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Row crops remain on village’s conditional use list By Vinde Wells vwells@oglecounty Certain agricultural activities remain on the list of conditional uses in areas zoned residential in Mt. Morris. The village board rejected a motion by a 3-2 vote Nov. 22 to approve a new ordinance which did not include growing row crops as a conditional use.

Board members Don Sorenson, Shane Pope, and Tim Harvey voted no, while Jon Murray and Phil Labash voted yes. Jeff Pennington did not attend the meeting. The vote is the latest action taken on an ongoing controversy that stems back to early this year when Dan Luepkes requested a special use to plant agricultural crops on his 12 acres that wraps around the bowling alley and is adjacent to both

Mud Creek and Leaf River Roads. Residents of Katie’s Way voiced strong opposition throughout the discussions to having farm crops growing so close to their homes. After lengthy discussion, the board approved row crops, such as corn or soybeans, as a conditional use on parcels of 10 acres or more. However, the board changed its mind and on Oct.

11 approved, by a 4 to 3 vote, a recommendation from the Planning Commission to remove language allowing farming from the zoning code and authorized village attorney Rob LeSage to prepare new ordinances to that end. Village President Dan Elsasser was forced to cast the deciding yes vote, after three board members voted yes and the other three voted no.

Elsasser’s vote was required to break the tie. Voting yes then were Labash, Sorenson, and Murray, while Pennington, Pope, and Harvey voted no. When the new ordinance, without farming as a conditional use, was considered two weeks later on Oct. 25, the motion to approve it died for lack of a second. LeSage explained that the same motion could be

brought up and voted on again so quickly because not getting a second “makes it like nothing happened.” In another matter, Steve Mongan, 407 E. Front St., asked the board to limit parking in front of his house to residential only. Mongan said employees at Sullivan’s Foods are being told by supervisors that they cannot park their vehicles Turn to A2

Christmas on the Village Square Free crafts, visits with Santa and more during annual festive event By Vinde Wells vwells@oglecounty A live nativity, treelighting, and visits from Santa will highlight Saturday’s Christmas on the Village Square in Mt. Morris. The day begins and ends with visits from Santa, and several businesses will host open houses throughout the day and evening to ring in the Christmas season in the community. More than 100 nativity scenes will be on display at the Old Sandstone Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m., while a live nativity will be in a nearby yard. The lighting of the village Christmas tree on the downtown campus is set for 5 p.m., just after Santa there arrives by firetruck. A display of lighted Christmas trees, sponsored by the Mt. Morris Work Group, will once again decorate the band shell. The trees are provided and decorated by local individuals, organizations, and businesses. Breakfast with Santa Mt. Morris Senior Center will host a pancake breakfast open house fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 to 11 a.m. Santa’s elves will be at the senior center to assist children with writing letters to Santa, and then at 10:30 a.m. they will walk to the post office and mail their letters.  The children may also participate in Christmas bingo and coloring contest.  Good will donations will be accepted, and all proceeds benefit the senior center and United Way. Craft Fair The Pinecrest Grove Community Center will host a craft and vendor fair, along

This tree, decorated by the Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, is one of several on display at the band shell in downtown Mt. Morris. Photo by Lynne Wilburn

with a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids’ Party All kids ages 4-12 are invited to Christmas party at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris, 102 S. Seminary Ave. This free event will feature a performance by the church’s puppet team and a magic show.  There will be treats, balloons, and fun for all.  Parents are also invited; children under the age of 8 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Story Time Story Time with Mrs. Santa will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Mt. Morris Public Library. Milk and cookies will be provided. Open Houses Union Savings Bank will

host an open house from 9 a.m. to noon with cookies in the lobby. Stop by the Pinecrest Grove home from 12 to 3 p.m. and pick a gift from under the tree - one per family while the supply lasts. Pinecrest Community’s annual Christmas open house will be held at Pinecrest Manor from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Enjoy homemade cookies, a Cliff’s donut, freshly made kettle corn, and holiday entertainment.  Santa will be here to listen to your Christmas list.  Don’t forget your camera. Pictures with Santa will be available for a $1 donation to the Good Samaritan Fund, one per person please. Be sure to notice the trees throughout the Manor decorated by local businesses and organizations.  This year’s trees are decorated by Dixon Church

of the Brethren, Polished Hair and Nails, Crosswalk Community Church, Union Savings Bank-Mt. Morris, 4-H, and Serenity Hospice. If you would like to purchase donuts, Cliff’s will be in Pinecrest Manor’s parking lot (414 S. Wesley Ave.) from 2:30 to 4 p.m. selling donuts. Mel’s Custom Graphics, 3 E. Ill. 64, will hold an open house from 5 to 9 p.m. They will do live T-shirt painting demonstrations throughout the evening. Personalized gifts will be on hand or bring yours in to be personalized. Santa Claus will be at the Mt. Morris Shell Station, at the corner of Hitt Street (Ill. 64) and Wesley Avenue, on Saturday, Dec. 3 after the tree lighting at Christmas on the Village Square. Youngsters and their parents are invited for complimentary hot chocolate and treats while they visit with Santa, who will be at the gas station until 7 p.m. Nativities on Display A free gallery show of nativity scenes from around the world will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Old Sandstone Gallery on the Mt. Morris campus, just west of the band shell. The show includes more than 100 nativity scenes shared by Ginny Hough, a local Mt. Morris collector, and other families who are sharing their nativities and stories associated with them.  A live nativity scene will also be present in the nearby yard, along with luminaries, special lighting outside and inside the Gallery, live music by Mary Ley and vocalists from Oregon High School, hourly Bible readings of the Christmas story by area pastors, and refreshments.

Hannah Dinderman, age 6, Pearl City, works on a Christmas craft at a kids activity at the Winter Carnival during Candlelight Walk as her sister Elizabeth, age 9, watches. Photo by Earleen Hinton

Candlelight Walk had a good crowd By Vinde Wells vwells@oglecounty What may be a record crowd came out Saturday evening for the official kick off of the Christmas season at Oregon’s 30th Candlelight Walk. People of all ages thronged the streets, downtown businesses, Coliseum, and Conover Square to enjoy the decorations, music, bargains, tasty treats, and holiday atmosphere. “We are extremely

pleased at the attendance,” Oregon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Dickson said Monday. “We don’t have the numbers tallied yet, but it appears it was the largest crowd in several years. At least 550 people rode the wagon rides.” Horsedrawn wagons, complete with sleigh bells, provided rides all evening throughout the downtown. Dickson said she talked with several people who were attending the event for the first time. Turn to A9

Retiring county board member recognized for service By Vinde Wells vwells@oglecounty Longtime sheriff and county board member Jerry Brooks was honored recently for his half-century of service to Ogle County. The county board approved a resolution Nov.

15 naming Brooks, 84, Oregon, an honorary Ogle County Board member for life. According to the resolution, Brooks has served the county for 53 years, beginning as a deputy sheriff in 1963. He went on to serve 20 years as sheriff from 1970

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to 1990, the longest of any sheriff, and then served on the county board for another 21 years. Brooks said he did not expect the award that came at his final board meeting. He did not seek re-election this year. “I was surprised,” he said Friday. “I felt very honored

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that the board would do that for me.” Brooks also served on the National Sheriff Board of Directors for 17 years while he was sheriff. According to the resolution, Brook’s name has appeared on 44 different ballots without a single loss. Over the years, he ran for

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sheriff, the National Sheriff Board of Directors, county board, and Republican precinct committeeman. He said he enjoyed his years on public service. “I want to thank the residents of Ogle County for allowing me to serve them all those years,” Brooks said. “This is a good county, and it

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has good people.” Born and raised in the county, Brooks said he really didn’t set out to be a police officer. His career started with Ogle Service Company where he sold farm supplies. He then took a job in Dixon Turn to A4

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Mt. Morris Times, Thursday, December 1, 2016, Page A2

Fire chief urges caution with holiday decorations By Rob Hough Mt. Morris Fire Chief Did you know an average of over 1,000 home fires a year started when Christmas trees or holiday decorations ignited?  These fires caused an estimated annual average of 25 civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $30 million in direct property damage.  Again this holiday season the Mt. Morris Fire Protection District will be participating in the statewide safety program “Keep the Wreath Red.” The program is very Mt. Morris Fire Department Lt. Mark Lewis and Firefighter simple, a wreath has been Warren Bontz put up the wreath on the front of the fire placed on the front of the station for the Keep the Wreath Red holiday safety Mt. Morris Firehouse. The program. Photo by Jerry Stauffer wreath is covered in red bulbs.  If a fire occurs during the holiday season caused by holiday decorations, a bulb will be changed to white.  So far Mt. Morris hasn’t

Snow ordinance will be enforced in village Odd-even system will allow for safe snow plowing The Mt. Morris Police Department reminds citizens that a village ordinance regulates parking for 48 hours after a snowfall of two inches or more. The snow ordinance makes it illegal to park any vehicle on any village street unless the following conditions are met: • Vehicles may park on the side of the street where addresses are evennumbered on days which are even-numbered on the calendar, between the hours of 7 a.m. that day and 7 a.m. the following day.

• Vehicles may park on the side of the street where the addresses are oddnumbered on days which are odd-numbered on the calendar, between the hours of 7 a.m. that day and 7 a.m. the following day. Places where parking is prohibited are not affected by the snow parking ordinance. Parking in the general business district is exempt from this ordinance once the snow has been plowed, but is strictly prohibited from 2 to 6 a.m. any time. Subjects found to be in violation of the village snow plowing ordinance can be ticketed or their vehicles towed at the owners’ expense or both.

Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level. • Do not burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood, or wrapping paper in a home fireplace or wood stove.  • Purchase only lights and electrical decorations bearing the name of an independent testing lab, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.  • Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in.  Do not overload extension cords, instead use a rated power strip and do not run an electrical cord under a rug • Check your strands of lights to determine the number of strands that may be connected.   Connect no more than three strands of push-in type bulbs together. A maximum of 50 total bulbs of the larger

screw-in type bulbs. • Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses. • Don’t mount lights in any way that can damage the cord’s wire insulation (i.e., using clips, not nails).  • Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed.  • Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials and never leave candles unattended.  Forty-one percent of holiday fires are started by a candle. Most importantly do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees in any way.   • Last but certainly not least, test your smoke alarms, have one on each floor of your home and have a fire escape plan and practice it. 

Fatal fire remains under investigation By Vinde Wells vwells@oglecountynews. com A suspicious house fire that took the lives of a Byron mother and her three-year-old son in October remains under investigation. Lt. Brian Ketter, who heads up investigations for the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department,

said Monday that the cause of the fire and the cause death of Margaret “Maggie” Meyer, 31, are still being investigated. “We’re still working on it,” Ketter said. Meyer and her son Amos died as a result of the fire Oct. 19 at their home at 2020 N. Silverthorn Drive, Byron. An autopsy revealed that

Amos died from smoke inhalation. The fire was ruled suspicious and is being investigated by the sheriff’s department, Byron Police Department, Illinois State Police, and Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office. The fire was reported around 6:40 a.m., apparently by Meyer’s ex-husband and

the boy’s father, Duane C. Meyer, 34, Stillman Valley, who was reportedly there to pick up the youngster. The child and his father were taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where Amos was pronounced dead. Maggie Meyer was found dead on the couch on the first floor.

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had to change a bulb to white since this program was started in 2004. If you follow some of the fire safety tips listed below the wreath will be kept red all season.  Holiday Decorating Safety Tips:  • Use caution with holiday decorations and whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flameretardant or non-combustible materials.  • Natural Christmas trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk, get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times.  Do not put the tree within three feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator, or heat vent.  • Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them. 

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He asked for the residential only parking restriction on the south side of the 400 block of East Front. “There’s already parking on the north side,” he said. Mongan said he didn’t mind the employees parking there during the construction of the store. “But the construction is over

now. It needs to end,” he said. Mongan said the parking lot is ample for employees and customers. Currently, he said, two parking spaces are taken up with concrete blocks stored there and another one with a snowplow blade. Elsasser agreed and directed LeSage to draw up

an ordinance limiting the parking in the requested area to residential only. Police Chief Jason White said the parking on both sides of East Front Street poses a problem for snowplows getting through. Elsasser said vehicles that are non-compliant with village ordinances will be towed.

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The Mt. Morris Times is published weekly by Ogle County Newspapers, a division of the B.F. Shaw Printing Co., Shaw Media. The Mt. Morris Times was founded early in 1967 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 publications, the Tri-County Press and Forreston Journal, to B.F. Shaw Printing, Dixon.

The Mt. Morris Times is produced every week by: General Manager: Earleen Hinton Editor: Vinde Wells

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Mt. Morris Times, Thursday, December 1, 2016, Page A3

Goodfellows seek donations for Christmas baskets The Mt. Morris Goodfellows are accepting monetary donations for those in need this holiday season.

“The Goodfellows will once again be able to provide assistance this Christmas thanks to the financial support

of the community,” said Goodfellows Chairman Jerry Griffin. Each holiday season for

more than 60 years, the Goodfellows have provided food assistance and fruit baskets to residents of Mt.

Cash needed for annual Toys for Kids The Mt. Morris Police and Fire Departments are beginning their 2016 Toys for Kids campaign. This program, with the community’s help, provides Christmas gifts for the less

fortunate children in the Mt. Morris Fire Protection District. Last year more than 130 children had a happier holiday because of this program.

Help put a smile on a child’s face at Christmas. Cash donations and checks payable to Mt. Morris Fireman’s Association will gladly be accepted at the Mt. Morris Police Department or

Village Hall, 105 W. Lincoln St., Mt. Morris, IL 61054. Names, ages, and addresses of needy children within the Mt. Morris Fire District can be left by calling 815-734-4106.

Morris. Donations can be mailed to Mt. Morris Goodfellows, P.O. Box 75, Mt. Morris, IL 61054 or dropped into a Goodfellows donation can located at local businesses.   Participating Mt. Morris businesses are Sterling Federal Bank, Union Savings Bank,

Rockford Bell Credit Union, Cimino’s Pizza, Maggie’s, Moose Lodge, Peppermill Restaurant, Sharky’s, Shell Express, Sullivan’s Grocery, Mt. Morris Village Hall, Mobil, Fiesta Palace Restaurant, Garden View Restaurant, and McKendrie St. Cafe.

Donations can be mailed to Mt. Morris Goodfellows, P.O. Box 75, Mt. Morris, IL 61054 or dropped into a Goodfellows donation can located at local businesses.  

Mt. Morris Library News Submitted by Cindy Belleque

Craft Table at the Pinecrest Craft Show. All proceeds go toward the library.

Family Reading Night a Success! Many thanks to all who came out for the Family Reading Night last week! Thanks to Kelly Virgil, Vinde Wells, and Kyle Baun for being our guest readers. Also thank to the Ice Hogs Hockey Team for sending out Kyle Baun and PC LaBrie to sign calendars and take pictures.

December Movie Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Movie and Popcorn for Kids – We are showing an 80s classic comedy for kids rated PG.  Call the library at 815734-4927 for the title to the movie. (Due to licensing restrictions we cannot print the name of the movie.)

Christmas on the Village Square Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be reading to kids in front of the fireplace. Cookies and milk will be served. Check out the Library

Dungeons and Dragons Gaming Group Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17 If you want to join the D & D group here at the library they play at 3 p.m. in the meeting room on Dec. 10 and 17. Every level is welcome. Bring your own dice if you

can. Everything you need is supplied. Contact Thomas at 541-961-7539 with questions. E-Book Help Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Having trouble with your e-Reader? Need some help with Over Drive or Axis 360?  Natalie DeJunghe, the e-Book trainer from RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Libraries) will be at the library from 11 to 1 to help you out. Bring your e-Reader with you to get some help. LEGO Robotics Workshop Thursday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. Mark your calendar – if you are 10 years old and up, you are welcome to come

and learn about our Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics set. High school age and adults are welcome to attend this workshop. More information will be coming. Books on Wednesday  Library Book Club Books on Wednesday Book Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at the library.  They are looking for new members to add to their lively discussions. Call the library for more information at 815-734-4927. Mt. Morris Public Library 105 S. McKendrie Ave.  Mt. Morris IL 61054  815-734-4927  Kyle Baun from the Rockford Ice Hogs hockey team Fax-815-734-6035  reads to youngsters at Family Reading Night Nov. 17 at the Mt. Morris Public Library. Photo supplied

Mt. Morris Police Report Mt. Morris Police Chief Jason White released the following information Nov. 28. The charges are merely accusations, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Nov. 8 Scott W. Shirley 28, Mt. Morris, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Shirley

Pine Creek News By Karen Merlak As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, we are reminded of all the wonderful blessings that God has given us. We thank you, God, for our homes, food on our tables, and our loving families that surround us. For all things, we thank Him.  This morning in church, we were greeted by Ron and Sharon Baker.  Our special guest for the morning was Rev. Stan Rodabaugh. We are so glad to be sharing this Advent season with our good friend. This afternoon, Clint and I went to congratulate David and Linda Poole on their

was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Nov. 15 Allison R. Sgro, 22, Mt. Morris, was cited for speeding.  Nov. 17 Annette M. Porter, 60, Rock Island was cited for speeding.  Nov. 18 Robert C. Miller, 41, Elgin, was cited for speeding and no valid registration.

