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SERVING DIXON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA SINCE 1851
Retired superintendent working Eichman takes Forreston job, still getting pension
This situation is becoming more common in the region, with four such examples now. Some people question the practice. Jane Eichman, who Eichman retired in June as superintendent of the Rock Falls High School district, took a job as interim superintendent
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Jane Eichman is the latest retired superintendent to return to public employment while still drawing a state pension.
of the Forrestville Valley school district in Ogle County’s Forreston. In 2009, Nelson Superintendent Gregory Lutyens retired from the 40-student district, but he continued to lead it as interim superintendent while getting a $7,000-a-month pension. When Nelson merged with the East Coloma district this year, Lutyens took charge of the combined district.
Last year, the Bureau Valley school district hired two interim superintendents: Jeff Thompson and James Whitmore, both former superintendents for the district. Each makes $50,000 a year in the interim job. Meanwhile, Whitmore receives $8,614 a month from his pension, and Thompson gets $7,578. A month after Montmorency Superintendent John Rosenberry retired this summer, the
school board asked him to return as the interim superintendent for the next year, while he gets $6,300 a month from his pension. When members of the Teachers Retirement System retire, they are allowed to return to work in public education as long as they limit their employment to 100 days a year. RETIRED CONTINUED ON A5
ANNUAL DIXON LIONS HALLOWEEN PARADE
‘Margaret Blakeslee, come on down!’ Local resident to appear on ‘The Price Is Right’ BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529
TOP: The costumed Reagan Middle School Band leads the Dixon Noon Lions Halloween Parade along the streets of Dixon Saturday morning.
Photos by Alex T. Paschalfirstname.lastname@example.org
A young ghost walks in the annual Dixon Lions Halloween Parade as it steps off through the streets of Dixon Saturday morning. Children gathered at Haymarket Square for a costume contest before the parade.
ABOVE: Girls in costume dance and strike poses as they walk in the annual costume parade Saturday morning in Dixon. After the little ghouls and goblins were judged, the parade began from the square. Children and adults fueled up for the parade at a Monster Breakfast fundraiser sponsored by Dixon Main Street and Lee County Council on Aging.
ROCK FALLS – From early July until Tuesday morning, Margaret Blakeslee has and will be disappointing friends and relatives. Blakeslee, an art teacher at Washington and Franklin Margaret Blakeslee Elementary schools, was in California the first week of July with her husband, Ken Blakeslee, and her parents, Daniel Casillas and Mary Casillas, and they went to a taping of “The Price Is Right.” “Mom and dad are really big fans and watch it every day,” Blakeslee said from the living room of her parents’ Rock Falls home. “I watch it in the summer, when I’m not teaching.” PRICE CONTINUED ON A14
THE WEEK AHEAD
It’s Halloween! Go trick-or-treating! Halloween hours this week across the Sauk Valley are: Albany: 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday Ashton: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Byron: 5-8 p.m. Thursday Chadwick: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Compton: 6-8 p.m. Thursday Dixon: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday Erie: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Franklin Grove: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Fulton: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Grand Detour: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Lyndon: 4-7 p.m. Thursday Manlius: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Milledgeville: 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday Morrison: 4-7 p.m. Thursday Mount Carroll: 5-8 p.m. Thursday Mount Morris: 5-8 p.m. Thursday Nelson: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Ohio: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Oregon: 5-8 p.m. Thursday Polo: 5-8 p.m. Thursday Prophetstown: 4-7 p.m. Thursday Rochelle: 5-8 p.m. Thursday Rock Falls: 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday (no leaf burning will be permitted that day)
Savanna: 5-8 p.m. Thursday Sterling: 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday Sublette: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Tampico: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday Walnut: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday in town; 6-7:30 p.m. at Walnut Manor Nursing Home Whiteside County (rural areas): 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday Note: Carroll and Lee counties will have no rural trick-or-treating hours. In Ogle County, rural residents’ trick-or-treating hours are set by their address. For example, if the address is Oregon, use Oregon’s hours.
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Cousin admits to fatal stabbings Mother, four kids killed in Brooklyn NEW YORK (AP) â€“ A Chinese immigrant who neighbors said struggled to survive in America was arrested Sunday on five counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of his cousinâ€™s wife and her four children in their Brooklyn home â€“ using a butcher knife. The suspect, 25-yearold Mingdong Chen, implicated himself in the killings early Sunday in the Sunset Park neigh-
borhood, police said. â€œThey were cut and butchered with a kitchen knife,â€? said Chief of Department Philip Banks III. Two girls, 9-year-old Linda Zhuo and 7-yearold Amy Zhuo, were pronounced dead at the scene, along with the youngest child, 1-yearold William Zhuo â€“ all attacked in a back bedroom, police said. Their brother, 5-year-old Kevin Zhuo, and 37-year-old mother, Qiao Zhen Li, were taken to hospitals, where they were also
pronounced dead. Chen is a cousin of the childrenâ€™s father and had been staying at the home for the past week or so, Banks said. Chen came to the United States from China in 2004, the chief said, but neighbors say he could never hold down a job. â€œHe made a very soft comment that since he came to this country, everybody seems to be doing better than him,â€? the chief said. â€œWeâ€™re not really sure what that means.â€? The chief said Chen still
speaks only Mandarin Chinese despite being in the U.S. for almost a decade. On Saturday night, Chen apparently had been acting in a â€œsuspiciousâ€? way that concerned Li, Banks said. She tried to call her husband, who wasnâ€™t home, but couldnâ€™t reach him. Banks said Li then called her mother-in-law in China, who also was unsuccessful in reaching her son. The mother-inlaw reached out to her daughter in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, Banks said.
