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Water pressure in Tonica Village looks at county’s potential to regulate flooding By Ken Schroeder

TONICA — Resident Art Foltynewicz brought a report to the Tonica Village Board regarding the latest meeting of LaSalle County officials; the meeting concerned the alleviation of flooding in the county. The intent of the county meetings is to establish a uniform approach in each community to help prevent or diminish flood damage.

That idea does not sit well with several members of the board. “My concern is letting them come in with all of these rules and regulations and putting the finger down on us saying you have to do this,” board President Kevin Sluder said. “That’s my biggest concern.” “Once they get their toe in the door, they’re going to be telling you what to do,” board member Dennis Ford said.

Foltynewicz told the board members of the Army Corps of Engineers came to Tonica after the meeting and offered suggestions on how the village should tackle the flooding problem and open up the waterway on Bailey Creek, adding the Corps is looking into assisting all of the towns in the area. “That’s why I’m really concerned, and I don’t want them coming to town,” Sluder said. “To me, they’re going to say, ‘You have to do this; you have to do that.’ All that’s going to do is end up costing us money.”

Tonica is currently enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program which allows village residents to purchase flood insurance. According to Foltynewicz, failure of the village to adopt the ordinances that may come from the county meetings would result in the village not being able to enroll, a claim Sluder disputes. “How can the county tell us what to enforce?” Sluder said. “They can’t do that. I’m curious how they can kick you out and discriminate against you.”

In other action, the board: • Established public hearings before the May 21 general meeting to discuss the applications for loan and grant money to assist in water and sewer repair work. The hearings will start at 6 p.m. • Agreed to discuss and perhaps take action on an ordinance allowing golf carts or similar vehicles to operate in the village limits. Several residents attended the meeting to encourage the board to allow the vehicles to be used. A meeting to discuss the issue is tentatively scheduled for May 14. A

representative from Pontiac, which has had an ordinance in place for a few years, will bring a copy of its ordinance and discuss how the city has fared with it. • Agreed to the sale of the old water tower site to Don Sweitzer for $9,000. • Approved the application from Steven Ebener to join the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department. • Approved a 4 percent pillow tax in anticipation of any future hotel/motel construction. • Approved the inter-fund transfer of $15,000 from TIF funds to general funds.

Wiesbrock continues a tradition ‘Everybody should take their turn serving the community’ By Ken Schroeder

LEONORE — Community service often runs in the family, with each generation teaching the next to give back to the community. That’s definitely true for Tonica School Board member Marty Wiesbrock. “People look at volunteering in different ways, and I think at some point everybody should take their turn in serving the community in one facet or another,” Wiesbrock said. “My grandfather helped found the fire department out here. My father has been involved in it; my brother has been involved in it. I’ve been on the fire department for almost 20 years. Community service has been a part of our life, and it should be. I served on the LaSalle County Farm Service Agency Board for nine years and the Leonore Telephone Board for a couple years. I’m not opposed to helping and being a part of what’s going on.”

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VMC Management Representative Nicolas Rippel addresses the crowd of more than 300 people who attended the Illinois Department of Agriculture hearing on the proposed Sandy Creek Lane hog confinement facility.

Locals not hog-wild about pig farm By Ken Schroeder

WENONA — A crowd of more than 300 people filled the Wenona Fieldcrest School April 17 to express their views on a proposed corporate hog farm planned for Marshall County; many residents from neighboring Putnam and LaSalle counties were in attendance. The Illinois Department of Agricul-

ture hearing — which lasted six hours — drew supporters and opponents of the Sandy Creek Lane farm in an often heated discussion of the merits and flaws of building the farm outside Wenona. The birth-to-ween farm has been proposed by Veterinary Medical Center Management Corporation from Williamsburg, Iowa. VMC spokesperson Nicolas Rippel is original-


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ly from Toluca and explained the animals would be housed in three large buildings that would be constructed to store up to one year’s waste of the estimated 20,000 pigs in the project, approximately 10 million gallons. Waste would then be spread over 1,200 acres of farmland as fertilizer. Rippel said the environmental and odor impact would be minimal.

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“The facility will have deep-pitted barns with no open lagoons,” Rippel said. “The birthing barn will be cleaned between each birthing unit. We’ll have tree buffers, and the nutrients we use for feed eliminate a lot of the smell. This is really more about misunderstanding and misinformation, and we’re trying to get the true information out there.”

