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Thursday, October 20, 2016

How’s the harvest? Each day more of the crops in the Illinois Valley’s surrounding fields are heading to market. The combines are moving methodically through the counties, working to deliver what’s been predicted to be a possible record harvest. Russ Higgins, commercial agriculture educator with the University of Illinois Extension, commented on what this past growing season was like for local farmers. “We had almost perfect, timely and sufficient moisture, sunshine and warmth,” Higgins said of this year’s growing conditions. Higgins said yields are projected to be high, but “an abundance of grain stocks means a dramatic decrease in commodity prices,” adding “despite the high yields, margins are slim or non-existent, especially in situations where farmers have higher land costs.” IVS photo/Goldie Rapp

Vol. 11 No. 13


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Illinois Valley Scene

Bridging the gap Traffic is ready to roll over new bridge on Backbone Road By Goldie Rapp

PRINCETON — Construction of the new bridge over Big Bureau Creek west of Princeton is complete, and Backbone Road is now open to traffic. Bureau County Engineer John Gross said the road was re-opened around 6 p.m. Oct. 10 — which was almost the exact day engineers were estimating to have to road completed. Backbone Road has been closed to traffic since April 11, when workers began tearing out the former bridge structure. As previously reported, the old bridge was built in 1976, quickly after an accident caused the former steel truss structure to collapse. County engineers were forced to quickly put together plans for a new bridge, which then had to be built in December during conditions that were not the most suitable for construction. Engineers expected the structure to only last 40 years, which it did pretty well, according to assistant county engineer Paul Schlindwein. “With the type of bridge it is, you couldn’t ask for too much more than that on a county road bridge,” he said in a previous BCR story. The new structure that now crosses over Big Bureau Creek is a single span bridge design. The north-end of the bridge was also raised higher to lessen the grade for traffic coming down the hill from the west, which now gives vehicles a smoother transition when driving around the bend. The project came in right on budget at a cost of $1.3 million. A separate $200,000 contract was awarded to Advanced Asphalt of Princeton for asphalt and guardrails. Throughout the six-month plan, multiple contractors and sub-contractors worked together to keep the

IVS photo/Goldie Rapp

The brand new bridge spanning Big Bureau Creek on Backbone Road is now completed. Those passing over the new bridge will see many amenities that have improved the roadway, bridge and approaches to the bridge. project on track. Employees at the Bureau County Highway Department were also able to complete several tasks on hand, which helped save on costs. Gross pointed out all the hard work and effort put

in by Schlindwein and Jim Allicks, assistant foreman at the highway department. He said both men helped run the show, coordinate the contractors and oversaw much of the work involved in building the structure.

‘Clang, clang, clang’ went the trolley

National Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 22

Princeton’s survey shows nostalgia can help growth

Rid your home of unused, expired and unwanted medications

By Dave Cook

PRINCETON — Trolleys were once a common sight on Princeton’s Main Street; they provided people with an easy, convenient form of transportation. The original trolleys disappeared long ago, but a newer trolley known as the “Spirit of Princeton” is poised to return to regular duty. Donated by Princeton resident Steven Kiser to the city of Princeton in 2014, there were two conditions: 1. It shall be named “Spirit of Princeton,” and 2. It shall serve as a memorial to historian and photographer Bill Lamb (the Bureau County Historical Society is in possession of Bill Lamb’s trolley photo collection). A regular sight during celebrations, the city of Princeton would like to begin using the trolley as part of its tourism efforts to connect the north and south shopping districts, as well as to highlight the city’s historic past and compliment current beautification projects. The city recently sent a survey to Chamber of Commerce members to gather information about when and where they’d like to see the trolley used. Princeton City Manager Rachel Skaggs said people seem to like the nostalgic feeling the trolley symbolizes. According to the 85 responses received so far, 95 percent would like to see the trolley traveling Main Street on Saturday. Approximately 45 percent of them would also like to see it in use on Fridays and Sundays. Preferred time of use would be from noon to 4 p.m.. Suggested stops would be at the Amtrak station, the north and south business districts, Festival 56, the Prouty Building, and Soldiers and Sailors Park. Skaggs said there hasn’t been time yet

