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Have you ever had a dream in which you try to speak and there are no words? You strain, trying to get something, anything to come out, but you have no voice. No one in your dream can hear you. In your dream you get a sense of how important those words are, your ability to express joy, sadness, and fear is suddenly taken from you. Now take a moment picture a small child in a neglected or abusive environment. Where is their voice? Who can hear their expression of sadness and fear? Luckily in Ogle, Lee, and Carroll counties these children have access to their voices. (CASA) Court Appointed Special Advocates whose volunteers advocate for the best interests of children in the Juvenile Court System. CASA volunteers gather objective information and report to the courts regularly on the status of each child. This information is used by the Judge to determine if the child should be reunified with their family or prepared for adoption. Help support our 15th Judicial Circuit CASA by visiting the website www.casaleecarroll. com where you can learn about becoming an advocate, or supporting the vital cause through donations. We can all be a voice for abused and neglected children in our communities. Sincerely, Darin DeHaan Oregon, IL

their promise to provide tax relief, and is hoping taxpayers are too blinded by his class warfare political play to notice. The truth of the matter is this: In 2011, Madigan and the Democrats in Springfield raised taxes, promised the tax increase would be temporary, and that it would help pay off an $8 billion backlog of unpaid bills, get Illinois back on sound fiscal footing and make sure the state has a strong economy. According to our latest report, by the time the tax increase sunsets in January 2015 it will have generated more than $31 billion in additional tax revenue. Yet Madigan and Springfield politicians are still crying poor. And worst of all, Illinois still has a $7 billion backlog of bills, the worst credit rating in the nation and the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest. It is wrong to ask the hardworking families of Illinois to continue bailing out Springfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wasteful spending and continued mismanagement. Madiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest move is a blatant violation of the promise made to Illinois taxpayers. Call 1-844-NOTAXIL to tell your legislator to oppose another Springfield money grab. Kristina Rasmussen Executive Vice President Illinois Policy Action

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The Primary Election is over and there were many hard fought races held in the 89th District and across Illinois. First and foremost I would like to thank the almost 12,000 voters throughout the district that voted and supported my election. I sincerely appreciate the confidence and trust you have placed in me and will work hard to represent you in Springfield. The issues facing Northwest Illinois are important to all of us and working together we can insure our future prosperity. I would also like to congratulate all of those candidates who were on the ballot whether you won or lost. What is important is that you stepped forward to serve the public. Politics can sometimes be a thankless job however our future is directly related to the leadership and talent of those we elect to represent us. It is an honor that we should never take lightly. I am writing this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column

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SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW March 17-21, 2014 By State Senator Tim Bivins With Illinois in an economic tailspin, lawmakers say they are anxiously anticipating Gov. Pat Quinnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delayed Budget Address and the five-year plan he has said he will unveil March 26. The Governor secured a deadline extension that allowed him to delay the Budget Address by five weeks, from its originally scheduled date of Feb. 19 until after the March primary. Lawmakers say they want the Governor to use the budget message to lay out a clear plan to turn the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy around. It could be a tall order, since Quinn now owns one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; higher than any neighboring state and higher than other large states. In addition, he has presided over more credit downgrades than all other Illinois Governors combined and has given Illinois the worst credit rating of any state in the nation. Two of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest moving companies have identified Illinois as an out-migration state â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with more people moving out than moving in. A recent nationwide study also showed that Illinois had one of the worst outlooks for job creation of any state.

to allow the promised rollback of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 67% tax hike adopted in 2011. That tax increase has cost Illinois families a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay every year since it was enacted. Republican lawmakers, who unanimously opposed the tax hike, fear the Governor and his allies will instead push for even higher taxes. Indeed, in the run-up to the budget message, prominent Democrats have been recommending new and higher taxes.

Speaker pushing higher taxes House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) called March 20 for a new 3% surcharge on highincome earners, which would also hit farmers and small-business owners. Democrats have also been pushing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;progressiveâ&#x20AC;? income tax that would likely raise taxes on most middle-income workers. A variety of other specialized taxesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as a tax on soda, fruit juice, chocolate milk and other drinksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; have also surfaced. The tax hike plans prompted Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illinois Democratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; answer to everything continues to be taking more money out of taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pockets.â&#x20AC;? Higher taxes, she said, havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been working and she noted that Rolling back tax when the 67% tax hike passed, hike is key Quinn and his allies â&#x20AC;&#x153;promised it A key component of the plan would pay off the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bills. It should be the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. They promised it would

improve our credit rating. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. They promised they would balance the budget. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Medicaid reform reversal a bad sign While Illinois needs to take an aggressive stance to control state spending, action in a Senate Committee during the week left a leading Medicaid reformer frustrated when Senate Democrats blocked legislation that could have put the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bipartisan Medicaid reforms back on track. The reforms, which target Medicaid fraud while protecting services for qualified individuals, have been bogged down by Quinn Administration actions that undermine key aspects of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicaid reform law. State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) proposed legislation that addressing a 2013 labor arbitratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling that sidetracked

an independent review process. Those independent reviews were a critical component of Medicaid reform and had successfully identified thousands of persons who did not meet qualifications but were still receiving taxpayer-paid Medicaid benefits. Despite the bipartisan nature of the original Medicaid reforms, the Senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Human Services Committee refused to advance Righterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senate Bill 3415. Scrubbing of the Medicaid rolls has slowed considerably since the state assumed responsibility for conducting the audits last year. Righter stressed that this slowdown jeopardizes access to healthcare for those people who truly need it, as an increasing number of doctors across Illinois choose not to accept Medicaid patients due to the lengthy backlog of state reimbursement payments to healthcare providers. Additionally, fraud and waste in Medicaid spending continue as ineligible recipientsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;tens of thousands of whom no longer live in Illinois or meet basic income verification standardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;continue to receive taxpayer-funded benefits. Controversial Prison Director Confirmed Despite a long list of concerns about his leadership, the controversial director of Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; prison system won approval in the Senate March 20â&#x20AC;&#x201D;with no Republican support. After more than a year of delays

and with a deadline for action fastapproaching, the Senate voted 37-18 to approve the permanent appointment of S.A. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonyâ&#x20AC;? Godinez to head the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Corrections at a salary of more than $150,000. Opponents pointed out that under Godinez, the Corrections Department hired a senior policy advisor who had 24 arrests, including arson, illegal gun possession, attempted robbery, drug possession and aggravated assaultâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and this was after the same individual was fired from the Department of Children and Family Services for sending lewd e-mails and falsifying his job application. The Quinn Administration also hired a former Congressmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son to act as an assistant warden though he had no experience in Corrections. My concerns are based on a glaring lack of leadership by Godinez and the Governor in addressing problems within the Corrections system. Quinn has closed prisons across the state and sold Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government at a bargain-basement price, even as prison overcrowding has surged to about 150% of capacity. The consolidation of prisoners and overcrowding has placed correctional workers, and prisoners themselves, at risk.

IDOT announces work on Rt. 52/64 The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that weather permitting, construction work on US 52/64 east of Mt. Carroll will begin on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Two bridges over Carroll Creek and a culvert near Arnold Grove Road will be removed and replaced. The bridges are approximately two miles and three miles east of IL 78. Civil Constructors is the contractor for the $4.1 million project. Temporary traffic signals will be installed at each of the three structures and traffic will be restricted to one lane while they are replaced one half at a time. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-November. Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive carefully through all construction zones.

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district since 1996. Working under a franchise agreement, Blum stated that the Merle Norman Company has been around for 84 years. “The name is well established, we offer fine quality products, with new products and technology being developed all the time.” With all products being made in Los Angeles, it makes the products more appealing to customers, knowing their items are proudly made in the USA. The studio offers makeovers, makeover lessons, and carries a wide variety of Vera Bradley products, which are also nationally well known and based out of Fort Wayne Indiana. “All of the Vera Bradley products are light weight, smart designs, and are machine washable, and line dryable. They are very practical for people.” Recently, the Merle Norman Company started carrying the OPI line of high quality nail products. Blum is one of the lucky operators to offer the unique products. Having many loyal customers has allowed Blum to be successful, so much so that she was named the 2014 “Woman of the Year” by the Lamplighter Chapter of the American Business Womens Association, as well as the recipient of the 2010 Small Business of the Year award by the Freeeport Area Chamber of Commerce. “A lot of people search me out. I am the only one in the county that carries the Merle Norman, and Vera Bradley products. I am a ‘Gold Medallion Studio,’ which is held at a higher standard. Customer service is a huge part of that. The training we go through from the Company is extensive. We are a small business, but many of the customers that we serve started using the products in their 9 Miles North of Sabula, IA

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Author Sarah Weeks visited the West Carroll Primary School in Savanna. (PA photo/Lynnette Forth) By LYNNETTE FORTH

For The Prairie Advocate News Author Sarah Weeks traveled all the way from New York last week to visit with children in the West Carroll School District. Weeks has written over fifty books, with more in the works, and one being made into a movie. The author of “Pie” began writing children’s books by accident when she was asked if some of the songs

she had published could be used by Disney and Sesame Street. “Pie” has been the center of “West Carroll’s Community Reads for Weeks” campaign, having been read by adults and children throughout the West Carroll Community. The author visits between ten and twenty schools each year, sharing her love of writing, and enjoys meeting the kids that read her books. Weeks just received word that her

book “So B It” is going to be made into a movie. “I am super excited,” Weeks said. Weeks visited the West Carroll Primary School in Savanna, but also gave a presentation at the Savanna Historical Museum, and the West Carroll Middle School. Weeks told students that she writes anywhere from three to ten drafts for each of the 50+ books she has written.

The Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Extension Unit is pleased to announce the formation of the Illinois Master Naturalist Program. This program will offer interested participants training by local and regional natural resource instructors and train individuals about the natural communities found in Northern Illinois. Participants will be trained weekly over the course of three months from June through August. Once training is completed, participants are expected to complete

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Farm Bureau By Chastity Welch Carroll County Manager Welcome SPRING! What took you so long to come? The Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Almanac said winter would be biting cold and snowy. Right it was. Accordingly it says warm weather will be hard to establish itself but watch out once it does. It says summer could be oppressively humid, wet, and thundery. I can guarantee you now, you will not hear one complaint from me about the heat! Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just hope that wet, thundery stuff comes in the night so we can enjoy the days. Baseball season is here, or so the school calendar says but diamonds are still under snow and frozen. I am anxiously awaiting sitting outside at ball games, enjoying the sun, the game, and the warmth. Speaking of baseball, we are again taking a year off from a Cubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus trip. The last two we sponsored, we were lucky to get half the bus filled. I am not sure if it is because of the record of the Cubs, the number of

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groups doing games, or a schedule thing. In looking at the schedules for the Cubs as well as when they play in Milwaukee, none of the dates really excited us. By the time you are reading this, we should have our new candles on hand. We do have a few of the BeanPod candles left. Our new brand is Swan Creek. They are soy candles from a company in Ohio. The pricing will be the same as the BeanPod. We will currently have only two sizes as we start out to see how everyone enjoys them. We will have 12 ounce and 24 ounce candles. The Carroll County Farm Bureau Foundation recently met to announce their scholarship winners. Shortly we will be running our announcement in regards to those winners. This year we had another group of very qualified applicants. We wish we were able to give everyone a scholarship, however we did

