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Dixon, Illinois

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GET TO KNOW US ... DIXON | WHAT’S INSIDE Publisher: Don T. Bricker Advertising Director: Jennifer Heintzelman Advertising Sales: Jill Reyna Efren Diaz Editors: Lucas Pauley Rusty Schrader

Greeting from the mayor ........................ Page 5 Dixon history .................................. Pages 7-11 Dixon today ................................. Pages 13-15 Dixon Municipal Band ........................ Pages 17 Sauk Valley Community College............ Page 19 Clubs ........................................... Pages 20-22 Dixon Public Library............................. Page 23 KSB Hospital................................. Pages 25-27 Places of worship ................................ Page 28 Helping hands .................................... Page 31 Parks ........................................... Pages 32-33 Numbers to note ................................. Page 34 Education ........................................... Page 35

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Welcome to Illinois

A letter from Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr.


elcome to Dixon, the hometown of Ronald Reagan and the seat of Lee County. Our beautiful city is right on the Rock River, and our historic downtown is a great place to shop, enjoy wonderful dining, and explore culture. There are Musical Fridays, and also Second Saturdays Art Happenings, which pairs art and music. The Next Picture Show Fine Arts Center is a mustsee gem, and the Dixon waterfront provides a picturesque backdrop for countless events each year. Indeed, our festivals have become famous themselves. They include the annual Christmas Walk, a Venetian Night on the river, the Gardenstock Art and Music Festival, and of course, the famous Petunia Festival. There is always something happening here in Dixon. For those who like to explore history, the Dixon area is a treasure trove. Pass into town under the iconic Veterans Memorial Arch that first welcomed home World War I veterans, then tour Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home. Take Sauk Valley Media

the time to visit the Northwest Territory Historic Center or any of the many small museums that are part of the Dixon Area Museum Alliance, and be sure to visit the John Deere Home and Historic Site in Grand Detour if you can. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is also plenty to do. Dixon has a great many parks, including athletic fields, Veteran’s Memorial Park, and Lowell Park’s 200-plus acres along the river. There are trails for walking and biking, and even a nature center to explore. And don’t forget the entire Rock River itself is waiting for you! Fish near the dam, go boating, or just enjoy the river scene. Whether you are coming to visit or to stay, Dixon is a place of great experiences and great people. Enjoy your time here! Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr. City of Dixon 5

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Fruitful founder

John Dixon wore many hats, including trader and teacher


ox, Sac, Pottawatomie, Winnebago, Illini and other Indians inhabited the Rock River shores, thriving on their rich soil, abundant game and vast forests long before the first explorers came to the area that is now Dixon. The first white man of record in the Dixon area was a Frenchman, Pierre LaPorte, who lived among the tribes between 1780 and 1810.

In 1793, another Frenchman, La Sallier, came to the region and married a woman from either the Winnebago or Pottawatomie tribe. Some historians say Joseph Ogee, the man who later sold his river-crossing business to John Dixon in 1830, married a daughter of this union, Madeline. Ogee was a French-Canadian trader, trapper and agent for the American Fur Co. He and Madeline met John Dixon (shown at left), the future founder of Dixon, when both were active at Fort Clark in Peoria around 1820. continued on




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Dixon was a native of New York, born in the village of Rye in 1784. As a young adult, he moved to New York City, bought a clothing store and became active in the promotion of temperance and religion. After 15 years in the city, Dixon developed pulmonary disease and was advised by his physician to move to a different climate. He spent the next few years traveling through different regions, primarily in Illinois. During that time, more and more people were traveling north to settle the state’s rich prairies. Establishing river crossings became more important, and overcoming this natural obstacle became essential to growth. In spring 1828, Ogee moved from Fort Clark to the Dixon area and took

over a river crossing, calling his business Ogee’s Ferry. The venture failed, and 5 years later he sold it to Dixon, who had just moved to the area with his wife, Rebecca, and their five children. Dixon charged “$.25 per person and horse,” and the ferry did better under his care, remaining in operation until 1846. Dixon also began a successful trading business with neighboring Indians and other travelers. During the Black Hawk War, his two-story cabin was the only dwelling at Dixon’s Ferry. The surrounding grounds became a site for conflict and hostility, and although not officially changed, became known as “Fort Dixon.” It was the central command post during the war.  When the war ended, overland travel resumed. HISTORY continued on 114

