ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, families and citizens gathered around the gazebo in downtown Gardner to celebrate the arrival of the Christmas season with the annual tree lighting, organized by Ida Schopp. Don Philips and Pastor Janet Chandler from the Church of Hope led the program, and Santa, of course, made an appearance. The Gardner Junior High School Band and the Grade School Chorus provided musical entertainment for the night.
At left, two children look on in awe as the tree is lit. Right, Sharon Sovey hangs the first ornament on the tree.
DWIGHT CENTRUE BANK ROBBED
The male subject entered and demanded money. No weapon was displayed and no injuries occurred. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. The male was approximately 5’10’’ tall and approximately 200 lbs.
The Dwight Police Department is being assisted by the Illinois State Police, Livingston County Sheriff’s Police, Pontiac Police, and Agents from the FBI Peoria Office. This case remains under investigation and numerous leads have been followed up. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dwight Police Department at 815-584-3132 or the Police hotline at 815-584-1975.
A large cash award is being offered for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who were involved.
Dwight Mother and Wife Publishes a Book
Many residents in Dwight who know Vereoliane Mukagatanazi describe her as a very devoted wife and loving mother and now they can add published author to her list of attributes.
You are not alone: a Rwandan Memoir is Mukagatanazi’s first published work and it depicts the Rwandan Genocide from her very own eyes.
The Memoir was a suggestion from Mukagatanazi’s family therapist, Dr. Marguerite Steifbold, hearing pieces of the story during the counseling sessions, she knew it was one that needed to be shared.
Mukagatanazi agreed and began writing her experience. “I believe there is a very good reason why my story happened the way it did, how I survived the Rwandan Genocide that killed hundreds of thousands of people in 1994,” stated Mukagatanazi. “Even though English is not my first language I had no problem penning the words.”
The book will be released very soon.