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Breathe in, breathe out, move on April is Stress Awareness Month By Ken Schroeder

The kids are sick; the check engine light in your car is on; and the boss just handed you three days worth of work which is due tomorrow. More than likely, you are feeling more than a little stressed. In today’s busy world with multiple demands on a person’s time, moments of stress can often happen. It is

Wiesbrock From Page 1 The Lostant Grade School has received favorable financial reviews from the state for several years, but Wiesbrock doesn’t want to take any credit for it. He attributes the school’s continued success to the board members who have come before him for setting up sound fiscal policies. “I’ve been on the board for three years now; this is my first term,” Wiesbrock said. “I have kids in school, so I was inter-

Hog farm From Page 1 Lostant resident and geology instructor at Illinois Valley Community College Mike Phillips disputes Rippel’s claim, noting U.S. Department of Agriculture soil maps show the land unsuitable for manure spreading and gravel, and sand formations could be missed by soil borings and deflect manure leakage toward Sandy Creek.
 “I used to make my living investigating hazardous waste sites, so when I saw they were going to put in a facility that’s going to have somewhere between 5 and 10 million gallons of hog waste

unavoidable and sometimes even unbearable. April is Stress Awareness Month. Statistics have shown people suffering severe amounts of stress can have higher incidents of bad health, make poor judgment calls leading to issues at work and have problems at home. Stress Awareness Month serves to help make people aware of the early warning signs of stress and give coping skills to those in need. It is natural for a person under stress to either want to run away from it all or stay and fight. When someone is under stress, hormones rush

through the bloodstream increasing blood pressure, heart rate and glucose levels. This creates the potential for possible illness. While a single day or incident of stress doesn’t make a person sick, long-term repeated stress can raise the risk for disease or illness according to the Federal Occupational Health Department, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “When necessary, seek help,” Illinois Valley Community Hospital Director of Public Relations Gene Vogelgesang said. “If your stress

ested in helping out and being part of the decision-making process for the school and for the community.” Wiesbrock sees several things at the school which needs to be worked on, but he doesn’t see anything as being especially pressing. “I don’t see any one big thing. There’s a lot of little things that need adjusted,” Wiesbrock said. “We need to update the boiler pipes which will be a big expense. As far as staff and the way it’s running, I think it’s fine. Infrastructure and

building maintenance are our biggest concerns. I don’t know that there’s any programs that need to be added or deleted at this time.” While Wiesbrock is happy with what’s been accomplished since he’s been elected to the board, there’s no one item that stands out in his mind. “The iPads are good. The new computers are good and the new Wi-Fi and bumping up the bandwidth,” he said. “It’s not one thing that makes it good; it’s all of the parts that make up the progress.”

“... when I saw they were going to put in a facility that’s going to have somewhere between 5 and 10 million gallons of hog waste stored in the basement, I became concerned.” Mike Phillips stored in the basement, I became concerned,” Phillips said. “That’s exactly the kind of thing that I used to have to investigate because those things leak. Our concerns are the odors from just normal operation are not going to smell good and they’re noxious chemi-

cals. They don’t just smell bad; they’re bad for your health. “My biggest concern is installations like this with a small area to hold large amounts of waste have a tendency to fail,” Phillips said. “When it fails, it will endanger Sandy Creek. In addition, they

becomes too hard to handle or if you have physical symptoms that you think might be stressrelated, see your doctor. He or she can evaluate your symptoms, give you more stress management tips and perhaps prescribe medication that may be helpful.” Finding ways to handle stress and wind down each day is very important. Taking a walk, playing a sport, reading a book, visiting with friends, even learning to meditate or do yoga can pay dividends in more positive personal health benefits. “Enjoy yourself. It’s

important to occasionally put your worries on hold and do things you find pleasurable. That might be taking a long bath, going on vacation or participating in a favorite hobby. Even when you’re busy, taking time for yourself should be on your to-do list,” Vogelgesang said. “Adopt the right attitude. According to the AMA, that means you should try to keep a positive outlook, avoid dwelling on the past (and the future) and stop blaming others for your problems. Try not to worry about situations that are out of your control.”

Marty Wiesbrock don’t have a good way of detecting a leak. They’re using a pipe around the outside of the basement, but these types of pits usually fail from the bottom.” While many Marshall County residents and most of the county board members are in favor of the farm, others are not and have threatened to move if the farm is built. Phillips has noticed much of the impact of the confinement facility would be felt downwind of the farm, with prevailing winds in that area carrying the odors across the LaSalle County line into Lostant and its TIF district and possibly limiting the village’s future.

Department of Agriculture Environmental Director Warren Goetsch outlined the eight criteria the facility must meet before receiving the blessing of the department, many of which cover the concerns of opponents of the proposed farm. Goetsch also noted VMC has yet to file its final plans for the facility, although he is expecting them shortly. Marshall County has less than two months to give its non-binding approval of the facility with the Department of Agriculture’s ruling due within 15 days after that. VMC Management operates 12 hog farms throughout Iowa.