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In 1835, Dixon registered his 40-acre plat on the south side of the Rock River as the town of Dixon. Seven years later, 80 acres north of the river were platted and called North Dixon. In addition to being a trader, Dixon was, among other things, an Indian interpreter, an Army counsel, the village postmaster and its first president. He taught his children in their family cabin, making him the village schoolteacher. Later, the Methodist and Baptist churches were used for classrooms until a two-room schoolhouse was built in 1837, at a cost of $515. By fall 1836, the tiny village had grown to include six families, a blacksmith shop and a lean-to post office. The following year, the first dry goods store opened and construction began on a hotel, which is now the Nachusa House apartments for senior citizens. In 1839, Dixon was named Lee County seat. The first bridge was built across the Rock River in 1846, which is about the same time a dam and sawmill were built.  The river played a major part in the town’s prosperity. Fish were shipped to market in huge numbers, and for 50 years Dixon had a thriving clamming industry. Ice harvesting also was profitable. By 1850, Dixon had grown to 1,073 residents. The first newspapers, the Dixon Telegraph and Lee County Herald, began publication in 1851. Commercial development and industry continued through the next two decades. When the Illinois Central Railroad arrived in 1855, the various factories expandSauk Valley Media

Dixon, shown here in a post card from the 1920s. By 1900, Dixon’s population reached 8,000. ed to meet the needs of more people. Lumber and flour mills, a cooperage firm and the Dixon Plow Works all added to a strong industrial picture. By 1900, Dixon’s population reached 8,000. Dixon also has a rich history with historical figures. Abraham Lincoln served at Fort Dixon as a soldier during the Black Hawk War, as did future Confederacy President Jefferson Davis. In 1887, Charles R. Walgreen moved to Dixon and began his career by clerking for a local drugstore while attending Dixon Business College. He opened his first Walgreen Drug Store in Chicago in 1902, and his second in Dixon, at 105 W. First St., in 1904. By 1939, he had about 500 stores in 39 states. The late President Ronald Reagan also grew up in Dixon, graduated from Dixon High School, and spent seven summers as a lifeguard at Lowell Park before moving on to a movie and political career. Louella Parsons, who from 1915 to about 1960 was America’s premier movie gossip columnist, also was born and raised in Dixon. She died in 1972. 11

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Fireworks explode over the Rock River during the 2016 Petunia Festival. The Petunia Festival – Dixon’s largest and oldest festival – will be held June 30 to July 4 in 2017, with the fireworks on the final night. SVM file photo

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ixon has much to offer its nearly 16,000 residents, including educational options, convenient access to health care, beautiful parks, historic sites and scores of activities. The county seat of Lee County, Dixon has been a center of commerce since its inception n the late 1820s. It was named after its founder, John Dixon, who operated a ferry service across the Rock River. Today, Dixon’s economic base is supported by government, agriculture, service and retail, as well as by major manufacturers, including Raynor Garage Doors, UPM Raflatac Inc., BorgWarner Inc., Donaldson Co., printer Dixon Direct, SGS Refrigeration and Sewer Equipment Co. of America. KSB Hospital, another large employer, offers comprehensive health serSauk Valley Media

vices in Dixon and the surrounding area. The 80-bed, acute-care facility is highly rated for patient experience. Residents have educational choices in Dixon, including the public school system and three parochial schools. Sauk Valley Community College, ranked highly for tuition affordability, is located on Dixon’s west edge. More than 30 churches of several denominations support the spiritual needs of Dixon’s residents. One of the town’s “claims to fame” is its connection to the late President Ronald Reagan, who lived in Dixon as a boy. The home he lived in from 1920 to 1923, at 816 S. Hennepin Ave., became a National Historic Site in 1982 and welcomes visitors from across the U.S. TODAY CONTINUED ON 15 13

