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Ottawa YMCA looking for next executive director

The search is on for a new executive director at the Ottawa YMCA. Board President Brett Dyche says the ideal candidate would have experience managing an organization with a one million dollar yearly budget and raising funds to support it. It’s a nationwide search, but people who already know Ottawa could certainly have an advantage.…read more »

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County Board Honors Julie Jackson

A LaSalle County employee of 18 years is retiring. The County Board honored Julie Jackson on Thursday for her service as Director of School Services. The board resolution praised Jackson for work with the Vision Care Program, food allergy training for school nurses, and CPR/AED training for school staff in general. She started with the…read more »

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Ottawa Fire Department Makes Personnel Changes

The Ottawa Fire Department announced three personnel changes Friday. Lieutenant Gregg Olson retired last month after 20 years of service with the department. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011. With Lieutenant Olson’s retirement, Brian Bressner was promoted to Lieutenant. The department also hired Jacob Bulthuis as a firefighter. He starts next week and will…read more »

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko lived the first half of his life in southern Illinois, then moved to Ottawa early in his broadcasting career. His first thoughts of broadcasting as a career occurred to him at age five–when it was bed time and he realized the guy on the radio didn’t have to go to bed yet. Some irony: for most of the time he’s worked in radio, Rick has had to get up very early in the morning to be on the air, sometimes in addition to being up late at night like he wanted.

Rick is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s broadcasting program. He speaks Esperanto, likes astronomy (SkyCaramba), and makes a hobby of photography.

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