The Milledgeville Elementary Week 21 Thumbs Up Winners are (L to R) front row: Henry Hinrichs, Devyn Swanson, Tristan Green, Wyatt Meiners; back row: Dimitri Garza, Colton Stahl, Emma Foster, Isabella Pena, and Kassie Britt.
Kori Freidag, Eastland Student Council & FCCLA member, as well as the “Get Your Pink On” shirt designer, gives a check for $929.52 to Sally Koch, Chairperson of the Carroll County Relay for Life.
Get Your Pink On
The Eastland High School FCCLA & Student Council recently sponsored a “Get You Pink On” Week to raise money for cancer. Activities included selling t-shirts, pink donuts, and pink lemonade. The culminating event was a “Get Your Pink On” black light dance. If students and guests wore their t-shirts, they only had to pay $2 to get into the dance. Once inside the illuminated gym, the words “Eastland Fights Cancer” and a ribbon stood out from the front of the shirt as well as the words “Get Your Pink On” on the bottom of the back of the shirt. Thanks to all the Eastland staff, students and community members who donated money for the cause. A total of $929.52 was raised; almost double that of the $500 goal set by the two groups
Janelle Dykstra Competes at State Proficiency Award
West Carroll FFA member, Janelle Dykstra, competed on April 6th at University of Illinois in the State Proficiency Awards. Janelle competed in the Poultry Production Enterprise category. She said, “I own and run a successful poultry production business. This year I raised 155 Golden Comet laying hens and sold the eggs to a local store.” Janelle’s exact placing was not given to our chapter but she did place in the top 5 of the state. In Proficiency Awards you are interviewed about your enterprise’s record book. The record book contains all of your receipts, activities performed, purchases, and anything related to your project. Janelle also said that, “ participating at the State level was a great experience and an opportunity of a lifetime.”
(Courtesy of Christy Ralston)
Janelle Dykstra Competes at State Proficiency Award
Cassie Johnson Competes at District Creed
On April 3rd, West Carroll FFA member, Cassie Johnson competed in the District #1 FFA Creed Speaking CDE held at Geneseo High School. She placed 3rd of 10 in the contest. Previously, Cassie competed at Section #1 Creed Speaking CDE where she placed 2nd places thus making her eligible to participate in District Competition. The FFA Creed consists of five paragraphs that must be memorized and presented to a panel of judges. After the creed is presented the speaker must answer a series of 6 random questions. The questions are based on different parts of the creed and the speaker’s interpretation of the meaning. The top two individuals advance to state competition.
(Courtesy of Christy Ralston)
WC OTSD Takes Third
OTSD team members (L to R) front row: Darby Rumler, Natalie Comeau, Jackie Mitchell, Harlie Ritchie. Back row: Mallory Comeau, Robert Lopez, Jacob Klein, Brady Kinder, Kelly Speaker, Jeanny Stine.
(Courtesy of Freddie Preston, CCSEC)
West Carroll High School Operation Teen Safe Driving Team (OTSD) won third place in the Region 3 capturing $1,500 in prize money.
$1,000 will be given to WC After-Prom with the balance being used to assist in providing transportation for the OTSD team members to attend the “Ride and Drive” event in Springfield.
Kevin Venner, WC SADD sponsor, said, “We have been participating in the OTSD grant for 3 years, hoping to win something.” Venner continued, “This year all of our efforts to engage the student population the community paid off. We are very excited to have won something for our school.”
The Ride and Drive provides professional drivers, through the Ford Motor Company, who take the teens through several driving scenarios to teach them safe driving skills.
OTSD is sponsored by the IL Dept. of Transportation, The Ford Motor Company, the Allstate Foundation, IL Sec. of State, and the IL State Police.
The OTSD grant is sponsored through the West Carroll Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). SADD is part of the Carroll County Substance Education Coalition (CCSEC) which receives funding from IL Dept. of Human Services Project for Success Grant.