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A night of R & R for breast cancer survivors PRINCETON — The Illinois Valley Breast Cancer Connection’s Pink Ribbon Club enjoyed a night of fun, relaxation, and celebration of life on April 11 at the AmericInn in Princeton. Survivors from Bureau, Putnam and LaSalle counties came out in their pajamas to enjoy manicures, pedicures and facials provided free by Sophisticuts Salon and Spa in Princeton, as well as pizza, games, movies, munchies and a pajama pageant decorated with bling. This event was planned to provide the survivors an opportunity to enjoy some fun and relaxation while leaving all of the stress of their health and finances in the parking lot. AmericInn was a wonderful host and decorated in pink to welcome the survivors. They also went above and beyond in donating their rooms for the survivors to stay free. Their assistance in planning and hosting this event was absolutely amazing. The DePue High School student body donated funds raised from breast cancer T-shirt sales to provide pizza, salad and drinks for the survivors, which was enjoyed by all.

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Lorraine Hamilton (from left), Deb Feller and Nancy Jackson participate in a fashion show during the Illinois Valley Breast Cancer Connection’s Pink Ribbon Club. The event was held to provide breast cancer survivors an opportunity to enjoy some pampering, rest and relaxation in a fun environment at the AmericInn in Princeton. The Pink Ribbon Club has been together since July 2013, and attracts anywhere from 25 to 47 women who attend its monthly meetings. The Pink Ribbon Club provides educational, social and medical resources to assist with the cancer journey. The meetings are designed to meet the needs of cancer victims at every stage during treatment and for years to

come. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Valley Regional Cancer Center in Peru. The scheduled speakers can be found at on the calendar of events. The Illinois Valley Breast Cancer Connection shares resources of many area medical providers and facilities. The facilities involved includes: Illinois Valley

Community Hospital, Perry Memorial Hospital, Radiation Oncology of Northern Illinois, United Physical Therapy, Valley Regional Health Services and Vantage Oncology. Those interested in learning more about the Pink Ribbon Club may contact Sonnie Blocki, founder of PRC, by emailing or calling 815220-8787.

Meats judging team wins state contest

for first, with a total of 511 points out of a possible 610 points. Logan Sasso placed second, and Samantha Rediger placed third, both of the Bell Plain Hustlers 4-H Club. Ashley Strauch of

the Bennington Go-Getters was fourth, and McKayla Urbanowski of the Lostant Leaders was fifth. Coach Debbie Leigh said, “The state 4-H meat judging contest is more diffi-

MENDOTA — The Illinois Valley Hispanic Partnership Council celebrates its 15th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Mendota Civic Center from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 2 to celebrate cultural awareness. Attend this free event and enjoy authentic food, folkloric dancers, raffles, information booths, queen, mini-king and mini-queen contests and entertainment for all.

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hand,” Lostant librarian Chris Hubbard said. “The decision to buy bestsellers exclusively is a way for the library to stay ahead of the need for current titles.” This month’s purchases include No. 2 on the New York Times Best Seller List, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark and for young adult readers, “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green, which is currently No. 9. Previous No. 1 book, “Every Day a Friday” by Joel Osteen has also been obtained after being recommended by patrons. Also added, “How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill” by James Paterson and Chris Tebbetts, a chapter book and part of his middle school series and “High Time for Heroes,” No. 51 in the very popular Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. Patrons are encouraged to look for the specific area set aside for these books. Patrons are also reminded at no cost to them, materials can be borrowed from more than 250 libraries through the state’s inter-library loan program and local libraries will honor the Lostant library card for check out. To find out more about these services, call the library at 815-368-3530.

Empower Flower benefit TONICA — A benefit to support Denise Flower is set for 3 to 10 p.m. on May 31. The “Empower Flower” benefit will be held at the Tonica Fire Department. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The ticket price includes dinner (served from 4 to 7 p.m. with a cash bar), a 50/50, raffles and a silent auction. Music will be provided by Ric Soens, Tim Ajster, Jimmy & The Kid and

3 Day Weekend. Tickets can be purchased at Rudy’s Liquor Store, LaSalle County Travel, Midland States Bank in Peru, Gregg’s Automotive in Utica, and Illini State Bank in Tonica. Flower has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. You can find more information at facebook. com/empowerflower.8 or by contacting Renee Sell at 815-252-4030.

