Pete Harkness Auto Group in Sterling would like to announce Rhonda Conklen of Sterling as the 2014 Ford Fiesta SE winner! Rhonda purchased her ticket from Sterling High School. (Photo supplied)
Jo Daviess County Board Invests $2,500 in TCEDA
(L to R) Jo Daviess County Board Chair Ron Smith and County Board Vice-Chair Merri Berlage present a check for $2,500 to Tri-County Economic Development Alliance (TCEDA) Executive Director Lisa McCarthy.
“The Jo Daviess County Board agreed it is important to promote our communities and to create public-private partnerships to attract and retain employers in our county, said Smith. “We support TCEDA in its mission to assist businesses in creating jobs, finding skilled workers and helping our entrepreneurs get the resources they need to be successful.”
Jo Daviess County is located in Northwest Illinois and covers approximately 618 square miles, with a population of 22,549, according to the 2012 Census.
TCEDA is a nonprofit organization that works to support and advocate for businesses, counties, communities and organizations to significantly enhance economic development in Northwest Illinois.
Friday, January 31 at 8 pm, Acoustic songs from Miles Nielsen of the Rusted Hearts and the son of Rick Nielsen of Cheap-Trick with singer/songwriter Kelly Steward performed in Downtown Mount Carroll.
(PA Photo/A. Williamson, D.Polzin)
Henry's Double K
January 31st. All the way from the East Coast with the musical recordings from (former MC local Jeremy Herrell) of LockDown & Arundell of #TeamDilligaf performing at Henry’s Double K in Mount Carroll.
(PA Photo/A.Williamson/D. Polzin)
Thumbs Up Winners
Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Thumbs Up Winners for Week 11. From left to right in the front row are Kyle Bowers, Hannah Nampel, Sydney Barkley, Elijah Beck; back row are JayCee Christensen, Colton Hendrick, Jacob Promenschenkel, and Cayden Akers.
Samantha Knight, a West Carroll Elementary fifth grader in Mrs. Watts’ class, has earned 200 points in the Accelerated Reader program. (Courtesy of Jennifer McGinnis)
Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll resident DuWayne Voss plays a game of checkers with West Carroll 6th grade friend John McCombie during the student’s weekly visits to the center. (Photo courtesy of Anna Gray)
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower Portrayal
Rosemary Harris of Columbus Junction, Iowa, will portray former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower at the Windmill Cultural Center on February 19, 2014. The program will begin following refreshments at 9:00 a.m. The Wild Wednesday programs are free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments are served at 9am with the program following. The Windmill Cultural Center is located at 111 10th Avenue. For more information on programs held at the Windmill Cultural Center, please contact Heather Bennett at 815-589-4545 or visit [ http://www.cityoffulton.us ]www.cityoffulton.us.
Gardners, Spring is Just Around the Corner
Plan ahead! The Morrison Farmers’ Market is held at 204 E. Lincolnway (Route 30), Parking Lot behind Whiteside County Court Services, Morrison, IL from May 24, 2014 - September 27, 2014. 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, rain or shine. An Evening Market will be held July 30, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Downtown Morrison. For booth information, call 815-772-3757 or 815-772-4874 or visit www.morrisonfarmersmarket.com for more information. (Courtesy of Morrison Chamber of Commerce)
Eastland FFA Participates in Public Speaking Contest
Creed Speakers Destiny Swalve (L) and Anna Kuper. (Courtesy of Cindy Feltmeyer EHS Ag Instructor/ FFA Advisor)
Eight members of the Eastland FFA participated in the Section 1 Public Speaking Contest held at River Ridge High School on Wednesday January 29th. Members who participated in the parliamentary procedure portion were Parker Bates, Bailey DeMichele placing 8th as a floor member, Kori Freidag placing 3rd as a chairman, Shandi Groezinger, Kaylin Kuberski placing 3rd as a floor member, and Farrah Stubbe placing 3rd as secretary. Overall, they placed 3rd as a team.
The parliamentary procedure team demonstrated a mock meeting in front of judges displaying their understanding of Robert’s Rule of Order. They were to debate a main motion and make changes to the main motion and the meeting depending on the abilities listed on their cards.
Eastland FFA also had two first year members participate in the creed speaking portion: Destiny Swalve and Anna Kuper who placed 1st. Anna and Destiny memorized the 5 paragraph FFA Creed and presented it in-front of judges. Anna will advance onto District 1 FFA contest in April. Congratulations to all participants.
