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Negotiations reach impasse President says union will not make another offer after district’s counter BY MATT MENCARINI mmencarini@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529

DIXON – Negotiations between the Dixon school district and the union representing teachers aides and assistants reached an impasse Wednesday night. A meeting between representa-

tives of the Dixon Educational Support Personnel Association and the school district and Superintendent Michael Juenger lasted from 5 p.m. until approximately 7:30, when the school board declared an impasse, DESPA President Mindy Donoho and Juenger said.

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Juenger said “both sides are pretty much adamant about their position.” During the meeting, the district presented Donoho and the association with a counteroffer to the DESPA proposal from November, in hopes of ending a nearly 18-month contract negotiation.

Dixon teacher aides and assistants have been working without a contract since June 2012. Prior to the Wednesday night meeting, Donoho was optimistic the school district would counter with a positive offer, she said. IMPASSE CONTINUED ON A2

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BY DAVID GIULIANI dgiuliani@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525

ROCK FALLS – Embattled Coloma Township has turned in two of its late financial reports to the state. One remains overdue. The 2010 and 2011 reports were on the state comptroller’s website Wednesday. They arrived after the state informed Coloma that it was fining the townDebra ship more than Burke $13,000 for those late reports and two missing audits from the mid-1990s. Coloma Township Debra Burke said Wednesday she planned to turn in the 2012 report soon.

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Sauk Valley Community College students walk through the east mall at the school, where three panels of the celebrated AIDS quilt was on display Wednesday. The quilt was started in 1987 by a group in San Francisco. In its entirety, it weighs 54 tons, is more than 1.3 million square feet, and bears the names of more than 94,000 people who died from AIDS. The exhibit will be on display through today and is free and open to the public.

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ROCK FALLS – Friday will mark the second week since a state conservation officer shot and killed an Ohio man on Interstate 88 during a trafficstop-turned-confrontation. And officials still are withholding the name of the officer involved. State Police Capt. James Winters said his department is deferring to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the release of the name. “It’s up to the Department of [Natural Resources] if they want to release their officer’s name,” Winters said. “We’re conducting the investigation, but it’s really up to them if they want to release their officer’s name.” Robert Frazier, Region 1 commander for the IDNR’s conservation police, said his agency hasn’t released the name, because the shooting is still under investigation by state police. “I’m not authorized to release [the name] right now,” Frazier said. “But I would say, at some point in time, I probably will.” On the morning of Nov. 22, a state conservation officer assisted a man, identified later as Shane David Cataline, 30, of Toledo, Ohio, who was driving a minivan with Ohio plates at Burns and Albany roads in Whiteside County, authorities said. Later, Cataline called 911, making statements that prompted officers to check on him again. His van was spotted heading east on Interstate 88, west of Route 30, authorities said. At that point, a state trooper conducted a traffic stop that ended with him pinned between his squad car and Cataline’s minivan. With the trooper pinned, Frazier said, the conservation officer shot Cataline, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Both officers were placed on temporary administrative leave after the shooting.

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Donoho added that, if they reached an agreement, it could have been taken to DESPA members during their scheduled meeting today. Donoho wouldn’t say what options DESPA would consider going forward, only that they will be discussed during today’s meeting.

She said she stills holds hope an agreement can be reached, but also said DESPA won’t be making a counteroffer. The final issue to be resolved, Donoho said, is insurance. In the past, despite low pay, the teachers aides and assistants have had good benefits, she said. Both sides reached a tentative agreement in August, but the pay wasn’t enough to com-

pensate for some aides and assistants losing their benefits, Donoho said, so the union didn’t accept it. DESPA and the teacher aides and assistants are aware of the financial situation the district is in, Donoho said, but cutting their benefits or pay further wouldn’t do much to balance the budget. The school district is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit in its cur-

rent fiscal year. In October, Juenger presented the school board with a proposal to close Lincoln Elementary School. By closing Lincoln, cutting various school funds, and laying off some teachers and staff, the district could balance its budget by the 2017 fiscal year, according to several options Juenger presented to the school board during its November meeting.

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Under the appropriations section for both the 2011 and 2012 reports, the township listed the main fund twice, overstating the total by more than $350,000 both years. Burke said she wasn’t aware of the double listing. Over the years, the township has also been late in publishing financial statements in the newspaper. Once published, they contained many errors, carrying over the same exact amounts for revenue and expenses from year to year. Trustee Peggy McFadden, who took a seat on the board just this year, said the public should

treat the numbers in the comptroller’s reports with skepticism. “Maybe she’s doing it right now,� McFadden said about Burke. “Until she shows me that it’s correct, I just have a hard time believing anything she tells me.� McFadden said that soon after she joined the township board, she found that Burke would often fail to get things done that she had promised. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the other trustees expressed frustration with Burke, who has been supervisor since 1981 and was unopposed in this past April’s election. The trustees unanimously decided Tuesday to have a township

employee log in all the mail and phone calls coming into Coloma. Before, McFadden said, that employee was not allowed to open any mail while Burke was out of the office. “We haven’t actually been able see all of that stuff, but that’s going to change,� McFadden said. The township has asked the state comptroller’s office to eliminate or reduce the fines. Recently, Burke sent a letter to the comptroller’s office to explain why the reports were late. Trustees have tried to seek that letter from the comptroller, but

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Ups and downs mean city needs more revenue Tax levy gets 2nd reading Dec. 17 BY PAM EGGEMEIER peggemeier@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 570

ROCK FALLS – Pension costs are going up, and property values are going down. A likely result of both occurrences is that the Rock Falls government will increase its tax levy for 2014 by 4.99 percent. Because the increase would be less than 5 percent, no public hearing is required. But the City Council will give the proposed levy increase – from

$1,052,421.67 this year to $1,102,681.85 next year – a second read at its next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 17. City Administrator Robbin Blackert said the average Rock Falls homeowner will see about 17 percent of their property taxes go to the city. Blackert said the tax increase is largely the result of increased pension contributions and a substantial loss in equalized assessed valuation over the past year. “The value of property as of Jan. 1, 2013, showed about a $2 million loss,� Blackert said. Several factors come

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EAV,� Blackert said. Economic development is the biggest catalyst in driving valuations back up, but Blackert said a big development project takes about 3 years to make a difference. Rising pension costs account for 47 percent of the levy increase. The most significant increase in city contributions was a 32.78 percent hike in police pension funding. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, which is for city and school district employees, will see an increase of 21.74 percent in city funding in 2014. Close behind is the fire department pension, which increases by

21.73 percent. The fire pensions are fully funded, while the police department is funded at 80 percent. Blackert says the police department is in good shape, because the investments in that pension fund are getting a good rate of return. “Our pensions aren’t in horrible shape; we’re holding our own,� Blackert said. Rock Falls will not have a public hearing before adoption of its levy. According to Illinois Truth in Taxation law, a notice must be published in a newspaper and a public hearing held, only if the proposed aggregate tax levy is more than 5 per-

cent greater then the previous year’s tax extension. Finance Committee Chairman Glen Kuhlemier said the council and department heads always make a concerted effort to keep the levy increases under 5 percent. This year was particularly challenging, given the EAV and pension situations. “The terrible EAV reduction really sharpens an increase in the levy, and the pensions we don’t have control over,� the Second Ward alderman said. “But we were able to hold the line on levies we had control over. I think it’s a good levy, and we’ve done our due diligence.�

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OREGON – While Ogle County voters in the Republican Party primary election March 18 won’t have many contested races to decide, two key posts are at stake. Sheriff Michael Harn will have two Republican challengers. State’s Attorney Michael Rock will have one. Democrats will have even less on their ballot – one candidate for Ogle County Board. Hopefuls in county races had until Monday to file their candidacies. Harn, of Forreston, will seek his second 4-year term as sheriff. He’ll be

challenged in the primary by Rochelle Police Officer Brian Van Vickle and Rock Valley Police Chief Joe Drought, also a Rochelle resident. Rock, of Byron, was appointed state’s attorney in January. He’ll face Republican primary opposition from Oregon attorney Eric Morrow. County Clerk Rebecca Huntley, of Chana, and Treasurer John Coffman, of Polo, are running unopposed in the Republican primary.

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OBITUARIES Thomas A. Denning ROCK FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thomas A. Denning, 57, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in his sleep, at home. Thomas was born Sept. 15, 1956, in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Carl and Lucille (Keene) Denning. He married Sarah (Prochaska) Kiehl on Jan. 2, 2003, in Galena. Tom enjoyed meeting people at his yard sales and greeting the people of his church at Amazing Grace in Sterling. Survivors include his wife, Sarah; two sons, Tony (Kasandra) Denning of Rock Falls and Brian Denning of Burnsville, Minn.; one stepdaughter, Lindsay Kiehl of Cherry Valley; one stepson, Steven Kiehl of Los Angeles; eight

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grandchildren; five sisters, Pat (Glen) Richenberger of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Kathy (Don) Petersen of Morton Grove, Rita (Kenny) Beach of Sawyer, Iowa, Joan (Joe) Kiefer of Keswick, Iowa, and Diane (Alan) Ralston of Moville, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Amazing Grace Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Loren Schlomer officiating. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amazing Grace Church for the Fourth of July celebration fund.

MOUNT MORRIS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Michael John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chongo Warrior/Indianâ&#x20AC;? Galvan, 58, of Mount Morris, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at his home. Michael was born Dec. 26, 1954, in Sterling, to Rudy and Melinda (Gonzales) Galvan. He was raised and educated in Sterling, where he resided for most of his adult life. He did relocate to the LaCrosse, Wis. area for a period of time, but had recently returned to the area. Michael was a carpenter and jack of all trades. He loved sports and participated in many over the years. Michael is survived by one son, Eric Galvan, and four grandchildren, Jesse, Austin, Bryce, and Alyviah Galvan, all of the Rockford area; his wife, Joanne of LaCrosse; stepchildren, Shelly, Joseph and Becca; his mother, Melinda (Frank) Guen-

Sandra L. Jones FULTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sandra L. North in Clinton, Iowa. Jones, 57, of Fulton, died Bosma-Renkes Funeral Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Home in Fulton is hanMercy Medical Center dling arrangements.

tert, and his siblings, Rudy (Nikki) Galvan, Kathy (Ken) Fossett, David (Terri) Galvan, Marta (Todd) Wiggins, and Nick (Debbie) Galvan, all of the area; and numerous nieces and nephews â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all of whom loved their uncle dearly. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Rudy Sr.; brother, Rick, of California; and two very special nephews, Rudy III and Jaime. Cremation rights will be accorded and a memorial service and celebration of his life will be at a later date at his childhood home in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls is handling arrangements. Micheal was a very unique man. He was loved by everyone he met and will be missed by all. His family will miss him more than words can express. We love you, Michael. RIP.

