Local News Archives for 2019-10

Princeton Walmart Supercenter Remodel Brings New Store Innovations

Walmart is celebrating the grand re-opening of the remodeled Princeton Supercenter, which includes the launch of a Pickup Tower and the retailer’s free Grocery Pickup service, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, November 1 at 8 a.m. Princeton residents are invited to celebrate with family-friendly activities, refreshments, giveaways and samples while supplies last. Members of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce will join the celebration, along with local American Legion Post #125 which will be presenting the colors.

 

The improvements at the Princeton Supercenter are part of Walmart’s plan to spend an estimated $87.5 million this year in Illinois through the remodeling of 16 stores and continued expansion of several innovations that save customers time and money, like Pickup Towers and Walmart Grocery Pickup.

 

Pickup Towers

Walmart Pickup Towers are 16-feet tall, high-tech vending machines capable of fulfilling a customer’s online order in less than a minute once they arrive at the store. It’s easy to do: once the order is ready, step up to the Pickup Tower and scan the barcode sent to your smartphone to retrieve your item. This year, Walmart added 22 Pickup Towers to stores across Illinois, including the new Tower at the Princeton store.

 

Walmart Grocery Pickup

Busy customers love Walmart’s grocery pickup option, which combines the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without having to leave their cars. The best part: it’s all at no additional cost. Walmart expanded the popular program to 40 stores across Illinois this year.

 

Along with the Pickup Tower and Walmart Grocery Pickup, Princeton customers will enjoy the following store improvements as part of the store’s remodel:

  • State-of-the-art electronics department with interactive displays that allow customers to test out electronics in-person before purchasing 
  • Installation of Mother’s Room for privacy and convenience of mothers to nurse
  • Revitalized apparel department, including updated fitting rooms with better lighting and more room
  • Modernized grocery layout, including new grocery items available for purchase
  • Expanded pet department to include additional animal food options
  • New hardlines desk that combines service for automotive, hardware and sporting goods

 

“We’re excited to welcome Princeton customers to our remodeled Supercenter and introduce them to our new Pickup Tower and Walmart Grocery Pickup innovations,” said Store Manager Michael Seamster. “These new store features will help Princeton shoppers save time and make for a better shopping experience.”

 

In addition to store remodels, Walmart will continue to innovate to help customers save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that gives them the options to shop when, where and how they want. The following are examples of the customer-focused innovations that have been expanded this year in Illinois.

 

 

  • FAST Unloader - Today, product is unloaded as it arrives at the store through a complex, highly manual process that has seen little innovation over the last 50 years – until now. A new system in Walmart backrooms – known as FAST – automatically scans and sorts items that come off trucks based on priority and department, allowing associates to spend less time unloading in the backroom and more time on the sales floor with customers. This year, Walmart expanded the technology to 50 stores in Illinois.

 

  • Autonomous Floor Scrubber - The autonomous floor scrubber uses assisted autonomy technology to perform the task of cleaning and scrubbing the concrete floors in stores. The company expanded the technology to 52 stores across Illinois this year.

Sen. Weaver to host Coffee & Conversation at Tanners Orchard in Speer Nov. 8

State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) is hosting a free Coffee & Conversation Nov. 8 at Tanners Orchard at 740 IL-40 in Speer.

 

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

 

“What a great opportunity to enjoy a fall morning at Tanners Orchard, one of the great landmarks in Central Illinois. I look forward to getting together with constituents to discuss our communities and our state,” Weaver said. “I would like to hear what my constituents think are the next steps we should take as a result of major legislation passed in Springfield earlier this year, such as recreational marijuana, full-term abortion, and a $15-per-hour downstate minimum wage. We also plan to discuss the impact that consolidation would have with regards to the need for major pension reform. Finally, I will answer citizens’ questions about my ‘no’ vote on the graduated tax constitutional amendment.”

 

For more information, call 309-693-4921.

The Wyanet Library's programming continues in November.

The 2nd Thursday at the Library program for November will be a Pinterest Party. On Thursday, November 14 at 6:30pm, the participants will be making a snowman from an insulator. The available spots for this program are limited. Please call the library at 815-699-2342, if interested to register for this event.

 

The Publishing Class usually scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of each month, will be cancelled in November. No class on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

 

The Book Group, starting its 21st year, will meet on Thursday, November 21 at 7pm to discuss the book, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. The book group is open to the public. Stop in and grab a book and become a part of a twenty year tradition.

Rezin's Bill Protecting those with Pre-existing Conditions Failed Veto Override Motion

Legislation providing heightened protections for those with pre-existing conditions has failed to garner the 3/5 majority needed to override the Governor’s veto. State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) called for the motion Wednesday, Oct. 30, during the fall Veto Session.

 

Senate Bill 2026 would require the State of Illinois to receive approval from the General Assembly prior to applying for any federal waivers that would reduce or eliminate any protections under the Affordable Care Act that took effect in January 2017.

 

“To say I am disappointed in the outcome of today’s vote would be an understatement,” said Sen. Rezin. “For far too long, those with pre-existing conditions have been on defense in a healthcare battle that has been playing out politically. Today, we had the chance to give those individuals the peace of mind they deserve, but instead, they will continue to worry about their healthcare coverage.”

 

SB 2026 was the first piece of legislation vetoed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker this summer, even though it passed the Senate unanimously during the spring legislative session. In the Governor’s veto message, he indicated the need for him to have flexibility when it comes to applying for these federal waivers.

 

“Why would we leave this decision up to the Second Floor, when we have the ability, today, to ensure that those with pre-existing conditions get the coverage they deserve and desperately need,” asked Sen. Rezin during her floor remarks. “Applying for these waivers could have a detrimental effect on people with pre-existing conditions, causing them to be denied coverage, be charged higher premiums, or worst-case scenario, lose access to health care services.”

 

The motion to override the Governor’s veto of SB 2026 failed with a vote of 27-23.

Tai Chi at Peru Mall cancelled Thursday Oct 31st

Due to weather forecast of snow and sleet  over the next 2-3 days Illinois Valley Community Hospital is cancelling its Thursday, October 31st 9 am Tai Chi class that is regularly scheduled at the IVCH Peru Mall location.

Manufacturing Expo Funds Scholarship

Organizers of the Oct. 29 North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo at Illinois Valley Community College have established a scholarship that will result in $500 awards this winter for four event attendees.

 

The Expo will distribute $2,000 in January and varying amounts each fall starting in 2020. Recipients must be planning to pursue a career in manufacturing and have attended a DMC Expo.

Eligible Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees or certificates include Certified Production Technician (CPT), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Electricity/Electronics, Engineering Technology, HVAC, Industrial Maintenance or Electrician, Machinist Tool and Die, Manufacturing Technology or Welding. 

 

Tuesday’s Expo began with an estimated 300 district high school students touring local manufacturers before coming to IVCC for breakout sessions with hands-on activities. 

Participating manufacturers were Allegion, Black Brothers Co., Carus Chemical, Eakas Corp., Flint Hills Resources, HCC, Inc., Machinery Maintenance Inc., SABIC Innovative Plastics, Unytite, Vactor and Starved Rock Wood Products. HCC Vice President Mark Lamboley of Peru was the keynote speaker. 

 

WW2 Program in Bishop Hill

On Saturday November 9 at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building, Tim Pletkovich, author of Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II, will present a program based on his book.  Civil War Fathers is the story of eight American families whose fathers fought in the Civil War and whose sons and daughters fought in World War II. Based on interviews with the surviving WWII veterans, the book views the Civil War through the eyes of children listening to their fathers’ stories, and World War II through the eyes of the same children as grown-up participants. 

 

This free program is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson in Bishop Hill, IL.  For more details, call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net, or check out our website at www.bishophillheritage.org.

 

Sen. Rezin Calls for Ethics Reform Legislation

 In the wake of ongoing federal investigations regarding misconduct inside state and local governments, State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) joined several Illinois lawmakers today in Springfield to call for ethics reform legislation.

 

During a press conference at the Capitol, Sen. Rezin backed House Joint Resolution 87, which would create the Ethics Reform Task Force in an effort to assess current laws, study best practices, and propose legislation to ensure Illinois has among the most stringent ethics laws in the nation.

“Illinois has long had severe problems with ethical lapses in government,” said Sen. Rezin.

 

“Corruption is costing hard-working taxpayers too much, and tougher laws to prevent this are long overdue in our state. This ethics task force is essential to sorting out what exactly our state needs to reform to make corruption more difficult to undertake, and easier to detect and prosecute.”

 

In 2012, Sen. Rezin proposed similar legislation, but it was not given consideration.

“I hope the current headlines give this legislation the push it needs to move forward,” said Sen. Rezin. “We just can’t wait any longer.”

Dixon High School Receives Threat From Unknown Person

On October 28th, 2019 at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Dixon High School received a telephone call from an unknown subject, older male, who stated, “The school should be looking into students that failed to attend school today, as they might have another Milby situation.”

 

Matthew Milby is accused of opening fire at the Dxon high school in May of 2018.

 

With any comment(s) or threat, the safety and security of our students and staff is our utmost priority and we take any threats with the utmost seriousness.  The Dixon Police Department along with the Dixon Public Schools Administration have been and will continue to investigate the telephone call that was received this morning. 

 

At approximately 9:15 a.m., and due to the telephone call that was received, the Dixon Public Schools were placed on “Internal Lockdown.”  Internal Lockdown allows the students and staff to move freely around within the school and classes continue as planned, but no one is allowed to leave the building and people are vetted that are wanting to enter the school as well.  

 

While we don’t anticipate or believe there is any threat to the students and staff at the Dixon High School, but while erring on the side of caution, the department will have extra personnel at the schools.

 

This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Dixon Police Department at (815) 288-4411.

 

 

Update: 

As of 11:00 a.m., the Dixon Police Department has identified the individual that had made the telephone call to the Dixon High School at 9:00 a.m. this morning.  After a complete, and thorough investigation, we are confident that no credible threat ever existed. The investigation will be reviewed by the Lee County State Attorney’s Office for possible charges.

 

Quad Cities Man Planning Cross-country Bicycle Trip to Send Kids to Camp

Christian Butler came to America from England in the summer of 1995 to work as a camp counselor in the Quad Cities and never left. In March of 2020 he will be bringing together two of his passions, helping youth and bicycling, and embarking on a 3,200 mile cross-country bicycle trip to raise money to send underprivileged children to Camp Shalom, located in Maquoketa, Iowa for a week of resident camp.

 

Children will be selected from local youth organizations the Quad City Morning Optimist Club, which Christian is a member, have been working with and supporting throughout the years.

 

“As a former camp counselor, I know what a positive impact resident camp can have on a child. Camp brings out the best in kids; it helps them identify their strengths and their weaknesses, teaches them to work together within a team environment and helps them grow as an individual, not to mention it creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime. It is my belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience camp regardless of their financial means,” says Christian.

 

Christian’s ride will begin in San Diego, California and head east across a total of eight states, on the Adventure Cycling “Southern Tier” trail, to complete the ride in St. Augustine, Florida. This will be a self-contained and self-funded ride, which means he will be carrying all his gear on his bicycle and paying for all expenses out of his pocket. The journey is expected to take approximately two months to complete.

 

Mr. Butler’s goal is to raise $25,000 in order to send 100 children to camp over the next several years. The Quad City Morning Optimist Club has committed to match dollar-for-dollar the first $9,000 in donations.

 

To donate and to learn more about the cause please visit cyclingkidstocamp.com. Followers will also be able to track Christian’s progress in real-time from this web site.

IVCC offers Food Service Sanitation course in November at Ottawa Center

  Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Office is offering “Food Service Sanitation” (CEU-1503-631) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Nov. 7-21 at Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St.

           

The Applied Food Service Sanitation course is designed to assist the manager or potential manager in applying sanitation principles in food service establishments. During the session, students will take the national ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam.

 

The class is required in Illinois for food service manager certification and is accepted by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Upon successful completion of the course, students will attain a national license that is valid in Illinois for five years.

 

Cost is $129. The required textbook, ServSafe Manager, 7th Edition, is available online from the IVCC Bookstore at www.ivccbookstore.com. Due to the fast-paced nature of the class, students should purchase the book in advance and begin review prior to class.

 

To register, call (815) 224-0447.

ICCB Releases Fall 2019 Enrollment Report

Consistent with recent national community college enrollment trends, total fall enrollment this year in the Illinois Community College System is down 4.2 percent compared to last year.  However, eight colleges exhibited significant headcount enrollment while four colleges experienced level enrollment. 

 

The enrollment declines are mainly attributed to adult population, age 25 and over, consistent with the inverse relationship between adult enrollment and the economy. According to the 2019 Illinois Report Card, 75 percent of high school graduates are enrolling in higher education, with 43 percent enrolling at a community college and 32 percent enrolling at a four-year college or university.  The full report by community college is available on the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) website.

 

 

Despite declines in enrollment, the community college system continues to show improvements in student success. Over the last five years, the percentage of full-time, first-time enrolled students at a community college who graduate, transfer to another institution, or remain enrolled and pursuing a degree has hit 63 percent.  “Community colleges are working extremely hard to make sure that every student who comes through the door makes it not only to the first day of class, but also to graduation and successful transfer to a four-year institution or entry into the workforce,” said Executive Director Dr. Brian Durham.

 

“Improvements in student success are driven in large part by the community college system’s focus on transitioning students into college-level coursework and reforming the delivery of developmental education for those students who are not yet college ready,” noted Dr. Durham.

 

Fall enrollment information for credit-generating students are recorded by the colleges at the end of the regular fall registration period, which is typically the 10th day of class. Fall enrollment data are gathered from postsecondary institutions nationwide. Historically, these counts provide a "snapshot" of opening fall term enrollment for year-to-year and institution-to-institution comparisons. The diversity of the community college system and its students is not fully captured in these opening enrollment snapshot data.  Community college flexible scheduling (e.g., modules, other intensive late start classes, etc.) is necessary to accommodate student schedules and compete successfully in the marketplace. Hence, enrollment trends are more fully captured through use of annual data.

 

As the third largest community college system in the country and the leading public workforce development trainer in the state, Illinois community colleges serve over 600,000 residents each year in credit, noncredit, and continuing education courses. Illinois is home to 48 colleges in 39 community college districts which provide high quality, accessible, cost-effective educational opportunities to the entire state. The Illinois Community College Board is the state coordinating board for community colleges and has statutory responsibility for administering state and federal grants to community college districts and adult education providers and managing high school equivalency testing for Illinois.

IVCC offers Food Service Sanitation course in November at Ottawa Center

 Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Office is offering “Food Service Sanitation” (CEU-1503-631) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Nov. 7-21 at Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St.

 

The Applied Food Service Sanitation course is designed to assist the manager or potential manager in applying sanitation principles in food service establishments. During the session, students will take the national ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam.

 

The class is required in Illinois for food service manager certification and is accepted by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Upon successful completion of the course, students will attain a national license that is valid in Illinois for five years.

 

Cost is $129. The required textbook, ServSafe Manager, 7th Edition, is available online from the IVCC Bookstore at www.ivccbookstore.com. Due to the fast-paced nature of the class, students should purchase the book in advance and begin review prior to class.

 

To register, call (815) 224-0447.

New Group Elevating the Area Through Live Music

John Taylor and Jason Bates formed Heartland Connections from the idea that music can be a vehicle to elevate our communities socially, culturally, and economically, particularly through connections made as a result of people gathering to share an experience.

 

A series of events featuring live music are planned to officially launch this new venture: Friday, November 8th featuring “The Deep Hollow” of Springfield, Illinois and Thursday, November 14th featuring “Novalima” of Lima, Peru, South America.

 

The pair, Bates and Taylor, have worked on many music related ventures over the past few years, including the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series.

 

Bates says, “More often than not, these connections create win-win scenarios that not only benefit those within the connected sphere but also the fabric of our communities at large and, because music is global and many of the artists we feature are from all over the globe who travel for a living, we believe there is the potential to have a positive impact well beyond the Midwest.”