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Dixon is also home to numerous parks and recreational opportunities that revolve around its picturesque location on the banks of the Rock River, including the recently completed downtown Riverfront Heritage Crossing, and historic Lowell Park north of town, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside. Dixon has more park land than any city in Illinois. The Petunia Festival – Dixon’s largest and oldest festival – will be held June 30 to July 4, 2017. The festival offers a parade, a carnival, concerts and a fireworks show, among many other activities. Since 1960, the town has been adorned with thousands of pink petunias from May until late fall, earning Dixon the designation of “Petunia City.”

Other festivals and activities throughout the year, sponsored by local organizations, as well as opportunities to join many clubs, keep residents engaged and entertained. On Wednesdays in the summer, Dixon City Market features live music, specialty items, ready-to-eat food, baked goods, produce, kids activities, beer and wine. On Fridays, there’s Riverfront Yoga and Musical Fridays. Some major 2017 events include Rockin’ on the Rock ( news/rockin-rock) on Aug. 5 and Gardenstock ’17( Also upcoming are: Aug. 12, Venetian Night; Sept. 2, Blues, Brews, BBQ and Bags for the Brave; Oct. 14, West End Fest; Oct. 28, Halloween Downtown; and Dec. 1, Christmas Walk. Go to for more information on these events.

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he Dixon Municipal Band’s 2017 season was shortened to 8 weeks, due to budget limitations, but the band will continue to present music throughout the summer. The first concert was June 8, and as of printing time for this publication, the schedule included performances on June 15 and 22 at Page Park bandshell. The annual patriotic concert was set to be held June 30 on the lawn of the Historic Lee County Courthouse. The remaining concerts are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 at the bandshell. The final concert will feature “The

Liberty Bell,” “Riverfest,” “Buffalo Jump Ritual,” “An American Elegy,” “Symphonic Suite for Shogun,” “Spinning Wheel,” “Slippery Slides,” “Up,” and “Manhattan Beach March.” The band is seeking financial donations and corporate sponsorships for this season and future seasons. Contact band manager Cathy James at or band director Mark Bressler at for more information. The Dixon High School theater department sells refreshments, popcorn and pizza at all concerts in Page Park as part of its fundraising efforts.

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Dedication to education


auk Valley Community College has been on a mission to provide quality education to its diverse student body since its doors opened in 1965. The college, which sits on a 144-acre campus at 173 state Route 2, between Dixon and Sterling, enrolls about 4,000 full- and part-time students a year. Sauk offers 2-year transfer associate degrees in art or science in more than 40 areas; 22 career-technical degrees, 24 associate degrees and a associate in engineering science degree, along with 50 career-technical certificates. Sauk also offers adult education classes, dual-credit courses for area high school students, literacy and GED services, community services and workforce services.

Men’s and women’s sports, cultural activities and events, and more than 20 student clubs and organizations, including Phi Theta Kappa (the honor society for 2-year colleges), student government, Association of Latin American Students, Magic Club, Campus Crusade for Christ and Math Club, contribute to the vibrant campus life. Students also have access to the Sauk YMCA. Membership is $19 a month for students and $40.25 a month for faculty and staff. Sauk has been fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1972. To find out more about Sauk Valley Community College, go to svcc. edu or call 815-835-6273. Class schedules are available online.


