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April 2013 | Vol. 1 Issue 1

Debra Case to build a home for children in India

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Rotary scholarships applications due April 30 Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, essay response, school and community involvement, personal recommendations and academic achievement. see page 23

The Street Beat Upcoming events and activities in Dixon include Founder’s Day, communitywide garage sales and an art sale and reception. see page 3

Debra Case of Sterling made a commitment to build a home for children in India and is currently raising $65,000 to reach her goal in the next three months. “Faith tells me it can be done, and I must do it with God’s help,” she says.

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Sauk Valley Bank launches Teach Children to Save campaign Sauk Valley Bank is proud to partner for the 5th consecutive year the “Teach Children to Save” campaign with the American Bankers Association. see page 23

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Local SVCC to host annual Child Fair on April 13

Girl Scouts volunteered their time to do face painting during last year’s Child Fair.

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Sauk Valley Community College will host the 29th annual Child Fair “A World of Wonder” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. The fair is free to the

vehicles display. Also, for the first time this year, KSB Hospital will hold its BabyPalooza Pavillion at the fair! All the activities will be open from 9 a.m. until noon.

public. A performance of the children’s play “Alice in Wonderland” will begin at noon in the gym. The fair will also feature over 40 exhibitions with

hands-on activities, games, and giveaways for participants. Children and families can visit the petting zoo, Lego car race tracks, bouncy houses, and an emergency

Each year, Child Fair attracts more than 2,000 participants. The event helps improves child health status and family well-being through increased commu-

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nity awareness.  An adult must accompany all children. For more information on the Child Fair, call 815-835-6212.

SVCC to present See How They Run

HRRV creates short-term support group

Be ready to laugh out loud at our spring production of Philip King’s British comedy See How They Run on April 26-27 and May 3-4 at 7 p.m. April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m. in Mathis Theatre. The show’s title is taken from a line from the nursery rhyme, Three Blind Mice, which exemplifies the mayhem in this 3-act farce. See How They Run is known for its tense comic situations and headlong humor,

Beginning Thursday, April 18, Hospice of the Rock River Valley, a United Way Agency, invites individuals coping with the loss of a loved one to attend a 6-week grief support group to be held in Classroom #1 at CGH Medical in Sterling. The group will meet Thursdays from 10 a.m. to Noon, April 18 to May 23. The sessions will be conducted by Sarah Cebula, HRRV Social Worker. “Sometimes we are not sure what our thoughts mean during a loss. These sessions

heavily playing on mistaken identities, doors, and vicars. Pandemonium ensues as the fallacious stories of four men impersonating vicars, an ex-actress, a star-stuck maid, a tea-totaling spinster and a sedated Bishop unfold and their secrets are revealed. Also join us for a special event, A Chocolate Interlude, at intermission on Friday, April 26 featuring tempting chocolates, crisp

champagne and sparkling cider. Seats are limited and ticket reservations are required. Tickets for this special event (including show) are $10 and can be reserved at the information center. Tickets for the regular show times are $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. To reserve tickets, call 815-288-5511, ext. 0. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Free concert featuring Blue Lou Marimi! The Sterling Municipal Band will be having their spring concert on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM in Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School. While the concert is free, Christ Lutheran School will provide a fundraising meal for their school at 6 PM. They will also provide des-

sert at intermission. The featured artist is Lou Marimi, sax player from Blues Brothers. He will pay six instruments including: flute, alto flute, clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, and tenor sax. He will play a medley of songs from the Blues Brothers and Henry Mancini tunes.

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include home visits, one-onone personal visits or meetings, or phone contacts. All services are free and open to the public. For more information about this group or any of our bereavement services, call (815) 288-3673 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

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will help guide attendees to an understanding of what they are feeling during this time,” said Cebula. Grief support groups are free and open to anyone experiencing a loss. HRRV also offers a variety of bereavement services to families and community members. These services

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Founders’ Day, community-wide garage sales highlight April events Dixon Main Street will host the 6th Annual Founders’ Day on Thursday, April 11 at the Dixon Historic Center. The celebration falls on the same day (April 11, 1830) that John Dixon, the namesake and founder of the city of Dixon, settled with his wife Rebecca and their children near what is now the corner of First Street and Peoria Avenue in downtown Dixon. Local Historian Greg Langan will give the program that highlights John Devine, a son of Irish immigrants. He graduated from the Dixon College Law School and passed the Illinois bar exam in 1905. One hundred years ago he took a seat in the Illinois General Assembly where he would serve consecutively for the next twenty four years. He was Speaker of the House in 1935 after which he returned to practice law. Although a life long Democrat, he was a lifetime friend of the Chairman of the

Lee County Republican Party for 40 years. The evening will also feature the naming of the Langan Award winner for Lifetime Achievement in Local History award to honor local historians for their work in preserving the local heritage. The Main Street Design Committee will also honor the Dixon Historic Center with the McAlpine Award, formerly known as the Private Reinvestment in Downtown Excellence Award, or the PRIDE. The award is given to local business and building owners who reinvest in their downtown buildings with an eye toward the historical nature of the building and the district. The Center has reinvested millions of dollars into an old school building to create a state-ofthe-art museum for the community. Most recently, they concluded a project which added a wing that features early farming and the Blackhawk War.

Representatives from the Galena Trail and Coach Road Society also will be on-hand to give information about the historic road and its influence on Dixon’s History. The mission of the Galena Trail and Coach Road Society (GTCRS) is to preserve and celebrate the unique history of the Trail and Coach Road and build on that heritage as a vehicle to promote the future of our communities. The historic GTCR crosses eight counties from Peoria to Galena and links some 21 local communities along its route. The evening will start with a soup and chicken strip dinner by Mama Cimino’s from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Following the dinner, the awards and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for those only wishing to attend the program. During the evening, the Historic Center exhibits will be open for the public to view.

Upcoming events and activities in Dixon by Josh Albrecht, Executive Director of Dixon Main Street

Community-wide garage sales The annual Dixon community-wide garage sales are set for April 26-27. The deadline to sign up for the sales is April 18. The cost to register a sale is $20 and includes a listing on the map and a description of the sale. Maps will be distributed through the Dixon daily newspaper and at select businesses the week of the sale. The garage sales

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Happenings every second Saturday of the month. For more information, check out their website at www.second-saturdays. com.

Expressions Art Sale and Reception The annual Expressions Art Sale and Reception will once again be held at the Next Picture Show on Friday, April 19 from 6-9 p.m. The event is presented by

the Sinnissippi Foundation and Sauk Valley Bank and features more than 25 area artists whose work will be available as part of a silent auction.

Proceeds benefit the Sinnissippi Foundation. For more information go to www.thenextpictureshow. com.

