Local News Archives for 2019-06

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive at the Princeton Public Library Tuesday, July 9

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be holding a Blood Drive at the Princeton Public Library Tuesday, July 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Advanced registration is requested by either signing up at the front desk of the library at 698 E Peru Street in Princeton or calling 815-875-1331. Walk-ins are also welcome. Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the only provider for many local hospitals, including Perry Memorial. Help save lives and support your community by your contribution.

July Schedule for the Princeton Public Library

Mon. July 1

2:00 p.m. SUMMER READING: BookTube Panel - 1st Grade and up, Permission Slip Required

6:30 p.m.  MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer.

Tue. July 2

10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime (PreK-2nd Grade)

Wed. July 3

10:30 a.m. SUMMER READING Makerspace Morning

6:30 p.m. Chicks with Sticks

Thu. July 4

CLOSED ALL DAY

 

Mon. July 8

2:00 p.m. SUMMER READING BookTube Panel

6:30 p.m. MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE  - The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler

 

Tue. July 9

10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime (PreK-2nd Grade)

4:00 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m. Mississippi Valley Blood Drive - Preregistration encouraged but not required.

 

Wed. July 10

10:30 a.m. SUMMER READING Makerspace Morning

6:30 p.m. WIDMARK WEDNESDAY -  A famous gunman turned marshal tries to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member.

 

Thu. July 11

10:30 a.m. SUMMER READING: Popcorn Program – Ag in the Classroom for 1st grade and older. Preregistration requested.

6:30 p.m. SUMMER READING: Princeton Summer Youth Band Performance

 

Sat. July 13

10:30 a.m. Medicare Supplement Information

 

Mon. July 15 

2:00 p.m.  SUMMER READING: BookTube Panel

6:30 p.m. MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

 

Tue. July 16

10:30 a.m.  Preschool Storytime (PreK-2nd Grade) at Soldiers & Sailor's Park

2:00 p.m.  SUMMER READING: Singing Workshop

6:30 p.m.  U of I Extension program "Introduction to the Master Gardener & Master Naturalist Program"

 

Wed. July 17

10:30 a.m. SUMMER READING Makerspace Morning

7:00 p.m.  Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting (open to the public)

 

Thu. July 18

10:30 – 7:30 – SUMMER READING: RAGTIME MYSTERY ESCAPE ROOM - Pre-register for 45 minute time slots. Groups of up to 8 persons, ages 1stgrade through adult.

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale

 

Fri. July 19

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale

 

Mon. July 22

2:00 p.m. SUMMER READING Dance Workshop (ages 8-12)

6:30 p.m. MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE:  A matchmaker travels to Yonkers to find a partner for a "half-a-millionaire."

 

Tue. July 23

10:30 a.m.  Preschool Storytime (PreK-2nd Grade)

6:30 p.m.  Music Jam

 

Wed. July 24

10:30 a.m. SUMMER READING Makerspace Morning

6:30 p.m. Architectural Scale Model Making with Peter Wentworth-Sheilds

 

Thu. July 25

6:30 p.m.  Irene Adler: the only woman to outsmart Sherlock Holmes. Presented by Laura Keyes

 

Mon. July 29

2:00 p.m. Youth Summer Reading Ending Party and Raffle Drawing

6:30 p.m. MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

 

Tue. July 30

10:30 a.m.  Preschool Storytime (PreK-2nd Grade)

6:30 p.m. Board Game and Card Playing Night

 

Wed. July 31

6:30 p.m. Rock Painting – Preregistration required.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IVCC hosts Adult Student Info Session July 31

Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions office hosts an Adult Student Info Session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31 at Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St. 

 

Assistant Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Aseret Loveland said, “Entering college as an adult can be intimidating. This free session will help demystify the enrollment process, introduce prospective students to campus resources and other adult students will share their success stories.”

 

For information, call (815) 224-0439; RSVP at www.ivcc.edu/events.

 

SEN. WEAVER TO HOST TOWN HALL IN KEWANEE JULY 2

State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) is hosting a Town Hall July 2 at the Kewanee Community Unit School District #229 Office.

 

The Town Hall is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. in the Administrative Office at 1001 N. Main St. in Kewanee.

 

“Our Town Hall provides an opportunity for residents to learn more about state and local governments, and share their thoughts on legislative and municipal issues,” Weaver said. “It is also an opportunity for us to get to know you better as a community and as individuals, listen to your ideas, and help with your concerns if we can.”

For more information, call 309-693-4921.

Olivero Resignation Letter

Dear Board Members and Dr. Corcoran: 

 

It is with deep regret that I resign my position on the IVCC Board of Trustees, effective as of the July 2019 Board meeting. As you know, I am an employee of a federal agency. The agency has recently conducted a review of outside employment positions held by its employees, including unpaid positions, and has strongly recommended that I resign from the Board. 

 

The agency reviewed my position on the Board under both the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct and ABA Model Code for Federal Administrative Law Judges. Agency officials noted that although IVCC is not subject to its jurisdiction, the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board sometimes cites opinions of my agency in its decisions. In addition, a significant portion of the Board of Trustee's time is spent engaging in labor-management relations. 

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years on the Board of Trustees. I am proud of the many accomplishments of the College and its faculty, administration, and staff. The Board has faced some very challenging situations during my term, and we have always faced them with integrity, thoughtfulness, and honesty. I am humbled that the citizens of the District twice elected me to represent their interests on the Board. I hope that the Board will consider selecting the next Board member from the LaSalle-Peru area. 

 

Thank you all for your service to the College. I will miss everyone and will miss interacting with the outstanding students and employees of IVCC. 

 

Very truly yours,

 

Melissa M. Olivero 

 

 

 

Olivero Resigns From IVCC Board

Illinois Valley Community College trustee Melissa Olivero of Peru will resign from the board effective July 11.Olivero was elected to two six-year terms in April 2009 and April 2015 and served as board chair from May 2013 through April 2017.

 

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said the board has 60 days from the July 11 meeting to appoint a successor to fill the remaining two years of Olivero’s term. After that meeting, IVCC will announce procedures for applying for the opening. 

 

In a letter to the board dated June 21, Olivero said, “It is with deep regret that I resign my position on the IVCC Board of Trustees, effective as of the July 2019 board meeting. As you know, I am an employee of a federal agency. The agency has recently conducted a review of outside employment positions held by its employees, including unpaid positions, and has strongly recommended that I resign from the board.”

 

Olivero, an administrative law judge, concluded the letter saying, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years on the board. I am proud of the many accomplishments of the college and its faculty, administration, and staff. 

 

“The board has faced some very challenging situations during my term, and we have always faced them with integrity, thoughtfulness and honesty. “I am humbled that the citizens of the district twice elected me to represent their interests on the board. I hope the board will consider selecting the next board member from the LaSalle-Peru area.”

 

IVCC board chair Jane Goetz said, “Trustee Olivero will definitely be missed. Over the past 10 years she continually provided positive leadership and wise guidance to the benefit of students, staff, faculty, administration and the citizens of the district.”

 

Corcoran, now in his 11th year as President, said, “No one has been more loyal or shown more leadership than Melissa. Sitting next to her when she was chair for four years was one of the highlights of my life.”

 

C.J. Chenier the King of Zydeco to perform at Levitt AMP Music Series

Get ready for nostalgic folk songs and some Zydeco Creole when The Wildwoods and C.J. Chenier take the stage of the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series on Sunday, July 7th. The concert will begin at 6:00PM and end at 8:00PM and will be held at beautiful Wiley Park in Galva (Galva High School is the rain location).

 

Nebraska natives, The Wildwoods, bring a pioneering sound to Americana Roots Music. Their heartwarming lyrics and vocals are wrapped in a style of music that is like no other. With influences from old time country masters and today’s Indie/Folk sound, The Wildwood’s nostalgic melodies captivate people of all ages.  Residing in Lincoln, Nebraska, The Wildwoods’ Noah Gose (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano), Chloe Gose (vocals, violin, mandolin), and Noah Pinkman (vocals, guitar, mandolin, uke) were drawn to music at an early age. In 2016 they added talented members, Nate Morris (percussion) and Andrew Vaggalis (Bass, vocals), to complete the band’s “nostalgic” sound. The Wildwoods strive to make music that touches the soul, music that speaks of truth, and music that shares inspiring stories of effortless love, that will be sure to melt your heart after every performance

 

Chenier, a GRAMMY®-nominated, world-renowned musician and recording artist, has performed alongside many internationally recognized artists including his GRAMMY® awarded father, Clifton Chenier (“The King of Zydeco”), Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr. Creole-born C.J. Chenier was raised in an indigenous American culture with its distinctive language, cuisine and music. He delivers soulful vocals along with masterful accordion-driven Zydeco and Blues.
         

He has appeared on numerous television shows and has exhibited his musicianship at many large festivals and venues such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and Austin’s SXSW Music Conference. “The bottom line is when you’re going to a zydeco, you’re going to a party. There's gonna’ be a whole lot of dancing and a whole lot of eating and a whole lot of sweating! And you're gonna’ have a good time,” Chenier said. C.J. and the Red-Hot Louisiana Band are a ready-made party with deep roots in Americana music. 

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and coolers for an entertaining evening filled with music, food, and fun. There will also be activities for children and adults alike going on throughout the event. In addition, the following food vendors will also be available for those wishing for a bite-to-eat: Z Best, Boiler Room, Azteca de Oro, Snazzy’s Lemonade, Pop of the Morning, Anderson Family Coffee, and Special Kneads Bakery. All concerts are held at Wiley Park in Galva and provided free of charge.

 

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is supported in part the Quad City Arts Dollars, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere, a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Mildred Arends Musical and Cultural Activities Fund and the Thomas & Lynn Landes Fund for Performing Arts at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at Levitt.org.

Audit-Finance Committee Report

By continuing to hold down costs, Illinois Valley Community College’s administration will present another balanced operating budget at its July 11 board meeting, the board’s audit-finance committee learned Monday. The committee got the first look at the tentative 2020 budget.

 

 “We’ve kept costs in line with enrollments while looking for new programs and investing in facility upgrades,” said Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema.

The college is hopeful the recent hiring of five new faculty will rejuvenate existing programs and bolster enrollments. At its June 13 meeting, the board approved appointments in welding, industrial maintenance, agriculture and nursing. An automotive instructor was approved in May. Facility upgrades include a storage and routine maintenance building for the ag program.

Operating budget revenues and expenditures are balanced at approximately $22.3 million. Revenues increased less than 1 percent and expenditures decreased slightly less than one percent over the FY19 budget. 

 

Total budget revenues are about $32.1 million, a 1.4 percent increase, and expenditures are $32.3 million, a decrease of 6 percent from the FY19 budget. The $220,000 deficit is in the tort and auxiliary enterprises funds and is covered with existing fund balances in those funds.

