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Three towns meet fluoride standards IDPH honors those efforts By Donna Barker Shaw Media Service
Three Putnam County community water departments are among the 430 community water departments throughout Illinois honored recently for maintaining statemandated fluoride levels during 2013. The Mark and Standard Water Departments were honored for not only maintaining recommended fluoride levels for all 12 months of 2013, but
for also being in compliance with recommended fluoride levels for the past five years, from 2009 through 2013. The Hennepin Water Department was also honored for maintaining recommended fluoride levels for all 12 months for 2013. This is the third consecutive year for the Hennepin Water Department to receive this honor. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the
designations March 17 at the 2014 Illinois Section American Water Works Association Conference and Expo in Springfield. IDPH Director LaMar Hasbrouck commended the water departments for their achievements and also commented on the importance of communities maintaining recommended fluoride levels. “Water fluoridation can improve overall oral health for both children and adults. Studies show water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by
about 25 percent over a person’s lifetime,” Hasbrouck said. “Studies also show that widespread community water fluoridation saves money for both families and the health care system. We applaud those communities that maintain levels of fluoride in their water systems and encourage them to continue their efforts.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called fluoridation one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. The
American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association and the last five surgeon generals have stated water fluoridation is safe and effective, he said. In proclaiming March 17-23 as Water and Wastewater Operators Week in Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn said 66 of the 430 honored water systems earned a commendation for meeting the state recommended fluoride levels for at least five consecutive years, with Princeton being one of the nine water depart-
ments maintaining recommended fluoride levels for at least 25 years. As reported by the IDPH, approximately 99 percent of those served by public water systems in Illinois receive the benefit of fluoridated drinking water, compared to the current national average of approximately 72 percent. Fluoride is found naturally in water, but in many communities, the amount of the mineral is too low and does not meet the required standards, the IDPH states.
The end of books in the classroom? Not yet...but technology is changing the landscape of learning By Ken Schroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
MCNABB — Area schools have always worked to prepare students for today’s world. Changes in technology are likewise changing the way students are taught. The days of reading books in order to learn lessons may be gone in the notso-distant future. “I use digital media in my sixth-grade language arts room. I also use the iPad in my room to show students video clips from YouTube. We read nonfiction stories in class and I find video clips about the topic to share and teach with,” Amy Carboni, sixth-grade language arts teacher at Putnam County Junior High, said. “The students enjoy seeing two different sources on the same or similar topic.” Core curriculum is coming soon to classrooms from several educational book companies. These companies commented they will be changing the face of learning. In addition, the Obama administration has said it wants to be able to provide high speed Internet connections to 15,000 schools over the next two years while districts purchase the laptops and tablets Vol. 146 No. 31 One Section - 16 Pages The Putnam County
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needed to bring these lessons in. “We also have a program at PCJH called Study Island. This is a computer based program to help cover Common Core standards in reading and math. The students answer questions and earn blue ribbons if they get a 70 percent or higher on the standards,” Carboni said. “There are also games on Study Island to help students in the standards they choose to work on. Putnam County also uses the Accelerated Reader program for Grades 3-12. The students read books and answer questions about the book on the computer program. Each student has a required number of AR points to earn for the quarter. Because of the AR program, our students choose to read more often than if we didn’t have AR.” While technology is shaping the classroom, there are still some problems it brings that books were free from. “Technology is great when it works. I have had lessons planned for the computer lab before only to get everyone on a computer and the internet goes down. That
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Putnam County Junior High attends IVCC Career Day Putnam County Junior High School students Paige Veronda (left), Anna Mattern and Cassidy King make safe playdough for children in the “Experience Early Childhood Education” class at the Illinois Valley Community College annual Junior High School Career Day. The event had 37 seminars of which area junior high school students could attend. PCJH eighth-graders attended the event.
Learning in three dimensions By Ken Schroeder email@example.com
GRANVILLE — A new level of technology has made its appearance in classrooms at both the Putnam County High School and the junior high. Although the original physics behind the device can trace their roots to about 1900, the 3D Cubed Classroom is cutting edge technology. The 3D Cubed Classroom is a projection system which, with the help of special glasses, allows students to see how a two dimen-
sional object can become three dimensional, but also includes lessons on biology and astronomy. “I used it early on for three dimensional figures. We were doing orthographic, drawings, scale drawings and stuff like that. I think it helped the kids really visualize how a two dimensional figure can be folded in to a three dimensional figure. That’s mainly what I used it for, and I think it helped a lot,” PC High School math teacher Chuck McConville said.
“It also actually saved a lot of time in class, like constructionalwise, because they could visually see it animated and actually pull it apart and see it being put back together. It really helped. Some students have a hard time grasping that and some of the traditional methods on the board and trying to draw it. When they actually saw it on the computer, they got it within one lesson where it probably would have taken maybe three lessons.”
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GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Food Pantry picked up a $2,500 donation through the generosity of Monsanto and the Alleman Farm. Darrell Alleman was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and his char-
Technology From Page 1 situation is very frustrating for the teachers and students,” Carboni said. “I really like having an iPad to use in my classroom. The students also like being able to play educational games on the iPad as well. The iPad is a portable way for the students to use technol-
ity of choice was the food pantry. “I’ve applied for this for several years hoping to get lucky,” Alleman said. “I got a phone call saying I was drawn for Putnam County, and they asked me who I wanted to donate to, and I just thought of the pantry.” Alleman has written about the food pantry and its organizers in the Putnam County Record
and has worked with the Putnam County Rotary to recognize the pantry for the work it does. “I know how hard they work, and I’m always impressed at Christmas time with the baskets. I’ve delivered baskets for several years to people in Putnam County, so I know the system,” Alleman said. “I thought they were really deserving of it.”
America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support non-profit organizations doing important work in rural communities. The program encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500, which is then directed to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. Launched nationally in 2011, the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible
counties in 39 states. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to society. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit growcommunities.com.
ogy. Many of the apps I have are geared toward specific topics like vocabulary, comprehension or writing. I like using Study Island in sixth grade. On Study Island, I set up assignments for the students to complete by the end of the day. I can print a report and see their scores for each set of standards we cover.” “I think the students
like doing something different in class once in awhile. Using Study Island breaks up the every day paper-and-pencil type of assignments,” Carboni said. “We did not use AR in school when I was a student. Now that we do, I like to see so many of the students reading and getting excited about new books.” “I think education is
heading very quickly into the computer and iPad age. For some teachers, that can be scary,” Carboni said. “It’s important for teachers to get trained on how to use the new technology. Most teachers like to see how these new technologies are used in the classroom. It’s always fun to visit other schools and see new technologies working.”
The digital world of education comes with a price to get it into the hands of students in the classroom. While positive results may have been noted, underserved schools see this innovation as something far, far away for their students. Time will tell as to the benefits of this type of education.
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Darrell Alleman and Alleman Farms presented a ceremonial check to the Putnam County Food Pantry on March 26 at the pantry’s distribution point in the Granville United Church of Christ. Involved in the ceremony were Kim Alleman (from left), Darrell Alleman and Scott Alleman of Alleman Farms, Monsanto District Sales Manager Brian Joehl, and food pantry leaders John Shimkus, Judy Hopkins, Gayle Reno and Sherrie Carlson.
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Mattern a star among FFA members
our section.” In order to apply for the Star Award, an FFA member has to complete a minimum of 250 hours of work in an agricultural business, invest $1,500 in a record book of the experience and keep recording in the book for a minimum of two years, attend two years of ag classes, compete in
five FFA events above the chapter level and perform 25 hours of community service. Mattern kept two record books, one from his work in the family’s swine operation and another from his job at the Boyle Christmas Tree farm. What’s in the books? “You have to show records of where you worked and what you did each day,” Mattern said. “You have to compile your records at the end of the year and show how many hours you worked, how much money you made while working and write a narrative explaining what your duties were.” There were 22 FFA members competing at the Princeville competition for Star Awards. Four were competing for the Star Farmer Award, with
the rest competing in the Ag placement division (The two other divisions in the Star Program are in agribusiness and ag science.). “Less than 2 percent of all FFA members will receive a Star state degree. Ag businesses look for that on a resume,” Heiser said. “You have to keep track of your assets and liabilities. You have to write a narrative, so English and math are both important skills. Jon interviews well, which is very important.” Mattern is one of 84 FFA students in the Putnam County FFA chapter. He hopes to continue into agricultural engineer but admits he may come back someday to take control of the family operation. Mattern is the latest of several generations of farmers in the family, but more than likely not the last.
take a 3D shape and actually turn it.” “It’s also fun with my intervention group. They’re a little bit lower-level, trying to catch up with everybody else,” Burdette said. “We’re able to do a little more handson, but it’s in a digital technology way which makes it more engaging. A student can just walk in and freezes, wanting to know what’s going on. It
helps. It definitely helps.” The glasses are similar to the modern 3D movie glasses except they are much sturdier. The glasses also have their own special features, including the ability to darken or lighten for better viewing conditions. The technology also has science-related applications. Among the package which came with the system are lessons on
dissecting an earthworm and a frog, as well as an interactive computergenerated display of the solar system Quaker Lane Enterprises of McNabb contributed the approximately $4,000 to purchase the equipment at the urging of employee Bart Whitney, which allowed the district to pick up the system without using school funds.
