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Students look through books during Tonica Grade School’s first Family Reading Night. A year in the making, the successful event included multiple activity areas throughout the classrooms, a simulated campsite in the gymnasium with more family friendly activities, and a well stocked book exchange in the cafeteria. See story on Page 3. Vol. 144 No. 14

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Henderson pleads ‘not guilty’ Next hearing for suspect in Diamond Bradley killing will be March 15 BY DAVE COOK HENNEPIN — “Not guilty” is the plea entered March 1 at a hearing for Richard A. Henderson, the 26-year-old Standard man whom investigators believe stabbed and killed Diamond Bradley, the 16-yearold Spring Valley girl he met online. Henderson, smiling, looking relaxed and much thinner than in his mugshot, is charged with the Class 3 felony of concealment of a homicide death and is being held on a $1 million bond. Appearing in front of Judge Stephen A. Kouri with his attorney, public defender Roger Bolin, Henderson waived the reading of charges, and Bolin requested a jury trial. Bolin announced he had three concerns to work out with Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd-Mennie before the date of the next hearing was set. The first was for the preservation

will be shared with Bolin upon their receipt. “More charges will likely be filed against Richard A. Henderson as the investigation progresses,” Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle previously said during a news conference at the Spring Valley Police Department. Diamond Bradley was last was seen by her family the evening of Jan. 23 and was reported missing the following morning. Her body was found Jan. 27 alongside 850th North Road in Putnam County. She had been stabbed multiple times. According to Doyle, investigators think the two met online and that Henderson picked the teen up near her home between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 24. Henderson then allegedly drove to the spot where her body was found and killed her after an altercation. Henderson was arrested after being interviewed at the police station. Tips, interviews, surveillance cameras and pings from Diamond’s cellphone link him to her death, Doyle has said. Judge Kouri set the date for the next hearing for 9:30 a.m. on March 15. Although officials are still waiting for results and reports to be completed, Doyle said investigators are confident they’ve arrested the man responsible for the killing.


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of electronic evidence. Judd-Mennie said after the hearing that it was a request that any cell phones or computers seized during the investigation be kept in good condition. The Richard A. second was what Men- Henderson nie said was a standard and required by law, sharing of evidence obtained during the discovery phase. Bolin’s third request was for the field notes from the investigating agencies. “It’s my understandDiamond ing there were multiBradley ple agencies involved,” Bolin said. Investigating agencies include the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Spring Valley Police Department, the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, the LaSalle Police Department, TriDENT, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County State’s Attorney, the Bureau County State’s Attorney, the Putnam County Death Investigator and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services. Judd-Mennie said after the hearing she’s yet to receive the test results and lab reports pertinent to the case and that the information

Clean water seminar is March 13 GRANVILLE — “Clean Water: Our Greatest Resource” Water Quality Seminar is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 13 at the Granville Library, 214 S. McCoy St. Speakers will be Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension educator, energy and environmental stewardship; and

The race will be chip timed (not a relay), and all runners will start at the gun. High school track team runners are welcome, as this event is in compliance with all IHSA regulations. All runners 18 and under may enter free of charge. The course is a 5.24-mile loop on country blacktop roads, starting and finishing at the school. Chili, soda

and showers will be available after the run. Registration can be done at or starvedrockrunners. org. Anyone with questions may call Bob Rehn at 815-882-2120 or send an email to “As always in the races held here, this is a race that celebrates the running life,” Rehn said.

Caroline Wade, a director of The Nature Conservancy. Topics to be covered are the importance of clean water systems; preventing pollution of streams and waterways; nutrient loss reduction strategy; and how urban and rural property owners can work together to ensure clean water for future generations.

Advance registration is appreciated. Call the Putnam County Library District at 815-925-7020 to register. There is no cost to attend. Those with questions may call Matt Miller, Putnam County Library District, at 815-925-7020, or Daryle Wragge, University of Illinois Extension, ag program coordinator, at 309-364-2356.