to fully analyze all the suggestions and comments, and results are still coming in. “This survey was very generic and mostly targeted at businesses along Main Street,” Skaggs said. “We wanted to get a feel for how businesses would like to see it operate. As we continue to investigate the use of the trolley, we’ll expand our survey to others in the community.” Skaggs said the city would like the trolley to operate on Main Street, transporting residents and visitors from hotels to both business districts, adding most first-time visitors don’t know Princeton has two business districts and therefore, only visit and shop in one of them. “It will help broaden the experiences of visitors. Riding the trolley can add to the memories of those visiting Princeton. We also believe it can greatly influence the historic feeling on Main Street, and once we wire the trolley for sound, we could give meaningful, historic tours of Princeton where passengers could hear tour guides easier,” Skaggs said. Since it’s not currently enclosed, the city is planning to only operate the trolley during warmer months, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “In order to expand services, we’d need to upgrade some of the mechanical capabilities, such as heat for cooler months and maybe air conditioning for the driver during warm months. We also need to restore the oak seating and paneling and improve interior lighting for safety. It also would look great with new paint. Since it’s mainly supported by tourism funds, we’ll likely do a little at a time. We’re trying to work a restoration element into each annual budget, so it may be a few years before the trolley reaches its full glory. But in the meantime, we’ll still use it during major Princeton events,” Skaggs said

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA), the Princeton Police Department, Granville Police Department, Tiskilwa Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Princeton Police Department from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 605 Elm Place, Princeton; the Granville Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon at 316 S. McCoy St. Granville; and the Tiskilwa Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tiskilwa Fire Station. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked. Last April, the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state, local and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines — about 447 tons — at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014 by 57 tons, or more than 114,000 pounds. The top 5 states with the largest collections, in order, were Texas (almost 40 tons); California (32 tons); Wisconsin (31 tons); Illinois (24 tons); and Massachusetts (24 tons). This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue which is prevalent throughout the United States. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of

accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards. According to the DEA, the majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys they get their drugs from friends and family. Americans understand cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses — 78 a day — in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers. “These results show that more Americans than ever are taking the important step of cleaning out their medicine cabinets and making homes safe from potential prescription drug abuse or theft,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “Unwanted, expired or unused prescription medications are often an unintended catalyst for addiction. Take-Back events like these raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and offer the public a safe and anonymous way to help prevent substance abuse.”


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Illinois Valley Scene

The honor of brothers Route 251 renamed for the Witczak brothers By Dave Cook

TONICA — More than 150 people filled the Tonica Fire Department to witness Anthony Witczak, the last of seven brothers, speak of the honor of having a section of Illinois Route 251 renamed in their honor. Visibly moved, his eyes filled with tears and voice heavy with emotion, he talked of how his widowed mother must have felt as she watched her seven sons go off to war — one by one. “She must have prayed a lot for us to all come home safely,” Witczak said, adding his thanks to all veterans for their service to our country. The section of Route 251 from Mendota to Tonica will now be known as the Witczak Brothers Memorial Highway in honor of the brothers, five who served in

World War II and two who served in Korea. All seven brothers returned home safely. Joseph, the first brother to enlist, was wounded in the Pacific while with the Army and was awarded a Silver Star. Adopted sons John Witczak and Casmir Maurer also served in the Army in the Pacific. Casmir was wounded and was awarded a Silver Star. Anthony was in the Navy and served in the Pacific. Their brother Francis, who was in the Army, was the only brother to serve in Germany. Five years after the war ended the youngest brothers, Thomas and Edward, served in Korea while in the Army. The seven brothers served a combined 18 years. State Sen. Sue Rezin was instrumental in the renaming of the highway and said the family’s dedication and

sacrifice was “the epitome of courage and patriotism”. State Representative Andy Skoog, who led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance along with students from Tonica Grade School, said, “It’s a great honor to be part of this ceremony to give recognition to the sacrifices of Witczak family.” Assistant Director of Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Harry Sawyer said the renaming of the highway will help future generations remember the sacrifices of the past and remind them that “freedom isn’t free.” After the unveiling of the sign and a 21-gun salute from the Peru Memorial Color Guard, the Witczak family and guests enjoyed a social hour before getting in IVS photo/Dave Cook their cars and driving home An emotional Anthony Witczak speaks to a crowd of more than 150 people at the Tonica on the new Witczak Brothers Fire Department during a dedication ceremony to rename a section of Illinois Route 251 Memorial Highway.

in honor of himself and his six brother.

