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Month: May 2017

NOTICE: Lanark Committee of the Whole meeting cancelled

RiverReader.org staff LANARK — In an email from Lanark Mayor Ken Vigliette on Tuesday, May 30, the Lanark City Council Committee of the Whole scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at the Lanark Municipal Building, has been CANCELLED. Viglietta said committee chairmen were asked to prepare agendas for business to be discussed, such as the budget, website, personal time accountability, employee handbook, office finances and more. Then each committee chairman would report to the council at the June 6 regular meeting. The Lanark Park Board meeting set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at The Special Touch is still...

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Elijah Dertz breaks world records

Photo: Eli dead lifting 440lbs. That is an AWPC world record for his division and weight class. On Saturday, May 27th, Eastland High School freshman Elijah Dertz participated in the AAPF (Amateur American Powerlifting Federation) Nationals in Lombard, Illinois. Competing in the Teen Raw 13-15 Division in the 198lbs weight class, Eli broke the AWPC (Amateur World Powerlifting Congress) world records for the squat with a lift of 402lbs, the dead lift with a lift of 440lbs, and the total (combination of heaviest squat, bench press, and deadlift) with 1,094lbs. Eli also broke the AAPF Illinois state record for...

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House Resolution honors Navy Captain, Astronaut from Savanna

Rep. McCombie’s HJR 58 designates the Savanna-Sabula bridge as the “Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge” RiverReader.org staff SPRINGFIELD — House Joint Resolution 58 designating the Savanna-Sabula bridge as the “Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge” sponsored by 71st State Representative Tony McCombie, Savanna, was unanimously adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives. “HJR 58 gives much deserved recognition to the service and accomplishments of US Navy Captain Dale Gardner and the veterans who dedicated their lives to this country,” said McCombie. “Through this resolution, their accomplishments will live on.” Dale Gardner was the valedictorian of Savanna Community High School class...

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Don’t just sit on it, decorate it! Lanark Chair Flair begins

The Friends of the Lanark Public Library encourage all residents, Lanark Chamber of Commerce members, and other businesses in Lanark to once again prepare and display a “Chair Flair” outside of your home or business. Please decorate an old chair with flowers, ribbons, balloons and other items that will catch the eye of the passer-bye. Have your chairs on display the weekend of Old Settlers Days — June 23-24-25 — and throughout the...

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DiAnn Adolph honored with NW Region Leadership Award

BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — DiAnn Adolph four-decade service to the Eastland school district as bookkeeper and assistant to Superintendent Mark Hansen has not gone unnoticed. During the May 15 regular school board meeting, Steve Herkert of the Northwest Region of the Illinois Principals Association made a presentation recognizing her as the 2016-17 recipient of their Leadership Award for Non-Certified Support Personnel. DiAnn’s husband Kevin and daughter Morgan were present, as were former superintendents Dr. Connie Lower and Joel McFadden. DiAnn will be retiring on Oct. 31, 2017 after 39 years of service to the Lanark and...

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Pool opens on Memorial Day in Mount Carroll

BY LYNNETTE FORTH For RiverReader.org MOUNT CARROLL — Memorial Day weekend and Mayest mark the beginning of summer. So does the opening of the city-run swimming pool. Swimmers can enjoy the pool starting Monday, May 29, weather permitting, said Recreation Board Committee Chairman and Alderman Joe Grim during the city council meeting on May 23. He said Herrell Electric has installed lighting and power to the pool’s pavilion, generously donating the labor cost. The pool’s annual 5K fundraiser will take place on July 5, starting at 9 a.m. Registration forms will be made available for interested participants in the...

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Carroll County 4-H Forecast

BY  LEANNE RAHN Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth MOUNT CARROLL — University of Illinois Extension is committed to providing residents in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties with high quality education services and programs focusing on agriculture, parenting, community and economic development, horticulture and youth development. To learn more, visit our website or call 815- 632-3611. County 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun SPIN Club to meet Clinics for the 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun and air rifle projects will be held at 5 p.m. Thursdays, June 1 through July 27, at the Clark VanBuskirk shooting range, 8989 VanBuskirk Road, Mount Carroll. The Shotgun SPIN Club is open to current and non-4-H youth 10 and older by Sept. 1, 2016. The Air Rifle SPIN Club is open to current and non-4-H youth 8-18 years old by Sept. 1, 2016. When attending the clinics, bring a parent or adult – you will also have paper work to fill out that needs a parent signature; safety glasses and ear plugs if you have them; your own gun if you have one, otherwise a few guns are available to use; and dress for the weather and bring bug spray. No cost to attend for current 4-H’ers, $20 for non-4-H’ers. For more information, contact Wayne Knight at 815-244-3380 or Mike York at 815-266-1992 or the Carroll Co. Extension Office at 815-244-9444. Carroll County Drill Team...

