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Neighbors briefs

Retired teachers

meeting to take place

MORRIS – The Grundy County Retired Teachers Association will be holding a breakfast meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Maria’s Restaurant, 1591 N. Division St. in Morris. The featured speaker is Bob Lyons who will address retirement issues including pension legislation. A business meeting will follow.

All members should receive a reminder call before the meeting. If you do not get a reminder, call Mary Fran Wilkinson, 815-942-4201.

Fern Dell Historic

Association to host meeting

NEWARK – Fern Dell Historic Association’s annual meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Fern Dell Museum, 9 Front St., Newark. A program on the history of Helmar Lutheran Church will be presented by Howard Christian.

Christian is a lifelong member of Helmar Lutheran Church and draws from personal knowledge as well as family history. The meeting also will include a recap of the year’s activities and election of board members. Members of the association and the general public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Library to take bus trip

to Shipshewana, Ind.

MORRIS – The Morris Area Public Library will take a bus trip to Shipshewana, Ind., 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7.

The bus will leave the library, 604 Liberty St. in Morris, for an all-day excursion, returning to Morris at approximately 7:45 p.m. cost of $32 a person includes transportation. Register and pay by Sept. 7 and you will be entered into a drawing for a refund. Two people will go for free. Call 815-942-6880 to register.

Take a step back in time … to Shipshewana. In Shipshewana you’ll find buggy rides, all sorts of tours from furniture making, to cheese making, to trips down country lanes. Famous for some of the best shopping in Amish country, Shipshewana has more than 125 shops, which are open all year.

– Morris Daily Herald

Cover Crops workshop offered by University of Illinois Extension, Grundy County Unit

MORRIS – Farmers are increasing the use of soil conservation methods which include many types of cover crops, mulching, no-till or conservation tillage. These practices prevent soil erosion, increase organic matter and improve soil tilth, recycle unused nutrients, fix nitrogen, improve the environment for beneficial organisms and can aid in weed control.

How are cover crops selected, planted, and terminated? What benefits are achieved? Can we continue to be dependent on post applications of herbicides to control our weed populations? How will the arrival of Palmer amaranth to northern Illinois effect weed management programs of corn and soybean producers?

Join Mike Plumer, Cover Crop Specialist, for a session on growing cover crops and the benefits of applying this technology to improve productivity, increasing soil health and erosion prevention. Russ Higgins, University of Illinois Commercial Agriculture Educator at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center will share current information on weed management in conservation tillage systems.

Plan to attend this workshop 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 10 at University of Illinois Extension, Grundy County, 4004 N. Division St. (Farm Bureau Bldg), Morris.

The fee is $15 a person and pre-registration is required by Sept. 4. Register online at With this registration opportunity, you may use a credit card and immediately pay and confirm your registration. Online, you may choose to pay by check which will tentatively register you until your check is received. You may call the Grundy County Unit office at 815-942-2725 to register.
Coal City Community-Wide Garage Sale

COAL CITY – It’s school time and fall is on it’s way. It‘s time to clean out your closets and garage to get ready for the winter. Sept. 20, the Coal City Park Board will sponsor a Community-Wide Garage Sale. This all-day event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine.

Anyone interested in participating can stop in at the Coal City Village Hall during normal business hours, to pickup and drop-off your registration. Your address with your list of items will be included on the maps that will be distributed on the day of the event.

Maps will be available at the following locations:

• Benson Insurance, 155 S. Broadway

• Rolando’s TV Appliances and Furniture, 140 S. Broadway

• Coal City Village Hall, 515 S. Broadway

Each participant may pick up a Garage Sale Sign at the village hall.You may print of submit an application on line at

Call the village hall for information at 815-634-8608. This event is free, and no fees or donations are requested.

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