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Honoring Those Who Serve

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This classic 1957 Chevrolet WW II, POW, MIA tribute stock car will be featured in the Shannon Labor Day Homecoming Parade, set for Monday, Sept. 2.

The racing tribute car is owned by Kath Racing in Janesville, WI. Dick Kath will be driving the car in the parade in honor of his father, who was a POW in WW II. He plans to park it downtown after the parade for photos.
(Courtesy of Kath Racing)


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Morrison Rotary

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Rotary helps those who help the less fortunate. With a matching grant from Rotary International, Morrison Rotary was able to purchase a laptop with several programs, printer, wireless router, ink and paper for the Food Pantry. No more pencil and paper! (L) Rotarians Ellen Smith and President Suellen Girard presented the items to Kaywyn Beswick and the staff.
(Courtesy of Morrison Rotary)

Peach Tree Helped by Fork Lift

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At the Bill Dietz farm in Lena, grandkids Emma Kate and Caleb Derrer, children of Curt and Sara Derrer of Lanark, are simply amazed at the big peaches on this tiny tree. The little 3 year old tree over produced and needed the aid of Bill’s forklift so the branches would not break before picking. (Courtesy of Bill Dietz)

Progress in Downtown Mount Carroll

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(Top) The Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting of a new business on Sat, Aug, 24 from 11-4 p.m. (L to R) Mount Carroll Mayor Carl Bates, Bob Kingery, Owner Heather Houzenga, and Larry DeSpain, Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Mount Carroll Mayfest Events Coordinator.

Refreshments were provided by Bella’s, Rose Corrage, Dortster’s, Brushcreek Winery, Bombfire Pizza, among others, with musical entertainment featuring Dan Peart, Ray Rose, Alexandra Cole and Ray Karleskind.

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(L) Adding primer to an historic relic, the old Kraft Building, now home to Brick Street Coffee.

(PA photos/Andrew Williamson)










The Perfect Saturday: Paint the Town!

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Today’s fast pace lifestyle offers many options for an individual or family to spend the Saturday. You can focus on music and perhaps take in a concert or listen to some iTunes. You can focus on art and visit a museum or theatre. You can travel to find the best food selection to match the varied appetites, or you may want to just spend your Saturday with friends and just hang out.

The “Paint The Town” celebration in Morrison on September 21 wraps all the entertainment desires into one day. The historic streets of downtown Morrison are closed off at 4:00 a.m. and the volunteers start preparation for the biggest day of the year for friends and families.

Any age may purchase a 5’ by 5’ square to paint anything they want on the street. While the artists are creating masterpieces and enjoying socializing with friends on the streets, bands and musicians are entertaining the masses up and down the multi-block art show.

As you wander the concrete canvas, you will be able to tap a toe to many bands and musical groups that are located every block or so to make sure every visitor is able to hear and enjoy the artistic musical talents of the area.

As the artists create and the friends and families encourage, the food stands are offering specialties to match any appetite. Throughout the day, the fresh country air carries the aroma of the various food offerings: kettle corn, funnel cakes, pork tenderloins, baked potatoes, fried Oreos, burgers, brats, tacos and the enticing list of smells go on and on.

To cap off a perfect day, after the painters finish their masterpieces, the streets turn into a dance arena as a DJ plays the tunes that please the gathering, entertaining everyone into the evening.

The Paint The Town festivities have been an annual success for over eighteen years, and it gets better each year. Make your plans now so you can reserve one of the over 1800 squares to paint. And tell your family and friends to reserve one, too!

Reserve your space on the street and your date on the calendar by registering today at

Alison Kanosky, (center) a Doctoral student at Yale University, discussed her dissertation research project on Economic Development in Carroll County at the Mount Carroll Rotary Club’s program at the Tuesday, Aug 13 meeting. Rotarians also pictured are Mike Risko and Dick Noble.

