King named Conservation Dist. Chief of Police
The McHenry County Conservation District announced that Laura King, of Johnsburg, has been named the district’s new Chief of Police. King previously worked for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, she served with the McHenry County Police Department for 20 years, ending her tenure as Commander. King joins the McHenry County Conservation District as the third Chief of Police since the district’s police department was established in 1986. She replaces previous chief Jeff Diedrick, who recently retired after serving in the position for 15 years. For more information, call 815-338-6223 or visit www.mccdistrict.org.
Applications available for annual scholarship fund
Friends of Lakemoor, IL announced that applications are now being accepted for the annual Lakemoor Scholarship Fund. The fund offers financial assistance to selected applicants from the Lakemoor community who choose to pursue higher education. Applicants must be a Lakemoor resident graduating from high school in the spring of 2019; must be attending a university, college or community college or trade school in the fall of 2019; and must be of good moral character. Completed applications must be submitted (by March 15) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Lakemoor Scholarship Fund, 517 Northlake Ave., Lakemoor, Ill. 60051. Any incomplete or late applications will be disqualified. The Lakemoor Scholarship Board will conduct reviews, and the award winners will be notified in early summer. To access and application, visit www.lakemoorscholarshipfund.net. For more information, call 815-385-1117 or visit www.lakemoor.net.
Parks and Rec to host Family Game Night
The village announced that the Fox Lake Parks and Recreation Department will host Family Game Night from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Lakefront Park Building, 71 Nippersink Blvd. The family-friendly event includes puzzles, board games, cards, dodge ball and other sports and activities in the main gym area. Admission is free. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 224-225-1404 or visit www.foxlake.org.
Furniture chain to open superstore at Crystal Point
The city announced that Steinhafels Furniture will open a new superstore in the Crystal Point Mall Shopping Center (between Best Buy and Ross Dress for Less), 5846 Northwest Highway, at 10 a.m. Feb. 15. The new store will be Steinhafels’ second Illinois location. Steinhafels is a fourth-generation, family owned business and is considered Wisconsin’s No. 1 furniture retailer. Steinhafels made substantial investments to refresh and rebuild the existing space on Northwest Highway. The 99,089-square-foot superstore will offer an extensive selection of home decor, mattresses and furniture, including seasonal furniture, as well as a clearance center and more. For more information, call 847-459-2020 or visit www.crystallake.org.
Public hearing to address zoning proposal
The village announced that the Cary Board of Zoning, Planning and Appeals (ZPA) will hold a formal public hearing at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive, to consider recommending to Mayor Mark Kownick and the Board of Trustees adoption of the proposed Unified Development Ordinance and Zoning Map. During the public hearing, the ZPA will hear testimony and consider any evidence provided by persons interested in speaking on the topic. The village invites any residents or property owners who are interested in learning about the proposed code updates to attend this meeting and participate. For more information, call 847-639-0003 or visit www.caryliinois.com.
Lake in the Hills
Airport rolls out series of ‘green’ initiatives
Lake in the Hills 3CK Airport has undertaken several “green” initiatives in conjunction with its goal of incorporating more environmentally sustainable practices into its operation. The first initiative was rolled out in December with the introduction of new fuel management software. The old system consisted of a point-of-sale credit card machine with paper receipts The new cloud-based software offers the ability to send digital receipts for full-service fuel transactions, thereby cutting down on the amount of paper necessary to process fuel purchases. The airport also completed its transition to LED lighting in the non-movement and landslide areas. All of the village-owned hangars are now running a full complement of efficient LED lighting. In addition, village staff continues to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to bring a solar farm to the airport. The farm would reduce the cost of electricity purchased by the airport while introducing a renewable source of energy. For more information, call 815-479-7960 or visit www.lith.org/airport.
Former teacher/coach Morozink nets award
Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 reported that retired teacher and coach Rick Morozink recently was honored as the 2019 Woodstock D200 Education Foundation winner of the Sue Palmore Award of Excellence. Morozink, known to former students as “Mr. Mo,” began teaching at then Olson Middle School in 1973. Over the next 30-plus years, he taught sixth-grade science, math and history and coached boys and girls basketball at Olson, and eventually at Creekside Middle School. Though Morozink officially retired in 2011, he maintains a presence at Creekside at least a few times a week as a substitute teacher, classroom volunteer, assistant basketball coach and more. For more information, call 815-338-8200 or visit www.woodstockschools.org.
–McHenry County News Briefs–