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Meeting of the City of Sterling Tobacco Control Commission

Mayor Skip Lee has announced that the City of Sterling will be holding a meeting of the Tobacco Control Commission on Friday, April 27th at 4:30 p.m. in the Sterling Council Chambers Conference Room located at 212 3rd Avenue in Sterling.  Preliminary hearings will be held for Kroger and Wal-Mart. 

 

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Water Main Valve Work on Thomas Drive

The Rock Falls Water Department will be installing a new 8″ water main valve in front of 312 Thomas Dr. to relocate the existing water main in preparation for the Storm Sewer Project planned for the near future. Weather permitting, the days of construction will be May 1st. and 2nd 2018. Unfortunately, the water will have to be turned off to complete work. The area affected by the water turn off will be the 300 block of Thomas Drive, 1214 and 1300 Lincoln St., and the 1300 block of Garfield St.

 

Water will be turned off shortly after 8:00 a.m. to the residents in the area and a Boil Order will be in effect until the City is notified that the samples are good. The water will be off for approximately 4 – 6 hours.

 

The water mains will be flushed and this may cause discolored water. If this does happen please be patient and the water will clear eventually. It is recommended to do laundry the day before or after.

 

If rescheduling is necessary, the backup date will be Thursday May 3rd, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

If you have any questions, please call Public Works at 622-1108.

 

Any changes to this schedule will be posted on the City website at www.rockfalls61071.com

 

 

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Hydrant Flow Testing in Rock Falls

Beginning May 1, 2018, weather permitting, the Rock Falls Fire Department in conjunction with the City of Rock Falls Water Department will be conducting fire hydrant flow tests as per NFPA 291 Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing.

 

Fire flow tests are conducted on the water distribution systems to determine the rate of flow available in various locations for firefighting purposes.  The test should be made during a period of ordinary demand.  Additional benefit is derived from fire flow tests by the indication of possible deficiencies, closed valves, and lack of flow which could be corrected to ensure adequate fire flows as needed.

 

The recommended time table states that flow tests should not be over 5 years old.  The City is divided into 4 Zones (A-B-C-D) Currently Zone “A” is due for flow tests this year.  The area is identified as all hydrants South of US 30 from 1st. Ave. (IL 40) west to the 14th. Ave. area, and the 200 block of East 2nd St. at the R.B.&W. Riverfront Park (2 Hydrants)

 

Please be aware that this may cause discolored water and possible staining of clothing. Testing will be starting on May 1st until complete.  Testing will be performed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Discoloration of water may affect different areas of the system. The City recommends that laundry be completed after 6:00 p.m. or when the water is clear. Please check before using. Any changes to this schedule will be posted on the City website at www.rockfalls61071.com  

 

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works @ 815 622-1108.

 

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Earth Day Celebated at the Twin City Market

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.  On Saturday the folks at the  Twin City Market in Sterling hosted a bevy of events to celebrate Earth Day.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn Spoke with Myra Sargent at the market……

 

http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/T2.mp3

 

The Twin City Market is open year-round on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

 

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Turning Point Church Hosts A National Day of Prayer event on May 3rd

A gathering of concerned people to pray for America will meet on Thursday, May 3rd at 6 pm at Turning Point CITI Church, 944 Stony Point Road, Dixon.

 

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

 

The local event will feature several guest speakers to lead prayers on specific topics.  Arthur Guise, a pastor from Chicago Heights, IL, will lead prayer for church and national unity. Lisa Hartell, an author from Wheaton, IL, will lead prayer for the restoration of marriage and family. Tim Arinholtz, a pastor from Galena, IL, will lead prayer for a truthful media and moral creative arts. Michael Imhof, a retired Navy Seal Commander (ret.) will lead prayer for a revival and return to God in America and in government.

 

The National theme for 2018, is Pray for America - UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

 

Join us – this National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 6 pm – 8 pm at Turning Point CITI Church, 944 Stony Point Road, Dixon, IL.

 

For more information, please call 815-288-2625 or visit the event on facebook.com/tpointchurch.

 

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Former Rock Falls Police Department Detective Gets Plea-Deal in Whiteside County Court

Former Rock Falls Police Department Detective Veronica Jaramillo received 30 months probation which will be supervised by the Lee County Probation Department, 180-days home confinement on an Electronic Home Monitor, and restitution in a plea deal that was reached in Whiteside County Court on April 18, 2018.  She plead guilty to 3-counts of Theft and one count of Official Misconduct.  We have a call in to James Mertes, her attorney, to get additional details.  We will bring you that information when it becomes available. 

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Becky Frederick Appointed as Dixon's New Finance Director

Dixon City Clerk and Human Resources Manager Becky Fredericks has been appointed by City Manager Danny Langloss to serve as the next Dixon Finance Director.  Fredericks will replace Paula Meyer who recently won the Lee County Treasurer election.  Meyer’s last day with the City is May 4th.

 

Fredericks, 50, was hired by Meyer and joined the City in 2012, serving as second in command of the Finance Department.  Fredericks became the Deputy City Treasurer when she was appointed to City Clerk in 2016.  Fredericks helped research and implement the new finance software system that was part of the creation of the new Dixon Finance Department. 

 

Fredericks has 20 years of finance experience with nearly 6 in governmental accounting.  Fredericks has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics, an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, and is scheduled to complete her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance in December.  Fredericks is a member of the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, the Society for Human Resources Management, the Rock River Human Resources Professional Association, and the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association. 

 

Shortly after Meyer announced her bid for Lee County Treasurer, City Manager Danny Langloss met with Meyer and Dixon City Council members to discuss the Dixon Finance Director position.  Langloss said, “Like many of our department heads, Paula has been working on succession planning.  Paula recruited Becky and has done a great job of preparing her for this opportunity.” Since November, Fredericks has worked side by side with Meyer in preparing the tax levy, completing financial projections, and creating the budget. 

 

In addition to this training process, Langloss had two veteran Finance Director Consultants interview Fredericks.  Both felt she possessed the skills, training, education, and experience to transition to this new role. 

 

Langloss said, “We are very fortunate to have someone like Becky on our team.  She is a progressive leader who has really helped transform our Finance Department.  She is a great fit for this position.”  With Frederick’s hire, the Dixon leadership team is in place.  Over the past several months, Langloss appointed Steven Howell to Chief of Police, Matt Heckman to Assistant City Manager / Director of Public Works, and Matt Huyett to Water Manager.  Langloss said, “I could not be more impressed with our leadership team.  From public safety to public works to administration, we have great leaders in every position.” 

 

Mayor Li Arellano said, “Becky has become a critical source of knowledge and insight.  Her work has earned her my respect and that of the entire administrative team.  I look forward to working with her in her new role as Dixon’s Finance Director. ”

 

Fredericks said, “I am excited to be part of the City’s leadership team and look forward to building upon the foundation Paula has created.” 

 

 

 

 

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Shooting in Rock Falls Late Saturday Evening

Rock Falls Police were called to Cardwell’s Tap located at 219 1st Avenue at about 11:35 p.m. on Saturday evening.  Police were told there was a gunshot victim at the Shell Gas station located across the street.  The 24-year-old gunshot victim was taken to CGH Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.  Anyone with information is asked to call police at 815-622-1140 or the anonymous reward hotline, Whiteside County Crime Stoppers, at 815-625-7867.

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Third Round of Tree Buffer Funding Available from IPPA

Pig farmers in Illinois have the opportunity to take part in a tree buffer cost share program. The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is offering this incentive for farmers to implement fresh landscaping on their pig farms. Pig farmers from across the state have already utilized this program in the last year. A third wave of applications is now available.

 

“Tree buffers are just one of the current best management practices that pig farmers are embracing to benefit the environment. We are proud to offer these cost share opportunities to progressive pig farmers who understand the importance of stewardship for our future generations.” says Jennifer Tirey, Executive Director of IPPA.

 

A buffer is an area of trees that are strategically placed to provide a wind break, recycle clean air, and provide curb appeal to a landscape. This cost share program is offered to Illinois pig farmers on a first-come first-serve basis. Funding aids with the purchase of trees and shrubs, as well as design and tree placement. IPPA will match up to $2,500 of the cost.

 

Ted Funk, environmental engineer for IPPA funded in part by the Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program, provides his talents of research and planning to benefit the farmer. A local Extension educator may also play a role by suggesting the best types of trees for the desired location. This group effort is to ensure the farmer has all the right tools they need to create a useful tree buffer.

 

“It’s exciting to work with pork producers who are committed to making their farms look great by using some strategic landscaping vegetation. I’m pleased to see the continuing interest of Illinois commodity groups in helping make healthy, attractive communities,” says Funk.

 

Pig farmers interested in applying for cost share funds can download the application at www.ilpork.com. Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2018.  

