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Tick ... tick ... tick Lostant school board looks for flooding answers By Ken Schroeder

LOSTANT – In a marathon meeting on June 24 that included an executive session lasting nearly four hours, the Lostant Grade School board discussed basement flooding issues that have plagued

the school for some time. School architect Bob Johnson talked about options that were presented at the last meeting and his current recommendations. “Last month, one thing we talked was a French drain constructed in the courtyard,” Johnson said.

“I came out here with our engineer. We talked about that some more and decided this was not an idea that was worthwhile.” A French drain is a sloped trench filled with gravel and a pipe to divert water away from a building’s foun-

dation. Instead, Johnson presented the board with two different possibilities for alleviating the problem. The first option would be to add a new concrete storm sewer basin on the west side of the school courtyard which would connect with an already existing 8-inch sewer drain.

“There are some problems with that,” Johnson said. “First of all, you’ve got a small pond that has to be eliminated. There’s a wood storage shed that would have to be moved. And the equipment that would be needed to do the work would have to be lifted over the courtyard passageway into the courtyard.”

The alternative plan would run a 3-inch pipe north front the existing sump pump to a storm sewer manhole located just north of the building. This plan would require removal and replacement of a sidewalk west of the building.

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TGS considers storage of emails By Barb Kromphardt

TONICA – The Tonica Grade School board took steps at its meeting June 19 to store its email communications. The board held the first reading of a board policy that would call for emails to be archived. Superintendent John Suarez said the district currently has no policy regarding the archiving of emails, and the policy under consideration would determine which emails to save, which do not need to be saved, and how to dispose of emails that don’t need to be saved. “If the district is sued or a Freedom of Information Act request filed, we have to have a policy in place to retain emails,” Suarez said. In 2006, the Supreme Court mandated for the storage of electronic records and the need to implement an email archiving system. The 2006 amendment to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires that schools and other public entities be able to produce electronically stored information from staff members, such as email and other digital communications, during the “discovery process” in lawsuits. “This is the law,” Suarez said. “This is something we need to abide by.” The board will vote on the policy following a second reading at its July board meeting.

“We don’t want students submitting any homework with a personal email address. We have to follow the law.” John Suarez

Until then, the board, on a split vote, approved of a system to archive the emails. The board approved the use of Google Vault for the 2013-14 school year, at a cost of $625 per year. Suarez said the system will save emails and have a searchable data base. Suarez said the staff and all students would switch to Google email accounts, or Gmail. Students would use this account instead of any personal accounts. “We don’t want students submitting any homework with a personal email address,” he said. “We have to follow the law.” Some board members questioned approving the Google Vault program before officially adopting the board policy. The motion passed on a 4-2 vote, with board members Brian Marcinkus and Dusty Freeman voting against the measure. Board member Regan Sluder was absent.

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Learning about fire Lostant librarian Chris Hubbard shows some area children the proper way to build a fire earlier this month. Hubbard also taught the children about fire safety before ending the day with banana boats. Watch the Tonica News for more information about area library summer programs.

IV Alzheimer’s Group takes new direction By Ken Schroeder

PERU – Due to conflicting views of how to serve the needs of the Illinois Valley and its residents, the Illinois Valley Alzheimer’s Group has severed ties with the Peoria Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and will be providing its services locally. “There were ways we wanted to spend our money. We wanted to

give $2,400 to research, but they wouldn’t allow us to,” said Peg Gonet, support group facilitator. “It’s been kind of a, ‘They need us and our funding, but they won’t help us.’ This has been a problem for us for the last year.” As a result of the break, the funding that the IVAG receives from donations and events will stay in the Illinois Valley to provide assistance for local residents.


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Many of the local volunteers of the IVAG have been working with the organization since 2000. Most started as the planning group of the Illinois Valley Memory Walk, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. This group planned several additional fundraisers throughout the year, including the Boo Milby Memory Run which more than doubled the income of the Alzheimer’s Association that came from

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the Illinois Valley. “The Memory Walk itself only made about $7,500 the first year I was involved. After Joanne Milby organized the 5K run in honor of her husband, that amount tripled,” said Kelly Klobucher, former Memory Walk coordinator. “This effort was independent for the association, but the Milby family generously donated the entire

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Seeking Sources Illinois State Police and the Tonica Fire Department respond to a two-vehicle accident that took place June 22 near the former Village Inn. One driver and her passenger required medical treatment. The other driver, Bamsi Pothuganti of Bloomington, was ticketed for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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According to police, Bamsi Pothuganti of Bloomington, was travelling on Richardson Road when he failed to stop at the intersection with Route 251. He struck a vehicle driven by Verna Auchstetter of Peru in the side.

Both plans would require installing new floor drains and piping in the basement as well as expanding the current sump and replacing the current pump with two new pumps to handle the load. After discussion, the board directed Johnson to solicit bids for both plans to be discussed at the next board meeting on July 24. In other action, the board: • Reversed a decision made last month to not renew the district’s Illinois Elementary School Association membership. That decision would have prevented student athletes from participating in post-season play. However, due to an intergovernmental agreement with Tonica

The board went into executive, or closed, session at 7:15 p.m. and did not emerge until about 11 p.m. According to the agenda, the purpose of the closed session was to “consider the employment, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees in the district.” Following the meeting, Superintendent Sandra Malahy said she could not comment on what was discussed. The only action taken after the session was the hiring of two new teachers for the district.

Grade School concerning some sports teams, the school is required to participate after Tonica renewed its membership unless Lostant and Tonica agreed to break the agreement. • Hired two new teachers. Stephanie Thompson will be the new junior high health and P.E. teacher and Alicia Bennett was hired as an elementary teacher. • Heard about pend-

of Peru, were transported to Illinois Valley Community Hospital. Verna Auchstetter was treated and released while Mary Auchstetter was admitted for observation and later released, according to IVCH.

Storm extinguishes brush fire

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Pothuganti was ticketed for failure to yield at a stop sign. Pothuganti and his passenger Adithya Reddy, also of Bloomington, refused medical treatment at the scene. Verna Auchstetter and passenger Mary Auchstetter, also

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ing legislation in Springfield from school lawyer Jim Powers. Chief among legislation that could affect the district is a proposal to shift more of the weight for teacher pensions onto individual school districts. • Discussed support staff salaries and benefits. • Approved use of the school grounds for a crisis drill by the Illinois State Police on June 25.

