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Because Nice Matters

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By taking care of those “Honey Do Lists” as if it were his own home, Gary Milnes of Deerview Construction & Development was recognized by the Morrison Chamber of Commerce with the “Because Nice Matters” Customer Service Award for the month of August. He was nominated for his great service and readiness to help with any job, big or small; not because nice is easy, but because nice matters!
(Courtesy of Morrison Chamber of Commerce)

Getting a Little Help from Their Friends

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Allen and Charolette Rahn from Chadwick came to the rescue of their friends John and Janice Schell Wednesday Aug. 28 with their semi loaded pear pickin man lift!!! It made light of 15 bushels plus of pears to be harvested! Rick and Connie Brockhouse helped from the ground! Heres another use for the manlift!

New Shipment of Plants

The Eagle Nature Foundation has just received a new load of shrubs and perennials and now has almost 110 varieties available for the public to view at its headquarters at 300 East Hickory Street, right on Stagecoach Trail at the East edge of Apple River. This includes 26 new varieties which we had never had before. They are beautiful plants that will add beauty to any yard.

These plants came courtesy of Beaver Creek Nursery, near Popular Grove, IL and Song Sparrow Nursery near Avon, WI and Roy and Sarah Klehm. These plants may be examined during daylight hours any day of the week, and are on a self serve basis. The price for each variety of plants is marked on an identification sign by each variety. An envelope with sheets containing further descriptions of all the plants that are presently in the yard is located on the porch. Money for any plants that are removed should be placed in the money box on the porch.

The money from these plants is used by ENF for its work to save the bald eagle and its environmental education programs. ENF is the main organization in the nation that is working to determine what may be affecting the bald eagle reproduction, but needs money to carry out this effort. ENF is presently planning to expand its environmental education programs to help develop an better awareness of the natural world to students and adults in northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. An extra donation for this cause, or for a membership, may be left in the money box, when depositing the money for any plants. ENF is an environmental 501(c)3 organization, so any money donated may be considered tax exempt on a person ‘s taxes. For any questions, call 815-594-2306.

For more information contact: Terrence N. Ingram, Exec. Director, Eagle Nature Foundation, 300 East Hickory St., Apple River, IL 61001 Phone 815-594-2306.

Fall Constellations

Elizabeth Myelle of the Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) will share her knowledge of the fall constellations of Andromeda, Aquarius, Capricorn, Pegasus and Pisces along with upcoming fall meteor showers. Learn the Greek mythology behind the constellations and view them in a detailed but easy to understand PowerPoint presentation.

Fall Constellations will be presented on Saturday, September 7th from 1:00-2:00pm at the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum. The museum is located at 408 E. Sycamore St. in Elizabeth IL. To reserve a seat please contact PSF at (815) 858-2014 or email For more information please visit our website at or find us on Facebook.

Stargazing at the Apple River Fort

The Apple River Fort State Historic Site and the Planetary Studies Foundation continue their stargazing and public viewing at sunset. 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 on Saturday, September 7th at approximately 7:15pm. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately and bring lawn chairs or a blanket for your comfort. Stargazing will be cancelled if there is heavy cloud cover, rain etc.

The Apple River Fort State Historic Site is located at 311 E. Myrtle St in the Village of Elizabeth. For more information please contact the Planetary Studies Foundation at (815) 858-2014. Visit our website for a list of upcoming events or find us on Facebook.

Calling All Artists And Photographers

The Palisades Art League will hold its annual art show and sale on Saturday, October 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Sunday October 20 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the West Carroll Primary School, 2215 Wacker Rd., Savanna.

To participate in the show, an entry form is neeeded along with a small fee. For brochures and entry forms call Judy Gentile 815 273-1143 or email An awards ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 20th.

In addition to the many pieces of art work and photography that will be on display, a local quilter will also exhibit her work.

Refreshments will be available for purchase during the show by Heartland Pet Welfare.

If you have never been to the show, now is your chance. It is definitely worth your time!

Riverview Center Begins Transition To New Leadership

Riverview Center, a Dubuque-based nonprofit agency serving individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence, is seeking new leadership.

Josh Jasper, president and CEO, and Stacie Speirs-Pfeiffer, vice president, submitted resignations and will pursue other career opportunities.

“The growth of Riverview Center during Josh and Stacie’s tenure has been phenomenal,” said Brian Cooper, chair of the board of directors. “They helped raise awareness of violence in our community, and what we can do about it, and they worked hard to increase Riverview Center’s visibility throughout the region. We wish them well.” Jasper was with the agency eight years and Speirs-Pfeiffer 12.

Cooper said the board has begun the process of selecting an interim executive director.

Riverview Center serves individuals affected by sexual assault in Iowa, and individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence in Illinois. Its services, which are provided free of charge, include a 24-hour crisis hotline, legal and medical advocacy, long- and short-term counseling, transition assistance for domestic violence survivors, and violence prevention education programs.

(For Josh Jasper’s blog post concerning his plans:

‘Come Home Again Reunion’

The Lyndon Area Historical Society will host he 3rd Annual “Come Home Again Reunion” on Sunday September 22, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 405 4th Street West Lyndon, IL

There will be an exhibit of Lyndon United Methodist Church Artifacts. The event will feature performances by Dmitry Feofanov – Concert Pianist and Diane Holtz - Organist. Food and Entertainment will follow at Richmond Park from 4 to 6 p.m.with Yesterdaze Gone being the featured band. Bring a Lawn Chair to the Park.