 

Both events will be held at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, 309 N. Bishop Hill Street, Bishop Hill, Illinois and are open to guests of all ages. Each will begin at 6:00PM with a social hour potluck, followed at 7:00PM by guest speakers from area groups and organizations and live music from the featured performer. Performers will be paid by free-will donation. Those participating in the potluck are asked to bring a dish to pass.

 

Learn more at heartlandconnections.com.

IVCC hosts 7th Annual North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo

 Illinois Valley Community College hosts the 7th Annual North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Peter Miller Community Technology Center.

 

The day begins with district high school students touring several local manufacturing facilities before arriving on campus for breakout sessions with hands-on activities.

 

Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Coordinator Susan Monroe said, “We’re excited to have the chance to introduce teens to the world of manufacturing. So many don’t realize the wide variety of products created by people in our communities, let alone the different types of jobs available at our manufacturers.”

 

The event is organized by IVCC’s Continuing Education Center, Starved Rock Associates for Vocational and Technical Education (SRAVTE) and North Central Regional Betterment Coalition (NCRBC).

 

It is sponsored by Allegion, Black Brothers Co., Carus Chemical, Eakas Corp., Flint Hills Resources, HCC, Inc., Machinery Maintenance Inc., MCS, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Unytite, Vactor and Starved Rock Wood Products.

Combat Veteran Still Fighting For Interpreters Left Behind

For the past fifteen years, a man code-named “Jaguar” has moved his family every few weeks, attempting to stay one step ahead of the insurgents who want him dead. Another man code-named “GQ” was one of the lucky few who were able to flee the country, but not before his father was brutally murdered in front of his mother. Both of these men, Iraqi nationals, risked it all, serving alongside US troops through the worst of the battles, the former for a country they may never be allowed to enter.

 

As we honor our veterans this year, we cannot forget those who interpreters who helped them come home safely. Estimates are 100,000 Iraqi and 20,000 Afghani interpreters have been left behind, a group of people the current administration has virtually closed the door on. Some, like “GQ” were lucky enough to escape, but many are still waiting in hiding, hoping for a chance of a life without constant fear of reprisal.

 

A great nation keeps its promises and we, as United States citizens, need to demand change of our elected officials to protect these wartime heroes and their families so they can have a chance to experience the many freedoms they fought for but are not able to enjoy.

 

In new documentary, produced in partnership with multi-Emmy winning and Edward R. Murrow journalist Gary Metivier, John Taylor tells the stories of “Jaguar” and “GQ” in hopes of raising awareness of the interpreters we have left behind.

 

The video will be shared online and Taylor plans to speak to groups about what can be done. “Everyone I talk to agrees it is unacceptable to leave these interpreters behind. I urge anyone who feels this way to contact their state representatives and demand answers,” says Taylor.

 

Take action and learn more at nooneleft.org.

Tigers Roll Past E/P To Clinch TRAC Mississippi Championship

The Princeton Tigers are heading to the IHSA football playoffs as conference champions.  Coach Ryan Pearson's squad finished a perfect 6-0 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Mississippi Division with Friday night's 49-7 road win over Erie/Prophetstown.  The Tigers struck on their opening possession of the game when Tyler Gibson hit Wyatt Davis with a 49 yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0.  Princeton scored three more times in the second quarter on a 36 yard strike from Noah Atkinson to Davis, a 30 yard scoring catch by Brandon Haring and a Ronde Worrels 10 yard TD run.  The Panthers scored a second quarter TD on a 15 yard pass from Eric Robinson to Robert Munther.  Princeton stretched the lead to 35-7 in the third quarter on a 60 yard run by fullback Drew Harp.  Worrels' 26 yard dash made it 42-7 and a 47 yard scoring pass from Gibson to Atkinson put the running clock into effect by the end of the third quarter.  The Tigers used a balanced attack with 280 yards rushing and 272 yards passing for the game.  Ronde Worrels was top rusher with 11 carries for 121 yards and 2 TDs.  Wyatt Davis made 6 catches for 145 yards and a pair of scores.  Quarterback Tyler Gibson passed for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The Tigers improved to 8-1 overall and await Saturday night's announcement by the IHSA on who, when and where for their first round playoff matchup.  PHS is expected to have a home game in next weekend's first round.  The Panthers finished the season at 2-7 with 6 straight losses.  The Tigers now lead the all-time series 5-0.  Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell will broadcast all Princeton Tigers playoff games on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming live at princetonnewsnow.com and the princetonnewsnow.com WZOE Facebook page.

 

Here are the Tigers scoring plays from the game as announced by Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell...

 

Norm even had a chance to do a halftime interview...

 

Storm Finish Winless Season With Home Loss To Riverdale

The Bureau Valley Storm fell 54-13 at home to Riverdale on Friday night in their season finale in boys varsity football action at Turbine Field in Manlius. The Storm fell behind early, trailing 14-0 less than 2 minutes into the game.  The Rams ran back the opening kickoff 67 yards for their first score and led 34-0 at the end of the opening quarter and 48-0 at halftime.  The Storm got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from Evan Eckberg to Dalton Dean.  Mac Nugent scored the Storm's final touchdown of the season on a run with just under 4 minutes left on the running clock.  On Senior Night, a pair of seniors received BV Player Of The Game honors.  Logan Hardy was named on offense and Matt Philhower on defense.  The Storm finish the 2019 football campaign at 0-9 overall and 0-6 in Three Rivers Athletic Conference Rock Division play.

 

Here are the Storm scoring plays as called by Tim Catton and Dave Shephard...

Dave interviews BV basketball coach Jason Marquis at halftime...

 

Week 9 Area Varsity Football

Week 9 Area Varsity Football

 

FRIDAY:

Princeton 49 - Erie/Prophetstown 7

Riverdale 54 - Bureau Valley 13

Rockridge 47 - St. Bede 26

Morrison 35 - Orion 6

Kaneland 31 - LaSalle/Peru 0

Sterling 54 - Galesburg 28

Amboy/LaMoille 34 - Ashton/Franklin Center 16

Rockford Lutheran 48 - Rock Falls 6

Fieldcrest 34 - El Paso/Gridley 7

Illinois Valley Central 35 - Stanford Olympia 14

Lisle 55 - Streator 14

Mercer County 40 - Mid-County 12

Princeville 44 - Ridgewood 14

Annawan/Wethersfield 44 - Stark County 0

Geneseo 35 - United 14

United 7 - West Central 6

Byron 62 - Dixon 21

 

SATURDAY:

Hall at Kewanee

Fulton at Newman

8-Man Football

Bunker Hill vs. Low Point-Washburn (at Flanagan High School)

Rezin hosts high school students for annual Youth Advisory Council

Nearly 50 high school students from across the 38th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership Oct. 24 during State Senator Sue Rezin’s annual Youth Advisory Council.

 

“I’m always excited to host this event every year, and am always impressed with the quality of students that our local schools are fostering,” said Sen. Rezin. “What impresses me most is how involved and knowledgeable these students are about today’s issues. It leaves me no doubt that our future is in great hands.”

 

Rezin hosted the all-day event at Morris City Hall. Participating students were selected by teachers and principals from Reed-Custer, Ottawa, Putnam County, Hall, LaSalle-Peru, Morris, Streator, Serena, Wilmington, Newark, and Coal City high schools. 

 

Students started off the day hearing from not only Sen. Rezin, but also David Welter, Illinois State Representative (District 75), and Luke Tomsha, Executive Director at The Perfectly Flawed Foundation.

 

Students then broke off into groups, where they were asked to work together to develop ideas for possible new state legislation. During these discussions, Sen. Rezin spent time with each small group, asking students questions about their proposed policy change and how they would advocate for their issue. At the end of the day, each group presented their proposal and took questions from the rest of the group.

 

Sen. Rezin’s Youth Advisory Council is a two-part experience. Students will meet with Sen. Rezin again in the spring where they will participate in a mock committee hearing at the State Capitol in Springfield. 

IVCC offers FAFSA Completion Assistance

 Illinois Valley Community College’s Financial Aid office offers FAFSA Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. through Nov. 8 in the Counseling Center.

 

At FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Fridays, Financial Aid staff will answer questions and help attendees complete their application.

 

Financial Aid Director Eric Johnson said, “We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA early, especially since the priority deadline for the MAP (Monetary Award Program) grant, which does not have to be repaid, is Dec. 1.

 

“Even if students think they won’t receive any aid, they still must complete the FAFSA as part of their IVCC Foundation Scholarship application and we’re happy to help them complete this portion,” he added.

 

Ottawa Center will also host FAFSA completion events from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 321 W. Main St.

 

For information, call the Financial Aid office at (815) 224-0438.

GriefShare Holiday Session

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy
memories from past years can’t be recreated?


Our “Surviving the Holidays” seminar series through GriefShare is especially for people
who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn how to deal with the many changes,
tips for surviving social events, and how to discover hope for your future. The cost is
$5.00 for the workbook.


Join us on Tuesday, November 12 th at 6:00 PM at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 24
S. Main St., Princeton, IL. Contact Chris Cikanek at 815-872-1966 or the church at 815-
875-2124 for more information.

Vote to Bring Free Concerts to Area

The Galva Arts Council is now in the running to bring a 10 week free, live music series to Wiley Park in Galva next summer for the third year in a row.

 

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Galva hopes to qualify as one of the Top 25 finalists competing for a 2020 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award.

 

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Grant recipients will each be awarded $25,000 in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—a free, outdoor concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

 

The Galva Arts Council submitted the proposal for Galva. The proposed venue site is Wiley Park, where a permanent stage is currently being built by the City of Galva. Galva’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting, levittamp.org.

 

A successful campaign for the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series requires community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors considered when the Levitt Foundation determines the 2020 Levitt AMP Grant Award winners.

 

Supporters are asked to visit levittamp.org/vote to register and vote. Online public voting is open November 1 and ends November 20 at 5pm PST. Once the Top 25 finalists are selected through online public voting, the Levitt Foundation will review the Top 25 finalists’ proposals and select the 2020 Levitt AMP winners—which will be announced on December 20, 2019.

 

“These concerts are magic. Call me a dreamer, but when people begin to feel like they belong, feeling loved and supported without fear, it opens up the door to living a fulfilled life. For some people, the communion and fellowship of live music can create this, especially when that is the intention,” says John Taylor, President of the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series.

 

The Galva Arts Council and the Levitt AMP partners and sponsors ask supporters to spread the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Galva’s proposal.

 

Learn more at levittamp.org.

The Galva Arts Council Prepares for Christmas

The Galva Arts Council will be hosting a Christmas Wreath & Tree Festival during the annual Old Fashion Christmas festivities. This year the Arts Council decided to bring back the beloved mini trees along with the beautiful wreaths. The Arts Council needs volunteers to pick up and decorate their choice of a wreath or mini-tree in any way they want. The wreath decorations do not have to be Christmas/holiday themed. Wreaths are available for pick up at the Galva Pharmacy or by arrangement with the Arts Council. Decorators can return the wreaths to Galva Pharmacy or to an Arts Council member before Nov. 27th.

 

On Nov. 30, the Galva Arts Council will be selling raffle tickets for the wreaths and mini trees during the day and at that evening’s Coffee House. The Arts Council will be hosting a soup lunch and a Make ‘n Take craft. More information on the daytime events will be available later. Drawing for the wreaths will be on Nov 30 following the Coffee House. You do not have to be present to win.

 

This year the Arts Council will be hosting a Holiday Tour of Lights on Dec. 21 that will showcase some wonderfully festive houses to get everyone in the holiday spirit! The Holiday Tour of Lights will take place on December 21th, but we are in need of some houses to show. The tour will be of the outside of the houses only. Those driving the Tour of Lights will get a chance to vote on their favorite home. The winner will receive a sign for their yard and a $25 gift card to Hathaway's Hardware & Fresh Market! Are you or anyone you know interested in having you house showcased? Please let us know so that we can add your house to the list! The deadline to enter is Sunday, November 30th.

 

For more information contact the Arts Council at galvaarts@gmail.com, 815-520-1561, or via Facebook. 

 

Trident Officers Involved in High Speed Chase; Make Arrest in Wyanet

Peru Police Department

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Wednesday October 23, 2019 

Chief Doug Bernabei

 

Suspect:

 

Michael D. Willis Black Male DOB 3-19-85

Hazel Crest or Chicago, Illinois

5’09’ 190 pounds black hair/brown eyes wearing dark shirt


 

At 1:10 pm today Wednesday October 23, 2019 Detectives of the Peru Police Department Special Investigations Unit and Agents with the TRIDENT drug task force were conducting a joint undercover purchase of suspected heroin from Willis at a north Peru parking lot near I-80 and Illinois Rt 251. It is alleged that during the operation Willis sold suspected heroin directly to an undercover police officer in exchange for money. 

 

When the transaction was completed the undercover officer alerted stakeout drug detectives who attempted to approach Willis, who was in his vehicle and take him into custody. As the drug detectives approached his vehicle, he took flight in his vehicle leaving the lot in a fleeing and unsafe manner. The detectives chose not to cause Willis to crash his vehicle and allowed him to leave onto Rt 251 as to avoid an escalated incident in the parking lot. Willis is known to police to have an extensive violent criminal history that preliminary appears to have faced homicide related and gun charges and has spent time in Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

Surveillance officers assigned to Rt 251 then attempted to stop his vehicle, but he instead entered I-80 traveling westbound.  Peru police chief Doug Bernabei and Detective Sergeant Dennis Hocking, in separate police vehicles pursued Willis into Bureau County on I-80, but as the suspect vehicle reached west of Rt 89, no longer attempted to pursue the suspect because his speeds exceeded 120 mph. Due to the risk to public safety, the Peru portion of the pursuit was terminated on I-80 approximately 2 miles west of the Spring Valley Rt 89 exit. Peru radioed ahead and advised Bureau County authorities that Willis would likely exit I-180 and go south towards Rt 6 or would continue west to towards Princeton on I-80. Near Plank Road on I-80 Willis was observed throwing money out of his vehicle. All of the money was recovered.

 

A short time later a Bureau County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect vehicle entering Princeton westbound on Rt 6 and began a second pursuit. Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei advised Bureau County they should only pursue Willis at their discretion and that Willis was identified at which time a Bureau county Sheriffs commander ordered their officers to terminate the pursuit as the vehicle was heading into Wyanet on Rt 6.

 

A short time later the vehicle was found abandoned in Wyanet and Willis had fled on foot. Area deputies and police officers then set up a perimeter and called for drone assistance from Peru Fire Department and the Bureau County EMA.

 

Update:

 

At 3:57 pm Willis was found in a garage in Wyanet after a homeowner called authorities reporting his normally locked garage was now [un]locked. Officers then forcibly entered the garage and located Willis, taking him into custody.

 

Willis will likely face several counts of unlawful delivery of cocaine to the undercover officer while in Peru on several occasions in recent months. He will also likely face aggravated fleeing and eluding charges among possibly other charges.

 

Chief Bernabei stated "while this was a very dangerous operation, being personally present I witnessed the restraint displayed by officers from Peru and all across the LaSalle and Bureau County areas. Split second decisions to not force a potentially armed encounter in a retail parking lot and then to terminate both chases and take other avenues to hopefully apprehend, proved as excellent options.”

 

“Numerous police agencies were involved in this incident along with both IVRD-ValCom and Bureau County Emergency Communications Bue-Comm who all handled themselves in an excellent and professional manner.”

 

Pursuant to Supreme Court rules this is to advise that charged are merely allegations and defendants enjoy the presumption of innocence.

 

This story will be updated when more details become available.

Last Chance for Thin Mint Almonds, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels & Barbeque Snack Mix Girl Scout Fall Product Program Ends October 26!

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ 2019 Fall Product Program ends this Saturday, October 26! New this year are Thin Mint Almonds, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels, and Barbeque Flavored Snack Mix! In addition, girls are offering gourmet nuts, candies, magazines, candles, tumblers, and more to community members in online sales. 

 

How is the Girl Scout Fall Product Program different than traditional school or club fundraisers? Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls see a direct benefit to any proceeds they earn! They decide how to use their profits to fund their own adventures! Girls work together with their friends—creating their first official boardroom—to share sales ideas, have fun, and collaborate on how to spend proceeds on what they want to do. Girl Scouts gives girls the online tools they need to succeed, along with in-person skills and training to raise up the next generation of thriving female entrepreneurs and community leaders! 

