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					     Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce is growing, p. 14
             Come celebrate Lindenwood’s founding in June, p. 42
        Local advice to help grow your own veggie garden, p. 48

                                                                 VOLUME 1
                                                                 ISSUE      5

The Monfils family provides
        Humanitarian Relief to Haiti
                    InHealth p. 35

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                                                                                                        forces to offer the seniors of the center mobility and transit.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Joe and Dana Meyers, Advertising
                                                                                                        26 Education
                                                                                                        The generosity of Dan Sawicki provides a RTHS student with a car
                                                                                                        each year as part of the Renaissance Giveaway.

                                                                                                        40 Health
                                                                                                        Tips to help you have a comfortable bike ride.

                                          InEducation                                                   42 History
                                          Helping high school students                                  The history of Lindenwood, Illinois and join in celebrating its

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                                          receive vocational-technical                                  founding in June, 2010.
                                          training and basic education.
                                                                                                        48 Home & Garden
                                                                                                        How to get your vegetable garden started for the summer.

                                                                                                        51 Parents
                                                                                                        Now a mother herself, Molly Fader recounts the lessons learned
                                                                                                        from her parents.

    InFitness                                                                                           58 Business
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                                          Learn about your local food pantry.
                                                                                                        62 Fitness
                                                                                                        The steps to take to become a healthier, fit person.

                                                                                                        64 Events

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8   Dear Reader,
                A message from the Editor
    As the season of summer approaches, we see the color green in every shade imaginable. We
    hear the sweet sound of birds singing and the rhythmic hum of crickets chirping. We feel the
    warm sun, the wind’s gentle breeze on our face. We draw in the fragrant scents of the season:
    the smell of tree blossoms, flowers, freshly cut grass, and fire pits in the backyard. As you read
                                                                                                                                                         Dear Reader,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A message from the Publishers

                                                                                                                                                         Welcome to the May issue of InVironments Rochelle. I am so excited to share all the
                                                                                                                                                         fascinating stories that are “In” this issue. Our hope is that you will be delighted by
                                                                                                                                                         the familiar faces you see and embrace the new friends you are going to meet.

                                                                                                                                                         Since the launch of the magazine, I learn more and more about our community
                                                                                                                                                         every time I walk out the door. Thank you all for sharing your great story ideas and
                                                                                                                                                         for giving your feedback on InVironments. Many of you continue to humble Joe
    this month’s issue of InVironments, I hope you make time to enjoy this beautiful weather with
                                                                                                                                                         and I with your praise.
    your family. I know I will. Summer is my favorite time of year because I get to spend every day
    with my children.
                                                                                                                                                         Comments, like the one from Mary Pandy, calling the magazine “top notch”
                                                                                                                                                         brighten our day. Ann Anderson shared with me that she loves the beautiful
    In our InFitness section we feature an article about family fitness fun in the great outdoors. From
                                                                                                                                                         photography and took the time to contribute some exciting story ideas. Many
    hiking to kayaking and boating, swimming and biking, we have local ideas the whole family can
                                                                                                                                                         others have given similar compliments. We thank you all.
    enjoy. So celebrate the warmer weather in a heart-healthy way. Take a nature walk around Lyle
    Kunde or a canoe trip down beautiful Lake Sule.
                                                                                                                                                         Of all the encouragement we have heard, just last week I received the most
                                                                                                                                                         stunning compliment yet. As I was passing through the high school, Edna Miller
    Our community is filled with dedicated volunteers and individuals who go above and beyond
                                                                                                                                                         stood at her familiar post greeting the students as they entered the building. She stopped me and shared how much she
    to make a difference in the lives of the needy. This month, we covered a mission of mercy. We sat down with
                                                                                                                                                         enjoys the magazine. She went on to say that once she is done reading each issue, she mails it off to Michelle Vogler in
    Dr. Michael and Colleen Monfils and learned more about their involvement in Three Angel’s Children’s Relief
                                                                                                                                                         Kallispel, Montana. She moved away from Rochelle and has enjoyed staying connected to the community through the stories
    ministry located in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Turn to our InHealth section to read their story.
                                                                                                                                                         in InVironments. Edna’s colleague, Marcia Lewis chimed in and said she did much the same with the Castles in Arizona. The
                                                                                                                                                         Castles then forward it on to friends in Florida. How cool is that!
    We also highlighted local volunteers and their efforts to provide hunger relief to people in need.
    Check out our InCommunity section to learn more about the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry and how
                                                                                                                                                         Knowing that the magazine is being shared out of state puts a smile on my face and warms my heart. I am proud to be part of
    you can get involved.
                                                                                                                                                         the publication, but I am more proud to be part of this community. The bonds formed between neighbors and friends here are
                                                                                                                                                         strong enough to stretch across miles and endure the test of time. Knowing that InVironments is in a small way helping friends
    Are you planting a vegetable garden this month? If so, flip to our InHome & Garden section to get tips
                                                                                                                                                         stay connected makes me very happy.
    from longtime gardener Jeana Valdivieso. Valdivieso breaks down the steps to make planting easier and
    harvesting fun.
                                                                                                                                                         I am also very happy to have spring in full swing and to be able to enjoy the outdoors. My kids are thrilled to watch the ever-
                                                                                                                                                         changing rainbow of colors popping up in people’s landscaping. My favorite sight is the straight rows of what our kids call,
    Awarding-winning novelist Molly Fader O’Keefe, who grew up in Rochelle, has written a tribute to her
                                                                                                                                                         “baby corn,” sprouting through the rich soil. I love to look across the green seas of new life. It reminds me of my heritage and
    parents Pete and Gayle Fader. In honor of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, read Molly’s article in our
                                                                                                                                                         makes me proud of my Dad. He is one of the many farmers in the area whose hard work and faith provide us with an ever-
    InParenting section. You will be moved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                changing landscape around the Rochelle
    by the life lessons she shares.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                area. From empty soil waiting for seed, to

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    This month I hope you enjoy this issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in me finds beauty in the whole process.
    of InVironments as much as I have. Every
    time I meet with one of you to do a story,

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    dedication to the Rochelle community.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   you here in and around Rochelle, I am
    Your stories are filled with compassion,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   thinking we can all soon enjoy a glass of
    perseverance, and kindness. For that, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lemon-aide as we cool off and dive “In.”
    thank you because each one of you has
    something unique to share.
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                                                By Dana Meyers

                                                In 92 years, much can change, and much                       kept a ledger of their expenses ranging from a $70 John Deere

                                                                                                             corn planter to a 40 cent three-tined fork. In the next couple
                                                can stay the same. In Maynard Bruns’                         of years, farming would see what Maynard described as a “big
                                                lifetime he has embraced many changes                        change.” He would purchase a brand-new Alice Chalmers
                                                and held tight to the values that have                       tractor and a two bottom plow for $1000.
                                                shaped his life. I have always thought                       “My Dad wasn’t much for tractors. ‘New fangled machines,’ he
                                                of my Uncle Maynard as young at heart,                       would sputter. Dad was one of the last ones to get one. When
                                                grounded in spirit, and rock solid in family                 he did, he liked it alright,” Maynard reflects. “If we didn’t accept
                                                                                                             change, we’d all be pushing an old cart and donkey,” he laughs.
                                                values. Our time together in April only
                                                strengthened my perception of this man.                      As technology advanced, farming continued to revolutionize.

                                                The difficulty of covering 92 years of life in               Maynard recalled how inventions like corn elevators saved men
                                                                                                             scooping corn from the back of a wagon into a corn crib. “My
                                                one short article is obvious, so in our time                 father always told me to take care of my back,” he remembers.
                                                together we focused on just two things:
                                                family and farming. In the Bruns home, it                    New equipment seemed to help farmers to do just that. As
                                                                                                             tractors and implements improved, farmers were able to cover
                                                is impossible to talk about one without

                                                                                                             more acres in less time with less physical strain. Activities that
                                                the other.                                                   were once necessities in the field became entertainment, like
                                                                                                             corn husking.
                                                Maynard was
                                                introduced to hard
                                                work as a young
                                                boy. Farming was
                                                a way of life, and
                                                it required each
                                                family member to
                                                do their share. As
                                                he reflected, the first words from his mouth were, “Work,
                                                hard work!” Before anyone could step foot in the field,
                                                other chores had to be done—cleaning stalls, milking
                                                cows, and feeding livestock were just a few.

                                                “Most of the chores were done before sun-up,”
                                                  Maynard recalls. “I don’t know why we did it but
                                                   when we finished chores and headed to the field,
                                                    we would take off any extra shirts and coats. There
                                                     was frost on the ground and being in just our
                                                      T-shirts was good motivation to get to work in the
                                                       field,” he laughs.

                                                         With the eight horse team hitched and ready
                                                         to go, the men and boys would trudge into
                                                          the field. The season and crop dictated the
                                                           implement being pulled behind the horses,
                                                            but no matter the season the horses were
                                                             constant work companions. Maynard
                                                              remembers walking the field all day. “We
                                                                didn’t ride in the wagon, it would be
                                                                 too hard on the horses,” he grins.

                                                                   A good day in the field meant you
                                                                    covered 15 acres. During harvest
                                                                     most of the work was done by
                                                                      hand. While picking the corn
                                                                       ear by ear, Maynard learned
                                                                        skills that would later reward       Corn husking was once vital to the harvesting
                                                                         him in local corn husking
                                                                                                             of the crop. The need to be quick and efficient
                                                                                                             is obvious when getting a crop out of the field.
                                                                           In 1940, Maynard and his          Contests were created for men to measure
                                                                            first wife Marie moved to
                                                                              Agnew Farm near Stillman
                                                                                                             their skills. Maynard participated in many Ogle
                                                                               Valley. As they began their   County Corn Husking Competitions. In the final
                                                                                farming operation, Marie     contest, in 1941, he took first place.
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He snapped one ear at a time from                                    Maynard and Fran were                                                  Maynard’s convictions were evident                                                             walk through difficult times. Farming isn’t an
the stalk and with a special hook                                    married, and just as                                                   through his actions. One such example                                                          easy life, physically or financially. I watched
fastened to his hand, he would strip                                 the farming industry                                                   was his refusal to work on Sunday. “Other                                                      my Dad fall, and I am proud to have watched
off the husk. The clean ear would                                    continued to expand,                                                   than feeding the livestock, no farm work                                                       my Dad get back up. The recovery was not
be tossed into the bang board.                                       so did Maynard’s family.                                               was done on Sunday,” Joyce explains.                                                           always easy, but somehow he managed to find
Maynard was able to husk between                                     Tim was born in 1974 and                                               “Sunday was the day for worship and for                                                        a smile and spring in his step. When I look
50 and 55 ears per minute. Since                                     Roger followed in 1976.                                                family. Dad’s philosophy was that any time                                                     around and see people complaining about life
that was the last Ogle County                                        “The boys,” as they are                                                gained by working the fields on Sunday                                                         being unfair to them I think about my Dad. I
contest, he remains the undefeated                                   often still referred to, are                                           was nearly always lost in the next few days                                                    am thankful for his example and for his faith in
champion.                                                            now continuing Maynard’s                                               by equipment breakdowns or some other                                                          God to see him through.”
                                                                     legacy of farming and                                                  reason.”
Changes were happening in                                            have helped Maynard stay                                                                                                                                              Roger, the youngest, shares the lessons learned
his family as well. He became a                                      active in the field. “Two                                              His daughter, Mary Ellen, also appreciates the example and              from his dad’s example. “My Dad taught us in many ways, but most
father. His daughter Joyce was                                       years ago,” he recounts,                                               expectations set forth by her father, “I have a lot of good thoughts    of the time it was through his example. He showed us the importance
born in 1942, followed by a son                                      “I got in the tractor, the                                             and memories growing up with Dad. Although some of them were            of family and a strong work ethic in everything he did. Loving his
Wayne. Unfortunately, Marie and                                      same one I usually drive, pushed a button, and went to the             ‘tough love’, they are all good. He has high standards for himself      family and working hard are pretty natural things for Dad, but we also
Maynard would bear the sudden                                                                         other end of the field without        and his family too, but if hard work, integrity, and honesty were the   saw him when he was down. I appreciate the example he gave me
loss of Wayne when he was only                                                                        touching the wheel.”                  hallmarks of success, I’d say he is a rich man. And he passed those     when dealing with adversity,” he states. “Growing up on the farm and
18-months- old. In 1948 they would                                                                                                          virtues on to Joyce and me, as his first family with our mother,        watching Dad gave me a love and understanding of the importance
welcome another daughter, Mary                                                                          He admits when it comes             Marie; and the same for Tim and Roger, with Fran. His sense of          of farming. Today my brother Tim and I own a construction company
Ellen. In 1954, Maynard and his family moved to his current home                                        to computers and GPS he             humor was not always as evident when we                                                        and a farming operation. I don’t think farming
on Lind Road just outside Rochelle. There alongside Marie he                                            is absolutely lost, but the         were younger, (I think he thought he had                                                       alone could support our families, but it is in
would farm and raise his girls. In 1969 Maynard would endure                                            sparkle in his eyes reveals joy     to maintain that tough guy persona) but                                                        our blood. I look forward to being in the fields,
                                            another great loss.                                         in the experience. He goes on       it surely has sustained him through some                                                       and I am thankful for the wisdom my father has
                                            After 30 years of                                           to joke that as efficient as a      difficult losses in life,” she shares.                                                         passed on to me,” he continues.
                                            marriage, Marie died                                        tractor can be, a farmer does
                                            during a routine                                            not get any affection from a        “He is a positive thinker and always tries to                                                  Crop after crop and year after year, Maynard
                                            surgery.                                                    tractor like he would a horse.      find the best in everyone and everything.                                                      faithfully sowed seeds and reaped a harvest.
                                                                                                                                            Life on the farm was not always pleasant                                                       Technology advanced and the process
                                             As Maynard kept                                              To borrow a play on words the     for me, with allergies, etc., but I wouldn’t                                                   changed, but the goal was the same: sow
                                             loving his family and   farming community likes to use, Maynard is truly outstanding in        trade the values I learned there, about life,                                                  seeds; reap a harvest. His family life followed
                                             working the land,       his field; however, it is his outstanding values and character that    seasons of planting, cultivating, harvesting,                                                  the same pattern: sow love, integrity, and
                                             he was met with         his children appreciate the most.                                      and the pure glory of God in nature.”                                                          honesty; reap a priceless harvest. During his
                                             a new blessing in                                                                                                                                                      lifetime, Maynard was blessed with the love of two amazing women.
                                             his life, Fran. “She    Joyce Curtis, his oldest daughter recalls a special moment with        Maynard’s oldest son, Tim, echoes the success of his father, but        With their help, Maynard has lived each day modeling unwavering
                                             has brought a lot       her dad, “I asked him once how he gained the respect of so             also remembers his losses. “Before I was even born, my father had       values to his four children, seven (soon to be eight) grandchildren,
                                             of goodness to my       many others. He replied that he never consciously made an              endured more sorrow than many people have to go through in a            and ten great-grandchildren. With Fran at his side, Maynard
                                             life no doubt about     effort to do it, but by being honest, truthful, faithful, and loving   lifetime. The loss of a child and a wife would be enough to break       continues to enjoy the fruits of his labor with a twinkle in his eye and
it,” Maynard states with a matter-of-fact tenderness in his voice.   his family, the respect was a natural result.”                         many men, but he kept on going. In my lifetime I have seen Dad          gratefulness in his heart.

