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Ballot question; money saver Council supports choice, not Settlement money to help repay change in form of government bonds early, save $3.8 million city’s form of government. While the commissioners fully support citizens’ right to vote on the issue, they don’t necessarily support the potential change. A mayor-appointed task force had recommended the ballot question. Commissioners Dennis Considine and Colleen Brechon said they opposed the change to establish a city manager.
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DIXON – The Dixon City Council might not support a switch to the city manager form of government, but it wants to give citizens that option. At a special meeting Wednesday, the council unanimously approved an ordinance to place a referendum on the November 2014 general election ballot so that voters can choose the
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DIXON – The city will save nearly $4 million under an agreement with Midland States Bank, which has agreed to allow an early payoff of three bonds. The bonds were issued in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and, under the bond arrangements, couldn’t be paid off any sooner than 2018, 2020 and 2021, respectively, Finance Director Paula Meyer said Wednesday.
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But after Meyer and Commissioner Dave Blackburn met a few weeks ago with Jeffrey Lovett, the bank’s regional market president, the bank agreed to let the city pay off the bonds now, saving about $3.87 million in interest. The bank had no obligation to allow the early payment, Meyer said, but the city approached the bank because officials believed taxpayers deserved to have the city try. SAVER CONTINUED ON A5
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With the newly painted south side water tower visible in the background, ComEd employees continue to work on towers and insulators in Dixon on Wednesday afternoon. The rains subsided Wednesday, but today’s forecasted high is only 47, with winds expected to reach up to 20 mph.
ILLINOIS | GAY MARRIAGE
Few civil unions so far in Sauk Valley Local lawmakers split on same-sex marriage BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525
Two years ago, the Illinois Legislature approved civil unions, which granted the rights of marriage – but not the right to marry – to straight and gay couples. Since that time, Whiteside and Lee counties have each recorded 10 civil unions. On Tuesday, the Illinois House passed a Senate bill to allow same-sex marriage, which Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign. The bill would take effect in June. Barb Schwamberger, founder of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Sauk Valley, was surprised with the number of civil unions in the Sauk Valley, saying she thought it would be higher. She said some gay couples in the area
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Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters Wednesday in Springfield. With the Legislature’s blessing, proponents of gay marriage in Illinois now turn to implementation. Quinn must sign the bill, but has until it takes effect July 1. have gone to other states to get married. Most people around here accept those relationships, she said, but some fear the
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consequences if they go public. “People are afraid. People can be hateful,” Schwamberger said. “Sometimes we’re not totally aware of that because it’s underground.” She knows a prominent couple in the community who are reluctant to reveal their relationship publicly. In the Legislature, local lawmakers voted along party lines. The two Democrats representing Whiteside County, Sen. Mike Jacobs of East Moline and Rep. Mike Smiddy of Hillsdale, supported the bill, while the two Dixon Republicans, Sen. Tim Bivins and Rep. Tom Demmer, voted against it. Demmer said his office received thousands of messages – in the form of emails, letters and phone calls – about the issue, most opposing gay marriage. The majority of messages came from inside his district, he said.
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ROCK FALLS – The embattled head of Coloma Township broke down in tears during an interview Wednesday and took the blame for the township’s financial reporting problems. “It’s all on me,” Supervisor Debra Burke said in an interview at her township office. This admission followed two Sauk Valley Media stories that reported the township’s failure to file reports with the state and in the newspaper. When the township finally got around to publishing reports, they included many wrong figures. On Tuesday, Burke, who has been supervisor since 1981, sent an email to township trustees blaming cemetery manager Mary Bowman for sending information to the newspaper about problems in the financial reports. BLAME CONTINUED ON A5
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â€œI want to thank the task force, with due respect, for everything theyâ€™ve done,â€? Considine said. â€œAnd I donâ€™t want anyone to misconstrue the fact that Iâ€™m voting to put this on the ballot, that Iâ€™m any way in favor of changing the form of the Dixon city government.â€? Brechon said she believed the city manager form of government gives too much control to a single person. â€œItâ€™s my strong belief in the voter process, which is why Iâ€™m willing to put my name behind this ordinance,â€? she said. â€œIâ€™m of the belief we need a [city] administrator but not a [city] manager. I think that too much control will be in the hand of one person, which weâ€™ve already had a bit of experience with. And I just donâ€™t like that idea anymore.â€? The governmental task force, which was appointed by Mayor Jim Burke and approved by the City
Council to determine the best form of government for Dixon, released its formal recommendation in August in a document copied to the mayor and each commissioner. The task force, which studied various forms of city government beginning in May, was established after the Rita Crundwell scandal. The task force recommended that the City Council let citizens decide which form of government was best by asking this question on the November 2014 ballot: â€œShall the city of Dixon adopt the managerial form of municipal government?â€? â€œI donâ€™t really have a firm position on it,â€? Burke said. â€œI really donâ€™t.â€? The mayor said heâ€™s â€œfine with however it goesâ€? and thinks Dixon residents will be taking a good, long look at both options during the next 12 months. He added that he thought it might be a good idea to have some presentations to inform residents about both options. Commissioner Jeff
Kuhn also said heâ€™s not sure where he stands on the decision, and wants to give David Nord a year to prove himself and to see how that role fits with the city government. Nord is expected to be hired by the City Council as Dixonâ€™s first city administrator during a special meeting Nov. 12. â€œI really think we need leadership up here â€“ be it a manager, be it an administrator,â€? Kuhn said. â€œRight now, weâ€™ve never had either. And we need to get some track record first. ... Itâ€™s just too early to make a call.â€? Nordâ€™s contract, which was placed on file Monday night, will be available for public review until Nov. 12, when the City Council is expected to hire him. He would start the job the next day. Commissioner Dave Blackburn said he doesnâ€™t think he needs to voice an opinion that might influence citizens. Instead, he said heâ€™ll â€œlay lowâ€? and vote on Election Day. â€œIâ€™m going to remain neutral on it,â€? he said.
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â€œI think the definition of marriage is between one woman and one man,â€? Demmer said. He said he and others would continue to work
to ensure that religious objections are respected. Bivins said he feared the Legislature would water down religious protections in the bill over time. As for consequences to the public, Bivins said,
they remain to be seen. â€œBefore you tear down the fence, youâ€™d better ask why it was put there in the first place,â€? he said. â€œThe majority [in the Legislature] redefined marriage, which hasnâ€™t been done in thousands of years.â€?
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GOP hopeful concedes point McKinley says his tax statement was misleading
Everyone involved agrees that Smiddy, a Hillsdale Democrat whose disMike trict includes Smiddy Whiteside County, has co-sponsored a bill that would put a constitutional amendment on next Novemberâ€™s ballot to allow a graduated income tax in Illinois. Under such a system, tax rates would rise progressively with higher incomes. Illinois is one of only a few states with a flat tax rate. In last weekâ€™s news release, McKinley referred to a study by the Illinois Policy Institute, a Chi-
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Last week, a Republican candidate for state representative accused Democratic incumbent Mike Smiddy of plotting to raise income taxes on 85 percent of Illinois families. Jeff McKinley, who plans to run in Marchâ€™s GOP primary, even issued a news release to that effect. On Tuesday, he stood by his release. A day later, however, he conceded it was misleading.
cago-based conservative think tank, which found that a graduated tax plan would raise Jeff rates on 85 McKinley percent of the stateâ€™s families. But Smiddy said he had never signed on to any specific plan for graduated tax rates. On Wednesday, McKinley acknowledged that fact, saying the 85 percent figure was misleading. â€œI will concede that he may not have a specific plan that he has publicly backed,â€? McKinley said. â€œIt defies common logic if they are not going to be ultimately in support of imposing a pretty sig-
nificant tax regime. This is not going to decrease taxes. The whole purpose is to increase revenue.â€? In this economic climate, he said, no one should pay more taxes. Another Republican candidate is Jim Wozniak. Both men are assistant stateâ€™s attorneys in Rock Island County. Wozniak said Tuesday he knew of no specific graduated tax plan that Smiddy supported. Smiddy said Wednesday that there would be enough time for debate next year when he knows who his opponent is. The race in the 71st District might be one of only a few that are competitive next year.
