Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Luminant’s Hennepin Power Plant Celebrates OSHA VPP Star Status

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Through a steadfast commitment to safety excellence, Luminant’s Hennepin Power Plant and its employees are proud recipients of OSHA’s prestigious safety award — the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Status certification.

Hennepin plant is the first coal plant in Luminant’s fleet and one of only a few coal plants in the entire U.S. to achieve OSHA VPP Star Status. The Hennepin plant team recently held a celebration event, featuring a VPP flag-raising ceremony and congratulatory remarks from company leaders and OSHA representatives. OSHA’s VPP program recognizes employers and workers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems, and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In total, 12 sites across Luminant’s fleet have been awarded OSHA’s VPP Star Status certification.

Attendees included: Hennepin plant employees and retirees; Byron Veech, Hennepin plant manager; Barry Boswell, Luminant senior vice president and chief fossil officer; Wayne Harris, Luminant regional vice president of coal operations; state Rep. Lance Yednock; representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger and state Sen. Sue Rezin; and OSHA representative Candra Jefferson.

Source: Putnam County Record


Monday, June 17, 2019

Gilbert Tonozzi Announced as Hennepin’s Citizen of the Year

Hennepin resident Gilbert Tonozzi was surprised at home with Village President Kevin Coleman’s presentation of the village’s 2019 “Larry Wilt Citizen of the Year” award.

Also enjoying Tonozzi’s unexpected accolade were his wife, Diane, his daughter, Dawn Conerton, his brother, Tom Tonozzi, Dave Ward, Lynn Haage and Diana Brandstatter.

Coleman will formally present Tonozzi with the award during the village’s Fourth of July ceremonies on the courthouse stage. The village of Hennepin congratulates Tonozzi on receiving this distinguished honor.

Source: Putnam County Record


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hennepin American Legion Selects Candidate to Attend Girls State

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Hennepin American Legion Auxiliary Post 1044 has selected Molly Boyd to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State. The event will be held June 16-22 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Girls State is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States. The program epitomizes the mission to honor those who’ve brought freedom through enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and of how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

The attendee is selected from the Putnam County High School junior girls, must reside in Hennepin, show high academic achievement, and be involved in extra-curricular activities and the community.

Source: Putnam County Record


Thursday, April 18, 2019

PCHS Student Honored at Hennepin Village Meeting

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A Putnam County High School senior was honored with a scholarship Wednesday night.

Hennepin Mayor Kevin Coleman honored Justice Petersen as the second place 2019 recipient of the Adam and Ida Deck College Scholarship. She attended the monthly board meeting Wednesday.

She’ll receive an annual $1,000 sum for four years from the village.

Although not able to attend the board meeting, Madelyn Dzierzynski is the first place 2019 recipient for the same scholarship and will receive an annual $1,200 sum for four years from the village.

Scholarships still are available

There’s still an opportunity for high school seniors who live in Hennepin or Hennepin Township to receive a scholarship from the village of Hennepin.

The village gives away three one-time scholarships to high school seniors who are going into a vocational career, said Coleman, mentioning no one has applied yet.

If interested, call the village office at (815) 925-7138.

Source: News Tribune


Monday, November 12, 2018

Merkel, Smith Finish Second in Illinois Walleye Trail Tourney

Bob Hausler of Plano and fishing teammate Chris Clemmons of Aurora edged out Gary Merkel of Arlington and his fishing buddy John Smith for the 2018 title in the five-tournament Illinois Walleye Trail series.

Both teams finished near the top in each of the four qualifiers, including Saturday’s Hennepin Marine tournament and Sunday’s championship meet, both at Hennepin.

However, Hausler and Clemmons took first place in Saturday’s event. With the points tight on Sunday, Hausler’s team brought in 8.28 pounds of fish, and Merkel and Smith had a 7.27-pound total.

Adrian Cliffe and Brent Nix of the Quad Cities took first place and earned big-fish honors Sunday. It was their second win, as they also took first place and weighed the biggest fish on Oct. 21 at Barto Landing in Spring Valley.

Dave Puetz and Jason Thies took second on Sunday and Keith McAlpine and Tom Wagner secured the third spot, said tournament director Adam Sandor.

Cliffe and Nix won $1,550 for the event victory on Sunday and their 10.15-pound basket, plus $825 for the 4.54-pound fish. Puetz and Thies brought in a bag of fish weighing 9.84 pounds and McAlpine’s team had 9.78 pounds.

As Sunday was Veterans Day, IWT thanked veterans in the field for their service, including Bob Jones, David Hall, John Smith and David Gossar.

