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McNabb Tree Farm to Reopen This Year

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Tree farm to open Nov. 29 After being closed last season, Holocker Tree Farm in McNabb will reopen this year. The tree farm will open Friday, Nov. 29, according to a Facebook post on the business’ page. Fields will be open for a limited time for cutting your own trees. There also will be pre-cut trees, wreaths, roping and bundles. The farm didn’t open last year because of an unanticipated growth in the volume of business. Source: Putnam County Record

State Senator Tom Bennett to Host Coffee and Conversation

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Come out for a conversation with your elected officials on June 25 at the Hennepin Village Hall.

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation Awards $1,000 Grant to Putnam County Public Library

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Grant will enable the library to provide children with access to audiobooks The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Putnam County Public Library to support the Audio Storytelling for Kids program. This grant will enable the library to provide children with access to audiobooks in various formats, significantly enhancing their reading experience and educational development. The program is designed to improve vocabulary, word recognition and overall reading accessibility for children who struggle with traditional reading. By offering audiobooks, the library aims to strengthen children’s imaginations and provide them with diverse options for engaging with books. This initiative will benefit more than 1,000 children in the Putnam County area, ensuring efficient and effective access to both educational and recreational materials through advanced technologies and varied formats. “We are thrilled to provide this grant,” Reed Wilson, chairman of the SRCCF

John Brouwer Memorial Cruise-In to be Held July 4

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Join us for the annual 4th of July Cruise-In to be held at Ernest Bassi Park in memoriam of John Brouwer.

Colors for Arie Memorial Walk to be Held June 1

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Please considering donating to or attending Colors for Arie , a memorial 5K walk/run, to be held on June 1 in Hennepin. Colors for Arie is a memorial walk for Arie Boggio. All proceeds will be donated the Arukah Institute of Healing, Inc. Sign up link located here . Children 12 and under are free (t-shirt not included). All others $40.

‘We will never forget it,’ Utica Gathers to Memorialize Deadly Tornado

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Utica unveils new tornado memorial Perhaps fittingly, the Saturday sky was gray and overcast with a biting wind. If anyone in Utica needed a reminder of the life-altering weather 20 years ago, Mother Nature delivered on cue. None of the 100 spectators gathered Saturday in Utica needed any such reminders. Ten lives were lost in the 2004 tornado including Vivian Goetz of Granville. The other nine died in Utica, which bore the worst of the storm. Saturday, Pastor Lloyd Johnson read aloud the nine names while village trustee John Schweickert rang handheld bells. “We will never forget it,” Mayor David Stewart told the throng. A new memorial now stands at the corner of Mill and Church streets, on the parcel where the Milestone Restaurant and Lounge once stood. Eight of the nine Utica victims took cover in the Milestone Restaurant and Lounge and died in its collapse. The wood carving displays an eagle in a somewhat abstract outline. “The artist wanted to leave it open to interpretation so eve

Marquis Donates $10,000 to Support Stateline Farm Rescue Training

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30 individuals from 10 local fire departments participated Marquis in Hennepin made a $10,000 donation to support the Stateline Farm Rescue training class for MABAS Division 57, conducted on March 16. The training session engaged 30 participants from 10 local fire departments. Through the utilization of the grain entrapment simulator provided by Stateline Farm Rescue, attendees simulated scenarios involving individuals trapped in grain and other on-the-farm rescue scenarios. This exercise equipped area first responders with essential rescue techniques tailored for such situations. This training is closely aligned with National Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week, a collaboration of agricultural industry groups that provides a collective industry focus on and commitment to safety, and training exercises like these provide hands-on training for area first responders. The simulator featured triangle-shaped openings cut in grain panels using metal cutting tools to facilitate the controlled releas

Putnam County EMT Basic Students Receive Hands-on Training with Special Needs Students

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‘Sometimes they can’t tell you what’s wrong,’ director says Putnam County EMS Director Andy Jackson strives to ensure his EMT basic students receive training beyond what’s addressed in the national curriculum by providing hands-on experience. Thursday was one of those lesson days. EMT students received training on how to handle emergencies involving people with special needs at the McNabb Fire Station. The class collaborated with special education students from Putnam County schools, and everyone involved ended up learning something new. “We go above and beyond the curriculum,” said Mark Hameister, parametric lead instructor. “We don’t think that’s enough. We want to put competent EMTs out and to do that we have to expand the curriculum and think beyond the national level.” Wendy Louis, an EMT and special education teacher, said she usually shows a PowerPoint presentation and tells some stories, but this year she asked Jackson about bringing her students to the EMT class. “We did a mo