TONICA – The Tonica Fire Department received a call of a possible structure fire off Interstate 39 at 4:20 p.m. on June 23. After arriving on the scene, the department assessed the situation, according to Public Information Officer Rick Turri. “It was a brush pile fire that the property owner decided to burn off,” Turri said. Located west of the interstate and south of Route 71, the fire was noticed by a driver on the interstate who called it in. Because it

was reported as a structure fire, auto-aid was put into place and the Tonica Fire Department paged out Oglesby and Cedar Point fire departments. “It is better to commit before you need it than later,” said Turri. After investigating the situation, the departments were aided by the storm that came through at the same time. “With the combination of the heavy torrential downpour and all pretty well squashed the fire,” Turri said. There was no damage reported by the property owner.

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TONICA – A traffic accident that happened June 22 is under investigation by the Illinois State Police. The two-car accident

was responded to by the Illinois State Police and the Tonica Fire and Ambulance Department. It occurred at the corner of Route 251 and Richardson Road next to the former Village Inn in Tonica.

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Obituary Rev. Ronald Winsor ST. CHARLES — The Rev. Ronald James Winsor, 96, of St. Charles passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Michealsen Health Care Center in Batavia. He was born Oct. 1, 1916, on the family farm in Morris, the son of Clarence Ray and Georgia Belle (nee Aker) Winsor. He was united in marriage to Arlette Mae Brown Sept. 9, 1944, in Marseilles. Ronald began his studies at Blackburn College, Illinois Wesleyan and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. During his theological studies he served churches in Reddick, Essex and South Wilmington. Following his graduation and ordination he served Wyoming, Hopedale, Mackinaw, Piper City then Tonica and Orion being his longest before retiring from Chatham. Following his retirement in 1980, he moved to St. Charles to be closer to family and grandchildren which were so important to him. Rev. Winsor was always more than just a pastor he served his community as a Lions Club member while in Chatham and joined the St. Charles Rotary Club, becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, during his retirement. Ronald loved to learn and read: he had a wonderful mind for engineering and enjoyed science. He kept himself busy during retirement researching family genealogy, photography and woodworking. He had been a resident of the Holmstad Retirement Community in Batavia for the past nine years. He is survived by his daughter, Lynne (David) Hicks of St. Charles; a daughter-in-law, Vicki Winsor of Orion; five grandchildren, Ryan Hicks, Chad (Elizabeth) Hicks, Jennifer (Dan) Marquette, Dana (John) Dudzik and Darren (Kia) Winsor; three greatgrandchildren, Jack and Addison Dudzik, and Harry Hicks; and many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Robert (Pam) Cherry. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Arlette Mae; a daughter, Janet Ruth Winsor; a son, James Ronald Winsor; two brothers, Gordon and Lyle Winsor; and a sister, Alice Peterson. Services were held May 13 in St. Charles. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Seneca. Memorial contributions may be directed to Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174, or to the American Bible Society, P.O. Box 96812, Washington, D.C. 20090-6812 or www.

New postmaster takes over duties in Tonica By Elin Arnold

TONICA—Tonica finally has a postmaster who is permanently assigned to the community after the retirement of Mark Kreuger on Aug. 1, 2012. Brenda Sturgeon followed as Kreuger’s postmaster relief replacement, and now Postmaster Kathy Newhaulfen has taken over as of June 15 with Tonica as her permanent assignment. Newhaulfen has been with the USPS since 1994 when she started as a postmaster relief replacement. Since then she has served in the communities of Magnolia, Cornell, Blackstone, Dana, Grand Ridge and Utica and has a lot of experience in rural communities.

She attended school in Putnam County graduating from Putnam County High School. She graduated from Mid State College in Peoria and IVCC with an EMTB. She is a member of the Putnam County Emergency Medical Service as an EMTB where she volunteers and is usually on duty Saturday night to Sunday night. She has been an active member for the last nine years. She is married to Bob and they live in Magnolia. They have three sons: Bob (Kristen) of Chicago; Jason of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Cody of Greeley, Colo. “I’m glad to be here,” Newhaulfen said. “Tonica seems like a nice community and if there is anything I can do to help our customers I will. Everybody here has Tonica News photo/Elin Arnold been great.” Kathy Newhaulfen is Tonica’s new permanent postmaster.

TGS considers tuition waiver By Barb Kromphardt

In other business, the board:

TONICA – The Tonica Grade School board turned to someone with experience to learn more about waiving tuition for the children of its staff members. At the meeting June 19, Ryan Linnig, superintendent of the Dimmick School District, talked about their experience with giving fulltime employees the opportunity to have their children attend Dimmick on a tuition waiver. Linnig said it can be difficult to recruit the highest quality employees because Dimmick’s salary schedule is not competitive with bigger school districts. The tuition waiver offers those teachers an incentive at no cost to the district. The students actually result in more state aid for the school.

• Hired art teacher Darlene Wright as the new language arts instructor. Suarez said about 23 candidates applied for the position, but Wright was the only one he interviewed. “I didn’t feel we had a better candidate,” he said. The board will now need to fill the art position. • Accepted the resignation of Ashleigh Hopps as middle school science instructor. • Approved Sarah Shumway as summer autism speech-language pathologist. • After a lengthy discussion, decided to table a suggestion to increase the amount of art instruction. The board agreed to return to the issue after the negotiations with the teachers are over. • Heard the district’s application for a maintenance grant to repair a hole in the blacktop was denied. Suarez said he was told the emphasis this year was on school security. • Heard the district purchased many supplies from the Peru school district’s dissolving autism program, at considerable saving for the Tonica district. • Reviewed the preliminary Illinois Standard Achievement Test scores. Suarez said the students did “pretty good.”


From Page 1 proceeds of the run to it. It was amazing to see our community rally and support the Milby family. “The IVAG has repeatedly requested additional services and programs for this area to go along with the increase in funds raised. The Peoria Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has instead reduced resources, citing the economy, staffing issues and the distance from their office,” said Klobucher. Klobucher said the IVAG also requested assistance to pay for speakers and support group meetings. This request was denied.

