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Jenna Wachtveitl, an educational specialist with the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, gestures during a presentation at the Putnam County Community Center on Feb. 8. Wachtveitl presented information to help identify and counter the common signs of stress that caregivers commonly face which, if ignored, can lead to serious health problems. See story on Page 4. Vol. 144 No. 11

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Hearing date A hearing in the Diamond Bradley homicide has been set for March 1. / 2

LOCAL NEWS The village of Lostant discusses the call to

consolidate police services. They also ordered a new snowplow to keep the roads clear. / 3

SPORTS A look at the volleyball matches that have

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Suspect in Bradley homicide will appear in court March 1 BY DAVE COOK HENNEPIN — Richard A. Henderson, a suspect in the Diamond Bradley killing, will next appear in court on March 1 after Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd-Mennie Richard A. requested to Henderson reschedule the hearing originally set for Feb. 15. Henderson, 26, of Standard faces the initial charges of Diamond c o n c e a l m e n t of a homi-


cide death, but additional charges are expected. Mennie requested the change because more time was needed to review the case. A charge of concealment of a homicide death carries a possible penalty of probation up to five years of incarceration and is a Class 3 felony. Bradley, 16, of Spring Valley was last was seen by her family on the evening of Jan. 23, and she was reported missing the following morning. Her body was found Jan. 27 alongside 850th North Road in Putnam County. Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle reported Bradley died of multiple stab wounds and said investigators think Henderson

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Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle (left) and Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston announce a suspect has been arrested in the Diamond Bradley murder investigation during a news conference Feb. 6 at the Spring Valley Police Department. picked the girl up near her home between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 24, drove to the spot where her body was found, and killed her after an altercation.

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BY ZACHARY J. PRATT LOSTANT — Where some municipalities are discussing the possibility of consolidating their police headquarters, Lostant does not appear to be following suit. Village President Jack Immel mentioned the question of looking into such action if it were to come to pass elsewhere, but discussion at Monday night’s Lostant Village Board meeting

indicated Lostant is unlikely to do so anytime soon. “I see where LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby are all coming together and talking about sharing police,” Immel said, noting that there are a few small towns around Lostant that might mutually benefit from similar action. “If something eventually does turn out with that, it might be something we could look into,” he said. However, there would be complications and issues to sort out,

and the general idea seemed to be that such a proposition would be difficult to make work. “Ordinances: Every village or town, agency, would have to have the same ordinances, or they won’t be enforced,” board member Randy Railey said. Furthermore, Railey said, “You’ve got five miles between the villages with no jurisdiction.” “It’s a nightmare,” he said. “It’s been brought up before. It’s been evaluated. It’s a nightmare.”

‘Beefed-up’ snowplow ordered LOSTANT — The village of Lostant is set to purchase a new snowplow to be available for use in winters to come. The purchase remained in line with previously discussed costs, for the change to a higher grade

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for the village: “It’s a $19,000 difference,” Village President Jack Immel said. Nevertheless, after a discussion of how to fund the purchase, the board voted to purchase the vehicle, citing the village’s need of new equipment.

After law enforcement officials visited Henderson at his home on Feb. 5, he willingly accompanied them for a further interview after which he was charged. Doyle said Henderson and Bradley met through an unspecified website, though the exact nature of their relationship is still being investigated. Investigators are also waiting for the results of various lab reports and testing. Henderson is being held in the LaSalle County Jail on a $1 million bond. He is being represented by public defender Roger Bolin. Jason Judd, owner of Grandma Rosie’s, had previously been raising funds for a reward for any tip leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Since the arrest, made through the efforts of law enforcement and not the result of a tip from the public, Judd has been in contact with those who donated to ask them to allow the money to go to Bradley’s family. The following law enforcement agencies contributed to the investigation: Putnam, Bureau, LaSalle, Peoria and Cook county sheriff’s offices; the Spring Valley, LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Ottawa, Streator, Peoria and Chicago police departments; the Illinois State Police and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services; Tri-DENT; and the Putnam, Bureau and LaSalle county state’s attorney’s offices.