Dawn M. Neeley, 50, Mt. Morris, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant. Neeley was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Robert F. Winterton, 41, Mt. Morris, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant. Winterton was transported to the Ogle County Jail. 

Nov. 21 James P. Kaltenbrun, 41, Mt. Morris, was arrested on an outstanding Whiteside County warrant. Kaltenbrun was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Nov. 22 William J. Bankhead, 23, Forsyth, was cited for operation of uninsured motor vehicle and for suspended,

revoked drivers license. Bankhead was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Nov. 24 Joseph H. Camire 33, Villa Park was arrested for criminal trespass to property. Camire was transported to the Ogle County Jail.  Nov. 25 Austin M. Reeverts, 24, Rockford, was cited for no

valid registration and for driving under the influence of alcohol. Reeverts was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Nov. 27 Nathaniel W. Hillers, 22, Mt. Morris, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant. Hillers was transported to the Ogle County Jail.

50th wedding anniversary at Barnacopia. David and Linda were surrounded by many family members and friends for this very happy occasion.  This past Saturday morning, our church held its annual Hanging of the Greens.  Brian Toms, Robert Toms, Larry and Judy Riffle, Jean Cunningham and I gathered at the church to decorate for the Christmas season.  Last Monday, several members from our P.E.O. Chapter DW went to the Polo Area Senior Services Center to decorate our tree for the Festival of Trees.  It is displayed in the window with a garland of paper dolls and brightly glittered stars.

Joining in the fun were Maggie Henning, Kathy Scholl, Chris Shenefelt, Karen Scholl, Suzanne Sorenson, and me. Clint was there for the moving the tree and placing the paper doll girl on the top of the tree.  This past Tuesday evening was the regular meeting of the Polo Council of Churches at Faith Discovery Church.  We have several events coming up for the holidays. This Saturday morning will be the Cookie Sale to Benefit the Honduras Project.  We will have assorted cookies for sale, $5 per dozen, at the First State Bank in Polo from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. 

All of the money collected will go directly to the Honduras Project to help build cement homes for the residents. Sandra Ford has just returned from a Thanksgiving weekend in Wheaton with her daughter Kim Austin, husband, Ron, and their children, Luke, Claire, and Leah.  The family celebrated Claire’s 17th birthday which was on Nov. 22.  On Thanksgiving Day, the Austin family was joined by Ron’s mom, Lucille Austin from Woodstock and his brother, Jeff Austin, his wife, Linda and their family from Harvard for dinner.  Everyone enjoyed relaxing with the family for the holiday. 

Don and Vicki Hay have returned from their Thanksgiving holiday in Delaware. The Hays drove out through Pennsylvania enjoying the beautiful scenery on the way. Arriving the day before Thanksgiving, their son, Mack Hay, his wife, Shea, and their children, Reef, Ellis, and Remi were busy getting ready for the holiday.  Lyle and Sheryl Hopkins hosted Thanksgiving dinner for their family.  Attending the holiday celebration were Phil and Deb Ohlwine, their daughters, Katie Pfundstein, her husband, Cliff, their daughter, Amelia, and Anna Ohlwine and her fiance, Chris Flikkema, Mike Hopkins, his daughter,

Theresa, Ellen Hopkins, her fiance Justin Rahn and his parents, Elmer and Annette, and Orlan and Bev Ohlwine. Joining the family in the afternoon were John and Susan Hopkins and their children, Lane and Mallory and her friend, Matt Scholl.  Our holiday was quiet, highlighted by phone conversations with Stephanie and Matt before they headed off to their holiday feasts.  We might be miles and miles apart, so we cherish the moments we have together.  We would like to see you next week in our church in the country. You are a welcome member in our church family.  I hope you are surrounded with beautiful blessings this holiday season. 

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Brooks worked to help Ogle County From A1 managing the same business in Lee County. “I had a good job. I was making good money,” Brooks said. That all changed one Saturday night in December of 1962 when his uncle Leonard Warner, an Ogle County deputy under thensheriff Bill Spencer, asked Brooks to ride along with him while he was on duty. Early in the patrol, Warner said he needed to stop at home. When he returned to the squad car he told Brooks he didn’t feel well. “He said ‘take it - you’re on till 2 a.m.,’” Brooks remembered with a chuckle. “I said ‘take what?’” “You’re on duty. I talked to Bill [Spencer] and he said it’s okay. You’re car 62,” was Warner’s reply. Brooks remembered feeling out of his element. “Every time the radio crackled I thought ‘I hope

they aren’t calling 62,’” he said. But that was not to be the case. In not long, he got called to a fight at Mt. Morris Estates. When he pulled up at the scene, he saw two men outside fighting. He grabbed a blackjack from the car and slapped it hard against his palm to get their attention before he told them “You guys knock it off or you’re going to Oregon [to jail].” That worked and the fight was over. The next call was another fight just up the road at a bar on Ill. 72 west of Leaf River. Thinking his previous technique had worked so well, he tried the same approach. However, this was a fullblown four-man tavern brawl. “Nothing happened,” he said, laughing. But eventually he persuaded the brawlers to leave.

The experience whetted Brooks’ interest in law enforcement, and it wasn’t long before he was filling in regularly on Saturday nights. He did it without pay. “We had a policy at my job that you couldn’t take a second job for pay,” he said. About six months later Spencer asked Brooks to become a full-time deputy. He thought about it, but not for long. “I took a pay cut, but I liked it so well,” he said. After Brooks had worked full-time for several months, Spencer realized his new officer had never been officially sworn in and remedied that a few minutes later. Brooks also had no uniform at first but wore his own khaki pants and shirt on duty because the sheriff’s department’s budget was tight. “I loved law enforcement,” Brooks said “That’s why I took the pay cut and that’s

why I ran for sheriff.” He successfully ran for sheriff in 1970 and was elected to four more terms before retiring in 1990. His wife Barbara also came to work for the department, first as secretary for the detectives, eventually retiring as administrative assistant after 23 years. Brooks credited his staff for the successes during his tenure. “In my 20 years as sheriff, every major felony was solved,” he said. “The reason for solving the crimes is that the deputies were very dedicated. I had excellent employees. My department all worked together. I was really proud of them.” He also credited God. His mother and sister were part of a prayer group that regularly prayed for Brooks and the department. “God was helping us through their prayers,” he said. “I give my Lord credit for always being with me.”

Former Ogle County Sheriff and county board member Jerry Brooks site in his chair at the county board table. His last board meeting was Nov. 15, and the board named him an honorary county board member for life. Photo by Vinde Wells

Piros was featured at a recent Current Events Club program

Donation For the fifth year in a row, Martha Lundsten and Mel and Mary Anne Mueller have made a Thanksgiving donation to Serenity Hospice and Home. They have donated a large supply of food to be used to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for patients and their families who will spend this holiday in Serenity Home in Oregon.  Pictured left to right are; Mary Anne Mueller, Colleen Miller, Serenity Home’s House Mom, and Martha Lundsten.  To make a holiday donation to Serenity, send it to 1658 S. Ill. 2, Oregon, IL  61061.

“Wisdom of the Victorian Age” was presented by Sherry Piros, Chana, at a recent Current Events Club meeting. Piros is a local thespian (actress) and playwright. She portrayed the editor of a Victorian ladies’ magazine, titled “Women’s Household Companion,” and her audience was an interactive board which helped make decisions for articles and information to be submitted for an upcoming publication of the magazine.  Final decisions for inclusion were the continuance of a serial story, “Whispering Oaks”part III; a parlor game, “Clairvoyance”; a poultice to combat inflammation of a bite; Green Mountain Salve for pain relief; and recipes from “Miss Palero’s Modern Cookbook, included pickled blueberries, and the latest methods for cooking vegetables (including how many hours to cook various vegetables); “Culinary Couplets” for the poetry corner; and with the feature article selected,

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1/1/44 – 11/30/10 Dad, Years without you keep flying by. The strength you taught me And courage you showed me Push me through each day. Your presence is missed but Your light shines on.

Missing you, Audra

Ogle County Clerk Laura J. Cook issued the following marriage licenses. Nov. 18 Christopher N. Strobel II, South Beloit, and Courtney M.

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On 6/24 you were taken from us in such a senseless and brutal way in a boating accident on the Rock River near Oregon, IL. We all miss you so much and we wish we had a chance to say “Goodbye”. The upcoming holidays will be so hard without you! Our grief and heartbreak still consumes us every day as this nightmare continues to shatter our world. Love You!


“Editor” Sherry Piros, demonstrates “fan language” to “suitor” Karl Black at a recent Mt. Morris Current Events Club meeting. Photo supplied

“The Language of the Fans.” The audience learned about activities demonstrating how to communicate with potential suitors through “fan actions.” The “Tips and Tricks”

included drying a washed comforter by tacking it on the roof until dry; cleaning wallpaper with a brisk rubbing with bread followed by a soft hairbrush, and remember not to use hair dye: It’s much too vulgar.

Breakfast with Santa Sunday The Monroe Township Firefighter’s Association will hold breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 4. Serving will be from 7 to 11 a.m. for the all-you-can-

eat buffet at the fire station, 104 West St., Monroe Center. Prices are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and ages 5 and under eat free.

Prayer breakfast Rev. Russ Howard from Rockford Rescue Mission will be the speaker at the men’s prayer breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 a.m. at Forreston Reformed Church. All men of the community are invited to attend.

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.

fellowship Kidzlink Children’s Ministry (infant-5th grade)-during Adult Services Crave Youth Group (6th-12th grade)- Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Visit our website: www.

BAILEYVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH 303 W. Franklin St., Baileyville Pastor Gary Branam www. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10:40 a.m. Morning Worship 6 p.m. Evening Service Wednesday 7 p.m. Midweek Bible Study 4th Sunday Each Month 1:30 p.m. Nursing Home Service at Presence St. Joseph

DISCIPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Hitt and Maple Streets, Mt. Morris Pastor Julie Bunt Phone 815-734-4853 Worship 9:30 a.m. Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m.

BAILEYVILLE REFORMED CHURCH 400 W. Center St. Baileyville Pastor Bruce Otto 815-235-1201 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Morning Worship BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 217 S. Hickory St., Shannon 815-864-2581 Traditional Worship 9 a.m. Education Hour 10 a.m. Contemporary Worship 11 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 Pastor Chan Ik Choi 815-732-7683 Adult & Children’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 Pastor David Andermann 815-632-6767 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:20 a.m. Education Hour Thursday, Dec. 1—10 a.m. Bible Class Sunday, Dec. 4—9 a.m. Worship with Communion, Mite Box Sunday; 10:20 a.m. Education Hour, Christmas Program Practice; 11:30 a.m. Confirmation Wednesday, Dec. 7—10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Advent Service Thursday, Dec. 8—10 a.m. Bible Class; 6 p.m. CLS Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 10—10:30 a.m. Christmas Program Practice OPEN BIBLE 302 S. Franklin St., Polo Luke Schier, Pastor 815-946-2848 Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. We include children in our Sunday Worship experience “Grandkids Class” Ages 3-10 are dismissed right after our Praise & Blended Worship Time. Bible-Based Passion for God Compassion for People Visit Our Website: CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CHURCH, WHITE PINES CAMPUS  205 N. Jefferson Ave., Polo Pastor Chris Bradshaw Sundays at 10 a.m. 815-837-5255 We offer contemporary worship and relevant Bible teaching through engaging messages, and powerful video Join us after the service in our cafe for coffee, snack &

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EAST JORDAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 22027 Polo Rd., Sterling Jim Miller, Pastor 815-626-0104 8:30 a.m. Fellowship 8:50 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship EAST OREGON CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD 107 N. Daysville Rd. East Edge of Oregon Off Ill. 64 Pastor John Guthrie 815-732-2960 or 815-732-6569 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Church 10:30 a.m.

Handicapped Accessible 702 E. Dixon St., Polo Pastor Karen Hundrieser 815-946-3212 Website: faithumcpolo 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Fellowship FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 505 Hill St., Oregon 815-732-2642 Rev. Jared Cochran “A Christ-centered, Biblebelieving, family-oriented ministry.” 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 PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) 200 S. Fifth St., Oregon 815-732-2894 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 EBENEZER REFORMED Thursday, Dec. 1—6:30 p.m. CHURCH 2997 N. German Church Rd. Trustees Committee Friday, Dec. 2—9 a.m.-3 Two miles east of Oregon p.m. Christmas in the Country on Ill. 64, two miles north on Luncheon & Crafts German Church Road Sunday, Dec. 4—9 a.m. Pastor John Wisdom Worship; 10:30 a.m. Sunday Church Office School Phone: 815-732-6313 Monday, Dec. 5—8 a.m. AA 9 a.m. Sunday School Open Meeting; 9:30 a.m. Coffee 10 a.m. Sunday Worship at The Depot; 3-4:30 p.m. Good Women & Men’s Bible News Club Study, Kids Club Tuesday, Dec. 6—2-6 p.m. Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 7—12 p.m. EMMANUEL Friendship Club EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH FLORENCE UNITED 764 N. Stillman Road, Oregon METHODIST CHURCH (Payne’s Point) 2649 W. Florence Rd., Pastor Andrew Kayes Freeport Office: 815-732-2424 Pastor Kathleen Brinkmeier Worship Service 9 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. EVANGELICAL FREE FORRESTON GROVE CHURCH CHURCH OF MT. MORRIS 7246 N. Freeport Rd., 102 S. Seminary St. Forreston Mt. Morris Presbyterian Church in Senior Pastor America Bruce McKanna Pastor Drew Jones Associate Pastor 815-938-3605 Lance Mennen www.forrestongrovechurch. 815-734-4942 com Thursday, Dec. 1—1 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Ladies Bible Study 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Saturday, Dec. 3—7 a.m. Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Men’s Accountability Group; 10 a.m. Women’s Christmas Pioneer Club; 7:45 p.m. Choir Brunch; 11 a.m. Children’s FORRESTON REFORMED Outreach Program CHURCH Sunday, Dec. 4—8:30 a.m. 501 Third Ave. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Worship Inner-Mission; 10 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday School Service; 5 p.m. Youth Group Tuesday, Dec. 6—9 a.m. FREEDOM LUTHERAN Ladies Prayer Circle; 10:30 a.m. CHURCH, ELCA Food Pantry Volunteers Pastor Kathy Burkheimer Wednesday, Dec. 7—6 a.m. 815-222-7270 Dixon Men’s Prayer Meeting; Sunday Morning Worship 6 p.m. Puppet Team; 7:15 p.m. at 9 a.m. at First Presbyterian Advent Choir Log onto our website at Church, 200 S. 5th St., Oregon GIFT—Growing In Faith to check Together-Christian education out our latest opportunities and for all ages following worship updates service Welcome Center is at FAITH DISCOVERY 111 S. 4th St., Oregon CHURCH 801 W. Oregon St., Polo GRACE VALLEY Jeremy Heller, Pastor CHRISTIAN REFORMED 815-946-3588 CHURCH 9 a.m. Sunday School 8210 E. Edwardsville Rd. 10 a.m. Worship Service German Valley Nursery Available Pastor Jake Ritzema We are an independent non815-362-6601 denominational Christian Sunday School for All Ages church. 9 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Worship Service 10 a.m. FAITH EVANGELICAL GERMAN VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH UNITED METHODIST 402 Second Ave., Forreston CHURCH Pastor Scott Ralston Church and Main Streets Church 815-938-3203 Don Plock, Pastor “ A Church with a Heart — 8:30 a.m. Worship Service In the Heart of Forreston” 9 a.m. Sunday Worship LEAF RIVER BAPTIST 10 a.m. Sunday School CHURCH 7 p.m. Wednesday Choir 6941 N. Mt. Morris Rd., 6:30 p.m. Thursday Bible Leaf River Study Pastor Randy Newton 815-738-2205 FAITH UNITED Email leafriverbc@gmail. METHODIST CHURCH com Mission Statement: Loving, Sunday Praise and Worship Growing & Serving in Faith