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14                            Commerce              Chamber Office Relocated
                                                     By Ginny Hammes

                                                    The First National Bank & Trust of Rochelle has provided
                                                    the Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce office space at an
                                                    affordable rate for many years. Due to the recent reorganization
                                                    of the bank’s local facilities, the chamber has relocated to new
                                                    office space to accommodate their need for additional space.
                                                                                                                       The chamber is working hard to set up programs
                                                                                                                       for its members, and currently putting a major
                                                                                                                       emphasis on not-for-profit organizations.
                                                                                                                       One of the programs, Nonprofit Dialogue, consists of sending
                                                    “With the changes to the chamber, we had outgrown our              out invitations to over 100 not-for-profit groups to determine
                                                    space,” says Peggy Friday, Rochelle Chamber of Commerce            their needs and interests. Other events, such as Business After
                                                    Executive Director/CEO. She notes the move February 18, 2010       Hours and Legislative Breakfasts, allow members to network with
                                                    has been a blessing in disguise.                                   elected officials, as well as see what’s happening at the chamber.

                                                    The new facility, located at 1221 Currency Court, Suite A, in      With the Annual Golf Play Day, occurring June 8th at the
                                                    Rochelle allows the chamber to provide many more services to       Rochelle Country Club, members and nonmembers who are 21
                                                    its members. The location also allows the chamber to be among      years of age and older may enjoy a day of golf, while supporting
                                                    what they believe will become the center of new retail and         all that the chamber does.
                                                    commercial development in Rochelle.
                                                                                                                       “We’re looking to put a fresh spin on fundraising,” says
                                                                                                                       Stephanie Whitmer, Rochelle Chamber of Commerce
                                                    “We can offer our new technology as a benefit                      Administrative Assistant. Whitmer adds that the chamber is
                                                    to our members,” Friday says.                                      always so thankful for those that come out to show their support.

                                                    If members are in need of a conference room for presentations,     Aside from its members, the chamber “is grateful for the support
                                                    or a full-sized kitchen for catering an event in the office, the   from federal, state, and local elected officials,” says Whitmer.
                                                    chamber is now able to provide these amenities.
                                                                                                                       Whitmer went on to tell of how the officials “go the extra mile”
                                                    The new Rochelle Chamber of Commerce & Business                    with simple acts that make a huge difference. Representative
                                                    Development, which continues to be located along Route 38, is      Pritchard has been known to bring ice cream when he visits.
                                                    “all about partnerships,” Friday explains.
                                                                                                                       “We owe many thanks to Dave Diamond at DPS Services for
                                                    The chamber continues to provide opportunities for individuals     the buildout at the new location and donation of furniture and
                                                    all the way up to Fortune 500 companies for networking and         fixtures to the chamber,” Friday adds.
                                                    community involvement. With an abundance of ribbon-cutting
                                                    and groundbreaking events, there always seems to be a buzz at      The chamber expresses gratitude for the support from Walter
                                                    the chamber.                                                       Wayne Commercial Real Estate, the City of Rochelle, the Greater
                                                                                                                       Rochelle Economic Development Corporation (GREDCO), and
                                                    “Numbers have been continuing to grow, and as a member-            the First National Bank for their generosity over the years.
                                                    driven organization, we’re always seeking to recruit more,”
                                                    Friday says.

         The Rochelle Area Chamber of                                                                                   Aside from its members, the
                                                                                                                        chamber “is grateful for the
     Commerce & Business Development                                                                                    support from federal, state,

                                       IS GROwInG                                                                       and local elected officials,”
                                                                                                                        says Whitmer.
                                                                                                                        Stephanie Whitmer,
                                                                                                                        Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant.

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          Visit the chamber’s new
          location today, and see
          how you can become
          involved in your local

          To find out more about
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          upcoming events, such as
          the Annual Golf Play Day
          and other fundraising
          opportunities sponsored
          by the Rochelle Chamber
          of Commerce, please
          contact Stephanie
          Whitmer at 815-562-4189.

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                                                                                                                                 The Lee Country Transportation System expanded into Ogle
                                                                                                                                 County in 2008, leading to the creation of the Lee-Ogle
By Renee Page
                                                                                                                                 Transportation System. Dougherty and the Hub City Senior
                                                                                 use the system for a charge of $2 each way.     Center have been part of the system since the expansion.
Enter the Hub City Senior Center                                                 Dougherty emphasized that no one is denied      While the center ran a van for years, joining with LOTS has
and you’ll find bright flowers and                                               access to transportation due to an inability    been a good financial arrangement for both organizations.
                                                                                 to pay.                                         The arrangement allows the senior center to receive federal
smiling faces. Director Connie                                                                                                   and state funds they weren’t eligible for in the past. The center
Dougherty greets you with a broad                                                “We transport people to dialysis,               employs two full-time drivers and a transportation coordinator
smile and conversation.                                                          to work, to doctor’s appointments,              to the handle the number of calls. The number of transportation
                                                                                                                                 requests has doubled since 2008, when the senior center first
Whether she’s throwing a birthday party or                                       and hair appointments. We                       contracted with LOTS.
hosting the monthly movie day, Dougherty’s                                       take people to visit friends,
enthusiasm is contagious. “It feels like a family                                                                                “We knew there was a great need for transportation, but until
                                                                                 to shopping areas, and to run
here,” she says. “I like helping people and                                                                                      we expanded our services by joining LOTS, we had no idea how
connecting them with the services they need.                                     errands,” Dougherty explains.                   great the need was. We are hoping to receive a third van from
Life can be so hard at times and we all need to                                                                                  the Illinois Department of Transportation to expand the services
know that someone cares and wants to be our                                      To use the system, riders must call             we offer so no one is denied transportation,” Dougherty says.
friend.”                                                                         1-888-239-9228 to schedule their ride.           The center is currently raising funds for a new roof. Their
                                                                                 24-hours’ notice is requested for in town       building is located on the corner of Cherry Avenue and Main
While most people are aware the Hub City                                         trips and three days’ notice is requested for   Street. The center has also instituted a fundraising program
Senior Center, in cooperation with Lifescape                                     out of town trips. People of any age can call   where they have asked the members on their mailing list to buy
Community Services, provides daily lunches                                       the system for transportation. With prior       one-square-yard of roofing.
both at the center and through home delivery,                                    approval, Medicaid recipients can use the
they might not know about other services                                         system to travel to doctor’s appointments at    The center has lots of volunteers who come in to help. They
such as health screenings and assistance with                                    no cost to the rider.                           come to serve meals, clean up, and help with events such as
government paperwork. “Our mission is to                                                                                         bingo and the parties, as well as help with monthly mailings.
create an atmosphere of independence for all                                    LOTS transports people throughout both           Dougherty is quick to praise the people who volunteer for
senior citizens,” Dougherty shares.                                             counties, Lee and Ogle, and outside the          projects at the center. “If it weren’t for our volunteers, the Hub
                                                                                counties when necessary. LOTS receives the       City Senior Center would not be the wonderful place that it is
One of the key ways the center is doing                                         calls for service in their dispatch center and   today,” she emphasizes. “Some people are here every single
that is by partnering with the Lee-Ogle                                         then contracts one of five service providers     day. It’s like their job. They even let you know when they aren’t
Transportation System (LOTS) to offer                                           to arrange the transportation. “The Hub          coming.”
transportation to seniors and others who                                        City Senior Center does a wonderful job of
need assistance. The Hub City Senior Center                                     getting people in the Rochelle area where        There are a number of people who are employees of the center.
vans take seniors to various appointments and errands for a   they need to go,” says Roxanne Bauer, Executive Director of        Besides transportation director Valerie Rimstidt and full-time
suggested donation of $1 each way. The general public can     LOTS. “We are really proud to be working with Connie.”             van drivers Corky Wetzel and Nancy Larsen, there are two part-
                                                                                                                                 time drivers, Neil Swanson and Mike Dailey. Receptionist Sylvia
                                                                                                                                 Madsen greets the center’s visitors while the center is kept
                                                                                                                                 spotless by Marta Pinada.

                                                                                                                                 Keeping the center an active and engaging place for seniors
                                                                                                                                 to gather is a priority for Dougherty. “It’s a place where you
                                                                                                                                 belong…You know, where everybody knows your name,” she
                                                                                                                                 quips, referring to the theme song from the television show
                                                                                                                                 Cheers. “That’s why it’s important that we work closely with
                                                                                                                                 other service organizations like LOTS to provide the best
                                                                                                                                 services we can.”

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22 Community                                                       “It is really a great ministry to be
                                                                   involved in. There’s no paid staff;
                                                                   everything is donated or subsidized.”

                                      PROVIDING HUNGER-RELIEF
                             TO PEOPLE IN NEED
                                                                The pantry, established in 1982, is a 501(c)3 ecumenical organization.
                                                                Bobbie Colbert, Ken Esgar, Toni Perkins, Cindy Petry, and Pastor Anne
                                                                Erickson sit on the board of directors. To get involved as a volunteer,
                                                                contact Bobbie Colbert via email

                                                                          By Sarah Militz-Frielink

                                                                          On a sunny afternoon in April, I took a tour of the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry, and in the
                                                                          process I had the honor of meeting two dedicated volunteers—Bobbie Colbert and Ken
                                                                          Esgar. Colbert, who is the president of the food pantry, is passionate about helping people
                                                                          in need. “It is really a great ministry to be involved in. There’s no paid staff; everything is
                                                                          donated or subsidized,” she shared. “The best part is giving food away to those in need.”

                                                                          Esgar, a Golden K member who is also the treasurer of the food pantry, has been
                                                                          volunteering for nearly 13 years. He too is enthusiastic about the ministry. “I like helping
                                                                          people out,” he affirmed.

                                                                          Colbert and Esgar walked me through the facility, located at 770 Lincoln Avenue. We
                                                                          stopped at every pantry shelf to gawk over the large quantities of food. The shelves were
                                                                          loaded with non-perishable food products such as canned goods, cereal, pancake mix,
                                                                          tuna, dried beans, and peanut butter. Colbert did not hesitate to open the deep freezers
                                                                          to show off some of the more recent donations: ham, venison, pork, burritos, chicken,
                                                                          steaks, frozen vegetables, pie crusts, and frozen potatoes. “Isn’t this wonderful?” Colbert
                                                                          exclaimed. “We have many items that other food pantries don’t!”

                                                                          During the tour, Colbert gushed over the most humble donations such as sundries from a
                                                                          hotel, and communicated the message that no contribution is too small. “Our local church
                                                                          goers bring back toiletries each time they stay at a hotel, which are great to give away to

                                                                          On Tuesdays and Fridays, Colbert and Esgar stock the pantry with subsidized groceries
                                                                          from the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Rockford, which they purchase for as little as 20
                                                                          cents a pound. “I’ll tell you how I get excited—ordering food for 20 cents a pound,” she
                                                                          marveled. “When the truck delivers our food on the first Friday of each month; I’m like a kid
                                                                          on Christmas morning.”

