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Budget status a polarizing subject Opinions vary among finance committee chairman, board BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525
DIXON – Is Lee County suffering budget shortfalls? It depends on who you ask. Arlan McClain, R-Dixon, chairman of the County Board’s finance committee,
points to a surplus, with all of the county funds combined. For fiscal year 2013, the county was $1.2 million in the black, he said. But County Board member Dick Binder, R-Compton, says he looks at the general fund, which pays for county operations such
as the Sheriff’s Department. The county’s general fund, everyone agrees, is in the red. For years, the county has used money from the landfill to subsidize shortfalls in the general fund – usually $400,000 to $600,000 annually, but a projected $750,000 this next year.
Under the county’s 5-year contract with the local landfill’s owner, Phoenix-based Republic Services, the county is guaranteed $1.8 million a year for 5 years from the company, no matter the volume of waste. BUDGET CONTINUED ON A2
Dick Binder, board member, R-Compton
Rick Ketchum, board chairman, D-Amboy
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Official enters regional office race Sondgeroth might be unopposed for new consolidated district BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525
Whiteside County’s regional schools superintendent is in the race for the same position in a consolidated regional district. As of late last week, he was the only candidate. Bob Sondgeroth, who started as superintendent 2 years ago, filed with the state Board of Elections last week for the superintendent’s position in a new district covering Whiteside, Lee and Ogle counties. Today is the deadline for candidates to file. Last year, the legislature decided to abolish regional districts that have fewer Bob Sondgeroth than 61,000 people, requiring them to combine with other regions. Whiteside County has a population of 58,498, according to the 2010 Census. Of the state’s 44 regional districts, Whiteside County’s is the 35th-biggest. The changes take effect July 1, 2015, when the new terms for superintendents start. In some areas of the state, regional districts struggled with consolidation, but it went relatively smoothly in Whiteside, Lee and Ogle counties. Regional superintendents inspect school buildings, handle teacher certification issues and provide other help to school districts. Regional offices of education have been among Springfield’s favorite targets for budget cuts. In 2011, regional superintendents went months without being paid, after Quinn vetoed funding for their salaries. Most, including Sondgeroth, kept working. The state later paid them. Sondgeroth said, if he is elected, he would hire Paul McMahon, the regional superintendent for Lee and Ogle counties, as the assistant superintendent.
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Aquila Pobuda, 23, arrives at her new home in Sterling on Friday morning. Pobuda had stayed at the PADS homeless shelter since October until she recently moved into her new boyfriend’s aunt’s apartment. BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525
‘‘ ’’ I feel like a different person.
STERLING – Aquila Pobuda says she left an abusive fiancé in early October to live in the local homeless shelter, which is near Wahl Clipper. She left the shelter on a recent morning, moving into an apartment on Avenue I in Sterling, where her new boyfriend’s aunt lives. The 23-year-old said she was grateful to the shelter and the Dowdy family, who moved into the Twin Cities PADS homeless shelter shortly after she did. James and Teresa Dowdy, she said, have given her confidence. “She does have potential, when she uses her noggin,” said James, 48. But he told her he was concerned she might not have thought through her decision to move out of the shelter. Living in someone else’s place, he said, means she could be kicked out at any time.
Aquila Pobuda, who says PADS shelter, Dowdy family helped give her confidence.
“Here, you have a roof over your head,” he said, “and you have food in your gut.” They were talking shortly after dinner, which is about 7 o’clock. This week, 10 people were staying in the shelter. The shelter, which is open October through May, usually allows the residents inside only at night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. They must spend their days somewhere else. The mall, the hospital and the library are popular warm spots. An exception is made on days like the last few – when the temperature falls below 10 degrees in the morning, with the wind chill factor taken into account.
