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National Arctic Cat Winner Drawn at Eastland Motor Sports

The entire staff at Eastland Motor Sports, Inc. in Lanark is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 Arctic Cat/Monster Energy Drink snowmobile giveaway. Congratulations go to Josh Perez of Forreston IL.

Josh’s name was drawn from thousands of entries from across the United States. The snowmobile that Josh won is an Arctic Cat F800 RR with a one of a kind graphics kit installed.

The crew at Eastland Motor Sports presenting the keys to Josh’s new snowmobile are (Photo, L to R) Bill Rowland, Brandon Block, Josh Perez, Jeff and Patty Lessman, owners of Eastland Motor Sports, Inc., Andrew Gronewold, Andy Scudder, and Jeff Goodwin, representing Arctic Cat Inc.

“We are extremely honored to have the nationwide winner drawn from our store,” said Lessman. “Josh was also very excited when he took delivery of his new snowmobile on Saturday, Nov 3rd. He can hardly wait for it to snow!”

Lessman added that Arctic Cat is giving away a Tucker Hibbert race replica sled this year. “Stop in to register for this prize. Maybe we can do this two years in a row!”


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The West Carroll FFA held an American Red Cross Blood Drive on October 31 at West Carroll High School. There were 134 units of blood donated, with 53 coming from 1st-time donors. Special thanks to Rhonda Badtke and Marcy Kampmeier for helping at the canteen station. Thanks also to Sullivan’s Foods for the donated fruit tray. Last, but not least, thanks to all the parents and adults who donated blood at our drive. The Ag IV FFA members and advisor, Dan Hartman, helped organize the blood drive. Pictured is Senior West Carroll FFA member, Seth Bradley showing how easy it is to donated blood. He even did it with his eyes closed.

Local Students to Compete at IMEA


These students will be participating in the IMEA District Music Festival this Saturday, November 17, 2012 at DeKalb Jr./Sr. High School. Chadwick Jr. High will be represented by Emilia Eller (Jr. Treble Choir), Matthew Biller (Jr. Mixed Choir), Sabreena Hartman (Jr. Treble Choir), Rebecca Waite (Jr. Treble Choir), and Emily Adee (Jr. Band). Milledgeville High School will be represented by Deidre Ewers (Sr. Mixed Choir), Kylie Patterson (Jr. Mixed Choir), Samantha Feltenz (Sr. Band), Devin Biller (Sr. Mixed Choir), Levi Skoog (Jr. Mixed Choir), and Zach Herin (Sr. Mixed Choir). These students are under the direction of Mrs. Margo Weber and Mrs. Cheryl Neumann.

The concerts that day are at 4:00 p.m. for Jr. Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, and Band and at 7:00 p.m. for Sr. Mixed Choir and Band at an admission price of $5.00 per person.











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As part of Milledgeville High School’s Career Day on Friday, November 2, MHS freshman toured Adkins Energy and visited Highland Community College. Sophomores visited Sauk Valley Community College. Juniors and seniors had organized and individual college visit days. Pictured are freshmen with the Highland Cougar.


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Members of Chadwick-Milledgeville Girl Scout Brownie Troop 5311 toured the Milledgeville Vet Clinic in November 7, 2012. They thank Dr. Tracy Burckhardt for teaching them all about pet care and the ins and outs of being a vet to complete work toward their pet care badges.

(Courtesy of Troop leaders Angela Shaw and Jody Mertz)


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A combined rehearsal of the Morrison churches for “We Sing for Their Supper.” The concert will be Sunday, November 18th at 6:00 PM in the Ebenezer Reformed Church. The free will offering will be used for the Morrison Food Pantry and the Christmas Helping Hands project.


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Deb Gallentine and Matt Lundquist prepare mashed potatoes in large quantities for the feast.

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Even Pastor Lafferty of the Mt.Carroll United Methodist Church helps out with food preperations for the 58th annual Turkey Supper which sold over 600 tickets.


