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Clever Clovers 4-H Club Volunteer at Local Park

The Clever Clovers 4-H Club in Lanark volunteered their time this month to help the Lanark Park Board plant hostas around the gazebo in the City Park.  Members also helped spread mulch in the area in preparation for all the summertime activities ahead.   See attached picture Front Row:  Carson Stoner, Nataleigh Todd, Jace Urish, Reid Witt, Brieann Spoerlein

Second Row:  Jonathan Spoerlein, Jenica Stoner, Nevin Erbsen, Delana Erbsen

Back Row:  Hannah Witt, Mady Frederick, Connor Erbsen, Quentin Frederick, Alyssa Miller


U of I Extension

4-H Junior Gardener SPIN Club, Next Date May 29-4:30-6:00 p.m. - Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon

Teaching children about the wonderful world of gardening through hands-on investigation of growing their own vegetables & flowers and learning to use the harvest. A portion of the produce grown will be given to food insecure situations. The club is for youth 3-5 grades and will meet on Tuesday’s May 15-July 31. The cost is $30 for non-4-H members and $10 for 4-H members. For more information contact the Lee County Extension Office at 815-857-3525. Register online at: go.illinos.edu/LeeCoJG

 

Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Clubs-Next Date, May 29-5pm to Dark-VanBuskirk Shooting Range, Mt. Carroll This year we are going to offer two clubs at the VanBuskirk Shooting Range. Shotgun classes will be offered April 3-June 5 for ages 10-18 from 5 p.m. to dark and Air Rifle classes will be held for ages 8-18 from 6 p.m. to dark. For more information call the Extension office at 815-244-9444 and register online at go.illinois.edu/carrolloutdoorsports

 

Illinois 4-H Feeding & Growing Our Communities, May 29, 2018-5:30pm-Lee County 4-H Center, Amboy

Come out to the fairgrounds on May 29 at 5:30pm to help your local 4-Her’s and volunteers pack over 12,000 meals for local food pantries. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this meal packaging event a success. For questions contact Kathy Book at the Lee County Extension office at 815-857-3525. RSVP online by May 18 at go.illinois.edu/FeedingandGrowing

 

Kids & K-9’s, Saturday’s -Next Date June 2, 2018-9am & 10am- Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center, Dixon

This is a survey class that will introduce you to all facets of training including obedience, rally, agility, and conformation. It is also designed to help your dog become a more integral part of your family. Open to youth ages 8-18 beginning Saturday’s March 17-June 30. Advanced Classes will begin at 9am and beginners will take place at 10am. The fee will be $25 for 4-H members and $45 for non-4-H members. Register online at go.illinois.edu/kidsk9

 

Summer STEAM program, Weekly June 4-July 16- Sterling, Thomson, Mt. Carroll, Dixon and Prophetstown

STEAM up the summer with the University of Illinois Extension Super Summer STEAM program.  The six-week program is for kids 8-12 featuring all new, hands-on, interactive learning activities focused on science, technology, engineering, art, agriculture, and math is coming to a location near you!

•           University of Illinois Extension office in Sterling on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

•           Thomson Public Library on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

•           Mt. Carroll Public Library on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

•           Post House Community Center in Dixon on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

•           Prophetstown Park District in Prophetstown on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cost to register for this 6-week program is $10 per participant.  For more information or to register for Super Summer STEAM, visit go.illinois.edu/clw or contact Karla Belzer at 815-632-3611 or by email at kbelzer@illinois.edu

 

Carroll County Archery SPIN Club, Next Date June 4 & 6- 5:30-6:30 pm- York Farm, Lanark

4-H archery workshops will be held May 14,16,21, June 4,6,11,13,20,25,27 July 11,18,25 and Aug 1 from 5:30-6:30 pm and May 20 and June 3 from 5:00-6:00 pm at the Mike & Jodi York farm located at 25269 E. Locust Rd., Lanark. A parent must accompany you; if your mom or dad cannot then you need to find another adult to be responsible for you. Dress for the weather. You need to arrive at least ½ hour before ending time if you are going to be late and want to shoot. Bring what equipment you have with you. There is no cost for 4-H’ers to attend. Cost for non 4-H’ers is $20. The Archery SPIN club is open to all youth 8-18 years old. Register online at go.illinois.edu/carrollarchery

 

Plant U, Mondays starting June 4-July 23-6-7:30pm- Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling

Looking to help your child avoid the summer slide while spending time outside and learning to grow food? Send them to Plant U on Monday nights! Starting June 4 until July 23 from 6-7:30pm, The University of Illinois Extension in Sterling will be offering a summer youth gardening program for kids ages 8 – 18 to grow their favorite color. Register online at   go.illinois.edu/summergarden

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop, June 5, 2018- 9-5pm, Faith United Methodist Church, Polo

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed for adults who work with youth between the ages of 12-25.