First TGS Family Reading Night deemed a success BY DAVE COOK

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Kim Sandor (middle) enjoyed helping her children, Grady (left) and Ella, find the perfect book during the first Tonica Grade School Family Reading Night. Principal Chuck Schneider said the event was a great way to “build bridges and bonds with the community.” Schneider said. The event featured a book exchange in the cafeteria that was

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TONICA — The popularity of Family Reading Nights at schools is continuing to grow as they bring families together through literacy and also help parents to see another side of their children’s school and community. Tonica Grade School (TGS) held its inaugural Family Reading Night on Feb. 27, and by any measure, it was a success. “This was a year in the planning and teacher-driven. An event like this is a great way to show the other side of what we do here. Many after-school events are for things like sports and music, so this is another way we can build bridges as we strive to build bonds with our community,” TGS Principal Chuck

each one, they received an entry for a prize drawing,” PTC member Sarah Patyk said. The gymnasium was turned into a simulated campground where families could “camp” near one of the many tents filled with a variety of books and family friendly activities. In the center of the gym was a “camp fire” where Schneider led an exercise in literary imagery. While he read the prize-winning book “The Gruffalo,” students had to attempt to draw the creature that was gradually described throughout the story. “It’s impressive to see how close they can get to how the creature is illustrated in the book,” Schneider said. Other activities were located in classrooms, and families wandered from one station to the next. “This is a great way to get families to come together and enjoy reading. It’s nice the parents can see what we do here and also be a part of it,” fifthgrade teacher Lauren Thomas said.

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OBITUARY DARRELL ALLEMAN GRANVILLE — Darrell Foster Alleman, 88, of Granville passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. Darrell was born in LaSalle on July 12, 1929, to Walter and Roxanna (Foster) Alleman. He was raised on a dairy and livestock farm in Eden Township, Tonica. His fraternal grandparents were Amos Alleman and Bertha (Kessler) Alleman. His maternal grandparents were Bill Foster and Carrie (King) Foster from Atlanta, Ind. He was a farm boy all his life. At 5 years old, he milked cows and did farm chores. Then at 7 he began helping in the fields by driving steel wheeled tractors. He rented his first farm at 18 years old and retired in November after a 70-year career as a farmer. He raised turkeys, sheep, cattle, hogs and milk cows, and planted corn, seed corn and soybeans. In 1960 he rented a farm in Magnolia from the family of Captain Hawes who was the first settler in Putnam County. He farmed the Hawes land for 49 years. In 1970, he rented the Bob Kidd and Moews farm. In 2009, he moved back to Granville. Darrell attended a one-room schoolhouse all eight years of grade school being the only student in his class. He rode his pony or drove a tractor to school every day. Darrell attended Hopkins High School in Granville, graduating in 1947. This is where he met the love of his life, Jeanne Lorraine Anderson. They were married on Jan. 14, 1951. Jeanne and Darrell had four children, Debra Lynn (married to Dennis Kimme), Kimrey Darrell, Janeen Roxanne (married to J.R. Chance) and Scott William (married to Dianne). In addition to a farming career, he worked for Sandberg Trucking for six years hauling livestock, beer and groceries to and from Chicago and Peoria. For 13 years, Darrell worked for the Illinois Department of Transpor-

tation as a highway maintainer and then transferred to the Shippingsport Bridge as a lift-bridge tender. Darrell was an exceptional community leader who touched the lives of many people throughout his lifetime. He was passionate about helping youth and willingly gave his time to youth activities. In 1966, he started a youth center for teens in the old Magnolia gym called the “Kountry Kastle”. He coached the Magnolia Little League and the Bi-County Babe Ruth baseball teams for several years. He served as the Bi-County Little League president for 20 years and he also served as the president of the area’s Connie Mack baseball league. He helped build Putnam County High School’s baseball field and farmed the PC FFA plots. In 1960, he became a Republican committeeman and then in 1964 he became the Putnam County Republican Chairman. During his tenure, he met presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. In 1984, he was elected as the alternate delegate for the Republican National Convention. He met and became friends with Illinois governors James Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan. He resigned after 29 years of extraordinary service to the party. Darrell was a Marshall-Putnam County Farm Bureau director for 12 years, serving as a fair director and the fair correspondent during his entire tenure. He joined the Granville Rotary Club in 1976 and prided himself on his spotless attendance record. He served as the club’s president. His most proud accomplishment was beginning the club’s Rotary exchange program and serving as the Youth Exchange Chairman for 18 years. He helped initiate Rotary’s Agri-Business Night and worked diligently on every club project and received Rotary’s Paul Harris Award. Build it and they will come; and that’s just what Darrell did. He built the Alleman Dream Field inspired by the Field of Dreams on his farm in 2010 where local baseball teams practice and hold games. For the last four years, a community-wide event sponsored by the

ilies and as a school community. Teachers and volunteers were on hand to encourage and help students choose books they’d enjoy and participate in the many featured activities. Schneider said he expects next

