Wilmer Jacobs (center), long-term Cherry Grove-Shannon Township Trustee, presents retiring Twp. Clerk Don Mantzke a plaque for his many years of service to the township. Mantzke started as Twp. Clerk in 1985. Jacobs and Mantzke welcome Kristin Derby (L), the new Twp. Clerk. (Courtesy of Brian Koch)
New Industrial Training program approved at Highland Community College
The Illinois Board of Higher Education recently approved a new associate of applied science in Industrial Training at Highland Community College. The new degree was created in partnership with the Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVACR Local 23.
The new program is designed to create career pathways for those pursuing careers with an emphasis in welding. Students will pursue core welding and general education skills at Highland, while the remainder of their skill development will be obtained through the existing structure of the Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVACR Local 23 five-year apprenticeship program.
While potential students in this program could enter the workforce directly upon completion of the welding certificate, they will also have the option to apply for acceptance in the Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVACR Local 23 apprenticeship program.
Upon completion of the five-year apprenticeship requirements, the apprentice – now journeyman – will be awarded 32 semester hours of proficiency credit. Those credits, with the addition of the credits previously earned for the welding certificate and a sequence of HCC general education courses, will qualify students to be awarded the new Industrial Training AAS degree.
“We have a training center in Winnebago County and we wanted to reach out to our western jurisdiction in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and parts of Carroll counties,” said Greg Harle, Training Coordinator for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 23. “Highland’s location and excellent facilities will help gives us opportunities to cover training throughout our entire jurisdiction.”
“Those that go on to complete the apprenticeship and then the associate degree will provide our contractors with more skilled, better educated, tradespeople and gives the degree holder the skills to pursue other options within the industry because they have the education,” said Harle.
Highland Dean of Business and Technology Scott Anderson is excited about the new program. “We appreciated the cooperation and leadership provided by the Local 23 in helping to develop this new degree option,” said Anderson. “It will benefit the local workforce as well as area residents looking to improve their career options in the skilled trades.”
For more information about the new AAS in Industrial Training, contact Dean Anderson at 815-599-3604 or email@example.com.
Sinnissippi Center Breaks Ground on Expansion Project
On Wednesday October 16, 2013, Sinnissippi Centers broke ground on an expansion project at the agency’s Dixon office.
The 3,000 square foot addition is being built to more adequately serve the needs of individuals with a mental illness, substance use disorder or other behavioral healthcare needs. It will add 10 – 12 offices and update the Skill Mill, a workshop that offers vocational skills training and employment opportunities for individuals with a mental illness by providing various services to local manufacturers and businesses.
“Currently, space at our Dixon office is at a real premium,” says Patrick Phelan, Sinnissippi Centers President/CEO. “Some offices currently house two or more staff members and we needed to increase the available office space to alleviate this problem and to meet the increasing need for services we continue to see. Once completed, the expansion will allow Sinnissippi to provide the best possible environment for our clients,” adds Phelan.
The Dixon office expansion project has been in the planning stages for over a year. Construction will continue through the fall with an anticipated completion date in April 2014.
WC FFA Junior Officers Elected
The West Carroll FFA Chapter recently elected its FFA Junior Officers for the 2013-3014 school year at the October 10 chapter meeting. The elected officers included: President - Cameron Ehlers, Vice President - Bailey Durward, Secretary - Contessa Ehlers, Treasurer - Rachel Dykstra, Reporter - Cassie Johnson, Co-Sentinels - Ashley Hunt and Brainna Kampmeier.
The elected West Carroll Junior officers will be in charge of scheduling FFA Week activities and can fill in for any absent varsity officers if needed.
In other business, the chapter did help raise $534 for the Thomson CROP walk which was held on October 6, selected 10 members to attend the National FFA Convention to be held in Louisville, Kentucky from October 29-November 1, and would like to remind the community about the FFA Blood Drive held on October 25 at the High School.
Milledgeville Week 3 Thumbs Up Winners
Congratulation so the Milledgeville Elementary Week 3 Thumbs Up Winners: from left to right, front row: Spencer Nye, Serenity Balsiger, Haleah Nampel, Wyatt House; back row: Sarah Frint, Tristan Green, Lilianna Smith, Breanna Schroeder.