                                                                          In addition to the deliveries from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Esgar and Colbert
                                                                          line the shelves with donations from a variety of local sources as well as government
                                                                          commodities. The pantry has the added advantage of receiving food and personal products
                                                                          from area churches and business owners. Currently, the pantry accepts canned goods from
                                                                          Del Monte, bread and sweets from Sullivan’s, frozen vegetables and potatoes from TLC,
                                                                          and personal products such as toothpaste and toilet paper from churches. “You can’t buy
                                                                          personal items on the link card, so I try to have many toiletries available,” Colbert said.

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Individuals and families in need may come in once a month to select
emergency food supplies and toiletries. The amount of goods
received is based on household size. To assist those in emergency
situations, a link card representative visits the pantry once a month     Matthew 15:32
and helps people apply for food stamps. The pantry is open Tuesdays       Jesus called his disciples
and Fridays from 1:00-3:30pm “People are only required to bring
a photo I.D. and a proof of residency to receive supplies,” Colbert       to him and said, “I have
said. “We service residents living in the Rochelle High School district   compassion for these
boundaries, but we would never turn anyone away.”
                                                                          people. They have already
The volunteers and Dave Suela, a director, whose                          been with me three days
duties may include unloading the truck, processing                        and have nothing to eat. I
paperwork, sorting food items, or stocking the                            do not want to send them
shelves, participate in every aspect of pantry                            away hungry, or they may
operations. “Every day that we are open we have                           collapse on the way.”
two church volunteers, two Golden Ks, and up to
12 total volunteers.” Colbert explained. “They do
wonderful work!”                                                          Matthew 25:35
From the grass roots efforts of community members to the kindness         For I was hungry and you
of local organizations and corporations, the pantry thrives on            game me something to eat. I
the generosity of others to cover major expenses. Rent, utilities,
insurance, food, and maintenance bills need to be paid to keep the        was thirsty and you gave me
facility open. “You never want to forget someone. Our donors have         something to drink. I was a
been generous to us,” Esgar emphasized. “TLC, Sullivan’s, the mail        stranger and you invited me
carriers, Del Monte, RTHS student council and clubs, the Key Club,
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, various elementary schools, Petro Truck      in. (New International Bible)
Stop, Wills Chiropractor Clinic, Con-Agra, Sara Lee, Rochelle Area
Community Foundation, United Way, F.E.M.A., local gardeners, and
the list continues.”
                                                                                                                    Rochelle Christian Food Pantry Mission Statement: In
                                                                                                                    response to the call of Jesus to show compassion for
                                                                                                                    all people and to feed the hungry (Matthew 15:32;
                                                                                                                    25:23), the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry provides
                                                                                                                    food to an individual or family in a time of crisis.

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“We have been very blessed,” Esgar beamed.

Reflecting on the gifts that they have been given, Esgar recounted
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26 Education                                                                                             Sawicki will donate his 18th car to the school
                                                                                                         attendance incentive program. That’s enough
                                                                                                         cars to have filled the original parking lot
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sawicki believes the Renaissance program
                                                                                                                                                                                           increases retention and improves student
                                                                                                                                                                                           success. “This is something we do as a company

     RTHS Renaissance and Sawicki Car                                                                    in the 1921 campus from which Sawicki
                                                                                                         (RTHS 1973) and his sisters Sandy and Sally
                                                                                                                                                                                           that seems to encourage kids to stay in class
                                                                                                                                                                                           and continue,” said Sawicki. “Statistically, it has
                                                                                                                                                                              promoted attendance, and fostered the idea that education

     Giveaway Come of Age in 2010
                                                                                                                                                                              is what kids need to succeed.”
                                                                                                         The school’s counseling department created the
                                                                                                         Renaissance program to encourage good attendance.                    Meet Dan––the man behind the Sawicki
                                                                                                         The program is filled with incentives like T-shirts, quarterly
                                                                                                         awards breakfasts, study hall releases into a snack-filled           Giveaway
                                                                                                         game room, and this annual year-end assembly.
                                                                                                                                                                              Born and raised in Rochelle, Dan Sawicki believes giving
                                                                                                         “We raise approximately $6,000 per year from generous                back to your community is a part of doing business here. His
                                                                                                         local merchants and contributors,” Counselor Marianne                father Walt, who created Sawicki Motors in 1953, mentored
                                                                                                         Swanson said. “We’re very appreciative. All of it goes into          many young businessmen. Dan bought the dealership
                                                                                                         attendance incentives.”                                              in 1983 and started the Renaissance giveaway in 1992.
                                                                                                                                                                              Carrying on Walt’s tradition, the Sawicki family exemplifies
                                                                                                         The counseling department hands out dozens of prizes to              the principles of civic-responsibility as each generation
                                                                                                         students who qualify every time they achieve nine weeks              continues to contribute to the betterment of society.
                                                                                                         of perfect attendance. For the record, that’s about 60%
                                                                                                         of RTHS students. Every year, since 1992, staff, students,           When he’s not busy running his dealerships or donating
                                                                                                         and even former students join at the end of the year                 cars to the Renaissance program, Dan spends time hunting
                                                                                                         Renaissance Assembly, which features group performances              and fishing in the great outdoors. “There is always a lot
                                                                                                         as the excitement builds toward the moment when Sawicki              to do outdoors in this area; hunting and fishing are always
                                                                                                         announces the winner.                                                possibilities.” He owns a cottage near Oshkosh, Wisconsin,

                                                                                                           “        We raise approximately $6,000 per year from generous local
                                                                                                                    merchants and contributors,” Counselor Marianne Swanson said.
                                                                                                                    “We’re very appreciative. All of it goes into attendance incentives.
                                                                                                         Mike Myers, RTHS 1983 and general manager of Sawicki                 where he fishes all of the nearby lakes. “We catch, clean, and
                                                                                                         Motors, often accompanies Sawicki to the assembly. Myers’            cook our own Walleye up there.”
                                                                                                         son Jonny is a member of the Class of 2010, and in August,
                                                                                                         he too will come of age. “Will it be a conflict of interest if       He and wife Sue enjoy fishing expeditions in Alaska. Last
                                                                                                         Dan happens to pull my name for the car giveaway?” Jonny             summer they brought home a cooler packed with wild-caught
                                                                                                         asks with a grin. Not to worry, in addition to the parking lot       salmon. “After we caught the salmon, we packed it in a duffle
                    By Sarah Militz-Frielink                                                             full of cars he has given away over the years, Dan Sawicki           bag, took it to a processor, and they vacuum sealed it for us,”
                                                                                                         provides every RTHS graduate with a $500 coupon towards              Dan explained. “We stored it in a walk-in freezer at the hotel
                                                                                                         the purchase of a car.                                               until it was time to return.”
                    Remember when you were in high school and someone turned Sweet Sixteen?
                    Invariably there was a lucky kid whose parents were cool enough (and financially     “The kids who receive [the coupons and the car] are very             Lifelong interests in all things automotive have driven Dan to
                    able) to surprise them with a balloon adorned car in the student parking lot. That   appreciative. It is a good feeling at the end of the year            collect unique automobiles including his dad’s 1975 Chevy
                                                                                                         assembly,” Dan Sawicki shared.                                       Caprice convertible, 1997 Pontiac Firebird and Pontiac Trans
                    does not happen very often, but on the morning of May 14 one lucky kid will get                                                                           Am, two 1994 Chevy Camaros, a 1968 z28 Camaro, and a 1965
                    keys to a car when Dan Sawicki’s RTHS Renaissance Giveaway comes of age.             Andrew Schneider, 2008 Sawicki Giveaway winner, now                  Corvette convertible.
                                                                                                         student at Millikin University, is grateful for the program’s most
                                                                                                         cherished prize. “Now I can drive back and forth to college          It’s apparent from his interests that Dan Sawicki is deeply
                                                                                                         without having to use my parents’ mini-van,” he beamed.              committed to land conservation. For the past 18 years, he has

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                                                                  owned and managed 880 acres of land for wildlife preservation.
                                                                  “The land is about 10 miles west of here, near Chana, Illinois,” he
                                                                                                                                         Sawicki’s Grilled Salmon Recipe:
                                                                  revealed. “We hunt wild duck, pheasant, and deer out there.”
                                                                                                                                         Thawed salmon filet
                                                                  As an RTHS alumnus, Dan is dedicated to helping RTHS students          Large piece of tin foil
                                                                  achieve their educational goals through the Renaissance                Lemons
                                                                  program. He hopes the program will inspire students to further         Butter
                                                                  their studies. Dan emphasized the need for post-secondary              Fresh chopped dill
                                                                  education in the current job market. “This is true more today
                                                                  than during my era. It is more difficult to find a job today without   Place a thawed filet of salmon (skin side down) on the shiny side of the foil. Transfer salmon on foil to grill. Place
                                                                  a college education or post high school career training.” Sawicki      a couple pats of butter and dill on top of filet. Grill until fish flakes with a fork. Slide spatula through the skin and
                                                                  employs a number of RTHS alumni in his collision repair and
                                                                  service departments.
                                                                                                                                         the salmon. Lift filet off the skin (skin will stick to the foil). Squeeze lemon juice on top of salmon and enjoy.

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30 Education
                                                                   By Sarah Militz-Frielink
                                                                   The Kishwaukee Education Consortium’s                                have who come through the program in this community through
                                                                                                                                        ongoing communication,” Crouch said. “If there is a job out
                                                                   (KEC) Career and Technical program aims to                           there for them, we want to offer that program to get them ready
                                                                   provide junior and senior high school students                       to step into the community workforce.”
                                                                   with vocational-technical training and basic
                                                                                                                                        The KEC class locations are determined by the type of
                                                                   education. The program encompasses a dual                            coursework. The site locations include Kishwaukee College,
                                                                   credit advantage that allows students to be                          KEC Central Campus, DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, Hair
                                                                   enrolled at Kishwaukee College and their home                        Professionals Career College, and Sycamore Public Library. The
                                                                                                                                        coursework incorporates practical applications of the subject
                                                                   high school simultaneously. Over the past 26                         matter. For example, students in construction trade training build
                                                                   years, the career and technical side of KEC                          houses or do repairs in the community.
                                                                   has expanded to include 17 diverse programs
                                                                   ranging from business & information technology                       “The students and teachers have built 20
                                                                   to auto mechanics to aviation flight instruction                     homes since the beginning of the program.
                                                                   and graphic communications.                                          Right now they are remodeling Malta Village
                                                                                                                                        Hall,” Crouch said.
                                                                                                    Tom Crouch, Assistant Director/
                                                                                                    Alternative Director Principal,     Crouch is passionate about the pragmatic side of career and
                                                                                                    shared the benefit of teaching      technical training. Former students frequently share how the
                                                                                                    vocational skills, which students   program empowered them to achieve life success. “You can
                                                                                                    can apply in future job or          actually see the success of the program through students coming
                                                                                                    educational settings. “Students     back here years later to say how the program had an impact on
                                                                                                    are coming to us for vocational     their lives,” Crouch said. “Then when students say, ‘I am now a
                                                                                                    purposes so they can get into       flight instructor because I started in the aviation program at KEC,’
                                                                                                    the program that gives them         I know our program is making a difference in students’ lives.”
                                                                                                    a head start on their college
                                                                                                    education or careers,” he said.     Many of the student success stories could not have happened
                                                                                                    “For instance, in our health-       without the ingenuity of Bruce Griffith, Special Projects
                                                                                                    occupation program, those           Coordinator at KEC. More specifically, Griffith was responsible
                                                                                                    students can earn a CNA,            for the launch of the flight program seven years ago when he
                                                                                                    which will jump-start them into     discovered a cockpit in a local junk yard. “I went past the junk
                                                                                                    Kishwaukee College’s nursing        yard in Sycamore and spotted it,” he said. “So I went to the
                                                                                                    program.”                           community to garner support. They started donating money.”

                                                                   The career and technical program services nearly 500 students
                                                                   in DeKalb County and Rochelle. In order to keep the curriculum
                                                                                                                                        The academy began with one cockpit that
                                                                   aligned with the goals of the students they are serving, the staff   simulated flight and 17 students. “Out of the
                                                                   at KEC collaborate with high school counselors and principals        initial seventeen, 10 are now private pilots, eight
                                                                   on a regular basis. They hold meetings to discuss the direction
                                                                   of the program. “Our goal is to meet whatever needs students
                                                                                                                                        are commercially rated, and three of them are
                                                                                                                                        certified flight instructors,” said Griffith.

                                                                                  Childhood & Parenting
                                        Kishwaukee Education                         A KEC student now in the field:

                                      Consortium’s Career and         Melissa Mueller Reynolds, RTHS 1996, was enrolled
                                                                        in the Childhood & Parenting program at the KEC.

                                            Technical Program:      “Soon as I graduated, I fell right into a job at Rochelle
                                                                          Childcare Center because I left KEC equipped to
                                                                         work with infants. I was in the infant room at RCC
                                         Empowering Students to       for the first 13 years and for the last few have been
                                                                       a classroom aide in (fellow RTHS Alumnus) Brittany
                                            Achieve Life Success                               Boardman’s 2-year-old room.

