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Whitney Miller Golf Classic

Photo of Dawn Dause and others at the Whitney Miller Golf Classic.

The Dawn Dause Group sponsored a hole at the Whitney Miller Golf Classic at Broken Arrow Golf Club benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy counties and Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Photo of the Dawn Dause Group tent at the Whitney Miller Golf Classic.                                                              Photo of a large Dawn Dause Group business card from the Whitney Miller Golf Classic.

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Thanksgiving Prep Tips

Photo of cooked turkeys to illustrate Thanksgiving prep.Thanksgiving prep needs to start soon as the holiday is already next week!


  • A frozen turkey needs one day to thaw for every 4 pounds. If you are going to brine the turkey, you need to start thawing it a day earlier.
  • Take inventory of cookware and kitchen utensils: Now is the time to figure out if you need any additional kitchen items such as a roasting pan or meat thermometer.
  • Cook the cranberry sauce: The sauce doesn’t need to be made the day of the holiday; since it contains so much sugar it can be treated like a jam and refrigerated ahead of time.
  • Bake and freeze dinner rolls
  • Make the pie crust
  • Create a timeline for the big day: The list should include what dishes need to go into the oven at what time so that everything runs smoothly.
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Fun Family Fall Activities

  • Take the family Christmas card photo
  • Make baked apples-yum! (See recipe below)
  • Have breakfast in bed
  • Camp indoors
  • Watch the geese fly south for the winter
  • Make your own scarecrow
  • Go for a neighborhood flashlight walk-see if your kids can spot animals that come out at night
  • Make your own pumpkin spice latte
  • Visit a local pumpkin patch
  • Help your kids to make Thanksgiving cards and hand them out to people you appreciate
  • Make puppets out of mittens
  • Bake a pumpkin pie
  • Fly a kite
  • Pick pine cones
  • Bake chocolate chip cookies
  • Go for a long drive and enjoy the fall colors
  • Plan a winter escape
  • Jump in a big pile of leaves
  • Create leaf rubbings
  • Walk through your favorite park
  • Collect items for your local food bank
Delicious Cinnamon Baked Apples allrecipes
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 large apples-peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large baking dish with the butter.
  2. Mix brown sugar, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Layer approximately 1/3 of the apples in the prepared baking dish and and sprinkle with 1/3 of the sugar mixture. Repeat the layers twice more.
  3. Bake the apples in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Pour water over the apples and continue baking until tender, about another 15 minutes.
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Illinois Fun Facts

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  • Each Illinois farmer feeds 156 people.
  • More than 3/4 of all pumpkins harvested for processing in the U.S. come from Illinois.
  • Charles Lindbergh crashed two planes in Illinois in 1926; one in Rutland Township and the other in Covell.
  • The Australian Lungfish named Granddad came to the Shedd Aquarium during the 1933 World’s Fair and is the oldest fish living in any aquarium or zoo in the world.
  • In Mount Pulaski, IL, it is illegal for boys to throw snowballs at trees (girls can).
  • The world’s first farm silo was invented in Spring Grove, IL.
  • The official state dance of Illinois is square dancing.
  • In Galesburg, IL, “fancy bike riding” is illegal on any city street.
  • The first U.S. blood bank was at Cook County Hospital in 1937.
  • Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, IL and was the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Belleville, IL banned anyone older than 12 years old from Trick-Or-Treating.
  • “Wild Bill” Hickok was born in Troy Grove, IL.
  • The wind power in Illinois reduces 5,550,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually which is equal to taking 980,000 cars off the road.
  • Peoria is the oldest community in Illinois, holds the country’s oldest community theater, and has the country’s oldest Santa Claus parade.
  • Olney, IL has squirrel protection laws that can carry up to $750 in fines for an offense.
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