First six months of 2011 eventful in Cambridge

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Snow and ice hang from the back of this building located at 111 West Exchange Street Wednesday, Feb. 2. A snowstorm Tuesday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, Feb. 3, paralyzed the entire county.

January 2011

    Cambridge native Larry VanDyke recently retired from his post as chief deputy of  the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department.  VanDyke has spent more than 40 years in law enforcement.  His uncle was a former police chief in Cambridge and inspired VanDyke’s career choice.

    New officers were elected to the Cambridge Champs 4-H Club in October.  They are Jacob Jeffries, historian; Nick Miller, secretary; Kevin Miller, vice president; Megan Reed, reporter; Katie Miller, president and Brockton Reed, treasurer.

    Tony Marchand of Gold Star FS presents Henry County Ag Literacy Coordinator Paula Janson with a contribution to the Agriculture in the Classroom program.  The funds are a portion of the comprehensive donation to the Illinois Ag in the Classroom program provided through GROWMARK’s FS Seed Division.

    Three Cambridge runners competed in 29th annual Hardcore 5K run.  Donna Stohl  finished with a time of 34:04 in the female 45-49 category.  In the male 14-and under category, Jacob Dobbels had a time of 41:30.  Ben Stohl had a time of 23:47 in the male division, 45-49.

    Jackie Driscoll, Miss Henry County Fair queen, is crowned the 2011 Miss Illinois County Fair queen Sunday, Jan. 16,     at the Crowne Plaza.  Sixty-six county fair queens competed in the pageant.

    Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla introduced his command staff to the Henry County Board Tuesday, Jan. 11.

    Christi Reed, a first grade teacher at the Cambridge Elementary School, has become a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

February 2011

    A winter storm hit Cambridge Tuesday, Feb. 1,  and Wednesday, Feb. 2.  The 17-1/2 inch snow was accompanied by high winds which created blizzard warnings from noon on Tuesday through noon on Wednesday, Feb. 2.    

    Lucas Hickenbottom and Samantha Stevenson were recognized as Students of the Quarter at the weekly Cambridge Rotary meeting Wednesday, Jan. 12.

    A huge second quarter lifted Ridgewood to upset state-ranked Stark County Wednesday night Jan. 26, in Wyoming.  The No. 7 Lady Rebels led 15-13 at the quarter but the Spartans went on a 19-8 tear in the second frame to lead 32-23 at the half.  The Spartans held on for the one point victory.

    Amber Vincent joined Britta Hixson at Hair Etc. Tuesday, Feb. 15. Vincent is a 2003 graduate of Cambridge High School and a December 2010 graduate of Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, with a  cosmetology degree.

    The Geneseo Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution has named Cambridge winners Brayton Palmer and Jessie Smith.

    Four members of  the Cambridge FFA Chapter, Isaak Woodruff, Kylie Carey, Isabella Frisk and Derek Larsen, attended the National FFA Organization’s 2120 conference at the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29.

    Ridgewood varsity boys closed out their regular season with a road trip to Aledo Friday, Feb. 18.  Tyler Nimrick notched his 1,000th career point during the game.

    Avery Noble, age 7, of Andover was crowned Little Miss Blackhawk Valley on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Glenview Middle School, East Moline.

March 2011

    Marty Morey of BankORION, Cambridge, presents $1,500 to Cambridge Main Street Executive Director Deb VanDeWoestyne on Wednesday, Feb. 23.  BankORION’s annual donation supports Main Street activities. 

    Ridgewood Spartan senior Dani Lessard signed an athletic scholarship with Carl Sandburg College on Monday, Feb. 28 at AlWood High School. Lessard received a scholarship for volleyball and softball.

    The Cambridge Junior High School dance team finished fifth at state competition Saturday, Mar. 5, in Bloomington.  Cambridge was one of the smallest schools to perform and the only dance team that did not have tryouts.

    The Ridgewood Dance team took second place at  the state dance competition Saturday, Mar. 12, in Champaign.

    Five Lady Spartans were named to the All-Lincoln Trail Conference Academic Team.  To be named to the team, a participate must play in basketball at a varsity level and maintain a 3.5 grade point average.   Those named to the team were Sammi Stevenson, Taylor Brooks, Ella Teel and Molly Jo Smith.

    The Henry County Sheriff’s Department recently donated $50 to the Children’s Advocacy Center, Cambridge.  Sheriff Jim Padilla and officer manager, Rachel Kessinger, presented the money to Sally Adams of the Children’s Advocacy Center.  The sheriff’s office won the Christmas door-decorating contest at the courthouse and decided to donate the prize money to the advocacy center.