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GRANVILLE — Jon Mattern has done something that hasn’t been done at Putnam County High School for a while. On Feb. 13 at a Future Farmers of America event in Princeville, Mattern qualified for a chance to receive the state’s FFA Star Award in agricultural placement. What exactly does that mean? “When you talk about Star Award, you’re talking about the best of the best. Judges look at all of the record books of the applicants. Jon had two which makes him unique in this placement,” PCHS ag science teacher John Heiser said. “He had a thousand plus hours of work; he had the most hours of anybody going for Star placement in
3D From Page 1 “When you actually get to use it within a structured curriculum, it just gives it a fun and engaging way to reach students,” Putnam County Junior High math teacher Emory Burdette said. “When I used it with isometric and orthographic views, we were able to
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Supreme Court approves cameras in 10th District Courts The Illinois Supreme Court has decided news cameras and microphones will be allowed in trial courtrooms in Peoria County in the 10th Judicial Circuit. Peoria County becomes the 36th county in Illinois to participate in the pilot project allowing cameras in trial courtrooms. Under Local Rule 15, the remaining four counties in the Circuit will also join the pilot project in 60 days, bringing the grand total of participating counties in Illinois to 40 and the total number of participating circuits to 14. The 10th Judicial Circuit consists of Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark and Tazewell counties in central Illinois. “The extended media coverage pilot project serves a very important purpose in bringing transparency to the court system,” Chief Justice Rita Garman said. “I am pleased to see that the 10th Circuit has agreed to participate, and the court thanks Chief Judge Stephen Kouri and former Chief Judge Michael Brandt for their planning in getting to this point.” Approval of the 10th Circuit expands the pilot project in the Third Judicial District where cameras have been approved and used since the Supreme Court announced the pilot project in January 2012. “With Peoria, there are now seven counties in the Third Judicial District participating in the extended media coverage project and there will be four more counties to follow,” said Justice Thomas Kilbride, whose Third Judicial District includes the Circuit. “With this announcement, more Illi-
noisans will be able to see how the administration of justice operates in their courtrooms.” Kouri thanked the Supreme Court for its approval and said the judges in the circuit are committed to the success of the program. “We appreciate the confidence of the Supreme Court in approving our application for extended media coverage,” Kouri said. “For the past year and a half, we’ve held several meetings with judges and area media to ensure that while cameras are allowed in the courtroom, justice is not compromised in any manner. We are excited about it and look forward to participating in the pilot project.” The Supreme Court Order approving the 10th Circuit requires that a judge presiding over a proceeding in which cameras or audio are allowed must file a report with the chief judge of the circuit. In 2012, the Supreme Court announced its approval of a pilot project to allow news media cameras and audio equipment in trial courtrooms in Illinois. Since then, 35 counties in 13 judicial circuits across Illinois have been participating in the pilot program, opening the trial courtrooms to news photographers and electronic news media to cover cases. The Supreme Court has allowed cameras to broadcast its own oral arguments, and those of the Illinois Appellate Court, since 1983. At that time, however, the Court specifically rejected allowing news cameras during trial proceedings, and the issue made little headway until the Supreme Court took another look in 2011.
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Morgan (left) and Ethan Phillips practice playing their violins. The Phillips siblings have been playing violin for six years.
Fiddlin’ in the family By Ken Schroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
LOSTANT — Morgan and Ethan Phillips of Lostant are like many other siblings. Sometimes they get along; sometimes they fight; and sometimes they make beautiful music together. Fourteen-year old Morgan is a freshman at Putnam County High School and has been playing violin for six years, while Ethan, 11, started a little bit younger, at 5. “We were at our grandma’s house, and there was a violin which wasn’t even fully strung. I was just messing around with it, and Mom said, ‘Let’s get you some violin lessons,’” Morgan said. The children’s mother, Lisa Phillips, didn’t play violin before then, but her grandfather had. “My mom had several of
“We were at our grandma’s house, and there was a violin which wasn’t even fully strung. I was just messing around with it, and Mom said, ‘Let’s get you some violin lessons.’” Morgan Phillips my grandpa’s old violins, and they were not strung,” Lisa said. “One of them had a few strings on it, and she started, picked it up and was plucking it. She was 6. She seemed to like it, so we found a violin teacher, and that was it.” Music has run in Lisa’s family. Lisa’s father didn’t play violin, but he did play the mandolin, which has
the same fingerings for notes. Ethan picked up the bug from his sister, who would quiz him on parts of the violin. “She would ask me what certain parts of the violin were, and I started calling out different parts,” Ethan said. “She asked me, ‘Why don’t you start playing?’ so I did.” Morgan’s love for play-
ing has gotten her some notice. “There was a fiddle competition that I won, and I’ve been in the orchestra. I got an honorable mention in a concerto competition,” Morgan said. Morgan won the competition at Illinois Valley Community College a year ago. This year, she didn’t do quite as well. “I was practicing, and apparently I practiced too much,” Morgan said. “It would have been nice to know I could do that.” Morgan and Ethan plan on playing for a long time, and awards may come their way for both of them as they continue their family’s musical tradition.
PUBLIC HEARING Replacement of the IL 89 Bridge (SN 078-0006) Over the Illinois River South of Spring Valley WEDNESDAY APRIL 9, 2014 4 PM TO 7 PM AT THE SPRING VALLEY CITY HALL 215 N. GREENWOOD STREET SPRING VALLEY, IL 61362 (lower level) (NO FORMAL PRESENTATION) The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), District 3 Office, will conduct a public hearing regarding the preliminary engineering study for replacing the existing bridge carrying IL 89 over the Illinois River south of Spring Valley. The purpose of the hearing is to present proposed project information and potential impacts for public comment. The proposed project includes constructing a replacement bridge east of the existing bridge while maintaining traffic on the existing bridge. The IL 89 roadway approaches will be raised to reduce roadway flooding, and sidewalk will be extended along the west side of IL 89 from the CSX Railroad to Barto’s Landing. Following construction of the new bridge, the existing bridge will be removed. The existing bridge was determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Effects to this and other historic properties were evaluated in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and Section 4(f) of the National Transportation Act of 1966. The completed project is not anticipated to increase base floodplain impacts. The project will impact wetlands. Additional right-of-way and easements will be required throughout the project. The hearing will be conducted in an open house format with no formal presentation. IDOT personnel will be available to provide information, answer questions, and receive comments. Exhibits, plans, and the draft preliminary engineering study will be available for review during the hearing. Exhibits and comment sheets will be available at the city hall for two weeks following the meeting. All interested persons are invited to attend and participate. Comments received by April 24, 2014 will be considered as the preliminary engineering study is finalized. The meeting will be accessible to persons with a disability in compliance with current Accessibility Standards prepared by the Capital Development Board. Persons with a disability planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact Mr. Duane Lukkari by April 4, 2014. The contact may be by telephone (815) 434-8565, in writing to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 700 East Norris Drive, Ottawa, Illinois 61350, by fax 815-434-8553 or by telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY) 888-642-3458 or through the Illinois Relay Center (800-526-0857). Published in the Putnam County Record March 19 and April 2, 2014.
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Single vehicle accident leads to charges MAGNOLIA — Putnam County Sheriff’s office responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Illinois Highway 89, approximately one-half mile north of Illinois Highway 18 in Magnolia Township on March 23. The driver of the vehicle, Todd A. Toliver, 30, of Varna was driving southbound on Illinois Highway 89. Toliver’s car left the roadway and flipped over
several times. Toliver was transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley by Putnam County Emergency Medical Services (PCEMS). He was then lifeflighted to OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria where he is was a patient for several days and now released. His passenger in the vehicle, Kelsi C. Toliver, 24, of Henry was transported to St. Margaret’s Hospi-
tal by PCEMS where she was treated and released. Todd Toliver has been charged with improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving under the influence of alcohol. The Putnam County Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Magnolia Fire Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s office at the scene.
TCOC has energy assistance Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program may be able to help with a one-time payment toward utility bills. If a person has not applied and received assistance since Sept. 1, 2013, from LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) or PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) applications are now being accepted. To receive assistance a household must be within the income guide-
lines and provide the following information: copies of Social Security cards for every member in the household, 30 day income for every household member, a current complete gas and electric bill and Medicaid card for any household member that may receive one. Additional information may be requested at the time of application. LIHEAP applications will be taken through May 30 or until funds are exhausted.
The gross income for the 30 days prior to the application date cannot exceed $1,436 for a one-person household, $1,939 for a two-person household, $2,441 for a three-person household, $2,944 for a four-person household, $3,446 for a five-person household or $3,949 for a six-person household. To find the closest office to apply, call 800-3235434 and ask to speak to the energy assistance department.
LaSalle County Sheriff’s report TONICA — On March 25, LaSalle County Sheriff deputies investigated a single vehicle rollover accident at 68 North 2451st Road in Eden Township. Jacob Theobald, 18,
of Standard was driving west bound through the curve and struck a sign. His vehicle crossed back onto the north side of the road, went into the ditch and rolled once or twice
before coming to rest on the driver’s side. Theobald was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital by Peru Emergency Medical Services. No citations were issued.
Meeting Calendar April 9 6:30 p.m., McNabb Village Board, James Goldasich Community Building (McNabb Fire Department). 6:30 p.m., Standard Village Board, Standard Fire Department.
Obituaries Norman Delicath MCNABB — Norman Delicath, 87, of McNabb died Monday, March 24, 2014, at the LaSalle Veterans Home. He was born Nov. 5, 1926, Norman in Peoria to Delicath Christian and Alma (Schoch) Delicath. He married Betty Fay on April 22, 1989, at the UCC Church in Granville. Norman served four years in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Caterpillar in October of 1989. Norm was a member of the UCC Church, Fish and Fun and McNabb American Legion. He was also a volunteer Red Coat at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. Surviving are his wife, Betty Fay, whom he married on April 22, 1989;
Domicella ‘Dee’ Vollenweider DENHAM SPRINGS, La. — Domicella “Dee” Vollenweider, 88, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Harvest Manor in Denham Springs, La. She was born April 21, 1925, to John and Mary Zmvoka Gunia in LaSalle. She was one of 11 children. She graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School. She married Harry W. Vollenweider Aug. 23, 1947, in LaSalle. He preceded her in death on June 26, 2006. They spent their married life in McNabb before retiring
his four children, Melody (Skip) Jones of Morton, Bonnie (Richard) Langan of Spring, Texas, Steven (Cristy) Delicath of Morton and Timothy (Lisa) Delicath of St. Charles, Mo.; his five stepchildren, Michael Fay of Hennepin, Richard Fay of Peru, Harold (Amy) Fay of Hennepin, Cheri (Charles) Judd of Hennepin and Nancy (Dave) Piccinelli of Henry; 14 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 16 stepgreat-grand children; and one great-greatgrandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Beavers; his brothers, Raymond and Melvin; and his sister, Yvonne Lofton. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the UCC Church in Granville with the Rev. Dr. Ron McNeill officiating.
The family received friends and family at the UCC Church in Granville prior to the funeral services. A luncheon was served at Bonucchi Hall at the church immediately following the services. Burial, with military honors, was at the Lacon City Cemetery in Lacon. Memorial contributions may be made to the UCC Church, St. Margaret’s Hospice, LaSalle Veterans Home or to Putnam County Senior Center in Standard. The Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel of Granville is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.dcfunerals.com. Pallbearers were their grandsons: Eric Langan, Jack Cook, Paul Call, Jeremy Cook, Adam Langan, Justin Judd, Harold Fay, Tad Delicath and Lee Piccinelli.
