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Getting there is half the problem Granville board in quandary over manhole access By Ken Schroeder

GRANVILLE — The Granville Village Board discussed a problem with access to a manhole at the May 6 meeting. The manhole is on a trunkline that may be part of the problem with sewer backup in the village, but getting to the problem is a problem in and of itself.

“I’ve been told there are no easements, so that creates a problem,” Village Attorney Christina Mennie said. “If you want to go to the landowner and ask, that’s one thing. But if he says no, there’s not much you can do.” The manhole is surrounded by property once owned by Alexander Construction Co., but the property has since changed hands and sev-

eral board members noted the current owner has not been very cooperative with the board on the matter. The board is investigating the possibility there were easements in the original plat. However, Mark Burchetta of Chamlin and Associates pointed out it was not uncommon for municipalities to have informal agreements with landowners to allow work on the sewer. Those agree-

ments would not be binding today. “If there’s no easement, how do we repair something that’s broken? If we go in there now and do what we want to do, where do we stand?” board member Lou Verda asked. “What if we want to televise the sewer to find out if there’s any other problems existing in the sewer that are causing problems for the citizens of Granville?” Mennie said the cur-

rent landowner has given permission to look at the problem, but not to do any damage to the surrounding area. Flow through the trunkline has been found to be more than it should be, which may indicate outlets into or near the line that shouldn’t be there. Verda said the only way to know for sure is by inspection, but it is likely field tile from the farm nearby is partially to blame. If so, that would explain why

sewer back-up has been a continual problem since the April 2013 rains. “You’re going to have to have pretty concrete evidence before you can act on that,” Mennie said. In other action, the board: • Learned the North Central Illinois Council of Governments will hold a public hearing prior to the next village board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 20 at

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Cleaning and construction in Mark By Ken Schroeder

MARK — Spring clean up and street projects were on the agenda at the Mark Village Board meeting on May 6. Village Engineer Jack Kusek discussed upcoming work and plans for the St. Paul Street reconstruction project. Kusek bought preliminary plans for the board to review on the project which will include improvements in road, curbs, gutters and storm sewers in the area. Due to

the differences in levels of land grades with the storm sewers, the board wants to make sure water runoff does not overwhelm any property near the street. Another issue for the board was concerns over where residents will park during the construction project. After lengthy discussion, Kusek asked to update the preliminary plans again to bring to the next meeting on May 20. The board also discussed potential spring cleaning projects in the

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No to hog farm County says no, but state has the final say By Ken Schroeder

LACON — The road just got a little rockier for the Sandy Creek Lane hog facility. During a board meeting on May 8, the Marshall County Board resoundingly voted against allowing the facility to be built with a vote of 11 to 1. The vote followed a lengthy discussion with several residents in attendance. Marshall County Clerk Melody Weber said the lone board member voted for the measure did so for the 20 possible jobs the Vol. 146 No. 37 One Section - 12 Pages

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facility would bring to the county. The hog facility has to address and satisfy eight criteria in order to be approved. Many local residents stated VMC — the company proposing the facility — had yet to meet any of the criteria, although Weber said the board rejected the proposal citing only five of the criteria unsatisfied. The county board will send a non-binding letter of recommendation to the state Department of Agriculture, stating its rejection of the proposed facility. However, the final decision is out of the county’s hands.

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LASALLE — At the signal, the men and women start putting on their firefighting gear. Pants, boots, jackets, air tanks, helmets, masks and gloves all must be secure and ready to go as the firefighters go into harm’s way risking their life to save the lives of people they probably don’t know. Today, most of the group is in full gear in about a minute and one-half. Not bad for a class of high school students. The Area Career Center at LaSalle-Peru High School added a new class this year, offering a fire safety class which introduces students to firefighting basics with an eye toward becoming professional or volunteer firefighters. There is some classroom instruction, but much of what they do is hands-on training simulating what they might do in a true emergency situation.

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The chief instructor for the class is Bill “Buck” Manley, who recently retired as fire chief from the Ottawa Fire Department. Assisting Manley is Tonica Volunteer Fire Department Member Rick Turri. The two men represent more than 50 years of firefighting experience from two different perspectives. “They get information from both aspects; the full-time firefighter and the part-time volunteer firefighter,” Turri said. “I think it’s great and kind of unique to have instruction from people in the field and have real experience.” Kayla Tondi of Standard is one of the students in the class, and since starting the class has gone through cadet status and been accepted as a probationary firefighter by the Standard Fire Department. She helps at the Cedar Point fire station as well. She’s currently taking Basic Emergency Medical Technician training and will be entering the Navy to become a Medic. “I got into the medical field in the Navy, and that’s what I want to get into in life,” Tondi said. “That’s an advancement for me, and I get the schooling I need,

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Student firefighters climb a ladder in full gear to simulate conditions at a fire. The fire safety course at the Area Career Center teaches firefighting basics to high school students in Putnam, LaSalle and Bureau counties.

them. When I started the class I got more interested in it, so I applied to the Standard Fire Department.” Equipment for the class has come from fire departments throughout the area. Retired gear and equipment from Utica and Peru fire departments is used, and there’s a fully-functional fire truck courtesy of the Peru Fire Department that is used for firefighting drills. The classroom used to be used for automotive classes and still needs some work to bring it to where the instructors would like it. “There wasn’t a lot of lead time in preparing the class,” Turri said. “In fact, ‘Buck’ was hired a month before school started, and I was brought a week after.” Many of the students in the current class will be going into the military to continue their training, and Turri would like to see more students enter the program. “We need students from Bureau and Putnam counties and southern LaSalle County,” Turri said. “Firefighters are hard to come by, and they need training. Any fire department is going to be lucky when they get one of these kids.”

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JoAnne Lee (left) and Carol Miller discuss plans for the 2014 Colors for Arie 5K walk/run.

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The Putnam County Republicans elected officers for the upcoming year in April at the Putnam County Courthouse. The officers include Precinct Committeeman Magnolia 1, Kim Alleman (front row, left); Secretary Trudy Sandberg; Chairman Alma Toedter and Precinct Committeeman Granville 4, Carolyn Marquardt. In the back row are Precinct Committeeman Granville 4 Gene Siegman; Vice Chairman Carl Naumann; and Treasurer Jim Gibson. The next meeting will be in June.

Granville From Page 1 the village hall. Up for discussion is the Community Development Assistance Program loan for upgrades to the water treatment plant. The amount of the proposed grant is $349,956. • Delayed passing a burn ordinance until the May 20 meeting to give

the members a chance to look over the proposed paperwork. • Officially signed the resolution cautioning against smoking in village parks. The resolution passed on a three to two vote with Ray Leckonby, Jim Pettit and Village President Doug Gimbal voting in favor of the measure. Board members Verda and Tina Bergen voted against the resolution.

Poppy Day is May 16 MCNABB – The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1242 of McNabb will be hosting Poppy Day on May 16. Proceeds from this day go to helping veterans in the local area.

Another year of colors By Ken Schroeder

HENNEPIN — The second annual Colors for Arie 5K run/walk begins at 10 a.m. May 24 in Hennepin at Walter Durley Boyle Park. The event raises awareness of suicide and suicide prevention, highlighting the life of Arie Boggio who committed suicide at the age of 16. Proceeds for this year’s run will go to Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA). There almost wasn’t a second year. “I said, ‘I’m not doing this again,’ but since then people constantly

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“CPASA is thrilled. They’re going to be there for support and help. The community’s come together with sponsor money, and businesses I didn’t even know existed are sponsoring this year,” Miller said. “CPASA Director Dawn Conerton is awesome. She’s inspired me and encouraged me to keep on going.” Will there be a third run? “Ask me again next year,” Miller said. Registration for the run before the day is $25 for the run with a T-shirt and $15 without the shirt. On the day of the run, it’s $35 with a shirt and $25 without.


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Mark From Page 1 village, including possible removal of garbage or trash on properties, as well as addressing possible unlicensed or abandoned cars in the village. Board members were encouraged to walk around the village and look for properties that need to be addressed. Local resident George Jauch addressed the board on his concerns over junk and trash in an outbuilding structure at 119 Ava St. in Mark. After discussion, Jauch was told the village could send a certified letter under the nuisance ordinance to hopefully get the property cleaned up. The board informed Jauch they would look into the matter. In other issues discussed, the confusion over the appropriate dates for recycling each week was reviewed. Niewinski told the board he has been in contact with the vendor who is currently giving out the wrong dates for when village residents should put their recycling out. There is also confusion as to how the containers should be placed curbside which needs to be resolved. The village board is looking into setting a recycling date for electronics.

Hans L. ‘Hansie’ Sandberg GRANVILLE — Hans L. “Hansie” Sandberg, 87, of Granville passed away, Monday, May 5, 2014, in Cabin Livin’ in rural Hennepin. He was born May 19, 1926, in Florid to Hans H. and Charlott (Wickstin) Sandberg. He married Charlene Zellmer Aug. 23, 1952, at the County Line Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1944 to 1946. He was a charter member of the Granville Rotary and was a 50-year member of the Granville American Legion. He was an owner-operator of his trucking company, hauling general commodities from 1952 to 1985 and also worked for Farm Service in McNabb.

Nita Tonioni STANDARD — Nita Tonioni, 92, of Standard died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. Nita was born on Sept. 22, 1921, in Standard to Pio and Lena (Bellisi) Merli. She married Arthur Tonioni on Nov. 23, 1939. She was a self employed beautician. Surviving “Aunt Teta” are her sisters, Rose White of Peru, Dorothy Grivetti of Standard and Jean Lynch

He was known for being the “Tin Can Man” of McCoy Street, always tinkering and smashing aluHans L. minum cans ‘Hansie’ in front of his Sandberg shop. He also enjoyed music, playing accordion, enjoyed fishing, feeding birds and working in his yard. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; one daughter, Lauren (Adrian Catalina) Sandberg of Granville; one brother, James (Cynthia) Sandberg of Evansville, Ind.; two sisters, Dorothy Cioni of Granville and Charlotte (Earl) Yates of Kileen, Texas; a brother-inlaw, Glenn (Lena) Zellmer of Oglesby; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert, on May 5, 1958; two brothers, Gustav and John Sandberg; and one sister, Lillian Sandberg. Services were held Friday, May 9, in the HelmerShields Funeral Home, Granville, with Pastor Ron McNeil officiating. Burial was in the Granville Cemetery with full military honors by the Granville American Legion and VFW, and the U.S. Navy flag folders. Visitation was held Thursday, May 8, and prior to the services Friday, May 9, in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice or the family. Pallbearers were Jack Ossola, Alan Zellmer, Charles Oliveri, Albert Cioni, John Sandberg and Leslie Grover.

of Standard. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur; one brother, Reno Merli; and three sisters, Edith Vulcani, Lucy Terando and Violet Schlosser. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. May 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Granville, with Father Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart

Catholic Cemetery. As per her request, there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to the Putnam County Community Center in Standard. Pallbearers will be Denny Vulcani, Tim Schlosser, Terry Lane, Damian Grivetti, John Grivetti and Michael Lynch. Online condolences may be made to Nita’s family at www.dcfunerals. com.

