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The final piece of the Woodstock on Film and on the Stage Mural and Sculpture Garden — the newly bronzed Orson Welles statue — has been scheduled for public dedication at an unveiling ceremony at 6:30 p.m. June 8 in the Main Street Pedway.

McHenry County

County offers no-charge tire recycling event

The McHenry County Department of Health and McHenry County Division of Transportation are providing a no-charge tire recycling event for pre-registered McHenry County residents from 8 a.m. to noon June 16 at the MCDOT facility, located at 16111 Nelson Road, Woodstock. The event is intended as an opportunity for residents to remove used tires from properties in order to help eliminate potential disease-causing mosquito breeding sites. Only tires from pre-registered McHenry County residents will be accepted, and the number of tires per participant may be limited. Tires are limited to light truck, passenger vehicle and smaller-sized tires, and all tires must be removed from the metal rim and free of water, mud and other debris. Tires from commercial businesses will not be accepted. In addition, other types of recyclable materials or waste will not be collected at this event. To pre-register, call the Division of Environmental Health at 815-334-4585. For more information, visit

MCC nets new scholarship for veterinary students

McHenry County College announced that the Reiland family of unincorporated McHenry County has established a $2,500 scholarship for two veterinary assistant students at MCC. The Reiland Family Veterinary Scholarship, the college’s first-ever scholarship for a Workforce Training and Professional Programs course at MCC, will cover half of the course fee for two students each semester. Kathy Reiland, owner of Gypsy Glen K-9 Kastle Pet Resort, in McHenry, and a former MCC student, has been active in dog-related training throughout her career. She is the former director of training for search and Rescue Dogs of Illinois and has partnered with the Illinois State Police to start the Accelerant Detector Dog Program. Reiland also helped to start the Canine Unit at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. The MCC Veterinary Assistant training program is one of three programs in Illinois recognized by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the agency that certifies veterinary assistants. For more information, call 815-455-8721 or visit

Trio of high school musicals nominated for awards

Community High School District 155 reported that Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge high schools earned a combined five nominations in Chicago’s Illinois High School Music Theater Awards program. Cary-Grove earned nominations for Best Production, Best Actor (Justin O’Brien) and Best Actress (Alyssa DiRaimondo) for its production of “Seussical.” Crystal Lake South’s production of “Peter Pan” earned the nomination for Best Scenic Design, and Prairie Ridge also earned a nomination for Best Scenic Design for its production of “In the Heights.” A total of 80 high school musicals throughout the state took part in this year’s IHSMTA program. For more information, call 815-455-8500 or visit

Fox Lake

Yard waste stickers available at downtown market 

The village announced that yard waste stickers are now available for purchase in downtown Fox Lake at Val’s Fresh Market, 17 Town Centre Lane. The cost is $3.03 for individual stickers and $15.15 for a full sheet (5 stickers). Yard waste must be placed in yard waste bags with the sticker displayed or it will not be picked up. Residents should place bagged yard waste at curbside on the same day as the regularly scheduled trash pick-up day. The yard waste pick-up season runs until Nov. 30. For more information, call 847-587-2151 or visit    


Unveiling ceremony on tap for Orson Welles statue

The final piece of the Woodstock on Film and on the Stage Mural and Sculpture Garden — the newly bronzed Orson Welles statue — has been scheduled for public dedication at an unveiling ceremony at 6:30 p.m. June 8 in the Main Street Pedway. The 3/4-sized statue mold of Welles was donated by Woodstock artist Bobby Joe Scribner, a professional sculptor and instructor at the American Academy of Art. The bronzing of the intricately detailed piece, by Jeff Adams of InBronze, was completed following a final donation from Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre. The base for the statue was poured last fall awaiting the project’s completion. Almost $6,000 was raised by the volunteer Steering Committee, in addition to a grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation. In addition to the mural, the public art project features an educational graphic panel describing the importance of Woodstock’s depicted legends (Chester Gould/Dick Tracy, the Stars of the Opera House, the film, “Groundhog Day” and Welles), as well as a donor plaque commemorating the 100 community members who funded the project privately, and the Sculpture Garden, which includes a large, carved wooden groundhog created by woodcrafter Michael Bihlmaier. For more information, call 815-338-4301 or visit


Heineman student a winner in DAR history contest

Huntley Community School District 158 reported that the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently recognized Heineman Middle School 8th-grade student John Fiandaca as the school- and district-level winner in its American History Contest. The local contest, sponsored by The Fox Valley Chapter of DAR, a women’s organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, historic preservation and better education for children, aims to help students learn about American history and share their knowledge in the form of an essay. The contest is open to students in grades 5-8 with one winner possible per grade level. This year’s topic was, “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.” Students were required to imagine they were living in 1918, and describe where they living and how the end of the war would impact daily life. For more information, call 847-659-6158 or visit


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