Milledgeville Week 4 Thumbs Up Winners
Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Week 4 Thumbs Up Winners! From left to right, front row are: Karter Livengood, Erika Braunstein, Micah Toms-Smith, Konner Johnson. In the back row are: Samantha Richter, Alex Armstrong, Carson Diehl, Quinten Frederick.
Section 1 FFA Soils
By Dylan Williams
On Thursday October 3rd, the Section One FFA held its Land Use contest in Stockton. FFA members had been preparing for weeks in order to come compete. In this contest, the members were split into five groups and each group was sent to a different soil pit. Each member had to judge the soil by means of color, texture, depth, structure, and ability to be used for farming and other purposes. The rain made these pits a mess, but the FFA members still managed to judge them. After all the scores were confirmed, the top teams and individuals were announced by the Section One FFA president, Chloe Carson. The top 3 teams were West Carroll, first with a score of 1301, Scales Mound, second with a score of 1158, and Eastland, third with a score of 1083. The top 5 individuals were Chloe Carson, Clare O’Connor, Dylan Williams, Jalen Phillips, Kyle Wienen, Tessa Sibley, Marshall Fink, Whitney Runkle, Sonja Townsend, and Rachel Offenheiser, respectively.
National Breast Cancer Month Reveals New Scam ‘Pinkwashing’
The Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau joins other organizations worldwide with a warning about the practice known as “Pinkwashing”. During the month of October with greater attention being focused on Breast Cancer Awareness scammers, both businesses and individuals, also see this as an opportunity to rip-off donors who are trying to help in the battle against this disease.
As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month many businesses market “pink” products and services to support breast cancer charities and organizations. The widely recognized pink ribbon is not officially licensed by any group and because of that its use is no guarantee that a portion of your purchase is going to be used for research, awareness, or programs that support cancer victims or survivors.
“Pinkwashing or Pinkwashers are businesses that purposely misuse pink ribbon marketing to promote products and/or services that provide little or no benefit to breast cancer causes,” says Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the BBB. “That’s why it is extremely important for donors to – think before they pink – or they could find that the dollars they chose to spend did nothing more than fill the coffers of or line the pockets of some less that scrupulous businesses or individuals.”
The BBB suggests donors:
Ask questions – Find out what percentage of the sale price will be donated and to which charity. Also ask if there is a cap on the donations or if a percentage will only be donated for a limited period of time.
Research the business – Go to www.bbb.org to check out their rating and history of consumer complaints with the BBB.
Confirm charity affiliation – If a business claims to be a sponsor of or donate proceeds to a particular charity, contact the charity to confirm the relationship. To be certain your donation get to the organization consider donating directly to the charity.
Elks Free Clinic for Orthopedic Care
A free clinic for assessment of children’s orthopedic care will be on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Rockford Orthopedic Associates, sponsored by the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation and Elks Lodge of Northwest Illinois. By appointment only, the clinic is from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Please call 1-800-272-0074 for an appointment. There are no charges for any services at this clinic.
Rockford Orthopedic Associates is located at 324 Roxbury Road, the office of Dr. Scott Ferry. No medical referral is necessary, but physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic for a specific reason, or for a second opinion. School nurses are welcome to refer children and families to the clinic.
The Illinois Elks Association and their Children’s Care Corporation has been working with physically challenged children since 1928. Seventeen clinic locations are throughout Illinois. There is never a charge for any diagnostic service. The Elks will provide financial assistance to the best of their ability for children needing further treatment or specialty equipment when a family lacks sufficient resources. The Elks have purchased therapy services, corrective shoes, braces, wheelchairs and augmentative communication devices to help children overcome a variety of physical challenges.
If your child has feet pointing out, or complains of back, knee, leg or ankle pain, or has a back curvature, please call for an assessment, 1-800-272-0074, the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation.
Who Is David Hale?
The Sauk Valley Tea Party welcomes David Hale to our October Meeting at the Loveland Building in Dixon on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm.
