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WEEKEND ENTERPRISE | MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
Are helmet laws needed? Four of five recent fatalities caused, at least in part, by head trauma The most recent death, that of 21-year-old Brandon Kiro, happened on Oct. 8 in Sterling. Police say that Kiro was riding east on East Lynn Boulevard shortly after 10:30 p.m. when he lost control of his motorcycle, which skidded across the road before coming to a rest in the westbound lanes. His preliminary cause of death, according to the Winnebago County coroner’s office, was multiple head trauma.
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STERLING – Since September, two people have died in motorcycle crashes in the Sauk Valley. For the year, according to preliminary numbers from the Illinois State Police, there have been five deaths. None of the victims were wearing helmets, and four of the five deaths were caused, at least in part, by head trauma.
In September, 21-year-old Bryan Schrimpf was killed when a car hit him on East Lincolnway in Sterling. Police say he was heading east on Lincolnway when a westbound Toyota Prius made a left turn in front of his motorcycle. He was taken by ambulance to CGH Medical Center, then flown to OSF St. Anthony in Rockford, where he later died. HELMET CONTINUED ON A4
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Helmets can protect the heads of motorcyclists from the trauma of accidents and from other dangers they face on the road. But should they be required by law? That’s up for debate.
WEEKEND FEATURE| TWIN CITY FIRE COMMAND
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Region avoids the worst of slump BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525
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For a little longer than one month, Gary Cook has been chief of the new Twin City Joint Fire Command of departments in Sterling and Rock Falls. He had been the interim chief in Sterling for 3 years. “Most of the changes have been developing for many years,” Cook said.
Chief says administrative consolidation going smoothly BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 570
STERLING – Gary Cook started as a Rock Falls firefighter 34 years ago. But as chief of the new Twin City Joint Fire Command, he says now is the most interesting time of his career. A little over one month into the consolidation of the
administrative functions of fire departments in Sterling and Rock Falls, the chief says this historic time for the cities has brought some great challenges, but even greater rewards. “Maybe my biggest challenge personally is that if there are problems, there’s no one to point at but yourself,” the Milledgeville
native said. While there are more meetings and paperwork on the administrative side, he says, everything is flowing well and fire service is the best it has been since he started. Three stations serve the two communities, and each side covers the other when it’s busy. “Whoever is logistically
closer, that unit gets the call – it doesn’t matter which town it’s in,” Cook said. Cook’s first official day as joint chief was Sept. 28, a day that wasn’t really all that different from any other because much of the heavy lifting had already been done, he said. TEAM CONTINUED ON A9
The average Lee County house, which was assessed at more than $137,000 in 2009, dropped in Inside value to about $129,000 this A look at year, according local housing to the coun- values in Lee ty assessor’s and Whiteside office. counties in That home, recent years, which w a s A10 assessed at $100,000 in 2002, reached its peak in 2009, a year after the housing crash. Since then, the house has decreased in value every year, falling more than 6 percent in the past 4 years. While that is significant, it’s not as dramatic as in other areas of northern Illinois. In the boom years of 20052007, “We didn’t see the growth the Chicago area did,” Lee County Assessor Wendy Ryerson said. “We don’t experience the same highs or lows that they do. We are more stabilized here.” The rate of decrease in value has slowed, to less than 1 percent in the past year. What’s going to happen now with housing values? “I expect to see a slow increase,” she said, “very slow.” Whiteside County’s data on average housing values goes back only to 2010. SLUMP CONTINUED ON A10
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OREGON â€“ The death of Oregon High School student Jon Williams was ruled a homicide Friday during an inquest by the Winnebago County coronerâ€™s office. Ogle County Stateâ€™s Attorney Mike Rock said he expect to file criminal charges in the death of the 18-year-old, and the coronerâ€™s inquest will be one of many things his office will consider. â€œWeâ€™ll take a look at what
their findings are that led up to their conclusion,â€? Rock said. â€œWeâ€™ll take it into account. Iâ€™m not surprised. Thatâ€™s kind of what we were expecting.â€? Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia said during an interview Friday that each coronerâ€™s office has different rules for inquests. In Winnebago County, she said, theyâ€™re held in every unnatural death case. Inquests consist of a panel of six jurors who consider five verdicts: accidental, suicide, homicide, undetermined, and unnatural causes. Panel members hear information about the victimâ€™s death, and they
decide the â€œmanner of death.â€? The cause of Williamsâ€™ death had already been ruled to be â€œblunt trauma of the head due to a fall as a result of a physical altercation.â€? The official manner of Williamsâ€™ death, the jury decided Friday, is â€œhomicide (involuntary manslaughter).â€? â€œIn this particular case, they felt that even though there was a confrontation with a lot of people, where there were a lot of people fighting, someone punched him in the face, which caused him to fall to the ground, which caused a head injury, which caused his death,â€? Fiduccia said. Williams, 18, was pro-
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Church in spotlight after Google maps spreads image Members say they wonâ€™t alter its unique shape BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON â€“ If it were 20 years ago, the shape of a church in Dixon wouldnâ€™t have become the topic of discussion â€“ locally, nationally and even internationally â€“ that is has. Because of Google maps, the new Christian Science Church of Dixon, 324 W. First St., can be viewed from the sky. And from that aerial view, its shape â€“ which resembles a penis â€“ has sparked local and Internet discussion. Because of social media and blogs, talk about the aerial photo started to make its way around the Internet at the end of October. In the weeks since then, church officer Scott Shepherd said, the church has become the subject of not only goodnatured, sophomoric jokes but also a form of bullying. â€œThe Internet has great capability for good,â€? he said in an interview this week, â€œand great capability for gossip and destruction.â€? Asked whether the
discussed among the six church officers, Shepherd said, and they decided not to alter it or to respond to the discussion. The church did, however, recently post a message on its Facebook page that said, â€œGiant fig leaf coming soon,â€? and also posted a photo of a leaf covering the church, in an effort to play along with the good-natured â€œjoke,â€? Shepherd said.
church now intends to alter the shape, Shepherd answered, â€œNone whatsoever,â€? adding that he doesnâ€™t see what others think they see. â€œWe didnâ€™t design it to be seen as what theyâ€™re seeing,â€? he said. â€œAnd we didnâ€™t design it to be seen from above.â€?
