Jack Koster, President and Managing Member of Riverport Railroad, Savanna, Illinois, announced Monday that Amiee Martelle of Savanna has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Riverport Railroad, LLC effective September 17, 2012. In her new role she will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Riverport Railroad’s operations and making all executive decisions regarding present and future activities of Riverport Railroad.
Martelle, who holds both a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Dubuque, has been with Riverport Railroad since 2008 and had recently been promoted to Chief Financial Officer in August.
Have you ever wondered why ponies are so tiny? Or thought they were baby horses? Come to the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum on Saturday September 29th as their afternoon fall lecture series continues. Join Elizabeth Myelle and her Shetland/Welsh pony Rocky as you learn more about the pony, where they came from and how they have been used over the years.
Elizabeth will share the unique history of the Shetland and Welsh pony breeds, and answer commonly asked questions through an indoor PowerPoint presentation starting at 1:00pm. Rocky will be outside for a meet and greet following the presentation.
This program is offered at an admission price of $3.00 per person. Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) members receive free admission. The 1876 Banwarth House & Museum is located at 408 E. Sycamore St in Elizabeth IL. Please reserve your seat today, leave a message for Diane at 815-858-2014 or email@example.com
Friday and Saturday September 21st and 22nd was the Annual VICTORY Motorcycles New Models Test Ride Event at Douglas & Frye Motorsports, 1902 North Locust St. Sterling IL. www.douglasfryemotorcycle.com.
(PA photo/Andrew Williamson)
MCH Specialty Clinic Welcomes Dr. Miniter
If you are experiencing joint pain, Morrison Community Hospital has a solution. Michael Miniter, M.D. has joined the MCH Specialty Clinic and is now accepting new patients. A board certified rheumatologist, Dr. Miniter will see patients beginning on Thursday, September 20 and the third Thursday of each month following.
“We are ecstatic that Dr. Miniter is offering services at MCH. It is our mission to improve the health of the residents of the Morrison Hospital district by focusing on personalized care. Adding the rheumatology services of Dr. Miniter he is one of several physicians doing just that. We look forward to a long relationship that benefits our community,” said CEO Kent Jorgensen.
Dr. Miniter has greater than 30 years of health care experience in treating rheumatology related disorders. For the past 20 years he has had an established practice in the Quad Cities. Educated in Ireland and at Tufts University in Boston, MA he holds a research fellow in immunology and a clinical fellow in rheumatology.
To schedule an appointment or to learn more about Michael Miniter, M.D, please contact the MCH Specialty Clinic at (815) 772 – 5511 or visit the hospital website at www.morrisonhospital.com.
Morrison Community Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital in existence since 1930. Areas of expertise offered by the hospital include Family Care Clinic with four physicians, Specialty Clinic featuring eight physicians in areas such as rheumatology, podiatry, gastroenterology, among others; rehab services (physical, occupational, and speech therapies), skilled nursing, social services, and pastoral care. Our Long Term Care Facility, Four Season’s Living Center is highly respected and supported by the community. Morrison Community Hospital is located at 303 N. Jackson St. Morrison, IL
Lanark Bicycle Registration
The Lanark Police Department has started the Bicycle Registration Program in an effort to help owners recover their lost or stolen bicycle. There is no fee for this service.
Registration must be done in person (with the bicycle) at the Police Department. Call 815-493-6931 to make an appointment or stop by at the Lanark Police Department, 111 South Boyd Street.
WQPT To Hold Auditions For Televised ’It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play’
WQPT and WVIK are teaming up to produce “It’s a Wonderful Life: a Radio Play” set in 1946. The radio play tells the classic story of George Bailey and his friend, Clarence who helps him through his darkest hour.
Auditions for the production will take place at the District Theatre in downtown Rock Island on September 22 and 23 from 3 pm to 5 pm. People auditioning will be asked to read from the script and 16 bars of music of their choice. “This piece has a 1940’s sensibility so I am looking for actors who can create that kind of feeling” said director and WQPT Marketing Director, Lora Adams.
The production will rehearse November 12, 13, 14 with a dress on the 15th and a 7:30 pm performance on November 16th and two performances (2:00 and 7:30 pm) on Saturday the 17th. Performances will take place in Potter Hall on the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. The performances will be taped and air on WQPT and WVIK during the month of December as a holiday special.
