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EPA approves Tonica’s plans Village can go forward with wastewater project By Ken Schroeder

TONICA — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the plan for Tonica’s proposed new water treatment plant. Village engineer Jack Kusek released the news during

a public hearing before the Tonica Village Board discussed the agreement. This allows the village to go forward with the project and start soliciting bids for the work. The estimated finish date for the plant is fall of 2015. In an earlier hearing, the board agreed to pur-

sue the option of filing for a Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) grant in the amount of $350,000. The grant will be used to completely renovate a lift station which has had some mechanical problems for some time. The lift station was not included in

the wastewater treatment plant proposal, therefore making it eligible for the CDAP grant, according to North Central Illinois Council of Governments representative Kendall Cramer. In other action, the board: • Discussed the Bailey Creek situation. A dredging of the creek is the most

heavily congested areas is in the planning stages to remove the sediment that has gathered there. Board President Kevin Sluder again said he does not want the Army Corps of Engineers to get involved in the problem, a proposal put forward by LaSalle County. • Retained Eckels and Associates for auditing

purposes for the village. Village attorney Bob Steele told the board Hopkins and Associates — the previous auditors — did not send the results of last year’s audit until September last year. • Passed resolutions guaranteeing support and commitment of funds and

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Go to study hall! Lostant school to implement mandatory program By Ken Schroeder

LOSTANT — Lostant Grade School will enact a new policy next year aimed at helping students get their homework completed. Teachers proposed instituting an after-school study hall for students who come to school without completed homework. The action was taken at the school board meeting on May 19. Teachers will be able to assign the study hall to students who have not completed homework. The study hall would be mandatory to attend that afternoon for one hour. The first missed study hall would result in a one day out-of-school suspension with harsher penalties for future violations. The study hall would also be available for students who want more instructional time with teachers or extra study time of their own. The supervisor of the study hall will receive a stipend for the added duty. The position will be offered to teachers before being advertised out-of-house. In other action, the board: • Agreed to leasing a new copy machine for the school. The current machine was purchased only four years ago, but Superintendent Sandra Malahy told the board it’s “on its last legs.” The lease agreement includes

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Tonica Grade School seventh-grade students Emily Anderson (from left), Hayley Soria, Janelle Bernardoni and Josh Sensiba put the finishing touches on their decades project on the 1900s before presentation to their class on May 14.

Reliving the past TGS students research days gone by By Dixie Schroeder

TONICA – History is being taught in a very unique way at Tonica Grade School this spring. Elizabeth Wiegers’ enrichment class is doing The Decades Project. Groups of students have been assigned a particular decade to learn about. Each group researched their assigned decade for four weeks. They found out information including how much food and gas cost. They learned who was

famous, what the customs were and who was president. Then they made a poster with a pictorial display demonstrating their research. The groups were encouraged on presentation day to dress as people would have done in their particular decade. They presented to the class. The students were allowed to pick the people in their group and were assigned the decade they researched. One group of students, Emily Anderson, Hayley Soria, Janelle Bernardoni and Josh Sensiba, worked on the 1900s decade. Along the way, they

learned some interesting things. “It was pretty surprising about how many things that were popular then that are still popular and in use today,” Sensiba said.”Popsicles were invented back then, and they are still one of the most popular sugary foods there is today.” “I was surprised that mechanical pencils were made back then. They, however, were bigger back then,” Bernardoni said. “Crayons surprised me,” Soria said. “I’m not an artist, but that was cool.” “The big earthquake that happened was interesting. It caused a three-day fire,” Anderson said.

“They still had the Richter scale, but it took a long time to put out the fire.” Learning about the great earthquake in San Francisco gave the group opportunities to learn about other things which happened in the decade they researched. It was a cause and effect learning situation. “The fire was very devastating. Many people were killed, and most of them were not expecting it,” Sensiba said. The earlier decades were harder for the students to find out information about according to

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What does Memorial Day mean to you? Beenega and Hobneck look back ... and ahead By Dixie Schroeder Photos should be sent as an attachment.

TONICA — Ask a veteran what Memorial Day means to him or her and you will get a variety of answers. For Lowell Beenega and Robert B. Hobneck, service to their country stands for a lot of things: Sacrifice, loyalty and honor. Both men served initially during the Vietnam War era. For Hobneck, he first served in the Army for three years and then moved to the Army Reserve for six years; he then served for 22 years in the Illinois Army National Guard. Beenega served in the Navy for four years. Hobneck had a full-time position with the Illinois Army National Guard. “It kept me away from my family quite a bit,” he said. “One thing I have noticed since I’ve been out, is that I have learned the ability to read people,” Beenega said. “You know that they will stand behind you and that they will not leave you behind.” “To me, service in the military is a civics lesson,” Hobneck said. “When you go in the military, you swear an oath. Essentially that oath is to protect and serve the Constitution of the United States. When you look at a person who has served in the military, they are an individual who has guaranteed the Bill of Rights.” Hobneck feels this was the most important thing he or anyone else did while serving the country. Beenega said 40 years ago when he swore the oath to defend the Constitution, the bottom line was he never gave up that promise whether in active service or not. Beenega said, “I always maintain that I will defend the Constitution the best I can.” Both men agree that by virtue of being in the military, you are asked at any time to sacrifice your time, your blood and possibly your life. This is a promise both men and many other veterans take very seriously. Dealing with the wounded veterans has gotten better in the last couple conflicts said Beenega. “When we came back from Vietnam, we were shunned,” Beenega said. “People did not respect us. We were told that when we got back we were to not wear a uniform, and pack our seabag in a suitcase.” Since then, attitudes have

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Robert Hobneck Jr. (left) receives the Legion Veteran of the Year award from Lowell Beenega at the April American Legion meeting. Hobneck received the award because of his dedication and volunteerism to the post.

“When you go in the military, you swear an oath. Essentially that oath is to protect and serve the Constitution of the United States. When you look at a person who has served in the military, they are an individual who has guaranteed the Bill of Rights.” Robert Hobneck Jr. changed, and many issues especially in the mental health areas have become recognized as legitimate health concerns. The military did not recognize conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and other issues which made the healing process for many take even longer during the Vietnam era. “All that time was lost ... you shed blood and you got your Purple Heart back then, but emotionally they just didn’t see that as real,” Beenega said. What bothers both men is the fact so very few people take advantage of the ability to vote. “I’ve had a lot of people in

today’s world come up and thank me for my service,” Hobneck said. “Respect is back for the uniform. What we guaranteed when we served was our fellow citizens right to vote and their Bill of Rights ... They have got to vote. If they don’t vote, they don’t participate in our democracy; they are letting down every guy or woman that put a uniform on.” “Remember the saying, I may not agree with what you say or what you do, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it?” Beenega said. “That is us, the men and women who are members of yesterday and today’s armed services.”