Parliamentary Procedure team (L to R) Kaylin Kuberski, Bailey DeMichele, Shandi Groezinger, Farrah Stubbe and Kori Freidag. Not in photo, Parker Bates.
Pearl City Spelling Bee
(Top, L to R) Pearl City School Spelling Bee Winners Gunnar Castle 2nd place; Sarah Pena 3rd place; and
Jenna Robinson Champion Speller. Jenna and Gunnar will go on to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 25th.
(Rt.) Jacob Lieb (L), 2nd Grade Spelling Bee winner of the Pearl City Grade 1-4 Spelling Bee. Dylan Olvera, 3rd Grade, took Second Place.
(Courtesy of PC School)
Chicken and Biscuit Dinner with 10 ‘Presidents’
The Savanna 1st United Methodist Church, 2100 Chicago Ave., will hold its 4th Annual Presidents’ Week Chicken and Biscuit Dinner from 4--7 p.m. on Sunday, February 16th.
The menu consists of homemade chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, peas and carrots, applesauce, cherry pie, vanilla ice cream, and a beverage.
Deliveries within the Savanna city limits and carry-outs are also available.
A special treat awaits those enjoying their meals in the Fellowship Hall--mannequins of 10 U.S. presidents will be seated at dining tables, courtesy of their creator, Gene Wright. These figures are usually on display at the Savanna History Museum.
Ticket prices for the dinner are: $8 for ages 11yrs. and up, $4 for ages 4--10 yrs., and free for 3yrs. and younger.
Tickets may be purchased through the church office (815-273-2345), from a church member, or at the door. For deliveries, please, call prior to the event, if possible.
NIU Announces Fall 2013 Graduates
Northern Illinois University announced the awarding of graduate and undergraduate degrees at the conclusion of its Fall 2013 session.
Jacob Millhouse of Mt Morris is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Millhouse graduated with a B.S.Ed. degree from the College of Education.
Kayla Juarez of Chadwick is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Juarez graduated with a B.S.Ed. degree from the College of Education.
Certified Livestock Manager Training
Workshops have been scheduled to provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state’s Livestock Management Facilities Act.
The Certified Livestock Manager Training (C.L.M.T.) workshops will be held throughout the state with two workshops taking place locally. On Tuesday, February 18, C.L.M.T. will be held in Sycamore at the Dekalb County Farm Bureau Building, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore. On Wednesday, February 19, C.L.M.T. will be held in Freeport at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, 210 W. Spring Street, Freeport.
“All workshops will offer a general curriculum this year designed to keep producers current on the latest industry practices,” Warren Goetsch, bureau chief of Environmental Programs for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, said. “The curriculum will cover not only the basics of nutrient management, but also new technologies, research and trends so even producers who have completed the training before and are renewing their certification will benefit.”
The Livestock Management Facilities Act requires facilities with 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures. For facilities with 300 to 999 animal units, the employee either must attend a workshop or pass the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Certified Livestock Manager exam. Employees of facilities with 1,000 or more animal units must do both to achieve certification.
To register for a workshop, call the University of Illinois Extension at 1-800-345-6087 or, go online to www.livestocktraining.com/register. The cost is $30. If more than one employee from the same farm signs-up, each registration after the first will cost $20, a $10 discount.
Workshops begin at 9 a.m. and will last approximately three-and-a-half hours. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of each workshop, or at 8:30 a.m. The Certified Livestock Manager exam will be given immediately after each training session. Contact the U of I Extension at 815-235-4125 for more information.
Carroll County Democrat Meeting
The Carroll County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 18th at the York Township Library, 1225 West Street in Thomson, IL. It will start at 7:00 p.m. Election plans will be discussed. If you have any question please call Gerald Bork at 815-244-8975.
Farm Analysis Solution Tools Workshop
The University of Illinois Extension will be offering a one day hands on computer based workshop to cover the benefits and the many uses of Farm Analysis Solution Tools (FAST) spreadsheets. FAST spreadsheets are a series of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that assist users to make various farm business decisions. These tools offer guidance in the following areas: livestock management, financial analysis, investment analysis, loan analysis, farm management, grain marketing and management, and risk management.
The workshop will be led by Extension Specialists Gary Schnitkey and Ryan Batts.
The 2014 crop year is setting up to offer tighter margins than the past few years. It appears that base prices for crop insurance could be set at much lower levels. This training session is designed to get users to take a look at potential return scenarios for 2014 and perform financial analysis using FAST Tools. The morning session focuses on tools for assembling cash flow statements as well as crop insurance and risk management options. The afternoon session will demonstrate the features in our Balance Sheet Tool. This tool allows the user to assemble and database balance sheet information and perform ratio analysis over multiple years.
