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Time to prepare for Old Man Winter By Ken Schroeder kschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com

GRANVILLE — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) recently promoted Winter Preparedness Month in Illinois. Both agencies are hoping to help Illinois residents get prepared for extreme cold temperatures and the dangers they bring. “You should have a winter preparedness kit,” Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle said. “A blanket, some water, extra boots, gloves and

Same-sex marriage becomes a law HENNEPIN — Starting in June 2014, same-sex couples will be able to obtain marriage licenses in Illinois. Currently, those couples who have been able to get civil union licenses through county clerk offices throughout the state. Putnam County Clerk Dan Kuhn said his office has only processed one civil union application, since the civil union legislation went into effect in June 2011. That application was picked up in October of this year. The civil union application and license is returned to his office and processed just like a marriage license would be. Once the new samesex marriage license becomes effective in June, Kuhn does not expect any additional paperwork or expense to his office. The county clerk’s office in Bureau County has recorded seven civil unions since June 2011. The same-sex marriage bill was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Nov. 20 at the University of Illinois in Chicago. With its signing, Illinois became the 15th state to allow same-sex marriage. Vol. 146 No. 14 One Section - 16 Pages The Putnam County

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socks if you have to dig yourself out; go on the Internet, and there are a lot of good suggestions.” “In Illinois, it’s a question of when snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures will hit, not if they will occur,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “Getting caught unprepared may not be just inconvenient, it could be dangerous. Now’s the time to take a few minutes to put together your home and vehicle emergency supply kits and review the steps you should take to stay safe during hazardous winter weather.”

Another issue each winter is the number of new and inexperienced drivers who have not had as much time to learn how to drive on ice-crusted and frozen Illinois roads. Good winter driving habits are essential. “People generally pay more attention when the weather is bad. They keep a better eye out; they stay off the cell phone,” Doyle said. “Speed is the thing. Speed is what seems to contribute to most crashes we see — driving too fast for conditions.” There are always unfortunate deaths related to extreme cold tempera-

tures during each year. In 2012 nationwide there were eight deaths related to the cold weather, all occurring indoors including three in Illinois. This number is lower than the last 10 years’ national average of 27 cold weather-related deaths, according to IEMA.gov. “Stay with your car. Don’t try to walk for help unless you can see a house,” Doyle said. “Call emergency and give us your approximate position, and we’ll come to you. If you leave your car, you can get disoriented in the snow, especially during January

when it’s often snowing and blowing.” “There are several dangerous health conditions that can occur in winter weather,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said. “It’s important to watch for signs of being too cold or overexertion. Watch for signs of over-exertion such as chest pain when shoveling snow. Know the warning signs of dangerous cold weather health conditions in order to stay safe and healthy during the winter.” “When we suggest don’t travel, we’re not just say-

ing it,” Doyle said. “Conditions may be fine in town, but out on the open road, it’s completely different.” Illinois residents can find updates and assistance in preparing for the upcoming winter weather from a winter preparedness guide put together by the American Red Cross, the NWS and the IEMA. The guide explains winter weather terminology as well as having updates for staying safe at home, in a car and at school. The guide can be found at the ReadyIllinois website at www.Ready. Illinois.gov.

Looking through colored glass Schrowang’s craft class turns into a passion By Ken Schroeder kschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com

MCNABB — What started as a craft class at the Hennepin Steel Mill has turned into a profitable hobby for Tamara Schrowang. As the owner of Clear Creek Stained Glass; she’s made dozens of works of art with colored and textured glass and a lot of creativity. “I worked at the Hennepin Steel Mill for over 20 years, and during that time, our union had an IC program. We had a guest instructor come out to one of the plant’s outbuildings and give classes,” Schrowang said. “I took the class on a whim, and I fell in love with it. I went out and bought a grinder and some glass and started in a corner in the basement.” Schrowang’s business swelled as she worked her way out of the basement and into a section of her garage. Six years ago, she outgrew her garage and built her studio where she works today in addition to working at D&M Landscaping in Spring Valley. She loves the challenges the hobby brings. “It’s a lot of fun. Noth-

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Tamara Schrowang of Clear Creek Stained Glass has started to branch out in her stained glass work. In addition to her stained glass windows and other creations, Schrowang is now making garden and paving stones for the garden. ing’s ever the same with it. Every sign is different, even if I’m making multiples of something, there’s always something just a little bit different with each one,” Schrowang said. “I used to work swing shift, and when I got off work, I’d come out here and work. Sometimes I’d be here until 3 o’clock in the morning because it’s relaxing to me.

“I don’t know if you’d call it a dying art, but it’s just not something you see a lot of,” Schrowang said. “It’s not a cheap hobby, but it’s so rewarding when a customer comes out and says, ‘I have this thought, this design; what can you do for me?’ and it makes me feel great when a customer says, ‘That’s exactly what I wanted.’” Schrowang uses a lot of

books for inspiration and does her initial designs on the computer in her workshop with a CAD program. From there, she will mark her glass on a lightboard before cutting and grinding each piece to fit her pattern. It’s a time-consuming process with an individual finished product taking seven or more hours to complete. Schrowang is branch-

ing out and now does painted flagstones as well. Several are on display in her shop, and like her stained glass windows, she’s happy to do custom work. Clear Creek Stained Glass is located at 4026 Swaney Road, McNabb. Call the shop at 815882-2669 or visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/ClearCreek-Stained-Glass.


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MCNABB — Mike Schrowang is unapologetic; he’s a ham. No, he’s not a bad actor; he’s an amateur radio operator and has been for 31 years ... and to say he’s enthusiastic about his hobby is an understatement. From his radio station in the garage of his McNabb home, Schrowang has talked to fellow ham operators all over the world. “I wish I knew about this hobby when I was younger because it would have changed my life from what it had been,” Schrowang said. “I’m certified as a first class license holder. I know Morse code. I enjoy it immensely; to me that’s the pinnacle of it,” Schrowang said. “They used to require it until around 2000; you had to show proficiency in order to get your license. That stopped when so many other counties stopped requiring it.” Ham radios were once one of the main forms of information and assistance during disasters before the advent of computers and cell phones. However, computers have helped change the nature of ham radio operators in a positive way. Schrowang uses a website that shows where radio reception is active and what satellites are in position for longdistance communication.

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Mike Schrowang searches for an active signal on his ham radio station outside McNabb. Schrowang has been an amateur radio operator for 31 years. “We have activity going into Europe this morning. You can see a little bit in Africa, “ Schrowang said. “The different frequency bands will be open at various times. Lower frequencies come open at night; higher ones will be active during the daytime, and that’s when you work some of your foreign stations. It’s amazing tools that

you’ve got with the Internet.” Each country has its own unique call-sign — a set of letters at the front of the licenseholders registry number — that indicates where it’s from, and one of the things ham operators do as a type of competition is collect frequencies from other countries. After contact on the air, the operators will

send a printed card with their frequency number to the other person. Schrowang can tell you which country is which without blinking. “That’s Greece, ‘HA’ is Hungary, ‘OH’ is Finland, ‘LA’ is Norway and ‘PU’ is Brazil,” he said. “It’s another thing about ham radio — you can ask me the name of any country, and I can tell you where it’s at and what’s around it. There’s currently over 330 countries on the air, and I’ve talked to over 250 of them.” With the large number of cell phones and face-to-face computer communication programs, you might think ham radio is on its way out, but that’s not the case. According to figures from the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), an international organization of ham operators, the hobby has been experiencing a resurgence of late with more 750,000 ham operators in the United States, at least 10,000 joining in the last six months. “It’s pretty easy to get started. You can buy radios today under $300, and you can study and get your license on line,” Schrowang said. “We’re always welcoming new operators. You can talk to people all over the world that share your interests, that tell you new things – it’s a blast.” Information on ham radios and how to get started can be found at the ARRL website, www.arrl.org.

Mark weighs curbside recycling By Ken Schroeder kschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com

MARK — The village of Mark may be following suit with Granville and begin curbside recycling. Dave Schwab of Waste Management Inc. presented the idea to the village board on Nov. 20. “You’ve experienced the same problems that Granville has with the cessation of the recycling drop-off in Granville,” Schwab said.

