Fly Your Flag

June 9, 2009

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for Change of Command Ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Mustin Yokosuka, Japan

Mike is a 1985 Lanark High School graduate and is married to Marcy (Rahn), 1986.



Armstrong Retires After 40 Years of Bus Driving

By Tom Kocal

Forty years is practically three generations. Larry Armstrong has bussed 3 generations of families to and from school the past 40 years. That's Larry's legacy as a veteran of the Lanark, and now Eastland School Districts. At a retirement breakfast honoring his service to the community, Larry ended his tenure last week.

"I was farming in 1969 when the Lanark bus director, Oral Weymeyer, asked me if I'd be interested in driving for the Lanark School District," Larry said during the breakfast on Thursday, May 28 at the Eastland bus garage. "He said, 'You can drive a truck, you can sure drive a bus. Why don't you come up and take the test?'

"I told him that I would go ahead and help him out for a little while. That was 40 years ago!"

Larry, accompanied by his wife, Judy, thought for a bit before answering when asked what he would miss the most next fall.

"I'll miss a lot of the kids that I've had. The fun part is that I've seen them from kindergarten through graduation. Then I meet them later and see just how well they turned out. It's always good to know that they've had a good, safe, healthy life."

Larry said that from 1969 to 2009, kids haven't changed much. "But the parents have," he said wryly. "Kids will always be kids. The Special Ed kids are the most rewarding. They really appreciate everything you do for them."

Larry said he would miss his cohorts at the bus garage, too. "We have excellent drivers here. It's a great bunch to know and work with."

John Lindsay, Eastland Transportation Director, said "I believe Linda Ludwig (who will retire after 33 years as a teacher) was still in high school when he began driving. He's been accident-free, too. He's probably driven a bus without an accident for over a million miles for the Lanark and Eastland School Districts. I doubt you can find a family that's been in our communities for any length of time that he has not had as a rider."

Larry said that he has been blessed with great administrators that have made the 40-year job enjoyable. He reminisced about the old-timers that were veterans when he started, like Frank Parker and Paul Hawbecker. "And JoAnn Weber retired just a few years ago, too. Great people."

He thanked the Kitchen Staff at Eastland High School for the great breakfast, and specifically, Melissa McClain, the head cook who baked and designed the bus cake. "It looks just like my bus," Larry added.

At the breakfast to honor Larry was current Eastland Superintendent Mark Hansen, who had nothing but praise for Larry.

"A 40-year commitment to one place is really uncommon in this day and age," Hansen stated. "He deserves a fine retirement. Larry really likes kids, and they pick up on that and behave accordingly. You just can't adequately thank anyone for service like that."

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Business After Hours in Shannon


(L-R) Dianne Handsaker of Blarney Stone, Jan Wilhelms of First State Bank of Shannon, Katherine Schubert, and Mayor Bonnie Foust.

The Shannon Chamber of Commerce held their first Business After Hours at Blarney Stone Popcorn on May 11. Blarney Stone Popcorn is a retail store featuring flavored popcorn, TeeLee Popcorn, gourmet foods and gift items in downtown Shannon. A great shop for gift giving for any occasion. Those at the Blarney Stone will create gift baskets while you wait! The Blarney Stone is open Mon.- Sat. 10 am - 6 pm and on Sundays from 11 am - 4 pm.

The Business After Hours had a great attendance and gave Chambers an opportunity to network, tour Blarney Stone Popcorn and taste some of the great gourmet foods and popcorn merchandised at the store.

The Shannon Chamber of Commerce is comprised of businesses, individuals and not for profit organizations interested in insure Shannon prospers and remains a viable village. The Chamber is responsible for activities to enhance the business community as well as the well being of Shannon residents. The Chamber meets the last Tuesday of each month at Noon. If you are interested in joining, please contact Desiree Ozburn at the First State Bank at 815-864-2111 or email at

Savanna City Council Approves Agreement for Application of Sewer Lining Grant

By Michael Miller

For The Prairie Advocate

SAVANNA ­ The Savanna City Council met on May 26th, 2009 at the Council Chambers in Savanna, and dealt with mostly perfunctory issues, but also agreed to apply to the State for a CDAP (Community Development Assistance Program) for a sewer lining project.

After a now traditional opening blessing from Pastor Michael Wey, City Clerk Paul Hartman read the roll call. Council members in attendance were Jack Fosdick, Lois Hunsaker, Jeff Griswold, Bill Grummitt, Gail Bowman, Rosalie Hansen, Merle Long and Bill Robinson. Also in attendance were Mayor Larry Stebbins, and city employees including Hartman, City Attorney Phil Jensen, Comptroller/Treasurer Cheryl Sipe, and Superintendent of Public Works John Lindeman.

The council heard a committee report from the Hotel/Motel committee. Included in this report was the news that Amy Trimble, formerly the committee's paid consultant, had resigned and that Ashley Hatteberg now occupies this position. The committee then proceeded to approve funding for attending Rivers to Rivers, Tri-State tourism, and Savanna Website Committee meetings. A request for funds for the Savanna Army Depot Military Museum by Ed and Veva Breck for $1500.00 was also approved.

Next up was a report from the Building and Public Property Committee. At their May 14th meeting, the committee dealt with the status of many area structures, including those located at 121 Main, 117 North 4th Street, 723 Viaduct (the old roller rink site), and "Bettie Mom's" at the corner of Bowen and Pike. At this meeting, Fosdick requested that two items be added to the next meeting's agenda; the complaints about speeding on Portland Avenue, and the Iris Street Bridge project status. Both suggestions were approved. Mayor Stebbins requested suggestions for means to provide a more sustaining curb appeal display at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Main, near Well #3. Lindeman said he would assist in the design and construction of such a display and the committee agreed to the idea, subject to further review of the design and consideration of City Council financial support.

The webpage committee report was next on the agenda. This newly formed committee consists of chairman Paul Meyer, Jo Carey, Shane Grissinger, and Mayor Stebbins. The committee set up several goals, including bringing the City's website up to date, assigning an employee to be responsible for the site, and have the City's meeting calendar on site. Mayor Stebbins revealed that the city didn't presently own the domain name "" and that the new domain of "" has been reserved, enabling the City to have more total control over the content that is posted under that name.

The cable committee met on May 20th and drafted three ordinances. They dealt with the amount of fee the City can charge, customer service and privacy policy, and installation regulations. Jensen said that the City can negotiate after getting these ordinances in place, and that presently the City had no franchise nor ordinances to give it any degree of regulation.

The council heard a reading of a request from the JDS 4-Lane Association for a resolution endorsing the upgrade of Highway 20 to four lanes. They also requested that the resolution include reference to funding for completion of the Freeport Bypass and Galena Bypass, and that the City consider contributing to the fund. Robinson suggested the council direct a resolution to agree to the request (for the resolution endorsing the upgrade) at the next meeting, and the council agreed unanimously.

With the Mediacom lease agreement on hold until these ordinances get passed, Grummitt suggested tabling the issue. The council elected to remove the item from the agenda.

The council then approved the application for the CDAP grant to fund the second round of the sewer lining project, and also approved the expenditure of funds to pursue the grant. Designs for further work on the project are complete. Robinson stated that up to $350,000 of grant money might be available; this plus a matching cost of $120,000 from the city would put the total cost of the project at $470,000. A representative of Fehr- Graham and Associates, an engineering consulting firm that is also assisting the city with obtaining the grant, informed the council that the City had two years to spend the money once it was received; that the match was not needed until the end of the project. The council then unanimously approved Resolution #981, committing to support the project and raise matching funds for it and also the agreement with Fehr-Graham and Associates for the application.

Anna Rice addressed the council concerning the city wide yard sales. Ms. Rice said that "June is a good month" for Savanna, that 42 people were involved in the sales last month, and that she would like the sales to occur on the first Friday and Saturday of the month. She added it would cost $6 to participate, and that cost would include maps, advertisements, a garage sale sign and balloons for those participating. She said the first round of sales would be slated for June 26-27.

The boat dock project bids revealed that Fischer Excavating had the lowest bid, coming in at $179,911.97. The City has a grant from IDNR for $82,900 and a $77,000 grant from the USDA and has $20,000 in the 2009-2010 budget for this project. The resolution to accept the bid was passed by a margin of 5 to 3.

Chadwick Days Coming June 12-14

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Friends of Chadwick Library Host Book & Bake Sale

The Friends of Chadwick Library are hosting their semi-annual book & bake sale on Saturday, June 13th, from 9 a.m. to Noon, with all the usual delicious baked goods and "buck a bag" book sale. Fill a bag with all the books and videos it can hold and pay a dollar. Baked goods are priced individually.

The book, "Remarkable Women of Chadwick," written by librarian Jo Nell Castellani, will go on sale on June 13th. Read about the lives of the thirteen women who shaped the Village of Chadwick.

Chadwick Days will be held June 12-14, 2009 on Main Street in downtown Chadwick. There will be numerous events scheduled during the weekend. For more information, contact Jim Bibbler at 815-684-5626.

Chadwick Days Kids' Games

On Sunday, June 14th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., there will be a petting zoo, games, and a cakewalk for children attending Chadwick Days to enjoy. Michele Hartman, Scout leader, is asking the community for help with making cupcakes for the cakewalk. If you are interested in baking/donating cupcakes, please phone Michele at 815-684-5686.

Support Our Troops at Chadwick Days

The First Lutheran Church will have a booth at Village Hall in Chadwick from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, June 13th and again from 10:45 a.m. to Noon on Sunday, June 14th. The booth will have three areas of interest: making/signing cards, quillows (a combination quilt and pillow) and donations. In an effort to expand our support of area soldiers serving in the war zones, we are asking everyone to help us collect items for soldiers, children of the war zone, and to send them mail.

Donation boxes will be available for items for our soldiers & for children in orphanages. Toiletry items are needed for the soldiers and humanitarian items for the soldiers to take to the orphanages. The requirements are specific for donations, so please check the posters around town, which state the needed items, or contact Sue Smith at 815-684-5110 or 815-684-5324 before bringing items for the donations boxes.

Chadwick E-Free Church Mission Trip Fundraiser & News

The bake sale & ice cream stand will be a welcome stop at the Chadwick E-Free Church during Chadwick Days on Saturday, June 13th. You are invited to join the Chadwick E-Free Church in a worship service by the water tower in the town park on Sunday, June 14th at 9:30 a.m. "Bring your lawn chairs and singing voice," Pastor Jensen says, "as we sing the favorite songs of our community's churches."

Regular summer worship services are at 10 a.m. with Sunday school at 9 a.m. Vacation Bible School this year will run in the morning from June 15th through the 19th with the theme "Crocodile Dock." For more information contact either Laura Readdy at 815-590-4071 or Jenifer Ritenour at 815-757-0206.

Chadwick-Milledgeville Board Briefs


The Chadwick-Milledgeville Board of Education thanked the Music Department and Fine Arts Team of Brad Linboom and Margo Weber on their 3rdplace Class D music sweepstakes award, and their hard work and extra effort all year. Board member Sandi Baylor Schmidt (left) congratulates Margo Weber at the May Board Meeting.Not present for the photo was Brad Linboom. (Photo courtesy of April Tarbill)

The Regular Meeting of the Chadwick-Milledgeville Community Unit School District #399 Board of Education was held at the Milledgeville School on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

A motion was made by D. Adolph and seconded by D. Wagenknecht to approve the following consensus items as presented.

a. Minutes of the April 13, 2009 Regular Board Meeting

b. Minutes of the May 4, 2009 Special Board Meeting

c. Payment of bills for May 2009

d. Treasurer's report for April 2009

e. Hot Lunch Report for April 2009

f. Student Activity Fund Account Summary for April 2009.

The Board thanked the Fine Arts Team of Brad Linboom and Margo Weber on their third place state sweepstake award.

The Board thanked the Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma on their book donation to the library.

Under Old Business, a motion was made and approved to approve designated hazardous areas.

The Board also approved the technology plan for 2009-10 as presented by Eric Haan.

The Board approved the closed session minutes of the April Board Meeting.

In New Business, the Board heard about a chorus camp to be initiated at West Carroll that Chadwick-Milledgeville students will be involved with.

The Board approved to reimburse the price of a desk and chair from Roy Webb for the Superintendent's Office in the amount of $1235.39.

- Approved FFA State Convention plans.

- Approved the following new business consensus items: Authorize superintendent to seek bids on bread, milk, and fuel, Authorize the superintendent to prepare 2009-10 fiscal budget, Approve student insurance plan, Approve cooperative audio-visual audio fee.

At 7:44 PM D. Adolph made the motion and D. Wagenknecht seconded to go into executive session in order to discuss personnel matters and student disciplinary concerns. The board came out of executive session 8:54 PM.

A motion was made and approved to uphold student suspensions with one amendment.

A motion was made and approved to hire Kal Engelkens as volunteer baseball coach.

In Administrative Business, the Board heard a report on District's Equalized Assessed Valuation and Tax Rates. EAV increased by about $1,000,000. The tax rate decreased by .03, tax revenue will increase by $53,000.