A knock on the door could save lives American Red Cross installing smoke detectors this weekend and offering educational advice

PRINCETON — American Red Cross chapters all over the country are on a mission to equip homes with smoke alarms to reduce the high number of fire-related deaths and injuries. That mission will be hitting the streets of Princeton this Saturday as volunteers with the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois, along with first responders from the Princeton Fire Department, will be going door-to-door throughout neighborhoods in town to offer free installation of smoke alarms to homeowners along with some education on fire safety. The neighborhoods are yet to be determined. Check Thursday’s edition of the Bureau County Republican for the routes volunteers will be taking. Lori Compton, director of the Bureau County American Red Cross, has been working with the Home Fire Campaign during the last year throughout the nine other counties served by the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois. She has seen hundreds of smoke alarms installed throughout this time. She said in the Northwest Illinois chapter alone, there have been 15 fire-related deaths in the last 10 months. She said the number of fire fatalities have increased throughout the last five years, most likely because of the poor economy and people using additional heat sources to warm their homes during the

winter time — whether it be from an older home’s electrical issue or a fireplace that wasn’t cleaned. Compton said if a home doesn’t have the adequate preparedness during the time of a fire, the chance of getting out of the home or surviving the emergency is lessened. Compton said on Saturday, teams of two or three people will be knocking on doors. With a homeowner’s permission, one volunteer will install the smoke detectors, while the other volunteers will educate the homeowner about the smoke alarms and fire safety. The volunteers will also talk with the family about making a fire escape plan. Compton said it’s important for families to have a plan and practice it because many times when a smoke detector goes off, people have less than two minutes to get out of the home safely. Compton is also looking for volunteers to help install the smoke detectors on Saturday. Volunteers plan to meet at 9 a.m. in the Prouty Building before hitting the streets on Saturday. Those interested can call Compton at 309-781-5570 or at the Bureau County American Red Cross Office at 815879-2231 by noon Thursday. Homeowners in need of a smoke alarm who are not located along the routes the volunteers will be following on Saturday are encouraged to call the Bureau County American Red Cross Office and leave a message with a name, address and telephone number. An

Freedom House will host fall family fun fest PRINCETON — Freedom House, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, invites the community to attend the fall family fun fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. This fun event for all ages will promote healthy families while giving the community an opportunity to learn about Freedom House and their services – and to meet many of the staff. The afternoon will feature a variety of family-friendly activities, including carnival games, a scavenger hunt and face painting, as well as refreshments. Freedom House is thrilled to have event partnerships with area groups, including BACA (Bikers against Child Abuse), MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and the Princeton Junior Woman’s Club. Freedom House is a domestic and sexual violence agency offering support for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties. With offices in Princeton, Kewanee,

Cambridge and Atkinson, Freedom House employs compassionate and skilled professionals to provide free, confidential, quality services to those in need, including a 24-hour crisis line (800-474-6031), emergency and transitional shelter, medical and legal advocacy, adult and child counseling, awareness and prevention education, and training for volunteers and professionals. Freedom House staff provided over 5,000 hours of direct service to more than 500 domestic violence victims and their families during the past fiscal year. Freedom House is a non-profit 501c3 corporation. Their domestic violence program is supported by generous grantors, including the Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence, Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, as well as numerous foundations, corporations and community donations. For more information on Freedom House’s services or to make a donation, call 815-872-0087 or visit

Install & test smoke alarms The American Red Cross is asking every household to take simple steps that can help prevent home fires and save lives. People should install and test smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half: • Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms. • Test smoke alarms once a month. • Change the batteries at least once a year – if your model requires it. • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. appointment will be made for someone to install a smoke alarm in the home at a later date. Because of the rising statistics of fire-related deaths, the American Red Cross started the Home Fire Campaign in October 2014. Its mission is to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent during the campaign’s five years. Throughout the last year, more than a half million smoke alarms have been installed in homes. The campaign currently has a goal of installing 45,000 smoke alarms in homes throughout the country during the month of October.

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HENNEPIN FIRE DEPT. 6TH ANNUAL FALL FAMILY STYLE CHICKEN DINNER Saturday, Oct. 22nd 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. or until the food is gone! Fried Chicken, Mareta’s Ravioli, French Fries, Coleslaw, Italian Bread, Homemade Desserts Carry-outs available by calling ahead or stopping that night at the station.