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Demmer Seeking MHP Certification for Veterans

State Representative Tom Demmer has passed legislation in the Illinois House which
will allow a person who has completed psychiatric training program certification from
any branch of the United States Armed Forces to be recognized as a mental health
professional by programs funded by the Department of Human Services……
 
To hear audio click here
 
 
The bill requires the person to have at least one year of experience in a mental health
setting. The bill is intended to address mental health professionals recognized by the
Department of Human Services only, not providers licensed by Illinois Department of
Financial and Professional Regulation. Representative Demmer believes this
legislation will give veterans the opportunity to transition their mental health
professional experience into a profession as a civilian. This measure now heads to the
Senate for a vote.

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Child Fair at Sauk Valley College

The 34 th Annual Child Fair was held at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon on
Saturday. Fluffy, the 19 pound bunny, was one of the stars of Miller’s petting zoo at
the Child fair. People turned out to enjoy this annual event that has something for
everyone. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Sean Rushing of Miller’s Petting Zoo and
Carmen Sander who brought her family to the child fair……….
 
To hear audio click here
 
The theme for this year’s child fair was Western round up

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Tune into SaukValleyNow WSDR AM1240 this week to Listen to our Coverage of the Earth Day Celebration at the Twin City Market

Pictured is Conor and Tanner Castillo who won a basket.  They were at the Earth Day celebration with their Grandma Rhonda Jones.

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28th Annual Spring Concert

The Sterling Municipal Band will hold its 28th Annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium (1608 Fourth Avenue). The concert will feature Guest Conductor Colonel Arnald Gabriel, USAF (ret) and Guest Saxophone Soloist Master Chief Petty Officer Dale Underwood, USN (ret). The concert is free and open to the public.  The program will feature selection from Sousa to Gershwin and Piazzolla and Kozhevnikov with Colonel Gabriel closing the evening with Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”  Prior to the concert, starting at 6:00 p.m., Candlelight Inn – Sterling, will have a pulled-pork sandwich, side, dessert and drink available for $5.00 per person.  

In addition, Master Chief Underwood will conduct a music clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Centennial Auditorium. It is also free and open to the public.

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IDOT Announces Roadwork and Detours in Morrison

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that pavement milling and asphalt pavement resurfacing will occur on Illinois Route 78 in Morrison from South Cherry Street to just south of Academic Drive.  The work will start on

April 23rd at 7:00 a.m. and should be completed by the end of May.  Additional roadway improvements will require Illinois Route 78 traffic to be detoured onto south Cherry Street and East Park Street from April 23rd through April 25th.  Please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through all work zones. 

 

 

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34th Annual Child Fair at Sauk Valley Community College

Sean Rushing of Miller's Petting Zoo holds a "Fluffy" a 19-pound Flemish rabbit who was just one of the many animals the Miller's featured at their petting zoo at the 34th Annual Child Fair at Sauk Valley Community College on Saturday monring.

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Fire Destroys Cave Bar and Grill in Byron on Thursday

The Cave Bar and Grill was destroyed today in what began as a grease fire in the kitchen at around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.  The three-alarm fire resulted in Fire Departments from throughout the area providing assistance to extinguish the fire to the building located in the 100 Block of W. 2nd Street in Byron. 

 

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Local Principals Meet with State Senator Neil Anderson

Chris Tennyson, Principal of Fulton High School and also a Director for the Illinois Principals Association, Mike Ruff, Principal of Andalusia Elementary School met with State Senator Neil Anderson on April 18th  in Senator Anderson’s office in Springfield. The education leaders discussed legislative issues and unfunded mandates, among other topics with Anderson.

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CGH Ready Care will close early on Saturday, April 21st

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, CGH Ready Care, located in the lower level of 15 W. Third Street, Sterling, will close at 12:30 pm to accommodate a planned power outage. They will reopen Sunday, April 22 at the regular time of 9 am. Thank you for your understanding!   For more information on CGH Ready Care visit cghmc.com. To make an appointment, call 815-564-1999.

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Dixon Police Seeking Information Retail Theft at Dixon Wal-Mart

The Dixon Police Department is asking the public for assistance reference a retail theft at Walmart located at 1640 South Galena Avenue.  On April 16, 2018 at approximately 3:57 PM, officers responded to Walmart for a report of theft of several items.  The two suspects involved are described as a younger black male and the other as an older Hispanic male. The suspects fled in a black pickup truck.  If anyone recognizes the suspects or have any further information, they are asked to call the Dixon Police Department at 815-288-4411.  Chief Howell would like to remind citizens to report any suspicious activity to the Dixon Police Department at 288-4411 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-Caught-U (1-888-228-4488).  Callers do not have to leave their names and are eligible for rewards of up to $1000.00 with information leading to an arrest.   The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MEETING Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00pm – City Council Chambers

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MEETING

Thursday,  April 19, 2018

4:00pm – City Council Chambers

 

 

  1. Roll Call

 

  1. Approval previous month’s minutes (3/15/18)

 

  1. Audience Requests

 

  1. Business Directional Signage – Industrial Park Rd & East 17th Street

 

  1. Adjourned - Date for Next Meeting – May 17, 2018    

 

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Nashville, TN is the Destination for 2018 IL Pork Leadership Institute

The Illinois Pork Leadership Institute (IPLI) provides an opportunity for young men and women to become actively involved in the pork industry and network among peers. IPLI, sponsored by the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), is administered by the IPPA Youth Committee.

 

IPLI is a 4 day trip that focuses on leadership, citizenship, and communication skills through hands-on experiences. It is hosted in a different location each year. Youth will learn about pork promotion, research, consumer information and issues that affect the pork industry today.

 

IPLI delegates must be 16-22 years old by the start of the trip. Delegates need not be pork producers or from pork producing families but must exhibit a sincere interest in the pork industry and agriculture. There is a $200 registration fee, and all other trip expenses are covered by IPPA.

 

The 2018 trip will make stops in Indiana and Kentucky before arriving at the final destination, Nashville, TN. This trip will focus on pork retail, with an emphasis on leadership and communication. We will leave from the Springfield office on June 25th and return on June 28th.

 

Applications can be found on ilpork.com and are due by May 25th. There you will also find a tentative agenda. For questions, contact jenny@ilpork.com or 217-529-3100.

 

The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) represents more than 2,000 pork producers throughout Illinois and the Illinois pork industry, which contributes more than $1.8 billion and more than 10,500 jobs to the state’s economy. IPPA is comprised of county pork producer groups in approximately 20 counties throughout Illinois. IPPA is an affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at Age 92

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Illinois National Guard, Polish Military mark 25-Year Partnership

 

Gov. Rauner meets with Polish defense ministry officials; Lt. Governor hosts press event in Chicago today

 

Governor Bruce Rauner marked the 25-year partnership between the Illinois National Guard and Polish Armed Forces today. He met with senior officials from Poland’s Ministry of Defense in Warsaw and proclaimed it State Partnership Day in Illinois to recognize the bilateral economic and military ties between the state and Poland.

“Poland has become a strong and unwavering military ally and friend,” Rauner said. “Our soldiers have fought together for many years to protect the freedoms we enjoy and, as we stand here today, they’re fighting side-by-side in Afghanistan as they have done continuously, without break, since 2003."

 

The State Partnership Program between Poland and the Illinois National Guard started in 1993, shortly after the people of Poland threw off the yoke of Soviet oppression and emerged as a free nation and budding democracy. Illinois was among the first National Guard Bureau State Partnership Programs, and is among the most successful.

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is celebrating the partnership in Illinois at an event in at Humboldt Park Armory where she will be joined by Lt. Col. Brad Leighton, Polish Consul General Piotr Janicki, and an assembly of military and Polish-American leaders.

 

“As chairman of our Military Economic Development Committee, I’ve seen firsthand the importance of this partnership,” Sanguinetti said. “The alliance is just one of the many special connections we have with Polish community here in Illinois.”

 

The two military forces hold about 30 Security Cooperation events each year in support of the U.S. European Command.

Illinois National Guard Major General Richard J. Hayes first worked with the Polish military in 1999 as they prepared for entry into NATO. He also deployed to Kosovo with two Polish Motorized Infantry Battalions in 2007.

“Our Soldiers and Airmen have established long-standing relationships with Polish troops. Many of the officers I got to know are now senior leaders in the Polish Armed Forces,” Hayes said. “We have forged a powerful and undying level of trust between our forces. It is a unique relationship within the Department of Defense.”

 

Illinois has played a key role in the modernization of the Polish Air Force. Air National Guard pilots flew the first F-16 into Poland as the Poles began to upgrade their arsenal.  They have assisted in pilot and crew training associated with the Polish F-16 and C-130 programs; and provided expertise for their state-of-the-art maintenance systems.

The Army National Guard has participated in many exchanges to help the Polish military build capability within its noncommissioned officer ranks.

 

Illinois exports to Poland totaled $275.2 million in 2016, an 87.2 percent increase since 2009. Illinois ranks sixth among the 50 U.S. states in imports from Poland. Since 2010, the value of trade between the United States and Poland has doubled. Poland has also been investing in its military, consistently meeting its NATO obligations for mutual security.