This event is a fundraiser for the Lyndon Area Historical Society (

Governor Signs Sen. Bivins’ School-Safety Legislation

A new law sponsored by State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) offers immediate and practical solutions for keeping students safe at school.

“The shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, made it all too clear how vulnerable schools, students and teachers can be to violence from the outside,” said Bivins, a former Lee County Sheriff. “With ideas ranging from a School Security task force to a School Crime Watch program, this new law and a measure passed earlier this year provide changes that communities can make right now.”

Signed Aug. 27 by Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate Bill 1931 creates the School Security and Standards Task Force to study the current security conditions, make recommendations, and draft minimum standards for use by schools to provide a safer learning environment for students. The Task Force is to submit its report to the General Assembly and the Governor by Jan. 1, 2014.

“This new law will help officials focus on the actual physical building, the school, and how they can create minimum standards to protect those schools and the students, faculty and staff in them,” Bivins said. “We are looking at ideas to improve physical security measures – an important topic of discussion at the beginning of a new school year.”

On April 23, the Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 91, asking schools to create a School Watch Program similar to the successful Neighbor Watch Program that has been in place in communities around the country for years.

“A School Watch is not a new concept. We have Neighborhood Watch, which was created by the National Sheriffs’ Association many years ago. We are recommending that schools either partner with Neighborhood Watch and local law enforcement and follow that same model in your communities, or you create a stand-alone program,” Bivins said. “It’s one more set of eyes, or many sets of eyes, watching out for our schools and our kids.

The 45th District Senator says Senate Bill 1931 and Senate Resolution 91 received strong bipartisan support because “these suggestions are practical and realistic. And while schools may already be taking steps to improve safety, I believe the General Assembly also has a responsibility to act.”

Red Cross Assists Lake Carroll Family After Fire

American Red Cross volunteers are responding to a home fire on the 50 block of Chadbourne Drive in Lake Carroll. The team of Red Cross volunteers are helping coordinate assistance in the form of food, shelter, clothing and emotional support due to fire damage to the home.

Between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, the American Red Cross Northwest Illinois Chapter assisted 26 families after a disaster. In the same time last year, the Red Cross assisted at total of 30 families.

The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including bedrooms.

Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.

Have a plan in place can help you escape, including at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home.

Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.

Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of the Chapter’s Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit or

To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text – visit, call (815) 233-0011 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Developing an Emergency Plan is the First Step to Prepare for Emergencies

Disasters can strike quickly and often without warning. During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster.

“Having a game plan in place is essential for all households so everyone knows what they should do when an emergency occurs,” said Leslie Mastroianni, Executive Director, Northwest Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross. “National Preparedness Month is a perfect time for families to create or update their plan.”

MAKE A PLAN It is important that everyone in the household helps put the emergency plan together and knows what they should do if something occurs. Household members may not be together when a disaster happens – during the day many people are at work and school. The plan should include ways to contact one another and two predetermined places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home. People should also identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service.

Any emergency plan should also include decisions about where family members will go if ordered to evacuate and what route they will take to get there. It’s a good idea to include alternate routes in case roads are closed. If pets are part of the household, make sure to include plans for them such as pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters along the evacuation route.

RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross has free mobile apps that provide information on what to do before, during and after emergencies including developing an emergency plan. “People can use the ‘Make a Plan’ feature in the apps to create their plan and then share it with their loved ones,” Mastroianni said. “The preloaded content in the apps gives people access to vital information to use during emergencies, even if they can’t connect to the internet.” The apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

OTHER WAYS TO GET READY Another step to get one’s household ready is to build an emergency kit in a container that is easy to carry so the family can use it at home or take it with them if asked to evacuate. It should contain a three-day supply of water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of emergency supplies at home.

Everyone also needs to stay informed about what types of disasters are most likely to occur where they live or where they plan to visit. It is also important to take a First Aid and CPR/AED course—a vital component of disaster preparedness in case emergency help is delayed.

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, people can visit

NITP Movie Night September 5

Northern IL Tea Party Movie Night First Thursday, Sept. 5, will be held at the Rockton Fire Department 201 N. Blackhawk Blvd, 6:30 pm, featuring the half hour film, “Stop the National Common Core Power Grab!”

The film explains the national educational standards which have been installed in 45 states, with little notification of the public or collaboration with educators.

Jane Robbins, a senior fellow with the American Principles Project, a Washington, DC think tank, briefly covers all aspects of the national education standards: their origins, funding, comparison with other nations’ standards, and claims to make students “college and career ready.”

Opposition to these standards is increasing, and some states are looking more closely at what they have bought. The Indiana legislature in April called a halt to that state’s implementation of CCSS for 18 months, while the costs and quality of the standards are further investigated. The public is invited, free of charge.

For information, call Jane 815-277-1144. Website is

Monthly Tea Party Meeting Returns to Greater Rockton Community Centre

The Third Thursday Sept. 19 meeting of Northern IL Tea Party presents Agenda 21 expert, Marv Munyon, of Wisconsin Capitol Watch. Munyon will present on two topics – Agenda 21 and Common Core State Standards.

Venue has changed to the Greater Rockton Community Centre, located at 302 W. Main Street. Doors open at 6:00 pm, for the 6:30 meeting. The public is welcome.

For information, call Jane 815-277-1144. Website is


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