Thank You

The family, friends and devoted caregivers of Elmer Tarr wish to express our gratitude for all those who gave us so much love and support thru Elmer’s long illness and his call to be with the Lord. The kind words, calls, cards and love you gave mean so much to all of us. We send you our love and ask for God to bless everyone of you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Sandy Tarr family, friends and caregivers.


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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. To this day, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the Unit-

LOSTANT — Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced Lostant Community Library will receive the 2014 Illinois Library Per Capita Grant this fall in the amount of $1,140. More than $14.8 million is being awarded this year to Illinois public libraries serving nearly 11.5 million patrons. This grant helps ensure public libraries have the resources to address patron and community needs. “Our libraries are truly the cornerstones of our communities.  In these hard economic times, they are a lifesaver for those who need help to better their lives and are the best and most reliable resource Illinois residents have to obtain information,” White said. “I am extremely proud of the service our public libraries provide, and I know that libraries count on grants for important expenses such as paying for materials, programming and technology.” The Lostant librarian and board of trustees has decided new bestseller books will be added to the library every month with these funds. “Although the library regularly replaces older titles with newer ones, these books are appreciated but often are donations or second-


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Members of the Marshall-Putnam 4-H meat judging team Samantha Bessler (left), Samantha Rediger, Caroline Downey, Logan Sasso, Ashley Strauch and McKayla Urbanowski won the state meats judging contest

cult than it sounds. The retail cut identification part of the contest requires the 4-Her to identify the retail name, the species of animal and wholesale cut for each of the 30 cuts. The yield and quality grading portion requires that the 4-Hers calculate a value for the lean meat percentage of the carcass and determine whether the carcass grades prime, choice or select. The judging portion of the contest involves placing classes of four of one kind of cut from most desirable to least desirable. All the kids worked very hard to prepare for this contest, and I’m very proud of each of them.”


The Marshall-Putnam 4-H meats judging team placed first in the state 4-H meats judging contest held on March 1 at the Meat Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. There were 30 retail cuts to identify, six beef carcasses to yield and quality grade and five classes to judge, which consisted of beef carcasses, pork carcasses, lamb carcasses, beef rounds and pork rib chops. The contest was held in conjunction with the state FFA meats judging contest. Individually, Samantha Bessler of the Steuben Rangers 4-H Club and Caroline Downey of the Saratoga Leadaways Club tied

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Legislators in the barnyard

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Keep an eye out for farmers Motorists are reminded to be watching for area farmers who have to move machinery from field to field this spring. This unit was being moved on Route 251 last week.

Illinois hog and pig inventory at 4.35 million Illinois inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1 was 4.35 million head, down 6 percent from Dec. 1, 2013, and down 5 percent from last year. Breeding inventory, at 500,000 head, was equal to previous quarter but up 2

percent from last year. Market hog inventory, at 3,850,000 head, was down 7 percent from last quarter and down 6 percent from last year. The December 2013-February 2014 pig crop, at 2.55 million head, was up 3 per-

cent from 2013. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 255,000 head, up 4 percent from a year ago. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.00 for the December-February period, compared to 10.10 last year.

IVCC hosts manufacturing information session OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College will host an advanced manufacturing information session from 5 to 6 p.m. April 30 in Room CTC 124 in the new Peter Miller

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The Editorial Page The Tonica News Sam R Fisher

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Corruption by Colbert? A suggestion for Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and anyone else making a big deal about the hiring of Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman when he retires: Grow up, will you? Letterman recently turned 67 — I feel old just writing that — and has announced his intention of retiring. Letterman started out as an actor/comedian and parlayed his unique brand of humor into a multi-million dollar career. Anyone who’s watched his program or read his COMMENTARY books knows that, first and foremost, Letterman was a comedian with decent interview skills. He was no Johnny Carson, but he didn’t have to be. People watched Letterman for Letterman first and his guests second. Colbert is, admittedly, a unique choice for succeeding the man who was handpicked by Carson as his successor to the “Tonight Show” — network brass overruled him and put the chair under the overrated Jay Leno, but I digress — but indications are he’ll be a good fit. Political pundits from the right have emerged screaming at the audacity. Limbaugh has called host network CBS out for “making an attack on the heartland of America.” O’Reilly has said Colbert is “responsible for the corruption of America,” which is good news for Barack Obama since he was held to blame by O’Reilly up to now. At issue is Colbert’s faux-conservative character from his show, “The Colbert Report,” which has been wildly successful because Colbert’s character is a parody of commentators like Limbaugh, et al. I’ve mentioned before my contempt for Limbaugh, which is based on the first words I ever heard him say. To wit: “Those pesky liberals, they’re always generalizing.” If you can’t see the inherent stupidity in that comment, you might want to brush up on the meaning of “generalizing.” O’Reilly has taken CBS to task with the admonishment, “conservatives will not watch the show anymore.” I don’t know if O’Reilly ever noticed, but Letterman was not exactly a Republican mouthpiece either. I’ve noticed an interesting trend among the political commentators who are labeled as liberal. Colbert, John Stewart, Bill Maher and Al Franken all have one thing in common; They started their careers as comedians. Franken even parlayed his political pundit career into his current position as a senator in Minnesota — the state that once elected former wrestler Jesse Ventura governor; I love a state with a sense of humor. Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Beck also have something in common, it seems like they started as political pundits and became comedians. Ken Schroeder can be reached at