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Adam and Ida Deck Scholarships Awarded

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The Hennepin Village Board awarded the Adam and Ida Deck Scholarships during its April 18 meeting.

The first-place recipient was Emma Cyr, daughter of Christian and Jamie Cyr. The scholarship will provide her with $1,200 each year for four years.

The second-place recipient is Cameron Colby, son of Julie and Dane Colby. He will receive $1,000 each year for four years. These scholarships are subsidized through proceeds from the Adam and Ida Deck Scholarship Fund and are awarded on the basis of scholastic ability.

Congratulations, Emma and Cameron!

Source: Putnam County Record


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Congratulatory Letter From Adam Kinzinger

Please click the link below to view the congratulatory letter from Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Congress Representative, regarding the Village's recent bicentennial celebration.

What an honor and an achievement!

Letter From Adam Kinzinger

Thank you, Representative Kinzinger!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Putnam County EMA Awarded $25,000

Putnam County Emergency Management Agency will be able to better protect its citizens and businesses after receiving a grant for $24,998 from the Illinois EMA.

On Monday the state awarded $500,000 in grants to 32 county EMAs, according to a press release.

The grant will be used for the emergency operations center — a part of the agency — to purchase new laptops, a cellphone booster to help improve service, a videoconferencing system, a new printer and shredder, a whiteboard, filing cabinets and training tables, said Putnam County EMA assistant coordinator Chauntelle Biagi-Bruer.

She said their agency is the support function when it comes to helping first responders in Putnam County. The agency helps get first responders the equipment and resources they need.

The county will have to spend the money and get reimbursed, but she expects the money to be reimbursed quickly.

A press release 47 agencies submitted grant applications with priority given to counties with the greatest need.

To be considered for a grant, the EMA agency had to be compliant with National Incident Management System requirements, have a current and approved emergency operations plan and have a functional emergency operations center. Putnam County’s center occupies the former United Steel Workers union hall on old 26.

The Illinois EMA is responsible for preparing Illinois for natural, manmade and technological disasters, hazards or acts of terrorism.

“It’s something amazing for this county,” she said. “Without this grant, we would not be able to purchase this equipment.”

Search Putnam County Illinois EMA on Facebook to keep updated.

Source: News Tribune


Monday, November 7, 2016

Hennepin Duo Wins Walleye Trail Qualifier

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A Hennepin duo came away with the top prize money and heaviest basket of walleye and sauger at the Illinois Walleye Trail tournament at Henry on Sunday.

In the third qualifying tournament of the IWT 2016-17 season, Ray Bradford Sr. and Ray Bradford Jr. had a six-fish limit weighing in at 13.25 pounds to win $1,850 and to move up in the points list. The tournament series resumes in spring.

Jason Wresch and Ed Mucha from Melrose finished second with at 12.42-pound total for $1,220; Oakbrook’s Dave Kleszyk and Rick Parrott took third; and Corey Blair and Kevin Hanson from Oglesby finished fourth. Blair had the big-fish prize, a 4.77-pound walleye. Ottawa’s Mike Hanson and J.J. DeBernardi took fifth and $246.

This past weekend, many of the anglers caught on to patterns for catching walleye, said Adam Sandor, who organizes the tournament series.

“There’s a tremendous population of (walleye) and I’d say 1/3 of the 110 fish weighed were walleyes — enough of them where guys are able to target them and fish exclusively for them as they stay a touch shallower than sauger,” said Sandor, who caught a 27-inch walleye himself on Friday.

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hanna Hundley Attends Girls State

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Hennepin American Legion Auxiliary Post 1044 selected Hanna Hundley as top candidate to attend this year’s Girls State on the campus at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Hundley is pictured with her mother, Melanie Hundley.

Girls State activities were scheduled for the week of June 19-25. Hanna joined the American Legion Auxiliary during its July meeting and summarized the events she experienced while attending Girls State. She is anticipating a return to Girls State as a counselor.

Any Hennepin girl, who is a high school junior, interested in levels of government should complete the Illinois Girls State form offered during the spring school year.

Congratulations, Hanna!

Source: Putnam County Record


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hennepin Awards Pair of Four Year Scholarships

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The Hennepin Village board awarded the Adam and Ida Deck scholarship Nos. 91 and 92 Wednesday night at the board meeting, helping two more seniors from Hennepin and Hennepin Township attended college.

The Deck Scholarship, which started in 1974, gives $1,200 a year for first place and $1,000 a year for second, for four years to students, based on scholastic ability.

This year first place went to Lauren Bauer of rural Hennepin and second place was awarded to Ryan Friel of Hennepin.