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Debra Case to build a home for children in India

Judy Bell Publisher Within two minutes of meeting Debra Case of Sterling, Illinois, you will know that she is building an orphanage for children in India and there may be a way you will want to help her. Debra is living out her Christian faith by being not just a hearer of the Word, but a “doerâ€? as well. Debra said, “There is a huge problem‌orphans in India need a home. I asked myself what is it going to take to get the problem solved? The answer was

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I could say ‘Yes, I will build that $65,000 home on the basis of faith.’ So, I said yes.� Debra continued, “And I am halfway to my goal.� The challenge now is time. Debra needs to complete her goal by July, meaning she needs to raise about $33,000 in the next three months. Her faith does not waiver. She suggests people save their praise and accolades for her venture. “Just put your money where your mouth is,� she says and encourages people to “do something as every bit counts.�

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Debra recently was given photos of the ground-breaking and also a group shot of the children who will live in her “Home for Children� a description she prefers to “orphanage.� “God is so amazing! I have actually visited in that part of India, played with some of these children and know them by name. Now God is using me to create a home for them.� Debra’s interest in her project began developing five years ago when she went to India as a part of a discipleship team from Victorious Christian Liv-

ing International, Rock Falls. She went back again three years ago and went to Ethiopia and Rwanda in 2011. All of her trips have centered around caring for orphans. “I believe one person can make a difference. This huge undertaking is a part of the faith journey I have been taking‌one that compels me to follow the example of Jesus. I cried and prayed for months and then it was obvious: His will for me is to help the helpless as He was a father to the fatherless,â€? she said. Last year Debra received word from Bishop Jacob Mareneni in India of the need for buildings for the orphans. “I knew this was it. I was done talking to myself. I was ready to simply do it,â€? she said. Debra says a friend gave her the first donation. “It was larger than I could have imagined and she even says she wants to go with me on my next trip‌whenever God arranges it.â€? Then, a bit later a huge donation came from a fundraising banquet of 200 people. A basket was passed and the donation totaled almost $30,000. Debra makes herself available to speak almost anywhere and any time that does not conflict with her work at Midwest Bio

Systems, a manufacturer of compost turners for business, farmers, and municipalities. She recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Dixon and has partnered with a local purveyor of real food sourced vitamins and minerals that will provide three benefits: the purchaser receives the best nutritional products; Debra generates on-going funding for her “home for children� and the company that provides the products also makes a donation of essential nutrition to malnourished children in feeding programs in 90 countries. “It’s win-win-win

for all,� Debra says. Debra is easily contacted through her web site: www. nostingyact.com. And, if you meet Debra, remember she is a woman with a mission. She is a social entrepreneur who believes she can change the world. She reminds me of the title of one of my favorite books, “The Power of Unreasonable People.� Debra is unreasonable: reason would say this could not be done. “Faith,� Debra says, “tells me it can be done and I must do it with God’s help.�

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Arbor Day - I’ll bet you didn’t know….. Carol Chandler In 1854, a gentleman named J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska and discovered that the landscape was quite barren. What did he do about it? He planted trees and encouraged his neighbors to do the same. What eventually resulted was the planting of a million trees on the first Arbor Day in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. This was the beginning of the reforestation of the United States. This year, we celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 26th. Today, there is a major concern about the trees of the world as the forests are being decimated by logging and climate changes. But, we can do something about it! Why! Because trees are very important to us, not only for the beauty of our environment but also for our very health! Did you know that trees create: HEALTHY PEOPLE One hundred trees remove 37 tons of carbon dioxide and 248 pounds of pollutants per year and a single mature tree can release enough oxygen into the

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HIGHER PROPERTY VALUES - Each large front yard tree adds 1% to the house sales price and large specimen trees can add 10% to property values. Add to these the pure pleasure of sitting in the shade on a hot summer day and smelling and admiring the tree blossoms or appreciating what they do for our wildlife. There are many things over which we have no control, but adding to our environment is not one of these. Dixon is fortunate to have the City of Dixon Tree Commission which has planted over 350 trees and is designated as a TREE CITY USA. Sterling is also following suit. Please plant a tree in your yard or contribute it to a park, school or church. They can be a living reminder of those whom we have lost or a testament to those special people still with us. A simple call to a tree nursery or landscaper can help you decide what tree is best for you. Remember, April 26th is Arbor Day and you can help us make a difference in our city, our country, our world, one tree at a time!

Homemakers Craft Camp to be held May 15 Crafters in more than a 12-county area have attended the Homemakers Craft Camp for more than 50 years. This year it will be held on May 15 at the Latin American Social Club, 2807 W. Fourth St. Instruction will be provided for 12 different projects by nine teachers. Topics include: oil painting, paper crafts, rubber stamping, sashy purse, holiday creations, sewing projects, paper embroidery and quilting. Be-

ginners as well as advanced crafters are welcome to attend this Craft Camp. Samples of the projects are on display at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway through April 15th. The fee for the camp is $9 and lunch will be available for $6.50. Registration is due by April 15. For information and registration call Karen Nelson at 815-2257721. The craft camp will also include door prizes, a book exchange and silent auction.

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Local City of Sterling looking for Clean and Green volunteers

The City of Sterling has established the Clean and Green program and is asking for everyone’s help to improve our community appearance. This year, Clean and Green falls on Friday May 17th and Saturday May 18 th. Individuals and/or organizations can assist the City in maintaining our

community aesthetics. The objective of the Clean and Green program is to continue with enthusiasm the commitment to beautify and protect our City’s downtown appearance for the enjoyment and benefit of everyone. This important work boosts community pride and encour-

ages visitors. The City’s annual program recruits volunteers to clean up downtown planters and Central Park in order to plant new flowers and replace struggling plants. The City provides a free waste drop-off for non-hazardous bulk waste on Friday from 8 am-6 pm and Saturday from

8 am to noon. Self Help Enterprises also will be collecting electronic recycling at the City’s Public Works building on Friday.  This year, the City would like community support in order to clean up the downtown. As a volunteer, your group’s responsibility would be to remove trash

and weeds from the planters, plant new flowers and plants, followed by watering the planter. Gloves, plants, and tools will be supplied. You only need to bring a good attitude! There is also the opportunity to adopt a downtown planter for a full year. More information is available on

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the City’s website. If you are interested in helping your own community become a more beautiful place, please contact Hadley Skeffington-Vos at the City of Sterling (hskeffingtonvos@sterling-il.gov). Thank you!

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Local People Helping People

Snow sculptures appear overnight in Rock Falls

Please e-mail information for a benefit to info@sauksun.com Or mail information/flyer to: People Helping People c/o Sauk Valley Sun 459 Illinois Rt. #2 Dixon IL 61021

Following is a list of area events to “Benefit” people in need: For Savannah Stage, April 28th Noon until closing at Longshot’s Bar ‘n Grill, 3312 West Route #30, Rock Falls. Information: Sonya 815-718-9454 For Tim Weaver, April 6, Rock Falls American Legion, 10 am- 8 pm Donations Tim Weaver Benefit Account, Sauk Valley Bank. Information: www.timweaver.net For John Shannon April 14, 1-5 pm Arnie’s Happy Spot, Deer Grove. Information: Deb 815-590-1660 For Dylan M. Spurgeon, April 20, Dixon Elk’s Page Park 2-9 pm. $5 donation includes a light meal. For Timothy Strohmayer, May 4, Noon-5 pm Moose Lodge, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Questions or donations, contact Tina 608-434-6664.

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and cameras were clicking well into midnight one night. Will it happen again? More from the Gragert family when the snow flies again. Meantime, thanks for the unexpected art at an unexpected time in a very unexpected media: snow.

