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Village board will set high usage sewage rate By Chris Johnson Reporter The Mt. Morris Village Board will create a new high usage sewage rate after discussions were held about Mt. Morris Estates. The owner of the trailer park, Ken Hauck, had asked the board in March if the property could be annexed in if a lower sewer rate could not be negotiated. Trustee Don Sorensen asked the board Tuesday night to approve a 130 percent high usage sewage rate. This rate is 130 percent of what a village resident would pay for sewer service. â€œWe do not need to annex the property, but create a high usage rate,â€? Sorensen said. The rate would apply to users outside the city limits, using 40,000 cubic feet per billing cycle. The wording of the ordinance would be for any property outside the village
Easter Hunt Above, Madison and Kaelin Shaffer, six-year-old twins, examine the prizes they won at the Mt. Morris Easter Egg Hunt April 19. At right, Three-yearold Peyton Hough decided her Easter basket makes a good hat at Dillehay Park. Photos by Chris Johnson
Construction begins on highway dept. building The foundation has been poured on the new equipment building at the Ogle County Highway Department. When completed, the 90foot by 150-foot building will have a concrete foundation and steel frame and will be located at the highway department headquarters at 1989 Ill. 2 South, Oregon. County Engineer Curtis Cook said the highway departmentâ€™s new building will be used to store heavy equipment, some of which currently sits outside. â€œWhen you donâ€™t have shelter for equipment it does not last as long,â€? he said. â€œThis building will allow us to store everything inside and
could still consider annexing Mt. Morris Estates to lower their rates to the standard village fee. A flow meter was installed by the village last year to measure the sewer usage from Mt. Morris Estates. A decades-old agreement between the village and the trailer park had expired, and the two sides were in negotiations on a new rate. In other business the board voted to allow parking on the west side of North Wesley Avenue, between Hitt Street and Sunset Lane. The street was a no parking area to allow traffic to and from the former printing plant on Sunset. With the plant closed no need exists to prohibit parking. Village attorney Eric Morrow told the board they could change the ordinance in the future to a no parking zone if another business opens the facility.
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limits, not just Mt. Morris Estates. Originally, the rates for Mt. Morris Estates would have risen to 200 percent which would have been approximately $140 per month for the each of the 107 units (trailers) in the complex that are hooked up to village wastewater. Onsite wells provide fresh water to these units. Hauck had asked for a 125 percent surcharge. â€œThey wanted 125 percent,â€? said Sorensen. â€œIt is a little bit more.â€? The board unanimously voted to change the village ordinance. Trustee David Hoffman was absent. The old rate at Mt. Morris Estates was $80 per month per unit. The new rate would be under $100 per month. Mt. Morris Estates is home to 300 people. Sixty units are using septic systems. In the future the board
make the equipment last.â€? The existing storage building was completed in 1967 and is a tight fit for equipment. The road graders will be moved to the new building when the project is completed. â€œThe old building was built for smaller trucks,â€? said Cook. â€œThe road graders can barely get in.â€? Having the new space will make it easier to park the equipment and allow for better access to all the equipment, he said. The dump trucks will remain in the original building. Cook said plans call for the building to be completed by July 1, and after that parking areas will be redone to ensure
that water drains away from the buildings. â€œThe parking lot is a mess with all the cuts in it,â€? said Cook. â€œI am looking forward to getting the project completed.â€? The money to pay for the building will come from the Long Range Planning Fund. Revenues in that fund come from the host fees paid by garbage collection firms to dump refuse in the landfills within the county. The fees bring approximately $3 million per year in the countyâ€™s coffers. According to the budget, the Long Range Planning Fund, which is earmarked for major capital projects, was projected to start the new fiscal year with a balance of $13 million.
A rural Ashton woman was severely injured early Monday morning after two pit bulls attacked her while she was jogging near her home. Aneda Ebert, 63, 3413 Dugdale Rd., was jogging past a neighborâ€™s residence on Dugdale Road in southern Ogle County when two pit bulls ran out of the yard and attacked her. â€œShe was severely injured while she was jogging,â€?
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â€œItâ€™s a good thing her husband was right there or it might have been a fatality,â€? Champley said. The dogs were impounded by Animal Control, he said, and the owner agreed that they should be euthanized. That has already been done. Champley said no previous problems have been reported to Animal Control with the two dogs involved in the incident. Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Police are continuing to investigate.
County board disagrees over ZBA appointment Former board member replaces ZBA member By Vinde Wells Editor
An appointment to the Ogle County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) proved controversial April 15. County board member Bruce McKinney, Rochelle, objected to a motion to appoint former county board member Dennis Williams, Byron, to the ZBA. Instead he said he favored the reappointment of current ZBA member Randall Anderson, Chana, who had also applied for the seat. McKinney said Anderson has been a dedicated ZBA Three cement trucks line up April 11 to pour concrete into the forms for the new equipment member and should be reappointed. storage building at the Ogle County Highway Department. Photo by Curtis Cook
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Dr. Tom Champley, Ogle County Animal Control Administrator, said. â€œShe had severe injuries to her neck, shoulder, and leg.â€? Ebert was taken by ambulance to KSB Hospital, Dixon, where she has undergone surgery and more is scheduled. Ebertâ€™s husband Larry was riding a bike and was some distance behind her when the attack occurred. He saw the dogs attacking as he approached their home and came to his wifeâ€™s assistance.
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He said he believes Anderson was not recommended for another term because he did not vote in opposition to wind farms. Recommendations for appointments to the ZBA are made by the Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Committee. Board chairman Kim Gouker, Byron, said Andersonâ€™s voting record on wind farms was not mentioned during the committeeâ€™s discussion of the appointment. Instead he said, the issue was their stands on the countyâ€™s Comprehensive Plan. â€œThere was a distinct difference between the two candidates,â€? he said. Neither candidate attended the county board meeting. Board member Lyle Hopkins said he favors Anderson because he is a
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farmer, and Williams is not. Board member Ashley Simms, Rochelle, disagreed that a farmer is a better choice for the ZBA. Board member Pat Saunders, Polo, said farmers have more at stake in the zoning rules set by the county. Persons who live in a city or village, she said, are governed by the zoning ordinances within that municipality, rather than the countyâ€™s. â€œYes, but we all pay taxes,â€? replied Simms. County board member Lee Meyers, Byron, said Williams lives in a rural subdivision. McKinneyâ€™s motion to replace Williams with Anderson as the appointee was defeated 9-13, and a subsequent motion to appoint Williams was approved 139.
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Fiery crash on I-39 claims life of Texas truck driver Sauk Valley Media The investigation continues into a fiery crash on Interstate 39 in Ogle County on April 18 that involved three semitrailers and took the life of a driver from Texas, Illinois State Police said. According to a news release and to ISP Sgt. Eric Van Dyke, a northbound semi driven by William M. Spearman, 41, Chicago, was going slower than the minimum speed limit of 45
Congressman Adam Kinzinger shakes the hand of Woods Equipment Company employee Keith Avey on April 16. Kinzinger toured the plant in support of the Association of Equipment Manufacturerâ€™s (AEM) campaign â€œI Make America.â€? Photo by Alex T. Paschal, Sauk Valley Media
Woods Equipment Co. to add 23 more jobs Congressman Kinzinger tours Oregon plant By David Giuliani Sauk Valley Media With the economy ticking up, so is Woods Equipment Co. in Oregon, executives say. The company, which employs 300, plans to add 23 more jobs to its factory, where backhoes and other attachments for tractors are made. Last year, Woods, a division of Portland, Ore.based Blount International, added a laser cutting system, which was the â€œbiggest investment in 20 years,â€? said Mark Miller, the companyâ€™s chief financial officer.
Executives said the equipment improves the plantâ€™s accuracy and efficiency. It also frees up space in the 400,000-squarefoot building, which will be used to make other yet-tobe-determined products, Miller said. On April 16, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, toured the plant and spoke to workers at an outside rally sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturersâ€™ â€œI Make Americaâ€? campaign. Shortly before 11 a.m., employees stood outside as winds whipped the U.S., Illinois and Woods flags overhead. The congressman, in a suit and tie, told the crowd that he was optimistic about the economy, particularly
manufacturing in the northern part of his 16th Congressional District, which includes Lee and Ogle counties. His biggest concern, Kinzinger said, was policies in Illinois that drive jobs away. â€œWeâ€™re not losing jobs to India anymore,â€? Kinzinger said. â€œWeâ€™re losing jobs to Indiana.â€? For instance, he said in an earlier news conference, the minimum wage is higher in Illinois than the national average, yet the state has one of the highest jobless rates. He ended his short speech to the workers by saying that he understands people have little trust for politicians. â€œThatâ€™s an understatement,â€? an employee whispered.
