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4-H invites youth to join 4-H clubs

4-H members in this county will join the 6 million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week, Oct. 7 - 13. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills.

 

Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program which is operated through University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. Youth 5 to 7 years of age may join the 4-H Cloverbud program.

There are several ways to participate in 4-H. Youth may join 4-H clubs, coordinated by local screened adult volunteers. Each club decides how often it meets, the location of its meetings and the activities held during the meeting. Members may select from dozens of project areas to study while they build leadership, teamwork, cooperation, decision-making and communication skills.

 

Youth may also choose to focus on a very specific project area and join a club specifically related to that one project, said Martha Ebbesmeyer, University of Illinois Extension Educator.  Robotics, quilting, horses and gardening are just a few of the popular topics for special interest clubs.

 

One may also participate in 4-H through short term projects held during school or at after school youth organizations. Some of these popular groups teach youth about caring for the environment, preparing for a career, making healthy choices or other priority issues which build a person’s life skills.

 

To learn more about 4-H and enroll your child in a local club, one may contact the Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-244-9444, Lee County at 815-857-3525 or Whiteside County at 815-632-3611 or visit our website at go.illinois.edu/clw

 

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SVACC's Kris Noble Selected for U.S. Chamber Fellowship

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Launches Education and Workforce Fellowship Program-Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director among Inaugural class. WASHINGTON, D.C.—

 

Responding to the needs of state and local chambers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today launched a new premier business leadership program to help address their most pressing education and workforce issues. The Business Leads Fellowship Program will train and equip fellows with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address these challenges. “State and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development,” says Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “We created this program to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.” Following a competitive application and selection process, 35 state and local chamber executives have been chosen for the inaugural class of Business Leads. The fourmonth fellowship will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development. Upon completion, fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives. Given the overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 140 applicants, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a second cohort in spring 2019. The first meeting of the inaugural class took place from September 19-21, 2018, in New Orleans, LA. Kris Noble, Executive Director, Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, participated in the program last week in New Orleans. For a full list of participants in the Business Leads inaugural class, visit the U.S. Chamber Foundation website. For more information, contact Kris Noble, SVACC; 815-625-2400

 

 

 

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Dixon Habitat for Humanity

A volunteer crew from Wesley United Methodist Church of Sterling painted the interior of the Dixon Habitat for Humanity project home on September 22nd.  The crew was led by Jeff Davie and included David Abele, Kevin Gabrielse, Jeff Cedro, Edward Anderson, Rory Smith, Steve Downes and Andy Pitsch.

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2nd Annual Aviation and Career Day at Whiteside County Airport

A large crowd turned out for the 2nd Annual Aviation and Career Day was held on Saturday at the Whiteside County Airport.  This event was free and open to the public.  There were a wide variety of aircrafts, aviation career vendors, activities for the kids, and seminars on hand for the public to enjoy.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Darrin Heffelfinger, Airport Manager, Kris Schmidt, and Sean Weir at this event…….

 

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For more information on services provided by the Whiteside County Airport check out their website at:

 

 

www.whitesidecounty.org

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7th Taste of Fiesta in Rock Falls

The 7th Annual Taste of Fiesta Celebration was held Saturday on the Rock Falls Riverfront.  It was a beautiful day for the huge crowd that turned out to celebrate and honor our community’s Hispanic heritage and to enjoy authentic cuisine.   The event included a welcoming by Rock Falls Mayor, Bill Wescott, folkloric dancers, booth vendors, music, art, and fun activites for the kids.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Fernando Garcia and Joan Padilla on Saturday………

 

 

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September is Hispanic Heritage Month. 

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As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departments encourage residents to "Look. Listen. Learn." What does that mean?

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

 

The Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­?? the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ?? to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

 

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

 

“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”

 

Carli also notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

 

“Working in the fire service for many years, we know that people often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Gary Cook, Chief of the Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departments “We need to do a better job of teaching people about the potentially life-saving difference escape planning and practice can make and motivating them to action.”

 

Chief Cook says this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

 

  • Look for places fire could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Learn 2 ways out of every room.
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While NFPA and the Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departments are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.

 

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief Cook “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

 

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Whiteside GOP Hosted Grand Opening of Headquarters and a Candidate Meet & Greet on Monday Evening

Monday night a large crowd turned out to attend the grand opening of the Republican Headquarter in Sterling and meet various Republican candidates.   The Whiteside County Republican Headquarters is located at the corner of Freeport Road and Route 2 in Sterling.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with several of the candidates on Monday Evening…….

 

 

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The midterm election will be held on November 6, 2018. 

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Former Whiteside County Sheriff, Roger Schipper, Endorses Booker for Sheriff

Former Whiteside County Sheriff Roger Schipper has announced his endorsement of John Booker for Whiteside County Sheriff. Booker, 51, has 27 years of experience as a police officer. He is currently the Chief Deputy of Whiteside County. “John Booker is far and away the best candidate for the Office of Whiteside County Sheriff,” Schipper said. “Booker possesses all the knowledge, ability and qualifications to make him an outstanding Sheriff,” he added. “As a retired cop, probably the greatest compliment I could give Booker is I could depend on him in any situation for my safety and life,” Schipper said. “I am incredibly honored to be endorsed by Sheriff Roger Schipper,” Booker said. “Sheriff Schipper was a very effective and popular Sheriff of this County for many years,” Booker added. “His expression of confidence in me is just wonderful,” he said. Booker is running as the Democratic candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff in this year’s General Election. Schipper’s endorsement of Booker follows Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi’s endorsement of Booker. As a result, John Booker, the Democratic candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff, has now received the strong endorsements of the last two Republican Sheriffs of Whiteside County. “This is an incredibly powerful statement of bipartisan support for me,” Booker said. “The voters of Whiteside County can go to the ballot box in November knowing that both Democrats and Republicans alike believe that I am the most qualified candidate for Sheriff,” Booker added. “This demonstrates that in the end, it’s not about politics,” Booker said. “It’s about experience and integrity,” he added.

 

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66th annual Fiesta Day Parade

The 66th Annual Fiesta Day parade was held on Saturday.   Throngs of people lined the streets of Rock Falls and Sterling in anticipation of this beloved community event.  Delicious smells were wafting through the two towns too…as many vendors were cooking authentic Mexican food prior to the parade.  The parade began in Rock Falls and traveled over the 1st Avenue Bridge through Sterling.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Zuli Sanchez, Chevelle Reyes, and Keesha Hanson in Rock Falls just prior to the start of the parade……

 

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If you did not get your fill of the great tasting cusine, The Taste of Fiesta will be held on Saturday, September 22nd in Rock Falls on the Rock Falls Riverfront from Noon to 6:00 p.m. 

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Whiteside GOP Set to Open Headquarters and Host Meet & Greet

The Whiteside County Republicans campaign headquarters will officially open at 2308 East Lincolnway, Suite E (northeast corner of Illinois Route 2 and Freeport Road), Sterling, in conjunction with the campaign office for Representative Tony McCombie who is running for a second term in the Illinois House of Representatives, 71st District.

An open house and meet and greet will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 5-7pm.

Candidates scheduled to attend are Tony McCombie, current 71st District State Representative; Dana Nelson, current Whiteside County Clerk; Darlene Hook, current Whiteside County Treasurer; Kris Schmidt, candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff. Also, invited to attend are Senator Neil Anderson, 36th District; Andrew Chesney, candidate for the 89th District of the House of Representatives; Brian Stewart, candidate for the 45th District of the Illinois Senate; a campaign representative for Governor Bruce Rauner; Erika Harold, Attorney General candidate; Jason Helland, Secretary of State candidate; Jim Dodge, State Treasurer candidate; Darlene Senger, State Comptroller candidate and current candidates and members of the Whiteside County Board.