As part of the “hands-on” training, each participant will have access to a laptop computer that is provided in the registration cost. Also, participants may bring their own laptops equipped with a DVD-ROM drive and Microsoft Excel, version 2007 or higher. All participants will receive a copy of the FAST software, workshop notes, a one-year subscription to FAST updates, and a complementary lunch.
The FAST Workshop hosted by the U of I Extension will be held on Wednesday, February 26 at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center (Room 210), 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m. Registration fee is $85. Registration is required one week before the program. Registration can be completed on-line at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or by calling the U of I Extension at 815-235-4125.
Soil and Water Management Seminar
Soil, water, and air interactions will be the focus of a Soil and Water Management Seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 26, 2014. The workshop will be presented via web conference and will be held in multiple locations throughout the state. Locally the conference will be hosted by the U of I Extension at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport (use parking lot A). The web conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch provided.
“Those attending will hear about cover crops, vertical tillage equipment, the effect of the Birds Point Levy breach on cropland, using wetlands to reduce nutrient loading, and managing soil to adapt to climate change ” says Duane Friend, U of I Extension educator. Certified Crop Advisors will receive 5 continuing education units in Soil and Water Management by attending this seminar.
Registration is $50 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is Monday, February 24. Pre-registration is required and can be completed by calling the University of Illinois Extension at 815-235-4125 or on line at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.
Friends of the Pecatonica
The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation will be meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm at The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena, Illinois 61048. The meeting will be held in the Cafe’ Dining Room with President Joe Ginger presiding. The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation is a 501[c]3 Not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to improving all 58 miles of your Pecatonica River experience for the wildlife and human communities in Stephenson County.
The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation will be discussing the next Phase of work at Atten’s Landing, Summer Events, paddling clinics and Wes Block river access. The Fishing is great on our 10,000 year old river and the Wildlife viewing is even better. The last three Illinois record Walleye were caught in the Pecatonica River. Our organization is a fun “hands on” group that is making good things happen. We encourage you to attend our meeting and consider being an active part of our organization. Everyone is welcome. We will be discussing events, development plans and fund raisers for 2014.
EHS Student Council Blood Drive
The Eastland High School Student Council is hosting a Blood Drive on Wednesday, February 12th in the high school cafeteria. Staff from the Rock River Valley Blood Center will draw blood between 2:00 and 6:30. Double Red Blood Cell Donations will also be taken.
If you are at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health, you should be eligible to donate blood. One in three people will need blood and you never know when you or someone you love might be the one.
The Rock River Valley Blood Center is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Freeport Health Network, and several other area hospitals. The Rock River Valley Blood Center needs to collect 965 units each week to meet area patient needs.
By hosting a Blood Drive, the Eastland High School Student Council is helping to save lives in our community. Join us in sharing the Gift of Life. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Nancy Kniss at 493-6341.
You can contact the Rock River Valley Blood Center at 815-965-8751, toll free at 866-889-9073 or on the web at www.rrvbc.org.
Grain Handling Safety Workshop
The Pearl City Elevator and University of Illinois Extension in partnership with the Grain Handling Safety Coalition are pleased to announce that a Grain Handling Safety Workshop will be held on Thursday, February 27. The workshop will be held at Alliance Commodities, 4306 Galena Road, Lena, IL from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Grain Handling Safety Workshop is designed for grain farmers and their families as well as grain industry handlers. Topics of the workshop will include an overview of grain handling and storage; entanglement hazards; and fall protection.
The Grain Handling Safety Coalition developed the workshop curriculum in cooperation with the University of Illinois. Making the public aware and teaching people how to handle grain safely is the dedicated function of the Coalition–their message is “Learn and live.” The workshop’s goal is to help make safety the standard operating procedure on farms and around grain storage equipment.
There is no charge to attend the Grain Handling Safety Workshop but pre-registration is required by calling the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125 or on-line at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw. Registration is required by February 21. Certified education units for grain handling professionals have been applied for.
Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference
The University of Illinois Extension is partnering with Iowa State Extension & Outreach to offer Growing Produce for Profit – an educational conference covering the latest research and information in fruit and vegetable production. Sessions will be geared toward vegetable growers, farmers market vendors and others with an interest in small production. Growing Produce for Profit will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Elizabeth Community Building in Elizabeth, IL, which is located on HWY 20 on the Elizabeth Fairgrounds.
