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Month: October 2017

Michael John Fagan

Michael John Fagan, age 84, of Shannon, IL passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Stephenson Nursing Center. Michael was born in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania to Olive (Sims) and Joseph Fagan on October 14, 1933. During his lifetime he spent 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring in 1972 and 20 years at Kelly Springfield in Freeport, retiring in 1992. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Jochheim) Fagan, and his children Tim (Rose), Kevin (Ruth), Sean (Teresa), Brian (Lori), and Raymond. His 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by five sisters, Anne Westhoven of PA, Kathleen Craft of TX, Charlotte Klee of WV, Rosemarie Barthen of PA, and Joanne Pajak of FL. He is preceded in death by his daughter Debra, parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. The funeral service will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017 at St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church in Shannon at 10:30 am. There will be a visitation Wednesday, November 1, at the Hermann Funeral Home in Shannon from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will take place at St. Wendelin’s Catholic Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Navy Marine Corp Relief Society. Condolences may be shared atwww.hermannfuneralhome.com. SERVICES Funeral Service Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 10:30 AM St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church 18 S. Linn St. Shannon, IL 61078 Get Directions on Google...

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Armella Kneale Mural Location Determined

Artwork Will Go To The New Bridgewater Inn BY LYNNETTE FORTH For RiverReader.org MOUNT CARROLL — The proposed appraisal information on the Armella Kneale Mural, including the request from the Mount Carroll Public Library asking for consideration of placement, was discussed by the Mount Carroll City Council at its regular council meeting on Oct. 24. Armella Kneale was a locally-known, successful artist. The mural was gifted to the city by the West Carroll School District. Some council members previously felt that since it was given to the city, it should remain in a city building for display, like city...

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Charlotte Rahn

Charlotte Rahn, age 73, of Chadwick, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at home. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will take place in Chadwick Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. A memorial fund has been established in Charlotte’s memory. Friends and family are invited to share in in Charlotte’s memory at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Charlotte was born July 12, 1944, in Morrison, Illinois, the daughter of John and Inez Houzenga. She attended Chadwick High School and graduated with the Class of 1962. On June 5, 1964, Charlotte married Allen Rahn at Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, Illinois. Charlotte was a homemaker who cherished raising her children and helping Allen on the farm. She was a member of the Chadwick Evangelical Free Church. Charlotte enjoyed cooking, canning, and baking, especially coffee cakes. She also enjoyed listening to music, and singing in the Spring Valley Quartet. Most of all, Charlotte loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. Charlotte will always be remembered for her generosity and her willingness to provide meals for others. Charlotte will be dearly missed by her husband, Allen; children, Rebecca (Lee) Hollewell of German Valley, Illinois, Paul (Gretchen) Rahn of Sterling, Illinois, Ron Rahn of Chadwick, Illinois,...

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Charles J. Guenzler

Charles J. Guenzler age 93, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Carroll. A funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Mt. Carroll Church of God. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carroll. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll, and one hour prior to the service at the Church. Memorials may be made for the Pleasant Valley Church of God and the Carroll County 4-H Club. Friends and family are invited to share in Charles’ life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Charles was born April 21, 1924 in Woodland Township, the son of Charles and Ethel (Adams) Guenzler. He attended Mt. Carroll High School and graduated with the Class of 1942. Charles married Jaunita Smith on June 5, 1965. Jaunita passed away August 28, 1981. Charles later married Betty Ruedter on June 8, 1985. They celebrated 32 years together. Charles was a shepherd of the earth and it was shown in his farming. He farmed his whole life north of Mt. Carroll. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church of God , rural Mt. Carroll. He served on the Church Board and choir leader for many years. Charles also served on the Woodland Township Board. Charles has...

