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Moreno: Probable cause found Arraignment set for Friday By Goldie Currie

SPRING VALLEY — Angel E. Moreno, 20, of Spring Valley remains in custody at the Bureau County Jail after being charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of a 23-year-old Spring Valley man on Saturday. Moreno’s bond has been set at $50,000 for the Class 3 felony, which carries a possible prison sentence from two to five years. After Spring Valley Police received a 911 call

Saturday in reference to a man who had been shot in the leg and not breathing, they found Kyle W. Zinser, of Spring Valley dead in the basement at 127 W. Minnesota St. After investigating, officers believed his shotgun wound had been made several hours before it was reported. Police were able to recover a shotgun at another residence, where they believe Moreno had hidden it. Moreno was taken into custody. Despite Bureau County Courthouse being closed due to weather conditions, a probable cause hearing was conducted on Monday by a three-way telephone conversation with Moreno, Bureau County State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann and Bureau

County Judge Marc Bernabei. Probable cause was found, and Bureau County Public Defender Michael Henneberry was appointed to the represent Moreno. A preliminary hearing arraignment has been set for 1:15 p.m. Friday. Police have stated Moreno and Zinser had been acquaintances and were together at the home prior to the shooting. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation by the Spring Valley Police, Illinois State Police Crimes Services and Bureau County Corner’s Office. Comment on this story at

Snowbound! Amtrak passengers spend the night in Bureau County By BCR Staff

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He’s a (snow)shoe-in Nathan Warren of Princeton represented Bureau County proudly in the snowshoeing contest on Saturday at the Special Olympic competition at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Warren won two gold medals for his efforts.

More than 500 Amtrak passengers who spent the night on board three snowbound trains in Northern Illinois were taken by buses to Chicago Tuesday morning. Two eastbound trains were stuck in blowing and drifting snow near Arlington in Clarion Township in Bureau County, while the third eastbound train with about 200 passengers stayed overnight in a rail yard in Galesburg. According to city of Princeton Manager Jeff Clawson, Amtrak freed the trains and returned the passengers to Princeton and provided bus service to the Chicago area. After backing up the first train to Princeton, about 90 passengers boarded two buses headed to the Chicago area about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, while six more buses were taking about 300 passengers from the second train about 6:30 a.m. to Naperville and Union Station in Chi-

Read a first-hand account of being snowbound on the Amtrak train from a Bureau County resident on Page 4.

cago Tuesday morning, said Marc Magliari, Amtrak spokesman. Three locomotives came from Galesburg to bring the second train and its 60 passengers back to Princeton, added Magliari. After unloading them onto buses, the locomotives then pushed the empty train back to where the first train was stuck and brought those passengers back to Princeton on the empty train. These 244 passengers were taken to the Chicago area. “There was a tremendous response to this situation from the Bureau County Sheriff’s office and emergency personnel,” said Magliari.

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When life changes ... when life ends Wyanet family remembers and urges others to become aware By Donna Barker

WYANET — Twenty years after their son was killed in a vehicle crash, Bob and Sandy Jeffery of Wyanet are retelling their son’s story to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving and also of the importance of organ donations. The Jefferys’ son, Robert, was killed on Dec. 17, 1993, when he lost control of his vehicle on an early foggy morning about 10 miles southwest of Peoria. Robert, the driver and sole occupant of his vehicle, had a blood alcohol content of 0.21, nearly three times the legal limit, at the time of the crash. He was apparently thrown from the vehicle and killed instantly. At the time of their son’s death, the Jefferys felt the tavern serving their son should have been held accountable, but that did not happen. His son did have two friends with him at the tavern, who wanted to drive him home, but Robert demanded his keys, and they gave him the keys, Jeffery said. His son was supposed to be headed home, but he apparently took a wrong turn, Bob said. Today, the Jefferys want people to know that people who go out drinking need to have a designated driver and to allow that designated driver to do his/ her job. As far as the organ donations, they know that’s what their son would have wanted, Jeffery said. Because it was unclear just when the crash happened, doctors decided they could not take

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Sandy and Bob Jeffery of Wyanet hold a photo of their son, Robert, who was killed 20 years ago in a single-vehicle accident. In memory of their son, the Jefferys want people to know the dangers of drinking and driving and also the importance of organ donations. Robert’s kidneys or other internal organs, but they could use his corneas, some skin and some of the bone from his lower legs, Jeffery said. Robert was 22 years old when he died. He left behind his wife and two small sons, as well as his parents and sister, Heidi. Looking back at that time, Jeffery said it is a parent’s worst nightmare to get that phone call in the middle of the night, in the early morning hours, at any time of the day. He, his wife and daughter made it through those days and months with the help of their family and friends, and

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their faith, Jeffery said. How has their son’s death has changed them, Sandy Jeffery said Robert’s death has brought her and her husband closer together, and also closer to their daughter. They want to be with their daughter as much as they can, she said. Also, they have learned the little things don’t matter so much any more, Bob said. “Some people say they get closure in time, but I don’t think you ever do,” Jeffery said. “I know our grieving has certainly diminished through the years, and we just think of the happy

times now; but still I don’t know if you ever get closure in something like that.” Starting on the 10th anniversary of their son’s death, the Jefferys have gone to the crash site each year to place a wreath on one of the trees there. And also in memory and honor of their son, the Jefferys said they just want people to cherish their times together as a family; to make sure there is a designated driver when people have been drinking; and to remember the importance of organ donations. Comment on this story at

Snow means slow going USPS needs your help, understanding By Donna Barker

PRINCETON — The Princeton Post Office is asking its customers to be patient and considerate of mail carriers during these cold and snowy days. On Tuesday, Princeton Postmaster Shannon Mattingly said the post office has received tons of phone calls from customers complaining their mail is late. “With the weather being how it is, customers should expect a delay just from the fact that trucks may be running late, and it’s harder for carriers to walk in this weather than it is normally,” Mattingly said. “It is very important for customers to know that our carriers are doing their best out there.” Also, Mattingly is asking customers to help the carriers deliver the mail safely by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes. Customers receiving curbside delivery are asked to remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers, she said. “Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” Mattingly said.

“Maintaining a clear path to the mail box — including steps, porches, walkways and street approaches – will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service, and help them get those letters and packages delivered on time.” Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes, the postmaster said. “The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort,” Mattingly said. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.” As another request, the area around blue collection boxes needs to be kept clear so customers can deposit their mail and the Postal Service can collect the mail for delivery, Mattingly said. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice. “We want our letter carriers to be safe,” Mattingly said. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.” Comment on this story at www. 

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Looking back on 2013 Editor’s note: This is the final segment in a series looking back on the headlines of 2013. Dec. 3: The Spring Valley City Council is working on a plan for the Safe Routes to School Program, which the city became a part of about three years ago. Mayor Walt Marini is working with city engineer Larry Good in the planning of the routes and incorporating studies completed on traffic patterns throughout the city that help determine the safest route. The city’s current plan is estimated to cost around $500,000, which will be covered entirely by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The cost includes the price of sidewalks and a traffic signal light. While the planning is an ongoing process, the routes will not be installed until two years down the road, according to Marini. Dec. 5: After nearly 50 years in business in Princeton, the Browning car dealerships have been sold to the Prescott Brothers car dealership, based in Mendota and Rochelle. Tim Browning, owner of the Browning dealerships, made the announcement, saying the decision to sell the longtime family business was not an easy one, but Prescott Brothers is a perfect fit as the new owner. Dec. 7: Area educators are not happy with the pension reform bill passed this week by the Illinois General Assembly. Gov. Pat Quinn says the new legislation will erase a $100 billion liability and restore fiscal stability to Illinois. The new plan reduces annual cost-ofliving increases for retirees, raises the retirement age for workers 45 and under, and imposes a limit on pensions for the highest-paid workers. However, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association announces it will file suit to block enactment of the pension legislation. Phyllis Fasking, who serves as president of the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association, says the pensions are constitutionally protected, and she hopes the Supreme Court judges decide in their favor. Dec. 10: Alex Arauza of Princeton announced his candidacy for Bureau County Sheriff. Arauza began his career in law enforcement as a part-time officer for the village of Buda before joining the Princeton Police Department. Arauza says he is the candidate that will give people of Bureau County a role model, which will inspire them to lead honest and honorable lives, thus reducing crime in the county

Dec. 12: The Wyanet Village Board votes unanimously to approve the 2014 tax levy which includes a 4.99 percent increase over last year. The board also discusses the new dump truck with a snowplow which was purchased last month. The board approved several new items for the truck including a back-up camera, snowplow lights and lettering on the side that says “Village of Wyanet”. Dec. 14: Shortly following the news of Cherry School Board finding an alternative way to close the grade school and send students to Dimmick Consolidated School District, the Ladd Community Consolidated School Board extends an offer to Cherry to enter into an intergovernmental agreement to educate any or all Cherry students who wish to attend Ladd. Ladd School Superintendent Michelle Zeko says the offer is a way for Ladd to make sure Cherry knows the school district is willing to help if need be. If there are Cherry students who want to come to Ladd, we welcome those students to Ladd, she said. Dec. 17: The DePue Village Board passes a resolution authorizing village President Eric Bryant to enter a $975,000 settlement agreement with Exxon Mobil Corporation and CBS Operations — the “responsible parties” in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency cleanup of DePue’s Superfund site. In the settlement agreement released by the village, it states, “the village agrees to take no further action to prosecute the underlying litigation and the pending appeal in (the appellate case).” Dec. 19: The Walnut Village Board hears from Matt Hansen, engineer from Willett, Hoffman & Associates of Dixon, on eight different rate increase proposals relating to the upcoming $2 million sewer plant improvement project. The proposals ranged from a 100 percent fixed rate and 0 percent usage rate to the opposite end, at a 0 percent fixed rate and 100 percent usage driven. Even with an increase in the $18 range for the average customer, Walnut’s rates for water and sewer would remain below the average of many communities in Illinois, Hansen says. Dec. 21: The DePue School District learns it is responsible for paying back around $80,000 to cover the misappropriated use of funds from the SIG grant, which was terminated by the

state board last year. The cost for the district originally stood around $713,000, but after the state reviewed their audit on the SIG grant usage, the amount dropped to around $80,000. DePue Superintendent Randy Otto says the costs come from the district using monies from the grant on iPads for eighth-graders and included junior high teachers getting paid extra day stipends. The grant was meant to only be used on educational purposes in the high school. Dec. 24: Illinois drivers will need to think twice before pulling out of their driveways next week. Of the more than 200 new laws which will go into effect on Jan. 1 in Illinois, several have to do with motorists, Beginning Jan. 1, motorists will no longer be allowed to talk on handheld cell phones while driving their vehicles. Motorists who smoke while driving and then flick their cigarette butts out the car window can now be fined for littering. The legal speed limit on certain interstates in Illinois will be increased from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour, once the new signs are installed. Dec. 26: Bureau and LaSalle counties will receive a combined $5.8 million for two bridge replacement projects in the new year, with the bulk of the money going for the Bureau County project. Gov. Pat Quinn makes the announcement, saying the $5.8 million for

the local bridge projects is part of the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! Capital construction program. In Bureau County, the bridges carrying Interstate 80 over the Hennepin Canal, about one mile west of the Route 40 interchange, will be replaced, at a project cost of $5,233,01. Dec. 28: DePue can now put a checkmark next to their sirens project, which had been an ongoing deal for years. Mayor Eric Bryant confirms, despite a few minor kinks which are currently being worked out, the sirens are in the ground and have already been through their first testing. Village residents might have even have heard the first tests a few days ago, when the sirens rang out for several minutes. The new sirens are a benefit for the village, as they serve as a protection against disasters, the mayor says. Dec. 31: The U.S. Postal Service announces it will increase its rate to send first-class mail. Beginning Jan. 26, a first-class envelope will rise from 46 cents to 49 cents. The Postal Regulation Commission says the additional $2.8 billion realized through the rate increase is meant to compensate only for the national recession, not to offset for losses caused by American’s growing use of electronic communications and commercial delivery services. Comment on this story at