The Board reviewed the sex offender's list.

The Board heard and discussed Mr. Schurman's Principal's Report, and the Superintendent's Report. The report included a review of Eighth Grade Government Day, Class Trips, the IASA Convention, and Mr. Webb's planned trip to Elmhurst College for a future teacher seminar.

The Board adjourned at 9:05 p.m. Next meeting will be June 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Milledgeville High School Library.

Mount Carroll Business Receives DCEO Challenge Grant

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Don Henry (right) of the Northwest Region Entrepreneurship Center presents a $5,000 Challenge Grant to Abbie Reese, founder of Dust Cloud Media Works of Mount Carroll, as part of the Illinois Opportunity Returns Program. This award, matched by the company, will be used for a marketing project to expand the company's business. The award presentation was held Friday, May 29, 2009 at the offices of the Tri-County Economic Development Alliance in Savanna.

The Challenge Grant funding is determined based upon the potential for successful achievement of a significant business milestone and a reasonable plan for continuous growth and job creation. This award project has been a joint effort between the Northwest Region Entrepreneurship Center and the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation Alliance.

Both the Tri-County Economic Development Alliance and The Northwest Region Entrepreneurship Center will continue to work closely with the company to help provide the best possible chance to succeed as they meet the challenges faced by a growing Entrepreneurial business. (Photo courtesy of Don Henry)

'Books by the Bushel' Awarded


Janie Dollinger, Director of the Lanark Public Library (left) graciously accepts Books by the Bushel from Chas Welch, Manager of the Carroll County Farm Bureau. (Photo courtesy of CCFB)

The Carroll County Farm Bureau Foundation awarded a Bushel of Books to two Carroll County libraries. The Foundation received two applications, resulting in a Bushel of Books being awarded to both the York Township Public Library in Thomson and the Lanark Public Library.

"The main goal of the Foundation is to promote Ag Education," said Chastity Welch, CCFB Manager. "Each year the foundation awards scholarships to college students in pursuit of an ag related degree. In past years they have also offered teacher scholarships for classroom material that promotes agriculture and assisted teachers with taking the Summer Ag Institute class.

"This spring the Foundation board decided to try something different. They offered two bushel baskets with ag books for children to groups in the county. Applicants filled out a brief application on their group and how they would be using the books."

The books in the bushels were selected from the Ag in the Classroom Top 15 Ag Books. They included: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, How do Apples Grow? By Betsy Maestro, Farmers Market by Carmen Parks, From Wheat to Pasta by Robert Egan, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin, Farm Animals by Jennifer Blizin Gills, From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons, Chickens Have Chicks by Lynn Stone, Cow by Jules Older, Century Farm: One Hundred Years on a Family Farm by Cris Peterson, Extra Cheese Please!: Mozzarella's Journey from Cow to Pizza by Cris Peterson, and Fantastic Farm Machines by Cris Peterson.

"This is a program the Carroll County Farm Bureau Foundation Board plans to offer again next year," Welch stated.

Timber Lake Greased and Ready To Go

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By Sue Langenberg

Timber Lake Playhouse opens its'09 summer season this week with the retro-rouser musical "Grease."

The summer stock theatre of Mt. Carroll gears up and gathers its talent from all over the country to take on an energetic season of six shows and two children's shows. It's the pearl of the Illinois boonies as it presents a juicy menu of titles in its 48th season. After "Grease" are "Lend Me a Tenor," "The Wedding Singer," "Wait Until Dark," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrel" and "Buddy." Children shows in July and August are "Pinocchio" and "Rapunzel."

This year's roster of talented young people represent theatre departments all over the country including Rockford and Chicago, Illinois, Cleveland, Connecticut, North Carolina, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Oregon ­ a much broader selection than in previous seasons.

This '09 cast represents the "strongest vocal company yet," according to director/ choreographer James Beaudry, though these days a summer stock performer is called upon to do everything including dance, vocal and drama. With TLP's long days to get shows up and down quickly, the cast also does sets, costumes and box office extras when needed.

Beaudry has been a frequent TLPer, first as choreographer working with artistic director Brad Lyons, then moving up to director. The New York choreographer has been most successful at TLP for some eight years with his work in "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Singin' in the Rain" (yes, the front row got wet), "Hair" and "Cats." His work with "West Side Story" last year was a grand presentation of the vintage choreography since the classic musical is often considered the Mount Everest of productions.

For "Grease," Beaudry teams up with cast member Vanessa Panerosa to work original moves with all the bee bops, snapping fingers and funkiness necessary to revisit the '50s. A lover of dance research, Beaudry notes that the '50s transitioned pop culture into mainstream for the first time, and it has never left. "Grease," he says is a wonderful nostalgic visit that much of audience will relate to.

The cast of 20 take their high school innocence by way of Greasers and Pink Ladies, frumpy English teacher Miss Lynch (Amanda Hendricks) and all the necessary gigglers and oglers in between. Songs unite all the teenage moods that connect a rough Betty Rizzo (Jessica Dyer), blond innocent Sandy Dumbrowski (Kaci Scott) and marvelously bubbly blonde Jan (Sainty Reid). Cute guy Danny Zuko (Thomas Stewart) struts his stuff while senior member Eugene Dymkowski balances all that hot-to-trotness.

And the live music on stage, directed by Nolan Dresden, adds to the infectious energy and vocal vibratos that bring the funky era alive. Center stage and framed by a giant headlight, the band is flanked by that necessary '50s signature of chrome and car grill style, a clever set design by Stephen English.

Elsewhere in the cast are Carl Hendin, Kyle Szen, Adam Fane, David Herr, Phil Newman, Rod Lawrence, Justin Verstraete, Meredith Jones, Jamie Finkenthal, Eli Pauley, Jake Bollman and Lauren Sheffey. Start with "Grease" and watch them all bloom in a summer of laughs, music and nostalgia!

"Grease opens tomorrow" (Thursday) at Timber Lake Playhouse and runs 12 performances including two matinees through June 10 (no shows on Mondays). Matinees Sunday and Wednesday are at 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday June 7 at 6:30 p.m. The Mt. Carroll boonies are a hop, skip and a jump to 8215 Black Oak Road. Call the box office at (815) 244-2035 or for tickets, group rates and more information.

Heart of the Matter

A Double Standard

There is always more than one side of every story. A reader in this week's Letters to the Editor has made some interesting observations, and I thought it would be appropriate to add a few "talking points."

Rush Limbaugh did more than just call Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court a racial appointment. On his radio program Tuesday, May 26, Limbaugh blasted President Obama's Supreme Court pick by calling Judge Sonia Sotomayor a "reverse racist" and a "hack."

"Here you have a racist you might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse racist," Limbaugh said on his show. He was referring to a much-broadcast statement of Sotomayor's in which she said that a "wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

As a white male, I most certainly take offense at an irresponsible statement such as Sotamayor's. Is this the kind of interpretation of our Constitution we can expect to see if she is appointed? This self-proclaimed "wise" woman should walk a mile in another "man's" shoes before she condemns all of us. I would hope that all citizens, men and women of every race, color and creed, and all of our U.S. Senators - Independents, Democrats, and Republicans - would have the courage and the sense to voice their complete, unabashed rejection of this woman as a potential Supreme Court candidate.

The letter also claims that "elections have consequences." Not always. Let's take a look at Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy's contribution to our public life. Does Chapaquedic ring a bell? Or is 1969 too far back to be important? Remember the role he played opposing the nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court in 1987? When President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Bork to the Court upon the retirement of Lewis Powell, Senator Kennedy took to the floor of the Senate a mere 45 minutes after the nomination was revealed to make this statement:

"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is - and is often the only - protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy."

There were no consequences to Kennedy's false charges against Bork. In a blatant political sham, Kennedy's preposterous lies defeated the nomination of Judge Bork. Kennedy has been re-elected every time by a landslide since November 1962, and he is currently in his eighth full (and ninth overall) term in the Senate. Shame on the people of Massachusetts.

Then there's Vice President Joe Biden's remark about Judge Clarence Thomas during his nomination hearing. "I think that the only reason Clarence Thomas is on the Court is because he is black. I don't believe he could have won had he been white. And the reason is, I think it was a cynical ploy by President Bush."

Many party line people say, "Oh, you know Joe. It's just the way he is." I don't have to tell you what I think about that comment because you are most likely thinking something similar. In fact, Joe Biden is commonly credited with starting the rankor presently evident in the Judiciary Committee.

The letter speaks of the "hypocrisy of the Republican Party and the Republican Senators." What Sotamayor said, as well as Kennedy's and Biden's remarks, are documented. Will we all turn a blind eye - again - to this hypocrisy, this double-standard?

This is not a partisan issue. It's an American issue regarding the nomination of a Judge to the Supreme Court of the United States. A Judge who made a questionable statement that can't simply be taken with a grain of salt.

Come on, America. We can do better than this.

Chadwick-Milledgeville Honors Its Students

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Chadwick Eighth Grade Graduation

At the recent Chadwick Junior High Graduation Ceremony held May 22, students were recognized for their academic achievements. The following students have the top ten grade point averages which entitled them to receive pen and pencil sets from THE National Bank of Chadwick: Elizabeth Bryant, Emily Bush, Kelsey Hayen, Laura Kniss, Jacey Scribner, Carli Hunter, Douglas Williams, Andrew Wiersema, Miranda Weltzin, Bridgette Prince. Mrs. Laurie Foltz presented the awards on behalf of THE National Bank.

Presidential Educational Excellence Awards were received by Emily Bush, Kelsey Hayen, Elizabeth Bryant, Laura Kniss. To receive this award a student must have a 3.5 grade point average or higher and score at least in the 85th percentile in either math or reading portions of a nationally standardized test.

The President's Awards for Educational Achievement were presented to Kaylee Hayen, Nickolas Nelson, Bridgette Prince, and Andrew Wiersema. The purpose of this award is to recognize students who demonstrate educational growth, improvement, commitment and intellectual development in their academic subjects. This award is voted upon by the faculty.

The top student in each of the three enrichment classes received a gift certificate: The Art Award recipient was Kaylee Hayen, the Computer Award recipient was Amber Ebersole, and the Shop Award, which is donated by Milledgeville Farmer's Elevator, was received by Kaleb Ebersole.

Each year the instructors of Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics designate one student as the top student in that subject. The Milledgeville State Bank, represented by Mrs. Liz Hutchison, presented each designated individual with a dictionary. The top students in each subject area are: Language Arts ­ Kelsey Hayen, Literature ­ Miranda Weltzin, Social Studies ­ Nickolas Nelson, Science ­ Andrew Wiersema, and Mathematics ­ Emily Bush.

The Milledgeville American Legion Post's awards which are based on character, citizenship, service and academics were presented by Mr. Lloyd Baughman. This year's recipients were Emily Bush and Nickolas Nelson.

Mr. Webb, Superintendent, presented the Coach Haefner Great Attitude and Effort Award which is presented to the students actively involved in a variety of activities who exhibit positive, willing attitudes, and always put forth their best efforts. The awards were presented to Kelsey Hayen and Nickolas Nelson.

Milledgeville High School's Co-Valedictorians, Jennifer Bennett and Brittany Woodin, addressed the 2009 school year graduates. Special music was provided by the eighth grade and junior high choruses directed by Mrs. Margo Weber, while the Processional and Recessional were played by Mrs. Brenda Sebeck.

Seventh grade marshals were Morgan Adolph, Alexandra Fink, Emily Geison, and Ryan Habben. The following is a list of the school year 2009 Chadwick Junior High School graduates:

Elizabeth Kathryn Bryant, Emily Kaye Bush, Jana Dee Cecchetti, Austin Eugene Cummings, Amber Jo Ebersole, Kaleb Lee Ebersole, Benjamin Steven Evans, Kristen Nicole Geary, Kaylee Grace Hayen, Kelsey Johnna Hayen, Carli Jo Hunter, Laura Anne Kniss, Holly Lynn LeFevre, Sarah Elizabeth Leif, Kasondra Lee Merkel, Taylor Paige Murphy, Nickolas Jo Nelson, Bridgette Niccole Prince, Daryn Rae Quinn, Cole Alexander Rogers, Jacey Paige Scribner, Kelsey Christine Shores, Jessmin Lien Skaggs, Miranda Jo Weltzin, Andrew Jacob Wiersema, Douglas Scott Williams .