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Carrying the burden of caring for others Caregiver stress program highlights the importance of self-care BY DAVE COOK STANDARD — Caregivers know the difficulty in maintaining a sense of normalcy in their lives, and those with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease face additional stress. However, caregivers must also provide care for themselves if they wish to be able to continue. A program hosted at the Putnam County Community Center on Feb. 8 focused on helping caregivers both identify and resolve the common problems they face. “Isolation in caregivers is common; it’s a lonely journey, and it can be hard to find someone to talk to,” Jenna Wachtveitl, an educator with the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said. Wachtveitl said providing care for someone with memory loss is both a labor of love and exhausting and stressful. “We’re seeing an increase in health problems with caregivers. Their focus becomes completely on those they’re caring for, and they begin ignoring the warning signs of their own health problems. If they continue, they can end up not being able to continue the care of their loved one,” she said. Wachtveitl said a loss of relationships, frustration, fear, guilt, anxiety, depression and exhaustion are all things that caregivers must learn to recognize within themselves and learn to combat.

Causes of caregiver stress • A lack of support • Health concerns • Guilt • Changing routines • Grief • Outside pressure • Negative self-talk • Uncertainty • Fear • World events • Financial demands • Changing roles • Unrealistic expectations • Family members • Time management • Isolation • Lack of control • Other commitments • Work

Source: The Alzheimer’s Association

“Perception is a big part of caregiving, and negative self-talk can creep in and affect you in many ways. It’s OK to seek help. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and it’s important to know how to deal with these issues appropriately,” she said. Wachtveitl stressed the need for caregivers, those they’re caring for, and their families to have the difficult conversations early on in order to avoid conflicts and future guilt, saying, “It’s best not to make promises because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.” Families must work together to solve their issues for everyone’s best interest. Wachtveitl said a good way to keep things in the proper perspective is to realize it’s not “you vs. me; it’s you and me vs. the problem.” She said caregivers are more likely than others to miss doctor’s appointments and not reschedule them. “Caregivers often laugh off suggestions of rest and relaxation, but they must realize if they don’t deal with their stress and exhaustion, it will cause physical problems,” Wachtveitl said. She said it’s a necessity for caregivers to continue to do what they’ve always enjoyed. “Church may not be the same, your time with your friends may not be the same, but you have to adapt to the situation and find a way in which you can continue to participate in what you enjoy,” she said. Wachtveitl advised caregivers to focus on the things they have control over and to think of the things their loved ones can do rather than those that they can’t. She said finding the silver lining in things, sharing feelings, a proper diet, rest, and avoiding the tunnel vision often associated with caregiving are all important aspects of acceptance and the lowering of dangerous stress. The Alzheimer’s Association offers caregivers a 24-hour, seven-days-aweek helpline that caregivers can utilize by calling 1-800-272-3900. There are several webinars available that can be found at, and additional help is located at www.alz. org/illinois. There’s also a Caregiver Buddy app for smartphones that provides immediate access to care tips and easy contact with the helpline. For more information on the services provided through the Putnam County Community Center, visit or call 815-339-2711.

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Jenna Wachtveitl talks about how to identify and counter the common signs of stress that caregivers commonly face. She is an educational specialist with the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and she spoke last week at the Putnam County Community Center.

Warning signs of caregiver stress and how to cope Warning signs: • Denial • Anger/frustration • Social withdrawal • Anxiety • Guilt • Depression • Exhaustion • Sleeplessness • Irritability • Lack of concentration • Health problems

How to cope with stress: • Keep appointments • Schedule personal time • Exercise • Sleep • Proper diet • Empower others to help you • Embrace the present and don’t fixate on the past or future • Focus on positive self-talk and perceptions • Seek help when you need it

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Emergency calls total 17 for January

POLICE REPORTS LASALLE COUNTY SHERIFF Accidents At 7:23 a.m. on Jan. 26, deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident at 2360 Route 178 in Deer Park Township. A vehicle driven by a 17-year-old female from Tonica was northbound on Route 178 when she lost control on the ice and struck a utility pole and barbedwire fence. The driver was treated by Tonica Ambulance and released to her parents. No citations were issued. At 11:43 a.m. on Feb. 11, deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 18 and East 12th Road in Eagle Township. Brian D. Goralczyk, 33, of Dana was eastbound on Route 18 when he attempted to pass a LaSalle County snowplow driven by John J. Roda, 43, of

Assistant Chief Bill Gray repaired the fuel line to the generator on Pumper-1714. The department purchased a large-screen smart TV to be used in the training room. The purchase of equipment and software to allow emergency pages from LaSalle County to be sent to cellphones as well as current pagers was approved. Members reviewed the amended Illinois Municipal Code and Fire Protection District Act pertaining to the appointment of fire chiefs and the minimum requirements they must have. A significant monetary donation was received from Gayle and Nancy Dauber. Chief Al Stremlau noted the department will be sending out a mailer to residents in the rural area requesting a monetary donation to be used to support the department’s operations. The department continues to provide fire, ambulance and rescue services to the Tonica area. It also provides ambulance service to the Leonore and Cedar Point areas along with a portion of the Standard Fire Protection District. These services are provided without property taxation, and donations and active volunteers are what keep them available.