In its second year, the conference will be host to ISU’s Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist, as well as several U of I Extension Educators. “Looking back at the large turnout for last year’s conference, and with the many well-attended programs that have been offered since then, we are expecting a full room of participants,” stated Program Coordinator Maggie Guenzler .
Iowa State Extension’s Patrick O’Malley will present a session called Perennial Vegetables: They are Here to Stay, which will cover popular vegetable perennials like asparagus and rhubarb, as well as less popular ones like horseradish and chives. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Candice Miller will be presenting Niche Crops for Illinois, which will cover crops that can help producers create a niche market and increase the profits for small operations. She will also offer some basic growing techniques for unique crops such as mushrooms, hops, and others.
A session called Seasonal Soil Management will cover techniques that can be implemented before and during the growing season. The focus of this session will be on building organic matter, implementing effective soil fertility plans, and maintaining soil pH. This session will be taught by Grant McCarty, Small Farms Educator with U of I Extension. McCarthy brings to his position experience with the University of Tennessee’s Organic and Sustainable Crop Production Unit and research projects including season extension for cool and warm season crops, heirloom/hybrid tomato variety trials, cover cropping systems, and trap cropping. McCarty will also teach a session on Agri-tourism Strategies and Opportunities, which will cover the basics of agritourism, the opportunities that currently exist in the region, and information on how to begin implementing these strategies.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn methods to produce compost in quantity, estimate production volumes, and utilize resources in the session Composting: Scaling for Your Needs which will be taught by Jay Solomon, U of I Extension Educator (Energy & Environmental Stewardship).
The day will conclude with representatives from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) who will discuss small producer grants and loan opportunities. “The program is designed to appeal to new and established growers and give them vital information on best practices, new emerging crops, and trends we are seeing in the area related to produce production,” stated McCarty when asked why producers would be interested in this program.
Registration for this program is required and the cost is $20 per participant, ($30 after 2/18/14) and includes all materials and lunch. Call the University of Illinois Extension office at 815-858-2273 to register, or visit the website for online registration-web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.
Polar Expeditions of Ernest Shackleton Presentation
Join Paul Sipiera as you learn about the incredible life and Antarctic expeditions of Ernest Shackleton. Find out what made this man unique in his polar exploration and view details of his icy journeys in this PowerPoint presentation.
On Saturday, February 15th at 1:00pm, Paul Sipiera, Planetary Studies Foundation president and adjunct curator of meteorites at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, will present a program about Ernest Shackleton and his expeditions to the South Pole. Sipiera will also review PSF’s three expeditions to Antarctica in search of meteorites that have included astronauts James Lovell, Owen Garriott and self-funded astronaut Richard Garriott de Cayeux.
The Ernest Shackleton program will be held at the PSF Earth and Space Science Museum, 115 N. Main Street, Elizabeth IL. Preluding Ernest Shackleton’s birthday celebration will be a StarLab program featuring American Indian mythology at 11:00am. So come for the StarLab show, Ernest Shackleton program or stay the day!
All events are free for PSF Members and $5.00 for general public unless otherwise noted. A celebratory birthday cake and punch will be served. For more information please contact PSF at 815-858-2014 or email email@example.com. Find us on Facebook and visit our website www.planets.org. Follow @PSF1989 on Twitter for updates and science news.
Audubon Society Seeking Local Growers for 2014 Local Foods Brochure
Each year the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension Stephenson County offer a local foods brochure that provides people in northwest Illinois with a resource that can be used to identify farmers and growers who sell their food items directly to the consumer. The brochure helps to connect local buyers with local growers.
Buying food items from the local grower has many advantages. Buying local keeps money within the local populace so that small communities can continue to survive and maintain a healthy economic status. Buying locally is healthy for our environment as well, because less carbon energy is used to transport the food to the consumer.
The 2013 brochure had 43 growers listed and included growers with maple syrup, cheese, honey, eggs, poultry, vegetables, flowers, fruit, wine, and meat.
If you are a local grower/producer and are interested in having your contact information listed in the 2014 local foods brochure you can contact Teresa at 815-835-5109; or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2014.
Science Siesta! Girls + Science = Fun!
Have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a museum? No, this isn’t a movie, it’s Science Siesta!
Hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, this event for fourth-sixth grade girls will be held twice. Event dates are: Friday, April 11 to Saturday, April 12 and Friday, April 25 to Saturday, April 26. Both events will be held at the Discovery Center and Burpee Natural History Museums in Rockford. These action-packed overnights will combine the fun of a pajama party with hands-on science experiences.
