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CLUB – Marseilles American Legion Auxiliary

President Nancy Seaborn opened the meeting by knocking three times and the colors were presented. Chaplain Ruth Close led the ladies in prayer and members stood in silence for veterans. Secretary Jerri took roll call and read January minutes, which were approved. Treasurer Jill Mooneyham gave the treasury report, which was approved. Jerri gave a report on the poppy account, and that the January VA visit was rather cold, -14, with a snowman and winter theme. The residents were very happy to see those who made it there. The February visit will be on the 23rd with a Mardi Gras theme. All are encouraged to attend.

Marian Thompson reported there will be a District meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17. A Division meeting will be on Sunday, March 3. Each unit is encouraged to make a “Poppy Hat.” There also will be a baked food auction and patriotic items to bid on. Marian told the group there were new rules for the poppy posters and there isn’t much interest from the local schools for participation. In Pauline Cashman’s absence, Nancy gave the kitchen report for January and announced Pauline is still collecting items for the care packages. A list of suggested items to include was passed around. Vickie Finan said the new oven hood was installed in the kitchen, with an additional cost. A motion was made to contribute a donation to help with the expense of installation.

Members discussed having a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 16, with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Adult tickets will be $8 per person and children 5 years and younger will be $4. A final menu and more information will be finalized at the March meeting. Vickie will be purchasing the foods necessary and making schedules for prep work. Help will be needed in the kitchen, serving and cleanup. Funds are being raised to help local veterans. Nancy thanked those who help in the kitchen on Friday night for bingo — more help is always needed — and holiday decorating of the hall, which always looks great. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 12, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m.

Seattle Sutton to speak at genealogy meeting

The La Salle County Genealogy Guild will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at 115 W. Glover St., Ottawa. The speaker will be Seattle Sutton, who will give a presentation on healthy living. In 1985 she decided, as a registered nurse in her husband’s medical practice, that patients needed healthy portion-controlled meals they could use to help improve their health. It grew from that idea to a national company serving healthy, freshly prepared meals nationwide.

Ottawa library hosting Dad and Me Day

Reddick Public Library in Ottawa will host a special day designated for fathers and children next weekend.

Children and their fathers can enjoy snacks, coffee and various library activites during Dad and Me Day from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the library, 1010 Canal St., Ottawa. All ages are welcome.

Additional programs for the week of Monday, Feb. 18, include:

• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, Otakus: for fans of anime and manga who are in grades seventh to 12.

• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Ready, Set, Read! Fun story time for children 3 to 6 years old.

• 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Italian Language Group: free group is open to all adults wanting to learn the Italian Language.

• 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Buying Your Own Home: Gina from First Federal Savings Bank will present the steps to home buying. Registration is required for this free class.

• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Shake, Rattle, Read! A musical story time for children 6 months to 3 years old.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Board Games: grades seventh to 12 can come to the library for some board and card games.

• 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Tween Scene: games, snacks and fun for children in fourth to sixth grades.

• 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Loop Group: learn to knit and crochet in a fun environment from knowledgeable people.

Ottawa fire promotes 2 firefighters

Two Ottawa firefighters with over a decade of experience were recently promoted.

Lieutenant Brian Bressner was promoted to the rank of deputy fire chief last week following the retirement of Tim Geiger.

Bressner has had 12 years of experience with the Ottawa Fire Department.

Firefighter Kevin Theis was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on Wednesday to fill the vacancy left by Bressner’s promotion.

Theis will celebrate his 11th anniversary with the department in June.

The promotions have left a vacancy in the number of firefighters, which is expected to be filled once fire academy training begins later in the year.

Geiger was promoted to deputy fire chief in August with 23 years of experience after Andy Borkowski was promoted to fire chief.

No paper Monday; we’ll be back Tuesday

The Times will not be published Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day. Offices in Ottawa and Streator also will be closed that day. We will resume publishing Tuesday, Feb. 19, with offices in Ottawa and Streator open for business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., respectively.

PHOTO: Lance Yednock visits IVCC

76th District State Rep. Lance Yednock met with students, staff and faculty and toured Illinois Valley Community College Tuesday. It was his first visit to campus since being sworn in Jan. 9. Yednock (standing) met with (from left) Student Government Association representatives Xavier Braboy, Julia Browning and Teresa Sajuan and IV Leader reporter Brittany Marx. “Community colleges are where I see the future going,” Yednock said. “It’s where the next generation of workers will be trained.” The 76th includes La Salle, Bureau, Putnam and Livingston counties.