The full board will review the budget at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11. 

 

Audit-finance also reviewed the Information Technology Services strategic plans for 2019-21 that include a website redesign expected to be launched later this summer and upgrades of room scheduling and student planning software.

 

The committee also learned 928 high school students enrolled in IVCC dual credit courses in 2018-19 generating nearly 6,000 credit hours or about 10 percent of IVCC’s total enrollment. A total of 131 students paid only the $5 registration fee thanks to IVCC’s tuition waiver for Free and Reduced Lunch-eligible students. All other dual credit students receive a 25 percent tuition discount.  

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS ESTABLISH THREE COMMUNITY GARDEN BEDS IN TOLUCA

The Toluca Public Library opened their summer reading program June 1st, under the supervision of University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers. Youth participants assisted the volunteers in planting three community garden beds on the lot of Fieldcrest Intermediate School in Toluca.  The Fieldcrest Fourth Grade Class had previously harvested the lettuce bed gardens at the school as part of the 4-H program “Seeds to Harvest”. Turning the raised bed gardens into a summer community garden was a perfect solution to utilizing the beds outside of the school year. With over 50 percent of the students in the intermediate school on reduced or free lunches, the community gardens are there to provide fresh vegetables for all community members.  

 

Lettuce, radishes and green onions are ready for harvest.   Later in the season watch for tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, bell peppers and zucchini squash.  Feel free to help yourself to these delicious and nutritious fresh vegetables. 

 

The creation of these community garden beds is part of the Healthy Gardening Project, sponsored by the Marshall-Putnam Master Gardeners and led by Barb Dahlbach.  The mission of the Healthy Gardening Project is “Give a man a vegetable, you feed him for a day; teach a man to garden, and you feed him for life”.   Community members with gardening question are encouraged to contact the local University of Illinois Extension Office in their County, as follows:

 

Bureau County, Princeton: 815.875.2878

Marhsall-Putnam Counties, Henry: 309.364.2356

LaSalle County, Ottawa: 815.433.0707   

 

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/

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER'S TO ASSIST THE PUBLIC WITH HORTICULTURAL QUESTIONS AT LOCAL FARMER'S MARKETS THIS SUMMER

Do you have horticultural questions about your lawn, trees, shrubs, vegetable garden, or perennial and annual gardens? Would you like information related to container gardening, herb gardening, perennial garden design or composting? Are you in need of a diagnosis for what ails your plants, lawn, trees, or shrubs? Would you like to learn more about the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program and how you can get involved? Then come visit us this summer at one of our booths at your local Farmer’s Market! Master Gardeners will be present on the following dates, times and locations throughout the summer to answer the above questions, provide resources, and more:

 

Princeton Farmer’s Market

Location:    439 South Main Street, Princeton, IL

Dates:        July 20th, August 17th, September 21st 

Time:        8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Spring Valley Farmer’s Market

Location:    Intersection of Dakota (US Route 6) & Cornelia Streets next to the Tastee Freez, Spring Valley, IL

Dates:        July 24th, August 21st, September 25th 

Time:        4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Ottawa Old Town Farmer’s Market

Location:    Jackson Street, Ottawa, IL

Dates:        July 20th, August 17th, September 21st 

Time:        8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Oglesby Farmer’s Market

Location:    East Walnut Street (Senica’s Square), Oglesby, IL

Dates:        July 11th, 18th, and 25th, and August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 

Time:        3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Stop by any one of the listed locations and chat with local community members who make up our wonderful group of dedicated Master Gardener volunteers who work hard to assist your community with horticultural needs. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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/

 

IVCC hosts Parent College 101 July 24

Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions Office hosts Parent College 101 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 in Room CTC124-125.

 

This free event is for parents and guardians of current high school students to provide information on the college search process, including topics such as when to start, the difference between certificates and four year degrees, and what to do when a student enrolls.  

 

IVCC’s Director of Admissions Quintin Overocker said, “Navigating the college enrollment process can be confusing. Our goal is to help make sense of it all not just for IVCC, but any college. This will help them take ownership of their college path.”

 

For information or to RSVP, visit www.ivcc.edu/events.

 

SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: June 17-21, 2019

Motorists who text while driving will face stiffer penalties as Illinois’ law regarding the use of hand-held devices behind the wheel takes effect on July 1.

 

Passed by the General Assembly in May 2018, House Bill 4846 will count first-time incidences of driving while operating a handheld mobile device as a “moving violation.”  Prior to House Bill 4846, first offenses of distracted driving would be considered a “non-moving violation.”

 

An operator using a hand-held device while the car is in drive could face a $75 fine.  Exceptions to the rule are made for situations such as a driver using a cell phone to report an emergency, using a device in hands-free or voice-operated modes, or a driver using a communication device while parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

 

Three moving violations in a year can result in a suspended driver’s license in Illinois.

               

Beware of flood damage scams

 

Record floods have led to disaster proclamations being issued in 37 Illinois counties so far this Spring.

 

On June 18, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul warned residents not to fall for flood- damage scams and asked them to contact the Attorney General’s office to report fraudulent activities.  Those worried about these scams could also contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if complaints have been made against a specific contractor, and residents should be wary of any individual who solicits home repair or insurance adjusting services door-to-door.

 

For those concerned that they may be interacting with a scammer, there are a few simple things that they can do to protect themselves.  Ask to see a permit before entering into any contract.  In Illinois, general contractors are not required by state law to be licensed, but municipalities may require permits or have other local requirements.  Insurance adjusters must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Insurance, and roofers must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

 

Try to get estimates from multiple contractors and make sure you receive it in writing.  Never make a full payment until all work has been completed in good quality.  Never pay in cash.  Anyone entering a contract has three days to cancel it if it was signed on the contractor’s visit to their home.

 

Bipartisan panel helps create new Census Office

 

With the decennial census just around the corner, action was taken during the week to prepare for the task of counting Illinois’ citizens. 

 

On June 20, an Executive Order was signed dedicating $29 million for the 2020 Census and making other preparations for the count.  This investment will primarily go to out-reach and education, providing proportional grants to communities, especially hard-to-count populations.

 

A new Census Office will also be established in the Illinois Department of Human Services to take the lead on filing public reports online on a monthly basis to detail its budget, expenditures and distributions of funds to organizations throughout Illinois.

 

The 12-member bipartisan Census Advisory Panel will guide the Census Office’s work and advise the Census Office on drafting and ensuring a wide distribution of the Notice of Funding Opportunity, working with the Illinois Complete Count Commission and ensuring that all communities receive communications during the 2020 Census.

Down on Main Street Concert Tonight!

The "Down on Main Street" concert series in Princeton will have its first concert as the Kris Lager Band will take the stage at 6pm tonight! The food vendors that will be attending are Didoughs Pretzels, Park Tavern, Kramers Kitchen, Farmer Smoked BBQ, Grandma Rosie's, Oriental Gardens, Woodfire on Wheels Pizza, and the Bureau County Cattleman Assoc. Come out and enjoy a night of fun and live music!

Bureau County youth excels at 4-H State Public Speaking Contest

4-H shines in preparing youth to speak confidently. The Illinois State 4-H Public Presentation Contest, held on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 allowed youth to highlight their exceptional presentation abilities in a supportive environment.

 

Bureau County 4-H was well represented during the State Contest, held at Richland Community College in Decatur.  Haven Pierson, member of Western Winning Wonders, was a round winner for her Illustrated Speech on lab-grown meat.  Locally, Haven received the Cattleman’s Award and the Pork Producers Award, in addition to selection for state.

 

Bureau County was represented at the State level by Pierson (Illustrated and Orignal Works), Delaney Mallery (Original Works), and Jose Edlefson (Formal Speech).

 

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. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at (815)875-2878. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.

 

Weird and Wacky Big Top June 26 at the Princeton Public Library

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, the HFK Network (History For Kids) will present "P.T. Barnum's Weird & Wacky Big Top" at the Princeton Public Library. Terry Lynch, as Barnum, will tell how P.T. Barnum took his traveling museum of oddities and turned it into the show loved by generations: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

 

HFK Presents offers programs, and workshops for school districts, museums, historical societies, and corporations, as well as keynote addresses for organizations.  Terry has spoken to groups of all ages using his years of theatrical and improvisational  to create unique, interactive presentations that are both informative and motivational.

 

Terry’s wife Laura, a certified educator and member of Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who Among Young American Professionals, researches and co-writes the programs as well as develops in-services and workshops. Most recently, Terry and Laura wrote Mistakes Happen: An Historical Guide to Overcoming Adversity, and Terry has been an occasional contributor on the “WGN-TV Morning Show.”

University of Illinois Extension Recognizes Council Volunteers

University of Illinois Extension Council Members provide leadership in shaping the vision for Extension in support of the citizens in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties. Members represent their county and serve as catalysts to provide input to local issues, needs and concerns that can be addressed through Extension’s unbiased and research-based educational programs and services. Council members are advocates and promote and connect local people to Extension’s educational programming including Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Community & Economic Development and Family, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences.  The council meets on a regular basis to oversee programming and finances.

 

                                   

County Director, Jill Guynn, commented, “Both Dr. Ehrhardt and Ms. Delgado have provided outstanding service. They have been dedicated to supporting the needs of their county and have been a strong voice to ensure the quality and continuation of 4-H and Extension education programming. It has been a great pleasure to work with them as a part of the Extension Council team.”

 

Extension provides outreach education and services from the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) on the Urbana-Champaign 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.

Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.

A new Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen is located in LaSalle.

 

For more information, visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

or call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at 815-224-0889.

 

IVCC hosts "My Turn to Learn Adult Student Welcome Reception"

 Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions Office hosts “My Turn to Learn Adult Student Welcome Reception” from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 in the cafeteria.

 

This free event is for all prospective and current adult students attending IVCC to help ease them into the college routine by meeting fellow adult students, alumni and IVCC employees.

 

Student Recruitment Specialist Gracelyn Quesse said “Adult students are role models to their own families, fellow employees and friends. They typically are juggling family life as well as work and this event can help them get their footing as they take on school.”

 

Families are invited to attend with the student and there will be refreshments and activities for kids. RSVP at www.ivcc.edu/events.

Malina Moye and Freaque to perform at Levitt AMP Music Series Concert

Get ready for inspiration and some funk, rock and soul when Freaque (Gabriel Rodrieck) and Malina Moye take the stage on Sunday, June 30 at the fifth Levitt AMP Galva Music Series concert of the 2019 season. The concert will begin at 6:00PM and end at 8:00PM and will be held at beautiful Wiley Park in Galva (Galva High School is the rain location).