Just like CPR and First Aid training prepares you for a physical emergency, YMHFA prepares you for a mental health challenge.  To register go.illinois.edu/youthmentalhealth

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, June 7-10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Thomson Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, June 7-1:30-3pm-Mt. Carroll Public Library, Mt. Carroll

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Mt. Carroll Public Library. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/MCwitsfitness

 

4-H Summer Camp at LOMC, June 11-15, 2018-Week Stay at LOMC, Oregon

Camp is open to anyone ages 8 to 14. Camp facilities are located in Oregon, Illinois at Camp LOMC. Campers enjoy a week of hiking, team building, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming, enjoying nature and making new friends.  Visit

go.illinois.edu/4HCampLOMC to register online or for more information.

 

All My Money, June 12&13, 2018-8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.-Sterling Federal Bank, Sterling

All My Money: Change for the Better is a train-the-trainer financial management program for persons working with limited-resource audiences. It is designed so that agency staff, social workers, and other educators can teach financial literacy topics, even if they do not personally have expertise in financial management. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/AllMyMoney

 

HEA Monthly Lessons for Living, Monthly, June 18-10am- Lowell Park, Dixon

Join the HEA for their monthly lessons for living. Open to the public and free of charge the June lesson will be a tour of Lowell Park and Picnic.  Call the office at 815-857-3525 to register and for meeting directions at least one week prior to the event

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop Next Date June 19-10:30-noon- Rock River Center, Oregon

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. We will be offering this program at the Rock River Center, 810 S 10th St, Oregon, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitnessoregon

 

A Movie in The Barn, June22, 2018-6 p.m.-Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds, Amboy

Lee county federation invites lee co 4-H’ers to a Movie in the Barn! We will be watching Charlotte’s Web and Sandlot. 6pm. Popcorn and water provided. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and excitement! For more information contact the Lee County Extension Office at 815-857-3525.

 

Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Summer Series-July 10, 31 & August 14-1:30pm- All County Offices

Four Seasons Gardening, a 12-session program presented by University of Illinois Extension, includes a wide array of gardening and landscaping topics.  Topics in the summer series will begin with Beneficial Insects: Garden Warriors on July 10.      Other topics in the summer series include Urban Soil Safety set for July 31 and At-Home Micropropagation: In Vitro Plants set for August 14. Cost per session is $5 (free for active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists). Webinars will be offered at 3 locations within the Unit, Carroll County Extension Office, Mt. Carroll; Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling; and Lee County Extension Office, Amboy at 1:30pm. Advance registration is needed one week prior to the webinar. To register, call (815) 632-3611 or register online at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonsCLW  If you wish to listen to the webinars for free from home, you can register at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonshome

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date July 24-10-11:30am-Sterling Public Library

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. We will be offering this program at the Sterling Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness

 

Gardening Extravaganza, July 28-1:00-4:00 p.m.-Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling

Whiteside Master Gardeners will present a 3 session workshop on shade gardening, grace of gardening and a hands on session making homemade hand scrub and natural bug spray. The fee for the workshop is $15 and online registration is at go.illinois.edu/GardenDay2018. For more information contact the Whiteside Extension office at 815-632-3611.

 

Master Gardener Training, Tuesday’s, August 28-November 13-9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.-LOTS(210 E Progress), Dixon,

Local training classes will be held at Lee-Ogle Transportation System (210 E Progress Dr. Dixon, IL) beginning August 28, 2018.   Classes will be Tuesday's, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through November 13. Class topics include botany, soils and fertilizer, ornamental grasses and landscape design, vegetables, fruits, insects, turf grass management, disease control, woodies and vines, annuals and perrenials, and plant pathology. The cost of the manual and training will be $250. Register online at

go.illinios.edu/CLWmgtraining


Demmer Votes Yes on House Bill 4290

State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) voted YES on House Bill 4290 on May 24 to release $63 million in back pay to state employees for money they earned under the contract negotiated with previous Governor Pat Quinn.   “This is the state’s oldest unpaid bill and a debt owed to our employees for services already provided,” said Rep. Demmer following his vote. “Governor Quinn broke his word on this agreement and it is past time to clean up the financial consequences of those dealings.”   In January 2011, then Governor Quinn and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) struck a deal in which union state employees would give up half the value of their contractually mandated pay raises in exchange for a promise that Quinn would not lay off 2,600 workers or close any state facilities until July 2011. AFSCME also accepted furlough days and other concessions to save the state about $50 million.    However, in July 2011, Governor Quinn reneged on scheduled pay raises, and state workers have never received the money they earned……….