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ROCK FALLS â€“ A Rock Falls man was in serious condition in a Rockford hospital on Wednesday after being injured in a Tuesday car crash on the west side of Sterling. Michael Locey, 59, was driving west on West LeFevre Road just before 2 p.m Tuesday when Theodore K. Lamm, 73, driving south on Lynn Boulevard failed to stop at the intersection, hitting
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U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. (center), Gov. Pat Quinn and Thomson Mayor Jerry â€œDukeâ€? Hebeler (right) announce the sale of the Thomson Correctional Center to the U.S. government for $165 million during a news conference Oct. 22, 2012, outside the Thomson Village Hall. Durbin spoke about the Thomson prison during a Senate committee meeting Wednesday. to run it. It had been looking for a buyer for years. The federal government bought it last fall. The prison is expected to bring 1,100 jobs and $200 million in annual economic impact to the area.
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the board found NIU couldnâ€™t fire him because then-Police Chief Donald Grady wrote Ramakrishnan up for the same conduct. Grady was fired in February in connection with the rape case. In court records, NIU asserts the reprimand was a sham concocted by Ramakrishnan and Grady. The Daily Chronicle reports NIU alleges
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Loceyâ€™s car and pushing it into a tree at the corner of the intersection, police said. Sterling Police Officer Jake Reul said that before police arrived, a passerby used a fire extinguisher on Lammâ€™s car when he saw smoke. Locey was taken to CGH Medical Center before being transported to OSF Saint Anthony Hospital in Rockford. Lamm was issued a ticket for failure to yield at a stop sign. Both cars were towed from the scene.
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DIXON â€“ The condition of a pedestrian struck by a car Tuesday on Galena Avenue was not available Wednesday because the man was in surgery. Frederick Rogers, 42, of Dixon, was walking east across Galena near Family Video just before 6 p.m. Tuesday when he was hit
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WASHINGTON â€“ Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., spoke about the Thomson prison during a Senate committee meeting Wednesday. â€œThe opening of Thomson prison is going to create good-paying jobs for people living in Iowa and my home state of Illinois,â€? Durbin said. â€œIt is going to lessen the overcrowding in the prison system and provide critical beds that are necessary for the protection of the men and women who work so hard for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.â€? Charles Samuels, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, told the committee that his agency is â€œlooking forward to be able to fully activate the Thomson facility,â€? which is in Carroll County along the Mississippi River. He said the bureau desperately needs the prison beds because of overcrowding at high-security facilities. The state built the 1,600-cell, maximum-security prison a decade ago, then decided it couldnâ€™t afford
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OBITUARIES Marilyn Miller-Smith PROPHETSTOWN â€“ Marilyn Miller-Smith, 78, of 5260 Bishop Road, Prophetstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at her home. Marilyn was born June 29, 1935, in Geneseo, the daughter of Ernest Samuel and Leora Mabel (Klobes) Miller. She was educated at Geneseo grade schools, and was a 1953 graduate of Geneseo High School. She married Leon R. Franck on Feb. 14, 1956, in Geneseo. She married Wayne P. Smith on April 2, 1983, in Woodridge. He preceded her in death Nov. 4, 2001. Marilyn worked in the floral business for more than 40 years, most recently at Lacyâ€™s Amazing Vase Too in Prophetstown. She was a member of Prophetstown United Methodist Church, and served in various volunteer roles for the churchâ€™s ministry. Survivors include one daughter, Sherilyn (Tim) Murphy of Minooka; one son, Scott (Lisa) Franck of Houston; one stepdaughter, Susan (Shawn) Foltz of Prophetstown; two stepsons, Dan Smith of Media, Pa., and Tim Smith of Tiffin, Iowa;
14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Quell of East Peoria; one brother, Kenneth Miller, and one sister-in-law, Lora Lea Miller, both of Geneseo; and her friend and companion, Loren Huizenga of Prophetstown. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne Smith; one son, Kevin Franck; one grandson, A.J. Serpas; and three brothers, Ronald Miller and two in infancy. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, 320 Lafayette St., Prophetstown. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Prophetstown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Cheri Stewart, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. Memorials have been established to Patâ€™s Table, Prophetstown United Methodist Church, and the University of Iowa Hospital Cancer Research Department. Visit www.bosmagibson.com to send condolences.
Derald D. â€˜Derryâ€™ Beer STERLING â€“ Derald D. â€œDerryâ€? Beer, 80, of Sterling, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was a sales representative for General Electric in Morrison for 25 years, retiring in 1993. Derald was born Aug. 20, 1933, in Roanoke, the son of Roy and Rose (Aeschleman) Beer. He married Marjorie Radtke on Nov. 25, 1989, in Madison, Wis. Derry was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, where he was ordained as an elder and deacon. He also was a member of Sterling American Legion Post 296 and a former member of Rock River Country Club. He volunteered extensively in the community. Derry will be greatly missed by his Wednesday afternoon golf group. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, daughter, Rebekah (Mark) Hermes, and son, Jeffrey (Stacey) Beer, all of Sterling;
stepdaughter, Kathleen (Greg Gaie) Knutson of Homewood; two brothers, John (Jody) Beer of Waterford, Wis., and Richard (Lynn) Beer of Canton, Ga.; and six grandchildren, Kaitlin Hermes Booker, Ryan Hermes, Kyle Beer, Kaden Beer, Malcolm Knutson-Gaie, and Dexter Knutson-Gaie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Gerald Beer. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Christina Berry, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. A memorial has been established to First Presbyterian Church and the cardiac unit at CGH Medical Center. Visit www.schillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
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Stephen B. Saathoff DIXON â€“ Stephen Bernard Saathoff, 67, of Dixon, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at his home. He was the president of Franklin Grove Bank, a position he held for 38 years before retiring in July 2013. Stephen was born May 27, 1946, in Chatsworth, the son of Bernard Frederick and Josephine (Durkes) Saathoff. He graduated from Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth in 1964, and graduated from Millikin University in Decatur in 1968. Steve was the platoon leader of the 2nd Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He served in the Central Highlands in South Vietnam and was the recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart during combat operations in Vietnam. He married Mildred â€œMillieâ€? Maly on July 24, 1971, in Clarendon Hills. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dixon, SAE
DIXON â€“ Sandra L. Foster, 70, of Dixon, died TuesJanice E. day, Nov. 5, 2013, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls is handling MILLEDGEVILLE â€“ Janarrangements. ice Eileen Boelkens, 67, of Milledgeville, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, with her husband at her side, at Eagle Point Nursing A Division of World Granite Inc. Home in Clinton, Iowa. She worked at Goodwill in Sterling, and was a caregiver and companion for many residents in the Carroll County area. She was born Oct. 5, 1946, in Morrison, the daughter of Edward E. and Marian G. (VanderEide) Newendyke. She married Donald J. Boelkens on March 7, 1969, in Fulton. 1220 S. Galena Ave., Dixon Jan was a former member For a limited time only. 815-288-3350 of First Reformed Church in Fulton and a member of Faith Reformed Church FUNERAL SERVICES FOR THE WEEK in Lanark. Survivors include her Todayâ€™s visitations: &IRST "APTIST #HURCH IN $IXON Saturday visitations: LING AM AT (ARVEST 4IME husband; two brothers, Charles W. Adams OF 4AMDerald D. â€œDerryâ€? Beer OF Virginia W. Fenwick OF "IBLE #HURCH IN 2OCK &ALLS PICO AM AT 3T -ARY 3TERLING PM AT 3CHILLING +EWANEE TO AM AT Marilyn Miller-Smith OF Elwyn (Iola) Newendyke #ATHOLIC #HURCH IN 4AMPICO &UNERAL (OME IN 3TERLING 2UX &UNERAL (OME IN +EWANEE 0ROPHETSTOWN AM AT of New Boston, Mo., and Peggy A. Anders OF 0OLO Gerald L. â€œDocâ€? Mance OF Dorothy M. Moews OF 0ROPH- 0ROPHETSTOWN 5NITED -ETHODIST LaVerne Newendyke of PM AT 3T -ARK ,UTHERAN -ORRISON PM FOLLOWED BY ETSTOWN NOON TO PM AT &IRST #HURCH #HURCH IN 0OLO A -ASONIC SERVICE AT "OSMA ,UTHERAN #HURCH IN 0ROPHETVirginia W. Fenwick OF Morrison; three sistersTodayâ€™s funerals: 2ENKES &UNERAL (OME IN -ORSTOWN +EWANEE AM AT 2UX &UNERin-law, Joyce (Randy) Charles W. Adams OF 4AMRISON Walfred E. â€œWallyâ€? Berg AL (OME IN +EWANEE Stenback of German PICO AM -ASS AT 3T -ARY Marilyn Miller-Smith OF FORMERLY OF -ORRISON TO Dorothy M. Moews OF #ATHOLIC #HURCH IN 4AMPICO 0ROPHETSTOWN PM AT PM AT "OSMA 2ENKES &UNERAL 0ROPHETSTOWN PM AT &IRST Valley, Janet Winters of Peggy A. Anders OF 0OLO "OSMA 'IBSON &UNERAL (OME IN (OME IN -ORRISON ,UTHERAN #HURCH IN 0ROPHETMilledgeville, and Jane PM AT 3T -ARK ,UTHERAN 0ROPHETSTOWN Saturday funerals: STOWN #HURCH IN 0OLO Friday funerals: Derald D. â€œDerryâ€? Beer OF Walfred E. â€œWallyâ€? Berg (Dana) Miller of Mount Friday visitations: Clarence A. â€œSonnyâ€? Sea3TERLING AM AT &IRST 0RESBY- FORMERLY OF -ORRISON PM AT Carroll; three brothersClarence A. â€œSonnyâ€? Seagren Jr. OF $IXON AM AT TERIAN #HURCH IN 3TERLING "OSMA 2ENKES &UNERAL (OME IN in-law, Delbert (Dorogren Jr. OF $IXON AM AT &IRST "APTIST #HURCH IN $IXON Sandra S. Schrader OF 3TER-ORRISON
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Fraternal Organization, American Legion Post 497 of Franklin Grove, Franklin Grove Farming Heritage, Masonic Friendship Lodge No. 7, and the Union League Club in Chicago. Survivors include his wife of Dixon; one daughter, Becky Saathoff; one son, Stephen Benjamin (Christine) Saathoff; and two grandchildren, Courtney and Tyler Saathoff. Steve will continue to live in the hearts of those who loved him. A memorial visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday at PrestonSchilling Funeral Home in Dixon. A service to celebrate Steveâ€™s life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Dixon. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Dixon Food Pantry or the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome. com to send condolences.