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Linnig said he and two staff members are currently sending their children to Dimmick. “It’s been a really posi-

tive experience,” he said. “It says something for the quality of the education and programming the district provides.”

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law June 24 that limits compensation for many of Illinois’ elected officials. “I will continue to take every step necessary to restore fiscal stability to our state,” Quinn said. “The civic duty of an elected official requires a commitment to the greater good of the people of Illinois. I commend the legislators who voted for this bill and I encourage them to work just as hard to get the job done on public pension reform, the most important fiscal challenge of our time.” House Bill 1441 requires every member of the Illinois General Assembly to take one unpaid furlough day

“After our request was denied, we decided to use the funds raised from the 5K run and other small events to provide needed resources to the support group instead of donating it to the Peoria Chapter,” said Gonet. “We also learned the Peoria Chapter has attempted to contact sponsors of the Boo Milby Memory Run to have those donations sent to Peoria.” “On June 14, we were contacted by Nikki Vulgaris, executive director of the Peoria Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She informed us that she was cancelling our speaker for June 18 and wrote that the Peoria

Chapter will not support efforts which are independent from the association,” Gonet said. The executive committee of the Illinois Valley Alzheimer’s Group recently discussed future plans and wants to continue providing support for the community. All proceeds from the Boo Milby 5K Memory Run will stay in the area and will fund education and support programs locally. “Don’t get me wrong. I encourage people to use the 24-hour call-line and the other resources that the Peoria Chapter can offer,” Gonet said. “We’re just not affiliated with them.

“It is important that people know that if they donate to IVAG, their donation will help local people, which is something the Peoria Chapter is either unwilling or unable to do,” said Klobucher. “We’re doing rather well since the break. We’ve got money coming in because it’ll stay in the Illinois Valley. We’ve got memorials coming in,” said Gonet. “After the race, we will be donating some money to research.” The support group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Red Cross building, 1530 Fourth Street, Peru.

per month during Fiscal Year 2014, which starts July 1. It also prohibits any cost of living increases in FY 2014 for General Assembly members, state constitutional officers, state’s attorneys, and certain appointed state offices and board and commission members. In addition, the legislation sets lodging, meal and mileage reimbursement rates for all General Assembly session days at the same rate that has been in effect for the last three years.    The law passed the House April 10 by a vote of 108 to 1. It passed the Senate May 31 by a vote of 51 to 5. All area legislators voted in favor of the bill.

The Boo Milby 5K Memory Run/Walk is Aug. 17 at Northwest School in LaSalle.

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Baking it ... or winning it Adjusting to mom as primary breadwinner By Donna Barker Shaw Media Service

An estimated 40 percent of households with children now have the mothers as the primary income providers, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center. To help people make adjustments to that changing work role for couples, John Reinert, a licensed clinical professional counselor with the North Central Behavioral Health Systems, said there are things which couples can do to make their adjustments as easy as possible. The North Central Behavioral Health Systems serves the counties of Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam, Stark, Fulton and McDonough. There are a broad range of factors which enter into an individual’s or a couple’s attitudes and feelings about the woman being the primary provider, Reinert said. Those factors include whether the situation was forced upon the couple by the marketplace or was created by the couple’s preference. Other factors can include the couples’ ages, socio-economic status, education level, cultural

“Generally, the stronger her support system the easier the transition will be.” John Reinert

beliefs, levels of support from family and friends, and the emotional willingness to go “counter the current,” Reinert said. In his experience and study, the greater degree of choice for a couple yields fewer problems and concerns in most situations, Reinert said. If both partners “buy into” the decision they will “live it” more easily and with fewer problems, he added. The Pew Research Center study, with a focus on married breadwinner mothers, also showed that younger, more highly-educated couples will better accept “running counter to the current.” Also, these couples will frequently be more flexible in their acceptance of the situation even if it is imposed on them. But regardless of their age and acceptance levels, men generally seem to face some loss of self

esteem and self worth if they are either underemployed, less wellemployed than their partner, or are stay-at-home dads, Reinert said. He also said support systems are of significant importance and may range from the acceptance of family and friends to the availability of outside support groups, which have been traditionally available primarily for women. Looking at easing the transition for men into a lifestyle in which they are no longer the primary breadwinners, Reinert said the responses to that change will be impacted by the man’s other interests and parts of himself he values. The most problematic situation is one in which the man is fully focused on his job or career and has no significant other interests upon which he can focus and can gain worth. However, adjustments

are not always easy either for the woman who becomes the primary breadwinner, Reinert said. Society continues to view women as primary caregivers for their families all too often, including care to children, spouse and parents. A woman who is career focused, as many primary breadwinners are, may continue to feel the need to be both breadwinner and caregiver, he said. “This is generally a Herculean and unrealistic role expectation,” Reinert said. “Generally, the stronger her support system the easier the transition will be.” Reinert said for couples in non-traditional roles, they will need to be in solid communication with each other to safeguard their marriage, adding they will also need to seek external support systems individually or as a couple. The couple whose lives are “running counter to the current” will need a special strength to succeed, Reinert said. While the woman can support her partner to explore his other strengths to gain self worth, the man will need to be equally present to support his partner and understand the non-traditional value she brings to the relationship and family.

$101,000 headed to LaSalle Veterans Home LASALLE – Gov. Pat Quinn has announced a $101,419 capital investment for storm sewer improvements at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home. “This work will help to address site drainage issues associated with heavy rains,” Quinn said. “It will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy.” An earthen berm water retention basin will be built and associated underground piping and manholes will be installed. C & H Excavating Inc. of Earlville was the lowest of two bidders for the work at $101,419. The contract was

“Our veterans’ homes should be given the attention they deserve when needed, like it is in this case, and it is an added benefit that it will create some jobs in the area.” Sen. Sue Rezin

recently awarded following a competitive bidding process and addresses a critical infrastructure need while creating construction jobs. The Illi-

nois Capital Development Board will manage the project. “These improvements are something that the home has needed, and

I’m pleased that funds are going towards improving the quality of the home that houses those who have served our country,” Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said. “Our veterans’ homes should be given the attention they deserve when needed, like it is in this case, and it is an added benefit that it will create some jobs in the area.” “This is a project that will bring needed upgrades to a facility that is home to local veterans,” Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) said. “And it will boost the local economy in LaSalle County by helping put people back to work.”