Tree preserved The church was designed by an architect, Shepherd said. The shape came about because the church wanted to have part of the building near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Second Street, plenty of windows for natural light, and a sanctuary, which is the eastern part of the building. But the church also wanted to preserve a large oak tree, which can be seen in the Google maps image, so the decision was made to curve the building around the tree. John McLane, a licensed architect for 40 years who is currently working on other projects in Dixon, said he and another architect had previously worked with the church on a design, but not what is being built. They parted ways with the church after they were unable to come up with an agreement on
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Members of the new Christian Science Church in Dixon designed the structure to preserve a tree, which gave the building its unique shape. a design, he added. He said itâ€™s â€œa little bit of a stretchâ€? to say the church shape resembles what others suggest. It was probably an accident, he said, and an architect wouldnâ€™t necessarily have noticed the shape while designing it. â€œI doubt it, ...â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s unfortunate that itâ€™s gotten the publicity; thatâ€™s probably being looked by the church as negative.â€? Construction on the church is expected to be finished in December,
Shepherd said. He is now adding a storage shed, and some interior work needs to be completed. Two years ago, there was a different version of the church on the land. But the Environmental Protection Agency ordered ComEd to dig up and remove century-old contaminated soil on the property. The church accepted about $750,000 from ComEd and agreed to have the old church demolished to make way for a new one, Shepherd said. Almost all of that money
is gone, he added, which means the church wonâ€™t have enough to finish the electrical work for the organ to bring it up to code. The discussion about the church the past few weeks hasnâ€™t been what Shepherd and the church wanted it to be. Shepherd said he considers the negative and derogatory comments, while not the majority, to be a form of bullying. The shape of the building and the attention it has attracted have been
But the negative comments have taken a toll, and Shepherd said some have been directed at the church, the city of Dixon, and Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science religion. Despite what he called a distraction, Shepherd said the church is determined to carry on with services once the new church opens, and he wants the building to be a place where people of all faiths can talk about what they have in common. â€œI feel sorry for them,â€? he said of the people posting negative comments. â€œJesus didnâ€™t tell us to turn the other cheek to take more abuse. He told us to turn the cheek so we wonâ€™t behave like these people.â€?
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OBITUARIES Edna V. Strom LILY LAKE â€“ Edna V. Strom, 94, of Lily Lake, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Heritage Square in Dixon, her residence for the past 4 years. Born Jan. 27, 1919, in Babcock, Wis., Edna was the eldest child of Carl and Fredrika Olson, who had immigrated from Sweden. Early in her childhood, the family moved to the Wasco farming community, where she attended school and graduated from St. Charles High School in 1936. For the next several years, Edna worked in Chicago as a secretary at Sears, Roebuck, and Co. On Sept. 7, 1940, Edna was married to Anders Elof Strom at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, their family church for all of their lives. To this union were born five children. Elof and Edna moved their family in 1952 to the Strom farm in Lily Lake. Edna was active in her church, where she directed choirs, taught Sunday school, led the womenâ€™s group, and organized the 75th- and 100th-year anniversaries of the church. She was an excellent pianist and frequent soloist for weddings and funerals, especially if songs were requested to be sung in Swedish. She was involved in her childrenâ€™s schools and activities. In 1962, she began a nearly 30-year career at St. Charles National Bank, which now is known as Fifth Third Bank in downtown St. Charles. Beginning as an executive secretary, she retired as vice president at what then had become Old Kent Bank. During these years, she also was active in, and served as, president of, the local tri-cities Zonta group, an international, professional, business womenâ€™s organization. During her lifetime, she maintained regular cor-
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respondence with many cousins in Sweden. She visited their homes in 1979 and 1990, and hosted them in hers more than a dozen times over the years. Edna is survived by her daughter, Rianne Leaf of Minneapolis; and three sons, Warren (Patti) of Lily Lake, John (Barbara) of Dixon, and Leland (Twyla) of Elgin and Washington, D.C.; 14 grandchildren, Nathan (Keri) Leaf of Houston, Aaron and Christopher (Cristy) Leaf of Minneapolis, Lucas (Melissa) Strom of Lily Lake, Damon Strom of Germany, Mary (Tim) Goral of Dixon, Sarah (John) Petersen of Washington, D.C., Rachel (Patrick) Chambers and Elizabeth Strom of Chicago, Sam Strom of West Dundee, Emily Strom of Dixon, Derek (Kim) Strom of Switzerland, Amber (Brandon) Ballard of Hampshire, and Tyler Strom of Elburn; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elof, in 1985; a son, Lowell Anders, in infancy; a great-granddaughter; her parents; brothers, Carl and Roy Olson; sister, Leona (Mrs. Earl) Anderson; and nephew, Chuck Olson. The family wishes to thank the staff and friends at Heritage Square for their loving care in recent years. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, and from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 17 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the church. Burial will be at Lily Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Rebecca Circle at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hanson Road, St. Charles, IL 60175, or Heritage Square, 620 N. Ottawa Ave., Dixon, IL 61021.