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Dixon Coin Club; Dixon Elks Lodge 779; 1279 Franklin Grove Road; 815-626-5934 Dixon Elks Lodge 779, Dixon Elks Auxiliary; 1279 Franklin Grove Road; or 815-288-3557 Dixon Evening Lions Club; P.O. Box 916; 815-288-6883 Dixon Family YMCA; 110 N. Galena Ave.; or 815-288-9622 Dixon Habitat for Humanity; P.O. Box 11 and 924 W. First St.;, 815-288-4957 Dixon Junior Dukes Football; Dixon Lioness Club; Facebook Dixon Noon Lions; 815-2848845 Dixon Petunia Festival;, on Facebook or 815-288-7465 Dixon Rotary Club, 221 W. Third Street, P.O. Box 83; rota- and on Facebook Dixon Shrine Club; tebala. com or 815-288-0250 Dixon Sister Cities Association; or 815288-4408 Dixon Theatre; 114 S. Galena Ave.; or 815-285-1917 Dixon Wrestling Club; dixon​ 15-378-8256 or 8 Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois;, 800242-5591 or Goodfellows; Leydig Center, 1107 Eyelet Road; leydigonline. com, 815-284-7772 Gyro Club, a Dixon men’s club; 815-284-7157 Kiwanis Club of Dixon; or on Facebook Knights of Columbus; 506 W. Third St.; 815-288-1821; or Facebook INVOLVED continued on 224

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sonline.html, 815-284-1619 Masonic Friendship Lodge No. 7; 1409 N. Galena Ave., 815-284-0226 and on Facebook Meals on Wheels, 403 E. First St., 815-284-0333 Moose Lodge Chapter No. 832 (Women); 887 Shop Road; 815-288-1182; lodge727. Northwestern Illinois Special Olympics; area1 or 815-739-2052 P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter KM; or Carol Fisher, 224 Fox Trot Lane P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter AC; or 815-2885849 Phidian Art Club; Betty Scarbrough, 1424 Tilton Park Drive; 815-288-7254 Reagan Home Foundation; 816 S. Hennepin Ave.; or 815-288-5176 Rock River Garden Club; 815-973-5091; johndebnagy@; bloominontherock.

com and Facebook Rock River Grange; Meets at Masonic Lodge, 1409 N. Galena Ave.; 815-973-1490 Rock River Human Resources Professional Association; P.O. Box 962; Sauk Valley American Association of University Women; Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2; 815-288-5511 Sauk Valley Community Concert Association;, 815-677-6676 or on Facebook TOPS Chapter 617; 815284-8321 VFW Post 540, VFW Post Auxiliary; 1560 Franklin Grove Road, 815-288-5165 VietNow, Rock River Valley Chapter; P.O. Box 411, Nachusa, 815-284-6128 VITAL Adult Literacy Program; Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2; 815-288-5511 Volunteer Care Center; 403 E. First St.; 815-284-9555

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Let’s take a look at the library

Dixon Public Library staff were hard at work in April 2015 shifting items around as the $1.5 million renovation project got underway. Decades old periodicals and books, left to deteriorate in attics and crawl spaces, were discarded or sold to collectors.


he roots of the Dixon Public Library reach back to 1872 when the firemen of Dixon Hose Company began a small subscription library. The firemen turned the library over to the city in 1895-96. In 1899, O. B. Dodge, the first president of the library board, offered to build a new building, which was formally opened to Dixon residents in early 1901. Many changes have occurred over the years. The building was remodeled in 1955 to add a children’s department and an addition was built and opened in 1969, providing the library with its present layout. An elevator was installed in 1986 and the entire building was refurbished in 1994. In early 2015, work began on a $1.5 million project to strengthen the bones of the turn-of-the-century stone building and its 45-year-old addition. Today, the library is home to more than 90,000 volumes. The library is also a member of the Rock River Libraries Consortium, which shares a catalog of more than 250,000 items available for loan. A media center, now housing 1,000 DVDs and nearly 1,000 CDs and audio books, was added in 1988. Special collections of Sauk Valley Media

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Dixon Public Library, 221 S. Hennepin Ave., 815-284-7261, Hours: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday interest include the Lincoln collection and a display of original World War I posters, as well as special works published by the library on local history. Computers equipped with Wi-Fi and Internet access are available to the public. The library catalog, as well as many other resources, is available from the library’s website. Library cards are free to anyone who lives within city limits. Cards for Lee County residents are $50 a year per household. In addition to loaning materials, the library offers reading programs for adults and children. A book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of every month, and the “Knit Wits,” a knitting and fiber arts group, meets every other Wednesday evening. Its summer reading programs, for children and adults, also are popular. 23

