Local News Archives for 2019-05

Collaboration Between the University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Valley Community College Benefits School Programs and Food Pantry Clients

This spring, Agriculture Program Coordinator and Instructor Willard Mott, requested assistance from the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardeners for an initiative started by his Ag Club members. The initiative was to provide more fresh produce and live plants to food pantry clients within LaSalle and other surrounding counties.


In March, the Extension Master Gardener program donated 48 seed packets of over fifteen types of vegetables to the IVCC Ag Club including peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and cabbage, to name a few. Ag Club members, with assistance from the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, planted, then tended the seeds in the IVCC on-campus greenhouse for six weeks. The result was more than 1,000 plants ready for donation to Extension’s Master Gardener community service projects and local food pantries located in LaSalle and Bureau counties.


Plants were donated to the DePue Little Giants 4-H Afterschool program garden, the Marseilles School 4-H Seeds to Harvest program garden, and the Master Gardener Community Garden Plant-A-Row project in Ottawa. The plants delivered to the DePue and Marseilles schools supported a curriculum to 3rd through 5th-grade students on the basics of plants and creating a successful garden. Plants donated to the Plant-A-Row project will result in fresh produce to be delivered throughout the summer season to LaSalle County food pantries.


Remaining plants were disseminated to food pantry clients of the Ottawa Food Basket, Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry, Illinois Valley Food Pantry, Hall Township Food Pantry, and Sheffield Food Pantry. Plants were distributed to participating food pantries by University of Illinois Extension INEP staff on May 21st and 22nd.  Approximately 800 plants were given away at these five locations so fresh produce could be enjoyed throughout the growing season.


The collaboration was a great success and will be organized again for the spring of 2020. University of Illinois Extension thanks the IVCC Agriculture Department for this great partnership opportunity to serve our area residents!


The Mission of the University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


For more information, call Meg Overocker, Extension Program Coordinator, at the LaSalle County Extension Office, 815-433-0707.


Girl Scouts Host First-Ever Air Fair and Welcome Celebrities to "Over the Edge" Rappelling Fundraiser for 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with Air Fair, a free air-and-space-themed family fun fair open to the public, during the organization’s Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts rappelling fundraiser, on Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Air Fair will feature:


  • NIU STEM Outreach – Interactive displays on light energy and electromagnetic waves

  • Lake Geneva Canopy Tours – Unique team building with elements of air and space

  • Civil Air Patrol – Customized rockets, telescopes, and R/C aircraft simulator

  • iFLY Indoor Skydiving – Miniature wind tunnel or hands-on parachute activities

  • SciTech Hands-On Museum - Aerodynamics exploration with vertical wind tunnel

  • Rope Runners Finale – Regional finalists championship competition, hosted by Danfoss

Air Fair will take place on the ground while Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts, presented by Jewel-Osco, takes place 16-stories up! This unique fundraising event provides participants the thrilling opportunity of rappelling 160 feet down Pheasant Run Resort’s tower.

This year’s celebrity rappelers and teams include:


  • 9:30 a.m. Elgin SWAT Team

  • 9:40 a.m. Jewel-Osco Team

  • 9:50–10:20 a.m. Northwest Medicine and BMO Wealth Management Teams

  • 10:30 a.m. Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns

  • 10:30 a.m. Sapreet Saluja, Chief Fund Development Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA

  • 10:40 a.m. Esser Hayes Team

The event will kick-off with a Launch Party on Pheasant Run’s Pool Patio from 8–10 a.m.

Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts provides individuals, ages 11 and older, with the opportunity to raise $1,000 in proceeds through peer-to-peer and DIY fundraising with GSNI’s fundraising toolkit and specially designed website. All proceeds raised through Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts provide membership and program assistance to current and future Girl Scouts in 16 counties.


Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts is presented by Jewel-Osco and generously sponsored by BMO Wealth Management, Northwestern Medicine, Esser Hayes, Dugan & Lopatka CPAs, Elgin State Bank, Ashford Farms, QSP, Houlihan’s, Shaw Media, and STAR 105.


GSNI 10th Anniversary: Rooted in History. Rising into the Future.


Backed by over 100 years of proven Girl Scout experience, four Girl Scout councils joined hands in 2009 and promised to propel girl leadership into the future together! In 2019, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will mark ten vibrant years of putting girls first at the center of all we do—from all-girl fun and adventure to unprecedented leadership opportunities found nowhere else. We have kept our promise to girls, and we always will!


Join us as we celebrate with lively family and girl events in local communities where it all began! Be part of our 10th Anniversary events and earn our special 10th Anniversary fun patch—Water, Land, Air! Girl Scouts Go Everywhere!


GSNI’s 10th Anniversary events include Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts and Air Fair at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, on June 1, 2019; the 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, on September 21, 2019, and the 2nd Annual All-Girl and Family Fishing Derby and Water Whimsy at Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park on September 22. For more information, email customercare@girlscoutsni.org, call 844-GSNI-4-ME, or visit www.girlscoutsni.org.


Wondering Why Girl Scouts?


At Girl Scouts, girls are our first and only priority. And they always will be. See how girls prepare for leadership, adventure, and success at why.girlscouts.org. This dynamic digital experience showcases Girl Scouts as a powerhouse where girls develop key skills for a lifetime. Learn more at why.girlscouts.org today!


Girl Scouts don't just dream big; we take action. Are you ready to change the world with us? www.girlscouts.org/all


We’re Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois


We believe every girl can change the world. With us, Girl Scouts develop the independence and confidence to guide their own lives and build a better world. We put girls in the driver’s seat and encourage them to customize their own experience. With programs focused on the outdoors, career and interest exploration, travel and global community, and practical life skills, in addition to community service projects, every girl can unlock her full potential and be amazing!


We serve 16 counties including parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call 844-GSNI-4-ME (844-476-4463).


IVCC Announces Spring 2019 Graduates

A total of 378 students graduated this spring at Illinois Valley Community College. Graduates, listed by hometown, and their degrees or certificates include:


Arlington: Jenna Lusietto, Associate in Science (AS);


Blackstone: Nicolas Starner, Architectural/Civil CAD;


Cedar Point: Gary Olson, AS; Kaylee Puetz, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA);


Cherry: Matthew Hoscheid, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician; Connor Whitten, AS;


Compton: Jennifer Skaggs, Architectural/Civil CAD, Basic Computer Aided Drafting, Mechanical/Electronics CAD;


Dalzell: Xavier Braboy, Associate in Arts (AA); Reilly Leonatti, AS; Alexis Smith, CNA; Cory Turinetti, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC);


Dana: Melissa Badger, AA;


DePue: Jennifer Campos, CNA; Magdalena Gavina, CNA; Nayeli Gavina, CNA; Alexandra Hernandez-Morales, CNA; Melisa Madrigal, CNA; Daisy Madrigal-Puga, CNA; Marianna Rosales, CNA; Mercedes Ruiz, AA, AS; Jonathan Warling, AAS in Welding Production Technology;


Dover: William Bavirsha, Truck Driver Training (TDT);


Earlville: Hannah Westphal, AA; Stephanie Westphal, AA;


Grand Ridge: Aliska Hammon, CNA; Hawk Lechel, CNA; Tyler Lechel, CNA; Hunter Sutton, AA, AS; Erica Swartzmiller, CNA; Payton Swartzmiller, CNA;


Granville: Jacob Dudek, AS; William Faletti, AS; Eleanor Foockle, AAS in Computer Aided Engineering and Design (CAED), Architectural/Civil CAD, Mechanical/Electronics CAD; Tanya Huffman, CNA; Brennen Maggi, TDT; Carolyn Taylor, AA;


Haslett, Mich.: Joshua Rieuf, Associate in General Studies (AGS), AS;


Hennepin: Jessie Grandadam, CNA; Blase Heusner, Industrial Electrician; Olivia Morris, AS; Lara Petersen, AA; Emilee Walker, CNA;


Henry: Victoria Garcia, AS; Hunter Schrock, CNA;


Kinsman: Kaylin Naines, CNA;


La Moille: Alana Cherry, AS; Sarah Hunter, AA; Emma Lundquist, CNA; Lauren Motter, Phlebotomy; Emily Schneider, AA;


La Salle: Brenna Boyer, AS; Isaac Casas, AS; Jibril Church, AA, AS; Richard Cox, Advanced Automotive Technology, Automotive Brakes, Suspension, and Alignment, Basic Automotive Technology, Driveability, Engine Performance; Grant Crockett, TDT; Steven Duckworth, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician; Patti Ebener, CNA; Jacklynn Entwistle, AAS in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice; Christopher Fusinetti, Industrial Electrician; Noemi Gonzalez, AS; Zulma Guzman, AA; Maggie Harris, AAS in Nursing; Brianne Hicks, AAS in Nursing; Emily Kurtz, CNA; Kim Lamchick, TDT; Aaliyah Lyon, Phlebotomy; Alfredo Madrigal, Gas Metal Arc Welding; Audra Mills, AGS; Bryce Nolan, AS; Michael Nowotnik, Industrial Electrician; Kaleb Salas, AA; Keegan Shaw, CNA; Brandon Stiel, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician; Summer Stueckrad, AA, AS; Shayla Zamora, CNA;


Ladd: Zane Behrens, AAS in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice; Ciara Joerger-Little, AS; Jeremy Lucas, AAS in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice;


Lostant: Lauren Bernardoni, AA, AS; Rachel Maggio, AA; Natalie Olson, CNA; Morgan Phillips, AA, AS; Lidia Templeton, AA;


Magnolia: Stephanie DeWolfe, AAS in Nursing;


Malden: Hannah Bohm, AAS in Nursing; Zabrina Karns, AAS in Business Administration, AAS in Marketing, Accounting; Ashley Webster, AAS in Nursing;


Marseilles: McKenna Arwood, AA; Hope Bantista, AAS in Nursing; Angie Bedolla, Phlebotomy; Gena Bertrang, CNA; Lubomir Blaho, TDT; Robert Blaho, TDT; Mara Bruno, CNA; Samantha Butler, CNA; Vanessa Carranco, AAS in Nursing; Emmy Cunico, AS; Mateo Eib, AS; Brianna Gustafson, CNA; Skylar Hardee, AS; Wyatt Hettel, AA, AS; Erin Jenkins, AAS in Nursing; David Johnson, CNA; Joshua Johnson, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician; Sydney Jorgenson, CNA; Maggie Karoll, CNA; Taylor Noonan, AAS in Nursing; Hayley Pickett, CNA; Anna Roseland, CNA; Michael Straith, AAS in CAED, Architectural/Civil CAD, Basic Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Mechanical/Electronics CAD; Megan Ward, AS; Brittany Woodin, AA;


Mazon: Sarah Dillow, CNA; Benjamin Krause, CNA;


McNabb: Alyssa Foley, AAS in Nursing; Travis Keesee, TDT Advanced Proficiency; Nikita Voss, Phlebotomy; Paxton Zellmer, CNA; Trevor Zellmer, AS;


Mendota: Tyler Anderson, Industrial Electrician; Alex Arteaga, AAS in Nursing; Esmeralda Arteaga, AA; Victoria Arteaga, CNA; Elle Bottom, AA, AS; Christian Camacho, AA; Leticia Delgado, AGS; Jennifer Diaz, AAS in Nursing; Blanca Espinoza, CNA; Abram Green, AA, AS; Patrick Guilfoyle, AA, AS; Paxton Kennedy, AS; Valerie Leonard, AS; Antonio Magallanes, TDT; Kasandra Mandujano, CNA; Leslie Martinez, AA; Luis Negrete, AAS in Nursing; Alicia Orozco, AA; Xzandrya Perez, AA, AS; Matthew Robinson, AA; Lillian Rodrigues, AS; Emily Sarabia, CNA; Neil Smith, TDT; Alexis Sterling, AS; Kyndra Swope, AAS in Nursing; Caitlyn Tucker, AA; Jacquelynn Wendel, AS;


Millington: Paul Wilmsen, TDT;


Oglesby: Alison Anthony, AS; Lydia Argubright, CNA; Dashiel Burgess, Associate in Engineering Science; Virginia Covarrubias, AAS in Nursing; Amber Cullinan, CNA; Teresa Gama, AGS; Jessica Garber, AA, AS; Emma Gordon, CNA; MacKenzie Graybill, CNA; Noah Hancock, AA; Laura Kicinski, CNA; Haylee Leek, Phlebotomy; Katie Ocepeck, AA, AS; Ryan Power, AAS in Nursing; Dylan Schweickert, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician; Kathleen Shields, AS; Allison Shirley, AS; Austin Stopa, AAS in Engineering Technology, Industrial Electrician; Kylie Thome, CNA; Suzan Weiland, Phlebotomy;


Ottawa: Katie Baker, AAS in Nursing; Richard Bautista, Architectural/Civil CAD, Basic CAD, Mechanical/Electronics CAD; Chanda Baxter, CNA; Alexis Bennett, AS; Faith Bibly, AAS in Agricultural Business Management; William Bramel, AAS in Welding Construction Technology, AAS in Welding Production Technology, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding; Julia Browning, AA, AS; Shelby Chalus, Mechanical/Electronics CAD; Hannah Chavez, CNA; Patricia Cole, AAS in Nursing; Crystal Cooper, AA, AGS; Bridget Cottingham, CNA; Madeline Dougherty, AA; Shannon Eirhart, CNA; Amilkar Euresti, AA; Austin Farrell, AAS in Nursing; Eliott Fronczak, AA, AS; Lainey Goolsby, AA; Trisha Gould, AAS in Nursing; Christine Graf, AAS in Nursing; Jacob Hanlon, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician; Erin Haydon, AAS in Nursing; Summer Hoagland-Abernathy, AA; Ashley Hollenbeck, AAS in Nursing; Michelle Huertas, CNA; Valerie Huertas, AA, AS; Hunter Jackson, CNA; Micah Jensen, TDT; Emily Joanis, CNA; Chaz Jonassen, AAS in Nursing; Delaney Kane, CNA; Mason Kannel, Associate in Engineering Science, AS; Trevor Keegan, AS; Tennaha Kempf, CNA; Carrie Kennedy, CNA; Kristin Kiest, AAS in Business Administration; Di Aggia Kizer, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology; Charlea Klag, CNA; Emma Knirlberger, AS; Lexi Lawry, AS; Danielle Lindenbaum, AA; Paula Maier, Phlebotomy; Ryan McEmery, TDT; William McIntyre, TDT Advanced Proficiency; Hannah Miskell, AAS in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice; Miranda Neurohr, AAS in Nursing; Andrew Noble, Associate in Engineering Science, AS; Kelly Olesen, Computer Networking; Melody O'Neill, AA, AS; Alison Powell, AS; Jenna Pubentz, AA, AS; Gina Reinecke, CNA; Brandon Ricci, AA; Bethany Roberts, AS; Jasmine Santiago Orozco, AS; Alyssa Schiffgens, AAS in Nursing; Ethan Sohm, Advanced Automotive Technology, Automotive Brakes, Suspension, and Alignment, Basic Automotive Technology, Driveability, Engine Performance; Tyolis States, TDT; Harley Stillwell, HVAC; Christina Swanson, AAS in Marketing; Tiffany Swope, CNA; Aubry Theissen, CNA; Emma Thompson, CNA; Elizabeth Vaninger, CNA; Karina Velazquez, CNA; Daniel Vickers, AAS in Nursing; Skylar Waldrop, CNA; Lindsay Wheeler, AA; Taylor Wilkinson, AAS in Nursing; Cassidy Wilson, AS; Jacqueline Witczak, AAS in Nursing; Jennifer Young, AAS in Nursing; Lexis Zwart, CNA;