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CGH Auxiliary to host Distinctive Gardens Spring Plant Sale, May 4th

The CGH Auxiliary is hosting the Distinctive Gardens Spring Plant Sale on Friday, May 4th from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sale is located in the CGH Ryberg Auditorium, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling, IL.  Featured in the sale are: hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, container gardens, and more.   For more information, please contact the CGH Auxiliary, 815-625-0400, ext. 5727, or visit www.cghmc.com/calendar

 

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Canal Clean up on Saturday

Despite the windy, cold, and wet weather a large crowd came out on Saturday to help
clean up the Hennepin Canal in Rock Falls. This event was sponsored by the Rock
River Development Authority. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with James Marks of the
R.R.D.A. on Saturday……..
 
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And again the Rock River Clean-up is slated for Saturday June 16th and begins at
7:00 a.m. at the Oppold Marina in Sterling.

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U of I Extension Programs

Make sure to visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw to find other information and programs.

 

Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Clubs-Next Date, April 17-1-5pm 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

   

 Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-April 17-10:30-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

 

Seed Starting 101, April 17, 2018-5:30 p.m. –Savanna Public Library

University of Illinois Extension will sponsor a Seed Starting workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Savanna Public Library, 326 3rd St. with Master Gardener Marcia Zell. Fundamentals of starting plants from seed indoors will be demonstrated. A free seed library will be available at the library for those interested in beginning a garden. Register by calling the library at 815-273-3714.

 

HEA Monthly Lessons for Living, Monthly, April 18-10am- Lee County Extension Office, Amboy

Join the HEA for their monthly lessons for living at the Lee County Extension Office in Amboy. Open to the public and free of charge the April lesson will be Teas-Types and Uses presented by Sherri Stauffer, Lee County Master Gardener.  Call the office at 815-857-3525 to register at least one week prior to the event.

 

Pressed Flowers, April 19, 2018-10:30 a.m. - York Township Public Library, Thomson

Pressed Flowers will be presented by  Master Gardeners Nancy Gmitro at the York Township Public Library in Thomson on April 19 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to preserve flowers with the art of pressing, methods of pressing, and best flowers to grow for pressing. A bookmark and notecard will be made to take home. Register by calling the library at 815-259-2480.

 

Wildflower Presentation, April 19, 2018-5:30 p.m. - Mt. Carroll Public Library

Spring wildflowers will be presented by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Mt. Carroll Public Library. You won’t want to miss out on this colorful presentation about spring wildflowers in your backyard. To register contact the library at 815-244-1751.

 

Around The Table Webinar Series, Monthly Webinar, April 20, 2018-Noon-1 p.m. -Webinar Series at Home

Around the table is a free webinar series hosted by University of Illinois Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences team. We discuss topics of finance, nutrition and family all across the lifespan. The topic for April 20 will be Establish Healthy Credit. To learn more and register online go to:

go.illinois.edu/ATTwebinar

 

Kids & K-9’s, Saturday’s -Next Date April 21, 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

Lee County Project Pool, April 21, 2018- 8:30am registration-Noon- Lee County 4-H Center, Amboy

This morning workshop is designed to showcase some of the unique project options available in the 4-H program. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore something you have never considered before.   Open to all 4-H members and their friends; need not be a 4-H member to participate. Pre-registration is required by April 11. Late registrations will be limited in class choices. Registration fee is $15.

Register online: go.illinois.edu/ProjectPool

 

Let’s Live Well Series, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, April 23-10-11:30 am- Mt. Carroll Public Library    

Join the University of Illinois Extension for Let's Live Well, a series featuring timely, researched informed information on    

relevant topics to help you live well! The series will continue with Money Smart for Older Adults on April 23. Pre-registration is required online at go.illinois.edu/MCwellness or by calling the library at 815-244-1751.

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date April 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

 

Wildflower Presentation, April 26, 2018-10:30 a.m.  – York Township Public Library, Thomson

Spring wildflowers will be presented by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at the York Township Public Library. You won’t want to miss out on this colorful presentation about spring wildflowers in your backyard. To register contact the library at 815-259-2480.

 

North Western IL Horse Clinic, Saturday, April 28, 2018-9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.-Pegasus Special Riders, Oregon

This is a working clinic so bring your horse along. Sign up for advanced or beginner with the following topics: Showmanship, Halter, Grooming, Pleasure, or Horsemanship. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/NorthWesternHorse

 

4-H Cloverbud Club, Mon & Wed., April 30-May 16-3-4 p.m., Jefferson Elementary School, Sterling

Want to be part of something fun, educational, and awesome? Join Jefferson Elementary 4-H Cloverbud Club. This club is for youth ages 5-7 years old as of September 1, 2017 and will meet 6 times before school is out from 3-4pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Jefferson Elementary School in Sterling. Register online at : go.illinois.edu/JeffersonCloverbud

 

Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Winter Series-May 1 and May 15-1:30pm- 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 spring series are Living with Japanese Beetles on May 1 and Preserving Flowers on May 15. 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

 

Developing the Creative Economy, Tuesday, May 1, 2018-5:30-7:00 p.m.-Champs Banquet Venue, Sterling

Developing the Creative Economy was designed for community leaders and economic development professionals who want to tap into the creative talent in their communities to build viable businesses, adding to household income for the entrepreneur and increasing economic activity in the community. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/CreativeEconomy

 

5 Strategies for Retaining & Attracting Youth to Rural Communities, May 2, 2018-11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-SVCC

Join Extension Educator Pam Schallhorn at Sauk Valley Community College for an interesting workshop on retaining youth in rural communities. Youth are leaving rural communities at an alarming rate, yet there is evidence that Millennial's have interest in moving to rural areas.  There are specific strategies to use to attract and retain youth in rural communities.  In addition to the presentation, there will be a panel of Millennial's who will share their thoughts and ideas on why they decided to return/stay to live in the Sauk Valley Area. Sauk Valley Chamber member cost is $10 and non-member cost is $15. Register online at:go.illinois.edu/RetainingYouth

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, May 3-10:30am- 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, May 3-1:30-3pm-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

 

LGE Webinar, May 3, 2018- Noon-1 pm- Webinar Series at Home

University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development will air a live webinar on the Open Meetings Act on May 3, 2018, from Noon – 1:00 p.m. Christopher Boggs, from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, will highlight the training and tools required to implement this policy at the local level, and avoid violations. Register online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lge/

 

Plant Sales– Every Saturday May 5 - May 19- 8-Noon -Whiteside and Lee County

Do not miss the plant sales in your area.  Plant sales will all take place 8-noon or until plants are sold out so come early.

May 5-Morrison/Community Room at the Odell Library

May 12-Fulton/Fulton Fire Station/1802 16th Ave.

May 19- Amboy/Lee County 4-H Center/1196 Franklin Rd.

Visit our webpage to download the flier: go.illinois.edu/CLWPlantSales

 

Cooking and Booking, Next Date, May 10, 2018-4:30-6:30 p.m.-KSB Hospital Private Dining Room, Dixon

Where can you try new foods, make lasagna, and toss water balloons? At Cooking and Booking of course! The club meets on the second Thursday of each month from April 12 through November 8 at 4:30pm in the KSB Hospital Private Dining Room. Pre-registration is required and can be done at go.illinois.edu/CookinBookin. The cost of the club is $50.

 

4-H Junior Gardener SPIN Club, Tuesdays May 15- July 31, 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 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

 

Let’s Go to the Beach, May 15, 2018-5:00-6:00 p.m. - York Township Public Library, Thomson

This interactive workshop is open to preschoolers and their parents or grandparents.  Featuring developmentally appropriate learning activities, your child will have fun learning about the beach! Cost to attend the workshop is $3 per child/adult.  Pre-registration is required and available at the library or by calling 815-259-2480

 

Let’s Live Well Series, Next Date –May 17, 2018- 10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson

Are there things in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t?  What’s the secret to successful aging?  Join Extension Educator, Karla Belzer for a series featuring timely, researched information to help you live well! Being Mindful In a Busy World will be offered on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. To pre-register for the series, please visit or call the Thomson Public Library at 815-259-2480.

 

 

 

 

 

Real Colors, May 22, 2018-5:30-7:30 p.m.-Post House Community Center, Dixon

University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer will be presenting True Colors. This interactive workshop will help you learn more about yourself so you can, in turn, better relate to, interact with and communicate with others. Perfect for improving your interpersonal communication in your workplace, home, and community. Cost is $10 and includes workshop booklet and materials. Register by May 18 online at go.illinois.edu/realcolors or by calling 815-632-3611.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

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Rock Falls City Council Meeting is April 17th at 6:30 p.m.

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Rock River Development Authority's (RRDA) Canal Clean-up

74 volunteers showed up on a wet, windy, and chilly Saturday to help clean-up the Heenepin Canal in Rok Falls.

