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exemption to speak about the issue behind closed doors. The contents of the Feb. 7 letter? Donnelly sent the letter to the city’s attorney, Jim Andreoni, stating Spring Valley needs to repay approximately $573,000 in drug forfeiture money, which was disbursed to the city from the SAFE program — an entity Donnelly immediately shut down when she

BY BECKY KRAMER SPRING VALLEY — A 40-minute closed session of the Spring Valley City Council Monday night was held to discuss how the council should proceed with a letter it received from LaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly. The council used the litigation

took office Dec. 1, 2016. SAFE is an acronym for the now-highly controversial State’s Attorney Felony Enforcement Unit, which was founded by former LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne. If necessary, Donnelly says she’ll sue the city of Spring Valley for repayment.

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Sweet revenge Lady Devils beat Winnebago in Princeton Sectional. / 15

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The new Route 89 bridge spanning the Illinois River that connects Spring Valley and Granville is well underway. At the Monday night Spring Valley City Council meeting, Illinois Department of Transportation representatives said the project is on schedule and on budget. READ MORE ON PAGE 3.

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ow was your Valentine’s Day? I hope you made time for those you love, and I hope those three little words — “I love you” — came easily for you. I appreciate the heartfelt sentiments evoked by this special day. What a shame we don’t devote that same tenderness and passion during the other 364 days of the year. In a place in time in our nation, our world, where divisive thoughts and actions are alienating ourselves from others, it’s too bad we can’t dig down deep into the crevices of our hearts to find some common threads to grasp, weave together and make us stronger. Somebody once said, “Love makes the world go ‘round,” and while I know that sounds like a dreamer’s point of view, it should probably be our nation’s mantra during these difficult times. While I know that’s probably a reach — to say the least — the possibility of loving one another despite our differences shouldn’t be that difficult, though we all know it’s probably the most troublesome problem we have. Realistically, many, many issues occur because we find it difficult to love one another, no matter what. Do I hear an amen? ••• I’m constantly talking about Customer Service Kudos — giving a well-deserved pat on the back to individuals and businesses going the extra mile to deliver great customer service. I think it’s important to give those people/businesses a pat on the back, while also letting others know where they can expect to find people who appreciate their business. I received a phone call the other day from a fellow (I didn’t ask his name), who was excited to tell me about a Princeton business that was doing something absolutely


phenomenal. Apparently, Oriental Gardens in Princeton, which is usually closed on Wednesday, opened its doors to area senior citizens and treated all of them to a free lunch. I’m not talking about a small bowl of rice and a small bowl of soup. The folks at Oriental Gardens served up a huge meal to all who came in their doors. The cost? It was free! Wow! What an absolutely outstanding and extraordinary act of kindness! And here’s what makes it even more special. Nobody from Oriental Gardens called me to say, “Hey, look what we’re doing.” In other words, they didn’t do it for the publicity. They did it because they care about their customers. I applaud the folks at Oriental Gardens. I’m sure you made a lot of senior citizens’ very happy with your kindness. And while I didn’t have a bite of food there, just the thought of a local business doing such a kind act made me happy too. ••• Well, it finally happened. I knew it was probably just a matter of time, Ironically enough, it was just a couple of weeks ago that I mentioned I had been driving the stint from Sheffield to Princeton every day (and back) for about 20 years now, and while I have seen hundreds and hundreds of deer in my travels — and while there have been several close calls, I was fortunate enough to never hit one. Until the other day. Ugh. It was the craziest thing. One minute I was rolling along listening to talk radio, and the next minute I found myself eye-to-eye with

this deer, which by my standards seemed very big — no, it seemed huge. It’s those split-second decisions that one has to make during those scary times that will either make or break the situation. Let’s just say my judgment on this one was — plain and simple — wrong. Of course after the initial earthquake sound of metal bending and glass breaking, my thoughts turned to the deer. It wasn’t her fault. It wasn’t anyone’s fault. It just happened, but the last thing I wanted was for that animal to be hurt or dead. She was no where in sight, so I’m hoping she was OK — which was far better than my Jeep. Despite the fact I was unable to open my driver’s side door and had to hoist this big body over the gearshift and exit through the passenger side way too many times, vehicles can be repaired, and thankfully, life goes on. Be careful out there, my dear (deer) friends. ••• Is your child’s classroom doing something fun and/or unusual? Education is important to the BCR, and we’d like to share those good news education stories with our readers. Send me an email at to let me know about it. ••• Have you noticed how it’s staying light longer? It won’t be long before we spring ahead and change our clocks. I can’t wait. In the meantime, use these last few weeks of early darkness to spend some time inside with those who are close to your heart. And take some time for you ... Like my good friend Yvonne always said, “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” And remember, you are important to me and the BCR.

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Living up to its name: Pass It Along Walnut second-hand store delivers $10,000 BY TERRI SIMON WALNUT — The name of the popular second-hand store in Walnut is quite telling. After all, when someone donates an item to Pass It Along, the generous person knows the store will put a reasonable price tag on it, and then “pass it along” to an inter-

ested buyer. It’s as simple as that. But the name of the store encompasses much more than that. Pass It Along also takes its profits and reinvests that money into the Walnut community. This time around, the Walnut Park District was the recipient of Pass It Along’s benevolence — $10,000 worth of benevolence. Pass It Along board member Candy Lind said it took the store only a short time to gather enough profits to make the donation to the

local park board. “We are very fortunate that we have faithful patrons from all around who visit the store,” Lind said. “We are able to raise this amount in approximately four months.” Why the Walnut Park District? “We are continuously looking for ways to better Walnut. Knowing how important the park district is to our community, we asked Jerry Fairbanks (who is affiliated with the

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“If the money is available, and the retailers are in favor of the project ... let Princeton get the look it needs to draw people to Princeton. Don’t forget all other locations, not just Main St. Do this as a citywide project.” Harry Burrows on the city of Princeton’s preliminary plans for streetscape improvements.

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Cameras to be allowed in area courtrooms BY LYLE GANTHER

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A haunted attraction at the Bureau County Fairgrounds was held during the weekend to honor those who wanted to get a bit frightful for Valentine’s Day. The two-evening event was a fundraiser for and sponsored by the Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road.

• GOOD FAITH Continued from Page 1 Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini said Donnelly cited a couple of cases in the letter to the city, stating Towne did not have the authority to give Spring Valley the money. After the meeting, Marini explained the way drug forfeiture money is divided between different law enforcement entities, saying the money Spring Valley did receive was put into Spring Valley’s drug account and used solely for drug-related expenses in fighting drugs in Spring Valley. Of the $573,000, Marini said there’s about $69,000 left in that account. “I don’t believe Spring Valley did anything wrong. We acted in good faith,” Marini said. “Right now, we are waiting to hear from our insurance as to whether they are going to cover this,” Marini told the BCR. “Jim (Andreoni) has a response to her letter, but he’s not sending it out until we hear from our insurance.” Marini could not disclose any conversations held by the council in closed session. Towne and the SAFE team are currently waiting for a ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court

“Right now, we are waiting to hear from our insurance as to whether they are going to cover this. Jim (Andreoni) has a response to her letter, but he’s not sending it out until we hear from our insurance.” Walt Marini

Spring Valley mayor as to whether Towne had the authority to create the SAFE team. Money is regularly disbursed from other entities that deal with drug forfeiture dollars, like Tri-DENT, however the question in this case is whether Towne, in his role as state’s attorney, had the authority to create the SAFE team collect and disburse a portion of the money confiscated.

Route 89 bridge update Also at the meeting, Joe Wick, Chad Tonozzi and Nate Sell of Illinois Department of Transportation, District 3, provided the Spring Valley City Council with an update on the construction of the new Route 89 bridge across the Illinois River. “We are here to update you on where things stand today with the bridge construction and to answer any questions you have,” Wick said, explaining the

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new profile for the roadway is beginning to emerge and three of the seven piers are complete. He also said after Season 1 of construction, everything is on schedule and on budget, mentioning the contractors are doing a good job keeping things moving forward. “In 2017, work will continue to finish the substructure elements,” Wick said. “This part will be done around mid-summer; then structural metal will be installed. After that, pavement work will begin.” There should be no closures of Route 89 at this point. The fishing tournaments will continue with no changes from last year

Also at the Monday night meeting:

• Mike Richetta of Chamlin told the council the building at 126 E. St. Paul St. has been demolished and filled in. Andreoni said he has received the deed

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Cameras will be allowed in courtrooms in the 13th Judicial Circuit that encompasses Bureau, Grundy and LaSalle counties. Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan of the 13th Judicial Circuit indicated recently he has received a letter from Michael Tardy, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, confirming that the 13th Judicial Circuit’s application for extended media coverage has been approved by the Illinois Supreme Court. “Allowing the 13th Judicial Circuit to par-

to the property and it is being added to the city’s insurance policy. • Alderman Debra Baltikauski updated the council on the Legislative Committee meeting held on Feb. 8. The committee discussed unsolicited advertising materials and reviewed the new ordinance in regards to this. They also discussed the vacant building and property ordinance and rental property ordinance. The committee determined the vacant building ordinance needed to be updated. • The Public Health and Safety Committee also met that night. Alderman Dave Pellegrini said that they discussed several properties located in the city. • Alderman Ken Bogacz updated the council on the Water and Sewer Committee meeting. Several change orders for the wastewater treatment plant were discussed.    • The council approved a $500 donation for the 2017 Habit for Health 10K sponsored by St. Margaret’s Hospital Foundation. The race will take place April 22. Proceeds will go to the Esophageal and Colon Cancer Prevention Center at St. Margaret’s. • The council approved a $100 donation to Sheriff James Reed to help sponsor a table

ticipate in the extended media program will further the court’s mandate of transparency and participation in the judicial. process by the citizens of the state of Illinois,” said Ryan in a press release. The circuit court policy contains ruled and procedures including provisions as to prohibited court hearings, requests and notices, objections by parties and witnesses, equipment placement and technical specifications. To have cameras in the courtroom, media outlets must apply at least 14 days in advance of the proceedings, although the

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at the Princeton Boy Scouts Founder’s Breakfast. Last year, the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office sponsored two Boy Scouts to attend camp last summer and will do so again this year.   • A $100 donation to Spring Valley Red Devil Baseball was approved. • A thank you note from Jan Martin at the food pantry was received. • An ordinance was approved raising the compensation for fire chief from $1,200 to $2,400 a year. Currently firemen receive $9.37 an hour while on a call. The new ordinance will allow the total pay allowed to go up to $30,000 from $22,000. • Bogacz suggested raising the pay for the fire marshal from $50 a month to $200 a month. • Approved Marini’s appointment of Alan Butkus as city plumbing Inspector. • A resolution abating taxes imposed on certain real estate properties located within the Bureau Putnam Area Enterprise Zone was approved. The next meeting will be held on at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

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WHAT: Model Train Fair and Farm Toy Show WHEN, WHERE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton DETAILS: The event will feature working train layouts, farm toys and all kinds of trains and equipment for sale. Vendors with other kinds of toys are welcome too. For more information, call Kathy at 815-8663606 or see the fair’s web page for the flyer.

WHAT: Walnut Winners 4-H Club all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage breakfast WHEN, WHERE: 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Walnut Senior Citizens Center on Main Street DETAILS: The Walnut Winners 4-H Club’s annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Walnut Senior Citizens Center on Main Street. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for age 5 and under. Carryouts will be available.


WHAT: “Top it Off” beer and wine tasting event WHEN, WHERE: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton DETAILS: The Bureau County United Way will host a “Top it Off” beer and wine tasting event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens. Tickets are $25 and available at the door. There will also be a silent action. To purchase tickets ahead of time, stop by the Bureau County United Way Office on North Main Street, Heartland Bank and Trust main branch or contract BCUW Director Kim Scott at 815-872-0821. The event is being held to help “top off” the campaign goal thermometer.

• CAMERAS Continued from Page 3 requirement can be waived if the proceedings is not scheduled at least 14 days in advance. Permission for cameras in the courtroom will be granted by the judge assigned to the class, but the chief judge of the circuit has discretion to deny all extended media coverage. The rules allow for not more than two television cameras and not more than two still cameras during a judicial proceeding at any

time. Witnesses and parities of the case can object to the use of cameras. Extended media coverage is prohibited in any court proceedings required under Illinois law to be held private. No cameras will be permitted in juvenile, dissolutions, adoption, child custody, evidence suppression hearings or trade secret cases. Extended media coverage of jury selection, the jury and individual jurors is also prohibited under the policy. The implementation of extended media coverage





WHAT: The Princeton Veterans Organization’s indoor garage sale WHEN, WHERE: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion building, 1549 W. Peru St. in Princeton.

WHAT: Winter Wonderland Dance WHEN, WHERE: Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at St. Louis School Gym, 631 Park Ave. West, Princeton. DETAILS: St. Louis Council of Catholic Women (CCW) will sponsor a Winter Wonderland Dance. Parking will be available in the church parking lot adjacent to the school. Enter through the hall doors. The dance will feature the music of Vince Gelsomino and LEGENZ. Tickets are $15 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase a ticket, call Jeanie Gelsomino at 815-872-6571.

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ON THE RECORD Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Briddick talks about the office, and crime in Bureau Valley PRINCETON — Bureau County Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Briddick went On the Record with the Bureau County Republican to talk about his new role in county government.

Getting to know Tom Briddick Where do you live and how long have you lived there? I live in Spring Valley and was born and raised there. I have been a Spring Valley resident for about 30 years. Family: My parents, Pam and Dave Briddick live in Spring Valley, and my sister, brother-in-law, and niece and nephew all live in Spring Valley. Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with family and being outside doing things such as biking and jogging. Favorite place to eat in the Illinois Valley and what you order there: Rip’s chicken in Ladd. Favorite TV show: “NCIS.” Favorite kind of music: 1970s rock. The perfect vacation would be: Relaxing on a beach.

As Bureau County assistant state’s attorney, what are your main duties and responsibilities? As an assistant state’s attorney, I handle a wide variety of cases ranging from felonies such as burglary to misdemeanors and traffic matters, including driving under the influence cases and speeding tickets. What are some of the opportunities associated with your position? Working here gives me the opportunity to help victims of crimes and furthering the goal of the office which is keeping Bureau County a safe community for all of its residents. What would you consider some of the more difficult aspects of your job? Balancing the line between getting a result that victims are happy with and also a just sentence for people charged with a crime. How long have you been an attorney, and how has the career changed during that time span? I have been an attorney for almost 17 years. The laws are constantly changing, so keeping up with these changes are always a challenge. Why did you decide you wanted to go into law? I always wanted to become a

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Bureau County Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Briddick grew up in Spring Valley and still lives there. He said he always wanted to become a lawyer, and feels he’s able to make a difference in the community through his work.

lawyer. I felt that being a lawyer would be an excellent way to make a difference in the community and help those who needed help. What are your ties to Bureau County? I am born and raised in Spring Valley and still live there. I graduated from Hall High School in 1993, and my dad, Dave Briddick, spent his entire career teaching at Hall. Regarding the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office, what do you see as its strongest characteristics?

It is the people in the office. Geno Caffarini is a dedicated state’s attorney, and the office has a great and knowledgeable staff, including Dan Anderson and Donna Engels, who are all great to work with.

What is the most difficult part of prosecuting a case? Making sure all of the witnesses are lined up to testify when needed and all of the evidence is ready for use at trial.

What types of crimes are on the rise in Bureau County? Felony narcotics cases and burglary cases seem to be on the rise.

