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Briefs: Draw Down at Corn Fest needs donations

MORRIS – This year Grundy County Housing Authority is benefiting from the First Midwest Bank Draw Down at Corn Fest. The housing authority is in need of a water tank that’s located on the top floor at Saratoga Towers. It’s leaking and needs to be replaced, before it causes major devastation. The cost of the tank is $24,000.

The draw down is seeking assistance by asking the community to donate a basket, raffle item or gift certificate that can be raffled off.

No donation is too small or too big. Smaller items we will put together to make a bigger raffle item. Some ideas: Restaurant gift certificates, Gift baskets from stores, home parties etc., experience gift certificates, sky diving, bowling, electronics, sports tickets, limo or party bus.

GCHA is at 1802 Division St., Suite 507, Morris. The draw down is Sept. 27, Tickets are $50 and includes 2 entries plus the drawn down. Contact GCHA if you would like a ticket; only 250 tickets are sold. Contact Jennifer Olson, GCHA vice president of development, at 815-791-9142.

Mystery eats back at Newark Library

NEWARK  – Mystery Eats, the adult book discussion, is starting back up in September at the Charles B. Phillips Library in Newark. Stop in now at the library to pick up “Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth” by Tamar Myers. Then at 7 p.m. Sept. 11, bring in one of the recipes within the mystery. Eat, discuss and enjoy.

Midewin Highways Through Time tour to be held

WILMINGTON – A new tour at Midewin this year is “Midewin Highways Through Time” and it is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, at 30239 Route 53, Wilmington. Join Midewin Archaeologist Joe Wheeler and discover why Midewin looks as it does today as a result of 10,000 years as a nexus of transportation.

From Native American trade routes, explorers Marquette and Joliet, the I&M Canal Corridor, the railroad that carried Lincoln’s body to Springfield in 1865, the famous Route 66 and the present and future expectations for transportation in the area.

This free program will be at the welcome center. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow enough time to check-in. Reservations required and should be made by Friday to guarantee a spot. Reservations can be made by calling 815-423-6370 or emailing Please include contact information.

For a complete listing of programs and events, visit

Lisbon’s 6th Annual Cruise-In Car Show scheduled

LISBON – From noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday, the sixth-annual Cruise-In Car Show will be at Lisbon grade school, entrance is on Joliet Road. Cost is $10 a entry. All makes and models welcome. Dash plaques are available for the first 100 entries. Vehicles must arrive by 2:30 p.m. to be judged. Awards are at 3:30 p.m. For information, call 815-942-0883 or email Dash plaques and awards are sponsored by Dave’s Auto, Newark.

Extended hours set at Newark Library

NEWARK – The Charles B. Phillips Public Library, 6 North Jackson Street, Newark, is excited to announce that it is extending its morning hours starting Tuesday. The library will continue to keep its closing times but will now open Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. “Like” the Charles B. Phillips Public Library page on Facebook and stay updated on its current events.

– Morris Daily Herald

Seneca resident Margy Weber will teach a Sit & Sew

SENECA – Seneca resident Margy Weber will teach a Sit & Sew workshop titled “Cotton Theory Place Mat” and present a lecture titled “Cotton Theory Quilting – Quilt First, Then Assemble” at Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sit & Sew workshops allow attendees to learn, practice and master new techniques on state-of-the-art sewing machines. Quilt Expo’s lectures are given by notable quilting authorities, and provide an opportunity for quilters of all skill levels to acquire new ideas from leading quilting educators.

Quilt Expo, presented by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions LLC, runs Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 in the exhibition hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Tickets also are available by calling 866-297-6545 and at select retail outlets throughout Wisconsin. Special admission rates are available for groups of 20 or more. For information, visit or call Mary Alice Van Gemert at 608-265-5037.

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