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Clever Clovers 4-H Club Volunteer at Local Park

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

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

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

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U of I Extension

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

go.illinios.edu/CLWmgtraining

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Demmer Votes Yes on House Bill 4290

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

 

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

 

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Clinton Symphony Free Pops Concert June 3rd

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

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SVACC Awards over $8,000 in Scholarships

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

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

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Passing of HB 4290

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Dixon Police Department

A Juvenile Male, age 16, of Byron, Illinois, was arrested in the 1200 block of Fleur Road on May 24, 2018 at 1:20 a.m., for an Retail Theft Under $300.00.  The juvenile was processed and released.   Jovana V. Danielowski, age 27, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 400 block of South Lincoln Avenue on May 24th, 2018 at 2:11 p.m., for two Lee County Warrants for Failure to Appear .  Danielowski was processed and taken to Lee County Jail.   The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Portion of Emerson Road Will Be Closed for Repairs

The Whiteside County Highway Department announces that Emerson Road from U.S. Route 30 to West of Hazel Road will be temporarily closed to thru traffic during day time hours. The road will remain open to two lane traffic overnight. This temporary closure is estimated to end on Friday June 1, 2018 but this could change. The closure is necessary to allow for the removal and replacement of existing Pipe Culverts under Emerson Road. Civil Constructors of Freeport IL is the contractor for the project.   The Highway Department would like to thank the traveling public for their patience during the closure,

 

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Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day is Monday.  Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and

Confederate dead.    This holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. ...it became an official federal holiday in 1971.  Never forget freedom is not free many of our brave soldiers paid the ultimate price so we can live in a free nation. 

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75th Anniversary of the Four-Freedoms Paintings

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.  75 years ago prolific American illustrator and painter, Norman Rockwell, inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union speech that was titled the “Four-Freedoms” painted the iconic 4-Freedom paintings that were reproduced in four consecutive editions of The Saturday Evening Post.  Rockwell used his Vermont neighbors as models for the inspirational painting.   The Four-Freedoms paintings toured the United States in an exhibit and through the sale of war bonds raised more than $130 million dollars for the war effort during World War Two.  In 1977, Rockwell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is the nations highest civilian honor.  Rockwell died in 1978 at the age of 84.   

 

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Jim Prescott's Barbeque Shop in Sterling will be hosting another Big Green Eggfest

Jim Prescott’s Barbeque Shop in Sterling will be hosting another Big Green Eggfest at their Sterling store.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Deanna Prescott about this annual event….

 

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Montmorency School Registration

Montmorency School Registration

 

MONTMORENCY SCHOOL 2018 - 2019 Registration:

July 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

July 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Proof of residency is required by presenting two forms of legal identification. Student Fees: Kindergarten through 4th grade - $60 5 th through 8th grade - $64 (includes assignment book)

 

School Hot Lunches: $2.85

 

The P.E. equipment needed for 5th – 8th grade students is a T-shirt, shorts, tennis shoes and a towel.

 

School Hours: 8:45 a.m. First Bell-Morning Classes Begin 1

1:44 – 12:29 p.m. Lunch/Recess 12:32 p.m. Afternoon Classes Begin 3:25 p.m. Dismissal School begins Wednesday, August 15th - Morning session 11:44 a.m. dismissal. Thursday, August 16th - Full Day Hot lunch will be served.

 

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CGH Medical Center Receives an 'A' for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. CGH Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.  “Not every hospital achieves an ‘A’ rating. We are the only hospital in the Sauk Valley area to achieve an ‘A,’ and also only one in our 50-mile service area to earn that score,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. “Our staff takes great personal pride in this recognition. Their efforts make CGH such a progressive facility. Receiving this high rating shows the importance of our continual efforts to ensure patient safety.”   “This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”    Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.  To see CGH’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Illinois House Honors Illinois' Fallen Soldiers

The Illinois House paused Wednesday prior to the Memorial Day weekend to honor Illinois’ fallen soldiers.   An annual event in the House chamber, the names of those men and women in uniform who have passed during the past 12 months, are read by the representative from the home district of the soldier.  Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives makes a speech on the House Floor honoring Illinois’ fallen soldiers….

 

 

 

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Tapas & Tinis - Fundraiser for Rock River Hospice & Home

"Tapas & Tinis", a fundraiser for Rock River Hospice & Home is a casual social evening featuring a variety of tapas (appetizers) created by local "Celebrity Chefs". Each chef will host their own tapas station with plenty of samples. Guests are encouraged to vote with cash for their "Top Tapas Celebrity Chef", with all the proceeds benefiting Rock River Hospice & Home. The event will be held on June 30 at The Brandywine Banquet Center in Dixon, beginning at 6 p.m., and will also feature a cash bar, including specialty martinis and entertainment. Cost is $30 per ticket and are available at Rock River Hospice & Home or any RRHH Board Member. The event is sponsored by CGH Medical Center. For more information, call Rock River Hospice & Home at 815-625-3858.

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Demmer Responds to FOIA legislation

The Department’s Division of Professional Regulation regularly receives FOIA requests from persons who are committed to facilities of the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health (examples include criminally mentally ill or sexually dangerous persons) seeking information about licensed professionals who are or have treated them or who have evaluated them for court proceedings.  Unfortunately, FOIA requires the Department to give them a lot of information that they are uncomfortable giving out. The Department is uncomfortable giving out this information because of the potential danger to the licensees (stalking, harassment, etc.).

 

Legislation sponsored in the Houses by State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) and approved on Monday amends the Freedom of Information Act to add to the list of exemptions.   SB3217 adds records that relate to or affect the security of detention facilities, personnel files, and victims information when they are requested by persons who are committed to the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health.

 

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The legislation now heads to the Governor for his signature. 

 

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Regional Media Aquires New Radio Station Cluster

For Immediate Release | May 22, 2018


Regional Media Announces planned acquisition of Canton, Illinois media properties.

 

Call Letters: WBYS AM1560 - FM 93.7,  & WCDD CD Country 107.9

 

Location: Canton Illinois

 

(Canton, IL) Regional Media has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WBYS AM 1560 - FM 93.7, and and Class B CD Country 107.9 WCDD servicing Canton, Pekin, and the surrounding area in Illinois.

 

Regional Media Lead Engineer Wayne R. Miller said “I am incredibly happy about Fletcher Ford (Regional Media CEO) and Jason Gilbraith’s (Regional Media VP) acquisition of the stations. They are first class broadcasters that have brought life to a lot of stations across the state. I am proud to be a part of this operation!”

 

Longtime employee Rhianna Kees said,  "We are excited for this new chapter and look forward to continuing to provide the best in local radio."

