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The Extra Mile Award Recipients honored at the Morrison School Board meeting January 25 are (Left to Right) Tricia Tomasino, Anita Dobbins, Leon Williams, Joe Robbins, and Laura Kramoski. Not Pictured: Steve Braasch. (PA photo/Lynette Forth)

‘Extra Mile Award’ Presented at Morrison School Board

By Lynnette Forth For The Prairie Advocate News

MORRISON – On January 25th the Morrison School District held their regular board meeting. Many topics were brought up, but the highlight was the presentation of the Extra Mile Award.

This award was given to the individuals who came to the aide of Alex Cartwright on the day he was struck by lightning. President Jim Prombo and Superintendent Girard presented each recipient with a certificate.

On August 20, 2010 Alex was seriously injured while leaving school. His life was saved because of the quick actions of Joe Robbins, Steve Braasch, Tricia Tomasino, Laura Kramoski, and Anita Dobbins. These individuals assisted in various ways including: administering CPR, retrieving an Automated External Defibrillator, providing counseling to students, and supporting the family.

This is the second time that such an award has been given. The first time it was presented to volunteers who built the concession stand at no cost. Superintendent Girard commented that she is very grateful to everyone for the roles that they took during Alex’s’ time of need. Girard also noted that the families of Alex Cartwright have been wonderful to work with. Cartwright’s family noted that Alex is continuing to improve.

The Morrison Ambulance crew and the Morrison Fire Departments also played a crucial role in getting Alex the quickest care possible. It was also stated that the Morrison Community Hospital was to be praised for stabilizing Alex and then getting him transferred to another hospital.

The Superintendent’s report showed that the district has been working on revisions to the Behavior Code since the fall. Administrative teams are continuing to learn tools and resources to gather data and improve achievement. Girard mentioned that the district is looking for ways to improve the health and nutrition of the students. It was mentioned that recently the cafeteria has started displaying the calorie count of each food item on the school lunch menu.

Elementary Principal Joe Robbins noted that he is very thankful to the individuals and organizations that have made donations to the Elementary schools. He stated that the number of volunteers in the classrooms is increasing. Volunteers come into the classes to do a variety of things including: reading to children, being read to, and making copies.

The Financial Report showed that revenues are at about 48%, which was noted to be a little bit ahead of where they were this time one year ago. “We are on target in most areas” stated Superintendent Girard.

The Citizens’ Advisory Committee report included the possibility of random drug testing among students who participate in extra-curricular activities. The possibility of doing such testing brought up much discussion. Of course, cost would be an issue. The board is looking into finding ways to get the public’s input on this topic. One such idea was circulating a survey to let people share their opinions on this topic. The committee also reported that they are working to make clear distinctions among punishment options.

The 2011 schedule of Board meeting dates was approved. Also, the adoptions of the 2011-2012 school calendars were approved. It was noted that the calendar is mostly the same as in the past, except for the reduction of Christmas break by two days. It was also shown that 2 days were added due to the Martin Luther King holiday and Veteran’s Day. Also, there will be no school attendance during the week of the County Fair, except for a ½ day on Friday.

Approval was granted to seek bids for replacement of portions of some of the districts parking lots.

The next meeting will be held on February 8th in the High School Media Center at 6:30 pm.

New Vactor Discussed at Morrison City Council Working Meeting

By Lynnette Forth For The Prairie Advocate News

MORRISON – Morrison Council and City officials met on Monday night January 24th, 2011. The first item brought up for discussion of the evening was the approval of bills payable totaling $48,973.58.

The main focus of the evening was the need for the city to purchase a new Vactor. Gary Tresenriter, Superintendent of Public Service, approached council members with the concern about the city’s current Vactor machine.

This type of equipment is used by the street department to clean sewers, the bottom of man holes, storm sewers, and on water main breaks. The need for this machine is very high, and it was stated that it was used during the recent power outage when the lift station was out of power. It was used to keep water out of basements.

He expressed the possibility of purchasing a used Vactor from the city of Rock Falls. The purchase price for this type of equipment is $35,000.00, which is considered a very reasonable price. The current Vactor is in need of new tires, and was purchased in 1989.

Concerns were expressed that if the current machine would happen to break-down, the cost of repairs would be very high. If the used Vactor from Rock Falls was purchased, Tresenriter would expect to get at least 10 years of use. Tresenriter encouraged council members to think over this decision, and bring it to the next meeting.

Concerns were raised about the need for shut off valves at the Sports Complex. It was stated that heat is needed to keep the pipes from freezing. Currently, the lights are set to be shut off at 11 p.m. Council members were encouraged to ponder ideas to save money at the Complex in the future.

The Animal Control Department is exploring the option of developing a relationship with a “No Kill” shelter in the future. It was brought up that this would be something worth checking into. Currently, Morrison utilizes a shelter in Clinton for animal placement.

The next meeting will be held on Monday February 14th..

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With an artist’s rendering of the proposed Hanover Sk8 Park are (l to r) Samuel Rowell (sitting), Gavin Carter, Riley Wolter, Hevin Larson, Anita Larson, Garrett Haekness, and Bob gable. Holding the poster is Steven Moris and Caleb Flack. (PA photo/Tom Kocal)

The Dream of Hanover’s ‘SK8’ Park Soon to Become a Reality

The project started late summer of 2010 with a dream of a skateboard park - the dream of a group of Hanover kids.

“There are several kids in Hanover who enjoy skateboarding,” said Hanover SK8 Park coordinator Anita Larson, the mother of one of the dreamers, her son Kevin. “They are very limited on safe, smooth surfaces to skate on.”

Larson said they would do just about anything to skate.

“They have taken a kitchen broom to sweep gravel off of the blacktop playground behind the park district and have been skate boarding there. The surface is rough and does not create an ideal place to skate,” she said.

“We have some skaters in town who have the ability to do some really cool things on their skate boards and show a lot of talent. They are asking for a place in town and the components to enjoy this sport. Skate boarding has been becoming more and more popular in the past several years and a lot of towns have been developing facilities for young people who enjoy this sport.”

The group began by attending a Hanover Village Board meeting to seek approval of the location-a grassy area next to the road at the Hanover Park District. Larson said the spot is only used during the village Easter Egg Hunt, and the Village Trustees agreed. It will be located on park district property, and will also be under their wing.

“But the kids will be responsible for keeping it clean and enjoyable - they’re willing to take ownership,” Larso added.

“Several of the teens have been working hard to raise funds through a Manny’s pizza fundraiser. Riley Wolter sold 57 pizza’s!”

Larson said the group intends to keep working until they have the funds to complete the skate park. “I believe this will be a great project for them to learn to work for something and then take pride and ownership in taking care of it. The spot that has been approved for the skate park is next to the highway beside the park district and is highly visible. I believe they will be holding each other accountable to take care of it after all of the work they are doing to get the park in.”

This past weekend, four of the Sk8 Park kids and Mr. Leonard Brokaw were at the park district selling cookies, rice krispy treats, bottled water and Sk8 park t-shirts to the G.E.A.R. basketball groups as a fundraiser. 

“Our goal is to earn $30,000 for the skate park by the end of May,” Larson added. “We have a couple of plan options depending upon grants and how much money we are able to raise from donations and fundraisers.”

“We plan to assist in any way, shape and form that we can,” said Bob Gable, Village Trustee. “The Village will be applying for a grant, and we support the project whole-heartedly.” The grant is from the Tony Hawke Foundation. Hawke is a world-reknowed skate-border, the “father” of modern-day skateboarding.

Mayor Don Schaible agrees. He was not available for the photo, but in a statement, said, “When young people step forward with ideas and solutions to accomplish those goals, it’s a community’s responsibility to encourage and support them. The Village of Hanover Board and I ask for your support and resources to help these young people realize one of their dreams.”

“The Hanover Sk8 Park Group requests your consideration to assist in making this dream become a ‘concrete’ reality by helping us with a donation,” Larson said. “Your contribution will be an investment in the recreational options of the Hanover community. Thank you for caring about and supporting our youth.”

Larson works at the Hanover branch of the Apple River State Bank, who is accepting donation for the project, as well as at their Elizabeth, Warren, Scales Mound, and Apple River locations, and at the First Community Bank in Galena.

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between the Illinois State Police and AAA to show driving students the dangers of texting while driving. Eastland’s driver’s education teacher Galen Wirth said, “Students are taught not to text when driving and I ask parents to cooperate and ask their teen drivers not to text and drive.” The lady to Cherub’s right is Melanie Wingo from IDOT who conducted the program. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

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Trying to steer with both arms while texting on the simulator is Milledgeville freshman Samantha Feltenz. Samantha just got her driving permit, and was convinced that multi-tasking while driving is a bad idea: “I didn’t do very well at all!”

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Sammy the Safety Penguin (Amanda Bennett) is the mascot for Operation Teen Safe Driving and the MHS SADD programs. She reminds students that “safety never takes a holiday.”

‘No Phone Zone’ at Milledgeville and Eastland High Schools

“Watch out for that jogger,” You’re in the wrong lane.” Those were some of the comments made by Milledgeville students on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and Eastland students while watching one of their classmates using the AAA driving simulator Wednesday, January 26, Eastland High School.

The driving simulator was provided to Eastland through the Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) grant. West Carroll and Milledgeville high schools have an OTSD grant, and even though Eastland does not, Eastland Students for Sober Living (SSL) were able to secure the simulator for Wednesday, January 26th.

The simulator has 3 computer screens which resemble a windshield. The computer projects a roadway on the screens with oncoming traffic, pedestrians, stop lights, a train crossing, and several other situations one would encounter while driving. Part of the simulation can include various weather such as rain, snow, fog and nighttime driving.

During the “driving session” the student is required to text and drive. Melanie Wingo, IL Department of Transportation (IDOT), who operated the simulator, says the purpose of the simulator is to show teens that they need to pay close attention to driving and not try to do other things, especially texting.

At the end of each “driving session” the computer provides a report to the driver of all the things that were done wrong like: no turn signal, crossing the center line, turning into the wrong lane and of course, anything or anyone that was hit. Driving infractions ranged from 7 to 27.

The Bottom Line: Cruise Night, Community House, General Fund Discussed

By Mick Parsons For The Prairie Advocate News

MOUNT CARROLL– After what seems like an eternity of wrangling with the county over the fate of the Galena Street Bridge, the city council gave it’s stamp of approval for Mayor Carl Bates to sign the Local Agency Agreement between the City of Mount Carroll and Carroll County to begin engineering studies. These studies, which will be paid for jointly by the city, the county, and the state, will cost $160,000.

According to the agreement, 80% – $128,000 – will be paid out of county BRP funds, and $32,000 will be paid for by the city. There was no fanfare or discussion, though it was noted that County Board Chairman Rod Fritz had already signed off on the project – something he has been loathe to do and has put off doing as long as possible – so that the process could begin immediately.

During the 6:45 Finance Committee Meeting, Alderman Doris Bork pointed out that a recent decision by the council to give Cruise Night organizers $800 this year doubles what was previously agreed upon in August 2010. Bork wanted the committee to recommend that the council scale it’s contribution back to $400.

“We need to be fair,” she said, “so that the money doesn’t run out and so that other groups can use it, too.”

The fund in question is the line item referred to as “The Band Fund.” This fund is fed continuously from tax payments that come in to the city throughout the year, and according to the Mayor, is one of the few funds where maintaining the balance isn’t an issue, and that the city releases that money on a case by case basis. Bates added that it was unlikely that there would be such a flood of legitimate requests that the fund, which currently has $2500 in it, would hit zero.

When the matter was discussed again during the regular meeting, Car Cruise organizer Len Anderson , who sat in the audience, told the council that he hoped they would decide to stick with the $800 contribution; he added that Kunes Automotive, who is the other main backer of the events, gets less out of them than the city of Mount Carroll, and given the tough economic times, he isn’t as comfortable with asking them for the same level of support as they have given in the past.

Eventually a motion was brought by Doris Bork for the city to return to it’s original agreement of $400. Only Bork and Lego voted for the motion, however, which means that the city will go ahead with it’s intent to contribute $800 – which is never dispersed all at once – towards the four Car Cruise Nights that will be scheduled throughout the summer.

Lou Schau of the CDC told the council that the coffee shop in the Kraft Building will have a “soft” opening by the 2nd week of February, “or,” he joked, “I’ll be dead.” The plumbing is more or less done, and right now it’s getting the modifications to the kitchen done. He also reminded council that, in spite of the winter weather outside, that Brick Street Days are coming up. He mentioned, but did not request, that he would like the city to consider a $300 contribution – which would also come from The Band Fund – to Brick Street Days. “I’m just putting it out there,” he said, so that it would be in the minutes when it comes time to actually discuss the issue.

Bork also brought up The Community House project, which was also discussed at some length during the Finance Committee meeting. The primary issue, the mayor pointed out, was time and money. Since the city council decided to not fund the project – to the tune of $20,000 – Bates said he’s having to try and get it done for free – which means waiting until the people who are willing to do the work are able to do the work. And once the work begins, he added, it pretty much has to get done. The Community House bathrooms, which have been on the city council agenda longer than most people care to think about, need to be gutted and replaced, which will make the entire building unusable until the project is completed.

“You look at me like I’m not doing something” Bates, said. “But at the end of the day I’m trying to save the city money, and that takes time. And I’m taking the time. ” He added that he’s been able to get around 90% of the plumbing done for free, and most of the electric; but he still has to get the rest of it done. “Unless you want to authorize that $20,000” Bates said, trying to make his point. “Then the bathrooms could be done tomorrow.”

It was also pointed out that The Community House is consistently rented out in spite of the fact that the bathrooms aren’t in working order, and on top of waiting for people to be able to do the work at a time when they won’t be losing money – because paying customers come first and “I don’t begrudge them that at all,” Bates said – it would be ideal for the work to be done at a time when the building isn’t being used.

Of course, one of the problems with funding the Community House repairs is that, even if the council agreed to authorize the $20,000, there isn’t really the money in the budget to do it. The General Fund, while it’s solvent, is dwindling. The beginning balance of the General Fund on January 1st of this year was $8,411.60, while the ending balance is $25,191.43.

“That’s the fund that scares the hell out me,” Bates said. “That’s the one that really tells you the shape the city is in.” It’s important to note that the General Fund is only one line item in the budget, and that other funds – the Motor Fuel Tax Fund, Special Revenue Funds (which include the Band Fund, IMRF, Recreation, Civil Defense, and the Garbage Fund, among others) are in pretty solid shape.

The issue with the General Fund boils downs to the ripple effect of the state’s $13 billion fiscal abyss. This means that while the state is making some headway at paying tax reimbursements to communities all over the state, Mount Carroll is one of many communities that the state is 90 days behind in paying.

Historic Preservation was also discussed. Larry Despain, who owns and lives in the Glenview Hotel at the corner of Clay and Market Street, came before the council to ask the city to draft a letter to IDOT requesting a speed study. His repeated claims that semis driving by the historic structure are damaging the building have fallen on deaf ears everywhere except for city council. The only remedy he has at this point, according to Police Chief Fred Cass, is to request a speed study in order to determine whether the speed limit can be lowered. Cass pointed out, however, that just because IDOT gets a request for a speed study doesn’t mean that 1) IDOT will actually do the study, or 2) that the outcome will be a favorable one. The council agreed to draft a letter in the hopes that IDOT will at least agree to do the study.

After that, the council went into executive session in order to “consider the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body.” When the council came out of executive session, it voted to approve $4,250 for MSA Professional Services to conduct an engineering study of the property.

Washington’s Birthday to Be Observed on February 21st In Savanna

By Michael Miller For The Prairie Advocate News

SAVANNA – Observation of the Washington’s Birthday holiday will be on the 21st of February for the City of Savanna, per the decision of the Savanna City Council at their latest regular meeting.

The meeting was attended by Council members Robert David, Lois Hunsaker, Jeff Griswold, Bill Grummitt, Peg Haffey, Rosalie Hansen, Merle Long and Bill Robinson. Also attending were Mayor Larry Stebbins, City Clerk Paul Hartman, City Attorney Phil Jensen, Comptroller/Treasurer Sheryl Sipe, Fire Chief Shawn Picolotti and Public Works Superintendent John Lindeman. Police Chief Michael Moon was absent.

The remarkably sparse agenda yielded a meeting only about twenty minutes in length, during which only one Committee report was received, from Hotel/Motel. Committee Chairman Bill Grummitt updated the Council on the happenings of the committee’s latest meeting, including the news that Blackhawk Waterways plans to install 20 kiosks in the area that will contain brochures. Plans for locations are still tentative, but Grummitt said that Savanna will get one at Poopy’s Pub and Grub, and another will be installed at the Land of Oz in Mt. Carroll. The Hotel/Motel Committee will share expenses for this venture with the Carroll County tourism committee. He also reported an effort to start a $100.00 drawing available at the website, which would give four winners $100.00 credit to be used for gas or gift cards. This will cost the Committee $200.00.

The Council approved payment of Warrant #9A, bills for the month, totaling $100,633.80.

Since the official date of recognition for Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd this year, a Tuesday, Sipe asked if the City would want to celebrate it on the 21st, a Monday (also President’s Day). After a motion by Hunsaker, seconded by Hansen, the entire Council approved the motion.

The Council approved the fourth addendum to the use agreement for the Savanna Train Car Museum whereby the City allows the Train Car Museum Committee the use of City property for the Museum, for the grand total of $1.00.

The final item of New Business before the Council was approval of payment for the fourth draw down from the CDAP Grant Fund to finance the Capital Improvement Plan, in the amount of $8,249.60.

Esther Losh addressed the Council, telling them that there is a problem with vehicles parking too close to the corner on Pike and Viaduct Road, which she says restricts visibility creating what Stebbins called a “line of sight” issue. The Mayor said he’d have the police department look into the matter for a solution.

Lindeman announced there will be a public hearing on February 8th before beginning CDAP grant application procedures for the new water meters the Council approved during the last meeting.

Hunsaker reported that she’s seen snow plowed out onto Chicago Avenue in the area where people generally park at the corner of Park and Chicago, and wondered if something could be done to address this. She said she didn’t believe the City was doing this. The Mayor said he’d look into the matter, and shortly thereafter, adjourned the meeting.

71st District Report

Procedural Reforms for the 97th General Assembly

1983. For some, it seems like yesterday. For others, it rightly seems like three decades ago. Much has changed since 1983. Technology has zoomed forward – personal computers, cell phones and the Internet have changed society. The Cold War ended, terrorists struck at the heart of America, and our worldview changed forever.