Palatine: Jordan Terzick, AS;


Paw Paw: Brian Milton, TDT;


Peru: Nicholas Bollis, AS; Angela Bosi, AAS in Nursing; Guillermina Cervantes, CNA; Alyssa Conness, CNA; Debra Conrad, AAS in Nursing; Makenzie Dixon, AS; Breanna Faux, CNA; Rebecca Fecht, AAS in Nursing; Molly Ferguson, AS; Megan Fraga, AS; Melanie Franklin, AA; Amber Gapinski, Accounting; Kortney Hamm, AAS in Nursing; Sarah Hunt, AAS in Early Childhood Education, Infant/Toddler Gateways Cred. Level 2 Cert., ECE Gateways Credential Level 3; Luke Kaszynski, TDT; Mary Kraml, Phlebotomy; Josee Ladzinski, CNA; Alyssa Marcum, CNA; Alexa Marx, AA; Brittany Marx, AA; Ashton Mattison, Industrial Electrician; Madelyne McKee, CNA; Luke McLachlan, AAS in Nursing; Christine Moriarty, Dental Assisting; Taylor Ochs, AA, AS; Andrew Ostrowski, Industrial Electrician; Elizabeth Peruba, AS; Stefan Rakowski, AA, AS; Shay Scheri, AS; Cody Sheldon, AS; Ryan Shevlin, AS; Jonathon Sonnenberg, AA, AS; Jacob Steinberg, AA; Savannah Thomas, AS; Brian Tondi, AA; Bailey Urbanowski, CNA; Christian Walker, AS; Michael Wilson, TDT Advanced Proficiency;


Princeton: Lizbehte Arellano-Garcia, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician; Meredith Benson, CNA; Jacquelyn Berkler, AAS in Nursing; David Biggs, TDT; Tiara Brokaw, CNA; Sandra Bumbalough, CNA; McKenzie Coleman, CNA; HopeElizabeth Connor, Accounting; Jamie Cooney, AAS in Nursing; Ashley Dienslake, AAS in Nursing; Lauren Eckberg, AAS in Nursing; Daniel Elmore, HVAC; Payton Erricson, AA; Devin Gaskill, AAS in Nursing; Phillip Hedges, AAS in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice; Hailey Hilmes, Phlebotomy; Kyle Kinnamon, AS; Brent Loftus, AA; Kayleigh Matsko, CNA; John Mead, AA, AS; Maria Morales, CNA; Paige Smith, CNA; Casey Wagner, AAS in Nursing; Natesha Woolley, AAS in Nursing;


Putnam: Jeffrey Baker, CNA;


Ransom: Nathan Kitzman, AAS in CAED, Architectural/Civil CAD, Basic CAD,

Mechanical/Electronics CAD;


Rutland: Shane Peek, AA;


Sandwich: Benjamin Brunoehler, TDT;


Seatonville: Nicolas Edgcomb, AS, TDT Advanced Proficiency; Allison Puente, AAS in Nursing; Jared Puente, AAS in Automotive Technology; Edin Stachowiak, AAS in Nursing;


Seneca: Selena Carvell, CNA; Grant Hacker, Criminal Justice; Taryn Myre, AAS in Nursing; Izabella Odum, CNA; Jesse Partridge, AAS in Nursing; Savannah Steep, CNA; Kiya Terry, CNA; Kale Walsh, Industrial Maintenance;


Serena: Melrose Kempiak, AA;


Sheridan: Jan Murphy, AS; Jarrid Thorpen, AS;


Shorewood: Tyler Arnold, AA;


Spring Valley: Cecilia Aldana, CNA; Jose Barajas, Mechanical/Electronics CAD; Hailey Bickett, AS; Stephanie Boehm, AS; Austin DeBates, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician; Edith Gutierrez, CNA; Agraciado Irizarry, AAS in Manufacturing Technology; Lisa Jarosz, AAS in Nursing; Joseph Marenda, AA; Amelia Moreno, AA; Wesley Parks, AA; Joshua Ruda, AA; Jeffrey Sokol, Industrial Electrician; Juan M Villegas, Industrial Electrician;


Streator: Sam Banasiak, AAS in Computer Networking Administration, Computer Networking; Jonathon Bourell, AAS in Nursing; Rose Centko, AAS in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice; Vincent Chavez, AA; Ryan Coon, AA, AS; Lani Derossett, AAS in Business Administration, Accounting; Ryan Emm, AAS in CAED, AGS; Kayla Evers, AAS in Nursing; Collin Flanery, AA; Enrique Gallardo, AA; Haley Henson, CNA; Jake Horaney, AS; Erica Kendall, CNA; Janie Klieber, AAS in Nursing; Madison Libby, CNA; Shannon McAchran, AAS in Nursing; Cynthia Meiners, AGS, Human Services; Brooke Melvin, AA; Kallie Miller, AS; Ryan O'Rourke, AA; Hannah Sibert, AAS in Nursing; Brittany Stayton, AA, AS; Hayley Tibbles, AS; Tyler Tombaugh, TDT;


Toluca: John CNAtwell, HVAC; Lukas Rankin, Industrial Electrician;


Tonica: Maryn Ellis, CNA; Andrew Gray, AA; Brianna Halberg, CNA; Rachel Huska, AS;


Utica: Matthew Cummings, TDT Advanced Proficiency; Emily Gander, AAS in Nursing; Bryanna Hoskins, AS; Michael Jabczynski, Industrial Electrician; Aiza Kreider, CNA; Eric Riggs, TDT; Zmonte Webster, TDT;


Wenona: Connor Kuehn, Advanced Automotive Technology, Automotive Brakes, Suspension, and Alignment, Basic Automotive Technology, Driveability, Engine Performance; Tyler Williams, AAS in Agronomy, AAS in Agricultural Business Management; Hollie Yunker, AA

Pollinators and their Importance" June 13 at the Princeton Public Library

Master Gardener Mary May from the University of Illinois Extension will be at the Princeton Public Library Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. to present a program on “Pollinators and Their Importance.”


Pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food we eat.  If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we. Join us as Mary May discusses the importance of pollinators, how to attract them, and the types of plants to include in a pollinator garden design. This program is free and all are welcome to attend.

Gourmet Hot Dog Cookout Cook-Off

Area churches are coming together to compete for the “Top Dog” award at the Gourmet Hot Dog Cookout Cook-Off.  The whole community is welcome! Bring the family for some guaranteed fun, food, and fellowship.


The event will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM in the parking lot of the Evangelical Covenant Church at 24 N. Main St. in Princeton.  The event will be rescheduled if there is inclement weather.


Voting will be through a free-will donation, accepted but not required, for the hot dog you like best.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Second Story Teen Center.


Facilities Committee to Meet June 4

The Illinois Valley Community College board’s facilities committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 in the boardroom (C307) to discuss Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) projects, RAMP (Resource Allocation Management Program) documents, deferred maintenance projects, and a proposal for a statue/sculpture project.

IVCH Wound Center Awarded

The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Wound and Hyperbaric Center has again been recognized with a national award for excellence in wound healing by Healogics, the nation’s leading wound care management company.


This is the second year in a row the IVCH wound center has received Healogics’ Center of Excellence Award for achieving outstanding clinical outcomes.  


Criteria for earning the award include achieving a wound healing rate for the center’s patients of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days for two consecutive years and having a patient satisfaction score higher than 92 percent.


“This recognition is given to wound centers that exceed expectations on certain key clinical performance indicators.  Our wound center staff and physicians have been doing a great job,” said Tommy Hobbs, IVCH chief executive officer.


IVCH opened the wound center in 2013 to provide care for chronic and slow-healing wounds.  The IVCH center is the only wound clinic along the I-80 corridor in Illinois that offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy.


Dr. Tom Curry is the wound center’s medical director.  Other doctors on the physician panel include Dr. Hussein Zaioor and Dr. Larry Ketner.


IVCC hosts part-time instructor job fair June 6

 Illinois Valley Community College’s Office of Human Resources will sponsor a part-time instructor job fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6 in C316.


“Aspire to do something great … TEACH AT IVCC” is the theme and participants will meet deans and program coordinators, learn about IVCC’s pay scale and have their transcripts reviewed for qualifications.


Leslie Hofer, director of human resources said, “This job fair is geared to degreed professionals as well as individuals with industry experience. Some disciplines we’re seeking are English, water/wastewater treatment instructor, Spanish, GED, speech and truck driver training to name a few.


“You will have an opportunity to talk with our deans and program coordinators to determine if you have the criteria and acumen to become part of the IVCC team.”


Preregister at www.ivcc.edu/teach. For information, contact Human Resources at (815) 224-0426 or email humanresources@ivcc.edu.


The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 45th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 15th at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Kick-off for the 45th annual game is scheduled for Saturday, June 15th at 11:00a.m. The pregame festivities will begin at the stadium starting at 10am. One hundred eight of the state’s best football players participate in this all-star game to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children, the official philanthropy of Shriners International.


More information about scheduled events, along with rosters for both the East and West teams, can be found at www.ilshrinegame.com.


Each year at the Shrine Game, two patients from the Shiners Hospital for Children are chosen to be the prince and princess. The princess is Sheowly Hurd from Dunlap who is a patient at the Shriners Hospital in St Louis. The prince is Chase Dryer from Danville who is a patient at the Shriners Hospital in Chicago. The prince and princess are honorary representatives from each hospital that will benefit from the money raised through the game. Last year’s event raised nearly $33,000 that went directly to providing outstanding medical care for children at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Our goal is to create a fun and exciting environment for the players, families, Shrine kids, and Shriners and to make this a signature event for the Shriners of Illinois. This year’ s game will be aired live on Cities 92.9 which is a part of the Great Plains Media Group. The featured banquet speaker will be Zach Grant from Rochester. Zach participated in this event in 2012 and is now a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at the University of Illinois.


About Shriners Hospitals for Children® Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Visit the Shriners Hospitals website at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.


The estimated direct economic impact of hosting the Illinois High School Shrine Game in Bloomington-Normal is $92,600.


For more information, please contact Eric Tjarks with the Illinois High School Shrine Game (217-781-2400) or Matt Hawkins at the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (309-665-0033).


IVCC announces Spring 2019 Academic Honors

 For the spring 2019 semester, over 580 students were named to the Academic Honors list at Illinois Valley Community College.


Students who have earned a grade point average of 3.25 to 3.74 in six or more semester hours, listed by hometown are:


Arlington: Robin Butler;


Blackstone: Cali Rogers;


Bureau: Nicholas Delizo, Alexandra McCann;


Cedar Point: Lexanne Jarosz;


Cherry: Connor Whitten;


Chillicothe: Ryan Rathbun;


Compton: William Tyler;


Dalzell: Addy Alvarado, Xavier Braboy, Noah Croissant, Justin Kunkel, Chris Liesse;


DePue: Camren Barto, Hunter Eckhardt, Elladee Escobar, Kristina Garcia, Jose Guzman, Melisa Madrigal, Cassiday Mitchell, Adrian Morales, Aracely Quintana, Yuliana Quintana, Diego Raya-Morales, Marianna Rosales, Mercedes Ruiz, Jonathan Warling;


Dover: William Bavirsha;


Dwight: Jonathan Herlan;


Earlville: Wyatt Cole, Hailie Hale, Chad Heipp, Alyssa Holliday, Billy Jennings, Morgan Keller, Alyssa Leal, Sarah Neely, Brennan Sweeney, Lisa Tordai, Karly VanDorsten, Sarah Westphal, Christian Wiley;


Grand Ridge: Emily Braley, Aliska Hammon, Joshua Hite, Hawk Lechel, Tyler Lechel, Abby Skinner, Erica Swartzmiller, Payton Swartzmiller;


Granville: Christian Charbonneau, Jacob Dudek, Noe Flores, Eleanor Foockle, Rebecca Gorski, Tanya Huffman, Brennen Maggi, Joseph Mecagni;


Hennepin: Dylan Croisant, Jessie Grandadam, Blase Heusner, Olivia Morris, Emilee Walker;


Henry: Kaya Kelly, Thomas Laible, Hunter Schrock;


Kinsman: Thomas Cahill;


La Moille: Alexandria Collier, Karli Forbes, Mauricio Jones, Katelyn Kapraun, Chad Nelson, Ryan Schultz, George Stuepfert;


La Salle: Noemy Aguilera, Mayra Aguirre, Courtney Baxter, Jacob Bias, Cassandra Brewer, Michael Calhoun, Pamela Camacho, Isaac Casas, Rafael Casas, Grant Crockett, Christy-Anne Curry, Joseph Daraban, Steven Duckworth, Ardelle Duttlinger, Joseph Duttlinger, Abrianna Giuliani, Michael Gregory, Matthew Gualandri, Brandon Hodge, Morgan Jacklovich, Sophia Karlosky, Jacob Kibilka, Allison Kubiak, Kim Lamchick, Sara Legrenzi, Alejandro Lopez, Pedro Matos, Caleb Miller, Ethan Monroe, Michael Nowotnik, Janna Parola, Dhruv Patel, David Pucharich, Aiden Repsel, Sujaid Ruiz, Kaleb Salas, Todd Schlosser, Claire Senica, Kathryn Skoog, Stephanie Soto, Corrie Sparling, Gessica Sperling, Nicole Steinz, Christopher Stevens, Brandon Stiel, Niki Timmons, Daniel Trump, Amanda Visione, Emily Waldorf;


