Jarrett Prairie Center Natural History Museum Ribbon Cutting

The Byron Forest Preserve (BFPD) along with the Byron Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Jarrett Prairie Natural History Museum on Thursday, October 20 from 5 pm to 8 pm.  The museum’s exciting new immersive indoor theater is sponsored by Byron Bank and newly renovated kitchen is sponsored by Prairie Forge Group.

 

“We are excited that the project is complete and that we can now share what we had the pleasure of watching come to life with the public,” said Todd Tucker, Executive Director, Byron Forest Preserve District. “Our guests will be delighted with new interactive exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities that allow them to interact with and learn about the natural world.”

 

The event will start with remarks from BFPD staff and board members, museum sponsors and Chamber representatives at 6 pm. The ribbon cutting will take place at 6:30 pm followed by tours of the museum from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

 

The BFPD’s commitment and appreciation for the region’s assets prompted the $1 million renovation of the Natural History Museum at the Jarrett Prairie Center. New spaces, faces and interactive opportunities are incorporated into the museum that will shape visitors’ experiences. The renovations began in June. 

 

The expanded museum space will boast more than 4,000 square feet of new and interactive exhibits with hands-on learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Just a few of the exciting new exhibits include an immersive indoor theater educating visitors on prairie ecology, a prairie overlook area, and a plow exhibit that allows guests to design their own farm. Also included in the renovation will be a 2,600-square-foot wraparound outdoor deck to enhance the already unique rental space, ideal for corporate and private events. The deck will be completed in the spring 2017.

 

The new museum will serve as a resource for learning and center for eco-tourism promoting an understanding about the importance of our natural lands in the Rock River region. The public will be invited to join us to celebrate our grand opening, see the new exhibits and features, and tour the areas available for rental. BFPD will be hosting a public open house on Sunday, October 23 as part of its annual Halloween on the Prairie event.

 

For more information, please call 815-234-8535 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

About Byron forest Preserve District

The mission of the Byron Forest Preserve District is to provide for Preservation of open space/natural resources, provide Education concerning our natural environment/heritage, and provide Recreation opportunities and enterprise operations that are consistent with District goals.




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.







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.




Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves Byron Generating Station License Renewal


Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced the approval of Byron Generating Station’s license renewal application. The approval is the culmination of a rigorous, multi-year process that licenses Byron Station to operate until 2044 for Unit 1 and 2046 for Unit 2.

“Nuclear energy is an essential part of the energy mix in Illinois and is needed for the state to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power plan to reduce carbon emissions,” said Byron Station Site Vice President Mark Kanavos. “The NRC’s approval of the license renewal demonstrates that Byron Station has met all the criteria to provide around-the-clock reliable, carbon-free energy until at least the middle of the century.”

“The community has benefitted from our partnership with Exelon Generation and the license renewal for Byron Station is a positive for the entire region,” said Chris Millard, mayor of the city of Byron. “Many people rely on the economic activity the station’s large employee base brings to the area, and we hope the facility continues to operate for another generation of Northern Illinois residents.”

Byron Station supports approximately 5,100 direct and secondary jobs in Illinois, and the facility contributes $1.7 billion to the state’s economy annually.

While license renewal provides Byron Station the opportunity to operate for decades to come, there is no guarantee. The facility continues to face economic challenges due to distorted markets that don’t properly recognize and value all carbon-free energy sources equally. Exelon announced in September that it will defer any decisions about the future operations of Byron Station for one year.

Exelon personnel spent thousands of hours preparing the license renewal application that was submitted to the NRC on May 29, 2013. This process involved reviewing thousands of documents, a detailed review of historical equipment and component performance, a safety and environmental review and a rigorous review of the existing maintenance and engineering programs. The reviews were conducted to ensure the station is capable of maintaining plant systems over the extended license period.

The plant’s original 40-year operating license was set to expire in 2024 for Unit 1 and 2026 for Unit 2.The 40-year term for initial nuclear plant operating licenses is based on amortization schedules to finance large utility projects, not on safety, technical or environmental considerations. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, the original legislation authorizing civilian use of nuclear energy, permits nuclear power plants to renew their operating licenses.

Byron Generating Station generates nearly 2,300 megawatts of electricity, enough for more than two million homes. Byron Station also reduces the region’s reliance on fossil fuels and reduces greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Over the last 10 years, Byron Station has operated at 93.8 percent of capacity, which is above the industry average of 91percent and according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, significantly higher than the next closest U.S. baseload electricity provider, coal (59%).


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