The headquarters will be open from 11am-7pm Monday through Friday and from 9am-1pm on Saturdays with the hours possibly subject to change without notice. The combined headquarters will be open through Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Fire at Lawrence Lofts in Sterling on Wednesday Night

On September 13, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. the Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departmentsbresponded to an automatic alarm at 218 1st Ave, Sterling, at Lawrence Lofts.  After an investigation, a fire was discovered in an apartment on the 4th floor. The sprinkler system had activated and extinguished the fire in that apartment. The cause of the fire was determined to be discarded smoking materials. There were no injuries and there was minor damage.  Sterling Fire department was assisted on scene by CGH-EMS.

 

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Eagles Auxiliary Worked at Rock Falls Culver's on Tuesday Evening

Culver’s in Rock Falls hosted a “Share Night” on Tuesday with the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2783 Auxiliary of Rock Falls.  The ladies graced the dinning room of Culver’s and helped out in many ways like cleaning tables, running drive-thru food, opening doors and helping with anything that needed to be done.    Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Culver’s Manager, Zach Thayer and Gail Van Patter on Tuesday evening at the Rock Falls Culver’s…….

 

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Culver’s will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Eagles Auxiliary to help support the various Eagles Auxiliary charities.  

 

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Local Reaction to 9-11 Anniversary

It is hard to believe that is was 17 years ago that the United States was attacked by a members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group.   2,996 innocent people lost their lives in the four attacks and over 6,000 people were injured.   Terrorists used planes as weapons on that day to attack the United States of America.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Darrin Heffelfinger and Kris Schmidt about their memorie of the September 11th attack on the United States……..

 

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Schmidt went on to say we are still losing people as a result of the 9-11 attack because there are still on-going deaths of the first responders and others who are sick or have passed away due to their work during and after the attacks.

 

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Rock Falls Optimist Club & Coloma Township Park District's AnnualYouth Fishing Derby

A large crowd turned out to try their hand at fishing at the Annual Youth Fishing Derby sponsored by The Rock Falls Optimist Club and the Coloma township Park District on Saturday morning.  The lakes and canals in and around the park provided an opportunity for the kids to fish.  Our Tammy nehrkorn spoke with John Hoffmiller, Jim Miller, and Kurt and Kylen Schwab on Saturday morning…….

 

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After the kids enjoyed a morning of fishing, the Rock Falls Optimist Club provided lunch for the kids and their family members.  Each child who participated received a prize. 

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Rock Falls Optimist Club and Coloma Township Park District's Annual Youth Fishing Derby

Centennial Park in Rock Falls is the site for the the yough Fishing Derby sponsored by the Rock Falls Optimist Club and the Coloma Township Park District.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 8th.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Mike Wolber of the Rock Falls Optimist Club about this event…..

 

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For more information please check out the Rock Falls Optimist Club’s Facebook page or call the Coloma Township Park District Office. 

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

According to Albert Einstein, “the only thing that you absolutelu have to know is the location of the library”.  September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.  Amy Lego is the Director of the Rock Falls Public Library and she spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about getting signing up for a library card……

 

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You can also call the Rock Falls Library and they can le tyou know if you are in their district at 815-626-3958

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Anderson, McCombie hosting free Children's Safety Expo in East Moline

State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie are inviting children and their families to their free Children’s Safety ExpoSaturday, September 8 at Glenview Middle School (3100 7th St.) in East Moline from 9:00 a.m. to noon.   Children will be able to see their favorite vehicles up-close and climb inside with a Touch a Truck experience. This includes a helicopter, ambulance, fire truck, police car, combine, garbage truck, bucket truck, street sweeper, and more.   Demonstrations include Dance Connection at 9:30 a.m., East Moline Police K-9 at 10:00 a.m., All Family ATA Taekwondo at 10:30 a.m., and the drawing for giveaways at noon.   Other activities include face painting, library card sign-up, CPR demonstrations, daycare information, and more. Admission, refreshments, and giveaways are all free.

 

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First Responder Training: Emergency Helicopter Operations

The Whiteside County Airport will host training for area first responders on the topic of emergency helicopter operations September 22, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  Mercyhealth REACT, in coordination with Air Methods, will conduct a training seminar for area first responders. Topics to be covered include landing site selection and preparation, signals to be used between ground and flight operations, helicopter operations safety, and helicopter aircraft orientation.   Training presentation will take place in Hangar D and airport ramp areas, weather and helicopter availability permitting.   All area first responders and hospital personnel are invited and encouraged to attend.  To register, visit www.whitesidecountyairport.org.     The Whiteside County Airport KSQI is located one half mile south Of Interstate 88 (Exit #41) on the east side of Il. Route 40.   Address: 10950 Hoover Road, Rock Falls, Illinois.   The Whiteside County Airport features 2 asphalt runways the longest of which 7/25 has a length of 6,499 feet and a width of 150 feet.   2nd Runway 18/36 measures 3,900 feet by 100 feet wide.

 

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NAMI of Sauk Valley Partner's with Whiteside County Sheriff's Office

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that as of August 29, 2018 we have partnered with NAMI Sauk Area (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  NAMI Sauk Area advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research, and  is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.  A sentiment shared by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office.  Together, we will bring awareness to the mental illness epidemic that so many unfortunately live with within our community.  More importantly, with this collaboration we can provide for those individuals, as well as their families and caregivers, the programs and resources they so desperately need.    Some programs we plan to make available in our area are the Family-to-Family, and Family Support Groups, which are designed for families and caregivers of loved ones living with mental illness.  In the very near future, we will be looking into our own Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and have already begun talks regarding the 40 hour training course here in Whiteside County.   In late September/early October NAMI Sauk Area, along with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office will be putting on a presentation, “In Our Own Voice.”  This program is presented by two individuals with a mental illness and achieving recovery.  Also, Tracy Brooks of the NAMI Sauk Area will speak in regards to their programs and what we can accomplish together for those individuals living with mental illness.  NAMI brings years of experience in addressing mental illness issues, and it is our collective objective that we can end the stigmas associated with this illness. 

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Rock Falls Uptown Trick or Treat

The businesses of Uptown Rock Falls and The Rock Falls Chamber invite children and their families to Trick or Treat in Uptown Rock Falls on Friday, October 26th from 4:30-6pm. Businesses and organizations from our area offer games, activities, and festive fun, all in a safe environment! Kids can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and fill up their buckets with tons of FREE candy and treats. The route for Uptown Trick or Treat is along 1st Avenue, 2nd Street, and 3rd Street. Weather dependent, around 1,000 people fill the streets of Rock Falls dressed in their Halloween costumes. This is a growing event with more participants and businesses every year! Look for signs and scarecrows in the windows of participating businesses.

 

BUSINESSES & NON-PROFITS

Join the party! You can participate by handing out candy and hosting activities for kids. If you do not have a store front in the Uptown Rock Falls area, you can still join in by registering for a free space along the Trick-or-Treat route. Booth spaces are available by calling the Rock Falls Chamber @ 815-625-4500 or visiting our websitehttp://www.rockfallschamber.com/trickortreat

 

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Booker Announces Endorsement

John Booker who is a candidate for the office of Whiteside County Sheriff is honored to announce that he has receied an endorsement of Teamsters Local Union #722.   Local #722 says “John Booker is a friend of the labor  and fully supports Booker on this upcoming Sheriff’s election. “    Booker is a 27 year police officer, and has been a union member for many years and with his current position of Chief Deputy he works well with the union.     Booker is endrosed by current Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi and retired Sheriff Roger Schipper .

 

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United Way of Whiteside County Let's Feed Our Children Summary

On Friday, August 17, 2018, we ended our 17th year of the Let’s Feed Our Children Program of United Way of Whiteside County.   This past summer, 30,169 lunches were served by 300 plus volunteers across Whiteside County.