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A Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the Mount Carroll Bowling Center at 206 North Main Street in Mount Carroll was Saturday, November 10. Chamber Members gathered with owners, employees, and friends to celebrate. April 2013 marks their third year in business. In attendance were (L to R) Catherine Pokropinski, Mount Carroll Chamber Secretary, Joey Bochat, son of owners Karen and Jim Bochat, Karen Roiland, owner, Ken Roiland, owner, Karen Bochat, Alexis Bochat, Great Grand Daughter of owner Celeste Bochat, Celeste Bochat, Jeanine Wilson, owner, Bill VanDe Hey, owner, Paige Fosdick, assistant manager, Lisa Shurman, employee, Jenn Miller, manager, Dave Cuckler, employee and Larry DeSpain, Mount Carroll Chamber VP. (PA photo/Andrew Williamson)


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(L to R) Rotarian Ken Alexander, Guest Speaker Don Gillfillan from Lanark, and Rotarian Cory Harrison at the Mt. Carroll Rotary Meeting Nov. 6. Gillfillan spoke about his battle with polio as a small child growing up in Watseka, IL. He was treated in a Peoria hospital for a period of time with The March of Dimes paying for his treatment. His mother over a period of years repaid the entire amount. Recently after retiring from a long banking career, he honored his mother with a 100 mile bicycle trip from Peoria to Watseka in her memory. He and a friend who joined him on the bicycle trip, raised money for two different charities.

Mock Election at WCPS

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Matching national results, the Mock Election 2012 at West Carroll Primary School in Mount Carroll on November 6 showed President Barack Obama being re-elected for a 2nd term. Results were not as close as nationally, with Obama winning with 74% of the vote. Mrs. Haag’s 4th Grade students, with assistance from Mrs. Wolfe’s 5th Grade, served as poll watchers and judges. Mrs. Haag’s students and parent volunteers ran the election. There were 545 WCPS Stuident-Citizens voting. (Courtesy of Tammy Haag)


Eastland FFA Hosts Section Agronomy Contest and Grain Fair

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Eastland students who helped run the contest along with the students who participated in the contest. Front Row: Blake Lauder, Farrah Stubbe, Kaylin Kuberski, Trisha Sims (team member), Bailey DeMichele, Catie Stephenson, Mikie Davies, Jennah Price-Asbell. Back row from left: Alex Dambman, Anthony Muphy (team member), Brett Meinsma (team member), Alex Johnson, Riley Denekas (team member), Brooklyn Stoner (team member), Steven Murphy (team member), Matt Keppen (team member), Shawna Saunders.

On Wednesday, November 7th the Eastland FFA Hosted the Section 1 FFA Agronomy Contest and Grain Fair at Eastland High School. Students from Section 1 brought in samples of grain and hay to be judged and scored.

Students from Eastland that participated in the grain fair were Riley Denekas with oats, soybeans, corn and hay, Alex Dambman with hay, straw and corn and Anthony Murphy with corn, soybeans, wheat and oats. All students got either an A or B rating in all categories.

Section schools that competed in the agronomy contest included Eastland, Forreston, Pearl City, Du-Pec-Win, Lena-Winslow, West Carroll, Scales Mound, Stockton, Orangeville and River Ridge. The contest consisted of multiple parts including Soils Practicum, Grain Ring judging with corn, wheat, oats, soybeans, hay and corn silage, weed identification and seed identification.

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Matt Keppen placed 4th overall as an individual in the contest.

Members of the Eastland FFA served not only as contest participants but also as helpers during the contest. Students served as group leaders, card collectors, room monitors and registration helpers. Those that helped to run the contest were Jennah Price- Asbell, Shawna Saunders, Blake Lauder, Alex Johnson, Mikie Davies, Bailey DeMichele, Catie Stephenson, Farrah Stubbe, Kaylin Kuberski, Seth Blair and Riley Signer. Team members included Matt Keppen, Brooklyn Stoner, Trisha Sims, Anthony Murphy, Brett Meinsma, Riley Denekas and Steven Murphy.