The Presidents Award for Educational Excellence was awarded to eight Milledgeville High School students at the Academic Awards Ceremony held May 12. Front, l to r: Corie Schave, Elizabeth Riley, Jake Workman, and Brittany Woodin. Back: Kirk Engelkens, Drew Davidson, David Williams, and Andrew Gibbs. (Photo courtesy of April Tarbill)

The Athlete of the Year at Milledgveille High School was awarded to Melissa Schleuning and Kirk Engelkens at the Academic Awards Ceremony held May 12. (Photo courtesy of April Tarbill)

Fine Arts Department Spring Art Show and Music Concerts were held Thursday, May 14. The festival included art exhibits and musical performances. (Photo courtesy of April Tarbill)

Seniors that received awards at the Academic Awards Ceremony held May 12 are Front row l-r: Jennifer Bennett, Brittni Hutchison, Brittany Woodin, Greg Fredericks, Jake Workman, and Corie Schave. Back row l-r: Kirk Engelkens, Drew Davidson, David Williams, Scott Allspaugh, Andrew O'Brien, Andrew Gibbs, and Shawn Sebeck. (Photo courtesy of April Tarbill)

Senior Rachel Rahn and Freshman Kyle Imel received Agriculture Awards at the MHS Academic Awards Ceremony held May 12. (Photo courtesy of April Tarbill)

Hot flashes

Not a Chip Off the Ol' Block

A computer chip, that is. Somewhere along the line the dog and cat chips caught on in humans. And I was just beginning to grasp this marvelous chip thing so that our dogs don't run away or cats stray from their domestic mice.

Now I understand that whatever chips these pets have are inbred in humans. No insertion necessary. Hospital nurseries are noticing that newborn computer chips are already functioning underneath the umbilical cord.

The newborns now come out with a tiny remote in their little hands to guide the ceiling monitors to cartoons where monsters snicker at non-chipped parents and non-chipped parents snicker at science fiction where newborns have chips. By the time they learn to walk, they have already bypassed regular English and promoted themselves straight to text language. "H, Gma, how r u?"

I realized this after a visit from my five-year-old grandson. I picked up a few toys and noticed that my computer mouse was lying there dead, belly up. Rigor mortise had already set in on the four legs pointing to the ceiling.

Yes, I remember this enterprising kindergartener at the computer for a length of time. But I left the room after I carefully spelled "teletubbies" for him. By the time I poured another cup of coffee and returned, the room was spinning with upgrades, program downloads and a big red dog lounging on the couch. I think there was also some green monster peeking from behind the monitor.

The printer had been overloaded with about six inches of the most expensive photo paper to run off scanned graphics of a five-year-old hand, one tiny tic-tac-toe game in all colors of the rainbow and one set of ABC's in the smallest font on 25 sheets. He was very proud of his accomplishment. "C Gma?"

There was an inch of leftover photo paper, however, so he took online instructions to fashion an instant confetti gismo to celebrate along with the balloons that he conned me into buying at the store. The one balloon that didn't pop still hovers over my computer. It says "Class of '09." That means that five-year-olds now graduate from Outchipping Grandmothers with Chins 101."

The mouse innocently clicked into shock several times while I tried to recover my computer from a newfound virus. My beloved Solitaire game had turned into something with colors that made no sense and the homepage was suddenly a pinball game where I couldn't log on until I got the bouncing ball safely into the letter "U" in my Word program.

And here I was impressed with how my computer did things like write, save and send. I knew how to turn it on with gentle patience and off with stages of sleep. Sending digital photos in between were for the advanced, but I finally got it. Next time, I'll just ask a pre-loaded grandchild whose inborn chip can order cookies instantly via E-Dough.

I'm not sure what this newfangled Mother Goose chip looks like, nor the one that goes into dogs and cats. I imagine, however, based on my grandson that human heads are now born larger to accommodate the chip size, probably in the texture of a sponge. There are zapping arrows that operate between bulging eyes, bright screens and very nervous mouse.

Part of that inborn chip is see-through, I notice. It is located where an unruly cowlick is somewhere on top of the head. If you looked closely, you can see wheels turn, especially when a chipless grandmother asks a stupid computer question.

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


Kallenbach "Walking His Talk" 800 miles From Illinois to Washington, D.C.

ROCKFORD, IL. ­ Rockford native Kurt Kallenbach is gravely concerned about what is happening to his country. Like many others, Kallenbach believes our political leaders in Washington are failing us. But unlike others, Kallenbach has decided to do something about it, one step at a time.

Kallenbach, 48, left on foot Saturday, May 30 from his Rockford home bound for Washington D.C. His unique journey will last more than a month and cover 830 miles of city streets, rural roads and 30 locations along the way (see accompanying Walking Route).

Kallenbach wants to remind people along his walk and across this great nation that "You do have a real say in your futures. And I will remind our leaders in Washington that they will be held accountable by those who elect them.

"Due to the political assault on the Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and individual rights, I have decided to take a walk from my green house in Rockford, IL to a white house in the Kingdom of Washington D.C.," said Kallenbach. "I feel that the time has come for Americans to remind all those holding elected office, that it is we, "the People," not they, "the elected," who ultimately decide the fate of this wonderful country."

Kallenbach would like to meet "true Americans" along his walking route.

"I would consider it a great honor spending time with you sharing my concerns and hearing yours as I carry out my 'One Man March Against Tyranny.'"

If you or somebody you know would be willing to "host" Kurt for an evening, please contact him as soon as possible. He would also appreciate any donations to help defray the cost of his one-month journey. For more information, contact: Debbie Kallenbach and supporters of "Walk-the-Talk" at, or call 1- 815-289-8991.

Walking Route and Dates

May 30 - New Lebanon, IL

May 31 - Mooseheart, IL

June 1 - Crest Hill, IL

June 2 - Chicago Heights, IL

June 3 - Valparaiso, IN

June 4 - Hamlet, IN

June 5 - Bourbon, IN

June 6 - Larwill, IN

June 7 - Fort Wayne, IN

June 8 - Convoy, OH

June 9 - Rushmore, OH

June 10 - New Stark, OH

June 11 - Upper Sandusky, OH

June 12 - Leesville, OH

June 13 - Widowville, OH

June 14 - Honeytown, OH

June 15 - Canton, OH

June 16 - Kensington, OH

June 17 - Chester, WV

June 18 - Crafton, PA

June 19 - Irwin, PA

June 20 - Ligonier, PA

June 21 - Reels Corners, PA

June 22 - Lutzville, PA

June 23 - McConnellsburg, PA

June 24 - Gettysburg, PA

June 26 - Marston, MD

June 27 - Laytonsville, MD

June 28 - Bethesda, MD

June 29 - Washington, DC


Alan St. George (center), founder and president of Facemakers, Inc, the world's largest animal costume and mascot-maker, presented checks to (L to R) Lorna May, Adrianne's Angels: St. George Pet Rescue; Joan Scott of 321 Co-op Gallery; and Jean Jones and John LeCompte of the Savanna Historical Society. A total of $1500 was donated to the non-profit organizations from ticket proceeds of the Music and Magic in Savanna production held May 15-17th, at The Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for The Arts. (PA photo/Tom Kocal)

Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll Auxiliary members: (left to right) Berta Lenkeit, Ruth DeMuth, Charlene Collins, LaVona Cheeseman, and Mary Keith. The Auxiliary helped to purchase the electric maxi-lift for the residents of Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll. The Auxiliary meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 1:30 the nursing center and welcomes new members. For more information, contact Anna Gray, Resource Development Coordinator, at 815-244-7715. (Photo courtesy of Anna Gray)

Books for Babies program at the West Carroll Primary School welcomes Sophia Rose Korns, born April 24, 2009. She is pictured with her second grade sister, Madison, kindergarten sister, Etienne, and 2 year old sister, Emma. The girls are the daughters of Rich and Candice Korns of Mt. Carroll. Sophia received a baby bib and board book from the project sponsored by the West Carroll Educational Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Gabriel)

Kaye Sundquist of Shannon, and Jonathan Nichols of Pekin are having a June 14th wedding at Deer Valley Golf Club in Deer Grove, IL. Parents of the happy couple are Mike and Gayle Hall of Shannon, Randy Sundquist of Forreston, Joyce Guymon of Pekin, and Gary Nichols of Pekin. Kaye is currently a senior at Western Illinois University majoring in RPTA, and is a member of Sigma Kappa and Rho Phi Lambda. Jonathan is enrolled at Western Illinois University as a Law Enforcement and Justice Administration major. Kaye and Jon are both currently working in Macomb.

Newly elected President of the Board of Directors of Campbell Center, Ed Juracek (left), presents outgoing President, Mike Risko, with a gift for his service at the Saturday, may 16 Annual Meeting. (Photo courtesy of Pam Sorg)

Lanark Police Chief Matt Magill with the newly-aquired Radar Trailer. Magil said that its most important use is not as a speed-enforcement tool, but as a speed deterrent. "It's a nice reminder to slow down and watch your speed." Lanark City Council applied for the Safe Routes To School Grant through the IDOT in early 2008, and was awarded the full 100% grant of $8,275. (PA photo/Tom Kocal)

Northwestern Illinois County Farm Bureaus Say Region Is 'Livestock Country'

Farm Bureaus in five northwest Illinois counties have launched a communications effort to tell residents and visitors that farmers proudly consider the region "livestock country."

60-second radio ads began Memorial Day on nine stations serving Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Ogle, and Winnebago counties in Illinois. Advertising airs in morning and afternoon "drive time," every other week through the summer. A similar schedule is planned for fall.

Family farmers in the region are featured in the ads, each interviewed on their farms earlier in the spring. Six farmers are now featured, and the number will be expanded as the series develops.

Topics include the positive economic impact of livestock production in the region, the family-farm nature of the industry, and the reasons for raising livestock indoors in the northern Illinois climate.

Fifth-generation Ogle County farmer Keith Pool says: "They (hogs) don't have to deal with the harsh elements of winter. In the summer, there are misters to keep them cool and the pigs just stay a lot more comfortable."

Family farmer Steve Moest from Stephenson County tells listeners about the economic impact of hog operation: "We provide 25 jobs and we pay a lot of property taxes in a year's time and run trucks, buying diesel fuel and other supplies."

Ogle County farmer Brian Duncan advises: "As people move out from the city we are just going to have to make sure they understand this is a livestock area."

Additional spots feature Richard Bueth, a farmer from Winnebago County; Rick Nelson from Ogle County; and Brent Pollard from Winnebago. Ads with additional farmers from Carroll and Jo Davies are in production.

Northwest Illlinois county Farm Bureaus are joined in sponsoring the ads by the Illinois Livestock Development Group, made up of state commodity groups and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

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Golden Anniversary celebrated

Francis and Linda Snider of Milledgeville will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Sunday, June 14, 2009 with an Open House from 2-5 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church, 79 Snow Ave., Chadwick, IL.

Linda Williams and Francis Snider were married June 12, 1959 at Hope EUB Church, Chadwick with the late Rev. Paul Farley officiating. They have farmed all their married life near Milledgeville.

Their children are Debra Merchant, Lanark; Susan (Melvin) Milnes, Forreston; Steven (Laura) Snider, Lanark; Denise Snider and Daniel Snider of Milledgeville. They have 7 grandchildren, Heather (Chris) Friedler, Amy Merchant, Jeremy (Allison) Milnes, Jason & Justin Milnes, and Carli & Cobi Snider and 3 great-grandsons, Alexander & Jonathan Milnes and Ethan Friedler.

All relatives and friends are invited to the open house. Your presence will be their present.

Carroll County Final Multiplier Announced

Carroll County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Brian Hamer, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The property assessment equalization factor, often called the "multiplier", is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state's 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts). If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

Under a law passed in 1975, property in Illinois should be assessed at one-third (1/3) of its market value. Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures, but with farmland assessed at one-third of its agriculture economic value. Farmland is not subject to the state equalization factor.

Assessments in Carroll County are at 33.04 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2008 taxes, payable in 2009. Last year's equalization factor for the county was 1.0000.

The final assessment equalization factor was issued after a public hearing on the tentative factor. The tentative factor issued in February 2009 was 1.0000.

The equalization factor is determined annually for each county by comparing the price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor.

If this three-year average level of assessment is one-third of the market value, the equalization factor will be one (1). If the average level of assessment is greater than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be less than one (1). And if the average level of assessment is less than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be greater than one (1).

A change in the equalization factor does not mean total property tax bills will increase or decrease. Tax bills are determined by local taxing bodies when they request money each year to provide services to local citizens. If the amount requested by local taxing districts is not greater than the amount received in the previous year, then total property taxes will not increase even if assessments increase.

The assessed value of an individual property determines what portion of the tax burden a specific taxpayer will assume. That individual's portion of tax responsibility is not changed by the multiplier.

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Legacy to Perform at CC Fairgrounds

Legacy, a Christian rock and worship band based out of Fulton, Illinois will be in concert at The Carroll County Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 7, 2009_at 10:00AM. The concert is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. People are encouraged to dress casually and bring a lawn chair. A free will offering will be taken. The event is sponsored by the Milledgeville Brethren Church, 815-225-7814.

Legacy is a rock and worship band answering the call to take God's love and His Word to the ends of the earth. Their mission is multi-faceted and always evolving to encompass God's desire for them to have a living ministry that addresses real issues and real people. Legacy works to reach people of all ages through rock music and lead them into God's presence so He can make Himself real in their lives.

The ministry started in 2005 at Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, Illinois. Members of the group include Heidi and Gary Fehlhafer from Mt. Carroll, IL. Heidi performs lead vocals/keyboards/songwriter; Gary plays bass guitar. Shawn Anton, Fulton, IL performs vocals/guitar/songwriter. Members from Morrison, IL include Mark Kooi, guitar and Luke Akker, drums. The band released their first album in 2008 called "Lets Rise Up". It is available at Legacy is available to provide indoor or outdoor concerts for churches, community celebrations, and special concert events.

