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From left to right, front row: Alex Fink, Betty Nicklaus and back row: Shawn Geison, Nick DeVito.

MHS Students of the Month

This year Milledgeville High School students of the month are selected on the basis of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens as outlined in the book by Sean Covey. These habits include:

1. Be Proactive

2. Begin with the End in Mind

3. Put First Things First

4. Think Win-Win

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

6. Synergize

7. Sharpen Your Saw

This month the habit used to select the students was “Be Proactive”. Students exhibiting this trait have the following characteristics:

· Are not easily offended.

· Take responsibility for their choices.

· Think before they act.

· Bounce back when something bad happens.

· Always find a way to make it happen.

· Focus on things they can do something about, and don’t worry about things they can’t.

Congratulations to Freshman Shawn Geison, Sophomore Nick DeVito, Junior Betty Nicklaus and Senior Alex Fink on being select as the September students of the month!


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Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Week 5 Thumbs Up Winners. From left to right in the front row are: Sophia Page, Lili Drinkall, Dylan Wilkinson, Makayla Meier; and back row: Trent Miller, Jace Urish, Olivia Schurman, Emma Foster.

1st Farm Credit Services Provides Meals to the Shannon Community

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As a way to recognize Illinois farmer’s role in producing a safe and bountiful food supply, Jared Sauer of 1st Farm Credit Services and helpers provide meals to the Shannon community as a way of giving back.
(PA Photo/Andrew Williamson)

Victorian Hard Bonnet Making 101

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Victorian Hard Bonnet Making 101 is a hands-on workshop in which you will have the opportunity to make a true Victorian hard bonnet. Your guides into the millinery world of hat making will be Diane Sipiera and Jolene Foat. Victorian Hard Bonnet Making will be an all-day event, beginning at 10:00am and continue until 2:00pm on Saturday, November 2nd.

The workshop fee is $35.00 for non-PSF members and $25.00 for PSF members. The fee will cover fabric, feathers, ribbon, form and thread. Basic sewing skills are requested. If you plan on attending this workshop please bring a sack lunch. This workshop will be held at the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum, 408 E. Sycamore St. behind the Law-Jones Funeral Home in the Village of Elizabeth. No walk-ins will be accepted. If you would like to reserve a spot, please contact Diane Sipiera at (815) 858-2014 or by October 31st. For more information please visit We hope to see you there.


Good Sam Auxiliary’s Cake Auction

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At the Auxiliary’s Cake Auction, Good Samaritan Society-Mt. Carroll Auxiliary members, staff, and community members helped to raise more than $900 to purchase pressure mattresses for the center’s residents. Pictured (from left) Dee Neill, Joyce Daehler, Jim Calhoun, auctioneer, LaVona Cheeseman, event coordinator, Berta Lenkeit and Mary Keith. Thanks are extended to all for making this a successful event. (Courtesy of Anna Gray)

Rotary October Students of the Month

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At the October 23 meeting, Rotarians met the October Students of the month, Brandi Hosford and Cory Brown.

Brandi is the daughter of Michelle Montague and Ronald Hosford. She is the captain of the Basketball and Track Team, and is active in the Key Club and Student Council. She volunteers with kids basketball camps and also tutors in school. She enjoys scrapbooking and swimming and often goes to help disabled children horseback ride at White Pines Stable in Joliet, IL. She plans to go to school to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy with a specialty of sports injuries.

Cory is the son of Betty Spangler. He is active in Student Council and helps in the community at the Food Pantry and handing out free lunches. He enjoys helping others in school and following politics and stocks. He plans to major in accounting to earn a CPA as will as an MBA in Finance. He would like to open his own firm or work in the finance industry.

Mt. Morris Performing Arts Guild
Production of 'It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play'

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(L to R) Johnick Petry, Anna Marie Petry and John Petry practice their parts for the Mt. Morris Performing Arts Guild production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” The show will be held November 8-10 and November 15-17 at Pinecrest Grove Theatre. For ticket information, please call (815) 734-2103 or order tickets online at and click on tickets. (Courtesy of Pam Ballard)

Congratulations, Accelerated Readers!