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On the street

Now that the weather is finally nice, what have you been doing?

“Actually, we are just getting back from Florida. So our winter was great. I can’t complain we had a very nice time.” Kathy Karofsky, Madison, Wis.

“Well I’ve been traveling. I went to Texas. I went to Atlanta, Ga. I am just on my way back from Lexington, Ky. I’m retired.” Vern Johnson, Rockford

“I’ve been playing more sports outside. Softball is one of my favorites. I’m on a traveling team.” Emily Anderson, Tonica

“Since it’s warmer, we are outside more, and I can finally put on my shorts. It’s great not to have coats on.” Haley Soria, Tonica

“We are going to the Dells at the indoor water park.” Dennis Hueber, St. Joseph

Hard water The cat is out to get me. Let me explain my reasoning. A few nights ago, I was running late coming home from work. My wife and daughter had already eaten supper and were off living their lives leaving me home alone, with absolutely no adult supervision, to prepare my own meal. Stories that start out like this, more often than not, do not turn out well for me. This is no exception. I didn’t have any time to waste because in a short time, I would have to go pick my daughter up after her dance class. My wife had left pork chops in the crock pot thingy which is located right next to the fridge. It appeared that my only task would be to hunt down my own liquid refreshment. This might work out after all. As I purposefully opened the door to the white, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, I was pleased to witness a refreshing, two gallon pitcher of purple stuff on the top shelf. I have always been a big fan of purple stuff, whether it’s made by the “Hey! Kool Aid!” guy or the fine folks at the Crystal Light corporation. Purple stuff has always been my drink of choice. Unfortunately, on this occasion, my purple stuff was located directly behind a halfdozen water bottles and a smaller pitcher of a strange concoction my wife has developed called “cucumber/ lemon water.” If you want the recipe, I believe that the drink involves cucumbers, some lemons and possibly water. She got it out of either Woman’s Day, People or one of her other hippie magazines. She says that it’s supposed to be healthy for you. I think that it’s the most dangerous drink in the world. You’ll soon find out why. In order to get my delicious purple stuff, all of this other nonsense had to be moved out of the way. Since the crock pot thingy was taking up space on the counter, I started placing all

Greg Wallace FROM THE SKETCHBOOK the intrusive beverages on top of the fridge, on the freezer side, directly in front of the cereal box with Tony the Tiger on it, who possibly is another feline who would like to see harm fall upon the house of Wallace. After getting everything moved and a nice cold glass of purple stuff poured out, I went to put the big pitcher back on the top shelf. It was at that very moment that Chubby meowed at me. Not wanting to be anti-social, I meowed back. Chubby and I had a nice little kitty conversation as I stood there eating a pork chop and drinking some purple stuff. I find that if you eat the food directly out of the crock pot thingy, it’s quicker and you don’t dirty any plates. After downing my plateless, time-sensitive, environmentallyfriendly supper, I looked at my watch and pleasantly discovered that I had plenty of time until I had to pick up my daughter. So I informed Chubby that I thought I deserved a treat for my speedy gastronomical accomplishment. Remembering that there was still some chocolate-marshmallow ice cream in the freezer, I joyously reached for the stainless-steel handle. As I swung the door open, my life changed. I felt a sharp pain, possibly in my cerebral cortex, and the world went briefly dark. Everything took on a fragrance of lemons and cucumber. Was this it? Had I breathed my last breath? Had I come to the end of my days? Was I in heaven? The cat’s laugh brought me out of my confused haze. Evidently, when Chubby distracted me, I forgot to put my wife’s vile brew back in the fridge. It fell on my