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Princeton couple have first 2014 baby at St. Margaret’s Nathan and Christina Cumpton of Princeton gave birth to the first baby born at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. They are the parents of a son, Croix Nicholas, born at 4:04 a.m. Jan. 3. He weighed 8 pounds and measured 21 inches in length.

Illinois pension reform law is challenged Retired teachers association files lawsuit By Ken Schroeder Shaw Media Service

CHICAGO — The Illinois Retired Teachers Association filed suit Dec. 27 challenging the constitutionality of the state’s controversial plan to deal with the nation’s most underfunded public employee pension system. The lawsuit is the first of what could be many filed on behalf of state workers, university employees, lawmakers and teachers. The legal challenge argues

the law, which limits costof-living increases, raises retirement ages for many current workers and caps the amount of salaries eligible for retirement benefits, violates the state Constitution. The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of eight non-union retirees, teachers and superintendents who are members of the state’s Teacher Retirement System. Representatives of the We Are One coalition of public employee unions, including the state’s two major teachers’ unions, have said they expect to file suit shortly. “The law allows anyone to avail themselves of their legal rights, and We Are One Illinois plans to do the

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A train trip to remember ... or not! By Donna Barker

ARLINGTON — Abby Taylor of Princeton says she’s pretty sure she’s not stepping foot on another train until spring. Taylor is one of a couple hundred passengers stranded Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning on Amtrak trains stuck between Arlington and Mendota, stopped by snowcovered tracks, on their way to Chicago. From the warmth and comfort of her Princeton home late Tuesday morning, Taylor talked about the train trip she started but didn’t get completed. Taylor said she and her friend, Janese Kunkel, had met up at the Princeton Amtrak station Monday afternoon and were both returning to their homes in Chicago. The train was already a couple hours late, apparently due to the weather, and didn’t leave the Princeton station until 3 p.m. Monday. The start of the trip was basically uneventful, though there were times she couldn’t see out the window because of all the snow being blown up from the train tracks. About 30 minutes into the trip, the conductor announced the train was approaching Mendota, the next scheduled stop. When the train started slowing down, she didn’t think anything

Amtrak From Page 1 “The passengers were comfortable in large part because of the Bureau County people who were there to help us. All the trains’ lights, heating and toilet systems were working,” he said. “The passengers were safely sheltered in Bureau County in large part due to the response of local officials.” The Southwest Chief 4 that had left California two days earlier was the first train stuck about 3:30 p.m. Monday, reported Magliari. The Illinois Zephyr was the second train that got stuck on the track about 4 p.m. Monday.

Pension From Page 3 same at the appropriate time,” Director of Communications of the Illinois Federation of Teachers Aviva Brown said in a statement from the IFT’s Peru office. “The Illinois Federation of Teachers and our coalition partners are focused on preparing to bring the most effective case possible to defend the constitutional rights of our members and hundreds of thousands of other public employees and retirees throughout Illinois.” A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said a

about it, but then the train came to a complete stop before reaching Mendota, Taylor said. She looked out the window and saw only cornfields on both sides of the train. There was a small farm house about 200 yards away. She didn’t see any roads. About that time, the announcement was made that the train was stuck, and they would try to jerk the train back and forth to see if they could break through some snow drifts, Taylor said. The jerking was very mild. About an hour later, the announcement came that the train engine was frozen, and another train was coming to get the passengers. However, that second train got stuck too, Taylor said. Taylor said about 10 p.m., passengers were told a freight train would be coming to pull out the stuck trains. Passengers were never told they could be spending the night on the train. Finally, in the early morning hours Tuesday, the train stuck behind Taylor’s train was pulled back to Princeton, and those passengers were unloaded. The empty train was then taken back to Taylor’s train, and those passengers were transferred into the empty train. Taylor, Kunkel and the other passengers arrived back at the Princeton station about 7 a.m. Tuesday. All things considering, things went pretty well on the overnight adventure, Taylor said. The train

was warm and heated, though there wasn’t much food in the cafe car, just some small pizzas and hot dogs. The cafe car was closed by 6 p.m. Monday, but passengers were served some beef stew and mashed potatoes about 7 p.m. As far as the atmosphere among the stranded train passengers, Taylor said most people were pretty calm and collected about the whole situation. People visited with others, played cards and tried to make light of the situation. She was able to watch some videos on her phone and also spent time doing “a whole lot of nothing,” Taylor said. When they did get back to Princeton, Taylor said she and Kunkel both decided they did not want to board one of the waiting buses or wait for another train. They would figure out another way to get to Chicago, with Taylor’s mother, Ginger Freeburg, agreeing to drive them back to Chicago Tuesday afternoon. Taylor said she’s not upset with Amtrak about the stranded train, but maybe next time there should be consideration to canceling trips sooner rather than later when the weather is bad. But for now, after 16 hours on a stranded train during a snowy and frigid night in Illinois, Taylor said she was just glad to be home. Comment on this story at

Three locomotives came from Galesburg to bring the second train and its 60 passengers back to Princeton. After unloading them onto buses, the locomotives then went back to where the first train was stuck and brought those 244 passengers back to Princeton on the empty train to take six more buses to the Chicago area. Princeton Police Department personnel assisted with the transition from the train to the bus service. The depot was open all night to accommodate passengers waiting on personal rides and individuals waiting to pick up passengers, added Clawson. Clarion Township Road Commissioner Mark Stauffer and two other workers used end

loader tractors including one with a snow-blower attachment to get through deep drifts to a crossing near the train. They had to dig a path through extremely wide drifts of 3to 4-feet deep on Bureau County roads 2400, 3450, 3350 and 2300 where plows couldn’t push all the snow. On Tuesday morning, Bureau County Red Cross Director Lori Compton said she received a call about 10 p.m. Monday from Bureau County ESDA Coordinator Kris Donarski informing her of the snowbound trains and the need for a contingency plan if the passengers aboard the trains needed to be evacuated and provided with emergency shelter and food. There was concern

the trains had adequate fuel and food aboard. At that point, she understood the trains had been stuck for some time, and there were about 400 to 500 passengers aboard, Compton said. About 2 a.m. Tuesday, Compton received a second call from Donarski about possibly providing a breakfast service. Compton knew she would need to wait for area vendors to open to get the needed food, however about 5:30 a.m., she got a third call saying the breakfast service was not needed at that time, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains 380, 381, 382 and 383 were all canceled Tuesday. Comment on this story at

lawsuit had been expected, but the administration “(expects) this landmark reform will be upheld as constitutional.” “We believe the new law is as constitutionally sound as it is urgently needed to resolve the state’s pension crisis,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said in a statement. “This historic law squarely addresses the most pressing fiscal crisis of our time by eliminating the state’s unfunded pension debt, a standard set by the governor two years ago. It will ensure retirement security for those who have faithfully contributed to the

pension systems, end the squeeze on critical education and human services and support economic growth.” At issue is a provision of the 1970 Illinois Constitution which states that public pensions represent “an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.” The new legislation scales back what had been annual 3 percent compounded cost-of-living increases to retirees into non-compounding yearly increases based on a formula that takes into account an employee’s years of ser-

vice. The measure also requires many current workers to skip up to five annual cost-of-living pension increases when they retire. For current workers, it also would boost the retirement age by up to five years, depending on their age. Judicial pensions are not included in the new law, an effort to try to avoid a conflict of interest on the constitutional issue. Pensions for Chicago teachers are not part of the new law, since they are funded by city property taxpayers. Comment on this story at

SV sister city mayor reschedules visit By Goldie Currie

SPRING VALLEY — The mayor of Spring Valley’s Italian sister city will be arriving in town next week to explore the area and meet with community members. Mayor Maurizio Cadegiani of Acquaria di Montecreto will arrive with associate Fiammeta Fiocchi on Jan. 15 and will leave on Jan. 18. Cadegiani was originally scheduled to visit Spring Valley in December but was forced to cancel his trip at the last minute. Like before, the city will host a public dinner at Verucchi’s Ristorante

at 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets are $16 a person and may be purchased in the city clerk’s office by Tuesday. Tickets include family-style chicken, soft drink, tax and tip. Cash bar reception will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Last year, Spring Valley City Council passed a resolution declaring Comune di Montecreto, Modena, Italy, a sister city. The resolution states there is a historical link between the two cities through its heritage of Italian emigrant families migrating from Montecreto to Spring Valley between 1890 and 1915. Comment on this story at

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Obituaries Walter King

Kevin Suarez

Marjorie Anthony

Michael Jonas

PRINCETON — Walter Ray King, 88, of Princeton passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Born Jan. 23, 1925, in Princeton to Clifford and Lillian (May) King, he married Sally Blackwell Aug. 3, 1952, at the First Congregational Church in Walter LaMoille. They were marKing ried by her grandfather, the Rev. Wesley L. Blackwell. She survives. He attended a one-room school house, Durham Grade School. He was life-long farmer on his family’s farm. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II and was stationed in Korea just before the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Bureau Valley Good Sam Club, served on the LaMoille School Board and was a member of First Congregational Church of LaMoille. He was also a member of the American Legion/VFW Post 125 in Princeton and served on the Board of Directors for the Van Orin Elevator. Also surviving are two children, Gerald (Jeannie) King of rural Princeton and Barbara (Allen) Klein of rural LaMoille; seven grandchildren, Thomas (Tina) Klein, Matthew Klein, Jeralyn (Timothy) Glass, Jason (Melanie) Klein, Adam Klein, Katrina (Mitch) McCoy and Joanna Klein, all of rural Princeton and LaMoille; seven greatgrandchildren, Addilyn, Gabriel and Michael Glass, McKenna and Brayden Klein, and Myla and Makaylee McCoy; one brother, Floyd W. King of Princeton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kay Yvonne King in 1972; one brother, Kenneth King; and one nephew, Dennis King. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church of LaMoille with the Rev. Kris Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, with military rites accorded. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Memorials may be directed to LaMoille Ambulance or First Congregational Church of LaMoille.