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1st quarter top Accelerated Readers point earners for Chadwick/Milledgeville 4th Grade Reading are left to right; Ethan Bradley, Briana Wilkinson, Salome Pasch, Caden VanDyke, Sophie Shaw, Ali Mertz. 4th Grade Reading teacher is Mrs. Yochem.

Your Actions Matter


West Carroll Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) participated in the IL Liquor Control Commission’s October “Your Actions Matter” campaign. The campaign’s purpose is to remind the general public that preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility.

Students placed bottle tags on alcoholic beverages in several participating businesses to remind adults not to purchase liquor of anyone underage.

Kevin Venner, WCHS SADD sponsor, stated, “The students usually do this in the spring during prom season, but we know that with home coming and football season there is increased alcohol usage by underage people. Students really feel this is an important activity for them; this gives the students a chance to show the public that most teens don’t drink alcohol and with the tag on the product it might just cause someone to think twice about not purchasing alcohol for those under age.”

Businesses participating were: Shaw’s Foods, Mt. Carroll Mobil, Sullivan’s Foods, Milo & Beavers Amoco, and The Station/Phillips 66.

SADD is sponsored by county high schools and the Carroll County Substance Education Coalition (CCSEC) through funding provided by the Project for Success grant at IL Department of Human Services (IDHS).
(Courtesy of CCSEC)

Pearl City 4th Graders Turn Their Classrooms into a Desert

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Before this cold snap, Northern Illinois had some unseasonably warm weather.  But did Pearl City really become a desert?  It did in Mrs. Schaeffer’s and Mrs. Brouhard’s fourth grade classrooms, as the students researched and presented reports about desert dwelling creatures. 

The students read a story in their reading series; learning words such as biome and adaptations.  Then they used I-pads from the school’s Literacy Center Mobile I-Pad Lab to conduct research on an animal they had selected.  Students created models of the animals from paper towel tubes and craft supplies. 

The project culminated with an invitation to third and fifth grade classes to come “walk in the desert.”(top)

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SVADA Holiday Party

The annual Savanna Army Depot Holiday Party, which was always held the 2nd Saturday in November, will not be held this year. Instead, the last Commander of the Army Depot, US Army COL Joseph Tirone, will be having his retirement party on Saturday, December 14th at the Moose Club in Savanna. More information will be forthcoming as the date draws closer.

College Day Planned for Area Students

Ag in the Classroom will be hosting a College Ag Day on Thursday, November 14th from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Rock River Center, 810 S 10th Street, Oregon. This is a great opportunity for area students to meet locally with representatives of various colleges and universities.

The following schools who offer agriculture programs are planning on attending: Black Hawk College-East, Highland Community College, Illinois State University, Joliet Junior College, Kishwaukee College, Parkland College, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, Western Illinois University, Rockford Career College, Tulsa Welding School, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wyotech.

If you are interested in majoring in agriculture, please feel free to attend the program and utilize this opportunity to meet with college and university representatives.

If you have any questions regarding the day or know a student who would like to attend, please contact the University of Illinois Extension in Ogle County at (815) 732-2191. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity!

Mt. Carroll Turkey Supper

The 49th Annual Turkey Supper will be held at the Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church this year on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Seatings in Fellowship Hall are scheduled at 5:00 pm and 6:15 pm. Carry out dinners are once again available between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm in the alley behind the church (these are available only with pre-paid tickets). Ticket prices have not changed for this year. Tickets can be purchased at THE National Bank in downtown Mt. Carroll, at the Land of Oz, and by calling the church office at 815-244-4342. If you would like home delivery in Mt. Carroll due to health considerations or your work schedule, you will need to purchase a carry-out ticket and tell the seller of your wishes.

This year’s menu is again the traditional meal of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, rolls, cranberries, and your choice of many delicious homemade pies in Fellowship Hall. Carry out meals will have turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, rolls, and apple pie-filling cake for dessert.

