Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Week 9 Thumbs Up Winners. From left to right, front row: Taylor Sarber, Roger LaBorn, Natalie Pilgrim, Emma Arnold; and back row: Wyatt Beck, Austin Jones, Bryce Aude, Jaedyn Casares.
Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Week 10 Thumbs Up Winners. From left to right, front row: Pixie Bergdahl, Caleb Sarber, Henry Hinrichs, Abigail Sturrup; and back row: Anastasia Surdez, Owen Moeller, Brooklyn Balsiger, and Payten Ehredt.
(Top) Mrs.Lamb gives instructions on ornament-making to students at the West Carroll Primary School’s annual “Make N Take” Workshop for grades K-5 on Tuesday, December 10th.
A wide assortment of holiday crafts were available at just $1.00 a piece. Organizer Kim Falk said “The number of kids attending is growing each year.”
(Mid-right) Kindergarten teacher Ms. Hanson is all smiles as she helps with the crafts.
(Mid-left) Nikki Honchell shows off her snowflake ornament.
(PA photos/Lynnette Forth)
MHS Students of the Month
Congratulations to the Milledgeville High School Students of the Month for November. From left to right are: Morgan Smith, Kameron DawTyne, Baily Fisch, and Madeline Fink.
This month the habit used to select the students at Milledgeville High School was “Put First Things First”. Students exhibiting this trait are disciplined to:
• Plan and manage their time effectively by doing the most important things first;
• Overcome their fears;
• Be strong in the hard moments and resist peer pressure; and
• Use willpower to get things done, whether they feel like it or not.
Congratulations to Kameron Daw Tyne, Bailey Fisch, Morgan Smith and Madeline Fink!
West Carroll Greenhand FFA Parliamentary Team Wins Amboy Invitational
The West Carroll FFA Greenhands who recently won the Amboy Invivitational. From left to right: Kyah Mull, Josi Anderson, Jacob Casey, Elizabeth Rath, Daniel Hartman and Becca Holley.
The West Carroll FFA Greenhand Parliamentary Procedure Teams placed 1st at the Amboy Greenhand FFA Parliamentary Procedure Contest held December 11 at Amboy High School. The first place team had a team score of 738 and consisted of chairman, Daniel Hartman; secretary, Elizabeth Rath; and floor members Kyah Mull, Becca Holley, Jacob Casey and Josi Anderson. Individually for West Carroll, Daniel Hartman placed 1st as chairman while Elizabeth Rath was 1st place secretary. Jacob Casey and Becca Holley placed 2nd and 7th individually as floor members.
A Parliamentary Procedure Contest consists of members completing a 25 question multiple choice test, doing a 10 minute demonstration using parliamentary motions, and answering questions about the motions used in the demonstration.
Santa Shop at Pearl City Elementary
Logan Foley and Caitlyn Niesman shopping for gifts at the Santa shop. (Courtesy of PC Elementary)
On December 3rd and 4th, the elementary students at Pearl City were in the Christmas shopping mood. That’s because the Holiday Treasures in-school gift shop came to them.
The shop is sponsored by the Pearl City PTO and organizes parent volunteers to work as clerks in the make-shift store. Students receive a list of items the shop contains ahead of time. They take the form home to plan with their families which gifts, if any, they would like to purchase. Then at their scheduled class time, they enter the “store”.
Students enjoy this experience greatly and it also benefits the PTO for Pearl City!
Good Samaritan Society-Mount Caroll encourages and supports staff that are committed to the center while also being committed to their personal and professional growth. Pictured from left: Rachel Allen, CNA, Bricelynn Myers, CNA, and Samantha Sumption, CNA each received a $500 scholarship from Cathy Smikle, administrator for their continuing education.
Halle Fransen listens to Brenda Sanchez’s ideas for Santa as Pearl City Kindergarteners get help writing their Letters to Santa. What’s the most important letter you write in your whole life? A letter to Santa, of course. With the help of one of Mr. Kostallari’s Pearl City High School English classes, Mrs. Bull’s Kindergarten class wrote letters to good ole St. Nick. (Courtesy of Pearl City School)
Pearl City School Holiday Concert
Pearl City Elementary School presented ‘Twas the Night before Christmas on December 4, 2013. Students in grades Pre-K through 4th grade performed in this year’s concert. Songs ranged from the traditional, Jolly Old St. Nicolas to the more upbeat, Rockin’ on Top of the World. The students worked very hard to prepare for the concert during their music classes, and did a wonderful job performing for all of their friends and family. Pictured, the 1st grade students perform to a packed house. (Courtesy of Pearl City School)
L-R: Aliyah Holloway, Halley Stoudt, Natalie Comeau, Jeanny Stine, Lexi Barlow, Kenny Quinn, and Lt. Kevin Dimmick, School Resource Officer, Savanna Police Department, want you to get there safe. (Courtesy of Freddie Preston, CCSEC)
Donation To Morrison Area Community Foundation
Wells Fargo Bank in Morrison is pleased to announce it has donated $750.00 to the Morrison Area Community Foundation. Shown is Gary Hayenga, Wells Fargo Bank Market President, and Morrison Area Community Foundation Board President, Bill Shirk.
