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Month: June 2017

Stolen vehicle in rural Mount Carroll investigated by Carroll County Sheriff

RiverReader.org staff The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary to a building in rural Mount Carroll that occurred in the area of Meyers Road and Skunk Hollow Road sometime between June 10 and 27. Ryan Kloepping, law enforcement coordinator with Carroll County Crime Stoppers and the Sheriff’s department, said the subjects forced entry into a building and took a camouflage 2009 Arctic Cat Prowler. The Prowler has a slow moving vehicle emblem on the roll cage, an after market rear view mirror and the parking brake does not work. Also taken was a black battery charger and...

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Dennis Lee Strauch

Dennis Lee Strauch February 14, 1941 – June 28, 2017 Dennis Lee Strauch, age 76, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at FHN Hospital in Freeport, Illinois. A Memorial Gathering with refreshments, will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Mt. Carroll Ambulance Association, 206 E Seminary St. Mt. Carroll, Il 61053. Dennis was born February 14, 1941, the son of Richard F. and Hazel D. (Schneider) Strauch in Freeport. He attended the Chadwick High School and graduated with the Class of 1959. Dennis served in the United States Army in Vietnam. He attended the Rockford Business College. On June 26, 1964, Dennis married Betty Olivia (Motley) in Salisbury, North Carolina. They raised two children and celebrated 52 years of marriage.  Betty passed away on March 24, 2017. He worked for the Chadwick Lumber Company, and later worked for National Manufacturing Company in Sterling-Rockfalls, retiring in 2002.  Dennis was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, and spending time with family and close friends. Dennis is survived by two children, Michele (Matt) Holcomb of Firestone, Colorado, Eric (Donna) Strauch of Lanark; five grandchildren, Shelby Moore of Denver, Colorado, Keegan and Avery Strauch of Lanark, Michael Holcomb of Montrose,...

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The Highland Orchestra returns this fall; auditions to be held at HCC

RiverReader.org staff Dust off that old musical instrument! Highland Community College will be bringing back the Highland Orchestra beginning this fall. “The ensemble is designed for HCC students and community members who are intermediate or advanced players, who have moderate to considerable technical ability and enjoy creating music with others,” said Rianna Caswell, orchestra director. High school students, Highland students, and members of the community are welcome to audition for the Highland Orchestra from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, Room, FA-06, at the college. The alternative audition date for those...

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City donates to Mount Carroll’s Independence Day fireworks display

BY LYNNETTE FORTH For RiverReader.org MOUNT CARROLL — The City of Mount Carroll is gearing up for a bang up Independence Day celebration to be held on Saturday, July 1, a collaborative effort with the Sesquicentennial Committee, marking the towns 150 year anniversary. “It is going to be a great time,” Mayor Carl Bates said at the June 27 council meeting. Firemen will be serving food from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering pork chop sandwiches, brats, and hot dogs along with chips, candy, water and pop. New this year will be kids activities from 7 to 9 p.m....

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‘The Role and Concerns of Township’ essay presented at the CCRW Meet and Greet

An update of President Trump’s first 150 days also heard by members BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 THOMSON — One of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign pledges was to appoint a task force to study Illinois’ state and local government structure with the goal of reducing their numbers and size. Mengshi Huang, a 2017 graduate of West Carroll High School, disagrees, at least with respect toward the importance of township government. Huang stated her case in an essay that was presented at the June 23 Carroll County Republican Women’s Meet and Greet Dinner held at Heirloom Market and Cafe...

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Kids enjoy a day at work with Mom and Dad at Elkay in Savanna

Employees of Elkay Manufacturing in Savanna were able to share their place of work with their kids on Friday, June 23. The fun day was held in conjunction with the plant’s annual Safety Week. Kids were able to have a tour of the factory, make crafts, a water balloon toss, and ice cream. ABOVE Elkay employees and their children enjoyed Kid’s Day at Work. From left: Charlie Pidde (Nathan Pidde), Jessica Dayboll (Jennifer Dayboll), Jayden Forth (Paul Forth), Elizabeth Sales (Dean Deyo), Gena Kasper (Sandy Steiner), Syric Nortonen and Timothy Williams (Monique Williams), Denny Barlow (Wendy Westerman), Gavin and...

