More than 300 persons, young and old, attended the Community Memorial Day service at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Oakwood Cemetery. The temperature was a little warm, but a gentle breeze provided the perfect setting to honor those who died while serving our country. The veterans, those currently serving in the armed forces, and members of the Auxiliaries from American Legion Post 300 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 stood proudly, while those attending honored both the deceased and living soldiers. Kevin Driscoll was the moderator. “This day conveys the price in the quest for freedom, 1,354,664 men and women since the Revolutionary War gave up their tomorrows to for us to enjoy the sense of freedom… It is up to us to install into others the true spirit of loyalty for the flag and our country.”
Julia Doggett, chaplain of the American Legion Post 300, gave the opening and closing prayers. Members of the Legion Auxiliary presented the colors. Seven members of the Legion and VFW did the execution of the 21-gun salute.
The West Chicago Community Band, under the direction of James Wallace, played a medley of patriotic songs. Reverberating throughout out the cemetery were the poignant sounds of “Taps,” played by WCCHS trumpeters, Jeri Rethford and Gavin O’Keefe, both juniors.
Mayor Ruben Pineda gave the featured speech. “Today is the day we commemorate those who sacrificed and laid down their lives for our freedom. These are our heroes, who served faithfully…The survivors live with this loss. One is never fully prepared to be a survivor, hearing the fateful knock on the door…God bless them all! ” The full text of the mayor’s speech can be found on the City’s website, www.westchicago.org.
AROUND AND ABOUT
There are three 2018 graduation ceremonies for eighth graders in the cafetorium at Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street. The White Team graduation is at 5:30 p.m. and the Blue Team graduation is at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, and the Red Team graduation is at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 31. The last day of school for students in kindergarten through seventh grade is Friday, June 1.
As part of its Small Business series, the West Chicago Public Library District holds Score: General Business Discussion Round Table at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Score Mentor George Safford, a West Chicago resident, is the moderator. It is geared for those starting a new business or owners of existing small businesses. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
The artwork of West Chicago resident Joe Ross is the exhibit for the month of June at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. The display features various landscapes in oil, watercolors and photography. The artist’s reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018.
Ross teaches oil painting basics at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton. He recently painted a series of watercolors featuring West Chicago and DuPage County. He studied fine art and commercial design at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Then he was a designer and draftsman at several architectural firms before working in the financial field for many years. Upon retirement, Ross concentrated on his artwork taking workshops and displaying at several galleries in the area. (www.merleburl.com)
Wheaton Academy holds its Baccalaureate Service at 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018, in the Fine Arts Center, 900 North Prince Crossing Road. Graduation is at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Wheaton Bible Church, 27 W500 North Avenue. There are 160 graduates. Beth Mitchell, school counselor, retired after 11 years at WA.
West Chicago Park District is the host for the JP Sports “Chicagoland Swing for the Summer” baseball tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 1, 2 and, 2018, at Reed-Keppler and Pioneer Parks.
Touch-A-Truck, organized by the West Chicago Police Department and West Chicago Park District, is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, in the Turtle Splash Water Park parking lot at Reed-Keppler Park. Adults and children have the opportunity to sit in and view a variety of trucks and vehicles. Participating are DuPage County SWAT with SWAT vehicles, City of West Chicago with Public Works vehicles, Rapid Transport Towing with tow truck, Golf & Busse Towing with two big tow trucks, Winfield Township with dump truck, Groot Industries with garbage truck, Kramer Tree Specialists with log loader, Northwestern Medicine with Mobile Stroke Unit, DuPage Topsoil with dump box trailer, A.A. Conte & Sons Construction with 40-foot motor grader and West Chicago Fire Department with Ladder Truck and Ambulance. Others are Kindercare Learning Center with mini-bus, DuPage Airport Authority with 40 foot snow removal truck, Area DuPage Towing with flatbed tow truck, Wayne Township with plow truck, Deluxe Towing with tow truck, Warrenville Police Department with Animal Control Vehicle, West Chicago ESDA and CERT with ESDA and CERT vehicles, Spielman Plumbing with truck, DuPage County Sheriffs with two to three vehicles, West Chicago Police Department with squad and ATV and Haggerty Ford.
Also on hand is Culver’s with goodies and coupons and Eagle Academy of Martial Arts with safety material and coupons for free martial arts instruction. Parra’s Bakery is donating 200 cookies for the event. There are giveaways, plus a safety check and installation for car seats conducted by safety seat technicians in the parking lot across from Turtle Splash. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Environmental Commission hosts an on-site paper-shredding event from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, 2018, in the parking lot at City Hall, 475 Main Street. The limit is 10 boxes at a time. Accurate Document Destruction, Inc. in Elk Grove Village provides the shredding service.