At dinner, Tasha Selden, a volunteer who works at Sterling’s VeriFacts during the day, took a spaghetti casserole out of the oven. It had been prepared by a local church. She added her own sauce to the casserole to spice it up, adding garlic, salt and Italian herbs. Two teenage boys – both in pajama pants – waited at the counter. “Give me a few minutes,” she told the boys. They did, standing close by. Most of the people sat at a formation of tables. A few talked. A TV was on. After dinner, Aquila spoke to a reporter in a room just outside the common area. A number of partially completed jigsaw puzzles were lying on the table. James and Teresa joined her. After a little while, Aquila left. SHELTER CONTINUED ON A10
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With the end of the contract this month, the landfill company is expected to give just $800,000 a year, based on current waste levels. Officials have been bracing for this reduction for years. In an editorial last month, Sauk Valley Mediaâ€™s editorial board noted the budget deficit in the general fund. â€œIf Lee County Board members remain satisfied with annual budget deficits,â€? the editorial said, â€œvoters should keep that in mind at the polls next year.â€? That editorial drew a rebuke from the members of the finance committee in a memo that was distributed at last Tuesdayâ€™s County Board meeting. It was written by McClain; he and four members signed it. The total budget surplus for the last 5 years, the memo said, totaled $9.8 million. â€œI am surprised at whoever wrote the editorial in the Sauk Valley Media weekend edition that did not do their homework
nor did they have the correct information on our countyâ€™s budget totals,â€? the memo said. The committee also said â€œit is true if the revenue from the landfill drops below $1 million, Lee County could have a budget deficit but this year is expected to show a surplus.â€? Binder, however, said when he considers whether a budget is balanced, he looks at whether the general fundâ€™s revenues exceed or equal its expenses. In his mind, he said, the countyâ€™s budget is unbalanced. He said the landfill revenue should be used for its original purpose â€“ capital projects, which include buildings and computer systems. McClain and County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum, D-Amboy, predicted budget surpluses for the next 2 years. After that? â€œI think we will be at break-even status in 2 years. If we donâ€™t find more revenue, there will be no place to cut expenses except for laying off staff and closing a building,â€? Ketchum said. Ketchum also put
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out a memo to County Board members Tuesday, giving the history of the landfill fund. In 2005, landfill money was first used to supplement the countyâ€™s general fund. â€œIt was no coincidence that this was also the year the courtâ€™s addition was completed â€“ resulting in higher utility and maintenance bills,â€? Ketchum wrote. As for the general fund deficits, Ketchum said, â€œIs it really prudent to cut staff and services so we can keep buildings open â€“ just to say we have a â€˜balanced budgetâ€™ with non-landfill revenues? Isnâ€™t â€˜landfillâ€™ money taxpayer money?â€?
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â€œWe worked that out,â€? McMahon said. â€œWe have to consolidate, so thereâ€™s no sense beating each other up. We work well together.â€? Over the summer, McMahon, previously Lee-Ogleâ€™s assistant, took the top job when Amy Jo Clemens, the superintendent for 9 years, accepted a state position. She became the assistant state superintendent for the Center for Innovation and Improvement for the state Board of Education, overseeing nearly $2 billion in federal education grants. The Democratic and Republican primaries for regional superintendent are March 18. Sondgeroth is a Republican.
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homas Wei, 17, a senior at Rock Falls High School, is the November Student of the Month. He is the son of Mike Wei, with whom he lives, and Serina Lin, who lives in China. His sisters are Carol, who lives in DeKalb and attends Northern Illinois University, and Anna, who lives in China with their mother. Favorite class: Either goes to Spanish or Math. Spanish because it is such a relaxing class, and the teacher knows how to have fun. Math because I understand it, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you have solved a difficult problem. Top teacher: I like Mrs. Nunez because I enjoy learning different college tips and advice she randomly throws out. I also like the way she teaches, by implementing teamwork in all of the activities she has us do. Lastly, I love the way she treats every student with respect and doesnâ€™t favor one student over the other. Extracurriculars: I am the president of the Junior Optimist Cub, vice president of the Library and Science Club, secretary of Spanish Club, a BLIND leader, and a member of the varsity scholastic bowl. After graduation: Yes, I am heading off to college. I am hoping I can get into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I think I want to major in accounting; however, I might major in international business, as well. Paycheck: I currently help out at my dadâ€™s restaurant, Asian Buffet. As for whether or not I like it, I would say it is not some-
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Rock Falls November Student of the Month Thomas Wei enjoys the satisfaction of solving a difficult math problem - that is, if he feels it could feasibly be used in everyday life. thing I hate. However, it definitely is not something I always look forward to doing. But then again, that is why you need a good education â€“ to find a job you look forward to going to. BFF: I would have to say Steven Chen is my best friend, simply because I know he always has my back, no matter what. Plus, we have been friends for a long time, so it is only natural I see him as my best friend. Favorite singer: I listen to a whole variety of songs, so I do not have a favorite singer or artist. But if I had to choose, I like Justin Timberlake and Drake a lot, so maybe them, ha ha. Favorite actor: Will Smith. Favorite movie: â€œWhite Chicksâ€? or â€œ21 Jump Streetâ€?. Hobbies: For some reason, I love collecting cologne. It is bizarre, but for some reason I like it.