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6 Biz Ag 6 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Farmland values settle; grain prices at fault The rate of increase in the value of Illinois farmland has flattened and lower grain prices are to blame, according to presentations made at the Illinois Land Values Conference held in Springfield recently. Hosting the event was the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. “Simply put, farmland earnings are important and have been the driver on prices paid for farmland over the past few years,” said Dale Aupperle, AFM, ARA, Heartland Ag Group, LLC of Forsyth, and overall chair of the annual Land Values and Lease Trends project managed by the society. “Sharply lower grain prices have diminished earnings projections and put the brakes on the uptrend in farmland values.” Joining Aupperle in the presentation was Gary Schnitkey, Ph.D., University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Urbana. He told the group prices paid for corn are now near $4.30 per bushel. “Prices were consistently above $5 from 2010 through midsummer last year. Current expectations are for lower prices into 2014.” He noted crop insurance
provided farmers with a substantial amount of cash in 2012 and 2013. “Those funds are no longer coming in,” he said. “Experts are forecasting farmland returns to drop by up to 20 percent.” Aupperle explained the trendline on farmland values has been upward for decades and has seen significant interruptions in the pattern three times. He said there was a 50 percent correction in farmland values from 1980 through 1987, the period of the Farm Crisis. “This was after farmland rose nearly 500 percent from 1982. This one was a bubble.” The next period was 1998 through 2001 when there was a 15 percent correction “after an 11-year uptrend from 1997 with values rising by 92 percent,” Aupperle said. “The last period was in 2008-09. Values went sideways for a year after doubling in value from 2001. “Perhaps history gives us some guidance for our current thought processes,” he continued. “It doesn’t look like a bubble to us. A more normal time for farmland prices may be in store for the next several years. Commodity prices have led to this situation.” In presenting their summary to the group, the two
cited the 2014 Illinois Land Values and Lease Trends Report. This is a composite of reports from around the state on land sales and lease trends occurring in Illinois during 2013. They noted all categories of farmland, determined by productivity increase, saw minor drops in values during the year: Aupperle explained excellent land was down 2 percent: “With less land available but very willing buyers.” Good land was down 3 percent: “Increased input costs are a concern.” Average land was down 4 percent: “Buyers are likely to be neighbors in the community;” Fair land was down 7 percent: “Popular category as land mix attracts residential, recreational and nonfarm uses.” Aupperle said recreational land was steady-to-stronger across the state, and there was some activity in transitional land near the metropolitan areas. Local farmers are still the primary buyers with estate sales leading the way in reasons for selling as well as bringing properties to the market. Public auctions (43 percent) led the list of methods of selling followed by private treaty (36 percent), sealed bid (11 percent) and multi-parcel auction (10 percent).
Cash rents have stabilized Cash rents have stabilized, Schnitkey said. “Rents are slightly off the highs in 2013. This occurred because of the drop in commodity prices. We could be facing more cash rent declines if commodity prices are low in the fall this year. “Assuming a price of $3.50 for a bushel of corn and $10 for a bushel of soybeans, 92 percent of our respondents expect cash rents to drop $10 or more per acre, and no one expects to see rents to increase,” he noted. “We are carefully watching the influence of commodity prices, weather and yields, interest rates, net farm income, the value of the dollar, alternative investments, ethanol, and long term inflation among many other factors. Each will play a role in land values,” Aupperle concluded. Other speakers on the program echoed the findings of the Land Values Report, copies of which are available for sale through the society website at www.ispfmra. org.
CPASA announces upcoming training PRINCETON — Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) will conduct a Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) class for Sellers and Servers of Alcohol from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 10 at the Bureau County Health Department Conference Room, 526 Bureau Valley Parkway, Princeton. Participants will receive four hours of instruction required for certification through the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Certificates will be issued upon completion of the course. The Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) program is the state of Illinois’ seller/server
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7 Perspective Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • The Putnam County Record • 7
The Editorial Page
Record The Putnam County
Putnam County’s Only Newspaper Sam R Fisher
Of baldknobbers and other gobbledygook Baldknobber. While it’s a word that has a very grisly story behind it, the word has always amused me. Any word that sounds somewhat silly to say has always captured my fancy, and that one fits the bill perfectly. Most of those words don’t see much usage anymore, and I’d like to change that. Each year, Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., releases a list of words that need to leave the English language as soon as possible, with “selfie” and “twerking” leading the list this year. These are words we need to bring back. • Gobbledygook — According to that incredible fountain of true knowledge (yes, that’s sarcasm) Wikipedia, gobbledygook refers “to speech or other COMMENTARY use of language that is nonsense, or that appears to be nonsense.” In our age of politicians and churches, like the Westboro Baptists, this is a word destined for lots of use. • Flim-flam — Oddly somewhat related to gobbledygook, flim-flam means fraud. I still remember watching the movie “The Flim-flam Man.” This word needs to be revived for the same reasons as gobbledygook. • Willy-nilly — Meaning “in a way that does not allow any choices or planning,” this is another one of those that could benefit from a return to common language. Also somewhat for the same reasons as above. • Fiddle-faddle — Defined as “nonsense” by Mirriam Webster. I really did mean for this to be a harmless exercise, but again ... Synonyms of similar amusement include balderdash, codswallop, falderal, horsefeathers, poppycock and tommyrot, all of which need to return to our language. • Googly-eyed — Webster defines it as “having eyes that stick out” or “having eyes that are very open or staring because of amazement.” Not to be confused with the new Google Eyes devices which allow you to surf the web while you walk, talk or drive, which not only divides your attention but will also likely make you googly-eyed. • Blabbermouth — Someone who talks too much. • Bumbershoot — I haven’t heard this word used for an umbrella since the 1960s “Batman” TV series. Boy, do I miss Burgess Meredith. There are several others, but since I’ve run out of space, it’s time to reach my denouement, put on my macintosh and trundle toward the egress. Staff writer Ken Schroeder can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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April is National Food Month. What are some of your favorite foods?
“Pizza is one of them. It’s quick and easy. I have three kids at home. Fruits and vegetables as well.” Alishia Davis, Hennepin
“Nachos. That is probably my first favorite. I also like pistachios. They have a lot less salt. They are better than peanuts.” Brad Oeder, Princeton
“Mushrooms. I like them fried. I’m a morel hunter. My wife cooks them the best.” Ritchie Glenn, McNabb
“I like pizza. Lou’s LaGrotto makes the best. My favorite is pepperoni and sausage deep dish.” Jacob Taylor, Mark
“I like Schwan’s foods. My parents moved to the country when I was in fourth grade, and I’ve grown up on it. Chicken Kiev is a stuffed chicken breast. I also like their ice creams. My daughters do too.” Eric Hatcher, Plano
Field of Dreams Of welders and wild cars My friend and welder William Bickerman lives on Holiday Fun Road with his wife Brenda whom he married in 1971. Bill and Brenda have two sons and six grandchildren. Bill grew up on a farm west of Magnolia on Big Sandy Creek. I have know him since he was a boy. Bill credits Tom Reaska who taught him more about welding than anyone else, although he still considers himself self-taught. After high school, Bill was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam for two years from 1968 to 1970 where he served in combat and built roads. When he returned from the service, he worked one year for Brown Construction. He then worked Caplin in Hennepin hauling scrap from the steel mill to the railroad in a large dumptruck for 30 years, five or six days a week. Since 2001, he has worked for the state of Illinois in highway maintenance. They are very fortunate to have an employee like Bill who can weld and repair anything, besides being a truck driver. Bill has been welding on the farm for close to 30 years for me. Recently, he was at my farm welding the bucket on my loader tractor, and I wanted to talk about this nice man. At first, he didn’t want to be interviewed. This did not surprise me because Bill is a humble person, but he has helped so many farmers in Putnam
Darrell Alleman COMMENTARY County and neighboring counties. We all depend on him for our breakdowns. He gets us back into the fields during spring planting and fall harvesting. Bill will work late, Saturdays, Sundays ... whatever it takes to fix his customer’s machinery. I feel Bill is a state of the art arc welder and can figure out how to fix any breakdown. He has invested a large amount of his money in his welding trucks. When you see that red truck pull into your farm field, you know help has arrived. I asked Bill if he had any hobbies. He said, “Yes, welding.” ••• The Ford Mustang turns 50 years old this year. The first Mustang rolled off the assembly line in March 1964 and debuted the following month at the New York World’s Fair. Since then, more than 9 million Mustangs have roamed the highways. A Mustang convertible was taken up the Empire State Building’s passenger elevators in four sections and reassembled for display on the 86th floor observation deck in 1965. Wilson Pickett’s big hit in 1965 was “Mustang Sally.” In 1964, the Mustang sold for $3,447.50, and a 2014 V6 Premium convertibles costs $31,610.
In 1529, so many horses had escaped the Mexican cattlemen they set rules for capturing and branding the runaways, which came to be known as mustangs from the Spanish word mestango, or “stray.” In 1964, the Ford Motor Company named its new car not for the horse, but for the P-51 Mustang fighter plane. Designer Phil Clark did his first sketches for the car as the running pony emblem that is still used today. ••• Trivia question: Which state is the leading honey producer? Answer at the end of the article. ••• Hokey Star said, “One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” ••• Abraham Lincoln said, “The best way to destroy an enemy is make him a friend.” ••• Ronald Reagan said, “We are a nation of freedom, living under God, believing all citizens must have the opportunity to grow, create wealth and build a better future for those that follow.” ••• Answer to the trivia question: North Dakota. ••• Put your hand on the throttle and the plow in the ground. Darrell Alleman can be reached at email@example.com.