More information about Legacy can be found at their website address,

Women's Committee Collecting Recipes for Farm Bureau 90th Anniversary Cookbook

What goes better with Farm Bureau than food? Farm wives have a reputation for serving great, made from scratch meals, which is just what we are looking for!

The Carroll County Farm Bureau will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year. We want all your family favorites to include in the Women's Committee cookbook that is being assembled to celebrate the CCFB's 90th birthday.

"Our goal is to collect at least 300 recipes," said Chas Welch, CCFB manager. "We will have the cookbook available by the holidays. Just in time for Christmas gifts and holiday get togethers."

You can mail, email, or drop off your favorite recipes to the Farm Bureau office. Please be sure if you are handwriting them to make them neat. We would hate to mess up anyone's recipe. Emailed recipes can be sent to Recipes are due to the Farm Bureau office by August 1

CCFB Photo Contest

Hit us with your best shot! Photo shot that is. The Carroll County Farm Bureau Membership Action Team is hosting a Photo Contest. The photo must capture the image and spirit of farming and/or agriculture in Carroll County. The contest will be judged based on four categories: Rural People, Animals, Kids, and Countryside.

The contest is open to Carroll County Farm Bureau members and their immediate family. Contestants must submit a hard copy of the photo in size 5X7 or 8X10 to the Carroll County Farm Bureau office. Both black and white and color photos will be accepted. Photos must have been taken in Carroll County in 2008 or 2009.

For a full list of the rules and requirements, contact the Carroll County Farm Bureau at 815-244-3001 or visit our website at Deadline to submit photos is July 15, 2009 so you better get snapping!

'Fulton Summer Nights' Kicks Off Next Week

On Thursday, June 11, Second Reformed Church, along with the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, will kick?off "Fulton Summer Nights". A portion of 11th Avenue will be blocked off in downtown Fulton from 6?8 pm for an evening packed with games, food, and activities for the entire family.

Highlighting the evening will be food from local restaurants, fire truck rides, face painting,

Cookie The Clown, a dunk tank, bouncy houses and games for all ages. Bingo will be held at the Masonic Lodge with amazing prizes donated from several local businesses, including free oil changes, haircuts and car washes along with gift certificates to floral shops, the Fulton Meat Market, Sweet Woodruff, and much more. A live band, "On The Rocks", will also be performing throughout the event.

"Fulton Summer Nights" is a series of six community night events throughout the summer

hosted by the Fulton Chamber of Commerce and local organizations in an effort to encourage

community relationships and offer a family?fun activity for the residents of Fulton. The next "Fulton Summer Nights" event will be held Thursday, June 25th.

For more information, contact Second Reformed Church at (815) 589?3425, or visit the City of Fulton website at

Rotary Appreciates Polio Support

During Mt. Carroll Mayfest (May 22-24)the Mt. Carroll Rotary Club collected money for the Polio Plus Rotary International fund. Five gallon watercollection jugs and poster information were placed in the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce Beverage Tent during Mayfest. "Weappreciate the supportof those contributing to this Rotary International signature program," said C-Chairman Paul Tobin. "Over $200was collected."

Rotary, a humanitarianservice organizationwith nearly 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries andgeographical areas, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Rotary has since contributed over US$800 million and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.

Local Mt. Carroll Rotary chairmen for this fund raising effort were Wayne Brooks and Paul Tobin.

Non Insured Assistance Program Reporting Requirements

Acting State Executive Director Charles Chadwell of the Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that they must meet the Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) requirements prior to receiving program benefits. Producers with 2009 coverage under NAP on spring seeded crops, forages, small grains, winter wheat, and some perennial crops are required to report 2009 NAP crop acreage by July 15, 2009. Failure to report your acreage will result in late filing fees and potential loss of benefits under the NAP program.

In addition, NAP producers must also certify 2008 crop production at the same time, or prior to, reporting 2009 crop acreage. The final date to report 2008 production of NAP crops is also July 15, 2009 for most spring seeded crops.

Producers should check with their local FSA offices on production reporting deadlines for crops they have covered by the policies. "If producers fail to report 2008 production by the final reporting date, zero yields or yields reduced by established factors will be used in establishing the actual production history for 2008," said Chadwell, acting FSA State Executive Director. This normally results in lower NAP crop approved yields. All production certifications are subject to spot check.

Chadwell encourages producers to maintain good production records because crop production must be reported on an annual basis. It is also important that producers report NAP crop losses within 15 days of the date damage occurred or 15 days from the date damage is apparent. Losses to crops need to be reported after each occurrence of damage and in a timely manner to insure continued eligibility for benefits. NAP coverage is only available for crops where coverage is not available under the Federal Crop Insurance Program.

The NAP program is designed to cover catastrophic losses due to damaging weather conditions. The program covers losses in excess of a 50 percent loss of the producer's established yield. Qualifying losses eligible for payment are paid at 55 percent of the established value of the crop. Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to find out what forms of production evidence are acceptable and to obtain additional information regarding the NAP and NAP production reporting requirements prior to the July 15 deadline. Failure to comply with the requirements mentioned above could result in a loss or reduction in program benefits.

Report 2009 Crop Acreage To FSA By July 15

Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Charles Chadwell reminds producers to report crop acreage at local offices by July 15, 2009. Acreage reports are required to participate in the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP), ACRE, SURE, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP), and to receive loan deficiency payments (LDPs) or Marketing Assistance Loans.

Acreage reporting may also be useful to track cropping history for future FSA program enrollment. Pasture and grazed acreage must be reported for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), and acreage covered by a Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) grazing policy.

After the July 15th reporting deadline, producers will be charged a minimum late-filing fee of $46 per farm. Acreage reports may be revised at any time without a late-filing charge as long as the crop may be verified in the field.

To avoid late-filing charges, please contact your local FSA today to make an appointment or to receive additional information. Information is also available at

Peugh Graduates

Jessica Ann Peugh, daughter of Marvin and Barbara Peugh of Milledgeville, Illinois received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois in the school's 96th annual commencement, Saturday, May 9, 2009.

She is one of approximately 1,450 students to earn associate, baccalaureate, or master's degrees this year at Olivet. Her major field of study was Psychology with a minor in Corporate Communications. Jessica graduated from Milledgeville High School in 2005.

On-Line Farm Program Tools Now Available

Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Charles Chadwell announced that new online research and planning tools are now available for farmers and ranchers to assist them in examining how the new 2008 Farm Bill programs apply to their crops and operations. ACRE or the Average Crop Revenue Election Program, is a new revenue-based guarantee program administered by FSA that assists farmers and ranchers in managing the risks inherent in agricultural operations.

ACRE is an alternative to the traditional price stabilizing Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program. By visiting the FSA website at growers enter their crops, acreages and price/yield projections in an ACRE Calculator to evaluate potential results. The calculator tool and other information and eligibility resources can be found by navigating to the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program/ACRE pages shown in the menu bar on the left of the FSA homepage.

"The ACRE alternative provides eligible producers a state-level revenue guarantee, based on the five-year state Olympic average yield and the two-year national average price," said Chadwell. The website also provides a 2008 Benchmark Yield History, ACRE Revenue Yield Maps and ACRE Price Values. The calculator can be used for one year and repeated to project multiple year results.

Additional ACRE background information includes fact sheets and descriptive charts to help explain this program's provisions and calculations. August 14 is the deadline to elect and enroll in ACRE for the 2009 Crop Year. Note that once a producer elects to participate in ACRE, the farm is no longer eligible for the regular Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program through the 2012 Crop Year, the last year covered by the 2008 Farm Bill. Producers should carefully evaluate their participation in ACRE. Payments in ACRE are made only when both state and farm-level triggers are met. By participating in ACRE, producers elect to forego counter-cyclical payments, receive a 20-percent reduction in direct payments and a 30-percent reduction in loan rates.

For more information about your options under ACRE and other new Farm Bill programs, contact your nearest Farm Service Agency office to schedule an appointment. You can also visit the FSA website at to obtain the location of your nearest office.

Carroll County SWCD & Farm Bureau Host Well Sealing Demonstration

The Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Carroll County Farm Bureau have joined efforts to educate rural landowners on the benefits and procedures of sealing abandoned wells. They will be hosting a Well Sealing Demonstration on June 11, 2009 at 1 pm.

The event will be held at the Kniss farm at the intersection of Georgetown Road and North Dame Road, northwest Of Lanark. The short demonstration will show landowners how easy it is to follow the proper procedures for sealing abandoned wells. This demonstration will be conducted free of charge and is open to the public. No advance registration is needed.

Abandoned wells are oftentimes left to deteriorate and cave in upon themselves. This leaves a direct opening for surface contaminants to enter the ground water. If you have a well that is not in use, consider sealing it to reduce the potential for ground water contamination. To further assist landowners in this process, there is cost sharing funding available to help defray some of the expenses of well sealing through the Carroll County SWCD.

The average well costs approximately $500 to seal. However, by utilizing the cost share program, the landowner, in this case, would pay only $200. Additional details can be obtained by attending this well sealing demonstration or by contacting the Carroll County SWCD at (815) 244-8732 ext. 3.

Private Well Water Testing Program

Water is something that we all use every day. Although water quality is something that greatly impacts our daily lives, we often take it for granted. We assume that the water we use is free of contaminants and safe for our use. This risky assumption is not always accurate. Periodic well tests may be performed to alleviate the fear of contaminated water supplies.

There are several factors that can contribute to poor water quality. You may have an increased likelihood of contamination if: your well is older or shallow, your well is dug or driven rather than drilled, your soil is sandy, your well is near possible sources of contamination, such as cropland, feedlots, landfills, or industrial sites (active or abandoned), your water has an objectionable taste or smell, you have recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illness that cannot be explained, or if your well is within 50 feet of a septic tank or 75 feet of a septic tank's absorption field.

The Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Carroll County Farm Bureau are partnering to offer a water-testing program for rural landowners this month. Several tests are available including: bacteria, nitrates, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, and heavy metals. Prices will vary depending on the number of tests performed.

The SWCD & Farm Bureau are offering 2 ways for landowners to reduce the costs of having these tests performed. The first 50 Carroll County Farm Bureau members who sign up for the well testing program will be given a $10 discount off their total cost for testing. In addition, 10% off discount coupons will be available to all who attend the SWCD/Farm Bureau Well Sealing Demonstration on June 11, 2009.

If you would like to test your well water or would like more information on the available tests, prices, or discount programs, please contact the Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District by June 12, 2009. Stop by our office at 807C South Clay Street in Mt. Carroll or give us a call at (815) 244-8732 Ext. 3

From the Fields

by Jim Morrison

Extension Educator, Crop Systems

Rockford Extension Center, U of IFour weeks ago this column addressed black cutworms, an insect pest of corn favored by delayed planting and presence of weeds (especially winter annuals) prior to planting. It was noted that black cutworm moths had been caught in pheromone traps in several northern Illinois counties and that insect degree-days can be an effective tool to help determine when to start scouting for this pest.

Intense captures (nine or more moths captured in one or two days) were reported in these northern Illinois counties: Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago. The expected cutting date for these counties is NOW based on 300 degree-days accumulated from the date of the intense catch to May 28.

Priority fields to scout first would be first-year corn fields infested with winter annuals (common chickweed, etc.), especially where conservation tillage (including no-till) has been practiced.

If you find one percent of your corn seedlings have leaf feeding, this indicates that future damage from cutting is possible at economic levels (3 to 5 percent). Don't assume that Bt corn, insecticidal seed treatments, or the use of a soil insecticide at planting will eliminate damage from this pest.

Further information on black cutworms is available at this University of Illinois website: /index.html , or contact your local University of Illinois Extension office.

Conservation Groups Celebrate Horseshoe Mound, Unveil 'Rivers to Ridges' Recreation Network

Galena, Ill. ­ On a clear day, you can see forever.

Well, at least you've got a clear view of Galena, for sure, and a panoramic vista of the entire tri-state horizon, too.

Your vantage point is the summit of Horseshoe Mound, and a clear day is exactly what the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) and the Natural Land Institute (NLI) are hoping for as they host a celebration on the eve of the summer solstice to show off some 40-plus acres of recently purchased mound-top land. Funding for the buy was made possible by grants from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

"The land, which is adjacent to 28 acres of private land protected by a conservation agreement with NLI, means that the top of Horseshoe Mound will forever be shielded from commercial development," says JDCF Executive Director Sandi Helgerson, "Plans for the 40 acres we bought call for its restoration as native prairie and oak savanna. Eventually, we intend to open Horseshoe Mound Park to the public, with a system of hiking trails for people to enjoy the views and observe the plants and wildlife that live there."

The celebration is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 20, and is open to the public. It will include short presentations by JDCF and NLI, live music and a sit-down barbecue dinner under a tent. The two organizations will also unveil the Rivers to Ridges Recreation Network and explain how conservation contributes to economic development.