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Milledgeville and West Carroll Advance; EPC Sent Packing

Missiles Rock A-Town In First Round Victory Over Abingdon-Avon With A Stunning Offensive Performance – and the Defense Wasn’t Bad Either BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065; 815-275-3025 (8) Milledgeville 56, (9) Abingdon-Avon 21 MILLEDGEVILLE – It started early. In fact, it started with Abingdon-Avon’s first play from scrimmage. The Tornadoes standout sophomore QB Lukas Tinkham, who passed for over 1,500 yards this season, scrambled out of the pocket, fumbled, and the Missiles recovered. Two plays later, Carson Boyer scored one of his four touchdown runs—two for over 50 yards—in the first half, en-route to a 56-21 demolition of the A-Town...

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Finn-Henze Recognized as ‘Distinguished Alumni’

Highland Community College Foundation Names 5 Distinguished Alumni at Its Annual Meeting  RiverReader staff report FREEPORT — Colleen Finn-Henze, Eastland High School PE teacher, was one of five Distinguished Alumni recognized during the Highland Community College Foundation annual meeting at the Freeport Club in Freeport on Oct. 19. This is the 23rd year the awards have been presented to individuals who have shown community leadership, made their start at Highland Community College and believe in the mission of higher education. Including these new recipients, 123 individuals have been recognized as Distinguished Alumni. Colleen Finn-Henze is a 1983 graduate of...

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Eastland Claims Its Own Regional Championship

The Cougars Advance to the IHSA Class 1A Sterling Newman Sectional Semifinals on Monday BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065; 815-275-3025 LANARK – The Eastland Cougars started hot and ended with their fourth straight regional Championship Thursday night, taking the Ashton-Franklin Center Raiders in two sets, 25-10, 25-20. In the first set, the Raiders were stunned by Eastland’s quick start, and never recovered. The Cougars (17-15) started with kills from the Krogman’s: freshman Karlie Krogman and senior Katie Krogman for the first three points, then continued the sharp play for an 8-0 lead. Before AFC knew it, Gabby Snyder posted...

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Aviation Training Expansion in Springfield

New Springfield facility will educate, graduate more aviation mechanics into high-paying field A new, $850,000 aviation center at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield is exactly the sort of expansion that will fuel economic progress in the state, Gov. Bruce Rauner said while visiting the college today. “This great new facility enables Lincoln Land to train and graduate more aviation mechanics at a time when these skilled workers are in great demand,” Rauner said after attending a ribbon-cutting for the new Levi, Ray and Shoup Inc. Aviation Center. “The school already boasts a near 100 percent placement rate for...

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$500,000 Award Received to Help Child and Youth Trauma Victims

October 26, 2017. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director John Maki today announced the agency received a $500,000 federal award to help children and youth suffering from trauma. The U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) Vision 21 Award will be used to develop a coordinated statewide plan to serve children and youth who have been directly victimized or exposed to violence in their homes, schools, or communities. “As one of just two states that received the Vision 21 award, we are honored that the Office for Victims of Crime chose to invest in...

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Timber Lake Playhouse Names New Artistic Director

‘Broadway Concert Series’ and ‘New Work Series’ Unveiled, New Additions To TLP’s Expanding Programs RiverReader staff report MOUNT CARROLL — A Chicago native and award-winning director and choreographer, Paul Stancato, has been named Timber Lake Playhouse Artistic Director for the 2018-19 season. The professional, non-profit summer theatre company, established in 1961 with a mission of “providing the best expression of theater arts to the regional community by presenting creative works that entertain and inspire while helping aspiring artists transition to the profession,” also announced its Summer Subscription Series is now available. “I am happy to welcome Paul to the...

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Ag Education Beyond The Classroom

Milledgeville Ag Program Offers Combine Rides To Students RiverReader staff report MILLEDGEVILLE — The benefits of the nontraditional-learning option in the Milledgeville Ag department extends beyond the classroom. On Oct. 20, seven students spent their class time in the field—inside the cab of a combine. How many non-farm people have had the opportunity to ride in a combine? “Not many,” said Wendy Erbsen, Milledgeville Ag instructor. “We decided it would take weeks to explain the working fundamentals of harvesting dent corn, but sitting inside the machine beside the farmer and asking questions was going to teach our students more...