In Illinois politics, however, there has been one constant. In 1983, Chicago Democrat Michael J. Madigan became Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. He has held that title for 26 of the last 28 years. Governors have come and gone – Thompson, Edgar, Ryan, Blagojevich, and now Quinn. All the while, Speaker Madigan has ruled Illinois with an iron fist.

The Rules of the Illinois House of Representatives are set up to ensure that the Speaker maintains total control over the House. Good ideas are bottled up in the Rules Committee; legislators and the general public are kept in the dark; sweeping changes are jammed through the General Assembly in a single day, without public input; and our horribly unbalanced State Budget is dropped on legislators’ desks a matter of hours before the final budget vote.

Illinoisans must demand openness and accountability from their government. We need common-sense procedural reforms to open up the operations of the Illinois House and make them more democratic. The time has come to provide real reforms to the House Rules, to restore the public’s confidence in our state government and give duly-elected legislators the opportunity to offer their ideas and participate in the decision-making process.

Illinois House Republicans are proposing a series of procedural reforms for the new 97th General Assembly. These reforms will open up the legislative process and provide much-needed “sunshine” and accountability. Our reforms include the following:

1. Guaranteed Consideration of Measures Supported by 71 Members

2. Public Hearings of the Rules Committee

3. Public Review Period Prior to Committee Action on Amendments

4. Public Review Period Prior to Final Action on Budget Bills

5. Year-Round Review of State Budget & Spending

6. Line-Item Budgets for State Programs

7. Performance-Based Budgeting

8. Ensuring a Reasonable Number of Committees

I would like to focus on a couple of these reform measures, the first being Guaranteed Consideration of Measures Supported by 71 Members.

The current House Rules give the Speaker absolute control over legislation. For example, a legislator files a bill that has widespread support among rank-and-file legislators. However, the Speaker doesn’t want the bill to pass, so he buries it in the House Rules Committee. The legislator’s only recourse is to file a Motion to Discharge the bill from Rules so that it may be considered in a standing committee or on the House Floor. However, this Motion requires unanimous consent. In nearly every case, the House Majority Leader objects to the Motion, on behalf of the Speaker. The legislation dies – no public hearing, no vote, dead.

It is unreasonable and undemocratic to grant any one House member the authority to prevent consideration of legislation that most House members support. By requiring unanimous consent for the discharge of legislative measures from the Rules Committee, the current House Rules effectively allow one member to thwart the will of not only a majority, but also an extraordinary majority, of the House of Representatives.

Our reform proposal would allow the discharge of legislative measures from the Rules Committee with 71 affirmative votes, rather than unanimous consent. Therefore, if an extraordinary majority of House members want to debate and vote on a legislative measure, they will have the opportunity to do so.

The other main focus of our procedural reforms is the state budget. For too long, the budget has been put together in closed-door meetings between the Governor and legislative leaders. Rank-and-file legislators have little input and even less time to review the proposed budget before voting on it. It is unconscionable that a thousand page budget bill that appropriates billions of taxpayer dollars drops onto legislators’ desks only a few hours before the final vote. The present process keeps legislators and the general public in the dark.

Illinois needs a “sunshine in budgeting” rule. To increase openness and transparency in the state budget process, our reforms require that appropriation bills be available for public review in their final form for no less than three days prior to a vote.

We would further require line-item budgets for all state programs. For the last two years, the General Assembly has passed a lump-sum budget which does not provide any detail on specific appropriations. Democrats have simply sent a pot of money to the Governor and said, “You deal with it.” They have overspent revenues by billions of dollars each and every year, leading to a record $15 billion budget deficit.

The state budget should outline specific line-item appropriations for the various state programs. It is the responsibility of the General Assembly to enact a clear, defined spending plan at the start of each fiscal year so that our constituents, providers, and taxpayers will know the level of funding and services for that year.

The people of Illinois want a state government that is open and accountable for its actions. The procedural reforms outlined by the Illinois House Republicans will open up the legislative process and provide accountability for how our tax dollars are spent.

Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) is the State Representative for the 71st Illinois House District.

Guest Commentary . . .

The New-Old Barack Obama

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

The 2012 presidential campaign has begun. Not being a political junkie, it gives me no pleasure to report this phenomenon. And no further proof of this assertion is needed than Barack Obama’s tactical shift.

You may recall, during the first two years of his presidency, Obama’s statements that he didn’t care if he turned out to be a one-term president. So dedicated was he to his progressive agenda, so desirous was he of ushering in an era of permanent big government, that he refused to compromise with Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party activists and other assorted atavistic types. He would build a progressive utopia or get voted out of office trying.

My, how a mid-term electoral “shellacking” changes things. Since November, Obama has seemed to be moving toward the political center. There can be only one possible explanation for this apparent transformation: The man wants to be re-elected, and will do what he has to do to achieve his goal.

Even before the New Year dawned, President Obama swallowed his egalitarian pride and accepted a two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts. This was an outstanding deal for Obama, enhancing his plausibility as a moderate while receiving Republican support for hundreds of billions of dollars in spending that benefit Democratic Party special interests.

In the first week of January, Obama replaced, as chief of staff, the partisan pit-bull, Rahm Emmanuel, with the more moderate (at least, in tone) Bill Daley.

In his State of the Union address, Obama played to the middle, paying lip service to free enterprise while making the case that it’s up to government to ensure future prosperity. His call for a five-year freeze on “discretionary spending” was brilliant. While wooing independents and moderates with his talk of fiscal restraint, he must have delighted his leftist allies with his proposal to make the Pentagon bear the lion’s share of spending cuts. (A pre-speech release went so far as to describe defense spending as “nonsecurity” spending, but somebody wisely deleted that gaffe from the final version).

According to Obama’s own calculations, this freeze will realize savings of $400 billion over the next decade. That sounds like a lot, but it amounts to less than one percent of planned spending.

Reversing his earlier opposition to bi-national trade agreements, Obama has begun to push for ratification of long-pending trade deals with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. These deals make economic and political sense. They should help contribute to economic growth—always a plus for a president seeking re-election—and will enable Obama to portray himself as more pro-business.

If gas prices rise to $4 per gallon, don’t be surprised if Obama reverses his administration’s two-year-old policy of stifling domestic oil production. His team will, of course, spin this as a heroic Obama riding to the rescue, when, in fact, the prudent policy would have been to unleash domestic producers from day one of his term.

Obama’s strategy is masterfully conceived. It is a classic “two steps forward, one step back” tactic for advancing his larger progressive goal of increasing the federal government’s power over the distribution of wealth in our society.

Some of his leftist supporters, less mature and less canny than the president, have already started to howl in protest of his perceived move to the center. This can only help Obama to appear more centrist, and disguise the fact that his compromises are relatively minor concessions.

If Obama were to continue trying to ram through his big-government agenda after the mid-term election, he would have sealed his fate as a one-term president and triggered a conservative backlash. Instead, he is positioning himself to win a second term and so solidify his progressive agenda.

Obama, to his credit, has learned patience. He wants four more years to empower unelected bureaucrats to extend their stranglehold on the economy, four more years to appoint federal judges and Supreme Court justices who share his disdain for the Constitution’s restraints on executive power, four more years to veto any legislative attempts to reverse the trend toward bigger government.

Democrats should take heart and Republicans had better watch out. This man means business, and he is already doing what he does best: campaigning. The “new Obama” that some people see is really just the old Obama—a clever, driven politician committed to a permanent expansion of government power.

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

Dishing It Out

By Sue Langenberg

You can dish it out but sure can’t take it,” was something that we sniped about from time to time as teenagers. I guess it had something to do with handing out an insult, but then bursting into helpless tears when it came back to me. Or something like that.

Those were the high school days when one too many funny looks or snickers my way meant grand life-threatening consequences. The world came to an end about every five minutes.

Sometimes you can’t win, however, because then I was accused of not dishing it out at all. That was when a new husband grunted, “what’s for supper?” or a mother-in-law wondered why her perfect son wasn’t being attended to properly. I’ve never worn a maid’s outfit, nor ever will, everyone should have observed. So I guess I didn’t dish it out when I was supposed to. Those were the days when the world didn’t end quite as often, just marriages.

But when the mood strikes, I dish it out these days, only now on real dishes. About everyday dishware, there are less than formal options in my cupboards. A stack of modest colors and mixed chips suffice from day to day. When it comes to entertaining, even a small gathering, however, I dish it out differently.

One would think that a charming set of holiday dishes would please all, especially the next generations. I began collecting them, one plate or one serving platter at a time some years ago. The first time that a version of the set with cheerfully decorated tree and a toy train track appeared on the table, I was most proud. I even photographed my dining room table and sent it as a greeting card. A comment from a relative was, “…what pretty plastic dishes.” I shuddered with my nose in the air.

My daughter had that familiar smirk on her face that travels from mouth to ear. That smirk is normally reserved for special “mom-is-a-dork” moments. This particular holiday dishes reaction smirk took on even more than just the regular “mom-is-a-dork” with, “mom-is-REALLY-a-dork.” And she hasn’t been impressed with the dishes since, though I still collect.

Then I inherited a marvelous set from my grandmother that I lovingly use for other holidays. I love to tell the story about who sat around her table, what giggles and belches from uncles there were and how we in the last century didn’t think that “grandma-was-a-dork.” (Well, maybe sometimes.)

Same “mom-is-a-dork” smirk. This, I get from an otherwise artistically inclined daughter who fusses about what artwork is on the wall and what colors to use for pillows on the couch. But dishes just aren’t on her appreciation radar.

There are different dishes for different folks, I have discovered. I had a goofy male friend some time ago who always drank wine from the first thick canning jar he ran into. As long as it fit on his guitar stand, he was fine. My ex-husband, on the other hand, agonizes that he once had to drink a very expensive wine from Dixie cups in a certain work situation. He never got over it.

I always like the last laugh, however, but I won’t be around to see it. I have envisioned when one day I am gone and my daughter inherits my charming set with a decorated tree and toy train at the base. And the other set with ivy décor on each piece. She will proudly emote, “Oh, alas, mom’s dishes! (sniffle, sniffle) Aren’t they beautiful? We had such good times…”

Meantime, I still dish it out.

Can you relate? If you would like to comment on Hot Flashes, Sue can be reached via E-mail at, or

Today, January 24, is my daughter Susan’s 15th birthday. She wants to bake her own cake, so we’ll have that along with ice cream tonight. Susan was born on my sister Liz’s birthday, so Liz is 42 today. Friday evening we helped Jacob and Emma dress two hogs. On Saturday morning we went to go help cut up the meat. The hogs both weighed over 300 pounds. We usually start by cutting out the pork loins, hams, pork steak, side pork, bacon, ribs, or whatever we prefer to keep out of the sausage. Jacob and Emma wanted more sausage so they only kept two hams, four pork loins, one chunk of pork steak, and the ribs. The rest was cut up and ground into sausage. Everyone pitched in to help. The children helped by cutting up the lard into small pieces. Also the sausage meat was cut into small strips for the grinder. The big black kettle was used to cook the meat off the bones. The juice from the meat - along with flour, salt and pepper - was used to make 21 gallons of “pon hoss” and some meat from the bones was added. Liver pudding was made from the ground meat that was cooked off the bones.

Butchering day is usually a long, hard-working day. Emma and her daughters made breakfast burritos so we did not have to take time to eat before we left home. Our thermometer said -2 degrees when we left for their house Saturday morning, so we made sure to take plenty of extra coats for the buggy ride. You can’t run the horses as fast when it is that cold because it can be harder on them.

The meat was all cut-up inside Jacob and Emma’s buggy tool-shed. They had a heater burning in there and it was warm enough that we didn’t get too cold working up the meat. We didn’t get the lard rendered yet. We plan to help them with that this Friday night. We took a quick break from the hard work for noon dinner. On the menu was fresh-fried tenderloin, mashed potatoes, gravy made from the drippings of the meat, dressing, corn, lettuce salad, celery and carrot sticks, bread, butter and jam, and chocolate, butterscotch and lemon pies for dessert. Daughter Elizabeth made chocolate chip bars on Friday to serve during the mid-morning break. Mom would always make lard cakes on butchering day morn. I remember her mixing these up even before we ate breakfast. Lard cakes are sort of like a doughnut.

We enjoyed pon hoss for breakfast yesterday morning at our house. All the children like it so I fried quite a few pans. Along with that we had fried eggs and potatoes. We are still using the potatoes from our garden and the eggs are from our own chickens. It really helps on the grocery bill at this time of the year. Joe will be home next week. I am hoping we will be able to butcher our beef while he is off. I would like to do so when Joe would be home to help during the days. Joe will also not have work on the week of February 14 so hopefully one of the weeks will work.

Yesterday morning it was really cold. Our wireless thermometer showed minus 16 degrees and the other one by the window showed -9. Joe turned the coal stove up another notch and with the propane lights on a little longer the house stayed cozy. It was our Sunday off church so we stayed home in the warm house. I will share Mother’s recipe for pot pie soup. She would make this from a ham bone she cooked. It was a soup she was brought up with when she was a child also.

Pot Pie Soup

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg



3 diced potatoes

Crack the egg yolk and white into a cup and fill the cup halfway with water. Stir and pour into a bowl. Then add flour and salt and knead until a pie dough consistency forms. Roll out thin and cut the dough into 1-inch by 1-inch squares. In a kettle put sausage or ham broth (vegetable, chicken or beef broth can also be used) and bring to a boil. Then drop in the squares of rolled out dough. Add diced potatoes and heat on medium until potatoes are tender. Serve warm.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Photos from butchering day, including the liver pudding cooking on the kettle can be seen at We also are wanting reader’s favorite memories from The Amish Cook as we celebrate our 20 year anniversary this year. Memories can be submitted at This was shared from Diane in Omaha: I first started reading The Amish Cook when we moved to a small town in Iowa where we knew no one and were living in a pretty isolated area. Before I started to work and meet people, I always looked forward to reading your column - like having coffee with a friend. Favorite memories from readers will be included throughout the year.

Also, we still have sets of slightly damaged cookbooks available at over 50 percent off regular price. The sets include the following

A 55 Year Wedding celebration

Paul and Sandra Shade of Forreston will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary with their family.

Paul Shade and the former Sandra Hille were married February 4, 1956 at the Main Street EUB Church in Freeport. Karen Hille Rouse and R.B. Shumaker stood up for the couple. The Rev. Hartman officiated.

The couple have 2 daughters, Debbie (Kim) Sweitzer and Kathy (Dennis) Gantz. They also have 5 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren.

Cards may be sent to them at: 4742 N. Mt. Vernon Rd., Forreston, IL 61030.


Schuble-Traver to Exchange Vows

Walt and Anita Schuble of Chadwick, IL are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Gretchen Schuble to Jeffrey Traver, son of Cory and Deb Traver of Clinton, IA.

Grandparents are the late Edwin and Norma Lense of Chicago, IL; the late Orville and Betty Schuble of Oregon, IL; Bill and Esther Griggs of Clinton, IA; and the late Stewart and Marilyn Traver of Davenport, IA.

Volws will be exchanged June 11, 2011 at the Evangelical Free Church in Clinton with a reception following at Gil’s Ballroom. Invitations will be sent.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Unity Christian High School and will graduate from Carl Sandburg College this coming May as a dental hygenist. Her finacé graduated from Unity Christian High School and Clinton Community College in the filed of Mechatronics. He is currently employed in Thomson, IL with Solutions from Science.

Cole’s Welcome New Son

Cristina and Sean Cole of Lanark welcome a new son, Alejandro Troy, born on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, IL. Alejandro joins two sisters and three brothers. Grandparents are Barbara Moore of Moscow Mills, Maryland and Gloria Marin Bedoya of Manizales, Colombia. Great grandmother is Katherine Tot of Davenport, Iowa.

Braylon A. Sager

Tiffany Phillips and Jonathan Nath-Sager of Lanark are parents of a son, Braylon Allen Sager, born Friday, January 14, 2011, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

Braylon has one sister, Brieanna, 17 months.

Grandparents are Sheldon and Robin Phillips of Lanark, and Greg Sager and Tina Kay Pfeiffer-Sager, both of Freeport.

Great-grandparents are Richard and Ruthanne Carter of Milledgeville and Richard and Ada Phillips of Golden Valley, Ariz.


The Carroll, JoDaviess, and Stephenson County Farm Bureaus are working together to sponsor a Wine Trail on Saturday, March 19. Five wineries in the three county area will be a part of the trail. Tickets are $25 each through February 15 and $30 after that. By purchasing a ticket you get tastings and snacks at all five wineries. The trail is self-guided. Space is limited to the first 75 signed up. Tickets can be bought at any of the 3 Farm Bureau offices. So don’t delay and get your tickets today!

Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB®) members now have even more opportunities to save when purchasing from Case IH. That’s because IFB and Case IH have expanded their rebate partnership program for 2011 to include the Case IH Scout utility vehicle. Members will be able to redeem a $300 rebate on the Scout, in addition to the existing $500 rebates on 55-105 HP Farmall Utility Tractors and 110-139 HP Maxxum Series Tractors, and the $300 rebate on 31-60 HP Farmall A and Compact Tractors. Farm Bureau and Case IH have partnered since 2006 to offer discounts to members. Members can get a rebate form from their local county Farm Bureau office, or they can download it from the IFB website at

This Friday night, February 4th, the 4C’s will be meeting here in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. This month’s program will be “School Days” with Albert & Bonnie Scheider presenting. The 4C’s is a group of those 55 plus who get together once a month for social time and fellowship. They generally have a speaker, take a tour, or play cards. If you would like to come join them for a month to see what it is all about, feel free. They would love to have you.

Don’t forget if you need a little something for your Valentine, we just received a shipment of Bean Pod Candles. They came out with 5 new scents and I have yet to decide which one is my favorite. The new scents include Wild Berries, Yellow Hibiscus, Passion Fruit, Caribbean Breeze, and Key Lime Pie.

Here are the rest of the Illinois Farm Bureau State Legislative Priorities.

Seek passage of legislation to increase SMV fines to $75.

Support legislation amending the Cemetery Oversight Act so that the provisions of the law are not overly burdensome for cemeteries.

Support legislation addressing the burdensome rate structure for installing or increasing capacity for energy supplies for grain drying.

Support legislation to implement changes for C-FAR.

Staff will investigate and develop the establishment of standards for the posting of non-state roads for weight limits.  This will include collaborating with other groups and entities to establish these standards and to gain a better understanding of this issue.

