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Local grad improved health for many By BILL KNIGHT

Years after retiring from the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing in Peoria and decades after helping to eradicate smallpox and malaria from Iran, Robah Kellogg died on June 23, leaving a legacy of bringing health to scores of communities and to countless individual homes. “At one village in Iran where she went, all the homes but one had smallpox,” said Kathy Baldwin, a former Kellogg student who became Director of UIC’s College of Nursing. “She gave hundreds and hundreds of vaccinations and basiFor The Weekly Post

cally eliminated smallpox there. “When I was first a student [at the College of Nursing] in the ’70s, I went to my first home health nurses conference and was at a lunch there and someone asked where I went to school, and Robah was mentioned, and people said, ‘Robah Kellogg is your instructor!!’ “I’d had no idea that she was a national name.” Indeed, she was a practitioner and a scholar, writing for publications such as the “American Journal of Public Health and the Nation’s Health” and the book “Quality Home Health Care: Redefining the Tradition.”

A 1938 graduate of Elmwood High School, Kellogg earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and completed the Cook County School of Nursing program, earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and a public health nursing certificate from the University of Minnesota. She worked as a public health nurse in Rochester County in Minnesota, then the Agency for International Development and U.S. Public Health Service, which took her to Iran for more than two years and South Korea for three. Continued on Page 2


Milbrook Twp. considers request for road closure Commissioner Dean Creason explained that county zoning proLAURA – Besides the routine hibits closing the road when public business of paying bills and receiv- access is blocked. ing tax funds from the County, Options may exist for about a Millbrook Township trustees at dozen neighbors concerned about their monthly meeting on July 9 several incidents of parties in the discussed closing a road and open- half mile rural area, but petitioner ing Spoon River, where recent Pat Carlton was referred to the flooding has damaged one of Peocounty for staff advice. ria County’s three hisAdditional property actoric bridges. No Goat Farm quisition may help, or a Township trustees Read the full story variance could be reunanimously voted to quested on appeal to the behind the curious renew memberships to “No Goat Farm” county. the Township Officials sign that hangs on Meanwhile, the hisof Illinois, the TownPrinceville-Jubilee toric but abandoned Road in Peoria ship Supervisors of bridge over the Spoon County. Page 4. Illinois and the WestRiver a mile and a half ern Illinois Regional north of Elmore on West Council, renewed the White Road needs attenliability insurance policy from the tion after spring flooding damaged Lyle R. Jager Agency of Kewanee a piling and brush has snagged for the township’s Community against the single-span steel strucCenter Board of Managers, and ac- ture, requiring crews to clean up knowledged receipt from the Peothe debris. ria County Treasurer’s office of Since the bridge, built in 1910, more than $33,000 for the townwas designated as historic, there ship and about $25,000 for the road are restrictions to what work can and bridge budget. be done and how, but state or fedA petition from area residents eral funding may be available, so was presented requesting that the the trustees will seek more infortownship vacate a portion of North mation and discuss the matter in Whittaker Road, but Highway August. By BILL KNIGHT For The Weekly Post

Tim Farquer is the new superintendent and principal of Williamsfield schools. Photo by Bill Knight.

Homecoming for Farquer By BILL KNIGHT

WILLIAMSFIELD – It’s a homecoming of sorts for the new superintendent of Williamsfield School District 210, Tim Farquer. Farquer, 40, started this month as Superintendent and Principal at Williamsfield schools, where the Dahinda native graduated and his mother taught until her retirement, and where he previously serviced on the Board of Education for eight years. It’ll be an adjustment, but Farquer says he’s prepared to cope with what For The Weekly Post

Williamsfield and public education throughout Illinois face. “I view challenges as opportunities,” he says. “Our opportunities are endless due to our strong community and dedicated staff. Our dedicated staff has high expectations of themselves, each other, and the kids who walk in our doors. Our size makes us much more agile than most districts so we can initiate improvements that increase our efficiency at a much faster rate. This is especially useful during these turbulent times.” After earning an Associate degree at Continued on Page 2

Robah Kellogg (right) and an Iranian woman ‘make rounds’ to vaccinate people in the late 1950s.