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Illinois Valley Scene

Community events Ladd Public Library’s spaghetti dinner PRINCETON — Friday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., sewing machine cleaning day. Galesburg Sewing Center will do a sewing machine cleaning and repair in the Matson Meeting Room. Advance sign-up is required. The machines can be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and noon on Oct. 21, by entering the meeting room through the door located on the right side of the library building (west door). They can also be dropped off the day before on Oct. 20 at the circulation desk during library hours. Price for cleaning is $35 for regular sewing machines and $45 for sergers and electronic machines. Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m., Author Fair: Over 30 local authors will be in the library to sell and sign their books. Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions as professors at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m., Youth services story time and craft. Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., Extreme Vision Paranormal: Report of investigations on paranormal activity. Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., Youth services Halloween party and costume parade. SPRING VALLEY — Friday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the library will offer a Rules of the Road Review course for all citizens in the Illinois Valley area. The course is free and for the purpose of helping participants pass the Illinois driver’s license renewal examination. The course prepares applicants for the general written and road examinations and also provides information on vision screening. Call the library at 815-663-4741 or stop by to register. The children’s library has story time on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. There

will be stories, crafts and refreshments. October themes for crafts include pumpkin seeds tree picture, candy corn paper people and a hanging bat. LAMOILLE — Therapy Thursdays is an ongoing program. Come and go between 1 and 4 p.m. Materials will be furnished or people may bring their own. The library will be participating in the Rebecca Caudill Book Choice Award for 2017. This program is open to children in fourth through eighth grades. The Rebecca Caudill group will meet at the library for fun talks, games and snacks, ending with a pizza party and voting in February 2017. The library is also taking part in choosing the Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award. The program will be conducted in the same manner as the Rebecca Caudill program. If interested in joining either of these groups, contact the library for a list of the nominated books. DEPUE — On the second Tuesday of every month, the library hosts blood pressure and blood sugar screenings for free. The screenings are administered by St. Margaret’s Health. The library board meetings are held on Mondays, except where noted, at 6 p.m. at the library. Meeting dates are: Nov. 14, December – no meeting, Jan. 9, 2017; Feb. 13, 2017; March 13, 2017; April 10, 2017; May 8, 2017; and June 12, 2017. All board meetings are open to the public. TISKILWA — Monday, Oct. 31, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., there will be trickor-treating at the library. On the first Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m., the library’s book club for adults meets. Every Thursday at 10:45 a.m., the library hosts a senior fitness class. Participants focus on balance, endurance, muscular strength, mental

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clarity and socialization. There is no cost to attend. Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the library hosts a yoga class, where participants enjoy camaraderie with others and are challenged mentally and physically. Cost is $5 per person. BUREAU — The Leepertown Township Public Library is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library has computers for patron usage, as well as copier, scanning and fax services. Call 815-659-3283 for information. (The fax number is the same as the phone number). LADD — The library sponsors an adult coloring club on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Adult card club is on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. PERU — Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., Lindbergh in Illinois. Saturday, Oct. 22, the library will host family fun to get in the spirit of Halloween.

LADD — Ladd Public Library District is having a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Softails Bar and Grill in Ladd. Cost is $8 and includes spaghetti, salad and bread, which is available for dine-in or carry-out. Delivery available in Ladd only. Tickets are available at the Ladd library, Ladd Village Hall or at the door. For more information, call the library at 815-8943254.

Ladd Men’s Club will host dinner

LADD — The Ladd Men’s Club will host a Corned Beef and Cabbage Bash from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Ladd Moose Lodge. The menu will include corned beef, sides, dessert and drinks. Musical entertainment will be provided during the dinner. Tickets are $15 each. All proceeds will benefit the 2017 Ladd Daze Fireworks fund. For tickets or more information, call 815-4888245 or 815-894-2092.

BVHS announces fall play

MANLIUS — Bureau Valley High School will present its fall play, “The Babbling Brooks,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, in the high school auditorium. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $7 for children. Preshow tickets are available from Kelsey DeSchepper or by calling the high school at 815-445-4004.

Coffeehouse performance

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Annual veterans supper

BUDA — The Buda American Legion’s annual veterans supper will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Buda Community Hall. A complete turkey dinner will be served. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under. All veterans eat free. The event will also include raffles.