FS: Happy Hens Healthy Eggs- Multi Colored will deliver. 815-275-2806 rural Mt. Carroll

FS: 3point Bale Mover $175 O.B.O 815-244-3933

FS: Bucket mount bale mover $75 O.B.O 815-244-3933

FS: 32in out swing door $65 815-291-5743

FS: PlayStation2 with two games $25 815-291-5743

WANTED: Round Bales of Hay 815-718-5491

WANTED: Rear wheel weights for IH tractor. 815-684-5349

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Qualifiers from their respective classroom spelling bees are: (kneeling, l to r) Jean Medenblik, Mason Payne, Keegan Kloepping, Isabelle Foltz, Billy Walters, Jeronimo Barragan, Jaycie VanKampen, and Alysa Jackson. Back row, Maddie Meek, Hunter Houston, Dawson Wurster, Cory Simpson, Mitchell Glazier, Karson Metz, Katrina Hazen, and Naomi Koontz.

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(l to r) First place Isabelle Foltz, second place Mitchell Glazier, and tied for third place Jeronimo Barragan and Jean Medenblik. (Photos courtesy of Patricia Laughlin)

Can You Spell W-I-N-N-E-R-S?

West Carroll Intermediate School held its annual spelling bee on Monday, January 24. Sixteen students participated after classroom spelling bees qualified them as finalists. Pronouncer for the contest was Beth Diener, fifith grade teacher. Judges for the event were retired teachers, Fran Donart, Mary Highland, and Trish Joyce. First place spelling winner was Isabelle Foltz, a fifth grader.

Second place winner was Mitchell Glazier, also a fifth grader. There was a tie for third place between Jeronimo Barragan (5th) and Jean Medenblik (4th). All four of these students will go on to compete with middle school students for the district championship on February 3rd. Two winners on that day will go on to the Regional Spelling Bee in Pearl City. The next contest after Pearl City is the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Other finalists in the Intermediate Spelling Bee were fourth graders Keegan Kloepping, Maddie Meek, Alysa Jackson, Mason Payne, Katrina Hazen, Naomi Koontz, and Jaycie Van Kampen, and fifth graders Karson Metz, Hunter Houston, Cory Simpson, Billy Walters, and Dawson Wurster.

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WINGS Youth Program

Dinosaurs, sea monsters, platypus and shrews, the universe and even every person are all featured in Morrison Christian Church’s “Convincing Clues of the Creator,” winter WINGS topic for grades 2-12 now under way from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The session ends with a Big Bang (pun intended!), a program for family, friends and the church family on April 19. Fun and informative! Spread the word! Kids don’t have to be members of the church to attend, and a meal is served at each session. The program is free. Call 815-772-4235 for more information.

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Mount Carroll Rotary Club member Gary Foltz, presents the annual club donation in support of the Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois. Accepting the donation is JoAnn Robinson (L) and Gloria Benson (center) from the hospice, who presented the Jan.25 program for the Mt. Carroll Club. (Courtesy of Lou Schau)

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Second Win for Jo Daviess Carroll AVC Restaurant Management Students

Five students from the Jo Daviess Carroll AVC practiced for months to prepare for the 10th annual state competition held at Kendall College January 22, 2011. At stake was the trophy won by last year’s Management Team.Teams demonstrate their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a restaurant concept, preparing a business plan and developing a menu. The culinary team has one hour to cook three items from their menu and the management team delivers a 10 minute verbal presentation, and applying critical thinking skills to challenges managers face in day-to-day operations. Their performance is observed and rated by judges from leading colleges and universities and industry professionals.

Members of the culinary team are Lauren Bohnsack, daughter of Mark and Deb Bohnsack, Elizabeth; Sarah Miller, daughter of Jeff and Kim Miller, Galena and Valerie Girot, daughter of Paul and Deb Girot, Elizabeth. Members of the Management team are Mallory Schoenhard, daughter of Jon and Lisa Schoenhard, Stockton and Tyler Plath, son of Mark and Lori Plath of Warren.

Saturday, January 22 ,the team returned the Management trophy back to the place of honor it has held since last January. This year’s team concept, The Front Porch, gave this year’s team the edge to win again. The management team will head to Nationals April 29th – May 1, 2011 in Overland Park, Kansas in hopes of bringing home a national win.

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USDA Rural Development presented the 2010 Million Dollar Lender Award to Kent Bank. Left to right are: Lorali Heintzelman, USDA-RD and Carrie Haug, Kent Bank.

USDA Recognizes Kent Bank as One of Illinois’ Top Guaranteed Housing Lenders

Kent Bank was presented a Million Dollar Lender plaque by the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development, recognizing them as one of the top guaranteed housing lenders in Illinois for 2010. The bank guaranteed $1.4 million to help 17 moderate income homebuyers purchase their first home or upgrade to a better one.

Kent Bank, with facilities in Freeport and Kent, has a history of being one of the state’s top guaranteed housing lenders. They are one of more than 300 lenders in Illinois who participate in Rural Development’s home loan program. The agency’s loan guarantees make purchasing a home in non-metropolitan areas more affordable for borrowers.

“Kent Bank has been an important asset to the area’s homebuyers, especially during this difficult housing market,” said Lorali Heintzelman in Rural Development’s Oregon office. “Their commitment to making homeownership affordable and keeping the American Dream alive for families and individuals living in this area is commendable.”

Carrie Haug, Kent Bank Vice President said, “Helping people own their own home is important to us. As a community bank we try to use every tool available to help home-buyers. The Rural Development program has clearly made a difference in our region - we’re delighted to be able to offer the program and its advantages.”

Rural Development also provides financing and technical assistance to foster growth business development and critical community and technology infrastructure. More information on USDA Rural Development programs is available on the web at USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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Dental Hygiene For Your Pets Is Important

Periodontal disease begins with a large amount of bacteria collecting at the gumline, leading to red, inflamed gums, known as gingivitis. Progression of periodontal disease can lead to gum recession, bad breath, loose teeth, facial swelling, abscessed teeth, excess salivation, and severe mouth pain. Oral infection can seed bacteria to other areas of the body such as heart valves, kidneys, and the liver.

Treatment of dental disease involves a dental prophylaxis under general anesthesia. The procedure includes hand and ultrasonic scaling of plaque and calculus on the teeth and beneath the gum line. The teeth are then polished with pumice to smooth imperfections, making it harder for future plaque and calculus to develop. Loose teeth and those affected by deep pockets, cavities, and facial swelling are extracted.

Dental disease can be extremely variable among individual pets. The animal’s genetics can make it prone to tarter accumulation, cavities, gum recession, and tooth loss. Some animals require a dental every few years; others need attention every six months to a year. Owners can slow down the advancement of periodontal disease with daily tooth brushing and feeding dry rather than canned food.

Milledgeville Vet Clinic’s new facility offers a new dental table and ultrasonic scaler with polisher to address dental problems. Please call our clinic at (815) 225-7127 to schedule an oral evaluation for your pet today!

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Saar and Mlakar Attend Workshop

Robin Wilhelms Saar, CSFP, and Cassandre Wilhelms Mlakar of First State Bank Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll recently attended the Risk Management Financial Solutions Workshop in Oakbrook.

The workshop included presentations by Integrity Life Insurance Company on Rollover Investments utilizing Vanguard and iShares ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) designed to provide future income needs. Vanguard is a leader in low-cost ETFs and iShares is the world’s leading ETF-solutions provider.

Robin is Executive Vice President and a Financial Advisor at First State Bank Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll. She is FINRA Series 7, Series 66, Life Insurance, and Long Term Care licensed. Cassandre is a Financial Advisor at First State Bank Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll. She is FINRA Series 7, Series 63, and Life Insurance licensed. They are available for appointments by calling the Shannon Facility at 815-864-2111, the Polo Facility at 815-946-2777, and the Lake Carroll Facility at 815-864-2125.

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Field Trip in the Snow

Four bus loads of students in the sixth and seventh grade at the West Carroll Junior High enjoyed the great outdoors of Northwest Illinois while on their school trip to Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort in Galena.

Some in the group hit the slopes, while others enjoyed a snow-borders dream - the 7-acre Farside Terrain Park - which features half-pipes, quarter pipes, table tops and over 25 rails.

(Top, left to right) Cameron Dreger, Brandon Kaufman, Logan Gengenbach, and Devin Lamar pose with their snowboards before heading to the terrain park.

(Right) Cameron making a jump at the Farside. (Courtesy of LueAnn Dreger)

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Eastland FFA Public Speaking

Eastland FFA members competed in the Section 1 Public Speaking Career Development Event held at Stockton High School January 26th. Seven school competed from Section 1. In the area of Creed speaking, Kori Freidag from Eastland placed third overall behind Kelley Koester of River Ridge and Kenzie Kaiser of Lena-Winslow. A total of 10 FFA members competed in the event.

In the area of Prepared Speaking, Jordan Price from Eastland placed 2nd overall behind Garret Heidenreich of Stockton. Both will be advancing to District 1 Public Speaking Contest on March 10th at Black Hawk Community College at Kewanee. In the Junior Prepared Division, Ryan Sturtz from Eastland placed 1st overall.

In the area of Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Sara Runyan from Eastland placed Second behind Megan Richter of Forreston. Both will also be advancing to District 1 Speaking Contest on March 10th. IN the Junior Division, Cayne Boeke from Eastland placed 1st overall.

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Creed Speaking: Kori Freidag

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Parl Procedure team: (L to R) Cayne Boeke, floor member; Matt Keppen, Secretary; Cory Snetcher, floor member; Anthony Murphy, floor member; Jordan Price, Chairman; Dan Schoeninger, floor member.

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Jr Public Speaking: (L to R) Cayne Boeke, Ryan Sturtz

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Senior Public Speaking: (L to R) Jordan Price, Sara Runyan

Rotary Calls for Applicants to Travel to Guatemala

District 6420, which makes up more than 40 Rotary clubs in Northwestern Illinois, is planning to send a team of 5 volunteers to Ak’Tenamit, Guatemala from May 7-22, 2011 on an International Global Grant service project.

Rotary’s new global grants, offered under the Future Vision Plan, support vocational training teams, and will fund the efforts of this volunteer team. District 6420 is part of a pilot district which will roll out The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model. The selected team will provide a cross-section of vocational training to indigenous Mayan educators at a boarding school in Ak’Tenamit, Guatemala.

Ak’ Tenamit (or “New Village” in the Q’eqchi Mayan language) is a Guatemalan owned and operated nonprofit association based on the Río Dulce in the rainforest of eastern Guatemala that is transforming life in the Q’eqchi villages. Dozens of remote Maya villages, all of which lack electricity and running water were included to form Ak’ Tenamit, giving older children the opportunity to receive an education and vocational training, which they did not have before.

What does Ak’ Tenamit do?

Ak’ Tenamit provides basic healthcare to approximately 6,000 people in 35 Q’eqchi Maya villages.

It gives more than 500 students a practical, vocational education at a jungle boarding school campus, where the national curriculum has been adapted to the students’ indigenous culture and rural reality.

It catalyzes grass-roots development and helps village handicraft cooperatives sell their wares at fair-trade prices, which provides vital income extremely poor families.

It promotes gender equity, cultural pride, community solutions, environmental sustainability and the empowerment of youth.

Since Ak’Tenamit’s inception sixteen years ago, Rotarians and Rotary clubs have played a vital role in its growth and development by not only contributing funds, equipment, supplies and expertise, but also through Rotary work crews visiting the school to work with students during week long service projects. That support has helped Ak’ Tenamit’s education, health and income-generation programs serve many more needy people than they would otherwise have been able to reach.

How can I help?

District 6420 is continuing the previous efforts of District 6440 to bring a vocational team that will work with the teachers and vocational leaders at Ak’Tenemit. The team of five will have intermediate/fluent Spanish-speaking skills, and will be made up of:

One Rotarian team leader and four vocational volunteers, who will work with the local indigenous Mayan educators in the areas of:

· School Administration & Business

· General teaching curriculums

· Mathematics

· English as a Second Language / Spanish

· Computer Technology

· Entrepreneurial skills

· Social Work – for girl’s education

· Food service industry training

Local Rotary Clubs are also accepting donations of the following items for the school that will enhance the project’s mission:

· School supplies of all types

· English/Spanish dictionaries and classroom books

· English/Spanish library books

· Solar panels

· Computer donations/sponsorship/software

· Commercial wood-burning stoves

How do I apply?

All participants on the team must have careers linked to the goals of the grant, but they are not required to have the same professions. Vocational training is an opportunity for Rotarian service, but will include no more than two Rotarians (including the team leader) and three non-Rotarians.

Applications are currently being accepted until February 20, 2011. Interviews will be held on March 5. Please download the complete application at Applications are also available by contacting your local Rotary Club President. Please call Carter Newton at (815) 238-0318 for more information.

To learn more about Ak’ Tenamit, please visit and watch the video, “Rerooted: Community Development in the Rainforest”.

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On Saturday January 29th, Pat Fuller’s EMT-B class participated in an Extrication Training. Fuller is an instructor for OSF St. Anthony’s, and has been working with this group for the past 5-6 months. (Left to Right) Andraya Nelson (Savanna), Amber Strong (Shannon), Angie Messenger (Lanark), Carol Remrey (Mount Carroll), Sean Adams (Chadwick), Aaron Stocks (Chadwick), and Instructor Pat Fuller. Upon completion of class room time, clinical time, and ambulance time, the students will be ready to take the State test on February 16th. Mt. Carroll Fire Department members also assisted with the training which was held at Northwest Body. (PA photo/Lynnette Forth)

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Chadwick-Milledgeville Elementary Thumbs Up Winners for Week 14.

Front Row (L to R) Cheyanne Wiemuth, Braden Brown, Kolton Wilk, Gage Wilk

Back Row (L to R) Dawson Hook, Treyton Selman, Abigail Peyton, Justin Hackbarth

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Bit O’ Bliss Ribbon Cutting

The Morrison Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 27, 2011 to celebrate the operation of Bit O’ Bliss Candy. Welcoming the new business and Jean Eggemeyer’s sweet treats are (top photo, l-r) Danielle Vance, Pleasant View Rehabilitation & Health Care Center; Chad Haskell, Morrison Community Hospital; Melinda Gonzalez, Community State Bank; Kelly Smith, Community State Bank; Kathy Schmidt, One Stop Marketing; Martina Maxfield, Yoga With Martina; Jennifer White, THE National Bank; Jean Eggemeyer, Owner of Bit O’ Bliss Candy; Jan Roggy, State Farm Insurance; and Stephanie Vavra,

(Right) Jean and Jan try a bit of peanut brittle before the ribbon is cut - it’s just that good! The maker of delicious candy including English Butter Toffee, Nut Brittles and Chocolates, look for candy displays around town.

“I also create custom favors for weddings and other events, work with businesses to make client gifts and partner with churches and other nonprofits for fundraising,” said Jean. “Bit o’ Bliss candy is handmade in small batches. Many recipes have been handed down within my family. The butter toffee is my grandmother’s recipe, and my aunt gave me the recipe for the coconut creme’s.”

Bit o’ Bliss Candy began in mid-Michigan in October 2009 when Jean “retired” from full-time work to spend more time with her young kids. “My family and I moved to Morrison in April last year. I make the candy in a licensed kitchen in Morrison and run the business out of my home just a few blocks from downtown.”

Orders can also be taken by calling (517) 303-9116 or visit for more information. Special boxed chocolates available for the Valentine holiday.


Annual Election of Directors

To all owners and occupiers of lands within the boundaries of the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District, notice is hereby given that an Annual Election of Directors will be held on February 25, 2011 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District Office in Mt. Carroll, IL. Two directors will be elected to each serve a two-year term on the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of the State of Illinois.

All persons, firms, or corporations who hold legal title or who are in legal possession of any land lying within the boundaries of the said district are eligible to vote at said election, whether as lessee, renter, tenant, or otherwise. Only such person, firms, or corporations are eligible to vote.

Absentee balloting will be available to those who are unable to attend the Election of Directors. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning February 11, 2011. All absentee ballots must be completed by February 23, 2011.

For further information or to request an absentee ballot, please contact the Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District, located at 807C South Clay Street in Mt. Carroll. IL or by phone at (815) 244-8732 Ext. 3.

Fatal Traffic Crash

At 8:11 a.m. on Thursday, January 27th, the Carroll County 911 Center received a report of a two vehicle traffic crash on Illinois Route 84 south of Diehl Road, north of the Mississippi Palisades State Park. At the time of the crash snow was falling and the roadways were snow covered and slick.

A preliminary investigation indicates that Mark Wachter of Elizabeth was traveling south on Illinois Route 84 in a 2007 Ford F-150. A 2005 Toyota Camry driven by Angela Weede was traveling north on Illinois Route 84 when her vehicle lost control and spun into the southbound lane of traffic where it was struck in the passenger side by the Ford truck.

Angela Weede was pronounced dead at the scene. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on scene by the Savanna Police Department, Savanna Fire Department, Savanna Ambulance and the Carroll County Coroner’s Office. The Illinois State Police were called to assist with technical reconstruction of the traffic crash.

Mississippi Flyway Chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A. Plans Banquet

The board of directors for the Mississippi Flyway Chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A. is in the planning stages for its 19th annual fundraiser. The late winter banquet this year will be held on February 26th.

The banquet committee will be seeking donors to underwrite items on the live auction such as wildlife art, collectible decoys and sporting goods. Also, wildlife art, collectibles, waterfowl gear and decoys will be collected for the silent auction and many other raffles that are being planned. For this year chapter sponsors “Conservationist” will receive a Jules A. Bouillet mallard hen for signing on as major sponsors for the 2011 banquet.

Donors for the chapter’s youth gun raffle are being sought out. For several years the chapter has given around twenty one hunting guns at each fundraiser. Last year twenty six guns were awarded to kids for no cost at all. The raffle is free to kids attending the banquet and is intended to keep attracting youths to the outdoors.

The group wants to attract the hunting family to its banquets and tries to make the event affordable to all. ESPN Outdoor Radio host Mike Cyze has been picked to emcee the event. If anyone has anything to offer for the event or may want to underwrite or sponsor an item in the auction are encouraged to contact the chapter at 309-887-4390.

Proceeds are used for area waterfowl habitat and artificial nesting structures. The chapter also has a shallow water wetland cost share program to help landowners in development of projects that benefit waterfowl.