Dr. Aaron Lower Honored March 21, 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) honored five members for their contributions to the association and the swine industry. Dr. Paul Ruen, 2010 AASV president, presented the awards at the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual meeting March 3 in Dallas, TX. Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award The American Association of Swine Veterinarianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Aaron Lower. It is given annually to an AASV member five or less years postgraduation who has demonstrated the ideals of exemplary service and proficiency early in his or her career. Dr Lower is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. Raised in Lanark, IL on a livestock farm,

this background heavily influenced his desire to work with livestock producers. Following graduation, Lower joined Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. in Carthage, IL. This swine practice allows him to provide health, diagnostic, production, and research support to his clients throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. He is a member of AASV, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. He has been active within the AASV association, as he won the Best Student Presentation Award at the 2007 AASV Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL and served as the first Student Delegate to the AASV Board of Directors that same year. He has also served on the AASV Student Recruitment and Influenza Committees. He has given a number of

have to make a decision on who to give them too. Calling all cyclists/bike riders. We have gotten word that the IAA Foundation Ag in the Classroom bicycle ride will be coming to our area. We have not heard the exact route yet, but will be involved in the planning meetings as they finalize details. The date is set for September 1-3. As we get more information we will be sure to pass it along. We have created a survey and are looking for ladies who are interested in joining our Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee. We want to have the committee meet the needs of those who are willing to be a part of the committee. If you would be interested in taking the survey or have some interest in being a part of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee or even are willing to learn more about the committee, please take the survey which is posted out on our website at www.carrollcfb.org. presentations at national meetings including AASV, the ISU Swine Disease Conference and the Leman Swine Conference. He is in partnership with his family in livestock production at home, while also maintaining his role as a partner in Carthage Veterinary practice. He is noted for his

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Lanark works to overcome city debt By LYNNETTE FORTH

For The Prairie Advocate News LANARK – The prospect of overcoming the city’s debt was the main focus of the March 18 regular council meeting in Lanark. Ken Weaver and Mark Macomber were absent, with Weston Burkholder arriving after the meeting began. Alderman approved minutes from the March 4 meeting, after a minor correction was made. Both the Treasurer’s report, and Finance Reports were also approved. Sharon Pepin with Community Funding and Planning Services was not present, but Clerk Jackie Hawbecker reported that she was informed by Pepin that her company has purchased the rights to the water/sewer/garbage billing computer software that the city is currently using. Hawbecker noted that her recommendation would be to hold off on purchasing a different program like previously discussed, and see how the current program works. City Attorney Ed Mitchell reported on blighted buildings, stating that the utilities on the property on North Broad Street are still connected. Mayor John Huggins advised that once Nicor Gas shuts the gas off, the demolition can begin. “They have put the call in for J.U.L.I.E., so they have 10 days to two weeks to complete I think,” newly appointed Alderman Lara Tallman advised. Alderman Anne Lindsay noted that she has observed a property also on North Broad that is in disrepair, and expressed her concern about the condition. Council approved wage increases for city personnel, with the majority receiving a four percent increase. Personnel committee members are continuing to work on the city’s budget. Mayor Huggins will be posting an updated list of committees and committee members on the city’s website. Alderman Ed Fehlhafer presented a proposal for an increase to the water and sewer rates. “I have sent emails to each Alderman

individually, which included information on the status of rates from 2007 to the present year. Our infrastructure is old, but if we work together we can get this done. We are using way more water than the average community. This is costing us a lot, and wasting product also. Wells three and four pumped a lot of water in February. I just want to cut costs down.” Fehlhafer continued with comments about the sewer plant, saying “The sewer plant was built in 1981. They are only planned to work for thirty years. We are working on the plus years. There are items we really need to work on. “We talked about a rate increase in 2011, but it flew over the hill. We have upcoming projects; the Blair Parkway project is estimated at between $90,000120,000, Burns and Carroll Streets East lift station is over $900,000. We have water looping to do also. We can’t do it if we don’t have help. We need to work on it. “I propose a 15% increase as I sit here. I can’t see any other way,” Fehlhafer bluntly stated. Following the initial increase, a cost of living increase can be expected in rates

each year. Garbage rates would stay the same. Additional fees may be initiated, including late fees. Aldermen decided to review the suggestions made by Fehlhafer, and submit their ideas, and suggestions to Ed. “We gotta get our debt collection in order.” A water and sewer committee meeting was set for March 24. Lara Tallman reported that she had received an email regarding a street light that was out, and was very impressed with how quickly the replacement was handled. “Police Chief Magill has a number to call, which usually results in the light being fixed within 24 hours. If the Police Department calls, it is handled quicker,” Tallman said. Chief Magill advised Tallman that he would have deputies on the night shift look for any other lights out, and compile a list and will get them taken care of. Mayor Huggins questioned Clerk Hawbecker if she had heard from Moring Disposal on a proposed Spring clean-up date. Hawbecker advised, “No, but I will check on it.” Huggins stated that the recent MAPPING meeting went really well, and

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The Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Extension Unit is pleased to announce the formation of the Illinois Master Naturalist Program. This program will offer interested participants training by local and regional natural resource instructors and train individuals about the natural communities found in Northern Illinois. Participants will be trained weekly over the course of three months from June through August. Once training is completed, participants are expected to complete a volunteer service project to become a certified Master Naturalist. Once certified, the Master Naturalists are expected to annually conduct some level of volunteer stewardship and continuing training to maintain their certification. The curriculum will cover topics ranging from natural history, understanding the natural world, communicating with nature, and environmental ethics & philosophy. The course will also teach people about the natural communities ranging from prairies, forestry, special communities, agricultural and urban communities. Also covered will be ecosystems management, geology, and volunteer service projects opportunities. Interested participants are encouraged to contact Mary Nelson at the Whiteside Extension Office at 815-772-4075 for details about program information and costs. Space is limited and will be based upon paid participants on a first come first serve basis.

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(Top Left) 4th grade student Tommy Falk won the task of giving Deb Todd her pie in the face. Falk was among several students with the most Accelerated Reader points. PTO president Gabby Seymour (L), gets a laugh out of the action as Todd gives Tommy a big whipped creamy kiss after he shoved the pie in her face. Above, Deb Todd gives a big thumbs up. She was a great sport, and the kids loved it! A little whipped cream never hurt anybody. (PA photos/Lynnette Forth) Teacher’s Aide Deb Todd of Mount Carroll received the most votes, and was the winner of the “Pie in the Face” contest held at the West Carroll Primary School during a special assembly March 12. Students raised $326.00 for the PTO to sponsor not one, but two author’s to visit next year. “Our PTO is amazing,” teacher Keta Foltz commented. Elkay Manufacturing also donated $400.00 recently to the program. 1st grade students presented Elkay employees with a Thank You card during the assembly.

Celebrate National Beaver Island Fish Project Open House by donating blood locally Potentially lifesaving blood donations can only come from generous volunteers. This April, during National Volunteer Month, the American Red Cross invites eligible donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and help meet the constant need for donated blood. Approximately 5,600 times a day someone receives blood donated through the Red Cross. While all types are needed, donors with type O positive or negative, B negative and A negative are especially encouraged to give. An upcoming blood donation opportunity in Carroll County is set for Thursday, April 3 from 12-5 p.m. at the Chadwick Fire Department, 210 Calvert Street in Chadwick, IL. In Whiteside County, there are 7 dates to choose from: April 2 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, IL. April 3 from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road in Sterling, IL. April 8 from 1-6 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th St. in Fulton, IL. April 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sterling High School, 1608 4th Ave. in Sterling, IL. April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, IL. April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Morrison Institute of Technology, 701 Portland in Morrison, IL. April 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Prophetstown-LyndonTampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St. in Prophetstown, IL. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767) to learn more and schedule an appointment.

The public is invited to an Open House event to provide input on the initiation of the Beaver Island Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study that will be held on March 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Erickson Center located at 1401 11th Ave N in Clinton. A short formal presentation will be held at the beginning of the Open House. After the presentation, there will an opportunity for the public to talk individually with the project planners. The Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) are partnering on a feasibility study to identify and investigate ecosystem restoration opportunities within Pool 14. The proposed study is located between Mississippi River miles 513.0-515.5 in the southern portion of Clinton County and includes Beaver Island, Beaver Slough, Grass Slough, and Lower Lake. The Beaver Island restoration project may include deepening shallow backwater areas to improve habitat for overwintering fish and increasing the elevation of some land areas to support the planting of native

floodplain tolerant trees that are beneficial to wildlife. This is the first overwintering fish project in Pool 14 to be completed under the federally funded Environmental Management Program. Project construction at Beaver Island is still a few years away and depends upon funding availability. The annual funding amount of the Environmental Management Program ranges from about $10-$30 million. Individual project costs usually range from $2-$10 million. The various Corp District offices within the Upper Mississippi River compete for the annual funding of these projects. At the Open House USACE, FWS, and IDNR representatives will be available to: discuss the existing and historic conditions at Beaver Island; gather information, comments, and other pertinent data from the public; review the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Upper Mississippi River Refuge System; and explain the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planning process. Logistical questions about the open house may be directed to Ms. Marsha Dolan at 309-794-5648 or visit the Corps of Engineers website at: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/

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to save the county approximately For The Prairie Advocate News $32K annually for the length of the new 5-year contract. The new phone MOUNT CARROLL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The system is expected to be installed Carroll County board held its and in use before summer 2014. regular meeting on Thursday, March Also under discussion was the 20, 2014 in the county courthouse. anticipated loss of support for the All board members were present Windows XP operating system and approved the minutes from their currently in use on approximately March 6 meeting as well as bills paid in vacation and bills as presented by 40 PC units located throughout the county building. Committees on Claims. A transfer requested by the Microsoft owns the XP system Circuit Clerk of $5K from the and is ending support and security general fund to the investment updates for it April 8, 2014. fund to cover expenses incurred in County officials anticipate having a recent lengthy jury trial was also to replace the operating systems approved. in some 15 to 20 PCs immediately and another 15 to 20 next year. Department Reports The county is already replacing Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran the XP system in some of its PCs reported his department accepted with the open source Linux OS, but a $24,825 bid for a new squad acknowledges that remedy to be vehicle from Barkau Automotive of a temporary fix since many of the Stockton, IL. programs run by the county require The Treasurerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office reported a specialized format. hiring a new employee, Lydia Kice Officials are hoping to stall to replace Linda Dykstra who is installation of a new operating retiring this month after 25 years system until Microsoft rolls out with the department. The Assessorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department its new Windows 9 OS as the reported they have recently received Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems department of revenue certification are both widely recognized as and are now able to begin work on somewhat unstable and incapable the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessments and billing. of securely handling the day to The County Clerk and Recorder day loads imposed by the multiple offices reported unofficial county departments. The board is completion of the spring 2014 working closely with IT specialist primary election results and Scott Piehn of Computer Dynamics remarked on the noticeably low to remedy the situation and will 25.13% registered voter turnout. revisit the issue regularly until a Their department expects to satisfactory solution is reached. officially close the books on the The board discussed and then primary in about 10 days pending continued until its next meeting any completion of a canvass. decision on setting salaries for the The Highway Department elected offices of Sheriff, Treasurer reported approving the Martin and Company Excavating $2,791,731.34 and County Clerk. State law bid for reconstruction of Shannon mandates posting of the salaries for Rte. The board approved the elected officials six months before MFT (Motor Fuel Tax) County election which requires the board Maintenance Resolution to to reach a decision on the issue appropriate $550,000 for proposed before the end of May 2014. Board 2014 road maintenance and the chair Kevin Reibel is working with purchase of 2500 tons of road salt county administer Mike Doty to for FY 2014 and 2015. reach an equitable arrangement in Department head Kevin advance of the deadline. Vandendooren also received The board also approved issuance approval to borrow from the county of a proclamation designating April Match Fund to cover this winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 as Sexual Assault Awareness payroll cost overruns and said the Month and acknowledged the borrowed funds would be paid personal devastation caused by the back upon receipt of property tax crime. revenue. He also informed the board In other business, the board that road postings were effective approved reappointment of Judy March 13. Dampman to the Board of Review and the reappointment of Andy New business Considerable discussion preceded Mills to the Jo-Carroll Foreign the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to accept Trade Zone. a $43,864.56 bid from Frontier The next county board meeting is Communications for upgrades and scheduled for April 3, 2014 9:30AM changes to the county phone system. in the small courtroom, County The change to Frontier is expected Courthouse.

