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A Vision for Conservation Education

Western Whiteside County has long been known as a natural flyway for migratory birds. During fall and
spring, we observe flocks making their way via the Mississippi River. Many species rely on the habitats
of native plants for shelter, food, and rest as they make that journey. With urbanization and changing
landscapes, much of this habitat has been lost.
But avid conservationists have a vision. After much discussion and planning, a dream is becoming a
reality. Land has been donated to the Whiteside County Soil and Water Education Foundation.
Currently, it is being developed into a natural prairie. Efforts are being made to build a conservation
center for residents of Whiteside County to showcase the importance of conservation to the
Dave Harrison, a retired Resource Conservationist with experience in forestry, wildlife management,
agronomy, wetlands, and prairie development; along with Dean Huisingh with a special interest in
preservation of rare, endangered, and threatened native plants will share their vision of this new
Details as to the funding, development, and progress of this project will be shared. A time table with
long term and short term goals will be outlined.
Volunteer Millers of de Immigrant Windmill will be hosting this presentation at the Windmill Cultural
Center at 111 -10th in Fulton, IL on Tuesday, April 4 starting at 6:00pm. The facility is accessible to
persons with disabilities. This event is free and open to the public. Monthly programming is sponsored
through a grant from the D.S.Flikkema Foundation. For more information, visit the Windmill Cultural
Center and de Immigrant Windmill Facebook page, visit Fulton Facebook page, , or
call 563-249-6115.

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The Windmill Volunteer Educators at the Windmill Cultural Center in
Fulton, Il. invite the public to attend the last program of the season for
Wild Winter Wednesday on Mar. 29.
Our final program will be our annual Mill Flour Bake Off. All entries must
use de Immigrant ground flour.... see entry form attached. Our
GUESTS will judge the best tasting entries and each of the Bake Off
entries will be available for sale by donation on a first come, first bid
basis. This program is so much fun, you don't want to miss it! In
conjunction with the Bake Off, a pictoral loop of spring and summer
scenes compiled by Trudy Feldt will be looping for you viewing
The doors open at 9:00 a.m. for coffee, tea, and mill treats. The
program begins about 9:20. The building is disability accessible and the
program is funded through a grant from the D.S. Flikkema Foundation
and a donation from Nelson Corp. The programs are free and open to
the public.
Please note : If Riverbend Schools are closed due to weather - WWW is
cancelled as well!

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The March 19th program will be held at 2:00 at the Fulton (Martin House) Museum located at 707 10th Avenue. 

Sean Sandrock, a Tampico, IL resident and a college student at Eureka College, will be the featured speaker.  His topic is, “ENSURING THE RONALD REAGAN LEGACY.”  President Ronald Reagan, our 40th U.S. President, was born in Whiteside County in 1911 in Tampico.  His birthplace home museum is a repository of historic and extensive memorabilia. 

Mr. Sandrock grew in the village of Tampico, IL; a few doors away from President Ronald W. Reagan’s Birthplace & Museum.  He is currently a Junior at Eureka College; Reagan’s alma mater.  His majors are:  History & Political Science; Pre-Law and Music; Vocal Performance.  He was awarded the Ronald Reagan Fellow Scholarship, founded by the President.   He currently works as the Lead Intern of the Ronald Reagan Society under the college’s Vice President of Advancement of the Reagan Legacy.  Our speaker began giving tours of the Tampico Birthplace Museum when he was 16 years old. Sean’s future aspiration is to continue, upon his graduation, sharing, documenting and presenting, preserving, protecting President Ronald Reagan’s legacy.

The Fulton Historical Society is delighted to host Sean Sandrock in our Fulton Museum.  Ronald Reagan’s parents:  Nellie Wilson and John (Jack) Reagan were both born in Fulton in July, 1883, they grew up here and married in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Rectory in 1904.  Their original wedding photo is on display in the Reagan Room of the Futon Museum.  Visitors are encouraged to tour the room on the program date. The couple met when they both worked in the J. W. Broadhead Store on 4th Street and 10th Avenue. They moved from Fulton to Tampico after their marriage where both sons, Neil and Ronald were born.

The north entrance of the Museum is easily accessible.  Refreshments will be served, including jelly beans, the President’s favorite candy.

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Please enter through the Council Chambers entrance on the south east side of the City Hall/Police Dept. building at 415 11th Ave., Fulton, IL. Thank you.

Please join this group of volunteers! Join to learn something new, join to meet new people, join to share all that Fulton has to offer for our visiting folks…just join!!! The biggest gift you can give yourself is volunteering. You will receive much more than you give, I promise.

Mayor Wendy

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Fulton Food Pantry and family members of Betty and Harlan Wiebenga were present when it was announced they were selected the 2022 Grand Marshals for the 46th Dutch Days Festival. Left to right, front row: Nick Crosthwaite, Katie Groh, Barbara Mask,Betty Wiebenga,Harlan Wiebenga, Holly Wambergue, Toni Houzenga, Pat Newton, and Nancy Shear. Back row, left to right: Leon Groh, Lori Boerema, Jennifer Hamilton, Lonny Boerema, Dale Houzenga, Chuck Wiebenga, Gary Huizenga, Sally Wiebenga, Ron Shear, and Jim Wiebenga.

33rd Annual Blessing of the Bikes! Click on the link below for details.

 Blessing of the Bikes.pdf


Attention: 2023 Fulton Dutch Days Arts & Craft Vendors

Please print and complete the application and mail it along with your check to the PO Box listed on the application.

You can also register online through our registration portal. The link for that is:

Thank you.

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