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After the first year, the academy acquired more instruments,
simulators, and technology. “Area pilots donated more money,”
                                                                                                                                                 all of this education carries over when flying a real airplane.
said Griffith.
                                                                            RTHS Senior in the KEC Flight Academy
                                                                            By Ryan Yochum                                                       Over spring break, he hired a flight instructor and rented an airplane
Today, the academy’s flight computers, radio navigation systems,
                                                                                                                                                 for me to test my skills, to show how much I’ve learned. I took off from
and flight instrumentation exceeds equipment available in other
                                                                            My aviation class has hands                                                                                   the DeKalb Airport, landed the
aviation programs. William Hamrick, one of the KEC’s flight
                                                                            down jump-started my                                                                                          plane at the Rochelle Airport,
instructors, explained. “We have simulators that some colleges
                                                                            career in aviation. I know                                                                                    refueled, took off from the
wish they had. Maybe one or two high school programs in the
                                                                            more about the industry                                                                                       Rochelle runway and landed
country come close to what we have.”
                                                                            and about what careers                                                                                        the plane back in DeKalb.
Four years into the making of the program, the KEC Aviation                 are going to be available
                                                                            to me. This class has gone                                                                                    During the course of the flight,
Flight Academy was inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of
                                                                            much further than just                                                                                        the flight instructor never
Fame. “For Bruce to have put the program together in four years
                                                                            sticking to the curriculum                                                                                    had to touch the controls.
and then to be inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
                                                                            of Aviation 101. Not only does it go above and beyond in                                                      All he had to do was tell
was absolutely incredible,” said Hamrick.
                                                                            teaching, the KEC Flight Academy has 7 top of the line flight                                                 me where he wanted me to
                                                                            simulators to sharpen our flying skills—without ever leaving                                                  go. I was extremely pleased
The academy, which inspires adults and students to step out
                                                                            the ground.                                                                                                   when the instructor told me
of textbooks, holds sessions on Thursday nights and some
                                                                                                                                                 I could have my pilot’s license in the minimum FAA time frame, but
Saturdays at DeKalb airport. Seniors finishing the program are
                                                                            I have become addicted to flying those simulators and                more importantly, I was glad I could make Bruce Griffith proud. He
prepared to complete the FAA private pilot written exam.
                                                                            have done it almost every Saturday for the past two years.           has done so much––for all of the KEC programs––but the aviation
                                                                            In addition to having amazing instructors, state of the art          program especially. Bruce is my motivation to keep doing my best, in
In addition to the exam, many seniors look forward to post-
                                                                            simulators, and a great learning environment, the best thing         everything I do. He’s done such much; I can’t thank him enough.
secondary training in a related field. They share a renewed sense
of confidence with all the practical knowledge gained. John                 about the KEC Flight Academy is what it gives back to the
                                                                            community. We have gone to many events, Ronald McDonald              My high school and the KEC Flight Academy have let me test the
Wendling, RTHS student and KEC flight academy student, will
                                                                            fundraisers, Rotary club & city council meetings, and countless      waters in the field of Aviation without ever committing a dollar. I
attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he plans
                                                                            other events to which we bring our simulators and invite             now know that aviation is the career field for me. The KEC Flight
to major in aerospace engineering. “The applied aspects of
                                                                            people to fly.                                                                                             Academy was a key factor in my
the aviation flight academy will help me with the engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                       acceptance into the University of
program,” he shared.
                                                                            I know first-hand what it’s like to spark an interest in aviation,                                         Illinois Institute of Aviation and
                                                                            so if I can ignite that spark in someone else, I’m simply                                                  the Purdue University College of
Wendling is also grateful for the professional connections he
                                                                            returning the gift the KEC Flight Academy has given me.                                                    Engineering. Whichever college
has made at KEC. “One of the coolest parts is being around so
many people who have worked in the industry: pilots, air traffic
controllers, National Transportation Safety Board officials, crop           On May 5 we had a general partnership luncheon at
                                                                                                                                                                                       I choose, whichever career path
                                                                                                                                                                                       I follow, I will never forget the                               KEC Graphic Design
                                                                            Kishwaukee College where my aviation class gave a                                                          lessons the KEC Flight Academy
dusters, power operators, air traffic controllers, helicopter pilots,”
                                                                            presentation. My head instructor, Bruce Griffith, invited me to                                            taught me about aviation, about
he emphasized. “All of our instructors work in the field and real
                                                                            be a speaker, but instead of giving a boring speech about my                                               business, and about being a
world information and knowledge is being imparted to us.”
                                                                            love of aviation, he thought it a much better idea to show a                                               standout person.
Hank MacPartland, RTHS senior, who hopes to land at job at                  film of me taking my first actual flight as a pilot in command.
Rockford airport in the future, commends the academy for                    He wanted to show how much a KEC aviation student has
                                                                            learned from the simulators, the ground instruction, and how

                                                                                                                                                                                                     BUILD AMERICA BONDS
providing some much-needed clarity. “The program helped me
discover what I wanted to do after high school,” he said. “Prior to
my enrollment at KEC, I did not know what I wanted to do.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                                     maturity and the amount you receive from the sale of these securities may be less than, equal to, or more
                                                                                                                                                                                                     than the amount originally invested. Bond investments are subject to interest rate risk such that when
                                                                         Greg Jozefowicz enrolled in the Auto Mechanics                                                                              interest rates rise, the prices of bonds can decrease and the investor can lose principal value. Any bond
                                                                         program at KEC, then after graduating RTHS, he decided                                                                      called prior to maturity results in reinvestment risk for the owner of the bond. May be subject to alternative
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                                                                 Kathy Watkins has been serving as KEC
                                                                 director for over 15 years. She will be
                                                                 retiring this summer and Tom Crouch
                                                                 will be named director on July 1, 2010.
                                                                 Watkins dedication and contributions to
                                                                 KEC is commendable.

                                                                  “Under the direction of Kathy Watkins,
                                                                                                                                             Health                       35
                                                                 the KEC has turned into a premiere
                                                                 program that is recognized for it’s
                                                                 outstanding academic and career
                                                                 classes. The programs provided by the
                                                                 KEC have helped students to become
                                                                 integral parts of our community by way of
                                                                 workforce and academic endeavors. This
                                                                 will be Kathy’s legacy. That is a fantastic
                                                                 contribution to society,” said Crouch

                                                                                                                                   A Mission of Mercy:
                                                                                                                                   Dr. Michael and Colleen Monfils
                                                                                                                                   Provide Humanitarian Relief to Haiti

                                      Better medicine begins with
                                      bright minds.
                                          Kishwaukee & Valley West Community Hospitals are pleased to welcome

                                                Amer Kassar, MD - Endocrinology
                                         Dr. Kassar is the first endocrinologist to have a full time practice in DeKalb. He
                                       specializes in endocrine disorders, including thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary and adrenal
                                         gland diseases. He also treats diabetes, hyperlipidemia and osteoporosis. He is board
                                               certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and internal medicine.
                                          Dr. Kassar’s office, GN Endocrinology, is located at 5 Kish Hospital Drive, DeKalb.
                                            He also consults on Valley West patients. To learn more about Dr. Kassar, click on
                                             “find a doctor” at To schedule an appointment, please call

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By Sarah Militz-Frielink                                              to serve Three Angels right here in the United States via emails,
                                                                      faxes, and phones calls.
For those of you who know Dr. Michael and Colleen Monfils, you
may regard them as a loving couple who recently adopted two           Colleen coordinates many aspects of the ministry. “I help
                                                                                                                                           THE ADOPTION PROCESS: THE MONFILS WELCOME HOME DANIEL AND
orphans from Port Au Prince, Haiti. You may recognize Colleen         with everything in the orphanage from the adoptions to               JONATHAN ON JANUARY 18, 2010
from serving on the same committees in the community. Or you          communication with the birth families and adoptive parents,” she
may know Michael as a successful surgeon who is on staff at           said. “I also prepare paperwork, gather supplies for donations,
Rochelle Hospital. If you have been fortunate enough to have          and work with volunteers.” In addition to managing all the
Michael as a surgeon, you probably know he checks up on you           ministry operations, Colleen also assists                            During their first mission trip, Michael and
to make sure you are following his post-op instructions. He might     missionary teachers with lesson planning.                            Colleen felt a call to adopt two boys, Daniel
even drive by your house or call to make sure you are not doing       “I work with a lot of staff, nannies, and                            and Jonathan, from Angel House. So they
yard work.                                                            teachers to help them tailor the curriculum                          initiated the process three years ago and, like
                                                                      to be more educationally-based. The hope                             most adoptions, encountered a few bumps
                                                                      is to make the transition easier for the kids                        along the way. “There was a process to clarify
                                                                      when they come to school in America.”                                that Daniel was identified as an orphan, to
                                                                                                                                           prove that they were trying to find his family,
                                                                      During his last mission trip to Haiti, Michael performed some        and create his birth certificate,” Colleen said.
                                                                      much-needed hernia surgeries. Since then, he has been
                                                                      consulting with the                                                  Thankfully on January 18, 2010, just six days
                                                                      missionary doctors in Haiti                                          after the earthquake, all orphans living at
                                                                      to help improve patient                                              Angel House received Humanitarian Parole
                                                                      care. He captured the joy                                            status and came to the United States to be
                                                                      of treating the Haitian                                              with their new families. The building that was
                                                                      people, most of whom                                                 used as the orphanage was damaged beyond
                                                                      are destitute and living                                             repair. “They were the first group out of Haiti
                                                                      in abject poverty. “The                                              after the earthquake,” Colleen revealed. “We
                                                                      people in Haiti have such a                                          wondered ‘how are they going to help these
                                                                      medical need, yet they are                                           orphans living in the streets?’ They couldn’t
                                                                      so grateful for the smallest                                         live in the orphanage. All of our children were
                                                                      things—the things we take                                            able to come home; all of our paperwork was
                                                                      for granted in the United                                            in order,” she added.
                                                                                                                                           Daniel, age 5, and Jonathan, age 4, were
Those are some the advantages of having a small town doctor           Michael recounted a story                                            overjoyed to come home to their forever
who is also a neighbor and active member of the community.            about a Haitian woman                                                family—the Monfils. Michael, Colleen, and
Close as you may be in proximity to the Monfils family, you may       who came to the clinic for                                           their three biological children Tim, Megan,
not know about their passion for doing mission work in Haiti.         treatment during the end stages of breast cancer. “There was not     and Kate welcomed them home with great joy
Thankfully, you do not have to wonder any longer because              much we could do for her, other than dress her wounds, but she       and celebration.
Michael and Colleen sat down with InVironments Magazine to            thanked us profusely,” he said.
share their story.                                                                                                                         Currently, Three Angels is researching options
                                                                      Unlike patients in America, the Haitians have no qualms about        on continuing the care for the orphans of
                                                                      waiting for treatment. Doctors working at the Three Angels
THE MONFILS AND THREE ANGEL’S                                         medical clinic do not
                                                                                                                                           Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating
                                                                                                                                           earthquake. Daniel recalls the day the
CHILDREN RELIEF MINISTRY                                              have to apologize for
                                                                      running behind. “They
                                                                                                                                           earthquake hit. “We went into the street
                                                                                                                                           because the house was broken. I slept on the
                                                                      will wait for hours and                                              grass,” he shared. “The nannies helped me.”
                   Driven by the need for better healthcare and       a day to get something                                               The staff at Three Angels were able to set up
                   childcare in Haiti, Michael and Colleen have       done,” Michael said                                                  a temporary camp in an empty lot until the
                   taken several mission trips to Port Au Prince,     solemnly.                                                            orphans received humanitarian parole status.
                   Haiti since November of 2007. As a husband
                   and wife team, they have served side-by-side       The attitudes of the                                                 Since then, Daniel and Jonathan have seen
                   in the Three Angel’s Children’s Relief ministry.   patients at the clinic                                               better days in the Monfils’ nurturing home.
                   The ministry, which strives to improve the lives   are rooted in the most                                               They both go to school in the area. They enjoy
                   of the most impoverished children of Haiti,        profound gratitude.                                                  playing outside with their siblings and meeting
                   centers around three specific programs: Angel      The smallest acts of                                                 new friends. “I love my mom and dad,” Daniel
                   House Orphanage, Three Angels Christian            service are rewarded                                                 smiled as he jumped into their arms.
Academy, and Three Angels Medical Mission. Naturally the              with endless praise. “They are grateful for what little care they
ministry was a perfect fit for the Monfils. Colleen had a degree      can receive, and they will thank you to the end of the earth,”
in teaching and a lot of experience in the field of education.        Michael affirmed.
Michael was a doctor who wanted to make a difference in
a country where only one in 10,000 citizens have access to            Although Michael and Colleen draw upon their professional
healthcare.                                                           backgrounds to conduct mission work in Haiti, they emphasized        Daniel, age 5, and Jonathan, age 4, were overjoyed to come home to their forever family—the
                                                                      that a specialty is not necessary. “People need to know that we      Monfils. Michael, Colleen, and their three biological children Tim, Megan, and Kate welcomed
Currently, Colleen is serving as missions director of Three Angels,   are user-friendly,” said Colleen. “You don’t have to have a degree
which she coordinates from her home. Michael is the assistant
                                                                                                                                           them home with great joy and celebration.
                                                                      or specialty to volunteer for Three Angels. We always need more
medical liaison to the medical mission. Together they are able        help.”