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Esther Ploch PERU — Esther B. Ploch, 98, of rural Peru died Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Manor Court of Liberty Village, Peru. She was born on May 26, 1915, in Putnam County to Emil and Anna (Immel) Zellmer. She married William G. Ploch on June 2, 1936, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was baptized and confirmed in Esther Ploch Immanuel Church and was a lifelong member, having taught Sunday school for 50 years, served on the Church Council, sang in the choir, was an active leader and a member of the church women’s organization. She worked as activity director at Heritage Manor in Peru for 20 years, also had past employment with Moews Seed Company and Tonica Greenhouse. She was past president of the Tonica 20th Century Club, a charter member of the National Farmers Organization and sang with the Hamonnaires for several years. Esther lived her entire life on the farm until moving to Liberty Village for healthcare. She is survived by one son, Roger (Carolynn) Ploch of rural Peru; one daughter, Anita (Ted) Timke of Granville; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 16, 2000; and two brothers, Walter and Clarence. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 14, at Immanuel Lutheran Church on County Line with the Rev. Roger Helgren officiating. Burial will be in the Granville Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, County Line, Peru, or the ELCA World Hunger program, which she actively supported. Online condolences for Esther’s family may be made to

Cal Baxter WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Cal Baxter, 71, of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Hennepin, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his residence. Services will be Saturday, May 24. The Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville will be assisting the family with the arrangements. A full obituary will follow.

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Extension offers webinars on state’s budget crisis

University of Illinois Extension is offering a no cost webinar series which is a part of the Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox. These webinars will provide an opportunity to talk with policy experts. Illinois is in a fiscal crisis with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem, according to policy experts. The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a virtual resource center providing papers that assess policy options and frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation. Using high quality academic scholarship, leading policy experts from the University of Illinois provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options. The University of Illinois Extension Local Government Information and Education Network, in partnership with the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), will present an opportunity to learn more about this proj-

ect and interact with the scholars through a series of upcoming webinars. The webinars will be offered on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at noon. Session topics and speakers include: June 10 - Tools to Address Revenue About the Toolbox Project; Christopher Z. Mooney, director of IGPA; Increasing Sin Taxes; Julian Reif and John Schneider, UIUC, Economics; Business Tax Options; David Merriman, UIC, Public Administration; and Sales Tax Options; J. Fred Giertz, UIUC, Economics. Aug. 12 - Tools to Address Spending About the Toolbox Project; Christopher Z. Mooney, director of IGPA; Bending the Curve; Richard Winkel, Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership; Waste and Abuse in Human Affairs Spending; Elizabeth Powers, UIUC, Economics; Health Spending; Anthony Lo Sasso, UIC, Health Policy and Administration; and Better Fiscal Planning; Nancy

Hudspeth, UIC, The Fiscal Futures Project. Sept. 9 - Important Questions about Redistricting in Illinois Brian Gaines, UIUC Public Policy; Christopher Z Mooney, Director of IGPA; Richard Winkel, Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership. There is no charge for the webinars, however, registration is required and can be completed at http://web.extension. Go to the sidebar under Register Online and find Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox. You will be provided logon information so that you may participate in the program from your home or your office via the Internet. Each session will be recorded and posted at cfm. If you have questions or need more information, call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at 815-875-2878.

Meeting Calendar May 14 — 6:30 p.m., McNabb Village Board, McNabb Library. 6:30 p.m., Standard Village Board, Standard Fire department. May 15 — 7 p.m., Magnolia Village Board, Magnolia Village Hall.

May 19 — 6:30 p.m., Putnam County School Board, Putnam County Primary School. May 20 — 6:30 p.m., Granville Village Board, Granville Village Hall. 7 p.m., Mark Village Board, Mark Community Building.

PC Sheriff’s Department responds to accident GRANVILLE – On May 7, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle accident on County Highway 1100N in Granville Township. The driver of the vehicle, Amelia Stalter, 24, of Peru left the roadway and struck a gas

main. Stalter was charged with improper lane usage, DUI (alcohol), no insurance, defective tires and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Standard Fire

Department and the Putnam County Emergency Management Services. Ameren was also notified. Stalter refused medical attention at the scene. She was released with a notice to appear and given a Putnam County court date.

Putnam County Court Driving 15-20 mph above limit Aaron Alexander, 45, Dunlap, fined $120. Kathleen Murphy, 42, St. Petersberg, Fla., fined $104. Driving 11-14 mph above limit Joseph Hedgecock, 51,

Marengo, fined $120. Possession cannabis greater than 2.5 grams Tyler Mittelsteadt, 22, Cottage Grove, Wis., fined $1,534.30 and three months supervision. Manufacturing/delivery of cannabis/10-30 grams

James Sment, 38, Spring Valley, fined $412 and one year and six months Department of Corrections. Failure to reduce speed Heather Turner, 38, Amarillo, Texas, fined $120.

Property Transfers April 29 Peoples National Bank of Kewanee to Marek Kostko, Lot 45, Indian Hills, $5,500. Putnam County Sheriff to Federal National Mortgage Association, Lot 15 and 16, Newton H. Colby’s third addition, village of Granville, exempt.

April 30 Joseph Krakorsky and Ruth Krakorsky to Martin Ernat Jr. and Linda Ernat, Part of NW 1/4, Sec 31, Township 33N, R1W, $79,500. Kevin Moore to Joel Hopkins and Karissa Hopkins, Part NE 1/4, Section 8, Township 32N R1W, $55,000.

J.P Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Congregation, Lots 3 and 4, Block 20 - Resurvey original village of Granville, and vacated alley, $43,000. Paul Hinnant and Jennie Hinnant to Adrian Stoddard, Lot 211, Lake Thunderbird, $52,500.

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My black hole I think I must live in a black hole. It’s as simple and as convoluted as that. I lose something every day; many days I lose many things. I don’t consider myself to be absent-minded, and I’m not really very forgetful (though I do have my moments). But the fact of the matter is I’ve become a fairly good hunter of things that have gone missing. • It’s a known fact by those close to me that I lose my keys at least once a day. That pretty little keyring holds all the keys to my world — my home, my vehicles, the office, my mom’s house ... Anything that requires Terri a key to get in is on that keychain. I probSimon ably have duplicates somewhere, but quite frankly, I have no idea where I’ve put them. • Scissors ... I know I have four or five pairs of scissors at home, but for the life of me, I can never find one pair when I need them. • My cell phone ... If it was as “smart” as it claims to be, it would find me, but I usually misplace it a couple of times a day, and I have to have another person call my number so I can find it. • The remote control ... Who knows how or why the remote ends up in the places I find it, but I’ve quit trying to figure it out. All I know is that it’s gone, and since I have no idea how to change the channel without it, it has to be located before my leisurely evening can continue. • My car ... OK, this is a big one, especially if I’m missing my keys at the same time, since I can’t push that little “panic” button to help me find the car in the middle of a packed parking lot. • My grocery list ... I spent a good long time making that list, so I won’t buy unnecessary items and I can get in and out of the grocery as fast as possible. After a 10-minute search through my other black hole (otherwise known as my purse), I resign myself to using my memory — which is really stupid because if I can’t remember where the list is, I’m clearly not going to remember what was on it. • My coffee cup ... Being the coffee drinker I am, I usually have a cup of coffee with me at the office most of the time — at least in the mornings. Who knows where I left it? Fortunately, the BCR staff recognizes my cup, and someone usually brings it back to me. • Phone numbers ... You would think I would learn, but I have this habit of writing down a telephone number of someone I need to call or someone whose call needs to be returned, but I forget to write down the name next to the number. So I end up with all these little scraps of paper with telephone numbers of people, but I have no idea who they belong to. Worse ... I misplace the little scrap of paper. • My purse ... This one is another big one, right behind misplacing my car. More than once I’ve left it in the shopping cart at the grocery or another parking lot. Thank God for honest people. Of course my purse has everything in it I need to maneuver through my day, so you can imagine the dilemma and the panic. • My reporter’s notebook ... This one might not sound like a big deal, but when you’ve just done four or five interviews, it’s critical. No, I don’t use a tape recorder. I’ve written everything down, and now, the idea of having to call all those people I interviewed (if I can find their phone numbers which is doubtful) and tell them I can’t find my reporter’s notebook is horrifying. • My camera ... Ditto with the reporter’s notebook, except this time I have to tell someone I lost a camera that belongs to the company. Ugh! I could go on and on ... but you get the idea. I have no idea where all these items go, and furthermore, I am equally surprised when they mysteriously show up. Welcome to my world or what I like to call ... my black hole. Putnam County Record Editor Terri Simon can be reached at

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Darrell Alleman COMMENTARY Question: “Which animals have the highest IQ?” Answer at the end of this article. ••• The most traveled secretary of state in the history of the United States is Hillary Clinton. She recently retired from office. She has served eight years as the first lady, eight years as New York state senator and four years as the 67th secretary of state. Writer Kevin Doyle wrote in the 25th anniversary Condé Nast Traveler Magazine of Clinton’s nine-day trip traveling 18,832 miles from Washington, D.C., to Anchorage, Ala., to Tokyo, Japan, to Beijing, China, to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Kolksta, India, to New Delhi, India, to Ramstem, Germany, then back to Washington, D.C. She has visited 50 countries and has flown more than 800,000 miles; that is more than 33 times the circumference of Earth. She has traveled more than 1,800 hours in the air amounting to about 76 days. Doyle wrote their five van convoy of reporters and State Department staff arrived at Andrews Air Force base to board the Boeing 757. Just minutes

before midnight, Secretary Clinton appeared and spoke to the group, and said, “Welcome, I am saying hello now because once I close my door, I will not emerge.” She disappeared into her quarters near the front of the plane, not to be seen until 17 hours later when the plane refueled at Yokota Air Base, west of Tokyo. Traveling with Clinton, the days are relentlessly scheduled, and they are an endless progression from one meeting interview, press conference or statement to another with flights covering thousands of miles in between. “Punishing, grueling, exhausting and to a lesser degree, fun” are the words most commonly used by her staff to describe traveling with her. She has the ability to sleep on command, and she is non-stop on the road, wearing out her staff and the traveling press. Clinton has been named the woman most admired in the world by Americans 11 years in a row. I am not sure about Hillary; it is said either you love her or hate her. ••• Answer to question: Dolphins, elephants and crows demonstrate problem solving skills that are considered a sign of high intelligence. Darrell Alleman can be reached at news@putnamcountyrecord. com.