 

In-person sales end October 26 with all items being delivered before Thanksgiving! Customers can also order items through girls’ individual websites. Customers can order, pay, and receive direct shipments of items with girls receiving full credit for the purchase! New this year is elimination of an online convenience fee. The cost of online Girl Delivery is the same as ordering through a girl’s paper order card during the in-person sales. 

 

The order card contains 15 items available in a range of prices, including:

  • Spectral Snowflakes Holiday Tin with Caramel Treasures - $9

  • Girl Scout Vintage Uniform Tin with Mint Treasures - $9

  • Whole Cashews with Sea Salt (Can) - $8

  • NEW – Thin Mint Almonds (Can) - $8

  • NEW – Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels (Bag) - $7

  • English Butter Toffee (Box) - $7

  • NEW – Barbeque Mix (Can) - $6

  • NEW – Hot Cajun Crunch (Can) - $6

  • Deluxe Pecan Clusters (Box) - $6 

  • Chocolate Covered Raisins (Can) - $6 

  • Mint Chocolate Penguins (Box) - $6

  • Peanut Butter Bears (Box) - $6

  • Dark Chocolate Caramel Caps with Sea Salt (Box) - $6

  • Dill Pickle Peanuts (Can) - $6

  • Fruit Slices (Can) - $5

 

Online products include:

  • Spectral Snowflake Holiday Tin with Chocolate Covered Pretzels - $9 

  • Honey Roasted Nuts with Peanuts (Jar) - $10

  • Chocolate Covered Almonds (Can) - $8

  • NEW – Coconut Cashews (Can) – $8

  • Almond Butter Cups (Box) - $7

  • Buffalo Ranch Pretzel Mix (Bag) - $7

  • Salsa Mix (Can) - $6

  • Cranberry Nut Mix (Can) - $6

  • Black Forest Trail Mix (Bag) - $6

  • Butter Toasted Peanuts (Can) - $6

  • Honey Roasted Peanuts (Can) - $5

  • Dulce de Leche Owls (Box) - $6

  • Salt & Pepper Cashews (Can) - $8

  • Mocha Cups (Box) - $7

  • Almond Cran-Orange Crunch (Bag) - $7

  • Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels (Can) - $6

  • Gourmet Caramel Corn with Almonds and Pecans (20 oz.) - $15

  • Gourmet Nut Blend (15 oz.) - $20

  • Jumbo Cashews (15 oz.) - $20

 

Interested customers can ask a Girl Scout about her Fall Product Program website or order card! To be connected to a Girl Scout, customers can call GSNI’s Product Program at 847-214-9295 or e-mail orders to cookies4you@girlscoutsni.org where they will be filled and delivered by a Girl Scout! Customers can also visit www.girlscoutsni.org/buynutscandymags&more to be directed to a Girl Scout who will fill their order!

 

About Fall Product Program

Everyone knows about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, but what is the Fall Product Program? Through the Fall Product Program, local Girl Scouts offer gourmet snack items, magazines, and more to their communities. The money earned through this program helps troops get started in the fall, long before the winter Girl Scout Cookie Program. Both programs teach girls important skills and help troops fund activities and service projects. Plus, Girl Scout product programs differ from traditional fundraisers by encouraging girls to work together to decide how to spend troop funds! 

 

Girls learn five valuable life skills through participation in Fall Product Program. They set personal goals for themselves and a troop goal to achieve what they want to do as a group. They use decision-making skills to provide input on how to maximize sales and spend troop proceeds. They hone people skills by learning how to talk to, listen to, and interact with different types of people while gaining an understanding of the importance of customer service. By managing money, girls get a better sense of counting change properly and ensuring a check is completed correctly. Lastly, they learn about business ethics. Girls gain an understanding of how important it is to be honest, meet deadlines, and properly market a product. 

 

Medieval and Spanish Blues Artist Performing in Bishop Hill

Claude Bourbon, a UK-based singer/songwriter who has developed a style of blues all his own, will perform a live concert Tuesday, October 29th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.

 

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

 

Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.

 

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

 

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

 

"Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond... from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, holding audience attention under a musical spell, his music would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings." (G. Munn)

 

“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

 

"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ


 

"...His fingerpicking is exquisite and if I closed my eyes I could clearly hear two guitars playing. Just when I recongnised a theme he moved on with a mesmerising cascade of notes which kept on flowing. He added a driving bass, for a version of “She knows how to stretch it”. By the time he sang the first verse he had ‘stretched it’ from Spain to the Caucuses, and from the concert hall to the bar room. His forte is obviously his wonderful guitar work, but he does occasionally burst into song and what you then get is something between Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens, combined with a French accent! C’est magnifique.” Dave Baily

 

For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.

 

To learn more about Claude Bourbon please visit claudebourbon.org.

Christmas Shopping Trip for a Good Cause

The Bureau County Farm Bureau and the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau Foundations will be hosting a trip to Chicago on Wednesday, December 4.  We will depart the MPFB Building in Henry at 6:30 am and the old Bureau County Farm Bureau Building in Princeton at 7:00 am.  We will then head up to Chicago for the day.

 

As we arrive to the city multiple drop off locations will be announced in order to accommodate your interests, including Michigan Avenue and State Street. Sites of interest may include the Chicago French Market and the Chicago Christkindlmarket.   Lunch and shopping while downtown will be on your own.  We will head for home early evening. 

 

Snacks and drinks will be provided on the bus.  The cost for the day is $55 for Farm Bureau members and $65 for non-members.  All proceeds will go to the Farm Bureau Foundation!  Please join us for a day of fun and holiday cheer, without the hassle of driving!  We hope you will join us.  Please feel free to call us at (815) 875-6468 with any questions that you may have or to register for the event.

 

The bus is limited to 55 passengers.  RSVP is due Friday, November 1 st by noon.

Explore IVCC Nov. 13

Illinois Valley Community College opens its classrooms and labs for “Explore IVCC” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

 

This free event for prospective students, parents and community members begins with a panel of students as part of the welcome portion of the evening in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

 

Attendees will then meet deans and faculty from various programs who will discuss majors and give tours of labs and classrooms. Current IVCC students will share their experiences and counselors will be available to discuss the college’s many academic programs.

 

Other topics include financial aid, student support services, scholarships, and transfer services. Free limited-edition IVCC t-shirts and food are provided to attendees.

 

Assistant Director of Admissions, Records, and Transfer Services Aseret Loveland said, “From industry-standard equipment in classrooms to creating relationships with local employers, IVCC has a lot of exciting opportunities to offer students.”

 

She added, “Everything we will cover during ‘Explore’ is essential for individuals considering enrolling this spring; we encourage guests to attend the entire program.” 

 

RSVP at www.ivcc.edu/visit or call (815) 224-0439. Spring registration begins Nov. 6.

Scary Scandinavian Stories in Bishop Hill

Scary Scandinavian Stories and Creatures program by Dr. Kimberly La Palm of Augustana College will begin at 7:30PM on October 25 at the Colony School in Bishop Hill, located at 405 W. Main Street in Bishop Hill, Illinois. This is a free program open to the public. Refreshments will be available following the program. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume or crazy hat/clothing.

 

Dr. La Palm spent her career focusing on Scandinavian folklore and literature. She holds a position as Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies at Augustana, which she has held for the past 2 years. She actively participates in the American-Scandinavian Association at Augustana.

 

The Vasa Order of America is a Swedish-American fraternal organization that promotes Nordic heritage and culture in the US and Canada. We welcome women and men over 14 years of age who are committed to the promotion and advancement of Nordic heritage and culture. For more information, contact Kathy Cuff at the Vasa National Archives 309-927-3898 or VasaArchivist@gmail.com

Week 8 Area Varsity Football

FRIDAY:

Princeton 42 - Monmouth/Roseville 13

Orion 55 - Bureau Valley 0

Hall 33 - Fulton 32

Kewanee 22 - Sherrard 14

St. Bede 24 - Erie/Prophetstown 23

Morrison 27 - Rockridge 13

Sterling 49 - United Township 13

Dixon 47 - Winnebago 0

Mendota 26 - Rock Falls 21

Amboy/LaMoille 25 - Milledgeville 8

Sycamore 45 - LaSalle/Peru 0
Kirkland Hiawatha 49 - Marquette 20

Illinois Valley Central 48 - Bloomington Central Catholic 34

Annawan/Wethersfield 48 - West Central 18

Mercer County 8 - Princeville 7

Stark County 37 - Mid-County 15
Fieldcrest 21 - Eureka 17

Morris 35 - Kaneland 30

Rock Island 35 - Quincy 19

Alleman 27 - Galesburg 14

Moline 42 - Geneseo 6

 

SATURDAY:

Newman at Riverdale

 

8-Man Football
Low Point/Washburn at Lake Forest

Tigers Top Titans In Senior Night At Bryant Field

The Princeton Tigers used another strong rushing game from Ronde Worrels to win their regular season home finale in a 42-13 win over Monmouth-Roseville at Bryant Field.  The junior back had scoring runs of 18 and 66 yards in staking the Tigers to a 14-0 lead after one quarter.  Worrels' 5 yard run stretched the lead to 21-0 in the second quarter.  The Titans got on the scoreboard on Colton Russell's 21 yard TD run in the second quarter.  Worrels' scored again with just 6 seconds left before halftime on a 1 yard run.  Wyatt Davis and Max Taylor each had an interception to lead the Tigers defense in the first half as they went into the locker room up 28-7.  Princeton QB Tyler Gibson tossed a 12 yard scoring pass to Wyatt Davis to push the lead to 35-7 in the third quarter.  Later in the quarter, Gibson connected with Davis again on a 47 yard TD strike to make it 42-7.  The Titans' Rashaun King scored on a QB keeper to cut the Tigers lead to 42-13 midway through the fourth quarter.  Neither team would score the rest of the way.  Worrels led the Tiger attack with 12 carries for 126 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Tyler Gibson was 10 of 14 passing for 208 yards and 2 TDs.  Wyatt Davis caught both of those scores and finished with 6 receptions for 120 yards while Noah Atkinson added 88 yards receiving on 4 catches.  Junior kicker Jaimie Reinhardt made all 6 of his PAT kicks for the Tigers.  Princeton improved to 7-1 while Monmouth-Roseville dropped to 3-5.  The Tigers are 5-0 in confrence play and are on the road for their regular season finale at Erie-Prophetstown.  Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell will have the broadcast on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming live at princetonnewsnow.com and the princetonnewsnow.com WZOE Facebook page.

 

Here are the Tigers scoring plays...

 

Following the game PHS junior back Ronde Worrels visited with the Norm and Curtis...

 

Storm Still Looking For First Win After Week 8 Loss At Orion

The Bureau Valley Storm dropped a 55-0 matchup to Orion on Friday night in week 8 varsity football action.  Lineman Bryce Taylor was named the BV Offensive Player of the Game.  Defensive Player of the Game honors went to Storm senior tackle James Krieger.  The Chargers improved to 5-3 and became playoff eligible.  Bureau Valley fell to 0-8 and will again look for their first win of the season when they host Riverdale in Senior Night at Turbine Field in Manlius in the Storm's season finale.  Tim Catton and Dave Shepard will have the broadcast on Z98 and streaming live at Z98's Facebook page.

 

Following the game, BV Head Coach Mat Pistole spoke with the Z98 broadcast crew...

 

Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team Make Arrest In Mendota

On Friday, October 11, 2019, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (TRIDENT), along with Mendota Police arrested Matthew D. McPheeters (38) at his residence located at 111 S. 13th Ave in Mendota, IL on an original LaSalle County Arrest Warrant for two (2) counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine (Class 1 Felony.)

 

The arrest warrant was obtained, with the assistance of the LaSalle County States Attorney’s Office, following an investigation by TRIDENT, into cocaine sales in Mendota. During the investigation TRIDENT Agents conducted several controlled purchases of cocaine from McPheeters.

 

As a result of the investigation a search warrant was also obtained to search McPheeters residence of 111 S. 13th Ave in Mendota, IL. During the search TRIDENT located over 40 grams of cocaine, cocaine processing material and firearms.

 

McPheeters was later transported to the LaSalle County Jail where he is being held on the warrants ($500,000.00 – 10%.) Further charges from the items located in the search warrant are  under review of the LaSalle County State’s Attorney.
 

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

Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team Make Arrest in Princeton

On October 15, 2019 at approx. 3:48pm, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (TRIDENT) conducted a buy/bust operation on West Peru St. in Princeton, IL. 

 

During the operation TRIDENT Agents conducted a controlled purchase of approx. one (1) gram of methamphetamine from Phillip P. Castelli (36) of Tiskilwa, IL. Following the purchase Agents took Castelli into custody. During the arrest another individual, Paul C. Hayden (36) of Princeton, IL had over six (6) additional grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia that was located near him. 

 

Both Castelli and Hayden were transported to the Princeton Police Department by Bureau County Sheriff’s Deputies to continue the investigation. 

 

Following the investigation Castelli was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine – Class 2 Felony and Hayden was charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine – Class 2 Felony.

 

Castelli and Hayden are being held at the Bureau County Jail.

 

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

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

Boy Scout Troop 1063 Recruitment Event

Princeton Boy Scout Troop 1063 will be holding a recruitment event on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for any boy in 5th grade and at least 10 years of age, but not yet 18 years old.  The event will be held near the horseshoe pit of Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton.

 

Various scouting activities will be showcased during this event and include rope making, Dutch oven cooking, para-cord making and camp fire building.  Each boy attending will be able to take home the rope and para-cord that they made and try out the food made in the Dutch oven. There will also be a first aid demonstration and an archery stations.  An event that has something for everyone!

 

Troop 1063 meets troop meets year-round on Monday nights at 7:00 PM at the Hampshire Colony Church in Princeton.  Anyone interested in learning about Boy Scouts or this event may contact our Scoutmaster, Jeremy Whitfield at 815-866-7966.

 

Upcoming Events at the Princeton Public Library

Annual Halloween Costume Party

 

The Princeton Public Library Youth Services Department will host its annual Halloween Costume Party for Pre-K through 4th grade on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The evening will start at 6:00 pm with gathering songs and a story, followed by a costume parade and judging. Costumes will be judged in four categories, Funniest, Spookiest, Cutest, and Judges’ Choice, in two age categories, Pre-K to 1st grade and 2nd grade and up. After awards are presented, magician and artist Dan Laib will be our special guest, bringing his Magic and Art Show to the library main circulation area.

 

Advanced sign-up is requested—stop by the Youth Services desk or call 815-875-1331, ext.220.

 

ART TEACHERS EXHIBIT IN NOVEMBER AT PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

Thirteen local artists present “Behind the Inspiration”, a biennial exhibit featuring original works of art by art teachers of Bureau County. The exhibit will include a variety of media including ceramics, acrylic paintings, silk screen printing, photography, watercolor and jewelry.  Each artist has been or continues to be a teacher of art in Bureau County. 

Schools represented include Princeton elementary and High School, Bureau Valley schools, Depue, Peru, and Illinois Valley Community College. 

 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 8th, at 6:00 and will include refreshments. The artists will be available at that time to answer questions about their pieces.  This exhibition  will remain displayed through November 22nd,during regular library hours. 

 

The Princeton Public Library Receives Generous Donation

 

The Princeton Public Library received generous donations from Linda Gustafson and memorials made for Roger Gustafson. These gifts have provided the library with a new outdoor addition of a paved area, plantings and a 500 pound frog named Jeremiah. The area of pavers connects the handicap parking area to the entrance of the library. Jeremiah lends a whimsical aesthetic to the existing water fountain feature. Two benches matching the existing bench on the southeast part of the front lawn will be added soon to offer patrons the opportunity to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

 

Roger Gustafson was a great contributor to the community and the particularly the library. He dedicated his time and wisdom as a member of the board of trustees from September, 2013 until the time of his passing in November, 2016. Roger was a very active supporter and patron of the library. He also enjoyed being outdoors and gardening, making the creation of this park-like area especially appropriate in tying together two things that were important to him. Roger’s wife, Linda worked closely with Josh Schnaitor of Prairie Nursery and Landscaping to produce a sitting area that reflected Roger’s personality as it would complement the existing landscaping maintained by Jane Morris, The Gardening Governess. Board Member Jan English also participated in the planning as a representative of the library. Together, these individuals have provided a comfortable outdoor area that all library patrons in the community can enjoy for years to come.

