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Woodleys Welcome Krista Renae

Scott and Jamie Woodley of Lanark are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Krista Renae Woodley. Krista came into their lives on Friday, April 30, 2010, weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. Krista joins her brother, Nathan, at her new Lanark home.

Proud Grandparents are Carol Woodley (the late Allen Woodley), Red Oak, IL, and Jim & Diane Calhoun, Mt. Carroll, IL.

Jake Thomas: Eagle Scout

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Jake Thomas recently received the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor given by the Boy Scouts of America. Jake was recognized by Kathy Hart, president of the Lanark Lions Club for his Eagle Scout projects at their April meeting. Jake installed two flag poles and landscaped behind the three Memorial Walls at the Lanark Cemetery in May 2009. Jake is a junior at Eastland High School, and is the son of Hunt and Sue Thomas.  (Courtesy of Butch Hasz)

Schwartz Guild Member of the Year

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The River Cities’ Quilters’ Guild recently voted Past President Sherry Schwartz, from Morrison, as guild Member of the Year. Sherry was chosen for this honor because of her leadership in furthering the mission of the guild.

Sherry first started quilting in 2002, when she made a quilt for her mother’s birthday.  She says she became interested in quilting because “it amazed me how someone could take a piece of fabric and turn it into a work of art”.  Now that she is retired, she loves to “snuggle up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter day wrapped in a quilt...”. She loves to make bright colored quilts, and gives many as gifts to lucky friends and family members.  Sherry has been a member of the River Cities’ Quilters’ Guild since 2004, and has been President, Vice-President, and in charge of the newsletter over the years.  Her words of wisdom to quilters: “Always put a label on your quilt with your signature and the year it was made.” Sherry will receive this year’s membership in the guild free of charge.

In April, the River Cities’ Quilters’ Guild hosted a trunk show by Rosalie Baker of Davenport. Rosalie has won numerous awards over the years for her fabulous, artistic pictorial quilts.  In fact, she recently won “Best of Show” at the International Quilt Festival in Rosemont, IL.  The next meeting of the River Cities’ Quilters’ Guild will be Tuesday, May 18th at 7pm at the Fulton Presbyterian Church.  Cindy Pingitore is hosting a game night, called Quilt-O, promising to be a lot of fun.  Bring an ugly fat quarter of material with you.  Guests are always welcome. For more information, contact Connie Barr at 815-772-7903 or Kathy Stewart at 563-243-7621.

THE National Bank Sponsors Little Sprouts

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THE National Bank representatives, Bob Smith and Norma Nelson, are pictured with Chad Haskell from the Morrison Community Hospital Foundation.  Chad gave the representatives from the bank a tour of the new Morrison Community Garden located at French Creek Park.  THE National Bank is the title sponsor of the Little Sprouts Educational Series that will kick off on May 8th at Plant the Town.

West Carroll High School

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Six West Carroll students received the Illinois Principals Association Student Leadership Award at the IPA Student Leadership Recognition Brunch on Friday, May 07, 2010, at Maxson Riverside Restaurant in Oregon, Illinois.  Receiving the IPA Student Leadership Award for West Carroll High School are Maria Heath and Jaimie Storjohann for WC Middle School Marcus Fitzpatrick and Chloe Carson and for WC Intermediate School Allison Law and Matthew Haring.  West Carroll’s High School Assistant Principal Monica Burkholder, WC Middle School Principal Julie Katzenberger and WC Intermediate School Principal Pam Delp also attended the Brunch.

Pictured in the back row from left to right are Julie Katzenberger, Monica Burkholder, Maria Heath, Jaimie Storjohann, and Pam Delp. Front row left to right Marcus Fitzpatrick, Chloe Carson, Allison Law, and Matthew Haring.