Maggie Capettini, Education Director at West Chicago City Museum, holds a demonstration on her approach to plien air painting using oils and painting knives at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Heritage Village, 249 West Second Street in Lockport.
The West Chicago Public Library District Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” begins Saturday, June 2, and ends Saturday, July 28, 2018. To kick off the program, the library hosts a South Pacific event from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. The Hōkūle Academy of Polynesian Arts provide the entertainment. Snacks are fresh fruit kabobs. There are luau-inspired activities for the entire family. Persons registering for the free reading program receive a gift.
Station, the youth group at first United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, holds a car wash after the Sunday morning worship services. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is a fundraiser for JOY camp.
There is a Healthcare for All Town Hall from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road. Speakers are Jordan Centers, registered nurse; Kathy Chambers, nurse practitioner; and Cristobal Cavazos with Immigrant Solidarity DuPage. Sponsors are West Suburban IL Democratic Socialists of America, Immigrant Solidarity DuPage and Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice.
Brush pick-up for the month of June begins, Monday, June 4, 2018.
Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual “Swing into Summer” Golf Outing Tuesday, June 5, 201, at Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive. There are three golf packages; registration time is 7:30 a.m. for all. One is “18-Hole Best Ball Scrabble.” The cost is $150 per person. The second package is “Live to Golf Special,” playing nine holes, then 18 holes after the luncheon. The cost is $175 per person. Package number three is “No Time to Golf,” play nine holes and luncheon for the cost of $115. The Banquet Package cost is $45 for the luncheon banquet only at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon menu includes filet mignon. Forms are available on the chamber website www.westerndupagechamber.com or at the chamber office, 306 Main Street. Registration deadline is Friday, June 1. For information, call the chamber office at (630) 231-3003.
West Chicago Public Library District offers a two-hour Microsoft Word class at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the small meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4. Subjects covered are formatting text and documents, changing fonts, cut/copy and paste, using Spell Check and MS Word terminology.
Winfield Farmers Market, organized by Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, opens Wednesday, June 6, and ends October 31, 2018, at the corner of County Farm and Geneva Roads. Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are nearly 40 vendors.
The West Chicago Public Library District has Lawn Games from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays in June and July. The dates for June are 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018. Healthy West Chicago provides “Rethink Your Drink” information and infused water. In case of rain, there are board games inside the library.
West Chicago City Museum holds free 2018 summer classes for children. All require pre-registration. To register or for more information, call the museum at (630) 231-3376 or email MuseumEd@westchicagao.org.
The first ones are “Littlest Historians,” geared for children aged two to five, accompanied by an adult and take place from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. The first session is “Pack Your Bags!” Thursday June 7, 2018. This involves a ‘train trip,’ introducing the preschoolers to the long journeys many immigrants took to West Chicago. “Working on the Railroad” is Friday, June 8, 2018. The children explore shapes, texture and sound while creating “train tracks” and other railroad-related crafts.
Gallery Theater presents “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Performance dates are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2018 and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, June 10 and 17, 2018 at the Gallery Studio, 129 Main Street. The ticket price is $16 and $14 for senior citizens. To reserve tickets email GalleryTickets@gmail.com, through the website, www.Gallerytheaterstudio.org or call (630) 234-5919.
The play is a series of monologues and ensemble pieces sharing stories based on clothes and the memories specific outfits bring up. The stories cover all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. The play is not just for women, the humorous and tender stories recalled in these pieces offer something for everyone.
Cast members are Julie Brandon, Nancy Braus, Maureen Navadomskis, Gina Palmer, and Tammy White. The director is Carol Townsend. (www.merleburl.com)
American Legion Post 300 Auxiliary is assembling 15 “Christmas in July” gift bags for veterans at West Chicago Terrace. Donations needed are toiletries, such as lotions, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste; socks, preferably diabetic; paperback books, large print puzzle books, magazines; grooming items such as nail clippers, disposable razors, combs and lip gloss; Individual packages of tissues, sunscreen and bug spray; Zip lock style bags, snack and sandwich size; individually wrapped snacks such as puddings, fruit cups, cookies, crackers, raisins, granola bars, snack size chips and pretzels; and decks of cards. Persons can drop off the donation in the bar at the Legion, 123 Main Street, use the rear entrance. Bar hours are 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The last day for donations is Friday, June 8, 2018.
