Schuler Motors, Inc. 727 West Lincolnway Morrison, IL. Held their Open House,
Saturday November 30th., from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Highway! America’s First Transcontinental Highway that connected the nation and helped build America! They’re also launching the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the The Dodge Brothers Automobiles and the 65th Anniversary of the Schuler Family selling and servicing vehicles in one of the greatest cities in the nation! P.S. In celebration if Mark’s 60th Birthday. Happy Birthday Mark Schuler. (PA Photo/Andrew Williamson)
Thumbs Up Winners
Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Week 7 Thumbs Up Winners! From L to R, front row are: Hannah Foster, Layney Daugherty, Tucker Anderson, Loren Meiners; and back row: Holley Frederick, Rylan Shenefelt, Caley Munz, and Justin Alagodi.
Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Week 8 Thumbs Up Winners. From left to right in the front row are: Kendra Kingsby, MaKayla Hartson, Abbygail Branscomb, Freya Diss; and back row: Bryce McKenna, Eric Ebersole, Kylee Jensen, Ainsley Yingling.
Lamoille Poffenberger of the Lanark American Legion and VFW presented Cathy Andersen of the Eastland Council of Churches a check for $200.00 from the profits of the Mess Hall, to be used for food and clothing for the needy of the area. (Courtesy of AL/VFW)
What a great night for the Lanark Scout’s Food Drive. A huge shout out to the community - your generous donations will help many local families. We filled many cars and a truck! Lanark Cub Scout Pack 61: Carson and Cooper Taylor, Daniel Derrer, Gavin Sigel, Matthew Ifert, Jalen Keim, Kayden and Shelby Homan. Lanark Girl Scout Troop 5055 includes Natalie Reifsteck, Katlyn Spong, Vanessa Guerrero, Angeline Pontnack, Kenadi Kappes and not in photo Madison Warner. (Courtesy of Katie Reifsteck)
Junior Stewards of the Upper Mississippi Fish And Wildlife Refuge
On Saturday, November 5th, Brennon Cavanagh, (L) and Jacob McLuckie, both from Savanna, joined the Junior Stewards of the Upper Mississippi Fish And Wildlife Refuge on a trip to Spring Lake to study waterfowl. They looked at ducks, geese, and swans. They marked down the types of birds they saw. Later, they took a trip to the pond near the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center to try to find different species. In the end, they found several species of birds that live near water. (Article written by Brennon Cavanagh, 5th grade Savanna, IL. (Photo courtesy of Pam Steinhaus, UMRNWFR)
Family Reading Night in Milledgeville
Milledgeville Elementary hosted a Family Reading Night on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The parents joined their little missiles in an hour of family reading fun. The little missiles came dressed in their pajamas, with their favorite books and blanket. They read with their parents, listened to books read aloud by volunteer teachers, colored bookmarks, and enjoyed a snack. Each child who attended received a free book and bookmark.
From left to right, front row: Lili Drinkall, June Drinkall, Kennedy Livengood, Loren Meiners, BreyLynn Munz, SkyeAnn Munz, Sarah Frint, Lyla Anderson , Jamie Frint, Kylee Jensen, Kayden Knutti, Alex Chaffee.
Back row: Anna Surdez, Kloey Dowse, Izzy Pena, Khrystiyan Dunn, Cameron Mickelson, Karter Livengood, August Martz, Miley Arnold, Zoey Farwell, Emma Arnold, Ellie Arnold, Tyson Helfrich, Micah Toms-Smith, Rylan Shenefelt, Aiden Barkley, Lucius Braunstein
Pearl City High School Servant Leaders
West Carroll FFA group participating at Section 1 Agronomy CDE.
Pearl City High School Servant Leaders (l to r) Libby Peterson, Brooke Keltner, Greta Heimerdinger, Emma Wingert, Mariah Visel, and Maija Mattson) sponsored a week long collection of canned and non-perishable goods.
The Morrison Community Hospital Auxiliary donated items to the hospital including a portable storage cart that will be used for transporting medical supplies from bed to bed in the medical/surgical area. Receiving the donation on behalf of the hospital were employees Lori Stage and Trish Kennedy. Pictured below from left to right are Flora Stralow, Lori, Carol Planthauber, Karen Price and Trish. Flora, Carol and Karen were representing the Auxiliary.