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Granville Rotary is held on the field with ghost players from the 1989 Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams.” Local children play a game with the ghost players and then the movie is enjoyed by all. Darrell started writing articles for several local newspapers when he was in his 70s. He wrote a book about local veteran stories called “Uncommon Valor” and a second book is underway called “Observations From the Field”. It is a collection of his stories about local people and history. Darrell was a people person who believed in community service. He was rewarded for his extraordinary service by being presented the State of Illinois Ageless Achiever Award in 2006. He was honored to be inducted into the Putnam County High School Hall of Fame in 2016. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeanne, and his older sister, Patty. In addition to his children, Darrell is survived by three sisters, Sandy Urban, Caron Brooker and Sherin Bayler. Darrell had nine grandchildren, Kyle Kimme, Brad Kimme, Ben Alleman, Krista Kimme, Doug Alleman, Roxanna Alleman (Anderson), Greg Alleman, Kevin Alleman and Katie Alleman. He has 11 great-grandchildren, Keegan Taylor, Connor Kimme, Logan Kimme, Ava Kimme, Zeke Anderson, Liam Alleman, Ariah Anderson, Blake Kimme, Piper Kimme, Lydia Alleman and Elin Anderson, with two additional great-grandchildren arriving this spring. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville. A service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the First Lutheran Church in Granville with Pastor Bob Kinas officiating. Burial will be in the Magnolia Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren; his great-grandchild, Keegen Taylor; and his nephew, John Bayler. Memorials may be directed to the Anderson-Alleman Educational Scholarship Fund at Putnam County High School. Online condolences may be directed to his family at

year’s turnout will be significantly higher after those attending the inaugural event talk with their friends, family and neighbors and generate excitement for it. TGS is also planning on adding to the scheduled activities and attractions.

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IVCC’s 13th Annual Edible Car Contest crosses the finish line to success BY DAVE COOK

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OGLESBY — Many things can be considered while wandering the aisles to select what will go in the grocery cart, but speed and structural integrity aren’t likely to be among them. However, these characteristics were obviously on the minds of the competitors at IVCC’s 13th annual Edible Car Contest that was held in the school’s cafeteria last week. The contest’s reputation for fun and humorous unpredictability helped pack the cafeteria to capacity and fill it with laughter and applause. Faculty members, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) students and area high schools brought 36 highly creative entries to compete in a variety of categories including speed, design, creativity, detail, best crash, most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, meatiness, most healthy, most delicious and best wheel-man. “This is our biggest field of entrants yet, and it gets better every year,” CAD instructor and emcee Dorene Data said. The contest is held in celebration of National Engineering Week, with Data saying, “Everything you own started with an idea from an engineer.” With the emphasis on science, technology, engineering

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IVCC sophomore Michelle Lakan helped race a successful Rice Krispies-bodied car and took home a medal for her efforts. “I like the team building and working together through the trial-and-error process,” Lakan said. and math (STEM) activities at area schools, it was surprising there weren’t more teams entered from area high schools. However, students from DePue, St. Bede, Hall, LaMoille and Streator fielded multiple cars and took home several awards. “I like how much it makes you think as the team works to get everything to hold together,”

DePue junior Diego Madrigal said before the races began. His team eventually took home seven medals. “It’s a great team-building exercise, and I enjoy the trial and error,” IVCC sophomore Michelle Lakan said. Lakan successfully raced a high-speed Rice Krispies car down the track. The contest was created through an award from a National Science Foundation Grant and receives additional support from IVCC’s

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This might be Mike Madigan’s last hurrah M

y Springfield insider friends say I am loony to think 2018 will be Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s last hurrah. Yet I think it will be. I array my arguments below; first a little history. Democrat Mike Madigan has been representing the once-Irish Southwest Side of Chicago for half a century. Madigan was elected a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1969 and then immediately moved to the state House. He has been there ever since, the last three decades as speaker. I served with Mike back in his early days, during my brief two terms in the House. Mike was very quiet as a young lawmaker (he still is), learning his craft in support of his patron, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, the Boss. I don’t recall Mike having ever been challenged in his renomination and election to the speakership by his fellow House Democrats. The rank-and-file appreciated his campaign cash and meekly feared his backlash should they challenge him. Things are different now. For the past three years, Gov. Bruce Rauner has been softening up Mike.