New Carroll County Board Member

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Darrell Stitzel from Shannon was sworn in by Judge John Joyce on May 7th as a Carroll County Board member for District Three.  Darrell was appointed by the Carroll County Board on April 15, 2010 to fill the seat vacated by James Hazelbower.  Stitzel will also serve on the Sheriff and Property Committee. (Courtesy of Michael Doty)





West Carroll Intermediate School

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Three West Carroll Intermediate School students were awarded Honorable Mention in a statewide art competition.  (L to R) Shelby Skiles, Daniel Hartman, and Danielle Tinnin-Timm entered artwork in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design contest.  Shelby, Daniel, and Danielle were chosen from 480 entries to receive this award.  Congratulations to these students and their families.  All students at WCIS participated in this contest. (Courtesy of Christie Grimm)

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Several retired teachers have finished a year of working with students at West Carroll Intermediate School on reading improvement.  Front row students are (l to r) Katie McNeal, Shane Edwards, Logan Gengenbach, and Tristin Waidelich.  Back row volunteers are Dr. Arthur Donart, Mrs. Mary Highland, Mrs. Wauneta Phelps, and Mrs. Fran Donart. Not pictured Mr. Mike Highland. (Courtesy of Christie Grimm)

Eastland Student Council Hosts Baby Shower

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The Eastland Student Council held its 2nd Annual All School/Community Baby Shower on Tuesday, May 4th. (Photo, l to r) EHS Student Council members Calvin Cassens and Collin Macomber show off the various baby items donated to the Pitter Patter Pantry.

Students, staff and community members were very generous in their donations of baby items to be given to the Pitter Patter Pantry in Mt. Carroll. Guests were served cupcakes decorated in blue and pink, punch, mints, and nuts. Games were played such as guessing the flavors of various baby foods, identify the candy bar in the diaper, and name that celebrity baby picture.

Vast amounts of baby items such as diapers, wipes, lotions, and even 2 high chairs were collected as well as $202 in donations. Thanks to all who donated! (Courtesy of MaryBeth Landherr)

HRRV Spring Volunteer Graduates


Hospice of the Rock River Valley recently concluded its Spring Volunteer Training session. The training, for direct care volunteers, consisted of nine classes covering a wide range of information including patient-family dynamics, personal death awareness, grief, bereavement, spirituality and documentation. Five new volunteers graduated from the class and are ready to begin their work to help the patients and families of Hospice of the Rock River Valley.

Those completing the session were (l to r) Marguerite Venier, Randy West, Liz Moreno, and Judy Juenger. Absent from photo: Connie Heusinkveld. We welcome our new volunteers to Hospice and look forward to working with them as we care for patients in the Sauk Valley.

For information about upcoming training sessions, call Volunteer Coordinator Judy Jellerichs at 815-288-3673.

Accelerated Reader

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Isabelle Foltz has earned 175 points in the Accelerated Reader program at the West Carroll Intermediate School.  She is a 4th grader in Mrs. Mathers’ classroom. (Courtesy of Jennifer McGinnis)

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Jeronimo Barragan, a 4th grader at West Carroll Intermediate School, has earned 175 points in the Accelerated Reader program. (Courtesy of Jennifer McGinnis)


Eastland Middle School Celebrates Earth Day

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Earth Day was a fun day for (L to R) Travis Spong, Austin Miller and Madie Meador, and all the other 3rd grade students at Eastland Middle school as they hit the streets of Shannon.  Each class picked up around 10 pounds of trash around the surrounding area of Shannon.  Mrs. Lamoreux’s class went to the park, Mrs. Zuck’s class went to the East and Ms. Snyder’s class went to the South.  The biggest question the students had for their teacher was, “why?”  “Why do people throw their trash on the roads? Don’t they like our world nice and clean?”  It was a wonderful learning experience for the third grade class. (Courtesy of Amy Snyder)


Humphrey Correctional Officer of the Year

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Thomson Correctional Center is proud to announce that the Correctional Officer of the Year 2010 is Audrey Humphrey.

Audrey began her career with IDOC in 1989 as Correctional Officer at the Dixon Correctional Center and transferred to the Thomson Correctional Center in May 2008.

Officer Humphrey is currently assigned to the 7a-3p shift and primarily serves as the Assignment/Placement Officer to which she is committed to ensuring timely and appropriate selection and placement of offenders into work assignments and housing placement. Audrey is a member of the Adjustment and Program Committees, Internal Audit Team, External Audit Team, Crisis Intervention Team and assists with facility Bureau of Identification functions. Ms. Humphrey was also recently temporarily assigned Correctional Counselor duties during a period of time when the facility lacked a Counselor. Additionally, she serves as Secretary to AFSCME Local #2319 as well as Correctional Officer Trainee Screener and Recruitment Officer for the Department.