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people the gospel of Jesus Christ. He touched so many lives that we may never know the depth of how God used him to uplift and encourage the people in his life. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. Burial will be at Mason Grove Cemetery in Princeton. A memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. Visit www.schillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

Cathy L. Landis ROCK FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cathy L. Landis of rural Rock Falls passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at her home, after a 4-year battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 25, 1950, in Morrison, the daughter of Bob and Ann (Warner) Higley. Cathy married Alan Landis on March 22, 1974, in Sterling. She was a member of New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling. Cathy especially enjoyed time with friends and family, sewing, gardening, painting, and house restorations, as well as making a wide variety of craft items from scratch. She was a volunteer with Northern Illinois counseling service for a number of years. She really enjoyed being a farm wife and enjoyed traveling to Wisconsin. Surviving are her husband, Alan; her sisters,

Cindy (Scott) Jacoby of Belle, Mo., and Caren (Ken) Smith of Rock Falls; her brother, Bruce Higley of Sterling; her sister-in-law, Carolyn (Bob) Spurling of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Bob, in 1958; her son, Rob, in 1995, and her daughter, Sarah, at birth, in 1977. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling, with the Rev. William Sullivan officiating. Memorials to New Life Lutheran Church and the Whiteside County Chapter of American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Nora Glazier LYNDON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nora Glazier, 81, of Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown, formerly of Lyndon, died Tuesday,

Dec. 3, 2013, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Schaver FULTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dorothy Bosma-Renkes FunerSchaver, 86, of Fulton, al Home in Fulton is died Tuesday, Dec. 3, h a n d l i n g a r r a n g e 2013, at her home. ments.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; As gunfire boomed over and over in the background, a janitor begged a 911 dispatcher to send help, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still shooting going on! Please!â&#x20AC;? A woman breathlessly reported seeing a gunman run down a hall. And a teacher said she was holed up in her classroom with her children but hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet

locked the door. Recordings of 911 calls from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were released Wednesday, and they not only paint a picture of anguish and tension inside the building. They also show Newtown dispatchers mobilizing help, reassuring callers and urging them to take cover. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep everybody calm.

Keep everybody down. Get everybody away from windows, OK?â&#x20AC;? one dispatcher told the frightened teacher who reported hearing shots in the hall. The calls were made public under a court order after a lengthy effort by The Associated Press. Prosecutors had argued that releasing the recordings would only cause more anguish for

the victimsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; families. The gunman, 20-yearold Adam Lanza, shot his way through a plateglass window at the front of the school on Dec. 14. The office staff saw the shooter, who was wearing a hat and sunglasses, as he entered the building with a rifle and began firing down a hallway. One of the first callers to Newtown police was a woman who said in a

trembling, out-of-breath voice: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s somebody shooting in here at Sandy Hook school.â&#x20AC;? Asked what made her think so, she said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a gun. I caught a glimpse of somebody. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re running down the hallway. Oh, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still running. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still shooting. Sandy Hook school, please.â&#x20AC;?

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raising anxieties across Asia and beyond. Though Biden made clear the deep concern of the U.S. and other countries during the 5 ½ hours of talks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; themselves highly unusual for an American vice president and Chinese president â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Xi vigor-

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Pension fight Rehab keeps man, 99, going could create deeper hole BY MELISSA WESTPHAL Rockford Register Star

Plan could get tossed in court SPRINGFIELD (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; With the fight over solving Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worst-in-thenation pension shortfall now headed to the courts, the financially troubled state faces a grim possibility: The plan could be tossed, and Illinois could wind up in an even deeper fiscal hole than the one itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in now. Legislative leaders, anticipating a legal challenge from public-employee unions once the landmark bill approved Tuesday is signed, went extra lengths to bolster the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s odds in the courtroom â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including an unusual 3-page preamble to the legislation in which they lay out their case for cutting worker and retiree benefits. But legal experts say those efforts could mean little in a state that provides some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stronger constitutional protections of pension benefits. They point to Arizona as a possible warning sign. In 2012, a judge there said a law raising the employee contribution to pension benefits was illegal, and ordered the state to repay the money to work-

ers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with interest. Amanda Kass, budget director and pension specialist for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago, predicted Illinois could see a similar outcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The state could owe back a huge sum of money, possibly with interest,â&#x20AC;? she said. Recent rulings across the country bring even greater unpredictability to a plan supporters described as crucial to getting Illinois on better financial footing. A bankruptcy judge in Michigan ruled Tuesday that Detroit can cut its pensions despite constitutional protections like Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a blow to labor unions and their members. Illinois, Michigan and Arizona are among the seven states that have clauses in their state constitutions that protect pension benefits, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The others are Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana and New York. Illinois and New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protections are considered to the strongest, however, because the language expressly states that it applies to current and future benefits.

ROCKFORD (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chellis French recited a short poem during one of his weekly pulmonary rehabilitation visits last month at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Longtime respiratory therapist Deb Balluff still can recite it by memory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ask me how Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing fine. For after all, today Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 99,â&#x20AC;? she recalled. The day was Oct. 23, Frenchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 99th birthday. The Rockford resident brought a cake to his appointment to thank the staff and Dr. Zaher Qassem for â&#x20AC;&#x153;keeping me going until my 99th birthday,â&#x20AC;? he said Nov. 22 at the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love it, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hate it,â&#x20AC;? French said of the exercise he does three times a week in the rehab department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I used to tell my daughter about where I worked. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here a couple years, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helping to keep me going. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[But] I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to give them all the credit.â&#x20AC;? Balluff is familiar with Frenchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharp wit, which is usually on display Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pedaling a recumbent bicycle or using a weight machine in the pulmonary rehab department. Qassem, who specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine, said French is

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Chellis French, 99, works out during one of his pulmonary rehabilitation sessions at Rockford Memorial Hospital. a good patient who follows orders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very good. I think between the oxygen and the pulmonary rehab [itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helping him,â&#x20AC;? Qassem said. A bout with pneumonia landed French in the hospital a few years ago. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a damaging and scarring of the lung tissue that causes shortness of breath. Qassem told French to use oxygen during the evenings and a portable oxygen machine during

the day. And he sent French to pulmonary rehab. The rehab helps improve lung function and quality of life for patients, and it can help keep them out of the hospital, Qassem said. French joked about his secrets to living a long life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always tell people itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good, clean living, and then I smile because I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lived up to that all my life,â&#x20AC;? French said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The other thing I tell people is to think young.â&#x20AC;?

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Pension â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; only a prelude to higher taxes Imperfect bill a step in the wrong direction

Joe Heller, Heller Syndication

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inter weather already has brushed the Sauk Valley with minor snowfalls on Oct. 22 and Nov. 25. Temperatures in the 50s this week belie the fact that serious snow, ice and cold could be just around the corner. Indeed, while the region has had a general reprieve from difficult conditions, the Upper Midwest just got hit with heavy snow. Central Illinois is expecting its own band of ice and snow to move through today and Friday. The same system will usher in colder temperatures here. If people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready for winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst, timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a-wasting. In recent years, several agencies have banded

What we think If you are not ready for severe winter weather, get ready. The Illinois Winter Weather Preparedness Guide provides useful tips for veterans and novices alike. together to provide winter preparedness information to the public. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, and Red Cross put together useful information, which is available at ready.illinois.gov or by searching for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illinois Winter Weather Preparedness Guideâ&#x20AC;? on the Internet. Though veterans of Illinois winters know the drill, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt to review the tips and suggestions for enduring the season. Newcomers have even more reason to bone up on surviving winter in

the Prairie State. In a news release, Jonathon Monken, director of the IEMA, put it this way: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Illinois, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a question of when snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures will hit, not if they will occur. Getting caught unprepared may not be just inconvenient, it could be dangerous. Nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time to take a few minutes to put together your home and vehicle emergency supply kits and review the steps you should take to stay safe during hazardous winter weather.â&#x20AC;? It could be dangerous? Yes.

Three people died of exposure in Illinois last year. Since 1995, 134 people have lost their lives because of the cold. Winter driving conditions cause 51 fatalities a year, on average, and 4,450 injuries in 29,260 vehicle crashes. Illinois experiences, on average, five severe winter storms a year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; each with the potential to significantly disrupt daily activities. Cars can get stuck in blizzard conditions. People can get snowed in. The electricity can go out. Arctic cold can grip the region for days or weeks. So, is your car ready? Is your home ready? Are your family members ready? Are you ready? If not, the time is now to get ready.

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Remembering Shriverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in JFK funeral MARGARET BRECHON Dixon

The single soul-searing event of my generation had to be the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As a 20-something college student, I joined the rest of the nation to watch 3 days of incredible events on the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black-and-white TV. For the past several days, as the nation relived those events, I again watched, but this time with a deeper appreciation of the tremendous effort and sacrifice of one man.

In Mark Shriverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,â&#x20AC;? Mark devotes the first chapter to the events that followed Mrs. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request that his father lead the planning of the funeral. Sargent Shriver had myriad challenges to resolve in only 3 days. He met with Cardinal Cushing of Boston and Archbishop Boyle of Washington, D.C., to plan the funeral. He made arrangements for heads of state and dignitaries from all over the world to attend the funeral. A miscue was avoided when he realized that there were no military personnel at the White House to form an honor guard and act as pall-

bearers for the arrival of the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffin early Saturday morning. A Marine Silent Drill Platoon was called, and with only 20 minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice, they appeared R. Sargent in full-dress Shriver uniform just 1915-2011 a few minShriver, a brother-in-law utes before the hearse of President John F. arrived. Kennedy, Here is was the first director of the Mark ShrivPeace Corps. erâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessment of how his father understood his role: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am certain that Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central focus was not creating a majestic national funeral as much as it was instill-

What do you think? Do you agree with this letter? Do you disagree with this letter? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com ing the faithfulness and the peacefulness of an eternal homecoming for the assassinated president. He was accompanying a president to be buried but, more important, he was hastening the soul of a loved one on the way to meet his maker and know everlasting life.â&#x20AC;? To this I say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amenâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you, Sargent Shriver.â&#x20AC;?