 

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The passing of HB 4290 ensures state workers will be paid. HB 4290 will now to the Senate for approval.    Demmer can be contacted at his district office located at 1221 Currency Court, Rochelle, IL 61068 or by calling the office at (815) 561-3690.

 


Clinton Symphony Free Pops Concert June 3rd

Clinton Symphony Orchestra's annual June Pops Concert is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday [June 3] in the shell at Riverview Park in Clinton. The concert is free, and open to the public.  "The free concert is a thank you to the area for support during the recently completed concert season," Executive Director Robert Whipple said. The program will include light music from the stage, screen and TV, as well as patriotic music and marches.  Forty-five musicians of the orchestra and conductor Brian Dollinger will perform. The performance is partially underwritten by a grant from the Clinton County Development Association.  Clinton's Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center will have activities for the younger concert-goers starting at 5:30. Listeners are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and maybe a picnic lunch and refreshments. Several food vendors will be near-by.  The concert marks the end of the Symphony's 64th concert season, and follows the organization's major fund-raiser, "A Symphonic Affair" on Friday [June 1], for which reservations are still open at 563-357-9656.  Rainsite for the Pops Concert is under the U. S. Bank building at 405 S. 3rd St. in Clinton.
 
 

SVACC Awards over $8,000 in Scholarships

Each year the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to assist area students in pursuing their dream of a college education.  This year the organization is awarding eight local students scholarships to continue their education for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Funds for the scholarships come from fundraisers held throughout the year.

The Chamber’s Agri-Business committee awarded four $1500 scholarships to Connor Erbsen who attends Eastland 308 Senior High School, Faith Sandrock who attends Rock Falls High School, Kaleb McCoy who attends Morrison Community High School & Erin Stichter who attends Erie High School. In addition, two $750 scholarships were awarded to students attending Sauk Valley Community College. Those students include Shelby Judd who attends Milledgeville High School and Alyssa Gascoigne who attends Amboy High School.  All are invited to be guests at the Chamber’s Annual Steak Fry in the Country on August 2nd, which is a fundraiser for the agri-business scholarship fund.  The Chamber also awarded the Charles A. Farnham Scholarship which was established in 1968 and honors the late Mr. Farnham who was an active member of the Chamber.  Mr. Farnham’s professional background was focused in the area of industrial relations, serving in this capacity at Northwestern Steel and Wire.  This year two $1000 scholarships were awarded.  The recipients are Tyler Willman & Jacob Gebhardt of Sterling High School.  Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce President, Mike Loos said, “A number of the students who have received these scholarships in the past have returned to the area as part of our local workforce.  We are proud of the Chamber’s continued commitment to education and are excited for the future careers of these local students.”   The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce represents more than 380 area businesses in more than 20 cities in northwestern Illinois and in Clinton and Davenport, Iowa.  For more information on the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, its members or for a schedule of events please go to the website at www.saukvalleyareachamber.com or call 815-625-2400.


Passing of HB 4290

Springfield – State Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) released the following statement after the passing of HB 4290 by a bipartisan vote of (90-10) which is finally giving state employees $63 million in back pay from 2011 for money they rightfully earned:

“It has been an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get our state workers the back pay that they were promised by the Quinn Administration in 2011. Today is just the first step we needed to take to make right the many years of mistrust and disservice to Illinois workers,” said Rep. McCombie. “I am hopeful that the Senate will follow our lead and pass this bill immediately next week.”

In January 2011, then Governor Quinn and AFSCME struck a deal in which AFSCME members would give up half the value of their contractually mandated pay raises in exchange for a promise that Quinn would not lay off 2,600 workers or close any state facilities until July 2011. AFSCME also accepted voluntary furlough days and other concessions to save the state about $50 million.

However, in July 2011, Quinn reneged on scheduled pay raises, and state workers have never received the money they earned. The passing of HB 4290 finally ensures state workers will be paid. HB 4290 will now to the Senate for approval. The bill should not be considered new spending, because it appropriates $63 million that was previously promised to state employees by Governor Quinn’s administration in 2011. See the chart below to for information on where the funding will go:


CGH WOUND HEALING AND HYPERBARIC OXYGEN TREATMENT CENTER PARTICIPATES IN FIFTH ANNUAL HEALOGICS WOUND CARE AWARENESS WEEK

The CGH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The fifth annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 4 to June 8.  One of 700+ Healogics-managed Centers; CGH Wound Healing Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.  Program Directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.  It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.  If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.  “We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Provider Education and Engagement leader for Healogics. “We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient’s wounds.”  People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to CGH Wound Healing Center.  Visit www.woundcareawarenessweek.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. To schedule an appointment, please call (815) 564-4002 or visit www.cghmc.com/wound.