Monthly Archives: November 2013

McPherson Law Offices Gets Ready for the Holidays – Craig Deininger of Deininger Floral Shop Places the Final Wreath Above the Entrance – What a Fantastic Job as Always!


Good Day Illinois Wishes Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Congratulations to Lena-Winslow – Good Luck at State 1A Championship against Tri-Valley Downs at Huskie Stadium in Dekalb on Friday November 29 at 10:00 am. Bring Home another State Championship!

Some Holiday Events Not to Miss:

FHN Festival of Trees Events Continue

Holiday Movie Series for children on concludes on Saturday November 30 with the final movie, Frozen PG ($3.50), at 10 am at the Lindo Theatre, Freeport

Visit Santa at the Freeport Public Library and receive a holiday gift from FHN

December 3 5 – 7 pm
December 5 5 – 7 pm
December 7 1 – 3 pm
December 8 1 – 3 pm
December 10 5 – 7 pm
December 12 5 – 7 pm
December 14 1 – 3 pm
December 15 1 – 3 pm
December 17 5 – 7 pm
December 19 5 – 7 pm
December 21 1 – 3 pm
December 22 1 – 3 pm

The Annual Christmas Show presented by the Mighty Richland Players Dessert Threater, 203 W. High Street, Orangville, on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm. Enjoy this annual Christmas show written, produced and directed by Hanover’s Back Street Players. Performances are in dessert theater format. $20. For information call 815.819.1310; For tickets call 888.596.1249 or 608.325.5700

Annual Christmas Tea December 1 from 1 to 4 pm at the Stephenson County Historical Museum located at 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport. Celebrate this holiday tradition at the historic 1857 Oscar Taylor home decorated in Christmas finery. Enjoy music and homemade cookies with coffee, tea or punch as you tour the mansion. The Holiday Gift Shop will be open featuring a selection of historical books, toys and other unique gift items, and a Holiday Bake Sale. For information call 815.232.8419.

Enjoy the Last Weekend Before Thanksgiving! FHN Festival of Trees Events Continue


Holiday Movie Series for children on Saturday with the remaining schedule as follows:

All at 10 am at Lindo Theatre, Freeport
Nov. 23 — Labyrinth PG (FREE)
Nov. 30 — Frozen PG ($3.50)

Don’t Miss FHN’s Casino Loyale Holiday Gala on Saturday evening, Nov 23, beginning at 6 pm November 23 at the Freeport Masonic Temple at 305 W. Stephenson Street. Ghe Gala benefits FHN’s Therapy Dog Program and Friends Forever Humane Society! Tickets are $50 each and include an evening of food, drink, dancing, entertainment and more. It’s easy to get tickets online at or by calling toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 901.

Community Tree Lighting at 5 pm on Sunday, November 24 – The tree is located on on the Stephenson Street side of FHN Memorial Hospital. There will be refreshments, holiday caroling and special guests!

For a complete listing of Festival of Trees events go to

Annual Mistletoe Walk in Downtown Freeport, Sunday, November 24 from 12 to 4 pm
There will be carolers, Santa, carriage rides, refreshments, and special sales with stores decorated on the theme of “Sing Me a Christmas Song.” Also, view the entries in the Gingerbread House Contest which are on display at the Freeport Public Library from 1 to 4 pm during the Mistletoe Walk. The entries will also be display at the Library from December 2 through December 20. Vote for the People’s Choice and make bids on your favorites in the silent auction. Also, purchase Downtown Shopping Spree Raffle tickets during the Walk with prizes awarded in Downtown Dollars and proceeds benefitting the Freeport Downtown Development Foundation, the Salvation Army, and the Freeport Area Church Cooperative. If you have questions, call 815.232.9000 or 815.233.0013

Hometown Christmas, Shannon, Illinois – Friday and Saturday, November 22 & 23.
Sponsored by the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Local Businesses, crafters and bakers welcome you to their open houses. You will find handcrafted treasures, gourmet foods, wines, gifts, baked goodies galore, and much more! Maps of participants are located at First State bank Shannon/Polo/Lake Carroll as well as Casey’s, Blarney Stone and Shannon Cafe; look for the Candy Cane in front of each location. Stop by the fire station both days. They will have over 20 crafters and vendors to meet all your shopping needs. Stop by Friday night for the traditional Lions Club Chili Supper. Kids can visit with Santa, and pet his live reindeer. Lighting of the Christmas tree in the park will be followed by the annual Christmas Lighted Parade. Warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies in the park before, during and after the parade. On Saturday morning, start your shopping adventures with the Firemen’s pancake breakfast at the fire station. For more information contact Amanda Klinefelter at 815.238.3171

Congratulations to Area Sports Teams!

