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Congratulations, Dorothy Nelson!



It was a rainy Saturday, June 29, during Lanark’s Old Settlers Days Parade, which started thirty minutes late because of the rain. Unfortunately, this very special moment was missed, but not forgotten.

The Grand Marshal of the 2013 OSD Parade was Lanark’s Centenarian, Dorothy Nelson. Congratulations to Dorothy on this mile stone in her life.

Independence Day

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The City of Savanna held it’s first Fourth of July Parade on July 3, 2013. Shown is the parade progression and crowd on 3rd Street, with the Savanna American Legion Shaw-Leavens Post 2223 Color Guard leading the way. (PA photo/Michael Miller)

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Finishing touches were recently added to the Milledgeville Veterans Memorial. The two shell projectiles at the entrance of the memorial were donated by the Chadwick American Legion POST 793. The Memorial, located west of the Milledgeville High School on Rt. 40, also features memorial pavers for $200 each. If you have questions about pavers, or want any information about donating to the project, please call Lee Gibbs 815-225-7643 and leave a message.

Spinning Wheel, Round & Round


Spinning was hailed as the most worthy of a woman’s tasks up until the Industrial Revolution. Spinning wool and other fibers into something more useful has become a lost art since that time. Or so it appears. Stop by the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum and rediscover the craft of spinning. Award winning spinner Jolene Foat will share her knowledge of the spinning wheel, drop spindle, various wools and fibers along with timeless spinning techniques.

This program will be held on Saturday, July 13th from 1-2pm at the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum. You can find the museum at 408 E. Sycamore St directly behind the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Elizabeth. Admission is a $3.00 donation per person and free for PSF members. Please reserve a seat today by contacting the Banwarth House at or 815-858-2014. Check out our future events on Facebook and



Morrison Rotary Receives District Award

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For the second year in row, the Morrison Rotary Club received the District 6420 Public Image Award. The award is based on a set of criteria in each of the 5 areas of media including Print, Broadcast, Newsletter, Public Visibility, and Website/Social Media. There are 47 clubs in the District and three Public Image Awards given based on club size. Kathy Schmidt is the District Public Image Chair who presented the award to 2012/2013 President Kevin Schisler at the District Conference in May.

Great River Threshers Celebrate 37th Year

The Great River Threshers will be celebrating their 37th year on the Threshing grounds in Miles, Iowa on July 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2013.

The events will start with a parade at 6:30 p.m. on Friday the 12th followed by the Northeast Swing Choir in the Main building at 7:30 p.m. Flag burning at 8:45 p.m. and a dance with Island City Surprise at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, July 13th activities begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K walk/run. Demonstrations and Mud Volleyball start at 10 a.m. Threshing and Horse powered threshing will be at 11 a.m. Threshers meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Music by Razor Ray.

In the afternoon will be Threshing, Pedal Pull, 4-Wheeler Races, Mud Bog and a presentation on Glass Milk bottles. Mutton Bustin’ will be held at 5:30 p.m., Iowa State Fair Talent Search Show at 7:30 p.m., and Karaoke and DJ Mobile 1 Productions at 9 p.m.

On Sunday, the day starts with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 - 11 a.m. Community church service in the park at 8:30 a.m. There will be a Kickball Tournament, Mud Volleyball (youth), Saddle Horse Show - Horsing Around Play Day - Spelling Bee, Tractor and Horse Field Events, Broom Making, Shingle Making, Jackson County Square Dancers from 1 to 2 p.m. and Bingo at 2 p.m.

Advance badges are available for $5.00 at Clinton National Bank and local businesses, $7.00 at the gate. For more information, please call 563-242-3865 or 563-682-7715.

4-H Activities at the Stephenson County Fair 2013

The Stephenson County Fair is scheduled for July 9-14. Even before the official start of the fair, 4-H activities will be taking place at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds. From foods to livestock, and horticulture to cats, 4-H members will exhibit many projects at this year’s fair. Following is a summary of the activities that are planned:

Sunday, July 7

At 8:30 a.m. the 4-H Horse & Pony Show will take place at the southwest show ring. The 4-H Horse Trail Class will be held from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the southeast show ring.