“We understood going in the center was going to be a community thing, not just Granville.” Waste Management will be offering curbside recycling to the village at a reduced rate from their normal fees. Schwab gave the board a quote of $2.65 a month per household with service starting in December, if the board accepts the proposal. “Recycling is a learned activity. You know how to

separate it out, and you know what to do with it,” Schwab said. “The habit’s already there; we’re just making it simpler. You don’t have to put it in your car; you don’t have to gather it up and get it there. Just put it next to the garbage.” Board members are expected to be making a decision on the proposal at the Dec. 4 meeting. In other business, the board:

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• Approved the annexation of the Timberline property owned by Dan and Don Cioni. The action was recommended by the village zoning board. The land will be zoned as residential. • Discussed a request from Granville resident Summer Pappan to establish a place in town where the village could collect contributions for the victims of the Washington tornado on Nov. 17. The

board opted instead to spread word through the village on collection points in Granville. • Reviewed the preliminary mailing address verification maps received from the U.S. Postal Service. Mayor Frank Niewinski said there are some discrepancies in the maps and the numbers on some of the homes, and a house-byhouse check is necessary to confirm addresses and development.

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AG investigators assist law enforcement to combat repair-related scams SPRINGFIELD — Following devastating tornadoes and severe storms that raced across Illinois on Sunday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged residents to be on alert for home repair con artists looking to exploit homeowners and local businesses needing repairs due to stormrelated destruction and damage. Madigan warned of home repair scammers who follow media accounts and quickly move into affected areas to take advantage of people. Madigan noted these “storm chasers” use the opportunity to pressure people into making impulsive, often expensive, decisions about cleanup and construction work. Madigan encouraged local residents and business owners to call local law enforcement agencies and her office’s Consumer Fraud Hotline (800-386-5438) to report any suspicious activity. Investigators with her office, who already have been assisting local authorities in Washington, Ill., since Nov. 17, will look into complaints received about contrac-

tors. “In the wake of this weekend’s devastating storms, communities face a long recovery process,” Madigan said. “During this challenging time, I encourage area residents to be cautious and on alert for scammers trying to take advantage of people in need of assistance.” Seven Illinois counties have been declared disaster areas including Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington and Woodford counties. Madigan recommended verifying contractors in these areas have all necessary licenses, insurance and permits, and she encouraged taking extra caution before making any decisions to repair or rebuild damaged or destroyed property by avoiding rushing into signing a contract or making an upfront payment. Madigan offered these additional tips to residents and businesses from being duped by dishonest contractors: • Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Ask for recommendations from people you

know and trust, and whenever possible, use established local contractors. • Call the Attorney General’s (http://illinoisattorneygeneral. gov/about/hotlines. html) Consumer Fraud Hotline to check out a contractor and to learn if any complaints have been filed against a particular business. • Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don’t be rushed into a deal. • Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract. • Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction. • Never pay in cash. • Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it, based on the contractor’s visit to your home. • In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when

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Property transfers The following property transfers were recently recorded in the office of the Putnam County Recorder. Nov. 7 Kenneth R. Troyan as trustee to Kenneth R. Troyan as trustee; rural property; exempt. Mary Ann Mudge to Mark William Mudge; rural properties; exempt. Andrew Reyes to James J. Mennie; rural property; $10,000. Nov. 8 James W. Reno and Gayle A. Reno to Gemion Inc.; Lot No. 1, Migliori-

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Obituaries Edwin ‘Dale’ Siegman MCNABB — Edwin “Dale” Siegman, 73, of McNabb died absent from the body, present with the Lord, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his residence. He was born June 5, Edwin ‘Dale’ 1940, in rural Siegman Magnolia to George and Marie (Russell) Siegman. He married Mary Rebecca “Becky” McGhiey on April 11, 1998, in rural Hennepin. Dale was a selfemployed carpenter and truck driver. He was a member of and served as an elder for Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Lacon. He loved caring for his family. As an

Alvin Hageman HENRY — Alvin Bernard “Boob” Hageman, 84, of Henry died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Liberty Village in Princeton. He was born Jan. 22, 1929, Alvin in Henry to Hageman Joseph and Rose (Fandel) Hageman. He married Patricia Wright on July 22, 1950, in Henry. She survives. He graduated from Henry High School with the Class of 1947. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic

excellent horseman, Dale enjoyed training and farriering our horses. He was a founding member of Putnam County Trailriders. He is survived by his wife, Becky of McNabb; two sons, Bill (Shelley) Siegman of Hawaii and Jeff (Crystal) Siegman of Texas; three daughters, Michelle Siegman-Blackburn of Bradford, Celeste (Richard) SiegmanHerren of Arkansas and Celyna (Joe) Richard of Louisiana; two stepchildren, Kerry (Bob) Richard Fisher of Metamora and Rex (Amy) Richard of Metamora; two brothers, Eugene (Darlene) Siegman and Lawrence Siegman, both of Magnolia; one sister, Linda Holz of Varna; 13 grandchildren; and one great-

grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister-in-law, Pat Siegman; and one brotherin-law, Bill Holz. Services were held Nov. 27 at the DysartCofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville, with the Rev. Lyall Sutton officiating. Burial was in Cumberland Cemetery, Wenona. Visitation was held Nov. 27 at the chapel. Contributions may be directed to Putnam County Ambulance or St. Jude. Pallbearers were Bob Fisher, Richard Herren, Joe Richard, Rex Richard, Bill Siegman and Gene Siegman. Online condolences may be directed to Dale’s family at www.dcfunerals.com.

Church in Henry and the Knights of Columbus, and was a 63-year member of the Henry American Legion. Along with his family, Hageman operated A & T Well Drilling in Henry for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Also surviving are his children, Laramie Eaton of Henry, Lanette Olszanowski and Lauretta Hanmerich, both of Putnam, Lydia (Greg) Jones of Henry, Todd Hageman of Lacon, Tad and Ted (Mary) Hageman, both of Henry; 16 grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; and one brother, Eldon R. Hageman of Henry. He was preceded in death by his parents;

one brother, Lowell Hageman; two sisters, Delores Hague and Doris Swift; and one grandson, Brian George Jones. A memorial Mass was celebrated Nov. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Henry with Father Tom Mizeur officiating. Full military rites were accorded by the Henry American Legion following the Mass. Interment will be in the Putnam Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church. The Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.

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ly had an altercation with a family member. Todd is currently in the LaSalle County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Putnam County Circuit Court The following sentences and fines were assessed recently in Putnam County Circuit Court. Driving 15-20 mph above the limit: Thomas M. Bazan, 24, Glen Ellyn, fined $120. Jose Cela, 22, Decatur, fined $120. Wendy R. Elliot, 47, Granville, fined $120.

Jack C. Olson, 54, Princeton, fined $120. Graduated driver’s license, more than one passenger under age 20: A 17-year-old of Granville, fined $230 plus six months supervision. Failure to reduce speed: A 17-year-old of Granville, fined $120.

Property transfers The following property transfers were recently recorded in the office of the Putnam County Recorder. Nov. 12 Adam Passini Jr. and Darlene Passini to Eugene V. Azarskis; Lots No. 5 and 6, Archibald W. Hopkins Second Addition, Granville; exempt. Eugene V. Azarskis to Adam Passini Jr. and Darlene Passini; rural property; $60,000. Nov. 13 Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Lisa M. Barnes; Lot No. 219, Lake Thunderbird Woods; $110,000. James W. Reno to Gerald A. Bejster and Nancy J. Bejster; Lots Nos. 71 and 72, Archibald W. Hopkins Addition, Granville; $77,500. Panther Outdoor Maintenance Service, Inc. to McNabb Storage; rural property; exempt. Nov. 14

William Read and Sharon Read to Robert Read and Julia Read, rural property, exempt. Jerry Read to Robert Read and Julia Read, rural property, $768,000. Jerry Read to Julia Read and Robert Read, rural property, $768,000. Jerry Read to William Read and Sharon Read, rural property, $654,160. William Read and Sharon Read and Robert Read and Julia Read, to Jerry Read and Tamara Read, rural property, exempt. William Read and Sharon Read and Jerry Read and Tamara Read and Robert Read and Julia Read to Tamara Read and Jerry Read, rural property, exempt. Sandra Palm to James and Taylor Vipond, rural property, $3,000. Nov. 18 Donald Biagini, Karen Biagini, John Biagini, Beverly Biagini, Gary

Binder as trustee and Linda Binder as trustee to John Biagini as trustee, rural property, exempt. Elizabeth Bumgarner to J. William Shafer and Gloria Jean Shafer, part lot 21, block 8, Village of Hennepin, $55,000. Nov. 19 Robert Foley and Lisa Foley to Corey Adams, lot 67, Archibald W. Hopkins Addition, Granville, $90,000. Henryka Zuchara to Brett Crawley and Meredith Eich, lot 508, Lake Thunderbird Hills 3, $208,000. Marlin Weekley to Joel Hopkins, part lot 2, block 2, C.H. Smith’s Addition, Granville and part lot 3, block 2, C. H. Smith’s Addition, Granville and part lot 2, block 2, C.H. Smith’s Addition, Granville with exceptions and part lot 3, block 2, C. H. Smith’s Addition, Granville with exceptions, $125,000.

