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Third Thursday Warms 14 Guests

CoffeeMuffinEven though it was only 8-barely-above-zero°, azure skies encouraged 14 attendees at The Loft of Main, during the first "Third Thursday" of 2020.  The free coffee klatch was January 16, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., before the gallery opened to the  public.  Monthly, morning meetings allow men and women to visit with interesting folks, while immersed in hundreds of art works, at 112 E. Main Street, Morrison, IL.  Dave Boyles, Morrison, was there early and stated, "It's lovely!"

At the front table seated left-to-right were sisters Emily Scott and Kate Darby, their mother, artist Theresa Brandon, and Scott Vandermyde.

CGH Fulton Medical Center Grand Opening

CGHFultonLogoCGH Fulton Medical Center hosted a Grand Opening event at 1130 17th Street, Suite B, in Fulton, IL, on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  There were tours of the 2500-square foot facility, a chance to meet the providers, and refreshments to enjoy.

"We are proud to open the CGH Fulton Medical Center and hope it demonstrates our dedication not only to our patients in Fulton, but also to those in the surrounding communities," said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO.

Post 328 Hosts High Level American Legion Visitors

NatViceCommandHeigertDepartment of Illinois American Legion officials annually visit Divisions, Districts, and Posts to collect membership renewal cards and meet with veterans.

On Friday, January 17, 2020, a caravan of National staff and Department Legion hierarchy from Headquarters in Bloomington, IL, stopped at three Posts in the 13th District.  This District is comprised of six Counties.

Their goal was to encourage veterans to renew their 2020 membership and praise Posts that had met their 100% renewal goal.  The majority of Posts have met this goal.  Rock Falls Sons of the Legion reached 100% membership renewal.

Morrison Post 328, 306 E. Main Street, Morrison, IL, was selected for a presentation and dinner stop.

February 15 Master Gardener Floral Workshop

flowerbedIf you are suffering from a bit of "cabin fever" or winter blahs, think Spring!  Before you know it, spring will be arriving, with early blossoms leading into summer blooms.  So, it is time to plan now.  Start thinking of what magnificent floral arrangements you could make of fresh-cut flowers from your garden.

To get you into the mood, University of Illinois Master Gardeners from Whiteside County will host a "Blooming Petals" Workshop on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Sterling Extension office, 12923 Lawrence Road, Sterling, IL.  (Turn south off IL Route 30 when approaching Rock Falls, IL, from the west; shortly before the Rock River.)

The focus of the workshop is to learn the "ins and outs" of floral arranging.  Enjoy a totally "hands on" activity with fresh flowers and containers provided.  Each participant will design a display to take home.  There is a $15 materials fee.

The program is open to Middle School age youth through adults.  Space is limited, so sign up soon.  Register at or by calling Mary Nelson at 815-632-3611.

The Whiteside Forum: China and the U. S.

EnglishVsChinaOn Thursday January 23, 2020, the Whiteside Forum will host Dr. Norm Moline, Augustana College Professor of Geography, Emeritus, who will speak to "China and the U. S.:  Understanding China through a Comparative Lens."  This event will be held in the Program Room of the Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison Street, Morrison, IL, starting at 6:30 p.m.  Dr. Moline's talk will include a question and answer session.

All Whiteside Forum events are free and open to the public, due to the generosity of many.

First Presbyterian January 30 Free Community Meal

AutumnChiliFirst Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Lincolnway, Morrison, IL, offers a free, community meal, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 30, 2020.  Community members of all ages are welcome to enjoy free, hearty meals and pleasant socializing.

The building is handicap accessible.

The first meal of the decade will include a choice of Winter Soups, sides, beverages, and desserts.

Contact the office at 815-772-3510 or see

Early Learning Program and Kindergarten Screenings

kindergarten painting

Morrison Early Learning Program and Northside Elementary School Kindergarten will hold screenings for young children, who will be eligible to attend during the 2020-2021 school year.  The location is 520 N. Genesee Street, Morrison, IL.

Both screenings are free of charge, but parents are asked to schedule an appointment with the Northside Elementary School office at 815-772-2153 as soon as possible.

Kindergarten screenings are necessary for proper class placement.

January 10 Morrison Police Report

Morrison Chief of Police Brian Melton reports the following Arrests made and Citations issued since Friday, January 10, 2020.

Arrests:  On Friday, January 10, 2020, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Morrison Police responded to 529 E. Wall Street, Morrison, IL, after receiving a 911 call of a female screaming.  As Morrison Police arrived at this residence, a female, later identified as Amy L. Castillo, age 39 of Morrison, was observed swinging a bat into a window on the back of Resthave Care & Rehabilitation. Castillo was first transported to Morrison Community Hospital by Emergency Medical Services.  Once treated and released, Castillo was arrested, charged with Criminal Damage to Property, and transported to the Whiteside County Jail.

The following Citations were issued.

Simply Aesthetic Design & Photography Summer Ribbon Cutting

SimplyAesthetic RibbonCutA Ribbon Cutting for Simply Aesthetic Design & Photography was held Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the Chamber office, 221 W. Main Street, Morrison, IL.  Owner Amanda D. (Olson) Cook of Morrison is a creative, multifaceted Professional Graphic Designer and an evocative Photographer.  Contact her at 630-605-5329,, or email

Shown left-to-right were Callie Bush; Amanda Blean; Pam Pfister; son Landon Cook; Brad Yaklich; Elizabeth Yaklich; Chamber Coordinator Meridith Layne; Deb Workman; Mayor Everett Pannier; mother Charla Olson; Karla Burn; owner Amanda Cook; Mick Welding; Jenny Heun; Kim Ewoldsen; Hilary McDearmon; Pam Jones; Mark Musselman; Jaxon Yaklich.

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