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6th Annual Dixon Founders’ Day celebration set for April 11

McAlpine Award and Langan Award to be handed out for excellence in preservation, and featured program will highlight the Devine Family Dixon Main Street will host the 6th Annual Founders’ Day on Thursday, April 11 at the Dixon Historic Center. The celebration falls on the same day (April 11, 1830) that John Dixon, the namesake and founder of the city of Dixon, settled with his wife Rebecca and their children, near what is now the corner of First Street and Peoria Avenue in downtown Dixon. “ We a r e c o n t i n u i n g the great tradition of highlighting prominent, historical families in our community by honoring the Devine Family this year,” Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street said. “It is always an interesting event to learn about our city’s great history.” Local Historian Greg Langan will give the program that highlights John Devine, the son of Irish immigrants. Devine graduated from the Dixon College Law School and passed the Illinois Bar exam in 1905. One hundred years ago he took a seat in the

Illinois General Assembly where he would serve consecutively for the next twenty four years. He was Speaker of the House in 1935 after which he returned to practice law. Although a life long Democrat, he was a lifetime friend of the Chairman of the Lee County Republican Party for 40 years. The evening will also feature the naming of the Langan Award winner for Lifetime Achievement in Local History Award to honor local historians for their work in preserving the local heritage. “Last year we surprised Pat Gorman with the Langan Award for his work in the community,” Albrecht said. “For this year’s award, the committee knew right away who the worthy historian would be.” The Main Street Design Committee also will honor the Dixon Historic Center with the McAlpine Award (formerly known as the PRIDE Award (Private Reinvestment in Downtown Excellence). The award

is given to local business and building owners who reinvest in their downtown buildings with an eye toward the historical nature of the building and the district. The Center has reinvested millions of dollars into the old school building to create a state-of-the-art museum for the community. Most recently, they concluded a project adding a wing that features early farming and the Blackhawk War. “Our community is lucky to have this caliber of a museum,” Albrecht said. “We are very thankful for everything they have been able to accomplish in preserving this historic building.” The Lee County Historical Society also will give a short presentation on the history of the Lincoln Highway. This year, the highway is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The highway runs through part of Lee County and through downtown Dixon. Representatives from the Galena Trail and Coach Road Society also will be

on-hand to give information about the historic road and its influence in Dixon’s History. The mission of the Galena Trail and Coach Road Society (GTCRS) is to preserve and celebrate the unique history of the Trail and Coach Road and build on that heritage as a vehicle to promote the future of our communities. The historic GTCR crosses eight counties from Peoria

to Galena and links some 21 local communities along its route. The evening will start with a soup and chicken strip dinner by Mama Cimino’s from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Following the dinner, the awards and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for those only wishing to attend the program. During the evening, the Historic Center

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www.saukvalleysun.com Staff Judy Bell Publisher Ken Hauck VP Operations Katie Hauck Administrative Manager Julie Reeder Editor Robert Bell Distribution Manager Joshua Hauck Marketing Representative Production Karina Ramos Art Director Samantha Gorman Graphic Artist Website John Yada Web Developer/IT Support Writers/ Contributors Donald R. Lewis, MD, FACS Carol Chandler, RN Jill Horn Rev. Scott Porter Pastor Jeff Coester Bobby Dillon Spencer Schein Darlene Rego Nancy Nesyto-Freske Josh Albrecht Ann Lewis Brad Monson © Sauk Valley Sun, 2013 www.saukvalleysun.com The opinions expressed in the Sauk Valley Sun do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sauk Valley Sun staff.

YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon celebrates Tree of Life The YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon will celebrate the Tree of Life on Thursday, April 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Rock River Golf and Pool. Registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. The YWCA is now inviting registrations and award nominations for the annual event which showcases the achievements of outstanding women throughout the Sauk Valley area. The YWCA is also celebrating the recent reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act, which supports many of the YWCA’s services in its work against domestic violence and sexual assault. “We welcome everyone to come out to the Luncheon and celebrate the bi-partisan support that allowed reauthorization of this valuable, landmark legislation,” said Rev. Christina Berry, YWCA board president. All proceeds from the Women of Achievement Luncheon will support the YWCA’s many services provided in Lee and Whiteside Counties, including services

for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, prevention of abuse and bullying, preschool, girls’ programs, women’s career services, immigrant services and more. “We are grateful for the local support for our life-changing work, which offers hope and opportunity to women and families,” said Carol Fitzgerald, Executive Director. The YWCA also receives support from the United Ways of Whiteside County and Lee County. Although volunteers have mailed out invitations to employers and past attendees, everyone is invited. Both women and men are welcome, whether they are attending as individuals or representing companies and organizations. Since seating is limited, the YWCA encourages those interested to make reservations as early as possible. Groups reserving a table of 8 are highlighted as sponsors in the event program. The YWCA is also seeking nominations for its seven awards presented to Sauk

Sauk Valley Sun 24,000 copies published monthly 21,000 copies direct-mailed to homes and business addresses in Dixon and Sterling Postage paid at Dekalb, IL Permit No. 321 Phone (815) 888-4403  Fax (815) 572-0153 Address: 459 Illinois Route #2, Dixon, IL 61021 Email: info@sauksun.com

Louise Bittorf Sullivan Award for Inspirational Woman:Last year, the YWCA recognized Ana Salgado of Sauk Valley Community College for her work in empowering Latino youth. Pearl Woods Award for Business and Industry: Last year’s award went to co-winners Lisa Higby LeFevre of Distinctive Gardens, who established Dixon’s Second Saturdays, and Brenda Slothower, the first woman to enter Frantz Manufacturing’s plating and waste water treatment operations. Crete Dillon Bowman Award for Community Leadership: The 2012 honoree was Barbara Schwamberger, founder and president of PFLAG Sauk Valley. Jane Reid Keefer Award for Professions and Education: Linda Giesen of Dixon and Giesen Law Offices received last year’s award. L.L. Ely Award for Secretarial Excellence:Beth Lancaster of CGH Medical

Center was honored for her work as Administrative Assistant. Young Woman of Tomorrow: This award recognizes outstanding young women ages 15-22. Last year the winner was Rosa De La Torre of Rock Falls High School. Spirit of Achievement Award: This posthumous award was last presented to honor the memory of Marina Salazar in 2010. The fee for the YWCA

Wo m e n ’s Wo m e n o f Achievement Luncheon is $30 per person. In addition to the luncheon and awards presentations, the luncheon program includes a very popular gift basket raffle. For more information, to obtain forms via fax or e-mail for registration or award nominations, or to register for the luncheon, please call the YWCA at 625-0333 or check the website at www.ywca.org/ saukvalley.

WeCAN to bring neighbors and neighborhoods together who are uncomfortable with a Church as a meeting place, the Sterling City Hall Annex, formerly Blockbuster Video, will be available. Everyone involved is working toward connecting the community. Mayor Lee

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gave a heartfelt glimpse into his hopes for the community. “This is the beginning of a long term process; but we can make the community better together. We can help the community be connected.”

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The object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. Answer key is found on page 18. WeCAN is an organization comprised of community leaders, social services, law enforcement, citizens, landlords and clergy working together for the better of Whiteside County. WeCAN stands for Whiteside Community Action Network. WeCAN welcomes the participation of any interested party. At the encouragement of the WeCAN Board and Sterling Mayor Skip Lee, informational meetings were held on consecutive Tuesday nights in March at the Sterling City Hall Annex. These planning meetings were held with the intent of bringing neighbors and neighborhoods together. All area Pastors were invited to attend, with the hope that every church will function as a host site for a city wide neighborhood social event April 27th from

11 am to 1 pm. This is not a religious event. This social event will inform the public regarding coming upcoming citywide events such as block parties and National Night Out. They may discuss the potential for neighborhood directories and a neighborhood watch. Citizens will be encouraged to make contact with their neighbors; and be given forms to keep basic contact information on hand should one neighbor ever need the other. Citizens will be given the opportunity to give feedback to WeCAN and to Mayor Lee on matters both positive and negative. The Churches will also be seeking input as to how they may better serve the neighborhoods. Each Church will be hospitable according to its own gifts and ability. For those

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Pets

Local ways to make a difference in the life of a furry friend As the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) founded in April 1866 celebrates its anniversary, several local organizations are having animal-related events.

