The Carroll County Relay for Life, held June 22, had 17 Teams and 212 participants that helped them raise $64,438.83 in the fight against cancer.
“That puts us at 98% to our goal of $66,000, with only needing $1,500 to reach our goal,” said Cassandra Sendra, Representative of the ACS. “We have until August 31st to reach our goal and if anyone would like to join us in the fight against cancer they can donate to a particular team or participant at www.RelayForLife.org/CarrollIL or they can send their donation to: The American Cancer Society, RFL of Carroll, 4312 E State Street, Rockford, IL 61108.
“We had an amazing turn out with several teams staying all night to join us at Closing Ceremony at 4am. We had a great concession stand provided by Shaw’s Marketplace in Mt. Carroll, and amazing volunteers such as Cub Scout Troop 781 and AmeriCorps Oak 4. We had an amazing schedule of activities including Water Balloon Volleyball, a Hot Wing Eating Contest and Musical Chairs. Our Survivor speaker 15 year old Ally Johnson helped us Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back during our Luminaria Ceremony.”
Sendra said the group will have an event Wrap Up Meeting on Monday, July 8th at 6pm at The Land of Oz in Mt. Carroll for any committee member, participant and anyone interested in joining the committee next year.
(Courtesy of Cassie Sendra)
'Because Nice Matters'
Movie Magic-Stars Pizza was the recipient of the Morrison Chamber of Commerce “Because Nice Matters” customer service award for the month of June. The business received the recognition for their welcoming manner and helpful service. Pictured are owners Brad & Tanya Tregloan. (Courtesy of Corinne Bender)
Great River Threshers Celebrate 37th Year
The Great River Threshers will be celebrating their 37th year on the Threshing grounds in Miles, Iowa on July 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2013.
The events will start with a parade at 6:30 p.m. on Friday the 12th followed by the Northeast Swing Choir in the Main building at 7:30 p.m. Flag burning at 8:45 p.m. and a dance with Island City Surprise at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, July 13th activities begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K walk/run. Demonstrations and Mud Volleyball start at 10 a.m. Threshing and Horse powered threshing will be at 11 a.m. Threshers meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Music by Razor Ray.
In the afternoon will be Threshing, Pedal Pull, 4-Wheeler Races, Mud Bog and a presentation on Glass Milk bottles. Mutton Bustin’ will be held at 5:30 p.m., Iowa State Fair Talent Search Show at 7:30 p.m., and Karaoke and DJ Mobile 1 Productions at 9 p.m.
On Sunday, the day starts with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 - 11 a.m. Community church service in the park at 8:30 a.m. There will be a Kickball Tournament, Mud Volleyball (youth), Saddle Horse Show - Horsing Around Play Day - Spelling Bee, Tractor and Horse Field Events, Broom Making, Shingle Making, Jackson County Square Dancers from 1 to 2 p.m. and Bingo at 2 p.m.
Advance badges are available for $5.00 at Clinton National Bank and local businesses, $7.00 at the gate. For more information, please call 563-242-3865 or 563-682-7715.
Illinois Awarded $29,449 For Work on Deadly Bat Disease
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling $950,694 to 28 for white-nose syndrome projects. Included among the awards was a total of $232,931 to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and detect and respond to white-nose syndrome, a disease that afflicts bats.
“White-nose syndrome has spread rapidly from one state in 2007 to 22 states and five Canadian provinces this year,” said Dr. Jeremy Coleman, the Service’s national WNS coordinator. “These grants provide essential support to our state partners in responding to this disease. The research, monitoring, and actions made possible by these grants have yielded valuable results and insights for our national response to white-nose syndrome.”
“This is one of the most devastating diseases affecting wildlife in eastern North America,” said Wendi Weber, co-chair of the White-Nose Syndrome Executive Committee and Service Northeast Regional Director. “Best estimates indicate that it has killed more than 5.7 million bats.”
First discovered in New York in the winter of 2006-2007, the disease has spread rapidly through the eastern U.S. and parts of Canada, and continues to move westward. The Service is leading a cooperative effort with federal and state agencies, tribes, researchers, universities and other non-government organizations to research and manage the spread of WNS. In addition to developing science-based protocols and guidance for land management agencies and other partners to minimize the spread of WNS, the Service has funded numerous research projects to support and assess management recommendations and improve basic understanding of the dynamics of the disease.
Funding for grants was provided through the Endangered Species Recovery program. Proposals were received from 28 states requesting $1,042,938. All eligible requests were given at least partial awards, ranging from about $7,000 to $47,500, for a total of $950,694.
Additional information about WNS, the international disease investigation, and research can be found on the national WNS website at www.whitenosesyndrome.org/. The site contains up-to-date information and resources from partners in the WNS response, current news and links to social media.