 

Through music and words, Gabriel Rodreick tells his story of accepting life as it is while simultaneously accepting that you can long and desire for more out of this life. “This is a story of a cripple who wants to dance,” Rodreick says. Freaque is a story of an accomplished pianist of 11 years who suffered a spinal cord injury that took away the use of his hands. Through music, and words, he’ll be telling the story of a longing for deeper breath. The story of care and support, and the involvement of letting/pushing the person who needs care to take risks and face the dangers of life. It is his personal story of anger and how it can be used to unearth yourself from oppressive structures: the story of balancing a need for solitude and community. The story of accepting life as it is while simultaneously accepting that you can long and desire for more out of this life. This is his story of a cripple who wants to dance.

 

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and lefty guitarist Malina Moye, lauded as a musical pioneer, is one of the world’s top guitarists. She has carved out her own lane in today’s music scene as one of the few artists in history to be able to straddle both Rock and Soul genres. She is one of the world’s premier guitarists and her brand of music, which encompasses Funk, Rock and Soul, has made her one of the most visible artists in the world. Moye’s musical narrative boasts an impressive and unique resume that includes making history as the first African American woman performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert for music pioneer Chuck Berry. She made her big screen acting debut in the film The Samuel Project released in theaters and Netflix Worldwide in 2018.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and coolers for an entertaining evening filled with music, food, and fun. There will also be activities for children and adults alike going on throughout the event. In addition, the following food vendors will also be available for those wishing for a bite-to-eat: Z Best, Boiler Room, Azteca de Oro, Snazzy’s Lemonade, Pop of the Morning, Anderson Family Coffee, and Special Kneads Bakery. All concerts are held at Wiley Park in Galva and provided free of charge.

 

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is supported in part the Quad City Arts Dollars, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere, a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Mildred Arends Musical and Cultural Activities Fund and the Thomas & Lynn Landes Fund for Performing Arts at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at Levitt.org.

Mason Memorial Public Library Activity

Mason Memorial Public Library will be hosting a program on Storm Preparedness by Ameren. This starts at 11AM Monday June 24. This is for all from ages1-101! Hot dogs and chips will be served. Any questions call 309-883-0960. The public is invited. Mason Memorial Library is located at 104 W Main St, Buda, IL

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION PARTNERS WITH STARVED ROCK STATE PARK TO OFFER MASTER NATURALIST VOLUNTEER TRAINING THIS FALL

Do you love spending time outdoors?  Do you enjoy sharing your passion for the natural world with those around you?  Would you like to “Help Others Connect with Nature”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider becoming a University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist Volunteer. The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist Program is to provide science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards. Becoming a volunteer through the Extension Master Naturalist Program provides opportunities to explore and expand your understanding of the natural world, to provide educational outreach, and to assist with environmental stewardship projects with local University of Illinois Extension partners.  

 

This year, the University of Illinois – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam County Unit, along with Starved Rock State Park, are excited to be offering volunteer training starting Fall of 2019.  The training will cover numerous subjects including Geology, Archaeology, Botany, Wetlands, Ornithology, Forests of Illinois, and Entomology to name a few. Training will be held one day a week over the course of ten weeks, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from September 3rd to November 5th.  Classroom time will be spent at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. During the training, field trips to natural areas for hands-on learning will be visited, including Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, Dayton Bluffs, Nachusa Grasslands, and Dixon Waterfowl Refuge.  

 

Volunteers who complete the training session this fall will then work on Extension approved environmental stewardship and educational outreach projects with other Master Naturalists and local partners. In order to maintain Master Naturalist certification, volunteers must complete 10 hours of continuing education and 30 hours of approved service work in the local area annually. University of Illinois Extension provides ongoing training and coordinates regular meetings to support Master Naturalist volunteers.

 

Adults aged 18 and over are welcome to register. The cost for Master Naturalist training to become a certified volunteer is $250.  For more information, or to sign up for the training, visit https://go.illinois.edu/2019mntraining or call Meg Overocker, Program Coordinator, at (815) 433-0707.  Space is limited and registration closes August 23rd, 2019, or when the class is full. Preference will be given to residents of Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties.  Apply soon to guarantee your spot!

 

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/

 

Jazz Folk Duo to Perform in Cambridge

Jazz folk duo, Max Hatt and Edda Glass, will be performing on Thursday, June 27th at a private residence in Cambridge, IL.

 

Max Hatt / Edda Glass have "an incomparable spook”(Nashville Scene) and "a unique sound" (Larry Groce, NPR), comprised of Glass's unmistakable voice and Hatt's lyrical guitar. Originally based in Montana, their award-winning original music and unique interpretations of American and Brazilian standards have taken them all the way to New York City's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, NPR Mountain Stage, Sundance Film Fest and Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.Praised for her "impeccable vocal command" (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holiday, Glass's voice is ultimately "one of a kind...you cannot confuse her with another artist" (New York Theatre Guide). Hatt's equally distinctive guitar work combines the harmonic innovations of jazz with the melodic resonance of folk, creating music that's "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be" (Nels Cline, Wilco). Together, Max Hatt / Edda Glass evoke a world that stretches from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the prairies of the American west, telling stories of little people on great plains, and leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep.

 

The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $10-20 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 Max and Edda please visit maxhatteddaglass.com.

IVCC hold registration for Fall High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language classes

Illinois Valley Community College’s Adult Education office will hold free registration
sessions for all new and returning students in Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School
Equivalency (HSE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.


Registration at Oglesby campus is held Mondays from July 15 through Aug. 5 and at
Ottawa Center Tuesdays and Wednesdays from July 16 through Aug. 7. To schedule an
appointment, students should call Adult Education Specialist Cindy Lock at (815) 224-0358. No
walk-ins accepted.


All Adult Education offerings are free to students who qualify for enrollment and classes
fill quickly. The complete schedule for ABE/HSE and ESL and citizenship classes can be found
at www.ivcc.edu/adultedschedule.


Lock said, “We encourage students to call and set up their registration time. We’re
available to answer questions and excited to connect with future students.”


The free classes begin Aug. 19 and 20 and an online HSE option is available. For ABE and HSE information, call Lock.

 

For ESL or citizenship class information, call Sara Escatel at/en español (815) 224-0355.

 

Check facebook.com/IVCCAdultEducation for updates and more information about IVCC’s Adult Education program.

IVCC offers Advanced Certificate: Clinical Massage Therapy

Beginning this fall, Illinois Valley Community College will offer the Advanced Certificate in Clinical Massage Therapy for licensed and license-pending massage therapists.

 

With the certificate, massage therapists expand their practice into a deeper clinical focus within healthcare.

 

Program coordinator Roxanne Cherpeske said, “The two required courses include all aspects of healthcare throughout the lifespan and address advanced assessment of pathology, orthopedic conditions, professional development and specific massage therapy techniques for both acute and chronic conditions.”

 

Courses begin fall 2019 and conclude spring 2020. To enroll, call (815) 224-0439. For information, call Cherpeske at (815) 224-0507 or visit www.ivcc.edu/massage.

 

Weaver to host Coffee & Conversation in Woodhull June 19

State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) is hosting Coffee & Conversation June 19 at The Woodhull Travel Plaza, 536 Oxford Ave. in Woodhull.

 

Scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Coffee & Conversation is free and open to the public.

“Coffee & Conversation gives residents an opportunity to learn more about what is happening in Springfield, and share their thoughts,” Weaver said. “The spring legislative session which just ended had quite a few big issues, some of which were controversial. Bring your family and friends, and let’s talk about it.”

 

For more information, call 309-693-4921.

Princeton High School Music Boosters Cookout

The Princeton Music Boosters will be holding a cookout at Sullivan’s parking lot on Saturday, June 22nd from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The fundraiser will benefit the PHS music program.

 

The Music Boosters will be selling ribeye sandwiches, butterfly pork chop sandwiches, brats, and hot dogs.  Chips and drinks will also be available.

 

Pre-orders and phone orders may be made to 815-719-2119 or 815-878-7645.  Free delivery is available within the City of Princeton.

 

For additional information about the PHS Music Boosters, visit the Music Boosters Facebook page Princeton Music Boosters

 

Audit finance committee meets June 24

The Illinois Valley Community College board’s audit finance committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 24 in the boardroom (C-307) to discuss the fiscal year 2020 tentative budget, the fiscal year 2019 financial update, Information Technology Services annual plans, dual credit annual report, and added/replacement positions by fiscal year.

 

For information, contact board secretary Judy Day at (815) 224-0402.

 

THE BHHA RECEIVES GRANTS FROM TWO FOUNDATIONS

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the gift of $5,500 from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.  This funding will be used for this year’s educational programs and festivals, such as the Midsommar Music Festival, Julmarknad, and Lucia Nights.  The BHHA thanks the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation for its generosity.

 

In addition, the BHHA is pleased to announce the award of $600 from the Swedish Council of America.  This funding was used to create our summer exhibit Textiles to Tools:  Their Impact on 19th Century Bishop Hill.  This exhibition of 19th century tools, textiles, and other artifacts will be on display until the end of October.  The Heritage thanks the SCA for its continued support.

 

Mary Jauch Receives 2019 Greening Scholarship

Mary Jauch of Peru is the 2019 winner of the Carol Greening Memorial Nursing Scholarship administered by the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation.

 

A graduate of the nursing program at Illinois Valley Community College and an IVCH nurse for almost 20 years, Janch will use the scholarship to help her obtain a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Western Governors University.  She says her goal is to become a nurse educator.

Carol Greening was an IVCH nurse manager who died in 2000. The scholarship was established in her memory by her husband, the late Ken Greening, and has been continued by the Greening family since his death.

 

Raffle Winners

Friends of 4-H & Extension who help to support outreach educational programs for the Extension Service and 4-H/Youth Development Programs in Bureau County is pleased to announce the winners of the cash raffle fundraiser. The drawing was held on Friday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Becker Professional Suites Building, 850 Thompson Street, Princeton, IL.

 

Kathy Butler, Universal Banker at Midland States Bank, drew the winning tickets. Four cash prizes were awarded: Nancy Rapp of Princeton, $2,500; Alex Marquis of Hennepin, $1,000; Judson & Ann Lusher of Princeton, $500; and Crane Schafer of Princeton, $250.

 

The Friends of 4-H and Extension volunteer group thanks the public for their support. The support of all individuals and groups who purchased the tickets will help maintain our county-wide University of Illinois Extension and 4-H Program.

 

All proceeds from the event will be used to support the 4-H and Extension educational programs in Bureau County. The proceeds will be used for local services and programming.

 

Juggler Extraordinaire Jason Kollum Comes to the Princeton Public Library

"It's Showtime at Your Library" when juggler extraordinaire Jason Kollum comes to the Princeton Public Library on Thursday, June 20, at 4:00 pm. Kollum performs for thousands of kids and families all over the Midwest every year. Kollum's "See the Show!  Become the Pro!" is a one-hour variety juggling comedy show PLUS a total-participation, hands-on interactive workshop for all age of kids. Every child will learn balancing skills with peacock feathers, getting them involved, having fun, and it's a great photo opportunity! And it's free!

