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The property development of Willow Crystal Lake has been a true labor of love, as more than 150 church volunteers have put in 10,000 plus hours of work — from painting to installing flooring and everything in-between.

McHenry County

Dept. of Health to hold paint collection event

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) will hold a single-day paint collection event (for pre-registered McHenry County residents only) from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 in the north parking lot of the McHenry County Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. Unused paint will be collected at no charge and recycled into new paint, driveway seal coating or plastic. Once emptied, the steel and plastic containers will be recycled as well. Latex paint, latex/water-based stains, and oil-based paints and stains will be accepted. All paint and stains must be in their original containers. Paint from businesses or commercial entities will not be accepted. Spray or aerosol paint products, varnish or water sealant products, solvents, chemicals, driveway sealers or roofing products will not be accepted. All participants must be pre-registered and are required to provide the number and size of the paint containers to be recycled. To pre-register, and for more information, call (815) 334-4585. To view the event flyer, visit

Crystal Lake

Police Dept. to host prescription drug take-back event 

The city announced that the Crystal Lake Police Department will host a DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Municipal Complex parking lot, located at 100 W. Woodstock St. The event is intended to provide a safe and convenient way for residents to discard unwanted medications. Participants will be greeted by police department personnel for collection of unwanted or expired prescription medications. Needles (sharps), ointments, lotions, liquids, thermometers, inhalers and hydrogen peroxide will not be accepted. For more information, contact Officer Ed Pluviose at (815) 356-3731 or via email at — or visit

Willow Crystal Lake to hold grand opening party

Willow Crystal Lake, 100 South Main St., Crystal Lake will host a Grand Opening Party and services at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Oct. 22. Following a service with great music and an inspirational message by Lead Pastor Marcus Bieschke, festivities will include fun for the whole family, such as Touch-a-Truck experiences, kid’s inflatables, lawn games, a live broadcast from Star 105.5 and two giant walls covered in Country Donuts for a celebratory treat. The centrally located new space in downtown Crystal Lake allows the church to further engage with and better serve the needs of the local community. The property development has been a true labor of love, as more than 150 church volunteers have put in 10,000 plus hours of work — from painting to installing flooring and everything in-between.


City to begin bulk/bagged leaf collection program

The city announced that its bulk/bagged leaf collection program will begin Oct. 23. Bulk (machine collection) of leaves will run through Nov. 17. Residents can rake leaves to the parkway (not in the street) by 7 a.m. on Monday of their collection week. Bulk leaf collection begins north of the railroad tracks on Nov. 6, and south of the railroad tracks on Oct. 30. The final round of bulk leaf collection begins north of the tracks on Nov. 6, and south of the tracks on Nov. 13. Bagged collection of leaves will run through Dec. 1. Leaves in compostable paper bags may be placed curbside. Bagged collection can be scheduled by contacting the Public Works Department at (815) 338-6118 or via email at The city does not allow any open burning of leaves or other material. For more information, call the Public Works Department or visit

Library to host educational seminar on Medicare

The Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St., will host The A, B, C & D of Medicare: Understanding Your Medicare Choices, an educational seminar for adults, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The program will be presented by Jane Sanchez of Aegis Resources, Inc. Sanchez will provide information and resources about choosing a Medicare plan or reviewing existing coverage, as well as other critical information about various Medicare plans. The program also will be held Nov. 15. To register, and for more information, call (815) 338-0542 or visit

Fox River Grove

Fall Fun and Haunted Forest 2017 on tap

The village announced that the Special Events Committee and the Fox River Grove Firefighters Association will host Fall Fun and Haunted Forest 2017 from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Algonquin Road Elementary School, 975 Algonquin Road. Fall Fun includes kids’ games, pumpkin decorating, a hayride and other activities. In addition, Fox River Grove Boy Scout Troop 166 will have popcorn, hot chocolate and bottled water available for purchase. Haunted Forest will begin at 6 p.m. with the Not-So-Scary Walk through the forest (until 7 p.m.), followed by the Scary Walk (until 10 p.m.). Admission to Fall Fun is free. Tickets for Haunted Forest will be available for purchase at the entrance. For more information, call (847) 639-3170 or visit


Village re-opens Styrofoam collection site

The village, in partnership with the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, announced the re-opening of its Styrofoam collection site at the Public Works Facility, 110 Meyer Road. Collection is available of 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Styrofoam collected at this site and others is transported to a warehouse at Chicago Logistic Service, in Elgin, and then transported via semi-trailer to Dart Corporation, in Aurora, to be up-cycled. Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) is a plastic product made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that breaks down into smaller pieces over time, resulting in pollution and contamination of water resources, among other environmental consequences. The Environmental Defenders advocate up-cycling Styrofoam to prevent it from inundating landfills. For more information, call (815) 338-0393 or visit


Village to host Sunday Fun Day on the Square

The village announced that Sunday Fun Day on the Square will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at Huntley Town Square, located on Coral Street between Woodstock and Church streets. The event includes the Trick or Treat 5K Trot for Special Olympics (beginning at 11 a.m.), the Family Costume Parade, horse-drawn hayrides, Trunk or Treat on Church Street (sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church), a live performance by the DuPage Band, family games and kids crafts (sponsored by First Congregational Church) and food tents. In addition, Pete’s Pumpkins will have pumpkins, corn stalks and Indian corn available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, call (847) 515-5262 or visit



–McHenry County News Briefs–