Catherine Propheter Revait MESA, Ariz. â€“ Catherine Propheter Revait, 78, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Mesa. Catherine was born in Sterling to Bryce and Charlotte Wolf. She married Clem Propheter. He preceded her in death in 1980. She married Ray Revait in 1983. Survivors include her husband, Ray Revait; stepson, Robert (Bev) Propheter; daughter, Cyndi (Terry) DeBoer; sons, Bill (Karin)
Propheter and Ed (Jana) Propheter; eight grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson. A celebration of life was Monday at Palm Lane Christian Reformed Church in Scottsdale, Ariz. A memorial has been established to the Parkinsonâ€™s Disease Foundation.
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arranging flowers. Betty was totally devoted to her children and grandchildren and extremely proud of their accomplishments. Betty is survived by her husband, Ken; her daughter, Nancy (Wolfgang) Wilim of Korneuburg, Austria, and their two children, Michael and Nikolaus; son, Mark (Beth) Mortonson of Medford, Ore., and their two children, Chris and Cathleen; daughter, Karen (Kevin) Kline of Tallahassee, Fla., and their four children, Eric (Lindsay), Adam (Emily), Aaron, and Ryan (Kristin); and son, John (Connie) Mortonson of Green Bay, and their two children, Michael (Karen), and Andrew (Hannah); five great-grandchildren; two nephews; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; her two brothers, Leroy and Clifford; her brother-in-law, Warren; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Margaret, and one niece, Valli. A memorial visitation for Betty will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday and a memorial service at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe St., Green Bay, with the Rev. Dave Wilkinson officiating. A luncheon reception will follow. Live streaming video will be available at www.fumcgb.org for those unable to attend the service. In honor of Betty, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 410 Second Ave., Sterling, IL 61081.
Caroline C. Schumaker ROCK FALLS â€“ Caroline Schumaker, 89, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She worked as a bookkeeper at Marvin Schumaker Plumbing and Heating for more than 50 years. Caroline was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Massbach, to Frank and Caroline (Ehredt) Haas. She married Marvin Schumaker on March 24, 1945, in Adams, Minn. He preceded her in death in 1971. She was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include one daughter, Sue (Keith) Dravis of Sterling; one son, Dennis (Virginia)
Schumaker, and one daughter-in-law, Sally Schumaker, both of Rock Falls; six grandchildren; and 15 greatgrandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents; and one son, David Schumaker. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating. Burial will be at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls. McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls is handling arrangements. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
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His cause of death was made official last week: blunt trauma of the head, neck, and abdomen. Mike Ball, 59, crashed south of Byron in July. His cause of death: blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and chest. Logan Williamson, 20, also died in July, in Fulton. His cause of death: blunt force injuries to the trunk. Rochelleâ€™s Caleb Holder, 21, crashed in June in Rochelle. He died of blunt force trauma to the head, chest, and abdomen. Whether any of their deaths could have been prevented by wearing a helmet is up for debate. Of all 50 states, only three donâ€™t have motorcycle helmet laws. Illinois is one of them; the two others are Iowa and New Hampshire. The remaining 47 have either universal or partial laws.
â€˜We are for right of choiceâ€™ ABATE of Illinois, or A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, actively works to maintain that freedom for the stateâ€™s bikers. State coordinator Mike Myers, a Rockford resident, has been riding motorcycles for the past 30 years, and he wears a helmet only when required by state law. â€œWe arenâ€™t against helmets,â€? he said. â€œWe are for right of choice. This is our America, free America, and we can have a right of choice.â€? Myers said he went through 248 reports of crashes that resulted in fatalities, and that from what he saw, helmets werenâ€™t always the answer. For him, the answer is awareness and rider education. â€œThose are the two keys that are going to save lives,â€? he said. â€œIn a low-speed event, the helmet would make a difference, but with higher speeds, a lot of other things come into play.â€? ABATE produces two education programs: one geared toward general
Surgeons back helmet laws On the other side of the argument, the American College of Surgeons actively supports universal motorcycle helmet laws. According to an official statement, the college lists as its reasoning: Helmeted motorcycle riders have up to an 85 percent reduced incidence of severe, serious, and critical brain injuries compared with unhelmeted riders. Unhelmeted motorcyclists are more than three times as likely to suffer a brain injury when compared with helmeted motorcyclists. The average inpatient care costs for motorcyclists who suffer brain injury are more than twice the costs incurred by hospitalized motorcyclists without brain injury. A large portion of the economic burden of motorcycle crashes is borne by the public. When universal helmet laws are enacted, helmet use increases and fatalities and serious injuries decrease. When universal helmet laws are repealed, helmet use decreases and injuries and associated costs increase. A 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seems to support those claims. According to the CDC report, in 2010, 42 percent of motorcyclists who were fatally injured were unhelmeted. Helmets saved more than 1,500 ridersâ€™ lives, but about 700 more lives could have been saved if all riders had worn helmets in 2010, the report says. A report published in the July 2012 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons argues for a universal helmet law in Illinois. The report was written by Dr. Richard J. Fantus, a surgeon at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. â€œDoes a law interfere with an individualâ€™s personal freedom?â€? he writes. MANDATE CONTINUED ON A8
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GREEN BAY, Wis. â€“ Betty Jane Thompson Mortonson, 84, was born into eternal life Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born Aug. 29, 1929, in Chicago, the daughter of Valentine and Emma (Ladenthin) Thompson. She was a 1947 graduate of Taft High School in Chicago. Betty married the Rev. Kenneth Mortonson on Aug. 21, 1948, in Chicago. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Betty and Ken lived in Chicago, Marengo, Sterling, and Macomb. In 1998, they moved to Green Bay, where she resided until her death. Betty was an active member of each of the churches they served during Kenâ€™s 40 years of ministry. She sang in choirs, participated in and led womenâ€™s groups, and energetically volunteered to help with many church activities. Betty was a member of P.E.O. Chapter N, in Green Bay. She never knew a stranger and was a fiercely loyal friend; going out of her way to help where help was needed. Betty loved music, loved to sing, and made sure all of her children had musical training. An avid gardener, Betty found happiness tending the incredible flower gardens and landscapes that she created. A lifelong learner, Betty took every opportunity to learn about horticulture and developed an expert knowledge on the subject. She was artistic, an excellent cook, and had a remarkable gift for
CarolA. McKee Nov. 10, 1938 - July 5, 2000
appy Birthday Carol, This is your 13th Birthday we have not been together. Gone but not forgotten.
