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  • Glad to see kids can still be total brats

    Let’s be honest here – most people don’t like yard work. We all love to have a great looking yard, but the mowing and weeding and trimming can get to be a pain after a while. I will admit that having a riding lawnmower has made it much better, but it is still sweaty work.

  • Hate Illinois? Just leave already

    A new day, and a new reason for some people to hate Illinois. Hating the state you live in is a pretty strange phenomenon, but a popular one in Illinois. In fact, I think of it more as a self-hate, honestly. People whine and moan and complain about Illinois loudly and often. And these are people who were born here and have lived here their entire lives.

  • It's true – we are getting angrier

    Emotions are a part of life. Our days can feature incredible swings of emotion. We can careen wildly from happy to sad in a matter of minutes.

  • Google is making us lazy and dumb

    Google has made me incredibly, undoubtedly, stupendously lazy. Or lazier. Yes, lazier. I have always been lazy.

  • We all have rules - even the newspaper

    One thing I really enjoy about The Ogle County Life is that it is a community newspaper – a real community newspaper. Now, I have spent my entire journalism career working at community newspapers – with one stint at corporate of a large newspaper company. I love smaller papers that serve communities by providing them with information that affects their daily lives.

  • Pogo sticks? Not a good idea

    There was always that one kid. He was the kid who would try anything, especially if it involved at least a little danger. And back when I was a kid, a lot of things were dangerous.

  • Not looking forward to the presidential election

    I am not looking forward to the upcoming election. In particular, the race for president is shaping up to be one of the nastiest, most divisive contests possibly ever. It seems to me that the days of actual adults talking about actual issues in a mature manner are done, over, kaput.

  • I won't be going to any hologram music tours

    Whitney Houston is going on tour. Surprised? You should be, as the singer died in 2012.

  • Yes, it is officially warming up – get out and celebrate!

    And just like that, the weather improved. Somewhat. I am not exactly ready to do a happy naked dance to the weather gods, but at least the threat of snow has left the forecast – for now.

  • Can we talk about something important?

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 will go down in history. And by history, I mean my own personal history. It started just like any other day, although the weekend weather was pretty fantastic – something we haven’t been able to say much since about last August.

  • It was an incredible trip – if you can forget St. Louis

    Driving through St. Louis is not for the faint of heart. Lanes colliding, cars merging, people not paying attention to what is going on around them – it is a potentially deadly mess. Now try doing it on a motorcycle. Trust me, it is an experience I could do without, but I recently had to do it twice.

  • 'Live PD' shows the best, and the worst

    I love the TV show “Cops.” It is an adrenaline rush of a show, and one that highlights some of the best police officers and some of the dumbest criminals on the planet.

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Pop up fun hits Oregon

OREGON – The Oregon Park District has been offering a variety of free programs this summer with the support of E.D. Etnyre & Co., the presenting sponsors for these activities. Last weekend families came to the Pop Up & Play at Oregon Park East for some fishing fun.

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John William Shank

BYRON – John William Shank, loving husband, father of four and grandfather of 11, passed away at the age of 76 on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Madison, Wis., surrounded by his family following a short illness. Born June 12, 1943 in Rockford to Howard and Elsie Shank.

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Theresa I. Regner

OREGON – Theresa I. Regner, 84, of Oregon, died Sunday. June 30, 2019 in Family First, Oregon. Born Sept. 22, 1934 in Woodstock, the daughter of John and Henrietta (McMillan) Fuhrmann.

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Charles “Bud” H. Sutton

CHANA – Charles “Bud” H. Sutton, 87, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Cremation care provided by Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle. A celebration of life will be held at a later date with a full obituary to follow.

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Get ready for a painting party

MOUNT MORRIS – Encore! Mt. Morris is sponsoring a painting party July 27, 9 a.m.-noon or 9-2 depending on which size project you choose to paint. All of the projects will look great in your yard, front door or porch! Karen Hilliard will be teaching us how to make decorative signs or barn quilts in 16-inch square or 2-inch square sizes. No painting experience necessary. Twelve designs to choose from; registration requires you to select the design you want to make ahead of time so that materials can be prepared for you. See images of the 12 choices at http://www.facebook.com/encoremtmorris. Some customization is possible, as well.

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Park District has free summer programs

OREGON – The Oregon Park District has been offering a variety of free programs this summer sponsored by E.D. Etnyre & Co.

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Oregon farmer's market every Saturday

OREGON – Buy Local and buy fresh at the Oregon Farmers Market on Saturday mornings between 8:30 a.m. and noon on the Ogle County Courthouse Lawn. There are a variety of vendors selling everything from produce and food to flowers and plants.

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Swim lessons being offered

OREGON – Learn to swim this Summer at the Oregon Park District. Morning and evening classes are available. Summer swim lessons begin on June 4.

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