Access to the mound will be by shuttle only. Attendees are asked to park at the Galena Antique Mall east of the mound on the south side of U.S. Hwy. 20 for continuous shuttle service to and from the summit.

The event is free, but reservations are required by June 12. They can be made by emailing either organization at or, or by phoning them at 815-858-9100 or 815-964-6666. Be sure to state how many will be in your party.

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation ( is a nonprofit, charitable and educational organization located in Elizabeth, Ill., whose mission is to protect this extraordinarily beautiful piece of the Midwest, its natural heritage, spectacular scenery, and agricultural character. The Natural Land Institute ( is a 50-year-old, member-supported nonprofit organization located in Rockford, Ill., dedicated to preserving natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants and animals.

Letters & Commentary

Capitol Fax

Rich Miller's commentary on State Government

While reform groups, newspaper editorial boards, Republicans and others blasted a campaign finance reform bill passed by the General Assembly last week, there were a couple of big surprises which went almost unnoticed.

For instance, powerful leaders of Statehouse special interest groups said they would be hobbled by the bill.

The legislation not only caps the amount of money that political action commitees can give to candidates, it also caps the cash that PACs can raise from its own members - an almost unheard of limit on political activity.

PACs are limited from accepting any contributions over $10,000 a year from "natural persons" and can't take more than $20,000 per year from corporations, labor unions and associations.

The new rule would slam corporate PACs like the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, according to ABDI President Bill Olson, who testified against the legislation during the Senate Executive Committee last week. Olson's PAC is one of the most influential and wealthy in the state, but its success relies on a relatively small number of large contributions from its members. Several other business groups are in the same situation.

PACs would also be severely limited on what are called "in-kind" donations. Quite a few groups, particularly labor unions, don't just give money to candidates. They also assign paid staff to campaigns, run phone banks, do mailers to their own members and even air TV ads. But the bill is written in a way which would include in-kind donations in a PAC's $10,000 annual campaign contribution cap to candidates. So, most of that will apparently end.

The legislation allows only a "natural person" to make independent expenditures on behalf of candidates, so that option - which is used extensively under the federal campaign system - would not be available to PACs and other groups in Illinois.

By severely limiting spending activities, the hugely powerful legislative leaders will be able to more thoroughly control the message they want delivered to voters and prevent outside interference in campaigns.

Groups like the pro-choice Personal PAC spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on direct mail and other advertising during election cycles to define candidates as pro-choice or anti-abortion. That independent spending has made Personal PAC one of the most feared political forces in the state. But much of the group's spending would likely be banned by this new legislation, unless it, and others, can find a way around the law.

Republicans blasted the bill because they said it was designed to strengthen the already powerful legislative leaders. They have a point. Besides the PAC limitations, the bill allows leaders like the House Speaker and the Senate President to make unlimited in-kind contributions. Their cash donations would be limited to $90,000 a year, but that means a Senate incumbent with a four-year term could still receive as much as $360,000 in cash from his or her leader.

The use of annual limits in the bill also came under fire by reformers.

Campaign contribution caps are often criticized as unfair to challengers because they limit how much money they can raise against incumbents who often have far more ties to the monied interests. On the federal level, though, contributions are capped per election cycle. For instance, PACs can only give $5,000 to a federal candidate for a primary race, even if that primary is for a US Senator who won't run again until five years from now.

But under this state legislation, the caps are annual. That means a sitting governor can raise $10,000 every year for four years from a single PAC. Since his or her challenger wouldn't likely gear up to run until the year before an election, a challenger would only get two, at most, bites from the same PAC apple, putting that person at a distinct disadvantage.

Some of the bill is quite good. But these annual caps are a horrible abuse of power by incumbents.

Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a daily political newsletter, and

Guest Commentary

Audit The Fed

By Howie Rich

I'll be the first to admit that the notion of Washington politicians auditing the Federal Reserve initially struck me as a little bit kooky ­ and more than a little bit backward. Shouldn't the financial geniuses be auditing the politicians, not the other way around?

In fact, one of the reasons that the Fed has been given such wide latitude throughout its history is the widely-held belief that our nation's monetary policy should be conducted free from political "interference."

And so the Fed has existed as "an independent entity within the Federal government" for decades. Encompassing "both public purposes and private aspects," our nation's central bank claims that it is not "owned" by anyone and "is not a private, profit-making institution." From its founding in 1913, the Fed has existed as an island of almost total independence ­ setting interest rates, managing inflation and regulating banks according to the will of its Chairman and seven-member Board of Directors.

It cannot be audited. Its ledger is not disclosed. Its meetings are private. Its decisions are not up for debate.

Of course, this ongoing shroud of secrecy ignores the fact that the Fed ­ as it exists today ­ is a completely different animal than it was even two years ago.

No longer merely a "regulatory" agency, the Fed has used the current economic crisis as an excuse to dramatically expand its role. With zero transparency, accountability and effectiveness, it has printed and loaned trillions of dollars since mid-2007 in a costly and unsuccessful effort to mitigate fallout from the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

"The Federal Reserve's recent and unprecedented actions in the realm of monetary policy have provoked a backlash among the American people," Rep. Ron Paul wrote recently. "Trillions of dollars worth of loans and guarantees have been provided to Wall Street firms, while Main Street Americans suffocate under harsh taxation, the prospect of higher debt levels and increasing inflation."

Rep. Paul has sponsored a bill to "audit the fed," H.R. 1207, which has attracted a surprisingly strong bipartisan coalition of almost 170 lawmakers. Companion legislation has also been introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, while Rep. Dennis Kucinich has introduced separate legislation that would specifically audit the Fed's response to the current economic crisis.

"The Federal Reserve has been operating in a governmental netherworld, free from scrutiny or oversight," Kucinich said last week. "We know the Fed has printed and loaned trillions of dollars, but we don't know where the money went."

Obviously, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich seldom agree on anything ­ but they all subscribe to the simple logic of having a public accounting of this massive cash outlay.

Similarly, Americans of all political persuasions deserve to know where all of this money went ­ just as they deserve to know whether or not the government entity that is tasked with keeping inflation low is in fact passing it on down the line and depressing economic growth.

Put another way, America deserves to know whether or not the Fed is worth keeping around anymore.

Not surprisingly, supporters of the Fed's failed policies ­ most of whom are lifelong champions of government intervention ­ have quickly seized on a familiar refrain.

For once, they are bemoaning the "intrusion" of government into the private sector.

"The very boldness of its actions has put the independence of the Fed at risk," an op-ed published last week in Forbes noted. "Congress is now clamoring to audit the Fed, and some of the policy proposals currently under discussion at the Federal Reserve will only increase the threat to its independence."

Frankly, the Fed's "independence" should be the least of our concerns.

Locating the trillions of dollars it has blown in the last year-and-a-half with absolutely no oversight or accountability?

Now that's something worth worrying about.

Editor's Note: Howard Rich is Chairman of Americans for Limited Government. Illinois Congressman Don Manzullo is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1207. Locally, on Thursday, May 21, the Carroll County Board approved a resolution in support of H.R. 1207 that would "provide greater transparency for the Federal Reserve System." The resolution was approved by a vote of 13-1, with Chuck Wemstrom (D-3) dissenting, and Kurt Dreger (D-1) absent.

Kudos for Sotomayor Nomination

Now that President Obama has nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U. S. Supreme court, I am so looking forward to once again seeing the hypocrisy of the Republican Party and the Republican Senators, in full display.

Rush Limbaugh is already calling it a racial appointment.Pat Buchanan called this as an affirmative action appointment, Governor Huckabee, an ex-Preacher no less, called her "Maria" as in Maria (Puerto Rican) from West Side Story, and of course, all Republicans are parroting their famous "judicial activist" or "liberal Judges". As if Supreme Court appointments made by Republican Presidents were not conservative Judges. Elections have consequences!

During the Chief Judge Roberts and Judge Alito confirmation hearings, both nominated by former President Bush, the Republicans kept insisting that the 60 Senate vote rule was unconstitutional, all that was needed was an up or down vote, and were oppose to filibustering Judicial nominees. I would love to hear them say that today.Unfortunately we will not hear any Republican repeat those words.

The so called "Media" of course will repeat and keep repeating the Republican talking points time and time again.

Kudos to President Obama for picking not only one of the most qualified individuals but also a woman and the first Hispanic to serve on the Bench. I do hope Republicans continue to put their feet in their mouths! Keep shrinking that Grand Old Party! Soon, it will be known as the Southeastern Party. And it will be well deserved!

Paul Gonzalez

Lake Carroll, IL

Disappointed in the American People, and Myself

The United States Constitution is the fundamental document that provides all Americans with the liberties that most of us seemingly takes for granted. Yet Americans are allowing these liberties to be removed one-by-one, mainly through the actions of our federal government. This has been occurring decade after decade.

For years, people have complained about the government overspending, not managing tax dollars more effectively, taking more out of their paychecks, all of the corruption and controversies, and by allowing minority and special interest groups to take away our Constitutional rights as citizens.

So, people complain. They've argued their positions amongst themselves ­ talked about issues with their families, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. They've listened to the media report on the issues and get upset, or they simply believe what the media reported and think nothing of it. To me, this is the biggest disappointment ­ I am more disappointed by the American people than I am with our government. I am disappointed that people so easily vocalize their opinions amongst themselves, but rarely to their representatives in Washington, and then fail to show up consistently to vote. But, I admit, I have been one of those people, too . . . up until recently . . . and am in fact disappointed with myself for going along with the "flow" for so many years.

Now, enough is enough. I am no longer one that will sit back and state my opinions to my friends and family and leave it at that. I will no longer sit back on Election Day and decide that I have too much work to do and can't make it to the poll to vote. No more excuses here.

Over the past several weeks, I have taken the time to email Senator Burris, Senator Durbin, Representative Manzullo and others with my opinions numerous times, and each time I do so, I spend about five to 20 minutes composing an email that gets my opinion across. I believe that I have spent less time writing to my representatives than I have spent talking about the issues that concern me. Ask yourself, "Have I EVER written to my representatives?" If you have, ask yourself, "When was the last time I wrote to my representatives?"

Talking to some of the people I know, out of roughly 20 individuals, at least 15 have told me that they are concerned, angry and so forth, but "don't have time" to write to their representatives or simply don't understand what is going on. Well, if every citizen spent five minutes a month forwarding a pre-composed email that represents how they feel, or spending 20 minutes writing a note themselves, then perhaps Washington would start to perk up their ears more and listen to the people, and not to the minorities and special interest groups and mega-corporations, etc.

Or, maybe if people would thoroughly research candidates and find one that would represent their opinions before going out to vote for them, things would change. Unfortunately, people are generally tied to one party or another and vote for their party. They vote for the same people time after time. Or worse, they vote for the candidate with the best look, or the one with the most charisma, or the one that has the best commercial on television. There are even those out there that do not know what the Constitution promises! Does this make sense? How could this be?

If you feel that our federal government is not representing you or your community, then why not take a few minutes to voice your opinion? Why not visit or and locate your Senator or representative and send them a quick email? If you have not read the Constitution in a long time, wouldn't now be a good time? Would you rather sit back quietly and let our government potentially deplete our rights, spend our tax dollars on programs that do not even pertain to you and/or are wasteful, or eventually say that the Constitution is no longer relevant? Who knows what is going to happen in this country!

I am very concerned. I am concerned that the majority voice of this country is just going to keep on dealing with their own lives and ignore what is happening in Washington . . . until it's too late. By the time people react, it could just be too late.

If you can vocalize your opinions to your co-worker and friend, then why can't you to your representatives? Just like driving, being a citizen is a privilege and our freedoms could someday be taken away if we're ALL not steadfast. We ALL must stand up and do something! This is the time, because someday . . . ?

Mike Kocal

Lanark, IL

Publisher's Note: Go to your nearest public library and check out the U.S. Constitution. If you prefer the internet, go to and click on the "Resources For Americans" link. Remind yourselves of what a great country we have . . . for now.

Bivens: Democrat Leaders Force Record Income Tax Hike SPRINGFIELD ­ State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) says one day before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn, Democrat legislative leaders forced through a 67 percent income tax increase ­ the largest income tax increase in Illinois history.

House Bill 174 was passed by a vote of 31-27-1, with no Republican support.

"Like everybody in this room, I received a lot of e-mails asking that I support an income tax increase," Bivins said during debate in the Senate May 30. "Weighing that in my mind and trying to keep an open mind, I think of what a 67 percent tax increase would mean to the folks back home. And one lady came to my mind. It's a lady who is a waitress back home. She works three jobs. She has a debilitating disease. She takes no government help whatsoever. To her, this would be devastating. And so, for her and thousands like her, I encourage a 'no' vote."

The 45th District Senator says strong job growth ­ not huge tax increases ­ is a better way to address budget woes. Illinois is 46th in the nation in job growth.

"Over the last ten years, Illinois has lost 2% of our jobs compared with the average state which has added 7.5% more jobs," Bivens stated. "Illinois' failure to attract business investment has cost citizens more than 700,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in revenue to the state each year."