MMTA to Sponsor Variety Show

Morrison Music Theatre Association will be sponsoring a variety show early this summer. Performances will be Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, with full dress rehearsals on June 8 and 9. The show is in the early planning stages, but advance notice is being given so that performers will have plenty of time to prepare their acts. Auditions will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday April 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

MMTA is looking for ALL types of talent from Morrison and surrounding communities to be a part of the show. Performers do NOT have to have performed in previous MMTA productions to participate. Auditions are being held to insure that acts are appropriate family entertainment and are of high quality. Singers, dancers, actors, comedians, instrumentalists, jugglers, tumblers and all other talents will be showcased in the show. Musical performers may perform with a CD, but a piano accompanist will be provided at both the audition and the performance for those who need one. People who don’t have a specific talent, but would like to be a part of a group musical presentation or skit are also encouraged to come to one of the audition sessions.

This show is an opportunity for area performers to share their talent and raise much needed funds to help MMTA continue to present quality theatre to local audiences. More information will be released as the audition dates draw closer. If there are any questions, performers may contact Bob Stone at 815-772-5629 or Betty Stralow at 815-772-2387.

Business Corner

+ International Payment Solutions, LLC of Savanna is proud to announce that they have entered into an agreement with Kent Bank to be their exclusive merchant service provider. Clients of Kent Bank will now have the ability to take advantage of cost-effective credit card processing through International Payment Solutions, LLC.

Leo Townsend, president of International Payment Solutions, states that “This partnership will allow each of us to focus on our strengths to meet our clients’ needs. We are honored to be working with Kent Bank and look forward to expanding our local client base.”

International Payment Solutions, a merchant service provider located in Savanna, IL, strives to provide low cost electronic payment solutions for merchants of all sizes. They can be reached at 866-522-1169 for more information on their services.

Kent Bank, with locations in Freeport and Kent, IL, can be reached at 815-235-2711.

+ Does your business want a contract with the government? Tri-County Economic Development Alliance (TCEDA) urges you to attend classes at the Business & Industry Center at Black Hawk College. The classes will be held Monday-Tuesday,

Feb. 14-15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The two-day classes are designed to provide companies with the capability to assess their productivity methodologies in pursuit of a government contract. The class will utilize the expertise of a retired Value Engineering Program Manager for the U.S. Army Field Support Command at the Rock Island Arsenal.

For more information, call or visit Tri-County Economic Development Alliance, 9317 IL Route 84, Suite B, Savanna, Illinois 61074 - 815-273-1153.

+ The health our our communities - business health and our residents health - will be the focus of The Prairie Advocate News’ “Health & Well-Being” Special Section, set for publication March 9, 2011. The section will offer readers valuable information on fitness and exercise, nutrition, weight loss, mental health, holistic medicine, and self-improvement.

For the health of our business community, the section will give advertisers a chance to offer the value of their expertise in these areas to our 48,000 weekly readers, in print and on-line at

For details, call The Prairie Advocate News at 815-493-2560, or e-mail Mike Kocal at

+ To all you ladies in Northwest Illinois: Visit an Open House at the Thomson American Legion Hall on Saturday, feb. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. for the best in pure, natural products. L.Bri Pure n Natural products are expanding into the Illinois market. If you have rosacea, eczema, or have dry, oily combination skin, or wrinkles or blemished skin, these products are great. For pain from arthritis, shoulder, muscle, back or hip pain, the super aloe pain relief cream is for you. For details, see the ad in this week’s Prairie Advocate News.

Carroll County Health and Wholeness Fair

The first annual Carroll County Health and Wholeness Fair will be held at the West Carroll Middle School in Mount Carroll on February 5, 2011 from 9:00am to 3::00pm. Lunch will be available from 10:00am-1:30pm. The fair is sponsored by First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll. The women of the church applied for a grant from The Woman of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) last September and got word just two days later that their application had been accepted. The seed grant of $1000 is designed to impact the entire community and target specifically women’s and girl’s health. With grants of this type some of the proceeds from the event are given back to the grant funds to help other communities.

The fair will be based on the ELCA Wholeness Wheel which stresses intentionality in balancing the elements of Physical, Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Financial and Vocational areas of our lives, which all tie in to our total wellbeing. Booths with representatives from the Carroll County Health Department, Tops, Carroll County Senior Center, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mercy Medical Center, FHN, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Pitter Patter Pantry, Upper Mississippi CHIP, Cornerstone Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Jo-Carroll Energy, Good Samaritans Society, Tri-County Opportunities, The Answer Fitness Center, Pinnacle Place Supportive Living Facility, Mount Carroll Library, Volunteer Hospice of NW Illinois, and Highland Community College will be on hand to answer questions, give out information and inform participants as to how their areas of specialty fit in to the overall health and wholeness of an individual. Several booths will be offering health assessments. The Mercy Medical Center will be doing blood pressures and BMI measurements. The Carroll County Health Department will offer cholesterol and blood sugar screening for $12.00 which is their cost. Results of the screenings are available in five minutes and a two hour fast is recommended for the most accurate results. Highland Community College will have information about credit courses and programs, community education courses and adult education. FHN will be highlighting several of their programs; Get Fit Infinite Program, the TOP Senior Program, poison control and other FHN services. Many booths will have fun activities and special “give a-way” and drawings at their booths. First Evangelical Lutheran Church will have two handmade quilts to be given a-way and will have four drawings throughout the day for a free First Lutheran Cookbook.

Throughout the fair small group presentations will be available to learn more about topics that are of special interest. Workshops include: Bev Atherton on Carroll County Senior Center: You won’t believe all we can do for you!; Jo Ann Palmer from Mary Kay Cosmetics presenting on Positive Attitude: Feeling Good about You!; Dr. Julie Smith on Complementary Medicine; Sandra Harper R.N. taking a humorous approach to menopause with “Is it hot in here or is it me?”; From Mercy Medical Center Andrea Witt on Diabetes Education and Penny Swalve on current mammography techniques; Howard Helms from Jo-Carroll Energy presents on “How First Call Medical Alert works for peace of mind”; “How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” will be presented by Nancy Gable of Upper Mississippi CHIP; How to Stay Young through Spinal Health will be presented by Dr. Chris Dinning; and “Financial Independence: It Is Woman’s Work” will be presented by Ashley Ottens from Thrivent Financial. The Mount Carroll Ambulance Association will have an ambulance parked outside and you are encouraged to bring your children to look inside and see what’s there. At 12am there will be a Tae Kwon Do demonstration by the Answer Fitness Center and at 1:00pm the cheerleaders from WCYFA will do a performance.

Crossroads Community New Worship Times

Crossroads Community Church is offering new services times! Beginning February 6, 2011 we are moving our service times to offer a 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. service. We’re excited about the growth and change, and we hope you’ll find it the perfect opportunity to join us this Sunday. Our church features upbeat music, a hopeful and relevant message, awesome children’s programs and new friends who will be pleased to meet you! Come join us – it’s a great time to visit!

Crossroads Community Church meets at the Morrison Institute of Technology Auditorium, 701 Portland Avenue, Morrison, IL 61270 with Josh Mauney, Campus Pastor. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (815) 956-0090.

New Youth & Worship Pastor at Crossroads

Crossroads Community Church is excited to share the addition of Jon Neal as Youth & Worship Pastor of the Morrison Campus. Jon and his wife, Brittany are committed to making Crave Student Ministries an exciting, energetic atmosphere that will challenge and impact our area teens so they can be a positive influence at home and with their friends. Crave is for Jr. High and High School Students and meets on Wednesday nights. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and service begins with LIVE praise and worship at 7 p.m. with doors closing at 8:45.

Jon also joins Crossroads as Worship Pastor leading worship through upbeat music with a LIVE praise and worship team, welcoming people into the presence of God on a weekly basis.

Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, Max (5), Lyrik (3) and Jayda (2 weeks). Please help us in welcoming the Neal family to CCC and our community!

Tax-Aide Program Begins Feb. 9

The Carroll County Senior Center will once again sponsor the Tax-Aide program in Carroll County. There will be weekly tax sessions on Wednesday and Friday mornings beginning Wednesday, February 9.

Taxpayers should bring all tax documents, proof of identity as well as a 2009 return. Property owners will need to show the amount of property tax paid as well as the Property ID number to receive credit on their Illinois return.

There has been publicity about a delayed starting date for the IRS to accept electronic returns. Here is the official explanation: “The IRS needed the extra time to update its systems to accommodate the tax law changes without disrupting other operations tied to the filing season. The delay followed the Dec. 17 enactment of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, which extended a number of expiring provisions including the state and local sales tax deduction, higher education tuition and fees deduction and educator expenses deduction. Most taxpayers will not be affected by these changes.”

Illinois will request payment of any sales tax due for items purchased by internet or telephone from companies who did not collect such taxes. If you think you might have such purchases, bring sales receipts with you.

Taxpayers can now use their refund to buy up to $5,000 in U.S. Series I Savings Bonds in multiples of $50. A refund may be directly deposited into three different accounts, such as a savings account, checking account and bonds. Bonds may also be purchased for a relative or friend of the taxpayer, such as a grandchild.

Tax-Aide Volunteers make every effort to assist taxpayers. Some situations are considered Out of Scope and will need a Paid Preparer. Such situations include business depreciation, rental income and expenses, complex capital gain/loss issues, trusts and farms.

AARP Tax-Aide program provides free tax assistance and preparation throughout the country to low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to seniors, age 60 and older. The Carroll County Senior Center joins the Internal Revenue Service and the AARP Foundation in offering this free tax assistance to the local community. For an appointment, contact the Carroll County Senior Center at 815-244-1800 or 866-214-1959 (toll-free).

Fulton Visitor Numbers Are Strong

The Fulton windmill area welcomed over 10,000 visitors between April and December 2010. This includes visitors to both the windmill (9,845) and Windmill Cultural Center (10,014). Guests may visit one attraction or both but are asked to sign-in at each location. However, not all visitors choose to sign-in.

The busiest month was June with 2,200 guests. The windmill area hosted visitors from 49 states; only Rhode Island was not represented. The top five visitor states were (in order): Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Texas. Foreign visitors totaled 218, the most coming from the Netherlands (37) and Germany (31). Visitors who traveled the farthest came from Australia (10). A total of 38 groups (1,255 people) visited the windmill area including schools, summer camps, social/civic organizations, car clubs, and tour groups.

The most popular form of paid advertising was through newspapers and brochures. According to the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, leisure travelers spend on average $127 per person per day. Many of Fulton’s visitors shop, dine, fuel up, and stay at local hotels. Even if Fulton captured only a third of the average ($42), that’s $420,000 spent in the community between April and December.

The windmill area is open weekends only in May, November & December and daily June through October. The windmill and Windmill Cultural Center are operated by volunteers with cooperation from the City of Fulton. A special thank you to Mary Faber for tabulating the visitor numbers.

Prairie Wind Magazine Now Accepting Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2011 Edition of Prairie Wind magazine, a collection of original poetry, prose, visual art, and recorded music contributed by students, staff, alumni, and other members of the Highland Community.

Submission guidelines are available at The deadline is February 18, 2011. More information is available from the magazine’s faculty advisors, Sam Tucibat at, or 815.599.3614 and Bob Apolloni,, or 815.599.3479.

The magazine is published annually under the auspices of Highland Community College, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois, 61032. It is a cooperative project of the Humanities, Graphic Design, Art, and Music departments in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. Each issue is created by an editorial board composed of students and volunteer community members who are guided by a team of faculty advisors.

HCC Adult Education Program Seeks Volunteer Tutors

Highland Community College Adult Education Program is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in Stephenson County. Volunteers tutor math, reading, writing or English as a Second Language. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend a tutor informational meeting on Thursday, February 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library in a main floor meeting room.

The information meeting will address questions, including: What does a volunteer tutor do? How much time does it take? What experience do I need?

The support and encouragement that tutors provide is a key influence in the lives of students. In fact, students show greater achievement when they have individual instruction. Just by volunteering an hour or two a week, tutors are a source of inspiration. But the rewards are not only for the students.

This program is rewarding for the volunteers as well. Volunteer tutors help their communities by improving the lives of residents, one person at a time. Volunteers tutor when it is convenient – morning, afternoon or evening and in an academic subject area that they enjoy.

For more information about these meetings, please contact Esther Mayer at 815-599-3538 or at

This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ILS), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy. The Highland Community College Adult Education program is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Hearts of Gold Dessert Auction

The first annual Bi-County Foundation Dessert Auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Woodlawn Arts Academy. This fundraiser will feature hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary drink, a beverage cash bar, and shopping from select area vendors. The dessert auction will feature luscious, elegant, gourmet desserts. Featured vendors include A Cooks Corner, Beautiful You Boutique, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Longaberger Baskets, Scentsy, Statik, Sweet Woodruff, and Willow Bay Naturals. Tickets are available at A Cooks Corner, Beautiful You Boutique, or by calling 815-499-4832.

Established in 1996, the Bi-County Cooperative Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities in Whiteside and Carroll counties. To improve the lives of children with disabilities and thus augmenting the community as a whole, the Foundation relies on the contributions of businesses and individuals. For more information on the Foundation’s assistance or award programs, please visit our website at or call the Cooperative office at 815-622-0858.

2nd Annual Cystinosis Awareness Week

The Eastland High School student council is hosting its 2nd Annual Cystinosis Awareness Week February 7th –February 11th in hopes of keeping both adults and students educated about the rare but debilitating disease. Senior student council member, Logan Feltmeyer’s aunt, Paula Shal, was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 17. Paula has gone through four kidney transplants with the most recent one occurring in October 2009. For the second year, Logan wants to keep people informed as well as educate those who may not know about the disease. Paula will speak to the student body on Friday, February 4th at 2:40 in the gymnasium. She will explain that, “the amino acid cysteine accumulates in the cells in the body causing them to crystallize. This crystallization eventually causes muscles to deteriorate and shuts down major organs like the kidney, liver, heart, and brain.” She will also inform them that there are only 500 cases in the United States which makes it very hard to get funding for research. That is why, as a spokesperson for the Cystinosis Research Network, Paula was thrilled to hear that Eastland High School was again going to raise money.

Activities during the week include: a hat day on Tuesday where students will have to donate $1 and will be allowed to wear a hat all day; a taco supper Tuesday, February 8th from 5:00-7:00 before the Eastland versus River Ridge boys basketball game, a raffle for an American Girl Doll and a Fisher Price Shake and Go Extreme race track—tickets available in the high school office or at any home basketball game this week. Finally, all week students will “vote” for the varsity boys’ or girls’ basketball player they want to see get a pie in the face by placing money in a bucket with the player’s picture on it. All proceeds will be donated to the Cystinosis Research Network. For more information or to give a donation, contact MaryBeth Landherr at Eastland High School at 439-6341.

Savanna Smiles 4-H Club Holds Meeting

By Daniel Rice, Carroll Co. 4-H Federation Reporter

On October thru November we sold many Christmas Wreaths. The December meeting was canceled due to bad weather conditions and was rescheduled in January. On January 8th 4-H members and their families enjoyed bowling at The Mount Carroll Lanes. We had our meeting and exchanged Christmas Ornaments and record books were handed out to several members. Everyone had a fun filled Time. Our next meeting is scheduled for February 13th at 2:30p.m. at the Community Church.

Carroll County 4-H Public Presentation Contests

By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Community Worker, 4-H & Youth

It’s time to select your topic, gather your notes and practice, practice, practice for the annual 4-H Public Presentation contests to be held Saturday, February 26.

The public speaking contest will start at 9:00 a.m., at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll. 4-H’ers may choose from the following areas for their presentation: Illustrated speech, formal speech, extempore speaking, oral interpretation, original works, speaking of horses or horticulture.

The demonstration contest will be held following the Public Speaking Contest. 4-H’ers may choose from the following area for their presentation: Food division - International, ethnic, or regional cuisine; nutrition; food science; food preservation; food safety; making food dollars count; general demonstration; horse demonstration and horticulture demonstration. Both contests will be held in the morning. Savings bonds, cash prizes or gift certificates will be awarded to the top 4-H’ers in each area. Registration deadline is February 14.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Leanne Rahn at Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Office at 244-9444 or

Carroll County 4-H Steer Weigh-In & Tattooing

By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Community Worker, 4-H & Youth

4-H Steer weighing and tattooing will he held Saturday, February 5, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Jim & Kayla Ruter farm near Shannon. Snow date will be February 19 at the same location.

Any 4-H’er who has a beef steer or a market heifer for a project must attend the weigh-in. Also anyone that is remotely thinking of showing steers at the State Fair Show in August in the Jr. Department beef steer and beef premiere classes (Qualifying carcasses must grade at least low choice, have a yield grade lower than 4.0 and weigh 900 lbs. or less). State Fair animals must also be tagged with an electronic ID tag.

New this year to the 4-H county beef program will be a carcass class. If you are entering any animals in this class, you will also need to have your animals nominated, weighed-in and tattooed.

For more information or to register by February 2 to attend the weigh-in and tattooing, contact Leanne Rahn at the Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Office at 244-9444 or e-mail at

Carroll County 4-H Plans Family Outing

By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Community Worker, 4-H & Youth

All Carroll County 4-H families are invited to join the 4-H Federation for a trip to the Quad Cities Mallard’s game on Saturday, February 19. The bus will have two pick-up points, one at Milledgeville school at 3:30 p.m. and the Extension Office parking lot at 4:15 p.m. sharp.

Registration deadline is February 4, to University of Illinois Extension Office and can be made by sending in the clip-n-return in your newsletter or stopping by the office. Each 4-H’er may bring one non-4-H guest. See the clip-n-return sheet for cost of the bus and hockey tickets.

For more information contact Leanne at University of Illinois Extension Office at 244-9444 or Don’t miss out on the fun!

Carroll County 4-H Leaders Meeting Planned

By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Community Worker, 4-H & Youth

The next Carroll County 4-H Leader’s Meeting will be held Monday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Bureau Board room. We have many agenda items to discuss – upcoming winter programs and activities, judging contests, ideas for 4-H Fair, etc. All organizational, project and Junior Leaders are encouraged to attend.

4-H Communication Contest: Everyone is Invited

February 12, 2011 is the day in which many Whiteside County 4-H’ers get to speak their mind. On Saturday, February 12th local 4-H’ers enrolled in the communications area will get to show off their speaking abilities. Anything from foods demonstrations to illustrated speeches to Extempore Speaking will occur.

Every year we have a wide variety of topics chosen for the Whiteside County 4-H Food Demonstration/Public Presentation Contest - anything from rabbits, to making pancakes to the original works. It is a wonderful opportunity for the youth to face their fears of speaking in front of a crowd says Karen Atkinson, Community Worker, 4-H/Youth. Each year 4-H’ers who go off to college relate they have learned how to communicate effectively because of 4-H and that is a huge step in the right direction.

