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Hometown market

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
MONROE CENTER,, A hometown handmade market featuring local arts will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at Kilbuck Creek, 6752 N. Kilbuck Road.
Pink Tree presents the handmade only arts and craft show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 25 vendors from within Ogle County of the closely surrounding area will be selling unique handcrafted items.
Local vendors will
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Coat collections

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Child Care Center is hosting a hat, mitten and coat drive through Monday, Dec. 15.
To help area children stay warm this winter, Rochelle Child Care Center is collecting new or used hats, mittens, scarves and coats. The winter apparel will be donated to Rochelle community schools and surrounding areas. Help make this holiday a little brighter
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Police department tour

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
The Cub Scout Pack 553 Bears den toured the Rochelle police station earlier this month. During the tour the third grade students were able to watch a presentation from K-9 Don and his handler, officer Emily Hardesty. Don was added to the Rochelle Police Department in February 2010. The K-9 program is a vital tool for the patrol division
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Thankful Hubs

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Students, staff and families involved with the HUB Project gathered for a Thanksgiving dinner Monday night.
The families were thankful for the HUB Project and the educational aspect their young students gain from their involvement with the before and after school program. Parents agreed they enjoyed the dinner as it provided them an opportunity to be together as
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Horticulture for the Holidays Slated for December 1

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
OREGON -- Join the University of Illinois Extension for Horticulture for the Holidays on Monday, Dec. 1 from 5, 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Ogle County Extension office, 421 W. Pines Road, in Oregon. Horticulture for the Holidays will feature information about poinsettias and evergreens and will conclude with a make and take evergreen project.
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Toblers welcome baby girl

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
DAVIS JUNCTION -- Dan and Nicole Tobler of Davis Junction, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Anne, born Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
Alexis weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches in length at birth.
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Local citizens collaborate to fight hunger in rural America

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
ASHTON, Ashton Care Pantry is on the front lines of the fight against hunger in the Ashton and Franklin Grove area. The group serves about 15 to 22 individuals and families per month, with increasing numbers during winter months and holidays.
This month, employees from the Monsanto Ashton Soybean Production Site are joining them in their fight. The team collected
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17th annual holiday concert at NIU School of Music

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
DEKALB -- Choirs, Carols, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Strings….it is time for the NIU Holiday Concert! On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., the NIU Choral department will present the 17th Annual Choral Holiday Concert. This concert will feature the world premiere of The Lands the See the Sun Arise, by DeKalb composer Tim Blickhan. Also featured on the concert
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Winter Wonderland shopping

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
Rochelle Area Moms held a holiday craft and vendor fair on Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. More than 50 vendors set up booths to sell home sales and handcrafted items. Santa took a break from finalizing his naughty and nice list to take pictures and greet young shoppers. A soup lunch was provided by New Hope Church to raise money
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Top of the riser

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
The following Rochelle Middle School students were selecting for the ILMEA District music festival. Selected for chorus are Addison Curtis and Alva Valle, for orchestra are Amy Price and Uzziel Zarate, for band is CJ Sedlock. All are students of Sherrie Welles and Paul Madere. At left, left to right, are Addison, Uzziel, Alva, CJ, and Amy. 109 schools from
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Raku firing

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- When potters in local high school art classes think of raku firing, they think of what can technically be referred to as American or Western raku. If you take a walk in the second story E hall, you can see wonderful examples of the raku pottery Ceramics II students fired last week.
Art Teacher John Dobbs explained, "Using
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Ogle County Paloma Grange presents award to Hopkins’

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
OGLE COUNTY -- The Ogle County Paloma Grange presents the Public Service award to recognize community citizens for their outstanding work and service to the community.
 Wendell Poppin representing the Ogle County Paloma Grange presented the award at the Annual meeting of the Ogle County Fair Assoc. recently.  
The Hopkins's were especially recognized for their work with the Ogle County Beef Association and
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Christmas Tree & Quilt open house to benefit Serenity Hospice and Home

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
OREGON -- A Christmas tree and quilt Open House will be held on Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m. at the home of Beth Kalfus, located at 402 N. 6th Street, Oregon.
View the more than 40 decorated Christmas trees and Christmas quilts throughout the home, enjoy light refreshments and Christmas punch, and check out the raffle baskets. The walk
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Celebrating