    On Saturday, Mar. 19, the Cambridge eighth grade basketball team played Stark County for the championship game of the Lincoln Trail Conference and came home with a 30-20 win.    

    April 2011

    State Representative Donald Moffitt was at Monday’s board meeting to share the good news that the $150,000 promised to Cambridge for a new road into the village’s new commercial park, located off Illinois Route 82, has been deposited in the village account.

    Cambridge’s FFA Junior Livestock Judging Team took first place in the junior division of Marion County Livestock Judging Contest in Salem on Saturday, Mar. 26.  The team also placed second overall in the senior division.  Judges were Jacob Jeffries, James Dobbels, Megan Reed and Katie Miller.

    Tim Strange of Franklin, Tenn., formerly of Cambridge, will host a new television show on SPIKE, beginning Saturday, May 7.  

    Nate Mortensen and Dana Brock were crowned Cambridge High School Prom king and queen during the promenade at the Henry County Courthouse Saturday, April 9.  Other members of the court were Samantha Stevenson, Emily Schmoll, Lexi Sipp, Kalli Humphrey, Kyle Lookingbill, Austin Brown, Tyler Nimrick and C. J. DeKezel.

    Carli Schieferdecker of Cambridge, a student at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, enjoyed a $1 ice cream cone and cookie in the heart of Cuenca, Ecuador, while participating in a Spanish 201 class.

    Dale and Linda Doubler were honored recently at the Illinois Ducks Unlimited Convention in Peoria.  Dale was presented with a canvasback duck decoy for his leadership in the Geneseo Ducks Unlimited Chapter, and Linda and he were presented a plaque and life sponsor pins for their past Ducks Unlimited contributions, which eventually reached $10,000.

May 2011

    Cayla Walsh, a sophomore at Western Illinois University, Macomb, majoring in recreational park and tourism, has been awarded a Retention Assistance Award in the amount of $1,000 for the 2011 spring semester.    

    Casey Adamson, the Spartans’ junior varsity coach and assistant to Jeff Hannam, was officially named the new Ridgewood coach last week after the?AlWood and Cambridge school districts approved the hiring.

    Nate Humphrey and Kyle Rannie, two eighth grade boys at the Cambridge Junior High School, broke school records during the elementary/junior  high school Lincoln Trail Conference track meet Wednesday, May 4, at Wethersfield.

    Henry County’s first state queen, Jackie Driscoll, has been named grand marshal for the 2011 Hog Festival parade Saturday, Sept. 3.

    Molly Jo Smith won three events during the Dale Collis Track and Field Invite on Tuesday, May 10, at Galva.  Smith won the 300-meter hurdles at the Sherrard Sectional Friday, May 14, and competed at the state meet in Charleston Thursday, May 19.

    Robert Reagan, principal of Cambridge High School, presented the Class of 2011 during the 137th Commencement Exercises at the school Saturday, May 21.  Thirty-one seniors earned diplomas.

    Wanda Hepner, coordinator of the Cambridge Ambulance Service, was named  the Trinity EMT-I of the Year during the Annual Emergency Medical Service Banquet Saturday, May 14, at the River House Bar and Grill in Moline.

June 2011

    Daisha Cecil, a fifth-grade student at the Cambridge Elementary School, has been making a lot of her own jewelry for years.   Cecil decided to donate proceeds from the bracelets to the Caring Hearts program at the school and made her first donation Thursday, May 19, according to principal Shelly Logston.

    New officers were recently elected for the Cambridge American Legion Auxiliary.  They are Donna VanDyke, chaplain; Maxine McKinley, first vice president; Bess Anderson, president; Frances Johnston, secretary/treasurer; Margaret Mecum, second vice president; and Barb Robinson, sergeant-at-arms.

    Teresa Johnson of Cambridge will be the Honorary Survivor for the  2011 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Northwest Henry County.

    Matt Welch, a sophomore on the Ridgewood track team, was named Most Valuable Player during a track banquet Tuesday, May 24, at Cambridge High School.  “Matt earned the most points for Ridgewood, had a great work ethic and always put forth his best effort,” said coach John Siebken.

    The Cambridge FFA Alumni donated copies of “Rachel and Sammy Visit the Prairie” and “Rachel and Sammy Visit the Forest” to Cambridge Elementary School Library.  The books by Stark County SWCD Resource Conservationist Jannifer Powelson teach children how to identify 35 common native plants and flowers.

    The gates opened Tuesday, June 21, for the Henry County Fair in Cambridge.  The fair was held every day through Sunday, June 26, with lots of activities scheduled each and every day.