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  • Free Pollination Program

    Feb 28, 2024

    Stephenson County Association for Home and Community Education is sponsoring a program on Pollinators on Saturday, March 9, 2024, 1 pm, at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, 210 W. Spring Street, in Freeport. This program will provide an opportunity to learn what you can do to assist in creating a pollinator habitat in your yard or garden. Jim Ritterbusch, who was employed by USDA before his retirement, will be the speaker. He was part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and a District Conservationist who served Stephenson...

  • Stockton FFA Update

    Feb 21, 2024

    On January 29th, Stockton high school and middle school students competed in the Section One Poultry Evaluation CDE. At this contest, students must grade eggs, judge laying hens, grade chicken carcasses, and more. The high school team placed 2nd overall. Individually, Arya Scott placed 2nd, Wes Drane placed 4th, Kendra Robledo placed 9th, and Kaylynn Brunner placed 10th. The middle school team placed 1st overall. Individually, Mason Kloepping placed 1st, Aftyn Mager placed 2nd, Jacob Craft...

  • Highland Community College Fall Graduates

    Feb 14, 2024

    Highland Community College announces the 2023 fall graduates. Graduates were awarded associate degrees, associate of applied science degrees, or certificates. Browntown, WI: Aleta Broge, Agricultural Production Certificate, Agribusiness Management Associate of Applied Science Canby, OR: Sydney Marsh, Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science, Early Care, and Education, Infant/Toddler Level 2 Credential, Level 2 ECE Credential Certificate, Level 3 ECE Credential Certificate Dakota: Allison Rackow, Cosmetology Certificate Davis:...

  • Upcoming FFA Auction

    Feb 14, 2024

    The Scales Mound FFA is hosting our Labor & Product Auction on Saturday, February 17 at 6:00 pm. The auction will be in the old gym, and a complimentary meal will be served from 4:30-5:45 in the cafeteria before the auction begins. In addition to the live auction, there will be a silent auction and random drawings throughout the evening. Donation commitments are viewable at https://bit.ly/FFA24auction and student labor will be available for purchase on the silent auction block. We are very thankful to have funds available to participate in...

  • Cougars Off To Sectionals

    Feb 14, 2024

    Area schools competed in the ACES competition – previously known as the WYSE competition – last week, and the Eastland Cougars were strong enough to finish second overall which advances them as a team to the Sectional competition to be held at NIU in March. Individual place winners for the Cougars included: Biology 1st – Ella Gunderson 2nd – Ellie Hanviriyapunt 3rd – Owen Gunderson Chemistry 1st – J.J. Prowant Computer Science 1st – Jon Spoerlein Engineering Graphics 3rd ...

  • Stockton Honor Roll

    Feb 7, 2024

    First Semester High Honor Roll (All A’s) Grade 12: Dominick Bilich, Bennett Graves, Carson McPeek, Gracie Raab, Ashlyn Schubert, Leah Warner, Mavrick Winters Grade 11: Masyn Cahill, Jacob Harbach, Ava Hess, Madalyn Mammoser, Landon Warner Grade 10: Emma Aurand, Kiegan Jones, Jake Marek, Oliver McPeek, Sadie Vanderheyden, Hailey Weipert Grade 9: Arianna Arand, Alexis Bennett, Payton Goswick First Semester Honor Roll (3.0 Semester Standard GPA & No D’s) Grade 12: Kristian Adleman, Lily Baker, Anthony Bilich, Abby Chumbler, Jared Dvorak,...

  • Where Are They Now

    Jan 24, 2024

    Werner Named To Dean's List Upper Iowa University is pleased to announce the Dean's List for the Fall 2023 semester. To be honored, the undergraduate must have earned a minimum 3.50 GPA and be enrolled as a full-time student. Among those named to the Dean's List was Benjamin Werner, a Industrial Technology major from Scales Mound, IL. About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to roughly 5,500 students-nationally and...

  • Medical Education Financial Assistance Program

    Jan 24, 2024

    Five loan/scholarship programs are available through Midwest Medical Center to provide financial assistance to persons pursuing an education in a medical field at an accredited school of the student’s choice. These programs have been made available to area students by seven benefactors: W. Clifford Stauss, C. Palmer and Eunice Eustice, Josephine Harvey, Richard and Marilyn Eastman, and Melvin E. Young. Persons planning to enter careers in nursing, physical therapy, medicine, and dentistry, as well as careers in related technical fields, such...

