Shabbona Considers Growth Strategies

Village of Shabbona

For immediate release: 3/16/2018

Contact: Jerry Foster Dir: 815-824-1212

Shabbona Considers Growth Strategies

Shabbona, IL: The Village of Shabbona Economic Development Committee met with community and business leaders on December 12, 2017 to review the results of a study that examined potential economic development strategies for the area. The DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) in partnership with the Village of Shabbona and Resource Bank funded the project. The next meeting will be on Wednesday April 4th from 6:30pm – 8pm at the Indian Creek High School in Shabbona to organize an implementation plan based on the study findings. Interested residents from Shabbona and the surrounding area are encouraged to attend and become actively involved in the project activities.

The development potential of the area region was examined by Norman Walzer and Mim Evans of the NIU Center for Governmental Studies as part of a countywide effort by DCCF to help communities realize their potential as places to live and work. Proximity to the Shabbona Lake State Park is a major asset to the area and attracts a large number of visitors each year. The study suggests that the Village of Shabbona investigate ways to provide additional entertainment options for these visitors building on existing local businesses but also to emphasizing additional offerings including arts, crafts, and locally-made products. Local artists and other groups can actively participate in these activities. Another option is to provide facilities such as modern cabins or “tiny houses” so that more visitors can stay overnight and take part in other activities.

“Shabbona has much to offer both residents and visitors due to recreational activities, high-performing schools, and reasonable housing” according to Jerry Foster chairperson for the Shabbona Economic Development Committee. “The results of this study will help the economic development committee organize around several themes and coordinate local efforts in marketing the area more effectively.”

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The study findings also highlighted the need for additional state resources to help the Park maintain facilities and expand its offerings. A large proportion of the visitors are from the Chicago suburbs so strengthening the Shabbona area as a major destination is important to successful development in the southern DeKalb County region. The study also suggested designing programs to assist business start-ups in the area. Results of the economic development study are available at: in the Announcements section.

For additional information about the project and the meeting, contact Jerry Foster at 815- 824-1212. 

Active Shooter Drill Night

ALICE- Active Shooter Drill Info Night for Parents/Community- March 13 @6-7pm @ICMS

March 1st, 2018

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s);

As many of you are aware, school districts participate in many different drills throughout the school year to help our students be aware and prepared for different circumstances. These drills include fire drills, tornado drills, earthquake drills and bus evacuation drills just to name a few that each school conducts.

In recent years, we have also conducted drills for an Intruder/Active Shooter. We have worked closely with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and with the Waterman Police Department on our drills, and they have always provided us with feedback to make sure that we have a safe environment for our students and staff. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and Waterman Police Department have been working with the Indian Creek School District this year on ALICE training. ALICE stands for A-alert; L-lockdown; I-inform; C-counter and E-evacuate. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department has provided training to the staff at Indian Creek. Our next phase is to provide an intruder drill for our students. This will be completed unannounced to the public in the spring. It was advised to not disclose the dates to ensure student safety. The ALICE approach allows for multiple response options for students and staff depending upon an intruder’s location within a building. You can learn more about ALICE here:

With this new training for an intruder, we will also be conducting an informational meeting for parent(s)/guardian(s) on Tuesday, March 13th, at 6 pm in the Indian Creek Middle School Gymnasium. The students will be made aware that this is a drill, as to not create a time of worry or concern for the students. Also, at the elementary school, the staff will be reading a book “I’m Not Scared….I’m Prepared Because I Know All About ALICE,” written by Julia Cook, prior to our drill. You can view a video of the book at the following YouTube Link:

As always, continue to listen to your child(ren)’s concerns about school safety and reassure them that the school has procedures in place to help keep them safe. Encourage your children to share concerns with you and with any staff member so that we can continue to provide a safe environment for the students and staff. Do not hesitate to call the building principal if you have any questions or concerns. Indian Creek Elementary-David Mantzke, 815-824-2122; Indian Creek Middle School-Steven Simpson, 815-264-3351; and Indian Creek High School-Sarah Montgomery, 815-824-2197.


Indian Creek Administrative Team

Click on the schools link for more information:

Indian Creek CCC 35th Annual Auction

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Helping Our Students and Our Schools

The Indian Creek CCC is presenting the 35th Annual People-for-People Auction on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:30pm.  The auction will be in the Indian Creek Middle School at 335 E. Garfield St. in Waterman.  The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the auction will begin at 12:30 pm.  Lunch available from the Indian Creek Music Boosters starting at noon.  Contact Kayln Klotz at 630-667-8418 or email if you are interested in donating an item or have any questions.  Watch the Schools Web Page, under Our Community/Parent Organizations/Community Concern for Children CCC for a listing of items being donated! List is updated weekly! All proceeds from this auction go towards programs/items for the K-12 students in the Indian Creek School District #425.  


Youth Organization Grants by Waterman Community Chest

Waterman Community Chest

P.O. Box 311

Waterman, IL      60556

501©3 Corporation

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The Waterman Community Chest welcomes and encourages local Waterman youth organizations to request money for grants to be considered for our next annual fundraising event. 

The Waterman Community Chest have funds set aside for local youth organizations such as scouts and 4h.