David intends to challenge Adam Kinzinger in the Republican primary election and believes that his priorities would better serve the 16th District. “For the past four years I have advocated for the people of the 16th Congressional District as a Tea Party Leader. For all who know me they will know that my number one goal has been to protect Americans ... I will continue that advocacy in Washington DC. I will act independent of Party dictates when necessary. I will play ball, but my first mandate in relation to my constituents will be to vote the way they would if they were in DC.”
According to David, “Policies must be advanced that remove barriers to maintaining that manufacturing distinction. We need to develop a regulatory exit strategy that protects public health and safety, but also creates an environment for active commerce and jobs. Regulations are killing business and jobs. We need to end regulatory overuse.”
This meeting is open to the public and we encourage local voters to attend and learn where David stands on the issues important to you. It is the duty of every voter to make sure that they closely examine every candidate before they vote...that process begins now.
Please join us at the Loveland Community Building (513 W. 2nd Street in Dixon) at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 22nd to begin educating yourself for the 2014 election cycle.
For information on the Sauk Valley Tea Party or more details on Tuesday’s meeting, please visit our website, SVTP.WEBS.COM or email us at SaukValleyTeaParty@live.com.
Highland Performing Arts Department Presents Annual Madrigal Dinner
The 4th annual Madrigal Dinner will send its audience into the past to the medieval world of court jesters and traditional music from the Renaissance while feasting on a fine, catered dinner. Dinner performances will be held at 7 p.m. on December 5, 6 and 7 in the Student/Conference Center, second floor.
With costumes, fanfare, music and dining, the Madrigal Singers offer glad tidings to all this holiday season. The song, laughter and feast draw nigh! Tickets are $35 per person and tables will accommodate groups of 8. Seating is limited for these evening performances. Tickets are available at www.highland.edu, or by calling the HCC Box Office at 815-599-3718.
Educate Yourself on the Candidates
The Sauk Valley Voter Information Committee will be hosting a Meet and Greet Open House at the Rock Falls Library on Monday, October 21st from 7-8pm.
This Open House will give local voters the opportunity to meet Paul Schimpf, candidate for IL Attorney General. Mr. Schimpf has a Masters of Law degree and extensive experience with our legal system as well as an impressive military career.
Local voters are invited to stop by the Rock Falls Public Library to meet Paul and learn more about him.
For information, please contact us at SaukValleyVoter@gmail.com.
A Haunting of the Banwarth House?
The 1876 Banwarth House & Museum was the home of Karl Banwarth, owner of several businesses in Elizabeth IL, in particular, the Banwarth Funeral Home. There he and his son Charlie were morticians. Family members say that coffins were once housed in the basement, but most recently information has surfaced that embalmed bodies were placed in the root cellar during winter, awaiting the spring thaw to soften the ground for burial.
On Saturday, October 26th Diane Sipiera will guide you through the Banwarth House, bringing the family home into a different perspective with haunting tales. This ghostly program will begin promptly at 1:00pm at the Banwarth House. A $3.00 donation per person will be asked.
The 1876 Banwarth House & Museum is located at 408 E. Sycamore St in Elizabeth, directly behind the Law-Jones Funeral Home. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the PSF Office at (815) 858-2014. Upcoming events can be found at www.banwarthmuseum.com and on our Facebook page.
Red Cross Invites Donors to Give Blood in Honor of Military Members, Veterans
Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and the American Red Cross invites eligible donors to schedule an appointment to give blood in November in honor of those who have served the country in the U.S. armed forces.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Nov. 1 from 6-10 a.m. at Danisco/Dupont, 10994 Three Mile Road in Thomson, Ill.
Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Army National Guard, 716 Sixth Ave. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sterling High School, 1608 Fourth Ave. in Sterling, Ill.
Nov. 6 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rock Falls Mercy Nursing Services, 229 First Ave. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Nov. 12 from 1-6 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.
Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Nov. 14 from 3-8 p.m. at Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave. in Tampico, Ill.
Blood donated through the Red Cross is distributed to about 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country for patients in need, including patients at many U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.
Another way to support veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world is by sending a holiday card through the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Between now and early December, the Red Cross will collect the cards and distribute them. Learn more at redcross.org.