The team placed 5th overall for the contest with Matt Keppen placing 4th overall as an individual. Special thanks go out to Dambman Service, the Lower Family, Lamoreux family and Flikkema family for donating corn silage and hay for the contest. Also the chapter would like to thank Chris Lower for helping score at the contest.

5th Annual West Carroll Madrigal Tea

Hear ye, Hear ye! Come one, come all! The West Carroll High School Music Department is hosting its 5th annual Madrigal Tea. The event will be on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at 6:00 PM. It will be held in Antl Hall at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna, Illinois.

The program will feature the WCHS Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Scott D. Mattison, with a Special Guest performance by the Highland Community College Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Allen Redford, along with performances by the WCHS Woodwind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble directed by Emily Nunemaker-Bressler.

The evening will be filled with music and fun along with dessert and beverage - all for $6.00 per person. Tickets are available from any Madrigal singer and will also be available at the door. Don’t miss this evening holiday cheer!

Carroll County Democrats Meeting

The Carroll County Democrats will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 20th at 7 p.m. at the York Township Library, 1005 West Main Street in Thomson, IL. We will be discussing upcoming events, and the results of the past election. For more information, contact Gerald Bork at 815-244-8974 or Ron Preston at 815-541-6982.

Thanksgiving Service at FELC in Chadwick

The Chadwick Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 7:00 pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chadwick (along Ill Rt. 40).

Pastors Chris Schoon of First Lutheran and Melwyn Alagodi of Hope United Methodist & Fairhaven Churches will be leading the service entitled, “Giving Thanks” with Pr. Melwyn preaching. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.

Please come and join us as we “give thanks” for the many blessings God has given us. For more information, please call 815-684-5110.

Radon Program Offered

The public, especially homeowners and realtors, are invited to attend a Radon Program, called, “Help Yourself to a Healthy Home - Reduce Your Exposure to Radon.” The program will be held on Wednesday, November 14, at 6 p.m., at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas Street, Freeport. There is a $5 fee to attend. All participants will receive a free radon test kit to take home and informational handouts.

Participants will learn how radon enters the home, the dangers of radon, and how to quickly and easily test their home for radon. Participants will also learn how to reduce the level of radon in their home and how to find licensed radon mitigator if they want professional help.

Registration is required by November 12 by calling the U of I Extension at 815- 235-4125 or online at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw. Registration cost is $5.

“Help Yourself to a Healthy Home” will be offered in Galena on Thursday, November 15 at 1 p.m. at the First Community Bank of Galena, 101 Exchange Street, Galena. For more information about the Galena program contact the U of I Extension at 815- 858-2273 or on-line atweb.extension.illinois.edu/jsw. It will also be offered at the Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S. Clay Street, Mt Carroll, on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. for more information please contact the U of I Extension-Carroll County at 815- 244-9444 or on-line at web.extension.illinois.edu/clw. “Help Yourself to a Healthy Home” is sponsored by the Stephenson, Jo-Daviess and Carroll County Health Departments, University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Hanover Churches Plan Ecumenical Service

An ecumenical Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hanover Park District.

For several years this event has been held with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hanover United Methodist and Hanover United Presbyterian Churches participating.

A joint choir with members from the churches has been preparing special musical numbers to share during the service.

Participating Pastors include, Rev. David Vidler of St. Paul’s Lutheran, Fr. Noel Jacobs of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, Rev. Debbie Debruyn of Hanover United Methodist and Rev. Ron Sumption of the Hanover United Presbyterian Church.

A free- will offering will be taken with proceeds going to the local Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria following the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Christmas Cantata

The Carroll County Singers will be performing their Christmas Cantata Saturday December 1 at 7 pm and Sunday December 2 at 2 pm at the Lanark Church of the Brethren 326 South High Street in Lanark IL.