Service at 9:30 a.m. (Nursery provided) Sunday School 11 a.m. Wednesday Prayer/Bible Studies 6 p.m. Prayer Chain 738-2205 Wednesday—Various Activities 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Followed by Fellowship and All-Age Sunday School Thursday, Dec. 1—6 p.m. Webelos 2 Den Meeting Saturday, Dec. 3—5:30 p.m. Saturday Worship Service Sunday, Dec. 4—9 a.m. Worship, 50 Year Member Recognition; 10:15 a.m. LEAF RIVER UNITED Fellowship & Sunday School METHODIST CHURCH Monday, Dec. 5—10 a.m. 104 E. Rt. 72, Leaf River Bible Study; 12 p.m. Staff Pastor David Poust Meeting; 7 p.m. Bible Study; Sunday, Dec. 4—10:30 a.m. Poinsettia Orders Due Worship Service & Children’s Tuesday, Dec. 6—6 p.m. Cub Church Scouts Den Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 7—7-9 a.m. LIGHTHOUSE UNITED Communion in the Memorial METHODIST CHURCH Chapel; 4:30 p.m. Children’s 4938 S. Daysville Rd., Oregon Program Practice; 5:30 p.m. Pastor Chan Ik Choi Wednesday Night Alive; 7 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Choir Worship Service 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8—6 p.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Mission Committee Meeting Age Three through Sixth Grade. PINE CREEK CHRISTIAN Everyone is Welcome CHURCH 5076 S. Lowell Park Rd. MT. MORRIS CHURCH 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 OF THE BRETHREN a.m. Worship Service 409 W. Brayton Road P.O. Box 2055 POLO CHURCH OF THE Mt. Morris, IL 61054 BRETHREN Pastor Ginny Haney Congress Ave. & Webster St. Phone: 815-734-4573 (The church is handicapped Office hours Monday - Friday accessible) 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon Pastor Leslie Lake Thursday, Dec. 1—11:30 9:30 a.m. Family Worship a.m. Food Pantry Board MeetFellowship Time ing; 4:30-7 p.m. Food Pantry 10:30 a.m. Sunday School Open Friday, Dec. 2—9 a.m. WomPRAIRIE DELL PRESBYTERIAN en’s Fellowship CHURCH Sunday, Dec. 4—8:15 a.m. 16031 W. Coffman Rd., Prayer Service; 9:30 a.m. WorShannon ship; 10:30 a.m. Fellowship; Pastor Donna Gericke, CLP 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 815-864-2448 Tuesday, Dec. 6—8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Food 10 a.m. Worship Arrives for Pantry; Quilting 11:15 a.m. Fellowship Wednesday, Nov. 30—7:15 p.m. Chimes; 7 p.m. Circle M REVIVE COMMUNITY 4-H Club Meeting CHURCH 8 E. Front Street; Mt. Morris NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY Email: pastor@revivemtm. OF GOD com 401 S. Eighth St., Oregon Southern Baptist Pastor David Demmer Saturday Night Service 815-732-7404 5:30 p.m. 10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service RIVERSTONE CHRISTIAN CHURCH NORTH GROVE 609 S. 10th St., Oregon EVANGELICAL Craig Arnold, Pastor CHURCH 812-236-1213 10384 W. Coffman Rd., Worship Service 10:45 a.m. Forreston Pastor Tim Hotchkiss ST. BRIDE’S EPISCOPAL Church: 815-938-2194 CHURCH Pastor’s Cell: 815-209-6838 1000 Ill. 64 West Sunday School 9 a.m. Oregon Worship Service 10:05 a.m. Pastor Barbara Seward Tuesday & Saturday 9-11:30 815-732-7211 a.m. Food Pantry & Thrift Shop Open at New Life Community Center Services OREGON Sunday-Holy Communion-8 CHURCH OF GOD and 10 a.m. 860 W. Oregon Trail Rd. Classes Pastor Michael Hoffman Children’s Sunday School & 815-732-6847 Adult Bible Study Available You and your family are inSt. Bride’s follows traditional vited to join us in worship on Anglican-Episcopal church Sunday, Dec. 4 for worship at practices; is biblically based 10:30 a.m. Pastor Hoffman will give the and both family and individual oriented. Visitors are always morning Advent message titled welcomed. “It’s the Little Things.” Communion will be celebratST. JAMES LUTHERAN ed. CHURCH Communion Comments will West Grove Road at be given by Karl Froehlich. Columbine Rd. Greeting you will be Nick, Pastor Steve Erickson Jennifer, Madeleine and Henry Saturday, Dec. 3—9 a.m. Hoffman. During the morning worship Christmas Program Rehearsal Sunday, Dec. 4—9:15 a.m. an exceptionally fine Children’s Church is offered for children 3 Children’s Sunday School, Prayer Ministry Team; 9:30 a.m. years old through Grade 5. Sunday School begins at 9:30 Congregational Bible Study, a.m. and includes classes for Senior Choir Rehearsal; 10:30 adults, young adults, teens, chil- a.m. Divine Worship; 11:30 a.m. Senior Choir Rehearsal dren and infants. Special attention is given in ST. MARK’S LUTHERAN each class to issues and topics CHURCH related to the particular needs 201 N. Division Ave., Polo and interests of each group. Pastor Terrie Wilder The Wednesday night Youth 815-946-2919 Group meets at 6 p.m. at Sunday East Oregon Chapel, 107 N. Sunday School for Children Daysville Road. & Adults 9 a.m. The local Weight Watchers Social Time 10 a.m. group meets Wednesday at the Worship 10:30 a.m. church from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. for weigh-in, followed by their ST. MARY CHURCH meeting from 6 to 6:30 p.m. 301 N. Fourth St., Oregon December’s Bible Book of the Father Joseph P. Naill Month is Matthew. Office Phone 815-732-7383 Office FAX 815-732-4742 OREGON UNITED Mass Schedule METHODIST CHURCH Saturday 4:30 p.m. 200 S. Fourth, Oregon Sunday 8:30 a.m. Pastor Thomas E. Kim Tuesday thru Friday 8 a.m. 815-732-2994 Third Wednesday of Month at Pinecrest 3 p.m. Sunday Worship 9 a.m.

Reconciliation Saturday 3:30-4:15 p.m. St. Mary Prayer Network Lois Lints 815-703-9699 Nancy Kerwin 815-732-3351 Darlene Bauer 815-732-2238 ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 213 N. Franklin Ave., Polo Father Joseph P. Naill 815-946-2535 Sunday Mass 10:30 a.m. Reconciliation First Sunday of each month after mass Religious Education Youth Program 1st & 2nd Wednesdays 6 p.m. Adult Bible Study 1st Wednesday 8:30 a.m. 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: Men’s & Women’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 18 S. Linn St., Shannon Rev. Michael Bolger 815-864-2548 Masses—Saturday 4:30 p.m., Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Confessions-Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m. SAUK VALLEY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 416 Prospect St, Dixon 815-677-9199 10 a.m. Saturday Sabbath School 11:30 a.m. Worship Service TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 E. Brayton Mt. Morris Pastor Josh Ehrler 815-734-6354 Email: trinitymm@frontier. com Website: Thursday, Dec. 1—3:30 p.m. Lot 12 Mentoring for K-6 at Mt. Morris Estates Friday, Dec. 2—8 a.m. Bulletin Assembly & FellowshipSaturday, Dec. 3—5:30 p.m. Worship Service-Second Week of Advent Sunday, Dec. 4—9:30 a.m. Worship Service-Second Week of Advent; Fellowship Following; 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for Children Age 4 through Grade 6; 3 p.m. Community Christmas Cantata Monday, Dec. 5—6:30 p.m. Committee Meeting Night; 8 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6—3:30 p.m. Lot 12 Mentoring for K-6 at Mt. Morris Estates Wednesday, Dec. 7—6:30 a.m. Prayer and Praise Group; 3:10 p.m. Lot 12 Mentoring for Junior High at Mt. Morris Estates; 5:30 p.m. Choristers Practice; 6 p.m. Chime Choir Rehearsal; 6:30 p.m. YC Choir Practice; 6:50 p.m. Youth Confirmation Meets; 6:50 p.m. Men’s Chancel Choir Rehearsal; 7 p.m. All Chancel Choir Rehearsal; 7:30 p.m. Women’s Chancel Choir Rehearsal Thursday, Dec. 8—3:30 p.m. Lot 12 Mentoring for K-6 at Mt. Morris Estates WEST BRANCH CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 4014 West Branch Road Southeast of Forreston Pastor Richard Bright 815-734-4411 Sunday School—9:30 a.m. Worship—10:35 a.m.

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Christmas cantata will be held Dec. 11

First Fridays is returning to Pinecrest After a one month change of venue to the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge First Fridays open stage music shows will return to Pinecrest Grove Theater on Friday, Dec. 2 to wrap up the 2016 season. In keeping with the new schedule initiated over the summer, the show will begin at 6 p.m.   Musician sign-up will be a half-hour earlier than last season to 5:30 p.m.   Also, seating capacity in the Theatre at the Pinecrest Grove Community Center in Mt. Morris has been increased to guarantee First Friday’s fans a good seat.  The musical format will remain unchanged. After the individual performances, all of the musicians will gather on stage for a jam session to wrap up the evening’s festivities Musicians from across northern Illinois, and often neighboring states, appear on a regular basis.   The music often described as new folk or Americana is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, folk, mountain soul, gospel, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above.   Instruments are all acoustic and a professional sound system is supplied. Participation is encouraged so bring your instrument and join the show, or kick back and listen to the music.  Admission is by free will donation. First Fridays is a part of northern Illinois’ Friday night music scene along with Second Fridays in Lanark, Third Fridays in Franklin Grove, a new Fourth Friday at the Dixon Senior Center, and special Fifth Friday (when they occur) shows in Franklin Grove. The McKendrie Street Café, directly adjacent to

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Faith United Methodist Church, 702 E. Dixon Street, Polo, will host the Polo Community Choir’s Christmas cantata, “O Night Divine, Dawn of Love’s Pure Light” on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. “O Night Divine,” by Steve Mauldin, is an inspiring Christmas musical that celebrates the promise of God through the birth of His Son

Jesus. Anticipation, joy, praise, thankfulness, and awe all are expressed in narration, song, and orchestration by the 22 voice choir. Jean Frey is the director. Handicapped accessibility to the sanctuary level is available from the new parking lot on the west side of the building.   All are cordially invited to attend; refreshments will be served in Fellowship Hall following the cantata.

Christmas concert will be performed Sunday When he isn’t plying his trade as a landscape architect in the Lanark and Lake Carroll area, popular musician “Duck” Schweitzer leads the Ruff Kutts Band in Mt. Morris’ First Fridays, Lanark’s Second Friday, the Blues & Bluegrass Third Friday in Franklin Grove, and Fourth Friday in Dixon. Photo supplied

the theatre, features an extensive menu. Pinecrest Grove Community Center is located six blocks south of Ill. 64 on McKendrie Avenue in Mt. Morris. There is ample parking in the parking lot on the north side of PGCC, plus an overflow lot on the west side of PGCC. The building is completely handicapped accessible.

For the 12th year, a free community Christmas concert is drawing musicians from around the region to celebrate the holidays and support local food pantries. “Behold the Star!” will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 E. Brayton Rd., Mt. Morris. This Christmas tradition has attracted more than 80 new and returning musicians from the Sauk Valley, Shannon, Davis Junction, Winnebago and Sycamore as well as Byron, Mt. Morris, Oregon and Forreston.  Since its inception in 2002, the concert has been offered

free to the public, with proceeds from donations given to local charities. For the 10th year, the beneficiaries will be local food pantries Loaves and Fish in Mt. Morris and Life-Line in Oregon.  The public is encouraged to arrive early for a prelude featuring several musical groups/ The prelude music will begin at 2:30 followed by the cantata at 3 p.m. The concert will conclude with attendees invited to join the choir to perform Handel’s Hallelujah chorus, a tradition begun in 2004 that remains an annual highlight.

Earth Angels and Granny’s Mailbag seeks help Earth Angels, headed by Linda “Granny” Straith, Forreston, is again gathering names and collecting toys and donations for Christmas gifts for needy families in Ogle County. The goal is to reach families that have “fallen through the system” and are unable to receive any kind of assistance. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 16. Sign up to be on the list to receive gifts begins Sunday,

Nov. 13. All those wishing to sign up must be screened. Granny’s Mailbag is also open for anyone wishing to send a card, letter, or encouraging note to deployed military men and women. No postage is required, and letters can be deposited in Granny’s Mailbag at one of the drop sites. The deadline for correspondence is Saturday, Dec. 10. Drop sites for donations

and letters are at Sterling Federal Bank, Mt. Morris; Mt. Morris Senior Center; Mt. Morris Moose Family Center, Mt. Morris; Angel Treasures, Mt. Morris; Forreston State Bank; Forreston Public Library; Bertolet Memorial Library, Leaf River; Citgo, Leaf River; Vintage Chicks & Feed Store, Leaf River; Rock River Center, Oregon; Kunes Auto Mall, Oregon; Creative Designs, Oregon; Dollar General, Oregon; St. Paul

Lutheran Church, Oregon; St. Bride’s Episcopal Church, Oregon; Blackhawk Area Credit Union, Polo; Polo Public Library; ReRuns Consignment Shop, Byron; Tease: A Salon for You, Stillman Valley; Stillman Bank, Stillman Valley; Byron Bank, Davis Junction; and Sawicki Motors, Rochelle. At the drop sites, pick an “angel” to buy gifts for. Purchase the gift, attach the angel’s tag, and return

the gift to the drop site by Thursday, Dec. 18 or call Straith at 779-771-4591 for pick up. Gifts will be distributed from Dec. 19-25. Donations of money can be mailed to Earth Angel, P.O. Box 188, Forreston, Ill. 61030-0188 or Earth Angel Fund, c/o Forreston State Bank, 200 Main St., P.O. Box 278, Forreston, Ill. 61030-0278. Donations can also be made via Pay Pal at Fund - Earth Angels Wanted - Fundraiser. Volunteers can earn their Earth Angel wings by helping wrap, pick up, or deliver gifts when the time comes. Earth Angel headquarters will once again be at the Mt. Morris Senior Center. For more information or to volunteer call Straith or email earth.angels.oglecounty@ or visit www. earthangelsoglecounty.

but all nominations must be submitted by Dec. 12. Mother Daughter Holly-Dolly Tea Sign up now for the annual Mother/Daughter tea and this year your favorite doll is invited as well. Mothers, daughters, and grandmothers will make memories and enjoy the holiday festivities this year at Pinehill Inn. Tantalize your taste buds

at this holiday tea with dainty dishes, sweet morsels, and finger sandwiches wearing your favorite holiday attire on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m. Seating will be limited, so please register early. The fee is $12/resident and $15/ non-resident.  For more information, call the Oregon Park District at 815-732-3101 or visit www.

Oregon Park District The Oregon Park District lists the following upcoming events. Pizza & Pasta with Santa Sign up now for Pizza & Pasta with Santa on Friday evening, Dec. 9. This year as we celebrate the Oregon Park District’s 50th Anniversary, we are offering the chance for the family to enjoy dinner with Santa instead of the traditional breakfast. With the help of Alfano’s Restaurant, our co-sponsor,

you can enjoy pizza, pasta and salad. Sign up early as space is limited.  Choose from one of the two seating times and remember to bring your camera!  $8/adult and $6/child (age 2 and under free with parents). Registration deadline is Dec. 2. Letters to Santa Write a letter to jolly old St. Nick and tell him about yourself and if you have been naughty or nice. Santa’s elves will be installing a mailbox at Nash for your letter to be

mailed. Be sure to enclose a 47 cent stamp and your return address! Letters can be mailed until Dec. 15. Holiday Light Contest Attention all you “closet Clark Griswolds” out there… grab your extension cords and those bundles of tangled up, mangled up strands of twinkling magic and get to work!  The Oregon Park District will once again hold the Holiday Light Contest. You can enter in the “Clark

Griswold” category or the “Traditional Style.” When you’ve completed your personal “holiday work of art,” pick up an entry form at Nash, or find one online at Fabulous prizes await you thanks to Merlin’s, GK Graphics, and the Oregon Park District. You are also welcome to nominate a neighbor or friends house,

Rock River Center Several upcoming Christmas programs are planned at Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Oregon High School Madrigals with Katie Sheridan The Oregon High School Madrigal Singers, dressed in traditional renaissance attire,

will perform their complete 2016 musical performance for us. This program runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Oregon Junior High School Choir with Miles Beske The Oregon Junior High School Choir will be at visiting Rock River Center on Dec. 14 to perform their

Christmas Program from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be served at each performance. Register by calling the Center at 815-732-3252 so we can be prepared. We look forward to seeing you. Visit us on the web at and like us on Facebook.

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Christmas Bake Sale and Rummage Sale Saturday, December 3rd 8:00 to 1:00 Come see our delicious selection of baked goods and bargain-priced treasures! SM-ST13769-1201


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Dave Buchen will speak at business workshop Dec. 15 The Mt. Morris Economic Development Group will host another Coffee with Dave Business 101 Session on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pinecrest Grove Community Center, 500 Evergreen Lane, Mt. Morris.

