McHenry County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

The 2017 Crystal Lake Home & Garden Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 800 S. Route 31.

McHenry County 

Shammo hired as Assistant State’s Attorney 

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that Judy Shammo has been hired as an Assistant State’s Attorney and will join the Misdemeanor Division. Prior to joining the State’s Attorney’s Office, Shammo worked for a private firm handling foreclosure defense and real estate matters. Shammo completed  her Juris Doctor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and also worked as a 711 intern at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office under the supervision of an attorney handling foreclosure and real estate matters. For more information, call (815) 334-4000 or visit


MCAC to host rabies vaccination and microchip clinic 

The McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center (MCAC) will host a low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic for McHenry County residents from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 16 at its Crystal Lake facility, located at 100 N. Virginia Street (near the intersection of Woodstock Street and Route 14). Appointments are necessary, and for safety purposes, it is strongly recommended that children do not attend the event. In addition, all pets must be leashed or kept in carriers. Animals that are in heat will not be accepted, and information about bite history or dogs that are easily stressed will be requested when making an appointment. The clinic will offer microchipping for $15, and rabies vaccinations for $15 (one year) and $30 (three years). Registration fees are separate and required at the time of rabies vaccination. Registration tags are required by law. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 459-6222. For more information, including the cost of dog registration, visit the Veterinary Public Health section on the McHenry County Health Department website at


Crystal Lake 

Police Dept. to host child safety seat check event 

The Crystal Lake Police Department, Safe Kids McHenry County and Pauly Toyota will host a Child Passenger Safety Seat Check event from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 11 at Pauly Toyota, 1035 S. Route 31. The free event is designed to assist and educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install child safety seats and booster seats. Crystal Lake police officers will conduct the event, along with a representative from Safe Kids McHenry County and a safety traffic liaison from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). For more information, contact Community Relations Officer Ed Pluviose at (815) 356-3731 or via email at — or visit


Home & Garden Show to be held at Holiday Inn 

The 2017 Crystal Lake Home & Garden Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 800 S. Route 31. The two-day event will showcase a wide range of home improvement products and services offered by leading vendors and exhibitors in the architecture and design sectors, as well as other industry-related activities. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (630) 953-2500, send an email to or visit



Library seeks donations of items for food pantry  

In conjunction with its “Have A Heart Week,” the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street, is seeking donations of non-perishable food items. All donated food will be given to the Woodstock Food Pantry for distribution to McHenry County families in need. In addition, the library will waive fines in exchange for canned food donations. Maximum fine clearance is $5 per library card, and amnesty does not apply to lost or damaged charges. Recommended food items include peanut butter and jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, dried milk, soup, noodles and pasta sauce. Bathroom products such as soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and personal care items also are needed. Expired and perishable items will not be accepted. For more information, call (815) 338-0542, send an email to or visit


Lake in the Hills 

Parks & Rec to host Daddy Daughter Enchanted Forest Ball 

The Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department’s Daddy Daughter Enchanted Forest Ball will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate. The event (for dads, and daughters ages 3-11) includes dinner, dancing and a special take-home keepsake. Suits and dresses are suggested as attire for all attendees. The menu includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, a fruit/veggie/cheese tray, meatballs, chicken strips, mac & cheese wedges, and cake and ice cream for dessert. Admission is $35 (residents) and $42 (non-residents) per couple, and $15 (residents) and $17 (non-residents) for each additional child. To register, and for more information, call (847) 960-7460 or visit



 Winners of 2017 Business Awards Program named 

The village’s Economic Development Commission announced the winners of the 2017 Business Awards Program during a special presentation, held Feb. 7 at the Ganek Municipal Center. The program is designed to recognize local businesses, in a variety of categories, for their efforts to support the community. This year’s recipients include Buona Restaurant, 501 S. Main Street; and Thorntons, 2095 E. Algonquin Road (New Development Architectural Award); The Dog Waggin’, 1400 S. Main Street (Community Service Award); Next Door Storage, 1910 E. Algonquin Road (Rehabilitation Award); and Art Van Furniture, 1500 S. Randall Road; Nordstrom Rack, 1808 S. Randall Road; and Clarendale of Algonquin, 2001 W. Algonquin Road (Community Economic Impact Award). Each recipient was presented with an individual plaque in recognition of the honor. For more information, call (847) 658-2700 or visit



Pig Roast/Silent Auction to benefit area Boy Scouts   

The village announced that the 23rd Annual Boy Scout Troop 455 Pig Roast and Silent Auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Johnsburg Community Club, 2315 W. Church Street. The menu includes slow-roasted pulled pork, mashed potatoes and brown gravy, green beans, corn, sauerkraut, cinnamon applesauce, garden salad, breadsticks, assorted pies, cakes and pastries, and lemonade, milk, coffee and tea. Dine-in is all you can eat; carryout will be available. Participants in the Silent Auction (beginning at 11 a.m.) can bid on gift baskets, gift certificates, party packs and more. Bidders need not be present to win. Meal tickets are $12 (adults), $10 (ages 65 and up) and $7 (ages 4-10). Proceeds will benefit Boys Scout Troop 455. For tickets, and more information, call (815) 307-8489 or visit