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Ogle County Newspapers / • Friday, December 21, 2018




Open Mic Christmas Finale is Dec. 21 in Mt. Morris Moose Family Center hosts event at 7 p.m. The Mt. Morris Moose Family Center will host the Songwriters Open Mic Christmas Finale on Friday, Dec. 21. The Songwriters Open Mic, produced by Jerry Tice of the Mountain Grass Band and co-hosted by performer Ruth Ann Lillstrom, will showcase original musical or lyrical compositions performed by the creating artist. At the inaugural show things got off to a rousing start with first artist - first original composition by Jim Henkel and The Legend of Leo. Leo Mongovan was from Jim’s hometown of Harmon, a small northern Illinois farming town.   In the depression era he went to Chicago and became a part of the Bugs Moran Gang.  

Somehow he survived the gang wars (St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, for example) and returned to Harmon to live out his life as a farmer. As Henkel’s well-received song describes, “He always kept his back to the wall.” Each performer gets two songs and no more than 10 minutes.   Sound is provided, but no complicated set-ups or processors.   Each event will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Performer check-in is 6:30 p.m. Performance order will be drawn at 6:50 p.m.  All material must be family friendly. It seems that there are many original compositions among our Northern Illinois musicians. The Mt. Morris Moose Family Center offers an extensive menu of food and beverage. Songwriters Open Mic is held Looking back to May, the inaugural Songwriter’s Open Mic got off to a great start with on the third Friday of each month. first artist - first original composition by Jim Henkel and The Legend of Leo. See the main More details are available from Tice story to know why Leo “always kept his back to the wall.” Photo supplied at 815-449-2660.



Egg Nog Jog is Dec. 29

No electronics recycling in December

The First Annual Egg Nog jog will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. Event day registrations for the event are welcome and the cost is $25.   The event will begin at the Oregon VFW, 1210 W. Washington St., Oregon.   The day’s festivities will begin with the Egg Nog Jog, which is a 3K run and walk through the streets of Oregon. This is not a timed event. The fun will continue inside the VFW with music courtesy of DJJ, food, and drinks. For more details please go to www. Proceeds from this event will benefit the KB Fund. This fund has been established to help those in our community that are burdened by a medical crisis.  More than 50 families have been helped by the KB Fund.  Their needs ranged from expenses related to cancer treatments, chronic illness, accident recovery, special needs therapy, premature births and more.   Questions can be directed to info@ or to Josh Roos at 815440-5180.  To learn more about the event and the fund visit

The overall weight of all electronic material collected for recycling in 2018 was around 280,000 pounds, or The Ogle County Solid Waste Man- 140 tons. agement Department will not hold an This material was all collected, electronic recycling event this month.  sorted, and shipped by OCSWMD The next electronic recycling event staff and helpful volunteers.   will be held on Friday, Jan. 25 from In 2019, the OCSWMD will continue 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 909 Pines Rd., to work with Dynamic Lifecycle InnoOregon. vations in Onalaska, Wisconsin.   In January of 2019, the new ConThe OCSWMD will continue to sumer Electronics Recycling Act will accept all televisions, monitors, printgo into effect in Illinois.   ers, copiers, computer hard drives This new initiative will work to and hardware, DVDs and VCRs, video bring more opportunity for Illinois game hardware, stereo equipment, residents to recycle their electronic radios, cell phones, laptops, rechargeitems.   able batteries, printer cartridges, and The OCSWMD will be working CFL bulbs.   under CERA to continue to provide Microwave ovens are also acceptelectronic recycling for Ogle County ed for a $5 charge.   residents. This program is for residential In 2018, the OCSWMD electronic electronics only from Ogle County recycling program had 2,550 visitors residents. A limit of seven per vehito recycle electronics, with a record cle is placed on bulky items such as turnout of 291 visitors on July 29.   televisions, monitors, microwaves, A total of 1,890 cathode ray tube computer towers, printers.   televisions were brought in for recyFor more information about eleccling, around 300 CRT computer tronic recycling in Ogle County call monitors, 275 microwaves, and 130 the OCSWMD at 815-732-4020, visit projection or console television sets, or check Facewere also brought in for recycling.   book.  

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