Boelkens thy) Boelkens of Forreston, David (Jan) Boelkens of Lanark, and Stanley Boelkens of Milledgeville; two aunts, Evelyn (Floyd) Perkins and Jessie VanderEide; one uncle, Carl (Wilma) VanderEide; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Clarence and Bertha Boelkens. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, with the Rev. Herb Bollman, pastor of Faith Reformed Church in Lanark, officiating. Interment will be at Cottonwood Cemetery in Morrison. Memorials have been established to Faith Reformed Church in Lanark and Unity Christian Schools in Fulton. Visit www.bosmarenkes.com to send condolences.
Irene S. Broderick Walfred E. â€˜Wallyâ€™ Berg MORRISON â€“ Walfred E. â€œWallyâ€? Berg, 77, of Mercy Living Center South in Clinton, Iowa, formerly of Morrison, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the center. He was a locomotive engineer for the former Chicago and Northwestern Railroad for 31 years. Wally was born March 5, 1936, in Oak Park, the son of Ernest W. and Mildred F.(Wittrock) Berg. He married Jean Gilman on Nov. 23, 1958, in Rockford. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Douglas Berg of Weatherford, Texas, and Kenneth Berg
of Clinton; and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday and the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at BosmaRenkes Funeral Home in Morrison, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls, officiating. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Clinton. A memorial has been established to Harvest Time Bible Church. Visit www.bosmarenkes. com to send condolences.
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Dorothy M. Moews PROPHETSTOWN â€“ Dorothy M. Moews, 92, of Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the center. She worked alongside her husband at Moews Electric in Prophetstown. Dorothy was born March 12, 1921, in Delavan, the daughter of Elmer and Frances (Curtis) Varney. She married Howard R. Moews on Dec. 15, 1942, in Yorktown. He preceded her in death March 25, 1985. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown. Survivors include one son, Douglas (Peggy) Moews of Brookfield, Wis.; one daughter, Sandra (Kelly) Little of Champaign;
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In an interview Wednesday morning, Burke said she felt “betrayed” by Bowman and agreed everything in the township is public information. Last week, she told Sauk Valley Media that she had hoped to get financial reports to the state comptroller by Oct. 31. Asked about that Wednesday, Burke started shaking and then broke down into tears while sitting at a table in the township meeting room. Two employees worked nearby. Burke said the recent news coverage had humiliated her, so she went away for a few days, which is why she didn’t submit the reports last week. “I’m trying to be accurate,” said Burke, who also is Coloma’s treasurer. “I’m not good at math.” Statewide, Burke has been recognized for her expertise in providing general assistance to the poor, which is one of the major functions of townships. She has taught classes on the subject.
Burke upset with cemetery manager Last month, Sauk Valley Media reported that Coloma was the only government entity in Whiteside County that hadn’t turned in its financial report to the state comptroller. Of the 21 other townships, all but one are smaller. In 2012, Whiteside County withheld more than $400,000 in property tax revenue from Colo-
ma because the township hadn’t published its financial statements in the newspaper. In a recent interview, Burke said the problems happened, in part, because she had been dealing with health problems, including three major surgeries. On Tuesday, though, the supervisor sent an email to the township’s trustees, Peggy McFadden, Gene Jacoby and Mary Ann Richardson, lashing out at Bowman, the cemetery manager. She accused Bowman of sending Sauk Valley Media a copy of Coloma’s last four financial statements, which had been published in the newspaper. Bowman acknowledged she had, saying she had the right to do so. Bowman said she had long been concerned with the township’s finances because she found wrong numbers in the reports. Those annual statements have included the same numbers for some expense and revenue line items year after year. Burke admitted last month the statements contained errors.
In Wednesday’s interview, Burke said she wrote the email because she wanted the trustees “to know what I know.” Asked whether it was wrong for Bowman to speak with others about township problems, Burke would say only that she felt betrayed. Trustee McFadden described the finances as a mess. “We need to start over,” she said. “After we get things in order, then we should go back and check all the other stuff. Right now, we don’t know what the numbers are.” Trustees Jacoby and Richardson couldn’t be reached for comment. Jacoby has been a trustee for more than 35 years. As for her future with the township, Bowman doubted Burke would fire her. And if Burke did, Bowman said, “I would find out what my rights are.”
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Lovett knew what the city was going to ask before he ever sat down with Meyer and Blackburn. “When I read the newspapers and saw the settlement, I assumed they were discussing ways to rebuild some captial and reduce the debt,” Lovett said. Instead of holding to the original agreement, or negotiating, Lovett said he agreed to let the city pay off the bonds, and that it was an “easy decision,” adding that Midland States Bank is a community bank and wants to be a part of the Dixon community in the good times and the bad. Sauk Valley Bank also had about $1 million of the bond amount and also agreed to let the city pay it back early, Lovett said. The city will pay off the bonds with funds received in a lawsuit settlement in the matter of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell, Meyer said. Crundwell is serving a term of nearly 20 years in federal prison for stealing more than $53 million from the city over two decades. The balance on the bonds at the end of October was $12,316,000, Meyer said, adding that the total repayment would have been $16,184,610.
Meyer and Blackburn didn’t expect the bank to agree to an early payoff, but were hoping for a chance to negotiate, Meyer said. The agreement was, in a sense, a gift to the city, Lovett said, adding that not only does the bank have offices in Dixon, but employees who live in the city. Paying off that external debt was a “must,” Meyer had said when talking about use of $40 million the city will receive from the settlement. On Monday, the Dixon City Council approved the allocation of $8,678,083 – of the $14 million the city has received so far – to pay interfund loans, which is money it had borrowed from its own operating funds. The city should receive the remainder of the $40 million by Thanksgiving and have proceeds from the sale of Crundwell’s property by the end of the year, Meyer said Monday. If Midland hadn’t agreed to the early payoff, Meyer said, she had another plan to save the city some money. Meyer had planned to put about $14.5 million from the settlement in U.S. Treasury bonds, an investment she expected would have yielded more than $1.6 million. The agreement with Midland States Bank will allow the city to save more than twice what Meyer had hoped to realize from the investment.