 

Everyone is welcome to attend Jason Kollum's show whether or not they are participating in the youth summer reading program, but this would be a good opportunity to sign up for the program if families have not yet had the chance. Summer reading runs through July 27--participants track hours of reading to earn raffle tickets for prizes at the end of the program, as well as reading incentives along the way. The library is also offering seven summer reading challenges that children can participate in. For more information, stop at the Youth Services desk, call 815-875-1331, ext. 220, or go to http://www.princetonpl.org.

Swedish group and Mannheim Steamroller drummer to perform free concert in Galva

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is pleased to welcome the Swedish quintet Jaerv and composer and recording artist Tom Sharpe to their stage for the fourth Levitt AMP Concert Series, held in Galva at Wiley Park on Sunday, June 23rd at 6pm.


The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv, is an internationally well-known act and has toured the U.S., Japan, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Finland and Norway among other countries. They are described as musically captivating, personal, innovative and high-energy. They present extroverted, energetic and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members include Joel Hagen (flute, whistles, soprano saxophone, ewi, and vocals); Anders Bergsten (double bass, key fiddle, and vocals); Harald Nilsson (guitars, vocals); Markus Gustavsson (fiddle, lead vocals); and Tobias Hedlund (percussion). Jaerv have created a smooth, vivid sound which has established Jaerv on the folk music scene as well as in many other forums. Rooted in several different musical traditions, Jaerv offers a varied stage performance where vocal, five-voiced tunes blend in with energetic dances and free improvisations. 


Tom Sharpe is an award-winning composer, performer, and recording artist. The internationally recognized artist is a sought-out clinician and performer of his own works, and the artistic director and principal performer of the Sharpe World Music Ensemble. Along with his own music, Tom is the drummer for the widely popular, Grammy award winning group, Mannheim Steamroller.  He is known for his high-energy, large-sounding performances on percussion instruments. 


Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. There will also be activities for children and adults alike going on throughout the event. The Artistic Expression Activity for this concert series will by a Caricature artist who will demonstrate his art and be available to draw caricatures of concert attendees. 

 

In addition, the following food vendors will also be on-site for those wishing for a bite-to-eat: ZBest West; Boiler Room; Mexican; Snazzy's Lemon Shake-ups; Pop of the Morning; and Special Kneads Bakery. All concerts are provided free of charge and provide fun and entertainment for all. 


The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is supported in part the Quad City Arts Dollars, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere, a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Mildred Arends Musical and Cultural Activities Fund and the Thomas & Lynn Landes Fund for Performing Arts at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at Levitt.org.

Rezin reacts to Gov.'s signature on extreme abortion bill: "Sad day in Illinois"

State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) released the statement below following the Governor signing Senate Bill 25, which allows for late term abortions up to nine month of pregnancy or birth for any reason including sex selection and allows for partial birth abortions. 
 

“Taking away all remaining rights for the unborn is not something we should be celebrating. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. This law is extreme and unsettling. Today is a sad day in Illinois.”

June Board Report

Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture, industrial maintenance, welding and nursing programs will receive an infusion of new instructional talent this fall following Thursday’s board meeting.

 

Trustees approved the hiring of Kathryn Lillie, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois’s master’s program in crop science, as an ag instructor to work alongside program coordinator Willard Mott.

  

At the U of I, Lillie was a graduate teaching assistant and graduate research assistant in the Weed Molecular Biology and Genomics Lab. She interned for BASF in Germany and Illinois.

 

Stephen Gibson will teach industrial maintenance and electricity. He has a bachelor’s in industrial electricity from Illinois State and an AAS in electronics technology and a certificate in industrial electricity from IVCC. He worked 14 years as a maintenance/electrical technician.

 

IVCC’s welding program will be led by American Welding Society certified inspector and educator Anthony Sondgeroth. Praised as a “skilled welder, fabricator and leader with experience as a part-time welding instructor and program coordinator,” he also has years of industry experience.

 

Amber Robertson, who has her MSN and BSN and is a graduate of IVCC’s nursing program, was hired as a nursing instructor. Robertson has worked seven years as an RN for OSF and was already teaching part-time at IVCC.

 

Last month, trustees approved Richard Marko as automotive technology instructor.  

 

“I could not be happier with these additions. These instructors bring industry experience, high-energy, passion and innovative ideas to IVCC,” said IVCC President Corcoran, who meets with full-time faculty candidates before their appointments go to the board.

 

Trustees also approved the appointment of Eric Johnson as Director of Financial Aid to replace the retiring Patty Williamson. Johnson was director of financial aid and student accounts at Midstate College in Peoria.

In other action, the board approved:

  • Submitting the proposed $4.1 million Agriculture Center to the state’s RAMP list for capital improvements. If eventually approved, the state would pay approximately $3 million and IVCC about $1 million for a 5,100-square-foot facility housing a classroom, wet lab, conference center, student space and offices.

  • Authorization to continue payment for standard operating expenditures from July 1 through adoption of the budget.

  • Renewal of VMWare maintenance and support from CDW for three years for $64,060. VMWare provides software that allows IT to run multiple virtual servers and desktops from a redundant group of physical hardware.

  • Inclusion of an annual one-third student aid match in the Project Success grant application for the next five year cycle, 2021-26.

The board also learned:

  • Capital bill support from State Sen. Sue Rezin and State Rep. Lance Yednock was crucial to the college receiving $675,000 in deferred maintenance funding to repave the perimeter road and parking lots and an additional $150,000 for construction of an agriculture program storage and routine maintenance facility, Corcoran said.

  • In fiscal 2019, female student athletes had a combined 3.3 GPA and males 2.9. Overall student athlete GPA was 3.1.

  • Part-time anatomy and physiology instructor Craig Castaneda was honored Friday as IVCC’s nominee for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award at the organization’s convention in Itasca.

  • Streator’s Results Companies and its Results University was also honored at the convention as IVCC’s nominee for the Business/Industry Partnership Award. Results was represented by Shalanda Rabadan and Jean Grimes, IVCC by Business Training Center Specialist Jennifer Sowers.

  • Longtime financial aid employee Ida Brown has been appointed financial aid reconciliation and compliance specialist.

  • Custodian Dennis O’Shea will retire July 1 after 31 years; part-time Continuing Education administrative assistant Jessica Beem will resign July 25; part-time developmental math instructor Debra Cooper retired May 31 after 13 years; part-time welding instructor Christopher Winn resigned May 20; and theatre technical coordinator Matthew Boehm was granted an additional 30-day leave of absence through July 20.

  • Shipping and Receiving Coordinator Sarah Morgensen will assume the additional duties of duplication center operator following the June 30 retirement of Sandy Kosciewicz after 33 years.

  • A total of 389 spring graduates earned 469 degrees and certificates compared to 465 graduates earning 582 degrees and certificates in spring 2018.

  • IVCC’s Business office has again won the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its 2018 financial report. In addition, the office also earned the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report.

Bollis and Curl Win Taylor Awards to NIU

Recent Illinois Valley Community College graduate Nic Bollis of Peru and IVCC’s Brett Curl of Ottawa will attend Northern Illinois University next fall on full-tuition scholarships from William and Dian Taylor of Winnetka, IVCC and NIU alumni.

 

Bollis, a McCormack Scholar, 21st Century Scholars Society finalist and Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team member, won the William and Dian Taylor STEM Scholarship. He plans to major in chemistry at NIU, attend medical school and eventually become a pediatric cardiologist.

Curl won the Taylor Accountancy Scholarship and plans a career as a tax accountant in the Chicago area. The awards cover junior and senior year and are worth about $25,000 to each student.  

 

Fine Forgiveness for National Forgiveness Day at the Princeton Public Library

In recognition of National Forgiveness Day, the Princeton Public Library will forgive fines all day on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. This offer applies to returned materials with overdue fines up to $5 per patron, and does not include lost or damaged books. Library staff are hoping this will encourage patrons to return overdue materials so these materials can continue to be shared with the community.

 

The Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) began their National Forgiveness Day in 1998. National Forgiveness Day is observed on June 26, 2019, however any day that reminds people to forgive makes the world a more peaceful place. On National Forgiveness Day you celebrate, the same compassion and reconciliation are celebrated.To join in Forgiveness Day's

activities it is recommended to truly forgive someone. Forgiving is a relieving process and not only on Forgiveness Day everyone should do that from time to time.

All American Girls Professional Baseball League program June 18 at the Princeton Public Library

June 18 at 6:30 p.m. Jean Fox will present a program at the Princeton Public Library about her time in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  Jean played in 1952 for the Rockford Peaches and in 1953 for Kalamazoo & Muskegon. In 1988 she became a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Come learn how this local girl from Wyanet became part of baseball history and what the AAGPBL was all about.

Boy Scout Troop 1063 Cookout

Princeton Boy Scout Troop 1063 is holding a cookout at Sullivan’s parking lot on Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The fundraiser will benefit the Troop 1063 Boy Scouts attending a high adventure trip to Camp Orr in Arkansas at the end of July.  

 

The scouts will be selling ribeye sandwiches, butterfly pork chop sandwiches, chicken breast sandwiches, brats, and hot dogs.  Chips and drinks will also be available.

 

Pre-orders and phone orders may be made to 815-866-7966 or 815-878-7645.  Free delivery is available within the City of Princeton.

 

Troop 1063 meets troop meets Monday nights at 7:00 PM at the Hampshire Colony Church in Princeton.  Anyone interested in learning about Boy Scouts may contact one of the numbers listed above.

 

Perry Memorial Ground Breaking Ceremony For Family Clinic Today

Perry Memorial will be expanding, adding a 15,200 square foot family clinic. There will be a ground breaking ceremony at 4:30pm at the Park Ave. North parking lot June 12th.  Annettte Schnabel was our guest on Open Line and went into detail about what services will be provided and when the project should be finished. The full interview is posted below.

 

 

 

Closed Session Minutes Committee Meets June 18

The Illinois Valley Community College board’s closed session minutes committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 in the boardroom (C-307) to review minutes of meetings lawfully closed under the Open Meetings Act.

 

Four Seasons Gardening Program Offers Summer Series

The summer series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening Program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway the month of June. The public is invited to participate in this free webinar series. The first session of the series is titled “Landscape Invasives and Native Alternatives.” University of Illinois horticulture educator Kelly Allsup will discuss some of the most common landscape plants with potentially invasive qualities in natural areas, and how you can replace them with native alternatives that are just as attractive.

 

This program will be offered via a live webinar on Tuesday, June 25th 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.  

 

    Other topics in the Summer series include “Youth Gardening – Back Pocket Lessons and Activities” set for Tuesday, July 16th at 1:30 p.m., and “Going Organic – Are organic pesticides safer than synthetic?” set for Tuesday, August 6th at 1:30 p.m.