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                                                                       If you are interested in doing humanitarian
                                                                       work or adopting a child in Haiti, contact
                                                                       the Monfils at the following email address
                                                              Currently, Three
                                                                       Angels is in need of clothing, books, basic
                                                                       supplies, medication, and monetary donations.
                                                                       To donate funds or get involved as a volunteer,
                                                                       log-on to

            Since the earthquake, Colleen and local
          volunteers have concentrated on sending
        supplies biweekly to Haiti. Colleen has also
            channeled her efforts into finding a new
           building for the orphanage. “We are just
         focusing on finding places outside of Haiti,
             other functioning orphanages, and new
      property and build a new building,” she said.
     The clinic continues to service patients in need
       of medical care, and the school has resumed
        instruction for preschool through grade six.

                Dr. Monfils enjoys making personal connections
                    with patients as a small town doctor. “I enjoy                                                         New Home Construction                                            Custom Deck Building
                 taking care of people and operating, especially
                    at Rochelle Hospital,” he shared. Dr. Monfils
                    pointed out the benefits of having a hospital                                                                                   Interior and Exterior Home Remodeling
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40 Health                                                                                       Biking is a popular means of transportation, recreation, and sport. It is an
                                                                                                enjoyable non-impact exercise boasting cardiovascular effects.
                                                                                                Symptoms of overuse injuries of the genital-urinary tract present as genital numbness and dysfunction. In a
                                                                                                Medline search of 62 articles on the topic of pelvic related injuries the most common complaint was genital
                                                                                                numbness (50% to 91%), and erectile dysfunction (13% to 24%). The incidence of this syndrome increased
                                                                                                with age, body weight, years of cycling, and time spent on the bike per week.

                                                                                                The culprit is the pudendal nerve accompanied with blood vessels. There is a right and left pudendal nerve
                                                                                                and they travel on the inside of your sit bones and then to the base of the muscles and soft tissues of the
                                                                                                genital area. Pressure from a bike seat can, over time, compress this nerve and vessels causing symptoms of
                                                                                                numbness, pain, and affect urogenital function.

                                                                                                A secondary area of vulnerability is direct pressure from the front seat on the pubic area, especially leaning
                                                                                                forward. It should be noted from these case studies that training cyclists exceed 240 miles per week. Given
                                                                                                this information, what can be done to prevent or lessen the effects? Runners get specific running shoes to
                                                                                                protect their feet, a bike seat, and proper alignment is important for cyclists.

                                                                                                I spoke with Tobie Depauw, owner of North Central Cycling in DeKalb and discussed his recommendations
                                                                                                for these issues. He recommended the Brooks Leather Saddle. He also mentioned adjusting the seat and
                                                                                                handles to get a personalized fit, which is what they provide to their customers. Other seats I found on the
                                                                                                internet for reducing pelvic pressure were the Ease Seat II and the BiSaddle.

                                                                                                IN ADDITION, TRY:
                                                                                                    1. Standing up while riding to alleviate pressure

                                                                                                    2. Taking breaks during your ride

                                                                                                    3. Padded shorts and gloves

            EVER GET NUMB IN THE                                                                    4. Talk to your doctor if you start experiencing any symptoms,
                                                                                                       and get properly diagnosed.

            BUM AFTER A BIKE RIDE?                                                                  5. At Creative Therapeutics, we specialize in the evaluation
                                                                                                       and treatment of pelvic issues.
                                                                                                Because of the sensitivity of this area, it is important to address symptoms with a urologist or gynecologist
             By Laurie Drake, PT at Creative Therapeutics in DeKalb                             who is familiar with this issue. The longer the duration of symptoms, the harder it is to treat. Remember just
                                                                                                because the numbness subsides during your ride does not mean you are not injuring your nerve. And that’s
                                                                                                the bottom line!
             I was watching Ellen the other day and one of the male actors discussed proper
             seat cushioning when he cycles to avoid fertility problems saying, “My mom wants
             grandbabies!” Seeing this show was such a coincidence because I had been talking
             about the effects of biking and pelvic nerve compression to my colleagues.                                                                       Creative                  Therapeutics

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42 History                                                                                                        Port Hope was still growing when Calvin crossed Lake Ontario
                                                                                                                  into Canada. Elias Smith had founded the town in the early
                                                                                                                  1800s. Calvin married one of Elias’s granddaughters, Catherine
                                                                                                                  (Potter) Merkley. She was a widow lady with four children of
                                                                                                                  her own. Her first husband, Christopher Merkley, had been a
                                                                                                                                    teamster in the war and died in May 1814.
                                                                                                                                    Christopher and Catherine’s last child was born
                                                                                                                                    in July of the same year he died. Catherine
                                                                                                                                    and Calvin were married by 1818. Calvin
                                                                                                                                    was 25-years-old then, married with four
                                                                                                                                    stepchildren from ages 4 to 12 years old. His
                                                                                                                                    new wife had two stepchildren herself from her
                                                                                                                                                                                       however, had other plans. He wanted to be able to enlarge his
                                                                                                                                                                                       farming operation, and there wasn’t any space in Ontario to do
                                                                                                                                                                                       that. Harriet knew it would not be too long before they would
                                                                                                                                                                                       be pulling up stakes and heading south to the states. She only
                                                                                                                                                                                       hoped it would be an easier trip by the time they left. She did not
                                                                                                                                                                                       look forward to having to take care of children on board a ship,
                                                                                                                                                                                       even if moving did mean they would have land to own. She was
                                                                                                                                                                                       used to having a town nearby for the amenities in life. From what
                                                                                                                                                                                       she had heard, the frontier was pretty lonely.

                                                                                                                                                                                       A month or so later, Calvin and his family were getting off a boat
                                                                                                                                                                                       in Chicago. Fort Dearborn had become a town in 1834 and its
                                                                                                                                    first marriage. Those Merkley children were        name changed to Chicago, after the river that emptied into Lake
                                                                                                                                    nearly the age of Calvin. Life had always been     Michigan. He had heard it was some Indian word, this Chicago.
                                                                                                                                    interesting for him.                               About that same time, the last of the Indians had been forced
                                                                                                                                                                                       out of the territory, and the government would grant him land for
                                                                                                                                   Just as Port Hope, Darlington, and Bowmanville      fighting in the War of 1812.
                                                                                                                                   were all growing towns along Lake Ontario,
                                                                                                                                   the Hamlin family had been growing. By 1829,
                                                                                                                                   Calvin and Catherine had six more children of
                                                                                                                                   their own. Calvin served several terms on the
                                                                                                                                   township boards and in road commissioner
                                                                                                                                   positions. The communities were getting
                                                                                                                                   crowded and farmland was vanishing. He had
                                                                                                                                   served his time in the American militia, and
                                                                                                                                   when he found out there was land available to
                                                                                                                                   him in the Northwest Territory he decided it
                                                                                                                                   was time to move again—this time to Illinois.
                                                                                                                                   He had lived in Ontario for 24 years and even
                                                                                                                                   though Catherine had been born and raised
                                                                                                                                   there and all her family lived there, his family
                                                                                                                                   was making a big move away from the familiar
                                                                                                                                   shore of Port Hope. He was only 46, and he was                               Boys with three horse hitch Edgar Alcock farm
                                                                                                                                   still a strong man.
                                                                                                                                                                                       His cargo was sitting on the dock. Before long he had found a
                                                                                                                                     Catherine and their five youngest children        team of oxen and a wagon to buy so he could haul his family
                                                                                                                                     were below decks finding their sea legs.          and belongings west out of the swampy town and out to the
                                                                                                                                     Calvin Junior was 19 and ready to make a life     area they called Lynnville. He had directions on a piece of paper
                                                                                                                                     on his own. Phebe was 18 and ready to find a      directing him west on the Iowa Chicago Trail. Once the rope bed,
                                                                                                                                     husband. Catherine was 16, George was 14,         spinning wheel, few clothes, and food supplies were loaded on
                                                                                                                                     and David was 13. The boys would help him         the wagon, he headed the oxen and wagon west. They brought
                                                                                                                                     build shelter, and the girls would help their     cooking pots, farm tools, and not much more. They would take
                                                                                                                                     mother make a home. If everything worked          turns riding on the wagon when they got tired of walking.
                                                                                                                                     out, he and Catherine would send word back
                                                                                                                                     to their daughter, Harriet, so that she and her   Several teams and wagons moved out together along the trail
                                                                                                                                     husband, William Somers, might consider           that was beginning to show a lot of wear. It wasn’t hard to stay

     175 Year Old Illinois Prairie Town
                                                                                                                  moving south too. There were other farmers in the area who
                                                                                                                  were being crowded out of their farmland who might also
                                                                                                                  decide to move as time went on. Calvin was only sure of one
                                                                                                                  thing. He had packed their belongings and stowed away on
     By Dawn Somers                                                                                               board. He had paid for his family’s passage along the Great
                                                                                                                  Lakes and in a month or two, they would find some new land. It
     The year was 1843. Calvin Hamlin leaned against the ship’s rail and watched the shore fade slowly into       wasn’t the first time he had carved a place out of the wilderness
     the distance as he thought back over all the things that had gone on in his life so far. Once again he was   for himself. He had done it before; he would do it again.
     traveling away from what had been home, in search of more open space to call his own. Port Hope, Ontario
     had been open and inviting after the war in 1812. He had fought on the side of the Americas. He had been     Back in Port Hope, Harriet rocked her new daughter Elizabeth
                                                                                                                  to sleep as she wondered what life would be like now that
     born and raised in Herkimer County, New York. He was just 19 when he fought along with Captain John
                                                                                                                  her family was not near to her. William had been talking to his
     Edward and Captain Josiah Perry in the New York militia. When he saw that land patents were being given      younger brother Joseph about moving. Their older brothers,
     to anyone willing to live in Ontario and make improvements to the land, he decided to take up Governor       James and John Somers, were already established with their
     Semicoe’s offer and moved to the north side of the lake. The people were pretty much the same on both        farms and families and didn’t want to leave Darlington or
     shores at that time. There hadn’t been a line between Canada and the United States until recently. He had    Hope Counties, but William wanted land he could call his
     just wanted land of his own to farm.                                                                         own. William’s sisters Hestor, Amelia, Rhonda, and Harriett had
                                                                                                                  married local men. They didn’t want to move either. William,                                                       Strang Blacksmith Shop

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     on the path. There were already ruts cut pretty deep in the dirt. After about 7 days of travel they found the big grove of trees                                                                          stopped in the area and took up residence, staked
     he’d been told about. They weren’t the first family here, though. There was a cabin set back in the woods, south of the big                                                                               out property, made improvements, and sent word
     hill. He could see the smoke in the trees. The trail went around the north side of the hill. It must be drier ground traveling                                                                            to their relatives that they had found rich land to
     around the north of that tall mound of earth in the middle of all the prairie grass. They could see cat tails growing in a marshy                                                                         farm. From 1835 till 1850, the Iowa Chicago Trail
     wetland to the south of the hill.                                                                                                                                                                         brought thousands of travelers west from Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Michigan to the Mississippi River. More families
     Calvin decided they should make camp for the night. The prairie grass was sure                                                                                                                            from Herkmer County, New York settled in Lynnville.
     thick. It was well over eight or 10 feet tall. The oxen were well-fed, but Calvin was                                                                                                                     The Countryman, Sturges, Knight, and Munk
     not so sure about how to work this land. He heard in Chicago that a man in this                                                                                                                           families arrived after learning of the opportunities in
     new county called Ogle had invented a new plow that was supposed to be able to                                                                                                                            the area. Word spread about the rich soil that grew
     cut through the tough grass. He was going to have to ask about this John Deere                                                                                                                            crops so well. The Batty, Elliott, and more Hamlin
     invention and see if he could watch one work.                                                                                                                                                             families moved here.

