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Science Fair was a success

Dear Editor,

The Oregon Elementary Science Fair was a huge success again this year.

142 students entered 120 projects making this year’s fair the biggest since its inception 14 years ago.
Projects are becoming more sophisticated with the increase in participation.

Kindergarten students through sixth grade entered projects ranging from discovering the properties of flowers to “Microorganism Mania” a study of microorganisms in the Rock River.

This year’s Best In Show went to Ella Martin for her project investigating “How freeze thaw weather elements effect asphalt road ways.”

I would like to thank the Oregon Republican Reporter for all the press the Science Fair received; it made a noticable difference in attendance and participation.

Teachers and staff also need to be recognized for supporting the Science Fair by their diligence in helping with paperwork, planning and setting up, and guiding our young scientists as they work on their projects.

The high school judges are to be recognized for their time and talent they donate each year.

The Oregon Elementary Science Fair is truly a community effort.

The 2014 grade level winners are:

Kindergarten: Jayden Rogers,

First Grade: Brennan Carr,

Second Grade: Rivers and Ethan Schaefer,

Third Grade: Olivia and Owen Wynn,

Fourth Grade: Mia Trampel, Lena Trampel, and Tori Marchetti,

Fifth Grade: McKenna Tramble and Lydia Cermak,

Sixth Grade: Eddie Buttens,

Best In Show: Ella Martin.

Sponsors that made the 2014 Science Fair possible are: Exelon Generation, First National Bank and Trust, Community Bank of Oregon, F.N. Smith, E.D. Etnyre and Company, and the Oregon Rotary Club.

Thank you very much for all your support, and I look forward to working with you all again next year.

Pam Steele

Oregon Elementary School Science Fair Coordinator

What’s Cookin’ committee says thanks

Dear Editor,

With the First Annual What’s Cookin’ event coming to a close this year the committee wanted to take a moment to share its deepest appreciation and thanks to all sponsors and teams for their support.  

The What’s Cookin’ committee, Rock River Center and the participating senior programs could not have made it happen without the many individuals who helped.  

It is only when an event comes together do you know that Ogle County has many supportive residents who have deep respect for senior programs.

This first ever event could not have happened without the help from Diane Palmer and Joyce and Leonard Bruns and the following generous sponsors: Alfano’s Pizzeria and Italian, Basler’s Ace hardware, Byron Bank, Community Bank of Oregon, DP Website Maintenance, Empty Pockets, Estes Secretarial Services,  F N Smith, First National Bank, Fifth Alarm, Flower Patch, GH Hom Builders, Greg Watt and Family, Hailey’s Winery and Vineyard LTD, Hanlin Automotive, Harmony Hills Bed and Breakfast, Illinois Renewable Energy, Jen Artisian Breads, Joanne’s Total Image Salon and Spa, Just Imagine Photography + Designs, Kaczmarzyk Agency Inc., Kaufman’s SuperValu, Leombruni’s,  Maplehurst Farms, Martin and Company,  Maxson’s,  Oak Lane, Ogle County Farm Bureau, Oregon Lion’s Club, Oregon Powerhouse BBQ, Performing Arts Guild, Prairieview Golf Club, RE/MAX of Rock River Valley, Sean Considine and Headon Meats, Serenity Hospice and Home, Silver Ridge Golf Course, Steve Benesh and Sons Quarries, Stillman BancCorp NA, Terry and Donna Bausman, The Byron Lunchbox and radio station 102.3, The Coyote out of Rochelle.  

These companies were so generous and were the foundation for making the event happen. Diane and the Bruns’ are priceless volunteers and have the true spirit of giving.  
Rock River Center and the seniors of Ogle County can never thank them enough.

The staff at Rock River Center all helped out where they could. A big thank you goes out to them also.  

The cooking teams though were the ones that made the event.  Businesses, groups, family and friends came up with their best recipes and kept the crowd of nearly 400 fed throughout the evening.  
The teams for this year’s event were 10th St. Café, Conover Coffee and Chocolate, Empty Pockets, First National Bank, Flower Patch, GH Home Builders, The Ogle County Historical Society, Jennifer Koertner, Jim Vogeler, States Attorney Mike Rock, Mr. Sensitive, Mt. Morris Ladies, Mt. Morris Senior Center, Ogle County Farm Bureau, Performing Arts Guild, Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County, Sean Considine and Headon Meats, Steve Benesh and Sons, Stillman BancCorp NA, Team Purple, the Byron Lunchbox, The Three “B”’s and Dick and Cecilia Zimmerman .  

We also want to take a moment to thank the many individual volunteers that walked the event for various raffles and game boards.  

You all did a wonderful job with the crowd and your efforts are appreciated.

As everyone was leaving the event the common phrase heard was “See You Next Year”.  

“What’s Cookin” is being planned for 2015. We will be looking for participation from all of Ogle County both for sponsorship and cooking teams as we hope to increase the number of teams each year.

“What’s Cookin”?

Ogle County is Cookin’ and we look forward to seeing another great turn out for 2015. Thank you to everyone.

2014 “What’s Cookin” Committee:

Diane Palmer Joyce Bruns and  Ann Haas,  Executive Director Rock River Center

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