Favorite game/outdoor activity: I like football a lot. Favorite food: Has to go to spaghetti. Biggest fear: To realize I no longer know what I want to do in my life. Least favorite class: I do not have a class I do not like, or else I would not be taking it. What makes your blood boil? I hate liars. People need to take responsibility for what they have done. I also hate people who say they will do something but do not follow through. What music makes your skin crawl? Bad raps that are about a subject in school. For instance, a rap about bones for an anatomy class. Places: I enjoy just the outdoors. Sometimes I like to walk by the walking bridge so I can clear my thoughts and just relax. Survival guide: Make good friends. They will
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lems. I do not even think it is possible to do anything with the â€œimaginary number.â€? Nothing is going to equal the square root of negative one. Iâ€™m in the dictionary next to: I think most people would describe me as being kind, probably because I approach everyone with a friendly attitude. Secret twin: I wish I looked like a celebrity. Although lots of people say I look like the dude from Tokyo Driftâ€Ś I think it is just because he is Asian, and so am Iâ€Śha ha. Dream job: To be the CEO of a major corporation and make millions. Then I would deposit all of my money into a bank so when I snap out of my dream, I would be a millionaire. Trading places: I wish I could trade places with Bill Gates, so I could realize what it feels like to be one of the richest people in the world. Then I
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would donate most of my money to a fundraiser, so I know I have made a big impact. Trading spaces: I would like to go to France or Britain, because I find accents fascinating. Also, I want to learn more about their culture and history. Shout out(s): Definite shout out to my dad, Mike Wei. Know that I am extremely grateful to have you as a dad and I would not wish to have any other dad than you. Also, a quick shout out to the Rock Falls High School teachers and staff for choosing me as the November Student of the Month. This means a great deal to me, and I appreciate you guys choosing me. And finally, a quick shout out to my girlfriend, Jessi Hicks, who has always stood beside me in everything I do. Know that I love you and I would not want to trade places with anyone else in the world.
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OBITUARIES Shirley A. Cater AMBOY â€“ Shirley A. Cater, 95, of Amboy, formerly of Lee Center, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Green Acres Healthcare Center in Amboy. She was born Aug. 5, 1918, in Walnut, the daughter of Otto and Blanche (Alshouse) Kerchner. Shirley married Ned M. Cater on Aug. 21, 1938, in Dover. He preceded her in death April 26, 1993. Shirley had been a secretary at Lee Center Community School District 271, the Lee County Farm Bureau, and Ashton Community Unit School District 275. She also sold Avon products for more than 25 years. Shirley was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who instilled within her family members a deep sense of morals, respect, manners, and concern for others. Leading by example, she inspired her family. Shirley was an avid gardener, musician and cook, as well as a natural foods and chiropractic proponent. She was motivated by all things good for the family and the God she loved so dearly. Shirley felt her greatest accomplishment in life was her family and the love therein. Always missed, never forgotten in our hearts and lives forever. Survivors include three sons, Larry E. (Edie) Cater and Gary
N. (Nancy) Cater, both of Dixon, and Dean A. (Linda) Cater of Rochelle; seven grandchildren, Lori (Gary) Wilhelm of Amboy, Mark (Heidi Bender) Cater of Sterling, Julie (Kurt) Akerman of Rock Falls, Tammi (Tom) Lehman of Franklin Grove, Brian (Kim) Cater of Kenosha, Wis., Scott (Stephani) Cater of Rockford, and Stacey (Ryan) Wuebben of Shorewood; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgranddaughter. She also was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Michael Cater and Terri Cater; a daughter-in-law, Diana Cater; and a sister, Phyllis Winger. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and the funeral at 1 p.m. Thursday at Assembly of God Church, 935 Mekeel Road, Dixon, with the Rev. Adam Meyer, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center. Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Passages Hospice, Serenity Hospice & Home, and Assembly of God Church in Dixon. Visit www.thejonesfh. com to send condolences.
Delvin D. Rajnowski CADIZ, Ky. â€“ Delvin D. Rajnowski, 72, of Cadiz, formerly of Rock Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Delvin was born Sept. 26, 1941, in Drayton, N.D. the son of Joseph and Mabel (Rousseau) Rajnowski. He served in the Navy as an air controller. Delvin worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for 33 years as a millwright. He married Patsy Broussard on May 27, 1962, in New Iberia, La. Delvin was a member of the Rock Falls and Hopkinsville Eagles Club, and the Rock Falls American Legion. He also was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Cadiz, and a past member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife, Patsy of Cadiz; two daughters, Pamela (Rory) Heller of Mahomet and Kimberly (Eric)
McWhorter of Chicago; one sister, Sharon (Fred) Tintori of Lincoln, Neb.; one brother, Merlin (Connie) Rajnowski of Rock Falls; and three grandchildren, Rachel Heller, Kyle Heller, and Jett McWhorter. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am. Friday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls, with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Trigg County Hospital Auxiliary Memorial Fund, 218 Canton Lakeshore Drive, Cadiz, KY 42211. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Floyd Ray Bower STERLING â€“ Floyd Ray an illness. Bower, 79, of Sterling, M c D o n a l d F u n e r a l died Sunday, Dec, 22, Homes are handling 2013, at his home after arrangements.
