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Holiday Book Drive fundraiser to benefit Mendota youth

MENDOTA - Our nation is in a literacy crisis. Although 100 percent of Kindergarteners report wanting to read for fun, by 4th grade that number drops to 54 percent. And by high school, that number is at a staggering 19 percent. The good news is there are simple things we can do to help.

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Carl’s Quiz 9-22

What planet was TV character ‘Alf’ from?

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Rotary supports education in Mendota

MENDOTA - Mendota Rotary Club recently delivered a thesaurus to each 3rd grade student at Holy Cross School.

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Casting call for Stage 212’s “The Marvelous Wonderettes”

LA SALLE - Director Joey Santos has announced audition dates for Stage 212’s winter 2022 production, “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Try-outs will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. upstairs at the theater, 700 First St., La Salle.

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Twin disasters: 150 years after the Great Chicago Fire & the Peshtigo Fire

LA SALLE - The LaSalle Public Library in partnership with Westchester Public Library in Illinois and Marinette County Libraries in Wisconsin will host a virtual discussion with Julius Jones, assistant curator at the Chicago History Museum and Walter Schroeder, district chief at the Chicago Fire Department, on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

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Kish to offer free classes for entrepreneurs and small business owners

MALTA - Kishwaukee College will offer several classes for entrepreneurs and small business owners in October and November. The courses will help develop important aspects of small business ownership and operation.

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Education Briefs 9-22

Illinois Central College graduation

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LaSalle County property taxes due Sept. 24

OTTAWA – James L. Spelich, LaSalle County Treasurer, announced that if property taxes are not paid as of Sept. 24, those persons will receive a certified letter.

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Rt. 89 railroad crossing to close for repairs

ARLINGTON – The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the BNSF Railway grade crossing on Illinois 89 in Arlington will be closed beginning Monday, Sept. 27.

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Carl’s Quiz 9-15

The word deadline originated in what war?

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Truckenbrod Farm marks 100 years

SUBLETTE - Larry Truckenbrod is happy to announce that his Sublette Farm became a Centennial Farm this year.

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Mendota FFA Alumni recognizes State Degree recipients

MENDOTA - The Mendota FFA Alumni & Supporters is an organization with the purpose of supporting agricultural education and the Mendota FFA Chapter at Mendota High School. They provide support for student projects, travel to various events and competitions, and supplies for activities.

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Celebrating 50 years at Woodhaven Lakes

SUBLETTE – The Sublette community recognized the 50th anniversary of Woodhaven Lakes on Sept. 4 by serving birthday cupcakes at the campground to thank the Woodhaven campers and staff for supporting Sublette over the years.

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Mendota BPW scholarship offered

MENDOTA - The Mendota Business and Professional Women’s group is offering a $500 scholarship to a woman who is furthering her college education.

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Ed Briefs 9-15

SNHU announces summer president’s list

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Central Bank's Hessenberger graduates from banking school

PERU – Rick R. Clary, Community Bank President, announces the graduation of Linda Hessenberger from the Graduate School of Banking for Central Bank Illinois.

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DAR promotes Constitution Week – Sept. 17-23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance in honor of this foundational document of national governance.

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Births-Sept. 15

Birth announcements for the week of Sept. 15.

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Holland & Sons earns Thunder Creek Equipment Premier Dealer status

PELLA, Iowa – Thunder Creek Equipment, the leading manufacturer of fuel, service and maintenance trailers for farming operations, has named Holland & Sons of Mendota as one of just 13 Thunder Creek Premier Dealers out of more than 125 total dealerships from across the United States.

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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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