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FORRESTON Journal November 7, 2013 Volume 151, Number 28 - $1.00
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Pamela Leeâ€™s Soy Pod
was dedicated on Nov. 2 By Vinde Wells Editor
Walking through soybean fields as a youngster gave artist Pamela Lee the idea for â€œSoy Pod,â€? the ninth addition to the Community Art Legacyâ€™s series of 10 sculptures. â€œI got my inspiration for â€˜Soy Podâ€™ from living in the community and having my father take me into farm fields,â€? she said Nov. 2 at the unveiling and dedication of her sculpture on the Oregon Public Libraryâ€™s lot west of the Oregon Post Office. She grew up on the rural edges of Chicago suburbs and said now she often observes the soybeans growing in the field outside the windows of her home in Grayslake. The bronze sculpture is a large open soybean pod with farm animals emerging from the beans inside. The Community Arts Legacy (CAL) was founded nearly a decade ago with the goal of erecting 10 new sculptures in the Oregon area in 10 years. Artists were then invited to enter sculptures in an annual contest at the Art Festival
sponsored each June by The Fields Project. The overall theme of the festival and contest is the blending of art and agriculture, both part of Ogle Countyâ€™s heritage. â€œSoy Podâ€? was selected as the winner of the contest for 2013. Jeff Adams, owner of inBronze Foundry, Mt. Morris, where the statue was cast, said he was pleased that Leeâ€™s submission was chosen. â€œPamela has been in the contests for three years, and she has had dynamite pieces all three years,â€? he said. â€œI was really glad one of Pamelaâ€™s was finally number one instead of number two.â€? CAL member Doug Wean told the crowd of approximately 30 people who gathered for the dedication that the goal of 10 statues is near. â€œMy friends, we are almost there,â€? he said. He stressed the importance of art to the community. â€œI believe art is not what you see but what you allow others to see,â€? Wean said. Library board president Scott Stephens said library officials are pleased to be
chosen as the recipients of a second CAL statue. â€œWe are honored to be chosen,â€? Stephens said. â€œWe feel the location here is great place for a future library. Right now itâ€™s a great place for a statue.â€? The fourth CAL sculpture â€œThe Bountiful Benchâ€? by Christina Murphy, the 2008 contest winner, is located on the libraryâ€™s front lawn. The first sculpture, â€œFrom the Waters Comes My Bountyâ€? by Ray Kobald, was placed at Kiwanis Park in 2005. It was later relocated across the Rock River to Oregon Park East. Other CAL sculptures are: 2006 â€œAgriculture, Mother of Civilizationâ€? by David Seagraves at the Ogle County Judicial Center, 2007 â€œCornballâ€? by Howard Russo at the Oregon Coliseum, 2009 â€œSolar Reefâ€? by Andrew Langoussis at Oregon Park West, 2010 â€œMaking Hayâ€? by Daniel Ingebrightson at Stillman Bank, Oregon, 2011 Harvest Hunter by Matthew Village of Forreston employee Mike Gaston tightens up the bolts on a new street sign Donovan at Nash Recreation Nov. 1. New signs were installed throughout the village to meet state standards for Center, 2012 â€œWorking the reflectivity and the size of the lettering. Photo by Vinde Wells Landâ€? by Robert Pulley at the Oregon Park Districtâ€™s Community Garden.
Decorated veteran was laid to rest at Arlington By Vinde Wells Editor
An Oregon veteran, decorated for his bravery while serving in Vietnam, was laid to rest last summer at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Philip F. Hart, who earned a Silver Star, was buried with full military honors Aug. 12 at a ceremony attended by his family and friends. Hart, 66, died unexpectedly from heart complications on Jan. 7 this year. His service record qualified him for burial at Arlington. â€œStanding at his gravesite (#3971 in section 55), as you look across the Potomac River Sculptor Pamela Lee talks about her piece â€œSoy Podâ€? that was dedicated Nov. 2 near towards Washington D.C., the Washington Monument the Oregon Post Office. Photo by Vinde Wells is directly in your view,â€? said his wife Myrna, who attended
Mysterious American Flag has disappeared from Oregon dam By Vinde Wells Editor The American flag that waved in the breeze on the Rock River dam in Oregon for the last two months has disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared. Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan said Tuesday that he noticed the flag was gone approximately a week ago, but has no idea how or where it went. â€œIâ€™m not sure if it got knocked loose or if someone made their way out there,â€? he said. The flag mysteriously appeared in late August, on
a pole securely fixed near the center of the dam. DeHaan said he still has received no tips on who put it there or how. He said that with all the mostly positive attention it has received, he is surprised no one has come forward. At the time it appeared, both DeHaan and Oregon Fire Chief Don Heller stressed the danger of getting too near the dam for any reason. â€œI wouldnâ€™t encourage it,â€? DeHaan said then. â€œDoing anything around the dam is dangerous.â€? The Oregon dam has been the site of several accidental drownings over the years.