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in error and he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;off by $60,000.00.â&#x20AC;? New projections forecast, if the State continues to prorate general state aid at eighty percent, the district will not lose $250,000.00 but $311,000.00 in additional revenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It absolutely infuriates me that the State of Illinois refuses to fund education,â&#x20AC;? Mathers continued. He said that the district will lose almost 2 million dollars over three years in funding, saying that â&#x20AC;&#x153;somehow, someway I guess people are going to have to get mad enough to walk on Springfield and refuse to leave until they decide to fund education.â&#x20AC;? Another attendee commented on the recent Savanna MAPPING meeting, which she felt might help to address the issue of making a concerted effort to attract people to the area and the district and suggested contacting herself or Mayor Tony McCombie for further information or if one wanted to help out. Highland thanked the audience and said if they wanted to work on a committee to support the one percent sales tax, to contact Aude, and strongly encouraged them all to come not only when there were complaints but all the time if possible. He also urged overall participation, telling the audience not to rely on the media or word of mouth for their information but to attend and find out things for themselves. He also urged them to run for office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be active ALL THE TIME,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really supporting the people who are trying to do the best we can for our kids and our community.â&#x20AC;? Superintendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Report Financial Woes and Alternatives Mathers, in his report, took time to detail the very dire state of financial affairs the district finds itself in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change anything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing in the district, your education fund is going to be broke in the year 2015,â&#x20AC;? he grimly reported. He said that if nothing changes in the district financially, basically there are three choices. They could go after an educational referendum. He said in order to

generate one million dollars for the district to pay salaries and benefits, the tax rate would go from $2.79 to $3.69, which puts one â&#x20AC;&#x153;dangerously closeâ&#x20AC;? to the $4.00 limit set by State of Illinois statute. Another option is to cut â&#x20AC;&#x153;people and programs.â&#x20AC;? Another option would be to borrow on the Working Cash bonds, which Mathers said is extremely opposed to because of the fiscally irresponsible nature of this act. A fourth option is what Mathers called â&#x20AC;&#x153;like the death sentence,â&#x20AC;? is consolidation, annexation or deactivation. Mathers took a moment to praise the school board and their unenviable task for the past nine years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going into tonight, this Board has cut 3.7 million dollars since 2007,â&#x20AC;? he said. He added that the board has made decisions based on keeping programs in place for kids and has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;under attack because â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how do you spend 1 million dollars more than you are taking inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? and every one of you has looked at those 1100 kids out there in the audience and said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to recall them like Ford or Chevy; I have to educate them today.â&#x20AC;? He told the board, proudly, that they had â&#x20AC;&#x153;never cut a program out; you might have shaved a little off of it, but you never cut a program out.â&#x20AC;? Mathers revealed that while the one percent sales tax may only be used for facility needs, the additional revenue would allow the district to save money in the OEM (Operations and Maintenance) fund, which according to a new state law, could in fact be transferred to the Education fund which, depending on the amount of revenue generated, could potentially save some teaching jobs. The one percent cannot be used for salaries, but the potential it has to allow money to be saved in other funds could be transferred over to help. Other Action The Board approved the motion to add five additional emergency days, bringing the total to ten, for the next school year, and added CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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Further she percent sales tax pass, it puts us in a question the West Carroll school asked about the accessibility of very difficult position because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re board on the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future, the the building in such a situation, already looking at a . . . one million decisions it would be making and including the gym, the baseball plus deficit, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to make other matters, in the Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March diamonds and bus garage. Highland budget cuts that would make that 19th, 2014 meeting at the Thomson explained that everything west of deficit less bad and then the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Intermediate School in Thomson. the building and behind the bus barn going to turn around and not fund The meeting was attended by is village property including the us to the levels theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re currently Board members Jerry Anderson, two ball diamonds there. He said funding, so even though we make Beverly Kilpatrick, John Brigham, the building was not being closed our cuts, the state will continue to Jessica Edwards, Mark Klein, because if the opening of the prison not fund us and so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still behind. Dawn Rath and President Mike precipitated a large enough influx â&#x20AC;&#x153;We needed that one percent sales Highland. Also in attendance were of students that would necessitate tax in our district. Unfortunately we Superintendent Craig Mathers, more housing, they would have donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it so we are going to have Principals Lamb, Katzenberger, room at the Thomson location to move forward from there and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Ashby, as well as Assistant for them. When Clemons asked going to hurt us. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have Principal Joe Hansen, Technology how many total students would to pinch pennies for the next year Director Brad Field and Recording be needed to house more kids at and if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get something out Secretary/Business Office Manager Thomson, Highland explained that of the November ballot that helps Sandra Aude. the district has fallen from about the district, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to President Highland opened the 1450 students at the beginning seriously have to look at some very meeting with a moment of silence of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life to about 1100 deep cuts, which means that maybe for West Carroll Physical Education currently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously,â&#x20AC;? he said. the elementary teachers are going teacher Linda Belander, who passed â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need four buildings to to have to do their own P.E., their away recently. house 1100 students.â&#x20AC;? He added own art, their own music, and we In brief comments about the that if the district continued to lose may not have a sports program. That recently defeated one percent sales students, they may well need only doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make your school district tax proposal, the tax did pass in West two buildings. more attractive to somebody that Carroll, 884-839, Highland proudly Ashley Gendreau asked about wants to move in, and unfortunately reported, and publicly thanked those the maximum number of people thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where we are. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re between who supported it. However, he went who could legally and safely fit into that rock and a hard place.â&#x20AC;? on, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate defeat â&#x20AC;&#x153;means weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an event, for example, the recent Ray Skiles of Savanna took going to have to make some serious Christmas program, which seemed a moment to personally thank changes in the way we function as a to her to have far too many at once. the efforts of the school board, school district,â&#x20AC;? he added. Mathers told her to leave her name acknowledging the difficulty of their The Board approved the and number with Aude and he would jobs and the hard decisions they Property and Casualty Insurance get that information to her. must make and said people should from Selective Insurance through Angie Taylor of Thomson asked â&#x20AC;&#x153;be appreciativeâ&#x20AC;? of what they do. Lockhart and Law Insurance agency whether or not there were efforts One audience member asked if for the newly purchased district underway to make this area â&#x20AC;&#x153;more there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t some way the people building in Mt. Carroll at 241 N. enticingâ&#x20AC;? to potential residents of West Carroll could donate funds Main. in light of the upcoming (and to help keep programs going, and assumed) Thomson prison opening. Highland, after some thought, told Public Comments Mathers said there were pamphlets her that the best way they could Linda Foltz of Thomson addressed created in recent years to achieve contribute would be to help support the Board, with concerns that if the just this purpose as well as the the Sports Boosters, Music Boosters, Thomson building is closed there placing of the one percent sales tax and the Educational Foundation. will not be adequate space to house on the ballot twice in the last three Mathers said that with teacher and all the students. She also noted years. He also expressed his pride non-certified staff raises, insurance sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d spoken with some individuals in the district teachers due to the costs going up $100,000.00, thanks who might be moving into the area achievement levels of West Carroll to Obamacare, rising energy costs, due to the apparent opening of the students which had gone up since he said that the best case scenario Thomson prison, and that those the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;in every he had projected was an increase people did not favor the Thomson subject across every grade level.â&#x20AC;? in expenditures of $575,000.00 area for housing because of the Nicole Thulen from Thomson for next year, but that now seemed situation with the school district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think you guys have made up your mind before you even listen to anybody, but I just wanted to get my two cents in,â&#x20AC;? she concluded. 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Page 12 BE A PRAIRIE ADVOCATE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 WEST CARROLL PARENTS two additional in service days for certified staff at the end of the year, starting in 2013-2014. The Board also approved the first readings of the Parent/ Teacher, Faculty and Transportation Handbooks. After brief discussion, the Board reviewed raising the district fees, with Anderson favoring not doing so in athletics particularly, given the fact that only forty percent of the district’s children would be required to pay, given the district’s very high “free and reduced” rate. MORRISON ROTARY FEBRUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH Mr. Anderson felt that this was Morrison Rotary welcomed Hannah Rillie and Kurtis Klimson an undue hardship on these kids as February Students of the month. and their parents, reasoning that Hannah is the daughter of Jack and Coleen Rillie. She is some of them might be borderline involved in track, Scholastic Bowl, and the Yearbook. She free and reduced anyway, and that is also involved in the BLIND program. In her spare time she keeping the kids on the teams and loves to read, go to movies and work on art. She plans to attend involved was worth more than the Monmouth College to major in art and psychology with a career interest in Art Therapy. comparatively meager amount of Kurtis is the son of Joe and Kate Klimson. He is involved in revenue the fee hike would produce. band, choir, madrigals, football, basketball, IMEA, and musicals. Approves Budget Cuts The West Carroll Board, after meeting in executive session, approved additional budgetary cuts to deal with their financial situation, on March 19th, 2014. The Board Approved the resolution to honorably dismiss the following non-certified employees, due to a Reduction in Force effective at the end of the 2013-2104 school year: Ashley Hamilton, bus driver – due to uncertainty of 2014-2015 preschool funding, Sharon Mader, WCHS evening custodian, Penny Lally, one on one student aide, Kelly Larson, part time cook’s assistant, and Terry Johnson, WCHS evening custodian. Also, the Board Approved the resolution to reduce the hours of the following non-certified employees due to a Reduction in Force effective for the 2014-2105 school year: Stacey Coats, cook’s assistant, Jen Hebeler, cook’s assistant, and Deb Johnson, cook’s assistant. The following non-certified staff were released “due to economic necessity of the district effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.”: Stephanie Evensen, WCHS English teacher, Tiffanie Gorham, WCMS special education teacher, and Mindy Hayden, WCPS teacher.

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Joining Morrison Rotary for lunch on March 5 were Emily Davis and Ryan Mayberry, March Students of the Month. Emily is the daughter of Mike Davis and Kari Horack. She plays the clarinet in band and is the drum major as well. She is a member of BLIND, a newly formed program at school, and is also the vice-president of Key Club. She is actively involved in the community as a member of the First Presbyterian Youth Group and serves meals at the Victory Center homeless shelter in Clinton. She is a volunteer at Happy Tails animal shelter in Rock Falls. Emily enjoys hiking, four wheeling, and just being He is involved in church and youth group activities. His interests outdoors at her grandfathers farm. She also plays the piano are in sports and plans to go to school for physical Therapy. and loves to cook. She plans to attend Iowa State to major in Congratulations to Hannah and Kurtis! agronomy. Ryan Mayberry is the son of Karen and Marvin Mayberry. Ryan is on the Football and Track team. He enjoys fishing, running, playing pool, football and lifting. He plans to go to school for engineering or physical therapy. Congratulations on your accomplishments Emily and Ryan!