Illinois State Police releases patrol results LASALLE – The Illinois State Police (ISP) have announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) held during the late evening hours of June 15. The patrols were conducted in LaSalle County by ISP District 17 officers. Alcohol is involved in

nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. NITE patrols are designed to keep roads safe by removing alcohol-impaired drivers. However, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid reg-

istration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken. The following citations were issued during the patrols: • Registration offenses - 1 citation / 2 warnings • Driver’s license offenses - 3 warnings

• Occupant restraint offenses - 3 citations • Total citations/arrests - 10 citations • Total written warnings - 43 warnings This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety.

Wheat report released SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Field Office of NASS released the USDA’s June Crop Production Report June 12. In Illinois, the wheat yield for the 2013 crop is estimated to average 64 bushels per acre based on the June 1 surveys, up one bushel from the May 1 forecast and up one bushel from last year. Total production would be 51.2 million bushels, an increase of 26 percent from the 2012 production of 40.6 million bushels. Farmers expect to harvest 800,000 acres for grain this year, 155,000 more than in 2012. As of June 9, 68 percent of the wheat crop was filled, compared the five-year average of 87 percent. Thirty-nine percent of the crop was turning yellow, compared to the five-year average of 58 percent. Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.51 billion bushels, up 2 percent

from the May 1 forecast but down 8 percent from 2012. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 46.1 bushels per acre, up 0.7 bushel from last month but down 1.1 bushels from last year. As of June 2, 32 percent of the winter wheat crop in the 18 major producing states was rated in good to excellent condition, 20 percentage points below the same week in 2012. Nationally, 73 percent of the winter wheat crop was headed by June 2, 7 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace. Forecasted head counts from the objective yield survey in the three soft red winter states (Illinois, Missouri and Ohio) are above last year’s levels in Illinois and Missouri but below in Ohio. Excessive spring precipitation in Illinois and Missouri reduced crop conditions during May.

Agricultural summary Fieldwork was halted and crop development slowed as rain drenched the state again last week. Farmers stopped working when rain came and flooded out parts of their fields. Corn and soybean growth has been progressing, though some rows are uneven in height due to flooding in fields. Disease has been spotted on corn and wheat because of the excess rain. Precipitation averaged 1.02 inches throughout the state, slightly above normal. Temperatures across the state averaged 74.9 degrees for the week, 1.5 degree above normal. There were 4.60 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus. Corn emerged progressed to 100 percent

compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 99 percent. Corn conditions were rated at 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Soybean planting progressed to 96 percent complete. Soybean conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Pasture conditions were rated as 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 30 percent. Activities included spraying nitrogen, applying fertilizer, cutting hay, and replanting beans and corn.

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The Editorial Page The Tonica News Sam R Fisher

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Paula Deen should know better If you can’t stand the heat... Edward Bulwer-Lytton is credited with one of the more enduring statements about the power of words. While you likely don’t know the name, you do know the phrase. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” While that is definitely true of writing, it also applies to what we say and how we say it. It also serves as a lesson to watch what you say. COMMENTARY Paula Deen apparently cut class that day. By now, it’s pretty common knowledge what she did, but for those whose source of national news comes from Fox News, she used the “N word.” Several years ago, that might not have been a major problem (See “Blazing Saddles”), but today, it’s totally unacceptable. Unless, of course, you’re a black comedian or rapper, which lets you do it with impunity for some reason. That’s a discussion for another time. Deen’s use of the racial slur is unfortunate, but supposedly understandable to many of her legion of fans. One of her supporters reasoned since she grew up in the South during the ‘50s and ‘60s, she would be prone to using such language, so it’s “OK.” Deen herself has her own excuses. She said “most jokes” are about Jews, gay people, black people and “rednecks.” “I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person,” she said. Please. Even a child knows that some words are offensive to nearly everyone. Unfortunately, they often show that knowledge by using it to taunt someone else, but they still know. Deen’s an adult. She should know better. Deen should also know that words uttered by a celebrity carry more weight for people. It doesn’t matter that the celebrity in question is no expert on whatever they’re talking about, we still think those words are more important. That’s why ad companies try to hire big names to hawk products, and presidential candidates solicit endorsements from Hollywood stars. Deen’s use of the pejorative somehow, to some people, makes it less offensive. She should know better. The assumption that she grew up in a racially charged area doesn’t hold water. I grew up during much of that same period over the river in Bureau County, and I was introduced by my peers to every racial slur they could conceive of. While I’ll admit my language is a bit salty at times, you won’t catch me using ethnic slurs. I was able to overcome the “need” to “better” myself by using racism to tear others down; it just doesn’t make sense. Deen’s fairly cosmopolitan these days. She should know better. There are several thousand people trying to convince the Food Network to renew her contract, because they feel that what she said didn’t harm anyone. It’s only words. They should know better.

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On the street

What are your plans for the fourth of July?

“I will probably be working.” Endora Esmurria, Oglesby

“Having a family cookout.” Cody Lindsay, Wenona

“Going down to Florida.” Chico Luque, Tonica

“Looking for a family cookout to go to.” Lyndsey Jones, Minonk

“Having a family breakfast and then going fishing.” Janell Lukach, Grand Ridge

The magic of music As I look around my room, I notice something. It’s something that my friends and family already know about me, but a stranger would never guess how it’s all correlated to one another. Everything is related in some way to music. The Norman Rockwell portraits were given to me from my grandmother, but my reason for taking them was because a little known band from 2001 mentioned the artist’s almost mundane paintings in one of their songs. That simple lyric sparked my interest in Mr. Rockwell’s artwork. There’s a poster I made for my speech class from magazine clippings that tell my story in which 97 percent of it is from my favorite music magazine, Alternative Press. There’s a tall shelf by my door I jokingly named after a tall guitarist and my red chair after the vocalist in the same band. My World Map has pins pointing out the birthplaces of my favorite bands. There’s a cape hung on my closet door that I wore for Halloween three years ago. I was a character from one of my friend’s comics that were inspired by our favorite musical group of the time. Countless posters and clippings plaster my walls: Faces of talented musicians, a clothing company I

Maddi Loiselle COMMENTARY found through said musicians, a poster I bought from a recent concert (complete with the confetti I snagged), and a newspaper article from my very first concert. CDs line my shelf, organized in a manner that only I understand. A guitar, ukulele, and amp reside in a corner, just waiting to be picked up again. It’s safe to say I’m a pretty big music lover ... The first decade of my life was spent with the tunes of my parents: ‘70s classic rock and country. I didn’t really get into modern music until I was 12. And then I was introduced to a wonderful alternative rock band, “My Chemical Romance,” a recently disbanded group that had their fair share of the sweet and sour times. I was pretty narrow-minded at the time, and my musical taste didn’t expand until two years ago. I mostly stayed within the confines of rock, dabbling in a little metal, before I settled on the general genre of punk. Now I like to think I enjoy a little bit of everything.

