Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce is growing, p. 14
Come celebrate Lindenwood’s founding in June, p. 42
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Humanitarian Relief to Haiti
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Joe and Dana Meyers, Advertising
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receive vocational-technical founding in June, 2010.
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48 Home & Garden
How to get your vegetable garden started for the summer.
Now a mother herself, Molly Fader recounts the lessons learned
from her parents.
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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
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
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.
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“We’re close to home, but far from ordinary” golden stalks at harvest time, the farm girl
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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
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,”
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,”
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
upcoming events, such as
the Annual Golf Play Day
and other fundraising
by the Rochelle Chamber
of Commerce, please
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.”
Lee-Ogle Transportation System
Providing Transportation to residents of all ages residing in Lee and Ogle Counties.
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Rides must be scheduled 1 business day in advance for local rides and out of town rides are based on availability.
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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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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so thrilled,” Colbert recalled. “I said, ‘Do you know how much food I
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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
26 Rochelle InVironments Magazine Where life happens. 27
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
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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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.
30 Rochelle InVironments Magazine Where life happens. 31
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.
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
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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,
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outstanding academic and career
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integral parts of our community by way of
workforce and academic endeavors. This
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A Mission of Mercy:
Dr. Michael and Colleen Monfils
Provide Humanitarian Relief to Haiti
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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.”
36 Rochelle InVironments Magazine Where life happens. 37
If you are interested in doing humanitarian
work or adopting a child in Haiti, contact
the Monfils at the following email address
email@example.com. 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 www.threeangelsrelief.org
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.
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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
40 Rochelle InVironments Magazine Where life happens. 41
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
42 Rochelle InVironments Magazine Where life happens. 43
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
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
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.
“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
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.
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 www.molly-okeefe.com
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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
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
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.”
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 email@example.com.
performance, Broadway and Beyond, June 12 at Rochelle High
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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.
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. www.rochelleparkdistrict.org.
parabens, no fragrance, no phosphates, and no pesticides.
Order online at www.ourtatefamily.com 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 www.rochelleparkdistrict.org. 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.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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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BETTER THAN EVER!!
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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
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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
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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
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