West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street, is the site for a “Sunsational Solar Eclipse” event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 21, 2017. The drop-in type event is geared for all ages, offering STEM , science, technology, engineering and math, programming through a brief presentation about the phenomenon of the total eclipse when the moon sweeps diagonally across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in nearly a century, plus astronomy-related crafts and games.
The presentation takes place at 11:00 a.m. upstairs in the Adult Services Department. The Youth Services Department offers crafts such as making a constellation projector and a star wheel map and games such as Constellation Concentration or Space Glove Challenge on the library lawn. Also persons can bring a picnic lunch and receive a free pair of safety viewing glasses. The maximum eclipse coverage in our area is at approximately 1:18 p.m. and will last for approximately two and a half minutes. To view the full schedule of activities visit the Library’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/wcpld/ or call Youth Services librarian Amanda Hanson at (630) 231-1552, extension 3, or email email@example.com.
The eclipse of the sun begins near Lincoln City, Oregon and ends near Charleston, South Carolina, with the moons shadow cutting a swath around 60 to 70 miles. The rest of the United States and North America will only see a partial eclipse with the moon covering up only a part of the sun. The last total solar eclipse viewed from contiguous United States was February 26, 1979 whose path passed through the northwestern US states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
The West Chicago Library is one of more than 1,000 libraries participating in the STAR Library Education Network and it NASA@My Library Initiative. They are providing resources and STEM activities. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google and the National Science Foundation. (www.merleburl.com)
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Cooking with Chef Dave Esau is the program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017, in the meeting room at West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. It is an evening of Mexican cookery as Chef Dave prepares Mexican Chicken burgers, Sweet Potato Quesadillas and Salsa Verde. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (530) 231-1552, extension 4.
First United Methodist and Congregational Women hold their annual “My Trash—Your Treasure” rummage sale from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 11, and from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Methodist church building, 643 East Washington Street. The popular “bag” special takes place from 11:00 a.m. to noon Saturday. Persons can fill a brown paper bag for $2 or a black plastic bag for $5. Proceeds benefit local, national and world relief programs.
There also is a bake sale with these proceeds benefitting The Station youth program. Again this event corresponds with National Garage Sale Day. (www.merleburl.com)
There are two final special events for the 2017 summer season at Turtle Splash Water Park. “Dance the Day Away” takes place Saturday, August 12. The Janet Dance Team leads some line dancing. Dancers arrive at 2:00 p.m. Regular admission prices apply. Grandparents Day is Sunday, August 13, Admission for grandparents is free with one paying child.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 and its Auxiliary host a Car and Motorcycle Show from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the post headquarters, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard. It takes place rain or shine. Within the car show, there are 25 prize categories, including the VFW Choice Award; the motorcycle segment has five prize categories, including the Auxiliary Choice Award. The charge is $15 per car and $10 per motorcycle. For further information or to pre-register call (630) 231-9823. The Auxiliary sells breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and the Post sells a grilled luncheon, serving steaks and hamburgers. There also is a bake sale.
Reverend Shane Sterk, pastor at Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street, preaches his last sermon at the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, August 13, 2017. He is going to be the pastor at Hudsonville Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Sterk served as pastor at Faith for 12 years.
St. Mary’s Church holds its annual Mary Fest from noon to6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017 on Oakwood Avenue between Virgie Place and York Street and on York Street between Garden Street and Oakwood Avenue . There is an outdoor Mass, food and craft vendors, music, dancing and games. Entertainment includes D. J. Azteca, Pentecostes Choir, Jr. & his “M” Code and the Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl.
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.
“Texting on Smart Phones” class is at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 14, 2017. For classes that involve a technology device, persons need to bring their personal items with them.
The first day of classes for West Chicago Community High School is Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
West Chicago Public Library District holds a two-hour open lab for persons with smartphones or tablets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in the practice lab, 118 West Washington Street. To register, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
West Chicago City Museum continues its Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group. The discussion group meets at noon, Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks are provided. The book under discussion is “Remembering Marshall Fields” by Leslie Goddard. Copies of the book are available at the museum and West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street. Call the museum at (630) 231-3376 for further information.
“Introduction to Beekeeping” is the program at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Beekeeper Sarah Bass, West Chicago resident and artist, gives an interactive presentation geared for all ages. In addition to guests seeing supplies for beekeeping, persons have the opportunity to test honey from a local comb. Call the adult services at (630) 231-1500, extension 4, to make a reservation.
It is time for the community pep rally at the Eighth Annual Wildcat Sports Festival, Blue and White Night, Friday, August 18, 2017 at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. The festivities, showcasing the school’s fall athletic programs, begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends with the varsity football scrimmage around 8:00 p.m. In addition to football, the athletic teams include cross-country, golf, boys’ soccer, girls swimming, girls’ tennis, and girls’ volleyball.