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KELLOGG: ‘A woman of great integrity’ Continued from Page 1

There, in the late ’50s, she helped set up a Public Health Center network, taught English to Koreans using the Bible, and brought orphans to new homes in the United States. After working as director of the Department of Home Health Agencies and Community Health Services at the National League for Nursing in New York City, Kellogg returned to Peoria County to become an associate professor at UIC’s College of Nursing graduate program. Among Kellogg’s many accolades, the Ko-

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rean Public Health Nurses Association gave its Distinguished Service Award to her for her “steadfast diligence and persistent effort.” “Nursing has lost one of its finest,” said Mitzi Duxbury of Chicago. “She was a woman of great integrity and wisdom. She had a fine mind and a caring attitude for all, especially students. She possessed a longrange view of the world and of the discipline and never wavered in her support, an exemplary nurse of great compassion.” The college has a Robah Kellogg Alumni Recognition Award in her honor.

One recipient of that award, former student Elizabeth Denniss of Springfield, said, “I will always remember her as a kind, compassionate and supportive teacher. Robah always had a wonderful smile to share.” Baldwin adds that Kellogg was a supportive mentor, too. “She was a ‘student investor’,” she says, “almost an angel. She stayed involved with the college long after her retirement, setting up a scholarship and much more. She cared about people and she cared about education and wanted to make sure everyone had opportunities.” She could be a de-

manding teacher, too, Baldwin adds “She had big expectations of her students,” she says. “One student remembered turning in a paper and being called into Robah’s office, and Robah said, ‘This was not your best work. You can do better.’ But she had a caring way of encouraging students.” Besides UIC, Kellogg also served with the various boards and activities at Methodist Medical Center, the Health Department and parish nurse training programs. “She was always active,” Baldwin says. “She set a great example.”

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Carl Sandburg College and a Bachelor’s degree in physical education and health at WIU, a Master’s at Bradley and an Ed. S. degree at Western, Farquer taught and coached at various area districts: Cuba, Galesburg, Brimfield, and Peoria Limestone. Most recently, he was a Data & Assessment Content Specialist for the Illinois State Board of Education housed at Two Rivers in Edwards, helping with schools’ transition to the forthcoming Common Core curriculum, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), Illinois Shared Learning Environment (ISLE) and data collection and analysis. He and his family – wife Nadine, 13year-old Ben, 9-year-old Olivia, and 6year-old Cade – live in Oak Run, where he moved 18 years ago. “I was born and raised here,” he says. “I’ve paid for my education by bailing hay, cleaning livestock sheds and painting homes around the community. When I needed a little money for college, Laura State Bank gave me a loan. I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much.” Farquer is looking to give back by giving opportunities to others, whether students or teachers.

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His management style, he says is “people-centered, evidence-based, results-driven. “I just want to help put people in position to be successful,” he continues. “After that, it’s like Tony La Russa said about managing the Cardinals: ‘My job is to simply pay attention and react accordingly’.” For now, Farquer seems impressed with Billtown’s advances. “We have a new internal data network that meets SETDA [State Educational Technology Directors Association] internal bandwidth guidelines for as far as the eye can see,” he says. “We just doubled our external bandwidth and we have a great relationship with our local telecom provider (Mid-Century), leaving me confident we will have fiberoptic service to our door by the end of 2014. This, coupled with our use of Google Apps for Education, will give our student body access to distance learning opportunities like never before.” Farquer also is impressed with the human element. “We have amazing kids,” he says. “We have a strong community. We have a forward-thinking board. We have a dedicated staff. Mrs. Bush has put us in a pretty good spot. All I have to do is keep from screwing it up.”

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s Harvest Home fund raiser – A Harvest Home Festival fund raiser dinner is today at Yates City Community Center from 4:30-7 p.m. Cost is $8 for chicken pot pie, biscuit, mashed potato, salad and dessert. The festival is Aug. 16-17. s Elmwood band – Elmwood’s Municipal Band plays Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Central Park gazebo. s Steak dinner – Douglas Methodist Ladies have a steak dinner Saturday from 4:29-6:29 p.m. at Douglas United Methodist Church. The cost is $16.50.