The sites this year included:

 

Rock Falls - Coloma Homes, Rock Falls Methodist Church, and mobile sites Rock Falls Public Library, 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; Tampico-Community Building; Fulton-First Reformed Church; Albany-Albany Methodist Church; Prophetstown-Eclipse Park; Erie / Lyndon; and Morrison-Crossroads. Milledgeville and Chadwick also had a site this year. 

 

The Let’s Feed our Children program began in 2001 and continues to be a well-run, well-supported program.

 

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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"NO WAKE" ordinance will be in effect in Lee County for the Rock River, beginning today, September 4, 2018

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton has announced that the “NO WAKE” ordinance will be in effect in Lee County for the Rock River, beginning today, September 4, 2018.   The ‘NO WAKE” ordinance will remain in effect until the river levels get below the flood stage of 13 feet and flow rate returns to normal.   The National Weather Service is predicting that the level will rise to above 16 feet sometime tomorrow, causing flooding in low lying areas adjacent to the river – specifically the Page Park Drive area in Dixon, Woodland Shores and possibly portions of White Oaks Road.   At this time, the river is predicted to be at or below the “action stage” late Friday, pending any more precipitation.  In addition, the river current is still at a dangerous speed, over twice the normal flow rate.     

 

It is suggested that boaters refrain from using the Rock River, due to the exceptionally strong current and floating debris.     

 

Sheriff Simonton would like to thank the public for their understanding and consideration.

 

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Blooming Through Therapeutic Horticulture Offered by U of I Extension

The University of Illinois Extension program will be offering Blooming Through Therapeutic Horticulture on November 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at The - Sterling Federal Bank.   This will be three-session seminar for long term care providers which include activity directors, recreation staff, social workers, administration, volunteers, and special education teachers to learn about providing therapeutic horticulture programming in their facilities and agencies.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Janice McCoy, of the U of I Extension about this program…….

 

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There is a $15 registration fee and an additional fee if CEU’s are desired. Please

 

register online at go.illinois.edu/blooming

 

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Dixon High School Golfer Charlotte McCoy

Mary Queen of Scots was the first woman to play golf.  It was during her reign that the famous golf course at St. Andrews was built in 1552.  Charlotte McCoy is a Junior at Dixon High School and has been playing golf since she was in sixth grade.  She is a member of the Dixon High School Golf Team and spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn….

 

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McCoy is the daughter of Jim and Janice McCoy.

 

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Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Morrison Chamber of Commerce Planning Candidate Forum

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Morrison Chamber of Commerce are in the process of planning a Candidate Forum. Candidates running for District 71 of the Illinois House of Representatives, Tony McCombie and Joan Padilla, will attend. As well as Whiteside County Sheriff candidates, John Booker and Kris Schmidt. The purpose of this evening is to discuss issues so voters can make informed decisions.

 

Questions from the public are welcome. Please submit questions in advance to the Chamber of Commerce by Sept 7 via this form, email Morrisonchamber@morrisonil.org, or mail to 221 W. Main Street, Morrison, IL 61270 or call 815-772-3757.

 

The Chambers do not endorse any candidate.

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"In-House Work Extends Infrastructure Dollars: 7 More City Blocks Added to This Year's Street Resurfacing Project.

Seven more city blocks have been added to this year’s street resurfacing program.  A combination of in-house work completed by the Dixon Street Department on ADA intersections and less than expected concrete patching has added roughly $200,000 additional funds to be spent on Dixon streets.

 

The newly added streets are as follows:

 

  • Madison Avenue from West 3rd Street to West 7th Street
  • South Ottawa Avenue from East 2nd Street to East 3rd Street
  • Marclare Street from Brinton Avenue to North Jefferson Avenue

 

City Manager Danny Langloss said, “Our shift to completing more in-house work by our highly skilled staff is paying incredible dividends.  We are working to get the most out of every tax dollar.  This new strategy saved us an incredible amount of money and allowed us to add seven more blocks of streets to be resurfaced.  This is a big win for our residents.” 

 

In addition to the Street Resurfacing project, the Water Department is leading the installation of new water main on Depot Avenue from 5th Street to Woodlawn Avenue.  Using an in-house construction team is saving the citizens more than $200,000.  A City Hall construction team also completed the City Hall 2nd floor remodel and saved $100,000 from the original engineering estimate. 

 

Year 2 of the Street Resurfacing project will include approximately $2.5 million in street projects.  Next summer, City Street and Water crews will continue to complete projects that will significantly reduce overall costs while increasing the amount of work that is done. 

 

 

 

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Rock Falls Police Arrest Suspect in Rock Falls Wal-Mart Assault

On August 31, 2018 at approximately 12:58 p.m., the Rock Falls Police went to the 1100 Blk of 5th Avenue in Rock Falls and arrested Ryan L. Charleston, age 35, on an outstanding arrest warrant for a charge of Aggravated Battery stemming from an incident which occurred earlier in the month at the Rock Falls Walmart store.  Charleston is alleged to have struck a male employee in the head with a blunt object, resulting in significant injuries to the employee.  Charleston was processed and taken to the Whiteside County Jail.   The charges against Mr. Charleston are merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Heitkamp, Bustos Announce New Bill to Use Tariff Revenue to Help U.S. Producers Hurt by Trade War

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Thursday announced they will introduce new legislation to direct funds the government is collecting from tariffs on imported goods toward trade promotion assistance to help open new markets for farmers and ranchers hurt by the trade war.   The government has already collected over $3.5 billion from tariffs, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Meanwhile, farmers and ranchers are suffering as the trade war impacts their ability to sell goods abroad, hurting their bottom lines and their livelihoodsWith the administration’s trade war impacting everything from commodity prices to input costs for producers in North Dakota, Illinois, and elsewhere around the country. Heitkamp and Bustos’ legislation would take action to help mitigate some damage caused by retaliatory tariffs imposed on U.S. goods. Heitkamp will introduce in the U.S. Senate and Bustos will introduce companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.   “As markets shrink and commodity prices continue to plummet, hardworking farmers across the heartland are facing the very real consequences of this reckless trade war,” said Bustos. “I am proud to introduce legislation with Senator Heitkamp to stop the bleeding and invest the revenue from these damaging trade tariffs into growing our rural economy. USDA’s Market Access Programs and Foreign Market Development Programs have been proven to generate more than $30 in economic activity for every dollar invested. Our farmers feed not only our country, but the world, and we're committed to helping them grow their business.”

 

“The trade war is causing real pain for North Dakota farmers and ranchers, which is why I’ve been working on commonsense actions to open markets and support producers. Our new bill is another needed step to help those being harmed with the funds being brought in from the tariffs,” Heitkamp said. “We can’t just sit by and watch orders get cancelled and markets disappear, so I’m doing everything I can to speak out against this trade war and to help relieve some of the pain it is causing. What North Dakota producers ultimately want is markets, so this bill specifically aims to boost exports and help them find new buyers for the goods they work hard to produce. We need smart trade policies that support hard working North Dakotans and strengthen our rural economy. Period.”

 

The legislation would direct the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to direct funds collected by the Treasury from tariffs on imported goods toward trade promotion programs that help U.S. farmers and ranchers, including the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD).

 

From the beginning of this administration, Heitkamp has been proactively fighting for smart trade policies to protect North Dakota producers. The bill she announced today builds on her legislative strategy to mitigate the impacts of the trade war to help North Dakota’s largest industries. In July, she introduced legislation to help farmers and ranchers recover losses they face because of the administration’s trade war. Her bill would make Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) available – at no additional cost to the existing TAA program – to farmers and producers whose exports are hurt by retaliatory tariffs caused by the administration’s trade policies.

 

Earlier this year, Heitkamp joined U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) leading a bipartisan group of eight other senators inintroducing legislation to require congressional approval of tariffs designated for national security reasons. Heitkamp also cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona to nullify the aluminum and steel tariffs.

