Young Republicans Seek to Expand Outreach to Youth, Minorities
The Young Republicans of Rock Island County Executive Board from left to right: Kevin Goveia, Treasurer; Brent Forgie, Secretary; JohnPatrick Brown, Co-Chairman; Jon Schweppe, Chairman. The Young Republicans of Rock Island County will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 P.M. at the Rock Island County Republican Headquarters at 1721 5th Avenue in Moline.
The Young Republicans of Rock Island County are ready to get to work. The organization, formed officially last month after electing officers and approving a constitution, plans to play a critical role in the 2014 election cycle.
Jon Schweppe, Chairman of the Young Republicans of Rock Island County, said that reaching out to younger voters and minorities is imperative for the Republican Party to win at the ballot box.
“We felt like we didn’t do a good enough job as a party last cycle reaching out to young people and minorities, so we decided to do something about it by forming this organization,” Schweppe said. “Our organization is focused entirely on outreach. For our party to succeed, we have to reach out to every voter and every demographic to convey our message of freedom and liberty.”
Schweppe said the organization has an open door policy.
“This isn’t an organization focused on ideological purity. We aren’t big on litmus tests. We all have disagreements on issues here and there, but we focus on the 90% of issues where we do agree. We truly believe that the Republican Party is a ‘big tent party,’ and that’s our organization’s attitude.”
Schweppe said the Young Republicans of Rock Island County will work closely with Mike Steffen, the Rock Island County Republican Party Chairman.
“Mike Steffen has been great,” Schweppe said. “He’s been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing, and he sees the important role our organization will play for the long-term benefit of the party. We will be working with him and the central committee on a regular basis.”
For more information, contact Young Republicans of Rock Island County Chairman Jon Schweppe at 309-749-7009.
Hospice Sunset Luau Fundraiser - Great Food for a Great Cause
Chef Andy McGovern of Stella’s Café & Catering (left) presented a check to the Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois Board on Wednesday, July 17th for the funds raised at the Hospice Sunset Luau. Board members and staff pictured from left to right: Joann Robinson, Reva Aubrey, Alice Torrison, Diane Parkinson, Sue Magiera, Gloria Benson, and Pastor Ron Albee.
Stella’s Café and Catering on Main Street in Stockton, Illinois was transformed into a tropical paradise, complete with palm trees, wait staff wearing floral leis and a full Luau menu on Tuesday evening, July 9th. The special event was a fundraiser held to support the Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois, Inc. located in Stockton.
Chef Andy McGovern and his staff, which included his wife Lora McGovern, served over 100 meals to diners who came to enjoy the great food and help this local hospice. Chef Andy donated a portion of the proceeds for the food sold that evening to the Hospice. A gift basket which contained items donated by the following local businesses and individuals was raffled off during the event: AJ’s Lena Maid Meats, Beaches Supper Club, Bottle Shed, Calow’s Hardware & Rental, Casey’s General Store, Checo’s Family Restaurant, Corner Tap, Coxy’s Liquor, Diane Parkinson, Engels Jewelry & Gifts, Ink and Paper, LA Drive Inn, Lena Mercantile Eatery, Massbach Ridge Winery, Stockton Bowling Lanes, Sullivan’s Foods, Stockton True Value Hardware and Stockton Travel Center. A special thanks goes to Fritz Nursery for providing the flowers for the tables.
The winner of the gift basket was Sally Fischer, of Stockton. A special Golf Package to the John Deere Golf Classic was donated by Erik and Alice Torrison. This was raffled off and the winner was Jane Bergman. Other prizes were handed out during the event to those who dressed up for the event or whose names were drawn for door prizes.
This event was only made possible through the donations of prizes and the many hours put in by the volunteers for the event. We wish to thank those who helped with planning the event and helping to decorate, sell raffle tickets and serve as waitresses, waiters and greeters on the night of the dinner. Volunteers were Erik and Alice Torrison, Shelby Rathje, Coleen Hudon, Bruce Wilke, Joann Robinson, Dave and Joanne Gruendler, Diane Parkinson, Reva Aubrey, Sue Magiera, Carol Ann Staver, Janet Staten, Alice Davis, Kay Kappes, Joyce Beard, Verla Rhyner, Cheryl Bourland, Pastor Ron Albee and Gloria Benson.
Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois, Inc. is a volunteer, community based hospice proving compassionate care, support and education to families dealing with life-limiting illness and loss. They assist families who desire to care for their loved one at home during the final phases of life. They personalize their care and treat you like family. All of these services are available free of charge. Volunteer Hospice is not funded by any federal, state or local tax dollars. They rely soley on donations from individuals and organization who believe in their mission. You can contact them at 111 W. Front Ave., P.O. Box 185, Stockton, IL 61085, phone 815-947-3260 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Curtis Breuning of “Breuning Brothers Hay Production” and Anne Crouse of Mt. Carroll Rotary Club are pictured at the Mt. Carroll Rotary Club program for the July 16, 2013 meeting.
Bustos Tours Kitchen Incubator of NW Illinois
Krista Morthland (L), director of the Kitchen Incubator of Northwest Illinois, and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos get ready for the tour.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) was is Sterling on Monday, July 15, taking a tour of the Kitchen Incubator facility. The Kitchen Incubator was created to serve as a resource for those who strive to open up a food-related business. In addition to the tour, Bustos also met with small business owners who have benefited from the small business startup program.
Krista Morthland, director of the Kitchen Incubator of Northwest Illinois, said the facility offers 3,000 square feet of commercial kitchen space and includes a walk-in refrigerator, walk-in freezer, a 10-burner gas range with double oven, 30 Pan rotating rack oven, a steam kettle, 35 Gallon tilt skillet, a rotating rack oven, a convection oven, a 140-quart Hobart mixer, 8 Rolling baking/cooling racks, 50+ Full sheet baking pans, Commercial dough roller, divider, cutter and packaging machines, and more.
“We have three separate workstations available for individuals, groups or businesses to rent by the hour to process, prepare, cook, bake, and/or package their retail or wholesale food items,” said Morthland. “The Kitchen Incubator meets all local and state pre-opening requirements for food service facilities, thereby reducing or practically eliminating the ‘start-up costs’ and ‘fiscal risks’ generally associated with opening a new food business.”
Services offered by the Kitchen Incubator include safe food handling classes, marketing advice and collaboration with local food professionals and small business owners.
The facility is licensed by Whiteside County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Kitchen Incubator of Northwest Illinois is located at 1741 Industrial Drive, Sterling. For more information, call 815-626-2665.
Special Evening Farmers Market in Morrison
An EVENING Morrison Farmers’ Market will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. in DOWNTOWN Morrison. Produce, food, music, baked goods, beauty products, flowers, plants, giveaways, and artisan products will be available, in addition to dining specials at downtown eateries. Menus available at market committee tent, so stay for supper. Interested in being a vendor at the market? The market is a great opportunity to sell those extra vegetables from your garden, gain exposure to your new business, produce extra income from a hobby, or for your group’s fundraiser. Call 815-772-3757 or 815-772- 4874 for more information.
Coleton Eubanks Attends Engineering Scholars Program at Michigan Tech
Coleton Eubanks of Lanank took part in the annual Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) on the campus of Michigan Technological University. The program drew nearly 150 students from across the nation.
ESP gives high-school students a week-long look at different areas of engineering, including mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological, and materials.
Participants have all taken part in a highly competitive scholarship process to be accepted. The program gives students with an aptitude in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics a chance to investigate future career options.
Students also get a taste of college life by spending the week living in Michigan Tech’s residence halls, eating in the dining halls, exploring campus, and meeting diverse peers.
Michigan Technological University is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.
HCC Board of Trustees Approve Tentative FY2014 Budget
The Highland Community College Board of Trustees approved a tentative 2014 fiscal year budget during their July meeting. The permanent budget will be submitted to the Illinois Community College Board once adopted by Trustees during the September 17 regular meeting.
At this very early stage of the budget building process, the tentative FY14 operating funds budget includes a deficit of about $900,000. However, according to Vice President of Administrative Services Jill Janssen, the permanent budget presentation in September will include adjustments factoring in final enrollment numbers for fall semester, and updated state and federal-restricted grant funding.
“We expect that many changes will be made between the adoption of the tentative budget and the presentation of the permanent budget at the Board’s September meeting,” said Janssen. “Late last week, state allocations were announced for FY14 and Highland’s allocation is about $200,000 more than was anticipated in the tentative budget. The anticipated revenue for FY14 is about 2 percent higher than projected for FY13.”