 

Regional Media owns and operates stations in Macomb, Kewanee, Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon, and the Quad Cities with anticipation of taking over Canton operations in early June.

 

Regional Media has a long history of working diligently to improve the technology aspect of the broadcasting business, enhancing focus on local service to the community, and investing in the operation and the community it serves.

 

For more information please contact news@regionalmedia.info

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Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA's Outdoor Adventure Fest

On Saturday throngs of people turned out to attend the Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA’s Outdoor Adventure Fest.  This event included something for everyone including: games, food, fishing, bounce houses, petting zoo, live critter talks, vendors and much more.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Pam Martinez of United Way of Whiteside County and Lt. John Booker of the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department..

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Bustos Stands With House & Senate Democratic Leaders Unveil A Better Deal for Our Democracy

Today, House and Senate Democrats held a press conference on the steps of the United States Capitol to unveil the newest plank of their bold economic agenda, A Better Deal for Our Democracy, to fix Washington’s broken political system and return to a government of, by and for the American people.  This new plank of Democrat’s A Better Deal agenda focuses on taking back the power from special interests and getting rid of the pay-to-play culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence embodied by the Trump Administration, which has led to political dysfunction and a raw deal for the American people.

 

“You can look no further than the hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars Washington Republicans gave to corporate special interests to see they care more about lining the pockets of donors than the people they were elected to serve,” said Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chair Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL).  “That is why we are offering A Better Deal, with stronger ethics laws, transparency and real accountability to ensure lawmakers are fighting for hardworking everyday Americans, not greedy special interests.

 

“The White House and GOP Congress’ big donor-driven agenda is sticking the American people with a raw deal,” saidDemocratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  “Republicans are putting special interests and lobbyists before hard-working families – from handing billion-dollar tax breaks to Wall Street and wealthy corporations shipping jobs overseas, to prioritizing dirty energy polluters destroying our clean air and clean water from refusing to stand up to Big Pharma’s outrageous price hikes on sick children, seniors and working families.  Democrats are committed to giving the American people A Better Deal for Our Democracy that will put the power back in the hands of the people and ensure our political system works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.”

 

“President Trump famously campaigned on ‘draining the swamp’ but he so far he has filled it up with pay-to-play schemes inside and outside his administration.  From Michael Cohen cashing in more than a million dollars promising influence of the president, to Mick Mulvaney admitting to donors that donations equal access, President Trump has made it clear that draining the swamp is yet another broken promise,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.  “Democrats are proposing a better deal for the American people – one that actually cleans up corruption and loosens the vice-grip that special interests have over Washington Republicans and the Trump administration by strengthening our nation’s ethics laws to restore integrity to government service.”

 

“Americans are tired of getting a raw deal from Washington.  They've had it with all the backroom dealing, influence peddling and special-interest policymaking that goes on in this town,” said Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force.  “Democrats hear that frustration and we’re committed to delivering real reforms that return us to a government of, by and for the people.  The bold new agenda that we’re rolling out today will clean up the chaos and corruption in Washington and put the people's interests ahead of special interests.”

 

“Once upon a time, Donald Trump said he didn’t want Koch money or anything else from them.  It turns out the Kochs and other self-interested billionaires have installed their corporate operatives throughout the Trump administration.  And when the special interests are calling the shots, that can have profound implications for public health, the environment, and the economy,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).  “This is not democracy.  This is the corruption of democracy to benefit narrow special interests at everyone else’s expense.”

 

“Americans are no longer in charge of their own democracy.  We are being drowned out by billionaires and special interests who can spend unlimited and undisclosed money to flood the airwaves and call the shots.  Now even foreign interests are getting in on the act,” said Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).  “Those big money donors have hired an administration that will betray the public trust in a heartbeat – and a Republican congressional leadership that is rewarding their donors with tax cuts while taking away health care from families.  Americans look at people like Scott Pruitt, and they see a Washington that is not just hopelessly out of touch, but fundamentally working against their interests.  Democrats are taking on this assault on the middle class and stepping up to offer A Better Deal for Our Democracy, with historic reforms to end the stranglehold of big money on our electoral system and put the American people back in charge.  American democracy shouldn’t have a price for entry.  It’s time we took back our democracy and returned it to the hands of all Americans, instead of a privileged, powerful few.”

 

“We can’t continue letting special interest money pour in and silence the voices of our communities,” saidCongresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).  “This is supposed to be a government by and for The People, not one held hostage by faceless corporations.  So long as groups like the NRA can spend billions to influence Republican legislators, we won’t see the reforms that our nation so desperately needs.  Americans don’t deserve this raw deal – we deserve a better one and we can have it.”

 

 

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Unity Hospice Donated Bicycles to Area Nursing Facilities

Northern Illinois-based Unity Hospice, a leading provider of hospice and palliative care, recently gave back to the community by donating six bicycles to area skilled nursing facilities for their springtime celebrations.

 

The bicycles were given away as prizes for children in attendance at various Easter events held at the following Whiteside County nursing facilities: Pleasant View Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Morrison, Illinois, Rock River Gardens in Sterling, Illinois,  and Sauk Valley Senior Living & Rehabilitation located in Rock Falls, Illinois.  

 

This donation is representative of Unity Hospice’s initiative to give back. It is engrained in the hospice company’s mission to offer care, support and education to patients, their families and to the communities in which they serve.   To learn more about Unity Hospice, their involvement in community activities or if you would like to learn more about hospice and palliative care, contact the local office in Rochelle, Illinois at 815-561-8866.

 

About Unity Hospice

 

Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, those who care for them and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make patients’ remaining days comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond every day to meet their needs. For more information, visit www.UnityHospice.com. More information can also be found on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

 

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Representative Demmer Salutes Mark Dallas on the State House Floor

On May 17th, State Representative Tom Demmer of Dixon asked for a moment on the Illinois State House floor to thank Dixon police officer Mark Dallas for his decisive actions Wednesday morning which prevented what could have been a tragedy on a massive scale at Dixon High School. 

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YMCA Outdoor Adventure Fest

 What a great way to enjoy a beautiful Saturday with family and friends than the YMCA Adventure Fest on Saturday in Sterling. YMCA Adventure Fest is to boost awareness of Opioid Abuse.

 

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Moose-A-Palooza 2018

A pirate ship was docked in the parking lot of the Sterling Moose Family Center for their annual Moose-A-Palooza.   This is an annual event for the community to enjoy outdoor activities and listen to bands under the stars, and enjoy some great barbeque.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn stopped by and spoke with several people at the event….

 

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This event goes on until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. 

