McHenry County News Briefs

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The McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center (MCAC) is hosting a low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic for pets of McHenry County residents from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 1 at its Crystal Lake facility, located at 100 N. Virginia Street (near the intersection of Woodstock Street and Route 14).

McHenry County

MCAC to host low-cost rabies vaccination/microchip event

The McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center (MCAC) is hosting a low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic for pets of McHenry County residents from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 1 at its Crystal Lake facility, located at 100 N. Virginia Street (near the intersection of Woodstock Street and Route 14). All pets must be leashed or in carriers, and cannot be in heat. Rabies vaccinations are $15 for one year and $30 for three years. Registration fees are separate and required at the time of vaccination (registration tags are required by law). Discounts for senior residents apply and for pets previously spayed or neutered. Microchips will be available for $15. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling MCAC at (815) 459-6222. For more information on rabies vaccinations, registration fees, microchips and adoption specials, visit

Dept. of Health seeks public input on ordinance changes

The McHenry County Department of Health has conducted its annual review of the Public Health Ordinance and is inviting public comment concerning the proposal of several revisions. The proposed changes have been approved by the Board of Health, and require review and adoption by the McHenry County Board. The major change to the ordinance includes the adoption of the current Illinois Food Code, which is based upon the 2013 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Retail Food Code. Changes also include minor technical updates in public health nuisance and animal control, and correction of minor errors or omissions. Updates to Nursing Division services also are included. A copy of the draft ordinance is available for review on the Department of Health webpage ( Comments and questions can be submitted via email to, directly to staff at (815) 334-4510 or during a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the McHenry County Department of Health, 100 N. Virginia Street, Crystal Lake. All comments will be summarized and provided to the County Board for consideration. For more information, visit

Fox Lake

Police Dept. to host Halloween Howl

The village announced that the Fox Lake Police Department, 301 N. Route 59, will host Halloween Howl from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 30. The event provides an opportunity for residents to meet members of the Police Department, and includes hayrides, children’s games, treats, bouncy houses, hot dogs, hot chocolate and candy apples. Admission is free. In addition, the village announced that 2017 trick-or-treat hours will be 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, call (847) 587-2151 or visit


Jewel-Osco unveils plans for new store in village

The village reported that representatives from Jewel-Osco recently appeared before the Village Board and the Plan Commission to present conceptual site plans and building elevations for a new 62,794-square-foot grocery store at the northeast corner of Route 47 and Reed Road. The new Jewel store will focus on fresh and prepared foods, and will include a drive-thru Osco pharmacy, a Starbucks coffee shop, a cafe and a seating area. The cost for the project is estimated at $17 million and is expected to bring 160 new jobs to the area. In addition to bringing a much-desired anchor tenant to the north side of town, the project is expected to spur additional economic development interest to this growing area of the village. For more information, call (847) 515-5200 or visit

Lake in the Hills

Parks & Rec. Dept. to host Halloween-themed event

The village announced that the Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department will host Lunch with Goblins & Halloween Egg Haunt from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 28 at Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate. Children (ages 5 and up) can wear their Halloween costumes and hunt for “boo-licious bites” (limit of 12 eggs per child) in the Egg Haunt, and then enjoy a lunch of cheese pizza, chips and a drink. All children must be supervised by an adult. Admission is $15 (residents) and $18 (non-residents) per participant. Advance registration is required and due by Oct. 27. To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 960-7460 or visit


Police Dept. to host drug take-back event

The Cary Police Department, in participation with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Take-Back Initiative, will host a drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Personnel will be on hand at the Police Department, 654 Village Hall Drive, to accept unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications for proper disposal. No syringes or liquids will be accepted. The Police Department also has a permanent drug drop-off container in the lobby of the station for residents unable to attend the take-back event. For more information, call (847) 639-0003 or visit    

Crystal Lake

Park Dist. to host State of the Lake Meeting

The Crystal Lake Park District will host the 2017 State of the Lake Meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Park Place Banquets, 406 W. Woodstock Street. The Park District’s lake manager, Hey and Associates, Inc., will give an overview of the health of Crystal Lake, including data from its studies on water quality, invasive species, aquatic vegetation and inflows/outflows. In addition, Bob Kirschner, Curator of Aquatic Plant and Urban Lake Studies at Chicago Botanic Garden, will conduct a special presentation, entitled, “But What Will the Neighbors Think? Creating Landscapes That Are Easy on the Eye and Great for the Environment.” For more information, call (815) 459-0680 or visit


Fall Book Sale on tap at Eastgate Branch Library

The Friends of the Algonquin Area Public Library will host its annual Fall Book Sale from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 2 ($10 entry fee; one day only), 4-8 p.m. Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Eastgate Branch Library, 115 Eastgate Drive. Purchases of coffee table editions, children’s books, collectible DVDs and other selections will help the Friends support the Algonquin Area Public Library District in providing continuous educational opportunities and resources. For more information, call (847) 658-4343 or visit


–McHenry County News Briefs–