Manzullo's Vehicle Voucher Would Solve Many Financial Woes

WASHINGTON ­ As President Obama announced yet another $30 billion in taxpayer funds for GM today, U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) reiterated the best way to re-start manufacturing and end government intervention in the auto industry is to give Americans incentives to buy cars and trucks again.

Manzullo introduced legislation earlier this year to give Americans a $5,000 voucher to purchase a new vehicle, stimulating auto sales and manufacturing, re-starting the supply chains, and putting millions of Americans back to work. The New Automobile Voucher Act of 2009 (HR 1606) would provide a one-time, $5,000 electronic voucher from the U.S. Treasury at the point of sale of a new vehicle through the end of 2009. It would provide vouchers for 15 million new vehicles.

Every one million in new vehicle sales has the following impact on the economy:

· Creates 60,000 jobs (10,000 at vehicle assembly plants; 50,000 at suppliers, auto dealers, and other businesses).

· Provides $750 million in tax revenue to the federal government.

· Provides $1.4 billion in sales tax revenue to states.

·Saves federal government $1.4 billion in unemployment payments and food stamps.

"My bill will give Americans the incentives and the confidence they need to start buying vehicles again, which will bolster automobile manufacturing and sales, put millions of Americans back to work, and restore the tax revenues our state and local governments need to continue providing services to the people," Manzullo said. "Unfortunately, Congress and the Administration have ignored my job-creating approach in favor of further government intrusion into the auto industry that has placed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars at risk. That intrusion included the forced closure of Chrysler and GM dealerships that will put 150,000 more Americans on the unemployment lines. And today, GM has become Government Motors as the federal government now owns 60 percent of the company thanks to the latest taxpayer contribution.

"Enough is enough. It's time for the government to get out of the auto manufacturing business and instead support incentives that will help the U.S. auto industry right itself."

The automobile industry and its suppliers account for 13 million American jobs, 20 percent of all U.S. retail sales, and billions of dollars in state and local sales taxes. The drop in U.S. vehicle sales from 16 million in 2007 to 13 million in 2008 to a projected 9 million in 2009 has been one of the leading causes of America's economic downturn and huge job losses.

Capitol Report

By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District

Testy and angry ­ those of us sitting on the right side of the aisle in the House under the portrait of Abraham Lincoln are feeling increasingly cheated. On May 27th, House Republicans asked to have House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment (HJRCA) 10 debated on the House Floor. This is the amendment that would allow you to vote to recall elected officials. After the Rod Blagojevich debacle, it seems so logical. But, according to House rules only one member needs to object to stop the debate from taking place and, of course, Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) objected and killed the amendment.

On the same day, the Chicago Tribune identified by name all 61 House Democrats who voted to support Leader Currie's objection by "sustaining the chair". One day later, HJRCA31 was introduced by my good friend Representative Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) ­ another recall amendment, now sponsored by Democrats, that will likely be acted upon before this article is published. I'll bet that it passes, just like the Speaker Madigan-sponsored legislation to stop our pay raises that was introduced and passed a few days after Democrats blocked a vote on similar legislation sponsored by Republicans. Why must we have this petty, partisan bickering? It makes no sense to me.

Oh, it gets better. Now that we're down to crunch time on the budget, the bickering is chamber-against-chamber. On Wednesday, Senator Ricky Hendon (D-Chicago) lashed out at members of the House who don't agree with his desire to pass Governor Quinn's income tax increase. This is so good I have to share it with you: Hendon, an African American and the Senate Democrats' chief budget negotiator, stated on camera "Mike Madigan can pass anything he wants in the House of Representatives. He could reinstate slavery and have a black sponsor." Only Ricky Hendon could get away with that. I spoke about the comments with my good friend Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie), Speaker Madigan's floor leader who responded that yes, the Speaker may be able to do what Senator Hendon suggested, but he can't pass a tax hike.

I hope you're beginning toget a picture of the serious gridlock we're facing here in Springfield. None of us has any appetite for another long overtime session. All of us want to craft a budget that's sensible and responsible, but starting out with a deficit of more than $9 billion doesn't paint a very pretty picture.

At the request of the Governor's office this week, I was proud to act as one of two auctioneers at an event to raise funds to repaint and repair the roof at the Governor's mansion. I was joined by my good friend Senator John Sullivan (D-Quincy), the only other licensed auctioneer in the General Assembly. A print I donated generated $1,500 and dinner for 18 at the mansion generated $9,000 in bids. The event was a success and it's great to see funding for projects coming in this way rather than posing an additional strain on the budget. Of course there were many who commented that the mansion would never have fallen into disrepair had it been lived-in over the past six years.

We are trying, folks. I hope there is a budget by the time you read this; if only we can keep the wheels on the wagon.

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.



Eastland Cougars and West Carroll Lady Thunder Advance to Final Four

By Craig Lang

Prairie Advocate Sports

Carroll County rocks! Both the Eastland Cougars and West Carroll Lady Thunder won their respective Super Sectional games on Monday afternoon to advance to the IHSA Semi Final games.

The Eastland squad advanced in the 1A tourney with a convincing 11-1 five inning win over Dwight at the Lisle Super Sectional at Benedictine College, and the West Carroll Lady Thunder took a 2-0 win over Canton in 2A Super Sectional action at Augustana College in Rock Island.

The Cougars will now face either Farina (South Central) or Marissa at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday, June 5 at 1 pm.

The Lady Thunder will match up against either Anna-Jonesboro or Piasa (Southwestern) at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria on Friday, June 5 at 7 pm. No other details were available at press time. The Prairie Advocate will have comprehensive coverage of both teams and their run for the State Championship in the June 10 issue.

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The Eastland Cougars celebrate after out #3 as they clinch the IHSA Class A Lena Sectional Championship by edging Alden-Hebron 4-3. (PA photo/Craig Lang)


Your Lena Sectional Champion Eastland Cougars. This is the first Elite 8 Sectional Championship for the Eastland baseball program since 2002. The Cougars moved on to the Lisle Supersectional Monday evening versus Dwight. (PA photo/Craig Lang)


Byron's Doug Lillibridge slides around the tag of Milledgeville-Polo catcher Ryan Kram in the 4th inning of the Mendota Class A Sectional semi-final game Friday. Byron scored all their runs in the 4th. The one bad inning for M-P resulted in their 4-1 loss. (PA photo/Tom Kocal)


West Carroll First baseman Kelsey Bull (24) waits for the result of Thunder Ace Jordan Kasbohm's pitch during Saturday's Byron Sectional Championship game with Oregon. Kasbohm worked her way out of a jam and pitched the West Carroll softball program to its first sectional championship. Kasbohm claimed her fourth win of the postseason, pitching a complete game shutout and extending her scoreless innings streak to 29. (PA photo/Andrew Williamson)


The West Carroll Lady Thunder pose proudly with their first Elite 8 Sectional Championship plaque. The Don Mathey-coached West Carroll advanced to face Rock Island on Monday in the Supersectional at Augustana College. (PA photo/Andrew Williamson)

Cougars and Giants Advance at Lena Sectional

By Craig Lang

Prairie Advocate Sports

The Eastland Cougars and Le-Win Panthers baseball teams lived to play another day, after both won their respective sectional semi-final games Wednesday in Lena. The Cougars led off the day with a 9-0 victory over the Hinckley-Big Rock Royals. Eastland opened the scoring with two runs on four hits through the first four innings. EHS starting pitcher Ben Delp led off the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second, while Drew Carroll would tack on another run for the Cougars with a solo homerun in the second inning.

The Eastland squad broke the game wide open in the fifth, scoring five runs on four hits. The big hit of the inning was Tony Dunlap's two run homer. Delp would help in own cause in the seventh, hitting a two run round tripper to make the score nine to nothing. Delp who improved his record to 10-0 dominated the Royal hitters on the mound, going the distance allowing only two hits while striking out nine batters. The Cougars upped their record to 23-5. Eastland now moves to Saturday's championship game, where they face Alden-Hebron at noon.

The Alden-Hebron Giants and senior pitcher Mark Winkelman came to Lena ready to play ball. The Giants out slugged and out pitched the Le-Win squad to take the 10-2 win. Winkelman went seven innings on the mound, allowing only two runs on five hits while fanning fifteen Le-Win Panther batters. He also helped his cause at the plate by belting a pair of solo homeruns. The Panthers struck first when Seth Cory drove in Cody Wedige with a two out base hit. Alden-Hebron then came back to score seven in the fourth to take the lead. The Giants big blow in the inning came off the bat of Shane Engelbrecht, who hit a grand slam to put the game out of reach for the Panthers.

West Carroll Lady Thunder Dominate Harvard

By Craig Lang

Prairie Advocate Sports

The West Carroll Lady Thunder and sophomore ace pitcher Jordan Kasbohm are on a big roll. The Thunder bats got key hits at the right times and Kasbohm was masterful on the mound to lead the West Carroll squad to the 5-0 win over the Harvard Lady Hornets Thursday at the Byron sectional. Kasbohm had a perfect game through six innings and allowed on one base runner on an error. She fanned 12 Hornet batters and allowed only one ball to leave the infield.

The Thunder led off the scoring in the second inning, when Janessa Miller drew a walk and Kasbohm put a bunt down that went for a hit. Her sister Kayla then got the first of her three hits as she reached on a bunt to load the bases. Rika Sedivy then hit a ground ball up the first baseline and Miller beat the throw to the plate to make it 1-0. Sophie Morhardt, in as a pinch runner and Sedivy then both scored on wild pitches to make it 3-0. The next scoring for West Carroll came in the third as Chelsey Sipe led off with a base hit, advanced on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third. Katie Wiersema drew a walk and went to second on another wild pitch. Both base runners scored on another wild pitch when the throw from the Hornets catcher Michaela Binz got away from Harvard pitcher Lindsay Melson covering home. That rounded out to scoring at 5-0. West Carroll now will face Oregon who eliminated Stillman Valley 7-2 on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the championship game.


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WP: J. Kasbohm (17-4) 7IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 12K

LP: Melson 7IP, 5R, 5H, 3BB, 8K

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Missiles Fall To Tigers At Mendota Sectional

By Craig Lang

Prairie Advocate Sports

They call baseball a game of inches and it certainly proved to be just that Friday afternoon in Mendota. The Byron Tigers (21-16) used some stellar defense and some very close plays to end Milledgeville/Polo's (19-3) outstanding season. The Tigers twice threw out Kirk Engelkens, once at home plate and the second at third base to end the game during a late-inning Missile rally.

Byron went on to take the 4-1 victory but lost big to Morrison Saturday 12-2 to also end their season.

M/P pitcher Mike Allspaugh threw one of his finest games of the season, pitching a two hitter. But, a pair of Missiles errors, a hit batsman, a walk, a wild pitch and two hits accounted for the Tigers runs, along with a key steal of home by Byron's Doug Lillibridge in the fourth inning (photo).

The Missiles Matt Scholl scored Milledgeville/Polo's lone run in the sixth after leading off the inning with a double.

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West Carroll Lady Thunder Win Byron Sectional

By Craig Lang

Prairie Advocate Sports

The West Carroll Lady Thunder rode the pitching arm of standout Jordan Kasbohm and came through with some timely hitting to advance to the Rock Island Super Sectional. The Lady Thunder edged the Oregon Lady Hawks by a final score of 2-0 on Saturday in the championship game at the Byron sectional.

Kasbohm dominated the Hawks hitters through the first six innings, allowing only one hit. West Carroll got on the board early as Jenessa Miller hit a two out RBI double to score leadoff hitter Chelsey Sipe in the first. The Lady Thunder scored their second run in the sixth when Reka Sedivy doubled in Kasbohm who had reached on a hit.

The victory gave West Carroll it's first ever sectional title. Thomson High School won a sectional in 2002.

Kasbohm went the distance for West Carroll, giving up three hits and no walks while fanning ten Oregon batters. She notched her fourth win
of the postseason, running her scoreless innings streak to twenty nine.

The Lady Thunder now face Canton in Monday's Super Sectional game at Augustana College in Rock Island.



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WP: J. Kasbohm (18-4) 7IP, 0R, 3H, 0BB, 10K

LP: Gale (15-5) 6IP, 2R, 4H, 3BB, 1K

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Eastland Edges Alden-Hebron To Win Lena Sectional

By Craig Lang

Prairie Advocate Sports

The Eastland Cougars came through with some timely hitting and outstanding pitching to edge Alden-Hebron 4-3 in the championship game at the Lena Sectional on Saturday. The Cougars won their first sectional title since 2002 after clawing back from deficits.

Through six innings it appeared everything was going the Giants way. They jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after Shane Engelbrecht drilled a Tyler Zumdahl pitch over the fence in left. A-H added another in the fifth on Engelbrecht's second home run of the game to take a 2-0 lead before the Cougars came back to to push three across and take a 3-2 lead. But the Giants came back with one in the seventh to knot the score at three and set up the dramatic finish.

Back to back doubles by Drew Carroll and Zach Truckenmiller put the Cougars up 4-3 and set up Zumdahl for the finishing touches. And finish he did, striking out the side in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win.

