Ford-Irqouois Master Gardeners attend annual conference

ONARGA — The Ford-Iroquois Master Gardeners met Sept. 11 at the University of Illinois Extension office in Onarga with 15 members present as well as Master Gardener coordinator Jenney Hanrahan.  

The following occurred:

A crow's last moments

At first, the black-feathered bird seemed to be waiting patiently by the curb for a passing car. But an observant driver quickly noticed something was awry.

State EPA officials blame Lake Iroquois fish kill on 'lake turnover'

LAKE IROQUOIS — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency field staff believe naturally occurring “lake turnover” was to blame for thousands of fish dying at Lake Iroquois on a recent weekend, an agency spokesman said.

Lake Iroquois done with cleanup after fish kill, now awaiting test results

LAKE IROQUOIS — Lake Iroquois officials still aren’t sure what caused the death of thousands of fish in the lake near Loda on a recent weekend.

However, after 2 1/2 days of cleanup, the lake — and its wildlife — appears to be returning to normal.

Cleanup, testing continue after massive fish kill at Lake Iroquois

LAKE IROQUOIS — If there was a silver lining to last weekend’s massive fish kill at Lake Iroquois near Loda, it was that the 80-acre lake had not yet been stocked with new fish this year.

Thousands of fish were found dead Sunday morning — everything from carp to bass to catfish to walleye to crappies and blue gill.

Plenty of deer here, but where are the signs?

RURAL PAXTON — Wary drivers who regularly travel Illinois 9 in Ford County probably already know the danger that exists just west of the intersection with Illinois 115.

It’s where a bridge carries traffic over the Big Four drainage ditch. There’s a wooded area to the north, with cornfields surrounding it.

Red maple tree dedicated in police dog's memory

PAXTON — A red maple tree planted on the west side of the Paxton Police Department headquarters was dedicated on Arbor Day in memory of Max, the agency’s first police dog.

Mayor Bill Ingold gave a brief speech to a small crowd of city employees on hand, including Max’s former handler, officer Chad Johnson, as well as members of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s FFA chapter.

Master Gardeners plan events, including Plant Share on April 28

ONARGA  — Members of the Ford-Iroquois Master Gardeners met March 13 with 16 members and Master Gardener coordinator Jenney Hanrahan present. 

The following occurred:

Buckley board sets deadline for cleanup of First St. property

BUCKLEY — After a lengthy discussion Monday night, village trustees voted to give Ray Dettmering, owner of property on South First Street in Buckley, until Thursday to have Miller Septic empty a septic tank on his property and have a plumber find a leak on the property — and to give him a week from Thursday to fix the problem entirely.

Paxton may seek attorney's help to resolve landfill dispute

PAXTON — If the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency continues to insist that the city pursue additional measures to monitor the groundwater at its long-closed landfill — furthering what one alderman termed a pattern of harassment by the agency — city officials plan to enlist the services of an attorney specializing in environmental law in an attempt to resolve the situation.

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