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Two Ogle County teachers receive grants from Western Governors University

Two teachers in Ogle County were recently awarded grants through Western Governors University’s (WGU) “Fund My Classroom” initiative. Kristina Crosby, a kindergarten teacher at Oregon Elementary School in Oregon, received a $1,800 grant that will be used to purchase flexible seating options and create a calming corner in her classroom, while Gina Cole, a science teacher at Polo Community High School in Polo, received a $525 grant to purchase a lab kit needed to create a DNA editing lab in her classroom.

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Stillman Bank sponsors financial literacy program for high school students

For the 11th consecutive year, Stillman Bank was pleased to sponsor one of the latest initiatives to bring financial literacy education to area high school students, by providing them with access to the EverFiTM Financial Literacy Program. Over the last 11 years, over 1,000 students have participated in the program as part of their consumer education class at Stillman Valley High School

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Polo Women's Club elects new officers

The GFWC Illinois - Polo Women's Club has elected new officers for the 2023-2024 year.

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Oregon Woman's Club donates cash, toys to Shining Star

On May 27, members of the Oregon Woman's club paid a visit to Shining Star Children's Advocacy Center in Dixon, bringing a check and a basket of Beanie Babies with them.

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois present 2023 annual volunteer awards to locals

Vicki Farbo (Byron) and Amanda Ludwig (Forreston) received awards.

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Forreston students take NIU Engineering Expo field trip

A group of 22 high school engineering students went on a field trip to the Convocation Center at Northern Illinois University on the afternoon of Friday, May 5. Every student that went was enrolled in one of the PLTW Engineering courses offered at Forreston High School.

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Blackhawk Waterways CVB announces new executive director

The Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Lenox as its new executive director. He steps into the shoes of Executive Director Diane Bausman, who retires after nearly 20 years of dedicated service to the bureau.

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Illinois state treasurer visits Oregon

Michael W. Frerichs, Illinois state treasurer, visited with representatives from the Village of Progress & Ogle County Educational Cooperative to promote IL ABLE Accounts.

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Oregon golfers win scholarships

Four members of the Oregon High School golf team, Ryan Fox, Ava Hackman, Alexys Davis and Kendra Ehrler, were each awarded a $1,000 Tony Steward Memorial Scholarship last week.

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River’s Edge Farmers Market kicks off season Thursday, June 1

The first River’s Edge Farmers Market of the 2023 season is Thursday, June 1 from 5-7:30 p.m.

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OHS students’ hard work pays off with Rock River float trip

A group of 20 Oregon High School students with special needs had the ride of their lives as they floated down the Rock River as part of a work-based learning opportunity with White Pelican Canoe & Kayak Rental in Oregon.

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MJHS names April Student Leaders of the Month

Meridian Junior High School recently named and congratulated its April Student Leaders of the Month.

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Two Meridian schools awarded Lighthouse status

Lighthouse Schools serve as exemplars for other Leader in Me schools around the area, the nation and the globe. As of May 2023, there were less than 700 Lighthouse Schools worldwide.

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Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department fish fry is June 2

The Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department in Lindenwood is holding their 70th Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. at the Lindenwood Fire Station (15940 E. Lindenwood Road, Lindenwood).

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Forrestville Valley School District announces IPA Leadership Award winners

Students were selected by the faculty of FGS and FJSHS for displaying leadership, character and achievement daily.

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First Fridays Open Mic is June 2 at Oregon VFW

The First Fridays Open Mic presents its monthly show at the Oregon VFW this June 2. The event attracts many talented performers, but musicians and singers of all skill levels find acceptance from its supportive audience.

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Byron High School May Students of the Month named

Byron High School’s Students of the Month for May were recently named.

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Byron High School April Students of the Month named

Byron High School’s Students of the Month for April were recently named.

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Grand opening and ribbon cutting held for BEAM Beauty Bar

On Friday, May 19, Justine Beaman, owner of BEAM Beauty Bar, hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 101 S. 4th St., Suite 108 in Oregon.

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100 Women Who Care of Ogle County donate to OCHS

The Ogle County Historical Society of Oregon was the May recipient of the 100 Women Who Care of Ogle County philanthropic donation amounting to $7,000.

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County farmers seeing productive planting season with weather

Farmers in Ogle County have spent recent weeks on spring planting amid ideal weather and are on track to have their crops in the ground by the end of May, Ogle County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Kern said May 23.

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Art Dash fundraiser held to benefit Serenity Hospice & Home

The venue came alive when 84 pieces of art created by 71 artists were placed around the room and provided a beautiful décor for the event.

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The Maggie & Amos Foundation run and event is June 10

The Maggie & Amos Foundation is hosting its sixth annual Infinity Run + Family Fun Event on June 10 at Chana Education Center and the Rochelle Conservation Club.

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The vanishing whistleblowers: County schools battling official shortage

Ogle County schools have seen the impact of a shortage in the athletic officials industry, and it’s impacted scheduling and interactions at games.

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Eden, Carlson awarded St. Paul Lutheran Church scholarships

Since 1996 St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon has been disbursing interest earned through their endowment fund investments. This year the recipients are Miss Carly's in Rockford, St. Elias Christian Church in Chicago, Come Go with Us (a Christian mission organization in Zambia) and our high school senior scholarship recipients, Levi Eden and Lauren Carlson.

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Polo Lions Club awards scholarships to 6 PCHS students

On Wednesday, May 10 at the Polo Community High School awards night, the Polo Lions Club gave six seniors a $500 scholarship.

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Oregon’s Stender, Rowe awarded PAG scholarships

Sophia Stender and Brandon Rowe were awarded the Performing Arts Guild scholarships at the Oregon High School Awards Ceremony.

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Oregon Park District’s Mix Park playground opens

The Oregon Park District opened a new playground structure at Mix Park on May 16. The district purchased the new playground equipment in December with plans to replace the existing structure installed in 1999. Capital improvement funds and a $43,726 grant provided by GameTime were used to fund the Mix Park addition.

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Oregon Lions award 2023 scholarships

Oregon Lion Steve Pennock presented Oregon Lions scholarships to two Oregon High School graduating seniors during the Oregon High School awards night at the Rock River Center.

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Forreston’s Miller awarded Mary Louise Floski Memorial Scholarship for Education

The Mary Louise Floski Memorial Scholarship for Education was awarded to senior Alaina Miller at Forreston High School honors night.

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13 Polo students awarded William and Beverly Burkardt Family Foundation scholarships

Thirteen Polo High School seniors were awarded scholarships from the William and Beverly Burkardt Family Foundation on May 10.

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Pegasus Special Riders hosts grand reopening following storm damage events

On Friday, May 12, a grand reopening and ribbon cutting event was held at Pegasus Special Riders in Oregon following the structure completion of its arena.

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County board: Ordinances passed to meet new state solar and wind statutes

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board unanimously passed three ordinances and unanimously repealed its previous solar resolution to meet a recently-passed state statute that sets statewide standards for wind and solar farm siting and takes away previous local controls such as at the county level.

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