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4-H Archery SPIN Club takes aim at safety and technique

By Olivia Charles Carroll County Kids 4-H Club Reporter MOUNT CARROLL — Participants in Archery as a 4-H project gave their demonstrations about how to “do” archery at the May meeting of the Carroll County Kids 4-H Club, held at the Wynia home in Mount Carroll. Aubrey Charles gave the main demonstration, teaching the club about safety when handling a bow and arrow, and how to properly shoot a bow (photo). Then, Shallon, Marryn, and Erawyn Wynia helped distribute bows, and help all of the kids shoot a couple of rounds. At the meeting, the club decided to buy...

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Savanna Main Street rehab among new proactive mayor’s top priorities

BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — With a 4-year record of community involvement, new Savanna Mayor Chris Lain has some definite goals planned for the city during his tenure, including the renovation of the main street area, addressing safety issues, and redeveloping Savanna’s picturesque river front area. Lain, owner and operator of The Savanna Marketplace, was born and raised in LaPorte, Indiana, and went to college at Columbia College in Chicago, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Afterward, he worked for big box retailers like Bed, Bath and Beyond. Lain moved to Savanna in February...

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Poll: Only 31% of Illinois voters support tax increases

Photo credit: Daniel Schwen By RiverReader.org staff Diana Rickert | Vice President of Communications in an article at the Illinois Policy Institute writes that poll results indicate that likely Illinois voters will be unforgiving of candidates for governor or the General Assembly who raise the state income tax or sales tax. The Senate just passed a $5.4 billion tax increase on May 23, retroactive to January 1, 2017, that will make the state income tax 5.8% for the remainder of 2017. Following is the rest of her article: Illinoisans feel the strain of the state’s two-year budget impasse, but they are...

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1 Thessalonians 2:13

    Pastor Steve Cassell BelovedChurchIllinois.com Beloved Church Page 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. I was made aware of a recent statistic that affects our live. “Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is ‘the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,’...

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Lanark’s Family Farmers “Growing Together”

“Growing Together” is the theme for Lanark Old Settlers Days, June 23-25, 2017. We believe that no one does ‘growing together’ better than the Family Farmers in our Lanark area. Our farmers have it covered from A to Z … Apples, Alfalfa, Asparagus, Barley, Beans, Beef Cows/Calves/Feeders, Cheese, Chickens, Christmas Trees, Clover, Corn, Dairy Cows/Calves, Donkeys, Ducks , Endive, Fruit Trees, Flowers, Goats, Hogs/Farrow/Finish, Horses, Indian Corn, Johnny Jump-ups, Kale, Landscape Plants, Llamas, Milo, Mini Horses, No-till, Oats, Peas, Pheasants, Popcorn, Prairie Grasses, Quail, Quilts (Barn),  Radishes, Rhubarb, Rye, Sheep, Sweet Corn, Soybeans, Timothy, Turnips, USDA, Veggies, Wheat, X-ports,...

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Memorial Day Observances in Carroll County

Carroll County will remember those who gave their lives in the United States armed forces this next Monday, May 29. Following is a list of communities and times for their events. Please see the map below for locations, descriptions and directions. Thomson American Legion Donald Ashpole Post 1025 members will start the day with a ceremony at 9 a.m. at the new portion of Lower York Cemetery, at Argo Fay Route and Scenic Bluff Road. Following will be a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. at the old portion of Lower York, followed by a 9:30 a.m. program at Upper York, or Argo...

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‘Workation’ volunteers want to work for you!

Community assistance project needs your help RiverReader.org staff LANARK — After a successful first attempt at helping people in their own backyard, Lanark First Brethren Church Pastor Clair Lathrop and his “staff” of volunteers are ready to do it again. But this time, they need your help, too, by suggesting people and projects that may need assistance. “‘Workation’ developed from our trips to Alaska with Eaglecrest Alaska Mission,” said Pastor Clair. “Last year, we completed 38 projects with 1,000 donated hours from 30+ volunteers.” “This year from June 12 to 17, we anticipate at least as much excitement. Come...

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HCC offers 3 free credit hours of education with ‘After 3’ program

RiverReader.org staff FREEPORT — Highland Community College is making it easier to start back to school this fall with the “After 3” program. Eligible students who have not been enrolled at HCC, in high school or the GED/HSE program for at least three years can qualify for a three-credit hour tuition waiver under the program. “We understand that life can sometimes get in the way of completing a degree or certificate,” said Director of Enrollment and Records Jeremy Bradt. “We know that there are people who attended at some point who have not completed a certificate or degree, and...