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Janet E. Guist MOUNT MORRIS â€“ Janet Elaine (neĂŠ Hofert) Guist, 91, of Mount Morris, passed away peacefully after a long and full life, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. She was born March 8, 1922, in Tonawanda, N.Y., to Estella Irene (neĂŠ Woods) and Herbert William Hofert. She attended the Buffalo Business College and graduated in 1940. Upon graduation, she went to work for Bell Aircraft. At the end of World War II, she journeyed to Lansing, Mich., and worked for Charles P. Loomis, Esq., a foremost rural sociologist at Michigan State University. While in Michigan, she met Hollie James Guist at a dance, who was in grad school at MSU. She married him on June 28, 1947, back in Tonawanda. Janet was a member of Faith Assembly in Oregon, but attended most recently at Trinity Lutheran with family. She was a Red Hat member, and cherished her friends at her Caring and Sharing Group. She loved her family at Pinecrest Village, where she had resided for almost 9 years. She had worked tirelessly for her church, serving her Lord in whatever capacity she could. It is not often that a woman can fulfill all the roles in life. Janet mothered five successful children, was a fabulous homemaker, baked the most delicious pies, and for a time, worked at the Guist Agency. She was a loving daughter, devoted wife, great mom, generous grandma, and thrilled greatgrandmother. Janet was a source of limitless wisdom and kindness to all she met. She was selfless, generous and devoted to her family and friends.
Janetâ€™s companionship, spunkiness, quick wit, and love of life will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Janet and Hollie danced their way through just days shy of 56 years of marriage, with Hollie preceding her in death on June 6, 2003. She was the loving mother of Christine (Thomas) Brady, Susan (Stephen) Miller, Deborah (Charles) Buser, Hollie (Anne) Guist Jr., and David (Vicky) Guist; devoted grandmother of 14, Matthew and Michael Brady, Elizabeth, Christopher, and Andrew Miller, Anne and Amy Buser, Frederick and Geoffrey Guist, Eric and Ean Decker, and Alek, Elliott, Emerson, and Ethan Guist; and delighted great-grandmother of 18. She also was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, Herbert William Hofert Jr, and William James Hofert; and sister-inlaw, Carmelia (neĂŠ Sinicropi) Hofert. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Farrell-Holland GaleFuneral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon. Visitation also will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 E. Brayton Road, Mount Morris. Memorial contributions are welcome and may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home, 1658 state Route 2, Oregon, IL 61061; or to the Good Samaritan Fund at Pinecrest Village, 408 S. McKendrie Ave., Mount Morris, IL 61054. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Serenity Hospice and Home for their love, help and support. Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to send condolences.
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publication day after we are notified of an error. Receipt of all obituarKaren Gilpatrick ies must be confirmed by ROCK FALLS â€“ Karen Gil- cal Center in Chicago. phone. For more information, patrick, 57, of Rock Falls, M c D o n a l d F u n e r a l call 800-798-4085 ext. 530 died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, Homes are handling at Loyola University Medi- arrangements. or 502.
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Thelma Eilers STERLING â€“ Thelma Eilers, 89, of Sterling, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. She was born March 11, 1924, in Tampico, the daughter of Harry Herman and Frances Marie (Karn) Rosene. She married Lester F. Eilers on Oct. 31, 1945 in Little Rock, Ark. He preceded her in death Sept. 15, 1999. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen (Dennis) Devers, and her son, Douglas Eilers, both of Rock Falls; five grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today and the funeral at 11 a.m. today at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Daniel Behmlander officiating. Burial will be at Hopkins Cemetery in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Homes are handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Coventry Living Center and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Jovita Burke AURORA â€“ Jovita Burke, neĂŠ Prindaville, 91, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 16, 1922, in Dixon, the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Prindaville. Jovita married George Burke on Sept. 20, 1947, at St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon. Her favorite activity was precious time spent with her family. She enjoyed reading, golfing, baking, playing cards, and gardening. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Aurora for 50 years, where she was a past member of Sanctuary Sodality. She also was a member of various Rosary and prayer groups. Jovita is survived by her loving children, Sue (John) Stirnaman, Patrick (Pattie) Burke, Colleen (Mike) Barry, Fran (Jerry) Nicklas, and Kathy (Steve) Wozny; 14 grandchildren; 27 greatgrandchildren; her sisterin-law, MaryLou Joyce; many nieces, nephews,
and godchildren; and dear friend and companion Yvonne Metzler. She was preceded in death by her parents; her devoted husband, George, beloved sons, Daniel, Kevin and William; and siblings, Frances (John) Fritts, Pauline (Joseph) Hermes, Margaret (Fred) Fritts, Daniel Prindaville, and Ray (Florence) Prindaville. The family will receive guests from 4 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 6 p.m., Thursday at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave., Montgomery. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 620 Fifth St., Aurora, with Monsignor Dan Hermes officiating. Entombment will be at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Visit www.dieterlememorialhome.com to send condolences.
