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Author: Sarah Hanviriyapunt

EPC, Polo Fight for Dominance in Crossover Conference Game

Featured photo, above: #41, Jarod Kempel, escaping from Polo’s #5, Ethan Phillips. Kempel ran the ball 65 yards, for a touchdown – 3rd quarter and 41.6 seconds left. This brought the score to 42-0, and would seal the Crossover Conference win for EPC. (RiverReader photo used with permission, courtesy of Ken Groezinger, 10-19-2018. Find Ken and his fabulous photos on Facebook @KING.KENNY1.) Eastland-Pearl City Wildcatz and Polo Marcos played a Crossover Conference game, last night, with a lot of action and some great plays made by both teams. There were a total of 8 scoring plays, 6 of which...

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Milledgeville United Methodist Holds 8th Annual Hamette Supper

The Milledgeville United Methodist Church, 321 Holcomb Ave., will be serving its 8th Annual Hamette Supper on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 4:30 until 7:00 PM.  This year’s menu will consist of hamettes, scalloped and baked potatoes, cole slaw, green beans, rolls, pie, and beverage. Carryouts and deliveries for the Milledgeville area can be arranged by calling 815-225-7022 before October 27.  On the day of the supper, the church’s number 815-225-7511 should be used. Fellowship Hall (lower level) will be accessible by a chair lift inside the North Door across from Ewers Garage, 18 E. 4th St. Instead of...

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Lanark “Beautique” Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Feature image (above): Left to right – Lanark Mayor, Ken Viglietta; Lanark Chamber of Commerce Member, Matt Zumdahl; Lanark City Clerk, Kim Hunter; Broad Street Beautique Owner, Jennifer Lief ; Lanark Alderman, Haley Grim; Chamber Member, Jeff Saar; Chamber Member, Derek Carroll; and Lanark City Treasurer, Donalee Yenney, come to offer support and congratulations to this new business. (RiverReader photo thanks to Rosemary Flikkema). LANARK — Broad Street Beautique celebrated its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this past Tuesday, October 16. The store at is 104 North Broad Street in Lanark, and is owned by Jennifer Leif, a Lanark resident....

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Possible Water Bill Increase, Plaque Dedication, New City Treasurer Sworn In at Lanark City Council Meeting

Lanark City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m. RIVERREADER.ORG STAFF Lanark — The meeting started out with Alderman Macomber motioning to approve the meeting minutes and bills payable from the meeting held on October 2, 2018. The motion was seconded by Alderman Grimm and was passed unanimously. No public comments were made. Don and Cathy Hart were recognized for their donation of a lot to the south of the City Hall building and Public Library. A $1 check was handed over by Alderman Van Matre, to officially meet the terms of the contract signed by the...

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Forreston Schools Under Soft Lockdown, Increased Security

October 18, 2018 After a threat was left in the boys’ restroom, at the school on Wednesday, and a note was sent home to parents around 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Forreston schools were in session today. Security has been increased, along with the Forreston Police Department and the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office being on site in the FJSHS building. The building has functioned under a soft lockdown all day today. The letter states that around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, spray paint was found in a boys’ bathroom, with a “general threat to school safety,” and subsequently reported to FJSHS Administration....

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Unchanged – Matches Record Low

September Payrolls Up in Most Industry Groups CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent in September and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,800 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The August job losses were revised upward from the preliminary report (from -5,200 jobs to -3,100 jobs). Job growth was flat during the July to September period (third quarter) posting an average monthly change of -100 jobs, significantly less than the prior 3-month average monthly gain of +9,200...

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School Resource Officer Contract Approved by City of Lanark, Eastland School Board

October 17, 2018 By Sarah Hanviriyapunt LANARK — At Tuesday’s Lanark City Council meeting on October 17, Mayor Ken Viglietta started a discussion regarding approving a contract agreement for hiring a School Resource Officer (SRO). Lanark’s Public Safety Director, Matt Magill, mentioned that the SROs are not just law enforcement support, but also support which connects the community, law enforcement to the students and the school, in general. Eastland’s Superintendent, Dr. Mark Hansen, was one of the driving forces to get the SRO program into the school. The SROs will be utilized at the Eastland Jr./Sr. High School in...

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Early Voting in Carroll County – Location and Times/Dates

Early voting is happening! Early Voting: Carroll County Clerk’s Office, until November 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 P.M. Monday – Friday. Carroll County Courthouse 301 N Main Street Mt Carroll, IL 61053   Temporary Early Voting with Grace Period Registration: Same location from October 10, 2018 thru November 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and also open Saturdays, October 27, 2018 and November 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Early Voting with Grace Period ON ELECTION DAY: To vote on election day, if you’re not already registered, the only location you will...