“The author Joe Landry and Kevin Connors, who created the music, granted us the rights to air it on television and radio once during the holiday season,” said Adams. The production is done as a radio play so the actors will need to be familiar with the script but are not required to memorize it.
Proceeds from the production will be used to support local programming for both WQPT and WVIK who are producing the show along with Augustana College.
Please bring a photo and resume to the audition. Please direct questions to Lora Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309-764-2400.
WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.
Chadwick-Milledgeville Announces Filing Period for School Board Candidates
Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013, School Board Election in Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 are now available. Forms may be picked up in the District Office at Chadwick School, 15 School Street, Chadwick, IL, on any business day between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the District Office in Chadwick no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012, and no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24, 2012. Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the District Office.
Four seats on the seven-member board of education will be filled at the April 9 election. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April, 2017. Candidates may be from any township but there is a limit of three from any single township.
To be eligible to serve, a school board member must be, on the date of election, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, registered voter, and a resident of the State of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in state law.
Nominating papers may be filed by the candidate in person, by mail, or by an agent. They consist of the following:
Nominating petitions signed by at least 50 voters residing within the district. Petitions must be securely bound together with pages numbered consecutively, and each page must carry the notarized signature of the petition circulator.
Statement of candidacy, which includes a request that the candidate’s name be placed on the official ballot, the address of the candidate, the office sought, and a statement that the candidate is qualified for the office and has filed (or will file before the close of the petition filing period) a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.
A receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interest as noted above.
A loyalty oath, which is optional. A candidate may choose to file it or not.
Other important dates for candidates are:
Wednesday, January 2, 2013: last day for filing objections to a candidate’s nominating papers in the District Office.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013: last day for a candidate to withdraw from nomination.
Further information on becoming a candidate in the April 9 board election may be obtained by contacting Superintendent Tim J. Schurman, 15 School Street, Chadwick, IL 61014; phone 815-684-5191.
For more information about the nature and duties of serving on a school board, contact the Illinois Association of School Boards for a free booklet, “Your School Board and You.” Write: IASB, 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, IL 61703. The booklet also is available at the Association’s web site: www.iasb.com/training/community_resources.cfm.
The terms of the following Board Members are expiring in 2013:
Sandi Baylor-Schmidt – Wysox Township
Kim Gebhardt – Wysox Township
Liz Hutchison – Elkorn Grove Township
Dave Wagenknecht – Elkorn Grove Township
The following Board Members are serving terms that are not expiring:
Elmer Rahn, Jr. - Salem Township
Shannon Schave – Fairhaven Township
Pam Eubanks – Fairhaven Township
NW IL DU Announces Upcoming Banquet
Steve Whiting, chairman of the NW IL Ducks Unlimited Chapter said, ”This year’s banquet and fundraiser is a very special one, as it is the local chapters 40th year and also, the Ducks Unlimited National Chapters 75th year anniversary. Whiting said that plans for this year’s banquet are coming together with the current committee working hard to make the event successful. This year’s event will be held at the House of Events in Savanna, on Saturday evening, October 6, 2012. The doors open at 5:00 p.m. with a buffet style dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
According to Whiting, the featured gun this year is the 75th Anniversary DU gun, which is a beautiful Browning Maxus, 12 ga. Shot Gun. There will also be other guns available the night of the banquet, in addition to decoys, prints and other works of art. Of particular interest, a 10 week old male, black Labrador retriever puppy, from the famed Barn Ridge Kennels will also be available on the live auction. Tickets for 1 person, which includes dinner and a DU membership are $50.00, a couple is $70.00 a Greenwing, which is a youth 15 and under is $25.00 and members from other chapters can attend for $15.00. Additionally, people can upgrade to a Sponsor for $270.00 and receive an unframed print and 2 dinners, or go the extra step and become a Chapter Sponsor for $350.00 and receive a framed print, 2 dinners and a chance for the “pick of the auction” raffle. Whiting invites anyone that would like to help plan the upcoming event, would like ticket information, or would like to get advance tickets, to contact Henry Gehant at 563-343-8526.
