News regarding mega dairy …

We recently learned that Traditions Investments, LLC, has sold or leased all but 650 acres of its 1,400 acres in Jo Daviess County. Last month, the two long barns that had steel sides, trusses and roofing were dismantled, and the steel was trucked up to Bradford Township, east of Janesville, Wis. One of our friends followed a truck, and we believe the material was sold to a mega dairy under construction up there.

The not-so-good news is there may be a contract stipulation that Traditions can spread manure on the land, should it be allowed to operate in the future. So — we can’t break open a bottle of Dom Perignon yet, but maybe we can crack open an Asti Spumante.

We don’t know if the battle is over, or is just put on hold until after the 2012 elections when a new president and Illinois governor could be elected who might be more friendly to factory “farms” and less friendly to the Clean Water Act? Stay tuned.

HOMES continues to meet its obligations to pay our legal counsel and our professional witness, and we thank them for their patience. We continue to meet the second, third and fourth Tuesdays each month, twice in Warren and the third Tuesday at floating locations around Jo Daviess County. (The Aug. 16 meeting was at The Artful Lodger in Hanover; the Sept. 20 meeting will be at 111 N. Main in Galena). The Sept. 20 meeting will include a silent auction, appetizers, cash bar, and we’re trying to get Starlite Radio, the band from Rockford, to entertain us. We’ll draw the winning ticket for the latest 50/50 raffle on that night. The tickets cost $1 each, or six for $5. Winners in the past have won up to $2,000.

Also, a Jo Daviess County family farm has donated a side of beef to help us raise funds. That raffle is ongoing now, at $5 per chance, or five chances for $20. Two winners will be drawn Nov. 8 at our regular HOMES meeting at the Cotton Expressions shop on Anson Street, Warren, Ill. (the old Honeywell plant). Each winner will get a split side of grass-fed, natural beef, processed and wrapped, worth about $500.

Please help us by coming to our Galena meeting at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 20, at 111 N. Main. Help us even more by buying raffle tickets, even if you can’t attend. You need not be there to win. Send a check made to HOMES to either me at 6200 E. Evans Road, Stockton, IL 61085, or to HOMES, P.O. Box 674, Warren, IL 61087. Stipulate whether you want the 50/50 or the beef raffle tickets, and we’ll even fill them out for you.

Your support in the past helped us stop this environmental disaster, and we plan to watch events closely.

Ray Ruthenberg
Woodbine, Ill.

From the Sept. 7-13, 2011, issue

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