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SPRINGFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; On Tuesday, the Illinois General Assembly passed a measure that its leaders contend will solve the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pension crisis. If only it would. The reality is it likely lays the groundwork for future tax hikes and does little to solve the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal woes. Mind you, Illinois has the worst-funded state pension system in the nation, the worst credit rating in the country, and it is paying its bills months late. In short, Illinois is a fiscal basket case. Such a situation demands strong medicine. Instead, what we got was a placebo treatment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a sugar pill disguised as a potent remedy. At the end of the day, the savings from this bill mainly comes in two forms: gradually raising government workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; retirement age, and lowering cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, for retirees. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it, folks. Union bosses are already calling those moves onerous. The reality is, it is too little, far too late. Under the legislation that Gov. Pat Quinn says he will sign, government workers will still be retiring in their 50s for many years to come. And they will still be receiving COLAs in their retirement, while most of the rest of us can look forward to retiring in our mid-60s and not receiving a dime in COLA money from our private retirement plans. And the burden of funding government workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; early and generous retirements falls on the shoulders of those of us with private retirement plans. THREE YEARS AGO, lawmakers passed a temporary 67 percent income tax increase that is slated to partially sunset in a year and a half. The money was supposed to go toward helping the state to pay its bills and bring its pension systems back toward solvency. But the state pension systems are at their worst level of funding ever. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s despite the state taking in more than $7.5 billion a year as a result of the tax hike. Spending went up after the tax hike. And even with legislative leadersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; optimistic projections, this pension â&#x20AC;&#x153;reformâ&#x20AC;? bill would save the state at most $1.5 billion a year, according to Crainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chicago Business. So even if those rosy projections were to become reality, those same legislative leaders would have to

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come up with more than $3 billion a year in savings elsewhere to ensure the income tax hike partially sunsets as promised. Come 2015, I can already hear the politicians explaining away making the tax hike permanent: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, we tried pension reform, and it just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough. â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not nearly enough. The savings, to be blunt, are picayune in comparison to the pension systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall fiscal woes. And the promises this new bill makes are steps in the wrong direction. FOR EXAMPLE, it empowers the pension systems to sue the state if they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allocated as much money as they think they need. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a risky proposition for the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taxpayers. Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; five state-run pension systems invest in stocks, bonds, real estate, and other volatile securities. Some of those investments pan out, while others donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. But guess what: Under this plan, if those investments go south, the pension funds can just sue the state to make up the difference. Does anyone guarantee your 401(k) that way? I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. But guess what: You, the taxpayer, will be guaranteeing someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pension that way. Under the bill, pension funding will take a higher priority than public safety, education, and any other government program. Only paying government bonds will take priority over making pension payments. I must have missed that day in junior high civics, where we learned that the primary purpose of government is to pay debt and provide for employee pensions. During Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debates, lawmaker after lawmaker said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This bill isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perfect, but â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? They approved the measure; legislators wanted to do something, anything, to address this overwhelming problem. I wish their actions would solve the problem. But there is little doubt in my mind that future legislators will be addressing even worse pension crises because this legislation didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do nearly enough. The people of Illinois deserve better. Note to readers: Scott Reederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column is underwritten by the Illinois Policy Institute.

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DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Sauk Valley Community College music departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual winter concert will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. Donations for theater renovations will be

accepted at the door. Mark Bressler will direct both the concert choir and the concert band. Among concert choir selections will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the Glory of the Lord,â&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Messiah,â&#x20AC;? by George Frederich Handel; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soon-Ah Will Be Done,â&#x20AC;? by William L. Dawson; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pasture (Choose Something

Like a Star),â&#x20AC;? by Randall Thompson; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Come A-Caroling,â&#x20AC;? by Theron Kirk. Concert band pieces will include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Othello (A Symphonic Portrait in 5 Scenes After Shakespeare),â&#x20AC;? by Alfred Reed; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Curtain Raiser,â&#x20AC;? arranged by Ross Hastings; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Moods,â&#x20AC;? arranged

by Seth Markham; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas SingA-Long,â&#x20AC;? arranged by James Ployhar. The choir, band, and audience will join together for a Christmas singalong. Community members interested in joining SVCC performance ensembles can email mark.bressler@svcc.edu for more information.

WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GOING ON guests, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, at Clinton High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vernon Cook Theater, 817 Eighth Ave. S. Symphony season tickets are $60 for adults, and $15 for students through college; individual tickets are $15 and $5; students through eighth grade are admitted free. Tickets are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardware in Sterling about 2 weeks before each concert, online and at the door. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information.

ART EXHIBITS At The Next Picture Show DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The opening for Color Shots 8 will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St. The judge for this show will be noted photographer and educator, Carrie Kaufmann. Music will be provided by Faith and Melody Hemmer. During the Color Shots 8 show, TNPS will present the art collection of Sherry and Jim Marshall in the back gallery. TNPS will have a Trunk Show from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 of the works of jewelers Becky Cortez and Kim Clark. Enjoy the musical entertainment by Brushwood Trio. During December, Stuart Roddy shows his work on the Front Wall, Dan LeTourneau shows his work in the Lower Gallery, and Bob Balayti shows his willow creations in the gallery. Art at the Loveland DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The art collection at the Loveland Community House and Museum, 513 W. Second St., and its many other exhibits are available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Guided group tours can be scheduled by contacting Steve Wilson at swilson@lovelandcommunityhouse.org or 815-284-2741. Go to lovelandcommunityhouse. org for a virtual tour of the museum, and for more information.

Dec. 20 Blues and Bluegrass FRANKLIN GROVE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the third Friday of the month, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blues and Bluegrass night at the H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St. Open stage acoustic gospel, folk, country, blues and bluegrass will be performed, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the historic building. Go to www.franklingroveil.org for more information.

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CONCERTS BANDS AND BARS Get listed! Are you in a band that would like to be listed in Plan!t Sauk Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free entertainment calendar? Are you a bar that offers live entertainment? Send an email with the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, booking number and website or Facebook page, and gig or event schedule, or the barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event schedule, to Lucas Pauley at lpauley@saukvalley.com. At Cragelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PROPHETSTOWN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; D n A play Dec. 14 at the bar, 345 Washington St. Upcoming: Dec. 31, Reflex Blues. At Lambâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tap ROCK FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Danny Whitson will perform Friday and Mid West Mobile will play Saturday at the bar, 215 W. Second St. Upcoming: Dec. 13, Rout 38; Dec. 14, Old Dogs New Chick; Dec. 20, Kill Bill Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; Dec. 21, Mid West Mobile; Dec. 27, 28, and 31, Mid West Mobile. At Long Shot Bar & Grill ROCK FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dinner at the Kids Table will play Saturday

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Friday First Fridays in Oregon OREGON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Fridays Open Stage Music Show returns to the Oregon VFW. Each musician or band performs for 15 minutes. Instruments are all acoustic, and a professional sound system is provided. The music is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above. Admission is a donation. All musicians and spectators are welcome. Call 815-9730942 for more information. Upcoming: Jan. 3 Friday and Saturday Madrigal singers to perform OREGON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Oregon High School Madrigals will perform at their annual Madrigal Dinner, with dinner starting at 6 p.m. both nights, at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, 1834 S. state Route 2. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

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The evening will include performances for the madrigal singers, skits and more. Cost to attend is $15 and includes dinner. To reserve a seat, email astarkey@ocusd.net or call 815732-6241, ext. 1205. Dec. 14 Holiday with the symphony CLINTON, Iowa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its popular Holiday Concert, featuring Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RiverChor as

March 8 Symphony offers student solo, ballet STERLING â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its annual Young Artist concert, featuring an area high school musician in a solo spot accompanied by the orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. in Sterling High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave. The program will include dancers from the Gateway Contemporary Ballet in two famous story pieces from the orchestral literature, Prokofievâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter and the Wolfâ&#x20AC;?, and Saint-Saensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carnival of the Animalsâ&#x20AC;?. It will close with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphony No. 2â&#x20AC;? by Borodin. All students through college will be admitted free to this concert. Otherwise, tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students through college; students through the eighth grade are admitted free. They are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardware in Sterling about 2 weeks before each concert, online and at the door. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information. Also available this year is a bus ride to Centennial, with boarding points in Clinton, Fulton and Morrison. Call 563-243-5958 for prices and to make a reservation.

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Band to perform traditional pieces DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dixon High School Concert Band will present its holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive. The program will include a variety of traditional holiday favorites. The concert is free and open to the public. The annual holiday bake sale and silent auction will be from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Santa, snacks at open house event LYNDON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A free holiday open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lyndon Area Historical Society, 405 W. Fourth St. Santa Claus will arrive about 2:30 p.m. on a Lyndon Fire Department truck. Refreshments will be served. Visit www.lyndonareahistoricalsociety. org or call Kris Bielema at 815-778-4801 for more information.

REAWRITERSTO ! sign books Friday DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Two area authors will sign books from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in front of The Good Book, 113 E. First St., No. 100. Jill Horn of Dixon will sign copies of her latest book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Development of a Mathematical Mind.â&#x20AC;? Horn is a math instructor at Sauk Valley Community College. Her first book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Change of Heart,â&#x20AC;? depicted her decision to be a missionary. Erin Keyser Horn of Elizabeth is the author of three young adult paranormal books set in northwest Illinois.

Her first book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eyes of Lightning,â&#x20AC;? was a RONE Honorable Mention book award winner last year. The second book in the series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wings of Thunder,â&#x20AC;? was released in November. Her latest book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edge,â&#x20AC;? was released in April.

Christmas music planned at DHS DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dixon High School choral departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the high school auditorium, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive. The free concert will feature the madrigals, concert choir, and honors choir. Among the selections will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Bells,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Holy Night,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Yule,â&#x20AC;? and a finale of â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Wish You a Merry Christmas.â&#x20AC;?

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CONCERTS April 5 Last concert of regular season CLINTON, Iowa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its last concert of the regular season, at 7:30 p.m. at Clinton High School, 817 Eighth Ave. S. The concert marks the celebration of the orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 60th season, and will feature the festive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphony No. 4â&#x20AC;? by Tchaikovsky. Supporting pieces for the performance are the tone poem overture â&#x20AC;&#x153;Othelloâ&#x20AC;? by Dvorak, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enchanted Lakeâ&#x20AC;? by Russian composer Anatoli Lyadov. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students through college; students through the eighth grade are admitted free of charge. They are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardware in Sterling about 2 weeks before each concert, online and at the door. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information.

DOWNTOWN EVENTS Dec. 14 Second Saturdays in Dixon DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Second Saturdays Art Happenings, featuring art, music and other cultural events, returns to various venues, mostly from 6 to 8 p.m. downtown, between First and Second streets and Peoria and Galena avenues. Go to www.Second-Saturdays. com or find the event on Facebook for a complete schedule and more details. Dec. 27 Fourth Fridays in Sterling STERLING â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fourth Fridays: Where People and Art Collide brings art and music to a variety of downtown venues. Most events are from 6 to 8 p.m., although many places have musicians performing into the night. Walking maps with a complete list of venues and events, and more information, are available at www.fourthfridayspac.com or at any participating venue, or call Sterling Main Street at 815-6268610, email fourthFridaysPAC@ gmail.com or find it on Facebook.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Friday Dixon event turns 25 DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The 25th Annual Christmas Walk will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday downtown, and will officially open with a tree-lighting ceremony. The sponsors of the event, Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce, have included something new this year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Sauk Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest community Christmas carol, which will begin at 7 p.m. Local businesses will be open late, offering specials and drawings. More information about this event is posted at www.dixonmainstreet.com. Christmas celebration planned SUBLETTE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The annual Christmas in the Village will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ellice Dinges Center, 202 S. West St. Pizza, sandwiches, hot cider, and soda will be provided by Route 52 Roadhouse. Free cookies will be available. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. on a fire truck with treats for children. An arts and crafts show, community caroling, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing will take place. An operating model railroad and model farm layout will be displayed.