the teachers. • Retained Hopkins and Associates for the annual audit and bookkeeping assistance at a cost of $4,800 for Fiscal Year 2014-15. • Approved a raise for support staff personnel of 2.4 percent, the same raise percentage as the

teachers were granted earlier in the year. • Recognized student Jacob Ritko for academic excellence. Ritko has received straight As in his seventh- and eighthgrade years at Lostant Grade School. • Discussed the latest developments on the

Tonica Memorial Day services TONICA — A open house honoring Korean War era veterans will be held at the Legion Hall, 115 S. LaSalle St., Tonica, from 8 to 11 a.m. May 25. The Memorial Day service will be held at the cemetery just east of the Tonica United Methodist Church at 423 E. Wauponis St. starting at 1:30 p.m. Joyce Marshall will give the main address, speaking on the Korean War. Col. Rick Keating and a color guard from the 104th Illinois Civil War re-enactment group will recognize Tonica’s Civil War soldiers. The LaSalle-Peru Marching Band under the direction of Kyle Adelman will meet at the west grade school parking lot and march south to their place in the cemetery prior to 1:30 p.m. and play three selections during the service. Mark Baer will recite the Gettysburg Address. Cattie Calkins, a gold star mother, will place a bouquet of flowers at the base of the Vietnam cross of the Seven Crosses Memorial which represents all the conflicts and all fallen comrades of the U.S. military. Ecclesiastes 44:7-15 will be read during the dedication and folding of the U.S. flag which will be placed on the Memorial Wall in the Legion Hall at a later time. Sergeant at Arms Jack Ashley will lay a wreath at the base of the three monuments, and the firing squad commanded by Bob Ashley will salute the dead. Taps will be played. The benediction will be given by Mark Nowakowski. Following the service, the United Methodist Church Youth Group will host a ice cream and cake fellowship in the church hall. In case of rain, the service will be held in the school gym.

state’s pension reform proposal. A state judge has filed an injunction delaying the implementation of the program, citing the proposal would inflict considerable financial problems on employees who have already retired. • Approved the amend-

ed budget for the 2013-14 school year. • Set the board meeting schedule for the upcoming school year. • Approved extra-curricular assignments for the upcoming school year. • Passed the prevailing wage ordinance.

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Urbanowski brings education to the table By Ken Schroeder

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of interviews with board members in the community looking at the challenges of today and the prospects for the future. LOSTANT — Each board member brings something different to the table — a different outlook based on past experiences and philosophies. Sometimes, those backgrounds may not be especially helpful, but that’s not the case with Lostant School Board member Andy Urbanowski. In his past, Urbanowski taught physics and chemistry, so he has a pretty good idea what teachers go through and what makes a school tick. “We’ve got a good staff,” Urbanowski said. “It’s up to us to make sure they have what they need.” Urbanowski has been on the board for six years and has seen a lot of improvements happening in that time. “I think the biggest is the new structure for class-

Andy Urbanowski rooms,” Urbanowski said. “Instead of grouping by age, we’re grouping students by ability, which lets teachers work on one area without working back and forth with faster or slower students. The students are learning faster.” Urbanowski takes the responsibility of guiding the board very seriously, and he believes the graduated classes allow students to achieve their best potential.

“How do we help a child grow instead of saying, ‘Hi, here’s third grade?’” Urbanowski said. “With the new structure, we’re trying to meet the needs of each child, not just an entire class.” Like many school members, Urbanowski ran for the board because he wanted to get involved in the decision-making process for his children’s education. That’s an attitude

that he wishes more parents would share. “I would like to see more community members get involved with the school. Give the school the support it needs,” Urbanowski said. “We need to see more people of the community help us get the best resources and teachers we can for our kids. “The hard part is getting a lot of parents to care, to really care,” Urbanowski said. “If they’re just dropping their kids off at school and picking them up after, they’re not really involved with their children’s education. We can’t do it without them.” Urbanowski said there’s one problem that takes precedence. “Funding. I think every school in the country and the state is having that same problem,” he said. “The state’s situation isn’t helping. The school makes do with what it has, but we’re in a hard place. Plus we’re having the trouble of switching to new learning standards without guidance. The state is issuing orders but not telling us what standards we’re teaching to.”

Illinois unemployment down Rivara: We’re supposed to be that way By Ken Schroeder

In December 2013, long term unemployment benefits ended. In Illinois, this meant 74,000 workers lost financial assistance, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Fast forward one month later and 86 percent of that same group were still without work according to the IDES. Unemployment insurance may no longer be the safety net it was originally intended to be. A common belief among politicians contends a person who has unemployment benefits coming into the home has no motivation to go out and look for work, let alone get a job and keep it. Illinois is unique according to a study released in May. IDES is under state mandate to keep unemployment fraud from happening. To do this, IDES requires employers to provide monthly wage reports. This information insures people who collect

“We’re one of the few states that has employment in every measurable sector. If unemployment is down in any two sectors, Illinois will feel that pinch.” Greg Rivara a paycheck are not collecting an unemployment benefit check as well. In April, Illinois also reaped from the slowly improving economy. March statistics showed a gain of 6,400 jobs while the unemployment rate is the lowest since the heart of the recession. In LaSalle County, the unemployment rate is down to 11.2 percent a drop of 0.7 percent from March 2013. The combined LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam County rate dropped to 10.8 percent. At the same time, Illinois had an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent compared to the nationwide 6.8 percent. “Illinois’ unemployment rate is always higher than the rest of the coun-


try. In fact, we’re supposed to be,” IDES Communications Manager Greg Rivara said. “Illinois is big and diverse. We’re one of the few states that has employment in every measurable sector. If unemployment is down in any two sectors, Illinois will feel that pinch.” Another sign of the improving economy was the number of help wanted ads posted online. In March there were more than 195,000 unique online job ads and 85 percent sought full-time workers according to the Conference Board’s Help Wanted Data online. The Conference Board is an independent, global business membership and research association.

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“A popular misconception is once people fall off the unemployment insurance, they’re no longer counted as being unemployed,” Rivara said. “Actually, the opposite is true. The unemployment rate does not count people who are out of work through no fault of their own and are actively seeking work. It’s when you do fall off the benefits that you are counted as unemployed.” Illinois unemployment insurance offers temporary support to workers who are out of work through no fault of their own. Average benefits in Illinois are about $320. Maximum weekly family benefit payment is $562, according to IDES. The program also can be seen as a support structure for local businesses as those dollars are spent at local business such as pharmacies, grocers and gas stations. Nationwide, the United States job growth accelerated at its best pace in more than two years last month. The jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent as the economy added 288,000 jobs in April according to an article in the May 2 Chicago Tribune.

TVFD respond to rollover accident TONICA — The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department responded to an automobile accident on East Fourth Road south of Route 71 at 7:40 a.m. May 15. On arrival, the department found a one vehicle rollover accident off the roadway. No extrication was needed, and

one patient was transported to the hospital. The department responded with an ambulance, rescuepumper and rescue truck. LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene and investigated the accident.