Tyler finished the game with eleven strikeouts and will advance with his teammates to play Dwight at the Lisle Super Sectional Monday afternoon.

2009 NUIC All-Conference Girl's Track Team

Milledgeville/Eastland: Kayla Barnes, Brittny Olson, Katie Hutchison, Kaitlyn Bissell, August Cassens; West Carroll: Ellen Schreiner; Pearl City: Makenzie Johnson, Hillary Kuhlemeier, Melissa Bull; Polo: Brigid Geary, Megan Scholl, Jessica Sullivan, Sabrina Zell, Kristi Naylon, Loryn Cox; Forreston: Mindy Poppen, Emily Kort; Le-Win: Emily Anderson, Katie Jensen, Chelsea Rimington, Carlee Yeager, Kate McIlvanie, Alyssa Matz, Kirsten Mancosky, Kendra Rothschadl, Jenna Tully, Kim Hatfield, Cassidy Lobdell, Paige Tebian, Kim Tully; Dakota: Eryn Johnson, Galena/East Dubuque/River Ridge: Taylor Soat, Sophia Ahmed, Kim Oellerich, Ashley Rojemann, Kaila Dalen, Andrea Timmerman, Tori Ertmer, Kayla Horstman; Stockton/Warren: Jackie Cahill, Megan Holland, Haley Jones, Aslynne Dampfler, Sara Aurano, Brittni Cahill, Taylor Townsend, Ashley McKnight, Krystal Francis; Pecatonica/Durand: Laura Bybee, Sydney French, Beth Michaelis, Ashley Hieronimus, Ashley Gasparini, Megan Kleckler.

Free Fishing Days Features Special Events

SPRINGFIELD ­ The 2009 observance of Illinois Free Fishing Days on June 5-8 will feature special events throughout the state promoting fishing and encouraging would-be anglers to give fishing a try.

Parks and recreation districts, youth and civic organizations, fishing clubs, and other groups have scheduled fishing derbies, clinics, and other events during Free Fishing Days.

Free Fishing Days allows anyone to fish without the need for a fishing license, inland trout stamp, or salmon stamp during the four-day event each June.

"Fishing is a great opportunity for families to get together and enjoy the outdoors, and it is one of the most relaxing ways to spend time outside in Illinois," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller. "Free Fishing Days provides everyone a chance to go fishing and experience the fun. We hope that when people give fishing a try, they'll be hooked."

A number of organizations throughout the state plan special events during the annual Free Fishing Days weekend and at other times during the spring and summer. While anyone can fish without a license during the four days of Free Fishing Days, anglers fishing in fishing derbies, fishing tournaments, and

other special events held prior to or after Free Fishing Days are required to have a fishing license, unless they are otherwise exempted.

For more information on Free Fishing Days events in Illinois, contact Terry Beard at the IDNR at 217/785-5822.

MLB Schedule

June 3

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta

Boston at Detroit

Texas at NY Yankees

San Francisco at Washington

NY Mets at Pittsburgh

LA Angels at Toronto

Kansas City at Tampa Bay

Milwaukee at Florida

Colorado at Houston

Cleveland at Minnesota

Oakland at Chicago White Sox

Cincinnati at St. Louis

Philadelphia at San Diego

Baltimore at Seattle

Arizona at LA Dodgers

June 4

NY Mets at Pittsburgh

LA Angels at Toronto

Boston at Detroit

Texas at NY Yankees

Cleveland at Minnesota

Oakland at Chicago White Sox

Kansas City at Tampa Bay

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta

San Francisco at Washington

Milwaukee at Florida

Colorado at Houston

Cincinnati at St. Louis

Philadelphia at LA Dodgers

June 5

LA Angels at Detroit

Tampa Bay at NY Yankees

NY Mets at Washington

Kansas City at Toronto

Texas at Boston

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati

San Francisco at Florida

Milwaukee at Atlanta

Pittsburgh at Houston

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox

Colorado at St. Louis

Baltimore at Oakland

Arizona at San Diego

Minnesota at Seattle

Philadelphia at LA Dodgers

June 6

Tampa Bay at NY Yankees

Kansas City at Toronto

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox

Minnesota at Seattle

Philadelphia at LA Dodgers

San Francisco at Florida

Milwaukee at Atlanta

LA Angels at Detroit

Pittsburgh at Houston

NY Mets at Washington

Texas at Boston

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati

Colorado at St. Louis

Baltimore at Oakland

Arizona at San Diego

June 7

LA Angels at Detroit

Tampa Bay at NY Yankees

Kansas City at Toronto

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati

Milwaukee at Atlanta

Texas at Boston

NY Mets at Washington

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox

Pittsburgh at Houston

Colorado at St. Louis

Baltimore at Oakland

Arizona at San Diego

Minnesota at Seattle

San Francisco at Florida

Philadelphia at LA Dodgers

June 8

Colorado at St. Louis

Pittsburgh at Atlanta

Tampa Bay at NY Yankees

San Francisco at Florida

Toronto at Texas

Detroit at Chicago White Sox

Minnesota at Oakland

Arizona at San Diego

June 9

Pittsburgh at Atlanta

Seattle at Baltimore

Kansas City at Cleveland

Cincinnati at Washington

LA Angels at Tampa Bay

NY Yankees at Boston

Philadelphia at NY Mets

St. Louis at Florida

Colorado at Milwaukee

Toronto at Texas

Chicago Cubs at Houston

Detroit at Chicago White Sox

San Francisco at Arizona

Minnesota at Oakland

San Diego at LA Dodgers

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It is hard to believe that the month of June is already upon us. Where did the last five months go? A sure sign of summer: school doors have closed for another term. Daughter Elizabeth, 14, has now completed her school years and daughter Lovina, 5, will begin hers this fall. There will be six children on the bus this fall. (Editor's Note: The Amish send their children to school only through the eighth-grade. This arrangement is allowed under the 1972 Supreme Court case, Yoder vs. Wisconsin. Some Amish children attend public schools, others parochial, but all attend just through the eighth grade. Lovina's attend public.)

It is a relief to think that for three months the children won't be coming home with homework. When I went to school we hardly had any homework until we were in the fifth grade or older. Now even the kindergarteners have some kind of homework. For a family like ours that makes for a long evening helping and checking everyone's school lessons. Also the children can help out in so many ways this summer which they can't while school is in session. For instance, right now Susan and Benjamin are in the barn cleaning out horse stalls. Susan, 13, would much rather help out in the barn than do housework. Elizabeth is washing dishes and daughter Verena, 11, is sweeping floors. I have another doctor appointment today and am hoping it will be my final one.

I seem to be gaining my strength back very quickly after my surgery of a few weeks ago. Thank you for all your well wishes. We have both gardens almost filled up. Joe has prepared us a third garden to put out extra storage potatoes and some more corn. These gardens will keep us busy this summer. We will also have church here this summer sometime which will require weeks of preparation.

On Saturday we assisted Jacob and Emma with work at their house. My husband Joe helped Jacob put up drywall. This makes their remodeling job look so much more finished. While the menfolk worked, I helped Emma process over 40 quarts of rhubarb juice. She also made six batches of rhubarb jam. Meanwhile, rhubarb pie has still been on the menu a lot lately. I was able to pick my first ripe strawberries from the new plants I put out last year. The plants are really loaded with them. I will now let my rhubarb and asparagus go to seed.

Jacob's, Emma's and family came here for lunch yesterday. After dishes were washed we played softball with the children. They always seem to enjoy it when us adults play, too. Our plans are to get the storage room upstairs cleaned out today. Things have a way of accumulating in there. I also want to pack away the snow pants and winter coats. We still are having some pretty cool mornings, some as cool as 50 degrees, but I doubt we'll need snow pants again until next winter. It just doesn't want to warm up this spring, although it makes for some very good sleeping at night.

Our two rat terrier dogs smell like a skunk. Yuck. They must have been fighting with one through the night.

One more rhubarb recipe for this season. You readers try this delicious rhubarb custard pie!

Homemade Rhubarb Custard Pie

2 eggs

1 1 /2 cups of sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon flour

3 tablespoons cream or milk

3 cups rhubarb, chopped fine

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, stir together, eggs, sugar, salt, flour, and cream. Fold in fresh rhubarb. Pour into unbaked 9 inch pie crust and bake for 10 minutes at 400 and reduce heat to 350 for 30 minutes or until set.

Amish Cook Friend Club

The Amish Cook Friend Club is still seeking new members.

· $25 Basic: Thank-you letter and a "Lovina Eicher" name card;

· $50 Gold: Thank-you letter, name card and quarterly newsletter, The Amish Cook Extra.

· $75 Editor's Circle: Thank-you letter, name card, and single sheet 2010 wall calendar with picture.

To join, send to: Oasis Newsfeatures, PO BOX 2144, Middletown, Ohio 45042.

farm bureau

Don't forget we are offering a basket of Dairy goodies for the first Carroll County baby born in the month of June. The Women's Committee is sponsoring the basket in celebration of National Dairy Month which is June. Contact our office with the parents' names and contact information, the baby name and when the baby was born.

Nearly two billion pounds of milk are produced in Illinois every year. No wonder we take June, National Dairy Month, seriously. We also take the complicated work of dairy marketing seriously, too. That's why Illinois Farm Bureau has a policy that protects producers and the industry. Take a look at a section of IFB policy #61, Dairy Marketing:

"We will actively seek input from leaders of the dairy industry and jointly search for solutions to dairy problems which are satisfactory to both our organization and the dairy industry.

We will support changes in milk content standards on a national basis under the Pure Milk Ordinances so as not to interfere or obstruct interstate movement of milk.

We will support the increased use of dairy products by the school lunch program and by the armed forces.
We will monitor the potential for dairy processor closures or losses of markets and work to inform our membership on alternatives for milk marketing."

This is a great example of how IFB's policy can help boost your bottom line, and shouldn't you be part of it? Start by calling our office and give us your opinion about this policy. Visit to read this policy in its entirety.

The Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Carroll County Farm Bureau have joined efforts to educate rural landowners on the benefits and procedures of sealing abandoned wells. They will be hosting a Well Sealing Demonstration on June 11, 2009 at 1pm. The event will be held at the Kniss Farm at the intersection of Georgetown Rd and North Dame Rd, northwest of Lanark. The short demonstration will show landowners how easy it is to follow the proper procedures for sealing abandoned wells. This demonstration will be conducted free of charge and is open to the public. No advance registration is required.

The Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Carroll County Farm Bureau are partnering to offer a water-testing program for rural landowners this month. Several tests are available including: bacteria, nitrates, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, and heavy metals. Prices will vary depending on the number of tests performed. The SWCD & Farm Bureau are offering 2 ways for landowners to reduce the costs of having these important tests performed. The first 50 Carroll County Farm Bureau members who sign up for the well testing program will be given a $10 discount off their total cost for testing. In addition, 10% off discount coupons will be available to all who attend the SWCD/Farm Bureau Well Sealing Demonstration on June 11, 2009.

If you would like to test your well or would like more information on the available tests, prices, or discount programs, please contact the Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District by June 12, 2009. Stop by our office at 807C South Clay St. in Mt. Carroll or give us a call at (815) 244-8732 Ext. 3.

To Give Away: Garden ferns & cannes bulbs. 815-684-5430

Free To A Good Home: 3 ­ 6 week old kittens. 2 Black & White and 1 all Black. 815-225-5688

FS: Small bales of grass hay. 815-244-3356

FS: Set of men's right handed golf clubs & bag. $100 firm. 815-225-7581

FS: Sears 18 cu. Ft. Escargo Cartop Carrier with bolt brackets and strap fasteners. $75 OBO. 815-684-5428

FS: 1980 Crest pontoon boat. Motor runs good, steering needs fixed, trailer not included. $2500 OBO. 815-499-1537

Wanted: Gas Stove. 815-493-2785

FS: 22 inch lawn mower deck, $15. 815-493-2785

FS: 1973 Smokercraft boat & trailer, 16ft deep hull, $800. 815-684-5419

FS: Black entertainment center, like new. Matching 6 shelf media/book case. $80 for pair, will split up. 815-684-5419

FS: 1993 Ford 5610 series 2 tractor with 2700 hours. Comes w/woods loader & extra hydraulic pump. All new rubber put on 300 hours ago. $15,000 OBO. 815-244-9610

FS: New alfalfa mixed hay. Small square bales. 815-259-2315

FS: 1984 Honda Magna V65 1100 CC runs good-many new parts, $2000 OBO. 815-541-2040

FS: 6 Jack Russell Terrier purebred puppies. 3M, 3F, $225-$250. Ready Now! No papers. 815-858-4547


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Every Tuesday

Al-Anon Meetings, 6:30 p.m., at St. John Lutheran Church, 229 S. First St., in Pearl City. For details, call Judy at 815-266-9621 or 815-443-2024, or call Sophia at 815-821-1336.

Pearl City Food Pantry hours

The Pearl City area Outreach Food Pantry from 9-11 a.m. for drop-off the first Saturday of the month. Then pick-up will on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9-11 a.m. Located in the lower level of the Pearl City Methodist Church.

