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‘Sycamore has been good to all of us’

To the Editor:

On behalf of Sycamore High School, I want to thank the following organizations for helping make our Homecoming such a success this year: the Sycamore Park District, the Sycamore National Guard Unit, the Sycamore Police Department and the Sycamore Fire Department. Without these community partners, such a great event would not have occurred over the course of the week. 

I also would like to thank our Sports and Music Boosters, the community businesses that support our efforts and our teachers, coaches, students and parents. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful and supportive individuals in our community.

I will speak all day about the high quality of kids that we are fortunate enough to work for on a daily basis. It is reflected in their actions and hard work. Our student body selected two very special students as their Homecoming King and Queen. It was done with genuine sincerity and will provide a lifetime of memories for those students. Our students care about every student. People always worry about what will become of the next generation. I am not worried about the future of our students. Their work ethic, humility and caring will carry them well into the future.

In addition, our community witnessed one of the best high school exhibitions of two extremely talented football teams test one another in a first-class fashion. Both programs should be proud of their efforts. 

We are lucky to live in a community that works together providing opportunities for our students. In the first eight weeks of school, our students have been able to tour the major manufacturers in the area, our junior class toured Northern Illinois University, our students were exposed to world-class filmmakers through the Sycamore Film Festival, and they were provided a first-class Homecoming experience, all because of the community we live in. There is a sign that hangs on the football scoreboard that says “Sycamore has been good to me,” the reality is “Sycamore has been good to all of us.” Thank you everyone, for making a difference in our students lives. 

Tim Carlson

Sycamore High School principal

Valley West auxiliary thanks local businesses

To the Editor:

The Valley West Hospital Auxiliary would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich. They recently donated a Bose Sound System to the new hospital gift shop, Unique Boutique.

We are very grateful for Willow Crest’s continued support of our mission. Proceeds of the hospital gift shop are donated back to the hospital auxiliary, and used to fund healthcare scholarships given to local students. Since 1999, the Valley West Hospital Auxiliary has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships. 

To learn more about the new hospital gift shop or the Valley West Hospital Auxiliary, please call 815-786-3704.

Jana Kingston

Volunteer coordinator and gift shop manager

Valley West Hospital Auxiliary

Kirkand Lions Club Candy Day a success

To the Editor:

The Kirkland Lions Club would like to extend a huge “thank you” to all the generous people in the Kirkland and surrounding area for helping make Lions Club Candy Day a huge success. Candy Day is an annual fundraising event that helps area residents with their vision and hearing needs. While stationed outside downtown Kirkland businesses, as well as the intersection of Glidden Road and Route 72, the Lions Club team collected $1,750 from very generous passers-by.

We would again like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who donated to this very worthy cause.

Jim Woodward, chairman

Kirkland Lions Candy Day committee

Kenny Yocum will be missed

To the Editor:

The Genoa community lost a good friend this week with the death of Kenny Yocum, who served us all for many, many years. In the last years of his life he suffered from kidney disease but every time he saw me he would say, “how are all my friends in Genoa?”

As owner of The Genoa Treehouse, he showed his love to everyone by creating some of the prettiest floral arrangements in this area. Many times he would stay up extra hours and go out of his way just to please all of us.

You are missed Kenny ... our sympathy to his wife, Bonnie, and son, Steve.

Jackie Bennett


Thanks for supporting Sycamore Lions Candy Day

To the Editor:

The Sycamore Lions would like to thank local businesses and the community for another successful Candy Day. Your generosity has helped to address local concerns of the visually and hearing impaired along with help to provide 18,000 visually and hearing impaired children and adults in Illinois with critically needed services.

Your contributions will make the following projects possible: Camp Lions for Children and Adults, Low Vision Program, Mobile Diabetic Retinopathy/Macular Program, Mobile Hearing Unit, Infant Hearing Screening, Cochlear Implant Program, Social Services and Referral, LIF Used Hearing Aid Collection & Hearing Aid Bank (H.A.B.), Used Eyeglass Collections and LIF Fund for Emergency (L.I.F.E.).

The club recognizes four area businesses for their support during this year's Candy Day collections for allowing the Sycamore Lions members to collect donations at their premises during Candy Day. Candy Day Chairman Joe Woodward presented Elleson's Bakery, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco and Parkway Restaurant with Certificates of Appreciation.

The Sycamore Lion Club also would like to thank the local businesses that helped underwrite this year's event and the community's residents for their generous donations. This year's fundraising effort generated more than $5,500 to be used in support of the Lion's vision and hearing programs.

Sycamore Lions Club

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