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Nov. 15 is School Board Member Day in Illinois

Dear Editor,

Nov. 15, 2013, is marked as School Board Member Day for the State of Illinois, and Oregon CUSD 220 would like to extend a thank you to all of our dedicated board members.

We would like to recognize our board members who volunteer their time to help ensure that the education of our students is priority number one.

School board members must listen to the voices of their community along with district administration and staff to craft a vision and mission for the district to accurately reflect those voices in the design.

Our district’s mission is to “Educate students to be lifelong learners who are productive, responsible citizens.”

Our members focus on this mission with each decision ensuring the best learning environment for our students while also working to be responsible to our tax payers.

Our board members have spent the past fiscal year putting this mission into action by voting to partner with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a seven-year contract to provide new learning materials to all of our student body along with professional development for our staff.

The district has begun to use new print and digital education tools in the classroom and staff is attending training on the new curriculum and common core education.

Our board members have also voted to help improve the physical aspects of the district by joining with Chevron to begin upgrades to the building climate with installation of a geothermal system along with upgrades to building safety by realigning public entrances, increasing security cameras, and enhancing exterior lighting.

Help us join others throughout Illinois in giving a big “thank you” to the men and women who provide the basis of governance for public schools.

Make a special effort to tell each school board member his or her hard work has been noticed and is

very much appreciated.

Our school board members are:

Edward Smith, board president, member since 2005, also served 1995-1999;

Bruce Obendorf, vice president, member since 2004;

Mary Jo Griffin, secretary, member since 1999;

Barry Barton, member since 2005;

Curt Howard, member since 2007;

Bryan Wills, member since 2011;

Corey Buck, newly elected member in 2013.

Tom Mahoney


Oregon School District

Thank you for helping out

Dear Editor,

Oregon is a great place to live.

Sunday, Oct. 13 I was out walking and I fell. I hurt myself and could not get up.

A young gentleman who works at the park district as a lifeguard, I thank you for checking to see if you could help.

Thank-you to Keith Howells who helped me get to my brother-in-law’s truck.

A huge thank-you to the Police Department, Fire Department, and the Oregon Ambulance Service.
We have a great team of professionals who seem to work very well together.

They were all kind and caring even though you could hear me screaming a mile away. (Chuck, you are a great guy).

I have always believed in God and angels. I had no phone on me so I feel it was faith and my Dad and Ma were there from Heaven, making sure everything was going to be okay and making me realize it is time to slow down, enjoy life, and how things can change in a blink of an eye.

Thank-you and God bless,

Muriel (Bubbles) Casinger

Candy Day was successful

Dear Editor,

The Leaf River Lions Club would like to thank everyone who so generously donated to this year’s candy day.

We stand on the side of the road collecting for over 18,000 visually and hearing impaired adults and children in the state of Illinois.

Our club donates 100 percent of this money to the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

They provide 13 different service and screening programs throughout the state including summer camps for adults and children.

We are very proud of our extended community that helps us serve our citzens with the many programs our local club initiates and maintains in our local area.

We are selling our family priced gourmet Christmas hams until Nov. 20.

For information please see our facebook page Leafriverlionsclub.

Also be looking for our signature fresh made pizza sales in January.

We welcome new members and the opportunity to serve you. For additional information please call 815-298-8367.

Larry Wagner

Leaf River

Drama Club to present Mummy Dearest Nov. 15-16

Dear Editor,

The PCHS Drama Club will present the play Mummy Dearest, Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

The show is a mysterious lighthearted comedy set at an archeological dig in the Valley of the Dead in Egypt.

Students arrive in Egypt on an archeological expedition with the Smudgenose Archeological Tours to dig at the grave of Queen Nefutari.

It doesn’t take long to unearth a scroll that indicates there’s a curse on those who look for the Queens.
Soon strange things start to happen including the death of Eubella Smudgenose, leader of the tour.

There are lots of likely suspects: the world renowned explorer with two exotic clients, the aging professor, the grouchy camp cook, the guide, the inept inspector, or one of the students on the dig.

The show will be great fun for the entire family.

Please join us for Mummy (not Mommy) Dearest! There’s something for everyone!

Performances will be held Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the high school gym. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults $5, and Students (K-12) and Senior Citizens $3; children must be escorted by an adult.

This play is suitable for all ages. To make reservations for either performance, you may call the high school office at 946-3314, or stop by the high school to pick-up tickets.


Sydney Brown

Drama Club Publicity Chairperson

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