On behalf of the Carroll County Senior Center, our Board of Directors and all of our staff cannot thank you enough for your support. The contribution of items, gift cards and monetary donations were once again amazing, and made our 2nd Annual Silent Auction another successful event. The fundraiser earned over $3800, excluding the beautiful quilt and painting, which are still in the process of being raffled.
We at CCSSO are so appreciative and touched by the number of people from our community that came out and rallied around our Center’s fundraiser. Without the support of you, our friends, we would not be able to provide the many daily services to each and every one of you. It is true that a community of people and all their hard work can make anything and everything possible.
Please read the next issue of “The Grape Vine”, where the Senior Center will acknowledge all our supporters.
Vice President, CCSSO
(Look for the June issue of the CCSSO Grape Vine in next week’s Prairie Advocate News, Section 2, and online at www.pacc-news.com)
Seniors for Seniors
The Granny Rose Animal Shelter, 613 River Lane, Dixon, IL, is proud to announce the implementation of a brand new and innovative program. It is called “Seniors for Seniors”.
Here’s how it works: At Granny Rose, we have some cats with ‘experience’. They are ten years of age or more, just middle aged by today’s standards, and are looking to find a loving home. We would like to match them up with an appropriate, and ‘experienced’ human, 65 years of age or more, who would enjoy the love and companionship of owning a cat. Granny Rose will place the ‘Senior’ cat with a qualified ‘Senior’ human for FREE!
But that’s not all. If the ‘Senior’ human reaches the point that they can no longer care for our ‘Senior’ cat, or if their living conditions change and they are no longer allowed to keep their cat, Granny Rose will gladly welcome their cat back into our shelter, regardless of our ‘Senior’ cat’s age! No questions asked!
Our goal is to simply pair up two ‘Seniors’ that would mutually benefit from having each other in their lives.
Sometimes the best things in life ARE free!
Granny Rose Animal Shelter
613 River Lane
Dixon IL 61021
Morrison Council Corner
May 13, 2013 Morrison City Council met at the County Board Room. On hand were Blean, Hayenga, Thorndike, Sullivan, Zuidema, Wood, Rose and Connelly. Also present were: Chief Melton, Public Works Tresenriter, Mayor Drey, Clerk Shroeder, Attorney Zollinger, CA Wise, Engineer Gronewold, and Jim Dubois.
No public comments were made. Mayor Drey announced a Public Meeting to be held Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm at the Community Room. This will the first public informational session hosted by the Historic Preservation Commission. Darius Bryjka will be on hand to give a presentation and answer questions about Morrison applying to have the downtown business district placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mayor Drey also thanked everyone he worked with during his time as a public servant.
Corrections for the Consent Agenda # 2: April 22, 2013 Regular Session Minutes---on adoption Ordinance #13-10 approval of Fiscal Year Budget 2013-14 there were 7 ayes with Alderman Wood abstaining- for lack of information and answers to questions.
Judge O’Neil then swore in the newly elected officials: Aldermen: Dale Eizenga, Curt Bender, Scott Connelly, Dave Helms, (Harvey Zuidema was excused do to plans that were made prior to election); City Clerk: Melanie Schroeder, and Mayor: Everett Pannier.)
Mayor Drey presented plaques to Hayenga, Thorndike, Zuidema and Rose for their years of service to Morrison. Chief Melton presented a plaque to Mayor Drey.
Roll call was taken with new Mayor Pannier presiding and new aldermen seated. Mayor Pannier made known his appointments: Attorney-Zollinger; City Treasurer-Evan Haag; Library Board-Marcia Haag, Anne Frame, Kelly West; Historic Preservation Commission-Bill Shirk, Lonnie Rice; Planning/Zoning Commission-Sherri Shirk, Kevin Kuehl, Nick Alverado, John Prange; Grove Hill Cemetery Board of Trustees-Philip Renkes, Robert Wiersema, Dan Vandrmyde; Morrrison Business Advisory Group-Dave Jennings, Bart Smith, Elizabeth Yaklich.
Chief Melton requested to modify the open burning restrictions for C1- Central Business District with Ordinance #13-11. Wood asked what the parameters of this district were. Attorney Zollinger did not have a map, nor did anyone else have the exact configurations. This was tabled to the next meeting when we have more information.
Amending Ordinance #09-09 to allow an additional Enterprise Zone just south of MIT on Route 78 to build a convenience store/gas station was passed unanimously.
I had two questions for CA Wise: One was: What is the process for someone renting the Community Room-when the library is closed-if the circuit breaker is set off?….He said that information is given to the renter when they get the contract/key-not always the case according to some renters. The Second question: Why aren’t the City Council meetings broadcast on Mediacom - Channel 18? He said there is an unfixable problem that neither Mediacom nor anyone in the office can fix. I then asked how are the Church Services being shown on Channel 18 then - no answer. We should check into this.
After a closed session and back in regular session, Mayor Pannier announced that the City of Morrison will not be rehiring CA Wise (I know lots of residents were wondering about this). Gary Tresenriter will act as City Administrator until a new CA can be hired.
The next Morrison City Council Meeting will be Tuesday-May 28 (because of Memorial Day being a holiday) at 7:00 pm at the County Board Room. See you all there!
A Morrison Taxpayer,
By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District
As I’ve commented in the past, a prayer by an invited “person of faith” always is the first order of business as we begin session. I cherish this tradition. Many of their words are very inspirational.
Often the prayer is traditional. You can always recognize when great effort has gone into finding the right words in planning the prayer. Occasionally the prayer is very different. On May 8, 2013 Pastor Stephen Swanson of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Villa Park, Illinois, the guest of a bright young legislator, Representative Deborah Conroy (D-Downers Grove), delivered the following message:
“It was a warm spring day, we lowered the top on our old convertible for a drive on the hilly roads that follow the Ohio River from Cairo to Metropolis. We came down a steep decline to a narrow bridge that crossed a small river and had to stop. On the bridge was a skunk that had gotten its head stuck in a chocolate syrup can and was now running back and forth from one side of the bridge to the other.
What to do. We could turn around and drive back the way we came, accelerate and hope not to hit the skunk as we crossed the bridge or get out of the car, walk up to the skunk and remove the chocolate syrup can…at the risk of being misunderstood.
You have been elected to a holy calling, to write laws that resist evil and provide order for the common good of all people of Illinois.
Let us pray. O God, bless each of these legislators with wisdom and courage to fulfill their call, a call to write laws that “recover sight to the blind, bring liberty to the oppressed and good news to the poor”…even at the risk of being misunderstood. Amen”
I’ve saved excerpts of prayers delivered that I’ve found memorable. Who delivered them? lost in the fog of time. One brief excerpt that has stayed with me is “you can deliver a better sermon with your life than with you lips”.
The following is attributed to being found in the pocket of a dead confederate soldier at Gettysburg: “I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do greater things, I was given infirmity, that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty, that I might be wise. I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men, I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life, I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am among all men, most richly blessed.”
I will go to my grave giving thanks for the privilege of serving as an Illinois State Representative. When my day comes to leave this hallowed chamber, as much as the people, I will miss the prayer.