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Learning together Classroom grouping an issue at Lostant By Ken Schroeder

LOSTANT – Lostant Grade School will be using a sliding class schedule,

which will group students in some classes according to academic ability instead of actual grade level. The board found out at its meeting on

July 24 that decision is not appreciated by every parent in the district. “Is there any reason why you didn’t send any letters home with anybody last year that you were going to do this?” said Trisha Kreiser, parent of a student entering

eighth grade this year. “I just picked up my registration yesterday, and now I have three weeks to decide if I’m going to send my daughter to a different school.” The program will be spread throughout fourth through eighth grades,

and some parents fear older students might be demoralized by being in the same classroom as a child four years younger. Board member Andy Urbanowski pointed out that was not necessarily the case. “We may have fourth-

graders who are incredibly advanced, but they’re not necessarily going to be advanced in everything,” Urbanowski said. “If we have seven students who are at the same level, that seven

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More people, more unemployment U.S. Census Bureau releases latest statistics By Ken Schroeder

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Unemployment in U.S. Congressional District 16 totaled 10.7 percent, according to figures just released from the U.S. Census Bureau. Of the 370,499 people in the district’s labor force, 39,599 were listed as unemployed in the 113th Congress survey. There’s also been an increase in the number of people in the district with 7,977 new residents reported. The total

number of residents is 713,840. The congressional district covers parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties, and all of Boone, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle and Putnam counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 Census. All or parts of Belvidere, Channahon, DeKalb, Dixon, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Ottawa, Morris, Pontiac, Rockford and Streator are included.

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Remembering Gladys Klehm By Dixie Schroeder

TONICA — In 1911, many important things were happening in the world. Stamps cost only 2 cents; Tonica celebrated its 58th year as a village; and on May 10 of the year, Gladys S. Klehm was born. Klehm, Tonica’s oldest resident, died July 25 at the age of 102. Klehm was part of a family who understood hard work. As she got older, she became known for what today would be called, a creative side. Klehm was a great seamstress and upholsterer. “Gladys made all her own clothes,” said Sharon Klehm, Gladys’ daughterin-law. “In fact she was

wearing clothing that she created up until the time she passed away.” Sewing and upholstery work aside, the many area residents remember Klehm for her skills in the kitchen. Sharon said Klehm found her true calling as a head cook at the Village Inn. Eloise Laiele, former co-owner of the Village Inn, was happy to have Klehm working at the restaurant. Laiele said Klehm set a professional tone with not only the day cooks but also the younger kids who worked at night as well. “She was such a hardworking person,” said Laiele. “You would never believe all the work she used to do.”

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Upside down fun With temperatures in the low 70s, Lily Rose Dombrowski, 7, of Leonore enjoyed the cooler weather and spent some time playing in the Tonica Park on July 23. While the Midwest enjoyed some cooler temperatures this past week, the thermometers will show more seasonable temperatures in the coming days.


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A look back in time ... Celebrating 160 years in Tonica By Elin Arnold

Editor’s note: In preparation for Tonica’s 160th anniversary, set for Aug. 22-25, the following is the first in a multi-story series that takes a look back at Tonica. TONICA — If you live on Mugekewis, Minnehaha or Shawandasee streets in Tonica, did you ever wonder why they all have Indian names? Well, the pages of the Tonica News explain all that for current residents. A.J. (Andrew Jackson) West, credited with being the founder of Tonica, was a frequent visitor at The Tonica News office and became a great friend to the Richardsons, who owned the paper. His store was located right next door in what is now part of Illini State Bank. The village and the streets got their names from West. It seems the Illinois Central officials were always willing to have local people determine the name of the villages or cities their trains passed through; West owned the land the rightof-way passed through, so he was asked to name this village. He chose Tonica, the name of an Indian chief who he knew well as a boy in New York state. In fact, he liked the Indians of his boyhood days and their names so intrigued him, that when he laid out the original town of Tonica, he chose Indian names for streets. He did, however, face a big challenge. He didn’t know how to spell the names, so in a few cases he just guessed. So, names like Mugekewis, Wauponis, Uncas, Wequash, Shawandasee, Pontiac, Oneco, Minnehaha and Hiawatha were chosen to designate the streets of Tonica.

1868- Tonica Business Street

West chose to name the business street that paralleled the Illinois Central on the east, LaSalle; and on the west, Peru, stating that it sounded more business-like and represented the twin cities of LaSalle and Peru located 10 miles to the north of Tonica. When Tonica was laid out, Champlin R. Potter, one of three surveyors who surveyed and platted LaSalle County into townships, was hired for the job. In case you’ve run into a situation where you lot doesn’t match up to the lot next to you, here’s why ... Surveying in that day was accomplished with a chain of 100 links, each 7.92 inches long, totaling

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1862- LaSalle Street 66 feet or four rods. It was convenient to lay out the village, for the lots were made one chain wide by two chains long, or 66-feet by 132-feet. But Potter’s chain became worn by much use, and the loops were oblong instead of round. That chain was eventually dubbed “a long chain.” It was so long that when Tonica was surveyed, every block of the original town overran about 1 foot and the exact line of any lot can vary several inches. In laying out the original village, the streets were run due east and west,

north and south, except LaSalle and Peru streets, which run slightly northwest to southeast to parallel the Illinois Central at that time. This is one reason the storefronts have that angle, and the business buildings on the north side are longer than the south. The south side was laid out later with a chain that was accurate. And, remember the flooding at Casey’s this spring? Well it’s nothing new. When Tonica was founded, the stage coaches used to come down the Peoria-Ottawa blacktop past the Bill Dart home and for a distance of 300

feet or more many times bogged down. The same was true of the Minnehaha stream on north hill; it would just turn into a swamp. This has been repaired by the village, so Minnehaha flows no more! This also meant that when the land in the Tonica area was farmed, only the high ground that had better surface drainage could be cultivated. The ponds, sloughs and swamps not only hindered the cultivation of thousands of acres of land, but also brought on sickness that caused the premature death of many pioneers.

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Obituary Gladys Klehm OTTAWA — Tonica’s oldest resident, Gladys S. Klehm, 102, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, in the LaSalle Gladys S. County NursKlehm ing Home in Ottawa. She was born May 10, 1911, on a farm southwest of Tonica to Frank and Ruth (Bullock) Hiltabrand. Her heritage goes back to the early settlers of Putnam County. Her greatgrandfather, George, along with his brother, Isaac, and their mother settled on the Oxbow, northwest of Magnolia in 1829, the second family to settle there. Eventually, members of the family migrated eastward into LaSalle County to farm in the Lostant and Tonica areas. Upon graduation from Tonica High School in 1929, she became the nanny to the Vlastnik twins, Bill and Frank of Peru, until her marriage to Elmer Klehm on May 30, 1935,

Klehm From Page 1 In 1966. the Village Inn had the daytime coffee shop, which served breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Backroom was a roaring ‘20’s style restaurant featuring a fine dining experience. On Sundays, the legendary Sunday buffet was open during the midday. Keeping three different restaurants under one roof going was a big responsibility. “She always surrounded herself with very top notch cooks. I mean Irene and Peg; that whole bunch. There was Elsie Skutt. They were all good,” said Laiele. “The dayside waitresses she worked with were super. Everyone enjoyed Gladys. She was someone who got along with everyone.” On the evening side, the younger kids who cooked for the restaurant respected her. “She was the one that the young kids used to be worried about if they didn’t do some-

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in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mendota. In addition to being a homemaker, Gladys also became widely known throughout the Illinois Valley area for her skills as a seamstress and upholsterer. With the addition of a school cafeteria in 1953, she was hired as a cook for the Tonica Grade School. When the Village Inn Restaurant opened for business in 1966, she was offered the position of head cook. She worked there until 1986 when she retired to be with her husband who was in ill health. He died May 9, 1988. She is survived by one son, Elmer Duane (Sharon) Klehm of rural Tonica; three grandchildren, Duane A. (Deborah) Klehm of Lacon, Darryl Klehm of Minerva, Ohio, and Denise (Greg) Hastings of Richmond, Ky.; and four great-grandchildren, Brandon Klehm of Columbus, Ohio, Sara Klehm of Minerva, Ohio, Parker Hastings of Richmond, Ky., and Clayton Klehm of Lacon. The last of seven chil-

dren in her family, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Claude Hiltabrand, Robert Hiltabrand, James Mason Hiltabrand and Donald Hiltabrand, and two sisters, Dorothy Ryan and Ada Leifeit. She also is survived by six nieces, Mary (Fred) Herlocker of Lake Bluff, Gladys Schmitt of Mendota, Donna Calkins of Streator, Carolyn (Norman) Hiltabrand and Ruth Baldin, both of Oglesby, and Roberta (George) Worthington of Beaver Dam, Wis.; and one nephew, Robert (Yvonne) Hiltabrand of Gales Ferry, Conn. Visitation was from 9 to 11 a.m. July 29 in the Tonica United Methodist Church. Services were at 11 a.m. July 29 in the church with the Rev. Mark Nowakowski officiating. Pallbearers were her grandsons and greatgrandsons, Duane Klehm, Darryl Klehm, Greg Hastings, Brandon Klehm, Parker Hastings and Clayton Klehm. The Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica is handling the arrangements for her family.

thing right. The kids knew if Gladys wouldn’t be pleased about something because she would let them know about it,” said Laiele. Klehm was a quiet leader who had a strong work ethic and expected the best from those who worked with her. Yet at the same time, she was very accessible. She encouraged the younger kids who cooked in the evenings and would always help the ones who wanted to be chefs. “Peggy (Ryan) Clelander went on to be one of the Chicago 7 Chefs,” said Laiele. “Of course, Laurie my own daughter is a chef now too.” Clelander has nothing but fond memories of the Village Inn and her relationship with Klehm. “Gladys was part of this older group of women that set the tone

for the cooks,” said Clelander. “They were all so professional. They really understood what needed to be done for the good of the restaurant. They looked out for each other and the customers. I think the professionalism really affected me and set the tone for what should be expected for someone who was working in a restaurant.” Clelander remembers how much planning had to go in to keeping the Village Inn running. “It was a big operation in the day. You think about all that was going on with the cafe, the Backroom and the dancing; and those buffets on Sundays. Of course we all remember Mother’s Day buffets,” Clelander said. “Just to have enough food for it all, it was huge.” “The Village Inn was her life,” said Sharon Klehm.

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A car destined for greatness Tonica native nominates car as a national treasure By Ken Schroeder

TONICA – The National Park Service guides the National Registry of Historic Places, and while the program is predominately centered around historic buildings and structures, it also features a registry of cultures and maritime history. In recent years, the registry has added a category for motor vehicles, but there has yet to be any entries. A former Tonica resident would like to change that. Fifty years ago, a 19-year-old Gene Beenenga and his young bride purchased a brand new Chevrolet Corvette. That particular year was the only model that featured the split window configuration with a bar splitting the rear window from top to bottom. Throughout the years, many owners of that model Corvette have removed the split window feature. As it turns out, the ‘63 Corvette is now a collector’s item due to its unique structure,

Census From Page 1 Baby Boomers still account for the largest age demographic with more than 14.7 percent of the population between 45 and 54. Median age for the district is 39.4 years of age. As is typical across the country, women outnumber men slightly 359,602 to 354,248. The overwhelming majority of residents are white with Hispanics making up less than 10 percent

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Gene Beenenga’s 1963 Chevrolet Corvette still sports all of its original equipment 50 years after he purchased it new. and Beenenga, now 72, feels it deserves a place in history. Beenenga has established a museum that features the 1963 Corvette and has recently filled out all of the necessary paperwork to nominate the car to the National Registry. “It’s a beautiful car, and it’s unique in its styling,” Beenenga said. “We created the museum to protect and publicly share this pristine example of American design, engineering and manufacturing.” “The automobile is one of the most significant inventions in its positive impact on the development of this country. The ‘63 is a great example of the style and the love affair of a classic automobile.”

Beenenga still owns his Corvette, which has only 84,000 miles on it. It has been taken to car shows throughout the country and drawn raves because the car has been completely unaltered. Each piece on the car is original equipment. “It’s in such good shape that it’s been used to train car show judges what to look for,” Beenenga said. Beenenga doesn’t think the ‘63 Corvette should stand alone in the National Registry auto division, and cites the Model T and the Ford Mustang as others worthy of inclusion. “My hope is that once I get this car registered, it begins an onslaught of other vehicles becoming registered.”

of the population and blacks less than 5 percent. The largest source of employment in the district is the education and health occupations with more than 23 percent finding employment there. More than 10 percent of all housing in the district is vacant, with just more than 42 percent of the residents moving into their current homes since 2005. The majority of households earned more than $35,000 in 2011, with

a median income of $52,101. However, 11.6 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. More than 89 percent of the district population aged 25 and older has a high school diploma or GED, while just less than 20 percent have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. These numbers and more can be found at the U.S. Census Bureau’s My Congressional District website at mycd/?eml=gd.

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3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Blast off to Rocket Camp! By Ken Schroeder

TONICA – Summer camp can be a lot of fun with swimming, fishing and softball. But one young Tonica boy got the opportunity to spend a portion of his summer with his head in the clouds. Johnathan Johnson, 9, of Tonica got the rare chance to go to Florida to attend Rocket Camp during late June. It took a few family connections to get there. “My aunt was willing to pay for it,” said Johnson. His aunt Vicki lives near the camp, and she thought it would be fun for her young nephew. Johnathan and his fellow campers built miniature rockets throughout the course of the first days. Then they visited a nearby park to launch them. That was just the beginning. “We went to the Kennedy Space Center where we got to see the very first rocket that was launched from there,” Johnathan said. “Then on Thursday, there’s this thing called Mission Moonbase, and we had to do all the

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Johnathan Johnson holds the rocket he launched during a week-long Rocket Camp he attended in June. things that an astronaut would do on a rocket.” Johnathan has been interested in space since seeing a diorama of the solar system at school. From that point, he read books, trying to find out as much as he could about the planets. You might think he’d like to grow up to be an astronaut.

“That’s a possibility maybe, but that’s not first on my list,” Johnathan said. “Architect.” While he might head in a different direction careerwise, Johnathan would like to go back to Rocket Camp, or maybe Space Camp. “That’s up to him,” said Jonathan’s father Jay. “He really enjoyed it.”

Lamps will not seek re-election OTTAWA – LaSalle County Treasurer Don Lamps has decided not to seek a fourth term. In a press release on July 29, Lamps said he wants to spend more time with his family,

and he will let his tenure expire on Nov. 20, 2014. “It’s difficult to leave a job that I enjoy, but I feel it will be the right time to do it,” Lamps said.

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Soil health field day set SUBLETTE – A field day highlighting soil health through the use of conservation tillage practices and cover crops is planned at the Althaus Brothers farm in Sublette Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to explore properties of healthy soil with a Natural Resources Conservation Services soil scientist, view plots and soil pits comparing conventional tillage and strip tillage, and to learn about cover cropping basics. “Though they have been grown for generations, cover crops are among today’s exciting frontiers in conservation,” said Aaron Seim, a district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service

(NRCS). “Cover crops are employed for a wide variety of uses, such as covering, protecting, or building the soil. Investing money, time and management in both cover crops and conservation tillage is a bold, but often highly productive, strategy for a farming system that is healthy over the long term – both economically and ecologically.” Attendance is free, but attendees are asked to register by calling or emailing the Lee County Farm Bureau Office at 815-857-3531 or leecfb@ to ensure enough food is available for everyone. Attendees are to meet in the field north of the house at the Althaus Brothers’ farm located at 154 LaMoille

Road, Sublette. Lunch will be provided at noon. “We are excited to be part of this farmland conservation field day in the upper reach of the Big Bureau Creek Watershed,” said Stacy James of Prairie Rivers Network.  “Cover crops and reduced tillage are among the best practices to improve soil health while increasing farm productivity if done right. This field day will put interested farmers in touch with experts who have valuable insight.”  This field day is sponsored by the Lee and Bureau County offices of the NRCS, Lee County Farm Bureau, Prairie Rivers Network, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and Friends of Big Bureau Creek Watershed.


levels. They’ll be able to focus and cover an area more in-depth,” Malahy said. In other action, the board: • Discussed at length regulations that have to be met by Star, the school’s dog. While Star has been useful in defusing behavioral problems, he has also disrupted some classes with barking and playful antics. The board is looking into training classes that will bring Star into line with state and safety issues for school animals. The board voted to grant Star a “leave of absence” until those requirements were met. • Moved the evening of the Unpack the Backpack night from Aug. 16 to Aug. 15 to avoid a scheduling conflict with an event

at Putnam County High School, since many parents have students at both schools. • Was informed no bids had been received for the basement project, which would alleviate the flooding problems the school has been experiencing. The board instructed school architect Bob Johnson to let out the bids again. • Discussed some continuing leaky roof problems and methods of how they might be corrected. Johnson said part of the problem is the foam roof an earlier board had installed. Johnson said he had recommended against it since the foam roofing works best on a pitched roof, instead of a flat roof like the one at Lostant.

From Page 1 people will be together in that class. They will be grouped so they are challenged, but not bored or completely lost.” The board said while it would be possible a class would contain members of all five grades, it wasn’t likely to be a constant occurrence, as classes would be small and tailored for each group on a specific level. Superintendant Sandra Malahy told the board and the guests the program will be in line with the new national core curriculum. “This will also make it easier for teachers who won’t have to make lesson plans for several different

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The Editorial Page The Tonica News Sam R Fisher

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Snagging a keeper Thank you, Mom, for the inspiration … I was furious this morning. I was thinking about a certain person that had angered me in a way in which I hadn’t been angered in a long time. This person’s actions were not even directed toward me, yet I felt this person had pursued a route of interaction with another you just shouldn’t pursue. I care about both of these people unconditionally, and I felt great agitation toward the afflicter and sensed the crushing blow the afflicted must have felt. My family and I just returned from our most recent vacation to Ontario, Canada. It is a location we frequent with consistency every year. My mother spent a portion of her childhood in or around that area, and her siblings and all of their COMMENTARY wives, children and friends who have all inhabited Canadian wilderness for the majority of their lives, begin celebrating our arrival with vast enthusiasm before they even see the whites of our eyes. I do the same. From the initial hug to the final handshake, fish practically jump into the boats I find myself in, and campfires burn as if their sole source of fuel is the laughter heard from the stories being told. I often find my vision lost in the landscape of water seemingly flattened by the horizon of pine as the vessel I’m in crests across the fluctuating glasswork, and I cannot, by definition, will myself any closer to the cartoon characters that moonlight as clouds powdering the cheeks of the baby blue sky. One loon’s coos crawl across the lake to its lover, and I am inebriated by nature’s penmanship. This year was no different. It was more profound than any other before it, in fact, and yet there was situational tension between individuals that could be cut like a walleye moments before the fry. Some of the inhibition lies within days long since passed, while other aspects persistent in their problematic gash are as current as the breath being taken. While I understand most every angle that brings to light these frictions of the flesh, I am rarely in accordance with their existence. A few brutally truthful words given by an individual I hold closer to home than most any other found my ears today, and they were seasoned with the spices of a recollecting perspective. I cannot cure every ailment in another, and some days I even have trouble doing so for myself. There are places we’ve all been, and situations we’ve all encountered that we dread the memory of, but those experiences are a vital portion of the fundamental figments of growth that seem so animate that you think you can reach out and grab them like a fish you’ve reeled to the surface. I’ve cast many a lonely line that have left me an empty hook upon its return to the boat, but it’s the finger-licking flavors fresh off the fire that have helped me realize the necessity for both. Do I love each member of my family? With all my heart. Have I ever let them down? Each and every one. Have I ever been purposely cruel to them? Regretfully so. Am I remorseful for those rusty hooks? Each moment I exist. Do I need them in order to succeed in life? Without a shadow of a doubt. Do they trust me and rely on me? I pray they do. Am I a better person for having known them? Each day that I wake. Are you a trophy catch to me? If you can see my heart, then the answer is yes. Forgive and forgive those unworthy as well, for anger knows no boundaries, anger has no sense. Eric Engel, formerly of Tiskilwa but now of Madison, Wis., is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. He can be reached by e-mail at

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On the street

What do you think of the governor suspending the legislators pay until they address pension reform?

“I don’t think its going to work either way.” Larry Barr, Lostant

“Sometimes you have to take away something to get something. We do it with our children.” Mili Tregoning and friend, Chula, Tonica

“I think it would be good to force action one way or the other. There is too much stalling with these guys.” Kevin Clark, Peru

“I think it’s a political move. It’s not going to make a difference. The governor has not been very effective at all.” Lonnie Yingst, Geneva

“I think the higher ups should live like you and I do. Have them try to go to the grocery store on a $100 to feed their family. Don’t take my pension that I worked for.” MaryKay Keutzer, Tonica

Twinkie rides again Recently, an heir to the royal throne of England was born; the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy; Ryan Braun was suspended from Major League Baseball for steroid use; and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner did … er, well, ... stuff … again. Does it make me a bad person that I think that all of these stories pale in comparison to the comeback of the Twinkie? It sounds sad, but alas, it’s true. Now I usually don’t like to do a lot of research when I write a column, and this one is not much different. But for a story as important as this, that touches so many lives, I thought that a little fieldwork might be warranted. The fine folks at Wikipedia recount the story that Twinkies were invented in River Forest, Ill., on April 6, 1930, by James Alexander Dewar. From there, Twinkies went on to become one of the world’s most popular and profitable snack treats. However, on May 4, 2012, Hostess, the parent company of Twinkies, filed for bankruptcy citing one of their problems as a loss of sales due to a nation that wanted to eat healthier. (Stupid health craze.) On Nov. 12, 2012, they ended Twinkie production in the United States. If you read the book of Revelations close enough, I believe that this might be one of the signals that the end of days is near. I

Greg Wallace FROM THE SKETCHBOOK don’t know why William and Kate would want to bring a future King of England into a Twinkie-less world. Growing up, some of my best memories involved a Twinkie. I can remember the commercials where Twinkie The Kid would run around on my parents black and white RCA television set. I’d be watching the adventures of the seven stranded castaways and he would appear in his 10-gallon hat, bandana and boots brandishing his lasso reminding me that I was hungry. Twinkie The Kid knew what he was doing. I remember Twinkies being used as a form of currency at the school lunch table. If you brought your lunch to school, and your mother loved you enough to put a Twinkie in your lunchbox, you had the ability to trade for practically anything off of anyone else’s tray if the urge hit you. Twinkie owners were the George Steinbrenners of the elementary school. They made the rules and lived like rock stars. Throughout my life, Twinkies and other wonderful Hostess products have always been there for me when I have needed them most. When Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake’s plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan on

“M*A*S*H,” Twinkie was there to help me pull through. When James Evans died on “Good Times,” Twinkie was there. Even all of those times when I was watching “Happy Days” trying to figure out what happened to Richie’s big brother Chuck, Twinkie was there. Twinkies have helped me through some of life’s most traumatic moments, most of them imaginary. So you can understand my unrestrained joy when Twinkies rose like a sugar-filled phoenix out of the ashes of junk food death and filled store shelves once again on July 15, 2013. A day that should forever be honored as a national day of remembrance known as Twinkie Day and celebrated much like we do Ground Hog Day and Elvis’ birthday. And it’s not just Twinkies that came back into our lives. There are also Ding Dongs, Cupcakes, Donettes, Mini Muffins, Coffee Cakes, Cinnamon Rolls, Honey Buns, Fruit Pies, Zingers, Sno Balls, Suzy Q’s, and my personal favorite, Ho Hos. I lost another notch on my belt just thinking about it. The news of the Twinkies triumphant return makes my heart skip a beat. But then again, that could just be the cardiac arrhythmia caused by the 135 glorious calories of golden sponge cake and creamy filling. You can contact Wallace at You can follow him on his blog at http://

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Community Hegler Park Pavilion will host Jeanie B! LASALLE – The LaSalle Park District and the LaSalle Public Library will host a free concert at the Hegeler Park Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 3. Performed by Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans, the “Hot Summer Days” concert promises a rock-in’ good time for babies, boomers and beyond ... and everyone in-between. Critically acclaimed, packing shows across the Midwest, Jeanie B! is a lifelong singer/songwriter. The rest of the Jelly Beans band is made up of professional, seasoned,

fun-loving veterans on the rock, country and roots music circuit. Their sound is a mixture of bluegrass, country, blues and enough rock ‘n’ roll to keep everyone dancing! Jeanie B! delivers a live show that is a dance party with young and old alike up on their feet and singing along. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy with the concert. Hegeler Park is located at 855 MacArthur St. in LaSalle. For more information, call the LaSalle Public Library at 815223-2341.

‘MagnoliAffaire’ set for Aug. 16-18 MAGNOLIA — MagnoliAffaire, the summer celebration of Magnolia, is set for Aug. 16-18. The festivities begin on Friday with a family movie in the park at dusk sponsored by the Magnolia Fire Department Auxiliary. Bring your lawn chairs; refreshments will be available for purchase. A weekend softball tournament is planned with beer and concessions available at the ball diamond. No coolers will be allowed. Interested parties should contact Peggy Smith at 815-257-0707.

Saturday will feature a craft and vendor show in the fire station and at the ball diamond park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any questions regarding the craft and vendor show should be directed to Sara Rubin at 309-369-3991. The car and motorcycle show with a DJ will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details, contact Chris Foster at 815-780-0728. Bags tournaments are scheduled for 10 a.m. at the car show and 12:30 p.m. at the ball diamond. A bocce ball tournament begins at the fire

station at 2 p.m. with signup from noon to 2 p.m. Kids’ activities at the ball diamond from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include games and a petting zoo, as well as pony rides sponsored by Gallop 4ward Equine Products. A horse-drawn shuttle sponsored by Wayne Withers will provide transportation between the ball diamond and Main Street with donations welcome. The fire department pork chop fry will begin at 11 a.m., serving at the fire station and ball diamond. Mama Susz will provide

DJ and karaoke entertainment from 3 to 7 p.m. Rival Karma (sponsored by Magnolia Fire Department and Auxiliary) will perform for the street dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. Beer and concessions will be available at the ball diamond and fire station. Sunday’s activities include the fire department pork chop fry beginning at 11 a.m., kids’ water fights at 11 a.m. with fire department water fights immediately following. Beer and concessions will again be available.

Tonica Cruise-In scheduled for Aug. 24 TONICA — The Tonica Cruise-In is set from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 in downtown Tonica. There is a $5 entry fee. Dash plaques will be given to the first 125 cars. Trophies will be awarded, and there will be giveaways and a 50-50 drawing. Back by popular demand is the Rock N’ Roll Wizzard of the Wizzard’s Juke Joint playing favorite oldies music. A hula hoop and twist contest is at 6:30 p.m. A pork chop dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Tonica Fire Depart-

ment. The event will also include food vendors and a beer garden. This year’s sponsors include Illini State Bank — Tonica, Oglesby and Lostant; Fender Menders, Peru; Stevens Service Center, Oglesby; High End Detail, Tonica; Fisher Auto Body, Oglesby; A.L.S. Landscape, Tonica; and Jimmie’s Motor Rebuilding Co. Inc., Peru. For more information, contact Bob and Beth Beenenga at 815-4423275 after 6 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Tonica Fire Department.

‘Boo’ Milby 5K memory run set for Aug. 17 LASALLE — This year’s Boo Milby 5K Run will be Aug. 17 at Northwest School in LaSalle. Participation as a runner or a walker will help make a difference in the lives of more than 2,500 Illinois Valley area individuals and families coping with the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. The majority of the money raised by the Illinois Valley Alzheimer’s Group will be used locally. Participation will directly assist area families in the form of caregiver training classes and speakers through the Caring Friends Illinois

Valley Alzheimer’s Group support meetings. A small portion will fund national research efforts. For more information, call Peg Gonet at 815339-6465 or Joanne Milby at 815-223-1885.

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PCHS volleyball ‘setting up’ for 2013 campaign By Dixie Schroeder

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GRANVILLE – The 2013 Putnam County High School volleyball season isn’t underway yet, but second-year head coach Amy Kreiser already has her team busy this summer. Kreiser is young and full of enthusiasm and brings several years of coaching experience to PCHS. “I went to Augustana College, and I played my freshman year,” she said. “I decided that I wanted to coach club volleyball, so I coached the U-15 Club team while I finished up at Augie.” Her previous club coaching experience led her to the club volleyball circuit in the Illinois Valley where she coached the IVP (Illinois Valley Power), a local club team that included a lot of area girls. She then decided to apply for the varsity job at PCHS. Kreiser learned by example in coaching as her dad, Ron Kreiser, coached at Fieldcrest. Kreiser not only coaches for PCHS but had coached for the past three years at Lostant Junior High School, as well as continuing coaching on the club circuit. She brings a high level of enthusiasm to all her efforts, and her teams have responded positively. Goals of the summer for Kreiser are for participants to get in condition for the upcoming season, so when it actually starts, the girls will be ready to focus on volleyball skills. Kreiser said the girls have goals and work toward them. They work out unofficially a couple times a week, playing summer league when games are scheduled and working on skills when at PCHS. “The girls know at the beginning of the season that they have expectations they have to meet,” she said. “So that if they were not at a summer workout session because of vacation or whatever,

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Perfect Peach Cobbler 4 cups sliced peaches 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 beaten egg 6 tablespoons butter Place peaches on bottom of 10-by-6-by-1 1/2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Add 1/2 cup sugar to peaches and mix. Sift together dry ingredients. Add egg and toss with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over peaches. Drizzle with butter. Bake at 375° for 35 to 40 minutes or until slightly browned. Top with cinnamon and ice cream if desired (1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon.)

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Taylor Erjavsek goes up for the ball against two Ottawa High School defenders in the practice on July 25. there are things that they could have been doing on their own to help them prepare. When it comes into season time, we are not only necessarily trying to get into shape but can really focus on the volleyball part of it.” Kreiser enjoys her team and loves to work on the skills she demonstrates with them. “There’s a joy that comes out of these workouts, just like teaching,” she said. “When a kid finally gets a skill and it clicks with one of the girls, you see them be successful and see their excitement and their passion for the game when they get what they want.” In 2012, Putnam County pulled out of the merrygo-round of coaches with Kreiser’s arrival and upped their performance levels. PCHS finished with the best record in the program

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in the last eight years. The team finished fourth in the conference in the regular season along with fourth in the conference tournament. The team also won the Ashton-Franklin tournament. Kreiser is welcoming back the majority of her team for the 2013 season and looks forward to taking on conference foes like Fieldcrest, Woodland and Marquette. “With so many returning to the team, I have a lot of options and depth at

Head coach Amy Kreiser each of our positions,” she said. “So that’s good. We even have some returning people in the positions which is also great.”

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Library Corner LaSalle Public Library – “Hot Summer Days Concert in the Park,” Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m.

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Movies will kick off this year’s TonicaFest TONICA — TonicaFest is Aug. 22-25 this year. The extended days in this year’s celebration will also help honor the village of Tonica’s 160th anniversary. To kick off TonicaFest this year, two prefest events have been

planned. On Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, two movies will be shown downtown on Main Street near the cannon park shelter — “Back to the Future 1” and “Back to the Future 2.” For more information, contact Jessica Schneider at 815-257-8293.

Tonica UMC to host vacation Bible school TONICA – Vacation Bible school is just around the corner for Tonica, Lostant and Richland. The Tonica United Methodist Church is hosting “Inside Out and Upside Down on Main

Street” at the church at 423 E. Wauponis St. from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 5-9. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Karen Steele at 815-674-3492.

Arthur Koudelka named to dean’s list DES MOINES, Iowa – Arthur Koudelka of Tonica was named to Drake University’s dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

Students included on the dean’s list must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to earn the honor.

‘Little Women’ auditions HENRY — River Valley Players announces auditions for “Little Women” (the musical), based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences. Auditions will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 at St. Mary’s Community Center in Henry. Call backs, if needed, will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 19. The show will be pre-

sented Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 26 and will be held on weekday evenings, as well as Sunday afternoons. There may also be Saturday afternoon rehearsals. For more information, call Charlotte Balensiefen at 309-364-3563 or email

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‘Fore’ the love of the game August is National Golf Month By Dixie Schroeder

MCNABB — August is National Golf Month. For those who play the sport and for those who do not, this is a time to learn — in theory or practice — something about the world of golf. According to, the history of golf, the game as it is known today, can be traced to 15th century Scotland. The Scots had learned parts of the game from the Dutch during the 14th century. The Dutch played a game where balls were hit by sticks that were slightly curved at the bottom, trying to get the ball from Point A to Point B. As both countries were trading partners, this lends itself to the theory that golf as the game we know today came from Scotland. The Scots were more about the warmer weather idea and took the Dutch game and moved it from being played on ice to being played on grass. The ironic thing was Scotland had to play with imported sticks or clubs from the Dutch and used balls that they received in a trade from Holland. Many area players use Edgewood Park Golf Club outside of McNabb. According to one of the original owners, Corky Mabis, the club was developed in 1967 when Andy Clausen bought land and a tavern on the site. Clausen then formed a corporation of 25 owners, who worked to develop the first nine holes. Bob Pletsch, Ken Petterson and Mabis put in the water lines for the course. The park opened in the fall of 1968 with a round of golf costing $6. The second nine holes was created when the corporation of 25 owners purchased 35 more acres. The front nine was adapted to flow better with the new nine, and the 18 hole course people use today was opened in the fall of 1995. Today, Edgewood Park Golf Course Inc. has a group of 25 own-

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Ian Roach of Hennepin has been playing golf since he was 4 years old. ers with only three of the original owners — Bob Judd, Kelly Carlson and Mabis — still living. From the fitness standpoint, golf can be very good for you. Fitness. com says playing an 18 hole round of golf is the equivalent of walking for five to six miles. It can potentially burn up to 2,000 calories at the same time. Local Tonica resident Bob Marshall finds golf a great way to exercise and relax. “I love to play golf; I have played since I was 18,” Marshall said. “When I first started I played at South Bluff Country Club. I also joined Edgewood Park.” Linda Supan of Tonica also views golf as a great way to relax. “It’s a sport you either love or you don’t like it at all,” Supan said. “To me it is a good release. If you get stress of any kind or anything

that is getting to you, it is time to go out there, and you think about nothing but hitting that ball.” Marshall noted some of the changes over the years to the game have been interesting. “When I first started playing the clubs were made of wood,” he said. “Now they have metal clubs. The irons were always metal but with the woods like the driver, the three wood and the five wood were made of wood.” Supan, who admits to having played golf for more than 30 years, agreed there have been changes over that time. “Golf rules are golf rules. Nothing changes there,” she said. “Courses and equipment are better. You can hit the balls further. It’s an amazing time in the game of golf. I love it; there is nothing I would rather do.”

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

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GRANVILLE On Rt. 71, between Casey's and BP. Thursday, August 1, 1pm5pm; Friday, August 2, 8am-6pm; Saturday, August 3, 8am3pm; Sunday, August 4, 9am-1pm. LARGE ESTATE SALE. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, household items, old tools, old toys & holiday decorations. Beautiful Victorian breakfront, piano, old records, old sheet music. 815-3392565

PRINCETON 704 Eastmor Drive. Thursday, Friday, August 1 & 2, 8am-5pm; Saturday, August 3, 8amNoon. MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE Rain Date: August 8-9

PRINCETON 1011 North Maple. Saturday, August 3, 8am–noon; Sunday, August 4, 11am–2pm. Antiques: secretary, “Pie Safe”, bedroom set, arm chair, 6 year old dark wood table and chairs, other furniture, fabric, XL adult clothing, dishware and more

PRINCETON 1035 Lora Avenue (Birdhaven). Thursday, August 1, 4pm7pm; Friday, August 2, 8am-5pm; Saturday, August 3, 8am-noon. The Packrats are at it again! Older teen/girls and adult clothing. Bedding, rugs, books, name brand toiletries, jewelry, toys, collectibles and glassware. Deck lounge chair and storage box, movies & CDs. Misc. household & decorating items, picture frames, Many more items! No early sales, please

PRINCETON North Main Street inside Sherwood Flea Market Building (North of Sherwood Antique Mall). Saturday, Sunday, August 3, 4; 9am-3pm. Annual Fundraiser for the elderly cats of Aunt “B”s Bed & Breakfast. Over 300 cat and dog related items, (mostly new), for you, your best friend and gifts for animal lovers

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PRINCETON 728 South Euclid Avenue. Saturday, Sunday, August 3, 4; 9am-4pm. Sofa sleeper, matching love seat, Ikea love seat, large recliner, dishes, adult clothing, DVD's, lots more.

TISKILWA 315 Brewster Street. Friday, Saturday, August 2, 3; 9am-6pm. MULTI-FAMILY SALE. Furniture, dishwasher, washing machine, clothes, books, twin bed/pull out drawer, much more

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PRINCETON 2005 South Main Street. Thursday & Friday, August 1 & 2, 8am-5pm; BARGAIN DAY Saturday, August 3, 8amNoon. Girl's size up to 4t. Antique brass bed, storm doors, cabinets, canning jars, tools, quilts, large refrigerator, microwave, Longaberger, & much more! PRINCETON 619 Aleta Drive. Thursday, August 1, 8:30am-1pm; Friday, August 2, 9am-1pm. Misc. items. No clothing

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