 

 

 There will be a free seminar about retirement and investing.  It will be put on by Cyr Financial and they will talk about - how much do you need to retire, how to protect your portfolio, and social security & pension answers.  This seminar will by held on Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 at the Princeton Public Library.  This program is free and all are welcome to attend.  Register by calling 815-925-7501 or CyrFinancial.com.

 

On Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 Bill Schnabel will be presenting a program on Biking the Lewis & Clark Trail.  He will talk about the origins of the Lewis & Clark Trail, the drive behind the ride, and the people, places and events of the trip.  This free program will be held at the Princeton Public Library and all are welcome to attend.

 

On Saturday, October 26th there will be a Tractor Show in the Parking Lot of the Princeton Public Library from 10:00-3:00.  The Indian Valley Antique Club will be co-hosting this event.  There will be Antique Tractors and other farm equipment on display.  The club members will be happy to talk to you about their tractors and answer any questions you might have.  The Indian Valley Antique Club will also be selling food and refreshments during the show...so come for lunch.  If you have an Antique Tractor, feel free to bring it to the show and display it for all to see.  This will be a fun day for the whole family, so come and enjoy.  This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

 

 

BILL LAMB MOVIE PREMIERE AT THE APOLLO THEATER

On November 6th, the Bureau County Historical Society will present the much anticipated showing of Bill Lamb's original motion pictures from the 1950s and 1960s.  Bill Lamb was a photographer and a native of Princeton from 1922-2013. His collection includes photographs, motion pictures and news articles “From Out of the Past.”  A reception will begin at 5:30 PM at the Downtown Pub, 432 South Main Street, Princeton, followed by the red-carpet premiere of Bill Lamb films on the big screen at Princeton's historic Apollo Theater.

 

Guests at this event will enjoy hors oeuvres catered by Four and Twenty Cafe' and treated to our new signature “BCHS Old Fashioned” drink.  Attendees will receive a commemorative BCHS glass for the occasion. There will be a photo booth to have your photo taken on the red carpet.  

 

Special thanks go to Jay and Lara Schneider for donating the use of the Apollo Theater for this special showing.  Join us for this very memorable occasion to celebrate the life and work of Bill Lamb – who knows, you may even see yourself on the silver screen!  All proceeds from this event will go to the Bill Lamb Preservation/Archiving costs. Tickets for this exclusive event are available by contacting BCHS Curator, David Gugerty at 815 875-2184.

 

Patyk Family donates to IVCC Ag in parents' Memory

 The Patyk family recently made a donation to the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation to support the college’s ag program and keep the memory of their parents alive.

 

The monetary gift was made in memory of the late Henry and Bernice Patyk of rural Lostant by their six children: John (Debbie) of Peru, Terry (Laura) of Lostant, Marybeth (Bill) Koenen of St. Germain, Wis., Kristie (Larry) Laio of La Salle, Karen (Randy) Bacidore of Riverside and Jannell (Fran) Bichl of Chicago.

 

“We could not think of a more appropriate thing to do for mom and dad,” said Terry Patyk, President of the La Salle County Stockman’s Association. “Supporting ag education is a fitting tribute to them.”

 

Laura Patyk, a longtime elementary school teacher in Spring Valley, said to her husband, “Education was something your parents believed in.”

 

IVCC agriculture instructor and co-program coordinator Willard Mott said the donation would be used to purchase equipment for an introductory animal science course that begins this spring. Eventually, that course and all others will be taught in the ag complex to be built just south of campus.

 

Henry and Bernice farmed in the Tonica-Lostant area for more than 40 years. Bernice died Christmas day 2016 at age 92. Henry died in 2007.

 

Terry farmed alongside his father until the day Henry died and lived at home until his marriage to Laura.

 

“When I left for the church on my wedding day, my father said, ‘There goes my best friend.’”

Terry added, “I hope in some small way this gift can keep their memories alive.”

Meet the Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe in Bishop Hill

The Bishop Hill Creative Commons is hosting an evening of ghost stories with “The Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe.”  Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays Poe’s ghost who has come back from the grave to set the record straight and dispel the myths of madness and mayhem! Fox tells some of Poe’s most famous tales of the macabre as well as the stories behind the tales. Woven with Poe’s biography and a challenge to explore the things that haunt each of us, this is a unique opportunity to celebrate Halloween that promises to be both entertaining and inspiring.

           

The performance will start promptly at 7:06 pm on Friday, October 25th. There is limited seating, so advance tickets are highly encouraged. Folks can reserve their seats via Eventbrite on the Bishop Hill Creative Commons Facebook page or their website bishophilcommons.com 

 

Come early to enjoy the museums and shops of Bishop Hill or to have dinner at The Filling Station.

           

Fox has been performing Poe’s stories for more than 30 years and has given more than a hundred performances as The Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe at libraries, schools and chautauqua across the country. The performance includes a mix of some of Poe’s best known and lesser known stories including “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Mask of Red Death” among others.

           

This is the first of a monthly series of storytelling concerts in Bishop Hill. Next month, Fox will share Black Hawk’s View of Illinois History to celebrate our state bicentennial on November 13th. And in December he will share Swedish Christmas stories as part of the annual Lucia Night’s Celebration. 

 

Planning committee meets Oct. 23

The Illinois Valley Community College board’s planning committee will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the board room, C307, to review several annual reports.

 

Agenda items include the program review report, personal assessment of the college environment, national community college benchmark project, high school market penetration report, integrated postsecondary education data system feedback report, an article from WBEZ radio of Chicago entitled “Cannabis on the syllabus in Illinois college classrooms,” annual plans update, geographic analysis of enrollment trends, and a board policy.

Perry Pride Goes to Chicago

Perry Memorial Hospital’s Perry Pride Committee is sponsoring a bus trip to downtown Chicago for Christkindlmarket, on Saturday, November 16th. Gather your friends and family for fun, fashion, and food at Illinois’ most distinctive collection of holiday shopping and dining. Enjoy the deluxe motor coach ride, shop the Magnificent Mile, and take in the sights. Departure will be from the Perry Plaza, 526 Bureau Valley Parkway, Princeton, at 8:30 a.m. and will arrive near State Street, Macy’s Department Store. Take a brief walk to the open air market and shop ‘til you drop for holidays. Wave goodbye to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket at 6:00 p.m. Estimated arrival time home to Princeton is 8:30 p.m. The cost per person is $25. Call 815-876-2254 to reserve your seat. Reservations and payments are due by Friday, October 31st. 

 

IVCC Transfer Academy Open House Oct. 23

Illinois Valley Community College will host an open house for its Transfer Academy from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at its Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St.

 

The event features a brief presentation, ‘Q & A’ with Academy leaders, optional registration, take-home material and refreshments.

 

Transfer Academy courses offer dual credit opportunities for high school juniors and seniors who are released in the afternoon to attend classes at Ottawa Center or main campus. Dual credit allows students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously.

 

“Transfer Academy allows students to start a robust college curriculum while in high school,” said Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Bonnie Campbell.

 

Ottawa Center Transfer Academy courses are directed toward students pursuing studies in humanities, social sciences and those undecided on majors.

 

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses – along with humanities and social sciences courses – will be offered on main campus.

 

Academy courses receive a 25 percent tuition discount and students qualifying for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program will pay just the $5 registration fee. 

 

Spring registration begins Wednesday, Nov. 6; classes begin Thursday, Jan. 9.

RSVP for the open house at (815) 224-0800.

Canadian Singer-songwriter Performing in Bishop Hill

Singer-songwriter Noah Derksen will perform a live concert Tuesday, October 22nd at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.

 

An American-citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies while maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, roots / Americana singer-songwriter Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. He currently lives in the West End neighbourhood of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah has spent the past three years honing his live performance skills across Canada and the United States, playing concerts from BC to Nova Scotia, and New York to California. Since 2018, Noah played at renowned venues and events such as the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), Philadelphia Folksong Society (Philadelphia, PA), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB).

 

In 2019 Noah released his third full-length album entitled America, Dreaming. The album was produced by JUNO-award winning producer Murray Pulver, and features artwork by another JUNO-award winner Roberta Landreth. The album represents an observation of the United States and Noah's identity as an American-citizen; an observation of how things change with time, and internal, on his own shift in perspective.

 

Plus, Noah's got long, flowing auburn hair and a twinkle in his eye. What's not to love?

 

For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.

 

To learn more about Noah Derksen please visit noahderksen.com.

Palmer, Kenny Capture IVCH 5K Titles

Dan Palmer, 42, of Roscoe, Illinois, won the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Fall Fitness 5K race for the second year in a row when he crossed the finish line Saturday (Oct. 12) in a time of 17 minutes and 56 seconds.

 

The run through the streets of Peru was organized by the IVCH Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics as a fundraiser for the IVCH Foundation.

 

The first female finisher, Candis Kenny, 40, of Peru ran the course with a time of 22 minutes and 46 seconds.

 

Kenny and another race entrant, Jheri Emmerling of Spring Valley, both ran in and completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon the next day.

 

IVCC hosts "A Gender Journey" presented by Aiden Ethington

Illinois Valley Community College’s Student Services, Gay-Straight Alliance, Diversity Team and Safe Journeys present “A Gender Journey,” with IVCC alum and transgender activist Aiden Ethington at noon Monday, Oct. 21 in Room C316.

 

Ethington has a master’s in political science and is a Department of Children and Family Services Clinical Domestic Violence Specialist, Central Region, for the State of Illinois. The event is free and the public is welcome. 

 

Perry Memorial Auxiliary Quarter Auction

Get in on the fun. Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring the 1st Quarter Auction benefitting the Perry Memorial Hospital and Auxiliary healthcare scholarships.   Mark your calendar and plan on attending Thursday, October 24. Doors will open at the Downtown Pub, 432 South Main, Princeton, at 5:00pm and games will begin at 6:00pm.

 

Arrive early to purchase your paddles and view auction items. Your first paddle is $3 and 2 for $5, or buy FOUR and get one FREE.  Limited Golden Paddles will be available for $25 each. These paddle numbers are entered into the drawing for every auction item, without needing any quarters to bid. Help the evening run smoothly by bringing your own quarters please.

 

The Quarter Auction will also feature "mystery bags" for purchase, baked goods, and a 50/50 raffle.  Food will be available for purchase from Alexander's Park Tavern. Beverages will be available for purchase from the Downtown Pub.

 

For more information about the Auxiliary Quarter Auction, contact Jean Welte, President Perry Memorial Auxiliary at 815-876-2293.  

 

About the Perry Memorial Auxiliary: The Auxiliary has provided well over 40,000 hours of volunteer service and has produced over half-a-million dollars to purchase much-needed small hospital equipment for patient care for the last 70 years.   

 

llinois association for Home and Community Education Week in Illinois

The week of October 14-18, 2019 has been proclaimed as Illinois association for Home and Community Education Week in Illinois, in commendation of IAHCE members for their dedication and commitment to the welfare of local communities throughout our state.

 

The purpose of IAHCE is to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service.

IAHCE is a voluntary, nonprofit organization functioning in cooperation with the University of Illinois Extension. It was founded in January 1924 as Illinois Home Bureau Federation. The Illinois Home Bureau (Farm Bureau) Federation became the Illinois Homemakers Extension Federation in 1962. Then in 1993 the name was changed to Illinois Association for Family and Community Education.

 

The hope of the Illinois Association for Home and Community Education is to strengthen families and communities through:

    Leadership Development

    Community Action

    Educational Support    

    Research-based education from the University of Illinois Extension.

 

Enjoy camaraderie, 

Lifelong friendships,

New experiences and service….

 

· Acquire great tips and smart solutions for your home, health and family

· Experience personal growth and develop your leadership, decision making and people skills

· Inspire others through educational and social programs

· Share your experiences and information

· Enjoy fun-filled activities, educational trips and events that foster new friendships and increase knowledge of our community and state

· Grow as a community  volunteer and leader

 · Collaborate with other organizations on common goals to make a difference in today’s world

· Learn important facts about community, state and global environmental issues

· Discover ways to support and influence home and community life

· Learn how to make programs sparkle

· Support the organization through involvement in decisions, service projects, education and leadership

 

For more information on Bureau County HCE, contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 815-875-2878.

 

ROCK FALLS ATTORNEY ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT

 Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the arrest of Michael A. Lancaster, 63 years old of Rock Falls, Illinois, for two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felonies) and one count of Unlawful Restraint (Class 4 Felony). 

 

 

ISP Agents conducted a thorough investigation into allegations made by a victim who stated she had retained Lancaster as her attorney and was allegedly sexually assaulted during a scheduled meeting in his office located at 15 E. Third St. in Sterling, Illinois. ISP Agents executed search warrants at Lancaster’s Sterling office and his Rock Falls, Illinois residence, searching for evidence to corroborate the victim’s complaint. On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at approximately 2:25 p.m., ISP Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Agents arrested Lancaster. Lancaster was lodged at the Whiteside County Jail on $150,000 bond. 

 

Lancaster has been practicing law in Whiteside County for over 30 years. The Whiteside County State’s Attorney has requested the Rock Island County State’s Attorney handle the case to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest. Anyone wishing to provide additional information is encouraged to call the ISP at (815) 632-4010 Ext. 229. 

 

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

Details of natural gas project to be announced Oct. 14 at press conference in Wenona

Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) will be joined by local business leaders and elected officials Oct. 14 to announce details of a major natural gas infrastructure improvement project in Southern LaSalle County.

 

Ameren Illinois recently completed a natural gas line upgrade from IL-71 and IL-251, south along IL-251 to just west of Tonica. The $5.4 million project replaced approximately 3.25 miles of 4-inch high pressure pipe with new 8-inch high pressure pipe, increasing capacity and pressure on this segment of the line as well as downline in communities like Wenona and Toluca.

 

Senator Weaver and Representative Spain, along with representatives from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, worked with Ameren Illinois leaders to accelerate the timeline for the project on request of local elected officials.  The additional energy capacity created by the project is expected to pave the way for business and agriculture-industry growth in the region. 

 

  • When: Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Where:  Hearthside Foods – 775 IL-251, Wenona, IL
  • Time:  10:00 a.m.
  • Interviews
    • Senator Chuck Weaver
    • Representative Ryan Spain
    • Daetta Jones, Ameren Illinois
    • Local Business Leaders & Local Elected Officials

Folk/Blues Artist Performing in Bishop Hill

Andrew Hibbard will perform a live concert Saturday, October 19th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.

 

Andrew Hibbard is a musician, and singer songwriter from rural southern Ohio. Growing up in the river towns and land of crops he began writing and singing. He plays a mixture of folk, blues, and country music that is depicted and interpreted in his own style which is what makes him so original. Whether paying tribute to tradition, or performing his own music that matches his musical mentors, Andrew Hibbard is a truly original and intoxicating artist. 

 

For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.

 

To learn more about Andrew Hibbard please visit andrewhibbard.com.

Saturday Morning Coaches Corner

It was a chilly and windy Friday night filled with great high school football action and on this Saturday morning we sat down to talk to Bureau Valley Storm and Princeton Tigers head coaches Matt Pistole and Ryan Pearson to discuss all the events that transprired Friday night.

 

 

Storm Drop Homecoming Matchup To Rockridge

The Bureau Valley Storm had their highest scoring output of the season but it wasn't enough in a 36-20 Homecoming loss to Rockridge Friday night in week 7 varsity football action.  Mac Nugent had a big night on offense for the Storm with touchdown runs of 1, 17, and 43 yards.  The senior finished with 180 yards on the ground to go along with the 3 scores.  He was named the BV Offensive Player of the Game.  Defensive Player of the Game honors went to Storm Junior linebacker Tommy Blanford.  The Rockets improved to 3-4 with the win while Bureau Valley fell to 0-7 and will again look for their first win of the season when they visit Orion in week 8.  Tim Catton and Dave Shepard will have the broadcast on Z98 and streaming live at Z98's Facebook page.

