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Month: June 2018

Betty McGinnis

Betty McGinnis — November 10, 1947 – June 27, 2018 Betty McGinnis, age 70, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa. Betty’s request is to have no funeral or visitation, and that her friends just remember her on her bicycle. Betty was born on November 10, 1947 in Alturas, California to Clyde and Maxine (Jones) Hasting. She was married to Sam McGinnis for 51 years. She worked for 10 years at National Lock Co. in Savanna, and then Metform in Savanna for over 20 years until retiring in 2010. Her pastime was spent riding her bike around the bike trail and camp site. Betty is survived by her husband Sam; one daughter, Sheila Davis; one son, Jay McGinnis; six grandchildren, Justin, Michael, Autumn, and Ryan McGinnis, Jarrett and Deni Davis; three great-grandchildren, Parker, Natalie, and Camden McGinnis; and one brother, Ricky of Reno, Nevada. She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Gary Hasting, and a sister, Dallas, both of Alturas,...

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Something New: First Friday Fundraisers At The Valentine

Historic Preservation Can Be Fun With The Cornerstone Project, NFP RiverReader Staff Report DOWNTOWN LANARK — Mark your calendars for the inaugural First Friday event, hosted by the Cornerstone Project, NFP, in the Valentine Building in downtown Lanark. The Open House is set from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and features Live Music by The Southpaw Stance and their Americana/Folk/Rock sound. “Come in and check out the space, enjoy the music, and support our work preserving Lanark’s historic buildings,” said Cornerstone Project President Jim Wyeth. Framed art, popcorn, and lemonade are available for a donation or...

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Impaired driving a matter of ‘Life or Death’

Independence Day enhanced enforcement period begins this week SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and more than 150 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are stepping up efforts to catch impaired drivers during the Independence Day holiday with an increased enforcement period that begins this week. “Impaired driving — whether under the influence of alcohol or drugs — is a matter of life or death,” said Omer Osman, deputy secretary at IDOT. “More than 300 people are dying in Illinois each year as a result of impaired driving. These are tragedies that easily could...

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TLP Goes The Full Monty – Starts Thursday!

Timber Lake Playhouse Presents The Rousing Musical Comedy  Through July 15 RiverReader.org Staff Report MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse, the professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, will present Terrence McNally and David Yazbek’s, The Full Monty, July 5 to 15, at the playhouse in Mount Carroll. Paul Stancato, artistic director at Timber Lake Playhouse, will direct the musical. In this Americanized musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’...

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Fourth Of July Food Safety

Fire up the grill, whip up the potato salad, and know how to keep food safe for the Fourth of July holiday SPRINGFIELD – Whether you’re grilling out, packing a picnic, or getting a snack together to eat while you watch fireworks, there are some simple steps you can take that will reduce the chance of getting a foodborne illness. “One food safety essential is making sure food is at the proper temperature, whether it’s cooking it to the right temperature on the grill, or keeping it cold,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah.  “There...

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Urgent Weather Warning

HEAT ADVISORY WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 7 PM CDT SATURDAY… HEAT INDEX VALUES 100°F TO NEAR 110°F DEGREES URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL 335 AM CDT Thu Jun 28 2018 …Very Hot and Humid Conditions Friday and Saturday… Very hot and humid weather will build over the region late this week into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to reach well into the 90s Friday and Saturday with overnight low temperatures only in the 70s. At the same time, humidity levels will reach oppressive levels. This combination will lead...

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‘Born Yesterday’ Brings Laughter To TLP

RiverReader.org Staff report Olivia Ursu (Billie) and Richard Gomez (Harry) perform a scene in Timber Lake Playhouse’s Born Yesterday running through Saturday, June 30 at the Playhouse on Black Oak Road in Mount Carroll. Born Yesterday is a play that was a precursor to Legally Blonde. Judy Holliday won a Tony Award and an Oscar for creating the standard for “dumb blondes” with her character, Billie Dawn. Garson Kanin’s famous comedy features an egotistic junkman Harry Brock and his naive girlfriend Billie, who have come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make some deals with government big-wigs. Billie...