James D. Shaw INDIANAPOLIS â€“ James D. Shaw, 58, of Indianapolis, formerly of Morrison, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at his home. He was employed by Tru Vision for 5 years, and then by Pyrmont, both in Indianapolis, for 8 years as a computer programmer. James was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Sterling, the son of James H. and Barbara A. (Woosley) Shaw. Survivors include his mother, Barbara Haring of Herrin; three sisters, Pamela (Robert) Habben of Morrison, Barbara Oâ€™Neal of
Sterling, and Korby (Paul) Marusich of Bloomington, Minn.; one brother, Billy (Angie) Shaw of Rock Falls; and 10 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Emily Anne â€˜Emmyâ€™ Gaffey GLEN ELLYN â€“ Emily Anne â€œEmmyâ€? Gaffey, 21, a lifelong resident of Glen Ellyn, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Emily attended Wheaton Academy High School. She was a companion of the family dog, Charlie. She was the dear daughter of Stan and Kathleen; beloved sister of Grant, Daniel, and Kate; loving granddaughter of Don (Mary Lou) Gaffey and Chuck (Sheila) Edwards, and
the late Joanne Smith Edwards; and the fond niece of Dan (Kim) Gaffey, Jan Gaffey, and Al (Pam Gaffey) Hess. Services were Friday at Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago. Interment was at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Emily Anne Gaffey Memorial through US Bank, 453 Forest Ave, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 would be greatly appreciated.
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OBITUARIES Richard L. â€˜Dickâ€™ Langenfeld DIXON â€“ Richard L. â€œDickâ€? Langenfeld, 79, of Dixon, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Franklin Grove Living & Rehabilitation Center. He was born April 2, 1934, in Springfield, the son of Clifford P. and Bessie Mae (Newman) Langenfeld. After graduating from the University of Illinois and serving in the Army, he married Margaret Jane Blair in August 1957 in Springfield. Dick was a vocational agriculture teacher and school administrator in several northern Illinois cities. He then owned â€œCoast-to-Coastâ€? stores in Dixon, Rochelle, and Freeport. Later, he owned â€œSuper Washâ€? car washes in the state of Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Jane; daughter, Diane (Paul) Rubenstein of Columbia, Mo.; sons, Tom (Diane) Langenfeld of Dixon and Dan Langenfeld of Sterling; grandchildren, Ashley (Mark) Gangloff, Jack (Sara) Rubenstein, Brandon Langenfeld, Ian Langenfeld, and John (Heather) Moser; great-grandchildren,
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Linda Chavera DIXON â€“ Linda Chavera, tion Center. 66, of Dixon, died Friday, Jones Funeral Home Dec. 20, 2013, at Dixon in Dixon is handling Healthcare & Rehabilita- arrangements.
Robert I. Coats STERLING â€“ Robert I. Sterling. Coats, 83, of Sterling, died M c D o n a l d F u n e r a l Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Home in Sterling is hanCoventry Living Center in dling arrangements.
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f you are alone on Christmas Day, you have a place to go â€“ as has been the case for the last quarter of a century. A community dinner is planned for 1-4 p.m. at Sterlingâ€™s First Church of the Nazarene, 411 13th Ave. Church members Tom Lewis and the late Bob Galloway started the dinner in 1988. They served 90 meals that year. The number has increased steadily over the years. In 2012, dozens of volunteers served 436 meals, 98 of which were delivered to peopleâ€™s homes. â€œThe whole commu-
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nity is invited,â€? Lewis, 65, said. â€œSome people feel down and depressed during the holidays. Come and be with us. We want you to be a part of us. Itâ€™s a time to celebrate Jesusâ€™ birthday.â€? The meal is a traditional Christmas dinner, with turkey, stuffing,
ham, green beans, dessert and beverages. Volunteers deliver to shutins, but Tom Lewis organizers want everyone else to come in. â€œWeâ€™ve had a few young people who want meals delivered to their homes, so they can watch football,â€? Lewis said. But thatâ€™s not who the home-delivery service is for. â€œWe deliver to people if they arenâ€™t able to make it in,â€? he said. The church isnâ€™t trying to get new members with the dinner, he said,
although it always welcomes people to its congregation. Lewis said he plans to stay involved with the dinner. â€œItâ€™s something I enjoy doing,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s something the good Lord wants me to do. We should all do something for someone else.â€? Call the church at 815625-0864 or Lewis at 815499-9363 for more information on the dinner. David Giuliani is a news editor for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at dgiuliani@saukvalley. com or 800-798-4085, ext. 525. Follow him on twitter: @DGiuliani_SVM.