“This is our twelfth year of conducting Science Siesta, we have reached over 1800 girls so far and we are excited to continue to offer this fun, interactive event to encourage girls to consider science-related career fields,” said Mimi Hicks, University of Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator.
At Science Siesta, girls will also have the opportunity to meet actual females in science career fields from throughout northern Illinois. The scientists will share information about their background and involve the girls in activities much like they complete in their work every day.
Following the face-to-face interaction with female scientists, youth participate in activities based on the “Wonderwise” curriculum developed by the University of Nebraska. This curriculum highlights the work of female scientists and then translates their work into hands-on science based activities which are fun and engaging. Participating girls may choose one of three workshop tracks for breakout sessions. Their choices include activities from Rain Forest Ecologist, Space Geologist and Genetic Counselor.
Statistics show that girls are less likely to pursue degrees and careers in science and mathematics than boys. Researchers agree that this is a complex problem with no easy answers, but believe that there are things that can be done. They suggest that having role models that girls can look up to, as well as making science fun and interactive will encourage girls to stay involved and interested in science. Events such as Science Siesta are designed to help bridge the gap for girls at a time when many may start to lose interest in science or question whether science is a field they should choose.
Both of the events will begin with registration at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and will conclude with check-out at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The registration fee is $40 per girl. The registration fee covers pizza, snack, and breakfast, admission to the Discovery Center Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History, and all hands-on activities. For additional information, as well as to register for either one of these Science Siesta events, go to the University of Illinois Extension website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/ or call 815-835-2070.
Ready, Set, Grow Gardening Workshop To Offer Demonstrations and Vendors
Join the Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties in cooperation with Sauk Valley Community College on March 15 for Ready, Set, Grow. During three different sessions, participants can choose to attend workshops about hypertufa, terrariums, small fruits, attracting birds, container gardening, spring wildflowers, herbs, gardening with native plants and much more.
New this year to Ready, Set, Grow will be demonstrations in the East Mall of Sauk Valley Community College. These demonstrations will be offered during scheduled breaks and lunch. Topics include: Basics of a Beautiful Vase Arrangement, Forcing Spring Branches and Bulbs for Indoor Bloom and From Your Garden to Your Blender. Along with the demonstrations in the East Mall will be local vendors with unique gardening items for purchase. Last year 20 vendors participated in Ready, Set, Grow and that number is expected to grow for this year.
A keynote presentation on Heirloom Flavor will be given by award-winning author, enthusiastic gardener and heirloom authority - Doreen Howard. The program fee is $40.00 and includes morning refreshments, lunch and select handouts. To register, call Ogle County Extension at (815) 732-2191 or visit their website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo. Registration is required by March 10.
Register by February 28 for the Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting
Cattlemen and farmers in the state of Illinois will have the opportunity to hear from university and industry experts on strategies to maximize profits in cattle feeding. It is no secret with moderating grain prices that profits will again return to cattle feeding. The opportunity is large and this program will help producers take advantage of the good times to come. The meeting will be held March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL.
Meeting and lunch provided at no cost but require pre-registration by Friday, February 28 due to limited seating. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw or by calling Mary Nelson at 815-772-4075.
Calvary UMC to Host Valentine’s Sweetheart Banquet
Calvary United Methodist Church in Stockton will host its annual Sweetheart Banquet at 6 p.m., Saturday, February 15th. Calvary United Methodist Church is located at 315 Maple Ave., Stockton.
Everyone is invited to enjoy a delicious Pork Loin Dinner with all the fixins’, followed by an evening of entertainment at 7:00 p.m., provided by Albert and Bonnie Scheider of Orangeville. The Scheiders will present A Musical Comedy Program featuring “Lucille Ball.” Tickets are $9 per person and reservations are appreciated. A love offering will be taken for the evening’s entertainment.
Tickets may be obtained from the Women of Calvary. Call Marilyn Schubert, 815-947-2693 for information.
Illinois Road Safety Laws Ranked Top by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that Illinois road safety efforts have received the top ranking in a national report released by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. The 2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws issues grades to all 50 states based on 15 traffic safety laws. Illinois received the top grade along with Oregon and the District of Columbia.
“This report is further proof that Illinois is a national leader in traffic safety,” said White. “Our innovative efforts to combat drunk driving and distracted driving, as well as our comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program for teens are paying off by making our roads safer and saving lives.”