Ms. Humphrey has demonstrated a willingness to accept the challenge and responsibilities of new assignments and has done so without reluctance or reservation. She consistently displays a professional and cooperative spirit in her approach to her duties and has proven to be invaluable through her versatility. Audrey is well respected by her peers and supervisors alike. She is an excellent leader to less senior staff and is always willing to assist and instruct them. Her commitment, dedication and adaptability have established her as a significant component of the facility’s operations.

Thumbs-Up Winners

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Week 27 Thumbs Up Winners for Chadwick Milledgeville Elementary are: Front row l-r is Allyssa Mertz, Izaac Toms-Smith, Makenzie Sack, Mallory Russell

Back row l-r is Jaime Gennaro, Olivia Sturrup, Kortney Queckboerner, and Andrea Feary.

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Week 28 Thumbs Up Winners for Chadwick Milledgeville Elementary are: Front row l-r is Gage Offill, Ryan Kendall, Reneya Merkel, Carter Dudley

Back row l-r is Catlyn Coy, Natalie Wilkinson, Christian Shores and Mason Phillips

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Week 29 Thumbs Up Winners for Chadwick Milledgeville Elementary are: Front row l-r is Blake Schurman, Ashton Olson, Chase Sarber, and Kaden Wolber

Back row l-r is Jasmine Sturrup, Nikki Glover, Saige Cowan, and Lindsey Brown


Physical Activity Affects Youth for a Lifetime

Contact: Melinda States, 618- 242-9310,

Physical activity, good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices are the basis for a lifetime of health and wellness, said Melinda States, Extension Educator, Youth Development. “If all three of these aspects are balanced, the mind and body will work together to benefit the individual,” she said. “But physical activity seems to be the most difficult to include in our daily lives.”

Physical activity is important for people of all ages, States said. “It helps to control weight, build muscle strength, develop aerobic fitness, increase bone mass, reduce stress, and build self-esteem. Young people should get 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity on most days. When broken into 15-30 minute increments, 60 minutes of physical activity can be easily achieved by most children and teens.”

Being active helps a person to relax and feel better. Breathing deeply during exercise brings more oxygen into the lungs. This provides more oxygen to the brain, which in turn improves thinking skills. There are three types of physical activity: aerobic, strength training, and flexibility and balance.

“Aerobic activity not only builds heart and lung capacity, but also burns calories and builds stamina,” said States. “Some kind of aerobic activity is recommended two to three times per week for 20-30 minutes at a time.” Examples of aerobic activity include bicycling, swimming, competitive sports, jump rope or walking at a brisk pace.

Strength training is also known as weight-bearing exercise, which helps to build strong bones and muscles. “Stronger muscles help protect the body from injury and give better support to the body’s joints,” States said. “Rope climbing, pull-ups, push-ups, running, and playground activity are all great ways to strength train.”

Finally, said States, flexibility and balance exercise reduces the risk of injury and should be included into every physical activity. “As people age, they tend to get less flexible. Thus, it is important for children and teens to improve their flexibility now and maintain it as they age. Flexibility guards against sprained and strained muscles. Flexibility and balance activities may be used as warm-up or cool-down movements,” States said. “Good examples of flexibility and balance exercise include yoga, stretching, gymnastics, dance and martial arts.”

Children who enjoy a well-balanced diet and participate in physical activity are more likely to be active participants in the classroom and achieve higher standard test scores. “Unfortunately in today’s society, many youth are involved in sedentary activities, which require little physical exertion,” States noted. “Physical activity does not need to be boring. Find activities that you enjoy either by yourself or with friends, vary the activities so you don’t get into a rut, and enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.”