The description of this musical from the composer is “There are so many voices at Christmas. They can be personal and friendly; they can be ancient and inspiring; they can be shouted from the mountaintop and whispered deep in the heart. But the voices of Christmas can also be sad and reflective. They can recall Christmas long ago and a Christmas not yet discovered. But the only true voice of Christmas comes form the pages of Scripture and the song of the angels: “For unto us a Child is born! For unto us a Son is given!.”

Come out and and get into the Christmas spirit through this musical of Prophecy, Promise and Praise.

2012 Community Festival of Trees Now Accepting Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Community Festival of Trees, part of FHN’s Festival of Trees held each year at the Freeport Public Library. Completed entry forms are due by Friday, Nov. 16.

This year’s FHN Festival of Trees theme is taken from Aesop’s The Lion and the Mouse – No act of kindness, however, small, is ever wasted.

This festive event features beautiful trees decorated by local groups, all of which are eligible for cash awards: First, second and third-place People’s Choice Awards and first, second and third-place selections from a formal judging committee. First place awards are $500; the judges’ second place receives $300 (People’s Choice second place will receive $200) and the judges’ third place choice will receive $150 (People’s Choice third place will receive $100).

FHN will furnish the trees for the event, which will be displayed throughout the library from Sunday Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 28. All trees will be approximately six feet tall and will be available for decoration on Monday, Nov. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m.

Entries will be accepted from schools, churches, service organizations, clubs and other officially organized not-for-profit groups; people may not enter as individuals. Judging for the prizes other than People’s Choice will be done by a panel of local judges.

Entry forms can be downloaded at www.fhn.org or requested by emailing (autumn.kubatzke@m45.com) or calling Autumn Kubatzke at (815) 232-2121 ext. 236. Completed entry forms are due by Friday, Nov. 16. No late registrations will be accepted.

Family Reading Night Set For November 15th

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging families in Illinois to spend time together reading Thursday, November 15th to celebrate the Secretary of State’s annual Family Reading Night.

“This special event is a night when parents and children are urged to turn off televisions, computers, video games and other forms of entertainment and spend time reading together,” White said. “Reading together creates a positive learning environment and helps children develop a love for reading that can last a lifetime.”

The theme of this year’s event is “One World, Many Stories.” Thousands of colorful posters and bookmarks have been distributed to the libraries, schools, literacy programs and other organizations by the Illinois State Library and Illinois Center for the Book. This is the 21st year in which the Secretary of State’s office has sponsored Family Reading Night, intended for pre-kindergarten to 6th grade children and their families.

Local Family Reading Night events include:

Celebrate Family Reading Night by visiting Twice-Sold Tales, the Friends of LPL’s Used Books and More Store, from 4:30-6:00, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 100 S. Broad St., Lanark. Stock-up on family reading materials – then go home and READ!

At Highland Community College in Freeport, a celebration is planned for families taking part in the school’s literacy programs. There will be a visit to the Freeport Public Library for story time, and each child will receive an age-appropriate book to take home.

Learn more about Family Reading Night at


Ballots for CC FSA Area 3 Available

Douglas Olson, Member of the Carroll County FSA Committee said, “Ballots for the 2012 FSA County Committee election in Local Administrative Area(LAA) 3 which is comprised of Freedom, Mt. Carroll, Savanna, Washington and Woodland Townships, were mailed to producers on November 5, 2012. Voters will be electing a producer to represent them for a 3 year term to the Carroll County Committee.”

According to Olson, 3 producers from LAA3 were nominated to run for the COC position. Those producers nominated were Corine Charles from Mount Carroll who operates a livestock and grain farm with her husband Lee; current COC member representing LAA3 Alan Flikkema of Lanark, who operates a livestock and grain farm with his 2 sons and Richard Meador of Lena who operates a grain farm in Carroll County.