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Enterprise Zone Important to Village of Thomson

By Vicky Bealer Trager President, Village of Thomson Administrator Gary Camarano has received the official certification from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity designating the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone for 15 years beginning Jan. 1, 2018.  The approval process consists of two steps: 1.  The Illinois Enterprise Zone Board determines which applications will be approved, and 2.  The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity reviews the approved applications and issues the Certification. The Enterprise Zone designation is very important to our region and to the Village of Thomson in particular. As a small town with limited...

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Eastland Regional Championship Matchup Determined

Lady Cougars Play Host to AFC In Their Own Regional On Thursday LANARK — The Eastland Regional volleyball tournament kicked off Monday, Oct. 23, with (9) Erie vs. (10) Polo. Erie took the first match in two sets, 25-22 and 25-17. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Match 2 pitted (2) AFC (Ashton-Franklin Center) against Erie, the winner of the first match. Match 3 featured (3) Lanark (Eastland) against (8) Milledgeville. In the first match of the night, it took three sets before AFC came away with the win over Erie. With scores of 25-15, 27-29, and 25-9, AFC advanced to...

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Get the Lead Out

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Encourages Lead Free Ammunition  RiverReader staff report SAVANNA — Historically, lead has reached us in a number of ways—through gasoline, paint, a variety of manufacturing processes, and in ammunition. As our awareness of the dangers of lead grows, we seek out better alternatives. Unfortunately, the toxic legacy of lead continues to harm wildlife. Firearms deer hunting season is approaching and hunters are busily preparing their hunting gear. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is encouraging deer hunters to use lead free ammunition when hunting on the Refuge to...

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Assistance for Seniors’ Medicare Open Enrollment

Free help available via Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) RiverReader staff The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding seniors of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers during Medicare Open Enrollment occurring October 15th through December 7th. With over 300 SHIP offices across Illinois, the agency stands ready to refer clients to their closest site, which can schedule an appointment to assist them with open enrollment. Take advantage of the caring, expert counselors ready to help you make sense of the complicated Medicare system to make the best choices...

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The ‘Great Pumpkin’ Appears at Carroll County Kids 4H Club

MOUNT CARROLL — Carroll County Kids 4H club enjoyed a beautiful, chilly fall day at Point Rock Park in Mount Carroll, carving pumpkins at its October meeting. Pumpkins were donated by the Randy Adolph family. Anyone interested in joining 4H can contact the Extension Office at 815-244-9444 for information. FEATURED PHOTO AT TOP Lakin Getz carved a 4H clover on her pumpkin. (RiverReader photos/Lynnette Forth)     Nikki Adolph, left, and Maci Carroll having a fun time designing their pumpkins together.       At right, first-year 4H member Megan Hubbard shows off the pumpkin she carved at the...

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WC FFA ‘Dodges’ Their Way to Number 1

LANARK — The West Carroll FFA Dodgeball Team #1 was light on their feet and displayed accuracy in their throws, taking First Place at the Section #1 FFA Dodgeball Tournament held at Eastland Jr/Sr High School in Lanark on Oct. 18. Stockton placed 2nd and Eastland #3 was 3rd. The West Carroll team is front from left, Ethan Reiland, Paul Law, Shane Houzenga, and Lakin Getz. Back row, Carlos Rodriguez, Jordan Anderson, Chase James, Andrew Yenney and Cody Schmidt.  The team is coached by Glen Johnston (Blue shirt in back). (Photo courtesy of WC FFA Advisor Don...

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CUSD #399 Audit Report Approved

Chadwick-Milledgeville Secretarial Staff Gets High Marks For Financial Oversight Procedures RiverReader staff report MILLEDGEVILLE — Chadwick-Milledgeville Schools’ finances are in order. At its Oct. 16 regular board meeting, the auditor’s report for the year ended June 30 was approved. “Certified Public Accountant Kyle Polhill of Benning Group attended our meeting and provide a brief synopsis of the audit report,” said Superintendent Tim Schurman. “The Audit went very smoothly and there were no significant findings. He complimented the secretarial staff on doing a fine job of documenting the many transactions of the activity account. Our financial oversight procedures are working...