4-H is the largest out-of-school education youth program in the United States. 4-H seeks to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, forming attitudes and developing life skills that enable them to become caring, competent and contributing members of society. In Illinois over 268,000 youth participate in University of Illinois Extension 4-H clubs and programs. More than 23,600 adult volunteers assist in programming for the youth. For more information about 4-H in Illinois visit

French Mill Presentation at Windmill Cultural Center

As part of Fulton’s Celebrate Fulton: 1835-2010 year-long celebration, the volunteer millers are sponsoring three presentations this summer at the new Windmill Cultural Center. The first program is Monday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Constance Berman, Collegiate Fellow at the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak about “French Mills and the Changing Times.” Ms. Berman’s specialty at the University of Iowa is Medieval Social, Economic, Religious, and Women’s Studies (France and Italy).

Berman has given many presentations about Medieval France and Italy, and has presented papers at numerous conventions. She was seen by Fulton millers at The International Molinological Society symposium in the Netherlands. She is currently finishing a book entitled Women’s Work and European Economic Growth, 1050-1250. She also has an interest in medieval agriculture and food studies.

The volunteer millers invite the public to join us for this free event. The facility is handicap accessible. For more information, please contact Heidi Kolk at (815) 589-3160.

HCC to Recognize Honors Graduates at Convocation Ceremony

Highland Community College’s graduating students who have earned academic honors will be recognized at the 2010 Honors Convocation. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members, Academic Division Award recipients and Honors Program graduates will also be recognized.

The Ceremony will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the Ferguson Fine Arts Center Theatre. 

Students to be recognized for academic honors:

Summa Cum Laude - 4.0 GPA

Kristina Kelzer, Elizabeth; Jeffrey Cowman, Freeport; Anthony Ernst, Freeport; Heather Jurs, Freeport; Charity Otte, Freeport; Brittany Rowe, Freeport; Melissa Zueger, Freeport; Selena Markley, Lanark and Theresa DeReus, Savanna.

Magna Cum Laude - 3.50-3.99 GPA

Julie Knight, Alton, IA; Carrie Cross, Byron; Jenna Reed ,Cedarville; Brenda Brovold, Davis; Daniel Whealy, Davis; Seth Carroll, Elizabeth; Amanda Hurlburt, Elizabeth; Celia Priegel, Elizabeth; Sharon Scudder, Forreston; Kali Bundy, Freeport; Rachael Deletzke, Freeport; Taylor Dietmeier, Freeport; Troy Garkey, Freeport; September Gerke, Freeport; Tiffanie Gorham, Freeport; William Hammer, Freeport; Kristina Hayenga, Freeport; Jean Johnson, Freeport; Shelita Jordan, Freeport; Kaitlyn Kirby, Freeport; Sharon Lowary, Freeport; Sean McFarlane, Freeport; Benjamin Northrup, Freeport; Robin Otten, Freeport; Jeffrey Parke, Freeport; Elisabeth Rinck-Ferrar, Freeport; Lori Sonneson, Freeport; Elizabeth Teasdale, Freeport; Elizabeth Tomita, Freeport; Maggie Tyrer, Freeport; Jordan Underhill, Freeport; William Veer, Freeport; Frank Wise, Freeport; Linsay Groeling, Lanark; Stephanie Borgmann, Leaf River; Curtis Krueger, Leaf River; Sarah Andrews, Lena; Tina Brinkmeier, Lena; Dale Gabel, Lena; Katie Huber, Lena; Anna Lyvers, Lena; Jordan Oleson, Lena; Lesli Schlichting, Lena; Aaron Troxell, Lena; Carah Higgs, McConnell; Alan Meana, Monroe, WI; Sheila Piper, Mt. Morris; Michael Badgett Orangeville; Jessica Dominick, Orangeville; Shari Gentz, Oregon; Hilary Graves, Pearl City; Brian Donner, Platteville, WI; Henry Bocker, Polo; Kayla Olsen, Rock City; Diane Phillips, Rock City; Traci Vendel, Rock City; Austin Walker Shannon; Alyssa Dammen, South Wayne, IL; Harley Lancaster, Stockton; Brielle Harwick, Warren; Andrea Hicks, Warren and Rhonda Steinwand, Winnebago.

