Copies of Professor Pier Giorgio Ardeni's book From the Apennines to Spoon River - Stories of Migration From the Mountains of Bologna and Modena to America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century have sold out. Copies of a CD of his 2011 Veteran's Day presentation in Ladd were included with the purchase of each book.
As of January 1, 2012, the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Public Act 97-287 prohibits the disposal of e-waste (electronics) into landfills. The following electronic items are banned from landfill disposal: televisions, monitors, printers, computers (including tablet computers), electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, electronic mice, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers & digital video disc recorders. For a complete description of e-waste products and free drop off locations, please click here.
Several Village of Ladd electric customers have reported receiving letters or phone calls from energy suppliers offering incentives, such as prepaid gift cards, when they sign up to purchase electricity through these alternative energy suppliers. These energy suppliers claim they offer large savings off Ameren customers' energy bills. Obviously, these offers are targeted to Ameren customers, not customers of the Village of Ladd. These solicitations should not have been made to Village of Ladd customers, and we apologize for any confusion or concern they may have caused you. These alternative energy suppliers are offering Ameren residential customers power savings achieved through an aggregate purchasing system. Because the economy has now opened a window of opportunity, these alternative energy suppliers have just now entered the market. They seek to sign up enough customers of investor-owned utilities (such as Ameren) to knit together a large enough pool of customers to allow them to achieve savings by buying electricity in bulk, at a discount price. (This is similar to the way people join buyers' clubs to get good deals on groceries and other staples.) What goes unsaid in these offers is that they contain only a portion of total costs, the electricity itself. To get a complete price a customer would have to add the cost of transmitting and delivering the electricity over the utility's lines, as well as other adders related to the delivery of electricity. The quoted figures are often less than half the total delivered cost. As a Village of Ladd customer, you have been using aggregation to achieve savings since the electric department's very first day of operation. To help you learn more about so-called "Customer Choice" in Illinois, the Village Clerk's office has additional materials available.
The Recycle My Fridge program kicked off on Monday, August 1st. Ladd homeowners may call (877) 341-2313 toll free or visit the program's website www.RecycleMyFridge.org to schedule a free pick up of your secondary refrigerators and freezers and receive a $35 prepaid card. You must be a Village of Ladd residential electric customer with a valid account number to participate. Refrigerators and freezers turned in for recycling must be in working condition (cooling), 10-30 cubic feet, owned by you and picked up from the residential address listed on your utility billing account. The $35 rebate will be mailed within 4-6 weeks after collection. Limit of two appliances per household per year. The Recycle My Fridge program is brought to you by the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency and the Village of Ladd. For more information, call Diane @ 815-894-2440.
Do you have time in your day to help others? Hall Township Food Pantry is looking for volunteers - even if it is only one a month or once in awhile. For information, contact Jan Martin at (815) 663-2085.