Community Garden’s 4th Season for Morrison
If you stop by the Community Garden in French Park in Morrison you will find that this busy Park has people coming and going at all times of the day, and many of them are gardeners pulling weeds or watering a newly planted vegetable or flower. The Garden started as an outreach program of the Morrison Community Hospital has continued to flourish despite last season’s drought due to the diligence and extra care by many Morrison gardeners. When watering was necessary, it was available due to the water lines placed by the City in our first gardening season in 2010. Many things have contributed to the success of our garden along with the patience to plant and care for a garden- and the determination to tolerate heat and bugs for that very first strawberry or tomato!
This year the garden is working as a shared garden, community garden, in that all of the gardeners contribute to the care and maintenance of the garden, at some time during the season. Several gardeners enjoy the planting of 2 or more of the individual 10’x20’ plots. The 2013 Community Garden has 20 gardeners or garden groups planting a total of 33 garden plots. Annual vegetables and flowers predominate but in the area designated for perennial plants are herbs, strawberries, raspberries, rose bushes, and a wide selection of flowers native and cultured. This season’s moisture is already producing flowering tomato plants and 5 inch long Banana Peppers. The strawberry patch crop has been prolific for weeks. It is fun to plant and a great hobby for all ages. However, now we are enteing the warmer season of summer and the most prolific of plants, the WEEDS!
In all gardens, this time of year it is a challenge to maintain a quality garden with minimal care. Straw has been provided for the last few years to gardeners for weed and moisture control and this summer we will be initiating a garden composting system to better use all of the residual plants from the garden.
The Garden is looking beautiful as it reflects the hard work and diligence of many individuals. Special appreciation and thanks to those that have helped again this season with greatly appreciated contributions as Ron Shank for the annual garden tilling both spring and fall; the City of Morrison for their help and support, in many ways; and the Wherry Farm and Balk Farms for their contributions of straw for mulching within the garden plots. As the summer progresses, stop by and enjoy this colorful inviting area. But - don’t touch the green beans, or peas, or tomatoes, or-!
- Nancy J Anderson
July Library Programs
This summer the Carroll County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom program will be out and about promoting ag education to children ages 3-12. These programs will be held in various libraries throughout the county. In July, we will be “Planting the Wild Garden! A story, “Planting the Wild Garden” will be read along with an interactive hands-on activity and snack. There is no cost to attend, but we are asking for reservations in order to ensure we have enough supplies.
We will be at the York Township Library on Tuesday, July 16th at 10 a.m., at the Lanark Public Library on Wednesday, July 17 at 10 a.m. and at the Mount Carroll Public Library on Thursday, July 18 at 3 p.m. Contact your library to RSVP by two days prior to their event. Come join us for an hour of fun-filled education!
Whiteside County Fair
The Whiteside County Fair is getting ready for another fun-filled five days of great entertainment. The Fair kicks off on Tuesday morning August 13th and runs through Saturday night August 17th grand finale. This is the 143rd year the annual fair is being held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL. As always, the fair board provides something for everyone, young and old alike.
The evening grandstand entertainment begins Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 with the action packed Pro-Bull Riding. The entertainment continues with Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers Motor Thrills on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00. Cal Stage Band will play on Thursday, August 15th at 7:00. Don’t miss the five classes of souped-up tractors and trucks that will take over the grandstand on Friday, August 16th at 6:30. The fair’s five days of entertainment will end with the crowd pleasing demolition derby Saturday night August 17th at 6:30.
Daily free events include the Grandpa Crachet shows and children’s bicycle giveaways daily. The Children’s Pedal Pulls return again on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with six divisions for youngsters ages 4 through 12. You can also enjoy watching Loghogger’s Chainsaw Carving Competition every day at the fair.
For those of you feeling lucky, the Harness racing returns with track records up for grabs. This year they will be entertaining the grandstand on Friday the 16th at 1:30 and Saturday the 17th at 1:00. For those of you with a sweet tooth, chances will be sold at a nominal cost to test entrants luck at winning a tasty treat in the “cake/pie walks” held Tuesday through Friday at 4:00 at the culinary department in the large exhibition hall north of the secretary’s office.
Mega Bands will be back again for Wilson Family Rides that will entertain the kids and adults again this year with their outstanding carnival and midway attractions providing a festive and fun time for everyone. Mega Bands can be purchased and allow you to ride any Wilson Family ride, any day, anytime the carnival is open, day or night. Bands can be pre-purchased the week before the fair at the Secretary’s office on the fairgrounds for a discount price of $45.00. Beginning Tuesday of the fair, Mega Bands can be purchased for $50.00 on the Midway.
Thank You for supporting the Whiteside County Fair. With the budget cuts from the State of Illinois we need you to help in keeping the Fair going for many years to come.
For more information, please visit us at www.whitesidecountyfair.org. Don’t miss the action; we’ll see you at the fair!
FSA County Committee Nominations Started June 13
Carroll County Farm Service Agengy, County Committee Chairman, Alan Flikkema announced today that county committee election nominations began June 17, 2013. Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the nomination deadline, which is August 1, 2013.
