FREE Customer Service Skills Training

Kishwaukee College is hosting a FREE customer service skills training on Dec 4th for DeKalb County area small businesses. Register through the link below or if you have questions call 815-825-9791.

Spotlight Topic: Retaining Customers (Even Millennials)

Who: Small Business Owners or Entrepreneurs

What: Customer Service Skills Training

Where: Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Rd, Malta, IL

Conference Center Room A1225

Park In Lot A and Enter through Door 16 or 17

When: Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

9 AM - 11 AM or 4 PM - 6 PM

Register today. FREE! Space is limited!


Please call LaCretia Konan at 815.825.9791


Waterman Community Chest receives $2000 Grant

Waterman Community Chest receives $2,000 Monsanto Fund grant for to assist with Annual Fund Drive 

Waterman, Illinois – July 16, 2018– Employees from Waterman Monsanto Corn Production recommended Waterman Community Chest to receive a $2,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund. Funds from the grant will be used to benefit organizations that provide services that benefit the citizens and Waterman community. The Waterman Community Chest previously received a Monsanto Fund grant in 2017 to assist with the 2016-2017 Annual Fund Drive.  The Waterman Community Chest supports non-profit organizations and groups that provide services for the people in and around the Waterman area.  It is a 501(c)3 qualified tax-exempt charitable organization. 

“We’re fortunate to have a group like the Waterman Community Chest working in our community” said Troy Dukes, Site Lead at the Waterman Seed Production site. “We’re proud to partner with them and support the great work they do in our community with this Monsanto Fund grant.” 

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations in rural communities to help address essential needs in Food & Nutrition, STEM Education, and Community Development. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.  

About Monsanto Fund 

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at  


Pink Ribbon Golf Event @ Indian Oaks Golf Club


JULY 19, 2018



Pink Ribbon Golf Event is at Indian Oaks Golf Club on July 19th, 2018.  

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!  Wear crazy christmas or pink!

Check in @ 11:30am

Shotgun start @ 1pm

Steak or chicken dinner with a salad bar.

Raffle, 50/50, silent auction and prizes.

*NEW* Men are welcome! - must have 1 lady on the team.

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Sign up DEADLINE is July 1st!

Dinner only DEADLINE is July 10th!

For questions, call Gina at 815-751-8988

Waterman Community Building Rental

Clinton Township Community Building 

160 W. Lincoln Highway

Waterman, IL 60556

The Clinton Township Community Building can be rented out within the Township limits.  Its the season for Graduations, Wedding, Showers etc.  Check into renting the Community Building out today.

Please contact Peggy Rogers 815-295-1091 or e-mail regarding rentals & availability.

Rental Regulations

*Anyone renting needs to be at least 21 years of age and live within the township limits or have a family member that can rent for you.

*The back room fee is $50.00 and the front room fee is $25.00.  Payable upon picking up the key.

*The renter is responsible for set-up and break down.

*The rooms are available for the entire day & need to be vacated by 1:00am at the latest.

*Leave everything as it was found.

*Clean up after yourselves & please remember to take your belongings with you.

*Trash is to be put in the dumpster at the back of the building.

*Kitchen is available for use by all.

*No smoking

*Alcohol:  If you serve alcohol, you must provide proof of dram insurance to the rental manager upon payment of rental (intimate "Champagne" toast is the exception.)

*Before you leave:  Check for open windows & unlocked doors.  Thermostat setting to 62/prop bathroom doors open/turn off lights.


330 N. Elm St. is where the key would need to be picked up & returned.

Checks can also be mailed to or dropped off at the same address.

There are linens and chafing dishes there for rental use as well, for more formal events.

The Community Building got a new face lift over the last few months! It is super clean & fresh! 

And a reminder that we will be renting out tables & chairs again this year.

Graduation is right around the corner!

Tables are $5.00 each (any size).  Chairs are $1.00 each for Waterman residents.



Shabbona Hometown Festival, Parade and Fireworks


The Shabbona Hometown Events Committee is hosting their 17th Annual Independence Day Festival!  There will be carnival rides, moon walks, inflatable slides, magic shows, music games, food vendors!    If you would like to be a vendor at their event, visit their website at:  SHEC.  

If you are interested in being an entry in the parade contact:  Contact Kathy Marshall: 815-970-0166 or Lisa Headon: 815-593-0174 for more information.

Fireworks will be at Shabbona Lake State Park on July 4th.   Visit their site at:

To Donate or be a sponsor for the Shabbona Fireworks contact them at:




Grow Mobile - Waterman

Waterman Lion's Club

Come get produce for you or for an elderly person that is in need and cannot get out but could use some fresh produce!

Grow Mobile will be in Waterman on August 13th & September 17th, 2018. It will be at Waterman Lions Park from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  

"DeKalb County Community Gardens is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower individuals to make healthy food choices. 

The organization managers over 50 community garden spaces and also the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm, a location that educates those with special needs in agricultural and horticultural techniques. 

The DCCG Grow-mobile is a refrigerated produce truck that serves as pop-up food pantry and education center for the residents of DeKalb County." 

Read more on their website:


16th Annual N.I.C.E. Walk

The 16th Annual NICE Walk

When: May 6th, 2018

Time: 1:00pm    

Join us for an afternoon 5k (3.1mi.) walk/run through beautiful Scenic Shabbona State Park.

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Walk with your family, friends & neighbors.

Registration: 1:00pm - 1:30pm @ Indian Creek High School Cafeteria in Shabbona, IL. 


Step off: 1:30pm from Indian Creek High School Parking Lot!

Drink Rest Stops.....................Courtesy Cars...................Emergency Staff

Waterman Community Chest


The Waterman Community Chest would like to thank all of their community members for the generous donations!

Because of you they were able to hand out donations to the following recipients:

Ben Gordon Center

CASA Youth Advocacy

DeKalb County Nursing Home Activity Fund

Family Service Agency

Hope Haven

Indian Creek Education Foundation

Indian Creek Recreation    

Lion's Club

Muingan Park

Northwestern Medicine Hospice

NICE Center

Open Door Rehab Center

Open Hands Preschool

Opportunity House

Safe Passage


Voluntary Action Center

Waterman Area Heritage Society

Waterman Summer Recreation

Youth organizations (scouts, 4H, etc)

And there are still funds are available for our youth!  If your youth organization would like to request a donation, please fill out this form and mail it in!

Thank you!

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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.