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Jo Daviess Sheriff Warns of Scam

Sheriff Kevin Turner would like to advise the public of a possible telephone scam occurring in Jo Daviess County.  In this particular scam, the scammer will call and say that they are a law enforcement official and indicate that the individual has an outstanding warrant for their arrest.  The scammer will then attempt to convince the individual to send money for the warrant.   Sheriff Turner urges the public to exercise extreme caution if they receive telephone calls of this nature; law enforcement will not ask to wire money nor will they call to advise you that you have an outstanding warrant.   Do not wire money to anyone unless you are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN of the identity of the recipient.

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CTPD Co-Ed Church Softball League Meeting

The Coloma Township Park District will host the 7th Annual Co-ed Church Slowpitch Softball League this summer in Centennial Park.  An organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30 PM at the Little Red Schoolhouse.  Organizers stated that the league will consist of 16 teams and will play on the ball diamonds in Centennial Park and each team must secure their own sponsor and provide their own equipment and uniforms.    According to Park District Director, Mike Sterba, every team will play a single round robin season of 15 games, plus a double elimination post season tournament at the end of the regular season.  Trophies will be awarded to the top four places in the league as well as in the post season tournament.  The league will play Tuesday and Thursday evenings on the softball diamonds in Centennial Park.  Game times will be 6:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M., 8:00 P.M., and 9:00 P.M. on the “B” and "C" Diamonds.  Each game will be officiated by one registered umpire behind the plate and a neutral player from another team will officiate on the base(s).  Teams should register for the league and pay the required entry fee of $385 at that time.  The entry fee includes umpires; balls and trophies for league and tournament play as well as equipment for and maintenance of the ball diamonds.   Registration is accepted on first come, first serve paid entry fee basis.  The entry fee must accompany all registrations for the league.  Teams will receive schedules and other information at a scheduled meeting of managers after the registration has been closed.  The league will play twelve weeks of regular season play and one week of post season tournament play.  Play will begin the week of May 28, 2018 and end the third week of August including the tournament.  Team registration will be taken at the Coloma Township Park District Office at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls.  If there are any further questions, please call the Park District Office at 625-0272 or stop in at the Coloma Township Park District Office.

 

 

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Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police (ISP) investigated a three-vehicle crash on 04/11/2018 at  7:27 a.m. on US Route 30 eastbound just west of Illinois Route 78 near Morrison. Unit 2, a 2001 International truck, driven by Houston W. Sulouff, 27, of Sterling, was eastbound on US Route 30 and stopped in traffic to turn into Rock River Grain. Unit 1, a 2007 International tractor hauling scrap, driven by Clifford D. Oates, 61, of Lone Rock, Wisconsin, was also eastbound on US Route 30. Oates stated he had obscured vision due to the sun and did not immediately see Unit 2. Oates attempted evasive action into the westbound lane and struck the rear of Unit 2. Unit 3, a 2017 Ford pickup pulling a combine head, driven by Alan D. Sommers, 58, of Prophetstown, was westbound on US Route 30 and was struck head-on by Unit 1. Unit 1 then rolled onto its side spilling scrap into the north ditch. Sommers was transported to the Morrison Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries by the Morrison Ambulance. Oates was issued a citation for improper lane usage. US 30 was shut down and traffic re-routed for about an hour while crews worked to clean-up the scene.

 

ISP was assisted on scene by Morrison Police Department, Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, Morrison Fire and Ambulance, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Johnson’s towing. 

 

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

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Congresswoman Bustos Highlights Health Alert on the Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), issued the following statement as a result of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reporting 107 cases of synthetic cannabis use resulting in severe bleeding, and three deaths. Two of the recent fatalities came from Peoria and Tazewell Counties.

 

“I want to be very clear, synthetic cannabinoids are literally killing people across central Illinois right now and we need everyone’s help to get the word out before they claim another life,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.“The Illinois Department of Health and law enforcement officials are working as fast as they can to get to the root of this problem, but we can’t stop the spread of this deadly substance without help from the community. If you or someone you know have taken K2, Spice or any other kind of synthetic cannabinoids and are having a medical reaction, I strongly urge you to call 911 as soon as possible.”

 

Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on to dried plant material. IDPH is investigating to try to identify any common products and determine where they were obtained. In the past, synthetic cannabinoids have been found across Illinois and the U.S. in convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online. Recent reports indicated that the deadly versions of these products have included chemical compounds that appear to be rat poison. Synthetic cannabinoid brands and packaging often are sold K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Genie, Zohai and other names.

 

For additional information and resources, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website.

 

 

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National Work Zone Awareness Week Launches in Illinois IDOT hosts kickoff event to construction season at Jane Byrne Interchange

Governor Bruce Rauner joined state and federal transportation officials today to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week in Illinois. He’s urging drivers to slow down and give workers adequate space as construction season ramps up.

 

“Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the state. They put themselves in harm’s way every day to make sure we all have decent roads to travel,” Rauner said. “They deserve to feel safe in their workplace and we want to make sure they go home to their families every night.”

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway and other local and national partners to spread the word about work zone safety. The theme this year is “Work Zone Safety – Everybody’s Responsibility.”

 

There are about 5,200 work zone crashes in Illinois each year. In 2017, 29 people died in a work zone. IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says it’s not just construction workers who are killed or injured in these areas. 

 

“Almost four out of five work zone fatalities involve someone other than a worker. That’s why it’s critical that work zones be safe for all – workers, motorists, freight haulers, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike,” Blankenhorn said. “As the transportation hub of North America, Illinois will have work zones of all sizes this construction season. Everyone has to be diligent when it comes to keeping safe.”

 

In recent years, Illinois has strengthened laws to increase safety in work zones. Fines for speeding in work zones are $375 for first-time offenders and $1,000 for a second offense. The penalty for hitting a worker is a fine of up to $10,000 and 14 years in prison.

 

“The Illinois State Police is committed to ensuring the safety of the motoring public, construction zone workers, and emergency personnel who are working in areas where highway construction is occurring,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Our Troopers will strictly enforce work zone posted speed limits and distracted driving violations. Please be extra cautious when traveling through Work Zones. Give Them a Break! Slow Down and Move Over!”

 

The kickoff event took place on the Jane Byrne Interchange, in Chicago. It’s the gateway to the city’s central business district and is considered one of the most complex pieces of infrastructure in the country. It’s where Interstates 90, 94 and 290 converge in a dense urban environment with more than 400,000 vehicles traveling through it each day.

 

“Last year, we lost a colleague who was killed while doing his job along one of our roads,” said Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom. “We know firsthand that accidents can happen anywhere, but we want to emphasize that it’s vitally important for drivers to slow down, eliminate distractions, and focus on safety in work zones.  At the end of the day, we want everyone--drivers, emergency responders and the workers building and maintaining the roads—to return home safely to their families.”

 

The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) showcased the National Work Zone Memorial during the kickoff event, paying tribute to those who have lost their lives in work zones across the country. It is a blunt reminder that work zone fatalities are more than just statistics.

 

“This event continues to grow every year and we are grateful to all those who participate in spreading awareness of work zone safety,” said ATSSA President and CEO Roger Wentz. “Thousands of people are impacted each year by work zone-related injuries and fatalities. We all need to advocate for infrastructure changes and safety measures that protect those who put their lives on the line to maintain and repair our nation’s roadways.”

 

To promote safety in the field, IDOT is working with its industry partners to host “tailgate talks” at construction sites throughout the week. The discussions provide workers with refreshers on work zone protocol to encourage safety throughout the construction season. This Friday, April 13th, Laborers will continue their tradition of staffing rest areas across the state and distributing materials that stress the importance of safe driving through work zones.

 

To learn more work zone rules and driving tips, an online quiz is available at idot.illinois.gov

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SVCC to Host Student Art Exhibit Reception & Fine Arts Reception

The Sauk Valley Community College’s 2018 Student Art Exhibit Reception and Fine Arts Performance Hour will be held on Wednesday, April 11th at the college in Dixon.  The Student Art Reception will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Room 2-L-1-A.  Their Fine Arts hours is from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Jerry Mathis Theater, and will feature music, performance art, and readings of original work from creative writing students.

 

 

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Because Nice Matters

Members of the Morrison Chamber Board surprised Ellen and Bart Smith of Dairy Queen Grill & Chill with the March Because Nice Matters Award. They were nominated for their participation in many community events by donating coupons, including the bike helmet program. Congratulations! Not because nice is easy but because nice matters!  The Chamber is still taking Because Nice Matters nominations. Contact us at morrisonchamber@morrisonil.org

 

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Illinois State Police District 1 to Participate in Second Annual Distracted Driving Week Education, Enforcement Campaign to take place April 23-27

Each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes - contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To help bring attention to the dangers associated with driving distracted, the Illinois State Police District 1, announced today it will again participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week (DDAW) and conduct an enforcement campaign of Illinois’ distracted driving laws. The second annual Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week is a coordinated effort between the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), AAA, The Illinois State Police, The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois High School High School and College Driver Education Association (IHSCDEA) and nearly 300 local law enforcement throughout Illinois to educate motorists about the dangers of driving while distracted and enforcing the laws on Illinois’ roadways. Last year’s DDAW efforts resulted in over 18,000 warnings and citations for distracted driving offenses. Contrary to what some drivers may think, hands-free, handheld and in-vehicle technologies are not distraction-free, even if a driver’s eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel. The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that: · Drivers who text when

behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a crash; · Drivers who use in-vehicle technologies, like voice-based and touch screen features, can be distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message. · Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash .   For more information on Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week visit www.iddaw.org. These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving. Please help the ILACP, AAA, and Illinois State Police District 1, to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.