Healthy Aging Summit planned for Nov. 4

OGLESBY — The University of Illinois Extension will host a Healthy Aging Summit titled “Aging … Everybody’s Doing It!” from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Illinois Valley Community College’s CTC 124-125. Having a healthy lifestyle and knowledge of resources can help you stay healthier longer while improving quality of life. Featuring three speakers, the summit will examine factors contributing to healthy aging. Topics include memory loss, brain health and eating well as you age. The program is designed for people of all ages, caretakers and agency staff. Cost is $10 per person. Register in the U of I Extension office, Room C 223 at IVCC, call 815-224-0889 or online at https://web.extension.illinois. edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15029.




feehouse will present singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St. in Princeton. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and admission is $15. Homemade desserts and fair trade coffee will be available. For more information, visit or call 815-872-6501.


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Oktoberfest celebrated on Princeton’s Main Street There was no shortage of Bavarian fun Saturday evening, as Princeton’s Main Street was transformed into a German festival, complete with beverages, Oktoberfest cuisine and the Heidelberg German Band, who performed for the crowd who gathered to experience the final street concert for the season

Fall bazaar and supper in Bureau made rugs. There will also be a raffle with miscellaneous items. The menu includes chicken casserole, salads, rolls, homemade pies and desserts, and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. Carry-outs are available. Tickets are available at the door. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

BUREAU — The First Congregational Church of Bureau will host its annual Fall Festival Bazaar and Supper on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, which is handicapped accessible. The supper, bake sale and bazaar will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Bazaar items include dish cloths, knives, nuts, crafts and home-

Auction calendar Oct. 21 - Estate auction, farm land, collectibles, boat motors, furniture, primitives and glassware, 10 a.m., 1635 N. Main St., Princeton, Tumbleson Auction Co., auctioneers. Oct. 22 - John and Sandy Thompson, furniture, appliances, patio and outdoor items, craftsman riding mower, tools antiques and collectibles, 10 a.m., 832 S. Pleasant St., Princeton, Tumbleson Auction Co., auctioneers. Oct. 23 - Robert Flaherty, furniture, collectibles, household and tool-related items, 10 a.m., 13166 Illinois Route 26, Princeton, Tumbleson Auction Co., auctioneers. Oct. 29 - Margaret A. Cowen trust and Dorothy F. Wilson trust, farm land, 10 a.m., “The Shed,” 401 W. Main St., Wyanet, Rediger Auction Service, auctioneers.



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‘The Bread Monk’ launches online baking class PERU — Fr. Dominic Garramone of St. Bede Abbey launched an online baking class through on Sept. 6. The class is titled, “Bake Your Best: Sweet Yeast Breads, Challah and More.” The class includes instructions for creating cinnamon rolls shaped like roses, a heart-shaped coffee cake with cherry filling, several styles of braided loaves, and a multi-layered chocolate babka. “I wanted to teach a class where the emphasis wasn’t on recipes but on technique,” Garramone explains. “You can get recipes anywhere. An online class allows you to demonstrate shaping techniques that are difficult to describe in a recipe.” Fr. Dominic flew to Denver in August to tape the class, which features six lessons aimed at the beginner to intermediate baker. “I was really impressed with the high quality production values of Craftsy videos,” Garramone said. “Their staff made the whole process of taping the class relaxed and enjoyable. And I have to admit, the breads look gorgeous on camera in HD!”

Craftsy students pay a subscription fee for each class they take, usually about $40. The Craftsy online platform allows students to view the lessons at their own convenience, as many times as they like. The website also facilitates interaction with the instructor and with other students in the class. Craftsy has thousands of classes available in quilting, knitting, crochet, jewelry making, drawing, woodworking and photography. “I’ve signed up for all the baking classes,” Garramone admits. “They have first-rate instructors like Peter Reinhardt, Gale Gand and Nick Malgieri. It’s like getting private lessons from the best bakers in the world!” The class has another connection to the Illinois Valley: The CEO of Craftsy, John Levisay, is a 1985 graduate of St. Bede Academy. He hosted a St. Bede alumni event at the Craftsy headquarters while Fr. Dominic was there taping. Bakers interested in taking Fr. Dominic’s class should go to his website for more information and a link to receive a $20 discount on his class.