Play me a song and I will generally be fond of it because I love listening to new songs. I get the same thrill of a racecar driver sliding into his car right before a race, or an athlete winning a game. Holding a CD is like winning the lottery; it’s like I’m starting a new chapter in my life when I tear off the plastic. It’s one of the greatest feelings for me. In the words of my favorite music shop: “Music=Life.” That basically sums up my existence. Music gives me that little push I need every day, it wakes me up, and I fall asleep to it. It changed my life and continues to. I could never thank the musicians enough that fill my ears with goodness, and my life is unimaginable without it. As I slide my Hunter Hayes CD back in between Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, I am reminded of the latest CD that changed my life. Maybe you should pick a new CD up today. It just might change your life as so many others have done for me. Maddi Loiselle, 16, of Hennepin is a junior at Putnam County High School. She can be reached in care of the Putnam County Record at P.O. Box 48, Granville, IL 61326.

First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Constitution of the United States, 1789

6 Life 6 • The Tonica News • Friday, June 28, 2013


Clear Creek Quakers have been here since the 1830s By Dixie Schroeder

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Lostant girls graduate Two Lostant residents were not pictured in the graduation section that ran in the May 24 edition of the Tonica News. MacKayla Urbanowski (left) graduated eighth grade from Holy Family School, Oglesby. Abby Vietti (right) graduated from Lostant Grade School but was not enrolled there on photo day.

Genealogy Guild to meet OTTAWA – The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild will meet at 1 p.m. July 20 at the Guild library, 115 W. Glover St., Ottawa. The speaker for this meeting will be Carol Chandler, who will present a program on “The Orphan Trains, the history and the personal side of the story.” Chandler is a retired nurse from Dixon, who

is also a board member of the Lee County Genealogical Society. She is very active in numerous community affairs and serves on several boards. Chandler first became aware of the orphan trains about five years ago when her long-time friend was told by her mother that her grandmother had come west on an orphan train.

Exercising with diabetes will be discussed PERU — An athletic trainer will offer advice on how people living with diabetes can safely exercise at the next meeting of the IVCH Diabetes Academy at 4 p.m. July 11 in the meeting room of Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s Sixth Street office building in Peru. Kayla Olson, ATC, will talk about the benefits of regular exercise and the importance of monitoring blood sugar before and after exercising. She is

an athletic trainer on the staff of the IVCH Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics. Olson’s presentation will be followed by a demonstration of tai chi exercises by Vonda Spanbauer. The IVCH Diabetes Academy is a free monthly education and support program for people who are dealing with diabetes. Family members are also welcome to attend. For more information, call 815-780-3576.

Results from June 18 Edgewood Ladies League The Edgewood Ladies League played golf on June 18. Hostesses were Judy Hopkins and Roberta Henson. The play of the day was gross minus worst two holes. Winners were: Diane

Chiado, “A” Flight; Dolly Piccoli, “B” Flight and Marge Van Ness, “C” Flight. Dolly Piccoli had the low net and shared low putts with Catherine Gregrich. Jan Booker won chip-ins.

Open house planned LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Adult Day Center will host an open house event at 1:30 p.m. June 28. Located on the first floor of Robert Hughett Towers at 1020 Second St. in LaSalle, the day center cares for older adults who can no longer stay at home alone but

don’t require the full-time care received in a nursing home. The open house will have a luau theme with music provided by Hit ‘N Miss. For more information, call 815-223-0891. The Illinois Valley Adult Day Center is a department of Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

MCNABB – The Clear Creek Quakers have been a quiet, steady presence in the Putnam County area since the 1830s. Many of the families immigrated to the area and settled in the Clear Creek part of Magnolia Township. After holding meetings on an informal basis in family homes, the group organized into a formal Monthly Meeting, which is the name for their local church. The group initially built a meeting house as well as a cemetery. As the group grew and time passed, the initial Meeting House was outgrown and in 1867 a larger building was built nearby to the old Meeting House. The Clear Creek Friends then grouped with other Quaker organizations in Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois to form a Yearly Meeting in 1874. “The meeting house today is the original Quaker meeting house for the Illinois Yearly Meeting,” said Grace Mesner, a member of the church. “They then purchased some land across the road and made it into a campground.” To complete the needs for a Yearly Meeting, the Yearly Meeting group purchased the house next door to the present building and had renovated it according to their needs. Mesner estimated there are six to eight Yearly Meetings across the United States a year. These Yearly Meetings are made up of the smaller groups

Tonica News photo/Dixie Schroeder

Jeannie Marvin (from left), Kay Drake, and Rachel Mershon take time to reflect at the Clear Creek Meeting House. throughout the area they are based in. The Clear Creek Quakers have stepped up to assume the responsibility of maintenance for the properties. There are two types of Quaker services. One is pastor led; and one is not. The Quaker faith is based in peace. Members practice simplicity, integrity, equality and community service. Early on, Quakers have helped in reforming prisons, helping free slaves and giving them an education, working toward equality for women and also promoting care for the earth. Locally, a typical Quaker service has people sitting in silence, commun-

ing with God on a one to one basis. According to Mesner, God will reveal a message to the individual. That message is sometimes shared and sometimes not. “It is almost the opposite of other services,” said Jeannie Marvin, a member of the church. “Instead it is more listening or something. It’s a small distinction but you are listening as an individual.” The Clear Creek Quakers average about an hour for their weekly services. A wedding service is totally in the hands of the bride and groom. Marvin said, “We had one where they got up

and married themselves. Afterwards they signed the certificate.” The Quaker services also address the needs of the kids in the congregation. Children are often brought in for the last 10 minutes of the worship service so that they can share what they have learned earlier. Attendees for the weekly Clear Creek Meetings come from Ottawa, Bloomington, Washington, Lacon, Granville, Peoria and even Burlington, Iowa. The Illinois Yearly meeting was held starting June 19-23. The theme for the event was “Joy: Still a Gift of the Spirit.”