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7 Sports

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • The Putnam County Record • 7

Sports Lady Panthers win three games By Dixie Schroeder

GRANVILLE — A busy week for the Putnam County Lady Panther varsity softball squad had them playing four games in six days and ending with a 3-1 record. Putnam County 12, Wethersfield-Annawan 2 On May 9, the Lady Panthers took on WethersfieldAnnawan Lady Flying Geese who laid a goose egg with poor fielding including five errors which allowed the Lady Panthers to beat them 12-2. Shelby Yepsen earned the win for the Panthers, striking out nine of the 23 batters she faced. Yepson gave up five hits and two runs in the contest. Offensively for the home squad, senior Taylor Pettit showed why she is one of the most feared hitters in the Tri-County Conference going three for four with two RBIs. Pettit hit a double and also scored two runs out of the Panther’s 12 total. Senior catcher Carly Gonet went two for two with a double, a walk and an RBI. Monica Monroe had three RBIs with a sac fly, a double and then scored a run herself. Venessa Voss and Allison Voss also had an RBI. Putnam County 9, Mendota 3 On May 8, the Lady Panthers took on the Lady Trojans of Mendota and came away with another win for the week with a final score of 9-3. Defensively again, the Lady Trojans hurt themselves, giving up four errors in the contest. Yepsen earned the win, giving up only two hits and three unearned runs and seven strike outs over five innings. Offensively, eight of the nine runs the Lady Panthers had were unearned due to the four errors committed by the Lady Trojans in the contest. The big inning for the Lady Panthers was in the fourth when they had eight hits. Big bats for the squad included Annie Miller who went three for four with a double and two RBIs and Monroe who went two for four with two RBIs. Stephanie Wilson and Nikki Mertel each went two for five with Mertel having two RBIs . Hall 8, Putnam County 3 On May 7, the Lady Panthers took on the Hall Lady Red Devils and played with uncharacteristic trouble, they dropped the contest by a score of 8-3. Mertel took the loss for the squad, allowing nine hits and eight runs in three innings. Hall’s pitcher Adrianna Pikula kept the home team off balance, giving up three runs, four hits and striking out 10 Lady Panthers in the contest. Miller had a three run triple for the Lady Panthers in the loss. Putnam County 14, Peoria Christian 0 On May 6, the Lady Panthers started the week off with a five inning win over the Peoria Christian Lady Chargers by a score of 14-0. The Lady Chargers hurt their own cause by committing four errors in the contest and getting only one hit. Yepsen got the win in the contest, facing only 16 batters and striking out 10. Offense was divided among many Lady Panthers in the contest. Wilson went three for four, with an RBI and two stolen bases. Taylor Pettit went two for four with a double and a triple and an RBI and one run scored. Ciera Keller hit one for three with two RBIs. Miller again had a big hit, a triple with two RBIs, earned two walks and scored four runs. Venessa Voss earned two RBIs with a double and a walk while sister Allison had two RBIs on a double. Mertel, Gonet and Jackie Ossola each had an RBI. The Lady Panthers are now 22-7. They play their next home game at 4 p.m. May 14 versus Stark County.

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Panther Neal Stasell scores the first run of the game with a head first slide into home on May 7.

Panthers struggle with fielding By Dixie Schroeder

GRANVILLE — A busy week, where the Putnam County Panthers played four games in five days left the squad, which again was plagued with defensive errors with a record of 1-3 on the week. Mendota 11, Putnam County 10 On May 9, the Panthers faced the Mendota Trojans and lost by a score of 11-10. The Panthers committed two errors for senior starting pitcher Evan Kreiser who gave up six hits and five runs, three earned in the loss. Kreiser also had two walks and two strikeouts in the contest. Nick DiazDeLeon came into the game in relief and in one-third of an inning gave up an uncharacteristic eight hits and six runs with one walk. Offensively in the wild slugfest, Kreiser was three for four with two RBIs to support his cause. DiazDeLeon went three for five, earning two RBIs and scored three of the Panther’s runs. Neal Stasell went two for four with two RBIs. The Panthers also benefitted from four errors made by the Trojans which

gave them four unearned runs. The squad also ran the bases with wild abandon, earning five stolen bases. In the Panthers’ only win of the week, they beat the Peoria Christian Chargers on May 8 by a score of 6-5. Dan Pavlovich earned the complete game win, giving up seven hits and five runs, all earned. He also had 11 strikeouts and one walk. Kreiser again picked up his team with an offensive performance, going four for four, including a double and two RBIs. Moved up to the third spot in the order, Stasell hit two for four, with an RBI and a run scored. DiazDeLeon showed why he is one of the juniors on the squad to watch, hitting two for two with an RBI. R.J. Copeland also had an RBI in the game. Harold Fay, Michael Weide and Copeland all had stolen bases. Hall 4, Putnam County 2 On May 7, the Panthers did not support senior pitcher Fay, making five errors in the contest which allowed for two unearned runs in the 4-2 loss against the Hall Red Devils. Fay pitched a five hit complete game, giving up only two runs and striking out eight batters in the loss.

Offensively the Panthers were shut down by Hall’s pitching, which gave up only two hits, to Stasell and Kreiser. Stasell’s triple allowed him to score on Jeff Baker’s sac fly. Peoria Christian 7, Putnam County 4 The Panthers started out the week against Peoria Christian on May 6 and lost the contest by a final score of 7-4. Austin Biagini pitched five innings in the loss, giving up nine hits and five runs, four earned. He also walked three and struck out eight in the game. Michael Glenn pitched one inning, giving up two hits and two runs with one walk and three strikeouts. Offensively, the Panthers were held to just six hits, with Baker and Pavlovich knocking in two and one RBI respectively. Baker went two for three with a double while Copeland went two for three with a run scored. Stasell went one for two with a walk and a run scored. Fay also went one for three in the game. The next game the Panthers will play is against the Stark County Rebels on May 14 with an early start time of 4 p.m.

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Voss and Pettit sister act start for Lady Panthers

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Allison Voss fields a ball during the contest on May 8 against Peoria Christian.

Putnam County senior players Taylor Pettit and Venessa Voss got a special treat on May 9 in a conference game against Peoria Christian. The sister act of Taylor and Kali Pettit as well as Venessa (right), Allison (second from right), Natasha (second from left) and Margaret (left); Voss all started and played part of the game together in the 12-2 conference win for the Lady Panthers. “Both families have been integral parts of our program for the past seven years,” said PC coach Chris Walker, who is also the PC junior high softball coach. “Senior Taylor Pettit and her sophomore sister Kali, and senior Venessa Voss and her junior sister Allison, sophomore sister Margaret and freshman sister Natasha were six of our nine starters today. This game was planned when our seniors were seventh graders.”

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PC hosts last home meet of the season By Dixie Schroeder

hurdle relay, Putnam County took first place (1:07.03). PC earned a second place finish in the 4 x 100 meter relay (1:02) and a second place in the 4 x 200 meter relay (56.69). Colby bought home first in the long jump with a jump of 14-5.50.

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County track team hosted its final meet of the season, a six team event with Stark County, Marquette, Flanagan, Roanoke-Lowpoint and St. Bede in attendance. The Lady Panthers took home a third-place finish as a team while the Panther earned a sixth. On the boys side in the 200 meter run, Owen Mallory took a sixth, (27.53). In the 400 meter event, Noe Flores took third (58.25). Jarod Williams represented PC in the 800 meter event, taking home a fifth, (2.29.98). The long distance combo of Jon Sabotta (12:30.01) and Kurt Nabers (14:13.20) earned second- and fourth-place finishes respectively. On the relay side, the 4 x 100 meter relay took third place (55.27) while in the 4 x 200 meter relay the Panthers placed third (1:48.37). The 4 x 100 meter weightman relay had PC earning third, (1:10.46).The Panthers took home second in the low hurdle relay (1:10.51). The Co-ed 4 x 400 meter relay placed third (4:14.01). On the girls’ side, the Lady Panthers had Megan Keegan earning a sixth

Lady Panthers race at Henry GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Lady Panthers ran in an away meet at Henry Senachwine High School on May 2 against host Henry and Lowpoint-WashburnRoanoke. The squad

placed second overall on the girls’ side. The Lady Panthers to win events were Lauren Colby in the 200 meter race (29.7) and Lydia Warren in the long jump (14-9).

Panthers track places second By Dixie Schroeder

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Noah DeBates throws the shot put (left) during the home track meet on May 7 while Megan Keegan (above) runs in an exhibition relay.

HENRY— The Putnam County Panthers track team participated in a triangular track meet in Henry on May 2. The Panthers placed second as they took on Henry and Lowpoint-Washburn/Roanoke. In the 4x100 meter relay, Austin Middelton, Seth Carson, Tristan Keegan and Noah DeBates ran a 59.9. The 4x200 meter relay team of Jimmy Hewitt, Jarod Williams, Own Mallory and Noe Flores clocked a 1:49.9. In the 4x400 meter relay, Hewitt, Mallory, Williams and Jon Sabotta came in at 4:26. In individual events, Sabotta ran the 3200 meter race in 12:00 and the 1600 meter race in 5:48.In the 800 meter race, Williams, (2:36) and Hewitt (2:45). behind him. Mallory (13.2) and Hewitt (13.4) ran in 100 meter race. Kurt Nabers (1:04) in the 400 meter race while in the 200 meter race, Flores (24.3) and Mallory (27.1). Field events had the shotput participants Keegan (325); DeBates (31-3). and Seth Carlson (25-6). In discuss, DeBates (82-8); Keegan (76-5) and Carlson (64-11). In the high jump Flores leaped (5-2) and Williams (4-8). The next meet for the Panthers is at Ottawa May 12.

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9 Life

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • The Putnam County Record • 9

Community Monica McGill receives Teacher’s Salute

GRANVILLE — Sometimes, teaching can seem like a thankless job. Don’t tell Monica McGill, though. McGill is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Putnam County Primary School, and she was recently honored in the Q 103.3 Teacher’s Salute. She and her class were surprised with a pizza party, and she was awarded a gift certificate to a local spa. In order to win, McGill had to be nominated, and

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Visit ‘Trash to Treasure’ at PCES HENNEPIN – On May 19, the public is invited to attend Putnam County Elementary School’s fourth grade “Trash to Treasure” expo. All fourth-grade projects will be

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999 • Legal Notices NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for S E N A C H W I N E TOWNSHIP, Putnam County, IL for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2014 and ending April 30, 2015 will be on file and available for public inspection at the Senachwine Township Building, 100 High Street, Putnam, IL from and after May 14, 2014. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7:00 p.m., on June 19, 2014 at Senachwine Township Building, 100 High Street, Putnam, IL and that final action on the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be taken by the Township Trustees at a meeting to be held at that time and place. Dated: May 14, 2014 By: Rhonda Downey, Township Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record May 14, 2014. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for S E N A C H W I N E TOWNSHIP ROAD DISTRICT, Putnam County, IL for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2014 and ending April 30, 2015 will be on file and available for public inspection at the Senachwine Township Building, 100 High Street, Putnam, IL from and after May 14, 2014. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7:00 p.m., on June 19, 2014 at the Senachwine Township Building, 100 High Street, Putnam, IL and that final action on the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be taken by the Township Trustees at a meeting to be held at that time and place. Dated: May 14, 2014 By: Rhonda Downey, Township Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record May 14, 2014. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for H E N N E P I N TOWNSHIP, Putnam County, IL for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2014 and ending April 30, 2015 will be on file and available for public inspection at the Hennepin Township Road District Building, 6235 Route 26,

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Hennepin, IL from and after May 14, 2014. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7:00 p.m., on June 18, 2014 at the Hennepin Village Hall, 627 E. High St., Hennepin, IL and that final action on the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be taken by the Township Trustees at a meeting to be held at that time and place. Dated: May 14, 2014 By: Dan DeMattia, Township Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record May 14, 2014.

tions about this work, please call 1-800-7555000 or visit our website at You may address your concerns in the manner specified on our website. You may also call the Consumer Services Division of the Illinois Commerce Commission at 1-800-524-0795. Maps have been provided to the mayors and the county board chairpersons of the affected areas. Sincerely, Ameren Illinois Forestry Department Published in the Putnam County Record May 14, 2014.

