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Habitat for Humanity serving Ogle families for 16 years

Dear Editor,

As many of you know, our organization [Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County] has been building homes in Ogle County since 2002.  

New three bedroom homes have been built in Mt. Morris, Oregon, Byron, Polo, Forreston, and Rochelle.  

We have also invested in Ogle County communities by doing Brush with Kindness projects. 

The most recent BWK projects included a new roof for an Oregon family and yard work, ramp, and overall exterior home transformation for a Hillcrest family’s property.  

We would like to express our thanks to all our donors and supporters — those individuals who continue to allow us to carry out our mission in helping those in our community who need decent, affordable housing.  

In 2018 we completed projects that benefited three families. 

In these “Brush with Kindness” programs we partner with families who own their home but because of circumstances, need assistance in resolving repairs and accessibility issues.

In 2018 our affiliate completed our first new home build in Rochelle for a family of five.  

We also rehabbed a Polo home for a single mother of two. 

We anticipate serving more Ogle County families in 2019 as we utilize lots donated to us in the Rochelle area.  

We are also very excited to begin identifying more individuals who might benefit from our Brush with Kindness program or who might qualify to become future homeowners.  

With the help of the community, we remain committed in addressing long term, attainable and decent housing solutions for those in need in our service area.  

The extent of our ability to build new three-bedroom homes each year, and offer BWK projects, continues to depend heavily on the support from our donors, corporate partners, volunteers, and other community organizations.  

By working together, we can assist more Habitat homeowners to achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families in Ogle County. 

With your help, we can accomplish this again in 2019.

To make a cash or in-kind donation, please contact me at PO BOX 306, Ashton, IL 61006; payable to Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County or call 815-440-6598. 

You can also inquire about Habitat’s CARS for Homes program which accepts vehicle, boat, RV and motorcycle donations.

Vanessa White-Broome

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County 

Beitel supports Kinzinger

Dear Editor,

2018 has been a great year for our community here in Byron. 

I’m proud to have raised my family in Ogle County and serve as 9-1-1 Coordinator and Communications Supervisor for our local law enforcement.  

As a community and a nation, we’ve all watched as the tears in our public opinion have widened. 

Even with all of the noise that is politics these days, I still remain optimistic. I read, I keep up with local and state news, and have developed a wonderful working relationship with our Congressman Adam Kinzinger. 

In light of my optimism for county, our state, and our country, I I’d like to share some non-political good news from our local Congressman Adam Kinzinger.

Believe it or not, Adam Kinzinger has our back. 

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump ordered Department of Energy Secretary to stop the closure of several of America’s power plants. 

Many of us know that once the plant stops producing energy, it’s done forever. 

Even more important, the members of the surrounding communities lose what typically becomes their main source of jobs and economic well-being.

Needless to say, if this were to happen to us in Ogle County, our community would suffer greatly as a consequence.

Our Congressman was on top of it. He released a statement in strong support of the decision, even noting the importance of nuclear power for our country’s national security.

I met with him a few weeks ago, and he even told me that he had a bill in Congress that seeks to ensure longevity for the continuance of nuclear plants, like Byron’s.

This is just one example of how Congressman Adam Kinzinger has stood up for us. 

Politics is noisy but join me in seeing and knowing that there are some good actors out there.

I encourage you to cast your vote in November for Congressman Kinzinger.

Sandy Beitel


Sauerkraut Days donation appreciated

Dear Editor,

The New Life Community Center would like to thank the entire community for the generous donation of the Sauerkraut Days Community Church Service offering.  

With this helping hand, we are able to make available essential aid to members of our community. 

This is appreciated and we are very thankful. God bless everyone.  

Peggy Schneiderman


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