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Second Hand Rose marks 30th anniversary

Dear Editor,

Marshall Fields is now Macy Department Store. Carson, Pirie and Scott has changed hands.  

The A&P and National Food Stores are no longer in existence.  

Yet, Second Hand Rose in Polo is now celebrating its 30th year.

The First United Methodist Church women, along with the Council of Churches, organized Second Hand Rose.  

It is now staffed by members of the Community Council of Churches.  

There have been so many dedicated workers at Rose since the store opened—women and men who have helped organize the store after the first move from Franklin to East Mason and again, after needing more room, to its present location at 107 E. Mason St. in Polo

A list of the organizations that Rose has helped are numerous.

Rose could always use more volunteers.  

We in Polo are fortunate to have a store like Rose.  

There are other discount stores that have paid helpers so their prices are not comparable.  

The help and participation of not only Polo, but Milledgeville, Forreston, etc., people who donate clean clothing and items are vital to the store’s success.

Before entering the store take a look at the windows, decorated by our workers, then take a look at the children’s games, puzzles, and clothing, at the fine glassware and, of course, the books.  

Moving toward the back of the store you will see men’s and women’s clothing…slacks, pajamas and purses. Jackets and coats. 

There is a wedding dress size 5.  

Then there are the shoes, sizes small to large.  

Please notice the work section where the workers mark and price clothing. 

Bring your purchases to the front of the store where we will add up your purchases and bag them.  

Be aware that all monies are used for rent, gas, water, etc. and Polo charitable organizations.  

Come shop with us in Polo.

Rita Jacks



New sidewalk shoveling law questioned

Dear Editor,

I could not believe what was on page 1 of your paper today. I thought it was an early April Fools joke, but no, I guess not.

Thanks to a Plan Commission recommendation, the Oregon City Council plans to ram through an ordinance “aimed at making sure sidewalks are clear for the youths as they walk to school in the morning.”

Apparently, complaints have been made but I’m sure not from the “youths.” They seem to love snow and puddles.

I admit, grade school was easy for me, as living in the 300 block of Fourth Street, Nash was in my back yard.

High school was six blocks and four times a day as there was no cafeteria and I never carried lunch.

Glenn, however, lived in the 700 block of Second Street and walked it sometimes six times a day if there was basketball practice. No cars or rides available either.

So, people, watch the forecasts so you can get out there and keep those sidewalks clear “for the youths.” Not just mornings but after school, too.

Be sure to “clear the whole width” of your sidewalks. We’re so glad our block doesn’t have any.

Patricia Stroh

Glenn Stroh


Use common sense about

solar farm

Dear Editor,

Whatever happened with common sense?

The subject is to make renewable energy by using solar panels.

It will produce megawatts of electricity only if the sun shines and does not work at night or on a cloudy day.

The land chosen is the Wubbena farm south of Forreston, about 200 acres.

At a Forrestville Valley School Board meeting, Elkhorn Solar’s promise of mega money was considered.

I’m sure not all ways of making electricity was discussed, leaving our board members sending a letter to Forreston Village Board members.

There are other ways to make electricity. A much better way is a hydro plant right here at the Oregon dam. It would produce 24 hours a day, day or night.

Dixon has had their hydro plant for as many years as I can remember. Sterling-Rock Falls has had their hydro plant for many years, and if I remembers right, it would light up 100,000 homes and served manufacturing companies.

No farm land was used to produce electricity. Now, what is wrong with that?

Forreston has a very good FFA program that studies soils on production, cover crops, compaction, mineral content, drainage ability, nitrogen replacement for maximum yields.

The Wubbena farm is [some] of the best soil we have possibly in Ogle County. This land will produce maximum amounts of grain year after year.

I value this land as a blessing, This land cannot be replaced. Once you haul truckloads of steel and panels with “pile drivers” and truckloads of product, just believe me, it’s “shot,” it’s “gone.”

Now you know the whole story. Go home and lock the door and get on a chair and ask “what have I done?”

I have always heard it said - if it sounds so good, be careful.

Russell Ruter

Leaf River

Help is available locally for sexual abuse victims

Dear Editor,

#MeToo is a movement that has swept the nation to move toward ending sexual violence. 

From Larry Nassar to Hollywood royalty, sexual abuse stories have been the focus of media attention for almost an entire year. 

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling stands with these brave survivors that have spoken out, and we say to them; “You are not alone.”

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling provides sexual abuse counseling, education, and prevention to Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties. 

Our key services are counseling for victims and their significant others, education in schools, businesses, and other agencies, crisis intervention in hospitals and with our 24-hour crisis hotline, and legal advocacy for those who wish to obtain an order of protection or no contact order. 

In Ogle County, our office is located in downtown Oregon, right across from the court house. 

We provide all essential services including counseling, education and advocacy. 

Our Ogle County therapist provides counseling sessions in school to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with driving children to appointments. 

Our therapist also provides 24-hour emergency advocacy services to Rochelle Community Hospital. 

If you are a victim of sexual violence and wish to receive treatment at the ER, you have the right to have an RSAC advocate present. She will help guide you along in the process, explain anything further and answer questions. 

All services are confidential and free of charge. If you wish to seek out assistance or have any questions, please feel free to give us a call. 

To reach our main office, call 815-636-9811. 

To reach our Ogle County therapist Michelle Pauley directly, call 815-732-0000. You are not alone. 

Maureen Mostacci 

Executive Director

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling

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