Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Observations From The Field of Dreams

Image courtesy of the Putnam County Record
The Putnam County Rotary Club has presented the Putnam County Elementary School’s third-grade students with dictionaries since 2005. When Putnam County Rotarian Adriane Shore asked the Rotary to buy dictionaries for Putnam County elementary students, the club was pleased to do that.

The first year in 2005, they gave dictionaries to the third, fourth and fifth grades. Since then, they have only given them out to the third-graders, so in total, the Rotary has given them to 14 classes.

This year four PC Rotarians met at the PC Elementary School in Hennepin to hand out dictionaries to this year’s third-grade class. Superintendent Carl Carlson was there also to speak.

Rotarian Karen Karczewski started the event by saying, “We are here today to bring each of you a special gift from the PC Rotary Club. Our club does a lot of things to help a lot of people, and today we want to give you each a dictionary to help you learn and grow. Reading and writing are very important skills for students and adults, and learning new words can be a lot of fun. Maybe you can learn one or two new words every day using your new dictionary.

“This will be yours to keep forever, to use at school and to take home with you, so your teacher will have you put your name on the Rotary sticker inside the front page of your dictionary,” she continued. “If you look at that sticker it has something else written on it. It’s a test, but not the kind you take in school. It is a four-way test that Rotary members use, and you can use too when you are making choices you have to make in school, at home, or anywhere. You will find these are very similar to the Character Counts ideas that you apply at school and at home.

“So when you are thinking about what you are going to say or do, think first about whether it’s the truth. We should always be truthful — with your friends, your teacher, your parents, and everyone else. Second, we should consider whether it’s fair. We should always play fair, and act fairly toward others. Third, we hope everything we do will build better friendships with those we see every day, and even with people we have just met. If we treat people right in return, as a result, we make new friends.

“Fourth, we ask if what we are about to do or what we are about to say will be beneficial to others. Some of you may already know what beneficial means,” she said. “It means that what we do or say should be helpful, like helping your teacher clean up after a project is beneficial to everyone in the classroom. If you want to learn more about the word beneficial, now you can look it up in your very own dictionary. We hope you’ll enjoy your gift from the Putnam County Rotary Club.”

PC Rotarians then handed out the dictionaries to the students. They were Ron McNeil, Adriane Shore, Karen Karczewski and Darrell Alleman. Carlson, also a PC Rotarian, had the three classes have a contest for who could discover the most words that he gave them to look up. It was very spirited by the third-graders.

The International Rotary Club’s goal is to reach every third-grade student in the United States. So far they have reached an estimated 1,075,952 students. Of these, 876 were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Granville.

Source: Putnam County Record


Putnam County Budget OK’d in 3-1 Vote

Putnam County Board held a special meeting Monday morning to wrap up final business before the end of the fiscal year on Nov. 30.

The board had been meeting to establish a budget for fiscal year 2017, but needed to speak with both county clerk Dan Kuhn and county treasurer Kevin Kunkel before and during the meeting about payments already made, and those to be made in the future, for the county’s new accounting software.

The board wanted to discuss payments out of the two offices’ budgets for annual fees, line items for the payments, as well as early pay-off of financed amounts to avoid interest fees.

After a suitable arrangement was made, where both offices would split the fees at an approximate amount of $3,500 apiece, and payments coming out of contingency funds, the board voted, 3-1, to pass the budget.

The lone “no” vote came from Willie Holmes, who said in the meeting he was voting no for his own personal reasons, ones he chose not to comment on further, when asked.


Bob Cofoid as death investigator for a term of four years.

Christina (Judd) Mennie, Dr. Shawn Bailey, Christine Fiedler, Rhonda Downey, and Toni Lawley, to the Bureau-Putnam Health Department Board for a term of three years.

The board also approved the annual tax levy to allow for collection of, at maximum, 4.9 percent more in property tax revenue than the previous year.

Source: News Tribune


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Economic Development Leader Tells Hennepin Businessmen About Plans to Promote the Region

Ivan Baker, head of the Economic Development Corp. of North Central Illinois, addressed the Hennepin Business and Betterment Association this week, discussing the corporation’s role in bringing companies to the area.

Baker said the board directed him to aggressively market the area for companies that will bring high-paying, living-wage jobs to the area.

“Our job is 100 percent marketing,” Baker said. “We’ve got to get our name out. We’ve got to make sure the people who are investing, the people who represent those investors, know they can come here and make money... We are not wasting our time on minimum-wage jobs.”

Baker said the competition to bring the jobs to the area is fierce, with more than 15,000 economic development corporations nationwide competing for only approximately 2,000 new or expanding companies that would provide 100 or more jobs apiece.

He was asked by Scott Shore how he contacted the manufacturers he hoped to bring to the area.