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Rep. McCombie hosts free Shred Event with the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce and City

RiverReader.org staff State Representative Tony McCombie is partnering with the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce to host a free community shred event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday July 22, at 603 W. 10th St. in the City of Rock Falls parking lot. “The ‘Shred Event’ is a great way for people to destroy old documents containing personal information in order to keep their identities safe,” said McCombie. “Thank you to the Rock Falls Chamber and Mayor Wescott for partnering with us. Thank you to AT&T for providing the shred truck.” Two containers of shreddable documents will be...

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Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board synopsis

RiverReader.org staff At the Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board’s June 19 regular meeting, the board approved a pending legal revision of their energy savings contract with OpTerra. Superintendent Tim Schurman noted that the contract provides protections to the District if bond financing or land acquisition are not successful. In addition, minor adjustments will be made to timeline dates for bond financing. Student registration and lunch fees for the 2017-18 school year were approved with the following fee adjustments: 10¢ increase in lunch prices, new $25 grades K-5 1:1 computer fee, and a $5 increase to grade 3-5 supply fees. Schurman will...

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Amended 2016-2017 budget approved by Eastland School Board

RiverReader.org staff At their Regular May meeting, the Eastland School Board voted to publish notice of their intent to amend the 2016-17 school year budget. Since no visitors addressed the Board, the public budget hearing was adjourned. During the regular meeting, the Board approved and adopted the amended budget for 2016-17. The amended budget makes adjustments to line items in the Education Fund and the Transportation Fund where expenditures exceeded 5 percent of projected totals. Superintendent Mark Hansen said that other line items will finish under projections so that, in aggregate, expenditures in the two funds will come in...

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Reserve your spot now for French Riviera, Burgundy and Provence River Cruise

RiverReader.org staff LAKE CARROLL — Lyon, Mâcon, and Chalon sur Saone are just a few of the destinations on the French Riviera, Burgundy and Provence River Cruise that will be presented at a dynamic preview meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Lake Carroll Clubhouse, 29-11 Ironwood Dr., Lake Carroll. First State Bank Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll will have this tour showcased during the meeting. Learn about the adventures that await each traveler beginning with the very best of Southern France on the French Riviera. Explore Nice and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean...

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Love fireworks? 3 Independence Day celebrations in Carroll County

BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — It’s a fireworks-lovers paradise in Carroll County this year. Not one – not two – but three days of fireworks and fun festivals, starting Saturday, July 1 in Mount Carroll. Shannon follows on Monday, July 3, and Savanna hosts the fireworks finale on Wednesday, July 5. Mount Carroll’s 150th celebration continues Independence Day falls on Tuesday, July 4 this year and Mount Carroll’s fireworks celebration coordinates with the city’s year-long Sesquicentennial events. Activities begin at 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, with a food stand at the fire station. The menu...

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Happy 60th Birthday, Lanark Public Library!

A short video of the Lanark Public Library 60th Birthday Party followed by a program delivered by John Deere about his life and experiences.  It was an entertaining and interesting history lesson.  John Deere was played by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis.  The events were sponsored by the Lanark Public Library and the Friends of the Library. Take some time and learn some local...

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Lanark mayor says Difazzio’s ‘reactions’ the reason maintenance manager was terminated

BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — A press release received Monday, June 26 from Lanark Mayor Ken Viglietta, addressed the “Termination of Maintenance Manager Thomas Difazzio.” “Former Maintenance Manager Thomas Difazzio was notified of the suspension of his employment by Mayor Viglietta on June 12, 2017,” the release said. “Difazzio was advised the suspension was based on non-performance of duties and complaints about his demeanor when dealing with other maintenance employees and the public. Due to the reactions of Difazzio to the suspension, and the resulting inability of the Mayor to explain the Suspension process, a Lanark Police...

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Illinois, Iowa Break Ground on I-74 Bridge Reconstruction Project

RiverReader.org staff Governor Bruce Rauner was joined by Illinois and Iowa officials today in a ceremonial groundbreaking to launch a three-and-a-half year bi-state construction project to build a new Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge to improve travel and safety through the I-74 corridor. “Working together, our states and communities will build a modern, state-of-the-art project that showcases the quality of our workforce and creates economic opportunity for generations to come,” Governor Rauner said. “We are building more than just a bridge, but a vital piece of the country’s transportation network that will promote commerce throughout the Midwest.” Iowa and...