The West Chicago Police Department has two upcoming events to support Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.
The first one is a Sign and Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Haggerty Ford, 330 East Roosevelt Road. Ford Motor Corporation will donate $20, up to a maximum of $6,000, to Special Olympics Illinois for anyone 18 years or older that possesses a valid driver’s license who takes a test drive. There is one stipulation that only one member per household can participate. This is a nice way to help SOIL and have the opportunity to test drive a new car.
The second event is the 32nd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018. Members of the West Chicago Police Department run with the Flame of Hope. Meeting at 7:45 a.m. the runners/walkers start from City Hall, 475 Main Street. The route proceeds over the A. Eugene Rennels Bridge to Conde Street, east to Joliet, south to Roosevelt Road, ending at the La Chiquita parking lot. Participants are asked to donate $10 and they receive a 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt, which is required to run with the torch. The Run has raised more than $43 million in 31 years.
More than 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,600 miles, running through communities via 23 different routes to the final destination of the Opening Ceremonies at the Special Olympic Summer Games Friday, June 15, 2018 in the Hancock Stadium at Illinois State University in Normal. Neither the athletes nor their families are charged for participation in the Special Olympics. However, without the support of individuals or organizations, many would not have the means to pay for the housing and transportation to compete. To contribute, make checks payable to Law Enforcement Torch Run, and either drop it off or mail to West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street, West Chicago, IL 60185.
Benjamin School District 25 Parent Teacher Organization holds a “Swinging for STEAM” golf outing Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Klein Creek Golf Course, 1N333 Pleasant Hill Road in Winfield. The scramble start off begins at noon; dinner buffet is at 6:00 p.m. There are raffles, a great door prize for all golfers, and contest prizes for putting, closest to the pin, longest drive, and straightest drive. There also is a silent auction available at the dinner. The charge is $135 per adult for golf and dinner; $80 for youth. The large for golf only is $110 per adult, $60 for youth. The charge for dinner only is $30 per adult; $20 for youth; there is no charge for children under the age of three. To register, visit https://www.bendist25.org.
West Chicago Park District and Republic Bank present “Hello Summer at the Shell” Saturday, May 9, 2018, in Reed-Keppler Park. At noon is the ribbon cutting for Zone 250. The Grand Opening of Toucan’s Hideaway Splash Pad is at 1:00 p.m. The local band Girl & the Gang provide entertainment at 5:00 p.m. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. activities include Cruise Night, Petting Zoo, Face painter, Caricature Artist and Food Truck. A special performance by Mariachi Los Rayos de Leman Middle School is at 6:00 p.m. Trio Ellas, an all-female Latin American music group Perform at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks, presented by the City of West Chicago, begin at 9:30 p.m.
John & Tony’s, 27W371 North Avenue, “Eat out for Charity” event to benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation from noon to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018. Twenty percent of the food and drink charges go to the foundation. Raffle tickets are $10 each with 100 percent of the net funds going to the Foundation.
First United Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, hosts its annual Dinner and Pie Auction at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018. The ticket price is $12.50; children aged three to ten $6. To make a reservation, call the church office at (630) 231-3344.
The theme is “A Slice of Fashion through the Ages.” On the menu with a French flair is fresh veggies and dip for appetizers, French bread, Caesar Salad, Chicken Kiev, green beans almondine, roasted potatoes and chocolate eclair cake for dessert. Also being served is non-alcoholic “Champagne” punch, coffee, tea, iced tea and milk.
It is not a typical fashion show, but rather a fun accompaniment to the very popular pie auction. The fashions are related in some way to the various pies to be auction. An example is a model wearing a lime-colored outfit accessorized with assorted keys. Modeling the fashions are members of the church youth group. (www.merleburl.com)
Gallery Theater holds auditions for the comedy, “Southern Fried Funeral,” by J. Deitz Osbourne and Nate Espler. The auditions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, at Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street. Performance dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 3, 4 and 5 and 10, 11 and 12, 2018. The director is Gina Palmer. To schedule appointments or sides, email firstname.lastname@example.org.Comedic dialogues are preferred, but not mandatory.
Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces — that is if they don’t kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she’s also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people, and the Fryes are no exception.
The cast of women characters are Dorothy Frye, 50s/60s, the widow of Dewey Frye and the matriarch of the family; Sammy Jo Frye-Lefette, 30s, the middle child and future president of the Junior League; Harlene Frye, 30s/40s, the oldest child and prodigal daughter; Ozella Meeks, 60s/70s, chairwoman of the Sun Shine committee at the church, a position she does not take lightly; Martha Ann Fox, 50s/60s, Dorothy’s best friend, her first name is pronounced “Marthann; and “Fairy” June Cooper, 50s/60s, contemporary of Dorothy and Martha Ann; they’ve been friends since high school.