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Rock Falls Chamber Makes a Few Changes for the Community Garage Sale Days for 2018

The Rock Falls Chamber is making a change to its community garage sale days in 2018.  While, previous sales were scheduled as two separate events, Spring and Fall, this year, the Rock Falls Chamber will host one large sale weekend on July 27th-29th.  This change is intended to help spark a bigger better garage sale weekend!   The bigger, better garage sale event will take place just before the back to school rush, July 27-29 in both Rock Falls and Sterling.  It is expected that the combined sale date will both increase the number of sales and the number of shoppers.  The community garage sales are a great opportunity for people to clear the closets, empty their garages, and make some extra cash.  Visitors come from all over the area to find bargains.  “This event is a local and regional phenomenon,” says Bethany Bland, President/CEO.  “People are attracted to bargains and we begin getting calls for the sale dates in January.  People take time off of work, gather relatives, and make plans to be a part of the event.  This particular event generates a lot of activity in our community.”   Over 150 sales are expected. Typically 3,000 shoppers come through town during the garage sale weekend, however that number is expected to increase as the number of sales grows.  Buyers and sellers will enjoy even more opportunities with this bigger, better, combined event.  “The garage sales are not only good for people buying and selling, but local businesses also reap great rewards,” says Bland.  “Shoppers fill up their gas tanks and grab a bite to eat right here in our town.  Once the sales are over, sellers have a pocket full of cash.  They are inclined to order a pizza after a hard day’s work.  They also have extra cash to spend on home projects, school supplies, or new furniture.” 

 

Registrations will be available mid-May at the Rock Falls Chamber and Rock Falls Library as well as online at www.rockfallschamber.com/garagesales.

 

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"Mulan Jr.' Cast Performs For Sold-Out Crowds

The cast of Woodlawn Arts Academy’s production of Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” performed for sold-out crowds the weekend of April 6th at Sauk Valley Community College. The ensemble cast included more than 40 students in fifth through eighth grade from Dixon, Sterling, Rock Falls, Polo, Franklin Grove, Prophetstown and Erie.

 

“It was so fun watching these students as they learned new things, worked incredibly hard to bring their characters to life and made us laugh every day,” said Director Faith Morrison. “We hope that the show was as inspiring to the community as it was for us!”

 

Woodlawn Arts Academy’s summer programs kick off the week of June 11th, and registration opens Sunday, April 29th. Returning to the Academy in June is a summer theatre intensive. The camp, for those finishing grades 3-8, will meet Monday-Thursday mornings with performances the weekend of June 29th. Watch your mailbox for Woodlawn’s Summer Arts Program Guide, coming in mid-April, as well as woodlawnartsacademy.com for details. Woodlawn Arts Academy is an agency of United Way of Whiteside and Lee counties, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify. To download an application, or for details on theatre and other Woodlawn Arts Academy programming, visit woodlawnartsacademy.com.

 

The Academy is proud to be supported by United Way of Whiteside and Lee counties, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Visitwww.woodlawnartsacademy.com or stop in the office for an application. The Academy is also partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

 

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Dillon School Kindergarten Open House

Dillon School Kindergarten Open House for the upcoming school year will be Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Dillon School Multi-Purpose Room. This is for all children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st and who are Rock Falls District #13 residents. Kindergarten classrooms will be open and accessible for parents and students. We encourage our parents and students to attend and get an early start on the 2018-2019 school year.

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A Portion of Illinois Route 78 will Have Lane Closure (Weather Permitting)

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that weather permitting a lane closure will be installed on IL 78, 1.5 miles north of Argo Fay Road in Carroll County, Illinois. The lane closure will be in the northbound lane beginning Monday, April 9, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. and conclude Friday, April 13, 2018 by 2:00 p.m.  IDOT workers will be performing culvert maintenance.

 

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

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Illinois State Police to begin providing prescription drug collection receptacles

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is teaming up with the Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation to help decrease prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that five ISP District headquarters across the state will house receptacles for people to drop off their unused and unwanted prescription medications.

 

“Many people experiment with prescription drugs before turning to more dangerous, illegal drugs,” Rauner said. “These receptacles offer people a smart and safe way to get potentially addictive drugs out of their homes and off the streets.”

 

Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation provided the receptacles for initiative. The foundation was created by David and Gail Katz, whose son died in 2007 from an overdose of prescription medication.

 

“Each day, about 2,500 teens use prescription drugs for non-medical use for the first time. Prescription pills are now killing more of our youth than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined,” David Katz said. “Save A Star is pleased to partner with the Illinois State Police to help avoid future tragedies.”

 

ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz says the receptacles will be placed at their District headquarters in Des Plaines, Elgin, Joliet, Collinsville, and LaSalle.

 

“Prescription drug abuse is a real issue and unfortunately, it’s all too often the gateway to opioid drug addiction.” Schmitz said. “These receptacles will help us keep drugs out of the wrong hands and will reduce the odds for accidental overdoses and future drug dependency.”

 

People will be able to drop over-the-counter and prescription medications into the receptacles, including controlled substances, pet medications, drug samples, vitamins, liquids and creams. For safety reasons, needles, thermometers, IV Bags, bloody waste and hydrogen peroxide cannot be accepted and should not be deposited into the receptacles.

 

The initiative is another step in the state’s effort to reduce opioid-related deaths in Illinois by 33-percent in three years.

 

“Our teams are working hard to combat the opioid crisis and get people the help they need,” said Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti who co-chairs the Governor's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. “Members of our Opioid Task Force have toured this state and listened to people who are impacted by these dangerous drugs. More than 2,200 people have called our Opioid Helpline since its launch in December, and our Prescription Monitoring Program is limiting peoples’ ability to get access to more prescription medicine than they need.”

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid use disorder, call Illinois’ Opioid Helpline at 1-833-2FINDHELP.

 

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Congresswoman Bustos Statement on how the Trump's Trade Actions hurt Hardworking Farmers Across the Heartland

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement following China’s announcement to impose tariffs on US imports in retaliation to President Trump’s plan to place tariffs on Chinese goods.

 

“President Trump’s actions are hurting hardworking families across the Heartland. Now that he’s started a trade war, Illinois’ pork, soybean, corn and other agricultural producers are paying the price. As I have said many times, I support fighting for fair trade and standing up for American manufacturing, but I expect this Administration to fight just as hard to protect and open markets for our Illinois farmers. Today, farmers across the heartland are now feeling the consequences of an impulsive and reckless president.”

 

Illinois is the nation’s largest soybean producer growing 611.9 million bushels annually, of which 25% is exported to China. Illinois is also a top producer in pork and ethanol which face steep tariffs. Illinois pork production contributes$1.8 billion to the state economy and China accounted for one third of pork variety meat exports last year.

 

 

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Rock Falls Farmer's Market

The Rock Falls Farmers Market comes has provided nearly thirty years of service to the community by supplying both fresh produce and a place to sell the produce and other locally made goods.  The Rock Falls Famrer’s Market is located at 400 West 2nd Street in Rock Falls.  The market welcomes everyone, farmers, crafters, local business, and more. There is no fee to register but registration is required. Forms and rules can be found on our website at:

 

http://www.rockfallschamber.com/farmersmarket  or and in the chamber office at 601 W.10th St.   The Rock Falls Farmer's Market is open May - October on Wednesdays 8-11 and Saturdays 8-1.
 

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Mom 2 Mom Sale at Christ Lutheran School this Weekend

Nicole Bollman is one of the organizers of the Mom 2 Mom sale that will be happening
this Saturday at Christ Lutheran School in Sterling. She was on WSDR AM1240 with
me a few weeks ago to talk about this event. Here is an edited excerpt from that live
show…….
 
To hgear audio click here
 
Again, that number is 815-625- 3800

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Representative Bustos in Sterling & Milledgeville on Wednesday

First on Wednesday at 9:15 AM in Sterling, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) will speak to students from the Sauk Valley Community Leadership Program and the Whiteside Area Career CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program. The discussion will cover the perception and reality of being a Congresswoman, public service in Illinois, advocacy in Washington, D.C. and leadership.

 The Sauk Valley Community Leadership Program seeks to promote and develop leadership skills for members of the community by offering classes through local Chambers of Commerce and Sauk Valley Community College. The Whiteside Area Career Center CEO program provides students with knowledge of business operations through events such as this and visits to various businesses.

 

 Then at 10:30 AM in Sterling, Congresswoman Bustos will participate in a tour of HALO Branded Solutions’ new headquarters. HALO Branded Solutions is a national promotional solutions company. Their new headquarters in Sterling will be hiring 250 new jobs in the next 5 years.

