Support Milledgeville High School’s Post Prom 2014
Congratulations! You are the proud recipient of a Post Prom 2014 Party Pooper!! You were specifically selected to receive this honour because of your great sense of humour and your loyalty and love of all things M.H.S.!
1. For the small donation of $10.00, the Party Pooper will magically disappear from your lawn after 48 hours!
2. For a donation of only $15.00, you get the privilege of selecting the next “heir to the throne” and the Party Pooper will be placed on the victims lawn - Oops we mean heir’s lawn - of your choice!
3. For a donation off $20.00, not only will you receive the benefits of #1 and #2, but you will receive “Pooper Insurance” that ensures that the Party Pooper will never again be seen on your lawn!
4. Last, but not least, if 48 hours is just too long a time for you to “own the throne” you may add an additional $5.00 to any of the choices above, call one of the numbers listed below, and the Party Pooper will disappear from your lawn within 24 hours.
Hello Class of 2015 Parent/Guardian,
As you know, parents and students have been busy with various fundraisers to raise money for Post Prom 2014. What will be our most unique fundraiser will begin the week of September 16th. it’s the “Don’t Be A Party Pooper! Support Post Prom 2014 campaign. The campaign will kick off with a photo and article about the fundraiser in The Prairie Advocate. An article has also been placed in the Milledgeville Messenger.
Here’s how the fundraiser will work. Northwest Plumbing has been kind enough to donate 3 “Party Poopers” for the campaign. The students will spend next week decorating the “thrones” and they will be transformed into works of art! Students have divided themselves into four person teams. Based on a rotating schedule, teams will be called upon, beginning September 21st, to meet at the school at 8:30 p.m. to place the poopers in the yards of people in the Chadwick/Milledgeville area. Adult chaperones will be driving and supervising the students. Area police are also aware that students will be out after dark and placing poopers!
For questions or more information, please contact Jo Schmidt at 815-499-9466.
JDCF Fall Forest Walk Set
Join the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation as we celebrate the changing of the seasons at Schurmeier Teaching Forest with a Fall Forest Walk. We will learn how to identify our native trees by their bark, berries, and nuts. This free event will be held Saturday, September 21 from 1-2:30pm and is appropriate for the whole family with easy hiking terrain. Expert staff members and volunteers from the JDCF will lead the hike and help identify native trees, wildflowers, and berries on an approximately 1 ½ mile hike through the forest. Please wear weather appropriate clothes and footwear.
To reach Schurmeier Forest, take HWY 20 to Derinda Road just east of Downtown Elizabeth. Travel a short distance to Tower Road, turn right and follow to Reusch Road. Take a left on Reusch and drive 1 ½ miles to the parking lot on the right side of the road. The entrance to the forest is on the left.
The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s mission is to conserve and enhance natural wildlife habitat, cultural heritage, scenic vistas, and the agricultural character of Jo Daviess County and the surrounding area for future generations. JDCF owns several beautiful and unique preserves all of which are open to the public for hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. For more information, visit their office at 126 N Main Street in Elizabeth, IL, call (815) 858-9100, or find them online at www.jdcf.org.
Oakdale Nature Preserve Summer Trail Repair Crew, (L to R, Front Row) Josh Furlong, Tyler Clay, Ryan Angell, Landon Baumgartner. (Back row) DeAndre Hobson, Ben Woods, Elizabeth Boettner, Holly Balsamo, (Standing) Cuber Thames, Kayla Albrechht. (Courtesy of Oakdale Nature Preserve)
Oakdale Nature Preserve Transformed This Summer
Visitors to Oakdale Nature Preserve this summer have seen it transformed under the guidance of a local horticulturalist, a dedicated team of hard-working young people and their supervisors, along with the assistance of a state grant.
“I’ve been tremendously impressed each time I’ve come out to the worksite seeing what the group has accomplished and I think our park patrons will be pleased as well,” said Freeport Park District Executive Director Jack Carey, “They tackled a tough job, removing invasive plants that were encroaching on the paths and making them difficult to navigate.”
The Park District employed local young workers using $43,200 provided by the Illinois Youth Recreation Corp Grant Program via the Illinois Veteran, Youth and Young Adult Conservation Jobs Act. Twelve young people, age 16 to 18 and two supervisors were employed at Oakdale during July and August under the grant.
Alan Nowicki, a Biology Instructor at Highland Community College identified and not only designated the undesirable trees, shrubs and plants for removal by the summer crew, but spent time teaching workers and supervisors plant identification.