The Morrison Community Hospital Auxiliary donated were kitchen items including a heat lamp, deep fryer and beverage dispensers. Flora, Carol and Karen are pictured in front of the beverage dispensers presenting them to Dody Ogburn, Dietary Director, 3rd from left. All of the staff at Morrison Community Hospital are so grateful for the benevolence of the Auxiliary. The revenues generated from annual fundraisers are used to fund items such as these. We thank the community for supporting the Scrub Sale, Jewelry Sale, and Book Sale. We also invite the public to attend our annual Donated Treasures/Bake Sale on Friday, December 13 from 8:00-1:00. Donations (excluding clothes) and baked goods are also welcome
Dr. Dinkha of the Morrison Community Hospital recently lost his father. The staff purchased two Isabel Bloom statues for him to remember his father. The first is an angel and the second is a father holding his son. Dr. Dinkha mentioned that he was almost overwhelmed with the support he has received from the hospital but also the entire community. He was so thankful for cards, emails and text messages from the Whiteside County Sheriffs office, the Morrison Police Department and many, many others. He said that he considers Morrison his home and the residents are his family. Thank you so much Dr. Dinkha and we certainly support you as you grieve the loss of your dad.
NIFA Election of Officers and Planning Meeting
The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA) will hold a planning meeting Tuesday, December 10th, 7:00 PM, at the Stockton Public Library, 140 W. Benton Ave., in Stockton. NIFA members and the general public are encouraged to attend. Everyone is asked to bring thoughts and ideas for tours, speakers, and activities for the 2014 Agenda. The annual election of officers will also be held. Suggestions for officer and director candidates may be emailed to Tom Arnold at email@example.com or call 815-858-2407.
To reach the Stockton Library, take Main St. (Hwy 78) through Stockton to the north edge of the downtown business district. Turn west on W. Benton Ave. between Bauer’s Insurance and The Corner Tap. The Library is on the southeast corner at the end of the first block.
Volunteer Hospice Appeal On Its Way
Have you been looking for the annual appeal that Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois sends out each fall? Well, it is on it’s way. As Volunteer Hospice marked it’s thirtieth year of service to the tri-county area of Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Carroll Counties this year, time flew and the mailing of their annual appeal for funds was delayed. We are happy to say that you should be receiving your envelope in the mail shortly. This year the office has decided to place their appeal in some local papers as inserts to cover more households. So if you have not previously seen our self-contained mailer, printed in blue ink, please look for it this year as an insert in The Flash, the Prairie Advocate News and the Freeport Shopping News. This mailer opens up to reveal information about our hospice along with an envelope which can be detached and mailed back to the office with your generous support check.
We appreciate the continued support from the area that we serve as we continue to operate with no funding from any federal, state or local tax dollars. We rely solely on donations from individuals and organizations who believe in our mission. Please look for this mailer in your mailbox or local newspaper in the next month and consider supporting us with your generous donation. All donations are tax deductible.
Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois, Inc. is a volunteer, community based agency providing compassionate care, support and education to families dealing with life limiting illness and loss since 1983. If you have any questions about our organization or the services that we offer, please feel free to contact at (815) 947-3260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENF Announces Webcams on Website
The Eagle Nature Foundation (ENF) is proud to announce a new section on its web site, eaglenature.com that allows viewers to see more than 10 different bald eagle webcams from across the nation, from Maine to Florida to Iowa to California. There are also two different very beautiful videos of bald eagles that people can watch on their own computers. Both of these sections can be found under the “Related Sites” on the home page of the ENF website.
Most of the webcams are from cameras which are mounted close to bald eagle nests. Because bald eagles nest at various times of the year in different parts of the country, there is nesting activity to be seen at one site or another for about 9 months of the year. Some sites show the eagles bringing in sticks, grass and moss to their nests while others will show the bald eagles laying eggs and incubating these eggs for 5 weeks, and then for 13 after the eggs hatch, the adults will be seen feeding the young. Once the eggs are laid there will be activity at that nest for at least 4 1/2 months. There is something exciting happening on most of the cams every day.
Some of the cams which ENF had featured on the web site in past years are no longer in use. Perhaps the nest was blown out of the tree, or the adults were killed, or the young died for some reason and the adults never came back to the nest again, or the sponsoring organization lost its needed funding. Adults and children looking at and weekly checking these webcams will gain a real awareness of the bald eagle and the survival problems the species is facing as a population. A year ago only 40% of the webcam nests were able to successfully fledge young eagles. After fledging some of the young were killed by electrocution, such as the two Decorah eaglets.
Protect Your Family Pet from Top Holiday Hazards
As the festive cheer of Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas is just around the corner, families and individuals must give extra special attention to issues that can affect the safety and health of their pets.
Preventative steps taken now will allow you and your pets to have a wonderful holiday season without an emergency visit to your veterinarian. The following areas represent hazards which pet owners can protect their pets from in advance.
