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Author: Tom Kocal

Ethics Violation In 89th District Race

Documents Show Friends of Nick Hyde Campaign Committee Officials Using Taxpayer Resources for Campaign Work on Government Time RiverReader Staff report GALENA — Public documents show that on 12 separate occasions, during taxpayer funded working hours, Mary Beth Hyde, the elected Galena City Clerk who also serves as campaign treasurer for Nick Hyde, Democrat candidate for state representative in the 89th district, used city owned equipment and public resources paid for by taxpayers to send and receive partisan campaign communications in violation of state law. “For the Nick Hyde campaign to be so blatant in their disregard for State...

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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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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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‘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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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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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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Thomson Considers IMRF Participation

Funding The Pension Program May Require A Public Hearing To Levy The Tax BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org THOMSON — The Thomson Village Board continued to discuss the village’s possible participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund at the board’s regular meeting on June 11. Village President Vicky Trager said she’d reviewed Illinois pension reports, which gave her information about how a municipality would elect to participate in the Fund, how to do an ordinance on this matter, and how to do a related tax levy and other issues. She said it seemed that it was not necessary to...

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Letter to the Editor

An Ounce of Prevention . . . I am forced by repetition to correct and comment on the photo op Congresswoman Cheri Bustos keeps driving home with her opioids treatment initiatives. As usual, Cheri skims the surface just long enough to grab a headline devoid of depth or insight — just enough to gloss over the problem while creating the illusion she is doing something about a problem, which continues to blaze away. A five-minute conversation with any Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) agent will tell you that the problem is not just opioids/heroin, but crystal meth, fentanyl and marijuana. I have traveled the 6,933 square miles of the 17th District and spoken with rural law enforcement officials, and what they tell me is that meth is a much larger problem for them than opioids, and further, the problem of hazardous waste meth labs has virtually disappeared. This is because all these drugs, save heroin, are coming directly from Mexico by highly organized criminal terrorist organizations operating from just across our border, at least according to the MEG agents I’ve spoken with. Further, opioid/heroin/fentanyl vs. meth abuse are very different in their impact and treatment. Opioid users are generally passive, watch TV, sleep and steal from friends and family. Meth addicts, on the other hand, will remain awake for 60 hours or more and are continually preoccupied with sexual perversion...

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Anderson Named AFFI Legislator of the Year

Recognized For His Legislative Support For Illinois Fire Fighters RiverReader staff report MOLINE — State Sen. Neil Anderson, R-36, received the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) Legislator of the Year award June 14. Anderson is also a fire fighter for the City of Moline. “Senator Anderson has been nothing less than spectacular as not only a supporter of legislation that helps fire fighters, but an advocate for our legislation,” said Chuck Sullivan, Legislative Representative for the AFFI. “He has the ability to explain complex issues to his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and has first-hand knowledge...

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ a Real Treat

Belle (Anna Catherine Smith) and the Beast (Ben Danielowski) share a moment onstage in Timber Lake Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast running through Sunday, June 17. (Courtesy of TLP) A REVIEW BY LYNNETTE FORTH For RiverReader.org If you are looking for music, dancing, and magical enchantment, then you must treat yourself to the amazing performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Timber Lake Playhouse. The 57th season opener features elegant costumes, flashy dance moves, and entertainment for all ages. The stars of the show “Belle” and “The Beast” are performed by Anna Catherine Smith and...

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Chadwick Hosts Bike Safety Rodeo

RiverReader.org staff report CHADWICK — A bicycle safety rodeo and railroad safety class is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 30 at the Chadwick Elementary School, 19 School St. “Please bring your own bicycle,” said Chadwick Police Chief Randy Craft. “This event is hosted by the Chadwick Police Department and partnered with the Safe Kids Winnebago County Coalition. There will be bicycle-related give away items, refreshments and fun things to do.” Children ages 5 on up are welcome. There will be a limited number of give away items such as bicycle headlights, bicycle water bottles and bicycle...

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Meet Your State Representative

Rep. Tony McCombie Announces June Traveling Office Hours SAVANNA — State Representative Tony McCombie, IL-71st, announced traveling office hours in four towns in the 71st District in June. If you live in the area and have concerns, suggestions or problems related to state government, residents are encouraged to stop by and talk with Representative McCombie or a member of her staff. – Rapids City Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, June 13, 1204 4th Ave., Rapids City – Coal Valley City Hall, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 900 1st St., Coal...

