The Seventh Annual Kwasman Klassic, hosted by the WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics Club, Saturday, January 27, 2018, was filled with awesome plays. Members of the Wildcats played on the fire and police teams for the first three quarters. During this time the Wildcats kept up a fast and furious pace with many basket shots, keeping the score tied most of the time. In the fourth quarter, the firefighters and policeman took to the court, with the police winning the game with a score of 54-41. This is the fourth year the Police department won the Kwasman Kup—2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The fire department won the trophy in 2015.
Adding to the fun and excitement of the game was DJ Raul, who donated his time and talent. The music kept the fans cheering and clapping. The size of the crowd continues to grow each year as does the enthusiasm. Persons cheer for each team, recognizing good defensive moves and, of course, the ball going into the basket. The audience had fun, the players had fun, the coaches had fun. It was a winning time for all.
As the Kwasman Klassic is the Club’s main fundraiser, the evening was successful in this area also. Between the 50/50 raffle, gift baskets raffle and the donation of $150 from both West Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85 and the West Chicago Fire Fighters Association Local 3970, the amount of $1,300 was raised. Club president Dave Hempe said, “This is about $400 more than the average year.”
Another winner was the Neighborhood Food Pantry in West Chicago. Persons attending were asked to donate non-perishable food items or money. Police Detective Robbi Peterson delivered two boxes of food and about $60 in cash donations.
As a side note, Hempe said, “The adult level of Special Olympics played its state qualifier games at West Chicago Community High School Sunday (January 28). Chief Uplegger and Detective Peterson were back at the gym to pass out the awards as the teams completed their play. Chief Uplegger was in his uniform and attracted a lot of positive attention from many of the athletes. It was cool.” (www.merleburl.com)
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This is an important notice regarding the performances of the upcoming production, “Rose Colored Glass.” Due to an unforeseen issue at 129 Main Street, the performances of the play are delayed for an undetermined length of time. When there are new dates, they will be published. For those who have paid for their reservations, these will be honored for any of the new dates or money refunded, depending upon the preferences of the buyer.
The League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts a Meet and Greet for local candidates at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018, in the Auditorium at the DuPage County Complex, 421 North County Farm Road. Persons should park in the parking garage and enter the building via the pedestrian bridge on the top deck. The event is set up as a “candidate job fair” style. Each candidate has a table and guests can approach each at their own pace or interest. Invited candidates are school superintendent, county chairman, sheriff, clerk, treasurer and board members for Districts 4 and 6, forest preserve president and board member for District 6, state representatives for districts 42, 46, 48 and 49, state senators for districts 21, 23 and 24, Congressional for Illinois 6, and governor.
League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Band and Orchestra Concert is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018, in the Cafetorium in Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street. Performing are students in the Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Intermediate Band, and Intermediate Orchestra, comprised of students from all six elementary schools and Leman Middle School. Beginning band plays “Bandroom Boogie” by Michael Sweeney, Grainger “Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Grainger and “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven. John Gelasi is the director.
The two pieces that Intermediate Band perform are “Chorale and Mystic Chant” by Timothy Loest and “Stony Creek March” by Anne McGinty. Brad Rathe is the director.
Beginning orchestra plays songs from their method book. These are “Ode to Joy,” “Strolling in the Sand,“ “Pogo Stick,” “D Major General” and “All the Woods are Waking.” Intermediate orchestra performs “Rustic Dance” by Mark Williams and “Power and Pulse” by Brian Balmages. Cassandra Ruiz is the director.
West Chicago Public Library District offers an Open Lab for Mouse & Keyboard, and Microsoft Word at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, in the small conference room 118 West Washington Street. To make a reservation, call adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
West Chicago Community High School Dance Team holds a dance camp for first through twelfth graders Sunday, February 11, 2018, in Bishop Gym, 326 Joliet Street, entrance C. Check in time is from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. Camp begins at 1:00 and ends at 4:00 p.m. Attendees are grouped by age levels and taught an age appropriate dance. Girls and boys return Friday, February 16, to perform their routines for family and friends at the WCCHS basketball game. The charge is $30. For further information, email the coach, Laura Pollard, at email@example.com.
The West Chicago High School Teacher’s Association filed an intent to strike notice with Community High School District 94. If they carry out this intent, the earliest teachers can strike is Monday, February 12. The next negotiation meeting is Wednesday, February 7.
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers hour-long computer classes for senior citizens at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. Not only do seniors learn basic skills, but also have the opportunity to socialize. The fee is $2. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-7166. Beginner classes are at 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays. “Uploading Pictures to Facebook” class is at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, celebrates Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2018, with a pancake supper prepared by the church youth group. It takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost is a good will donation. This is a fundraiser for the youth group’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering his summer in Houston, Texas.
The Lenten season begins Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Some of the local churches hold special services.