What kind of comments do you have about others in the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office, Bureau County law enforcement and all the people with whom you must work to accomplish your job? The people in the state’s attorney’s office are great at their jobs and know the law very well. The police officers that I have worked

What types of crimes are not as prevalent today as they used to be? Driving under the influence cases seem to be on the decline.

with in Bureau County do an excellent job with their investigations and getting information to successfully prosecute the cases. Our local law enforcement officers are very conscientious and thorough. What are the three things in which you excel regarding your job? Dealing professionally with victims, defense attorneys, and police officers. What advice would you give a young person who might want to pursue a law degree? Pick an area of the law that you enjoy. There are a lot of choices in the legal field and choosing an area that you enjoy and have a passion about is key.


Fewer patrons in 2016 for Hall Township Food Pantry BY GOLDIE RAPP SPRING VALLEY — The Hall Township Food Pantry served less patrons in 2016 than it had in the previous two years. The food pantry recently released its year-end statistics, which show a total of 3,653 families and 11,233 individuals served in 2016. In 2015, the food pantry served 94 more families and 403 more individuals compared to 2016. And in 2014, there were 325 more families and 1,286 more individuals served. Hall Township Food Pantry Director Jan Martin

believes there are two factors behind the dwindling numbers. One is that transportation for many patrons is becoming an issue. “If you don’t have transportation — and that’s our biggest problem — they don’t come,” she said. The other factor is the improving economy, which has allowed some patrons the ability to stretch their dollars further. Despite the overall decline, the food pantry distributed more baskets to families over the Easter and Thanksgiving holidays last year compared to 2015. At Easter, it distributed baskets to 243 fami-

lies, which was 15 more than is gave out in 2015. At Thanksgiving, the pantry distributed baskets to 356 families, which was 37 more than 2015. At Christmas, the food pantry served baskets to 295 families, which was eight families less than in 2015. A unique program offered to patrons in the Hall Township Food Pantry district is the second helpings distribution for families with children. The idea is that kids are home on summer break and are eating more food while at home. To help cover the extra need, Martin and her board developed Second Helpings,

which allows these families to get a second trip to the pantry during the summer months. This was the fourth summer the program was offered to families. Martin said it’s a program that is appreciated by many, and one that other food pantries around the state are working to incorporate. The number of families using this program also declined in 2016. Last year, 290 families used the program — there were 86 in June, 75 in July and 129 in August. Comparing those numbers to 2015, there were 325 families served the previous summer — 79 in June,

85 in July and 161 in August. Martin explained how the need increases in August due to families forced to pay school fees before sending their kids back to school. “It’s the end of summer; and kids have been home from school; and the cupboards are bare. Come mid-summer, families have to pay for school. Even though we say it’s a free education, parents have to pay for sports, schools supplies and new clothes,” she said. Martin said in 2016, the River Bend Foodbank put on a mobile food pantry event in DePue on Satur-

day, Aug. 27, as another opportunity for families to get the extra needed support around the time school started. During this event, 168 families and 594 individuals were served. The Hall Township Food Pantry is planning to again team up with River Bend to host another mobile food pantry event on Aug. 19. There is one paid employee, 12 board members, 10 volunteers daily, 13 drivers weekly and about 68 other active volunteers. The food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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PRINCETON — Mary Augusta Allen, 85, went to be with her Lord on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Princeton. Mary was the eldest child of Raymond and Mary Augusta (Schlitzkus) Bellows, born May 31, 1931, in Cresco, Iowa. Her early childhood was spent in rural Wyoming until the death of her mother in 1940. Then, she lived with several of her aunts and uncles, also spending some time in a children’s home while her father was serving in World War II. By the time she graduated from high school, she had attended 14 schools in four states. Mary met her husband, Robert H. Allen, while attending the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. They were married in Elgin on Aug. 3, 1951. He survives. She is also survived by two children, Robert Glenn Allen of Princeton and Vonette (Dana) Miller of Walla Walla, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Jerason (Ksenia) Banes of Niles, Jensa and Jingher Banes of Wisconsin, Jera Wyn of Crivitz, Wis., Joshua (Katie) Allen of Macclenny, Fla., and Robert, Andrew, and Stephen Miller of Walla Walla, Wash.; seven great-grandchildren, Jonas and Isaac Banes, Lyra, Ephraim and Soraya Wyn, and Embry and Korben Allen; three brothers, William, Harold and Beau Bellows; one sister, Nettie Carrier; and many nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Roger Bellows; her daughter-in-law, Anastasia Allen; and her daughter, Donna Joy Banes. Mary is remembered by her family as a wonderful wife and mother. As a pastor’s wife, she was very involved in church, teaching children’s Sunday school and serving as “craft lady” for many a VBS. She loved to make crafts of all kinds, and also to sew and reupholster or refinish furniture. For several years, Mary also worked with Gateway Center in Princeton as a caregiver. Mary was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Mayflower Society. She invested many hours in genealogical research, perhaps because she came from such a large and close-knit extended family. She became the family historian, helped organize family reunions and recorded her memoirs which have been gathered into a book. In her later years, Mary took up the hobby of collecting angel figurines, finding new treasures everywhere she travelled. Her family takes comfort in knowing that she now resides with the angels. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Kids’ Klub Inc., 202 W. Main St., P.O. Box 163, Malden, IL 61337; and to the First Congregational Church of Bureau, West Nebraska Street, P.O. Box 136, Bureau, IL 61315. Online condolences may be left at

PRINCETON — Jay P. Mickow, 61, of Princeton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. He was born April 11, 1955, in St. Paul, Minn., to Ralph P. and Barbara (Felcyn) Mickow. He married Mary Coyne Jan. 12, 1980, in Princeton. She survives. He was a 1973 graduate of Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill., and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1977. He owned and operated Jay Mickow, CPA, P.C. for 15 years. He was an amateur gourmand who enjoyed golfing with friends, movies, concerts, cigars, Chicago and watching his kids excel in sports. He was a past board member of the Zearing Child Enrichment Center, Princeton Youth Soccer, Bureau Valley Country Club and Princeton Public Library. Also surviving are one daughter, Chelsea (Josh) Ellis of Wheeling; two sons, Colin (Melissa Schmidt) Mickow of Naperville and Hunter Mickow of Champaign; aunts, uncles and cousins; his stepmother, Ann Mickow of Princeton; a stepsister, Martha (Larry) Malnor of Richmond, Texas; and a stepbrother, Bill Tandy of Kokomo, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton. A Celebration of Life will be held in April. A memorial has been established in his name to Zearing Park. The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

ROBERT VAIL AUBURN — Robert Joseph Vail, 59, of Auburn, formerly of Tiskilwa, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital. He was born July 3, 1957, in Princeton to the late Roger and Elizabeth Linke Vail. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 20 years, Rowena, of Auburn; two brothers, Ken Vail of Quincy and John (Myrna) Vail of Oro Valley, Ariz.; four sisters, Virginia (Allen) Gustafson of Princeton, Peggy (Roger) Moreland of Owatonna, Minn., Sandy (Don) Elmore of Princeton and Pam (Larry) Fischer of El Paso, Ill.; an aunt, Viola Linke of East Carondalet; an uncle, Robert Gustafson of Malden; and kitty, Tabitha. A funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Holy Cross Parish, 125 E. Washington St., Auburn. Visitation was held Monday, Feb. 13, at the Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 Route 4, Chatham, and prior to the service Tuesday. A Celebration of Life was also held Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to: Kids Are Kids, P.O. Box 116, Taylorville, IL 62568; APL, 1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702; or any charity of choice working directly with persecuted refugees to ease their suffering. For more information, or to leave online condolences, visit

ROBERT LAWLER BUREAU — Robert E. Lawler, 85, of Bureau passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. Robert was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Monmouth to Glenn and Mabel (Livesay) Lawler. He married Lois Bunting on June 26, 1968, at the Bureau Congregational Church. He was a 1949 graduate of Muscatine High School and graduated from Milwaukee Telegraph School as well. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He worked for the Rock Island Railroad and Burlington North Railroad for 43 years. Robert was a member of the Princeton Moose Lodge, Princeton Bowling Association Hall of Fame, AMVETS, VFW Post 125, Morse Telegraph Club and the Bureau Congregational Church. He was the village treasurer for 39 years in Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Lois; four daughters, Sandy (Tom) Spelich of Peru, Barb Brown of Washington, Ill., Susan (Shannon) Jones of Morristown, Tenn., and Sharon (Murph) Beaber of Bureau; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Norberg Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Jack Stites officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bureau. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the LaSalle Veterans Home. Online condolences and tributes may be left at

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SHELDON NORDSTROM SPRINGFIELD — Sheldon F. Nordstrom, 79 of Springfield passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield. Sheldon was born on Jan. 6, 1938, in Henry, the son of Francis O. and Madeline (Law) Nordstrom. He married Irene Freeborn June 22 1926, at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton. She survives. He graduated from Tiskilwa High School in 1956 and also graduated from AIC Business School in Davenport, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960. He was employed by Star Forms, Inc. in Bettendorf, Iowa, and Montgomery Elevator/ Kone in Moline. He was confirmed at the First Lutheran Church and was a former member of St. James Lutheran Church in Rock Island. He was a current member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Springfield. He and Irene traveled extensively and he loved his time fishing on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Irene; two sisters, Nancy A. Cotter of Tiskilwa and Patricia L. (David) Rosenquist of Chester, Va.; three nephews, Mark S. Cotter, Jared A. (Stacey) Rosenquist and Colin M. (Irina) Rosenquist; three nieces, Deborah (Win) Wherli, Julie (Dan) Sims and Benita (George) Klasen; two grand nephews, David Cotter and Cotter Klasen; nine grand nieces, Elizabeth and Colette Wherli, Erin Sims, Candace (Colby) Marshall, Mary Kate Klasen, Emalie (David) Ohlson, and Rachel, Jessica and Jillian Rosenquist; one great-great-grand nephew, Alex Marshall; two great-great-grand nieces, Anna June and Ruby Ohlson; two brothers-in-law, Ivan (Charon) Freeberg and Everett (Sue) Freeberg; two sisters-in-law, Inez (Richard) Hale and Betty Ann (Bob) Hilliard; and several of Irene’s nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Bernie Cotter; two nephews, David Cotter and Maston Hale; and a niece, Jeannette Hale. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton with the Rev. Greg Busboom officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Bloom Cemetery in Tiskilwa. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Bloom Cemetery Association, Box 476, Tiskilwa, IL 61368. The Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of services. Online condolences may be left at

TERRACE CARROW SPRING VALLEY — Terrace N. Carrow, 73, formerly of Hennepin and Spring Valley, died at 1:58 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Manor Court of Princeton, where he has been a resident for the past three and one-half years. He was born April 19, 1943, in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., to Nelson and Phyllis Wasson Carrow. He was a graduate of Clare High School in Clare, Mich. He worked as a mechanic for 40 years and was a member of the Kasbeer Community Church. Survivors include his daughter, Terri Lynn Morris of Normal; his son, Michael T. (Mary Jo) Carrow of Princeton; five grandchildren; and two brothers, Bob (Rose) Carrow of Griffin, Ga., and William (Myra) Comer of Harrison, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley with Pastor Eric Seibert of the Kasbeer Community Church officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Garden in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Kasbeer Community Church.

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MEETING MINUTES OHIO — The Ohio High School Board met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 23, and conducted the following business: • LaMoille’s School Board President Jeff Pinter was present. He would like to see the districts share more resources if possible, both being small schools. • Marcia Thompson requested an update on enrollment. • Approved the first reading of policy updates, 2017-18 school calendar and the change in school start time beginning next school year. Start time will go from being at 8 to 8:10 a.m. • Superintendent Jennifer Hamilton gave an update on the bleachers. Floors are scheduled to be stripped, painted and refinished starting Monday, April 10. This process will take two weeks (one of which is over spring break). Bleacher installation will begin on Monday, April 24, and will take most of the week. The floor and bleacher installation will be completed in time for the May 3, spring concert and graduation. • As for removing the old bleachers, Hamilton would like to start Saturday, March 4, which will be the Saturday after the annual Booster Club Fish Fry. The removal of the old bleachers needs to take place on Saturdays and must be completed by Saturday, April 1. Volunteers must be arranged, and a background check needs to be completed before work begins. One board member from each school board will be appointed to help organize the volunteers. Don Reuter

• PASS Continued from Page 2 park board) and the rest of the park board if they had any needs in which we could help meet,” Lind said, adding the park district was able to develop a list of projects for Pass It Along to help fund. Lind said those projects include upgrading a work shed, improving the concession stands and bathrooms at the baseball diamonds, adding features to the pool house and deck area, improving drainage issues at a baseball field, adding a sitting area to the park on Depot Street, repairing a walking bridge over the Walnut Creek, and upgrading bathrooms at the W Field. “It’s a big donation to help us get some things done that we really didn’t have the money to do,” said Walnut Park District Assistant Director Corey Peterson. “We are prioritizing a list of things right now. We sure appreciate the generosity of Pass It Along,” The Walnut Park District is not the only entity which has benefited from Pass It Along. The store has given $20,000 in scholarships so far to graduating seniors living in the Walnut area; $8,000 to

volunteered from the grade school board. Robert Gonigam suggested calling Cimco and getting a container to collect the steel and have it removed. • McClure and Associates completed a walk through the building and made preliminary recommendations for building improvements/remodeling. Their initial recommendations are in line with the CTS recommendations. Both companies have stated the priority should focus on completing the building envelope projects (finishing the tuck pointing, lintels and roof). Other projects include asbestos removal and HVAC. • A meeting with Joe Roberts is scheduled to discuss how they might be able to reduce the group health insurance and workman’s compensation insurance premiums. The current insurance provider is Gallagher Insurance Group. A comprehensive proposal will be shared with the board once completed and submitted. No changes in insurance will be made without board approval. • The curriculum committee has been given a copy of a tentative Feb. 17, 6-12th grade schedule, and current graduation requirements.  Work is underway to complete the schedule and begin scheduling students into courses for next year. In addition, a review of current graduation requirements and state graduation requirements is in progress. The goal of the group is to revise the course description book and align graduation requirements with the state graduation requirements, and make a recommendation to

the board for any necessary changes in courses required for graduation and the number of credits needed to graduate. • Principal Jason Wilt reported on the Principal’s Breakfast for Grade School and High School Honor Roll students, which was Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 a.m. This was the first time combining the schools, and it seemed to have a better turnout. Wilt thanked the PTO for sponsoring the breakfast for this program. There were 21 Honor Roll students all together, and 12 of them were High Honor. • A Teachers’ Institute Day was held on Jan. 2. Hamilton did a presentation on Data Analysis followed by Mrs. Lambert who did a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) workshop. • Alexa Loftus scored her 1,000th point at Dixon on Jan. 7. Alexa also became Ohio Girls All-Time Scoring leader breaking Nicole Oberle’s record of 1,054 points. Alexa broke the record by scoring 36 points against Serena on Jan. 12. • Boys basketball/cheerleading senior night was Jan. 13. During senior night, the Booster Club also presented each school with a Sweet 16 Banner to hang in each school’s gym. • Whiteside Area Career Center October Student of the Month Haley Monier in Digital Media. Wilt also acknowledged Casey Rogers and Haley Monier who were Elk Teens of the Month.

the Walnut fireworks display; $5,000 to stock the Walnut Park District’s fishing preserve; and paid for children to attend camps and assisted area groups on mission trips. The store is also giving $5,000 to Little Blessings Day Care to support the plans to improve their outdoor play area. Pass It Along sells a variety of items, including a large clothing area, plus household items, toys, books, furniture and more. On Saturdays, the store offers a bag day, where shoppers get 10 regularly-priced items of clothing for $5. The store is completely sponsored by the people of Walnut and the surrounding area. Donations come in daily. Lind said many people choose to donate at Pass It Along because they know it’s a store that wants to give

back. “The store would not be so successful if not for Kirsten and Lee Johnston, the store’s owners. Kirsten dedicates many hours each week sorting, rearranging and pricing,” Lind said. “She has a creativity in her displaying of items that always makes shoppers want to keep looking.” The store is run solely by volunteers. Approximately 20 people volunteer their time each week. Located at 124 S. Main St., the store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The store accepts almost all items with the exception of large electronics like televisions and computers.