According to administrators, the College will utilize its fund balance, or reserve, to absorb the remaining deficit after that figure is determined in September’s permanent budget. Currently, Highland’s projected fund balance is maintained at levels recommended by the Illinois Community College Board.
College administrators noted that the College provided $106,000 of funding for students who were awarded Illinois Veteran’s grants, Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, and other state assistance that the State of Illinois did not fund this year, and this is expected to continue next fiscal year. Additionally, the College is still awaiting $592,000 in unrestricted funds and $150,000 in restricted funds from the state for the current year.
According to Highland President Dr. Joe Kanosky, “It is important to keep in mind that the College is still early in the process of constructing the permanent budget and there will be significant changes that will bring expenses in line with expected revenues.”
Despite increases in costs for items such as unfunded state-mandated tuition waivers, employee health insurance premiums, and building maintenance, the majority of the operating budget is directly allocated to vital services and instruction, benefitting students and the surrounding communities. Sixty-six percent of budgeted expenses are put directly toward student services such as instruction, academic support, student services, scholarships, grants and waivers.
In other business, Trustees also approved the following items:
- A new Associate of Applied Science degree program in Hospitality Management for submission to the Illinois Community College Board
- A renewal of a memorandum of understanding with the Stephenson County Health Department, which allows the Health Department to use our facilities in the case of a public health emergency
- Part-time and overload instructors for the Summer 2013 semester
- The reaffirmation of our Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) accreditation method
- The annual Curriculum and Instruction Committee report for FY’13.
New Spirit Band to Perform in Mt. Carroll
Once again, the First Evangelism Church of Mt Carroll is proud to present the New Spirit Band, an ecumenical music group, at our annual Timber Lake Resort service at 9:15 am on July 29.
Having been together for over twenty years, the Band has played in many area churches both in Northeastern Iowa and North-western Illinois, with their emphasis being on contemporary Christian music.
They play not for profit but in order to share their love of praising God in song. A free will offering will be taken; donations are used to support the instrumental and musical needs of the group. New Spirit Band members consider it an honor to be given the opportunity to play at area church worship services.
They are excited about being invited back to perform for the TLR crowd. All who attend are welcome to stay after the service for free refreshments. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the inn on the corner of Black Oak and Timber Lake Roads.
Whiteside County Fair Office Hours
Whiteside County Fair Secretary, Mary Beth Dombroski, has announced that the fair offices will be open for business beginning Monday, Aug. 5th, for the entire week prior to the 143rd annual Whiteside County Fair which kicks off Aug. 13th.
The office of the secretary and treasurer are located in the building near the grandstand at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds, in Morrison, and will be open the week before the fair from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5th through Friday, Aug. 9th. Saturday, August 10th the hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. During this time they will be accepting hand delivered entries, processing those received by mail, selling reserved grandstand seating, season tickets, and Mega Passes.
MEGA PASS – Can be purchased for $45.00 Monday, August 5th through Monday, August 12th. Tuesday, August 13th through Saturday, August 17th the price will be $50.00. This will let you ride any of the Wilson Family Rides when the Carnival is open during the 2013 Whiteside County Fair.
Reserve grandstand seating for Saturday night’s demolition derbies will go on sale Monday, August 5th at 8:00 a.m. in the Secretary’s Office.
The office will also be open on Monday, August 13th and will remain open through the end of the fair Saturday, August 18th.
There are no entry fees for exhibits in the Departments of Agriculture, Floriculture, Horticulture, Textiles, Culinary and Hobbies. However, adult exhibitors must purchase a $15.00 season membership ticket and junior exhibitors that are under 11 years of age pay $3.00 season ticket to enter in junior departments. That ticket allows the exhibitor to enter items in any of the departments listed above and provides unlimited admission to the fairgrounds throughout the fair’s five-day run.
Livestock exhibitors are required to pay exhibit fees and should consult this year’s fair book or website for details.
All exhibitors are urged to refer to the fair premium book or website for details on the requirements to enter the various competitions, which this year offers over $115,500 in premiums, purses and prizes. The fair books are available at banks throughout Whiteside County and will be available the week before the fair at the fair office. Premium book information can also be downloaded from the fair website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org in the premium section.