 

 At 12:00 PM in Milledgeville, Congresswoman Bustos will then deliver donated books from the Library of Congress to the Milledgeville Public Library. This will be the 27th stop on Bustos’ Library of Congress Book Delivery Tour. She will deliver her 1,350th book since launching this program during this visit.

 

 Finally, on Wednesday at 2:45 PM in Machesney Park, Congresswoman Bustos will participate in a “Cheri on Shift” at Plastic Parts International. Flex Courts are sports flooring that is manufactured by Plastic Parts International. During this event, Congresswoman Bustos will be learning how to make floor tiles out of injected plastic and how the tiles are interlocked to create sports flooring.

 

 

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50th Anniversary of the MLK Assassination

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Civil Rights Icon, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior, in Memphis, Tennessee.   King was shot on the balcony of Lorraine hotel by James Earl Ray.  King was in Memphis to support striking African-American sanitation workers.  King was a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate who used non-violence and civil disobedience to gain equality, freedom, and civil rights for all Americans.  King was the first president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  He was involved in organizing many of the non-violent protests to obtain civil rights, equality and justice.  His iconic “I have a Dream” speech was delivered during the “march on Washington in 1963.   Many of the rights that we enjoy today are thanks to King’s work in the civil right’s movement.  King was 39 years old when he was assassinated and left behind his wife and 4 children. 

 

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CGH Auxiliary's Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale on April 19th & 20th at CGH

The CGH Auxiliary will host their annual Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale on Thursday, April 19th  from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ando  Friday, April 20th  from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The sale is located in the CGH Ryberg Auditorium inside the hospital.  This is the most popular Auxiliary vendor sale for both staff and the community.  The sale will feature a huge variety of jewelry and accessories, including the last items in fashion.  There is something for all ages and a great idea for gifts. All proceeds to benefit CGH Auxiliary projects.  

 

For more information, please contact the CGH Auxiliary, 815-625-0400, ext. 5727, or visit www.cghmc.com/calendar

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Dixon Police Department's K9 Hery to get Body Armor

Dixon Police Department’s K9 Hery will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Hery’s vest is sponsored by The Marshall Family of Dixon, IL and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love - Trained to Serve - Loyal Always”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. 

 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.

 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

 

K9 Hery (pronounced “Harry”) is a 5 year old German Shepherd who is assigned to Officer Ryan McWethy. K9 Hery is certified in patrol and narcotics work through the North American Police Working Dog Association. K9 Hery was born in Holland and became a member of the Dixon Police Department in October 2014. K9 Hery started his police training in August 2014 and completed over 600 hours of initial training. K9 Hery likes training, playing ball, chewing on his Kong, and going to work. K9 Hery dislikes drugs and criminals who hurt others.

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Rock Falls Chamber Launches their Non-Profit Collective on Thursday, April 19th

“See a need, fill a need,” that is what inspired the Rock Falls Chamber’s Collectives Program (the Chamber’s new initiative to launch group format programs to meet the needs of local businesses.)  Their Non-Profit Collective launches Thursday, April 19th.  Non-Profit leaders and their staff are invited to attend a panel discussion about volunteer management lead by local speakers! This is an excellent opportunity for Non-Profit leaders and staff to gain some new ideas for gaining and retaining volunteers. PLUS, they will meet other local Non-Profit Professionals and enjoy a FREE lunch! The event takes place at the Rock Falls Community Building (601 W 10th Street in Rock Falls) from 12-1pm.

 

Speakers: Joan Hermes – CGH Health Foundation / Betty Clementz – Rock Falls Rotary / Rebecca Munoz-Ripley – YWCA of the Sauk Valley

 

The Rock Falls Chamber Non-Profit Collective is about helping community organizations build valuable relationships, gain tools for success, and explore trending ideas. Each group meeting will feature a different discussion topic, connections to people and resources, and lots of idea-inspiring conversation. It is open to anyone from any community and Chamber Membership is not required. Registration is requested by calling 815-625-4500, or e-mailing sarah@rockfallschamber.com.

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Jordan Township Annual Township Meeting is Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cheri Miller, the Supervisor for Jordan Township, has announced that the Annual Jordan Township meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jordan Township building located at 28950 Penrose Road in Sterling. 

 

 

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Fundraiser for Laughlin Family

The Sterling Firefighters Local 2301 is hosting a fundraiser for Captain Matt Laughlin and family on Sunday April 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Factory located at 103 West 3rd Street in Sterling.    All are welcome to attend. Come out and show your support in a casual setting and ‘Fill the Boot’.   Donations received will all go to the Laughlin family. Matt recently lost his wife, Brandi Sibley Laughlin, after a short illness.  


 

 

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U of I Extension

Make sure to visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw to find other information and programs.
 
Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Clubs-Starting April 3 to June 1-5pm 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 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
 
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, April 5-10:30am- 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- Starting April 5-1:30-3pm-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
 
Share Your Life Story, Friday’s-Next Date April 6-10:00 a.m. - York Township Public Library, Thomson
  Recording your life story, treasured memories, and special moments leaves a legacy for generations to come. This writing workshop will explore how to get started in sharing your life story and will include writing sessions and activities. Series is a continuation of the 2017 writing workshop; participation in past workshops is not required. Register by calling the library at 815-259-2480.
 
Kids & K-9’s, Saturday’s -Next Date April 7, 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
 
Inviting Butterflies with Natives, April 7-11 a.m. to noon- Franklin Grove Library
Join Master Gardener and Naturalist Nancy Wadsworth at the Franklin Grove Library for an educational program on natives. Prior registration is encouraged one week before the program by calling the library at 815-456-2823.
 
Carroll County Federation Fun Day, April 7, 2018-1:40-3pm- Vertical Jump Park, Dubuque, IA
All 4-H members are welcome to bring a friend and their family to the fun day on April 7 at the Vertical Jump Park in Dubuque, IA. . For more information, contact the Mt. Carroll Extension Office at 815-244-9444 and register online at: go.illinois.edu/CCFederation
 
 
 
 
 
Let’s Live Well Series, Next Date -April 10, 2018- 10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson
Are there things in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t?  What’s the secret to successful aging?  Join Extension Educator, Karla Belzer for a series featuring timely, researched information to help you live well! I’m Positive I’m Aging will be offered on Tuesday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. To pre-register for the series, please visit or call the Thomson Public Library at 815-259-2480.    
 
Being Mindful In a Busy World, April 11, 2018- 1 pm-Post House Community Center, Dixon
“Being Mindful in a Busy World” will help participants explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation and teach them techniques that reduce stress and increase life satisfaction. Karla Belzer, University of Illinois Extension family life educator, will conduct the seminar. The seminar is provided free of charge, but advance registration is needed. To register, call U of I Extension at 815-632-3611 or register online at go.illinois.edu/beingmindful.
 
Cooking and Booking, April 12-November 8, 2018-4:30-6:30 p.m.-KSB Hospital Private Dining Room, Dixon
Where can you try new foods, make lasagna, and toss water balloons? At Cooking and Booking of course! The club meets on the second Thursday of each month from April 12 through November 8 at 4:30pm in the KSB Hospital Private Dining Room. Pre-registration is required and can be done at go.illinois.edu/CookinBookin. The cost of the club is $50.
 
LGE Webinar, April 12, 2018- Noon-1 pm- Webinar Series at Home
UI Extension’s Local Government Education program will host Kathie Cravens from the Illinois Small Business Development Center, for a free webinar on International Trade and Small Business Development.  Local officials and economic development professionals will learn about what they can do to assist small business expansion into the international market, international trade opportunities in Illinois, and business retention. Register online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lge/
 
Creative with Clay, April 14, 2018- 10am- Carroll County Extension Meeting Room, Mt. Carroll
Enjoy the day learning how to make a clay bowl and pinch pot. This workshop is $2 per person for supplies and for all ages but ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult.  Register online and learn what to bring at: go.illinois.edu/CreativeClay
 
Flower Arranging, April 14, 2018- 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. - Carroll County Extension Meeting Room, Mt. Carroll
Presented by River Valley Designs and open to 4-Her’s and non 4-Her’s. Beginner class will be offered at 1 p.m. and have a fee of $15. Beginners will learn the basics on flowers and will make an arrangement to take home. Advanced will meet at 2 p.m. and have a fee of $25. They will learn how to create a grid, line and focal and will also make an arrangement to take home.  Participants can sign up for one or both classes.  Register online and learn what to bring at: go.illinois.edu/CarrollFlower
 
4-H Quilting SPIN Club, Next Date April 15, 2018- 2-4 p.m. - Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mt. Carroll
A Quilting SPIN Club will meet monthly from October - April for ages 8-18 on Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll.  Three levels of quilting will be available and class size is limited to 12 participants. Register by calling the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444. Check out the flier for cost information: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/downloads/69407.pdf
 
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-April 17-10:30-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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Winter Series-April 17-1:30pm- 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 spring series will begin with A Garden Calendar on April 17. 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
 
HEA Monthly Lessons for Living, Monthly, April 18-10am- Lee County Extension Office, Amboy
Join the HEA for their monthly lessons for living at the Lee County Extension Office in Amboy. Open to the public and free of charge the April lesson will be Teas-Types and Uses presented by Sherri Stauffer, Lee County Master Gardener.  Call the office at 815-857-3525 to register at least one week prior to the event.
 