Illinois Valley Community College Board OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Community College board Feb. 9 approved a $6

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per hour tuition increase and an increase in nursing fees. Beginning with the summer session, the combined tuition and universal fee will be $130 per credit hour, an increase of 4.8 percent over Fiscal 2017. The increase was made in anticipation of state funding remaining at 50 percent of 2015 levels (the last year the state had a budget). “Right now, our tuition is 7 percent below the state average for community colleges. We expect this increase will keep us in about the same place because it’s the same math everywhere,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “Every school got just 27 percent of their state allocation in 2016.” Corcoran added that even with the increase, IVCC will remain one-third the cost of Illinois State and Northern Illinois and one-fourth the cost of the University of Illinois. IVCC will also follow other Illinois community colleges and raise nursing course fees. Total cost of the two-year RN program will rise by $1,600 or $133 per course. IVCC is following a model similar to Rend Lake, Elgin, Rock Valley and Kankakee community colleges. The high cost of the nursing program is due in large part to the state mandated 1-to-8 instructor-to-student ratio for clinical courses. For fall 2017, second-year RN students who do not qualify for financial aid are encouraged to seek tuition assistance through the Foundation’s Scholarship Campaign. In addition, the board approved fee increases to 50

courses, and fee adjustments on five other courses. In other business, trustees approved the closing of the Reading, Writing and Study Skills Lab beginning this summer. Corcoran said lab students will now be served through additional developmental courses, and Jennifer Bubb will be reassigned as a developmental instructor. In addition, costs associated with the lab “are ultimately unsustainable,” he said, noting tuition and fees generated by the lab cover just 20 percent of the full- and parttime staff salaries. In other action, the board approved: • With regret, the resignation of trustee Laurie Bonucci of Princeton. Bonucci was elected to the board in April 2013 and had two years remaining in her term. The college is accepting nominations for Bonucci’s seat through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. • The retirement of Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Brian Holloway effective March 31. Holloway is credited with starting the fall “Day of the Arts,” leading the restoration of an antique olio and serving as president of the Illinois Valley Symphony. • The 2018 fiscal year for July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, and the budget calendar. • The $302,700 bid of Vissering Construction of Streator for lighting, wall treatments and painting in the Cultural Centre. The renovations, financed by a bequest from former longtime IVCC Foundation director and trustee Walter Durley Boyle of

Hennepin, are expected to be completed for the beginning of the fall semester. The project includes replacing all house lighting in the theater with LED fixtures and installing wall treatments to improve aesthetics and acoustics. • Vissering’s $60,135 bid for the replacement of four overhead doors in east campus Building J for automotive, welding and warehousing. • A three-year contract with Ferrilli for Information Technology support services to include upgrades and patches, enhanced documentation, system performance tuning and a security review for a total of $63,000 or $21,000 per year. • Purchase of tables and chairs from KI of Green Bay, Wis., for $19,434 for a new “active learning space” in Jacobs Library. The enhancements will be paid for from over $18,000 from the library’s memorial fund and $1,300 from a support staff service project in memory of former library employee Joanne Jalley. The board also learned: • The Illinois Valley Labor Management Trustees will hold a business after-hours on IVCC’s east campus March 23, the night before the group’s annual Career Expo at the college. The after-hours will bring more awareness of career opportunities in the building trades. • IVCC administrators plan to meet with an official from Western Illinois University to explore potential new partnerships with dual enrollment, honors articulation agreements, hosting WIU’s general studies program and reverse transfer agreements.

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Let’s try to keep BCR Editorial Board Roundtable of the Week: Bureau County’s With Presidents Day observedQuestion this month, who is your favorite president? Why? representation W on IVCC Board With Laurie Bonucci’s resignation as an IVCC trustee, Bureau County lost its representation on the community college board that serves more than half of the county. We encourage interested and qualified county residents within the district to apply for the vacancy.


e join Illinois Valley Community College President Jerry Corcoran in praising Laurie Bonucci of Princeton for her nearly four years’ service on the IVCC Board of Trustees. Bonucci recently announced her resignation from the Oglesby-based community college board because, as she explained, changes in her life no longer permit her to attend meetings regularly. If members of elected boards find they no longer can commit the time and effort to do the job, they should do the responsible thing and step down. Bonucci did just that, and we salute her. In the meantime, however, there’s an empty seat on the IVCC Board, and two years remaining on Bonucci’s term. We think someone from our county should be appointed to the vacancy. Here’s why. LaSalle County already is home to five IVCC trustees: two from Peru (Melissa Olivero, chairwoman, and Larry Huffman, secretary); two from Ottawa (Michael Driscoll, vice chairman, and Jane Goetz), and one from Streator (Everett Solon). Putnam County is home to one IVCC trustee: David Mallery of Hennepin. Bonucci’s departure leaves Bureau County without an elected voice on the board. (We mean no disrespect to Sarah Tipton, the student trustee from Dalzell in far eastern Bureau County.) Specifically, residents of the college district who live in Princeton, Spring Valley, Dalzell, DePue, Seatonville, Hollowayville, Ladd, Cherry, Arlington, LaMoille, Van Orin, Dover, Malden, Kasbeer, Bureau Junction, Tiskilwa, Wyanet, Buda, Sheffield and rural environs surrounding those towns do not have a trustee they can call their own. How much difference does widespread regional representation mean for a community college board? We believe it counts for a lot. The more diverse the geographic locations represented by trustees, the more diverse the input ought to be on important issues. LaSalle County is the largest county in the district, so it is only fair that it have the lion’s share of trustees. However, the next largest county in the district, by population and area, is Bureau County. As Bureau County now has no representation on the board, we encourage the six remaining trustees to focus on rectifying that omission. The challenge now is to encourage qualified potential applicants to apply to the college for appointment to the vacancy. According to a recent story in the BCR, applications for Bonucci’s seat will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Any IVCC District 513 resident interested in serving is invited to send or deliver a cover letter and résumé addressed to Secretary of the Board, IVCC Board of Trustees, 815 N. Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, IL 61348. Applicants are asked to give their reasons for seeking the appointment, how their qualifications would add to the composition of the board in fulfilling its responsibilities to the district, and how their experiences in other areas might enhance public policy or decision-making. If potential applicants have any questions, they should call the college at 815-224-0402. To ensure representation of the views of people who live on the western side of the IVCC district, we believe Bonucci should be succeeded by someone from the same county she represented – Bureau County.

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alcoholic. Reagan’s family barely scraped by hile I greatly admire many presifinancially. dents from U.S. history, including Despite all that, Reagan managed to find sucAbraham Lincoln and Barack cess. He worked hard to make money, earned a Obama, my favorite is a bit unexpected, conscholarship and put himself through college. He sidering I usually lean to the left. made the most of every talent he had, eventualI loved Ronald Reagan as president, even ly finding success in radio and movies. though I know he wasn’t the smartest presiAs president, he appointed the first woman, dent we’ve ever had. I believe he was a kind Shannon Sandra Day O’Connor, to the Supreme Court. person and a good leader. Serpette And the country seemed to thrive under his I’ve always been a champion of the underCopy editor leadership. dogs, and Reagan had so many strikes against Plus, he survived an assassination attempt and him that it’s amazing he was able to reach the level of even joked about forgetting to duck. He scored some success he did. major points with me for his sense of humor and His family moved around a lot until Reagan was 9 strength. years old, and they settled in Dixon. His dad was an


• He made conservation a top priority and ’m not sure I have a favorite president. because of him, we can enjoy our country’s vast But if I had to sit down and write a biogranational parks, forest and monuments. phy about any of them, I think I’d have the • He started construction of the Panama most fun with our 26th president, Theodore Canal. Roosevelt. • In 1906, he was honored with the Nobel Because of his adventurous lifestyle and Peace Prize for his efforts to end the Russo-Japprogressive ideas, he might have been the anese War. most interesting man in the world. From Goldie Rapp • He founded his own political party, known his day as a Rough Rider to his near-death Reporter as the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party. experience in the Amazon Basin — it’s safe • He invented presidential press briefings — super to say he never held back and lived every day to the cool fact for a journalist. fullest. • The teddy bear was named after Roosevelt when There are so many cool facts to share about the he refused to shoot a bear while on a hunting trip. Teddy Bear. Here are just a few:


body can become the POTUS. Even a boy from e’ve certainly had a lot of great presiDixon, Ill. dents in our great country. I got to see Reagan when he was campaignGeorge Washington (the Father of ing for president in the fall of 1980 on the our Country), Abe Lincoln (the Great Emancampus of ISU in Normal. My roommate and cipator), Teddy Roosevelt (“speak softly and I, Kip Cheek, followed him along the way and carry a big stick”) and JFK (“ask not what connected with him on his path to the White your country can do for you, but what you can House. do for your country”), just to name a few. Kevin You’ll remember, Reagan played the Gipper As far as my favorite, I’m going to go with Hieronymus in the movies, and he used that tough guy perone from my lifetime and one right from our Sports editor sona in the White House when he stood up to backyard — Ronald Reagan. Russian President Gorbachev and demanded “Dutch,” as he was known to the locals, as he “Take down that Wall.” And Gorbachev did, we know was born in Tampico and grew up bringing the end of the Cold War. in Dixon. After saving swimmers from the depths of Reagan spoke often about his faith and truly the Rock River and traveling through Princeton back believed in saying “May God Bless America.” When and forth through his college days to Eureka, Reagan the 1980’s decade in review comes on CNN and one went to Hollywood and became a movie star. Then he of Reagan’s speeches addressing the country comes was elected governor and finally the president of the up, it’s like taking a trip back in time. His voice is as United States. reassuring today as it was then. It’s what the American dream is all about. Any-

Note to readers: The Bureau County Republican Editorial Board presents the BCR Editorial Board Roundtable. Several members of the BCR Editorial Board and staff offer their responses to a question of the week. Some questions will be of a serious nature, and some won’t be. Members might agree on an issue one week, but not the next week. Regardless, we certainly encourage public feedback.

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atchers and pitchers report this week. Those are some of the best words I love to read or hear at this time of the year because that means spring training is beginning for all major league teams. Traditionally, pitchers and catchers report a few days before the position players do to the Grapefruit League in Florida or the Cactus League in Arizona. Spring training used to mean the time when major leaguers got themselves into shape for the upcoming season, if they knew they were going to make the team and not be sent to the minor league. Nowadays, most major league players work out during the winter months and are in shape when they report to spring training

COMMENTARY Lyle Ganther camps for all teams. They don’t need to get their pitching arms, batting eyes or legs in shape because they have been working on these areas during the winter months due to the higher salaries baseball players earn. Prior to the explosion of large salaries for baseball players, many major leaguers had to work at a different job in the winter months because their salaries weren’t guaranteed — like many contracts are currently negotiated for players by their agents with their teams.

Spring training is now more of a time to prepare for the future and to see what new hotshots are coming up in the system who may be playing on the major league level. Fans also want to look at free agents signed over the winter or players who were traded to their favorite team after the last season ended, whether that be in last place or World Series champions like my Chicago Cubs. That feels nice to be able to type that for this longtime die-hard Cubs fan who has gone through a lot of anxiety since 1969. I am happy this franchise has removed that 108-year-old monkey off its back, referring to 1908 when the Cubs last won the World Series prior to 2016.

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ur recent presidential election has had, and continues to have, many controversies, protests, accusations and etc. As we look at our past, the presidential election of 1860 was not all that much different. Back then, the argument was the expansion of slavery and the rights of slave owners. The election was held on Tuesday Nov. 6, 1860, and Abraham Lincoln was elected our 16th president. Between that date and the inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven southern slave states declared secession from the union and became the Confederate States of America. Let’s take a look at that election and the aftermath in this edition of Headlines from the past. All articles are gleaned from past issues of the Bureau County Republican. • Speech by Lovejoy, Jan. 31, 1861. Owen Lovejoy gave a rousing speech in the House last week on the question of the day, secession. The speech was well received by both the

• GANTHER Continued from Page 8 Other years that stick out in my memory are 1984 when the Cubs were ahead of the San Diego Padres before losing the five-game series; 1989 when they lost 4-1 against the San Francisco Giants; 2003 when they were five outs from the World

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Headlines from the past North and the South. Lovejoy regards secession as a folly and a wickedness to appease the rebels and traitors. Both sides of the House were very pleased so much as to give Lovejoy, on a motion from Hindman of Arkansas, an extra half hour. • Have We an Arnold?, Jan. 31, 1861. The editor of the Democrat in this place, gives his support to the disunionist in the case that the government enforces the law. Who would make for a better traitor, Benedict Arnold or our own editor in question? If he doesn’t watch his step and follows through with his threats, he will find himself in a place “where the dogs won’t bark at him.” It’s gratifying though that many of the Democrats in our county despise this call for treason, here and abroad. • The Concession Party, Feb. 14, 1861. A new party has been created and will be called the Concession Party. The new party will hold to the ideologies

Series before losing to the Florida Marlins; and 2015 when they were swept 4-0 by the New York Mets. I know there have been other years the Cubs have been in the playoffs in 2008, 2007 and 1998, but the beloved Cubbies were swept 3-0 in those series by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves. The nice thing about

COMMENTARY Todd Borsch of the Republican party as well as back Old Abe, abide by the laws of the land and the Union Constitution. Big or small in numbers, the Concession Party will fly the Republican Flag and follow the Republican principles. • Lincoln Declared Elected, Feb. 21, 1861. Congress came together last Wednesday and declared Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin our newly elected president and vice-president. This was declared after Mr. Breckinridge had counted the electoral votes, of which the newly-elected officials had received the majority of. • Starvation and Secession, Feb. 21, 1861. The state of Mississippi, which claims itself a part of the Confederacy, have appealed to the people of Illinois

spring training is the optimism that is present in every team because it is a new year and everybody feels like their team can win the World Series at this point in the season, when the games don’t really count too much for fans. Many Cubs fans are very optimistic about the 2017 baseball season based on the team’s suc-

for help. They seek corn, wheat or anything that will prevent starvation in their state. With hopes that the state will soon return to their usual loyalty of the Union, Springfield has arranged for assistance. • The Man Of The Times, Feb. 21, 1861. Abraham Lincoln, a man who’s heart beats in unison with the masses. Not since Washington, Jefferson and Jackson has there been such a leader. God, in his infinite wisdom, has given us the man of the hour. Lincoln will restore peace to the country by enforcing the laws. He will have no use for traitors and will deal out their punishment according to the laws of the land. Abraham Lincoln, a man of the time. Let every traitor tremble in his boots. • Lincoln’s Flight to Washington, Feb. 28, 1861. Last Thursday while in Harrisburg, Penn., Mr. Lincoln was aroused from his nightly slumber and informed that a stranger wished to converse with

cess last year and the fact that most of the core players like Anthony Rizzo, MVP Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, are returning. The most notable 2016 Cubs players changing uniforms are free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler

him. Refusing to meet with the stranger until he knew his name, which was given, said stranger was granted an interview. Lincoln was told that there was a conspiracy to murder him as he traveled to Baltimore. The plan was not to allow the new president to be inaugurated by derailing the train. And if Lincoln were to survive, the faction would surround the carriage and assassinate him by knife or pistol. The stranger was known to Lincoln and disclosed the names of the conspirators, many of which were from the South. A council was held, and it was decided that due to the circumstances, Lincoln would leave at 9 on a special train to Washington. Thousands of people had assembled in Baltimore for Lincoln’s reception there, only to learn that the president-elect was already in Washington.

going to the hated St. Louis Cardinals; free agent pitcher Jason Hammel signing with the Kansas City Royals; free agent pitcher Aroldis Chapman signing with the New York Yankees; catcher David Ross retiring; and outfielder Jorge Soler being traded to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Wade Davis. The Cubs did sign free

Princeton resident Todd Borsch can be reached at agent outfielder Jon Jay; free agent pitcher Brett Anderson; and free agent pitcher Koji Uehara to contracts. The Cubs did make a trade with the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Eddie Butler and with the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Alec Mills.

