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Jennifer Garner among inductees to Hall of Fame at Timber Lake Playhouse’s Annual Dinner; Company kicks off a season to Dream Bigger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:12

Mount Carroll—Timber Lake Playhouse hosted its annual donor appreciation dinner on Saturday, November 8th at the Plumtree Lodge at Lake Carroll. Since 2008, the event has included the induction of notable members of the TLP family into the company’s Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees included film and television actress, Jennifer Garner, three-time board member and former president, Diane Olds, original company member and former managing & artistic director, Gary Vitale, and longtime benefactors, Drs. Norman and Carmelita Teeter.

Robin Wilhems Saar, TLP board president, hosted the evening, which included a surprise video message from Ms. Garner for the TLP sponsors. Speaking of the family dynamic, Mrs. Olds, who served as board president in 2006 and 2007, spoke first, talking about the positive influence Timber Lake had on her children and thousands more in the Northwest Illinois region.

Artistic Director, James Beaudry spoke for the Teeters, who are residents of Tennessee. In a phone conversation, Dr. Norman Teeter—a native of Mount Carroll--mentioned that it wasn’t until he was living in London and became an avid theatre goer that he realized the significance of TLP to the cultural and economic life of the region. The Teeters have made significant gifts to the playhouse over the years, underwriting living spaces for the actors, a new sound system, and upgrades to the public areas.

Mr. Vitale spoke poignantly of the fact that, after 54 years, TLP is still here. Recently retired as a professor from Benedictine University at Springfield, Mr. Vitale discussed a litany of theatres and theatre schools from his distinguished career that are no long in existence. With pride beaming from his face, as he acknowledged founding artistic director Andrew Bro and founding board member Dorthea Rahn in attendance, he affirmed with a smile, “But Timber Lake Playhouse is still here!”

Jennifer Garner began her career at TLP while still a student at Denison University in Ohio, performing in shows like Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and Fiddler on the Roof. Her recorded video message was a surprise for those in attendance.

Board member Mike Shore of Freeport, who planned the event, was among those surprised attendees. He said, “It was a lovely gesture on the part of Jennifer to record a special video for the evening. As a former company member, myself, I thought it was great for our contributors to hear her stories about her first professional job at TLP.”

“She said something that I think hits home with most of our performers. Comparing the experience of working at TLP to a residency in medicine, she explained that it takes you to a new level when you have to open a new show every two weeks. You have to get over your fears and just do it. And there’s nothing better,” Shore recalled. “Speaking from the heart, she mentioned the ways TLP helped her grow as a young actress, and she reminded all us why TLP is important for audiences--but also for the company members who start their careers at this special place each summer.”

Beaudry added, “All of our inductees spoke of the importance of TLP in one way or another—to the region, to families, to artists. And both Jennifer and Gary said that our survival as a professional theatre company for 54 years is something of a miracle in itself. But, yes, we’re still here!”

The evening also included a look back at last summer’s shows, financial reports from the board of directors and a preview of 2015’s “big” season. In addition to some special events, the 54th Season at Timber Lake Playhouse includes Peter Pan, Hairspray, Big Fish, Greater Tuna, Big River and The Big Meal, as well as Pinocchio and James and The Giant Peach for kids.

TLP is currently selling “I Made Peter Fly” shirts through to fund the flying effects in Peter Pan. 2015 subscriptions, gift certificates and sponsorships are available. More information can be found at or by calling the office at 815-244-2035.


A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol Opens November 20 on the Old Creamery's Main Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:24

Amana- A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, opens November 20 and runs through December 14 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage, with shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 2:00 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. There are three special matinees Friday, November 21, Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, December 13. All special matinees are at 2:00 pm.

It’s Christmas Eve 1943 and listeners to WOV Radio out of Newark, New Jersey settle in for a one-of-a-kind telling of the classic Dicken’s story A Christmas Carol. Come see what happens behind the scenes as the Feddington Players try to save the show from one disaster after another in this delightful holiday comedy filled with the music and the spirit of Christmas.  A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol is by Walton Jones, David Wohl and Faye Greenberg.

