The Oregon United Methodis Church Presents: The Cotton Patch Gospel!
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.
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.
HCC Foundation and Stephenson County Farm Bureau to Co-sponsor
Estate Planning Seminar
The Highland Community College Foundation and the Stephenson County Farm Bureau will co-sponsor a special workshop on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24, 2015 regarding estate planning. The workshop, which is open to the public, is entitled “How to Keep Your Estate Plan Up-to-Date…And Avoid Family Feuds.”
Keynote speaker for the event is Marc Carmichael, J.D., an attorney who has written and spoken extensively on estate planning to groups of attorneys, fundraisers, and consumers since 1976. He is knowledgeable about estate planning issues as they relate to farmers, particularly charitable gifts of grain, unitrusts funded with grain and cattle, transfers of farms pairing family limited partnerships and charitable lead trusts, and gifts of remainder interests in farmland.
After Carmichael’s lead presentation, he will facilitate a panel of local professionals with expertise in different aspects of estate planning, including: financial planner Jim Endress, CPA Doug Freidag, trust officer Steve Kroeger, attorney David Shockey.
The workshop is open to the public, including, but not limited to, those persons who make their living in agriculture. The Monday, March 23 workshop will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 W. Spring St., Freeport, and will include dinner. The same workshop will be repeated on Tuesday morning, March 24, from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Student/Conference Center at Highland Community College, room H-201, and will include breakfast.
For further information about this workshop, please contact Kim Rampenthal at the HCC Foundation, at 815.599.3724.
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.
|Ambassador Team Meeting|
Mon Mar 02
|Deadline for Voter Registration|
Tue Mar 10
Sat Mar 14
|Meet the Candidates|
Mon Mar 16
|Lunch 'n Learn|
Tue Mar 17
|Chamber Board Meeting|
Thu Mar 19
|Visit the Oregon Firehouse|
Sat Mar 21
|The Cotton Patch Gospel|
Sun Mar 22
|Meet the Artist Night|
Tue Mar 24
|65th Annual Oregon IL Antique Show|
Sat Mar 28