The cast of men characters are Atticus “Attie” Van Leer, 30s/40s, family lawyer and on-Dewey Frye Jr., 20s, the youngest child and not the brightest bulb, Dub Frye, 50s/60s, Dorothy’s brother-in-law, Benny Charles Greenwood, 50s/60s, best friend of Dewey Frye Sr., Beecham Lefette, 30s, Sammy Jo’s husband.
Friends of West Chicago Parks Foundation host its ninth annual golf outing, “Funds Fore Fun” Friday, June 15, 2018, at Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive. The cost is $160 per individual and $625 for a foursome. Proceeds from the golf outing are placed into a scholarship fund that helps families facing financial difficulty participate in recreational opportunities such as Park District classes, programs and sports leagues. Proceeds also benefit community events that encourage families to participate in recreational fun. For further information or to register, visit http://www.we-goparks.org/park-foundation-, Email email@example.com or call (630) 231-9474.
The theme for the 2018 Railroad Days parade, organized by Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, is “One West Chicago: Many People, Many Cultures.” The parade is Sunday, July 15. Completed applications along with a brief narrative of the business or organization, are due by Friday, June 15, 2018. Applications are available on the Chamber website, www.westerndupagechamber.com, under festivals. For further information, call the Chamber office at (630) 231-3003.
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot Museum, 134 Turner Court, is now open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays.
West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street, is closed on Sundays, now through September 2, 2018.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Jan Jacobsen, who at the age of 79 passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Richard L. “Dick” Kroning, who at the age of 84 passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Robert Jezlor, who at the age of 72 passed away Monday, May 21, 2018.
At the May 15, 2018 meeting, the Community High School District 94 Board of Education signed a contract with the construction manager, Pepper Construction, for years two and three of the construction contract. Kevin Kotche was appointed Treasurer for the upcoming year. Board president Gary Saake explained, “Under State statute, treasurers that are board members are elected for one-year periods.” The Board approved student fees for 2018-19. “This will be the fourth year in a row that fees have been maintained or reduced.” There was approval of contracts for senior administrators. “The multi-year contracts include base increases, plus performance bonuses if annual goals are met. The multi-year contracts also include liquidated damages for early termination if insufficient notice is given.” The District hired a new head football coach, Jack Rustman. He is an assistant coach at Joliet West. His other duties at WCCHS will be a PE/Drivers Ed teacher. Athletic Director Doug Mullaney announced his retirement effective October 2019.
The West Chicago Police Department raised more than $5,000 at the Dunkin’ Donuts “Cop On a Rooftop” event Friday, May 18, 2018. They surpassed its goal of $4,000.
In the Daily Herald’s Readers’ Choice top picks, several West Chicago businesses made the list. St. Andrews Golf and Country Club made the list in several categories, Best Golf Course, Public; Best Golf Store; Best Driving Range and Best Wedding Reception Venue. In the Best Indoor Play Equipment category was The Treehouse of West Chicago Park District. Airhart Construction was in the Best Home Builder Category. In the Best Italian Beef category was Scooby’s Hot Dogs. Entree Kitchen was in the Best Carry-Out category. Although the business is in Carol Stream, the local touch is the owner Diane Beaulieu is a resident of West Chicago.
Cantigny Park opened its new playground, Red Oaks Farm, Memorial Day weekend. However, before its public opening, fourth grade students from Turner School were the first ones to use the playground Thursday, May 25, 2018. Yeimi Vazquez and Jonathan Patino assisted Mayor Ruben Pineda in cutting the red ribbon. There was a personal connection for the choice of Turner School, explained Jeff Reiter, Cantigny Park Senior Manager, Communications. “Patty LaFond, one of the fourth grade teachers, is the wife of Matt LaFond, Cantigny Park Executive Director. So that made coordination easier.” He added, “After the students broke in the new playground for about an hour, we gave them lunch under the new picnic pavilion nearby. The shade felt pretty nice by then!”
Focusing on the History of Cantigny as a working farm, dominant elements look like a grain silo, a storage barn and a water tower, plus there are the usual swings and slide. California redwood and old wine barrels were used for the wooden structures. Daniel Wood Land, a California-based company, created the playground. The company made the playground at Blackberry Farm in Aurora and sets for Disney, Universal Pictures and other movie studios. (www.merleburl.com)
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