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UPDATE: IHSA Playoff Picture in the NUIC

9 of 17 Teams Make the Cut From the NUIC, the Toughest Conference in the State, Dates and Times Announced RiverReader.org staff report LANARK — With week 9 in the books, eight teams from the powerhouse Northern Upstate Illinois Conference were selected for the 2017 IHSA playoffs. Of those 9 playoff games, six will be played at home, right here in Northwestern Illinois. Seven teams will participate in 1A: the #1 ranked Le-Win Panthers, Milledgeville Missiles, Stockton Blackhawks, Aquin Bulldogs, Orangeville Broncos, Dakota Indians, and Forreston Cardinals. In 2A, Eastland-Pearl City Wildcatz and the West Carroll Thunder complete the...

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2017 Volleyball – Eastland Regional Schedule

At Eastland Jr/Sr High School in Lanark Mon., Oct. 23 Match 1 at 6 p.m. features (9) Erie vs. (10) Polo Tue., Oct. 24 Match 2 at 5:30 p.m. pits (2) Ashton (A.-Franklin Center) against  Winner Match 1 Match 3 at 6:30 p.m. features (3) Lanark (Eastland) vs. (8) Milledgeville Thu., Oct. 26 Championship Match 4 at 6 p.m. Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 3 Tickets will not be sold in advance. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Monday, 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Baby in Arms no charge; Children, High School and Adults...

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Rain Dampens Week 8 in the NUIC

Week 8 and 9 NUIC Football Synopsis; Who Will Claim the Upstate Title Tonight? Week 8 Scores . . . Dakota 21, EPC 6 Milledgeville 22, River Ridge 6 Forreston 44, West Carroll 6 Stockton 16, Aquin 14 Polo 28, AFC 14. Orangeville 7, East Dubuque 6 Warren 62, South Beloit 34 Le-Win 44, DuPec 8 Amboy 21, Galena 14 Should Be Fun Tonight! At 4-4, EPC needs to beat Polo tonight on the road to become playoff eligible. At 7-1, Milledgeville plays Aquin tonight, and the winner can only hope for a Stockton loss to tie for the...

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Lanark Council Upholds Mayor’s Firing of City Treasurer

Discussion and Vote Was Made Prior to Public Input, and the Public Didn’t Like It; Mayor says the Right to Public Comments ‘Is A Lie’ BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — In a 3 to 2 vote, the Lanark City Council upheld Mayor Ken Viglietta’s decision to terminate Carol Kruzek from her duties as city treasurer at its Oct. 17 regular meeting. After lengthy council discussion, but no public appeals allowed, the mayor called for a roll call vote, where Aldermen Jay Van Matre and Brad Knutti voted in favor of reinstating Kruzek. Aldermen Lance Leverton, Haley Grim...

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George A. Stephens

George A. Stephens — January 4, 1938 – October 17, 2017 George A. Stephens, age 79, of Lanark, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 near his home during a walk with his dog Roscoe. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery, Elgin, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com George was born on January 4, 1938 in Elgin, the son of James and Anna (Jensen) Stephens. He attended Elgin High School, and graduated with the Class of 1956. He was a printer by trade and owned and operated Stephens Quality Printing in South Elgin, Illinois for many years. George married Mary in 1957 in Elgin, Illinois. George was a very giving and considerate person who was always the first to help others. He loved passing on his knowledge and wisdom. He enjoyed roller skating, fishing, gardening, playing cards, puzzles, riding motorcycles, spending time with his family and spoiling his dogs. George will be dearly missed by his son, Wayne Stephens; daughter, Emily (Jesse) Varsho of Elburn, Illinois; four granddaughters, Meggan Flores, Samantha Stephens, Mackenzie and Samantha Varsho; five great-granddaughters, Kayla Szewki-Flores, Sophia, Evalina and Olivia Stephens, and Sofie Flores; one sister, Caroline (Karl) Winther of Show Low, Arizona and...