“Because Oakdale is a nature preserve, it remains largely untouched,” Carey said. “However, over the years, unwelcome plant growth encroaches on the trails, making it much more difficult to hike and walk the paths or use the accessible trail. This crew did a wonderful job of clearing away unwanted growth and opening up the trails and in many instances, the vistas”.
“This is a case where tax dollars invested through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have a visible, proven, positive outcome. The Park District did not have the available resources to complete this badly needed work. We’re grateful to have received the grant, and very pleased with the result.
“I encourage everyone to visit Oakdale and see for themselves.”
Oakdale Nature Preserve is located three miles south of Freeport on Baileyville Road. It offers 133 acres of forests, streams and restored prairies. Over four miles of trails wind through the Preserve as does a 1/3-mile hard-packed accessible trail.
The Freeport Park District’s mission includes preservation and protection of land and resources for the benefit of the community and future generations.
West Carroll FFA Students Attend Fall Harvest Safety Camp
110 West Carroll FFA freshmen and sophomore agriculture students attended the “Fall Harvest Safety Days” camp on September 12 at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) on the campus of Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, Iowa.
The students were divided into groups and trained on the topics of “Skid Steer Loader Safe Operation”, “Safe Operation of Farm Combines”, “Prevention of Grain Entrapment and Suffocation”, and “Tractor Safety and Rural Roadway Safety”.
A lunch provided by NECAS included hot dogs, potato chips, cookies, ice cream and milk.
Presenters at the camp included Paul Mausser and Ric Jones on “Safe Operation of Farm Combines”; Ron Shanahan and Thatcher Block on “Prevention of Grain Entrapment and Suffocation”; and Dan Neenan and Mike Peterson on “Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety”. The session on “Skid Steer Loader Safe Operation” was presented by Dan Neenan and Bill Klein to the whole group to all groups first thing in the morning.
As agriculture continues to rank as one of the most dangerous occupations in North America and across the globe, the National Safety Council will put the spotlight on farming, ranching and the related health and safety issues. National Farm Safety Week is September 15-21, 2013.
Katie Johnson and West Carroll FFA advisors Dan Hartman and Don Mathey chaperoned the trip.
(L to R) Maddy Diddens receives some help from Mrs. Brouhard, while Brynn Solt and Brianna Stager get their homework done. (Courtesy of PC Schools)
Pearl City School’s Homework Help
At Pearl City School help with homework is available on both the elementary and secondary wings.
For students in grades 4-6, a program called Homework Helper is held from 3:15-3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is a nice quiet place to finish any work for the next day. A teacher is present if students need to ask questions.
At the higher grade levels, study labs are available from 7:15-7:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Monday, Mr. Scott is available to work with students. Tuesday and Thursday mornings, they have the opportunity to go to Mrs. Hamilton’s. Wednesday mornings, students can get extra help in Ms. Jansen’s classroom.
So, no matter which end of the building you are on, you will see students taking advantage of the extra time Pearl City staff takes to help them. Parents also have the Skyward portal to check grades, assignment and messages from the staff. This Homework is free of charge. This is another way Pearl City schools are ensuring success for our students.
Thumbs Up Winners
The Week 1 Thumbs Up Winners from Milledgeville Elementary School are: from L to R, front row: Skyler Hartman, Jersey Schmidt, Kailyn Hutchison; back row: Jaycie Schmidt, Aiden Barkley, Payton Siperly. (Courtesy of CUSD #399)
West Carroll FFA Attends Greenhand Workshop at HCC
West Carroll FFA members attending the the Highland Community College FFA Greenhand Workshop on September 11 were : From L to R, front: Chelsea Klein, April Bumphrey, Mallory Comeau, Hunter LaShelle, Logan Gengenbach, Rachel Dykstra, Christy Ralston, Becca Holley, Meng Huang, Matt Wiersema, Daniel Hartman. Back: Cheyenne Behrens, Elizabeth Rath, Emily Suiter, Josi Anderson, Jacob Casey, Jacob Dauphin, Cody Taplin, MaKenzie Klein, Natalie Shaw, Nate Brehm.
A large group of well-wishers that included family, friends, staff, and chamber members were on hand to celebrate with Dr. Bradley Yaklich and wife Elizabeth (pictured with scissors and holding son Jaxon) the ownership and new location of Vision Source at 626 E. Lincolnway. Those attending the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on August 22, 2013, were treated to tours of the newly remodeled optometry office, delicious hor’sdouevers, and door prizes from local businesses. Vision Source provides comprehensive eye care for the whole family, offering expert vision and eye health exams; primary eye care with diagnosis and management of ocular disease; eyeglasses, contact lenses, and vision products; and optical and eye health care services. Vision Source accepts most medical insurance plans and is a preferred VSP provider. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 815-772-7455. (Courtesy of the Morrison Chamber of Commerce)
Galena Elks Announce Scholarship Opportunities
The Galena Elks Lodge is now accepting applications for scholarships through the Elks National Foundation. This year, the Elks National Foundation (ENF) will fund nearly $3.74 million in college scholarships through its scholarship programs.