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, kindergarten and first graders at Eswood School had a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Dressed as pilgrims and Indians they portrayed the first Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks to Mrs. Kissinger for organizing the celebration. (Photo submitted)
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RTHS varsity speech meet held Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- On Saturday, the Rochelle Township High School speech team hosted the RTHS Novice Tournament.
Among the Rochelle Hubs that placed at the tournament were Jessie Ellis, first place, Original Comedy; Lauren Murphy, second place, Impromptu Speaking and third place Informative Speaking; Eli Ball, fifth place, Radio Speaking and sixth place Informative Speaking; and Mariah Baker, sixth place, Special
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Special presentation

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
On Friday, the Eswood School third graders presented a Native American Museum. Students provided information about the following tribes:  Bella Coola, Cherokee, Mohawk, Black Foot, Navajo, Souix, Shasta and Walla Walla. Pictured above, left to right, are Wyatt, Austin, Caleb, Ethan, Ayla, Laniyah and Kyra. (Photos submitted)
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RTHS Holiday Service Project: Christmas for the Elderly

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The leaders of the Rochelle Township High service clubs: the Student Council, Key Club, Interact and the FFA announce the 2014 Holiday Service Project: They will pool their resources to provide Christmas gifts for senior citizens who might otherwise go without this year.
In cooperation with the Culver's franchise at IL Route 38 and I-39, the RTHS service
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Huntley Brown Thanksgiving Piano Concert

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
MENDOTA, Huntley Brown, world-renowned pianist with the Billy Graham Association, will be performing a Thanksgiving Piano Concert on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Mendota Civic Center.
Brown is a pianist for the Billy Graham Association, the Total Living Network and travels the world on his own concert tours. He is a native of Jamaica, and a graduate
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Autism team meets

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
The Ogle County Education Cooperative Autism Response Team recently teamed up with Rochelle Middle School staff to provide training on Autism. The features of the training included video mini clips, and discussion related to Characteristics and Practices for Challenging Behavior. Amy Stephenitch, OCEC Assistant Director notes this was the first opportunity to utilize a new training curriculum from the Organization
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Family celebrating Leifheit’s 100th

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
ASHTON -- The family of Lorna Merle Wilson Tilton Leifheit, would like to extend an invitation to her friends in the celebration of her 100th birthday.
An open house will be held at the Beacon on the Green Restaurant (old Rochelle Country Club) Nov. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Merle (what all her friends call her) was
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Fulfilling wishes

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
In November, residents of the health care home on Caron road are asked to write down three or four items they would like to receive for Christmas. The items might include pants, sleepwear, soap, a new coat, scarf or a stuffed animal. Some of the men like Bears, or Cubs shirts or hats.  One gentleman has requested John Deere decorations for
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Special donations

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
Treasurer Paula Combs and secretary Rose Edwards of the Hub City Cruisers recently donated proceeds from its car show at the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival to several area organizations. Pictured above, Combs and Edwards present Lynn Knodle of Serenity Hospice and Home with a check. At left, Edwards presents Zina Leary of Pegasus Special Riders with a check.
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Special honor

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
On Monday, Nov. 17, during the kindergarten through fourth grade music program at Eswood School, Christy Roberts was honored. Roberts taught at Eswood School for 24 years, and spent a total of 38 years in the field of education.She retired August of 2014. The Eswood School District and the Community appreciate all her hard work over the years. Above,
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Foundation donation

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
Last week, on behalf of the A. Charles and Lillemor Lawrence Foundation, Mr. Gary Davis presented a check (above) in the amount of $2,000 to Ogle County Educational Cooperative (OCEC) Director, Mike Noble, and Assistant Director, Amy Stephenitch. Davis is one of the directors of the Lawrence Foundation. The Foundation supports worthy 501(c)3 organizations, schools and government entities in the
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History through Ellis Island

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
The October meeting of the Rochelle chapter NSDAR featured the 125th Anniversary of the establishment of Ellis Island in 1890 as the first federal immigration station. Shown above are Lydia Roberts, Joan Adamson and Barbara Sandvik, with photographs and documentation of their families who emigrated through Ellis Island. (Photo submitted)
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Local culinary students offering holiday cookies

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Culinary Arts students at the Kishwaukee Education Consortium can lessen your holiday stress load by creating delicious, colorful holiday platters that will thrill your family and guests.
"We are taking orders through Friday, December 5," Rochelle Township High School junior Sharday Brown said. "Once you place an order, our Culinary Department will contact you regarding delivery or pickup. Payment must
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Educating parents on topical issues