Olson reminds producers that ballots need to be returned to the county office or postmarked no later than, Monday, December 3, 2012.

Producers with questions concerning the 2012 County Committee election are urged to contact their local County FSA Office.

Crop Reporting Deadline Changes

Lynn Bower Vice Chairman of the Carroll County FSA Committee announced today that there has been a change in the reporting deadline for some locally produced crops.

Fall-seeded crops such as wheat, rye and barley now have a reporting deadline of December 15th. Additionally all perennial forage crops such as alfalfa and other types of hay have a December 15th deadline also.

According to Bower, this is a big change as the reporting dates for fall-seeded crops and hay used to be July 15th. Accurate crop reporting by the deadline is required for certain USDA program benefits and crop insurance and producers who file late may have to pay a late filing fee.

Mr. Bower urges producers with questions to contact their local FSA office if they have any questions regarding the change in the crop reporting deadlines.

2012 Marketing Assistance Loans Available

Henry Gehant, County Executive Director for the Carroll County FSA Office is reminding producers that the 9 month, non-recourse commodity loan program is available for 2012 crops.

According to Gehant, loans can be for farm stored or warehouse stored grain. Farm stored loan quantities can be certified as to the amount in the bins using the producer’s measurements. For warehouse stored grain the producer needs to present the County Office with a negotiable warehouse receipt and show that the in-handling charges as well as storage through the loan maturity have been paid or provided for. Commodity Credit Corporation will not be held accountable for unpaid charges.

Loans mature 9 months from the end of the month in which they are disbursed and farm stored grain may be paid in part or in full any time during the 9 month load period. Warehouse receipts are required to be paid off in full at the time of repayment.

Gehant said the 2012 Carroll County loan rate for Corn is $1.98/bushel and for Soybeans $5.10/bushel. If a producer participated in the 2012 ACRE program the loan rates are reduced by 30%; Corn is $1.386/bushel and Soybeans $3.57/bushel

As a reminder once grain is put under CCC loan, producers need to contact the County Office before moving any farm stored loan grain.

CED Gehant urges producers with questions about 2012 commodity loans to contact the county office at 815-244-8732.

Murphy Ordered to Pay Restitution to Mt. Carroll Library

Carroll County State’s Attorney Scott Brinkmeier reports that LYNN M. MURPHY appeared in court on November 8, 2012, on the charges of Forgery and Theft, recorded under case # 2012-CF-4. At that hearing, she pled open to three counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card (Class 4 Felony) and received 30 months Probation, 60 days of periodic imprisonment beginning December 7, 2012, for total of 30 weekends, fines, court costs and a $5.00 Probation Service Fee every month.

She was also ordered to pay restitution of $34,278.26 to the Mt. Carroll Library with payment of $10,000 instanter at plea and the balance of the amount in increments of $800.00 per month with the balance to be paid by May 1, 2015.”

The Chronicles of Nania - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

This coming Sunday November 18th the First Baptist Church will present The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Presented by Walt Disney, it’s an adaptation of a portion of noted Christian and author C. S. Lewis. Lewis also wrote one of the definitive books on things spirtitual in “Mere Christianity”. 
The movie is presented as a Children’s story, but has significant Christian overtones and parallels.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan, and their adventures in the mystical world of Narnia. Sent to the British countryside for their own safety during the blitz of World War II, they discover an entryway into a mystical world through an old wardrobe. Narnia is inhabited by mythical, anthropomorphic creatures suffering under the hundred-year rule of the cruel White Witch (Tilda Swinton, in a standout role). The arrival of the children gives the creatures of Narnia hope for liberation, and all are dragged into the inevitable conflict between evil (the Witch) and good (Aslan the Lion, the Messiah figure, regally voiced by Liam Neeson).

There are three movies released based on the book. LWW, Prince Caspian and The Dawn Treader. Each movie stands on it’s own, so if one is missed, or the otheres not seen at all, the story is still more or less complete.