head when I opened the freezer. It’s amazing how many square feet of kitchen floor a full gallon of water can cover when it comes crashing down from a height of approximately 6 feet. There were lemon and cucumber slices everywhere. But it did smell nice. After messing up four or five of our nice bath towels, I realized that I probably should have used the kitchen rags or even a mop to push the excess water underneath the fridge. Oh well, live and learn. I didn’t have time to think in my groggy state because I still had ice cream to eat and a daughter to pick up. On the way back from dance class, I told my daughter what had transpired and made her promise that she would let me tell her mother what had happened right after I figured out a good story that would get me the most sympathy. She said OK, and I thought we had a deal. Right up until my wife’s first step into the house, at which point my daughter said: “MomguesswhatDaddidhebrokeyourfavoritepitcherwiththatcucumberlemonstuffinitandthenhedirtiedallthebathroomtowelsandhepushedthewaterundertherefrigeratorandweneedmoreicecream!!” She remarkably said this all in one syllable. What a squealer! I’m beginning to think that she might be in cahoots with the cat. After mentally deciphering what she had said, my wife turned to me and gave me that “How dare you break my cucumber/lemon water pitcher” look. I told her that if she just drank the purple stuff, none of this would have happened. The sympathy attempt wasn’t going to work. Meanwhile, the cat looked on … You can contact Wallace at You can follow him on his blog at http://

6 Life 6 • The Tonica News • Friday, April 25, 2014

Community Fire department plans fundraiser on May 2-3 TONICA — The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department will hold a previously-owned items sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 and 3 at the fire station. Proceeds will be used to support fire, rescue and ambulance operations. In addition to providing these emergency services to the Tonica area, the department provides emergency ambulance service to the Leonore and Cedar Point areas. The TVFD continues to be a non-taxing fire protection area so donations and support are very important.

Items can be dropped off at the fire station from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 30. For more information, or help moving items, call Tina Gray 815-488-0083 or Woody Olson 630-9473289. Residents can also call the fire department’s non-emergency number at 815-442-3527 from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The department can not accept console TVs, microwaves, computers, monitors or printers. Lunch will be available at the station on the days of the sale.

LaSalle County hosts electronic recycling OTTAWA — LaSalle County will co-host four electronic collections this summer. The first collection will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the IV Cellular parking lot in Marseilles. The next will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 at Leland Community Unit District No. 1 in Leland.

The third will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at Grand Ridge Grade School in Grand Ridge. The last collection will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the LaSalle Governmental Complex parking lot. Large loads must be previously approved by Vintage Tech before being accepted at collections.

SOIL Bocce tournament at Howard Fellows LASALLE — The ninth annual Special Olympics District Bocce competition will be April 26 at the LaSalle-Peru High School Howard Fellows Stadium in LaSalle. About 215 athletes from throughout the northwestern and central part of Illinois are expected to compete. Participating agencies from the Starved Rock Area are Dimmick School, Horizon House, Ottawa Eagles, Ottawa Friendship and Special Connections. Opening

Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. The culmination will be the lighting of the Flame of Hope. Competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. Athletes will participate in a variety of events including traditional singles, doubles, team and unified doubles and team competition. More than 100 local volunteers will assist with the event. The public is invited to attend. There is no entry fee.

Individuals and businesses from the community are encouraged to drop off unwanted cell phones and used ink jet cartridges during the bocce competition to help raise funds for the local Special Olympics program. Special Olympics Starved Rock Area is a not-for-profit organization and provides sports opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and older. For more information or to volunteer, call 815-220-8128.

Lostant library will participate in garage sales LOSTANT – The Lostant Community Library will be taking part in the Lostant villagewide garage sales on April 28 with a slight twist. Instead of a book sale it will be a Christ-

mas in April sale. There will be hundreds of Christmas items available along with office supplies, a metal shelf cart and some books. The sale will be at the American Legion Hall

on Main Street, across from the park, and will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will be used for the summer reading program. For the summer reading program, dona-

tions of individual craft kits like those used by schools and scouts plus silk flowers of any color or size are needed. To make a donation, call the library at 815368-3530.

IVCC elects student government OGLESBY — Tiernan Ebener of Peru has been elected president of the Illinois Valley Community College Student Government Association following recent sophomore elections. Brianna Huss of Tonica has been elected vice

president. Amy Rogowski of LaSalle was elected student trustee, Kory Tieman, also of LaSalle, was elected treasurer and Lindsay Gerding of Ottawa was elected secretary. Cortnie Riordan of Buda was elected sophomore representa-

tive and Christian Bender of Oglesby was elected to the sophomore programming board. A total of 170 ballots were cast. “I was very pleased with this year’s election. It is always nice to have contested races because

Annual Indian artifact Show LASALLE — The 11th annual Starved Rock Indian Artifact show will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Celebrations 150 Ltd., located at 740 East Route 6, LaSalle. For more information, call 563-299-9173.

it shows that students really want to be involved and care about IVCC,” Cory Tomasson, student activities coordinator said. “I am excited to work with this new group of individuals to carry on the ideas and plans of the current SGA.”

