(Right) Madeline Kampmeier enjoys the Petting Zoo during the Mount Carroll Lion’s Club Radio Day Fundraiser for Point Rock Park playground equipment.
(Below) The Mount Carroll Lion’s Club members pose with the updated thermometer that shows $37,500.00 - nearing their goal of $50,000.
The event was held at the Park Saturday, June 16.
The Duck Race drew a big crowd. Duck Race winners were: 1st Place Lyle Law $100, 2nd Place Tori Moshure $50, and 3rd Place Kit Volz $25.
(PA photos/L. Forth)
Lanark’s Farmers Market opens! Tuesday, June 19 from 3 pm-6 pm, then every Tuesday until Oct. 23. There will also be a special market Thurs, June 21 during the Old Settlers Days “Taste of Lanark.”
(Courtesy of John Huggins)
Carroll County Democrats Annual Picnic
Attending the Carroll County Democrats Annual Picnic held June 9 at Old Mill Park in Savanna included Cherie Bustos, candidate for the 17th Congressional seat; Mike Smiddy, candidate for the 71st State Representative District; and Brad Middleton from Senator Dick Durbin’s office. Also attending were Democratic Representatives from the surrounding counties of JoDaviess, Stephenson, Ogle and Whiteside.
In the picture, Gerald Bork, Chairman of the Carroll County Democrats, Mike Smiddy, 71st State Representative candidate, and Lowell Jacobs, Vice Chairman of the Whiteside County Democrats.
(Courtesy of G. Bork)
N.I.C.A.A. Senior Citizens Services
NICAA Golden Meals program will be expanding our services to include more home delivery area in Carroll County! Starting on July 2nd we will have a home delivery route in the Shannon area, for the town of Shannon and the rural areas surrounding it. The home delivery program is for any senior citizen aged 60 and over who would benefit from having a meal delivered to their home on a daily basis. Delivery will be available Monday through Friday. For more information or to sign up for the program, call 815-232-8896. Sign up is quick and easy and the meals can start within a day or two!
Making a CASE for IH
What began as a proposal by the Eastland FFA has blossomed into a full-fledged project.
When the FFA members approached Shannon President Bonnie Foust about doing some work at the Village Park, it started the ball rolling. By April, plans for the fundraising were in place for the new playground equipment and updating of the park. Brochures were mailed to residents of Shannon and a contest was started. The contest was set to determine the color of the two main playground pieces, tractors, to be installed for Phase 1 and 3.
The FFA had asked for the park to have an agricultural theme. The contest is Red versus Green since there are so many devoted CASE IH and John Deere fans in the area.
Thinking it would be fun to have a little competition, the contest rules set up an opportunity to vote for their favorite brand of tractor. Every dollar that is donated until the end of June can be designated to the red or green. The winning brand will be the color of the tractor play equipment in Phase 3. The brand with the lower votes will be the color of the tractor play equipment in Phase 1.
There has been a flag flown each week in front of First State Bank of Shannon to let everyone know who is in the lead. So far, John Deere has been in the lead every week but CASE has been gathering steam. The last few weeks it has been gaining on John Deere. If you would like to see the CASE flag fly before the end of June, stop by the bank and cast your vote. Donations are tax deductible. Now is your chance to make your Case for IH for a really great cause!
Blackhawk Hills Designated as a Regional Council
Blackhawk Hills Resource Conservation and Development has changed to Blackhawk Hills Regional Council. As of May 2012, all six counties that Blackhawk Hills serves approved the change to Regional Council status.
Following the loss of Resource Conservation and Development funding in 2011, Blackhawk Hills began the process of becoming a Regional Council. As a Regional Council, the organization will continue to be a multi-service entity with state and locally-defined boundaries that delivers a variety of local, state, and federal programs. The designation allows the organization to offer expanded services related to comprehensive planning, grant administration, data research, mapping, and technical assistance.
Regional Councils can enhance the economic competitiveness of a region and help strengthen the national economy as a whole. They have recently become more prominent in receiving federal and state aid for their regions. Certain programs and projects in which state or federal aid are involved must be submitted to the area’s Regional Council for review in order to be considered.
About Blackhawk Hills
Blackhawk Hills is a not-for-profit corporation based in Rock Falls, IL, that serves Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties in northwest Illinois. Services include community planning, development assistance, natural resources conservation and protection support, and grant writing and administration. Blackhawk Hills is sponsored by local county boards and Soil and Water Conservation Districts and is overseen by an 18-member council, consisting of three representatives from each of the six counties.
About Regional Councils
According to the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), Regional Councils were conceived in the 1960’s and today are organizations skilled at providing services, creating partnerships, problem solving, and fiscal management. The role of the Regional Council has been shaped by the changing dynamics in local, state, and federal government. There is now a growing recognition that local governments must work together to resolve social and environmental challenges in their regions.
Questions about Blackhawk Hills may be directed to Theresa Wittenauer, Economic Development Coordinator, at 815- 625-3854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give the Gift of Life at FHN Blood Drive
As summer activities ramp up and people become busier, the need for blood doesn’t decrease. The Rock River Valley Blood Center must collect more than 1,000 units of blood each week to meet the needs of the eight hospitals it serves, including FHN and all three Rockford hospitals.