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Milledgeville High Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Operation Teen Safe Driving is a program funded with a $2000 grant from IDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division of Traffic Safety, The Allstate Foundation and The Ford Motor Company Fund. Milledgeville High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SADD organization was chosen to develop and implement a peer-to-peer based program to promote safe driving practices. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety by Choice, Not by Chance,â&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sammy the Safety Penguinâ&#x20AC;? as their mascot. In addition, students participating in OTSD receiving an invitation to Ford Motor Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ride & Drivesâ&#x20AC;? will practice defensive driving techniques, including learning skidding control maneuvers while driving new Ford mustangs. This will be Milledgeville SADD organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4th year participating.

Right: Students prepare safe driving kits for driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ed students at MHS. Students were presented with kits during the â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Driver â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Get There Safeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lunch.â&#x20AC;? L-R: Reid Phillips, Hannah Kehl, Candyce Haag and Ashlyn Shores.

Hannah Kehl portrays Sammy the Safety Penquin and with the help of 2 SADD Brexton Flynn (L) and Peyton Harris won a Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gift Card during the new members, promotes keeping teen drivers safe at a recent boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball game driver lunch at MHS. at MHS. L-R: Candyce Haag, Hannah Kehl, and Kiley Patterson. (Courtesy of Barb Peugh)

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Social Work is a profession of hope—fueled by resilience and advocacy. Social Workers matter because they help millions of struggling people every day dream differently. It is with these concepts in mind that the theme for Social Work Month 2014 is “All People Matter.” March is National Social Work Month, and Hospice of the Rock River Valley would like to thank and celebrate our hospice social worker, Sarah Cebula. It is also an opportunity to explain and celebrate the role of a Hospice Social Worker. Many people, even if they understand the hospice concept, aren’t aware that hospice care is provided through a team approach and that social workers are essential members of that team. Hospice social workers are part of the core services, working with other team members, addressing the physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual effects of a person living with a terminal condition. Social workers build a trust and relationship with the patient and family, during a time of crisis and vulnerability. With this understanding and trust established, the social worker can best help the family manage this difficult experience. Patients and families can be devastated in so many ways by the dying and death of a loved one. Hospice social workers help meet a family’s basic needs by educating and advocating for the patient and family. Hospice of the Rock River Valley, a United Way agency, is the area’s non-profit freestanding hospice. For more information about services and benefits of hospice care, call 815-288-3673 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Opens Soon After a long, cold winter, hunters statewide will be looking forward to a dose of spring-like weather when the Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season opens April 7 in the South Zone and April 14 in the North Zone. Youth hunters are allowed to take to the woods a week early. This year’s youth season dates are March 29-30 in the South Zone and April 5-6 in the North Zone. “The Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season signals the renewal of the hunting year,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. “Turkey hunters know full well what special places Illinois woodlands become during turkey season. There’s nothing like listening to the woods wake up to the calls of songbirds and gobbling of turkeys on a spring morning.” Hunters aren’t the only ones that could use a break from the weather. Wild turkeys initiate breeding and nesting based on length of days, also known as photoperiod. Still, weather can and does play a role. Unseasonably cold weather can hinder the process, in much the same way weather can make hunting more difficult. “Last year we had record rainfall during the spring and early summer, and that may have hurt our overall recruitment,” said Paul Shelton, IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager. “After a couple of years with above average rainfall followed by drought, we are due some good weather that would benefit both hunter success and wild turkey reproduction.” Weather can affect the survival of young turkeys, also known as poults. Unusually cool and rainy weather at the wrong time can have a negative effect

on the survival of young birds. Recently-hatched poults are most susceptible to exposure in the days before their permanent feathers grow in. Last year, spring wild turkey hunters in Illinois harvested a statewide total of 14,133 turkeys, including those taken during youth seasons. The 2013 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,941 in 2012. Hunters took a staterecord 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006. Four new counties were opened for spring turkey hunting in Illinois for 2013 – Ford, Douglas, Kane and Lake. This brings the total number of counties open for spring turkey hunting to 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties. Youth season hunters harvested 923 wild turkeys in 2013 and a record 1,300 turkeys in during 2012. Additional opportunities for youth are provided through the Illinois Recreational Access Program. So far, IDNR has received 130 applications from young hunters wishing to hunt on IRAP-leased private properties during the youth season and third and fourth seasons. Last year 100 applications were received, a 30 percent increase from 2012 and a 75 percent increase from the first year of IRAP when 75 applications were received.

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Recycling and Shredding Event Timber Lake Playhouse, the professional, non-profit summer theatre of northwest Illinois, will hold auditions for qualified musicians for their summer season on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 pm at the theatre in Mount Carroll, Illinois. Auditions for children for the theatre’s upcoming production of Les Miserables will follow at 4:00 pm. The 53rd summer season of Timber Lake Playhouse will include the musicals Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, Les Miserable and Shout! The Mod Musical. All musicals at TLP utilize paid area musicians. Auditions for Bass (upright & electric), Woodwinds, Percussion, Guitar, Brass and Strings will begin at 2:00 pm. Musicians will be seen in 10 minute appointments. They should be prepared to play a selection of their choosing. They might be asked to sight read from one of the shows. For an appointment, please call the theatre at 815244-2035. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd in Mount Carroll. Performance dates and rehearsal schedules can be found at www. timberlakeplayhouse.org. Auditions for the roles of Gavroche, Young Cosette and Young Eponine in Les Miserables

will begin at 4:00 pm. The playhouse is seeking a boy aged 8-12 for Gavroche who is a very strong singer and is comfortable on stage. Girls ages 8-10, who are strong singers and very comfortable on stage are encouraged to audition for Young Cosette and Young Eponine. All children should bring a song to sing in the style of the show. They may sing from the show, as well. An accompanist will be provided. These roles are not paid, but a travel stipend may be arranged. All ethnicities are encouraged to attend. Please call the theatre at 815-244-2035 to sign up for auditions. Additional auditions for children for Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and adults for Young Frankenstein will be held in May. Performers and musicians must be available for all scheduled performances and rehearsals. More information is available at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. Timber Lake Playhouse programs are supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Everyone is invited to participate in the upcoming Super Recycling and Shredding Event set for Saturday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Carroll County Highway Department, 10735 Mill Road, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Free recycling categories include electronics such as computers, monitors, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, printers, keyboards, phones, radios, speakers, copiers, and more. Other household electronic items are also accepted at no charge and include microwaves, vacuum cleaners, coffee and bread makers, toaster ovens, small saws, drills, holiday lights, and more. Batteries are also accepted for free and include all types of alkaline, lithium, rechargeable, and large lead-acid vehicle and machinery batteries. Small and large metal items are also accepted for free including bicycles, swing sets, metal shelving,

metal cabinets, lawn and garden tractors, lawn mowers, snow blowers, weed trimmers, metal patio furniture, outdoor grills, metal bed frames, steel posts, metal fencing, and more. Additional recycling items will be accepted that involve a small fee. Large household appliances will be accepted for $10 per item and include refrigerators, dish washers, stoves, air conditioners, etc. Compact and large fluorescent bulbs will also be accepted for a charge with bulbs under four feet costing $1.00 each and bulbs four feet and over costing $2.00 each. Paper and document shredding with no limit on quantities is also offered and costs only $2 per participating household or business. The event is sponsored by the Jo-Carroll Solid Waste Agency. For questions, please contact Mark Maidak, event coordinator, at 815-541-8183, or via e-mail at jocarrollswa@yahoo.com.

Vegetable Transplant Production Series Are you a home gardener or specialty grower contemplating starting your own vegetable transplants? If so the Vegetable Transplant Production Series is for you. During this series participants will start a variety of vegetable seeds during the first session and take their transplants home after the second class. Class time will also include lectures covering many seed starting related topics. During the first session participants will learn about plants suitable for transplant production, transplant production systems, proper planting soil mixes, seeding techniques, and germination rates. The second session will include overall care of vegetable transplants, proper field planting of transplants and techniques to avoid transplant shock.

The Vegetable Transplant Production Series is hosted by the University of Illinois Extension and will be led by Candice Miller, Extension Horticulture Educator. The series will be held on Monday, April 7 and Monday, May 12. Both classes will start at 6 p.m. and wrap up at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Highland Community College in the Natural Sciences Building (parking lot D) in room 122 and greenhouse. Preregistration is required to attend the Vegetable Transplant Production Series. Registration can be completed on-line at web.extension.illinois. edu/jsw or by calling the University of Illinois Extension at 815-235-4125. Registration fee is $10 for the series.

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Carroll County Final Multiplier is Announced Carroll County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Brian Hamer, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;multiplierâ&#x20AC;?, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts). If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result. Under a law passed in 1975, property in Illinois should be assessed at one-third (1/3) of its market value. Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures, but with farmland assessed at one-third of its agriculture economic value. Farmland is not subject to the state equalization factor. Assessments in Carroll County are at 33.41 percent of market

value, based on sales of properties in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2013 taxes, payable in 2014. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equalization factor for the county was 1.0000. The final assessment equalization factor was issued after a public hearing on the tentative factor. The tentative factor issued in January 2014 was 1.0000. The equalization factor is determined annually for each county by comparing the price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor. If this three-year average level of assessment is one-third of the market value, the equalization factor will be one (1). If the average level of assessment is greater than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be less than one (1). And if the average level of assessment is less than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be greater than one (1). A change in the equalization factor does not mean total property tax bills will increase or decrease. Tax bills are determined by local taxing bodies when they request

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activity can also reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking. Physical activity and exercise are both important and can help improve your ability to do the everyday activities you enjoy. There are many ways to be active every day. Find something you enjoy doing, include it in your regular routine, and try to increase your level of activity over time.

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The Foot Care Clinic will be at the Senior Center three days in March: Monday, APRIL 7th Thursday, APRIL 10th Tuesday, APRIL 15th Monday, APRIL 21st Thursday, APIRL 24th To schedule an appointment for routine and diabetic foot and nail care or for more information, call 815-291-1426. There is a $25.00 fee per person. If you have difficulty bending or reaching your feet; diabetes/ neuropathy; poor circulation/poor vision; dry, scaly skin; fungal infections/thickened nails, or pain with walking, you may benefit from the following professional foot and nail care services: comprehensive foot and nail assessment; diabetic foot, nail and skin care; evaluation of foot wear and recommendations; neuropathy screening; trimming, filing and cleaning nails; nail debriding of thick fungal nails; corn and callus reduction and smoothing; in-grown toenail removal and relief; dry, cracked skin relief/prevention; or foot massage for circulation . The foot care nurse, Kelli FinnSchaible, RN, BA, MS, CFCN, is a very compassionate, caring professional and a strong advocate for your overall health and well-being.