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GT Auto Plaza – Pearl City, Illinois

311 W Pearl City Rd PO Box 38 Pearl City, IL 61062 815-443-2030 GTAUTOPLAZA.COM gtautoplaza@gmail.com Click on the photos for more information. *Does not include Tax, Title, Lic. or DOC fee. See Dealer for details. Dealer not responsible for pricing, typographical or image errors. Rates as low as 2.28%! Must qualify for financing to receive the lowest rate. 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4 X 4 Big Horn Package, 5.7 Hemi, Remote Start , Back Up Camera, Trailer Tow Package, Factory Warranty, One Owner with Only 26,000 Miles On It. $31,990 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4×4 XLT...

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Lanark Old Settlers’ Days Parade

RiverReader.org June 24, 2017 was a beautiful day for a parade and the community turned out if large numbers to enjoy a parade with over 75 entries.  The event was organized by the Lanark Lions club under the direction of Nancy Shellhause.  Everyone pulled together and the parade went off without a hitch. Look for people you know, maybe even you, in the shots of the...

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Burglary in rural Thomson investigated by Carroll County Sheriff

RiverReader.org staff LANARK — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary that occurred two weeks ago in the area of Scenic Bluff Rd. and Three Mile Rd. in rural Thomson. Ryan Kloepping, law enforcement coordinator with Carroll County Crime Stoppers and the Sheriff’s department, said the burglary occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13. Subjects entered a building and took a power post hole auger, a mesh-topped 4-wheeled garden wagon and approximately 15 gallons of gas and diesel. If you have information about this crime please call 815-244-STOP (7867). Information leading to an arrest could earn the caller a reward of up to $1000; the identity of any caller will be kept strictly confidential....

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Ronald Ivan Rendleman

Born Jan 16, 1933 Went to Heaven June 22, 2017 Ron Rendleman was a model and actor in Chicago during the 1960’s. Upon his conversion to Christianity in 1966 he was instrumental in the Jesus People Movement of the 70″s promoting Christian Rock concerts bringing the message of Jesus to thousands of people on college campuses, churches, parks, prisons and Sweden. Ron was also a published author of both fiction and non fiction books always with a message of salvation. He retired with Gloria in Chadwick, where he continued to proclaim the gospel wherever he was. He can still be heard saying, “The King is coming soon, and I don’t mean Elvis!” Ron was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Angeline Rendleman and his grandson, Ryan Rendleman. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria of 65 years, his children Nick Rendleman (Patricia), Vicki Taylor (Scott), Rita Schoenthal (Paul), Kim Dixon (Bruno) and Roy Rendleman, his 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and his sister Jeannine Stavlo (Dale). Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, at the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Carl Kaiser officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to...

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Watch out for rabid bats and animals

More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year RiverReader.org staff The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants people to beware of rabid animals, including bats, as they become more active this time of year.  To date, more than a dozen rabid bats have been reported in Illinois this year and the number is increasing over the past couple of years. “Most cases of rabies in Illinois are almost always found in bats,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “You can’t tell just by looking at a bat if it has rabies...

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Two requests made, but Milledgeville trustees approve only one new liquor license

BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 MILLEDGEVILLE — Jamie Emmert and Jason Schmidt were pleased with the Village of Milledgeville trustees’ decision to approve an addition liquor license for their proposed retail liquor store, bar and gaming parlor. The decision was made at the June 19 regular meeting. But there were two requests made. Milledgeville resident Ken Duncan wanted another license for his proposed bar and gaming parlor. Village President Galen Wirth asked both the audience and trustees for comments before bringing the issue to a vote that eventually approved one extra license to Emmert and Schmidt, agreeing to revisit...

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Lanark council terminates maintenance manager

Decision results in more questions than answers BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — It was a long night at the June 20 regular Lanark City Council meeting, but even longer for former Maintenance Supervisor Tom Difazzio. After “a very long deliberation” in a 90-minute closed session that did not include Difazzio, Alderman Lance Leverton made the motion to “terminate Tom Difazzio as city manager.” “With no accusations, and no right to respond, no right to defend himself?” asked Difazzio’s fiance, Naomi Bronski, but she was not allowed to continue her comments. On a roll call vote, Alderman Jay...