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Enter the Ag Olympics – Sunday, August 5th at Carroll County Fairgrounds!

Carroll County Farm Bureau Young Leaders & Carroll County 4-H Invite you to Enter the Ag Olympics! Sunday, August 5th, starting at 3 p.m. – Carroll County Fairgrounds To register, contact the Carroll County Farm Bureau at: 815-244-3001 REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 18th! $10 per team of 4 Age divisions are as follows: Division 1: Ages 8-11 Division 2: Ages 12-14 Division 3: Ages 15-19 Division 4: 20 and older The age of the oldest team member determines the team’s age division Dress for a mess, and LOTS of fun! All participants who pre-register will receive a t-shirt. Game supplies...

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Illinois State Fire Marshal Reminds You to Stay Safe this Summer

With summer in full swing so are summer activities. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) would like to remind residents to be safe this summer. (Springfield, IL) – “Safety should always be a priority when engaging in common summer activities,” said Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Enjoying summer activities is great but it is important that you follow all rules, regulation and safety instructions. They are there to keep you safe.” Here are some safety tips to remember when using barbecue grills, fire pits, and fireworks. • When grilling out this summer, keep in mind that propane and charcoal grills...

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Austin Shellhause Memorial Golf Classic to be Held June 30th

Some great items up for silent and live auction! DATE: June 30, 2018 TIME: 9 a.m. Shot-gun start PLACE: Park Hills Golf Course – EAST COURSE 3240 W, Stephenson St., Freeport, IL 61032 Anyone interested in golfing should contact Brandon Reese at (815) 541-7273. The tournament is limited to 36 foursomes or 144 total golfers. Cost per golfer is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and a steak dinner at Benchwarmer’s in Freeport, IL. Approximate timing of the events is as follows: • 4:00-6:00 pm — Steak Dinner • 3:00-7:00 pm — Silent auction open for bidding, over 70 items, and counting • 7:00 pm — Silent auction sheets will be pulled, LIVE AUCTION starts Anyone interested in donating a silent auction item should contact Jen Kiper at jenkiper@comcast.net. Photos of some of the donated items can be found at the Fundraiser’s Facebook page. Various items donated include a John Deere 6030 precision toy tractor, a Ruger gun case from Vans Country Store and Shooting Club, a basket with blankets sweatshirt water bottle and draw bags from Eastland Motor Sports, and a John Deere tractor quilt made by Kaitlin Byvick, and Judy Weber, of Lanark, Illinois, and by Jane Smith, who is from Milledgeville, Illinois. Proceeds will be used to fund the annual Austin Shellhause Memorial scholarship and improvements to the Eastland Baseball diamond. Some background about this fundraiser: Austin Shellhause was 25...

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Gov. Rauner hails US Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME

Decision restores free speech rights of state workers WASHINGTON (June 27, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today hailed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME as a major victory for public sector workers’ First Amendment rights to free speech and association and a victory for taxpayers who must bear the high cost of government. The Governor said that the decision will help combat the conflicts of interest created when government union leaders negotiate with politicians they help elect. “For decades, Illinois workers have been forced to pay partial union dues against their will,” Rauner said. “The practice...

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West Carroll Joins New Buying Cooperative

Potential Savings Expected To Be Over $11,000 On School Supply Purchases BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org MOUNT CARROLL — The West Carroll School District plans to use a new buying coop, and heard a presentation concerning the change at their June 20 regular meeting. Food Service Director Cindy Weems said the district’s agreement with the current coop would be terminated at the end June and would be joining the HPS Group Purchasing Organization. Rebates are available, at a rate of 1.25 percent off total purchases and are received throughout the year, while the USDA Commodity Program yields a .25...