Please come and enjoy this very entertaining movie this Sunday at 5:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Mt Carroll (201 S Main St). Popcorn and refreshments will be provided…all free to the public!

Chicago to Council Bluffs-Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study

The Iowa Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation, has prepared a Tier 1 Service Level Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Chicago to Council Bluffs-Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study. The study evaluates potential passenger rail improvements from Chicago, Illinois to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

The Draft EIS is now available on the study’s website at www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha/ for review and comment. The comment period on the Draft EIS is now open and will close Dec. 26, 2012. We encourage you to participate - Your input is important!

Comments on the Draft EIS can be submitted any of the following ways:

Written comments: Mail your comments to:

Amanda Martin, Freight and Passenger Rail Policy Coordinator

Office of Rail Transportation, Iowa Department of Transportation

800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010

Open house public hearing comments: Complete a comment form or record a comment at one of the in-person open house public hearings scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on:

Dec. 11, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. (Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Street, Great Hall Gallery)

Dec. 12, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa (Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Oak/Willow Room)

Dec. 13, 2012, in Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Avenue, Conference Room A/B).

For further details, please reference the study’s website at www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha/.

Recorded comments: Call the study’s Toll-Free Information Line at 800-488-7119.

Electronic comments: Submit electronic comments by visiting the study’s website at www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha/.

‘Tis the Season for the Savanna Christmas Walk

The Savanna Chamber of Commerce announces the Annual Christmas Walk, Friday, November 23 from 5-8 p.m. The Chamber will sponsor a Silent Auction, a Christmas Cookie Baking Contest, Cookie Walk, and SAVANNA Bingo. SAVANNA Bingo sheets will be available throughout the participating businesses or on line. Visit our 12 sponsoring businesses for a chance to win $100. (www.savannail.com/eventcalendar).

Our downtown businesses are encouraged to participate in the business decorating contest. Judging will take place the night of the event. But if you would like to nominate a business, please contact the Chamber office at (815-273-2722 or savchamber@grics.net)

The First Savanna Savings Bank is hosting the Cookie Baking Contest. The contest is open to anyone of any age. All entries must be delivered to the Chamber of Commerce office (313 Main St) or at First Savanna Savings Bank between 1-4:30 p.m. on Nov. 23. Following the judging, the cookies will become the property of the Chamber, and available for sale at the Cookie Walk, at Blackhawk Area Credit Union. For more information on the cookie baking contest, contact Chair Deb Kemp at First Savanna Savings Bank (815-273-3811) or the Chamber office (815-273-2722).

The Cookie Walk is hosted this year by Blackhawk Area Credit Union. Christmas cookies and candies will be available to purchase by the pound. The Chamber will also be sponsoring a silent auction with baskets full of goodies from the Savanna Business Community. Baskets on display and bidding are also at Blackhawk Area Credit Union. Let us help you get a head start with your Christmas baking and shopping, making your Christmas preparations a little easier this year!

THE National Bank is hosting the United States Post Office letters to Santa Claus. The area children are invited to stop by THE National Bank to write their letters and our Savanna Office will be sure to get them safely delivered to the North Pole!

Come whisper in Santa’s ear at the Savanna Thomson State Bank where your children can have a digital photo taken with Santa. Downtown businesses, decorated for the holiday season, will have lots of ideas to help check those items off your Christmas list, as well as having refreshments and drawings for holiday shoppers.

Several local businesses that are not located on Main St. will be downtown that evening to help you get a jump start on your Christmas shopping. There will be lots of ideas for stocking stuffers, as well as larger ticket items to help make that someone special have a very Merry Christmas. The Savanna Historical Society at 406 Main St. will have a hot chili supper with a candy and gently used items sale.

Horse-drawn wagon rides, sponsored by Swiss Colony, will start at the House of Events and tour our festive Main Street. Thanks to Facemakers, we will once again see the Christmas Characters out and about!