Ladd: Blake Biccochi, Ethan Cattani, Griselda Chavez, Alicia Detmers, Gabrielle Englehaupt, Conner Flanagan, Ciara Joerger-Little, Cody Kirkman, Bethany Lijewski, Genevieve Parente;


Long Point: Andrea Johnson,Tara Miller;


Lostant: Ronald Bapp, Natalie Olson;


Macomb: Vanessa Goodchild;


Magnolia: Katie Cimei, Aleceya Davis;


Manlius: Jessica Lewis;


Manville: Sierra Granados;


Marseilles: Jessa Biffany-Weygand, Lubomir Blaho, Robert Blaho, Ashley Bowlden, Mara Bruno, Aubry Buttels, Robert Close, Hannah Cowie, Ashleigh Cox, Emmy Cunico, Christopher Decker, Mateo Eib, Constance Fluech, Julia Frick, Brianna Gustafson, Skylar Hardee, Alyssa Hauge, David Johnson, Justine Kaszynski, Gareth Kent, Fred Kline, Donovan Lawrence, Emma Lieser, Megan Machetta, Kylie Marko, Aubrey McCallum, Jacob McGeorge, Christopher Miceli, Kyle Muilenburg, Hallie Nelson, Taylor Noonan, Hayley Pickett, Jevin Reed, Anna Roseland, Anna Salz, Samantha Satterfield, Joshua Schmitke, Dixie Smith, Michael Straith, Megan Ward, Emily White, Brittany Woodin;


Mazon: Benjamin Krause, Claudia Morris, Collin Quinn;


Mc Nabb: Travis Keesee;


Mendota: Erik Aguilar, Tyler Anderson, Mia Artman, Peyton Baird, Katie Beetz, Rachel Beetz, Mikan Biers, Myah Boelk, Grace Brandner, Jenifer Bresley, Jesus Cortes, Ashley Diaz, Ricardo Diaz-Lizaola, Madeline Eager, Adrian Espinoza, Joel Figueroa, Emma Foley, Stephanie Francis, Janaya Garcia, Catherine Gibertini, Emma Guelde, Devin Johnson, Valerie Leonard, Preston Lewis, Fabiola Mandujano, Leslie Martinez, Jerry Menzel, Tanya Milus, Gabriela Nanez, Allison Olczak, Alicia Orozco, Jocelyn Perez, Xzandrya Perez, Abby Phalen, Zachary Rinaldo, Samantha Schinzer, Derek Sheaves, Neil Smith, Alexis Sterling, Jacob Stohr, Nolan Stombaugh, Madelyn Van Horn, Abbie Wheeler, Cale Wise, John Wlodarchak, Katherine Wohrley, Jonathan Zinke;


Millington: Sean Kissel, Paul Wilmsen;


Morris: Garrett Granby;


Naplate: Reilly Robinson;


Oglesby: Bryce Anderson, Alison Anthony, Rachel Black, Jeremy Brolley, Justin Cruz, Amber Cullinan, Emma Gordon, Shane Goskusky, Krystal Hanson, Shelby Harris, Matthew Keisel, Jakob Kupperschmid, Mason Lucas, Jake Mentgen, Nathaniel Newman, Mallery Pearson, Katelyn Plankenhorn, Katrina Raymer, Dylan Schweickert, Nicholas Swiskoski, Nathan Torri, Suzan Weiland, Abigail Zurinski;


Ottawa: Afrah Alfareh, Creighton Barnett, Michaella Battistelli, Richard Bautista, Chanda Baxter, Alexis Bennett, Faith Bibly, Austin Boswell, Ashley Bowden, Megan Brady, William Bramel, Luis Bravo, Julia Browning, Chloe Bruck, Marianna Carus, Hannah Chavez, Alexis Clark, Kyle Cook, Matthew Cooper, Bridget Cottingham, Liam Dougherty, Madeline Dougherty, Samantha Duffy, Alexa Dunlap, Jackson Durdan, Meygan Echols, Danielle Ehret, Alana Einhaus, Hector Esparza, Carly Eustice, Samantha Everett, Lainey Fiesel, Jalen Flavel, Chloe Garkey, Sean Gleason, Shawnna Goins, Amanda Golden, Kali Goodchild, Kayleigh Gustafson, Rebecca Gutierrez, Jacob Hanlon, Lisa Hansen, Margaret Hettel, Bryce Hinkelman, Ashley Hollenbeck, Grace Jeanblanc, Micah Jensen, Bergen Johnson, Emily Johnson, Carolyn Kahon, Mason Kannel, Trevor Keegan, Tennaha Kempf, Aidan Kennedy, David King, Emma Knirlberger, Paul Ladue, Brandon Leal, Caleb Lee, Amy Lenhausen, Lauren Lenox, Sara Makarczyk, Mallory Martini, Ashly Mauk, Chloe Maxon, William McIntyre, Matthew Nelson, Scott Nelson, Chance Nixon, Andrew Noble, Edith Ochola, Regan O'Fallon, Megan Orsini, Colin Phelps, Emily Pierson, Jenna Pubentz, Shayla Quinn, Alisia Ramos, Christian Resendez, Brittany Reynolds, Grace Rinearson, Joshua Rivera, Bryn Robinson, Matthew Rottman, Danna Sanderson, Jennifer Scheidecker, Paul Schrik, Anthony Schuhmacher, Scott Sharp, Alexander Shreve, Kathryn Siena, Katie Sittig, Mariah Smith, Spencer Smith, Ethan Sohm, Tiffany Swope, Emma Thompson, Chase Thumm, Carson Tunnell, Elizabeth Vaninger, Allison Vargo, Karina Velazquez, Skylar Waldrop, Andrew Walker, Nicole Warren, Angelo Weyer, Tyler Zellers;


Paw Paw: Brian Milton;


Peru: Logan Atilano, Araceli Avila-Arteaga, Hannah Bailey, Jonnathan Baker, Jessica Beem, Madison Bejster, Dominic Bernabei, Piper Bottomley, Guillermina Cervantes, Alyssa Conness, Abigail Coutre, Nataline El-Jizi, Breanna Faux, Molly Ferguson, Isaac Fletcher, Amber Gapinski, Nicholas Guisti, Rowan Hampel, Sarah Hunt, Alexander Innis, Luke Kaszynski, Matthew Klein, Rachael Kobold, Robert Larson, Samantha Lunn, Nicholas Lynch, Josie Malone, Megan McInnes, Alexander Morr, Chrysogonus Ngongchia, Andrew Novotney, Taylor Ochs, Diamante Perra, Drake Postula, Samantha Rimmele, Rachelle Saubert, Michael Schmidt, Dakota Shan, Cody Sheldon, Alycia Stalter, Kalli Steele, Brian Tondi, Jared Weide, Conrad Weiden, Cory Weiden, Michael Wilson, Colten Yeruski;


Princeton: Lizbehte Arellano-Garcia, Meredith Benson, David Biggs, Alexis Borg, McKenzie Coleman, Paige Dykstra, Michael Fink, Reed Fisher, Zachery Hassler, Mason Hunt, Nolan Hunt, Meredith Lindeland, Luke Lovgren, Olivia Lund, Michaela Mall, Lila Minnick, Christian Parry, Dylan Peterson, Rebecca Prushinski, Jessica Purvis, Madalyn Robbins, Emma Roden, Makenzie Scaggs, Lucas Sisler, Paige Smith, Katelynn Vigars, Fox Webber, Clayton Zelenik;


Putnam: Jeffrey Baker;


Ransom: Grace Blickensderfer,Nathan Kitzman;


Sandwich: Benjamin Brunoehler;


Seatonville: Nickolas Bogatitus, Alan Ruiz;


Seneca: Alyce Applebee, Daniel Atorthy, Monica Groth, Jeremy Hepner, Kearra Kargle, Abagail Klicker, Silas Odum, Savannah Steep, Jacob Ursua, Kale Walsh;


Serena: Joseph Bonczkowski, Holly Crabbe, Kylie Shannon;


Sheridan: Madison Ernat, McKenna Muffler, Taylor Nigro, Adam Thompson, Jarrid Thorpen;


Spring Valley: Adriana Avila, Cerena Barroso, Jessica Bautista, Brooke Bianchi, Stephanie Boehm, Jessica Bogatitus, Carlie Brockman, Brianna Brust, Ana Castro Yanez, Kendall Cinotte, Joseph Corsale, Leslie Delgado, Erik Enriquez, Morgan Filippini, John Fousekas, Jesus Gavina, Tristan Gonzalez-Mitchell, Alexandria Kinkin-Racicot, Jacob Kinsella, Addison Konczak, Steffen Marroquin, Lorenzo Olivares, Erin Riordan, Humberto Salazar, Lori Strader, Juan M Villegas, Dylan Vizzone;


Streator: Alivia Adkins, Justin Ainsley, Sam Banasiak, Nicholas Carter, Logan Colter, Wilson Copeland, Gwendolynn Craft, Lainee Day, Millie Dean, Maya Durdan, Kylie Friedrich, Emily Gammie, Samantha Goerne, Zackary Grabowski, Matthew Hansen, Meghan Heinz, Holly Hoang, Jake Horaney, Taylor Hoskins, Madison Hughes, Molli Kmetz, David Kocner, Elizabeth Krasnican, Devin Lee, Sophia Leskanich, Chase Libby, Madison Libby, Evan Martin, Taryn Melvin, Patrick Mills, Luis Molina, Caitlyn Morgan, Alexis Murray, Alana Oelschlager, Ryan O'Rourke, Alexandria Pfalzgraf, Wendy Romero, Jennifer Schaumberg, Grace Schmitz, Abigail Sember, Janell Swartz, Tyler Tombaugh;


Tiskilwa: Noah Currie, Tarik Kheshgi, Elle McComber;


Toluca: Kelly Kanan, Barbara Ryan;


Tonica: Emily Anderson, Matthew Blackowski, Lindsey Rimes, Christopher Ryan, Marykate



Triumph: Kayla Matheson, Nicklaus Thorson;


Troy Grove: Pamela Larrison, Gillian Sondgeroth;


Utica: Madison Aimone, Kelsey Bokus, Matthew Cummings, Patricia Dillard, Sophia Esme, Zachary Johnson, Insaf Khouaja, Hannah Munson, Eric Riggs, Zmonte Webster;


Varna: Brittany Hill;


Verona: Carissa Simon;


Walnut: Jennifer Linley;


Wenona: Paige Sons;


Wyanet: Katherine Birkey, Kaylee Towne;


Yorkville: Hailey Holst, Anabell Kribbs.

IVCC announces Spring 2019 Presidential Honors

For the spring 2019 semester, over 165 students were named to the Presidential Honors list at Illinois Valley Community College.


Students who have earned a grade point average of 3.75 to 4.0 in 12 or more semester hours, listed by hometown, are:


Arlington: Jenna Lusietto;


Cherry: Matthew Hoscheid, Devin Soldati;


Compton: Jennifer Skaggs;


Dalzell: Nathaniel Draper, Erica Easton;


DePue: Maria Madrigal;


Earlville: Emily Cook, Hannah Westphal, Stephanie Westphal;


Grand Ridge: Brian Allen;


Granville: Megan Brooker, William Faletti, Kaitlyn Mellentine, Carolyn Taylor;


Hennepin: Caleb Dzierzynski, Olivia Holmes, Lara Petersen;


Henry: Victoria Garcia, Visar Salihu;


Kinsman: Kaylin Naines;


La Moille: Alana Cherry, Will Flanagan, Olivia Heinzeroth, Emily Schneider;


La Salle: Mackenzie Brady, Cayla Doehler, Kaelyn Franklin, Andrea Medina Diaz, Nikolas Muzzarelli, Megan Nordstrom, Devanshi Patel, Braidy Shipp, Jenifer Stencil-Frye, Hope Wheelock, Brandon Wilson;


Ladd: Scott Grubar, Dalton Little;


Lostant: Lauren Bernardoni, Alan Bruner, Morgan Phillips, Michael Stoens, Albert Templeton, Andrew Templeton, Lidia Templeton, Ben Tran, McKayla Urbanowski;


Malden: Zabrina Karns;


Manville: Anna Holland;


Marseilles: Valerie Gordon, Wyatt Hettel, Joshua Johnson, Juliana Kitzmann, Tyler Lehman, Megan Machetta, David Pender, Hailey Provenzano;


Mendota: Esmeralda Arteaga, Elle Bottom, Jenny Brown, Debra Johnson, Bryar Lindenmeyer, Christian Salinas, Adrienne Van Horn, Jacquelynn Wendel;


Newark: Kendra Zitt;


Oglesby: Joannah Cisneros, Cierra Espinoza, Jessica Garber, Allyson Grabowski, Felicia Gruenwald, Noah Hancock, Clayton Law, Alexa Schmitz, John Senica, Garrett Shan, Kathleen Shields;


Ottawa: Ashley Bowden, Liza Buhr, Kara Cattani, Kacie Cusick, Shay Daugherty, Noah Donahue, Brogan Dougherty, Noah Fabris, Chloe Garkey, Torie Harth, Summer Hoagland-Abernathy, Crissy Hoskins, Sydney Johnson, Lexi Lawry, Danielle Lindenbaum, Presli Lovell, Kimberlynn Maxon, Joseph McCague, Hannah Miskell, Maya Quick, Cameron Riedesel, Bethany Roberts, Danna Sanderson, Maxwell Schneider, Bailey Simpson, Joseph Trupiano, Cassidy Wilson, Gabrielle Wilson;


Peru: Nicholas Bollis, Marissa Bulak, Connor Cofoid, Gena Fassino, Mikayla Ferguson, Nicolas Martinez, Brittany Marx, Scott McManus, Andrew Ostrowski, Taylor Pruitt, Shay Scheri, Amelia Stalter, Jacob Steinberg, Melissa Trilikis, Ethan Walter;


Princeton: Morgan Cain, Madeleine Eckard, Beth Elmore, Jessica Gleason, Rebecca Hughes, Madison Kloster, Jessica Krohn, Anna Murray, Madelina Nunez, Jack O'Connor, Courtney Pointer, Kiara Tate, Elizabeth Wilkinson;


Ransom: Raquelle Dahlman;


Rochelle: Jessica Contreras;


Rutland: Shane Peek;


Seatonville: Nicolas Edgcomb;


Serena: Robert Kelley;


Sheffield: Abbey Walters;


Spring Valley: Hailey Bickett, Damien Love, Amelia Moreno, Wesley Parks;


Streator: Collin Flanery, Enrique Gallardo, Brooke Melvin, Kallie Miller, Shea Moritz, Jacob Ritko, Brittany Stayton, Mitchell Vickers;


Tiskilwa: Brandon Buchanan, Alyssa Eckberg, Kylee Mallery, Emma Proffitt;


Toluca: John Cantwell;


Tonica: Armando Baltazar, Maryn Ellis, Rachel Huska, Meara Rees, Kiley Rosnes;


Utica: Bryanna Hoskins;


Verona: Colt Aldrich;


Wenona: Randall Ethridge, Hollie Yunker;


West Brooklyn: Haley Fittanto;


Wyanet: Eli Kunkel.


Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit returning this June – A Salute to our Veterans

The Honor Flight Benefit returns to Bishop Hill Sunday, June 9th, 3-6 p.m. All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. The Filling Station Restaurant is organizing this benefit.  If anyone wishes to volunteer or need more information about this benefit, please call the Filling Station at 309 927-3355.    


In the last nine years, the community has raised more than $100,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight Network.  Area veterans will be provided with a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness.  Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Representatives from the Honor Flight organization will be in Bishop Hill to answer questions and to accept applications.    


The Honor Flight Benefit begins in the village park at 3 p.m. with a Barbecue Rib dinner with potato salad and all the fixins, prepared by the Filling Station Restaurant and the Bishop Hill Community Club.  In addition, at 3 p.m., motorcycle riders can join up with the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders at the Galva American Legion and help them escort the flag to Bishop Hill.  At 3:30 pm, the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders and other motorcyclists will arrive; at 4 pm, there will be an Invocation and then the Presentation of Colors by area VFW and American Legion groups.  


After the Presentation of Colors, there will be a short program honoring our veterans.  The program MC’s are State Representative Dan Swanson from the 74th District and Jana Stenzel of Stenzel Auction Services.  Shelley Kinzer of Bishop Hill will be providing patriotic music.  There will be several speakers, including Representative Swanson. Seating is available but be sure to bring lawn chairs.


Following the program, there will be a live auction provided by Stenzel Auction Service.  Auction items include Cubs-Cardinal tickets from Rick Brown Insurance, Mall of America entertainment packages from Regional Media, gift baskets, locally made quilts, pottery, pies, and other items.  

Auction items are still needed!  Call Glenda Wallace at (309) 540-8432.if you wish to donate items for the auction.


Finally, there will be a military retreat at 1800 hours exactly (6 pm) with a 21-gun salute and taps.  Golf cart shuttle services, provided by Cambridge Cart, are provided from the edge of the park. For more information about the Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit, please call 309 927-3355.


Adult Education 38th Annual Recognition Event

Twenty-six students were honored during Illinois Valley Community College’s 38th Annual Adult Education Recognition Event on May 15.


Two student speakers shared their stories during the event. Cesar Verdin of La Salle is a high school equivalency recipient who moved to the United States when he was 17 years old. He was unable to attend high school, so he started his educational journey in the U.S. by taking English as a Second Language classes offered by IVCC’s Adult Education department.


“It was difficult to take classes because I worked full time while I was attending school. The English classes helped me to gain skills I would need to continue my education,” Verdin told the audience.


In 2017, Verdin transitioned from ESL classes to high school equivalency classes so that he could study for the General Educational Development test.


“I was still working full time, but with a lot of hard work and a lot of encouragement from my parents, I was able to achieve my goal of getting my GED,” said Verdin. “I want to continue with my dream of getting a good job as a welder. I have completed four welding classes at IVCC ... My goal is to complete the welding production certificate.”


He thanked his teachers Tracy Makransky, Patti Furlan and Luke Olivero along with director of Adult Education Sara Escatel and the rest of the Adult Education staff.


“I also want to encourage other students to continue their education at IVCC. Never is it too late,” he said.


The second student speaker, Yohnatan Medellin of La Salle, was recognized for obtaining U.S. citizenship. However, he previously completed one of the Bridge to Careers classes and he earned his high school equivalency certificate while participating in Adult Education programs. He told everyone that it was not easy to achieve these goals, “but it was not impossible either.”


“Approximately five years ago, I arrived here in Illinois with the hope of learning English and it was very difficult for me because I did not understand anything, not even when someone told me ‘Hello. How are you?’ I hope you understand how lost I was, but I got very lucky because I found this academic institution, IVCC, and I came here to college and I met many people and teachers who helped me to reach my goals,” Medellin said.


Medellin thanked his ESL teacher Sandra Woest for not giving up on him and for getting the best out of him. She demanded that he continue on his educational path so that he could get ahead, he said. He also is grateful for the Adult Education teachers that followed Woest.


“After Sandy, I had more teachers that helped me to continue growing and to accomplish my dreams, giving me many opportunities. Thanks to IVCC and all the teachers with whom I had the joy of sharing a classroom, I managed to get my GED certificate, I became an American citizen and I managed to speak English,” Medellin said.


“This is a great country full of opportunities, and if you take the opportunities and grow as a person, the country also grows. Don’t wait any longer. Go for your goals and your dreams. They are waiting for you,” Medellin concluded.


Also during the ceremony, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Bonnie Campbell announced the names of two GED completers who are eligible for IVCC Foundation scholarships for earning high scores on the GED test.


Out of 59 GED completers who chose to share their high school equivalency passing scores with Adult Education, 38 requested the first class tuition-free waiver that supports students in transitioning to credit courses at IVCC.


In addition to the first class tuition-free offering, IVCC makes available college transcript credits for students meeting or exceeding the College Ready + Credit score on the GED® Test of 175 in each subject area. Two testers met the cut score requirements in one or more areas to receive IVCC college credits.


Each high school equivalency graduate received certificates from IVCC President Jerry Corcoran and was congratulated by board chair Jane Goetz, trustees Angela Stevenson, Amy Boyles and Jay McCracken, student trustee Matt Klein, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson. Chris Dvorak, Superintendent of the La Salle-Marshall-Putnam County Regional Office of Education, read student names.


Woest read the names of six naturalized citizens and nine Bridge to Careers completers. The Bridge to Careers program prepares students for careers or further education in healthcare or manufacturing. Other participants included singer Jenilyn Roether of Peru and Adult Education instructor Carrie Danekas of Oglesby.


For information on Adult Education programs, call Escatel at (815) 224-0355 or visit www.ivcc.edu/adulted.


Strawberry Jam Making Class Offered

Enjoy summer produce all year long with a timely seasonal program on home canning and preserving safely at our “Yes! You CAN: Strawberry Jam Class.”  During class, you will learn the basics of home canning and safety guidelines, gain hands-on canning experience, and take home the products we prepare in class, everyone will take home two jars of jam to enjoy.


This class is great for those that are just learning or seasoned preservers!  A $10.00 fee will cover the purchase of supplies, just bring yourself! Class size is limited to 12 adults.


Strawberry Jam Making class will meet at University of Illinois Extension Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen, 944 First Street, LaSalle on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM – Noon.  Advance registration is requested by June 14, 2019. To register, call University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889 or online at: https://go.illinois.edu/preservejams


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889.


Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry, and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: May 20-24, 2019

 Despite the May 31 adjournment of the regularly scheduled spring legislative session rapidly approaching, a great deal of work remains on controversial legislation, and the resolution of many major issues is unclear.


I strongly oppose legislation that we will hear next week allowing the Illinois income tax system to change from a flat tax rate to a graduated tax rate. I am also fighting against the legalization of recreational cannabis.


Lawmakers must also approve a budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Action is also needed on a long overdue capital improvement plan. Both our Peoria district office and our Springfield office have been busy preparing for the capital improvement plan, assessing needs and collecting data about local projects and improvements throughout the district.


Throughout the coming days, Senate Republicans will continue to meet on these issues and hope to resolve them in the best interests of the state and their constituents. Someone needs to stand for the hard-working men and women of our state.


Wall of Remembrance display opens in Capitol


The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus unveiled its annual Wall of Remembrance on May 23 in honor of Memorial Day.  The Wall of Remembrance display was officially opened by Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady in the Rotunda of the Capitol.


The Wall of Remembrance features a moving display of photos and stories of men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Visitors also have the opportunity to share their own stories and memories of loved ones and friends who have fallen in the line of duty, or to simply express gratitude by filling out notes to post on the Wall.


Addressing attendees at the ceremony was Jim Frazier, a former Marine, contract Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator for the Department of the Army and Gold Star Dad, who stressed the importance of celebrating the memory of those who have served.  His son Jacob Frazier, a Staff Sergeant with the Illinois National Guard, was killed in an ambush in south central Afghanistan in 2003.


“There’s an old saying, ‘A person dies twice, once when life leaves their body, and again when their name is spoken for the last time.’ Remember them, speak their names,” Jim Frazier said.

The Wall of Remembrance display is open to the public from May 23 to July 4, during normal business hours in the Capitol.


Helping service members and spouses


Members of the Armed Services and their spouses who are stationed in Illinois may soon have an easier time finding work in their field, under legislation passed by the Senate unanimously.

House Bill 1652 creates an expedited professional license application process for service members and their spouses.  The applicant must be licensed in another state, stationed in Illinois, and otherwise eligible for licensure in this state.  The legislation will also require the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to designate a staff member to serve as a military liaison to review and report on the process of the expedited licensure program.


House Bill 1652 is now headed back to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote.


Public safety bills move


Those drivers who do not properly stop for school buses on the roadway will be fined twice as much if Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs House Bill 1873.


House Bill 1873 seeks to crack down on those drivers who ignore the stop arm on school buses, by increasing the fine from $150 to $300 for the first offense, and from $500 to $1,000 for the second or subsequent offense.


According to the Illinois State Board of Education, on average, 33 school-age children are killed every year nationwide in school-bus related crashes, many of which are caused by a passing vehicle in violation of the school bus warning systems.


House Bill 1873 passed the Senate unanimously with a vote of 53-0 and now heads to the Governor for his consideration.


Another public safety measure, House Bill 2383, which would crack down on drivers who violate right-of-way rules and injure pedestrians in crosswalks, passed the Senate during the week.  House Bill 2383 would require a one-year suspension of an individual’s driver’s license if they commit a right-of-way violation at a crosswalk or a crosswalk in a school zone that results in bodily harm or death.  The legislation was filed in response to the death of an Iroquois resident who was killed in a traffic crash when a semi-trailer truck failed to obey a posted stop sign.


House Bill 2383 passed the Senate unanimously on May 21 and is now headed back to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote.

It's Showtime at the Princeton Public Library!

Registration for Princeton Public Library’s 2019 summer reading program begins on Monday, June 10. From mid-June to the end of July, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults that encourage and support a love of reading. This summer’s theme, “It’s Showtime at Your Library,” will explore all kinds of performances from circus and theater to music and—for the first time—video production!


Princeton Public Library has scheduled over 20 different programs both in and out of the library this summer to help expand our summer readers’ horizons. One does not need to be registered for summer reading or hold a Princeton Public Library card to attend summer reading activities, but some activities will be by advance registration only due to limited materials and attendance.


But summer reading is important beyond the fun activities. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.  “Students who read during the summer maintain their levels in reading and math better when they return to school in the fall. And when children can choose materials based on their own interests, they read more,” says Youth Services director Ron McCutchan.


To register for “It’s Showtime at Your Library,” participants should have access to a library card, since the expectation is that most of summer reading will be Princeton Public Library materials (books, magazines, or audio books). Participants will track hours of reading (in 15 minute increments) and can win prizes for reaching their reading goals, with incentive prizes at several levels. For each hour of reading or program attended, participants also receive a ticket to put in raffle jars for different prizes, with the drawing to be held at the end of July.


Registration extends through June 15 (although children may register at any point during the program).  To learn more about the summer adventure at the library, please call 815-875-1331 or go to the Princeton Public Library website: www.theprincetonlibrary.org.


Peru Fire

Chief Doug Bernabei announces the arrest of the below subject following an investigation by members of the Peru Police Department, Peru Fire Department and the Illinois State Fire Marshall.




Multiple Illinois Valley addresses



Class one Felony of Residential Arson


Day/Date/Time/Location of arrest:

Wednesday May 22, 2019 1205 pm.


Case background:

On Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 1158 am IVRD-ValCom Dispatch began to get 911 calls reporting a house fire at 1628 SCHUYLER ST, Peru, Illinois.  Callers at the same time provided dispatch with reports of a suspicious male observed in the area prior to the discovery of the fire.


Fire Departments from Peru, LaSalle, and Standard responded to the scene along with Ladd Fire taking a change of quarter to cover the Peru station.  Peru Ambulance responded as well.


When the call went out numerous Peru police officers, detectives and administrators responded to the call and within  just a couple of minutes of the first 911 call, were on the scene joined by the first Peru engine company.  By 1205 pm, a Peru police officer located and detained a person several blocks from the fire scene.  Firefighters entered the home, conducted a primary search confirming no one was in the home and quickly knocked out the fire. However, major damage was sustained.  A family member of the defendant rents the home.


Peru Police assisted by Peru Fire and the State fire marshal then conducted an investigation and by 4pm received felony approval from the LaSalle Count State’s Attorney for residential arson.


Chief Bernabei stated, “I commend the folks in the neighborhood who made their initial observations, called 911 providing critical information and then offered all kinds of support and information to responding emergency personnel.  Their conduct demonstrates what being a good neighbor all is about.” 


“I am also pleased with the quick work of the firefighters and police officers.  Their professionalism certainly mitigated what was already a very serious and dangerous situation.”


The charge in this case, as in all criminal cases is merely allegations and the defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence.


On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Officers Robert Finn and Logan Willand from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement visited the members of the University of Illinois Extension Marshall-Putnam 4-H Tech Wizards after-school program. The officers talked with the youth about the duties a conservation police officer performs, the science and technology they use to perform these duties, and what impact these duties have on the ecology and conservation of Illinois’ natural resources.


The youth members were presented with an orientation of the tools and equipment that the officers use in their line of duty, with a focus on the technological aspects of the equipment, and were able to tour the specially outfitted pickup trucks that serve as the officers’ transportation and, often, their office on wheels. After this orientation the youth members were able to get hands on experience using thermal imaging devices to locate an officer hidden in a dark room, simulating one of the uses the officers have for these devices.


Marshall-Putnam 4-H Tech Wizards is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) based, after-school mentoring program implemented in the Henry-Senachwine Consolidated Unit District.