Cum Laude - 3.25-3.49 GPA

Kristi Buss, Cedarville; Sarah Jackowski, Cedarville; Chelsea Bordner, Dakota; Aaron Laurent, Dakota; Annie Mitchell, Dakota; Derek Schurch, Dakota; Ryan Kampmier, Davis; Michelle Saar, Davis; Alex Turman, Davis; Brittany Lieb, Elizabeth; Peter Gungel, Forreston; Jason Kauffman, Forreston; Melanie Mahan, Forreston; Joshua Rowe, Forreston; Renee Berry, Freeport; David Brown, Freeport; Candace Cornelius, Freeport; Jacqueline Engle, Freeport; LaShawnda Fane, Freeport; Kyle Fleischer, Freeport; Carla Harnish, Freeport; Joshua Heise, Freeport; Justin Hoffman, Freeport; Amelia Klavenga, Freeport; Zachary Lillge, Freeport; AnnunciataMaria Odika, Freeport; Tremon Parker, Freeport; Ryan Petta, Freeport; Chrisma Robertson, Freeport; Anastacia Singleton, Freeport; Randy Smith, Freeport; Michele Stadermann, Freeport; Benjamin Thompson, Freeport; Reggie White, Freeport; Paige Gordon, Lanark; Megan Book, Leaf River; Micah Goodrich, Leaf River; Whitney Poggioli, Leaf River; Delaina Rinehart, Leaf River; Chelsea Hartzell, Lena; Sarrah Terhune, Lena; Heather Drake, McConnell; Julie Hartwig, Monroe, WI; Janice Oviatt, Mt. Carroll; Mark Courter, Mt. Morris; Kirsten Harrison, Orangeville; Erin Pontnack, Orangeville; Eric Hammer, Pearl City; Kerry Fagerstrom, Pecatonica; Nancy Segarra, Ridott; Andrew Schroeder, Rock City; Kelsey Holmes, Savanna; Debbie Klein, Savanna; Katie Arand, Stockton; Stephanie Freese, Stockton; Lindsey Bartell, Warren; Cole Vanderheyden, Warren and Janeen Moest, Winslow.

Hit a Hole-in-One for Hospice

Hospice of the Rock River Valley, CGH Medical Center & Sandrock/Mickley Insurance Agencies presents the 8th Annual HRRV Memorial Golf Outing, Friday, June 25 at Deer Valley Country Club. The best ball format will begin with registration starting at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at Noon. Registration includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, hole games and awards. Sign up as an individual or with a foursome.

Join Hospice for an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship with other hospice supporters and golf enthusiasts (or amateurs). All proceeds benefit hospice services to patients and families of Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Many other raffle items include rounds of golf at area courses, Chicago Cubs Tickets, and much more.

Maybe the sport of golf isn’t your “thing”. You can still participate by donating to the outing as an event sponsor, raffle prize, or join us on the golf course for dinner. Dinner only tickets are $20 each and will be served at approximately 5:00 p.m.

To register your team, purchase your meal tickets, become a sponsor, make a general donation or for more information, call Hospice of the Rock River Valley at (815) 288-3673 or email

Hospice of the Rock River Valley serves Lee, Ogle, Carroll, Bureau and Whiteside counties in Illinois. Hospice of the Rock River Valley is a United Way agency.

Reduce Storm Water Runoff & Promote Conservation

In anticipation of the hearty vegetables and fragrant flowers, have you thought of a more conservational or economical way to water your plants?

The Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District is selling rain barrels. Our rain barrels are 60 gallon plastic barrels that are 100% recycled. The barrels have a perforated, screen mesh top to stop contaminates from entering. They also have top overflows and bottom drains along with a plastic spigot that can thread a hose.

To illustrate how important and how limited a resource freshwater is in our world, consider the following. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 2.5% of this supply is considered fresh water. The rest is found in the form of salt water in the oceans. Of the fresh water that exists, most is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. Water can also be found in the form of clouds and humidity in the soil. That leaves us 3/10 of 1 percent found in the form of lakes, rivers and streams. Unfortunately, much of this small amount of freshwater is in danger of drying up or becoming so contaminated that it cannot be used for human consumption. Changing our habits of water use can help this growing problem.