Chuck wagon dinner and cowboy shows UTICA — Starved Rock Lodge at Starved Rock State Park in Utica will begin hosting its summertime chuck wagon dinner and cowboy shows at 5 p.m. June 30. The chuck wagon dinners will take place at Fox Ridge, the Lodge’s outdoor entertainment venue. The evening includes dinner cooked

over the chuck wagon fire, music and entertainment by Randy Erwin, and lessons about the history and rules of the chuck wagon as well as games and rope trick lessons. Dinner includes cowboy snacks, steak or chicken for adults, hamburgers or hot dogs for kids, tossed salad, cole slaw, cornbread, cowboy

beans, skillet fried potatoes and cobbler for dessert. Reservations are required and space is limited. Admission is $45 for adults and $32 for children 10 and under. To make a reservation, call 815-220-7386. Other summer chuck wagon dates include July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 18, and Sept. 8.

Starved Rock Lodge will host survival workshop on June 30 UTICA — Starved Rock Lodge at Starved Rock State Park in Utica is taking registrations for “What 2 Know Before You Go,” a survival workshop where participants will learn strategies for survival in a variety of common and not-socommon settings and situations. The workshop will be presented by Ron Nosek of Elmhurst and will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

June 30 at Fox Ridge, the Lodge’s outdoor education venue. This workshop includes real-life stories and hands-on participation. This program has proven invaluable to all who enjoy the outdoors, regardless of skill level. Nosek will share his list of essential survival items. The list of items is short. They are small and lightweight and all of them can

easily fit into a fanny pack. Any one of them could turn a potential emergency survival situation into a brief detour. The cost to participate is $10 per person. Groups of three or more will be offered special pricing and should call the Lodge at 815-220-7386 for information. Space for this workshop is limited and reservations are required.

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Recipe Corner The nice sweet smell and taste of fresh strawberries — there’s nothing better. There are so many great recipes using strawberries. Why not try one of these!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Restoration continues at Mount Palatine Cemetery Work is ongoing at the Mount Palatine Cemetery, located east of McNabb. Earlier this year, the state allowed the cemetery board to begin a project to locate and restore as many of the markers as possible. To cover the expenses of this restoration, the Mount Palatine Cemetery and Putnam County Historical Society have entered into an agreement. The historical society will accept donations earmarked for the project under its 501(c) classification.

IVCH Tennis Classic will be played July 5-6 PERU/LASALLE – Noon on July 2 is the deadline to register for the 2013 edition of the IVCH Tennis Classic. The year’s event will be played July 5-7 on the tennis courts at Washington Park and Sunset Park in Peru and Hegeler Park in LaSalle. The tournament has divisions for all age groups and both sexes, including men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles,

mixed doubles, and boys’ and girls’ singles for players age 13 and under, and age 17 and under. The entry fee is $12 per person per event. Registration can be done online at www. For more information, contact Steve Hammers at sshammers@gmail. com or 815-326-2070 or call Janice Grabowski at 815-228-8200 or Jeff and Sue Blanco at 815-883-9227.

Library Corner Back by popular demand, Lance Lipinsky, star impersonator of Jerry Lee Lewis in “The Million Dollar Quartet”, will take to the Heartland Bank Stage for two big shows in back-to-back performances on June 28.

Summer Fun Fest will continue through Sunday OGLESBY — The Oglesby Summer Fun Fest will take place June 27-30 on the grounds surrounding the municipal swimming pool. There will be lots of free parking. Every day there will be food booths, carnival rides and games, beer gardens, a Redwood log house on display and pony rides. Throughout the weekend there will be a myriad of events including: farmers market, garage sales, corn sale, 3-mile run/walk, book sale, craft show, kids party, amateur boxing, magic show, bags tournament and wine and

beer tasting. On Friday, The Breakfast Club Band, a highenergy tribute to the ‘80s, and The Lance Lipinsky Show, a Jerry Lee Lewis tribute band, will perform. Saturday is the Country Music, Red Solo Cup Night featuring The Young Guns and Hillbilly Rockstarz. The festival will close on Sunday with a performance by the Brooze Bros. and the Big Fun Band, a Blues Brothers tribute band, and a fireworks display. For a complete listing on events and times, go to

Lostant Public Library June 30 – At 10:30 a.m. the library hosts preschool storytime. Babies and preschool children with their parents are welcome to attend. LaSalle Public Library July 1 – Dino-Mites Preschool Storytime, especially for kids aged 3 through 5 years, at 10:30 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m., for children who can sit for a story and work with their grown-up on a simple craft. Enjoy fun dino stories and crafts together. Registration is required. July 1 – A Teen Summer Book Discussion on “I Am the Messenger” by Markus Zusak will be held at 4 p.m. What happens when three teen companions reach the age of “unwinding,” a time when parents or the state can eliminate them as undesirables and harvest their body parts for oth-

ers? Who is sending down-and-out cabbie, Ed Kennedy, secret messages, encoded on playing cards... messages that compel Ed to intervene in life-altering situations, enabling him to help others? Part myth, part mystery, adventure and romance ... it happens every November – the Scorpio Races ... who will win? For readers ages 12 and up. It is not necessary to be a LaSalle Public Library card holder, but it is essential that participants have a library card in good standing. July 2 – Preschool Storytime Express will continue through summer reading at 11:45 a.m. Like Dino-Mites, it is for children aged 3 through 5 years who can sit for a story and work with their grownup on a simple craft. Stories and linked to individual letters in the alphabet are complemented by an alphabet craft. Registration required.

