Franklin Grove Living & Rehabilitation Ground Breaking For New Additions
HCC Servant Leadership Program Seeks Donations & Volunteers To Help Feed Children In Need 'Locally & Globally'
The Highland Community College Servant Leadership program is looking for monetary donations and volunteers for their “Hearts and Hands for Hunger” campaign. The goal this year is to feed over 60,000 children. The event will be held on , from and Additional meal packing times will be on , from The event will be held at the HCC Student/Conference Center, Room, H-201. Donations are preferred by but will also be welcome up to the day of the event. The event is open to all ages and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fourteen area high school students who participate in the Highland Community College ServantLeadership program are continuing the campaign to help feed children who are hungry. The past six years, Servant Leaders have been able to provide 295,745 meals for the children in Haiti and to other children around the world.
This year, 20,000 Macaroni and Cheese meals will be packed and distributed to food pantries across the region. Globally, an additional 40,000 Rice and Soy meals will be distributed to Haiti and Liberia.
Highland Servant Leadership is once again partnering with the organization “Kids Around the World” from Rockford, IL. “Kids Around the World” brings all materials and supplies that are needed. Volunteers come together and package the meals. It is a great, hands-on way to get people directly involved in the process of feeding starving children all over the world. “Kids Around the World” then ships and distributes the meals. For only 25 cents, a meal can feed a child.
Donations of any amount are greatly needed and appreciated. In addition, table sponsorship is available for businesses or groups for $250.00, with special recognition during the event. T-shirts can also be purchased for $10 for a short-sleeved shirt and $15 for a long-sleeved shirt, which provides additional meals for children. 100% of all donations go toward feeding children.
Oregon Park District receives the Distinguished Agency Accreditation
The Oregon Park District was awarded the Distinguished Agency Accreditation by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association on Friday, January 23rd at the IAPD/IPRA All Conference Awards luncheon in Chicago, IL. This accreditation is given to agencies that provide exceptional Park and Recreation services to their community. Throughout the accreditation process OPD increased its overall operational efficiency and effectiveness, updated and clarified district policies and procedures, and solidified professional standards both internally and externally. The accreditation is valid for five years.
Chamber Board Supports Ambulance Referendum
On behalf of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, by unanimous vote of the board, I would like to voice support for the Oregon community ambulance referendum. This referendum would bring necessary life supporting assistance to our community in a timely manner.
Emergency medical services through our existing contract with ATS Medical Services cannot continue at the current rate we are paying. Eventually, without implementing our own EMS services as a community, the cost for these services will be beyond our means. Currently, the company is helping us out with a lower rate because of the budgetary situation we find ourselves in.
If the referendum doesn’t pass, we will have to look to other communities to help us with ambulance services. This means a longer wait time in an emergency, and the possibility that we would not have access to another community’s services at all.
The cost established for these services shouldn’t be seen as an “increase” in taxes, but rather an “establishment of tax monies to fund 911 EMS services for the entire OFPD area.” (TFOF pamphlet)
Vote YES to this referendum. Choose to help our community’s population receive fast, urgent emergency care, when needed.
Carri Anderson, D.C.
President, Oregon Chamber of Commerce
Expedition of the Rock River Valley
The Community Art Legacy is completing its "10 sculptures in 10 years" mission with a true grand finalé. Artist Steven Carpenter sculpted this piece which depicts Oregon's founder, John Phelps, and his French guide as they canoed south down the Rock River and first set foot where Oregon now sits. A soldier in the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War of 1831, Phelps founded Oregon and claimed 40 acres between Oregon and Mt. Morris in 1834. Forty years later Phelps--a soldier, explorer, farmer, father, judge, and entrepreneur--died on his farm on April 1, 1874, at age 77. It was reported that his funeral procession to Riverview Cemetery stretched a mile long. This sculpture honors John Phelps, celebrates his founding of Oregon, and will help educate citizens about Oregon's rich past. The large sculpture will be cast in bronze, placed on a granite foundation, and serve as the centerpiece of a new park to be designed by the Community Art Legacy. This is the capstone to the Community Art Legacy's 10 year endeavor and will be a special gift to Oregon and its citizens--past, present, and future.