DEPUE — Kevin Suarez, 53, of DePue died at 9:59 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Barto Funeral Home, DePue chapel, with Pastor Betty Delgado officiating. Burial will be in Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

WYANET — Marjorie L. Anthony, 92, of Wyanet passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at the Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut. Marjorie was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Bureau Township to Guy and Erma (Garman) Wilson. She married Fred J. Anthony on Feb. 22, 1942, in Wyanet. She had worked as librarian at the Raymond A. Sapp Memorial Library in Wyanet for 38 years. She is survived by three sons, Fred L. (Karma) Anthony of Marriett, Ill., Randy Anthony of Forrest City, Iowa, and Warren Anthony of Princeton; four grandchildren, Nathan (Jennifer), Aaron and Stephanie Anthony, and Randa (Joe) Mead; and six greatgrandchildren, Madison, Quinn, Thomas, Ankia, Keaton and Grant. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred J. Anthony on Dec. 10, 1990; two sisters, Clara Forth and Beulah Wilson; two brothers, Wayne and Lee Wilson; one brother-in-law, Earl Forth; and one grandson. Private graveside services will be held at the Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, with the Rev. Mary Gay McKinney of the Open Prairie United Church of Christ, Princeton, officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Walnut Manor Activity Department. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton.

LASALLE — Michael S. Jonas, 41, of LaSalle passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. He was born Feb. 27, 1972, in Bradenton, Fla., to John R. and Catherine (Griffey) Jonas. Michael He worked as a stockJonas man at Walmart in Ottawa. He was a semi-pro wrestler known by most as “Jonas the Giant” and a graphic novel artist in the process of being published. He attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ottawa. Surviving are his fianceé, Lynn Keyt of LaSalle; three daughters, Manda S. Jonas and Michaela S. Jonas, both of Tiskilwa, and Maleeya S. Jonas of LaSalle; two stepchildren, Jesika E. Muzzarelli and Kalub J. Muzzarelli; two brothers, Mark Jonas of Tiskilwa and John (Mary) Jonas of Washington, Ind.; one sister, Cynthia Crooks of Shelburne, Ind.; and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son in infancy. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home, LaSalle, with Pastor Kim Wood of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ottawa officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family.

William Kohr CHERRY — William J. “Short Wheels” Kohr, 79, of Cherry passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Fiocchi Funeral Home, Cherry, with the Rev. Patrick Fixsen of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Cherry, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Cherry, with military honors by the Ladd Veterans Memorial Group. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Donald Edyburn Sr. OHIO, Ill. — Donald Lee Edyburn Sr., 78, of Ohio, Ill., passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Zephyrhills, Fla. He was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Chicago to Harold and Ethyl Daisy Threet Edyburn. He grew up in Maywood, Ill. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1960 with the rank of A/1C. He then joined the University of Illinois police force in 1962 and retired in 1987. Don also worked part-time at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park in security for 20-plus years. After retirement he went to work part-time downtown Chicago at the Dirksen Federal Building as a federal marshal for a few more years. Donald was a life member of BenHur Lodge 818 AF&AM of Illinois; past commander of American Legion Post 133 Maywood; member of Zephyrhills, Fla., American Legion Post 118, reaching 50 years of membership in 2013; member of Elks Lodge 2731 of Zephyrhills, Fla.; FOP Lodge 10 of Illinois; 28-year member of LaGrange Chapter 201 O.E.S.; and a life member of the Illinois Police Association. He is survived by his wonderful and loving wife, Barbara Ruth (nee Schmuck) of Chicago; his sons, Dave (Pam) Edyburn, Donald Jr. and James; his daughters, Linda Kanter, Cynthia (Glen) Martin and Lizabeth (James) Lowe; his grandchildren, Keith and Kelly Edyburn, Brandon and Jason Edyburn, Ashley and Sara Kanter, and Shawn (Richard) Mangers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by his father, Harold, and his mother, Daisy, and his brothers, Wilber and Harold. His remains will be cremated and interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Donald’s name. Checks may be made to his wife “Barbara Edyburn” and mailed in care of Sun Trust Bank, 7344 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, FL 33541. Donations will be sent to various charities in memory of Don. Don was a gentle and loving man and will be missed by his family and many friends. A memorial service/celebration of his life will be held in Illinois at a later date.


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Diamond eyes She’s not even here anymore. This woman whose flesh came to be my own, this angel whose wings under which I’ve found shelter and sunlight, she stares past me as if I am but a stranger in the crowd. As if we have not shared a hundred hugs and a thousand smiles. As if she doesn’t even remember her love for me, or have any inkling of mine for her. My father’s mother no longer seems the delicate flower with petals of soft and simple chuckle that she once did. The waves from her many walks of life have finally begun their excursion within the vessel, and the ocean floor is as inevitable as the sturdiness of a stone or the waywardness of water. She is no longer capable of providing a colorcoordinated dessert to COMMENTARY compliment the feast on our holiday tables, and she hasn’t ran a comb through grandfather’s hair while gracefully humming sweet nothings for many years now. Her body was never filled with an ambitious amount of energy or excitement, not in the few decades that I’ve cherished her company, but her heart and mind were constantly akin to a beam breaking through the clouds as the Master touched his land again. Now, there can be witnessed but a glimmer of the gold having always told of the wealth worth having. I have smiled gently and spoken sweetly on each occasion we’ve shared the past few years, praying that her eyes might recognize a grandson’s smile, but she rarely does, and hasn’t in a while. My strength has been dried onto my perspective through acceptance of reality, but I miss her every time she looks at me, and each time that my heart breaks I quietly rejoice that the Lord will bring her home soon. What is it that I sense when I am around her, though, except a heightened sense of the full spectrum of not only her lifetime, but my own? I am rounding the corner into my fourth decade on this planet, and as enjoyable as my 20s were, I am ready to let them pass into memory for the sake of another gripping and hopefully even more profound stage of life as it initializes. Where we find fault, though, is in mathematically measuring consistency, composure and character as if numerical values provide the pinnacle of their potential. My grandparents were in their 60s when I was born, and well into senior citizenship by the time I was mentally capable of relishing their presence. They were no longer agile enough to chase me around the yard even when I was just a young boy, but my current appreciation of their effect on me has nothing to do with their athleticism, but is entirely established within their authenticity in walk and in word. I remember Grandma would always ask me to recite Psalm 18:2 each time we visited, and to this day I think of her as I speak those correlations of faith and foundation to myself. Not once in my life did she raise her tongue or her hand in my direction, and I can only assume that our Maker hand-delivered a gift not just to my father and his family, but to the world in general, the day he momentarily gave away Eleanor Engel. I began with the notion that my grandmother is not here anymore, but the truth is that her presence could not be more evident to my mind. She has served this earth like a gardener does her flower bed, with utmost tenderness and respect for each shoot upon the ground. Her faith in my recognition is what built my faith in yours. Her eyes still sparkle time and again when she sees me, and I know in my heart that the Teacher would not leave one of his brightest pupils behind when she is most vigorous for and in need of his lesson plan. There has not been a day in my life for over a decade now that I don’t thank God for the conditions of existence that he has blessed her with for the better part of a century. My energy will be in teaching what she has taught; my focus not on losing her as she’s leaving, but in loving her as she’s living. I love you Grandma. Thank you for your visit, I’ve always enjoyed it. Please have a wonderful trip home, and tell Grandpa I love him. I’ll see you when I get there, and shall kiss your face again.

Eric Engel

Eric Engel, formerly of Tiskilwa but now of Peoria, can be reached by e-mail at

Phil Hocking City: Ladd. Where did you grow up: Spring Valley.

First Person

Family: Wife, two daughters, two sons-in-laws, two granddaughters and a grandbaby on the way.

What is the last book you read: An engine manual.

Pets: One dog, Boomer, and one cat, Buddy.

What is the last television show you watched: Weather Channel.

Occupation: I am semi–retired but do small engine repair and car detailing.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could have just one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be: Diet Coke.

What is the last song you listened to: “On the Other Side.”

If you were stranded on a desert island and could take only

one thing with you, what would it be: Grandchildren. What is your favorite local restaurant: Uptown Bar and Grill. If someone handed you a million dollars, how would you spend it: I would donate it to cancer research. People would be surprised to know that you: I am emotional and often cry. What is your favorite thing about the city you live in: The people. If you could change one thing about your town, what would it be: More community involvement.

Discovering Diana On New Year’s Eve, I went with my family to the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa, to see an amazing exhibit in modern history before it was to be packed up and moved to its last site. For the past few months, the Putnam Museum has been home to Diana, a collection of artifacts depicting the people’s princess, the late Lady Diana’s life. I was only 6 when she died in 1997. I didn’t know why the world was in mourning. I didn’t understand, and I didn’t grasp the importance this woman had on the world and the many humanitarian efforts she supported. The following year, my mom went to England for an MBA class she was taking. She went around the anniversary of Diana’s death. When she returned, she showed me the pictures of Kensington Palace. There was a carpet of flowers in tribute and remembrance. And once again I did not understand the significance of this death. As life would have it, the world continues to go on. The years go by and what happened in 1997 gets left to the pages of history. Now as I was growing up and getting older, I started to grasp why this woman was so important to so many. I started to comprehend the weight she carried for her causes. She was more than just a princess or a mother. She was a caring and compassionate woman who looked to the poor souls scattered throughout the world and wanted to make a difference. She wielded her power for the betterment of humanity.

