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Local Women Attend Conference

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President of the IFRW Michelle Schurman

Four members of the Carroll County Republican Women were in attendance at the Conference of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women held in Champaign, Illinois on April 20-21, 2013.

President of the IFRW Michelle Schurman led the conference with Roberta McConnel, Venita McConnel and Barbara McAbee in attendance. The conference focused on leadership skills for Republican Women.

The group was honored to have Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman as it’s keynote speaker.




Rep. Bustos Visits Thomson & Savanna

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos met with Vicky Bealer Trager, the new Village of Thomson President, at the Heirloom Market & Café in Thomson on Monday, May 13. (L to R) Congresswoman Bustos, Heirloom Market employees Sarah Tyler and Aaron Fullan, and President Trager. Bustos also met with Tony McCombie, the new Mayor of Savanna later that day.
(Courtesy of Tony Belha)

Eastland Hosts 13th Annual Scholarship Night

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38 Eastland seniors were honored at the 13th Annual Awards and Scholarship Night on May 8, 2013. Seniors who were recognized either by outstanding student awards or scholarships include: Anna Ameiss, Seth Blair, Cayn Boeke, Courtney Carroll, Jacob Dickman, Nicole Fahey, Casey Fritz, Delanie Giedd, Blake Gordon, Cordell Guentner, Austin Hansen, Tyrus Hartman, Katrina Hatheway, Kimberly Johnson, Matthew Keppen, Bailey Lauder, Haley Miller, Tyler Mueller, Katherine Murphy, Madison Parker, Austin Sargent, Bryce Shaner, Michael Shores, Carli Snider, Austin Spoerl, Devin Steen, Peyton Sturtevant, Carl Sundquist, Benjamin Thomas, Monica Walters, and Austin Young. Eastland High School sends their continued thanks to all the generous scholarship donors – without you this night would not be possible! (Courtesy of Anne Pilgrim, Eastland High School Counselor)

Morrison Rotary May Students of the Month

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Morrison Rotarians enjoyed the company of two May Students of the Month - Victoria Horn and Nolan Dykema.

Victoria is the daughter of Joel and Susan Horn. She is actively involved in Jazz Band, Pep/Marching band and Concert band, is a member of the Sterling Municipal Band, and has been a member of Jennifer’s Dance Center for 13 years. She also participated in the Christmas Cantata at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. In her free time Victoria enjoys writing, reading, and drawing. She plans to attend Northwestern College in Orange City, IA to major in English, music or art.

Nolan is the son of Leanne Dykema and the late Marty Dykema. He is active in sports including football, band, and wrestling. He participates in his church activities which includes helping people who have a need. When he is not attending sports he enjoys driving tractors, bailing hay, feeding the animals on the farm and hanging out with friends. Nolan plans to attend Black Hawk College East Campus in the field of Agriculture Production Technology.


Kovarik Awarded Morrison Rotary ‘Officer of the Year’

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Nominated by Morrison Rotarian Kathy Schmidt, Karl Kovarik was awarded the District 6420 Club Officer of the Year Award. Karl has been a member of Rotary since 1997 and has held the position as treasurer since 2008.

Karl’s record keeping is accurate and organized. The words used to describe him are detailed, proactive, future focused and collaborator. He has been instrumental in moving the club from one type of record keeping system to another and maintains the history of the club on the website.

Karl has been a member of the Whiteside County Fair board for 16 years and is their treasurer as well. In his spare time he is an active member of the Erie/Prophetstown/Tampico Knights of Columbus and is Chairman of their annual Free Throw Contest for area youth. He also serves as trustee for Tampico Fire Protection District and is active in Erie/Prophetstown sports boosters.

His service above self to his club as well as his community is deserving of the Club Officer of the Year Award.

Presenting the award to Karl (center) is Morrison Rotary President, Kevin Schisler (at right), with Morrison Rotarian Kathy Schmidt (left) who nominated Karl. (Courtesy of Morrison Rotary)

Girl Scout News

What does a girl’s self-portrait say about her? Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) invites all local girls in grades 4-5 to participate in Express Yourself at the Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem, on Saturday, June 22, from 3-5 p.m.

