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Dateline Dixon: Business helps with military family scholarships

Main Street advertises new job for merger with Riverfront Commission

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 4:26 p.m. CDT

Two families of Dixon military veterans could get $5,000 scholarships.

LRB Distributors Inc. made the donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation, a nonprofit group that gives scholarships and assistance to the spouses or children of military veterans who were killed or disabled.

Folds of Honor will accept the applications and award the scholarships.

It's not the first time LRB Distributors has worked with the group, said Andrew Brockwell, adding that they've previously collected a nickel or quarter for each sale of a Budweiser product and donated it to Folds of Honor.

"We're big on donating to the community and giving back, especially to the soldiers that give life and limb for us," Brockwell said. "And this is a way to give back to them. ... It's just our way of giving back."

Spouses or dependents of military veterans who were killed or disabled "with a service-connected disability" from the Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible to receive the scholarships, according to the scholarship website.

Scholarships are available for college students, dependents enrolled in high school or lower grade levels and for future college use. The deadline to submit an application is April 30.

Go to FoldsOfHonor.org or call 918-274-4700 for more information or to submit an application.

Main Street hiring

Dixon Main Street is looking for an events and marketing coordinator for the riverfront.

The job was posted to Main Street's website today, with a March 28 deadline to apply.

On Monday, Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht got the blessing of the City Council to submit a formal contract to the city attorney to merge Main Street and the Dixon Riverfront Commission.

In that merger, Main Street will take over the day-to-day operations of the riverfront. The new position will be added as part of the merger, with $15,000 for salary and benefits coming from the city. Main Street will contribute $25,000 toward the total salary and benefits for the position.

According to the job listing:

Candidates should have at least 5 years of experience in event planning and a bachelor's degree, among other qualifications. Job responsibilities include organizing events for Main Street and the riverfront and selling sponsorships for events.

Albrecht said Main Street hopes to have the position filled by May 1.

Go to DixonMainStreet.com for more information.

Buddy Bags donations

Books on First, 202 W. First St. in Dixon, will begin taking food donations for Buddy Bags of Dixon.

Buddy Bags, currently in a pilot program, sends food home each Friday with students at Washington Elementary who qualify for free or reduced price lunches.

The food is enough for two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks.

Buddy Bags wants to expand the program to the entire school district starting next school year.

Search "Buddy Bags of Dixon" on Facebook for more information.

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at mmencarini@saukvalley.com or at 815-625-3600, ext. 529. Follow him on Twitter: @MattMencarini.

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