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new art gallery has opened in downtown Franklin Grove, just in time for the Christmas season. Jerry Scheffler, long noted throughout northern Illinois for pencil drawings in black and white and color work in acrylic art, has opened Scheffler Art & Gallery. The new art center, Schefflerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first gallery in his 25-year career, is located in the Rooney Building, 107 Elm St. The new gallery will feature displays of

The Sauk Valley Humane Society will have a bake sale. Mendota Community Hospital will have a booth, providing free blood pressure and blood sugar testing, flu information, and holiday recipes. A gingerbread house contest will take place, with prizes awarded. Donations of food, clothing, and toys for those in need will be accepted. Call 815-849-5242 for more information. Friday and Saturday Annual walk back in Fulton FULTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Fulton Hometown Christmas Walk will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, with events also planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with an illuminated walk from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Canyon. The event will include complimentary cookies and drinks. The General Store will serve lunch, and visitors will be able to buy ornaments, cookbooks, and sweatshirts, among other items. The Fulton Fire Station also will host Breakfast with Santa from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Go to www.cityoffulton. us/fulton-events/december1-2012-christmas-heritage-canyon.html for more information. Friday through Monday Seasonal Sights and Sounds STERLING â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Presented by the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Sterling Main Street, the Seasonal Sights and Sounds holiday celebration will officially begin with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Grandon Civic Center. Following this is the popular third annual Running of the Santas and 1-mile fun run and annual Christmas parade. Downtown businesses will remain open later, and many will serve holiday treats. Visitors also are encouraged to sign up for the many drawings that businesses will have. Seasonal Sights and Sounds also will be visited by Toys for Tots, which will be challenging those who attend to fill Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleigh with toys or monetary donations. Go to www.facebook.com/ events/586246408095580/ for more information.

Schefflerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art, and also provide a working center to fulfill commissions for patronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special requests. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday The Rooney Building was recently chosen as a location for a commemorative mural by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. The Rooney Building is a companion to the renowned H.I. Lincoln Building as a Farming Heritage, Inc. historic preservation project. A cross-section of Schefflerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art is on display at the gallery or available for review at jerryschefflerarts. com.

Saturday Morrison plans celebration MORRISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; With the theme, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Star Spangled Christmas,â&#x20AC;? this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will include a parade at 6 p.m., Christmas tree lighting, Suzy Snowflake and Jack Frost contest, church dinners, and Christmas cocktail concoctions. Santa and Mrs. Claus also will be visiting. Go to http://morrisonchamber.com/morrison-christmaswalk-2013/ for all the details. Home tour and soup supper ERIE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The United Methodist Church Mission Trip Team will be hosting the holiday home tour and soup supper from 3 to 7 p.m., beginning at the church, 811 Eighth St. Cost is $12 per person and includes the tour and meal. Five local families with extravagant Christmas trees, exquisite lighting, and memorable antiques will open their homes for your enjoyment. Homes on the tour include those of Diane and Al Stichter, Marilyn and Daryl Roselieb, Jen and Drew Temple, Eric and Amy Mettler, and Tal and Donna Seger, all of Erie. The meal will include your choice of soup, sandwiches, jello salads, holiday desserts and drinks. A bake sale filled with holiday goodies will be held at the church as well. Tickets, maps, and home descriptions will be available at the church. For more information, call the church at 309-659-2541 or Casey Stichter at 309-659-7304. Proceeds will benefit the Mission Trip Team heading to Mission, S.D., to the Tree of Life Ministry site in July 2014. Christmas celebration in Mount Morris MOUNT MORRIS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christmas on the Village Square will be Saturday, with a variety of activities throughout the village. Businesses around town will have open houses. Activities will start with a pancake breakfast and bingo from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Mount Morris Senior Center, 9 E. Front St. A craft and vendor fair and bake sale will be from 10 a.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday At the R&R ROCK FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The R&R Lounge, 219 W. Second St., offers karaoke from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Find the bar on Facebook or call 815-625-9095 for more information.

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The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plains Melodyâ&#x20AC;? draft horse team pencil drawing by Jerry Scheffler of Ashton is a sample of the original art on display at the new Scheffler Art & Gallery in downtown Franklin Grove. to 2:30 p.m. at Pinecrest Village, 414 S. Wesley Ave. Evangelical Free Church of Mount Morris, at 102 S. Seminary Ave., will have a free childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program at 11 a.m., with a Veggie Tale movie, puppet show, treats, and prizes. Story time with Mrs. Claus, including treats and a craft, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mount Morris Library, 101 E. Front St. Pinecrest Manor, 500 Evergreen Lane, No. 125, will have an open house from 2:30 to 4 p.m., with cookies, homemade kettle corn, coffee, cider, and Santa Claus. The day will conclude at 5 p.m. with the lighting of the village square. Call Brenda Hayden at the senior center, at 815-7346335, for more information. Parkway Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair returns STERLING â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Parkway Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth annual Holiday Fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the center, 1801 Avenue G. There will be wagon and train rides offered. There will be bake good and gifts from 38 vendors available for purchase. Dec. 14 Village celebrates the holidays FRANKLIN GROVE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christmas in the Grove will feature door prizes and raffles from churches and businesses in the village. The horse and wagon rides, kettle corn giveaway, and firehouse chili all will be available again this year. Other events include the Presbyterian Church cookie sale, the Victorian Santa, dressed in his Victorian finery for children to see in the Lincoln building, and the Rock River Barbershop chorus will be performing at 8 p.m. If available, the Dixon High School madrigal singers also will be performing.

FREAKY FUN Terror year round Ravenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grin Inn MOUNT CARROLL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Part performance art, part art gallery, the home of Jim Warfield at 411 N. Carroll St. offers a year-round

haunted house that displays his artwork â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and his twisted sense of humor. Check out the website before taking the young kids. Ravenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grin is open from 7 p.m. to midnight daily, and also from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $13. Find it on Facebook, go to www.hauntedravensgrin.com or call 815-244-4746 for more information.

FARMERS MARKETS In Sterling STERLING â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Twin City Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, year round, in the historic Twin City Produce Building, 106 Ave. A. Find the market on Facebook, go to twincityfarmersmarket.com, or call 815-499-7268 for a list of vendors, upcoming events and more information.

FUN FOR A CAUSE Jan. 25 Benefit fashion show at Sauk DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Plus Size Boutique will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are So Beautifulâ&#x20AC;? ladies night out Jan. 25 in the Sauk Valley Community College theater and east mall, 173 state Route 2. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with a program starting at 7:30. Limited seating is available. Tickets are $20 each, and can be can be bought at the boutique, at 303 First Ave. in Rock Falls. A fashion show will take place. A group of 60 vendors will display wares, and gifts will be raffled off. Appetizers will be provided. All proceeds will go to SVCC scholarships for the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certified nursing assistant program, and the YWCA of the Sauk Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domestic violence program and career center. Email likeawillow@hotmail.com or call Judy Randall at 815-4997448 or 815-716-8064 for more information.

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Friday through Saturday BYRON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The jukebox musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Classic Christmas,â&#x20AC;? will begin its stint at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Byron Civic Theater, 850 N. Colfax St. The show features a unique mix of the No. 1 hits of the 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Christmas music! This BCT original production will feature music from the Beach Boys, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, and classic holiday tunes. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 815-312-3000, by visiting www.bctmagic.com, or by sending an email to tickets@ bctmagic.com. Performances continue Dec. 6-8. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday. Go to the BCT website at www. bctmagic.com for more information. Saturday and Sunday â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ballet in Rockford ROCKFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual presentation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? ballet is at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at rockfordsymphony.com or by calling the RSO box office at 815965-0049. Tickets range in price from $12 to $46.

AT THE MUSEUM Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum STERLING â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The LincolnManahan Home Museum, 607 E. Third St., the restored home built in 1847 where Abraham Lincoln spent the night on July 18, 1856, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through October. Admission is free. Group tours are available by calling the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society at 815-622-6215. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suffrage exhibit BYRON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Byron Museum of History, 110 N. Union St., presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suffrage.â&#x20AC;? The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to vote movement was led by two key figures, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt; this exhibit focuses on their leadership styles, strategies and differences in seeking the same result. Byron High School alum Lauren Getzelman, a museum studies student at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a museum intern, put together the exhibit. It ends Nov. 23. Admission is free. Go to www. byronmuseum.org or call 815234-5031 for more information.

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8:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;2:00 p.m. PTO Craft Fair & Bake Sale Southside School, 100 Academic Drive

8:00 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;6:00 p.m. The Dancerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hut Christmas Sale 123 W. Main Street, Shop for the dancer in your life! 10% Off All Dancewear (before tax). Serving refreshments too.

9:00 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;2:00 p.m. Between Friendz Open House 112 E. Main Street, Serving refreshments and offering coupon specials and door prizes at our Holiday Open House.

3:00 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;5:00 p.m. Advantage One Credit Union 204 N. Jackson Street, Serving hot cocoa, cider, and coffee 3:00 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:00 p.m. Between Friendz 112 E. Main Street, Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a different store every time you visit. Join Erin Keyser Horn between 3-5 for a book signing. 5:00 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;12:00 a.m. Christmas Cocktail Concoctions Visit each downtown pub: DaBar, The Donnybrook, Fat Boys, Heroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and KJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and sample their holiday concoction; sign up to win a great prize at each stop. 6:00 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. Luminaries Walk from site to site, while enjoying a luminary trail. Sponsored by thecity1.com and the Morrison Master Gardeners 6:00 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. Morrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heritage Museum 202 E. Lincolnway, Enjoy seasonal dĂŠcor, while making a craft. Refreshments served. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:30 p.m. Live Nativity Located at the Route 30 and 78 pocket park, Sponsored by Brethren in Christ Church and Ebenezer Reformed Church.

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9:00 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;5:00 p.m. K & R Greenhouse 15543 Bishop Rd., We will be serving refreshments and offering very generous door prize and promotions. Come see our greenhouse decorated in its full holiday glory. (Specials on Sunday too).

Church Suppers 3:00â&#x20AC;&#x201D;6:00 p.m. The Episcopal Church of St. Anne 401 N. Cherry Street, Serving Vegetable Beef Soup, Roasted Red Pepper Corn Chowder, Potato Soup, & Spicy Cajun Gumbo, bread, veggie tray, dessert and beverage. 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:00 p.m. United Methodist Church 200 W. Lincolnway, Serving our Baked Potato Bar with dessert bar and beverages. Carry outs available.