1 pound asparagus spears 1/2 cup bottled poppy seed dressing or Italian dressing 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 1 tablespoon orange juice 8 cups torn fresh spinach 2 cups sliced strawberries 3/4 to 1 pound cooked turkey, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/4 cup pecan halves Snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus. Scrape off scales. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Cook the asparagus pieces covered in a small amount of boiling water for 4 to 6 minutes, just until crisp tender. Rinse with cold water. Let stand in cold water till cool, drain. Meanwhile, for dressing, in a medium mixing bowl stir together the poppy seed or Italian dressing, orange peel, and orange juice and set aside. In a salad bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries, turkey and asparagus. Add the dressing mixture, tossing to coat. To serve divide mixture among 4 dinner plates. Sprinkle with pecans. Makes 4 main dish servings.

Strawberry Muffins 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt 1 stick margarine, melted and cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen unsweetened strawberries In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, yogurt, margarine and vanilla, mix well. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in strawberries. Fill muffin cups coated with non-stick cooking spray or lined with paper liners two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm. Do you have a strawberry recipe you’d like to share with other readers? Email it to me at Please remember to include your name, address and telephone number (telephone number won’t be published). Happy Strawberry-ing!

Putnam County Community Center menus July 1 — Baked pork chop, mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, tropical fruit, white bread. July 2 — Chicken rice casserole, mixed vegetables, fruit cocktail, fruit juice, wheat bread. July 3 — Hamburger on a bun, potato wedges, pea salad, nectarine, flag cake. July 4 — PCCC Closed, Happy Fourth of July. July 5 — PCCC congregate. Meal site closed. ••• Items for the Community section can be emailed to

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8 History/Class 8 • The Tonica News • Friday, June 28, 2013

History ... according to the Tonica News 10 years ago The Tonica Grade School track girls set a new record for the 4x200 relay and the 4x400 relay. The old record was broken at the state tournament. Members of the relays included Megan Moore, Brittnee Wojciechowski, Kari Brechkenridge and Brittany Janz. The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association had announced the list of area coaches receiving awards of excellence for the 2002-03 school year. Ron Kreiser of Tonica, the seventh-grade boy’s basketball coach at Fieldcrest East in Wenona, received the Coach of the Year honor for the second time in his career.

20 years ago At Tonica, the 112th Memorial Day services were held. A special presentation was made by Joyce Marshall to honor Wilson Warrner for his contribution to the services over the years. He was presented with a plaque that had a silhouette of Abraham Lincoln on it. The plaque was from the Tonica Memorial Committee and the community of Tonica. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Joe Ebner, the son of Eugene and Mary Ebner of rural Tonica, reported for duty at AEGIS Training Center in Dahlgren, Va. He graduated in 1977 from Tonica Community High School and joined the Navy in December 1986.

The Tonica Parent Volunteer program had a very successful first year at Tonica Grade School. The parents involved in the program included Pam Ford, Mary Ellen Goodbred, Sue Goodwin, Mary Hiester, Rene Messino, Kathy Milner, Kay Shepard, Vicki Storm, Rhonda Strack, Ginny Thompson and Bill Widdicombe. From Jan. 19 to the end of May more than 500 hours of volunteer time were given. Tonica Grade School held its graduation May 28 with 23 students graduating. John Reardon was the eighth-grade class advisor and he had the honor of presenting the salutatorian Scott Alleman and valedictorian Shelly Obermiller each with a trophy in recognition of their accomplishments. The students from the Class of 1993 will attend LaSalle-Peru High School.

30 years ago Amy Mertel and Nicole Perry, both of Lostant, were among the 1,344 students at Illinois State University that were recognized for scholarship by being included on the dean’s list for the spring semester that ended May 7. Michelle Ernat of rural Tonica was among the more than 1,350 undergraduate students at Western Illinois University named to the Dean’s List for the 1993 spring semester. Mr. and Mrs. Randall (Brenda Sons) Burkart of Peru became

the parents of their second child on May 27, 1993. Britney Jean was welcomed home by big brother Ben. Scott and Beth (Aimone) Carr are the parents of a son, Matthew Scott, born May 26 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. Matthew joins big sister Megan Elizabeth, age 2. Tonica High School announced the valedictorian for the 1983 graduating class was Debra Strack, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Strack of rural Tonica. The salutatorian was Pamela Frangenberg, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Frangenberg of Tonica. Tonica Fire Chief Rick Turri spoke to the Tonica Fire-Ettes at its May meeting. He mentioned some of the equipment needed for the Tonica Fire Department. The Lostant Junior High School girl’s track and field team capped a highly successful season by sending five athletes to the Illinois Elementary School Association State meet in Washington. The Tonica Boys and Girls Baseball Association sponsored a chicken dinner that was held June 22 at Poor Richards. The Tonica High School Alumni Association held its annual reunion at the Village Inn on June 4 with 146 members and guests present. Airman First Class David Purdy, the son of Mrs. Milton Hartenbower of rural Lostant, graduated from the U.S. Air Force More Systems Operator

––––––– Classifieds ––––––– - 200 Employment 232 • Business Opportunities ********** THE CLASSIFIED Advertising Department of the Tonica News Does not have the opportunity to fully investigate the credibility of each advertiser appearing within these columns. If an offer sounds “too good to be true” it probably is. Proceed with caution if you are asked to send money or to give a credit card number. Proceed with caution in calling 900 phone numbers. All phone numbers prefixed by”900” are charged to the CALLER. Charges may be assessed on a “per minute” basis rather than a “per call” basis. The Tonica News Classifieds makes every effort to qualify these charges for the reader. If you have a concern about an advertiser, please contact: Better Business Bureau 330 North Wabash Chicago, IL 60611 312 832-0500

- 400 Merchandise 446 • Farm Products MORRISEY FARM STRAWBERRIES Now Ready. You pick also available. Located 3 miles south of Putnam on Route 29 to Marshall Putnam County Road 300, go East 1 mile. 309-236-8837


450 • Under $1000 ************ HAVE SOMETHING TO SELL? Put your ad in for FREE Items $1,000 or less can run FREE for 1 time. Limit of 5 lines. Up to 3 items with price and price totaling under $1,000. 1 ad per household per week. No commercial ads, firearms or animal sales. E-mail information to: classified@ (include your name, address & phone number) or mail to: BCR, PO Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356 No Phone Calls!