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Home is where my heart is “So where are you headed off to college at?” The graduation invitation salesman asked each of my fellow class officers in the last months of my senior year. We were all very conditioned to this type of question by then, and the other four officers’ schools rang in my ears as if they were gleaming palaces only for the best: Platteville, Iowa State, Aurora, COMMENTARY and another Iowa State. Ah, the luxury of a four year college … I mused as I meekly replied, “Oh, I’m just going to IVCC.” “Just IVCC? Why, no need to be ashamed. I’d say you’re the smartest one of the bunch. Just think of the money you’ll be saving, and IVCC is really a very nice school.” I remember a blush coming on and smiling from ear to ear, feeling pretty good about my decision to attend a junior college, but I was still feeling a little gypped about missing out on the whole college experience. All my friends would start to get the freedom and independence I so longed for, as well as getting to live with and meet all kinds of new people. I couldn’t help but be just the wee-ist bit jealous. My feelings on the issue didn’t take too long to change, though. For one, I didn’t have to move out all of my belongings into a possibly tiny, uncomfortable room with other people I didn’t know. Also, I didn’t have to take out a loan for my upwards to $30,000 or $40,000 tuition cost, and I wouldn’t be unluckily paired with a rude, messy or crazy roommate. The list could go on and on. Yes, I do have to drive 40 minutes every day to get to school, and I do have to deal with my family every night (don’t worry, just kidding!), but after talking to one of my friends who lives away at college in a dorm, I realize that I have it pretty good. I get to come home to my comfortable, roomy house every night with home-cooked meals and the freedom to drive or go wherever I want. I get my own shower and double-sized bed with all of my belongings at fingertip access. And perhaps best of all I get to keep the relationships with my family that so many college students lack. Since losing the constant attention from a relationship and also losing some of my closer friends to college both about the same time a few months back, I’ve learned the importance of needing to nurture my relationships more. The people that you love and that love you aren’t necessarily there for life, and if you are not careful, they could up and leave in the blink of an eye. I am not a very outgoing person, an introvert by nature, so making lots of new friends and being the life of the party is definitely not my strong suit. Through realizing this about myself, I also figured out that while meeting new people is fantastic, often maintaining long-time friends and family is the most important because we will always be closest to them. Reflecting on this idea, one of the highlights of my days has been the almost nightly walks with my mom. We love to take quick half hour strolls through the scenic areas of Princeton or on country roads by our house while discussing our days and just being there for each other. Due to these quick catch-up sessions, my mom has become one of my best friends; always there to listen, rejoice, mourn, advise or whatever I need each day while I try to give the same in return. It isn’t always perfect, and we have our share of disagreements, but I am so thankful for this growth in our relationship because I know that my mom will always be there whether I like it or not, and I love that we get along so well and have learned to understand and be patient with one another. Another time I cherish is the occasional homework sessions I share with my brother. Mind you,

Danae Ross

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So what do you think about holiday music? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? What are some of your favorites if you like it?

“I like Christmas music when it is in December, you know let’s not push Christmas. My favorite song would have to be ‘O Holy Night.’” Sue Seifert, McNabb

“I enjoy traditional Christmas music. It’s sung too early. I mean the first of November I have XM radio, and they were playing it already.” David Morris, Granville

“I like the traditional Christmas music at home maybe during Christmas week. But I don’t like it from Halloween on.” Bert Giuliani, Granville

“I like Christmas music at Christmastime, not at Halloween. I liked the old fashioned ones, from church and things.” Jerry Mcintyre, Granville

“I would agree, I like it when it is in December. For my favorite song, I like them all, ‘Jingle Bells.’ I just like them all.” Skip Stephens, Champaign

Did you really give that back? I always count my change while I’m still in line at the gas station or fast food place or wherever. Today when I did it, I found the cashier gave me an extra dollar, so I gave it back to her. The guy behind me looked at me like I was insane as I walked out the door. That happens a lot these days; the cashier hands me too much money, and I give it back (which makes me worry about how well they teach math these days, but that’s another day) to the amazement of those around me. Apparently, honesty is not in vogue these days, and that worries me. “It was only a dollar. Why would you give it back? They’ll never miss it.” I hear that a lot. But someone will find out, and the cashier gets in trouble. But there’s a more important reason why I give it back. It’s simply the right thing to do. These days, money is tight for everyone; You, me, the corner grocer, the state of Illinois (although that one’s their fault) and everyone else outside the 1 percent. I’ll probably miss the dollar a lot more than British Petro-

Ken Schroeder COMMENTARY leum will, but that’s not the point. Keeping the money would be dishonest; you’re pretty much stealing from someone else. Not only would I not want someone to do that to me, I don’t feel right doing it to someone else. Yet we’re always surprised when someone turns in money they found. In the news today, a homeless man who returned a wallet full of money he found in a trash bin is receiving contributions from all over the country, and a local hotel gave him $500 and a place to stay through Thanksgiving. I definitely applaud him for turning it in, and I especially recognize the people sending him donations, but I have to wonder when the act of returning money to someone who lost it became a national news story. We now expect dishonesty from other people. That’s the message I get from this, and it’s frightening.

we don’t always get a lot of homework accomplished with all of the distractions, but I love being able to catch up and enjoy a few laughs together amongst our very different schedules. We can do this because we both drive to our colleges, so I am thankful for campuses within driving distance. Without them my brother would not have lived at home for the past four years, and this year I would also not be home, guaranteeing no brother-sister time on a regular basis. IVCC has really been a blessing for me in so many ways. I know that junior colleges aren’t for everyone, but I encourage all students to give them a chance because they are the perfect

We’ve gotten used to politicians telling their side of the truth. People wonder why this is true, and the thing to remember is most politicians in major offices started out as lawyers. I’m not saying lawyers lie, but they have to be very creative with the truth sometimes to win their case. That definitely carries over into politics. While there’s a quote often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, it’s really a summary of a longer passage Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” If you’re looking for more honesty and respect in the world, you have to show it. So, the next time you pay with cash and the person behind the counter gives you too much change, give it back. True, no one is likely to hold a parade for you because of it, but it becomes an occurrence that snowballs the more it happens, and the feeling of goodwill lasts quite a while. Now, if only we could teach the Illinois government basic math ... Putnam County Record Staff Writer Ken Schroeder can be reached at kschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com.

transition from high school to universities and the “real world” (and I absolutely love my professors!). But more importantly, IVCC has allowed me to maintain and strengthen many of the relationships that are the most essential to me, which is much harder for those who are away at school. I will eventually move away to a campus and experience the other parts of college, but for now I am very thankful to be living at home and being with the people that care about me most. Danae Ross is a freshman at Illinois Valley Community College. She can be reached at diamondspride30@yahoo.com.


6 Bus/Ag 6 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Keenan Campbell shows the new Putnam County Emergency Command Center. New building opening tours will be hosted in January of 2014.

Putnam County Record photo/ Dixie Schroeder

Former Putnam County resident earns honor By Dixie Schroeder dschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com

OGLESBY – The Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) at Illinois Valley Community College honored the Class of 2013 “40 Under Forty” this fall. Gina Czubachowski, business specialist for ISBDC, explained what the event was about. “This was our third year of bringing together the young generation. This generation is important to our local businesses and economies as they are helping drive growth and leadership within their organizations or communities,” she said. Each year that ISBDC hosts this event, the 40 honored individuals, nominators and guests have the opportunity to network and meet each other. The event reminds them that the area is not losing talent, but it is actually growing, Czubachowski said. A former resident from Putnam County, Keenan Campbell was nominated by four different Putnam County residents to be honored. Campbell has been mentoring with the late Jim Goldasich through the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency for the last six to seven years.