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‘Young Performer’s Competition’ winners announced Winners will perform solos on March 11

LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra held its annual “Young Performer’s Competition” on Jan. 7 at the LaSalle-Peru High School Matthiessen Auditorium. The winner of the junior division of the competition was Noah Johnson, violinist, a home-schooled ninth grader from Utica who played Haydn Concerto in G Major, 1st movement. The runner-up was vocalist Corrine Lindig of Ottawa, a ninth grader from Ottawa High School, and honorable mention went to violinist Billy Hawley, a home-schooled freshman from Seneca. The winner of the senior competition was Faith Sommer, violinist, who played the Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor, 1st movement. She is from Spring Valley and is a home-schooled junior. The runner-up was Natalie Lindig of Ottawa, flute, a senior at Ottawa High School. Honorable mentions were Jessica Znaniecki of LaSalle, flute, a sophomore at LaSalle-Peru High

WALNUT — Everyone is invited to help support the kids by playing bingo from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Green River Country Club, Route 92, Walnut. The event, which will be hosted by runners participating in the St. Jude Run, will include 15 games of bingo with prizes and 50/50 raffle, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting St. Jude Run. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per kid age 12 and under. Doors open at 5 p.m. and starts at 6:30 p.m. Tacos will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call Kevin Geldean at 815-303-8049 or Haley Franks at 815-878-4224.

PRINCETON — The Princeton Veterans Organization will hold an indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the American Legion building, 1549 W. Peru St. in Princeton. Photos contributed

Senior Division winners were Abigail Meyers (from left), Joannah Cisneros, Jessica Znaniecki, Natalie Lindig and Faith Summer. School; Abigail Meyers, violinist, a home-schooled sophomore from Minonk; and Joannah Cisneros of Oglesby, flute, a junior at LaSalle-Peru High School. The winners will perform their solos with the IVSO at the series concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in the LaSalle-Peru High School Matthiessen Auditorium. They will also have the opportunity to perform for area students at the annual IVSO educational school concerts held this year at L-P High School Auditorium and JFK in Spring Valley.

able to answer questions about this compelling slice of regional history starting at 6:30 p.m. “The prairie of Bureau County, Illinois, in the 1840’s would seem a very unlikely location for a planned Utopian settlement,” says Glaser. “That’s particularly true if the motivation for the effort was a fellow named Charles Fourier, a French utopian socialist who never

Spaghetti supper Thursday in LaMoille LAMOILLE — The LaMoille Lions Club will host a spaghetti supper from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Lions Club, 308 Howard St. in LaMoille. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread and butter, and lemonade or coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12 and free for age 5 and under.

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Junior Division winners were Billy Hawley (from left), Noah Johnson and Corrine Lindig.

Princeton Public Library will host local author WALNUT — On Thursday, Feb. 23, Robert Glaser will be examining his newly-released “A Fire of Straw in Bureau County: The Forgotten Dream of LaMoille’s Rosemont Domain” at the Princeton Public Library, located at 698 E. Peru St. in Princeton. Glaser will be avail-

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set foot on American soil. Fourier’s ideas and imaginings managed to make it to American and influence a small group of idealists residing in LaMoille. The story of their efforts is a fascinating one.” This extraordinary dream of establishing a Utopian community in the heart of the prairie is detailed in “A Fire of Straw in Bureau County: The Forgotten Dream of LaMoille’s

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Rosemont Domain.” This unique perspective is the result of years of research by Glaser, a retired Walnut High School social studies teacher, who resides in Walnut. The book will be available for purchase after the author’s presentation. It may also be purchased as an e-book or in paperback at and as an e-book at com.

CELEBRATIONS Make Someone Happy • Happy birthday to our mom, Kayla Roberts, on Friday, Feb. 17. Hope you have a great day! We love you, Tyler, Valerie, Buck and Kitty. • Happy 26th anniversary to Paul. Keep it going. • Happy birthday to Denise Reed who celebrated on Monday, Feb. 13. From your husband, Grant and Curtis.

LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra will feature the winners of the 2017 “Young Performers Competition” at 7 p.m. March 11 in the LaSalle-Peru High School Matthiessen Auditorium. The winner of the junior division is Noah Johnson, violinist, from Utica, and the senior division winner is Faith Summer, violinist, from Spring Valley. The sponsor for the event is Miller Charitable Trust, and the season sponsor is Ning Communications. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door the day of the concert. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students with an ID. The Matthiessen Auditorium is handicapped accessible.

Fish fry in Dalzell DALZELL — St. Thomas More in Dalzell will host a fish fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the parish hall. The menu will be fried fish, fries, coleslaw, bread, dessert and drink. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7 and under. Carry-outs will be available. Stations will be at 4:30 p.m. in the church.

Fish fry in Ohio OHIO — The Ohio Booster Club fish fry will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, serving at Ohio Schools and Harry’s Pub and Grub on Main Street. The menu is fish, potato salad, baked beans, bread, dessert and beverages. Extra fish (two piece) is $1. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors citizens (60-plus) and students 12 and under. Delivery will be available in Ohio. For carry-outs, call 815-376-4414 or 815376-2934. Carry-outs are 50 cents extra.

Family Engineering Night planned BUDA — A Family Engineering Night, hosted by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the gym and cafeteria at Bureau Valley South in Buda. This event is a partnership between the Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education and Bureau Valley South. Children in grade 3-8 and their families will be able to discover the fun of engineering through hands-on activities for the whole family. of Hall r! e Fam

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Peace and Justice Speaker Series continues Sunday in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Open Table UCC Church, formerly First Congregational, at the corner of Columbus and Jackson in Ottawa, will feature the Rev. Mary Ann Dier-Zimmerman in its ongoing Peace and Justice Speaker Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. The topic of her presentation is “Spirituality and Transgender-A Path of Hope.” She will also participate in Open Table’s worship service at 10 a.m. that same day. All are welcome to attend either or both events. Rev. Mary Ann is a fulltime L.C.P.C. (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) in both Bourbonnais and Olympia Fields. She has been in practice for more than 30 years. One of her specialties is helping transgender clients on their journey of transition. She draws on her own experience transitioning from male to female over the last several years. She also treats the human heart as she helps people with their


Registration at Dalzell Grade School

DALZELL — Dalzell Grade School will hold its 3-year old and 4-year old preschool and kindergarten registration Tuesday, Feb. 21, through Friday, Feb. 24. Registration will take place in the school office from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Children must be at least 3 years of age on or before Sept. 1 to register for preschool. A certified copy of the birth certificate (obtained from the county courthouse in which the child was born) and social security number must be presented when

The Rev. Mary Ann Dier-Zimmerman spiritual journey. Her passion is to help people find their true self and become all they can be, no matter what the challenges. Mary Ann has served as pastor of two churches — the Wilton Center Federated Church and the Congregational United Church of Christ in Kankakee. She is currently a consulting pastor at All About Jesus UCC in Monee. She has also been a hospital chaplain at St. John Mercy Center and St. Luke’s Hospital,

Mardi Gras dinner planned in Wyanet WYANET — The Wyanet United Methodist Women will host a Mardi Gras dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the basement fellowship area of the Wyanet Methodist Church. The cost of the dinner is $5 for adults/students. The menu will includes Jumbalaya, chicken gumbo, vegetable beef soup, desserts and drink.

Annual spaghetti supper in Walnut WALNUT — The First Christian Church of Walnut will hold its 28th annual spaghetti supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. The menu will be spaghetti, French bread, tossed salad, dessert and beverage. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 3-12 and free for children under 3. Proceeds from this year’s supper will go to Giving Tree, a collaborative effort of Walnut churches. Giving Tree provides food baskets and Christmas gifts to needy families and children in the area.

Pancake and sausage brunch HOLLOWAYVILLE — The Hollowayville United Church of Christ’s 65th annual pancake and sausage brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

both in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Northern Baptist Seminar with a Master of Divinity and Eden Theological Seminary with a Doctorate of Ministry. She and her spouse celebrate 42 years of marriage. The couple has four children. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Sunday; use the church’s south entrance on Jackson Street. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Sunday, March 5. The brunch will include pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, homemade sausage, applesauce, coffee, milk and orange juice. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under with children under 3 free. Fresh homemade sausage (using the church’s own recipe) will be available for sale at the door. Supply will be limited. This is sold in 2-pound packages for $7 per package. To guarantee sausage purchase, an order can be placed before Sunday, Feb. 19, by calling Tyler Bickett at 815-303-2598 or Jessica Bickett at 815-878-5449.

Soup luncheon fundraiser on Feb. 26 WALNUT — St. John the Evangelist Church in Walnut will host a soup, chili and dessert luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the church hall at 204 N. Main St. in Walnut. The luncheon is being held to assist Dave and Patti Puckett, who have incurred significant medical expenses due to Patti having suffered a stroke, for which she is receiving ongoing treatment. There is no charge for the luncheon but a free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, call the parish office at 815-879-2602.

PRINCETON — Princeton Elementary School District 115 requests that all parents of children eligible for kindergarten in August register at the district office, 506 E. Dover Road, between 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, through Thursday, March 9, and from 7:45 a.m. to noon Friday, March 10. Children who will be 5 years olds on or before Sept. 1 are eligible for kindergarten in August. Parents who have children attending Bright Beginnings may register their child during their scheduled parent-teacher conference. When registering children who will

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Admission Counseling and area high schools, presents this opportunity for students beginning their college search to speak with college and university representatives from 13 states. High school and community college students from Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Putnam and Knox counties are encouraged to attend. A list of participating institutions, parking instructions and other details are available at


‘Off the Beaten Path in Illinois’

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The public is invited to attend the free program which will be held at the Society library at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton. The featured speaker for the evening will be John Purvis of Princeton, who will present a program titled, “Off the Beaten Path in Illinois.” He states he was born and raised in Bureau County and is a graduate of Princ-

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begin kindergarten in August, a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate (the copy issued by the county only) and proof of residency, such as a utility bill or tax form, is required. Book rental fees can be paid at this time ($40 book fee/$50 technology fee), but payment is not required to register a child. Payment is due the first day of kindergarten. Each child will need a complete physical, dental and vision exam; forms will be distributed at the time of registration. For more information, call the district office at 815-875-3162.


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the child is registered. Hospital birth certificates cannot be accepted. Parents will be asked to complete an information sheet and no fees will be collected until registration day in August. Health and eye examination forms will be handed out and must be completed by the first day of school. If you cannot make it to the school on any of these days, call the school office at 815-663-8821 and forms will be mailed to you.

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eton High School. He has always had a fascination with history, especially local history. Now he is in his mid-50s and retired on a medical disability. He has occupied his time with a good camera while traveling the back roads and country lanes looking for historical sites. Further information is available by calling the Society library at 815-879-3133 or stopping by during the business hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thurs-

day and Friday and the first Saturday of each month. Volunteers are always available at BCGS to help the public with genealogical research, both for families with Bureau County backgrounds or through online resources for families with backgrounds anywhere in the United States. Also, if there are people in the community who would like to volunteer at the Society, check with BCGS to see how your skills can be used.



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Student of the Week: Yasmin Caracheo BY SHANNON SERPETTE

DEPUE — Yasmin Caracheo, a 15-year-old sophomore who attends DePue School, is a fan of the written word and is close to her family. She’s also the BCR Student of the Week. Caracheo recently took some time to answer questions about her life, school and interests. Family members: Antonio Caracheo (Dad); Jauna Garcia (Mom); Antonio Caracheo Jr. (oldest brother); Margarita Caracheo (oldest sister); Jessica Caracheo (younger sister); Francisco Caracheo (younger brother); and Roseline Caracheo (youngest sister). Favorite class: English. Least favorite class: Math. Favorite teacher: Mrs. Fiocchi. School activities: None at the moment. How would you describe your friends? Really funny. What do you want to be when you grow up? Successful in life.

Is there a celebrity whom you look or act like? None. What’s the one thing in your life you can’t do without? Hot Cheetos. If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? New laptops. What scares you? Not learning from mistakes. If you could try any job for a day, what would it be? I would be a detective. If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Paris. Who is your hero/role model? My parents are my role models and heroes. They are always there for me, and they are such hard workers. They are the best. What is your favorite food? Honey barbecue wings. What is your favorite game or activity? Reading. What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is “Napoleon Dynamite.”

What is something you’ve learned in school that you think you will never use? The Quadratic formula.

What is your favorite TV show? “Moises Y Los Diez Mandamientos.”

What kind of music do you listen to? I listen to pop, corridos, rap.

What is your favorite sports team? Raiders.

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Princeton High School seniors Doran Cotter, Tyler Hammitt, Kyle Kinnamon and Alex Schlesinger were chosen as all-state chorus members. The students spent three days in Peoria rehearsing for a total of 20 hours with Dr. Allen Crabb from the University of Missouri and Allen Hightower from the University of North Texas. Pictured are Doran Cotter (from left), Alex Schlesinger, Brandon M. Crawford (director), Tyler Hammitt and Kyle Kinnamon.


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Our guide will join us at the hotel and today we will see White House Visitors Center, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Dept. of Agriculture, Arlington National Cemetery, Marine Corps Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial.

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After breakfast, our guide will take us to the New Capital Visitors Center, US Capital, US Library of Congress, Supreme Court Building, Washington National Cathedral, Embassy Row, Hillwood Estate Museum, and the National World War 11 Memorial.

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Lady Devils avenge last year’s sectional semifinal loss, beat ‘Bago BY KEVIN HIERONYMUS


PRINCETON — Revenge is sweet, especially when it sends you into the Sweet 16. The Hall Lady Devils defeated Winnebago 52-30 in Monday’s semifinals of the Princeton 2A Sectional. The win avenged a 46-34 loss to the same Indians team in the semifinals a year ago, sending the Lady Devils to the sectional finals for only the second time in school history. Hall (25-6) will face defending state champ and No. 1-ranked Byron (30-2) in Thursday’s finals at 7 p.m. Byron, which is coached by Hall alum Eric Yerly, defeated Kankakee Bishop McNamara 60-31 in Monday’s nightcap. “Three years ago if you said we’d be in Sweet 16 and have the chance to play the No. 1-ranked team in the state, we’d all would have signed up for it. We’re all going to embrace the challenge, i guess, and see what we can do,” Hall coach Brian Holman said. “It’s a pretty feeling being in Top 16 teams in the state. I’m just glad we’re playing the way we do all the time. It’s a big win for us and an awesome feeling,” Hall senior Rena Barroso said. “We knew coming in sectional there was going to be some tough teams in there. Winnebago is a pretty tough team, and we just did what were supposed to do, and it was a definitely a big win.” Hall senior Hunter Galassi, who led all scorers with 23 points, said the revenge factor was especially sweet. “To get here is very special to me. Especially since last year we lost to the same team in that game. And it’s the Sweet 16, so it’s a very big deal for all of us,” she said. BCR photo/Mike Vaughn As it did in last week’s regional championship Things were looking up for Hall senior Jenna Lusietto and the Lady Devils in Monday’s sectional semifinal at Prouty Gym

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Princeton’s Peyton Hammerich wrestles Mercer County’s Maden Tacey at the Byron Sectional. Shaw Media Service Photo/ Earleen Hinton

at Princeton. The Lady Devils used 13-2 run to open up a 28-19 halftime lead and outscored the Indians 26-4 from the beginning of the second quarter to the end of the third on the way to a 52-30 victory.