Entertainment 5:00 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;12:00 a.m. Christmas Cocktail Concoctions Visit each downtown pub: DaBar, The Donnybrook, Fat Boys, Heroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and KJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and sample their holiday concoction; sign up to win a great prize at each stop. 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. Chili Cook-Off Located at Genesee & Main, sample some hot chili and vote for your favorite. Sponsored by Man to Man Open Bible Fellowship. After Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:30 p.m. Morrison Grand Squares 100 W. Main Street, Watch these traditional dancers, as they dance to a live caller. After Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:30 p.m. Morrison 5th Grade Choir THE National Bank, 211 W. Main Street, host the music students who will be providing some sweet holiday entertainment while you enjoy cookies, apple cider, and hot chocolate. After Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. Photos with School Bus Main Street, Get a photo taken with the decorated school bus, refreshments too! Sponsored by R.C. Smith After Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus Take requests at their cottage, Chamber Pocket Park, 221 W. Main Street 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. Horse & Wagon Rides Load up down by the Chamber Office, 221 W. Main Street, Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank

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6:00â&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. Cookie Walk Bake Sale 125 W. Main, Crossroadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Church, Come sample some delicious cookies from the Cookie Walk Sale and warm up with hot chocolate; Proceeds benefit Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outreach Programs. 6:00â&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. The Carpet House Open House 120 E. Main Street, Stop in for cookies and cocoa. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:00 p.m. Morrison Fire Department Open House 206 W. Main Street, Join us for hot chocolate and cookies. Visit with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Host & Hostess Hugh & Shirley Nelson

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Making most of change Mellott to play ball at Cornell BY BRIAN WEIDMAN bweidman@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 551

Plan B turned out to be A-OK for Karlie Mellott. The Sterling High School senior, who had made a verbal commitment to play softball at Purdue last fall, will instead continue her athletic and academic career at Cornell University. She signed a national letter Karlie of intent TuesMellott day to attend Sterling senior the Ivy League university of nearly 20,000 students located in Ithaca, N.Y. “I never really considered myself to be an Ivy League candidate,” Mellott said, “but everything just sort of worked out that way. I’m just so excited for this opportunity.” Mellott, who was the Sauk Valley Media co-player of the year in 2012 with Milledgeville’s Emily Bush, was once headed to Purdue. That changed when the Boilermakers’ coach at the time, Kim Maher, lost her job, and the new coach, Kim Schuette, did not honor the offers made to three of five recruits, including Mellott. Mellott’s road to Cornell began last July in Reno, Nev., where she was playing in a summer travel team tournament. A Cornell representative was there, liked what he saw, and expressed interest. Mellott and her mother, Karla, ventured to Cornell for an official visit in late August. They toured the campus, watched a softball practice and met with prospective future teammates and head coach Dick Blood. She also sat in on an engineering session, to give her a taste of what academic life would be like as a chemical engineering major. “I loved it,” Mellott said. “Sometimes you get a feel for where you’re supposed to be at. I got that feeling at Purdue, and I also got it at Cornell. They value you for your athletic skills, but more than that was for academics. I really think it’s the perfect fit for me.” CHANGE CONTINUED ON B8

Mellott file School: Sterling Class: Senior FYI: 2012 Sauk Valley Media co-player of the year in softball. ... Helped Warriors earn berth in Class 3A state tournament. ... Will play softball at Cornell University in 2013.

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Sterling senior Destinee Howard is the unquestioned leader of the Golden Warriors this winter. It’s a role that the usually quiet Howard is working hard to adjust to as she seeks her fourth straight appearance at the state meet.

Fulfilling her Destinee Howard taking turn as Golden Warriors’ leader BY BRIAN WEIDMAN bweidman@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 551

the other returning regular from last year’s squad, have the green light to help teamsDestinee Howard, looking for her mates, not only in practice, but in matches as well. It’s something Black encourages, fourth straight trip to state, has Sterling’s as words of wisdom from a peer may carry fourth-best all-time per-game average. more weight. freshman year,” it hasn’t been the easiest It’s more important this season than ever of transitions for Howard. as the Sterling lineup will likely be a fluid “It’s kind of hard for me, because I used situation, constantly changing behind to take a step back and let the other people Howard and Tintori until four bowlers do it,” she said, “so it’s kind of hard for me establish themselves as varsity regulars. to just step up and help people.” DESTINEE CONTINUED ON B3 Now Howard and junior Magan Tintori,

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For Destinee Howard, it is no longer good enough to merely be one of the best bowlers on a traditionally top team. The Sterling High School senior has graduated to unquestioned team leader. Last year, those duties fell to then-seniors Amber Granzow, Samantha Lewis and Brandy Behrens. For a bowler that head coach Dennis Black described as “quiet as a mouse her

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ROCK FALLS – In a dual that saw Erie-Prophetstown pile up nine pins, a reversal stood out above the pin din. The Panthers won 10 of the 12 contested bouts in a 57-17 romp over Rock Falls in a double dual that also included Rochelle on Wednesday night at Tabor Gym. Sophomore Damien Schacherbauer made his first varsity win a memorable one, and provided one of many highlights for EP in its season-opening action. Trailing his 120-pound bout to cradle specialist Breu Knox 7-0 in the second period, Schacherbauer came storming back. A reveral and three-point near fall Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com in the second period brought Erie-Prophetstown’s Nick Williams (left) and Rock Falls’ Lucas Schacherbauer within 7-5. Newburgh go head-to-head at 182 pounds Wednesday night Twenty-five seconds into the at Tabor Gym. Williams decisioned Newburgh 5-2, and the third period, Schacherbauer took Knox down to tie it, then Panthers beat the Rockets 57-17. COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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For the second consecutive year, Jordan Lynch is the MidAmerican Conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Valuable Player. Lynch took home the Vern Smith Leadership Award as the MACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MVP when the league announced its awards Wednesday. He won the award last season as well. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the seventh time in the past eight seasons the honor has gone to a Huskie. Chandler Harnish won in 2011, while Chad Spann took it home in 2010. Larry English won it in both 2007 and 2008 and Garrett Wolfe was the winner in 2006. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what else I can say about Jordan, he has had a great year,â&#x20AC;? NIU head coach Rod Carey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a career award, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an award based on this year and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earned it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact NIU has had seven players honored in the last eight years speaks to the tradition being built here and the program in place.â&#x20AC;? Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average of 351 yards of total offense per game is the fourthbest mark in the nation. His 1,755 rushing yards are third in the country behind Boston Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andre Williams and Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bishop Sankey. Lynch has also completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 2,457 yards and only five interceptions. He has 22 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing scores. Lynch was also named the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Offensive Player of the Year, while Carey was named Coach of the Year.

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Second team s$A2ON"ROWN 72 s*ARED6OLK /' Third team s$ECHANE$URANTE 3 s*OE7INDSOR $% â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a team award, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m certainly looking forward to sharing it with our team and staff.â&#x20AC;? The Huskies had a league-high six players named to the MAC first team, including Sterling native Tyler Loos. Loos, who was a second-team All-MAC offensive lineman last year, started the first nine games before suffering a season-ending broken leg against UMass on Nov. 2. Loos also missed the last three games last season, including the MAC championship game and the Orange Bowl, with a broken leg.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Tyler to make first team despite his injury is a great accomplishment,â&#x20AC;? Carey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He worked his tail off to come back and get better.â&#x20AC;? Loos and Lynch were joined on the first team offense by receiver Tommylee Lewis. Saftey Jimmie Ward, linebacker Jamaal Bass and defensive tackle Ken Bishop were first-team selections on defense. The 10 players honored, which include five seniors and five juniors, are the most since 13 Huskies were named allMAC in 2010. NIU looks for its third straight MAC Championship Friday in Detroit, when the Huskies take on Bowling Green. Should the Huskies win, Lynch is expected to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be given out in New York City on Dec. 14.

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Should Northern Illinois defeat Bowling Green in Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mid-American Conference Championship, the Huskies are most likely bound for Arizona. Barring some dramatic shift in the polls, NIU will finish in the top 16 of the final BCS standings, ahead of American Athletic Conference champion Central Florida, and earn a spot in a major bowl game. The Huskies will also qualify automatically if they finish in the top 12 of the final BCS standings. Fiesta Bowl executive director Robert Shelton is prepared for NIU to land in the desert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping,â&#x20AC;? Shelton told the DeKalb Daily Chronicle on Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come here, and we think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be good for us and our fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a unique opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Shelton added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our fans donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to see them, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to see MAC teams very often. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done very well in our past with the teams from the non-AQ conferences. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited.â&#x20AC;? Utah, the first non-AQ to earn a BCS spot, played in the Fiesta Bowl, then held at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., following the 2004 season. The Fiesta Bowl hosted Boise State out of the WAC in 2006 (the first year it was held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale) and 2009. In Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second trip, the Broncos took on TCU out of the Mountain West in the only BCS matchup of two non-AQ programs. Shelton will have representatives at Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MAC title game, as will the Orange and Sugar Bowls. It is unlikely those two games, who hold at-large picks before the Fiesta, would take the Huskies. The Fiesta Bowl had a

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talks with the school intensified after Fresno Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upset loss at San Jose State last week. Should the Huskies earn a berth, the school isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to travel as well as your normal BCS school. NIU sold just 3,266 tickets from its allotment of 17,500 for last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orange Bowl. The school distributed 15,550 tickets. One of the ways the Mid-American Conference helped NIU out was paying for the ticket allotment, and the Huskies ended up making $250,000 by going to the Orange Bowl. Shelton said ticket sales vary even when the bowl hosts a nonAQ team. In 2010, Connecticut infamously lost $1.8 million for playing in the Fiesta Bowl, and sold just 2,771 tickets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say in general, we always have a concern [about ticket sales],â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always work hard with the school to market as many tickets as we can to make it viable.â&#x20AC;?

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Northern Illinois Big 12 West

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NUIC West

Panthers win first seven bouts REVERSAL

CONTINUED FROM B1

After a scoreless first period, Williams got an escape for the only point of the second period. Newburgh got an escape to start the third period, but Williams scored a takedown that was narrowly inbounds with 1:03 remaining for a 3-1 lead. Another Newburgh escape made it 3-2 with just under a minute left. Newburgh nearly took the lead with a takedown, but it was just out of bounds with 20 seconds left. Newburgh gambled in the finals seconds and Williams took advantage, scoring another takedown for a 5-2 win. Erie-Prophetstown began the dual with pins from Dylan Binion at 160 and Billy Crampton at 170. After Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision win, four more Panther pins made it 39-0. Those falls came from Noah Eads at 195, Jace Bright

All 5-0   5-1        

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to panic, because then I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to lose.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming along. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be good,â&#x20AC;? Rock Falls coach Derick Cox said of Willett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He learns something in practice, then uses it is matches.â&#x20AC;? Schacherbauerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pin made it 45-6 before the Rocketsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; only other contested-match win, Konner Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15-0 technical fall over Hunter Littrel at 126. The Panthers got two

ROUNDUP

Cougars open with loss Oregon bowlers split: girls win, guys lose "Y36-3PORTS3TAFF

The Eastland Cougars opened their season on the road against some pretty stiff competition Wednesday, falling to the Winnebago Indians 73-68. It was an improvement from a year ago, when the Cougars (0-1) lost a 64-47 decision to Winnebago in Lanark â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one of just three regular-season losses for Eastland on the way to a fourthplace finish at the Class 1A state tournament.