The ENF’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest will lessen the cost of college tuition for 500 deserving students. The Foundation awards 20 top winners with scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.
This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately, and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April.
Completed applications must be turned in to the Galena Elks Lodge, 123 N. Main Street, Galena, no later than December 6, 2013. Applications for the 2014 contest are available by download only at www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.
Legacy Awards are scholarships through ENF for the children and grandchildren of Elks who are currently high school seniors. This year, 250 awards of $4,000 will be available. Step-children, Step-grandchildren and legal wards of an Elk member are also eligible.
The sponsoring Elk must be a member in good standing for the last two years. The applicants are judged on the core values of knowledge, charity, community and integrity.
Applications must be completed and submitted online. For more details and eligibility requirements, and to start the application process, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars. Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2014.
September 17 is Constitution Day
SVCC Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation
Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Sauk Valley Community College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows SVCC’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.
The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
“By receiving this title five years in a row, we hope that past, present and future military personnel find that we have the services they need to continue education as well as the commitment to help them to achieve their goals,” stated Dr. George Mihel, SVCC president.
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.
Smiddy Committed to Constituent Service
The office of 71st District state Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, will begin holding office hours in the Community Room at the Sterling City Hall, located at 212 3rd Avenue in Sterling. Office hours will be held every two weeks from 9:00am until 3:00pm beginning Tuesday, September 17th and again Tuesday, October 1st.
“Making sure that the people of this district are taken care of is my number one priority,” said Smiddy. “We set up a toll-free phone line so that folks don’t have to pay long distance rates to call my office. We will be holding office hours across the district, including Sterling, to make sure there is a convenient way for folks to access state services.”
For more information or to schedule an interview with Mike Smiddy, please contact Benjamin Head at 847-651-7916 or Benjamin.C.Head@gmail.com.
HCC Fine Arts Department Holds Auditions for Talent Show
The Highland Community College Fine Arts Department is holding auditions for a new production called Northwest Illinois Has Talent – Fall Choral Variety Show to be held October 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre on the Highland campus.
“Northwest Illinois Has Talent is in search of all varieties of entertainment,” according to Highland Fine Arts Director Allen Redford. “We will feature performers from across the region including singers, instrumentalists, dancers and actors.”
This new production seeks to revive the tradition established by previous community variety shows. “We hope to have good representation of all ages and kinds of entertainment”, Redford said.
Auditions will be held Thursday, September 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to noon and will take place in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre. All auditions must be scheduled by contacting Allen Redford at 815.599.3568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Hospice Brat and Hot Dog Sale
Join Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois for lunch on Saturday, September 21st at Sullivan Foods in Stockton, IL from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be Brats and Hot dogs cooked on the grill, ice-cold pop and of course delicious cookies for dessert that will be for sale.
Besides lunch, there will be an opportunity to buy your Hospice Quilt Raffle Ticket. We have set a goal of raising $3000.00 for our Hospice Quilt this year and have a long way to go. The monies raised will help us with our hospice “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” program. Won’t you help us get to the finish line?
Volunteer Hospice of NW IL is a non-profit, all volunteer, community based organization helping patients and families who are dealing with a life-limiting illness or grief. Please feel free to contact the office if you have any questions about the services provided or other educational opportunities sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of NW IL at 815-947-3260 or via email at email@example.com. Our offices are located at 111 W. Front Avenue, Stockton, Illinois.
Make sure you stop by on September 21st for lunch and bring a friend!
‘Classic Tractor Drive’ Scheduled
Stephenson County Farm Bureau will hold its third “Classic Tractor Drive” on Saturday September 21 for an approximately 38-mile trek on paved roads with great scenery. Drivers will gather at the Dakota High School parking lot beginning at 7:30 a.m. where they’ll enjoy a continental breakfast before departure. There will be a 30-minute rest stop at the Orangeville Boco Station around 10 a.m. before heading west and south through Red Oak. The group will roll into its lunch stop at the Famous Fossil Vineyard and Winery near Cedarville around noon, after which time drivers can complete their ride back to Dakota or head for home. Cost is $20 which includes breakfast, catered lunch, snacks and door prizes. Registration information and applications can be found online at www.stephensoncfb.org or at the Farm Bureau office in Freeport. Deadline to sign up is September 19; call 815-232-3186 for more information.