Princeton Sectional at a glance:

Monday’s semifinals: Hall beat Winnebago 52-30, to avenge a loss in last year’s sectional semifinals. Hunter Galassi led Hall with 23 points. Byron beat Bishop Mac 60-31. Lexi DeVries led the Tigers with 25 points, including three, 3-pointers. Thursday’s championship: (1) Hall (25-6) vs. (1) Byron 30-2. Tip-off at 7 p.m. Prouty Gym BCR Insider: No. 1-ranked Byron returns a strong senior class from last year’s state champions, including guards DeVries (5-10) and Paige Holoway (5-8) and posts Bailey Burrows (6-2) and Sarah Hopkins (6-0). The Tigers averaged 63 points while allowing 35.2. With great team quickness, the Tigers wreak havoc defensively, averaging 18.8 steals a game. Byron head coach Eric Yerly is a 1998 Hall graduate. The Tigers lost to Rockford Boylan in the Dixon Holiday Tournament championship and to Lombard Montini by four. ... Byron has beat Hall in two meetings this year 69-49 at the Byron MLK Shootout Jan.19 and 60-53 at Hall Jan. 21. ... Hall senior Hunter Galassi, now the school’s No. 2 alltime scorer, leads Hall averaging about 16 ppg. She missed most of the first meeting with Byron due to injury. BCR pick: Byron over Hall. Next: The sectional champ advances to the Monmouth Super-Sectional at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 to face the Rockridge Sectional champion. – Kevin Hieronymus

Lady Devils take aim on No. 1 Byron BY KEVIN HIERONYMUS PRINCETON — This is why Brian Holman put the Hall Lady Devils into the Dixon Christmas Tournament to play Class 3A and 4A schools. This is why he signed up for the Byron MLK Shootout and a non-conference match-up with the Byron Tigers. When the Lady Devils match up with Byron (30-2), the defending state champions and No. 1-ranked team in 2A, in Thursday’s sectional finals at Princeton, Hall (25-6) will be as prepared as it possibly could be. Tip-off will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Prouty Gym. “Coach Holman tells us he prepares us for big games like this year,” Hall senior standout Hunter Galassi said. “He puts pressure on us. That’s why we went to the Dixon Tournament, and we played

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Hammerich makes state Wetsel upset at 145

Tiger and area wrestler to qualify, however. PHS senior Austin WetBY KEVIN HIERONYMUS sel, the No. 2 ranked tler at 145 pounds, was BYRON — The Princeton upset in the quarterfinals and was unable to Tigers had some ups wrestle his way and downs in the back into state conByron 1A Sectional tention, finishing wrestling tournathe weekend with a ment Friday and 2-2 record. Saturday. Hammerich drew Sophomore Peya bye before scorton Hammerich ing a 10-4 decision wrestled his way to over Maden Tacey state by finishing of Mercer County. Peyton fourth at 160 pounds. Hammerich had He will be the only Hammerich

BYRON 2A SECTIONAL Area qualifiers: Peyton Hammerich, Princeton sophomore, placed fourth at 160. what Amy called a controversial 7-6 semifinal loss to No. 4 ranked Kyle Kalkbrenner of Lena-Winslow, who was only hit with one stalling penalty point when he walked out of bounds, Amy said. Hammerich bounced back to whip Tristan

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Senior spotlight Abby Hoscheid • Hall High School Name: Abby Hoscheid. School: Hall High School. Date/place of birth: Aug. 20, 1999, at IVCH. Hometown: Cherry. Family: Dad - Jack, Mom - Becky, two older sisters - Karly and Emily. Sports: Basketball and volleyball. Favorite sport and why: Volleyball, because it’s the best feeling in the world to get a good kill. Favorite food and where to get it: Chicken Alfredo from Olive Garden. Likes: Animals, sports, music, hanging out with family and friends. Dislikes: Cauliflower, snakes, rats. Person with the greatest influence on my athletic career: My dad has the greatest influence on me, because he’s always telling me what I need to improve on. Person with the greatest influence in my life: My mom has the greatest influence in my life because she’s the first person I go to for anything I’m unsure about. Who’s your dream celebrity prom date: Ryan Reynolds. Name three historic figures you’d like to meet: Michelle Obama, because she was a big part in improving our country; Ronda Rousey, because she is the most intimidating female boxer; and Kerri Walsh, because she was an amazing beach volleyball player. The last song I listened to: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn/Taylor Swift. People would be surprised to know I: Can be easily scared. I stay home to watch: “The Bachelor.” When I need luck for a game, I: Listen to a playlist of all my favorite songs. The funniest person I’ve ever met: My cousin Matt. He’s never failed to make me laugh. What they’ll say about me at school after I graduate: I was someone to go to for a good laugh. Most embarrassing moment: Tripping up the stairs at school. Most unforgettable moment: Winning my first regional championship as a junior. Ultimate sports fantasy: Playing on the Olympic volleyball team. What I would like to do in life: Become a dental assistant. Three words that best describe myself: Fun, social, and creative.

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Hall senior Abby Hoscheid says the person with the greatest influence on her athletic career is her dad, “because he’s always telling me what I need to improve on.”

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Hall senior Hunter Galassi battles Winnebago’s Kiah Garrigan for position in the second half of Monday’s sectional semifinal game at Princeton. Galassi scored 23 points to lead the Lady Devils to a 52-30 victory.

• LADY DEVILS Continued from Page 15 win over Braidwood Reed-Custer, the Hall defense proved to be the difference-maker Monday. Winnebago scored the first two points of the second quarter to go up 17-15. Then the Indians didn’t score again until the Lady Devils registered 11 points to go up 26-17. Hall surrendered a late basket in the second quarter and held the Indians scoreless for the first 5-1/2 minutes of the third quarter to go up 33-19. The Lady Devils finished off a game-changing 27-4 run to go up 42-21 at the end of the third quarter. “Second quarter, we definitely turned our defense around. That’s a big key for us,” Barroso said. “I mean the first half was a little rough. But in the second half, our defense did shut the shooters down.” “After the first quarter, we played extremely well defensively, and we’ve been playing that way. We gave up (only) 30 points at Momence in the regional championship,” Holman said. “I thought pressing would get us going a little bit. Actually got them going and got us on our heels. Fortunately (we were able) to get out of that first quarter tied and really clamped down last three years and did a nice job.” Senior Abby Hoscheid hit 4-4 free throws, and freshman Hanah Hart hit a 3-pointer and went 2-2 from the charity strip to lead Hall’s second-quarter charge. Hoscheid’s last pair of free throws put Hall up 28-19 at the half. Junior sniper Madi Soldati opened the second half with a 3-pointer. Galassi scored three straight baskets for Hall, including a 3-point play out a stacked inbounds play, as the Lady Devils began to put the game away with a 38-21 lead. Soldati closed the third quarter with a bucket to double up the Indians at 42-21 at quarter’s end. Winnebago’s attempt to use a triangle-and-2 defense to concentrate on Galassi and Barroso did little to stop the Lady Devils. “It was kinda of weird at first. Like (Holman) always says, the best way to get out of it is let them play and let our shooters like Madi and Abby and

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Hall junior guard Madi Soldati looks to pass against the Winnebago defense Monday in sectional semifinal play at Princeton. The Lady Devils won 52-30. Jenna just shoot, and they do a good job of that,” Galassi said. “The biggest thing you gotta do is make shots,” Holman said against what he calls junk defenses. “Madi made a couple shots. Once you do they’re really struggling staying in it. It’s hard to guard in that. I thought we did a good job expanding the lead when they tried that defense.” Galassi went 4-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, finishing with a game-high 23 points. Barroso (8) and Soldati (7) combined for 15 points. The opening quarter went back

and forth with Emily Keller hitting a 3-pointer to stake the Indians to a 13-10 lead with 1:55 to go. Galassi converted a steal and layup for a 3-point play, tallying 10 first-quarter points as the teams battled to a 15-all tie. Notes: Hall had a decisive advantage at the free-throw line, making 17-22 attempts. Winnebago shot just five free throws, making one. The Lady Devils also out-rebounded the Indians 29-17 with Lusietto pulling down eight boards.

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Basketball roundup

Bravettes beat Newark advance to finals


Boys basketball: L-P 61, Princeton 54

Cavs ride out Robbins’ early storm



The Annawan Bravettes got back in the Sweet 16, defeating Newark 57-34 in the semifinals of the Serena 1A Sectional Monday night. Jade VanHyfte led the Bravettes (24-8) with 21 points. Kendall Gripp added 10 points; Jordyn Sierens and Reese Randall had nine points each; and Kaley Jackson had eight. Jasmine Mitchell led Newark (20-9), the Little Ten Conference champions, with 17 points. Annawan will face the winner of Tuesday’s semifinal between Ashton-Franklin Center and Aurora Christian. Annawan beat AFC 60-57 in last year’s sectional semifinals before falling to Indian Creek 42-39 in the finals At Rockridge: TRAC West Sherrard gained revenge in 2A sectional semifinal play, defeating Peoria Christian, the Tri-County Conference champion, 53-39, Monday. Christian knocked out the Lady Tigers in last year’s sectional semifinals 42-22. Faith Anderson led Sherrard with 19 points, and Callie Minch added 11. The Lady Tigers (27-3) advance to Thursday’s title game against the winner of Tuesday’s semifinal between Eureka and Knoxville. Eureka (26-2) is the two-time defending champion of the St. Bede Lady Bruins Christmas Classic.

LASALLE — Colby Robbins came out on fire Friday, scoring all 18 points as the Princeton Tigers shot out to an 18-15 first-quarter lead at LaSalle-Peru. He would score the Tigers’ first 21 points of the game leading into the second quarter before his fire dimmed. The Cavaliers were able to ride out Robbins’ early fire storm and go on to defeat their former NCIC rival, 61-54, at Sellet Gymnasium on the L-P campus. PHS coach Michael Fredericks didn’t feel the Tigers got as big a bang out of Robbins’ scoring prowess as they should have, he said, because their defensive slip late in the first quarter. “I thought at the end of the first quarter, our defense really hurt us,” Fredericks said. “With under a minute left, it was 18-11. All of a sudden, they scored four straight on us, and we’re going at the end of the first quarter, it’s 18-15 instead of 18-11. I wasn’t too pleased with our effort there at the end of the first. But we kept chipping away.” Robbins nailed four straight 3-pointers to shoot the Tigers to an early 18-11 lead, settling for an 18-15 edge at quarter’s end. Robbins launched another long-range missile to start the second quarter. With the L-P defense clamping down on him, Robbins did not score again for early 18 minutes on an alley-oop pass from teammate Garrett Allen with 5 1/2 minutes to play. He finished with a game-high 26 points, fueled by 9-14 shooting, including 6-10 from beyond the stripe. “Ah man, he was hotter than a pistol,” Fredericks said. “His effort and performance that first half kept us in the game.” Sophomore Kole Hjerstedt helped keep the Tigers in the game when the Cavs turned

Boys basketball

The Hall Red Devils and St. Bede Bruins both fell in Three Rivers East Conference play Friday night. Newman 79, Hall 56: The Red Devils led 38-37 at halftime but couldn’t hang on in the second half Friday at Sterling. The Comets took control with a 17-7 third-quarter advantage and outscored the Red Devils 32-18 over the final 16 minutes of play to win. Brant Vanaman led the Red Devils with 10 points, and Alex Castelan and Max Marquez added nine each. Prophetstown 64, St. Bede 44: The Prophets proved to be good starters and finishers in Friday’s TRAC East game at the academy. The Prophets took an 18-10 first quarter lead and closed out their TRAC victory with a 22-15 edge in the fourth quarter, Josh Sapp led the Bruins with 13 points, connecting on 3-8 of 3-point attempts. Jackson Funfsinn added eight points. Owen Behrens had 17 points for the Prophets, and Kody Wetzell added 12. Winnebago 69, St. Bede 39: The Bruins fell to the Indians Saturday in the Indian Creek Shootout. Jon Dose had 16 points for the Bruins (8-18). PHS freshmen tournament: Hall beat Princeton 62-46 to win the Princeton freshman tournament Saturday. Cole Wozniak led Hall (12-8) with 20 points. Noah Atkinson and Cole Adams each scored 12 points for PHS, which ends its season at 4-20. St. Bede beat Bureau Valley 43-32 for third place. Princeton edged BV 42-40 its first game with Darren Scaggs scoring 11. Hall downed SBA 37-26 in the semifinals. Bryan Fuentes had 16 points for Hall. Comment on this story at

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The L-P Cavs saw a lot of Princeton’s Colby Robbins firing long-range shots in the first quarter Friday. He scored all 18 of the Tigers’ first quarter points and their first 18. It was all for naught, however, as the Tigers fell 61-54.

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Boys basketball: Kewanee 65, Bureau Valley 50

Boilermakers topple BV BY DAN DWYER KEWANEE — The Bureau Valley Storm couldn’t maintain pace with the Kewanee Boilermakers, one of the premier teams in the Three Rivers East, as each Storm streak was answered by Kewanee. BV trailed by only five with 6:00 to play, but the much bigger and physical Kewanee squad muscled its way to a 65-50 win outscoring the Storm 15-5 in the final minutes of play Friday night in H.F. Brockman Gymnasium at Kewanee. “Offensive rebounds really hurt, we had a lot of turnovers; six in the

first three minutes. The flip side to that is we started to play really hard on defense and we contested every one of their possessions. When we did commit turnovers we still hustled to contest shots and make it difficult for them,” BV coach Jason Marquis said. The Storm overcame the first three minutes, escaping with a 6-4 lead before the Boilers exploded for a 17-6 run to take control with a lead they didn’t relinquish for the entirety of the game. Kewanee’s run was led by the ever-dangerous Juan Contreras Jr.,

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Mecagni falls short of state bid BY LYLE GANTHER Shaw Media Service

Continued from Page 5 Faworski of Winnebago 9-1 to clinch a state berth. He then lost to Garrett Passmore of Erie 18-8 to place fourth. “Peyton had a great tournament and took the No. 4 kid in the state to the very end and almost beat him in the semis,” Amy said. “We have known all along that he had a great shot at getting down to state and working his way to the awards stand. He just needs to continue to believe in his stuff and work hard.” Hammerich will take a 24-7 record to state to face Jedidah Willis (34-2), a junior from Chicago Hope Academy. He said overcoming some adversity in having missing the first half of the season from a football injury makes him appreciate where he’s got. “It humbled me seeing things from a different angle made me realize how much love I had for the sport,” he said. “With that being said I feel very happy in my performance and it’s nice to receive praise from others to

be able to prove to myself that I could achieve this even with just a half a season of wrestling and as a sophomore with a not so decorated freshman year and unranked going to the sectional taking out/competing with the guys that are ranked is the real trophy. “Without the push of training partner Austin Wetsel and coaches Steve Amy and Aaron Christensen, this wouldn’t have been achievable. And this is only the beginning I’m always working to improve and expand I’m excited for the future.” Things did not start well for Wetsel right at the start, who suffered a stunning 7-4 loss in Friday’s quarterfinals to Peyton Keefer of Lena-Winslow. He rode Colt Aldrich of Seneca for a 1:55 fall and blanked Keegan Donnelly of Aurora Central Catholic 7-0. With a state berth on the line, Wetsel fell to Orion junior James Schnerre 5-3 and was eliminated. “Austin had a tough weekend. He had the 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 11th ranked guys in his bracket so there wasn’t much room to make any mistakes,” Amy said. “Friday night he came out

a little flat and got caught. He did a great job working his way back on Saturday and then ran into Schnerre from Orion who’s ranked third to get into the third-place match. Austin wrestled really well in that match and was up 3-1 with 1 minute left. The officiating really did not help us much as we were hit with stalling three times in the final minute.” Amy said Wetsel (42-4) had a great career at PHS, finishing eighth on the all-time win list (134-43). PHS sophomore Dallas Hill also fell just short of state, finishing the day 3-2. Hill lost to Justice Wells of Sherrard 11-5 in the quarterfinals. In wrestlebacks, Hill climbed over Logan Diericx of Rockridge 13-6 and pinned Riley Wilkins of Morrison at 4:40 before being eliminated by an 8-2 loss to Cade Meier of Dakota. “Dallas wrestled really well this weekend ending up only one win away from qualifying,” Amy said. “He did the little things right and really out worked his opponents. He just fell a little short, but will be working hard

Sports Shorts IVCC softball clinic

OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Community College softball team will host the 18th annual IVCC Eagles Softball Clinic Feb. 18-19 in IVCC’s gym. Coaches and current players will offer softball instruction in hitting, bunting, fielding, throwing, base running and communication. There will be two sessions each day. On Saturday, Feb. 18, participants in grades 2-4 will meet from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Participants in grades 5-8 will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 19, grades 2-4 will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with grades 5-8 meeting from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost of the clinic is $30 per player and includes five hours of instruction and a clinic T-shirt. If a player can only come one day, the cost is $20.