For more information, call University of Illinois Extension – Marshall-Putnam Office at 309-364-2356. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry, and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Rezin Joins Business, Labor Leaders Promoting Legislation to Grow Data Center Industry

 State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) joined business and labor communities Wednesday, May 22 in Springfield during a press conference to call on the Governor and lawmakers to pass legislation that would create tax incentives for the state's data center industry, bring high-paying trade labor union jobs to Illinois, and create greater economic opportunities and additional revenue streams for Illinois’ communities.


The Senate has already unanimously passed Senate Bill 1591 in an effort to expand the economic growth and job creation numbers the state has seen already from the industry, all while protecting taxpayers if a company does not meet certain requirements.


“Illinois must be a top competitor when it comes to attracting employers in the tech industry to our state,” said State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris). “What we are proposing is in line with what other states around us are already doing. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have recognized the importance of this legislation and the positive impacts it would have on our economy. I encourage lawmakers in the House to also consider this legislation so that we can bring high-paying jobs to Illinois and create more economic opportunities.”


Data centers, which are critical infrastructure facilities that store, process and distribute large amounts of data for a wide range of industries, generated approximately $321.7 million in state and local revenue in 2017. Additionally, Illinois boasted 31,500 high-paying jobs within this industry, as well as $54.1 million in construction labor income for 820 workers. With the addition of incentives, Illinois expects to see those investment and job numbers grow.


A recent study published by Mangum Economics for the Illinois and Chicagoland Chamber Foundations found that tax incentives were an important factor in data center development and have been passed in 30 states, including neighboring states. The study found that from June 2017 to June 2018 Chicago’s data center market lagged behind other states and only grew seven percent. In contrast, states and cities with incentives experienced much higher growth rates, such as:


  • The Phoenix market, which grew 26 percent;
  • The Northern Virginia market, which grew 16 percent; and
  • The Atlanta market, which grew 12 percent.

Wednesday’s press conference was organized by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Freedom House Elects Kann and Schnabel to its Board of Directors

 Freedom House is proud to announce the election of two new Board members.

Joining the Board are Princeton residents Laura Kann and Annette Schnabel, who most graciously are giving their time and talent to support the agency’s mission.


“Laura and Annette have expressed a deep commitment to serving the innocent victims of domestic and sexual violence in our communities. Freedom House is extremely fortunate to have these prominent professionals join the Board of Directors,” said Michael Zerneck, Freedom House Executive Director.


Laura Kann, PhD was for 30 years an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, where she managed four large surveillance systems (Youth Risk Behavior, School Health Policies and Practices, School Health Profiles, and Global School-Based Student Health).


Annette Schnabel, DPT, MBA, FACHE is President and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital and outgoing Princeton Rotary Club President. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Farm Bureau Foundation to Sponsor a Tractor Trek to support Ag in the Classroom

Save the Date!!!  The Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation is putting the final touches on plans for our 8th annual Tractor Trek.  The Tractor Trek will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, rain or shine!  This year the event will be leaving from the Bureau Valley High School in Manlius.  


Participants will have the opportunity to share the exciting event with other antique tractor enthusiasts as they travel through a portion of Bureau County.  Pre-registration is required by completing a registration form by June 14th.  There is a registration fee of $50.     


Refreshments, lunch, and a fun-filled experience will be provided. The deadline to register is soon, space is limited.  If you would like more information, you may contact the Bureau County Farm Bureau at (815) 875-6468. All proceeds will benefit the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation, Ag in the Classroom Program.


Daisy Award Winner

Perry Memorial Hospital Surgical Services Department Registered Nurse, Nancy Erickson, is the recipient of the May 2019 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.


On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8th, co-workers, family, and friends gathered to surprise Nancy with the award, including the patient who nominated her.  When her name was called, Nancy stared with a look of complete shock and joy.


After the announcement and a surprise entrance of her family, Nancy was presented with her award by Deborah May-Rickard, Vice President of Clinical Services at Perry Memorial Hospital.  Nancy then stood humbly and listened as Delinda Leopold, Director of Surgical Services, read the nomination letter from a former patient. Nancy also enjoyed a video from her children and grandchildren congratulating her for a well-deserved recognition.


The award was especially unexpected for Nancy because she is beginning her retirement after 41 years.  She graduated from Swedish American Hospital School of Nursing in Rockford, IL in 1977. “I started my career at Perry in July 1977, and it was my first and only job. … I have loved it all!”  Now she is excited to spend more time with her grandchildren.


Nancy said, “I have been happy to do the little things that make a different for patients, to look into their eyes as they tell their stories and their problems.  Maybe listening is all I can do, but to help get someone through pain, anxiety, fear, that has been my joy and honor.”


The non-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues alike. The DAISY award is presented in deep appreciation and admiration of compassionate care.  Each quarter, a committee of nurses at Perry chooses the winner from the pool of nominations. A surprise announcement is held in honor of the winner in front of colleagues, physicians, patients and guests.   


To nominate a Perry Memorial Hospital nurse, visit www.perrymemorial.org.

Free Workshop with Mannheim Steamroller Drummer Offered in Galva

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series and Galva Arts Council invites you to join performing artist Tom Sharpe of Mannheim Steamroller for an inspiring and educational workshop, with the theme of “Anything is Possible”, Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at First Baptist Church of Galva, located at 211 NW 4th Ave, Galva, Illinois. The workshop is free and open to all, musicians and non-musicians alike.


Inspiring and motivating musicians, students, and students at heart, clinic themes are focused around poly-rhythmic performance, playing in odd time signatures without it sounding "odd", thematic development and layering, electronic triggering, and demonstrating a vast array of orchestral and ethnic instruments in a unique and exciting visual way!


Tom’s original music is a percussive symphony - a sonic and visual feast for the senses - wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual. Tom's high energy, passion, emotion, and superb musicality, leave audiences nation-wide amazed and inspired!


To learn more please visit facebook.com/levittampgalvamusicseries.


Evangelical Covenant Church Invites Children to Roar VBS: Life is wild, God is good

A summer kids’ event called Roar VBS will be hosted at the Evangelical Covenant Church at 24 N. Main Street in Princeton from June 10 to June 14. At Roar, kids discover that God is good even when life get wild! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and build fun hands-on crafts to take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Safari Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:40 am.


Kids at Roar VBS will also help raise funds for missions to provide food, water, medical care, and other assistance to some of the 22.5 million children currently living as refugees around the world.


Roar is for kids who will be entering kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall. It will run from 9 am to noon each day. For registration and more information, visit eccprinceton.org/vbs/ or call 815-875-2124.


University of Illinois Extension and Princeton Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission's Youth Bike Workshop

University of Illinois Extension 4-H and Princeton Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission recently held their second annual bike workshop. On Wednesday, May 15th area youth gathered at Perry Memorial Hospital’s employee parking lot to be led by Princeton Police Officers and Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission members.  Youth were guided through stations learning and mastering skills in proper hand signaling, maneuvering, awareness, and maintenance.

At the commencement of the workshop, youth were treated to a dinner and awarded certificates and a goody bag for their participation.  The workshop was held during National Bike Month.


“It is such an asset to have community groups step up to assist in program delivery to benefit our area youth,” University of Illinois 4-H and Youth Development Program Coordinator, Danielle Saletzki, stated. “The combined efforts of the Princeton Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, Princeton Police Department, and Perry Memorial Hospital have made this event a success for the past two years.  I look forward to a continued partnership to ensure this event proceeds as an annual educational program.”


Illinois 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in Illinois, challenging youth to “learn by doing” with fun, hands-on activities that teach skills for living.


For more information about 4-H call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-875-2878. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Award-winning Irish Bluegrass Group to Perform in Cambridge

JigJam, a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland, will be performing on Monday, May 27h at a private residence in Cambridge, IL. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as 'I-Grass' or "CeltGrass", their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.


"Here's an Irish band that's going to impact the world as hard as Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half a chance." - MIDWEST RECORDS


Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, Co.Offaly with Co. Tipperary born Gavin Strappe completing the quartet. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture which is reflected by the band collectively achieving over twenty All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. They have now developed their own unique style of music influenced by American Folk music whilst staying true to their Irish roots. Described as “The best Irish group so far in bluegrass” (Irish American News) this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear.


JigJam have recorded two studio albums (OH BOY! 2014 & HELLO WORLD 2016) to critical acclaim as well as a live album (LIVE IN TULLAMORE 2017). They have made a huge impact on the Irish American circuit performing as a headline act at all the major festivals including the world-renowned Milwaukee Irish Fest as well as touring various parts of the UK and Europe.


"The words sparkling, innovative and infectious come first to mind, beyond that you get into an unadulterated display of accomplished musicianship, skill and talent." - FOLKWORDS


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $20 donation is suggested. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.


For more information please email john.r.taylor@gmail.com.


To learn more about JigJam please visit jigjam.ie.

R.A.Sapp library Summer Reading Program

 School will soon be out for the summer. There’ll be plenty of time for reading, which means it’s time to get snazzy, glitzy and roll out the red carpet!  Join us at the R.A. Sapp Library this summer for It’s Showtime at your Library. We’ve lined up fascinating presentations, crafts, and story times for children that put books center stage and make reading the blockbuster event of the summer. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals. 


Our Summer Reading program is simple: You read books and earn prizes. Program registration is Tuesday, May 28 – Saturday, June 1. Our summer reading program is open to the public, no matter where one lives.  Just stop by the library to sign up for the program. As always, library programs are FREE. Our Summer Reading Program runs on Monday, June 3, June 10, June17, and June 24 starting at 2pm.


Why not enjoy the activities we’ve planned for this year’s summer reading program?


If you have any questions, please feel free to call the library at 815-699-2342.


Bluegrass Festival Resurrected in Fulton, Scheduled for June 8th

2018 would have been the fifth year of an annual bluegrass festival held at beautiful Heritage Canyon in Fulton, Illinois; however, instead of continuing this tradition, the festival’s run came to an end.  Later that fall, a group of area friends decided to bring this truly American form of music back to the area and launched the Heritage Bluegrass Festival.


June 8th, 2019 guests are invited to experience one of the greatest natural amphitheaters in the area at Heritage Canyon in Fulton, IL where you will be treated to some world-class bluegrass from regional and national acts.


Musical Line-up:

Flash in a Pan: 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Milltown:  2:15PM - 3:15PM
Gone Fishin':  3:30PM - 4:15PM
Joe Hott: 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Tickets are available in advance at Eventbrite and will be available for purchase at the gate ($15 per person and $40 per family). Proceeds will benefit the Early American Crafters, Heritage Canyon, and other local charities.

Food will be available from Hillbilly Jack’s BBQ and, in addition, beverages and snacks will be available for purchase by the Early American Crafters. There will be a craft vendor fair and opportunity to explore the canyon and historic village throughout the day. 

Bring your lawn chairs and get ready for a fantastic afternoon of family-friendly entertainment!


To learn more about the Heritage Bluegrass Festival please visit: facebook.com/FultonHeritageBluegrassFestival.

IVCC Theatre Department hosts Tony Awards Viewing Party June 9

Broadway’s biggest night will be broadcast on the big screen when the Illinois Valley Community College Theatre Department and SPAMO (Students of Performing Arts and Musicals Organization) host a Tony Awards Watch Party in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre Sunday, June 9.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with Broadway Trivia, Broadway Karaoke open to all guests, and other events. The broadcast begins at 7 and commercial breaks will serve as times for more brief interactive events and discussion.


Refreshments will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting SPAMO. Admission is free and open to the public.


SPAMO President, Ashley Hurst said, “This is an event for those who love and support theatre, as well as those who actually do theatre. The Tony Awards are the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl, and Academy Awards for Broadway!”


IVCC Director and Choreographer of Musical Theatre Don Grant Zellmer said, “This event is a way of expressing our thanks to our audiences who support our productions. It’s a great way to meet others interested in theatre, an opportunity for us to interact with our audience on a more personal level – as well as see what’s playing on Broadway currently.”


To follow this event as well as all IVCC theatrical news, the department hosts the IVCC Fine Arts Facebook group which community members are welcome to join.

IVCC Ag Club Donates Plants to Extension

An initiative begun last year by Illinois Valley Community College’s student Ag Club will result in fresh produce going to district food pantries this summer and fall.


The club grew well over a thousand plants this year in the college greenhouse including 800 tomato and 500 cabbage plants along with bell peppers, squash, pumpkin, watermelon, basil, cilantro and more.


Following a campus sale that ended last week, remaining plants were donated to University of Illinois Extension for replanting in community gardens and elsewhere.


Specific destinations include the 4-H Latino After-School Club at DePue Elementary School, the Ottawa Community Garden and a school garden located at Marseilles Elementary School.

At harvest, produce will be distributed to district food pantries.


The club and IVCC ag program coordinator and instructor Willard Mott worked with the Extension’s Meg Overocker, Program Coordinator for the Master Gardeners and Master Naturalist programs, and Paul Marincic, a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteer.

Cycling To Fight World Hunger

The Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries (RALM) are co-sponsoring “Cycle to Synod,” a three-day bicycle ride (June 11 to 13) across Illinois to raise funds and awareness for the ELCA World Hunger Ministry.  “Cycle to Synod” will begin at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Princeton, on Tuesday, June 11, at 10 AM with a kick-off “Blessing and Prayer” sponsored by the members of St. Matthews Lutheran Church.


Approximately ten bicycle enthusiasts will undertake the three-day-ride which will cover over 100 miles.  On Friday, June 14, the cyclists will enter the Northern Illinois Synod Annual Assembly at Centennial Hall on the campus of Augustana Lutheran College in Rock Island to celebrate their ride and to announce the funds raised along the journey.


ELCA World Hunger has partners and companions in the United States and over 60 countries with ministries addressing: Water and Sanitation; Education and Training; Agriculture and Nutrition; Income and Savings; Health; Peace, Justice and Human Rights; Advocacy and Community Organizing.  In 2017, ELCA World Hunger received over $21.3 million in support of these ministries. 


Anyone can donate to support “Cycle to Synod” by writing a check to the Northern Illinois Synod, with “Cycle to Synod” written on the memo line.  These donations can be received at any of the stops along the three-day ride or mailed to the Northern Illinois Synod office at 103 West State Street, Rockford, IL 61101.


“Cycle to Synod” can be followed on social media using “#CycleToSynod”.  The ride will make overnight stops at Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee; First Lutheran Church, Geneseo; and, First Lutheran Church, Rock Island.  The ride will make lunch stops at the Hennepin Canal State Park sponsored by First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown; Cambridge Lutheran Church, Cambridge; and Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover.  At each of these stops, information regarding ELCA World Hunger will be shared through interactive Bible studies and promotional materials. 