GROwing Table meals serviced

The GROwing Table open from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday with Warm meals served at no charge, open to the public. Donations accepted. Located at the old Chestnut Park School Facility - now the New Unity Deliverance & Worship Center, 926 Viaduct Rd, Savanna. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Pastor Floyd West at 815-902-0293, 815-275-4761, or 815-238-6868.

Veterans Assistance Commission

Claude "Butch" Lease, Superintendent of the Carroll County Veterans Assistance Commission, may be reached at 815-244-0226, or 815-238-5820. The office is at 301 N. Main St. at the Carroll County Courthouse in Mt. Carroll. Office hours are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mr. Lease is also available by appointment, either at the office or in your home.

As of April 1, 2009, NEW office hours will be Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Hospice support helps

Hospice of the Rock River Valley invites individuals to attend A Mother's Love. Any adult child who has lost a mother is invited to come share, laugh, communicate and heal from 4-5 p.m. every Monday at the Hospice of the Rock River Valley Office, 264 IL Route 2, Dixon. For more information call 800-646-9242 or view


Youth Shooting Dates

The United Sportsmen's Youth Foundation is hosting Free Youth Shooting Lessons on Saturday, June 27th, July 25th, and August 8th, 2009 at Rock Hollow Conservation Club in Freeport, IL. Open to kids 17 and under. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 815-599-5690 to reserve your spot!

June thru October

Flea Market

Every Weekend April thru Oct 9-5 at Great River Road Antiques, located on Rt. 84 between Thomson & Fulton.

June 2, 3

Mississippi Cruise

Join the First State Bank of Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll on a two-day excursion on the Mississippi River June 2 and 3. The cruise starts in LeClaire, Iowa and proceeds upriver to Dubuque, Iowa aboard the elegant twilight Steamboat. Seating is limited, so call now for information at 815-864-2111, or 946-2777

June 2

Reading Registration

Registration and goal setting for Read on the Wild Side Summer Reading program for children, from birth-High School, begins June 2 at Lanark Public Library and ends July 31. Call the Library for details at 815-493-2166.

Friends of TLP Orientation

The Friends of Timber Lake Playhouse will hold orientation on Tuesday, June 2, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at the TL Playhouse. This is a time to review the group's projects scheduled for the upcoming TLP season. Sign up for working the Gift Shop, Ushering, helping with the Ice Cream Socials and the Potluck for the TLP Company, plus several other projects. A questions will be answered. A great social time to meet all the members of the group. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Kathy Fossett at 815-244-8367.

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.

June 3

Transportation Committee Meeting

The Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) - Region 1 - Transportation Committee will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 10 AM at the NICAA offices on the second floor of the Post Office in Freeport, 103-109 N. Chicago Ave. This meeting is open to the public.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has formed agreements with Regional Planning agencies throughout the State for the purpose of preparing and implementing the plan. North Central Illinois Council of Government (NCICG) is the local agency that will prepare plans for Region 1 (Carroll, JoDaviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties) and Region 3 (Bureau, DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle and Putnam Counties). More information about NCICG is available at or contact Jeff Joyce at (815) 875-3396.

HRRV Grief Workshop

On Wednesday, June 3, Hospice of the Rock River Valley invites individuals coping with the loss of a loved one to attend a Grief Workshop. The workshop will run from 2-4 p.m. and be held at Pankhurst Memorial Library, 3 S. Jefferson, Amboy. The Grief Workshop is designed for individuals who cannot commit to an ongoing group. The workshop is free and open to family members of patients cared for by HRRV and community members. Registration for the workshop can be made by calling Chris Larson at (815) 288-3673 or by email at

The Carroll Co. Fairboard meets the 1st Wednesday night of the month at 7:00 p.m. from October thru April at the Milledgeville City Hall. From May thru September they meet at the fairgrounds. The public is welcome to attend.Volunteer help is always needed. For more information contact Kris Lauritzen at 815-493-2498.

June 4

Hug somebody­with 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 Marcia Merchant, 815-493-6324.

June 5-6

Craft Show

Family Tree Creations 2009 Summer Craft Show Friday June 5th 9-7 Sat. June 6th 9-3 Primitive & Folk Art Decor Summer & Patriotic Crafts, Baked Goods & Much More 101 Snow St. Chadwick, IL. Contact Jodi 815-684-5495.

June 5-7

Stagecoach Sams Camping Club

The Stagecoach Sams Camping Club will hold the June campout at the Pecatonica River Forest Preserves, Judd Rd., Pecatonica, IL. A potluck supper will be held on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m.

June 7

Christian Rock Concert

Legacy, a Christian rock and worship band based out of Fulton, will be in concert at the Carroll County Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. The concert is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. People are encouraged to dress casually and bring lawn chairs. A free will offering will be taken. The event is sponsored by the Milledgeville Brethren Church. For more information, call 815-225-7814.

Brookville and Elkhorn Churches Worship Service

The Brookville and Elkhorn churches will b having a combined worship service at 10:00 a.m. at the Brookville church h. Rich Rubietta will present a contemporary worship service for all who attend. Rich is a worship leader, composer and producer who uses guitar, keyboard and acoustic instruments to lead worship. A carry in dinner will follow the service if you wish to partake. Let's make it a fill the church Sunday. Call Judy Dampman with questions: 815-493-2274

June 8


FREE to the public! Weight Loss & Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy. Monday, June 8th, 7:30 P.M at the Savanna City Hall-Council Chambers, 101 Main St., Savanna, IL. Watch The Prairie Advocate for details.

Camera club meets

The Muddy River Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. Apr. 14 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'smonthlymeetings are the second Monday of every month (except for Jan.) from 7 to 9 pm at the Masonic Hall in Savanna. April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 & our Christmas Party on Dec. 14. For more information contact Judy Gentile, 1 815 273-1143 or

June 9

Camera club meets

The Freeport Area Camera Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month (Jan. 8) at 7 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd., Freeport. "The F-Stops Here" is published monthly by the club.

For more information about the club, phone Larry Dawson, President, at 815-443-2856, or write to him at 597 S. Heitter Rd., Pearl City, Il 61062, or send email to

Grieving is O.K.

Support could be a means of beginning your journey through the grief brought about by the loss of your loved one or dear friend. Join the Volunteer Hospice of Northwest IL from 7-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (Jan. 8), in the Heritage Room at the Stockton Banking Center on Hwy 20 East, Stockton and is handicap accessible. For more information call 815-947-3260.

June 10

Cancer support group

The Cancer Support Group of Northwest Illinois will hold their next meeting at 1 p.m. Jan. 9 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.

Play it Safe

4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care is offering "Play it Safe" a workshop for child care center staff and family child care providers. This workshop will identify the past and present assumptions about playground safety issues. Discussion will focus on adult supervision, design and proper maintenance. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 from 6:30-8:30 pm at CGH Hospital in Sterling, IL. 4-C membership IS required. This workshop is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED. To register call Kim Sciacero at (815) 758-8149 ext 226 or (800) 848-8727 ext 226.

June 11-12

Sorry, Wrong Number

The Back Street Players Present Three One Act Plays: FOOL'S PARADISE By Peg Lynch; SORRY, WRONG NUMBER By Lucille Fletcher; and A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL By Anton Checkov at the Hanover Township Hall Thursday June 11th 7:30, and Friday June 12th 7:30. Tickets available at the Apple River State Bank in Hanover or Elizabeth.

June 12

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.

June 12-14


In conjunction with Chadwick Days, which will be held on June 12-14, the Hope United Methodist Church will be having a "Stuff Sale". This will be held in the church fellowship hall on Friday, June 12 from 4:00-7:00 PM and on Saturday, June 13 from 8:00 - 12:00 noon. Donations will be accepted for all items that are displayed for sale.

June 12-13-14

At Chadwick Days

Mission Project in conjunction with Chadwick Days, which will be held on June 12-14, the Hope United Methodist Church will be having a "Stuff Sale". This will be held in the Church Fellowship Hall on Friday, June 12 from 4:00-7:00 PM and on Saturday, June 13 from 8:00 - 12:00NooonDonations will be accepted for all items that are displayed for sale. Chadwick Days are June 12-14th 2009 on Main Street in Downtown Chadwick (except where noted).

June 16

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.

June 13

It's a Donnybrook

Join Helping Hands for Hanover at Donnybrook In The Park Irish Party Sat., June 13th, at White Park, Hanover, IL. Begins at 2:00 P.M. Admission. There will be entertainment, food and beverages. Donations and contributions can be mailed to: Helping Hands for Hanover c/o The Apple River Bank 215 Jefferson St. Hanover, IL 61041.

Neil Diamond Tribute

Denny Diamond & the Family Jewels, a Neil Diamond Tribute band, will perform Saturday, June 13, 2009 at The Other Bar Banquet Room, 436 N. Main Ave., Milledgeville. Ticket price includes Buffet & Show, and are available in advance. Doors Open 5:30 P.M. - Buffet Supper 6:00 P.M. - Show Time 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. For more info and Reserved Tickets call Linda (815) 499-1888.

June 16 or 18

Four Seasons Gardening Program

The Four Seasons Gardening Program, sponsored by University of Illinois, continues with a summer series. The first program titled Turfgrass Diseases is offered at the Mt. Carroll or Elizabeth Extension Offices Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm. or in the Mt. Carroll Extension Office on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm. This seminar covers common turf diseases and what you can do to prevent or control them. Advance registration is needed. Phone 815-244-9444 to attend in Mt. Carroll or 815-858-2273 to attend in Elizabeth. If you have disability needs, please indicate when registering.

June 17

The Carroll County CEDS Committee will meet on the third Wednesday of the month in 2009 at 6:30 pm in the Carroll County Courthouse Conference Room, 301 N. Main St. Mt. Carroll, IL. March 18, 2009, April 15, 2009, May 20, 2009, June 17, 2009, July 15, 2009, August 19, 2009, September 16, 2009, October 21, 2009, November 18, 2009, and December 16, 2009.

June 18

Hug somebody­with 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 Marcia Merchant, 815-493-6324.

June 20

Birds Nests & Beaks Educational Program Date Set

Mark your calendars and bring the entire family to the Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve on Saturday, June 20th for 'Birds Nests & Beaks', an educational event sponsored by the Conservation Guardians of Northwest Illinois. This free event will begin at 10:00 am. Participants will learn about and see different types of birds and the nests they build. There will also be a discussion about how different bird beaks have adapted to eat various kinds of food. Please bring binoculars! All other materials will be provided. To reach Casper Bluff, visit for directions. For more information, visit the JDCF office at 126 N Main Street in Elizabeth, IL, call 815.858.9100, or find them online at

Bag Toss Tournament

The Polo Fire Department will be having a Bag Toss Tournament in Polo during Town & Country Days. The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 20th, starting at 9:00am. Team members must be at least 16 years old, and there is an entry fee per team. The top 3 teams will receive cash awards. Proceeds from this tournament will help the fire dept by new safety equipment. Pre-registration is required by June 18th, and a registration from can be found at, or by calling (815) 973-0301.

June 22-26

Community Vacation Bible School

Come enjoy a fun filled week of Vacation Bible School in Mt. Carroll. This year's bible school will be held the week of June 22-26 from 9-11:30 a.m. Children Ages 3-5 and grades Kindergarten through Fifth will all meet at the Methodist Church. A family program will complete VBS on June 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Church of God. This year's theme "Kingdom of the Son-A Prayer Safari" will be enjoyed by all ages. This is a community wide VBS and everyone is invited to attend. Baby items can be brought throughout the week to be donated to the Pitter Patter Pantry. For more information or to receive a registration form call Jane Adolph at 815-244-8013 or Susan O'Connor at 815-244-4340. Registration forms can also be picked up at Brick Street Dollar and the Mt. Carroll Library.

June 25

Hospice of the Rock River Valley

Meet from 12-1 p.m.on the fourth Thursday of every month, at the Hospice of the Rock River Valley, 264 IL Route 2, Dixon. Bring your own lunch and join us! For more information, call 815-288-3673 of (800) 646-9242.

June 26-27-28

Old Settlers Days

"Running Through the Decades" is the theme of this year's Carroll County Old Settlers Days in Lanark, IL, honoring the 10th Anniversary of the "Raging Road Rally" 5K Run. The run kicks off the 3-day event on Friday at 6:45 p.m., and awards ceremony at 8 p.m. in the Burns St. tent.

It's a family fun weekend that features Kiddie Tractor Pull, Decades Trivia, Outdoor Movie Night - "Madagascar 2", "Infamous Mr. Ipod" 80's Theme Night, Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament, Early Bird Breakfast, Parade, Treasure Hunt, Sand Volleyball, Horseshoes, Wii, Bean bag and Croquet Tournaments, Cutest Baby Results, Children's Farm, Marble Chase, Cake Walk, Reading on the WILD Side, Decades Band Showcase, Live Music, Pork Chop Supper, Kiddie Water Fights, Fire Safety House, Great Food, Beer Garden, vendors and more! For more information, watch The Prairie Advocate News and or contact Becka Millard at On The Move Fitness, 815-493-8213.