All players should bring a glove and tennis shoes (no spikes or cleats allowed). If a player has her own bat, she is allowed to bring it. Please make sure all items have the player’s name on them for identification purposes. To register, contact softball coach Cory Tomasson at 815-2240471 or the athletic department at 815-224-0472.

Princeton Shootout

PRINCETON — Princeton Tiger Booster Club will be hosting the 24th annual Princeton Boys Shootout Feb. 25-26 at Princeton High School and Logan Junior High. Teams will compete in the Grades 7-8 brackets on Saturday, Feb. 25, and in the Grades 5-6 brackets on Sunday, Feb. 26. Games will be scheduled between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. In addition, a 3-Point Shot and a Hot-Shot competition

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PERU — The St. Bede Academy Bruins baseball team will hold a spring training clinic in March for boys ages 6-14 (through eighth grade). Clinic sessions will be: Ages 6-8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 4. Ages 9-11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Ages 12-14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 11. Cost is $30 for the first child in a family, $25 for each additional sibling registered by Feb. 25. Fees increase to $35 after Feb. 25. For more information, call St. Bede at 815-223-3140 or contact coach Bill Booker at bbooks26@

this off-season to improve and make sure this doesn’t happen again.” Amy praised freshman Brayden Boyles, who came in as an alternate, and battled two topranked kids at 120 pounds. Amy said it was great experience for next year. Sophomore 120-pounder Charles Korey of St. Bede also came one match from qualifying for state. He opened with a 4-2 win over Ryan Wegerer of Orion in the quarterfinals. He lost by 1:23 fall to Josh Schrank of Rockford Lutheran in the semifinals and then went down by another fall, 2:42 to Andrew VanKampen of West Carroll. St. Bede senior Carter Funfsinn went 1-2 at 138 pounds. He pinned Kyle Hammond of Aurora Central Catholic at 3:50, lost by fall at 2:28 in the quarterfinals to Colin Barker of Dakota and lost by 0:42 fall to Evan Walters of Byron. Funfsinn ends his SBA career with 78 wins and two sectional appearances.




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Princeton’s Austin Wetsel wrestles Lena-Winslow’s Peyton Keefer at the Byron Sectional Friday. Keeler handed Wetsel, the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 145 pounds, a stunning 7-4 defeat in the quarterfinals.

CLINTON — Putnam County/Hall/Midland sophomore Joseph Mecagni lost by one point and didn’t advance to the state wrestling tournament when he lost 8-7 to Eureka’s Nick Wells (32-4) at 182 pounds at the Clinton 1A Regional wrestling tournament. PCHM coach Jerry Kriewald said Mecagni had a great tournament. “He needed two seconds and would have had the takedown,” Kriewald said. “I was very impressed how calm he was being a sophomore. I would ask him if he was ready to go and he would reply, ‘I got this, Coach.’ We are a six-year-old program and seeing wrestlers finally coming up from our junior high program. He started in fourth grade and is really paying off.” Mecagni’s other matches at the sectional included pinning Normal U-High’s Tyler Hansen (27-10) at 5:31; losing to Beardstown’s Chad Grimm (38-5) by fall at :52; pinning Ken Molohan of Petersburg PORTA at 5:46; and beating IVC’s Drake Dietrich in overtime, 7-5. Other Wildcats who competed were Elijah Gilkerson at 126 pounds, Ben Aranda at 170 pounds, Riley King at 195 and Michael McCutcheon at 220. Gilkerson lost to Trace Thomas of Deer Creek-Mackinaw, 4-0; pinned Peoria Heights’ Cole Williams at :56; and lost by major decision to Garrett Johnson of Fairbury Prairie Central. Aranda was pinned by El Paso-Gridley’s Dylan Reeves at 5:46 and lost to Eureka’s Andrew King, 13-10. King lost to Macomb’s Caleb Whitaker by fall at 2:45; received a bye and lost to Caleb Flanders of PORTA, 9-7. McCutcheon lost to Herscher’s Ethan Miller by fall at 1:36; received a bye and lost to Dylan Varney of Prairie Central by fall at :54.

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• SECTIONAL Continued from Page 15 Byron twice; so that we know what that type of pressure is, and we’re ready for games like this.” Galassi said it’s a game the Lady Devils have thought about all year. “It think it’s crazy that we got here because we’ve talked about it, but obviously you got to get there,” she said. “The opportunity to play Byron — they’re a very good team. It’s crazy we get to play them. It’s going to be a very tough game, but being able to play there and get there and compete against a team like Byron is very special.” Holman knows sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. “They may be one of the Top 5 teams in the state, regardless of the class,” he said. “They’re probably the best girls basketball team you’ll see. All you can ask for is a chance. We play them 100 times; maybe you beat them once or twice. But you still got to get those chances one of those two times. “It’s going to take a monumental effort. It’s going to take us playing very well to give ourselves a chance. Like I said, if you do give yourself a chance, you never know what will happen.” Holman has his team well versed on how good Byron is. “Byron’s definitely a really good team. The best team we’ve played. Hopefully the third time is good, and we hold them,” Hall senior Rena Barroso said. “It would definitely be an awesome feeling beating the No. 1 team in the state. We have to play really hard like we usually do.” Byron doubled up Kankakee Bishop McNamara 60-31 in Monday’s semifinals nightcap. Byron coach Eric Yerly said the Tigers “did a great job of just being us, playing solid defense and hit open shots when we had them.” The game will be a special meeting for Yerly,

Bureau County Republican / • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 who is a 1998 Hall graduate. He is in his 10th year as strength-conditioning physical education teacher at Byron, his sixth as head coach. “I think the game with Hall will be a great matchup of two of the best defensive teams in Class 2A,” he said. “It’s a game that will match two senior classes that have done a lot of great things for both programs over their high school careers. Hall’s seniors have worked hard and turned their program around, and that is credit to them and coach Holman who does a great job. “Unfortunately, only one group will move on to the supers. It is going to be a fun night, and hopefully, we can match the caravan of people that will be there from the Valley. I know a few of them will have their Byron shirts on.” Bryon beat Hall 69-49 in the Byron MLK Shootout Jan. 14 with Galassi, Hall’s top scorer, playing only sparingly in the first quarter due to sickness. Just a week later, the second meeting was more competitive with Hall taking a one-point lead late in the second quarter and down only five after three quarters. Byron pulled ahead late for a 60-43 with Hall playing without senior Jenna Lusietto, who was out recovering from a concussion. “When they get a lead on you, it’s awfully tough. You don’t understand they are that good of a girls basketball team as you’ll see,” Holman said. Galassi said it should help a little bit having seen what Byron likes to do, but “we’re going to have to play our best no matter.” Notes: This is Hall’s first appearance in the sectional finals since defeating rival St. Bede 65-57 at Mendota in 2006. That Lady Devils squad went on to reach the state tournament, the only Hall girls team to reach that plateau. ... Hall met Byron in the sectional semifinals in 2008, falling 62-40 at Oregon.

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Princeton’s Kole Hjerstedt tries to get past L-P’s Kaleb Salas in the first half of Friday’s game at L-P.

• TIGERS Continued from Page 17 their attention to Robbins, scoring 11 points on 5-6 shooting from the floor. Senior center Colton Youngren never got in the flow of the game due to foul problems, eventually fouling out of the game. He had just two points on three shots. “L-P doesn’t make too many mistakes. Against teams like this, you can’t make too many mistakes, and we allowed too many rebounds and fouled too much,” Fredericks said. Despite the loss, Fredericks came

away pleased for the most part with the Tigers’ effort. “We played them pretty tough,” he said. “Rebounding hurt us. We have a lot of guys, who when the shot goes up, they stand and look. And we’re being observers instead of players. I felt at times our help rotations weren’t super quick. L-P has some kids who can drive the ball extremely well, and we were able to cut them off and help would come over, but our help the helper guy wouldn’t get there quick enough. That hurt us a little bit. “We got in foul trouble. But at the end of the day, games like this, get-

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Hall senior Rena Barroso takes aim against Winnebago in Monday’s sectional semifinal contest at Princeton. Hall won 52-30 to advance to the sectional finals for the first time since 2006, facing No.1 ranked Byron.


who drained threes on back-to-back possessions. “We wanted to be powerful and poised with the basketball because Kewanee is physical, and will play in-your-face defense the entire night and they won’t have respect for you off of the dribble,” Marquis said. “When we got the ball, squared our shoulders to the basket and played at our own pace, we looked crisp. When we let them start to dictate how we attacked them offensively, we turned the ball over.” Kewanee’s physical nature was put on display with 38 total rebounds, including 19 offensive boards. BV refused to relent, creeping back into the game outscoring the Boilers 14-5 to close out the quarter and to open the fourth quarter. Sophomore guard Tyler Gustafson kicked the ball over to Andrew Petros at the top of the key and the sophomore forward knocked down the three to kick off a 14-5 BV scoring run to cut into the Boiler lead at 48-43 with 6:46 to play. Contreras once again played assassin on back-to-back trips down

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Bureau Valley’s Kale Barnett drives against Kewanee Friday. the court, dropping a second set of bombs from behind the arc that turned a five point Kewanee advantage into an 11-point Boiler edge in 51 seconds. “Contreras is an extremely good player and we did extremely well

ting guys in foul trouble and having me as a coach rip on them a little bit here and there, that’s going to help us in the postseason that’s right around the corner.” • Notes: L-P won the sophomore game big — 58-27. ... The Princeton cagers returned home Tuesday against Prophetstown with a nonconference date at Rochelle Friday to close out the regular season. PHS has been assigned to the Wilmington Regional with a date against Braidwood Reed-Custer at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

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in defending him for the most part, but he came up big and hit those back-to-back 3s,” Marquis said. “We thought that we had played our last four-to-five games with more physicality than our opponent but teams are starting to get into post season form, which is a more physical type of basketball, and Kewanee exhibited that tonight.” A three from Gustafson finally slowed the Boilers, but with 3:26 left to play Kewanee still owned a 58-48 lead and only allotted the Storm two more points down the stretch on a pair of free throws from forward Nate Paup-Caudil. BV’s Kale Barnett was tops for the Storm with 13 points with Paup-Caudil chipping in 11. As in many games this year, Contreras Jr. led all scorers with 25 on the evening. The Storm could possibly be in a collision course for a third meeting this season with the Boilers as they head to the 2A Kewanee Regional on Monday, Feb. 20. The eight-seeded Storm drew the 10th-seeded ROWVA Tigers with the winner playing the host Boilermakers (2) with a 7 p.m. tip-off Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Kewanee. Comment on this story at www.



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TEAM STANDINGS (WEEK 20): 1. Los Ranchitos 51-29; 2. Pin Splitter Lanes 45-35; 3. Fingers ‘N Toes 43-37; 4. Flowers by Julia 43-37; 5. The Underground 40 1/2-39 1/2; 6. Indian Hills 38 1/2-41 1/2; 7. Wyaton Hills 38 1/2-41 1/2; 8. Neighborhood Ace 38 1/2-41 1/2; 9. Rosie’s Rollers 37 1/2-44 1/2; 10. Lebahn Farms 36 1/2-43 1/2; 11. Jack of Most Trades 36-44; 12. Schneiders 32-48. TEAM HIGH GAME/SERIES: Wyaton Hills 576/1455; Pin Splitter Lanes 536/1494; Los Ranchitos 535/1546. INDIVIDUAL HIGH GAME/SERIES: Nicole Walker 224, 213/596; Anna Flaig 223, 187/569; Carol Towne 221,189/560; Sherry Allen 192/527; Deb Basile 205/507; Brenda Adams 459 series; Cheryl Drake 190/499; Sally Webster 485 series; Dot Hammitt 509 series; Wendy Ohlson 189 series; Chastidy Rotramel 214,192/554.

Youth basketball Princeton Park District Division 1 (Grades 1-2) Columbia 23, Green 8 Gray 31, Orange 16 Gold 23, Black 12 Division 2 (Grades 3-4) Putnam County 25, Black 10 Columbia 35, Green 23 Division 3 (Grades 5-6) DePue 36, Gold 25 Gray 33, Green 18

Jr high girls basketball BVEC Tournament at LaMoille FRIDAY: Malden 26, Ohio 20 SATURDAY: LaMoille 21, Ladd 19 BV South 44, DePue 16 BV North 36, Malden 8 Bradford 33,Neponset 16 MONDAY: BV North 33, LaMoille 22 BV South 30 Bradford 28 WEDNESDAY: Third place - LaMoille vs. Bradford. Title - BV North vs, BV South.

High school girls basketball Annawan Regional (1A) CHAMPIONSHIP: (3) Annawan 49, (2) Amboy 35.

Indian Creek Regional (1A) CHAMPIONSHIP: (1) AFC 48, (4) Wethersfield 41

Erie Regional (1A) CHAMPIONSHIP: (3) Eastland 60, (2) East Dubuque 45.

Aurora Regional (1A) Championship: (2) Aurora Christian 69, (6) 43

Chicago de Sales Regional (1A) CHAMPIONSHIP:(1) Newark 59, (6) Bridgeview 25.

Serena Sectional (1A) MONDAY: (3) Annawan 57, (1) Newark 34. TUESDAY Game 2 - (1) AFC (25-2) vs. (2) Aurora Christian. THURSDAY: Championship - (3) Annawan (24-8) vs. Winner Game 2, 7 p.m.

Byron Regional (2A) CHAMPIONSHIP: (1) Byron 73, (8) North Boone 27.

Putnam County Regional (2A) Championship: (2) Kankakee McNamara 42, (5) St. Bede 33.