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mph and was rear-ended around 8 p.m. by a semi driven by Ralph W. Maness, 60, Sanger, Texas, just south of Rochelle. Manessâ€™ truck burst into flames, and he died at the scene. The third semi, driven by Craig L. Zimbauer, 36, Elk Mound, Wis., and also northbound, swerved into a ditch to avoid the accident, but stopped so close that his semi also caught fire. Neither Spearman nor
Zimbauer were injured. Spearman was cited for violating the minimum speed limit, which is a $120 ticket. Northbound traffic was diverted from I-39 to Ill. 251 until 9 a.m. April 19 while the on-scene investigation was conducted. Further investigation into the accident is ongoing, Van Dyke said. He didnâ€™t know how fast the first two trucks were going, or what they were hauling.
Shed near Polo destroyed in fire A shed at a rural Polo residence was destroyed Monday in an early morning fire. When Polo firefighters arrived just before 5:30 a.m., the shed at 16214 W. Milledgeville Rd. was fully
engulfed and nothing inside was salvageable, Fire Chief Tony Karrow reported. Firefighters remained on the scene for four hours. Karrow said no one was injured in the blaze, the cause for which is so far
undetermined. The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall is assisting with the investigation. Fire crews finally cleared out of the area at 10 a.m., the chief said.
Senior spelling bee is May 13 The Mt. Morris Senior Center is sponsoring its annual Senior Spelling Bee on Tuesday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at Pinecrest Grove Community Center, 500 Evergreen Lane, Mt. Morris. The statewide event is open
to adults age 50 and older. It provides the opportunity to showcase a lifetime of knowledge. The program includes three levels of competition, including the state finals at the Illinois State Fair on
Monday, Aug. 11. Light refreshments will be served at the spelling bee. All are welcome to participate or support the contestants. Register at the senior center. Call 815-734-6335 for more information.
Last Supper More than 200 people attended the dramatic presentation of The Last Supper at the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris on Maundy Thursday. Pictured left to right, as the disciples are: Chester Hilty (Nathaniel), Nick Belleque (James the Less), John Kessinger (Andrew), Brett Belleque (Judas), Ken Kielsmeier (Peter), Caleb Mennen (John), Thomas Rogers (Thomas), Nathan Tauch (James), Todd Wehler (Philip), Matthew Dusing (Matthew), Ken Ruiz (Thaddeus), and Bob Bloemker (Simon the Zealot). Photo supplied
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The Mt. Morris Times is published weekly by Ogle County Newspapers, a division of the B.F. Shaw Printing Co. The Mt. Morris Times was founded early in 1969 by Earl Blevins and John Drew, co-publishers. It was sold in 1970 to Tri-County Press Publications of Polo, owned by Danny C. Terry. On June 2, 1977, Terry sold the Times and his other publicationsâ€”the Tri-County Press and Forreston Journalâ€”to B.F. Shaw Printing of Dixon, publisher of the Dixon Telegraph. Other newspapers serving Mt. Morris have been the Mt. Morris Index, founded in 1899 by Harry and Harvey Kable, and the Mt. Morris News, which began publication in the late 1800's. Ogle County Newspapers also prints the Oregon Republican Reporter, Forreston Journal, and Polo's Tri-County Press.
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Choir to perform Disney classics The Oregon High School Choir will present a Disneythemed concert on Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the music room. Children ages 3-8 are invited to participate as VIP guests, as a Very Important Princess or Very Important Pirate. They will be invited to a pre-show arts and crafts activity at 6:15 p.m., and have pictures taken with Disney characters. Children will be announced as VIP royalty during a procession at 6:45 p.m., prior to the concert.
Tickets are $5 per child, which includes a princess/ pirate kit and admission to the concert. Adult tickets are $2 for this event. The princes kit includes a tiara, wand and tattoos. Princes will receive an eye patch, hat and tattoos in their kit. Reserve tickets by Wednesday, May 14 by e-mailing ksheridan@ocusd. net or calling 815-830-4774. Include name, phone number and the number of tickets to be reserved.
The Mt. Morris Senior Center is offering a Nashville show trip Monday through Friday, June 9-13. The package offers five days and four nights, eight meals and two shows, including the Grand Ole Opry. The trip features a tour of the Belle Meade Plantation, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the
Grand Ole Opry backstage tour. Plenty of leisure time for exploring and shopping are also included. The cost is $558 per person, double occupancy. Early registration is encouraged since trips usually fill up fast. Call Brenda Hayden at 815734-6335 to register or for more details.
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Pine Creek News By Karen Merlak The earth is alive with green grass and beautiful flowers. Our spirits are alive with praise for a Risen Savior! What a beautiful day to spend outside with family enjoying Godâ€™s wonderful creation. This is the day that the Lord has made, and for this we are truly grateful. We started out the morning with an early service. Pastor Gregg Downs led several readings and hymns. After the service, everyone gathered downstairs for a delicious breakfast of casseroles and sweet breads. Our Sunday School classes and regular worship service followed the breakfast and
fellowship. For the worship service this morning, we were greeted by Jim and Nancy Hopkins. The special music was an outstanding trio made up of Jane Hamilton and children, Peggy Hamilton and Doug Hamilton. Jane Hamilton also gave the childrenâ€™s message to full pew of children. Kent and Judy Nettzâ€™s grandchildren, Maddie, Carson, and Cameron Jones, and Carrie and Evie Riopell joined Kelsey and Kaiyle Horton. Wanda Wigginsâ€™ great-grandson, visiting from Minnesota, also joined the group. On Thursday evening, Pastor Gregg Downs led the Maundy Thursday service with the traditional Tenebrae service. Don Hay and Clint Merlak also read scripture for the service. Pastor Gregg sang for
Library News Meeting Date Changed The Mt. Morris Library Board will meet on Wednesday, April 23. The board usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held in the Stengel room at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend. April Display Cases The April display has items from around the world. Fran Murray, along with her son Jon and her daughter in law Diane, are sharing items that they received from foreign exchange students that they have hosted over the years. It is an interesting display. Be sure to take a look. April is Autism Awareness Month According to recent studies, one in sixty eight children will be diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. On Sunday, April 27 Cynthia Laughlin will be here to share her familyâ€™s story about the diagnosis and care of her son. The program begins at 2 p.m. Cynthia will talk about the signs of autism and all that her family went through to get
the help they needed for their Sophia, Gaby, David and Ethan listen to a story read son. Join in for a very personal by Jennifer Immel during Alphabet Adventure. Photo supplied look at this timely subject. contact the Rockford Vet It may provide inspiration to do a little gardening. Think Mobile Vet Center here Center at 815-395-1276. spring. The Department of Veteran Greater e-Book Access Affairs Mobile Vet Center The library is participating Thank You will be at the library on in the eRead Illinois Program Alphabet Adventures has Wednesday, April 30 from which allows more access to just finished at the library. It 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Vet e-books across the state. was a sad day because the staff Center program provides free Any number of devices and children have so much and confidential counseling to can be used to download the fun on Thursday mornings. veterans of combat zones and books. More information is Thanks to Jennifer Immel their families. on the library website. who has been playing her The Vet Center also helps way through the alphabet with New Book Display veterans who experienced We have a new book us. She is a wonderful, caring, military sexual trauma (MST) display for spring. Along creative teacher. while serving in the military. with the Best of 2013 books, Thank you, also to the Active duty service members a selection to help with families who made the are also eligible. lawn and garden needs is on commitment to come each For more information display. week.
