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Cat-in-the-Bag Rescue

cat in the bagEach of us has had "one of those days" when things go very wrong.  We complain, cope, conquer, or concede.  On Monday morning, September 28, 2020, during our family walk, before remote learning classes began, daughter, grandchildren, and I discovered this helpless cat.  Its head and neck were deep into an empty bag of Doritos flavored tortilla chips.

I recognized this grey cat.  It is one of several feral felines that frequent my yard.  They are unapproachable.  At first, I did not think it would allow me to approach and ease its predicament.  A bagged, sightless, frightened animal on the run would not have been helpful.

Speaking softly as I walked closer, I noted the cat did not stir.  I snatched the snack bag, and the cat fled--without a thank you meow. 

Who knew cats like the spicy taste of Doritos?

WHOA Excites Fairgrounds

Jerry Lindsey wrote this feature.

On Saturday, September 19, 2020, the Whiteside County Fairgrounds was active.  White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center (WHOA) held its 7th annual benefit horse show.  Riders of all ages from throughout the area enjoyed the sun and competition.

Eagle Scout Project Needs Community Support

AnthonyFultonEagleProjectAnthony Fulton is a Senior at Morrison High School.  In addition, he is a Boy Scout Eagle Scout candidate, with an ambitious service project:  to help Primary grades children improve their reading.  He is hosting a book drive as his Eagle Scout Service Project.

"My goal is to gather enough books to give every student at Northside School a book.  This would be about 275 books.  These books would be for kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders.

"As of now, only 110 books have been donated, with more books for Kindergarteners being donated than books for...the other groups."  The deadline for his book drive is Friday, October 2, 2020.

Donor Provides Gift Certificate to 15th Business


On Friday, June 19, 2020, an anonymous benefactor began to promote The Loft on Main and local businesses.  This person provided The Loft on Main, 112 E. Main Street, Morrison, IL, with $10 gift certificates, to be used at select businesses.  Certificates are given to anyone who purchases more than $50 of artwork.

Morrison businesses included Original Taco; Family Chef Restaurant; China House; Fat Boy's; Hero's Bar & Grill; Happy Joe's Pizza; Isle of Rhodes, Embraced; Original Taco; Family Chef Restaurant; China House; Fat Boy's; Hero's Bar & Grill; Happy Joe's Pizza or Brick Block Pub.

Isle of Rhodes, at 111 W. Main Street, will benefit from a second round of certificates earned from Monday, September 28, through Sunday, October 4.

12th Annual Juried Art Show Winners

WAAExteriorWoodlawn Arts Academy announced the winners of its 12th Annual Juried Art Show, presented in partnership with the Sauk Valley Community College Art Department.  The 2020 judge was painter Fantasía Graham of Chicago, IL.  Awards were presented by Graham and SVCC art instructor Glenn Bodish.  Each winner was awarded a cash prize.

Artwork will be on display through Friday, November 20, 2020, at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, IL.  There is no charge to view it.  Woodlawn Arts Academy is open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.  In accordance with Health Department and CDC guidelines, face coverings and social distancing are required in the Academy building.

September 25 County COVID-19 Report

On Friday, September 25, 2020, Whiteside County Health Department announced ten new laboratory-confirmed cases and 17 recoveries of COVID-19 in Whiteside County.  The ages of these ten cases are 1 (20s); 4 (30s); 1 (40s); 2 (60s); 1 (70s); 1( 80s.)

Today, the State of Illinois announced 2154 new cases and 25 additional deaths.

Total Positive cases in Whiteside County are 744; deaths total 20.  Total Positive cases in the State are 283,885; deaths equal 8563.

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Apples and Nobel Prize Winners

From her car, a perfect apple caught the Editor's attention on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  She investigated ripe fruit on the tree in Robert A. [Andrews] Millikan Park, where Morrison Chamber of Commerce is housed, at 221 W. Main Street, Morrison, IL.  Apples dotted the ground, gnawed by either animals or someone lying on their belly.

This apple would be best served as a treat for the Editor, so she picked it and took its photograph--to honor a growing-season-well-done.  Two desiccated, non-fruit-producing apple blossoms were shriveled and dangled from the stem.

New COVID-19 Testing Days

coronavirusStopping the spread of COVID-19-- protecting each other and our local businesses--is the responsibility of every resident.

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, in response to Region 1 rate increases of positive cases, the Whiteside County Community Health Clinic (WCCHC) added additional hours and expanded testing to five days a week.

The new schedule starts Monday, September 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Poster: Tips for Safe Small Gatherings

  Whiteside County Health Department offers the following graphic for use when planning small group gatherings.  Print it as preparation for celebrations and the upcoming holidays.

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