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Thursday, April 10 Foot Clinic 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 By appt only: call 815-291-1426 Quilters in the morning Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 PM a.m. Friday, April 11 AARP Tax Preparation (Last Day) Saturday, April 12 Lanark & Milledgeville paper Pick Up 8:00 - 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 15 Foot Clinic 8 - 1 By appt only: call 815-291-1426 Board Meeting 9:15 AM Bingo â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 PM Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 PM Thursday, April 17 Quilters in the morning Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 PM Friday, April 18 Closed for Good Friday Saturday, April 19 Chadwick Paper Pick Up 8:00 - 10:00 AM Monday, April 21 Foot Clinic 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 By appt only: call 815-291-1426 Tuesday, April 22 Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 PM Friday, March 21 AARP Tax Preparation Thursday, April 24

Foot Clinic 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 By appt only: call 815-291-1426 Quilters in the morning Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 PM Friday, April 25 Silent Auction 7 PM Saturday, April 26 Garage Sale 8AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 PM Shannon Paper Drop off From 8 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 AM at 305 South Stanton, Shannon Tuesday, April 29 Dementia Program. at 10 a.m. GRG at 12:30 Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 PM Monday, May 7 B/P Checks, Glucose Checks and Balancing testing 9 AM to 10 AM Healthy Eating with Diabetes 10 AM Dates to Remember for Upcoming Trips Mackinac Island & Northern Michigan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; June 22 -28, 2014 Niagara Falls & Toronto â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 13, 2014 Cubs at Wrigley, Thursday, August 14, 2014

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4JMFOU"VDUJPO%POBUJPOTSFRVFTUFEGPS4FOJPS$FOUFS The Carroll County Senior Services Organization (CCSSO) has offered amazing assistance and services to the senior and disabled citizens of Carroll County for over 13 years. Due to the reduction of financial aid and uncertainty from other funding sources, the CCSSO Board of Directors is asking Carroll County business and private individuals for donations of money or items for a Silent Auction to help support senior services. Donated auction items must be received by April 17 at the Senior

Center, 306 N. Main St. Mount Carroll. Pick up of donated items can be arranged. Auction items will be on display at the Senior Center April 21 to 25 from 8 am to 5 pm. The Silent Auction will end on April 25 at 7pm, and items may be picked up at that time or until arrangements are made for pickup. Refreshments will be served from 5 to 8 pm. For more information contact the Carroll county Senior Center, 815-244-1800 or director@ccseniorcenter.org

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Small waste baskets We appreciated the generosity of the donations that have been brought in to us and want to thank you for your wonderful response. Donations can be dropped off between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Senior Center, 306 N. Main St., Mt. Carroll, IL 61053. We will consider other items and possibilities as well, so if you have any questions about ways you can help or donations you are considering, please contact Nancy Gable, executive director, at 815-2441800.


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Tri-County has received money for the winter heating program. You will need a copy of your 30 day gross income, social security cards for everyone in the household and current heating and electric bills. The full electric and gas bills are required. If you receive a pension, you will need to bring a statement showing your gross income for your pension other than your bank statement. Any low income person or family may apply. The LIHEAP guidelines for the household for 30 days are: for one $1436.00 and for two in the household $1939.00

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ing does not accept paper applications and will not send out reminders to file. The application is available only online through IDOAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at https://idoaweb.aging.illinois.gigov/ baa/Welcome.aspx. Carroll County Senior Services is available to assist anyone eligible to file online, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, You will need your income for the past year, and if you are disabled, bring proof showing you are disabled. Call the Senior Center for an appointment at 815-244-1800.

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Carol Young and Deb Connor are both SHIP Counselors and Certified Information and Referral Specialists for Aging. They are available for information and/or assistance to clients and their caregivers on Medicare, Medicaid, prescriptions (i.e. Medicare Part D, Social Security Extra Help and patient assistance programs), license plate discount (Benefits Access Program), free amplified phone program (ITAC), LIHEAP (heating assistance), Property Tax Assessment Freeze, etc. Carol and Deb would be more than happy to help you. Stop at the office, 306 N. Main Street, Mt. Carroll, or call 815-2441800 for assistance or to set up an appointment.

These programs help those qualified afford Medicare. There are four different Medicare Savings Programs, each with a different income and resource eligibility limit: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB): You may qualify if you have income less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and resources under $7,080 if single or $10,620 if married in 2013. If eligible, QMB will cover the Medicare premiums (Part A, if applicable, and Part B), deductibles, copayments and/or coinsurance. Specified Low-Income Beneficiary (SLMB): You may qualify if you have income between 100-120% FPL and resources under $7,080 if single or $10,620 if married in 2013. If eligible, SLMB will cover the Medicare Part B premium. Qualifying Individual (QI): QI is a limited program (block-grant to states), and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may qualify if you have income between 120-135% FPL and resources under $7,080 if single or $10,620 if married in 2013. If eligible, QI will cover the Medicare Part B premium. Qualified Disabled Working Individual (QDWI):If you are under 65 and disabled but recently returned to work and are no longer eligible for premium-free Part A, you may qualify for QDWI. Your income must be at or below 200% FPL and resources under $4,000 if single, $6,000 if married. If eligible, QDWI will cover your Part A premium. Note: The limits above are federal guidelines.

Sign up for the Benefits Access Program (Formerly Circuit Breaker) for 2014 now. Please call our office to set up you appointment. If you signed up for this program in 2013 you do not need to sign up again until 2015. The Benefits Access Program provides a license plate discount for one vehicle per household, and the Ride Free program for seniors and disabled persons. The Ride Free program allows qualified persons to ride free on â&#x20AC;&#x153;fixed routeâ&#x20AC;? public transportation systems in areas such as Rockford and Chicago. (Note: Carroll County Transit is not a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fixed routeâ&#x20AC;? system). 4PDJBM4FDVSJUZ&YUSB)FMQ Persons eligible for the Benefits If you meet the income guidelines Access Program need only apply every you may qualify for Extra Help with two years to receive the program ben- your Medicare D Plan (Prescription efits. The Illinois Department on Ag- Drug Plan). To see if you qualify please call us to set up an appointCutting edge 1x1.5 ment. You would need to bring in all income for this year including Social .JTDFMMBOFPVT Thank you ... We have brochures about social Security benefits, pension, interest, Businesses for your continued support. services, Social Security, Medicare, wages and any other income. You feature the news to the readers. .FEJDBSF4BWJOHT1SPHSBNT tourism and much more. Our road Medicare Savings Programs maps are in large print. We can offer you the opportunity to use the fax (MSPs) are Medicaid-administered     machine or the copy machine, all are    programs for people on Medicare who (815) 493-2560 free. We offer free notary services, and www.pacc-news.com have limited income and resources. donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget our coffee and cookies are always free. We are here to serve you in whatever way possible.

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4FOJPST"SPVOEUIF$PVOUZ Carroll County Senior Services Organization GRO â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Great River Outreach The Great River Outreach offers a delicious meal, friendship, and good conversation. There are now two locations. In Savanna, food is served from 11:30 to 12:30; Monday through Friday, at the former Chestnut Park School near Poopyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going south of town on Route 84. In Mt. Carroll, food is served only on Wednesday from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church. Any age is welcome. No donation is required but graciously accepted. Penny Von Essen cooks for both locations and food is transported to Mt. Carroll on Wednesday.

Many volunteers are involved in this endeavor. Why eat alone? Consider joining the group often! Are You Turning 65? Turning 65 can be very confusing with all the information you receive in the mail about which Medicare D Plan to take or which supplemental to get. If you are about to turn 65 and have questions regarding what to do, stop by and see us, and we can help you sort through the confusion and answer some questions you may have. Also remember to stop at the Court House to do your Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption Application and Affidavit.

Board of Directors Clarence Hasz, Lanark, Chairman Susan Lawler, Lake Carroll, Vice Chairman Russ Gies, Thomson, Treasurer Jane Law, Mt. Carroll, Secretary Gene Barklow, Mt. Carroll Joyce Schubert, Mt. Carroll Mary Stevens, Shannon James Callaway, Lanark Donna Green, Chadwick Jan Koett, Milledgeville Sandy Shaw, Savanna Pam Darrow, Savanna Bev Atherton, Savanna Executive Director Nancy Gable Transportation Director Jim Mascal SHAP/SHIP Counselor Carol Young ing with the completion of the Deb Connor Medicaid application Office Manager r 5SBOTGFSPGBTTFUTQSPQFSUZJOUIF Deb Connor past 5 years r 'BNJMZMPBOTCFUXFFOBQQMJDBOU and family member 5SBOTQPSUBUJPO r .PSUHBHF PS SFWFSTF NPSUHBHF Six vans, all wheel chair acceson property sible, are available to take people to r 5SVTUT meals, medical appointments, and r 'VOFSBM QMBO QVSDIBTFE XJUIJO to do shopping and other errands in 30 days of Medicaid Application towns around the county or to FreeIf you have further questions port, Sterling, or Clinton. please feel free to contact the Good If you need a ride, call 2440011 Samaritan Society â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mt Carroll at or 8557027433 at least a couple of days in advance to schedule your 815-244-7715. trip. The service is supported by your donations to help offset the unfunded expenses which continue to increase daily. abilities. We provide this service to assist Local spelling bees are being those who no longer drive or would held throughout Illinois in 2014. rather have someone else do the Local winners and runners up will driving. We can accommodate a few advance to regional semi-finals. more riders. If our services would be The State Finals will be held at the of use to you, just give us a call. Illinois Building at the 2014 Illinois 3FDZDMJOH State Fair on Senior Day, Monday, Senior Service earns a great August11, 2014. deal of money each year through Register now to be a spelling the efforts of those who gather newscompetitor for the local competi- papers and aluminum cans in their tion. A Participant Handbook is respective communities, and those available upon request at the Senior who bundle the paper and haul it to Center or can be sent by email. the local distribution centers. For more information or to We need more help with this sign up for this free event, contact project. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gatheringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; people work Nancy Gable at the Carroll County just a couple of hours a month in Senior Center, 815-244-1800 or their respective communities. The director@ccseniorcenter.org. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bundlersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work at the Senior Center just about any day when they have an hour or two to spare. And the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;load18 ALL SITES CLOSED ers/haulersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; help load and/or haul GOOD FRIDAY 21 Sloppy Joe on Bun 22 Salisbury Steak w/Gravy 23 Turkey Meatloaf 24 Barbequed Ribettes 25 Creamed Chicken on Biscuit 28 Herb Baked Chicken 29 Taco Bake 30 Meatball Stroganoff over Rice These are just entrees. For a complete menu, call 815-244-1800 or 866-214-1959 MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE NICAA Golden Meals program has expanded its services to include more Home-Delivery routes in the Shannon area, for the town of Shannon and the rural areas surrounding it. The Home-Delivery program is for any senior citizen aged 60 or over who would benefit from having a meal delivered to their home on a daily basis. Delivery will be available Monday through Friday, for more information or to sign up for the program, call 815232-8896. Sign up is quick and easy and meals can start within a day or two.

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All Golden Meals for Carroll County will be prepared at the Savanna meal site. Anyone wishing to start a new meal needs to phone our Freeport office at 815-232-8896. Service can usually begin the day after the contact is made. Changes or questions about your regular daily meal service should be directed to Sue Wheetley, Savanna Head Cook, 815-273-4875. LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EAT OUT Menu FOR CARRY OUT CALL SAVANNA 815-273-4875 APRIL 2014 Entrees 1 Taco Bake 2 Meatball Stroganoff over Rice 3 Roast Pork w/Gravy 4 Sweet and Sour Chicken 7 Shredded BBQ Chicken on Bun 8 Cheeseburger w/Bun 9 Roast Beef w/Gravy 10 Easy Chicken Casserole 11 Baked Fish 14 Scalloped Potatoes & Ham 15 Beef Stew 16 Ham Loaf 17 Beef and Noodles

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Andrew Williamson Prairie Advocate News P.O. Box 84 Lanark, IL 61046 815-493-2560 awilliamson@pacc-news.com Carroll County Senior Services Organization 306 North Main Street Mt. Carroll, IL 61053 815-244-1800 866-214-1959 (toll free) Fax: 815-244-5334 director@ccseniorcenter.org Visit our web site at www. ccseniorcenter.org View the monthly GRAPE VINE on-line at www.pacc-news.com

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the papers to the distribution center. Call 815-2441800 for more information or see Keith, Allen, Dale, Bob, Lawrence, Ray, Jim, Bud, Wayne, or Norma. 4FOJPS4IPQQF Talented seniors sew, knit, crochet, hammer and paint amazing crafts. The work is done by volunteers who let the Senior Center reap the profits. If you have an idea for something exciting which these talented folks could craft, just let us know, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll check with the crafters to figure out how to get it from a concept to a homemade treasure. Special projects can be requested, and the crafters will attempt your project if possible. #JOHP On the first and third Tuesday afternoons of the month, at the Senior Center in Mount Carroll at 1:00 P.M., we play Bingo. We play with nickels and dimes so make sure and bring some of your extra change as sometimes there are â&#x20AC;&#x153;bigâ&#x20AC;? winners. On the third Tuesday an employee from Good Sam, Anna Gray, does the calling and on the first Tuesday JoEllen McCaskey from Pinnacle Place does the calling. Come at 1:00 P.M. Mark your calendar, and join us. Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier! No charge. Coffee, pop and treats are provided.