 

Here are some highlights from the game...

 

Following the game, BV Coach Mat Pistole spoke with Z98's Tim Catton.

 

Week 7 Area Varsity Football

FRIDAY:

Princeton 49 - Kewanee 7

Rockridge 36 - Bureau Valley 20

Hall 35 - Sherrard 0

Monmouth-Roseville 20 - St. Bede 0

Morrison 26 - Erie-Prophetstown 0

Fulton 36 - Riverdale 12

Morris 13 - LaSalle-Peru 0

Kaneland 61 - Ottawa 7

Marquette 49 - South Beloit 14

Genoa Kingston 35 - Dixon 12

North Boone 48 - Rock Falls 12

Stillman Valley 44 - Mendota 6

Herscher 16 - Streator 9

Mercer County 16 - United 0

Princeville 31 - Stark County 13

Eastland-Pearl City 27 - Amboy-LaMoille 6

Sterling 53 - Moline 26

Rock Island 14 - Geneseo 13

 

SATURDAY:
Orion at Newman

8-man football: Low Point-Washburn at Bunker Hill

State-Ranked Tigers Top Boilermakers To Clinch Playoff Berth

The Princeton Tigers earned a playoff berth with their 49-7 win in Kewanee on Friday night in week 7 varsity football action.  PHS, ranked #9 in this week's AP 3A poll, now leads the all-time series with Kewanee 61-56-4.  The Tigers scored on their first possession of the game on an 82 yard touchdown sprint by Ronde Worrels.  Ethan Wright's 4 yard run gave PHS a 15-0 edge after one quarter.  The lead stretched to 28-0 on second quarter scores from Ronde Worrels on a 1 yard rush and a 36 yard TD pass from Tyler Gibson to Wyatt Davis.  Kewanee cut the Tigers lead to 28-7 on a 60 yard scoring pass from Will Bruno to Kavon Russell just before halftime.  Worrels scored on runs of 4 and 6 yards to make it 42-7 after three quarters.  The "running clock" went into effect after Max Taylor's 5 yard TD sweep with 1:09 left in the third quarter made it 49-7.  The Tigers rolled up 460 yards of total offense including 356 rushing.  Ronde Worrels led the attack with 16 carries for 197 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Princeton improved to 6-1 while Kewanee dropped to 4-3.  PHS is 4-0 in confrence play while the Boilers are 3-1.  The Tigers play their regular season home finale in week 8 hosting Monmouth-Roseville at Bryant Field.  Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell will have the broadcast on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming live at princetonnewsnow.com and the princetonnewsnow.com WZOE Facebook page.

 

Here are some highlights from the game...

 

At halftime, WZOE's Norm Vandermoon spoke with Princeton cheerleaders Carli Wright and Addi Grove.

 

Davis Family Donates $50,000 to AG Complex Campaign

Barbara Davis of Sugar Grove recently made a $50,000 donation to Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture complex capital campaign to memorialize her family’s farming history.

The donation, announced at Thursday’s board meeting, was made in memory of her grandparents, Walley and Fannie Davis, original owners of the Davis family farm in Oswego.

“Barbara’s gift and our moving forward with the complex affirms our commitment to agriculture and demonstrates to prospective students agriculture is highly valued at IVCC,” President Jerry Corcoran said.

 

The ag program has grown from 9 students, two courses and one degree in fall 2016 to 25 students, 17 courses and three degrees this fall.  

 

“Dedicated agriculture buildings are key to future enrollment growth,” Corcoran noted.

The ag complex will be constructed on the site of the former dairy barn that was demolished last December. It will include an ag center complete with a classroom and wet lab and a large storage building for the program’s leased tractors and implements.

 

The 60 x 100 metal storage building will be constructed next summer and the ag center is planned for a year later.

 

Barbara Davis already funds eight IVCC ag scholarships worth up to $9,000 to each recipient over two years.

 

“With $4,500 going to each student per year, the Davis Family Scholarship has a profound impact on a student’s ability to finance their education,” said instructor and program co-coordinator Willard Mott.

 

Barbara and her late husband Cleo grew up on family farms. Following Cleo’s death, Barbara informed her financial advisor Brian Michel of Edward Jones in Sugar Grove she wanted to fund ag scholarships for community college students.

 

Michel contacted longtime friend and retired IVCC ag director Doug Stockley who connected him with IVCC. Davis and her son Mark visited the college last fall.

 

“Barbara is a kind, modest and generous individual who believes in our mission,” said Corcoran. “We are honored to have her support and we will never let her down.”

IVCC October Board Report

The Illinois Valley Community College board Thursday honored former 10-year trustee Melissa Olivero of Peru for her leadership and service to the college.

 

Olivero, who resigned in July, was elected to six-year terms in April 2009 and April 2015. She served as board vice-chair for two years, then chair from May 2013 to April 2017.

As chair, she oversaw the opening of the Peter Miller Community Technology Center, student center and cyber café. An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board, Olivero is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.

 

“Melissa and her husband, attorney Douglas Olivero, are among our most consistent and generous IVCC Foundation supporters,” said board chair Jane Goetz.

 

“We will remember Melissa for her 10 years of positive leadership and wise guidance to the benefit of students, faculty, administration and the citizens of the district,” Goetz said. She then presented Olivero a commemorative glass-encased clock.

 

In other business, the monthly campus update featured the Foundation. This year’s scholarship distribution will reach a record $342,000 as all 268 students who applied received at least one $500 award.

 

The Foundation also funds instructional equipment, programs and building enhancement. Total Foundation support to the college exceeded $750,000 in fiscal 2019, said Director of Community Relations and Development Fran Brolley.

 

Recent major gifts include a $195,000 bequest from the estate of college friend Georgia Fay of Princeton. Fay’s gift, facilitated by executor Rex Piper, will fund scholarships for Bureau Valley High School graduates studying accounting.

 

In other action, the board approved:

 

  • The annual $10,000 local match to support Project Success, the federally-funded program serving 160 low-income, first-generation and disabled students annually. Specifically, IVCC’s match helps low-income students offset tuition, books and supplies.
  • Continuation of the cash farm lease with tenant Luke Holly for 146 acres of college farmland at $308 per acre or $45,004 annually.
  • High deductible health plan-health savings account contributions for full-time employees. On Jan. 1, 2020, IVCC will contribute $2,500 for individual coverage and $5,000 for “employee plus one” and family coverage. 
  • The appointment of accounting clerk Diane Kreiser as interim payroll and benefits coordinator.
  • The General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) credential. The GECC is a selection of courses accepted by all public and many private four-year Illinois colleges and universities.
  • Reimbursement of $336 to Goetz for attending the Sept. 13-14 Illinois Community College Trustees Association meeting.

            The board learned:

 

  • Tuesday’s fall Agriculture Open House attracted 53 students representing Ottawa, Streator, Putnam County, Earlville, St. Bede Academy and Serena high schools.
  • A group interested in bringing a hospitality management program to IVCC met Sept. 25. “We will proceed with caution before going too far too fast,” IVCC President Jerry Corcoran cautioned. “One option is to offer a combination of credit and noncredit courses beginning with an introduction to hospitality course.”
  • The Oct. 4 Counselor Connection attracted 17 high school counselors from 13 high schools. “Along with networking and relationship-building, the event showcases new and improved college programs to our feeder schools,” said Corcoran. “This year, the emphasis was on the merits of our Transfer Academy and dual credit as well as new programs such as medical assistant and cybersecurity.”
  • With 31 tables registered, the Sept. 28 Athletic Department Trivia Night raised over $6,000.
  • IVCC personnel recently conducted a cover letter and resume writing workshop for 15 Del Monte employees at the Mendota plant. “They left with updated resumes and standard cover letters as well as a better understanding of how IVCC’s academic offerings could assist with their employment transition,” said Corcoran. Del Monte is scheduled to close its vegetable processing plant by June 2020.
  • Nicole Van Nielen has been hired as administrative assistant to the Business Services office.
  • Workforce Development administrative assistant Theresa Carranco will resign Dec. 31 after more than 20 years at the college.
  • Head librarian Frances Whaley will resign Friday. In her resignation letter, Whaley wrote, “I have given my all to IVCC for 15 years, and I offer my best wishes for its continued success.”
  • Admission’s department podcasts produced by Crystal Credi are now available through Apple iTunes Store and Apple’s podcast app.
  • Presenting at the Sept. 24-25 Illinois Community College Board’s Forum for Excellence were IVCC’s Bonnie Campbell, Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Dorene Data, Computer Aided Design program coordinator; Gina Elias, Computer Networking program coordinator; Tina Hardy, Disability Services coordinator; Jay McCracken, trustee and interim Superintendent of La Moille High School; and Mark Grzybowski, Vice-President for Student Services.

Stand with Dan "The Chainsaw Guy" at Nightmare this Sunday

An extra date has been added to the schedule for Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road Haunted House in Princeton, IL this Sunday, Oct 13. One of the individuals that has worked at the haunt for many years as "The Chainsaw Guy" Dan Carlson of Tiskilwa, is having some bad health issues. The Nightmare crew will "Stand with Dan" and help to raise some money for his medical expenses. Donation cans will be set up at the Fairgrounds all weekend.


Sunday's event starts out with a special "Light's On" session for the kids and chicken hearted. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. the lights will be on in the haunt and the spooks will be in hiding so it's not quite as scary. Admission for adults is $10 and kids 7 to 12 is $5. At 7 p.m. the lights go off and the spooks come back out of hiding to scare you until 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 12th, the first ever Halloween Parade will be held in downtown Princeton. The Parade will line up on Crown & Main Street and proceed to the Courthouse and west on Park Ave to the Fairgrounds. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. The Hocus Pocus Hags dancing witches are joining the parade and performing their dance at 7 p.m. the fairgrounds. Watch the 30 witches do some amazing moves with their broomsticks. It’s free to watch the Hocus Pocus Hags dance at the Fairgrounds. Come out and have a hot chocolate or a cup of chili and warm up around the bonfire at 7 p.m.

There is still room for participants - walking or riding, bands, floats and more. If you would like to participate please call 815-303-8247. It's free to join in!


Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road admission is $12 for regular passes and $15 for speed passes. Friday and Saturday the hours are 7 to 10 p.m.

For information see www.nightmareonfairgroundsroad.com. The Fairgrounds is located at 811 W Peru St, in Princeton.

Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce now accepting applications for Executive Director Position

The deadline to apply for the executive director position for the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is Friday, November 1, Board Chair Angie Stevenson announced today.

 

Boyd Palmer, the Chamber’s Executive Director the past 15 years, is retiring December 31.

 

"The Chamber’s nine member search committee posted the position October 1 and the full Board will  interview the top three candidates", Stevenson said.

 

"While Boyd's retirement will leave a void, we are dedicated to hiring a professional to assist our Chamber in moving forward", added Stevenson.

 

The Executive Director will be responsible for leadership, marketing, growth, planning, organizing, and directing all operations including program objectives, finances, staff and services for the chamber’s 300-plus members.

 

“We are seeking a dynamic leader who recognizes new opportunities, continually improves existing activities, energetically organizes and executes new projects, and brings fresh ideas and perspectives to the position, all in service to membership, local businesses, and the community,” Stevenson said.

 

The Executive Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Targeting all potential-member businesses for recruitment, working to expand membership and enhancing member benefits.
  • Developing an annual Strategic Plan and project list.
  • Partnering with the City of Ottawa and regional Economic Development Corporation to bring businesses to the community.
  • Developing and maintaining relations with major employers and members.

 

Qualifications include:

  • Management experience in a closely-related field preferred.
  • College degree or comparable educational and work experience.
  • Current or planned residence in or near Ottawa is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop mutually productive working relations with other organizations, consumers, public officials, and funding sources.
  • Demonstrated record of success in a leadership capacity, including ability to organize and plan effectively.

The full position description and qualification requirements can be viewed at https://www.ottawachamberillinois.com/posting.

 

Candidates should email the application packet, including cover letter stating qualifications and interest in position, resume, and three professional references by November 1 to Ottawachamber61350@gmail.com, Attn: Angie Stevenson, Board Chair.

The Crane Wives Performing in Bishop Hill

The Crane Wives, a four-piece Americana/folk group from Grand Rapids, Michigan, will perform a live concert Thursday, October 17th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.

 

In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head. From murky origins in Chinese restaurants, high school ska bands, and dorm room jam sessions, the band came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft.  Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult:  rock, pop, folk?  Just call it really good music.  Audiences and critics agree:  seven "Jammie" awards from influential radio station WYCE in '11, '12, '16 and '17;  winner of Best Folk/Country song from international competition ArtPrize for "Easier" in '12; and selection as one of ten "Entries We Loved" from the renowned NPR Tiny Desk Contest for "High Horse" in '17.  Kate Pillsbury:  guitars, vocals, a twinkle in her eye that tells you she sees through your BS but chooses to be amused by it.  Emilee Petersmark:  guitars, banjo, vocals, boots that will stamp out injustice wherever it may lurk.  Ben Zito:  bass, occasional howls, secret production weapon.  Dan Rickabus:  drums, harmony vocals, engineering, relentless and frankly exhausting levels of positivity.  Four albums released to date:  "Safe Ship, Harbored" (2011), "The Fool In Her Wedding Gown" (2012), "Coyote Stories" (2015), and "Foxlore" (2016), plus a series of new singles in 2017, all available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp, CDBaby, and hell, even Myspace.  If you want to hear about love, life, fear, hope, pain, and the occasional natural disaster, this band, and these songs, are for you.

 

For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.

 

To learn more about The Crane Wives please visit thecranewives.com.

Freedom House Receives Charitable Fund Donation

With its second annual $5,000 donation, The Doug & Rorie Schweickert Charitable Fund continues to support the Freedom House mission of serving domestic and sexual violence victims.  From left, Freedom House Community Relations Manager Trisha Schafer, and representing the Fund, Steven J. Schweickert.

Child Dies From Injury Sustained in Crash

Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker announced that nine-year-old Addison P. Headlee of Milledgeville, has died from injuries sustained in a crash that occurred on Saturday October 5, 2019 at 10:25 a.m.   Whiteside County Deputies responded to north Illinois Route 40 near Ridge Road in rural Sterling for a traffic crash involving a passenger vehicle vs. farm tractor and grain cart. Deputies arrived on scene, and were able to determine through the investigation that Jennifer M. Schryver, 45 years old of Milledgeville, was driving a 2009 Hyundai passenger vehicle and was traveling eastbound on Illinois Route 40 and attempted to pass a farm tractor and grain cart which was also traveling eastbound on Illinois Route 40.  The tractor was struck by Schryver's vehicle struck the rear area of the grain cart. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker about this crash…..

 

 

Ag Open House Attracts About 60 Students

Illinois Valley Community College agriculture program coordinators Willard Mott, left, and Kathryn Lillie welcomed about 60 students from six high schools at today’s Agriculture Open House. About 45 students from Ottawa, Streator, Putnam County, Earlville, St. Bede Academy and Serena high schools attended the morning session. Students also had an opportunity to meet with agriculture representatives from Illinois State University, University of Illinois College of ACES and Southern Illinois University. 

IVCC's Single Parent Connections program adds Student Parent Success Group

Illinois Valley Community College’s Single Parent Connections program has added a Student Parent Success group. 

 

“The group allows student parents to be part of a support/discussion group on campus and each month’s topic gives students the opportunity to learn new techniques to better balance their daily responsibilities,” program coordinator Aurora Medina said.

The main goal of the group is to provide a fun, relaxed, safe space and break down barriers student parents may face to help them reach all their personal, educational and career goals. 

“Students encounter challenges including not having enough money for gas, unexpected automotive repairs or maintenance, child care costs and living expenses. Many have to choose whether to come to school or go to work to help support daily living expenses,” she added. 

“In the group, they learn about different organizations on campus and in the community that support single parent education.”

 

Single Parent Connections has been on IVCC’s campus since 1997 and has served over 500 students.

 

Nursing student Josie Malone of Peru is a single mother of a nine-year-old daughter.

