Looking out the window I see a scene that looks like a winter wonderland, —picture postcard perfect. Less than a week ago, it was 60 degree-almost balmy. Certainly demonstrates how quickly the weather can change. All in all, I still need some winter weather as I have some projects pending. These include cleaning out some neglected drawers, finish storing away the holiday decorations, preparing records for tax time and reading books snuggled up in a comfy blanket. However, one of my favorite activities this time of year is drinking a cup of hot chocolate with many, dollops of whipped cream. Again our public works crews have done a superb job of plowing the streets.
AROUND AND ABOUT
Kindred Coffee Roasters, 148 West Washington Street, opened its doors Monday, January 15, 2018. Hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is a limited menu of baked goods, but within the next month, the menu will be expanded to include sandwiches and salads. Also sold are freshly roasted coffee beans and brewing equipment. Owners are Ryan Hammer, Patrick and Sarah Harms. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Public Library District hosts a Chess Club at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. This is for both the novice and chess master. The chess boards are provided. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1152, extension 4.
Community Mariachi Night is at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, in the Leman Middle School Band Room, 238 East Hazel Street. Members of the community who play a violin, trumpet, guitar, vihuela or guitarron can join the members of Mariachi Los Rayos de Leman Middle School. For those who do not play an instrument, they can come to the singing segment which begins at 7:00 p.m
The WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics Club played Glenbard East Wednesday, January 10, 2018, losing with a score of 37-28. Club president Dave hemp said, “The team was definitely rusty after the long break.” The next games are the state qualifier Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21, in Cicero.
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers a one-hour seminar for senior citizens at Wayne Township, 27 W031 North Avenue. The charge is $5, which includes handouts and refreshments. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-1776. “Sleep Hygiene” is at 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 22. The discussion includes techniques to improve the quantity and quality of sleep.
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. “Downloading Books on iPad or iPhone” class is at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
The last day of free recycling for the holiday lights and extension cords is Friday, January 19, 2018. The offer is open to residents, businesses, clubs, churches, and organizations. Drop-off locations are City Hall, 475 Main Street; First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street; Murphy Ace Hardware, 319 South Neltnor Boulevard; Water Treatment Plant, 1400 West Hawthorne Lane; the ARC Center, 201 West National Street: and West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street.
The West Chicago Environmental Commission coordinates the program with Elgin Recycling, which collects these items to strip and recycle for their copper and plastic parts. The company is a full-service scrap metal business serving the area for more than 30 years.
St. Mary’s parish holds a Pro-Life March from 2:15 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018. Starting at the church, 140 North Oakwood Avenue, the route proceeds west on York Street, north on Arbor Avenue, east on National Street, south on Elite, west on Grand Lake Boulevard, south on Garden Street back to the church.
The movie, “Before the Flood” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens, executive director Martin Scorsese, is at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018, at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street. A discussion period follows the movie, which is a 2016 documentary looking at how climate change affects the environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet. The showing is sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Committee, also known as Green Disciples, and The Station Youth. For further information, call the church office at (630) 231-3344. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Public Library District offers a computer class and open lab in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. To make reservations, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4. Introduction to Email is at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Persons must have basic computer skills. Attendees learn how to set up an email account, and send and receive emails. An open lab on Smartphones and Tablets is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 24. Staff will assist persons with Apple and Android devices. Persons should charge their device beforehand.
The West Chicago High School Teachers’ Association filed a Notice of Impasse with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board Wednesday, January 10, 2018. This requires that both Community High School District 94 Board of Education and the teachers’ union must submit copies of their most recent offers to IELRB within seven days of filing the notice, Tuesday, January 23. The state labor board then will disclose the details of both contracts offers on the website illinois.gov/elrb on Wednesday, January 24. The posting of the bargaining proposals is required by law before teachers can legally strike. The contract negotiations started in 2016; the contract expired in August 2017.
In a public statement, board president Gary Saake wrote, “The district presented a proposal for a four-year agreement that would provide cumulative increases averaging a total of 8.73 percent over four years, with a low of 7.59 percent and high of 9.66 percent for individual members. The Association’s most recent offer was seeking a salary increase averaging 21.98 percent over five years, with a low of 7.34 percent and a high of 30.89 percent per faculty member. The entire package sought by the association would increase expenditures by an estimated $13.1 million over the term of the proposed five-year contract… The District’s offer would increase expenditures by $2.9 million over the four-year term.”
The West Chicago Wildcats Lacrosse Club registration night for the Spring season is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, in the Commons at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street, Entrance H. It is open to all current WCCHS students. For further information email email@example.com or visit the website, www.wegolax.com.
The West Chicago Garden Club meeting is Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Faith Community Church. Social time is at 6:45 p.m. short business meeting at 7:00 p.m. and program at 7:15 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Laura Christensen, owner of Design With Nature, presents, “A Love Affair—A 25 Year Relationship with My Garden.” Through a slide presentation and talk, she shows the progression of her home landscape, which she has been designing and implementing for 25 years. Starting with a basic suburban one-third acre lot, she has transformed it into a four-season oasis. She shares her favorite plants and plant combinations, gardening hints, triumphs, minor tragedies and lessons learned. (www.merleburl.com)
The WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics Club hosts the Seventh Annual Kwasman Klassic at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018, in the Bishop Gym at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street, entrance C. Basketball teams are members of the West Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85 and West Chicago Illinois Association of Firefighter #3970. Members of the Special Olympics team play with the firefighters and policemen for the first three quarters. Entertainment is the high school dance troupe and a junior cheerleading team. Coaches for the Special Olympics team are Dick Doremus and Dirk Gunderson; Diana Gunderson is the timekeeper; Kyle Gunderson is the Home referee.