For adoptions, Pet Supplies Plus, located in the Northland Mall, Sterling, has two dates in April. On April 13, Happy Tails will be doing adoptions and on April 27 Furry

Monster Recue will have adoptions. Furry Monster is an all-dog breed rescue organization. Their motto is “Where we help them get a leg up in life.” To contact the organization, use furrymonster7@gmail.com or www.furrymonsterrescue. net. There is an organization that is dedicated to helping feral cats by reducing the feral cat population by neutering and spading. Dr. Laurianne Haenni, a veterinarian with Advanced Animal Health Center, Rock Falls, said, “There are many neighborhood cats that people feed, and do not claim as their own. They say ‘something should be done’…Well, here is a way to help. You can join,

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make a financial donation or adopt through Happy Tails.” A contact for the feral cat group is Dr. Haenni, 815626-4008 and Bill and Joan Sandoval, 815-625-2764. The organization meets the 4th Thursday of the month. The Sterling Park District’s Director Larry Schuldt says that the Bark Park, a park for dogs to exercise and socialize off-lease in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners, is “going great.” Schuldt said that he continues to receive positive feedback and encourages the community to participate. The main need right now is for $70,000 in fencing which Schuldt said could be provided in services, materials, labor and financial

contributions. Thomas Park is a location that is being considered. It has not yet been formally chosen. Schuldt estimated that there are 2,500 dog owners who would benefit from the

park…and there would be less “dog traffic” in other parks. For more information please contact Schuldt at 815-622-6200.

Salt water fish seminar April 14 There is a free seminar about Salt Water Fish at Pet Supplies Plus, at Northland Mall April 14 from 6:15 to 7:15 pm. Attendees will learn the basics of taking care of salt water fish here in the Midwest.

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for helping Fido shed the weight. * Consider a new food.There are many different types of foods on the market, including lowcalorie options. Some foods contain extra fiber to help the dog feel fuller without having eaten as much. Also, look for foods with lean protein sources without grains and other filler. * Break up the feeding schedule. Instead of one large meal a day, feed your dog two or three smaller portions of food, which will help keep his metabolism going all day long. * Become joint joggers. Jogging with a dog can become an enjoyable pastime that enables you both to get exercise and stay in shape. * Take up swimming. Many dogs are natural lovers of water, and swimming is an effective, low-impact exercise. * Teach your dog tricks. Physical tricks, like fetching a ball or rolling over, can keep dogs active. * Go for long walks. Take your dog with you wherever you go. The more he or she is up and moving, the less chance there is to sleep and be lazy.

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FINDERS/KEEPERS Bill and Phyllis Doan enjoy finding treasures When it comes to a treasure hunt there is no doubt that Bill and Phyllis Doan, Dixon, would be among the top winners. They can spot “good stuff” from fifty paces. A painting they spied and purchased for $25 at a garage sale 30 years ago has been valued at 50 times the price they paid. Then, there are the seven Eleanor King Hookham paintings they bought for $150 each that have been valued at $5000. For these, the Doans had an inside track. They knew the artist from their days in Elmhurst. Bill was on the Library Board, managed Library properties and attended the same Episcopal Church as Hookham. The Doans have always had an interest in the visual arts. Once they had an opportunity to purchase art by Robert William Addison, Chicago, at $175 each. Later they found that a series of 10 painting sold for $25,000. Neither Bill nor Phyllis is fearful of expensive items that they might encounter. Both were real estate bro-

kers with an active office for many years. Together they managed many estate sales…some generating as much as $110,000 in the ‘80s. The couple met in Chicago and has lived in various Chicago suburbs, Lake of the Ozarks, Florida, and of late Ohio (Illinois) and now Dixon. Phyllis says they came to Dixon for “faith, friends and fellowship.” They are active members of their church, the Elks organization and regular volunteers at Dixon’s Leydig Center, a community resale shop that generates thousands of dollars each year that goes back into the area to support good works. Bill said, “We do find ‘treasures’ at the Leydig Center, too… everyone ought to come and check it out. We have wonderful, affordable merchandize,” he says almost in the manner of a Marshall Field’s spokesperson. Two of Bill’s fondest treasures are small, significant and totally unique. The first is an unopened bar of soap from 1981 celebrating the

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Local Enjoy “All You Can Eat Shrimp” Saturday night “All you can Eat” Shrimp Boil and Chili Bowl sponsored by Dixon Rotary Club is Saturday April 6 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 506 West 3 rd St. Dixon. The annual event is from 5-7:30 pm with an exciting

raffle to begin at 7:45 pm. It is the Rotary club’s major fundraiser for projects which include local college scholarships. For information or tickets call Dixon Rotary President Joan Roth at 815-284-2285.

Dixon Chamber of Commerce announces Heart Thumping... Hooves Stomping Kentucky Derby Gala “…..And they’re off!” … as the Dixon Chamber of Commerce announces its “Heart Thumping…Hooves Stomping Kentucky Derby Gala,” Friday, May 3, at the Dixon Elks Lodge. This will be the 16th Annual Gala. The event is open to the public and features unique auctions: dessert auction, drink tray auctions plus both a silent and live auction. Dress is “Kentucky Derby Casual.” The event will begin at 6 pm with dinner served at 7:15. Menu items include Boneless Chicken Breasts,

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Beef Tips and Vegetable Lasagna. Tickets are $60 per person or $480 for a table of eight. The Chamber of Commerce is actively seeking donations for both the silent and live auction. Donors will be recognized in the Chamber’s newsletter and at the event. For more information, to receive an invitation with menu choices or to make a donation to the event, phone the Chamber of Commerce office, 815-284-3361. Reservations for the event are due by April 23.

“We want you to have a unique and personal experience with our top quality artists. Our memorials are hand-crafted by Gaston and his brothers who are trained artists. We design memorials of all kinds..glass etchings and pencil portraits as memorial carvings... just to name a few.” The Gragert Family

Katie, Ken and Joshua Hauck, Judy and Bob Bell re-launch the Sauk Valley Sun for the Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls area. Courtesy photo

Ken, Katie and Joshua Hauck, Julie Reeder, Judy Bell, and Bob Bell have joined to re-launch the Sauk Valley Sun newspaper. As with the prior publication, the Sauk Valley Sun will be distributed to 21,000 homes by direct mail and 3,000 will be available free at select local merchants. The monthly newspaper is locally owned and managed and editorial materials are from local writers/contributors. "We are connecting the community....that is our mission," said Ken Hauck, vice president of operations

at the newspaper. He and Katie Hauck are owners of the Brandywine Event Center, Hauck Homes and River Ridge Apartments. Katie will manage the administrative aspect of the newspaper. Marketing representative Joshua Hauck is well known in the community as the primary person representing the Sauk Valley Sun last year in its initial phase of operation. Julie Reeder is responsible for production and is the editorial coordinator . Publisher Judy Bell said, "Our team is dedicated to

National Day of Prayer Luncheon to be held May 2 The Dixon Area Christian Women invite women and men to their first National Day of Prayer luncheon and celebration, Thursday May 2. The event will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in the Holloway Center, 612 Highland Avenue at 7th. The