Studying famous self-portraits as a guide, girls will create their own self-portraits by using expressive color with oil pastels and words that describe each girls unique personality. Program fee is $15 per registered Girl Scout; $27 per non-registed Girl Scout and includes all art supplies and instruction. The additional $12 registers girls as Girl Scouts and allows them to participate in this program and many others throughout the year!

For more information, call Stacie Simpson at 815-235-8777, Ext. 7148, or email Register online at

Damaris Linker Graduates from Quincy University

Damaris Linker, Daughter of Doug and Jeanette Linker of Lanark, IL, graduated from Quincy University, Quincy, Illinois, on Sunday, May 12th, 2013 during the 150th Commencement Exercises with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance.

The new graduate completed high school studies at Eastland HS in Lanark, IL. During her college career, Damaris was involved in the following activities and/or achieved the following honors: Division II Volleyball, Institute of Management Accountants, Phi Beta Sigma, Students in Free Enterprise, and the Student Faculty Advisory Committee.

Local Foods Programs Offered

A workshop for producers will be offered on Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at HCC West in Elizabeth. Companion and Succession Planting for Optimal Production will provide an introduction to both production methods and will provide information on inter-planting techniques to maximize production space, encouraging beneficial insects, examples of plants that assist each other in growth, and a schedule of succession plantings which can be followed to increase production amounts.

“This workshop will provide an introduction to these two concepts which can dramatically increase production in small spaces or larger spaces,” commented Candice Miller, Extension Horticulture Educator who will be leading the workshop, “while we are targeting the producers who grow fruits and vegetables in our area, this may also be useful for the serious backyard gardener who is interested in learning new techniques.” The cost for this program is $5.

The program “Local Foods 101” will be offered at two different locations in the coming weeks. This program was developed by Larson to explain some of the new terminology that is used to describe parts of the local food system. “Through our work with many different groups, we were able to learn that what some feel is a common term is not likely understood by all,” commented Larson. This program will include a history and overview of farmers markets and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), where to find “local food” and what might constitute local food in northwestern Illinois, as well as an overview of the defintions, labels and terms which are used. This program will feature information on Community Food System work being done in the tri-state area, as well as an introduction to some regional projects which support the growth of the food system.

This program will be offered twice. On Monday, May 20th, it will be offered at the East Dubuque Public Library, 122 Wisconsin Avenue, from 6-7pm. Please register for this no cost program, through the Extension Office. The Galena Public Library is also sponsoring the program for their patrons on on Friday May 31st at 10 am. Registration for this location can be done through the library.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the U of I Extension office at 815-858-2273.

Illinois Volunteers PSA

Calling all volunteers! Join Riverview Center’s crisis response team to help survivors of sexual assault heal after they have been abused. Riverview Center needs volunteers who are residents in Jo Daviess or Carroll Counties in Illinois to staff our 24-hour hotline to talk with survivors who are coping with abuse and to sit with survivors at the hospital or police station after an assault.

10,000 women and 3,000 men in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties will be sexually abused during their lifetime. We need your help to provide the support they deserve because we cannot do it alone. Our next 40 hour volunteer training starts June 15th. Contact Jenaleigh at 563-557-0310 for an application, “like” Riverview Center on Facebook, or visit for more information. Join us. Together we can create a community free of violence for us all.

Carroll County 4-H’ers Brimming With ‘Horse Sense’

The Carroll County 4-H Program is honored to have some very knowledgeable and talented Horse project members. County 4-H’ers participated in the State Contest, held at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield and did an outstanding job.