Meeting set for May 1 TONICA — The Tonica Thursday Club will meet May 1 at the home of Donna Carls. Gordon Carls will present the program.

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Dolphins compete in regional swim meet MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Illinois Valley YMCA Dolphins competed in their final meet of the year, the Midwest Regional Swim Meet April 5 and 6 at the University of Minnesota. The Dolphins placed seventh out of 20 teams in the large team division. Representing the Dolphins from Princeton was Caden Brooks, 10. Brooks swam in seven events, placing 32nd out of 56 entries in the individual scores for 9-10 year old boys. He placed seventh in the 500 yard freestyle (6:55.22). From Spring Valley, Charleigh Holmes, 12, earned fifth place out of 52 participants in the girls age 11-12 division. Swimming in seven events, she took 11th in the 50 yard breaststroke (35.28). She also took home two seventh-place finishes in the 100 yard butterfly (1:07.75)

and the 50 yard butterfly (28.91). In the 100 yard individual medley, she took fourth (1:05.15). Holmes swam to a third-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle (25.63). Holmes’ top finishes were two second-place ones in the 100 yard freestyle (55.66) and the 200 yard freestyle (2:03.08). Gunnar Jauch, 10, of Spring Valley placed 11th in a field of 56, 9-10 year old boys in the individual scores. In the 50 yard backstroke, Jauch took 11th place (35.69). He earned a 10th in the 100 yard backstroke (1:20.34). He took two sixth-place finishes in the 200 yard freestyle (2:24.80) and the 200 yard individual medley (2:49.85). In the 100 yard freestyle he took third (1:04.96). In the girls age 13-14 individual division, Linnea Lee-Brown placed

12th out of 52 participants. LeeBrown swam to a 14th place finish in the 400 individual medley (5:28.29). She also took sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:13.88). In the 200 yard breaststroke event Lee-Brown earned a fourth place finish (2:41.66). She also placed third in the 50 yard freestyle (25.72). In the girls 18 and under 400 yard freestyle, she swam the anchor lap and helped secure second place for her team (4:12.70). Wenona’s Cody Smith, 12, earned 48th place out of 52 swimmers in the boys 11-12 year old division. Smith swam seven events, placing 15th in the 100 yard back stroke (1:11.53). For more information on the Illinois Valley Dolphins and their 2014-15 season, contact the Peru YMCA.

Library Corner LaSalle – April 29: Storytime Express is for children ages 3-5 who can sit for a story and work with their grown-up on a simple craft. Stories are linked to individual letters in the alphabet and are complemented by an alphabet craft. Storytime Express meets at 11:45 a.m. May 6: The LaSalle Public Library will host “A Superior Biking Adventure” presented by John Lynn of Peoria as we take a bicycling jaunt along the south shore

of the Great Lakes’ greatest lake, Lake Superior. Starting at Duluth, Minn., passing through northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan and concluding at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., this 760-mile biking/camping trek will take in the sights and sounds of Lake Superior, including the Porcupine and Huron mountains, the Keweenaw Peninsula, the Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and enough of the upper peninsula to qualify as a genuine Yooper!

Lynn has plodded, pedaled and paddled enough scenic and historic trails, roads and rivers to circle the globe, and he is the only person to have visited and photographed 2,400 towns in the state of Illinois. He has shared his experience through more than 4,000 presentations in three countries. This program is made possible with funds from the Alwin C. Trust. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 815-223-2341.

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- 200 Employment 232 • Business Opportunities ********** 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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460 • Garage Sales HENNEPIN 327 North 5th Street. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 24, 25 and 26; 8am-3pm. During Town-wide Sales. Something for everyone!

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GRANVILLE 111 Via Cavour. Friday, Saturday, April 25 & 26; 9am to 4 pm. Heiden Moving Sale. Double bed, crib, foosball table, cameras/printer, crockpots, misc. kitchen items/dishes, flat screen computer monitor & keyboard, luggage

PRINCETON 422 East Washington. Thursday, April 24, noon-7pm; Friday, Saturday, April 25 & 26, 8am-5pm. Rain dates: May 1-3. ESTATE SALE Bedroom sets, accent tables, china hutch, desk, assorted chairs, futon, 4 TV's, glass top table set, pool table, ping pong table, stove, deck furniture, lawn chairs, patio chairs, patio end tables, safe, card table & folding chairs, vintage items. Christmas décor, bedding, linens, dishes, pots & pans, lamps, floral arrangements, assorted pillows, toys, Hoover vacuum, tomato cages, electric trimmers, lawn roller, lawn sweeper, snow blower, tools, chain saw, electrical supplies, small generator, kerosene heater, spreaders

