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Author: Tom Kocal

4-H Rabbit SPIN Club learns from experienced Rabbit Fanciers

KEWANEE — From pets and 4-H projects to terrific sources of wool, meat and manure, backyard rabbits make a fun, easy project that fulfills a variety of needs. The Carroll County 4-H Rabbit SPIN Club had the opportunity to observe an official rabbit show, learn about rabbit breeds, talk one-on-one with experienced exhibitors and the best part – buy rabbits. The group attended the Rabbit Show on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Blackhawk College in Kewanee. “Join the fun with fuzzy bunny rabbits!” said Leanne Rahn, 4-H and Youth Program Coordinator at the University of Illinois Extension in Mount Carroll. “The...

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Heart of the Matter . . . Wine vs. Whine

Quit yer whinin’ and make some wine! BY TOM KOCAL Publisher, RiverReader.org It’s been a rough few months, before and after the November election. Political discourse has always been a Great American pastime, but this election cycle has been particularly trying. Even among friends who disagreed on who to vote for, the dialogue has been tense, and sometimes, quite vitriolic. So I decided to take action. No more antagonizing, no more whining about a silly thing like politics. I decided to convert my whining energy into making wine, so that future discussions would be with a glass of wine...

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A balanced Illinois budget with no tax increases?

Illinois’ budget impasse A way to a balanced budget with no tax increases The Illinois Policy Institute’s solution to the budget impasse features comprehensive property tax reform, constitutional pension reform, spending reform and reduced government waste. RiverReader staff report SPRINGFIELD – If there’s one message many Illinois politicians and civic groups want taxpayers to hear this budget season, it’s that there’s no fixing Illinois’ fiscal and economic mess without a multibillion-dollar tax hike. Tax-hike proponents also want residents to believe the Illinois General Assembly has already passed all the structural reforms it can, and the only thing left to do now is to hike taxes by $7 billion to $9 billion – and that will fix everything. But that narrative is false. The General Assembly has done nothing to stop Illinois’ downward spiral. Remember the last income tax increase during the Quinn Administration that was supposed to pay state bills on time and reduce the deficit? The Illinois Policy Institute introduced a budget reform plan that balances the state budget and closes Illinois’ projected $7.1 billion budget deficit without a tax increase. The plan offers struggling homeowners property tax relief, and reforms pensions in a way that complies with the Illinois Constitution. “Politicians have not earned the right to ask Illinoisans for more money,” Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman said. “Our plan, unlike every other budget plan being...

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4-H Forecast

4-H Forecast BY LEANNE RAHN Carroll County 4-H and Youth Program Coordinator MOUNT CARROLL — University of Illinois Extension is committed to providing residents in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties with high quality education services and programs focusing on agriculture, parenting, community and economic development, horticulture and youth development. To learn more about any of the following programs, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/ or call 815-632-3611; or e-mail Leanne Rahn at lrahn@illinois.edu or call the Carroll Co. University of Illinois Extension at 815-244-9444. Driving Drafts – No License Required SPIN Club Youth 8-18 years old by Sept. 1, 2016 are welcome to join the Driving Drafts SPIN Club sponsored by the Carroll Co. 4-H.  Participants will learn about draft horses and their uses, and learn how to ground drive. The club will meet Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to noon on March 4, April 8, May 13; and Mondays 5:30 to 8 p.m. on June 5, 19, July 3, 17 and 31. Location for most meetings will be 9822 Mill Road in Mount Carroll. Draft horses will be provided, so you do not need to own a horse to attend. No cost for current 4-H members to attend, $20 for non-4-H members. The club may also take possible field trips to draft horse shows or farms. A parent or guardian must attend the first meeting. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes such as cowboy...

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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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