Momence Regional (2A) CHAMPIONSHIP: (1) Hall (24-6) 45, (6) Braidwood Reed-Custer (13-13) 30

dati 3-10 (1-2) 0-0 7, Lusietto 2-4 0-2 4, Hoscheid 0-0 5-6 5, Barroso 2-4 (1-1) 3-4 8, Galassi 8-14 7-8 15, Hart 1-3 (1-2) 2-2 5. Totals: 16-35 (3-5) 17-22 52. Fouls: 11. Turnovers: 19. Rebounds: 29 (Lusietto 8, Galassi 7). Bishop Mac 8 11 5 7 - 31 Byron 18 14 17 11 - 60 BISHOP MAC: Williams 3 1-3 7, Ruder 2 0-0 4, Berg 2 2-2 6, Gagnon 1 (1) 0-0 3, Hedge 1 0-0 2, Puente 4 1-2 9. Totals: 13 (1) 4-9 30. Fouls: 12. BYRON (30-2): DeVries 9 (4) 4-5 25, Holoway 4 3-4 11, Burrows 9 0-0 18, Hopkins 1 0-0 2, Vaultonburg 1 0-0 2, Richardson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 (3) 7-9 60. Fouls: 9.

Rockridge Sectional (2A) MONDAY: (1) Sherrard 53, (3) Peoria Christian 29 TUESDAY: Game 2 - (1) Eureka (26-2) vs. (3) Knoxville (25-6). THURSDAY: Championship - (1) Sherrard (26-3) vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

LaSalle-Peru Regional (3A)

CHAMPIONSHIP: (1) Sherrard 51, (4) Mercer County 36.

MONDAY: (9) Fairbury Prairie Central 50, (8) Pontiac 44 (7) Streator 47, (11) Mendota 33. TUESDAY: Game 3 - (2) Galesburg vs. Prairie Central. Game 4 - (4) LaSalle-Peru vs. (7) Streator. THURSDAY: Championship - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m.

Monmouth-Roseville Regional (2A)

Sterling Regional (3A)

Fulton Regional (2A) CHAMPIONSHIP: (2) Winnebago 55, (3) Morrison 51.

Orion Regional (2A)

CHAMPIONSHIP: (3) Knoxville 53, (7) Monmouth-Roseville 47.

El Paso Regional (2A) CHAMPIONSHIP: (3) Peoria Christian 53, (2) Fieldcrest 39

Princeton Sectional (2A) MONDAY: (1) Hall 52, (2) Winnebago 30 (1) Byron (60, (2) Kankakee McNamara 31. THURSDAY: Championship - (1) Hall (25-6) vs. (1) Byron (30-2), 7 p.m. Winnebago 15 4 2 9 - 30 Hall 15 13 14 10 - 52 Winnebago (18-12): Bielskis 1 1-3 3, Thompson 3 0-0 6, Parlapiano 2 (2) 0-0 6, Shank 2 0-0 4, Garrigan 2 0-2 4, Russell 3 1-1 7. Totals: 13-41 (2-10) 2-6 30. Fouls: 19 (Thompson 5). Turnovers: 17. Rebounds: 17. HALL (25-6): Bogatitus 0-0 0-0 0, Sol-

MONDAY: (10) Sterling 59, (9) Freeport 52. TUESDAY: Game 2 - (2) Genoa-Kingston vs. (10) Sterling. Game 3 - (3) Rock Falls vs. (5) Dixon. THURSDAY: Championship - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 7 p.m.

Moline Regional (4A) MONDAY: Game 1 - (6) Pekin 47, (8) Ottawa 38 TUESDAY: Game 2 -(1) Rock Island vs. (6) Pekin. Game 3 - (4) East Moline vs. (5) Moline. THURSDAY: Championship - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 7 p.m.

Boys basketball At LaSalle Princeton 18 14 6 16 - 54 L-P 15 19 9 18 - 61

PRINCETON (12-13): Nave 0-1 0-0 0, Reinhardt 2-11 (1-7) 0-0 4, Loftus 0-0 0-0 0, Legner 0-0 0-0 0, Hjertstedt 5-6 (1-2) 0-0 11, Parry 1-5 (0-4) 0-0 2, Robbins 9-14 (6-10) 2-2 26, Haring 3-5 (0-2) 0-0 6, Janssen 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 1-8 (0-3) 0-0 2, Youngren 1-3 0-0 0. Totals: 22-53 (8-28) 2-4 54. Fouls: 22 (Youngren 5). Turnovers: 6. Rebounds: 20 Allen 6). L-P (15-9): Pryblinski 7 7-9 22, Salas 0 0-0 0, Pantoja 0 0-0 0, Christmasn 1 1-2 3, Martyn 3 (3) 1-3 7, Sampson 5 8-10 18, Seneca 4 3-4 11. Totals: 20-48 (1-5) 20-28 61. Fouls: 9, Turnovers: 8. Rebounds: 38. SOPHS: L-P 58-27.

At Sterling Hall 22 16 7 11 - 56 Newman 20 17 17 15 - 79 HALL: Castelan 3 3-4 9, DeAngelo 1 (1) 0-0 3, Marquez 4 1-4 9, Trevier 3 1-2 7, Rybarczyk 0 0-0 0, Follmer 1 (1) 3-3 6, Edgecomb 4 2-6 10, Vanaman 3 (1) 3-4 10, Burcham 0 0-0 0, Riordan 0 0-1 0. Totals: 19 (3) 13-24 56. NEWMAN: Gorzny 1 1-2 3, Farster 1 0-0 2, Schmitt 3 (1) 0-0 7, Koerner 0 0-0 0, Leffelman 9 5-9 24, Osborne 7 (3) 0-0 17, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Williams 2 2-3 6, House 3 3-4 9, Hafner 3 (2) 0-0 8, Smith 1 (1) 0-0 3. Totals: 30 (8) 11-18 79.

At Peru Prophetstown 18 14 10 22 - 64 St. Bede 10 10 9 15 - 44 PROPHETSTOWN: Pierceson 1-3 0-0 3, Henrekin 3-6 0-0 6, Wetzell 5-7 2-3 12, Cady 1-2 0-0 3, K Kovarik 2-4 0-0 4, J. Ames 1-3 0-0 2, N. Pierceson 4-7 0-0 8, Behrens 6-11 0-0 17, Gerlach 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 2-2 0-0 4, H Ames 1-4 0-1 3, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 27-53 2-4 64. ST. BEDE: Sapp 5-13 (3-8) 0-0 13, Sons 0-0 4-6 4, Sanchez 1-4 2-3 4, Kunkel 3-12 2-3 8, Xiao 1-1 (1-1) 0-0 3, Pyszka 0-3 2-2 2, Manning 0-3 0-0 0, Bernabei 1-3 0-0 2, Funfsinn 2-12 4-4 8. Totals: 13-52 (4-27) 14-18 44. SOPHS: St. Bede 46-32.

Other area results Heyworth 74, Fieldcrest 53 Mendota 83, Stillman Valley 48 West Carroll 47, Annawan 36 Ottawa 56, Sterling 39 Marquette 73, Putnam County 70

Princeton freshment tournament Hall 37, SBA 26. Hall: Fuentes 16. SBA: Rediger 8. Princeton 42, BV 40. P: Scaggs 11. BV: Devenney 13 CONSOLATION: SBA 43, BV 32. SB: Rediger 13. BV: Batten 7. CHAMPIONSHIP: Hall 62, Princeton 46. Hall: Wozniak 20. PHS (4-20): Atkinson 12, Adams 12.

Junior high volleyball At Princeton 7TH GRADE: Logan def. Midland 25-14, 25-6 8TH GRADE: Logan def. Midland 25-12, 25-12.

SRC 7th grade tournament at Peru SATURDAY: Match 1 - (2) Mendota vs. (7) LaSalle, 10 a.m. Match 2 - (3) Peru vs. (6) Spring Valley, 11 a.m, Match 3 - (4) Ottawa vs. (5) Streator, 1 p.m. TUESDAY, FEB. 21: Match 4 - (1) Princeton vs. winner 3, tba. Match 5 - winners 1-2, tba. THURSDAY, FEB. 23: Third place - losers 4-5, 4 p.m. Title - winners 4-5, 6 p.m.

SRC 8th grade tournament at Peru SATURDAY: Match 1 - (2) Peru vs. (7) LaSalle, 9 a.m. Match 2 - (3) Spring Valley vs, vs. (6) Streator, noon. Match 3 - (4) Princeton vs. (5) Ottawa, 2 p.m. TUESDAY, FEB. 21: Match 4 - (1) Mendota vs. winner 3, tba. Match 5 - winners 1-2, tba. THURSDAY, FEB. 23: Third place - losers 4-5, 5 p.m. Title - winners 4-5, 7 p.m.

Wrestling Class 1A Byron Sectional (Top 4 finishers in each weight class advance to state tournament) CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS: 106 – Johnson (AC) dec. Tunink (Newman) 4-2 OT; 113 – Marshall (Aurora Christian) dec. Vincent (Lena-Winslow) 2-0; 120 – Fleetwood (Fulton) major dec. Schrank (Rockford Lutheran) 9-0; 126 – Van Vleet (Stillman Valley) dec. Engle (Mercer County) 12-7; 132 – Luke (LW) dec. Ivey (New) 8-6; 138 – Eads (Morrison) pin Cameron (Erie-Prophetstown) :55; 145 – Baker (Byron) major dec. Durfey (SV) 11-1; 152 – Elder (RF) dec. Grant (Ful) 6-5; 160 – Keller (Morrison) dec. Kalkbrenner (LW) 8-4; 170

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NOTICE A public hearing on the Petition to Opt Out of the Summer School Breakfast Program in accordance with The Childhood Hunger Relief Act filed on January 17, 2017 by Randall Otto, DePue Community Unit School District #103; Bureau County, Illinois is scheduled to convene at 9:00 a.m. on February 24, 2017 at the office of the Regional Superintendent, 107 S. State Street, Atkinson, Illinois. The Regional Superintendent shall at that time hear testimony on the Petition from the School District and interested community members. By: Angie Zarvell Regional Superintendent of Schools Bureau, Henry, & Stark Counties, Illinois Published in the Bureau

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bidding specifications. Selected bidder shall be required to pay prevailing rates of wages. The sealed envelope containing the bid proposal should bear on the outside the bidder’s name and address and be marked “2017 Street Work.” Bid specifications are available in the office of Jyll Pozzi, Village Clerk, 402 Lucy St., Dalzell, IL 61320 on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or by calling Clerk Pozzi at 815-252-4377. The Village reserves the right to waive technicalities and to reject any or all proposals. This Notice published at the direction of the Village Board of Trustees. Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 15, 2017.

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LEGAL Notice to Bidders The Village of Dalzell (the “Village”) is soliciting bids for its 2017 street improvement work. Sealed proposals for the 2017 street improvement work will be received at the office of the Village Clerk, Village of Dalzell, 402 Lucy St., P.O. Box 255, Dalzell, IL 61320 until 6:30 p.m. on March 8, 2017. Proposals will be open and read publicly at a meeting of the Village Board of Trustees to be convened at 7:00 p.m. on March 8, 2017 at the office of the Village Clerk, Village of Dalzell, 402 Lucy St., P.O. Box 255, Dalzell, Illinois. All proposals must be accompanied by a proposal guaranty as provided for in the




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NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on January 27, 2017, a certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of Bureau County, Illinois, setting forth the names and post office addresses of all of the persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as Ecky’s Tap located at 132 E. Main Street, Wyanet, IL 61379. Dated this 27th day of January, 2017. /s/Kamala S. Hieronymus Bureau County Clerk Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2017.

Andrew M. Russell, 114 S. Euclid Ave., Princeton, IL 61356, on or before Tuesday, August 8, 2017, or if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by Section 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed by that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk are to be mailed or delivered to the representative or the Estate’s attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed. Dated this 31st day of January, 2017. /s/ Dawn M. Reglin Bureau County Circuit Clerk Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2017.

Independent Executor of the Estate of Margaret E. Lipinski, deceased Ryan J. Anderson Attorney for the Executor 611 Second Street, PO Box 174 Henry, IL 61537 (309)364-2354 Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 15, 22 and Mar. 1, 2017.

Place, Princeton IL 61356, and shall be enclosed in an envelope endorsed “17-00265-00DR, CH9” The right is reserved to waive technicalities and to reject any or all bids. By order of: John C. Gross, County Engineer Bureau County Highway Department Princeton, Illinois Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 15 and 18, 2017

to forfeit property ($432, 910.00 United States Currency) to the State of Illinois in which you may have an interest as owner, claim holder and/ or interest holder. The property was seized by the Trident Drug Task Force on January 31, 2017 on Interstate 80 in Bureau County, Illinois. The property is described as follows: Four Hundred Thirtytwo Thousand Nine Hundred Ten Dollars in United States Currency. NOW THEREFORE unless you file an ANSWER to the said COMPLAINT FOR FORFEITURE with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Bureau County, Princeton, Illinois, by April 17,2017, judgment by default for the relief requested in the COMPLAINT FOR FORFEITURE shall be entered against you. /s/ GENO J. CAFFARINI Bureau County State’s Attorney /s/Dawn M. Reglin Clerk of the Circuit Court GENO J. CAFFARINI Bureau County State’s Attorney Bureau County Courthouse 700 South Main Street Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 879-4941 Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 15, 22 and Mar. 1, 2017.

provisions of 735 ILCS, Sections 5/2-206, 5/15-1218 and 5/15-1502, and that the above-entitled mortgage foreclosure suit is now pending in said court and the day on or after which a default may be entered against said defendants is March 6, 2017, and that the following information applies to said foreclosure proceeding: (i) The names of all plaintiffs and the case number are identified above. (ii) The court in which said action was brought is identified above. (iii) The name of the title holder of record is: Nathan S. Hoffman. (iv) A legal description of the real estate sufficient to identify it with reasonable certainty is as follows: Lots 6 and 7 in Block 13 in North Addition to the Town, now City of Princeton, all lying and being situated in the County of Bureau and State of Illinois. (v) A common address or description of the location of the real estate is as follows: 606 North Pleasant Street, Princeton, Illinois 61356. (vi) An identification of the mortgage sought to be foreclosed is as follows: Name of mortgagors: Nathan S. Hoffman and Jennifer A. Hoffman; Name of mortgagee: Central Bank Illinois; Date of mortgage: December 10, 2010; Date of recording: December 16, 2010; County where recorded: Bureau County, Illinois; Recording document identification: Document No. 2010R06070 in the Recorder’s Office, Bureau County, Illinois. Dawn Reglin Clerk of the Circuit Court Angel, Isaacson & Tracy Attorneys for Plaintiff 111 Park Avenue East Princeton, Illinois 61356 Telephone: 815-875-6551 Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2017.

CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT BUREAU COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF ) JUNE V. VAN METER, ) DECEASED ) NO. 2016-P-14 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of June V. Van Meter. Letters of office were issued to Arthur D. Van Meter of 209 E. Oak St., Manlius, IL 61338 as Independent Administrator whose attorneys are Angel, Isaacson & Tracy, 111 Park Avenue East, Princeton, Illinois 61356. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Court, Bureau County Courthouse, 700 South Main Street, Princeton, Illinois 61356, or with the Independent Administrator, or both, on or before August 1, 2017, or, if mailing or delivery of a notice from the Independent Administrator is required by Section 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered to the Independent Administrator and to the attorneys within 10 days after it has been filed. Dated this 27th day of January, 2017. Angel, Isaacson & Tracy Attorneys for Estate 111 Park Avenue East Princeton, IL 61356 815-875-6551 Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2017. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT BUREAU COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF ) CLAUDE M. DAVIS, II, ) Deceased. ) No. 2017-P-11 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Claude M. Davis, II. Letters of Administration were issued on January 19, 2017 to Andrew M. Russell, as Independent Administrator, 114 S. Euclid Ave. Princeton, IL 61356. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the office of the Circuit Clerk, Bureau County Courthouse, Princeton, Illinois 61356, or with

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT BUREAU COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF ) MARGARET E. ) LIPINSKI, ) deceased. ) Case No. 17-P-17 CLAIMS NOTICE Notice is given of the death of MARGARET E. LIPINSKI, deceased, 128 E. Third Street, DePue, Bureau County, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on February 3, 2017, to Elizabeth A. Fox, PO Box 648, DePue, Illinois 61322, whose attorney is Ryan J. Anderson, 611 Second Street, P.O. Box 174, Henry, IL 61537. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of said Court at the Bureau County Courthouse, 700 S. Main Street, Princeton, Illinois 61356 on or before August 15, 2017, or, if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by 755 ILCS 5/18-3, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before said date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative within 10 days after it has been filed and proof of such mailing must be filed with the Court. Dated: February 9, 2017. Elizabeth A. Fox

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NOTICE OF BID LETTING Sealed bids will be received in the office of the Bureau County Highway Department until 10:00 a.m. on March 1, 2017, for culvert replacement on CH 9, near Thomas, Section 17-00265-00-DR. Bids will be publicly opened and read at 10:00 a.m. on March 1, 2017 at the office of the County Engineer, Bureau County Highway Department, 595 Elm Place, Princeton IL 61356. Bids shall be submitted on forms furnished by the Bureau County Highway Department. Plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of the County Engineer, Bureau County Highway Department, 595 Elm

STATE OF ILLINOIS CIRCUIT COURT BUREAU COUNTY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF COURT DATE FOR REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE (ADULT) Request of: Parker Gavin Jackson 17-MR-7 There will be a court date on my Request to change my name from: Parker Gavin Jackson to the new name of: Parker Gavin Lindeland. The court date will be held: on 3/22/17 at 1:30 p.m. at 700 S. Main St., Princeton, Bureau County, in Courtroom #210. /s/Parker Jackson Published in the Bureau County Republican Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2017.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT BUREAU COUNTY, ILLINOIS THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Plaintiff, ) VS. ) $ 432,910.00 IN UNITED STATES CURRENCY, ) LARRY A. MORRIS, DARRY J. PRICE, ALL ) OWNERS, UNKNOWN OWNERS, CLAIM ) HOLDERS and/or INTEREST HOLDERS ) Defendants. ) 2017-MR-9 PUBLICATION NOTICE TO: Larry A. Morris, Darry J. Price, ALL OWNERS, UNKNOWN OWNERS, CLAIM HOLDERS AND/OR INTEREST HOLDERS The requisite affidavit for publication having been filed, notice is hereby given to, Larry A. Morris, Darry J. Price, all owners, unknown owners, claim holders and/or interest holders that a COMPLAINT FOR FORFEITURE has been filed by the Bureau County State’s Attorney Geno J. Caffarini filed on February 10, 2017 in Bureau County Circuit Court. The COMPLAINT FOR FORFEITURE seeks

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT BUREAU COUNTY, ILLINOIS CENTRAL BANK ILLINOIS, ) Plaintiff, ) vs. ) NATHAN S. HOFFMAN, JENNIFER ) A. HOFFMAN, UNKNOWN OWNERS ) AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, ) Defendants. ) No. 2017-CH-05 NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION NOTICE is hereby given to UNKNOWN TENANTS, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS of the complaint for foreclosure filed in the above-entitled cause on January 26, 2017, and that they are named defendants in the above-entitled cause, pursuant to the



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A win for WIN

Weekend photo gallery A Night at the Races

Women Inspired Network has promising giving circle meeting UTICA — On Jan. 29, August Hill Winery hosted the second meeting of the Women Inspired Network, a network of philanthropic women who focus on the issues, interests and concerns of women throughout Starved Rock Country. The event brought Kathi Davis, the program director of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, located in Bloomington, as the guest speaker. Davis’ experience and involvement with the Women to Women Giving Circle in Bloomington provided insight and knowledge about women’s giving collectives throughout the world. WIN, as Women Inspired Network is frequently abbreviated, was created by the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation in partnership with OSF Healthcare Foundation, I-80 Region. Giving circles such as Women to Women and the Women Inspired Network are generally created by community foundations to perpetuate and encourage collective community giving and related initiatives. OSF Healthcare has similar women’s organization throughout its communities. Pamela Beckett, president of the SRCCF, and Cherie Reynolds, director of philanthropy for OSF Healthcare Systems, I-80 Region, recognized the similar goals of their respective organizations and a partnership was born. The mission of WIN is to raise substantial dollars through collective giving, and to give

back to not-for-profit projects, programs and/or causes in LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties. Davis shared stories of her own philanthropic endeavors, discussing how the Women to Women Giving Circle came to be and how it has since evolved. What started with 105 founding members has since grown into a large group of empowered and socially active women who issued nearly $42,000 in grants in 2016, and more than $283,000 since its inception in 2011. Although WIN is new to Starved Rock Country, word is spreading quickly. In less than 90 days, more than 50 women have joined the ranks of membership, with 17 others making general donations as “Friends of WIN.” The first year goal is to secure 150 members, each making an annual donation of $200, to raise more than $30,000 collectively. Nominations for grant recipients are made by members, and grant funds will be distributed at the annual celebration of giving in November. The next WIN meeting will be held March 26 at August Hill Winery. August Hill Winery held the past event on a day and hour they would usually be closed in a show of support for this program. In addition, August Hill Winery pledged 5 percent of the proceeds resulting from product sales during the event to be donated to WIN. To learn more a about WIN and SRCCF, visit

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While it wasn’t the Kentucky Derby, event-goers at the Bureau Valley Sports Boosters Club annual A Night at the Races, held plenty of fun and excitement for all in attendance. The action-packed fundraiser was held Saturday at A Hundred Acres Orchard/The Cider Mill in Princeton.

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Governor announces more than $1 million in recreational trail grants Funding to improve trails in six Illinois counties

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced $1,019,200 in grant funding for multi-purpose recreational trail projects that will create or improve trails in six Illinois counties. Funding for the projects is supported by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program. “Our trails showcase all the beauty Illinois has to offer,” Rauner said. “Whether you’re enjoying them with family and friends or your pets, it’s a great opportunity to explore our state. These grants will improve access to our trails across Illinois.” The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants provide up to 80 percent of the cost of the trail projects. RTP grants may be awarded for the acquisition of land from willing sellers, for trail construction and rehabilitation, restoration of areas damaged by unauthorized trail uses, construction of trail-related support facilities such as picnic areas, parking and restrooms, and for educational programs. The grant program is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). “These grants will help create and

improve outdoor experiences for the people of Illinois. Getting people to enjoy everything the state, and the Department of Natural Resources has to offer, is why working partnerships like this with the Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are great,” said Wayne Rosenthal, director for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “We are pleased to partner with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in this important effort to improve trails in Illinois,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “We are confident these grants will enhance the quality of life in our communities and make Illinois an even better place to live, work and play.” The RTP grant awarded locally was in Geneseo, Henry County: The city of Geneseo will receive $116,000 in grant money for the construction 2.2 miles of bike lanes in Henry County. It will help with construction of 1.4 miles of bike lane augmented by a crossing signal, as well as .8 miles of bike boulevard connecting downtown Geneseo to the Hennepin Canal. Other counties receiving the grants are Saline, McHenry, Winnebago, Champaign and Tazewell counties.

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Chili and soup were on the menu for the Bureau County Open Door 4-H Club’s chili supper, held on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the area 4-H club.

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IN BRIEF Arts-on-the-Go headed to Chicago Symphony Arts-on-the-Go, a part of North Central Illinois Artworks, is hosting a trip to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 7, for a matinee performance. The orchestra will be performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony. The pieces will be conducted by Daniel Dutoit, who is a master in interpreting Russian music and conductor.

The cost for main floor seats and the bus, which leaves from Peru, is $118. The deadline for calls for reservations is Feb. 27, and payment no later than March 2. People may make reservations or receive additional information about the trip by calling Sue Johnson at 815223-1910.

Annual spaghetti dinner set for Feb. 23 HENNEPIN — The Hennepin Relay for Life team will

hold its annual spaghetti supper on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Hennepin Park District community room. Serving will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and will include spaghetti, salad, Italian bread with garlic butter and homemade desserts. Beverages will also be included with the dinner. Adults will be charged $8, children ages 5 to 12 will be charged $5, and preschool children eat for free. Carry-out meals will be available by calling 815-925-7319.

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There was no shortage of pancakes and sausage at the Walnut Fire Department’s pancake and sausage breakfast, held from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday. The event was held at the Walnut Fire Station, and firefighters made sure nobody went home hungry.

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Health department releases Soil fertility seminar is Feb. 28 inspection scores BY LYLE GANTHER

The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department makes routine and unannounced visits each month to various food service establishments in Bureau and Putnam counties to inspect the operations. Health inspectors use an identical scorecard at each facility, where they check for health code compliance in 45 areas. Each area carries a rating from one to five, with five being the most critical. Inspectors check the entire operations of the facility in 14 different categories, such as food protection, personnel, and garbage and refuse disposal. Beginning with a score of 100 points, the health inspector deducts one to five points for every violation. The final total is the facility’s inspection report score. A passing food inspection score is 65 or above. At 65, the Bureau/Putnam County ordinance allows the health department to close an establishment, but a score doesn’t have to be that low for the department to close it. It depends on the number of critical and non-critical violations and the type of violations. Certain combina-

tions can create a domino effect for food borne outbreaks. All inspection reports are a matter of public record and can be seen at the Bureau County Health Department in Princeton.

BUREAU COUNTY FOOD SERVICE EVALUATIONS Buda Casey’s General Store 98 Buda Bar 99


Casey’s General Store 94


Big Apple Restaurant 89 Coffee Cup 89 Mid American Oil Co. Princeton Gas 93 Princeton Plaza Restaurant 97 Road Ranger 89 Super Wok 88 Wendy’s 94 Wise Guys Inc. Bar & Grill 95 Ye Olde Underground Inn 94 Casey’s General Store 93

PUTNAM COUNTY FOOD SERVICE EVALUATIONS Granville Spring Valley Boat Club 95 Mark Coal Miner’s Cafe 92 All evaluations conducted Jan. 1 through Jan. 31


Pesticide safety education testing-only session set Advance registration is due Feb. 22 PRINCETON — University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit will offer a testing-only session and certification program for private pesticide applicators. Pre-registration is required. Certification is required to apply restricted use pesticides. The session is in cooperation with the Illinois

Department of Agriculture. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Extension office, 850 Thompson St. in Princeton. To register, call the Extension office at 815875-2878. Advance registration is due by Wednesday, Feb. 22. There is no charge for the testing. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when

registering. Private Applicator Manuals and workbooks can be purchased online or at local Extension offices. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. Questions may be directed to Daryle Wragge, ag program coordinator, by calling 309-364-2356.

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PRINCETON — Soil fertility, crop production practices and environmental stewardship will be the focus of the upcoming seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Extension will hold the program at Illinois Valley Community College from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Campus-based researchers will deliver their presentations to program participants live through web conferencing. Certified crop advisors in attendance can earn up to five hours (units) of nutrient management continuing education. “Those attending this seminar will learn about the most current nutrient management research and recommendations to both increase nutrient efficiency and decrease nutrient losses,” said Angie Peltier, educator with the Univer-

sity of Illinois Extension. Diverse presentations from university researchers range from “Are concerns about nitrogen loss justified?” to “Tile nitrate loss: Effect of fertilizer N application method and cover crops,” from “N and P retention as influenced by tillage and cover crops in a corn-soybean” to “Illinois NREC: What have we learned?” and “Increasing importance of sulfur for field crops.” Extension will hold the seminar at IVCC in Oglesby, Room CTC 124. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web conferencing. Lunch is included in the registration fee of $50, along with program materials. Advance registration is required by Tuesday, Feb. 21. Registration made be made online at: https://web.extension.


Perry Memorial lab receives accreditation PRINCETON — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Perry Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs. The hospital was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Perry Memorial Hospital Laboratory

is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management. For more information about PMH’s Laboratory services, call 815-876-4401.

First Time Homebuyer Seminar

Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:30pm to 9:00pm Bureau County Metro Center Shoemake Hall Refreshments Served Hosted by:

Wednesday, February 22nd

Hours: 4:30-6:00pm Serving Chili, Cornbread, Cookies

or by calling University of Illinois Extension - Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at 815-224-0889. If you need a reasonable accommodation, indicate when registering. Topics/speakers include: • Increasing importance of sulfur for field crops — John Sawyer, Iowa State University. • Illinois NREC: What have we learned? — Dr. Robert Hoeft, Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council. • Are Concerns About Nitrogen Loss Justified? — Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois. • Tile Nitrate Loss: Effect of fertilizer N application method and cover crops — Lowell Gentry, University of Illinois. • N and P retention as influenced by tillage and cover crops in a corn-soybean rotation — Maria Villamil, University of Illinois.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 • Bureau County Republican /

© 2017 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 33, No. 10

A Valentine your heart will treasure is a gift of action! Jump rope, dance, run, skip and play active sports and games. Anything to get your heart beating a bit faster for 20 minutes a day or so.

Show yourself the love by taking good care of yourself. Here are some little Valentine’s Day gifts to give yourself!

Every row and every column, plus the two diagonals will add up to same sum if you fill in the four missing numbers correctly. Standards Link: Math: Compute sums using addition.

Color in a heart every time you brush your teeth for the next week. Can you color in every heart? That would be a Valentine treat to keep your teeth strong and healthy!

How many hearts can you count in three minutes? How many of Cupid’s arrows can you find? Have a friend try. Who found the most of each?

Each night before you go to sleep, write down at least one happy thing that happened that day on a little slip of paper. Keep these slips of paper in a jar and read them whenever you are having a bad day.

Look for these things in your newspaper or its website: A headline with two adjectives A number larger than 1,000 A picture with an animal Something that makes you happy Something healthy A word with three syllables Tomorrow’s weather forecast

Fill in the missing vowels to complete these Valentines messages by these healthy foods.

Standards Link: Research: Use the newspaper to locate information.








Cut out five or more words from the headlines in today’s newspaper. Use these to write a funny Valentine message to your teacher! Then, make another one for a friend or family member.

Valentine Surprise

Make up a story about a Valentine’s Day surprise. Who was surprised? What was the surprise? Use five or more adjectives.

Thank you to the businesses listed below for sponsoring Kid Scoop & promoting literacy through our N.I.E. Program! Princeton Rotary Club New Members Welcome 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Princeton Elks Club

Bakery • Deli • Catering • Floral


125 Backbone Road East, Princeton, IL

Walnut Family HealtH Center

131 Jackson Street, Walnut, Illinois

(815) 379-2161

i’m lovin’ it™ 2139 N. Main St., Princeton, IL 800 W. Dakota St., Spring Valley, IL

State Bank of Cherry Member F.D.I.C

Cherry, IL 894-2345 or 1-800-447-9138

Bureau County Republican / • Wednesday, February 15, 2017





Auxiliary Acknowledges And Appreciates These *1 Large Star **2 Large Stars ***3 Large Stars ANNETTE SCHNABEL**; GINA CASTREY**; RALPH ROD*; Very Special Holiday KATHY & DAVE ENBOM*; JACKIE DAVIS**; CHARLES & PAM Contributions HANSON*; DON & GLORIA EKLUND*; STEVE ROAT, M.D.*; DR. ROBERT & CECELIA MESTAN**; DICK & RUTH HOBROCK*; Which Benefit PAULA DONNER*; DR. & MRS. BOONE BRACKETT*; P.J. HOERR, Hospital INC*; XCELL MECHANICAL SERVICES*; DR. & MRS. E. DORAN*; DR. TIM & ELIZABETH PRATT**; DEB KIRLEY*** Programs ❅ ❅ ❅ ❅ IN HONOR OF ❅ ❅ ❅ ❅ & Services



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