You can help fill the need. FHN and the Rock River Valley Blood Center are holding a day-long blood drive at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport on Thursday, June 21.
The drive will run from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Globe and Deaconess rooms on the hospital’s lower level, and is open to the public. Appointments are encouraged; please call 815-599-6214 for more information or to set up an appointment to donate. Walk-ins will be accepted as well.
“Rock River Valley Blood Center supplies all of the blood and blood products for our patients,” said Judith Otte, senior blood bank technologist at FHN and one of the organizers of the event. “Having a blood drive at the hospital makes it easy for FHN staff members to donate, and it’s a nice central location for the public to donate, too.”
Anyone in good health, at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent) and at least 100 pounds can donate blood every 56 days. Donors should bring a photo ID and have plenty to eat and drink the day they plan to donate.
For more information on donating blood, visit the Rock River Valley Blood Center’s Web site at www.rrvbc.org. For more information on the June 21 blood drive, visit www.fhn.org.
Sheffey Family at Ice Cream Social in Mount Carroll
The Sheffey family will be performing at an ice cream social on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 2:00pm in the courtyard in downtown Mt. Carroll. A quartet from First Ev. Lutheran will open the program performing a few of their own favorites.
Steve Sheffey has been performing all types of music for 30 years with the focus on contemporary Christian, gospel, country, big band, and oldies. He likes to incorporate his trumpet with his music. His wife, Janis, and his daughters, Sarah & Lauren also join him from time to time singing and playing duets and solos. He also sings with the quartet, Men In Accord, but very much enjoys performing with his family. Steve and his family are from Pearl City, where he is a hog & grain farmer.
First Lutheran’s quartet will add further variety to the program with a repertoire that includes some good old-fashioned patriotic tunes. Young and old alike will find the program very inspiring.
Plenty of homemade pies with cool, creamy ice cream will be available along with root beer floats. The proceeds will benefit the Food Pantry in Savanna. This is one event you won’t want to miss! Rain location: First Lutheran Sanctuary, 301South Clay Street. Questions, call the church office at 815-244-8044.
Chamber Ribbon Cutting at FHN Cancer Center
Ambassadors from the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce will be on hand Wednesday, June 27 to cut the ribbon on the renovations at the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center.
The ribbon cutting will be at 7 a.m. at the Center, 1163 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport, followed by a brief tour and refreshments. A formal, public open house and dedication for the addition will be held in the late summer or early fall of this year.
The FHN Foundation will have order forms at the event for special brick pavers to be inscribed in honor or memory of a loved one. The pavers will line the walkways of the new Healing Garden at the Cancer Center. Orders received before July 1, 2012 will be installed this year. (Orders taken after July 1 will be installed in August 2013.) For more information on the FHN Foundation’s brick paver campaign, visit the FHN Foundation page at www.fhn.org or call 815-599-6900.
Eagle Nature Foundation’s Summer Plants
The Eagle Nature Foundation has just received their shipment of summer blooming plants for local people to use to beautify their yards and homes. All of the income that ENF receives from these plants helps to cover the operating costs of its efforts to monitor the population and preserve habitat for our National Symbol, the bald eagle. The plants have been donated from Beaver Creek and Song Sparrow Nurseries, compliments of Roy and Sarah Klehm, owners, who have been great supporters of ENF for the past several decades.
At present the Eagle Nature Foundation has over 500 plants of more than 140 varieties from which a person can choose. This includes: 12 different varieties of Day-Lilies; 10 different varieties of Viburnums; 7 different Peonies; 7 Hosta, including the big leafed variety; 6 different Lilacs, including the Bloomerang; 6 Hydrangea; 6 Roses; 5 Spirea; 4 Weigela; 4 Dogwoods; 4 Holly; 3 Sedum as well as many, many more species and varieties. Many of the varieties are unique and may not be found in any other plant sale locations.
If a person is interested in a particular species and/or variety they may call the office 815-594-2306 to see if we have it on hand. All plants are available on the honor system. Anyone may come in during daylight hours to inspect the plants that are available. The price for each plant is marked on a sign by the plant, or on the information sheet, which is in an envelope on the porch near the money box, in which a proper check or cash is to be placed before removing the plants.
Terrence N. Ingram, President & Executive Director
Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.
300 East Hickory Street
Apple River, IL 61001
Car Show at Emmanuel Reformed
Emmanuel Reformed Church, 202 East Morris Street, Morrison, invites you to a Car Show on Saturday, June 30 in the church parking lot.
The first 100 entries will receive dash plaques, a goodie bag and an opportunity to win one of three major door prizes at trophy time. Based on participant judging, Top 30 Award Plaques will be given for several categories, including: Best of Show, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Truck and People’s Choice.
Pre-registration is $5. Registration at the show is $10. It is requested that all car entries also bring two canned goods for the Morrison Food Pantry. On the day of the show, registration runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with judging from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Awards will be announced and trophies handed out at 7 p.m.
The public is also invited to stop by the event and is asked to bring canned goods for the food pantry in lieu of an entrance fee. You will be given the opportunity to pay $1 per vote for the People’s Choice award. Music and Emmanuel’s YF Food Booth will be provided. Please, no dogs or bikes in the car show area.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the Emmanuel Men’s Ministry program.
For more information, and to pre-register, please contact Lloyd DeShane, before 6 p.m., at 815- 535-3240.