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/

Bishop Hill's Midsommar Music Festival Returns

Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 22th with a strong line-up of musical performers.  In Sweden, Midsommar is one of the most important days of the year, rivaling Christmas with its festive spirit and traditions. Given Sweden’s long, dark winters, it is not surprising that the arrival of the longest day of the year is a reason to celebrate.  Bishop Hill honors its Swedish roots by hosting its own Midsommar celebration. Highlights of this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

 

The free Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  This year’s lineup includes Black Hawk Pipes and Drums, Orion Community Band, Jazz on the Side, and the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers.  Black Hawk Pipes and Drums has been performing reels, jigs, and slow airs since 2000. The appearance of the Orion Community Band continues our practice of featuring Henry County’s town bands.  Jazz on the Side returns to Bishop Hill to entertain the crowd with their big band standards and jazz selections. Kyle and Dave, the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers, have been entertaining audiences for over two decades with their eclectic blend of upbeat Scandinavian folk music, humor, and storytelling.  

 

Immediately following the Main Stage performances, everyone is invited to decorate the Maypole with flowers and to join the procession.  Accordionist Ernie Sandquist will lead the Maypole procession. It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments provided by the Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge.  Later, at 6 p.m., there will be a barn dance at the Colony School with Cloud Nine and caller Gail Hintze. Admission to the barn dance is $5 per person.

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will also be having its annual Rabarber Fundraiser.  The BHHA will be serving homemade rhubarb baked goods, with coffee and lemonade, at the Steeple Building Museum front porch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support BHHA activities.

 

The Vasa National Archives, a short block from the park, will be offering a Midsummer Respite featuring drinks, snacks, and hands-on activities for the kids. The public is welcome to view exhibits and enjoy some light refreshments.   Children can enjoy the Magic of Midsummer, in which kids can help measure and mix ingredients in various household science experiments to see what happens. The Vasa National Archives will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Midsommar Music Festival is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, and area businesses.  Partial funding for this festival is provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. For directions and more info, visit www.bishophillheritage.org , call 309-927-3899, visit the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook page, or email bhha@mymctc.net.

Celtic Fiddler to Perform in Cambridge

Andrew Finn Magill, a rising Celtic fiddle player, will be performing on Friday, June 14th at a private residence in Cambridge, IL.

 

Raised in an Irish musical household, Andrew Finn Magill grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops in Asheville, North Carolina . At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift (John Doyle, John Skelton, Will MacMorran) was featured on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Says grammy-winner Americana artist Tim O’Brien:

 

“He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”

 

Finn has built his career on Irish music, having worked with many musicians including John Doyle, Open the Door for Three, and The Paul McKenna Band. Between these collaborations and others he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, Olympia Hall in Paris, France, and Disneyworld. He currently has a duo with Irish multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley which performs the festival circuit and concerts all over the U.S.

 

In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro to study Brazilian choro music. He soon founded quartet O Finno which the city of Rio de Janeiro featured in its Viva o Talento series. In 2016, Finn founded Brazilian Strings Trio, a trio with fellow American violinist Ted Falcon and Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte and in 2017 founded Canta, Violino! a Brazilian jazz fusion project, the album of which was released on Ropeadope Records in 2018. Writes Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira of Chick Corea and Miles Davis:

 

“Its nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!”

 

In Canta, Violino! Magill merges his folk background and more than fifteen years of jazz study with a deep passion for Brazilian music and contemporary instrumental composition. Complementing a busy solo touring schedule, Magill is an on-call fiddle player/violinist with several singers from the acoustic americana to swing idioms.

 

Passionate about music education, Finn has taught Irish fiddle, bluegrass, old-time and Brazilian choro at more than a dozen fiddle camps across the world including: Montana Fiddle Camp, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, The Freight & Salvage’s Fiddlekids, O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, The Acadia Trad School, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, The Swannanoa Gathering’s Celtic and Fiddle weeks, Old Songs, and Culture & Projet Stages de Musiques et Danse de Bretagne et du Monde.

 

The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $10-20 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 Andrew Finn Magill please visit andrewfinnmagill.com

William Taylor named ICCTA Distinguished Alumnus

 La Salle native and Illinois Valley Community College graduate William Taylor was named the 2019 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Distinguished Alumnus Friday night in Itasca.

 

Taylor of Winnetka, a 1962 graduate of IVCC predecessor LPO Junior College, received the honor at the annual ICCTA convention awards banquet. Winning the award over 20 other nominees, Taylor is the third IVCC graduate – and the first in 29 years – to earn the distinction.

Former Illinois Supreme Court Judge Howard C. Ryan of Tonica, LPO 1935, won the ICCTA’s first alumni award in 1985 and was followed by 1932 LPO alum and University of Chicago professor emeritus Dr. Henrietta Herbolsheimer in 1990.

 

“To say Bill is a model alumnus and donor does not do him justice,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “He is distinguished from many successful individuals by his coming back to the educational institutions he credits for his success, and investing his time and financial resources to provide the opportunity for others to succeed.”

 

Since retiring in 2005 as a lead partner for Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte, Taylor has devoted his life to philanthropy and donated well over a million dollars to his alma maters, IVCC and Northern Illinois University.

 

He donated $150,000 to two IVCC fundraising campaigns and his largesse has directly benefitted as many as 19 current and former IVCC students in a single year.

More than just monetary gifts, Taylor and his wife Dian have developed friendships with many of their scholarship recipients. When IVCC alum Thanh Nguyen, a Vietnamese exchange student, had no family to witness her graduation from NIU, the Taylors were there to celebrate with her. The former Dian Lechner is also a graduate of IVCC and NIU.

Taylor has spoken to IVCC accounting classes and sponsored bus trips from IVCC to

NIU. Other contributions include:

 

  • Annually funding 10 IVCC scholarships at $1,250 per student.
  • Providing $14,000 in seed money to create IVCC’s alumni coordinator position.
  • A charter member of the IVCC Foundation’s 21st Century Scholars Society, a $500 annual commitment.
  • Endowing the William and Dian Taylor Professor of Accountancy at NIU, requiring a donation of $500,000 to $750,000.
  • Former treasurer and board member, NIU Foundation.
  • Leading benefactor, Chicago Youth Centers, a nonprofit supporting at-risk, low-income youth.

Friday’s honor is just the latest for Taylor including:

  • NIU College of Business Outstanding Accountancy Alumnus, 2000;
  • Keynote speaker, IVCC commencement, 2007;
  • IVCC Alumnus of the Year and Spirit Award winner, 2008;
  • IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame inductee, 2009;
  • NIU Foundation Volunteer Service Award, 2011;
  • IVCC counseling area named the William & Dian Taylor Student Development Commons, 2014.

“Rather than recognition, what drives Bill is his passion to provide opportunity for others. Bill and Dian continue to make a significant difference in the lives of young people through education,” said Fran Brolley, IVCC Director of Community Relations and Development.

IVCC board chair Jane Goetz added, “Bill’s personal involvement at IVCC has inspired all of us. He is an exemplary representative of our college and the community college system. His story demonstrates IVCC’s strengths: encouraging students to explore, develop, achieve, and give back to the community.”

CONVOY AGAINST CANCER BIG TRUCK SHOW

Summer is here again and that means that a familiar fundraiser in the fight against cancer is back again, too! The 2019 “Convoy Against Cancer” BIG Truck Show returns to Rte. 89/Main Street in Ladd, Illinois on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All makes and models of new and restored, BIG trucks and pick-up trucks will be on display. Antique and restored farm tractors are also invited to the show. All entrants receive a dash plaque. Registration is a donation to the American Cancer Society. Free admission, food, music, door prizes, raffles and a 50/50 drawing will be part of the show.  For entry and general information call 815 488-8245. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

 

Deadline Reminder for SBA Disaster Assistance for Illinois Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to apply for a disaster loan for physical damage before the July 8 deadline. Anyone in the declared counties in Illinois with damages caused by severe storms and flooding on March 15-23, 2019 should apply for the SBA disaster loan assistance.

 

The declaration covers Stephenson County and the adjacent counties of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Winnebago in Illinois; Green and Lafayette in Wisconsin.

 

Businesses and nonprofits can apply up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Loans for working capital, known as Economic Injury Disaster Loans, are available even if the business did not suffer any physical damage. Homeowners can apply up to $200,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate. Homeowners and renters can apply up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property including automobiles.

 

Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s circumstances.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

 

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

 

Additional details on the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is July 8, 2019. The deadline for economic injury applications is Feb. 7, 2020.

 

Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team

On June 5, 2019 at approx. 11:57am, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (TRIDENT), assisted by Spring Valley Police, conducted a buy/bust operation in the 100 block of S. Spalding St in Spring Valley, IL.

 

During the operation Trident Agents conducted a controlled purchase of approx. point eight (.8) grams of heroin from Ryan M. Buck (28) of 22 Tyler Hugh Rd in Spring Valley, IL. Following the purchase Buck was taken into custody by TRIDENT Agents and Spring Valley Police. He was transported to the Spring Valley Police Department for further investigation.

 

During the investigation it was discovered that Buck may have more heroin at the residence he was staying at. Following a consent search, TRIDENT Agents and Spring Valley Police discovered multiple jeweler's baggies containing purported heroin totaling an approx. weight of eighteen point four (18.4) grams.

 

Following the investigation Buck was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Heroin (Class 2 Felony) and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver - Heroin, over 15 grams (Class X Felony.) Buck is being held at the Bureau County Jail awaiting a felony bond hearing.

 

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

 

TRIDENT consists of LaSalle, Streator, Princeton, Oglesby and Mendota Police Departments along with LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam County Sheriff's Offices.

 

Summer Learning Institute for School Nutrition Professionals Offered!

If you are employed as a school nutrition professional, you are eligible to attend and receive continuing education hours at the University of Illinois Extension, ABC’s of School Nutrition Summer Learning Institute.  Institute topics include food handler training (receive your certificate, good for three years), portioning, merchandising and food presentation including a special program on bento boxes, and how to reduce food waste in school cafeterias.  

 

Earn six-credit hours that count toward the 2019/2020 school year!  The ABC’s of School Nutrition Summer Learning Institute is scheduled for August 2, 2019, at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, room CTC-124 from 9:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Class size is limited to 30 persons.  The Summer Learning Institute is free, lunch is included.  

 

Register online at https://go.illinois.edu/summerinstitute  or call University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889.  

 

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/

 

Girl Scouts Announce First-Ever Rope Runner Champions Presented by Danfoss

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is pleased to announce the organization’s first-ever 2019 Girl Scout Rope Runner Champions, presented by Danfoss. This is GSNI’s first-ever Rope Runner competition. Rope Runners are wooden figures which roll down a rope on a single wheel, using weights to balance. The competition is designed to teach girls important STEM concepts—such as center of mass, gravity, and mass vs. weight—in a fun, hands-on way. Girls can earn badges in Mechanical Engineering, Fair Play, Leader in Action, Field Day, and Think Like an Engineer through participation in a Rope Runner race. 