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Gerald “Jerry” James

Gerald “Jerry” James September 29, 1933 – June 22, 2017 Gerald Richard “Jerry” James, age 83, of Lanark, Illinois passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Manor Care Nursing Home, Freeport, Illinois.  A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church, Shannon, Illinois.  Memorial visitation will be held 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 prior to the Mass at the Church.  Burial of ashes will take place at a later date at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Savanna. Friends may leave a condolence at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Jerry was born near Mt. Carroll, on September 29, 1933 to Floyd and Florence (Noble) James. Jerry grew up in a modest farm home with four brothers, attending a small country school. Some of his favorite stories were of that crazy time and all the trouble 5 brothers can get into on a farm. His upbringing taught him compassion and generosity that would serve him and others the rest of his life.  In Savanna High School he learned a skill that would become his lifelong vocation of auto body repair. It was also during this time that Dad met the love of his life, Patricia Ann (Pat) Lineback. The two married on July 26, 1954. In 1955, Jerry joined the Navy and the couple moved to San Diego, California where they met more lifelong friends and had many adventures. It also gave Dad...

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Mount Carroll makes history with historical monument

On a hot June 17, the Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial Committee produced a re-dedication ceremony for the 1892 Civil War Monument in the Courthouse Square with Ulysses S. Grant, five other generals, ladies dressed in Civil War era garb, and a drummer for added effect. Did you know that Carroll County’s monument is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and why? There’s more information than you might guess surrounding the monument and courthouse! The ceremony lasted about 45 minutes and was replete with a good deal of local history. The video here doesn’t do justice to the splendid...

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Galatians 5:13 & 2 Corinthians 5:14

    Pastor Steve Cassell BelovedChurchIllinois.com Beloved Church Page Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. This is your calling, my dear Beloved! Your calling is to freedom and this freedom is bought and paid for in the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord humbled Himself and became obedience unto death, even the death of the cross so that we could experience the freedom that the Father intended for His children since the creation of mankind. We were...

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Highland Community College announces dean’s list for Spring 2017 semester

RiverReader.org staff FREEPORT — Highland Community College proudly announces the dean’s list for the Spring 2017 semester. Students who have completed 12 credit hours or more during the semester and have a minimum of a 3.25 grade point average (GPA), based on a 4.0 scale, are included on the dean’s list. Highest Honors are awarded to students with a perfect 4.0 GPA. High Honors distinction is given to students with a 3.50 to 3.99 GPA, and Honors students have earned a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49. Local students who earned Highest Honors are: Forreston: Heidi C. Duitsman, Shana L....

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Find your unclaimed property with I-Cash at Old Settlers Days

RiverReader.org staff LANARK — Old Settlers Days visitors can stop at the Lanark Public Library, 111 South Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, June 24 to check to see if they have unclaimed property. Bonnie Jefferson will be in the library lobby to aid in your search for unclaimed money from Illinois’s I-Cash program. The treasurer’s office is safeguarding more than $2.5 billion in unclaimed property belonging to millions of Illinois residents. One in four Illinois adults discovers property to claim. Formerly called Cash Dash, the unclaimed property program was re-named I-Cash in 2012. The law that created the unclaimed property program was established in the early 1960s as a consumer protection initiative. Almost everybody knows somebody with unclaimed assets: One in eight Illinois residents has an asset to be claimed in I-Cash. Assets include everything from stocks and CDs, to safe deposit boxes and valuables. The names of 780,000 additional residents were added to the public web database after the state recently double-checked claims from years 1976 to 1992 – a time period before a computer-system upgrade streamlined the database’s maintenance. For more information, contact Janie Dollinger, director of the Lanark Public Library, at lanarklibrary1@gmail.com or call 815-493-2166....

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‘Transformations’ returns to Lanark’s Old Settlers Days

RiverReader.org staff LANARK — Add some sassy style to your closet when Transformations Gently Used Clothing returns to Lanark’s Old Settlers Days. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, delve into racks of summer clothing for all ages in the City Park’s south pavilion. Replace the clothing your kids outgrew or find something for yourself for 50¢ to $2.00. The Transformations booth is a fundraiser for the Transformers Team’s projects, such as the new Information kiosk next to the Lanark Municipal Building/Public Library downtown. Stop in and check the progress of the kiosk, which will be open to visitors during Old Settlers Days. For more information on Transformations and the Transformers Team, contact Denise Krysiak at gdkrysiak@gmail.com or 815-493-2175....

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Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

October 22 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 22

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

October 22 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 22

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

October 22 @ 8:00 pm
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Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

October 29 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

October 29 @ 7:00 pm

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