McHenry County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

The McHenry County Department of Health, in conjunction with LifeSource, will hold an on-site blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 at the McHenry County Animal Control (MCAC) facility, located at 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake.

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Dept. of Health to hold blood drive at MCAC facility

The McHenry County Department of Health, in conjunction with LifeSource, will hold an on-site blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 at the McHenry County Animal Control (MCAC) facility, located at 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake. Participating donors will receive a McDonald’s gift card. Appointments for the blood drive can be made by contacting LifeSource at (877) 543-3768 or online at Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call MCAC at (815) 459-6222 or visit


Historical event on tap at Powers-Walker House

The McHenry County Conservation District will host a session of its Living History Open House series from noon to 4 p.m. July 16 at the historic Powers-Walker House, located in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. This month’s edition features the Miller family, inhabitants of the area during the World War I era. The event includes war-time memorabilia, and volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to tell stories and answer questions. Registration is not required. For more information, call (815) 338-6223 or visit



City to host open house meeting on intersection project

The city announced that it will host an open house meeting concerning a proposed plan for the intersection of South Street, Madison Street and Lake Street from 5-7 p.m. July 13 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a project intended to replace the existing all-way-stop controlled intersection with a modern roundabout, and obtain public input. Project exhibits will be on display for review, and attendees will have an opportunity to provide comments in an open house-style format. City representatives, and consultants, will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions. In addition, written comments can be submitted at the meeting or via email at For more information, contact Public Works Director Jeff Van Landuyt at (815) 338-6118 or via email at — or visit



Haley named finance director to replace retired Chernak

The village reported that Cathy Haley has been hired as Huntley’s new finance director. Haley, previously the finance director for the City of DeKalb, replaces Jennifer Chernak, who retired in May after more than 15 years of service with the village. Chernak was hired in 2001 as Huntley’s first finance director, and later added human resources to her responsibilities. During her tenure, Chernak helped develop employee wellness programs, oversaw construction of the Municipal Complex, and prepared award-winning budget and financial documents as the village’s population grew from 5,700 to more than 26,000 residents. Haley, who has more than 20 years of municipal financial experience, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Haley began her duties in Huntley on June 12.


Crystal Lake

 Police Dept. offers Citizen Police Academy program

The village announced that the Crystal Lake Police Department, 100 W. Woodstock St., is now accepting applications for its Citizen Police Academy (CPA). The 11-week program will run from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 7 and ending Nov. 16. The CPA is comprised of a series of classes, discussions and demonstrations designed to give participants a working knowledge of the police department and its operations. Participants must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check, and complete an application and waiver and liability form. Forms are available on the city’s website ( and at the police department, and must be submitted by Aug. 11 for consideration. For more information, contact Officer Ed Pluviose at (815) 356-3731 or via email at



 Library to host special program with military author

The Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, will present American Doughboys in WWI, a special, theater-style program featuring award-winning military expert/author Robert Mueller, from 7-9 p.m. July 19. Mueller, author of “Fields of War: Fifty Key Battlefields in France and Belgium” and “Fields of War: Battle of Normandy,” will take attendees on a journey across the battlefields of northern France while discussing the events, people and places contributing to the defeat of German Kaiser Wilhelm II in World War I. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. To register, and for more information, call (847) 639-4210 or visit



Railway Museum offers Day Out with Thomas event

The Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, will host Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017, on July 15 and 16. Activities include separate 20-minute train rides with Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy, an appearance by Sir Topham Hatt, clowns, magic shows, a garden model railroad display and live music, as well as unlimited rides on streetcars and access to all museum exhibits. Tickets are $21 each, plus an additional $10 for the Percy train ride. Food, snacks and beverages will be available at several locations on the museum grounds. Parking is free; the parking lot opens at 7:30 a.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. For tickets, and more information, call (815) 923-4000 or visit



PAWfest 2017 on tap at Animal House Shelter

The Animal House Shelter, 13005 Ernesti Road, will host PAWfest 2017 from noon to 4 p.m. July 15. The event includes low-cost vaccinations and micro-chipping (provided by VCA Noyes Animal Hospital), nail trims and trim-and-grind (provided by Wet Noses Mobile Grooming), a professional pet photographer, face painting, a giant water slide, a dunk tank, a 50/50 raffle and other raffle items, food and beverages, shelter gear for sale and more. Admission is free. The event is open to all area residents and pets. For more information, call (847) 961-5541, send an email to or visit

–McHenry County News Briefs–