For more information on joining the ride or making a financial donation to ELCA World Hunger contact: Pastor Jamie Gallagher, First Lutheran Church, Monmouth at 309-734-2106.

"Explore More Illinois" Discounted Passes Now Available Through The Princeton Library

The Princeton Public Library has added a free online service available to library patrons, Explore More Illinois, which provides instant access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theaters, and other fun and local cultural venues.


At this time participating attractions include:

  • 1950s Park Forest House Museum / Park Forest
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum / Springfield
  • American Toby Jug Museum / Evanston
  • Chicago Children’s Museum / Chicago
  • Chicago Maritime Museum / Chicago
  • Discovery Center Museum / Rockford
  • DuSable Musem of African American History Museum / Chicago
  • Edwards Place / Springfield
  • Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park / Oak Park
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum / Skokie
  • Kankakee County Museum / Kankakee
  • Kidzeum of Health and Science / Springfield
  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art / Evanston
  • Momence Heritage Days / Momence
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College / Chicago
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum / Peoria
  • Springfield Arts Association / Springfield
  • Viking Ship / Geneva

To obtain a pass, go to the library website, www.princetonpl.org, and click on the Explore More Illinois logo found in the Helpful Links column. The site can be accessed from anywhere you have an internet connection. Once you are logged in with your library card credentials, you will see offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction name, or location. Information about each attraction and the offer is available before making the reservation.


Reservations must be made for a specific date. Using the calendar, you can choose what date you want to make the reservation for and then choose the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear, and a confirmation email will be sent to the patron. You have the option of printing out a pass at that time, or they can choose to print it out later. You can cancel a reservation before you print or download a pass.

Bureau County 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers Wanted

The summer training for adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader will be held July 20-21, 2019 at 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello, IL. Adult volunteers are an important part of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program. All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the training and passed the certification test.


“After the training, our 4-H volunteers understand their role in mentoring youth to become self-directed, confident members of their community,” Curt Sinclair, 4-H Shooting Sports and Environmental Education Extension Specialist said. “Yes, they’ll also teach the fundamentals of safe shooting, but their bigger role will be helping youth feel welcomed, empowered, and successful; generous in spirit; and thoughtful of their fellow club members and the communities where they live.”


Instructors are needed in Bureau County in archery, rifle, and pistol, as well as coordinator positions. University of Illinois Extension will cover the cost of registration for two individuals registered by June 30. If you are interested in volunteering for a 4-H Shooting Sports, please contact the University of Illinois Extension Office at (815)875-2878 for more information.

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering.


For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-875-2878. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Scholarship Created in Memory of Clarence Sapienza

An elementary education scholarship has been established with the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation in memory of longtime educator and World War II veteran Clarence Sapienza of Peru.


The annual scholarship was set up by Clarence’s widow Myrle and son Mike and wife Jackie of Peru. It will award $1,000 to a full-time elementary education major who had graduated from La Salle-Peru Township High School, St. Bede Academy or Putnam County High School.

Clarence died April 14 at age 99. A graduate of LP, he earned a teacher’s certificate from La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College in 1940 and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Bradley University. He was a teacher, principal and retired as superintendent of Oglesby Public Schools.


Before beginning his teaching career at Sprinkleburg School, a one-room schoolhouse in Putnam County, Sapienza served in World War II for the U.S. Eighth Army Air Corps as a belly gunner on a B-17 bomber. 


“It is a privilege to work with the Sapienza’s to honor Clarence’s remarkable life,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “Clarence represented the ‘Greatest Generation’ – the men and women who lived through the Depression, fought so bravely in World War II and went on to live meaningful lives.”


The scholarship will be awarded for the first time at the Aug. 29 scholarship reception in IVCC’s gymnasium. There, the recipient may have an opportunity to meet Myrle, who was married to Clarence for 76 years.


“My father had a deep love of God and country,” said Mike Sapienza. “He would be happy knowing we are assisting future teachers in this way.”


To create a scholarship with the IVCC Foundation, contact Fran Brolley at (815) 224-0466 or fran_brolley@ivcc.edu.

Freedom House Offers Empowerment Program

The annual Empowerment Program for incoming grades 4-9 students, a series of one-day conferences presented by Freedom House, will be offered free of charge this June at eight locations in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties. This year’s theme is “Embracing Myself for All that I am Worth.”


For students entering grades 4-6, the program provides them with the tools to strengthen self-esteem, set goals, and acknowledge boundaries. The program for incoming 7-9 graders includes combatting negative self-talk, practicing self-compassion, respecting myself, becoming assertive, surviving conflict, and implementing healthy relationship dynamics.

Information about the conferences will be distributed to schools and sent home with students. For online registration, please visitwww.freedomhouseillinois.org or www.facebook.com/freedomhouseillinois. The registration deadline is May 31. For more information please e-mail: srosalez@freedomhouseillinois.com, or call (815-872-0087).


Schedule (8:30 am - 3:30 pm unless otherwise noted)

Princeton – Tuesday, June 4 – Bureau County Farm Bureau

Wyoming – Thursday, June 6 – WyHi Community Center

Geneseo – Monday, June 10 – Geneseo Public Library (9:30am - 4:00pm)

Spring Valley – Thursday, June 13 – Hall High School

Henry – Tuesday, June 18 – Marshall/Putnam County Farm Bureau

Granville – Thursday, June 20 – Putnam County HS, (8:15am-2:30pm)

Sheffield – Tuesday, June 25 – Cornerstone Community Wellness

Kewanee – Thursday, June 27 – Hill Church

Free Summer Youth Photography Mentorship Offered in Galva

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is offering a free summer youth photography mentorship and currently have openings for 9 middle/high school age youth who are interested in learning photography skills. This free mentorship program will run Sundays from June 2nd through August 4th and will cover all the basics of photography--no experience required. Students will have a chance to photograph at Levitt AMP Galva Music Series concerts alongside mentors who will critique work and help guide with composition and editing photos. Photos taken have the possibility of being included in national marketing and are eligible for entry in the photo contest scheduled for the final concert on August 4th.


To sign up or for more information please contact Tya Barman at mrsbarman12@gmail.com or (309) 631-7252.


To learn more about the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series please visit levittamp.org/galva.

Depue Fire

On Tuesday May 14, 2019, Bureau County Sheriff James Reed advised that deputies responded to a structure fire in Lakeview Estates, Depue, IL, to assist with traffic control.   Responding to the scene was 10-33 ambulance, Peru ambulance, Depue Fire, Bureau Fire, Spring Valley Fire, Dalzell Fire, Ladd Fire, and Princeton Fire, and Depue Police.


 Two adults and four children were in the residence at the time of the fire.  Upon arrival all six occupants were out of the residence. All occupants were transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley for medical evaluation.  A 4 year old child was later transported to a Chicago, IL pediatric burn unit.


 Medical status of all occupants remains unknown.  The fire is currently under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Any further questions should be directed to their office or the Depue Fire Department.


Scott's Law

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association today stood with Governor Pritzker, Senator Antonio Munoz, Senator Neil Anderson, Representative John Cabello, Representative Marcus Evans and other members of law enforcement to announce proposed enhancements to Scott’s Law and the safety of all emergency personnel.


“There have been far too many terrible, yet preventable, accidents already in 2019. The proposed changes are a great first step, but this is just the beginning of an overall effort to evaluate how to improve the safety of all on our roadways”, said Jim Kaitschuk, Executive Director, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association.


Scott’s Law is (625 ILCS 5/11-907) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-907) (c) Upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, when the authorized emergency vehicle is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing red, red and white, blue, or red and blue lights or amber or yellow warning lights, a person who drives an approaching vehicle shall:


(1) proceeding with due caution, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the authorized emergency vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, if on a highway having at least 4 lanes with not less than 2 lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or


(2) proceeding with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.

The proposal:

Creates new funds for law enforcement agencies to hire off duty police back to monitor construction and safety zones, purchase equipment and educate drivers

The fine increases from a minimum of $100 to $250 and $750 for the second offense and up to $10,000.


Damage to another vehicle is a Class A Misdemeanor


Causing Injury or death to anyone is a Class 4 Felony


Causing death to emergency services personnel is a Class 2 Felony

Adds questions regarding Scott’s Law to driving exam


Creates “Move Over Task Force”-they shall provide recommendations to the General Assembly by January 1, 2020


The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association was founded in 1928. The ISA provides essential training and development for Sheriffs and their support teams. We also create, encourage and support various civic and youth-oriented programs. Through community outreach and the monetary support of its various memberships, the ISA continues to strengthen several important initiatives for our youth. The ISA is also a tremendous advocate for reasonable legislation regarding criminal justice to ensure the safety of the community and the officers that serve them.


Keeping lives safe and the well-being of our children are two of the most important investments we can make. Our sincere thanks for the commitment of our men and women in uniform along with the loyal support of citizens and businesses throughout Illinois. Together, we are making a difference!


Move Over, Slow Down and put down the phone. Help us all save lives.


State Senator Sue Rezin's Office Receives Threats; Peru Police Make Arrest

Chief Doug Bernabei announces the arrest of the below subject following an intensive investigation by members of the Peru Police Department patrol division, detective division and Special Investigations Unit.  The LaSalle County States Attorney as well as the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC) also assisted our agency during the investigative phase.



Steven A. Tutko age 33

2830 4th Street Trailer 30

Peru, Illinois



Class 4 Felony of Threat to school building or person, bond set at $100,000.00.


Day/Date/Time/Location of arrest:

Tuesday May 14, 2019 1245 pm at the defendant’s residence.


Case background:

On Monday May 13, 2019, an officer of the PPD responded to the Peru Offices of 38th District State Senator Sue Rezin.  The senator’s office had received a voice mail at her office wherein an individual made very specific threats that in part making a threat to commit a mass shooting at “a school.”  For obvious reason the matter was treated as the highest of priorities and overnight efforts to identify a potential suspect continued. The threat was only to “a school” with no specific school, city, or county mentioned or named.  As a precaution, the appropriate measures were taken to make sure local schools were safe and secure.


Based on our investigation the PPD identified a person of interest by Tuesday morning and immediately presented the facts to the office of the LaSalle States Attorney.  The states attorney approved a felony charge against the defendant for threats to a school building and persons and Judge Michael Janz signed a warrant over the noon hour Tuesday.  At the same time, we obtained a search warrant for the residence of the defendant. The home of the defendant was placed under police surveillance after the suspect was identified and while the warrants were being obtained.


At 1245pm, members of the Peru Police Department emergency response team (PERT) executed the search warrant and at the same time took the defendant into custody.  PERT is a tactical response team consisting of members of the Peru Police Department who have undergone special training in tactical response and search warrant tactics.


The charge in this case, as in all criminal cases is merely allegations and the defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence.


Mosaic Community Art Project

Community Art Project Sunday, May 19th 1-4 p.m. Join us at the Mary Uthoff Memorial Walkway on Princeton's South Main Street (between Fawcett's Pharmacy & Quilter's Garden). Mosaic artist Susan Burton will be on hand to help community members create a small mosaic bird, flower, or heart that will become part of the public art installation coming to this South Main Street walkway.


Bring your own piece of china to contribute to the mosaic design or choose from our supply of china. All ages welcome.


Questions: 815-303-8034


Donations accepted.


Rain Location: Princeton's Prouty Building





The Princeton Public Arts Commission, in a collaborative effort with North Central Illinois Artworks (NCIA), has planned a public art installation on South Main Street in Princeton. The public art pieces will include a sofa, two chairs, and a table designed and created by mosaic artist Susan Burton. The walkway between Fawcett's Pharmacy and Quilter's Garden is the location. This walkway was dedicated back in 1977 as the Mary Uthoff Memorial Walkway, Mary Uthoff (1886-1974), was a longtime Bureau County educator and served as Superintendent of Bureau County Schools from 1924-1936.


Community members are invited to be part of the creative process. On Sunday, May 19th, from 1 to 4 pm, the project artist will be facilitating a hands-on workshop. Attendees will create a small mosaic heart, flower, or bird that will be incorporated into the walkway space. This workshop will take place at the Mary Uthoff Memorial Walkway. If case of bad weather, the workshop will be moved inside the Prouty Building.


Jyl Morse, of Hoffman's Patterns of the Past, will be supplying the china to be used for this project. You are also invited to bring your own piece of china that will be broken into pieces to become a permanent part of the original art to be created by Susan. All other supplies will be provided.


The Art Commission team members are excited to see this project come together with involvement from the community. Donations will be accepted with proceeds to be used to help fund the art installation.

Levitt AMP Galva Music Series Kicks Off June 2nd

As the Levitt Amp Galva Concert Series begins its second year, attendees will be pleased to see great musical talent and fun family activities.  The first concert of the Levitt Amp Galva Concert Series will kick off this year's season with the talents of the rock group The 4onthefloor and folk group The Ragbirds.

The 4onthefloor will bring their well-oiled, high-octane, rock’n’roll music to Galva on June 2nd when they lead off the first of ten concerts to be held at Wiley Park starting at 6 p.m. They are an American rock and roll band from Minneapolis, MN known for each members playing a bass drum and writing all their songs in 4/4 time, evoking their namesake. Their music has been featured in such television shows as ABC’s Nashville and A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Concert goers will experience their furious delivery of ebbs and flows with sing-a-long anthems and breakdowns to soaring guitar solos and unbridled full-bore rock. Camaraderie is a common theme, finding like-minded rock’n’rollers at every show. The merriment must come from all angles, including the stage for a memorable and entertaining show.


The Ragbirds, led by dynamic, multi-instrumentalist front-woman Erin Zindle, create music that is equally danceable, intelligent and vulnerable. Since 2005 they have gathered and maintained a passionate, grassroots fan base by continually reinventing themselves with an ever-evolving sound, while remaining rooted in the high-energy, world-inspired folk-rock that they have become known for. They have performed in 47 states, averaging 150 shows a year and become festival favorites.


With a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global-infused beats, rock guitar riffs and folk sensibilities, this is music that comes to life on stage. Every concert leaves each listener in a higher place than when it began. The Ragbirds are constant travelers, impressed upon by a global consciousness, with lyrics that point to the daily paradox of intentionally cultivating hope in the midst of a crazed and jaded world.


Along with the amazing talent that will take the stage, activities for adults and children alike will be going on throughout the event. In addition, food vendors will also be available for those wishing for a bite-to-eat. All concerts are provided free of charge and are a wonderful way to spend an otherwise quiet Sunday evening.