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SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER MARK DALLAS ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING SCHOOL SHOOTING INCIDENT

Attorney James Mertes of the Sterling, Illinois Law Firm of Mertes & Mertes, P.C., represents Mark Dallas, Dixon High School Resource Officer, in relation to the May 16, 2018 school shooting incident at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois. The terrible incident occurred as students assembled to rehearse for their high school graduation. Somewhere, in the midst of the chaos, a lesson might be heard: our world truly can be changed when we refuse to hide from adversity but instead run toward it. Officer Mark Dallas ran into a hail of bullets. He did so to save the lives of the students and staff he was sworn to protect. Mark’s own son was among those assembled in the gymnasium for graduation rehearsal yesterday morning. He understands, first hand, the grave fears of parents who sent their children to school yesterday, believing them to be safe. With his actions, he has safely returned those students to their anxious parents. Mark is humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support for his actions at Dixon High School. He genuinely appreciates those who have referred to him as a hero. But Mark prefers different labels. His greatest pride stems from the titles, “Police Officer,” “Husband,” and, most of all, “Dad.” Mark’s obligation to serve the law did not stop at the end of his watch yesterday. He must now follow the proper procedures that necessarily arise after this incident. Mark will therefore make no further public statements until that process is completed. Further questions should be directed to Attorney James W. Mertes at 815.626.1500.

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Illinois State Police Credits Students, School and Police with Preparation to Save Lives

Our Tammy Nehrkorn interviewed Lieutenant Chris Endress of the Illinois State Police

last night at the Dixon Police Station.  Whenever an officer involved shooting happens the Illinois state Police take over the investigation.  Lieutenant Endress told Nehrkorn he was impressed with the school’s preparation and coordination with the local police departments…..

 

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"Chief Howell Releases Additional Information from the School Shooting that occurred at the Dixon High School: Name of the Officer Involved Released."

On May 16, 2018 at 8:06 a.m., the Dixon Police Department received a report of an armed male subject at the Dixon High School.  The information was put out by the School Resource Officer that is assigned to the Dixon High School.  Dixon Police, along with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, and the Sterling Police Department, responded to the scene.   The preliminary investigation currently shows the suspect had fired several shots near the west gymnasium.  At that point, he was confronted by the School Resource Officer.  When confronted, the suspect exited the school and began running westbound on Armory Drive.  The School Resource Officer pursued the suspect.  While pursuing the suspect, the suspect shot several rounds towards the officer, at which time the officer returned fire and struck the suspect.  Shortly thereafter, the suspect was taken into custody just west of the Dixon High School.  The suspect was transported and is receiving medical attention.  It is believed the injury to the suspect is non-life threatening.  At this time, the name of the suspect and the name of the officer are not being released.  The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave per policy.   The Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, responded and assisted local law enforcement.   The Dixon High School and all Dixon Public Schools were placed on lockdown.  Currently, Dixon High School remains the only school on lock down.  Due to the quick response of the Dixon High School Resource Officer, as well as all assisting agencies, there were no injuries to staff, students, or any other community members.  Furthermore, the Dixon Police Department, along with all assisting agencies, believes there is no further threat to the safety of the students, staff, or the community.  The investigation is ongoing and we are confident that the suspect acted alone.  The suspect is a 19 year old male and was previously a student at the Dixon High School.  We would also like to add that the students and staff responded to the situation extremely well.  The district has been receiving on-going training from the Dixon Police Department on how to respond to these situations.  While removing students from the various classrooms, responding officers found that staff and students had barricaded the doors to the classrooms with desks, bookcases, and other objects per the training that they had received.  I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded in this situation.  With shots ringing through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him “head on”.  Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved.  We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.

 

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BREAKING: Dixon High School Shooting

A Dixon Police Officer confronted an armed male subject at the Dixon High School at approximately 8:00 am on May 16, 2018.  Preliminary investigation shows the suspect shot at the police officer, the officer returned fire, and the suspect was injured.  His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.  The suspect is in custody and is receiving medical treatment.  No students or staff were injured in the incident.  The Dixon High School and all Dixon Public Schools are on lockdown.  Dixon Police believe the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff.  Multiple police agencies are on scene.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.  Peoria Avenue will be closed.  The Media staging area will be on the Peoria Avenue bridge. This information was provided by Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss. 

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City of Rock Falls Notification

The City of Rock Falls has announced that the Industrial Development Commission

 

Meeting slated for Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. has been cancelled. 

 

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Visitors to Illinois hit an all-time high in 2017, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced today.  Nearly 114 million people traveled to the state last year to “Enjoy Illinois” and give a $1.1 billion boost to the state’s economy.  Last year’s visitor totals were 1.4% higher than 2016, which also was a record year. Travelers came from all over the world for business (17%) and pleasure (83%). In the past 10 years, travelers visiting Illinois increased by more than 22 million, and tourism has become one of the state’s most important industries. The Illinois tourism industry supported 335,500 jobs in 2017, an increase of 18,600 jobs since 2015.   Visitors spent a whopping $39.5 billion in Illinois in 2017, according to the U.S. Travel Association. That’s an increase of $1.1 billion or 3 percent from 2016. Visitor outlays for goods and services generated $2.95 billion in

state and local tax revenue, up $75 million from 2016. Tourist spending saves the average Illinois household over $1,300 in taxes each year. Additional marketing campaigns focused on fall travel, promoting the Illinois Made program and attracting

more LGBTQ travelers to the state. “By promoting authentic experiences across the state, we drive visitors deeper into Illinois, increasing visitor spending and generating more tax revenue for our communities,” added Jobe.   Illinois Office of Tourism receives domestic visitor numbers from DK Shifflet and international visitor numbers from Tourism Economics.  Visitor expenditures, tax revenue and jobs numbers come from U.S. Travel Association.

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Shots Fired at Home In Rock Falls on May 13th

Whiteside County Sheriff's Deputies along with Rock Falls Police Department responded on May 13, 2018 at 1:22am to the 1600 block of English Street, in rural Rock Falls for a report of shots fired at a residence. It was confirmed from evidence recovered, on scene that shots were fired at a residence.  No one was hurt, from the incident.  Whiteside County Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information of this incident to contact the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office at 815-772-4044 or  Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867.

 

Whiteside County Sheriff's Office Detectives are currently assigned to this case and will continue to work  with other resources as well to solve this crime.

 

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Stamp Out Hunger

49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table.  The 26th Annual Letter Carrier’s Food Drive was held this past weekend at post offices throughout the nation.   Stamp Out Hunger is the theme for this annual event that helps fill area food pantries with donations picked up by postal carriers and then distributed to area food banks.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Pam Martinez and others at the Sterling Post Office on Saturday.    

