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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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On October 15, 2013 the West Carroll FFA placed 7th in the State Land Use CDE held at Black Hawk East College in Kewanee, Illinois. The members participating on the state team in photo, left to right, were Dylan Williams, Clare O’Connor, Chloe Carson, and Tessa Sibley. Clare O’Connor placed 9 of the top 10 in the state. At the Land Use CDE members judged four different soil pits. Members judge many aspects of the soil. For example members judge the texture, structure, water holding capacity, and permeability of the soil. Congratulations to the West Carroll FFA state soil team!

 

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Carroll County 4-H Federation elected officers at their October meeting held at the Blue Goose Corn Maze. 4-H Officers for the 2013-2014 year are, L to R Treasurer - Emily Suiter, Mt. Carroll; President – Mary Francque, Dixon; Vice-President – James Rahn, Sterling; Recreation – John Rahn, Sterling; Secretary – Jessica Rahn, Sterling. The new officer team is excited about the new 4-H year and invite everyone to attend and participate in county Federation events.

 

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Carroll County 4-H’ers and their families had a fun afternoon at the Blue Goose Corn Maze for their October 4-H Federation meeting. Pictured are the 4-H’ers that successfully completed the corn maze with their prizes following the business meeting and election of officers. If you would like more information on the Carroll County 4-H Program contact Leanne Rahn at University of Illinois Extension Office in Mt. Carroll at 815-244-9444 or lrahn@illinois.edu.

 

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West Carroll FFA member, Carly Metz combining the West Carroll FFA Corn Plot in Mt. Carroll on October 26. The corn variety was Golden Harvest H9011 4011 and averaged 175 bushels per acre.

 

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Cody Drake and Tylor Wolf of Pearl City High School read about programs at Highland Community College during a visit on October 4.

 

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First State Bank of Shannon-Polo employees celebrate Halloween in Shannon.
(Photo courtesy of First State Bank of Shannon-Polo)

Community Invitation to Prepare for Christmas

Experience the heart of the Christmas story through the Nativity. Because of the power of the story represented, Marcia Lathrop, Lanark, has been collecting nativity scenes for over 40 years. The public is invited to this special display of her collection on Tuesday, November 19th at 7 p.m. at the Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 East Locust Street in Lanark.

Come see her collection of common and uncommon nativity sets, foreign and domestic, and hear the stories behind them. The first one came while she was in high school in 1968, from her loving foster mother. Allow these reminders to capture you. After all, Advent is just around the corner and November is the time to prepare your heart for the Christmas season.

There are few better ways to prepare than to feast your eyes on the Nativity, which forms the core of the Gospel story. If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation, please contact Jody weekday mornings at 815-493-6300.

Celebrate the Holidays with Yuletide Fun and Music

Back Street Players, in conjunction with Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition, will present “Tales of the Yuletide,” a lighthearted collection of holiday skits and songs. Theatergoers will delight in the amusing antics of the characters, as they share their stories of Christmas preparations and aggravations. Familiar seasonal music will accompany each yarn.

These amusing tales will open in Orangeville with the Mighty Richland Players at Masonic Hall, 203 High Street, November 29 and 30 at 7:30 PM, and December 1 at 2:00 PM. Reservations preferred for this dessert theater show. Tickets are $20.00 and available through the Monroe Arts Center by calling 608-325-5700.

The show continues the following weekend with Plum River Playhouse, and will be held in Mount Carroll at Metcalf Hall on the Campbell Center Campus, Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, at 7:30 PM. Advance tickets are $10.00, available through Stockton Banking Center, 815-947-2000 or THE National Bank, Mt. Carroll Branch, 815-244-2265. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00.

Closing performances are at Back Street Players, Hanover Township Hall, 111 Monroe Street, Hanover, Saturday, December 7, 7:30 PM and a Sunday matinee on December 8, 2:00 PM. Reservations required by calling Apple River State Bank 815- 591-2201. Tickets for this dessert theater are $12.00 each.

Please join Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition and share in this delightful launch into the holiday season.

Abundant Harvest Dinner

Mount Carroll First Evangelical Lutheran Church will host an Abundant Harvest Dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Henry’s Double K, 834 S. Jackson Street, in Mount Carroll. The event will be held in their handicapped accessible banquet room. The menu includes chicken breast, roast pork, baked beans, potatoes, salads, homemade roll and pie, and beverage.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children 3-10.