8 Sports 8 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Putnam County baseball
South sweeps All-Star games
Putnam County baseball
Panthers 1-1-1 after weekend play By Dixie Schroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
SENECA — The Putnam County Panthers varsity squad took a page out of the famous Ernie Bank’s playbook and ‘played two’ on March 29 against the Seneca Irish. The Panthers split the twin bill on March 29. The Panthers won game one by a final score of 9 - 1. Evan Kreiser earned the win for the Panthers, going 5 and 2/3 innings in the contest. Kreiser struck out five and had 22 first pitch strikes against batters he faced. He gave up only four hits and one walk in his time on the mound. Michael Glenn came in relief and gave up only one hit and one walk along with one earned run. The Panthers played shaky defense in this contest with three errors. The Panthers however had big sticks on offense, earning 13 hits for the team overall with four walks to the total. Neal Stasell had a double in the extra base hit category, while Nick DiazDeLeon, Michael Glenn and Matt Galetti had a stolen base. Kreiser, DiazDeLeon and Stasell had two RBI each. However in the second game of the day, the Panthers outhit the Irish, but didn’t make the hits translate into runs as they lost 6-4. Dan Pavlovich took the loss as he gave up five hits in five innings as well as three runs, one unearned. DiazDeLeon pitched an inning in relief giving up three runs and three walks. Offensively the Panthers pounded out eight hits, earning four runs and three walks. Stasell and Michael Weide each
had an RBI. The Putnam County Panthers played 10 innings on March 28 and notched a 2-2 tie in Pontiac. Senior Harold Fay went five innings for the Panthers, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits. Fay also threw four strikeouts and gave up two walks. Austin Biagini came in to relieve Fay in the sixth and threw five innings of shut out ball. Biagini gave up three hits and two walks while striking out four in the game. Offensively the Panthers only managed four hits in 33 at bats. R.J. Copeland, Austin Biagini and Kreiser all hit singles while Pavlovich hit a double. Kreiser’s single was the fuel which allowed both Copeland who had walked, and Biagini who had advanced him to second on a single, to score in the sixth inning rally the Panthers put on which tied the game. The Panthers hit into nine strike outs over the game, further hampering their offense. Defensively, the Panthers had two errors. Pontiac had one. Pontiac did not score until the fourth and fifth innings where they laid in one tally each. The team hit a total of seven hits off Fay and Biagini in the contest. The Panthers will play three home games in a row, starting on April 2 where they will face the Ottawa High School Pirates, then they will challenge the Midland Timberwolves on April 3 and finish the week with the Dwight Trojans on April 4. All home games start at 4:30 p.m. The JV Panthers swept Seneca 13-1 and 5-1 Saturday at Hennepin.
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Centerfielder Connor Taylor sends a single out to right field to start the scoring drive in the first game of a doubleheader against Seneca on March 29. The Putnam County JV Panthers used the Hennepin fields as a classroom, schooling Seneca 13-1 and 5-1.
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GRANVILLE — Saturday’s third annual Illinois Valley All-Star Game had a little bit of everything for basketball fans at R.M. Gymnasium at Putnam County High School — lots of threes, free throws and gimmick plays. North coach Jason Marquis went over just a minute in the boys game before going to his bag of tricks when three members of the North squad laid down to set a screen for DePue’s Jose Raya to shoot. He missed the shot, drawing much laughter from the crowd. The boys teams from the South had the last laugh, pulling away for a 139-100 victory. “It was great for our kids to get out on the floor and showcase their talent’s one last time this year,” South coach Russ Witte of Seneca said. “It is always nice to play with other players especially players of that high caliber. It is always nice to get the W. But this night was all about the players. They deserved the recognition and accolades.” The South also claimed the girls contest 74-71 with the North’s Daniela Pavlovich of Putnam County missing a last-second threepoint shot going for a tie.
PC’s Daniela Pavlovich (above) draws a crowd driving for a secondhalf shot in Saturday’s Illinois Valley All-Star Game at R.M. Germano Gymnasium. Panther players Harold Fay and Evan Krieser take a break on the South bench with coach Russ Witte. The South squads swept both games. Putnam County Record photos /Kevin Hieronymus
Boys The South boys simply had too much firepower to make it much of a contest. They made 17 threepoint shots on the night, nine in the first half alone to run out with a 69-38 halftime lead. Putnam County’s own Harold Fay and Nolan Sokoal of Streator each knocked down three
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South 139, North 100
South leading scorers: John Carroll (Ottawa) 25 Nolan Sokoal (Ottawa) 21 Michael Doss (Streator) 198 North leading scorers: Ryan Young (BV) 20 Jake Schlosser (Henry) 13
South 74, North 71
South leading scorers: Rebekah Ehrestrom (EPG) 28 Haley Reustman (Fieldcrest) 22 North leading scorers: Daniela Pavlovich (PC) 26 Vanessa Voss (PC) 10
Putnam County softball
Lady Panthers take two of three at Rockridge By Dixie Schroeder email@example.com
EDGINGTON — The Putnam County Lady Panthers started big this season with participation in the Rockridge Invitational on March 29. The team had a great showing offensively, winning two of the three games they played against quality programs. In game one, the Lady Panthers took on the Orangeville Lady Mustangs. The Lady Mustangs were sectional finalists in the 2012 spring season. The Lady Panthers won the contest 21-7. Winning pitcher in the contest was Jackie Ossola who went five innings with two strikeouts and
two walks. This was a complete game win due to the score. Offensively in game one, the big hitter was Stephanie Wilson who went four for five with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs. Taylor Pettit and Monica Monroe went three for four. Monroe knocked in three RBIs while Pettit brought one home. Carly Gonet and Annie Miller went two for four with Gonet bringing home three RBIs and Miller one. Venessa Voss and Ossola went one for three. Allison Voss went one for three with a triple, earning two RBIs. Ciera Keller went one for four with a double, earning two RBIs. Head coach Chris
Walker was delighted in his team’s potent offense and play. “Great offensive explosion in game one of the season,” he said. “Jackie Ossola did an exceptional job of staying ahead in the count and keeping the batters off balance.” The only loss on the day was against the host, Class 2A powerhouse Rockridge Rockets (4-1), with a score of 14-13. Losing pitcher was Ossola (1-1), who went two innings. Nikki Mertel tossed three innings, earning four strikeouts and giving up four walks. Miller continued her hitting tear, with two doubles and three RBIs. Pettit also impressed Rocket pitchers by going
three for five with one double and three RBIs. Keller went two for four with three RBIs and Ossola hit two for five with a triple, knocking in two RBI. Allison Voss had one RBI, going one for five while Kreiser had two RBIs, hitting one for four. Mertel had an RBI hitting in four at bats while Margaret Voss also earned a hit in five at bats. Walker noted he was short handed in games two and three of the tournament. “Wilson, Gonet, and (Venessa) Voss left before the game to play in the Putnam County All-Star Basketball game last night so they were unavailable for the game. Monroe left
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Dolphins 14th at state By Dixie Schroeder
PC’s Paige Griffith, Megan Rehn, Lauren Colby and Lydia Warren show their medals after capturing 3rd Place in the 4X200 relay at the Codgal Relays in Normal. Photos contributed
Putnam County track
PC ninth at Codgal relays By Dixie Schroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
NORMAL — The Putnam County High School boys and girls track team participated in the 46th annual Codgal Relay at Horton Field House on March 29. The annual event is sponsored by University High School. The Panthers placed ninth in a 20 team field. On the girls side, the Lady Panthers had Paige Griffith placing fourth in the 55 meter hurdles. Taking third place in the 4x200 relay was the team of Griffith, Megan Rehn, Lauren Colby and Lydia Warren. In the long distance races, Ashlyn Haage took ninth in the 1600 meter race. In the field events, Colby placed sixth and Warren took tenth in the long jump. Leanne Smith made the finals in the 55 meter
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hurdles and took 12th place overall. McKenna Downey ran a personal best time in the mile, while Megan Keegan ran a personal best time in the 55 meter dash. On the boys side, the Panther track team 4x800 relay ran a time of 10:18. Team members were Jarod Williams, Jon Sabotta, Owen Mallery and Noah Flores. Sabotta also turned in a time of 5:42 in the 1600 meter run while Flores hit 16 feet, 6 inches in the long jump. Noah Debates threw a personal best in the shot put of 31 feet, six inches. The next meet for the Lady Panthers is on April 4 at LaSallePeru High School. Start time is 4:30 p.m. The next boys met for the Panthers is at home on April 7 versus Stark County, Rockridge and Annawan-Wethersfield. PC’s Seth Carlson prepares for the shot put at ISU’s Horton Fieldhouse. It starts at 4 p.m.
The Illinois Valley YMCA Dolphins swam in the YMCA State Championships on March 22-23 and placed 14th as a team. Any individual who placed 14th or above contributed to points for the overall team score. Charleigh Holmes, 12, of Spring Valley had a successful weekend in the water. She took a second place finish in the 100 yard freestyle (56.41). Holmes also earned third place finishes in the 50 yard backstroke (29.88) and the 50 yard freestyle, (25.94). Holmes earned a fourth place finish in the 50 yard butterfly (28.46), and she completed her weekend with a fifth place finish in the 200 yard freestyle, (2:08.23). Spring Valley’s Gunnar Jauh also had five top 14 finishes. He was fifth in the 200 IM (2:43.24), ninth in the 200 free (2:22.51), 11th in the 50 backstroke (35.52) and the 100 free (1:06.39) and 13th in the 50 free (30.11).
From Page 8 to attend a wedding,” he said. “Jackie started to the game but has some shoulder stiffness and was only able to go two innings. Nikki Mertel completed the game in the circle.” Walker also praised junior varsity team members Kali Pettit, Taylor Kreiser and Margaret Voss who stepped in to complete the lineup. Tori Smoode was the flex player and played a solid third base on defense. In game three, the Lady Panthers righted the ship and notched a second win for the day after beating the Stark County Lady Rebels by a score of 20-5. Mertel (1-0) pitched a complete game going seven innings and giving up only four walks and striking out four. Mertel also helped her own cause offensively, going five for five with two RBIs. Miller also held the hot bat, going four for
four with a double and a triple. Pettit went two for five with four RBIs. Taylor Kreiser hit three for three and Ossola and Margaret Voss each hit two for four. Kali Pettit went one for three and Allison Voss went one for four with a double. Keller hit one for three, driving in an RBI. Walker was pleased with the assistance the junior varsity players gave in the game. “Mertel, Pettit, Miller, Keller, Ossola and Voss led the way on the offense roping a number of shots to the outfield fence. They did a great job of anchoring the offense and solidified the defense as Keller went behind the plate this game and A. Voss went to first. Both did an exceptional job,” he said. The Lady Panthers play a series of three home games in a row, starting with St. Bede on April 2, Midland on April 3 and Dwight on April 4. All three games start at 4:30 p.m.
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Jeff Koester (left) and teammate Scott Rhodes (center) won the MWC Spring Valley Tournament.