Peru. As Roda slowed to make a left turn onto East 12th Road, Goralczyk moved to pass and collided with the snowplow. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued. Deer accident At 10:50 p.m. on Jan. 26, deputies investigated a single-vehicle accident at North 1850th Road and East 1251st Road in Vermillion Township. Hector Granadas was westbound on North 1850th Road when he struck a deer. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued. Arrest At 2:19 p.m. on Feb. 6, deputies arrested David Willis, 35, of 515 S. First St., Tonica. Willis was arrested at his

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residence on an original LaSalle County warrant for battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was transported to the LaSalle County Jail, and bond was set at $8,000.

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The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department reported its members responded to 17 emergency calls in January. The calls included three structure fires, one field fire, one automatic alarm, three accidents and nine medical calls. Training included a radio drill of Tonica Fire pre-planned rural MABAS box alarm cards; a review of all tools and equipment carried on the various trucks; and information about bloodborne pathogens. Cadet members participated in a SCBA barrel maze drill conducted by firefighter-EMT Jeff Pugh. Dan Francisco and Rick Turri attended a tactics and strategy review of the Grand Bear fire in Utica, and highlights were presented to the department. Turri also assisted with the fire operations training class in Utica covering hose and water supplies. He also attended a natural gas safety class for emergency responders with the Peru Fire Department. Seven department members

participated in a live structural fire training in Oglesby, and Tonica Fire provided a pumper-tanker. An incident resulting in the injury of two Palmyra Fire Company firefighters was reviewed. The two firefighters suffered leg and head injuries when a person drove a vehicle over a fire hose. In addition to the injuries of the firefighters, there was also damage to a fire truck and a fire hose. It was noted it’s not only illegal to drive over fire hoses, but dangerous. James and Jessi Breit installed overhead ceiling fans in the truck bay, which will help regulate the building’s temperature and reduce heating costs. Some three-inch hose damaged at one of the structure fires will be replaced. Assistant Chief Bill Gray replaced a broken compartment door spring on Rescue-1715; replaced a bad exhaust fan on ambulance 1-M-24; replaced the bad sections of exhaust pipe on Pumper-1714; and assisted Global Fire Equipment with the repair or replacement of pipes and valves on Tender-1716, which were damaged during the subzero temperature operations. Captain Todd Anderson and

PERU — Mabel Vey Brown, 100, of rural Peru died peacefully at home on the evening of Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born in Spring Valley on April 17, 1917, to Charles and Mabel (Johnston) Siemers. She married Ray W. Brown on May 2, 1936. She and Ray farmed together for many years. She loved being with her family. She enjoyed gardening, nurturing her many flower beds, mowing and tending to her yard. She enjoyed her oil painting and spending winters with Ray snowmobiling. She was an avid Chicago Cub fan. Mabel Vey is survived by one daughter, Alice Arkels of rural Peru; four grandchildren, Dan (Marla) Arkels of rural Peru, Debra (Jeff) Chaney of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Sheri (Darren) O’Brien of Lostant and Tami (Doug Goebel) Wiesbrock of Deer Park; her great-grandchildren, Britnae (Johnny) Lewis, Jordan and Kylie Arkels, James, Isabella, Sam and Joey Chaney, Steffen and Cody O’Brien, and Devyn and Mollie Wiesbrock; her caregiver of the past three years, Margaret; her little white companion, Mitzie; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, on Oct. 19, 1999; a son, Denis Brown, on Nov. 30, 1957; a son-in-law, Dennis Arkels, on July 6, 2004; two brothers, Robert and Donald Siemers; and one sister, Irma Wright. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica with the Rev. Mark Nowakowski officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Tonica. Visitation will be Saturday in the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Pallbearers will be Dan Arkels, Darren O’Brien, Mike Supan Sr. and her great-grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to the Tonica Fire and Ambulance Departments or the Tonica United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at