David Buchen, Director of the Center for Small Business Development at Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, will be the speaker. This month’s topic will be “What is & How do I Create a Business Plan?”

The monthly program is free and will be an open discussion of topics of interest to small business owners, as well as anyone contemplating the launch of a new business. TO RSVP call Linda Straith at 779-771-4591.

Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager course offered Dec. 6, 9 The Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Course will be offered by University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Marilyn Csernus, MS, RD at the Ogle County Extension office located at 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. The course will be taught over two days on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m.

to 2:30 p.m.. The exam will be administered on Friday, Dec. 9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. A valid photo ID is required for the course. The fee for this course is $100 for the two days and includes the book, educational materials, examination, and lunch. After successful completion of this course, an additional

$35 is paid to the Illinois Department of Public Health to receive your certificate. This course meets the eight-hour course work and examination required by the state of Illinois for either the initial Food Service Sanitation Manager certification, or the recertification, which is required every 5 years. Register by calling 815732-2191.

Circle M 4-H Club finishes a great year By Emmett Peterson Club Reporter and Secretary Circle M 4-H club has wrapped up another great year.  It was a busy summer for all of our members, new and old, getting ready for the Ogle County Fair.  Everyone had great projects and did great talking with the judges.  Everyone got blue ribbons and higher honor ribbons for their projects.  Two of our members were able to go to the Illinois State Fair and were awarded Superior 4-H Exhibitor ribbons. Those two members were Karli Miller and Emmett

Peterson. Even before the fair arrives our club is busy every month. In May we had our meeting at White Pines State Park and hiked some trails.  Kyle Miller did a demonstration and talk about how to tell the age of a tree.   In June we observed national dairy month by visiting Angela Reigle’s dairy farm.  We found it interesting the type of equipment used for milking cows and what type of work dairy farmers do every day.   We also had a fundraiser at the Mt. Morris community concert working the pie and ice cream social.   In July our club had a float in the Let Freedom Ring Parade, which we won a ribbon for

Best Used Theme. And at our meeting we talked and help members get their Records Books ready and made our own Chia Pet Planters as our project. It was an exciting and busy year for our club, and we are already planning a busy and interesting 2016-2017 year.  There is so much that is new to 4-H that we welcome anyone to come and see not only about Circle M but all the great things that 4-H has to offer. Our club meets every month, the first Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren in Mt. Morris and we welcome new members.  For more information or with questions contact any of our leaders, Deb at 847-2392330, Angela at 815-994-0128 or Camery at 815-631-4312.

The new praise band Agape started leading Oregon United Methodist Church’s Saturday worship services on Nov. 26. Members from left to right are: Tess Burger (vocalist), Nellie Winters (piano), Natalie Husemann (vocalist), Lisa Schultz (drums), and Ben Rocke (guitar). Photo supplied

New band performs at OUMC A new band has been formed especially for Saturday services at the Oregon United Methodist Church. “The newly-formed praise band, Agape, will lead Oregon United Methodist Church’s Saturday worship services beginning Nov. 26 in the congregation’s Family Life Center,” said the Rev. Thomas Kim, senior pastor. The weekly Saturday service resumed after a three-year hiatus in time for Oregon’s annual Candlelight Walk.  Worship begins at 5:30 p.m.  “We are trying to bring back and open up some opportunities of worship here,” said Kim, who also recently began offering weekly communion from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays in the church’s chapel. “Some people want more informal and less liturgical worship. They may be more comfortable worshiping that way, or they may find the Saturday service more convenient,” he said. Agape was formed to lead worship for the new

Saturday service. “I really hope we can bring in a younger crowd,” said singer Tessa Burger, 16, a sophomore at Oregon High School.  The music is more casual and upbeat. “Teenagers like that a lot,” she said. Vocalist Natalie Husemann, pianist Nellie Winters, drummer Lisa Schultz and guitarist Ben Rocke fill out the ensemble. Husemann, Mt. Morris, learned of the new band through a Facebook post.   A music major in college and school district employee, she has participated in praise bands before. “I welcomed the chance to get out there and to perform and get active in the church. And it’s just fun, too,” she said. Schultz asked Kim if the church could start a praise band before he came to OUMC in July.  She, too, had previous experience with two praise bands.  “I talked to Ben, and we started putting stuff in the church newsletter and

on Facebook. Right away people expressed an interest in joining.” Rocke manages the band. “Although we’re really a democratic band,” he said. “It was God bringing everyone together,” he said. “The pastor was excited as soon as we started talking about it, and now we’re working really well together.” Agape continues to look for more musicians – especially a bass guitar player. “Doing a Saturday night service every single week takes a strong commitment. The more people we have coming on board, the more we can spread out the work load,” Rocke said. Agapedebuted at the congregation’s 2C@ OUMC Nov. 13 service and performed during the Nov. 20 consecration service. “We have to focus on worship,” said Kim. “I see this as my primary role here, helping people to worship God.” For more information, call the OUMC office at 815-732-2994.

modification is doing the right things, but not necessarily believing in your heart. It is also a falsehood that Naxolone or Vivitrol offer much help for addiction. All they offer is a quick fix and may end up doing more harm long term as a crutch. There is a multitude of other remedies that only offer relief, not a lifelong recovery from addiction.  Praise needs to go to government and the medical community for their humanitarian effort, but they are limited in their scope. So what is the answer to a centuries-old problem that seemingly has no solution? When all available resources are exhausted, faith-based 12-step groups refer to reliance and dependence upon God or a Higher Power as the ultimate answer?

Spirituality can’t be empirically defined in medical books nor does government acknowledge its existence. But, isn’t spirituality bankruptcy truly what ails the drug addict?  With the threat of overdosing, the harm to loved ones, losing jobs, flunking out of school, etc., hasn’t heroin become the user’s lord and master.  That’s the power drugs have. In its simplest form, isn’t an addict trying to find in drugs only what God can provide? 

Opinion Drug Court helps addicts By Andy Colbert Reporter Over the last few weeks, we have run a series on heroin addiction and its effect on governmental agencies, addicts, family members and the political process. A major difference now compared to decades past is a genuine desire by government agencies to assist, rather than punish users. Here in Ogle County, a Drug Court exists to keep offenders out of jail or prison. It is run by a passionate group of county leaders that have the best interest of the drug users. As a member of the

Drug Court advisory board, I’ve seen firsthand their dedication and commitment to helping their clients. Those same clients have repeatedly commented about the human element of the Drug Court. They step into Drug Court as beat-up human beings and are offered a benevolent, yet serious approach to getting their life back together. Local law enforcement is better educated on drug abuse and show far greater compassion to addicts.  Neighboring counties offer drugs such as Naxolone and Vivitrol, with the hopes of keeping a person from overdosing or to ease cravings of getting high.  Previously, all that was done was throw an offender in jail and let them endure the painful process of detoxing

on his or her own. It was as if a druggie was a lesser human being and deserved no dignity. That lack of sympathy is due in part to pubic perception of the drug addict. Why don’t they just quit on their own? What is wrong with their will power?  Don’t they realize all the harm they are causing themselves and their families?  Throw the book at these menaces to society. They are breaking the law and are a bad influence on our youth. Those are common responses directed at those caught up in drug addiction. They don’t need anyone telling them they need to stop, such as Nancy Reagan’s admonition to “just say no”. Family members can plead all they want, but that falls on

deaf ears to someone caught up in drugs. Addicts are unable to quit based upon their own willpower or self-knowledge of the situation. They are in the grips of an illness that has complete control of them. What is baffling to the medical and psychiatric community is that drug addiction does not have a physical or mental cure. If physical addiction was indeed the only problem, all a person would have to do is kick the habit and all would be fine. Wrong. Virtually every addict has done this, only to go back time and time again. What ails a drug user has much more to do in the mind than the body.  Then, shouldn’t behavior therapy be an answer?  No, because behavior

Public Voice Playday raises $3,000 for Chana School Dear Editor, The Chana School Foundation thanks the organizers and sponsors of the 2016 39th Chana Play Day for their generous donation of $3,000 towards a new roof for the 1883 Chana School Museum.  The Chana Play Day organization has given its support since the very beginning efforts to save the old schoolhouse back in 1998.   Thanks to the continued support from organizations such as the

Chana Play Day organizers the old Chana School stands as a beautiful landmark that everyone may be proud of. Saving our rural history is important to everyone in Ogle County. Thanks again, Connie Stauffer Oregon Chana School Volunteer

Reader disagrees with writer’s view of protests Dear Editor, I am a retired teacher and the wife of a man who coached both college and high school athletics for over 40 years.

I was dismayed by Andy Colbert’s column of Nov. 17. The analogy he attempted to draw was inappropriate, simplistic, and uninformed. First, if you wish to quote a sports figure I suggest the comments made by Gregg Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, on Nov. 12, 2016. The President Elect won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote by approximately two million votes.  People are protesting because they are highly offended by the President Elect’s behavior, as well they should be.  They are greatly concerned about the future of our country with a candidate like

this as the President. They fear he and some of the new leadership will do great harm to our country and the world. I am a 73-year-old grandmother, and I have witnessed many protests in my life.  Most protestors are people who care deeply about their country.  They are willing to go out and protest because it is important to say to their fellow citizens and the rest of the world that the values and hatred expressed by this man do not represent us or the America we love.

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PACT performs Christmas classic Rotarians will By Zach Arbogast

The Polo Area Community Theatre will be performing a 1946 classic for the holiday season. PACT, a not-for-profit theatre group operated by volunteers, will put on “It’s a Wonderful Life” for their 32nd production. The show opens at the Buffalo Town Hall, 117 N. Franklin Ave., on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Additional showings are on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. The movie originally released on Christmas Day in 1946, telling the story of George Bailey wishing he’d never been born, and Clarence, the angel who shows him what the world would be Mr. Potter (Tim Bulfer) tries to offer George Bailey (Doug Smith) a chance to work for him. Photo by Zach Arbogast. like if he never was. Tickets can be purchased at the This stage version is directed by a 30-person cast. Tickets cost $7 in advance or $9 at Polo Public Library, First State Bank artistic director and a founder of PACT, the door for adults, $5 for children 12 Shannon-Polo, and the Polo Sub Stop Kristin DuBois. Playing the iconic duo of George and and under, and $7 for seniors. When through Dec. 1. Tickets can also be Clarence will be Polo’s Doug Smith and purchased in advance, groups of 10 or purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to showtime. Dennis Scott, respectively - two parts in more adults cost $6 each.

Open Program open house is Dec. 7 The Open Program at Oregon High School will host its third annual Open Program Faire on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the OHS Gym. The Faire is an opportunity for Open Program students to present their second semester community projects to their families and the community.  This year’s students and projects include Mykenzie Beitel - Community Choir,

Jessica Brink and Diana Clausen - wounded soldiers fundraiser, Ryan Corson DLR Literacy Mentor, Jaycie Dees - Homecoming Parade revamp, Brigham Finch downtown “Escape Room” event, Jamie Fisher and Ethan James - community mural in OHS gym, Anna Head - dog shelter awareness photography project, Taylor Hultquist and Glorie O’Connell – youth


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girls’ leadership camp, Ryan Lazansky and Weslee Rice – guided float tours of the Rock River, Katelin Pudlas and Mady Russell – soccer tournament to raise funds for OHS girls’ soccer, Bailey Nelson-community mural project, Dakota Stone – Super Mario Bros tournament, and Conner Young – Mission 22 fundraiser. The Faire will be similar to

a science fair and is open for guests to come and go as they please. The Open Program students will be standing next to triboards about their second semester project and are eager to share their ideas and to field questions. For more information or to offer these students resources call Kim Radostits at 815-7325300 ext. 1208.

collect coats for school children The Oregon Rotary Club is continuing their Keeping Kids Warm project again this year, helping to provide coats and boots for children in the Oregon School District. The Oregon Rotary Club has been helping to provide coats and boots each year since 2010, using the proceeds from Mark Twain Day held in September.   “We would like to again thank our sponsors and all those who attended Mark Twain Day in September for supporting this project,” said organizer Mary Jo Griffin.

Consider helping the Rotary Club and other organizations to provide coats and boots by donating cash and gently used items. Gently used warm winter clothing and accessories of all sizes may be donated at Nash Recreation Center.   Tax deductible donations may be mailed to The Oregon Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 493, Oregon, IL 61061. For more on this project and other information about the Oregon Rotary Club email oregonilrotary@gmail. com.

Scout Food Drive is Saturday, Dec. 10 Food will help Lifeline and Loaves and Fish The Oregon and Mt. Morris Cub Scout Pack 81 along with the Oregon Boy Scout Troop 52 and Crew 52 will be doing their fourth annual Food Drive. They will be placing door hangers on Saturday, Dec. 3 and then picking up any non-perishable items on

Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 9 a.m. Food and non-perishable items will benefit both Lifeline Food Pantry in Oregon and Loaves and Fish in Mt. Morris. Anyone who would like to donate but won’t be home on that Saturday, call either Kate Lehrke at 815732-7204 or Ray Gruber at 815-732-6807, and they will make arrangements to have the donation picked up.

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Weather was perfect for Candlelight Walk From A1

Youngsters line up to visit with Santa Claus “We had lots of new faces,” she said. Mild temperatures and clear skies were an added bonus for the holiday event. “Weather always factors in and we certainly could not have been blessed with a better evening,” Dickson said. Youngsters and their parents lined up to visit with Santa Claus in the basement of the Coliseum, while across the room another long line waited their turn for one of the balloon figures being created by Brett Belleque, Mt. Morris. Belleque’s wife Cindy said he had been busy all evening making everything from Santas to reindeer to penguins. “It’s been pretty steady,” she said. Youngsters also tried their hand at Christmas games and crafts in the crowded basement which housed the Winter Quarter Carnival. Upstairs at the Holiday Gift Fair, shoppers visited vendors offering everything from Christmas crafts and sweet treats to pillows, jewelry, and accessories. The lines were also long down on Candy Cane Lane, where the Oregon Lions Club and Cliff ’s Donuts offered tasty fare. The Oregon Boy Scouts helped kids young and old make S’mores around the newly made fire stands. “The fire stands were a big hit,” Dickson said. “The Lions and Cliff ’s Donuts sold out.” At Conover Square, Lynette and LeRoy Smice, Oregon, took a break from shopping to sit back and enjoy the live Christmas music.

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“Weather always factors in and we certainly could not have been blessed with a better evening.” – Debbie Dickson “It’s wonderful,” Lynette said. “I think it’s wonderful they have the piano music in the old piano factory.” LeRoy said he couldn’t decide what part of the event he was enjoying the most. “It’s all fun,” he said. While shopping, Lynette found a quilted angel for the top of their Christmas tree. “We’re just enjoying being out,” she said. “We’ve talked to people we haven’t seen for quite a while.” Dickson said a 50/50 raffle was added to the event this year and went better than expected. “We will definitely do it Ron Bry, Oregon, smiles as he purchases homemade bread from Sarah Meachum who was working at Jen’s Artisan Bread’s booth at the Holiday Gift Fair during Candlelight Walk. Photo by Earleen Hinton again,” she said.

Ashyr Heather, age 5, Oregon, jumps up to touch one of Chris Johnson, pictured at right, created this Judy Neimeyer “Paradise in Blooms” the candy cane decorations that lined Candy Cane Lane quilt with his late mother Lynda. Johnson’s quilts were on display at Creative Designs during Candlelight Walk. Photo by Earleen Hinton during Candlelight Walk. Photo by Earleen Hinton

Disciples United Methodist Church on the corner of Hitt Street and Maple Avenue in Mt. Morris will host a potato bar complete with baked potatoes, assorted toppings, relishes,

beverages and a dessert bar on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church. The proceeds will go to two missions projects this year.

Celebrate Christmas on the Village Square with a Kids’ Christmas party. All kids ages 4-12 are invited to Christmas party at the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris on Saturday, scarves are also on the racks.   Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.   This free event will All of the clothing is at no cost, and everyone is welcome. If the Saturday hours are St. Bride’s Episcopal not convenient, call the Church, 100 W. Ill. 64, Oregon, church at 815-732-7683 to will hold a Christmas bake sale set up another time. 

Clothes Closet is open Dec. 3 The Family Clothes Closet at Chana United Methodist Church is open the first and third Saturday morning of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.   The closet is bursting at the seams with new

donations are arriving weekly. It currently has a large variety of children’s clothing from infant to teens. A lot of very nice adult clothing is also available.   Winter coats, hats and

Council in attendance. MM2035 is aimed at updating the village’s 2007 comprehensive plan.  This will be the only planning meeting held in December. Local residents are

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feature a performance by the church’s puppet team and a magic show. There will be treats, balloons, and fun for all. Parents are also invited; children under the age of 8 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

The Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris is located at 102 S. Seminary Ave. For more information, call the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris at 815734-4942, or log onto their website at

and rummage sale on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include a

selection of baked goods as well as bargain-priced treasures.

