Ann Strohecker of The Cutting Edge held an open house Friday, November 8th. Featuring: Jenny Lyons of Lia Sophia and Thirty-One Gifts, Lorrie Boomgarden of Scensty, Deanna Fink of Tastefully Simple, Kelly Miller of Alpaca It Up, and Stylist Brittany Welch of The Cutting Edge.
Country Girl Boutique
Country Girl Boutique owner Shelly Tautz (L) and customer Ann Zink show off the new logo sweatshirts the business is offering. County Girl Boutique participated in the area wide Great Rt. 64/84 Shop Hop the past two weekends.
Milledgeville Elementary 3rd grader, Emma Foster and her principal, Paula Rademacher. Emma reached 300 points in the Accelerated Reader Program! Her prize was to read to her principal, a bookmark, and a $5 gift card. Congratulations to Emma on this accomplishment!
Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Week 6 Thumbs Up Winners. From L to R in the front row are: Lillian Ebersole, Jackson Scidmore, Bennett Mickelson, Jordyn Judd; and back row: Paige Miller, Kloey Dowse, Cameron Mickelson, Carson Diehl.
Smashing Pumpkins Run-Walk winners
Winners of the Smashing Cancer Pumpkin Run/Walk held on Oct 19, 2013 in Savanna are (L to R) Dale Heath, male 10k; Ty Aljets, first male Carroll County; Dennis Hammer 5k; Kim Baber, female 5k. Not in picture is Shanna Bess for female 10k, and Lisa Landherr for first female Carroll County. This event had 77 runner/walkers and raised over $1,400.00 for Carroll County Relay For Life. (Courtesy of Debbie Long)
IMEA District Music Festival
The following students from Chadwick/Milledgeville Schools will be participating in the District 8 IMEA Music Festival held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at DeKalb Jr./Sr. High School. Sr. Mixed Choir: Zachary Herin, Cecilia Ottens, Levi Skoog, Deidre Ewers; Sr. Band: Kylie Patterson. Jr. Mixed Choir: Matthew Biller, Christian Toms-Smith; Jr. Treble Choir: Hope Herin, Nikki Glover. These students are under the direction of Mrs. Margo Weber and Mrs. Cheryl Neumann. The concerts that evening will be at 4:00 p.m. for the Jr. Ensembles and at 7:00 p.m. for the Sr. Ensembles. There is a $5.00 admission fee for each concert.
Milledgeville High School students of the Senior ensembles.
Chadwick Jr. High students participating in the Junior ensembles.
Lanark Girl Scouts Drug Free Contest
Drug-Free Lanark Girl Scouts Want to Win $1000 for Eastland Elementary School
Red Ribbon week came to a close, but not for two local junior Girl Scouts from Troop 5055.
Reifsteck and Spong took their badge work to the next level and are spreading the word about “A Healthy Me is Drug Free!” These girls took extra steps and decorated downtown Lanark’s Platinum Performance to spread the word of being drug free. They are now 2 of 15 in the region to possibly win $1000.00 for Eastland Elementary School in Shannon, Il. Just like awareness, advocacy, and resources, knowledge is the key and peers sharing this helps all.
They need your help to reach #1. The contestants with the most votes win $1000.00 for their school, Eastland Elementary in Shannon, Il. You can vote 10 times a day within a 24 hour period. Voting ends November 19th, 2013.
Please visit www.redribbon.org/vote, then go to REGION 5. You will find their names REIFSTECK and SPONG. We ask you vote for both our girls 5 times each and bring Eastland Elementary School a win and $1000.00.
Remember you can vote everyday 10 times. So keep those votes coming.
For any questions or follow up contact: Kathleen Aguilar Reifsteck, 213 West Locust Street, Lanark, IL 61046; phone 309-373-0045 or 815-493-8139; or email email@example.com. (Courtesy of K. Reifsteck)
Benefit at Henry's Double K
A large crowd attended a benefit to help offset medical expenses for retired fireman Bob Larson of Mount Carroll. Larson has been diagnosed with brain cancer, and is receiving treatments in Chicago. Mount Carroll Firemen hosted the event at Henry’s Double K on Saturday, November 9th. A bags tournament, food, raffles, a silent auction, and dance were held.