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magine interviewing for a job and getting offered a starting salary of $340,000 and then demanding that your new employer create positions for your adult daughter and her husband. Arrogant? You bet. And you would have to question the wisdom of any employer who would give in to such a demand. Well, folks, guess who is footing the bill for this fellow’s salary and those of his daughter and son-law? Illinois taxpayers and the students paying tuition at Southern Illinois University. And at the same meeting, last year, that Chancellor Carlo Montemagno was hired, SIU’s board voted to cut $26 million from the school’s budget and examine eliminating seven degree programs. Two weeks after the board voted to make those cuts and hire her dad, Melissa Germain signed her new contract for $52,000 to promote theater at SIU. I can’t really say how well she does her job, but in the past several days, plenty of drama has come to campus – after SIU’s student newspaper, The Daily Egyptian, uncovered her sweet new gig and

UNDERSTANDING ILLINOIS Scott Reeder that of her husband, who makes $45 an hour helping an interim vice chancellor. The most qualified people are supposed to be hired for open university and state jobs. But job qualifications in Illinois often are relative – they depend on who your relatives are. The Daily Egyptian reported that the university hired the Germains for positions that had been created for them and that were never advertised to the public. The university’s internal ethics office has now referred the matter to the state inspector general. I couldn’t help but wonder what our governor thought of this situation. You know, our governor, Bruce Rauner, the fellow who ran for office on a platform of fiscal responsibility and a pledge to “Shake up Springfield.” So, I contacted his office and

asked these two questions: 1) Does the governor believe this is an appropriate action by SIU? 2) If not, what action does he plan? And here is the response from gubernatorial spokeswoman Rachel Bold: “SIU has opened an ethics investigation. We believe that is appropriate and look forward to the outcome.” Huh? That’s all the man who was elected to shake up Springfield has to say? Come on, Bruce. You appoint members to the SIU board. You are state’s chief executive. If you won’t condemn something this bad, are you functioning as a watchdog or a lap dog? And these sorts of problems aren’t unique to SIU. In December, Northern Illinois University’s board gave a $600,000 severance to former President Doug Baker, who quit amid a state investigation accusing him and other administrators of mismanagement with the hiring of consultants. Raise your hand if you ever received $600,000 for quitting a job. Yeah, me neither.

Have you ever been offered a job and told a potential employer, “Nah, I’ll only work for you if you hire a couple of my relatives too?” I didn’t think so. But this is how our state universities are operating. This is the way they are choosing to spend our money. The NIU and SIU campuses are separated by 365 miles, but their administrators are joined by the same sense of entitlement. Students may be saddled with debt as tuitions escalate. University staffs cringe as the budget axe falls. But what are university leaders demanding? More – for themselves. Where is the governor? Why isn’t he speaking out? His rival for the GOP nomination, Jeanne Ives, calls it a lack of leadership on his part. So far, he hasn’t proved her wrong.

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Ideas on how to reduce number of abortions


bortion is the defining, underlying issue of the Illinois GOP gubernatorial primary. Not taxes, not the budget deficit, nor the pension burden, nor education nor infrastructure — matters the governor and Legislature can do something about. This column is not about anti-abortion or abortion rights arguments, but about whether the two sides could ever come together to work on efforts both sides might agree on— how to reduce the number of abortions. My friend Perry Klopfenstein of Gridley (north of Bloomington) thinks it is possible. First, the governor’s race. Earlier this year Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill that provides taxpayer funding for abortions, after declaring on several occasions, even to the Catholic cardinal of Chicago, that he would veto the bill. This action prompted outrage among anti-abortion conservative Christian groups in the state. And it was the catalyst for the GOP gubernatorial run of conservative state

COMMENTARY Jim Nowlan Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton. Ives is now running TV commercials that appear to stigmatize gays and transgender persons as well as those who have abortions. Ives declares that Rauner is their friend. Many, including the head of the state GOP, are calling for Ives to pull the commercials, but she persists. Ives is obviously trying to arouse the base of social conservatives, which is hard to do in primary elections. Only a small fraction, 15 percent or less, of persons 18 and over typically cast Republican primary ballots in Illinois. Now to my friend Perry Klopfenstein. Perry is a smart guy, a successful small businessman, Republican activist, staunchly anti-abortion. As with many people, I am opposed to abortion, yet come down on the abor-

