowship, tours, speakers, and games. They have discovered Carroll County’s hidden treasures, they have learned about places of the world through others’ eyes, and they have enjoyed great food.

Since they began in 1953, the group has transformed and are no longer necessarily from the country or couples. They are a group of people who enjoy having fun and are looking for new members to join. They meet monthly on the first Friday of the month in the Naaman Diehl Auditorium at the Carroll County Farm Bureau or a local tour location. All ages are welcome and you do not need to be a Farm Bureau member, a couple, or from the country to join. For more information, please contact Chas Welch at the Carroll County Farm Bureau at 815-244-3001 or email at

COUNTRY Pays Carroll County Farmers Crop Hail Dividend

Carroll County farmers will receive $59,260 representing 9.3 percent of the premium they paid COUNTRY Financial for crop hail insurance protection on 2012 crops.

The continued financial strength of COUNTRY made the dividend payment possible. The amount of each dividend check will vary depending on the amount of crop hail coverage each policyholder had on crops during the 2012 season.

Statewide, nearly $1.3 million is being returned to more than 11,200 crop hail policyholders. The company provides crop hail protection on about 3 million acres of Illinois crops valued at more than $2 billion.

Friends of the Pecatonica to Meet

Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation (FPRF) monthly meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm at The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 West Wagner Road, Lena, Illinois in the Cafe’ Dining Room. President Joe Ginger will be conducting the meeting. The FPRF will be discussing work at Atten’s Landing, recent donations, 2013 river events & activities, plans for river development, maintenance, and recreation in Stephenson County. We will be reviewing equipment repair updates, plans for future meetings, continuation of paddling club formation, activities and more. Please note that the December 20, 2012 was cancelled because of the blizzard.

Our organization is continuing to grow with enthusiastic new members. Please come, check us out and become a new member. Please forward this to your friends and please print as a press release. Please direct any questions to email below. Thank You. We hope to see you at The Rafter’s.

North Central College Dean’s List

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2012 fall term. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 (4.0=A) for the term and be enrolled as full-time students.

The following students from the area were named to the Dean’s List during fall term: Victoria Volckmann of Morrison and Mark Miller of Savanna.

Health Fair Participants Wanted

First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mount Carroll will sponsor the 3rd Annual Carroll County Health and Wholeness Fair for 2013. The Fair will be held on March 9, 2013 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at the West Carroll Middle School. The Fair is organized around the ELCA Wholeness wheel focusing on seven areas of well-being: Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Intellectual, Vocational, Financial and Physical.

We invite all business and organizations who work in any of these areas to participate. If you have promotional, educational, or informational activities or resources that address these areas of wholeness, please join us at the fair. We are planning performances, speakers, small group presentations, food, and other fun stuff to encourage a great turnout. Promote wholeness and promote your organization. Please contact First Lutheran Church of Mt. Carroll, (815) 244-8044 or email us at for more information or an application.

Let’s give Carroll County something great to do on a winter Saturday!

January is Radon Action Month

The New Year starts off with National Radon Action Month. Radon is the leading cause of Lung Cancer in non-smokers. Lung cancer has the highest mortality rates among cancers according to the American Cancer Society.

As many as 1,160 Illinois Citizens are estimated to develop radon related lung cancer annually according to IEMA estimates. Exposure to high indoor concentrations of radon gas in our homes is a major culprit. The only way to know if you have a high radon concentration in your home is to TEST. Test kits are available at most hardware/ home improvement stores and other major retailers. Locally, the Stephenson County Health department has kits available.

Radon is a soil gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. As a gas, radon is trying to escape the soil through any path available. Cracks and opening in floors and subsurface walls offer a path for radon to enter our homes as it rises out of the soil. While basements are frequently associated with elevated radon levels, homes over crawl-space and slab-on-grade can have high levels due to the same upward movement of radon through the soil.

Testing for radon is as easy as following a few simple instructions included with the test kit you purchase. The test kit should be placed in areas that would be considered a living space: den, game room, bedroom, etc. Also place the kit several inches above the floor. A rough rule of thumb, place the test kit at normal breathing height. The goal is to test the air you breathe.