The University of Illinois Extension, Whiteside County Office would like to invite anyone to come and watch this exciting event on Saturday, February 12th at 1 P.M. at the Extension Office. If you have any questions or are interested in joining 4-H contact Karen Atkinson at the Whiteside County Extension Office at 815/772-4075.

Corn and Soybean Supplies to Remain Tight for Another Year?

The USDA projects that corn stocks at the end of the 2010-11 marketing year will total only 745 million bushels, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good.

“That projection represents 5.5 percent of projected marketing year consumption. Stocks as a percent of consumption would be the smallest since the record low 5 percent of 1995-96. And 5 percent is considered to be a minimal pipeline supply,” he said.

Marketing year-ending stocks of soybeans are projected at 140 million bushels, or 4.2 percent of projected consumption. That ratio is slightly smaller than the previous low of 4.4 percent in 2003-04, he said.

“The low level of inventories projected for this year reflects different market conditions than those that existed in either 1995-96 or 2003-04. Both of those years were characterized by small crops that required a sharp reduction in the level of consumption just to maintain minimum year-ending stocks. Year-over-year consumption of corn declined by 8.5 percent in 1995-96, and soybean consumption declined by 9.5 percent in 2003-04,” he said.

In contrast, corn consumption during the current marketing year is expected to be 2.8 percent larger than the record of last year. Soybean consumption is expected to be about equal to last year’s record. The low level of expected year-ending corn stocks are the result of a 2010 corn crop that was 5 percent smaller than the record crop of 2009 and a rapid acceleration in the use of corn for ethanol production, he said.

The 2010 soybean crop was only 0.8 percent smaller than the record crop of 2009. Stocks at the beginning of the year, however, were small, and exports are expected to be record large. Exports are increasing primarily as a result of strong Chinese demand, he said.

“Strong U.S. and world crop demand, scattered production problems in 2010 and early 2011, and prospects for generally tight stocks have pushed corn and soybean prices high enough to raise concerns about more rapid food price inflation,” he said.

The question now is whether the year ahead will bring some change in the tight supply/high-price scenario. Much of the attention will be on the prospective size of the 2011 U.S. corn and soybean crops and the level of demand for those crops, he said.

“First, we look at corn demand prospects for the 2011-12 marketing year. There is likely to be some further weakness in domestic feed demand resulting from current high feed costs and further liquidation of livestock numbers,” he said.

Export demand is more difficult to anticipate due to the uncertainty of world grain production, the pace of economic growth, and trade policy. Demand at the same level as this year may be the best forecast, he said.

“The level of use of corn for ethanol production may be the most important factor. Use during the current marketing year is expected to be well above the level required to meet renewable fuel mandates. The mandates for 2011 and 2012 would require about 4.7 billion bushels of corn to be used for ethanol production during the 2011-12 marketing year, or 200 million bushels less than is expected to be used this year. Use could exceed the mandate again next year if blending economics remain favorable. Corn consumption in 2011-12 could decline by 100 to 300 million bushels from the projected level for this year,” he noted.

A decline of 200 million bushels would put total corn consumption at 13.23 billion bushels in 2011-12. With a trend yield of 159 bushels in 2011, harvested acreage would need to total 83.2 million acres to produce 12.23 billion bushels of corn. Planted acreage would need to be near 90.3 million, 2.1 million more than planted in 2010, he said.

“If demand is stronger than expected and/or stock rebuilding is to begin, and if there needs to be some allowance for yield risk, planted acreage may need to be in the range of 92 to 93 million acres,” he said.

According to Good, demand for U.S. soybeans in 2011-12 is likely to remain strong due to a modest production shortfall in Argentina this year and continued strong Chinese demand.

If consumption remains near 3.35 billion bushels and the 2011 U.S. average yield is near the trend value of 43.2 bushels, harvested acreage will need to total about 77.5 million acres to maintain pipeline supplies at the end of the 2011-12 marketing year. Planted acreage would need to be near 78.5 million, 1.1 million more than planted in 2010, he said.

To allow some modest rebuilding of stocks and to allow for yield risk, planted acreage may need to be near 79.5 million. Additional double cropping will help meet the need, he said.

“It appears that combined acreage of corn and soybeans needs to increase about 6.5 million acres in 2011 to allow for some modest rebuilding of U.S. inventories. A smaller increase would require above-trend yields to avoid another year of very tight supplies,” he said.

Sprouts? Supplements? Team Them Up to Boost Broccoli’s Cancer-Fighting Power

A new University of Illinois study provides convincing evidence that the way you prepare and consume your broccoli matters, and also suggests that teaming broccoli with broccoli sprouts may make the vegetable’s anti-cancer effect almost twice as powerful.

“Broccoli, prepared correctly, is an extremely potent cancer-fighting agent--three to five servings a week are enough to have an effect. To get broccoli’s benefits, though, the enzyme myrosinase has to be present; if it’s not there, sulforaphane, broccoli’s cancer-preventive and anti-inflammatory component, doesn’t form,” said Elizabeth Jeffery, a U of I professor of nutrition.

According to Jeffery, many people destroy myrosinase by overcooking their broccoli. And health-conscious consumers who use broccoli powder supplements in recipes to boost their nutrition are also missing out. These supplements often do not contain this necessary enzyme, she said.

“There is a way to boost that powder’s effectiveness, though. Broccoli sprouts contain myrosinase in abundance. And broccoli powder often contains the precursor to sulforaphane without the enzyme that would boost its healthful benefits,” said Jenna Cramer, co-author of the study.

The scientists hypothesized that myrosinase from the sprouts would enhance sulforaphane formation and absorption from the broccoli powder if the two were eaten together.

In a small pilot study, they recruited four healthy men who ate meals that contained broccoli sprouts alone, broccoli powder alone, or a combination of the two. The researchers then measured levels of sulforaphane metabolites in the mens’ blood and urine after feeding.

“We were looking at biomarkers--plasma and urine levels--that are associated with cancer prevention,” Cramer said.

Three hours after feeding, a definite synergistic effect was noted between the powder and the sprouts.

“We saw almost a twofold increase in sulforaphane absorption when sprouts and powder were eaten together. It changed the way the subjects metabolized the powder. We saw plasma and urine metabolites much earlier and at much higher levels than when either was eaten alone,” Jeffery said.

This indicates that myrosinase from the broccoli sprouts produced sulforaphane not only from the sprouts but also from the precursor present in the broccoli powder, she said.

Other foods that contain sulforaphane and can be teamed with broccoli to boost its benefits are mustard, radishes, arugula, and wasabi, Jeffery said.

“To increase the vegetable’s benefits, you could sprinkle broccoli sprouts on your broccoli or make a mustard sauce to serve with broccoli,” she added.

People who prefer to eat broccoli without sauce or sprouts should know that overcooking is the kiss of death for the important enzyme myrosinase, she said.

“Steaming broccoli for two to four minutes is the perfect way to protect both the enzyme and the vegetable’s nutrients,” she said.

The study was published in the January 2011 issue of Nutrition and Cancer. Caudill Seed Company funded the research and provided broccoli products.

Recycling Guide Available

The Jo-Carroll Solid Waste Agency and University of Illinois Extension now has an updated recycling guide available. The 2 organizations collaborate on many projects, including the guide and recycling collections. The next Super Recycling Event will be held April 2nd at the Extension parking lot in Mt. Carroll. Please mark your calendar; details will be published in the near future. To obtain a Recycling Guide, please call 815-244-9444.

Soil and Water Management Seminar Offers Continuing Education

Managing Soils will be the focus of a Soil and Water Management Seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 23, 2011. The workshop will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office in Mt. Carroll. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and teleconference from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

“Those attending will learn about tillage and nutrient interactions, flood risk management, biomass crops and their effects on soil water and soil quality, and Gulf hypoxia and Illinois agriculture,” says Duane Friend, U of I Extension natural resources educator. Certified Crop Advisors may receive up to 4.5 continuing education units in Soil and Water Management by attending this seminar.

Registration is $45 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is February 16. To register, call the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444. If dietary or disability accommodations are needed, please indicate when registering.

Private Applicator Test Only

The University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture will be offering a TEST ONLY site for Private Pesticide Applicators. A representative from the Illinois Department of Agriculture will be on hand to offer the test starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23. The test only site will be located at Highland Community College Student Conferecnc Center Room 210. Please use parking lot B. There is no charge for this event but pre-registration is requested to plan for space and materials. Reminder: this is a test only session, no training will be provided. To register phone 815-235-4125.

Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference February 18.

The Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference is planned for Friday, February 18, 2011, at the Carroll County Farm Bureau, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. The conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Presenters include Buzz Lliff, D.V.M., of the Wyoming Veterinary Clinic; Dan Faulkneer, Beef Specialist, Jay Solomon, Ag Engineering Educator and Dean Oswald, Animal Systems Educator, all of University of Illinois Extension; and Matt Bunger, Grazing Specialist, John Bell and Jim Dykema, District Conservationists, from the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service. Several topics will be covered at the program including Grazier’s Math – How Many Animals Can Your Pastures Support, Animal Health Issues – Feedlot vs. Pasture; Economics – Feedlot vs. Pasture; Managing Grazing along Streams, Watering and Fencing Options, Cost Share Opportunities and more.

Early registration fee, which includes workshop materials, is $20 if received by February 15. For late registrations and walk-ins, the fee increases to $30 per person. To register or to obtain more information, contact Blackhawk Hills RC & D at 815-625-3854 or Carroll County Extension at at 815-244-9444. On-line registration can also be done via the Jo-Carroll Unit website at which offers a credit card payment option.

Campbell Center Reorganizes

The Campbell Center has a new board chairman, a new executive director and a fresh focus.

“Change can be helpful,” said newly elected chairman Russ Simpson. “To ensure a bright future for CCHPS we need renewed thinking and a clean slate for idea generation.”

Elected chair at the board’s December meeting, Simpson is senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Jo-Carroll Energy. “Campbell Center is an asset our community should capitalize on. I’m committed to helping the board find a beneficial use for it,” Simpson said.

Sharon Welton, formerly the center’s program director will take on the duties as executive director. Welton will manage the programs for historical preservation studies, and the board will focus on preservation of the campus and facilities. “While the board attempts to find additional uses for the campus, I intend to make the school bigger and better,” commented Welton.

“Our preservation studies have an excellent reputation worldwide and there is demand for more offerings,” she added. Registrations for 2011 classes are underway with expectations of the largest number of students ever.

The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies has been the campus mainstay for over 30 years, but government funding has decreased and the school alone can’t support the long term preservation of the 14 historical structures, Simpson noted.

“We need to explore all options for putting the campus to use to preserve it and if possible create local jobs,” he said.

The board plans to develop a fundraising initiative to support a feasibility study and a major campus marketing effort. Simpson said he also wants to maintain close contact with the city of Mt. Carroll as well as other communities and civic groups. “Working together to make the most of CCHPS should result in economic advantage for all of us,” Simpson added.

The Campbell Center board also approved hiring John Cox of Galena as the board’s attorney. Former U.S. Congressman Cox is vice president of external affairs and general counsel for Jo-Carroll Energy and has extensive economic development experience. Nominees are being sought for several open CCHPS board seats and interested individuals are encouraged to contact Cox or Simpson.

Sauk Valley Tea Party Holds First 2011 Meeting

January 31, 2011 - The Sauk Valley Tea Party held their first meeting of 2011 on Thursday evening, January 27th, at the Comfort Inn, Dixon IL. A large group of approximately three-dozen attendees braved icy roads to participate in lively discussion and a great exchange of ideas.

One major topic discussed during the meeting was a desire to support and increase SVTP member’s attendance at a wide range of area public board meetings, including county, city, village, and school board meetings. Many board meetings are sparsely attended and it was the group’s consensus that generating more public involvement in the process would be a positive step. Other plans were set in place to provide members useful legislative information and resources for tracking legislative voting records through the use of website, newsletters, and social media. Various committee assignments were also reviewed and pre-planning for upcoming events was discussed.

The group’s next meeting will be Tuesday, February 22nd, at the Comfort Inn, Dixon IL with a regular business meeting from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. At 7:30pm the meeting will be opened to a Dixon Mayoral Candidates Forum. All three Dixon mayoral candidates will be on hand to introduce themselves and take part in a one-hour question and answer forum. The public is invited and encouraged to attend with questions for the candidates.

The Sauk Valley Tea Party will continue to meet monthly throughout 2011 on the 4th Tuesday of very month at the Dixon Comfort Inn at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted.

For more information about the SVTP and to learn how “Truth Empowers America”, please visit Sauk Valley Tea Party on Facebook, or e-mail


OMG! Illinois Got ‘Borked’

Ah yes, thank you 3 County Quinn, Speaker Madigan, outgoing Mike Boland, et al. You have thoroughly and completely “Borked” (verb – meaning attacked, systematically) Illinoisan’s with your lame duck, 11th hour. behind locked doors, in the middle of the night vote to increase our income and corporate taxes. Does anyone see a trend here? Have our own self-serving General Assembly members learned valuable lessons from the disingenuous democrats in Washington DC? Yes they did!

Are our resident democrats smarter than 5th graders? This constituent says NO! If they were “smarter than a 5th grader” they would have known that hiking up income and corporate taxes would only reduce the level of income to the State, thus increasing our deficit problems. Past experience has proved this, but once again, the mindset of our liberal, tax, spend and lie about it democrats was the order of the day (or should I say night?). Those outgoing members could not stick it to Illinois quick enough. How shameful? It is so shameful that Wisconsin’s new Governor and Attorney General have graciously invited Illinoisan’s and businesses into their lower taxed State and offered an additional 2 years of tax credits.

Thankfully, we have some newly elected/re-elected brave souls in our General Assembly that are already working on a repeal of HB 2505. Senator Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) has sponsored SB 78 and on the House side we have Michael Connelly –(R-Naperville) sponsoring HB 175. I encourage all Illinoisan’s to get involved in the full repeal of HB 2505 by calling and showing your support to these fine men who care about the paychecks of the people of this state. Mr. Murphy can be reached at: 217-782-4471 Springfield or 847-776-1490 Palatine, and Mr. Connelly can be reached at: 217-782-8028 Springfield or 630-579-4848 Naperville.

Illinois faces a huge budget deficit thanks to our democratically controlled G.A. These corruptocrats have run our state into bankruptcy by pandering to the special interest lobbyists, and union thugs. What should be happening right now in Springfield is for our “leaders” to look at all spending and cut it in a dramatic way, namely unfunded pensions! What should be happening is a lot of hard work to bring Illinois back into a business friendly state of being, instead of being 47th out of 50. What they should be doing is voting to make Illinois a Right to Work state.

What they should be doing is joining the other 26 states that have filed lawsuits against the federal government declaring Obamacare unconstitutional and demanding that our state not be required to support and supply money to yet another unfunded mandate by the feds. They should be ordering Little Miss Lisa Madigan to lead the charge, drawing up the motions to challenge Obamacare.

Sadly, none of the above is happening, so for now we can support Matt Murphy and Michael Connelly in their efforts to repeal HB 2505. Then perhaps we can support them in filing the necessary paperwork to repeal 3 County Quinn. We voted to amend our Constitution, now it is up to us to make sure what we voted for works in Illinois’ favor.

Kathy Hood

Stephenson County Tea Party

From the Heart

In a scene from “The Blind Side” Michael informs the mom- who has just given him his own room in the family home- that this is the first time he has had his own bed. It may be hard to believe that many children do not have their own beds, but that does not make it less true. A former CASA client recently described his moves from foster home to foster home, until his CASA advocate interceded and he is now in a stable and permanent home.

The mission of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is to speak up in court on behalf of children who have been neglected or abused. Judges, advocates, family members all want children to be part of a loving family and strive to achieve that goal.

There is a continuing need for advocates – volunteers who review the case assigned them, consult with the child, family members, teachers, and any other person involved in the child’s life. After making the contacts, advocates prepare reports that are presented to the judge on the case. These reports assist the judge with his/her decision regarding the placement of the child.

Early this spring, CASA will offer a training class for persons who would like to become advocates. If you are interested please, call 815-288-1901.

In the meantime, the annual Lee County CASA bowl-a-thon will be held Sunday, January 30, (noon – 3) at Plum Hollow Recreation Center in Dixon.

The Rochelle Rotary Club’s “From the Heart” event is on February 4. The committee has named Ogle County CASA as one of the 2011 beneficiaries.

As you lay in your warm bed tonight, be mindful that there are people, especially children-that may not be in their own beds. Be grateful for the professionals and volunteers who work to have children living with families who love them and provide their basic needs. Please consider what you might do to help.

Judy Truckenbrod

CASA – 15th Judicial Circuit

Board of Directors

Give Blood Today

As a strong supporter of the American Red Cross and the hospitals and patients it serves, I would like your readers to be aware of the effect that severe winter weather throughout much of the country has had on the blood supply.

More than 14,000 blood and platelet donations have been cancelled by the inclement weather since January 1. As a national system, the Red Cross was able to move blood products from unaffected areas to ensure patient needs could be met. But now the blood supply needs to be replenished by all eligible donors.

There is a critical need for donors now. All blood types are needed, especially type O negative. Type O negative is always in high demand because it can be transfused to any patient, regardless of their blood type, especially in emergency situations.

The Red Cross urges all eligible donors in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the coming days, and those in affected areas as soon as travel is safe, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting For those of you in the Freeport area, our next local blood drive is February 4, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church on Pearl City Road just west of Freeport. To sign up, call our Blood Services Representative, Bev Kruse, at (815) 443-2304.

The need for blood is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Please give.


Diana Roemer

Executive Director

American Red Cross | Northwest Illinois Chapter

Lanark’s 150th Committee Says ‘Thanks’

Dear Lanark Community,

Many Lanark area people will long remember how they celebrated New Year’s Eve 2010. The Lanark Fire Department and the Sesquicentennial committee hosted a very special evening with the sponsorship and help of businesses, clubs, individuals and many willing workers.

Events for the evening included a soup and BBQ supper served by the Fire Dept Cadets and FFA. A silent auction supported the Fire Department and a raffle of 2 half hogs donated by Chris Lower. Thanks to Chief Dan Shaulis, and committee for all your hard work on behalf of the department to revive an old tradition.