For tickets or information call the church at 815-244-8044 or Cynthia Woessner at 815-244-9534.

Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit The Great River Outreach.

Stingley Performing in Musical Theatre Showcase

Ashleigh Stingley of Savanna, Ill., will perform in the 2nd Annual Musical Theatre Showcase at Waldorf College on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. andMonday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Smith Theatre.

“It’s exciting to bring back Showcase for the second year in a row to highlight the very talented young actors and singers we have at Waldorf,” said assistant professor of theatre Dr. David Sollish.

“This year’s show is about two things: dreams and daring to push the envelope,” he added.

In the first half of the showcase, students will sing solos, duets, and ensembles from their dream Broadway roles, with pieces from “Hairspray,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Spamalot,” among others. The second act of the show features excerpts from the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “Avenue Q,” complete with marionettes constructed in a puppetry class taught by Dr. Sollish.

The Showcase is directed and choreographed by Dr. Sollish, with Travis Beck providing musical direction and accompaniment. There is nocost to attend the performances.

Ashleigh is the daughter of Paul and Michele Lahre of Savanna.

Freeport’s Nationwide Inbound Honored with Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Award

The 2nd annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, which recognizes the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past 18 months, recently honored Nationwide Inbound Inc. for their efforts.

The Freeport, Illinois-based enterprise generated 38 new jobs from January 1st, 2012 to June 30th 2013, placing #6 among the top private business job creators within the telecom industry in the U.S. and #18 of all job creators in the State of Illinois.

Brian Stewart, President & CEO of Nationwide Inbound stated, “It is a distinct honor for our company to receive this recognition. It demonstrates that the exceptional, hard-working women and men at Nationwide Inbound are committed to providing superior service to our clients across the US and Canada. The direct result of their efforts has led to increased call volume which continues to promote significant job growth.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that only 222,000 full-time jobs were added in 2012—compare those numbers to the honorees of the Inc. magazine’s Hire Power Awards, which created 69,182 jobs between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. The numbers become even more amazing when you look closer—the top job creator, Universal Services of America, added 14,240 employees to a workforce of 35,000; second-place Vivint added 1,943 to 6,496 and third-place Heartland Dental Care added 1,759 to 4,965. These small to mid-sized companies and others just like Nationwide Inbound could hold the key to restoring America’s economic vitality.

“For the second year in a row, we are pleased to recognize the employers who are putting Americans back to work for a second time,” says Eric Schurenberg, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. “The Hire Power Awards are the only awards that single out job creators. We think it’s fitting to pay tribute to company founders not just for their business prowess but also for their immense contribution to the welfare of U.S. workers and the vitality of the U.S. economy.” 

An award ceremony, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will take place November 12, 2013 in San Francisco.

Award categories include most jobs created in the US, most jobs created by state, most jobs created by industry and highest employee growth percentage,). Companies featured in Inc.’s November issue represent the top tier winners for the Higher Power Award and a complete list of the winners can be found on www.Inc.com.

Sen. Bivins and Rep. Stewart Appointed to the Violence Prevention Task Force

House and Senate Republican Leaders Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) have appointed two northwest Illinois legislators to the Violence Prevention Task Force.

State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) and State Rep. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) will be joining forces with other appointed officials from around the state in combating and spreading awareness for violence prevention.

“With a career of more than 32 years in law enforcement prior to serving in the Legislature, I am committed to keeping our communities and neighborhoods safe,” said Bivins. “I am also a strong advocate for fiscal discipline and spending restraint, so I will be working with my colleagues on the Violence Prevention Task Force to find cost-effective solutions.”

“I feel privileged to be appointed to this task force,” said Stewart. “We have a chance to help make a difference in at-risk communities in our districts and across the state. My hometown of Freeport has had four homicides in the past year, which is more than they have had in the past five years combined. I trust my background in law enforcement and public safety will support the task force in undertaking this serious issue.”

The Task Force will be responsible for increasing awareness, assisting other violence prevention groups in providing safe havens, creating initiatives for at-risk youth, helping organize community mental health providers, providing state resources to public schools and assisting in providing jobs for at-risk youth.

