Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Marshall-Putnam Fair Will Kick off 98th Fair with Tradition

The 98th annual Marshall-Putnam Fair with kick off on Wednesday, July 10, with the longest running grandstand event.

Marshall-Putnam Fair harness racing dates all the way back to 1921 when the first fair was held. Keeping with this tradition, the 2019 “Jurassic-A-Fair” will also be offering harness racing beginning at 5 p.m. in front of the grandstand. Those interested may participate in “Pick-A-Winner.” If they pick the winning horse, they just might win a prize ranging from Fairbucks to a chicken dinner compliments of Kenyon’s Place.

Individuals should get to the fairgrounds earlier so they can challenge their stacking skills by building the tallest tower of cookies. This fun contest begins at 4 p.m. in the Commercial Building. Cookie stacking is open to fair go-ers of all ages, children to adults. After testing their stacking skills, fair goers can stop by the Activity Building to enjoy the annual kickoff dinner, with serving from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be a choice of a ribeye or pork chop sandwich, served with homegrown Illinois sweet corn, green beans, applesauce and peaches.

Top off the evening by visiting the wine tasting held in the Hunt Building beginning at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the ever-popular decorated hat contest will get underway. Cody Calkins will be providing music for this event from 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, July 11, is T-Rex Thursday at the Marshall-Putnam Fair. The morning is dedicated to the senior members of communities as the Honorable Scott Shore and Judge Mike McCusky host the senior citizens’ program with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the program from 9 to 11 a.m. This program offers fun and entertainment, including music by the Torpedo Boys.

Youngsters can have a roaring good time at Family Fun Night beginning at 4 p.m. Some of the many activities will include face painting, Balloon Artist Allan Adcock, carnival games, inflatables and train rides. There will also be raffle prizes and a 50/50. The Upper Limits rock climbing wall will be there from 1 to 8 p.m. All activities at Family Fun Night are free.

New to the fair this year is the country concert. The Marshall-Putnam Fair is excited to offer the Dylan Schneider Concert with opener, Austin Burke. General admission tickets are available online by following the link on the fair website. There are still VIP tickets available as well. Schneider and Burke are both up and rising country stars straight out of Nashville.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the fair’s website at www.marshallputnamfair.org.

Source: Putnam County Record


Monday, June 24, 2019

DAR Members Take Part in Memorial Day Services

Nancy Gillfillan, organizing regent for the Chief Senachwine Chapter NSDAR, placed Memorial Day flowers, on behalf of the chapter, at the grave of Verne Greiner, located in Hennepin. Members accepted the care of Greiner’s 1918 World War I gravesite in November of 2018.

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Source: Putnam County Record


Village Might Target ‘Criminal Problems’ on Properties

After the recent adoption of an ordinance targeting abandoned and derelict properties, the Hennepin Board is also considering the adoption of a nuisance ordinance focused on properties where there’s been ongoing criminal activity.

Village attorney Sheryl Churney said it was similar to ordinances used by Streator, Peoria and a number of other area communities.

“It would encourage landlords to work with the police to abate ongoing criminal problems at their properties,” she said during the June 19 meeting.

She said no one had yet been penalized under the Streator ordinance, but added the city has found it a useful tool. The ordinance would be triggered through court adjudications or police reports if there are three or more certain listed offenses committed at the property within a year.

“I’d think if you’re a responsible landlord, this would be a positive thing,” board member Lynn Haage said.

The board is studying the details of the ordinance and will continue to discuss its possible adoption at future meetings.

Abandoned property

Churney said a notice has been sent to the property owner of the abandoned house at 511 E. Sycamore St., but added the 30-day period to allow the owner to take action had not yet expired.

“I’m hoping to hear they’ll convey the title to the village through a quit claim deed. However, I’ve been hearing rumors it may be sold. But if it’s not, we’re still ready to proceed,” she told the board.

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


Monday, May 20, 2019

Abandoned Property Demolition One Step Closer

Board agrees to make one last attempt to contact owner of Sycamore Street house

The Hennepin Village Board agreed to continue with demolition proceedings regarding an abandoned Sycamore Street property during its May 15 meeting.

Village attorney Sheryl Churney reported the property’s title search had come back clean.

“I recommend the board make one last effort to contact the property owner to request they transfer ownership of the property to the village through a quit claim deed. This will result in a faster demolition process,” Churney said before the board agreed to the recommendation.

Churney also recommended approval of a zoning ordinance change regarding solar and wind farms that the zoning commission had previously and unanimously approved.

“This paves the way for the future if the village gets a request for a solar farm. Hennepin will be in a unique position for development with the way it’s expanded,” she said before the board approved the change.

The board then agreed to the requests from Hennepin Marine regarding their donation of property that will allow access to the planned foot bridge over Coffee Creek and into the nature refuge.

They requested a permanent easement onto the property, that the boundaries be flagged prior to signing the agreement, that a gate be installed on their remaining property, and that the village pay the closing costs. Churney said the requests were all very reasonable and not out of the ordinary, and the board agreed.

Source: News Tribune


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, April 8, 2019

Chinese Manufacturing Execs Review Hennepin Site

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Chinese manufacturing executives from one of the 300 largest companies in the world toured the Hennepin area recently through an arranged site visit by the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.

During their five-day visit, the company reviewed two sites in Illinois for a new manufacturing operation.

Hennepin Mayor Kevin Coleman, Putnam County Board Chairman Steve Malavolti and NCI officials — Chairman Steve Aubry, President Ivan Baker and Manager Gina Czubachowski — joined other officials to welcome the executives and promote the region.

“Promoting the region for development and new, good-paying jobs is the goal of NCI,” said Aubry. “We made sure the team was in place to answer questions and that our presentations were professional and world-class.”

Only the NCI professionally promotes the three-county Illinois Valley region for new industrial development, according to the group. No other organization can or will do the promotion necessary to encourage regional development.

“Our North Central Illinois team made sure that our prospect knew the advantages and expansion opportunities available in our region,” Coleman said.

More visits are expected over the next few months as the corporate executives anticipate making a location decision this year.

NCI was recently one of only eight Illinois economic developers promoting to the world’s Top Site Selection Consultants at the annual Site Selectors Guild conference. The group also sponsored and promoted the region at the primary Chicago Marketing Event for 700 brokers, developers and real estate executives. For more information, visit www.northcentralillinois.org.

Source: Putnam County Record