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Three years ago today was the worst day of my life. My parents were tragically killed while riding their bicycles to church. This has devasted my family. It hasnâ€™t gotten easier. We miss them dearly. My children will always miss the great grandparents they once had. I will cherish and remember what they taught me and forever miss my mom and dad. In loving memory.
They will never be forgotten.
Although I miss the warmth of your loving embrace & the cheerful smile RQ \RXU EHDXWLIXO IDFH , Ă€QG FRPIRUW NQRZLQJ youâ€™re in a much better place. I wish people would realize they canâ€™t take back the harsh words they VD\ 7KH\ PD\ Ă€QG RXW WRR ODWH DQG OLYH ZLWK WKH JXLOW GD\ DIWHU GD\ By the time I realized you were my best friend, our time together came to an end. I am grateful for the fun times we shared throughout the years. Iâ€™ll always cherish the memories, but that doesnâ€™t take away the tears. Although we are apart, you will forever be in my heart.
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AGRICULTURE | HARVEST REPORT
USDA increases already record corn forecast Illinois thought to be leader in soybean yields BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org EXT
The 2013 harvest forecast continues to increase, predicting the best corn yield
in U.S. history and the third best soybean crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released its November crop production report Friday, increased its corn forecast by 1 percent from September, to 13.99 billion bushels, which would be 30 percent higher than the 2012 yield. The U.S. soybean yield
was predicted to be 3.26 billion bushels, up 3 percent from the September report and 7 percent from the 2012 yield. Because of the partial federal government shutdown last month, no October crop production report was released. From the September to November reports, the per-acre forecast for Illi-
nois corn increased from 165 bushels to 180, which Emerson Nafzinger, a professor of crop science at the University of Illinois, said might be one of the biggest increases ever. The increase for soybeans, from 46 bushels to 49, might be more surprising, he said. According to the USDAâ€™s November report, Illinois
is expected to have the nationâ€™s second highest corn yield, 2.11 billion bushels, trailing only Iowaâ€™s 2.21 billion forecast. But Illinois is projected to lead Iowa in soybean production, the USDA said, 461 million bushels to 415 million. Doug Kuehl, who farms northwest of Morrison, has finished harvesting
his 500 acres. â€œThe corn crop was good,â€? he said. â€œI probably averaged a little more than 200 bushels an acre, overall. The bean crop was a little disappointing. That was probably about 58 bushels [an acre].â€? Kuehl said the crops in the area look better than what farmers had expected in August.
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Food Pantry 2001 W. 4th St., Dixon 815-288-4848 Hours: M, W, F, 1-3pm Items needed: Food, cash donations, toilet paper & laundry items.
Goodfellows 1521 S. College, Dixon 815-440-5688 Items needed: cash donations for food vouchers, clothing and cold weather items, Christmas trees and decorations, games, puzzles, toys, books, household items
Kreider Services 500 Anchor Rd., Dixon 815-288-6691 In need of: used golf clubs and balls, basketballs, art & craft supplies. Special Olympic volunteers and other volunteers. Go to www.kreiderservices.org for volunteer info.
Morrison Food Pantry (Methodist Church) 203 W. Knox Street 815-772-4030 Kayweyn Beswick -Director Food donations, monetary, personal hygeine items, household supplies, infant needs, etc.
111 E. 29th Street, Sterling 815-626-2210 (office hours noon-6, please call ahead of time) In need of volunteers, monetary donations, books of stamps, socks & undergarments, coffee - reg. & decaf, powdered drinks (Country Time Lemonade), Kroger, County Market & WalMart gift cards.
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1101 Warp Rd., Dixon 284-7772 Donations Drop Off: Mon., Thurs., Sat. 8-3 In need of: volunteers.Will accept clean, useable donations. Household items, furniture, clothing, books, etc.
1741 Industrial Drive, Sterling 815-626-4556 Hours: Monday-Thursday 9-noon. In need of volunteers, monetary donations, food & produce
Helping Hands (Nazarene Church) Prophetstown/Lyndon Food Pantry 215 Washington St Prophetstown, IL 61277 815-537-2924 or 815-718-2165 In Oct & Nov we are in need of Monetary donations for our Thanksgiving dinner baskets. Holiday items, including perishable items.
Rock River Christian Center 1800 Prophet Rd., Rock Falls 815-625-4371 Hours: M-F 1-4pm Items needed: food, paper items, cleaning products, personal care items , diapers
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Fish Pantry 902 E. 5th Street, Sterling 815-626-1734 Hours: M-F 9-11 Please call ahead In need of baked beans, tuna, canned fruit, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, volunteers, monetary donations in purchase of food from food bank. No personal items.
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THE CARTOONISTâ€™S VOICE
Time to fish or cut bait on tax reform Get specific on tax breaks that should be gotten rid of
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Support better PTSD treatment A s Mondayâ€™s Veterans Day observance approaches, Americans need to recommit themselves to providing care and support for young military veterans from wars of the 21st century. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a disability that agencies from the Veterans Administration on down have been trying to do more to treat. We applaud those efforts, because of the large numbers of veterans that could greatly benefit from them. According to VA statistics, as of 2012, 2.5 million Americans had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 1.6 million of them had transitioned to veterans status. More than 270,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan had been seen by the VA health system for potentially having post-traumatic stress disorder. The agency has awarded disability benefits to more than 150,000 of them. A huge number of ex-
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Veterans risked their lives to protect the nation. We can never do enough to thank them, but that shouldnâ€™t stop us from trying. Supporting better treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder is one way for the public to repay its debt to veterans.
military continue to suffer the mental toll of serving their country. Itâ€™s particularly sad when veterans with untreated post-traumatic stress disorder become so despondent that they take their own lives. Thankfully, much more is known now about this serious mental ailment, which in past wars was known as â€œshell shock.â€? Its sufferers were not viewed with much sympathy, as painfully evidenced by Gen. George Pattonâ€™s disrespectful treatment of a shell-shocked soldier during World War II. Other groups have joined the VA in reaching out to veterans with PTSD.
