First Baby

As we welcome the start of 2016, a local West Carroll family will be welcoming the first baby of the new year.

Once again, area business owners are joining with the Carroll County Mirror-Democrat, Savanna Times-Journal and Northwestern Illinois Dispatch to sponsor the “First Baby of the Year Contest,” showering gifts and good wishes upon some lucky babe and his or her parents. Prizes range from free meals and massages to gifts any new baby needs.

Parents must reside in the West Carroll School District to be eligible for the contest. They also must notify the Mirror-Democrat or the Times-Journal within 48 hours of the baby’s birth.

Information about the baby’s arrival including the parent’s full names and addresses: the name of the attending physician; the day, hour and minute of the child’s birth; the baby’s name, weight, length and sex must be submitted to the Mirror-Democrat, 815-244-2411, or the Times-Journal 815-273-2277.

Information may also be e-mailed to or

Gifts for the West Carroll School District’s first baby of 2016 and the parents include:

Diapers, wipes and baby supplies from CGH Mount Carroll Medical Center, a 16-inch pizza from Charlie’s II, a $10 gift certificate from Bald Guyz Coffee and Bistro, an Aiden + Anais Double Layer Cozy blanket from Red Gate Embroidery, two chicken strip baskets from Dairy Queen Grill & Chill.

A $25 gift certificate from the Mount Carroll Home Center, a half-hour massage from Healthy Touch Massage, a free adjustment for mom and newborn from Cornerstone Chiropractic, $25 Red Apple savings account from Triumph Community Bank, a large pizza from Sievert’s Steaks & Stuff.

A $10 gift certificate from the Pharmacy Center, a one-year subscription to either the Mirror-Democrat or Times-Journal, a large pizza from Land of Oz, a smoke alarm from Herrell Electric, a half-hour massage from Open Lotus.

A $25 Visa gift card from the Savanna-Thomson State Bank, a children’s book from the Mount Carroll Township Public Library, a gift certificate for two free lunches from the Mount Carroll Café, a digital thermometer from Shopko Hometown Pharmacy, a gift from Engel’s Jewelry, a $25 savings account from Blackhawk Area Credit Union.

A $50 gift card from J & S Body Shop Inc., a large one-topping pizza from Manny’s Pizza, a $10 gift card from Sullivan’s Foods, a dozen carnations from River Valley Design, a baby centerpiece from Sassy Stems, three months of fitness and 50 minutes tanning from The Answer Fitness, Tanning & Nutrition Center.