In October, the colors of fall begin to dominate the landscape. People are beginning to decorate yards, porches and balconies with fall and Halloween scenes. Today, October 7, there are several national celebrations. These include Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day, Pumpkin Seed Day, National Frappe Day, LED Light Day, Coffee with a Cop Day, Inner Beauty Day and Walk To School Day. None are what you would call “party time” occasions, but fun ones to throw into a casual conversation. Historically, in 1913, Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line the chassis was added to the process.
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Computer use for adults is now available by appointment at West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. Hours are from noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10:30 a.m., 12:30 .p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To make an appointment, call 231-1552 during curbside hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Computers are limited to one person per computer with computer use limited to one-hour session per person/per day. For more information on computer usage, visit the library website wcpld.info.
Youth computer use also is available, except for AWE and Smart board. Per the library’s computer use policy, anyone under the age of nine must have a parent or guardian with them. Appointments are required. (merleburl.com)
Although West Chicago Fire Protection District cancelled its annual Open House due to COVID-19, Fire Protection Week still takes place through Saturday, October 10, 2020. The National Fire Prevention theme this year is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” highlighting cooking safety and preventing kitchen fires in the home. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires. (merleburl.com)
West Chicago resident Kathy Steere is a participant in the biannual Prairie Star Quilters Guild quilt show Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the show is virtual this year. It features about 200 quilts, including display, judged, and a red and white challenge categories. Steere has five quilts in the show: two in display, two for judging and one in the challenge. To view the show, visit 2020quiltshow.psqg.org.
Steere also is teaching a quilting class at noon Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Art Quilt Open Studio, 7440-M Woodward Avenue in Woodridge. The charge is $27. In addition to learning art quilt techniques, persons have the opportunity to learn how to color on fabric using water-soluble crayons and watercolor pencils. To sign up, visit www.quiltersquest.com/module/class.htm?classId=323479. (merleburl.com)
The League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts a voter registration from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020, at an outside table at West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. Members help persons register to vote, request a Vote-by-Mail ballot and provide information about voting in the 2020 General Election. They also can show persons how to use their smartphone or tablet to check registration status. Persons need to bring two forms of identification, one with current address.
First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, hosts an Outdoor Blessing of the Animals at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020. Pets should be in crates or on leashes. Since the weather can be quite cool, persons are requested to bring a picture of their pet reptile and leave it in safe and warm at home. (merleburl.com)
Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street, is holding only one church service Sunday, October 11, 2020. It takes place at 11:00 a.m. outside on the west side of the building. The music team provides live music. Persons are requested to bring a folding chair if they have one. Following the service is lunch.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, holds a Taco Drive-Thru fundraiser from noon to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2020. The cost is $2.50 each taco with a choice of steak, pork or chicken. Drink is $1. The taco combo plate of four tacos and one drink is $10. Persons can place their order at (630) 401-2008. (merleburl.com)
Some students at West Chicago Community High School are organizing a 2021 Senior Homecoming Parade of Cars Sunday, October 11, 2020. It steps off at 1:00 p.m. from the Kerr-McGee parking lot. Then proceeds to the high school and goes around the school and Memorial field back to the parking lot. (merleburl.com)
West Chicago City Museum and Warrenville Historical Society present the Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020, via Zoom. The discussion continues on the book, “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz” by Erik Larson. To get a copy of the book or for further information, visit Friends of West Chicago City Museum website, wegohistory.com or call (630) 231-3376.
Larson tells not only the story of political brinkmanship, but also an intimate domestic drama. The scenes include Chequers, his prime ministerial country hotel Ditchley, his wartime retreat where he and his entourage go when the bombing is the highest and 10 Downing Street in London. Larson uses diaries, original archives and once-secret intelligence reports.
In partnership with Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts a Civics Awareness program at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020, via Zoom. Peter Adams presents the program, “Fighting Against Fake News: The Case for News Literacy.” To make a reservation visit my.lwv.org/illinois/wheaton/calendar/civic-awareness. A Zoom link to access the presentation is sent two days prior to the event.