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ine women launched Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital on Jan. 1, 1897. At that time, the hospital was housed in a building the size of a home, with eight patient rooms, an operating room, an etherizing room, three kitchens, a dining room and living quarters for the superintendent. Today, KSB is a nonprofit, 80-bed acute care medical facility providing all phases of surgery care, as well as a variety of ancillary health care services for Dixon and surrounding communities. In June 2006, the hospital opened a $3 million state-of-the-art cardiovascular lab and a new endoscopy area. In 2010, the late Dixon optometrist Thomas Lawless joined the KSB Medical Group while retaining the his office. The Lawless Eye and Vision Center is located at 511 Palmyra St. A $16 million expansion of the outpatient surgery and emergency departments was completed in 2011. In spring 2014, a newly renovated Intensive Care Unit was opened. Also that year, the hosptial partnered with Physicians Immediate Care to open a walk-in clinic on the south side of town, at 1672 S. Galena Ave. The clininc features and X-ray machine, lab testing and seven exam rooms, including a pediatric room and a trauma room. The OB and nursery staff members deliver and care for more than 350 babies a year. HEALTH CARE continued on 274 Sauk Valley Media

KSB Lovett Center KSB announced in May 2017 that it’s buying the Midland States Bank building downtown to house its community wellness center and financial departments. Midland will continue to operate on the second and third floors, and KSB will occupy the basement along with the first, fourth and fifth floors. KSB President/CEO Dave Schreiner said the space will house a community wellness center with health and lifestyle improvement classes, along with the hospital’s accounting, patient financial services, registration, and strategic planning departments. It will be renamed the KSB Lovett Center in honor of the Lovett family, which has longstanding ties to the bank, the hospital and a variety of community boards and organizations. The historic corner building opened as Dixon National Bank in 1914, and was purchased by H.O. Lovett and his son, Donald R. Lovett, about 70 years ago. The bank was sold to Amcore in 1992, then to Midland States Bank in 2010. Donald was the first man on KSB’s Board of Directors in 1972. His son, Jeff, was a regional market president for Midland. He died in July 2016 after an 11-month battle with bladder cancer. Services were expected to be up and running by July or August, and 70 to 100 of the hospital’s 950 employees will be moved into the space. 25

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The hospital also boasts a foot-andankle clinic, sleep lab, balance center, cancer center, diabetes center and speech department, among other specialties. As one of the first home-care agencies in the state, KSB Home Health Care offers a variety of services, including skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and home health aides. The emergency medical services department trains paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Many trainees have gone on to work for local fire departments and ambuSauk Valley Media

For more information Learn more about KSB Hospital, 403 E. First St., Dixon, at, on Facebok, or by calling 815-288-5531. lance services. KSB Corporate Health Services, established in 1996, works hand-inhand with area businesses to promote employee health. As part of its extensive community outreach efforts, KSB also offers many classes and events. It owns and operates medical clinics at Commerce Towers, Edwards Clinic and Town Square Centre in Dixon, as well as sites in Amboy, Ashton, Mount Morris, Oregon and Polo. 27


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Church of God Lincoln Avenue Church of God, 704 S. Lincoln Ave.; 815-288-1142; or Facebook

Disciples of Christ First Christian Church, 123 S. Hennepin Ave.; 815-288-1222

Episcopal St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 221 W. Third St.; 815-288-2151; or Facebook

Evangelical Congregational Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, 131 N. Court St.; 815-284-3849; dixonbethel. com or Facebook St. James Evangelical Congregational Church, 1552 U.S. Route 52; 815-288-2446

Foursquare Foursquare Gospel Church, 103 E. Morgan St.; 815-288-1778; or Facebook 28