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s Craft night – Ladies Craft Night Future Events for women 18 and over is tonight at s Historical tours – Celebrate the Morrison & Mary Wiley Library in Elmwood. Participants should bring 8-, world travels of Miss Jean Morron at Pettengill-Morron Historical Home 9- or 10-inch knitting needles. Museum, 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria. s Alumni potluck – The annual The museum is open Sunday, Aug. 4, Yates City School alumni potluck is from 1-4 p.m. and again Sept. 1. Tours July 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Douglas cost $7 for adults and $3 for children. Church. All alumni welcome. Drinks Contact the Peoria Historical Society furnished. Bring your table service. at (309) 674-1921. s Book signing – Local author s Old Settlers Days – The craft and Michael David Platt will sign his book artist show at Brimfield’s “Kills the Last Man” Old Settlers Days will be on July 20 at the Publicize Your Event Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 Maquon Public Lip.m. Call Judy Wertz at Call us at (309) 741-9790 brary from 9 a.m. to or email information about (309) 446-3520. noon. Copies will be your upcoming event to s Mother-daughter sold for $19.95. crafts – Mother-daughter s Story hour – craft night is Aug. 8 at 6 Little Zoomers story p.m. at Morrison & Mary Wiley Lihour will be held Wednesdays in July brary. Children must be at least six to at Williamsfield Public Library from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Crafts, stories, games attend. and snacks will be provided for youngs Elmwood St. Jude Run – Anyone sters age 3-5. Backpack Bookworm interested in running the Elmwood to Buddies is from 1:30-3 p.m. each Peoria St. Jude Run in August can conWednesday for youngsters who have tact Lynn Tannock at (309) 303-2411.

Whitney’s Walk for Life July 27 By BILL KNIGHT

BRIMFIELD – The 10th Annual Whitney’s Walk For Life to raise money for suicide prevention is scheduled for July 27 at Jubilee College State Park on U.S. Route 150, where a 5K run is set to start at 7:55 a.m. and a 5K walk at 8 a.m. T-shirt pick-up for walkers and runners will be 4-6 p.m. this Friday at the Brimfield Fire Department or 10 a.m.noon Saturday at the center court at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Proceeds support Mental Health America of Illinois Valley (MHAIV) and its programs, including mental health screenings, depression awareness and suicide prevention. The registration fee for the run or walk is $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger. Teams can be formed with at least five walkers, runners or donors who together raise at least $250. Register online through July 25 at or on the day of the event from 6:45-7:30 a.m. for runners and 7-7:45 a.m. for walkers. Donations are also welcome and can be made online or by mailing a check to: Whitney’s Walk, 5407 N. University, Peoria, IL 61614. Participants who register after Saturday can’t be guaranteed a t-shirt. Whitney’s Walk for Life was founded by family and friends of Whitney Ann For The Weekly Post

Grotts following the 16-year-old Brimfield girl’s death by suicide in 2004. Since then more than $700,000 has been raised. This is the largest fund raiser for MHAIV, which receives 90 percent of the proceeds. The rest of the money raised is donated to the Whitney Grotts Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Established to increase awareness about depression and teen suicide, Whitney’s Walk works with local survivors, schools and mental-health advocates to help reduce suicides. About one in five young people have some type of mental health problem, but only 20 percent of them receive the help they need. “In the United States there are 100 suicides every day,” says Jamie Sanders of MHAIV, “one occurring every 14 minutes. “Statistically, suicide is the third leading cause of death among individuals from 15 to 24 years of age,” she continues, “and suicide rates are extremely high in those 65 and older. But suicide occurs in all age groups, both sexes and every geographic region of this country. “Recovery from mental illness is not only possible but it is probable with 70 to 90 percent of those who receive help going on to lead healthy, productive lives.” For more information, call MHAIV at (309) 692-1766.

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Here’s the rest of the ‘No Goat Farm’ story

Rambling through central Illinois pondering what mystery our faithful readers can solve next. uuu I have been pondering No Goats for a week now. Here’s what I learned, first from Jon and Joyce Lehman, who first deJeff vised the unLAMPE usual sign that hangs at the entrance to their farm on Princeville-Jubilee Road (pictured at right). ... Wrote the Lehman’s after last week’s column referred to the sign: “What’s with the No Goats? “We live on a former goat farm. (Yes, the grass is very green.) When we bought the place, besides being home to 100 goats and way more flies then the total of the national debt, there was a sign by the road advertising the goats, goat milk and goat meat. Since we didn’t have any of that, a friend suggested we put up a No Goats sign. It’s been up since 1991. “Well, not the same sign. It seems to be a popular practice with the area delinquents (and evidently their parents don’t seem to think it’s wrong) to have a fourby-four foot No Goats sign in their possession. “So we have to replace it about twice a year. One jerk took the sign AND the post. “Our signs were so popular with one plunderer from Princeville, we found two of our signs at his house. “We had a very nice metal sign once that was given to me for my birthday. Oh yeah, it disappeared. Then a few years later a realtor friend found it in a house he had for sale. He repossessed it, repainted it and gave it to me on my birthday again. Gone, too.