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North American waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Since its founding in 1937, DU has raised nearly $3.5 billion, which has contributed to the conservation of 12.7 million acres of prime wildlife habitat in all 50 states, each of the Canadian provinces, and key areas of Mexico. In the United States alone, DU has helped conserve more than 4 million acres of waterfowl habitat. Some 900 species of wildlife live and flourish on DU projects, including many threatened or endangered species.
Master Gardener Program Seeks Applicants
The University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications to participate in the 2013 Master Gardener Training Program. Those interested need to complete an application form and return it to their local county extension office.
Master Gardeners are individuals with an interest in horticulture willing to participate in 60 hours of classes taught by University of Illinois Educators. Then they agree to volunteer 60 hours of time through their local office to teach others about gardening.
Each county has a variety of volunteer opportunities from answering horticulture telephone help lines to teaching young children how to garden.
Training classes will be held at the Stockton Township Library (140 W. Benton Ave. in Stockton, IL) beginning January 8th, 2013. Classes will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday through March 26th .
Class topics include botany, soils and fertilizer, trees and shrubs, vegetables, fruits, insects, turf grass management, disease control, pesticide safety and others.
Jo Daviess County residents can call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-858-2273 for more information or to receive an application form. Forms can also be sent as a printable document via e-mail. Please contact Maggie Guenzler with questions: email@example.com
Super Recycling Event Reminder
Northwest Illinois residents and businesses are invited to participate in the upcoming Super Recycling Event collection set for Saturday, September 29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The recycling collection will be conducted at the Elizabeth Community Building parking lot, at the intersection of West Street and US Route 20, Elizabeth, Illinois.
Free recycling categories include electronics such as computers, monitors, televisions, VCRs, printers, keyboards, and more. Small household electronic items are also accepted at no charge and include microwaves, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, small drills, and more. Batteries are also accepted for free and include all types of alkaline, rechargeable, and large lead-acid batteries.
Bulky metal items are also accepted for free and include bicycles, swing sets, metal cabinets, lawn and garden tractors, lawn mowers, outdoor grills, metal bed frames, steel posts, metal fencing, and more.
Additional recycling items will be accepted that involve a small fee. Large household appliances will be accepted for $10 per item and include refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, etc. Latex paint will be accepted for a charge with a quart container costing $1.50 each, a one gallon at $2.50 each and five gallon containers at $8.00 each. Compact and large fluorescent bulbs will also be accepted for a charge with bulbs four feet and under costing $1.00 each and bulbs over four feet costing $2.00 each. Paper and document shredding is also offered and will cost $2 per participating household or business.
The event is sponsored by the Jo-Carroll Solid Waste Agency. For questions, please contact Mark Maidak, event coordinator, at 815-541-8183, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Samaritan Society Celebrates Founder’s Day
The Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll is joining Good Samaritan Society locations across the nation in celebrating the 90th anniversary of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.
The Good Samaritan Society, founded by the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger, was incorporated on Sept. 29, 1922, and opened its first home, a six-room rented house, on March 1, 1923, in Arthur, N.D. Over the years, the Society has grown from serving a handful of residents to being the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services.
“The Rev. August Hoeger championed new concepts of care and administration that have since been established in long-term care centers nationwide,” says David Boock, interim administrator. “This legacy of growth and innovation has continued to characterize the work we do at Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll.”
The Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll plans to celebrate their 42nd anniversary of service by inviting the community to a special celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2:00 p.m. The Glad Morning Gospel Singers will perform and the Good Samaritan Society Auxiliary will host an ice cream sundae fundraiser. A silent auction will also be held with all proceeds to benefit our residents.
The Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll is part of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates more than 240 long-term care centers and retirement living centers across the country. 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.” For more information, contact Anna Gray, resource development director, at 815-244-7715.
- Anna Gray,
Resource Development Director
Whiteside Forum Kicks Off New Season
The Whiteside Forum will kick off a new season of guest speakers and important topics on Thursday Sep. 27, 2012 with a round-table discussion on “Think Global, Act Local: Volunteerism” to be held at 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Program Room of the Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison St. Morrison, IL. Any organization who uses volunteers is encouraged to attend and to share their mission, knowledge and perspective. People who are interested in volunteering, but not sure what opportunities exist in our local community or just interested in the topic are also welcome. You will hear more about The Whiteside Forum and the part we play in bringing a global focus to local problems in addition to representatives from such organizations as the Red Cross, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Churches and others. What is volunteerism? Why is it important or does it matter at all? How does it help us as individuals, a community or a global society?
