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Author: Tom Kocal

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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Mon 20

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

January 20 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 20

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

January 20 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 20

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

January 20 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 27

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

January 27 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 27

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

January 27 @ 7:00 pm

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