If you have any further questions, please contact me. Otherwise, we look forward to you sharing the good news of Girl Scouts in your community!

 

 


 

Daisy Race (Grades K–1)

1st – Kaitlyn Kramer, Marengo

2nd – Kayla Klich, Lake in the Hills

3rd – Jocelyn Reece, Hampshire

Design – Emlynn McKay, Bartlett

 

Brownie Race (Grades 2–3)

1st – Emily Busam, Pingree Grove

2nd – Betsy Dirck, St. Charles

3rd – Aubrey Miller, Roscoe

Design – Bristol Hurcombe, Bartlett

 

Junior Race (Grades 4–5)

1st – Natalie Zimmerman, Algonquin

2nd – Amelia Weingartz, Sycamore

3rd – Layla Peterson, Marengo

Design – Celsey Cooper, South Beloit

Cadette Race (Grades 6–8)

1st – Maya Cassell, St. Charles

2nd – Alyssia Garcia-Vandervort, Rockford

3rd – Sofie Burke, Apple River

Design – Anne Turnrose, Poplar Grove

 

Senior Race (Grades 9–10)

1st – McKayla Dennis, Kingston

2nd – Emily Liautaud, Woodstock

3rd – Elisabeth Goldie, Freeport

Design – Jenna Hart, Sycamore

 

Ambassador Race (Grades 11–12)

1st – Jordyn Guse, Marengo

2nd – Sarina Goldie, Freeport

Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team Make Arrest

On June 3, 2019 at approx. 4:41pm, the Trident Drug Task force, assisted by Ottawa Detectives and Police, conducted a buy/bust operation at 3000 Fairfield Ln in Ottawa, IL.

 

During the operation Trident Agents conducted a controlled purchase of cocaine from Dale R. McInerney Jr. (41) of 768 Fillebrowne in Marseilles, IL and Ryan J. Knott (33) of 1943 Columbus St in Ottawa, IL. During the controlled purchase McInerney delivered approx. twenty seven (27) grams of cocaine to Trident agents. Knott assisted McInerney during the transaction. An additional twenty three (23) grams of purported cocaine was located in close proximity to McInerney.

 

Following the delivery McInerney and Knott were taken into custody and transported to the LaSalle County Jail for further investigation. Following the investigation McInerney and Knott were charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine (Class X Felony.) McInerney and Knott are being held at the LaSalle County Jail awaiting a felony bond hearing.

 

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

 

TRIDENT consists of LaSalle, Streator, Princeton, Oglesby and Mendota Police Departments along with LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam County Sheriff's Offices.

 

Nauman Hired as Women's Basketball Coach

   Josh Nauman has been hired as Illinois Valley Community College’s women’s basketball coach. Tom Ptak, who led the program for six years, stepped down following the 2018-19 season.

 

Nauman of Granville was IVCC men’s assistant the past two seasons and prior to that was head boys coach at Putnam County High School.

 

“Josh had tremendous success as a head coach,” said IVCC Athletic Director Cory Tomasson. “I expect his knowledge of the game and his passion for coaching will truly benefit IVCC. 

“As the men’s assistant he learned about our athletic department’s policies and procedures and the nature of college athletics. He is very familiar with our district and has built strong relationships with area coaches.”

 

Nauman is founder of the Illinois Valley All-Star Game at IVCC, which allows area high school seniors an opportunity to play a final game with other local players.

 

“The event has been a huge success and should serve as a recruiting tool for him going forward,” said Tomasson.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Adds Locations to New Discover Daises and Becoming Brownies Family Events!

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois has added locations in Algonquin, Byron, Cary, and Wauconda for its new Discover Daises and Becoming Brownies events! The organization is making it easier for families to connect with opportunities for their girls to gain new friends, make a difference in their communities, explore the outdoors, and try exciting STEM challenges! GSNI is hosting Discover Daises, for girls in grades K–1, and Becoming Brownies, for girls in grades 2–3, throughout its 16-county region with a full location listing available online at www.girlscoutsni.org/discoverdaisies.

 

These free summer events feature age-appropriate friend-making and fun, hands-on activities in a safe environment! Event activities may include jewelry making, relay races, virtual fun fairs, DIY food prep, scavenger hunts, wildflower seed bombs, paper house communities, and travel creativity! Each girl who participates receives a free Girl Scout fun patch. The organization is currently offering a new Extended Year Membership through September 30, 2020, to all new members for only $35. Families can register their girl and interested adults at any Discover Daisies or Becoming Brownies event!

 

Parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, or family friends are welcome to attend Discover Daisies and Becoming Brownies events with the special girl in their life to learn how to become a troop leader or troop volunteer! For more information or to register, contact Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Customer Care Department at 1-844-476-4463 at customercare@girlscoutsni.org.

 

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! GSNI’s 10th Anniversary events include the 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint and Finish Line Fun 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).

 

Trees Forever Recognizes 2019 Award Winners

Trees Forever is proud to recognize 13 award winners at the nonprofit's Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner on June 13. These are outstanding volunteers, environmental stewards, partners and advocates who exemplify the mission of the Trees Forever.

Congratulations to the following award winners!


President's Award; Margo Underwood; Clear Lake, Iowa

Outstanding Volunteer Award; Patti Hoffman; Preston, Iowa

Outstanding Volunteer Award; Michael Contratto; Peoria County, Illinois

Environmental Steward Award; Judson Isebrands; Montgomery County, Iowa

Environmental Steward Award; Sara-Beth Hostetter; Livingston, Illinois

Media Partner Award; Barb Grabner-Kerns; Taylorville, Illinois

Outstanding Advocate; Brian Leaders; Omaha, Nebraska

Outstanding Advocate; Robert Berggren; Mason City, Iowa

Outstanding Group/Organization Award; Iowa Nut Growers Association; N/A

Outstanding Group/Organization Award; UpCycle Stewards (a collaboration with Trees Forever, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department; Des Moines, Iowa

Outstanding Youth Project Award; Earth Week Blitz's Terry Trueblood planting with Hoover Elementary, Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the City of Iowa City; Iowa City, Iowa

Outstanding Youth Project Award; Kedra Hamilton; Nevada, Iowa

Outstanding Youth Group Leader Award; Sue Green; Cedar Falls, Iowa

To learn more about the award winners, please go to http://www.treesforever.org/annualcelebration

IVCC hosts Summer College Connection June 19

 Focused primarily on students who are the first in their family to attend college, Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions office hosts “Summer College Connection” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.

 

The event starts in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre with a student panel and will be followed by a cookout, water balloon trivia in the courtyard, raffles and tours.

           

Assistant Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Aseret Loveland said, “The free event for first-generation students is an opportunity for incoming IVCC students to learn what it takes to be a successful college student and to connect with their future classmates.”

           

For information, call (815) 224-0439; RSVP online by June 6 at www.ivcc.edu/events.

Brianna Legner Stops by for Open Line

Brianna Legner, who was crowned Miss Bureau Co Fair Queen in 2017, stopped by the PrincetonNewsNow.com studio to sit down and talk about how she got interested in pageants, school, and the Miss Illinois pageant. 

 

Check out the full interview below!

 

 

Compeer Financial Awards $164K in County Fair Grants

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, has awarded 55 Fair Facility Upgrade Grants to county fairs across its 144-county territory. The grants, which total $164,740, will touch the lives of more than 1.6 million fair organizers, participants and attendees.

 

“The purpose of these grants is to help make upgrades and repairs to fairgrounds and facilities so fairs can continue to bring people together to experience agriculture,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “The fair tradition plays an important role in agriculture youth development, celebrating their hard work and contributions to rural communities. And fairs in general bring our communities together each year to have fun and enjoy rural life. ”

Groups received grants of $2,750 to $3,000 each. The list below outlines grant recipients and a brief description of the projects funded:

 

Illinois

  • Adams County Fair; to replace gates for sheep pens

  • Brown County Fair Association; to replace and re-enforce wooden poles in cattle barn and show arena

  • Bureau County Fair; to rebuild sliding doors on beef and dairy cattle barns

  • Exposition Gardens, Heart of Illinois Fair.; to repair home arts exhibit buildings

  • Fulton County Fair and Racing Association; for new sound system in livestock show arenas and grounds

  • Grundy County 4-H Board; for structural repair of columns and electrical upgrades to livestock building

  • Hancock County Fair Association; to replace supportive poles and update show ring and swine barn

  • Jo Daviess County Fair; to repair roof trusses

  • LaSalle County Junior Fair Association; for upgrade and expansion of concrete walkways and entry pads for buildings

  • Mason County Fair Board and Junior Show Association; for electrical panels, switchgear and wiring in swine and goat barn

  • McHenry County Fair Association; to add drop ceiling and insulation to open show building

  • Mercer County Agricultural Society; for new speaker system in livestock area and replacement poles in livestock barn

  • New Windsor Fair Rodeo and Horse Show; for electrical entrance panel replacement

  • Stark County Junior Fair Association; to update and improve show barn roof, redo wash racks and purchase new swine pens

Minnesota

  • Aitkin County Ag Society; for concrete work in hog, sheep and swine pens and entrances to horse and cattle barns

  • Anoka County Fair; for new cages and stands in the poultry building

  • Cass County Ag Association; to replace doors, pour concrete and re-tin the 4-H foodstand building

  • Cass County Ag Society – Pillager Fair; to repair roof joists and pillars in horse show pavilion

  • Chisago County Fair; to upgrade electric in horse barn

  • Cottonwood County Agricultural Society; for permanent gates in pavilion, fire extinguishers and no smoking signs

  • Crow Wing County Fair Association; to upgrade and install overhead lighting in livestock building

  • Dodge County 4-H; to purchase new rabbit and poultry cages and ceiling fans

  • Fair Association of Jackson County; for new announcer stand building for 4-H horse arena

  • Houston County Agricultural Society; to purchase and install fans in hog building and horse barn

  • Lake County Agricultural Society Inc.; to purchase and replace backing boards and hardware on box stalls in livestock barn

  • Martin County Fair; to replace vent doors in show arena and horse barn

  • Nicollet County Fair; to overhaul water line for dairy, beef and swine buildings

  • Olmsted County Fair; to purchase sound system for horse arena

  • Rice County 4-H; to repair leak in 4-H building rooftop, purchase pie case and replace seals on fridge and freezer

  • Rock County Fair; to install exhaust fans and update lights in livestock arena

  • Stearns County Fair; to replace dividers in livestock building

  • Steele County Agricultural Society; to repair and add additional electrical circuits to the 4-H dairy barn

  • Todd County Ag Society; to replace boards and repaint livestock barn, add cement floors for swine and retrofit horse stalls for cages and hanging brackets