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Faith

Pastor Scott’s Corner Church Bulletin Blunders Scott Porter Pastor, Abiding Word Church I’ve always loved to write and speak in public. When you write, you sit down at your computer and start typing away about whatever is on your heart or mind. Putting thoughts down on paper (or on a screen in my case) is cheap therapy for me. One of the negative aspects of the journalism business is being misunderstood. I constantly read books and write sermons and therein lies the problem. Each time I’m finished with a column, a letter, email, or anything written, I will go back and make corrections, which in and of itself is not the problem. The punctuation and spelling are not the main revisions to be made, but rather the issue lies in the translation of the column from words to be spoken to words to be read. Too often, what I write communicates more effectively when it is heard

by the listening ear, and not read on paper. So, I sift through my words, rewriting and editing to convey meaning that the reader might not have caught in the first draft. Words on paper cannot always convey, the tone, inflection, and emphasis that may be needed to transmit a thought with ease. While there is danger in being misunderstood, there is also humor in it as well. I’ve always gone along with what Bing Crosby used to sing, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative...” With that thought in mind I will share with you some actual words from that weekly bastion of Christian thought (no, not the Bible) the CHURCH BULLETIN. Whether local congregations type them on a typewriter or publish them on a computer, duplicate them on a mimeograph machine (come on church board, it’s the 21st century) or run them off on a copier, the CHURCH BULLETIN has

persevered. So today, for your reading pleasure, I present some actual bloopers from church bulletins around the nation with a little post blooper commentary from yours truly: “Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.” Ouch, hasn’t this church ever heard of walking in love? “The Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.” For those of you that are offended easily, “B.S.” stands for Bible Study. Okay? By the way, sometimes I preach sermons on getting over being offended, so I’d suggest you be there. “The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next

People believe it is an act of humility to reject compliments Jeff Coester Special to Sauk Valley Sun Solomon taught his son in Proverbs 27:1-2 that if he would be productive and make the most of his days, he should accept praise from others. Solomon also told him not to toot his own horn in the same verse. Listening and evaluating one’s own skills is the key to a life of humility. Learning the proper way to accept praise helps develop skills that follow us through life. First we see that praise is different than flattery. Flattery is insincere praise. Insincere praise is often given with the intention to manipulate. In its best form flattering words are empty. Solomon taught his son that flattery is destructive to the character and hopes of the individual, Proverbs 26:28. This skill of identifying and accepting appropriate praise is important all through life. It can help young persons learn to complete quality tasks. A parent teaches their child to properly make a bed and says “You did a good job”. The parent should not be silent. The child should not say, “No big deal”. The parent shows appreciation and the child receives appreciation. Multiple objectives are accomplished. The child has the approval

of his most important peer and has learned to perform an assignment with a quality result. Bonds and habits are established. Both individuals grow. This is God’s principle and design. We do not offer praise if the job is not well done. The parent may be happy that the child has identified a need and continues training them with love, but praise for a job well done should be left out. Identifying appropriate praise develops a deeper sense of what it means to be honest. Let us look at the bed again. When the child begins making her bed, she is unskilled. She will be noticed for effort. If the child has made a good effort, then a good effort is praiseworthy, but praise is only helpful when it is honest. “Honey I can see that you worked hard to make your bed. I am so proud, now let’s work on these corners and smooth the quilt”. When you know they cannot do the job perfectly you give them questions they can ask honestly. “Did you work hard to make your bed?” If you can see that they did, you confirm their assessment. Tell someone else, “Terry is working hard to be a good bed maker”. Children aspire to achieve more when you speak well of them. They learn habits of honest reporting when you

are precise. Seniors struggle with the consequences of rejecting praise. Everyone has an emotional tank. We spend our lives accepting or rejecting the kind words offered to us. We deflect praise with phrases like, “It was nothing”, or “It was all God”. When a mother spends the week cleaning, shopping, preparing a menu, placing hot food on the table for 30, all at once, on Thanksgiving; and we eat it in 30 minutes, is it honest to say, “This is just what moms do!” I say NO! Honest evaluation says few men could do it! Many women could not or would not do it. The fact that she did was an amazing gift to everyone and the thanks should be taken in and stored, not deflected. Some day the ability to accomplish will be diminished. From God’s point of view our value is not performance based, but we need something to hang on to as an anchor. This is true for the working man or the singer in church. Meet appreciation with, “Thank you, that was kind of you to say”. Jeff Coester is The Pastor of The Big Red Church in Sterling.  Like them on Facebook!  Send questions to hardhat1@juno.com

Sunday morning.” I think the Sterling Rotary Club used this equipment when they used to do pancake breakfasts, didn’t they? “The Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30 pm. Please use the back door.” I don’t believe this would put those with low self-esteem on the road to healing or recovery, do you? “Ushers will beat latecomers.” I don’t understand what they were trying to say, but it doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me, personally. “For those of you who have children, and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.” Wow, pick a number, and get a kid. What a deal! “Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.” You know, the pastor didn’t even shake my hand! “The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s

Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7 pm. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.” I think I was in that church play when I was a kid. “Potluck supper: prayer and medication to follow.” Pass the gravy…and the Rolaids. “Don’t let worry kill you off - let the church help.” And all of my fellow pastors said, “Amen!” “Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.” But if they can still hit the high note, why not keep ‘em? “The choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.” Makes me glad our church doesn’t have a choir. “Weight Watchers will meet at 7 pm. Please use the large double door at the side

entrance.” I’m not touching that one. “Pastor is on vacation. Massages can be given to church secretary.” I’m thankful the pastor was on vacation on this one or some board member would try to blame him. So go to church this weekend. You never know when a classic church bulletin blooper may appear! Hello, my name is Scott Porter. I am the pastor of Abiding Word Church in Sterling, Illinois. I have been in ministry at Abiding Word for 26 ½ years. I was born in Dixon, raised in Rock Falls, and I now live in Sterling. I have been invited to share with you a column I call Pastor Scott’s Corner each month. I hope you enjoy it. You can send questions or comments to scottd16@aol.com or check out our church website at www.abidingwordchurch. org.

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Health & Beauty

Why do you have chronic pain or tension? It could be because you’re not moving purely

to move purely, meaning in our optimal range of motion, this allows for the nervous system to change, causing pain to diminish or perhaps be eliminated altogether. All of this is because we slowed down and honored what is available. So consider what your body is really capable of and honor it. Yes, there are times you’ll have to stretch to that high shelf to reach for something. That’s no big deal. I’m talking about being mindful of the way you move, sit, walk, etc. When are you pushing or forcing? I work with people mostly over the age of 40. These

Nancy Nesyto-Freske Yoga Instructor Try this: Place your left hand on your right-side low rib cage. Then, raise your right arm up in front of you, hand moving toward the ceiling. Do you feel movement under your hand? Can you feel your rib cage lift or poke forward? How about your back; do you feel your back arching? Now, lower your arm again, and move slowly, raising your arm in front of you. Stop when you start to feel the rib cage move and/or the spine arch. Then back up a little. This is your ideal range of motion that allows for pure movement. Play here, slowly lifting and lowering your arm in that ideal range, feeling the movement generated at the shoulder joint. Many people get a bit frazzled with this because they think, well, yes, my ribs are poking forward or lifting or my spine is arching, but I can get my arm higher than that. Of course you can, however, you are no longer just moving your arm, you

are using your spine to get your arm further up. That is called compensation, and when we compensate, we end up in pain or with tension and we work way too hard. When I work with people in one-on-one sessions, we explore what their ideal range is and progress from there. This way, we allow what should be moving to move, what shouldn’t be

moving to stop, and what ought to be moving that isn’t, to actually move. And you know what, this is where the healing begins. This is where the pain diminishes. Cool, huh? When we move through and with our compensations. in constant pain or tension, this tells the nervous system it’s okay to move this way. And guess what, nothing will change. When we start

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The doctor is in: Healthy nails