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Northwest Illinois Daily Drawing Winners

May 2018 . . . Daily cash prizes between $50 and $250 are awarded for 365 days from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018 to those donating for a ticket. A ticket can win multiple times throughout the year. Twelve organizations and five additional subcontracting organizations from JoDaviess, Carroll and Stephenson County sponsor the Northwest Illinois Daily Drawing, a cooperative fundraiser. Sponsoring organizations include: Caring Community of Elizabeth, East Dubuque Music Boosters, Freeport Dance Team, Galena Music Boosters, Hanover Alumni Association, Lena-Winslow Education Foundation, Pearl City Athletic Boosters, River Ridge Education Association, Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River...

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Freedom Isn’t Free

Savanna Citizens And Veterans Celebrate Memorial Day 2018 BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — Korean War Veteran Curtis Pilgrim addressed an attentive and appreciate crowd at Savanna’s Memorial Day 2018 observance held May 28 at the Primary School in Savanna. He noted the scale of the sacrifice of the American soldier. “For 243 years . . . Americans have sacrificed their lives in some 83 wars. Most of the casualties occurred in the dozen or so major wars but that does not lessen the sacrifice of those killed in the numerous and mostly forgotten minor expeditions in the...

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Hoffmans Combat Rare Disease

Family Plans Craft/Vendor Fair, And Proceeds Will Help The Effort BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org MOUNT CARROLL — For many, a craft and vendor fair is an opportunity to have fun, find some neat gift ideas and just explore the handiwork of those in their community. But for Ryan Hoffman and his family, it’s a chance to fight back against a life changing disease. To help combat the disease and raise money for research and public information, Ryan’s fiancée, Liandra Baltierra, has organized a craft and vendor show, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday,...

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Workation 2018 Starts Monday

Organizers Say, ‘Help Us Help You’ — Can Handle 10-12 More Jobs RiverReader.org Staff Report LANARK — With nearly 60 volunteers ready to take a “workation” in Lanark, the third edition of the popular week-long project is ready to start at 7:15 a.m. on Monday morning, June 4, at the First Brethren Church. The church’s neighbors-helping-neighbors program has quickly become the largest community service project the congregation has undertaken in its 130-year history. Last year, volunteers from six local congregations also participated in completing 52 projects. With this year’s 58 volunteers (so far) nearly doubling the 2017 volunteer count,...

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‘Workation’ Volunteers Ready To Work For You

LANARK — After two successful years of helping people in their own backyard, and receiving state-wide recognition, the Lanark First Brethren Church and City of Lanark volunteers are ready to do it again. They need your help by suggesting people and projects that may need assistance for Workation 2018, to be held June 4 to 9. “That week has been proclaimed as the first official Lanark Community Service Week by the Lanark City Council, the week of Workation 2018,” said Floyd Roberts, a member of the Lanark Brethren Church that conceived of the project in 2015. “It’s also an...

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Brumbaugh Says Good-bye

Outgoing West Carroll Superintendent Will Miss ‘The Thunder Way’ BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org MOUNT CARROLL — Outgoing West Carroll District Superintendent Adam Brumbaugh bid farewell to the school board and community at the board’s May 16 regular meeting, his last as superintendent. “Thanks to the school board and to the community,” Brumbaugh said, “for taking a chance on me as a high school principal and a superintendent. I’ll miss West Carroll and doing things the Thunder Way.” Brumbaugh departs after two years as district superintendent, following two years as West Carroll High School Principal. He will be replaced...

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JCE Plans Solar Energy Project Near Thomson

The Single Axis Facility Could Be ‘Very Exciting Economically’ For The Area BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org THOMSON — Mike Casper, the CEO of Jo-Carroll Energy, addressed the Thomson Village board at its regular May 14 meeting, informing them a solar energy project in Thomson is one of several that Dairyland Power has recently announced. Dairyland is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that provides wholesale power to 24 member distribution electric cooperatives, including Jo-Carroll Energy. Casper said the solar site will be a 10-acre parcel of land south of the Danisco plant near Thomson. SoCore Energy will own and install...

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Lanark Entrepreneur Cruises Like A Boss With Avon

Lanark’s Ann Knutti And Avon Representatives Across The Country Turn High-Sales Into The High Seas With An All-Inclusive Cruise Incentive RiverReader.org Staff report NEW YORK — Local businesswoman, Ann Knutti from Lanark, has earned an all-inclusive trip to Bermuda with Avon’s ‘Cruise Like a Boss’ incentive program for Avon Representatives across the country. Each year, thousands of Representatives rally to earn this highly-coveted grand prize, and this year Avon was pleased to welcome over 350 Representatives to set sail on the Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship from April 28 to May 3. “Our Avon Representatives inspire...