Both Bauer and Friel will attend Iowa State University next year, with Bauer majoring in business management and Friel majoring in public relations.

The board also donated to local groups and charities, including $150 to the PC Community Center, $100 to the Special Olympics, $100 to American Red Cross, and $100 to the Marshall Putnam Fair Pageant.

The board also will donate $1,100 to Putnam County Educational Foundation on behalf of the Citizen of the Year.

The name of the citizen has not yet been announced.

Source: News Tribune


Superintendent McCracken Named ‘Superintendent of Distinction'

Jay K. McCracken, superintendent of Putnam County Community Unit School District 535 in Granville, has been named the 2016 Superintendent of Distinction by his colleagues in the Starved Rock Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).

McCracken will be honored at an awards luncheon April 21 in Springfield. State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith is the featured speaker at the luncheon that will honor 21 IASA regional Superintendents of Distinction.

“I am honored to be nominated by my fellow superintendents, as they are a phenomenal group of dedicated professionals! The support among our Starved Rock IASA membership has helped all of us become more successful in meeting the ever-changing needs of our students,” said McCracken, who has been an educator 39 years, serving as a teacher, coordinator of professional development and dean of students before being named superintendent in Putnam County in 2008-2009.

Those nominating McCracken noted several accomplishments, including:

    -Implementation of a 1:1 technology program using Chromebooks for all students in grades 5-12 and classroom Chromebooks in grades 3 and 4.
    -Reactivation of the Educational Program Improvement Council (EPIC) to ensure cohesive curriculum decisions as well as utilizing Illinois Virtual School to allow students advanced courses that otherwise would not be available in a small- to medium-sized school district.
    -Implementation of PC College Start, a partnership program with Illinois Valley Community College that provides an opportunity for students to potentially earn an Associate’s Degree while attending Putnam County High School.
    -Commitment to Rising Star, a program dedicated to continuous improvement that includes school improvement measures and focused action items.
    -Use of Response to Intervention coaches in each building to help teachers provide focused support for students that need help in certain academic areas. Also, implementation of the PC Paws behavior management program that focuses on students’ social emotional learning.
    -A PC mentoring program that provides real support for new teachers. Regular times are embedded in the schedule for mentoring and teachers are paid for additional hours needed to implement the program with integrity. Professional development opportunities for all teachers and staff include early dismissal twice a month for internal professional development and staff is regularly sent for targeted training.

“Public education is facing some of its most difficult times, and that is when leadership is most important. These ‘Superintendents of Distinction’ were selected by their peers in their regions because of the dedication, commitment and leadership that they have demonstrated,” said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark.

The second annual awards luncheon is again being sponsored by Horace Mann, one of the nation’s largest insurers focusing on the needs of educators.

“Each year, educators face growing challenges, and this year is no exception. Despite those challenges, superintendents constantly find ways to make their school districts successful,” said Marita Zuraitis, Horace Mann President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to recognize the ‘Superintendents of Distinction’ and applaud their efforts to provide outstanding educational environments for their students and their teachers.”

McCracken achieved his Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University, his Master’s Degree from Aurora University, and his Superintendent’s Endorsement from Western Illinois University. He and his wife, Kimberley, have a daughter, Megan Rolfs (husband Brian) and two grandsons, Gavin and Aiden Rolfs.

Source: Putnam County CUSD 535


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

IVCC Releases Fall Presidential Honors List

Illinois Valley Community College has released its fall 2015 presidential honors list. Students included on the list earned a grade point average of 3.75 to 4.0 in 12 or more semester hours.

Area students include:

Granville — John Hrasch, Ann Miller, Shelby Osborne and Lindsey Yochum.

Hennepin — Brittany Blomquist, Harold Fay, Kristen Pinn and Scott Urnikis.

Standard — Justin Galetti and Matthew Galetti.


Source: Putnam County Record


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Students Earn Ride to School in Fire Truck

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Fifth-grader Sophia Brown, 10, (left) third-grader Lola Calkins, 9, and fourth-grader Conlan Cwikla, 10, from Putnam County Elementary, got a ride to school from the Hennepin Fire Department. This year, department members Quentin Buffington and Dan Zilm picked the students up in the truck.

The students won the ride by completing a drawing of their homes with a plan of how to safely get out of each room in the case of a fire. Besides the ride to school, the students also got gift certificate for a Casey’s pizza party.

The winning plans will be displayed at the school before moving to the fire station.

The Hennepin Fire Department has been giving rides to students in third, fourth, and fifth grades for six years. The department gives the students grid paper during fire safety week, and asks them to draw the plan and return it to school. The department officers then choose one winner and one runner up from each grade level.