Trustees: Finances a mess In an interview, Bowman said she told township officials about the problems she had seen in the finances. She said she was particularly concerned with the cemetery’s perpetuity account, which must be kept intact for the cemetery’s future maintenance. Bowman became manager in 1993 and was kept on when the township took over the cemetery in 2005.
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Right-to-work query prompts artful dodging Three GOPâ€™ers wonâ€™t tell their views on issue
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Comparison invites questions Candidate thinks GOP intimidated by the Madigans Republican attorney general candidate Paul Schimpf last week gave a brief talk at a luncheon sponsored by the Sangamon County Republican Network. Schimpf, a former lawyer in the Marine Corps, had this to say about the formidable challenge of taking on Democratic incumbent Attorney General Lisa Madigan. â€œOnce youâ€™ve helped out with the prosecution of Saddam Hussein, the proverbial ace of spades, the Madigan family just doesnâ€™t look quite so intimidating,â€? he said. Yikes. A statement like that sort of invites follow-up questions from the news media, including one asking whether the comment was a little over the top. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s over the top,â€? Schimpf said. â€œI think the Republican Party is intimidated by the Madigan family. Iâ€™m not suggesting the Madigan family is corrupt.
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Iâ€™m not demonizing Lisa Madigan.â€? Schimpf was also asked whether he was comparing the Madigan family to the notorious Iraqi dictator. â€œI donâ€™t think Iâ€™m comparing them to Saddam Paul Hussein,â€? Schimpf he said. Candidate â€œThe Madifor the gans have Republican the Illinois nomination for Illinois Republiattorney can Party general buffaloed. Iâ€™ve dealt with weightier matters than a statewide election in Illinois.â€? Just to be clear, Schimpf did not prosecute Hussein himself. That was left up to the Iraqis. However, he said he did advise the prosecution team on strategy and other tech-
niques for effectively pressing their case. He said he also rehearsed the prosecutors on presentation prior to key moments in the trial.
"USY WEBSITE A while ago, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka launched a website called The Ledger that contains a bunch of financial information about state government. She said the site has had 2.5 million hits since it was launched in March. Care to guess what part of the site has proved most popular? Topinka said itâ€™s the part that lists public worker salaries. â€œIt has been viewed on every continent except Antarctica. And weâ€™re working on penguins just to see if we can get that in order to make it universal,â€? Topinka said on the widespread popularity of The Ledger website.
!LL IN GOOD FUN There was a story out of Virginia last week about the Virginia Executive Mansion. Apparently a tradition there is for an outgoing governor to play a trick â€“ in good fun, of course â€“ on the incom-
Schimpf was also asked whether he was comparing the Madigan family to the notorious Iraqi dictator.
ing governor, according to a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It quoted Gov. Bob McDonnell, who said that when he moved into the mansion, cell phones would start ringing in the middle of the night. It turned out his predecessor, Timothy Kaine, had hidden some phones in the walls and other locations in the mansion. It took people a couple of days to track down the phones and determine they were Kaineâ€™s parting trick. Kaineâ€™s predecessor, the story said, left a cardboard cutout of himself in the shower as his trick. You may ask whether Illinois has a similar tradition. We donâ€™t know, because no one seems to live in the Executive Mansion anymore.
THE READERâ€™S VOICE
Letters need to ease up on abortion issue SHARON McLANE Grand Detour
I speak for myself and other readers who agree with Richard Geigerâ€™s letter [â€œLetter writer would impose views on others,â€? The Readerâ€™s Voice, Oct. 29] expressing a view many of us share regarding Mr. Beckerâ€™s continual efforts to â€œimpose his own religious beliefs on everyone else.â€? Great letter, on all points, Mr. Geiger. I apologize to friends
and family who agree with Mr. Beckerâ€™s opinion on abortion. My wish is only that this sensitive subject not be brought up time and again in letters to the editor. It serves only to create ill feelings in those of us who happen to â€œbelieveâ€? differently. We try not to impose our opinions on you as consistently as Mr. Beckerâ€™s opinion appears before us. I want to reference a letter I wrote 4 years ago on July 14, 2009. Since then, I have stayed silent â€“ but my opinion remains unchanged. â€œI wish that people would stop telling us
how we should feel about abortion. I wish the Telegraph could refuse to publish any opinion on this controversial subject. I am tired of hearing about it, reading about it, having it appear in the letters constantly as if this is something readers are interested in reading over and over again. We arenâ€™t. There will always be two sides to the question. And, most assuredly, the answer will not be found in any letters to the editor. â€œMy belief in humanity assures me that no one is pro-abortion. But, honestly, Iâ€™m not interested in how anyone else feels. I have an opinion of my
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What do you think? Do you agree with this letter? Do you disagree with this letter? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com own that Iâ€™m perfectly capable of forming all by myself. I wish others of you would keep your opinions to yourself. But, I understand that this is America, and our Constitution uniquely guarantees us the freedom of speech to denounce freedom of choice.â€?
SPRINGFIELD â€“ Usually, professional politicians view taking a position on an issue as a means to getting elected â€“ not a reason to get elected. In other words, they ask themselves, â€œWhat can I say â€“ or not say â€“ to please enough voters to win an election?â€? But what they ought to be asking themselves is, â€œWhat are my core beliefs, and how can I persuade voters of the rightness of my cause?â€? Thatâ€™s why so often our elected officials end up being followers rather than leaders. Itâ€™s one of the most annoying things about Springfield: the politician with the wetted finger in the air trying to discern which way the political winds are blowing. In such cases, voters find themselves not voting for a set of principles but for a candidate who is nothing more than an amalgamation of political calculations. But whatâ€™s even sadder is that politicians often refuse to take a stand on an issue. For example, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin have enacted forms of so-called right-to-work laws in recent years, and Missouri and Kentucky are considering moves in that direction. And Iowa, the Land of Lincolnâ€™s only other neighbor, has had one for many years. Essentially, a right-towork law prevents people from being forced to join or pay money to a union as a condition of their employment. Without such a law, workers can be forced to financially support a union they may not agree with â€“ such is the case for many workers in Illinois. It is possible Illinois will become an island of forced unionism in a sea of right-to-work states. If that happens, there will be enormous economic consequences â€“ not the least of which is that employers looking to expand may choose our neighbors over us. SO, ALONG WITH MY colleagues at Illinois News Network, I contacted each of the Illinois gubernatorial hopefuls and asked how they stood on this issue. Yes, I realize that such legislation would flounder in the current Illinois General Assembly. But legislative bodies change over time, and with the proper leadership, lawmakers can be persuaded to vote differently. Also, voters deserve to know not just what a candidate says he will do â€“ but what he believes. After all, political envi-
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scottREEDER Scott Reeder is a reporter in residence for the Illinois Policy Institute. Contact him at sreeder@ illinoispolicy. org.
ronments change, and a bill that would never pass now may stand a fighting chance down the road. If a candidate has stated a position early on, he can say, â€œThe voters knew this when they elected me, and I have a mandate for change when the opportunity presents itself.â€? FOR THE RECORD, Gov. Pat Quinn opposes rightto-work laws. GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner supports the concept of allowing individual Illinois counties and municipalities to vote on whether they want to keep the status quo or adopt a local State Sen. right-toBill Brady work ordiRBloomington nance. But the â€œThe reality three other is that the Democrats Republicans arenâ€™t likely running for to allow governor anythingâ€? on right-to-work, w o u l d n â€™ t Brady said. commit to a position. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard all said the political reality in Illinois is such that it would be impossible to pass a right-to-work law in Illinois. But thereâ€™s value still in asking questions like these, because they help shed light on a politicianâ€™s values and opinions. Where candidates stand on an issue such as right to work is important to know â€“ after all, it has the potential to be one of the most important economic issues facing the state. Answers like the one given by Brady are not helpful. The state Senator from Bloomington says the reality is that the Democrats control the General Assembly, and therefore right-to-work laws are irrelevant. He told me I was wasting his breath to pursue the questioning. â€œThe reality is that the Democrats arenâ€™t likely to allow anything,â€? he said. Therefore, he said, his campaign â€œis not focusedâ€? on the issue. But, donâ€™t voters deserve to be fully informed about how he and the other candidates stand before they enter voting booths? Instead, we have politicians dodging questions. Voters deserve better. Note to readers: Scott Reederâ€™s column is underwritten by the Illinois Policy Institute.
