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.
Petitions Available for Two Positions on HCC Board
On April 7, 2015, Highland Community College District residents will elect two people to serve six-year terms on the seven-member HCC Board of Trustees. Potential candidates must follow several steps in order to be placed on the ballot. The first step is circulating and filing nominating petitions with the secretary to the board of trustees during the filing period. These petitions are available at Highland Community College in the office of the secretary to the board of trustees, located in room H-231 on the second floor of the Student/Conference Center at 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport. The petitions may be picked up Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In order to be eligible to serve, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, and a resident of the State of Illinois and the Highland Community College District for at least one year immediately preceding the election. A Statement of Candidacy must accompany nominating petitions. Certification that a Statement of Economic Interest has been filed with the Stephenson County Clerk’s Office must be submitted by the end of the filing period. The filing period will be December 15 – 22, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All petitions filed by people waiting in line at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of filing, December 15, 2014, petitions received in the first mail delivery on the 15th, and two or more petitions filed within the last hour of the filing deadline on December 22, 2014, are considered filed simultaneously. In order to determine placement on the ballot for petitions filed simultaneously, a lottery will be held on December 23, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in the Robert J. Rimington Board Room (room H-228) in the Student/Conference Center on the Highland Community College campus. Due to the campus being closed December 24, 2014, through January 4, 2015, the objection period for petitions will be December 23, 2014, and January 5 through January 8, 2015.
United Way of Ogle County Recruiting Volunteer Readers and Mentors
Help Oregon Elementary School kindergarten students learn to read, so they can eventually “read to learn” by 4th grade. Too often children fall behind in reading during their early years and never seem to catch up.
Become a volunteer reading mentor through United Way’s I READ program. Volunteer reading mentors don’t need a background in education, just a passion to share a love of reading and as little as 20 minutes per week when school is in session. Your gift of time can drastically change and improve a child’s life.
Investing in our children is a true investment in the future of our community.
Del Scheider honored by HCC Foundation Board of Directors
Del Scheider of Red Oak was honored Thursday, October 16 at the annual meeting of the Highland Community College Foundation for his 40 years of service as a member of the Highland Community College Foundation Board of Directors.
R. Todd Weegens, president of the Highland Foundation, thanked Scheider for his many years on the Foundation board and announced that the Foundation had established the Del Scheider Agriculture Scholarship.
Applications for the $1,000 scholarship will be accepted beginning January 2015, from full-time students who have been accepted to attend Highland Community College, or who are currently enrolled. Applicants must be a resident of Northwestern Illinois and be pursuing a degree in agriculture.
Weegens noted that Scheider also was one of the original seven members of Highland College’s governing body, the Board of Trustees, which was established in 1966.
Scheider served as a trustee from December 1966 to April 1978. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1974 to 1978, and also was Vice-Chair from 1973 to 1974.
Scheider was honored in May of last year with an Honorary Associates Degree from Highland for his many years of dedication and service to the College.
Video of Blackhawk Statue
|Office Closed for Thanksgiving|
Thu Nov 27
|28th Annual Candlelight Walk|
Sat Nov 29
|Ambassador Team Meeting|
Mon Dec 01
|OHS Madrigal Dinner|
Fri Dec 05
|OHS Madrigal Dinner|
Sat Dec 06
|St Mary's Christmas Bazaar|
Sat Dec 06
Sat Dec 13
|Oregon Living & Rehab Holiday Open House|
Sun Dec 14
|Lunch N Learn|
Tue Dec 16
|Chamber Board Meeting|
Thu Dec 18