“Thieves are very inconsiderate and consistent. “We have so much fun with the name almost everything we have has No Goats on it. It’s on signs, business cards, shirts, hats and our license plate. I race go-karts and call my race team No Goats Racing – that raises many questions from people. A lot of people have a nickname. My wife and I share one. Everyone calls us No Goats. “I was parking my car at a store a while back when a lady walking by asked about the NOGOATS license plate. I told her I didn’t have any goats. She said, ‘Well, I don’t either.’ “I replied, ‘That may be, but I got the plate first.’ “Now you know.” uuu But there is more to know about the No Goat legend. Folks from all over called or emailed to add to the story, including Ron “Clucky” Cluskey and Steve Wessels of Brimfield. Wessels had a unique perspective, having worked at the farm from age 11 into high school. Before the Lehmans arrived, owners of the farm were the Dexters. Lee Dexter was a young woman who managed Dexter’s Goat Farm and was considered by some to be eccentric. Wrote Wessels, “She would milk the nannies in the morning and I would milk them after school as they needed milked twice per day. She would sell the goat’s milk to natural food stores and to people who would visit, she would sell kid goats after birth, and she would sell dead

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goats to families in Princeville who would eat the meat – yummy goat burritos!” ... When she wasn’t dealing with goats or working as a scientist or teacher, Lee Dexter taught sailing on the Illinois River and gave “readings” to people who came to the house. All of which led to a steady stream of visitors – and the need for a No Goat sign for the next owners! uuu In other news, Brimfield native Brady Barnstable writes that the Million Dollar Marathon ( passes through Brimfield Saturday on U.S. Hwy. 150. The 40-day run started June 21 in Ocean Shores, Wash. with the first of 160 cancer survivors running a leg in a fund-raiser that will end at the Atlantic Ocean. ... Reader Tina Fleer says you can find Krispy Kreme Donuts at the Shop’n Save near Target in Peoria. ... A big bird tells me Elmwood graduate Eric Polen also played in the Shrine All-Star football game years ago. ... Parting shot: Catch and release fishing is out of control. On Tuesday Gordon Inskeep released a state record longear sunfish! Contact Jeff Lampe at 231-6040 or

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First chance to see an eagle in the wild In the movie “Continental Divide,” John Belushi plays a hardnosed reporter for a Chicago newspaper who’s always stepping on the wrong toes. He’s a macho character, known for his hard drinking, fist swinging, and fearlessness in the face of danger as he stands up to crooked politicians, mob bosses, and, of course, an evil editor. Jon When things GALLAGHER get a little hot for him in the city, he’s given a challenge: interview an elusive female naturalist who lives among nature battling poachers somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. She’s as tough, if not tougher, than he is. He finds her, of course, and they soften each other up as the odd couple fall in love. He returns and writes a beautiful piece of prose that is as far from his usual investigative reporting as snow is from the equator. Somehow it gets published and his fans think he’s gone soft, talking about eagles soaring and all the other wonderful things found in nature. It’s a decent movie, not one of John’s most popular films, but I liked it, probably better than some of his others.

This is all my way of warning you that I’m about to write about eagles and stuff. See, I’ve been on this planet for more than 50 years, and I’ve never seen an eagle in the wild. I’ve seen them in zoos and marveled at how large they are, but in a zoo, that’s about it. They sit there and stare at you and probably imagine what they’d like to be doing to the person who put them in the zoo in the first place. The other morning while on my way to Galesburg, I started across Spoon River just outside Maquon on Illinois Route 97. I was rewarded with an awesome sight. From my left, an eagle swooped down across the highway to the field on my right. He rode the wind currents silently, not once flapping his wings, diving down on a carp that was laying dead in the field. In a single motion, the eagle snatched the fish from the ground, then with just two flaps of his huge wings, soared high into the air headed over the tree line that borders the river. Once aloft, he began powerfully flapping his wings and he disappeared in the distance. I’d never seen anything like it. I called my brother who lives in Maquon to tell him, but he wasn’t nearly as excited about it as I was. He says there are several eagles that populate the area and they do