tion rights side of the divide. Perry thinks people like the two of us should come together to work on generally non-governmental policies that would reduce abortions. I still have in my files an op-ed column by Perry that appeared in the April 5, 1998, edition of the Peoria Journal-Star. In his piece, Perry declares that rhetorical warfare has not produced positive results. “It’s time to break the stalemate,” Perry says. He lays out seven “incentives for life,” which include adoption, informed and parental consent, and medical and living assistance for those who would carry-to-term, this last a rather liberal position. Perry encourages the abortion rights side to come up with their suggestions as well. I think of better sex education and making adoption easier. Then there is an idea I have offered before and which many find way too harsh, to wit: In return for the state’s safety net for a single mother and her first child, a woman would agree to

wear a long-term birth control patch. I offer this for the sake of the woman. A single, under-educated, single parent who has more than one child is basically consigning herself to a life of dependency on the state dole. The ideas above may have merit, or not. Perry’s point is that both sides could come together in support of efforts to reduce abortions, and not wait for court decisions that may or may not ever come. Roe v. Wade (1973), which laid out a constitutional right to abortion, is not likely to be overturned in the near future, though it might be down the line, as more conservative justices are appointed. Wouldn’t it be great if Bruce Rauner and Jeanne Ives took joint leadership in exhorting us to create community groups of both anti-abortion and abortion rights folks to see how we might reduce unintended pregnancy and abortion even further?

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Refinancing infrastructure Lostant officials discussed refinancing the village’s sewer project, with the possibility of adding on its proposed water tower project should that be authorized. The authorization was for an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $1,450,000. John Vezzetti of Bernardi Securities talked to village leaders about issuing general obligation bonds, for which the village could take advantage of what he referred to as “historic lows.� Vezzetti said that Lostant’s rate is currently at 4.625 percent, but that he thinks they “could change that to 3.75 or 4 percent.� “It’s going to be sold to general investors,� Vezzetti said. “We’re going to try our best to keep it in LaSalle County,� he said, though he noted that this would branch out to neighboring counties if necessary. In other discussion, the village also opened a new two-year TIF loan at 3.95 percent interest.

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Feb. 27, at the LaSalle County Extension Office in Ottawa, and again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Bureau County Extension Office in Princeton. Both sessions will be presented via computer. Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist, will present the program. Participants are invited to join him as he explores why some plants end up becoming invasive, discusses some invaders that are still in the ornamental trade, and gives recommendations on how landowners can influence the surrounding natural landscapes through their planning decisions. This webinar may also be

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Lostant hosts volley ball tournament LOSTANT — The Lostant Elementary Invitational Volleyball Tournament was held Jan. 26 and 27 in Lostant Grade School. All proceeds went to the purchase of the new scoreboard. Tournament results are: Grades 7-8 — Tonica eighth grade girls, first place; Tonica seventh grade girls, second place; Lostant,

third place; Oglesby Holy Family, fourth place; Saunemin, fifth place; and Deer Park, sixth place. Grade 6 — Trinity Catholic, first place; Putnam County, second place; Mendota Holy Cross; third place; Dimmick, fourth place; and Odell Team 1/ Odell Team 2, fifth and sixth place.

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Trivia Night planned for Feb. 24 UTICA — The LaSalle County Historical Society will host its fifth annual Trivia Night on Saturday, Feb. 24, at our Heritage Center located at 208 Clark St. in Utica. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and trivia will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, with teams of 6 to 10 per

table. Food and beverage will be available for purchase during the event. There will also be raffles and a 50/50. All interested parties may call or text 815-343-5780 for table reservations. All proceeds benefit the LaSalle County Historical Society.

EDUCATION BRIEF DeFrance graduates from Bradley University PEORIA — Jacob DeFrance of Germantown Hills graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University in Peoria during commencement ceremonies held on Dec. 16.

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Lostant Grade School Breakfast Feb. 19 — Pancakes, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. Feb. 20 — Cheese omelet, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. Feb. 21 — Yogurt parfait, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. Feb. 22 — Muffin, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. Feb. 23 — Toaster pastry, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk.


Tonica Grade School Breakfast Feb. 19 — No school. Feb. 20 — Waffle and syrup or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Feb. 21 — Cheese omelet and hash brown or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Feb. 22 — Biscuit and sausage gravy or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Feb. 23 — Cinnamon rolls or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch Feb. 19 — No school. Feb. 20 — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit, milk. Feb. 21 — Noodles, meat sauce, green beans, fruit, garlic bread, pudding, milk. Feb. 22 — Taco-in-a-bag (taco meat, shredded cheese, refried beans, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, salsa), fresh fruit, nacho corn chips, milk. Feb. 23 — Cheese bosco sticks, marinara sauce, carrots, fruit, gelatin and Cool Whip, milk.