Sarah Maxwell COMMENTARY It was with this knowledge and appreciation of a wonderful woman that I found myself surrounded by my family traveling through the life of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. The exhibit was extensive. There were pieces from her family’s estate, including the Spencer Tiara, which looked worthy of being stored in the Tower of London with the rest of the crown jewels. There were childhood mementos such as toys and books. They showcased her school uniform, a prayer book she received from Mother Teresa and photo albums she kept growing up. Mounted on the walls were enlarged photographs from her numerous trips into the public spotlight for humanitarian efforts, galas and other events. Of course it wouldn’t be an exhibit without showing some of Diana’s wardrobe. Numerous outfits are showcased along with information about when they were worn. The crown jewel of the exhibit is her famous wedding dress, 25-foot train and all. Her dress has its own room, and the walls are adorned with iconic photos from that July 1981 day. I wasn’t even born yet. When the exhibit was being unpacked, I read an article, which said not all places are able to accommodate her train, and we have it. The last room in the exhibit

was a haunting one. Elton John’s “English Rose” was played on repeat with a four minute video montage of the funeral. I have always loved Elton John and “Candle in the Wind.” I knew he re-worked it for the funeral but had never heard it. The pain of loss is clear, but it also attempts to remind us how lucky we were to have had a woman like her on this earth for even a short time. There was a box of tissues in front of the video for those who needed it. It was hard to walk out. As we did, we passed bookshelves full of tribute and remembrance books for Diana from all over the world. We took my niece, who is only 13 months old, and I felt sorry for her and the world she will inherit. No longer do we have Diana, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. to look to for moral guidance. Instead we, as adults, need to look at these humanitarians and do what they would to ease the pain of the world and make it a better place. “Diana: A Celebration” will close its exhibit at the Putnam Museum in Davenport on Jan. 26. The collection will be shown in Cincinnati, Ohio, until Aug. 17 after which it will be returned to her sons as her will has dictated. I would highly encourage everyone to take the trip to see it before it leaves. Maybe she can still inspire us all even 17 years after her death. BCR Copy Editor Sarah Maxwell can be reached at

7 Sports Thursday, January 9, 2014 • 7 Poll watching — Area basketball teams have been ranked in the AP state polls. See page 8.

Tiskilwa native has coaching in her blood By Dixie Schroeder

BCR photo/Kevin Hieronymus

Doran Piper and the Princeton Tigers will host the 51st annual Lyle King Princeton Invitational wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday at Prouty Gym. The field of 34 includes 21 ranked teams.

PIT includes 21 ranked teams By Kevin Hieronymus

PRINCETON — A who’s who in Class 1A wrestling in the state of the Illinois will be on hand for the 51st annual Lyle King Princeton Invitational Wrestling Tournament, beginning Friday at Prouty Gymnasium. There are 21 teams ranked among the field of 34, including the top four ranked teams in 1A — Dakota, Plano, Porta and Monticello. Dakota is the defending 1A State champ, Porta finished fourth. Class 1A runner-up Mercer County and third place Litchfield also return. The No. 1 ranked wrestler in Class 1A will appear in 11 of the 14 weight classes. There are no fewer than seven ranked wrestlers in any weight classes, topped by 11 at 113 and 182. The field also includes eight grapplers who are ranked in Class 2A. Five PIT wrestlers are defending state champions: Josh Alber

of Dakota (1A, 132), Anthony Luis of Harvard (2A, 113), Carver James of Dakota (1A, 145), Derrick Maisonet of Plano (1A, 195) and Josh Wallick of Gibson City (1A, 285). Another, Nelson Baker (120) of Byron, won state in 2012 while Jake Snow (145) of Newman won state in 2011. Alber won another state crown in 2011. Add in the fact that Alber will attempt to become the first fourtime state champion in the rich history of the PIT, and wrestling fans will be in mat heaven, “This year’s PIT is as loaded as it has ever been,” PHS coach Steve Amy said. “Anytime you bring the top four returning state placing teams to one place the competition is going to be great. We will have those teams trying to stay on top and have everyone else trying to knock them off.” Leading PHS hopefuls are juniors Vlad Stephanov (220, 7-5) and Drew Pranka (160, 0-0),

See PIT Page 8

Princeton Invitational wrestling tournament Where: Prouty Gymnasium. When: Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, wrestlebacks, 9 a.m.,

finals, 5 p.m. Defending champion: Dakota. What to look for: Dakota’s Josh Alber will attempt to

become the first four-time PIT champion. No. 1 ranked wrestlers (11): Brady Wilsie, Byron (106); Cody Minnick, Coal City (113); Corey Jurzak, Coal City (126); Josh Alber, Dakota (132); J.J. Wolfe, Dakota (138); Carver James, Dakota (145); Wes Brown, Plano (160); Bruce Ivey, Newman (170); Brendan Menacher (Monticello); Derrick Maisonet, Plano (195); and Josh Wallick, Gibson City (285). Ranked teams competing (21): Byron (#7 Class A), Coal City (HM A) Dakota (#1 A), Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (#10 A), Harvard (#14 2A), Illini Bluffs (#15 A), Leroy (#9 A), Litchfield (#19 A), Mercer County (#13), Morrison (#14 A), Olympia (#16 A), Orion (HM A), Ottawa (#24 AA), Petersburg Porta (#3 A), Plano (#2 A), Rock Falls (HM A), Rockridge (HM A), Roxana (#17 A), Vandalia (#6 A) and Wilmington (#8 A). Other teams competing: Rock Island Alleman, Clinton, IVC, Manteno, Monmouth-Roseville, Monticello, Palos Heights Shepard, Pittsfield, Princeton, Reed Custer, Riverdale, Rock Falls, Rockridge, Roxana and Sterling Newman.

DECATUR — The famous coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” No one knows this to be as true as those who coach. The Christiansen family, formerly of Tiskilwa and now of Mark have had a strong multigenerational approach towards coaching. Daughter Karen Christiansen Wooden of Decatur is a 1983 graduate of Tiskilwa High School. John Garvin was her first coach. She was named All-Conference and played as an outside hitter for the Lady Indians. She followed her high school career with a two year stint at Illinois Valley Community College. She then realized she had to refocus her energies in a different direction. Wooden then started her family. As her father did before her, she found herself wanting to coach her kids, David and Matthew Christiansen and Jordan Wooden. Volleyball seemed to be her niche. “I started coaching when my daughter was 4 and have pretty much been coaching ever since,” she said. Wooden then followed daughter Jordan to Holy Family School in Decatur and started the volleyball program there. She was given approval as long as she not only coached, but had to be the athletic director and obtain her referee license. “I had to coach and ref in many games at the time,” Wooden said. Wooden worked to build strong volleyball skills in her student/ath-

Photo Courtesy of Decatur Herald & Review

Karen Wooden is shown during a super sectional game in Fall 2013. letes who then went on to attend St. Teresa Catholic High School in Decatur. Wooden moved to the assistant coach position under head coach Jay McAtee who took the Bulldog program to the next level. She became head coach on her own during the 2012-13 school year. In the past two seasons she has achieved some pretty impressive statistics. “In my two years there, I was voted coach of the year for our surrounding area and conference,” she said. “The award is voted on by area sports media, athletic directors and coaches.” Her two years of teams have accumulated at 64-14 win/loss record. The Lady Bulldogs have advanced to the Super Sectional level of the IHSA Class 2A volleyball competition. Unfortunately their luck of the draw has not been good. The last two years has brought Deer CreekMackinaw to the Bulldogs’

See Wooden Page 8

Peanut Tillman a Bear with a big heart Kevin Hieronymus

Greg Wallace couldn’t help but notice the trademark dreadlocks in the crowd HIERONYMUS’ HYPOTHESIS at Bureau Valley High School Saturday. The lifetime Chicago packed the Bureau Valley Bears fan told his wife, auditorium to say their “that’s Peanut Tillman.” final farewell to their dear Charles “Peanut” Tillfriend, Cora Peters. man, a two-time All-Pro Tillman and his wife, cornerback for the Chicago Jackie, came across Cora’s Bears, was among hundreds story in her blog for Carof friends and family who ing Bridge. The Tillmans

had their own trials when their daughter, Tiana, was born with a heart ailment in 2008 and required an immediate heart transplant. At the time, Tillman said it was hard for him to pray, “because I didn’t know if it was right for me to pray for a heart for my child because I knew that for my child to live, somebody else’s child had to die.” The Tillmans took a special interest in Cora and took the time to visit her

in the hospital. Peanut also treated Cora and her family to a Bears game. This wasn’t just a professional athlete looking for some publicity. This was genuine love shown by a famous football player and his family, who play the game of life the way he plays football. This was about a special girl, who had a zest for life, a big heart and was loved by all

See Hieronymus Page 8

Cora Peters and her family found a special friend in Charles “Peanut” Tillman of the Chicago Bears. Tillman took a special liking to the girl who touched many with a zest for life.

8 Sports 8 • Thursday, January 9, 2014

Basketball notebook

Area teams among ranked teams By Kevin Hieronymus Several area teams are ranked in this week’s AP Prep Basketball Poll.

Sterling Newman (120) is ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A boys poll with Kewanee (10-3) sharing the No. 10 sot with Winnebago (10-2). Rockridge (14-0), from the Three Rivers North Conference, heads up the 2A boys. Wethersfield (12-1) improved three spots to No. 7 in the 1A boys poll. Both Henry and Putnam County were among 17 teams receiving votes. Payson-Seymour (10-1) is ranked atop the 1A poll. Annawan (9-4) retained its preseason perch atop the 1A girls poll while Putnam County (15-1) made its first appearance at No. 5. Stark County just missed out on the top 10, receiving the 13th most votes (13) Two members of the Three Rivers Conference are ranked among 2A


From Page 7 sophomores Tyler Wood (106, 9-6), Luke Marselle (113, 8-7) and Luke Hoffman (170, 8-4) and freshmen Austin Wetsel (126, 13-4). Filling out the Tiger lineup are senior Casey Pierre (182, 5-4), junior Starr Mecum (152, 1-6), sophomores Tyler Webster (120, 5-7), Drew Carpenter (132, 3-7) and Chaz Williams (195 4-6) and freshmen Doran Piper (138, 3-7), Tyler Hammitt (145, 0-8). Area teams joining in the mix are Dixon, Chillicothe IVC, Ottawa, Rock Falls and Sterling Newman. Other teams competing include Rock Island Alleman, Byron, Clinton, Coal City, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, Harvard, Illini Bluffs, LeRoy, Litchfield, Manteno, Mercer County, Monmouth-Roseville, Mon-


From Page 7 doorstep, and they have not gotten passed them. “If it happens again next year, we are hoping that the third time will be a charm,” she said. Wooden points out that coaching runs in the family, and she is quite happy to see daughter Jordan continue as a third generation coach. Jordan is currently attending Parkland College and playing volleyball and has recently committed to Robert Morris University where she will be studying to get her culinary arts degree. “She too has already

girls, Sherrard (17-1) at No. 5 and Prophetstown (17-2) at No. 8. Mendota (15-1) received one vote in the 3A girls poll. • Last-second shots:

PC drew the top seed for the Tri-County Conference girls tournament which starts Jan. 18 at Marquette. ... Annawan senior AllStater Celina VanHyfte became the all-time scoring leader in the State Farm Holiday Classic with 358 career points. She shattered the record by nearly 100 points. The Southern Illinois-signee has scored more than 2,000 career points. …. Tuesday’s Rockridge at St. Bede boys game has been rescheduled for Feb. 4 at the Academy. Tuesday’s Sherrard at Princeton girls game has been rescheduled for Jan. 18 with a 11 a.m. sophomore start. The PHS boys will make up their game at Kewanee on Jan. 25 with a freshmen/ sophomore/varsity triple starting at 4 p.m.

ticello, Morrison, Olympia, Orion, Palos Heights Shepard, Pittsfield, Plano, Reed Custer, Riverdale, Rockridge, Roxana, Vandalia and Wilmington. Dakota defeated defending champ Wilmington 190-171.5 for first place a year ago in the PIT. Most Outstanding Wrestlers were Dakota’s Alber (lower weights) and Zach Nelson of Mercer County (upper weights). Matches will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, matches will begin at 9 a.m., with the matches for tournament finals beginning at 5 p.m. Tournament passes will be sold on Friday evening, adults cost $10, students and senior citizens cost $7. Admission per session is $4 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Children ages kindergarten and under will be admitted free. Comment on this story at been coaching club volleyball,” Wooden said. “It’s in the genes, it has gone from granddad to me to her now.” Wooden is in fact planning on a volleyball dynasty with son David Christianson’s identical twin granddaughters, Chloe and Miley. “They both got volleyballs from grandma when they were born so they don’t stand a chance of not playing,” she said. “I also have another three month old granddaughter who has a volleyball too. Now we have half of a starting team.” Comment on this story at

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From Page 7 that knew her and many more who didn’t. Shannon Reuter, Cora’s close friend, said it was “really incredible to see such a big face in a small town for a special girl.” Another one of Cora’s friends, Bailey Russell of Wyanet, met the Tillmans when they were visiting Cora in the hospital. She also got to speak with Tillman again Saturday. Russell said Tillman is the most amazing person she’s ever met, besides Cora, of course. “He is an extraordinary person. He is truly one of the most influential people I have ever met,” she said. “He does so much for others that people aren’t aware of, and taking time to get to know Cora was just a small piece, but made a difference in her and her family’s life. “Charles blessed the Peters family not only with things like tickets, food, etc., but he also blessed them with his love and prayers. Truly, truly one of the most amazing people I have encountered. He

Scoreboard Basketball

High school boys Three Rivers North

Conf. All

Newman ................................. 2-0 14-0 Fulton . .................................. 2-0 13-3 Bureau Valley.......................... 2-0 10-7 Morrison ................................ 2-0 6-10 Riverdale ............................... 0-2 4-9 Prophetstown ......................... 0-2 3-9 Amboy ................................... 0-2 2-11 Erie ....................................... 0-2 0-14 Three Rivers South . ...... Conf. All

Rockridge................................ 2-0 13-0 Kewanee.................................. 2-0 10-3 Princeton ............................... 1-0 3-9 Sherrard..................................1-1 6-6 St. Bede . ............................... 0-1 8-6 Orion ..................................... 0-2 3-10 Hall ....................................... 0-2 8-6

did so much for one person who his wife loved dearly, and it just makes a mark on peoples lives, showing them the good in the world.” Tillman and his family have established the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation to provide opportunities and resources to children and their families in need. Tillman’s charitable efforts have impacted the lives of more than one million Chicago-area children. Wallace, my comrade here at the BCR, said he now how has a favorite Chicago Bear. Count me in that corner, too. Peanut is simply a professional athlete who gets it. Unlike NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who infamously said years ago, “I’m no role model,” Peanut Tillman’s actions and care shows he truly is. Charles “Peanut” Tillman is someone our kids can and should look up to. If you would like to hear more about “Peanut,” Google “Charles Tillman: My Story.” It is an excellent piece about the man behind the famous No. 33 in the Bears

Princeton at St. Bede, 7:30 Amboy at Prophetstown, 7:30 Erie at Riverdale, 7:30 Newman at Fulton, 7:30 High school girls

Tri-County Conference Tournament at Ottawa Marquette

17-2 10-4 10-5 10-7 4-10 9-9 7-9 3-14

Three Rivers South Conf. All

Tuesday’s area games

Sherrard ................................4-0 17-1 Kewanee ................................ 4-2 8-10 Orion...................................... 3-1 6-9 St. Bede . ............................... 2-2 7-9 Rockridge................................ 2-2 13-6 Hall .......................................0-4 4-10 Princeton ...............................0-4 2-14

Princeton at Kewanee, ppd to Jan. 25 Rockridge at St. Bede, ppd to Feb. 4

Sherrard at Princeton, ppd to Jan. 18

Friday’s area games

Bureau Valley at Morrison, 7:30 Hall at Sherrard, 7:30 Kewanee at Rockridge, 7:30 Indian Creek at L/O, 7:30 Midland at DePue, 7:30

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Princeton at Rockridge, 7:30

Three Rivers North Conf. All

Prophetstown .........................5-0 Amboy ................................... 4-1 Erie ....................................... 3-2 Riverdale ............................... 3-2 Newman ................................. 3-2 Morrison ................................ 1-4 Bureau Valley .........................0-4 Fulton . ..................................0-4

uniform. I found several other stories on other athletes sharing their faith. • Peanut Trivia: Wonder how Tillman got his nickname? It seems when he was an infant an aunt called him Peanut because the shape of his body resembled a peanut. • Boston strong: Princeton native Rebecca (Hanson) Pecorelli, 38, now of Chicago, qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 38.47 seconds in the Chicago Marathon this fall. • My condolences to the family of Michael S. Jonas, 41, also known as “Jonas the Giant” to area professional wrestling fans, who passed away suddenly Sunday. He was a giant with a big heart. Also, I’d like to express my condolences to the family of Spring Creek golf ace Theresa Blanco, who passed away Jan. 2 at the age of 87. She won the Spring Creek club championship 27 times.

Tuesday’s area games Thursday’s area games

BV at Sterling Newman, 7:30 Hall at Orion, 7:30 Kewanee at St. Bede, 7:30 L/O at Newark, 7:30 Peoria Christian at DePue, 7:30

Jan. 18: Game 1 - #4 Roanoke-Benson vs #5 Midland, 11 a.m. Game 2 - #2 Peoria Christian vs #7 DePue, 12:30 p.m. Game 3 - #3 Ottawa Marquette vs #6 HenrySenachwine, 2 p.m. Jan. 20: Game 4 - Losers of 2-3, 5 p.m. Game 5 - #1 Putnam County vs Winner 1, 6:30 p.m. Game 6 - Winners of Games 2-3, 8 pm. Jan. 23: Consolation finals - Losers of 1-4, 5 p.m. Third place - Losers 5-6, 6:30 p.m. Title - winners 5-6, 8 p.m.

Special Olympics

District Winter Games Gateway results: Alex Dabler, 2nd 50-meter, 100-meter snowshoeing. Jennifer Tornow, 1st 50-meter, 2nd 100-meter. Nathan Warren, 1st 50-meter, 100-meter. Princeton High School results: Justin Smith, 1st 50-meter, 100-meter. Steven Behrends, 2nd 50-meter, 3rd 100-meter. Kyla Kissick, 2nd 50-meters, 100-meters. Tracy’s Boxer Club results: Tracy Gibson, 1st 50-meter, 100-meter. Cross country skiing canceled, all participants advance to state.

Sports shorts Junior Tigresses PRINCETON — The Junior Tigresses basketball camp was postponed Sunday and will start up this week at 3 p.m. Sunday at Princeton High School. The camp is open for all girls in the Princeton school district in Grades 3-8. Cost is $15. For more information, contact coach Kevin Hieronymus at

Soccer league PERU — The Illinois Valley YMCA will sponsor an indoor soccer league on Sunday afternoons from Jan. 26 to March 2. There will be age divisions for U8, U10, U12, U14 and high school. Registration deadline is Jan. 20. For more information, call Rachel Moore at 815-223-7904, ext 44.

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Students collect food for pantry

Entertainment — IVSO Concerto Competition winner announced. See Page 10.

Community Notes Donations wanted

Lincoln School in Princeton collected more than 400 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Bureau County Food Pantry during the month of December. Janda Nordstrom’s third-grade class (pictured) helped coordinate this season’s collection. Photo contributed 

PRINCETON — The Princeton Veterans Group is seeking donations for a future rummage sale to be held in early 2014. Call Brad Oeder at 815-866-9349 and leave a message or call the Legion Post at 815872-1171 and leave a message.

Beekeepers meeting OTTAWA — The Illinois Valley Beekeepers Association will hold its meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Illinois Extension office, 1689 N. 31st Road, Ottawa. The program will be for new and established beekeepers on when and how to order equipment, the hives and the bees, how to care for a hive during the winter and planning for the spring, summer and fall.

Free meal SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield United Methodist Church will hold a free meal from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Come for fellowship and food.