special music. On Friday evening, Clint and I attended the community Good Friday service at the Church of the Brethren. The pastors read a passion play with some audience participation. Bill Hare led the Polo Senior Choir with beautiful music throughout the service. The service was led by Pastor Leslie Lake with help from Pastors Monte Cox, Jeremy Heller, Derek Rogers, Terry Wilder, Jerry Martz, Dave Jungnickle, and Gregg Downs. Don and Vicki Hay were traveling on Easter Sunday, heading into the city to be with family. Their first stop was in Dundee to pick up Vickiâ€™s mom, Delores Michelini. Don, Vicki, and Delores drove to Naperville to join their daughter, Christine Stephens, husband, Lance,
and their children, Sydney, Owen, and Avery for church services at Our Saviorâ€™s Lutheran Church. After church the whole family journeyed to Yorkville for a brunch with Lanceâ€™s mother, Linda Stephens, his sisterâ€™s family, Erin, Bill, Kaitlyn, and Brandon Gorski, Billâ€™s father, Ed, and Bill Agnastopolous. It was lots of traveling and lots of family fun time. The Hayâ€™s son, Mackenzie, and his wife, Shea, and their children, Reef and Elle, while in Tennessee, kept in touch throughout the day by sending pictures through their phone. Deb and Phil Ohlwineâ€™s daughter, Katie Pfundstein and her husband, Cliff, hosted the Easter dinner for the Hopkins and Pfundstein families. Enjoying the dinner were Lyle and Sheryl Hopkins,
Mt. Morris Police Mt. Morris Police Chief was transported to the Ogle Jason White reported the County Jail. following activity on April March 30 21. A citation was issued to Gabriela Natera, 20, Rolling These charges are Meadows, for speeding. merely accusations and the A citation was issued to defendants are presumed Hannah E. Tucker, 27, Dixon, innocent unless proven guilty. for illegal transportation of alcoholic liquor. Tucker was transported to the Ogle March 24 A citation was issued to County Jail. Janell F. Lehne, 57, Forreston, March 31 for traffic sign violation. A citation was issued to Angelica Stachurski, no age Amy L. Ingram, 41, Sterling, given, Mt. Morris, received for no valid registration. two village ordinance April 5 citations for dogs running at A citation was issued large. to Tempest B. Jones, 20, March 25 Mt. Morris, for suspended, Citations were issued to revoked driverâ€™s license. Scott B.R.L. Zimmermann, Jones was transported to the 26, Wheeling, for suspended, Ogle County Jail. revoked drivers license and April 6 for driving under the influence A citation was issued to of alcohol. Zimmermann Eugene B. Hensley, 37,
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Rochelle, for speeding. April 8 Jason J. Blake, 36, South Beloit, was arrested for resisting/obstructing a peace officer, unlawful use of weapon and for domestic battery. Blake was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Aimee I. Pontnack, 20, Mt. Morris, was arrested for theft $500 and under. Pontnack was transported to the Ogle County Jail. April 9 Citations were issued to Justin T. Bennett, 21, Mt. Morris, for no drivers license, possession of drug equipment, possession of cannabis/30 gm or less, and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bennett was transported to the Ogle County Jail. April 10 Jason R. Mitchell, 38,
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him and his family. Stephanie and I were invited to spend the day with Joâ€™s family. Joâ€™s brother and his wife hosted a wonderful dinner with a full house. In the afternoon, the children went outside for an Easter egg hunt in the beautiful sunshine. There were many celebrations throughout the day. Many of us celebrated by sharing a meal and spending time with our families. While our family has gotten noticeably smaller, it seems we are celebrating with many more family members. God provides a family for each of us. It may not be in the traditional sense. We are a family together in Christ. We share in sadness, frustration, and especially, in celebrations. I hope to see you next week when our church family gathers to praise and worship our amazing God.
Temperatures normal to a little cooler than normal. Mt. Morris, was arrested Rainfall normal to a little wetter than normal. on an outstanding Lee Big storms possible and so are tornadoes. Best chances for County Warrant. Mitchell storms are 24-25, 28-29 and May 1-2. was transported to the Ogle Winds a little less than normal. County Jail. Total solar eclipse April 29. Warm cycles have begun. April 15 A citation was issued to Brad M. Metz, 43, Dixon, P.C. for disobeying a traffic 3 &RANKLIN s 0OLO
), control device. April 16 A citation was issued to Abdisay J. Surez, 19, Rochelle, for speeding. April 19 "ONNIE -C+EAN Richard M. Akers, 48, /FlCE -ANAGER Oregon, was arrested Mon. & Wed. 9-8 Tues. & Thurs. 8:30-12 on an outstanding Ogle Fri. 9-5 Sat. 8-11:30 County Warrant. Akers was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Citations were issued to Timothy D. Dial, 29, Mt. Morris, for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding.
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Deb and Phil Ohlwine, their children, Brad Ohlwine and Anna Ohlwine, Mike Hopkins, John Hopkins, his wife, Susan, and their children, Mallory, Olivia, and Lance, Ellen Hopkins, her friend, Justin Rahn, Dale and Pam Pfundstein, Florence Pfundstein, and Cliffâ€™s sister and her family. On Saturday night, my brother, Ben Bittinger, his wife, Jo, and their sons, Hayden and Garrett came over for a game night, with me and my kids, Stephanie, Matt, and Clint, and Mattâ€™s friend, Alyssa Vinnedge. After Ben and his family headed home, the kids and I colored Easter eggs. We stayed up way too late talking long into the night, but what fun memories for our family. After the church services this morning, Matt and Clint went to Rickâ€™s house to spend the rest of the holiday with
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Pegasus needs volunteers to help with its special riders
Members of the OCHS Class of 1963 donated $500 to the Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Department that was raised from the sale of a framed print of the Black Hawk Statue. The money will be used for a scholarship the sheriffâ€™s department presents each year. Pictured here are Liz DeArvil, Sheriff Michael Harn, Gail Rasmussen, and Bob Hill. Photo by Chris Johnson
Pegasus Special Riders may not be able to accept new riders if officials cannot increase the number of volunteers who participate. The organization, which serves Boone, Carroll, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties, has 79 participants on a weekly basis. The program provides restorative horseback riding for children and adults with special needs, an activity that is both therapeutic and fun for everyone involved. â€œIf Pegasus is to continue to meet the growing needs of the program and community, we need to increase our volunteer staff,â€? said Zina Leary,
executive director. â€œWith only two paid staff members, the organization depends on a network of volunteers to act as instructors, walkers, leaders and feeders. Everyone contributes their time to enhance the lives of the riders and the horses. â€œEach horse and rider needs a minimum of one and a maximum of three volunteers for a one-hour session. There are three to six students per class, or four to twelve volunteers per session, depending on the needs of each rider,â€? Leary said. â€œThe safety and well-being of our participants is of the utmost importance,â€? Leary
continued. â€œTo increase classes to meet demand and maintain our high standards, we need more volunteers. â€œThe time commitment is minimal, but the rewards are immeasurable. We all want to make a difference in this world, this is your chance.â€? Pegasus Special Riders is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization providing equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/ or emotionally challenged individuals. Anyone interested in volunteering their time, should contact Zina Leary, Executive Director, at 815973-3177.
OCHS Class of â€˜63 donates to fund in honor of a classmate Members of the Oregon Community High School Class of 1963 recently dated a check for $500 in memory of a classmate to the Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Scholarship Fund. When the Class of â€˜63 celebrated its 50-year reunion at White Pines Lodge on June 22, 2013, Linda Portner Mueller, Pecatonica, donated a framed print of Black Hawk Statue, requesting that it
be used to commemorate the life long friendship of classmate, Shirley White Wilson. Wilson served her community as an active member in the Deputy Reserves Unit. With this interest in mind, class members decided that a donation go to the Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Scholarship Fund. Robert Hill, Creston, placed the winning bid
on the print at the silent auction and as a gesture of friendship presented it to Wilsonâ€™s sister, Gail Rasmussen, Flagg Center. â€œFond memories of Shirley remain in the hearts of classmates and friends,â€? said class member Liz DeArvil, Chana. â€œThis generous tribute will benefit another student as they continue their education.â€?
Marriage Licenses Ogle County Clerk Jennifer H. King, both of L. Dyer, both of Polo. Rebecca Huntley issued the Creston. April 14 following marriage licenses: Michael A. Berardi and Marc L. Stamm and Jill R. Kathryn J. Heyvaert, both of Jessen, both of Forreston. April 11 Erie. Jaime Pacheco Vera and Scott W. Roberts and Ellie April 16 Christopher J. Kaepplinger and Tina M. Hoffman, both of Mt. Morris. Ogle County Newspapers, 121A S. Fourth St., Cody A. Hansen and Emily /REGON s A. Miller, both of Dixon.
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Pictured here, left to right, are Kim Krahenbuhl Oregon Rotary program chairman for the day; Otto Dick, Ogle County Historical Society; and Don Griffin assistant district Rotary Governor. Photo by Stan Eden
Otto Dick talks history to Rotary The Oregon Rotary Club learned about some aspects of Oregonâ€™s history recently. Otto Dick was introduced by Oregon Rotarian and Program Chairman for the day by Kim Krahenbuhl.
Dick has researched the people, places and events important in Oregonâ€™s history for the Ogle County Historical Society.
a weekly column for the Oregon Republican Reporter writing about some of his interesting discoveries of the history of Oregon and He continues to write surrounding communities.
Ogle Democrats elect officers The Ogle County Democratic Central Committee held its convention on April 16 at the Ogle County Courthouse. Elected officials are as follows: Jim Bryant, chairman; Nancy Churchill, first vice chair; Avril Folk, second vice chair; Luke Welch, treasurer; and Debra
Bryant, secretary. The Illinois State Board of Elections requires county Central Committees to hold a state convention on the 29th day succeeding the primary, at which committeemen and women are elected. Each party must meet and elect their executive officers and report the results of their
elections to the State Board of Elections within 10 days. The Ogle Democrats meet on the second Thursday of each month at various locations throughout Ogle County. Further information about this organization can be found on the website, OgleCountyDems.org.
Students donate to food bank Members of Byron High Schoolâ€™s National Art Honors Society put their creativity to good use by holding an Empty Bowls fundraising event to raise money for Northern Illinois Food Bank. The art students created 50 glazed bowls for the Feb. 6 event. The schoolâ€™s culinary occupation class also got involved by making soup that was served in the bowls along with bread donated by the schoolâ€™s Key Club. The event raised a total of $280. Byron students Miles Lindholtz and Emily Bauer visited the food bankâ€™s Northwest Center in Loves Park in April to present a check for their donation. The funds will allow Northern Illinois Food Bank
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art into the community. This event allowed us to do that, and even more importantly, help those in need.â€? For more information on ways to donate, volunteer or get involved with Northern Illinois Food Bank, visit www. SolveHungerToday.org.