Keeping indoor radon concentration below 4.0 picocuries per liter of air is recommended by the USEPA. For houses with elevated radon levels, mitigation systems can be installed to reduce concentrations. These systems are usually fairly quick and reasonable cost to install.

“Radon, Clearing the Air” workshop will be sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and the Stephenson County Health Department on Thursday, January 31 at the Freeport Public Library at 6 p.m. The workshop will provide more information on the health risks of radon, how it enters our homes, testing for concentration levels, and what can be done to reduce these concentrations. To register, call the U of I Extension Office at (815) 235-4125 or visit us on the web at Registration fee is $5 per person, which includes materials and a test kit.

For more information, visit, your local University of Illinois Extension office or county health department. Professional testers and mitigators list and other resources can be found at the IEMA web site:

First Baptist January Calendar of Events

First Baptist Church, 201 S Main St, Mount Carroll, announces it’s events for January. Call 815-244-2671 for more information. Pastor Jack Smith.

Sunday 6th:

9:00 Sunday School

10:15 Church Service

Wed., 9th:

9:00 Prayer Time

10:00 Good Sams B.S.

6:00 Bible Study

Sun. 13th:

9:00 Sunday School

10:15 Church Service followed by Annual Church Mtg. & Pot Luck

Wed., 16th:

9:00 Prayer Time

10:00 Good Sams B.S.

2:00 Caroline Mark Home

6:00 Bible Study

Sun. 20th:

9:00 Sunday School

10:15 Church Service

2:30 Services at Good Sams

Wed., 23rd:

9:45 Prayer Time

10:00 Good Sams B.S.

6:00 Bible Study

Sun. 27th:

9:00 Sunday School

10:15 Church Service

Wed. 30th:

9:45 Prayer Time

10:00 Good Sams B.S.

6:00 Bible Study

HCC Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2012 Semester

Highland Community College proudly announces the dean’s list for the Fall 2012 semester. Students who have completed 12 credit hours or more during the semester and have a minimum of a 3.25 grade point average (GPA), based on a 4.0 scale, are included on the dean’s list. Highest Honors are awarded to students with a perfect 4.0 GPA. High Honors distinction is given to students with a 3.50 to 3.99 GPA, and Honors students earn a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49.

Highest Honors

Baileyville: Joshua Oldenburg; Elizabeth: Collette Hoagland, Donna Marcotte; Forreston: Jessica Duitsman, Dana Novinson; Lake Carroll: Megan Woolcock; Lanark: Katelyn Hasken, Samantha Kane, Jenna Simpson; Mount Carroll: Carolyn Miller; Pearl City: Salena DeBoer, Katharyn Jones; Polo: Molly Lust; Savanna: Kathleen Allen; Shannon: Kathryn Woessner.

High Honors

Baileyville: Emily Bardell; Chadwick: Kyle Imel; Elizabeth: David Walter; Forreston: Kimberly Akins, Haley DeVries, Matthew Gors, AmandaToms; Hanover: Kelly McSwain, Lauralee Stairs; Lanark: Jennifer Eby, Lisa Koser, Kyndra Nielsen, Kara Weber, Wolodymyr Wirchnianski; Mt. Carroll: Ryan Kerr; Pearl City: Jared Aebly, Caleb Cropper; Shannon: William Murphy, Kara Robinson, Faith Stoner, Samantha Sturtz; Sterling: Deborah Jamieson.


Elizabeth: Jessica Sadler; Forreston: Nickole Jones; Lanark: Courtney Blair, Andrew Ludwig, Megan Miller, Jamie Randall, Benjamin Reed, Fisnik Seferi, Ryan Shaner; Mt. Carroll: Shelley Larem, Amorette Merboth; Pearl City: Austin Baumgartner, Katlyn Heinrich, Kathy Lott, Jennifer Scace, Kayla Schneider; Savanna: Hilary Dauphin.


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