Campbell’s official role with the group is communications officer. He has worked hand in hand with the redesign of the building that is currently being made into the Emergency Management Center in Hennepin. Where the group could, they found savings on not only the building, but the furnishings. “The nice thing about it was that we got an awful lot of furnishings including computers from State Farm in Bloomington-Normal,” Campell said. He noted he was totally unaware of the “40 under Forty” event. “I guess I received like four nominations for this thing,” he said. “They told me that there were over 700 nominees. So I was one of 40 for my work with EMA.” The position of communications officer that Campbell holds for the Putnam County EMA is strictly volunteer. He also served on the building committee with several other members. The group visited other emergency management centers, taking notes and asking what worked for them and what did not work to assist them in designing the layout of the current building in Hennepin.

“Jim (Goldasich) and I, Quinten Buffington and Andy Jackson were on this committee. My background is in electrical engineering. So all the phone systems were designed by me, wiring schemes and the like. The actual original drawings for the building I did. I then presented them to the committee, and then they picked the sizes of the rooms,” he said. When Goldasich got sick, Campbell was nominated for his position with IESMA, (Illinois Emergency Services Management Agency) as Region 2 Vice President. This new volunteer position meant that he would be visiting 17 counties as needed and meet with the coordinators for each county. “We help set up policies. We inform them of what the state can do for them,” he said. “We ask them about what equipment they may need. IESMA has a cache of generators that are prepositioned throughout the state. So we want to make sure that they would know what we can do for them.” Campbell also has his own business — KD Campbell Consulting. He also has been active in the past as a volunteer firefighter.

Here are five things you need to know about Social Security for 2014. For clarity’s sake, here is a rundown of what is changing next year, and what isn’t. 1. Social Security recipients are getting a raise — but not much of one. Next year, the average monthly Social Security payment will increase by $19 due to a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment, one of the smallest annual COLAs in the program’s history. Since 1975, only seven COLAs have been less than 2 percent. Four of these seven COLAs have occurred in the past five years, however. The 2013 COLA was 1.7 percent. How does Social Security measure COLAs? It refers to the federal government’s Consumer Price Index, specifically the CPI-W, which tracks how inflation affects urban wage earners and clerical workers. Social Security looks at the CPI-W from July to September of the present year to figure the Social Security COLA for next year, so the 2014 COLA reflects the very tame inflation measured in summer 2013. Does the CPI-W accurately measure the inflation pressures that seniors face? Some senior advocacy groups say it doesn’t. The Senior Citizens League, a non-profit that lobbies for elders and retired veterans, contends that Social Security recipients have lost 34 percent of their purchasing power since 2000 because the CPI-W doesn’t track rising health care expenses correctly. 2. Chained CPI is not yet being used to determine COLAs. Some analysts and legislators would like Social Security

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7 Sports Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • The Putnam County Record • 7

Putnam County whips DePue

Sports PC’s Chris Walker wins softball coach of the year By Dixie Schroeder dschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com

GRANVILLE — The Illinois Coaches Association for High School Softball has announced its slate for the 2013 coach of the year award winners. Putnam County Lady Panthers Head Coach Chris Walker has earned the award for the third time. “I’m very fortunate to be the third coach of the year award that is presented by the Illinois Coaches Association for High School Softball,” Walker said. The Putnam County Lady Panthers were guided to IHSA sectional play in Class 1A during 2013 spring season. Walker, who won the award in 2007 and 2009, joins the Class 1A Sectional of the Year award winners who include Brade Grenoable of Milledgeville, John Wedell of Elgin, Shanna Massey of Goreville, Matt Baalman of Hardin, Nancy Meyer of Illini Bluffs, Greg Neisler of Raymond and Kristen Storey of Okawville. The Illinois Coaches Association has been in existence since 1928. There are eight sections in the state of Illinois and one coach is chosen from each section in each sport at the high school level. Coaches whose schools are members of the Illinois High School Association make nominations of their peers for this award.

Voss leads all scorers DEPUE — The undefeated Lady Panthers easily handed DePue a defeat at its own gym. Putnam County stampeded past the DePue Lady Giants 82-10 in a one-sided contest. PC woke up strong and ran up a 22-0 lead during the first quarter. While DePue came alive in the second quarter, the team was unable to cope with the height and the tempo of the Lady Panthers. Putnam County would score 24 points in both the second and third quarters, and tallied another 12 in the fourth. The Lady Giants were only able to muster four points in the second and fourth, with a lone basket in the third. Allison Voss led PC with a game high 16 points. Annie Miller and Putnam County Record photo/Ken Schroeder Tori Smoode each conPC’s Daniela Pavlovich (11) takes a shot ahead of DePue’s Marisol Riuz (23). tributed 14 points.

PC/Hall wrestling co-op wins Sterling Newman tourney By Dixie Schroeder dschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com

STERLING — The Putnam County-Hall Wrestling Co-op team did it again. For the second year in a row, the Panthers won the 13-team Sterling Newman Catholic Tournament. The Panthers took first with 152 points. Coming in second place was Dixon with 145. Third place was earned by Rock Island with 136 1/2 points while West Carroll took fourth with 131 points. Polo place fifth with 119 points. Head coach Jerry Kreiwald was tickled with the results of the tourney. “What a great way to

start off the season,” he said. “This has excited the guys to gear up for our first home dual meet on Thursday against Amboy and Sterling Newman at 5:30 p.m. I also want to give special thanks to coach (Joe) Rue and coach (Chris) Quigley for all your dedication to the boys.” The rotation for the tournament started at the 132 weight class. PC-Hall’s Mario Flores took first and went 3-0 in matches during the day. Nathan Diaz placed fifth in the same weight bracket. Diaz went 1-2 on the day. Kreiwald said, “Flores is really starting to evolve as an experienced wrestler.”

Newcomer R.J. Copeland made a splash by taking second place overall in the 145-pound weight bracket. Kreiwald said Copeland learned from any mistakes early and didn’t repeat them. “R.J. really made a statement today in a 12-man bracket going 3-1 on the day. This being his first tournament, he really adapted well and jumped right in. His natural athleticism will do him very well the more technique he learns,” he said. At the 160-pound weight class, Luke McCook showed why he is made of the right stuff by wrestling five matches to take

third in his weight class. Kreiwald was enthusiastic in his praise for the wrestler. “McCook went 4-1 for the day. He lost his fist match to the eventual champ and wrestled back to a third-place finish with a four match win streak,” he said. “It takes a lot to wrestle two or three matches a day, never mind five. Shows a lot of guts and pride.” The second overall champion for the day was Cole Elliott. He wrestled at the 170 weight class. Kreiwald noted the focus Elliott displayed as he competed. “He wrestled with deter-

mination all day and never let up. What a champ,” he said. The remaining scoring for PC-Hall came from James Hall who placed second in the 195 weight class. Hall held a 2-1 record on the day. Matt Briddick earned a third-place finish in the same weight class with an overall 2-2 record. Evan Kiphart also wrestled in the 195 weight class and placed fifth with a 1-3 record. Kreiwald acknowledged all three PC-Hall wrestlers did well. “What a really great group to coach and watch,” he said. The final PC-Hall champ of the day was at the 220

weight class in the form of Marco Gutierrez. With a perfect 4-0 record, Kreiwald said at the heavier weights it is not all about strength. “He was a great demonstration of how technique over takes power. He really out wrestled some beasts!” he said. Also in the 220 weight class, first year wrestlers Trevor Case took third and Isaac Marquez took fifth. Kreiwald and the coaches were pleased with their efforts. The next wrestling meet for PC-Hall will be at home on Dec. 5 in a triangular event versus Sterling Newman and Amboy.

PC’s Wilson to play softball at Cardinal Stritch By Ken Schroeder kschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com

Putnam County Record photo/Ken Schroeder

Stephanie Wilson (front center) signs her letter of intent to attend Cardinal Stritch University, surrounded by PC golf coach Eric Ciucci (left), Cardinal Stritch golf coach Tim Eckard, parents Kim (left rear) and Steve Wilson and grandmother Gladys King.