Adams is News Literacy Project’s senior vice president for educational programs. He explores the ways that news literacy can help reestablish trust while also helping consumers know what to believe. Education is the most effective approach to combat the spread of misinformation. NLP is the nation’s leading provider of news literacy education, and its efforts to fight misinformation reach a global audience. The free resources, tools and easy-to-adopt tips help people of all ages become more news-literate. The organization connects with young people as they are developing their information consumption and creation habits, giving today’s students, who are tomorrow’s voters and decision-makers, the tools to sort fact from fiction and discern fact-based, credible information.In addition, amid strong and growing demand from the public, NLP offers its expertise, educational material and programs to people of all ages, according to the information on the LWVW website.
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. (merleburl.com)
Zoeie Kreiner recently started a not-for-profit organization, Support Over Stigma, which is dedicated to helping active duty military, veterans, first responders and their families who are struggling with PTSD. She said, “As the mom of a deployed service member and the mom of a first responder, I have seen first-hand the havoc that can be created by PTSD.”
At this time the organization is seeking donations to fill 1,000 boxes for the deployed, 1,300 stockings for veterans, first responders and their families who are struggling with PTSD. The truck is parked at Faith Lutheran Church, 1745 Kaneville Road in Geneva. Some of the food items are cliff bars, jerky, nuts, trails mix, instant oatmeal, soup, pop-top cans of fruit, pudding packs, rice krispie bars, and crackerjack packs. For further information visit the website www.SupportOverStigman.org, email, zoeie@SupportOverStigma.org or call (630) 492-0308.
To help meet this goal, the organization is holding Octoberfest 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Bunker Bar & Grill, 216 Main Street. The ticket price is $20, which includes the choice of pulled pork or roasted pulled chicken, and must be preordered at the website, under events.
First United Methodist Church of West Chicago and St. Andrew Lutheran Church are participants in the virtual 10th Annual Northwest DuPage United Hunger Crop Walk Sunday, October 18, 2020. The devotion is at 2:00 p.m. Virtual walk begins at 2:15 p.m. Register to walk and donate at: www.crophungerwalk.org/northwestdupage. Twenty-five percent of the monies benefit Neighborhood Food pantries, West Chicago PADS and Hanover Township Food Pantry. The remaining 75 percent goes to Church World Services. (merleburl.com)
The League of Women Voters of Wheaton partners with the Wheaton Public Library for its Livingroom Conversation—virtually at 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 20 24, 2020. The topic is “Political News Expectations vs Reality.” The goal of Livingroom Conversations is to bring local citizens together to discuss topics of mutual interest from multiple perspectives. Registration ends 15 minutes before the start time of the program. To register, visit /my.lwv.org/illinois/wheaton/calendar
The discussion focuses on political news as it is. Although an independent press is crucial to a healthy democracy, partisanship, bias by omission, opinion, activism, and falsehoods are often replacing facts. This is not a critique of specific sources, but a discussion identifying what persons can and should expect.
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.
There still is time to participate in the Census. “As a result of court orders, the October 5, 2020, target date is not operative, and data collection operations will continue through Saturday, October 31.” It is time to get counted—in the 2020 Census. Households can do the census online, mail the paper questionnaires, if one was received, or call. US Census Bureau workers now are going door-to-door to count people who have not responded to earlier communication attempts. All census takers have government ID badges with their photographs, US Department of Commerce watermarks and expiration dates. If no one is at home when a census worker visits, the employee will leave a notice with information about responding on line at 2020census.gov or by phone at (844) 330-2020. Also accepted are responses by mail.
The reasons it is important that everyone be counted include redistricting, fair representation and the distribution of $675 billion in federal funds. The purpose of the census is to gather statistical information. Information on individuals is not shared or released. (merleburl.com)
With a total of 11,082,789 steps, West Chicago took first place in the September DuPage Walking Challenge. Other communities in the challenge were Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Bartlett and Glen Ellyn. The competition continues through October. For additional activities, visit Healthy West Chicago Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HealthyWestChicago/.