HENNEPIN SPRING TOWN-WIDE GARAGE SALES Friday and Saturday, April 25 & 26; 8 am – 3 pm. Maps available at North Central Bank, Hennepin Pool, Country Stop Restaurant and Hennepin Food Mart PRINCETON 1822 Park Avenue West. Thursday, April 24, 4:30pm-7:30pm; Friday, April 25, Noon4pm; Saturday, April 26, 9am-noon. Everybody's stuff at one location. MULTI-FAMILY. Adult clothes, kids, Jr, boys' & girls', purses, shoes, toys, holiday decoration, housewares, Xbox games, outdoor items. TVs, small appliances, antiques, books. Lots more PRINCETON 24 Park Avenue East. Saturday, April 26, 9am-3pm. ANNUAL BENEFIT RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE. Proceeds go to PAC Art Scholarship.

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PRINCETON 601 West Hudson Street. Friday, April 25, 9am-4pm; Saturday, April 26, 9am-noon. Freezer, dining room set, toys, lots of misc. PRINCETON 620 North Chestnut. Friday, April 25, 8am-4pm; Saturday, April 26, 8am-11am. Boys' summer/winter clothes-2t, boys' shoes, adult clothes, shoes, coats, tools, Craftsman laser slide compound mitersaw, dishes, dresser, golf cart battery charger, 8' truck rails, Everlast punching bag with stand kit. Much More!

- 700 Real Estate For Sale 767 • Mobile Home Sales **************** PUBLISHER'S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call, HUD tollfree at 800 669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 800 927-9275

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Menus and activities Lostant Grade School April 28Lunch — Barbecue

Breakfast April 28 — Biscuit and gravy, cereal, milk, juice, yogurt. April 29 — Donuts, cereal, milk, juice, yogurt. April 30 — Eggs and bacon, cereal, milk, juice, yogurt. Lunch April 28 — Hot dogs, chips, baked beans, peaches, milk. April 29 — Turkey sub, fries, pineapple, green beans, milk. April 30 — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn, pears, milk.

Tonica Grade School Breakfast April 28 — Breakfast sausage pizza, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk. April 29 — Mini pancakes, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk.   April 30 — Scrambled eggs, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk.   May 1 — French toast sticks, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk.   May 2 — Bagel, cream cheese, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk.  

rib patty on bun or Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, fruit side kick, milk. April 29 — Chicken nuggets, baby carrots, fruit, bread, gelatin, milk. April 30 — Corn dog nuggets, green beans, carrots, fruit, milk. May 1 — TGS lunchables, ham, cheese, crackers or chef salad, celery, carrots, romaine lettuce, fruit, cookies, milk. May 2 — Super nachos, apple slices, salsa, milk.

Bridges Senior Center April 28 — 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 11 a.m., sewing circle; 12:45 p.m., bingo; 1:30 p.m., open cards. April 29 — 9 a.m., Forever Fit; 11 a.m., Soldier’s Angels. April 30 — 9 a.m., Forever Fit, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., intermediate computer class. May 1 — 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 11 a.m., blood pressure check; Noon, potluck; 12:45 p.m., Open Wii bowling; 12:45 p.m., bingo; 1:30 p.m., open cards. May 2 — 9 a.m., Forever Fit.

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CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF ) RONALD VACCARO) Deceased ) No. 2014-P-68 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Ronald Vaccaro. Letters of Office were issued on April 3, 2014, to Kelly Vondrasek, 1816 Baybrook Court, Naperville, IL as Executor whose attorney is John, Balestri, 149 Gooding Street, LaSalle, Illinois 61301. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court, LaSalle County Courthouse, Ottawa, Illinois 61350, or with the representative, or

both, within 6 months from the date of issuance of letters and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. Dated this 7th day of April, 2014. Attorney John Balestri Attorney for Estate 149 Gooding Street LaSalle, IL 61301 815-223-6600 Published in the Tonica News Apr. 18, 25 and May 2, 2014.

place at Lostant School, 315 West 3rd Street, Lostant, IL 61334. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are a parent of a homeschooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Lostant CUSD 425, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Sandra Malahy at 815368-3392 Published in the Tonica News Apr. 25, 2014.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING On May 2, 2014 at 3:30 p.m., a meeting conducted by Lostant CUSD 425 will be take

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