Do you want some benefits of having a rain barrel?

Rain barrels help:

1. Divert water from storm drain system and thus reduce pollutants and the velocity of water entering local rivers and streams;

2. Store high quality water for gardens; harvesting rainwater with rain barrels to use for watering your landscaping, the rainwater can help to improve the health of your gardens, lawns, and trees. Rain is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater. After all, it’s what plants in the wild thrive on!

3. Direct overflow water away from building foundations to more desired locations;

4. Reduce water and sewer bills, as well as electrical bills from sump pump usage.

For more information on any of these products, please contact the Whiteside County SWCD at 16625 Liberty Street, Morrison, Illinois 61270, call (815)772-2124 ext 3, email Wendy at or visit our website at

Pasture Walk Scheduled

A Winnebago County producer will “open their pasture gates” and host an Early-Summer Pasture Walk on June 14 from 4 pm to 6 pm. A pasture walk provides the opportunity to see and discuss various grazing management strategies and to share experiences “out in the pasture”. The event will be hosted by Jackie Flynn-Batista, 9027 Best Road, Pecatonica. Jackie and her husband have 25 Murray Grey beef cows and approximately 90 to 95 acres of legume-grass pasture and hay. In 2005 they received an EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) grant for installation of pasture fence and a watering system. Strip-grazing was implemented in 2009. At the Pasture Walk, Jackie will share experiences with their grazing program and discuss their goal of grass finishing beef and maintaining an organic production system. Ed Johnston, Winnebago County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will address basic information on EQIP and Jim Morrison, University of Illinois Extension will highlight aspects of pasture management and forage quality. Handout material will be provided. There is no fee to attend, but reservations are encouraged by contacting the Winnebago County Extension office, phone 815-986-4357, or The event will be held rain or shine, so participants should dress accordingly.

The Pasture Walk is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, NRCS, Blackhawk Hills RC & D, the Northwestern Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, and the Illinois Grassland Conservation Initiative.

Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser

The Pheasants Forever Carroll County Long Spurs Trapshooting Team is having a Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser on Sunday, May 23, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Savanna Moose Lodge, 125 Main Street, Savanna, IL. Advance Tickets at $5.00 each or $6.00 at the door.

In 2009, the Long Spurs participated in the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) Illinois State Shoot and the National Shoot in Sparta, IL. The young men and women proudly came home with two 2nd places and a 1st place showing at State and a 7th at the National Shoot.

The team will travel to Sparta, IL, on June 12, 2010, to compete at State, and again on July 23-24, 2010, to compete at the National shoot. All are invited to come enjoy a great breakfast and help support our Shooters on their way to another State Title!

This year, the group has 38 shooters ranging from 5th grade thru 12th grade from the following areas: CHADWICK: Baily Queckboerner; ELIZABETH: Dale Gerlich, Jill Harmston, Ty Harmston; LANARK: Parker Bates, Coleton Eubanks, Cameron Kruse, Alexis Poffenberger, Austin Poffenberger, Jake Thomas, Tyler Weber; MILLEDGEVILLE: Alex Dambman; MT. CARROLL: Jacob Armstrong, Jon Armstrong, Jason Bogue, Garrett Eberle, Devon Handel, Daniel Hartman, Ben Suiter, Wyatt Whitebread, Zach Whitebread; PEARL CITY: Drew Strohecker; SABULA, IA: Everett Abernathy, Nick Abernathy; SAVANNA: Josi Anderson, Brandon Anderson, Brandon Brown, Jacob Dauphin, Josh Sullivan; Devin Wilkinson; SHANNON: Josh Reynolds, Leigh Tipton; STOCKTON: Aspen Binns, Hunter Binns, THOMSON: Jacob Casey, Jeff Casey, Allen Hayenga, Hallie Mobley.

Questions About Reverse Osmosis

We have received a question about Reverse Osmosis Systems and what costs are required to maintain the system.

Reverse Osmosis Systems filter the water which removes up to 98% of the contaminants from the water. There are generally two pre filters that need to be changed. One is the sediment filter, and the other is a carbon filter. Systems vary on filter change timing, but better systems require filter changes about every 12 to 14 months. The main membrane should last from 7 to 10 years depending on your water characteristics and usage.

