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Local Editorials

For graduates, the learning is just beginning

In a series of mini-editorials, we say congrats to the new grads, talk about a new street fair, and discuss a possible interim city administrator for Dixon.

The SVM Editorial Board shares random thoughts today in several mini-editorials.

Get ready for 

16 graduations

No fewer than 16 area high schools will have graduation ceremonies this busy Memorial Day weekend.

Today, Eastland, Faith Christian, Ohio and Paw Paw graduates will receive their diplomas.

On Saturday, Ashton-Franklin Center, Rochelle and Fulton Unity Christian commencements are scheduled.

And on Sunday, Amboy, Bureau Valley, Fulton, Morrison, Oregon, Polo, Prophetstown, Rock Falls and Sterling will give big send-offs to their graduates.

We are pleased that the Rock Falls and Sterling high school graduations will not begin at the same time this year.

Rather, the Rock Falls commencement will begin at 1 p.m., followed by Sterling’s commencement at 3 p.m.

That way, people who wish to attend both ceremonies will have ample time to do so.

Last year, several people pointed out the difficulties posed by having both graduations start at 2 p.m.

That conflict has been resolved. We salute the administrations at both school districts for reaching an accord.

To all graduates, congratulations for reaching a milestone.

You’ve shown you know how to learn. That’s good, because the learning is just beginning. A lifetime of learning beckons. Good luck.

Street Faire

comes to town

The first downtown Sterling Street Faire takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. (or later) today, and continues from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, in the 300 block of West Third and Fourth streets, just west of County Market.

We congratulate Sterling Centers, the event’s sponsoring organization, for putting together a new opportunity for people to buy, sell and trade.

The garage-sale-style fair ties in with Fourth Fridays in Sterling’s downtown and should also support attendance at Saturday’s Twin City Farmers Market.

The event has the potential to bring more people downtown. Proprietors of street fair booths, as well as various stores and shops, will be happy about that.

Bring on the

interim manager

When the Shawn Ortgiesen credit card scandal broke, the Sauk Valley Media editorial board wrote an editorial on April 9 that outlined three things we thought should happen.

1) Ortgiesen, the then-city engineer who charged thousands of dollars in personal expenses to a Dixon city credit card, should resign.

2) The city must renew its focus on adopting a better government.

3) An interim city manager should be brought on board so the city could “test drive” the city manager concept.

Well, Ortgiesen resigned.

An advisory committee is now studying alternative governments to Dixon’s discredited commission form.

And, according to what Police Chief Danny Langloss, special assistant to the City Council, said a week ago, the city might hire an interim city administrator. That person could help run the government until a future path is decided.

The “interim” situation would be similar to how school districts sometimes handle the departure of a superintendent. A retired superintendent is brought in on an interim basis to ensure professional operations while the district searches for a permanent hire.

Such a plan works for schools. It ought to work for the city.

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