After arriving at school, an assembly is held in honor of the winners, and students are again reminded on fire safety.

Runners up this year were Daric Wiesbrock in third grade, Maggie Richetta in fourth, and Ashlee Fuchs in fifth grade. The runners up were awarded $10.

All students also received a bracelet and bookmark from the fire department.

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Berrys are Citizens of the Year

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Hennepin residents Charles and Donna Berry were presented the 2015 “Larry Wilt Citizen of the Year” Award with a surprise announcement by Mayor Kevin Coleman on May 10 at the home of Darla and Steve Harvey. Charles and Donna are the parents of two daughters, Darla (Steve) Harvey of Hennepin and Diana (Rick) Bean of Mark. Coleman will formally present the Berrys with the Citizen of the Year Award on July 4 during the ceremonies on the courthouse stage.

Congratulations to Chuck and Donna!


Putnam County High School's Top 10 Graduates

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Putnam County High School’s Top 10 graduates were recognized at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday, May 29. The Top 10 graduates, in no particular order, were Katherine Alleman, Jeffrey R. Baker, Kayte Bernardoni, Lauren Colby, Matthew Conerton, Ann Miller, Kristen Pinn, Megan Rehn, Ashley Zupec and Kirsten Davis (not pictured).

Congratulations to the Top 10 graduates!

Source: Putnam County Record


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Deck Scholarship Winners Announced

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The Village of Hennepin awarded the 2015 Adam and Ida Deck College Scholarships on Wednesday night.

During the village board meeting, Lauren Colby, daughter of Julie and Dane Colby, received the first-place, $1,200-per-year scholarship. Second place went to Kristen Pinn, daughter of Linda and Michael Pinn. She will receive $1,000 per year. The scholarship is for four years.

Colby and Pinn are the 89th and 90th students to receive the scholarship since its inception in 1974.

“How we score these, you kids were only a little bit apart, you should be very proud of yourselves and your accomplishments,” Mayor Kevin Coleman told the parents.

Congratulations to Lauren and Kristen!

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ex-Hennepin Army Wife Named Top Spouse at Fort Hood

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A St. Bede Academy graduate who grew up in Hennepin again earned recognition as a military spouse.

Last month, Theresa (Irizarry) Johnson, married to Army Command Sgt. Maj. Leon Johnson, was declared the winning Army spouse of Fort Hood, Texas, where her husband is stationed. She went on to compete against other Army spouses in the nationwide Military Spouse of the Year contest. The winners from each branch of the military eventually will face off to be the nation’s No. 1 military spouse.

Johnson was a finalist for the top Army spouse last year, earning recognition for the Remembrance Run events she organized, in which boots tagged with photos of fallen service members from all branches of the military were set up along a course for runners and walkers to remember.

Edged out
However, she was not named in the top 18 last Friday in the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year competition. Three other Army wives advanced in the competition — and that’s no slight to Johnson’s accomplishments and ongoing efforts.

The Army wives advancing in the competition included Rachel O’Hern, who has been featured on BBC for her expertise in the field of providing support for wounded service members; Fort Gordon chaplain’s wife Corie Weathers, a therapist and licensed counselor who has dealt with four deployments and who, along with her husband, has led more than 35 Strong Bonds retreats for couples and spouses of deployed soldiers; and Melissa Gomez, whose husband has been deployed five times and who has been relocated four times, who is a lead singer in the Military Spouses Choir and cited as a problem in the military, “a lack of focus on equipping spouses to be able to detect, address and cope with operational stress that may affect the service member.”

Carrying on for wounded soldiers, families
Johnson will continue her Remembrance Run efforts.

“It was just kind of a unique way to raise awareness,” Johnson said, adding that she wasn’t in the contest merely for the recognition but also because she wanted to promote Fisher House, a lodging program for family members visiting injured service members in the hospital.

“Your home becomes your military community,” Johnson said. “Whenever something happens, your biological family doesn’t really have a place to stay, so when they come in to help you, you can stay there.”

Johnson is the manager at the Fisher House at Fort Hood. She also was a recipient of the program’s services in 2013, when her son, Blake, was injured in a car accident while stationed in Germany. She stayed for three months at the Fisher House near Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to see him.

“Fisher House is very personal to me, because if it wasn’t for them, I would not have been able be with my son the way I was,” she said.

The other reason she organized the Remembrance Run was to provide a space for family and friends of fallen service members to deal with their losses.