Ingestion of Bones from turkey, ham, lamb, etc. can be dangerous. Certain bones, especially those that are small enough, can pass uneventfully through the intestinal tract. However, if a bone is too large or too sharp, significant damage can occur to the intestinal tract and possibly require surgery. If you know your pet ingested any bone, promptly contact your veterinarian.
Chocolate and Baked Goods (DOGS) Some chocolate is tolerable in moderation; however, the darker chocolate and baking chocolates are more toxic. The degree of toxicity is a function of the amount ingested and size of your dog. Artificial sweetener containing xylitol, which is often found in candies and baked goods, can be very toxic to dogs.
Guests Feeding Your Pet foods can cause significant illness, especially in larger quantities. Your pet may also gain exposure to alcoholic beverages and ingest more than their share. If you have any concerns about what your pet ingested, check with your veterinarian. When guests are in your home, you should confine or monitor your pets closely, especially curious dogs.
Holiday Plants are beautiful in your home, but no so good for your pets. Poinsettias are fairly safe, though can cause intestinal irritation. Mistletoe can be toxic and become life-threatening. Lilies can be extremely toxic and deadly to cats; do not allow exposure. Holly can be toxic, but not typically life-threatening. Please call your veterinarian for advice, if you pet ingests any portion of these plants.
Christmas Trees and Decorations can pose many hazards for dogs and cats, including: 1. Tinsel, garland, and packing Styrofoam can be dangerous if ingested; 2. Ornaments if ingested can cause damage to the stomach and intestines because of the broken glass fiberglass fragments; 3. A tree falling over can injure your pet; secure your tree; 4. Pine needles ingestion can lead to intestinal irritation, or even an intestinal obstruction; and 5. Lights can be dangerous due to electrocution if your pet chews through cords.
Ribbons are dangerous if ingested by both dogs and cats. They can cause an intestinal obstruction, and even severe damage to the intestines, which can become life threatening.
Ice Melts and Anti-freeze: Ice melts can cause damage to the footpads of your pet. Anti-freeze can be toxic at low levels and can become life threatening very quickly. Ice melts and anti-freeze are available in pet friendly formulas.
Liquid Potpourri and Burning Candles pose a fire risk, as well as risk of injury from the hot liquid. If ingested liquid potpourri can cause severe ulceration of the mouth and esophagus; early treatment is crucial.
Toys with Small Objects can be ingested by both dogs and cats, causing intestinal obstruction, which can require surgery. Early intervention can often prevent surgery if you know your pet ate something.
As noted by Chicago Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. Alexis Newman, “The holidays can be as much fun for pets as for their families. However, it is important to monitor your pets since any of the mentioned concerns can become life-threatening. If you have any questions regarding what is safe for your pet, it is important to consult with your veterinarian.
2013 Farmer’s Tax Guide Now Available
The Internal Revenue Service Farmer’s Tax Guide is now available for use in preparing 2013 tax returns.
“This guide is for anyone in the business of farming,” said Michael Devine, IRS spokesman in St. Louis. “If you cultivate, operate or manage a farm as an owner or tenant, you should download this publication from IRS.gov.”
The guide includes annual updates about new laws or regulations. It details the benefits of keeping records, what kinds of records you must keep and how long you must keep them for federal tax purposes. Other topics include tracking farm income, expenses, employment taxes and sample tax returns.
Devine said more than 69,500 farm tax returns were filed in Illinois for tax year 2011.
The Farmer’s Tax Guide, IRS Publication 225, is available on the IRS website www.irs.gov or can be ordered by calling 800-TAX-FORM.
Christmas Concert at Savanna FUMC
The Sixth Annual Savanna Area Christmas Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, at the First United Methodist Church in Savanna. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Don’t miss this year’s night of Christmas music performed by some of your favorite local musicians, including New Spirit Band, Men of Calvary, Kelly Kasbohm, West Carroll High School Madrigal Choir, a jazz combo directed by Emily Bressler, North Central College’s a cappella group Sonata Problem, Vivian Eaton, and, of course, the Savanna Area Christmas Choir under the direction and accompaniment of Pam Watts and Gloria Miner.
A free-will offering will take place during the concert to benefit The Great River Outreach and its mission to provide meals for local families. Thanks to Beaver Miller of WCCI Radio, CDs of the concert will also be available for $10 to benefit the kids of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an organization caring for orphans in nine different Central American/Caribbean countries. Last year’s concert had an attendance of 370 people and raised $2,000 for the Great River Outreach, as well as $470 to sponsor Carlos, a child living at NPH in Honduras.
Refreshments donated by Swiss Colony and members of the choir will be provided following the concert. The FHN parking lot across the street from the church will also be available for concert attendees. Parking attendants and shuttle drivers will be present to help parking move as quickly, easily, and warmly as possible!