Dr. Don Lewis, MD Otolaryngologist Nails Brittle, splitting and cracked nails may be a reflection of your overall health, but may have a lot to do with abuse and the weather as well. Even heredity can play a role in nail strength, but environmental factors and nutrition are a lot easier to tackle than finding a time machine to go back to change your ancestors! Our nails are made of the same proteins as skin, and since we all know how skin loses moisture in these cold winter months, it makes sense to protect your nails as you would your skin. We must take into account that many people drink less water in the winter, since they perspire less, and that isn’t good for your overall health, including your nails. In addition, the oil glands don’t secrete as much during the winter, so that’s doubletrouble. When you add in all the germs going around and the resulting encouragement to wash our hands often, you can see how this is a set-up for nail problems. High quality, alcohol-free Vaseline or lanolin-based hand creams should be used frequently. I really prefer that you obtain your vitamins and minerals from healthy foods, because supplements are not always effectively or completely absorbed. Some even have a petroleumrelated base, which can’t be digested, so that the vitamins are not taken up

correctly. The B vitamins are the biggies! They are found in abundance in lean meats, poultry, seafood, dairy products and eggs, as well as in beans, bananas, whole grains and best in green leafy vegetables other than iceberg lettuce, which hasn’t much of anything! Vitamin A is essential and leads to the production of vital natural skin oils. Carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin are a few of the natural sources. With vitamin C, most of you know of juice sources, but green peppers, cantaloupe, broccoli and spinach provide that too, as well as providing B vitamins. Don’t forget your Omega 3 oils. Use olive oil in cooking, in salads and eat fish twice a week. Salmon and tuna are best, but others are good as well. When it comes to supplements, you get what you pay for. Go to a pharmacist and read the labels. Liquid supplements may often be better absorbed. Some cheap vitamins just “pass right through”! Yes, nothing beats a colorful plate of vegetables. We will cover this later in a separate column.

Believe it or not, the chemicals in nail polishes sap moisture from your cuticles, leading to nail problems. You might need to let the polish wear off, clip your nails short, and start over. Naked nails, nurtured by a healthy diet, can be attractive if gently buffed. Assuming you’ve done all that, what else can you do? In your kitchen, you probably have olive oil. Get a little bowl, put a little oil in it, and stick your fingertips in there! It really will work better if the nails aren’t layered with polish, but it will help anyway. For really bad cases, you can do it at night and then put your hands in gloves designed for this purpose, or old woolen gloves you are no longer fond of anymore. Yes. Go to sleep with slightly oily fingertips. It really helps. Be careful to file your nails in only one direction, and only use the finer side of the file or emery board. Invest in those ugly yellow gloves for dishwashing, and treat yourself to a new set of good (not cheap) gardening gloves for the spring we hope will one day arrive. To your health!


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Business

Local Business Profile: The Paper Escape Robert Dillon The Paper Escape has been a presence in Dixon for over thirty years. Tom and Nancy McClain are natives of the Sauk Valley area, and in August of 1982 had to decide whether to open a video rental store or a comic shop. Three decades later, it seems they made the right choice, considering the plight of national companies such as Blockbuster and the unfortunate fate of our own local favorite, Video Villager. The couple chose to open a comic shop because they had both been big readers. In fact, Nancy was a librarian at the medical library at a major state school before becoming an entrepreneur. Paper Escape specializes in comic books and graphic novels, but their

inventory covers everything from trading card games to Halloween costumes, from paperback novels to board games and collectibles. “Basically, we get to do what we want, sell what we want,” Tom says. Tom’s favorite part of owning his own business is being able to meet the demands of the customer, whatever they are. “They come in and say ‘can you get,’ and we get it…basically everything we got in here is because people said ‘can you get’ or ‘can you stock’ and nobody else carries it.” Tom refers to Paper Escape as an “entertainment store,” which is a new format for the trade organization to which the small business belongs. Essentially, this covers all forms of entertainment that are

not electronically based. This frees Tom and Nancy up to stock whatever they feel will sell. Tom notes that the current trend, the hottest-selling items, is anything and everything related to “The Walking Dead.” The popularity of the AMC television show has contributed to the graphic novels, published by Image Comics, flying off comic shop shelves everywhere. This has also led to a rise in sales of zombie merchandise in general, he notes. The best thing about Paper Escape is that it’s local, independent nature allows Tom and Nancy to go to trade shows and interface with independent game manufacturers, and allows them to see products in action months or sometimes

years before they reach the Midwest, which is, as Tom notes, “what’s unique, that’s what Wal-Mart can’t do.”

Indeed, Paper Escape is a brilliant piece of the puzzle that is the Sauk Valley area, meeting needs that chain

stores just are not able to. Here’s to thirty more years.

Stage Two Resale Shop now owned by Self-Help Enterprises Jill Horn When the Sauk Valley Christian Academy closed its doors in the fall of 2012, the ladies who work and volunteer at Stage Two in Rock Falls were so sad they cried. Rather than simply closing down, the store and everything in it was donated to Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) in Sterling, a group that needed an additional funding source. SHE wants to depend less and less on state funding since it’s simply not there. The store’s six volunteers and two employees continue to work there. Most things remain the same except the proceeds now go to SHE, a private notfor-profit agency providing options to Whiteside County residents with disabilities or barriers to employment. Emily Habben, the assistant manager of Stage

Two, stated, “We were all so sad when we thought we might have to close. We love working here and know that we provide a service to the community. Some people need to be able to shop at a place like Stage Two.” Over the past twelve years Emily has built relationships with many of the customers. She feels it’s a blessing to be able to work there. She would also like to thank her customers for shopping at Stage Two and hopes they will continue to shop at the store and support SHE. Eventually SHE hopes to train some of the clients to work at the store so they will be able to seek employment in the retail industry. This is one of the differences that will occur under the new ownership. Dollar days are also a change this year. The store manager, Agnes Povilatis, says, “We aren’t

sure which weekend of the month we will have Dollar Days but we do plan to have one some Saturday once a month.” Donations should be brought to the store during their business hours of 9-5, Monday-Saturday. If there are people are unable to bring their items to the store, they can call the store to arrange a pick up time. SHE will pick up the items and bring them to the store. This is something new as well. The thrift store sells clothing, shoes, movies, music, books, games, bags, and craft items. There is also a room with baby and toddler items. Most items that department stores have (that can be resold) are sold by Stage Two, other than furniture or items too big for the store. This will eventually change. They plan to relocate to a larger place

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Business The iPad turns three Bobby Dillon On April 3rd, the iPad will be celebrating its third anniversary. In that short time, ownership of the device has become nearly ubiquitous; its flexibility as a tool means it can be (and is) used for nearly everything under the sun- commercial and personal. Since the device’s initial release, it has found its way into millions of homes, businesses, and workplaces, including airplane cockpits, law firms, doctor’s offices, and restaurants. Furthermore, the iPad has become acknowledged as a phenomenal educational tool, and

unbelievably, according to a report by the San Francisco Weekly News, the device can also be used to help autistic children interact socially. The iPad’s effects upon the average person’s daily life have been profound, and it has provided a spark for the mobile computing market. After three years and over 100 million units sold (according to the New York Times), nearly everything, from cell phones to laptops, has come to be influenced by the user-friendliness and power of the iPad. While its impact has been felt in a relatively short time, tablet

computing represents the future of not just computing, but of education, business, and entertainment because the wide range of applications (or “Apps”) available for download on such devices, along with the relatively simple means by which those Apps are published, mean that their uses are limited only by the imagination. Because of tablet computers light weight (and thus, portability), it makes an ideal substitute for paper textbooks, instruction manuals, and a myriad of other reading materials. Tablets are tools where one can go

The most current iPad, left, and iPad Mini, right

from talking face-to-face with a friend, to taking notes in a meeting, to playing a game, all with a few taps of a screen. Do you remember how “video phones,” being able to talk face-to-face with someone across the country,

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can literally pull out a cell phone barely bigger than a pack of cigarettes and speak face-to-face with someone half the world away. Ladies and gentlemen, tablet computing is the future, and the future is now.