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Labor of Love for Carroll County Kids

Six crib quilts with colorful pieced tops by Marilyn Lamoreux, Lanark, and unique designs in the machine quilting completed by Jane Smith, Milledgeville, were recent donations to the Pitter Patter Pantry. This heirloom quality handwork will be available at the Pantry for families needing the warmth of a multi-layered quilt and wanting a special hand-made item stitched with a labor of love. All the quilts are reversible and washable. Both ladies also knit with the Shawl Ministry at Lanark United Methodist Church. Pitter Patter Pantry has served clients in Carroll County for over 10 years. Inspired by Leigh Anne...

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WC FFA Dairy Foods Team Takes 2nd Place at CDE

West Carroll’s Celia Hartman Was the Individual Champion at the Section 1 Meet at Le-Win High School RiverReader.org staff report LENA — The West Carroll FFA Dairy Foods Team placed 2nd out of 10 teams at the Section #1 FFA Dairy Foods Contest held Oct. 16 at Lena-Winslow High School. Team members Celia Hartman, Riley Getz, Olivia Charles, Ty Aljets, Adam Rath and Miles Wheetley had a team score of 210 in the event where a low score is a better score. West Carroll’s Celia Hartman was the individual champion of the CDE with a score of 59 pts....

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Matthew 16:24

Pastor Steve Cassell BelovedChurchIllinois.com Beloved Church Page Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. The Cross truly is an ugly thing. We try to pretty it up by turning it into jewelry, decretive wall hangings, memes, and tattoos all in the effort to beautify our relationship to that Cross. Here is the unadulterated and hard truth, we cannot add any sparkle, shine or technicolor to the place of our Lord’s torture and death… nor should we. I am not...

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Vitriol in Voicemail Reveals More

Recorded Correspondence From Lanark Mayor’s Wife to City Treasurer Adds More to the Story BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — At 9:21 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, Carol Kruzek, who at the time, was serving as Lanark Treasurer, received a voicemail from Ann Viglietta, the wife of Lanark Mayor Ken Viglietta. RiverReader received an audio file of the voicemail from Kruzek three weeks ago. Kruzek said she told the mayor about the message. “At the time, I told Ken that I wasn’t releasing it out of consideration of the stress he was under,” said Kruzek. Kruzek, who...

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Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Plans

Council Approves the Use of Golf Carts and Off-Road Vehicles on City Streets     BY LYNNETTE FORTH For RiverReader.org   MOUNT CARROLL — Be on the lookout for ghost and goblins roaming the streets of Mount Carroll on Halloween night, as city council approved the details for the evening’s festivities at its Oct. 10 meeting. The annual parade line up will be at 5:15 p.m. in the parking lot of Ravens Grin Inn, being led by the West Carroll Middle School band. The parade will proceed up Market Street, then South onto Main Street, and end at the...

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Thomson’s Veterans Memorial Dedication Set For November

Trick or Treat in Thomson Announced, IDOT Road Work Done RiverReader.org staff report THOMSON — The Thomson Village Board of Trustees met Monday, Oct. 9, and discussed the Veteran’s Memorial Dedication, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The granite stones will be unveiled at that time. The memorial is being built in town along the east side of state Route 84, complete with donation bricks, new sod and an automatic sprinkler system. Representative Tony McCombie and Senator Neil Anderson have expressed interest in attending the dedication. The Thomson Causeway will be holding their Halloween Trick or Treat...

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Lanark City Employee Turnover Continues

Lanark City Treasurer Kruzek, Fired BY SARAH HANVIRIYAPUNT Sarah@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — Just nine days after the Oct. 3 council meeting, and two months after approving a raise for the city treasurer, the “removal of Carol Kruzek from the Treasurer’s Position” was announced in a press release that RiverReader received via e-mail, from Police Chief Matt Magill. “This is to inform you that on October 12th, 2017, Carol A Kruzek was removed from her appointed position as the Treasurer for the City of Lanark. The City will be seeking qualified applicants for the Treasurers position. Please contact City Hall...

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