Don’t call rural neighbors litterbugs

To the Editor: My husband and I took exception to being called Brimfield’s country neighbors who are dumping off items at overflowing recycling bins. We are very conscientious about not leaving messes and Dennis always makes a special trip to Brimfield to check out the bins before taking our recyclables up. If the bins are full he waits until another day when there is room in them. I have talked with other people who live in the rural areas who do the same thing, so any mess that’s being made at the recycling area should not automatically be blamed on the country neighbors. It’s possible that some out-oftowners are not as conscientious

about it as others, but unless there is proof that it’s all being done by rural families, it’s really not fair to point fingers at us. I checked with the Brimfield library staff and found that one of the receptacles is funded with library tax dollars, which we country folk pay into, which means we have a right to use the bins as much as people living within the village limits. It’s not a huge deal, but we think that we speak for many rural families who care about the environment enough to recycle and care about our community enough to do it with respect. – Dennis and Lonye Gilles, Brimfield

that all the time. As a matter of fact, he’s seen the nest they have just north of town, out by where my grandparents used to farm. I was still impressed. I’m guessing that the eagle took the carp back to the nest, threw it on the grill for the wife and eaglets, and then bragged about how he had swooped down and plucked it out of the river as it swam on its way toward London Mills. After all, if he’s a male, he’s got to make himself look good to his mate, right? The fish, in actuality, had been in the field, stranded there when the river had receded from its flood stage and gone back in its banks. Now maybe this was a female eagle doing the hunting and swooping. I’m not an expert and I didn’t take a lot of time away from marveling to check for whatever you’d check for to see. If it was a female, I’m sure she brought it back, told her husband the truth about finding it in the field, but still left it up to him to grill. I’m hoping that sometime soon my brother will take me out to the nesting area so maybe I can get some pictures of these majestic creatures. I’m real curious as to what one of their grills look like, too.

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Group plans cabin cleanup

BRIMFIELD – “Cleaning the cabin” will be a topic of discussion when the Brimfield Historical Society meets on July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Brimfield Library. Planning is also underway for an ice cream social held at the log cabin during The Cruise In held the first weekend of August. The building – photographed at right by Bruce Howard of Elmwood before and after restoration in the 1980s – was built in 1836 by L.L. Guyer. Guyer had a store in the settlement then known as Charleston, which was renamed Brimfield in 1843 since Illinois already had one town named Charleston. In addition to housing goods for sale, Guyer’s cabin was used by preachers, including Jubilee College founder Bishop Chase. According to “The History of Peoria County,” Guyer and Elvira M. Wiley exchanged vows in the town’s first wedding.


Man investigated for theft

ELMWOOD – Jerimay Keel, 24, of Elmwood remains under investigation by the Illinois State and Local Auto Theft. Enforcement Program (SLATE) task force for allegedly taking three vehicles from the Musgrave residence in Elmwood without permission on July 6 and damaging two of them. Multiple witnesses said Keel took keys from the Musgrave home and during the next few hours drove a 2000 Honda dirt bike, a 4-wheeler and a 1994 Chevrolet Geo Tracker, according to police reports. The Chevy was driven improperly, witnesses said, sustaining damage to its transmission and steering, and it needed to be towed from Ill. Route 78 north of Elmwood. The dirt bike Keel drove was involved in a minor wreck at Casey’s on West Main and has damage of more than $400, Musgrave said. Charges are pending, police said. Keel also that week was booked on charges of assault, disorderly conduct and domestic battery.

Laura woman wrecks car

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nois Route 78 when she lost control of her 2002 Pontiac, left the road and landed on its top in the ditch. She told first responders that she’d swerved to avoid a deer. Brimfield Rescue transported Bantz to OSF, where Peoria County Sheriff’s officers tested her for alcohol and arrested her for Driving Under the Influence. She was transported to the Peoria County Jail and also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Woman arrested for battery

ELMWOOD – Heidi Donath, 38, of Elmwood about midnight on July 11 was arrested for domestic battery after an altercation with her husband and his six-year-old son at his residence. Donath was taken to Peoria County Jail, where she was booked and held.

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• Sherry DeRoss, 50, of Laura on July 12 was booked into the Peoria County Jail on an out-of-county warrant and charged with damage to property of more than $300.