“Coming back to school, my biggest obstacle was myself. I had a lot of self-doubt to deal with. The Single Parent program has helped me connect with resources like the Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST, Inc.) to help fund my education,” said Malone.

 “To other single parents thinking about going back to school, you can do it! Anyone can. Don’t limit yourself with self-doubt.”

 

In her three years as program coordinator, Medina has enjoyed expressing her creative side and serving an underrepresented population. 

 

“With the Student Parent Success group, I’m looking forward to providing services that will help students reach their personal and career goals. The main motivator for these students is their children. They want to set the example, but also earn a livable wage so they can support their family,” Medina said.

 

For information, contact Medina at (815) 224-0347 or aurora_medina@ivcc.edu. 

 

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois to Open New Resource Center in Oswego

 Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) plans to open a new resource center at 3425 Orchard Road in Oswego. The organization has sold its current building at 200 New Bond St. in Sugar Grove and hopes to be operating out of its new location in early 2020. The new center is part of the organization’s ongoing strategy to create Girl Scout locations in the northern Illinois region—in Freeport, Lake Zurich, Rock Falls, Rockford, and South Elgin—with a modern, vibrant store, meeting space for staff, and increased visibility and convenience for families and volunteers. 

 

“This new location near the corner of Route 34 and Orchard Road is near major retailers, like Jewel, and offers over 2,300 square feet for us to effectively serve girls and their families,” says GSNI CEO Fiona Cummings. “We’re excited to invest in Oswego, since we’ve seen how the population is growing, and the community is thriving!” The new center will share space with neighboring retailers, salons, and restaurants. 

 

At the updated, Girl Scout-branded location, members and visitors will be able to visit the Girl Scout store, join or renew their membership, get their questions answered, book activities, and have meetings—all while running errands and managing their day efficiently! The organization expects to continue to serve girls and their families and grow its presence and membership by being highly visible, relevant, and accessible in the community. For more information on this and all other GSNI locations, please visit www.girlscoutsni.org

 

Princeton Public Library events for the week of Oct. 14-19

“Introduction to Writing Short Stories” at the Princeton Public Library on October 17th at 6:30 p.m.

“Introduction to Writing Short Stories” is a free workshop by Tom McKay presented at the Princeton Public Library on Thursday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m.  This is a one hour workshop of instruction, discussion, and exercises.  The session will focus on plot, characters, and setting as three main elements of a short story.  He will also address action, description, and dialogue as three important tools in telling a story.  If you have an interest in writing…this is the perfect workshop for you.  This program is free and all are welcome.

 

“Sewing Machine Cleaning” at the Princeton Public Library on October 18th at 9:00 a.m.

There will be a sewing machine cleaning, done by the Galesburg Sewing Center, at the Princeton Public Library co-sponsored by the Covered Bridge Quilt Guild.  Machines can be dropped off the day before (October 17 during library hours) or the day of the cleaning (October 18) from 9:00-1:00.  The price is $50.00 for regular machines and $60.00 for sergers and electronic machines.  You must pre-register (sign up) at the library.  Stop by the library to sign up or call 815-875-1331 ext. 0. 

 

“Overcoming Depression” at the Princeton Public Library on October 19th from 11:00-12:00.

“Overcoming Depression” will be presented by Ariel Zimmerlein at the Princeton Public Library on Saturday, October 19th from 11:00-12:00.  Ariel is the founder of AZ Farm & Wellness and she will be talking about overcoming depression from a personal and professional standpoint.  She will be giving a few tips and understandings on depression.  This program is co-sponsored with the Princeton Depression Ally Meet Up Group.  This program is free and all are welcome to attend.

Singer/songwriter Andrew Ryan Performing in Bishop Hill

Singer/songwriter Andrew Ryan perform a live concert Friday, October 11th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.

 

Andrew Ryan is a St. Louis-based producer turned musician after being in the industry for 13 years. Ryan is a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) and shortly afterward landed an internship with indie rock recording legend Steve Albini at his Chicago studio, Electrical Audio.

 

Ryan released his freshman album "Across Currents" on September 29th, 2017.  The album is meant to be a shadow of Ryan's life over the previous years touching subjects like his relationship with his daughter, the loss of one of his best friends, the general pressures of life, and the restlessness leading up to this point. It has a middle-of-the-road tone that mixes alt-country with elements of indie rock. Songs like "Take Aim" combine quiet, guitar picking with soothing cello, toy-like glockenspiel, and melodic piano to create sounds you'd hear in "Perks of a Wallflower" or "13 Reasons Why." Other songs such as "Fire" stay true to the indie rock feel with feedback and reverse guitars driving a steady, almost anthem-like melody. The 12-song album was written and mixed by Ryan and later cut to vinyl by six-time, Grammy award winning producer, Jeff Powell. 

 

For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.

 

To learn more about Andrew Ryan please visit andrewryan.net.

John Heasly and Jerry Schroeder Performing at Galva Arts Council

Folk singer/songwriters John Heasly and Jerry Schroder will perform a live concert Saturday, October 12th at Galva Arts Council’s Coffeehouse series, located at 128 Exchange St, Galva, IL. The free show will begin at 7PM and is open to guests of all ages. Light refreshments will be available.

 

Musicians John Heasly and Jerry Schroeder perform original songs, traditional folk songs, and light pop songs from the 60's and 70's. Their musical repertoire includes "Garden Party" by Ricky Nelson, "You are My Flower" by the Carter Family, and "Back Home Again" by John Denver.   Also old-time songs with the ukulele such as "Five Foot Two" are played.

 

John Heasly plays guitar and harmonica.   Accompanying him, Jerry Schroeder plays ukulele and guitar,.

 

For more information please visit galvaartscouncil.org.

 

To learn more about John Heasly please visit johnheasly.com.

Thin Mint Almonds, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels & Barbeque Snack Mix New Products Added to Girl Scout Fall Product Program Line

- This fall, thousands of local Girl Scouts will hang an “Open!” sign on their own
small business! The girls are kicking off the in-person, order-taking portion of Girl Scouts of
Northern Illinois’ 2019 Fall Product Program on Monday, October 7. New this year are Thin Mint Almonds, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels, and Barbeque Flavored Snack Mix! In addition, girls are offering gourmet nuts, candies, magazines, candles, tumblers, and more to community members in online sales.


How is the Girl Scout Fall Product Program different than traditional school or club fundraisers? Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls see a direct benefit to any proceeds they earn! They decide how to use their profits to fund their own adventures! Girls work together with their friends—creating their first official boardroom—to share sales ideas, have fun, and collaborate on how to spend proceeds on what they want to do. Girl Scouts gives girls the online tools they need to succeed, along with in-person skills and training to raise up the next generation of thriving female entrepreneurs and community leaders!


In-person sales are October 7–26 with all items being delivered before Thanksgiving!
Customers can also order items through girls’ individual websites. Customers can order, pay,
and receive direct shipments of items with girls receiving full credit for the purchase! New this
year is elimination of an online convenience fee. The cost of online Girl Delivery is the same as
ordering through a girl’s paper order card during the in-person sales.


The order card contains 15 items available in a range of prices, including:
? Spectral Snowflakes Holiday Tin with Caramel Treasures - $9
? Girl Scout Vintage Uniform Tin with Mint Treasures - $9
? Whole Cashews with Sea Salt (Can) - $8
? NEW – Thin Mint Almonds (Can) - $8
? NEW – Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels (Bag) - $7
? English Butter Toffee (Box) - $7
? NEW – Barbeque Mix (Can) - $6
? NEW – Hot Cajun Crunch (Can) - $6
? Deluxe Pecan Clusters (Box) - $6
? Chocolate Covered Raisins (Can) - $6

? Mint Chocolate Penguins (Box) - $6
? Peanut Butter Bears (Box) - $6
? Dark Chocolate Caramel Caps with Sea Salt (Box) - $6
? Dill Pickle Peanuts (Can) - $6
? Fruit Slices (Can) - $5

 

Online products include:
? Spectral Snowflake Holiday Tin with Chocolate Covered Pretzels - $9
? Honey Roasted Nuts with Peanuts (Jar) - $10
? Chocolate Covered Almonds (Can) - $8
? NEW – Coconut Cashews (Can) – $8
? Almond Butter Cups (Box) - $7
? Buffalo Ranch Pretzel Mix (Bag) - $7
? Salsa Mix (Can) - $6
? Cranberry Nut Mix (Can) - $6
? Black Forest Trail Mix (Bag) - $6
? Butter Toasted Peanuts (Can) - $6
? Honey Roasted Peanuts (Can) - $5
? Dulce de Leche Owls (Box) - $6
? Salt & Pepper Cashews (Can) - $8
? Mocha Cups (Box) - $7
? Almond Cran-Orange Crunch (Bag) - $7
? Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels (Can) - $6
? Gourmet Caramel Corn with Almonds and Pecans (20 oz.) - $15
? Gourmet Nut Blend (15 oz.) - $20
? Jumbo Cashews (15 oz.) - $20

 

Interested customers can ask a Girl Scout about her Fall Product Program website or order
card! To be connected to a Girl Scout, customers can call GSNI’s Product Program at 847-214-
9295 or e-mail orders to cookies4you@girlscoutsni.org where they will be filled and delivered by a Girl Scout! Customers can also visit www.girlscoutsni.org/buynutscandymags&more to be
directed to a Girl Scout who will fill their order!

Freedom House Talks About October Events

October is domestic violence awarness month and Freedom House came to the WZOE studio to talk about their services, upcoming events, and the free resources that are available for people in need. You can visit their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/freedomhouseillinois/) and their website (https://www.freedomhouseillinois.org) to find life saving infromation. The full interview is posted below along with all upcoming events for October.

 

 

  • October 1-12, Princeton – “Silent Witness” Silhouettes, representing domestic violence homicide victims in our communities over the years, will be displayed at Soldier and Sailors Park.

 

  • October 9, .6:30-7:30 p.m., Princeton –­ A Candlelight Vigil for domestic violence survivors and their families will occur at Soldier and Sailors park in Princeton.  Candles will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating.

 

  • October 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Wyoming – Freedom House Staff will be present during the Stark County High School Homecoming Football Game.  Teams will be wearing purple socks, and cheerleaders will sport purple hair ribbons.

 

  • Mid-October, Cambridge ­– “Silent Witness” Silhouettes, representing domestic violence homicide victims in Henry County, will be displayed inside the Courthouse.

 

  • Throughout October –
    • Purple lights and ribbons will be displayed on the trees on the Freedom House campus. Community members and businesses are encouraged to light their windows in purple to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
    • Law enforcement officers will wear purple ribbons on their uniforms
    • The Freedom House Facebook page will daily feature an inspirational message from a staff member.

 

 

 

 

Galva Arts Council Hosts Membership Drive

The Galva Arts Council is hosting its annual membership drive during the month of October. The Galva Arts Council, a non-profit organization, has worked for 30 years to promote the arts in the surrounding areas. Membership funds and donations make it possible to bring free live music, Tour of Lights, Ol’ Fashioned Christmas, Garden Walks, college scholarships, art classes, low-cost children’s programming and inexpensive educational presentations to our area. Members receive quarterly newsletters, discounted facility rental, tax deductions via membership and knowledge that they are contributing to local arts and artists.

 

Any new memberships received between now and the October 12th Coffeehouse will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Walmart Gift Card. Those whose membership has lapsed for 5+ years and renew will also be entered. Individual membership is $15, Couple membership are $25, and Family memberships are $40. You do not have to be present at the October Coffeehouse to win.

 

The Galva Arts Membership applications can be received via email GalvaArts@gmail.com, online at https://www.galvaartscouncil.org/join-us, or by calling 563-293-6986.

 

R.A.Sapp Events

The Wyanet Library's programs are getting into gear now. The 2nd Thursday@the Library programming is about making Vintage and/or Antique like new...or useful.

Useful Again...Selecting and Rehabilitating Vintage Tools and Metal Items will be the talk of the town on October 10th at 6:30pm. Wyanet’s own, Brent Aukes will show how he takes vintage tools and metal items and makes them useful again. His previous program on vintage planes(for  wood, not flying) was so very interesting. Come join this fun and informative program, Thursday, October 10th at 6:30pm with delectable refreshments following. 

 

I had hoped that we could continue our classes on getting started on a book and getting it published. We didn’t have anyone last month, but we have some interested people this month. It will be at 1pm on Tuesday October 8. The classes will continue on the 2nd Tuesday each month,  September through May. We have so much fun. Please call the library if you are interested or just come out.

 

On Thursday, October 24 at 7pm the R.A. Sapp Library's book group is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The group will be reading The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman. The group is open to the public. Stop by the library and grab a book and get involved with what will surely be a lively group discussion.

U of I Extension offers Made with Love, Freezer Meals by Susan Glassman, MS Ed. Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness

Enjoy the reward of a healthy meal even when you don’t have time to cook!   Join Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Susan Glassman from University of Illinois Extension for our class on planning and preparing freezer meals, called Made with Love, Freezer Meals.  Learn how to save time and money, improve nutrition, and enjoy delicious meals!  Enjoy a recipe sample and take-home ideas to get started with your own freezer meal assembly for the cold winter months ahead.

 

Join University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Susan Glassman for our class, Made with Love, Freezer Meals on October 21 at 5:30 pm at Ohio Public Library, 112 S. Main Street, Ohio, IL.

 

To register, please register at University of Illinois Extension by calling 815-224-0889 by October 17, 2019.  We hope to see you!

 

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 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/

U of I Extension offers Every Step Counts, Getting the Most Out of Activity Trackers

Every step counts! Studies show using activity trackers gives you an accurate count for steps, heart rate, and sleep. They are also fun, they get you off the couch and moving! “One could say they are a wearable piece of accountability.” With built-in reminders to get up and moving, activity trackers serve as a launching point for better health. Learn about different types of activity trackers, take a talk test and set goals for yourself. Get tips to get the most out of your activity tracker. 

 

 Join University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Susan Glassman for our class, Every Step Counts, Getting the Most Out of Activity Trackers on October 22 at 10:15 a.m. at Putnam County Community Center, 128 First Street, Standard, IL.   To register, please register at University of Illinois Extension by calling 815-224-0889 by October 18, 2019. We hope to see you!

 

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 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/

 

International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Performing in Bishop Hill

Ordinary Elephant, the 2017 International Folk Music Awards Artist of the Year, will perform a live concert Thursday, October 10th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.

 

Keep kind all that rises from your chest to your tongue. Don’t ever let your words undo the work you’ve done,” sings Crystal Damore on “Worth the Weight,” a song that beats at the heart of Ordinary Elephant's potent new album, Honest. In the song, it's a two-line enjoinder from an adult to a kid. In life, though, it's a mission statement for ourselves as much as for others. And the work that Crystal, along with her husband Pete, has done on Honest is both filled with kindness and worthy of praise.

 

Interestingly, if not ironically, in order to accomplish this new work, Crystal and Pete had to set aside the work they'd done previously, as a veterinary cardiologist and a computer programmer, respectively. The two met at an open mic in College Station, Texas, in 2009 and soon moved to Houston together. With her on acoustic guitar/lead vocals and him on clawhammer banjo/harmony vocals, the work of music continued on the side as both had full-time jobs, until they threw all caution to the wind and hit the road in an RV.

 

Leaving the stability of a day job and the security of a career didn't come easily for Crystal. “It took a lot of time — and help from Pete — for me to get to the point that I was okay with leaving the career I spent my whole life in school working toward, to the degree that I was leaving it,” she admits, adding, “to be okay with the fact that it may not be what other people want, but it was what I needed, and that was the important part.”

 

Bitten by the creative bug at an early age, Crystal had set most of that aside to focus on school and work: “Living on the road, before doing music full-time, gave my creative side the breathing room it need to come back out.”

 

And, boy, has it ever come out now that they've both committed fully to Ordinary Elephant. In song after Honest song, the Damores take on what it means to follow your heart and eschew all the expectations, assumptions, and limitations projected upon you by others. They also use their own life experience to point out that the “safe” route can be anything but safe, as they do in “Rust Right Through.”