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decision on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.
“County Committees are unique to FSA and are a valuable resource that gives locally elected farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs the opportunity to impact farm programs at the local level,” said Flikkema.
Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees must participate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area(LAA) in which the person is a candidate. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
In order to have fair representation of the demographics and agricultural interests in the community, Flikkema encourages all producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers to participate in the nomination and election process.
According to Flikkema, this years’ election in Carroll County is for LAA 1, which is comprised of Fairhaven, Salem and York townships. Producers in LAA 1 will be nominating and electing a producer to represent them on the Carroll County Committee for a 3 year term.
Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Carroll County service center by close of business on August 1.
Mobile Meals – More than a Meal
For thirty-five years, Good Samaritan Society –Mount Carroll has provided hot, nutritious meals that are delivered with a smile and warm greeting by community volunteers to older adults in the community.
“This is a great program for the community,” says Cindy Rogers, dietary manager for Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll. “We are able to provide a hot meal for those who live alone.”
Mobile meals include a main entrée, dessert and bread & butter. Frozen meals, picked up by family members for residents living in outlying areas also are available.
A dependable and caring group of volunteers from local churches deliver meals Monday through Friday, including holidays. The churches include: Mount Carroll United Methodist Church, Mount Carroll Church of God, First Baptist Church of Mount Carroll, First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mount Carroll and SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church. Staff members from Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll also deliver meals occasionally.
In addition to a reasonably priced hot meal, volunteers provide a brief visit, and wellness checks are done by telephone if the person is not there to receive the meal. At times, a craft made by Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll residents or a card from a local community group is added to the meal packet.
“This program is important for those who can’t cook or drive anymore, because they are able to get a balanced meal,” says Bridget Dauphin, health information manager for Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll.
The Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”
A commitment to caring for those in need in our community is reflected in Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll’s outreach efforts through the mobile meals program. For more information, or to receive mobile meals, please contact Bridget Dauphin at 244-7715.
UW-Platteville Hosts 189th Commencement
University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted its largest spring graduation on May 11, 2013 at Williams Fieldhouse. A total of 1,081 graduate and undergraduate students earned the right to participate in the commencement ceremonies.
Among those receiving degrees, with their hometowns and majors, were:
Dustin Belt a Biology major from Morrison, IL
Jacqueline Cahill a Biology major from Stockton, IL
Benjamen Delp an Agricultural Business major from Mt Carroll, IL
Krystyn Haenitsch a Elementary Education major from Polo, IL
Sarah Mathew a Music major from Shannon, IL
Matt Miller an Agricultural Education major from Shannon, IL
Jeffrey Monroe a Biology major from Pearl City, IL
Rachel Rahn a Agricultural Business major from Mount Carroll, IL
Michael Rose a Soil and Crop Science major from Shannon, IL
Jared Shellhause an Industrial Technology Management major from Lanark, IL
Jacob Sweeney a Social Science Comprehensive major from Savanna, IL
Dr. Paul Sipiera Book Signing
Antarctic explorer and book author Paul Sipiera will be holding a book signing this Saturday July 6th from 1-5pm at Book World in Galena. Ernest Shackleton: A Life of Antarctic Exploration, forward by Captain James A. Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13.
Dr. Paul Sipiera is President and CEO of the Planetary Studies Foundation in Galena, IL. He is also Professor Emeritus of Geology and Astronomy at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, IL. At the present time he serves as Adjunct Curator of Meteorites at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago at the Robert A. Pritzker Meteoritic and Polar Studies Department.
He has received several distinguished awards such as: The Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America in 1984; recipient of the Nininger Meteorite Research Award (1974-75); Harper College Distinguished Faculty Award (1995-1996) and numerous other awards.
Finally, Paul has authored over 180 professional and general audience publications, which include twenty-nine books and four educational videos.
Please meet Paul at Book World located at 300 S. Main St. Galena. Please contact Book World if you have any questions (815) 776-1060.
The Savanna Historical Society proudly presents a first person presentation of “Mrs. Lincoln in Love” by Laura Keyes on Sunday, July 14th at the museum, 406 Main Street. The program will begin at 2:00 pm, a $5.00 donation will be appreciated.
90th Getz Reunion
The 90th Getz reunion was held at Old Mill Park with 110 family members attending.
The eldest member present was George Weber of Chadwick. The youngest member present was Elsie Getz Niedziela, the 6 month old daughter of Jeffrey and Amy Getz Niedziela of Delafield, WI.
Lori Getz Kyger wrote a poem commemorating 90 years of Getz Family Reunions.
Alex Veith shared his discovery of Instant Whip still being distributed in Chicago. Instant whip is a product started by Getz ancestors, Dr. Charles Go’etz and his brothers.
Officers for the next reunion include Leroy Getz, president; Alex Veith, vice president; Jessica Rubio, secretary; Phyllis Getz, treasurer; Hazel Getz, historian; and Lori Kyger, photographer.