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Three Part Man

Message of the Month Three Part Man May 2017 Pastor Steve Cassell BelovedChurchIllinois.com This month I feel it is very important to discuss one of the foundational truths to a successful Christian life. This truth has opened the Word of God to me in a way that few other revelations have. I simply believe that if one has not this understanding then the revelations of “The New Birth” are going to be elusive at best. There are enormous and powerful promises that are included in the “New Creation” that very few christians believe, let alone apply and LIVE in....

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Lack of state budget affecting schools statewide, including Eastland

BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — Dr. Mark Hansen, Eastland Schools superintendent, reported on unrealized State revenues and their impact on the District’s budget for 2016-17 at the May 15 regular district board meeting. State Comptroller Susan Mendoza testified during an appropriations hearing May 9 that Illinois schools should not expect the remainder of their mandated categorical payments for the 2016-17 school year. Hansen said that for Eastland, this will amount to $86,000 less revenue to the education fund, and $180,000 less to the transportation fund. The shortfall in the transportation funding represents 28 percent of Eastland’s budgeted...

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‘Breakfast Club’ executive producer makes guest appearance at Times Theater

River Fest activities in downtown Savanna BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 SAVANNA — Andrew Meyer, executive producer of the classic 1985 feature film, “The Breakfast Club,” appeared at the Savanna Times Theater on Saturday, May 20, to lend his support to independent media and to take questions from the audience just after the showing ended. An audience member asked if he was surprised at the overwhelming and enduring success of the film, Meyer said, “Yes. No one involved in the film had anticipated a 30th anniversary celebration,” which took place in 2015. He said at the time the...

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Courthouse Report May 2017

Carroll County Police Report C. JEFFREY DORAN, SHERIFF Craig Dimmick, Cheif Deputy 301 N. Main St. Mt CarrollL, IL 61053 PHONE: 815-244-9171 FAX: 815-244-2656 EMAIL: jeff_doran_cop@yahoo.com Cindy Sisler, Telecomunicator/E-911 Contact Person  EMAIL: cindysisler@carroll-county.net May 5, 2017 At 1:59pm Karyn K Mon 44 of Mt Carroll IL turned herself in on a Carroll County warrant for failure to appear. Bond was set at $500.00 cash. Mon posted bond and released with court date. At 2:57pm Deven L Jones 29 of Rockford IL was brought down from court on a Carroll County warrant for contempt of court. Jones was released on a recognizance...

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Robert Thulen

September 8, 1950 – May 17, 2017 Robert “Bob” Thulen, age 66, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial will take place in Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established. Bob was born September 8, 1950 the son of Wayne and El Rose (Atkins) Thulen in Savanna. He attended Savanna Schools. Bob worked for Savanna Wood Products for 20 years. He also worked at Rolling Hills Progress Center for the last 20 years. Bob loved socializing at all the local establishments, and he enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers. Bob will be dearly missed by two brothers, Bill (Ginnie) Thulen and David (Brenda) Thulen, both of Savanna; two sisters, Linda (Sam) Eley of Mosinee, Wisconsin and Kathi Thulen of Savanna; and a brother-in-law, Ed Haring of Shannon, Illinois.Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and El Rose; two brothers, Michael and Paul, and a sister, Elsie...

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Interview of Ariel Martz, OSD 2017 chairman

If you want to know what’s happening at this year’s Old Settlers’ Days in Lanark, Illinois, you’ve come to the right video!  Ariel Martz, this year’s OSD chairman goes over events and how to find out more about the fun-filled family event. You may find out more on the full schedule of events here, which will be updated as the festival nears....

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Law-abiding Citizens are in the Legislature’s crosshairs

Rep. Brian Stewart (R-89, Freeport) As I write this column, we are still learning about the Illinois Senate’s so-called “Grand Bargain.” In next week’s column we will explore the Grand Bargain, but this week I’d like to focus on what happened in the House. It wasn’t all bad news in Springfield this week. The House passed Senate Bill 607 – a bill on which Senator Tim Bivins and I collaborated. SB 607 strikes an archaic passage of the Illinois criminal code which banned the use of spring-assisted knives in Illinois. While some people still have a negative opinion of...

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Go ahead, be creative — it’s time for Lanark Chair Flair!

Want to spruce up your house or business? The Friends of the Lanark Public Library would like to encourage all residents, Chamber of Commerce members, and other businesses in Lanark to once again prepare and display a “Chair Flair” outside. Please decorate an old chair with flowers, ribbons, balloons and other items that will catch the eye of the passer-bye. Have your chairs on display the weekend of Old Settlers Days — June 23-24-25 — and throughout the...