Blood transfusions help save lives every day. Appointments to roll up a sleeve and donate can be made today by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Children’s Christmas Program
Planning has been started for the 2013 Thomson Children’s Christmas Program. The GFWC-IL Thomson Woman’s Club, Thomson Police Department and the Thomson Fire and Ambulance Department are sponsoring the program. Jean Smith and Police Chief Beth Balk are co-chairmen.
“It is our aim to help York Township children and their families and adults, who are in need, to have a joyous holiday,” said Chief Balk.
Now is the time to sign up for the program. Applications are available at local businesses. Information needed includes name of child, age (newborn to high school senior), sizes of clothing and toys or games the child enjoys.
Angels and Teddy Bears will be placed on trees at The Savanna Thomson State Bank, The Station and Heirloom Café before Thanksgiving. Angels will be for clothing gifts and Teddy Bears will be for toys and games. Area residents are encouraged to select one and provide a gift for a needy child. Food certificates will also be provided for needy families and adults. Monetary donations will be used for food certificates. Donations may be sent to Smith or deposited at the Savanna Thomson State Bank in Thomson.
If you would like to register for this help please contact Jean Smith at 14803A York Center Road, Thomson, IL 61285 or call 815-275-0351 or Chief Balk at 815-291-4506. Every effort will be made to help all in our community. Information needed includes name of child, age (newborns thru high school), sizes and types of clothing and toys they enjoy. This information is needed by Monday November 4th.
Last year the program assisted 30 families and 50 children.
Tax Accountability President Endorses Canceling Government Debt to Itself
The President of Tax Accountability, economist, former Federal Reserve Bank examiner, and legendary tax fighter Jim Tobin, today endorsed the plan by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-9, Florida) that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke use his powers to end the debt limit crisis.
Grayson, quoted in Business Insider, Oct. 11, 2013, states that “…this idea was put forward not by me…but by Republican Rep. Ron Paul.”
“The solution advocated by Paul and Grayson is brilliant and elegant,” said Tobin. “Bernanke should simply cancel the Treasury debt that it owns. The government can just forgive the government’s debt.”
The Federal Reserve doesn’t own all of the U.S. government debt, but it does own roughly $2 trillion of it. Canceling this portion of the debt would, in Grayson’s words, “give the government substantial room under the debt ceiling standoff in Congress, and it would prevent a default.”
“Grayson is absolutely correct when he says the debt held on the balance sheet can be canceled without any significant consequence,” said Tobin. “It is a bookkeeping artifact corresponding to the money supply. In essence, the government owes this money to itself. This is not a debt problem; it is an accounting problem.”
Grayson, a Democrat, and Ron Paul, a Republican and former U.S. Rep. from Texas, are among the strongest critics of an out-of-control Federal Reserve.
Paul has campaigned to dissolve the Fed for 35 years, and wrote an entire book called “End the Fed.” Grayson has repeatedly slammed the Fed. Paul and Grayson also co-sponsored a bill to audit the Federal Reserve.
“Rep. Grayson has written to Chairman Bernanke asking that he cancel the debt held on the Fed’s balance sheet. If Bernanke were to do this, his legacy would be his being considered the greatest Federal Reserve Chairman in U.S. history.”
Tax Accountability is the political action arm of Taxpayers United of America. For more information, visit www.taxpayersunitedofamerica.org.
New Statewide Coalition Opposes Sharing Teacher and Student Information on inBloom Program
A new coalition of local and national parent and advocacy organizations brought together by More Than a Score today raised questions about how private student information is protected by school districts, after new revelations concerning a database vendor moving into Illinois. The groups sent letters to Illinois State Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett expressing serious concerns about plans for CPS to join a state database of private student information as soon as January 2014.
The program in question, the Illinois Shared Learning Environment (ISLE), may collect up to 400 “data points” about each student, information that may potentially be shared with for-profit companies. The state school board already has contracted with inBloom to facilitate ISLE across Illinois.
“InBloom refuses to guarantee the security of this data, said Julie Woestehoff, of Parents United for Responsible Education. “Once that information is uploaded electronically, no one can be sure where it will end up, whether it is with colleges, potential employers, or other entities critical to students’ futures.”