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Balancing amenities with necessities P
eople like to be near the water. Thatâ€™s why homes next to rivers, lakes and oceans come at a high premium. And towns with more parkland, especially along bodies of water, seem like better places to live. One of the reasons I like Geneva Lake in southern Wisconsin is its 21-mile shoreline path â€“ it goes all around. How many sizable lakes have such a feature? I
canâ€™t think of another one. Most lakes and rivers have their share of big houses next to the river, barring public access. Geneva Lake also has those homes â€“ indeed, large mansions. But the areaâ€™s earliest settlers required that 20 feet of land directly up from the shoreline be considered public domain â€“ thus making way for the path. â€œToday, their edict pro-
davidGIULIANI David Giuliani is a reporter for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at dgiuliani@ saukvalley. com or 800798-4085, ext. 525.
vides walkers with an unprecedented view of some of the most beautiful homes and landscap-
ing in the Midwest,â€? says Lake Genevaâ€™s Chamber of Commerce website. In recent years, Dixon has improved its riverfront, which officials contend will pay off in the long run. But the city has taken heat for such improvements, which many residents consider a luxury. Take care of crumbling streets first, they say. Such arguments arenâ€™t unique to Dixon. Whenever someone proposes
a park or other amenity, people often point to rough roads as a reason not to spend any money on extras. But if we waited to get every street in perfect condition, weâ€™d be hardpressed to ever make quality-of-life improvements. Rock Falls has improved its riverfront by adding a park. Now, Sterling is poised to accept the donation of the buildings at the National Manu-
facturing site. Whatever Sterling does to improve that site likely will cost millions. And youâ€™ll hear the arguments to improve streets before making such an investment. Itâ€™s a tricky balancing act â€“ necessities vs. amenities. You need both. David Giuliani writes for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at dgiuliani@saukvalley or 800798-4085, ext. 525.
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to be unarmed, reportedly entered the business, demanded money and threatened violence if the money was not handed over, police said. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the business and was seen walking westbound through the Don Pedroâ€™s parking lot. The suspect is described by witnesses
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STERLING â€“ Police are searching for a female suspect in connection with a robbery that occurred Saturday afternoon at a local eatery. Sterling Police, at about 3:12 p.m., received a report of a robbery at Don Pedroâ€™s restaurant, 2401 E. Lincolnway. The suspect, believed
as a Caucasian female, between 30 and 40 years old, with short â€œdishwater-blondâ€? hair. She is believed to be 5 feet 1 inch or 5 feet 2 inches tall, with a thin to medium build, and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and sunglasses, according to a Sterling Police Department news release. Police were still work-
ing on getting a photo from surveillance video Sunday night. They also said that there could be a second suspect in the case. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Sterling Police Departmentâ€™s non-emergency number at 815-6326640, or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 815625-7867.
FDA proposes rules to make animal food safer WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer. The rules stem from a sweeping food safety law passed by Congress almost 3 years ago. Like rules proposed earlier this year for human food, they would focus on preventing contamination before it begins. The announcement comes as the FDA says it hasnâ€™t yet determined a cause of almost 600 dog deaths believed to be
linked to pet jerky treats imported from China. The agency has been trying for 6 years to determine what exactly is causing those illnesses. The proposed rules would require those who sell pet food and animal feed in the United States â€“ including importers â€“ to follow certain sanitation practices and have detailed food safety plans. All of the manufacturers would have to put individual procedures in place to prevent their food from becoming contaminated. The rules would also
help human health by aiming to prevent foodborne illnesses in pet food that can be transferred to humans. People can become sick by handling contaminated pet food or animal feed. Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods, said the rules fit together with regulations proposed in July to create better oversight over imported food, including pet foods and animal feed. The idea behind all of the food safety rules is to make businesses more responsible for the safety
of the food they are selling by proving they are using good food safety practices. They might do that by documenting basic information about their suppliersâ€™ cleanliness, testing foods or acquiring food safety audits. If they fail to verify the food is safe, the FDA could stop shipments of their food. Currently, the government does little to ensure that companies are trying to prevent food safety problems but generally waits and responds to outbreaks after they happen.