The sediment and carbon filter will cost about $20.00 to $25.00 each. Some systems have very easy filter change instructions. Again, the better systems tend to have the easiest maintenance and do a better job filtering out the contaminants.

Generally speaking, as long as the pre filters are changed when needed, these drinking water systems are a great way to provide high quality water at a very low cost.

As always the better systems have the best warranties. You should also consider the efficiency of the unit. Because water is being forced through a membrane, there is waste water to consider. Again, the better systems will send the least amount of water to the drain. In the long run operating costs will be much lower with a quality system. This is true for all water treatment decisions.

For more details, call me, Steve Rangel, at 815 631 5913, or e-mail at .

This is National Nursing Home Week

The Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll is celebrating National Nursing Home Week, May 10-14, with the theme: “Nurturing a Love That Lasts.”

National Nursing Home Week is set aside each year to honor residents of long-term care centers, their families and those who work in long-term care. The American Health Care Association established the week in 1967.

The Good Samaritan Society – Mount Carroll will celebrate with the following special events:

Monday – Apron Day – staff and residents will wear and view displays of old and/or favorite aprons. The Apron Ladies of Milledgeville will present a program on the history of aprons and ice cream sundaes will be served in the afternoon.

Tuesday – Cartoon Day- staff & residents are encouraged to wear cartoon figured clothing. A cupcake walk and a cookout are planned.

Wednesday- Sports Day- everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite team t-shirts or jerseys. A tailgate party will be held as we watch the Cubs play in the afternoon. Child Evangelism Fellowship speaker will give a presentation at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday – Alzheimer’s Awareness Day – Everyone is encouraged to wear purple. The Alzheimer’s Association will present a program at 10:00 am. Ice cream floats will be served in the afternoon.

Friday- Fun in the Sun Day – Dress in picnic gear and enjoy hor d’oeuvres and beverages under our new outdoor awning after bingo.

“This special week is an opportunity for the community to celebrate the achievements of our residents as well as the quality of care that we provide,” says Jenifer Dunk, administrator. “It is also a wonderful time to visit a family member or other loved one who calls our center home.”

The Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll is part of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates more than 240 long-term care centers and retirement living centers across the country. The Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone is Someone.”

For more information, please contact Anna Gray, Resource Development Coordinator at Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll, 815-244-7715, or e-mail at

Personal Safety Education Program to be Offered in Morrison

The Morrison Community Hospital Ambulance is once again presenting an educational safety program to local Southside students. This will be the 4th time that the hospital has committed to bringing the safety program to area kids.

Morrison Community Hospital Ambulance will present each student with a copy of Personal Safety For Kids, a 136-page handbook that features information about safety in the home, at school, in traffic, on the street, at play, and among strangers. Produced by Gateway Community Safety Net, the program contains lessons and fun exercises that reinforce the rules of self-protection. Also included is an educational DVD that features animated characters, interactive games, and quizzes. It connects to the Community Safety Net web site, where kids can enter online contests and win great prizes.

The materials have been provided thanks to the generous support of local businesses and organizations. An excellent resource for parents, the programs contain important telephone numbers as well as websites for more help.

Every day, more than 43,000 North American children are injured seriously enough to need emergency room attention. According to the World Health Organization, “almost all accidents are preventable and education is the most effective way to prevent them from happening.”

“May 16th - 22nd 2010 is recognized as National EMS Week. We feel there is no better way to promote this special week than to spend time in the schools, educating the children on how to be safe at home and in our community. MCH is proud to offer this educational program to the students and are thankful that the schools allow us to do so,” said Chad Haskell, MCH Director of Communications.

Enroll Now for 3rd Food Handler’s Recertification Class

University of Illinois Extension will be offering a Food Service Sanitation Manager Recertification Class on June 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mt. Carroll. This is an approved refresher class. Advance registration is required and must be completed on or before May 28th. For a registration form contact University of Illinois Extension office in Mt. Carroll at 815-244-9444.