IVCC student Shane Peek earns Sigma Tau Delta Transfer Scholarship

Illinois Valley Community College’s Sigma Kappa Delta Mu Alpha chapter vice-president Shane Peek of Rutland was recently awarded the Dr. William C. Johnson Sigma Tau Delta Transfer Scholarship.


Peek, the son of Jennifer Casey and Chad Peek received the scholarship at the national convention in St. Louis in late March which he attended with chapter president Summer Stueckrad.


The $1,000 award is for a transferring SKD member pursuing a degree in English or English education from a four-year college. Sigma Tau Delta, SKD’s sister organization, chooses recipients based on academic and service achievements as well as the goals outlined in the student’s autobiographical essay.


Peek will transfer to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to major in English after graduating with an associates from IVCC May 18. Upon completing his bachelor’s, he plans to obtain a master’s in library science. He hopes to become a librarian in a high school and earn a certificate to teach English.


Peek said, “I was actually surprised I received the award and I just sat in my seat for the first 30 seconds.”


SKD is active on-campus and in the community recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievement in English language and literature; providing cultural stimulation and promoting interest in English at two-year colleges; fostering English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing; promoting good professional interaction among members; and exhibiting high standards of academic achievement.


Reflecting on his time as SKD vice-president, Peek said, “My favorite experience was meeting everyone who came to our booth on Spirit Day.”


Wheat Weavers at the 2019 Bishop Hill Quilt Show

During the Bishop Hill Quilt Show on May 17 to May 19, representatives of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers (IAWW), will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various plaiting methods used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art.   Walk-ins are welcome to try a variety of wheat weaving techniques, guided by experienced members of the IAWW. Recent works will be on display and available for purchase. The Wheat Weavers will be at the Steeple Building Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday.

The Steeple Building Museum is located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street, Bishop Hill, IL.  For more details about this free demonstration and other Bishop Hill Quilt Show activities, please call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net or visit www.bishophillheritage.org .


Living Works Suicide Walk for Prevention

Community Partners Against Substance Abuse announces the 10th annual Living Works Suicide Walk for Prevention and Awareness, scheduled for Saturday June 1st, 2019 in Princeton. The Walk will begin with registration at Darius Miller Park at 9am. Gary Swanson will be providing music and announcements. The Walk begins at promptly 10 am and proceeds down main street until Zearing Park. A water station is provided in front of Covenant Church. Festivities will start at approximately 11 am, once all walkers have arrived.  If you are not a walker you are welcome to join us at Zearing Park. Music is provided by Long Ladder Home. Raffle tickets will be sold during this event at $1 each or 12 for $ 10. There will be a signing wall, guest speakers, face paintings, snacks, ice cream from Grandma Rosie’s and food from Princeton Jaycee’s. You can register for the walk either by picking up a form at The Health Department or The Princeton Chamber of Commerce, or online at Living Works Suicide Walks Facebook site. Register early for a $5 discount. T shirts pre-registered can be picked up early on May 22 and 23 at The Princeton Library between 6 and 8 PM. This years T-shirt has a new logo designed by 2 students with the theme Nobody can play your part. Walk to support Suicide Prevention June 1st in Princeton




May board report

Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture program was recently bolstered when coordinator Willard Mott took delivery of a new Case IH Magnum 340 tractor through a Case IH School-Program, President Jerry Corcoran announced at Thursday’s board meeting.


Use of the tractor was facilitated by Kyle Dooley of CNH International and a vertical tillage tool has also arrived compliments of Stoller International Equipment of Ottawa.

Corcoran said Stoller also donated a utility tractor to support research being conducted on college land in partnership with University of Illinois Extension.


“Thanks to CNH, we may soon have a planter for some of our own work and the hardware needed to collect field data from the tractor and combine,” he said.


“It has been a great partnership. Our ag students are the beneficiaries of this tremendous support. We have everything we need to prepare the seedbed and monitor field conditions. Willard is now working on how to control the weather,” Corcoran said with a smile.


Mott said earlier this week, “Our partnership with CNH Industrial’s agriculture brand Case IH will have a profound impact on students as they will be driving a new M340 tractor, working the field with a new vertical tillage tool, and planting both corn and soybeans. Our program has been elevated to a new level thanks to Kyle Dooley and CNH Industrial.”


In other business, trustees approved a Medical Assistant certificate program to begin in spring 2020, pending approval by the Illinois Community College Board. IVCC has partnered with neighboring Kishwaukee College in Malta as both colleges launch the program, Corcoran said.

The program will prepare students for certification as a Medical Assistant and entry-level careers in physician’s offices, clinics and other medical settings. The 29.5 credit certificate includes seven new courses such as Medical Assisting Skills I through IV, Introduction to Electronic Health Records and Clinical Externship.  


In other action, the board approved:

  • Hiring Richard Marko as automotive technology instructor beginning Aug. 13.  Marko is a graduate of IVCC’s program and Southern Illinois University’s.

  • One year extensions of the contracts in place for President Jerry Corcoran, Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema and Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson.

  • Accepted the resignation of developmental mathematics lab instructor Emily Lesman effective Aug. 10.

  • Following closed session, a 2.75 percent salary increase for all employees not affected by a negotiated labor agreement – contingent upon evaluations and grant support. The board also approved special salary adjustments for four employees identified as warranting in fiscal year 2020.

The board learned:

  • About 80 employees were honored at the 23rd Annual Employee Recognition Event April 18 in Utica.

  • Del Baracani is the new maintenance department groundskeeper and Jayna Leipart Guttilla has been hired as collection development and access librarian.

  • Duplication Center operator Sandra Kosciewicz is retiring June 30 after 33 years. “I will take many fond memories and friendships with me,” Kosciewicz said in her retirement letter.

  • Allied health instructor Linda Pinn will retire at the end of the spring semester, adult education instructor Tracy Makransky will retire after eight years, Terumi Scully, administrative assistant for Project Success, submitted her letter of resignation effective May 16 and women’s basketball coach Tom Ptak resigned April 30.

  • The theatre production of “Mama Mia!” – playing over two weekends in April in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre – broke attendance records, Corcoran said.

  • IVCC geology instructor Mike Phillips was recognized May 2 at the Regional Office of Education’s 31st annual Excellence in Education awards banquet for his many years on the Lostant School board.

  • IVCC’s Transfer Academy initiative was the program topic at Wednesday’s Ottawa Noon Rotary and will be the focus of the Friday, May 10 Ottawa Sunrise Rotary. Dr. Anderson will be the presenter.

Tractor Show May 25 at the Princeton Public Library

On Saturday May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. antique tractors and other farm equipment will be on display in the Princeton Public Library parking lot at 698 E Peru Street in Princeton. The Tractor Show is co-sponsored with the Indian Valley Antique Club. Club members will be happy to talk to you about their tractors and answer any question you might have. They will also be selling food and refreshments (hot dogs, popcorn, chips, water & soda) during the show....so come for lunch. If you have an Antique Tractor, feel free to bring it to the show and display it for all to see.  This will be a fun day for the whole family.


Backyard Birds May 21 at the Princeton Public Library

Get ready for spring by attending “Backyard Birds,” a program presented by Illinois Master Naturalist Bob Chinn at the Princeton Public Library on May 21 at 6:30 p.m.  Using his photo and video library, Bob will share insights about our feathered neighbors. This U of I Extension Program presentation will include: the most common backyard birds counted in Cornell Lab's2018 – 2019 Project Feeder Watch, ways you can contribute to a pro-bird environment in your own yard, and tips for a few places to visit in the surrounding communities that offer wildlife viewing opportunities.



O'Rourke Receives Rigazio Scholarship

Illinois Valley Community College communications student Ryan O’Rourke of Streator recently received the full-tuition Steven W. Rigazio Scholarship to Eureka College.


O’Rourke was a member of the IV Leader student newspaper, IVCC College Democrats and former member of the Friends of Lance Yednock campaign. After graduating from Eureka, he plans to go into journalism. With a passion for baseball, he would like to become a columnist, writer or blogger.


The scholarship was created and financed by Tony and Gretchen Rigazio of Oglesby to honor the memory of their son Steven, a 1974 IVCC graduate who went on to become President of Nevada Power Co.


After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1999, Steven helped found Nevadans for the Prevention of ALS to raise money and awareness of the incurable disease. A married father of two, he died in 2001 at age 47.



State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) talks with students from Knoxville Junior High School about their “Using CoSpaces and Sphero SPRK+ in Earth Science” project at TECH 2019, a demonstration of school technology May 7 in the State Capitol.


Attending the TECH 2019 event were 8th-grade students Vincent Conlee, Brooklyn VanBeveran and Autumn White, and 8th-grade Science Teacher Katie Frey.


TECH 2019 allows students to display their projects and show state leaders what skills will be needed for the Illinois work force and how technology can improve teaching and learning.

IVCC's Sigma Kappa Delta inductions over 40 students

Illinois Valley Community College’s Mu Alpha chapter of the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society for two-year colleges recently inducted over 40 students at its biennial induction ceremony. (SKD’s last induction was in spring 2017.)


Students recognized were:

Spring 2019: Lauren Bernardoni of Lostant, Alyssa King of Marseilles, Valerie Leonard and Adrienne Van Horn of Mendota, George Stuepfert of La Moille, Erica Swartzmiller of Grand Ridge;


Fall 2018: Rachel Black and Allison Shirley of Oglesby, Stephanie Boehm of Spring Valley, George Bond of Cedar Point, Elle Bottom, Janine Full and Ricky Martinez of Mendota, Mateo Eib and Zaria Sheedy of Marseilles, Sydney Johnson of Ottawa, Rachel Maggio of Lostant, Emily Sampo of Peru;


Spring 2018: Madeline Dougherty of Ottawa, Shane Peek of Rutland, Morgan Phillips of Lostant, Kelsi Rodriguez of Streator;


Fall 2017: Megan Bolelli, Michaela Eddy and Luciana Mautino of Spring Valley, Catherine Calderon and Summer Stueckrad of La Salle, Lindsey Ceja, Elizabeth Jones, Abigail M. Jordan and Chase Ochsner of Ottawa, Kellsie Edgcomb of Utica, Kaitlin Ernst, Nicholas Goth and Mason Lucas of Oglesby, Molly Ferguson and Alyssa McCauley of Peru, Mackenzie Geldean and Madison Menzel of Princeton, Taylor Johnson of Tonica, April Jording of Lostant, Winter Lane of Sheridan, Reilly Leonatti of Dalzell, Alexis Williamson of Marseilles and Cameron Schumacher of Mendota.


Headquartered in Decatur, Ala., SKD has 127 chapters nationwide to recognize and reward outstanding achievement in English language and literature, provide cultural stimulation and promote interest in English on two-year campuses and the communities they serve, and foster English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.


Stand-Up Comedians To Record In Princeton, IL

A group of touring stand up comedians are coming to Skooner'z Grill & Bar on May 14th at 8 p.m. to perform a live show and record for a documentary web series called the “Transparent Comedy Tour”. They are hitting the road, turning on the cameras, and not turning them off. The tour will be seven days on the road traveling the midwest starting in Maddison, Wisconsin and ending in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The focus of the documentary web series is on what it’s like to do comedy on the road capturing genuine moments while they happen. The live show will feature six comedians of varying styles and backgrounds. From hard-hitting truth tellers to light-hearted story-tellers, the show will have something for everyone. The lineup for the tour is Perry Thompson, Matt Lamb, Jeremiah Scavo, Sam Hirchak, Matt Banwart, and Wade Taylor. Comics you’ve likely never heard of, but soon will. Between the ensemble of comics, they have played comedy festivals, sold out theatres, colleges, and, comedy clubs. More information can be found at TransparentComedyTour.com

Quilt Show Returns to Bishop Hill

The 2019 Bishop Hill Quilt Show will be from May 17 to May 19.  This year’s theme is “Yule, YoYo, and Yardage.” At the Colony School, a bedazzling display of color will fill the building.  Over 100 quilts will be on display: antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, and much more. Admission fee for the Colony School is $5.    The Prairie Queen Quilt Club Theme Challenge quilts will also be on display in the Steeple Building Museum. The quilt show is sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club, Bishop Hill Arts Council, and Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  Show hours for May 17 and 18 are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show hours for May 19 are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


During the Bishop Hill Quilt Show, at the Steeple Building Museum, representatives of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers (IAWW) will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various plaiting methods used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. Walk-ins are welcome to try a variety of wheat weaving techniques, guided by experienced members of the IAWW.  Recent works will be on display and for purchase.


While visiting Bishop Hill for the Quilt Show, please check out our stores, museums, and restaurants.  For more information about these places, the 2019 Quilt Show, or future events in Bishop Hill, call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net or check out www.bishophillheritage.org.  Also, look for details at the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook page.


IVCC Signs Men's Basketball Recruits

DePue High School’s Marcus Winfert has signed an NJCAA Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at IVCC. He is pictured with DePue coach Charlie Klinefelter, left, mother Kim Lamkin and IVCC coach Chris Herman.


“Marcus is a quiet, humble kid who earned first team all-area recognition. He is a sneaky-quick player who makes his teammates better. Marcus was asked to do a lot for this year’s DePue team,” Herman said.

IVCC Signs Men's Basketball Recruits

 Former La Salle-Peru High School standout John Senica recently signed a National Junior College Athletic Association Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at Illinois Valley Community College. He is joined by parents Tricia and John, both former IVCC basketball stars, seated, and IVCC coach Chris Herman.


Senica actually joined the team for the second semester this past season. “I was immediately impressed with John’s blue collar work ethic and great attitude. He was baptized by fire as his first game was on the road against eventual NJCAA Division II champion Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College. John was efficient on the floor and productive during that game while not being in great shape. He is coachable, hard-working, and a 4.0 student – a coach’s dream,” said Herman.


Residents of the 37th District can bring some of their unwanted household items to a free community recycling event being sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and Kuusakoski Recycling on May 11 in Peoria.  


The free Recycle Fair is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon on May 11 at Kuusakoski Recycling at 2202 West Townline Road in Peoria.


Items that will be accepted include: electronics, computers, DVD players, televisions (limit two per car), VCRs, printers, ink cartridges and cell phones.


Items that will not be accepted include: microwaves, appliances and batteries.

For more information about the free community recycling event, call Sen. Weaver’s office at 309-693-4921.

University of Illinois Extension Offers Program on Identifying Grasses

The Spring series of the Four Seasons Gardening Program from the University of Illinois Extension concludes with a session titled “Which Grass is Which? Identifying Grasses Made Easy.”


