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Timber Lake Playhouse to hold youth and local auditions

MOUNT CARROLL — TLP is casting TWO children (unpaid) for MARY POPPINS; TWO to THREE ADULT ACTORS (paid) for lead roles in AH, WILDERNESS!; ONE boy approximately 12 years old (unpaid) for AH, WILDERNESS!; FIVE TO EIGHT children and/or teens (unpaid) for CAROUSEL; Up to FIVE ADULTS (unpaid) for the ensemble of CAROUSEL; and Teens (unpaid) for an all-youth production of GREASE. AUDITIONS FOR ALL FOR OF THESE PRODUCTIONS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 25 in MOUNT CARROLL. To register for auditions: Please review dates, audition preparation and time requirements for productions (BELOW) Be sure you are available for auditions Email info@timberlakeplayhouse.org with the subject line: “Local Auditions.” Please include the full name of the person auditioning, parent or guardian names if under 18, and WHICH PRODUCTIONS THEY WILL BE AUDITIONING FOR. You will receive a reply with an appointment time to come in on the 25th. The reply will also the audition location and any additional information you’ll need for the auditions. MARY POPPINS Casting: Jane and Michael Banks (Ages 9 – teens 5’0″ and under); seeking outgoing young people who are strong singers. Performers must all prepare a song to sing with an accompanist (no more than 32 bars). Songs in the style of the show are encouraged. Must be available for all scheduled rehearsals and performances. (see below) Rehearsals Friday, May 19: 4:30 p.m. – 10...

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State Representative Brian W. Stewart

We all know that Illinois is in a state of turmoil.  We’ve been guilty of kicking the can down the road one too many times, and for decades we have been neglecting our pension payment obligations.  I’ll be the first to say that I don’t envy the Governor’s current position. This past week Governor Rauner gave his annual budget address.  In his speech, the Governor laid out his spending plan for the next fiscal year.  Some of his numbers relied on the State Senate to continue negotiations in an attempt to fill a budget gap, and the rest relied...

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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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Mon 25

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

February 25 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 25

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

February 25 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 25

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

February 25 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 04

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

March 4 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 04

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

March 4 @ 7:00 pm

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