  • Change Your Child's Life!

    Jan 24, 2024

    Registration for 4-H Camp 2024 is open! 4-H Camp is set for June 9-13, 2024, at Rock River Christian Camp, Polo, IL. Sign up today to get your child in on all the amazing fun! 4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience that is conducted cooperatively by University of Illinois Extension staff in Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties and the professional staff at RRCC. Historically, parents have sent their children to...

  • Adult Art Classes At Galena ARC

    Jan 24, 2024

    The Galena ARC is offering several art, pottery, music, and cooking classes this winter for adults. Visit us online to learn more about the following classes and workshops and how to register: GalenaARC.org Join ARC pottery instructor and local artist Stephanie O'Shaughnessy in an adult 5-week evening pottery wheel workshop in the ARC Pottery Studio starting Thursday, February 22 from 6-8pm. Workshop is also open to high-school students. This workshop is for beginners or those with some...

  • Wildcat Santa Store

    Jan 17, 2024

    By: River Ridge business students: Cora Ritchie and Jala Haberman With Christmas coming around the corner River Ridge had their Santa Store which was run by retired middle school literature teacher Mrs. Kim Thorsen, current business teacher Mrs. Jen Laity, and her high school business class. Kim Thorsen started Santa Store in 2004. The River Ridge PTO wanted a more active part in the school/community and they wanted to provide a service to the students, in addition to the financial support they...

  • Where Are They Now?

    Jan 17, 2024

    Mullen Earns Scholarship Naomi Mullen from Lanark, IL, a student who is studying Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is among the scholarship recipients for the 2023-24 academic year. Mullen won the following scholarship: Chancellor Scholars "On behalf of the UW-Whitewater Foundation Board of Directors, we send our deepest congratulations to this year's scholarship winners," said Katie Kuznacic, president of the UW-Whitewater Foundation. "Since 1962, thousands of individuals, families, friends, and organizations...

  • River Ridge Honor Roll

    Jan 17, 2024

    First Semester Honor Roll 4.00+ Enver Ahmedi, Addison Albrecht, Millicent Boden, Cora Boop, Ruby Dickerson, Avery Engle, Morgan Flynn, Dolan Geerts, Lynnea Groezinger, Arthur Horn, Matthew Johnson, Edoardo Marcolin, Gwendoline Miller, Micaela Miller, Amie Richmond, Isaac Rife, Evelyn Walters, Kathryn Cobine, Kayla Diehl, Aizlynn Griffiths, Nathan Haas, Lucius Mendenhall, Elaina Doms, Samuel Rife, Nicholas Cobine 3.50 - 3.999 Kaytlyn Booras, Macey Fulton, Lucas Holland, Katherine Leonard, Benjamin Richmond, Cora Ritchie, Ty Spahn, George...

  • Monroe Volunteer Services Scholarship Applications Available

    Jan 17, 2024

    SSM Health Monroe Volunteer Services is once again offering scholarships for students seeking a career in the healthcare field. The deadline for application submission is February 29, 2024. The first scholarship is for high school seniors. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to Monroe High School seniors and two $500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors from communities with SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group sites – Albany, Brodhead, New Glarus, Durand, Freeport and Lena – or who live within an area serviced by a clini...

  • Highland Lifelong Learning February Courses

    Jan 17, 2024

    Highland Community College Lifelong Learning February classes include Terrarium Bottle, Maple Syrup 101, Espresso Drinks and How to Order Them, Beginning Wheel-Thrown Pottery, and Soft Pastel for Beginners. To register online and view the complete Lifelong Learning schedule, visit highland.edu/lifelong. Terrarium Bottle Location: Clara Joyce Flowers, 13493 E. Blair Hill Road, Stockton Registration Deadline: Jan. 25 Class: Feb. 1; 6-7 p.m. Fee: $75 Instructor: Drew Groezinger Learn about tips and tricks for growing indoor houseplant terrariums,...

