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State Rep. Jack D. Franks (third from the left) met with Mayor Brian Sager (center), and other city officials from the City of Woodstock at the Capitol on April 6.

State Rep. Jack D. Franks (third from the left) met with Mayor Brian Sager (center), and other city officials from the City of Woodstock at the Capitol on April 6.


Golf outing fundraiser to benefit St. John the Baptist

The village announced that the 23rd Annual St. John’s Playday Golf Outing and Dinner, a fundraising event to benefit St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School, 2302 W. Church Street, will be held on May 13 at McHenry Country Club, 820 N. John Street, McHenry. Last year’s event raised $55,000, including $7,650 that was spent on new textbooks for students. The goal for 2016 is to generate donations for a new gym floor at the school. The golf outing will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. (including lunch on the course), followed by dinner and a live/silent auction at 6:30 p.m., and a social hour from 7-11 p.m. The cost (including golf, lunch, dinner and social hour) is $150; $125 for senior golf (ages 65 and up); $100 (nine holes of golf); and $10 (social hour only). In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $25 to $2,500. The event also includes a Kali Raffle and a Helicopter Ball Drop, both of which offer cash prizes. To access a registration form, visit For more information, call (815) 790-6396, send an email to or visit

Lake in the Hills

Village opens 2016 Photo Contest to public

The village announced that its 2016 Photo Contest — open to residents and non-residents — is underway. Select photographs (featuring images deemed to best capture life in Lake in the Hills) will be featured on the village calendar and website, and in various village publications. Entrants must be the sole author and owner of all submitted photos, and all submissions will become property of the village. All entries must be submitted/postmarked by May 27 and delivered to/mailed to Village of Lake in the Hills, Administration Department, 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills, Ill. 60156. Photos also can be submitted on CD or sent by email to All entries must be accompanied by an official printed entry form. To access an entry form, and for complete contest details and criteria requirements, visit For more information, call (847) 960-7400.

Fox Lake

Chamber of Commerce to host Spring Wine Walk

The Fox Lake Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry will host Spring Wine Walk: “A Grand Affair” from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 14. The event will begin at Village Hall, 66 Thillen Drive, and continue along Grand Avenue in downtown Fox Lake. Participants will be offered samples of various wines at different Chamber of Commerce business members’ locations. Tickets are $39 per person, and include a “bonus bottle” of wine and a sampling souvenir stemmed wine glass. Tickets are available at the Lakefront Park Building, 71 Nippersink Boulevard or online at For more information, call (847) 587-7474 or visit


Library to host fundraising event at Boulder Ridge

The Huntley Area Public Library, located at 11000 Ruth Road, will host its 2016 Breakfast Fundraiser from 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 11 at Boulder Ridge Country Club, 350 Boulder Drive, Lake in the Hills. The event includes breakfast (scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit, muffins, coffee, tea and juice), and a special program featuring R.J. Lindsey in a portrayal of Benjamin Franklin. Lindsey will tell stories regarding Franklin’s youth, his many inventions, the first public institutions that Franklin helped to create, and key characters from the American Revolution. Admission is $30. Tickets are available at the library’s Information Desk through May 4. For more information, call (847) 669-5386 or visit


Police Dept. offers access to medication disposal box

The city reported that the McHenry Police Department has partnered with CVS Pharmacy to place a medication disposal box in the lobby of the police station, located at 333 S. Green Street. Accepted items include unwanted, unused and expired prescriptions, and over-the-counter drugs. Medications should be in their original containers, with labels intact; personal information can be crossed out. Syringes, needles, thermometers, liquids, bandages, gauze pads, sun block, deodorant, eye drops, skin cream and similar products will not be accepted. For more information, call (815) 363-2200 or visit


Village offers free brush disposal program

The village announced that it will begin its 2016 Curbside Brush Pick-Up program on May 9. The free service is being offered to residents in order to assist with landscape maintenance. The program is designed to dispose of large branches and tree limbs that cannot be disposed of through regular refuse collection. Branches and tree limbs must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. May 9. The process is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, and only one pass will be made through each area. No callbacks will be allowed. For more information, including complete program guidelines, visit www.caryillinois — or call Village Hall at (847) 639-0003.

Spring Grove

Casting for Cures event to benefit childhood cancer research

The village announced that the 2nd Annual Casting for Cures outing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 30 at Spring Grove Hatchery, 2314 Hatchery Road, Spring Grove. The event includes trout fishing, the $5 Biggest Fish Contest (with the top prize of a chartered fishing trip donated by the North Point Charter Boat Association), games, crafts, face painting, bounce houses, trackless train rides, a full petting zoo, a prize drawing and silent auction, and more. Casting for Cures is held in the memory of Cheri Amore, an area resident who passed away at age 17 after battling leukemia for 14 years, and in celebration of Nicole Mendlik, a 7-year-old resident who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2011. Money raised at the event will be donated to the MACC(Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) Fund. MACC is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to the support of research into finding an effective cure for childhood cancer and other related blood disorders. For more information, contact David Mendlik at, call (815) 675-2121 or visit


Conservation Dist. event to feature poetry readings

The McHenry County Conservation District will host “A Celebration of Nature in Poetry” from 3-5 p.m. May 1 at the Coral Woods Conservation Area Shelter, 7400 Somerset. Raue Center For The Arts Poet in Residence Phil Denofrio and special guests will celebrate spring with seasonal readings — of their own works and those of favorite poets — along the trail in a flower-filled woodland at Coral Woods. Participants are encouraged to share their own nature-inspired works as well. The event is intended for ages 10 and up; children between ages 10 and 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for residents, and $5 for non-residents. Online registration ends April 29. For more information, call (815) 338-6223 or visit

–McHenry County News Briefs–