GFWC meeting

‘Connecting Threads’ art show is planned at the Princeton Public Library PRINCETON — The Princeton Public Library will host its fifth exhibition of artists April 1-19. This year’s show will feature various textiles, including needle arts, textiles, woodworking, paper craft, pottery and other three dimensional arts. Various organizations regularly meet at the library and they wanted to feature their artistic talents along with others in our community. The theme, “Connecting Threads,” not only

refers to the textile arts featured but also connecting the various artists in our community. The exhibition is open to students and adults who would like to display their projects in the library. The works can be traditional, contemporary or avant-garde. It is open to the original artists of quilting, weaving, fabric design, embroidery, needlework, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, paper crafts, wood-working, print making, wire

crafts, jewelry making, ceramics, stained glass or any other three dimensional artwork. All applicants must submit a photo of their art work with their application, that can be picked up at the library after Feb. 7. These applications must be submitted by March 7 at the latest. Each piece must be no larger than 39 inches by 6-foot10-inches. Submissions must be by the original artist and all submissions should be appro-

priate for the general audience (family-friendly). After review by the “Connecting Threads” committee, artists will be notified of acceptance into the show the week of March 14. The selected artwork will be displayed throughout the library from April 1 to April 19. For more information, contact Margaret Martinkus, mmartinkus@, or Laurie Anderson,

Cast announced for Stage 212’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ LASALLE — Stage 212 will open its 2014 season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the memorable musical comedy by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin that showcases six quirky students (played by adults) as they compete in a spelling bee run by three equally quirky adults. Included in the cast are Megan Cullinan as Rona Lisa Peretti, Andy Decker as Douglas Panch, Doug Bartelt as Mitch Mahoney, Emily Brodzik as Olive Ostrovsky, Phil Grant as William Barfee,

Christin Chamberlain as Logainne Schwartz and Grubenierre, Becky Martin as Marcy Park, Tom Bailey as Leaf Coneybear and Derek Zinke as “Chip” Tolentino. The production staff includes director Scot Smigel, producer Ellen Marincic, assistant director Kyle Foley, music director Megan Cullinan, choreographer Deana Brown, light operator Matt Boehm, sound operator Andrew Paden, and spotlight operators Jessica Gray and Yvette Lucas. “The 25th Annual Put-

nam County Spelling Bee” will be presented Jan. 24-26 and Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available to the general public for $20 each beginning Jan. 6. Box office hours are Monday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets may also be purchased online by visiting the Stage 212 website, www.stage212. org, or reserved over the

Prom dress donations being accepted PRINCETON — The First United Methodist Church of Princeton is accepting donations of new and gently used prom, pageant, bridesmaid and evening dresses as well as accessories including jewelry, purses, and shoes for the second

annual PROMise Sale on March 1. The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for girls to find the prom dress of their dreams at a very affordable price. Proceeds from this charitable event will be given to

Living Works Suicide Prevention Walk and FUMC youth programs. Dress donations can be dropped off at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton located at 316 S. Church St. For more information, call 815-872-2821.

phone with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Call 815-224-3025 for details. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International.

PRINCETON — The GFWC Woman’s Club of Princeton will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Prouty Building in Princeton. A program about Native Americans will be presented by Lou Brown. Joyce Bickett and Jean Bates will be hostesses. Members are reminded to bring six Valentines for the veterans nursing home. For more information, contact President Clara Pease at 815-872-0430.

Auxiliary meeting PRINCETON — American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary Unit 125 of Princeton will have its post holiday dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Ye Olde Underground Inn in Princeton. All members are invited to the dinner as a guest of the Unit. If you cannot attend, please call Carol Allicks, Auxiliary president, at 815-872-7891 in the evenings by today, Thursday.

Sled dog demos UTICA — Starved Rock Lodge in Utica will hold sled dog demonstrations at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be programs during the day at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Utica Room.

Make Someone Happy • Happy birthday on Friday to Kathy Clark. Love, Ma J. • Happy 11th birthday to Kaitlynn Donovan of Cherry who celebrated on Tuesday. You are growing up too fast! We love you, Mom, Dad, big sis Jeannette and niece Addie. • Happy 23rd birthday to Jeannette Donovan of Princeton who celebrated on Sunday. You are a great mom! Love, Dad, Brenda, little sis Kaitlynn and daughter Addie. • Happy 2nd birthday today, Thursday, to Alexis Mecum. Love, Mom and Dad, and Grandma and Grandpa.

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$42 per person ($40 if you have more than one child participating) Participants receive a T-shirt, pair of poms, and perform a dance routine that night at the PHS Boys’ Basketball game. New price includes two tickets for admission into the game. Registration deadline is Jan. 13. Registration forms given to area schools and available at PHS in the Main Office. Contact PHS Pom Coach, Abbie Cochran at 815-768-6445 or with questions or a registration form.

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Red Hats celebrate Christmas The Princeton Red Hats held a play day Dec. 7. They enjoyed a chicken dinner, shared Christmas memories and played a Christmas quiz. The woman brought toys to donate for the Michael Young toy drive. Those in attendance were Emily Mathews (front row, from left), Penny Best and Tina Eckdahl; and Sue Schnarr (back row), Lou Brown, Realia Briggie, Joan Cichy and Debbie Cichy.

Concerto Competition winner announced LASALLE — The 25th annual IVYSO Concerto Competition was held Dec. 2 at LaSalle-Peru High School. This year’s winner, Simon Tiffin, played the Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20. He’ll perform this piece with the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra on April 13 for the spring concert. Tiffin has been studying piano for 10 years. His teachers are Anne Badger and Elena Doubovitskaya.

On Saturdays he attends the Merit School of Music in Chicago where he studies music theory, music history, repertoire and performance. A student at Ottawa Township High School, he is involved with many clubs and organizations, including band, choir, drama, Chem Club and German Club, where he is vice president. Competition judges John Armstrong, David Lee and Frank Delo said that each contestant was a pleasure to hear and the decision

was difficult. Apart from the winner, Abigail Dominis (trombone) and Marisa Mitchell (oboe) were named co-runners up. Should Simon be unable to perform with the orchestra one of two runners-up will be chosen to perform. Other competitors included Faith Sommer of Spring Valley (violin), Ellen Anderson of Peru (violin), Morgan Phillips of Lostant (violin), Joannah Cisneros of Oglesby (flute) and Victoria Hall of Malden (violin).

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Celebrating 43 years Illinois Valley Midday Connection, sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries, recently celebrated its 43rd birthday. The local group began meeting in 1970 under the name Illinois Valley Christian Women’s Club. The Stonecroft organization, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., was founded 75 years ago by Helen Duff Baugh. Stonecroft Ministries shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with women worldwide. The local group meets monthly at Deer Park Country Club with an average attendance of 50 women. The planning team for 2013-14 is shown as follows: (front row) Cathy Granata, Arlene Brandner, Vickie Scolari and Vallerie Horschler; and (back row) Elaine Gauden, Sue Myers, Carole Ledbetter, Elana Boyer, Cindy Bair, Norma Rue, Barbara Alleman, Bonnie Huber, Mary Deming and Anita Hybki.

DAR meeting minutes PRINCETON — The Princeton-Illinois Chapter NSDAR held its meeting Jan. 3 at the Prouty Building and featured a DVD program of Illinois State Regents’ projects from 1975-2013. Funded by Illinois members, area projects have been a flag and flagpole at Starved Rock, a liberty bench at the home former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, a marker at the Round barn new Kewanee and assistance with St. Peter’s Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Recent project completed by Regents are: building a classroom at a DAR School, restoring a glass ceiling panel in the library at the DAR Headquarters and erecting a women veterans tribute displaying statues of Molly Pitcher and a modern woman veterans. This understating to honor women veterans, the only one in Illinois, is located in Mt. Vernon. Restorations include a series of Lincoln Circuit Trail markers and the large Lincoln Trail Memorial marker located at the eastern end of Illinois Route 33. The Illinois DAR was also involved in one of the Madonna of the Trail series located in Vandalia and in purchas-

ing 24 acres of land to help create Fort Massac State Park. The Illinois DAR erected a statue of George Rogers Clark there and dedicated a marker to Chief Shabbona in nearby Shawnee National Forest. The Projects, selected every two years by the Illinois State Regents, align with the National DAR objectives of historical, educational and patriotic activities. During the business meeting, DAR Schools chairman Lois Peterson announced Boxtops and Labels for Education had been sent to various schools sponsored by the NSDAR and a Christmas gift card had been sent to the girls housed in the Illinois Cottage at the DAR School in Tamassee, S.C. Elections were held for delegated and alternates to the Illinois State Conference in Bloomington from April 25 to April 27. Diana Williamson was elected to complete the term of office for librarian. The previously elected librarian relocated out of state and is no longer able to complete the duties. Debra Wendt informed the members of famous women buried in Arlington National Cemetery

and the women military veterans holding commissions such as commander, lieutenant, rear admiral, captain and major. The next meeting will be Feb. 1 at the Bureau County Republican Community Room. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. and gavel time is 10 a.m. The program will be on bright beginnings with information shared about DAR-sponsored schools. Members will sign Easter cards for the Veterans’ Home in LaSalle.

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Hess speaks to local group Donna Hess, director of the Illinois Valley Food Pantry, recently spoke to the Illinois Valley Midday Connection, a local group sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Stonecroft exists to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with women worldwide. The group collected food and donations to support the food pantry. Pictured (front row) are Cathy Granata, Elaine Gauden, Rose Anderson, Vallerie Horschler and Donna Hess; and (back row) Arlene Brandner, Sue Myers, Carole Ledbetter, Cindy Bair, Elana Boyer, Mary Deming and Anita Hybki.

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Spring Valley woman opens Simply Fresh By Lyle Ganther

SPRING VALLEY — A passion for cooking and baking has led Lindsay Ponsetti of Spring Valley to recently open Simply Fresh in her hometown. “I have always liked to cook and bake,” she said. “It has always been my dream to own a small grocery store.” Simply Fresh is an organic grocery store where Ponsetti also sells sandwiches, salads, smoothies and more. Her hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Ponsetti posts her daily soup special on her Facebook page. In addition to breakfast and lunch specials, Ponsetti sells produce boxes where customers can build their own box containing different organic fruits or vegetables. Organic sandwiches and gluten-free options are available along with smoothies, coffees and teas. “After I had my children, I changed my eating habits,” she said. “In the past five years when I have had my kids, I now have a different lifestyle than earlier.” Simply Fresh is located at 808 W. Dakota St. The BCR photo/Lyle Ganther store’s phone number is 815-663-8488. Her email Lindsay Ponsetti is the owner of Simply Fresh, a small, organic grocery store at 808 W. Dakota St. in Spring address is Valley. Comment on this story at

Property Transfers The following property transfers were recently recorded at the Bureau County Recorder of Deeds’ office in the Bureau County Courthouse: Dec. 16, 2013 Barbara and David Kromphardt to Gerald Johnston, warranty deed, Lots 40-41 in Cambridge Third Addition, Spring Valley, $142,000. Centrue Bank to CR Capital Group LLC, warranty deed, Lot 10 in Block 5 in Union Addition, Princeton, $27,000. Lois Arnold, Ronald Arnold, Steven Arnold and Linda Griggs to Kirk Kimble, warranty deed, part of Section 13 in Macon Township, $1,284,000. Dolores Greer to Joseph and Justin Suarez, warranty deed, Lot 14 in Block 105 in O’Beirne’s Third Addition, Spring Valley, $60,000. Denise Petersen, Vicki Phillips, Steven Vickers, Felecita Vickers and William Vickers to Alejandro Madrigal, Antonio Madrigal and Ramiro Madrigal, warranty deed, Lot 13 in Block 2 in East Bluff Plat, DePue, $25,000. Ricky Keith, Mary Mezydlo and Carol Padilla to Peter Garzanelli, warranty deed, part of Lot 10 in Block 5 in Glenn’s Addition, Spring Valley, $75,000. Delmar Baracani and Josephine Fanti to Jena Donaldson, warranty deed, Lot 2 in Block 90 in O’Beirne’s Second Addition, Spring Valley, $40,000. Linda Griggs to Newman