In the Hippology Contest: In the Sr. Division, Renee Henert of Lee Co., placed 9th overall and 1st in judging. In the Intermediate Division, Natalie Shaw of Carroll Co. Kids 4-H Club, placed 3rd overall and Gretchen Richter of the Milledgeville Hotshots club placed 10th overall, and 2nd overall in judging; Megan Poole, Ogle Co. placed 15th; Katie Hoffman of Savanna Smiles 4-H Club placed 17th; Caryssa Hemmen of Country Clovers 4-H Club placed 36th; and Kaiti Collins of Milledgeville Hotshots 4-H Club placed 40th. In the Jr. Division, Olivia Charles of the Carroll Co. Kids 4-H Club placed 10th overall.

In the Horse Bowl competition, the Jr. Team placed 4th out of 13 teams overall. Katie Hoffman of the Savanna Smiles club was 6th overall for high point individuals in answering questions and Kaiti Collins of the Milledgeville Hotshots club was 10th overall. Members of the Jr. Team were Kaiti Collins, Katie Hoffman, Olivia Charles, Alivia Preston of Mt. Carroll and Caryssa Hemmen of Sterling.

These 4-H’ers worked hard to get ready for these contests by having weekly practices starting in January. Coaching the 4-H’ers to victory were Bryan Hollewell of Milledgeville and Joan Harms of Sterling. These ladies give a lot of time, energy and talent to the 4-H Horse program. For more information about the Carroll County 4-H Horse Program, contact University of Illinois Extension at 815-244-9444 or Leanne Rahn at

County 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Group to Meet

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

Clinics for the 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun project will be held every Tuesday and Thursday night from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Clark VanBuskirk shooting range at 8989 VanBuskirk Road, Mt. Carroll during the month of May (May 21, 23, 28 & 30th), June (June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27).

The Shooting Sports Shotgun Club is open to current and non-4-H youth 10 yrs. of age and older by September 1, 2012.

Bring with you to the clinics: $10 to cover the cost of shells and targets; A 20 or 12 gauge shotgun; A parent or adult – you will also have paper work to fill out that needs a parent signature; Safety glasses if you have them; Dress for the weather & bring bug spray

If you have any questions, contact Wayne Knight at 815-244-3380 or the Carroll Co. Extension Office at 815-244-9444.

Carroll County Dog Obedience Sessions Scheduled

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

All 4-H’ers are invited to take advantage of dog obedience classes now being offered. The classes will be held June 10 & 24, & July 8 & 22 at the 4-H Fair exhibit building at the Milledgeville Fairgrounds. Time of the classes is 6:30-7:30 p.m. each session. All youth must be accompanied by a parent.

You will learn what you can and cannot do in the ring while you are being judged. Learn hand placement, correct foot work and the pattern that the judge will be asking you to do. Every participant will need to bring with them their dog, proof of rabies vaccination (required), a choke collar, a 6 ft. leash, water bowl, bags and paper towels to clean up and dog treats.

To register by June 6 or for more information contact Leanne Rahn at Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Service at 244-9444 or e-mail There is no cost to 4-H’ers for this program.

Carroll County 4-H Leaders Meeting Planned

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

The next Carroll County 4-H Leader’s Meeting will be held Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Bureau Board room. We have many agenda items to discuss – 4-H Fair, summer activities, records, etc. All organizational, project and Junior Leaders are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Leanne Rahn at University of Illinois Extension, 815-244-9444 or at

Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports Group to Meet

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

4-H archery workshops will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m.

The workshop will be held at the Mike & Jodi York farm located at 25269 E. Locust Rd., Lanark. You must be accompanied by a parent, if your mom or dad cannot then you need to find another adult to be responsible for you. Dress for the weather.

For more information contact Mike York, Lanark or Leanne Rahn at the Carroll Co. Extension Office 815-244-9444 or

4-H Speed Horse Fun Show

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

A 4-H Speed Horse Fun Show sponsored by the Carroll County Boots ‘N Spurs 4-H club will be held June 15, at the Milledgeville Fairgrounds, 4-H Horse Arena.

Speed classes start at 10:00 a.m. with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. Class feed are $5 per rider per horse or $20 per rider per horse for all class participation.