In May, Sauk Valley Media reported about the help received by a former Marine from Dixon, who was diagnosed with PTSD, from the Wounded Warrior Project. Wounded Warrior encouraged Colin Bond to leave a high-stress job, become more physically active, meet and compete with other veterans, and reassess his life. â€œWounded Warriors changed my life,â€? Bond said. â€œThereâ€™s no doubt. It basically made me realize family and friends are what I need to be happy, not just something like keeping a job because it pays well.â€? For more information, go to woundedwarrior-
project.org on the Internet. This week, a Quad-Cities hospital announced it was strengthening its participation and leadership in community initiatives that focus on post-traumatic stress disorder. UnityPoint HealthTrinity, of Rock Island, plans to do more to identify military veterans when they come in. That way, care providers down the line can use that knowledge as they diagnose and treat illnesses (physical, behavioral and mental) that might be linked to military service. Efforts such as these help to supplement the care provided by taxpayers through the Veterans Administration. Veterans risked their lives to protect their fellow citizens. We can never do enough to thank them, but that shouldnâ€™t stop us from trying. Supporting better treatment for PTSD is one way for the public to repay its debt to veterans.
THE READERâ€™S VOICE
Give the new health care plan a chance KATHRYN BONNELL Amboy
If you tell a lie over and over, some people are going to start to believe it. That is what the Republicans are doing with the ACA, the Affordable Care Act. They are telling lie after lie, and getting away with it. I just hope people will realize it sooner rather than later. Every new program has taken time to get all of the kinks out. That includes Social Security,
Medicare, and Medicaid. But no, we canâ€™t give the ACA any time to get the kinks out. Yes, some people are losing their insurance plans, only because their plan does not meet the standards of the ACA. They are junk plans, plain and simple. Most people are finding they can get better coverage for less money. So come on, people, take a breath and give the plan a break. You can bet when people realize that it is a good plan, they will no longer call it Obamacare. It should be called Romneycare, because it is the same plan that works so
well now in Massachusetts. They have 98 percent of their people covered by health insurance. Wouldnâ€™t that be great for the country?
Government dumping on average citizens WILL WYATT Mount Morris
News item: The Federal Reserve states it will continue to buy treasury bonds and mortgagebacked securities at a clip of $85 billion a month. News item: Congress is deciding on how much money to cut from the
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
What do you think? Do you agree with these letters? Do you disagree with these letters? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com farm bill portion of food stamps, which now stands at $85 billion a year. Whatâ€™s wrong with this picture? The Feds (and Congress) will bend over backward to pacify the Wall Street barons, while they easily dump on the average person. What a government.
meaningfully in public. Sure, you hear plenty from politicians about tax reform, but itâ€™s all generalities. They talk about a simpler code or a fairer code or a flatter code, but in truth, almost every member of Congress talks in gross generalities about LEE H. HAMILTON the monstrosity that is the Bloomington, Ind. tax code and comes out As Congress moves for- fervently for reform, withward on budget nego- out actually taking a stand tiations, the word out of on the tough issues. Washington is to expect TAX REFORM IS meannothing major: no grand bargain, just more stop- ingless without specifics. Continuing to exclude gap, short-term fixes. Yet, thereâ€™s one ray of e m p l o y e r c o n t r i b u hope. The House and tions for health care, for Senate chairs of the tax- instance, will cost taxpaywriting committees, one ers some $760 billion over a Republican, the other the next 5 years, accorda Democrat, are prepar- ing to Congressâ€™s Joint ing a comprehensive tax Committee on Taxation â€“ but getting reform plan. They see the rid of it will budget negotiations as surely anger their opportunity to enact employers much-needed changes to and employour bloated, off-kilter tax ees. laws. We could The last time lawmakrecoup $379 ers managed to find a way Lee billion over to simplify and reshape Hamilton the next 5 the tax code was almost 3 decades ago, in 1986, years by cutting the mortwhen Ronald Reagan was gage interest deduction, still president. Since then, but how many homethere have been more owners do you know who than 15,000 adjustments would go along with the and amendments, leav- idea? The political power of ing a mess that just about everyone agrees must be the interests that benefit from reduced tax rates on cleaned up. Odds are against Con- dividends and long-term gress managing the task, capital gains, which will but its handling of the cost the Treasury $616 debate on tax reform tells billion between now and us a lot about how mem- 2017, is immense. So, in its own way, is bers approach difficult that of supporters of the issues. Thatâ€™s because this lat- deduction for charitable est effort to rewrite the contributions ($239 biltax code is saddled by a lion). In all, tax breaks cost the deep-seated problem that spans both parties and all Treasury some $1.1 trilideologies: political timid- lion a year â€“ which puts ity. Tax avoidance is a them well ahead of most highly sophisticated and other forms of federal lucrative business in this spending. Yet each has its own country, and politicians constituency â€“ often a address it at their peril. vocal, well-funded, wellTHAT BECAME CLEAR organized one. Politicians during the summer, when who call for â€œtax reformâ€? the senators leading the without going into speciftax-reform charge on ics butter their bread on their side of Capitol Hill, both sides â€“ they ride the Democrat Max Baucus of public outcry against the Montana and Republican tax code in general, while Orrin Hatch of Utah, laid avoiding the outcry from out their initiative. They people hurt by the changwanted senators to take es that tax reform would a â€œblank slateâ€? approach inevitably bring. After all, to the issue: no current a â€œloopholeâ€? to one group deduction, exemption, is usually a â€œlifelineâ€? to or credit would continue another. So nothing hapunless a strong case could pens. Everyone knows that tax be made for it. Then they invited their colleagues to reform will involve limitidentify what theyâ€™d keep ing tax breaks. It should be possible to avoid the and what theyâ€™d reject. That was a fine start, political difficulties by until Baucus and Hatch capping the total withtook an extraordinary out eliminating specific step. They guaranteed breaks. But even this will senators 50 years of ano- require political backnymity for their sug- bone. Until Congress gestions, thus allowing shows us that its memeach senator to continue bers possess the courage attacking the tax code to detail publicly whatâ€™s mess without taking any needed, talk of tax reform specific public positions will be just that: talk. Note to readers: Lee on how to improve it. In other words, hereâ€™s a Hamilton is director of public issue of enormous the Center on Congress at c o n s e q u e n c e , a f f e c t - Indiana University. He ing every taxpayer in was a member of the U.S. the land, and they were House of Representatives afraid to talk about it for 34 years.