The cast includes Keegan Christopher, Katie Colletta, David Q. Combs, Tim Daugherty, Jeff Haffner, Joshua Jones, Carrie SaLoutos, Michael Sheridan, and Dion Stover. Sean McCall is the director.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $18.50 for students. Sponsored by Cottage Grove Place. Media Sponsor is WMT-AM. A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol is rated Theatre G. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Openings on the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:50
The LeClaire Chamber of Commerce is now accepting candidates for upcoming openings on our Board of Directors.  All who are current Members of the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce are welcome to submit a brief letter of interest. All candidates will be added to the ballot that will go out in December, 2014, along with the ballot for Annual Award Winners to be voted upon by Chamber membership. Please submit a brief letter of interest to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or send the same to:
LeClaire Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 35
LeClaire, IA 52753
For more information, please contact the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce.
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LeClaire Chamber of Commerce
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6 Must-Know Facts About Obamacare Open Enrollment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Alderman   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:30

If you buy your own health insurance, add this important date to your yearend to-do list: November 15.

That's the date open enrollment is available for individual healthcare plans offered through the site, your respective health insurance marketplace ( or independent agents in your community.

If you're working for a company that provides your health insurance, chances are your open enrollment period has already begun. The SHOP insurance marketplace, open to small businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer full-time employees, also begins taking online applications November 15.

If you buy your own personal or family coverage, don't wait until November 15 to start planning your 2015 coverage decisions – do it now.

Here are six things you should know to get started:

1. Timing is tight. Last year's health insurance enrollment process lasted six months. This year, it's only three – November 15 to February 15. You may be able to enroll outside of those dates if you're facing a major life change like a divorce, birth of a child or marriage; otherwise, that's your window.

2. Sticker shock is a possibility. Obamacare didn't guarantee cheap healthcare coverage; it guaranteed available healthcare coverage. Keep in mind that if you bought health coverage last year, your insurer will automatically re-enroll you on December 15 for new coverage effective January 1. However, that's no guarantee that your monthly premium will stay the same. Some experts are predicting only modest increases (, but depending on where you live, your premiums might go up or down. And if your 2013 carrier grandfathered your 2014 coverage, those changes may go well beyond price.

3. Your doctors and hospitals might change. Hospitals and physician practices scrutinize the state of the health insurance market very closely. Their income depends on it. In 2013, some medical practices made news by dropping insurance plans altogether and accepting only cash or credit; others changed the insurance plans they would honor. Something to keep in mind: the best way to confirm that you'll still have access to your favorite doctor and hospital choice is to pick up the phone. Your doctor's website may list the particular insurance plans his or her practice may accept, but don't expect the list to be current. Call your practitioner or their business office to confirm they're sticking with your plan or any you've chosen to use instead. You don't want to be surprised with enormous out-of-network costs later.

4. Planning future health needs is important. If in the next year you're planning to expand your family, undergo elective surgery or other factors that could affect how you'll use the healthcare system, query the plans about specialists, prescriptions and other specific services before you sign up. It could save you thousands in potential out-of-pocket costs.

5. Coverage isn't immediate. Depending on when you enroll during the open enrollment period, your actual coverage may not start until two to six weeks later. Check effective dates of coverage for every plan you're evaluating to make sure the timing addresses your particular needs.

6. You can get help. Personal referrals from friends and fellow professionals to particular plans and agents are always a good way to start your enrollment search. There may also be nonprofit assistance within your community or state to help you evaluate individual plans. On the national level, nonprofit Enroll America runs a nationwide site ( with specific tools and resources for help in your search.

Start now to build a good toolbox full of online and personal resources to help you with your 2015 health insurance search.

Tribute To Bing At The Old Creamery Theatre on November 15! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:00

A Tribute to Bing starring Bob Pasch is heading to the Old Creamery Theatre for one show only on Saturday, November 15 at 2:00 pm! A Dean Martin Tribute was originally scheduled at this time, however due to an emergency surgery he has had to cancel the show. The Old Creamery Theatre wishes him a speedy recovery. Lucky for you, we found an incredible Tribute to Bing Crosby to come to the Old Creamery Theatre!

Bob Pasch has delighted audiences for over 30 years with his good, clean humor and his remarkable likeness in sound, appearance, and mannerisms to Bing Crosby. His tribute shows are endorsed by Kathryn Crosby, Bing’s widow, as well as all the major Bing Crosby fan clubs.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for students. Reservations are recommended. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at

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