  • Free Aging Adults Education Sessions

    Jan 17, 2024

    There are many factors that impact the overall health and wellness of aging adults in our community. To help provide important education and answer questions, SSM Health Community Health Workers will be hosting FREE education sessions at SSM Health Monroe Hospital (515 22ndAve, Monroe) throughout 2024. The sessions will take place from 10 to 11am in the Human Resources Conference Rooms, Lobby Level. Community members can attend as many sessions as they would like. They may register by leaving a voicemail at 608-373-8062 or by emailing cheryl.up...

  • Club Scrub Program Returns

    Jan 17, 2024

    SSM Health Monroe Hospital is excited to offer 8th grade students an opportunity to learn about healthcare professions through our Club Scrub program. The goal of this free after-school program is to increase awareness of healthcare careers. The program is designed to provide 8 interactive sessions over a period of three months to provide consistent and engaging exposure to various healthcare professions. Students will have the opportunity to speak with healthcare professionals and participate...

  • Panther FFA Update

    Jan 10, 2024

    The Lena-Winslow FFA Chapter recently had a very successful Dairy Foods judging team that not only placed first at the section level, but also excelled in the state competition as well. Team members Ava Fiedler, Hannah Pecoraro, Mika Schoger, Kegan DeZell, and Madalyn Schierloh placed second out of thirty-three teams at the state competition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on December 9th. Madalyn Schierloh and Hannah Pecoraro placed sixth and eighth, respectively, out of 145...

  • River Ridge FFA Wins Greenhand Quiz Bowl

    Dec 20, 2023

    Eight members of the River Ridge FFA Chapter traveled to Pecatonica High School on December 5th to compete in the Section One FFA Greenhand Quiz Bowl competition. A greenhand is a first-year high school FFA member and the competition is restricted to only those students. Students use an academic-bowl style format with buzzers but have a head-to-head competition instead of the questions being open to everyone on the team. Students were tested on their FFA knowledge; FFA officers, impactful...

  • Off To State

    Dec 20, 2023

    The Pearl City Technowolves had a very good day at the Rockford Qualifier. They brought home the Finalist for the Champion's Award, which is basically 2nd place overall based on all the judged areas. This was out of 24 teams. They move on now to a Sectional in January, but we don't know which one yet. They had the third highest table mission score of the day and truly represented PC well. Congratulations and good luck on making it to State!...

  • Highland Campus Closed For Holidays

    Dec 20, 2023

    The Highland Community College campus, including the Student/Conference Center and Clarence Mitchell Library, will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 22, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024. The campus reopens on Jan. 2, 2024. Columbia College, located on the Highland campus, will also be closed from Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, 2024. Offices will reopen on Jan. 2, 2024. Visit the YMCA website at freeportymca.org for hours during the season....

  • Mediacom Offers $60,000 In Scholarship

    Dec 13, 2023

    Mediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program is in its 23rd consecutive year and Mediacom’s investment will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Scholarship recipients are given the flexibility to use the financial awards to support post-secondary college costs or vocational training from an accredited institution starting in the fall of 2024. Award selection is based on academic achievement and leadership...

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training

    Dec 13, 2023

    The Jo Daviess County Extension Office is happy to announce that we will be offering Illinois Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training beginning in January. The training will be offered via the online platform with some additional in person field trips and events scattered throughout. The course opens January 29, 2024 and pre-registration is required by January 10, 2024. The fee for the course is $300 and includes a training manual. The online training is a self-guided course that offers more flexibility for participants. It is designed to...

  • Highland Expands Welding Program

    Dec 13, 2023

    Highland Community College will unveil a new Welding lab with special events on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Dorothy and RC Clock Technology Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. Join supporters of the college for an open house at 11 a.m. in the new Welding lab. This public event will be preceded by an invitation-only ribbon-cutting ceremony for Highland supporters who helped make the reimagined lab space possible through private donations to the college's Foundation. While Highland has been...

  • Stockton FFA Update

    Hannah Brudi|Dec 6, 2023

    On November 14th, our chapter competed in the Section One Agronomy CDE. The high school agronomy team placed 2nd overall. Individually, Karl Hubb placed 6th, Ashlyn Schubert placed 7th, Amber Haas placed 9th, and Michael Haas placed 10th. Our chapter also competed in the Section One Dairy Foods CDE on November 14th at Lena Schools. We had a high school and junior high team compete in this event. Our junior high team placed 1st in their division, and individually, Allison Kline placed 3rd, Ryker...

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