Rep. Stewart can be contacted at his office at 50 West Douglas St., Stewart Centre, Suite 1001, in Freeport (815-232-0774). Sen. Bivins can be contacted at his office at 629 N. Galena Ave., in Dixon (815-284-0045).

Certified Livestock Manager Training Workshops Scheduled

Workshops have been scheduled to provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state’s Livestock Management Facilities Act.

The Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops will be held in eight locations throughout the state beginning Dec. 16 in Bloomington and concluding March 5 in Springfield. Workshops also are scheduled Jan. 14 in Effingham, Jan. 15 in Breese, Jan. 16 in Galesburg, Feb. 4 in Peoria, Feb. 18 in Sycamore and Feb. 19 in Freeport.

The Peoria workshop will be offered at the Civic Center during the Illinois Pork Expo and is a new addition to the schedule. Interested producers can complete their training in the morning and then visit the trade show in the afternoon.

“All workshops will offer a general curriculum this year designed to keep producers current on the latest industry practices,” Warren Goetsch, bureau chief of Environmental Programs for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, said. “The curriculum will cover not only the basics of nutrient management, but also new technologies, research and trends so even producers who have completed the training before and are renewing their certification will benefit.”

The Livestock Management Facilities Act requires facilities with 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures. For facilities with 300 to 999 animal units, the employee either must attend a workshop or pass the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Certified Livestock Manager exam. Employees of facilities with 1,000 or more animal units must do both to achieve certification.

Employees also have the option of taking five online quizzes. Passing them is the equivalent of having attended a workshop, but does not substitute for passing the Certified Livestock Manager exam.

To register for a workshop, call the University of Illinois Extension at 1-800-345-6087 or go online to www.livestocktraining.com/register. The cost is $30. If more than one employee from the same farm signs-up, each registration after the first will cost $20, a $10 discount.

The workshops will use the instructional manual for the national Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship (LPES) Curriculum, which can be bought at the time of registration for $62.50, including shipping and handling. The manual also is available on compact disc for $32.50. There is no charge to take the online quizzes other than the cost of a manual. To register for the online program option, contact Laura Pepple by calling 217-244-0083 or by e-mailing lpepple2@illinois.edu.

The complete schedule of workshop dates, times and locations are available at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clmt/

All workshops begin at 9 a.m. and will last approximately three-and-a-half hours.

Registration opens 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of each workshop, or at 8:30 a.m.

The Certified Livestock Manager exam will be given immediately after each training session.

Carroll County 4-H Achievement Program

By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth

Come one, come all to the Carroll County 4-H Achievement Program to honor our county 4-H’ers for their hard work and accomplishments for the past 4-H year.

The program is scheduled for Sunday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m., at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll.

We will be giving out many awards for individual and club accomplishments, first year members, county award winners, volunteer recognition, plus much more. Every 4-H family is encouraged to attend.

Following the awards program ice cream sundaes will be served. For more information contact Leanne Rahn at the Carroll County University of Illinois Extension at 815-244-9444 or e-mail at lrahn@illinois.edu.

4-H Visual Arts Workshop Offered

By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth

The Savanna Smiles 4-H Club is hosting a Paper Christmas Ornament workshop presented by Karen Hoffman on Saturday, November 9th, and would like to invite all 4-H’ers to attend.

The workshop will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. with registration starting at 8:45 a.m. at the Community United Church of Christ, 346 Chicago Avenue in Savanna.

Cost of the workshop is $2.00 to make 2 ornaments. You can make as many as you have time for.

Pre-registration is due by November 8 to the Carroll County Extension office at 815-244-9444 or lrahn@illinois.edu, or to Julie Skiles at 815-273-4572. Pre-registration is requested for supplies, but not required.

Supplies to bring with you are, glue sticks or double sided tape if you have it.

4-H Building Blocks for a Successful 4-H Club Workshop

By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth

A 4-H Club Officer and Leadership Extravaganza will be held Saturday, November 16th, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at Sauk Valley Community College. 4-H Club Officers, teens, leaders and parents are invited to come for a fun-filled morning.

Workshops offered for teens will be 4-H Club Officer Training, How A Meeting Is Run, and Teambuilding. Sessions for club leaders and parents will be Putting Fun & Motivation Into Club Meetings, Cloverbuds, and Adult & Youth Partnerships.