 

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Mother's Day at Twin City Market

They celebrated Mother’s Day on Saturday at the Twin City Market in Sterling.  This is a year-around market with a wide variety of locally produced foods and goods.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Charlin Nolan of Sterling Gardens, Ed Cobb of The Cheese Market, and Myra Sargent of the Twin City Market….http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R25.mp3

 

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Bustos calls out President Trump for breaking campaign promise to lower the price of prescription drugs through Medicare negotiation

President Trump’s announced plan excludes the most substantive step he could take to make prescription drugs more affordable for hardworking families

 

Bustos helped introduce Democratic Better Deal on Lowering Prescription Drug Prices last summer which included this common-sense proposal to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices

 

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos expressed great disappointment that President Trump decided not to keep his campaign promise to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices. This common-sense step would help protect millions of Americans from being gouged on the cost of prescription drugs. As a member of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, Bustos helped introduce the Democrats’ Better Deal on Prescription Drug Prices which includes this cost-reducing proposal.

 

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City of Rock Falls Clean up Day

The City of Rock Falls will be holding the annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9:00 to Noon at the Rock Falls Recycling Center at 2400 1st Avenue in Rock Falls.  The items they will accept include:

 

  • Used Tires Car & Light Truck (NO tractor or large truck tires)
  • Scrap Metal: Auto batteries, white goods, refrigerators, AC units, microwaves, car parts, grills, etc.
  • Motor Oil: Up to 5 gallons used motor oil (NO antifreeze or chemicals)
  • Electronics:  TV or computer monitors, phones, VHS plays, computers, copy machines, radios, etc.
  • Bulk Household Items: Furniture, garage items, (NO chemical, liquids, lawn waste, construction debris or paint)

 

Must show a City of Rock Falls current utility bill and photo ID.

 

The City of Rock Falls would like to thank and acknowledge the sponsors of the Clean Up Day as follows: Firehouse Ministries, Sauk Valley Landlord Association, Wheelhouse Tires, Meiners Repair, Moring Disposal & Rock Falls High School Jr. Optimist Club.

 

 

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City of Sterling's Annual Clean and Green Days a Success

The City of Sterling’s Annual Clean and Green Days was a success thanks to the hardworking staff at the Sterling Public Work’s Department.  Here are some photo’s from that event…..

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Representative Demmer Introduces Bill to Require Illinois Attorney's Disclose Status of Malpractice Insurance

According to State Representative Tom Demmer the practice of law in the State of Illinois places attorney’s in a position of power when they are assisting clients in their times of need.  Out of the roughly 13,500 solo practitioners in the state, approximately 5,500, or 41%, do not carry malpractice insurance.  9% of small firms in the state do not maintain malpractice insurance policies.  The purpose of malpractice insurance is to protect both the attorney and the client from financial devastation in the case of allegedly negligent representation.   On Thursday May 10th the Illinois House adopted Demmer’s House Resolution 828 which urges the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee to look into further amending Supreme Court Rule 756 to require Illinois attorney’s to disclose to prospective and current clients if and when their malpractice insurance has lapsed……http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/T7.mp3

 

The A.R.D.C. is the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee.  The Supreme Court established the ARDC as administrative agency, effective February 1, 1973, and charged the agency with assisting the Court in the regulation of the legal profession in Illinois. In November 2017, upon recommendation of the ARDC, the Court adopted Regulatory Objectives for the Provision of Legal Services. The Court’s objectives include protection of the public, advancement of the rule of law, access to justice and ethical delivery of legal services.

 

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Chicago White Sox Defeat the Chicago Cubs 5 to 3

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All My Money "Train the Trainer" Program Offered

University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce new training for All My Money: Change for the Better in Sterling on June 12-13.  All My Money: Change for the Better curriculum is a train-the-trainer financial management program for persons working with limited resource audiences. This research-based curriculum was designed for agency staff, social workers, and educators who are seeking opportunities to incorporate or to enhance the type financial education they deliver to their clientele. The curriculum follows the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) guidelines for financial education core competencies. The content of the curriculum includes several lessons: (a) Who Am I With Money, (b) Tracking Spending, (c) Savings, (d) Spending Plans, (e)Money Services, (f) Credit, (g) What Happens When You Don’t Pay, and (h) Credit History and Score. These lessons utilize discussions, games, case examples, and other practical applications to everyday life. Several academic professionals and personal finance experts were involved in the development and revisions of this curriculum.   Educators or staff receive training on how to deliver the eight educational lessons to their clients.  They work closely with extension staff to gain hands-on experiences with the curriculum’s materials. A train-the-trainer approach is a strength-based approach that provides in-depth, systematic procedures for teaching each lesson. Educators and others who participate receive a rich experience that helps them develop their confidence in teaching these personal finance topics. It also strengthens their knowledge-based, allowing them to provide the best financial educational experiences to their clients. All My Money: Change for the Better training supports key financial capabilities and participants become facilitators of these materials.  All My Money: Change for the Better is an important financial education effort by University of Illinois Extension. It extends the reach and impact of the financial education programs to individuals and families with lower incomes and resources.   The All My Money: Change for the Better train the trainer class will be held on Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday June 13 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at Sterling Federal Bank, 110 East Fourth Street in Sterling.   For more information or to register, visit: go.illinois.edu/ammTrainings  Registration deadline is June 4, 2018.   If you are interested in the learning more about this curriculum and training program, please contact Karla Belzer at 815-632-3611 or kbelzer@illinois.edu

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City of Sterling's Annual Clean and Green Days

The  City of Sterling is hosting their annual Clean and Green Days on Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th.  This event is to help clean up the city and gives resident’s and opportunity to get rid of bulk waste.  This only for Sterling residents who live within the City limits.  The City of Sterling’s Public Works Department will be taking non-hazardous bulk waste from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and 8:00 until noon on Saturday.  You must be a resident within the Sterling City limits and have a photo I.D.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Melanie Farmer of the Sterling Public Work’s Departments about this year’s Clean and Green Days.

 

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Again, if you have questions call Melanie Farmer at 815-632-6657

 

 

 

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Representative Demmer Seeks to Amend FOIA

The Department of Human Services Division of Professional Regulation regularly receives FOIA requests from persons who are committed to facilities of the DHS’s Division of Mental Health, such as criminally mentally ill or sexually dangerous persons.  The requests are seeking information about licensed professionals who are or have treated them or who have evaluated them for court proceedings. 

 

According to State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), unfortunately, FOIA requires the Department to give them a lot of information that they are uncomfortable giving out due to the potential danger to the licensees in such instances as stalking, harassment, or worse.