If your youth organization is interested, please print the form attached and mail it for consideration to:


Waterman Community Chest

P.O. Box 311

Waterman, IL 60556

Position Available at the N.I.C.E. Center in Lee


Are you looking for something that is meaningful and fulfilling in your life?  Well, pray about this opportunity.

The N.I.C.E. Food Pantry has a position available for a pantry coordinator or team coordinators.  This person or team will be in charge of the food pantry operation.  You do not need to be a NICE board member to do this job.   The coordinator will work with the bd. officers and report at bi monthly board meetings.

Jeannie Johnson will be leaving this position in late March.   She will train and be available for assistance to help the new coordinator(s).  

If you might be interested and want to know more about the position, please call Sandy Rueff at 815-751-0585.  

Waterman All Town Garage Sales - May 3rd - May 6th

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Waterman All Town Garage Sale Registration

We are excited to announce the 2018 Waterman All Town Garage Sale Days, May 3rd - May 6th 2017 was not the greatest year for this event, but we are beginning 2018 with an all new Committee! Heading the Committee is the same person that completed the advertising in 2016, which was a very successful year! This year we hope the Garage Sale Days will be bigger and better than ever, and we have reached out to various groups in the community to help develop more activities in town to draw in customers. While only left with less than $20 in the garage sale account, we have generously received help and donations to get the ball rolling this year. Each registration we receive helps pay for advertising, printing costs, sign maintenance, and mailings. Registration helps cover the expenses of putting on the garage sale, but also to ensure this town event can come back each year! As a registered house, you will receive a numbered sign for shoppers to find you, your home on the map, and the items you are selling are featured on the items of interest list. The more items and specific stuff you list - the more interested customers you may have! Advertisements will be placed in over 10 resources! We have put together a Vendor & Crafter Fair at the old middle school to draw in more patrons. Maps and fliers will be distributed locally as well as in Dekalb and surrounding towns.

Please contact:, or mail to Waterman Town Garage Sale, PO BOX 261, Waterman IL 60556. The $20 registration fee can be paid by mailing a check to the PO Box, or dropping off cash/check to 609 Kennedy. The Committee can accept debit/credit card payments, please email to receive more info.

Registration fees will be considered a donation to the Waterman All Town Garage Sale, and will be non-refundable. Registration forms and payment must be received by Thursday, April 5th to be included on the map. 

Give DeKalb County 2018

On May 3, 2018 Give DeKalb County will host their fifth giving day to raise funds for 501(c)3 nonprofits that are located in and/or serving DeKalb County.

For more information, visit Give DeKalb County 2018's website at:

Give DeKalb County is a 24-hour fundraising event designed to build community, encourage philanthropy, connect donors to nonprofits, promote collaboration, and raise awareness about the nonprofit sector. Donors of all ages and walks of life are encouraged to express their generosity on May 3, 2018 and they hope you will join them in this extraordinary philanthropic event!

To participate, nonprofits must be:

Located in, serving, and/or conducting organizational activities in DeKalb County, IL

Legally recognized by the IRS as 501(c)3 organizations

Waterman Community Chest

If you have not made a contribution to the Waterman Community Chest, please help them reach their goal by dropping a check off at the Waterman Village Hall, Waterman State Bank, Clinton Township Library or by mail. They will be issuing checks to local non profit agencies and Waterman Recreation in the spring. Thank you for supporting many important programs that enrich our community!

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Waterman Summer Rec

It is that time of the year again…

Baseball Registration!!


Walk in registration for the 2018 season is

January 20th and February 3rd from 9am to 12pm at the

Waterman Community Building (Lincoln Highway).


Registration deadline is February 19th!!!

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Save the date…March 3rd is Waterman Summer Rec Family Night at the Rockford Ice Hogs Game, more info to follow!!


Any questions, contact the Waterman Summer Rec at:

Indian Creek Rec Softball & T-Ball Registration 2018


Open Registration from January 17-th - February 15th 2018. 

Girls softball grades 1st - 8th grades and T-ballers that are minimum age 5 & currently in Kindergarden are eligible to register!

Season runs Mid May thru end of June!

If you are interested in Coaching let us know!  Contact us at OR like our page on facebook and message us there!  *All coaches must complete a background check. 

  • 8 Week Seasons
  • Equipment & Facilities Provided
  • Referees, Umpires & Coaches
  • Spring Softball/T-ball & Fall/Winter Basketball

FREE Business Model Workshop



Calendar of Events

Thurs. Feb. 22, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Registration Required Limited to 12 people Register Online at:

Cost: FREE, space limited


DeKalb Co. Business Incubator

DeKalb Co. Community Outreach Bldg.

Barton Conference Room

2500 N. Annie Glidden Rd. DeKalb, IL 60115

CCC People For People Auction

35th Annual People For People Auction!

Sponsored by Indian Creek Community Concern for Children!

Join us on Sunday, MARCH 11th, 2018 at Indian Creek Middle School, 335 E. Garfield Street in Waterman.

Lunch served at NOON by The I.C. Music Boosters.

This is a great way to promote your business AND support our community.

All donations are tax deductible!

Contact us at IndianCreekCCC@yahoo.comor call Kayln at 630-667-8418!

Watch the school’s web page for a listing of items being donated!







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