GRANVILLE — When she was in grade school, Stephanie Wilson had never touched a golf club. On Nov. 27, Putnam County senior Wilson signed her letter of intent to play golf for Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wis. Wilson’s first visit on Memorial Day this year convinced her it was her best choice. “I liked the team and how it’s close and family-like. I liked the school and how small it was,” Wilson said. “I loved downtown Milwaukee. I just fell in love with Cardinal.” “I found Stephanie’s profile online, saw that she had a fantastic swing, and did a little research on her,” said Tim Eckard, Cardinal Stritch golf coach. “Coming from a small town, and the process she went through just to have a golf team at her school and to take that on herself shows the kind of leadership we really want. Having a student coming on from the same area as me was a neat thing for me.” Eckard is from Walnut and attended IVCC.

After being introduced to golf by her grandmother Gladys King, Wilson decided it was a good fit for her, but Putnam County didn’t have a girls golf program. So she started one. Wilson and three other girls — none of whom had ever played golf — played the first year of golf without a coach. PC boys golf coach Eric Ciucci took on coaching responsibilities during Wilson’s sophomore year. “It’s exciting for our girls golf program to have her move on into a four-year university. She has worked extremely hard for this, and I believe Steph’s best golf is still ahead of her,” Ciucci said. “Going to a four-year university with a full-time coach, they’re going to be able to open up doors for her and make her just that much a better player.” “I’m very proud,” Stephanie’s mother, Kim Wilson, said. “She never missed a day golfing. We’re all proud of her. She made it to sectionals as a sophomore, a junior and a senior. And the team went to sectionals when she was a junior and senior.” In addition to joining the golf team, Wilson will be studying to be a nurse.


8 Sports 8 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Panthers win Wally Keller Tourney KEWANEE — In the final night of the Wally Keller Invitational Thanksgiving Tourney at Wethersfield, the championship game brought the Putnam County Panthers with a 4-0 record to face the Bureau Valley Storm with a 3-1 record. PC 73, BV 62 This tournament was filled with excitement until the bitter end with the Panthers ending up on top by a final score of 73-62. First quarter action had the score tied at 8-8. The Panthers were outscored by seven points in the second quarter and went to the locker room behind the eight ball with a score of 29-22. In the third quarter, coach Josh Nauman had done his magic and awoke his team as the shooters hit their marks as the pace of scoring picked up. The Panthers were still behind at the end of the third quarter 44-39 and managed to tie the fourth to send it to overtime. In overtime, Bureau Valley went cold while the Panthers, couldn’t miss a basket, making the final score 73-62. PC’s Harold Fay led all scorers with 26 points on the night. Fay was also a terror under the boards pulling down seven defensive rebounds. Austin Biagini supported the team with 17 points including four assists and three steals. Evan Kreiser chipped in 15 points with three

offensive rebounds. Alec Veverka added ten points with five steals. Michael Weide came off the bench and chipped in five points with five assists. Parker Neuhalfen had 17 for Bureau Valley. Evan Kreiser was named to the all tournament team. Harold Fay was named co-tourney MVP. The Panthers ended up 5-0 for the week. PC 67, Wethersfield 47 In a game of the undefeated teams on the fourth day of the Wally Keller Invitational, the Putnam County Panthers took on the host Kewanee Wethersfield Flying Geese and came out on top by a score of 67-47. The Panthers started hard and ending the first quarter ahead 15-8. Wethersfield outscored their opponents in the second quarter 14-11 which led the teams to a 26-22 score by halftime. The pace of the game really went wild in the third quarter when the teams scored 28-18 with the Panthers on top, but the team put the game away for good by the end of the fourth quarter with a 20 point lead. Senior guard Harold Fay led PC with 20 points and had six assists. Supporting Fay’s hot shooting were Kreiser and Veverka with 17 and 14 points respectively. The key to the game included the Panthers’ domination of the boards pulling down 33 rebounds with Veverka hauling

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down 12 and Kreiser eight. Both Veverka and Kreiser each had three assists too. Two point shooting was what worked for the Panthers with the squad going 19 for 35 from the field. The team also converted free throws at a 65 percent pace, going 11 for 17 from the line. Trevor Lay led Wethersfield with 24 points. PC 63, Elmwood 48 The Putnam County Panthers played the second game of the evening on the third night of the Wally Keller Invitational Thanksgiving tournament on Nov. 27 against the Elmwood High School Trojans. The Panthers handled the Trojans without much difficulty going into the break night of the tournament with a final score of 63-48 for the win. Kreiser led the way again for the Panthers with 18 points on the evening. Kreiser had the hot hand shooting 78 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. Veverka added 14 points and Biagini added 13 points in the game as well. It was the Panthers’ night at the free throw line as they shot 20 of 24 attempts for 83 percent. The team also shot 17 of 21 attempts from the two point basket range. The Trojans were effective in pressuring the Panther’s offense causing 14 turnovers in the game. The opposition also dominated the boards. Elmwood’s Isa-

iah Groeper led all scorers with 21 points while Matt Jehle chipped in 12 points. PC 59, Annawan 47 Day two of the Wally Keller Invitational Thanksgiving tournament kicked off in Kewanee with the Panthers facing the Annawan Titans in the first game of the night. While the Panthers got off to a slow start in the first quarter, the game’s outcome was not in doubt as the final score was 59-47 to the Panthers’ advantage. The Panthers’ scoring was down from game one with the team shooting 16 for 35 for two point shots and only five for 12 from the three point circle. However free throw percentage warmed up with the team shooting 60 percent with them making 12 of 20 from the free throw line. Leading scorer for the team was Kreiser with 14 points on the night. Supporting Kreiser was Biagini with 12 points and Fay with 10 points. The Panthers also had 17 assists with Biagini having seven. The team also had 14 steals with Fay having seven of them. Annawan was led by Ben Foster with 18 points and Marcellous Butler with 14 points. The opening game of the 2013 Wally Keller Invitational kicked off on a winning note for the Putnam County Panthers on Nov. 25. The round robin tournament has six teams participating which include Midland, Bureau Valley, Annawan

Wethersfield and Elmwood high schools. PC 69, Midland 49 On Nov. 25, the Panthers kicked off the night versus the Midland Timberwolves in the first game of the day. Took the lead in the game early and went to the locker room with a 10-point lead at halftime with a score of 32-22. The T-wolves tightened the game up in the third quarter adding 16 points, to the Panthers’ 19 points. In the end, however the Panthers held off Midland and finished with a final score of 69-49. Putnam County shot 20 for 35 in two point shots and only seven for 19 in three pointers. At the free throw line, the team shot eight for 15. Leading all scorers was point guard Fay with 23 points, shooting 44 percent from the field in both two and three point shots. Supporting Fay was Veverka with 15 points and Kresier with 11 points. Biagini had seven assists for the Panthers while DiazDeLeon had three. Defensively Nick DiazDeLeon and Kreiser each had three steals while Veverka had two. Rebounds were led by DiazDeLeon with three. Midland was led by Nick Varvil with 20 points. The Panthers next play two weekend home games with the DePue Little Giants coming in on Dec. 6 and the IVC Grey Ghosts coming in on Dec. 7 to R.M. Germano Gymnasium.

By Dixie Schroeder dschroeder@putnamcountyrecord.com

CHILLICOTHE— The Putnam County/Hall wrestling co-op took to the road for a triangular wrestling meet last week versus Illinois Valley Chillicothe and Streator High School wrestling squads. In the first meet, PC/Hall gave up four weight classes at 106, 113, 126 and 152 pounds. This led to a final score of IVC 52 to PC/Hall with 24 points. Winners for the Panther squad included Dominic Elliot at 120 points by pinfall; Luke McCook at 160 pounds by pinfall; Nathan Tonozzi at 182 pounds by pinfall and Marco Gutierrez at 220 pounds by pinfall. In the second meet of the evening, PC/Hall again had to give up the four weight classes, giving Streator four wins by forfeit as well. Streator took the meet by a score of 56 to 24. Winning by pinfall were Dominic Elliot at 120 pounds; Mario Flores at 132 pounds and Nathan Tonozzi at 182 pounds. Streator gave PC/Hall one win by forfeit. Head coach Jerry Kreiwald noted that while the team fell short in these two meets, things will turn around as team members learn to eat sensibly and make their weight class safely. Watching sodium intake is important and eating consistently but not junk food is important during season. The PC/Hall team assistant coach is Joe Rue and volunteer coach is Chris Quigley. The squad will host their first home meet against Sterling Newman and Amboy on Dec. 5.