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Former champs claim top prize at Spring Valley By Dan Dwyer email@example.com
SPRING VALLEY — The 2007 Masters Walleye Circuit champion team of Jeff Koester of Brookville, Ind., and Scott Rhodes of Interlochen, Mich. took control of the Masters Walleye Circuit Spring Valley Tournament on the first day and added to their lead the second day as they went on to win the 28th annual event with a total of 26 pounds, 4 ounces. The duo, who has been fishing in the same boat for approximately eight to nine years, outpaced the field by 1 pound, 13 ounces after the first day and added to that total the second day of the tournament distancing themselves from second place finishers Barry O’Flynn of New Lenox and Corey Blair of Prophetstown by 2 pounds, 3 ounces to take home more than $11,000 in prize money. “It’s huge. It’s huge to have a couple pound weight advantage getting up in the morning and know that the teams that are down are going to have to make up that weight. Our goal was to get 9 or 10 pounds today and we were fortunate enough to get 11,” Rhodes said. Koester credited his team’s ability to judge the water, weather and light conditions to pick an optimal bait to enhance their chances of attracting
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a bite. “A lot of it is just time on the water. Our teammates help us divide up the water a little bit so we certainly utilize tactics with them,” Koester said. Koester said his team opted to use orange and brightly colored bait the first day as it was over cast and clown color fishing bait the second day. Clown color bait is characterized by having an orange/red head with glitter and sparkles along the body. When hit by the sun the reflection from the glitter and sparkles attracts the fish making it more likely for them to strike the lure. “It was uniquely different each day and that included practice,” Koester said. Leading up to the tournament ice blockage at the boat ramp almost forced a cancellation of the event but the weather turned just in enough time to clear the river paving the way for a beautiful tournament as highs today reached the low 60’s. “Our whole week leading up to this event we had major weather event and that meant the river kept going down and it gave us a lot more clarity, nothing is really floating around in the river anymore and seeing how it has warmed up this weekend the weather change has also seemed to help with the bite,” tournament Director Mike Hurless said.
From Page 9 threes in the first half. Sokoal finished with five treys for the game, scoring 21 points. Game scoring honors went to Ottawa hotshot John Carroll with 25 points, including a hat trick of threes. The scorebook was filled up with Michael Doss of RoanokeBenson adding 19 points, Evan Krieser of PC with 18 points, Chase Hill of Ottawa with 15 points, Nick Varvil of Midland with 12 points and Fay adding 11. The two gimmick plays may have been the highlight of the night for the North boys. The first Marquis explained was set up to give the defense an obstacle to run around, giving Raya an open look for a three. To start the second half, the North ran an alley oop using the muscle of Nathan Helle, who lifted 5-10 teammate Jake Schlosser to the basket for a slam dunk, referred to by the team as “Space Jam.” “We ran it right after halftime, and I think we caught the referees off guard,” Marquis said, noting no violation was called. “It was pretty cool to see the little kid hanging from the rim like that.” Bureau Valley’s Ryan Young led the North with 20 points. The North also got 13 each from the Henry duo of Jake Schlosser and Ryan Condit and 12 from the Mallards’ Nathan Helle.
Girls The South led for most of the girls’ game, taking a 36-28 halftime lead on the strength of Fieldcrest’s Haley Reustman’s 13 points. All-Stater Rebekah Ehresman of El Paso-Gridley went off in the second half for the South, pouring in 20 of her-game high 28 points. Reustman finished with 22 points giving the South a formidable 1-2 punch. Even so, the North hung right in there with a lot of help from the hometown PC girls, who unlike the PC boys were suiting up for
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PC’s Vanessa Voss is ready on defense for the North. the North to balance out the AllStar rosters. PC’s Carly Gonet hit a threepoint shot to tie the game at 61. Teammate Daniela Pavlovich banked in her second three-pointer of the half from the top of the key to trim a South lead to 65-64. Gonet scored on a putback to give the North a 66-65 lead with 3:08 left to play, Pavlovich scored on a drive and LaMoille’s Shiela Browning added a scoring drive of her own to cap a 9-0 North run for a 70-65 lead. The South answered with a 7-0 run, taking a 72-70 lead on a hoop by Anna Gauger of EPG with 0:22 left to play. Browning made 1 of 2 free throws, but Ehresman added two to put the South up 74-71 with 6.4 seconds remaining. North coach James Barnett of PC called for a timeout to set up a last-second play. North got the ball into the right hands of the hot Pavlovich, who scored a team-
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high 26 points with six threepointers. This time, she couldn’t get it to drop however and the South walked away with the win. Barnett said he drew up the final play from watching team in the State Tournament. Barnett used a 5 and 5 rotation throughout the night, splitting his four PC girls with two in each lineup switch. He said he was tempted at the end to put in all four Lady Panthers so they could run one of PC’s plays. “All the girls are deserving, so I wanted to keep it split up and give everybody an opportunity. We drew up the plays at the end, and they executed it just fine,” Barnett said. “They have a heck of a squad over there. That’s a lot of ball players. I thought our girls did real well. They hung tough with them.” PC’s Vanessa Voss contributed eight points for the North.
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Community Magnolia Fire Department to host annual supper MAGNOLIA — The Magnolia Fire Department is hosting its annual chicken supper and ham distribution from 5 to 8 p.m. April 5. The dinner includes allyou-can-eat chicken with mostaccioli, salad, bread and dessert. Cost for the meal is $9 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children under 5 years old. The fire department will be
accepting dessert donations at the station on April 5 any time after 9 a.m. All proceeds will go to equipment and training purposes. Amish country hams and turkeys will be raffled off during the dinner. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. There will also be raffles for a Remington 1911 R1 pistol and a Savage 93R17 rifle.
Aqua Zumba classes resume in Hennepin HENNEPIN — The Hennepin Pool will resume Aqua Zumba on April 8. The class is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost of Aqua Zumba is $20 for each four-week session. Jump into the Latin-
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Rotary blood drive April 18 at PCHS GRANVILLE — The annual Good Friday blood drive will be will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 at Putnam County High School in Granville. The annual Red Cross event is hosted by Putnam County Rotary, with help from members of the PCHS Interact Club, Rotary’s high
school affiliate. Donors may walk in or may reserve a specific time by calling 800-7332767 or sign up online by visiting www.redcrossblood.org. Donations received will increase the size of the scholarship fund donated by Red Cross to PCHS this spring.
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Bunco for a cause The Wee Bee U.C.C. Relay for Life team will host its spring Bunco party with the doors opening at 6 p.m. April 4. The games start at 7 p.m. The $10 admission covers three games and all-you-can-eat from the tables of finger foods, salads and desserts. There will also be raffles and a 50/50. Proceeds will be donated to the Marshall-Putnam Relay for Life, the Illinois Valley Alzheimer’s Group and the Multiple Sclerosis Association. Showing prizes are Charlene Sandberg (left), Lauren Sandburg, Karen Ossola, Cathy Oliveri and Carol Serrine.
PCJH celebrates Caudill birthday MCNABB — The Putnam County Junior High School sixthgrade students participated in the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award program. This Illinois award is determined by student votes. This award encourages students to read for personal satisfaction and develops a statewide awareness of outstanding children’s literature. The book “The Running Dream” was chosen by two votes, as being the favorite among the sixth-grade participants out of the 20 books. This program was introduced to
the students through a cooperative effort among Amy Carboni’s sixthgrade classes and Debbie Thompson PCJH media aide. The Putnam County Educational Foundation approved the grant which helped pay for copies of the books and the treats for the party. After a student reads one of the books, the student must pass the Accelerated Reader test, and then fill out a story balloon. A balloon report helps the student understand the parts of the novel. After reading and reporting on three Rebecca Caudill books, the students received a certification
stating they are eligible to vote for the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award. On Feb. 27, 17 students voted and a total of 116 books had been read so far. Students were treated to cookies, soda, ice cream and toppings in celebration of Rebecca Caudill’s February birthday. Any sixth-grader who reads all 20 of the Rebecca Caudill books will have their name engraved on a plaque to be displayed at the school in honor of this accomplishment. Students have until May 2 to meet the requirements to have their name on the plaque.
Oltman ranks in top 2 percent at Iowa State AMES, Iowa — Wesley Charles Oltman, a senior from Putnam, has achieved an academic ranking in the top 2 percent of students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.
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Births Announced Hayden Wade Hayden and Kassi Bachman of Princeton are the parents of a son, Brysan Wayde, born March 20 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. He was welcomed home by one sister, Skylar, 15 months. Maternal grandparents are Shelley Clore of Henry and Trent Bachman of Henry. Paternal grandparents are Paula Smith of Putnam, Don Smith of Tiskilwa and Mike Hayden of Putnam.
Briefs St. Margaret’s ‘Teens Need Teens’ peer support grief group SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s Health has announced they are offering a “Teens Need Teens” Peer Support Grief Group. The next meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 9 in the hospital’s first floor presentation room. It is a free program coordinated by a trained, licensed clinical social worker to help the teen put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self esteem and begin to accept what has taken place in the family. If your child is struggling through a painful loss experience, this will be an opportunity for them to share within a confidential, small group of peers what they are experiencing together. For more information, call Jennifer at 815-6641638.
Parkinson’s support group set SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s support group for persons affected by Parkinson’s disease will meet at 1:30 p.m. on April 7 in the Hospital’s First Floor Presentation Room. Family and friends are invited to attend. The support group offers emotional support, socialization and an opportunity to share information with others who are affected by Parkinson’s Disease. The group meets regularly every first Monday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the St. Margaret’s First Floor Presentation Room. Free valet parking is provided, and wheelchairs are available in the hospital. For more information, contact St. Margaret’s at 815-664-5311.