 

Congresswoman Bustos has been extremely vocal about the impact of the trade war which has threatened Illinois’ top economic driver and the livelihood of thousands of family farmers. After spending August traveling more than 2,400 miles and holding 21 events for her annual 21st Century Heartland tour, Bustos consistently heard from farmers about the need to open new export markets which this legislation would help address.

 

Congresswoman Bustos has been a longtime advocate for expanding MAP and FMD programs that help farmers establish and expand markets around the globe. Bustos is an original co-sponsor of the Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act and took part in the bipartisan agricultural trade mission to Cuba to learn more about existing barriers.

 

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State Sen. Neil Anderson's free Informational Opioid Seminar on Sept. 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Parents, teachers, coaches, students and community members interested in learning more about the opioid epidemic in Illinois are encouraged to come to State Sen. Neil Anderson’s free Informational Opioid Seminar on Sept. 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at United Township High School (1275 Avenue of the Cities) in East Moline.   “Opioid overdoses are a serious problem, and they touch all areas of the state and all kinds of neighborhoods and schools,” Anderson said. “Opioid overdoses have killed about 11,000 people since 2008 in Illinois. In 2016, more than 1,800 people died of overdoses – twice the amount of fatal car accidents. Eighty percent of drug overdose deaths in 2016 were caused by opioids. These statistics are shocking. If you have children or are around young people or work with students, I highly encourage you to come. What you learn here could help save someone’s life.”   Panelists from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois State Police, Trinity UnityPoint Health, Moline Fire Department, and the Moline Police Department will discuss warning signs for opioid abuse, where to get help, and ways to combat the problem.

 

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2018 Whiteside County Sheriff's Department and Mounted Patrol's Youth Fishing Derby

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department has been receiving calls pertaining to the 2018 Youth Fishing Derby and its location at the Rockwood State Park with it being under construction.  Currently, the docks are being replaced, but keeping in the nearly 50 years of tradition, the Derby will go on as planned at the Rockwood State Park.    They are asking for a little patience with the parking and limited space for fishing on the outer banks.    Nonetheless, this will still be a fantastic day for the children and look forward to seeing you there!  The derby will be held on Saturday September 8th from 9:00 to 

11:00 a.m.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 

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Dixon Police & Department of Homeland Security Make Narcotics Arrest

On August 28, 2018, the Dixon Police Department in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant at 610 West Third Street in Dixon.  During the search of the home, officers located 8.4 pounds of Tramadol Hydrochloride tablets, a Schedule IV controlled substance.     The investigation revealed that the Tramadol Hydrochloride had been transported into the State of Illinois for the purpose of manufacturing or the intent to deliver in this or any other state.  The investigation concluded with the arrest of Marci A. McGee.    Marci A. McGee, age 49, of 610 West Third Street was arrested on August 28, 2018 at her home.  McGee was taken into custody and was transported to the Dixon Police Department.  McGee was charged with Controlled Substance Trafficking, a Class 2 Felony, Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Tramadol Hydrochloride), a Class 3 Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Tramadol Hydrochloride), a Class 4 Felony.  McGee was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.   Anyone with information in regards to any illegal activities is asked to contact the Dixon Police Department immediately at 815-288-4411, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-Caught-U (1-888-228-4488).  Callers do not have to leave their names and are eligible for rewards of up to $1000.00 with information leading to an arrest.   The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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U of I Extension "Share your Life Stories" Events

“Grandma tell me a story about when you were my age” is something most of us have said at one time of another to our grandparents when we were children.   Sharing family stories is a great way to pass on the family legacy.  The U of I Extension Office is providing an opportunity to preserve those family stories on paper for the next generation.  Janice McCoy, of the U of I Extension, spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about their free class titled” “Share Your Life Story”…….

 

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Schmidt Participated in Grain Bin Rescue Simulation

Grain bins are commonly found on farms to store grain like corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, and grain sorghum.   Grain bins are notoriously dangerous.  On July 28, 2010, 14 year-old Wyatt Whitebread and 19 year-old Alejandro Pacas died inside a

Consolidated Grain and Barge Companty grain elevator in Mt. Carroll.  20-year-old Will Piper was also injured in this incident, but survived.   Kris Schmidt participated with Stateline Farm Rescue in their demonstration of a grain bin rescue simulation at the Whiteside County Fair on August 17, 2018.  Schmidt spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn

about what it was like to participate in the simulated grain bin rescue……

 

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For more information about State Line Farm Rescue check out their website at

www.statelinefarmrescue.com

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Dixon Rotary Provided the Volunteer Crew at the Dixon Habitat for Humanity

Dixon Rotary provided the volunteer crew at the Dixon Habitat for Humanity work site on Saturday, August 25th.  The crew worked on siding and insulation.  Pictured above is the Rotary crew including: (left to right) Rick Curia, Kathy Yount, Dave Cain, Aaron Young, Larry Farley, and Kevin Schmitt.

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12th Annual Farm Heritage Festival

The 12th Annual Farm Heritage Festial was held on Satuday on the grounds of the East Jordan Church in Polo.   The country church had all types of antique farm equipment and machinery from yester year.  They served breakfast and lunch and there were all types of displays and hands-on activities.  A very popular attraction was the old-fasioned buggy rides provided by Jim Mocklin and his horse Carrie.  He used an antique bugg, pulled by Carrie,  to ferry riders around the event.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Mocklin,  Vanessa Williamson.  and her daughter Adolyn Williamson, age 8…

 

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There was something for everyone at this event including: threshing machine, stationary baler, wagon lifts, farm animal zoo, corn shelling, rope making, and many other activites.   

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Mosquitoes collected this week near the Whiteside County Fairgrounds in Morrison and the southeast part of Fulton city limits have tested positive for West Nile virus according to Gene Johnston, Environmental Health Director for the WC Health Department. "This finding is not a surprise for this time of year but should serve as a reminder that West Nile virus related disease is still a threat and will remain so until the first hard frost' Johnston said.

Until then it is important for the public to continue their vigilance and take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect themselves from exposure. Precautions include practicing the three "R's" — reduce, repel and report.

 

 

REDUCE exposure - avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.

Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.  Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, clogged rain gutters, old boats and any other receptacles. Change water in birdbaths weekly.

 

REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. REPORT — report dead birds to your local health department. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government about areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found by logging onto www.id.h.state,il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or yLww.cdczov/westnile/,  or calling Whiteside County Health Department Environmental Department at 815-772-7411.

 

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City of Rock Falls

The City of Rock Falls announced that the Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday August 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm has been cancelled.

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Illinois State Police Report

Armond D. Taylor, 47, of St. Louis, Missouri, was stopped for speeding on 8/14/2018 at 9:44 p.m. on Interstate 39 northbound at milepost 103 in Ogle County and charged with driving while license suspended and speeding. Taylor was released on an I-bond. Kameron J. Hill-Moton, 22, of Rochelle, was stopped for improper lane usage on 8/15/2018 at 10:18 p.m. on IL Route 251 at IL Route 38 in Rochelle and charged with driving while license suspended and improper lane usage. Hill-Moton was released on an I-bond. Alfredo M. Estevez, 34, of Rochelle, was stopped for speeding on 8/16/2018 at 1:32 a.m. on IL Route 38 at Brush Grove Road in Ogle County and charged with driving while license suspended and speeding. Estevez was released on an I-bond. Todd A. Leach, 55, of Roscoe, was stopped for speeding on 8/18/18 at 7 p.m. on Interstate 88 eastbound at milepost 39 in Whiteside County and charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, and failure to move over for emergency vehicle (Scott’s Law). Leach was transported to the Whiteside County Jail. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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"Governor Signs Police Deflection Legislation: Safe Passage Leads the Way in Illinois."

Shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday morning, Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 3023 into law.  SB 3023, titled the Community Law-Enforcement for Deflection and Substance Abuse Treatment, is a historic bill aimed at combating the Opioid epidemic.  SB 3023 is the first of its kind legislation and recognizes a paradigm shift in law enforcements approach to those struggling with substance use disorder.  City Manager Danny Langloss said, “We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.  This is a smart on crime approach that is reshaping the ‘War on Drugs’.  In Dixon, we have seen incredible results.” 