You will have the opportunity to learn new ideas, share ideas that have worked in your club and participate in hands-on skill sessions plus meet 4-H’ers and volunteers from Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties. Registration deadline is November 11 and can be done online at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/clw or by contacting the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444 or lrahn@illinois.edu. There is no cost attend.

Carroll County 4-H Horse Project Member Potluck

By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth

All Carroll County 4-H Horse Project members past and present, their families and any interested 4-H’ers are invited to a family supper on Saturday, November 16, at 6:00 p.m. at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll. Each family is asked to bring appetizers and/or desserts and your own table service. Drink will be furnished.

There will be a speaker on equine related topics. The Horse Committee will be giving out awards and honors and celebrating the growth in the horse project area.

A short 4-H Horse Committee meeting will be held. For more information contact Leanne Rahn at the Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Office, 815-244-9444 or at lrahn@illinois.edu.

Just How Do You Like It Being Dark at 5pm?

Ugh, with the end of daylight saving time, do you dread the long dark cold evenings? Do you feel trapped inside your home with a case of cabin fever or boredom setting in? Do you click aimlessly from one channel to another?

Why not explore the services and collection at the Lanark Public Library, 111-B South Broad Street. We have several new features for the long winter months to come including a subscription to Ancestry World. This is the world’s largest online family history resource with over 5 billion records online. Some records are free to anyone to access, but the majority is accessible only by paid subscription. The Lindsay Family Library Enrichment Fund, given in memory of Joyce (Teenie) Lindsay Dole, has donated this subscription to the Lanark Public Library for its patrons to use for research.

Tracing your family roots is a time consuming hobby so winter is the perfect time to delve into finding those missing ancestors. Also available are Carroll County history books as well as surrounding counties. Did you run into a brick wall working on your family chart twenty years ago? Research has vastly changed with the advent of the Internet, so it’s worth another look; you just might find your missing answers. Start your research today so you can ask your relatives questions when sending them a Christmas card.

The Friends of the LPL have recently gifted the library with a yearly long subscription for large-print westerns. It’s always a great treat to find new titles.

What if Genealogy and westerns aren’t your bag? The LPL has a wide range of reading genres, magazines, audio books, DVD’s, e-books, daily and weekly newspapers as well as public access computers, to name just a few of the great amenities available at 111-B South Broad Street.

Library hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. Noon-5, Thurs. Noon-7:30 and Sat 10-3. Why not set a winter goal to visit the LPL once a month. Who knows what new hobbies and interests you might discover and enjoy. It’s a habit worth cultivating.

In the Service

Jessica M. Gallacher

Army National Guard Pvt. Jessica M. Gallacher has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Gallacher is the daughter of Denise and Thomas Carr of Ashby Road, and Scott Gallacher of Keller Street, all of Savanna.

She is a 2011 graduate of West Carroll High School, Savanna.

Cole G. Rogers

Army National Guard Pvt. Cole G. Rogers has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Rogers is the son of Danise Taylor of Hanover, Ill.

Celebrate the Holidays with Yuletide Fun and Music

Back Street Players, in conjunction with Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition, will present “Tales of the Yuletide,” a lighthearted collection of holiday skits and songs. Theatergoers will delight in the amusing antics of the characters, as they share their stories of Christmas preparations and aggravations. Familiar seasonal music will accompany each yarn.

These amusing tales will open in Orangeville with the Mighty Richland Players at Masonic Hall, 203 High Street, November 29 and 30 at 7:30 PM, and December 1 at 2:00 PM. Reservations preferred for this dessert theater show. Tickets are $20.00 and available through the Monroe Arts Center by calling 608-325-5700.

The show continues the following weekend with Plum River Playhouse, and will be held in Mount Carroll at Metcalf Hall on the Campbell Center Campus, Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, at 7:30 PM. Advance tickets are $10.00, available through Stockton Banking Center, 815-947-2000 or THE National Bank, Mt. Carroll Branch, 815-244-2265. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00.

Closing performances are at Back Street Players, Hanover Township Hall, 111 Monroe Street, Hanover, Saturday, December 7, 7:30 PM and a Sunday matinee on December 8, 2:00 PM. Reservations required by calling Apple River State Bank 815- 591-2201. Tickets for this dessert theater are $12.00 each.

Please join Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition and share in this delightful launch into the holiday season.

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