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Community Rotary poinsettia delivery on Dec. 7

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GRANVILLE — Putnam County senior citizens over age 65 are reminded Rotarians and PCHS Interact members will be delivering gift poinsettias on Dec. 7. Seniors in Granville, Standard, Mark, Hennepin, McNabb, Magnolia and surrounding areas, who will not be at home are asked to leave delivery instructions, as the plants cannot be left unprotected from the weather. Seniors new to

On Nov. 20, the special needs class from the Putnam County Junior High went to the Putnam County Food Pantry and filled 170 bags full of various kinds chocolates and candies. The bags will be given to the food pantry’s clients around Christmas time. Students pictured are Alex Munson (from left), Christina Casey, Jeri Lester and Lily Carper. Not pictured is John Kazmierczak.

the list may confirm their inclusion by contacting Rotarian Tom Simmons at 815-339-6100 or email TJSimm@Dave-world. net. Seniors in Senachwine Township who reserved plants this year may pick up their gift poinsettias after 10 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Putnam Christian Church, or call Pastor Terry Broady at 815437-2292 to make other arrangements for delivery.

Santa in Magnolia MAGNOLIA — Santa Claus is coming to the Magnolia Fire Department at noon Dec. 8. Children are welcome to enjoy a lunch of pizza, macaroni and cheese, juice or milk and desserts and play bingo for age

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Washington charity drive still accepting donations GRANVILLE — The deadline for donations to the local relief effort for victims of the Nov. 17 tornado in Washington has been extended to Dec. 8. Organizer Summer Pappan said she has heard some

DAR to meet Dec. 6 PRINCETON — The Princeton-Illinois DAR chapter will meet at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Bureau County Republican Community Room in Princeton. The program will be “Independent Living” presented by Chapter member Lesley Gonigam, an employee of the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living in LaSalle. Members are asked to bring their information

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Putnam County Community Center Menus Dec. 9 — Ham slice with pineapple sauce, sweet potatoes, streamed cauliflower, raisins, wheat bread. Dec. 10 — Baked spaghetti, salad, bread and butter, dessert. Dec. 11 — Salisbury steak with gravy, red diced potatoes, sliced yellow squash, diced peaches, peanut butter crackers. Dec. 12 — Barbeque on bun, cole slaw, chips, dessert. Dec. 13 — Cornmeal breaded pollock, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, banana, citrus juice cup. Putnam County Community Center serves lunch every day, Monday through Friday. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance by calling 815-339-2711. Suggested donations for Monday, Wednesday and Friday is $3. Suggested donations for Tuesday and Thursday is $5.

Activity Calendar Dec. 10 – 10 to 11 a.m., free blood pressure and blood pressure checks; 12:30 p.m., card party, Dec. 12 – 12:30 p.m., music therapy with Michele. Dec. 13 – Noon, PCCC board meeting.

Seibert inducted into honor society EAST PEORIA — Robert Seibert of Henry was recently inducted into the Upsilon Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Illinois Central College, East Peoria. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor soci-

ety for students enrolled at two-year colleges. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least 12 semester hours and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Marseilles memorial honors fallen soldiers MARSEILLES — Not all war memorials stand in Washington, D.C. The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial stands in Marseilles on the banks of the Illinois River. The wall was dedicated in 2004 to those who have lost their lives in worldwide conflicts since 1979. Every June, the names of the newly-fallen are added to the wall during the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. The soldiers, their family and friends are honored during this yearly event.

Thousands of motorcyclists honor the fallen. The memorial sits on land donated and adjacent to the IV Cellular headquarters. Since its creation, people have left mementos and tributes at the memorial for the fallen soldiers. Due to the amount of treasures left behind, IV Cellular turned part of their lobby into the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Museum. The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial is located at 200 Riverfront Drive, Marseilles.

PCES announces honor rolls HENNEPIN – Putnam County Elementary School has announced the Honor Rolls for students during the first quarter. Those recognized were: High honor roll – Mathew Burr, Adam Currie, Samuel Currie,

Leena Dean, Emma Edens, Taylor Lenkaitis, Matthew Liebhart, Madison Longbein, Nick Mattern, Ashlyn Serrine, McKenna Solomon, Abbie Thompson and Luke Pederson. Honor roll – Caitlyn Cioni,

The top leadership organization for girls More than 21,000 girls in Central Illinois are members of the Girl Scouts SPRINGFIELD — Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI) is still accepting 2013 registrations for girls ages 5-17 who would like to become part of a troop. Today in central Illinois, more than 21,000 girls participate in troops and Girl Scouting activities in their communities, and the number continues to grow. Girl Scouts is widely recognized as the top leadership organization for girls in the world. Today’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience, although embedded in the tradition of cookies and camping, offers girls more than ever before. Girl Scouting provides more opportunities than any other organization to help girls and young women develop their leadership potential and build practical life skills. “Girl Scouts has evolved to meet the needs of today’s girls,” said Jamie Stout, director of membership and volunteerism. “We help build girls of courage, confidence and character by providing the tools and support to young girls that feeds their drive to succeed in all aspects of life. And we empower and encourage them to become good stewards to the environment and their communities. There is no other organization like it in the world.” One core concentration in the organization today is exposing girls to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

“We help build girls of courage, confidence and character by providing the tools and support to young girls that feeds their drive to succeed in all aspects of life.” Jamie Stout, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois director of membership and volunteerism in a way that inspires a future career path. When today’s girls graduate from college, the United States will need three million more scientists and engineers, yet women account for fewer than 20 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science and physics. Research shows that by middle school, girls begin to shy away from STEM, but when they are able to explore STEM fields and careers in a girl-only environment with female role models, this enhances their skills, confidence and learning. Girl Scouts also boasts the top financial literacy program in the nation for girls — and it starts with cookies. The Girl Scout Cookie Program has grown into a leading business and economic literacy program that is run by and for girls. The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: • Goal setting. • Decision making. • Money management.

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Library Corner Magnolia — Out of school and nothing to do? Come to the Magnolia Library. The library will be hosting a duct tape wallet class for the kids. Ellie Glenn of Magnolia will be showing the children on how to construct a wallet and/or bracelets out of duct tape. The program will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Magnolia Library. Come and enjoy a day out of school at the library with a craft, snack and good friends. For more information, call Peggy at the Magnolia Library 815-8693038. The Magnolia Library will be having trade book days. Through the months of December and January, each day the library is open you can come in to pick a book for your own collection by making a donation to the library or bring in your used books and trade it for another book for you to enjoy. For more information, call Peggy at the Magnolia Library 815-869-3038. Magnolia library will have homework hour on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 4 to 5 p.m. throughout the school year. Children have the opportunity to have their completed homework checked or receive help with homework in progress. The library provides materials and equipment for help with school homework and projects. Hennepin — Preschool storytimes are changing days in December. Preschool programs will now be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday each week at the Hennepin Branch Library. The more, the merrier. Preschool storytimes are ideal for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old, with adult participation. Condit (Putnam) — Enjoy coffee while selecting your book at the Condit Library. The Condit Branch Library is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. McNabb — Saturday Stories are at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the McNabb Branch Library for children in early elementary school. Seasons are changing – enjoy exciting stories and fun projects including pumpkins, harvests, crows, and… oh my, is that snow? Come join your friends. Celebrate November themes during Preschool storyhour for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old at the McNabb Library at 11 a.m. on Saturday each week. Granville — Story Hour continues at 10 a.m. on Tuesday each week. Our littlest patrons are enjoying learning and reading about fall. Please join us. The children form new friendships and enjoy seeing each other every week. Our Favorites group is changing times. The group will begin meeting at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Join the library for lists of new releases and sharing some of your current favorite reads with the library. The next meeting time will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11. Standard — Looking for just the right recipes to cook this holiday season? Discover great feasts in the cookbook collection at the Standard Branch Library. The Standard branch library is open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays each week.

