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SECTION B Sunday,September 22, 2013 Northwest Herald

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News editor: Kevin Lyons • kelyons@shawmedia.com

8COMMUNITY NEWS

MOTORCYCLIST HURT ON ROUTE 14 CRYSTAL LAKE – A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after an accident Saturday afternoon, Crystal Lake police said. The motorcycle and another vehicle were westbound on Route 14, east of Pingree Road, when the two collided, Sgt. Tom Kotlowski said. The accident is still being investigated, and there were conflicting reports about whether the vehicle rear-ended the motorcycle or the motorcycle changed lanes into the vehicle, he said. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, Kotlowski said. He was alert and conscious following the accident. He was not wearing a helmet, Kotlowski said. His name was not released pending notification of the family. Kotlowski was not aware of whether the motorcyclist had been released from the hospital by Saturday night. Police do not believe either driver was impaired and do not believe that distracted driving played a role, he said.

Grafton set to pay for hall Township on target to secure town hall ownership with loan, savings By STEPHEN Di BENEDETTO sdibenedetto@shawmedia.com HUNTLEY – Grafton Township will look to use a $200,000 loan and other budgeted mon-

ey to reclaim ownership of its town hall, an effort that could close a turbulent chapter in the township’s history. The Grafton Township Board unanimously autho-

rized the township last week to borrow $200,000 and appropriate $100,000 to pay the Grafton Road District the remaining $300,000 owed for the title and deed of the town hall

along Vine Street in Huntley. “Once that is completed, we have officially put to rest all of the problems the [former board] had in the past,” Supervisor Jim Kearns said.

The Road District bought the town hall after the township planned to build a new $2.5 million building along

See TOWN HALL, page B5

– Emily K. Coleman

CLERGY ORGANIZE TO PREVENT VIOLENCE McHENRY – At a meeting Aug. 23, seven local ministers met to form Clergy and Laity For Non-Violence. This group is open to any clergy or lay members of congregations and religious groups in McHenry County and is committed to the principle of nonviolence whether it is in opposition to gun homicide, domestic violence, bullying in school or any other form of violence. The group will meet again at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3706 St. Paul St., McHenry. Other religious leaders and lay persons are invited to join the conversation. Last winter, members of the Social Justice Committee of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation decided to reach out to local religious communities in response to school shootings and other violence. The Rev. Dan Larsen, minister emeritus of the congregation, was selected to spearhead that effort. After months of exchanging letters and individual consultations, the group decided to broaden its focus from gun violence to all violence and the culture of violence that inflicts our communities and nation. For information, call Larsen at 815-338-2234.

– Northwest Herald

8LOCAL DEATHS

Photos by Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com

Big brother Adam Varrassi (right) helps Hunter Johnson, 10, both of Crystal Lake, to the top of a pile of logs Sept. 14 at Sterne’s Woods in Veteran Acres Park. “We’re just buddies, we like hanging out,” said Varrassi, who has been the big brother to Hunter for a little more than a year, going to various events and spending time with him.

BIG BROTHERS IN SMALL SUPPLY Program’s wait list lacks male volunteers By JIM DALLKE jdallke@shawmedia.com CRYSTAL LAKE – Adam Varrassi and Hunter Johnson are searching for Devil’s Pit. The two have been here before, deep in the back of Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake. Hunter, 10, leads the way, twisting and turning his way through hills and tall grass. Adam, 29, lets Hunter navigate even after several wrong turns.

Adam and Hunter met through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of McHenry County. The two were matched up in July 2012 and have grown a bond stronger than either would have expected. “We’re kind of bromigos, right?” Adam says to a grinning Hunter as the two take a break from hiking. “We just like hanging out. We like the same things. He’s big into baseball. I played

See BIG BROTHERS, page B5

Hunter Johnson, 10, celebrates being the first down a hill with Adam Varrassi while hiking at Sterne’s Woods in Veteran Acres Park.

Centennial celebration New builder for continues at Three Oaks Prairie Trail bridge CL kicking off 100th year; more festivities Sunday By EMILY K. COLEMAN ecoleman@shawmedia.com

Edwin Borter Sr. 84, Crystal Lake Elizabeth S. Fischer 74, Algonquin Steven F. Kormanak 77, Woodstock Jerry L. Ray 75, Woodstock Frederick Paul Tucci 48, Algonquin Camden J. Wubs 27, Volo OBITUARIES on page B7

CRYSTAL LAKE – Threeyear-old Paityn Prince was more than ready to see Modern Day Romeos. The band was scheduled to go on at 7:30 p.m., the last band of the second night of the Crystal Lake Centennial Kick-Off Festival at Three Oaks Recreation Area, and the preceding band hadn’t finished playing yet. “I want to go watch them set up,” she told her parents, Kira and Jeff Prince, as they sat at a picnic table, finishing up corn on the cob and nachos. Paityn is the band’s No. 1 groupie, her mother said. “They gave her a drum stick and a guitar pick,

Replacement now on schedule to be finished in Nov. By EMILY K. COLEMAN ecoleman@shawmedia.com

Lathan Goumas – lgoumas@shawmedia.com

Kevin Skiera stands on the beach Saturday dressed as a Stormtrooper from the film “Star Wars” during the Crystal Lake Centennial Kick-Off Festival at Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake. and she’s been hooked ever since,” Kira Prince said. The Crystal Lake festival was the fourth time the family has gone to see Modern

Day Romeos, a group that bills itself as the “quintessential party band” and

See CENTENNIAL, page B4

ALGONQUIN – The section of the Prairie Trail that connects Algonquin and Crystal Lake could be open by November. The popular bike and pedestrian path that connects the southern end of McHenry County to the Wisconsin border has been closed to through traffic because of a delay in replacing the bridge that takes the Prairie Trail over a small creek north of Meyer Drive. The bridge was removed in February, and work on a new bridge was expected to be completed by April.

The supplier never delivered the bridge, said Ken Copenhaver, the owner of Copenhaver Construction, the firm originally hired to replace the bridge, adding that he offered to buy another bridge. But the McHenry County Conservation District’s board of trustees decided to go with another firm, hiring Carmichael Construction Inc. at its meeting Thursday evening to finish the project. The Marengo firm was the second-lowest bidder when the district originally solicited bids, district spokeswoman Wendy Kummerer said. The conservation district will pay Carmichael Construction about $111,000, an amount calculated off its original bid of $198,500.

See BRIDGE, page B4

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