Family Farms LLC, warranty deed, part of Section 28 in Macon Township, $475,500. Dec. 17, 2013 Rick and Mary Cernovich to Luke Lanxon, warranty deed, Lot 6 and part of Lot 7 in Block 33 in South Addition, Sheffield, $55,500. Edna Epperson and Sandra Rideout to Susan and William Epperson, warranty deed, part of Section 8 in Walnut Township, $84,000. Tonya Smith to Danielle and Robert Hoopes, joint tenancy deed, Lots 6-7 in Block 10 in Neponset, $5,000. Milmar LLC to Jennifer and Jesse Edlefson, warranty deed, part of Section 6 in Concord Township, $648,000. Alan Dugosh to Evan Hultine, warranty deed, part of Section 5 in Arispie Township, $179,500. Dec. 18, 2013 Barbara Turigliatti to John and Ladys Balma, warranty deed, part of Section 26 in Hall Township, $37,500. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Barbara Roush, warranty deed, Lot 15 in Steven’s Subdivision, Princeton, $46,000. Dec. 19, 2013 Dianne Hasbrook, Michelle Mongan, Connie Oeder, James Petersen and Matthew Whisler to Eric Bickett, warranty deed, part of Lot 2 and all of Lot 3 in Block 7 in North Addition, Princeton, $42,000. Ann and Rex Lasson to Sandra Shadle, warranty deed, part of Lot 13 in Fairview Subdivision, Princeton,

$95,000. Ronald Bitting to Kent and Virgil Balensiefen, warranty deed, part of Section 15 in Macon Township, $69,000. Dec. 20, 2013 April Buchanan to Raymond Kuhnert, warranty deed, Lots 3-5 and parts of Lots 1 and 6 in Block 4 in Dover, $17,500. William Uher to Optimum Ventures LLC, warranty deed, part of Lot 7 in North Addition, Tiskilwa, $1,500. Carol and Gary McMullen to Fisch Real Estate, warranty deed, Lots 66-68 in Brewer’s Addition, Walnut, $60,000. Maxine and Thomas Piper to Edwin Piper, warranty deed, part of Sections 1 and 12 in Dover Township, $50,000. Aaron Allicks to Mandi Moon and Adam Thurston, warranty deed, part of Lot 14 and all of Lots 15-16 in Cass Addition, Wyanet, $58,000. Arlene and Darrell Kropf to Dennis and Regina Kropf, warranty deed, part of Section 5 in Greenville Township, $343,000. Dec. 23, 2013 Tricia Baracani, Christa Hassler, and Anthony Michels to Thomas Francisco, warranty deed, Lot 2 in Block 12 in Greenwood’s Addition, Spring Valley, $70,000. Barbara and Michael Smith to Alejandro Madrigal, Antonio Madrigal and Ramiro Madrigal, warranty deed, all of Lot 165 and parts of Lots 164 and 166 in Banschbach’s Fifth Subdivision,

DePue, $32,000. Jacob and Sara Osborn to Ashley and Justin Gray, joint tenancy deed, part of Section 35 in Bureau Township, $171,000. Dec. 24, 2013 Jon House to Nancy and Paul Kautz, executor deed, part of Lot 99 in Princeton, $49,000. Donald Butte to Edward Butte, John Butte, Ronald Butte, Mary Crawley, Kathleen Grimes and Angela Stange, warranty deed, part of Section 14 in Milo Township, $47,000. Dec. 26, 2013 Wells Fargo Bank to Cheryl and Gerald McCoy, warranty deed, part of Section 24 in Mineral Township, $19,500. Gina Kasap, Richard Peterson and Lisa Stefani to Brian and Nicolette Duffield, warranty deed, Lot 3 in Block 6 in Johnson Subdivision, Spring Valley, $78,000. Dec. 27, 2013

LegalNotices Notice The Macon Township roads will be posted from January 15, 2014 until April 15, 2014 with a weight limit of 15,000 pounds. A complete copy of the road posting ordinance is available from the Macon Road Commissioner and the Macon Township Clerk. Published in the Bureau County Republican Jan. 9, 2014. LeGAL NoticeS The Bureau County Republican brings you the legal information you have a right to know. Check out each publication for information about your community and stay informed!

David Norton, Susan Norton and Barbara Schesser to Donald and Mary Brady, warranty deed, part of Section 19 in Macon Township, $363,500. Alan Davidson, Mary Davidson, Thomas Davidson and Judith Green to Donald and Mary Brady, trustees’ deed, part of Section 19 in

Macon Township, $363,500. Brenda and Charles Hansen to Brandon Hansen, warranty deed, Lot 14 in Block 4 in McDonald’s Subdivision, Walnut, $62,000. Ronald Christensen to Catherine and N. Peter Christensen, warranty deed, part of Section 30 in Manlius Township, $98,000.

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Marilyn Weeks of LaMoille submitted these photos of the snow from the winter of 1936. The photos were taken north of Van Orin. A couple next door were expecting a baby. The men would try to keep the road open for the doctor. It would take them most of the day to clear and at night, it would drift shut.


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Your Hometown Beat Meeting Calendar Jan. 13 Arlington Village Board, 7 p.m., village hall Buda Village Board, 7 p.m., village hall Cherry Village Board, 7 p.m., village hall Dalzell Grade School Board, 7 p.m., multi-purpose room DePue Village Board, 7 p.m., village hall Mineral Village Board, 6:30 p.m., village hall Seatonville Village Board, 7 p.m., village hall

Jan. 14 Bureau County Board, 6 p.m., Bureau County Courthouse Ladd Village Board, 6:30 p.m., village hall Tiskilwa Village Board, 7 p.m., fire station Wyanet Village Board, 7 p.m., village hall

Jan. 15 DePue School Board, 6 p.m., library Hall School Board, 6 p.m., library Neponset Village Board, 7 p.m., community building Spring Valley Elementary School Board, 7 p.m., John F. Kennedy School Library

Jan. 16 IVCC Board, 6:30 p.m., room C307 Malden School Board, 7 p.m., library

Seeking Sources Illinois Valley Living appreciates your feature story ideas for upcoming editions of this popular quarterly magazine. Email your suggestions to Illinois Valley Living Editor Terri Simon at Please write “Illinois Valley Living story” in the subject line. ••• The Bureau County Republican is anxious to see your vacation photos. When you’re packing your suitcase for an upcoming excursion, remember to pack a copy of the BCR too. When you get to your destination, have someone take a photo of you holding the newspaper. It’s always fun if you can stand in front of a landmark or something interesting at your destination. When you get home, email the photo and some information about your trip to BCR Associate Editor Rita Roberts at rroberts@bcrnews. com. Make sure you tell us who is in the photo and where your photo was taken. We’ll be happy to show your friends, family and neighbors where you went Where in the World is the BCR? Hopefully, it’s in your suitcase and ready to go on a fun-filled journey, filled with memory-making moments.

Library Corner PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, Jan. 9, the Friends of the Library Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. and discuss “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Also Thursday, adult craft night begins at 6:30 p.m. for ages 10 and up. The theme will be beads and buttons — easy jewelry crafts. All materials supplied, but participants may bring their own beading supplies and equipment. Sunday, Jan. 12, a new program will begin meeting at the Flour House Bakery and Coffee, located at 950 N. Main St., Princeton. The Children’s Book/ YA Novel Book Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. for the first time and all interested participants are welcome. The group will talk about their favorite or interesting picture books. Participants are encouraged to bring one or two if they have them on hand. Monday, Jan. 13, the Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a private detective who takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar and their quest for a priceless statuette. Tuesday, Jan. 14, the pre-school story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and feature a sled craft. Also Tuesday, a Talk About is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, the PHS Tigers Read Book Club will discuss “The Uninvited” by Tim Wynne-Jones in the PHS Learning Center during lunch hours. Also Thursday, a family story time

and craft will be at 6:30 p.m. Call 815-875-1331, ext. 2213 or stop at the youth services desk to register. SPRING VALLEY — The Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library’s children’s department is having a variety of activities planned for January to help cure the cabin fever blues. Thursday, Jan. 16, all ages are welcome for game night. Several board and card games are available at the library to join in with friends and/or family.  If patrons have a special game they would like to share, they may bring it along. Mark the calendar for Wednesday, Jan. 22, for a family reading night with games, reading, prizes and snacks for the entire family to participate in from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Also at the library, on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m., story time will be help for children ages three to eight years old.  This involves a story being read by the librarian and a craft that is associated with the story.   Check back for more fun events this month at the library. WYANET — Tuesday, Jan. 14, the library’s computer class will meet at 1 p.m. Dorene Stalter will be back after the holidays with all sorts of computer wisdom. Any and all are invited to come with questions and concerns about computers. OHIO — On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Ohio Public Library will be host-

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All about you Calendar Music in the Back Door Lounge UTICA — Starved Rock Lodge will host Steve Sharp from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Sharp will perform original songs and classic rock. There will be food and drink available.

music jam will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the First Lutheran Church at 116 N. Pleasant St. in Princeton. Jams will continue the third Friday of each month. Players and listeners are welcome. Snacks and soft drinks available. For more information, call 815-875-2057.

for $10. There will be a sports themed silent auction. To sign up a team or for more information, call Rachel Dean at 815-875-4548, ext. 238.

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UTICA — Starved Rock State Park in Utica will host Bill Myers, a well-known story teller of the Illinois Valley, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Storytelling is good for all ages and is free. For more information, call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4726.

PRINCETON — The American Red Cross will host the Red Nite Out Auction and Dance at Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Ye Olde Underground Inn, South Sixth Street, Princeton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the live auction starts at 7:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Two Twelve. Tickets can be purchased at: Sullivan’s Grocery Store, Spring Valley City Bank, Central Bank in Princeton, Princeton Chamber of Commerce and Citizens First State Bank of Walnut.

Sled dog demos UTICA — Starved Rock Lodge in Utica will hold sled dog demonstrations at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. There will be programs during the day at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Utica Room.

Pancake and sausage breakfast LAMOILLE — The LaMoille PTO will be serving an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the LaMoille Lions Club, 308 Howard St. The menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, eggs, ham, toast, milk, juice and coffee. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for kids ages 5-10 and free for kids under 4.