'Amazing Refuge Race'

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The 2nd annual “Amazing Refuge Race” was held on Saturday, August 17th at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, just south of Savanna. Participants armed with GPS units, riding bicycles, set out with clues to find the selected stations along the Grand Illinois Bike Trail. After completing the required task at each stop, cyclists made their way to the finish line, where they were rewarded with lunch. Thanks go out to Lieutenant Nevills of the Savanna Police force for presenting bicycle safety, and Mayor Tony McCombie and the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge for providing the lunch. Plans are underway for next year’s 3rd annual “Amazing Refuge Race.”
(Courtesy of Connie Zink)

Pie on the Porch

Plan on pie this weekend at Pie on the Porch Friday and Saturday, August 30 and 31. From 10 am to 4 pm each day, delight in luscious, made-from-scratch pies during the Friends of the Lanark Public Library (FLPL) annual fundraiser, while enjoying the peaceful beauty of a lovely garden in full bloom.

Savor homemade pie and help the FLPL support the library’s programs and collections. Patrons will receive a coupon for a free book from Twice-Sold Tales used bookstore on Rte. 64. Stop in at the Picket Fence for lovely decorations and gifts, located on the premises. Pie on the Porch is located at the Picket Fence, 407 E. Franklin in Lanark, and will be open 10 am to 4 pm August 30 and 31.

Rally Day-Back to Sunday School

Trinity Lutheran, Milledgeville is celebrating Rally Day/Back to Sunday School September 8 with New Spirit Band leading worship at 10:15 a.m. and all are invited.

The church, located on the corner of Highway 40 and Stover Ave., on the west edge of Milledgeville, is handicap accessible underneath the canopy at the NE door.

Weather permitting the annual hay rack ride will begin at 9 a.m. for the Sunday School youth, ages 3 years to 7th grade; children and parents will gather at 110 W. 8th St. (the home of Jeff & Sue Williams); the ride ends up at the church for games and refreshments.

Trinity Lutheran, Milledgeville and First Lutheran of W. Jordan (Sterling), the Faith on Forty Lutheran Parish, are members of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) which is also celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary on September 8th. For more information about Rally Day, the Faith on Forty Lutheran Parish or the ELCA call 815-225-7410.

Local Crisis Line to Offer Informational Meeting on CONTACT Training

CONTACT of Northern Illinois will be offering training class for both Helpline Volunteers and Teen Line Volunteers. Training classes prepare volunteers to assist troubled callers by listening, providing referrals and intervening in crisis. Classes are informative and interesting and are held in a welcoming and fun atmosphere. Upon completion of the class and internship hours, volunteers will receive 3 credit hours from Highland Community College that can be converted to CPDU’s for teachers.

Our next informational meeting on becoming a CONTACT Volunteer will be on September 9, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. In the Board Room at Eilerts, 1100 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport Illinois. Remaining class times will be determined during the first class. Training topics include but are not limited to: Communication skills, Marriage and Family, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Loneliness and Grief, Self Care, Crisis Intervention and Domestic Violence. For more information, please call CONTACT at 815-233-4357 and ask for Pam.

Free Child Care Business Training

4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care is presenting a free workshop for individuals interested in offering child care services in their home. “How To Start A Successful Family Child Care Business” will be held at the YWCA of Sauk Valley, 412 First Ave, Sterling, IL on Tuesday September 10th, 2013 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. To register, please call 800-848-8727 ext. 230.

The workshop will cover information on legal child care, professional business practices, and resources and supports available through 4-C. Presenter Gloria Davis is an experienced family child care provider, and the owner and operator of Quality Child Care in Mt. Carroll. She has achieved a quality rating through the Quality Counts Quality Rating System (QRS). Child care programs participating in QRS have been independently assessed and have met recognized quality standards. QRS is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

ARC Safety Training for Those Participating in Sports and Recreational Activities

Back to school also means back to practice for thousands of student athletes and coaches. The American Red Cross has training and resources available for people to learn how to treat a variety of emergencies and injuries that may occur throughout the sports season.

“School and neighborhood coaches, athletes and spectators should know how to help prevent and respond to common sports injuries such as strains and sprains, fractures, cuts and concussions,” said Leslie Mastroianni, Executive Director.

Safe Kids Worldwide reports that every 25 seconds a child is hurt playing sports and that more than 1 million emergency room visits are made due to sports injuries each year. Sports injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits for young people, according to their study.