 

“I had a safe job and was on a safe life trajectory, financially,” Crystal says, “but those things were like a safety rail you reach for — a habit, a comfortable familiarity... something you’re expected to reach for. I was letting those things hold me up instead of learning to stand on my own. And one day, down the road, I would retire, and that job and those people who I thought I needed to please, would fall away, and I’d be left with me, not having lived the life I truly wanted or felt called to. That is not safe to my well-being.”

 

Another track that takes aim at playing it safe is the spirited bounce of “Jenny & James.” It's the story of an interracial couple, though, really, it's the story of any non-traditional couple targeted with shunning and shaming for being in love. As Crystal notes, “The 'safe' route of pairing up with someone of your same race and opposite gender is not safe to the well-being of many.”

 

The choices we make are not always easy or safe, but they are important. The songs on Honest speak, again and again, to being our truest, best selves, no matter who we are or where we come from. Indeed, every of us has a heritage, a legacy, a story, of which we are a part, for better and for worse. Each moment and memory a lesson leading us to who we will be.

 

The album's spunky opener, “I Come From,” looks back at the things in our upbringing that are worth holding on to. The more sober “Scars We Keep,” on the other hand, tosses out the things that must be cast aside. In it, Crystal sings, “These times are hard, and it’s harder to heal, when where you were born decides what you fear. It’s time to be a brother, not my father’s son. I was born to be a bigot, but that don’t mean that I am one.”

 

As Pete explains, “Detangling tradition from any particular negative aspect is complicated, and sometimes impossible. But it's necessary to change the tradition for it to live on and, hopefully, preserve its core as our culture tries to correct its failings.”

 

Pete grew up in Austin, Texas, in a big Italian family who gathered for big Italian meals, and he's quick to admit that we all live in bubbles of our own making or choosing. “I can only imagine growing up in a toxic environment,” he offers. “Without the perspective gained from travel and experiencing other cultures, it's nearly impossible to realize how toxic your world actually is. I can't fault anybody not overcoming. I'm not in their shoes. I know I can't change them by telling them they're wrong, but I do know that people can change when they see new things.”

 

People can also change when they hear new things, as a fan did when Ordinary Elephant played “Scars We Keep” on the main stage at Kerrville Folk Festival in 2018. Around 2 am, a man walked up to them in the campground, tears in his eyes, and said, “I want to thank you for that song you did tonight ... You changed my point of view.” Their response: “That is why we do this. Songs speak, and they can heal.”

 

Songs can also draw our attention to people and problems that we might not otherwise notice, as in “The War,” which takes on both the travesty of what war does to service members and the tragedy of what society does to returning veterans. It also connects the dots between different kinds of trauma and loss. For the song's protagonist, the war never ended.

 

“It caused him to lose his significant other, his home, his ability to maintain a job, and drove him to become an alcoholic,” Crystal says of the character. “The narrator represents the majority of the population, in that he does not know, first-hand, the experience of war, but the story shows him having compassion for this veteran and understanding that some choices are made for you and this can lead to an inability to make good choices for yourself down the line.”

 

Much like Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch, taking on the male perspective as a female singer/songwriter is something that Crystal does with ease and equanimity, though the reverse is not something that happens very often. Pete theorizes that, “In a historically male-dominated world, there's not been a lot of practice on the male side of idolizing women, or even being encouraged to empathize with their situations. Also, the expectation for men to be masculine is tightly woven through our culture and the everyday lives of men. A hesitation, conscious or not, would certainly present itself before performing a song on a big stage that's overtly from a female perspective, especially for a man who's not very secure.”

 

For Crystal, though, it's just about telling the story in the truest, kindest way. “I think part of it could also have to do with empathy,” she says, adding, “and empathy can take the form of telling someone else’s story in song, no matter what gender that person is.”

 

Which brings us back to “Worth the Weight” and its stunning chorus: “You will wonder if it’s worth the weight, the worry that wears you down. Half your life spent figuring out how to make the other half count.” Honest is worth so much more than its weight, and Ordinary Elephant makes every kind word count as it rises from their chests to their tongues.

 

For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.

 

To learn more about Ordinary Elephant please visit ordinaryelephant.net.

Tigers Get Homecoming Win Over Hall

The Princeton Tigers are still unbeaten in TRAC Mississippi Conference play after shutting out the Hall Red Devils 41-0 in week 6 varsity football action Friday night at Bryant Field.  PHS was up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter on an 8 yard Ronde Worrels touchdown run and 3 yard scoring pass from Tyler Gibson to Branden Haring.  Gibson added a 17 yard scoring run to stretch the Tigers lead to 21-0 midway through the second quarter then added a 12 yard TD pass to Jacob Starr to put PHS up 28-0 at halftime.  The Tigers defense held Hall to just 7 rushing yards in the first half.  Princeton scored again early in the third quarter on Gibson's 1 yard QB dive to take a 35-0 lead.  The game was put into the "running clock" situation when Wyatt Davis scored on a 66 yard punt return to make the score 41-0.  Princeton improved to 5-1 while Hall dropped to 4-2.  PHS is 3-0 in confrence play while the Red Devils are 3-1.  The Tigers are back on the road in week 7 at Kewanee.  Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell will have the broadcast on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming live at princetonnewsnow.com and the princetonnewsnow.com WZOE Facebook page.

 

Here are some highlights from the game...

Following the game, Princeton's Wyatt Davis spoke with WZOE's Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell.

 

Storm Fall at Unbeaten Morrison

The Bureau Valley Storm are still searching for their first win of the season after a 42-0 road loss in Morrison on Friday night in week 6 varsity football action.  The Mustangs came out of the gate strong in their Homecoming game and was up on the Storm 34-0 at halftime.  A third quarter Morrison score would put the game into the "running clock".  The Mustangs remain unbeaten at 6-0 while BV is the opposite at 0-6.  The Storm will again look for their first win of the season when they return home in week 7 hosting Rockridge in the Storm's homecoming game.  Tim Catton and Dave Shepard will have the broadcast on Z98 and streaming live at Z98's Facebook page.

Following the game, BV Coach Mat Pistole spoke with Z98's Tim Catton.

 

Week 6 Area Varsity Football

WEEK 6 VARSITY FOOTBALL

 

FRIDAY:
Princeton 41 - Hall 0

Morrison 42 - Bureau Valley 0

Kewanee 47 - St. Bede 7
Newman 28 - Rockridge 7

Fulton 27 - Orion 26
Riverdale 21 - Sherrard 14
Monmouth-Roseville 21 - Erie-Prophetstown 14
Quincy 33 - Geneseo 15
Dixon 42 - Rockford Lutheran 8
Oregon 14 - Rock Falls 8
LaSalle-Peru 35 - Ottawa 14

Annawan-Wethersfield 44 - Cambridge-Ridgewood 0
Illinois Valley Central 49 - Rantoul 7
Byron 55 - Mendota 0
United 28 - Stark County 26

 

SATURDAY:
Low Point-Washburn at Martinsville

Traditional Irish and Folk Concert in Bishop Hill

A double bill of Steph Geremia and The Flyaways, direct from Ireland, and Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk will perform a live concert Wednesday, October 9th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $20 donation is suggested.

 

Steph Geremia is an Irish American multi-instrumentalist and singer highly regarded as one of the finest musicians of her generation. Perhaps best known as a traditional Irish flute player and as a mainstay of the critically acclaimed Irish group, Alan Kelly Gang, she has also impressed as a singer, presenting her own identity of a breathy Celtic vocal style mixed with a hint of her American roots.

 

After nearly a decade since the release of her debut solo album, The Open Road, which was described by Irish Music Magazine as “an unexpected treasure” June 2018 welcomed the release of Steph’s sparkling second solo release, Up She Flew, which features music from Irelands own rich Sligo, Leitrim & North Connaught tradition. Up She Flew has been described as “a masterclass in Irish flute”, “as good an album of top-drawer Irish tradition as is imaginable” and “a vivid blending of New World energy with Old World vibrancy”, demonstrating once again Steph’s vibrant and versatile spirit, her technical prowess, breath control and her ability to bring an innovative approach without losing the heart of the tradition to which she is intrinsically connected. Steph says “for me, everything is in the small details… This album has not only been inspired by the rich North Connaught repertoire and particular tune settings from the players from this region, but also from a time when these great musicians breathed life into the tunes with their slight variations and subtle re-phrasing of every bar; when variations mimicked the landscape and one could get lost in the modal discrepancies, shifting from c’s to c#’s at will… Up she flew and the cock flattened her!” Surrounded by a star studded cast including Seamie O’Dowd (Dervish), Jim Murray (Sharon Shannon Band), Alan Kelly (Eddi Reader Band), Donal O’Connor (At First Light), Martin Brunsden (Hot House Flowers), Jim Higgins (Christy Moore Band), her touring line up also boasts having Scottish powerhouse, Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs) on bouzouki/guitar/vocals, fiddle maestro, Ben Gunnery (Riverdance / Barrage) and bodhran legend, John Joe Kelly.

 

Brain Health & Aging: Strengthening the Brain through Learning

In partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, University of Illinois
Extension is hosting an educational event on brain health and aging research on Thursday,
October 10, 2019 from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. There will be a brief half-hour networking time at the in-person and satellite locations beginning at 12:30 pm so professionals can gather before theprogram begins at 1:00 pm.

 

This event will feature a presentation by Neal Cohen, PhD, co-director of the Center for
Brain Plasticity and Director of the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM),
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Through his presentation, participants will learn about the hippocampal memory system, how neuroimaging systems can show quantifiable changes in the brain that can lead to improved memory outcomes.

 

The second session of the program will feature Wits Workout, a newly developed
engaging and interactive brain health curriculum. Wits Workout is a 24-session facilitator’s
guide designed for leaders to conduct their own brain health classes. This educational model
serves a need in increasing socialization/reducing isolation, and promoting intellectual
engagement among older adults, all of which complement current aging brain health research.

There are two ways to attend this program: there will be a satellite location at Illinois
Valley Community College in Oglesby, Room CTC-214, or you may participate via
webinar by registering at: go.illinois.edu/brainhealthoct10.

 

The program date and time areThursday, October 10, 2019, 12:30 – 3:00 pm. Brain Health & Aging: Strengthening the Brain through Learning is free, unless you are seeding CEU’s. For more information on locations, registration, or CEUs, visit go.illinois.edu/brainhealthoct10.

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 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/

Sen. Rezin Encourages Constituents to Submit Stories of Veterans to be Showcased at Illinois Capitol

As Veterans Day approaches, and we look for ways to honor Illinois veterans and tell their incredible stories, State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is asking constituents to submit a photo and tribute to a loved one who has served in the United States Armed Forces to be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois State Capitol from Nov. 4-15.

 

“Our veterans deserve all the recognition they can get,” said Sen. Rezin. “If you are looking for a way to honor a veteran that near and dear to you this Veteran’s Day, this is a great opportunity to do so.”

 

Constituents are asked to submit photos and written stories (max: 250 words) along with the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and conflict served (Afghanistan, Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, other). Military photos are preferred, but not necessary.

 

Those who wish to participate can download a submission form at www.SenatorRezin.com/WallOfHonor

 

Please email submissions to veteransday@sgop.ilga.gov by Nov. 3. Submissions can also be mailed to Veterans Day Wall, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706. For questions, call (217) 782-7330.

IVCC hosts College and Career Night Oct. 22

Over 40 colleges and universities will be represented at Illinois Valley Community College’s 47th annual College and Career Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the gym.

A financial aid seminar will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

 

High school and college students, parents, and community members can speak to college and university representatives about the admissions process. IVCC faculty, staff and program coordinators will provide information as well as options for transfer.

Call (815) 224-0439 or visit www.ivcc.edu/collegenight for information and a listing of colleges and universities expected to attend.

 

Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Quintin Overocker said, “We’re really excited for College Night. We have some new attending institutions and it’s always great seeing students make face-to-face connections with their future alma maters.”

 

Schools and institutions include: Aurora University, Blackburn College, Bradley University, Carthage College, Concordia University-Chicago, Dominican University, Drake University, Eastern Illinois University, Elmhurst College, Eureka College,Illinois Institute of Art, , Illinois State University, IVCC, Illinois Wesleyan University, Knox College; Lewis University, Lincoln Christian University, Lindenwood University, Loras College, McKendree University, Methodist College, Midstate College, Monmouth College, Morrison Institute of Technology, North Central College, Northern Illinois University, Paul Mitchell the School, Rockford University, St. Ambrose University, St. Anthony College of Nursing, St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Trinity Christian College, University of Chicago, University of Dubuque, University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Valparaiso University, Western Illinois University and WyoTech.

Upcoming Events at the Princeton Public Library

Peter Fletcher performs at the Princeton Public Library on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30p.m.

Peter Fletcher is an American classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City who performs over 100 concerts a year.  He will be performing at the Princeton Public Library on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30p.m.  Peter offers an audience-friendly, solo recital including repertoire that runs the gamut from the Baroque period through the 20th century.  This program is FREE and all are welcome to attend.

 

 

Coffee Cupping at the Princeton Public Library Café on Saturday, October 5th from 10:00-11:30a.m.

The Princeton Public Library Café and Starved Rock Coffee Company are teaming up for a unique Coffee Cupping event!  Learn the art of tasting coffee while you try incredible coffees from all over the world.  Get to know your local coffee roaster and other coffee lovers in the community!  This event is FREE and all are welcome to attend.

 

 

“Dead People of Illinois” program at the Princeton Public Library on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30p.m.

Come enjoy this slide show of cemeteries in Illinois--get in the mood for Halloween!  John Lynn will give this presentation exploring hundreds of Illinois Cemeteries to find interesting graves and headstones, intriguing lives and deaths, and lots of plots with funny names.  It’s an opportunity for mortals to not only whistle past the graveyard, but to pause and enjoy the oddities of life and death while we’re still on the right side of history.  This program is FREE and all are welcome to attend.

 

 

“The Essential Edgar Allan Poe” program at the Princeton Public Library on Thursday, October 10th at 6:30p.m.

William Pack will present the program “The Essential Edgar Allan Poe”.  He tells the tragic life and remarkable writings of this American genius.  This program is a biography lecture and relies heavily on dramatic story readings to bring Poe’s disturbing writing (Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven etc.) to life.  This will surely get us in the mood for Halloween!  This program is FREE and all are welcome to attend.

 

SEN. WEAVER TO HOST COMMUNITY EVENTS OCT. 17 IN ORION AND OCT. 22 IN METAMORA

State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) will be hosting two free community events in October to talk with local residents about community and legislative issues.

 

On Oct. 17, the Weaver Team will host a Coffee and Conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Charged Coffee and Cocoa Shop, 1022 4th St. in Orion.

 

On Oct. 22, the Weaver Team will host a Town Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora.

 

For more information, call 309-693-4921.

Princeton HS Cross Country Results: Three Rivers Conference Championships @ Rockridge

Varsity Boys

Team Champion:  Erie/Prophetstown- 57 pts.   Princeton finished 7th with 191 pts.

Individual Champion:  Tyler Kibling-Rockridge  16:45   2.9 miles

 

Princeton Finishers

 13.  Reece Bohms   18:39    All-Conference- Ties PHS best finish since joining Three Rivers in 2013

 37.  Luke Peacock   19:34

 45.  Jake May          19:50

 47,  Mack Williams   19:55

 66   Graeham Rumley  21:30

 76.  Eli Crouch          22:03

 82.  Christian Yepsen   22:22

 84.  Keegan Fogarty  22:28

 85.  Christian Kinnamon  22:33

 87.  Colin Kniss         22:40

 95.  Trent Schafer     23:53

101. Christopher Ossola  25:56

104. Brevyn Michael  26:34

 

Varsity Girls

Team Champion:  Orion-33 pts.   Princeton finished 2nd with 41 pts- PHS best team finish at this meet.