Heritage Woods of Sterling named an Illinois Top 20 Assisted Living Community

BRADLEY, ILLINOIS – Heritage Woods of Sterling, a BMA affordable assisted living community in Sterling, Illinois, has been selected by Assisted Living Today as one of the Top 20 assisted living communities in Illinois. Heritage Woods serves older adults of all incomes, including those on Medicaid, who need some help to maintain their independence. Assisted Living Today is a national provider of on-line news and information about

senior living and elder care. “We are honored to have been selected for the Top 20 List,” says Dawn Powell, Administrator of Heritage Woods of Sterling. The communities on the Top 20 list were recognized for providing “trustworthy and competent care while fostering individuality and independence.” Heritage Woods of Sterling as well as the other assisted living communities on the Top 20 list were also recognized for offering services and amenities that are

designed “to promote active and enjoyable retirement living.” “We offer older adults a wonderful alternative to a nursing home or to struggling alone at home,” says Powell. “Residents benefit from the opportunity to live in a residential apartmenthome environment and receive the personal assistance and help with medications that they need.” Each of the private studio and one-bedroom apartments at Heritage Woods features a kitchenette, spa-

cious bathroom with shower and grab bars, and emergency alert system. Certified nursing assistants are on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Meals, housekeeping and laundry are among the included services. Located at 2205 Oak Grove Ave. in Sterling, Heritage Woods is fully certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program and is managed by BMA Management, Ltd., the largest provider of assisted living in Illinois. Based in Bradley, Illinois,

BMA operates 36 senior living communities, housing more than 3,300 homes and apartments. “Our focus is on providing older adults with the love, compassion and dignity that they deserve along with the help and assistance that they need,” says Rod Burkett, President and CEO of BMA Management. “Our emphasis is on helping each resident to achieve and maintain as much independence as possible for as long as possible.” The communities managed by BMA include the

Heritage Woods affordable assisted living communities in Belvidere, DeKalb, Moline, Ottawa and Rockford, Illinois. A Heritage Woods affordable assisted living community is scheduled to open for occupancy this summer in Freeport, Illinois. For more information about Heritage Woods of Sterling, call 815-627-7045. For more information on BMA Management and BMA senior living communities, visit www. bma-mgmt.com.

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Home & Garden

A cook looks at books

Judy Bell Publisher “Real Simple: Meals Made Easy”(2012 Time Home Entertainment/ Real Simple Books)…who among us could resist a cookbook so titled? As life seems to be growing more technical, more complicated, with layers and layers of circumstances WAY beyond our control and understanding, simple is seductive. Simple is satisfying to the soul. Simple is serene. Knowing it is National Garlic Month, I was focused on reviewing a book which promoted garlic. It is truly one of my staples, has prov-

en healthful qualities, plus I have had the experience of visiting Gilroy, CA, the garlic capital of the USA! Still, I remained open to whatever cookbook might turn both my head and palate. I shared my search with cook and proprietor of local Dixon bookstore Books on First, Larry Dunphy. He steered me toward a cookbook entitled “Real Simple: Meals Made Easy”, claiming it to be one of his most useful ones. He guessed that he had made at least 10 recipes from the book’s 75 choices. Larry vouched for the book’s take on baked beans. He even said he thought next time he made the recipe he might “add a bit of garlic.” I thumbed through the book and was intrigued with the Chapter on “Reliable Sides”. It was described as “a set of gowith-anything side dishes to become an invaluable addition to your recipe repertoire.”. Lord knows my repertoire needs freshening from time to time.

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And now for my favorite “garlic month” selection: Garlic-Butter Broccoli. It is beautiful, flavorful, simple and easy. I served it with a simple pan-sauteed beef (grass fed) patty and sautéed red peppers. Ingredients: 1 bunch broccoli 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, trim the broccoli florets from the stalks. Cut the florets into small pieces. Peel the broccoli stalks and cut them crosswise into slices about ¼-inch thick. Cook the broccoli until almost tender, but still crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Drain; set aside. Add butter and garlic to the empty pot and place over medium heat. Cook until the garlic is softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broccoli, salt, and pepper and toss.

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Pick five for your environment By Jill Horn Last year, I wrote about using alternate forms of transportation to lessen our imprint on the Earth. I am still riding my bike instead of driving. I have made a commitment to ride my bike at least once during every month of the year in 2013. I’ve already ridden my bike during the two most difficult months, January and February. In addition to this, I went to the epa.gov website and selected at least five ways I can lessen my impact on my environment. I encourage you to do the same.

I also read a little about the history of Earth Day. The first official Earth Day was April 22, 1970. Senator Gaylord Nelson was instrumental in creating the first Earth Day. He wanted to force this issue into the nation’s forefront. Twenty million participated throughout the US. Many college, high school and grade school students and communities participated in peaceful demonstrations that whole week. Twenty million is certainly an impressive number for any one event, but even more impressive for the very first time that event

occurs. Since 1970 much legislation has passed in

favor of a cleaner environment, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and hundreds others. I also believe people have become more conscious of their own impact on the environment and make a greater effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. While on the epa.gov website, I read about past efforts to preserve our environment. In 1652 Boston established a public water supply. Obtaining a clean public water supply has been an issue since. President Teddy Roosevelt was an avid outdoors man. As a result, during and after his presidency the government has been concerned with conservation. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal also enacted a number of measures to save our natural resources. In 1970, the EPA was created in response to the growing demand for cleaner water, air and land. I encourage you to go to epa.gov and “Pick 5 for your environment” and also read a little history about people before us who made an effort to conserve our natural resources. You’ll be surprised at how early these efforts started in America.


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Home & Garden Dining

Salamandra Restaurant offers delicious and affordable Mexican fare Spencer Schein The Salamandra Restaurant, located in Dixon at 105 W. 1st Street, offers high quality Mexican dishes in a casual setting. Traditional Mexican images adorn the walls, with booths along one wall, fourseat tables on the other wall and large family-style tables in the middle. The restaurant has a bar serving both traditional Mexican and American domestic beers. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, with a menu featuring a variety of burritos, chimichangas, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas- a meal described

as a Mexican sandwich. Warm tortilla chips are served alongside a spicy green salsa or a mild red. There are also lunch specials and American fare such

as chicken sandwiches and cheeseburgers. One afternoon, I dined with a friend at the Salamandra. We both ordered similar items, but each with their

own distinct differences. He ordered the lunch special quesadillas (a filled and folded flour tortilla), a meal that offered two quesadillas stuffed with chicken, served

with refried beans and fried rice on the side. I ordered the sincronizada, which translated into quesadilla wedges. The difference as noted

This could be why some fast food restaurants now have cashiers dole out condiments, likely one or two, and any others you want they offer at an extra charge. Why do they do this? Maybe some people ruined it for others by taking 30 packets of ketchup each trip. I tend to take the number

of packets of sauce I feel I need for a meal and that’s it, or maybe take two or three extra, but not 20. Am I part of the problem? Yeah. We as a nation need to Flash Mob our favorite fast food restaurants, and in unison, or in a sing-a-round with one group starting

was in the presentation. My friend had his lunch special of two taco-sized quesadillas, and I had four wedges of chicken sincronizadas with sour cream along the edges. Inside, both our meals were filled with melted Chihuahua cheese and a hefty serving of chicken. On a separate occasion, I dined for dinner and ordered a chimichanga- a deep-fried burrito. The chimichanga was served with a crunchy flaky outer crust and a warmed filling. At an affordable price, lunch specials are $6 and other entrées range from $7to-$10. Give it a try.