 

SB 3023 creates formal legislation authorizing programs like the Safe Passage Initiative, creates 5 pathways for police deflection, provides funding for programs, and creates immunity for law enforcement officials engaging in these programs.  The bill strongly encourages community partnerships to combat the Opioid epidemic. 

 

The idea to create this legislation came shortly after City Manager Danny Langloss (Ret. Chief of Police – Dixon), presented at a national opioid summit in Chicago in December of 2016.  It was there that Langloss met the National Director of Policy Initiatives for TASC (Treatment Accountability for Safe Communities), Jac Charlier.  Charlier specializes in system-level solutions to substance use and mental health challenges across the criminal justice system.  Langloss and other law enforcement leaders had spoken about creating police deflection legislation and Charlier offered TASC’s assistance.  TASC Director of Policy in Illinois, Laura Brooks, and Langloss assembled a team to work on drafting the legislation.  During this time, Langloss met Chief Eric Guenther who created the program, “A Way Out” in Lake County.  This program is very similar to Safe Passage. 

Over the past year, Langloss, Guenther, Brooks and a team of subject matter experts worked to create the draft legislation.  Senator Tim Bivins and Representative Tom Demmer played key leadership roles in getting the bill passed in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Langloss said, “This is a great day for law enforcement and those suffering from substance use disorder.  The national opioid epidemic continues to impact every community.  More than 72,000 Americans lost their lives last year to drug overdose.  Behind every death there is a family.  The police now have 5 new programs at their disposal that save lives and make communities safer.” 

About Police Deflection

 

Programs like these fall into a new type of policing strategy called, Police Deflection.  Police Deflection are police programs that keep people out of the criminal justice system who are at a high risk of arrest, and instead, connect them to appropriate drug treatment.  The five types of programs are:  Self-Referral, Active Outreach, Officer Prevention, Officer Intervention, and Post Overdose Deflection.

 

Traditionally, police officers had two choices when dealing with someone suffering from substance abuse, arrest or not arrest.  This approach led to very high rates of recidivism amongst drug offenders.  Now, officers have the ability to connect people suffering from substance use disorder to treatment.  Following the first full year of Safe Passage, Dixon Police saw a 39% decrease in drug arrests.

 

The Safe Passage Initiative

 

The Safe Passage Initiative was the second police deflection program in the country.  Now, there are more than 300 police deflection programs.  Safe Passage was created by City Manager Danny Langloss and Sheriff John Simonton.  Through this program, someone suffering from substance use disorder can come to the police department, turn in their drugs and not fear arrest.  Instead they are connected directly to treatment.  Since September of 2015, Safe Passage has placed just under 300 people directly to treatment.  Most of these people were addicted to Heroin or other opioids. 

 

In March of 2016, the program expanded to Whiteside County with new partnerships forged with Rock Falls Police Department, Sterling Police Department and the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department.  The program continued to evolve and in September of 2017, Safe Passage won a grant through the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority to hire a part-time program coordinator and four part-time recovery coaches. 

 

Residents of Lee or Whiteside County needing assistance with a drug problem can walk into any of these departments and ask for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  A Safe Passage website has been created and is located at www.safepassage-saukvalley.com

 

 

 

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New law ensures year-round property tax relief for disabled veterans Governor signs Sen. Anderson legislation during Veterans Day at the State Fair

New law ensures year-round property tax relief for disabled veterans

Governor signs Sen. Anderson legislation during Veterans Day at the State Fair

 

Veterans with disabilities will now have their Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption follow them to a new residence, even if they move during the middle of the year under legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson (Senate Bill 2306) and signed into law Aug. 14 by Gov. Bruce Rauner.   Previously, if a disabled veteran receiving tax relief through the homestead exemption moved in the middle of the year, then he or she would have been on the hook for paying the outstanding property taxes on their new residence until they reapplied for the exemption the next year.  “It was frustrating to learn that some of our wounded veterans were getting sticker shock, receiving a higher than expected property tax bill because they lost their homestead exemption when they moved,” Anderson said. “Our wounded heroes gave of themselves, fighting for our country and for freedom around the world. Offering them a year-round homestead exemption no matter when they move is something they more than deserve.”   Under the new law, the homestead exemption for veterans with disabilities will now be prorated if the veteran who qualifies for the exemption does not occupy the qualified residence as of January 1 of the taxable year.  The Disabled Veterans' Standard Homestead Exemption provides a reduction in a property's Equalized Assessed Value to a qualifying property owned by a veteran with a service-connected disability.  To apply for this exemption, veterans must contact or visit their local County Assessor's Office.

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Dixon Police Arrest 3 on Retail Theft Charges

On August 23, 2018 at approximately 6:51 a.m, the Dixon Police Department was advised of a Retail Theft that occurred at Walmart, 1640 South Galena Avenue.  The employees advised a male subject entered the store, filled his cart with several expensive items and fled the store through the emergency exit.  The male was picked up by a blue pick-up truck, which quickly left the area.  The Walmart employees were able to provide a very detailed description of the subject and the vehicle, which allowed Dixon Officers to issue an ISPERN (Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network) to several Law Enforcement Agencies.    At approximately, 7:49 a.m., Illinois District 1 State Troopers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Round Grove Road, just south of  Route 30.  The three male occupants were detained until the Dixon Police Department could arrive on scene.  Through the course of the investigation, officers determined all three subjects were involved in the incident at Walmart and would be placed under arrest and transported to the Dixon Police Department.  The following subjects were charged;  

Travis F. Petersen, age 40, of Clinton, IA for Theft By an Emergency Exit, a Class 2 Felony, and Retail Theft over $300, a Class 3 Felony. 

Brandon L. Linder, age 33, of Clinton, IA for Retail Theft over $300, a Class 3 Felony.

Brent R. Witt, age 47, of Clinton, IA for Retail Theft over $300, a Class 3 Felony, and Retail Theft Subsequent Offense, a Class 4 Felony

All three subjects were processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.  The Dixon Police Department would like to thank the Illinois State Police District 1 for their assistance in locating the vehicle.    Citizens are reminded to call the Dixon Police Department at (815)288-4411 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-Caught-U. (1-888-228-4488)  Callers can remain anonymous and receive rewards of up to $1,000.00 if their information leads to an arrest. 

All charges are merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Riverbend School District Names Jeremy Leitzen as Resource Officer

Jeremy Leitzen has been named the new school resource officer for the Riverbend School District.  He is a native of Savanna.   Leitzen spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn....

 

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Officer Leitzen has been with the Fulton Police Department for about 17 and a-half years. 

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Kids Pedal pull at the 2018 Whiteside County Fair

Booker for Sheriff was a proud sponsor of the Kids Pedal pull at the 2018 Whiteside County Fair. John Booker sponsored the pedal pull on Tuesday and Saturday at the Fair. Booker stated he really enjoys sponsoring this event for children, to compete, and just have fun at the fair. Booker himself even got involved in the pedaling. Booker has always been active in the community he was School board president for 16 years  in Rock Falls, youth football coach, little league coach,and girls softball coach.  Booker is the Chief Deputy at the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office. Booker is endorsed by current Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi 

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Jaylynn Turner Wins Bicycle

On Saturday August 18,2018 Jaylynn Turner was our big winner during the Booker for Sheriff bicycle giveaway at the 2018 Whiteside County Fair.  Hope you enjoy your bicycle Jaylynn.