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unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by the Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5 (g)(l). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701 (c) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW Note: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act you are advised that the Law Firm of Heavner, Scott, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC, is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt, and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I605083 Published in the Putnam County Record May 7, 14 and 21, 2014.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the HENNEPIN TOWNSHIP ROAD DISTRICT, Putnam County, IL for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2014 and ending April 30, 2015 will be on file and available for public inspection at the Hennepin Township Road District Building, 6235 Route 26, Hennepin, IL from and after May 14, 2014. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7:00 p.m., on June 18, 2014 at the Hennepin Village Hall, 627 E. High St., Hennepin, IL and that final action on the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be taken by the Township Trustees at a meeting to be held at that time and place. Dated: May 14, 2014 By: Dan DeMattia, Township Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record May 14, 2014. PUBLIC NOTICE TREE TRIMMING ACTIVITIES IN GRANVILLE, HENNEPIN, MARK AND NEARBY AREAS TO THE PATRONS OF AMEREN ILLINOIS: Please be advised that Ameren Illinois will trim trees and other vegetation in and around the town(s) of Granville, Hennepin and Mark, Illinois. Our qualified utility arborists will trim trees and vegetation that could interfere with electric lines that run from pole to pole and elsewhere. This work is necessary in order to minimize the likelihood of outages and safety hazards. There is no charge to you for this service. If you have any ques-

PUBLIC NOTICE FY 2015 MEETING DATES The Board of Trustees of the Village of Hennepin, Putnam County, Illinois, meets in regular session on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. In the Village Hall, Hennepin, Illinois, The dates of the regular meetings for the 2015 fiscal year are as follows: May 21st, 2014 June 18th, 2014 July 16th, 2014 August 20th, 2014 September 17th, 2014 October 15th, 2014 November 19th, 2014 December 17th, 2014 January 21st, 2015 February 18th, 2015 March 18th, 2015 April 15th, 2015 The Hennepin Planning and Zoning Commission’s regularly scheduled meetings are the second Wednesday of the first month of each calendar quarter at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. Fy2015 dates are as follows: July 9th, 2014 October 8th, 2014 January 14th, 2015 April 8th, 2015 DIANA BRANDSTATTER VILLAGE CLERK Published in the Putnam County Record May 14, 2014. VILLAGE OF HENNEPIN ACCEPTING BIDS Sealed bids are being accepted for a 2004 Ford 350 Dump truck with plow. Bids must be in no later than May 21st 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 815-925-7446. Bids will be opened during the May 21st, 2014 regular Village board meeting. The Village of Hennepin reserves the right to reject any or

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Don Junker (left), Don Risk and Cal Lawrenz admire the decommissioned howitzer which will be dedicated as a memorial at 1 p.m. May 18 in Ruby Peterson Park.

Magnolia Legion hosts dedication MAGNOLIA — Ruby Peterson Park in Magnolia has picked up a new piece of scenery. A World War II-era Howitzer has been placed in the park and will soon receive an official welcome. The dedication of the howitzer will be in the park at 1 p.m. on May 18.

American Legionnaire Gene Siegman said the cannon was acquired from Alabama and will be part of a memorial to servicemen and women from the Magnolia area. U.S. Congressmen Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger have plans to attend. State Sen. Sue

Rezin will be sending a representative from her office. In addition, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Legion Post Ladies’ Auxiliary will host a luncheon at the Magnolia Fire Station. Cost for the meal is $6 for adults, children under 12 free. Photo contributed

PCEF will sponsors luau on May 24 UTICA — The Friends of the Putnam County Education Foundation is hosting a Hawaiian luau at 5 p.m. on May 24 at Celebrations 150 in Utica. A cash bar opens at 5 p.m. with a pig dinner at 6 p.m. Dessert will also be served. There will be a photo booth for making souvenirs of the evening. Tickets are $35 per person with 100 percent of the proceeds dedicated to providing educational extras for Putnam County Schools. Tickets can be reserved by calling John Redshaw at 815-925-7546 or by email at

Honoring Jack Grant The dedication of a memorial tree to honor Jack Grant, former mayor and councilman of Hennepin, was held on Arbor Day, April 25, in the Walter Durley Boyle Park in Hennepin. The tree, a blaze red maple, was fitting of Jack’s personality, noted Mayor Kevin Coleman in his opening comments. Jack’s wife, Georgia; his son, Michael; other relatives and a crowd of friends gathered for the dedication, along with village of Hennepin’s Tree Commission members. Pictured are Michael Grant (from left), Georgia Grant, Greg Grant and Collin Colby.





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Annual Spring Preview set for Steele farm this weekend Max Armstrong to be the guest speaker DOVER — Area residents can step back in time to experience how their ancestors handled their farming chores, cooking and housework when the Bureau Valley Antique Club hosts its annual Spring Preview from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at the Harold and (late) Margie Steele farm, just west of Dover. Special guest Max Armstrong is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. to the assembled c r o w d . Armstrong hosts the syndicated programs Armstrong “ F a r m Progress America” and “Max Armstrong’s Midwest Digest.” He can also be seen on “This Week in Agribusiness” on television. The spring preview will include demonstrations of loom weaving, rope making, treadle-powered wood cutting, butter

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This week Putnam County Junior High School and fifthgrade students will hold the Hazel Marie Boyle Fine Arts concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Putnam County High School auditorium. Preceding the concert, students and their families will have dinner at 6 p.m. in the Putnam County High School commons. Putnam County High School students will hold the Hazel Marie Boyle Fine Arts concert at 7 p.m. in the Putnam County High School auditorium. Preceding the concert, students and their families will have dinner at 6 p.m. in the Putnam County High School commons. A bluegrass, gospel and country music jam will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the First Lutheran Church at 116 N. Pleasant St. in Princeton. Jams will continue the third Friday of each month. Players and listeners are welcome. Snacks and soft drinks available. For more information, call 815-875-2057. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1242 of McNabb will be hosting Poppy Day Friday, May 16. Proceeds from this day go to helping veterans in the local area. ArcLight Theatre Co. will present a new musical, “Ordinary Days,” at the Apollo Theatre on Main Street in downtown Peoria on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17. The musical tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling 309-455-4095. For more information, visit

4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Manlius Sportsman Club in Manlius. The donation is $8. All proceeds will go to the Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Run. Carryouts will be available.

The Bureau Valley Antique Club will hold a spring preview from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Harold and Margie Steele Farm on Route 34 northeast of Princeton. There will be demonstrations, antique vehicles, hand cranked homemade ice cream and exhibits. Max Armstrong will speak at 1 p.m. For more information, call Ray Forrer at 815-8246810, BVAS Show at 708-828-5984 or Harold Steele at 815-643-2244. The Princeton Moose Lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Ave., Princeton, will host a bingo night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and sandwiches will be available for purchase. The lodge will continue to host bingo the first and third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call the lodge at 815879-5261. The public is invited to attend. The Arlington Park committee is sponsoring a chicken dinner and bake sale from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Bruno’s, 205 N. Main Ave., Cherry. The menu includes one-quarter chicken, fries, coleslaw and soda for $7. To order a carryout, call 815-8942200. Proceeds will be used toward building a shelter at the new park in Arlington.


The Reddick Mansion Association will present “Love and Liberty,” a vintage bridal fashion show honoring the U.S. military on Saturday, May 17. The fashion show begins at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 113 Lafayette St., Ottawa. After the show, there will be a cake and punch reception at Reddick Mansion. Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets, call Reddick Mansion at 815-433-6100 or purchase them at the door.

The Friends of the Putnam County Education Foundation is hosting a Hawaiian luau at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Celebrations 150, 740 E. U.S. Highway 6, Utica. A cash bar opens at 5 p.m. with a pig dinner at 6 p.m. Dessert will also be served. Tickets are $25 per person and the proceeds will be dedicated to providing education extras for the Putnam County Schools. To reserve tickets, call John Redshaw at 815-925-7546 or email

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Ave., Princeton, will host a bingo night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and sandwiches will be available for purchase. The lodge will continue to host bingo the first and third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call the lodge at 815879-5261. The public is invited to attend. The Covered Bridge Quilters Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 24 N. Main St., Princeton. The program, hand dyed fabric trunk show, will be presented by Natalie Mouow. Guests are welcome to attend for a $5 fee. There will be no workshops during the summer. An Affair with Flair will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at A Hundred Acre Orchard and Market, two miles west of Princeton off Route 6. Sample an assortment of beverages and appetizers from around the world. At 7:30 p.m. there will be an art auction. Additionally there will be a wine pull and chances to win raffle prizes. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Central Bank, Sullivan’s Foods, Spring Valley City Bank and Citizens First State Bank of Walnut. For more information, call 815-879-2231 or visit Keith O’Neil will talk at the Living Works Suicide Walk on Saturday, June 7, in Princeton. He is a former NFL football player who played for the Dallas Cowboys, O’Neil Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. During his professional career, he served as team captain and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI Championship team. He is currently writing a book and speaking to audiences in the sports, faith and mental health communities. He is also the president and founder of the 4th and Forever Foundation which brings awareness to mental health and funds research for mental illness. The annual Utica Garden Faire and Walk will he held at the Canal Market in historic downtown Utica from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8. There will be a variety of garden and craft vendors and a

plant sale with reasonably priced perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables. The Garden Walk includes a self-guided tour of private gardens. Tickets are $8 per person. For more information, call 815-667-4856 or 815-252-4573 or email club@uticagardenclub. com. The Bureau Valley PAWS 5K run/walk will be Saturday, June 14. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m. To pre-register, visit www. The cost is $25 until June 6 and includes a T-shirt, after June 6 the cost is $30. This is a dog-friendly run/walk. Princeton Christian Academy will host its inaugural 5K Eagle Run/ Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 14, starting and finishing at Zearing Park in Princeton. The funds raised will be used to purchases new bleachers for the PCA gymnasium. To register, go to eaglerun5k. net or www.facebook. com/eaglerun5k.

May 17 — 7 p.m., Hall High School, football field. May 18 — 2 p.m., St. Bede Academy, Abbey Church. May 23 — 7 p.m. DePue High School, gymnasium; 7 p.m., LaMoille High School, gymnasium; 7:15 p.m. Ohio High School, gymnasium. May 24 ­— 10 a.m., Princeton High School, Bryant Field; 2 p.m., Crossroads High School, Bunker Hill in Buda. May 25 — 3 p.m., Bureau Valley High School, gymnasium. May 30 — 7 p.m., Putnam County High School, gymnasium.

Auction Calendar May 17 – Robert and Elsie Jackson estate, furniture, primitive items, toys, advertising and collectibles, 10 a.m., 21204 2400 E. St., Princeton, Tumbleson Auction Co., auctioneers. May 17 — Miscellaneous sellers, antiques, collectibles, household and garage items, 9:30 a.m., 401 W. Main St., Wyanet, at The Shed, Rick Rediger Auction Service, auctioneers. May 18 – Wenzel Family moving sale, Freezers, refrigerator, grill, smoker, furniture, household, lawnmower, 4 wheeler, golf cart, enclosed trailer, new tools, 11 a.m., 35028 1600 N. Ave., Ladd, Tumbleson Auction Co., auctioneers. May 21 – Alma Andrews estate, appliances, furniture, collectibles and household, 4 p.m., 109 S. Walnut St., Wyanet, Tumbleson Auction Co., auctioneers. May 23 – Walter and Kathryn Langan, auto, tools, lawn and garden, furniture and household items, 10 a.m., 16537 1200 N. Ave., Wyanet, Tumbleson Auction Company, auctioneers. May 25 and 26 – Two Day Memorial Weekend Estate Sale, Antique, primitive & modern furniture, antiques and collectibles, auto, rugs, lamps, clocks, artwork, ladies items, coins, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War, 10 a.m., 1635 N. Main St. (Tumbleson Auction Center), Princeton, Tumbleson Auction Co., auctioneers.