 

Demmer is sponsoring legislation in the Illinois House which amends the Freedom of Information Act to add to the list of exemptions.   SB3217 adds records that relate to or affect the security of detention facilities, personnel files, and victims information when they are requested by persons who are committed to the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health.

 

The bill received unanimous approval in committee on Wednesday and now heads to the full House.   Attached is an audio clip with Demmer explaining the measure.

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Focus House in Rochelle Temporarily Ceases Residential Program

Judge Daniel A. Fish, of the 15 Judicial Circuit, has released the following statement concerning Focus House in Rochelle:   I requested the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts to conduct an operations review of Focus House. Based on the recommendations of that  review, I am temporarily closing the residential component of Focus House to 

start restructuring and reorganizing. Brenda Mason has been named Interim Director. With her help, we will be keeping the Day Program open throughout this period of restructuring. We will be working closely with The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts to help with the implementation of these recommendations. We will also be consulting with Ogle County, Rochelle Township High School District, Focus House Foundation, and the community.  We look forward to their continued support.

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Congresswoman Bustos Statement on Trump Administration Undermining Farmers with Weakened and Unpredictable Renewable Fuel Standard Rules

A year and a half into the Trump Administration and they still haven’t kept their promise to protect hardworking ethanol producers

Tuesday, following a closed door White House meeting between President Trump, E.P.A. Director Scott Pruitt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and four Republican Senators, it’s become clear that the Trump Administration still has no clear strategy when it comes to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules. With millions of hardworking families depending on a robust production of corn-based ethanol to fuel cars across the country and economies across the heartland, the Administration’s ongoing schemes to undermine the RFS, while giving handouts to oil companies, is creating uncertainty and hurting rural America’s ability to succeed.

 

“We’ve had to fight hard several times in the last year to protect a Renewable Fuel Standard that puts farmers to work while helping reduce our dependence on foreign fossil fuels,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.“While I am pleased to read that the Administration is committing to year-round sales of E15 and is rejecting a cap on Renewable Identification Numbers, this has gone on too long. Further, I am alarmed that Senator Cruz and Administrator Pruitt are advocating a 'new plan' to undercut this progress and put billionaires before hardworking American farmers. As we have seen over the last year and a half, actions speak much louder than words. I hope President Trump follows through and holds Scott Pruitt accountable rather than breaking his promise to hardworking farmers across the heartland.”

 

 

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Congresswoman Bustos statement on President Trump withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Agreement

 Tuesday, following President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement:

 

“I grew up believing in an America that stands tall by leading international coalitions, keeping its promises and doing the hard work to build a safer future for the world. At the end of the day, the President has the authority to make this decision, however I do not see how walking away from a deal that currently has nuclear inspectors on the ground in Iran makes Americans any safer. Additionally, if our new policy is to turn our backs on international agreements, what kind of message does this send to the rest of the world? I am hopeful that, despite this announcement, we can continue working with our international partners to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.”

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City of Rock Falls Cancels Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting

The City of Rock Falls announces that the Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

 

Slated for May 10th at 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled.  

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Sauk Valley Community College's 53rd Graduation Ceremony on Friday

They will be donning their caps and gowns for the Sauk Valley Community College’s Graduation and Pinning Ceremony in Dixon this Friday.  Students and their loved ones will be celebrating the hard work all students put in to get their diploma.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Dr. Lori Cortez Dean of Foundation, Grants, and Government 

Relations at Sauk Valley Community College…….

 

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Partner's in Ag at Sauk Valley Community College

Partner’s in Ag was held on Saturday at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon on Saturday.   The event included exhibitors, demonstration, and drone races:  This event was a joint venture between Regional Media and Sauk Valley Community College’s Ag program.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with: Dave  of Compeer Financial, Scott Johnson of Consolidated Grain & Barge Company,  Sauk Ag students Bryn Blevens of Oregon, Katie Smith of Walnut, and Allisa and Addison Morely who were volunteering with the U of I Extension Program.   

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South 13th Avenue Road Rebuild to Begin in Rock Falls

Resurfacing work on South 13th Avenue will begin on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  The section of South 13th Avenue being rebuilt is from Route 30 south to West 14th Street. Motorists are advised to be ready for intermittent closures to both South 13th Avenue and connecting side streets.

 

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"Tapas & Tinis"

“Tapas & Tinis”, a fundraiser for Rock River Hospice & Home is a casual social evening featuring a variety of tapas (appetizers) created by local “Celebrity Chefs”. Each chef will host their own tapas station with plenty of samples. Guests are encouraged to vote with cash for their “Top Tapas Celebrity Chef”, with all the proceeds benefiting hospice services in our communities. The event will be held on June 30 at The Brandywine Banquet Center in Dixon, beginning at 6 p.m., and will also feature a cash bar, including specialty martinis. Cost is $30 per ticket and are available at Rock River Hospice & Home or any RRHH Board Member. The event is sponsored by CGH Medical Center. For more information, call Rock River Hospice & Home at 815-625-3858.

 

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Whiteside County Highway Department Announces Road Closures

Road Closed May 7 through the end of October 2018

 

The Whiteside County Highway Department announces that Black Road from Fenton Road to ½ mile East of Fenton Road will be closed to thru traffic beginning Monday, May 7, 2018, and is estimated to be closed until the end of October 2018.  This closure is necessary to allow the removal and replacement of the bridge deck of the drainage ditch and removal of the existing bridge over Rock Creek to allow the construction of a news bridge.   Civil Constructors of Freeport is the contractor for this project. 

 

Road Closed from May 18-May 25th (estimated)

 

The Whiteside County Highway Department announces that Emerson Road from U.S.

Route 30 to Hazel Road will be closed Effective: Friday May 18, 2018.   This stretch of road will be temporarily closed to thru traffic during day time hours beginning Friday May 18, 2018. The road will remain open to two lane traffic overnight. This temporary closure is estimated to end on Friday May 25, 2018. The closure is necessary to allow for the removal and replacement of existing Pipe Culverts under Emerson Road. Civil Constructors of Freeport IL is the contractor for the project.   

 

The Highway Department would like to thank the traveling public for their patience during the construction and closure of these roads. 

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It's a Hole-in-One for Hospice

Rock River Hospice & Home, a United Way Agency, along with CGH Medical Center, The Cornerstone Agency and Sterling Commercial Roofing, presents the 16th Annual RRHH Memorial Golf Outing, Friday, June 22 at Deer Valley Golf Club, Deer Grove, IL. The scramble format will begin with registration starting at Noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration is $75 per golfer and includes golf, cart, lunch, hole games and awards. Sign up as an individual(s) or with a foursome.