The Sesquicentennial committee hosted a table of commemorative collectibles for sale and sold raffle tickets for the one-of-kind hand-made quilt created by the Lake Carroll Quilters Club. Raffle tickets are still available for $1.00 each or 6 for $5 at the Special Touch and Public Library. The winner will be announced on Sunday June 26. Crocks, potholders, toothpick holders, banks, mouse pads and bookmarks are just a few items offered at the present time in a display at the Special Touch.

Lanark’s Got Talent kicked off the entertainment events with hosts being Jeannine Kaylor, Lance Leverton and Andrew Williamson. Highlighting the evening was the introduction of the Lanark Fire Department. A hearty round of applause thanked the men and women who serve and protect our community. Live entertainment featuring Just Jamz with Amy Milby providing music for dancing.

Just before the stroke of midnight the crowd adjourned to the Eastland parking lot to enjoy the Ball Drop sponsored by the Lanark Community Club and Meador Ag Service at the parking lot of Eastland Motor Sports. Thanks to the generous support of Exchange State Bank and Eastland Fabrication for sponsorship of the great midnight fireworks! What a bang up way to start off the 150th celebration.

The Sesquicentennial steering committee continues to work on the soon to be published cookbook titled Lanark’s 150th~A Celebration of People, Partnerships and Progress. Recipe forms are still available at the Lanark Library. Make sure your family is represented in this cookbook that will include Lanark history by our town historian Caralee Aschenbrenner. February 15th is the deadline to submit your recipes from the past or present. Comments are encouraged about your family heritage, business ownership and fond stories about Lanark events or people.

Another item of business the steering committee will address at the February 3, 5:30pm meeting in the fireplace room of the Methodist Church is the publication of a historical book. Your photographs, diaries, memorabilia and Lanark ephemeral items will be valuable contributions to this project. E-mail to offer your help or documents.

The calendar is going to be packed with great events all year long so mark these dates so you are available: May 14-Quilt Show at Heritage Center by the Lake Carroll Quilters Club, June 23-Taste of Lanark, June 24-26-Old Settlers Days, August 19-21-Lanark Thresher Days.

Many many more events are planned so keep watching the Prairie Advocate News and www,, proud sponsors of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

A successful year long celebration takes many willing workers, so volunteer today to make the 150th birthday of Lanark truly a memorable year.


Lanark Sesquicentennial Steering Committee

Can You Hear Me Now?

When I heard the State of the Union speech, I’m pretty sure I detected a lot of references to “investment”, which is code-speak for “spending”. While I heard the President’s speech clearly, it seems he did not hear the American people. So, we will say, once more, with feeling: “STOP SPENDING!” If President Obama can find ways to improve education while cutting education spending, I’ll be right at his side. If his energy research will reduce the current boondoggle energy spending, I’ll be right at his side. In fact, I’ll be with the President on any spending cuts, but I thought we spoke pretty clearly: spending “freezes” are totally unacceptable, and spending increases are “Dead On Arrival” in the House. How must we phrase it for President Obama to understand?

My granddaughter was born owing $43,407, with time payments for an additional $355,969. (Old numbers, see for the current numbers.) Our generation created this debt, and we WILL NOT pass it on. Can you hear us now?

Although I liked the President’s reference to salmon (I recently spent a day as a government-regulated salmon – another story!), in general, I thought Paul Ryan’s speech was vastly better at actually addressing the nation’s problems. It was not an eloquent speech, delivered from a rather drab committee room, and Congressman Ryan was discussing subjects some apparently don’t think need to be discussed, but his speech pretty clearly illustrated his knowledge and grasp of complex issues, as well as his acute hearing. He heard us.

I think Mr. Ryan will do well as Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and look forward to two years of angry non-cooperation, as no big spenders (including the President) will be able to spend one thin dime without Ryan’s input. Madison and the boys did good with that whole thing about spending originating in the House. Is it possible they heard us 200 years before we spoke? Or could it be that finally, through the mists of time, we hear them now?

“I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1816.

Terry Smith


Morrison, Keep On Coming!

Keep on coming! I was glad to see another “full house” at the Morrison City Council Meeting on Jan. 24, 2011. With 5 council members present there was a quorum (enough to hold the meeting).

Bills payable were ONLY $48,973.58!!!! That was quite a drop from last month! The Sport Complex electric bill was $1,073.03-Yowzer! US Bank received $3,601.74 for an interest payment from Series 208 Debt Certificate. Deerview Condominium Association got $837.02 for a 12 month reimbursement-I think for street lighting. Since the credit card for the city got cancelled when Tim Long left, $250 was reimbursed to Mayor Drey because he paid for publishing ads for new city administrator. New credit cards are being issued-I am not sure who gets a city credit card-but will try to find out.

Gary Tresenriter asked the Council to think about purchasing a used 1996 Vactor (used for cleaning sewers, sewer backups, manholes, catch basins and during water main repair) from Rock Falls for $35,000. He stated the one Morrison has needs to be replaced. If Morrison passes this one up at this price they may pay much more at a later date. It will be voted on at the next council meeting.

The Revolving Loan Fund is in the “BIG POT” called General Funds. Wouldn’t it make sense to separate it out of the big pot into its own bowl to have the funds accessible to Morrison businesses now? The Mayor is waiting on direction from the DCEO on how to handle the fund and how to track it.

Sarah Thorndike is working with the building code committee. She said it is hard work. They are responsible for setting new fees for building permits, dealing with safety requirements and much more.

The committee is asking for one set of the International Building Code books (they are very expensive) since the set they were using was Pete Whiting’s and it left with him.

No incumbents are running for the Morrison City Council April 5. These people are running: Ward 1: Michael Blean; Ward 2: Leo Sullivan and Nancy Riggen; Ward 3: Martha (Marti) Wood—that’s right-it’s me; Ward 4: Ronald Kallermeyn. There will be new faces and ideas brought to the table. I am hoping we can “Get Morrison back on track and in the black”. I know it won’t happen overnight. It will take a lot of work and thought on everyone’s part. I have been at City Hall doing my own research to get a grasp on things before I actually am on the council (since I am running unopposed). I am looking forward to working with the Mayor and Council members who are still on board. We will learn a lot from each other.

The next Morrison City Council meeting is February 14 at 7:00 pm at city hall. Let’s pack the house-know what is going on in “Your town” firsthand.

Quote of the week: The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket. (Author Unknown)

A Morrison Taxpayer

Marti Wood

Attention Hanover Residents

I am nearing the completion of a new book titled, “Who Was Who II of Hanover.” This book will contain short bios of everyone from Hanover who has died after February 1980. This is the date when the first “Who Was Who” was sent to the printers.

I have mailed out over 300 letters looking for information and I have received back many responses, but I still have some who have not returned any information. For those who have not had a chance to gather all of the information I had requested, I ask that you send back whatever information you may have in the SASE that I had enclosed. PLEASE help me, help you, make you family history more complete.

Anyone can view this work in progress by going to any search engine and typing in “Who Was Who II of Hanover, Illinois.” This should pull up a PDF file that contains about 240 pages of information. Or you can go to, when that homepage appears, scroll down on the left hand side until you come to where it reads “Who Was Who II of Hanover, Illinois.”

My goal is to keep the memory alive of everyone from my hometown and to make this book as complete and error free as possible. So, PLEASE let me know of ANY errors or omissions. You can contact me at or Terry Miller, 117 Kelly Lane, Galena, Illinois 61036 or 815-777-0778.

Terry Miller

Galena, IL

Capitol Report

By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District

If you sent them money once, shame on them. If you’ve sent them money more than once, shame on you. You should have checked them out.

I’m referring to HSUS, the Humane Society of the United States. I’ve written of them before and the appeal they have for your money. Over the Christmas Holidays their ads were everywhere. Beaten down dogs, one eyed cats (and of course it was a big sad eye), and a lame, old, starved, and debilitated horse. And you, the concerned citizen, could fix all of this for a mere $19.00 per month sent to them to help care for these beaten, downtrodden animals.

Had you taken the time to do the research, you would have learned that the $19.00 per month translates to $228.00 per year and of that $228.00 total sum, $1.03 would have reached an actual hands-on animal shelter. By comparison, HSUS had 555 employees and paid them $37.8 million in 2008. This includes over $2.5 million contributed to employee pension plans. HSUS’ chief executive, Wayne Pacelle, made just over $251,000 in salary and benefits.

This agency just must receive closer scrutiny. Using Ohio as an example, “HSUS made zero donations to Ohio pet shelters in 2007 and 2008 and gave just $5,200 in 2006. This year, however, the organization is gearing up to spend millions of dollars in Ohio on the anti livestock farming ballot initiative.” (The Center for Consumer Freedom, not your local Humane Society, go to humane

My blood boils when I see you, the consumer, bilked out of your hard earned money by appealing to your sense of compassion and kindness. No one wants to see an animal starved and we all get a good feeling sending that money to such a noble cause. What a travesty!

The good news is the IRS has been investigating HSUS for over two years. Compounding the problem of completing their investigation, the IRS has never had to deal with allegations of tax fraud by a “public charity” as large and as complex as the HSUS.

You can help. Contact the United States Treasury Inspector General at 800-366-4484 (press 5) and respectfully request that case number 55-1005-0025-C be brought to conclusion.

Most importantly, give your money to shelters in your area and don’t ever be sucked in by these predators.

As always, you can reach me, Sally or Barb at 815-232-0774 or e-mail us at You can also visit my website at It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

SPORTS . . .

HS Basketball Schedule

Feb. 2

(B) Le-Win at West Carroll

Feb. 3

(B) West Carroll at Stockton

(B) Eastland at Pearl City

(G) Kewanee Wethersfield at Morrison

(B) Morrison at Amboy

Feb. 4

(G) West Carroll at Le-Win

(G) Eastland at Galena

(G) Stockton at Pearl City

(G) Morrison at Kewanee

(G) Forreston at South Beloit

Feb. 5

(B & G) Pearl City at West Carroll

(B) Le-Win at Eastland

(B) Bureau Valley at Morrison

(B) Forreston at Pecatonica

Feb. 8

(B) Winnebago at West Carroll

(B) River Ridge at West Carroll

(B) Pearl City at East Dubuque

(B) LaMoille at Morrison

(B) Forreston at Orangeville

Girls Basketball Regionals

Class 1A

Forreston Regional

Feb. 7

1-Freeport Aquin vs. Pecatonica-6 p.m.

2-Forreston vs. Kirkland-Hiawatha- 8:10 p.m.

Feb. 9

3-Pearl City vs. game #1 winner- 6 p.m.

4-Eastland vs. game #2 winner- 8:10 p.m.

Feb. 11

Game #3 winner vs. game #4 winner- 7:30 p.m.

Polo Regional

Feb. 7

1-AFC vs. Fulton- 6 p.m.

2-Milledgeville vs. Polo- 8:10 p.m.

Feb. 9

3-Prophetstown vs. game #1 winner- 6 p.m.

4-Erie vs. game #2 winner- 8:10 p.m.

Feb. 11

Game #3 winner vs. game #4 winner- 7:30 p.m.

Le-Win Regional

Feb. 7

1-Stockton vs. Warren- 6 p.m.

2-Galena vs. East Dubuque- 8:10 p.m.

Feb. 9

3-River Ridge vs. game #1 winner- 6 p.m.

4-Le-Win vs. game #2 winner- 8:10 p.m.

Feb. 11

Game #3 winner vs. game #4 winner- 8:10 p.m.

Class 2A West Carroll Regional

Feb. 7

1-Morrison vs. West Carroll- 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9

2-Port Byron/Riverdale vs. game #1 winner- 6 p.m.

3-Rock Falls vs. Sterling Newman- 8:10 p.m.

Feb. 11

Game #2 winner vs. game #3 winner- 7:30 p.m.

West Carroll Wrestling News

West Carroll Thunder wrestlers will compete in the 2011 IHSA wrestling regionals at Stillman Valley High School on Feb. 5th. Other teams in the Stillman Valley regional will be Amboy, Ashton Franklin Center, Byron, Le-Win, Oregon, Polo and Stillman Valley. Session one will begin at 10:00 a.m. with session two at 1 p.m. Concessions will be available throughout the day starting with breakfast. Admission will be $4.00 per session and $6.00 for a day pass.

Girls Basketball


Lady Missiles Coach Notches 400th Victory

With the Milledgeville Lady Missiles 37-34 win over the Polo Lady Marcos on Thursday night in Polo, Milledgeville varsity basketball coach John Nesemeier reached a career milestone. The win was number 400 for the thirty year coach, all at Milledgeville.

The win places John at number thirty three on the all time win list for IHSA varsity girl’s basketball. It ranks him twenty sixth on the all time win list for coaching at one school.

John has recorded six regional championships and coached two Queen of the Hill 3 point champions, Dawn Bonnell and Andrea Herin.

His mom, Janice has taken gate tickets for years and his dad, Gordy kept the scorebook his whole life. Amy, his sister, played for him as did his daughter Betsy.

Riverdale Rolls Over Lady Thunder

The Riverdale Lady Rams jumped out to a fourteen point first quarter lead and rolled to the easy 73-41 win on Monday night. Riverdale was able to extend that lead to forty three to twenty one at the half and fifty nine to thirty one after three quarters. West Carroll head coach Travis Findalay said, “We changed some things up tonight and they worked but Riverdale is just an outstanding basketball team. Sophi played great. It was good to see her playing with confidence again. I was especially proud of Katy Cook. We asked her to do some things she wasn’t used to and she excelled. It may not show in the stat sheet but she was great for us tonight.” West Carroll’s Sophi Morhardt led all scorers in the game, dropping in twenty one points.

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West Carroll: Cook 1 0-0 2; Francke 2 0-0 4; Handel 4 0-0 8; Larson 2 0-0 4; Lucas 1 0-0 2; Morhardt 10 1-1 21

Riverdale: Bird 4 1-2 9; Corson 1 1-1 3; Gibson 7 1-2 15; Groves 4 0-0 8; Ickes 4 0-0 8; E. May 1 0-0 3; V. May 6 4-4 16; Mericle 3 0-1 6; Nimrick 1 1-2 3; Smith 1 0-0 2

3 Point Field Goals: Riverdale: 1 (E. May)

Fouled Out: None

Stockton Outlasts West Carroll

The Thunder traveled to Stockton on Tuesday to meet the Lady Blackhawks from Stockton. The Lady Thunder played neck and neck with Stockton through three quarters before a big fourth quarter surge propelled the Lady Blackhawks to the 54-40 win. Stockton held a narrow twelve to eight first quarter and West Carroll cut into that lead to trail by a single point going into the half. A twelve to nine third quarter Stockton advantage pushed the lead back to four points going into the final period. A twenty to ten fourth quarter for the Lady Blackhawks led them to the victory. Lady Thunder head coach Travis Findlay commented on his team’s performance saying, “We came out real sluggish in the first quarter but turned it around defensively. Just too many missed layups and turnovers tonight. Alisha (Handel) did a great job dfending one of the best players in the conference. Sophi (Morhardt) had a great game too.”Keeley Schulz led Stockton with eighteen points and teammate Jaci Lawfer added fourteen. Sophi Morhardt led West Carroll with sixteen points.

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West Carroll: Boyer 1 1-2 3; Cook 3 0-0 8; Handel 2 0-0 4; Larson 1 1-1 3; Lucas 2 2-2 6; Morhardt 7 2-3 16

Stockton: Baker 1 0-0 2; Beneverti 0 1-2 1; Cassens 1 0-0 2; Gille 5 3-3 13; Lawfer 6 2-2 14; Schamberger 1 2-4 4; Schulz 4 10-12 18

3 Point Field Goals: West Carroll: 2 (Morhardt 2)

Fouled Out: None

F/S Score: Stockton 46 West Carroll 38

Lady Cougars Topple Stockton

The Eastland Lady Cougars hosted the Stockton Lady Blackhawks on Thursday evening at EHS and came away with the 52-35 victory. Eastland jumped out to a nineteen to sixteen first quarter lead and extended that lead to thirty to twenty four at the half. The second half was all Eastland as they outscored visiting Stockton fourteen to nine n the third quarter and eight to two in the final period. Lady Cougar Courtney Blair led the Eastland scoring attack, dropping in twenty one points with teammate Annie Borota adding ten points. For the Lady Blackhawks, Keeley Schulz led Stockton with fifteen points while Jaci Lawfer added nine points.



Stockton: Baker 1 0-0 2; Gille 1 2-4 4; Lawfer 4 1-1 9; Magee 1 0-1 3; Schulz 4 6-8 15; Wampfler 1 0-0 2

Eastland: Blair 7 7-7 21; Borota 4 0-1 10; Feltmeyer 2 0-0 4; Kniss 2 0-0 4; Olson 2 2-3 6; Ruter 3 1-4 7

3 Point Field Goals: Stockton: 2 (Magee 1, Schulz 1)

Eastland: 2 (Borota 2)

Fouled Out: None

F/S Score: Stockton 30 Eastland 29

Stockton Cruises Past West Carroll

The Lady Blackhawks traveled to Savanna on Saturday night and came home with the 53-26 victory over the West Carroll Lady Thunder. Stockton jumped out to the eight to three first quarter lead and extended that lead to twenty five to sixteen at the half. The second half was all Lady Blackhawks as they outscored West Carroll twelve to six in the third quarter and sixteen to four in the final frame to cruise to the win. Lady Thunder head coach Travis Findlay said, “Sarah Boyer was just outstanding for us. She found new wrinkles in our offense and just didn’t make mistakes. I told our girls that we need to start learning from each other. I hope they were watching Sarah.” Keeley Schulz led Stockton with twenty six points, seventeen of them coming in the second half. Sophi Morhardt led the Lady Thunder with eight points.


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Stockton: Baker 1 0-0 2; Beneventi 1 0-0 2; Gille 2 3-3 7; Lawfer 5 0-1 10; Magee 1 0-0 2; Schamberger 1 0-0 2; Schulz 10 4-7 26; Thommen 1 0-0 2

West Carroll: Boyer 3 0-0 6; Cook 2 0-0 5; Francke 1 0-0 2; Lucas 1 3-4 5; Morhardt 4 0-0 8

3 Point Field Goals: Stockton: 2 (Schulz 2)

West Carroll: 1 (Cook)

Fouled Out: None

Lady Wolves Edge Lady Cougars

The Eastland Lady Cougars traveled to Pearl City on Saturday night and the host Lady Wolves managed to squeek out the 45-39 victory. Eastland led nine to seven after one and held a fifteen to thirteen lead at the half. The two teams played even basketball in the third period with each team putting up a dozen points. Pearl City was able to pull away in the final quarter outscoring Eastland twenty to twelve to take the narrow win. Kelsie Kluck led Pearl City in scoring, dropping in seventeen points while teammate Danielle Koning added fifteen. For Eastland, Annie Borota and Courtney Blair shared scoring honors with ten points apiece.