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On the right track at the Happy Hobo All aboard for a great meal By Ken Schroeder

HENRY — As you take a leisurely drive along Illinois Route 29 between Princeton and Peoria, along the road on the east side of the highway just north of Henry is what looks like a caboose and a railcar. You’ve reached the Happy Hobo restaurant. Stop. Pull in. You’re in for a treat. From the moment you walk into the railcar — the order counter and dining area of the restaurant — the aroma of the food starts teasing the tastebuds. The caboose houses the kitchen, and the scent of Italian beef and burgers is captivating. The Happy Hobo is the brainchild and pride and

joy of Bill Eklund, a former Spring Valley native who spent some time working in the Chicagoland area and brought a taste of the local fare when he came back. Eklund and his wife, Lynn, run the restaurant with enthusiasm, and the food is bountiful and inexpensive. Chicago-style hot dogs have their home on the menu, as do several Italian sandwiches. The Italian beef is authentic Chicago fare, and the Italian sandwiches are served on Turano rolls from a Chicagoland bakery. However, the most popular items come from their dynamic burger menu. The burgers are 100 percent ground chuck that are a touch more than a quarter-pound when cooked, and reflect

Eklund’s love of trains with names like the 3rd Rail, the Santa Fe Express and the Hobo Burger. The most popular item on the menu, Eklund said, is the Train Wreck. Top the juicy burger with an equal amount of tender Italian beef, add grilled onions and mozzarella cheese, and a culinary cafe masterpiece is ready for your delight. Add an order of onion rings, but be prepared to take some home with you; this is not a small burger by any means. If beef isn’t what’s for dinner for you, the Happy Hobo also serves up chicken and seafood, including a tasty shrimp taco which Lynn said has proven pretty popular. The road to opening the Happy Hobo was a dif-

ficult one. Eklund worked in construction, but when the bottom fell out of the housing market, he looked for another way to

make a living and remembered a childhood dream. He had a home at Lake Thunderbird and decided the time was right to live

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Happy Hobo owner Bill Eklund cooks up an order in the kitchen in the “little red caboose.” The Happy Hobo fulfills a long-time dream of Ecklund’s to run a restaurant. Many of the items on his menu use similar ingredients in order to save room in the kitchen area, which is too small to keep a very wide variety of foods.

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Several scale model trains line the walls in the “dining car” at the Happy Hobo. come true,” Eklund said. “The first year we started was actually at Lake Thunderbird at the Snack Shack. There had been a Snack Shack there before, but nobody had really done anything with it, so we figured we’d turn it up a notch and started doing hot dogs and beef.” Favorable reactions led him to take the next step, and he opened the Happy Hobo shortly after. The caboose is actually a trailer that was built in Ohio where the owner took it to fairs and such. When he retired, he put the mobile restaurant on eBay where Eklund outbid a train museum that also wanted to buy it with a margin of just a couple dollars. Once people stop in, Eklund said they return frequently. “There are some people working on a temporary project outside of town,” Eklund said. “They came here the first day they were here, and they’ve been back every day since.” Much of Eklund’s growth has been by word-of-mouth — no pun intended — and it’s been overwhelmingly positive. “I’ve had one complaint so far, and that’s pretty good I think,” Eklund said. “We’ve built up a good customer base through referrals and social media as a nice family place.” The dining area was added in November of last year; before that, most of the business was either carry-out or in the screened-in gazebo out front. The gazebo will soon be a farmer’s market and picnic tables have been placed outside for dining with nature.

“We’ve built up a good customer base through referrals and social media as a nice family place.” Bill Ecklund People have asked Eklund, “Why Henry? Isn’t that out of the way?” Everywhere is out of the way to someone. We’ve IV Scene photos/Ken Schroeder got a good location on the The “Dining Car” (above) at the Happy Hobo is actually a contractor’s trailer refurbished to look like a boxcar. The highway,” Eklund said. dining area was added to the restaurant last year. A menu board (below) sits to the left of the order counter with a list “We’re not going to do of ingredients for each food entry. Items on the menu range from a Chicago style hot dog to a cod dinner with fries. anything like interstate traffic, but we still do some drive-through business. We’ve had a couple of buses stop in on their way through.” The menu will undergo a slight change with the Memorial Day weekend. “When we started out, we did hand-dipped ice cream,” Eklund said. “When we moved to the caboose, we phased it out, so we could have room for everything else, but we’re bringing that back starting with the holiday.” Eklund is looking ahead at more possible expansion in offerings outside the kitchen. “We might host different events like a car show or a craft fair,” he said. “I think a little stage area for people to play some music unplugged where people could listen for free would be a great idea.”

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The “little red caboose” is the kitchen at the Happy Hobo. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Mondays. The phone number is 309-364-4626.

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Starved Rock offers guided hikes UTICA — Starved Rock Lodge offers guided hikes, which are the best way to learn about the park and all it has to offer. With an insider’s point of view, you not only take in the beauty of the natural setting, but you learn about the park history, safe hiking practices and little bits of knowledge that you didn’t know about the geology and cultural history of Starved Rock. Guided hikes with lunch are offered by Starved Rock Lodge on Saturdays and Sundays from April through November. The cost is $17 per person. The hike is from the lodge to LaSalle and Tonti canyons. Participants meet in the hotel lobby to pick up a lunch and a souvenir “Starved Rock” back-

pack. Friendly guides from Starved Rock Lodge will share their knowledge of Starved Rock State Park (named a National Historic Landmark in 1960) and Starved Rock Lodge (named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985). Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach

LaSalle Canyon. After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap. The tour concludes at the lodge about 2 p.m. This hike is classified as strenuous. Participants should dress for the weather and wear appropriate (waterproof) shoes. The hike is about 4.5 miles

round trip. Lunch includes a choice of turkey, ham or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, homemade granola bar, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Participants should bring extra water in hot weather. Advanced reservations are required. Space is limited.

At the Hegeler Carus Mansion LASALLE — The Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle will be the site of the following events: Pride and Prejudice: In Want of a Wife — 6 to 8 p.m. May 23 and 24. Mr. Bingley, a wealthy, sociable young bachelor, is moving into the neighborhood. Mrs. Bennet is frantically positioning to make certain he is her son-in-law. Mr. Darcy is reluctantly falling for a woman beneath his class. The story unravels via gossip while you are guided through the Mansion, meeting Austen’s beloved characters along the way. This theatrical tour takes place as you walk in small groups through the mansion. The performance takes approximately one hour. Summer sunset concert series — All summer long, June 13 through Aug. 31, on Fridays at 7 p.m. Since 2011, the Hegeler Carus Mansion has been celebrating the sounds of summer in Starved Rock

Country, and is one of the area’s only outdoor music venue that isn’t also a restaurant or bar. From jazz to country, from bluegrass to the Rock and Roll Wizzard’s Juke Joint 30th anniversary, the Hegeler Carus Mansion offers great entertainment all summer, every summer. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, tables, blankets and as much food and beverages as they need for a picnic on the law. The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. Outdoor artisan fair — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22. The public is invited to join the Hegeler Carus Foundation for its fifth annual outdoor art show and sale. It is a juried art show on the grounds of the Hegeler Carus Mansion. The art show and sale is an annual event to help support artists from the surrounding area. Family friendly story night — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26. Everyone is invited to gather at the gazebo

on the west lawn of the Hegeler Carus Mansion as they partner with the Peru Public Library for a family-friendsly evening of fun and stories. The event will kick off with some familiar storybook characters interviewing for a job at the Hegeler Carus Mansion. You won’t want to miss this hilarious skit. Then, relax and enjoy as Steve Seaborn brings Edward Hegeler to life and tells fascinating stories about the Hegeler family. The grounds for

this free event will open at 6 p.m. Participants may bring a picnic; only kidfriendly beverages will be allowed. Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. The Hegeler Carus Mansion is located at 1307 Seventh St. in LaSalle. You can contact the mansion by calling 815-2246543. For information on events, visit To contact the Hegeler Carus Foundation, call 815-2245895.

Stage 212 announces cast for ‘Boys R Us’ Tickets will go on sale May 17 LASALLE — Stage 212 will put the guys in the spotlight with their special production of “Boys R Us,” a musical revue featuring boys in grades 4-12. “Boys R Us” features a diverse selections of songs, such as “Hard Knock Life,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “Seize the Day,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and much more. Included in the cast are Nathan Kinsella, Marco Gutierrez, Trenton McK-

innie, T.R. Miller, Josh Reinhart, Reid Tomasson, Ryan Cakici, Nicholas Hancock, Jordan Christopherson, Zackary Kimball, Kelly Innis, Ryan Caulfield, Lyan Gonzales, Eric Lockwood, Skylar Bush, Rece Tunnell and Ethan Bell. Production staff includes: director Kyle Foley, producer and set construction foreman Scot Smigel, assistant director Jessica Gray, vocal director Jeni Roether, choreographer Sophie Smigel, set designer April Hoke and Melinda Hanson, costum-

ers Clarissa Gerrard and Dixie Schroeder, stage manager and logo designer Perla Escatel, sound operator Andrew Paden and light operator Yvette Lucas. “Boys R Us” will be presented at 7 p.m. June 6 and June 7 and at 1 p.m. June 8 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Tickets are $8 and go on sale to the general public May 17. Box office hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased online at or

Children’s theater workshop planned LASALLE — Stage 212 in LaSalle is offering a summer workshop June 16-20 for students entering Grades 2-8. Under the guidance of instructor Phil Grant, students will have the oppor-

tunity to dabble in many creative drama activities. They will strengthen their imagination, develop physicality and learn to work with others creatively by engaging in improvisation, role-playing,

pantomime, movement, expression, voice exercises and more. The cost of the workshop is $60 per student. The deadline for registration is June 9. For information, visit

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Vintage bridal show will honor U.S. military OTTAWA — On Armed Forces Day, May 17, the Reddick Mansion Association will present “Love and Liberty,” a vintage bridal fashion show honoring the U.S. military. The fashion show will begin at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church at 113 Lafayette St. in downtown Ottawa. After the wedding dresses and military uniforms are modeled down the aisle of the lovely and historic church, attendees are invited across the street to the Reddick Mansion for a cake and punch reception. The lower level of the mansion will have a display of military uniforms and their stories as well as feature several wedding-related vendors. Tickets may be purchased at the Reddick Mansion at 815-433-6100 for $15 and will also be available at the door. After the presentation of “The Colors” by an honor guard from the Ottawa American Legion and the singing of the national anthem, local historic figure General W.H.L. Wallace and his wife, Martha Ann, will be the first couple walking down the aisle. The show will follow chronological order featuring more than 25 dresses, uniforms and

stories from the 1920s to the 1990s and will conclude with the playing of the “Armed Forces Medley.” Uniforms from the Air Force, Army, Marines, National Guard and Navy will be worn during the show. The fashion show will also include a Japanese kimono from 1959. The stories and attire of two local couples will also be featured. Esther and Logan Sommer were married in 1951 at the First Methodist Church in Ottawa. Her wedding dress and his National Guard uniform will be modeled in the bridal show by Raegan Babcock and Russ Gander. Karen and E.J. Werth were married in 1966 at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Northbrook and have lived in Ottawa for more than 40 years. Karen’s dress will be worn by Mary Ruedin and E.J.’s Air Force uniform will be worn by Thomas Lamb. All proceeds from this event will be used for the maintenance and renovation of the Reddick Mansion. The Reddick Mansion, located at 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, is open to the public for tours and also has meeting/reception rooms available for rent for special events.