First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, service is at 7:00 p.m. During lent, the church has soup suppers at 6:30 p.m. Local area ministries that partner with the church talk about their organization.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, English service is at 6:00 p.m. and the Spanish service is at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesdays during Lenten season there is a soup supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Bible study at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 140 North Oakwood Avenue, has four Masses with Imposition of Ashes. English Mass is at 7:30 a.m., and Spanish Masses are at noon and 7:00 p.m., and Latin Mass is at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel.
St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, 400 West Washington Street, service is at 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 331 George Street, has a soup supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by the worship service at 7:00 p.m. During the Lenten season, services are at 7:00 p.m.
Check out local restaurants for Valentine’s Day specials.
West Chicago Public Library District hosts a Living History program in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. To make reservations, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4. “The Tales of Abraham Lincoln,” takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018. Portraying Lincoln, Kevin Hall reenacts many of the momentous parts of Lincoln’s life and personal history, sharing favorite anecdotes and stories. (www.merleburl.com)
The League of Women voters of Wheaton hosts a “Drinks and Discussion” event at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018, in the McCormick House at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Attendees socialize and discuss the topic for the evening, “What to know about the issues facing Illinois before you cast your ballot.” There is a cash bar. Registration is not required and the program is free.
League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.
West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson is a participant in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17. He has committed to “be bold and cold” for 24 hours taking a plunge every hour into Lake Michigan. Funds raised benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Peterson has set a personal fundraising goal of $5,000. To help him meet this goal, persons can make donations at https://soill.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=34293.
Donations also can be made by check made payable to SOIL. In order for him to receive credit for donations, put the name Robbi Peterson in the memo portion of the check. Persons can either drop off the check or mail it to West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street, West Chicago, IL 60185. To date, he has raised $2,505, 50 percent of his goal.
John & Tony’s Restaurant, 27W371 North Avenue, is the site for “Eat Out for Charity” event to benefit Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services. It takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Twenty percent of the pre-tax bill goes toward the organization. To obtain a copy of the coupon, call WAYS at (630) 231-7166.
Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce is planning a nine-day trip to China which is open to members and non-members. The free informational meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the chamber office, 306 Main Street. The trip is scheduled from Saturday, September 22, through Sunday, September 30 with a cost of $2,399. This includes roundtrip international and Chinese domestic airfare, four and five-star hotel accommodations, three meals each day, deluxe bus tours and entrance fees for attractions. To make a reservation for the orientation meeting, call the chamber office at (630) 231-3003.
Registration for the 2018 season of West Chicago Cheerleading Organization has started. This is for children entering first through eighth grade in August. For further information visit www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=wegoyouthcheer.
Due to popular demand, the newly stablished Chess Club at the West Chicago Public Library now meets weekly from 6:30 to 8:30 Thursday evenings at the high tables on the second floor, 118 West Washington Street. It is open to new players and chess masters. Reservations are not required; it is a drop in event. (www.merleburl.com)
Both of the West Chicago veterans’ organizations hold Bingo as a fundraiser on a weekly basis. American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, games are on Fridays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard, games are Wednesdays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. The Auxiliary games are Sundays. Doors open at noon, games start at 2:00 p.m.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Jorge Garcia Martinez, who at the age of 85 passed away Monday, January 29, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Charles “Chuck” L. Trojan, who at the age of 73 passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Virginia H. “Ginger” Carpenter, who at the age of 81 passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Glenn D. Keck, who at the age of 85 passed away Friday, February 2, 2018.
St. Andrew’s Golf Course & Country Club is on the Best Weddings Hall of Fame in “The Knot,” on line personal wedding planner.
The photograph of West Chicago resident, Tom Knutson, was featured in the Tuesday, January 30, 2018, “Daily Herald” Photography Contest article in the Neighbor section. It was a photograph of an Eastern screech owl in the newly planted blue spruce.
At the National Business Aviation Association Conference, the Paragon Aviation Group awarded the 2017 Paragon Network™ FBO Member of The Year to DuPage Flight Center. This award is voted on annually by the member Flight Based Operators who choose the FBO that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the network through continuous dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism. The recipient of the 2017 Manager of The Year, voted on by Paragon Corporate, was awarded to Brian DeCoudres, General Manager at DuPage Flight Center.
Per the paragon Aviation Groups website, “The Paragon Network is a distinguished network of independent FBOs that provide an elite experience to general aviation travelers world-wide. Paragon Aviation Group performs a comprehensive audit of the facility and services offered to ensure the quality of the member base before any FBO joins The Paragon Network. Each member FBO must comply with a set of strategically developed core standards to remain in the group. Paragon Aviation Group facilitates The Paragon Network.”
Members of the Chicago Blackhawks Fan Development Team taught new skills to the students at Leman Middle School. They brought the GOAL, Get Out And Learn, program, plus the donation of 30 hockey sticks, 30 balls, nets and scrimmage jersey’s for the LMS physical education program.
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