Red Cross has developed a number of resources for everyone involved in sports and recreational activities:

First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches is an online program for teens and adults who coach at any age level. Developed with the National Federation of State High School Associations, this course covers first aid skills including breathing emergencies and injuries to muscles, bones and joints. Coaches are encouraged to take a CPR/AED course as well.

Family First Aid and CPR is an online course for those not required to have OSHA-compliant certification. Participants learn how to treat cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until help arrives. Pediatric modules are also available.

American Red Cross First Aid App is a free app for smart phones and tablets. It gives users instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and includes videos and interactive quizzes. The app puts lifesaving information right in people’s hands wherever and whenever they need it.

Information on courses and additional resources are available at A variety of Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross, or by going to

Beat the Heat

“Heat can be especially hazardous to anyone exercising or playing outdoors this time of year. People should avoid scheduling workouts and exercise during the hottest times of the day,” added Mastroianni. “Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.”

Brick Street Saturday

Brick Street Saturday (BSS) in Mount Carroll is right around the corner.

“This year, we’re kicking it off with our second annual Brick Street Golf Classic on Friday, the 30th out at Oakville Golf Course,” said Laura Miller DeSpain of the Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce.

“Traditionally, many businesses have used this day for sidewalk sales and in-store specials.”

Beginning with the Farmer’s Market, at 8 a.m., the Church of God Ladies and Gents will be joining BSS with a table full of goodies.

BSS will be helping the West Community Reads program host a Pie Walk at 9 am in the bandstand on the Courthouse lawn. This is in conjunction with the book Pie.

The Mount Carroll Public Library is holding their annual book sale from 8 to 2.

Artists and crafters will be setting up from 11 to 4 on the east side of Main Street. “And we will be having musicians on the lawn from noon to 6,” DeSpain added.

“At 5 pm, we will Pluck the Ducks from the Waukarusa. Have you bought your numbers yet? You can do so at Land of Oz or the Pharmacy.”

You can find more info as it becomes available on our website at Or contact Laura Miller DeSpain at 815-244-1630

Highland Youth Choir Resumes Rehearsals

The newly expanded Highland Youth Choir, formerly the Highland Children’s Choir, will resume rehearsals on Monday, September 9, under the direction of Dagny Brandt. New members, grades 1 through 12, are welcome. The choir rehearses on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center on the Highland Community College campus. There is no audition required and all youth are welcome.

The HCC Children’s Choir began in the early 1980s. Over the past 25 years, the Children’s Choir is credited for encouraging the musical talents of hundreds of adolescents and teenagers. The new Highland Youth Choir will provide an opportunity for students to practice vocal music talents as well as promote personal and social growth. There is no registration fee.

For more information, please contact the Fine Arts Department at 815-599-3490 or

Knights of Columbus Host ‘Blue Mass’

It is a pleasure to extend an invitation to attend a special service in honor of Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Emergency Service Personnel, and Emergency Medical Teams on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Because of the exceptional success of last year’s program, the service will again be held at the Shannon Fire Station. A procession from St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The service will include what is known as a Blue Mass, honoring the men and women who devote their lives to serving our communities under both route and dangerous situations.

Rev. Michael Bolger, Pastor of St. Wendelin’s and Council Chaplain, will celebrate the Mass, and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will serve as an honor guard.

Light refreshments will be served following the Mass. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Bill Spoerlein 815-541-9420.

Time is Running Out on Fulton Summer Challenge

Less than two weeks remain for anyone wanting to help about a dozen Fulton organizations qualify for some matching funds. There is $17,000 in matching money available for donations to any of these groups’ endowment funds—as long as the gifts are mailed by August 31st.

Total gifts to-date during the challenge come to about $12,000. That leaves about $5,000 of the challenge money still available to be claimed. In other words, there is $5,000 that will not get added to various local charitable groups’ endowments unless others donate at least $5,000 by the end of this month.

Anyone interested can choose to make a donation to one or more of the following funds (set up through FACE) that qualified for this challenge: FACE Community Impact Fund, D.S. Flikkema Foundation, David and Lida Flikkema Memorial Fund, Friends of the Windmill Endowment, Fulton Gardens Fund, Fulton Firemen’s Fund, Fulton Policemen’s Fund, Fulton Historical Society Endowment, Harbor Crest Foundation, Martin Museum Fund, Schmaling Memorial Public Library Endowment, Volunteer Millers Endowment, and the Windmill Area Membership Fund.