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Eastland: Borota 4 0-0 10; Blair 3 4-6 10; Feltmeyer 1 0-0 2; Kniss 1 0-0 3; Olson 2 2-2 6; Ruter 2 4-4 8

Pearl City: Canon 1 0-0 2; Cropper 1 2-2 4; Doubler 1 0-0 3; Kluck 5 7-8 17; Koning 5 5-6 15; Kurth 1 2-2 4

3 Point Field Goals: Eastland: 1 (Kniss)

Pearl City: 1 (Doubler)

Fouled Out: Eastland: 1 (Olson)

West Carroll Senior Night’s

Saturday, Feb. 5th is senior night for the West Carroll girl’s basketball program. The Thunder will be competing against Pearl City at the high school in Savanna. It will be a full day of basketball with the F/S girl’s playing at 2:30 p.m. followed by the F/S boy’s. The varsity girl’s will play at 6 p.m. with the varsity boy’s following. This will be the final home basketball game for seniors Liandra Baltierra, Sarah Boyer, Kay Cook, Sarah Lucas, Ashleigh Maike and Sophi Morhardt. The junior class will be holding a soup and sandwich supper at the game from 4:40-7 p.m.

The West Carroll Senior Pep Band members will be honored at the boy’s basketball game against Winnebago on Tuesday, Feb. 8th. Senior band members include: Aaron Geesey, Bridget Frey, Montana Mosel, Emily Rogers, Ashley Huebner, Karina Ellithorpe, Kayla Gallup, Niki Covello, Andy Behnke, Loren Thacher, Zach Timm, Kris Corrigeux, Kierstin Dimmick, Jerry Cavanagh, Mark Miller and Liandra Baltierra. Servant Leadership will also be holding a bake sale at this game.

Girls Basketball Scores

Jan. 24

Forreston 53 Stockton 49

Jan. 26

River Ridge 82 Polo 29

Orangeville 50 East Dubuque 30

Jan. 27

Pearl City 38 Le-Win 29

River Ridge 45 Galena 36

Durand 51 South Beloit 24

Dakota 50 Orangeville 31

Freeport Aquin 43 AFC 35

Blackhawk 40 Warren 27

Sterling 48 Ottawa 33

Jan. 29

Forreston 47 Orangeville 42

Boys Basketball Scores

Jan. 25

Forreston 72 AFC 45

Southwestern 75 River Ridge 38

Orangeville 61 Durand 39

Pecatonica 58 Dakota 50

Scales Mound 51 Galena 34

East Dubuque 72 Warren 45

Jan. 28

Forreston 60 Durand 40

South Beloit 74 Milledgeville 52Riverdale 64 Morrison 49

Freeport Aquin Derails Milledgeville

The Freeport Aquin Bulldogs traveled to Milledgeville on Tuesday night and went home after taking the 74-51 win over the Missiles. Aquin jumped out to the twenty four to seventeen first quarter lead and led forty one to thirty two. The third quarter was huge for the Bulldogs as they extended their advantage, outscoring the Missiles twenty one to eight to seal the victory. Lucas Diemer led Freeport Aquin with twenty one points while teammate Zach Martin added twenty. Keegan Neubauer and Mitchel Rahn shared scoring honors for Milledgeville, each scoring thirteen points.

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Freeport Aquin: Awender 1 0-1 2; Brannick 2 2-2 8; A. Curry 3 2-4 9; C. Curry 1 0-0 2; Diemer 9 2-3 21; Gogel 1 0-0 2; Martin 8 2-2 20; Pontius 1 0-0 3; Schmelzle 3 0-0 7

Milledgeville: Coy 4 0-0 8; Ebersole 1 0-0 3; Feltenz 3 1-1 7; Kness 2 0-0 5; Neubauer 6 0-3 13; Rahn 5 2-3 13; Wagenknecht 1 0-0 2

3 Point Field Goals: Freeport Aquin: 8 (Brannick 2, Martin 2, A. Curry 1, Diemer 1, Pontius 1, Schmelzle 1)

Milledgeville: 4 (Ebersole 1, Kness 1, Neubauer 1, Rahn 1)

Fouled Out: None

Cougars Top Blackhawks

The Cougars took a first quarter lead and used big scoring advantages in the second and third quarters to pull away from Stockton enroute to the 61-40 victory on Tuesday in Lanark. Eastland led fifteen to eleven after one quarter and then outscored Stockton thirty three to nineteen in the second and third quarters to take the win. Eastland had eight different players put up points, led by Collin Macomber’s twenty two. Cole Schamberger and Jared Hess led Stockton, each scoring ten points.



Stockton: Hess 2 6-8 10; Huschitt 1 1-2 4; Kappes 3 1-2 9; Miller 1 3-4 5; Offenheiser 1 0-0 2; Schamberger 3 4-8 10

Eastland: Byers 3 2-2 8; Cassens 2 0-0 4; Dunlap 2 0-0 4; Giedd 3 3-4 9; Hansen 1 1-2 3; T. Hartman 1 1-2 3; Lessman 3 0-0 6; Macomber 11 0-0 22; Wilhelms 1 0-0 2

3 Point Field Goals: Stockton: 3 (Kappes 2, Huschitt 1)

Fouled Out: Eastland: 1 (T. Hartman)

F/S Score: Eastland 47 Stockton 37

Comets Cruise Past Missiles

The Sterling Newman Comets held Milledgeville to single digit scoring in each of the four quarters as they rolled to the 65-29 victory in Sterling on Wednesday evening. Newman took a twelve to four first quarter lead and extended their lead to thirty to twelve at the half. They outscored the Missiles thirty five to seventeen in the second half to make the final score. The Comets were led in scoring by Grant DeWitt’s twelve points with eleven other Sterling Newman players putting up points on the scoreboard. The Missiles were led by Brady Kness who scored eight points.


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Milledgeville: Ebersole 1 0-2 2; Feltenz 2 0-0 5; Hollowell 1 0-0 2; Kness 3 0-0 8; Neubauer 1 2-6 4; Rahn 0 2-2 2; Wagenknecht 3 0-0 6

Sterling Newman: Blessman 3 0-2 6; DeWitt 3 6-6 12; Gossman 0 5-8 5; Hermes 1 3-4 5; Lee 2 0-0 4; Molitor 4 2-2 10; Morris 2 0-2 4; Murray 2 0-0 4; Sandy 2 0-0 5; Tervears 1 2-2 4; J. Wilson 2 0-0 4; T. Wilson 0 2-2 2

3 Point Field Goals: Milledgeville: 3 (Kness 2, Feltenz 1)

Sterling Newman: 1 (Sandy)

Fouled Out: Milledgeville: 1 (Neubauer)

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Eastland Upends Hornets

The game was tight after the first quarter in Lanark on Friday evening but a huge second quarter surge led the Cougars past Scales Mound 76-50. Despite being knotted at fourteen after one, the Cougars outscored the Hornets twenty one to six in the second frame to open up a lead that Scales Mound couldn’t recover from. Senior Reid Lessman was on fire, raining three pointers all over the court. Lessman finished the game with twenty two points, including six three’s. Eastland maintained their lead in the second half, outscoring the Hornets forty one to thirty in the final two quarters to coast to the win. The Cougars had eleven different players put points on the board led by Lessman with teammate Collin Macomber adding fifteen points. For Scales Mound, Derian Phillips had twenty three points in a losing effort.

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Scales Mound: Cox 3 0-0 7; Foley 0 1-2 1; Korte 1 1-2 4; Phillips 6 7-9 23; Stadel 1 1-2 3; Staver 2 0-2 5; Stoewer 3 1-4 7

Eastland: Byers 2 0-0 4; Cassens 1 0-0 2; Dunlap 3 1-2 8; Giedd 5 3-4 13; T. Hartman 2 0-0 4; Z. Hartman 1 0-2 2; Lessman 8 0-2 22; Macomber 6 3-4 15; Murphy 0 2-2 2; Price 1 0-0 2; Wilhelms 1 0-0 2

3 Point Field Goals: Scales Mound: 7 (Phillips 4, Cox 1, Korte 1, Staver 1)

Eastland: 7 (Lessman 6, Dunlap 1)

Fouled Out: None

F/S Score: Eastland 46 Scales Mound 30

West Carroll Dominates Warriors

The Thunder jumped out to a seventeen to eight first quarter lead and cruised to the 67-40 victory over Warren on Friday night in Mt. Carroll. The Thunder extended their lead to twenty points at the halftime intermission, 38-18. West Carroll went on to outscore the Warriors twenty nine to twenty two in the second half to make the final margin of victory. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth said, “It was a night where all the kids got to play which was nice to have. We played well in spurts but we are still struggling to play thirty two minutes. We’ve got a big week next week with three games in four days. We must make sure we are focused and ready for this stretch of games. We need to continue to get better defensively in order to be where we need to be at the end of the year.” Junior guard Eric Naples led the Thunder with twenty two points while Brady Edwards added thirteen. Taylor Williams led Warren dropping in twenty one points.


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Warren: Dawson 3 1-2 8; Doyle 2 0-0 4; McKee 3 0-0 7; T. Williams 9 1-3 21

West Carroll: Brashaw 3 0-0 7; Brehm 3 0-0 6; Campbell 2 0-0 5; Coleman 2 0-0 4; Edwards 6 1-2 13; Hartman 1 0-3 2; Hughes 0 1-2 1; Krahn 2 0-0 4; LaShelle 1 0-0 3; Naples 9 0-0 22

3 Point Field Goals: Warren: 4 (T. Williams 2, Dawson 1, McKee 1)

West Carroll: 7 (Naples 4, Brashaw 1, Campbell 1, LaShelle 1)

Fouled Out: Warren: 1 (Dawson)

Pirates Edge Pearl City

The visiting Galena took a narrow 69-63 victory over the Pearl City Wolves in Pearl City on Friday evening. Pearl City jumped out to the sixteen to twelve first quarter lead but an eleven point Pirate advantage put the Galena squad up thirty five to twenty eight at the half. The Wolves were able to cut into that lead slightly in the third quarter, trailing Galena fifty one to forty six going into the final period. Galena managed to outscore the Wolves eighteen to seventeen in the final quarter to take the narrow six point win. Dalton Montgomery led Galena with twenty four points with teammate Greg Hart adding fourteen points. The Wolves were led by Jacob Gahm who scored twenty four points with Jason Kurth adding sixteen points.


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Galena: Buss 5 0-2 12; Hart 5 4-4 14; Long 4 1-4 9; Montgomery 9 3-5 24; Phillips 1 5-6 7; Schultz 0 3-5 3

Pearl City: Gahm 8 3-4 24; Harvell 1 0-0 2; Hull 1 0-0 2; Kurth 6 4-6 16; Moyer 6 3-4 15; Thomas 1 1-2 4

3 Point Field Goals: Galena: (Montgomery 3, Buss 2)

Pearl City: 6 (Gahm 5, Thomas 1)

Fouled Out: None

Wrestling Results

Jan. 25

Morrison 55 West Carroll 24

Stillman Valley 68 West Carroll 9

Jan. 28

Erie/Prophetstown 63 West Carroll 12

West Carroll 64 AFC 12

Sauk Valley & Highland Basketball Schedules

Feb. 3

(M&W) Sauk Valley vs. Black Hawk East in Kewanee

(M&W) Highland vs. Carl Sandburg in Galesburg

Feb. 5

(M&W) Sauk Valley vs. Kennedy-King in Chicago

(M&W) Black Hawk East at Highland

Feb. 8

(M&W) Sauk Valley vs. Carl Sandburg in Galesburg

(M&W) Illinois Valley at Highland

Bowling League Results

Women’s Wednesday Night League

Jan. 26

1-Pruis Upholstery 22.5-1.5

2-Hilltop 14.5-9.5

3-Smith & Associates 13-11

4-FAT Boy’s 12-12

5-KJ’s Bar & Grill 11.5-12.5

6-Green & Clean 10.5-13.5

7-Ken Kophamer Realty 6-18

8-Goldstar FS 6-18

High Individual Game

Deb Manninen 230, Paula Wiersema 226, Brenda Workman 210, Lauri Helms 208, Ginny Butts 201

High Individual Series

Brenda Workman 600, Deb Manninen 556, Jodi Beswick 542, Paula Wiersema 538, Dana Nelson 533

Hilltop League

Jan. 28

1-Hilltop 11-5

2-Roger’s Roughriders 10-6

3-CAR Quest 10-6

4-DA BEERS 10-6

5-Nelson Electric 8-8

6-FAT Boy’s 6-10

7- AG Express 5-11

8- Ridley Appraisals 4-12

High Individual Game

Kevin Wiebenga 267, Derik Damhoff 243, Brian Oostenryk 235, Bill Schaller 234, Mike Hamilton 231

High Individual Series

Kevin Wiebenga 705, Derik Damhoff 662, Mike Hamilton 647, Bob Onken 643, Brian Oostenryk 630

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Lady Missile head coach John Nesemeier talks to his squad during a timeout at Polo on Thursday evening. The Lady Missiles went on to defeat the Polo Lady Marcos 37-34. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

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Lady Missile Rebecca Whitmarsh looks for an open teammate against the defense of Polo’s Brianna Webster during Thursday basketball action in Polo. The Lady Missiles took the narrow 37-34 win. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

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Eastland’s Tyler Giedd puts up a left handed shot in traffic on Friday evening at EHS. Tyler dropped in thirteen points as the Cougars handled the Scales Mound Hornets 76-50. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

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The Cougars Collin Macomber finds himself alone under the bucket for an easy two points on Friday night in Lanark. Collin scored fifteen points in the Eastland twenty six point victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

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Anna Mae Hendrick

Anna Mae Hendrick, 90, of Toulon, died at 12:21 p.m. Sunday, January 16, 2011, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

Anna Mae was born June 19, 1920, in Toulon Township, IL, the daughter of Ernest and Ethel Wells McRell. She married Robert V. Hendrick on October 5, 1940, in Clinton County, Iowa. He died July 10, 2010, in Peoria.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Eugene (Connie) Hendrick of Chadwick, IL, and Donald Lee (Cheryl) Hendrick of Toulon; one daughter, Rosalie Ann (Allen) Goins of Toulon; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, William (Adelia) McRell of Hillsdale, IL, Charlie (Myrt) McRell and Johnnie McRell both of Toulon. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Floyd, George, Robert, Carl Dean, and infant twins, John & Mary.

Anna Mae worked at the Wyoming Cleaners for 20 years. She enjoyed making coffee for her friends and neighbors, and was known on the CB Radio as “Coffeemaker”. She also enjoyed dancing, mowing her lawn, and traveling. Before her husband passed away they spent many winters in Texas. Anna Mae was a member of the West Jersey United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 22, 2011, at Toulon Funeral Home. Revs. Bill Allen & Fred Reiner will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2011, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Jersey United Methodist Church, Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, or American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Private condolences may be sent to the family via

Wilmer Lewis Smith

Wilmer Lewis Smith of Rock City, IL died January 30, 2011 after complications from surgery. He was born August 9, 1925 in rural Mt. Carroll to Allen and Nellie (Weidman) Smith. Wilmer is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris, six children: Susan (David) Zumdahl of Byron, Patricia (Gary) Kloepping of Shannon, Steven (Jane) Smith of Milledgeville, Gerald (Sharon) Smith of Davis, Diane (Pat) Bausman of Mt. Carroll, and Debra (Jeff) Magnuson of Minneapolis; 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 siblings and a grandson, Douglas W. Smith.

Wilmer was a proud Navy veteran of WW II, where he served in the South Pacific. After the War, he returned to Carroll County to begin farming, and he and Doris Schneider were married in 1947. They farmed together for nearly 60 years on dairy farms in Carroll and Stephenson Counties. The Smith family has been well known for their Clearfield Farm Registered Holsteins since the 1960s. Wilmer was a strong Christian who enjoyed farming, anything John Deere, Holstein cows, and telling stories of the past. Most of all, Wilmer was proud of his 58 (and counting) member family, who gathered last summer to celebrate his 85th birthday.

Wilmer served as president of Northern Illinois Federal Land Bank Board, president of the Illinois Holstein Clubs and secretary of the Illinois Chapter of the American Dairy Association. He was president of Prairie State Select Sires Co-op when it was formed in 1979 and was a Pioneer Seed Corn sales representative for 35 years. He was a member of the Rock Run Historical Society and a long-time active member of St. Paul Church of Eplyanna in Davis.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 5th at St. Paul Church of Eplyanna in rural Davis. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday evening, February 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorials preferred to St. Paul Church of Eplyanna.

Wilmer’s family wishes to thank the physicians and caregivers at Freeport Health Network, as well as Rev. Richard Thompson of St. Paul Church.

Sandra A. Musselman

Sandra A. Musselman, 66, of Milledgeville died Thursday, January 27, 2011 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Born November 8, 1944 in Concord, MA she was the daughter of Roland Axel and Anna (Fougstedt) Young. On June 6, 1964 she was united in marriage to Lyle G. Musselman in Bedford, MA. Sandra was a faithful member of Milledgeville United Methodist Church and was a member of the Ruth Circle. She was a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church and in her spare time enjoyed scrap booking and her grandchildren. For over 20 years she was a medical transcriptionist at KSB Hospital in Dixon.

She is survived by her husband Lyle of Milledgeville; 3 daughters Heidi (Mark Welter) of DeKalb, Audra (Jeff) Newton of Maroa and Angie Dosch of North Aurora; a brother David (Cathy) Young of Bedford, MA, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Monday, January 31 in Milledgeville United Methodist Church with Reverend Daniel Sturtevant officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Visitation will be from 2-4 PM Sunday and 9:30-10:30 AM Monday at Milledgeville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Milledgeville United Methodist Church or the Milledgeville Fire Department.

Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home in Milledgeville.

Kevin Gerald Lange

Kevin Gerald Lange, age 51, of Chadwick, Illinois passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at home. Visitation will be held 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 30, 2011 with a Rosary Service at 3:00 p.m. at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton, Nebraska with a visitation one hour prior to the Mass at the Church from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Angela S. Weede

Angela S. Weede, age 44, of Hanover, Illinois, died Thursday, January 27, 2011, as a result of a car accident in rural Carroll County. A visitation will be held from 1 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2011, at the Law – Jones Funeral Home in Hanover. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 31, also at Law – Jones Funeral Home in Hanover. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover.