There is no charge to attend. However, persons attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for the Neighborhood Food Pantry located at Real Life Church campus in West Chicago. Concessions are available with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Special Olympics Club. There is a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for gift baskets. Raffle prizes include a Jimmy Butler signed jersey and a signed photograph of former Blackhawk Brian Campbell. The fundraiser is named after the late Mayor Mike Kwasman. Hempe explained, “He was the driving force and expressed the spirit to get our fledgling club restarted.” (www.merleburl.com)
Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane, hosts its Ninth Annual Ovarian Cancer Turkey Bowl Fundraiser at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018. The charge is $60 per four-person teams. Pre-registration is required. There are many prizes, give away items and a 50/50 raffle. Teams must register at the bar. The event is limited to 100 teams. For individuals not on a team, this is a fun event to watch and cheer on your favorite team. For further information, call (630) 293-6700.
Gallery Theater of West Chicago holds auditions for “Love Loss and What I Wore,” by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The director is Carol Townsend. Auditions take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28, and from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, January 29, 2018, at Gallery Studio, 129 Main Street. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 6,7, and 8, and 13, 14 and 15. Rehearsals begin Sunday, February 25. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are welcome. Monologues are not required. Auditions are sides from the script.
It is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory, covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, buying bras, hating purses and why we only wear black. Characters are Gingy, Gingy’s Mother, Nancy, Alex, Nancy’s Mother, Alex’s Mother, Rosie, Holly, Stephanie, Merill, Pam, Lynne, Liz, Liz’s Older Sister, Liz’s Younger Sister, Dora, Annie, Mary, Eve, Mary’s Mother, Eve’s Shrink, Heather, Nora, Lisa, Amanda, Geralyn, Doctor and Woman. All roles will be played by 5 or possibly more women.
West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission sponsors its Eleventh Annual Community Banner Project Competition. The theme is “Pop Art.” The artwork may be any media with no limitation to technique or subject matter. An independent juror selects the works of art. Each winning design is reproduced and featured in the 2018 West Chicago Banner Exhibition from May to September. All entries are due by Friday, February 2, 2018. Informational sheets are available at the City Museum, 132 Main Street, Gallery 200, 200 Main Street or online www.westchicago.org, under Residential Forms. Call Rosemary Mackey at (630) 293-2000, extension 139 for more information.
Baby, it’s cold outside, but the frigid temperatures are not going to deter West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson from participating 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
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. Peterson said, “This is the first year I have elected to participate in the kick-off Super Plunge and believe it is a great way to get our 2018 fundraising on behalf of Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run off to a great start.”
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Esther Alette Stults, who at the age of 100 passed away Thursday, December 29, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of William J. Toerpe, who at the age of 86 passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018.
The photographs of two West Chicago residents, Gib Van Dine and Dennis Swanner, were featured in the Photo Finish Contest of the Tuesday, January 9, 2018, issue of the “Daily Herald.” The photograph by Van Dine featured heavy snow in Blackwell Forest Preserve. The frigid scene at Morton Arboretum was the featured scene in the photograph by Swanner.
The painting, “Reeds & Reflections” by Maggie Capettini won Best of Show in the “At the Seashore” exhibit at the LaGrange Art League Gallery & Studio. She is a member of Gallery 200 and the education director at West Chicago City Museum.
West Chicago Community High School teacher Margaret “Maggie” Haas was featured in the Spotlight On Schools feature in the Friday, January 12, 2018, issue of the “Daily Herald.” She teaches geography, criminal justice and sociology. Of her 19 years in teaching, 14 years have been at WCCHS.
Zurisadai Rodriguez, a senior at West Chicago Community High School, is the Student of the Month for December. She is recognized for her academic ability, leadership skills and ability to balance it with involvement in extracurricular activities. She has been on the High Honor Roll or Honor Roll all four years, has a cumulative weighted Grade Point Average of 4.837. Rodriguez is a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society.
Through her involvement in SkillsUSA club, she won state honors of first place in the Quiz Bowl, second place in extemporaneous speaking and the Statesman Award. Outside of school, she participated in Reality Illinois, was on the advisory panel for the DuPage County Health Department’s anti-tobacco movement and for two summers was involved in the Wheaton College B.R.I.D.G.E. program. Other volunteer experience includes being a supervisor at Northern Illinois Food Bank, where she leads and manages projects and groups of volunteers, plus was a volunteer as a teacher’s assistant for a local faith-based summer program for students in second through ninth grades. While interning for a local state representative, Rodriguez worked as an outreach assistant.
Upon graduation, she plans to attend college majoring in the not-for-profit sector or Human Resources. (www.merleburl.com)
Once again the West Chicago Fire Protection District promotion of holiday decoration safety through the “Keep the Wreath Red” program was a success. “There were no holiday-related fires,” said Fire Marshal Joe Buenrostro. Red bulbs on the wreaths are replaced with a white bulb if the cause of a fire is holiday-related. During the more than 30 years of participation in the program of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the wreaths have remained red most of the time.
The Wayne Township “Happy Hats” senior citizens group was featured on ABC 7 News Friday, January 12, 2012. The group of approximately 15 women crochet or knit hats for cancer patients. Those who do not knit, roll yarn. To date, they have created more than 6,000 hats.
The closing of Mr. Papa’s also included the closing of Irma’s Delight Ice Cream at 127 West Roosevelt Road.
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