Islamic Sauk Valley Islamic Center, 202 E. Fellows St.; 815-284-4868

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 634 Countryside Lane; 815-288-4019

Lutheran Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2035 state Route 26; 815-284-4554; or Facebook Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1013 Franklin Grove Road; 815-284-2804; Facebook St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Ave.; 815-288-2757; or Facebook

Methodist First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Peoria Ave.; 815-284-2849; or Facebook Grace United Methodist Church, 921 E. Chamberlin; 815-288-1505; or Facebook

Nazarene Living Well Church of the Nazarene; 113 E. First St., Dixon; 815-973-5981; livingwellchurch. org or Facebook Lost Lake Community Church of the Nazarene; 90 W. Flagg Road; 815-535-6990;

Nondenominational Sauk Valley Community Church, 498 state Route 2; 815-288-7000; or Facebook Sugar Grove Church, 352 Timber Creek Road; 815-288-2811 Turning Point Community Church, 944 Stony Point Road; 815-288-2625; or Facebook The Worship Center, 403 N. Ottawa; 815-6779694; or Facebook

Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Third St.; 815-284-7741; or Facebook Get to know us...Dixon, Illinois • 2017-2018



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DIXON | AGENCIES AT YOUR SERVICE There are a wide variety of agencies that provide services to those in need. Here are a few (in Dixon, unless otherwise noted): Alzheimer’s Association-Rock River Branch; 93 S. Hennepin Ave.; or 815-285-1100 American Cancer Society Rockford (Northern) Regional Office; 4312 E. State St., Rockford; 815-229-1287 American Red Cross; Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2; rockriver or 815-835-6342 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sauk Valley; 300 First Ave., Suite 220, Rock Falls; bbbs-mv. org or 815-626-2227 Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA); 113 S. Peoria Ave.; Trisha Morrow; casaleecarroll. com or 815-288-1901 Dixon Community Food Pantry; 2001 W. Fourth St.; 815-288-4848 Dixon Greeter; Tere Elliot; or 815-994-0422 Dixon Habitat for Humanity; Chris Gehlbach, president; 924 W. First St., P.O. Box 11;; 815-288-4957 Dixon Main Street and Chamber; 87 S. Hennepin Ave.;; 815288-2308 or 815-288-3361 Dixon Park District; Deb Carey; 804 Palmyra St.; or 815-2843306 Dixon Welcome Center; 87 S. Hennepin Ave.;; 815-288-2308 or 815288-3361 Granny Rose Animal Shelter; 613 River Lane;, or 815-288-7387 Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center of the Rock River Valley; 1637 Plock Sauk Valley Media

Road; Facebook or 815-2884673 Homemaker Extension; 416 Prospect St.; or 815-288-9672 Hospice of the Rock River Valley; 2600 N. Locust St., Suite B, Sterling; or 815-625-3858 Illinois State National Guard; National Guard Armory; 412 W. Everett; or 815-284-2995 Kreider Services; 500 Anchor Road; or 815-288-6691; direct care programs to persons with developmental disabilities Lee County Council on Aging; 100 W. Second St.; or 815-288-9236 or 855407-9236 Lee County Farm Bureau; 37 S. East Ave., Amboy; leecfb. org, 815-857-3531 Lee County Health Department; 309 S. Galena Ave.; lchd. com or 815-284-3371 Lee County Housing Authority; 1000 Washington Ave.; 815-284-2759 Lee County Industrial Development; 101 W. Second St., Suite 301; discoverdixon. org or 815-284-3361 Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District; 319 S. Mason Ave., Amboy; 815857-3621 Lee County Special Education; 1335 Franklin Grove Road; 815-284-6651 Lee County Tourism; 113 S. Peoria Ave.;, 815-288-1840 Leydig Memorial Center; 1107 Warp Road; leydigonline. com or 815-284-7772 Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; 1901 First Ave., Sterling; or 815-6267333 Meals on Wheels; 403 E.