St. Bride’s bake sale is Saturday, Dec. 3

Mt. Morris Planning Commission will meet at Pinecrest on Dec. 12 The Mt. Morris Planning Commission will continue the MM2035 planning process on Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m., at Pinecrest Grove Community Center, 500 Evergreen Lane, with Blackhawk Hills Regional

Kids’ Christmas Party is Dec. 3


Ogle County Newspapers, Thursday, December 1, 2016, Page A10

Pearson’s claim still staked

Harvey Brown farming land that’s been in the family since 1834 BY TERRY THOMAS For Northern Illinois Ag Mag

POLO – A lot has changed in rural Eagle Point Township since it was settled shortly after the 1832 Black Hawk War. One thing that has remained constant, though, is the imprint of Pearson Shoemaker, who staked out a claim there 2 years after the Sauk leader was defeated by U.S. and Illinois forces and driven from his Northern Illinois homeland. For five generations, Shoemaker and his descendants have worked the original homestead on South Brookline Road, 8 miles northwest of Polo on the border between Ogle and Carroll counties. “He settled here in 1834,” said great-great grandson Harvey Brown, 78, who now lives with his wife, Sue, on the site of Shoemaker’s original claim. “He staked out a claim in Paw Paw in 1833, and then decided to come over here. Our family has been on this land ever since.” That remarkable longevity was honored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture when it designated the farm a Sesquicentennial Farm in 2008. The designation recognizes farms that have been held by descendants of the same family for 150 years or more. One factor that attracted Shoemaker to the Eagle Point location was its mix of ample timber and tall-grass prairie, Brown said. The combination provided Shoemaker and his family with access to hardwood lumber for building and other needs, as well as fertile soil to grow crops. There also was a fresh water spring nearby. “This was a good place to stake out a claim,” Brown said. “Pearson, who was a carpenter by trade, originally built a cabin here and then eventually replaced it with a big house.” That house was destroyed by fire in 1917. It was replaced by the two-story house where the Browns now live. While it was the land’s natural attributes that attracted Shoemaker, it was his hard work and determination that turned the original 80-acre claim into a successful farming operation that has persisted over the generations. Along the way, the family has seen plenty of changes. “They started out growing wheat,” Brown said. “And they hauled it to Chicago for sale. Two or three guys went along on the trip to Chicago to protect the wheat going in and the money coming back,” from would-be thieves who infested the region during those early Pictured (from left) are Harry Shoemaker, Elizabeth Shoemaker (Webbers), Marian (Mady), Nellie years. (Smith) Shoemaker, Harry Shoemaker, Andrew Shoemaker, Marian (Rowand) Shoemaker Eventually, corn replaced wheat as the primary crop, and livestock was added to the mix early on. “In the beginning, they picked the corn by hand.” Brown reflected on the changes experienced by family members over the generations. “Then came corn pickers and now you have combines.” The family successfully adapted to changing technological and economic conditions, but things never were easy. From the beginning, the local conditions presented daunting challenges. Local historians Horace and Rebecca Kauffman outlined some of those difficulties in their 1909 “History Harvey Brown is a fifth-generation farmer on this property on South Brookline of Ogle County”: “While building a cabin and establishing his claim, [Shoemaker] and his wife occupied a Road, 8 miles northwest of Polo. Harvey and his wife, Sue, have twin daughshanty which had been deserted during the Black Hawk War by a man named Parish, who never returned.” ters and a son – the next generation that will keep Pearson Shoemaker’s 1834 The cabin Shoemaker built was of the “primitive variety,” the authors continued, “with clapboard roof and homestead in the family. stick and mud chimney.” Shortly thereafter, Shoemaker brought in cattle and hogs from Pekin and Indiana, places where the family had lived prior to migrating to Ogle County. And while Shoemaker had established the beginnings of a functioning farm, he still had to do battle with his wilderness surroundings. “Wolves and other wild animals were numerous at that time,” according to the Kauffmans, “and Mr. Shoemaker found it necessary to fight vigorously to preserve the stock.” Harvey Brown on the farm as a young child. According to the history book, Shoemaker was forced to build a trap to protect his hogs from wolves and other predators. He “caught a wolf every night for five nights in succession. He also trapped a much fiercer animal, a lynx or wild-cat.” As more people moved in and settled the land, Shoemaker and his neighbors pacified the wilderness and built a growing community. “Eagle Point was a thriving place back in those days,” Brown said. Eventually, Burlington Northern Railroad built its line a mile south of Harvey and Sue Brown live in a two-story house in rural Eagle Point Township Eagle Point at Hazelhurst. As a result, much of the local bustle moved to Hazelhurst as locally produced commodities were shipped to market that was built in 1917 and replaced a home that had been constructed by the land’s original settler, Pearson Shoemaker. Here, Harvey holds old photos of his on the train. family. When Harvey took over farm, he began raising beef cattle, which he shipped to Chicago’s Union Stockyards on the train, Brown said. Prior to shipment, however, Harvey would drive the cattle to the Green River region south of Dixon, where the swamps provided ample grass on which the animals were fattened. Hard work and material success were only one part of Pearson Shoemaker’s contributions to the Eagle Point community. He also was a devoted Christian who strove to bring religion to the frontier settlement. “While he was cutting trees one day, Pearson had a spiritual experience,” Brown said. “The Holy Spirit entered him, and he became very dedicated to the church.” In fact, the local United Brethren Church was built on land owned by Shoemaker. The original church was built in 1857; the present brick building replaced it in 1917. The church is now part of the United Methodist denomination, which merged with the United Brethren Church some years ago. Adjacent to the church is a cemetery where Shoemaker and many of his descendants are buried. Pictured in front of the home that Pearson Shoemaker built are (from left) The Browns remain active members of the church; they also work in the Jasper Shoemaker, Mary McPherson, Sarah Shoemaker, Grandpa (Pearson), Lemuol Shoemaker, Grandma Shoemaker, Elizabeth Williams, HarGideons organization to spread the faith. vey Shoemaker, and Laura Buswell. The home in the photo burned in 1917 According to Brown, Pearson Shoemaker eventually retired from farming and and was replaced by the two-story house that now sits on the property. EXTENDED LIFE AND VALUE moved to Polo, where he built and operated a hotel. When Harvey took over, he expanded the operation. “My great-grandfather accumulated quite a bit more land,” Brown said. Eventu√ 10% Labor Discount on √ No Service Call Fees ally the family “probably had 1,000 acres in this area.” all repairs √ Reduce downtime by When Brown graduated from Polo High School in 1955, he worked along with his brother on the farm. At one point, it boasted as √ Parts Warranty on all genuine identifying components that many as 3,000 feeder cattle. 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Polo, IL 61064 Prophetstown, IL 61277 (815) 946-2393 (815) 537-2304 “I’m the fifth generation,” Brown said. “I’ve got five generations up here in the cemetery” by the United Methodist Church. “The only time I was really gone was when I Harvey and Sue Brown live in a two-story house in rural Eagle was in the service, and I really don’t have much desire to move around.” Point Township that was built in 1917 and replaced a home that had been constructed by the land’s original settler, Pearson All rights reserved. Case IH is a trademark registered in the United States and many other countries, Sue agrees. “I don’t think I would enjoy picking up and moving.” owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates. Shoemaker. Here, Harvey holds old photos of his family. For them, the homestead Pearson Shoemaker carved from the wilderness is home.


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Milledgeville proves to be too much for Hawks By Andy Colbert acolbert@oglecounty It’s been several years since Milledgeville played at the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament and coach Brad Grenoble was pleased to be back. The Missiles and host Oregon met in the Nov. 26 nightcap of the event and Milledgeville left with an easy 50-36 win. After Oregon took a 5-2 lead, Milledgeville scored the next 14 points and never let Oregon get much closer the rest of the way. Kyle Ottens started the run with a pair of baskets and Cade Schave scored on an inbounds play. Jeremey Bibler had the next four points on drives to the rim, Kyle Aude added a free and throw and Schave closed it out with a 3-pointer. “Ottens, Schave and (Payton) Harris stood out over the four games we played,” Grenoble said. “Once we get in game shape and rid of our football legs, we’ll be okay.” In the second half against the Hawks, Harris drove the court for two quick baskets and an early 3217 lead. Schave had the next five Missile baskets, twice on breakaways and on impressive assists from

Ottens and Harris. The second-quarter highlights for Oregon were a nice putback basket by Ian Keene and an Andrew Newman assist on a Brendon Risselman basket. “We had some moments where we made nice plays,” Oregon coach Quinn Virgil said. Kole Mowry made his presence felt inside, scoring the first five points of the third quarter for the Hawks. Cody Ebens had backto-back 3-pointers and Newman had a basket to pull Oregon within 44-30 early in the fourth quarter. Austin Wilson drew a charge and Newman banked in a 3-point shot to cut the lead to 11 points. A Risselman steal gave the Hawks an opportunity to get it into single digits, but all Oregon could muster the rest of the way was another Ebens 3-pointer. “We’re pretty inexperienced and at time, don’t have the energy we need,” Oregon coach Quinn Virgil said. “We’ve had trouble putting points on the board. We’ve been good in spurts, but not a whole game.” Milledgeville (2-2), which had been playing in a 1A tourney at River Ridge, had a tough schedule at Oregon, losing to 3-1 St. Bede and 4-0

Newman, before upsetting Rockford Christian and beating Oregon. “The first two games, shooting killed us, but I’m excited to only lose to Newman by six points,” Grenoble said. “It was good for us to come here and play different teams. It’s the cream of the crop compared to what we saw at River Ridge.” In the biggest surprise of the tournament, Milledgeville’s edged RC 65-63 on Friday. “That was pretty awesome,” Grenoble said. “Everyone gelled at one time and we played good defense.” Defending champ Oregon defeated West Carroll in its first game and only lost to Morrison by a point, before dropping decisions to St. Bede and Milledgeville. “We need to gain experience, but it is hard to do when you’re so inexperienced,” said Virgil, who graduated 11 seniors and his top six players. Ebens, who had the hot hand with three 3-point shots, led the Hawks with nine points. Newman added eight, Mowry seven and Jared Pottorf five points. Sterling Newman won the 10-team tournament Oregon’s Ian Keene puts up a shot as Milledgeville’s Chas Hutchison and Dylan and was the only team to go Alexander defend during Saturday night action at the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament. Photo by Earleen Hinton undefeated.

Oregon girls start and finish strong against Polo By Cody Cutter Meredith Gelander believes that following each shot made by her Oregon Hawks is something to do as a team. “I think every time someone puts up a shot from the inside, we should all be crashing,” the Hawks’ junior forward said. “It brings up the momentum when someone grabs it, rips it down, and goes back up.” In Oregon’s nonconference game at Polo, the Hawks had seven players crash the offensive glass at least twice in a 60-37 win. The Hawks (32) pulled down 25 offensive rebounds, with Bailey Montavon leading with nine, Oregon’s Meredith Gelander looks to put up a shot and Gelander adding four. against Polo Tuesday night. Photo by Alex Paschal

Ten of the offensive rebounds were put back for buckets. Hawks coach Kristy Eckardt knows she can count on her outside shooters to score, but was happy to see her forwards eat up plenty of paint inside. “We have good outside shooters, but we know we have girls that will battle in there,” Eckardt said. “We had them outmatched in the inside, and it was good to see us get into position and get those rebounds.” Oregon got off to a 13-0 start, as an Emily Perkins steal and layup, and putbacks from Gelander and Montavon accounted for the first six points. Montavon, who led all scorers with 18 points, had

five offensive rebounds in the first quarter. “It really helps us in our games,” said Montavon, who added three defensive rebounds for a double-double. “We go off of that. It’s one of our strongest things.” Polo (1-4) clawed back to get to within three at 26-23, bolstered by the hot hand of Kenzie Dusing and her trio of 3-pointers. Dusing added another in the fourth quarter to finish with 12 points, and that was one of the “little things” Marcos coach Jeff Grobe had been waiting so far for in the early part of the season. “I always got to beg her to shoot, and she had four 3s,” Grobe said. “She’s got a nice shot.”

Oregon ended the half on a 6-0 run, and had success in their zone defense to nab a few steals to put the game away. Gelander and Abby Kitzmiller had a pair of steals early in the third quarter. “After hanging on and still being ahead, we really had to go out there and bring up the intensity,” Gelander said, “and make sure we seal this game.” Polo had seven turnovers in the first quarter, but took care of the ball better while going on their second-quarter run. The Marcos finished with 24 turnovers. “We usually have one quarter where we dig a hole, and I always hope it’s not the first one,” Grobe said. “They kept fighting, and didn’t quit.”

Forreston Cardinals win 1A state football title Cards end season with 14-0 record By Cody Cutter Turns out defense does indeed win championships. The Forreston Cardinals added another 1A state football championship Nov. 25 as big goal line stands on fourth down against the Decatur St. Teresa Bulldogs kept momentum on their side. They were enough to help the Cardinals’ potent Wing-T offense gradually build a lead and run away with a 35-7 win at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois. Only twice over the course of an undefeated season has Forreston (14-0) given up more than two touchdowns in a game — against Galena in Week 2, and Stark County in the second round of the playoffs. The Cardinals’ defense was all over the run game of the Bulldogs (12-2), and held a 2,000-yard rusher in St. Teresa’s Jacardia Wright to only 46 yards on 16 carries.  The key to a great defense?  “It really comes down to hitting them as hard as you can,” 6-foot, 6-inch junior linebacker Sam Barkalow said. “Trust your reads, trust your instinct, and whatever you do, do it 100 percent.” Barkalow had a pair of tackles for loss, and had a big stop to deny the Bulldogs’ first real threat with 1:15 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs got as far as the Cardinals’ 2-yard line before Cardinals senior AJ Christensen had a pair of short stops on Wright. St. Teresa called on Zach Jarrett for a right end-around, but he was met by Barkalow from behind; hanging around just enough to force Jarrett out of bound for the turnover.  “Every down, I got to treat it like fourth down,” Barkalow said. “I got to control the outside, and also come down inside. Forreston’s Justin Lampe (72), Steve Christensen (55), Brittan DeVries (34), and Lane Henneman (43) celebrate with Either way, you just have to get it done.” the home crowd after winning the 1A state championship on Friday. Photo by Earleen Hinton Turn to B2

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Christensen returns kick off 93 yards for 14-7 lead From B1 Two Cardinals’ possessions later, junior quarterback Hunter Daws found the opportunity to put together a rare pass play. With 7:26 left in the second quarter, Daws eyed out Barkalow on the other side of a pile of players in his view and lobbed a pass over and into Barkalow’s hands for a 54-yard score. “We have surprised teams in the past with it,” Daws said. “It just works so well.” “I knew I was going to be open right when we called it,” Barkalow said. “After I got out there, I just had to make sure I could catch it and get in there.” The Bulldogs answered back with a pass play of their own, as Ryan Fyke connected with Simon Brinkoetter for a 67-yard score with 5:57 left in the half. Christensen knew he made a mistake on that play and wanted to make up for it as soon as he could.  With a 93-yard kickoff return moments later, Christensen did just that. The longest kickoff return in 1A title game history put the Cardinals up for good at 14-7. “On the defensive play, I kind of let up and slipped a little bit,” Christensen said.

“I knew I had to bring the guys back up and get to it.” The Bulldogs once more made it to the Cardinals’ 2-yard line on the following drive, peppered with short passes, but once again Wright was stuffed — this time by Gavin Fuchs for one of his team-high nine tackles. “We have some big linemen up front, but we got stopped.” St. Teresa coach Mark Ramsey said, “It’s hard to explain, but those two goal-line stands were the difference in the game.” Also hurting the Bulldogs were critical facemask and holding calls on a Forreston drive early in the third quarter, one which was capped by a 2-yard touchdown from Matt Akins. Both of the penalties occurred in Bulldogs’ territory, and both gave the Cardinals fresh sets of downs. Fuchs and Christensen — who led the Cardinals with 183 yards on 18 carries — added TD runs of over 40 yards in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. “I thought our defense really bailed us out in the first half,” Forreston coach Denny Diduch said. “We knew our defense would be able to back us up on two

goal-line stands that were critical.” The championship is the 11th for the NUIC since the playoffs expanded to eight classes in 2001. Diduch

credits the competition in the conference toward being great preparation for such important games. He cited their 26-6 win over West Carroll in Week 5 as an

example. “They came out and tried to control the tempo on us,” Diduch recalled. “They hit us with short passes, and I think that took us out of our

rhythm. That prepared us for today, because Decatur St. Teresa was hitting us with those short passes, but we just relaxed and stayed within our framework.”