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Trans Infinity Orchestra set to play ART EXHIBITS Through Nov. 26 Heflin work on display DIXON â€“ Tom Heflin, internationally known artist, will have a one-man show at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St. Shades of Grey, local artistsâ€™ group works at TNPS Shades of Grey 9, the next regular gallery show at The Next Picture Show, is open at the gallery, 113 W. First St. Call 815-285-4924 or visit www.thenextpictureshow.org for more information. The Rock River Valley Painters Group (RRVPG) are showing the work of their members at TNPS in the Lower Gallery through Nov. 26. Member artists Barb Lundeen, Cindy Winterfield, Jan Harvey, Ellen Ebert and Dan LeTourneau will participate. Jane Lee is showing her work through Nov. 15 on the front wall. Bob Balayti is showing his willow creations in the gallery. Art at the Loveland DIXON â€“ The art collection at the Loveland Community House and Museum, 513 W. Second St., and its many other exhibits are available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Guided group tours can be scheduled by contacting Steve Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-2842741. Go to lovelandcommunityhouse.org for a virtual tour of the museum, and for more information.
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IXON â€“ Trans Infinity Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. The group will present â€œNight of Trans Siberian Orchestra, a classic holiday rock experience.â€? â€œWe really wanted to bring a show for the whole family to the Historic Dixon Theatre to help kick off the holiday season in downtown Dixon,â€? Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street, said in a news release. The performance is sponsored by Sauk Valley Bank and is part of the Shop Small Saturday weekend. This concert is crafted with seasonal anecdotes and classic and modern holiday musi-
BANDS AND BARS Get listed! Are you in a band that would like to be listed in Plan!t Sauk Valleyâ€™s free entertainment calendar? Are you a bar that offers live entertainment? Send an email with the bandâ€™s name, booking number and website or Facebook page, and gig or event schedule, or the barâ€™s event schedule, to Lucas Pauley at firstname.lastname@example.org. At Champs STERLING â€“ The Funnies will play Friday and Saturday night at the bar, 216 Locust St. For more information, call 815626-6003. Upcoming: Nov. 15, Scarletta; Nov. 16, Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son; Nov. 21, Corey Cox; Nov. 22, David Shelby; Nov. 27, The Cal Stage Band; Nov. 29, Trippin Molly; and Nov. 30 Brushville (formerly known as Brushfire). At Long Shot Bar & Grill ROCK FALLS â€“ Kizmaz will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at the bar, 3312 W. Rock Falls Road. There will be a Zombie Dance fundraiser for Rock Falls Boosters on Saturday. Upcoming: Nov. 15, Dirt Road Rockers; Nov 16, 3 1/2 Men; Nov 22, Richard Dean Johnson; Nov. 23, Whit Locked and Loaded ; Nov. 27, The Funnies; Nov. 29, Chuck Murphy; and Nov. 30, The Cal Stage Band. At Lambâ€™s Tap ROCK FALLS â€“ Justin Street will play from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday at the bar, 215 W. Second St. Upcoming: Nov. 15, Kill Bill Eâ€™s; Nov. 16, Remembering Alice; Nov. 22, Rout 37; and Nov. 23, Old Dogs New Chick. Saturday Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers STERLING â€“ Country gentlemen Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers play from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wagon Wheel, 1711 W. Fourth St. Go to www.rhythmramblers.com to learn more about the band. Upcoming gigs: Nov. 23 at the American Legion in Rock Falls, Nov. 16 and Dec. 28 at the Sterling Moose, and Dec. 21 at the Wagon Wheel in Sterling.
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Saturday Concert at local church ROCK FALLS â€“ Local musicians will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. during a concert at First Open BIble Church, 2105 E. Route 30. An offering will be accepted. Joni Haag, Jerry Dittmar, New Vocal Blend, and others will perform. Call the church at 815-6251957 for more information. Sunday Second performance in Rockford ROCKFORD â€“ The Rockford Symphony Orchestra will present its second performance of the 2013-2014 season, â€œMusic that Ignites Your Passion,â€? at 7:30 p.m. at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. Ticket prices range from $20 to $58. Student tickets are $7. Tickets for this concert are available at www.rockfordsymphony.com or by calling the Rockford Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 815-965-0049. Nov. 15 Blues and Bluegrass FRANKLIN GROVE â€“ If itâ€™s the third Friday of the month, itâ€™s Blues and Bluegrass night at the H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St. Open stage acoustic gospel, folk, country, blues and bluegrass will be performed, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the historic building. Go to www.franklingroveil.org for more information. Dec. 6 First Fridays in Oregon OREGON â€“ First Fridays Open Stage Music Show returns to the Oregon VFW. Each musician or band performs for 15 minutes. Instruments are all acoustic and a professional sound system is provided. The music is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above. Admission is a donation. All musicians and spectators are welcome. Call 815-973-0942 for more information. Upcoming: Jan. 3 Dec. 6-7 Madrigal singers to perform OREGON â€“ The Oregon High
Trans Infinity Orchestra will take the stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. Go to www.anightoftso.com for more information on the band. cal favorites. Trans Infinity Orchestra has played to soldout shows throughout the Chicagoland the past few years.
School Madrigals will perform at their annual Madrigal Dinner, with dinner starting at 6 p.m. both nights at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, 1834 S. state Route 2. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include performances for the madrigal singers, skits and more. Cost to attend is $15 and includes dinner. To reserve a seat, email email@example.com or call 815732-6241, ext. 1205. Dec. 14 Holiday with the symphony CLINTON, Iowa â€“ The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its popular Holiday Concert, featuring Clintonâ€™s RiverChor as guests, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, at Clinton High Schoolâ€™s Vernon Cook Theater, 817 Eighth Ave. S. Symphony season tickets are $60 for adults, and $15 for students through college; individual tickets are $15 and $5; students through eighth grade are admitted free. Tickets are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummertâ€™s Hardware in Sterling about 2 weeks before each concert, online and at the door. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information. March 8 Symphony offers student solo, ballet STERLING â€“ The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its annual Young Artist concert, featuring an area high school musician in a solo spot accompanied by the orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. March 8 in Sterling High Schoolâ€™s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave. The program will include dancers from the Gateway Contemporary Ballet in two famous story pieces from the orchestral literature, Prokofievâ€™s â€œPeter and the Wolf,â€? and Saint-Saensâ€™ â€œCarnival of the Animals.â€? It will close with â€œSymphony No. 2â€? by Borodin. All students through college will be admitted free to this concert. Otherwise, tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students through college; students through the eighth grade are admitted free. They are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummertâ€™s Hardware in Sterling about 2 weeks before each concert, online and at the door. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Treinâ€™s, Venierâ€™s, Sauk Valley Bank, and www.
Also available this year is a bus ride to Centennial, with boarding points in Clinton, Fulton and Morrison. Call 563-243-5958 for prices and to make a reservation. April 5 Last concert of season CLINTON, Iowa â€“ The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its last concert of the regular season, at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Clinton High School, 817 Eighth Ave. S. The concert marks the celebration of the orchestraâ€™s 60th season, and will feature the festive â€œSymphony No. 4â€? by Tchaikovsky. Supporting pieces for the performance are the tone poem overture â€œOthelloâ€? by Dvorak, and â€œThe Enchanted Lakeâ€? by Russian composer Anatoli Lyadov. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students through college; students through the eighth grade are admitted free of charge. They are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummertâ€™s Hardware in Sterling about 2 weeks before each concert, online and at the door. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information. June 8 Free pops concert in Clinton CLINTON. Iowa â€“ The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its annual free pops concert at 6:30 p.m. in Riverview Park. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information.
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will be raffled. Proceeds will support the parish, Meals On Wheels, Dixon Community Food Pantry, Giannaâ€™s House, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Newman Center. Call Josie Whaley, 815-2847197, to donate items or for more information.