Around The Table Webinar Series, Monthly Webinar, April 20, 2018-Noon-1 p.m. -Webinar Series at Home
Around the table is a free webinar series hosted by University of Illinois Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences team. We discuss topics of finance, nutrition and family all across the lifespan. The topic for April 20 will be Establish Healthy Credit. To learn more and register online go to:
 
Lee County Project Pool, April 21, 2018- 8:30am registration-Noon- Lee County 4-H Center, Amboy
This morning workshop is designed to showcase some of the unique project options available in the 4-H program. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore something you have never considered before.   Open to all 4-H members and their friends; need not be a 4-H member to participate. Pre-registration is required by April 11. Late registrations will be limited in class choices. Registration fee is $15.
Register online: go.illinois.edu/ProjectPool
 
Let’s Live Well Series, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, April 23-10-11:30 am- Mt. Carroll Public Library    
Join the University of Illinois Extension for Let's Live Well, a series featuring timely, researched informed information on    
relevant topics to help you live well! The series will continue with Money Smart for Older Adults on April 23. Pre-registration is required online at go.illinois.edu/MCwellness or by calling the library at 815-244-1751.
 
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date April 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
 
North Western IL Horse Clinic, Saturday, April 28, 2018-9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.-Pegasus Special Riders, Oregon
This is a working clinic so bring your horse along. Sign up for advanced or beginner with the following topics: Showmanship, Halter, Grooming, Pleasure, or Horsemanship. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/NorthWesternHorse
 
Developing the Creative Economy, Tuesday, May 1, 2018-5:30-7:00 p.m.-Champs Banquet Venue, Sterling
Developing the Creative Economy was designed for community leaders and economic development professionals who want to tap into the creative talent in their communities to build viable businesses, adding to household income for the entrepreneur and increasing economic activity in the community. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/CreativeEconomy
 
5 Strategies for Retaining & Attracting Youth to Rural Communities, May 2, 2018-11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-SVCC
Join Extension Educator Pam Schallhorn at Sauk Valley Community College for an interesting workshop on retaining youth in rural communities. Youth are leaving rural communities at an alarming rate, yet there is evidence that Millennial's have interest in moving to rural areas.  There are specific strategies to use to attract and retain youth in rural communities.  In addition to the presentation, there will be a panel of Millennial's who will share their thoughts and ideas on why they decided to return/stay to live in the Sauk Valley Area. Sauk Valley Chamber member cost is $10 and non-member cost is $15. Register online at:go.illinois.edu/RetainingYouth
 
LGE Webinar, May 3, 2018- Noon-1 pm- Webinar Series at Home
University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development will air a live webinar on the Open Meetings Act on May 3, 2018, from Noon – 1:00 p.m. Christopher Boggs, from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, will highlight the training and tools required to implement this policy at the local level, and avoid violations. Register online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lge/
 
Plant Sales– Every Saturday May 5 - May 19- 8-Noon -Whiteside and Lee County
Do not miss the plant sales in your area.  Plant sales will all take place 8-noon or until plants are sold out so come early.
May 5-Morrison/Community Room at the Odell Library
May 12-Fulton/Fulton Fire Station/1802 16th Ave.
May 19- Amboy/Lee County 4-H Center/1196 Franklin Rd.
Visit our webpage to download the flier: go.illinois.edu/CLWPlantSales
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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

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CGH Medical Center to Conduct an Emergency Management Drill on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois will be conducting a small emergency management drill the evening of Wednesday, April 4th, 2018.  Extra personal and equipment may be seen in the area during the exercise.  CGH will be working with the 

Sterling Fire Department, Sterling Police Department and Whiteside County Sheriff’s office.  Emergency response vehicles will be around the CGH Main Clinic parking lot. They ask that you please avoid the area if possible.

 

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Rock Falls Police Catch Suspected Armed Robber After Chase

On March 28th at about 6:00 p.m. the Rock Falls Police Department was called to investigate an Armed Robbery at the Mobil Gas Station, 201 12th avenue, in Rock Falls.  Upon arrival the male suspect and a female driver had already fled the scene.  A short time later, a Whiteside County Deputy located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle, traveling westbound on Route 30 near Ruffit Park west of Rock Falls. A traffic stop was initiated, but the suspect vehicle refused to comply, A pursuit continued for several minutes. The female driver exited the drivers side of the vehicle while it was still in motion and was run over by the vehicle on Ridge road in Rock Falls. She was later transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.  After the female exited the vehicle, the male suspect continued the pursuit for a short time. Officers placed tire deflation devices in the road in the path of the suspect vehicle, puncturing both of the driver-side tires. The driver was taken into custody and identified as Brandon S. Hornback, age 36, of Monmouth Illinois. A weapon was located in the suspect vehicle. Hornback was charged with Aggravated Robbery and was transported to the Whiteside County jail. Possible charges are pending for the female suspect.  Whiteside County Sheriffs Department, and the Sterling Police Department assisted the Rock Falls Police Department.

 

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Morrison Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours

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Update: The Illinois State Police Turn Over Investigation Evidence to the Whiteside County State's Attorney in the Officer Involved Shooting Death in Rock Falls

We have an update on the story we reported yesterday; the Illinois State Police (ISP) announced that it had completed the investigation on the shooting death of Nathaniel T. Edwards, age 43 of Sterling, who was shot by a Rock Falls police officer on January 26th, 2018 in Rock Falls after a traffic stop.   ISP turned over their report to the Whiteside County State's Attorney for review.  WSDR News spoke with officials from the Whiteside County State’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday and we were told that Terry Costello, the State’s Attorney for Whiteside County, has received the investigative report from ISP on March 26, 2018 and will be taking a thorough and complete review of the report.  There is no time line, at this point, as to when the report or additional information will be released from Costello's office.   We will bring you any information on this on-going story when it is released.  

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City of Rock Falls Announces Meeting Time Change

Eric Arduini, Rock Falls City Clerk announces that the City of Rock Falls Special Finance Committee meeting for the budget review of the enterprise zone will be held Wednesday, March 28th at 2:00 p.m.   For additional information please contact Arduini at 815-622-1104.

 

 

 

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The Illinois State Police Turn Over Investigation Evidence to the Whiteside County State's Attorney in the Officer Involved Shooting Death in Rock Falls on January 26, 2018

The Illinois State Police investigation on the shooting death of Nathaniel T. Edwards, age 43 of Sterling, who was shot by a Rock Falls police officer on January 26th, 2018 in Rock Falls has been presented to the Whiteside County State’s Attorney. The report contains dash cam video from two squad cars on scene and another that arrived moments after the shooting. Numerous witness statements were collected from the neighborhood as well as voluntary statements from the officer involved and four witness officers. The report also includes the autopsy report, toxicology, and laboratory analysis of the service weapon and fired evidence.   The Illinois State Police will not release any additional information or the police officer's name until the State’s Attorney has completed his review and findings. On behalf of the investigative team, the ISP greatly appreciate the cooperation they received from the public, the patience and understanding from the Edward’s family, and the outstanding assistance we received from the Sterling Police Department and the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

 

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Sauk Valley Friends of Ferals

A feral cat is typically born in the wild or outdoors with little to no human interaction.
Feral cats are born from other ferals or from stray cats. What is the difference
between the two? Well, a stray cat was once a pet cat, until it was either lost or was
abandoned by its owner. On Saturday the Sauk Valley Friends of Ferals hosted a
fundraiser at the Rock Falls Community Building. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with
Marcia Yenney and Linda Smith……..
 
To hear audio click here
 
Within seven years, one single pair of cats and their offspring can produce up to
420,000 kittens.

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2 Dead in Lee County Crash on Saturday Night

On 3/24/18 at 10:48 p.m.  the Lee County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle collision on Route 30 just east of Johnson Road, rural Paw Paw, Illinois.  A semi driven by Dale Yardley, 65 of Shabbona, IL, was eastbound on Route 30 when a westbound car drove into the eastbound lane and collided with the semi.  Mr. Yardley refused medical treatment at the scene.  The driver and passenger of the car were pronounced deceased at the scene.  The Lee County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Paw Paw Fire Department, Illinois State Police and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.  This incident remains under investigation.  The names of the driver and passenger are being withheld pending notification to family.  

 

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Threat to RFHS Determined NOT Credible by Rock Falls Police

On March 22, at approx..8pm, the Rock Falls Police Department was called to investigate A possible threat to Rock Falls High School. The threat was posted through social media and was brought to the attention of school staff. The incident was immediately dealt with and a 17 year old Male from Rock Falls was arrested for a class 4 Disorderly Conduct. In addition to the arrest the, student, who goes to Rock Falls High school was placed on suspension pending a disciplinary hearing.

