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Stand Up for Your Health

This article was written by Marc Adami.

RVPTLogoThe Whiteside Forum will host Chelsey Ferguson and Kristi Wambeke, Physical Therapists at Rock Valley Physical Therapy, 635 E. Lincolnway (lower level), Morrison, IL, on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in the Program Room of Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison Street, Morrison, starting at 6:30 p.m.

These health professionals will discuss posture, how it effects our health, and how we can all take better care of ourselves.

Fire Department Sandwich Sale and Toy Drop-Off

This article was writen by Stephanie Vavra.

PorkChopSandwichDrive through Morrison Fire Station, 206 W. Main Street, Morrison, IL, pick up your sandwich order, and exit onto Lincolnway.  As you pass through the building, drop off a toy or cash donation, on Saturday, November 23, 2019, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Both actions will support the annual "Caring for Our Community" Christmas toy drive for scores of Morrison children.

Menu options include grilled pork chop and brat sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, and pop.

November 22 Chili and Soup Supper to Aid Ebola Orphans

Stephanie Vavra wrote this article.

chiliPaula Rodriguez and Linda Temple, of Morrison, IL, are well-known for their longstanding, humanitarian mission work in many Countries.  Through year-round food sales, they raise funds to support airfare and travel costs.  In collaboration with 18 members of Dominic Christian Fellowship Center in Lyndon, IL, Rodriguez and Temple will hold a Chili and Soup Supper fundraiser, on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Supper will be served in the City of Morrison Community Room inside Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison Street, Morrison, IL, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Take-out is available. 

A free-will donation will do much to aid orphaned Liberian children and be appreciated by two women who will deliver it.

"The community really supports us," Rodriguez noted, "and we appreciate them, for letting [Linda and me] do what we love."

First Presbyterian November 21 Free Community Meal

TurkeyMealGravyFirst Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Lincolnway, Morrison, IL, offers a free, traditional Thanksgiving meal, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

The building is handicap accessible.

Community members of all ages are welcome to enjoy free, hearty meals and pleasant socializing.

Dishes will include roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, casseroles, sweet potato casserole, dressing, cranberries, lettuce salad, rolls, desserts, and drinks.

Contact the office at 815-772-3510 or see

November 17 Sherif's Office Report

These arrests are merely a charge, and he/she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

On 1-16-19 at 12:20 a.m., Cassandra J. Silva, age 23 of Erie, IL, was stopped in Lyndon, IL, for a defective exhaust and cited for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  She was released with a Promise to Comply.

November 8 Morrison Police Report

Morrison Chief of Police Brian Melton reports the following Arrests made and Citations issued since Friday, November 8, 2019.

Arrests: No arrests to report.

Veterans Day Service in the Snow and Raffle Winners

This article was written by Stephanie Vavra.

BAthertonHatEven though it was an autumn day of remembrance, on Monday, November 11, 2019, American Legion members wore their winter dress hats.  Bob Atherton is shown in 2015, when hats were first purchased.  Steady wind, light snow, and a temperature in the low 20s made this appropriate.  It affected the number of citizens who participated, too; there were about a dozen   A mother wrapped a little blanket around her young daughter, but the wind tore at it.  One member stated new winter coats would be ordered soon.

The annual Veterans Day observance began under direction of Sergeant at Arms Jerry Brearton, at 10:55 a.m., at Veterans Park and Memorial in Grove HiIl Cemetery, High Street, Morrison, IL.  He faced eight Legionnaires and called the men to order.

Upper Mississippi River Refuge Closed Area Regulations

HuntWaterfowlThe Fish and Wildlife Service reminds everyone about Closed Areas and No Hunting Zones on the Upper Mississippi River Refuge in Pools 12, 13, and 14.  These areas cover a small percentage of the Refuge and are subject to special regulations, relating to access and waterfowl hunting.  Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States.  The Refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, MN, to Princeton, IA., protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife.  This 240,000 acre refuge was established in 1924.

For additional information and maps, you can contact the Upper Miss Refuge office at 815-273-2732.  The following areas are included.

Ornament Painting at The Loft on Main

Stephanie Vavra wrote this article.   Editor's note:  See the Letter to the Editor from Sharon Boyles.

ClayCookiesMonday, November 11, 2019, was a day that began with several inches of snowfall on the ground and temperatures that would keep it in place for days.  It was a windy morning for the annual Veterans Day service by the American Legion, held at Veterans Park and Memorial, in Grove Hill Cemetery.  About a dozen adults and one child attended.  This also was a day off for school children.

Due to the latter, The Loft of Main, 112 E. Main Street, Morrison, IL, scheduled a "drop-in" ornament painting party between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  This creative endeavor was planned for men, women, boys, and girls of all ages.

It was a very busy morning, noted Volunteer Coordinator, Sandra Crouse.

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