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Operation Elf Action registration begins

MENDOTA - Registration for Operation Elf Action, formerly Mendota Toys for Tots, begins this week.

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MHS to hold Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Oct. 23-24

MENDOTA – Mendota High School has scheduled Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences for Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m. each day.

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Area School Resource Officers discuss safety

MENDOTA - Mendota High School’s School Resource Officer, Chad Hochstatter hosted an area-wide SRO meeting at MHS on Oct. 11.

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Blackstone teacher receives Excellence in Education Grant

MENDOTA - Blackstone teacher Carrie Klein has been awarded a $135 grant from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF).

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ACS forming a new ‘LaSalle County Days of Hope’ to replace Relay events

LA SALLE CO. – Two area American Cancer Society Relay events, Relay For Life of Upper Illinois Valley and Relay For Life of LaSalle County, have joined forces to create the new “LaSalle County Days of Hope.”

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Casting call for “Nunsensations!: The Nunsense Vegas Revue”

LA SALLE - Director Bill Crane has announced audition dates for Stage 212’s winter production, “Nunsensations!: The Nunsense Vegas Revue,” a musical comedy by Dan Goggin.

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Palmer, Kenny capture IVCH 5K titles

PERU - Facing some unseasonably cold, windy conditions, Dan Palmer, 42, of Roscoe, won the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Fall Fitness 5K race for the second year in a row.

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Library of Things collection available at Peru Library

PERU - Libraries are in the business of lending – books, DVDs, audiobooks, and eBooks come to mind. But the Peru Public Library District is adding some unusual things to its lending collection.

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Carl’s Quiz 10-16

Vincent van Gogh painted “The Starry Night” while . . .?

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LaSalle Co. to update Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

OTTAWA - LaSalle County is working with the North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG), a regional planning agency that provides planning services to local governments, to update the 2015 LaSalle County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

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Births-Oct. 16

Birth announcements for week of Oct. 16.

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Area Job Fairs scheduled in October

State Rep. Lance Yednock is helping local jobseekers partner with local employers by working with Illinois Valley Community College to host a job fair on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Trick or treat in Mendota businesses and shops

MENDOTA - Children in costume are invited to “Trick-or-Treat” in Mendota businesses and shops on Thursday, Oct. 31. Participating businesses are located throughout town and shop owners will pass out treats from 3 to 5 p.m. that day.

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Mendota Dist. 289 early childhood program recognized by ISBE

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced 142 public school-based early childhood sites that received the Gold Circle of Quality in fiscal year 2019 through ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s system for supporting continuous improvement among early learning providers.

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LaSalle Co. offers assistance for women's health screenings

OTTAWA – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

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U of I Extension offers ‘Made with Love, Freezer Meals’

OHIO - Enjoy the reward of a healthy meal even when you do not have time to cook.

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U of I Extension offers help getting the most out of activity trackers

STANDARD - Every step counts! Studies show using activity trackers gives people an accurate count for steps, heart rate and sleep.

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Auction event planned to benefit Perfectly Flawed Foundation

LA SALLE - A Perfectly Flawed Evening 2019 presented by Miller Group Charitable Trust will take place from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle.

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Haunting Weekend planned in Princeton, parade to feature Hocus Pocus Hags

PRINCETON - This weekend, the goblins will be working overtime at Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road at Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton on Friday, Saturday and with an extra night added on Sunday.

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Insanity Haunted House returns to Peru Mall

PERU – Just in time for Halloween, thrill seekers can come experience pure terror at Insanity Haunted House as it returns for the second year at Peru Mall.

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Carl’s Quiz 10-9

Who was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting?

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Births-Oct. 9

Birth announcements for week of Oct. 9.

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NCI Works partners presenting at Business Services Forum

OTTAWA - Partners of NCI Works, Illinois Department of Employment Security and BEST, Inc., will host a Business Services Forum on Wednesday, May 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Reddick Public Library in Ottawa.

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OSF Saint Paul receives national recognition for performance leadership

MENDOTA - OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in outcomes reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

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Free Elks Clinic for children Feb. 7

PERU - Mendota Elks 1212 and Oglesby Elks 2360 lodges in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Thursday, Feb. 7.

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CHP celebrates renovation

MENDOTA – Community Health Partnership of Illinois (CHP) hosted an inaugural open house to celebrate the renovation of their Mendota Community Health Center on April 19.

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