Individual Champion:  Maryn Bollinger-Orion   20:58   2.9 miles

 

Princeton Finishers

  4.  Lexi Bohms   21:54    All-Conference- PHS best freshman finish at this meet

  5.  Elizabeth Orwig  22:01  All-Conference

10.  Hannah Muehlschlegel  22:22   All-Conference

18,  Elana Martinez   23:51

28.  Lauren Frost      25:45

35.  Alexandra Michael  26:58

38.  Hope Crouch      27:16

44.  Addilyn Glass     29:07

 

"I was pleased with our efforts.  Our boys started out well, but seemed to run out of gas a little, except for Reece and his all-conference performance.  Jake had the next best race of our top 5.  Christian Yepsen also had an excellent race finishing in our top 7 for the first time.  On the girls' side it was great to get 3 all-conference performers, which we've never done before.  Lexi and Hannah had outstanding performances in their Three Rivers debuts.  Elizabeth was a little off her best, but competed hard and had her best conference finish in her 4 years.  Our best performance was by Elana, who kept passing people and was the only person on both teams to have an outright season best time."

Patrick Hodge-Princeton Coach

Perry Memorial's Living Legacy Campaign

The Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation announced the 2019 Living Legacy Annual Campaign at a kickoff event Wednesday, September 25. The goal is to raise $500,000 for the Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic building, which is scheduled to open February 2020. 

The Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life, through philanthropy, for those served by Perry Memorial Hospital. Over the past 100 years, the availability of local healthcare through Perry has helped bring about the strong community we have today. It is imperative to continue to provide and improve primary care for the future generations of families, children and grandchildren. 

 

Sue Spratt, Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation Chair said. “The Foundation’s goal has always been to enhance the quality of life, through philanthropy. We want to make a difference in the life and health of our neighbors providing easy access to healthcare.” 

 

Over the past five years, the Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic has actively recruited physicians and nurse practitioners to meet our communities’ future health needs and increase access to primary care. The team of four providers in 2014 has grown to ten in 2019, including two internists—who are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage long-term conditions—along with family physicians with vast experience diagnosing and treating common illnesses and medical conditions, a part-time pediatrician, and five nurse practitioners offering basic disease prevention and care coordination. 

 

The Georgia Fay Estate has left a generous donation to be the foundation of Perry’s Foundation “Living Legacy” campaign to enhance and offer another 100 years of community care. Georgia’s life journey included her scheduled doctor visits. She was steadfast in receiving care from her Perry care team. She had a special place in her heart for the life connections she made. Georgia valued the importance of local healthcare and the support it provided to the community she loved. Her spirit will live on with her generous donation to the Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation. Her contribution will enhance patient care while promoting health and wellness during every stage of life. 

 

Even though you may not use Perry’s healthcare services every day, Perry is here when you need us. We will be ready to provide the best care for you and your loved ones. Consider supporting Perry Memorial Hospital’s Living Legacy Family Health Clinic Campaign, providing community care for the next 100 years. 

 

Anyone interested in donating to the Living Legacy Campaign or learning more about how to support Perry should visit www.perrymemorial.org/legacy or call 815-876-4481.

Happy Retirement, Nancy and Dan Postula!

It’s not unusual for a husband and wife to be employed by the same business but it’s not often you see them retire on the same day.  That’s what Nancy and Dan Postula did Friday, Sept. 27, at IVCH. Nancy, who began work as a nurse at the hospital in September 1974, enters retirement after 45 years at IVCH.  Dan had been an employee in the maintenance department since 2008. They planned their retirements to coincide with their upcoming 45th wedding anniversary on Oct. 5. “Nancy was married to the hospital before she was married to me,” says Dan.  As for their immediate plans, Nancy and Dan are vacationing on Mackinaw Island in Michigan this week and they have a cruise planned in January.

Free Flood Clean Up Kits available in Princeton

 Hector Gomez, Administrator of the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments has announced that the Bureau County Health Department has arranged to receive 100 flood clean up kits from the American Red Cross. Health Department staff will be present at the Bureau County Health Department, 526 Bureau Valley Parkway in Princeton (in Perry Plaza behind the Princeton Public Library) to distribute the kits:

 

FLOOD CLEAN UP KITS

 

Flood clean up kits are still available at the Bureau County Health Department. These kits are available to anyone in Bureau County or surrounding areas that need them. They can be picked up during regular business hours (8:00am - 4:00pm) starting on Monday, September 30th.

 

The kits are free - one to each household – on a first come basis and while the supply lasts.

 

                                                             The kits include

?         5 Gallon Bucket

?         Mask

?         Gloves

?         Mop

?         Squeegee

?         Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution (Household Bleach)

?         Scrub Brush

?         Scrubbing Sponge

 

Limited additional supplies to help clean up from basement flooding will be available.

 

The distribution of these kits is being made possible by the cooperation and coordination of the Bureau County, Putnam County and Henry-Stark County Emergency Management agencies, the American Red Cross and the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments. 

 

 

For more information contact Terry Madsen at 815-878-6391.

 

Freedom House Events Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM), Freedom House is staging the following events. Community participation is welcome and encouraged.

 

  • October 1-12, Princeton – “Silent Witness” Silhouettes, representing domestic violence homicide victims in our communities over the years, will be displayed at Soldier and Sailors Park.

 

  • October 9, .6:30-7:30 p.m., Princeton –­ A Candlelight Vigil for domestic violence survivors and their families will occur at Soldier and Sailors park in Princeton.  Candles will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating.

 

  • October 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Wyoming – Freedom House Staff will be present during the Stark County High School Homecoming Football Game.  Teams will be wearing purple socks, and cheerleaders will sport purple hair ribbons.

 

  • Mid-October, Cambridge ­– “Silent Witness” Silhouettes, representing domestic violence homicide victims in Henry County, will be displayed inside the Courthouse.

 

  • Throughout October –
    • Purple lights and ribbons will be displayed on the trees on the Freedom House campus. Community members and businesses are encouraged to light their windows in purple to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
    • Law enforcement officers will wear purple ribbons on their uniforms
    • The Freedom House Facebook page will daily feature an inspirational message from a staff member.

University of Illinois Extension Offers Program on Tree Compartmentalization

The Four Seasons Gardening Program from the University of Illinois Extension continues its Fall programming with a session titled “Tree Compartmentalization.”

 

Just think about the amount of tree energy expended to seal over pruning cuts and to compartmentalize rot and decay within the boles (trunks) of our urban trees. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Ryan Pankau will review the processes at play when trees perform the amazing feat of blocking pathogens with their natural defense mechanisms.

This program will be offered via a live webinar on Tuesday, October 8th at 1:30 p.m. at the following University of Illinois Extension Offices: Bureau County in Princeton; Marshall-Putnam Counties in Henry; and LaSalle County in Ottawa. This webinar may also be viewed from wherever you have internet access by pre-registering at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings.  

 

This is the second in the fall series. The next program, titled “Gardening for Birds” is set for Tuesday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the local University of Illinois Extension Offices previously listed.

 

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/

 

OSF St. Paul Nurses Support Scholarship

Nurses from OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota have completed a
successful fundraising drive to provide a scholarship to an Illinois Valley Community College
nursing student. Second year nursing student Stephanie Francis of Mendota was selected for the
award by the IVCC Foundation. The campaign began in May with a collection of loose change
during National Nurses Week. “Our theme was ‘Nurses supporting future nurses,’” said Kayla
Payne, Saint Paul Surgical Services Manager. The drive recently exceeded its $500 goal by
hosting a Root Beer Float Day.

Mollie's War

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is hosting a free presentation called The Journey to Mollie's War: WACS and WWII by Cyndee Schaffer at 2 p.m. in the Dairy Building on Saturday, October 12.  Members of the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) were the first women other than nurses to serve overseas in World War II. Cyndee Schaffer’s mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, was one of them. Drawing upon excerpts from Mollie’s letters written home during the war, mother and daughter published the book, Mollie’s War, which this presentation is based upon. This program details Mollie’s experiences from basic training in Florida in October 1943 to the dramatic moment when the Statue of Liberty came into view upon her return in November 1945. It traces the footsteps of the women who served in Europe, following Mollie and her fellow WACs who were stationed in London, England before D-Day and during the post D-Day German buzz bomb attacks. The WACs were transferred to Normandy, and then to Paris after its liberation by the Allies. After VE Day (Victory in Europe), they served in Versailles. Finally, they traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the Army of Occupation and witnessed firsthand the devastation of that country before returning to the United States. Cyndee’s presentation will invite contemplation of the vital and varied roles that women have fulfilled in the American military.

 

Due to the sponsorships of the BHHA and the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speakers Bureau, this program is free and open to the public. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street, Bishop Hill IL.  For more details about this program, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.  

 

IVCC Announces Summer 2019 Graduates

A total of 167 students graduated this summer at Illinois Valley Community College.

 

Graduates, listed by hometown, and their degrees or certificates include:

 

Arlington: Abby Hoscheid, Associate in Science (AS); Kylie Znaniecki, Dental Assisting;

 

Bureau: Michelle Curley, Accounting;

 

Cherry: Matthew Hoscheid, Basic Renewable Wind Energy Tech;

 

Dalzell: Erica Easton, Associate in General Studies (AGS), Dental Assisting;

 

DePue: Maria Madrigal, Dental Assisting; Naima Moreno, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA);

 

Dwight: Jonathan Herlan, Dental Assisting;

 

Earlville: Trisha Askin, Dental Assisting; Emily Cook, CNA; George Richter, Paramedic;

 

Granville: Kathryn Bouxsein, Associate in Arts (AA); Amanda Harrington, CNA; Kaitlyn

Mellentine, Therapeutic Massage;

 

Hennepin: Christian Harris, AS; Hanna Hundley, AS; Lara Petersen, AS; Michael Zimmer, AS;

 

La Moille: Mary Pinter, Practical Nursing (LPN); George Stuepfert, Associate in Engineering Science, AS;

 

La Salle: Rafael Casas, AS; Keirstyn Charles, Paramedic; Mayra Contreras, LPN; Michael Cuchiara, Paramedic; Ardelle Duttlinger, Therapeutic Massage; Christopher Gladhill, AGS; Paige Korsan, AS; Lauren Kruswicki, AAS in Business Administration; Lawrence Miller, Truck Driver Training (TDT) Advanced Proficiency; Olivia Mueller, AS; Christopher Murphy, Basic Automotive Technology; Dhruv Patel, AA; Jenifer Stencil-Frye, AA;

 

Ladd: Griselda Chavez, AA; Alicia Detmers, AS;

 

Lostant: Jacey Ahrens, AGS, Paramedic; Cynda Overturf, LPN; Lidia Templeton, AS;

 

Magnolia: Katie Cimei, AS; Jamie Frazier, TDT Advanced Proficiency; Ashley Johnson, AS;

 

Manlius: Caleb Baker, CNA;

 

Marseilles: Sarah Carrier, CNA; Jesyca Crouch, CNA; Viola Laitila, CNA; Nicole Schalk, AS; Grace Sherwood, CNA; Jessie Sibley, TDT; Rachel Wahnefried, TDT Advanced Proficiency;

 

Mendota: Jesus Cortes, AS; Alexis Diaz, AA; Benjamin Foley, AA; Emma Foley, AA, AS; Abram Green, CNA; Tiffany Haines, CNA; Lizandra Hernandez, CNA; Joseph LaShonse, AA, AS; Jennifer Mandujano, AA; Ricky Martinez, AA; Rayna Martinson, CNA; Micky Mendoza, TDT; Gabriela Nanez, CNA; Dasie Newkirk, CNA; Yasmine Orozco Godinez, CNA; Kelly Reutner, LPN; Samantha Schinzer, Dental Assisting; Melissa Wohrley, CNA;

 

Naplate: Donnmaui Grimm, Paramedic;

 

Oglesby: Kimberly Browne, AS; Allyson Grabowski, AA, Dental Assisting; Felicia Gruenwald, AA, AS; Cindy Hellerman, TDT; William Thompson, TDT;

 

Ottawa: Garett Andreatta, TDT; Rilee Baer, CNA; Jacob Buckley, Paramedic; Kara Cattani, Dental Assisting; Macie Claggett, Paramedic; Leslie Crum, Paramedic; Kacie Cusick, AGS; Noah Donahue, AS; Bari Gage, CNA; Amanda Golden, Phlebotomy; Breanna Hamerlinck, CNA; Nathan Hess, TDT; Robert Hitchins, AAS in Manufacturing Technology; Chloe Maxon, CNA; Kimberlynn Maxon, CNA; Makena McConnaughhay, CNA; Alyssa Miskell, CNA; Ryan Payne, CNA; Autumn Ristau, CNA; Jennifer Scheidecker, AA, AS; Amanda Simpson, CNA; Allison Vargo, Dental Assisting; Emily Waite, CNA; Nicole Warren, Dental Assisting; Lisa Wright, AS;

 

Peru: Samantha Ansteth, LPN; Jane Barnes, CNA; Justin Brewster, Paramedic; Marissa Bulak, AS; Hannah Carcamo, LPN; Kyle Christman, AS; Alex Duncan, Paramedic; Bryana Esquivel, AA; Savannah Faux, CNA; Kayla Hanson, LPN; Jenna Laier, AS; Rodrigo Luna, TDT; Nicolas Martinez, AS; Caitlin Nauman, AS; Alondra Salinas, CNA; Alycia Stalter, LPN; McKayla Urbanowski, Therapeutic Massage;

 

Princeton: Alexis Borg, CNA; Wyatt Clepper, TDT; Aidan Colmone, CNA; Jessica Krohn, AS;

Hannah Meyer, CNA; Amanda Moore, Phlebotomy; Jessica Ongalo, LPN; Adrienne Snethen, CNA; Miranda Sorenson, CNA; Kiara Tate, AS; Colby Wittig, AGS;

 

Ransom: Megan Sliker, AA;

 

Sheffield: Rachael Moraski, AA;

 

Sheridan: Melissa Brewster, AS; Barron Miles, AGS; Adam Thompson, Industrial Maintenance;

 

Spring Valley: Melissa Acosta, LPN; Claudia Avila, LPN; Cerena Barroso, AA; Jessica Bogatitus, Dental Assisting; Sarah Bolelli, Paramedic; Ana Castro Yanez, Dental Assisting; Kendall Cinotte, AA; Sheila Collins, CNA; Adrianna Pikula, AA, AS; Amanda Visione, AS; William Zaragoza, Phlebotomy;

 

Streator: Jeffrey Austin, AA; Johnathon Graham, TDT; Amy Hunter, CNA; Abby Libby, AA; Shaneika Manuel, CNA; Evan Martin, AS; Brenna McCann, AS; Carly Mesarchik, AAS in Agricultural Business Management; Casaundra Schmitt, AS; Javier Secundino Hernandez, AAS in Computer Networking Administration; Emilee Sharisky, AS; Kaitlin Thomas, LPN; Adriana Villalobos Martinez, CNA;

 

Toluca: Malika Ralston, CNA;

 

Tonica: Katherine Carmean, LPN;

 

Triumph: Kayla Matheson, AS; Nicklaus Thorson, AAS in Electronics & Electricians Technology, Industrial Electrician;

 

Troy Grove: Pamela Larrison, Dental Assisting; 

 

Utica: Kelsey Bokus, LPN; Kevin Gwilt, TDT; Cassandra Sylvester, CNA;

 

Varna: Cory Hannon, Industrial Electrician; Brittany Hill, CNA;

 

Wedron: James DeBolt, Industrial Electrician;

 

Wenona: Nathan Anderson, TDT.

Christmas Shopping Trip for a Good Cause

The Bureau County Farm Bureau and the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau Foundations will be hosting a trip to Chicago on Wednesday, December 4.  We will depart the MPFB Building in Henry at 6:30 am and the old Bureau County Farm Bureau Building in Princeton at 7:00 am.  We will then head up to Chicago for the day. 

 

As we arrive to the city multiple drop off locations will be announced in order to accommodate your interests, including Michigan Avenue and State Street.  Sites of interest may include the Chicago French Market and the Chicago Christkindlmarket.   Lunch and shopping while downtown will be on your own.  We will head for home early evening.  

 

Snacks and drinks will be provided on the bus.  The cost for the day is $55 for Farm Bureau members and $65 for non-members.  All proceeds will go to the Farm Bureau Foundation!  Please join us for a day of fun and holiday cheer, without the hassle of driving!  We hope you will join us.  Please feel free to call us at (815) 875-6468 with any questions that you may have or to register for the event.  The bus is limited to 55 passengers.  RSVP is due Friday, November 1st by noon.