In the letters made public today, the groups expressed opposition to the overall concept of sharing confidential student and teacher information with third parties without permission of parents or teachers, especially for commercial purposes. The groups are also concerned about the possibility of data breaches and potential unintentional misuse or future inappropriate use of the extensive private information about children, families and school employees that will be gathered and stored.
This concern is heightened by the accusations of wiretapping and phone hacking against Rupert Murdoch, whose company built inBloom.
The information to be collected about individual students may include name, address, grades, test scores, detailed disciplinary and health records, race, ethnicity, economic status, disabilities & other highly sensitive personal and family details.
In the past, students’ school records could not be shared outside of school agencies without parents’ permission, but the federal government recently rewrote the regulations protecting student privacy to allow student data to be shared with for-profit companies involved in “educational programing.” This can be any company CPS or the state board of education chooses.
“The sharing of massive amounts of data between school districts and private companies poses a serious threat to students’ privacy,” said, Colleen K. Connell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. “Rather than rush into any agreement, we would urge school officials to engage a public discussion that includes parents, students and advocates concerned with student privacy.”
Opposition to similar data sharing programs run by inBloom has been growing across the U.S. According to the New York Times (10/6/13), “Parents in Louisiana raised a ruckus after discovering that their children’s Social Security numbers had been uploaded to inBloom. In April, Louisiana officials said they would remove all student data from the database. Of the nine states that originally signed up this year to participate, just three — Colorado, New York and Illinois — are actively pursuing the service.”
“Parents trust schools to safeguard their children’s confidential and sensitive data,” said Josh Golin, Associate Director of the Boston, MA-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. “Education officials should actively be seeking ways to protect students’ personally identifiable information in today’s digital age rather than helping for-profit companies leverage student data for profit.”
The groups sending today’s letters include More Than a Score, Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE), the Chicago Teachers’ Union, Raise Your Hand Illinois, Parents 4 Teachers, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education, Parents Across America, and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.
The groups will consider next steps based on the responses they receive from ISBE and CPS. They will sponsor a public forum on the topic on November 21, 2013, with guest speaker Leonie Haimson, a parent leader from New York City who has been leading parent opposition to New York state’s participation in data sharing with inBloom.
From the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois www.aclu-il.org published 10/10/13.
Applications for Military Academy Nominations Accepted By Congresswoman Bustos
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for the class entering in the fall of 2014.
“Our military academies provide our nation’s young people with not only a first-class education, but the tools to become the next generation of leaders in our country,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I strongly encourage all Illinois students interested in applying to one of the service academies to contact my office for a nomination application. I look forward to reviewing all the applications and nominating qualified students across our region for this high honor.”
Students interested in applying should contact Bustos’ Rock Island office to request an application packet to be considered for a service academy nomination. The application packet includes specific instructions on the accompanying forms and required documents, including an application form, an essay, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and letters of recommendation. Since these materials take time to compile, interested students are encouraged to start obtaining the materials needed for the packet as soon as possible.
The deadline for submitting a completed nomination packet to Bustos’ office is Friday, November 15th.
Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating up to ten qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th District for attendance at four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.
For further information as well as an application packet, contact Bustos’ Rock Island office at (309) 786-3406. More information, along with frequently asked questions, can be found at http://bustos.house.gov/helping-you/military-academy-nominations
HCC Presents an Evening with Dan Balz of the Washington Post
Highland Community College is proud to present an “Evening with Dan Balz, Author of ‘Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America’” at 7:00 p.m. in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre on the HCC campus. A question and answer session, moderated by HCC instructor, Andrew Dvorak, will follow the presentation.
Dan Balz is chief correspondent at The Washington Post. During his more than three decades at the Post, he also has served as National Editor, White House correspondent, National Political Correspondent and Southwest Correspondent based in Texas. He also briefly reported from London in 1997.
His latest book, “Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America” is a New York Times bestseller. The account of the 2012 election is a sequel to the book he co-authored with Haynes Johnson, entitled “The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election.” He also co-authored, with Ronald Brownstein, the 1996 book, “Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival.”
