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In observance of National Public Health Month, the McHenry County Department of Health’s Veterinary Public Health Division is offering low-cost rabies vaccines and microchips for pets at two upcoming clinics.

McHenry County

Dept. of Health offers low-cost pet vaccine clinics

In observance of National Public Health Month, the McHenry County Department of Health’s Veterinary Public Health Division is offering low-cost rabies vaccines and microchips for pets at two upcoming clinics: 4-6 p.m. April 4 and 2-4 p.m. April 5 at the McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center, 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake. The cost is $30 for a three-year rabies vaccine and $15 for a one-year vaccine. Registration fees are separate and required at the time of vaccination (registration tags are required by law). Microchips will be available for $15. Microchipping is quick and painless, and increases the odds of returning home to 52 percent for dogs and 38 percent for cats. Participants’ pets must be leashed or in carriers, and cannot be in heat. If a pet requires a muzzle, it must be provided by the owner. Appointments for the clinics are necessary. To schedule an appointment, call 815-459-6222. For more information, visit

MCC to host free career workshop for young teens 

McHenry County College (MCC) will host the 2018 Community Career Exploration Showcase from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 4 in the MCC Gym and Commons area in Building B, located at 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake. The event (free and open to the public) is intended for middle school students through high school sophomores and their families, and is free and open to the public. Participating students will learn about what careers to pursue, as well as new career choices that interest them and the education options available. Demonstrations by local businesses and MCC educational programs will highlight a variety of industries, including manufacturing, robotics, healthcare, marketing, graphic design, emergency response and many more. A special Career Cruising Corner will help students connect their passion to a career. In addition, the MCC Kids and College program will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Zone, and also highlight summer programs for middle and high school students. For more information, contact Kellie Carper, manager of New-Student Transitions at 815-455-8670 or via email at — or visit


Bridge fix-up projects to disrupt traffic flow

The village announced that the McHenry County Division of Transportation (MCDOT) has scheduled maintenance repairs on the Bay Road Bridge and Chapel Hill Road Bridge. Repairs on the Bay Road Bridge, located between Chapel Hill Road and Cuhlman Road, are expected to begin the first week in April and will require one lane to be closed at all times. Temporary traffic signals will be installed at the bridge to direct traffic flow during construction, and the lane reduction will be in place throughout the duration of the project. The project is expected to be completed in October. Repairs on the Chapel Hill Road Bridge are expected to begin in May. During a portion of the construction, the bridge beams will need to be jacked up, which will require full closure of the bridge. Detour routes will be in place during the closure. For more information, contact Helena Sullivan at at MCDOT at 815-482-4277 or via email at — or visit


Grant to aid Huntley High’s Robotics Team

Huntley Community High School District 158 has received a $13,921 grant from the Bosch Community Fund in support of the district’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives. Funds will go toward supporting the Huntley High School Robotics Team, including costs for entering competitions, purchasing new equipment, constructing new playing fields and expanding opportunities for student involvement. The Huntley Red Raiders Robotics Team formed in 2016-17 when the school’s previously established Engineering Club decided to specialize its focus on robotics competition. Since then, members of the team have competed at several VEX Robotics tournaments throughout the state, and stand as the reigning two-time champions of the McHenry County College-hosted countywide tourney. The Bosch Community Fund has awarded nearly $19 million in grants to various non-profit organizations and educational institutions since it was established in 2011. For more information, call 847-659-6600 or visit

Crystal Lake

City to host community recycling event

The city, in partnership with the McHenry County Defenders, will host a community recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at Three Oaks Recreation Area, 5517 Northwest Highway. The following items will be accepted at no charge: desktop computers and servers, laptops, iPads, tablets, keyboards, cables, cords, electronic mice, internet switches, telephones and cell phones, vacuum and floor cleaners, electric brooms, power tools, electric garden tools, kitchen counter appliances, bathroom gadgets, DVD, cassette and laser players, VCRs, cameras, humidifiers, small refrigerators, electric fans, microwaves, electronic toys and other hand-held devices. All televisions (any size) and computer monitors will require a fee of 50 cents per pound with a maximum charge of $50 per item. Batteries (all types) and fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs will be accepted for an additional fee as well. For more information, call 815-459-2020 or visit


Annual Miss McHenry Pageant seeks applicants

The village announced that applications are now being accepted for the 69th Annual Miss McHenry Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held on June 2 in the auditorium at the McHenry High School West campus, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road. Registration is open to young women ages 16-20. The pageant does not require a talent or swimsuit competition. The eventual queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Contestants must live within the boundaries of McHenry School District 156 (with a McHenry address) and have never been married. In addition, contestants are required to obtain business sponsorship (two maximum) in an amount equal to $200. Only the first 15 applications will be accepted. Applications are available at the McHenry High School East campus, 1012 N. Green St., and West campus; Marian Central High School, 1001 McHenry Ave., Woodstock; the McHenry Municipal Center, 333 S. Green St.; and on the city’s website at For more information, contact pageant director Vanessa Kazubowski via email at or call 815-451-2782.


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