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Church News ADELINE ZION EVANGELICAL CHURCH 9106 Cedar St. in Adeline Leaf River 61047 Phone 815-541-4863 Sunday Services: Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:15 a.m. BAILEYVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH 303 W. Franklin St., Baileyville, 815-232-6222 Pastor Alan Cassel www. baileyvillebaptistchurch.org 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10:40 a.m. Morning Worship 6:30 p.m. Evening service. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Midweek Bible Study BAILEYVILLE REFORMED CHURCH 400 W. Center St. Baileyville, 815-235-1201 Pastor Bruce Otto 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Morning Worship BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 217 S. Hickory St., Shannon Traditional Worship Service 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m. BROOKVILLE and ELKHORN UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES Brookville: Adult Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. 17725 W. Chamber St. in Brookville Elkhorn: Worship 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10 a.m. Corner of Wilson Mill & Brick Church Roads CHANA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 606 Main St., Chana 61015 815-732-7683 firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Javier Martinez Adult & Childrenâ€™s Education 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion Celebrated the First Sunday of Each Month CHRIST OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH 2035 Ill. Rt. 26, Dixon 815-284-4554 David Andermann, Pastor 815-632-6767 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:20 a.m. Education Hour
Thursday, April 24â€”10 a.m. Bible Class Sunday, April 27â€”9 a.m. Worship with Communion; 10:20 a.m. Education Hour, Mission Sunday CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE 302 S. Franklin St., Polo Monte J. Cox, Pastor 815-946-2848 Sunday Worship 10 a.m. (June, July, August 9:30 a.m.) We include children in our Sunday Worship experience â€œKids are People, tooâ€? Ages 3-10 are dismissed right after Praise & Worship. Casual, Contemporary, Non-Traditional Passion for God Compassion for People Visit Our Website: PoloOpenBible.org
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DISCIPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Hitt and Maple Streets, Mt. Morris Phone 815-734-4853 Dwight Stewart, Pastor Sunday, April 27â€”9:30 a.m. Worship; 10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour; 10:45 a.m. Sunday School EAST JORDAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 22027 Polo Rd., Sterling 815-626-0104 9 a.m. Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Worship Dave Jungnickel, Pastor EAST OREGON CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD 107 N. Daysville Rd. East Edge of Oregon Off Ill. 64 815-732-2960 or 815-732-6569 Pastor Guthrie Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Church 10:30 a.m. EBENEZER REFORMED CHURCH 2997 N. German Church Rd. Two miles east of Oregon on Ill. 64, then three miles north. Pastor Brion Brooks Church Office Phone: 815-732-6313 Director of Ministries for Youth and Christian Education David Bordy 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship Roots Youth Ministryâ€” Wednesday 6:30-7:45 p.m. Kids Clubs & Menâ€™s & Womenâ€™s Bible Studyâ€” Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. EMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Office: 815-732-2424 764 N. Stillman Road, Oregon (Payneâ€™s Point) Pastor Andrew Kayes Worship Service 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m.
FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Mission Statement: Loving, Growing & Serving in Faith Handicapped Accessible 702 E. Dixon St., Polo 815-946-3212 Website: faithumcpolo Rev. Derek Rogers, Pastor 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Fellowship FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 505 Hill St., Oregon www.fbcoregon.org 800-335-5065 815-732-2642 Rev. Jerry Clark â€œA Christ-centered, Biblebelieving, family-oriented ministry.â€? Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service 6 p.m.; Prayer Meeting, Wednesday 7 p.m.; transportation and nursery provided for all services. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 609 S. 10th St., Oregon 815-732-2359 Grail Storm, Minister 815-732-7411 Worship Serviceâ€”10 a.m. If you havenâ€™t found a church home, we invite you to First Christian Church in Oregon, where we accept one another just as Christ accepted us. Come as you are. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) 200 S. Fifth St., Oregon Pastor Dave Bateman 815-732-2894 www.fpcoregon.com Handicapped Accessible Worship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of each month. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 First Ave., Forreston Pastor David Poust 815-938-2380 Sunday, April 27â€”9 a.m. Worship, Baptisms; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School Monday, April 28â€”8 a.m. AA Open Meeting; 9:30 a.m. Coffee at the Depot
EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF MT. MORRIS 102 S. Seminary St. Mt. Morris FLORENCE UNITED 815-734-4942 METHODIST CHURCH Senior Pastor 2649 W. Florence Rd., Bruce McKanna Freeport Associate Pastor Kathleen Brinkmeier, Lance Mennen Pastor Thursday, April 24â€”1:30 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. p.m. Womenâ€™s Bible Study Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25â€”8:30 a.m. Menâ€™s Fellowship Breakfast FORRESTON GROVE Saturday, April 26â€”7 a.m. CHURCH Menâ€™s Accountability Group 7246 N. Freeport Rd., Sunday, April 27â€”8:30 Forreston a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Church in InnerMission; 10 a.m. Worship America Service; 6 p.m. Quarterly 815-938-3605 Meeting Jeremy Cheezum, Pastor Tuesday, April 29â€”9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Ladies Prayer Circle; 5:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Tutoring Club Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30â€”6 Pioneer Club a.m. Dixon Menâ€™s Prayer Thursdays, 7 p.m. Adult Meeting Study; 7:45 p.m. Choir Log onto our website at http://www.efcmm.org to check FORRESTON REFORMED out our latest opportunities and CHURCH updates 501 Third Ave. Tim Fry, Pastor FAITH DISCOVERY 9:30 a.m. Worship CHURCH 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 801 W. Oregon St., Polo 815-946-3588 FREEDOM LUTHERAN Jeremy Heller, Pastor WORSHIPPING 9 a.m. Sunday School COMMUNITY, ELCA 10 a.m. Worship Service Pastor Jeff Schlesinger Nursery Available 815-222-7270 We are an independent nonSunday School 9 a.m. & denominational Christian Sunday Service 9:45 a.m. at church. Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Visitors are always welcome. Dining Hall 1834 S. IL Rt. 2 FAITH EVANGELICAL (a mile south of Oregon) LUTHERAN CHURCH Welcome Center 402 Second Ave., Forreston 111 S. Fourth St, Oregon Church 815-938-3203 Pastor Scott Ralston GRACE VALLEY â€œ A Church with a Heart â€” CHRISTIAN REFORMED In the Heart of Forrestonâ€? CHURCH 9 a.m. Worship 8210 E. Edwardsville Rd. German Valley Thursday, April 24â€”6:30 815-362-6601 p.m. Bible Study Jake Ritzema, Pastor Sunday, April 27â€”9 Sunday School for All Ages a.m. Easter Worship; 10 9 a.m. a.m. Sunday School, Vision Worship Service 10 a.m. Committee
CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CHURCH, WHITE PINES CAMPUS 205 N. Jefferson Ave., Polo Saturdays at 6 p.m. Sundays at 10 a.m. 815-837-5255 email@example.com Campus Pastor Chad Keeteman ext. 302 Youth Pastor Jose Garcia ext. 303 We offer contemporary worship and relevant Bible teaching through engaging messages, and powerful video Join us after the service in our for coffee, snack & fellowship Kidzlink Childrenâ€™s Ministry (infant-5th grade)-during Adult Services Monday, April 28â€”1:30 Crave Youth Group (6th-12th p.m. Bible Study; 5 p.m. grade)- Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Confirmation Visit our website: www. Thursday, May 1â€”6:30 crossroadscn.com p.m. Bible Study