Entries must be done online or in writing, with the applicable fees submitted by the appropriate deadlines as listed in the fair book.
The office will accommodate those wishing to buy season membership tickets, which allows the ticket-holder unlimited admission to the fair. An adult season membership ticket costs $15 each, while a child’s weekly pass is $3. Tickets for both children and adults may also be purchased at the gate during the fair. Single adult daily admission for the fair is $7 for those 12 years and older, and $1 for children ages 6 through 11. Children 5 and under are free.
Those wishing to reserve grandstand seating for Saturday nights’ demolition derbies may do so during the week prior to the fair at the office. Reserved seating is $5 per person and is sold on a first-come, first-served basis with a limited number of seats available. Saving seats by using blankets, etc. for general seating is not allowed. Any items used for saving seats will be removed by the fair staff.
Bicycle Give Away will be again this year the week of the fair. Times will be posted in the Blue Building where you sign up for the drawing.
The fair officially starts at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 13th with the western horse show at the New “Gold Star F.S. Arena” in the infield.
All the information you need to get ready for the Fair is at your fingertips on our website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org. Written inquires can be directed to the Whiteside County Fair, P.O. Box 88, Morrison, IL 61270.
HCC Foundation to Host “Celebrating the Oscars: A Night of Stars”
The Highland Community College Foundation is preparing for “Celebrating the Oscars: A Night of Stars,” a charity fundraising event and auction. On Saturday, August 17, 2013, guests at the home of Hank and Linda Fortney will find themselves magically transported to Hollywood and a walk down the red carpet as part of a charity fundraiser for Highland Community College, entitled “Celebrating the Oscars: A Night of Stars.”
Throughout the Fortney property near Red Oak, IL – a very modern, luxurious home beautifully landscaped on rolling acres – attendees will mingle with their favorite stars and fellow nominees, while savoring big screen hors d’oeuvres, desserts and spirits and soft drinks. Celebrity attire is encouraged as the paparazzi will be present.
“Celebrating the Oscars” begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction. Live auction will begin at 7 p.m., with local auctioneer and HCC nursing graduate Doug Munda, Munda and Associates, looking for the highest bidder. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by contacting the HCC Foundation at 815.599.3413 or online at highland.thankyou4caring.org. Seating will be limited.
Donors and auction items donated will receive special mention in the auction program. Several levels of sponsorships are available, and cash contributions are welcomed. Call the Foundation for details.
Proceeds from the event will benefit HCC Foundation’s “Growing for tomorrow…Changing lives today” campaign that supports the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing, Nursing and Allied Health programs, and the Wind Turbine Technician program.
Prophetstown T-Shirt Sale
By Stephanie Vavra
Children and adults can display their support of Prophetstown, IL, with the purchase of a t-shirt. The graphic depicts the pre-fire Main Street skyline. Sign up ends Friday, July 26, 2013. Choose between orange or white as a background, with orange and black team colors for the lettering.
The front slogan reads, “Support Prophetstown--Small Town, Big Heart.” The poignant back says, “Thank You Prophetstown Fire Dept & EMT’s, Prophetstown Police Dept, Whiteside County Sheriff assisted by brave firefighters from....” 31 area units responded with men, vehicles, and water during the fire on Monday, July 15, 2013. The text continues, “and countless un-named friends, neighbors, Businesses and good citizens of Prophetstown.”
Shirts are $15 for sizes 2T through Extra Large. Sizes XX through XXXX cost $17. There is a $5 flat rate shipping fee. All proceeds will be given to the victims directly or added to the relief fund established at Farmers National Bank.
Call Jamie Mosher at 815-499-4160 or Kate Fisk ( email@example.com) to order.
Bustos-Kirk Bill Key Piece of No Labels, ‘Make Government Work’ Initiative
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced a new bipartisan piece of legislation last week, designed to cut duplicative services and root out waste in government while protecting the priorities of middle class Illinoisans. Bustos’ Government Transformation Act, was incorporated into today’s No Labels “Make Government Work” legislative rollout, and the Senate companion version of the bill was recently introduced by Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois.