White cited the following initiatives that have contributed to safer roads in Illinois and factored positively into the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s top ranking of Illinois.
Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) program – Illinois’ BAIID program requires all first-time DUI offenders who wish to obtain driving relief to install a BAIID on their vehicle. Motorists are required to blow into the BAIID, which measures their blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. The device is designed to prevent DUI offenders from driving after having consumed alcohol. Since 2009, alcohol-related traffic fatalities have declined in Illinois by 24 percent.
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) – Since Illinois implemented its comprehensive GDL program in 2008 to help better prepare novice, teen drivers, teen driving deaths have dropped by nearly 60 percent.
Texting while driving ban – Since the statewide texting while driving ban took effect Jan. 1, 2010, more than 5,000 people have been convicted of texting while driving.
Since its founding in 1989, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, located in Washington, D.C., has been dedicated to improving upon car, driver and road safety.
Highland Chorale to Begin Rehearsals, New Singers Welcome
The Highland Chorale, a community-based choral ensemble, will begin rehearsals for the upcoming spring season, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 11 in room FA-10 of the Ferguson Fine Arts Center. All interested singers are invited to attend this rehearsal.
The Chorale performs a diverse repertoire of quality vocal and choral music, presented in a professional manner for enjoyment, entertainment, aesthetic enrichment and education of its members, it audiences, and those who live in the communities it serves.
This semester’s program will include a collection of sacred and secular works by local composer Patrick Beckman and poet Dan Smith.
For more information contact Allen Redford, director of Fine Arts at 815.599.3568 or email@example.com.
Singer Teddy Geiger Performs Live Concert at SVCC
Sauk Valley Community College invites the public to attend a free concert by singer Teddy Geiger on Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in SVCC Mathis Theatre. Opening act will feature Anna Rose.
Geiger made his debut in 2006 with his highly acclaimed album, Underage Thinking, reaching #8 on the Billboard charts. Many may also recognize his million selling hit, “For You I Will.” He recently released his second album, The Last Fear, worldwide. Outside his work as an artist, Geiger is also an in demand songwriter, most recently for Tiesto’s “Love & Run.” He also co-wrote/co-produced “Little Black Dress” on One Direction’s 2013 album which debuted #1 in 27 countries. Geiger also starred alongside Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate and Emma Stone in the 2008 film, “The Rocker.”
His opening act, Anna Rose, will bring the audience to its feet with her rock-n-roll style. Her songs and performance are said to be “a mix of Jim Morrison’s sexy bravado with Brigitte Bardot’s seductive stare onstage.” She has released two albums with her third, Behold a Pale Horse, released in 2013.
Don’t miss this free performance! For more information, contact Ana Salgado, SVCC student activities coordinator, at 815-835-6432.
SVCC Presents Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
Sauk Valley Community College’s Theatre Department invites you to have a “seussational” time as it presents Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. in Mathis Theatre
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with as he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. This classic tale comes to life for all ages as the audience is transported into the world they’ve always imagined-tricks, rhythms and all included.
“Dr. Seuss is one of the most well-known literary figures, recognizable to adults and children alike,” stated Anna Kurtz, SVCC theatre instructor and director. “With this production, it is my hope that we can honor Dr. Seuss’ imaginative and lasting rhymes, characters, and lessons through the power of his literature and the magic of theatre.”
This production includes the onstage talents of Zack Lawson and Ali Settles of Dixon, Jose Manuel Cervantes of Rock Falls, Alli Wolber of Sterling; Miranda Blakenbehler of Polo, Michael Farringer of Lee Center, Madeline Kull of Morrison and Loni Bright of Eldena. Roy Wilkins of Dixon will be stage manager for the show.
Also take part in a special one-day only event. Enjoy lunch with the characters on Saturday, March 1 at 12 p.m. before the show! Lunch tickets are $5 with limited lunches available. Attendees must reserve tickets by February 24.
Tickets for Dr. Seuss’ “The Hat in the Cat” are $5 for adults and FREE for children 10 and under (does not include special lunch event). To purchase tickets in advance or reserve a seat for the special lunch event, call 815-288-5511, ext. 0. These tickets may be picked up before the show or the day of the performance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for the performance. For more information about SVCC’s theatre program or the Mathis Theatre, call 815-835-6366.
Give Blood and Help Save Lives
Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.
Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.
Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Feb. 21 from 12-5 p.m. at Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S. Clay St. in Mount Carroll, Ill.
Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LyondellBasell, 3400 Anamosa Road in Clinton, Iowa
Feb. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.