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Susan Sarver and her family have attracted some new friends at their house on Sunnyside Street.

The family noticed these owls, pictured at right, sitting in the backyard maple tree at dusk. They have also been seen in the early morning.

Susan even saw five at once in the early morning recently and snapped a photo of this trio. A friend thinks the creatures are screech owls.

Aren't they a hoot?

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Taking things in stride as usual, Amy Berchtold is doing very well after having shoulder surgery.

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Brian Ehle, who graduated from Monmouth College in May, has accepted a seventh-grade math teaching position at Stephen Decatur Middle School. 

He and Laura Orwig have moved to Lincoln, Ill.

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At Monday night's council meeting, Shademaker/Beautification Board chairwomen Trish Connor and Dianne Colwell handed out the 16th annual Catch the Beauty awards.

In previous years, the winners were announced and accepted their awards during ChilliFest, or what is now Corn Fest.

The aldermen, and those in the audience, heard Trish tell a little about each property as Dianne handed them their momento, a suncatcher.

Trish said she even snagged one of them to be on a future garden walk.
After the meeting, Dianne told of the origins of the name of the contest and the prize.

At the time, Marian Crull was on the board, and she and Dianne met to discuss the contest, and what to name it.

The two women put their heads together and came up with giving out a suncatcher as the award, hence the name "Catch the Beauty."

It has caught on as many past recipients proudly display their suncatchers in their windows for all to see.