New Agriculture Exhibit at Byron Museum
Byron Museum of History announces the completion of its latest permanent exhibit, Agriculture. The public is invited to attend an open-house event this Friday, March 14 5:00-8:00 PM. The new Agriculture Exhibit will be unveiled, live entertainment and refreshments will be provided.
Be among the first to experience this unique example of local farming. Bring the family or stop by on the way home from work. Enjoy a piece of fruit pie, a cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. March 14 is also Pi Day, commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi) which begins 3.14 in decimal form.
Byron Museum’s Agriculture Exhibit has been made possible through Public Museum
Capital Grant Program with special thanks to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum through which these grants are administered.
The Byron Museum of History, 110 Union Street in downtown Byron, offers free guided tours of its facility for school and community groups. Teaching guides and activity materials are available. Other museum exhibits include; Underground Railroad, Byron Veterans, Byron Business, Outhouses, and A.G. Spalding. Choose from displays and associated activities that enhance visitors' appreciation of Byron and the region -- how it all came to be and the people who made it happen.
The Byron Museum of History is dedicated to preserving the Byron area’s rich history through exhibits, programs, and artifact preservation. The Museum Complex consists of a large exhibit hall with varied displays and encompasses the historic Read House - which is a listed site on the National Underground Railroad Network. More information at http://www.byronmuseum.org/.
Oregon High School's FFA Awarded Donation
On Friday, February 21, 2014, Oregon High School's Future Farmers of America was presented with a $2,500 donation. Mr. Daniel Head was selected as the winning farmer in Ogle County for America’s Farmer Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
Under this program, eligible farmers in 1,289 counties across 39 states including, Illinois, could enter to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit of their choice. Daniel has chosen to direct this $2,500 to the Oregon High School FFA.
The purpose of Grow Communities is to recognize and celebrate the important contributions farmers make to rural America and to help them grow their communities by supporting local organizations that are important to them.
The donation will be used to purchase equipment within the agriculture department. Providing technology equipment and curriculum materials will help students understand current and future trends within the agriculture industry.
Pegasus Volunteers Needed to Serve Interest in Classes & New “Pet Therapy” with Mini Horses
February 24, 2014 - As Pegasus Special Riders gears up for our 16th year of serving special needs clients with therapeutic horseback riding activities, in order to keep up with the demand for classes, we urgently need to encourage both experienced and new volunteers to continue with or join the program.
In the next two months, Pegasus will be welcoming two “mini” horses that will be excellent candidates for clients who want to engage in pet therapy, but for whom a regular 1,000 pound horse is not a viable interaction. However, in order to expand our class options, we need more volunteers. One client may need as many as 3 volunteers, depending on the circumstances. In 2013, we had approximately 35 people helping with the classes, and in 2014, we expect to need as many as 50 people to match the demand for classes.
Volunteers are encouraged to attend one of two possible training days, at either 10:00 am or 1:00 pm. This year’s training days are Saturday, March 22nd, and Sunday, March 23rd. The volunteer time commitment is minimal, two to three hours a week, but the rewards are immense.
Volunteer training for 2014 will take a new “small group rotation” format to encourage individual learning and allow for more communication between volunteers and instructors. Volunteers are especially needed to help with the classes, as either a “side walker” to assist the student balance on the horse, or as a horse “leader” to focus on handling a well trained horse move during the class. Horse experience is valuable, but definitely not necessary. Please note that if someone is not comfortable with these responsibilities, we can always use help on special projects or with ground maintenance.
Pegasus Special Riders is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit that serves Boone, Carroll, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties, and has approximately 79 participants on a weekly basis.
CONTACT: Pegasus Special Riders, INC Zina Leary (Executive Director) 815-973-3177 Oregon IL
Fire Along the Mos-Co-Ho-Co-Y-Nak
The Battle of the Apple River Fort During the Black Hawk War 1832
Apple River Fort hosts discussion of the Black Hawk War on March 22
ELIZABETH, Ill. - Dr. Patrick Jung, author and history professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will present "Fire along the Mos-co-ho-co-y-nak: The Battle of the Apple River Fort During the Black Hawk War, 1832" on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Highland West campus at 330 N. West Street, Elizabeth, IL. Your $5 suggested donation will benefit the Apple River Fort Foundation. The forty-five minute siege of the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, IL, resulted in light casualties on both sides, nevertheless, it is a fascinating story that continues to be integral component of the lore of the Black Hawk War.
Mos-co-ho-co-y-nak is what Black Hawk used to refer to the Apple River. It resembles the Sauk word meshkochêpihki, which is the plural of the word "apple tree."
Dr. Jung's book "The Black Hawk War of 1832" can be reserved by calling the Fort at 815-858-2028. The price is $20, and a portion will benefit the Apple River Fort Foundation. Dr. Jung will sign copies after the lecture.
Jung is the author of "The Black Hawk War of 1832" and the co-author of "The Nicolet Corrigenda: New France Revisited." His most recent book is another study of the Black Hawk War titled "The Battle of Wisconsin Heights: Thunder on the Wisconsin."
Administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the Apple River Fort State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the 1830s civilian fort that was the site of a battle during the Black Hawk War. It is located along U.S. Route 20 in Elizabeth, Ill., and is open for free public tours. For more information visit www.illinoishistory.gov or www.appleriverfort.org.
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Fri Mar 14
|Chamber Board Meeting|
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|Maxon's Manor Re-Opening|
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|Highland Community College Job Fair|
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