Environmental Defenders re-open Styrofoam Collection Program
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County recently announced the re-opening of its Styrofoam Collection Program. In addition to accepting clear Styrofoam (no food residue), expanded polystyrene and packing peanuts at its monthly recycling drives, the Environmental Defenders (a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and improvement of the environment) will accept the same items from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday through Friday at the Algonquin Township Highway Department, 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake. The Environmental Defenders also announced a new partnership with U-Haul of Crystal Lake for the purpose of transferring Styrofoam from collection sites to a warehouse for pick-up by The Dart Company, a Wisconsin-based partner in the team effort to keep Styrofoam from landfills. Styrofoam is a non-renewable product made from petroleum that can break down into small pieces and negatively affect watersheds, oceans, land and air if not properly recycled. For more information, call 815-338-0393 or visit www.mcdef.org.
Lakemoor Fest offers wide variety of activities
The village announced that Lakemoor Fest will be held from 4-11 p.m. Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to midnight Aug. 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at Morrison Park, 233 Rand Road. The event includes daily carnival rides, a variety of food and beverage vendors, the Kids Fishing Derby (ages 15 and under), a treasure hunt (ages 3-12), a horseshoe tournament and beanbag tournament ($20 per team), and a fireworks show (9:30 p.m. Aug. 12). Live music includes Modern Day Romeos (8 p.m. Aug. 11), Hans and the Hormones (7 p.m. Aug. 12) and additional live entertainment on Aug. 13. Admission is free. For more information, call 815-385-1117 or visit www.lakemoor.net.
Nolan among winners in statewide photo contest
McHenry resident Ben Nolan recently placed second in the Illinois State Treasurer’s Ag Invest “Cream of the Crop” photo contest, in the Ages 15-18 category. The annual contest offers an opportunity for Illinois students to submit photos that depict their vision of agriculture in the state. First-, second- and third-place winners were announced in three categories: Ages 8-10, Ages 11-14 and Ages 15-18. The winning photos will be featured in Ag Invest marketing materials and displayed at the Illinois State Fair (Aug. 10-20). Ag Invest, one of the nation’s largest agriculture-linked deposit programs, helps hundreds of Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals secure long-term, low-interest loans used for operating costs, equipment and livestock purchases, and other industry related costs.
Village to host National Night Out event
The village announced that Richmond’s Night Out, in conjunction with National Night Out 2017, will be held from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Richmond-Burton High School, 8311 Route 31. The family-oriented, community event includes safety demonstrations, food and beverages, games, activities and more. Members of the Village Board of Trustees, and representatives from local businesses, the Richmond Fire Protection District and the Richmond Township Police Department will be on hand as well. Admission is free; attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to help stock a local food pantry. For more information, call 815-678-4040 or visit www.richmond-il.com.
Huntley wrestler Ferrante earns All-America honors
Huntley Community School District 158 reported that Huntley High School incoming sophomore David Ferrante placed third in the Cadet Freestyle 160-pound bracket at the USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet National Tournament, held July 16 in Fargo, North Dakota. Ferrante is the first Huntley wrestler to earn All-America status at the National Tournament, the largest high school wrestling event in the country. Ferrante will return to the Red Raiders varsity wrestling team this fall after posting a fourth-place finish (152 pounds) as a freshman in last season’s IHSA state tournament.
JEPF 5K Run/Walk and Paws in the Park Pet Parade
The 3rd Annual JEPF (Johnsburg Educational Partnership Foundation) Sprint to Summer 5K Run/Walk and 1st Annual JEPFPaws in the Park Pet Parade will be held Aug. 19 at Hiller Park, 5500 Skyhawk Lane. The 5K Run/Walk will kick off at 9 a.m. and run through the neighborhood streets surrounding Hiller Park. Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall finishers in the Adult (ages 19 and up) and Student (ages 18 and under) categories. Following the race, the Pet Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on a course encompassing the grassy area of Hiller Park. Festively attired pets will compete in the following categories: Best Pet Costume, Most Original Costume and Best Costume Duo (Pet & Owner). Pre-registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $38 (Adult) and $22.50 (Student), and includes a race T-shirt and after-race snacks. Pre-registration for the Pet Parade is $12 per pet. All participating pets must have proof of current vaccinations and be leashed. Pre-registration for both events is due by Aug. 17. Walk-up registration will be accepted for both events ($5 additional fee). Proceeds will benefit JEPF, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing D 12 students with valuable educational opportunities not funded through traditional sources. To sign up, and for more information, visit www.jepf.org — or call 815-900-3366.
Lake in the Hills
Village to host Kincaid Memorial Fishing Tournament
The village announced that the Connor Kincaid Memorial Fishing Tournament will be held Aug. 19 at Indian Trail Beach, 228 Indian Trail. The tournament will run from 8-11 a.m., followed by lunch and an awards celebration at 11:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $8 and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Fishing equipment and boats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is available online at www.epayillinois.com/Home/ShowSiteLandPage/2705. Day-of-event registration will be available on-site from 7:30-8 a.m. For more information, call 847-960-7460 or visit www.lith.org.
–McHenry County News Briefs–