Balz has received several awards for his coverage American politics and the presidency. He is a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week” and MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” and is a frequent guest on other programs.
Balz was born in Freeport, Illinois and is a 1964 graduate of Freeport High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1971. He is married to Nancy Johnson Balz. They are the parents of an adult son, John Balz.
This event is sponsored by the HCC Global Task Force, Reuben Baumgartner Issues Forum andLeague of Women Voters of Freeport. There is no charge and reservations are not required. Balz will be available following the presentation to sign copies of his latest book which will be made available for sale by the J. Rosemary Shockey HCC Bookstore. For further information, please call 815.599.3443, or email email@example.com.
Season Extension Symposium for Area Fruit and Vegetable Growers
U of I Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educators Grant McCarty and Horticulture Educator Candice Miller, along with guest speakers from Farm Tek and NRCS, will lead a symposium on season extension and high tunnel production November 7, from 8:00 am to noon, at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s Clarcor Pavilion (2715 S. Main St., Rockford, IL).
“High tunnels are being utilized by growers to extend their season and start their crops early. We’re seeing many growers invest in these structures and will be offering information that can help them manage them and to see potential niche crops to grow” states McCarty. “We also see this symposium as an opportunity for a beginning grower who wants to know more about high tunnels before investing in the structure.”
Presentations will include production management, cut flower & perennial production, information on available grants, demonstrations of low tunnels, and the latest equipment available on the market for season extension. Although this program is being offered in Winnebago County, the information presented will be applicable to producers all across Northern Illinois and we encourage attendees from other areas.
Registration is $25.00 per person. Registration is required. Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or by calling 815-986-4357.
CCSWCD Accepting Applications for Conservation
By John Lundquist, Resource Conservationist
The Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting applications for cost share assistance for installation of soil and water conservation practices. Deadline to apply for cost sharing is October 30th. Eligible practices include grassed waterways, erosion control structures, critical area planting, well decommissioning, nutrient management plans, terraces and diversions.
For more information, call the Carroll County SWCD office at 815-244-8732 ext#3 or stop by the office at 807C South Clay Street in Mount Carroll.
CCSWCD Renting Salford Residue Tillage Specialist
Before you do any fall tillage, think about what these crops have gone through this past summer. Crop stress during the growing season can lead to reduced crop residue. Shorter or already weakened corn stalks will also result in less crop residue. Review your conservation farm plan to see what level of ground cover is required to protect your land from erosion. Most conservation farm plans call for some type of crop residue to protect the soil from erosion. With the lower amount of residue behind the combine you can’t expect the same amount of ground cover if you use the same tillage as in previous years.
The Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District has a residue management tool available for rent by county farmers this fall. The Salford Residue Tillage Specialist is a tillage tool that can be used in corn farm fields with lower residue levels. The Salford’s 38 coulters cut the residue into manageable sized pieces across its entire 22 foot width. The spring tine harrow and rolling basket distributes crop residue evenly across the field. The result is even erosion control across the entire field. The tool is designed for high speed and low maintenance. The implement requires a 150 horse power tractor for operation.
The Salford will be available for rent at $9.00 per acre for less than 100 acres and $8.00 per acre for over 100 acres. Producers may sign up now for rental. Contact the Carroll County SWCD at 815-244-8732 ext. #3.
Avoid ACA “Obamacare” Scams
Potentially, 50 million people could sign-up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And that’s 50 million people who could potentially be scammed. With so little actually being understood about ACA “Obamacare” and the problems brought on by massive computer glitches during sign-up it’s become a perfect storm for scammers.
The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois says there are a number of scams that consumers must watch out for…leading the list are these:
Fees For Service – Scammers pose as Affordable Care Act Advisors who will help you get enrolled through one of the exchanges. The scam: There are trained and certified ACA Advisors, however, they are not allowed to accept money for their services.
Medicare Coverage – Senior Citizens are being told they will need new Medicare Cards because of the ACA. The scam: Seniors provide Social Security numbers and financial information for new cards that are not required.
