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Submit recipes to Homer High cookbook
The Homer High School Alumni Foundation is printing a cookbook of recipes from Homer High School alumni that will be made available for purchase.  
This was an idea that was first announced at the 2012 Alumni Banquet this past Memorial Day weekend.
The foundation did not receive enough recipes or pre-orders to make the cookbook happen before Christmas, so they are giving it another go.   
They will continue to collect recipes and pre orders until March 15. If they receive enough responses, they will plan to have it published in time for the HHS Alumni Banquet on Memorial Day Weekend 2013.  
If you would like to submit recipes or place a pre order, please send your recipes and/or check made payable to “HHS Alumni Foundation” in the amount of $15 to:  Mindy (Stayton) Wolf 709 Wingstem Dr. St. Joseph, IL  61873  OR Debbi (Smith) Danner 504 W. 3rd St. Homer, IL  61849 You can also make contact through the Facebook page “YOU KNOW YOU GREW UP IN HOMER.......” and they will be happy to send you a form.   

Lent Offerings at
St. Joseph UMC
The Season of Lent began this year with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 13, and ends with Easter Sunday on March 31.
In observance of Lent, some unique worship and devotional opportunities will be offered at St. Joseph United Methodist Church.
We began our journey with a special 7 p.m. worship service of repentance and ash in observance of Ash Wednesday on Feb. 13. There will be a six-week Lent small group experience titled “24 Hours that Changed the World” by Adam Hamilton held in Pearson Hall on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m, that began on Sunday, Feb. 17. Mark your calendar now and plan to participate to enrich your Lenten journey and prepare yourself for Easter.
 All are welcome. For questions call the church office at 469-2515.

Library changes times for program
The times for the “Digging Deeper” Gardening Program, have changed the time for the next two sessions.  The March 9 program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This program is open to anyone and people can still join the class even if they haven’t attended before.

Farm events take part through March
We are midway in our busy meeting season so mark your calendars for the following events:
Feb. 28    
FAST Training 2013:  Develop a NEW Set of Tools of Your Farm at U of I Extension office at 801 N. Country Fair Drive in Champaign.  
These farmer based workshops focus on making informed decisions using your computer and spreadsheet tools developed by the U. of I. farmdoc team.  
Visit for registration details.
March 4    
Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) training for specialty growers from 9 – 5 p.m. at the Extension office at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D in Champaign.  Cost is $10 and includes lunch.
March 4    
Corn and Soybean Marketing Club at auditorium at 801 N. Country Fair Drive at 7 p.m. with latest information on 2013 Crop Insurance from U. of I. Extension Farm Management Specialist Gary Schnitkey.  Free and open to the public.
March 6   
Ford Iroquois Ag. Breakfast at 7 a.m. at Extension office at 901 W. Seminary Ave in Onarga.  Guest speaker will be Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association speaking on “What is Agriculture Doing to Address Nutrient Issues?”.  Contact Helen at 815-268-4051 for a reservation.
March 9    
Putting Small Acreage to Work Workshop at the auditorium at 801 N. Country Fair Drive in Champaign with registration starting at 8 a.m. and program beginning at 8:30 a.m.  This program will provide specialty growers and small acreage owners  a number of options for how to make their acreage more productive.  
If you have questions on any of these programs, contact our office at 217-333-7672.

Indoor seed-starting event to take place
Champaign County Master Gardeners will demonstrate seed-starting Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m.
The program is located at the Parkland College Tony Noel Center at 2400 West Bradley in Champaign.
The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required by March 13. Registration can be done by calling (217) 333-7672 or going online to
Master Gardeners Jimmie Nell Duden and Patty Stoffel will present strategies on how to start plants indoor from seeds. Attendees will learn to make biodegradable paper pots and need to provide their own seeds for hands-on planting.
Illinois spring and summer is relatively short for a plant to ripen to its highest. Starting seeds indoors gives a plant a full cycle of growth. Learning how to raise seeds indoors offers a larger assortment than buying plants and saves money.
Master Gardeners offer monthly programs on a variety of topics. Speakers range from established Master Gardener’s to University of Illinois Extension educators. Although the program assumes members are “masters” participants are well aware that it is impossible to master gardening. These monthly programs embrace the notion of continuous learning.