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Reyes Perez, 37, Chicago, drowned July 4, 2012 when he waded off a small island just below the dam. His body was recovered the following day. Fifteen-year-old Damiam Folwarkow, Chicago, got too near the dam while fishing at Oregon Park East on July 29, 2007 and was swept under the water by the strong current. He also drowned. Samir Zukanovic, 29, Chicago, drowned Aug. 13, 2006 when he was fishing from the east bank of the river just below the dam and tried to wade to an island. The current also knocked him down.
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the ceremony with their two sons Adam and Ryan. Myrna said the family had visited Arlington many times over the years and it seemed like the appropriate place for her husband to be buried. â€œItâ€™s been a special place for our family,â€? she said. â€œNo other place felt right.â€? Army chaplain Captain Matt Madison presided over the graveside service. He spoke of Hartâ€™s gallantry in action during the Vietnam War, his 32-year teaching career, his family, and his travel adventures. A gun salute, flag folding ceremony, and military bugler playing â€œTapsâ€? were distinctive parts of the military ceremony. Friends, neighbors, and former colleagues attended from the local area were also
in attendance. Two dozen family members from various locales were present as well. Hart served as an infantryman in Vietnam with Delta Company 2/8 of the First Cavalry Division in 1967 and 1968. During his tour of duty he was awarded the Silver Star for valor displayed on the battlefield as a Private First Class. Myrna said he enlisted rather than waiting to be drafted, partly because it meant a shorter stint in the Army. â€œHe also felt very strongly about serving his country,â€? she said. Hart earned his Silver Star for gallantry in action on Sept. 16, 1967. His commendation Turn to A2
Army Chaplain Matt Madison presents a folded American flag to Myrna Hart Aug. 12 at Arlington National Cemetery. Seated with her a her sons, Adam and Ryan and his wife, Elizabeth. Photo courtesy of Myrna Hart
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Hart was a decorated veteran From A1 reads: â€œPrivate First Class Hart distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 16 September 1967, while serving as a squad leader with company D, and Battalion (Airborne), 8th Cavalry Division during a search and destroy mission near Bong Son, Republic of Vietnam. â€œWhile making a search of a village, Private First Class Hart observed an enemy soldier moving toward a bunker. â€œDisregarding his own safety, he apprehended the enemy soldier. Spotting several more hostile soldiers, Private First Class Hart quickly engaged and killed them. â€œAt this time a hand
grenade was thrown at Private First Class Hart and he was forced to take cover. â€œAfter the grenade exploded, he again engaged the enemy soldiers and successfully repelled them. â€œHe then moved forward to assist his wounded comrades to a secure location. â€œHis courageous action contributed greatly to the successful completion of his unitâ€™s mission. Private First Class Hartâ€™s gallant action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.â€? His company commander retired Major General Edison E. Sholes called Hart â€œone of the bravest, finest American warriors I ever served with in
35 years active and 10 years as a civilian operative in five conflicts.â€? Sholes comments came from a letter he sent to be read at Hartâ€™s funeral services in Oregon last January. â€œI trained and served with guerrilla forces in Vietnam and we had to fight at night. Phil picked up the techniques and together with his courage, he was a natural,â€? Sholesâ€™ letter said, â€œHe and his five men and dog team took on a VC (Viet Cong) platoon which had slipped through an ambush of two U.S. rifle companies. â€œI sent Phil to check it out and he took them on. When he ran out of bullets, his men said he took them on with hand to hand. â€œThis action set the
standard for all other patrols and gave others confidence. He later ran into a NVA (North Vietnam Army) heavy weapons company. He had only his patrol. â€œHe lost two men but brought them all back. I loved that soldier â€” he was a great American!â€? When Hart returned to the U.S., he trained soldiers for combat as a Staff Sergeant. After his discharge from the Army, he and Myrna were married and both taught in the Oregon School District. Hart taught history for 32 years at Etnyre Middle School. A plaque in Hartâ€™s honor, purchased by his colleagues, was recently installed at Oregon Park West.
Maxsonâ€™s Restaurant closed Oct. 31 By Vinde Wells Editor The
Phil Hart wears his dress uniform in his photo taken gone and the lights are while he was on active duty. Photo courtesy of Myrna shut off at one of Oregonâ€™s Hart landmark restaurants, but
the situation may not be permanent. After serving lunch Oct. 31, Maxsonâ€™s Riverside Restaurant closed its doors. The restaurant, which includes the Pride Forreston Grade School. of Oregon Riverboat, had Many vendors and crafters been in business for more will be there with items for than 60 years under four sale. owners.
Christmas event will be held on Nov. 16 The third annual PTO Christmas Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
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