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OREGON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 200 S. Fourth, Oregon LEAF RIVER BAPTIST 815-732-2994 CHURCH Barb Good, Pastor 6941 N. Mt. Morris Rd., Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Leaf River - 815-738-2205 Activities during the Week: Email LRBC@lrnet1.com Thursday, April 24â€”7 Pastor Randy Newton Sunday Praise and Worship p.m. Staff Parish relations Service at 9:30 a.m. (Nursery Committee; 7:30 p.m. Choir Friday, April 25â€”6:30 provided) p.m. Ogle County Habitat for Sunday School 11 a.m. Humanity Prime Rib Dinner; Wednesday Prayer/Bible Confirmation Retreat at Studies 6 p.m. Stronghold Prayer Chain 738-2205 Saturday, April 26â€” or 738-2991 Retreat at Sunday Night Prayer meeting Confirmation Stronghold 6 p.m. Monday, April 28â€”10 a.m. Wednesdayâ€”Various Bible Studies; 7 p.m. Church Activities 5:30-8:30 p.m. Council Wednesday, April 30â€”5:30 LEAF RIVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH p.m. Wednesday Night Alive Thursday, May 1â€”7 p.m. Pastor David Poust Habitat Meeting; Vacation 104 E. Rt. 72, Leaf River Thursday, April 24â€”6:30 Bible School Meeting; 7:30 p.m. Choir p.m. Ad Board Sunday, April 27â€”10:30 a.m. Worship Service & PINE CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH Childrenâ€™s Church 5076 S. Lowell Park Rd. Gregg Downs, Pastor LIGHTHOUSE UNITED 9:30 a.m. Sunday School METHODIST CHURCH 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 4938 S. Daysville Rd., Oregon POLO CHURCH OF THE Pastor Javier Martinez BRETHREN Handicapped Accessible Congress Ave. & Webster St. Worship Service 9 a.m. (The church is handicapped Sunday School 10 a.m. accessible) Age Three through Pastor Leslie Lake Sixth Grade. 9:30 a.m. Family Worship Everyone is Welcome 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Time 10:45 a.m. Sunday School MT. MORRIS CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN PRAIRIE DELL Pastor Ginny Haney PRESBYTERIAN 409 W. Brayton Road CHURCH P.O. Box 2055 16031 W. Coffman Rd., Mt. Morris, IL 61054 Shannon Phone: 815-734-4573 Pastor Donna Gericke, CLP Office hours Monday 815-864-2448 Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon Sunday School 9 a.m. Friday, April 25â€”9-10:30 Worship 10 a.m. a.m. Womenâ€™s Fellowship 11:15 a.m. Fellowship Sunday, April 27â€”8:15 a.m. Prayer Service; 9:30 REVIVE COMMUNITY a.m. Worship; 10:30 a.m. CHURCH Fellowship Time; 10:45 a.m. 8 E. Front Street; Mt. Morris Sunday School for All Ages firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday, April 29â€”Quilting 815-994-0428 Wednesday, April 30â€”7:15 Southern Baptist p.m. Chimes Rehearsal Saturday Night Revive Service 5:30 p.m. Saturday NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY Celebrate Recovery OF GOD 6-8 p.m. Monday 401 S. Eighth St., Oregon Pastor David Demmer ST. BRIDEâ€™S 815-732-7404 EPISCOPAL CHURCH 9:30 a.m. New Life Cafe 1000 Ill. 64 West 10 a.m. Worship Service Oregon 815-732-7211 or NORTH GROVE 815-732-3328 EVANGELICAL www.saintbrides.org CHURCH Email:saintbrides@ 10384 W. Coffman Rd., verizon. net Forreston Services Pastor Tim Hotchkiss Sunday-Holy Communion-8 Church: 815-938-2194 and 10 a.m. Pastorâ€™s Cell: 815-209-6838 Wednesday Healing Saturday, April 26â€”9-11:30 Service-6 p.m. a.m. Food Pantry & Thrift Shop Classes Open at New Life Community Childrenâ€™s Sunday School-9 Center a.m. Sunday, April 27â€”9 a.m. Adult Sunday School-9 a.m. Sunday School; 10:05 a.m. (2nd & 4th Sunday) Worship St. Brideâ€™s follows traditional Tuesday, April 29â€”9-11:30 church a.m. Food Pantry & Thrift Shop Anglican-Episcopal Open at New Life Community practices; is biblically based and both family and individual Center oriented. Visitors are always OREGON welcomed. CHURCH OF GOD 860 W. Oregon Trail Rd. ST. JAMES LUTHERAN Pastor Michael Hoffman CHURCH 815-732-6847 West Grove Road at You and your family are Columbine Rd. invited to join us in worship on Pastor Steve Erickson Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24â€” Pastor Michael Hoffman will give the morning message, 9:30 a.m. WELCA Central Conference Spring Brunch â€œMission To Serve.â€? Sunday, April 27â€”9:15 Greeting you will be Sandra a.m. Prayer Ministry Team; Koley and Jean Mjoen. During morning worship an 9:30 a.m. Congregational Bible exceptionally fine Childrenâ€™s Study, Instrumental Rehearsal; Church is offered for children 3 10:30 a.m. Divine Worship years old through Grade 5. Sunday School begins at ST. MARKâ€™S LUTHERAN CHURCH 9:30 a.m. and includes classes 201 N. Division Ave., Polo for adults, young adults, teens, 815-946-2919 children and infants. Pastor Terrie Wilder Special attention is given in Thursday each class to issues and topics Prayer Group 3 p.m. related to the particular needs Adult Confirmation 4 p.m. and interests of each group. Sunday The Wednesday night Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Youth Group meets at 6 p.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. at East Oregon Chapel, 107 N. Daysville Road. ST. MARY CHURCH The local Weight Watchers 301 N. Fourth St., Oregon group meets Wednesday at the Father Joseph P. Naill church from 5 to 5:30 p.m. for weigh-in, followed by their Office Phone 815-732-7383 Office FAX 815-732-4742 meeting from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Mass Schedule Aprilâ€™s Bible Book of the Saturday 4:30 p.m. Month is Psalms 76â€”150. Sunday 7:30 & 9:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Worship Service
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ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon 815-732-2367 Sunday Activities: Worship Services 8:30 & 11 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 10 a.m. Other Activities Include: Menâ€™s & Womenâ€™s Groups, Confirmation Class, High School Youth Group, Grieving Ministry, Outreach Ministry with Rockford Rescue Mission & HOPE Pregnancy Center, Adult Choir For More Information Call the Church Office ST. WENDELIN CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Michael Bolger 18 S. Linn St., Shannon Massesâ€”Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. Confessions-Sunday 7:30 a.m. TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 E. Brayton Mt. Morris 815-734-6354 Pastor Josh Ehrler Friday, April 25â€”8:30 a.m. Coffee & Bulletin Assembly Saturday, April 26â€”5:30 p.m. Worship Service Sunday, April 27â€”8:45 a.m. Traditional Worship; 9:45 a.m. Sunday School, Fellowship Time; 10:45 a.m. Worship Service Monday, April 28â€”7 p.m. Naomi Group Wednesday, April 30â€”6:30 a.m. Prayer & Praise; 5:30 p.m. Choristers; 5:45 p.m. Chime Choir; 6:30 p.m. Chancel Choir WEST BRANCH CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 4014 West Branch Road Southeast of Forreston Pastor Richard Bright 815-734-4411 Sunday Schoolâ€”9:30 a.m. Worshipâ€”10:35 a.m.
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Destination Unknown will play at the June 13 Mt. Morris Friday Night Campus Concert at the band shell. The band will also perform April 26 at Maggieâ€™s Pub in Mt. Morris.
Band signs on for concert The Mt. Morris Friday Night Campus Concerts will present a new country band as the second show of the 2014 season. Destination Unknown is a band playing new country, old country favorites, and alternative music. They will perform on Friday, June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the band shell in downtown Mt. Morris. Destination Unknown will also perform Maggieâ€™s Idle Hour on Saturday, April 26. Nate Peterson and Jamie
Lauren trade lead vocals and harmonize with each other, while Peterson plays the acoustic guitar. They began as a duo, and won a battle of the bands contest at the Hollywood Casino in Joliet, beating out 15 other full bands. Since bringing on a full band they have played many clubs and bars as well as festivals, private parties, and corporate events. The duo also played at Country Thunder 2012 in Twin Lakes, Wis. The full band got to play at Country Thunder 2013
on the Q98.5 stage and the Great American Country stage. The band features Jeffro Arnold, a past winner of two RAMI awards, playing lead guitar, Greg Davis, a rock solid drummer with energy to spare, and bassist Randy Stukenberg pushing the low end to its limits. â€œTheir ability and experience are second to none. Destination Unknown is a band that you will want to see time and time again,â€? said concert organizer Larry Ubben.
ENAG artists earn awards Six members of the Eagleâ€™s Nest Art Group won eight awards at the 67th Annual Phidian Art Show opening, held on April 10 at the Loveland Community House, Dixon. Richard Anderson of Oregon won an Honorable Mention Award, given in memory of Mary DeFrancisco, for his watercolor titled â€œArt Show Today.â€? Fred Bushnell, Stillman Valley, won the Ruth Wood Davis Memorial Award for Watercolor, for his painting titled â€œWinter Lite.â€? Craig Carpenter, Oregon, won two awards. His watercolor titled â€œShort Shorts at the Tipiâ€? was awarded the Judith Ann Valenti Memorial Award for Reflections of the Past. His watercolor painting â€œJoyrideâ€? received the Roger Brown and Iva L. Gamel Memorial Award for Best American Scene.
