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Thank you for participating in Living History

Dear Editor,

A big thank you to all who participated in creating a Living History atmosphere at our Ogle County Historical Society Ruby Nash Home and Museum on June 21. A great time was had by all.

Our hope is to make this an annual affair. See you next year!

Thank you to the participants:

Demonstrators and actors: Dan Wykes for the Byron Museum; Dominick Castaldo, Kim Zinkel and Harriet Kisemore for the Davis Junction Museum; Roger Garrison, Floya Hawkins, Janie LaPage, Phoebe Larson, Sue Jacobson, and John O’Hallaran for Lincoln Highway Association; Duane Paulsen, Connie Stauffer, George Tolliver, Lin Vogl, Earlyne Warmolts, Melody Welty, Marie Ley, Mike McNett, Rita Mueller, and John Barnhart.

Behind the scenes help: Bonnie Hendrickson, Marta Robertson, Beth Simeone, Lynelle Camling at the Soap Shop, Skip Johnson, David and Claudia Nelson, Jaycie Dees, Taylor Hultquist, Jackie Bacon, Diane Wenck, Nancy Fulton, Mykenzie Beitel, Joanne Pennock, Craig Carpenter, Andrew Barnhart, O.K. Welty of Rock River Outfitters, Oregon Park District, Marty Cox of Legacy Prints, and Jeff Adams of inBronze Studio.

Musicians: Lowell Harp, Larry Riffle, Kenny Sweitzer, and musical organizer Mary Townley-Ley.

Vendors: Ken Foss of McKendrie Café, Bakers Street, and Jerry Frana of Dogs on the Run.

Special thanks to Bill Bailey, OCHS president, Blaise McGlinn, Melinda Egli, Dotti Bowers, Sherry Piros, Arlene Sangmeister, Ron Colson, Joanne Reisner, Betty Adams, and extra special thank you to Steven Carpenter, creator of the John Phelps sculpture.


Kathryn Stauffer

Vice President - OCHS

Bake Sale was a huge success

Dear Editor,

Would like to send a great big thank you out to each and everyone who donated, volunteered, and purchased from the Let Freedom Ring Silent Auction and Bake Sale. 

This event would not have been a huge success if was not for all of you.

Thanks again,

Kelly Gilmour

Mt. Morris Let Freedom Ring Silent Auction Committee and Bake Sale Committee

Food pantry is in need of donations

Dear Editor,

Mt. Morris Loaves and Fish Food Pantry is asking the community to help us meet the food needs of the hungry in our community.   During the holidays, thoughts of helping others are a priority for many people.  But during the summer months, vacations and busy schedules often result in fewer donations  to the pantry.  The pantry becomes even more critical as children who normally receive a nutritious lunch at school may be going without during the summer break.  

Will you please consider a gift to the Mt. Morris Loaves and Fish Food Pantry? A monetary gift will help us provide the most food to our neighbors. Our partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank allows us to stretch every dollar donated into $8 worth of nutritious groceries for our hungry neighbors.  

Donations can be mailed to the pantry at: Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, Box 202, Mt. Morris, Il  61054.

If you prefer to make a donation of food to the pantry, you can drop your donation off at the Pinecrest Manor front office Monday through Friday from 8am to 4 pm.   

Mt. Morris Loaves and Fish Food Pantry is located in the lower level of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, 409 W. Brayton Road and is open the first and third Thursday, 4:30 to 7 p.m.,  and the second and fourth Monday, 2 to 4:30 p.m., of every month.

Mt. Morris Loaves and Fish Food Pantry represents a joint effort between Disciples United Methodist Church, Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris, Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. James Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris Senior Center and Pinecrest Community.

Loaves and Fish grew out of a desire to coordinate efforts among local churches and organizations and to compliment the efforts of other area food pantries.    

For more information about the food pantry, please contact Loaves and Fish Directors Vernon and Jean Showalter at 815-732-3749.

Thank you,

Ferol Labash

Chief Executive Officer

Pinecrest Community

Independence Day filled with activities

Dear Editor,

Just a recap of the numerous activities in deliberating Independence Day 2014.

Starting with a great concert under director Warren Reckmeyer on Wednesday, on to the LFP queen and her court; lovely young ladies with fine long hair, on to the 4th with the patriotic program including of great interest retired Col. Chris Miller, US Army, guest speaker.

Great fireworks in the evening.

On Saturday, July 5, at the VFW in Oregon, noted orator, Tom Wadsworth of Dixon, portraying Thomas Jefferson, in costume, re-enacted the 1776 reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Thank you all.

Anna A. Hatzipanagiotis

Mt. Morris

Bake Sale was held at LFR

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank everyone who donated baked goods to the Let Freedom Ring Bake Sale that was held on Wednesday July 2nd...We had such an awesome assortment of goodies!  We also appreciate those that came in and purchased ...All proceeds go to the Let Freedom Ring Festivities.  

Thank you for your support!

Chris Weller and Linda Burr

Thank you to LFR volunteers

Dear Editor,

A heartfelt thank you is given to the many volunteers who made the 2014 Let Freedom Ring festival a success!

The Little Miss event was lucky to have dry weather as the cute little girls answered questions and showed their talents on Wednesday night, July 2 just before the LFR Queen and her court were crowned quickly as the rain began.

Breanna Hoffman and Miranda Burke along with their volunteers saw to those events.

Through the rain the Kable Concert Band played on and the Mt. Morris Youth Choir did a good job of singing to a brave crowd of people who looked on from under colorful umbrellas.

Larry Ubben did an outstanding job of keeping music and entertainment scheduled at the band shell over the next three days.

July 4 evening wrapped up with a large crowd in attendance at the awesome fireworks extravaganza once again headed by Barry Rittenhouse – who for decades has been “Mr. Fireworks.”

The fireworks display is completely supported by donations and dedicated local volunteer firework’s collectors (headed by Marilyn Wolber) collected over $3,500 towards the $13,500 fireworks show. Celebration and fireworks donations are still being accepted in marked cans in the local gas stations or by sending donations to Let Freedom Ring, PO Box 95, Mt. Morris, Il 61054.

Saturday, July 5 was the final day of “A Star Spangled Celebration.”

Big trucks were displayed on Wesley Avenue, as final bids were placed at the Silent Auction put together by Kelly Gilmore and her group and kids enjoyed the blow-ups on the campus, Mr. Steve’s magic show at the band shell and festival food aromas filled the air.

People browsed the Craft Faire chaired by Joyce Howlett, as they listened to the music from the band shell and cars cruised in for the Jonas L. Fultz Memorial Car Cruise.

Kids ended the day with the Fire Department’s Kiddie Water Fights and the John Bednarczyk Kiddie Parade sponsored by the Mt. Morris Moose.

One of the big highlights of the celebration was the Family Feud game show hosted by LFR General Chairman, Mark Lewis.

The final event of the festival was the Mounder Alumni Party at the Moose, where the 50/50 Mega Raffle winner’s ticket was drawn – Betty Sorenson was the lucky winner and Frank Swingel was the busy chairman of that event.

We are very proud of the Let Freedom Ring Queen and her court – eight hard-working girls who contributed many hours helping with different events before and during the festival.

Other events, also involving volunteers, took place over the four days - it was indeed a “Star Spangled Celebration” and all due to the time, talents and effort given by loyal volunteers.

Jan Hough

Let Freedom Ring Committee

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