Identifying grasses can be tricky! Join Erin Medvecz, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator, as she discusses basic grass identification, and shares tips and techniques to identifying a number of common grasses in Illinois, without learning complex terminology or needing a hand lens.


This program will be offered via a live webinar on Tuesday, June 11th at 1:30 p.m. at the following University of Illinois Extension Offices: Bureau County in Princeton; Marshall-Putnam Counties in Henry; and LaSalle County in Ottawa. This webinar may also be viewed from wherever you have internet access by pre-registering at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars.


Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings.  This is the final session of the Spring series.

Each session is free to the public. Advance registration is needed. Phone or email the LaSalle County University of Illinois Extension office for more details at 815-433-0707, or you may email Extension Program Coordinator Meg Overocker at meo@illinois.edu.  


If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. For more information call University of Illinois Extension –LaSalle County at 815-433-0707. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Ptak Steps Down as Women's Basketball Coach

 Tom Ptak announced recently he is stepping down as Illinois Valley Community College women’s basketball coach after six seasons.


Ptak led the 2016-17 team that included Daniela Pavlovich, Hannah Wolfe and Julia Pohar to the Region IV District II championship game and was twice named Arrowhead Conference Coach of the Year.


Despite struggling to field teams of 10 or more players, Ptak’s squads remained competitive. Hired in July 2013, Ptak scrambled to put a team together – a unit that would go on to win a surprising 12 games.


“I know when we entered the gym with the small number of players we had, other teams counted it as a victory. That year an opposing coach told me, ‘Your team plays hard.’ To me, when you can get the most out of your talent, that is the greatest compliment you can get,” Ptak said.


A 1975 St. Bede Academy graduate and three-sport star, Ptak’s mentor was legendary Bruin football coach John Gaughan.


“Coach Gaughan always said if your team was better at the end of the season than it was at the beginning, you did your job. I believe we did that at IVCC,” Ptak said.


Ptak’s coaching style over a 22-year career was supportive rather than confrontational.


“I never believed in being in-your-face or making players uncomfortable. I told my players I was their biggest fan. I didn’t want them looking over their shoulder if they made a mistake,” he said.


“No one wants to be embarrassed. I wanted my players to relax and have fun. My teams knew I believed in them.”


Team-building events included a fall trip to Chicago where players toured the Lakefront on bikes, viewed architectural landmarks and saw – from the 25th floor of a building overlooking Grant Park – the path the Great Chicago Fire had taken.


“I wanted to expose them to things they were unaware of,” he said. “Those trips will have a greater impact on the players as they grow older.”


Ptak largely recruited only in-district players and had success with that model “but that got tougher and tougher.”


He praised the support he received from IVCC Athletic Director Cory Tomasson, President Jerry Corcoran and administrative assistant Sue Harding – “mother of the athletic department.”


“Everyone provided me everything I needed to be successful. I was never pressured over wins and losses. Foremost, they care about their student athletes and ensure they are students first,” he said.


His greatest support came from spouse Lynn Cawley who encouraged his players and provided them with thoughtful kindnesses such as special-order basketball cookies.


“I could never do what I do without Lynn,” he said.


Aside from coaching, Ptak operates a family funeral home, assists with Lynn’s busy hair salon and is the city of La Salle’s longest serving alderman. 


“What I will miss most about coaching is the relationships you develop with players,” he said.

Scott's Law Update

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announced a statewide Officer Safety and Scott’s Law Safety Initiative in early April. This traffic detail was to be highlighted from 4/12/19-4/19/19. Many Sheriff’s offices from around the State had already acted prior to the initiation of this announcement due to the importance and clear need to enhance our traffic enforcement activities.


Scott’s Law is (625 ILCS 5/11-907) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-907) (c) Upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, when the authorized emergency vehicle is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing red, red and white, blue, or red and blue lights or amber or yellow warning lights, a person who drives an approaching vehicle shall:


(1) proceeding with due caution, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the authorized emergency vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, if on a highway having at least 4 lanes with not less than 2 lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or


(2) proceeding with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe. Sheriff’s Offices from across the State participated in this effort. As of the time of issuing the release the ISA has reports from 35 different offices.


The ISA has received activity reports from 36 counties at the time of this release. Sheriff Deputies issued 441 Scott’s Law violations, 827 speeding, 289 electronic devices, 84 seatbelt, 10 felony arrests, 87 suspended/revoked/no valid, 13 DUI, 14 drugs, 31 warrants, 3 stolen cars, and 425 other violations. A total of 1864 citations and 866 warnings were issued.

While this month was a focal point of many law enforcement agencies, this will continue to be at the forefront of our efforts. The accidents, injuries and deaths that have occurred as a result of these violations are avoidable. We will do our part in keeping the roads safe. We ask that all of you do as well.


The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association was founded in 1928. The ISA provides essential training and development for Sheriffs and their support teams. We also create, encourage and support various civic and youth-oriented programs. Through community outreach and the monetary support of its various memberships, the ISA continues to strengthen several important initiatives for our youth. The ISA is also a tremendous advocate for reasonable legislation regarding criminal justice to ensure the safety of the community and the officers that serve them.


Keeping lives safe and the well-being of our children are two of the most important investments we can make. Our sincere thanks for the commitment of our men and women in uniform along with the loyal support of citizens and businesses throughout Illinois. Together, we are making a difference!


Move Over, Slow Down and put down the phone. Help us all save lives.


Quilts of Valor May 14

On Tuesday May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Terry Johnson will present a program at the Princeton Public Library on Quilts of Valor, a nationwide foundation that awards healing quilts to service men and women who have been touched by war. Terry has quilted for more than 30 years and became a group leader for the Quilts of Valor two years ago. Join us to hear her journey of how she became involved and why it’s become almost a full time job. The Illinois Valley Quilt of Valor crew will bring quilts to show as well as a video and PowerPoint presentation.


This program is free and all ages are welcome to attend. More information on Quilts of Valor can be found at www.qovf.org.



IVCC Youth Basketball Camp July 8-11

The Illinois Valley Community College men’s basketball team will host its annual basketball camp Monday through Thursday July 8-11 in the gym.


Camp for first to fifth graders is 9 to 10:45 a.m.; sixth through ninth graders is 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


Head coach Chris Herman and his players will work with participants on fundamentals. Campers will participate in drills, stations and competitions designed to develop their individual shooting, passing, ball-handling and defensive abilities.


Herman said, “The camp is designed to not only improve each camper’s skills, but also provide a fun week of basketball.”


Pre-registration is recommended. Cost of the camp is $50 per player and includes a camp T-shirt. Campers should bring their own basketball.


To register, contact Herman at (815) 224-0593 or the athletic department at (815) 224-0472.


IVCC's River Currents hosts launch party May 9

River Currents, Illinois Valley Community College’s literary and art publication, is hosting its 2019 issue launch party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in Room C316.


Guests can join the celebration of this year’s student writers and artists with an open-mic hour at noon, free copies of the book and refreshments.


This event is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.ivcc.edu/rc.


Express Registration at Ottawa Center May 14

Illinois Valley Community College Ottawa Center is hosting “Express Registration” from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.


The summer enrollment opportunity will feature on-the-spot counseling, financial aid information and admissions representatives. Main campus summer A begins Monday, May 20, Ottawa Center Summer begins Monday June 3 and main campus Summer B begins Wednesday, June 12.


Ottawa Center summer courses include basic and intermediate algebra, basic geometry, technical mathematics, music appreciation, general psychology, strategies for college and speech.

RSVP at www.ivcc.edu/events; call (815) 224-0800 for information.


Senator Weaver: Democrat leaders muscle through graduated income tax rates, without GOP support

 State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) released the following statement May 1 after Senate Democrat leaders muscled through a constitutional amendment and legislation that sets rates for Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s controversial plan to fundamentally change the state’s income tax system and increase taxes by an additional $3.4 billion per year.


“The vote by Senate Democrat leaders today to force through Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s controversial progressive income tax plan clearly shows the stark differences in their economic approach … and ours,” Weaver said. “Democrat leaders continue to ask for new spending. Instead of pursuing the common-sense reforms needed to attract jobs and businesses to Illinois, Democrat leaders are back asking for more money from taxpayers.


“Senate Republican lawmakers voted against the plan today because it has no guaranteed protections for middle-income families. Many of you share my concerns. Gov. Pritzker’s proposed tax increase is estimated to raise $3.4 billion. With around $10 billion having been proposed by the Governor on the campaign trail, the math just doesn’t work,” Weaver said. “Without adequate protections for middle-income families, taxpayers and citizens of this state have good reason to be concerned.”


In a March 15 newsletter, Weaver’s office asked: “Since his proposed tax increase will not raise the income needed by Gov. Pritzker, do you think Springfield will come back to tax middle-income taxpayers?” Not surprisingly, 89.36 percent of the respondents said they think the state will come back to tax middle-income taxpayers.


Illinois’ state income tax is currently a flat 4.95 percent rate for all residents.  Changing from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax requires amending the Illinois Constitution.  If approved by lawmakers in both chambers, the Constitutional Amendment would need to be put to Illinois voters in the next general election, which would be November 2020.

Rezin votes no on graduated income tax

 On Wednesday, May 1, the Senate approved a constitutional amendment (SJRCA 1) that would allow for Illinois to move to a graduated income tax system.


State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) released the following statement after she voted no on the proposal:


“I’ve said all along, my main concern with the graduated income tax proposal is the lack of protections in place to ensure that the rates won’t affect the middle class. When the government needs more money, which it will, eventually the middle class will be the ones footing the bill. In fact, the proposed graduated rates have already changed from what the Governor proposed a few weeks ago.”


Illinois Cottage Food Law Update Class

Have you considered selling your homemade foods at a farmers market? There are basic guidelines that growers and vendors must observe in preparation for farmers market sales.

Learn about the latest legislation concerning the Illinois Cottage Food law, and how to comply with safety standards to ensure that cottage food products are safe, healthy, and enjoyable for all.


This class is open to farmer’s market coordinators, current vendors, potential vendors, and others interested in cottage food operations.


Illinois Cottage Food Law Update Class will meet at La Salle City Hall located at 745 Second Street, La Salle on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Go home with a copy of the updated Illinois Cottage Food Guide.  There is no cost to attend Advance registration is requested by May 13, 2019.  


To register, call University of Illinois Extension or online at:

815-224-0889  · https://go.illinois.edu/cottagelaw


Serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889.


Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry, and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Bureau County 4-H Shooting Sports Open for Enrollment

Do you know a youth, ages 10-18, who would enjoy participating in 4-H Shotgun instruction this summer? Starting June 23, John Gorman, a certified Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports instructor, will be working with youth on skill development.   Youth will be meet at a site approximately two miles East of Princeton for instruction on June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 3 p.m.


Whether this is, your first time shooting or you are looking to work with an instructor to improve your skill level this is a wonderful opportunity to learn by doing. Pre-registration is required!  Current 4-H membership prior to participation is not required. Please contact the University of Illinois Extension for assistance with registration at 815-875-2878 or email 4-H Program Coordinator, Danielle Saletzki at des85@illinois.edu.


If you are a current member of Illinois 4-H the shooting sports fee is $25. If this is your first 4-H club in the 2018-19 4-H year you would need to pay the shooting sports fee of $25 plus the $20 enrollment fee.  Pre-registration is required with payment by June 21. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact 815-875-2878.


For more information on 4-H, call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-875-2878. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Camp Med, Health Science Camp, at Perry in June

Perry Memorial is hosting Camp Med, a health science camp June 10th-13th.

Seventeen, 7th & 8th grade students will be given the opportunity to participate in a four day camp that explores careers in healthcare.  Students will be introduced to healthcare professionals in laboratory, radiology, medical rehabilitation, nursing, respiratory, pharmacy, orthopedics, dietary, computer technology, plant operations and surgery.  In addition, the campers will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of hands on activities such as reading x-rays, creating laboratory cultures, making splints and casts, taking vital signs and various other health related activities.   The camp is funded through a grant from Northwestern Illinois AHEC Network and Perry Memorial Hospital.


Registration Deadline is May 13th.  


For more information please contact:

Stefanie Morris, 815-876-2085



Auxiliary Scholarship Press Release

Perry Memorial Auxiliary announces the open application acceptance for the 2019 Abbie Jean Gunning Memorial Scholarship & Harold Morine Scholarship.  Abbie Jean Gunning was the first Auxiliary President. The Morine Scholarship is an award bequeathed by Harold Morine in memory of his wife, Marilyn Morine, who was a nurse at Perry Memorial Hospital.  A total of four Abbie Jean Gunning Memorial Scholarships will be given and one Harold Morine Scholarship will be given.


Scholarships are available to recent high school graduates as well as advance degree candidates who have a permanent residence within Bureau County.  Students must be pursuing healthcare career options related to hospital, clinical work including (but not limited to) nursing, radiology, lab technology, physical or occupational therapy and pre-med.

Education: Applicants must prove a demonstration of academic achievement accompanied by high school or college transcripts, volunteer or work history and health related activities. Applicants must be planning to attend a post-secondary institution for a health career field of study.


To apply for either scholarship, interested students may obtain an application packet by visiting the Perry Gift Shop or visit perrymemorial.org  to download a copy.  Completed applications must be returned to Perry Memorial Hospital Gift Shop  by 4 p.m. May 6, 2019. Incomplete or late application packets will not be accepted. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award. For more information, contact Donna Braida at 815-866-5791.

The Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1948. The Auxiliary has been committed to supporting Perry Memorial Hospital and its mission to provide compassionate, quality health services. Thousands of dollars of medical equipment are purchased each year with proceeds from the auxiliary hospital gift shop and fundraising events.

Rezin hosts Agricultural Advisory Committee Meeting

In an effort to encourage dialogue about agricultural issues between State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and leaders in the ag community, Rezin hosted an Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, April 29 in Morris at the Grundy County Farm Bureau.


The group, which was comprised of farmers, farm bureau representatives, and other leaders in the agricultural field, discussed ways Illinois could better support farmers.


“It’s so important that I host this forum with experts from the community,” said Sen. Rezin. “These are people that have first-hand knowledge of the issues, and I’m so fortunate to have them to advise me on what they are seeing and experiencing in the agriculture community.”


Monday’s meeting began with a brief welcome by Sen. Rezin, and then remarks were given by John Sullivan, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, who gave an agriculture update, and Tom Heinold, chief of operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who discussed the upcoming closers of multiple locks along the Illinois Waterway. The meeting ended with a roundtable discussion among all attendees.