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Red Cross needs blood donors By KRISTEN LaFOLLETTE

WILLIAMSFIELD – The American Red Cross is in dire need of blood donations for all blood types. Donations in June were down 10 percent which equates to 50,000 fewer donors than expected. With everyone’s busy schedule and the summer heat, donating blood is often the last thing on the list. But the need is real. When I was a freshman in high school I eagerly became a member of Student Council, attending meetings as well as other events. I would help at blood drives at the snack table, at sign in, or even holding a nervous friend’s hand during their donation. But I was scared to death of needles and even the thought of giving blood. At that point I was sure I wouldn’t even attempt to give blood when I turned 16. But when that time came around, with two teddy bears in hand, I overcame one of my worst fears. With the distraction of my Student For The Weekly Post

Council adviser and a tight grip on my teddy bears I successfully got through it. The best part was the feeling afterwards, knowing I helped save the lives of three people was worth every second. Ever since then I have donated at every drive possible. And I still get the same feeling afterwards. I’m not alone. Statistics show the No. 1 reason donors give blood is because they “want to

help others.” I am currently a senior at Williamsfield High School and was chosen by my peers to host a blood drive Tuesday, July 23, from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Norman Legion Hall in Williamsfield. Every pint collected goes toward a scholarship for a graduating senior. To make an appointment call me at (309) 221-7933 or Pam Courson at (309) 6392627 or visit

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JACKSONVILLE – Mark Allen Sager, 63, of Bluffs, a former Yates City teacher, died July 11 at Passavant Area Hospital. Sager taught history at Yates City Junior-Senior High School from 1972 until 1978, after which he worked at Caterpillar in Mossville from 1978 until 1982, again taught history at Bluffs Junior-Senior High School from 1982 until 2010, after which he taught

Today’s Obituary

• Mark Sager, 63, Jacksonville

social studies and P.E. at Salem Lutheran School in Jacksonville. He is survived by his wife, Judy Sager of Bluffs; his mother, Joanna Sager of Astoria; two sons, Jason (Nicole) Sager of Peoria and Dale (Jennifer) Sager of Summerville, S.C.; two grandchildren;

Yates City water break due to breach in pipe By BILL KNIGHT

YATES CITY – The water-main break requiring a boil order and repairs from July 6-11 near Bishop and Union Streets here was due to a breach in a Transite asbestos-cement pipe, according to Chuck Eiker from Yates City Public Works, but the work has been completed, the Village Board heard at its regular meeting on July 10. Meanwhile, all property owners affected by the abandonment of a deFor The Weekly Post


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teriorating water line along Knox Road 2150 East have agreed to switch to new wells dug at the village’s expense or a cash settlement. The board selected Mike Dryden of Thorne Well Drilling for the job. In other community projects, the board unanimously voted to earmark $7,500 for spray-patching along Main Street by the Quick Stop convenience store, awarding the work to Ace in the Hole, Inc. of Washburn. Finally, the board unanimously voted to fund replacing about 85 feet of curbing on West Main Street, and chose a bid from TriCounty Masonry of Elmwood for $3,400 plus the cost of a bond.

Prairie tour on July 27

BRIMFIELD – On Saturday, July 27, the Jubilee Prairie Dawgs will lead tours of two prairies near Jubilee College State Park. The Prairie Dawgs will introduce flowering plants, Peoria Audubon will interpret the birds and entomologist Frank Hitchell will interpret the butterflies and other insects. Dress for tall grass. Insect repellant provided. Children will also enjoy. Meet at Peoria Astronomical Society observatory on Brimfield-Jubilee Road, 2.5 miles west of Princeville-Jubilee Road. Look for signs. Refreshments provided at 9 a.m. Call Doug Franks at (309) 868-9180 or email

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and four brothers. Funeral services were scheduled for July 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bluffs, with burial at Neelyville Lutheran Cemetery. Condolences may be left to the family at Obituary Policy: We print basic obituaries for free. Longer obituaries cost $1 per column inch and $5 per picture. Forms are available at The Weekly Post, 115 W. Main St.; Elmwood, IL. Or call 309-741-9790.


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1. MEDICAL: The condition called nephrolithiasis is more commonly referred to as what? 2. CONGRESS: What did the acronym HUAC stand for? 3. INVENTIONS: What 19th-century ranching aid did Joseph Glidden invent? 4. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What are Georgetown University's sports teams known as? 5. MATH: What is the Arabic equivalent of the Roman numerals MDCII? 6. LITERATURE: In what book do the characters Flopsy and Mopsy appear? 7. LANGUAGE: What is a poseur? 8. FOOD AND DRINK: What product is advertised as "Vermont's Finest"? 9. SCIENCE: What is the chemical symbol for mercury? 10. GEOGRAPHY: Where are the Pillars of Hercules? Answers 1. Kidney stones 2. House Un-American Activities Committee 3. Barbed wire 4. Hoyas 5. 1602 6. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" 7. Someone who pretends to be something he or she is not 8. Ben & Jerry's ice cream 9. Hg (hydrargyrum) 10. Strait of Gibraltar