     First things first though, they needed to meet the neighbors and get shelter built.                                                                                                                     The Iowa Chicago Trail or IC Trail for short, used to
     They had seen many of these sod houses on the trip out here. They could build                                                                                                                           cross the Kilbuck north of town. Once the travelers
     one of those first so they’d have a roof over their heads until they could get the                                                                                                                      discovered the solid rock base in the bottom of
     trees cut and lumber sawn for a real cabin. Tomorrow was a new day, with new                                                                                                                            the creek where the bridge is located today, they
     neighbors to meet, and a new life to start.                                                                                                                                  Front of OD Talbot’s store moved the crossing to the area where the wagons
                                                                                                                                         and oxen would not sink into the mud. The distance from Sycamore to Lynnville could be traveled in one day by ox
     By 1850, with four children in tow, Harriet and William Somers purchased land                                                       and cart or on horseback or foot. Soon a town built up around the fork in the trail. The north road went to Byron and
     from Calvin Hamlin to farm. A sod house was their first home and later a wooden                                                     on to Galena. The south road traveled to the county seat at Oregon and on to Savannah where travelers could ford the
     frame house was erected. Joseph and Jemmia Somers and their family all moved                                                        Mississippi.
     to Creston, Illinois to find land to farm. The Somers matriarch, Tamson Seward
     Somers, came to Illinois with her two youngest sons. Their father, William Somers,                                                  In Lynnville there were oxen pens to stable the teams, plenty of prairie grass to feed them, a couple of blacksmith shops
     had died and was buried in Bowmanville, Ontario. Tamson moved south with her                                                        to shoe horses or make repairs on equipment, a wagon wheelwright shop to fix broken wagon wheels, a grocery store
     unmarried daughter Elizabeth and lived with her son William in Lynnville. Other                                                     for supplies, a hotel with a clean bed to sleep in, a creek to water livestock, and a post office to mail your letters back
     relatives moved to Ogle County in the next few years, such as the Grant and                                                                                                                                 home. Before long there was a stagecoach line
     Potter families.                                                                                                                                                                                            that came through town three times a week. From
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1845 till the late 1850s when the steam locomotives
     So went the story of many of the first pioneers who carved out of the prairie                                                                                                                               and railroads made traveling faster and easier, the
     the town of Lynnville and Lindenwood in those early years of the 1800s. Calvin          Robert or Ray Alcock on white work horse                                                                            town of Lynnville was a bustling community rapidly
     Hoadley was one of the first men to buy land from the government around what later became Lindenwood. His name shows                                                                                        growing to meet the needs of the farming families
     up on most of the land abstracts of the houses in town. Calvin Hamlin, Dr. John Andrews, Lewis Piper, David Edrington, John                                                                                 in the township. Traffic came west as well as moved
     Jones, Elijah Dresser, Daniel Champion, Charles Burroughs, Rufus Phelps, William Campbell, John and William Jenks all                                                                                       back east toward Chicago where grain and livestock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 could be sold and manufactured goods could be
                                                                                               Stocking Elevator with horse and wagon                                                                            purchased.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Great Western Railroad laid its tracks south
                                                                                                                                                                                                               of the town of Lynnville in 1887. The commerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                               of town moved as well. By then the name had

                                                                                                                                         been changed to Lindenwood, since there was a Lynnville post office
                                                                                                                                         in southern Illinois. With the railroad hauling passengers, livestock,
                                                                                                                                         produce, and other supplies, the foot and wagon traffic through the
                                                                                                                                         ‘old town’ faded away. Two different elevators were built near the
                                                                                                                                         depot. Eventually, two mercantile stores were built. A barber shop,
                                                                                                                                         pool hall, paint shop, livery stable, and hotel were built within the next
                                                                                                                                         few years. A sheep yard capable of housing over 30,000 sheep was built
                                                                                                                                         west and south of the railroad. Sheep shearing sheds were built and
                                                                                                                                         a new business developed in town, lasting until 1916 when a tornado
                                                                                                                                         destroyed most of the sheds. Livestock yards held cattle and pigs
                                                                                                                                         headed to the huge livestock yard in Chicago. Drovers no longer used
                                                                                                                                         the IC Trail to move livestock toward Chicago.

                                                                                                                                         Much like the times themselves, Lindenwood evolved to meet the needs
                                                                                                                                         of its community. Over the years, many businesses have come and
                                                                                                                                         gone. Buildings have been erected and demolished. Fortunately there
                                                                                                                                         are many of the original houses left in town, some of them dating back
                                                                                                                                         to the 1880s. The railroad is gone, but you can see the path it took in
                                                                                                                                         the railroad grade that is left standing. Hundreds of pictures survived,
                                                                                                                                         reminding us of all the wonderful elements that made up our town.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Lindenwood School early 1900s

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 celebrating lindenwood’s history
JUne 26 & 27, 2010
                     The Lindenwood community is celebrating its founding          There will also be guided historical tours of the old and
                     June 26-27. At our Saturday, June 26 event, we will be        new town in the late afternoon. The recently written history
                     hosting a parade. We are inviting any local groups to         book about Lynnville and Lindenwood will be available
                     bring a float or group to be in our parade. There will        for purchase in limited supplies. If anyone is interested
                     be an art contest featuring crafts, paintings, sculpting,     in pre-ordering a copy for $30 before the weekend, they
                     quilting, sewing, photography, and more at the Union          can contact Dawn Somers, at 17837 Lindenwood Road,
                     Church. Anyone who has had or has some connection             Lindenwood, IL 61049. There is a $5 shipping and handling
                     to Lindenwood is                                                                                        charge if the
                     invited to participate.                                                                                 book needs to
                                                                                                                             be mailed. When
                     The Stocking 1904                                                                                       you write Dawn,
                     Rambler Car, which                                                                                      please include
                     is considered to be                                                                                     your name,
                     the first car in the                                                                                    address, and
                     township, will return                                                                                   phone number as
                     to Lindenwood for                                                                                       well as a check for
                     the weekend. It was                                                                                     the total amount.
                     purchased from the
                     Milton Stocking                                                                                       Music on the lawn
                     Estate in 1948—a few                                                                                  featuring local
                     years after Milt died.                                                                                talent playing a
                     Milt rode the trains                                                                                  variety of music
                     to Wisconsin and had                                                                                  styles will start
                     purchased the car                                                                                     around 3pm
                     brand new from the                                                                                    and last until we
                     Rambler factory, in                                                                                   have our outdoor
                     Kenosha in 1904, and                                                                                  movies after
                     then drove it home                                                                                    dark. Popcorn will
                     to Lindenwood.                                                                                        be available for
                     After being gone for 62 years, the car is returning home      purchase as well as pop or water. An ice cream social will
                     for a short visit courtesy of Reggie Nash from Richmond,      take place from 6pm until 7pm sponsored by the local 4H
                     Virginia, the current owner. We will be hosting a car show    clubs.
                     of vintage pre-war cars located around the Union Church
                     both Saturday and Sunday. The Stocking Rambler and the        On Sunday, after church services at both Immanual
                     Somers 1911 Austin, a car that arrived new in Lindenwood      Lutheran Church and Union Church, there will be a
                     and never left the community, will be on display. Buick,      community potluck picnic at the school grounds. Everyone
                     Ford, Packard, and others brands will be lined up under the   is invited to bring two dishes to pass, your own table          Milton Stocking 1904 Rambler; brand new
                     church’s shade trees for you to view.                         service, and drink as well as your lawn chairs or blankets.
                                                                                                     Children’s games will take place after the
                     A living history village will be set up in                                      meal. It will be a great time to visit with
                                                                                                                                                   For more information about participating
                     town demonstrating the pioneer way of life                                      old friends and catch up on the news. The
                                                                                                                                                   in any of our events, please contact the
                     that our forefathers did to survive. There                                      art display will be open again on Sunday
                                                                                                                                                   following people:                                                                    Free Estimates
                     will be demonstrations of the old style                                         as well as the Living History Village,
                     crafts and way of life such as spinning,                                        wagon rides, and the historical tours of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fully Insured
                                                                                                                                                   Lindenwood History Book: (chairman)
                     weaving, candle making, soap making,                                            the town. The car show will also be open
                                                                                                                                                   Dawn Somers - 815-978-4932
                     outdoor cooking, and other skills necessary                                     for Sunday afternoon.
                     for survival in the prairies of the area. The                                                                                 Antique car show registration:
                     village will be open both days.                                               So where is Lindenwood you ask? It’s right      Joe Somers - 815-985-6432
                                                                                                   in the middle of everywhere. Located            Parade pre–registration:
                     Horse drawn wagons will provide                                               about 20 miles from DeKalb, Rockford,           Lisa Woodworth - 815-393-4536
                     transportation from the parking areas                                             Oregon, and 12 miles from Rochelle,         Contributions:                             Custom Homes & Additions
                     to the Eswood Grade School where                                                  you will find Lindenwood just north of      Becky Graber - 815-393-4932
                     Headon’s Pork Chop Meals can be                                                   Highway 64 on Lynnville Road. It is east    Art Contest:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Custom Commercial Buildings
                     purchased from 11am until 7pm. Water                                              of Highway 251, west of Mulford Road,       Christy Roberts - 815-393-4783
                     and pop will be available for purchase                                            and south of Highway 72. Interstate 39
                                                                                                                                                   Ground set up:
                     from the Rochelle Boy Scouts of Troop                                             is located less than a mile from town
                     553. In the afternoon, there will be a                                            to the east, but you can’t get off 39       Fred Graber - 815-393-4932
                     fashion show of period style clothing in                                          at Lindenwood Road. Exit 39 on to           Publicity fliers:
                     which anyone is invited to participate.                                           Highway 64 and head north, or exit          Jeanine Adams       815-393-4126
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Commercial & Residential Concrete
                     A men’s beard contest will be held at the                                    onto Highway 72 and head south.                  General Information:                       Roofs- Flat • Metal • Shingled           Stamped Concrete
                     same time. Swenson Spreader will host an                                                                                      Marilyn Schlof - 815-393-4822                   Seamless Gutters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Steel Buildings and Snow Removal
                     open house and tours.                                                                                                         Linda Manon - 815-393-4031
                                                                                                                                                   Sue Kivikko - 815-393-3524

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48                                      Home and Garden
                                                                                                                                              For those that are new to the gardening scene, or just as a review, Valdivieso has included six easy vegetable garden reminders:

                                                                                                                                                 1. Pick a sunny location. Most veggies grow best in full sun.
                                                                                                                                                 2. Amend and prep the soil. A new garden should be tilled
                                                                                                                                                 well and rid of all sod.

                                                                                                                                                 3.  Start with a small garden for fresh in-season
                                                                                                                                                 consumption and work your way up to a canning garden
                                                                                                                                                 after a couple of years. Gardening is hard work and if
                                                                                                                                                 you bite off more than you can chew, you might give up all

                                                                                                                                                 4. Remember the 3 W’s: weed, water and watch. Weeds
                                                                                                                                                 are easiest to pull after a rain or a good watering. Water only
                                                                                                                                                 if the garden doesn’t get an inch of rain per week. Watch for
                                                                                                                                                 pest and disease and treat organically if possible.

                                                                                                                                                 5. Have the right tools! Keeping the soil loose and weed free is

     Vegetable Garden
                                                                                                                                                 essential for optimal growth and production. My favorite tool for
                                                                                                                                                 doing both (loosening and weeding) at the same time is a Hula-Hoe

                                                                                                                                                 6. Share! After you have picked/harvested all that you want,
                                                                                                                                                 give the rest to friends, neighbors, or charitable organizations.
                                                                                                                                                 Vegetables left to rot in a garden are unsightly and will cause
     By Ginny Hammes with Jeana Valdivieso
                                                                                                                                                 unwanted plants the next year.

     The sun seems to create a magnetic field for those                                                                                       Valdivieso advises reading the instructions located on the back of most
     who enjoy the outdoors. With warm summer months                                                                                          seed packets. These will instruct when and where to plant, as well as what conditions each plant requires.

     ahead, planting a vegetable garden might be                                                                                              “Caring for my gardens is
     something to put on the to-do list if it isn’t already.                                                                                  definitely a labor of love.
                                                                                                                                              I sow a lot of work into
     Whether you’re an expert gardener or trying out your green thumb for the first time, a garden may actually reap the same benefits.       maintaining it all, but in
                                                                                                                                              return I reap peace, joy,                                                         Big Enough to Serve You Small Enough to Know You
     “The secret to great gardening is enjoying it. Whether it is one tomato plant in a pot on your deck or a half-acre plot bulging
     with a variety of vegetables, tending your plants should leave you with a sense of accomplishment not drudgery,” says longtime
                                                                                                                                              relaxation, tranquility, and
     gardener, Jeana Valdivieso of Rochelle.                                                                                                  regain my sanity at the
                                                                                                                                              end of a stressful day,”
     Growing up in a wooded area, Valdivieso recalls watching the forest floor come to life every spring, blanketing itself in wildflowers.
                                                                                                                                              Valdivieso shares.
     “As a child, that love for plants carried over into helping my mom and grandpa with their vegetable gardens. As an adult, and
     mother of four sons, my attention turned mainly to vegetable gardening out of necessity,” Valdivieso comments.

     There are many reasons to garden, according to the National Garden Bureau. Some choose to garden as a healthy and cost-
     effective alternative to shopping in the produce aisle. Others enjoy a hobby that allows them to be outdoors with an end result
     that continues to give.

     “Growing vegetables that I will be able to can or freeze for winter consumption is the practical reason why I garden. But the truth is
     I love everything to do with gardening,” Valdivieso says.

     Valdivieso tends to many gardens other than her vegetable garden such as a formal English garden, a rose garden, a cutting
     perennial garden, an herb garden, and hosta gardens. The planting possibilities are endless!

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By Molly Fader O’Keefe                                               community and he wanted my brother and I to not only respect         What I understand now that I didn’t then–was the way my mother steered our little ship, the four
                                                                     that, but to appreciate it. To realize that we were a Fader tribe.
                                                                     And there were expectations that went along with that.
                                                                                                                                          of us, into happy waters. She took the ordinary and made it memorable. Her lessons of care, and
Before I had kids, I had ideas regarding the                                                                                              diligence, of follow-through and that often the smallest gestures are the most important. That a well-
lessons I would teach my children about humility,                    Those lessons, those notes, shaped my life. They helped me           timed rum cake will never be forgotten created the details that made for my idyllic childhood.
gratitude, graciousness–the list went on.                            believe that getting the things I wanted was simply a matter of
                                                                     commitment and hard work. And so far, Dad hasn’t steered me
Which is all very hilarious since the predominant lesson I seem to   wrong.
be teaching my four and two-year-old is to not play in the toilet.
Or to just leave each other alone. Or leave the dog alone. Or the    The real surprise of motherhood is realizing all those things,
TV, the sink, the lights, or me. Especially me.                      unsung and largely, until now, unnoticed my mother did for my
                                                                     brother and I. And I’m not talking about the endless dinners,
So, now, those plans about teaching humility and gratitude and       the shopping, the lunch packing, the sock sorting. The thankless
graciousness, seem most days, laughably out of reach. So, I do       discipline. Because I don’t remember that stuff.
what most new parents do––I call my folks.
                                                                     I remember falling asleep in a dark tent to the sound of my
For those of you who might not know my parents, Pete and Gayle       mother’s voice reading Louis L’Amour to the whole family. I
Fader, I should tell you, my brother and I just plain lucked out.