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Timber Lake Playhouse Hosts Open House

Two ‘Concert Series’ Events Coming May 25 and June 2  MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse, the premier professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, will host an Open House from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning, May 26. Tours of the theatre, the shops, rehearsal space, the barn and the newly acquired Coach House will be given by members of the TLP Board and TLP Staff. Tour the backstage area, see how scenery and costumes are built, walk the new nature trails throughout the TLP property and see how the TLP staff lives. You’ll have the opportunity to...

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West Carroll Class Of 2018 Commencement

83 Graduating Seniors Receive Their Diplomas On Saturday, May 12  RiverReader.org Photos/Michael Miller West Carroll Superintendent Adam Brumbaugh speaks to the graduating Class of 2018, coincidentally both the first West Carroll graduating class to have spent all 13 school years together, and also the class that were freshman when Brumbaugh began his first year at West Carroll as High School Principal. He told the graduates to remember that around 95 percent of life would more than likely be “waiting” time (time spent getting to your goals), with about 5 percent “wow” time (time enjoying your achieved goals). He urged...

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Lanark Library Hosts Mary Todd Lincoln

Award-Winning Actress Laura Keyes Presents ‘Mrs. Lincoln goes to Washington City’ RiverReader.org Staff Report LANARK — Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies, but few people know her story. Now, actress Laura Keyes shares Mary’s story in an entertaining and educational program entitled “Mrs. Lincoln goes to Washington City.” Keyes will be delighting audiences with her presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the Lanark Public Library, 111 S. Broad St. in Downtown Lanark. The presentation focusing on the Lincoln’s first trip to Washington City will be set in October 1847. Explore Mary’s vast knowledge...

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IAC Grant Provides Apprenticeships for TLP Teens

RiverReader.org Staff Report MOUNT CARROLL – The Illinois Arts Council has awarded Timber Lake Playhouse a grant to create a paid apprentice program for area teens interested in pursuing careers in the theatre arts. TLP is accepting applications for the apprenticeship program through May 20. Timber Lake Playhouse, operating in its 57th season, hires performers, directors and designers from around the country each year. The apprentice program is designed to immerse pre-college teens from Northwest Illinois in all aspects of professional theatre production. Rather than volunteering time, the grant provides an hourly pay rate comparable to other summer work....

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Fixing Savanna Fire Dept. Floor Crack

Marquette Park Area To Be A Greenspace For Savanna BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — The Savanna City Council approved waiving the traditional bidding process for the work to remediate the cracked floor of the fire department. The large crack and buckling developed this winter and has continued to worsen. At the last April council meeting, five members voted “aye” on this measure, and one “nay,” but with two members absent, they failed to achieve the necessary 2/3 vote to move forward. Now, Rockafellow Construction was given the go ahead to begin work on this project. The City...

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Senate Passes Legislation Legalizing CBD Oil

Sen. Neil Anderson’s Bill Recognizes CBD Oil For Its Positive Therapeutic Effects; Growing Industrial Hemp Also Approved RiverReader.org Staff Report SPRINGFIELD — Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD oil, would become legal in Illinois, under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson and passed unanimously by the Senate April 25. The oil is becoming more popular in helping people manage pain and epileptic seizures. “CBD oil has been proven to help with a lot of different ailments,” Anderson said. “It’s extracted from the male hemp plant – not the female plant. The female plant has high amounts of THC, the...

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Illinois House Approves 2 McCombie Co-Sponsored Initiatives

HB 5749 increases farm truck weight limits and HB 4771 provides critical consumer protections to the long-term care application process RiverReader.org Staff report Springfield, IL – Rep. McCombie’s co-sponsored initiatives, HB 5749, increases farm truck weight limits and HB 4771, provides critical consumer protections to the long-term care application process, both passed nearly unanimously with broad bipartisan support. House Bill 5749 (Phelps Finnie-118) increases haul weight by 10 percent for farm trucks. This change is needed to reduce competitive disadvantages for farmers hauling harvests to storage silos in Illinois. Surrounding states have higher weight limits and this bill will...

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Preston Commits to Kishwaukee

Shelbie Preston, a senior at Eastland High School and member of the volleyball team, with her parents Scott and Dawn Preston of Lanark, as she commits to play volleyball for the Kishwaukee College Kougars on Wednesday, May 2. Shelbie said she has been playing volleyball since she was 10 years old, and looks forward to the challenge of developing a winning program at Kishwaukee. Kishwaukee College, located in Malta, is a member of the NJCAA, and competes in the Arrowhead Athletic Conference, and Region IV of the NJCAA. The college strives to develop student athletes to pursue excellence intellectually,...

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