Yates City shoe drive scales back By BILL KNIGHT

YATES CITY – A shoe drive scheduled this month has scaled back its drop-off points as questions about the national organization it’s working with are asked. Christine McDermet says she’s accepting donations of used or new shoes at her residence at 201 E. James and at Quick Stop on Main Street, but not at the local library or Casey’s stores. “It was miscommunication,” she says. “I thought the library was OK with it, but later they said they didn’t want to have a drop box there, and Casey’s in Elmwood said it would be alright, then called later to say that their corporate office said no. I don’t want to get anyone into trouble, so I’ll just collect them at home and the Quick Stop.” Meanwhile, a charity she associated with the drive, Soles4Souls, has been the subject of press reports. Millions of shoes donated to the Nashville, Tenn., not for profit group were not donated to people, but sold to forFor The Weekly Post

profit businesses that sold the footwear overseas, and that a foundation Soles4Souls founded loaned its CEO Wayne Elsey $900,000 to replace mortgages on Florida condominiums. Soles4Souls reported collecting $2.8 million in “handling fees” for shipping donated shoes to microenterprises and wholesalers, estimating the value of the donated shoes at $50 million, according to the most recent Soles4Souls tax

return publicly available. Elsey left Soles4Souls, but founded, the group McDermet is working with now. “My husband and I went to China on a mission trip sponsored by WCIC radio, and we went to a special-needs orphanage,” says McDermet, a cosmetologist who taught cosmetology for several years. “While I was there I cut some hair and the people were so grateful for something so


small. “So when I got back I wished there was something more I could do and spoke to a lady with Show Hope, which [facilitates adoptions and] helped organize the mission trip. She suggested forming a nonprofit and I contacted an Idaho salon that’s a nonprofit, and she said one of the most successful efforts was a shoe drive, and she recommended Funds2orgs as a place that helps non profits.”

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NOTICE The City of Elmwood Reminds Citizens of the following ...

In August of 2012, the City of Elmwood adopted the following building codes:

2006 International Building Code 2004 Part 890 Illinois Plumbing Code 2006 International Residential Code 2006 Property Maintenance Code 2006 International Mechanical Code 2006 International Fire Code 2006 International Existing Building Code 2006 International Fuel Gas Code National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) current edition 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (State Mandated 2012 IECC) Illinois Accessibility Code

With the adoption of the above codes it is now the responsibility of the City to enforce compliance with these codes. Owners of property within the boundaries of the City of Elmwood must secure a building permit, from the City, prior to starting any work on the property that requires a permit.

Permits are required for:

• Residential Building • Commercial building • Garages and storage buildings • Decks • Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC work • Demolition • Signs • Fences • Swimming Pools*

*Swimming pools are defined as “any structure intended for swimming or residential bathing that is capable of containing water over 24 inches deep. This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas.”

Building permits can be obtained at Elmwood City Hall, 201 W. Main St. For more information call 742-2351.

Elmwood council votes to pass petition By BILL KNIGHT

ELMWOOD – The City Council in a special session last Friday unanimously voted to move forward with a petition to annex the City of Elmwood into the Elmwood Rural Fire Protection District (ERFPD). If a petition requesting the annexation gathers 1 percent of Elmwood city’s registered voters – 1,305, according to the Peoria County Clerk, meaning 14 signatures – it would be notarized and filed with the Circuit Court, which then would publish a notice and schedule a hearing, and could order a referendum on the issue. Only residents of the City of Elmwood would vote, but the ERFPD could accept or reject the annexation. Annexation would permit Elmwood to lower taxes on both fire and ambulance services and let the rural fire protection district raise taxes covering fire and ambulance services, permitting a more equitable sharing of the costs of BYE Ambulance Service, Inc. – a driving force behind the move. “This isn’t just about BYE this year or next For The Weekly Post

year,” said Alderman Bryan Davis, who made the motion to support the annexation petition. “I’m looking at 10 years, 20 years down the road. Unless the state changes what we [in the City of Elmwood] can levy, we just can’t fund BYE any more than we do now.” The City of Elmwood currently levies .25 per $100 assessed valuation for ambulance services provided by BYE, and.30 per $100 assessed valuation for funding the

city’s contract with the not-for-profit, volunteer fire department. At a separate fire department meeting held last week, Elmwood firefighters voted to remain neutral on the annexation issue. The three ERFPD trustees, appointed by the County Board, plan to meet this week. “The city would give up any control over fire protection,” said Elmwood Mayor J.D. Hulslander, “and some say


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they’re concerned that a few [trustees] would control things and what if those [appointed] trustees would get upset or something. But they’re still accountable. And we already have that anyway. What if the City Council gets upset?” Most aldermen signed a petition drafted by the city’s attorney, Bob Potts, whose law firm also represents the ERFPD.