‘Hops U’ Program Offered at Freeport Library
Join University of Illinois Extension Educators, Candice Miller and Grant McCarty, for an overview and introduction to hops production at the Freeport Public Library on Tuesday, October 8th from 6-7 p.m.
“Hops are in high demand for many of the breweries in the region and Wisconsin. There are microbrews and home brewers who consistently are looking to purchase hops. Hops also grow very well in our climate” says McCarty, “We’re hoping that by offering this introduction to hops production, growers and others interested will see the potential to grow the crop here and we can provide future hops programming”
The presentation will give an introduction to hops production, how to set up and manage hops yards, disease and pest concerns, and harvesting and storing the hops cones.
To register for “Hops U”, please visit the University of Illinois’ Extension website, http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/ or call the Stephenson county extension office at 815-235-4125.
Did you know?
The Antarctic ice sheet is presently the largest on record.
The Arctic Ice shelf added over a million square miles of ice, a 60% increase over the previous year.
Learn more at http://iceagenow.info.
Northwestern Il. DU Committee to Meet
Steve Whiting, chairman of the Northwestern Il. Ducks Unlimited Chapter announced that the Chapters 41st Annual Fundraiser and Banquet will be held on Oct. 12, 2013. This years event is to be held at Manny’s Restaurant in Savanna and the doors to the event will open at 5:00 p.m. According to Whiting, the local DU committee will be holding its next meeting at Manny’s Restaurant in Savanna, to finalize plans for this years banquet. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24th with a start time of 6:00 p.m. Dinner tickets will be made available and an update on “underwriting”, the guest list and dinner program will be discussed.
Whiting also said that pre-event gun raffle tickets will also be available. This years pre-event gun raffle will feature 2 winners with a .223 rifle winning first prize and a .380 pistol winning second prize. In addition, Whiting stated that there will be several other firearms available that night in addition to decoys, prints and other works of art. Whiting cautioned that as in the past, all firearms winners will be subject to the mandatory waiting period and background check before DU will release the firearms to the winners. There will also be several drawings for the youth that attend the banquet and Whiting encouraged youth and spouses to attend the fun filled evening.
Persons wishing to secure a ticket or seeking more information on the banquet, should contact Henry Gehant at 815-259-2170
Whiting said, “There is a lot of planning and hard work that goes into having a fundraiser/banquet of this type.” He encourages anyone that would like to help with this years’ banquet to attend the planning meeting on the 24th. He added that if anyone would like to help out, but is unable to attend the Sept. 24th meeting to contact him at 815-499-4812.
Ducks Unlimited is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving, restoring, and managing wetlands and associated habitats for North American waterfowl, which also benefits other wildlife and people.
New Year, New Opportunities in 4-H for Whiteside County
Whiteside County 4-H is ready to jumpstart a new year! Programs are being offered for ages 5-19 and interests like Cloverbuds, 4-H camp, local clubs, volunteering, family, and leadership opportunities. Come invest in tomorrow’s future and enhance your ability to make a difference in your community and your world!
For more information or to sign up, contact the Whiteside County University of Illinois Extension Office by phone at 815-772-4075, email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or on our website: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/whiteside4h/
Whiteside County 4-H Visual Arts SPIN Club
University of Illinois Extension 4-H is hosting a new Special Interest (SPIN) Club. The new club will meet at the U of I Extension Office in Morrison, 100 E. Knox Street.
Visual Arts projects can be, but are not limited to, mixed media on canvas, painting, sculpting, molding, etc. Come express your creativity and explore the wonders visual arts can offer!
Cost is $15 per person for ages 10+. SPIN Club will meet from 5:30-6:30p.m. on October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and November 5th. Register online at our website or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/whiteside4h or calling our office at 815-772-4075.
4-H Cupcake Decorating Class Offered in Morrison
University of Illinois Extension Whiteside County 4-H has planned a cupcake decorating workshop to be held in Morrison. Baked By Liz Bakery will be hosting the event at 119 E. Main Street on Saturday, October 19th from 3:00-4:30p.m. Join the fun as we learn decorating techniques from the best in the business and indulge in your own creation!
Cost is $10 per person and anyone age 12-19 is welcome. To sign up please call the Extension Office at 815-772-4075 or email email@example.com
Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office Fishing Derby Results
The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office and Mounted Patrol held its annual fishing derby on 09/07/13 at Morrison Rockwood State Park. 135 kids registered for the event, and the awards for biggest fish (by length) for each category were as follows:
Largemouth Bass: Dawson Price, Age 5, Fulton; Ellie Arians, Age 8, Morrison; Jarrette Wiebenga; Age 12, Morrison.