Medical Discount Plans – Scammers call offering medical discount plans that provide needed coverage and avoids penalties for lack of coverage. The scam: Medical discount plans are not insurance they are programs offered by specific clinics, doctors, and pharmacies. This can also be a window to identity theft.
Government Imposters – Individuals call acting as “government officials” who offer assistance in enrollment or provide answers to questions about your insurance plan. To do this they will need your personal information. The scam: No government official will call, email, or text you about your insurance options.
“To avoid being scammed is simple” says Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau. “Don’t engage in conversations over the phone, don’t give out personal information, and don’t provide any payment information unless you have checked out the business offering you services.”
For more tips and information about scams, visit www.bbb.org.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ Cast Announced
This fall the Performing Arts Guild will bring a beloved holiday classic to the Grove Theater for your entertainment. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be presented in Mt. Morris on Friday through Sunday, November 8-10 and November 15-17 at the Pinecrest Grove Theatre. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 7:30 PM and the Sunday matinee shows are at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available for reserved seating, general admission and will go on sale October 15. For information call (815) 734-2103 or order online at performingartsguild.com and click on tickets.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings the characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve. This is truly one of the best holiday shows around. The radio play is a fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption.
Auditions were held in June and we are pleased to announce the cast: Cole Davidson , Jessie Whalen, Mike McNett, Dennis Cheatwood, Joel Cheatwood, John Petry, Margo Ackland, Johnick Petry, Rick Nelson, Anna Marie Petry, Jed Bothe, Lizzy Mois and AlexaLin Moses. As was customary in radio plays, each cast member will portray several different character voices. Some of those familiar to the audience include George Bailey, Mary Bailey, Clarence, Joseph, Zuzu and many others. Priscilla Osborne and Trudy Whalen are the Directors.
Lyndon Area Historical Society Hosts Trivia Night
The Lyndon Area Historical Society will host its 3rd annual Trivia Night – Turkey Trot – on Saturday , November 9, 2013 at our museum located at 405 4th Street West in Lyndon, IL. Check out the calendar tab on our website at www.lyndonareahistoricalsociety.org for directions if needed.
All proceeds are directed to our much needed roofing fund!
Have a hilarious evening as you help support a local treasure! There will be door prizes and 2, yes 2, 50/50 drawings. Delicious refreshments will be available.
Registration Time: 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Game Time:7:00 – 10:00 pm. Cost: $10.00 per person.
Don’t be a turkey! Call your friends and family! Organize a team of 8. Pre-registration is greatly appreciated but not required. To register or for further information, contact Neil Johnson at 815-631-8004.
To donate items for door prizes, contact Kris at 815-778-4801 or Mary Ellen at 815-778-4962.
Stock Up for Winter Weather!
Cold breezes indicate days spent inside are approaching; it’s time to stock up for winter. Fill a bag with free books at Twice-Sold Tales during the Shop Hop the first two weekends in November. Purchase a Friends of the Lanark Public Library (FLPL) tote bag for $10 and fill it with regularly-priced books for free during the Shop Hop November 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Choose from thousands of titles comprising every category of writing. Make the most of special offers, peruse locally authored titles and browse the best-priced books in the county at Twice-Sold Tales from 9 – 5 both Fridays, and 9 – 4 both Saturdays.
Satisfy your cravings for tasty morsels with arrays of appetizing home-baked cookies, served with coffee or cider, offered by the Friends of the Lanark Public Library on Friday, November 1st. Purchase one or two for yourself, or buy a dozen to share.
The Friends of the Lanark Public Library are excited their goal of a new library building has been accomplished. But they aren’t resting on their laurels. Small libraries in particular are struggling as a result of reductions in state and federal funding. The FLPL intends to continue supplementing the library’s resources, and they invite you to join their efforts. A yearly membership in the organization is $10; a lifetime membership is $150. Join the organization and make a difference in the community. Membership forms are available in the Lanark Public Library and Twice-Sold Tales.
Twice-Sold Tales, the Gently used bookstore, is run by the Friends of the Lanark Public Library; all proceeds benefit the Lanark Public Library and its programs and collections. The bookstore is located in The Special Touch’s Unique Mall at 504 IL Route 64 in Lanark. Its regular hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday.