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, On Monday, Nov. 10 close to 75 parents representing more than 100 students in the Rochelle school districts came together at Lincoln Elementary School to listen to speakers and gather information from 20 different community organizations. There were 12 different workshops offered with topics ranging from Preparing for College, Keeping Your Child Safe with Technology, Excellent Educational Apps, to How
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Candles on the Christmas Tree for Candlelight Walk

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
OREGON -- The Victorian-era custom of illuminating a Christmas tree with lighted candles will be a special Living History feature for Candlelight Walk on Saturday, Nov. 29. The lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at the Ogle County Historical Society's Nash Museum located at Sixth and Franklin Streets.
An audience participation Christmas carol will accompany the lighting of
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Eagle’s Nest Art Group Show at Conover Square

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
OREGON -- ENAG will open their annual November art show during Oregon's Candlelight Walk, Saturday, Nov. 29, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The ENAG studio and gallery is located on the second floor of Conover Square Mall, 201 N. 3rd Street in Oregon. There is no cost for the show.
This year's show is dedicated to the memory of
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KC hosts Opportunity House Commencement

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
MALTA -- Kishwaukee College and Opportunity House, Inc. hosted the third annual commencement ceremony for clients who completed the Learning for Life I Program on Monday, Nov. 10 in Jenkins Auditorium at the College.
Receiving certificates from Dr. Tom Choice, President of Kishwaukee College, were the following Opportunity House clients: Kerry Bonney, Samantha Briggs, Mary Cosentino, Edward Fabris,
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NIU Philharmonic performs world premier

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
DEKALB -- The NIU Philharmonic under the direction of Lucia Matos will perform their final concert of the semester Monday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building located at 400 Lucinda Avenue (using MapQuest) on the campus of Northern Illinois University. They will perform Polonaise from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky and Schubert's
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Couple celebrating 50th

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
HOLCOMB -- Carl and Janet Walker of Holcomb will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Nov. 21.
Carl and the former Martha Janet Eames were wed Nov. 21, 1964 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee.
The couple has three children, Dawn (Kurt) Lee, Darlene (Don) Maki and Dana Walker. They also enjoy 13 grandchildren, Jessica, Jordan, Gabrielle, Christian, Adrian,
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Harvest fest and car show fun

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Rochelle Gardens Care Center, opened their doors to the Rochelle community Oct. 11 and held the first Annual Harvest Fest/Car Show. The fest included a petting zoo and bouncy house for the children; face painting, and a clown were also some of the entertainment. Rochelle Gardens Care Center is a community nursing home that is very involved in the community
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RCH Foundation and Auxiliary funds provide new bariatric bed

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital now owns a Stryker Bari10A bariatric bed thanks to funds provided from the hospital's Foundation and Auxiliary.
The inflatable mattress offers several adjustments for patient comfort and has a wound care surface for pressure ulcer prevention with a foam mattress underneath.
"The flexibility and comfort this new bed provides will limit the
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Young joins RIA

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Insurance Agency is pleased to announce Susan Young has been added as a customer service representative serving Personal, farm and small commercial lines effective Oct. 13.
Young comes to Rochelle Insurance with 4 and a half years of insurance experience.
"We are very pleased to have someone as outstanding as Susan to serve our clients," RIA President
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Special donations

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
Treasurer Paula Combs and secretary Rose Edwards of the Hub City Cruisers recently donated proceeds from its car show at the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival to several area organizations.  Pictured at top is Edwards and Combs giving to Pete Pascua of the Rochelle Area Community Emergency Shelter,  the local homeless shelter. Above, Combs presents a check to Ken Esgar of the
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KC hosts Explore Your World event Nov. 19

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
MALTA -- The Kishwaukee College Library will be hosting a unique one-day event, Visit Eight Countries in One Day!, on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. in the College's main Atrium. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors should enter the College using Door #12 or #58.
The College's Atrium will be transformed into
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NIU Jazz Ensemble presents fall concert

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
DEKALB -- The nationally renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of new director Reggie Thomas will be performing with guest artists international jazz trombonists Michael Dease and Tom Garling on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Duke Ellington Ballroom located in the Holmes Student Center on Normal Avenue on the campus of Northern Illinois University. The concert
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Coat collection

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, As you are cleaning your closets this fall, please don't forget that we are accepting both children's and adult coats during C.A.N.'s annual coat drive. These will be given to the children in need at the annual Children's Christmas Shopping Trip.
You may donate coats at any local elementary school or pre-school. Coats may also be dropped off
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Action! Winter one acts this weekend