DOWNTOWN EVENTS Saturday Second Saturdays in Dixon DIXON â€“ Second Saturdays Art Happenings, featuring art, music and other cultural events, returns to various venues, mostly from 6 to 8 p.m. downtown, between First and Second streets and Peoria and Galena avenues. Go to www.Second-Saturdays. com or find the event on Facebook for a complete schedule and more details. Nov. 21-24 Hometown Holidays returns in Rock Falls ROCK FALLS â€“ The Rock Falls Chamber presents Hometown Holidays, featuring events for the whole family. Holiday Bingo will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the American Legion, 712 Fourth Ave. 10 packs of cards for regular games will be available for
$10. Cards also will be available for special and jackpot games. The Love Light Ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Names of loved ones will be read during the lighting of the Love Light Christmas Tree. The Christmas Walk will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. The downtown will be filled with fun for the family, including performances by the Sauk Valley Barbershop Chorus and Woodlawn Arts Academy. There will be wagon and fire truck rides offered. Go to www.rockfallschamber. com for more information on all events. Nov. 22 Fourth Fridays in Sterling STERLING â€“ Fourth Fridays: Where People and Art Collide brings art and music to a variety of downtown venues. Most events are from 6 to 8 p.m., although many places have musicians performing into the night. Walking maps with a complete list of venues and events, and more information, are available at www.fourthfridayspac.com or at any participating venue, or call Sterling Main Street at 815626-8610, email fourthFridaysPAC@gmail.com or find it on Facebook.
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WHATâ€™S GOING ON DOWNTOWN EVENTS Nov. 30 Christmas parade in P-town PROPHETSTOWN â€“ The Prophetstown Main Street organization is seeking entries for its 28th annual lighted Christmas parade. The lighted parade will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30. With a new date and time, the parade committee is hoping to give Thanksgiving holiday visitors the chance to participate or experience the parade. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories, including large and small floats, tractors, cars, horses and walking. Events leading up to the parade include a visit with Santa from 2 to 4 p.m. at the fire station, 210 Washington St., along with a chili supper sponsored by the Prophetstown Masonic Lodge that begins at 4:30 p.m. Also, the lighting of the Love Light Tree takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Eclipse Square. Local businesses will have extended hours for holiday shopping and strolling musicians and goodies will be available on Main Street prior to the parade. Special guest judges for the parade this year are meteorologists Eric Maitland and Greg Dutra and reporter Amber Oâ€™Brien from KWQC-TV 6. The trio will be available at a meet-and-greet session beginning at 6 p.m. Go to www.prophetstownil. com for parade entries and other information, or find Prophetstown Main Street on Facebook.
FALL FUN Terror year round Ravenâ€™s Grin Inn MOUNT CARROLL â€“ Part performance art, part art gallery, the home of Jim Warfield at 411 N. Carroll St. offers a year-round haunted house that displays his artwork â€“ and his twisted sense of humor. Check out the website before taking the young kids. Ravenâ€™s Grin is open from 7 p.m. to midnight daily, and also from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $13. Find it on Facebook, go to www.hauntedravensgrin.com or call 815-244-4746 for more information.
FARMERS MARKETS In Sterling STERLING â€“ The Twin City Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon
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Saturday, year round, in the historic Twin City Produce Building, 106 Ave. A. Find the market on Facebook, go to twincityfarmersmarket.com, or call 815-499-7268 for a list of vendors, upcoming events and more information.
Tuesday and Wednesday At the R&R ROCK FALLS â€“ The R&R Lounge, 219 W. Second St., offers karaoke from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Find the bar on Facebook or call 815-625-9095 for more information.
Comfort Food returns to town for an evening of melody and song from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov 16 at Books on First, 202 W. First Ave. country, blues, and, of course, original compositions. Rich is a singer/songwriter deeply rooted in the local Chicago folk scene. He serves up a hearty portion of downto-earth music and storytelling. A product of the â€™70s In Rock Falls ROCK FALLS â€“ The Rock Falls Farmers Market, Fourth Avenue and West Second Street, offers a variety of vendors plying their produce, crafts and other wares, from 7 a.m. to noon or so Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
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PHILADELPHIA â€“ Jimmy Fallon is a thankful guy. His Friday night â€œthankyou notesâ€? are a staple of NBCâ€™s â€œLate Night with Jimmy Fallon,â€? but the gratitudeâ€™s more than a running gag. On a recent pass through Philadelphia, where the NBC â€œLate Nightâ€? host schmoozed everyone from anchors to advertisers at NBC10 (WCAU-TV) before stopping to pick up lunch, he took to Twitter to tell the cityâ€™s official account, @ PhiladelphiaGov, â€œYouâ€™ve got a great city. Thank you for the Roots!â€? That would be the â€œLate Nightâ€? Philly-born house band, whose members are now in their fifth season as Fallonâ€™s musical (and comedic) co-stars.
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â€œNo one else can put their band in sketches and have them score,â€? Fallon told me in Jimmy an interview Fallon at NBC10. â€œTheyâ€™re talented, talented people. When I first hired them, they were a band, a great band. Now, theyâ€™re friends. Theyâ€™re family.â€? The Roots, as youâ€™ve probably heard, will be moving with Fallon to 11:35 p.m. ET, when he takes over â€œThe Tonight Showâ€? from Jay Leno on Feb. 17. â€œThat was the first question I asked. â€˜Has anyone talked to The Roots about this? Are they down?â€™â€? Fallon said. â€œTheyâ€™re so excited. Dealâ€™s done, contractâ€™s signed, theyâ€™re all cool.â€?
Fallon recently turned 39 and has had a couple of major life changes in recent months, but it was the arrival of his and wife, Nancyâ€™s, new daughter, Winnie, born in July with the help of a gestational carrier, that â€œwas the big emotional moment for me,â€? he said. â€œBecause weâ€™ve been trying for a long time, my wife and I,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s not easy to have children, clearly, for some men and women. So we struggled for about five years, trying every single thing. And itâ€™s just draining and youâ€™ve just got to keep your hopes up.â€? Asked which was most likely to keep him awake â€“ the prospect of â€œTonightâ€? or his new daughter â€“ Fallon quipped, â€œThank God for sleeping pills.â€?
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IXON â€“ The folk duo Comfort Food returns to town for an evening of melody and song from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at Books on First, 202 W. First Ave. Two musical sets are planned. The first set will include songs of Illinois singer/songwriter John Prine, in celebration of his October birthday. The second set will include Comfort Food favorites with new story songs. Three weeks after they met, Rich and Vicki Ingle performed together for the first time in Sandwich at the Village Square open mic. That night, Comfort Food was born. They spent the following years practicing, writing songs and performing together. The groupâ€™s self-titled album â€œComfort Foodâ€? was released in 2010. They are working on a new release. Vicki has been active in the music scene in Illinois since the early 1980s. Vicki sings, writes, and plays guitar, fiddle or bass on music that spans a variety of styles, including bluegrass, folk,
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THEATER Friday-Sunday â€˜Willy Wonka Kidsâ€™ on stage STERLING - Woodlawn Arts Academy is set to present its fall theatre production, Roald Dahlâ€™s â€œWilly Wonka Kids.â€? The show runs at 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday in the J. Mark Beaty Performance Center at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road. Tickets are $5 each. The show features local students in the second through fifth grades. â€œWilly Wonka Kidsâ€? is directed by Faith Morrison, with music direction by Anne Whalen and stage direction by Ashley Frye. Friday-Sunday and Nov. 15-17 Play in Mount Morris MOUNT MORRIS â€“ Tickets are on sale now for â€œItâ€™s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,â€? being performed
Friday through Sunday and on Nov. 15 to 17 at Pinecrest Grove Theatre, at Evergreen Lane and South McKendrie Avenue. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15, and 16, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17. Tickets cost $12 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission. To order tickets, visit performingartsguild.com and click on tickets, or call 815734-2103 for more information. Nov. 22 Movie premiere at Egyptian DeKALB â€“ After bringing Hollywood and Midwest talent together on their latest feature film â€œThe Formula,â€? three University of Iowa graduates are holding a red carpet premiere event at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. The premiere is part of the Iowa graduatesâ€™ Backrow Studiosâ€™ College Premiere Tour. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and are on sale at www.egyptiantheatre.org, the Egyptian Theatre box office or by calling 815-758-1225. Nov. 29 Holiday skits, songs on tap HANOVER â€“ Back Street Players, in conjunction with Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition, will present â€œTales of the Yuletide,â€? a lighthearted collection of holiday skits and songs, at 7:30 p.m. at Orangeville with the Mighty Richland Players at Masonic Hall, 203 High St. The show also will be offered at 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Reservations are preferred for this dessert theater show. Tickets are $20 and available through the Monroe Arts Center by calling 608-325-5700. The show continues the following weekend with Plum River Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at Metcalf Hall on the Campbell Center Campus in Mount Carroll. Advance tickets are $10, available through Stockton Banking Center, at 815-947-2000, or The National Bank, Mount Carroll Branch, at 815-244-2265. Tickets will be available at the door for $12. Closing performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Back Street Players, Hanover Township Hall, 111 Monroe St. Reservations are required by calling Apple River State Bank 815- 591-2201. Tickets for this dessert theater are $12.