This show is open to all youth 8 – 18 years old as of September 1, 2012, from Carroll and surrounding counties. There will be eleven classes with ten of them each being at speed level and then at trot level. Helmets must be worn and Coggins papers shown. For more information or a flyer contact the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444 or or a member of the Boot’s ‘N Spurs 4-H Club or visit our website at

4-H Group To Have Foodstand At Mayfest

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

The Carroll County 4-H Wonders of Washington Group will be serving pork chop sandwiches at the annual Mayfest event in Mt. Carroll at the Campbell Center on May 25 & 26. Stop by for a delicious pork chop sandwich during your visit to Mayfest. Serving hours are 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the food tent.

All proceeds from the stand will be used to help the 4-H families with their trip to Washington D.C.

Computer Art SPIN Club To Meet

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

The next meeting of the Carroll County Computer Art SPIN club will be Saturday, May 25, from 1:00-3:00 pm, at the Clinton Community College Technology Center, at 1951 Manufacturing Dr., Clinton Iowa. The group is for all 4-H & non4-H youth between the ages of 10 and 18 years old by September 1.

This session, the topic will be exploring Interactive Design. This is a hands-on learning group that will meet for a total of six times.

For more information contact University of Illinois Carroll Co. Extension Office at 815-244-9444 or Leanne Rahn at

Multi-County 4-H Archery Exhibition

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

A Multi-County Archery Exhibition hosted by the Carroll Co. Archery group will be held on Saturday, June 8th at the Carroll Co. Fairgrounds in Milledgeville. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. on the stage area, with the competition starting at 10:00 a.m. The exhibition is open to the public. Bleacher seating is available.

Come watch 4-H youth from Carroll and surrounding counties participate in our first multi-county Shooting Sport Exhibition. The 4-H Youth have been practicing on skills and hope to showcase to the public all they have learned about the sport.

Pre-registration forms are available from any of the surrounding county Extension Offices or on line at Deadline for registration is June 3rd.

If you have questions, please contact Leanne Rahn, Carroll Co. Extension at 815-244-9444 or or Mike York, Instructor at 815-266-1992.

Let’s Do Something Spectacular!

Can you believe the opening of another Spectacular season is just around the corner? That only means one thing: it is time for the Friends of Timber Lake Orientation.

You may ask “What are Friends of Timber Lake Playhouse”?

Friends of TLP are a group of dedicated volunteers who help support Timber Lake Playhouse in a variety of ways.

What do Friends of TLP do?

• Organize fundraisers that support TLP

• Assist TLP with exciting events

• Volunteer as ushers for TLP’s productions

• Promote TLP through their businesses and word of mouth

• Assist TLP’s production department in finding set pieces or props

• Have fun with a group of people who love TLP as much as you!

When is Friends Of Timber Lake Orientation: This Sunday May 19, 2013 from 1-3 PM at the playhouse.

If you are unable to attend and would like more information about Friends of Timber Lake Playhouse please feel free to contact us at 815-244-2035 or email us at

Savanna Historical Society Named Volunteer of the Year by Blackhawk Hills

Blackhawk Hills Regional Council awarded the Savanna Historical Society with the Volunteer of the Year Award at their annual meeting held on May 15, 2013. The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a person or group within the six-county region that has volunteered time assisting with projects and activities related to the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council’s goals and priorities.

The award was given as a result of the building renovation and restoration project initiated by the Savanna Historical Society to establish a permanent, public display of creator Gene Wright’s Gallery of Civil War Soldiers and other culturally significant collections.  The Savanna Historical Society acquired the former Allied Furniture Building and partnered with the city to take advantage of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, administered by Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, for new windows, doors, lights, and a geothermal heating and cooling system. With the support of local fundraising efforts and grants, volunteers were able to remodel the structure for use as a heritage museum and cultural center. 

Questions about Blackhawk Hills Regional Council may be directed to (815) 625-3854 or


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