Come and join us in downtown Savanna, where we work to make your holidays happy! Hope to see you all there.

Calling All Cookie Bakers

This year, the Savanna Chamber of Commerce is putting all of you cookie bakers to the test. The Tastiest Cookie Contest will be held at the First Savanna Savings Bank. Cookies will be judged on appearance and taste on November 23, 2012.

Cookie bakers are asked to have 4 to 6 plated decorated cookies with a minimum of 2 dozen cookies to the First Savanna Saving Bank by 4:30. The remainder of the cookies will be sold at the Cookie Walk at the Blackhawk Area Credit Union at 6 p.m.

For more information; please contact the Chamber office at 815-273-2722 or savchamber@grics.net.

Morrison Informational Open House November 15

The City of Morrison, IL, will hold an Informational Open House Meeting to present to the public the proposed wastewater treatment plant design and construction.

The meeting will address the topics of the project itself location of the wastewater treatment plant, layout of the structures, tentative planning, design, and construction schedules.

The City is seeking input from the community before proceeding with the planning, design, and construction of the new waste water treatment plant. Conceptual drawings, maps, and aerial photography will be available for inspection and viewing.

The Open House will be held in the Community Room at the Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison Street, Morrison, on Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. All persons interested in this project are invited to attend. The meeting room is accessible to persons with a disability.

Representatives of the City of Morrison and its consulting engineers will be available from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to discuss the project. [They] will answer individual questions and note comments and suggestions offered by those in attendance.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments and suggestions, both during the Open House and for the 15 days following it, to Jim Wise, City Administrator, City of Morrison, 200 W. Main Street Morrison, IL 61270-2400.

Shannon’s Hometown Christmas

Shannon Chamber of Commerce invites you to “Hometown Christmas” on Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th. Local businesses, crafters and bakers welcome you to their open houses.

You will find hand crafted treasures, gourmet foods, wines, gifts, baked goods galore, and much more. Maps of participants are located at First State Bank of Shannon/Polo/Lake Carroll, Casey’s, Blarney Stone, and the Shannon Cafe. Look for the candy cane in front of each location.

Stop by the fire station both Friday and Saturday. The fire station will have over 20 crafters and vendors to meet all your shopping needs. Stop by Friday night for the traditional Lions Club Supper. Kids can visit with Santa, pet his live reindeer, and make an ornament for the community Christmas Tree.

Winner of the Lions Club $1000 raffle prize will be announced (other cash prizes given during the week). Tickets are available now from any Lions Club member or at the First State Bank in Shannon.

Lighting of the Christmas tree in the park will be followed by the annual Christmas Lighted Parade. Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies in the park before, during, and after the parade. Saturday morning start your shopping adventures with the Firemen’s pancake breakfast at the fire station.

Enjoy a “Hometown Christmas” in Shannon. For more information, please contact Amanda Klinefelter at 815-864-3087.

Lena Ladies Day Out

Come and join all the excitement that will be happening in Lena on Saturday, November 17th at this fall’s Ladies Day Out. Enjoy a fun filled day of shopping from a wide variety of vendors who offer products that are not available in stores. Plenty of cash-n-carry items are available for you to take home that day.

You will be the talk of the holiday party with your creative gifts that you got from Ladies Day Out. Invite your friends or family to join in the fun! Hours are 10 am-4 pm at the Lena Community Center (497) Lions Drive) in Lena, IL.

There is no admission, freeing up more money to shop! A grand prize of $100 of Lena Money will also be awarded. Over 50 vendors have already signed up for all your shopping needs. We will also be hosting a canned food drive and all donations will go towards the Lena Food Pantry. In addition, we will be collecting spare change from your purchases to donate to the Safe Haven Human Shelter.

A lunch stand and handicap accessibility will be available. For more details call Chelsea White at 815-275-3997 or Kristina Weaver at 815-541-2355.




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