Hands off: Thatâ€™s the law as of Jan. 1 Cellphone use while driving will result in fines starting at $75 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) â€“ For incessant multitaskers who canâ€™t stop talking while driving, life will include some bitter medicine when the new year rolls in. Starting Jan. 1, motorists can talk and drive only if they use a hands-free device to conduct cellphone conversations. The uniform ban supplements the stateâ€™s current ban on texting and replaces assorted local laws on cellphone use that vary from town to town, including Chicago, where a cellphone ban has been in place since 2006. Violators face fines starting at $75, and repeat offenses bring the possibility of a suspended license. State Sen. John Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the law, said witness-
More online Information on bill HB1247 can be found at www.ilga.gov. ing several near-accidents during trips to Springfield convinced him that â€œhands on the wheel and eyes on the road are the way to go.â€? Hereâ€™s how the new law will work: Banned: The new law bans drivers from using a mobile phone unless they use hands-free technology to conduct a conversation. A driver is allowed by law, however,
to press a single button on a phone to begin or end a conversation. Exceptions: The law permits exceptions on the ban during emergencies, or if a driver is parked on the shoulder. A driver also will be allowed to use a hand-held cellphone if a car is in neutral or in park, or if the car is stopped because normal traffic is obstructed. Elsewhere: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 12 states along with the District of Columbia prohibit using hand-held cellphones while driving.
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From our archives: â€˜Sterlingâ€™ couple planned $100,000 gift Note to readers â€“ Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on Dec. 22 and 23, 1913.
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'IVE CHILDREN ON #HRISTMAS $AY Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Fletcher to share their prosperity s s s $12,500 for each of the eight families n Christmas morning, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Fletcher of 405 West Third street, will distribute one hundred thousand dollars as Christmas presents, to eight families, comprising the membership of the Fletcher household. Of this membership, there are six children of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher, and the family of two of their children, who have crossed the Great Divide. This most excellent household consists of six children, twenty-four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A family gathering will be held at the [Fletcher] home â€Ś on Christmas, and on this occasion, the distribution will take place. Almost all of the children will be present, as well as grandchildren, and some of the great grandchildren. When interviewed this morning at his home, Mr. Fletcher requested that but little be said about the distribution. He stated that his interests were such, that it takes considerable of his time to look after his farms and other holdings, and he was of the opinion that he could afford to give the eight families of his household one hundred thousand dollars, so that he would be able to see them enjoy it, and by judicious investment would cause this money to multiply.
People may dream of receiving a pile of money for Christmas. One hundred years ago, a Sterling couple gave gifts worth a pile of money â€“ $100,000, to be exact. A Gazette editor on Dec. 23, 1913, described Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Fletcher as â€œSterling in character, and respected and regarded by a very large circle of friends.â€? He believed that the distribution would lessen his work and cares. Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher are Sterlingâ€™s most estimable citizens. In the full meaning of the word, they are Sterling in character, and respected and regarded by a very large circle of friends. That Christmas Day will be the most happy one in the lives of this splendid and worthy couple goes without saying. The presents will be practically all in splendid real estate. After making this big distribution, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher will have plenty of holdings left to occupy their time in looking after the investments. Each family will receive $12,500. â€“ Dec. 23, 1913
!N APPEAL TO 'OOD &ELLOWS OF 3TERLING Lonely home in need of necessities of life s s s No Christmas cheer for aged citizen Somewhere in this city, there is an aged man,
whose house is cold and dreary, and the coming of the Christmas season, with its spirit of Christmas cheer, is meaningless to him, unless the Good Fellows of this community, share with him a part of their sunshine and cheer. This home is doubly cheerless, as it is without a helpmate, to look after his cares and desires. His wife of many years has preceded him to the Great Beyond. This citizen is beyond the age of four score years. His home is cheerless. Unless the Good Fellows assist in brightening this, probably his last Christmas on earth, Christmas morning will find his humble home cheerless, and almost without the necessities of life. A thorough investigation of conditions at this home has been made. Substantial necessities of life are needed. Warm underclothing, good clothing, stockings, shoes, substantial food, such as flour, potatoes, some meat and foods. Those who investigated the home yesterday found it practically without food, with the exception of a few potatoes. This aged man is deserving. Mr. Good Fellow, if you will but come to his rescue and give him from your store, just a little mite of your plenty, this holiday season will be the happiest time of his life. â€“ Dec. 22, 1913
prevalent here. It is not always the practiced thief who tries to pick up small articles or even larger bundles of goods in passing through a crowded store. Often it is some sorely tempted person who has not the means to buy and who is carried away either by the need of the things or the desire to possess them. A girl with all her love of finery stirring within her, or a woman with little children whose stockings are fated to go empty on account of the lack of money to make the Christmas purchases, is often the offender, and as a rule, such persons are gently dealt with. They are merely compelled to restore the stolen property and then permitted to go in peace. â€“ Dec. 22, 1913
'ROCERIES WILL CLOSE #HRISTMAS MORNING All of the owners of stores of the city [Rock Falls] have agreed to close their places of business at 10 oâ€™clock in order to give their clerks a pleasant day. No orders will be taken that day and no deliveries made, but they will stay in the stores for immediate wants and will close promptly at 10 oâ€™clock. This recognition of the rights of the clerks is all right. â€“ Dec. 23, 1913