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Lanark Public Library announces “We Grow Readers”

Please click here to view the Old Settlers’ Days schedule of events. The Lanark Public Library, 111 South Broad Street, is proud to announce summer reading and activities with the theme: We Grow Readers. This program encourages all children birth through high school to begin a lifetime of reading pleasure by summer reading. Sign up will begin on May 30 and reading will end on July 29 with logs turned in by August 5.  Readers will be awarded prizes for reaching their goal from The Friends of the Lanark Public Library, and Lanark Public Library. You or an adult...

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West Carroll 8th Grade Recognition Night

West Carroll High School Senior Class of 2017 President Shelby Skiles addressed the 8th grade class during Recognition Night at the Middle School on May 18. Skiles gave advice to the incoming freshmen on what to expect in high school, and encouraged them to get involved in school activities. Skiles is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Middle School Principal Julie Katzenberger presented Hannah Bauch with the Top Art award during the ceremony. (RR photo/Lynnette...

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Lanark Cemetery Board in good hands, physically and financially

BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org LANARK — Norm Brinkmeier, treasurer of the Lanark City Cemetery Association, gave a fiscal year-end report to the Lanark City Council during its May 16 regular meeting. At the end of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the cemetery’s general fund is in the black, with its greatest revenue source being rent from the City Farm south of Lanark. This fiscal year, the rent received was $68,601. “We have spent some money on farm improvements this past year,” said Brinkmeier. “We did some bulldozing, leveled some fence lines, and added limestone.” “In cemetery property improvements, we fertilized...

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Anna Braun

May 16, 1913 – May 05, 2017 ANNA BRAUN, 103, of Fulton, IL, died Friday, May 05, 2017 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. Anna was born May 16, 1913 in Fulton, to John and Fredreka (Zaagman) Klavenga. She was educated in the Fulton Christian Grade School. On July 9, 1932 she married Louis H. Braun in Chadwick, IL. He died December 29, 1997.  Anna was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Fulton and enjoyed doing counted cross stitch needlework, quilting, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, traveling and music of all kinds.  She liked to go antiquing and restore and refinish furniture. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lou Housenga of Sun City, AZ and Laureen (Larry) Phares of Albany, IL; one son, Terry (Sharon) Braun of Fulton; six grandchildren, LuAnn (Jon) Drake, David Housenga, Lynne Housenga, Darla Drew, Stephanie (Jon) Peters, Andrew Phares; six great grandchildren; one sister, Clara Klavenga of Fulton; one brother, Henry Klavenga of Fulton. Anna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis; two sisters, Bernice Klavenga, Angeline Miley; three brothers, David, Martin and Ike Klavenga. Funeral Information FUNERAL SERVICE:  11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home OFFICIATING: Rev. Philip Stel – Pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in Fulton, IL VISITATION: 10:00 Am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, until...

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Lorraine Luella Bork

May 5, 1943 – May 11, 2017 Lorraine Luella Bork, 74, of Lanark, IL, passed away on May 11, 2017. She was born on May 5, 1943 in Pearl City, IL, to parents George and Margaret Schrader. She was a 1961 graduate from Shannon High School. She married Marshall Bork Jr. They would later divorce. She worked as a CNA for many years in Shannon and Freeport, and was a housekeeper for nursing homes in Freeport, Shannon, and Clinton, IA, and a hotel in Clinton, IA. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon, and the Polo Senior Center in Polo. Lorraine was a proud mother of her son Raymond. She enjoyed her grandkids and supporting all of their activities. She looked forward to family gatherings. Lorraine was an avid Elvis Presley fan. She liked to go line dancing, watch old westerns, do word puzzles, and spend time with her friends. Survivors include her son, Raymond (Kelly) Bork of Clinton, IA; grandchildren, Morgan Bork and Landon Bork of Clinton, IA; Cory (Amber) Fritzenmeier of Monroe, WI; Krystal Brown of Clinton, IA; Amber (Bruce Jr.) Brown of Valdosta, GA; great-grandchildren, Dreyvin, Emarie, Bryson, Lauralia, Natalie, Adelynn; 2 sisters, Arlene Koeller of Lanark; Elaine Hull of Evans, CO; 4 brothers, Larry (Bert) Schrader of Lena; Don (Shirley) Schrader of Shannon; Lonnie (Wendy) Schrader of Freeport; Leslie (Sylvia) Schrader...

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Fri 21

Lena Community Blood Drive

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon 24

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

September 24 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 24

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

September 24 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 24

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

September 24 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 29

All Alumni Reunion – Milledgeville High School

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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