  • Waseca County Fair; to repair ceiling in 4-H food stand

  • Washington County Agricultural Society; for bathroom upgrades

  • Winona County Fair; to purchase a barn fan for small livestock judging arena and goat barn and new rabbit cages

Wisconsin

  • Alto 4-H and Farm Bureau Fair; to upgrade blacktop on fairgrounds

  • Bayfield County Fair; to repair roof, fascia boards, gutters and replace trusses and rafter ends in horse barn

  • Buffalo County Fair; to purchase swine, sheep and goat scale

  • Burnett County Agricultural Fair; for updated lighting and safety signage in cattle barn

  • Columbia County Fair Association; to construct a concrete platform with walls for manure storage

  • Crawford County Meat Animal Auction; to extend the swine and sheep barn

  • Dodge County Fair Association; for new roof, soffit and fascia, and updated lighting and electrical on milkhouse

  • Grant County Fair; to remove old fountains and install water cooler bottle filling stations

  • Green County Ag Society and Mechanics Institute; to improve electrical service in beef barn

  • Jackson County Agricultural Society Inc.; for gates and pens for small animals

  • Monroe County Agricultural Society; to purchase new animal scales, platforms and heads

  • Ozaukee County Agricultural Society; to pave road and walkway leading to 4-H barns

  • Racine County Agricultural Society Inc.; to repair and rebuild livestock wash rack

  • Rock County 4-H Fair; to replace roof, repair front door and siding on 4-H Fair Museum

  • Sheboygan County Fair Association; to replace concrete aisles in livestock buildings

  • St. Croix County Fair Inc.; for updated lighting in judging arena

  • Vernon County Agricultural Society Inc.; for new rabbit cages

  • Washburn County Junior Fair Association; to replace signs on buildings and entrance

  • Winnebago County Fair Association; to purchase gates for beef barn, signs for fairgrounds and to restore entrance archway

Since the program began, a total of $344,740 has been awarded to 119 fairs, touching the lives of more than 3.5 million fairgoers and participants. The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America will offer this program again in March 2020.

 

About the Fund for Rural America

 

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development, community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, and cooperative initiatives. The fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the fund can be found at Compeer.com/giving-back.

 

About Compeer Financial

 

Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $21.0 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.

 

Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial

Folk, Hip and Soul will highlight Third Levitt AMP Galva Music Series

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is pleased to announce their third concert series of the season, bringing “Handmade Moments” and “Tameca Jones, the Queen of Austin Soul,” to their stage in Wiley Park in Galva, IL on June 16.

 

Folk, Soul and hip aptly describe the music of Anna Moss and Joel Ludford of Handmade Moments. The New Orleans, LA duet present ornate instrumentation details that are the bedrock of their simple yet sophisticated songcraft, and endearing, intoxicating personality. Handmade Moments’ piercing lyricism and carousing croon both tell their own inspirational tale and encompass larger themes that resonate within us all. This musical document unveils a myriad of tones, from walking upright bass to silky saxophone. Their music embodies an intelligent, progressive culture and celebrates a simple way of life.

 

Austin, TX native Tameca Jones is known for her tasteful and vibrant interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and more. Her ability to go from soulful wailing to silky coos has won her devoted fans and accolades and some high-profile situations opening for Austin super stars Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider, and other big touring acts, receiving recognition from Billboard magazine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and coolers for an entertaining evening filled with jazz and rock. There will also be activities for children and adults alike going on throughout the event. In addition, the following food vendors will also be available for those wishing for a bite-to-eat: Z Best; Delta on the Square/Boiler Room; Mexican; Snazzys Lemonade; Pop of the Morning; and Special Kneads Bakery. All concerts are held at Wiley Park in Galva and provided free of charge.

 

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is supported in part the Quad City Arts Dollars, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere, a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Mildred Arends Musical and Cultural Activities Fund and the Thomas & Lynn Landes Fund for Performing Arts at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at Levitt.org.

Facilities Committee Report

Phase I and II of Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture building project were among topics covered by the board’s facilities committee Tuesday evening.

 

The Illinois legislature awarded Phase I of the project $150,000 Friday after the college had earlier secured nearly $165,000 from the state.

 

“That $315,000 is about half of what we need for Phase I – an ag storage and routine maintenance facility,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.

 

The building will allow students to inspect and perform minor routine maintenance on tractors, cultivators, planters and other field equipment. Phase II includes an agronomy classroom, lab and student space.

 

Building images were presented by IVCC and Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) architect Dominick Demonica of Chicago. In early December, the college spent about $50,000 of its required match to have a dairy barn taken down. In February, the board transferred $450,000 to a CDB trust account to secure its stake in the project.

 

Since its 2016 inception, the ag program has grown from 9 to 27 students. With enhanced facilities, the college can better recruit and eventually serve an estimated 1,300 district high school ag students, Corcoran said.

 

The facilities committee also learned IVCC received $675,000 in deferred maintenance from the state for repaving of the perimeter access road and parking lots. IVCC’s share will be about $225,000.

 

Corcoran credited State Rep. Lance Yednock and State Sen. Sue Rezin for helping facilitate Friday’s capital bill appropriations.

 

“When you assess what Sue, Lance and their colleagues accomplished in a bipartisan way in support of community colleges, you cannot help but believe our state’s future looks bright,” Corcoran said.

 

In other business, the committee discussed a $1.5 million project to re-caulk pre-cast concrete walls on Buildings A, B, C, D and E. The plan has been submitted to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for deferred maintenance funding.

 

In addition, preliminary discussion is underway for RAMP projects involving a Technology Commons and Library/Student Success Center.

 

The Student Success Center would integrate library services with academic support services including the Writing Center and Peer Tutoring Center to create a one-stop for learning resources.

 

Similarly, the existing Learning Commons would be refashioned as a center supporting faculty and student technology needs.

 

The committee also learned:

 

  • Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) projects for 2019 include a $1 million replacement of air handler/AC units for buildings F (Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre) and G (gymnasium, fitness center and therapeutic massage).
  • Another PHS project, replacement of the bleachers, is estimated at $300,000. The bleachers, installed when the gym was built in the 1970s, are not ADA compliant.
  • A proposal to erect a statue or sculpture in the center island of the college turnaround has been brought forward. The work of art, to be paid for through private funding, would be a focal point as visitors approach the main entrance.
  • IVCC remains committed to possibly becoming the site of a 911 Call Center. Corcoran recently reaffirmed that interest when contacted by a local city official. 

Several ways to support Workcamp Free Home Repair Mission in Bureau County

Bureau County Covered Bridge Workcamp is July 28 through August 3.  There are many opportunities for local residents, groups, and congregations to support this mission event:

Youth and adults (who have pre-registered with Group Workcamps) will come from all over the USA, even from Bureau County, to do the actual free home repairs for elderly, handicapped, and lower-income residents of Bureau County who will be selected from applications submitted by November 30, 2018.  Here some ways local entities can participate in this mission event:

 

People can sign-up to be part of a 24 Hour Prayer Vigil during the week of Workcamp. To register go towww.BureauCoWorkcamp.org and click on the “Prayer Vigil” link.  The Prayer Vigil participant names will be part of display to show the campers on the final night.

A congregation or organization could Adopt a Site to Provide Treats on location of a home repair site for a small group of workers (6 to 12 people) or to provide evening treats for the whole camp (about 200 people).  Interested parties should send an email to cutecutter64@gmail.com or to sjmb1996@frontier.com so that organizers can then contact you.

 

Businesses or groups can donate items for the Welcome Bags that will be given to each camper.  Interested parties should send an email to cutecutter64@gmail.com or to sjmb1996@frontier.com so that organizers can then verify what can be used.

 

Individuals (and groups) can offer to be a Support Volunteer to assist in the background to all of the youth and adults registered to do the free home repair.  Interested parties should find the “Bureau County Workcamp 2019” Facebook page, and click on “Workcamp 2019 Volunteer Registration.”   Paper “Volunteer Application Forms” also have been sent to area congregations.

There is a need for individual or groups who can do Follow-Up Work by doing any touch-up or finish any projects not completed the week the Workcamp (on occasion due to weather, etc. reasons the project is almost complete when the campers depart but still needs

completion.)  Local volunteers would complete any unfinished work on Saturdays, August 3 and 10.  Interested parties should find the “Bureau County Workcamp 2019” Facebook page, and click on “Workcamp 2019 Volunteer Registration.”   Paper “Volunteer Application Forms” also have been sent to area congregations.

 

Church Youth Group can register to attend week long camp (age 12+ and adult chaperones) at $464 per person.  These participants will actually do the free home repair and stay at Princeton High School with the entire camp.  For more information and to register go to www.GroupMissionTrips.org and under “Mission Trip Type” click on “Workcamps – Home Repair” and go to “Location/Region” then “Midwest (USA)” to find the Princeton (Bureau County) Workcamp.

 

Bureau County Covered Bridge Workcamp is organized through the expertise of Group Mission Trips.  Locally the Hosting Co-Sponsors are St. Matthews Lutheran Church-Princeton and Community United Methodist Church in Lamoille.

 

Co-Sponsors are Church Women United, Bruce Jewelers, Bunker Hill Church of Buda, Evangelical Covenant Church-Princeton, Malden Lion’s Club, St. John Lutheran Church on the Hill-Princeton, and Walmart.  Sponsors are Hampshire Colony Congregational Church-Princeton, First Lutheran Church-Ohio, and Bureau County Republican Women, along with Sponsorships In-Kind from Princeton High School, City of Princeton, and Perry Memorial Hospital.

How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is hosting a free presentation called How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else by Cynthia Clampitt at 2 p.m. in the Dairy Building on Saturday, June 15.  About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico possessed of a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger and more useful grass—the cereal grass that we would come to know as maize and then corn. Nurtured by Native Americans, this grain would transform the Americas even before First Contact. After First Contact, it spanned the globe, but it also drove westward expansion in North America, building cities and inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. This presentation is free and open to the public due to the sponsorships of the BHHA and the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speakers Bureau. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street.  For more details about this program, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.  

 

Cynthia Clampitt is a writer and food historian. She has pursued her love of culture, history, and food in thirty-seven countries on six continents, but in recent years has focused her studies on the American Midwest. She is the author of Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland, published by the University of Illinois Press and Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs: From Wild Boar to Baconfest, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Textile to Tools opens at the Steeple Building Museum this week

Saturday, June 8 the latest BHHA exhibition, Textiles to Tools will open at 10 a.m. at the Steeple Building Museum.  This exhibit displays 19th century tools, textiles, and the Bishop Hill Colonists who used them.  The Steeple Building Museum is located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street in Bishop Hill, IL. This exhibition will close on October 31, 2019.