“Every year, think tanks, auditors, investigators, and even Uncle Sam’s own Government Accountability Office crank out report after report concluding the same thing - too many federal government programs are inefficient, costly, ineffective or all of the above,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “And yet every year, these conclusions are largely ignored. As a consequence, the federal government unnecessarily wastes billions of dollars a year while many government programs continue to operate without concrete goals or standards for success. My common sense bipartisan bill attacks government waste and helps ensure government programs are more economical, efficient, and effective.”
“I’m pleased that my bill has already attracted bipartisan support in the House and that Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois has introduced companion legislation in the Senate,” Bustos continued. “I’ll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build support for this common sense approach to deficit reduction.”
The Government Transformation Act establishes a new bipartisan Commission for Government Transformation, which will oversee and affect the transformation of various federal government programs and functions so they will be more economical, efficient, and effective. The Commission will feature seven members – appointed by the President and the leadership of both parties in the House and the Senate – and a dedicated expert staff that would review all activities of government and develop specific legislative recommendations.
Numerous facets of the federal government’s operations demand reform, and the Commission will examine issues including: government management practices, financial controls, the alignment of specific programs with strategic goals and the elimination of failed programs.
Any recommendations from the Commission will be sent to Congress for an up or down vote.
Bustos’ legislation was one of nine common sense bills unveiled today at No Labels’ “Make Government Work” legislative rollout. The No Labels Problem Solvers is a group of 81 House and Senate Democrats and Republicans who meet on a regular basis to build trust across the aisle and to develop solutions for the American people. For additional information on the “Make Government Work” legislation and the No Labels group, visit www.NoLabels.org.
Emergency Need for Blood and Platelet Donors
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types. Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available.
Donations were down about 10 percent in June, resulting in approximately 50,000 fewer donations than expected. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled at the beginning of this month.
With schools out of session and many regular donors busy or on vacation, it’s important to remember that patients don’t get a break from needing blood — the need is constant.
Many people say they don’t give blood or platelets because they were never asked. Consider yourself asked! Please roll up a sleeve and donate to help patients in need during this summer shortage.
A Blood Donation Opportunity will be held Friday, August 2, 2013 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Main Room at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2600 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, IL. Call the Northwest Illinois Chapter at 815-233-0011 to schedule an appointment. Walk-in donors are also welcome.
Cookout at Sullivan’s Foods to Benefit Volunteer Hospice
Join Volunteer Hospice of Northwest Illinois for lunch on Saturday, July 27th at Sullivan Foods in Savanna, IL. The menu will include Hot Dogs, Brats, Hamburgers, and Pork Chops as well as drinks. Cooking will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the food will be served until it is gone.
Besides lunch, there will be an opportunity to buy your Hospice Quilt Raffle Ticket. Help us reach our goal of raising $3000.00 for our Hospice Quilt. The monies raised will help us with our hospice “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” program.
Volunteer Hospice of NW IL is a non-profit, all volunteer, community based organization helping patients and families who are dealing with a life-limiting illness or grief. Please feel free to contact the office if you have any questions about the services provided or other educational opportunities sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of NW IL at 815-947-3260 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our offices are located at 111 W. Front Avenue, Stockton, Illinois.
Make sure you stop by Sullivan’s Foods in Savanna on the 27th for lunch and bring a friend!
Attention Municipal Leaders: Community Development Survey Coming
Every five years, Blackhawk Hills Regional Council must update the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS document is required for Economic Development Districts by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and allows municipalities and counties to apply for certain federal grants.
Over the next few of months, Blackhawk Hills will mail survey packets to local officials and request that they update their information about infrastructure needs, economic data, and community planning. Outreach will begin in Carroll County and extend into Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Ogle, Whiteside, and Lee Counties. This information will also be used to create a regional development guide for government and economic development use.
If you have questions about the survey, please contact our office at 815-625-3854 or email@example.com.
Largest Increase in Health Care Coverage in State History
Initiative Strengthens Health Care System and Brings More Than $12 Billion in New Federal Funding to Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Monday, July 22, 2013, that enacts a critical part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) by making Medicaid coverage available to all low-income adults in Illinois. Today’s action delivers on a major priority announced by Governor Quinn in his 2013 State of the State address and is part of his agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality health care.