“We have to be responsible for our own future. We can’t depend on a grant; we can’t depend on Springfield at all,” Baker said after explaining to Shore that he is traveling the country to meet with potential companies and business insiders.

“We have to pick up ourselves by our own bootstraps, go after the right audience, and not expect people to come to us. We have to go to them, and market to heck out of this great area,” Baker said.

Baker said he and his team are gathering data and will have a website up and running by February. He echoed a statement made by Joni Hunt of Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at last month’s Hennepin board meeting, saying there is a company, through a consulting firm, looking at an area near Hennepin.

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Hennepin's Christmas festivities will be happening on Saturday, December 3!

Santa (and Mrs. Claus) are Coming to Hennepin

Saturday, December 3rd at the Hennepin Park District Swimming Pool at 2:00pm

2:00pm - A favorite holiday movie will be shown for you to enjoy

2:30pm - Christmas craft project and writing your letter to Santa

3:00pm - Santa arrives at the pool to hear your Christmas wishes, with photos by Erebos Photo Studios

4:00pm - Everyone will proceed To W.D. Boyle Park, for carols by the Hennepin Methodist Church Choir and lighting of the town Christmas tree about 4:30pm

5:30pm - Village Board member and professional chef Matt Dean will then be hosting a holiday cooking class at the Hennepin Methodist Church located at 421 E. Court St.

Please join us for holiday fun!


Christmas Cookie Walk

The Christmas Cookie Walk will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 while supplies last in the church fellowship hall at Hennepin United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Fifth and Court Streets in Hennepin.

The 20th annual event is sponsored by the church’s Women on a Mission group. A large variety of homemade Christmas cookies will be sold for $6.50 per pound.

Advance orders may be placed by calling (815) 925-7253 or (815) 925-7252. All proceeds will go to local charities.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Students Visit Pulsifer House

Image courtesy of the Putnam County Record
Editor’s note: This article was submitted by Debbie Ward.

The Pulsifer House was built in 1844 by Edward Pulsifer. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Houses, and is located on the north edge of Hennepin. Here are the highlights from our tour:

On the outside of the house, there are stars between the windows. They’re important because the rods help to hold the building together. This house is very big and had many windows for that time.

On the first floor is the ladies’ parlor. It is hard to believe that the flowers that were made out of wax had not melted. There was a wreath hanging on the wall that was made out of hair. It was made to remember the people in their family. In between the ladies’ and men’s parlors was a sliding pocket door with a traditional door that swings open.

The men’s parlor had a large desk with many different drawers, even a secret one. There was a game table that the men used after they were done eating. Today, there is an ostrich egg on the table. The egg was painted with pictures on the inside.

Upstairs there was a bedroom. The mattress sat on ropes. If they weren’t tight enough your bed would fall down.

The middle room on the top floor contained many different toys. The dolls seemed creepy because they were made out of china and their faces were cracked. The dolls’ eyes stared right at you.

The last room we went to had a staircase that the servants used. The stairs had thin railings and were very long and narrow. Our class went down them very carefully on our way back outside.

Thank you to the PC Historical Society and Mrs. Campbell for teaching us about what it was like to live way back then.

Source: Putnam County Record


Putnam County Election Results

Putnam County voters cast their ballots in federal, state and local races in Tuesday's general election.

State's attorney

Republican Christina Mennie was elected as Putnam County state's attorney. Mennie received 2,058 votes compared with 1,065 for Popurella.

Presidential results

The majority of Putnam County voters cast votes for president for Republican Donald Trump with 1,762 votes compared to 1,143 for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Illinois Representative 76th District

Democrat Andy Skoog received the most votes from Putnam County voters with 1,526 votes compared to 1,516 for Republican Jerry Long.

Illinois Senate 38th District

Republican Sue Rezin collected the most votes in Putnam County with 1,690. Democrat Christine Benson garnered 1,301 votes.

These unofficial results only include votes tabulated Tuesday in Putnam County.

Source: Putnam County Record


Mennie Wins State's Attorney Race

Voters in Putnam County have chosen to keep Republican Christina Judd-Mennie as their state's attorney.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting and a total of 3,123 votes cast, Mennie was victorious with 65.9 percent of the votes. Mennie received 2,058 votes compared to Democrat Brad Popurella's 1,065 votes or 34.1 percent. These are unofficial results tabulated in Tuesday's general election.

Mennie said, "I am humbled by the results. I want to thank Brad Popurella, his family and constituents for running a campaign focusing on the issues and not on a personal basis. I also want to thank the people of Putnam County for their support and confidence in me."

Popurella said, "I thought it was a good clean race, and both campaigns were conducted with class. I tip my hat to her and have much respect for her, her family and her supporters. I wish her the best of luck."

Source: Putnam County Record