Art in the Park on June 7 Applications are due May 24 PRINCETON — The Park Avenue Square Art Festival - Art in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 in Soldiers and Sailors Park, located at the Courthouse Square in Princeton. This year, local area artists will gather to display and sell watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, graphics, prints, drawings, photography, fibre, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry, pottery and mixed media. All work will be the creation of

each individual artist. The works of all participating artists will be for sale that day. Applications are available for all area artists who would like to participate in exhibiting and selling their art. Applications are due May 24 and may be obtained by calling Gina Nelson at 815-866-2707 or Eileen or Susie Wright at 815-8723687. This show is funded by artist exhibitor fees ($35) and monetary donations from the community. A food booth will be available, as well as music all day.

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Humboldt penguin population increasing BROOKFIELD — The Humboldt penguin population in North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is increasing thanks to efforts by animal care staff at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Milwaukee County Zoo, and more importantly, by some foster penguin parents. Brookfield Zoo agreed to take two Humboldt penguin eggs — one that has hatched and one that has yet to hatch — from Columbus Zoo and Milwaukee County Zoo, respectively. In early January, a penguin at Columbus Zoo laid an egg. However, during the Arctic blast that swept through Ohio, the penguin and her mate had difficulties incubating it. The coordinator of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Humboldt Penguin Species Survival Plan recommended that it was in the best interest of the overall zoo population to transfer the egg to Brookfield Zoo, so that a foster pair could continue the incubation process and rear the chick. (The pair at Columbus Zoo subsequently bred again and was successful in incubating a second clutch.) At Brookfield Zoo, Salsa and Ceviche, 10-year-old Humboldt penguins who have successfully raised chicks in the past, were in the process of incubating an egg, but it was infertile. To alleviate unnecessary stress on Salsa, staff allowed her to complete the natural incubation cycle but pulled the infertile egg from the nestbox and replaced it with a fake egg. When the egg from Columbus Zoo arrived, the fake egg was removed and replaced with the new fertile egg. Ceviche and Salsa successfully incubated the egg. On Feb. 20, a male chick hatched, and he is progressing very well due to attentive care from his foster parents. Guests visiting Brookfield Zoo’s Living Coast exhibit may be able to see the Columbus Zoo chick as he peeks out from the nestbox. He is distinguishable from the adults by his dark gray plumage, which will eventually molt into to a lighter gray and white color. When he is about 70 days old, the chick will

leave the nest permanently. At Milwaukee County Zoo, a penguin pair is currently incubating two eggs. Humboldt penguins rarely are successful at raising two chicks simultaneously. To increase the chance of both chicks surviving, one will be raised by its parents at Milwaukee, and the other will be raised by foster parents at Brookfield Zoo. A transfer date for the egg is still being determined. “We work closely with other institutions to breed and maintain healthy, selfsustaining populations that are both genetically diverse and demographically stable for a variety of species, including Humboldt penguins,” said Tim Snyder, curator of birds for the Society. “These particular penguin pairs at Columbus Zoo and Milwaukee County Zoo are not well represented in the overall accredited North American zoo population, and so we are excited to assist in the long-term viability of the population.” Native to the coasts of Peru and Chile in South America, Humboldt penguins are considered one of the world’s most endangered penguin species and are listed as vulnerable by IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Population numbers once totaled an estimated hundreds of thousands of animals during the 1800s but are now estimated to be less than 50,000. One of the causes of their decline is overharvesting of guano, their preferred nesting habitat. More recent threats to the survival of this species involve overfishing of their prey, entanglement in fishing nets, fishing with dynamite, hunting, predation from introduced species, and human disturbance. Significant conservation efforts have been directed toward stabilizing the population. To help in the conservation effort, Michael Adkesson, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, vice president of clinical medicine for the Chicago Zoological Society, travels annually to Punta San Juan in Peru to continue a comprehensive population health assessment project that began in 2007. The data collected help define the current health of the population and provide a baseline for continued monitoring of population health over time.

Celebrate Chicago Bike Week CHICAGO — The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the schedule for Chicago Bike Week taking place June 13-20 as part of Bike Chicago 2014, presented by the city of Chicago and Goose Island Beer Co. “Every day more and more people are using bike share programs or their own bikes to get around city streets and the lakefront path, whether it’s to work, to shop, or for fitness,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “Bicycling is a reliable, fast, affordable, healthy and great alternative form of transportation that all residents and visitors can utilize and enjoy.” Throughout the week, bicycling in Chicago will be promoted through pop-up bike fashion shops on Federal Plaza and various events including: A planned downtown bike tour, evening spin class at Cloud Gate for 200 cyclists, a concert and movie night in Millennium Park and the Bike to Work Rally on Daley Plaza. Chicago Bike Week schedule of events: Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet at the 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival kicksoff Chicago Bike Week June 13-15. Cyclists are encouraged to bike to the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park and enjoy the complimentary Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet. The free admission Chicago Blues Festival is 11 a.m.– 9:30 p.m. daily; to see the full line-up visit On June 16, enjoy the Bike Chicago Film on the big screen in Millennium Park featuring Rushmore. The 1998 coming of age film about a high school student from the prestigious Rushmore Academy who moves with ease from one extracurricular activity to the next via his trusty bicycle. Follow him as he rides through many triumphs and failures in his quest to find himself. The film will begin at 8:30 p.m. following the Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays concert on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage at

6:30 p.m. Bring your bike, a picnic and enjoy music and a movie! Do you have Divvy Style? Stop by the Federal Plaza Farmers Market (230 S. Dearborn) on June 17 for Divvy Style Pop-up Shops. Celebrate Divvy and bike fashion with pop-up shops for men and women from some of Chicago’s very own designers and boutiques from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Swing by the Divvy booth to get a free #DIVVYSTYLE photo taken of you showing off your Divvy style — whether you wear hardcore gear or work formal. Grab your friends for the Near North Bike Tour led by Lee Diamond of Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours on June 18. Enjoy a

two-hour tour of the Near North Side beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Buckingham Fountain. Pre-registration is required. Ride is limited to 150 participants. Visit for registration and event details. Life Time Cycle Palooza is back with double the bikes. Join more than 200 fellow cyclists for a free evening outdoor spin class complete with DJ and a certified instructor on June 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) in Millennium Park. Bikes will be available on first come, first serve basis. New! Pedal into the past, present and future of cycling during CHAIN REACTION, a bike-inspired exhibit featuring a collection of historical bikes,

posters and more. See the arch of bicycle design starting from the 1860s and continuing through today featuring a selection of Mark Mattei’s collection of bicycles. National biking awareness organization, ARTCRANK will exhibit contemporary bike posters by artists using “art” to change the way people think about cycling and how it impacts our lives for the better. Also, see bikes from the Chicago Cruisers, a west side bike club, and learn how they strengthen their neighborhoods through biking and community outreach. CHAIN REACTION will be at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St.) from May 10 through July 13. Visit for complete details.


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How does your town measure up against America’s prettiest? America in Bloom launches photo contest America in Bloom, with cooperating sponsorship from Home & Garden Showplace and Monrovia Nursery, announces a new endeavor to encourage and recognize beautification efforts through a new annual photography contest. Cities and towns across the United States will be evaluated on their overall beauty as demonstrated by a submitted portfolio of up to 18 photos. Entrants are invited to submit any photographs from their city. Though not required, entrants may want to take a page from America in Bloom’s long-standing National Awards Program and provide photography exemplifying: • Floral displays • Landscaped areas • Urban forestry • Environmental efforts • Heritage preservation • Overall impression In its regular National Awards Program, which involves judges traveling to cities for an in-depth, on-site evaluation, each of these six criteria are evaluated based on evidence of municipal efforts, business and community group efforts, and residential efforts with part of each score relating to community involvement

across these three constituent groups. Specifications Portfolios may be submitted from interested photographers individually, or from a coordinated effort involving the municipality, a local Chamber of Commerce, a local Convention and Tourism Bureau, or local photography stores, arboreta and botanical gardens, photography or garden clubs, and/or local garden retailers. Photos each can be no larger than 8-inches-by12-inches. Photos should focus on the city’s or town’s beautification efforts. Photos in each portfolio should each be clearly identified via a label on the back of each photo which includes the city/town name, total population and the party submitting the entry. Submissions should include one paragraph of up to 50 words describing who was involved in the submission and the photography. Entries also may include numbered paragraphs corresponding to numbered photos, with paragraphs explaining the photo or the activity represented by the photo; these paragraphs should not exceed 25 words for

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each photo in the portfolio. Cities will be divided into three population groups: Small city population: Under 50,000 Media city population: 50,001 to 249,999 Large city population: Over 250,000 Judging and awards A winner will be announced for each population category. Judging will be done by a group of anonymous judges, which will include at least one professional photographer and others involved with mar-

keting communications, all of whom will be familiar with America in Bloom. Judging criteria will be based on the photographs in the portfolio within any one population category which best exhibit the America in Bloom criteria. The decisions of the judges will be final. Winners will be required to submit digital files of the photography in each winning portfolio. Three $1,500 prizes will be awarded to the individual photographer or group entry, one for each population category.

Submission information Portfolios should be submitted no later than Aug. 5 for evaluation to: America’s Prettiest City Photography Contest c/o America in Bloom 2130 Stella Court Columbus, OH 43215 Announcement of the winning cities, as portrayed by the submitted portfolios, will be made at the America in Bloom Annual Symposium and Awards Program, which will be held in Philadelphia on Oct. 2-4. Photos from the winning portfolio in each population category

will be on display throughout the program. Winning cities and/or photographers are encouraged to have representatives present throughout the Symposium to answer questions about their cities. Portfolios will be returned following the Symposium if a request is made with the submission, but America in Bloom reserves the right to use all submitted photos for promotional purposes. Questions may be sent to America in Bloom at aib@ or visit

or peas, beans and cucumbers trained on a trellis. All are packed full of nutrients and make a great vertical accent. Surround the towering vegetables with purple basil, tri-color sage, carrots, beets and a colorful trailing annual like verbena, lantana, or bidens. Don’t forget to squeeze

in a few onions or garlic. The fragrant foliage can be decorative and these vegetables help lower blood sugar and cholesterol, while aiding in digestion. So be creative and add a few small-scale, attractive vegetables high in nutritional value to a variety of containers this season.