Forreston’s AJ Christensen (41) runs for a gain against Decatur St. Teresa on Friday. Photo by Earleen Hinton

Defense was key to Forreston’s repeat for Class 1A title By Andy Colbert acolbert@oglecounty Since I was unable to be in attendance at Memorial Stadium for Forreston’s football championship, these thoughts come from being ensconced in television, radio, internet press conferences and social media coverage of the 1A title game. Forreston’s defense continued to be lauded, not just regionally, but all over Illinois. A 1A/2A football message board was abuzz with praise throughout the game on how the Cardinals pursued to the ball. Other than a fluke touchdown catch by Decatur St. Teresa, it was complete domination. Decatur star runner Jacardia Wright looked like he was done after his team’s second possession, as he gingerly walked off the field. In the first quarter, QB Ryan Fyke did manage to get

a fourth-down pass off under pressure and Mike Davis made a diving catch to keep a drive alive. However, those types of plays are unsustainable and the law of averages would eventually catch up with Decatur. On the tail end of that drive, Forreston set a tone for the game with its first goaline stand. Besides keeping Decatur off the scoreboard, it demoralized them. Credit needs to go to Decatur for an outstanding defense early in the game. AJ Christensen had a 16yard run to start the game, but the next four running plays netted five yards and Forreston gave the ball back. The next Cardinal possession was another fourth down stop by the Bulldogs. The third offensive possession resulted in a punt, as the first quarter ended 0-0. On try number four, Decatur forced another fourth down and the large

Forreston’s Sam Barkalow dives to sack Decatur St. Teresa quarterback Ryan Fyke. Photo by Earleen Hinton

Forreston contingent at Memorial Stadium may have been wondering when their team’s offense was going to get into high gear. It took a pass to do that. On Sam Barkalow’s second catch of the year and coincidentally second touchdown, he was unchecked at the line of scrimmage and used his quarter-miler speed to get open. It was the same play used against Le-Win.

Decatur coach Mark Ramsey knew it was coming, but his defense was helpless to stop it. In his pregame comments, he spoke of Forreston’s running game lulling a team to sleep and then going over the top with a pass. That’s exactly what happened and the Cardinals led 7-0, as Don Werntz of FM 92.1 offered this tidbit Forreston has never trailed in a game all season long.

Decatur was quickly discovering they did not have the resources to defend both run and pass. The fact Decatur had success shutting the ground game early was an indicator of “all hands on boards” against the run. That leaves the pass open and a team like Forreston will capitalize on it. For Decatur, it was pick your poison. Do you give up the run to stop the pass or gamble on having everybody stacked at the line scrimmage? That is the effect Forreston’s offense has on 1A opposition. In the playoffs, no team had adequate personnel to stop the multifaceted attack. In the post-game interview, Ramsey referred to the goaline stands as the “difference in the game” and Diduch called them “incredible”. With a stable of backup running backs that could start for any 1A team in the state, Forreston had a

huge advantage in the depth department. The play that gave the TV folks the most glee and one that was replayed over and over was the 47yard touchdown run by Christensen, where he completely faked out Mike Davis. It was called ‘breaking the ankles’ of a defender, because of how one’s body gets twisted around. What makes this more impressive is that Davis, a senior defensive back, was one of Decatur’s best players, not an underclass substitute. The final thought on the game and one that is more noticeable on TV than being there in person, was the play of Forreston’s line. Besides Wright, Decatur’s calling card was its offense and defensive lines. They likely gave Forreston’s line its toughest test of the year, but as TV replays and analysis showed, the Cardinals responded with a physical dominance.

Hawk bowlers beat Lutheran, West Central in home openers The Oregon Hawk boys bowling team had its first home match of the year on Nov. 22. The Hawks took on Rockford Lutheran at Town and Country Lanes in Mt. Morris. Oregon won all three games and series from the Lutheran Crusaders. The Hawks were lead by Senior Kyle Lundquist with games

of 218,254,199 for a 671 series. Lundquist was followed closely by Austin Strite with games of 234,213,210 for a 657 series. Freshman Eddie Buttens through in a 537 series to assist the Hawks. Team scores were Oregon 3008 and Lutheran 2360. The Oregon Hawk JV boys bowled uncontested

and were lead by Case Sellers with a 342 series. Sellers was followed closely by Petr Smid with a 336 series. The Oregon boys and girls competed in a quad meet at T & C Lanes in Mt. Morris on Saturday, Nov. 26.   The boys took on West Central on the morning of Nov. 26 and then competed against Abingdon in the

afternoon. The boys won the morning match against West Central 2490 to 2344 pins. Oregon was lead by Lundquist with a 619 series against West Central. Oregon dropped the afternoon match against Abingdon. Abingdon had 2596 series and Oregon had 2446 pins. Oregon was lead by Strite

with a 556 series. The girls team also took on West Central in the morning and then Abingdon in the afternoon. Oregon beat West Central in the morning 2711 to 1856. The girls were lead by Caitlyn Kaltenbrun with a 609 series against West Central. Oregon girls then faced

Abingdon in the afternoon. Oregon won with a total of 2643 to Abingdons 1964. Oregon was lead by Ali Scheidecker with a 603 series. The girls were competing in their first contests of the season. “They did an outstanding job on the day,” said coach Eric Carlson.

Sports Column Forreston now rules the roost in 1A football By Andy Colbert acolbert@oglecounty All is well, not just in Forreston, but Leaf River, German Valley, Baileyville and even Adeline. The northwest part of Ogle county is bringing back a second state football title in three years and a third title in 2017 is a very strong possibility. Over the last 20 years, schools such as Carthage, Galena, Stark County, Tuscola, Dakota and LenaWinslow have laid claim to be reigning dynasties of 1A football. There is no question as to who is on the throne now. It

is the Forreston Cardinals, fortunate enough to have once-in-a-generation sports class three years apart. With dominating performances in 2014 and 2016 and bright prospects for the future, the rest of Illinois has come to recognize Forreston as the top 1A program in the state When the first AP polls come out in 2017, Forreston should be a unanimous No. 1 pick. Until someone knocks them off, that’s the heady ride they will continue on, maybe all the way to Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, site of the next year’s state title games. Based upon returners elsewhere, the northwest division of the NUIC will be more competitive, especially Le-Win and EPC. Look for Dakota and Galena also to be improved. That’s four heavyweights

Forreston will face, besides an up-and-coming West Carroll program, a sleeping giant in Amboy, a traditionally solid East Dubuque team and a combined squad from Pec and Durand. This year, the Cardinals averaged a 30-point differential in conference play. Next year could see the same, but will be more of a chore. I have no idea how scheduling will work with Pec and Durand cooping, but I’d love to see Forreston play someone like Sterling Newman or Oregon in nonconference action. What about 5A Freeport; could the 2017 Forreston team give them a game? I think so, but all the those scenarios aren’t really feasible. The 2016 team ended the season No. 3 all time on IHSA’s rushing list with

5,288 yards. First is Joliet Catholic with 6,609 yards from its 2007 powerhouse team. Another NUIC team, 2012 Stockton, is second with 5,490 yards. The 2014 Cardinal team is 10th all time with 4,885 yards rushing. The only other area team in the top 20 is Byron’s 1999 state champs with 4686. Comparing the 2014 and 2016 Forreston teams, the 2014 squad had 5,912 total yards and 2016 had 5,784. Statistics aside, what impressed me just as much was the demeanor and respectful manner of this year’s team. I’m not close to the inner workings of the high school, but I sense there is some good structure for the kids, starting with the superintendent, down through the principal, athletic director and most importantly, the football

staff. And, getting to know a few of the parents over the years, it starts at home too. And let’s not forget trainers Katie Benning and Eric Katzenberger. Amazingly, the team came into the championship game injury free and spent most of the year that way. That’s a rarity and also a credit to the strength and conditioning program coach Diduch runs. I was just glad to be around for the ride as an outsider looking in. On another note, thanks to all that passed along positives messages from the column of two weeks. Apparently, it struck a chord with you. Allow me to share one such response from Gary Peterson, general manager of WRHL in Rochelle – “Right on the money. I just wish it could be read at all high

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schools in the area so kids would hear some truth once in awhile and also distributed to parents to read. I worry for this country when all these little ‘snowflakes’, who can’t handle the slightest disappointment, are in charge.”

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Courthouse tree came from Sand Ridge land The evergreen tree gracing the Ogle County Courthouse lawn this holiday season was donated by the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County. It was grown on the PPSOC’s Sand Ridge property on South Daysville Road, Oregon. Oregon Park District employees cut the tree, selected several weeks before by Debbie Dickson, Chamber of Commerce director, and Bob and Sonia

Vogl, PSOC Board members. In only a few minutes, the men cut and loaded the tree and then selected, cut, and loaded a second for the Nash Center, also a donation by PPSOC. Cut your own Christmas tree sales at the Sand Ridge site started last week. Sales will continue for the weekends of Dec. 3 and 4, 10 and 11, and 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with weekday sales through Friday, Dec. 23 from 2 to 4

p.m. Beautiful trees left on the former Sinnissippi Tree Farm property, purchased by the PPSOC, will be sold to pay for the 82-acre site which contains high quality prairie remnants. Helpful “elves” will be available to help tree hunters have a good experience. PPSOC, a non-profit organization, sells trees to raise funds for restoration and maintenance of the site’s natural areas.

Mt. Morris Moose to offer brunch with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 17 The Mt. Morris Moose is the place to be for family fun or an evening out. Bingo is held every Thursday at 5 p.m.  The Moose’s famous fried chicken dinner is served that evening, and a special

is offered on meal to bingo players. Chicken is served until 8 p.m. The second Saturday of every month (Dec. 10) from 2 to 6 p.m. is the Opry Jamboree.   Come and enjoy some live

downhome music and a bite to eat. The Moose will hold Brunch with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 17.   Enjoy brunch along with the Mooseheart kids and some Members of the Oregon Park District stand by the tree they selected for the Ogle bingo with prizes for kids. County Courthouse. Photo by Chris Johnson

Guest Column Election Day in Ogle County By Laura J. Cook Ogle County Clerk and Recorder The election staff of the County Clerk’s Office began their work day at 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 preparing for the day’s events.  The election judges in Ogle County reported at 5 a.m. to set-up the polling places and to be ready for voters at 6 a.m. 

The election judges from various polling places check in and are ready for opening. All polling places in Ogle County opened at 6 a.m. with no problems to report. With the State Board of Elections extending Voter Registration Online until Oct. 23, on Election Day, many of the online registered voters reported to their polling place and learned their names were not located in the poll books.  This meant the election judges needed to ask for identification and call the

clerk’s office for verified the voter was verification. eligible, they instructed Once the clerk’s the election judge to fill office verified the out the paperwork, tell voter was registered the voter they would online, the election need to re-register after judge filled out the the election, and that Laura J. paperwork and the voter was able to cast Cook voter was able to cast his or her ballot.  their ballot.  In Ogle County, if you In Ogle County there were were not registered to over 200 voter registration vote, changed your name applications submitted or address; you were able online.  to do so at the courthouse There were also a number through Grace Period Voter of calls where the voter has Registration.  not voted since 1997 to 2008, The voter had to provide and once the clerk’s office two forms of ID and one had

to have a current address. Once this information was provided, the election judges registered the voters and they were able to cast their ballot. Ogle County saw a record turnout of 72.74 percent voter turnout on Nov. 8 for the General Election.  This is an all-time high for a Presidential Election for Ogle County. In 2012 it was 67.25 percent and 2008 it was 61.95 percent.  Ogle County is lucky to have dedicated individuals to serve as judges of election on Election Day. 

The election judge who operates the polling place is a very important part of the electoral process. This person is the only contact the county clerk’s office has with the general public during voting hours, and they are responsible for administering the actual voting procedures in each precinct.  Without this individual, it would be impossible to conduct an election. Thank you, election judges, for your service to the people of Ogle County.

Rochelle was arrested for on a warrant for failure to appear. Mabrie’s full cash bond was set at $462 pending a Nov. 28 court appearance.

alcohol. Grealish was transported to the Ogle County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond. Grealish was also cited for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Arrests Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle reports the following activity. Nov. 21 At 1:27 p.m., deputies and the Byron Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Illinois 2 north of Kennedy Hill Road. Megan A. Hendrickson, 19, Princeton, was southbound on Illinois 2 when she lost control of her car and struck the guardrail on the right and then struck the side of a northbound semi tractor trailer combination driven by Eric C. Van Aken, 42, Rockford. Hendrickson was transported to St Anthony Hospital for apparently minor injuries, and Van Aken was not injured. The crash is still under investigation. At 2:51 p.m., deputies and the Byron Fire Department responded to a one-vehicle crash on Illinois 2 south of Meridian Road. Cynthia C. Sheehan, 38, Byron was northbound, lost control of her car and struck

a tree on the west side of the roadway. Following a lengthy extrication, Sheehan was transported to Rockford Memorial Hospital for apparent non life threatening injuries. Her 10-year-old daughter was also transported for apparently minor injuries. The crash is still under investigation. At approximately 5:41 p.m., deputies and the Oregon Police department responded to a single vehicle accident in the 600 block of West Illinois 64. After an investigation it was learned that Bradley J Bauer, 35, Oregon, was eastbound on Illinois 64 and drove off of the roadway and struck a tree causing damage to the vehicle. Bauer was transported to KSB hospital by Oregon EMS for non life threatening injuries. Bauer was issued citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.

Shane Martin, 31, Byron, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. Martin’s full cash bond was set at $2,507 pending a Dec. 19 court appearance. At 4:20 p.m., deputies received a report of a violation of an order of protection occurring in the 15000 block of Royster Road. After further investigation, Brandon L. Lundberg, 24, Rockford, was arrested for violation of an order of protection. Lundberg was transported to the Ogle County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond. Nov. 22 Marissa Panther, 25, Rockford, was arrested for pperating an uninsured motor vehicle. Panther’s bond was set at $2,000 pending a Nov. 23 court appearance. Nov. 23 Lake Ertel, 22, Rochelle, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant for a petition to revoke. Ertel’s bond was

set set at $15,000 pending a Nov. 28 court appearance. Michael Aviles, 43, Sterling, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant for failure to appear and on a petition to revoke. His bonds were set at $153 and $10,000 pending a Nov. 28 court appearance. Nov. 25 At 3:49 p.m., deputies and Dixon Rural Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Illinois 26 in Woosung. A car driven by Michelle J. Debates, 28, Polo, was northbound on Illinois 26 and was unable to stop to avoid striking a car driven by Carolyn J. Self, 37, Minooka, who was stopped awaiting a left turn. Self was transported to KSB Hospital for apparently minor injuries. Debates was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Nov. 26 Peter Paul Mabrie, 26,

At approximately 12:55 a.m., deputies initiated a traffic stop in the 4000 block of South Illinois 26. After further investigation David Yeager, 46, Dixon, was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Yeager was transported to the Ogle County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond. At 11:01 p.m., deputies along with the Oregon Police Department responded to the area of Jennie Lane in reference to a suspicious person, who had left in a gray vehicle. While the officers were checking the area they located the vehicle in park with a single male occupant. After an investigation the driver Egan H. Grealish, 20, Indianapolis, Indiana, was arrested for driving while under the influence of

David Thurman Jr., 18, Freeport, was arrested at 9:34 p.m. for driving while license suspended following a traffic stop in the 9000 block of North Illinois 26. Thurman was also issued citations for speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Nov. 27 At 5:34 p.m., deputies responded to 223 S Center Road in Creston for a complaint of criminal damage to property. Upon further investigation Lucus Hoffstead, 23, Creston, was taken into custody and charged with criminal damage to property. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond.

Oregon Police Activity Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan reports the following police activity. Nov. 14 Michael A. Pendleton, 26, Apple River, was arrested at 9 a.m. for driving while license suspended. Pendleton was transported to the Ogle County jail. At 4:37 p.m., police investigated a twovehicle traffic crash at the

intersection of Seventh and Washington Streets involving a 2012 Chevrolet driven by Joseph E. Lybarger, 61, Mt. Morris, and a 2015 Fiat driven by Sage E. Rogers, 25, Oregon. Lybarger was issued a citation for improper backing. Nov. 16 Teresa L. Peet, 60, Oregon, was issued a citation at 3:31 p.m. for use of a cell phone while driving. This violation

occurred in the 1300 block of Koontz Place. Jeremy L. Lewis, 28, Oregon, was arrested at 10 p.m. on an outstanding Lee County warrant for failure to appear. Lewis was transported to the Ogle County jail. Nov. 17 Penny J. Ingalls, 41, Ashton, was issued a citation Turn to B4

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Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric R. Morrow reports the following court activity.

Janelle Miranda, 37, Rockford, possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver, pretrial conference Dec. 12.