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Elmwood High School graduate Alex Boord has played the awesome and fast-paced game of ice hockey for most of his life. He began skating at the young age of 5 at Peoria’s Owens Rink. He would supplement that with the growing sport of rollerblading on the driveways and sidewalks of Elmwood. His favorite part of the game is to look for possible openings between the enemy goalie and the net, then, “He shoots, he scores,” as is excitedly and often called out by Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley (Alex’s favorite team). In addition, Alex also knows the value of passing in the game of hockey. He understands that the player who makes a good pass will eventually be part of the shooting that leads to a goal! Through most of his hockey career, which has been encouraged by his parents Terry and Angie, and his Uncle Tim, Alex’s favorite players have been Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane and Marion Hosa. Alex skated to valedictorian-ship in his class of 2013. He will attend Illinois Central College this fall while studying toward a career as a physical therapist. Alex will also continue to play hockey in the Adult Leagues at Owens Center and may play on Bradley’s club team in the future. Skating, shooting, passing, and defending on the ice is fun, whether age 5 or as an adult. Alex Boord will testify to that! – Phil Johnson

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KVL season ends with class By JEFF LAMPE

KICKAPOO – By the time Willie VanDyke came to bat last Saturday night, the Kickapoo Valley League youth boys baseball season was technically over. Tournaments for the Majors (12 and under), Minors (10 and under) and Pee Wee (8 and under) had all been completed. But even after a long day, coaches from the Farmington VanDyke 2 and Hanna City 2 minors teams made time for one last at-bat. Willie VanDyke, who has Down syndrome, served this season as official bat boy for the Hanna City 2 squad. But after his team won the postseason tournament championship Saturday night in Kickapoo, Willie got a chance to swing the bat. “The other team agreed to take the field and they pitched Weekly Post Staff Writer

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to him underhand and let him hit it,” said Lee Newton, coach of Hanna City 2. “Then they overthrew first base and third base so Willie got a home run to end the season. “Everyone was yelling for him to run and he was really excited. It was a pretty special moment.” On that, Zach Johnson agreed. Johnson is the Farmington 2 youngster who pitched to Willie. He has to rank as one of the happiest pitchers to yield a home run. “When Willie got the home run, that was my favorite part of the day,” Zach Johnson later told his father, Chad, who was unable to attend the game in order to attend a wedding. “That was my funnest day of baseball ever.” Said Chad Johnson, the coach of Farmington 2, “That’s the way it’s supposed to end.”

No argument here. Willie’s hit was the fitting conclusion to another summer of KVL baseball, which this year fielded 36 teams of youngsters ages 6-12. Participating communities include Brimfield, Elmwood, Kickapoo, Hanna City, Farmington, Princeville, the Hollis Park District and Lake Camelot. Games are played weeknights in May and June and culminate in tournaments in early July. An estimated 440 boys participate. “The season went well, but I’d have to say numbers are down some,” said Dave Hicke, who has run the KVL for 13 years. “To me, there’s just a lot more things to pick from. There’s also travel ball, which attracts kids.” Elmwood 2 won the Major tournament, defeating Kickapoo in the championship game held in Princeville. Hanna City 2 defeated Farmington 2 for the Minor title at Kickapoo. And in the Pee Wee tournament, Elmwood 1 downed Farmington 1 for first place.

Elmwood 2’s Major champion: (Front row, left to right) Jackson Snider, Marshall Shissler, Cameron Jacobson, Griff Inskeep, Clay Coulter, Cameron Howerton. (Middle row, left to right) Parker Collins, Parker Brodine, Henry Lampe, Charlie McKinty, Daniel Tomlinson, William Kellogg and Coach Logan Whitney. (Back row, left to right) Coach Jared Howerton, Coach Jeff Lampe, Coach Jay McKinty and Coach Gordon Inskeep.

Elmwood 1’s Pee Wee champion: (Front row, left to right) Zach Howerton, Brandon Finn, Braden Collins, Gavan Newman, Chris Finn, Austin Stevens. (Back row, left to right) Coach Lonny Finn, Ethan Anderson, Nicolas Cozier, Caleb Hollis, Slone Windish, Jack Potts, Coach Randy Millinger. (Not present Matthew Williams

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