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‘I Am From’

I am through the love of my family. I am through my mom and my dad, my loving grandparents, who shared all that they had. I am from backyard barbecues, just a call and you flew, and family togetherness is all that we knew. I am from homemade soups and chilies, homemade creams, sauces, and stews, and a smack to my loving brothers hand when he’d steal my food. I am from Cuban music, blaring subwoofers always sounded like jazz. added to the silhouette of my parents dancing, all the fun that we had. I am from heavenly dinners...

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Allegiance Trio: Harmony in Voice, Harmony in Spirit

Christian Group on Shannon’s Homecoming Stage at 6:30 pm on Sunday, Sept. 3 ALLEGIANCE TRIO is a Christian music group from Nashville, Tennessee, with roots deep in the church. Their goal is to combine their voices in harmony to reach everyone with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone outside of the walls of the church and inside need to rest in the assurance of the Gospel, and Allegiance Trio strives to sing and play to encourage them in that direction. This band of vocalists include Jake Sammons, singer, songwriter, and guitarist; Kasey Kemp, singer, ordained minister, pianist and trumpeter;...

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Fun Faux News: Giant Marshmallow Harvest is Huge

Just in Time for Summer S’Mores! BY CANDY WHITEBAG For RiverReader.org LANARK — With summer in full swing, campers everywhere watch the giant marshmallow harvest reports with a keen eye. This year, there is no need to despair: the marshmallows are huge and awesome. Just after the monstrous soft, white sweet-stuff is rolled in from the fields, farmers line them up to dry, ready to be shipped to the marshmallow manufacturers. Gerry Mander, spokesman for the International Marshmallows Industry, said the Midwest harvest is one of the best in recent years. “This is sweet news for our farm partners,...

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HCC Royal Scots vocal jazz ensemble presents ‘Cabaret Night’

FREEPORT — The Highland Community College Royal Scots vocal jazz ensemble will present a program of contemporary popular music, jazz standards and songs from the “Great American Songbook” in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28 in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center. Selections will include the music of Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Burt Bachrach, the Pentatonix and numerous other composers. The talented ensemble of eight vocalists will be supported by members of the “Cannova’s House Band,” including Patrick Beckman, John Hartman, Rick Andrews and Jon Watson. Elvert Williams will be the special guest for the evening of music. Songs performed during Cabaret Night include, “Take the A-Train,” “This Joint is Jumpin,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “In My Life,” “Take Me Home,” “The Look of Love,” ‘What a Wonderful World,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” selections from the musical “Hamilton” and more. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students and can be purchased through the Highland website or by calling the box office at 815-599-3718. There is a $2 service fee for each ticket...

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The Girl on a Train

By Sarah Hanviriyapunt I will start out by telling you, right off the bat, that I read this book, and enjoyed it a great deal. It was a real page-turner, in my opinion. Many folks watching this movie, however, haven’t read the book, and that’s fine. I had no idea it was even being made into a movie, when it had been in theaters for over a week. That shows how well I follow Hollywood (which isn’t very well). That being said, when I found out that it had been made into a movie, my excitement was practically uncontainable. As I watched the...

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Sat 25

Shop Small Business Saturday

November 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mon 27

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

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

Learn How to Write Your Life Story

November 27 @ 2:00 pm
Mon 27

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

November 27 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 27

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

November 27 @ 8:00 pm

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