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Heirloom Market Celebrates Their First Anniversary

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The Heirloom Market & Café in Thomson has stepped it up another notch, bringing a Nashville band to town on Saturday, July 20th for some good old family fun while celebrating their 1st Anniversary. “The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band” has performed on many national stages, including several appearances at The Grand Ole Opry. Leroy and his Jug band will be performing inside the café before a live audience as they tape another episode of “The Old Time Heirloom Hour” at 10am, and again on the outdoor stage at the market from 6-7:30pm. See the FLIP PAGES 8-9 SECTION 1for details.

Rotary Leadership Changes Hands

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On July 3, Morrison Rotary thanked Kevin Schisler for his year in service and welcomed in-coming President Suellen Girard. Suellen has been a member of Morrison Rotary since 2008 and looks forward to her year serving the club and the community.

 

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Hospice of the Rock River Valley was the recipient of proceeds raised from the Schreiner Golf Outing held on June 8 at Deer Valley Country Club. Golfers purchased raffle tickets, bid on auction items, and made general contributions totaling a donation to HRRV of $4,845. Receiving the check is Deb Murphy (l) and Karen Voss (r) of Hospice of the Rock River Valley from Gail Schreiner, Jeff Schreiner and Gary Schreiner (l to r).
(Courtesy of Karen Voss).

Cottonwood 4-H Club Beautifies Main Street

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Faith Green, Brady Wolf, and Quinn James having fun planting flowers for 4H community service project.

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On May 11, 2013, Members of the Cottonwood 4H club planted flower pots on Main Street in Morrison.

Schneider House Celebrates 20 Years in Business

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Schneider House Furniture in Mount Carroll celebrated their 20th Anniversary Sale Saturday, July 13th., serving refreshments and BBQ Pork Sandwiches with WCCI. At the grill was Don and Doris Swanson with their grand daughter Maggie Seefeldt Swanson.
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Father Mike Bolger and Pastors Steve Aram and Donna Gericke stand together after their 3 Shannon churches, St. Wendelin’s Roman Catholic, Bethel United Methodist and Prairie Dell Presbyterian worshipped together on Sunday July 3.

 

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As of Monday, July, 15, 2013, still no news regarding whether or not the Thomson Federal Penitentiary will open. Is the adage of no news being good news a good sign? After 13 years of sitting empty and unused, that point is debatable. Stay tuned, if you dare.
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First Baptist Church Sunday Night Movie

This Sunday the First Baptist Church of Mount Carroll is proud to present the movie presentation of “David,” this Sunday, July 21st, 2013.

David, poet and musician. The simple shepherd chosen by God. The boy who defeated the giant Goliath and the man who defeated great armies. David, King of Israel.

Leonard Nimoy and Jonathan Pryce lead a talented cast in this vivid retelling of one of the Bible’s most powerful stories. Brave warrior David (Nathaniel Parker) leads his troops in battle against Israel’s enemies and, tragically, against his own son. The film’s human dimension is as vital as the combat: David’s rivalry with King Saul, his bond of friendship with Johanthan, and his illicit passion for the beautiful (and married) Bathsheba (Sheryl Lee) fill the screen with emotion.

Movie presentation will begin at 5:00pm. The First Baptist Church is located at 201 S Main St. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. This event is open and free to the public!

If you have any questions, please contact John H McConnel Jr at 815-244-4005.

Hospice Memories and Remembrance Memorial Program

Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois invites the community to join in remembering those who have been in our care during the last year. Please plan to attend the memorial service scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Stockton Park House, This special program was originally scheduled for May 30th and had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. The program includes the reading of the client’s names that are submitted by client’s loved ones. There is also an opportunity for those in the community to remember individuals they have lost.

Volunteer Hospice offers this community-wide, memorial program to give the families we serve and the community a chance to remember and honor their loved ones and to provide opportunities for them to take part in an essential ritual of healing as a community.