My parents have been married for 44 years and made a tough job
look easy and feel joyous.

As I look at the lessons my parents taught me,
from my vantage point on the other side of
childbirth, I realize what miracles they are. That
they were taught at all, amongst the chaos and
weariness of child rearing, is amazing.
But what those lessons actually reveal about my parents is the
real gift.

In high school, I was a part of the speech team and before every
big tournament my father would leave a bunch of notes tucked
into my book bag. I’ve saved three of them. The first, in his
horrible scrawl, asks “have you cleaned your room?” Which was
funny, because no. I never cleaned my room. The                                                       remember the coconut smell of
second says, “I’m proud of you.” And the third says,                                                  my mother’s neck as I held onto
“Remember you’re a Fader.”                                                                            her back while she swam lazy
                                                                                                      laps at Spring Lake. I remember
My father taught at Rochelle Township High School                                                     the way she made my birthdays
for 35 years, most of those years in the same room.                                                   memorable. How I got postcards
He coached football for 16 and wrestling for 26.                                                      almost every day when I was
                                                                                                      at camp. How she made every
My father loves wrestling; he loves the athletes that                                                 holiday special. Even the minor
choose to take it on because more often than not,                                                     ones. Fancy pencils in my lunch
success in that tough sport is about how hard you                                                     bag on Valentine’s Day. An
work and ultimately, how big your heart is. In Dad’s                                                  Easter Basket mailed to me every
mind, hard work was its own reward. Finishing the                                                     year, long after I left home. My
job, trying as hard as you could, win or lose, was the                                                children get Halloween cards.
real success.
                                                                                                      I remember how she celebrated
I heard “I’m proud of you”                                                                            the things that made me unique.
more often than I heard “I                                                                            She supported independence
                                                                                                      and trying new things. The most
love you,” which might seem                                                                           practical person I know, my
strange, but I worked to hear                                                                         mother made me believe I could
                                                                                                      be a writer–one of the most         I want to thank my parents for setting the bar so high. For giving my brother and me the tools to do the best we could by our own
those words. I still do.
                                                                                                      impractical professions there is.   families. When we hold up the mirror to ourselves and see our parents, it can be a nightmare, but in my case–it’s a gift.
My father was proud of his job. Proud of
being some students’ favorite teacher,                                                                                                                                 Molly Fader O’Keefe grew up in Rochelle, Illinois. She married her college sweetheart
and I think he was even proud of being                                                                                                                                 and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. She published her first Harlequin romance at
some students’ most hated teacher.                                                                                                                                     age 25 and has been publishing books ever since. One of her romances Dishing It Out,
                                                                                                                                                                       won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005. She and
He was proud of who he was in this
                                                                                                                                                                       her husband have two children. Keep up with Molly’s work at

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54 Kids                               By Dana Meyers

                                      Jodi Riley and Christa McGrath both started
                                      dancing at a very young age. Their love for the
                                      art form led them both into professional careers.
                                      In 2002, Jodi endeavored to share her love of
                                      dance with others and opened the Performing
                                      Arts Academy of Sycamore. Still in school herself,
                                      Christa signed on as one of her instructors. Last
                                      year, Christa became a partner and the dancing
                                      duo set out to expand their business while
                                      enriching the lives of their students.

                                      Today their Sycamore location boasts two dance studios, a
                                      Pilates studio, and music lesson rooms. In January 2010, they          clearly stated right from the start along with payment schedules.
                                      took another leap and opened a second location right here              I truly appreciated knowing the financial investment we were
                                      in Rochelle. Located at 411 4th Avenue in Rochelle, Jodi and           making before signing the dotted line. In this packet, the
                                      Christa have big plans to impact the community through the             expected dress code was also outlined. The request was simple.
                                      performing arts.                                                       Teagan’s class would wear pink leotards, pink tights, and pink
                                                                                                             ballet shoes. This may sound stuffy to some, but I was delighted.
                                                                                                             The presence of a dress code indicated yet another level of
                                                                                                             professionalism. I was pleased to later learn that I could purchase
                                                                                                             the needed attire at the studio’s dance boutique for a
                                                                                                             reasonable price.

                                                                                                             Classes began and Teagan was met by an enthusiastic instructor,
                                                                                                             Kaitlyn Vega. Each class provided a fun structured learning
                                                                                                             environment. Miss Kaitlyn’s dance experience was obvious, and I
                                                                                                             continued to be delighted as she displayed an understanding of
                                                                                                             the age group she was teaching.

                                                                                                             “I love teaching pre-ballet. The students get so excited about
                                                                                                             every new step they learn. The class is so much fun,” Kaitlyn says.
                                                                                                             Her love of her students shows in her careful instruction and
                                                                                                             sense of humor during class.
                                      I first met these two ladies in December when I attended an open
                                      house at their Rochelle location. I was immediately impressed          My love for the studio continues to grow as I
                                      with the level of professionalism I saw. I was certain their program
                                      was just what I was looking for. Even as an infant the sound           learn more about Jodi and Christa’s philosophies
                                      of music would set my daughter in motion. As I watched her,            of dance and plans for the future. The co-owners
                                      dreams of her running around in a tutu and flitting across the         both hail from small towns: Genoa and DeKalb.
                                      stage would fill my mind. She is five now and those images of her
                                      twirling cross the stage still fill my mind as she spins through the   As they looked to expand their business,
                                      house and asks for the music to be turned up. Eager to allow my        Rochelle became a prime location.
                                      daughter, Teagan, the opportunity for formal dance training, but
                                      not wanting to drive out of town, I was thrilled to register her for   Jodi explains, “We really like the small town feel. We were aware
                                      a pre-ballet class at the Performing Arts Academy of Rochelle.         that the other dance studio was closing and recognized the
                                                                                                             need for a dance program in the Rochelle community.” Offering
                                      As a parent, I was initially impressed with many aspects of the        pre-ballet, ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop classes here in Rochelle
                                      studio. Before registering, I was given a packet of information        provides a great opportunity for aspiring dancers ages 3 and up.
                                      that plainly stated the costs we would encounter through the
                                      session. Tuition fees as well as estimated costume fees were           While they are enthusiastic about all the classes they have to
                                                                                                             offer, both instructors agree ballet is fundamental to a dance

     Performing Arts
                                                                                                             education. “If you can do ballet, you can pretty much do
                                        “I love teaching pre-ballet.                                         anything,” Jodi states with Christa nodding in agreement. The
                                                                                                             two go on to describe the general flow of their classes. Their aim

                                        The students get so excited
                                                                                                             is to provide a structure to classes without being too ridged.

                                                                                                             “We use themes to help keep the kids engaged,” Christa offers.
                                      about every new step they learn.                                       As a parent I have experienced this firsthand. My daughter is

          of Rochelle                    The class is so much fun.”
                                                                                                             excited to get to class and have Miss Kaitlyn give her a spray of
                                                                                                             pixie dust. Miss Kaitlyn encourages the girls to talk about where

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     “For students who set their
dreams and aspirations to dance,

 we want to provide them a solid
    foundation and professional
        atmosphere to learn in.”
                                                      – Christa

they are going to fly to as the class stretches out together. Once     “We try to keep our performances between an hour and a half to
stretched out, they work on positions and steps. From the very         two hours. Anything longer than that is too long for the audience
beginning, students are taught the French names and meanings of        and us,” Jodie smiles. For the winter production, the community
each step.                                                             can look forward the The Grinch.

“If you don’t know the names of the steps and what they mean,          With all the duo is currently working to accomplish, they are
it becomes very difficult to learn as students get older. Once         looking to the future of their Rochelle location with great
students enter our Ballet 1 class they know the basics and are         enthusiasm. “We have the opportunity to expand in this
ready to work on technique,” Jodi explains. For younger students,      location,” Jodie says with excitement. “We want this program
instructors also teach the importance of waiting turns and             to be as big as our Sycamore location, including music lessons,
following directions.                                                  acting, Pilates, and even belly dancing.” They also hope to reach
                                                                       out beyond the studio and get involved in the community to

Beyond the steps, the professional atmosphere of                       work with organizations such as Brownie Troops and pre-school
                                                                       classes. On the immediate horizon, plans are being made for
the studio is upheld in many ways. “We know that                       their four week summer session. The studio will be offering a
less than one percent of our students are likely to                    variety of classes to all age groups. The session will be open to
go on to be professional dancers,” admits Jodi.                        current students wanting to maintain and sharpen their skills, as
                                                                       well as new students curious about formal dance education.
“We still want to provide them a professional
atmosphere to learn in.”                                               I am thrilled to have The Performing Arts Academy here in
                                                                       Rochelle. As I gain understanding of the studio’s philosophy and     EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE CHOICES AT HAUSER-ROSS OPTICAL.
The simple dress code helps to maintain structure in the classes as    watch the skill and enthusiasm the instructors shared with the
well as sets a standard for what a dancer should look like. Because    students, I sometimes have to pinch myself.
they want to send a positive message to their students and the
community, the owners pride themselves on choosing age-
appropriate costumes, music, and choreography. “We don’t feel it       Jodi, Christa, and Miss Kaitlyn have created a
is appropriate for kids to be showing their bellies,” Jodi states.     nurturing, fun, and structured environment for
                                                                       my daughter to begin her dance education. Best
Christa expands their conservative views into the music they
choose. “Kids listening to mature music is one thing, but to put       of all, I don’t have to drive out of town to get it!
them in front of an audience to dance to it is an entirely different   The package is more than I ever dreamed.
                                                                       Bravo to The Performing Arts Academy for adding value to our
Their very well thought-out approach exists to create an               community through their professional atmosphere and love of
experience that provides students with a sense of belonging,           dance. For more information on the Performing Arts Academy,
discipline, and respect. I, for one, appreciate their efforts, and     contact Jodi or Christa at 815-899-1307 or
am looking forward to seeing some of the results at the spring
performance, Broadway and Beyond, June 12 at Rochelle High

                                                                         “Whether students are serious
                                                                         about dancing or enjoying it as                                                                    SCANDINAVIAN SPIRIT
                                                                         recreation, dance is good for                                                                                 815.756.5897
                                                                         kids physically and socially.”                                                                            2240 Gateway Drive, Sycamore
                                                                                                                       – Kaitlyn                                        

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60 Fitness
 Summer Fitness Fun                                                                                                                              for the Whole Family

 By Sarah Militz-Frielink                                                                                                                     Local Advice from Elizabeth Martinez, Superintendent of Recreation, Flagg-
 School is almost out of session, and if you are a parent like me, you may be struggling to structure the long sunny days of summer.
                                                                                                                                              Rochelle Community Park District.
 As a fitness junkie and parent to three children in grade school, I am always on the look-out for activities to keep the entire family fit
 and healthy. Since my children refuse to play indoors on a warm summer day (can you blame them?), I have to improvise to keep them           If Rochelle and surrounding community residents would like to walk on the cushioned track at Helm’s Complex, they may stop by
 busy. As a result, I have compiled a list of outdoor family activities, which includes advice from local experts. Summer is the perfect      the park office to get the code for the locked gate. The track is 1/4 of a mile so four times around equals one mile. The cushion
 opportunity to spend quality time with the kids while reaping the benefits of an outdoor exercise routine all in the backdrop of the         track is a great alternative to help “cushion” the impact on walkers/runners bodies. The track also provides a level surface with no
 picturesque Midwest. The following suggestions will help you plan a fun, fit family day in the great outdoors.                               curbs or holes to watch out for.

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                                                                                                                                              The Four Sister’s Bike Path, which begins at 735 North Second Street, is also an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get
      Staying hydrated is key during any outdoor                               Spend the day hiking, playing volleyball, or
                                                                                                                                              exercise. The bike path weaves from Tilton Park (the Little League Fields) under the bridge at IL Route 38, under Highway 251,
      activity, especially in the heat. Pack a small bag filled                throwing horseshoes at Skare Park, located four                through Flannigan Park (in Hillcrest),
      with water bottles and healthy snacks (e.g. granola                      miles west of Rochelle on Flagg Road. This park                around Rochelle High School, crosses
      bars, trail mix, apples) to keep everyone satisfied.               boasts over 12 miles of hiking trails, abundant wildlife,
                                                                         and 300 acres of oak/hickory forests. Picnic facilities and
                                                                                                                                              Flagg Road, and weaves through
                                                                                                                                              Atwood Park. The total length is 3.9
                                                                                                                                                                                              Helping you achieve and maintain an active lifestyle.