 

The Rock Falls Police Department determined that the incident was not a credible threat and informed the Rock Falls High School Administration of the outcome of the investigation.

 

Though this incident was determined to not be a credible threat, every incident that displays any threat to our local school staff and students will be dealt with swiftly and taken very seriously. We are committed to continue to work closely with our local schools to prevent any harmful incidents from occurring.

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Coloma Township to hold Egg Hunt Regardless of the Weather

   

The Coloma Township Park District is sponsoring their 36th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Contest on Saturday, March 24th at Centennial Park with registration starting at 12:30 p.m. till 1:15 p.m. at Storybook Village Shelter and the hunt starting promptly at 1:30 p.m.

 

The hunt is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 8 as of March 24, 2018.  There are two categories: 3 through 5 years of age and 6 through 8 years of age. Each category will hunt for colored eggs in a different section of Centennial Park.  The children are asked to bring a sack or basket to gather eggs in.  The Easter Bunny has laid an egg; in fact she's laid lots of eggs.  We have been told that the Easter Bunny has left some 2100 eggs for all of the age groups.  So, kids, let's get out and find them.  The Easter Egg Hunt will test the ability of each participant to find hidden colored plastic eggs.  Prizes will be awarded in all of the age categories to the children who find the various eggs.  All participants will receive an award.

 

There is no registration fee for the Easter Egg Hunt.  The Easter Egg Hunt is open to all interested children in the Coloma and Montmorency Townships.  Registration forms are available at the Park District Office, 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls or youngsters may register the day of the hunt from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.  Advance registration is encouraged and telephone registration will be accepted.  Hunt will be held regardless of the weather.  For additional information call the Park District Office at 1-815-625-0272.

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Dixon Police Make Arrest in St. Pat's Day Knife Incident

The On March 23rd, 2018, the Dixon Police Department arrested Thomas W. Fiala, age 60, at the Dixon Police Department on a valid Dixon Police Department arrest warrant.  The charges on the warrant include Armed Violence (Class X Felony), Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony, 2 Counts), Unlawful Possession of a Weapons by a Felon (Class 3 Felony), Unlawful Use of Weapons (Class 3 Felony) and Battery (Class A Misdemeanor).  The arrest stems from an incident which occurred on March 17th, 2018.   

 

On March 17th, 2018 at approximately 11:30pm, the Dixon Police Department received a report of a disturbance at Patio’s Bar involving a knife.  Upon arriving at the scene, officers spoke with numerous witnesses and learned that Fiala had been involved in physical altercation with another patron.  During the course of the altercation, Fiala displayed a knife and another patron was cut by the knife.  Fiala was subdued and restrained by numerous patrons until officers arrived on scene.  The investigation is ongoing.        All subjects are innocent until proven guilty.    

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Department Identifies Man Who Died in Fire On Thursday

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:57 p.m., the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a motorist in the area of Matznick Road and Arch Road rural Prophetstown, Illinois.  The reporting motorist observed an elderly male lying in a field.  The male appeared to have been burning grass on his property along the roadway when he was discovered by the motorist.  The elderly male succumb to his burns and was pronounced deceased on scene by Whiteside County Coroner Joe McDonald.
 
The male was identified as 89 year old, Curtis D. Verney of Sterling, Illinois, the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office sends their thoughts and prayers out to his family for their loss from this tragic accident.   
 
Deputies were assisted by Prophetstown Police, Lyndon Police, Prophetstown Fire and Ambulance and Whiteside County Coroner's Office

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Morrison Chamber Ribbon Cutting on Friday

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Illinois State Police Report

Roger M. Stoddard, 25, of Savanna, was stopped for improper lane usage on 03/19/2018 at 12:00 p.m. on US Route 30 at Dakin Road in Whiteside County and charged with driving while license suspended and improper lane usage. Stoddard was released on an I-bond.

 

 Tony-James T.J. Vencato, 28, of Houghton, Michigan, was stopped for no seat belt on 03/19/2018 at 3:02 p.m. on Interstate 39 northbound at milepost 103 in Ogle County and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (heroin), unlawful possession of hypodermic needles, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence of drugs, illegal transportation of alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving while license suspended, and failure to wear seat belt. Vancato was transported to the Ogle County Jail.

 

Orenthio J. Robertson, 40, of Rock Island, was stopped for improper lane usage and expired registration on 03/20/2018 at 1:43 p.m. on Interstate 88 westbound at milepost 26 in Whiteside County and charged with driving while license revoked, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, expired registration, and littering. Robertson was released on an I-bond.

 

Cecilio Flores, 38, of Paw Paw, was stopped after a routine registration check revealed the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license on 03/20/2018 at 6:14 p.m. on Grummon Street at Wiley Avenue in Paw Paw and charged with driving while license suspended. Flores was released on an I-bond. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

 

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Wahl Clipper Corporation Donates $5,000 to Dixon Airport

Wahl Clipper Corporation of Sterling has made a $5,000 donation to the Dixon Municipal Airport.  The donation comes following the recruitment of M & M Aviation to Dixon.  City Manager Danny Langloss said, “We are very grateful for the generous donation from Wahl Clipper Corporation.  With the addition of M & M, great things are happening at our airport.  We have seen a tremendous increase in activity and we have many projects lined up this coming year.  This donation will allow us to continue to invest in our building infrastructure needs.” 

 

 

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Death Investigation in Whiteside County

On Thursday March 22, 2018 at 2:57 pm  Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office  received a 9-1-1 call from a motorist who was in the area of Matznick Road and Arch Road, rural Prophetstown.  The reporting person observed an elderly male subject in the field.   The elderly male subject had burning grass  near the field, when he was discovered.  The male subject was pronounced dead by the Coroner.  Deputies responded along with Lyndon Police, Prophetstown Police, Prophtestown Fire and Ambulance .   An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

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NEILL MOHAMMAD CONCEDES, URGES UNITY TO TURN IL-16 BLUE

Neill Mohammad, DeKalb native, a former instructor of political science at the University of Michigan, and healthcare expert, conceded the Democratic nomination for the Illinois 16th Congressional District and made the following statement:

 

“I want to thank the many volunteers, supporters, friends and family that turned out today to support my campaign. From the beginning, my campaign has been a grassroots effort to unite progressives in the 16th District to push back against President Trump and Rep. Kinzinger’s disastrous agenda in Washington.

 

“It is imperative that we unite in November to defeat Adam Kinzinger and flip the 16th District blue. I know, that you, like me, are not willing to watch congressional leaders continue to hurt working families. Taking back the House is vital to standing up against Trump, and I look forward to working with Democrats, progressives, and like-minded independents who supports my vision of a Democratic Party strengthened by its diversity to make that happen.”

 

 

 

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SCHMIDT REFLECTS ON PRIMARY ELECTION

As election night came to a close, all Kris Schmidt could do was sigh.

 

“This journey has been a humbling experience,” said Schmidt, a Republican candidate for Sheriff of Whiteside County. “We have spent countless hours getting out to meet voters all over the county and to listen to their concerns. I thank them for their outstanding support during these past months.

 

He also thanked the many people who worked on his primary election campaign. “We assembled a top notch team that ran a positive campaign and now we are looking toward November,” he said.

 

Schmidt will face Democratic challenger John Booker for sheriff in the general election on November 6.

 

For more information on his campaign and activities, please visit www.SchmidtforSheriff.org and Kris Schmidt for Sheriff on Facebook.

 

ABOUT KRIS SCHMIDT

Kris graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1990 and joined the Air Force, being honorably discharged in 1995. He worked for the DeWitt (Iowa) Police Department, beginning as a patrolman and was quickly promoted to Sergeant in charge of patrol. In 2001, he joined the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, where he was assigned to patrol and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2009. While working at the Sheriff's Office, he has had many accomplishments, including earning his bachelor of arts business degree in organization management, with distinction, and a minor in criminal justice and receiving many awards for his dedicated service to Whiteside County. He and his wife, Sarah, and have a blended family of six children and live on a small farm just outside of Morrison.

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Interview with Election Judge

Tuesday was the 2018 Midterm Election in Illinois. The citizens were tasked with
voting in many state and local races. Election judges are crucial to the voting and
democratic process. Joe McCleary from Sterling One had already been up a long time
working at the polls at Northland Mall in Sterling when he spoke with our Tammy
Nehrkorn late Tuesday afternoon……
 
To hear audio click here
 
Thank you to all of the people who volunteered to be an election process and made the
voting process a success.

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Mike Lewis and Clark Mortenson

Tim Fisher, Mike Lewis, and Clark Mortenson were seeking the Republican nomination
for the Office of Whiteside County Sheriff in yesterday’s primary election. Kris Schmidt
garnered the most votes in that race. However, Lewis and Mortenson were
philosophical and gracious about the race when they spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn
and Andrew Paxton last night………
 
To hear audio click here
 
The Illinois General election will be held on November 6, 2018.

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