Joe Miranda & Justin Provo /REGON  series Abigail Scheidecker, Oregon, 505 series

Provo each rolled 526 series to lead Oregon. A.J. Nordman had the top game with a 202. Mike Murphy led South Beloit with a 622 series. Girls bowling

Boys bowling

Oregon 2,782, South Beloit 2,087: Abigail

Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stars

South Beloit 3,051, Scheidecker rolled a O r e g o n 2 , 9 8 3 : The 505 series, and Victoria

Hawks (7-1) suffered their first loss of the season against the SoBos at Viking Lanes in South Beloit. Joe Miranda and Justin

Barnhart added a 502 as the Hawks topped the SoBos. Alyson Scheidecker had the top game for Oregon, a 210.

Natural hook helps Howard DESTINEE

doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t roll the ball exceptionally hard, instead concentrating School: Sterling on placement rather Class: Senior â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Howard and Tintori] than speed. FYI: 4-year regular for recognize if we are to â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hit my mark consisGolden Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; have a modicum of tently,â&#x20AC;? Howard said, BOWLINGTEAM success, that is, to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes !VERAGEDASA competitive in confereverything effective.â&#x20AC;? JUNIOR ANDHASCAREER ence play,â&#x20AC;? Black said, Howard has been a AVERAGEOF â&#x20AC;&#x153;those four girls, whomember of Sterling Top high school perforever they are, need to teams that qualified for MANCESHAVEBEEN bowl at a higher level state the last 3 years. GAME SERIES than they have started She had a 12-game total AND  GAME the season on.â&#x20AC;? of 2,275 as a junior, SERIES (ASBOWLED Howard has been a good for 61st individua 200 game or better fixture in the Sterling ally. Sterling finished TIMES lineup each of her four 10th as a team. seasons. She averaged As a sophomore, Howard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom got 171.9 as a freshman, Howard had a six-game me started in the Satand increased that to total of 1,117, but did urday morning league, 177.1 as a sophomore not qualify to bowl the and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just something and 190.4 as a junior. second day at state. As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve loved to do ever Her career average of a freshman, she bowled since.â&#x20AC;? 180.5 is fourth-best in two games (136-149) Black noted he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t school history, behind the first day of competihad to tinker too much only Heather Wolf tion, then four games with Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s form. (189.8), Granzow (186.6) Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply tried to (183-173-137-223) the and older sister Allyson make her have a more second day to help the Howard (182.2). consistent release point, Golden Warriors place Destinee Howard 11th as a team. and to shorten her came from a family of â&#x20AC;&#x153;My big goal is to get backswing a tad. bowlers. Her mother, back to state for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the priviDena Allen, was a mem- lege of doing was refinfourth time,â&#x20AC;? Howard ber of the Sterling team ing the skills she already said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of that finished second at had,â&#x20AC;? Black said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really newcomers this year, state in 1987. Her uncle, havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had to correct so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about Doug Allen, and grand- much. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of doing it as a team again, mother, Sharon Allen, skill there.â&#x20AC;? but I think me and were also accomplished Howard, a rightMagan have a good bowlers. hander, noted she was chance. We just have to â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started bowling blessed with a natural bowl like we can at the when I was 3 years old,â&#x20AC;? hook on her ball. She sectional.â&#x20AC;? CONTINUED FROM B1

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Eastland Shootout

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Conf.       0-0   0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1  

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more pins, first from Josh Bowling at 132, then from Grady Todd at 138, to make it 57-11. Rock Fallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Keaton Stickel was awarded a forfeit win at 145, and the teams had a doubleforfeit at 152. Only five bouts reached the second period, and only two reached the third. Cox, who coached at EP for 13 years, was disappointed with the number of pins his team suffered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up pins,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always tell the kids, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The only way you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give yourself a chance is if you get pinned.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The Rockets will be without Jevon Hey, a transfer from Belleville Althoff who was a state qualifier last season, for a while. Hey was involved in a car accident and has a back injury, according to Cox. In the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other duals, Rochelle edged the Panthers 39-37 and downed Rock Falls 47-28.

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches from the sideline during the game on Thanksgiving in Detroit. Rodgers was limited in practice Wednesday, but has not yet been ruled out for Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against the Falcons.

QB questions linger for Pack Rodgers not ruled out this week BY GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer

Falcons at Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aaron Rodgers would rather not let the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will he-or-wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heâ&#x20AC;? questions linger until Sunday. The Packersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; franchise quarterback expects a decision Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday tops â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whether heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be medically cleared to face the Atlanta Falcons in a game crucial to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dwindling playoff prospects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a medical decision. There were three parts to it: the strength, the range of motion and the evidence that we see on the scan. Two out of three are passed so far,â&#x20AC;? Rodgers said Wednesday. It was the results of the scan on the fractured left collarbone that disappointed Rodgers earlier in the week. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healing, but the outlook wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as promising as he hoped. If he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go, Matt Flynn is back in again. Rodgers doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want his backup waiting until game time to learn that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the starter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

When: Noon Sunday Where: Lambeau &IELD 'REEN"AY TV: Fox fair to Matt if we do that. I think by Friday or Saturday at the latest there will be a decision,â&#x20AC;? he said. No other scans on Rodgersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collarbone were planned for this week, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Limited in practice Wednesday, Rodgers was following rehab protocol. McCarthy will measure Rodgersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; progress Thursday. But at least one person thinks Rodgers is a go, even if the Packers themselves arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re anticipating that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to play this week,â&#x20AC;? Falcons coach Mike Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that there was information that came out [Tuesday] that said that he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cleared, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not been ruled out. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking that that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing.â&#x20AC;?

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said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty, too, so I know pretty people when I see them.â&#x20AC;? Before long, the NFL veteran was quizzing his young friend for book recommendations. She suggested â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss Daisy Is Crazy.â&#x20AC;? He scribbled down the title so he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny,â&#x20AC;? Alexandra said as she left the gym with her older brother, Chris. s3PEAKINGOFBOOKS 10-year-old Ashlee Palmquist of Cary brought one of hers for Bennett to sign. It was titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pet War,â&#x20AC;? a story about dogs versus cats. Ashlee has cats, but she likes dogs, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DOGS RULE,â&#x20AC;? Bennett inscribed before signing his name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;KEEP READING.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun,â&#x20AC;? Ashlee said. s%LIZABETH&ISCHER AN 11-year-old from Lake in the Hills, had a special request. Could Bennett sign her hat with his nickname, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Unicornâ&#x20AC;?? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For you, I can,â&#x20AC;? Bennett said. Elizabeth held the hat tight as she left with her family. s#ONOR.AUGHTON A 5-year-old from Crystal Lake, plopped his right arm on the table in front of Bennett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you sure?â&#x20AC;? Bennett asked. Conor nodded yes. So Bennett selected a

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Bears tight end Martellus Bennett showed his softer side Tuesday, signing autographs for kids at the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake. blue Sharpie and signed his name across the kindergartenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forearm. That wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be coming out for a while. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fine with it,â&#x20AC;? his mom, Roxana Naughton, said with a laugh. s.OAH-ELICK A 14-year-old from Algonquin, showed up in his basketball warm-ups for the Westfield Wolves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can you dunk?â&#x20AC;? Bennett asked. Noah, who stands 5-foot-10, shook his head no. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should be dunking soon,â&#x20AC;? Bennett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In eighth grade, I was doing 360s.â&#x20AC;? Noah thinks heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to dunk, eventually. He also thinks Bennett is cool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought he was going to be shy,â&#x20AC;? Noah said. Bennett is anything but shy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe in the creativity in kids,â&#x20AC;? Bennett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I just like to mess with them and play with them as much as possible to encourage them to be creative.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we grow up, we start losing our imagination, which is a sad thing.

Because we all need our imagination to solve problems.â&#x20AC;? Bennett has problems just like the rest of us. His ribs hurt and might be fractured. His back was sore from sitting for so long. His rain-soaked ride to McHenry County was long, and his football team is struggling. But Bennett is smiling. Kids have a way of making him do that. Soon, he and his wife will have one of their own â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a girl, due in March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through interaction and conversation with people, it makes me feel a lot better,â&#x20AC;? Bennett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially with the kids. The kids are always happy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that kids see everything with one emotion. So either theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sad. But as we grow up and we get older, we start seeing things in contradictions. So we can love someone and hate them at the same time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But kids arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like that. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so happy to see you.â&#x20AC;? For Bennett, the feeling is mutual.

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Mellott carries a 4.23 grade point average at Sterling and is ranked third in a senior class of 220 students. Ivy League schools do not give athletic scholarships, and Mellott was unsure of what her aid package will be. Cornellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s softball team has finished first or second in the Ivy League 13 of the last 16 seasons. In 2012, the Big Red posted a 25-23 record, including 15-5 in conference play. Blood has a career mark of 588-297-2 in 19 seasons. Mellott will be a middle infielder at Cornell, either at shortstop or second base. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to earn my spot on the team,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Mellott is Sterlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shortstop, and an offensive force in the leadoff position. In 2012, she batted .587, with an onbase percentage of .656 and a slugging percentage of .971. She scored 55 runs, drove in 34, and smacked 13 doubles, six triples and five home runs. Mellott was a key figure in Sterling advancing to the state softball tournament for the first time this past spring. A host of key seniors graduated, but the Golden Warriors still figure to be a force when softball season rolls around in 3 months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a lot of new faces in there,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of talent to work with. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a different dynamic this season, to see who steps up to fill the roles we have. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get going.â&#x20AC;?

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MOBILE HOMES

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ROCK FALLS

3BR home, 2ba. $700/mo. Call 815973-6768.

2 Lg. BR, 1 bath, attached garage. Lg. yard. NO PETS. $600 mo. + dep. Call 815-440-7985

ASHTON 2BR. 2 car attach. garage $400/mo. 815-440-0900

DIXON 1BR, Stove & frig. incl. Basement. No Pets. Tenants pay utilities + deposit. $450 month Available now! 815-440-2613 2BR Duplex w/gar. New E-windows, Appl., util., snowplowing incl. $550/ mo. 815-973-2831 2BR, garage. $550 815-285-4035 or 815-440-0693 3 BR Duplex 1.5 ba. Between Dixon & Sterling. 1 car garage. No pets. $740 mo. 815-5355359 For Rent Condominium On the River Boat Dock Incl. 2 BR 2BA Upper 1400 sq. ft. 1 Car garage Snow removal Lawn care $925/mo. + util. Lease-opt to buy 815-378-2151 Nice 2BR. No Pets. $485 + dep. 815-535-6731.