This service is free and open to all members of the community. The Park House is handicap accessible. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are needed for this event. You can reserve your place by calling the Volunteer Hospice of NWIL office at 815-947-3260. If you would not be able to attend this service, but would like your loved one remembered, please contact the office for more information.

Beer and Wine Tasting at Prairie Ridge

Get together with a few friends and enjoy yourself, while meeting new friends. The Morrison Chamber of Commerce will host a wine and beer tasting on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Prairie Ridge Golf Course, 903 W. Morris Street, Morrison, IL.

The event is open to the public and you must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $20, available at the door, and include 10 tastings and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Additional tasting tickets will be $1 each.

From noon to 5 p.m., prior to the tasting, Chamber Members can take advantage of discounted rates to Golf the Ridge: Nine holes and a cart for $12; and 18 holes and a cart for $20. Call Heath at (815) 772-8989 to reserve a tee time. For more information, call the chamber at (815) 772-3757.

HCC Wind Turbine Technician Program Hosts interactive Info Session

The Highland Community College Wind Turbine Technician program will be hosting an information session from 5 to 7 p. m. on Thursday, August 1, in the Wind Turbine Technician Training Center. In addition to presentations from Highland instructors, former graduates will be on hand to answer questions about their experiences in the program and career opportunities after HCC.

Prospective students, or even current HCC students looking to choose a major, will have the opportunity to ask questions of HCC instructors and tour the training facility for a close-up demonstration of the industry-specific tools provided through a donation from Rockford-based Greenlee Textron, Inc and others.

“New students are welcome to apply, and currently, there is no waiting list to enter the program. Students can begin training for this emerging and exciting career option as soon as this fall,” said HCC Wind Turbine Technology Instructor David Vrtol. “As one of the initial programs to receive the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Seal of Approval for an educational institution, those entering Highland’s program are exposed to cutting-edge curriculum not yet seen at other community colleges.”

The Highland Community College Wind Turbine Technician program has provided the field of wind energy with highly-trained wind turbine service technicians, or wind techs, since breaking ground on the 5,500 square-foot training facility in October of 2008. In anticipation of the emerging job trend and local wind farm projects, the associate of applied science degree program, the first of its kind in the State of Illinois, was developed for the 2008 fall semester in cooperation with Elgin-based EcoEnergy.

A three-year National Science Foundation grant, which concluded this July, as well as an ongoing grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), have also provided support for the training facility, including the installation of a small-scale turbine in 2011.

For more information, please call Dean of Business and Technology Scott Anderson at 815-599-3604.

Highland Community College Provide Express Registration

Highland Community College will be providing express registration services on Tuesday, July 23. Students can conveniently prepare for the 2013 Fall Semester by taking placement tests, meeting with an advisor and registering for classes in a single visit. Classes begin Monday, August 19.

Students are encouraged to register early due to limited class availability. Those students in need of assistance may receive walk-in services during the following times:

• Placement tests will be administered between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

• Advisors and admissions staff will be assisting students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The bookstore will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration for fall classes ends August 16. For a complete listing of fall semester classes, view our searchable schedule at highland.edu. For additional information about the Highland Community College registration process, please contact at 815-599-3612.

HCC Hosts New Student Orientation

Highland Community College’s 2013 New Student Orientation has been set for Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1. For convenience, New Student Orientation is scheduled for two sessions; however, students only need to attend one session. Orientation begins on the second floor of the Student/Conference Center. Maps are available at www.highland.edu.

Highland Community College encourages all new students to attend orientation. Because Highland Community College is a popular setting for many events, many incoming students may already feel comfortable on campus. However, students who choose not to attend New Student Orientation may be missing a good deal of fundamental information that could have a direct impact on their academic success and satisfaction level as a student.

College students are expected to understand set procedures and processes. Many of these processes and collegiate jargon are unfamiliar to new students. During New Student Orientation, Highland personnel and faculty will clarify these expectations and procedures. This event is structured to inform students of the resources available and to prepare our students to get the most out of their College experience.

Highland recognizes the significant role that parents and family members play in the academic and learning process; therefore, attendance by parents and family members is encouraged.