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Savanna And Lanark Elkay Kids To Work Day

Elkay Manufacturing in Lanark and Savanna celebrated “Safety Week” June 18-22 with special activities throughout the week, including prizes, cook out lunch, guest speakers, and Bring Your Kid to Work Day. Employees’ kids got to tour the facilities, have lunch, and were even treated to Schwann’s ice cream and water balloons following the plant tour. FEATURED PHOTO ABOVE  At the Lanark facility, from left: Mallory Miller with Trever and Hunter; Joel Leiser with Kiera, Sara McKenna and Molly; Denise Queckboerner with Jack Kyler and Aiden; Jennifer Haas with Braden and Harper; Chris Prowant and JJ; and Paul Forth and...

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Fulton’s Brinkman Building Center Makes Announcement

Rock River Lumber & Grain, doing business as Frary Lumber, has assumed operation of the Fulton facility Fulton, IL — The Brinkman family, owners of Brinkman Building Center in Fulton, announces that as of June 25, 2018, Rock River Lumber & Grain, doing business as Frary Lumber, has assumed operation of their Fulton facility. The Brinkman family would like to thank the community of Fulton for the many wonderful years of your past patronage, and look forward to making this a smooth transition to Frary Lumber. Frary Lumber has purchased the inventory and equipment. After June 25th, all special...

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The Amish Cook – Gloria Shakes it Up

By Gloria Yoder People have been so good to us. They’ve shown their support in more ways than I could count. As I think of what everyone has done for us, including you readers, I just feel so blessed and unworthy. There have been untold little things and big things done by friends and family to show support since we started doing foster care eight months ago. One specific blessing that I’ve been so thankful for is our neighbors, Nate and Sarellen Zehr. Their bountiful produce patch is bearing an amazing harvest as always, and bless their big hearts, they are...

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Fireworks Safety Reminder: Leave Displays to Those Who Are Licensed and Trained

IDNR Reminds Display Sponsors to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors Click HERE for a list of area fireworks displays, between June 30th and July 7th! SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding individuals and organizations sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) prior to their fireworks show. The Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or disposes of explosives, including display fireworks, must have an...

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Good Samaritan Society Welcomes Volunteers from Polo

Rock River Christian Camp members volunteered at Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll all week providing assistance with residents at activities and performing various service projects.  Each day a different group of high school age campers and leaders from the Polo area helped with watering window boxes, weeding gardens and painting projects.  Residents and campers shared morning devotions together. Good Samaritan Society residents and staff appreciate the campers’ time and...

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More on the Synthetic Cannabinoids Cases

IDPH Alerted to Additional Cases SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been alerted to additional cases of severe bleeding in individuals who used synthetic cannabinoids, commonly called Spice, K2, and fake pot.  The majority of new cases are among Winnebago County residents.  Wisconsin has also recently reported cases.  More than 160 people in Illinois in 15 counties have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids.  Cases who were tested were found to be positive for brodifacoum, a chemical found in rat poison. “Through continued monitoring, we’ve recently learned of new cases of individuals experiencing severe...

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Opinion: Letter to the Editor

6/21/2018 Letter to the Editor: What has the country come to? Almost every day we are being lied to. Republicans say they are compassionate. If they vote for Congressman and Senators that back the policies of Donald Trump, they are lying to you. Do you agree that children should be taken from their families? Some are being placed in cages, are some being sold? The ones that are responsible claim they do not know where all of them are being held. Is this compassion? Where is the compassion for our country? Donald Trump, with the help of his party...

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State Fair Entry Deadlines Approaching

State Fair Manager Luke Sailer wants to remind fairgoers of several upcoming competition deadlines for the 2018 Illinois State Fair. SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Entry deadlines for various competitions are listed below.  Please note that some deadlines fall on a Saturday.  If an entry deadline falls on a weekend, entries must be postmarked by the following Monday to be accepted.  More information about the 2018 Illinois State Fair competitions can be found in an online copy of our General Premium Book or by calling the Competitive Events office at (217) 782-0786. Competition Entry Deadline Open Show: Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Swine,...