Audubon Society to Meet in November

“Introducing Amboy Marsh Sanctuary” is the theme for the November 5 meeting of the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society at 7:00 p.m at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd, Freeport. Deb Carey, Executive Director of the Dixon Park District and instrumental in the preservation of Amboy Marsh, will present the program on this unique and diverse sanctuary, which provides habitat for endangered and threatened species.

Refreshments will follow the meeting. There is no charge, and the public is invited to attend.

For further information, call Keith Blackmore at 815-938-3204.

Winter Clothing for Children Wanted

During the month of November, Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll will conduct a winter clothing drive to benefit Carroll County pre-school aged children who attend the TCOC Head Start Program and children helped through the Mount Carroll Ministerial Association.

Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll is requesting donations of items to keep pre-school children warm and comfortable during the winter months. The clothing items will be delivered by the center’s residents when the drive is completed.

Clothing items needed include hats, mittens, gloves, children’s coats sizes 4-8, and children’s boots sizes 7-13.

All items may be dropped off at Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll, 1006 N. Lowden Road, Mount Carroll. For more information or assistance, please contact Anna Gray, resource development director, 815-244-7715.

LIVE It Up Conference Offered to Teens

Calling all teens! University of Illinois Extension is hosting an event called LIVE It Up (LIVE stands for Lead, Inspire, Value and Explore), and it is just the thing for you!

This Leadership Conference is open to all students in eighth grade to eighteen-years of age. The conference will focus on leadership, personal development, and community service. LIVE It Up will be held on November 22 and 23. Friday night the conference will begin with registration from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center. After a “Welcome to the Real World” simulation, participants will be hanging out in the Husky Den playing pool, bowling, and eating pizza!

After a good night’s rest in hotel rooms at the student center, we will continue our next day at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building. Fun things planned include a variety of different breakout sessions, guest speaker Katie Pratt; and packing food for local food pantries through Illini Fighting Hunger.

The cost of this event is $95 which includes meals, overnight accommodations, transportation during the conference, t-shirt and all activities. Financial assistance is also available. Please Register by November 1 at For more information contact Extension Educator, Johnna Jennings, at Plan on learning a whole bunch, having lots of fun, and making tons of new friends! If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension office.

Openfields Local Foods Conference

University of Illinois Extension and the Winnebago County Local Foods Workgroup invite you to the 5th annual Openfields Local Foods Conference to be held at Atwood Center, 2685 New Milford School Road, Rockford on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Openfields conference is designed to help interested community members gain knowledge and develop a greater understanding of local foods, from the farm to the table. The conference is geared towards individuals interested in learning more about growing their own food and/or growing food for the local foods market.

Three excellent speakers will join us this year. Christy Marsden, UW Extension Horticulture Educator, will present Seed Saving and the Importance of Heirloom Vegetables, Tom Eickman of Eickman’s Processing will present Out of the Supermarket and Onto the Farm: How to Buy Locally Produced Meat, and Grant McCarty, U of I Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator, will present Fertile Ground - Opportunities for Growth in Local Foods. Registration fee is $25 per person and includes three educational sessions and a delicious local foods lunch catered by Toni’s of Winnebago. Walk-ins are welcome for an increased fee of $30 per person.

The Openfields Local Foods Conference is generously sponsored and supported by the Regional Office of Planning and Economic Development of Winnebago County. To register, visit or call 815-986-4357.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Winnebago County Extension office at 815-986-4357. University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – United States Department of Agriculture – Local Extension Councils Cooperating.

Stock Up for Winter Weather!

Cold breezes indicate days spent inside are approaching; it’s time to stock up for winter. Fill a bag with free books at Twice-Sold Tales during the Shop Hop the first two weekends in November.

Purchase a Friends of the Lanark Public Library (FLPL) tote bag for $10 and fill it with regularly-priced books for free during the Shop Hop November 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Choose from thousands of titles comprising every category of writing. Make the most of special offers, peruse locally authored titles and browse the best-priced books in the county at Twice-Sold Tales from 9 – 5 both Fridays, and 9 – 4 both Saturdays.