 

Join hospice for an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship with other hospice supporters and golf enthusiasts (or amateurs). All proceeds benefit hospice services to patients and families of Rock River Hospice & Home.

 

Maybe the sport of golf isn’t your “thing”. You can still participate by donating to the outing as a sponsor or prize donor. All donations are welcome.

 

To register your team, become a sponsor, make a general donation or for more information, call Rock River Hospice & Home at (815) 625-3858, visit www.hospicerockriver.org or emailkaren@hospicerockriver.org.

 

Rock River Hospice & Home serves Lee, Ogle, Carroll, Bureau and Whiteside counties in Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dixon Man Charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm

Todd A. Nicklaus, Age 55, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 700 block of North Dixon Avenue on May 4, 2018 at 10:35p.m., for Reckless Discharge of a Firearm and Reckless Conduct.  Nicklaus was processed and turned over to the Lee County Jail.  The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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State Sen. Neil Anderson's 36th Senate District

Springfield, IL – Dozens of high school students from across State Sen. Neil Anderson’s 36th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in state government May 3 in Springfield.

 

Nearly 30 students spent the day in and around the Capitol as part of Anderson’s bi-annual Youth Advisory Council.

 

“It’s really cool to see the passion these students have for public policy,” Anderson said. “So to give these students an opportunity to learn and witness the legislative process in a real way, experiencing it right in front of them in the Senate and throughout the halls of the Capitol, that’s what it’s all about. These students are passionate about issues, asked great questions, and are incredibly bright. There is no doubt in my mind our future is in good hands.”

 

Anderson hosted the all-day Youth Advisory Council, talking with students from East Moline Christian School, Erie High School, Morrison High School, Riverdale High School in Port Byron, Rock Island High School, Newman Catholic High School in Sterling, and United Township High School in East Moline about Illinois government and how the legislature operates. He shared stories of his experiences in the Statehousediscussed what it takes to become a legislator, and answered questions.

 

The group also toured of the Capitol, visited the floor level of the Senate Chamber, witnessed how the General Assembly operates first-hand and up-close, and heard from lobbyists and other lawmakers such as State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

 

The students, who were selected by their teachers and principals, later discussed and debated mock legislation, that being legalizing marijuana. Each student played a role in the debate, whether as a lawmaker, proponent, opponent, or lobbyist.

 

“I like politics, and I like current events, so this was right up my alley,” David Swegle, from Newman Catholic H.S. said. “We learned how to frame a debate and how to see the other side of an argument.”

 

“Politics is something I have always been interested in,” Peyton Ruff, from Erie High School said. “The mock hearings was my favorite part of the Youth Advisory Council. This is something we don’t have at school. I enjoyed our educated debates.”

 

“I enjoyed the process of the mock bill hearing and then trying to pass a bill,” Rielly Dolan, from Morrison H.S. said. “This is a one-of-a kind experience you won’t get anywhere else.”

 

Sen. Anderson will host another Youth Advisory Council this fall in the 36th Senate District. Anderson started his Youth Advisory Council in 2016.

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Gene Simmons of KISS was at Rock Falls Culver's Today

WSDR News spoke with Hunter Seidel, a manager at the Rock Falls Culver's, and he confirmed that Gene Simmons lead singer for the iconic 1970's band KISS, stopped by for a bite to eat earlier today.   Simmons will be performing on Thursday evening at the Arcada in St. Chalres, Illinois.  He will leave his make-up at home and will be performing solo with a backup band.  Simmons has perfomred solo before but that was usually for charitable events but this is Simmons' first-ever solo tour.  

 

 

 

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WSDR Hosts 19 th Annual Pie Auction

 
WSDR Hosts 19 th Annual Pie Auction
 
WSDR held the 19 th Annual Celebrity Pie Auction on air on
April 27, 2018 to support the American Cancer Society in
Whiteside County. Nineteen years ago the first Celebrity Pie
Auction was held on air as business personalities in the county
were invited to come to WSDR and invite callers in the public
to call in to bid on their pies. The highest bidder received the
pie and all bids were accepted as donations. WSDR DJs and
staff interviewed each celebrity during the auction.
This year the Celebrity Pie Auction consisted of 36 celebrities
from the community who in 15 minute segments pitted their
pie against another celebrity in a friendly competition from
6:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. During their segment each told of their
pie to encourage bids, but also told their story about how
cancer has come into their lives through family, neighbors, or
co-workers. During the total pie auction a total of $12,712 was
pledged to continue the fight against cancer.
Numerous volunteers from the Relay For Life of Whiteside
County were taking phone calls, writing requests to pledges of
where to send their donations, and thanking all celebrities and
WSDR staff. The WSDR Pie Auction has been honored by the
American Cancer Society for its uniqueness of partnership in
fundraising and creating awareness of the Relay For Life in its
community.

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Gov. Rauner urges Illinois to 'Start Seeing Motorcycles'

With winter finally in the rear-view mirror, Gov. Bruce Rauner is encouraging all drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts to be extra cautious as more bikes start hitting the roads.   Rauner joined motorcycle safety advocates and officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today to kick off Motorcycle Awareness Month and IDOTs annual Start Seeing Motorcycles Campaign.  “I’m an avid rider myself,” Rauner said, “I know how important it is for all of us to be aware of who’s on the road with us. Just last week, a good friend of mine, a veteran, was seriously injured when a pick-up truck didn’t see him. He’s still in the hospital today. We're asking everyone to stay focused and check their rearview mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. We all have a part to play when it comes to keeping our roads safe.”   Although motorcycles represent 3 percent of total vehicle registrations in Illinois, they account for 15 percent of traffic fatalities. There were 1,097 traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2017 – 162 were motorcyclists, eight more than 2016, according to preliminary data.  During the riding season, Start Seeing Motorcycles banners and yard signs will be on display throughout the state, reminding the public to always stay alert for motorcycles.  All riders are urged to take precautions to ensure they stay visible to other motorists. By wearing the appropriate protective gear, getting regular maintenance checks and taking advantage of IDOT’s free motorcycle safety courses, they make the roads safer for themselves and other drivers.  A motorcycle can easily be hidden behind other vehicles so all other motorists are advised to avoid distractions and be on the lookout at all times.  Start Seeing Motorcycles is made possible by the teamwork among IDOT, the Illinois State Police, Gold Wing Road Riders Association, A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) and other organizations that promote motorcycle education, awareness.  Visit startseeingmotorcycles.org for more information on IDOT’s free motorcycle training and safety programs.