Trivia night PRINCETON — Gateway Services will hold its first drive night at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Princeton Elks Lodge, 1105 E. Peru St., Princeton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and trivia will start at 6:30 p.m. Teams consist of 8 players, and the cost is $10 per player. The Elks will provide a chicken buffet


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DIXON — The Sauk Valley College Foundation will host a Wild West Casino Fest from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the college. The college will transform into a night of wild west fun including a chuck wagon, mini-slot corral, saloons, gold mine and jail. Western attire is encouraged. There will be casino-style games where guests will earn chips for an opportunity to win prizes later in the evening. There will be a silent auction. Tickets are $35 per person and include $50 in chips, a light cowboy buffet and dessert and two drink tickets. Event is only for people 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 815-835-6345 or at the door.

Death Notices Beaber — Roger Leonard Beaber, 86, of Sheffield, Dec. 24. Berfield — Marjorie May Berfield, of Princeton, Dec. 27. Brandner — Carolyn M. Brandner, 59, of Arlington, Dec. 26. Callison — Robert W. Callison, 82, of Princeton, Dec. 30. Frank — C. Jeanette Frank, 96, of Tampico, Dec. 30. Gustafson — Thomas J. Gustafson, 65, of Princeton, Dec. 26. Hooker — Caroline May “Susie” Hahn Hooker, 97, of Malden, formerly of Princeton, Dec. 29. Jaggers — James Leroy Jaggers of Sheffield, Dec. 24. Moreno — Joyln A. (Struglinski) Moreno, 51, of Bureau, Dec. 26. Muldoon — Roberta Mae (Puyear) Muldoon, 75, of Beaver Dam., Wis., Dec. 19 Peters — Cora G. Peters, 18, of Walnut, Dec. 30. Peterson — Sylvia Verna (Nelson) Peterson, 102, of Boise, Idaho, Dec. 25. Robison — William R. “Bill” Robison, 77, of Sheffield, Dec. 27. Ross — Phyllis A. Ross, 97, of Princeton, Dec. 27. Simpkins — Ruth Ann (Schudel) Simpkins, 74, of Kirkwood, Mo., formerly of Calhoun County, Jan. 2. Steele — Alan R. Steele, 67, of Winter, Wis., formerly of Mendota, Jan. 1. Vangelisti — Ronald Joseph Vangelisti, 79, of Princeton, Dec. 26. Wahlstrom — Edith Wahlstrom, 95, of Princeton, Dec. 27.

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- 200 Employment 228 • Help Wanted CNA POSITIONS At Country Comfort Retirement Home Of Princeton. Dementia Care hiring for all shifts: 7am-3pm, 3pm-11pm, 11pm-7am. To apply call Missy @ 309-238-1129

228 • Help Wanted FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE The City of Spring Valley currently has an immediate opening for a full-time employee. Applicant must have experience with water, waste water, heavy machinery, good work ethics and have or be able to obtain a CDL license. Please send resume by January 17, 2014, including employment history, education & references to: City of Spring Valley, Attn: Personnel, 215 North Greenwood Street, Spring Valley, IL 61362 Know someone looking to start a new or different career? Have them visit and click on “No Place Like Home” to see what opportunities await them in the North Central Illinois area. EOE SEASONAL HELP NEEDED!!!! Peru/Princeton/Ottawa General Labor Clerical Warehouse 1st/2nd shifts Apply online at:

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Caregivers Jobs available! Henry County Health Department Home Services Do you have a passion for helping others? Put your care giving skills to work by assisting the elderly & disabled in their homes with meal preparation; housekeeping; laundry; personal care; shopping; etc. • Must have reliable transportation • Training Provided • Part-time positions available • Weekend pay differential. Looking for caregivers in the Princeton, Tiskilwa, Walnut, and surrounding areas. Call now for more information at 800-868-9454 or 309-852-0492 Comprehensive Background Check Required. EOE

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- 700 Real Estate For Sale

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- 800 Real Estate For Rent 856 • Apartment Rentals LAMOILLE 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. 1st month rent and deposit required. Call 815-303-2078 OHIO - FREE RENT Beautiful Victorian Apartments. 2 & 1 bedroom apartments. Quiet living. Stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, water furnished. Very spacious. Eat-in kitchen. Off-street parking. No pets. Lots of storage. Call 815-878-1438 PRINCETON 1 bedroom, recently remodeled. Great neighborhood. Lease, deposit. $425. 810 South Euclid. Call 217-766-8497 PRINCETON 2 bedroom apartment. Laundry on site, $515 per month, lease, deposit required. Call 309-238-0168 PRINCETON 2 bedroom. heat & utilities included. Deposit, no pets. $625 a month. Call 815-3037066 / 815-303-7621

PRINCETON Apartment. Utilities furnished. Upstairs, $600. Phone 815-875-1336 PRINCETON Duplex Stove & fridge furnished, washer & dryer hookups. No pets. No smoking. References. $595 per month + Deposit. Call 815-8790005 or 815-878-3020, ask for Todd PRINCETON Modern & Clean 2 bedroom. Hardwood floors, garage, all kitchen appliances included. No pets. No smoking. $695/month + utilities. Call 815-878-1984 PRINCETON Room For Rent. $100 for week or $300 for month. All utilities paid. Laundry & kitchen available. Call 815-719-3491 PRINCETON Two apartments for rent. (1) 1 bedroom, (1) 2 bedroom. Deposit & references required. 815-879-7491

858 • Homes for Rent PRINCETON 3 bedroom, central air, no pets, available immediately, security deposit, $650/month. Call 815-303-2665

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Well maintained farm located 1.5 miles southeast of Cambridge. Four tillable farmland tracts with mainly Sawmill, Greenbush, Fayette, Loran & Plano soils. One 26.86 acre Timber Tract. Surveyed cropland tracts of 74.71, 46.03, 65.72 & 96.43 acres. Significant drainage & tile improvements in recent years. Excellent fertility. Contact us for a complete brochure with maps and details at 309-665-0958 or 309-261-2230.

SHEFFIELD 4 bedroom. All appliances furnished. $650 a month. Call 815-878-8518

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511 S. 7th St., Princeton

Here it is! The 3 BR, 2 Bath Ranch Home That You’ve Been Waiting For! Laundry on main level. Almost everything updated since 2008-furnace/AC, HWH, front & back steel entry doors, extra insulation in attic & auto power vent, washer/dryer, stove & range hood, dishwasher, heat registers, & blinds. All new bathrooms, 2010, New bedroom carpet, 2011. Covered patio & Attached Garage with extra storage. Great location! MLS #08499166 Landmark Realty • Roxana Noble • 815-878-7171

Land auction 388 ToTal acres M/l Bureau County, Fairfield Township To Be Offered For Sale In 3 Parcels Farm Has Excellent History Of Seed Corn Production

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 10:00 AM

Public Auction Will Be Held At “Wise Guys” Banquet Room 2205 North Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356 SELLERS:

Wilbur & Mary ann brookMan

Attorney for the Seller: Donald F. Black P.O. Box 148, Morris, IL 60450 • 815-942-0594

sTerling land coMpany & aucTioneer gordon sTade

David Klein, Auctioneer Ross Albert, Broker License #441.001928 (800) 532-LAND (5263)

Details at our website: James Anderson/Real Estate Broker 815-718-1878 Monte Van Kooten/Manag. Broker 815-718-2244 Gordon Stade Broker/Auctioneer 847-514-2853 IL Lic. 441.000397

135 & 145 Sycamore St. Tiskilwa

535 W. Main St. Tiskilwa

126 S. Peru Ave. Ladd

967 Innsbruck Ln. Princeton

606 S. First St. Princeton

Cool Duplex for Living & Investment $109,900

5 BD, 2 BA, open staircase, gas fireplace $99,000

2 BD, 1 BA, Move-in ready, 2 car garage $60,000

2 BD, 2 BA, Lower Level $92,900

4 BD, Updates, Deck, Hardwoods $124,900

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RURAL PRINCETON 5 bedrooms. Princeton school district. References & security deposit, $850 per month. Call RAY FARM MANAGEMENT SERVICES Call 815-872-3276


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PRINCETON For Rent/Sale or Rent to Own. 4 bedroom/2 bedroom tri-level home. Nice size lower level family room, will .consider pets. 624 Aleta. $1,150 per month plus utilities. Call 815-7396842 for application. Broker Owned

309.75+/- Contiguous Acres Henry County, IL February 18, 2013

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3 Bedroom Mobile Home for sale. $2,000 down, $188.02 plus lot rent of $210 per month for 3 years. Call 815-303-2948

PRINCETON 441 East Marion. 2 bedroom. $550. Heat, water, garbage. Laundry. Covered parking. No pets. 309-288-3008


767 • Mobile Home Sales "Stop renting! Use your tax refund to own your home:” Schult mobile home, 12'x60', 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Newly remodeled with shed; Hollypark mobile home, 14'x70', 2 bedroom, 1 bath. New hardwood flooring & carpeting. Large deck, carport & shed. Offering financing & low monthly payments! Perfect credit not required. Call 875-1502 for more information

SEATONVILLE 2-3 bedroom. Contract Sale. Best qualified with highest down payment gets the house. 507 South Peru Street. $60,000 sale price. $600 per month. Call 815-664-2808

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Sunday, Jan. 12th 1 PM - 3 PM

511 South 7th - Princeton

New Listing! $44,900 2 large BR, main floor laundry, updated kitchen. Freshly painted. Porch & deck. All ready for you to move right in! #08508868 • • •

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**************** PUBLISHER'S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call, HUD tollfree at 800 669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 800 927-9275

768 • Homes For Sale

Price Reduced! $145,000 - fenced backyard, 22’x20’ garage, dry bar in lower level rec room, Furnace / AC 2010. 3 BR. open kitchen to DR/LR. #08240308

New Listing! $75,000 New Listing! $50,000 Charming 3 BR home in - cute 2 - 3 BR home, walk great location, nice sunroom up attic, 1 car detached 8’x10’, 2 car garage w/ garage & carport plus shed. overhead storage. Bonus room 12’x8’ w/ Sold As - Is. #08506687 built-ins. #08507461

$269,900 - Italianate Home! On 1.4 acre lot. 38’ front porch, porte-cochere entrance, 3 FP, beautiful woodwork, 6 BR, 9’x15’ sunroom. #08337438

$84,900 - Heated & AC Garage! Single story home in move in condition! Oak kitchen cabinets, main level laundry, nice yard w/ storage shed. #08467928

1221 North Main – Princeton, IL


1118 S. Church St. Tom Christianson Broker Associate Princeton Main Floor MB, Victorian Accents, Recent Rehab $109,900

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