On the Tuesday, November 6, 2020, General Election Ballot is the following proposition: “Shall the number of commissioners on the Board of the West Chicago Park District be reduced from seven (7) to five (5)?” Park District Director Gary Major explained, “During the last four elections for the Park District, there would be one at the most two people run for open positions. The District has had to appoint people to fill commissioner positions the past four years. It seems to be a challenge in West Chicago, and perhaps other cities, to fully elect positions for the many boards (City Council, Fire, High School, Elementary, Park, etc). So, rather than appointing positions, the District has decided to drop from 7 to 5, with the net effect being a more balanced approach to available positions and interested parties” These are six year terms, whichs is determined by state law. Commissioners do not receive pay.
The DuPage County Health Department developed a dashboard to provide information on the total number of people, in DuPage County, who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, the dashboard includes a map which shows the distribution of reported cases by municipality and is updated at 4:00 p.m. daily. DuPage County’s “COVID-19 Dashboard” is a one-stop-shop for all the information it offers including a town-by-town breakdown of cases. As of 4:00 p.m. Monday, October 5, 2020, there were 1,180 cases and 13 deaths. It is important to remember to follow the social distancing order, wear masks and wash hands.
A COVID-19 testing site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in a VNA Health Care Mobile at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road. There is no charge. Appointments are required and may be made at (630) 892-4355 or (847) 717-6455. DuPage County offers free COVID-19 testing at the DuPage County Complex, 421 North County Farm Road. The sites open from 7:00 a.m., to noon Monday through Friday. Since it is a drive-thru testing site, individuals give themselves a nasal swab test with instructions from staff. (merleburl.com)
As the importance of wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic is stressed, so must the proper disposal. The masks and gloves are disposed of in regular garbage; they are not recyclables. Also a gentle reminder, syringes are not recyclable, they go in regular garbage.
To keep residents aware of community COVID-19 updates, the City has posted West Chicago’s COVID-19 COMMUNICATIONS CENTER on its website, www.westchicago.org. It is located on the upper left-hand side in red. Clicking on this, residents can see the latest information.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Alberto Amaro, who at the age of 56 passed away Monday, September 28, 2020.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Allan H. Franz, who at the age of 69 passed away Friday, September 25, 2020.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Charles Kenos “Ken” Fisher, who at the age of 76 passed away Monday, September 28, 2020.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Reginald “Reggie” Juran Bass, who passed away at the age of 69 Thursday, October 1, 2020.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Jose Maria Sanchez Reyes, who at the age of 89 passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Scot R. Monroe, who at the age of 51 passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020.
Community High School District 94 launched a new website, wwwd94.org. The up-to-date look provides easy access to all the information on West Chicago Community High School.
West Chicago Community High School students, Kendall Farm and Lyndi Bressner, finished in the top two overall in the Upstate Eight Conference Girls Golf championship. Farm, a senior, finished first with a 76 and is now a three-time Upstate Eight Girls Golf Champion. Bressner, a junior, finished second with an 89. (merleburl.com)
The Freeze, known as Tastee Freez locally, sold to a family in West Chicago. The business location is 130 Fremont Street.
The “DuPage Herald Business Ledger” recently honored the 2020 Best Places to Work in Illinois. For the seventh year in a row, Synergy Builders, 850 Meadowview Crossing, Unit 13, placed in the Small Businesses category, 15 to 99 employees. Other categories were medium and large companies.
Synergy Builders is a design-build home remodeling team servicing the Chicagoland area for more than 15 years. The CEO is John Habaermeier. There are 20 employees. Some of the reasons for Synergy being a great place to work include clear expectations, understanding visions, plenty of room for growth, fun social activities and a professional, but relaxed atmosphere. The process for selecting the companies involves an evaluation of the company’s workplace policies, practices and demographics, plus an employee survey.
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