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle Township High School drama students have been busy the last few months preparing for the Winter One Acts.
The curtain will rise for the student lead plays on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Not only are the eight one act plays directed by the students they are also written by the high
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Winter wonderland shopping expo

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle Area Moms, formerly MOPS, are hosting a Winter Wonderland Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22 to raise money for the group.
The holiday shopping expo will allow Rochelle area residents a head start on their Christmas shopping while supporting local crafters and businesses. The craft and vendor fair will be held at First Presbyterian Church,
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A healthy holiday preview

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle Community Hospital Auxiliary hosted their annual holiday bazaar and bake sale on Thursday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 14.
For the first time an early bird shopping preview was held on Thursday evening. Friday morning began with coffee hour and a bake sale.
Free blood pressure checks and stroke awareness information was provided by emergency room
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Electronics Recycling Day Friday, Nov. 21

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OREGON -- The monthly drop-off recycling day for residential electronics sponsored by the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department will be Friday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is at the Solid Waste Management Department, 909 W. Pines Road, Oregon, at the south end of the building.
Items that will be accepted from Ogle County
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Calendars available for Blackhawk Chapter Ducks Unlimited raffle fundraiser

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OGLE COUNTY, The local Ducks Unlimited Blackhawk Chapter is selling a high end 2015 raffle calendar for a chance to win five guns a week during 2015. The handsome calendar features photographs by Tony Vandemore of magnificent scenes of waterfowl, retrievers, and hunts from Habitat Flats, the #1 Waterfowl Lodge in North America. Each day of the
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Nurse wins vital signs monitor for RCH

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital is the recipient of a new contact free WelchAllyn vital signs monitor thanks to Linette Feltes, B.S.N., R.N., who won the monitor through a contest after viewing a webinar offered by WelchAllyn which was promoting a new sensor feature.
"I'm so glad I took the time to view the webinar. Our patients and staff will
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Cut your own Chrstmas tree

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OREGON -- The moment we've been waiting for will soon be here, time to find that perfect Christmas tree. On the day after Thanksgiving, the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC), a nonprofit organization, will begin sales of trees at 10 am. Sales will continue for the weekends of Nov. 28, 29 and 30, Dec. 8 and 9, 15
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United Way joins national #GivingTuesday movement to encourage spending with a purpose

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OGLE COUNTY -- On Tuesday, Dec. 2, join United Way of Rock River Valley and millions around the world in the "unselfie" movement #GivingTuesday, a global effort that harnesses the power of social media to create a moment of giving around the holidays.
Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday
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Christmas Tree & Quilt open house to benefit Serenity Hospice and Home

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OREGON -- A Christmas tree and quilt open house will be held on Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m. at the home of Beth Kalfus, located at 402 N. 6th St., Oregon.
View more than 40 decorated Christmas trees and Christmas quilts throughout the home, enjoy light refreshments and Christmas punch, and check out the raffle baskets.
The walk
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Irmen to share summer Kenya experience on Nov. 18

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
MALTA -- Ami Irmen, English instructor at Kishwaukee College taught a class in memoir writing during the summer. Nothing new there, many instructors teach classes over the summer. Except Ami's class was not at Kishwaukee College, not in Illinois, not even in the United States. Ami spent three weeks in June and July in a classroom in Kenya. She will
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Veterans memorial pavers available to purchase

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OGLE COUNTY -- As we remember those who have served in our Armed Forces during Veterans week, we ask that you pay tribute to those in your area who have served in one of the military branches, whether it be Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy or the Coast Guard.
If you have served in the military or know someone who
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Morgan Yordy participates in Goshen College fall mainstage

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
GOSHEN, Ind. -- Morgan Yordy, a freshman Peace Justice & Conflict Studies major from Rochelle, is a participant in the Goshen College production of "Eurydice."
"Eurydice" blends romance, death, humor, whimsy, music and poetry in a contemporary retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus.
The 2014 fall mainstage production, directed by Michelle Milne, assistant professor of theater, will be presented
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Village of Progress hosts 45th annual banquet

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OREGON -- The Village of Progress hosted its 45th annual banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary's Learning Center. Entertainment was provided by Chris Colletti as people entered the hall and during dinner.
During the banquet many of the consumers were rewarded for the achievements they have made during the past year.
John Herrmann award
The John Herrmann Personal Achievement
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