FRANKLIN GROVE 1 Story, 2BR attached garage, newer updates, laundry hookups, NO PETS! $575mo. 815-677-2383

MILLEDGEVILLE 3BR, C/A, applcs., 400 Holcomb. $650 + dep. Call 815-718-5488

MORRISON 3 BR, 2 BA country home on 16 acres, hunting rights included. $900 per month. Call Kophamer & Blean Realty (815) 7722728.

211 W. 18th St., 3 BR ranch, NICE!!, $698/mo., WHY RENT? 815-8787399. 2BR home, $550/ mo. plus month ½ dep. Call 815-6311297. 2BR, 1 ba. Garage. $625/mo. Call 815973-6768.

â&#x2DC;&#x2026; NEW TODAY â&#x2DC;&#x2026; 3BR, basement, garage. 802 5th Ave. $650/mo. 815-626-1726 704 6th Ave., 2 BR, $500 mo. + dep. 815-441-5431 Clean 2BR., Lg Kitchen, 1 BA., C/A Garage, no pets/smoking $500 mo. + $500 dep. 815-625-3256 House for Rent: 1 bed, kitchen appliances, basement, main floor laundry room w/ W/D hook up, $525/mo. Avail. immed. Call 815622-2725. SNLrentals. com Large 2BR Townhouse, all ground level. Excellent area. 800 Dixon Ave. No pets. Refs. req. 815-336-2305. Why Rent? You CAN Own! Totally Remodeled, 3BR Home. $650/ mo. 815-878-6356.

STERLING 2 BR., w/ garage & unfurnished basement. $575 + $350 dep. No pets. Call 815-590-0010 2BR home, 1 ba. $625/mo. Call 815973-6768. 3 BR., 1 BA., Dbl. Garage. No pets. $700 + $700 dep. Call 815-626-3716. 3 BR., 2 car garage, two story farm house, ½ mile from town. Avail. Dec 15th. Call Brittany 815-380-3000 Rent to own. 2BR 815-622-9665. Realtor Owned.

COMMERCIAL RENTAL

ROCK FALLS 1 BR, $425+ dep. 815-499-3187. 2 BR, 1 car Gar. W&D hookups, no pets, $475+$475 Dep. 815-625-1900 2 BR., 1 BA., No Pets. $525 + $525 dep. 815-626-3716

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Great location! Approx. 1,000sq.ft. Call 815-499-7448. Secured 3 acre w/ high bays and office, 3818 River Rd., Sterling. 815-626-8790

C NOTICES Notice to Bid Bid # B2013-12-16 The City of Sterling will accept sealed Bids for the purchase of a new 2013 or 2014 Model ž Ton HD 4WD pick-up truck at the office of the City Clerk, 212 Third Avenue, Sterling Illinois 61081, until 11:00 a.m., Central Standard Time, Wednesday, December 11, 2013, and at that time will be opened and read aloud. Specifications are available from the City Clerk, 212 Third Avenue, Sterling. The City of Sterling reserves the right to reject any and all bids to waive technicalities. By the order of the City of Sterling Marie Rombouts City Clerk

December 5th 2013.

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Public Hearing In accordance with Section 17-20 of the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200/17-20), notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 19, 2013, in the Offices of the Department of Revenue, 101 West Jefferson Street, Springfield, Illinois, for the purpose of taking evidence which may be pertinent to the Department's estimate of the percent to be added to the aggregate assessment of locally assessed property in Lee County for the assessment year 2013. This hearing is required by the Property Tax Code. Based on the comparison of assessed valuations, the analysis of property transfers, and other available information, the estimated percentage to be added to the aggregate assessment of locally assessed property other than property assessed under Sections 10110 through 10-140 and 10-170 through 10-200 of the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200/10-110 through 10-140 and 10-170 through 10-200) is 0.00%. Accordingly, the tentative equalization factor is 1.0000. This meeting will be accessible to handicapped individuals in compliance with Executive Order #5 and pertinent state and federal laws upon notification of anticipated attendance. Handicapped persons planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact Dana Baisden, either by telephone (217/785-6619) or letter (Department of Revenue, Local Government Services- 4500, 101 West Jefferson Street, P. O. Box 19033, Springfield, Illinois 627949033, by Thursday, December 12, 2013, to inform of their anticipated attendance. Brian Hamer Director Decemer 5, 2013

GARAGE SPACE

315 331

10x20 $50/mo. + $35 dep. 815-5909478.

WANT TO RENT 335 WANT TO RENT from a responsible, respectible and conscientious landlord. We are 2 sisters that have lived together for 16 years. We will be respectible, responsible, and conscientious of your property. We smoke outside ONLY! Must be able to have a cat, she is declawed and fixed. Would prefer a 1 story ranch or duplex within Dixon city limits. 3 BR, 2BA, C/A, main floor washer dryer or hookup. Preferably an attached garage. 815-973-7042 THANK YOU!

LOANS

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THE CLASSIFIED Advertising Department of Sauk Valley Media does not have the opportunity to fully investigate the credibility of each advertiser appearing within these columns. If an offer sounds â&#x20AC;&#x153;too good to be trueâ&#x20AC;? it probably is. Proceed with caution if you are asked to send money or to give a credit card number. Proceed with caution in calling 900 phone numbers. All phone numbers prefixed by â&#x20AC;&#x153;900â&#x20AC;? are charged to the CALLER. Charges may be assessed on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;per minuteâ&#x20AC;? basis rather than a â&#x20AC;&#x153;per callâ&#x20AC;? basis. Sauk Valley Classified makes every effort to qualify these charges for the reader. If you have a concern about an advertiser, please contact the Better Business Bureau 330 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611. 312-832-0500

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES 501 NOTICEPURSUANT to the Business Opportunity Sales Law of 1995, every business opportunity must be registered with the Illinois Securities Department. Protect yourself and get the facts before you hand over your hard earned money by contacting the Illinois Secretary of State's Securities Department at 1800-628-7937. This notice provided as a public service by Sauk Valley Classifieds.

EDUCATION

503

Hiring FT Child Care Teacher Employee Benefits available. Must have 60 college credit hours with 12 in ECE. Apply at 1010 N. 15th St. Rochelle, IL 61068. Resume can be e-mailed to: rcccdirector @rochelle.net

EMPLOYMENT

505

Diesel Mechanic

Full time. $30/hr. Must have 15 yrs experience. Please No phone calls or walk ins. Mail resume to:

Brechon Farm Services, Inc. 1270 IL. State Route 26 South Dixon, IL. 61021

EMPLOYMENT

505

Welder Fabricator

Full time. $30/hr. Must have 15 yrs experience.Please No phone calls or walk ins. Mail resume to:

Brechon Farm Services, Inc. 1270 IL. State Route 26 South Dixon, IL. 61021

Class A CDL Driver Hauling Grain & Fertilizer $20.00 per Hour plus overtime. Hauling NH3 with a Hazmat endorsement $25.00 per Hour plus overtime. Must have 5 \HDUV YHULĂ&#x20AC;DEOH H[SHrience.

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Accountant or CPA with a 4 year degree. Pay Commensurate with experience.

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Please mail resume to: Brechon Farm Services, Inc. 1270 IL. State Route 26 South Dixon, IL. 61021

Automotive Local body shop now hiring for Auto body Technician with at least 5yrs. Exp. Must have own tools. Apply in person at Slim-N- Hank's 1409 W 4th Street, Sterling OR 720 N. Galena Ave., Dixon. Carroll County Locker Slaughter Floor & Cutting Room. Apply in person at Carroll County Locker, 122 E. Carroll, Lanark, IL 61046

Drivers Wanted !Class A CDL !Clean MVR !Good CSA Score !Assigned Peterbilts !Preloaded Trailers !Paid Vacations !Home Weekends !Health Insurance !Min 6 months !Verifiable Experience 800-397-6387x18 Experienced Drivers To haul van freight in a regional area of Clinton, IA. Guaranteed to be home every weekend. Must have Class A CDL and 2 yrs. OTR exp. Must have a good work history, great work ethic and driving record. Full benefit package. Naeve, Inc. 563-249-9292 Experienced Ophthalmic Tech needed for large practice. Refracting, experience in testing and team player. E-mail resume: supervision969@ gmail.com GORDON TRUCKING CDL-A Truck Drivers Up to $5,000 Signon Bonus & $.56 CPM! Solo & Teams Dedicated/Home Weekly Available! Call 7 days/wk! EOE 888-653-3304 GordonTrucking.com

CAREGIVER-CNA-DIRECT SUPPORT PERSON-STERLING FACILITIES

This is your chance to be a part of a winning team! We are looking for dedicated people to provide quality care for our special people. Our organization is part of the largest privately owned residential service provider to adults with developmental disabilities in Illinois, and we want you to join our team. WE ARE INTERVIEWING FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: -Full-Time Residential Manager -Part-Time Cook -Part-Time 1st Shift -Part-Time 2nd Shift -Full-Time 2nd Shift -Full Time 3rd Shift Earned Vacation Time-9 Double Pay Holidays. Applicants must have a High School Diploma or GED and Valid Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License. To be considered for any of these positions interested applicants must APPLY IN PERSON at: Casa Willis, 910 Woodburn, Sterling, IL 61081

EMPLOYMENT

505

Position Opening The Prophetstown Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications may be mailed, emailed or dropped off at Prophetstown City Hall, 339 Washington St., Prophetstown IL 61277, e-mail ptowncy@thewisp.net. applications available at prophetstownil.org. Completed applications must be received by 4 pm on Wednesday December 18th, 2013. RECEPTIONIST A local law firm is now hiring for immediate fulltime employment as a law firm receptionist. Applicants must possess excellent communication skills. Outstanding grammatical, typing and computer skills are required for this position. Multitasking abilities and professionalism are absolutely necessary. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three (3) references to: Box #:1195, c/o Sauk Valley Classifieds, P.O. Box 498, Sterling, IL 61081 RECEPTIONIST NEEDED Must be available mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Please apply in person at H & R Block, 1309 N. Galena Ave., Dixon TO OUR

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Sauk Valley Media does not knowingly accept advertising which is in violation of the law. Likewise, we do not knowingly accept advertising which is fraudulent or has malicious intent. While we attempt to screen advertising with potential fraud, it is impossible to screen all potential problems. We strongly encourage our readers to exercise caution and common sense, particularly when dealing with companies with which you are not familiar.

CHILD CARE

512

Little Blessings Childcare has immediate daycare openings for infant-school age. 1st & 2nd shifts. 815-285-3811 Lic# 48927502

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CHILD CARE

512

NO INDIVIDUAL, unless licensed or holding a permit as a childcare facility, may cause to be published any advertisement soliciting a child care service.* A childcare facility that is licensed or operating under a permit issued by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services may publish advertisements of the services for which it is specifically licensed or issued a permit. Sauk Valley Media strongly urges any parent or guardian to verify the validity of the license of any facility before placing a child in it's care. *Family homes that care for no more than three (3) children under the age of twelve or which receive only children from a single household, for less than 24 hours per day, are exempt from licensure as day care homes. The three children to whom this exemption applies includes the family's natural or adopted children and any other persons under the age of 12 whether related or unrelated to the operator of the day care home. (DCFS Rule, Part 377.3 (c))

AREA GARAGE SALES 624 ROCK FALLS GARAGE SALES 624 Living Estate: 3 Day Tag Sale of Mary Snyder 508 E. 3rd Street Rock Falls Thursday Noon5pm. Friday 9am-5pm. Sat 9am-5pm. Everything must go! 3 levels full!