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Library Corner The Putnam County Public Library District is now on Facebook and Twitter. Like them at www. facebook.com/pcpld and follow them at twitter.com/PutnamCountyLib. Magnolia — Magnolia Library will have homework hour from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year. Children have the opportunity to have their completed homework checked or receive help understanding homework in progress. The library provides materials and equipment for help with school homework and projects. McNabb — Saturday Stories are at 10 a.m. each Saturday at the McNabb Library for children in early elementary school. Preschool story hour for children ages 3, 4 and 5 at the McNabb Library is at 11 a.m. every Saturday. Hennepin — Join the library at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and at 10:30 a.m. on Friday for
preschool story time. Preschool story times are ideal for children 3, 4 and 5 years old, with adult participation. Granville — The Granville Library preschool story hour meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays for stories, activities and more. The Favorites group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month to exchange ideas about good and not-so-good books, CDs and DVDs. There’s still a nice selection of hard cover and paperback books for sale with the proceeds helping the preschool story hour expenses. Drop by and check them out. Condit (Putnam) — Stop in at the Condit Library to browse a new selection of hardcover and paperback titles. The Condit Library is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays; from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays; and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Standard — Find signs of spring at the Standard Library. Browse books of gardens, flowers, birds and more. The Standard Library is open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
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Putnam County School menus Breakfast April 7 — Whole grain bagel with cream cheese or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. April 8 — Sausage gravy over whole grain biscuit or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. April 9 — Cereal bar or cereal, string cheese, fruit, juice, milk. April 10 — Breakfast pizza or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. April 11 — Whole grain cinnamon bun or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch April 7 — Barbecue on whole grain bun, pickles, tri-tators, corn, peaches, milk. April 8 — Spaghetti, whole grain breadstick, romaine/spinach salad, pineapple, milk. April 9 — Chicken nuggets, baked beans, broccoli, pears, milk. April 10 — Hot dog on whole grain bun, pretzels, veggie sticks, mandarin oranges, milk. April 11 — Grilled cheese sandwich, green beans, mixed fruit, ice cream cup, milk. Activities April 3, 4 & 5 — “Footloose”, 7:30 p.m. Putnam County High School auditorium.
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Justin Galletti (Willard). Abby Zens (Cowgirl Bonnie), Sabrina Smith (Cop), Becky Arnold (Wendy Jo), Nikki Mertel (Tracy), Monica Monroe (Gabby) Middle Row (L-R): Megan Hewitt (Betty Blast), Amelia Lindstrum (Rusty), Brooke Veranda (Ariel), Courtney ossola (Lulu), Loralee Wilson (Vi Moore), Chris Garza (Wes), Carly Gonet (Tech) Back Row (L-R): Jessie Goetsch (Chuck), Harold Fay (Ren), Nathan Ward (Rev. Shaw Moore), Christian Charbonneau (Stage Crew), Steven Morine (Tech), and Jon Mattern (Stage Crew) Missing from photo: Emily Whitney and Tara Doyle (Stage Crew)
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Rotary ignites post-prom Afterglow The Putnam County Rotary Club has begun preparations to host the Putnam County High School post-prom event, Afterglow, providing PCHS students and their guests an opportunity to extend the excitement and fun of their prom celebration on May 10. PCHS juniors and seniors not attending prom are also welcome to attend the free event. This year’s event will be held at the Putnam County Primary School gym in Granville. The carnival theme of the event will include both carnival and casino-type games, Superintendent Jay McCracken’s starring role in “Deal or No Deal,” an indoor bags tournament and the Afterglow’s new “Plinko” game. There will be gift drawings throughout the event, and an auction at the end of the event when students can use their winnings to bid on valuable prizes ranging from gift certificates to electronics, cameras, iPod items and a flatscreen TV. All students will receive souvenir chip cups and a free Afterglow T-shirt sporting this year’s Afterglow artP.O. Box 208 Standard 61363
Among those meeting on March 7 to begin planning the Afterglow were (seated, from left) Afterglow Chair Brandy Sandberg, club President Brenda Bickerman and Jordan Ellena; and (standing) committee members Lonna Nauman and Chauntelle Biagi-Bruer. work, designed by PCHS senior Kate Kazmierczak. Parents are encouraged to allow their teens to attend and to stay through the auction, so they can share in the fun. Parents are also asked to help prevent any competing post-prom
plans which would draw students away from the enjoyment and excitement of this year’s Afterglow. The Rotary Afterglow Project is able to provide students a local, safe and substance-free opportunity to extend their prom-night experience, all thanks to the help
of volunteers and generous contributions from businesses, municipalities, organizations and individuals. To volunteer, contact PutnamCountyRotary@ gmail.com. To donate, mail to PC Rotary, c/o Afterglow Chair Brandy Sandberg, 210 N. Walter, McNabb, IL 61335.
PCES students celebrate Caudill title HENNEPIN — Nineteen fifth-graders gathered to vote for their favorite 2014 Rebecca Caudill title on Feb. 7. Students have been participating in the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award this school year, selecting books to read from the 20 nominees. To be eligible to attend the party, students had to read at least three titles from the list, pass the Accelerated Reader quiz for the book and complete a worksheet detailing elements of the book. Students and staff enjoyed cookies, ice cream with toppings and fruit punch. Students chose “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio as the overall winner at PCES. Second place went to “The Running Dream” by Wendelin VanDraanen. “A Tale Dark and Grimm” by Adam Gidwitz earned third place.
All votes were submitted to the Illinois School Library Media Association website and an overall favorite of all students in the state of Illinois was announced: “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio. The fifth-grade students participating were Kaitlin Ahern, Leena Dean, Sophia Harris, Taylor Lenkaitis, Heather Nabers, Matthew Burr, Adam Currie, Emma Edens, Nick Mattern, Kyler McFadin, Luke Pederson, Jentsie Petersen, Cristal Correa, Kendra Crew, Samuel Currie, Madison Longbein, Ashlyn Serrine, McKenna Solomon and Abby Thompson. Putnam County Educational Foundation funded a grant to help provide for the purchase of the books and treats. So far, 149 Rebecca Caudill nominees have been read. Students have until April 25 to read all 20 if they choose to do so.
Rainbows at St. Margaret’s SPRING VALLEY — “Rainbows,” a children’s support group through life’s difficult changes of death, divorce and loss, will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 8 at St. Margaret’s Hospital’s first floor presentation room. For more information, call 815-664-1638.
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IRS Fraud Alert If the phone rings and the caller says he represents the IRS, be suspicious. That's the warning from federal authorities, who on Thursday said a nationwide phone scam has stolen $1 million from thousands of unsuspecting people. The impostor claims to be an Internal Revenue Service representative and tells "intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer," an IRS inspector general office said. "The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license."IRS officials typically first reach out by mail rather than phone, and don't demand immediate payment by debit card, credit card or wire transfer. The IRS said people who receive such calls or other suspicious requests should contact the IRS.
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RVP announce cast list for ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ Performances set for April 26 and 27, and May 2, 3 and 4 HENRY — River Valley Players is thrilled to announce the cast of “A Grand Night for Singing!” The ensemble revue cast includes Charlotte Balensiefen, Deanne Crook, Robert Eckert, Bill Entwistle, Morgan Friedrich, Ron Friedrich, Christine Gaspardo, Derrik Gaspardo, Bob Herath, Jane Knapp, Donald Knuckey, John Lionberger and Dixie Wheeler. The cast, codirectors Ron Friedrich and Jane Knapp, and choreographer, Deana Brown are hard at work to bring you a delightful representation of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein music. “A Grand Night for Singing” will be presented April 26 and 27, and May 2, 3 and 4 at St.
Upper sixth students and administrators of Government High School in Fundong, Cameroon, along with the mayor and other city officials, recently received textbooks donated by IVCC student groups.
Student organizations donate books OGLESBY — Their arrival was two years in the making, yet hundreds of textbooks collected by two Illinois Valley Community College student organizations recently arrived in the Fundong Provence of Cameroon, West Africa. Students and faculty of IVCC’s International Club and TEACH spent more than a year collecting textbooks for middle and high school-aged students at the Fundong Government High School. The project was the brain child of faculty adviser Amanda Cook Fesperman and former IVCC students Oliver Kah and Jacquelynn Hansen. “Schools in Africa are often sorely underfunded,” said Cook Fesperman “Something as simple as textbooks we take for granted here in the United States are very hard to come by in many of these schools, especially those in the rural areas.” Students often share textbooks, or learn through rote memorization, Fesperman said. The donation will make it possible for students to learn a wide range of subjects and improve their reading. Kah, who is from Fundong, but who has gained permanent residency in
the United States by winning the Visa Lottery, gives back to his people back home by doing projects like this. He is now studying social work at Bradley University. In 2012, when Hansen, then TEACH president, learned of the project she immediately offered to help and the two student organizations worked to collect the books, raise money to ship them, and, through the help of IVCC chemistry instructor Promise Yong, ensured
the books would arrive safely in Fundong. In addition to sending books to Fundong, the International Club along with physics instructor Dominic Sarsah, has also been collecting and sending college textbooks to Cape Coast University in Ghana, West Africa, for almost 10 years. Recently, the organization sponsored school fees for deserving students in two villages in Cameroon and will continue to help provide scholarships
through a foundation set up by Yong, who also hails from Cameroon. “This was such a wonderful opportunity for our students to make connections with students half way across the world, and to learn the value of education,” said Fesperman. Fesperman, a political science instructor, hoped these types of projects continue at IVCC because it offers students a chance to help others while also learning about another culture.
Mary’s Community Center in Henry. “A Grand Night for Singing” is a musical revue showcasing the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein featuring songs from every Broadway musical written by the award-winning pair, such as “Carousel,” “Oklahoma!,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” “Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music.” This show takes a lively and inventive approach to the beloved songs of these collaborators, while at the same time puts a smile on our faces and keeps us guessing about what will happen next. Nominated for two Tony Awards (Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical), “A Grand Night for Singing” leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain. Tickets will be on sale soon.
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TAKE NOTICE CERTIFICATE NO. # 2010-00023 TO: COUNTY CLERK OF PUTNAM COUNTY; Anton Stegnar; Jane Stegnar; Persons in occupancy or actual possession of said property, Unknown owners or parties interested in said land or lots. A Petition for Tax Deed on premise described below has been filed in the Circuit Court of Putnam County, Illinois as Case No. 14-TX-2. The property is Located At: 309 N. Division St., Granville. Legal Description or P.I. No.: 02-02-210-000. Said property was sold on 11/15/2011 for delinquent taxes for the year 2010. The period of redemption will expire on August 7, 2014. On 8/14/2014 at 11:00 a.m. the petitioner will make application to such court in said county for an Order for Tax Deed, should the real estate not be redeemed. Kathleen M. Hollonbeck, Petitioner Published in the Putnam County Record Mar. 26, Apr. 2 and 9, 2014.