RTHS 40 class reunion to be held
A 40-year combined class reunion for the Rantoul High School classes of 1973   and 1974 is being planned for August 9 and 10.
An informal get-together will take place at the Rantoul Knights of Columbus  Hall on Friday evening, Aug. 9.
A night of entertainment will be held at Eastland Suites, Urbana, on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Hotel rooms may be reserved by calling Eastland  Suites at 217-367-8331.  
Ask for the RTHS Class of 1973/1974 Reunion block. Send contact information to the reunion committee’s e-mail at  Please update your contact information even if you are  unable to attend.

Play to take place March 1-2
 First time director Brandon Moore is putting on “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “The Browning Version” at the Creative Dramatics Workshop in Sidney.
“The Devil and Daniel Webster” is the well known story of lawyer Daniel Webster defending his friend in court against prosecuting attorney Scratch-—otherwise known as Satan.  “The Browning Version” is the story of a man challenged by health, relationship and professional problems who finds, after all, the power of quiet strength.  Both one act plays are March 1 and 2 at 7:30, and March 3 at 2:30 at the Creative Dramatics Workshop, 400 East Byron Street, Sidney, Illinois.  Tickets are $5.
Further information or reservations may be had at 217 688 2395.  
The three St. Joe cast members are Emily Pawlicki, Jonathon Neumann, and Lena Leonberger.  

Homer residents look to form farmers market
A group of interested residents is trying to organize a farmer’s market for Homer for this summer.
They are looking at June through September on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. in downtown.
They need help if this is going to get off the ground. If you are interested, please contact Sue Smith at

Foodservice managers class to be offered
A foodservice sanitation manager’s course will be offered  Monday, March 18 and  Wednesday, March 20, 2013,  from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at ILEAS Training Center, (former Champaign Co Nursing Home), 1701 E Main St, Urbana, IL.  
The exam will be  Monday, March 25, from 9-11 a.m. at ILEAS.  Persons needing recertification for their IL Dept. of Public Health certificate may attend the second day, Wednesday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact Sue Summerville, 217-684-2435, to register or for further information.  

Ogden resident named to Dean’s list
Stephanie Dillman of Ogden was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed fall 2012 semester.
To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.
Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership.  Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais—just 50 miles south of Chicago; three sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest.

Wheatley receives Bachelors degree
The University of St.
Francis graduated students with bachelor’s degrees on Dec. 15.
 University of St.  Francis President Michael Vinciguerra presented the degrees.
Jason Wheatley of  Saint Joseph earned a bachelor’s degree.
The University of St.  Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care and social work.

Ballard named to Dean’s list
Some 4,000 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa were named to the Dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester, including Rachel Ann Ballard of St. Joseph.
The guidelines for inclusion on the list are as follows: Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Tippie College of Business who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded course work during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of I (incomplete) or O (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the Dean’s List for that semester.

Homer Historical meeting to take place
The Homer Historical Society monthly meeting will be March 5, 2013, 7 p.m. at 500 E. Second St., Homer, IL. The public is welcome to attend.

Conference to take place at Living Word
On March 22 and 23  Refiner’s Fire Women’s Conference will take place at Living Word Family Church.  Registration is due on March 10 for Refiner’s Fire Women’s Conference with special guest speaker Sarah Hart Pearsons. Dessert Fellowship on Friday night, catered luncheon on Saturday, Breakout Sessions and inspiring messages from Sarah Pearsons and Pam Millis are included in the $40 registration fee. For more info call 469-7410.

Knitting to come to Homer Library
Knitting is coming to the library! The library is partnering with some ‘crafty’ Homer area residents to offer knitting lessons. Starting in March, the Homer Craft Club with meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at 6 p.m. The Club will offer a quiet place to meet and work on crafts, get new ideas, and maybe even get the motivation to start something new.  A couple of the members are willing to teach knitting as part of the library’s programming.  The class will be open to all ages but we will have to limit the number of kids to make sure we have enough teachers.  If we have anyone under 13 interested, just please call the library and sign up ahead of time.
For the first 45 minutes of the first four meetings a member will be available to teach some basic projects.  The first project will be making a hand-knitted wash cloth. These are great to use in the kitchen or give as gifts. Each participant will need to bring some yarn (a ball of Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream solid color cotton yarn is suggested) and a short pair of size 9 or 10 knitting needles. The supplies should not cost you more than $5-6.  The library will try to have some supplies on hand for emergencies.  We will also display some of our knitting books to get you motivated to try for even bigger and more complex projects!  The first knitting class will take place on March 8th.
For more information on the knitting class you can contact the Homer Community Library at 896-2121 and for more information ont he Homer Craft Club you can visit their FaceBook page at


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