UNDERSTANDING ILLINOIS Jim Nowlan Rauner has used his millions to bombard Madigan with relentless, often vicious attacks via television, mailers, and even a movie about the speaker that appeared in commercial film houses. The barrage has worked. Three years ago, my farmer friends at the back table in Connie’s Country Kitchen, next door to my office, had never heard of Madigan. They probably didn’t even know there was an office called “Speaker.” Today, ask them about Illinois politics, and they immediately launch into their own attacks on that “g-d” Madigan, the root of all our problems. And now Democrats are attacking Madigan, who is not only speaker but also chair of their own Illinois Democratic Party. Four of the five Democratic candidates for governor are openly attacking Madigan. Unheard of. The fifth candidate, billionaire J.B. Pritzker, is seen as “Madigan’s

guy.” “J.B.” has, glaringly, refused to join in, or even mention Madigan in his appearances. If elected, he will be seen as Madigan’s lackey. Worse, a credible candidate for Democratic nomination to the Illinois House, in a district just north of Chicago, has demanded that the Madigan-backed candidate return the $50,000 he has contributed to her campaign. This challenger to Madigan’s candidate did a poll recently, reported by Rich Miller, the state’s leading political pundit, that found “70 percent expressed doubts about voting for a candidate who was backed by Madigan’s team.” Miller talks about “the Madigan Tax,” the extra money and effort Democratic candidates must put into their races to offset the negatives of being linked to Madigan. The “tax” may become unbearable. Madigan has recently been criticized for his handling of sexual harassment charges against one of his staffers. The criticisms add to Madigan’s problems. When some of your own see you as a liability to their political careers, your time has come. Madigan won’t, of course, step

down from anything before the November election. His goal in life is to elect a big Democratic House majority — and defeat Bruce Rauner, his bete noire. I am looking ahead to the December caucus of newly elected Democratic House members. At the caucus, members nominate one of their own to be elected speaker in January on the House floor. They will nominate Madigan, of course. But, if 11 or so members, from the suburbs and downstate probably, have the gumption to withhold their support for Madigan, all hell could break loose. It has happened before. In the 1960s, Republican House members “crossed the aisle” to elect Democrat Paul Powell speaker. In 1975, Lee Daniels led eight GOP’ers across the aisle to vote for fellow DuPage County Democratic House member Bill Redmond. Redmond was elected speaker with a combination of Democratic and Republican votes. I have nothing personal against Mike Madigan, but half a century is enough.

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A tutorial on just what ‘downstate’ means


TV reporter got a bit snippy with an Illinois gubernatorial candidate the other day and informed her that Rock Island and Moline are not in “downstate” Illinois. I lived in Rock Island for almost a decade, and I considered myself a downstater. In fact, most of the folks I knew there did. But times change, so I called up longtime Quad-City journalist John Beydler and asked him. “Of course, the Quad Cities is downstate,” he said with a sigh. Downstate is a geopolitical term, Charles Wheeler III, a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield, added. “Traditionally, downstate Illinois is the 96 counties in Illinois that aren’t Cook County or one of the counties touching Cook. That means that Rockford is just as much downstate as Carbondale,” he said. No argument here. I grew up on a hog farm near Galesburg. We were 199 miles from

SPRINGFIELD SCOOP Scott Reeder Chicago and 288 miles from Carbondale. But we always referred to ourselves as “downstaters.” It’s a sociological term more than a geographic one. “Downstate is what geographers refer to as a ‘vernacular region.’ There isn’t anything negative about the term. It simply refers to the area of Illinois that isn’t as closely tied to Chicago as those in the immediate metropolitan area. So, places like Quincy, Galesburg, Peoria, Carbondale, Rockford and the Quad Cities are all considered part of downstate Illinois,” said Dr. Norman Moline, who taught culture and geography at Augustana College in Rock Island for 45 years. Illinois is hardly unique in these

geopolitical designations that don’t always make sense by just looking at map. For example, San Francisco is considered “northern California” even though it is closer to Mexico than to the Oregon border. In Maine, the area of the state known as “downeast” is north of where most Mainers live. Go figure. I chatted with Wally Haas, editorial page editor of the Rockford Register Star, and asked him about this “downstate” designation for Illinois’ most northern major city. “Just about everyone in Rockford knows that when the term ‘downstate’ is used, it includes Rockford, even though we are about as far north as you can get in Illinois. You’ll hear some folks who don’t like the term, but everyone knows it includes us.” Rich Morthland, a communications professor at Black Hawk College in Moline and a former state legislator, said, “Of course the Quad Cities is in downstate Illinois. People in the area know that. When

I was in Springfield, I was a member of the Downstate Caucus.” Morthland, by the way, is the running mate of Jeanne Ives, the candidate who was “corrected.” Peoria is in the north central part of Illinois. But for decades, the Peoria Journal-Star’s front page proclaimed it “Downstate Illinois’ largest newspaper.” So, am I picking on this young KWQC reporter who “corrected” a candidate about what is or isn’t “downstate”? No. But it is important for all of us to remember that meanings of words can be nuanced. And sometimes their definition is not quite what one might think.