 

In addition, as part of the exhibit opening, the BHHA Acting Troupe will be performing their latest creation, Dirty Laundry, at 2 p.m.  It is not just “dirty laundry” that is tackled by the Colony washerwomen in the Acting Troupe’s latest skit.  Conversation centers around who made the dirty laundry, latest gossip, Colony news, and personal problems of those assigned to the Colony laundry shed. The Acting Troupe’s latest skit, as others in the past, gives the audience an insight as to what everyday life was like in the Swedish communal settlement of Bishop Hill, 1846-1861.  While the “dirty laundry” is being sorted, scrub-boards attacked, and news of the day discussed, you will be left with a little more appreciation of communal days in the Bishop Hill Colony.  Please come enjoy this free performance at the Steeple Building Museum. (donations will be greatly welcomed).

 

Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net  for more information.

 

It's Showtime at the Wyanet Library

The R.A. Sapp Library's first day of It's Showtime at our Library is a wrap. We have to visit our Box Office upon arrival to get our tickets for each adventure. We had a Photo Op with props for our filmstrip. We learned about each other's Fav Movies. The craft was to make a microphone for  Karaoke Fun...this week and next. And as always for Summer Reading...Story time. No need to miss the future fun...the Box Office will be open for registration for the rest of the programs at the library.

 

The second day of Showtime adventures, Monday, June 10 at 2pm, will include listening to a 3 piece band, comprised of Al and Jean Brown and Brian Benske. We will be able to dance and sing along...karaoke style while listening. There will be a craft for the Dad's for Father's Day. And of course, there will be storytime.

 

The library would love everyone to join in the action...the Summer Reading Programs are open to the public.

Summer Ag Institute Media Advisory

The Bureau, Whiteside, & Lee County Farm Bureaus are hosting a week-long Agriscience Educator Institute, June 10-14, 2019 (see attached proposed Agenda, keep in mind some tours may not allow photos).  This program is for teachers who want to learn more about agriculture and how they can integrate what they learn into their classroom.  Through this class, which teachers can receive graduate credits or continuing education credits, they will make numerous farm visits and agri-business tours, as well as getting a vast amount of free teaching materials and resources.

 

I would like to invite you to accompany us on any tour or stop by the Walnut Community Center for a photo opportunity on Monday or Friday.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at 815-875-6468.

More on 34 Returns Father's Day Weekend

"More on 34" Miles and Miles of Garage Sales Coming Friday and Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend 2019

 

You can shop till you drop during the annual “More on 34” event which is held this year on Friday, June 14 and Saturday June 15.  Bargain hunters delight in this annual event which features yard sales, flea markets, garage sales and special events all along Route 34 from Aurora to Galesburg.

 

In Bureau County you will find sales in Neponset, Sheffield, Wyanet, Princeton, Dover, and LaMoille. Outside of Bureau County you may find sales and events in towns along Rt 34 from Galesburg to Aurora. Keep your eyes peeled for signs along the route because you may find that bargain you were looking for just around the next turn. Many people start at one end of the route early on Friday and stay overnight at the motels in Princeton as it is about half way before finishing the second half of the route on Saturday. Most sales open early and continue to at least 5 p.m.

 

Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton hosts a two-day Garage Sale on Friday and Saturday with lots of vendors and food stands inside and outside the exhibit halls.  Doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. This is a good spot to stop for lunch and cold drinks, with clean restrooms and plenty of seating inside out of the sun. Free admission and parking. If you want to sell or have questions see the fair’s web site at www.bureaucountyfair.com.  Or call 815-303-2905 to reserve a selling space. Indoor and outdoor spaces are still available.

 

Wyanet is holding town-wide garage sales this weekend along with a cookout at the Wyanet Locker that will benefit the “Buddy Bags” program. Stop and get a grilled pork chop or steak sandwich and help them provide meals for students that may not be able to afford them.  The LaMoille Lions Club will be having sales set up in their club building which is located at 308 Howard Street. Call 815-488-2098 for info. Watch for signs around LaMoille for some new sale locations.  If you haven’t gotten your flowers planted yet, watch for flowers and plants for sale in Sheffield.

 

You will find sales in yards, garages and parking lots along the route. Please be careful where you park so you don’t cause a traffic jam. Some of the sales open early on Thursday and some are still open on Sunday so be sure to watch as your travels take you across Bureau County. You can find a list of sellers on the More on 34 – Miles and Miles of Sales Facebook page under the Visitor’s Post or the More on 34 -Bureau County Facebook pages.

 

If you would like to list your sale or event please email us at  info@bureaucounty-il.com or kathybctourism@yahoo.com with the dates, locations, and a few of the items you will have for sale and we will post them to our sale page. 

In 2020 there will be a new County Wide Sale event coming in the spring. It will encompass the whole county, not just towns on Rt. 34.  Watch for an announcement of dates coming soon. 

 

The Princeton Farmer’s Market will be set up on South Main Street right next to the Apollo Movie Theater on S. Main Street from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.  Stop and take home some of the freshest veggies, cut flowers, fresh eggs and baked goods around. Spend the evening in Princeton on Friday night. The Summer Solstice shopping event begins on June 14th at 4 p.m.  on Main Street in Princeton. Enjoy an evening of fine food, drinks, free trolley rides and of course shopping adventures.  Princeton has two great shopping districts with about a mile of residential area in between. Take a few minutes to visit the Art District’s unique shops in Princeton’s north end shopping district and the many new shops on the south end of Main Street.  Many of the More on 34 shoppers return the following week to walk Main Street and visit and shop those stores. 

 

A free trolley ride will take you from one end of Main Street to the other on Saturday.

Celtic Pipes and Guitar Duo to Perform in Cambridge

The Celtic pipe and guitar duo of Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold will be performing an all-ages concert on Thursday, June 13th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons located at 309 N. Bishop Hill Street in Bishop Hill, Illinois.

 

A concert of traditional Celtic music, but with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar and Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), or various whistles.  It also features traditional and historical tunes from Cape Breton Island, Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland, with a good measure of original music in the traditional style.  As well as a broad range of styles of Celtic music, this program also features an impressive range of expression, from the jaunty and humorous to soulful, led by Patsy’s warm and multi-colored baritone voice, Dick’s variety of pipes and whistles, and the nimble instrumental virtuosity of both musicians. 

 

The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $10-20 donation is suggested.

 

For advance reservations please visit Eventbrite.com.

 

To learn more about Hensold and O’Brien please visit www.dickhensold.com/presskit-duo.html.

Raffle Reminder

The Friends of Extension & 4-H who help to support outreach educational programs for University of Illinois Extension – Bureau County and its 4-H/Youth Development Program is pleased to invite individuals to participate in a cash raffle fundraiser.

 

Four cash prizes will be awarded ($2,500., $1,000., $500., $250.) on Friday, June 14.  A ticket can be yours for a $50. donation or for a $100. donation you will receive 3 tickets!  All monies raised from the event will be used to support the 4-H and Extension educational programs in Bureau County.

 

The winning tickets will be drawn June 14, 2019 at the Becker Professional Building, 850 Thompson Street, Princeton, IL at 2:00 p.m.

 

Those who received tickets in the mail are encouraged to turn in their tickets. Tickets are still available and can be turned in until June 13th.

 

For more information, or to request tickets, contact the Extension office at 815-875-2878.  The fund raiser is sponsored by Friends of Extension & 4-H and the Bureau County Home and Community Education Association.

 

University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and services in the following broad program areas:  4-H Youth Development Program; family living, nutrition & consumer sciences; community and economic development; and agriculture and natural resources (including Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs and community service projects).

 

Youth programs include but are not limited to:  4-H community clubs; 4-H Cloverbud clubs; 4-H special interest clubs such as Horsebowl & Hippology, Dog Obedience, Fashion Board, 4-H Federation, school enrichment education programs, summer camps and more!  Programming in other areas include but are not limited to community & economic development programs, Master Gardener/Master Naturalist Programs & services, parent and child care education programs, private pesticide applicator training programs, in-depth ag workshops, and many cooperative programs and sharing of educational resources with schools and other not-for-profit agencies.  University of Illinois Extension – Bureau County also works hand-in-hand with the county's Home and Community Education Association (H.C.E.) to provide educational lessons that are re-taught by H.C.E. members across Bureau County.

 

This not-for-profit educational outreach service from University of Illinois Extension focuses on addressing local needs, issues and concerns with practical, research based information and programs from the University of Illinois and the nation's land grant education system.  The Bureau County Extension Office is a part of the University of Illinois Extension - Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit. A volunteer Multi-County Unit Council meets on a regular basis to oversee all program and fiscal operations.  Local programs are determined by the volunteer Unit Advisory Council. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

 

The program would not be possible without the financial support of our annual funders and individual donors.  All local and county support is needed and greatly appreciated. All donations are directed to local programs and services.

 

 

Senator Weaver Statement on Budget Vote

State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) released the following statement after voting against a Fiscal Year 2020 state budget bill, including $3 billion in new spending.

 

“Over the last few days, the progressive wing of the Democrat Party demonstrated its power over the super-majority of the General Assembly in Springfield. Final action on the most progressive legislative agenda in the country took place: legalization of marijuana; voting by criminals in jail in municipal elections; a budget increased by $3 billion in spending with new taxes to get it there; a referendum to remove the state’s flat tax structure; and one of the most expanded abortion laws in the country. A $15 minimum wage passed earlier in the year. I voted against each of those issues. Expanded gaming comes today and tomorrow. HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW?

 

“These decisions in the progressive’s agenda forced through by the super-majority are not acceptable and do not accurately reflect the values of the hard-working taxpayers of Central Illinois. It is a bad time for our state. We have the highest taxes in the country yet they came up with a number of new taxes that will further burden taxpayers. On top of that, citizens saw the passage of one of the most progressive social agendas in the country, including LGBTQ history being taught in school, removal of the commission that provided certainty for the future of charter schools, employers being told they cannot ask about a job seeker’s past wages, recreational marijuana, and an aggressive abortion bill confirming the super-majority’s position that an egg, embryo and [full term] fetus have no rights in Illinois.”

 

Fiscal Year 2020 runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Rezin Opposed Budget, Includes Pay Increase for Lawmakers

State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) releases the below statement following the passage of the state’s FY20 budget.

 

“I voted no on the FY20 budget as it allows for a pay increase for Illinois lawmakers. This is exactly what Illinois taxpayers are tired of. We, as legislators, are in Springfield to serve our residents, not to take large pay increases on the backs of taxpayers.”

 

 

Rezin Speaks Out Against Extreme Abortion Measure

State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) released the statement below following the Senate’s vote on Senate Bill 25, which massively expands abortion rights.

 

“If there is a line, we’ve definitely crossed it here in Illinois with this proposal. This bill goes way beyond just keeping abortions legal in Illinois and way beyond what Roe v. Wade allowed.

“This legislation not only allows for late-term, third trimester abortions of any kind, but it also allows for partial birth abortions and sex-selective abortions, all of which human dignity should tell us is just plain wrong.”

 
Here is the audio clip: