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Friday, November 9, 2018

Soup’s on!

Vol. 144 No. 49

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Susan Glassman, a nutrition and wellness educator with the U of I Extension, recently visited the Putnam County Community Center in Standard to host a program on soups. Glassman reviewed the basic types of the popular wintertime comfort food and how to adapt them for a variety of needs. FOR A STORY, TURN TO PAGE 3. (Tonica News photo/ Dave Cook)


Trial date The murder trial for a Standard man will take place next month. / 2

SCHOOLS They’re celebrating in Lostant after the

elementary school earned an “exemplary” rating on its Illinois Report Card. / 2

THE ARTS Stage 212’s 50th anniversary season will

conclude with a taste of the holidays as “White Christmas” will be performed starting Nov. 20. / 5

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Henderson trial date still set for Dec. 17 Defense unaware if suspect will take the stand during trial BY DAVE COOK HENNEPIN — In a Nov. 1 status hearing lasting about a minute in Putnam County Court, the defense attorney for murder suspect Richard A. Henderson told the judge pre-trial motions would be filed by Nov. 6. Henderson, 26, of Standard is accused in the January killing of a 16-year-old Bureau County girl. He previously decided to waive his right to a jury trial and will have his fate decided by Judge Stephen A. Kouri during a bench trial scheduled to begin Dec. 17. Henderson faces charges of three counts of murder for the stabbing

death of Diamond Bradley, of Spring Valley. She was last seen by her family on Jan. 23, was reported missing the next day, and her body was found along a rural Putnam County road on Jan. 27. Henderson was taken into custody on Feb. 5 after investigators linked him to Bradley through interviews, surveillance footage, and cell phone data. A motions hearing was set for 10 a.m. on Nov. 21. While Public Defender Roger Bolin didn’t elaborate, he did say after the hearing that a few pre-trial motions will likely be filed and that he had recently received additional evidence to review. He also said he didn’t know whether Henderson would take the stand during his trial. Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd-Mennie said, “We’re ready,” when asked about the state’s case against Henderson. The prosecution has previously stated it had

an “abundance of evidence.” Both the prosecution and the defense are expecting the trial to last only three or four days. Henderson was initially charged with concealment of a homicidal death, a Class 3 felony with a sentencing range of two to five years. However, Bolin successfully got that charge dropped during a Sept. 6 status hearing. Bolin argued the 120-day limit of the Speedy Trial Act has been exceeded, and Judd-Mennie agreed to drop the charge to focus on the murder charges. The three additional first-degree murder charges were entered on Aug. 30, and each carries concurrent $1 million bonds with 10 percent to apply. If convicted, Henderson faces 20 years to life in prison with each felony charge, and would have to serve 100 percent of his sentence. Henderson previously entered pleas of not guilty on all counts.

Tuesday, Nov. 30. Then the prosecution will have until Jan. 4 to respond, if the timeline is kept. Andersen, 68, of Standard was sentenced Aug. 24 to 60 years in prison for the murder. He also was found guilty of concealment of a homicidal

death during his two-week trial in July. He received an additional concurrent sentence of five years in prison for that crime. Andersen is being held at Stateville Correctional Center. — By Derek Barichello, Shaw Media

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IN BRIEF Andersen appeals conviction OTTAWA — Clifford A. Andersen, who was convicted of murdering his sister-inlaw Deborah Dewey in Putnam County court, has appealed the verdict. Andersen must submit his argument to the Appellate Court in Ottawa by


District receives ‘exemplary’ report card School has improved testing results, and its funding levels exceed expectations BY DAVE COOK LOSTANT — The Illinois State Board of Education recently released the results of this year’s Illinois Report Card for Lostant’s school, and there’s reason to celebrate. “Lostant Elementary School received an ‘Exemplary’ rating,” reported Superintendent Sandra Malahy. Schools earning an exemplary

rating are those performing in the top 10 percent of schools statewide and with no under-performing student groups. Malahy said the percentage of Lostant Sandra students meeting or Malahy Superintendent, exceeding the English Lostant Grade Language Arts (ELA) standards set by the School Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing were 50 percent, a 10 percent increase over the previous year. Thirty-five percent of Lostant students met those standards in math, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. Sixty-four percent of Lostant 5th- and 8th-grade students are

proficient in science, a 24 percent improvement from last year. Currently the state’s average is 51 percent. Financially, Lostant is at 107 percent of the financial capacity needed to meet expectations. “I believe a dedicated staff, highly qualified teachers, supportive parents, a strong instructional program, and making fiscally responsible decisions are the foundation of our “Exemplary” rating,” Malahy said. Lostant educators return year-toyear at a 77.8 percent rate, which is lower than the state average of 85.2 percent. Of the school’s $1.9 million in funding, 82.6 percent is locally generated, 13.2 percent comes from the state, and 4.3 percent is federal.

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Tips for a successful soup

Servings: 8 (one-cup servings) Ingredients: 1 cup of chopped carrots 3/4 cup of diced celery 1 medium diced onion 6 cups of cubed butternut squash (about one large squash) 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder 1 teaspoon of crushed thyme 1 teaspoon of crushed sage 1 teaspoon of rosemary 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds 6 cups of chicken or vegetable stock (48oz. package) Directions 1. Wash butternut squash with cold running water. Remove squash skin using a vegetable peeler. Cut and remove the seeds. Cut squash into cubes. 2. In a 6-8 quart soup pot, heat oil. Add onion and saute until caramelized, then layer carrots and celery over the onion, stirring until tender. Sprinkle in the spices, saute until the ingredients are combined and enjoy their aroma. 3. Add squash cubes and toss the vegetable mixture together. Cover with the chicken or vegetable stock. Cover and simmer until tender (approximately 30 minutes). Taste, and salt as needed. 4. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until smooth and creamy. If using a regular blender, let soup cool and blend three cups at a time. Garnish ideas: Pepitas, goat cheese, dried cranberries, chopped apple, homemade croutons or toasted wheat bread, a dollop of sour cream or heavy cream, in moderation, cracked pepper, freshly chopped sage, toasted walnuts. Source: U of I Extension

• Don’t compromise on quality; lackluster ingredients will make a lackluster soup. • Saute vegetables in butter or oil before adding them to soup. This seals in their flavor and keeps them firm. Give onions a little extra time because slow cooking brings out their natural sweetness. • You can make a good soup with water, but a rich, homemade stock will add a depth of flavor that water can’t duplicate. • Most soups (with the exception of delicate, fresh fruit soups) improve with age and can be made a day or two in advance. Leftovers can also freeze well. • It’s easy to de-fat soup if it’s chilled first. The fat will solidify on top and can be

half adds more than 300 calories.” By comparison, one cup of stewed tomatoes adds only 66 calories, and chicken broth adds 25. Fat content is also greatly changed depending on your soup’s base. That same cup of whipping cream provides 74 grams of fat compared to approximately 1 gram for broths. “Using evaporated skim milk will give your soup the creamy taste and texture you desire, but without all the calories and fat,” Glassman said. Once the soups are ready to serve, Glassman shared the power a good garnish can create. “Garnishes are where you can show your creativity and personality, and when we’re cooking for

others, we want to show our best,” she said. She had prepared a butternut squash soup to share with those attending her program, and offered a variety of garnishes to sample with it, including dried cranberries, feta cheese, minced herbs, crou-

easily removed with a spoon. • To guard against burns, allow hot soup to cool slightly before pureeing. • Leftovers make terrific soups. Saute aromatic vegetables, such as onions, carrots and garlic in oil or butter, adding bite-sized pieces of leftover meats, along with a little stock or milk, and simmer until flavorful. • To ensure soups arrive at the table piping hot, serve them in tureens, lidded bowls or well-heated cups. • For a rich brown color, brown meat carefully. Commercial coloring can also be used. • Add a little bouillon to cream soup or a weak homemade stock to increase flavor. • Always check the sodium content of your broth and add seasonings as needed. Source: U of I Extension tons and more. She also encouraged home cooks to not be afraid to experiment with the unusual. After enjoying a bowl of soup, Hennepin resident Pauline Marchiori shared what she enjoyed about the program.

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STANDARD — When temperatures drop and families begin to retreat indoors, one of the most common cravings is for a warm bowl of hearty soup. “Soup has always been a comfort food, and you could probably eat a different soup every day and not repeat yourself,” Susan Glassman, nutrition and wellness educator for the University of Illinois Extension, told those at the Putnam County Community Center (PCCC) on Oct. 23. Glassman hosted “Hearty Soups and Stews,” a program about the perennial kitchen favorite and reviewed the types of soups, tips to make them their tastiest, their health benefits, several recipes, garnish ideas, storage and reheating, and how to solve common problems. “There are so many things you can do with soups that are delicious, and one of my favorites which proves this is “Kitchen Sink Soup.” That’s when you get to use all of the leftovers from the week,” she said, to knowing laughter from her audience. She added that with the large variety of soups, as well as the list of possible ingredients, that the combinations are endless. “Soups are a great way to use all of the small quantities of leftover meat and vegetables that routinely accumulate in your refrigerator, and fresh, frozen or canned ingredients can all be used in them,” she said. Glassman then reviewed the basics of bisques, vegetable soups, cream soups, purees, consomme, chowders, broth and stews. She also provided several tips on reducing sodium and fat content, as well as providing nutritional information on commonly used ingredients. She said rinsing canned vegetables can reduce their sodium content by up to 40 percent, and that as long as a soup is broth or tomato-based, its calorie count will remain reasonable. “But all of that changes, though, once you begin talking about creambased soups,” she said. “One cup of light whipping cream is 698 calories, and the same amount of half-and-

Butternut Squash Soup


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The warm comfort of a good soup


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VARNA — Theodore Robert Bayler Jr., 76 years, 5 months and 10 days, of Varna passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. He was born May 25, 1942, in Spring Valley to Theodore and Florence Louise (Maass) Bayler. He married Sherin Bonita Alleman, who was his grade school, middle school and high school sweetheart, on Sept. 3, 1961. He graduated from Tonica High School in 1960 and from Illinois State University in 1964, with a degree in mathematics and physical education. He received his Master’s in Education in 1972. Ted began his teaching career in Athens, Ill., from 1964 to 1967, where he taught mathematics and coached junior varsity basketball, varsity baseball, track and cross country. He moved to Tonica in 1967, where he taught mathematics and coached varsity basketball and baseball until 1974. He then moved to Varna to be an assistant principal and part-time mathematics teacher at Mid-County Junior and Senior High School. In 1976, he also served as the athletic director. He became principal at Mid-County Junior and Senior High School until he retired in 1994. Ted was an avid fisherman who enjoyed playing cards, games and chess. He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was also a devoted and loving grandfather. He was a member of Varna United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer and

trustee. He was also president of the Lake Wildwood Association for 12 years. He was president of Tri-County Association and a member of the Illinois Principals Association. For the past few years, he was proprietor and general manager of Ted’s Quarter Store and the Deuce Club, located at Bayler’s Rental outside the main gate at Lake Wildwood. He is survived by his wife, Sherin; four children, Veronica (Jeff) Kafer, Michael (Beckie) Bayler, Trisha (Paul) LaDogna and Jonathon (Donna) Bayler; 11 grandchildren, Taryn, Matthew, Trevin, Daniel, Sebastian, Tori, Benjamin, Asher, Valen, Jeffrey and Brady; and one sister, Lucille Moore. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Varna United Methodist Church with Cathy Duffy conducting the services. Burial will follow in the Magnolia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the church, and additional visitation will be Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Donations may be directed to the Varna United Methodist Church or Peace Players International. The Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at


stitute ingredients to make it healthier and also how to saute vegetables in olive oil to seal in their flavor,” JoAnne Walden of Cedar Point said. For more information about the U of I Extension’s Nutrition and Wellness programs, visit www.web.extension. For more information about the PCCC, visit or call 815-339-2711.

Continued from Page 3 “This was my first time here, and it was very warm and had a nice sense of togetherness. My favorite soup is homemade vegetable, but the squash soup we sampled was delicious,” she said. “I liked that we learned how to sub-

LOSTANT — Agnes Anna Judd, 97, of Lostant passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Manor Court in Peru. Agnes was born June 15, 1921 in rural Lostant to William and Mary (Puetz) Salz. She attended St. Peter and Paul Grade School in Leonore and graduated in 1935. She married Roger Wilson Judd on May 27, 1940 in Iowa. They farmed in the Lostant area from 1948 until Roger’s death on Feb. 17, 1970. Agnes then worked at hospitals in LaSalle and Peru from November 1970 until 1975. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Lostant and the Altar and Rosary Society. Survivors include three children, Judith (Harold) Healy of Kankakee, Janice Rehling of Bridgeport, Neb., and Ronald (Mary Jane) Judd of Lostant; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother, Raymond (Betty) Salz of Streator and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roger on Feb. 17, 1970; six sisters, Alma Roth, Edna Wolf,

• LOSTANT Continued from Page 2 Statewide, those percentages are an average of 68.1 percent local, 24.4 percent state, and 7.5 percent federal. Ten years ago, 78 percent of Lostant’s funding was local, 19 percent was provided by the state, and 3 percent was federal. With five days of physical education a week, Lostant students are kept more physically active than the average statewide students who had only an average of three days of physical instruction per week. Lostant Elementary has an enrollment of 57 students, 45.6



percent of which are in families receiving public aid, living in substitute care, or eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches. This is a 16 percent increase since 2014. Statewide, the current average is 49 percent, a 3 percentage point decrease during the same period. Of Lostant’s full-time educators, 66.7 percent have a master’s degree or higher, and the average ratio of nine students per teacher is much lower than the statewide ratio of 19:1. The average educator salary in Lostant of about $46,000 is significantly lower than the statewide average of roughly $65,000. For more information about the Illinois Report Card results, visit

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Minnie Obermiller, Alberta O’Grady, Anna Mae Flecker and Marie Miller; five brothers, Arnold, Albert, Floribert, Bill and Leo Salz; one granddaughter, Elizabeth; and her son-in-law, Glen Rehling. A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lostant with the Franciscan Friars officiating. Burial followed in St. John’s Cemetery in Lostant. Visitation took place from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the church, where a rosary was recited at 10:45 a.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lostant. Pallbearers were Scott Rehling, Daron Judd, Dayne Junker, Dawson Gill, Jordan Gill, Skylar Rehling, Blake Anthony and Raife Anthony. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Lostant. The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at

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HENRY — The Marshall-Putnam Quilter’s Guild will hold its regular monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Henry United Presbyterian Church. After the business meeting, the program, “My Favorite Things,” will be given by Peddler’s Way Quilt Shop in Washington, Ill.

Guests are always welcome for a small fee. The workshop that morning is being given by Susan Knapp of The Quilt Branch. You have to have already signed up. It will begin at 9 a.m. Participants should be there a little early so that it can be started on time. Lunch is on your own.


University of Illinois Extension will offer Community Garden Webinar Series free to the public are used to plant gardens. • The third module discusses different types of vegetables that are commonly grown in gardens and the basics on how to grow them. • The fourth module discusses how to successfully start plants indoors from seeds for use later in the garden. • The fifth module discusses basic community garden care, including watering, fertilizing, pest control considerations and more. • The sixth and final module discusses gardening safety and some of the considerations needed to make sure community gardens are safe and enjoyable for all. The webinar series is available to be viewed online at communitygarden. This series is free to the public. Registration is not required. This webinar series may be viewed from wherever you have Internet access, at your convenience. Phone or email the LaSalle County University of Illinois Extension office for more details at 815-433-0707, or you may email Extension Program Coordinator Meg Overocker at meo@illinois. edu.

LASALLE — Stage 212’s 50th anniversary season will conclude with a taste of the holidays as “White Christmas” takes the stage. An adaptation of the delightful movie musical by David Ives and Paul Blake, with songs by Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” tells the story of two successful song-anddance men who fall in love with a pair of beautiful sisters while struggling to save the fading Vermont inn owned by their former commanding general. Appearing in “White Christmas” are Phil Grant as Bob Wallace, Kyle Showen as Phil Davis, Michele McClane as Betty Haynes, Mary Rose Prosinski as Judy Haynes, Joel Stevenor as General Waverly, Melanie Maskel as Martha Watson, Nora Maier as Susan Waverly, Doug Bartelt as Ralph Sheldrake, Christin Mitchell as Rita, Grace McCormick as Rhoda, Andrew Paden as Ezekiel Foster and Reid Tomasson as Mike, the stage manager. Featured in the ensemble are Doug Bartelt, Robert Malerk, Alexa Dawson, Caryn Brown, Jennifer Rexius, Vicky Bickel, Karen Leifheit and Yvette Lucas. Featured in the “Chorus Kids” dance ensemble are Reid Tomasson, Isaac Alvarado, Nick Hancock, Andrew Paden, Trenton McKinnie, Grace McCormick, Allesyn Wilke, Adrienne VanHorn, Savarah Summers and Christin Mitchell Featured in the children’s choir

are Lainey Johns, Kelsey Frederick, Lindsey Fabris, Ella Johns, Zoe Kidd, Max Wertz, Emily Kmetz, Ava Stone and Andrew Beer. The production staff includes director/costumer Abby Bertrand, producer Ellen Marincic, music director Megan Cullinan, choreographer Tori Duttlinger, co-stage managers Perla Escatel and Luiz Guzman, set builders Cory Tomasson, Tony Christopherson and Scot Smigel, scenic painter Kelsi Ryan, costumers Phil Grant, Kyle Showen, Pam Haughawout and Joel Stevenor, prop coordinators Mary Mauck and Kenn Gubitz, sound operators Kyle Foley and Zoe Piano, lighting designer Yvette Lucas, light operator Brian Brown, spotlight operators Amy Lund and Tea Lamboley and stagehands Lexy Kessel and Jake Haegele. “White Christmas” will be presented Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 1 (two performances), 2, 7, 8 and 9 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available to the general public for $20 each beginning Nov. 12, and may be purchased by visiting the box office on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, or by calling 815-224-3025 during the same hours. Tickets may also be purchased online by visiting www.

Genealogy guild will meet Nov. 17 OTTAWA — The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild will celebrate the 200th birthday of the state of Illinois wit a potluck dinner at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Guild Library, 115 W. Glover in Ottawa.

Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Chicken, drinks and dessert will be provided. There will be no speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be no meeting in December.

We would like to thank everyone for making the Leonore Volunteer Fire Dept. Smoker on Friday, Nov 2nd. such a great success!


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LASALLE — There is a good amount of planning that needs to go into creating a successful community garden. To help people and organizations build and maintain productive community gardens, the University of Illinois Extension created the Community Garden Webinar Series. This series takes users through a variety of modules discussing the different steps that can be taken to develop a successful community garden. Community gardens are started for a variety of reasons and provide numerous benefits to a community. They provide food to locations suffering from food insecurity, allow citizens to grow their food, beautify an abandoned lot, and much more. Research has shown that people who participate in community gardens eat more fruits and vegetables. The Community Garden webinar series is broken up into six modules. • The first module goes through the steps needed to create a successful community garden. • The second module discusses how you can go about planning your garden and different techniques that

Stage 212 will presents ‘White Christmas’ starting on Nov. 20

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Quilter’s guild will meet Nov. 14


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Dvorak re-elected president/chairman

LASALLE — Chris Dvorak of Ottawa was re-elected to the president/chairman position of the University of Illinois Extension Unit Council. Other officers were elected at the University of Illinois Extension Multi-County Unit Council Meeting in September as follows: Hugo Heredia of Spring Valley was elected to the vice president position; Brandy Sandberg of McNabb was elected to the financial reporter position; and Laurie Delgado of DePue was elected to the secretary position. The council provides a direct connection between the University of Illinois and residents of the four-county service area, including Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties. A key purpose of the council is to connect local people to needed educational services and resources available through University of Illinois Extension. Dvorak, who is also regional superintendent, Regional Office of Education, LaSalle, Marshall & Putnam, has returned to the council for another term of volunteer service. He calls to council members, “we are fortunate to have our local Extension office providing such valuable services. Jill Guynn and University of Illinois Extension staff lead important educational programs that improve our community. Please contact any of our council members to further discuss offerings or to provide ideas for future programming. We look forward to best serving your needs.” Jill Guynn, County Extension director, welcomed the new officers and members to the start of the program year. “Council members are vital volunteers that connect the services of University of Illinois Extension and the country’s land-grant education system to the people where they live and work. Local issues, needs and concerns are addressed through Extension’s educational

programs for youth and adults. Programs are unbiased and research-based and cover broad program areas including youth development and the 4-H Program, agriculture and natural resources, nutrition, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development and much more.” The Extension council is authorized by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, in accordance with state law, to be actively involved in the operation of University of Illinois Extension. Extension councils cooperate with Extension staff in planning, promoting, developing, implementing, evaluating, and financing an Extension program designed to meet the needs and interests of the local area served. Multi-County Unit Council Members include: Chris Dvorak, Ottawa; Francis Morse, Tiskilwa; Hugo Heredia, Spring Valley; Laurie Delgado, DePue; Lynne Weber, Princeton; Monico Nunez, Princeton; Teri Rossman, LaSalle; Steve Tuftie, Ottawa; David Torres, Oglesby; Mike Kasap, LaSalle; John Ehrhardt, Wenona; Judy Wright, Bradford; Jeremy Jenkins, Seneca; Lisa Palm, Varna; Beth Acuncius, Granville; Luke Holly, Granville; and Brandy Sandberg, McNabb. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit the website at http://web.extension.illinois. edu/blmp/. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. If you have questions or need more information, call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at 815-224-0889.


Music Suite 408 announces upcoming events PERU — Music Suite 408 in Peru has announced upcoming events. On Friday, Nov. 9, an exhibit opening for local artist Brock Sondgeroth will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Music Suite 408 Paintbox Gallery. This is a free and family-friendly, and open to the public. On Sunday, Nov. 25, world renowned guitarist/harp guitarist Muriel Anderson will present a guitar workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Music Suite 408. All levels welcome. The cost is $35, which includes all materials and signature strings. Space is limited. To

register, call 815-223-4408. Also on Sunday, Nov. 25, will be a Muriel Anderson benefit concert at 7 p.m. at the Zion United Church of Christ in Peru. Concert proceeds will benefit student scholarships. This event is sponsored by Music Suite 408, supported by NCI ARTworks and made possible in part by a grant by the Music For Life Alliance. Tickets are $15 for adults and 8 for students. Reserve seating is available if tickets are purchased by Thursday, Nov. 15. For more information, call 815-223-4408.

Nursing admission information session announced OGLESBY — A nursing admission information session will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Room CTC123 at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby. Sponsored by the counseling center and admissions and records, the session will cover admission requirements

and courses students should take before applying to either the associate degree (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs. Due to space limitations, students are encouraged to RSVP with Kathy Sramek at 815-224-0439 or

MENUS Lostant Grade School Breakfast Nov. 12 — Egg patty with toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, cheese stick, juice, milk. Nov. 13 — Biscuit and gravy, granola, yogurt, fruit, cheese stick, juice, milk. Nov. 14 — Honey bun, granola, yogurt, fruit, cheese stick, juice, milk. Nov. 15 — Sausage patty with toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, cheese stick, juice, milk. Nov. 16 — Poptart Friday, granola, yogurt, fruit, cheese stick, juice, milk. Lunch Nov. 12 — Bacon cheeseburger, carrots, Gold Fish, fruit, milk. Nov. 13 — Cheese quesadillas, black beans, Spanish rice, fruit, milk. Nov. 14 — Crispy chicken drumstick, mashed potatoes, fruit, milk. Nov. 15 — Toasted ravioli, marinara sauce, Roman salad, fruit, milk. Nov. 16 — Cheesy bosco stick, side kick, marinara sauce, cooked spinach, apple cookie, milk.

Tonica Grade School Breakfast Nov. 12 — Breakfast pizza or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Nov. 13 — Waffle and syrup or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Nov. 14 — Muffin or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Nov. 15 — Cheese omelet or cereal, toast, hash brown, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Nov. 16 — Powdered sugar or chocolate doughnuts or cereal, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch Nov. 12 — Cheese bosco stick, marinara sauce, carrots, fruit, cookie, milk. Nov. 13 — Breaded pork patty, bun, steamed broccoli, onion rings, juice box, fruit, milk. Nov. 14 — Turkey slice, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, fruit, cranberry sauce, stuffing, dinner roll, pie, milk. Nov. 15 — Flat bread, grilled chicken, cheese cup, fruit, lettuce and salad dressing, hummus chips, milk. Nov. 16 — Popcorn shrimp or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, lettuce and salad dressing, fresh fruit, graham cookie, milk.

Putnam County Community Center Nov. 12 — Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, peaches, wheat bread. Nov. 13 — Baked spaghetti with meat, tossed salad with toppings, cucumbers and tomato, fruit cocktail, garlic bread. Nov. 14 — Cheeseburger on bun, tater tots, carrots, pear slices. Nov. 15 — Chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, buttered corn, bread, cantaloupe, dessert. Nov. 16 — Smoked sausage, brown rice, pea salad, grapes. Bread, butter, fruit juice and 2% milk are available with meals. For reservations, call 800-757-4579 24 hours in advance of the day’s meal. The menu is subject to change. Meals are available to senior citizens 60 plus at no cost, but donations are appreciated. The meal program is partly funded by donations, so they have a suggested donation of $5 per meal. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.


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Jim Nowlan an football officials I talked with, those days are long gone. Digital technology now gives coaches the capacity to learn instantaneously during the game, from assistants up in the press box, about opponents’ defenses and of stuff players on the field can’t know. And the team playbook is an order of magnitude more complex than it was in my day, when we passed the pigskin maybe three or four times all game. Winning is apparently even more important to parents than it was in my day. A losing coach won’t be around for long, as he might have been in back when. So, coaches are under pressure to take advantage of every tool available, including calling the plays and defenses. And though they wouldn’t admit it, the coaches love being a greater part, maybe the dominant part, of the action. In effect, the high school players have become pawns under the Friday night lights. At the big-time college football level, the top five conferences, such

as the SEC and Big Ten, are really professional businesses. Coach Lovie Smith at the University of Illinois makes $4 million a year and former athletic director Ron Guenther half a million in annual pension payments, with teams that can’t beat the College of the Little Sisters of the Poor, adding insult to injury. When I was teaching at the University of Illinois in the 1990s, the political science adviser helped the U of I players as much as possible. They had trouble scheduling a fifth course each semester, because from noon until 8 p.m. or so each day, they were at work: weight training, practice, games. Then, when a player used up his eligibility, his scholarship was yanked, often long before graduation. Sister Marie Golla, Ph.D., the adviser, would raise holy hell with the athletic department, sometimes getting scholarships reinstated. I would now and then help Sister Marie by taking a few players into independent studies, their fifth course in a semester. We met after evening training table meals. The players also lived in separate dorms, secluded from other students; they rarely became a part of campus life. Now and then a player made it to the pros, but average tenure there is just three years, I recall. Few make really big bucks.

Here is what we can do to protect players from being pawns in a larger, adult game. The U.S. Tennis Association prohibits coaching from the sidelines, from the pros down to the juniors. In high school tennis, players even make their own in-or-out line calls, which has to build a sense of integrity. At the college level, the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a case in 2015 brought by Northwestern University football players, who sought labor union recognition. The NLRB dismissed the case, effectively denying the players the right to organize. The NLRB basically punted, finding that most of the big-time schools are public universities, over which the NLRB had no control. So, the NCAA continues to play adult, incredibly profitable games, while the players are moved around like chess pieces. Since the schools are public, public opinion will have to be brought to bear on the elite football schools to share the wealth, paying their players a decent salary. I say, let the high school players call their own games, and learn from the experience, pay big school football players — and fire Lovie Smith.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Improving teen driver safety must be a top priority To the editor: Nearly half of all teen drivers will experience a car crash before graduating from high school, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites one of the main reasons being that parents are becoming less involved in training teen drivers after they receive their licenses and are not regularly reinforcing teen driving safety measures. A recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Asso-

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er-related crashes, but teen drivers are still 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than adults. Illinois has made important strides to improve teen driver safety, such as banning the hand-held use of mobile devices while driving, and implementing a Graduated Driver Licensing system that gives beginning drivers more supervised time behind the wheel before graduating to full licensure. As a result, teen driving fatality crashes have decreased by 60 percent in Illinois since 2008. The Illinois Insurance Association (IIA) and its members recognize that while progress has been made,

more needs to be done to protect teen drivers and their passengers. IIA continues to promote safe driving initiatives for teens such as the NHTSA’s “5 to Drive” campaign, which offers teen driver safety tips and highlights five practices statistically associated with safer outcomes: no drinking and driving, no distracted driving, no extra passengers, no speeding and consistent seat belt use.

Kevin J. Martin Springfield

Note to readers: Kevin J. Martin is executive director of the Illinois Insurance Association.

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henever I go to a high school or college football game, I cringe at the sight of players on the field, standing as if witless (which they aren’t), looking to the sidelines for instructions from the coaches as to plays to call and defenses to mount. I fear that technology, coaches and parents have connived, unwittingly, I’m sure, to take the game away from the kids. Let’s give it back to them. When I played high school football 60 years ago, we called our own plays in the huddle. And it was a good learning experience. In addition to using our own wits, we learned how to work together and make our own way on the field. Quarterback Dan Carrington was the final word on play calling, yet players often chimed in with such as: “Go off left tackle, Dan. I know I can handle this guy.” Then we went off tackle, and “this guy” reared up, pushed our left tackle aside, and smote down our halfback for a loss. Thus, Dan learned how to measure his teammates and whom he could trust. Dan later became president of Western Union. According to coaches and veter-


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Notice is hereby given of the death of Bernard J. Strozewski, late of LaSalle, Illinois . Letters of office were issued on October 10, 2018 to Leonard J. Strozewski, whose attorney is Gary Gearhart, GEARHART LAW OFFICE, 951 Fifth Street, LaSalle, Illinois 61301. Claims against the Estate may be filed with the office of the Circuit Clerk, Probate Division, Downtown Courthouse, 119 W. Madison St., Ottawa, Illinois, or with the representative, or both, within 6) months from the date of issuance of letters. Any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. GREG VACCARO Clerk of the Circuit Court

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF LASALLE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ESTATE OF ) Elizabeth Baker, )NO. 15 - P - 169 DECEASED. ) CLAIMS NOTICE Notice is hereby given of the death of Elizabeth Baker, of the City of Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, on November 15, 2014, leaving a will dated the 26th day of March, 1994, which petitioners believe to be the last will of testator. The Attorney for the Estate is Travis J. Dunn of the Law Offices of Peter F. Ferracuti, 110 East Main Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350. Notice is further given to Unknown Heirs, and persons whose names and addresses are unknown in said proceeding that Linda Baker was appointed executor according to the will dated the 26th day of March, 1994. Claims may be filed November 2, 2018 through November 16, 2018. Any claim not filed by November 16, 2018 is barred. Claims may be filed in the Office of Greg Vaccaro, Circuit Clerk, 119 West Madison Street, Ottawa, IL 61350, or claims may be filed with the executor. If filed with the Clerk, the claimant must, within ten days of filing, mail or deliver a copy of the claim to the executor, Linda Baker, and file with the Clerk proof of such mailing or delivery. Linda Baker, Executor Travis J. Dunn, Attorney at Law

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ESTATE OF ) PETER F. FERRACUTI )NO. 18- P-73 DECEASED. ) CLAIMS NOTICE Notice is hereby given of the death of Peter Ferracuti, of the City of Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, on October 24, 2017, leaving a will dated the 14th day of July, 1999, which petitioners believe to be the last will of testator. The Attorney for the Estate is Travis J. Dunn of the Law Offices of Peter F. Ferracuti, 110 East Main Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350. Notice is further given to Unknown Heirs, and persons whose names and addresses are unknown in said proceeding that Janice Ferracuti was appointed executor according to the will dated the 14th day of July, 1999. Claims may be filed November 2, 2018 through November 16, 2018. Any claim not filed by November 16, 2018 is barred. Claims may be filed in the Office of Greg Vaccaro, Circuit Clerk, 119 West Madison Street, Ottawa, IL 61350, or claims may be filed with the executor. If filed with the Clerk, the claimant must, within ten days of filing, mail or deliver a copy of the claim to the executor, Linda Baker, and file with the Clerk proof of such mailing or delivery. Janice Ferracuti, Executor Travis J. Dunn, Attorney at Law November 2, 9, 16, 2018

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT LASALLE COUNTY, OTTAWA, ILLINOIS IN RE: THE ESTATE OF LOIS J. HALBMAIER, Deceased. No. 18-P-229 NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION - CLAIMS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the death of LOIS J. HALBMAIER, late, of Mendota. Letters of Office were issued on October 9, 2018, to SHEILA HALBMAIER, whose attorney is Aplington, Kaufman, McClintock, Steele & Barry, Ltd., 160 Marquette St., P.O. Box 517, LaSalle, IL 61301. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk, Circuit Court, in the LaSalle County Courthouse, Ottawa, or with the representative, or both, on or before May 2, 2019, 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 ten (10) days after it has been filed. Dated this 22rd day of October, 2018. GREG VACCARO CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS 119 W. Madison Street Ottawa, IL 61350 November 2, 9, 16, 2018

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ESTATE OF ) PHYLLIS MONTERASTELLI )NO. 17-P-48 DECEASED. ) CLAIMS NOTICE Notice is hereby given of the death of Phyllis Monterastelli, of the City of Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, on November 14, 2016, leaving a will dated the 20th day of April, 2001, which petitioners believe to be the last will of testator. The Attorney for the Estate is Travis J. Dunn of the Law Offices of Peter F. Ferracuti, 110 East Main Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350. Notice is further given to Unknown Heirs, and persons whose names and addresses are unknown in said proceeding that Deborah Patarozzi was appointed executor according to the will dated the 20th day of April, 2001. Claims may be filed November 2, 2018 through November 16, 2018. Any claim not filed by November 16, 2018 is barred. Claims may be filed in the Office of Greg Vaccaro, Circuit Clerk, 119 West Madison Street, Ottawa, IL 61350, or claims may be filed with the executor. If filed with the Clerk, the claimant must, within ten days of filing, mail or deliver a copy of the claim to the executor, Deborah Patarozzi and file with the Clerk proof of such mailing or delivery. Deborah Patarozzi., Executor Travis J. Dunn, Attorney at Law November 2, 9, 16, 2018

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