â€œJournalists, by their very nature, represent the ultimate strength of an open society as well as its ultimate vulnerability.â€? Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, 2003
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Hereâ€™s why we did it (or maybe we didnâ€™t) W
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you do it? Those might be the two most frequently asked questions the editor hears from readers. They go to the heart of what editing a newspaper is about: Making tons of subjective decisions on matters large and small every day. And every editorial decision â€“ what to print or not print; whether it appears on the front page or the back â€“ is subject to disagreement by someone who has different interests, standards and experiences. Thatâ€™s why we love this business. INSIDE TODAYâ€™S edition is a story about the new Christian Science Church in Dixon. You can read the details elsewhere in this section. It has, strangely, become a topic of much discussion â€“ not just in Dixon, but worldwide. The building, which is expected to be opened next month, offers a highly functional design with beautiful views of the area, including the Rock River. And it was built to accommodate nature â€“ to preserve a beautiful old oak tree that would have been destroyed
had the property been cleared for a traditionally designed building. Because of those octagonal rooms on either end of the building for its purposeful entry and sanctuary, and because of the gently curved design around that lovely oak, the shape of the church from an aerial view has received a lot of unwanted â€“ and, frankly, unwarranted â€“ attention. Such is life in these modern â€“ though not necessarily advanced â€“ times. IF THIS HAS BEEN a topic of community discussion â€“ even international attention â€“ for weeks, why is this newspaper just now publishing a story? If the shape of the church has received nationally televised exposure â€“ on Jimmy Fallonâ€™s late-night show as well as Tosh.0 on Comedy Central â€“ why isnâ€™t this page 1 news? Good questions. One Dixon reader called last week to say she found the attention to be â€œvery disturbingâ€? when â€œa very inappropriate pictureâ€? was shown on Fallonâ€™s show. When she called a Rockford station to object, she says, she was given a number to call CBS in New York. Maybe she was
larryLOUGH Larry Lough is executive editor of Sauk Valley Media. Contact him via email at llough@ saukvalley. com.
given that number, we told her, because Fallonâ€™s show appears on NBC. But her concern was our first concern: How do you deal with this story tastefully? And, second, how much attention should we give to the object of sophomoric giggling, which attracted online comments that mostly fit into a narrow range between naughty and vulgar? This was a story of wide (though shallow) interest, but of virtually no importance. How much â€œnewsâ€? coverage does that justify? SO WHEN AN OFFICER of the church called us this week to talk, we willingly set up a meeting. Scott Shepherd came to that meeting with pages of notes of points that he, and fellow officers, wanted to make. Their primary objective, it seemed, was to reinforce the mission of their church and explain
THE READERâ€™S VOICE
ACA problems are just the tip of the iceberg TIM BRATT Dixon
Many of those in favor of the new health care initiative, commonly known as Obamacare, will cite as evidence of its desirability and necessity the Preamble to our Constitution, which states that one of the six reasons for its creation was to â€œpromote the general welfareâ€? of its citizens. However, what will all too soon become evident, as time passes and the system sputters, backfires, and fails, is the absolute contradiction
that arises in resolving an outcome associated with the general welfare of a society as well as the particular liberty of an individual. The outcome may be agreeable to both on occasion, but the flaw, of course, is in attempting to create a similar outcome for disparate elements; in reality it canâ€™t reasonably be done. What is perceived to be acceptable to the health and welfare of an individual cannot be extended to include the welfare of a society, or vice versa. The mess that we are witnessing at the moment, as we move to signing up for the promised â€œbenefitsâ€? of Obamacare, is merely the tip
What do you think? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com of the ugly iceberg. The rancor that is yet to unfold as the central government attempts to redefine and structure a health care system to promote the general welfare of our society in contradiction with the individual liberties, defined and regulated by a well-formed conscience, will likely fuel an outcome that will never cease to fester. Which begs the question: Can a silk purse really be made from a sowâ€™s ear?