Nov. 15 Joseph Werstine, 19, Rochelle, criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, jury trial Jan. 17. Nov. 16 Robert McLain, Jr., 26, Rockford, possession of a controlled substance, preliminary hearing Dec. 28. Holly Merson, 36, Davis Junction, domestic battery, status hearing Dec. 7.

William Wogen, 44, Rochelle, aggravated domestic battery, jury status call Jan. 23. Cory Love, 40, Mt. Morris, driving while license revoked, preliminary hearing Dec. 7. Nov. 17 Jorden Johnson, 24, Dixon, robbery, resisting a peace officer, status hearing

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Dec. 8. Nov. 18 Matthew Bettner, 35, Oregon, driving while license revoked, preliminary hearing Dec. 14. Nathan Fraley, 24, Forreston, possession of a controlled substance, preliminary hearing Dec. 7. Sammy Silvas, 37, Rochelle, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sex abuse, pretrial conference Dec. 12. Eduardo Vega, Jr., 37, Rochelle, predatory criminal sexual assault, jury status call Nov. 28.

Jennifer Stark, 31, Rochelle, aggravated assault, preliminary hearing Nov. 23. Nov. 21 Chad Jornlin, 41, Dixon, retail theft, jury status call Nov. 28. Randolph Knee, 53, Byron, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He has been accepted into the Ogle County Drug Court Program and agreed to abide by all terms and conditions of the drug court program. Judge Robert Hanson ordered him to pay the drug court program fee of $1,500 and sentenced him to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with one year of mandatory supervised release. The sentence is stayed

pending Knee’s successful completion of drug court. Dawn Miller, 43, Rochelle, pleaded guilty to retail theft. Judge Robert Hanson sentenced her to 180 days in jail, of which she has served 44 days with day for day credit. The remaining 92 days are stayed until Sept. 18. Miller will be on 12 months probation. Hanson ordered her to submit to random drug and alcohol testing, cooperate and satisfactorily complete psychological or substance abuse assessments or treatment as directed, have no contact with the victim; and pay a $300 probation fee; $25 to CrimeStoppers; and$100 to VCVA Fund.

Nov. 23 Jasper Rager, 27, Oregon, aggravated battery, domestic battery, unlawful restraint, jury status call Nov. 28. Jennifer Stark, 31, Rochelle, aggravated assault, jury status call Nov. 28. Eric Peterson, 26, Stillman Valley, possession of a controlled substance, preliminary hearing Jan. 11. Graham Flinchum, 37, Ashton, delivery of a controlled substance, pretrial conference Jan. 9. Lisa Patten, 34, Wisconsin, residential burglary, jury status call Nov. 28.

Property Transfers Property transfers are listed according to the date they were filed in the county recorder’s office. The name of the grantor transferring the property is listed first, followed by the type of transaction, the name of the grantee, the address and township of the property. Nov. 18 Brad Hill, quit claim to Kenneth L. Hill, Harvey Road, Pine Creek Township. Kenneth L. Hill, warranty deed to Steven Hill, Harvey Road, Pine Creek Township, $74,925. Deustche Bank National Trust Company, warranty deed to Jennifer Pittman and Bradley Pittman, 1213 Union Drive, Scott Township, $147,000. Mark J. Hubbard and Leslie R. Hubbard, warranty deed to N.P. Dodge Jr. (Trustee), Leslie A. Delperdang (Trustee) and

National Equity INC, 159 Deerwood Court, Byron Township, $149,900. Daniel M. Pierce, quit claim to Mary C. Pierce and Daniel M. Pierce, 1391 S. Krishill Rd., Oregon-Nashua Township. Waldtraut Louise Peter, quit claim to Enels & Co, 303 Portage Lane, Taylor Township. Nov. 21 Timothy D. King and Rhonda L. King, warranty deed to Michael D. Anderson and Ashley E. Koza, 6895 N. Summit Drive, Marion Township, $155,000. Champaign Investment LLC, warranty deed to Justin Francis and Lawrence Francis, 6192 N. Limestone Rd., Monroe Township, $78,000. Maria Nerina Dennis, quit claim to The Robert Dennis Loving Trust, 1010 Sunset Terrace, Flagg Township.

Nov. 22 Gary L. Urwiler and Donna M. Urwiler, warranty deed to Chad M. Isley and Sara A. Isley, 150 S. Hickory Lane, Oregon-Nashua Township, $153,000. Jason M. Whelan and Brandy M. Whelan, warranty deed to Jacob Diehl, 5205 W. Murray Drive, Grand Detour

Township, $84,000. Philip L. Platz and Janet L. Platz, warranty deed to Darcie J. Schier, 307 W. Lincoln St., Mt. Morris Township, $54,500. Beverly K. Kearns, quit claim to David C. Nesemeier and Dina M. Nesemeier, 7048 S. Hoosier Rd., Taylor Township.

Sterling Federal Bank, warranty deed to Nationwide Property Restoration LLC, 501 E. Colden St., Buffalo Township, $20,002. Kenneth Drabek and Mary J. Drabek, warranty deed to Olympic Technologies Inc, 411 W. Mason St., Buffalo Township, $6,000.

Nov. 23 Carolyn F. Seeley, warranty deed to Scott D. Olson, 7600 S. Ridge Rd, Grand Detour Township, $125,000. Thomas A. Peters and Joanne M. Peters, warranty deed to Jason Shull and Jessica Shull, 1230 Springdale Drive, Flagg Township, $135,000.

Obituary Michael C. Greve Sr. Michael C. Greve Sr., 61, Dixon, died on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at his home.   He was born on Oct. 26, 1955 in Woodstock, the son of William and Lillian (Miller) Greve. He had worked at PlewsEdelmann, IMECO, and SGS Refrigeration, all in Dixon, as well as the Amboy Garden Shop. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.   Michael was a member

of the Dixon VFW Post 540, and Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Dixon. Survivors include his children, Michael (Priscilla Young) Greve Jr., Dixon, Michelle Greve, Oregon, and Mark (Jackie) Greve, Dixon; 10 grandchildren; his mother, Lillian Greve, Harvard; three brothers, Bill Greve, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Kenny Greve, Darlington, Wisconsin, and Bobby (Theresa) Greve, Watseka; two foster sisters,

Alice (Leroy) Dukes, Amboy, and Delores White, Ashton; one foster brother, John (Diane) Nicholson, Franklin Grove; and the mother of his children, Sue Hicks, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his father; one brother; two sisters; and foster parents, Bud and Barbara Nicholson. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, with the Rev. Rick Wulf officiating.  

Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery, Lee Center, with military graveside rites by the Amboy American Legion. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.   A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent online at www. More obituaries appear on B5.

Oregon Police Activity From B3 at 9:07 p.m. for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. This violation occurred in the 500 block of Monroe Street. At 11:20 p.m., police responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of South Fourth Street resulting in the arrest of Jay R. Bonnette, 28, Oregon, on an outstanding Ogle County warrant for failure to appear. Bonnette was transported to the Ogle County jail. Nov. 18 At 5:32 p.m., police investigated a car vs. deer traffic crash just north of the North Fourth and Fair Streets intersection, where a 2012

Chrysler, driven by Kelly A. Diehl, 35, Oregon, struck a deer as it ran across the road. No citations were issued. Nov. 20 At 9:34 a.m., police investigated a two-vehicle traffic crash on the Washington Street bridge just west of the North River Road intersection involving a 2001 Dodge driven by Dana L. Anderson, 61, Oregon, and a 2003 Buick driven by Jennifer L. Clark, 42, Oregon. Anderson was issued citations for failure to yield from a private road or drive and improper lane usage. Jaime L. Carter, 35, Oregon, was arrested at 10:30

a.m. on an outstanding Ogle County warrant. Carter was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Carter was transported to the Ogle County jail. Nov. 21 Edlen A. Tomlinson, 60, Rock Island, was issued a citation at 3:09 p.m. for operating a vehicle with no valid registration. This violation occurred in the 400 block of North Fourth Street. Nov. 23 At approximately 1:30 p.m., police took one female juvenile, 14, Oregon, into limited custody for the offense of being a runaway. The juvenile was released into a parent’s custody with

NOTICEOFPROPOSEDPROPERTYTAX INCREASEFORFORRESTVILLEUNITSCHOOLDISTRICT#221 I. A public hearing to approve a proposed tax levy increase for Forrestville Valley Unit School District #221, Ogle and Stephenson Counties, Illinois, for 2016 will be held on December 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Forreston Junior/Senior High School at 601 E. Main Street, Forreston, Illinois. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district must contact Sheri Smith, Superintendent, 601 E. Main Street, Forreston, Illinois at 815-938-2036. II. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for 2015 were $4,263,494.76. The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $4,471,497.00. This represents a 4.88% increase over the previous year. III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for 2015 were $1,282,686.02. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases with an abatement for 2016 are $1,324,056.00. This represents a 3.23% increase from the previous year. IV. The total property taxes extended or abated for the year 2015 were $5,546,180.78. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $5,795,553.00. This represents a 4.50% increase over the previous year. Dated this 16th day of November, 2016. BOARD OF EDUCATION OF FORRESTVILLE VALLEY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #221, OGLE & STEPHENSON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS

no further action taken. At 8:17 p.m., police investigated a two-vehicle traffic crash in the Subway restaurant parking lot, located in the 500 block of W. Washington Street involving a 2002 Pontiac driven by Scott A. Williams, 42, Oregon, and a parked 2008 Pontiac belonging to Tammy Miller, 45, Mt. Morris. No citations were issued. Nov. 25 At 6:48 p.m., police took a report of a hit and run, that occurred in the 200 block of South Eighth Street involving an unoccupied and parked 2005 Honda belonging to Sandra Reynolds, 47, Oregon.

The left front bumper of Reynolds’ vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle that left the scene, leaving no information. Anyone having any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Oregon Police Department at 815-7322162. Ten parking tickets and seven verbal/written warnings were issued from Nov. 14-27. Please note: Any arrests listed below are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

General calls for service through dispatch Nov. 14-27 Checking a Subject/ Vehicle............................. 9 Citizen Complaints........ 11 Animal Complaint........... 1 Ordinance Violations....... 5 Citizen Assist / Civil Problem........................... 8 Disturbance / Domestic.......................... 6 Assist EMS / Other Department.................... 13 Alarm Response / Open Door or Window.............. 5 Lockout Vehicle/ Building........................... 3 911 Hang-up / Open Line.................................. 2 Traffic Stops.................... 9

TRUTH IN TAXATION Notice of Proposed Tax Increase for Oregon Park District. I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for Oregon Park District for 2016 will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Nash Recreation Center, 304 S. 5th Street, Oregon, Illinois. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact Andrea Messenger, Secretary to the Board, 304 S. 5th Street, Oregon, Illinois 61061 (815) 732-3101. II. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended for 2015 were $1,567,832.00. The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $1,648,486.00. This represents a 5.14% increase over the previous year.

III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for 2015 were $1,091,103.00. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for 2016 are $1,291,350.00. This represents a 18.35% increase over the previous year.

IV. The total property taxes extended for 2015 were $2,658,935.00. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $2,939,836.00. This represents a 10.56% increase over the previous year.


Richard W. Bentley Richard William Bentley, 89, Janesville, Wisconsin, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at UW Hospital, Madison. Richard (Dick) was born to Lee and Dorothy (Doose) Bentley in Rock Island, on Oct. 20, 1927.   He married Marcelene Taylor on June 20, 1948, in

Franklin, Kentucky. Dick attended Davenport Central High School, Davenport, Iowa.   He lived in Davenport, Iowa, Sterling, Mt. Morris, and Rockford before moving to Janesville to be closer to his grandchildren.   He is survived by his children, Pamela E. Bentley, Columbus, Ohio, Beth Bentley

Webb, Janesville, Wisconsin, and David J. Bentley, Roscoe; three grandchildren, Kellen Webb, Emily Webb Arthur, and Bert Webb. Per Dick’s wishes no formal services will be held. All Faiths Funeral Home, Janesville, Wisconsin, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at 

grandson, and many faithful employees.   He was passionate about his business. He loved what he did, the people he met, and the places he traveled.   Grant was devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Beverly Groenewold; sons, Gregory Groenewold, Forreston, Gary (Catherine) Groenewold, Baltimore, Maryland, Guy (Dawn) Groenewold, Forreston; and daughter, Elizabeth

(Ekkehard) Schoettle, Lake Forest; grandchildren, Grant S. Groenewold, Forreston, Dagmar, Anke and George Schoettle, Lake Forest, Elizabeth (Micah) Orsie and Nicholas Groenewold, Baltimore, Maryland, and Naeva and Christian Groenewold, Forreston; one sister, Gretchen Korzak, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and one brother, Gerald (Connie) Groenewold, Grand Forks, North Dakota; two sisters-inlaw, Betty Lawler and Helen Tengler, Springfield; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at North Grove Evangelical Church, Forreston. Burial will be at North Grove Evangelical Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.  Sign Grant’s guestbook and a share a story at www.

dominos at the senior center. She also loved to cross stitch.   She is survived by her three children, Joe (Linda) Schnorr, Knoxville, Tennessee, Gary (Kim) Schnorr, Oregon, and Mindy (Andy) Querio, Aurora; two grandsons, Jason Schnorr, Marquette, Michigan, and

Matt (Cassie) Schnorr, Mt. Morris; two brothers, James Kelly, Collinsville, and Clyde (Pam) Kelly, Belleville; one sister, Nancy (Bryon) Rahn, Decatur, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. Ginnie was predeceased by her parents; husband, Chester; two brothers, Donald and Lawrence; and daughter-in-law, Mary Schnorr.  Funeral mass was held on Nov. 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oregon, with Rev. Joseph Naill officiating.   Burial followed at the St. Mary’s Cemetery.   Arrangements were completed by FarrellHolland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon.   A memorial fund has been established for the American Cancer Society.   Visit www. to leave condolences.

back to Illinois in the early 1960s and decided to give printing a try, working at Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, becoming a journeyman and eventually a purchasing agent.   During this time he found his true love of photography.   Ken began doing outdoor portraits on his rural Brookville farm.   His photography became well-known and the studio became his full-time profession.   Ken later operated Villa Image in Freeport, and in 1987 moved the business to

his home in Mt. Morris. Ken’s clients became longtime friends. Ken won many state and national awards and one of his portraits appeared on the cover of the Professional Photographers of America magazine.   He was a humble man who listened more than he spoke.   He loved his family and his animals, especially his cats, Sabrina and Monroe.   Ken was an open-minded person who didn’t judge others and was always ready to listen to your concerns and opinions.  

Grant G. Groenewold Grant George Groenewold, 85, Forreston, died on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 to his eternal home after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.   Grant was born July 4, 1931 in Freeport, to George and Gertrude (Wendt) Groenewold.   He married Beverly Tengler of Springfield, on Nov. 1, 1959. Grant graduated from Forreston High School in 1949. He always felt that it was through the encouragement of John I. Masterson that it was possible.   He served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. Groenewold was an active member of North Grove Evangelical Church where he served as an elder for several years. Grant purchased Groenewold Fur & Wool Co. in 1958 from his father. Today the business is still operated by his three sons, his

Virginia L. Schnorr Virginia Lee Schnorr, 87, died on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at the Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Aug. 12, 1929 in Ashley, the daughter of Lawrence and Linda (Barrell) Kelly.   “Ginnie” as she was known to most, graduated from Shawneetown High School.   Ginnie married Chester L. Schnorr on Sept. 20, 1947 in Rochelle; he preceded her in death in 1980.   She formerly owned and operated Ivy’s Closet Dress Shop for five years in Conover Square in Oregon.   In 1987 Ginnie decided to work at the Cook’s Collection Store in the Conover Square.   She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oregon.   Ginnie loved to play cards with her many card clubs and

Kenneth I. Heeren Kenneth I. Heeren, 77, Mt. Morris, died on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris. Ken was born on Dec. 10, 1938 on the family farm in Shannon, the son of Alvin and Gertrude (Fuls) Heeren.   He farmed with his father both in Shannon and later on the ancestral farm in George, Iowa.   Ken loved tractors and did repair work for area neighbors as well as milked their cows when they were away.   Ken and his family moved

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Arlen C. “Art” Wright, 84, of Mt. Morris, former longtime resident of Oregon, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 2, 1932 in Oregon, the son of Harry “Pete” and Minnie (Helman) Wright.   He married Mary Owings on May 28, 1955 in Fresno, California.   Art was a U.S. Air Force veteran and member of Polo American Legion and lifetime member of Oregon VFW Post 8739.  He retired from Mott Brothers and worked at their offices in Rockford, DeKalb, and Rock Falls.  He was a member of Mt. Morris Moose Lodge and also the American Rabbit Breeders Association.  He enjoyed the outdoors

and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Mary; son, Robert, Oregon; daughters, Cheri Wright, Oregon and Jackie Paul, Chana; grandchildren, Jake (Jenn) Zimmerman, Dusti Zimmerman, and Billy Paul; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Emily Zimmerman; sisters, Mary Lu Kessling

Paul (Mary) Borneman, Yorkville, Linda (Gary Melvin) Borneman, Forreston, Mary Jo (Daniel) Dilbeck, Winnebago, David Borneman, Ann Arbor, Michigan; grandchildren, Lisa Suttman, Monroe, Wisconsin, Peter Suttman, Chaska, Minnesota, John Borneman, Chicago, Sarah (David) Gray, Yorkville, Andrew (Miranda)  Borneman, Bartlett, Timothy Borneman, Yorkville, Carolyn Dilbeck, Winnebago, Molly and Tess Borneman, Ann Arbor, Michigan; three greatgrandchildren; one stepgrandchild and three stepgreat-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Conroy Baker; and one granddaughter, Rebecca Dilbeck. Funeral services were held on Nov.  28 at Trinity  Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris.  Interment took place at West Grove Cemetery in rural Forreston.  Arrangements were completed by Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris. The family thanks Pinecrest Manor and especially the Wing 3 staff for their excellent and compassionate care given to Helen.  In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris. and Virginia Hoar, both of Roscoe; and brothers, Lyle (Fonda), Lanark, and Darryl (Therese),Highlands Ranch, Colorado.   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane; a son, Mark; sisters, Flora and Mildred; brother, Clarence; half-siblings, Roland Wright, Alan Dietzman, and Lois Wright Thompson.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at Farrell-HollandGale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon, with Rev. Chan Choi officiating.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial with military honors, will be in Lightsville Cemetery, near Leaf River.   Visit www. to leave online condolences.