West Carroll Parliamentary Procedure Team at State
The WC Parliamentary Procedure Team: (L to R) front row: Christy Ralston, Quinn Rumler, Brianna Kampmeier ; and back row: Collin Wilkinson, Chloe Carson, Dylan Williams.
The West Carroll Varsity Parliamentary Procedure team competed at Illinois State University on March 30th. The team’s placing was in the top 10 of the State. Chloe Carson was rated red ribbon chairperson. Christy Ralston was rated red ribbon secretary as well as white ribbon floor member. Collin Wilkinson was rated red ribbon floor member. Brianna Kampmeier, Dylan Williams, and Quinn Rumler were rated white ribbons for floor members also. The Parliamentary Procedure CDE consists of a member running a mock meeting and demonstrating motions. After the meeting each person on the team is asked a question based on their required motion. The 1st place team advances to National competition.
(Courtesy of Christy Ralston)
Rotary member Ann Crouse and local artist David Cuckler review with the Mount Carroll Rotary the resurgence of music and the arts in City life over the last few years. Cuckler was the guest speaker at the club’s April 9 regular meeting. (Courtesy of MC Rotary)
Coatney Earns Membership In Million Dollar Round Table
COUNTRY Financial Agent Rhett Coatney of Lanark has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).
“It is a great honor to receive this MDRT recognition,” says Coatney. “I feel privileged to be included in this prestigious association of business and community leaders representing more than 470 companies and 75 countries.”
MDRT membership is attained by life insurance agents who are members of their local underwriters association and have excelled in identifying life insurance products that fit the needs of their clients.
MDRT is an international, independent association of nearly 30,000 leading sales professionals in the life insurance business. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional product knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. The Round Table’s membership represents the top life insurance and financial service professionals worldwide.
Coatney began his career with COUNTRY in 2005. His office is located at 105 S. Broad St., Lanark. The office phone number is 815-493-2544.
Once Upon a Mattress at Eastland High
Eastland/Pearl City Theatre Department presents Once Upon a Mattress. In this hilarious rewrite of the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea”, told by a traveling minstrel (Mike Shores), Queen Aggravain (Kailyne Palmer) has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless the Drab (Robert Jones) marries. However, with the help of the Wizard (Jacob Dickman) she has managed to sabotage the chances of every princess who has come along including the twelfth princess (Blake Gordon). When Sir Harry (Bryant Smargiassi) and Lady Larken (Laura Kniss) learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, Harry goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred the Woebegone (“Fred” to her friends and played by Alyssa Pilson). The queen is horrified and immediately begins to scheme. Winnifred, with some help from Sir Harry, the mute King (Sam Kempel), and the Jester (Aaron Pacheco), isn’t going to be quite so easy to dismiss.
Rounding out this talented cast is a long list of knights, ladies in waiting, and the Nightingale of Samarkand. So mark your calendars for April 19 & 20 at 7:00 and April 21 at 2:00 in the Eastland HS Fine Arts Gym!
Emerald Ash Borer Workshop April 29
A destructive pest that feasts on ash trees has been discovered for the first time in two northern Illinois counties. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) confirmed infestations of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Lee and Henry counties.
The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia. Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die. While the beetle does not pose any direct risk to public health, it does threaten the ash tree canopy.
Currently, 39 Illinois counties are under quarantine to prevent the “man-made” spread of the beetle. The quarantine prohibits the intrastate movement of potentially-contaminated wood products, including ash trees, limbs and branches and all types of firewood. Although the beetle had not been confirmed in Lee County until now, it is located adjacent to infested counties and already is within the quarantine boundaries. Henry County, however, is not.
The University Of Illinois Extension Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Unit will host an informative homeowner management workshop on EAB. Workshop presenters will explain the history, life cycle and control options for EAB.
The workshop will be conducted at the Loveland Community Building in Dixon, Illinois from 1-4 pm. There is a $5 fee for the program, Master Gardeners attend free. Visit our webpage at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=7499 to register, contact our office at 815-858-2070 with any questions.