“That was their opportunity to kind of close the gap,” Johnson said. “They don’t necessarily have the right opportunity to process the loss of their battle buddies, because they have to stay in the fight and stay focused.”

Expanding her efforts
A loss close to her was the death of family friend Pfc. Timothy Vimoto, who was killed in action in 2007. Now, Johnson is looking forward to seeing her Remembrance Run spread in May to Fort Bragg, N.C., where Vimoto’s family is.

After beginning the event in Hawaii, where she originally was stationed, Johnson has seen the run at Fort Hood and Fort Campbell, Ky. Plans are in the works to hold more runs at Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Liss, Texas and Fort Riley, Kan., she said.

Fellow St. Bede graduate Brenda Rick Smith lost touch with Johnson after high school but later reconnected through Facebook.

“I see these pictures popping up on Facebook of all these boots, and I wondered what was going on,” said Smith, a Tonica native now in Louisville, Ky. “Everything I’ve seen from her has been so uplifting and encouraging … She’s so passionate about what she does; I think she’s a great resource for the military community.”

Before Friday, Smith thought Johnson had a chance to be named No. 1 Army spouse, or even Military Spouse of the Year.

“I think she does have a good chance, simply because her influence has spread,” Smith said in January. “She’s now spread this run around the country, so that has a huge impact.”

Whether Johnson wins the contest or not she is focused on the missions of Fisher House and the Remembrance Runs.

“It’s not about how awesome I am as a spouse, but it’s about what we did. The contest for me is about showing that one person can have a dream and act on it, and if you share it, it can be life-changing for many people. It’s brought thousands of people together.”

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Posts of 2014

Enjoy these top-visited stories on the Village of Hennepin website during 2014! Data was compiled from Google Analytics.

Village of Hennepin Top Posts of 2014
Starting with #10...

10. Illinois Chamber Hires Hahn as Director of Communications

9. Hennepin Man Helps Turn Around Struggling Restaurants

8. Hennepin Steel Mill Sold

7. Halloween Activities in Hennepin

6. Hennepin Power Plant Fire Forces Unit 2 Off

5. Thousands Expected in Hennepin for 4th of July, Courthouse Anniversary

4. 4th of July Celebration in Hennepin

3. Army Wife Honored for Memorial Walk

2. Alcohol Sting Touches Five Putnam County Businesses

And the most-visited story from 2014 was...

1. Remembering Eric Ciucci

Thank you for visiting our site this year and sharing local stories with your friends and family. From the Village of Hennepin, we wish you a safe and healthy 2015!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Students' Safety Plans Earn Ride to School in Fire Truck

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The third, fourth and fifth grades at the Hennepin Elementary school were asked to participate in a contest to win a ride to school in a fire truck.

During Fire Safety week the students were given a paper and asked to draw a diagram of their house, showing two exits from each room, where smoke detectors were in their home, and the safe meeting place for them and their family if there was ever a fire. There was one winner and one honorable mention from each grade level.

Quentin Buffington, public information officer for Hennepin Fire Department, said he and chief Daryel Petersen went through and checked each entry to make sure they met the qualifications and then the other officers of the department chose the winners of each group.

“We took the names off so it would be fair,” Buffington said.

The parents were notified of the win, but asked to keep it a secret from their children so they would be surprised when the fire truck showed up at their house for the trip to school.

Nathan Husser, son of John and Mary Husser of McNabb, was the third-grade winner. He is in Chelsi Straughn’s class and enjoys recess, math, and wants to be a professional baseball player when he grows up. This was his first time riding in a fire truck. Husser said his dad helped him with his diagram.

Ryan Migliorini, son of Mike and Angie Migliorini of Granville, was the fourth-grade winner. He is in Amy Schultz’s class and says PE is his favorite class. Migliorini got help with his escape plan from his dad. Migliorini wants to be in the Navy when he grows up, and has also never ridden in a fire truck.

Fifth-grade winner Erin Brooker has won the contest three times now, in third, fourth, and fifth grades. She said she did it by herself. Booker is the daughter of Jim and Sue Brooker of Granville. She is in Becky Boudreau’s class where her favorite subject is science. She wants to be a vet when she grows up.

Once the kids reached the school, an assembly was held in their honor. During the assembly, Buffington and Petersen went over the important information that was learned during fire safety week: dial 911 in an emergency, check your smoke detectors once a month, crawl low under smoke if you are in a burning building, and to stop, drop, cover, and roll if your clothes are ever on fire.

Each winning student also received a Casey’s gift card. Honorable mentions were Emelia Grant, Samantha Cirilo, and Molly Roach. The honorable mentions each received a gift certificate to Subway.

Source: News Tribune