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Peru introduces home energy saving program

Posted by wlpo on November 18, 2009

Buying a new refrigerator?  Homeowners in Peru who buy new, more energy efficient appliances could get a reimbursement from the city.
Peru officials are considering an energy savings program called “Watts Wiser.”  It’s designed to educate people on how they can cut their energy usage and save money.  It will also provide reimbursements to homeowners who replace appliances for ones that are Energy Star rated and have the energy star label.  They must be purchased in Peru and the old appliance has to be junked.
The program would also provide scholarships to area schools.
The item will be on Monday night’s agenda.  Alderman Dave Potthoff is the one spear-heading the program.  He’s hoping to have it in place by December 1.  The reimbursements would last until a $20,00 allotment form the electric department runs out.

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Shooting related tip leads to cash reward

Posted by wlpo on November 18, 2009

An anonymous tip that helped police arrest three people suspected in a shooting has also earned someone some cash.

          Illinois Valley Crimestoppers last week paid-out to the person who told La Salle Police information about a shooting that took place October 21 near 9th and Hennepin Streets. 

          Police say it helped them arrested three kids and confiscate a shotgun and other items.

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IVCC students inspired by La Salle and canal

Posted by wlpo on November 18, 2009

The history of La Salle and the I and M Canal are the inspiration for a collection of poetry and art going on display tomorrow.

Creative Writing students at IVCC were told to write poems based on the sights and sounds of La Salle and the canal.  Graphic design students interpreted the work, creating photography and typography.

You can see and read their work during a program from 5-7pm Thursday at the Lock 16 Visitors’ Center in La Salle.  Admission is free.  Programs including the poems will be on sale.

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Halvorson not ready to back Thomson plan

Posted by wlpo on November 18, 2009

Some state officials think the mostly empty prison in Thomson should be sold to the federal government as a place to house prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.  But the idea has many opponents, mainly republicans.  An elected democratic is hesitant to throw her support behind the proposal though.

          Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson said Tuesday she’s not yet convinced such a transfer would be in the best interests of national security.  She said she would need to see a plan that guarantees people’s safety.

          She acknowledged the Thomson idea has local support because of the jobs it could create, but said nothing is more important than our national security.

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