New Student Orientation is beneficial to both parents and students.

The schedule for New Student Orientation will be as follows:

Wednesday, July 31 - 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., Sign-in and Welcome; 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., Campus Discovery: Find out how to be successful at HCC through a walking presentation visiting each of our main campus centers. Interact with faculty, current students, student services staff, and other new students; 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Visit the Bookstore, explore buildings, find classrooms and enjoy refreshments provided by Project Succeed.

Thursday, August 1- Noon – 12:30 p.m., Sign-in and Welcome; 12:30 – 3:00 p.m., Campus Discovery: Find out how to be successful at HCC through a walking presentation visiting each of our main campus centers. Interact with faculty, current students, student services staff, and other new students; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Visit the Bookstore, explore buildings, find classrooms and enjoy refreshments provided by Project Succeed.

For additional information about Highland Community College’s New Student Orientation, call 815-599-3612.

Belden School Special Event

Belden School, built in 1859, is once again teaching. Join us as Deb Pausz and Roberta Grenz talk about fashions in the 1800’s.

This free presentation is Saturday, July 20th from 1:00 until 2:00. Belden is also open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:00 until 4:00. Docents are available to share Belden’s history.

Belden School is located at 52 Heatherdowns in the Galena Territory. For more information call 815-777-2000. Also visit our website at www.beldenschool.org

State Tea Party Says House Should Delay Immigration Reform

Illinois Tea Party and its affiliate, Northern IL Tea Party, are agreed with the sentiments of activist and commentator Daniel Horowitz, whose latest Red State column is titled, “A Guide to Wednesday’s Immigration Conference Meeting.”

Amid great pressure to “do something” about immigration, many limited government conservatives feel the House of Representatives may not have have the will to resist overwhelming pressure from the Senate and media, and may cave on principles they have pronounced, that securing the border should precede any steps to regularize illegal immigrants in this country.

The linked report from PBS Newshour may be good news for conservatives. It would appear House members will not cave, nor will they adopt the Senate “comprehensive” immigration reform, which Utah Senator Mike Lee described as a “huge, complex, unpredictable, expensive and special-interest driven, big government boondoggle,” which does not secure the borders.

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It remains to be seen if the House will enact, as conservative members have promised, several separate measures, each addressing a single aspect of the immigration and border enforcement tasks before it. Members of the Tea Party are united in opposition to “comprehensive immigration reform,” which they see as more of the same dysfunction that Obamacare has wrought.

The Northern IL Tea Party July 18, 6:30 pm meeting will be held at the Rockton Fire Department 200 N. Blackhawk. This month only, the documentary “HATING BREITBART” will be shown.

The public is welcome. Coffee and tea and good fellowship are provided. For information, call Jane 815-277-1144. Website is www.TeaParty-NIL.com

Soul 4-H Camp A Blast!

SOUL 4-H Camp ’13 kicked off on June 10th at Camp Benson in Mt. Carroll, IL. Approximately 130 girls and boys were in attendance for this year’s 4-day, 4-night resident camp adventure. Known as SOUL week, this 4-H camp week was conducted as a cooperative effort between Camp Benson and the University of Illinois Extension offices in Unit 1 (Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Winnebago) and Unit 2 (Boone, DeKalb, Ogle). The 2013 theme was “Super Hero Training Camp.”

4-H campers enjoyed their choice of several camp activities each day of their stay. Activities included: archery, kayaking, arts and crafts, rock climbing, crate stacking, challenge hiking, river walks, zip lining, and general recreation. Campers also had opportunities to learn dance moves, rifle shooting, and creating camp scrapbooks.

Camp nights featured special programs planned by the Camp Benson staff and the 4-H Camp counselors. The Monday evening program, led by Boone, Ogle, DeKalb, and Lee County Counselors was a light-hearted opening campfire celebration designed to establish the week’s theme and lay the foundation for activities to come. Tuesday evening featured counselor planned cabin activities and a night hike. Wednesday evening was a talent show by the Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago County Counselors; and Thursday evening featured a dance and a closing campfire that celebrated newfound friendships.