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Veterans Day Lawmakers approve tax breaks honors are for Still no pension deal as all who served fall session nears end ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE
SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday advanced tax breaks worth millions of dollars for Archer Daniels Midland Company and the newly merged OfficeMax and Office Depot, but they were set to end their fall session without taking action on an issue that could be a roadblock for those deals: the stateâ€™s $100 billion pension shortfall. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he wonâ€™t consider â€“ much less sign â€“ any corporate incentives until legislators put a bill on his desk that addresses the unfunded pension liability, which is the worst of any state. House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday no agreement is coming this week, and he hopes lawmakers will be able to return to Springfield before the end of the year to pass â€œmeaningfulâ€? reform. But any pension agreement will need the backing of a majority of both
Illinois Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, argues tax incentive legislation while on the House floor during veto session Wednesday in Springfield. the House and Senate â€“ support that has been elusive for years, and continues to be tough to drum up. â€œWere in some very difficult, challenging negotiations, and getting everybody on the same page is proving to just be way more difficult than I would have liked or I would have anticipated,â€? said Rep.
Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat and Madiganâ€™s point person in the House on pensions. The tax incentives add some new urgency to the discussion. Naperville-based OfficeMax and Florida-based Office Depot completed their merger Friday, and the new company â€“ which is using the name Office Depot Inc. â€“ is debating between Illinois and Florida for its corporate headquarters, interim co-CEO Ravi Saligram told a Senate committee. He said the new board of directors already is comparing the two sites and a decision could come quickly. â€œI think now time is of the essence,â€? Saligram said. The incentive package would give Office Depot up to $53 million in tax breaks over 15 years. Saligram said the company has 2,050 employees in Naperville. If its headquarters is there it would add another 200 jobs and make capital investments of $150 million.
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Dear Abby: Veterans Day is next week, and I hope youâ€™ll address something I have encountered over the years. I am a Navy veteran who served four years as a Seabee. I was one of the first women to be assigned to a combat unit, and I am proud of my service. However, I dread it when Veterans Day rolls around. Why do people assume that because Iâ€™m a woman I am not a veteran? Two years ago, when I went into a restaurant that serves veterans a free meal, the man in front of me was asked if he wanted a veteransâ€™ menu. He declined. The hostess did not ask me if I needed one; I had to request it. Later in the meal, the manager went to each of the tables speaking to the veterans, but skipped mine. Today, many women serve, and it should not be a stretch that some veterans are female. Would you comment, Abby? â€“ Overlooked in Lexington, Ky. Dear Overlooked: Gladly. I can understand why you were offended. However, I hope you realize that what happened occurred because of these peopleâ€™s ignorance, and it wasnâ€™t personal. While our armed forces have always been predominantly male, women have officially been part of our military only since World War II. Many veterans wear hats or other items that identify what branch of the service they were in. To prevent this oversight from happening to you again, wear an insignia next Monday, which is Veterans Day. If you do, it will draw attention to the fact
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that many women serve in the military, which might be helpful to other female veterans. Thank you for your service to our country. Dear Abby: My wife and I are having a disagreement about texting. She insisted that you can text anyone anytime â€“ day or night. I feel you shouldnâ€™t text after a time when you wouldnâ€™t CALL someone. Cellphones are set to ring when texts come in just as landlines do. I say if you donâ€™t need an immediate response, send an email. What is proper etiquette regarding when people should send texts? â€“ Polite in Katy, Texas Dear Polite: I donâ€™t think there are hard-andfast rules of etiquette regarding texting â€“ yet. But common sense would suggest that if people suspect they â€œmightâ€? disturb someone by texting, then they should refrain. Of course, recipients who donâ€™t wish to be interrupted can put their cellphones on silent or turn them off. If the texts youâ€™re arguing about are intruding on time the two of you should be concentrating on each other, I see no reason why they shouldnâ€™t be responded to the next day.
SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Friday, Nov. 8 Childhood immunization clinic; Women, Infants and Children clinic; and Family Planning Services, all by appointment only, Suite 100, Lee County Health $EPARTMENT 3 'ALENA !VE Dixon, 815-284-3371. CAFE (Coffee and Friends Etc.) bereavement support group, AM 3ERENITY Hospice & Home, 1658 S. state Route 2, Oregon. Call 815-732 BEFORE PM 4HURSDAY )F no one calls, the meeting will be canceled. Hearing tests, AM (UB City Senior Center, 401 Cherry !VE 2OCHELLE BY appointment. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, AM /LIVERS #ORNER -ARKET . "RINTON !VE $IXON Bingo, AM ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON
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OPEN PM OPEN PM OPEN CANDLELIGHT 3 (ENNEPIN !VE $IXON Sauk Valley Group Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, back DOOR &IRST !VE 2OCK &ALLS Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First #HRISTIAN #HURCH &IFTH !VE 2OCK &ALLS $OWNstairs, west door. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 &IFTH 3T /REGON Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, CLOSED PM CLOSED PM closed; 10 p.m., open, candleLIGHT "AZAAR !MERICANA 7 Third St., Sterling. Mercy Nursing free blood pressure clinics, NOON p.m., County Market, 1380 N. 'ALENA !VE $IXON Medicare information class, PM 7HITESIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 .INTH 3T 3TERLING 2EGISTRATION
Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 PM OPEN PM !L !NON )MMANUEL ,UTHERAN #HURCH 53 2OUTE !MBOY Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, Rochelle CommuNITY (OSPITAL . 3ECOND 3T Reformers Unanimous addiction abstinence program, p.m., First Baptist Church, 24 N. -ASON !VE !MBOY 2682. Alcoholics Anonymous, p.m., closed, First Congregational Church, 218 E. Third St., Prophetstown. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 PM CLOSED #HURCH OF 'OD S. Clay St., Mount Carroll. Saturday, Nov. 9 Alcoholics Anonymous, a.m., closed, Big Book, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Chi-
CAGO !VE $AVIS *UNCTION Alcoholics Anonymous, AM OPEN WOMENS NOON OPEN PM OPEN 3 (ENNEPIN !VE $IXON Alcoholics Anonymous, AM OPEN TRADITION PM closed; 7 p.m., closed (5), Bazaar !MERICANA 7 4HIRD 3T Sterling. FHN Memorial Hospital flu shot clinic, AM NOON 3ULLIVANS &OODS #HICAGO !VE 3AVANNA Alcoholics Anonymous, AM 3T !NNES 'RADE 3CHOOL . *ONES !VE !MBOY 857-2315. Parkinsonâ€™s Support Group, 10 a.m., Board Room, Mercy South Medical Center, 638 S. "LUFF "LVD #LINTON )OWA 243-5585. Womenâ€™s Alcoholics Anonymous, AM PM closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling.
Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.NOON 7ALMART &IRST !VE Rock Falls. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First #HRISTIAN #HURCH &IFTH !VE 2OCK &ALLS $OWNstairs, west door. Sauk Valley Group Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, open, back DOOR &IRST !VE 2OCK &ALLS Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, PM 3AVE ! ,OT &IRST !VE Rock Falls. Sauk Computer User Group, PM 7HITESIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 .INTH 3T Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 PM CLOSED 6ILLAGE OF 0ROGRESS 710 S. 13th St., Oregon.