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CGH Auxiliary to host ART BY ROZANNE, September 7, 2018

The CGH Auxiliary is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, September 7, 2018 featuring ART BY ROZANNE.  The fundraiser will be held at the CGH Ryberg Auditorium, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling, IL from 7 am to 4 pm and is open to the public.   Rozanne Priebe is a native of Illinois with a rural background that influences her work, her art is inspired by life. Early in her career, she designed and painted clothing that soon led to painted furniture, glass and canvas. Her art is impressionistic filled with passion and love.   For more information, please contact the CGH Auxiliary, 815-625-0400, ext. 5727

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Dixon Police Report

Tyrell J. Taylor, age 30, of Rock Island, Illinois, was arrested in the 200 block of Keul Road on August 18th, 2018 at 8:06 a.m., for Driving While License Revoked, Operating Uninsured Vehicle and Expired Registration.  Taylor was processed and released with a pending court date.   Joseph Willwerth, age 66, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 1000 block of 4th Avenue on August 21st, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, Driving While License Revoked and Speeding.  Willwerth was turned over to the Lee County Jail to await bond.  The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

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Staying Safe

When it comes to crime it is important to be proactive and try to reduce or eliminate opportunities that may make you a victim or your property a target.  Increase your awareness of your surroundings and prepare your schedule with safety in mind.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with John Booker, Chief Deputy, with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department about strategies to reduce the chances that you will become a victim of a crime……

 

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Always trust your insticts…if you feel uncomfortable about a situation or person…don’t be embarrassed…trust your gut and leave the situation or person and get help. 

 

 

 

 

 

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City of Rock Falls

The City of Rock Falls has announced that the regular Police & Fire Committee meeting slated for Thursday, August 23rd has been cancelled.  

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Sterling Police Department's Upcoming Community Events

The Sterling Police Department has several community events coming up in the near future.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Community Service Officer, Tekla Martin, about some of the events that the Sterling Police Department is planning to help out the community……

 

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For more information please check out their facebook page.

 

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Catch of the Week!

Christine Rhoades is shown here with a 10-15 pound Muskie she caught Saturday evening at the pump station near Hillsdale, Illinois.  Congrats Christine!

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Congresswoman Bustos to Tour of Crusader Community Health Foundation

On Tuesday at 2:00 PM in Rockford, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will tour Crusader Community Health Foundation and meet with their senior leadership. Crusader Community Health was founded in 1972, and with fourlocations in the Rockford area, they serve more than 50,000 people annually. Congresswoman Bustos has been a longtime advocate for community health centers, and these visits allow her to receive ongoing feedback on how changes to our health care system has impacted people’s ability to access quality and affordable care in our community. 

 

Tour and Discussion at Crusader Community Health Foundation

Who: Congresswoman Bustos and Senior Leaders from Crusader Community Health Foundation

What: Congresswoman Bustos to tour Crusader Community Health Foundation

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM CST

Where: Crusader Community Health Foundation--1200 W State St., Rockford, IL

 

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Schmidt Campaign Participates in Grain Bin Safety

Members of Citizens for Schmidt, the committee promoting Kristopher Schmidt as a candidate for Sheriff of Whiteside County, announced Kris’ participation with Stateline Farm Rescue in their demonstration of a grain bin rescue.  Stateline Farm Rescue (www.statelinefarmrescue.com), the first agriculture rescue training agency to build a state-of-the art training simulator, brought their model grain bin simulator to the Whiteside County Fair, on Friday, August 17, 2018.  For their demonstrations throughout the afternoon, they needed volunteers to become trapped in the corn and extricated by their professional training staff and Morrison Firemen.  At 1:00 p.m., Sheriff’s Candidate, Kris Schmidt, became the first to learn how it feels to be trapped in a corn bin.  “This is the real thing, but not as deep, dark, or dangerous as a real situation for a trapped farmer!   Even though I could barely move, I was in good hands--from immersion in corn up to my armpits, to being able to wriggle free and climb out, after enough corn had been removed.

It was a truly an eye-opening experience!” Kris Schmidt said.  He continued to say, “We live in the middle of Northwest Illinois farm country, and this could happen any time.  I have a deep appreciation for what it’s going to take to rescue these people, when seconds count.”   In the past 50 years, there have been over 900 cases of grain bin engulfment with a fatality rate of 62 percent according to the United States Department of Labor.  Kris extended his thanks to Morrison Fire Department and Stateline Farm Rescue for bringing this informative, life-saving, rescue simulation to the fair.  

For more information on Schmidt’s campaign and activities, please visit www.SchmidtforSheriff.org and Kris Schmidt for Sheriff on Facebook. Whiteside County’s general election is set for November 6, 2018.

 

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Loren Beswick 1953 to 2018

Local educator, Loren Beswick passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018.  Beswick was a teacher and administrator at several area schools including: Sterling High School, Princeton Schools, Riverbend School District, and also in various other schools.  Beswick also coached various sports through out his career.   Beswick was a well-liked and patient man who truly cared about his students and co-workers.  

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Sterling Police Back to School Fun Ride

On Saturday Morning the grounds of the Dillon home were alive with kids, cops, parents, and Optimists.  The Sterling Police Department hosted a Back-to-School Fun Ride for families in the area.  After the bike ride those in attendance were treated to food, face painting and fun on the grounds of the Dillon home.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with: Sterling Optimist’s Chad Hammer, Sterling Police Department’s Community Service Officer, Tekla Martin, and Sterling Police Department's Sgt. Webber on Saturday……

 

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The Sterling Police Department’s next community activity will be the “Running of the Bears” activity to raise money for Special Olympics that will take place on September 15, 2018. 

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Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center to Host the 2018 State 4-H Dog Show

Over 120 dogs from throughout Illinois will come together on Saturday, August 25 at the Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center to compete in Obedience and Showmanship Classes.

 

“To get to this level of competition, 4-H members devote months of training,” said Dan Jennings, University of Illinois Extension animal science educator. “Not only do the dogs have to perform the required tasks, but they must do so in a new environment surrounded by new noises and distractions, including several other dogs in the same arena,” Jennings said.

 

The show will begin with Obedience Beginner Novice 1, Beginner Novice 2, and Pre Novice at 9am. Followed by The upper level Obedience Classes and Showmanship classes at 1pm. The public is welcome to attend the show. The food stand, run by the Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment center, will have lunch and snacks for sale.

 

“We are very excited to be hosting this year’s State 4-H Dog Show,” says Judy Lohse, 4-H Volunteer and Manager of Granny Rose Animal Shelter. “We hope that Illinois 4-H families and friends enjoy the facility and what we have to offer.”

 

While the show will take place on Saturday, volunteers of the K-9 Enrichment Center will be holding an Agility Fun Day on Sunday, August 26. The Center is proud to offer this Agility Fun Day packed with 4 fun filled areas for kids (8-18) & canines! Each arena will have different activities, including, tunnels, weaves, dog walk, tire jump, and more!

 

The Agility Fun Day is open to all 4-H Exhibitors as well as the public for $5 per dog. Check in will be 8-9am with information and events starting at 9am. Pre-registration is available at www.grannyrosek-9.org.

 

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U of I Extension Programs

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

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop Next Date August 21-10:30-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

 

Cooking with Herbs, August 22, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 2018-5:30 pm-York Township Public Library, Thomson

Join Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro once a month at the Thomson Library for a lesson on herbs. Learn how to grow, harvest, and preserve the herbs.  Participants will cook a light meal and create an herbal blend to enjoy at home. To register for this program contact the Thomson library at 815-259-2480.

 

Share Your Life Story: Chapter 4, Fridays, Aug 24-September 21-10-11:30 am-Sterling Public Library

This writing series for all abilities will explore how to get started in sharing your life story and will include writing sessions and activities.  Previous writing experience is not required.  This 2018 series is a continuation from previous Life Story Writing Workshops; new participants are welcome to join at any time.  This workshop will be held on Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning on August 24th through September 21st at the Sterling Public Library Community Room, 102 West Third Street in Sterling.  This writing series is free and open to the public.  To pre-register for the series or for more information, visit go.illinois.edu/2018lifestorysterling or call 815-632-3611.     

