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STERLING SETS SIGHTS ON ANOTHER SECTIONAL
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STERLING | MUNICIPAL AGGREGATION
City picks 3-year electricity deal Bid awarded for sewer project; city manager’s pay raise approved BY PAM EGGEMEIER email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5570
STERLING – The city received a second round of bids at Monday’s council meeting and opted for a 3-year electricity aggregation deal with MidAmerican Energy.
ComEd came in with the lowest rate for the first year, but because ComEd’s rates change each May, and its second and third years are unknown, the council voted 5-1 to go with the lowest rate over the 3-year period. Based on average monthly use
of 670 kilowatt hours, Sterling’s current program with FirstEnergy costs $31.28 per month. The cost per kilowatt hour is 4.67 cents. The new deal with MidAmerican, based on the same average monthly use, would be $53.39 in the first year, $52.72 in the second year, and
$50.92 in year 3. ComEd’s first year rate, based on the same monthly use, would be $50.88 in the first year. ComEd also adds a price energy adjustment of up to 0.5 cents per kilowatt hour. ELECTRICITY CONTINUED ON A4
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DIXON POLICE | NEW CHAPLAIN PROGRAM
Spiritual spearhead for those in need Battle-tested leader to provide counsel, oversee team of qualified chaplains BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5521
Photos by Alex T. Paschalemail@example.com
ABOVE: Eric Riser, 30, poses with his son, Graham, 2, and a photo that ran in the Dixon Evening Telegraph on March 11, 1991, of the elder Riser driving the Power Wheels electric car that has been passed down a generation. Eric’s parents, Sue and Harvey of Dixon, pulled the old sled out, fired it up and let Graham zip around the sidewalks Saturday afternoon while he visited from Naperville. RIGHT: Harvey Riser of Dixon helps his grandson, Graham, of Naperville start up the Power Wheels electric car once owned and driven by Graham’s dad, Eric.
DIXON | MUNICIPAL AGGREGATION
Citywide savings could be $880,000 Move from ComEd to Verde could pocket $160 per resident this year BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
DIXON – Dixon residents could save about $160 this year on their electricity bill, thanks to municipal aggregation, a commissioner said. During the election in April 2013, Dixon voters approved giving their city government the power to negotiate for lower electricity rates, which is also known as municipal aggregation.
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It was the third time the choice had been put to city voters, the first two getting voted down. Commissioner Dave Blackburn said compared to the recent ComEd rate increase – up to about 7.6 cents a kilowatt hour – Dixon residents will play 23 percent less – about 5.85 cents a kilowatt hour – with the city-negotiated deal with Verde Energy, based on information he was given by Rock River Energy Services. SAVINGS CONTINUED ON A4
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Next meeting The City Council next meets at 5:30 p.m. June 16 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers. Go to www.DiscoverDixon.org or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.
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DIXON – It was during his service in the Vietnam War that Rev. Dr. Vincent Marrandino first knew he wanted to be a chaplain. He was a psychiatric specialist then, a young man with an undergraduate degree in psychology and an interest in helping fellow humans through unimaginable pain and emotional turmoil. Troops would be evacuated, and the soldiers would step out of the planes. They’d be separated into diff e r e n t g r o u p s Rev. Dr. Vincent – those in need Marrandino of medical atten- Senior volunteer tion, psychiatric chaplain with attention, the Dixon Police prisoners of war. Department Depending on is also full-time director of who was on the plane, he might pastoral care switch gears a little at KSB Hospital bit and work with the medics, talking to men who had lost their legs or their arms. “I kind of fell in love with doing that kind of work,” Marrandino said, sitting in the office of Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss. “And it was amazing how the ministry was so well correlated with psychiatry.” Marrandino is the the new senior volunteer chaplain for the Dixon Police Department. He’ll head up what will eventually be a team of qualified chaplains who will work with department members, crime victims, their families, and witnesses to talk through what they’ve seen. SPIRITUAL CONTINUED ON A2
Today’s weather High 83. Low 58. More on A3.
Carnival Days Get underway in Sterling, A3.
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â€˜Love Your Neighborâ€™ event set for Saturday Aim to promote awareness in community STAFF REPORT NEWS SAUKVALLEYCOM EXT
ROCK FALLS â€“ Of all the things there are to love about Rock Falls, chief among them is the people, and all the good things they do for one another. You can learn all about them, and the services the community has to offer, at the cityâ€™s first â€œLove Your Neighborâ€? event, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the back parking lot at Rock Falls Middle School, 1701 12th Ave. Sponsors WeCAN (Whiteside Community Action Network), First Christian Church of
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Rock Falls and other area churches are inviting one and all to come out for a few hours to mingle and learn. â€œThe point of this is for the community to know whatâ€™s in the community,â€? organizer Marge Sadowski said. All kinds of city and county agencies, organizations and churches will be represented: Rock Falls police and fire departments, the Lincolnland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Whiteside County Health Department, Rock Falls United Methodist Churchâ€™s Bear Necessities Personal Care Pantry, and Happy Tails
Humane Society and Animal Shelter, to name a few. There will be free cookies and hot dogs, and free family-friendly games to play. The Firehouse Museum is bringing a bounce house, and there will be firetruck to explore. Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott will be on hand, and the Rock Falls American Legion Honor Guard will be teaching proper flag etiquette. All activities are free, Sadowski said, and organizations still are signing on. Give her a call at 815632-0931 if you have any questions or would like to be involved.
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Heâ€™ll also provide oncall spiritual guidance, counseling, and critical stress debriefings for anyone who might need it. Marrandino is also the full-time director of pastoral care at KSB Hospital, where heâ€™s worked for the past 13 years, after having worked at Dixon Correctional Center for 12 years. The program, the first of its kind for Dixon Police Department, was spearheaded by Officer Ryan Bivins. â€œI saw it as a need,â€? Bivins said. â€œAs officers we deal with a lot of stress and negative things day-to-day and, just to have someone who can be there to supports us and help talk to victims and take some of the weight off our shoulders ... â€œWhen we were in Afghanistan, we had a chaplain, and that was a huge support for me. This job can change you very quickly if youâ€™re not emotionally and mentally strong. Iâ€™m excited about this, about having this resource.â€? Sterling and Rock Falls have had similar programs for 15 and 4 years, respectively, their chiefs said. â€œPolice are supposed
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to be tough and supposed to be macho,â€? Langloss said. â€œ ... But you internalize all that, all that becomes problematic. So, these debriefings and the facilitation done by people like Chaplain Marrandino help you get those things out of you, so they donâ€™t eat you up, and then you learn coping mechanisms. ... At
times in this profession, maybe youâ€™re sad or youâ€™re upset or youâ€™re emotional and that makes you feel weak â€“ you feel like youâ€™re different from everybody else, but these debriefings show that youâ€™re just like everybody else. â€œEverybody is going through these things. ... It helps you to move past it.â€?
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