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 from . 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 . The ribbon cutting will take place at followed by tours of the museum from .
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 as part of its annual Halloween on the Prairie event.
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.
The Oregon Park District recently received an Overall Audit 5-Star Rating at their surprise audit.
Each year the StarGuard program arrives unannounced to Nash Recreation Center to observe the lifeguards. After observing they then announce their presence and conduct scenarios with the staff. All Nash Recreation Center lifeguards have been certified in the StarGuard program. The program teaches behaviors and skills to help lifeguards reduce risk and be at their best and ready to take action in the event of an emergency. The staff received an elite rating in each of the following three areas: Lifeguard Observations, Skills and Scenarios, and Facility Operation and Management. Staff involved in the audit were Jena Wehmhoefer, Aquatics Coordinator; Paul Reckamp, pool manager; Rosie Sarantakos, lifeguard; Amy Stiverson, lifeguard; and Paige Griffin, lifeguard. The scenarios performed with the lifeguards included assessing their CPR skills with one rescuer, first aid for severe bleeding, unresponsive drowning victim, and an in water spinal scenario. All staff did a great job working together to earn the highest rating.
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
Harvard State Bank Celebrates 150 Years
The Harvard State Bank is the oldest bank in McHenry County. They have been serving Harvard, Oregon, Hebron, Rockford and the surrounding communityes since 1866. Known as the Harvard Bank until 1919, the "State" was then added and the business was incorporated. In July of 2009, Rock River Bank was acquired, adding 3 new locations including the main bank and stand alone drive up facilities here in Oregon!
The Harvard State Bank is proud to serve customers from Hebron to Oregon and all of the communities in between. We are proud of our past and look forward to continuing to serve our communities for many years in the future.
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.
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