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Ford 350 Dump truck with plow. Minimum bid accepted will be $10,000. Bids must be in no later than April 16th, at 6:00 p.m. You may mail bids to: Village of Hennepin P.O. Box 194
Hennepin, IL 61327 or drop off at: Hennepin Village Hall 627 E. High St. Hennepin, IL 61327 For questions or to view the vehicle, please call 815-925-7138. Bids will be opened
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Hennepin reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Board of Trustees,
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF ) GEORGE L. ) SIEGMAN, ) deceased. ) Case No. 14-P-5 CLAIMS NOTICE Notice is given of the death of GEORGE L. SIEGMAN, deceased, 111 W. Washington Street, Magnolia, Putnam County, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on March 20, 2014, to Susanna M. Barth, 214 Birch Street, Washburn, IL 61570, whose attorney is Ryan J. Anderson, 611 Second Street, P.O. Box 174, Henry, IL 61537. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of said Court at the Putnam County Courthouse, PO Box 207, 120 N. Fourth Street, Hennepin, IL 61327 on or before October 2, 2014, or, if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by 755 ILCS 5/18-3, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before said date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative within 10 days after it has been filed and proof of such mailing must be filed with the Court. Dated: March 26, 2014. Susanna M. Barth Independent Executor of the Estate of George L. Siegman, deceased Ryan J. Anderson Attorney for the Executor 611 Second Street, PO Box 174 Henry, IL 61537 (309)364-2354 Published in the Putnam
TAKE NOTICE CERTIFICATE NO. # 2010-00091 TO: COUNTY CLERK OF PUTNAM COUNTY; Duane H. Wenzlaff; Lora A. Wenzlaff; Citizens First National Bank; Heartland Bank and Trust Company; Persons in occupancy or actual possession of said property, Unknown owners or parties interested in said land or lots. A Petition for Tax Deed on premise described below has been filed in the Circuit Court of Putnam County, Illinois as Case No. 14-TX-3. The property is Located At: 200 S. Bloomington St., Magnolia. Legal Description or P.I. No.: 04-00-037-230. Said property was sold on 11/15/2011 for delinquent taxes for the year 2010. The period of redemption will expire on August 7, 2014. On 8/14/2014 at 11:00 a.m. the petitioner will make application to such court in said county for an Order for Tax Deed, should the real estate not be redeemed. Kathleen M. Hollonbeck, Petitioner Published in the Putnam County Record Mar. 26, Apr. 2 and 9, 2014. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY, HENNEPIN, ILLINOIS Green Tree ) Servicing, LLC, ) Plaintiff, ) vs. ) Leokadia ) Sokolowska, et al. ) 14 CH 4 Notice to Heirs and Legatees. Notice is hereby given to you, the Unknown Heirs and Unknown Legatees of the decedent(s), Leokadia Sokolowska, that on March 6, 2014, an order was entered by the Court, naming William P. Butcher, 2044 Ridge Road, Homewood, Illinois 60430, Tel. No. (708) 799-0600, as the Special Representative of the above named decedent(s) under 735 ILCS 13-1209 (Death of a Party). The cause of action for the Foreclosure of a certain Mortgage upon the premises commonly known as: 1-177 Birch
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PUTNAM COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ACCEPTING BIDS Sealed bids are being accepted for a 1997 Buick Park Avenue 4 Door. Bids can be mailed to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 177, Hennepin, IL 61327. Vehicle can be viewed at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Bids will be opened on 4-8-14 at 11:00am. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Published in the Putnam County Record Apr. 2, 2014. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT HENNEPIN, PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF ) Michael T. Willard, ) deceased ) Case No. 2014-P-2 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Michael T. Willard of Granville, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on March 6, 2014 to Lynn Cwikla of 511 Westcott Street, Granville, IL 61326 as Independent Administrator whose attorney is Guilfoyle Law Firm, 1316 Meriden Street, Mendota, IL 61342 Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Circuit Clerk, Probate Division, Putnam County Courthouse, 120 N. 4th Street, Hennepin, IL 61327, or with the representative or both on or before October 1, 2014 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. Published in the Putnam County Record Mar. 26, Apr. 2 and 9, 2014. VILLAGE OF HENNEPIN ACCEPTING BIDS Sealed bids are being accepted for a 2004
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NOTICE OF SALE The Village of Granville, Putnam County, Illinois, a Municipal Corporation, will sell the following described real estate to wit: A part of the Northeast Quarter of Section 9, Township 32 North, Range 1 West of the Third principal Meridian described as follows to wit: The parcel of land formerly lot Eight in Block Six in Joel W. Hopkins’s addition to the Village of Granville, which addition is now vacated, said parcel being fifty feet wide and two hundred feet long, except the coal and the right to mine and remove the same through underground passages. Situated in Putnam County, Illinois and further subject to easements of record. By receiving sealed bids as hereafter directed. The real estate was previously used as a well for the public water supply in the Village of Granville; the well has been sealed and abandoned in the manner provided by law and the property is now improved with a well house and is zoned R2, Residential, under the Zoning Ordinance of The Village of Granville, Putnam County, Illinois, and the premises are located at the Southeast Corner of Colby Street and Tomlinson Avenue, Granville, Illinois 61326. The Village of Granville, Illinois will receive bids at the regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees on May 6th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at which time all bids will be opened. The Village of Granville, Illinois will furnish a title policy equal to the purchase price as evidence of title and pay all real estate taxes for the year 2013 due in 2014. The Village of Granville, Putnam County, Illinois reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and reserves the right to sell the parcel. Village of Granville, Putnam County, Illinois A Municipal Corporation BY: Douglas Gimbal Village Board President Published in the Putnam County Record Apr. 2, 9 and 16, 2014. ANNUAL TOWN MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN To the legal voters, residents of the Town of Magnolia in the County of Putnam and State of Illinois, that the Annual Town Meeting of said Town will take place on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 being the second Tuesday of said month at the hour of 6:30 o’clock p.m. at: Magnolia Township Building, Magnolia, IL. for the transaction of the miscellaneous business of the said town; and after a Moderator having been elected, will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers, and decide on such measures as may, in pursuance of law, come before the meeting; and especially to consider and decide the following: Road & Bridge Summary Town Summary Permanent Road Summary Joint Bridge Summary Cemetery Fund Summary Assistance Summary. Dated March 25, 2014. Brenda Wulzen Magnolia Township Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record Apr. 2, 2014.
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3468 E. 5th Road La Salle, IL Full listing & Photos on auctionzip.com 1991 International Bucket/Boom Truck; John Deere 40 Tractor; New Holland 68 Baler; Hay Rake; New Idea 5212 mower Conditioner; 2010 Tman 20’ Flatbed Trailer w/Winch; 6-1/2’ X 12’ Trailer; Bobcat Grappling Bucket; Bobcat 6’ & 7’ material Bucket; 1985 Honda magma motorcycle; Electric mobility Scooters & Equip.; Shop Tools; Hundreds Of Pocket Knives; Plus New Household, Yard, & Garden Items. This Is Only A Partial Listing
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TRACTORS, FORKLIFTS, ETC: *1999 JD 9300 4 WD, #020342, 4960 hrs, 4 hyd, bareback, 710R-38 tires & duals, rear wheel weights; *1996 Case IH 7220 FWA,#0074873, 7290 hrs, 3 hyd., 3 pt., dual PTO, 18.4/ R42 tires & duals, ft weights – nice tractor; *JD 4850 MFWD, #010094, 6050 hrs, 18.4R42 tires & duals, 4 hyd., 3 pt w/quick hitch, PTO, auto steer ready, very nice; *AC 8070 diesel, 8621 hrs, 2 wd, w/Farm Hand loader, grapple bucket, 20.8R38 tires & duals, 3 pt, 3 remotes, 1000 PTO; *JD4630, # 015079, 1834R38 tires &duals, 2 hyd, 3 pt, quick hitch; *Oliver 1750 Diesel, wide front 3 pt, PTO; *Farmall MTA, #74939, NF, 14.9-38 tires, PTO, Single hyd., runs very good; *Case DC, WF, 12-38 rear tires, PTO, runs, original; *Allis Chalmers FP-40, 4000 lb forklift, LP, runs good; *AC M-100 Motor Grader, 12’ Moldboard, cab and heat, manual shift, runs very good; *1952 DC Case, #560XXX, wide front, 3 PT, elec start, RUNS; *1998 Case 1840 Skidder, 2798 hrs, runs good; *Hyster Fork Lift 318 LP gas, 20,000 lb lift; *Deutz Allis 7085, WF, Cab, 18.4-34 rear, 3 pt, 2 hyd, 6836 hrs.; *IH 1586, WF, cab, 20.8R38 rears, 3 PT, PTO, 9160 hrs.; TILLAGE: *JD 980 26’ field cult w/5 bar spike, NICE; *Kent 36’ finisher w/5 bar spike harrow; *Sunflower 1541 38’ disc, gauge wheels; *JD550 Mulch Master, 19’; *Landoll 2320 Weatherproofer II 7 leg ripper, New Pts, 20’ w/tyne harrow; *JD960 field cult, 26 ½ all new shovels, rear hitch, NICE; *NEW McFarland 28’ 4x4 manual fold harrow; *JD 922 24’ Finisher, 5 bar spike, absolutely field ready, NICE; JD 924 24’ Finisher, 6 bar spike harrow, new shovels, sharp; *JD 980 field cultivator, 24’ w/3 bar tyne; *JD 980 field cultivator, 18’ w/3 bar tyne, rear hitch w/4 section 20’ flex harrow, Very Nice; *Wilrich 40 ½’ field cultivator, walk-tandems, 3 bar coil tyne harrow; *DMI Tigermate 29 ½’ w/3 bar tyne; *DMI 30’ Crumbler; *JD 637 HD 26 ½’ disc; *Pepin 29 ½’ section harrow w/hyd. Lift cart; *Glencoe 9 shank disc chisel; *Glencoe Soil finisher, 18 ½’, walk tandems, 5 bar spike; *DMI Tigermate II, 48 ½’ field cult w/4 bar tyne harrow; *McFarlane 50’ 8 bar spike Harrow w/ hyd. Fold; * McFarlane 34’, 4x4 spike harrow w/hyd fold; *Case IH 200 28’ Soil Finisher w/Remlinger 5 bar spike harrow; 2 - IH 496 Disc, 22’; PLANTERS AND DRILLS: *JD 7240 Planter, #A660232, 8 row 30”, corn boxes w/insecticide, hyd. Down pressure, Yetter no-till w/managers, JD 200 monitor (radar sold separate), 15 3 bu bean boxes and meters (sold separate); *JD 