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The 2018 Fox Lake Polar Plunge will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd.

McHenry County

Nominations sought for McHenry County Green Awards

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) and the McHenry County Solid Waste Advisory Committee are seeking nominations for the 2018 McHenry County Green Awards. Entries will be considered based on environmentally sound waste reduction or recycling efforts, innovation, and education/encouragement of participation. Award-winners will be selected by the McHenry County Sold Waste Advisory Committee and will be recognized at special events throughout the year. One award will be chosen in each of the following classifications: Business (manufacturing, retail, offices, hotels, restaurants); Institution (schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, government); Organization (associations, clubs, volunteer groups); and Individual. Nomination forms are available online at and will be accepted through March 5. Nomination forms can be sent to Solid Waste Manager Kristy Hecke by email ( or by fax ((815) 334-4637). For more information, call (815) 334-4585 or visit

Conservation Dist. to host meetings on camping concept

The McHenry County Conservation District is hosting a pair of informational meetings concerning a proposed luxury camping experience at Fox Bluff Conservation Area (formerly known as Camp Algonquin), located at 1889 Cary-Algonquin Road, Cary. Area residents are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Riverfront Lodge, 216 River Road, Trout Valley — or at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Attendees will learn about the proposed luxury camping site (including plans for indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, walking trails, riverfront views and luxurious rental accommodations), meet the co-founders of Barrington-based Modcamp, LLC, and have an opportunity to ask questions about the concept. For more information, call (815) 338-6223 or visit

Fox Lake

Fox Lake Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

The 2018 Fox Lake Polar Plunge will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd. The event, presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois, offers participants an opportunity to support Special Olympics by taking a leap into the frigid waters of Fox Lake. Participants must raise at least $100 in donations from friends, family members and co-workers in order take a plunge. Plungers will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. Participants who raise the minimum of $100 will receive an official Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt. Other prizes will be awarded at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels. The deadline for registration is 11:45 p.m. Feb. 24. Check-in will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the day of the event. To register online, visit www. For more information, call the Fox Lake Parks and Recreation Department at (224) 225-1402 or visit

Lake in the Hills

Village offers free electronics recycling pick-up

The village announced that curbside electronics recycling will take place the week of Feb. 19 on regularly scheduled garbage pick-up days. To confirm an electronics recycling pick-up, call Flood Brothers Disposal at 630-261-0578. Flood Brothers Disposal provides all commercial, single-family and residential waste service for the village. Collection of materials is between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. once per week. Approved electronics, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs will be collected free of charge during the third week of every month. For more information, call (847) 960-7400 or visit

Spring Grove

Community Spaghetti Dinner to aid food pantry 

The village announced that the Richmond/Spring Grove Community Spaghetti Dinner, presented by the Richmond-Spring Grove Area Rotary Club, will be held from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Christmas Tree Barn at Richardson Farm, 9407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove. The dinner includes spaghetti, bread, salad, soft drinks, coffee and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Raffle items also will be available. Tickets are $12 (adults), $10 (ages 65 and up), $5 (ages 10 and under) and free (under age 5). All proceeds will benefit the Richmond/Spring Grove Community Food Pantry. Tickets are available for purchase at the Spring Grove Municipal Centre, 7401 Meyer Road; First National Bank, 9705 Prairie Ridge Road, Richmond; Domenella Dental Care, 9716 U.S. Highway 12, Richmond; and from any Rotary member. For more information, call (815) 678-2265 or visit


Pair of Woodstock High choir members sing at state event

Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 reported that two students from the Woodstock High School Choir program — senior Andrew Gippert and junior Ashlynn Drach — performed at the 2018 Illinois Music Education Conference, held Jan. 24-27 at the Peoria Civic Center. Gippert was chosen to sing in the All-State Honors Choir and Drach was selected for the All-State Choir. Both were selected to All-State choirs in December 2017 following the ILMEA (Illinois Music Education Association) District 7 Choir. Woodstock High School Choir director Brian Jozwiak and band director Richard Stiles accompanied the students to Peoria for their performances. For more information, call (815) 338-8200 or visit


Library to host program on county’s music history

The Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, will host “We Sang! We Danced! A Musical History of McHenry County,” a special adult program featuring presenter Mary Ellen Heelan, from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 15. Heelan will explore the fascinating and sometimes mysterious history of local dance halls and other venues, and present the stories and music of the bands, orchestras and choruses that performed at those sites over time. To register, and for more information, call (847) 639-4210 or visit


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