U of I Extension Offers Pollinators and Insecticides Program
The Four Seasons Gardening program, from University of Illinois Extension, continues with a session on Pollinators and Insecticides. The program is offered at the Mt. Carroll and Morrison Extension Offices and the Plum Creek Arboretum in Dixon on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) continues to be a major problem for the honey bee, our most important pollinator. Species of bumble bees in California are dwindling in numbers and some may go extinct. Bumble bees in Illinois are being surveyed to determine whether there is a similar local problem. Although these and other threats to our pollinators appear to be caused by several factors, recent research points to some insecticides as being more than just a minor part of the problem. Non-technical summaries of this research will be presented along with other impacts to our insect pollinators and an overview of the various pollinators. This is the second session of the spring series.
The next program titled All About Tomatoes: Strategies for Controlling Common Pests and Disorders is set for May 7. Cost per session is $5 (free for active Master Gardeners). Webinars will be offered at 3 locations within the Unit, Carroll County Extension Office, Mt. Carroll; Whiteside Extension Office, Morrison; and Plum Creek Arboretum, Dixon. Advance registration is needed one week prior to the webinar. To register, call (815) 835-2070 or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw
Master Gardeners Ready to Help
What is causing my plants to die? Will these insects destroy my vegetable garden? What perennials are best suited for my yard? What tree will give me the best shade? How much fertilizer should I put on my yard? If these questions bothered you last year or might pertain to you this year, you can once again receive answers by calling the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners.
University of Illinois Extension is in the business of providing education so you can put the knowledge to work. We bring to you the resources and research from the University of Illinois in many different forms which one being the Master Gardener program.
The University of Illinois Extension Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Master Gardeners are ready to help you with your home horticulture and gardening questions. As problems or concerns unfold, stop by or call a Carroll, Lee, or Whiteside County Master Gardener during their office hours.
Carroll County hours will be Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the Mt. Carroll office, 815-244-9444. Lee County hours will be Tuesdays from 9-noon at Plum Creek Arboretum in Dixon, 815-285-3242 and Thursdays from 9-noon at the Amboy office, 815-857-3525. Whiteside County will be Mondays and Fridays from 9-noon at the Morrison office, 815-772-4075. There is no charge for this service!
Stingley Receives Scholarship at Waldorf College’s Honors Day
Honors Day at Waldorf College is a day for recognizing students with accolades and scholarships. The annual event was held on April 3 in Waldorf’s Atrium.
Ashleigh Stingley of Savanna,Ill., received the Arlene Halvorson Ingebritson Scholarship. Established in 1996 by Palmer Ingebritson in honor of his wife Arlene, the scholarship is awarded each year to a music student.
In an event possibly unique to Waldorf, scholarship donors are able to meet with the student recipients. At the awards presentation, students and donors share college experiences and discuss career plans. This year more than 200 scholarships were awarded to Waldorf students, with an additional 14 to be awarded to incoming freshmen.
A selection committee composed of Waldorf faculty and staff reviewed the requirements of each scholarship anddetermined deserving recipients.
Defensive Driving Course To Be Offered
With increased numbers of vehicles and drivers, we need to know how to safely travel our nation’s highways. Ask yourself the following:
Do you effectively utilize your vehicle’s safety equipment such as lap and shoulder belts, head restraints and the air bag system?
How do you recognize and deal with impaired, distracted or negligent drivers?
What are the driving principles that can save your life?
Have you ever wondered how you could deal with driving conditions (weather, road, traffic, etc) over which you have absolutely no control?
With an aging population how can older drivers adapt to our current and future highway environment?
Are you interested in saving on travel expenses such as fuel, vehicle maintenance and insurance costs?
If you’ve ever considered any of these questions as a driver then find the answers to these and many more traffic issues by enrolling in the Defensive Driving Course that is being offered on May 11 and 12, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mount Carroll.
The Carroll County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee will be sponsoring the presentation. The course is open to people 55 years of age and older who are Farm Bureau members and COUNTRY insureds. The registration fee of $12 covers course materials, instruction, and lunch both days. Those completing the course are eligible for a discount on their auto insurance, but they must attend both days to qualify. An examination is not required to complete the course or receive certification.