7100 6 row 30” planter, 3 pt, new openers and seed tubes, Keeten firmers, down pressure, very nice; *JD 7100 2 row 30” planter, mechanical drive @ 32,000 pop; * JD 7100 4 row 30”, 3 pt mechanical drive @ 32,000 pop; *2000 – JD 1560 15’ No-till grain drill, new harrow, Local Owner, Very Nice; *JD 7000, 8 row 30”, insecticide, rigid, corn and bean cups; *JD 7000 8 row 36” wing fold planter, insect, NICE; SPRAYERS: *2009 Hardi 4400 Commander, 120’ force booms, 1200 gal, steerable axle, insight w/auto pilot & boom control, Very, Very, Nice; *Hardi Commander 750, 60’booms, New 12.4-42 tires, Hi-cap foamer, flush & rinse, chem fill, quick fill, 1000 rpm pump; *Flexicoil 67XL, 1500 gal, 90’ boom w/windshields, clean water, inductor; *BestWay 500 gallon, PTO pump, 45’ boom w/controls; *Hardi 500 gal, 45’ boom, w/controls; *Blumhardt 1000 gal sprayer, 60’ boom, foam, controls; *Bestway 1000 gal, 60’ Boom, foamer, hydfro Pump, 320/85R38 tires; GRAIN TRUCK, AUGER CARTS AND WAGONS: *2 – J&M 350–20 gravity wagons; *MANY gravity wagons; *1985 IH Twin Screw Tandem, 466 diesel, 18’ steel box w/roll tarp and twin hoist, 10 speed trans. w/400 bu seed tote divided gravity box, roll tarp and 16’ belt conveyor, hyd drive for tandem truck; *M&W 4200 Gravity Box, 16.5L-16.1 tires w/hyd seed auger, Shurloc roll tarp; MISC. EQUIPMENT: *Yetter 30’ 3 pt, hyd fold rotary hoe; *Redball 2000, rigid 8 row fert. tool bar; *Smartbox 16 row system, insecticide for 16 row, complete w/monitor; *JD HX15 Batwing Mower, hard tires, 1000 PTO; *DMI markers for 16 row DMI NH3 tool bar (Like New); *NEW Kory 12T gear w/13,000 gal poly water tank, inductor, transfer pump & weather treated tarp; *Skid steer pallet forks; *New Idea 324 2 row corn picker; *100 KW portable generator w/6 cyl GMC engine on tandem trailer – Must See; *8’ x 20’ Aluminum deck over homemade trailer; *18’ flatbed trailer tandem axle, new floor; HAY AND LIVESTOCK: *New Patriot 24’ hay feeder on wheels; *New Holland 492, 9’ haybine, Very Nice; *1994 New Holland 492, 9 mower conditioner, NICE; *New Holland 1412 discbine mower, NICE; *New Idea 4 bar rake; JD 4 bar hay rake; *New Idea 214 manure spreader; *JD 350 sickle mower; *David Bradley hay rake; *Heider 150 bu auger wagon; *Ford disc mower, 5’, 3 pt hitch; LAWN & GARDEN, RECREATION: *JD 2003 LT 180, 48” deck; *2001 Dixon 4516 hydro, 50” deck; *JD 318, 316, 325 & 345 w/48” decks; *JD 925A, 60 hrs, 1 yr, 60” deck; *JDZ445, 54” deck, NICE; *JD LA145 48” deck, 60 hrs, Nice; *Coleman paddle boat, NEW; *5’ fiberglass dingy; *IH 140 gas tractor, #40167, 12.4-24 turf tires, w/Woods L306 belly mower; *IH Cub 154 Low-Boy, #019058, WF w/13.6-16 turf tires, 60” mower deck & IH factory hyd loader; *Cub Cadet 1015, 10 hp, 32” deck, hydro; *Bush Hog HS1736, zero turn, 17.5 hp w/36” deck, 48 hrs, Like New; *2 Grasshopper 616, 16 hp, 44” deck & 50” deck, zero turn, *Grasshopper 720K, gas, 61” deck, zero turn mower; *Cub Cadet 1250 hydro, 50” deck; *JD 165 w/38” deck; *JD LX178 w/38” deck; *JD 425 all wheel steer, 54” deck, Looks & Runs Good; *JD F911, 72” deck; *JD 316, 46”, NICE; *JD 110; NURSERY STOCK: 5’ Techny Arborvitae, 5’ Norway Spruce, 4’ CO Blue Spruce, 6’ Emerald Green Arborvitae; 100+ IMPLEMENT TOYS: JD,IH, Tru Scale, Case, AC & more; Currently Accepting Consignments – Many more by Sale Day Watch for additions on www.rickrediger.com NUMBER SYSTEM WILL BE USED – I.D. 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A note from Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jay McCracken Spring is finally here!! What a long, difficult winter we have experienced! I express my appreciation to all students, parents and family members who have demonstrated patience during the severe cold, snow and bad roads that made the trips to school so tough this winter. A special note of appreciation goes to the snow plow drivers and bus drivers who made sure our students were safe and able to make it to school. As a result of this weather, our final day of attendance for our students is June 5. Our students are looking forward to the warmer weather and being outside for recess, softball and baseball games! Putnam County Junior High graduation will be held on Thursday, May 29, and Putnam County High School graduation will com-
mence on Friday, May 30. The graduation ceremonies were moved from their original dates because of the longer school year which resulted from the weather. During this time of the year, our scholarship committees are meeting to determine the recipients of the numerous awards that are offered in our Putnam County Schools. Without doubt, our Putnam County community offers the most incredible scholarship opportunities in the entire Illinois Valley area! As superintendent, I express my heartfelt gratitude to the individuals, families and entities that have provided the resources for these scholarship awards. This is another example of the community support that makes Putnam County such an amazing place to live and raise a family!
Our educational team is in the process of working on several amazing curriculum improvements. Our Educational Program Improvement Council will meet again in April to offer a recommendation to our PC Board of Education regarding these exciting initiatives. One of the curriculum changes involves pilot projects in cutting edge technology, and the second should create phenomenal opportunities for students to earn more college credits while in high school. More details will be announced next month, and we are so excited to continue on our pathway to excellence in our Putnam County Schools! Yours in educational service, Jay K. McCracken, Superintendent Putnam County C.U.S.D. 535
St. Margaret’s Hospital to have Cardiac Chat SPRING VALLEY — Cardiac Chat is a meeting for anyone with heartrelated issues or lives with someone with heart problems. The next meeting will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on April 8 in the first floor presentation room. This meeting is free to the public. The goal of Cardiac Chat is for individuals to
learn the skills that help manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Family members are encouraged to also attend and bring questions. Participants may attend for the whole hour or just stop in during the scheduled time. Staff members from various departments in the hospital will be on
hand monthly to answer various questions: Nurse – blood pressure, pulse and weight. Durable medical equipment – questions about medical equipment, oxygen. Social services – see what resources are available in the community – home health, etc. Pharmacist – discuss and answer any questions
about medications. Cardiac rehab – discuss physical activity and smoking cessation. Dietitians – dietary changes and weight management. Managed care – answer any questions about insurance/Medicare plans. For more information regarding Cardiac Chat, call 815-664-1118.
Quilter’s Guild to meet April 9 HENRY — The Marshall Putnam Quilter’s Guild will meet on April 9 at the Henry Presbyterian Church, 511 Wirt St. The morning meeting from 9 a.m. to noon will be dedicated to making community service quilts to be distributed to local nursing homes. During this time, Janette Dwyer, quilt appraiser and historian, will be giving quilt appraisals, either written or oral. There is a fee for the appraisal. If interested in reserv-
ing a time slot for an appraisal, contact Terry Kaveney at 309-4632712. Lunch will be on your own. The afternoon meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with a brief business meeting followed by a lecture by Dwyer titled, “A Blanket with a Heart Beat” about baby quilts. Membership dues of $15 a year will be collected at the next two meetings. May will be a member potluck, judging of the challenge quilts and election of officers for the next year.
10th annual writers competition SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced entry forms are available for the 10th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. The competition is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for
the Book and Kevin Stein, who succeeded Brooks as Illinois Poet Laureate. The competition is open to Illinois residents age 18 and over. Entries must be postmarked by June 30. Forms and other information may be found at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. For more information, contact Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or email@example.com.
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Eckrich Deli Roast Beef, lb................................. $5.99 Hoffman’s Super Sharp Cheese, lb .................... $5.99 Eckrich Bologna, lb ............................................ $3.99 Deli Fresh Macaroni Salad, lb ............................ $1.99
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Bud or Bud Light Beer, 24pk cans ...................... $15.59 New Amsterdam Flavored Vodka, 750ml............. $9.99
open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily 8 a.m. - noon Sunday 925-7308
Maxwell house coffee 30oz
cherrios, honey nut cherrios, Multi Grain cherrios
Green Giant canned Vegetables
crystal Granulated Sugar 4#
Bounty Big roll paper towels 6 Pack
charmin Big roll Bath tissue $ 12 Pack
c o oUr FaMily ice creaM U SqUareS p o 56oz n Limit Two With Coupon and $15 Order
CenTer CuT Boneless BuTTerfly
Hormel Smoked Porkchops, 15oz .......................... $4.59 Family Pak Ground Beef, lb ................................... $3.59 Lean Ground Pork, lb ............................................ $2.99 Lean Baby Back Ribs, lb ....................................... $3.99 Our Homemade Pork Fair Burgers, lb ................... $3.39 Fresh Whole Chickens, lb ...................................... $1.69
Ore Ida French Fries and Asst Potato, 2# ..................... 2/$5 Tombstone Pizzas, All ........................................ 3/$12 Banquet Dinners, Each ......................................... 5/$5 Coles Garlic Bread, Toast, All ............................... 2/$4
Simply Orange Juice, 59oz ................................. $2.88 Asst Coffeemate Creamers, 16oz ......................... 2/$4 Fleishmann Stick Margarine, 16oz........................ 2/$3 Crystal Farms Box Cream Cheese, 8oz ............... 2/$3
Our Family Coconut Breaded Shrimp, lb............ $2.49 Icelanic Cod Fillets, lb ........................................ $7.99
Fresh Baked Sweet Subs, 6ct ............................ $2.29 Hawiian Sweet Bread, Each.................................. 2/$6
forget to attend the Magnolia Fire Dept. $ 28 Don’t Chicken Fry and Ham/Turkey Raffle this
Saturday, April 6 at the Magnolia Fire Dept.!!!!