Mr. and Mrs. Bernardo (Jaclyn) Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew (Rebecca) Gensini

Immel-Wilson Jaclyn Marie Immel and Bernardo Lukato Wilson were united in marriage Oct. 5 at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Mich. The bride is the daughter of John and Lora Immel of Lostant. Her grandparents are the late Harry and Elizabeth Immel of Granville and the late Lawrence and Marian Dart of Tonica. The groom is the son of L.V. and Jennie Wilson of Detroit, Mich. Attendants were Jonathan and Erika Immel, Elgin Cooper and Melinda Nett, Justin and Healy Immel, Eric and Crystal Hackney, Zog Vulaj and Tanya Mehl, Jayme Resler and Annie Tabereaux, and Sydnee Wilson. The couple will honeymoon in Mexico and are residing in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

The bride graduated from Putnam County High School and Illinois Valley Community College, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from West Virginia University Institute of Technology. She is an automotive account executive for Comcast Spotlight in Bingham Farms, Mich. The groom is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools and received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. He has a master’s degree in elementary education and in counseling from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in curriculum and instruction. He is employed by the Detroit Public Schools as an educator.

Baker-Gensini Rebecca Baker of Granville and Matthew Gensini of Granville were united in marriage Sept. 28 at the United Church of Christ in Granville. The bride is the daughter of Gary and Janie Baker of Peru. The groom is the son of Richard Gensini of Mark and the late Pamela Gensini. The maid of honor was Molly Salomone. Bridesmaids were Maggie Harris, Amanda Whitlock and Ashley Freitag. Junior bridesmaids were Hailey Hewitt and Emma Gochanour. The flower girl was McKlay Gensini. The best man was Robert Zuniga. Groomsmen were Victor Gensini, Matt Baker and Justin Sullivan. The ring bearer was

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Kade Gensini. Robert Foley and Nathan Buffington served as ushers. A reception to honor the couple was held at the Mendota Civic Center. The couple is making their home in Granville. The bride is a 2005 graduate of LaSalle-Peru Township High School and a 2010 graduate of Illinois Valley Community College. She is employed as an ER nurse at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. The groom is a 2003 graduate of Putnam County High School. He is a paramedic at Putnam County Emergency Medical Services and a Lieutenant at the Standard Fire Department.


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The Compassionate Friends plan candle lighting

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Celebrating 43 years Illinois Valley Mid-Day Connection, sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries, recently celebrated its 43rd birthday. The local group began meeting in 1970 under the name Illinois Valley Christian Women’s Club. The Stonecroft organization, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., was founded 75 years ago by Helen Duff Baugh. Stonecroft Ministries shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with women worldwide. The local group meets monthly at Deer Park Country Club with an average attendance of 50 women. The planning team for 2013-14 is shown as follows: (front row) Cathy Granata, Arlene Brandner, Vickie Scolari and Vallerie Horschler; and (back row) Elaine Gauden, Sue Myers, Carole Ledbetter, Elana Boyer, Cindy Bair, Norma Rue, Barbara Alleman, Bonnie Huber, Mary Deming and Anita Hybki. •••

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PERU — The River Valley chapter of the Compassionate Friends is inviting parents who have suffered the loss of a child to its annual candle lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Conference Room A. This event is held annually on the second Sunday in December. The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting ceremony unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.

Believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world, the Worldwide Candle Lighting creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. The Compassionate Friends website, www. compassionatefriends. org, will host extended chat room hours and a message board for families to post tributes. The candle lighting ceremony started in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance and has since swelled in members as word spread. For more information, contact Rita Studzinski at 815-223-7663.

PC schools to host holiday concerts GRANVILLE — The balance of the Putnam County Schools winter concerts have been scheduled. The Putnam County Junior High School Winter concert will be at 7 p.m. on Dec.

13 at the Putnam County High School Auditorium. The Putnam County High School Winter Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 in the Putnam County High School Auditorium.

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4-Hers learn the art pie crusts The Marshall-Putnam 4-H held a pie crust project day on Nov. 23 at the University of Illinois Extension offices in Henry. Jessica Urbanowski of the Lostant Leaders taught the participants how to make pie crust. The girls were taught tips on how to roll out dough, place it in pan and create beautiful edges. Each participant made a pumpkin pie to take home and share with their families. Displaying the pies were: McKayla Urbanowski (left), Anna Mattern, Kira Griffin, Hanna Gall and Meghan Jones.

Holiday workshop to be held HENRY – The Marshall-Putnam 4-H will be holding a holiday workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14. The fee for the workshop is $10 for 4-H members and $15 for non-members to cover

project supplies. Each participant will be able to make several crafts to give as gifts this holiday season. Participants are encouraged to bring a sturdy box to take their completed projects

home. The workshop is open to all youth ages 8-18. Registration is required, space is limited. To register, call the Extension office at 309364-2356.

Marshall-Putnam County Quilters Guild plans potluck HENRY — The Marshall-Putnam Quilters Guild will meet at noon Dec. 11 at the Henry Presbyterian Church, 511 Wirt St., Henry. The Quilters Guild will hold its annual holi-

day potluck luncheon followed by their meeting at 1 p.m. After a brief business meeting, there will be a game with an Asian auction of a non-Christmas fat quarter.

The guild’s next meeting will be an all day workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 8. The topic will be creative cutting to create opposite patterned squarein-a-square blocks.

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TEACH donates $200 to United Way Illinois Valley Community College’s student organization Tomorrow’s Educators: Aware, Connected, Hopeful (TEACH) donated $200 to the United Way of the Illinois Valley’s HUSKY (Helping Underprivileged School Kids Year-round) program to provide children with basic learning supplies they need to be successful. TEACH adviser Jill Urban-Bollis (left), Maria Villalobos, Donna Bennet and Brittany Bejester present United Way Executive Director Julie Sloan with the check. TEACH raised the money through a burrito breakfast, sweatshirt sales and bake sales.

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IVCC receives Bellwether Award nominations Bellwether and Legacy Award finalists will be announced in December OGLESBY — Two Illinois Valley Community College projects have been nominated for prestigious national awards. Making Industry Meaningful In College (MIMIC), one of 10 Bellwether finalists in 2012, is being considered for a Bellwether Legacy Award recognizing previous winners offered for five or more years and have been replicated elsewhere. IVCC’s edible car contests have received a third Bellwether nomination recognizing outstanding and innovative projects leading community col-

leges into the future. Bellwether and Legacy Award finalists will be announced in December and honored Jan. 25-28 at the Community College Futures Assembly at the University of Florida in Orlando. Developed by Dorene Perez, computer-aided design/computer-aided engineering instructor and Alice Steljes, a now-retired accounting instructor, MIMIC was first offered in 1995. “Our students needed workplace skills like teamwork, communication and problem solving,” Perez said. “We

began having our students work together as they would in a business or industry, and we provided training for the skills they needed.” Today, each MIMIC team, or company, includes students in engineering design, electronics and a variety of business fields such as marketing, accounting and information systems. Manufacturing students serve as consultants, and students in other fields, such as graphic design and technical writing, assist. MIMIC instructors are Jim Gibson, electronics, Rick Serafini, accounting, and Perez. Since its inception, MIMIC has been recognized for innovation. Perez said it appears to be the first community

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cially suited for creating interest in and providing hands-on applications for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). While the vehicles created from food are low tech, the program showcases high tech equipment in the speed competition. A programmable logic controller is connected to a human machine interface with reflective photo eyes on the track’s start and finish. While the organizers did not originate the contest, they have capitalized on its potential for engaging people of all ages in an unlimited number of theoretical concepts. “People of all ages like playing with food,” Perez said. “We encourage others to capitalize on that interest.”

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NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a lottery will be conducted as a result of two (2) or more petitions being received simultaneously for the same office and party as of the opening hour of the filing period on November 25, 2013. The lottery will determine the order in which the established political party candidates will appear on the March 18, 2014 General Primary Election ballot. The lottery will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. on December 9, 2013 in the County Clerk’s Office at the Putnam County Courthouse in Hennepin, Illinois. [10 ILCS 5/7-12 (6)] DANIEL S. KUHN Putnam County Clerk & Local Election Authority Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 4, 2013.

maintenance assessment in the total amount of $38,000.00 for 2013. 2. Hearing on the above referenced Petition and Financial Report will be held by the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Putnam County, Illinois, at the Circuit Courtroom in the Courthouse in Hennepin, Illinois on December 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., at which time and place objections thereto, if any, will be heard. Dated: November 26, 2013. Ryan J. Anderson, Attorney for District Commissioners Cathy J. Oliveri, Clerk of the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Putnam County, Illinois Ryan J. Anderson Attorney for Commissioners Reg. # 06288950 611 Second Street, P.O. Box 174 Henry, IL 61537 (309) 364-2354 FAX (309) 364-9340 Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 4 and 11, 2013.