Ken’s happiest times were traveling the back roads of Wisconsin with his wife Jan on his motorcycle and MG sports car.

He loved traveling to far away places, beaches, camping in the woods, and having a beer with his good friends.   He always strived to do his best no matter what the endeavor. Ken is survived by his wife, Janet Heeren, Mt. Morris; daughter, Laurel (Doug) Bergren, Mt. Carroll; two sons, James Heeren, Beloit, Wisconsin, and Jason Heeren, South Beloit, Wisconsin; two step-daughters, Laurie Hongsermeier, Mt. Morris, and Cindy Deming, Evansville, Wisconsin; seven

grandchildren, five greatgrandchildren. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Heeren and Harold Heeren; one sister, Dorothy Bomgarden; brother-in-law, Ralph Bomgarden; and sisterin-law, Edith Heeren. Memorial services were held on Nov. 26 at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date.   Services were handled by Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Memorials may be made to Pinecrest Terrace.

Helen Elizabeth Borneman, 92, Leaf River, died on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris. She was born Dec. 30, 1923 in the family home in Mt. Morris, the second child and only daughter of Roy and Beulah (Conrad) Baker.  She graduated from Mt. Morris  High School in 1941 and attended one year at Northern Illinois State Teachers College before starting her banking career.  Helen retired  from Amcore Trust Company (originally Citizens State Bank of Mt. Morris)on Dec. 31, 1993 as vice president and trust officer after 51 years of employment. In her younger years, Helen was active with the Ogle County Rural Youth organization, Mt. Morris Junior Women’s Club, Ogle County 4-H Foundation and the Mt. Morris 4th of July Planning Committee.  More recently she served on the Highland Community College Foundation Board, Pinecrest Auxiliary, and Pinecrest Foundation Board of Directors.   As a lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, she worked with the Luther League youth and was a longtime member  of the Dorcas Women’s group, Stewardship Committee and

TWELCA organization. In addition, she served as the church’s financial secretary for 40 years. In her youth, Helen enjoyed square dancing and roller skating.   She married Emerson Henry Borneman, Leaf River, on Sept. 20, 1953 at Trinity in Mt. Morris.  They were married  47 years and lived on the family farm north of Mt. Morris until his death on Christmas morning in 2000.   As a farm wife she planted a large garden and canned or froze the produce.   She enjoyed baking pies,hunting morel mushrooms,sewing, traveling, ice cream, and playing “42”.  She and Emerson frequently hosted sledding parties, hayrides, or class trips to see the baby animals. Helen is survived by her five children, Louise (Craig) Suttman, Forreston,

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUITOGLE COUNTY OREGON, ILLINOIS PENNYMAC CORP; Plaintiff, -vsDENNIS RILEY AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR JAMES W. WAKENIGHT III (DECEASED); JAMES WAKENIGHT, JR.; KIMBERLY M POOLE; VILLAGE OF MOUNT MORRIS; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF JAMES W. WAKENIGHT III ; UNKNOWN OWNERS-TENANTS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS ; Defendant(s). Case No. 12 CH 160 RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled cause on May 27, 2016, the Ogle County Sheriff will, on January 6, 2017, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at the Ogle County Courthouse, 106 South Fifth Street, Oregon, IL 61061, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described property: PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION NO: 08-27476-003 The improvement on the property consists of a Single unit dwelling. Sale terms: cash in hand. The Judgment amount was $98,638.78 The property will NOT be open for inspection. IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(c) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.For information: Contact Michael Block, Esq. of WEISS MCCLELLAND LLC, Plaintiff's Attorney, 105 West Adams, Suite 1850, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 605-3500 ext. 1534.#12) 605-3500 ext. 1534. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2016

STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF OGLE IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: NEIL E. HOLLAND, Deceased NO. 2016-P-90 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Neil E. Holland. Letters of office were issued on November 15, 2016, to LuAnne R. Cann, 806 Monroe Street, Oregon, Illinois, 61061, as Executor, whose attorney is Kim D. Krahenbuhl, WilliamsMcCarthyLLP, 607 Washington Street, P.O. Box 339, Oregon, IL 61061. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of Court, Ogle County Courthouse, Oregon, Illinois 61061, or with the representative, or both within six months from the date of first publication of this notice, and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within ten days after it has been filed. Dated this 23rd day of November, 2016. LUANNE R. CANN Independent Executor For the Estate of NEIL E. HOLLAND, Deceased Kim D. Krahenbuhl WILLIAMSMCCARTHY LLP P.O. Box Box 339 Oregon, IL 61061 815-732-2101 Nov. 23, Dec. 1, 8, 2016 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OGLE COUNTY - OREGON, ILLINOIS U.S. Bank National Association Vs. PLAINTIFF Kraig A. Starkweather; Christine A. Starkweather; Unknown Owners and Nonrecord Claimants DEFENDANTS 16 CH 00072 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU: Kraig A. Starkweather Christine A. Starkweather Unknown Owners and Nonrecord Claimants That this case has been commenced in this Court against you and other defendants, praying for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows, to-wit: COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 11073 Lincoln Lane, Rochelle, IL 61068 and which said Mortgage was made by: Kraig A. Starkweather Christine A. Starkweather the Mortgagor(s), to The First National Bank & Trust Company Of Rochelle, as Mortgagee, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Ogle County, Illinois, as Document No. 200900911043; and for other relief; that summons was duly issued out of said Court against you as provided by law and that the said suit is now pending. NOW, THEREFORE, UNLESS YOU file your answer or otherwise file your appearance in this case in the Office of the Clerk of this Court, Kimberly A. Stahl Clerk of the Circuit Court 106 S. 5th Street, #300 Oregon, IL 61061-1634 on or before December 19, 2016, A DEFAULT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU AT ANY TIME AFTER THAT DAY AND A JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRAYER OF SAID COMPLAINT. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 15W030 North Frontage Road, Suite 100 Burr Ridge, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 DuPage # 15170 Winnebago # 531 Our File No. 14-16-11616 NOTE: This law firm is a debt collector. I707633 Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 2016




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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUITOGLE COUNTY OREGON, ILLINOIS PENNYMAC CORP; Plaintiff, -vsDENNIS RILEY AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR JAMES W. WAKENIGHT III (DECEASED); JAMES WAKENIGHT, JR.; KIMBERLY M POOLE; VILLAGE OF MOUNT MORRIS; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF JAMES W. WAKENIGHT III ; UNKNOWN OWNERS-TENANTS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS ; Defendant(s). Case No. 12 CH 160 RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled cause on May 27, 2016, the Ogle County Sheriff will, on January 6, 2017, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at the Ogle County Courthouse, 106 South Fifth Street, Oregon, IL 61061, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described property: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWO (2) IN BLOCK FOUR (4) IN BOTANICAL GARDEN ADDITION TO THE VILLAGE OF MT. MORRIS, OGLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS.COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 203 West Lincoln Street, Mount Morris, IL 61054 PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION NO: 08-27-476003The improvement on the property consists of a Single unit dwelling. Sale terms: cash in hand. The Judgment amount was $98,638.78 The property will NOT be open for inspection. IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(c) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.For information: Contact Michael Block, Esq. of WEISS MCCLELLAND LLC, Plaintiff's Attorney, 105 West Adams, Suite 1850, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 605-3500 ext. 1534.#12) 605-3500 ext. 1534. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2016

ORDINANCE NO. 16-08 AN ORDINANCE TO LEVY AND ASSESS A TAX FOR POLO PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT OF THE COUNTY OF OGLE, STATE OF ILLINOIS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2017 AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2018 BE IT ORDAINED, that the Polo Public Library District of the County of Ogle and State of Illinois shall levy a tax of .02% of the value of all taxable property within said District, for building and maintenance purposes, subject to the right of the electors in said District to petition and require an election concerning the imposition of such tax, pursuant to 75 ILCS 16/35-5. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that within fifteen (15) days from the date of adoption of the ordinance, it shall be published in the Ogle County Life, a newspaper of general circulation in the Polo Public Library District and it is effective immediately upon adoption. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunder set our hands in Polo, Illinois this 22th day of November, 2016. 1. The specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of adoption of the ordinance be submitted to the electors of the District is 178. 2. That petition must be filed on or before December 31, 2016. 3. The referendum would be held April 4, 2017. Posted: 11/23/16

ATTEST: Kathy Tyrrell Secretary

Jimmie L. Adams President Board of Trustees Polo Public Library District

Dec. 1, 2016

MANLEY, DEAS, KOCHALSKI LLC One East Wacker Suite 1250 Chicago, IL 60601 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, OGLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N. A., Plaintiff, v. ANNETTE K. SCHRYVER, AKA ANNETTE K. JACOBS; JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., FKA BANK ONE, N.A.; KEITH R. RUTER; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN OWNERS and NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants, Case No. 2016 CH 56 The requisite affidavit for publication having been filed, notice is hereby given you, Annette K. Schryver, AKA Annette K. Jacobs, Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants, that the said suit has been commenced in the Circuit Court of the 15 Judicial Circuit, Ogle County, Illinois by the said plaintiff against you and other defendants, praying for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows, to-wit: Part of the West 1/2 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 33 in Township 25 North, Range 8 East of the 4th P.M., described as follows: Commencing where a point 190 feet South of the Northeast corner of said eighty intersects with the West line of the Plat of West Forreston as recorded in the Recorder's Office of Ogle County, Illinois, in Book A of Plats, page 82, and proceeding 120 feet in a Westerly direction, thence 140 feet in a Southerly direction, thence 120 feet in an Easterly direction and thence 140 feet in a Northerly direction to the place of beginning. Also, a strip of land as follows, to wit: Commencing at a point where the Northeast corner of said eighty intersects with the West line of the Plat of West Forreston as recorded in the Recorder's Office of Ogle County, Illinois, in Book A of Plats, Page 82, and proceeding in a Southerly direction 190 feet, thence 15 feet in a Westerly direction, thence 190 feet in a Northerly direction, thence 15 feet in an Easterly direction to the place of beginning. Situated in Ogle County, Illinois. 501 West White Oak Road, Forreston, IL 61030 02-33-101-004 Now, therefore, unless you, Annette K. Schryver, AKA Annette K. Jacobs, Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants, and the said above named defendants, file your answer to the complaint in said suit or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the office of the Clerk of the 15 Judicial Circuit, Ogle County, Illinois, on or before December 26, 2016, default may be entered against you at any time after that day and a Judgment entered in accordance with the prayer of said Complaint. Shanna L. Bacher (6302793) MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLCAttorneys for Plaintiff One East Wacker, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60601Phone: 312-651-6700; Fax: 614-2205613 Email: Attorney file no: 15-012693One of Plaintiff's Attorneys of Plaintiff's Attorneys Nov. 24, Dec. 1 & 8, 2016





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Location: The Auction Shed at 900 S. Division Ave (Rt 26), Polo, IL 61064 See advance salebills, possible color photos on our website at & Auction Zip

Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:30 am Lunch by Poorboys Catering Items belonging to the Shank Family, Dorothy Reins Est, Vaessen Est, David Blaine, Keller Family, Gerald Hozenga Est, Fuller Family and others. Viewing will begin sale day at 8:30 am. Auction ring one starts on rack items at 9:30 am. Ring two starts at 12:00 noon on floor items.

Household - Tools - Guns - Suburban Whirlpool flattop stove; 2 Whirlpool washers; Whirlpool & Hotpoint dryers; tables & chairs; hutches; buffet; usual kitchenware, pots, pans, etc; 18 qt roaster; blue & amber glassware; Noritaki Summer Eve china; Pfaltzgraff Christmas dish set; cookbooks; 3 Longaberger baskets plus some dishware; misc stools; sofas; loveseats; recliners; lift chair; lamps; entertainment center; LG DVD/Video recorder; computer desk & other desks; desk chairs; beds; dressers; chests; night stands; quilt rack; sm china cabinet; vacuums; holiday decorations; Coca Cola items; elec guitar; games; Yamaha US-1000 organ; Ashton Drake doll; snow ski; lots of knick knacks; bedding & linen; sewing machines; Craftsman jointer & 12” wood lathe; Penn State Industries dust collection system; Delta 12½” planer; various power tools inlc router, drills, etc; hardware; Hitachi NR90AD nail gun; grinders; misc hand tools; Stihl chain saw; shop vac; misc shop cupboards; ext & step ladders; shovels, rakes, etc; Troy-Bilt tiller plus sm tiller; seeder; garden table/cart; Snapper & Honda push mowers; Kubota T1570 riding mower; Cub Cadet LTX 1046 riding mower; power Ice Drill; live trap; Amana gas grill; US Remington Model 03-A3 30cal carbine, bayonet & ammo; 3 Daisy BB guns; 1999 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT, 4x4, leather, rear cargo doors, 54,370 miles (minor damage near bottom of right front door).

Collectibles Cane bottom rocker & others; secretary; buffet; dresser; chests; sq china cabinet; commode; child’s school desk; Duncan Phyfe table; pedestal; post hall tree; pictures; trunks; milk cans; steel wagon wheels; Singer commercial sewing machine; beaded purses; doll buggy; 2 Texan cap guns; 2 bugles; elec train; replica of steel wheeled wagon; miniature Singer sewing machine; viewer & cards; Hesston belt buckle; kerosene lamp; couple milk bottles; sm cast bell; old books; sm milk pail; Arcade Crystal coffee grinder; adv oil cans; Milledgeville adv items; flat iron; lots of Coke trays; beer stein collection; Pabst wood beer box; 2 egg baskets; 2 pay telephones; Leich wall crank phone; blue fruit jars; various crocks & jugs; various McCoy crockery items; collector plates; silver spoons; salt dips; cruets; some Carnival glass; 6 Autumn Leaf glasses; plus much more. Terms - Cash, good check, Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express credit cards. All items must be settled for day of sale. Number system will be used, have proper ID. Not responsible for accidents or merchandise after sold.

Auctioneers: Polo, IL 61064 Lenny Bryson (IL#040000158) 815-946-4120 Mark Ebert (IL#440000341) 815-946-2809 Clerks: Public Auction Service

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Saturday December 10, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Henry's Double K Restaurant: 834 S. Jackson Street – Mt Carroll, IL For More Information: Jim Sullivan Realty: 815-947-9040 This property consists of a beautiful fully remodeled - 2300 Sq. Ft. 2-story modern day farm house: 3 Bedroom – 3 Full Bath – 3 car garage. Home is in very good condition with beautiful hardwood floors. LP Heat, central air, appliances included. Total of 476 +/- acres, 200 +/- tillable acres currently used as a cow/calf operation; buildings include 45’ x 108’ pole shed, vet barn, and 4 feed lots w/ buildings, concrete & guardrail fence, (2) 3,000 BU Grain Bins, and 1 main barn. This property is worth the time to take a look at! Soils Include: Fayette, Dorchester, New Glarus, Seaton Parcel 1: 40 Acres +/Parcel 2: 60 Acres +/Parcel 3: 5 Acres +/- W/ Home & Buildings Parcel 4: 180 Acres +/Parcel 5: 142 Acres +/Parcel 6: 46 Acres +/Parcel 7: 476.43 Acres +/- Combination of Parcels 1-6 SM-ST11333-1201

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