La Salle County Retired Teachers Association

President Jackie Sapienza called to order the La Salle County Retired Teachers Association meeting Feb. 4 at Dickinson House in Oglesby.

Present were Rosemary Boggio, Mary Trovero, Alice Joop, Cheryl Templeton, Judy Ilgen, Janie Hoffmann, Wanda Lent, Pauline Cashman, Donna Inman, Jan Kaufman and Conrad Spirrison.

Ilgen presented the minutes of the Oct. 22 meeting, which were approved. Templeton presented the treasurer’s report, which also was approved. The membership committee reported 448 members. Joop discussed upcoming programs. Hoffmann and others discussed updates in the process of preparing the newsletter.

Discussion covered correspondence, books for the Little Library and the Goodwill donation, February Breakfast meeting at Sunfield Restaurant in Ottawa on Feb. 25, the 2019 goal of a newsletter revamp and the general membership meeting at Festivities Unlimited in Ottawa on Monday, April 22.

The annual winter breakfast meeting at Sunfield Restaurant in Ottawa will be Monday, Feb. 25. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast at 9 a.m. The program is expected to be completed by around 11:30 a.m. Doug Strand, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association-endorsed candidate for the Teachers Retirement System trustee position, and Nathan Mihalich, IRTA director of membership and marketing, will be guest speakers.  

Registration for the April 22 meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9 a.m. There is no lunch, but coffee and doughnuts will be available. Speakers will be TRS Director of Outreach Richard Frankenfeld and IRTA Benefits representative Nancy Kramer. Regional Superintendent Chris Dvorak also will speak. The $2 fee is payable at the restaurant.

OSF HealthCare offers educational assistance program

Students seeking careers in health care can earn money toward tuition as part of the educational loan assistance program offered by OSF HealthCare St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Designed to support high school seniors and college students living in La Salle County, the program offers up to $5,000 annually to recipients.

This program is jointly sponsored by the OSF St. Elizabeth Auxiliary and Foundation.

One of the goals of the educational loan assistance program is to address concerns of a possible workforce shortage within the health care industry, placing more emphasis on recruiting and retaining talent locally.

“In exchange for tuition assistance, award recipients will be asked to invest their skills into the community by returning to work within the hospital or one of our local clinics,” said Ken Beutke, president of OSF HealthCare St. Elizabeth Medical Center, in a statement. “By directing our resources for educational assistance more strategically, we help to ensure that caregivers are available in the future.”

Students applying for educational assistance must meet various requirements and be able to submit a number of supporting documents to be eligible for consideration. The deadline to apply is March 1.

More information about the educational loan assistance program, including the online application, is available at osfhealthcare.org/saint-elizabeth/giving/educational-assistance.

Seneca joins mutual aid network

The village of Seneca has become a member of the the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network.

As a member of the statewide mutual aid network, Seneca will have access to resources during times of disaster and/or emergency when its resources have been exhausted. In addition to requesting aid, Seneca may provide assistance to other communities, if needed, when they are faced with situations that require immediate help beyond their capabilities.

To become a member, Seneca officials signed an agreement with the network and submitted a listing of resources.

“IPWMAN is a beneficial resource, to any size municipality or jurisdiction, in the maintenance of community resiliency in times of emergencies or disasters,” said Natalie Wiza, Seneca Emergency Management Coordinator, in a press statement. “No one community, agency, or organization can face an emergency or disaster situation alone. It is networks like IPWMAN that effectively and efficiently allow municipalities to return the community to a state of normal and move forward in recovery after an event.”

It is the mission of the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network to develop and maintain a statewide network of public works related agencies whose principal purpose is to provide mutual aid response and recovery assistance to each other when confronted with major natural or man-made emergencies and disasters.

Fire departments and law enforcement agencies have had statewide mutual aid programs in place, but public works agencies depended upon help from their neighboring communities. Recently, weather-related emergencies have caused wide-spread damage making it difficult for neighboring communities to help each other since they were helping their own citizens with storm damage. The network officially launched its statewide program in January 2009 to be able to respond to communities when help is needed.

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