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Denise L. Abildgaard

Denise L. Abildgaard — September 9, 1963 – June 20, 2018 Denise L. Abildgaard, age 54, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Denise was born September 9, 1963 in Savanna, Illinois, the daughter of John and Karen (Hansen) Atkins. Denise worked as a CNA for RCIL in Emporia, Kansas for 10 years. She was a member of the Savanna Moose Lodge. Denise had a big heart— she loved kids, taking care of others, and above all else, her family. Denise will be dearly missed by one daughter, Caryla (Andrew) Smith of Strong City, Kansas; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers, Richard (Christie) Atkins of Thomson, Illinois, John (Jennifer) Atkins of Litchfield, Illinois, Wayne (Barb) Atkins of Litchfield; two sisters, Joni Osage of Strong City, Kansas, Marie Atkins of Thomson; her stepmother, Pat Atkins of Thomson; Aunt Linda Hansen; and 18 nieces and nephews. Denise is preceded in death by her parents, John and Karen; her grandparents, Kenneth and Alma Atkins; a brother-in-law, Jacob Osage, and an uncle, Roland...

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Chadwick Milledgeville FFA Honored at State Convention

SPRINGFIELD – 19 members of the Chadwick Milledgeville FFA chapter attended the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention on June 12-14 along with more than 5,400 other FFA members, advisors, and guests.  “Be Bold” was the theme of the three-day event which recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the all girl major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. Students at the convention were greeted with activities including a career fair featuring colleges and agribusinesses, an evening dance and talent show, and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois’ capital city. The Convention’s 2018 service project benefitted...

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Savanna City Council Hears Requests For Funding

BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — A litany of funding requests took up the majority of the June 12 Savanna City Council meeting. Approved requests included: -Partial reimbursement for demolition expenses to Lars Colgan, who tore down a building on his property at 519 Cooley Ave. The Council approved $2,500 toward this expense, noting that the request came after the demolition was done, which is out of the normal order of the process. – $1,500 for a camera drone for the Hotel/Motel Committee. – Going out for bid for up to $4,300 is heating and air conditioning work...

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William “Bill” H. David

William “Bill” H. David —  October 17, 1941 – June 18, 2018 William “Bill” H. David, age 76, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, at home. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial gathering will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A Masonic Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. prior to the memorial gathering at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Mississippi Masonic Lodge No. 385 in Bill’s memory. Bill was born October 17, 1941, in Savanna, Illinois, the son of Hartzel and Etta Lorraine (Hastings) David. He attended Savanna High School and graduated with the Class of 1960. On May 30, 1965, Bill married Heidrun “Heidi” Schlegel at St. Michael’s Church in Anaheim, California. In the 1970’s, Bill and his wife, Heidi, owned and operated the Clothes Horse, selling men’s apparel in Savanna. Bill later worked at Chemplex in Clinton, Iowa, for 25 years before retiring in 1999. He was a member of the Mississippi Masonic Lodge No. 385 in Savanna. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating on the Mississippi River. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and close friends. Bill will be dearly missed by his wife, Heidi of Savanna; two children, William David, Jr. of Roscoe, Illinois, and Denise (Tim) Brinkmeier of Warren, Illinois; three grandchildren, Jared,...

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Ca. 1888 Urban Farmhouse Kitchen Opens

New Eatery Is The First Savanna Restaurant To Hold A ‘BYOB’ License BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — Carroll County’s River Town has added a new entry to its lineup of dining choices — Ca. 1888. At 305 Main St. in Savanna, the restaurant features a unique menu, a refurbished building with a long history, and a team of workers dedicated to providing quality food and service to its customers. The business officially opened on Saturday, June 16. Chris Lain and co-owner and spouse Jube Manderico purchased the building two years ago, which was built in 1888 (hence...

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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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