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LaMoille High School’s Thomas Molln unfortunately had another disappointing day at the track as his salami and cheese racer failed to launch at the starting line. Last year’s entry crossed the finish line after a long, slow, sideways slide down the track, but it did so to a cafeteria full of cheering spectators and fellow racers. IVCC’s Edible Car Contest has provided some of the most fun, creative and entertaining educational events in the area for 13 years.

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Prior to the next year’s competition, his students will re-engineer it, often with adjustments, substitutions and improvements. Keeping with the sense of humor of the entries, the track measures speed in “mouthfuls per second.” While many cars were wildly individual, there were some noticeable trends in this year’s field that were also quite different from last year’s racers. Common items and methods spotted were frozen ingredients; sausage bodies; cookies for wheels; pretzel stick axles; and peep and gummy bear drivers. A common challenge faced by the culinary engineering teams included maintaining structural integrity across the finish line. At the other end of that spectrum were the cars that didn’t move at all. Unfortunately for LaMoille’s Thomas Molln and Will Flanatan, this was the second year their entry was stubborn at the starting line. Last year’s car likely set a record for the longest time as it slowly slid sideways down the track before falling over on its side at the finish. This year’s entry fared worse as it failed to move at all. Asked what the biggest challenge

colorful entries was the car made entirely out of candy. With a body and wheels made from melted Jolly Ranchers and featuring candy cane axles, it ultimately proved too sticky, as it was another entry that didn’t want to cross the starting line. “I enjoyed working as a group and the friendships it helped create,” Seth Ludford, a junior at St. Bede, said. “I liked the design process and seeing how far your imagination can go,” DJ Piper, an IVCC student from Princeton, said during the races. After the races, each team was asked to complete a survey that asked about how the design process challenged them; whether it increased their interest in engineering; what they enjoyed about the contest; how familiar they were with IVCC’s engineering programs; and whether or not it helped show them how much creativity was involved in engineering’s many fields. With more entrants each year, next year’s contest should once again prove the creativity and resourcefulness of local STEM students. For more information, visit or email Dorene Data at Dorene_Data@ivcc. edu.

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TGS kindergarten pre-registration dates TONICA — Tonica Grade School will conduct kindergarten pre-registration the week of March 19 between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. each day. Parents should bring a copy of their

child’s certified birth certificate, social security card and current immunization records. Students must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten.


Quilter’s guild will meet March 14 HENRY — The Marshall-Putnam Quilter’s Guild will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Henry Presbyterian Church. After the regular meeting, a program will be given by Susan Knapp and Ida Boyle-Bruch. The title of the program is “Organizing Your Quilting Supplies” and

“Quilting Tips Questions and Answers.” There will be show and tell afterwards. Members are reminded to wear their name tags for the name tag drawing. Boyle-Bruch will do a mystery workshop in the morning starting at 9 a.m. Lunch will be on your own.


Annual Retreat to the Rock announced UTICA — The 29th annual Retreat to the Rock will be Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica. The keynote speaker for this year’s retreat will be Robyn Dykstra, whose talks are filled with exciting, humorous stories and practical applications that teach women Biblical truths and glorify Jesus Christ. Workshop topics for the retreat are:

“20/20 Spiritual Vision” presented by Lois Croasdale and “Are You Sure You’re Ready to Glorify God?” By Sarah Homeier, with special music and praises and worship by Laura Thomas. Various plans and options are available. For more information, visit www.retreattotherock or call 815-224-1639. Online registration is available.


Black and White Ball held Feb. 24 SENICA — The ninth annual Black and White Ball, in partnership with ONYX, was held Feb. 24 at Senica’s Oak Ridge and raised approximately $50,000 (gross) for Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development (SRRC). One hundred percent of proceeds will remain local and help children by giving them the opportunity to live, learn and play to their maximum potential. Around 200 guests attended this popular annual event which included dinner, dancing, a complimentary martini bar, music, photos, a live auction, raffles and the introduction of the 2018 ambassador, Rainee Jonassen, and her family. “The ball continues to be a solid fund-

raiser that is beloved by the community,” said Tracy Beattie, president and CEO of SRRC. “Thanks to everyone involved, we exceeded our goal and continue to raise more every year. We are truly looking forward to the 10th annual ball in 2019.” SRRC is a non-profit agency that serves over 500 children per year. Services include speech, developmental and physical therapy to children throughout the Starved Rock area; a child care center for children with and without special needs in Ottawa, and toddler classes for 2 year olds. For more information, contact Beattie at 814-434-0857 or


Free amplified telephone testing LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living, 18 Gunia Drive in LaSalle, will hold an open house for testing free amplified phones for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 12. You must be a resident of Illinois, have

an active land line or cell phone service and have a certified hearing loss in order to qualify for these services. New this year is a cell phone amplifier. To make an appointment, or to receive an application form, contact IVCIL at 815224-3126.