Grow a garden in a pot No green thumb needed! By Melinda Myers Special to the BCR

Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle. Plant a container of nutritious vegetables and herbs. Include a few planters on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door. All that’s needed is some potting mix, fertilizer, plants and a container with drainage holes. A 15to 24-inch diameter pot or 24- to 36-inch long win-

dow box is a good starting size. Bigger containers hold more plants and moisture longer, so it can be watered less frequently. Check containers daily and water thoroughly as needed. Self-watering pots need less frequent watering, allowing busy gardeners and travelers the opportunity to grow plants in pots with minimal care. Fill the container with a well-drained potting mix. Read the label on the container mix bag. Add a slow release organic nitrogen fertilizer at planting

for better results with less effort. It provides small amounts of nutrients throughout most of the season and eliminates the need to mix and water in fertilizer throughout the growing season. Sprinkle a bit more on the soil surface midseason or when changing out your plantings. Mix colorful flowers with nutritious vegetables for attractive, healthy results. Bright Lights Swiss Chard, pansies (their flowers are edible), colorful leaf lettuce, spinach, radishes, and trailing ivy make a great cool season combination. Fresh-from-the-

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container-garden vegetables make the best tasting salads, and the greens provide Vitamins A and C as well as calcium. Use the pansy flowers to dress up a salad or frozen in ice cubes for an added gourmet touch to beverages. For summer, use a tomato, pepper, eggplant

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Recipe ideas for those cooking for one to two people Judy Dyke RECIPE COLUMNIST

I’ve had a number of requests for recipes for one or two people, since a lot of us cook for ourselves and need smaller quantities. I hope you will try a couple of these recipes. And if you have any recipes that are for just one or two, please send them along to me.

Broccoli Stuffed Chicken 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each) 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup finely chopped fresh broccoli 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup chicken broth Hot cooked rice, optional Flatten chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. Combine poultry seasoning, pepper, curry powder, garlic powder and salt; sprinkle over chicken. Combine broccoli and cheese; place half in the center of each chicken breast. Fold long side over filling, fold ends up and secure with a toothpick. Place, seam side down, in an 8-inch square baking pan. Add broth. Cover pan loosely with foil. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove foil; baste the chicken with pan juices. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes longer or until meat juices run clear. Remove toothpicks before serving. Thicken pan juices for gravy. Serve with rice if you so desire. Serves 2.

Apple Crisp for Two 2 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced 3 tablespoons water 3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons cold butter or margarine Whipped topping and additional cinnamon Place apples in a greased 1-quart baking dish; pour water over apples. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until apples are tender. Garnish with whipped topping and cinnamon. Serves 2.

Ham Stew for Two 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes 2 medium carrots, sliced 1 1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham 1 cup water 1 small onion, chopped 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon dried savory 1/8 the teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 cup milk In a saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender. In a small bowl, combine the flour and milk until smooth. Stir into stew. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf before serving. Serves 2.

Chocolate Snack Cake 1 cup boiling water 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons baking cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt Confectioner’s sugar In a mixing bowl, beat water and butter until butter is melted. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the egg mixture. Beat for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioner’s sugar. Serves 9. Pieces of cake can be wrapped individually and frozen for a quick dessert.

Buttermilk Corn Bread 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk Place oil in an 8-inch ovenproof skillet. Tilt to coat bottom and sides. Place in a 425° oven for 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Beat egg and buttermilk; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour into the hot skillet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Good with the ham stew. Serves 2 to 4.

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1/2 cup chopped green onion 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 3/4 cup milk 1 6-ounce can tuna, drained 1 cup crushed potato chips, divided 1/4 teaspoon pepper In a saucepan, sauté onions in butter. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in the tuna, 1/2 cup potato chips and pepper. Pour into two greased 8-ounce baking dishes. Sprinkle with remaining potato chips. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with Dilled Noodles (recipe follows). Serves 2.

1 cup coarsely shredded cabbage 1/3 cup sliced celery 1/3 cup julienne carrots 2 tablespoons chopped onion 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1/2 teaspoon salt Dash of pepper 3 tablespoons half and half cream Minced fresh parsley In a skillet, sauté the cabbage, celery, carrot and onion in butter for 12 minutes or until crisp-tender. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, stir in cream. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley. Serves 2.

Dilled Noodles 1 1/2 cups medium egg noodles 1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese 1 to 2 teaspoons dill weed 1/4 teaspoon salt Dash of pepper In a saucepan; cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients. Drain noodles, add to cottage cheese mixture and toss gently. Serve immediately. Serves 2.

I hope you’ll try some of these recipes and like them as much as I do. It’s a lot easier than trying to cut down a big recipe. If you need to reach me, you can email me at or drop a line to my attention to the BCR, P. O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356.

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Sometimes, you just can’t fit in. You stick out like a sore thumb, totally unable to melt into the crowd. You feel like you have a neon sign across your shoulders; one that says “I’M NEW!” Yeah, you’re self-conscious then but, if you’re Game Warden Joe Pickett, you get used to it. And yet, as in the new book “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box, standing out could get a man killed. Anyone who’d seen Nate Romanowski on that nearly-moonless night would’ve instantly known he was a pro. Romanowski had studied the Scoggins compound, he knew how to get inside, and he knew Henry Scoggins was a jerk, that nobody would really miss him. Nate knew where all the security weaknesses and surveillance cameras were — except one. So when Joe Pickett was shown trailcam video weeks later and he spotted his friend Nate dragging something, he knew that trouble was mountain-high. For some time, the Feds had been nosing around northeastern Wyoming, where folks kept mostly to themselves. In that atmosphere of solitude lived a certain Wolfgang Templeton, a man who owned half the county and most of the people in it, and whose name repeatedly rose during investigations of high-profile disappearances, including that of Scoggins. Was it just coincidence? With a ruse of “helping” Medicine Wheel County Game Warden Jim Latta with a project, Pickett headed for the corner of the state, noting the beautiful land and the poverty of its people. Pickett had promised his wife that he’d avoid danger, but keeping safe wouldn’t be easy when there were so many ques-

tions. Why, for instance, did Latta seem afraid of the county’s judge? Why did he look Terri Schlichenmeyer the other way while a couple of Templeton employees poached wild game at will? Who was the cold-eyed dandy on Templeton’s ranch? And why did everybody seem to know where Pickett was going, even before he got there? Perhaps most vexing of all was the question of Pickett’s friend Nate, and Nate’s covert activities. It pained Pickett to imagine how Nate was involved — although not as much as it would hurt if he kept snooping. Reading parts of “Stone Cold” is somewhat like going on a scenic vacation that takes a bad turn — in a good way. Author C.J. Box lets his main character, Joe Pickett, savor the land, and it’s gorgeous. We’re treated to descriptive images of colorful mountains and harsh beauty, where even scrub takes on a relaxing aura and invites us to linger just a bit. It’s easy, therefore, to be lulled into forgetting exactly what you’ve got in your hands. But then Box brings us abruptly back to his novel, in which few can be trusted and everything seems off. We’re soothed, then we’re hit with an uppercut of thriller that makes us reel — and makes us want more. This novel is part of a series but can definitely be read by itself, so if you’re in need of a hot mystery, get this. You won’t be sorry because, for you, “Stone Cold” fits. Terri Schlichenmeyer is a book reviewer from West Salem, Wis. She may be contacted at

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host story time activities from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Patrons will be invited to work on an alien craft. Wednesday, May 21, the Young Adult Book Club will meet from 5:30 to 6 p.m. LAMOILLE — It’s time to clean out those lockers and return overdue items at the LaMoille-Clarion Public Library. Amnesty Days will be from now until Saturday, May 24. Return all items, and pay no fines. Wednesday, May 21, join the library at 4 p.m. for a story hour about horses. Always wanted to learn a foreign language? The library now has books and audio CDs for learning Spanish, French and German in three levels: Beginner, intermediate and advanced. Also, many new books have been added to the circulation for adults, children and teens. Stop by and see what’s new. BUREAU — The Leepertown Township Public Library is open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The library has computers for patron usage, as well as fax and copier service. For more information, call library Director Rose Thompson at 815-659-3283. PERU — The Peru Public Library has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Illinois Secretary of State to purchase new books for the library’s nonfiction collection. The project, called “Kids Read, Kids Explore” targets children in fourthsixth grades. Its focus is to connect books with real world experiences through workshops and off-site field trips. This grant allows the purchase of approximately 100 nonfiction print books for the juvenile collection. In addition to the books, a series of programs focusing on creative writing, storytelling, theater games and history will be presented by the library. Children in the program will attend storytelling events, participate in a storytelling workshop and showcase and learn creative writing from published author James Kennedy. MAGNOLIA – Magnolia Branch Library will have homework hour from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday 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. Join the Magnolia Branch Library on June 17, when Leslie Goddard, as Violet Jessop, recounts her experience as a Titanic survivor. When the HMHS Britannic sank during World War I, few survivors emerged with a toothbrush. Violet Jessop, however, had hers, remembering what she had missed after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the Britannic’s identical sister ship, in 1912. The only verified person to have survived both sinkings, Jessop tells unforgettable stories of the terrifying disasters and gives a fascinating glimpse at the passengers and activities on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day. Presented


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in first-person, this program introduces audiences to Violet Jessop and explores her life and times. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. “Titanic Survivor Violet Jessop” is the third program in the Putnam County Public Library District humanities program series, “Traces & Byways Discovered.” For more information, call the Magnolia Branch at 815-869-3038. Funding for this program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. MCNABB – Stop in for stories, crafts, activities and more during preschool story times. This program is ideal for children ages 3-5. Patrons can come at 11 a.m. on Saturdays at the McNabb Library. Saturday Stories are at 10 a.m. every Saturday for children in early elementary school. Stories and activities for everyone are planned. GRANVILLE — Wee Ones is held at the Granville Branch Library at 10 a.m. on Thursdays for 30 minutes of stories and songs. This program is ideal for little ones under three years old. Also, stop in for stories, crafts, activities and more during preschool story times. This program is ideal for children ages 3-5. Patrons can come to the Granville Library at 10 a.m. Tuesday. HENNEPIN – Stop in for stories, crafts, activities, and more at Preschool Story Time! Ideal for children ages 3, 4 and 5 on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the Hennepin Library. Wednesday, May 21, join the library at 6 p.m. for a night of outdoor chalk art. Families are invited for stories about chalk art, followed by chalk-making and drawing. Participants will make chalk sticks and chalk paint and use the created materials to decorate the sidewalk with springtime designs and crazy book characters. Dress for mess and bring a creative spirit. For more information, call 815-925-7020. STANDARD — Find signs of spring at the Standard Branch Library. Browse books of gardens, flowers, birds and more. The Standard Branch Library is open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. CONDIT (PUTNAM) — Stop in at the Condit Branch Library to browse a new selection of hardcover and paperback titles. The Condit Branch Library is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. ••• Area libraries are invited to send news items and pictures to be included in this section. Email items to Goldie Currie at

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PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, May 15, the Bureau County Retired Teachers will meet at 11 a.m. An after-school story time and visit from a blacksmith will be at 3:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., a Talk About will be held with blacksmith Lewis Bodamer. At 7 p.m., the Covered Bridge Quilt Guild will meet. Sunday, May 18, the Children’s Book/YA Novel Book Club for Grown-ups will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Flour House Bakery & Coffee, located at 950 N. Main St., Princeton, and will discuss “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. Monday, May 19, the Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature the American bomber crew of the Memphis Belle, the first U.S. airmen to complete a full tour of 25 missions during the air battle of Europe during World War II. The film begins the night before the Bell’s last mission and follows the crew through the hectic flight that they must endure and survive in order to go home. Tuesday, May 20, the preschool story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and feature a dragonfly craft. Also Tuesday, the Barn Quilts of Bureau County will meet at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., a Talk About will be inspired by American Girls/Anne of Green Gables Sewing Bee. Participants will make a turn-of-the-century smock or pinafore for their 18-inch doll. Material, machines and sewing assistance will be supplied (feel free to bring materials and sewing machine if desired). Also Tuesday, a WUNT Board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, the Junior High Book Club will meet at 4:30 p.m. and discuss “The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. Also Wednesday, the Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Learning Stage, the educational committee of Festival 56, will meet at 4 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Talk About will be held to chat about “Downton Abbey” and an Edwardian Tea/Murder Mystery will take place. This is a free event, but registration is required. Call 815-875-1331, ext. 2213, or stop by the circulation desk. Period/ evocative dress welcome. SPRING VALLEY — Until May 30, the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library is displaying models of tanks, helicopters, jeeps, airplanes and ships such as USS Arizona, USS CV 65 Enterprise, HMS Hood, and P.T. 109. These models are on loan from Spring Valley resident Victor Croasdale. After May 30, he will change the display to World War II-themed, with a countdown to D-Day. Mark the calendar for June 6, when Croasdale will be at the library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss the events leading up to and including D-Day to commemorate the 70th anniversary. Also at the library: Today, Thursday, May 15, the fourth-sixth grade book club will meet from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 19, the library will host a Where’s Waldo? game night from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, the library will