(PA photo/Lynnette Forth)
This group of group of 6th grade students at Eastland Elementary School celebrated National Bully Prevention Month throughout the month of October. Bully prevention presentations were provided to students by school social worker, Cory Walters and Riverview Center’s community educator, Lorie Bumphrey. Elementary students participated in “Blue Shirt Day” dressing in all blue to show their unity in supporting a bully free school and fifth and sixth grade students designed bully prevention posters that were displayed throughout the school. Media specialist, Laurie Woessner, also supported the celebration by creating a display of books on the topic of bullying and encouraged students to check them out. (Courtesy of EES)
Notice Of Acceptance Of Nominations
To all persons of legal voting age who own or reside on land located within the boundaries of the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District. Beginning on November 18, 2013 nominations will be accepted for the two year term of the office of Director of the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District at the District’s Office, 807C South Clay St., Mt. Carroll, IL, during our normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To be considered for nomination as a candidate for the office of Director, nominees must provide proof of residency or ownership of land located within the boundaries of the District. Interested persons must respond by 4:00 p.m. on December 20, 2013.
Chadwick Achievers 4-H Club Holds Meeting
By Rachel Scidmore, Chadwick Achievers 4-H Club Reporter
Chadwick Achievers held a meeting on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Our widow display won for most original. The wreath fundraiser has begun. We held elections and here are our results, President- Becca Alexander, Vice President- Courtney Swalve, Secretary- Natalie Wilkinson, Treasurer- Dylan Alexander and Reporter-Rachel Scidmore. Talks and Demonstrations were then done as followed Makaylee Merkel- Photography, Becca Alexander- Horses, Courtney Swalve- Beef. Meeting was then adjourned.
Carroll County 4-H Horse Potluck To Be Held
By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth
All Carroll County 4-H Horse Project members past and present, their families and any interested 4-H’ers are invited to a family supper on Saturday, November 16, at 6:00 p.m. at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll. Each family is asked to bring appetizers and/or desserts and your own table service. Drink will be furnished.
Following the meal will be a speaker and awards presentation. The speaker will be Anki Fockstedt, Equine Lead Instructor from Highland Community College. She will speak on Highland Equine Program, horses and horse-keeping in Sweden/Europe.
The Horse Committee will be giving out awards and honors and celebrating the growth in the horse project area.
A short 4-H Horse Committee meeting will be held. For more information contact Leanne Rahn at the Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Office, 815-244-9444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carroll County 4-H Jr. Ambassador Group To Start New Year
By Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth
The Carroll County Junior Ambassador group is recruiting 6-8th grade 4-H’ers and non-4-H’ers for the 2013-2014 4-H year.
At their meetings last year, they planned a community service learning project, learned how to access needs in their communities and to work as a team through hands on activities, all the while having fun and making new friends while learning.
The first meeting of the new-year for the Jr. Ambassadors will be Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Extension Office Meeting room in Mt. Carroll. Contact Leanne Rahn at the Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Office for more information on how to join the Jr. Ambassador team. Please call 815-244-9444 or e-mail email@example.com Bring a friend.
Learn the Art of Scherenschnitte
Scherenschnitte which means “scissor cuts” in German is the art of paper cutting design. The art tradition was founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century, and was brought to Colonial America in the 18th century by immigrants. Jolene Foat will guide you through the basics of German paper cutting in an afternoon class. Learn how to cut a design into paper, craft a paper doily and make a simple Christmas ornament to take home.
For safety reasons, any children MUST be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of this class as sharp tools will be used. Children without an adult present will not be able to participate. The Scherenschnitte workshop will be held on Saturday, November 23rd from 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum located at 408 E. Sycamore St in Elizabeth. Please RSVP to this class by contacting the Planetary Studies Foundation office at (815) 858-2014. PSF asks for a $3.00 donation to attend this class. For a list of upcoming events please visit www.banwarthmuseum.com or find us on Facebook.
Sen. Jacobs Welcomes Youth Hunting Privileges
Young people who want to hunt with their parents or grandparents will no longer need to take a lengthy course under a plan approved today by the State House of Representatives and supported by State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline).
The proposal allows the Department of Natural Resources to issue youth hunting licenses to those 16 and under. Such licenses would not require taking a hunters safety course but would require the supervision of a parent, grandparent or guardian.
“I support this measure because it allows children and young adults to learn the importance of hunting safety while experiencing the joy of the outdoors,” State Sen. Jacobs said. “Children in Iowa have had this privilege for quite some time; this proposal makes sure that children here in Illinois have it too.”
