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Local newspaper drops the ball again — on purpose

Commentary | | posted 6-3-2013
A memorial service was held for Joan Reed in Kankakee May 7, 2013 at the River North/Freight House Pub at 555 S. West Avenue in Kankakee. Continue reading

Joan Reed April 11, 1948 — April 11, 2013


Joan Marie Reed, mother, dear companion, sister, friend, educator, activist, long-time resident of Kankakee, IL, passed away April 11 on her 65th birthday. Continue reading

Linda M. Scheppler SmithLinda M. Scheppler Smith
January 2, 1954 – March 29, 2012
Linda M. Scheppler Smith, 58, of Bourbonnais, died Thursday in the emergency room at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (April 2) at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. Read Full Obituary

Genevieve RiceGenevieve Rice
January 18, 1921 – March 24, 2012
Genevieve Marie Rice, 91, of Kankakee, died Saturday at her home. Visitation will be Wednesday (Mar 28) from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral services at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee. Read Full Obituary

Ricky D. FisherRicky D. Fisher
May 17, 1955 – March 27, 2012
Ricky D. Fisher, 56, of Kankakee, died Tuesday at his home. There will be no services. Cremation Rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his family. Read Full Obituary

Herman W. Falkenhan Jr.Herman W. Falkenhan Jr.
October 10, 1928 – March 29, 2012
Herman W. Falkenhan Jr., 83, of Bradley, died Thursday with family at his bedside. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (April 1) at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. Read Full Obituary

Margaret Peggy BledsoeMargaret J. “Peggy” Bledsoe
March 6, 1946 – March 29, 2012
Visitation for Margaret J. “Peggy” Bledsoe, 66, of Bonfield, will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (April 1) at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Read Full Obituary

Rosadele M. KitsmillerRosadele M. Kitsmiller
March 5, 1926 – December 21, 2011
Rosadele M. Kitsmiller, 85, of Kankakee, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, at Manor Care Nursing Facility. A gathering time for family and friends will be on Wednesday, December 28, from 5 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes. Read Full Life Story

Edward G. VogtEdward G. Vogt
November 16, 1931 – November 14, 2011
Edward G. Vogt, 79, of Kankakee, passed away at 6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 14) at Provena Heritage Village. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday (Nov 19 ) at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee. A funeral Mass will follow at noon at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kankakee, where he was a member. Read Full Obituary

Richard- A. LearnedRichard A. Learned
March 11, 1942 – Nov. 1, 2011
Visitation for Richard A. Learned, 69, of Kankakee, will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday (Nov 4) at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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Ethel GruberEthel Gruber
July 8, 1921 – October 23, 2011
A gathering time for friends and family will be Wednesday October 26, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bradley, IL. with a celebration of Ethel’s life funeral service at noon also at the church. Read Full Life Story

Helen-Mausehund-RoofHelen Leonora Mausehund Roof
September 27, 1934 – October 10, 2011
Helen Leonora Mausehund Roof, age 77, of Kankakee, passed away on Monday. Visitations will be held at Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel, on Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m., and on Wednesday, from 10-11 a.m. Read Full Life Story

Small Town
When you do not stand up
when government and power
retaliate to shut you up,
when you cower under cover,
never speaking up,
you become the attacker,
you give government power
to attack another and another.
You are attacked because
the person before you cowered.
The next is attacked because of you.
So on your feet!
Do not whisper,
do not hide pretending
you do not see,
speak out, loud, here, now,
like you live in America,
before it’s gone.
Joanie Liesenfelt
October 3, 2013
Who will try?
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“Nobody home!
Steal My Plumbing!
Trash Me!”
Posted by 6-2-2013
Most street-wise people know not to be a victim of crime. Never flash a large roll of cash or open a very full wallet in plain site. Avoid bragging about your Mercedes out in the lot. Avoid certain neighborhoods at all times. Avoid others at peak crime hours. Don’t pick fights in bars. Carry a real police whistle. Carry pepper spray.
These hints aren’t anything new. Criminals needn’t be the brightest bulbs in the lamp to victimize people successfully. Following the hints buys you an edge.
Protecting yourself is frequently straight-forward. Protecting property may be a tad more complex. But, again, basic cautions are simple, particularly when protecting, say, your house.
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