Lostant Grade School Breakfast March 12 — Honey bun, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. March 13 — Create your sandwich - croissant, sausage, egg and cheese, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. March 14 — Yogurt parfait, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. March 15 — Cheese omelet, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. March 16 — Toaster pastry, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. Lunch March 12 — Crispy chicken drumstick, mashed potatoes, salad, fruit, milk. March 13 — Create your own walking taco (bag of chips and taco meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato), beans, fruit, milk. March 14 — Create you own sandwich (deli meat, cheese, pretzel roll), cucumber slices, fruit, chips, milk. March 15 — Chicken nuggets, corn, fruit, milk. March 16 — Bosco stick, sidekick, marinara, carrots, cookie, milk.

Tonica Grade School Breakfast March 12 — Pancake and sausage on a stick and syrup or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. March 13 — Mini pancakes and syrup or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. March 14 — Scrambled eggs or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. March 15 — Oatmeal with dried fruit, chocolate chips or brown sugar or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. March 16 — Glazed doughnut or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch March 12 — Pizza crunchers, green beans, fruit, graham cookie, milk. March 13 — Hot dog, bun, baked beans, applesauce juice box, pretzels, milk. March 14 — Asian chicken nugget bites and dipping sauce, corn, rice, fruit, gelatin with Cool Whip, milk. March 15 — Make your own sandwich - Flat bread and bread, ham, turkey and cheese slice or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit and veggie bar, chips, milk. March 16 — Cheese or sausage pizza, carrots, fruit, cookie, milk.

Putnam County Community Center March 12 — Beef tacos with sour cream, shredded cheese, green peppers, tomato and lettuce, salsa and chips, apple. March 13 — Italian beef, tossed salad with toppings, peas and carrots, applesauce, chips, dessert. March 14 — Fish squares, au gratin potatoes, cucumber, tomato and onion in vinegar and oil, baked apple. March 15 — Corned beef cabbage-potato, carrots, peaches, bread and butter, dessert. March 16 — Cheese/sausage pizza, breadsticks, tossed salad with toppings, green beans, gelatin with fruit. 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.


PERU the “Red, White, Blue & You Talent Competitionâ€? in Streator last July as part of that town’s Independence Day celebration. Dr. O’Donnell will deliver a standup comedy routine. Opening and closing musical acts — “Getting to Know Youâ€? and “Get on your Feetâ€? — will be performed by the IVCH Players, a group of a dozen hospital employees and their families and friends who have been practicing since early January under the direction of Renee Rebholz. The audience will also see and hear talent from throughout the Illinois Valley, including: • Two routines performed by students from the Dance Center in LaSalle. Photo contributed • Marseilles resident Jerry Peterson Drs. Mark Fernandez (standing) and Ricardo Calderon, pictured performing at the 2010 singing “Candy Manâ€? while accompa- IVCH Variety Show, are back this year with a new act that will also include Drs. Paul nying himself on a keyboard while Bonucci and Kelly DeBoer. dancers perform in the background. • Emily Brodzik of Peru singing • T. J. Martin of Peru and Michael Katrina Walters of Spring Valley and “Landslideâ€? accompanied by Alex Moutray of Varna performing “Pink Megan Cullinan of Peru. Dittmer on the guitar. Local radio personality John SpenHousesâ€?. • A dance number performed by • Danielle Bourell of Streator and cer and Bev Sons, a member of the Peru’s London Cabrera and Trudell Stephanie Simpson of Spring Valley. IVCH Foundation board of directors, Byrd. • Jack Feliksiak of Peru singing “O will be the masters of ceremony for • A piano piece, “My Heart will What a Beautiful Morningâ€?. the show, which is being directed by Go On,â€? performed by Utica’s Laura • Songs sung by Steve Chamberlain Dawn Moutray, head of the hospital’s Thurow. of LaSalle, Katelyn Pullam of Cherry, social service department.


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