First St.; or 815973-1608 Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living; 412 Locust St., Sterling; or 815-625-7860 PADS Homeless Shelter; 805 W. First St., Facebook, 815-288-6818 Prairie State Legal Services; or 815-965-2134 Sinnissippi Centers; 325 state Route 2; sinnissippi. com or 815-284-6611; 24-hour crisis hotline, 800242-7642; mental health and addiction services Small Business Development Center; 173 state Route 2, David Buchen at 815-8356248 or Emily Zimmerman at 815-835-6259; Tri-County Lekotek; 2002 E. Fifth St., Sterling;  or 815-6257931; toy-lending and resource agency for special needs children Tri-County Opportunities Council; 405 Emmons Ave., Rock Falls; or 815-323-5434 United Way of Lee County; P.O. Box 382; or 815-284-3339 University of Illinois Extension Lee County; 280 W. Wasson Rd., Amboy; web.extension. or 815-857-3525 VITAL Adult Literacy Program; Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2; svcc. edu/community/adult-education/ vital or 815-835-6363 Volunteer Care Center; 403 E. First St..; 815-284-9555 White Oaks Women’s Center; 2323 E. Lincolnway, Suite A; or 815-408-0793 Dixon Family YMCA; 110 N. Galena Ave.; or 815-288-9622 YWCA of the Sauk Valley; 412 First Ave., Sterling; ywca. org/saukvalley or 815-625-0333 31

DIXON | PARKS Ballou Park, 600 E. Seventh St.; lighted ball diamonds, basketball court, playground and picnic shelter; Bluff View, 900 E. River Rd.; 1-1/2 acre park offering river views; Chula Vista, 801 Chula Vista Dr.; green space; Custer Boat Dock, 251 Custer Ave.; boat access and fishing, ADA accessible gangways and dock; Dement Park, 501 S. Dement Ave.; playground; E.C. Smith Park, 455 W. Seventh St.; playground, tennis courts, picnic tables/water fountain, sledding hill; Grace Johnston Park, South Highland Ave.; playground, basketball court, picnic tables; Haymarket Square, 317 W. Third St.; playground, gazebo and farmers market; Howell Park, 324 E. Boyd St.; riverwalk, E. N. Howell memorial and bank fishing; Joe Stengel Trail, Lowell Park Road to Polo; an 11-mile unpaved multipurpose trail, and Gee’s Grove and Penrose prairies; John C. Roe Park, 800 Murphy St.; playground, parking for Lowell Park Trail; John Dixon Park, 515 N. Galena Ave.; playground and Lions picnic shelter; Lowell Park, 2114 Lowell Park Rd.; a 200acre woodland along the Rock River, scenic drives, hiking trails, natural area, 9 picnic shelters, nature center, ball diamond, 7 miles of cross-country ski trails, playground, ADA boat access and fishing, plus 50-acre Lowell Forest Illinois Nature Preserve; lowell-park Lowell Parkway Trail, Washington Ave. to Lowell Park; a 3.5-mile paved multipurpose trail; Meadows Park, Washington Avenue; 567 acres of open space along the Rock River with multipurpose trails for horseback riding, hiking, biking, hunting and snowmobiling; bank fishing; Wooden Wonderland playground; Kiwanis 32

picnic shelter; the Miller Golf Complex; Archery Hunting; roller hockey courts and soccer fields; Miller Golf Complex, 1010 Washington Ave.; lighted driving range, 9-hole course; pitching/ putting greens; 24-hour ball machine; 815-2843306; Page Park, Page Park Drive; scenic drive, band shell, ball diamonds, ADA boat access, fishing, tennis courts, picnic shelters and band shell; Park 4 Paws dog park, Washington Avenue, behind soccer fields; agility courses and open play areas, 815-284-3306; dixonparkdistrict. com/park-4-paws Plum Creek Natural Area, Palmyra Road; 62-acre wetland and upland woods, arboretum President’s Park, 100 Lincoln Statue Drive; riverwalk, veterans memorial and is adjacent to state-owned Lincoln Statue site and historic log cabin; Reynolds Field, 1900 W. Second St.; lighted ball diamonds and picnic shelter;