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that they would not let childish chatter cause them to alter the design of their church, which theyâ€™ve named Gathering Light: Center for Spiritual Seeking. They understood that the novelty of the design had a very short shelf life, and they were satisfied with letting the attention run its brief course before the Internet crowd moved on to other trivial matters. We applaud their approach. Any architectural revisions might ruin what promises to be an impressive use of natural light to create an atmosphere of openness and to promote a diverse search of personal spirituality. We look forward to visiting the completed building. MOST READERS didnâ€™t notice, or didnâ€™t care, that we dropped the cable TV channel guide on the front of TV Week, the programming guide we distribute with the weekend edition of this newspaper. Since we did that a few months ago, we have received a few calls â€“ fewer than 10 â€“ from readers who wanted to
know why it disappeared. In short, we did it because we had routinely received even more complaints about inaccuracies in the guide. The problem, we explained to readers who called, was that our market area is covered by nine different cable TV companies. The guide was intended to let readers in each cable service area know which channels corresponded to what networks. For example, ESPN is Channel 29 in some communities, and Channel 24 or Channel 7 or 51 or 22 or 18 or 26 in another. Discovery Channel might be the champ: eight different channel numbers among the nine cable providers in the Sauk Valley. But cable companies seemed always to be rotating programming around their available channels, and they didnâ€™t notify us of those changes. Monitoring the ongoing channel changes of nine different cable companies just wasnâ€™t an efficient use of our time. As a result, our guide was continually inaccurate. By the time we found out about a specific problem (because a
reader complained) and got it fixed, another company would scramble its lineup. We now advise callers to ask their cable providers for a channel guide for their specific service. That guide often is included with a monthly bill, or it can be found online. Sorry if our decision caused an inconvenience for some people. But an unreliable channel guide did viewers no good. Weâ€™re sure the cable providers are happy to accommodate their customers. OUR THANKS TO the anonymous caller who left a voice mail message for the editor Monday morning. â€œIâ€™m so grateful for the Gazette,â€? he said, mentioning specifically â€œDavid Giulianiâ€™s investigative work,â€? and â€œI like your wry editorials.â€? â€œThank you for a nice paper that gives us a lot of pleasure,â€? he said. We know nearly all of our readers also appreciate their local newspaper â€“ all for slightly different reasons. And we appreciate hearing from them.
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â€œThe simple answer is yes, but no differently than impaired driving laws, cellphone use laws, seatbelt use laws, and quarantine laws for infectious diseases. The purpose of these laws is to provide for the nationâ€™s well-being.â€?
Legislators oppose mandate The matter of a motorcycle helmet law has come to a vote a number of times in the state Legislature, but it has been rejected every time. And
I donâ€™t think itâ€™s appropriate for government to mandate that [wearing helmets on motorcycles].
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while local legislators mostly support the use of motorcycle helmets, they also support ridersâ€™ freedom to choose. â€œI think people should wear helmets when they ride motorcycles,â€? Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, said. â€œBut I donâ€™t think I support a law to require
it. ... Thatâ€™s an area where it comes down to personal responsibility. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s appropriate for government to mandate that.â€? Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, agrees. â€œMy personal opinion is that anyone who doesnâ€™t wear a motorcycle helmet when theyâ€™re riding a motorcycle is crazy,â€? Jacobs said. â€œMy public opinion is if they want to ride without a helmet, thatâ€™s their business. â€œThere are risks in life; people choose to accept those risks. I certainly wouldnâ€™t do it, but I understand those people who want the wind in their hair. ... I
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â€œI was interim chief in Sterling for 3 years, and most of the changes have been developing for many years,â€? he explained. â€œFrom the Rock Falls side, there has been additional paperwork, some budgeting and payroll changes, but the staff has really rolled with everything.â€? That staff includes 18 firefighters in Sterling and 12 in Rock Falls, plus a deputy chief in each city. Cook splits his time between the cities, usually spending his mornings in Sterling and afternoons in Rock Falls. The intergovernmental agreement that created the combined entity had been in the works since 2010. Both city councils approved the pact on Sept. 9, in the first joint meeting of the bodies since the cities approved an automatic aid agreement 15 years ago. Although the command structure has been merged, Cook said, the departments are still independent, just enhanced and a little more polished. Cook believes that the biggest change in dayto-day operations is the implementation of deputy chiefs Bill Milby in Rock Falls and Mike Dettman in Sterling. Both had been captains of their respective departments. Now commonly known as deputy chiefs north and south, they are the keys to making sure everyone is on the same page in an emergency. â€œThey are front-runners in the field,â€? Cook said. â€œWith automatic aid, everyone knows their responsibilities and thereâ€™s no guesswork.â€? In addition to providing leadership in emergency situations, the
deputy chiefs coordinate educational programs for schools and the public, and lead the way in inspections and other fire prevention efforts. Cook said Milby and Dettman have made a point of becoming familiar with both communities. During recent Regional Office of Education school inspections, Milby handled the duties in Sterling, while Dettman went to Rock Falls. They also will swap areas for inspections of apartment buildings and commercial buildings. The leaders believe that the automatic aid agreement set into motion the natural evolution of Twin City. â€œWith automatic aid, we all knew each other,â€? Milby said. â€œEven though some of us moved into different roles, the command structure hasnâ€™t changed.â€? Milby said the unified command presence is consistent regardless of the type of situation. â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter if itâ€™s a two-engine call or eight departments, weâ€™re going to operate the same because everybody understands the system,â€? he said. The biggest change for Milby personally has been leaving the truck. â€œI was a captain riding an engine,â€? Milby said. â€œI went from being first to the scene to first in the office and relying on information from my captains on the engine.â€? Cook said it is too soon to really get a handle on the savings that can be derived from the move. Rock Falls has estimated initial savings at $45,000 a year. The chiefâ€™s $90,000 salary plus benefits will be divided between the cities in a ratio dictated by population. That now means Sterling takes on 61 percent, while Rock Falls picks up 39 percent.