This summer challenge is being coordinated by Fulton’s community foundation, the Fulton Association for Community Enrichment (FACE).

FACE is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend which is where all checks will be processed. CFGRB’s address is 852 Middle Road, Suite 100, Bettendorf IA 52722. More information is available from the organizations listed above or by contacting FACE’s executive director, Connie Koehn, at (815) 589-2646 or

RIA Federal Credit Union Breaks Ground

RIA Federal Credit Union held a ground-breaking ceremony on their new Corporate Center at 4343 Utica Ridge Road, Bettendorf Iowa on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Our new location will be just north of our current Corporate Building at 4217 Utica Ridge Road and across from Trinity Terrace Park Hospital.

RIA Federal Credit Union was first established in 1935 on the Rock Island Arsenal to serve our Military members and Federal Employees working on the Island. For over 20 years RIA Federal Credit Union has been open to serve all of the Quad Cities and surrounding areas, including Wilton, Iowa, and Savanna, Illinois, while maintaining a strong presence on the Rock Island Arsenal.

RIA Federal Credit Union has been a vital part of the Savanna community since 1981 by servicing our military and providing support for various military programs. Upon opening up to the community, RIA has continued to provide up to date financial services with our member’s best interest in mind. We support our community through various channels such as United Way, Children’s Miracle Network, Savanna Food Pantry, Savanna Rotary and Chamber.

With our new Corporate Center RIA Federal Credit Union is looking to continue strengthening their support for the Savanna Community. This new addition will help RIA offer top notch products and services to our members while creating economic growth in our area. Our Savanna location is located at 103 3rd St. Savanna, Illinois.

Meditation Program at Banwarth House

We’ve all heard about it, maybe even tried it, but what is it? Meditation is an approach that anyone can use to help them cope with medical problems, stress, and anxiety by way of thought, contemplation, and reflection. While the methods are different, the end goals of all types of meditation lead to a mind that is quieted and free from stress by the use of quiet contemplation and reflection. Dr. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel will talk about the uses and benefits of meditation on Saturday, August 31st from 1-2pm at the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum.

This program is offered for a donation of $3.00 per person and free for Planetary Studies Foundation members. Please RSVP by calling the PSF office at 815- 858-2014 or emailing The Banwarth House is located at 408 E. Sycamore St in Elizabeth, IL directly behind the Law Jones Funeral Home. Visit our website and our Facebook page for more upcoming events.

Mediacom to Upgrade Cable Network in Northwest Illinois

Analog Phase-out Makes Way for More HDTV & Faster Broadband

Mediacom Communications announced that it is upgrading network technology to provide area customers with a major expansion of its high-definition (HD) lineup, while also eliminating analog reception for most Family Cable video channels.

Locally, Mediacom’s 2013 digital upgrade will benefit customers in Chadwick, Lanark, Milledgeville, Mount Carroll, and Shannon in Carroll County; Apple River, Elizabeth, Hanover, Scales Mound, Stockton, and Warren in Jo Daviess County; Dakota, Davis, Lake Summerset, Lena, Mcconnell, Orangeville, Pearl City, Rock City, Stephenson County, and Winslow in Stephenson County.

Open house customer events in four local communities are scheduled to distribute digital adapters, offer customer assistance with hands-on demos to connect adapters, and provide more information.

Mediacom’s upgrade will remove analog television reception for all but a limited number of basic broadcast channels, which is a change to digital-only reception for channels 17 through 79. Company officials describe the digital upgrade as an investment to give all customers improved picture and audio quality and larger channel lineups. The upgrade will include the addition of two dozen channels in the popular HD format to deliver an HD lineup with around 100 channel choices.

“With digital technology, consumers gain more value and a bigger channel selection than ever before, as well as the superior viewing experience of HDTV,” said Mediacom Regional Vice President Todd Curtis. “With this conversion, Mediacom customers can be confident we’ll keep pace with their demand for more HD channels and ever-faster Internet speeds.”