 

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State of Illinois to Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

 

The State of Illinois will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

at a May 3rd event in the James R. Thompson center in downtown Chicago. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti will give remarks, present a proclamation, and join Acting Director for IDHR Janice Glenn in awarding organizations who have contributed to opportunities in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The event will feature Ronald Bongat, president of Asian American Law Enforcement Association and detective at Oak Park Police Department, as the keynote speaker, and include cultural performances from pungmul youth ensemble SoriBeat, National Anthem singer Xiao Chen, and Chicago based singer-song writer Edmer “Mer” Abante.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sunday is May 13th

Sunday, May 13th  is the Let’s Feed Our Children’s Annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Sunday.  Let’s Feed Our Children, a program of the United Way of Whiteside County, encourages area churches to support this program by donating smooth peanut butter and grape jelly. The donations received help to keep the costs of the lunches to about 60 cents per lunch. Last year, 31,745 lunches were served by 553 volunteers across Whiteside County. The sites this year will include: Rock Falls - Coloma Homes, Rock Falls Methodist Church, and mobile sites Country Acres, Cedar Wood and Easy Living, Sterling - First United Methodist Church (Broadway), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Macedonia Church, and mobile sites Douglas Park – Steelton, Salvation Army, Sterling Public Library, SterLynn Apartments, TampicoCommunity Building, Fulton-First Reformed Church, Albany-Albany Methodist Church, Prophetstown-Eclipse Park, Erie / Lyndon, and Morrison-Crossroads. Milledgeville and Chadwick also have a site this year. The Let’s Feed our Children program began in 2001 and continues to be a well-run, wellsupported program. Donations of PB & J may be dropped off at your church or at Sauk Valley Foodbank 1801 Plant Road, Sterling, IL 61081     Financial donations may be sent to the United Way of Whiteside County (Let’s Feed Our children) at P.O. Box 806, Sterling. Call 815-625-7973, if you have questions.

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The Dixon Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in regards to an accident which occurred at Bunny’s Bait Shop located at 1024 East River Road.  On 05/01/18 at approximately 6:52pm, an unknown individual entered the business parking driving an unknown make and model truck.  The truck was pulling a triple axel trailer.  The individual entered the self-serve area of the business and purchased items.  The individual then drove around the east side of the building causing damage to the northeast corner of the building.  The Dixon Police Department is asking anyone with information about the accident or who can identify the individual to contact the Dixon Police Department at 815-288-4411 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-Caught-U (1-888-228-4488). 

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The City of Sterling's Clean and Green 2018 Slated for May 11th & 12th

The City of Sterling will be hosting their annual Clean & Green Event on May 11th and May 12th.   The Clean and Green is open to all residents in the city limits with a valid photo ID.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Melanie Farmer of the City of Sterling’s Public Work's Department about the Clean & Green Event.

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Rock Falls Fire Department Responds to Two Fires on Monday

The Rock Falls and Sterling Fire Departments along with CGH/EMS were dispatched 11:28 a.m. on Monday, April 30th to 136 Anderson Road in Nelson for a reported barn fire. Upon arrival fire crews found a large barn fully involved in fire and a nearby garage also starting to burn. The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was initiated eventually reaching a second alarm that brought firefighters and command staff in from 11 different fire departments to assist in fighting the blaze. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes and were able to keep the fire from spreading to the nearby residence. The barn and garage were a total loss along with two vehicles. Flying embers from the fire ignited numerous small grass fires in the Nelson area that were extinguished by mutual aid brush trucks. There were no injuries reported by firefighters or civilians at this fire. Fire crews remained on scene for over three hours insuring extinguishment of the fires.   

 

While still cleaning up from the earlier fire the Rock Falls and Sterling Fire Departments along with CGH/EMS were dispatched at 3:54 p.m. to 9193 Tampico Road for a reported large farm building on fire. Upon arrival, fire crews found a large farm machinery building heavily involved in fire with three additional farm buildings exposed to the flames. Another MABAS 2nd alarm was transmitted to assist with the extinguishment of the fire. Due to the heat and high winds additional fire crews were special called bringing the total to 14 area fire departments assisting at the scene. Fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to the nearby buildings and had the main body of fire knocked down in approximately 45 minutes. Once again there were no civilian or firefighter injuries at this fire and fire crews remained on scene for four hours insuring extinguishment.

 

Both of these fires are considered accidental in nature but both fires were possibly caused by nearby controlled burns. The Twin City Fire Command staff strongly advises against any kind of controlled burning due to the extremely dry fire conditions in the area. High winds are predicted for the next two days which again will cause a very high possibility of any type of fires spreading.

 

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Dixon Habitat for Humanity

Dixon Habitat for Humanity, Inc., invites its volunteers and the general public to its 26th groundbreaking on Saturday, May 12th, at 11 a.m.  The groundbreaking will take place at the Dixon Habitat construction site at 320 Custer Avenue, Dixon.   The Reverend Michael J. Cole, Pastor of The Worship Center in Dixon, will dedicate the land where Dixon Habitat will be building the home.  Dixon Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is an ecumenical Christian ministry that began its affordable housing ministry in 1993.  This year’s home will be its 26th annual project.   During the groundbreaking the new 2018 Habitat Family will be introduced.  Our family this year is Lori Spotts and her three children.

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Road Work to Begin May 1st on a Portion of Buell Road in Rock Falls

Resurfacing work on South 14th Avenue also known as Buell Road will begin on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.  Motorists are advised to be ready for intermittent closures to both South 14th Avenue and connecting side streets.

 

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50 Years and Over $3.5 Million!

 

 

Sterling, IL (April 30, 2018) –   The Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust is celebrating 50 years of creating brighter futures for the Sterling-Rock Falls community.  The Community Trust was created on April 10, 1968, through the will of Dr. John L. Snavely who lived and worked his entire life in this community.  He left a portion of his estate to benefit the people of the community. In keeping with Dr. Snavely’s intent, the first Board of Trustees established the mission of the Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust to encourage students to continue their education beyond high school and to support programs that enhance the quality of life here in the Sauk Valley.  The original trustees were: W. J. Sowles, Karl W. Wentsel, Alex Haglund, David Laughlin, W. Martin Dillon, John F. Wahl, Charles Koehler.

 

Over the years, local donors have added to the scholarship and community funds managed by the Trust.  These generous donors have made possible the distribution of over $2.85 million in scholarships and over $799,000 to local community programs.  When financial need is demonstrated through the scholarship application process, students currently receive $1,500 for 2-year schools and $3,000 per year for 4-year schools.  These scholarships are not competitive.  All those who meet the financial need guideline and live in Sterling or Rock Falls are awarded scholarships. Scholarships can be renewed each year as the student pursues a bachelor’s degree.

