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TELEGRAPH Friday, February 7, 2014
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DIXON | 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF RONALD REAGAN’S VISIT
Retro Reagan revealed
New center for future boyhood home visitors? For 3 years, young Reagan called house on Hennepin home BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON – Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan ate lunch in the Dixon home he lived in for 3 years. Today, the plates, table and chairs from that meal are still in the house. The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, 816 S. Hennepin Ave., celebrated its 30th anniversary Thursday with night tours of the home and visitor center. HOME CONTINUED ON A2
Mayor Jim Burke (left) and Dixon Park Board President Ron Pritchard listen Thursday evening at Dixon City Hall as Tom Whitcombe tells a story of his grandfather being saved by Ronald Reagan when he was a lifeguard at Lowell Park. To the left of Burke is the vision for a statue of then-22-year-old Reagan that was unveiled Thursday by the artists who will sculpt it.
Sculptors unveil vision for statue of young ‘Dutch’ BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON – Near the beach Ronald Reagan once patrolled as a lifeguard, there could eventually be a statue dedicated to the country’s 40th president. An artist’s rendering of Dixon’s
next Reagan statue was unveiled during a press conference at City Hall on Thursday. It will be placed in Lowell Park and depict a young Reagan running toward the Rock River to rescue a swimmer. The statue will be 7 feet tall and have a base about 3 feet wide,
according to sculptor Gary Tillery, of Rotblatt Amrany Fine Arts Studio in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb. It’s same gallery that did the Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center in Chicago. REVEALED CONTINUED ON A5
Vicking Company owner Keith Zockuhr and his wife, Susan, speak with Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home volunteer Jeannne Kuhn on Thursday evening as the home kicks off the 30th year since the president visited it. Keith Zockuhr’s company restored the home, and Thursday marked the first time the Zockuhrs have been to the home since Reagan visited.
Former probation officer being investigated Sexual misconduct was reported BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 521
MORRISON – An investigation has been opened to determine whether a criminal
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1 Pancake breakfast on Sunday DIXON – Want to help send war veterans from Lee County on an Honor Flight to Washington? Have some pancakes. Lee County Honor Flight will have a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Dixon VFW Post 540, 1560 Franklin Grove Road. Breakfast will cost $6 for adults and $3 for kids 5 to 12, and is free for kids younger than 5. All proceeds will be used to send World War II and Korean War veterans from Lee County on future Honor Flights in the spring and summer.
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prosecution is warranted after a report of sexual misconduct was made about a former Whiteside County probation officer. Kevin Johnson, director of
court services for Whiteside County, declined to comment, but he did say that the suspect, Dale Merema, was no longer employed there. He wouldn’t say when Merema left. According to court documents, the investigation was
2 Second Saturdays in Dixon
DIXON – Second Saturdays Art Happenings, featuring art, music and other cultural events, returns to various venues, mostly from 6 to 8 p.m. downtown, between First and Second streets and Peoria and Galena avenues. Go to www.second-saturdays.com or find the event on Facebook for a complete schedule and more details.
DIXON – Bridal Fair 2014, considered the area’s largest bridal fair, will begin at noon Sunday at Sauk Valley Community College. The event, sponsored by Sauk Valley Media and Seno Formal Wear, is a one-stop shop for brides planning their wedding. Exhibits will include cakes, tuxedos and everything in between. Seno Formal Wear and Satin ‘N Lace will present a fashion show to feature the newest trends in tuxes and bridal gowns. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the Sauk Valley Media office at 3200 E. Lincolnway in Sterling, at the Telegraph office at 113 Peoria Ave. in Dixon, or at the door on Sunday.
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opened because Merema is believed to have attempted “custodial sexual misconduct.” Whiteside County State’s Attorney Trish Joyce said during a phone interview that because the matter involved
a county employee, she had a conflict of interest in handling the case herself, and so she asked that a special prosecutor be appointed. The court agreed in November. INVESTIGATED CONTINUED ON A4
4 GenNex art work on display
DIXON – Project GenNex, the Dixon youth group, is sponsoring an art show called “Desire to Inspire” at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First. St., with an opening event from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The art will be on display at the gallery throughout the month. The art will be from area junior high and high school students who go to Reagan Middle School, Dixon High School, St. Anne Catholic School and St. Mary’s, among others.
ROCK FALLS – The Girls Scouts of Northern Illinois will have a public grand opening celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday of its new Rock Falls Service Center, 229 First Ave. Free family activities will include a jewelry-making craft for kids, information on Girl Scout camp and upcoming local programs, and the opportunity to register for Girl Scouts. And, yum, there will be a booth where you can buy Girl Scout Cookies!
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The homeâ€™s board of directors will consider having a new visitors center built on a piece of land it owns at the northwest corner of Ninth Street and Galena Avenue, Board President Ann Lewis said. If the cost is reasonable, she said, additional steps will be taken for fundraising. The visitor center could have interactive elements, she said, depicting what life was like in Illinois during the 1920s. Lewis expressed interest in approaching the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California or Eureka College to see if they would be willing to donate any surplus artifacts or documents. To recognize the anniversary, Lewis said the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home received proclamations from Rep. Tom Demmer and Sen. Tim Bivins, both R-Dixon. In July 1979, the home, which was then a two-fam-
ily duplex, was up for sale and being sold by Burke Realty and current Dixon Mayor Jim Burke, the mayor said, and he sold it for $37,500 with a $500 down payment. It was that sale that allowed the home to be made into what it is today. After the home was purchased, Burke got a telegram from someone in Las Vegas offering to buy the house for $50,000, he said, but the paperwork for the original sale had already started. In the 30 years since it opened, nearly 500,000 people have made their way from across the country and world to tour, Lewis said, adding that visitors from former Soviet Union countries often get emotional and feel a strong connection to Reagan. Reagan lived in several places throughout the state, Lewis said, but from the ages of 9 to 22 he had a Dixon address. For 3 of those years, he lived in the home on Hennepin Avenue.
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