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Senior Spotlight Myrah Graham

Name: Myrah Graham. Nicknames: My, Myze. School: LaMoille High School. Date/place of birth: Sept. 9, Galesburg. Hometown: LaMoille. Family: Pastor Jerry, Marla, Jeremiah, Jennah, Mikaylah, Skyler, Anthony, Aiden, and Donovan. Sports: Basketball, softball. Favorite sport and why: Softball, because I’m really close with my team. Likes: I love tacos. I also love playing soccer but we don’t have that sport. Dislikes: Crabby people. Person with the greatest influence on my athletic career (and why): I have a few, My dad because he’s always encouraged me to be better. Chuck Lovgren because he always knows what to say and he has good advice. Person with the greatest influence in my life (and why): Mrs. Zimmerman she is always there to help and expects me to do my best at everything because she knows I can. If stranded on a deserted island, I would have my: swimsuit so I can tan, and my phone so I can call someone to come get me when I’m done tanning. The last song I listened to was: Play it Again by Luke Bryan. People would be surprised to know: I don’t like change. I stay home to watch: Pretty Little Liars, Burn Notice. When I need luck for a big game, I: Block out the world with music and focus. The funniest person I’ve ever met (and why): Chuck Lovgren. He is always joking around but you know that he actually cares about everyone. What they’ll say about me at school after I graduate: They will be glad I’m gone.

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Myrah Graham says the people with the greatest influence on her athletic career are her dad, because “he’s always encouraged me to be better”, and Chuck Lovgren because “he always knows what to say and he has good advice.”

Team of the Week

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Princeton Tigresses The Princeton Tigress soccer team recently won the Coal City Invite, defeating Streator 3-0 and 6-0 while tying Coal City 0-0 and then defeating Coal City 1-0. Team members are (front row, left) Michelle Kelly, Kim Schlesinger, Liz Stites, Kelly Schmidt and Michaela Strom; (second row) Taylor McCauley, Taylor Tieman, Arraia Hicks, Callie Albrecht, Keyenna Altizer and Malena Wheeler; (back row) Maria Vitale, Ellise Piper, Michaela Mall, Jenna Grimmer, Sarah Murray, Lindsay Hartwig, Ellie Bonucci, Eliza Young, Taylor Clark, coach Ed Young and Devin Scott.

Most embarrassing moment: Running into a brick wall and breaking my arm in the first game of my senior year of basketball. Most unforgettable moment: Senior year prom (My prom dress is camo). Ultimate sports fantasy: Play professional soccer. What I would like to do in life: Be an important person. Three words that best describe myself: dedicated, upbeat, crazy.

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What’s happening 4-Mile Trail Run WASHBURN — The Sun Foundation is sponsoring the 4-Mile Trail Run/1-Mile Fun Run on June 7 in Washburn. Registration is $30 through May 31 and $35 through race day. Fees for the fun run are $15 with a T-shirt and $5 with no shirt. All proceeds go to support the Sun Foundation’s children programs. For more information or to register, visit or find its Facebook page.

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Students at Princeton Christian Academy show the school’s current bleachers, which are in need of replacement. PCA will host its inaugural 5K Eagle Run/Walk at 8 a.m. June 14, starting and finishing at Zearing Park in Princeton to help raise needed funds for the school to purchase new bleachers for the PCA gymnasium.

PCA to host 5K run/walk PRINCETON — Princeton Christian Academy will host its inaugural 5K Eagle Run/Walk at 8 a.m. June 14, starting and finishing at Zearing Park in Princeton. The purpose of the race is to raise needed funds for the school to purchase new bleachers for the PCA gymnasium. The race is open to people of all ages who will compete in several different age categories for medals. Those who prefer

to walk are encouraged to participate in a non-competitive way. This is a family friendly event for all ages. Little ones who cannot run/ walk a 5K distance can ride along in a stroller for free. Several food vendors, a band and other exhibits will be set up at Zearing Park for the convenience and entertainment of the participants and supporters of the race. Those interested in

running or walking in the Eagle 5K may register online at eaglerun5k. net or on Facebook at Prizes will be awarded for best times in each category and for overall winners; everyone who registers will get a T-shirt. Individuals, families, track teams and running clubs are invited to “run and not be weary” in Princeton Christian Academy’s Eagle Run/Walk.

Jimmy D Golf Outing

SPRING VALLEY — The 32nd annual Jimmy D Golf Outing will be held July 13 at Spring Creek Golf Club and Deer Park Country in Oglesby. The event is named for James A. Jimmy D” DeAngelo, who died in 1983 at the age of 37 after fighting cancer. It was the wish of Jimmy and his family to raise funds to help cancer patients. Last year’s event raised $18,000 for area patients, and over the past 31 years, it has raised more than $638,000. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Esophageal and Colon Cancer Center under construction of St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley.

The committee is seeking hole sponsors for $100 and cart sponsors for $25. For more information about sponsorships, or to sign up to play golf in the event, call Diane Janz at 815-6647260.

per person. There will be a silent auction. For more information or to register, visit https:// jaybraidamemorialopem or find their Facebook page. You may also call 815-878-1861 or send an email to

PRINCETON — The 2014 Jay Braida Golf Outing will be held July 12 at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton. The event is sponsored by friends and family of Jay Braida, who passed away June 19, 2005 from melanoma. He was an avid golfer and sports fanatic. The event was created in 2010 to help area residents in need. There is a need for hole and T-shirt sponsors. This year’s recipient is Abbie Cochran of Princeton, poms coach at Princeton High School and an instructor at Main Street Dance Academy in Princeton. The mother of two young kids was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and underwent a bialateral mastectomy. She is married to Matt Cochran. All golfers must preregister for the 4-person scramble. Cost is $60 which includes dinner. Check-in is 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. with non-golfers welcome at a cost of $15

MANLIUS — Bureau Valley High School will be hosting the Chute Basketball Shooting Camp on June 16-17. The camp will include proper shooting technique, post work for inside players, guard work for perimeter players and ball handling and dribbling. There will be sessions for grades 9-12 boys and girls from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and for grades 4-7 boys and girls from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $70 with a $30 non-refundable deposit. For more information, call 712-272-3115 or visit

Jay Braida Golf Open

Chute Camp

PHS girls camp

PRINCETON – The Princeton High School girls basketball camp will be held July 7-11 for incoming grades 3-12. Brochures are available at PHS and online at www. Cost is $55. For more information, call PHS at 815-875-3308 or coach Kevin Hieronymus at 815-866-9402.

Today’s Ticket A look at area sporting events: Wednesday, May 14 Baseball: Annawan/ Wethersfield at Hall, BV at Rockridge, St. Bede at Orion, 4:30 p.m. Soccer: Girls - DePue vs. Princeton in Princeton Regional at Tiskilwa, 5 p.m. Softball: Hall at Annawan/Wethersfield, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15 Baseball: BV at L/O, Hall at Princeton, 4:30 p.m. Softball: BV at L/O, Hall at Princeton, 4:30 p.m. Track: Girls - Amboy/ LaMoille, BV, DePue, Hall, Ohio, Putnam County, St. Bede at 1A sectional at Bureau Valley, 4 p.m. Friday, May 16 Baseball: BV at Riverdale, L/O at Henry, Princeton at St. Bede, 4:30 p.m. Soccer: Girls - Princeton Regional finals at Tiskilwa, 5 p.m. Softball: High School

- BV at Kewanee, L/O at Henry, St. Bede at Princeton, Eureka at Putnam County (JV), 4:30 p.m. Princeton Fastpitch Church League - Bunker Hill vs. Bible Church, 6 p.m., Bureau Township vs. Methodist, 7:30 p.m. Track: Boys - Three Rivers Conference Meet at Morrison, 4 p.m. Girls Princeton at 2A sectional at Plano 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17 Baseball: St. Bede at BCC (DH), Eureka at Putnam County (DH), Putnam County JV at Seneca Tournament, 10 a.m. Softball: Putnam County Invitational, 9 a.m.; Princeton at Stark County (DH), 10 a.m.; St. Bede vs. Rock Falls, 10 a.m., St. Bede vs. Forreston, noon, at Rock Falls; Hall at Marquette, tba. Princeton Fastpitch Church League St. Matthew’s vs. People’s Church 7:30 p.m. Tennis: Boys - Princeton at Mendota Invite, 8:30 a.m.

Track: Junior high Princeton Logan at Geneseo Sectional, tba. Monday, May 19 Baseball: BV at St. Bede (BV 2A regional), 4:30 p.m., Earlville at LaMoille/ Ohio (PC 1A regional), 4:30 p.m., Paw Paw at L/O (Serena 1A regional), 4:30 p.m. Softball: BV at St. Bede (SBA 2A regional), 4:30 p.m., PC vs. Henry/Midland winner (Henry 1A regional), 4:30 p.m. Tennis: Boys - Dixon at Princeton, 4 p.m. Track: Boys - BV triangular, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 Softball: Serena vs. Paw Paw-L/O winner (Serena 1A regional), 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 Baseball: Hall vs. BV/ St. Bede winner (BV 2A regional), 4:30 p.m., PC vs. Earlville-L/O winner (PC 1A regional), 4:30 p.m. Softball: Hall vs. BV/

St. Bede winner (SBA 2A regional), 4:30 p.m., PC vs. Earlville-L/O winner (PC 1A regional), 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 Baseball: Princeton vs. Riverdale/Erie-Prophetstown winner( BV 2A regional), 4:30 p.m. Track: Girls 1-2A State prelims in Charleston. Friday, May 23 Softball: Princeton Fastpitch Church League Bible Church vs. People’s Church, 7:30 p.m. Tennis: Boys - Sectional at Ottawa, tba. Track: Boys - Princeton at Mendota 2A Sectional, 3:30 p.m., BV, DePue, Hall, Ohio, PC, St. Bede at Erie 1A Sectional, 4 p.m.; Amboy/LaMoille at Oregon 1A Sectional, 4 p.m. Saturday, May 24 Baseball: BV 2A regional finals, 10 a.m., PC 1A regional finals. Softball: St. Bede 2A regional finals, 10 a.m., Henry 1A regional finals,

Serena 1A regional finals, 11 a.m. Princeton Fastpitch Church League - St. Matthew’s vs. Bunker Hill,

6 p.m., St. Louis/Covenant vs. Methodist, 7:30 p.m. Track: Girls 1-2A State finals in Charleston.

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