The Oregon Park District recently received an Overall Audit 5-Star Rating at their surprise audit.

Each year the StarGuard program arrives unannounced to Nash Recreation Center to observe the lifeguards. After observing they then announce their presence and conduct scenarios with the staff. All Nash Recreation Center lifeguards have been certified in the StarGuard program.  The program teaches behaviors and skills to help lifeguards reduce risk and be at their best and ready to take action in the event of an emergency.  The staff received an elite rating in each of the following three areas: Lifeguard Observations, Skills and Scenarios, and Facility Operation and Management. Staff involved in the audit were Jena Wehmhoefer, Aquatics Coordinator; Paul Reckamp, pool manager; Rosie Sarantakos, lifeguard; Amy Stiverson, lifeguard; and Paige Griffin, lifeguard.  The scenarios performed with the lifeguards included assessing their CPR skills with one rescuer, first aid for severe bleeding, unresponsive drowning victim, and an in water spinal scenario. All staff did a great job working together to earn the highest rating.



Harvard State Bank Celebrates 150 Years

The Harvard State Bank is the oldest bank in McHenry County.  They have been serving Harvard, Oregon, Hebron, Rockford and the surrounding communityes since 1866.  Known as the Harvard Bank until 1919, the "State" was then added and the business was incorporated.  In July of 2009, Rock River Bank was acquired, adding 3 new locations including the main bank and stand alone drive up facilities here in Oregon!

The Harvard State Bank is proud to serve customers from Hebron to Oregon and all of the communities in between.  We are proud of our past and look forward to continuing to serve our communities for many years in the future.


Illinois Renewable Energy Association Granted Funding

The IREA has been granted funding by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for this year's Renewable Energy and SUstainable Lifestyle Fiar.  The fair, now in its 15th year, has been referred to by the ICECFas a "respected and expected event" and recognized by state energy organizations as Illinois' Premiere Renewable Energy Event.  This is also the 15th year that the ICECF has funded it.

The 2016 Fair will be held on Aug. 20-21 at the Ogle County Fairgrounds west of Oregon.  It provides an opportunity for people who are interested in using renewable energy to meet those who provide equipment and services, and for those who are interested in living sustainable lives to learn about products and techniques to help them.




Kris Wexell of 102.3 The Coyote (WYOT-FM) Named Best Radio Personality in Illinois

The Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) recently held their annual awards banquet at the I hotel in Champaign, Wednesday June 15 th . Each year the IBA recognizes excellent in broadcasting across the state of Illinois in several categories for Small Market, Medium Market, Large Market, & Chicago Market for Radio and TV. Entries are submitted, broadcasters (radio & TV) in other states across the country vote to get the finalist then winners.  Kris Wexell of 102.3 The Coyote (WYOT-FM) was awarded “Best Radio Personality” in the state of Illinois for his work on The Coyote Morning Show. (for small market) Wexell says, “I’m shocked and humbled at winning the award, to be named number 1 in the state is big honor, I wish my grandma Ruth who passed away last summer, who was a big supporter of mine was here to see this, but I know she’s watching from above.”

102.3 The Coyote with offices in Rochelle IL, serving all of North Central Illinois including (Oregon/Byron/DeKalb) online at www.1023thecoyote.com




Pinecrest Manor Achieves Five-Star Rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Pinecrest Community, Mt. Morris, is proud to announce the achievement of a “Five-Star” rating by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid  Services (CMS).

When looking at the five-star ratings, more stars are better.  Five stars are the most a nursing home can get. One star is the fewest. There are five categories in which CMS rates which include: Overall Quality, Health Inspection, Quality Measures, Staffing, and RN Staffing. Pinecrest has achieved a five-star rating in EVERY category.

Only the best 10 percent of nursing homes in each state can attain the five-star rating at any one point in time.

To view ratings of Pinecrest and other nursing homes, go to http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare and select “compare nursing homes.”

Pinecrest Community is proud to have a qualified, caring staff who maintains the excellent level of care our residents deserve.

For more information about Pinecrest and the levels of care offered, contact us at 815-734-4103.







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