More savings will come with joint purchasing of equipment and supplies. That includes detection and testing equipment, calibration units, and fire apparatus. While having one instead of two of many items will help the budget, the merger could eventually make it easier to get the big-ticket items when needed. Twin City has three front-line engines, two backup engines, and two aerial trucks. It is recommended that front-line trucks keep that status no longer than 15 years. With proper maintenance, they may be able to go an additional 5 years as reserves. The life expectancy of an aerial truck is 15 to 20 years. A front-line engine carries a price tag of between $350,000 and $400,000. An aerial truck is a huge investment â€“ between $800,000 and $1 million each. Cook says there is no question the merger will save money over the
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long haul, but even more important is enabling the combined forces to provide the best service whenever itâ€™s needed. â€œWe really hope that the big-ticket items can come a little sooner with the consolidation,â€? Cook said. â€œBut we donâ€™t need excesses; we just want to be prepared for everything.â€? Sterling Mayor Skip Lee said that everything he has heard affirms the merger has been a pretty seamless transition. He attributes that to the history of the two squads. â€œThese departments have been working closely together for decades,â€? Lee said. â€œTheyâ€™ve trained together, worked under the same operational structure.â€? Although Twin City is in its infancy, the mayor said he has had received no negative feedback from citizens. â€œWhen your house is on fire,â€? Lee said, â€œyou donâ€™t care what decal is on the hat.â€?
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According to assessorâ€™s office statistics, a Whiteside County house assessed at $100,000 in 2010 had dropped by this year to about $95,500, which is down almost 2 percent over the past year. From 2010 to 2013, an average houseâ€™s value dropped 4.5 percent in Whiteside County and 5.9 percent in Lee County. That compares well to Rockford. During an even shorter timespan â€“ from 2010 to 2012 â€“ an average houseâ€™s value declined 12 percent in Rockford, according to information compiled by the Rockford Register Star. Statewide, the median prices for housing increased 12.9 percent in September over the previous year, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors. Chicagoland saw some of the biggest increases, by 22.6 percent in the city and 15.6 percent in the suburbs. â€œCommunities are not treated equally when it comes to demand for housing,â€? said Jon Broadbooks, a spokesman with the Illinois Association of Realtors. â€œOne of the things in the Chicago area is there was a tremendous amount of bad loans. You can argue whether the loans should have been made or not, but it has
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Real estate, he said, remains a sound, longterm investment. â€œDespite everything that happened in the housing bust, I donâ€™t think people would be buying houses if they didnâ€™t think there was some value in ownership of property,â€? Broadbooks said. â€œIf you look at it in aggregate, you will see property values increase over time. They donâ€™t make more land.â€? Chris King, president of the Sauk Valley Association of Realtors, said she expected small increases in housing values in the area. â€œI donâ€™t see any major changes until we have a major announcement of economic value to us. Weâ€™ll be much slower than the rest of the state,â€? said King, who works at United Country Sauk Valley Realty. She said she hopes the eventual opening of a federal prison in Thomson will someday help the Sauk Valley economically, referring to the federal governmentâ€™s plans to open a prison along the Mississippi River in Carroll County. Ryerson said assessments always lag behind changes in housing prices because they are based on a 3-year rolling average, which prevents volatility for taxing bodies and taxpayers. â€œIt provides for a stabilized revenue stream,â€? she said.
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SVM WEEKEND SPECIAL | SPOTLIGHT ON DAVE JAMISON
Sterling native Dave Jamison, 75, holds the ever-elusive Wally award he was given at the World Series of Drag Racing in August at Cordova Dragway Park. Jamison has competed in 59 of the 60 World Series.
Wally tells Jamison he’s one of drag racing’s best
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he race track has been many things to Dave Jamison. A nursery for each of his four kids. A playground for them, and the perfect site for family reunions. But recently, it became the ultimate Victory Lane, where the 75-year-old Sterling native celebrated his sound defeat of cancer.
Oh, and it’s treated him pretty well as a field of competition. Jamison has competed in 59 of the 60 World Series of Drag Racing, and he’s done his fair share of winning. One month removed from leaving prostate cancer in his rearview, Jamison was presented with a Wally. The solid brass figurine of NHRA founder Wally Parks, along with its walnut base, stands 18 inches tall and checks in at 12 pounds. Jamison’s bears the inscription: For Your Ever Enduring Dedication to the Love of Drag Racing.
Without warning, the race organizers at Cordova Dragway Park – the home of the World Series since 1956 – held up the race, allowing drag racing fixture Bill Pratt to approach Jamison at his rearengine dragster and present him with the most elusive accolade a drag racer can be given. “It was like my reward for going through that whole deal with cancer,” said Dave, his face lighting up in his kitchen Tuesday afternoon nearly as brightly as it did in pictures his wife, Ann, provided SVM. LIFE CONTINUED ON B4
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | 2013 SAUK VALLEY SKYHAWKS PREVIEW
A mother’s love of game Hammelman returns to basketball court after birth of son BY LARRY BRENNAN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 550
Being a high school studentathlete is hard. Being a college student-athlete is harder. Being a college student-athlete and a mother – mind-boggling. Last fall, Aleena Hammelman was supposed to be a freshman on the Sauk Valley Community College women’s basketball team. Then, quite literally, life happened. Hammelman got pregnant. Her son, Carter, was born Philip Marruffofirstname.lastname@example.org Sauk Valley’s Aleena Hammelman drives the lane Monday April 29 this year. Would college have to be against Lincoln. Hammelman is balancing school, basketball, put on hold? What about her and being a mother.
Did you know? Aleena Hammelman started playing varsity basketball in fifth grade at Sterling Christian. athletic career? “There was no question I was coming back,” said Hammelman, who scored 10 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, dished out six assists, and grabbed three steals in the Skyhawks’ 72-53 season-opening
win Monday over Lincoln. “I don’t know how she does it, being a mom and going to school,” her teammate Jordan Giddings marveled. Obviously, Hammelman’s body changed, at least for a while. “I gained 50 pounds,” she said. Hammelman, a 2012 Sterling High School graduate and the 2012 SVM girls basketball player of the year, rebounded quickly, getting back into shape as soon as it was possible. The weight was not a long-term issue.
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