Tentative plans for future Forum programs include:
“Think Global, Act Local: Education” with Morrison Schools Superintendent Suellen Girard, Thu. Oct. 25, 2012, 6:30-8:00pm at the Odell Library.
“Think Global, Act Local: Agriculture” speaker TBA, Thu. Jan. 24, 2013, 6:30-8:00pm at the Odell Library.
“Think Global, Act Local: Transportation” speaker TBA, Thu. Feb. 28, 2013, 6:30-8:00pm at the Odell Library.
“Think Global, Act Local: Work (Jobs) and the World Economy” Fri. April 19, 2013. Speakers, venue and time TBA.
Please join us for this and future programs. If you have ideas for programs or speakers you would like to hear here in Morrison please let us know. For more information, questions or comments please contact Marc Adami 815-772-4949.
The Whiteside Forum is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit community group which sponsors presentations and discussions of issues of importance and interest to the public. Issues chosen for conferences have an international dimension as well as local interest and importance. The organization is supported entirely by individual, special and business contributions and all events are free and open to the public.
Stockton Car Show Generates $1,000 For Tyler’s Justice Center
Jackie Martin, Executive Director of Tyler’s Justice Center in Stockton, Illinois, received a $1,000 donation from the organizers of the 12th Annual Stockton Lions Club Festival In The Park car show.
Dalvin Murray of Barkau Automotive, the event’s primary sponsor, reported that entry fees and contributions from sponsors brought the 2012 donation total to $1,000 for the benefit of Tyler’s Justice Center.
The Festival In The Park Car Show is arranged with the help of several dozen volunteers and car enthusiasts for the purpose of celebrating custom and classic vehicles from all eras.
Said Martin, ‘All of us at Tyler’s Justice Center are truly grateful for this generous donation. We operate on a shoestring so every dollar is important. We sincerely thank the Stockton Lions and Barkau Automotive for their help.’
Tyler’s Justice Center is a not-for-profit Children’s Advocacy Center that serves as a central location for intake, investigation and follow-up for all sexual and/or serious physical child abuse victims ages 0 – 18 in Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson Counties.
Business Disaster Preparedness Workshop to be Offered
Businesses can save time and money if the worst happens by preparing in advance for potential disaster. The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) workshop, “Ready Business: Preparing a Disaster Business Plan” helps small and medium-sized businesses, nonprofits and government offices to develop their business continuity and disaster preparedness plans. Many never reopen their doors following a power outage, fire, earthquake, flood or other disaster. With proper education, planning, testing and disaster assistance, you will be able to stay open through any interruption and beyond.
Led by Rick Atterberry, University of Illinois Extension’s Point of Contact to the Nationwide Extension Disaster Education Network, the Ready Business workshop will be offered at no charge at the following three locations in Northwest Illinois:
Tuesday, October 9 ,5 to 8:30pm, Sauk Valley CC, 173 IL Rte. 2, Dixon
Wednesday, October 10, 5 to 8:30pm, Morrison Library 307 S. Madison St., Morrison
Thursday, October 11 - 1 to 4:30pm, Carroll Farm Bureau, 811 S. Clay St., Mt. Carroll
This course will help business people:
Understand the need for business continuity and disaster preparedness planning
Know the concepts of business continuity and disaster preparedness planning
Discover their disaster risks
Begin writing their individual disaster plans
To enroll in this course, contact the Carroll Lee Whiteside Extension Unit before October 5 at 815-835-2070 or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw
This course was developed by the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). To learn more about EDEN, go to www.EDEN.lsu.edu.
What is that Tool?
Stan Seevers will present “Stan’s What’s It?” at the River Bend Senior Center (Fulton) on October 1, 2012, at 9 a.m. Stan will display a different collection of tools than the ones he showed last year. Seevers makes a game for participants as they try to identify the unusual kitchen and farm tools. He tells the history, the original cost, and current value of the item in question.
Seevers from Cisco, Illinois, was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. His lifetime career as a tool and die maker led to curiosity about tools of yesterday. He has accumulated a substantial collection of home and farm tools and enjoys sharing his knowledge.
The program is free and open to the public. The Senior Center is handicap accessible. Coffee and doughnuts will be available.
