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The Woodstock Police Department will host a AARP Smart Driver Course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 and 20 in the Training Room at the Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Ave.

McHenry County

MCC offers range of online career training programs

McHenry County College reported that its Continuing Education Department, in partnership with ed2go, is offering online career training programs designed to provide the skills needed to acquire professional-level positions for many in-demand occupations. Popular online career training programs include Certified Medical Administrative Assistant; Project Management Essentials with CAPM Prep; Pharmacy Technician; and HVACR Certified Technician. New online programs include Full Stack Software Developer; CompTIA Security+Certification Training; and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. More than 200 online career training programs are available overall. With an open enrollment format, participants can register and start the program anytime. Programs typically take between six to 12 months to complete. To view a complete list of online training programs and detailed course outlines, visit For more information, call 815-479-7591 or visit


Annual Business & Craft Expo/Bowl O Arts on tap

The village announced that the Johnsburg Area Business Association (JABA) 18th Annual Business & Craft Expo/Johnsburg High School Fine Arts Department Bowl O Arts will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 at Johnsburg High School, 2002 W. Ringwood Road. The event — sponsored by JABA and Johnsburg School District 12 — includes more than 60 vendor booths, crafts for sale, an art show and musical instrument petting zoo, music by Johnsburg High School students, a 50/50 raffle, games and food concessions. A $10 meal special will be available, featuring a handmade ceramic bowl, soup, chili or pasta, bread, dessert and beverage. Admission is free. For more information, call 815-814-4240 or visit


City forms Economic Development Commission

The city reported that Mayor Wayne Jett and the McHenry City Council recently adopted an ordinance creating The City of McHenry Economic Development Commission. The primary functions of the commission are business communication, business attraction, and business retention and expansion. The commission consists of nine members who endeavor to attract business and industry to McHenry, and serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters related to the business community — along with additional powers and duties as may be assigned from time to time by the mayor and City Council. For more information, call 815-363-2100 or visit


Police Dept. to host AARP Smart Driver Course

The Woodstock Police Department will host a AARP Smart Driver Course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 and 20 in the Training Room at the Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Ave. Participants must attend both sessions. The AARP Smart Driver Course is the nation’s first and largest classroom course designed specifically for drivers ages 50 and up. Successful completion of the course may entitle participants to a discount on their auto insurance. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, and for more information, call Tamara Reed at the Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-6787 — or visit


Marengo High team earns slew of medals in contest

Marengo Community High School announced that its Math Team finished third in the KRC Math Contest, held Jan. 31 at McHenry County College. The Marengo team earned 23 medals overall. Individual medals were awarded to Cole Wzientek for fourth place in Precalculus and Aaron Moehrlin for fifth place in Algebra. Jake Doyle and Aiden Smith placed first in the 2-person Sophomore Team competition. Austin Leonard, Tyler Markert, Victoria Sandersfeld and Aaron Shepard placed third in Algebra 2. In addition, the 7-person Frosh/Soph Team and the 8-person Junior/Senior Team each were awarded third-place medals in Algebra 2. Those teams included Doyle, Markert, Moehrlin, Shepard, Smith, Wzientek, Thomas Lulinski, Aaron Phillips, Jordyn Guse, Zachary Woodruff, Riley Mitchell, Emma Riedl, Arne Johnson, Alex Leonard and Anna Walsweer.

Fox Lake

Village to host annual Easter egg hunt, luncheon

The village and the Fox Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host the annual Egg-Citing Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Luncheon on March 15 at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd. Egg Hunt times are 10:30 a.m. (ages 2 and under; ages 3-5) and 11 a.m. (ages 6-8; ages 9-10). Admission is free (residents) and $2 per child (non-residents). The Bunny Luncheon will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 (per child/adult) and free (ages 2 and under). Admission includes a free ticket for an Easter basket raffle with each lunch ticket purchased. The event also includes free kids crafts and a special treat from the Easter Bunny. For more information, call 224-225-1045 or 847-587-7474 — or visit

Island Lake

Village water system meets state health standards

The village announced that the Island Lake community water system has been recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for maintaining perfect compliance in 2017 for 12 consecutive months in accordance with the Illinois Public Water Supply Regulation Act. The IDPH stated that water operators who maintain the correct level of fluoride in drinking water contribute more toward positive oral health measures by communities than the combined efforts of all oral health professionals. Maximum oral health benefits are provided to the public when the levels of fluoride are maintained within the optimal range. Island Lake was cited for “the expertise and diligence of (its) water department” in meeting the IDPH standards. For more information, call 847-526-8764 or visit



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