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Every Wednesday

Grief Support

Ongoing grief support group the third Wednesday of every month. The group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the Hospice of the Rock River Valley office, 264 IL Route 2, Dixon (1 mile east of Sauk Valley Community College). The group is free and open to anyone suffering a loss. For more information, call 815-288-3673.

February 2 to March 5

Lanark Community Free Breakfast

Every Saturday starting Jan. 15 from 8 to 10 am, the free breakfast is sponsored by the Missions & Outreach Committee of the First Brethren Church of Lanark, on the corner of East Locust and Rochester Sts. Please use the doors on the west side of the church. Breakfast will be served downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. For details, please call Pastor Clair Lathrop at 815-493-2390.

February 1

Food pantry

The Helping Hands Food Pantry located in the Milledgeville United Methodist Church, at the corner of Holcomb Ave and 4th St., near downtown Milledgeville is open from 9-11 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. The Chadwick Milledgeville Ministerial Association sponsors the pantry. For more information, call the Milledgeville United Methodist Church at 815-225-7511 or call 815-684-5283.

February 2

Blood Drive

Blood Drive at Eastland High School 1:30-6:30. Sponsored by the Student Council.

St. John’s Lutheran Supper

Pancake and Sausage Supper at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pearl City. Wednesday, February 2 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Fundraiser for the flood damage to the church basement in 2010. Menu includes: pancakes & sausage, cheese, applesauce, cookies, milk and coffee. Handicapped accessible.

Carroll County Fair Board

The Carroll County Fair Board meets the 1st Wed. every month at the Milledgeville State Bank, 451 N. Main Ave., in the lower level Community Room (ATM side), at 7 p.m. Volunteers, and the public, are welcome to attend.

HRRV creates a support group

Hospice of the Rock River Valley invites individuals to attend. They will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. Any parent who has lost a child of any age is invited to come share, laugh, communicate and heal. They will meet at the Hospice of the Rock River Valley office.

HRRV serves Lee, Whiteside, Bureau, Carroll, and Ogle counties. For more information call: 800-646-9242 or view

Journey Through Grief

Support could be a means of begiJourney Through Grief Adult Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Warren Community Building, Main Street, Warren, IL. For more information call 815-947-3260.

February 3

IEA Meets

The Rock River Valley Chapter IEA-Retired will host its February meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011. The meeting will be held at the Sterling IEA Office located at 3307 E. Lincolnway in Sterling. The program will be a Tax Workshop presented by a tax consultant from WIPFLI (formerly Lindgren, Callihan, Van Osdol & Co., Ltd.) All education employees as well as spouses are welcome to attend. For more information call (815) 626-3884 or (800) 763-9756 or E-Mail:

Hug somebody–with a shawl

The Lanark United Methodist Church Shawl Ministry invites anyone to come knit with us.  We witness to God’s love by knitting, blessing, and giving shawls to those in need of friendship, celebration, healing, and comfort.  Knit 3, Purl 3 - come share God’s work with us, at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays, at Lanark United Methodist Church.  Questions?  Call the church or Jane Smith at 815-225-7329.

RN to BSN Orientation

FHN/Lewis University RN to BSN Program Orientation and Open House 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., FHN Memorial Hospital, lower level, 1045 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport

Orientation sessions for interested students will be held from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An informational open house for any RN who wants more information about the program runs from 2 – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Roxie Blackbourn at FHN, 815-599-6890.

February 4

Big Meadows Chili Cook Off

Big Meadows Nursing Home will be hosting a ‘Chili Cook Off’ on February 4 at 11:30 in the Dining Room in preparation for “The Big Game.” Everyone is invited to bring a crockpot of their chili to be judged by the residents and staff of Big Meadows. Prizes will be awarded. For more information please contact Jaime Barnhart Activity Director at 815-273-2238

February 5

Main Street Art Guild Public Reception

Public receptions, each featuring a local artist, will be held by the Main Street Art Guild (MSAG) at Market Street Commons (formerly the Kraft Building in Mt. Carroll) sponsored by the local Mount Carroll Community Development Corp. Market St. Commons serves as Carroll County’s Welcome Center and is now open to the public, already hosting and promoting local, talented artisans. MSAG’s first public reception will be held Saturday, February 5, from 5-8pm. Refreshments will be served, but more than that, we would like this to be another chance for those interested in bolstering all of our communities’ appeal to come and take part in the conversation. Information will also be available regarding Second Sunday Lecture/Demonstrations, occurring on a monthly basis, the first to be held February 13 from 11-4pm. MSAG also has future plans to show the area that art is not merely wielding a paint brush, by hosting and promoting a monthly, local open mic, “Five Minutes of Fame on Market and Main”, inclusive to musicians, poets and any artist who has something to share; writer’s workshops; a weekly, Saturday “Student Art Lab” that will be offered and encompass all age groups; and a tentative, county-wide mural project. These events are scheduled to begin by mid-March.

All public receptions, each featuring a local artist, will be held at Market Street Commons, where MSAG has acquired a mailing address, 320 North Main Street, Suite 120, and informational phone number, 800-244-9594 ext. 5.

1st Annual CC Health & Wholeness Fair

The Woman of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) from First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll are hosting the 1st annual Carroll County Health and Wholeness Fair at the West Carroll Middle School in Mount Carroll on February 5, 2011. The fair will be based on the ELCA Wholeness Wheel which stresses intentionality in balancing the elements of Physical, Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Financial and Vocational areas of our lives, which all tie in to our spiritual wellbeing. Targeting especially women and girls of all ages, there will be booths, activities, speakers, entertainment, and door prizes. For more information, please contact First Lutheran Church at 815-244-8044.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

“Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” is the third production of the Winneshiek Players’ 85th Anniversary Season. Performances start February 5, and continue Feb. 10, 11 and 12, 7:30 PM, at the Winneshiek Playhouse, 228 West Clark Street in Freeport, IL. Tickets are available now. General public tickets can be reserved by calling 815-232-7023, or emailing: Winneshiek members receive priority seating.

February 7-14

FREE CHIP Meetings

The Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) shows you how to substantially lower high levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, heartburn, angina, weight, and lessen depression. For more information, attend one of the free information/registration meetings held at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the following locations:

* Monday, February 7, Heritage Center, 106 S. Broad, Lanark

* Sunday, February 13, Mount Carroll Community House, 101 N. Main St., Mount Carroll

* Monday, February 14, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1605 Superior Ave., Savanna

For questions, visit, e-mail Nancy Gable at, or call 815-244-9459.

February 7

Adult Diabetes Support Group

Meets at 5 – 6 p.m., FHN Memorial Hospital Globe Room – Lower Level. Topic is “Diabetes and Depression,” presented by Teresa Miller, AM, LSW, clinical therapist at FHN Family Counseling Center. No charge; registration not required. For more information, call 815-599-6253.

Remember Choir Practice!

The Carroll County Choir will resume weekly practices starting Monday, February 7 at 6:30 pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Clay Street 1 block north of Dairy Queen in Mt Carroll. We will be working on a cantata entitled “Jesus Remember Me”. We are a fun bunch of people that love to sing and look forward to additional members that enjoy a variety of musical styles. Please call Stacy Kalina at 815-291-4689 with any questions.

Tax and Recordkeeping for Family Child Care

4-C Community Coordinated Child Care is offering “Tax and Recordkeeping for Family Child Care” a workshop for family child care providers only. Learn about what it means to be self-employed, business use of the home, the time-space percentage, income tax tools and resources, and more. Held on Monday, February 7, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the YWCA of the Sauk Valley in Sterling, IL. 4-C membership IS required. This workshop is FREE and registration is REQUIRED. Contact Kim Sciacero at (815) 758-8149 ext 226 or (800) 848-8727 ext 226.

Friendship Quilters

Quilters and quilt appreciators welcome at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at the Church of St. Mary, 112 E. Washington, Elizabeth.

February 8

Taco Supper

Taco Supper at EHS 5-7. Sponsored by Student Council. All proceeds go to Cystinosis Research Network.

February 9

Humane Society Meets

The annual meeting of the Humane Society of Carroll County with election of officers will be Feb. 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Mount Carroll City Hall Building (next to the Senior Center). We normally meet the second Wednesday of the month at the above time and place, visitors and prospective members are always welcome. Our voice mail is 815-273-5331 or write HSCC, POB 93, Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053 if you would like a newsletter.

Blood Pressure Screening & Diabetes Review

9 - 9:30 a.m., Carroll County Senior Center, 306 N. Main, Mount Carroll. No cost or registration required; open to the public. Then participate in a talk: Diabetes Review, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. FHN nurse Sara Wise, RN, is the speaker. No cost or registration required; open to the public.

Coffee at Big Meadows

Big Meadows Nursing Home will be hosting their monthly community coffee on February 9 at 9:30 am in the Big Meadows Dining Room. The theme of this month’s coffee is “Weddings” in celebration of National Wedding Month. Everyone is encouraged to bring wedding photos and stories to share. Please come and enjoy free coffee, doughnuts, and juice while making our residents feel they are a vital part of the community.

Cancer support group

The Cancer Support Group of Northwest Illinois will hold their next meeting at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Elizabeth in the Fellowship Hall. For more information contact the Hospice office at 815-947-3260 or Carolyn at 815-858-2224.

Savanna Lions Club meetings

Joins us on the 2nd Wed. of the month (Jan. 9) for our monthly Lions Club meetings at Antl Hall, Savanna. For more information contact: Brian Reusch at 815-273-7757.

February 11

Country, folk, open mic night

Open Mic Night - 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Center, Downtown Lanark. Second Friday of every month. Public is invited - No charge. Donations are accepted. For info, call Kenny Sweitzer (815) 275-0854.

February 12

Level 1-Overview of Child Development: Ages Birth to 8 Months

4-C Community Coordinated Child Care is offering “Level 1-Overview of Child Development: Ages Birth to 8 Months” a workshop for child care center staff and family child care providers without formal coursework. This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 8:30-11:30 am at the YWCA of the Sauk Valley in Sterling, IL. 4-C membership NOT required. There will be a 30 minute lunch break at 11:30 am. Please bring a sack lunch or plan to purchase lunch at a nearby restaurant if attending both modules. Immediately following this workshop, plan to attend . . .

Level 1-Overview of Child Development: Ages 8 Months to 18 Months (Module 7b) - 4-C Community Coordinated Child Care is offering “Level 1-Overview of Child Development: Ages 8 Months to 18 Months”, where you’ll explore development among children 8 to 18 months old. This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 12:00-3:00 pm at the YWCA of the Sauk Valley in Sterling, IL. 4-C membership NOT required. These workshops are FREE and registration is REQUIRED. Contact Kim Sciacero at (815) 758-8149 ext 226 or (800) 848-8727 ext 226.

February 14

Agape Ristorante

A traditional Italian dinner will be served on Valentine’s Day for sweethearts everywhere. Proceeds will go to the Great River Outreach in Savanna. It will be held at the New Unity Deliverance and Worship Center Dining Room at 926 Viaduct Rd. in Savanna. Menu includes meatballs, tossed salad, garlic bread, desserts and beverages. Carry out available. Serving from 5 to 7 p.m. Door prizes, too. For more information, please call Gerri Piper at 815-273-4450 or the Great River Outreach at 815-990-6511.

Camera club meets

The Muddy River Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at the restored Lyons Railroad Depot on 25th Avenue North just north off the Route 136 bridge in North Clinton, IA. Come check us out and visit our web site at

Washington Township Meeting

Washington Township Trustees hold regular meetings for FY April 2009 to March 2010 on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Township Building, Savanna Army Depot, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact WT Clerk Carol Bundy.

Palisades Art League Meets

The Palisades Art League’s monthly meeting is held on the second Monday of every month (except Dec. & Jan.) from 7 to 9 pm at the Masonic Hall, 1519 Chicago Ave., Savanna.

February 15

River Cities Quilters Guild

Meetings are on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. of every month at the Fulton Presbyterian Church, 331 N. 9th, Fulton. Any questions call Susan May 815-589-2221.

Chadwick Senior citizens

Meet on the third Tuesday at 12 noon of every month at the Community Building in Chadwick.

February 17

Hug somebody–with a shawl

The Lanark United Methodist Church Shawl Ministry invites anyone to come knit with us.  We witness to God’s love by knitting, blessing, and giving shawls to those in need of friendship, celebration, healing, and comfort.  Knit 3, Purl 3 - come share God’s work with us, at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays, at Lanark United Methodist Church.  Questions?  Call the church or Jane Smith at 815-225-7329.

February 19

Oncologist, Nurse Navigator to Speak on Cancer

Two healthcare providers specializing in cancer care will speak at a special FHN Speakers Series presentation Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ in Freeport. This special event, which begins at 9 a.m., is sponsored by Mt. Calvary Hearts That Care, a faith-based non-profit community organization led by Dr. Charles M. Washington, MD, and the FHN Top 50 program. A light breakfast will be served. Information on smoking cessation and cancer prevention will be available at the event, provided by the FHN Top 50 program. There is no charge for the event, though registration is required. Call Carla Rowe at 815-232-4021 by Tuesday, Feb. 15 to reserve a seat.

Ladies Pamper Day

5th Annual Ladies Pamper Day on Saturday, February 19, 2011, from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm at the Church of God, 816 S. Clay St. in Mt. Carroll, IL. Music, candles and finger food for your enjoyment. Demonstrations and full treatments available, such as reflexology, chair massages, haircuts, facials, makeovers and more. Door prizes, fashion show, vendors for shopping, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. All proceeds will go towards the Carroll County Relay For Life, a Patriots Team event to raise money. For more information contact: Donna Althoff (815)541-4628 or Gwen Lowe at (815) 244-1123.

February 21

Country Crossroads Quilt Guild

Country Crossroads Quilt Guild will meet on Monday, February 21st, at the Forreston Grove Church, 7246 Freeport Roard, Forreston, at 7:00. Lesley Gebbie of Acorn Quilts in Rockford, will present “Wool is Good,” a program and passion that details adding wool to cotton quilts. For more information, please call Diane at 815/382-4544, Carol at 815/938-2224, or Ann at 815/563-4698.

February 24

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

“Beginning the Conversation” from 1:00-2:30 pm at Carroll County Senior Center, 306 N Main St. Mt. Carroll. This is a free program and open to the public, but please pre-register so we are properly prepared. Call Mary at 800-272-3900 or 563-589-0030

February 25

Unity Ceremony at Big Meadows

Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna will be hosting a ‘Unity Ceremony’ in honor of National Wedding Month on February 25 at 2pm in the Big Meadows Dining Room. The ceremony will include a vow renewal conducted by Becky Voss, Chaplain. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend this event. Couples are encouraged to RSVP by February 14 by calling 815-273-2238.

Trivia Night

Trivia Night- “Trivia Through the Decades” will be at the Unity Christian School in Fulton, IL on Friday, February 25, 2011, with 5:30 dinner, 7 pm Trivia Starts. 10 categories, 100 questions, including: sports, movies, history, Bible and more. $250.00 cash prize to first place team. Entry fee $60.00 per team of 8, min. 5 people per team. Deadline for team entry is February 18. Call Unity Christian at 815-589-3912 to register your team. Also, Decade Costume Contest- cash prize, $5.00 entry fee. Incredible Ribeye Steak Sandwiches and more cooked by the Illinois Cattleman’s Association. This event benefits Unity Christian School Athletic Boosters. Unity Christian School is located at 711 10th Street, Fulton, IL 61252

February 26

Say No To Snow Fun Run

8th Annual Say “NO” to Snow 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. in Lanark. To Benefit the Eastland Council of Churches Winter Wear and Heating Assistance Programs. Race Details: Out and back course is flat and friendly, unless it is cold and windy! Day of race registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Lanark Community Hall; located downtown on Main St. Look for balloons on the door. Post race awards at approximately 12:00 at Dave’s Place. This year’s snowflake medals are beautiful and unique. 3 medals deep in 10 age groups for male and female. Special Overall Male and Overall Female Awards. Karaoke (waiting for final confirmation), a delicious lunch (for a donation—you gotta eat) Le Hartman, 703 13th Ave. Sterling, IL 61081 For more information, call 815-291-6472. Forms can be picked up at Exchange State Bank.

March 15

Volunteer Training

Put caring into action; join the Hospice of the Rock River Valley family by becoming a hospice volunteer. Caring individuals needed to offer comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers act as helping hands and compassionate listeners to individuals and families facing difficult end-of-life situations. Training begins March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Hospice of the Rock River Valley, 264 IL Route 2, Dixon (1 mile east of Sauk Valley Community College) on Route 2. For more information, call (815) 288-3673.

March 19 and 20

NW IL Model Train Club Open House

An open house is planned at the Northwestern Illinois Model Train Club for Saturday March 19 and Sunday March Nov 20, from 10a.m. to 4p.m. We will have both “HO” and “N” scale running. For more information on this event send an email to: , you can also call Duane Imel (815) 684-5216 evenings.

May 1

Hospice Memorial Service

Hospice of the Rock River Valley Memorial Service, honoring loved ones who died during the past year. Memorial service will be at 3 p.m., May 1 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2200 16th Ave., Sterling. To have your loved ones name included or for more information, call Chris Larson at (815) 288-3673 or email

June 11

Unused Medication Collection Announced

Carroll and Jo Daviess County residents that need to dispose of unused and out-of-date medications, both prescription and over the counter (OTC), should put June 11, 2011 on their calendar. A special collection will be held on the 2nd Saturday in June, 9:00 a.m. until noon, to collect and dispose of unneeded medications. Location and other details to be announced. Please store medications safely and securely until the collection. Never flush them down the sink or toilet. Many local organizations are supporting this collection through donations, volunteering, or advertising. If your organization or business would like to participate, please contact either the Jo Daviess County Health Department, 815-777-0283 or the University of Illinois Extension, 815-244-9444.

March 12

Pearl City Boy Scouts Steak Supper

5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Pearl City. 8 oz. Top Sirloin Steak, Baked Potato, Dinner Roll, Salad, Dessert. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Boy Scouts. Tickets may also be purchased at the door during the supper.

Rusty Block 541-3635, Tina Disch 291-8104, Tom Lawson 541-1630 or 291-6633, Bill Eaton 443-9620, Amy Werkheiser 541-8867

November 12

Hospice RRV Festival of Trees Gala

Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees Gala Evening. Details TBD. For more information, call (815) 288-3673.

November 15-20

Hospice RRV Festival of Trees

Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees. Details TBD. For more information, call (815) 288-3673.