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No more acceptable Christmas present could be given to a relative or friend, either at home or in some other city, than a yearâ€™s subscription to .O SHOPLIFTING the Daily Gazette. The REPORTED HERE daily news from home Although the â€œbusyâ€? would be a constant Christmas shopping sea- reminder of your genson has been on for more erosity. If desired, the than a week, no attempts Gazette will write a letter at shoplifting have been to the recipient, telling reported to the police. him that you have sent The fact is that shopthe Daily Gazette for a lifting as it is practiced year as a Christmas presin the larger cities is not ent. â€“ Dec. 22, 1913
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North Koreaâ€™s official source of information and incendiary insults, the Korean Central News Agency, announced Dec. 13 that the regime had executed the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un. Jang Song Thaek was considered extremely influential, a confidant who helped Kim consolidate power after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il 2 years ago. The startling news was accompanied by the extreme rhetoric which characterizes Pyongyangâ€™s public announcements. This is the latest incident in continuing erratic behavior by isolated Pyongyang. On March 11, the North Korean army declared that the 1953 Korean War armistice was â€œinvalid,â€? implying hostilities would resume. The military â€œhotlineâ€? connecting the two countries was abruptly cut. At the end of that month, bellicose threats against the United States were added. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responded by describing North Korea as a clear threat, while Secretary of State John Kerry and South Kim Jong Korea ForUn eign Minister Yun Byung-se held a joint Washington news conference to emphasize the security partnership. Pyongyang prevented South Korean workers from entering the Kaesong industrial center, located 6 miles north of the DMZ, and then shut down the facility entirely. Cooperation resumed and the facility reopened in September. In early December, collaboration on an electronics installation began. The center is an important source of hard currency for the impoverished North. IN MAY 2012, Kim Jong Un publicly criticized those in the military for â€œdeveloping a taste for moneyâ€? and corruption. As part of the shakeup that followed, Kim assumed the rank of marshal of the Peopleâ€™s Army, the latest celebratory title that sycophants have attached to his name. Whether killing his uncle is related to solidifying power is unknown. For several years, North Korea has been acting erratically in military matters. In March 2010, a North Korean torpedo
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sank the South Korean ship Cheonan. In the same vicinity, North Korean artillery bombarded South Koreaâ€™s Yeonpyeong Island. In February 2012, North Korea appeared yet again to cease its on-again, offagain nuclear program. In joint announcements coordinated with the U.S. Department of State, the regime agreed to halt enrichment of uranium and construction of weapons, and permit international inspection. Yet 2 months later, Pyongyang tested a missile, which ended in embarrassing failure. This unpredictable behavior, u n f o l d Arthur I. ing over a Cyr long period, implies infighting at the top. Last summer, North Korea reversed course yet again, seeking to improve relations with the South. On Aug. 23, the two sides agreed to resume reunions of Korean families separated by the DMZ, after a 3-year hiatus, with Pyongyang actually pressing for a faster timetable than Seoul. Also in August, agreement was reached to reopen Kaesong. North Korea invited U.S. diplomat Robert King to visit to discuss the possible release of imprisoned American Kenneth Bae. South KoJang Song rean PresiThaek dent Park Geun-hye, inaugurated in late February, has addressed these rapidly shifting political and propaganda currents from Pyongyang with calmness and continuity. From the start, she has held out the hand of cooperation, while leaving no doubt about resorting, if necessary, to her nationâ€™s formidable military capacities. She leads from great strength. South Korea is a stable representative democracy, and one of the largest, most productive economies in the world. The prosperity of the population overall is strikingly self-evident to this occasional visitor. Public confidence and apparent unconcern about demented declarations and hostile acts north of the DMZ dividing line reflects the stance of the nationâ€™s leadership. North Korea, by stark static contrast, remains a desperately impoverished prisoner state, living on borrowed time. Note to readers: Arthur I. Cyr is Clausen distinguished professor at Carthage College. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHICAGO â€“ When Liz Hletko goes toy shopping for her three children, finding just the right item for her son is a snap, while the same task for her two daughters is anything but childâ€™s play. â€œEverything that is marketed to my son calls for using his brain,â€? said the Evanston mother, whose kids are 7, 8 and 10. â€œBut for my daughters? Itâ€™s all about beauty or taking care of something.â€? Itâ€™s a common seasonal lament as parents of girls scour the Pepto-Bismol pink aisles in search of
something that isnâ€™t frilly or sparkly. But the issue is generating new heat, thanks to a video that went viral since it was posted on YouTube last month. It touts a line of toys called GoldieBlox that is designed to spark young girlsâ€™ interest in building and inventing. Its motto? â€œMore than just a princess.â€? Parents have embraced the GoldieBlox message of inspiring girls to enter the science, technology, engineering and math fields â€“ or STEM, in academic parlance â€“ turning its $30 Spinning Machine toy into a hot seller on Amazon. GoldieBlox joins other new construction-related products aimed at girls â€“ such as LEGO Friends and Roominate, a dollhouse with circuit boards â€“ even as researchers try
Structural engineer Carol Post, principal at the Thornton Tomasetti engineering firm, speaks during a planning meeting for a hospital Dec. 12 in Lake Forest. to figure out why girls are percent of working engiopting out of math and neers, according to the science careers. National Science FounWhile a female engi- dation. neering professional â€œIn other countries, you crashed through the ulti- donâ€™t see this big disparmate glass ceiling this ity,â€? said Cindy Menches, week by being appointed an assistant professor of to lead General Motors, engineering at the Illinois women make up just 11 Institute of Technology.