The donation will be used to further the Foundation’s support of charitable projects and programs which impact a wide range of needs in the community: education, community betterment, arts and culture, health, human services, etc. Mr. Hayenga stated, “Wells Fargo is proud to support the Morrison Area Community Foundation as it works to strengthen and invigorate our community. Giving back is an integral component of the mission at Wells Fargo, and we are honored to assist with the Foundation’s goal of being a conduit to connect people who care with causes that matter.”
Because Nice Matters
The Morrison Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Cory McCoy, a swing manager at the Morrison McDonald’s, the recipient of the “Because Nice Matters” Customer Service Award for the month of November. Cory was nominated for his positive and welcoming attitude, while always caring about his customers and staff; day in and day out; not because nice is easy, but because nice matters. (Courtesy of Morrison Chamber of Commerce)
On November 18th, members of the Chadwick-Milledgeville FFA spoke to their school board about their recent trip to Louisville, Kentucky for National FFA Convention. While at convention, students toured Keenland Race Track and Fairhaven Dairy. They also took part in the opening session and career show of the FFA Convention.
In the photo, L to R are: Rachael Osterhaus, Alan Osterhaus, Natalie Osterhaus, Collin Eubanks, Tara Lafollette (advisor), and Lauren Hackbarth.
Community That CARES
Are You Not Feeling So “Merry” this Holiday Season?
While the Holiday Season is a time of joy, shopping, meal planning, family reunions and holiday parties, not everyone, feels the joy! For some, the thought of shopping for gifts, baking, gift wrapping and other chores can seem overwhelming and cause feelings of tension or sadness. People who do not become depressed may develop other stress responses, such as: headaches, excessive drinking or over-eating, and difficulty sleeping.
But, there is hope for a happy holiday for you and your family! You will need a willingness to prepare for a holiday that is realistic for you both financially and physically. It is also beneficial to be aware of your limits emotionally and adjust your plans and expectations accordingly. Keep in mind that the ‘perfect’ gift, meal, or family dinner party, as seen on television or as described in greeting cards, cannot be attained by most people.
In order to help you cope with the holiday joys and trials, remember to take good care of yourself by eating healthy and by not over extending your time by accepting every invitation or responsibility related to the holiday. Try to schedule plenty of rest and relaxation into your week, as well as, some physical exercise. Spend time with supportive and caring people. Find time to be playful, dance, and be silly with your family because laughter does help improve your outlook and give you respite from feelings of sadness.
Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious or plagued with physical complaints. There is no shame in asking for help through difficult times. If you are concerned or worried about yourself or a loved one, there is help. Services are available through Sinnissippi Centers, Inc. and Riverview Counseling Center. If you are in crisis and need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You may call for yourself or for someone you care about. The Community That Cares Project wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.
Submitted by Tamara Wolf
Community that Cares
Parent & Family Coordinator
Planning for Seed Saving Workshop Set for Galena Library
Seed Saving is the practice of saving seeds from vegetables, grain, herbs, and flowers for use from year to year in your garden. This practice has a long history and has recently started to regain popularity among gardeners. It takes a bit of knowledge and proper planning in order to be successful with seed saving and now is the perfect time to start planning for next season’s garden.
Come learn the history, methods, and planning techniques for saving seed from your garden at the workshop entitled Planning for Seed Saving. The program will be held at the Galena Public Library (601 S. Bench St. ) on Monday, January 6th from 5 – 6:30pm.
University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller will be presenting the information with the help of library staff members. The program is free and open to the public, however registration is requested by calling (815) 858-2273 or online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/
GROWMARK Announces 2014 Essay Contest Theme
The theme for the 2014 GROWMARK Essay Contest is: “Promoting Sustainability and Conservation of Natural Resources.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
“Conserving our natural resources is important for the future of agriculture,” said Karen Jones, GROWMARK corporate relations and cooperative education specialist. “We are looking forward to reading the thoughts of the next generation on how our industry can become more sustainable.”
This is the 21st year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues affecting agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives. This year, students will focus on three questions: What does sustainability mean? Why should farmers be concerned with conservation and sustainable practices? What role do cooperatives play in this effort?
Essays should be approximately 500 words, typed and double-spaced. The postmarked entry deadline for Iowa FFA members is February 14. The postmarked entry deadline for Illinois and Wisconsin FFA members is March 14. Additional program details have been sent to agriculture teachers and are online at www.growmark.com (click on Our Commitments/Youth & Young Farmers/Essay Contest).
Each state’s winner earns a $500 award and the winner’s FFA chapter receives a $300 award. Four runners-up per state each win $125 awards.
The program is offered each year and many agriculture teachers use it as part of their class curriculum. Past topics have included renewable fuels, biotechnology, and the cooperative principles.
GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, risk management, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing, in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. The FS brand represents knowledgeable, experienced professionals acting with integrity and dedication to serve more than 250,000 customers. More information is available at www.growmark.com
Santa’s Buck-A-Bag Sale
Early birds will get a sweet deal on December 20th —a bag of books for only a buck! The first twenty shoppers at Twice-Sold Tales will have a chance to fill a bag with selections from children’s, sports, mystery, westerns, romance, vintage, or any nonfiction titles. Stock up on stocking stuffers or prepare for winter’s reading. Only latest arrivals are excluded from this offer.
Last minute shoppers and bargain hunters can also take advantage of the 50% off sale at Twice-Sold Tales on Christmas Eve. From 9 am until noon on December 24th, all books will be half-priced. Additionally, shoppers can take advantage of the free wrapping offered from now through Christmas Eve.
Holiday hours for Twice-Sold Tales will be Christmas Eve from 9 am to noon and closed on Christmas Day. It will be open New Year’s Eve from 9 am to 3 pm and closed on New Year’s Day.
Twice-Sold Tales, the gently used bookstore, is run by the Friends of the Lanark Public Library; 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 hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday.
Secretary of State Offices to Close for the Christmas Holiday
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and Driver Services facilities will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, 2013, in observance of the Christmas holiday.
All Driver Services facilities, including those that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday, will reopen for regular business on Thursday, December 26, 2013.
Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to locate the nearest Driver Services facility and hours of operation, change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor or renew license plate stickers by mail.
30th Annual Bald Eagle Watch
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi River Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Clinton Community College, and the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge will be hosting the 30th Annual Bald Eagle Watch on Saturday January 4, 2014. Educational programs and environmental exhibits will be held at the Clinton Community College. Clinton Community College is located at 1000 Lincoln Blvd, Clinton, Iowa. Eagle viewing will be held at Lock and Dam #13 in Fulton, Illinois off Highway 84.
The event will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to view exhibits and education programs. This year’s schedule is as follows:
9:45 a.m. – Welcome to Eagle watch.
10:00 a.m. – “The American Bald Eagle” – presented by the National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN.
**The National Eagle Center will have a live eagle available for photo opportunities between 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. **
11:15 a.m. – “Native American Dance, in Honor of the Bald Eagle” – Rudy Vallejo, Member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas presenting
12:30 p.m. – “Listen to the Eagles Message” – DVD produced by S.O.A.R.
1:00 p.m. – “The American Bald Eagle” – presented by the National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN.
The programs and exhibits will feature a live bald eagle, conservations groups, artists, drawings for door prizes and refreshments. The National Eagle Center will have a live eagle available for photo opportunities between 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
A courtesy bus shuttle will be provided between Clinton Community College and Lock and Dam #13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The shuttle will run every half hour until 2:00 p.m.
For more information on the 30th Annual Clinton Eagle Watch please contact the Thomson Park Rangers at (815)259-3628 or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 815-273-2732.
Unsafe Holiday Decorations Could Lead to Home Fires
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds residents to use caution as certain holiday lights and other decorations with line voltage can be directly linked to fires. In an effort to prevent fire incidents, old holiday decorations and extension cords should be checked and tested before use.
“Inspecting old decorations and discarding defective ones should be followed in order to avoid fire accidents”, said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. “We urge families to avoid overloading extension cords with holiday decorations.”
In Illinois, a total of 3,548 fires were reported during the month of December of 2012. Out of those fires, 12 of them were associated with Christmas trees, holiday decorations, and other type of recreational materials, resulting in $85,227 in property losses.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), on average, electrical failures and malfunctions are found in nearly 30 percent of home Christmas tree structure fires. Close to half of the cases occur during the month of December. Another 18 percent of fires are linked to some type of heat source too close to the Christmas tree. Other incidents point at decorative lights plugged to line voltages. It is important to remind the public that natural trees carry a higher risk of fire compared to artificial ones. Therefore, to prevent fires in natural trees, they should be kept watered and moist.
OSFM offers the following tips to consumers:
For an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-resistant.
For a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched. Before placing it in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk. Add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water it daily.
Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit, and is at least three feet away from any heat source such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, space heaters or lights.
Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the room or going to bed.
After the holidays, discard the tree. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage.
Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory, and make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use.
Replace strings of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections.
Connect no more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of LED strands safe to connect.
Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and to make them last longer.
December is the peak month for home candle fires, with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day representing two of the top five days for associated fires. More than half of all candle fires start when they are placed too close to combustible household items (i.e. curtains, lamp shades, other fabrics, and plastic) and holiday decorations (i.e., trees, garland, stockings, wrapping paper, and wrapped/boxed gifts).
Consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles. If you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12” away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed.
Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over and are placed on uncluttered surfaces.
Avoid using candles in the bedroom, where two of five U.S. candle fires begin, or other areas where people may fall asleep.
Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
Always put candles out before leaving the room.
For more information about fire safety and prevention, please visit http://www.sfm.illinois.gov or http://www.nfpa.org