HCC Big Band to perform Spring Concert

 

The Highland Community College Big Band will perform their Spring Concert on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre located in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center. This concert is free and open to the public.

 

The Big Band, under the direction of Bill Petersen, is comprised of talented community members and Highland students.

 

This year, the Big Band will present a history of jazz in concert with selections from Louis Armstrong and 1930s big bands before switching to post-World War II jazz including Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and Count Basie. The band will conclude its performance with music from today's great jazz bands including Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and selections from the group Radiohead.

 

Also, the Big Band welcomes special guests The Jazz Alliance from Freeport, Illinois.




RE/MAX New Owner Rebecca Hazzard

RE/MAX of Rock Valley, the RE/MAX franchise in Oregon, Ill., is now under new ownership. Rebecca Hazzard, a leading broker in the office, has acquired the franchise from Judy Aurand and Carla Benesh, who founded the office in 2003.

Hazzard, 30, is a lifelong Oregon resident who has become a top sales producer since earning her real estate license in 2014 and joining the RE/MAX of Rock Valley sales team. After just eight months as a broker, she was honored with the RE/MAX Rising Star Award, which goes to the most productive new brokers, and she also earned membership in the RE/MAX 100% Club, which recognizes annual sales achievements.

A graduate of Western Illinois University, Hazzard owned and operated a local pub before becoming a real estate professional. She and her husband have four young children and now reside near Oregon on their family farm.

“I’m thrilled to lead one of the top real estate offices in our area and build on the great tradition of service and productivity that Judy and Carla established,” said Hazzard. “We have a great team of hard working agents who work very effectively together. Having previously owned a business and enjoyed the experience, I think this will be a great fit for me, as well as an opportunity to contribute to our community in many meaningful ways.”

The office will remain in its current location at 606 E. Washington St., and Hazzard plans to expand its staff of five brokers, which includes Benesh, who will now focus exclusively on real estate sales.

“I’m confident that we can achieve significant growth over the next year or two,” Hazzard said. “Not only do we have a great working environment, we also have at our disposal the full array of industry leading technological and marketing tools provided by the worldwide RE/MAX organization. And our office has membership in both the Rockford area and metropolitan Chicago multiple listing services, which lets us easily maximize the market exposure of the properties we list.”

The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of more than 2,300 sales associates and 106 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app, available for download at http://www.illinoisproperty.com, provides comprehensive information about residential and commercial property for sale in the region. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 110,000+ sales associates in 100+ nations.



Folk Elected to IPRA Board

Erin Folk, Executive Director of the Oregon Park District, was sworn in Friday, January 20 at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference to serve on the IPRA Board of Directors. Folk will serve as representative for the North West Metro Region and fill a three-year term.

The Illinois Park and Recreation Association Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction, establishing policy and ensuring the fiscal integrity of the Association. Their mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation and conservation communities. IPRA leads the nation in providing premier education, networking and resources for professionals in parks, recreations and conservation.

Folk is a Certified Parks and Recreation professional who has 14 years experience in Parks and Recreation.  She has been with the Oregon Park District for ten years, serving as Executive Director since 2013.

 

 

Oregon Park District Receives IPRA Grant

The Oregon Park District was chosen by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and GameTime to receive a playground grant  of $48,000 and serve as a National Demonstration site during the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference on January 20.

IPRA teamed up with GameTime to promote a statewide funding opportunity to promote healthy play and encourage best practice designs for active behavior.  The grant was announced during a Professional Development event offered in October that Executive Director Erin Folk and her Recreation Staff attended.

"Having the opportunity to learn about best practice play research and available grant funding served as a launching pad for the District to begin to tackle our playground replacement needs.  Fairgrounds Park is at the top of the list as the oldest playground owned by the District," said Folk.

The grant allows communities to put research into action and promote quality of life in our parks. The District was able to demonstrate the communities need for additional play projects through an essay submission and support received through studies conducted by the Ogle County Health Department and KSB Hospital.  Both organizations found physical inactivity as a primary source of chronic disease for those who live in our area.

After attending the development session, researching the grant and incorporating the Oregon Park District playground replacement schedule, Folk began the submission process.

"Evaluating our current park structure and community needs it became evident that we had an opportunity to create a one of kind play experience at Fairgrounds Park.”  

The District incorporated three key design strategies which resulted in Fairgrounds Park being awarded the grant and three National Demonstration Site designations.  The sites will contribute data toward the publication of a White Paper to highlight best practices and outcomes achieved.  The initial findings will be presented at the IAPD/IPRA Conference in 2018.

The National Demonstration Site program was conceived to recognize thoughtfully planned outdoor play environments that ensure that people of all ages and abilities can be physically and socially active through play and recreation. Communities that are recognized can create positive attention and attract partners and funding that support this social capital. Additionally, by collaborating with program partners, the successful process can be replicated for others to share.

"Over 53% of District residents reside within a mile of Fairgrounds Park and the park is easily accessible by bike or on foot.  Creating a space to include play and fitness features allow families a place to participate in play and physical fitness, resulting in healthier families," said Folk.

The Oregon Park District will replace the existing play structure at Fairgrounds Park with an  IONIX GT structure utilizing a similar foot print to the current playground. The IONIX structure is designed to be accessible and include the six key play elements: balancing, spinning, brachiating, sliding, climbing and swinging. Fairgrounds is designed in a way that allows those entering the park by car, bike or foot to access the playground immediately.

A 3/4 mile trail loop is split into the north and south section, which both start and end at the playground. The loop will be used to incorporate outdoor fitness within three play pods along the north section of the Fairgrounds Park. Each of the pods will include play equipment for children and at least three pieces of fitness equipment for adults. The pathways and pockets will extend the play value and keep children moving as they move from one pocket to the next.

Combining play structures and fitness equipment is a new concept and to date has been rarely implemented nationwide. 

"Combining fitness with play equipment along a paved trail will create an opportunity for adults and children to be active together and increase the chances for our community being more physically active and lead to reduced chronic diseases," said Folk.

"We are excited to receive the grant and planning has already begun. The project will be completed by June 1, in time for families to enjoy it this summer," Folk added. "The goal is for patrons of all ages to increase the amount of daily physical activity they partake in. We also hope parents will utilize park amenities and teach their children about the importance of daily physical activity. Adult support is a key component in developing active youth."

With the new playground and fitness areas the Oregon Park District plans to launch a community initiative called Operation Move in mid-May to coincide with Fairgrounds Park opening. Watch for more details!



New Radio Debuts on WRHL AM 1060 (Rochelle IL)

For 25 years WRHL AM 1060 has featured News, Talk, and Sports programming.  That all changed today when Newstalk 1060 became Good Time Oldies 1060!  Good Time Odies 1060 will be playing the Greatest Hits of the 50's, 60's, and 70's.  From the Beatles, Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and everything in between.  The popular WRHL Morning Show from 5:30am - 9:00am will remain the same, focusing on News, Weather, Sports, Farm Programming and more.  WRHL will continue to be your home for The Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox, plus the NFL and NCAA football and basketball.  You can also listen to Good Time Oldies 1060 in crystal clear sound on WRHL.net & with the Good Time Oldies 1060 Mobile App, FREE for download for Apple & Android!

 

 

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