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES 705 Dixon Petunia Festival Buttons. Full Set from 1965present. $350 815677-1203 or 815284-8526 I Buy: Antique furniture, fishing tackle, toys, post cards junk. 815-445-6151

GUNS & ARCHERY

706

.22 Mag ammo 400 rounds. $100. Must have FOID. 815-677-3082. .22 MAG. SS rev. w/ ammo $299 815-677-3082 Must have FOID.

APPLIANCES

710

CLOVER HILLS LEASE TO OWN APPLIANCES TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MATTRESSES

815.625.8529 Frigidaire Gallery gas stove, 2 yrs. old, like new, $400 815-238-2960. Frigidaire super capacity washer. $75. 815-284-6088 Maytag Washer & Dryer, good cond. $300 815-7514673 Reliable, LIKE NEW used appliances, cmsappliance.net (815)626-1003

SPORTING GOODS

716

6 person tent, 2 burner grill, Coleman gas lantern w/ tanks, $100, 815213-3798 Vision Snowboard, Good Shape! $20 815-677-3082

MACHINISTS ENTRY-LEVEL OR EXPERIENCED Machine Shop in Oregon, IL is hiring For machinist positions on first or second Shifts. Experienced Machinists must haveworked on manual and CNC lathes, mills and grinders. Blueprint reading andmeasuring instruments skills required. Entry-level is part of a fully-paid Apprenticed Training program. On the job and classroom training involved.

Full benefits available. For more information, go to www.fnsmithcorp.com F.N. Smith Corporation - EOE 1200 S Second St. Oregon, IL 61061 815-732-2171 Fax 815-732-6173 fnsmith@fnsmithcorp.com

WOOD / FUEL

746

PETS & PET SUPPLIES 775

Mixed Hardwood $80/pickup load Delivered 779-423-4249

Mixed breed puppies, free to good homes only. 815438-2507

Truck load of walnut & maple wood for sale. 815-2846776.

Plexiglas / Wood 44x24 gecko/turtle cage w/heat lamps $65 815-973-2368

FURNITURE

755

2pc. Beautiful wood corner flattop computer desk. Prestige brand, 960TWR. 60wx33dx30h 48wx24dx29h $600 815-632-1521 Flexsteel Davenport w/ pull-out full bed, good clean cond. $100 815626-0193 Lighted Oak Curio cabinets. $50 815590-1505 Mattress sets: Twin $99, Full $129, Queen $159, King $199. Will deliver! Kern Mattress Outlet 309-4527477.

PETS & PET SUPPLIES 775 â&#x2DC;&#x2026; NEW TODAY â&#x2DC;&#x2026; ABC Reg border collie puppies, shots & wormed, 6 wks., bl & wh, & br & wh, $500 Phone 815-631-7391. No texts.

Precious kittens, clean and full of love. Will hold for Christmas. 815441-9064. WARNING ADS FOR FREE PETS Your beloved pet deserves a loving, caring home. The ad for your free pet may draw response from individuals who will sell your animal for research or breeding purposes. Please screen respondents carefully when giving an animal away. Your pet will thank you! Wire crate- commercial quality, up to 60lbs. $50. 815456-2839.

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT

785

EXERCISE BIKE, Impex. Computer programs. $75 815-284-7492

TICKETS / TRAVEL 787 & EVENTS Doodles: black & golden. Ready now! 563-2127307 www.dawns doodles.webbs. com

Free to good home 9 mo. old Female Australian Shepherd, good w/ other animals, 815535-0761 Free to good home, pure black male kitten, 8 mo. Good with kids. Neutered w/ shots. 815-946-4297

No person or business, unless properly licensed by the Illinois Secretary of State, may sell ticket(s) for any sporting event or otherwise, for more than the price printed upon the face of the said ticket(s). Only licensed ticket brokers may legally advertise, negotiate and execute the sale of ticket(s) for any amount over what is printed upon the face of ticket.

TOOLS & MACHINERY

792

Crystal Lake O.D. Precision Grinder, bench top model, approx. 5â&#x20AC;? center, 2 1/2â&#x20AC;? swing, will grind to tenths, tenths indicator incl., $450 815-9733223.

KRINGLE'S KORNER

794

New In Boxes, Rudolph's Xmas Town Village, by Hawthorne Village. 9 houses & 20 figurines. $350 815535-3963

WANT TO BUY 795 Want to buy: Topper for S10 pick up, 5ft. bed. Call 815-622-2820.

MISCELLANEOUS 796 FOR SALE 100 picture frames oak w/ glass. 8X10. $100. 815-456-2839 2 Old wooden boxes: 1 explosives & 1 wine. $30/pair 815-275-3131 2000 oak kitchen cabinets in stock. Builder Discount 815-626-4561 4 Memorial lots in the Garden of Prayer area at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. 815-499-7000 Bows: Compound w/acc $200, wooden recurve, fiberglass $100 ea. Bike 26â&#x20AC;? 7sp. $50. 2 Ton jack w/ stands $40. Pictures: 7 tiger, 5 wolf, 5 deer, 2 bear $5-$20 ea. Dixon 815-677-4018 Brand New Snap On Beer Keg Fridge. Would be a nice holiday gift! $350 firm. 815973-1976 after 5. Casio Elect. Keyboard. $50 815213-3798 Chicago Cub navy blue T-shirt, Lg. $5 815-284-2685

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Our Senior Maintenance Electrician Technician will install, maintain, repair electrical systems and equipment. Responsibilities include maintaining one line drawings, NEC, ARC flash labeling, electrical equipment labeling and design of electrical systems. Other responsibilities include in maintaining plumbing, HVAC systems and general building maintenance. Successful candidates must have experience in leading a team and training other technicians. A related Associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree or Certification as a Journeyman Electrician and minimum of 5 years of experience along with communication, problem-solving, organizational and team-work abilities are also required. For immediate consideration please submit your resume to awolcott@borgwarner.com Our work environment values learning, team work, innovation and continuous improvement. Professional development is supported through a generous educational assistance policy. We offer a very competitive compensation and benefits package, including a savings and investment plan with company match. BorgWarner is an Equal Opportunity employer. BorgWarner Emissions Systems 1350 Franklin Grove Rd. Dixon, IL 61021 EEOC

Health Professions Lab Assistant 2 part-time positions (25 hours per week) Assist faculty in nursing, radiology, phlebotomy and EMS with laboratory preparation. Maintain overall supervision of the health professions lab setting including ordering of supplies and control of inventory. Act as a resource nurse for the nursing students to assist them in gaining competence with nursing practices and procedures; and maintain equipment. Associate in applied science degree in nursing and curUHQW ,OOLQRLV 51 OLFHQVH UHTXLUHG 7KUHH WR Ă&#x20AC;YH  WR 

years of experience in an acute care medical surgical or related setting and familiarity with medical equipment utilized in acute and long term care settings. Two years of experience in medical surgical nursing or related area required; recent hospital experience and previous teaching experience preferred. Must be highly organized, prioritize effectively, and display high level of integrity with student interaction. Ability to obtain CNA teaching certiĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ UHTXLUHG Review of applications will begin immediately; however, to ensure full consideration please submit application maWHULDOV E\ 'HFHPEHU   2QOLQH DSSOLFDWLRQ FRYHU OHWWHU UHVXPH DQG XQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDO WUDQVFULSWV DUH UHTXLUHG Please apply on-line at Saukâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.svcc.edu FOLFN RQ MRE RSSRUWXQLWLHV 

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Two Bears navy blue T-shirts, XLG. New. $15 815-2842685

Chipper Shredder $200, Sofabed & chair $175, 220 volt elec. welder $100, 7â&#x20AC;? Heavy duty elec. sander $50. 815-622-9062 Display Case, upright, 16 glass shelf open front, on pedestal. $100/obo 815-631-5112 Hover Round, only ridden once, new batteries, $7800 new/asking $2500, 815-284-0409. Military Surplus Camouflage clothing, M-65 Field Jackets and much more! Princeton Military Surplus, 11 E Putnam St. Princeton IL 815-875-1096 Tues- Sat. 10-5 Moen Deluxe kitchen faucet, chrome. $75. 815456-2839. Mongoose Bike, 26â&#x20AC;? 18 spd., yellow $60 815-284-1094 Real nice king bed, $100. Call 815-718-4385.

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FARM EQUIPMENT

855

2013 Kubota L3200 HST, w/ loader, 32 HP, 4x4. 11 hours, 3 way hydro, will take trade/obo $17,200 815-379-2541

CLASSIC CARS

904

1949 Chrysler New Yorker, 4 door sedan, original & complete, needs TLC. 86K mi., $1650 779200-7724. 1967 Ford Mustang, project car. Runs. $6,000/obo. Call 815-622-8176.

AUTOMOBILES

905

2000 BLAZER 4WD LT, new exhaust, brakes, batt. 815-652-0070 creditautosales dixon.com Always over 100+ vehicles to choose from.

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2002 Pontaic Grand Am GT, 130K, sunroof, red, rust free! New tires, brakes, brake pads, rotors, tune up. $5,000 OBO 815-440-5591

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S.U.V.S

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2000 Bravada, new radiator/timing belt. Good tires. 186K mi. Needs tranny. $850/obo. 815-441-4739. 2001 Ford Explorer XLT, 4x4. Loaded/ sunroof. 182K mi. Exc. cond. $3500. 815-994-8426. 2002 Yukon XL, dark gray, ½ ton 1500, 4 wheel dr,. 188K mi. Firestone tires and cattle guard. 5.3 Liter $5,500. Call 815622-8055 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4x4, 4 door, auto, hard & soft tops, black, 106K mi., $17,000 815-441-7500

TRUCKS

910

1997 Ford Ranger, new tires, brakes, & more, 107K mi., $4000/obo, 815535-4095. 2003 F350 11' flat bed dually. 68K mi. Good cond. $7500/ obo. 815-499-7195

TRUCKS

910

2007 CHEVROLETColorado Pickup New Low Price $7500 obo 38K 815-284-1135 For Sale: 1996 Ford Ranger 4x4, asking $3500/obo Call 815-626-1779 between 5 & 7 or leave message.

4X4S

912

1999 Ford F150 4x4 Lariat. $2800. Call 815-973-3376. 2003 Chevy S10 ext. cab. Bedliner, 82K mi. Good cond. $7500. 815225-7527.

PARTS & ACC.

925

Amp Gauge w/ mounting bracket '03-'08, F250-350 $40 815-973-1536

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