460 • Garage Sales ARLINGTON 29221 2100 N Avenue (1 mile north of Dover on 34, to 2100 N, follow signs). Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 28, 29, 30; 8am-7pm. Cleaning Out Barn. Lots of Items. Must Sell! GRANVILLE 414 East Harrison. Thursday, June 27, 2pm-6pm; Friday, June 28, 8am-2pm; Saturday, June 29, 8am-noon. GARAGE/YARD SALE Kids' tops, clothes, household items, country craft quilt rack, spring horse PRINCETON 408 Bryant Circle Drive. Thursday, June 27, 5pm-8pm; Friday, June 28, 8am-4pm; Saturday, June 29, 8am1pm. HUGE Multi-Family Sale. Ethan Allen chairs, tea cart, dishes, books puzzles pictures, décor, toys, VHS, DVDs, electronics, clothes, lots more

460 • Garage Sales

460 • Garage Sales

PRINCETON 139 North Beech Street. Friday, Saturday, June 28, 29, 8am6pm; Sunday, June 30, 8am-2pm. ESTATE SALE Basic housewares, furniture, coffee table, new couch with tags still on it, hide-a-bed couch (full size), love seat, kitchen table, dining room table, misc. kitchen chairs, hutch, numerous end tables, lamps, vintage sewing machine in wooden cabinet, 2 TVs, refrigerator, wheelchairs (1 brand new), canes, battery operated scooter, shower chair, garden tools, wheel barrel, lawn roller, lawn thatcher, John Deere lawn tractor, air compressors, portable heaters, power tools, hand tools, mobility rack and ramp for back of auto, 2 flatbed trailers, Chrysler van, numerous storage cabinets, Army cot, tents Army Jeep gas cans, vintage fishing items, suitcases and more! NO EARLY SALES

PRINCETON 658 Park Avenue East. Friday, Saturday, June 28, 29; 8am4pm. MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE

PRINCETON 246 Hideaway Drive (off First Street). Saturday, June 29, 6am-1pm. 4 GENERATION, HUGE ANNUAL GARAGE SALE. Rain or Shine! Longaberger, towels, name brand clothes including plus size (lots of new- with tags), shoes, dog items, baby items, diapers. Electronics, Hoover wind tunnel vacuums, men items, kareoke singing machine, Too much to mention! PRINCETON 532 South Chestnut. Thursday, June 27, 3pm-7pm; Friday June 28, 7am-3pm. MOVING SALE. Dining room table/hutch, king sleigh bed/matching dresser/chest, clothes, all holiday knickknacks, new grill, and much more

PRINCETON 707 Bryant Circle Drive (Bryant Woods). Thursday, June 27, 3pm-7pm; Friday, June 28, 8am-5pm. Great Variety

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course at Kessler Air Force Base, Miss. Steve Urban opened a new body shop by Ace Auto on Route 51 in Tonica. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Urban of Tonica and a 1979 graduate of Tonica High School. Hazel Siemers celebrated her 93rd birthday on June 7. Tonica Lumber Big League opened its season at home with a doubleheader against Spring Valley, winning both games by scores of 5-4 and 12-6.

40 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Don Hylin and Steve and Cheryl, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hylin of Utica attended high school graduation at Hinkley on June 6. Mrs. William Friese and Sheila Nelson of Ottawa accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Tombaugh to Champaign to attend the graduation of Larry Tombaugh. He received his degree from the University of Illinois. Louis Bobrosky attended the graduation of a grandson from Morgan Park Academy. A daughter was born on June 12 to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Weier of Peru in St. Mary’s Hospital in LaSalle. The mother is the former Yvonne Storm. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Yanush had purchased five acres from Louis Gregorich near the extreme north end of the Ticona Road in Eden Township. Mr. Yanush farms the Marquette Cement Co. land and had contracted

with Tonica Lumber Co. for the erection of a partial precut home on the property. The Rev. Wayne Biehl moved from Decatur to the Tonica Methodist Church. His duties began right away with a Sunday worship service. Myrna Ong, whose music had touched many people through the years, held her usual piano recital June 8 in McFerson Hall of the Tonica United Methodist Church. The young people who appeared in the program included: Richard and Ellen Marshall, Patti and Paula Miller, Gloria, Anita and Gerianne Hobneck, Kari Nicholson, Kenneth Tabor, Paul and Jim Bartoloni, Donna Brubar, Trudy Ploch, Joyce Jaegle, DeMarie Killen, Kathy Rick and Darryl Klehm. The Tonica Community Consolidated Grade School graduated a class of 49. Dr. J.L. Mini was the speaker for the evening with the Rev. Edgar Webb giving the invocation and benediction. Wilbur Hiester, president of the board of education, presented the diplomas; he also paid homage to the retirees. Elma Hiltabrand received an armband of roses; she was retiring after 42 years of teaching. Wilson Warrner, superintendent of the grade and high schools, received a token of his 37 years of teaching. Carl Schiffbauer was honored for serving 25 years on the board of education, many of those years as board president.

999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices


RECORDED ON 11 SEPTEMBER, 1991 AS DOCUMENT NO. 91-12297, IN THE RECORDER’S OFFICE OF LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. SITUATED IN LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS P.I.N.: 30-21-303-000 Common Address: 231 N. 14th Road, Lostant, Illinois 61334 The real estate is improved with a single family residence. THE JUDGMENT AMOUNT WAS: $119,448.62 Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds; the balance, by certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “as is” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after Confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and Plaintiff makes no representations as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the Court file to verify all information. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512, the amounts of any surplus bid will be held by the sheriff until a party obtains a Court Order for its distribution, or for 60 days following the date of the entry of the order confirming sale, at which time, in the absence of an order directing payment of the surplus, it may be automatically forfeited to the State without further notice. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: Aplington, Kaufman, McClintock, Steele & Barry, Ltd. Sheriff of LaSalle County, Illinois Aplington, Kaufman, McClintock, Steele & Barry, Ltd. 160 Marquette Street LaSalle, IL 61301 Phone: (815)224-3200 Fax: (815)224-3205 Published in the Tonica News June 28, July 5 and 12, 2013.


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