VFW Auxiliary Department of Illinois announced the kickoff of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Illustrating America art contest.

Siberian huskies were the stars of the show Sunday at Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center parking lot. Free Spirit Siberian Rescue hosted sled dog demonstrations throughout the afternoon, also allowing attendees to meet and greet with the dogs.

Illinois Valley Community College is addressing a critical community need by producing Emergency Medical Service professionals through courses at its Ottawa Center at 321 W. Main St. There are eight area fire and ambulance members in Ottawa Center’s program.

Students planning to attend Illinois Valley Community College this fall can apply for IVCC Foundation scholarships online by Thursday, Feb. 9.