1PPM A game of pool with a friend or two is a pleasant way to spend time. Did you know that there is a level pool table in the lower realm of the Senior Center? There are also balls and sticks. All we need are players. Come and check it out. No reservation is necessary. If someone else is playing, maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let you join them. 2VJMUJOH The quilters work on Thursday mornings. If you always thought youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to learn how to do this old fashioned activity, now is your chance. The girls will be happy to teach you. Coffee and conversation also accompany this activity. (SBOEQBSFOUT3BJTJOH (SBOEDIJMESFO Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group will meet Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Senior Center in downtown Mt. Carroll . Lunch will be provided. There is no charge. The lunch, at 12:30 p.m., is free because this activity is funded by the Illinois Department on Aging. Reservations are required if you plan on being here for the meal. Please phone to let us know that you will be eating with us @ 815-244-1800 or 1-866-214-1959. (All activities take place at the Senior Center in downtown Mt. Carroll, 306 N. Main Street, unless otherwise stated.)

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The Milledgeville Lady Missiles opened their 2014 season with a victory on Thursday in Thomson as they defeated West Carroll 12-2. The Lady Missiles sent five base runners across the plate in the first to take a commanding lead that they would not relinquish. West Carroll responded with a lone run in the bottom half of the first, but Milledgeville plated three more runs in the top of the third to build an eight to one lead. They expanded that lead to twelve to one in the seventh by sending four more runs home and the Lady Thunder added their only other run in the bottom half of the seventh. West Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense committed six errors to aid the Lady Missiles. Milledgeville pounded out a dozen hits with Kayleigh Leddy leading the way, going four for four with a pair of RBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Brey Henson went two for three with a pair of runs batted in and teammates Taylor Grenoble and Ally Bush went two for four and two for five. Morgan Adolph took the pitching win for Milledgeville, going the distance and allowing just two hits while walking one and striking out nine West Carroll batters. Cassidy Rice took the loss for West Carroll, allowing all twelve hits while walking two and fanning two Lady Missile batters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milledgeville is a seasoned team while we are a very young and inexperienced team,â&#x20AC;? commented West Carroll coach Don Mathey, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we played pretty well overall but we had a couple rough innings in the first and seventh.â&#x20AC;? Oregon Shuts Out Lady Thunder The Oregon Lady Hawks traveled to Thomson on Friday afternoon to face the Lady Thunder and left with

the thirteen to nothing win. Oregon sent four runners across the plate in the third and added a single run in the fifth. The big inning for the Lady Hawks was the sixth as they plated another eight runs to take the commanding lead. West Carroll managed just four hits in the contest. Morgan McCombie collected two of the four Lady Thunder hits on the day. Cassidy Rice took the pitching loss for West Carroll, going the distance and allowing fourteen hits, walking two and striking out three. The loss drops West Carroll to 0-2 on the very young 2014 season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oregon really hit the ball well and we had trouble getting them out,â&#x20AC;? commented Lady Thunder head coach Mathey, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially in the sixth inning.â&#x20AC;?

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West Carroll plated a run in the third and two more in the seventh to take the 3-2 victory over Pecatonica/Durand on Wednesday afternoon in their season opener. Trevor Jones started the game on the mound for the Thunder, going three innings and facing nine batters, walking four and striking out five. Pec/Durand sent two runners across the plate in the fifth to take the two to one lead before the Thunder came through with a pair of runs to claim the one run win. Shaun Magill went two for three at the plate with a run scored and teammate Jones went two for four with a pair of RBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Josh Sullivan went three for three with a two base hit and two runs scored for West Carroll. He also relieved Jones, pitching three innings and giving up both Pec/ Durand runs on one hit while walking three and striking out

eight. Marshall Benters picked up the save pitching one inning of relief work. Thunder head coach Bryan Kamper said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the Pec coach and I talked before the game, it was great to be playing. We may have been the first in the area. Some things I saw from this game went directly with my preseason keys to success. We struck out nine times as a team. We have to find a consistent lead off hitter that will get on base at least 50% of the time. Our pitchers walked too many. Their only base runners in the fifth inning came from walks and we started out all of those hitters 2-0. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We then made one little mental mistake and it cost us a run. Trevor Jones came through with a big two run, one out single in the bottom of the seventh to get us the win. We are in a stretch of ten games in ten days and we will have to prove we can win without one of our top four pitchers on the mound.â&#x20AC;? Thunder Fall To Missiles Milledgeville hammered out fourteen hits and were aided by eight West Carroll errors as the Missiles took the seventeen to seven victory on Thursday afternoon in Thomson. Milledgeville jumped out to the three to nothing first inning lead with three runs on two hits and a Thunder error. The Missiles added a single run in the third. West Carroll claimed the lead with a six run third inning on three hits. The Milledgeville fourth proved to be the undoing for the Thunder as Milledgeville sent eleven men across the plate on eight hits and three Thunder errors. West Carroll added a lone run in the bottom half of the fourth and the Missiles added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth and final inning. The Missiles Zach Herin led the Milledgeville hit parade as he went three for five with three runs scored

and three RBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Teammate Caleb Skoog also contributed big with his bat, going two for four with a run scored and four runs batted in. Jordan Harris took the pitching victory for Milledgeville going two innings in relief of starter Kameron DawTyne. Harris allowed one run on two hits while walking none and striking out two. Eric LaShelle took the loss for the Thunder giving up four runs on three hits in one inning of work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The final score does not dictate this game,â&#x20AC;? said Thunder coach Kamper, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It should have been much worse. We made eight fielding errors and gave ten free passes to their hitters. All of our pitchers struggled throwing first pitch strikes and the few batters we got ahead of in the count and our pitcher made a good pitch to finish them, we booted the ball if they put them in play. We literally just gave them nine runs between walks and fielding errors.â&#x20AC;? Thunder Top Steamers West Carroll traveled to Fulton on Friday afternoon and came home with the five to nothing victory. The Thunder plated a run in the top half of the first inning and that would prove to be the only run theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need as starting pitcher Aaron Ritenour and reliever Marshall Beneters limited Fulton to just four hits on the day. West Carroll added a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings as Shaun Magill, Matt Ritchie, Josh Sullivan and Eric LaShelle all had runs batted in for the Thunder. Stephan Santeramo scored a pair of runs for the Thunder. Ritenour pitched five and a third innings, allowing three hits while striking out six. Benters worked the final inning and two thirds, allowing a single hit and fanning three Steamer hitters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A very different team tonight,â&#x20AC;? commented coach Bryan Kamper.

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Pre-Season Spring Sports Preview River Ridge We continue our look at area teams this week with baseball and the River Ridge Wildcats. Head coach Jeremy Knauer fields a team that finished the 2013 season with a record of fourteen wins against ten losses. The Wildcats were regional and sectional champs and advanced to the IHSA Class 1A Elite 8. Team members include, first team all-conference senior Josh Crist, senior outfielder/pitcher Stephen Korte, senior second baseman Corey Wachter, senior outfielder Austin Durr, senior outfielder Riley Hepperly, senior outfielder Mason Cocagne, senior outfielder Daniel Whiteside, junior pitcher Matt Basten, junior catcher Matt Klippert, junior first baseman Sam Merkle, junior outfielder Jack Peart, junior outfielder Brenden Dauphin, junior infielder Mark Arroyo, sophomore infielder Brandon Brown and sophomore pitcher Nate Brown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We bring back one of the best players in the area in Josh Crist,â&#x20AC;? said Coach Knauer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Josh was first team all-conference last year at shortstop and pitched a one hit shutout in the sectional semi-finals vs. Eastland. His leadership and baseball IQ will be heavily relied on this season. Stephen Korte was off to a great start last season and I look forward to a full season out of him.â&#x20AC;? When asked about his concerns for his squad, Coach Knauer continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lost seven starters from last years Elite 8 team.

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The 2014 Eastland Cougars are: (Front Row, l-r) Manager Tucker Welch, Jacob Reuscher, Ramsay Truckenmiller, Tyler Dambman, Zach Randecker, Payton Clouse Back Row, (l-r) Clayton Ruter, Austin Weaver, Nick Simpson, Marshall Fink, Brighton Haverland, Chase Giedd, Devin Hartman, Head Coach Weston Burkholder. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

The 2014 Milledgeville Missiles are: (Front Row, l-r) Harrison Jakobs, Jeremy Bibler, Keagan Murray, Drake Dublo, Devin Biller, Brexton Flynn Middle Row (l-r) Jordan Harris, Blake Kappes, Zach Hook, Garrett Kness, Harrison Schmidt, Colton Judd, Dakota Geary Back Row (l-r) Anthony Rizzo, Baily Queckboerner, Caleb Skoog, Kameron DawTyne, Payton Harris, Martin Johnson, Zach Herin. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

The 2014 Eastland Lady Cougars are: (Front Row, l-r) Bailey Heckman, Samantha Sohl, Kiley Carroll, Jasmine Wittbecker, Makenzie Doubler Middle Row,(l-r) Zoe Strohecker, Hannah Kempel, Paige Gallentine, Courtney Balk, Jillyn Ruter, Drew Preston, Kameron Koser Back Row, (l-r) Bailey DeMichele, Ashely Beyers, Makenzie Fink, Tina Patzner, Danyel Cook, Nia Blackmore. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

The 2014 Milledgeville Lady Missiles are: (Front Row, l-r) Courtney Swalve, Taylor Grenoble, Kayleigh Leddy, Shannon Graff, Morgan Adolph, Kendra Schave. Back Row (l-r) Breyana Henson, Ally Bush, Jenna Bibler, Branninghan Hutchison, Holly Brall, Emily Kleckler, Olivia Conkrite. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

Many are being replaced by very inexperienced players so our ability to catch them up on fundamentals will be tested. We have some athletic kids, many though haven’t played at the younger levels. We have lots of question marks to sort through.” And, who in his opinion will be the best teams in the area? “WarrenStockton will be two-three players deep at every position. Lena is always going to be toward the top and Pearl City is an up and coming team on the rise. East Dubuque also is bringing back a lot of very talented players.” Head coach Ben Sondgeroth fields a Morrison Mustang team that finished fifteen and six overall and were co-conference champs with a twelve and two record. Sondgeroth and assistant coach Jim Ridley will lead a team of players including, senior pitcher/ first baseman Bill Lee Gruel, senior utility player Kollin Burn, junior shortstop/pitcher Mason Sitzmore, junior outfielder/catcher Triston Houzenga, junior third baseman Brock Smith, sophomore pitcher/ outfielder Joey Brackemeyer and sophomore catcher Justin Jensen. When asked about his squads strengths and weaknesses, Coach Sondgeroth replied, “We will have two very good left handed pitchers coming back this year in Gruel and Brackemeyer at the top of the rotation. Our young kids will be very talented but our weaknesses will be in our inexperience.”