Monday, July 8

A full slate of shows begins at 9:00 a.m. with Foods and Horticulture projects in the 4-H Building under the Grandstand. Cloverbuds who are 5 to 7 years old will have their projects judged in the 4-H Building at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a Garbology contest where 4-H members paint garbage cans to promote the theme ‘4-H…Find Your Future!’ Be sure to look for these cans throughout the fairgrounds!

Tuesday, July 9

The day begins with the Goat Show at 8:00 a.m. The Sheep, Beef, Rabbits, Cavies, and Poultry Shows will begin in their respective barns starting at 8:30 a.m. At 9:00 a.m. the 4-H Swine Show will take place in the swine barn. The Dairy Show follows at 9:30 a.m.

The 4-H Cake Walk will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. near the Home Ec Building. Cakes, cookies, breads, muffins, and candies made by 4-H members will be available. All proceeds go to the 4-H program.

Stephenson County 4-H Federation will open its Pizza Hut stand in the 4-H Building on Tuesday. It will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday the stand will remain open until 8:30 p.m. Stop by and have a slice of pizza, bread sticks, and some soda or bottled water while spending time at the Fair!

A fun evening of activities is scheduled for Tuesday’s Youth Night, taking place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Grandstand. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the Chicken Scratch and Pig Scramble will be held. The Fair Queen and Little Miss will be introduced at 7:00 p.m. and Tug of War begins at 7:30 p.m. where teams face off to win a cash prize. The evening will conclude with the Ag Olympics contest at 8:00 p.m., so make sure you come out to the Fair to see all these exciting events on Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 10

The Cat Show will be held at 8:00 a.m. in the Rest & Entertainment Tent. The 4-H Dress Revue, where garments will be judged for construction, fit, and appearance, will be held in the Rest & Entertainment Tent from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This will be followed by 4-H’ers In Action at 4:30 p.m. 4-H’ers In Action is a showcase of a variety of 4-H projects, so come on out and see our 4-H’ers great work.

Thursday, July 11

The Parade of Excellence will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Rest & Entertainment Tent. At this event, trophies will be presented to 4-H project winners other than livestock. The livestock winners will receive trophies at their respective shows.

Friday, July 12

Throughout the fair, each 4-H club has a display booth in the 4-H Building under the Grandstand. The booths are promoting the 4-H theme, “4-H…Find Your Future!” and will be judged prior to that week so be sure to look at them and find your favorite. Non-perishable foods and hygiene items will also be collected under the grandstand for the 4-H House of Cans booth. 4-H clubs will compete to see which club donates the most items. Members of the public may also make contributions to the 4-H House of Cans. All items collected will be given to FACC, and the Le-Win, Pearl City, and German Valley Food Pantries. There will also be booths displaying Cloverbud projects, Federation activities, and State Fair Projects!

Saturday, July 13

The Junior Livestock Auction begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Swine Show Arena. During the auction, the 4-H Federation will be selling pop, bottled water, coffee, donuts, chips, and candy bars. The 4-H Pizza Hut stand continues to serve from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday!

For more information on any of these events, contact University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County at 815-235-4125.

Stargazing at the Apple River Fort

The Apple River Fort State Historic Site and the Planetary Studies Foundation continue their stargazing and public viewing on Saturday, July 13 at sunset approximately 8:20pm. If you are an outdoor lover or just want to spend some quality time with your family and friends, don’t miss this special event.

Diane Sipiera will be doing a PowerPoint presentation on how the American Indians interpreted the nighttime sky. Following the program, Chris Zirtzman from the Planetary Studies Foundation and Dr. Paul Sipiera, adjunct curator of meteorites at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, will have telescopes available for the public to view the heavens. If any local individuals would like to bring their telescopes in to share viewing, please do not hesitate to bring them. Also, if you think you may have a meteorite please bring it in for identification.

Stargazing is offered free to the public. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs for your own comfort. The Apple River Fort State Historic Site is located at 311 E. Myrtle St. in Elizabeth, IL. For more information please contact the Apple River Fort at (815) 858-2028 or Planetary Studies Foundation at 815-858-2014. These programs are weather sensitive, please check the weather forecast.