Satisfy your cravings for tasty morsels with arrays of appetizing home-baked cookies, served with coffee or cider, offered by the Friends of the Lanark Public Library on Friday, November 1st. Purchase one or two for yourself, or buy a dozen to share.

The Friends of the Lanark Public Library are excited their goal of a new library building has been accomplished. But they aren’t resting on their laurels. Small libraries in particular are struggling as a result of reductions in state and federal funding.

The FLPL intends to continue supplementing the library’s resources, and they invite you to join their efforts. A yearly membership in the organization is $10; a lifetime membership is $150. Join the organization and make a difference in the community. Membership forms are available in the Lanark Public Library and Twice-Sold Tales.

Twice-Sold Tales, the Gently used bookstore, is run by the Friends of the Lanark Public Library; all proceeds benefit the Lanark Public Library and its programs and collections. The bookstore is located in The Special Touch’s Unique Mall at 504 IL Route 64 in Lanark. Its regular hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday.

Jo-Carroll Energy Seeks Nominees for Three Seats on Board of Directors

Three positions on Jo-Carroll Energy’s Board of Directors will be filled during the 2014 election. Districts included are: District 3 now represented by Marcia Stanger of Apple River, District 6 now represented by Thomas Lundy of Savanna and District 9 now represented by Larry Carroll of Thomson.

Any Jo-Carroll Energy member residing in the district of a director whose term is expiring, including the incumbent director, may petition for nomination as director. Members interested in being elected to the board of directors may obtain a nominating petition at Jo-Carroll Energy’s headquarters at 793 U.S. Route 20 West in Elizabeth or the Savanna office at 103 Chicago Ave. Petitions may be downloaded from the cooperative’s website at A map of the director districts can be found on the website.

The petition must be signed by at least 25 Jo-Carroll Energy members residing in the district for which a director is to be elected. Petitions must be filed at Jo-Carroll Energy’s headquarters no earlier than Nov. 6 and no later than Feb. 4, 2014.

In order to qualify to have their names placed on the ballot, all nominees must participate in an orientation process provided by the attorney for the cooperative assuring that they fully understand the expectations and responsibilities of directors, including, but not limited to, time demands, educational expectations and fiduciary responsibilities.

All eligible candidates will be announced in the cooperative’s section of the April 2014 issue of Illinois Country Living and its 2014 annual meeting book. Elections are conducted by mail prior to the cooperative’s annual meeting set for April 5, 2014.

Complete details on director qualifications and the nomination procedure can be found in Jo-Carroll Energy’s bylaws, also posted on the Jo-Carroll Energy website. Anyone without Internet access may request a copy by calling 800-858-5522.

The 11th Month

The 11th Month of the Year is an Outstanding One. 
In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, November is the eleventh month of the year.

However, in the early Roman calendar, it was originally the ninth month. Later, the Roman senate elected to name the eleventh month for Caesar.

November is right between fall and winter. Almost all leaves are gone from the tree and lost their colors. The month is referred as the wind month and the bloom month by Anglo-Saxons. It is because November is the month where they killed their animals for food. Those that have been harvested in the previous months are either put inside the storage or sent to processing plants or mills. In this month, the farmers will know whether that particular year was successful or not.

Because of its beautiful weather, football is the main sport of the month. 
Below are some fun facts about November:
1. The birthstone for November is the topaz. 
2. The zodiac signs for November are Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) and Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) 
3. The birth flower for November is the chrysanthemum. 
4. On November 2, 1769, a Spanish expedition reached San Francisco Bay. 
5. On November 2, 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state of the United States. 
6. On November 2, 1889, South Dakota became the 40th state of the United States. 
7. On November 2, 1917, Arthur Balfour proposed settlement of Jewish people in Palestine. 
8. On November 4, 1979, the U.S. Embassy was taken over by Iranian revolutionaries in Teheran and a group of U.S. citizens were seized as hostages. 
9. On November 6, 1869, the first intercollegiate football game was played in the United States between Rutgers and Princeton. 
10. On November 8, 1889, Montana became the 41st state of the United States. 
11. On November 15, 1935, Manuel Quezon was inaugurated as the first president of the Philippines. 
12. On November 18, 1883, standard time began in the United States. 
13. Peanut Butter Lovers Month 
14. National Good Nutrition Month 
15. National Pepper Month 
16. National Sleep Comfort Month 
17. Aviation History Month 
18. Election Day - first Tuesday after the first Monday in November 
19. Thanksgiving Day - fourth Thursday of November 
20. November 11 - Veteran’s Day