Although most activities are in Memorial Stadium, some take place in the pool area and Bishop Gym. The event includes athletic scrimmages, Corn Boil by Lootens Steam Engine, team recognition, raffles, concessions, Spirit Wear sales, the pom pons and cheerleading squads and the Wildcat Marching Band. To see the schedule, visit http://il.8to18.com/westchicago/calendar, click on August 18 to see the details. For more information, email WCCHS Athletic Director Doug Mullaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 876-6290.
The class of 1972 at West Chicago Community High School holds its 45th reunion from Friday, August 25, through Sunday, August 27, 2017. On Friday, the informal gathering is at Hawthorne’s Bar and Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane. Persons from all the WCCHS graduating classes are invited to attend the Friday gathering. The charge is $19.72 per person. Reservations are requested; the form is on the high school’s website, www.d94.org, under Quick Links, for alumni, reunion information, (ttps://www.d94.org/Page/223)
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Angelyn Gill Cliff, who at the age of 101 passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Onecimo Rios, Jr., who at the age of 79 passed away Monday, July 31, 2017.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Arlene James, who passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Joan M. (Grobe) Bregman, who at the age of 67 passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Austin James Baker, who at the age of 26 recently passed away.
West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street, is now an internet purchase exchange location. This allows persons to use the lobby or parking lot for a safe location to exchange items sold via internet. Police officers do not mediate transaction. The police department recommends persons use the location during daylight hours. If an officer is needed, people cargo into the station or call 911. Offer Up donated the sign located in front of the police station. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago resident John Tulipano, owner of JLT Photography and a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, entered the International Photographic Competition through the Professional Photographers of America. Three out of four of his images scored high enough to merit and will be added to this year’s general collection. He is half way to his goal of earning a Master of Photographer degree through PPA. He is the official photographer for the West Chicago Fire Protection District.
Recent business openings in West Chicago include Action Heating & Air Conditioning, American Road Maintenance, Blue Peak Tents, Inc (1151 Atlantic Drive #3) ChanceLight Education (191 West North Avenue, Suites 108-114), Smart Wash Laundry (149 North Neltnor Boulevard) Sopro Machinery LLC (1187 West Hawthorne Lane) and Vision Clara.
I wrote about Ben Bugno, a member of Boy Scout Troop 33, choosing the improvement and restoration of the patio area and stair sections leading to the central pavilion in Reed-Keppler Park as his Eagle Scout project. The project is completed and it looks great. (www.merleburl.com)
With the annexation of six properties located near the intersection of North Avenue and County Farm Road to Carol Stream, the West Chicago Public Library District loses approximately “$4,000 in tax revenue based upon current tax bills,” said Ben Weseloh, Library Director. The property addresses are 27W245 North Avenue, 27W261 W. North Avenue, 27W301 W. North Avenue, 27W333 North Avenue, 27W371 North Avenue (John & Tony’s Restaurant), and a vacant parcel located at the Northeast corner of Morton Road and St. Charles Road.
Since the Carol Stream Library is a part of the municipal government and not a separate district, these properties become part of the library. Carol Steam Village Manager Joe Breinig explained, the village “issues the library’s tax levy, but the library has an independent board. The members are not appointed by the mayor.” He added, “The village installed water and sewer lines at these locations in the 90s with a pre-annexation agreement of them becoming part of the village when it became contiguous to the borders”. The Carol Stream Village Board approved the annexation at the Monday, August 7, 2017 meeting.
State Representative Mike Fortner (R-49) announced he is not seeking re-election in 2018. “Life is lived in cycles. There are cycles due to changes in our personal lives and those of our families. Elected officials are not immune to these cycles. At the end of this term in 2019 I will have served 12 years in the general assembly – 6 years representing the 49th district and 6 years before that representing the 95th district. Before I was sworn in as a state representative I served 12 years in elected office with the City of West Chicago – 6 years as mayor and 6 years as alderman before that. It has been my honor to serve the public at both the state and local level, but after many months of reflection I have decided that it is time for this cycle to end, and I will not run for reelection in 2018. As a state representative I have been privileged to use my experience in local government, science and technology to help the people of Illinois. I led the effort to improve our electric power by allowing municipalities to buy power on behalf of their residents. I have been successful in protecting our privacy from unauthorized video recording and unauthorized use of passwords on social media. This year I was successful in helping to negotiate major improvements to the way we recycle electronic equipment, and to improve access to voting registration through automation. However, none of this would have been possible without the support of the people I represent and my colleagues in the legislature.
Twelve years ago a door opened for me when my predecessor decided to seek another position. With this announcement I can open a door to a successor, who I hope will enjoy the same support and success I have in public office.”
Due to the efforts of resident Melissa Barbier, the West Chicago Police Department has a Little Free Library at the station, 325 Spencer Street. Little Free Library is a neighborhood book exchange where anyone passing by can take a book to read or leave a book for someone else to read. (www.merleburl.com)
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