McHenry County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

The Johnsburg Educational Partnership Foundation (JEPF) will host the 3rd Annual Sprint to Summer 5K Run/Walk, beginning at 9 a.m. April 29 at Hiller Park, 5500 Skyhawk Lane, followed by the 1st Annual JEPF Paws in the Park Pet Parade at 10 a.m. (JEPF photo)

 McHenry County

 Miller wins Dept. of Health’s 2017 Anti-Tobacco Contest

The McHenry County Department of Health announced that Gabrielle Miller was selected as the winner of the 2017 Anti-Tobacco Contest. The theme for this year’s contest was, “Don’t Let Your Future Go Up in Smoke.” The campaign, open to county high school and McHenry County College students, called for illustrating the theme by creating a billboard-style poster. Miller’s winning design was chosen based on overall appeal and originality of the anti-tobacco message. Miller, a 2013 graduate of Huntley High School, attends McHenry County College and studies graphic design. She also is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. To view Miller’s winning design, and for more information, visit


Island Lake

 Village to host Dinner Dance Fireworks Fundraiser

The Village of Island Lake Dinner Dance Fireworks Fundraiser will be held from 7-11 p.m. April 22 at Westridge Banquet Hall, 628 E. State Road. The event includes a buffet dinner with carving station and chocolate fountain, a full cash bar, a live auction and 50/50 raffles, and dancing with entertainment provided by DJ Wayne. Dress is semi-formal. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Admission is $30 per person (if paid in advance at Village Hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., by April 15) and $35 at the door. Proceeds will go toward the free 4th of July Family Picnic, the Lakefest Fireworks Show (July 8) and the free Concerts in the Park series. To access a registration form, visit For more information, call Tina Loos at (847) 526-4851 or Mark Beeson at (847) 650-8410.



Fundraiser for JEPF offers 5K run/walk, pet parade

The Johnsburg Educational Partnership Foundation (JEPF) will host the 3rd Annual Sprint to Summer 5K Run/Walk, beginning at 9 a.m. April 29 at Hiller Park, 5500 Skyhawk Lane, followed by the 1st Annual JEPF Paws in the Park Pet Parade at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall finishers in the 5K Run/Walk, to be held in the neighborhood streets surrounding Hiller Park. The registration fee is $35 (adults) and $20 (students). After the race, family-friendly pets can compete in the Paws in the Park event in various categories, including Best Pet Costume, Most Original Costume and Best Costume Duo (pet and owner). The entry fee is $10 per pet. Proceeds from both events will benefit JEPF, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing students of Johnsburg School District 12 with valuable educational opportunities not funded through traditional sources. To register for either event, visit For more information, call (815) 900-3366 or send an email to



 Village to host Green & Clean Huntley Day

The village will host Green & Clean Huntley Day on April 22. The event includes electronics recycling and paper/document destruction (for residents only; IDs will be checked) from 9 a.m. to noon in the Municipal Complex parking lot, 10987 E. Main Street. Acceptable items for recycling include cable receivers, computers, digital converter boxes, DVRs, electronic keyboards and mice, fax machines, microwave and toaster ovens, printers, portable digital music players, power tools, satellite receivers, scanners, small-scale servers, vacuum cleaners, VCRs and video game consoles, Only one television or one computer monitor will be accepted per vehicle. Participants in the document shredding event will receive a certificate of destruction for materials taken to be destroyed. The Gently-Used Book Drive also will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Municipal Complex. Collected books will be donated to non-profit organizations. In addition, Spring Cleaning Drop-Off (for residents only) will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon at Public Works, located at East Main Street and Donald Drive. Dumpsters will be available, and volunteers will be on hand to help unload vehicles. Yard waste, hazardous waste, liquid waste, medical waste, batteries, motor oil, tires and white goods (refrigerators, ovens, etc.) will not be accepted. The Green & Clean event also includes free mulch pick-up at Public Works, and one-hour tours (between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.) of the West Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at West Main Street and Kreutzer Road. For more information, call (847) 515-5262, send an email to or visit


Crystal Lake

Park Dist. to host Family Bingo and Pizza Night 

The Crystal Lake Park District will host Family Bingo and Pizza Night from 6-8 p.m. April 21 at Grand Oaks Recreation Center, 1401 W. Route 176. The family-oriented event includes pizza, classic Bingo and other variations of the game, and more. All participants will receive a special prize at the end of the event. Admission is $10 per person. All family members must register. The registration deadline is April 14; no walk-in registration will be allowed. To sign up, and for more information, contact Jessica Ortega at (815) 459-0680, Ext. 1213 or via email at — or visit



 Village earns Tree City USA honors for 21st year

In recognition of its commitment to effective forest management, Algonquin has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. It marks the 21st year in which the village has received the designation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Forestry and the USDA Forest Service. Algonquin met the four standards required to earn the recognition: maintaining a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with at annual expenditures of last $2 per capita, and having an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. For more information, call Public Works at (847) 658-2700 or visit