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date August 28-10-11:30am-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

 

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

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, September 6-10:30am- 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, September 6-1:30-3pm-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

 

Pressure Canner Testing, September 8-9-noon-Dixon Farmers Market, Hay Market Square Park

To ensure safety in the home canning process, pressure canner lid gauges should be tested annually. University of Illinois Extension would like to help you be safe by providing free gauge tests this summer at the Dixon Farmers Market on July 14, August 11 and September 8 from 9-noon. No registration necessary, just bring your canner dial or dial and lid if the dial does not detach to the market for free testing.

 

Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Fall Series-Sept 11, Sept 25, Oct 9-1:30pm- All County Offices

Four Seasons Gardening, a 12-session program presented by University of Illinois Extension will begin the fall series on September 11 with Spring Flowering Bulbs.  Join Jennifer Fishburn, Extension Horticulture Educator, to learn about selection, planting and care for spring flowering bulbs during this webinar program. 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

 

Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy Webinar, Sept 13 & 27- noon-1pm- At Home Webinar

University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development will air two live webinars on Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy, both on Thursdays at Noon on September 13th and 27th. In the first webinar on cost control, Scott Tess, Environmental Sustainability Manager for the City of Urbana, will share strategies and experiences to make your municipality an easy, fast, and cheap place for solar energy installations for both public and private sector properties.  In the second webinar on September 27th, Rick Swan, Fond du Lac Township Supervisor and Executive Director of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, will cover solar farm implementation and his experiences leading a community-supported solar panel installation, following 2016 state legislation approving small to mid-sized solar operations. Register online for this webinar at

go.illinois.edu/solarenergy

 

Cooking with Herbs, Sept 20, 2018-5:30 pm-Mt. Carroll Public Library

Join Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro at the Mt. Carroll Library for a lesson on herbs. Learn how to grow, harvest, and preserve the herbs Mint and Rosemary. Participants will cook a light meal and create an herbal blend to enjoy at home. To register for this program contact the Mt. Carroll library at 815-244-1751.

 

 

Blooming Through Therapeutic Horticulture, November 2, 2018- 9am-Noon-Sterling Federal Bank

Three-session seminar for long term care providers which include activity directors, recreation staff, social workers, administration, volunteers, and special education teachers to learn about providing therapeutic horticulture programming in their facilities and agencies. There is a $15 registration fee and an additional fee if CEU’s are desired. Please register online at go.illinois.edu/blooming

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U of I Extension Programs

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

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop Next Date August 21-10:30-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

 

Cooking with Herbs, August 22, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 2018-5:30 pm-York Township Public Library, Thomson

Join Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro once a month at the Thomson Library for a lesson on herbs. Learn how to grow, harvest, and preserve the herbs.  Participants will cook a light meal and create an herbal blend to enjoy at home. To register for this program contact the Thomson library at 815-259-2480.

 

Share Your Life Story: Chapter 4, Fridays, Aug 24-September 21-10-11:30 am-Sterling Public Library

This writing series for all abilities will explore how to get started in sharing your life story and will include writing sessions and activities.  Previous writing experience is not required.  This 2018 series is a continuation from previous Life Story Writing Workshops; new participants are welcome to join at any time.  This workshop will be held on Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning on August 24th through September 21st at the Sterling Public Library Community Room, 102 West Third Street in Sterling.  This writing series is free and open to the public.  To pre-register for the series or for more information, visit go.illinois.edu/2018lifestorysterling or call 815-632-3611.     

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date August 28-10-11:30am-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

 

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

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, September 6-10:30am- 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, September 6-1:30-3pm-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

 

Pressure Canner Testing, September 8-9-noon-Dixon Farmers Market, Hay Market Square Park

To ensure safety in the home canning process, pressure canner lid gauges should be tested annually. University of Illinois Extension would like to help you be safe by providing free gauge tests this summer at the Dixon Farmers Market on July 14, August 11 and September 8 from 9-noon. No registration necessary, just bring your canner dial or dial and lid if the dial does not detach to the market for free testing.

 

Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Fall Series-Sept 11, Sept 25, Oct 9-1:30pm- All County Offices

Four Seasons Gardening, a 12-session program presented by University of Illinois Extension will begin the fall series on September 11 with Spring Flowering Bulbs.  Join Jennifer Fishburn, Extension Horticulture Educator, to learn about selection, planting and care for spring flowering bulbs during this webinar program. 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

 

Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy Webinar, Sept 13 & 27- noon-1pm- At Home Webinar

University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development will air two live webinars on Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy, both on Thursdays at Noon on September 13th and 27th. In the first webinar on cost control, Scott Tess, Environmental Sustainability Manager for the City of Urbana, will share strategies and experiences to make your municipality an easy, fast, and cheap place for solar energy installations for both public and private sector properties.  In the second webinar on September 27th, Rick Swan, Fond du Lac Township Supervisor and Executive Director of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, will cover solar farm implementation and his experiences leading a community-supported solar panel installation, following 2016 state legislation approving small to mid-sized solar operations. Register online for this webinar at

go.illinois.edu/solarenergy

 

Cooking with Herbs, Sept 20, 2018-5:30 pm-Mt. Carroll Public Library

Join Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro at the Mt. Carroll Library for a lesson on herbs. Learn how to grow, harvest, and preserve the herbs Mint and Rosemary. Participants will cook a light meal and create an herbal blend to enjoy at home. To register for this program contact the Mt. Carroll library at 815-244-1751.

 

 

Blooming Through Therapeutic Horticulture, November 2, 2018- 9am-Noon-Sterling Federal Bank

Three-session seminar for long term care providers which include activity directors, recreation staff, social workers, administration, volunteers, and special education teachers to learn about providing therapeutic horticulture programming in their facilities and agencies. There is a $15 registration fee and an additional fee if CEU’s are desired. Please register online at go.illinois.edu/blooming

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Included with the crews from BorgWarner this year at Dixon Habitat were Jim Timmer (L) and Aaron Fedor (R).  The Dixon Habitat home is currently being sided and wired for electricity.

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Governor Signs New Law to Facilitate Access to Physical Therapy Services

Reduced opioid use among the benefits predicted

 

 Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed House Bill 4643, which allows consumers to pursue and begin physical therapy services without a doctor’s referral while still ensuring professional medical oversight safeguards.   The law, effective immediately, permits physical therapists to evaluate clients and determine a treatment plan without first having to submit a diagnosis for a health care professional’s approval, speeding the path to relief and healing.   Under the legislation, a physical therapist providing services without a referral from a health care professional must notify the patient’s treating health care professional within five business days that the patient is receiving physical therapy. This does not apply to those seeking physical therapy for general, non-injury-related fitness or wellness.   “The most important benefit, however, is that studies have shown an amazing 90 percent reduction in opioid use when consumers have access to physical therapy,” he continued. “Since physical therapy is a non-addictive treatment that helps manage pain, thousands of Illinois pain sufferers will get relief without opioids. The health and cost benefits of this alone are staggering.”   “This bill was a result of collaboration within Illinois’ health care community on behalf of patients in Illinois,” said Colleen Flannery, executive director of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. “We thank Gov. Rauner for making it a priority today, and we are grateful for the unanimous, bipartisan support of the General Assembly.”  