This program was developed by the National Safety Council and is internationally recognized for its significant contribution to our nation’s traffic safety effort. The course is very informative, entertaining and current with the present program recently being updated to reflect today’s driving standards and environment. The instructor will be Doug Sommer, Pekin, Illinois who was a safety educator with COUNTRY Financial for over 30 years. After his retirement from the insurance company Doug started his own safety business, Sommer’s Safety Sessions which offers safety programs, seminars and the Defensive Driving Course.
Reservations are required by April 26 and class size is limited. Act now to take advantage of this cost-saving traffic safety program. Call the Carroll County Farm Bureau (815)244-3001 to make reservations or for more information.
Denim Day, Wednesday, April 24
Riverview Center is encouraging everyone to wear denim on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Why Denim Day? In 1999, an Italian court overturned a rape conviction, due to the court believing that her jeans were so tight the perpetrator could not have gotten them off without her assistance.
Sounds outrageous, yet all over the world, men and women who are victims of sexual violence, continue to be disbelieved and accused of causing the assault due to their behavior and fashion sense. This has to stop. Join us and take a stand against sexual violence by wearing denim on April 24.
If your company/organization would like to promote Riverview Center’s mission, please consider supporting your employees’ participation in Denim Day on April 24. In exchange for their monetary contribution, the employees can wear jeans to work. Collected donations can be mailed to the Riverview Center, 106 E Market St, Mt Carroll, IL 61053. Thank you for your commitment to our mission of creating a community free of violence.
HRRV Schedules Memorial Service
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend the Hospice of the Rock River Valley yearly memorial service to honor loved ones who died during the past year. The service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2200 16th Ave., Sterling.
Remembering is how we carry our loved ones into the future with us. Come remember and celebrate those being missed. There will be a candle lighting service, special music, and readings. We welcome all who have lost loved ones regardless of using hospice services. Light refreshments will be served following the service.
If you did not use hospice and would like your loved one’s name and/or photograph included in the presentation, contact Hospice of the Rock River Valley at (815) 288-3673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospice of the Rock River Valley is a United Way Agency.
4th Annual Take Back the Night Event - Let Your Voice Be Heard
Join Riverview Center and Loras College’s OVE+R (Overcoming Violence & Empowering Positive Relationships) for this demonstration of solidarity with sexual assault survivors to raise awareness, and empower women and men to create a community free of violence. Many women are apprehensive about walking alone at night for fear of being assaulted. Help us illuminate the shared belief among men and women that violence isn’t just a women’s issue.
At any given college or university, one in four females will experience an attempted or completed rape by the time she graduates. OVE+R is a Loras College group formed by students who wanted to put an end to sexual assault in their campus community by educating students and providing a support network for students who have experienced sexual violence.
Riverview Center is creating a community free of violence by empowering individuals, fostering empathy, and developing social skills that emphasize respect, equality, and non-violent conflict resolution.
24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline 888-557-0310
Jo Daviess County 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline 815-777-3680
Carroll County 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline 815-244-1320
‘Hearts and Hands for Hunger’ Day
On Saturday, April 12, the Highland Community College Servant-Leadership Program will hosted a meal packing event from noon to 2 p.m. in H-201 of the Student/Conference Center. Over 300 volunteers from four different counties in the district, and more attend and lent their support.
During this year’s campaign, students raised over $12,500 to meet their goal of providing 50,000 meals to the children of Haiti.
NAMI Sauk Valley Will Host Music Therapist
NAMI Sauk Valley will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 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.
Maureen Marrandino will present the program, “Music Therapy and Mental Illness”. Maureen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy from Ausburg College and currently is a Board Certified Music Therapist at KSB Hospital, Dixon.
NAMI Sauk Valley is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, serving the residents of Ogle, Lee, Carroll and Whiteside Counties. For more information on NAMI or upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann Hutchison, local president, at 815-244-1405, or e-mail email@example.com.