        Apply a good sunscreen to protect skin from the                  shelters are also available. For hikers, ankle-high boots and        miles. There is lots of nature and people
        sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. Tate’s Natural Miracle               long pants are recommended.                                          to see on the bike path. It’s a fantastic
        Sunscreen SPF 30 is safe for babies, children, and                                                                                    prospect to enjoy nature and exercise.

 adults of all ages. The best part is that this sunscreen also                 Sail, kayak, or canoe at Lake Sule located at I-39             You can bike, run, walk, stroll solo, or
                                                                                                                                              with friends, family, or your favorite pet. If
 repels mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, chiggers, deer flies, stable                 and I-88 with access via Wiscold Drive. The lake is
                                                                                                                                              you would like a bike path map feel free
 flies, black flies, fleas, ants, and bees. Ideal for families                 surrounded by Lyle Kunde, a 90-acre recreation area            to stop by the Park Office at
 with allergies, Tate’s Natural Miracle Sunscreen contains               that offers ramps, picnic tables, boat rentals, and parking          735 N. 2nd Street or visit us on the web
 no dyes, no gluten, no iodine, no glycol, no sulfates, no               areas—perfect for picnics and nature walks.                
 parabens, no fragrance, no phosphates, and no pesticides.

 Order online at                                         Spring Lake Pool, located on 8th Street and Avenue             Sign-up for an outdoor fitness class
                                                                               B, is open May 30–August 15, 2010. Sign-up through             this summer through the park district.

      Alternate the choice of activities to offset boredom                     the park district                For example, HyperFit Advanced is a
      (i.e. swimming one day, hiking the next day, biking the                                                                                 great class for high school students and
                                                                                                                                              their parents. This class meets in the           SERVICES FOR CYCLISTS:
      day after that, etc.)
                                                                                                                                              teen town parking lot on Monday and              • Strengthening routine for hamstrings, gluteal and abdominal muscles.
                                                                                                                                              Wednesday mornings from 5:45-6:45am,             • Good flexibility in the hip flexors, quads and back extensors.

      Enjoy a day of horse-back riding on American                                                                                            rain or shine. See how strong you can            • Injury treatment and prevention.
      saddle-bred horses. Plum Creek Stables, located                                                                                         become using your own body weight.
      at 7135 South Locust Road in Rochelle offers a full                                                                                     HyperFit Advanced will strengthen your                    Contact Creative Therapeutics for a
 schedule of riding lessons geared for all skill levels. Call                                                                                 muscles, boost metabolism, and will be a                 FREE CONSULTATION
 815-384-5031 to make an appointment. The cost is $25 per                                                                                     great compliment to your cardiovascular
 person for a group lesson, which includes families.                                                                                          fitness routine.

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62 Fitness                                                                                                                             what are the ingredients you might ask? well there are five
                                                                                                                                       main ones I can name for you:

                                                                                                                                       1. Strength (Resistance) Training - There’s
                                                                                                                                       not much that burns fat more quickly than building
                                                                                                                                       good, lean muscle. Ladies don’t worry! You won’t
                                                                                                                                       bulk up like guys do if you strength train! You don’t
                                                                                                                                       have the testosterone levels of men so your muscles
                                                                                                                                       won’t bulk like men’s muscles do. You will torch fat
                                                                                                                                       like men do. When the body builds lean muscle it
                                                                                                                                       uses body fat to maintain that muscle. So as the
                                                                                                                                       body is metabolizing fat to maintain the muscle
                                                                                                                                       you’ve built, your resting metabolic rate rises and so
                                                                                                                                       does the amount of calories you’re burning daily.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               water levels in the body. I won’t even get into the complexities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of vitamin deficiencies’ effect on body function. So,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             if you’re not taking the right vitamins, minerals, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             supplements, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Rest -     Another overlooked ingredient! Proper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rest is essential; and I don’t just mean sleep! Yes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it would be great if you could get eight hours of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sleep a night, but life happens and it’s just not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            always possible. However, another rest component
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            is essential–that is rest between workout sessions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When we workout we break the body down. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            body needs recovery time to build up and beyond
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the previous level. If the body is constantly being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            broken down (e.g. working out six or seven days
                                                                                                                                       2. Cardio Training - Cardio training is very                                         a week) then when are you allowing the body to
                                                                                                                                       important to the fitness process as you strengthen your heart           build up and build better? It’s called overtraining and there
                                                                                                                                       muscle. It also burns fat well. However, there are ways to tailor       are many people guilty of falling into this trap. You shouldn’t
                                                                                                                                       your cardio workouts to access body fat more quickly. Interval          workout more than two consecutive days without a day of rest.
                                                                                                                                       training is an efficient, effective way to train. By mixing in short    Light cardio, yoga, or stretching is considered rest. Light lifting,
                                                                                                                                       spurts of high intensity sprints into your normal routine you burn      hardcore running, ballistic yoga, and pilates is not. Also, I try not
                                                                                                                                       up the blood sugars and other sources of energy the body uses           to have my clients work out for more than an hour per session.
                                                                                                                                       more quickly. This forces the body to access the body fat stores        The main reason is that I want my client to have laser focus on
                                                                                                                                       sooner than a normal cardio training session would. So, instead         what they are there to accomplish. After an hour, the mind just
                                                                                                                                       of running on the treadmill for an hour and                                                   tends to wander, and when focus is lost, so is
                                                                                                                                       only burning body fat the last 35 minutes,                                                    the effectiveness of what we’re trying to do.
                                                                                                                                       if you run the same amount of time with                                                       Also, the body gets tired if you’re pushing
                                                                                                                                       intervals of sprints thrown in you can access                                                 yourself to the max. If you have to workout
                                                                                                                                       your body fat stores sooner and burn fat for                                                  for two or three hours to feel you’ve had a
                                                                                                                                       more of that same hour.                                                                       good workout, you’re probably not pushing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     yourself hard enough or you’re overtraining.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Without proper rest, you risk plateau, injury,
                                                                                                                                       3. Healthy Eating Lifestyle - Perhaps                                                         regression, or a combination of the three.
                                                                                                                                       the most important aspect of fitness is
                                                                                                                                       developing and maintaining a healthy eating                                                  In closing, ditch that microwave, get a crock
                                                                                                                                       lifestyle. I don’t say diet because the word in                                              pot, and load your ingredients daily to see

                                              Ingredients to a
                                                                                                                                       itself implies that it’s temporary. It must be a lifestyle change. If   real long term lasting results!
                                                                                                                                       you’re consuming more calories than you’re expending you will
                                                                                                                                       never reach your goals. If you’re not eating the right foods you
                                                                                                                                       will not reach your goals. If you’re not eating frequently enough,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Hassan Stevenson MBA/MKT CPT.

                                             Healthy Approach
                                                                                                                                       you will not reach your goals. A good healthy eating lifestyle shift    630-728-6621
                                                                                                                                       is the cornerstone for reaching and exceeding your goals.

                                                                                                                                       4. Vitamins, Minerals & Other Nutrients - Often
                                                                                                                                       overlooked and oh so crucial. If our bodies do not have the
                                                                                                              By Hassan Stevenson      proper levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients how can
                                                                                                                                       it properly help you reach your goals? You can ‘t build muscle
                               When it comes to getting fit, do you have the attitude of a microwave or a crock pot? A person who      without protein. You can’t properly fuel your workouts without
                               approaches fitness like a microwave is one who is looking for the quick and easy path to fitness. You   good carbs. You can’t possibly sweat properly without adequate
                               know what I mean people––the myriad of weight loss shakes, supplements, detoxes, and various
                               pills that promise to rid you of fat and give you the bodies of gods and goddesses in next to no
                               time, or the consumers of the many get-fit-quick infomercial products that promise the same thing.
                               Most of these avenues simply don’t work. Those that do really aren’t helping you in the healthy way.
                               Losing water weight isn’t getting fit. Starving yourself on some detoxes and cleanses only serve to
                               slow the metabolism and cause you to gain body fat while the body eats muscle for energy.

                               I’m sorry folks, but I’m here to tell you that you can’t put your body in a
                               microwave, and ding, have a great body in three weeks - not in a healthy
     You need to adopt the crock pot approach to fitness. When you cook with a crock pot you put all of the ingredients into the
     pot in the morning, turn it on, and leave it to cook for the day. That’s right, the whole day! Then when you get home from
     work you have a great dinner that’s properly cooked and ready to be served. That’s how you need to approach fitness. Put all
     your ingredients in every day!

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64 Events
     Editor’s note: If you have an event you would like share for our calendar page, please e-mail corresponding dates, times,
     and locations to
                                                                                                                                 June 20: Father’s Day Celebration, 12:30 – 5 p.m., Spring Lake

                                                                                                                                 June 22: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting, Noon – 1 p.m., Rochelle Country Club

     MAY                                                                                                                         June 24: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Country Side Village Apartments

     May 18: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting, Noon – 1 p.m., Rochelle Country Club                                                  June 24: Rochelle Harvest Market, 2 – 6 p.m., Downtown Rochelle (South of Fire Department on 5th Ave)

     May 20: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Country Side Village Apartments                                 June 24: Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Rochelle Country Club

     May 25: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting, Noon – 1 p.m., Rochelle Country Club                                                  June 25 – 26: 16th Annual Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), 5 p.m. – 7 a.m., Helms Field
                                                                                                                                 Sha Sha’s Salon will be doing a booth offering purple hair extensions for a donation from 6 - 8 p.m., 100% of those donations will go the relay.
     May 27: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Country Side Village Apartments
                                                                                                                                 June 26 – 27: Maxwell Street Days, Downtown Rochelle
     May 27: Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Rochelle Country Club
                                                                                                                                 June 29: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting, Noon – 1 p.m., Rochelle Country Club
     May 29: Rochelle High School Commencement, 10 a.m., RTHS Gymnasium

     JUNE                                                                                                                        JULY
     June 1: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting, Noon – 1 p.m., Rochelle Country Club                                                  July 1: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Country Side Village Apartments

     June 3: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Country Side Village Apartments                                 July 1: Rochelle Harvest Market, 2 – 6 p.m., Downtown Rochelle (South of Fire Department on 5th Ave)

     June 3: Rochelle Harvest Market, 2 – 6 p.m., Downtown Rochelle (South of Fire Department on 5th Ave)                        July 4: Star Spangled Banner Fun, 12:30 – 5 p.m., Spring Lake

     June 4 - 6: Rochelle Railroad Days, Rochelle Railroad Park                                                                  July 4: Independence Day Celebration, 12:30 – 5 p.m., Spring Lake

     June 7 – 10: Exploring Painting (Summer Art Camp – 1st through 6th grade), 1 – 3 p.m., RTHS                                 July 6: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting, Noon – 1 p.m., Rochelle Country Club

     June 7 – 10: 3-D Sculpting (Summer Art Camp – 1st through 6th grade), 3 – 5 p.m., RTHS                                      July 8: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Country Side Village Apartments

     June 8: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting, Noon – 1 p.m., Rochelle Country Club                                                  July 8: Rochelle Harvest Market, 2 – 6 p.m., Downtown Rochelle (South of Fire Department on 5th Ave)

     June 10: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Country Side Village Apartments                                July 8: Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Rochelle Country Club

     June 10: Rochelle Harvest Market, 2 – 6 p.m., Downtown Rochelle (South of Fire Department on 5th Ave)                       July 9: We Can with 3 Cans (free admission w/ cans), 12:30 – 5 p.m., Spring Lake or Hickory Grove

     June 10: Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Rochelle Country Club                                                                       July 13: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting, Noon – 1 p.m., Rochelle Country Club

     June 12: Hospital Hustle 5-K Walk/Run,                                                                                      July 15: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m.,
     Rochelle Park District’s 4 Sister Bike Path                                                                                 Country Side Village Apartments

     June 15: Rochelle Rotary Club Meeting,                                                                                      July 15: Rochelle Harvest Market, 2 – 6 p.m., Downtown Rochelle
     Noon – 1 p.m. Rochelle Country Club                                                                                         (South of Fire Department on 5th Ave)

     June 17: Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K Breakfast,                                                                               July 18: Mother’s Day Celebration, 12:30 – 5 p.m., Spring Lake
     8 – 9:30 a.m., Country Side Village Apartments

     June 17: Rochelle Harvest Market, 2 – 6 p.m., Downtown
     Rochelle (South of Fire Department on 5th Ave)

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                                        KI S H U-P I C K
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                                      MOI's Human Motion Therapy location at the intersection of Sycamore
                                      and Bethany Roads has re-opened and is better than ever! As our
                                      patients know this past summer we moved to a temporary location due
                                      to the re that damaged our original building. Although our temporary
                                      location has provided us with the facilities to serve our patients well,
                                      our goal has always been to return to our home. Now we have reached
                                      that goal and invite you to come see the improvements we've made!

                                      From the moment you step in the door you will see the new open layout
                                      and design upgrades throughout. We feature special suites at MOI's
                                      Human Motion Therapy that allow for private consultation with your
                                      therapist. Our large open gym provides the space to reach your fullest
                                      rehabilitation potential. We welcome the addition of Occupational
                                      Therapy to our facility. Our work-conditioning program now has its own
                                      suite, allowing us to help you develop the skills and motion you need
                                      to return to work as fast as possible. Whether working on regaining
                                      function in the most delicate joints of the hand, bringing back motion
                                      in the hip, knee or shoulder, or returning an athlete to sporting
                                      activities after an injury, MOI's all new Human Motion Therapy will
                                      get you moving again. Our team of physical therapists, physical therapy
                                      assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers are dedicated
                                      to that goal. Come in and see MOI's Human Motion Therapy in its
                                      original location at the corner of Sycamore and Bethany Roads...
                                      We'll get you moving again.

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