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Jeffrey "Todd" McThenia Memorial Tennis Tournament

The Coloma Township Park District will host the Jeffrey “Todd” McThenia Memorial Tennis Tournament to benefit the Whiteside County Cancer Fund.  Todd was a 1983 Graduate of Rock Falls High School and played on the varsity tennis team.  He went on to play tennis for 2 years under Coach Frank Palumbo on a scholarship at Sauk Valley College.  After Sauk, Todd received a scholarship to play at St. Francis College in Joliet.   While attending St. Francis College over Christmas break in 1988 Todd received tragic news that he had cancer.  Todd began his treatment immediately.  His days consisted of a treatment eveveryday, Monday through Friday, attending classes and participating in tennis practice.  Todd was a computer science major and during the time he kept up this grueling schedule he was able to make the "Dean’s List.” After a valiant fight Todd passed away on March 9, 1991 at the young age of 26 years.  Todd’s many friends especially Marc Wolens and Dick Akridge, began and still continue to direct the tennis tournament in Todd’s honor.  All proceeds from the tournament go to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund to be used locally to help cancer patients.  Everyone is welcome to play in the tournament and donations are welcome.  Donations can be sent to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund or to the Coloma Township Park District in Todd’s name.  The Todd McThenia Memorial Doubles Tennis Tournament sponsored by Wheelock Furniture and the Coloma Township Park District will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018.  All entrants may play Mens and Womens Doubles beginning at 9:00 am and Mixed Doubles at 1:00 PM.    The tournaments are open to all persons 16 and older wishing to participate.  The tournament directors will be Marc Wolens and Dick Akridge.   Matches will be played at the tennis court facilities located in Centennial Park in Rock Falls. Each team must supply a new can of Championship balls.  Winners keep the new can; losers take the used can.  Balls must be yellow and not seconds.  All of the tennis courts at Centennial Park will be closed to the public on the days the Tennis Tournaments are being played.  Rain date for the tournament will be Sunday, August 19, 2018.

 

 

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8th Annual Touch-A-Truck

This past Saturday a large crowd turned out to attend the 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck event was held on the Rock Falls Riverfront.    This event is sponsored by the Rock Falls Optimist Club.   Those large crowd in attendance had over 70 vehicles and displays to explore.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with John Watts of the Optimist Club and Brian Jones of the Wheel House who was working at the “Paint the Plow”

exhibit ……..

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The Optimist Club’s motto is “Friend of Youth”.  They donate many scholarships for local youth and contribute to other causes the help area youth. 

 

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Brittany Williams and Kids Speak with Tammy Nehrkorn at Touch-A-Truck

The 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck event was held on the Rock Falls Riverfront on Satuday.  This event is sponsored by the Rock Falls Optimist Club.   Those large crowd in attendance had over 70 vehicles and displays to explore.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Britany Williams and her children on Saturday…….

 

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The Optimist Club members also held a cookout featuring Selmi’s sweet corn to raise money for the club’s activities that benefit local youth. 

 

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Cameron Fiorini Hosts Lemonade Stand in Sterling on Saturday

Lemonade Day is a fun and experiental learning program that teaches youth how to start and operate their own business.  On Saturday, Cameron Fiorini, age 4, hosted a lemonade stand beside the Sterling Post Office.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Lindsey and Cameron Fiorini on Saturday afternoon…..

 

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The first lemonade “soft drink” debuted in Paris on August 20th, 1630. 

 

 

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Touch-A-Truck #1

On Saturday the Rock Falls Optimist Club hosted their 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck on the Rock Falls Riverfront.  There were over 70 vehicles and displays on hand for the kids to explore and learn how those vehicles make our community work.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn was on hand and spoke with people at this event…..

 

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The Optimist Club members also held a cookout featuring Selmi’s sweet corn to raise money for the club’s activities that benefit local youth. 

 

 

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Dixon Kiwanis Club help Dixon Habitat for Humanity

Dixon Kiwanis Club helped Dixon Habitat start the siding on the 2018 project home.  Pictured above in the back row from the left are: Justin Wiggins, Greg Hicks, Aaron Young, Matt Drennan, and Brad Hunsberger; and in the front row are Dee Dee Cibu and Don Knight.  Not pictured: Andy McFarland.

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Touch-A-Truck is Saturday in Rock Falls

Saturday the Rock Falls Optimist Club will be sponsoring their 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck on the Rock Falls Riverfront.  This is a free event for the community to give the opportunity to explore all types of vehicles.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with John Watts, of the Rock Falls Optimist Club for an update on this event……

 

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There will all types of vehicles and even some flying machines too.  This event is free and open to the public. 

 

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Food and Water Safety During Power Outages from the FDA

Power Outages: During and After

When the Power Goes Out . . .

Here are basic tips for keeping food safe:

  1. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
    • The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.
    • full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  2. Buy dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep an 18 cubic foot, fully stocked freezer cold for two days.
  3. If you plan to eat refrigerated or frozen meat, poultry, fish, or eggs while they are still at safe temperatures, it is important that each item is thoroughly cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature to ensure that any foodborne bacteria that may be present are destroyed. However, if at any point the food was above 40º F for 2 hours or more (or 1 hour if temperatures are above 90 º F) — discard it.

Once Power is Restored . . .

Determine the safety of your food:

  1. If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the freezer thermometer reads 40° F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen.
  2. If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. You can’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40° F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.
  3. Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or leftovers) that has been at temperatures above 40° F for 2 hours or more (or 1 hour if temperatures are above 90º F).

Perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed, even when they are thoroughly cooked.  Source: FDA

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Rock Falls Police Seek Man in Aggravated Battery at Rock Falls Walmart

On August 8, 2018 Rock Falls Police obtained an arrest warrant in for Ryan L. Charleston, age 35.  Charleston is wanted on charges of Aggravated Battery stemming from an incident on August 6, 2018 at the Rock Falls Walmart store.  Charleston is alleged to have struck a male employee in the head with a blunt object before fleeing the store on foot.  The employee sustained significant injuries and was hospitalized.  Charleston was identified by an eyewitness after numerous tips to police named Charleston as the suspect.   Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ryan L. Charleston is asked to call the Rock Falls Police Department at 815-622-1140. To report a tip anonymously, call Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-STOP (7867)    

 

The charges against Mr. Charleston are merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Rock Falls Optimist Club's 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck to be Held Saturday

The Rock Falls Optimist Club will be sponsoring their 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck will be this Saturday on the Rock Falls Riverfront.  This is a free event for the community to give kids….and kids at heart… the opportunity to explore all types of vehicles.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with John Watts, of the Rock Falls Optimist Club for an update on this event……

 

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The Optimist Club members will be selling Selmi’s Sweet corn and other food items with the proceeds going to their youth programs.  While they last….backpacks with school supplies will be given away by TCC wireless. 

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Booker Sponsoring Kids Pedal Pull at Whiteside County Fair

John Booker candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff announces for the second year in a row Booker for Sheriff will be sponsoring the Kids pedal pull at the Whiteside County Fair . The two day event will be Tuesday August 14 at 2:00 pm

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Burglary in Rural Fulton

On 08/08/18 at 6:50 a.m., the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a burglary in rural Fulton.  Deputies reported that sometime during the overnight hours, unknown subjects entered onto the property, and  while on the property, the business and vehicles were broken into and numerous items of value were taken.  The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office Detective Section is investigating this burglary.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Whiteside County  Sheriff’s Office at 815-772-4044 or Crime Stoppers  at 815-625-7867 with any information.

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Rock River Hospice & Home

Nov. 10-18, 2018           Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees Country Store

Find that special gift or holiday baked good for yourself, your family or friends at the Festival of Trees Country Store. The store will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Northland Mall in Sterling, IL, and will remain open through Sunday, Nov. 18.  For more information, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

 

Nov. 13-18, 2018          Rock River Hospice & Home 29th Festival of Trees

The 29th Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees, features decorated trees and holiday items, a Country Store, Table Settings, Silent Auction Items, Entertainment and more. The Festival of Trees will be held at Northland Mall in Sterling, Nov. 13-18. For more information, or to find out how you can participate, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

 

Dec. 1, 2018                 Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees Gala

Celebrate the 29th Festival of Trees and the holiday season at the Gala Evening on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Deer Valley Banquets in Deer Grove, IL. Enjoy a cocktail hour with silent auction items, followed by dinner with a live and dessert auction, all benefitting hospice services in the Sauk Valley area. For more information, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.Additional details to be announced.

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