Crappie: Ava Duncan, Age 4, Morrison; Taylor Swanstrom, Age 8, Morrison; *Virginia Gray, Age 14, Dixon.
Catfish: Katie Swanstrom, Age 2, Morrison; James Wheaton, Age 9, Sterling; *Allison Scheer, Age 12, Chadwick.
Walleye/Musky: Austin Jones, Age 7, Chadwick; *Brylee Kampe, Age 8, Fulton; *Kerina Gray, Age 12, Dixon.
Bluegill/Sunfish: Ben Martinez, Age 7, Montgomery; Stephanie Rodriguez, Age 11, Clinton; Dustin Rowland, Age 15, Albany.
*denotes no qualifying fish caught or multiple category winner, with winner awarded by open draw
Special prizes were awarded for individual efforts:
Butch Kimmell/Bud Lattimer Award: Austin Zink Age 14, Rock Falls
Boy that Tried the Hardest: Gavin Arians Age 5, Morrison
Girl that Tried the Hardest: Amy Davis Age 14, Morrison
At the end of the day, a drawing was held and six lucky participants received new bicycles:
Sarah Weibenga-Age 5, Fulton/Dawson Alcala-Age 4, Morrison/Kristen Peters-Age 9, Morrison
Containers aren’t just for summer flowering annuals anymore. Come learn from University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller, what to plant and how to accessorize your containers to easily transition them into a beautiful fall flowering container. Topics include the basic techniques of container gardening, what plants to choose for each season, and ways to easily transition the same container for all four seasons. Candice will also demonstrate various container plantings.
The workshop entitled Fall Container Gardening will be held on Monday, September 23rd from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Extension office in Elizabeth (204 Vine Street). Space will be limited, so please register in advance by calling 815-858-2273 or go online: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/. Cost is $5.00 per person.
University of Illinois – U.S. Department of Agriculture – Local Extension Councils Cooperating
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Extension office at 815-858-2273.
Local Horse Show Seeks Sponsors, Vendors
The Elizabeth Fair Board would like to announce their upcoming open horse show for Saturday, October 19th (rain date October 20th).The show will start at 8:00 a.m. and the entry fee is $6.00 per class or pre-register at $5.00 per class. Negative coggins test required for all horses. There will be a tack swap and flea market with 10x10 spaces available for $10.00 and a silent auction with food available. Spectators are encouraged to attend; there is no fee for admission. For more information, please contact Lori Kolenko at 815-858-4097.
St. Mary’s Fall Rummage and Bake Sale
Fall is here and it is time to get out and start shopping for bargains! St. Mary’s parish invites the shoppers of Morrison to our 3rd annual “Fall Rummage and Bake Sale,’ October 4th and 5th. Two days of special items and fresh baked foods will be available on Friday, October 4,th 12:00 - 5:00, and Saturday, October 5,th 8:00 - 11:00. Adult, children, and infant clothes; household items; furniture; antiques; toys; gift items; holiday decorations; sports items; and lots - lots more. Bag Specials: October 4th $2.00 a bag for all of the items you can get into a bag and October 5th bags will be $1.00.
Join us for two days of shopping fun and bargains at St. Mary’s parish hall, 13220 Garden Plain Road.
NAMI Sauk Valley Meets September 24
NAMI Sauk Valley will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 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. Patrick Phelan, the new CEO of Sinnissippi Centers, will be the guest speaker. He will be available to answer questions as well as inform the membership of current happenings in the field of mental health.
NAMI Sauk Valley is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Illinois, serving the residents of Ogle, Lee, Carroll and Whiteside Counties. For more information, contact Mary Ann Hutchison at 815-244-1405, Lorna Engwall at 815-778-3662, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local student to appear in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’
Ashleigh Stingley of Savanna, Ill., will appear in the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. She appears as Officer Klein. The show runs Wednesday, October 2, through Saturday,October 5, in the Smith Theatre.
Since 1941, Joseph Kesselring’s play has had audiences laughing in their seats with a story about a family of questionable sanity. Two spinster aunts’ homemade elderberry wine, three quirky nephews, and a couple of dead bodies come together for an entertaining tale.
“Arsenic and Old Lace is an American favorite. It’s a bit like the Addams Family 20 years before there was an Addams Family,” said the play’s director and Waldorf’s associate professor of theatre Dr. Robert AuFrance. “Over the years, I’ve had a lot of requests from people to present it.”
All shows start at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening at seven. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and non-Waldorf students, and $2 for Waldorf students and can be reserved online at www.waldorf.edu/residential/fine-arts or by calling the Waldorf Theatre boxoffice at 641-585-8585.
Stingley, a sophomore, is the daughter of Paul and Michele Lahre of Savanna.