The Recertification Class fee is $40 which includes all course materials, lunch and breaks. This fee is the course fee only and is separate from the IDPH license renewal cost. Instructor for this session will be Sarah Todd, Extension Educator with University of Illinois Extension.

Fun In The Park Starts Off With FunTastic Fitness Camp for Kids

No matter your fitness level, everyone will have fun at FunTastic Fitness Camp. Join the fun, play games, learn simple ways to be healthy, and boost your brain power at this fun filled camp. For kids entering Kindergarten through 8th grades, Tuesdays and Thursdays June 1,3,8,10,15,& 17 from 1:00-3:00pm at Old Mill Park in Savanna. “ Fun in the Park” camps are open to all families in Northwest Illinois.

To register your child or to learn more about other “Fun in the Park” programs, call the Carroll County Extension office at 815-244-9444. Program sponsors include the Savanna Park District and University of Illinois Extension. Other June camps include Camp Cupcake (June 5) Kids a Cookin’(June 7,9,11,14,16 & 18), Tennis Camp (June 22,23,24,29,30 & July 1) and Golf Camp (June 21,23,25,28,30 and July 2)

Green Fair 2010 Plans Announced

Green Fair 2010 will be held Saturday, September 25th  at the Galena Convention Center located on Route 20 on the west side of Galena.  The theme for this year is Small Steps Lead to Big Changes.  Similar to past Green Fair events, exhibitors and speakers will be offering resources and information on alternative energy, green building techniques, sustainable living, and local foods.  Recycling opportunities and educational children’s activities will also be offered.  Please visit the website for additional information:

Organizations and businesses wishing to exhibit should contact Maggie Friedenbach, Recycling and Conservation Programs Coordinator, at 815-244-9444, or for details.  

Green Fair is an activity planned and promoted by Green Fair Alliance, a collaborative group representing many environmentally minded organizations and individuals.  The event is facilitated by the University of Illinois Extension.        

Creative Arts!

The Women of Light invite you to their Creative Arts Retreat at Church On A Hill, 14201 U.S. Hwy. 52 in Mt. Carroll. The event is set for Friday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 15 from 9 am to 2 pm (includes workshops and lunch), and Sunday, May 16, at 10 am., Dr. Sharon Lantis, Featured Speaker and Author of “The Shout of Triumph.”:

Sharon comes with a message of breakthrough joy that will put a trumpet shout in your heart and mouth. You will experience a shift to a higher plane that will release God’s anointing power and vision in your life.

Cost is $15 with Pre-registration May 9. $20 pre-registration for couples, and $20 @ the door.

Includes:  3 Guest Speakers, Worship, 5 Meetings, Personal Ministry, Lunch, and a Gift from Pure’n’Art Ministry.

For more information, call Kathy at 815- 244-1640.

Take Control of Your Business

Learn how to use marketing fundamentals to make money in your business! Join Associate Professor of Marketing at Western Illinois University, Craig Conrad for a workshop designed to help you apply the basics of marketing to create and sustain a financially successful business. This workshop is an essential for any business looking to increase their revenues and customer base. The workshop will be help on Thursday, May 27th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the House of Events in Savanna, IL. The event is $5 and includes a light dinner.

During this interactive and engaging workshop participants will learn how to focus on marketing activities that will generate revenue as well as reduce and eliminate counterproductive marketing behaviors. Conrad will also expose business owners to the power of target marketing and market segmentation and provide business owners five tools that will save them money and increase their marketing productivity. Finally, Craig will help business owners prepare to create a one year marketing action plan.

Funding for this program has been provided by the MAPPING the Future of Your Community program and a USDA Rural Business Enterprise grant program at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. Additional supporters include; the Savanna Area Chamber of Commerce, the Artists’ Cooperative of Savanna, and the Blackhawk Hills Entrepreneur and Inventors Club.

Space is limited so please RSVP by Monday, May 24th. To register or for more information, contact Pam Brown at the Savanna Area Chamber of Commerce 815-273-2722. The seminar starts with dinner at 5:30pm and concludes at 8:00pm on Thursday, May 27th at the House of Events in Savanna.


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