The 4-H Camp Counselor Team included 26 young men and women, ages 15-21, who endured 35 hours of pre-camp training and a tough selection process before getting to camp. Congratulations go to this phenomenal team for a seamless production all week long! The Extension staff is very proud of all of them.The Counselors-In-Training or CIT Program allowed campers who are interested in becoming counselors in the next two years to experience some of the daily camp activities from a counselor perspective through special leadership opportunities and team-building initiatives. CIT’s included: Parker Blunt, Rock City; Rachel Clay, Dakota; Madeline Dashmey, Kirkland; Allison Hunt, Mount Morris; Kallista McIntyre, Stillman Valley; Allyse Ketter, Abigail Mongan, Ellen Reckamp, and Haylie Rorbeck, Oregon; Noah Athas, Lisle; Tom Eden, Stockton; Christian George, Freeport; Alex Hass, Elizabeth; Jordan Mingus, Byron; Chris Pederson, Malta; Aleksandr Willard, Poplar Grove. Thanks go to each of the Counelors in Training for their hard work and support of the counselor team throughout camp week.

This year’s camp first aid person was Bard Ohlwine, Chicago; and Laura Richards, Chandler, AZ. Camp Assistant was Barb Sweeney, Stillman Valley. Camp Photographers were Steve Bottino of Davis and Malia Spellman from Freeport. Other volunteers included: Robin Etnyre, University of Illinois Extension, Lee County; Jim Miller, Ogle County Shooting Sports Instructor; Kalli Berning, Mitch Berning, and Meggie Berning, Galena; Kraig Wheat and Stephanie Asche, Freeport. A heartfelt thank you goes to each of these individuals for sharing their talents and time throughout the week! Thanks also goes to the professional staff at Camp Benson for their outstanding efforts to make the week as challenging and educational as it could possibly have been!

4-H is the youth development program of University of Illinois Extension. For information, contact your local Extension office at 815-235-4125 or visit us on-line at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/. U of I Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Whiteside County Fair to Honor Popcorn Bob and Marilyn Green

The Whiteside County Fair Board is proud to announce Popcorn Bob and Marilyn Green as “2013 Friend of the Fair” honorees. Since 1989, the board has sought to honor those who have made an extra effort to support and make the annual Fair as much fun as possible for all those who participate and attend the many shows and events. This year, the board offers its sincere gratitude and appreciation for the many years of friendship with Popcorn Bob and Marilyn Green, and for everything they have done for the Whiteside County Fair.

Tuesday, August 13th the first event of the fair is the Western Horse Show at 8:00 a.m. in the infield at the newly configured “Gold Star F.S. Arena”. That night for the grandstand entertainment is the Pro-Bull Riding at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 14th the morning starts off with Exhibition Barrels at “Gold Star F.S. Arena” at 8:00 am with Speed Events at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, August 15th the Heavy Horse Hitch Judging starts at 8:00 a.m. and the 6 & 4 Horse & Unicorn Hitches at 1:00 p.m. Hell Drivers Thrill Show will entertain the crowd as the featured entertainment at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 16th starts off with Heavy Horse Halter Judged at 8:30 a.m. At 6:30 p.m. five classes of souped-up tractors and trucks will take over the grandstand after the Antique Tractor Parade at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 a.m. the Horseshoe Tournament will be going on in the infield. At 6:30 p.m. the demolition derby will finish off the fair’s five-day evening grandstand events.

For those with a sweet tooth, chances will be sold at a nominal cost to test entrants’ luck at winning a tasty treat in the “cake walks” and “pie parades” held Tuesday through Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the culinary department in the large exhibition hall north of the secretary’s office.

Harness racing takes over the racetrack Friday at 1:30 p.m. with track records up for grabs. Saturday the action starts at 1:00 p.m. Children’s pedal pulls are scheduled on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m., with six divisions for youngsters ages 4 through 12. Grandpa Cratchet will once again be joining us at the fair to entertain the kids, and there will be a bicycle given away each day of the fair.