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Polo Marcos to Visit EPC Wildcatz, at Lanark

LANARK — The EPC Wildcatz are scheduled to host the Polo Marcos for a Varsity-only, non-conference game, this coming Friday, October 19. There will be no fresh-soph game. The game is to begin at 7 p.m. The Catz are undefeated, while the Marcos are currently 5-3, having lost to Milledgeville, River Ridge and Stockton. There are some big changes coming to the NUIC in 2019. Polo will no longer be in the NUIC Conference, joining the Warren football program by moving to the I8FB league to play 8-man football. Both schools are dealing with plummeting enrollment and low numbers of...

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A Day to Show our Gratitude to Our School Principals

Friday, October 26, 2018 has been set aside as Illinois Principals’ Day. This is a day to recognize these leaders at our local schools. The Illinois Principals’ Association has dedicated a page of their website to celebrating the critical roles of school principals; that page may be accessed at https://ilprincipals.org/about/principal-appreciation/. The demands put on school principals have been increasing, throughout the years, and have never been more challenging than they are today. Our principals serve and work alongside our childrens’ teachers, the paraprofessionals like social workers and special education staff who work with our kids, building staff like custodians, cafeteria...

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Waking Up to Go to the Bathroom Multiple Times Per Night? It’s Not Because You’re ‘Getting Old’

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know. A recent Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, endorsed by The Simon Foundation for Continence, National Association for Continence (NAFC) and the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), found that approximately one-third of them suffer from nocturia. Nocturia, which forces individuals to get up more than once per night...

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Six Champaign-Urbana Residents Diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports that six Illinois residents from Champaign County have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease since September 15, 2018.  Additional information about the residents, including their medical condition, is not available. Several locations are being investigated, including the First Christian Church, where patients may have participated in wedding activities. Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment.  Water containing Legionella bacteria can be aerosolized through cooling towers, showers, hot tubs, and decorative fountains, and can cause illness when inhaled.  Approximately 300 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported across Illinois each year.  It...

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Lila Atherton Ritchie

Lila Atherton Ritchie — June 20, 1929 – October 12, 2018 Lila Atherton Ritchie, Thomson native, died October 12, 2018 in Sun Lakes, Arizona.  Rites of cremation were accorded and a private interment will be in the family plot in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. A public Celebration of Life will be held later. Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, assisted with arrangements. Lila Jean Curley was born June 20, 1929, in Thomson, the daughter of Bonnie (Robertson) and Lynn Curley. She was a 1946 graduate of York Community High School, Thomson, and attended Western Illinois University.  She married John C. Atherton July 27,...

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The Amish Cook – Dorcas Maid the Rounds

By Dorcas Raber It is bright and early, and I feel cozy and blessed in a warm house, with a cup of coffee. There’s a nip in the air outside, autumn has finally arrived in southern Illinois. This is Gloria’s mom, by the way. I am filling in for her this week, but she will return next week. I was privileged to help out at three different homes this week, which is unusual for a grandma my age (50ish plus). Usually, it’s the young girls who would be needed for that amount of time as a maid (maud). (Editor’s...

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Cecilia Mary (Hawk) Zemke

Cecilia Mary (Hawk) Zemke —  June 22, 1930 – October 14, 2018 Cecilia Mary (Hawk) Zemke, age 88, took Jesus’ hand and went to her heavenly home on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Illinois. Cecilia was born June 22, 1930, in Thomson, Illinois, the daughter of William and Mary (Halfman) Hawk. She attended grade schools at Thomson, Oil Valley and Daggerts. Cecilia graduated from Chadwick High School in 1948 and went to work as a telephone operator for Middle States Telephone Company (now Century Link).  There she met the love of her life, Leo Zemke, who...

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USDA Partners to Help Rural Leaders Build Strategies to Achieve Prosperity

Oct. 16, 2018 Rural Economic Development Initiative Provides Opportunities for Rural Communities to Plan for the Future SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized four cooperative agreements to help rural communities create and implement economic development plans. “Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in enhancing quality of life and building economic opportunity in rural America,” Hazlett said. “Asset-based planning is an important tool to complement and leverage existing regional resources and create a foundation for...

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Eastland, West Carroll FFA Earn Top Awards at Dairy Foods Contest

The West Carroll Dairy Foods Team of Celia Hartman, Riley Getz, Kloey Ostendorf, Abbi Burns, and Adam Rath placed 2nd at the Section #1 FFA Dairy Foods Contest held October 15 at Lena-Winslow High School.  West Carroll had a team score of 505 in the event.  Placing individually in the top 10 for West Carroll were Abbi Burns and Celia Hartman who placed 3rd and 7th with scores of 173 and 170 points respectively.  The team score is computed by adding the 3 highest scores.  A Dairy Foods team takes a written test on the dairy industry, evaluates milk...

