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Rockin’ RiverFest says thanks, but festival to be discontinued

Dear Editor,

The Rockin’ River Fest Leadership Team, Oregon Chamber of Commerce and Oregon Together would like to thank all who have supported Oregon’s Rockin’ River Festival as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, attendee, or provider of in-kind services.  

This event could not have happened without you.  

Producing this festival requires collaboration with other organizations and the support of more than 100 volunteers.  

Special thanks to the Oregon Fire Protection District for allowing us use of the beautiful riverfront property and for providing EMT services; to the Autumn on Parade Committee, Oregon Park District, Hands on Oregon, Richard Haan, and Ogle County Fair Association for use of property, equipment and volunteer support; to the City of Oregon, Oregon Police and Street Departments, and Ogle County Sheriff’s Department for ensuring a safe festival environment.  

Additional providers of services include: Ace Hardware, BIG John’s, Casey’s General Store, Fischers, Inc., The Green Machine, Harvard State Bank, Jay’s Drive-In, Kaufman’s SupeValu, Long Shots Photography, McDonald’s, RE/MAX of Rock Valley, The Village Bakery, WalMart of Dixon, and White Pines Ranch. 

Thank you for the generous financial contributions of our Presenting Sponsor: Martin and Company and Media Sponsor, WRHL/102.3; Golden Eagle Sponsor: Exelon Generation; Eagle Sponsors: Etnyre and Company and Kunes Country Auto Group; Pelican Sponsors: Dickerson Nieman Realtors, Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, F.N. Smith Corporation, Harvard State Bank, Mel’s Custom Graphics, Merlin’s Flowers and Greenhouses, Sterling Federal Bank, and Stillman Bank; and Seagull Sponsors: Graphic Arts Express, Hazel’s Café, Oregon Woman’s Club, Oregon Autobody, Scott Stephens State Farm, and Short Cut Barber Shop. 

Unfortunately, after three years of inclement weather and limited attendance we have decided to discontinue the festival in its current state.  

We plan to explore options that will allow us to continue to host the “Tug Across the Rock” and some of the other unique pieces of the festival and create some new opportunities to enjoy our community.

Donna Mann, Gayle Noble, Steve Rypkema, Merlin Hagemann, Harlan Holm, Debbie Dickson

Rockin’ River Fest Leadership Team

Facility for at-risk children opens in Forreston

Dear Editor,

Almost one year later the doors are finally opening at Believe In The Children, 220 S. First Ave., Forreston. 

Planning, training, praying and renovating have been the priorities for this not-for-profit organization serving five counties and dedicated to helping at-risk children.  

Created to provide services as well as support and family stabilization programs to the adults in the lives of children, the goal remains…Believe In The Children and break the cycles that cause their “at-risk” status.  

Our services include Parenting and Fatherhood programs, Supervised Visitation, Parenting Exchanges, GED tutoring and testing, Comprehensive Life Skills Education, and Creating Connections that serve to enhance lives and fulfill needs.   

Partnerships with county and state social service agencies, allows Believe In The Children to alleviate some of the challenges they face as well. 

Additional services and programs will be added based on the needs and demands of the communities served.  

Believe In The Children regularly gathers and updates resources and partners with community organizations to ensure that the answer to any one’s challenge and/or problem will never be more than one phone call away. 

The passion of a few becomes a reality for all as we Believe In The Children always!

To find out how you can help and for more information contact me at patti.jennings@believeinthechildren.org.

Believe In The Children is a 501c3 not for profit organization.

Patti Jennings

Forreston

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