On May 4, 2007, an EF5 tornado destroyed Greensburg, Kansas. Sustaining winds of over 200 mph, it was 1.7 miles wide when it passed through town. 95% of the buildings and homes were leveled and totally destroyed. 11 lives were lost. Greensburg ancestors had built their town to last many lifetimes, so with that spirit in mind, this amazing, determined, and dedicated community pulled together and decided to not only rebuild, but to rebuild "green". They met as a community to begin the planning process by developing a vision statement reflecting "who we are". Local citizens embraced the responsibility to rebuild using the principles and concepts that are "green", sustainable and environmentally conscious. Keeping future generations in mind was a key factor in the planning stages of this project.
"Disaster leads to opportunity and we have been blessed with a tremendous opportunity and vision to build back "green" and sustainable. We have focused on Environmental Stewardship in our rebuilding process. We have the opportunity to be the new pioneers of the 21st century in protecting our environment and our resources" said Bob Dixson, Mayor of Greensburg, KS.
Ablesoft Solutions, Inc. Launches GT Flow Technology Website
Ablesoft Solutions, Inc. (ASI), of Oregon, IL, is pleased to present a new website for GT Flow Technology, a worldwide supplier of replacement parts for papermaking machinery, located in Roscoe, IL. ASI worked closely with GT Flow Technology to collaborate and develop an attractive, budget-friendly website. New information and images related to the company’s range of products is now available online for site visitors. Several areas of specialty have been emphasized, including GT Flow Technology’s low cost custom Lexan headbox sheets. Additionally, GT Flow Technology is benefiting from search engine optimization services provided by ASI. Visit http://www.gtflowtech.com, today.
Ablesoft Solutions, Inc. is a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, serving business clients throughout Northern Illinois. Using Microsoft development tools, ASI designs and implements custom database programming for networks and the Internet, as well as providing search engine optimization services, website design, and hosting.
Contact Michelle Greene, Marketing Manager, for information. 815.732.7240
13th Annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair
Plan to attend the Thirteenth Annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair hosted by the Illinois Renewable Energy Association at the Ogle County Fairgrounds August 23 & 24.
Numerous exhibits will include solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and healthy personal home and yard care products. Organic produce, native plants and environmentally sound products will be for sale. Join us and learn how we all can make our home, lives and cities more sustainable.
Workshops will cover topics including local foods, how to produce, prepare and preserve your own food, raising small animals, how communities can work together to build more sustainable systems, energy use and efficiency in third world countries, growth and resource consumption, natural health management, adapting to change and many more. Enjoyable and educational children’s activities will be offered.
Major sponsor of the fair are The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, The Rock River Times, Northern Public Radio, Clean Line Energy Partners and the Kickapoo Foundation.
Visit the IREA web site: www.illinoisrenew.org
Sinnissippi New Office Open
Sinnissippi Centers’ newest office in Oregon is open and ready to serve Ogle County residents. The new facility has 6,400 square foot of new office space to serve residents of Ogle County. “Oregon is the last of our new office buildings to be built,” says Patrick Phelan, Sinnissippi Centers’ President/CEO. The new building is located at 100 Jefferson Street. It replaces the office at 125 South Fourth Street in Oregon. Ground for the new office was broken in early December, 2013.
“The new building will allow us great flexibility to provide group services and to meet the needs of both our adult and child/adolescent population,” adds Phelan. “Improved waiting rooms, reception areas, offices and other facilities will provide our clients the type of environment that is conducive to treatment and is welcoming to the public.” The new facility will have 11 offices, 2 group rooms, and a specialized play therapy room for children.
The Oregon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the office on July 17th at 12:45.
“It is a definite improvement over the Fourth Street location. Space there had been at capacity for some time,” adds Phelan, We also are expecting to meet an increasing need for services due to increased coverage under the Affordable Care Act and due to other factors. The new office is the result of several years of planning and development to meet these increasing needs for services in Oregon and in the rest of Ogle County.”
For more information or questions about the ribbon cutting or open house, please contact Phyllis Berge at Sinnissippi Centers’ Dixon office at 815-2834-661.
We Invite You To Be Part of the 2014 Trail of Terror!
This popular promotion, which won the 2013 Illinois Governor’s Award for Excellence, covers Fall & Halloween tourism attractions & events taking place throughout Western, Northern & NW Illinois. The Trail promotes Fall Festivals, Cemetery Walks, Pumpkin Patches, Apple Orchards, Haunted Houses, Theatre Productions, Winery Tours, Museums, and a wide variety of other seasonal attractions!
|Office Closed for Labor Day|
Mon Sep 01
|Merlin's Fall Open House|
Fri Sep 05
|Mark Twain Day|
Sat Sep 06
|Ambassador Team Meeting|
Mon Sep 08
Sat Sep 13
Sat Sep 13
|66th Annual Grand Detour Arts Festival|
Sun Sep 14
|Lunch 'N Learn|
Tue Sep 16
|Chamber Board Meeting|
Thu Sep 18
|Ambassador Team Meeting|
Mon Oct 06