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Bowling Boosters host 50/50 raffle SPRING VALLEY — The Hall High School Bowling Boosters Organization (HBB) is holding a 50/50 raffle to support the Hall High School bowling team. The “Black Friday 50/50 Raffle” will be drawn on Nov. 19, just in time for some holiday shopping. Currently, the jackpot is at $1,300 and rising. Tickets are $5 each, and you need not be present to win. Send $5 per ticket with your name, address and phone number to: HBB Raffle, 419 W. St Paul St., Spring Valley, IL 61362. HBB is a newly-formed group to ensure the sport of bowling is continued at Hall High School. With tight budgets, some extra-curricular activities could be cut, so they hope to keep raising funds to keep this sport alive. Donations will be used to assist the bowling program with expenses such as tournament fees, equipment, travel, food and any other expenses deemed necessary the Hall High School budget can’t meet.

Malden Cheer Camp

MALDEN — The Malden cheerleaders will once again host a Little Pom/cheerleading camp titled “Bows and Bling — It’s a Cheerleading Thing,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5. Any girl in the surrounding area age 4 through fifth grade is welcome to attend. Forms can be picked up at the Malden School, the Malden Post office or by calling Malden Grade School at 815-643-2436. The girls will learn a pom-pom routine and a floor cheer. They will also receive a set of palms hair bow, group pictures and a snack during the practice. Their performance will be during Malden’s home game against LaMoille on Monday, Nov. 7. The cost of this camp is $22. For more information regarding this camp, or for requesting a form, call Brenda Dye at 815-463-2436 during the day or 815-643-2551 in the evening.

IVCC Trivia Night

OGLESBY — Team openings remain for the second annual Illinois Valley Community College Eagles Athletic Department Trivia Night on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the gym. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the trivia contest begins at 6:30 p.m. The Halloween-themed event is open to anyone to play for $10 per person or $7 for IVCC students; 10 people per team. If you do not have 10, there will be extra players looking for teams. First place wins $300, second $200. The event supports all Eagles teams and includes basket raffles, 50/50 drawing, a special raffle drawing for players in costume, a team prize for best costumed table, and a raffle for IVCC students who show their student ID for a $50 Bookstore gift certificate. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit IVCC Athletics. To register and reserve a table, call Sue Harding at 815-224-0472 or email

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TTT sign-ups PRINCETON — Registration is underway for the Tiger Town Tanglers youth wrestling organization. TTT competes in the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation. There will be a parents meeting Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Princeton High School cafeteria. For more information, visit the TTT Facebook page.

IVCC purple and white scrimmage Oct. 27

OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s men’s basketball team is hosting the Purple and White Scrimmage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the gym. The 2016-2017 team will be divided into purple and white teams for the scrimmage, and players and coaches will be available afterwards for photos and autographs. Coached by Chris Herman and assistant Justin Jacobson, the team includes Dallas McClain and Keymonta Johnson of Decatur, Jalen Latham of Pontiac, Mich., Troy Johnson, Ricky Calvin, Justin Davis and Malik Hollins of Chicago, DeMonte Sims of Peoria, Alec Veverka of Granville, Brady Huebbe and Christian Soderholm of Peru, Isaiah Tubbs of LaSalle, John Pickard of Wenona and Andrew Pyszka of Dalzell. This event is free and the public is invited to meet the team. Donations are welcome to help defray costs of uniforms and travel gear.          

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Princeton’s Kai Brown takes a tumble on a slide tackle in the regional championship against Somonauk at Bryant Field. PHS won 1-0.

Halloween Hustle 5K

LADD — Ladd Community Consolidated Grade School will host its Halloween Hustle 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Registration will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the school located at 232 E. Cleveland St., Ladd. Entry fee is $25. Awards will be given to the overall top runners and top male and females in each age group, as well as best youth and adult costumes. Race applications can be downloaded at For more information, visit Proceeds raised for the Ladd Community Education and Enrichment Foundation will be used to benefit the students of Ladd CUSD 94.

Santas on the run

SPRING VALLEY — The Santas on the Run 5K will be Saturday, Nov. 26, to benefit the Hall Township Food Pantry. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the JFK School, 800 N. Richards St., Spring Valley. Race time is 10 a.m. from the JFK parking lot. Entry fee is $25 postmarked by Nov. 16, $30 through and including race day. Awards will be given to the overall top runners and top two finishers in each age group. Water stops will include cookies and holiday treats with hot chocolate after the race. Online registration is available at *** Submit items for Happenings to sports@

Princeton keeper Josh Reinhardt (above) makes a key save late to preserve the Tigers’ 1-0 regional championship win over Somonauk. Princeton’s Jayden Pinter (left) makes a header Saturday, Oct. 15 at Bryant Field. BCR photos/Jeff Schlesinger


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