Bingo is back again this year thanks to Pearl City Lions Club that will be open every week night of the fair from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Over $115,500 in premiums will be offered in prize money to the winners in over 1,500 different classes. The 60-page premium books are available at banks throughout the county or on line directly from the fair website.

Wilson Family Shows will entertain the kids and adults again this year with their outstanding carnival and midway attractions, providing a festive and fun time for everyone.

As always, the fair board strives to provide something for everyone, young and old alike.

For more information, please visit us at www.whitesidecountyfair.org.

Celebrate Space Exploration Week

The Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) is a not-for-profit organization located in Elizabeth/Galena, Illinois. PSF is giving you the opportunity to build your collection of space memorabilia. The Planetary Studies Foundation will be offering you a chance to own part of history on Saturday July 20 at their 1876 Banwarth House & Museum, which is located at 408 E. Sycamore St, next door to the Apple River Fort Interpretive Center in Elizabeth, IL. The sale will begin at 9:00am and lasts until 4:00pm. This fundraising event helps support PSF’s research projects and educational programs.

Featured items include astronaut autographs, meteorites, first-day space stamp covers and other NASA mission related items. Some of the highlighted items are: Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden framed autographed photo, Apollo 16 Astronaut Charlie Duke framed autographed photo, RARE Antarctica 2000 South Pole Expedition Patch Autographed by Apollo 8 & 13 Astronaut James Lovell and SKYLAB III Astronaut Owen K. Garriott, SkyLab III astronauts Owen K. Garriott and Jack Lousma autographed photos, and pieces of the Kilabo, Nigeria Meteorite that fell on July 21st, 2002 and many other items not listed here. In addition, there will be a special exhibit celebrating NASA’s achievements in space including the State of Illinois flag that was taken to the moon on Apollo 16 by astronaut Charlie Duke. The fee for this event is a $3.00 donation per person, or free for PSF members.

Help celebrate ‘Space Exploration Week’. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. For more information please contact the Planetary Studies Foundation at 815-858-2014.

Scouts Hosting 5K Run/Walk

The Chadwick-Milledgeville Boy Scout Troop 55 is hosting a TROOP TREK 5K Run/Walk. The Troop has organized the run/walk to start in Milledgeville on Main Street and Dutchtown Road on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Pre-Registration deadline is August 9, 2013. The cost of registration is $20.00 before Aug. 9, 2013 and $23.00 on race day. Registration begins race day at 7:00 at the Milledgeville Men’s Club on North Main Street, Milledgeville, IL. Registration forms can be downloaded at RunningintheUSA.com or copy and paste at www.milledgevilleil.net and sent to Troop 55, 203 Calvert Ave, Chadwick, Il. 61014. There is not an online registration options. Any questions or concerns can be sent to powrker@frontiernet.net or call 815-684-5552.

The Troop is raising the funds to support the Scouts and Leaders the opportunity to attend resident Camps, District activities, Local Campout, and purchase gear and items needed for camp, activities and events that they will attend. The Troop has 17 Boy Scouts ranging from 5th grade to Junior in High School. Seven of the Scouts are Life rank Scouts working on their Eagle Rank. The Troop is active and would like to have your support in allowing them the remain strong. Troop 55 would like to thank you for your assistant so the leaders can continue to help build the skills and knowledge for these Scouts.

Emergency Call For Blood And Platelet Donors

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, as fewer donations than expected were given in the first half of summer. Every day donations come up short, less potentially lifesaving blood is available for patients in need.

Type O negative blood is universal and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to both Rh positive or negative patients. Blood products can be used for cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more.

Hospital patients are counting on generous volunteer donors to step up and give now to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available all summer long. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information and to make an appointment.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Carroll County

Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 pm at United Methodist Church, 1901 State Route 84 in Thomson, Ill.

Aug. 15 from 1:30-6:30 pm at American Legion Hall, 221 Calvert St. in Chadwick, Ill.

Whiteside County

July 9 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

July 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

July 11 from 3-8 p.m. at Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave. in Tampico, Ill.