999 • Legal Notices IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS RE: HENNEPIN DRAINAGE AND ) LEVEE DISTRICT IN THE COUNTY ) OF PUTNAM AND STATE OF ILLINOIS ) No. 64-MR-72 DRAINAGE HEARING TO: Owners of Record of Hennepin Drainage and Levee District Notice is hereby given as follows: 1. That a Petition to Levy an Annual Maintenance Assessment, the Financial Report of the Commissioners of the Hennepin Drainage and Levee District, covering the period of October 1, 2012, to and including September 30, 2013, and Annual Maintenance Assessment Roll have been filed with the Circuit Clerk of Putnam County, Illinois. The authority sought from the Court is to levy the annual

2014 SENACHWINE TOWNSHIP MEETING CALENDAR The Senachwine Township Board meets regularly on the second THURSDAY of every month. The ANNUAL TOWNSHIP MEETING will take place on the second Tuesday of April, the 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. Also please note that in the event the regular monthly meeting would need to be canceled, NOTICE will be posted on the door of the Town Hall and the meeting would be rescheduled as soon as possible and notice of the new meeting time will be posted at the entrance to the Town Hall. JANUARY 9, 2014 FEBRUARY 13, 2014 MARCH 13, 2014 APRIL 8, 2014 ANNUAL MEETING and the regular monthly meeting will follow. MAY 8, 2014 JUNE 12, 2014 JULY 10, 2014 AUGUST 14, 2014 SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 OCTOBER 9, 2014 NOVEMBER 13, 2014 DECEMBER 11, 2014 The scheduled meeting time is 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall at 404 High Street in Putnam, Illinois. Contact Rhonda Downey, Clerk at 815-437-2685 if you have questions. Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 4, 2013.

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LaSalle Public Library hosts Hugo Kringle LASALLE — The LaSalle Public Library will host Hugo Kringle at 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Hugo will sing and play Christmas songs and tell Christmas stories. He will also tell tales of his brother, Kris. Funding for this program is provided by the Alwin C. Trust. Hugo Kringle will be played by dulcimer player and storyteller Mike Anderson. His latest recordings, “The Great Sled Race” and “Anna’s Old Boot,” both won Parent’s Choice awards. “Anna’s Old Boot” also won a Children’s Music Web award for Best Children’s Song 2003.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS HEARTLAND BANK AND TRUST ) COMPANY, ASSIGNEE OF ) CITIZENS FIRST NATIONAL BANK, ) Plaintiff, ) vs. ) THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM J. CONRAD, ) CATHY JOHNSON, INDEPENDENT ) EXECUTOR, HEIRS OF MARY ANN ) CONRAD, DECEASED, MICHAEL L. ) HENNEBERRY, SPECIAL ) REPRESENTATIVE, THE FEDERAL ) DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION, ) ASSIGNEE OF CITIZENS FIRST NATIONAL) BANK, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND ) NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, ) Defendants. ) No. 2012-CH-10 NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE OF REAL ESTATE/ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a judgment heretofore entered by said Court in the above-entitled matter, the Sheriff of Putnam County, Illinois will on the 19th day of December, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Courthouse, 120 North Fourth Street, Hennepin, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash all the following described premises and real estate in said judgment, as amended, mentioned, situated in the County of Putnam, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as may be sufficient to satisfy said judgment, to-wit: Lot 532 of Plat No. 3 of Lake Thunderbird Hills, according to Plat thereof recorded in the Recorder’s Office of Putnam County, Illinois, in Plat Book 3, Page 162 on 5 January, 1970, except coal and minerals and the right to mine and remove the same, situated in Putnam County, Illinois; Commonly known as: 18 Wood Drive, Putnam, Illinois 61560; The person to contact for information regarding this property is: Heather Stabler, Heartland Bank & Trust Company, 606 South Main Street, Princeton, Illinois 61356, 815-875-4444. The terms of the sale are: Cash upon date of sale. The property is improved by: One story single-family residence with two car attached garage. The property may not be inspected prior to sale. The Plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to the quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the Court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a certificate of sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. Dated: November 11, 2013 s/Cathy J. Oliveri Clerk of the Circuit Court Putnam County, Illinois John Isaacson - ARDC #1305700 ANGEL, ISAACSON & TRACY Attorney for Plaintiff 111 Park Avenue East Princeton, IL 61356 815-875-6551 Published in the Putnam County Record Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and 11, 2013.


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‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Festival 56 examines Steve Jobs

Festival 56’s live radio broadcast is Saturday PRINCETON — Festival 56 will present the holiday classic, “Miracle on 34th Street,” as a live radio play on Dec. 7. This special community event takes place at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. The show will be broadcast live over WZOE at 10:30 a.m. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., complimentary coffee and baked goods from the new Flour House Bakery will be available in the lobby. In what has become an annual Festival 56 holiday tradition, the radio play cast will be local civic leaders and community members. Sound effects will be created by “Foley artists,” just like in the early days of radio. This year the cast will be Steve Bouslog, VP-senior financial consultant, Heartland Bank and Trust Co.; Terri Simon, editor, Bureau County Republican/Putnam County Record; Lindsay Philhower, owner/instructor, Main Street Dance Academy; Al Forristall, market president, Midland States Bank; Rex Conger, president and CEO, Perry Memorial Hospital; Connie Kauffman, retired children’s librarian, Princeton Public Library; Jay Schnei-

der, owner, Apollo Theater; Dale Fiste, retired farmer/ cattle feeder and director of the Covered Bridge Barbershop Harmony Chorus; and Mike Smith, vice president/ regional business development officer, Centrue Bank. The Bureau County Chorus will also entertain the audience with holiday classics. Dave Roden, school social worker for the Henry-Stark Counties Special Education District and a veteran Festival 56 actor, is directing the radio play. Cyndi Olson, Taylor Tieman and Kerry Ryan will handle sound effects. The show is made possible because of the support of WZOE, the Bureau County Republican and Gary Swanson, GES Sound Services. Miracle on 34th Street is a special event separate from the regular Festival 56 season. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Festival 56 Box Office, open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They may also be purchased by calling 815879-5656 or online at www. festival56.com. The Grace Performing Arts Center is completely accessible and ample nearby parking is available.

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PRINCETON — The Festival 56 production of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” will run for one week at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 13, 18 and 19. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 14. The one-man show examines the genius of Steve Jobs, the famous founder of Apple. At the

same time, it engages the audience in considering the high human price paid so people can buy a new high-tech device every two years. This piece of theatre has been a controversial news item since it premiered in 2011. Tom Preece, a newcomer to Festival 56, will perform “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” during its run at the Grace.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $26 for seniors and $13 for students under 18. To order tickets, call 815-879-5656, ext. 11, visit www.festival56.com or go to the box office. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and an hour before each performance. The Grace Performing Arts Center is completely accessible and offers nearby parking.

North Central Bank announces statewide essay writing contest

LADD — North Central Bank announces a competition that enables Illinois high school seniors to enter a statewide essay writing contest. It is all part of a program sponsored by Illinois community banks and the CBAI Foundation for Community Banking to increase public awareness of locally owned banks and their contributions to the community. North Central Bank is a member of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI), which formed the Foundation in 1996. A monetary award in the amount of $1,000 a year

for up to four years of higher education will be given to the author of the best essay submitted to the CBAI Foundation by a participating Illinois high school senior. Up to 12 additional first-place $1,000 awards and 13 secondplace $500 awards are available throughout the state. An additional $500 will be awarded to the high school of the overall winner. North Central Bank will also be offering up to $500 as a local award. The same entries sent to the state competition will be judged locally. The bank is encourag-

ing all local high school seniors to submit short essays on the following theme: “The Importance of Community Banking.” Information on the contest is available at North Central Bank and the local high schools. Entries must be submitted to the bank by Jan. 17, 2014. The bank will then submit selected entries to the CBAI Foundation to be eligible for statewide competition. CBAI, a professional trade association representing approximately 400 Illinois-chartered banks and thrifts throughout Illinois.

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