Symphony Musicians to Perform Chamber Music

Three groups of musicians from Clinton Symphony Orchestra are scheduled to play at the orchestra’s annual concert of chamber music. “The Music of Friendships” is at 3 p.m. Sunday [11/3] at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Avenue South in Clinton.

This is the 60th anniversary season for the Symphony, and once each season the musicians perform in small groups in a more intimate venue. Music performed was especially composed for specific instruments, and usually for a specific friends of the composer.

Opening the concert will be a Piano Trio (piano, violin, and cello) by Joseph Haydn, performed by three of the most senior musicians of the orchestra. Cathryn Styczynski of Polo is the pianist. She was a member of the orchestra’s cello section for 20 years before her recent retirement. The violinist is Marilyn Jones of Polo and the cellist is Robert Whipple of Sterling, both of whom have been members of the orchestra for 40 years. At age 75, both stepped down from their leadership chairs in the orchestra, but continue to play in the orchestra as needed.

The only ongoing ensemble to perform Sunday will be a brass quintet, known as the MA Brass Quintet. The five friends have all played with the symphony, and have additional connections through area municipal bands. They will perform Victor Ewald’s Brass Quintet #2. Trumpets Aaron White and Jon James, and horn Elizabeth Judd all live in Sterling. Trombonist Mark Dempsey lives in Dixon, and tuba Mark Bressler in Mt. Carroll.

The Symphony’s woodwind section has long been recognized as a stable and proficient part of the orchestra, with some of the musicians in their positions for up to 30 years. Eight of them have prepared a Serenade by Mozart for this performance. All eight are either full-time members of the orchestra or the first-call substitute or extra player. All eight are music educators. Oboes are Barbara Lauff of Sterling and Nicole Kotman of Fulton, clarinets David Bean of Morrison and Edward McMahon of Clinton, horns Alan Guss of Davenport and Elizabeth Judd of Sterling, and bassoons Thomas Wood of Davenport and Cheryl Neumann of Morrison.

Complete descriptions of the music to be performed is on the Symphony’s website at

Tickets for the performance will be available at the door of the concert, or in advance at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling. Adult admission is $15, with student admission at $5. All students through 8th grade are admitted free of charge.

For those who missed an opportunity to purchase a season ticket, they will also be available at the door at a discounted rate.

$4.3 Million Approved for Carroll and JoDaviess County Construction Projects

Capital investments of more than $4.3 million for construction projects in Carroll and JoDaviess Counties were set in motion last week.

“These projects will replace bridges and make other infrastructure improvements,” Governor Quinn said. “The projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the projects, awarded to Civil Constructors, Inc. of Freeport, and Law Excavating, Inc. of Mount Carroll.

“These two projects will help maintain and improve our region’s infrastructure,” State Senator Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) said. “It’s nice to see that the work is being done by two local contractors.”

In Carroll County, two bridges carrying U.S. Route 52 and Illinois Route 64 over Carroll Creek will be replaced – the structures are located 1.7 and 3.1 miles east of Illinois Route 78. A culvert over a ditch just west of Arnold Grove Road will also be replaced. The lowest of three bidders for the work was Civil Constructors, Inc. of Freeport with a quote of $4,137,558.

In JoDaviess County, just over six-tenths of a mile of Illinois Route 84 will be resurfaced starting at U.S. Route 20 and going south. Civil Constructors, Inc. of Freeport was the lower of two bidders at $186,490.

Law Excavating Inc. of Mount Carroll was the lowest of four bidders to replace 250 feet of storm sewer along Illinois Route 35 just northeast of St. Mary’s Road in East Dubuque. Law’s bid was $60,571.

These projects are part of the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now!is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.


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