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Triangle Park, 500 E. Everett St.; green space, butterfly garden; Vaile Park, 251 Custer Ave.; splash pad, historic Memorial Pool structure, playground, picnic shelter, horseshoe courts, volleyball; dixonparkdistrict. com/vaile-park Van Arnum’s Island and Willow Island, Rock River; wildlife preserve, no admittance; dixonparkdistrict. com/vanarnams-island Veterans Memorial Park, Palmyra Road; cityowned park with military equipment and memorial; Wooden Wonderland, 1550 Washington Ave.; huge wooden play structure and picnic shelter, splash pad;

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Dixon Water Department 121 W. Second St. 815-288-3381 Republic Services Waste and Recycling 1214 South Bataan Road, 815-288-4607 Xfinity (cable) 1-800-934-6489

Dixon Police Department 220 S. Hennepin Ave. 815-288-4411 Dixon Fire Department 220 S. Hennepin Ave. 815-288-1485 Lee County Sheriff’s Department 306 S. Hennepin Ave. 815-284-5217 In an emergency ... 911

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Affordable Waste Systems, LLC P.O. Box 114; 815-288-7283 ComEd 919 First St.; 800-334-7661 NICOR Gas 1844 Ferry Road, Naperville      800-427-6748

Dixon City Hall 121 W. Second St. 815-288-1485 Dixon Public Library 221 S. Hennepin Ave. 815284-7261 Illinois State Driver’s License Exam Station 925 S. Peoria Ave. 815-288-6685

KSB Hospital 403 E. First St. 815-288-5531 Lee County Animal Control 280 E. Progress Drive 815-284-3833 Lee County Chief County Assessment Office 112 E. Second St. 815-288-4483 Lee County Clerk 112 E. Second St. 815-288-3309; Lee County Treasurer 112 E. Second St.; 815-288-4477 The Telegraph 113 S. Peoria Ave. 815-284-2224 U.S. Post Office 405 W. Second St.; 815-284-5015;

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ducational needs in Dixon are met through public and private schools. Dixon Public Schools has three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. Special education services are provided at each school. Dixon also has three parochial schools.

OFFICES/SCHOOLS District 170 Office 1335 Franklin Grove Road 815-284-7722 Lee County Special Education Association 1335 Franklin Grove Road 815-284-6651 Dixon High School 300 Lincoln Statue Dr. 815-284-7723 Dixon High School has about 800 students in grades 9-12. The principal is Mike Grady. Reagan Middle School 620 Division St. 815-284-7725 Reagan Middle School has about 600 sixth- through eighth-graders. The principal is Andrew Bullock. Madison Elementary School 618 Division St. 815-284-7722 Madison has an enrollment of about 400 fourth- and fifth-grade students. The principal is Joey Sagel. Jefferson Elementary School 800 Fourth Ave. 815-284-7724

Jefferson has an enrollment of about 400 second- and third-grade students. Crystal Thorpe is principal. Washington Elementary School 703 E. Morgan St. 815-284-7727 Washington has an enrollment of about 430 kindergarten and first-grade students and houses the district’s preschool program. The principal is Jeff Gould.

PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS Faith Christian School 7571 S. Ridge Rd., Grand Detour 815-652-4806 Faith Christian School educates students from preschool through 12th grade and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. In operation since 1980, the school is an inter-denominational ministry of Faith Assembly Church. Linda Foster is principal. St. Anne Catholic School 1112 N. Brinton Ave. 815-288-5619 St. Anne educates more than 120 students in preschool through eighth grade. The average class size is 15 students. Karen Payan is the lead school administrator. St. Mary Catholic School 704 S. Peoria Ave. 815-284-6986 St. Mary Catholic School has 200 students in preschool through eighth grade. The average class size is 22 students. The principal is Jean Spohn.

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