Sondgeroth listed Erie/ Prophetstown, Fulton and Rock Falls as the three teams to beat this season. He concluded, “The weather will again set teams back this year and create interesting make up situations as the season progresses.”

This is a different mindset for our field that includes returning second team. If we do not accept this new team all-conference junior pitcher/ role, we will end up suffering losses outfielder/first baseman Nathan to teams that we should beat.” Schneiderman, second team allIn the Northwest Upstate Illini conference junior pitcher/outfielder East Knutti feels the teams to Ethan Groom, senior pitcher/third watch will be Forreston/Polo and baseman/second baseman Andrew Freeport Aquin. “They are both Beasley, senior pitcher/outfielder well coached and are also very Brayden Wierzycki, junior catcher Milledgeville Missile fourth experienced with good pitching,” Wyatt Kerchner, junior utility man Karl Prerost, senior pitcher/ year head coach Kyle Knutti leads said Coach Knutti. first baseman Dylan Bushman, a 2014 Milledgeville squad that Forreston-Polo shortstop Austin finished last season with an eight Forreston/Polo head coach Kyle sophomore Groshans and sophomore pitcher/ and ten overall record and finished Zick and assistants Matt Hanley, six and eight in the NUIC East. Scott Timm and Don Carlson field outielder Wyatt Patterson. “We will be young but potentially He’ll coach a team led by senior a team that finished 2013 with a strong defensively,” said Coach leftfielder Devin Biller, senior twelve and eleven record, nine and Zick, “We will struggle with centefielder/pitcher Kameron five in conference. pitching and hitting for power. We DawTyne, senior third baseman/ His Cardinals send a team to the pitcher Zach Herin, senior catcher Caleb Skoog, junior shortstop/ pitcher Jordan Harris, junior second baseman/pitcher Blake Kappes, junior outfielder/DH Keagan Murray, junior first baseman/ outfielder/pitcher Harrison Jacobs and sophomore utility infielder Harrison Schmidt. %URDGFDVW 6FKHGXOH Milledgeville’s strengths? “We will return our entire pitching staff, including Blake Kappes, who went 4-2 last year whose only losses were the first and last games of our season,” said Coach Knutti, “We will also have experience as we have three four year starters and three three year starters returning.” The Missiles weaknesses? “We have played the underdog the last We will be broadcasting live on three seasons with the large influx the radio and on the internet at of young players,” continued www.wcciradio.com Knutti, “We should now be the *Listen to WCCI 100.3 for favorite in many games we play. Match-Ups and exact times

do have thirty five players in the program for only two levels so there will be a lot of competition for the starting positions.” He feels the teams to beat this season will be Byron, Oregon, Milledgeville and Le-Win.

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Magill, shortstop/pitcher, a three year varsity starter. He batted .438 with twenty eight hits, eighteen RBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and fourteen stolen bases in twenty one games last year. A first team all-conference infield selection, Shaun will be counted on to provide a consistent offensive output as well as be the vocal leader on the infield. Senior Trevor Jones, pitcher/ outfielder/infielder, a three year varsity player who batted .308 with twenty hits, eighteen RBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and fourteen stolen bases. He racked up a 2.22 ERA in 28.1 innings of work with a .183 opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s batting average with thirty seven strikeouts and a one and three record in twenty one games. A second team all-conference pitcher in 2013 he no-hit NUIC conference champion Le-Win in a 2-1 loss last year. Standing 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5â&#x20AC;? Trevor can be an intimidator on the mound. Senior Josh Sullivan, pitcher/ catcher is a three year varsity starter. He batted .107 and stole ten bases. He amassed a 5.85 ERA in twenty six and a third innings of work with twenty eight strikeouts and a one and three record in twenty one games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior season numbers both pitching and hitting were way below what he is capable of putting up and way below how he performed as a sophomore at the varsity level,â&#x20AC;?Kamper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He put in a lot of off-season work and has the potential to be the game changer for us this year both offensively and on the mound.â&#x20AC;? Senior Marshall Benters, a three year varsity pitcher/outfielder batted .214 and had a 5.92 ERA in twenty six innings of work with thirty five strikeouts and a two and

5:15 a.m. Elizabeth and Susan leave for the RV factory. Susan seems to be adjusting well to her job and a new schedule. They work in different areas of the factory so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always get home at the same time. I catch up on reading the daily newspaper and The Budget. 6 a.m. Time to get the children up for school. After taking a look outside at the weather we go check our phone for messages. School has called saying there is a 2 hour delay. Most of the children go back to bed except Lovina stays up. I read while she puts together beads. She has a kit that has all kind of beads and she makes different kinds of crafts with it. She is also really enjoying making things out of plastic canvas and is very creative. 8 a.m. The rest of the children get up and after checking the messages on the phone we find out school has been cancelled. It is a white world outside and still blowing snow.

Right now it seems impossible that spring begins next week! We are still adjusting to the time change as well. The boys go do the morning chores. I fry Pon Hoss and make coffee soup and eggs for breakfast. We have several more pans left of pon hoss and it seems they are still hungry for it every time I make it. 10:30 a.m. Dishes are washed and floors swept. Verena, 16, and Loretta, 13, clean out the closet in Loretta and Lovinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom. Benjamin 14, goes outside to shovel snow. Joseph, 11, Lovina, 9, and Kevin, 8 help me mix up some noodles. We put 36 eggs into noodles then let the dough set for awhile in airtight containers to keep it moist. Our neighbor Lila stops in to get eggs. 1 p.m. Verena makes grilled cheese and eggs for everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch. They are done with the closest upstairs. They also cleaned out the dresser drawers in that bedroom. We are still working on

three record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marshall pitched in fourteen of our twenty one games last year. He is a hard throwing right hander I look to for closing out ballgames. Marshall has eagerly taken on the challenge of filling one of the most important needs of our team this year, catcher, and how he adjusts to that position could possibly make or break our season this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senior Tom Watson, DH/ catcher/outfielder/infielder, is a three year varsity player who batted .196 with thirteen RBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in twenty one games. His junior season numbers were below his sophomore year varsity performance. Tom is one who consistently gets the bat on the ball and moves runners for us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senior Chris Lawton, infielder/ pitcher batted .238 with a .400 OBP. He was 1-0 with a 4.81 ERA in sixteen innings of work on the hill with fifteen strikeouts. Senior Matt Ritchie, first baseman hit .188 in 2013. Matt is a solid first baseman for us and has worked hard to improve his overall game. Junior Aaron Ritenour, pitcher/infielder played in eighteen varsity games last year as a sophomore. Aaron went three for three with two walks in our regional loss to Riverdale. He puts in a ton of off-season work and had a great legion season this past summer both hitting and on the mound. He is capable of accomplishing big things on the field over the next two seasons. Junior Matt Dyson, infielder/ pitcher played in sixteen games at varsity last season and batted .227. He has the speed to be our lead-off hitter if he can get on base consistently.

Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New? Senior Andrew Drabner, infielder/outfielder/ pitcher, Andrew adds another arm to our rotation and may be able to provide the spark to lift us. Junior Glenn Hoffman, infielder/pitcher, Glenn threw a number of innings for our JV team last season and can provide a needed rest for our outfielders when we reach a long stretch of games. Outlook: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We spent the last two years rebuilding for this season,â&#x20AC;? Kamper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have seven senior starters returning. Two juniors on the team this year played a considerable amount at the varsity level as sophomores last year. We will be well experienced at all positions except at back up catcher, which will be filled with a player with no varsity catching experience.

the noodles but take time to eat lunch. 3:30 p.m. Elizabeth and Susan come home from work. We are putting the rest of the noodles through the cutter on the noodle maker. The children enjoy helping make noodles. We have an eight quart and a six quart table set up to put the noodles on to dry for a week. I put cheesecloth over them so dust canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get on them. The cheesecloth is thin enough that they can still dry. 4 p.m. Joe is home from work. The boys and Joe go do the evening chores and Joe takes care of the stove. The girls and I make mashed potatoes, beef and noodles and pork and beans for supper. 6 p.m. Time to eat supper. 8 p.m. Everyone is cleaned up and ready to relax. Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blessings to all! For those of you that have storage apples, try this recipe to help use them up.

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Saturday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 12, 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10:00 A.M. 2600 Coleta Road â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tampico, IL The family of Ora E. Newman of Tampico, IL, will offer the following farm ground and mini. Farmette at auction. Auction will be held at the Reagan Community Center, 202 West 2nd St, Tampico, IL. 155 Acres (M/L) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tampico Township â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sec. 22 Whiteside Co. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Farm #5300 Farm Location: Off Rt. 172 & Kimball St. road sign then west one mile on Hahnaman road to 2300E Coleta Rd. sign then south to farm (watch for signs). Auction Location: Reagan Comm. Center, Tampico, IL. Tract I: 150 Acres (more or less) with 144 acres tillable â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the farm lies level with gentle slopes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; soil types include 488A Hooppole Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 87A Dickinson Sandy Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 647A Lawler Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 152A Drummer Silty Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 564A Waukegan Silt Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 76DA Marshan Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 767A Prophetstown Silt Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 487A Joyce Silt Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20DA Orlo Loam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 87B2 Dickinson Sandy Loam; PI Average is 139 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; USDA 156 Farm Records indicate measurements on 174.75 acres â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wheat base 4.4 w/ Direct & CC Yields of 48, Corn base 97.9 w/Direct & CC Yields 112, Soybean base 61 w/Direct & CC Yields of 28; There will be open tenancy for 2014. No irrigation system to stay with the farm. Tract I will be offered dollars per acre times 150 acres (M/L). Tract II: 5 Acres (M/L) with a story and a half (2,164 sq. ft.) twelve room home w/4 bedrooms & 1 bath with a basement area. The property has a nice large two car unattached garage w/machine shed, several outbuildings and grain storage bins in (AS IS) condition. The home needs updating but very livable. Tract II will be offered by total dollars. Tract III: Combination of Tract I & II â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tract III will be offered dollars per acre times 155 acres (M/L). Visit our Website for Terms & Conditions

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IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF: DEBRA L. DALRYMPLE, Petitioner, and JAY D. DALRYMPLE, Respondent. Case No.: 2014-D-8 â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lost fifteen games last year NOTICE OF and eight of those losses were by PENDENCY OF ACTION a combined eleven runs. We lost NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN five one run games and three two run games. One more hit, or one TO YOU, JAY D. DALRYMPLE, less error in any of those games the Respondent, that a Verified and our record last season could Petition For Dissolution Of have been sitting at fourteen and Marriage was filed in the aboveentitled cause, pursuant to the seven instead of six and fifteen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our nine man pitching staff Illinois Marriage and Dissolution returns six pitchers that accounted of Marriage Act at 750 ILCS for ninety five percent of our 5/101 et seq., and that said suit varsity innings and all of our varsity is now pending in the Carroll wins and includes two pitchers County Court, Mount Carroll, that saw considerable mound time Illinois and a default may be at the JV level in 2013. Again entered against you on or after with the weather how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been this April 7, 2014. ss SHERRI A. MILLER year, having enough innings to go Clerk of the Circuit Court around could be an issue as it was by Patricia A. Hiher, Deputy last year. All nine hitters have the ability to contribute offensively, Attorney for the Petitioner: and when they do, we could put a Betsy L. Shaulis lot of runs on the board. MEYER & SHAULIS, P.C.