Special Program with Stargazing

An evening of relaxation and stargazing will begin at 7:00pm on Saturday July 13th with meditation led by Mona Medrek. This encourages relaxation and a more open mind. Meditation will be hosted at the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum located at 408 E. Sycamore St in Elizabeth IL.

The Planetary Studies Foundation will provide a stargazing event following meditation. For more information please contact the Planetary Studies Foundation at 815-858-2014.

Summers Up Benefit for the Savanna Food Pantry

Join over 35 Vendors & Crafters who will present their products at the Summers Up Benefit for the Savanna Food Pantry on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Carroll Co. Farm Bureau, 811 Clay St. in Mount Carroll.

There is a great demand at many area food pantries, and your participation will help stock the shelves of the Savanna Food Pantry. Tickets will be on sale at the event, 6 for $5, or $1.00 ea. for a chance to win a door prize. Bring 3 non-perishable items for one ticket, or a bag full for 5 free tickets.

The +35 vendors will display jewelry, baked goods, and wellness, beauty, kitchen, and skin care products, and much more. Admission is free.

Camp Casper, The Year of the River

From July 15-19th, campers aged 8-10 will have the unique opportunity to learn about the valuable resource of water during the 3rd annual “Camp Casper”. Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, outside Galena, IL will serve as the base for this exciting and educational week-long event. This event is put on by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation and is sponsored by the Galena State Bank’s Superstar Savers Club.

During the week of activities, campers will learn from volunteers and leading experts about a variety of topics including what insects and organisms can be found in a creek, glaciation, and how different parts of the environment have an impact on our water supply. The campers will also be taking field trips to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Eagle Point Park for a view of the Lock and Dam, and a backwater boat tour of the Mississippi River. Other topics of discussion will include the hydrologic cycle, climate change, and bird migration. The week will conclude with a visit to the Galena River front and a discussion of the past, present and future of the Galena River.

Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, located at 870 S Pilot Knob Road, Galena IL 61036 will be closed to the public from Monday July 15th to Wednesday July 17th due to Camp Casper.

CCSSO Announces Cooling Assistance Available

Nancy Gable, Executive Director of the Carroll County Senior Services Org. announced that the Center has received word that there will be summer cooling assistance funds available. Applications will be accepted from July 15–26, 2013, or until funds are exhausted.

Contact the Senior Center at 815-244-1800 from 8 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday, for more details, or stop in at 306 N. Main St. in Mount Carroll.

Whiteside Co. Fair Premium Books Available

Premium books for the 143rd Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 13th – 17th are now available at banks throughout the county. Over $115,500 in premiums will be offered in prize money to the winners in over 1,500 different classes.

The fair premium book serves as a road map to the fair and all of the shows and events, along with providing the entry forms and processing information necessary to enter the dozens of judged competition classes.

Now Available – On Line Entries. The Whiteside County Fair now accepts Visa and MasterCard for entries and ticket purchases. You can make your entries online by following the premiums link at and use your Visa or MasterCard for payment. All the information you need to get ready for the Whiteside County Fair is at your fingertips on our website.

Chili Cook-Off New at Whiteside Co. Fair

New at the Fair this year is the Chili Cook Off on Saturday the 17th at the 143rd Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 13th – 17th. Contact Howard Scott for rules and instructions at 309-912-4576. Entrees are limited so call soon.

Check out our website for more information about the fair at.

Thomson Library hosts Camp Clover

Join University of Illinois Extension – Carroll County for our 4-H Camp Clover summer program at the Thomson library on July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 from 9-11am.  Camps are open to both 4-H members and non-members.

Summer instructors will create fun filled activities for children entering third through sixth grades. Six Sessions include Funtastic Fitness, Creative Cooking, Summer Art, Acres of Adventure, Passport to the World, and Wacky Wilderness.

Cost is $15.00. Class size is limited to 20.  Register online or by calling 815-244-9444.

Snag-A-Snack for Youth Offered

The Whiteside County University of Illinois 4-H Summer Program invites youth Grades K-4th to participate in our Snag-A-Snack Program. Snag-A-Snack is a Day Camp offered between a three week period that meets six times from 12:30-2:30p.m.