Jane Cress Edgar, Grand Detour, received the Marie L. Helin Memorial Creativity Award for her oil painting â€œRemembering Mike,â€? which honored the memory of local artist Michael Geary, Lorriane Straw, Oregon, won two awards for her oil paintings. â€œHuntleyâ€™s Woodâ€? won Second Place in the Emerging Artists category. Her painting â€œZachary and His Treehouseâ€? won the Helen M. Dixon Memorial Award. Debbie Thompson, Dixon, won the Ken Nelson Auto Plaza Award for her acrylic painting titled â€œFall in the Meadows.â€? There were 87 entries in this yearâ€™s Phidian Art Show which was judged by Diana Garrett, a former LaSalle-Peru High School art teacher, who received her education degree from Illinois State University. She also studied art in New
York City. She currently is working in the art materials industry. She is also a working artist, with work on exhibition. One of her pieces was purchased by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and hangs in the Rockford Airport. The Phidian Show remains on display and open to the public until April 30, at the Loveland House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon. There is no charge. To see more local art in April and May, the Eagleâ€™s Nest Art Group invites the public to its annual Spring Membership Art Show held at the Conover Square Mall second floor gallery. The show begins Saturday, April 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. It continues Sunday, April 27 and May 3-4, from 1 to 4 p.m. The show is free to the public. For more information about the group and the show call 815-732-7783.
Actors perform April 25-27 The Byron Civic Theatre is one of the first area community theatres to produce Monty Pythonâ€™s Spamalot. The show begins Friday through Sunday, April 25 - 27, and the following weekend, May 2 - 4. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The show is a take-off of Monty Python and the Holy
Grail. It retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, and French people. â€œByron Civic Theatre has been able to produce outstanding show after outstanding show, and we believe Monty Pythonâ€™s Spamalot will do just that, be another outstanding show,â€? said Steve Bartscher, director and member of the
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Byron Civic Theatre Board of Directors. â€œBetween the talent on stage and the talent of our volunteers, this show will be another great hit for BCT. And to be one of the first community theatres in the area to produce the show, we really want to set the bar high,â€? Bartscher said. Tickets are available now and are available for adults, students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling the BCT box office at 815-312-3000. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Ticket information is online at bctmagic.com or by e-mailing at tickets@ bctmagic.com. This production contains mature themes and language.
Mix It Up, the fifth annual sidewalk painting event, will be held on Saturday, June 21 at Mix Park in Oregon. Painting begins at 10 a.m. Groups or individuals can register to paint a 5x5 sidewalk square. The registration fee of $20 per square includes five pints of washable tempera paint and two paint brushes. â€œIt is a fun-filled summer day at the park, creating art and enjoying time with others,â€? said Maja Shoemaker, Mix It Up coordinator. Promotional materials and event t-shirts will feature a new logo designed by KarolĂna RychnavskĂĄ. RychnavskĂĄ is a foreign exchange student from Margecany, Slovakia. She attends Oregon High School, while residing with Ron and Linda Abramowicz of Oregon. RychnavskĂĄ designed the logo as a class assignment in Cheryl Buntonâ€™s Computer Graphics class at Oregon High School. Students from the class submitted logos to Mix It Up. The design features the words Mix It Up in a spiral pattern that resembles a tree, with 2014 as the tree trunk. The shirts are lime green. An image of the logo can be viewed on Facebook at Mix It Up Sidewalk Painting Event. While RychnavskĂĄ takes art classes at home and has been painting and drawing for nine years, her classwork at OHS is her first exposure to digital design. She arrived in Oregon
KarolĂna RychnavskĂĄ, a foreign exchange student from Slovakia, created the design for the 2014 Mix It Up t-shirts. Photo supplied
on Aug. 9 and heads home on May 13. Her favorite experience has been traveling. Sheâ€™s been to Springfield, Chicago, New York and San Diego. T-shirts, featuring RychnavskĂĄâ€™s design, can be ordered for $15 when registering for Mix It Up. Proceeds from t-shirt sales are used to fund a scholarship for an Ogle County high school senior pursuing a career in art or agriculture. Registration forms are available at Nash Recreation Center in Oregon or online at: fieldsproject.com/mix-it-up/.
Register now for Rugged Run Registration is now available for the 2014 Oregon Trail Days 5K Rugged River Run. This event takes place on Sunday, July 20 at Lowden State Park. It replaces the 8K Run-a-muck that the festival sponsored in the past. This challenging event will have participants running through the forest, along the river on the Blackhawk Trail, up stairs and hills and they will even get to run through the Lorado Taft Field Campus. â€œLast yearâ€™s 5k Rugged River Run was a huge success.â€? said Erin Pederson, committee member. â€œRunners
were thrilled with the new course and really enjoyed the challenges that Lowden State Park offered. They were especially delighted to be able to run trails and stairs at the Lorado Taft Field Campus and enjoy a full delicious breakfast afterword.â€? The Rugged River Run costs $35 and includes the entry fees to the run and to Oregon Trail Days Festival as well as a t-shirt and breakfast at the Lorado Taft Field Campus. Participants can also bring friends and family to the event for $18 which includes breakfast and entry to the festival.
Event day registration is $40. The race starts at the festival parking lot with check-in at 7 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. Runners will finish at the cafeteria at the Lorado Taft Field Campus. After breakfast they can enjoy the festival and then take a shuttle back to their cars. Registration for the Rugged River Run is available at www.oregontraildays.org and www.signmeup.com/ calendar. Questions may be directed to Sue French 815-732-2388 or Event Manager, Amy Trimble at 815-238-8672.
Audubon society plans events Several free activities to be held in May â€œFrackingâ€? will be the program for the Wednesday, May 14 meeting of the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. The meeting will begin with a potluck at 6 p.m at Oakdale Nature Preserve, located three miles south of Freeport off Baileyville Road. Joe Haverly, an instructor at Rock Valley College, will present the information with an introduction to the science involved, a primer on fracking, and some of the concerns it raises. He will also include information on Illinois legislation dealing with fracking. Bring a dish to pass and table service. Beverages will be provided. The program, free and
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open to the public, begins at 7:15 p.m. Northwest Illinois Audubon Society May Bird Walks Join the May migration bird walks sponsored by the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. The walks are from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by an optional early lunch at a local restaurant. Leaderâ€™s names and phone numbers are listed with each event. Call for more information. Thursday, May 8: Krape Park, Freeport. Meet in the parking lot by the dam. Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720. Tuesday, May 13: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, located three miles southeast of Forreston on West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off West Grove Rd. Participants can drive themselves, or carpool groups will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the east end of the Staples parking lot off Ill. 26, Freeport. Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204.
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Youth wildlife program is May 4 Ogle County Pheasants Forever will once again sponsor a youth wildlife educational program at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, Shirland, on Sunday, May 4 from 7 a.m. to noon. A van will leave from Nash
Recreation Center, Oregon, at 7 a.m. and will return about 1 p.m., if not earlier. Activities will include walking trails in the woods and retrieving birds from the catchment nets, so dress accordingly.
Youth will be able to see, handle, and personally release wild birds as well as learn about migrating habits, methods of bird identification, and banding techniques. Refreshments will be supplied but bring any food or
snacks if desired. Parents or guardians will need to sign a liability waiver at time of departure. To register for the program contact Gary Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-732-4553.