â€œWhat else could it be, but cultural differences?â€? Researchers say boys and girls start out with an equal appetite for math and science, but by middle school, girlsâ€™ interest ebbs and the gender gap widens. Women are slowly making inroads into male bastions. The dean at IITâ€™s Armour College of Engineering, Natacha DePaola, is a woman, along with the last three presidents of the student government association. But progress remains modest, with female students making up 24 percent of engineering majors versus 20 percent a decade earlier. Myriad factors are likely at play, but GoldieBlox has put the spotlight on toy stereotypes. Even preschoolers quickly grasp which aisle is
geared to them, child development experts say, with girls reaching for the pastel packaging of dolls, ponies, fashion and beauty make-believe while boys seek out dark hues on items with wheels, pulleys, batteries and robotics. Debbie Sterling, GoldieBloxâ€™s founder, said she has nothing against princesses; she just thinks they should build their own castles. The 29-year-old started the Oakland, Calif.based company in 2011, 6 years after graduating from Stanford University, where she was among a handful of women in engineering and product design classes. When she shared her career aspirations with her family, her mother responded, â€œEw. Why?â€? Sterling said in a TED Talk this year.
River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. 313 card game and Wii Bowling, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Community coffee, 10-11 a.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815-456-3000. Zumba class, 10:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-2889236. Lifescape lunch, 11: 30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Card players, 12:15 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. â€œHand and Footâ€? card game, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County
Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Pinochle, 12:30-3 p.m., Big Room, Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Bingo, 1 p.m. Sterling Women of the Moose, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Euchre/500 games, 1-2 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Euchre, 1 p.m., Sterling Moose Club, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8220. Euchre, 1-3 p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Exercise group, 4 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Mexican food, 5-8 p.m., Rock Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars, 217 First Ave. Mexican Train Dominoes, 6 p.m., Tampico Area Community Building, 106 W. Market St., Tampico, 815-535-3665. Bingo, 7 p.m., Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. Fourth St., Sterling, 815-625-8290.
COMMUNITY EVENTS Monday, Dec. 23 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Mexican Train Dominoes, 9 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-5625050. Quilting, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Situation Room, 10 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Wii Bowling, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave, Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Zumba class, 10:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-2889236. Lifescape lunch, 11:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St.,
Dixon. Pinochle, noon, Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Pinochle, 12:30-3 p.m., Big Room, Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Friendly Mexican Train Dominoes, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Rummy, 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Tacos, 4-8 p.m., Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. Fourth St., Sterling, 815-625-8290. Exercise group, 4 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Loaves and Fishes, 5-6 p.m., Holloway Center, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 612 Highland Ave., Dixon, 815-284-7719. A free, hot meal for the needy. Tuesday, Dec. 24 Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Bingo, 9-10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Morning Whittle, 9 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Line dancing, 9:30 a.m., Rock
Community cards, 2 p.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815456-3000. Kings Kids Club, 6 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2002 Ninth Ave., Rock Falls, 815-579-1209 or 815-625-4101. Sauk Valley Chess Club, 7-9 p.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8838.
River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. 313 card game, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Community coffee and doughnuts, 10 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St., 815-732-7994. Triple Play Tuesday Program, 10:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815732-3252. Catered lunch, 11:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. There is a cost; registration is necessary. Bingo, 7 p.m., Sterling Moose Family Center, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-625-0354. Wednesday, Dec. 25 Holiday: SVM has not received cancelation notices on these events. Bingo, 1 p.m., Rock Falls American Legion Hall, 712 Fourth Ave. Wii Bowling, 1 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252.
Thursday, Dec. 26 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Bingo and popcorn, 9-10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-5625050. Line dancing, 9:30 a.m., Rock
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Dear Abby: Iâ€™m conflicted about my role in supporting my children through the death of my ex-wife. We divorced 25 years ago. There was no significant other in her life. I would like to support them emotionally, but I feel the burial, funeral, etc., are matters for their family and her relatives.
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