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OUR VIEW: Thumbs-up for more things to do in the Sauk Valley

Thumbs-up: To Timber Creek Golf and Bogey’s of Dixon for hosting a spur-of-the-moment community sled party on Jan. 12. Snow has been somewhat of a rarity so far this winter, and sledding options are slim. However, the sledding hills and the hospitality offered by Bogey’s is a perfect pairing. Nearly 20 families took advantage of the reopened club’s public invitation to enjoy the snow and the accommodations. Make sure to follow them on Facebook at Timber Creek Golf and Bogey’s in Dixon to make sure you don’t miss out next time around. Here is to more weekend snow!

Thumbs-up: To the Dixon Park District on the recently opened ice-skating rink in Page Park. Last year, the Park District bought a kit for about $6,000 with the goal of bringing ice skating back to Page Park. Last weekend, Mother Nature worked with us to provide a sustainable cold front that lent itself to a good time ice skating. We are impressed with the Park District’s foresight and mission to provide opportunities for Dixon’s youth. Good job!

Thumbs-up: To the city of Sterling for picking up half the tab for a last-minute increase in the recycling portion of residents’ monthly garbage bills. The 70-cent hike in bills kicked in Jan. 1, with ratepayers responsible for 35 cents. This is in addition to the annual 3% increase that the city had negotiated in its 10-year contract negotiated in 2018 with its hauler, Republic Services. The annual increases take effect in May.

Thumbs-down: To the global recycling situation that only promises to get worse. With China unwilling to continue to accept a large percentage of the world’s recyclables, the haulers have lost much of their market, causing the cost of moving them to keep skyrocketing. Many city’s are faced with reducing the services or eliminating them altogether. The option of taking them to municipal landfills is not a good one. Although the city picked up half of the recycling increase this time, city officials say there is a good chance that when the city revisits the issue at budget time, the burden will shift entirely to residents.

Thumbs-up: To the Sterling millennial group that has worked on the Dogwood Acres project. The group came up with plans for the dog park and sold the concept to the Sterling Park District. A fundraising campaign brought in nearly $50,000 to get the project’s first phase from the concept to action stage. Construction on a parking lot and the dog park should begin as soon as the weather permits. Dogs could be running around at Thomas Park as soon as early summer. The millennial group, which has worked closely with the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Sterling Main Street, has been meeting regularly to find new ways to make a difference in their community. They’ve decided to work and play in the Sauk Valley and are determined to improve the quality of life to make sure more young people want to stay in or come to the area.

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