Free special education training on ‘Being Your Child’s Advocate’ LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living plans a free workshop, “Being Your Child’s Advocate,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the IVCIL conference room. It will be presented by Marla Michalak, IVCIL youth services coordinator and IT specialist. Participants will learn how to use communication as a tool, when an evaluation is needed, how to share information about your child’s needs, understanding eligibility for special education or 504 plans, how to express parental concerns, understanding the IEP process, and how to use techniques for resolving disagreements for children with

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disabilities. For more information, call Marla Michalak at 815-224-3126, ext. 223, or email Reasonable accommodations will be offered upon request by registration date of Thursday, Feb. 15. The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living is a non-profit and non-residential service and advocacy agency that assists persons with disabilities located at 18 Gunia Drive in LaSalle. IVCIL serves the counties of LaSalle, Bureau, Marshall, Putnam and Stark. IVCIL is a United Way member agency. Funding is provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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The Lostant Lady Comets won second place in the Peru Catholic eighth grade volleyball tournament held on Feb. 3. Pictured are Salina Breckinridge (from left), Melena Archer, Allison Harper, Piper Kammer, Sarah Daugherty, Sydney Miller, Makenzie Chambers, Paityn Skinner and Mckinzie Archer. Their coach is Dan Mertes.

NEWS BRIEF IVCC will host Adult Student Info Session OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions office will host an Adult Student Info Session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Room CTC124. For information, call 815-224-0439; RSVP at

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Feb. 19 — Center closed. Feb. 20 — Hamburger with bun, baked beans, coleslaw, cantaloupe, dessert. Feb. 21 — Baked macaroni and cheese, barbecue o bun, green beans, gelatin with fruit, banana. Feb. 22 — Chicken salad with tomato on bun, mixed vegetables, macaroni salad, fruit cocktail, dessert. Feb. 23 — Ham salad on wheat bread, potato soup with crackers, broccoli, salad with toppings, applesauce. Bread, butter, fruit juice and 2% milk are available with meals. For reservations, call 800-757-4579 24 hours in advance of the day’s meal. The menu is subject to change. Meals are available to senior citizens 60 plus at no cost, but donations are appreciated. The meal program is partly funded by donations, so they have a suggested donation of $5 per meal. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch Feb. 19 — Grilled cheese, fruit, tomato soup, crackers, broccoli, milk. Feb. 20 — Taco meat, soft shell, cheese, lettuce, tomato, black beans, fruit, milk. Feb. 21 — Uncrustable, cucumbers, chips, sidekick, milk. Feb. 22 — Pretzel, cheese, carrots, fruit, gelatin with Cool Whip, milk. Feb. 23 — No lunch, school field trip.

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The Tonica News reserves the right to classify correctly, edit, reject or cancel any advertisement at any time in accordance with its policy. All ads must be checked for errors by the advertiser, on the first day of publication. We will be responsible for the first incorrect insertion, and its liabilities shall be limited to the price on one insertion. CLASSIFIED LINE AD & LEGAL DEADLINES: • Friday Paper deadline Friday before by 3pm We Accept Call 815-875-4461

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********** THE CLASSIFIED Advertising Department of the Tonica News Does not have the opportunity to fully investigate the credibility of each advertiser appearing within these columns. If an offer sounds “too good to be true” it probably is. Proceed with caution if you are asked to send money or to give a credit card number. Proceed with caution in calling 900 phone numbers. All phone numbers prefixed by”900” are charged to the CALLER. Charges may be assessed on a “per minute” basis rather than a “per call” basis. The Tonica News Classifieds makes every effort to qualify these charges for the reader. If you have a concern about an advertiser, please contact: Better Business Bureau 330 North Wabash Chicago, IL 60611 312 832-0500

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Notice is hereby given of the death of Marjorie Murply ,late of LaSalle, Illinois. Letters of office were issued on December 14, 2017, to Elton Murphy, whose attorney is Gary Gearhart, GEARHART LAW OFFICE, 951 Fifth Street, LaSalle, Illinois 610301. Claims against the Estate may be filed with the office of the Circuit Clerk, Probate Division, Downtown Courthouse, 119 W. Madison St., Ottawa, Illinois, ow with the representative, or both, within (6) six months from the date of issuance of letters. 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.

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