LaSalle County Sheriff reports accident

TONICA — LaSalle County Sheriff deputies responded to a single vehicle accident on East Fourth Road, one-half mile south of Illinois Route 71 in Eden Township on May 15. The vehicle driven by Riley Sweetland of 271 N. 20th

Decades From Page 1 the group who had the 1890s. Faith Dauber, Carly Cristman, Hailey Mulligan and Renae Lamboley said trying to find clothing was especially hard to do. “Finding what clothes to wear was a challenge,” Mulligan said. The group chose to make their poster presentation in a book style with Dauber doing the artistic work with the group’s help. Some of the information surprised this group. “I was surprised that they only showered once a month,” Lamboley said. “Their clothing was surprising. They (the girls) wore dresses all the time, and most clothing was very plain,” Dauber said. “Transportation was weird. They didn’t have cars or anything” Cristman said. “They just used wagons and such.” “Telephones and the service. They didn’t have them in their homes,”


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allowing for resident relocation in the matter of the lift station repairs. Those resolutions were required in order to file for the CDAP grant. • Discussed the proposed golf cart ordinance. The main points of discussion revolved around a precise description of what vehicles would fall into the new

Road, Tonica, was traveling north when it left the roadway and went into the ditch where it turned over. No citations were issued. Sweetland was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital by Tonica Emergency Medical Services.

“It was pretty surprising about how many things that were popular then that are still popular and in use today.” Josh Sensiba Mulligan said. Wiegers was pleased with the efforts and results of the students in the project. “The students did a great job with their decades project,” she said. “They were required to research their decade on their iPads, and then create a mural and presentation. Time period clothing was also required when the students presented their time period. It was fun for all.” ordinance. The board was also informed since there is no four-way stop sign or traffic lights on Route 251 in the village at the present time, any accidents that may occur involving golf carts crossing the highway would be the village’s liability. • Approved the installation of lights at the village baseball diamond at the batting cages and the volleyball courts at a cost of $900.

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Too much information? Each spring, it is a real pleasure to see corn poking out of the ground. We all can anticipate the harvest that will follow in the fall, but seeing the thin green lines of corn across the fields provides a clear indication that summer is on the way. And, if you are like me, you notice some of the rows of tiny corn plants are perfectly and impressively straight, while other rows tend to wander a bit. The straight rows were probably planted by farmers using sophisticated global positioning systems (GPS), while the more traditional rows were not. The farmers we see out in the field as they plant are sitting in tractor cabs with a variety of computer aids, in addition to GPS, that are collecting data on how many seeds are planted, how deep the seeds are planted, soil condition, field topography, row width and speed of planting. That is a lot of data. Historically, farmers understood the interaction of the many factors that affect having a good crop through long experience and by talking with other farmers. That is changing – potentially quite dramatically. Today, through the use of huge amounts of farmer collected data fed into computers and carefully analyzed, the results are sent back to farmers, telling them what they need to do, as they plant, to increase yield. Crop yields have increased over the past decade based, in large part, on new seed technologies. The application of data driven technology at the farm level, as discussed above, is seen as the next frontier for American agriculture. The concept of data driven “prescriptive planting,” as it is called by some, has been under development for several years. Spearheaded by companies such as Monsanto, Deere and DuPont, prescriptive planting is seen as a way to apply technology, in this case comprehensively analyzed farm level data, to increase the efficiency of farm operations. The attractiveness

William Bailey COMMENTARY of this new technological step in farming is that it can be applied each year with advice changing as farming conditions change, rather than waiting for 10 years of research, development and regulatory review, as is the case with new seed technology. Despite the positive reviews prescription planting has received from those who have adopted its use, concerns remain. A key issue is: Who owns the data collected by the farmer? The data is collected at the field level, through sensors and computers attached to farm equipment, and then relayed to a centralized data storage location for analysis and recommendations. With so much data in a computer a long way away, farmers are concerned about the privacy of that data. Questions they ask include “Will the data be sold?” and “Who has access to the data about my farm?” These are not national security data security questions; they are very personal concerns. Each new technology – whether designed to benefit farmers or educators – always raises questions. But there will be people who quickly adopt potentially unproven technology, called early adopters, in an attempt reap the benefits of the first to change.  Is farm level data analyzed by far away computers better than the old fashioned techniques of walking a field, talking to neighbors and using one’s own judgment and experience? Monsanto, DuPont and Deere are betting it is.   Bailey formerly was the chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition. He also has served as Deputy-Under Secretary of Agriculture. Bailey is now affiliated with the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University.

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contact Anne Scheel at Marshall-Putnam U of I Extension office at 309346-2356. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, indicate when calling or registering. All programs offered through the University of Illinois Extension are open to all

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Meeting Minutes Illinois Valley Community College OGLESBY — Putnam County High School is partnering with Illinois Valley Community College to launch “College Start,” a program for up to 10 of its seniors next fall, IVCC board members learned May 8. Academically-qualified students will enroll in classes at IVCC that will be considered dual enrollment with PCHS. “This allows their seniors to attend our classes in the fall, spring and summer while earning both high school and college credits,” said Sue Isermann, interim vice president for Learning and Student Development. “College Start will help make their senior year as productive and challenging as possible,” said Isermann. “I believe it will also lead many to continue their education here the following year.” To qualify, students need a minimum 3.5 grade point average, no more than six absences the prior year, a 500-word essay and interview, among other requirements as determined by PCHS. The students will pay IVCC’s full tuition rate. In other business, the board approved: • The retirement of 33-year developmental math lab instructor Cheryl Hobneck effective May 31. In her retirement letter, Hobneck said, “Regardless of their background,

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many of our developmental math students are successful. Each year at the academic awards banquet and graduation, it warms my heart to see so many of our students recognized for their academic achievements.” • Seeking bids on the summer resurfacing and repair of Parking Lot 1 for an estimated $250,000. Trustees also OK’d asphalt pavement repair, sealing and marking of the roadway for $16,083 from SealA-Lot of Ottawa. • Purchase of a Yamaha CL-3 Bundle Special from Professional Audio Designs of Wauwatosa, Wis., for $19,701 for the Cultural Centre sound system. D.J. Sickley Construction of Peru was awarded the $677,061 bid to replace the system, paid for through Protection, Health and Safety funds and $45,458 from student technology ($11,900) and information technology reserves ($33,558). • The purchase of an Exmark Lazer X mower for $5,950 after trade-in from Martin Sullivan of Roanoke. Board members learned: • Jackie Carlson has been hired as the bookstore’s textbook buyer. • In April, IVCC received a $90,000 grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for geothermal installation costs related to the Peter Miller Community Technology Center. • Board chair Melissa

Olivero of Peru, an administrative law judge, was a 2014 Alumni Award Winner for Northern Illinois University’s College of Law and the NIU Alumni Association. • IVCC will be honored for its 40-year membership in the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s May 14 banquet at Starved Rock. • The April 17 job fair attracted 59 employers, and feedback from employers and job-seekers was positive, said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. • Approximately 200 Hall, Marquette, Princeton, LaSalle-Peru and Serena high school students participated in cadaver lab tours in April. Students also visited the Natural Sciences Lab and heard a presentation on the raptor rehabilitation program. • IVCC has received a $73,600 Illinois School Security Grant for “facility interoperable communications” using a distributed antenna system in all buildings. The $150,000 project will improve cell phone coverage and facilitate communication between college personnel and emergency responders as well as enhance cell phone reception for students and staff. • Corcoran credited committee members Paula Hallock, Jeanne Hayden, Theresa Carranco, Carey Burns, Sue Harding, Kris Curley and Glenna Jones for planning the April 25 employee recognition event at Grand Bear Lodge.

• Corcoran met with Rep. Frank Mautino, Sen. Sue Rezin and other legislators at the April 30 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Lobby Day in Springfield. • Peru native and IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame member Jim Blass, director of Caterpillar’s Research and Development Center in Mossville, led a May 1 tour of the facility sponsored by the LaSalle County Regional Office of Education. The group of 17 counselors, teachers and administrators represented Streator, Ottawa, Mendota, LaSalle-Peru, Princeton, St. Bede, Earlville, Putnam County, IVCC and the LP Area Career Center. • May 7’s Honorspalooza featured student projects on social issues such as poverty, drugs, gifted education and alcoholism. • The Oct. 22 Manufacturing Expo at IVCC is expected to attract 300 high school students from across the district to visit manufacturers, tour the CTC and interact with industry experts and IVCC program coordinators. • Corcoran is on a taskforce of presidents studying the feasibility of Illinois community colleges awarding applied technology and/ or applied science baccalaureate degrees. Nearly two dozen states allow community colleges to offer limited baccalaureate degrees to address unmet and documented needs, Corcoran said.

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Badges of honor Every year, the newspaper publishes its annual section featuring high school graduates. I find myself studying the faces of these young men and women. I can’t help but think of all the hopes and dreams each one of those photographs holds. And so it was one day this week as I was getting ready for work, when those youthful faces returned to my mind. Standing before the mirror, I couldn’t help but examine my own not-so-youthful face; an image of my own senior photo returning. The differences? Terri Then: A young girl with smooth, peaches Simon and cream skin; eyes that were bright that could envision hopes and dreams; healthy and shiny hair that held traces of a summer sun; a smile — genuine and unrehearsed; an 18-year-old young lady who had the world by the tail. Now: Wrinkles; well-defined crow’s feet which I prefer to call laugh lines; a few furrows on my forehead; eyes that look tired; hair that has that summer sun applied; a smile — still genuine but seen a lot less frequently ... Other things that looked back at me: Expressions that are often worried, concerned, stressed. And the scar — that ugly scar on my neck that cancer put there — the scar that ultimately saved my life. More than 30 years separate those two images, and for a moment, I was taken back by the changes. For a moment, my heart hurt, ached for what was and the precious dreams that were never realized. The memories almost overtook me. But wait a minute ... I can do one of two things: Begin that exhausting journey down Memory Lane ... or I can decide to remain in the present and take a good hard look at the reflection before me. I decide on the latter, and this is who I see ... OK, there are some wrinkles. Yes, I’ve thought about a little nip and tuck, but I’ve earned every one of those wrinkles. Besides, they match the crow’s feet very well — whether they came from squinting in the sun, frowning at this computer screen, or laughing in the literal face of it all. The furrows on my forehead? They live there in the disbelief that created them. My eyes look tired because, quite frankly, they are. And the hair? Well, let’s just say the days of having the sun bleach out my hair while tanning my skin are long gone. My sunstreaked hair now lives in a bottle at the salon with Ms. Clare. And then there are the expressions that live in the mirror-reflected image. Of course I’m worried, stressed out, concerned. I’m an adult now, and those seem to be the prerequisites. And then there’s the scar; the scar that made me grow up really quickly. The scar that made everything else pale in comparison. The scar I see that still can bring tears to my eyes — not because of the actual scar but because of what it represents. You know, my friends, there are days when I would give about anything to return to those senior picture days — a place in time when the worries and woes of the world were few. But on the other hand, I study my image in the mirror today, and while I can see about a bazillion things I’d like to improve, I’m fairly content to wear those wrinkles, those crow’s feet, those furrows ... even that dreadful yet beloved scar. You see, I’ve earned them all. They are my badges of honor. Life has a way of changing us, both inside and out. While the image that stares back at me doesn’t hold the youthful qualities of yesteryear, I believe what lives inside is far more appealing than what I had to offer 30-some years ago. May today’s graduates relish each moment, embrace each day. And as they look toward the future, may they realize that what lives inside them is really all that counts. The wrinkles, the furrows, even the scars are just the evidence of a life well-lived. And my words to this year’s Class of 2014: May you wear your badges of honor proudly. Tonica News Editor Terri Simon can be reached at

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May is National High Blood Pressure Month. What do you do to avoid stress?

“Work I guess. I always stay busy.” Ray Colton, Tonica

“Sure, heck, don’t own a nursery.” Ken Alleman, Tonica

“I go to movies with friends. I love to read. We workout. We go for coffee. Just get together with the kids and grandkids.” Kay Mench, Pittsburgh, Wis.

“I just go out and work in the yard, the garage, wherever.” Kenneth Sons, Tonica

“I don’t really have a lot of stress. I don’t let myself have any. I read. And I go with friends to get coffee. I just try to relax. Go to movies. Just hang with friends.” Chris Thomas, Oregon, Wis.

Juror 86 I almost got to do big-person, grown-up, adult-type stuff the other day. Almost. You see, several weeks ago, I received a summons from my county courthouse for jury duty. Throughout the years, I have gotten several of these letters in the mail asking me to serve as a juror, but each and every other previous time, for some reason or another, the case on the day I was scheduled to appear had been settled out of court, and I didn’t even have to show up. I had gotten so used to this scenario, that I was kind of shocked last Sunday evening when I called the courthouse and the automated answering machine told me that, in fact yes, there was a case to be decided, and yes, my presence was required. I had mixed emotions. On one hand, I have always been curious about how our country’s legal system works, and I always want to do my part as an American citizen. But on the other hand, I don’t know of anyone who wants to willingly step foot in a courtroom. Especially when this person may or may not possess 23-year-old illegal bottle rockets that he attained before he was married, that he may or may not have gotten on a trip to Gatlinburg. Add to this the fact I am presently suffering from allergies, and you can see why I dreaded the thought of sitting in a solemn, quiet courtroom. Every 10 to 16 seconds, I feel a compelling need to blow my nose. And not just a pleasant little puff of air into a tissue followed by a polite, “You’ll have to excuse me. I’m a little stuffed up.” No, this is the kind of proboscis clearing that produces a sound similar to that of the Heimlich maneuver being applied to a large Canada Goose. This procedure is always loud and occasionally messy. A sound that a defendant doesn’t want to hear in a court of law. But come Monday morning, I put all this behind me. It was time to act like a big boy and do my civic duty. I stuffed my pockets with cough drops and Kleenex, and drove to the courthouse to dispatch justice. It was kind of exciting.

Greg Wallace FROM THE SKETCHBOOK Sniffling and clearing my throat, I entered the large room where everyone that gets summoned waits to receive further instructions, I told the check-in lady what my last name was and how many miles it was from my home to the courthouse. With that, she checked some stuff on a piece of paper, handed me a pamphlet on what would be required of me, and gave me my juror badge. From this point on in life, I pretty much plan on always introducing myself as “Juror 86.” As I turned my mucus-filled head to find a seat to plant myself, I did what I used to do back in high school. I searched out the seat that was the farthest from the front of the room and the closest to the door. I spied an empty chair between two other gentlemen in the back of the room, and I made a beeline for it. I probably would have had my own court case if anyone had tried to beat me to that chair. As I sat there in that room, waiting for something to happen, I started reading the little pamphlet they gave me. I didn’t finish reading it because the third sentence had a big word in it. After a few minutes, they played a VHS tape again telling us of our duties. With my eyes watering and a constant tickle in my throat, I sat there relishing in the fact that I was about to take part in assisting the American legal system, helping to preserve the very Constitution that makes this country the greatest place in the world. I contentedly leaned back in my chair. I will give this one warning to anyone who is called to serve as a juror in Bureau County, Illinois. Be wary of the chairs. The particular chair that I was in, was made of a particularly sturdy kind of wooden construction with rollers on the bottom. The kind of chair that I can picture Gregory Peck using in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

I think it was pretty much exactly like everybody else’s chair in the room, but to tell you the truth, I didn’t pay that much attention. My chair swiveled, and I think that it squeaked a little when I rotated to the left. Other than that, it was a good chair. Or so I thought. When I leaned back in that chair, everything at first seemed fine and dandy. However, and I’m sure that anyone who has leaned back too far in a chair can attest, there is that certain tipping point when every thing rapidly changes from “peachy keen” to, “Oh my gosh! I’m going to look like an idiot when I fall out of this chair in the back row of the Bureau County Board of Supervisors board room!” There is no more terrifying of a feeling in this world than thinking you have leaned back in a chair too far. Fortunately, I was able to pull myself out of this free fall and kept my seated altitude. Looking back, I doubt if I ever was in danger of going all the way to the floor, but that chair sure did give that immediate impression. In fact, in mid-descent, as my head snapped back and my terrified, bloodshot eyes focused on the ceiling tiles of the room, I audibly uttered three-quarters of a fourletter word that I usually reserve for home repair projects and our cat. Luckily for me, my allergies were apparent to most of the potential jurors in the room, and the rows of people who sat in front of me just thought I sneezed. But those two guys I was sitting between ... I’m pretty sure they know I’m an uncoordinated, foul-mouthed idiot that wreaks of Hall’s cherry, triple soothing action cough drops. To finish the story, after about 45 minutes of waiting, the judge came out and told all of us that due to some unforeseen circumstances, there would not be a case that morning, thanked us for our service and dismissed us. This was the closest to being an actual adult I’ve ever got. You will have to excuse me now. I have a goose to squeeze. You can contact Wallace at You can follow him on his blog at

6 Life 6 • The Tonica News • Friday, May 23, 2014

Community Walk committee is looking for volunteers hundreds of communities across the country.   The LaSalle County walk — which has a $15,000 goal — will be held Sept. 7 at Baker Lake in Peru. To help, call Dawn Moutray at 815-780-3504.  For more information about AFSP and its vision of creating a world without suicide, visit

Stage 212 casting call LASALLE — Director Daniel Haun has announced auditions for Stage 212’s special production of “Rent,” the edgy Tony Award-winning musical by Jonathan Larson, will be at 6:30 p.m. May 28 and 29 at the theater, 700 First St., LaSalle. Call backs will be at 1 p.m. June 1. Haun will be casting eight principals, plus four to eight ensemble members. All auditioners must be at least 18 years old. Auditioners should come prepared with a oneminute song from a pop/ rock musical, excluding “Rent,” which showcases

their range and voice, and they should wear comfortable clothes that show off their personality. There will not be a dance audition, so there is no need to wear movement clothes. For more information, those interested in auditioning should visit www. Those who cannot attend auditions in person may submit an online audition through May 25. For more information, email stage212@ “Rent” will be presented Aug. 7–10. Stage 212 auditions are open to all regardless of prior theatrical experience.

Peoria Municipal Band will begin 77th season PEORIA — The Peoria Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will begin its 77th season of summer concerts at 7 p.m. June 1 in the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater in Peoria. At the concert, the Peoria Fire Department Color Guard will be on hand, Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis will narrate the first half of

the program and a select number of high school musicians will perform in a salute to Peoria area high schools. Featured vocalist Libby Snyder and the trombone section will perform a rendition of “Lassus Trombone.” Concerts in Glen Oak Park will be on June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 3, 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3 and 10.

Alzheimer’s support group to meet PERU – The Alzheimer’s Caring Friends Support Group for caregivers, family and friends meets at 6 p.m. May 27 at the Red Cross office, 1530 Fourth

St., Peru. The program will be presented by Liberty Village Adult Day Services. For more information, call 815-339-6465 or 815-2231885.

‘Journey Around Town and Pick up Trash Day’ LOSTANT — Recently, several eighth graders from Lostant Grade School sat down with Amy Olson and created this year’s Alphabet Countdown. Each year, the last 26 days of school are counted down with a corresponding letter. This year for J day, the students picked “Journey Around Town and Pick Up Trash Day.”

Several students in grades 4-8 were willing to give up their study hall for a day to make the town and school a better place. A large group of students focused on the town park and the surrounding area. Students carried garbage bags and picked up any trash that they found. Other 4-8 students stayed on the school grounds and focused on

picking up the trash at school. It was a rewarding event for all involved. The students who participated were very hard working and well behaved. What a great opportunity to make Lostant an even better place to live! Good job! Thanks to all the students and teachers who were involved to make this event a success.

Putnam County Hall of Fame revived for 2014-15 By Dixie Schroeder

GRANVILLE — A Putnam County High School tradition is coming back, thanks to some area residents and they need your help. The Putnam County High School Athletic Hall of Fame is back up and open for business. The kicker is that the community is going to be involved in the nomination process. The purpose of the PCHS Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those former athletes, coaches and administrators and supporters who excelled in their respective sports or coaching/support roles and who helped bring honor, recognition, distinction and excellence to PCHS by their conduct both on and off the field or court of competition. Any area resident that would like to honor a Putnam County High School athlete, male or female may nominate them for the 2014-15 Hall of Fame class. The nomination

is also open to coaches or administrators who have participated with distinction and or made significant contributions to athletics at PCHS. The persons being nominated are eligible if they have been out of school a minimum of 10 years. They must have competed in an Illinois High School Association, (IHSA) sanctioned varsity sport. According to the Putnam County High School website, the committee evaluating the nominees will take into account their individual and team accomplishments, individual or team records held and impact on teams and the overall athletic program at PCHS during their time in school. Coaches or administrators who are nominated will be eligible for nomination beginning five years after they have left PCHS for any reason or in special circumstances by the Hall of Fame Committee. This committee includes Darrell Alleman, Mike Gonet, Joe Massino and PCHS Principal Bob Peterson and PCHS Athletic Director Joey

Ohnesorge. “Simply stated, we want to acknowledge the exceptional players, teams and/or coaches that have made a significant impact in Putnam County High School athletics,” Ohnesorge said. A candidate may be nominated for Hall of Fame membership by any member of the community. Formal nomination shall be made using the nomination form that is on the Putnam County School District website, www.pcschools535. org/. Nomination forms must read the athletic department at Putnam County High School no later than Oct. 1. Guidelines and details pertaining to eligibility to the Putnam County Athletic Hall of Fame are also listed on the school website. The information must be mailed to Putnam County High School, c/o Hall of Fame Committee, 402 E. Silverspoon Ave., Granville IL 61326. The Hall of Fame award(s) will be presented at a home basketball game during the 2014-15 season.

Steely Dan will perform at Illinois State Fair SPRINGFIELD — Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steely Dan will perform at the 2014 Illinois State Fair. The Grammy Award-winning band, which has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, will bring its “Jamalot Ever After” Tour to the fair Aug. 15.

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PERU — Organizers of the 2014 LaSalle County Out of the Darkness Walk are looking for volunteers to serve on the committee planning the event. The walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at walks in

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PC hosts annual awards ceremony GRANVILLE — Putnam County High School held their annual awards assembly to honor high school students who earned honor roll status, National Honor Society and scholarships for the 2014-15 school year. Illinois State Scholars — Justin Galetti, Jesse Goetsch, Tristian Keegan, Amelia Lindstrom, Alicia Mallery, Nathan Ward and Loralee Wilson. Walter D. and Hazel Marie Boyle IVCC Scholarship — Alicia Mallery. Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship — Jon Mattern. Anderson-Alleman Educational Scholarship — Emily Whitney. Deck Memorial Scholarships — Nathan Ward and Alicia Mallery. Eloise Howland Memorial Scholarship — Nathan Ward. Hazel Marie Boyle Memorial Scholarship — Loralee Wilson, University of Illinois; Kaylynn Donelson, IVCC; Justin Galetti, IVCC; Alicia Mallery, IVCC; and Evan Kreiser, IVCC. Anne Cioni Memorial Teacher Scholarship — Emily Whitney. Hubert “H.J.” Mennie Memorial Scholarship — Kaylynn Donelson. Hopkins Alumni Scholarship — Courtney Ossola and Justin Galetti. Educators of Beauty Scholarship — Madison Coleman. Rezin Scholarship — Nathan Ward. Brenda Bishop Memorial Scholarship — Vanessa Voss. Dusty Khory Award — Brooke Veronda. National Merit Scholarship Corporation Scholarship — Amelia Lindstrom. American Red Cross Young Minds Change Lives Scholarship — Kaitlyn Toedter and Kaylynn Donelson. Magnolia Masonic Lodge Scholarship — Evan Kreiser and Alicia Mallery. Pletsch Memorial Scholarships — Chase Barnard, Kaylynn Donelson, Monica Monroe, Michael Weide, Loralee

Pinter Zachary Pinter and Elizabeth Swiskoski of Tonica are the parents of twin daughters, Alayna and Lydia, born May 8 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. Alayna weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 18 inches in length. Lydia weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 18 1/2 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Raymond and Kathy Swiskoski of Oglesby. Paternal grandparents are Brian and Lynn Pinter of Arlington. Great-grandparents are Carlton and Darlene Vogt of Ladd.

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Darrell (left) and Jenne Anderson Alleman (right) pose with Emily Whitney who was awarded the first Anderson-Alleman Educational Scholarship on May 6. The scholarship is for any PC student who plans to pursue a teaching degree in college. Wilson and Jon Mattern. Bill Biagi Memorial FFA Alumni Scholarship — Chase Barnard. Pam Veronda Scholarship — Evan Kreiser. Quill and Scroll Members — Brooke Veronda, Katie Alleman, Madalyn Loiselle and Megan Rehn. Judy Gedraitis Award — Amelia Lindstrom. Farnsworth Essay Award — Taylor Kreiser, winner; Marcus Burr, runner up; and Mekenzie Ahlstrom, runner up. John R. Housby Memorial Scholarship — Michael Weide and Katie Kazmierczak. Putnam County Education Association Scholarship — Emily Whitney. Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering — Regional placement — team, second; Amelia Lindstrom, first in English and math; Nathan Ward, third in math and physics; Jesse Goetsch and Tristian Keegan, second in computer science; Scott Urnikis, first in chemistry; and Madalyn Loiselle and Megan Rehn, second in chemistry. Sectional placement — Amelia Lindstrom, first in English; and Tristian Keegan, third in engineering graphics. State placement — Amelia Lindstrom, fourth in English. Members — Jon Mattern, Loralee Wilson, Jeff Baker, Michael Glenn, Noah Quinones, Kristen Pinn and Madison

Zellmer. Joyce E. Kuhne Memorial Scholarship — Chase Barnard. Knute Hamel Scholarship — Katie Kazmierczak. Bill Klein Memorial Scholarship — Taylor Pettit. Cooperative Work Education of the Year — Jessie Brucki. Granville American Legion Award — Amelia Lindstrom. Service Above Self Award — Amelia Lindstrom. Wilhelmina Whitaker Award — Scott Urnikis. Helen H. Tyler Scholarship — Rebecca Arnold and Harold Fay. William I. Tyler Scholarship — Amelia Lindstrom and Jon Mattern. Robert V. and Marquerite Klein Scholarship — Carly Gonet. North Central Bank CBAI Scholarship — Amelia Lindstrom, Loralee Wilson and Shelby Yepsen. First Farm Credit Services Scholarship — Jon Mattern. Neslon Family Trust Scholarship — Emily Whitney and Monica Monroe. Top Five AR Readers — Loralee Wilson, Judd Boone, Amelia Lindstrom, Glenna Lamboley and Grace Lamboley. Top Senior AR Award — Loralee Wilson. Read For a Lifetime

Our Office Will Be Closed Monday, May 26, 2014 Normal Business Hours will Resume Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

We Wish Everyone a Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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PCHS Superintendent Jay McCracken welcomes parents and family to the 201415 annual PCHS awards evening.

Award — Courtney Ossola, Morgan Phillips, Vanessa Voss and Loralee Wilson. Senior High Honor Roll — Amelia Lindstrom, Jon Mattern, Loralee Wilson and Shelby Yepsen. Presenters for the awards ceremony included Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jay McCracken, Kevin Coleman, Reed Wilson, Jennifer Smoode, Steve Johnson, Megan Wink, Carmela Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Ralph, Andrea Skinner, Barb Ringenberg, Brenda Bickerman, Scott Shore, Sidney Whitaker, Joe Vogel, Annette Davis, Mike Phillips, Gayle Reno, Jim Nanni, Stacy Veronda, Ron Bluemer and Kim McKee.

Menus May 30 — No school. Lostant Grade Lunch May 26 — No school. School May 27 — Chef’s

Breakfast May 26 — No school. May 27 — Biscuits and gravy, cereal, yogurt, toast, fruit, juice, milk. May 28 — Donuts, cereal, yogurt, toast, fruit, juice, milk. May 29 — Pigs in a blanket, cereal, yogurt, toast, fruit, juice, milk. May 30 — Breakfast pizza, cereal, yogurt, toast, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch May 26 — No school. May 27 — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn, pineapple, bread and butter, milk. May 28 — Mini corn dogs, fries, veggies and dip, strawberries, milk. May 29 — Peanut butter and jelly, chips, peaches, veggies and dip, milk. May 30 — Hot dog or hamburger, chips, grapes, cookie, veggies and dip, milk.

Tonica Grade School Breakfast May 26 — No school. May 27 — Chef’s choice, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk. May 28 — Chef’s choice, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk. May 29 — Chef’s choice, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk.

choice, vegetable, fruit, milk. May 28 — Chef’s choice, vegetable, fruit, milk. May 29 — Chef’s choice, vegetable, fruit, milk. May 30 — No school.

Putnam County Community Center May 26 — PCCC closed. May 27 — Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and butter, dessert. May 28 — Baked chicken quarters, au gratin potatoes, green beans, mandarin oranges, wheat bread. May 29 — Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls and butter, dessert. May 30 — Sweet and sour meatballs with jasmine rice, oriental vegetables, peanut butter cracker sandwiches, pineapple juice. To make lunch reservations, call 815-3392711 24 hours before. The menu is subject to change. The suggested donation is $3 for Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The suggested donation is $5 for Tuesday and Thursday. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.

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This year, 13 of the district’s top high school graduates, including eight valedictorians, are attending IVCC. They are Carly Haywood, left, Ottawa High, second of 339; Delmi Valle, DePue salutatorian; Alicia Marquez, DePue valedictorian; Sam Brolley, St. Bede valedictorian; Andrea Schalk, Marquette salutatorian; Austin Rosene, Princeton valedictorian; Rebekah Dagraedt, Hall valedictorian; Robbie Lentz, Hall valedictorian; David J. Sterner, Ottawa top 2 percent; and Joseph Bacidore, La Moille salutatorian. Unavailable for the photo were Danae Ross, Bureau Valley valedictorian, Hunter Schultz, Princeton valedictorian and Michael Elias, Rhema Christian valedictorian. Over the past six years, 28 valedictorians, 19 salutatorians and 10 top 2 percent students have attended IVCC.

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Assistant Appellate Defender Kerry J. Bryson Senior Olympics set for June 2-7 in Rock Island visits Lostant seventh-, eighth-graders LOSTANT — On May 12, the seventh- and eighth-grade Lostant students had a special visitor. Kerry J. Bryson, the assistant appellate defender from the Office of the State Appellate Defender Third District Office, visited to tell students about the judicial process in Illinois. The students have recently finished learning about the Constitution, so it was the perfect time to have Bryson visit the school. Bryson represents convicted felons that are appealing their case. She does not work in the circuit court, which originally tries the case. Once a person is convicted of a crime, they would then become her client for their appeals process. She works in the appellate court and sometimes even the Illinois Supreme Court. The students were told that in 1963 it was enacted that all people charged with a crime are entitled to a free lawyer for the trial and appeals process. She is employed by the state and appointed to her cases by the court for this purpose. The Third District Office is assigned an average

of 40-60 cases per month. The majority of Bryson’s time is going over the records of the case. She has to read all the written documents from the initial trial along with the transcripts of all the verbal communication during the trial. Her job is to research the issues and argue any problems with the case in the appellate court. She tries to show if the convicted person’s rights were infringed upon or denied. She stated that generally there are things found in the records that can be argued in the appellate court, but generally the cases are not heard again based on the issues found. Bryson likes working with the clients directly and stated this is why she prefers this position to being a prosecutor. She started her journey to her current position by attending college at North Central and earning a political science degree. Then she went on to law school at DuPaul. Before accepting her current position, she worked at a law firm practicing insurance defense for about a year. She then accepted her current

Kerry Bryson position in Ottawa and has been there for almost 15 years. Her favorite cases have to do with the 4th amendment, which protects from unreasonable search and seizures and her least favorite cases are any involving children. The Ottawa Appellate Court is open to the public Monday through Friday. If you visit the court, they can show you around to the different areas of the courthouse.

Starved Rock offers guided hikes UTICA — Starved Rock Lodge offers guided hikes, which are the best way to learn about the park and all it has to offer. With an insider’s point of view, you not only take in the beauty of the natural setting, but you learn about the park history, safe hiking practices and little bits of knowledge that you didn’t know about the geology and cultural history of Starved Rock. Guided hikes with lunch are offered by Starved Rock Lodge on Saturdays and Sundays from April through November. The cost is $17 per person. The hike is from the lodge to LaSalle and Tonti canyons. Participants meet in the hotel lobby to pick up a lunch and a souvenir “Starved Rock” backpack. Friendly guides from Starved Rock Lodge will share their knowledge of Starved Rock State Park (named a National Historic Landmark in 1960) and Starved Rock

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event and for multiple age levels. For one low entry fee of $20, registrants get two free meals, unlimited snacks, entry into unlimited events and up to three medals! To register, volunteer, or for more information, contact the Quad Cities Senior Olympics office at 309-786-1677 or visit www.qcseniorolympics. org. On-site registration is allowed for some events. Last year, Bernadine Ehman, at age 102, earned gold medals in football accuracy throw and several arts events! Ehman heard about the QCSO when in her 90s and has been competing ever since! “The Quad Cities Senior Olympics is great way to have healthy fun, and there is truly something for everyone,” says Lisa Killinger, QCSO Board member. “We have hundreds of participants from over 10 states. Some are there to compete just for fun, and others want to train for the National Senior Olympics. Everyone is welcome to come and watch!”

Crafters Market Place, Flea Market in Mendota Lodge (named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985). Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach LaSalle Canyon. After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap. The tour concludes at the lodge about 2 p.m. This hike is classified as strenuous. Participants should dress for the weather and wear appropri-

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Capture the excitement of the Olympics and compete this year in the Quad Cities Senior Olympics. Anyone 50 or older can participate (40plus years old in some events). The 24th annual Quad Cities Senior Olympics (QCSO) is June 2-7 at Augustana College’s Erickson Field in Rock Island, and numerous venues around the Quad Cities area. There are more than 90 events in which to participate. The Literary and Arts and Crafts events are held on June 4 at CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly Road in Davenport. The Performing Arts competition takes place on June 5 at 6 p.m. at Wallenburg Hall on the campus of Augustana College. Most athletic events are Friday night, June 6 and all day on Saturday, June 7. The entire schedule is listed online at New events this year include: Bench press, disc golf accuracy, and disc golf distance. Gold, silver and bronze medals are given in every

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460 • Garage Sales LAKE THUNDERBIRD 2 miles North of Putnam & 2 miles West of Rt. 29. Friday, Saturday, May 23, 24; 8am–4:30pm. ANNUAL GARAGE & BAKE SALE. Maps, Bake Sale & additional garage sales at the club house PRINCETON 1124 South Church Street. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 22, 23, 24; 8am -? Name brand boy's clothing, newborn clothing – 10/12, household items. Too many items to list! MULTI-FAMILY SALE! TISKILWA 740 West Brewster. Thursday, Friday, May 22, 23; 8am4pm. Men's clothing 2XL & king size. Lots of books, knickknacks, picture frames, shop vac. Coffee/ end/kitchen tables. Fishing poles, camouflage clothes. Misc. items

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ate (waterproof) shoes. The hike is approximately 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes a choice of turkey, ham or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, homemade granola bar, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Participants should bring extra water in hot weather. Advanced reservations are required. Space is limited.

MENDOTA — The very popular Crafters Market Place and Flea Market will again be featured Aug. 9 and 10 during Mendota’s annual Sweet Corn Festival. Artists, craftsmen and flea market dealers from around the Midwest are expected to fill the more than 200 spaces at this year’s event. Reserved

spaces for the show are available and applications are being accepted. Anyone wishing a space must reserve it in advance by writing the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce office, P.O. Box 620, Mendota, IL 61342; by calling 815539-6507; or by emailing

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LaSalle County, IL for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2014 and ending the last day of March, 2015 is on file and available for public inspection at the Town Hall, 2346 East 1025th Road, Ottawa, IL. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a Public Hearing on said Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7:00 p.m., on June 25, 2014 at the Town Hall, 2346 East 1025th Road, Ottawa, IL and that final action on the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be taken by the Township Trustees at a meeting to be held at that time and place. Dated: May 15, 2014 By: Lisa Grubar, Township Supervisor Published in the Tonica News May 23, 2014.

ning April 1, 2014 and ending the last day of March, 2015 is on file and available for public inspection at the Town Hall, 2346 East 1025th Road, Ottawa, IL. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a Public Hearing on said Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7:00 p.m., on June 25, 2014 at the Town Hall, 2346 East 1025th Road, Ottawa, IL and that final action on the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be taken by the Township Trustees at a meeting to be held at that time and place. Dated: May 15, 2014 By: Lisa Grubar, Township Supervisor Published in the Tonica News May 23, 2014.

were issued on April 25, 2014, to Gary J. Drag, 650 Bucklin St., LaSalle, IL 61301 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.

LASALLE COUNTY, OTTAWA, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF: ) GENE YOUNG, ) DECEASED. ) NO. 2014-P-87 PUBLICATION FOR CLAIMS CLAIM NOTICE Estate of GENE YOUNG, Deceased. Notice is given of the death of GENE YOUNG, of Peru, Illinois. Letters of Administration were issued on April 30, 2014, to CAROLE C. HAAS, 2309 15th Street, Peru, IL 61354, whose attorney is GERALD M. HUNTER, 129 W. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348. Claims against the estate may be filed with the office of the

Circuit Clerk, Probate Division, LaSalle County Courthouse, Downtown Courthouse, Ottawa, IL 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. Andrew Skoog Clerk of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court Ottawa, Illinois Published in the Tonica News May 9, 16 and 23, 2014.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the DEER PARK TOWNSHIP ROAD DISTRICT, LaSalle County, IL for the fiscal year begin-

CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF ) LOTTIE H. DRAG ) Deceased ) No. 2014-P-85 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Lottie H. Drag. Letters of Office

Dated this 28th day of April, 2014. Attorney John Balestri Attorney for Estate 149 Gooding Street LaSalle, IL 61301 815-223-6600 Published in the Tonica News May 9, 16 and 23, 2014. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

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30, 2014, to GERALD M. HUNTER, 129 W. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348, who is the attorney for the estate. Notice is given to any heirs or legatees whose names or addresses are not stated in the Petition for Letters of Office, that an order was entered by the Court on April 30, 2014, admitting the decedent’s will to probate. Within 42 days after the date of the order of admission you may file a petition with the Court to require proof of the will by testimony of the witnesses to the will in open court or other evidence, as provided in 755 ILCS 5/6-21. You also have the right under 755 ILCS 5/8-1 to contest the

validity of the will by filing a petition with the Court within 6 months after admission of the will to probate. Claims against the estate may be filed with the office of the Circuit Clerk, Probate Division, LaSalle County Courthouse, Downtown Courthouse, Ottawa, IL 61350, or with the representative, or both, within 6 months from the date of issuance of letters, or if a claim notice is mailed or delivered personally to a creditor of the decedent, on or before the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed within the time allowed 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. Andrew Skoog Clerk of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court Ottawa, Illinois Published in the Tonica News May 9, 16 and 23, 2014.

on March 14, 2014. Letters of Office were issued on May 7, 2014 to Mary Louise Mini, as Executor and Representative, of 2229 Frontier Drive, Peru, IL 61354, whose Attorney is Lisa Olivero of Olivero & Olivero Law Offices, 1611 Fifth Street, Peru, IL 61354-2603. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Circuit Clerk, Probate Division, in the LaSalle County Courthouse, 119 W. Madison Street, Ottawa, IL 61350, or with the Representative, or both, within six (6) months from the date of the first publication of this Notice. If a claim notice is mailed or delivered personally to a credi-

tor of the decedent, the creditor’s claim may be filed within three (3) months from the date of mailing or delivery of this notice, or within six (6) months from the date of first publication, whichever is later. Any claim not filed within the time allowed is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the Representative and to the Attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed with the Clerk of the Court. ANDREW F. SKOOG CIRCUIT CLERK – LASALLE COUNTY LASALLE COUNTY COURT HOUSE 119 WEST MADISON STREET

OTTAWA, IL 61350 ATTORNEY LISA OLIVERO Olivero & Olivero Law Offices Attorneys for the Estate 1611 Fifth Street Peru, IL 61354-2603 Phone (815) 224-2030 Fax (815) 224-2900 Published in the Tonica News May 16, 23 and 30, 2014.

niently available to public inspection at the District Office, 315 West 3rd Street, Lostant, Illinois, from and after 8 o’clock a.m. on the 20th day of May, 2014. Notice is further hereby given that a public hearing on said budget will be held at 6:45 p.m. on the 17th day of June, 2014, at the district office, School District No. 425. Dated this 19th day of May, 2014. Board of Education School District Number 425 in the County of LaSalle, State of Illinois. Published in the Tonica News May 23, 2014.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Education of School District Number 425 in the County of LaSalle, State of Illinois, that the amended budget for said School District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, will be on file and conve-

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