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources supports the plan and would like to begin issuing the licenses in time for the youth turkey season in late March.
The measure now heads to the governor, who is expected to approve the law.
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, November 19th, 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.
Sunny Kallas to Honor Anne Petersen
Several members of Innervation Dance Cooperative have been selected by the choreographer to perform a special piece. Sunny Kallas will share her inner vision of a memorial tribute dance for her inspiring instructor, the late Anne Petersen. She died Saturday, May 18, from unexpected medical complications.
Completing the circle, Kallas will wear one of Petersen’s dresses for the event. One can almost visualize Petersen smiling from the wings, as she did during 33 years of recitals.
From Thursday, November 21, through Sunday, November 24, 2013, a Chicago, IL, this professional dance company will take to the stage. “With Both Feet” will be held at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening.
Purchase tickets by calling 773-209-1474 or from the Innervation Dance Cooperative website. General admission is $20; students and Senior Citizens pay $15.
Area residents have begun to fill a van to attend the performance on Friday, November 22, because Petersen’s daughter Patti Austin of Riverton, IL, will attend that evening. Call Kallas’s mother, Jill Kaufman, by Monday, November 18, to reserve a seat on the shuttle. She advises calling soon, as several seats have been reserved. Others are invited to carpool and follow the shuttle van on the trek to the northwest side of Chicago. Kaufman estimated drive time is less than two hours. Reach her at 815-499-1839.
Kallas was graduated from Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL, with a Dance and Theater major. Since then, she lives her dream as a professional dancer and choreographer. Within the upcoming program are other expressions of Kallas’s dance design.
Innervation Dance Cooperative performs throughout the Chicago area and gives a lot of time to those communities. It is a not-for-profit performance organization.
- Stephanie Vavra
Moline Firefighter Announces Candidacy for Illinois State Senate
Surrounded by family and friends, Neil Anderson, a Moline firefighter, announced his candidacy to be the next State Senator for the 36th District.
“I am running for the State Senate because it’s time for new leadership, new energy and a new direction in Illinois,” said Neil Anderson. “I am not a politician, I am just a dad that wants to take the fight to Springfield and challenge the status quo.”
Anderson, a Republican, was joined at his announcement by his wife Brandi and their children, Steel and Sophia.
“I am not running to make a career out of elected office, I am running to make a difference for our families,” Anderson added. “On day one, I will refuse to accept the pension and healthcare perks offered to state legislators and I will work to enact term limits for state officeholders.”
Also joining Neil at his announcement was Sen. Christine Radogno, the IL Senate Minority Leader, Congressman Bobby Schilling, State Senator Darin LaHood, State Senator Tim Bivins and numerous local community and business leaders.
“Neil Anderson is exactly the kind of new leader this state needs to be successful again,” said Radogno. “Neil can genuinely relate to the challenges that families are facing in Illinois and will bring that perspective to the legislature.”
Congressman Schilling added, “I’ve known Neil for a long time. He is a leader that understands the value of service to others and I have no doubt that residents of the 36th district would be proud to call him Senator.”
The 36th District has been represented by Mike Jacobs since 2005. In that time, Illinois has been in a steady decline and currently owns the nations 2nd highest jobless rate, worst credit rating, record levels of debt and billions in unpaid bills. In 2011, Senator Jacobs supported the largest tax hike in Illinois history.
“Neil understands the devastating effect misguided policies are having on our state,” stated Sen. LaHood. “He is committed to rolling back the 2011 income tax hike and enacting meaningful tort reform, both of which will create jobs and grow the economy in Illinois.”
24th Annual Festival of Trees Gala Evening
Join Hospice of the Rock River Valley, a United Way Agency, for an elegant celebration of the holiday season by attending the Festival of Trees Gala.
The Gala will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at The Brandywine Banquet Center. The Festival of Trees is thrilled to have CGH Medical Center as this year’s presenting sponsor, along with gala sponsor US Bank. The Festival of Trees and the Gala celebrates the holiday season and is filled with fun and festivity that reflects the essence of hospice – family, friendship, community and caring.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres and a silent auction. Following the silent auction, participants will enjoy a lovely sit down dinner and a dessert & live auction. All proceeds from the Festival of Trees and the Gala benefit patients and families of Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
Reservations can be made by calling 815-288-3673. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight. For more information or to make a reservation, call 815-288-3673 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org. Reservations are due by Nov. 1.