The Freeport Girls’ Swim Team won the Sectional Meet at Byron for the second year in a row – next stop State Meet at New Trier High School in Winnetka, November 22 & 23

Semifinal Boys’ Football Games, all on November 23:
Class 1A – Chicago Leo at Lena-Winslow 2:00 pm

Class 4A – Rockford Lutheran at Geneseo 1:00 pm

Class 6A – Batavia at Rockford Boylan 1:00 pm

If your team keeps winning, then plan on the championship games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb:
Friday November 29:
Class 1A 10:00 am November 29
Class 4A 7:00 pm November 29
Class 6A 1:00 pm November 30


Start the Holiday Season with a Fun Event for Freeport and the Surrounding Area – Don’t Miss FHN’s Casino Loyale Holiday Gala on November 23 Benefiting FHN’s Therapy Dog Program and Friends Forever Humane Society!


As part of FHN’s annual Festival of Trees holiday festivities, it will again be sponsoring a Vegas style event open to all with casino style games, food, music, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction. All who attended last year had a fantastic time and this year it will be even better! It will be held at the Freeport Masonic Temple at 305 W. Stephenson Street beginning at 6:00 pm.

Now lets face it – How often can you attend an event, have a really good time, and also benefit a worthwhile project and organization? In this case the answer is easy – attend this year’s Gala which will benefit FHN’s Beyond Words therapy dog program with 10 per cent of the proceeds being donated to Friends Forever Humane Society. You cannot lose!
Last year everyone enjoyed the table games like blackjack, poker, and craps where you could win prizes, and unlike Vegas, you will not lose your money at the games! If you don’t know how to play the games, you can learn them with the help of the professional dealers who want you to have fun – try that in Vegas!

Tickets are $50 each and include an evening of food, drink, dancing, entertainment and more.
It’s easy to get tickets online at or by calling toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 901.

November 19, 2013 – 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address


Five months after the battles, President Lincoln wearing his black suit, tall silk hat and white gloves gave a short speech at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery. Today the speech is referred to as the “Gettysburg Address.”

The picture is part of the Stephenson County Soldiers’ Monument Erected in 1869 in honor of the Ninety-Second Illinois Volunteer Regiment and all other soldiers from Stephenson County who fought for the Union in the Civil War. In order to preserve and repair the monument, the Civil War Monument Fund has been established save the Stephenson County Soldiers’ Monument. Funds are being solicited at his time. For details on how you can help go too

Case of the Week – Oregon State Jury Awards Woman $101,500 in Damages for False Imprisonment


A woman spent more than a day in custody although the local sheriff’s office learned she was innocent shortly after she was arrested. Instead of being released, she was arraigned while shackled and dressed in inmate clothing. A few hours later, she was released. She told the deputies who arrested her that she had been the victim of identity theft, and that they should check her fingerprints to verify her story. They must have ignored her request! The victim stated that she hopes this case makes it more likely this won’t happen to anyone else.

Read full article at

Freeport City Council Meeting Tonight November 18, Vote on Rental Ordinance Scheduled – And Mr. Gitz – Read My Lips!


If you tried to watch the Freeport City Council meeting on November 4, you discovered that there was no sound. It is sad that the Gitz adminstration and this council cannot even insure that the sound system is working twice a month for council meetings. Remember this is not the first time. Can the Gitz administration and this council be trusted with anything? And don’t foreget the City receives $375,000 in Cable taxes each year paid by the citizens of Freeport. Let’s not offend Comcast. You decide who is to blame. Don’t they test the system prior to each meeting. The answer is obvious.

The Freeport City Council meeting is at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor. If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live (hopefuly with sound).

For a complete agenda go to

Click to access A20131118.pdf

Some items of interest on the agenda:

2nd reading of Ordinance on Residential Rental Property Regulation – Returned from Committee of Whole on Nov 12 with no changes. Scheduled to be voted upon. Read comments on proposed ordinance in Good Day Illinois on November 4.

Resolution that levy for next year less than 105% of the final preceding year levy.

Winter Has Come to Northwest Illinois!


Some Events This Weekend!

FHN Festival of Trees Holiday Movie Series for children on Saturday with the remaining schedule as follows:

All at 10 am
Nov. 16 — Thor: The Dark World PG-13 ($3.50)
Nov. 23 — Labyrinth PG (FREE)
Nov. 30 — Frozen PG ($3.50)

Fall Instrumental Music Concert at Highland Community College – Friday November 15 at 7:30 pm in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport.

Congratulations to Area Football Teams in the State Quarter Final Games!

Quarter final games for area teams this weekend:

Class 1A
Lena-Winslow at Stockton, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm
Winner will play either Ottawa Marquette or Chicago Leo

Class 3A
Winnebago at Stillman Valley, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm
Winner will play either Aurora Christian or Seneca

Class 4A
Harvard at Rockford Lutheran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm
Winner will play either Chicago Phillips or Geneseo

Class 6A
Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge at Rockford Boylan, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm
Winner will play either Lake Forrest or Batavia

If your team keeps winning, then plan on the championship games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb:
Class 1A, 2A, 3A & 4A: Friday, November 29
Class 5A, 6A, 7A & 8A: Saturday, November 30