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100 South Broad Street Post Office Box 114 Telephone No.: 815-493-2334 Facsimile No.: 815-493-2425 STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF CARROLL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; IN PROBATE IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GERALD C. MILLER, Deceased NO. 2014 P 9 NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION â&#x20AC;&#x201D; CLAIMS Notice is given of the death of GERALD C. MILLER, of Milledgeville. Letters of office were issued on March 13, 2014, to Mary Helms, 17 W. Old Mill Street, Milledgeville, IL 61051 whose attorney is Edward J. Mitchell, 110 N. Broad St., Lanark, IL 61046. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court at Carroll County Courthouse, 301 N. Main, Mt. Carroll, IL 61053, or with the representative, or both, within 6 months from the date of issuance of letters and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. DATED: March 13, 2014 MARY HELMS, (Representative) BY: Edward J. Mitchell (Attorney)


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BE A PRAIRIE ADVOCATE eye on in this 2014 season. “One of the biggest keys offensively for us will be to cut back Forreston-Polo Ladies Forreston/Polo first year coach on our team strikeouts and stay Terry Pierce takes over after away from chasing bad pitches. The spending nine years at Oregon. He key to our pitching success will be was hired at Forreston the day before to cut back on the number of walks practice started so the makeup of we allow as a team and once we get the team remains in question at ahead in the count not to lose the the time this questionnaire was hitter and give them a free pass or submitted. However, he states that a 360 foot mistake. Defense could indoor practices bear out talents in be the key that makes our season all aspects of the game. come together, last year we made He fields a team that includes too many errors everywhere on the senior catcher Olivia Patterson, field and we must be able to get senior shortstop Meg Culler, junior our pitchers off the mound when outfielder Alex Sterenburg, junior they make a good pitch and get a infielder Jess Slater, junior first weak ground ball. It could all come baseman Hailey Ingram, junior down to how much the boys want it and how we emotionally handle pitcher Jozi Grobe, junior utility our mistakes. I believe we have the players Taylor Scott and Rebekah ability to put together a winning Wilken, sophomore pitcher Abby season this year and be in the hunt Peterson, sophomore outfielder for a conference championship at Aubrey Ingram and sophomore infielder Sammi Bushman. the end of the season. Coach Pierce feels that Dakota, “As always we want to be playing Orangeville and Milledgeville are our best baseball when regionals again strong and will be the area roll around and get ourselves in teams to beat this season. position to advance in post-season play. NUIC West: I see Warren and Le-Win battling it out for the top spot in our conference and we hope to be in the mix. East Dubuque will have a solid returning team, and Galena and Pearl City who West Carroll plated a run were young last year have some in the third and two more in the experienced and talented players seventh to take the 3-2 victory over returning. Eastland is well coached Pecatonica/Durand on Wednesday and always seems to put together afternoon in their season opener. a solid team. The conference title Trevor Jones started the game on could be yup for grabs depending the mound for the Thunder, going on who knocks off whom. Area Teams: Erie/Prophetstown should three innings and facing nine have a solid team again this year. batters, walking four and striking Morrison always puts a good team out five. Pec/Durand sent two runners on the field and Fulton could be a across the plate in the fifth to take strong area team this year as they the two to one lead before the return some good players.” Thunder came through with a pair of runs to claim the one run win. Eastland Lady Cougars Shaun Magill went two for three Last up this week is the Eastland at the plate with a run scored and Lady Cougars and Forreston/Polo teammate Jones went two for four softball teams. Eastland is coached with a pair of RBI’s. by Kristy Pierce and assistant Josh Sullivan went three for coach Kelsey Pierce. three with a two base hit and two Returning to the Eastland runs scored for West Carroll. He squad this season are shortstop/ also relieved Jones, pitching three pitcher Makenzie Doubler, innings and giving up both Pec/ second baseman/outfielder Bailey Durand runs on one hit while Heckman, first baseman/outfielder walking three and striking out Paige Gallentine, infielder Bailey eight. Marshall Benters picked up DeMichele, catcher Drew Preston the save pitching one inning of and outfielder Kiley Carroll. Key relief work. newcomer include pitcher/infielder Thunder head coach Bryan Makenzie Fink and infielder Kamper said, “As the Pec coach Samantha Sohl. and I talked before the game, it was Pierce states that there will be great to be playing. We may have many new contributors to this been the first in the area. Some years team. “We are very young things I saw from this game went and inexperienced. We have a great directly with my preseason keys to group of athletes and will look to success. We struck out nine times as gain experience and be playing a team. We have to find a consistent well by the end of the season.” lead off hitter that will get on base at Coach Pierce feels that least 50% of the time. Our pitchers Milledgeville, Pearl City, walked too many. Their only base Orangeville and Dakota will be the runners in the fifth inning came other teams in the area to keep an CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27

Varsity Baseball Thunder Open Season With A Win

from walks and we started out all of those hitters 2-0. “We then made one little mental mistake and it cost us a run. Trevor Jones came through with a big two run, one out single in the bottom of the seventh to get us the win. We are in a stretch of ten games in ten days and we will have to prove we can win without one of our top four pitchers on the mound.”

Thunder Fall To Milledgeville hammered out fourteen hits and were aided by eight West Carroll errors as the Missiles took the seventeen to seven victory on Thursday afternoon in Thomson. Milledgeville jumped out to the three to nothing first inning lead with three runs on two hits and a Thunder error. The Missiles added a single run in the third. West Carroll claimed the lead with a six run third inning on three hits. The Milledgeville fourth proved to be the undoing for the Thunder as Milledgeville sent eleven men across the plate on eight hits and three Thunder errors. West Carroll added a lone run in the bottom half of the fourth and the Missiles added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth and final inning. The Missiles Zach Herin led the Milledgeville hit parade as he went three for five with three runs scored and three RBI’s. Teammate Caleb Skoog also contributed big with his bat, going two for four with a run scored and four runs batted in. Jordan Harris took the pitching victory for Milledgeville going two innings in relief of starter Kameron DawTyne. Harris allowed one run on two hits while walking none and striking out two. Eric LaShelle took the loss for the Thunder giving up four runs on three hits in one inning of work. “The final score does not dictate this game,” said Thunder coach Kamper, “It should have been much worse. We made eight fielding errors and gave ten free passes to their hitters. All of our pitchers struggled throwing first pitch strikes and the few batters we got ahead of in the count and our pitcher made a good pitch to finish them, we booted the ball if they put them in play. We literally just gave them nine runs between walks and fielding errors.”

Thunder Top Steamers

West Carroll traveled to Fulton on Friday afternoon and came home with the five to nothing victory. The Thunder plated a run in the top half of the first inning

and that would prove to be the only run they’d need as starting pitcher Aaron Ritenour and reliever Marshall Beneters limited Fulton to just four hits on the day. West Carroll added a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings as Shaun Magill, Matt Ritchie, Josh Sullivan and Eric LaShelle all had runs batted in for the Thunder. Stephan Santeramo scored a pair of runs for the Thunder. Ritenour pitched five and a third innings, allowing three hits while striking out six. Benters worked the final inning and two thirds, allowing a single hit and fanning three Steamer hitters. “A very different team tonight,” commented coach Bryan Kamper. “Aaron pitched very well and Marshall came in and closed it out for us. Combined they allowed zero walks and we made zero errors. That’s how you win games!”

Oregon Shuts Out Lady Thunder

The Oregon Lady Hawks traveled to Thomson on Friday afternoon to face the Lady Thunder and left with the thirteen to nothing win. Oregon sent four runners across the plate in the third and added a single run in the fifth. The big inning for the Lady Hawks was the sixth as they plated another eight runs to take the commanding lead. West Carroll managed just four hits in the contest. Morgan McCombie collected two of the four Lady Thunder hits on the day. Cassidy Rice took the pitching loss for West Carroll, going the distance and allowing fourteen hits, walking two and striking out three. The loss drops West Carroll to 0-2 on the very young 2014 season. “Oregon really hit the ball well and we had trouble getting them out,” commented Lady Thunder head coach Mathey, “Especially in the sixth inning.”

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The Milledgeville Lady Missiles Eastland at East Dubuque opened their 2014 season with a Milledgeville at Pearl City victory on Thursday in Thomson Stockton at West Carroll as they defeated West Carroll 12-2. Fulton at Morrison The Lady Missiles sent five base runners across the plate in the first Freeport Aquin at West Carroll to take a commanding lead that Morrison at Rockridge they would not relinquish. West Carroll responded with Fulton at Pearl City a lone run in the bottom half of the first, but Milledgeville plated West Carroll at Rock Island three more runs in the top of the third to build an eight to one lead. Alleman Sterling Newman at Morrison They expanded that lead to twelve to one in the seventh by sending April 1 four more runs home and the Lady Galena at Eastland Thunder added their only other run West Carroll at River Ridge/ in the bottom half of the seventh. Scales Mound West Carroll’s defense committed Princeton at Morrison six errors to aid the Lady Missiles. HS Baseball Schedule Milledgeville pounded out a dozen hits with Kayleigh Leddy Eastland at Byron leading the way, going four for four with a pair of RBI’s. Brey Henson Eastland at East Dubuque went two for three with a pair Milledgeville at Pearl City of runs batted in and teammates Warren/Stockton at West Carroll Taylor Grenoble and Ally Bush Fulton at Morrison went two for four and two for five. Morgan Adolph took the pitching win for Milledgeville, going the Freeport Aquin at West Carroll distance and allowing just two hits Morrison at Rockridge while walking one and striking out nine West Carroll batters. Cassidy Winnebago at Eastland (DH) Rice took the loss for West Carroll, allowing all twelve hits while West Carroll at River Ridge walking two and fanning two Lady Sterling Newman at Morrison Missile batters. April 1 “Milledgeville is a seasoned Galena at Eastland team while we are a very young and Rockridge at West Carroll inexperienced team,” commented West Carroll coach Don Mathey, “I thought we played pretty well overall but we had a couple rough innings in the first and seventh.”

Sauk Valley Community College Hosts Career Fair & Exploration Day Sauk Valley Community College will hold two careeroriented events Thursday, April 17 on campus for the public to attend for free. The morning event, Career Exploration, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. with a limited number of seats open to high school students and community members. This will be a special program featuring hands-on skills activities,

networking opportunities and job preparation workshops. Participants will also get to meet with select employers before the large-scale career fair starts as well as SVCC students and faculty to learn about education and skill requirements needed in various fields. Lunch provided. Register for the morning event by April 10 at svcc.edu/careerexplore Following the morning

program, SVCC will host its annual “Sauk Careers” Fair from 3-6 p.m. in the SVCC west mall. This free event is an opportunity for the public to learn about Sauk’s career programs and degrees as well as network with over 40 local businesses. It will give attendees an opportunity to find out why education is important in a career and also what skills

are necessary in different fields. Computer labs will be available for online application processes. Also consider bringing resumes as several businesses attending the “Sauk Careers” Fair are currently collecting applications and filling positions. Professional attire is suggested. Those who attend the “Sauk Careers” Fair will have a chance to win professional and

educational prizes including an Apple© Ipad, SVCC credit hours and more. For additional information about the career fair or Sauk career programs, contact Anita Carney, SVCC career and business service coordinator, at 815-835-6294. Questions on the career exploration program can contact Sarah McFarlane at 815-835-6368


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