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Teen commended for following rules

Dear Editor,

Thursday afternoon [Polo] Mayor [Doug] Knapp was making his rounds when he saw a teenager carrying his skateboard under his arm coming from the new skateboard park in Polo.  

He continued down the street the whole block with his skateboard under his arm.  

Mayor Knapp felt compelled to turn around and go back. He motioned him over to his vehicle.  

He said, “I want to commend you for following the rules. That is how we are able to keep the stuff we have. I want to thank you.”

The teenager agreed with the mayor and said you’re welcome.  

As a citizen of Polo, it sure is uplifting to find young people who understand and follow the rules. Kudos. 

Sydney Bartelt

Polo City Clerk 

LFR Committee says thanks

Dear Editor,

The Mt. Morris Let Freedom Ring committee would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the many local businesses and individuals that contributed to the LFR Silent Auction. 

It is through their generosity that our 55th year was a success. 

Town & Country Lanes, Garden View Family Restaurant, Campus Cafe, Venezia's Shear Magic, Polished Hair & Nails, The Pepper Mill, Eclipse Hair & Tanning Salon, Sunset Golf Club, Cimino's Pizza, Maggie's Idle Hours, Mt. Morris Senior Center, Mike Fay, Brad Larson, Butch Pontnack, Sara Morris, Julie Robinson, Dave & Sue Spink, Breakers Saloon & Eatery, Merlin’s Greenhouse & Flowers, Alfano's Pizzeria, Blackhawk Steak Pit, Hoppers Poppers, Oregon Soap Shoppe, Jay’s Drive In, Hazel's Cafe, Hector's Cocina, Cork & Tap, Simply Home, Scoops Steam Powered Subs, Joanne's Total Image, Game Day Apparel, Snyder Pharmacy, Dairy Queen, Mystical Mountain, Creative Designs, Patchwork Inn, NAPA Auto Parts, Alpine Chiropractic, Oregon Super Valu, Silver Ridge Golf Course, Bolhous Insulation, Muriel Casinger, Mary Ann Burdette, Amy Tomlinson - Pampered Chef, Pam Rogula - Dish is for the Birds, Jess & Jay’s Bait and Tackle, Bad Ash Cigar, Erica Bentz - Clever Containers, Coltman Creations, Kim Davis - Mary Kay, T & T Poetry, Norwex, Wills Chiropractic, Culvers, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Blue Heron Crystals & Minerals, Arthur’s Garden Deli, Anne’s Garden Center, NAPA - Dixon, Books on First, Hibbett Sports, Plum Hollow Family Center, as well as several donors who wish to remain anonymous. Our sincerest hope is that we have not missed anyone. 

Please support local businesses as they are the heart of our communities! 

Forever Grateful,

The Let Freedom Ring Committee

Tiffany West, Tanya Bowers, Sara Morris, Jennifer King, Kerry Hughes, Larry Ubben, & Heather Elsasser 

Plants for fairgrounds were appreciated

Dear Editor,

Thank you very much to the remarkable horticultural students and the FFA chapters of Forreston, Polo, Rochelle, and Stillman Valley schools.  

Also, a huge “Thank You” to the Rochelle Garden Club.  

Each of these groups donated blooming plants and hostas to plant in over 30 various container gardens and areas in front of the administration and exhibit buildings alike.  

These numerous plants produced beautiful blooms that added much needed décor and scenery to our fair grounds.  

Without these donations I would not have been able to fill the container gardens and continue to develop the various areas on the fairgrounds.  

I’d like to share additional gratitude to the Master Gardeners and David Engelbrecht for their stunning flower gardens.  

These gardens add so much to the beauty to the fairgrounds and they are enjoyed by thousands of fair attendees each year.

Lastly, I’d like to extend a colossal “Thank You” to the Ogle County Fair Board and the numerous volunteers that support the Ogle County Fair.  

One cannot imagine the total number of volunteer hours put in by these dedicated individuals.  

They not only volunteer during the week of the fair but devote much time year round.

The 165th Ogle County Fair was great and enjoyed by all who attended.

Sharon Alderks


Almost 1,600 books read this summer

Dear Editor,

Another Summer Reading Program has come to an end. Our readers did an amazing job!  

We set a collective goal of 1,500 books, and they passed that by nearly 100. I once again took a pie to the face, but it was worth it!

We want to thank all of those who helped us meet the $1,000 matching challenge from Exelon.  

There were businesses, organizations, and individuals who stepped up and helped us to surpass that challenge.  

We also received gift certificates from a couple of businesses to use as prizes. 

We want to thank Exelon for issuing the challenge, and supporting our mission here at the library.  

We want to thank the local businesses and organizations that made donations: Casey's, Gesin Inc., Homemakers Forever, Maggie's, Mt. Morris Volunteer Fire Department, Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, PEO Sisterhood, Plum Electric, Johnson Oil Company, Spectrum Preferred Meats, Sterling Bank, Stillman Bank, and Sullivan's Foods.  

We also received donations from patrons and friends of the library which totaled more than $250.

We also need to give a special thank you to the Mt. Morris Fire Department who came and helped with our final party. The families enjoyed the water fight and games.  

I would be remiss in my thanks if I didn't list those who did programs throughout the summer, Brett Belleque, Sharon Wallace, Maja Shoemaker, Linda and Kelly Stranburg, Melinda Charbonneau, and Brit Meyers. There were also countless volunteers who helped make things work.

Once again, we are so grateful for the support of this community. 

We continue to work hard to provide programming that will be fun and beneficial, and we are thankful for those who share our vision.  

On behalf of the library staff and the board, thank you!


Mary Cheatwood


Mt. Morris Public Library

Reader congratulates Rebecca Hazzard

Dear Editor,

I wish to congratulate Rebecca Hazzard for taking the chance to build four houses in the subdivision on Ill. 64 and Daysville Road.

It is awesome she made did this and she believes in the community.

I hope she builds more houses in the future and good luck to her.


John Stephen Moehle

Vernon Hills

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