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Fire Destroys Polo Business

Polo — Dambman Lawn Mower Hospital was destroyed, Monday morning, in a fire that broke out just before 11 a.m. The fire on S. Congress Street is believed to have been accidental, but the Polo Fire Department says the cause of the fire is unknown. Thankfully, no one was hurt. After an investigation by the state fire marshal, it was determined that the fire was caused when an employee was working with a grinding machine. Sparks flew, and the building caught on fire as a result. Officials believe that the fire was accidental in nature. [Featured photo retrieved from https://www.wifr.com/content/news/Polo-lawnmower-store-fire-caused-by-accident-with-grinder-497628871.html, Copyright ©...

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Gary Lee Downs

Gary Lee Downs — May 6, 1943 – October 14, 2018 Gary Lee Downs, age 75 of Lanark, died Sunday, October 14, 2018 at his home. Gary was born on May 6, 1943 at his paternal grandparents’ home in Lanark, the son of Harlan L. and Mary L. (Endress) Downs. He was very active all his life as a Boy Scout. He served his country in the National Guard. He previously was an active member of the First Brethren Church in Lanark. Gary married Jerry (Gillette) Kaiser of Freeport on August 21, 1996. He joined Harvest Time Bible Church of Rock...

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William C. White, Sr.

William C. White, Sr. William C. White, Sr., 76, of Freeport, died Friday October 12, 2018 at Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport. He was born July 1, 1942 in Savanna, IL, the son of Harvey and Helen (Veme) White. William married Norma Hoover May 2, 1964 in Lanark, IL. William worked at Kelly Springfield Tire Company. He coached Freeport Little League and was a Cub Scouts Leader for many years. William is survived by his wife of 54 years, Norma White of Freeport, IL; two sons, Brad White and William White, Jr. both of Freeport; brother, Lester (Lorene) White...

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Anita L. Fox

Anita L. Fox Anita of Riverside, CA and Villa Park, IL passed away October 11, 2018. Anita was born November 30th, 1966 in Freeport, IL. Anita was Baptized and Confirmed in faith at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll, IL. Anita grew up in IL, attending kindergarten through High School in Lanark. She earned a BS in Psychology from Bradley University. Then she earned a teaching credential in Special Education from Western Illinois University. Anita then taught Special Education for ten years at Montmorency Elementary School in Rock Falls, IL. Starting in 2001, Anita taught Special Education for Corona Norco...

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Lanark Fire and Ambulance Open House and Fire Truck Rides Thrills Kids

Featured photo, above: Guests line up to ride one of Lanark Fire and Ambulance’s Fire Trucks. Assisting them are LFD volunteers, left to right, David Hill, Matt Lara, and on the ground in the Chicago Bears hat is Jason Earnest. (RiverReader photo/Robert Hanviriyapunt) RiverReader went to see how the Lanark Fire and Ambulance Open House and Fire Truck Rides were going, a little earlier today. We saw lots of big smiles and spoke to some really happy kids! Here’s a video with some photos, and a great interview with Zoey Farwell, daughter of Mike and Vanessa Farwell, of Lanark. Thank...

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Legacies of Savanna II to Bring History to Life

“Legacies of Savanna II” will be presented on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main Street in Savanna. November 4th is a special day in Savanna. It is the 190th anniversary of the founding of Savanna. First person presenters will portray 6 of Savanna’s former citizens: • Luther Bowen, said to have been one of Savanna’s most enterprising and influential citizens, • Joseph Withhart, established what would be 4 generations in the meat cutting/butcher shop business, • Charlie Jenks, instrumental in building the original Savanna Sabula Bridge, • Svea Adolphson, a highly respected...

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EPC Wildcatz and Dakota Indians Face Off

Friday, October 12, 2018 This game had a lot of people guessing as to who would come out on top, as both teams have proven to be excellent competition to each team they have competed with this season. Only time would tell who would prove to be the stronger team. Eastland and Dakota faced off in a chilly game, tonight. There was no score at all in the 1st quarter, as both teams held the other off. The Indians were right on top of things, while the Wildcatz took a while to “wake up,” or so it seemed. Dakota...

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Carroll-Lee-Whiteside U of I Extension Fall 2018 Calendar of Events

• Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop Next Date Oct 16-10:30-noon- Rock River Center, Oregon Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. We will be offering this program at the Rock River Center, 810 S 10th St, Oregon, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitnessoregon • Beginner Sewing SPIN Club, Tuesday’s-...

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Mon 22

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
Mon 29

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

October 29 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 29

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

October 29 @ 7:00 pm

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