The Snag-A-Snack Program will be held in Rock Falls at Centennial Park under the Larson Pavilion. The Cost for this Program is $15.00 total for all six sessions. Children will learn How to make fun and nutritious snacks as well as some other fun hands on activities This Program will be taught by our Food and Nutrition Ladies: Miss Linda and Miss Jo. Children will learn new things and make new friends.

Registration forms and Payment can be done online or if you have troubles online contact the office at 815-772-4075 for more information.

Day Camps offered in Fulton and Prophetstown

Join University of Illinois Extension – Whiteside County for our 4-H Camp Clover summer program at the Fulton High School on July 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 Aug 1 from 9-11am and Prophetstown Elementary on July 23, 24, 25 30 31, Aug 1 from 1-3pm. Camps are open to both 4-H members and non-members.

Summer instructors will create fun filled activities for children entering third through sixth grades. Sessions include Visual Arts, Creative Cooking, and Sensational Science. Cost is $15.00. Class size is limited to 25.  Register online or by calling 815-772-4075.

Butterfly Festival At Elkhorn Creek

Join us for the annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 27 from 1:00-5:00 p.m at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve. During this family event, participants may join butterfly tours or search on their own for the many butterflies winging through the prairie grass. Tours are at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.

“Illinois Butterflies and Moths” pocket guides will be distributed at no cost while supplies last. There will be a shady rest area, cold beverages, snacks and a restroom. If the weather is questionable, all Keith or Mary Blackmore at 815-938-3204 before 10:00 a.m on July 27.

Elkhorn Preserve is about 3miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off West Grove Road.

Lanark Library Features Local Author

Join us Saturday, July 13 from 1 to 3pm at the Lanark Public Library, 111-B South Broad Street, as they host a book chat and signing with Lanark author Marcia R Lathrop.

“Hurt? Tell it like it is.”

Marcia suffered at the hand of her own mother. Her first book, “Finding the Key,” chronicles a journey through years of neglect, living under the roof of a jealous, unstable mother and a self-protective, threatened father. Marcia could have given in to her destiny of a life of hate, resentment, and revenge. Rather, through the opportune arrival of many loving, caring people, and attempting to retreat into her studies, Marcia discovered forgiveness.

As a result, Marcia has accepted her past and shares her story that others may have hope for themselves. Now Marcia, a pastor’s wife from Lanark, Illinois, is an instructor at Clinton Community College and a public speaker bringing her message of healing to a hurting world.

“I’ve heard so many say that no one could understand what they have gone through, or use their abuse as an excuse for poor decisions. They need to understand that people do understand, and although it is more difficult than just following their path of abuse, they can make choices that will lead them to a successful life, publicly and privately,” Marcia says as her reason for sharing her story.

No matter your own background, the answers in this biographical sketch are for you and for those for whom you care. As foreign as we are to many of her experiences, each of us searches for character through difficulty, strength not to give up, and a future with less, emotional baggage.

Various readers have said, “She writes from the heart with compassion and hope for the healing of others…demonstrates that she is truly healed,” and she is able to “reach into the hearts of others.”

Crop Production Update to be held in Stockton

Although northwest Illinois has seen ample precipitation this spring, last year’s drought can still affect the corn and soybean yields for this year.

The University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a crop production update on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:00pm at the Stockton Township Library on 140 W. Benton Ave. The workshop entitled, Corn and Soybean Diseases: What are we Seeing in 2013? will be presented by Commercial Agriculture Educators, Angie Peltier and Russ Higgins. Peltier and Higgins plan to discuss how weather and disease will have an impact on 2013 crops, and what producers can do in preparation for these conditions. Higgins states, “Many corn and soybean pathogens survive in the soil or in plant residue from previous growing seasons. High yielding varieties and hybrids often vary in their susceptibility to these pathogens. Weather conditions at various points throughout the life of corn and soybean plants influence whether interactions between plants and pathogens will result in disease. The agronomy workshop in Stockton will address disease problems in 2013 with an emphasis on how to control these diseases in future years and which diseases to keep on the lookout for as the season winds down.”

Cost will be $5.00, and pre-registration is required by July 19th. To register, call the Extension office in Jo Daviess County at 815-858-2273 or go online: .

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Extension office at 815-858-2273. University of Illinois – U.S. Department of Agriculture – Local Extension Councils Cooperating.


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