“In the home state of President Obama, we believe access to quality health care is a fundamental right and we proudly embrace the Affordable Care Act,” Governor Quinn said. “This legislation will greatly improve the health of hundreds of thousands of people across Illinois, strengthen our health care system and create thousands of good jobs in the health care field. Thanks to this law and our shared commitment to increasing access to health care coverage in Illinois, the people of Illinois will be healthier and have a higher quality of life.”
Sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), Senate Bill 26 will make Medicaid coverage available to adults with annual income below 138 percent of the federal poverty line, which is $15,860 for individuals and $21,408 for couples. The measure is expected to enroll 342,000 people by 2017. Currently, Medicaid is only available to children, their parents or guardians, adults with disabilities or seniors. Enrollment for the newly eligible population will begin Oct. 1 with coverage starting on Jan. 1.
Under the ACA, for the first three years, coverage of newly eligible adults will be 100 percent federally funded. The reimbursement rate will phase down to 90 percent by 2020. State officials estimate this will bring more than $12 billion in new federal funding to support the state’s health care system from 2014 to 2020.
“The Affordable Care Act gives Illinois the resources to provide critical health care services to a population that desperately needs it,” Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos said. “Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, we are reforming our health care system so that it focuses on delivering coordinated care and keeping people healthy through better preventive care, not just paying the bills when they become sick.”
Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, Illinois is also increasing access to health coverage through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, another major feature of the ACA. The Marketplace, which also launches enrollment Oct. 1 with coverage starting Jan. 1, will be accessed through a user-friendly website where individuals, families and small businesses will be able to compare health care policies and premiums and purchase comprehensive health coverage. Those with income between 138 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level will receive subsidies on a sliding scale if they obtain coverage through the marketplace.
Governor Quinn has long championed access to decent health care for all people. In August 2001, he joined his then 78-year-old Doctor, Dr. Quentin Young, to walk 167 miles across Illinois to advocate for health care for all.
For more information about Illinois’ implementation of the ACA, go to http://healthcarereform.illinois.gov.
Master Gardener Helpline Answers your Gardening Questions
Are bugs using your garden as an all you can eat buffet? Are you perplexed by the spots on your apple tree? If you have these or other garden related questions give the Master Gardeners a call. At the University of Illinois Extension office Master Gardeners are on hand at the Master Gardener Helpline to help you with your home horticulture questions.
Master Gardeners are volunteers that go through horticulture training led by University of Illinois Extension Educators. During the training they learn about all aspect of horticulture but they also receive training about the resources that the University of Illinois Extension has available. A Master Gardener has the ability to find research based information from the University to provide to homeowners when they call with a question.
A Master Gardener Helpline is offered in both Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties throughout the summer and early fall with both helplines ending for the season on September 30th. A Master Gardener Helpline is offered at the University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. Call (815)235-4125 during those times to talk with a Master Gardener. In Jo Daviess County call the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 858-2273 on Mondays or Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon to talk to a Master Gardener. Give us a call and let the Master Gardeners help you find the answers you need to your gardening questions.
Composting for the Home Gardener
The University of Illinois Extension is planning to host a workshop in Elizabeth on composting for home gardeners. This program will introduce you to the ins and outs of maintaining a successful compost bin at home. The first hour will include information on where to locate your compost bin, what materials can be put in, how long the materials will take to break down, and other key topics related to composting. The second hour of the program will include a demonstration on how to construct your own compost bin and a discussion of what materials to build with.
Plan to attend this helpful and interesting workshop on Thursday, August 15th at the Highland West Campus in Elizabeth from 6 – 8pm. Admission is $5.00 per person and pre-registration is required by August 13th by calling (815) 858-2273 or going on line: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Extension office at 815-858-2273.
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FSA Accepting County Committee Nominations
Lynn Bower, member of the Carroll County FSA County Committee is reminding producers in Local Administrative Area (LAA) 1 that they have until close of business August 1, 2013 to nominate a producer from their area to be run for the 2013 COC election. LAA 1 is comprised of Fairhaven, Salem and York townships.
According to Bower, producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees must participate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the LAA in which the person is a candidate. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about the county committee election are available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Bower went on to say that elected COC members serve a three year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs as well as other important federal farm program issues.
Producers with questions on the COC nomination and election process are encouraged to contact their local FSA office.