School libraries receive grant money Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded nearly $1.4 million in FY14 School District Library Grant Program awards to 656 public school districts. Nearly 1.7 million Illinois students served by school
library media programs will benefit from the grants. â€œThe school library is a place where children have access to resources and opportunities for achieving academic excellence,â€? White said in a press release. â€œGrants were awarded based
on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $750. The School District Library Grant Program is used to acquire books, educational CDs and DVDs, library subscriptions to electronic resources, and to improve
technology. Byron School District, $1,128.75; Dixon School District, $1,653.75; Kings Consolidated School District, $750; Polo School District, $750.00; and Stillman Valley (Meridian School District), $1,384.50
Pheasants Forever will host a youth outing to Sand Bluff Observatory on May 4. Here, Pheasants Forever officers and some youths pose for a photo. Pictured here, left to right in the front row, are: Gabe Eckerd, Seth Stevens, Lane Halverson, and AJ Hinrichs. In the back row are: Gary Henderson, Ogle County Pheasants Forever vice president and Mike Eickman, past president Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. Photo supplied
How will transition in sheriffâ€™s office be handled? Source speaks to newspaper By Matt Mencarini Sauk Valley Media Note to readers: The Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Department source in this story asked for and was given anonymity by Sauk Valley Media to avoid any potential for workplace retaliation. The result of the March 18 Republican primary election led to a â€œsigh of reliefâ€? for many members of the Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Department, according to a department source. Sheriff Michael Harnâ€™s more than three years in office began with a â€œsignificantâ€? reshuffling of the department, and he later became disruptive and retaliatory, according to a longtime member of the department who spoke with Sauk Valley Media on the condition of anonymity. Harn lost in a close threeway primary won by Brian VanVickle, a Rochelle police officer. The Democratic Party has no candidate yet for the general election ballot on Nov. 4. The new sheriffâ€™s term starts Dec. 1. â€œWe know in December things are going to change,â€? the source said. â€œ[Harn is]
going to retire or whatever. We just have to get through this summer.â€? The sheriff didnâ€™t respond to multiple requests to comment for this story. Harn has served 29 years with the Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the past three as sheriff after defeating his boss, Sheriff Greg Beitel, in the 2010 primary election. Harnâ€™s first decision as sheriff, in his first hour in office, according to the source, was to reshuffle the department, moving five investigators to patrol and five patrol deputies to the investigation unit. Reshuffling a department after a transition is common, the source said, but Harnâ€™s extensive shakeup came as a surprise to most deputies and forced the department to â€œplay catch-up.â€? The source added that today, the departmentâ€™s investigations unit is a positive asset. The moves might have been politically motivated, he said, adding that the five investigators who were moved to patrol had been supporters of Harnâ€™s predecessor. â€œDraw your own conclusion,â€? the source said. In an interview last Tuesday, VanVickle said he expects some reshuffling when he takes over in December. â€œHonestly, weâ€™ve begun
to think about that,â€? he said. â€œThere wonâ€™t be any earth-shattering changes. Thereâ€™s a great group of guys there. There will be some restructuring and refocusing. In terms of wholesale change, that definitely wonâ€™t occur.â€? During Harnâ€™s first three years as sheriff, he showed up at the department â€œthree or fourâ€? times a week, the source said. But in the month after the election, according to the source, Harn was there only three times. The Monday after the election, the source said, Harn changed the locks on his office door. â€œItâ€™s better when heâ€™s not there,â€? the source said. â€œHe disrupts things when heâ€™s there.â€? Harn can micromanage deputies and be vindictive, the source said, adding that the sheriff is usually in his office for about 20 minutes during each visit. However, Harn does call in to the department and is available through email, the source said. VanVickle said he expects to have a greater day-to-day role, adding that it was a job he chose to seek, so heâ€™ll make sure heâ€™s there. â€œI will be very involved, and I will be at the office during normal business hours,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s my intention.â€? He added that the administrative nature of the
Public Voice Koper says audit is needed Dear Editor, I attended the Ogle County Board meeting on April 15 and found it very interesting. A couple items that were brought up gave me reason for concern. The building of the new sheriffâ€™s administrative building was discussed. After hearing from an architect, the planned location was brought up. Several board members again expressed their view against the present planned location for the building. They, along with Oregon City Commissioner Ken Williams and prominent local, county-wide business woman Beth Henderson brought to light their dislike of the planned location along First Street (location of present sheriffâ€™s office, morgue and maintenance building). At minimum this group requested a 30-day delay on the vote to accept the bid and itâ€™s location to allow for an impact study. That was defeated by a close 13-8 margin.
I do not understand why all avenues of investigation of a $4 million project were not allowed thus enabling the final vote to be of a much wider spread or even a 100 percent yes. Voters would then know that all questions and problems on the table had been worked out prior to itâ€™s start. What is a monthâ€™s loss in a project lasting way over a year? The First Street property is certainly of more value to the city than the county so hold and sell when itâ€™s appropriate. The county already owns property surrounding the new judicial center and as originally planned a new sheriffâ€™s office was to be built there making access to the court houses an easy walk. Three of the countyâ€™s towing service owners expressed a First Amendment concern. All three claimed that they had been on the sheriffâ€™s tow rotation list for years. After Sheriff Harn took over they had received no calls for a tow from the sheriffâ€™s office other than by a vehicle ownerâ€™s request. One had recently been terminated after receiving a
letter, another after a dispute with the sheriff and the third as he had displayed a political sign of a candidate other than the sheriff prior to the last primary. Plus the other two displayed opposing campaign signs also. A request for a forensic audit of the sheriffâ€™s tow fund was heard. Thatâ€™s super, but falling way short of a complete forensic audit of the sheriffâ€™s office. A newly elected sheriff will surely want this done before he takes office so letâ€™s get it done now. Why wait? Al Koper Oregon
Proud of county board decision Dear Editor, I am very proud of the Ogle County Board that they approved the building of the new Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Building. The board had the fortitude and vision to do the right thing and it will be a nice asset to the community. Sincerely, J. Stephen Moehle Vernon Hills
job means that he might be at county government meetings at times. In two instances since taking office, Harn placed a law enforcement officer â€“ a lieutenant and sergeant â€“ on front desk duty, which is a job now handled by a parttime employee, the source said. Those moves were made out of retribution, the source suggested. In one instance, the sheriff also revoked the officerâ€™s privilege of taking a patrol car home. Such actions, which can be politically motivated, are among the reasons the majority of the department supported VanVickle during the primary, the source said. He knew of only three department members who supported Harn. The source added that because of the experience of many of its members, the department was still performing well. Harn, in an interview with Sauk Valley Media for a story that was published March 8, before the primary election, said â€œthe office needed to be reorganized to perform at a higher level with less financial resources.â€? â€œI am the first to admit that forgoing raises, eliminating overtime, and asking for a good dayâ€™s work from everybody has not made me the most popular boss,â€? Harn said then. â€œBut I am proud that not a single employee has been laid off, and am truly proud of the way our employees have executed the mission I laid out.â€? In December, Sauk Valley Media reported on Harnâ€™s use of department credit cards for a variety of purchases, including thousands of dollars for â€œtrainingâ€? lunches, as well as some personal expenses,
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In previous interviews with Sauk Valley Media, Harn has said his departmentâ€™s Facebook page is a way he and the department interact with citizens and keep them informed. â€œCitizens appreciate knowing who the problem people are who are currently breaking the law in our county, and what types of crimes are being committed,â€? Harn said in the March 8 story. â€œWe now have a way to communicate weather-related issues and road conditions.â€? The last post on that Facebook page was made March 13. Five posts were made in March. Since telling his department not to speak with Sauk Valley Media, Harn has been difficult to reach for information on arrests and investigations, something the department source did not like. â€œItâ€™s in the best interest of the citizens to know whatâ€™s going on in the department,â€? the source said. â€œItâ€™s a public safety issue.â€? During the months before Harn took office after defeating Beitel, the two sat down to work out the transition, the source said. While enough experienced deputies are available to help with the transition from Harn to VanVickle, the source said he doubted Harn would be so cooperative. VanVickle said he hadnâ€™t spoken to Harn since the election, but added that he hadnâ€™t yet tried to reach the sheriff, though he will at some point. â€œWe took that oath,â€? the source said of the oath that law enforcement members take. â€œWe live that oath. Sometimes I think the man that gave us that oath forgot about his oath.â€?
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which he paid directly to the credit card company. While the â€œtrainingâ€? lunches were common knowledge, the source said, the other purchases â€“ their variety and frequency â€“ came as a surprise. Also in December, Sauk Valley Media reported on the departmentâ€™s administrative tow fund, which had collected $210,400 between October 2011 and November 2013 and was used to pay for repairs to department vehicles, a tent at the Ogle County Fair, and a $4,000 management fee for the departmentâ€™s Facebook page, among other expenses. The Ogle County Board has since restricted what the fund can be used for and transferred control of it to the county treasurer. VanVickle supported the fundâ€™s restrictions to make it work as it was intended. He also said he would eliminate the departmentâ€™s gasoline credit cards and the â€œcredit cards will be vastly restricted.â€? â€œThe spending needs to be regulated,â€? he said, â€œand there needs to be some more accountability than there has been.â€? After stories about the departmentâ€™s spending were published, the department source said, Harn became more disruptive and often yelled at department members. Harn sent an internal memo about the â€œdissemination of informationâ€? to his staff on March 12. Harn told personnel that â€œno member of this department is to have any contact with Sauk Valley Media or its reporter without prior approval of the sheriff,â€? citing the departmentâ€™s policy manual and another memo he had sent in 2012.
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IDNR asks residents to help monarch butterfly Plant milkweed plants in your backyard to help
Spring Cleaning Oregon High School students and Oregon Park District employees were busy last week preparing the flower bed on the east side of the Ogle County Courthouse for planting. Photo by Chris Johnson
Take care when burning waste In the spring and fall, the number of citizen complaints made to fire departments and law enforcement agencies regarding the open burning of waste increase dramatically. Many people are spending more time outside and cleaning up their homes and properties. Some people are choosing to do so by burning the waste, which increases the risk of wildfires. Open burning of waste is generally prohibited in the State of Illinois under Section 9(c) of the Illinois Environmental Protection (IEPA) Act. The end of Section 9 of the act states that the section shall not limit the burning of landscape waste on the property where it was generated or the burning of landscape waste at sites provided and supervised by any unit of local government located in a county with a population less than 400,000.