NAMI Sauk Valley meets November 26
NAMI Sauk Valley will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, at the Sinnissippi Centers, 325 IL Rt. 2, Dixon. This meeting provides education as well as support to families struggling with a diagnosis of mental illness in a relative or friend.
NAMI Sauk Valley is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Illinois, serving the residents of
Ogle, Lee, Carroll and Whiteside Counties. For more information, contact Mary Ann Hutchison at 815-244-1405, Lorna Engwall at 815-778-3662, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durbin Discusses Thomson Prison at Senate Oversight Hearing
Federal Bureau of Prisons Director “looking forward to being able to fully activate the Thomson facility”
At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, November 6, examining the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) discussed the important job creation that Thomson prison will bring to both Illinois and Iowa. But nothing was discussed about the lack of a budget, and funding issues that need to be solved in order to open the facility.
“The opening of Thomson prison is going to create good paying jobs for people living in Iowa and my home state of Illinois,” said Durbin. “It is going to lessen the overcrowding in the prison system and provide critical beds that are necessary for the protection of the men and women who work so hard for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”
In response to a question from U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Charles Samuels, said he is “looking forward to be able to fully activate the Thomson facility.” Citing the challenges due to overcrowding at high-security Bureau of Prisons facilities that ultimately put staff, inmates and communities at risk, Samuels said the agency desperately needs the beds at Thomson to alleviate the problem.
“This area has been hearing about this prison for 16 years . . . and it is still not open,” Bustos said at a September 6 meeting in Thomson. “This is a priority.”
At that meeting Durbin agreed that federal officials remain committed to opening the vacant prison, but securing funding remains a key obstacle in getting the facility up and running.
Durbin confirmed that the project is currently “on hold,” until a “full year budget” is passed.
“I want to give you all a ‘heads-up’ about this situation . . . until we have an agreement between the House, the Senate, and the President, about the budget for the next year, we’re going to be ready, but not in a position to spend money” to open the prison.
Savanna Area Christmas Concert
The Sixth Annual Savanna Area Christmas Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, at the First United Methodist Church in Savanna. Everyone is welcome to attend this night full of Christmas music.
The program will feature the Savanna Area Christmas Choir, which is open to anybody that would like to sing with several other local musicians of all ages. Pam Watts and Gloria Miner have both offered their time and talents to direct and accompany the choir. The choir is open to anyone who likes to sing! Rehearsals will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Savanna First United Methodist Church on the following evenings:
Thursday, November 14
Thursday, November 21
Sunday, December 1
Thursday, December 5
Sunday, December 8
Thursday, December 12
The concert will also feature several instrumental and vocal musicians, including a jazz combo under the direction of Emily Bressler, New Spirit Band, Men of Calvary, Kelly Kasbohm, Sonata Problem, and more!
A free-will offering will take place during the program to support the Great River Outreach and its mission to provide meals for local families. Last year’s concert had an attendance of 370 people and raised $2,000 for the Great River Outreach, as well as $470 to sponsor Carlos, a child living at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Honduras.
Refreshments will be served following the concert.
For more information on the upcoming Savanna Area Christmas Concert or the community choir, please call Mark Miller at 815-541-8397.
Official Call of the Meeting of the Carroll County Farm Bureau
Official Notice is Hearby Given that the Annual Meeting of the Carroll County Farm Bureau is being held in Mount Carroll, Illinois on Thursday, December 19 in the Carroll County Farm Bureau Board Room at 10 a.m. for the purpose of electing Directors, Associate Directors, and President of the said Carroll County Farm Bureau for the ensuing year and to vote on all other matters as provided for in the By-laws of the Organization.
– Keith Rath, Secretary
Chili Supper at Savanna Christmas Walk
The Savanna Historical Society will be holding it’s annual Chili Supper during the Savanna Christmas Walk on Friday, November 29, from 4 to 8 pm at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main Street. They will be serving Chili, crackers, a drink and cupcakes for dessert.Carry outs will be available.
Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased from Board members or by calling Ann Zink at 815-275-1958. Shirley Ritchie and Jane Kehoe will also be having a gentle used item sale during the supper. All proceeds benefit the Savanna Historical Society.