July 16 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

July 16 from 12-6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 200 W. Lincolnway in Morrison, Ill.

July 17 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

July 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway in Sterling, Ill.

July 23 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Section 1 FFA Travels To Illinois State FFA Convention

From June 11-13, the Illinois FFA held the 85th Illinois State FFA convention at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. Members from all over the state met for a few days away from home to “grow their legacies” through the FFA. As the convention hall came to order, the Section 1 FFA chapters and members began to receive many awards. The West Carroll FFA Chapter excelled in the Student Development area of the Program of Activities (POA). The session was brought to a close with a keynote address given by National Central Region FFA Vice President Brennan Costello called “Engage.” The second session began with the recognition of members who went above and beyond with their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. Jacob Krug, from River Ridge, won in the area of Landscape Management. American Degree recipients from Section 1 were Kimberly Durward, Garrett Badtke, and Cory Snetcher. The second general session was brought to a close by Tyson Schulte giving his retiring address “Nicknames.” The night came to an end with FFA members shaking a leg at the State FFA Dance which was held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

As the second day of Convention rolled around, FFA members were up bright and early to attend the third general session where the West Carroll FFA chapter was awarded for meeting and exceeding expectations in the Chapter Development area of the POA. Members listened closely as Joel Limestall gave his retiring address “Staring at the Sun.” The session came to an end with FFA members being told to make something of themselves by Sam Glenn with his speech “Create Your Own Opportunity: I Dare You.” The fourth session of the Convention was opened by Tyson Schulte and Joel Limestall, and the Eastland FFA chapter was awarded the Heritage award. Brooke Krippendorf from the Stockton FFA chapter was recognized as a Gold Chapter President, and Matt Kelley from the Scales Mound FFA chapter was recognized as a Bronze Chapter President. The Eastland FFA chapter was awarded for Cooperative Activities. The Eastland, Stockton, and West Carroll FFA chapters received the Century Challenge award. The Sweepstakes award was given to the Eastland FFA chapter as they completed many activities throughout the year. The Scales Mound FFA chapter was recognized in the Community Development area of the POA. Courtney Gerstenecker brought the convention center to a close with her retiring address “Not an Ordinary Fishing Tale.”

The fifth general session of the Convention was opened up by welcoming Darren Riskedal to the chair. Last year’s Section 1 FFA reporter, Brooke Krippendorf, went above and beyond as a Section Reporter to be one of the top in the state of Illinois. Claire Kepner followed in Brooke’s steps to be an outstanding Chapter Reporter. The Section 1 FFA would like to thank Star, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsors for their generous donations throughout the year. The session was brought to a close by the West Carroll FFA chapter receiving the Bankers Plaque for having one of the top POA’s in the state and Dalton Heavner’s retiring address “Songs in Real Life.”

The sixth and final session honored members who were earning their state degrees. The following received their state degrees from West Carroll: Kylie Beaston, Sam Boyer, Jared Root, Janelle Dykstra, Jacob Ritchie, Kaylee Vos, and the Section 1 Star Farmer Chloe Carson. Those from Eastland: Marshall Fink, Matt Keppen, Kaylin Kuberski, and William Murphy. Those from Scales Mound: Matt Kelley, Claire Conrad, and Jared Korte. Those from Pearl City: Grace Heimerdinger, Justin Lott, Dakota Sargent, and Emma Wingert. Luke Jeffrey from Orangeville. Those from Lena: Kenzie Kaiser, Tyler Walke, and Andrew Winning. Those from River Ridge: Kelley Koester and Jacob Krug. The session came to an end as the new section presidents and major state officers were installed into office for the upcoming year. The leadership of Section 1 was passed on from Cory Snetcher into the hands of our new section president Chloe Carson. Chapters were wished safe trips home as the convention came to a close.

North Central College Graduates

North Central College celebrated its 148th Commencement on June 8 by conferring degrees on 732 students.

The following students from Morrison received bachelor degrees:

Nora Beswick, Victoria Volckmann

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