However, municipalities may further regulate or restrict open burning in their jurisdictions. Open burning is prohibited except for the following: Open burning of agricultural waste, domicile waste, and landscape waste; Setting fires to combat or limit existing fires, such as wildfires; Burning fuel for legitimate campfire, recreational, and cooking purposes, or in domestic fireplaces; Burning waste gases, such as in refinery flares; and Small open flames for heating tar, welding and the like. The conditions which must be met to allow for the open burning of agricultural, domicile, and landscape waste are: The waste must be generated on the premises. It cannot be hauled in from elsewhere; Atmospheric conditions at the time of burning must
readily dissipate the smoke; The burning cannot take place in restricted areas or municipalities with burning bans; The burning must not create a visibility hazard on roadways, railroad tracks and/ or airfields. The burning must not cause air pollution. Open burning of landscape waste on the property where it was generated in unincorporated areas is not a violation of state law as long as all previously described conditions are being met. The burning must be done at least 50 feet from the nearest residence. Common sense must also be used. Donâ€™t leave a fire unattended, donâ€™t let the fire smolder, donâ€™t burn when neighbors are having a picnic or hanging laundry out to dry. Be mindful of downwind areas where smoke will Turn to 93
One of Illinoisâ€™ state symbols has been in the news both nationally and internationally for a troubling fact. Scientists have documented an unprecedented drop in numbers of the monarch butterfly on its wintering grounds in Mexico since the mid-1990s. The Illinois Department of National Resources (INDR) is asking for the publicâ€™s help in growing monarch populations. The monarch is dependent on the milkweed family. While the story of the monarchâ€™s decline and hopeful comeback stretches well beyond the borders of Illinois the IDNR plays a vital role in its conservation in Illinois. â€œForty years ago, Illinois school children convinced the Illinois General Assembly to adopt the monarch butterfly as Illinoisâ€™ state insect,â€? said IDNR director Marc Miller. â€œHelp us honor that legacy by working with us to conserve habitat for the monarch, and make our state parks and backyards safe harbors for these amazing, long-distance travelers.â€? The fate of the monarch in Illinois is tied to the fate of the plant host milkweed, the host plants used by its familiar striped caterpillars. In Illinois, there are 19 species of milkweed that mostly grow in prairies, though some can be found in woodlands, untilled fields, roadsides and ditches. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants. In a few days, the egg hatches into a larvae or
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caterpillar. The caterpillar feeds for about two weeks until it is ready to form its chrysalis. In 10 days to two weeks, the adult butterfly emerges. monarch butterflies are migratory, and it takes four generations to complete the journey from the central United States to wintering grounds in Mexico and back again. Miller suggests the following ideas to help conserve habitat for monarchs. Include milkweed and native flowering plants in landscaping. Donâ€™t mow or spray herbicide on milkweed patches. Reduce mowing where possible. Milkweeds grow readily along roadsides, field edges, fallow fields, and other untended places. Cutting back on mowing saves fuel and time, and provides habitat for many other species of grassland birds, mammals, and insects. Many communities hold native plant sales during the spring. Additionally, the IDNR annually offers a Schoolyard Habitat Grant Program. Visit the grants page to see if a specific organization qualifies: http://dnr.state. il.us/education/CLASSRM/
grants.htm. Become more educated about monarch conservation. The IDNR offers a variety of resources for schools and educators on its website. Many publications are available in PDF format at www.dnr.illinois.gov/ publications. Titles are listed for each subject. Miller said IDNR is doing its part to keep the environment healthy for all native species. Illinois state parks, nature preserves, state forests and other properties play a significant role in the survival of countless species of insects, birds, plants, fish and animals, including the Monarch butterfly. Illinois has 324 stateowned and leased parks, fish and wildlife areas, state forests, state trails, natural areas, and recreational sites, with 45 million visits annually. The highest quality natural communities in Illinois have been identified through the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory. These 28,000 acres occupy 0.077 percent of the Illinois landscape but represent the best opportunity to preserve and protect a large percentage of the terrestrial biodiversity of the state. Many of these identified sites owned by the IDNR, other public entities and private individuals have been formally protected under the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. IDNR staff conducts stewardship projects throughout the year. These include invasive species control to controlled burns and hydrological restoration. The projects help to make the habitats more sustainable and viable, including for milkweeds and monarchs.
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Habitat home for mom, son Jennifer Larsen and her son, Vincenzo, will be the recipients of a new home in Oregon to be built this year, Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County announced this week. This is the ninth home build in Ogle County. The construction of the home will start this spring and is expected to be completed by September. In addition to the help of volunteers, the family will provide a minimum of 200 hours of â€œsweat equityâ€?. â€œWeâ€™re very excited to have the Larsens as the recipients of this yearâ€™s Habitat home,â€? said HFHOC Board President, Bob Van Stedum. â€œWeâ€™re pleased to be able to create new opportunities for deserving families like theirs.â€? Habitat for Humanity empowers low-income families in need by partnering with them to build decent, affordable housing. Habitat works to give families a hand up, not a hand out, by providing the family with a no-profit, no-interest mortgage loan. Families are chosen based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County or to learn how to apply, go to www. habitatoglecounty.com. Anyone interested in volunteering with this yearâ€™s
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build should call 815-7326588. Individuals who would like to become a member of the Builders Club to support this build and future builds, may send a $50 donation to join. Donations of any amount may be sent to: Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, P.O. Box 628, Oregon, IL 61061. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry with more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Since 1976, they have helped to build or repair more than 800,000 houses and serve more than 4 million Jennifer Larsen and her son, Vincenzo, are the recipients people worldwide. of the 2014 Ogle County Habitat for Humanity home.
Lawn care questions in the wake of last summerâ€™s drought are now pouring in, said Rhonda Ferree, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. Ferree listed the following as her top 10 tips, ranked in order of importance. Fertilize at the proper time. Most homeowners only need one application per year, which should be done in early September. This helps the grass prepare for winter dormancy and spring growth. If grass needs two applications a year, add the second application in early May. Mow using the one-third rule, which means to never remove more than one-third of the grass height in a single mowing. Many homeowners mow their lawn too short. For best results, mow grass two to three inches tall and let the grass clippings remain on the lawn to return nutrients back to the soil. Water infrequently and deeply, providing one inch of water a week. If a homeowner waters the grass to keep it growing in the heat of summer, it should be consistent.
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Members of the Ogle County Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee are pictured with this yearâ€™s home recipient. From left to right: Tom Hughes, Sue Benesh, Jennifer Larsen, Joyce Reints and Wendy Wright. Photo supplied
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State has several open burning rules From A8 travel. Keep a hose or fire extinguisher near the fire to prevent the fire from spreading. The open burning of domicile waste (refuse generated on single family property as a result of domiciliary activities) such as paper or cardboard, on the property where it was generated may not be a violation until someone complains about it. At that point it may be considered air pollution and may be subject to enforcement. Under no circumstance is garbage, refuse derived from handling, processing, preparation, cooking, and consumption of food or food products, or trade waste allowed to be burned. Trade waste is defined as any refuse resulting from the prosecution of any trade, business, industry, commercial venture, utility or service activity, and any government or institutional activity, whether or not for profit. Tires, pallets, insulation off of wire, and general construction, remodeling and demolition waste, are examples of trade waste which are often burned illegally. The Illinois EPA may grant permits for open burning if it serves the public interest, and the appropriate permit application is filed with and approved by them. Permits may be issued for the following activities: fire fighting training; burning landscaped waste with an air curtain destructor; in a disaster area â€“ open burning of clean wooden building debris, landscape waste, and agricultural waste caused by a disaster. In practice, the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department will investigate all complaints of dumping or open burning of waste in unincorporated areas of the county. People involved in open burning of waste could face administrative citations and fines of $1,500 for each violation of dumping and/or burning of waste. Other additional charges and fines may also be imposed,
Donâ€™t water a little each time the grass starts to brown. This stresses the grass as it bounces in and out of summer dormancy. Put the right plant in the right place. Grass types for full-sun areas include Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue. For shady areas, use fine or red fescue. If the area is too shady to grow grass, try shade perennials or mulch instead. Weeds are best managed by maintaining a healthy, dense lawn. If weeds become a problem, time control measures carefully. Insects and disease should only be treated if the problem actually exists. If confirmed, proper timing of control measures is critical. Decide on the preferred quality of grass, but remember fertilized grass grows quickly and needs to be mowed more frequently. Finally, have fun and enjoy the lawn. For more information on lawn care, visit the U of I Extension LawnTalk website at http://urbanext.illinois. edu/lawntalk/.
depending on circumstances. Incorporated areas of the county may have stricter laws pertaining to the burning of refuse or landscape waste. Anyone living in a municipality should check with local authorities for local regulations. In summary, the open burning of most waste is generally prohibited. There are better ways to manage the waste. Regular refuse pickup and special small or large roll-off dumpster services for disposal of waste for those without regular service. IEPA permitted landfills and transfer stations are available for disposal of waste for those without regular service. Drop-off recycling stations are located in Byron, Davis Junction, Forreston, Monroe Center, Oregon, Polo, and Rochelle.
On site management of landscape waste (composting or mulching) is encouraged, or commercial composting sites are available in the region. Residents are encouraged to keep air clean and dispose of
waste safely and properly. For more information contact the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, 909 W. Pines Road, Oregon, IL 61061, 815732-4020 or oglecounty.org.
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