Plant Propagation Workshop Offered
A two-part workshop Plant Propagation for the Home Gardener will be offered this fall by the U of I Extension. Home gardeners can quickly and easily create new plants from their existing plants through vegetative propagation. This workshop will teach gardeners propagation techniques and will be led by Candice Miller, Extension Educator, who has extensive experience with plant propagation in a greenhouse setting.
During the first session of this series, Candice will discuss the various methods of vegetative plant propagation, including demonstrations of propagation methods using houseplants. Following the lecture, participants will practice plant propagation techniques using houseplants and prepare them for rooting. The propagated plants will remain in the greenhouse until the second session.
During the second session Candice will discuss transplanting and care of the new plants to ensure a successful transition. Participants will view the plants that were propagated during the earlier session and discuss the successes and failures. Participants will get to take home the plants they successfully propagated.
Plant Propagation for the Home Gardener will be offered on November 7 and December 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Highland Community College Natural Science Building, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, in Room 122 and Greenhouse (Use parking lot D). Registration cost is $10 and includes the handouts and classroom materials. Pre-registration is requested by calling the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125 or on-line at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.
Applications Accepted for Master Gardener Training
The University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 Master Gardener Training Program. Those interested need to complete an application form and return it to their local county extension office. Master Gardeners are individuals with an interest in horticulture willing to participate in 60 hours of classes taught by University of Illinois Educators. Then they agree to volunteer 60 hours of time through their local office to teach others about gardening.
Local training classes will be held at Sauk Valley Community College (173 IL Rt. 2, Dixon, IL) beginning January 17th, 2014. Classes will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday through April 4. Class topics include botany, soils and fertilizer, trees and shrubs, vegetables, fruits, insects, turf grass management, disease control, pesticide safety and others. The cost of the manual and training will be $175. Other training locations include Highland Community College. If interested in this site contact Stephenson County Extension at 815-235-4125.
Call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-835-2070 or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw to receive an application form. Forms can also be sent as a printable document via e-mail. Please contact Susan O’Connor with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Putting Small Acres to Work
Putting a few extra acres to work can bring in additional income, provide an opportunity to experiment with a new enterprise, or develop an interest or hobby for its educational or entertainment value. How to get started is the question. To help answer these questions, attend the workshop, Putting Small Acres to Work, which will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 9 am to 3 pm at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL. Costs for the program are $30 for adults and $10 for each additional family member. Fees include lunch for each registrant and materials for one family. Pre-registration is required by Monday, October 28, 2013. To register or for a copy of the brochure, call University of Illinois Extension at 815-244-9444. You can register with credit card on-line at the following website https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8902
The day is filled with a variety of options which may promote many new ideas to develop profit from your small acres. The workshop includes one keynote session and nine breakout sessions, from which you choose three to attend. One of the breakout sessions will be Sheep and Goat Production. James Theuri, Extension Educator, will talk about raising sheep or goats. It can be fun and rewarding. Both are docile, gentle animals and they are multipurpose, providing meat and wool, and even milk. Sheep and goat meat demand has been increasing in the US, as the population increases in number and in diversity. Other than for the market, what other reasons prompt people to keep sheep and goats? How does one prepare for the enterprise? What will the outlet for the meat-ready animals be (sell as live animals, or process them for sale of meat)? What laws and regulations could be limiting? Could their value-added products from them to supplement the meat? Will you establish a pasture, and supplement by buying hay? If you decide to keep sheep or goats, a few pointers to help you get into this venture will be useful, especially if you have not raised animals before. Register now for Putting Small Acres to Work on November 2.
Join us Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran School, 1964 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL for an “All You Can Eat” chili (or hot dog), crackers, veggies, beverage and dessert. Add a baked potato or hot dog with chili for $1.00 additional. “Dine In” or “Carry Out” Sponsored by the Parent-Teacher League and the 7th and 8th graders.
Tickets: $6.50 for adults (13+); $3.50 for children (4-12 years old. As part of the fundraising event we will be collecting aluminum cans. There will be a collection site at the school during this event.