For questions about the event, please contact the River Bend Senior Center at 815-589-3925 or email email@example.com
Shannon Village Park Project Continues!
On Saturday, September 8th, volunteers installed playground equipment for small children in the Village of Shannon Park. Now work begins to fund playground equipment for the older children.
Everyone is being given the opportunity to help by donating a paver that will be placed in the park. These are 8”x8” or 4”x8” pavers that can have names, dates, etc. lasered on them. Businesses, past and present, families, past and present, or someone you wish to honor- all can be a part of this Shannon history project.
Order blanks are presently at the First State Bank of Shannon and the Shannon Café. Questions may be directed to 815-864-2879.
Please share this information with friends. Join the community and be a part of history!
Halloween Trick-or-Treat in the Park
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project will be hosting the annual Trick-or-Treat in the Park on Saturday, October 20th, from 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. at the Thomson Causeway Recreation Area. Trick-or-Treat in the Park is a fun fall program started several years ago by avid campers looking to celebrate the Halloween season.
There are a few guidelines that visitors are asked to follow:
• Children age 12 and under are to be accompanied by an adult.
• Trick-or-Treaters should only visit sites displaying trick-or-treat signs.
• To ensure visitor safety, traffic will be restricted throughout the camping loops during the event.
The Thomson Causeway Recreation Area is located on the west side of Thomson, Illinois on Lewis Avenue off Main Street. There is no charge for this program, and both campers and non-campers are welcome to attend. For more information on this program, contact the Thomson Ranger Office at 815-259-3628.
CROP Hunger Walk
Thomson CROP Hunger Walk to be held Sunday, October 7th at 2:00 pm starting at the Thomson United Methodist Church with registration starting at 1:30 pm.
Looking to make a difference in these trying times, the Thomson CROP Hunger Walk hopes to raise $4,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised here in Thomson will go to three local agencies: Fulton Food Pantry, Thomson Children’s Christmas Program and the Great River Outreach.
Last year, over 25 walkers raised more than $4200 here in Thomson.
This year the Thomson CROP Hunger Walk and some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks around the theme “Ending hunger one step at a time.” Many of the CROP Walkers will be wearing T-shirts, proclaiming their solidarity with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sties here in the United States. These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.
Haiti is one part of the world where CROP Hunger Walks are making a big difference. In the aftermath of the killer earthquake, Church World Service was there with much0-needed emergency assistance. With the recovery effort in full swing, Church World Service is helping families and communities to rebuild homes, food supplies and livelihoods.
CROP Hunger Walks also play a role in the United States, helping communities ravaged by floods and tornadoes to recover.
For more information about the Thomson CROP Hunger Walk, contact Rita Mitchell at 815-259-3524 or Gwen Smith at 815-275-7362.
National Resource Conservation and Development Week
The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils Board of Directors and USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack have declared September 23-29, 2012 as National Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Week. This week will also begin the year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the RC&D Program.
Blackhawk Hills began as an RC&D in 1974 and has been serving the six-county region of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside ever since. Blackhawk Hills has worked to protect natural resources and develop rural economies through soil and water quality projects, job creation programs, and renewable energy assistance.
The offices of Blackhawk Hills are always open to the public and anyone wishing to obtain more information about projects may stop in any time Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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.
Questions about Blackhawk Hills may be directed to Julie Jacobs at (815) 625-3854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employment Workshop: Meeting Business Needs
Hosted by Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce, and facilitated by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the “Meeting Business Needs” workshop will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport.
Registration is at 7:30 AM, with the workshop held from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Cost: $10.00
This workshop will include ”How To” Guide to completing the UI Protest Form with a subject matter expert; Work Opportunity Tax Credits From $2,400 up to $9,000 for each individual new hire; Employer Protest Review; Illinois Job Link an internet database designed to assist employers with job openings; Benefits of Employing Illinois Veterans; New Employee Fidelity Bonding Program; Re-Entry Employment Services Program and Reducing Recidivism in Illinois; OJT and Other benefits to employers; WorkKeys Presentation; and On the Job Training—Benefits to Employers.
Please Register by 10/15/12 at www.freeportilchamber.com - Online Registration ONLY.
Questions, please call Julie Huber at 815-233-1350 or email Julie.Huber@freeportilchamber.com.