Curtis explained that for many years Mediacom’s network has been delivering both analog and digital signals to televisions in customer homes and businesses. The upgrade will remove the analog transmission for channels located at 17 and higher. As each analog channel is eliminated, he said, network capacity becomes available to potentially carry three high-definition channels or 10 standard-definition digital channels (SD). Dozens of new HD channels will be added to Mediacom’s lineup mid-November.

The phase-out of analog television transmission will require customers using non-digital televisions to use digital adapters to view Family Cable channels. Curtis explained that Mediacom will distribute digital adapters, which are small devices that convert signals from the cable network into a format that displays on any screen, including an older, analog TV.

Mediacom will provide digital adapters on a lease-free basis through November 2014 (for current customers and limited to three adapters per customer). Customers using newer TVs with built-in digital tuners are encouraged to use adapters as a way to retain the familiar channel lineup. Offer expires December 18, 2013.

“Instead of seeing older televisions go to landfills, we have a simple solution using digital adapters to deliver Family Cable channels,” Curtis said. “It also is convenient for viewers with newer televisions because the adapter automatically adds new channels without re-scanning and retains the familiar channel displays in whole numbers.”

Digital adapters are not needed on televisions connected to Mediacom digital receivers (larger cable set-top boxes). Digital adapters may be picked-up at local Mediacom offices in Clinton, IA and Geneseo, IL. Or, customers may choose to order by phone or online and receive free shipping to their home or office. The web site provides digital upgrade information and includes an online order form. or call toll-free: 1-800-479-2095

Special Assistance During Customer Events in Four Illinois Communities

Mediacom is encouraging customers to attend an open house event in any of four local communities where service technicians will provide individual assistance and demonstrate how to connect a digital adapter to a TV. The community events provide a local site where customers can conveniently pick up adapters and learn more about the digital conversion. The events will all be held from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Stockton – September 12 – Country Inn & Suites at 200 Dillon Avenue;

Darlington –September 19– Super 8 at 201 Christensen Drive;

Mt. Carroll – October 9 – Community House at 101 North Main Street;

Pecatonica – October 17 – Village Hall at 405 Main Street.

The phase-out of analog television reception will be noticeable to customers beginning October 30, and the conversion will be completed November 6. At that time, Family Cable channels located between 17 and 79 will be viewable only on digital-ready televisions or televisions connected to a Mediacom digital cable box or adapter.

The lower-numbered channel set known as basic or limited cable service will continue to be transmitted in both analog and digital transmission.

The Lamp: First Baptist Church Sunday Night Movie

The First Baptist Church September 1st, 2013, Sunday night movie is The Lamp. In what seems to be the final days of their already strained marriage, Stanley and Lisa Walters are presented with a strange gift, an old oil lamp.

Along with the lamp comes a mysterious messenger and a statement that will cause them to search the depths of their hearts to find its truths.

This movie presentation will begin at 5:00. The First Baptist Church is located at 201 S Main St. Popcorn and refreshments will be served, this event is open to the public free of charge. Any questions, please contact John McConnel at 815 244-4005.

Northwestern Il. DU Committee To Meet

Steve Whiting, chairman of the Northwestern Il. Ducks Unlimited Chapter announced that the Chapter’s 41st Annual Fundraiser and Banquet will be held on Oct. 12, 2013. This years event is to be held at Manny’s Restaurant in Savanna. According to Whiting the local DU committee will be meeting at his house, which is located at 1743 Schade Street, Thomson, Il., on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6:00 p.m. to continue planning the upcoming event. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available. Dinner tickets will be made available and an update on “underwriting”, the guest list and dinner program will be discussed. In addition, the group will be making plans for the upcoming Mallard Fest, which is going to be held in Hanover on Sept. 21

Whiting said, “There is a lot of planning and hard work that goes into having a fundraiser/banquet of this type.” He encourages anyone that would like to help with this years’ banquet to attend the planning meeting on the 20th. He added that if anyone would like to help out, but is unable to attend the August 20th meeting to contact him at 815-499-4812.

Ducks Unlimited is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving, restoring, and managing wetlands and associated habitats for North American waterfowl, which also benefits other wildlife and people.


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