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Shop the Country Store for gifts Pick up decorating Chairperson: Pat McLeod Baked Goods Chairperson: Chris Byar he grand opening for the Country Store, sponsored by Sterling Federal Bank, will be Sunday, November 17 at Noon. Our doors will be open from Sunday, November 17 through Sunday, November 24, in the little red building at the Woodlawn Arts Complex. Signs directing you to the parking and entrance to the store will be posted. Shop the Country Store for your Christmas celebration needs including gifts, decorations, and homemade baked goods. The Country Store will be laden with all the necessities to make your Christmas preparations a breeze. We will be ready to help you find that spe-
Country Store Hours Sunday, Nov. 17 .OON TO PM Monday through Tuesday, Nov. 18-19 AM PM Wednesday, Nov. 20 AM PM Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 21-23 AM PM Sunday, Nov. 24 .OON TO PM cial something for all of those on your Christmas list: grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, family, that special teacher, neighbors, and friends. The Country Store will have a wide variety of Christmas dĂŠcor including decorated wreaths and miniature trees. We will have snowmen, Christmas signs, word signs, decorative plates, angels, ornaments, tree skirts, decorative pillows, decorated chairs, high-
chairs, rockers, sleds, benches and so much more. Let us help you with your holiday baking too. Churches and organizations from all over the area will be making cookies, quick breads, candies, brownies, rice krispie treats, chex mix, and puppy chow for the Country Store. Treats will be packaged in small containers, as well as, the ever popular cookie trays. Be sure to stock
up on homemade baked goods for your holiday table and freezer. The Country Store is created by the generous communities of the Rock River Valley who recognize the need and significance of the services provided by Hospice of the Rock River Valley. People donate their time, money, hand-crafted items, and baked goods that make up the Country Store. These generous volunteers make the Country Store a reality and a significant fundraiser for Hospice. Supplemental funding provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. So be sure to come and shop at the Country Store for all your Christmas needs from Sunday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 24, in the little red building on the Woodlawn Arts complex.
tips at the Designs and Desserts Show Hospice of the Rock River Valley presents the Holiday Designs and Desserts Show with Jim Behrens. Jim is an accomplished floral designer who will offer holiday decorating tips during this special program. The Holiday Designs and Desserts Show is a perfect opportunity to learn a few holiday decorating hints from a professional and at the same time is a great way to learn about new holiday decorating trends. Jimâ€™s shows are always fun and full of inspiration which will have you wanting to make your home holiday ready as soon as possible! If you have not attend-
ed this show in the past, mark your calendars for Nov. 20 and call your friends. This is a great way to get some professional decorating tips while having fun at the same time. The Holiday Designs and Desserts Show will be from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 20 at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling. Limited table seating is available for this special event and advance ticket purchases are highly recommended. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Hospice of the Rock River Valley, Behrens Blumen Stuff in Rock Falls, and the Sauk Valley and Dixon Area Chambers of Commerce.
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Trees will decorate Woodlawn Chairperson: Kim Ewoldsen
7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, and Monday, Nov. 18. This year our Winter Wonderland is sponsored by ospice of the Rock River Arthur’s Garden Deli and the CGH Valley’s 24th Annual Festival of Trees event returns to Caring Fund. Once the trees are in place and Woodlawn’s performance Woodlawn Arts Academy’s J. Mark center is turned into a beautiful Beaty Performance Center Nov. holiday forest, visitors can come 19-24. This great event has become a throughout the week to bid on their local holiday favorite and features a favorite trees in hopes of making it number of local artists, organizations part of your holiday trimming. Trees and kids decorating trees. Many of must be paid for at the close of the the trees showcase the festival theme silent auction at 3 p.m. on Sunday, of Celebrate the Wonder; however, Nov. 24. Buyers have the option of others will feature their own theme having their tree delivered directly selected by the decorators. Some of to their home or place of business this year’s themes include Go Green, on Monday, Nov. 25, or Tuesday, Country Cozy Christmas, Duck Nov. 26, just in time for ThanksgivDynasty, Elf on a Shelf and True Grit. ing! Delivery services are donated Everyone is welcome to come by Shipperts’ Moving & Storage of watch decorators build this year’s Dixon. We would like to especially thank Christmas forest from noon to
those individuals and companies sponsoring and decorating this year’s trees. Tree sponsors include CGH Medical Center. Tree decorators include CGH Medical Center Dispatch and Whiteside County Dispatch, Bobbi Adams and Yolanda Moreno with support from the Main Street Wine Club, Barb Hinrichs, Genesee Hillbillies 4-H Club, Green Acres Healthcare and Rehab Center LLC, The String-Alongs, Republic Services, Woodlawn Arts Academy Dance Classes, CGH Medical Center Ambulatory Services Department, Penny Bright – Golden Key Gifts, Leanne Marinangeli – Mertes & Mertes, PC, the Sterling Public Library, Da’cia Hutchison, Selmi’s, Heather Dunkel and the Sterling Kiwanis Club.
Themed Friendship Trees make wonderful gifts Chairpersons: Barb Young and Yolanda Moreno The Friendship Tree decorators continue to dazzle us each year with their unique ideas in decorating these small 2-foot and 3-foot trees. Decorators are local businesses, organiza-
tions, or individuals who donate their time and talent to transform these trees from Charlie Brown trees into whimsical beauties. We could not accomplish this event without their dedication and support of Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Their inspiration may
be to honor a loved one by dedicating a tree in their memory or in support of a special cause. Many of these trees have special themes, which makes them a hit with both the young and old at heart, because no two are alike. Their size makes them the perfect
gift or holiday decoration for a tabletop or mantel. The Friendship Trees are part of the silent auction where anyone can bid on them throughout the week from Nov.19-24. Past years have shown that the bidding frenzy really starts on Sunday
afternoon where bidders watch carefully to make sure they aren’t outbid for their favorite tree. So come see the Friendship Tree display and find that perfect one for someone special in your family or someplace special in your home.
Tree of Memories honors loved ones Set the perfect holiday table Chairpersons: Sarah Cebula and Nina Setchell Hospice of the Rock River Valley is committed to an idea that has become an annual tradition. We recognize that the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. They are also a time of reflection. Loved ones can be honored and remembered during the Holiday season with our Tree of Memories. The Tree of Memories, sponsored by Northern Illinois Cancer Treat-
ment Center, is a wonderful way to keep the memory of a loved one alive throughout the holiday season. This year you have the opportunity to purchase a ceramic ornament in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Each ornament placed on the tree reflects caring and loving memories. The name of your loved one will be placed on the ornament and display next to the Tree of Memories during the Festival of Trees to be held Nov. 19-24 at
Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling. Ornaments are $10 each. Also, ornaments may be purchased to give as gifts. Ornaments will be available at the information desk during the Festival of Trees at Woodlawn Arts Academy. They may also be purchased at the hospice office. To have a loved one honored/remembered, visit Woodlawn Arts Academy for the 24th Annual Festival of Trees, or call Hospice of the Rock River Valley at 815-288-3673.
Chairpersons: Jodi Woessner and Kathy Hinrichs Need an idea or two on how to set that perfect holiday or party table? Often, we get wrapped up in the busyness of our schedules and the holidays and we don’t always sit down together as a family. We hope our tables inspire that feeling during this holiday season time. The designers of the Table Settings for the Festival of Trees enjoy gathering items, some all year long, that they use
to create these beautiful tables. The tables feature place settings, drink ware, flatware, tablecloths and centerpieces and will be available for bid all week. A sincere thank you to our decorators: Kathy Hinrichs, Jodi Woessner, Candi and Michelle Parks, Nancy Hill, Yolie Moreno, Kathy Rick, Pat Anderson, and Laura Fitzgerald, Apron Strings Antiques. We appreciate your generosity and assistance in making this event possible.
Wreaths the perfect decoration Chairperson: Christy Zepezauer The Avenue of Wreaths are back by popular demand at this year’s Festival of Trees. Each wreath is decorated with love and will be ready for you to purchase and take home. They are the perfect way to decorate any space without taking up a lot of room. Each wreath will have a different theme and color scheme sure to blend perfectly with your personality and space. Wreaths are also a great way to welcome friends and family into your home or business. With a variety of themes, you are guaranteed to find that unique wreath that will be a conversation piece for years to come! Wreaths will range in price from $30 to $100, and while shopping The Avenue of Wreaths for that perfect gift, please remember your purchase benefits the patients and families of Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Those decorating for the Avenue of Wreaths this year are Christy Zepezauer, Brandi, Nicki and Alex Schuldt, Rebecca Ryan, Rita Kerley, Mary Smoot, Nicki Scheidegger, Jamie Lee, Nicole Allison, Yolie Moreno and The Hayes Family.
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