Ode to the condiment

Spencer Schein Where have you gone condiment? Your sales are dropping, I have been told. Your variety has diminished. There’s no more spicy ketchup or Tabasco mustard. The other day I was in a store and came upon a selection of ketchup. I don’t normally use ketchup at home anymore. I no longer have French fries packed away in my freezer. Fries are the ideal dance partners for ketchup, a match made in a marketing department. With thoughts of my past, and the knowledge that I had recently purchased a pack of turkey hot dogs, I bit

the bullet and spent a dollar on a bottle of Hunt’s. This purchase brought back the memory of a shopping trip I had the previous year. I was in the condiment aisle of a big supermarket in Sterling, an exceptionally large supermarket. I was looking over the selection of salad dressing. They never seem to have the style I want. Also in the aisle was a young couple dressed in an assortment of sweats, more commonly known as fleece or hoodies. To get back to the issue of condiments, the couple had the following discussion. “Are we out of taco sauce,” the woman said.

“I don’t know,” the man said. “Well, should we get some taco sauce?” she said. “I think its time to make a Taco Bell run,” he said. They ended up leaving the condiment aisle without grabbing a bottle of taco sauce. Now, this struck me on several levels. Why didn’t the couple just purchase a $1 bottle of taco sauce? Why didn’t they choose the bottle of taco sauce with the brand name of Taco Bell? It isn’t a question of being cheap. It’s the idea many of us have, that we don’t need to purchase something when we can find a pile of it in a small bucket for free. More than a year ago I heard a broadcaster on a Chicago sports station who said he routinely grabs massive amounts of ketchup packets at fast food restaurants, to the amazement of his co-hosts. They asked him why he did this instead of just buying bottle of ketchup. “They don’t mind,” he said.

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and the next starting five seconds later, state, “We will only take the packets of condiments we need for our meal. We understand we can purchase more at the store.” Afterwards, lets all gather in our cars and make a trip to the supermarket and purchase a bottle of ketchup or taco sauce.

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Local

Sterling Main Street happenings in 2013! Movies at Grandon

Dog Days

Thursday evenings at dusk - May 30 - June 13 & 27 - July 11 & 25 - August 8

June 28 & 29

Music Fest July 27 Harvest Festival

Open Year-Round! Saturday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon

Fourth Fridays

April 26 May 24 June 28

Arts and music event held in Downtown Sterling from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the Fourth Friday of every month

July 26 August 23 September 27

October 25 November 22 December 27

Got a thousand things to clean? We’ve got a thousand uses for Basic H2®. Try it on: Barbecue grill grunge Sticky countertops Muddy doggie prints Greasy pans Crayoned walls Splattered tomato sauce on stovetops Kitchen appliances Bathroom fixtures Streaks on windows Dusty tables Adhesive residue Microwave mishaps Patio furniture Wooden decks Chrome lighting fixtures

The updated and redesigned Lee County Visitors Guide will be available after April 10 at the Lee County Tourism Council office, 113 S. Peoria. It will also be available at numerous sites throughout Lee County and many area locations. The Visitors Guide is updated about every 18-24 months to ensure current and accurate information on sites and events. The publication is different that the Lee County Calendar of Events which only provides information about events. The calendar is updated and published annually.

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Spotty silverware Spilled juice Water-marked windshields Shoe track marks Grimy toilets Remote controls Filthy volleyballs Dirty gym bags Refrigerator inside and out Steering wheels Dusty ceiling fans Chandeliers Telephones Banisters Fingerprints on bathroom mirror Greasy kitchen sinks Chocolate on kitchen walls Coffee mug rings on tabletops Pizza dough on countertops Dog slobber on glass doors Veggie drawers

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“The 5 Keys of Supporting A Person with Autism”, by Alyson Beytien, will be a free session geared to parents and caregivers from 6-8 pm April 18, Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Rd. Dixon. The next day, April 19, Beytien will give a full day workshop “Critical Supports for the person with Autism” from 8:30 to 4 pm. The fee is $50 and includes lunch. Professionals attending will be

able to receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for the event. Beytien has three autistic sons. She is the author of “Autism Everyday.” She is also a behavior specialist at Mercy Autism Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Contact Janet O’Donnell at Kreidger Services, 815288-6691 ext 240 for information. Or e-mail: odonnellj@kreiderservices. org.

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Education

Rotary scholarships applications due April 30 DIXON - “High School seniors can apply for college scholarships now” said Krystie Jones, head of the Rotary Club of Dixon Scholarship Committee. In past years, Dixon Rotary has provided two $2500 awards. To be eligible, graduating seniors must be a resident of Dixon attending Dixon High School, Newman High School, Faith Christian or home schooled and enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university for the Fall of 2013. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need,

essay response, school and community involvement, personal recommendations and academic achievement. The scholarship funds must be applied to tuition, room/ board fees, or textbook/media for classes. Payment is made in two installments during the recipient’s freshman year at a college or university. Dixon Rotary Scholarship Applications may be obtained from the guidance office at the schools; from Krystie Jones at 815-288-2722 or Krystie@dixonautobody. com; or downloaded from the Facebook page

w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / DixonRotaryClub. Completed applications must be returned to the Dixon Rotary Club no later than April 30th, 2013. Jones said all scholarships awarded, scholarship applications and the Dixon Rotary Club Scholarship Program are subject to further review by the Dixon Rotary Club at any time. Scholarships are non-renewable. Failure to complete course requirements by a scholarship winner may result in the forfeiture of any unpaid scholarship funds.

Top ten food additives to avoid Judy Bell, M.S., Nutrition Publisher Today you have no excuse for eating foods that can be harmful to your health: the information is available. You simply need to make a choice. Eat it or don’t eat it. Citizens for Health have

made a selection of the Top Ten Additives to Avoid. The Organization has also declared April 11 to be “Read your Labels Day.” Why avoid these food additives? Doesn’t the government and the FDA protect citizens’ health? The answer is likely “no”

and “sort of.” For example, several of the additives have been shown to cause cancer in animals. Several of the additives are made from petroleum coal and tar which have been a concern for decades…not to mention that the human

Sauk Valley Bank launches Teach Children to Save campaign

Bankers Association challenge is to reach one million children each year by teaching them to save. The kickoff date for this year’s campaign is April

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#1 High fructose corn syrup #2 Aspartame #3 Hydrolyzed proteins #4 Autolyzed yeast #5 Monosodium glutamate #6 Potassium bromate #7 Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) #8 BHA and BHT #9 Transfats #10 Artificial colors For more complete information and specific reasons for avoiding these additives

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23th. They will be visiting 4th & 5th grade classrooms in Sauk Valley area schools during that week. The main purpose for this campaign is to teach children about the importance of saving money for the future. They provide handouts and ask for class participation as they give the children tips on saving their money. Sauk Valley Bank asks for a 1 hour time frame when teaching the lessons. Teach Children to Save (TCTS) is a national program that organizes bank volunteers to help young people develop a savings habit early in life. Since the program started in 1997, some 123,000 bankers have taught savings skills to more than 5 million students.

digestive system does not have the enzymes required to digest and absorb petroleum products. Some have never really been declared “safe” by the FDA and have remained in limbo for 30 + years. Some are banned in many countries. Some are considered carcinogens by some states. Some additives build up in the tissues and the long-term results are unknown. Here is their list of the Top Ten Additives to Avoid:

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