 

“We encourage high school seniors and those in college from Sterling and Rock Falls to consider applying for one of our scholarships.  It’s an easy process and applications are available at each high school or on our website.  Our second application deadline for this year is July 1, 2018,” said President, Peter Dillon.

 

The Trust also awards merit-based scholarships that support and encourage those students who have shown exceptional academic achievement or have an interest in an area specified by scholarship donors.  These scholarships are competitive and limited in the number awarded.

 

Programs that benefit the Sterling and Rock Falls community are another area supported by grants. Each year funds are given to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations for projects including literacy, the fine arts, history, child care, animal welfare, Whiteside County Senior Center, Home of Hope, local food banks, and initiatives that enhance the health and wellness of all ages in our community.

 

Seven trustees serve 5-year terms on the Community Trust. Trustees are appointed by The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce, Whiteside County Bar Association, the Senior Resident Judge of Whiteside County, Midland States Bank and U.S. Bank.  Current trustees are Peter Dillon, president; John McCormick, vice president; John Miller, secretary; Rock Gentry, Sheila Martinez, Suzy Perino, and Mary Ellen Wilkinson.

 

If you are interested in becoming a donor or to learn more about Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust scholarships and programs, please visit www.srfct.org.

 

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Arbor Day Celebrated in Sterling

http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R20(3).MP3Trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce breathable air, and improve the soil’s structure.   On Friday, the Sterling Public Works Department celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees with area school children.  Melanie Farmer and Brad Scharder of the City of Sterling Public Works Department planted trees with the kids.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Schrader, who is the Superintendent of the Public Works Department for the City of Sterling on Friday.

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Pitch Hit & Run Competition and Jr. Home Run Derby

Scotts and the Coloma Township Park District will be sponsoring their Nineteenth Annual Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition at Wallingford Park on Saturday, May 5 at 1:30 PM.   The competition is open to boys and girls 7 through 14 years of age.  The participant’s age is determined as on July 17, 2018.  The four age groups are 7 & 8 year olds; 9 & 10 year olds; 11 & 12 year olds; 13 & 14 year olds with the boys and girls competing separately.  No metal spikes are allowed.  Each boy and girl will compete in three categories: Pitching, Hitting and Running.  Any participant who competes in more than one local competition shall be disqualified from the 2018 Pitch, Hit and Run.   The Pitch portion of the program will test how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated “Strike Zone” Target from a designated distance (35 feet for the girls’ softball division and 45 feet for the boy’s baseball division).  Each competitor receives six pitches to hit the designated “Strike Zone” target.  The “Strike Zone” target (17” X 30” banner) reflects a typical MLB standard strike zone.  Any method of underhand/overhand pitching of throwing is accepted. The competitor must have one foot touching the rubber/chalk line when the pitch is released.  Each attempt hitting any portion of the “Strike Zone” target is worth 75 points.  If the competitor fails to hit the “Strike Zone” target is his/her six attempts, he/she will receive the minimum score of 50 points.  The Hit portion of the program will test a competitor’s ability to hit a baseball from a stationary tee. Along a tape measure from Home plate, toward straight-away centerfield.  Hits will be measured for distance and accuracy.  Each competitor will be allowed three swings in an attempt to hit the ball.  A swing and a miss counts as one attempt (one swing = one attempt).  Only the best attempt, as determined by the administrator, will count toward a competitor’s score.  Scores will be based on distance and accuracy.  If the competitor fails to hit the ball in his/her three attempts, he/she will receive the minimum 50 points.  A competitor will receive the minimum score of 50 points for a hit of less than 50 feet.   The Run portion of the program will measure a competitor’s speed in a sprint from second base, around third and across home plate.  The competitor must run the correct distance (160 feet for the boys division and 120 feet for the girls division).  The competitor will start at second base or indicated start line.  He/She will begin from a standing start, and begin running when the administrator yells GO!  The runner will be timed from the moment he/she leaves second base, touches an anchored third base and crosses home plate.  No sliding is allowed.  The runner must touch all bases for the time to be official.  If a runner misses a base, he/she will receive the minimum score of 50 points and not be given the opportunity to run again.  A competitor will receive the minimum of 50 points for intentionally sliding into home plate.  A competitor will receive the minimum score of 50 points for a time of more than 11 seconds.   Thirty Two trophies for each division and placement certificates will be awarded in this local competition.  The trophies will be awarded to the All-Around Champion, Pitching Champion, Hitting Champion and the Running Champion in each of the four age groups.  The All-Around Champion, Pitching Champion, Hitting Champion and the Running Champion in each of the four age groups in both divisions of this local competition will be eligible in the Sectional Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition.  The youngsters that have the opportunity to advance to the Team Championships are the 1st Place All-Around Champion in each of the age groups in both divisions.  The All-Around Champions DO NOT automatically advance to the Team Championship.  His/her score must be compared to the other Sectional All-Around Champions in the MLB team market in order to determine the top three (3) scorers in each age group in both divisions at the Team Champions.   Entry blanks may be picked up at the Coloma Township Park District Administrative Office at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls.  Registration will be accepted at the Park District Administrative Office prior to the event or at Wallingford Park the day of the event.  There is a $2 registration fee for this competition.   Major League Baseball and the Coloma Township Park District will be sponsoring their Third Annual Jr. Home Run Derby at Wallingford Park on Saturday, May 5th immediately following Pitch, Hit and Run Competition 1:30 PM.   The competition is open to boys and girls 14 years of age and under.  The participant’s age is determined as on July 17, 2018.  The two age groups are 13 and 14 (July 18, 2003 – July 17, 2005) and 12 and under born on or after July 18, 2005.   Each boy and girl will receive 10 swings and count the number of home runs.  Recommended fence distances are 170” for 12 and under and 200” for 14 and under.  The participant with the most home runs in each age category will be the winner. One trophy will be awarded in each age group.   Entry blanks may be picked up at the Coloma Township Park District Administrative Office at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls.  Registration will be accepted at the Park District Administrative Office prior to the event or at Wallingford Park the day of the event.  There is a $2 registration fee for this competition.   For further information please call the Park District Administrative Office at 1-815-625-0272 or stop by at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls, from 9:00 am until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday and register.

 

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City of Sterling Reschedules Plan Committee Meeting

The City of Sterling has announced that that the Plan Commission meeting for Slated for Thursday, May 17, 2018 has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m.

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WSDR Presents: The 19th Annual Pie Auction!

The 19th Annual Pie Auction is happening now! You can join us live on WSDR or on our SaukValleyNow - 1240 Facebook page! Click Here for our Facebook live feed!

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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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