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The Elmhurst History Museum and Fischer Farm invite fans of the macabre to explore the creepy side of Victorian history during a new Haunted History program on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6-8:30 p.m. The adventure starts at the Bensenville Park District’s Fischer Farm, located at 16W680 Grand Ave., in Bensenville, with a hayride to the Churchville Schoolhouse. Participants will encounter historian Sheila Riley who will share her extensive knowledge, photos, and objects pertaining to eerie 19th-century postmortem photography, strange Victorian mourning traditions, and 1870s cemetery symbols. A lantern-lit walk through Churchville Cemetery and Fischer Woods led by staff members follows for tours and local ghost sto-

ries. Guests can share spooky stories around the fire with hot cider and s’mores. Tickets for the Haunted History program are $25 per person. Registration is required prior to October 18 at 6 p.m., and space is limited. Register in person at Bensenville Park District, 1000 W. Wood St. or call 630-766-7015. Due to the content of the program, please note that it is limited to participants age 14 and up who must be able to traverse uneven terrain in low light and sign a waiver. Guests are asked to arrive at Fischer Farm at least 15 minutes early. For more information, visit bensenvilleparkdistrict.org or elmhursthistory.org, or call Elmhurst History Museum at 630-833-1457 or Fischer Farm at 630-834-3152.

Tickets on sale now for Halloween Night Walks at Fullersburg Woods Lantern-lit walks take place Oct. 19 and 20

Tickets for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s hugely popular “Halloween Night Walks” go on sale Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. During the 75-minute family-friendly walks, which take place at Fullersburg Woods on Oct. 19 and 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., costumed guides will lead guests through the lantern-lit woods to six stage sets and more than 25 costumed performers. This year’s theme will

feature classic “Halloween Night Walk” characters and take visitors down the yellow brick road. The walks are for all ages, but adults must accompany children under 18. Tickets are $12 each with a 10-ticket maximum per person and must be purchased at the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center (no phone or online orders) with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. For more information, call Fullersburg Woods at 630-850-8110.

Park Board capsules What’s happening at the Elmhurst Park District

By Chris Fox

FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT

The Elmhurst Park District Board held a regular meeting on Sept. 24 at the district’s administrative office at 375 W. First Street. All seven board members attended the meeting.

Bid for special needs transportation awarded for $30,000 The board voted unanimously to award the transportation bid for individuals with special needs to Cook-DuPage Transportation, Inc./National Express Transit in the amount of about $30,000 for the district’s 2019 fiscal year. The company, which owns and operates more than 275 vehicles, will provide transportation to participants of programs at the Hanson Center by the Gateway Special Recreation Association. Cook-DuPage Transportation (CDT)/National Express Transit submitted the lowest of three bids. The bid reflects a 16-percent per-trip increase from the district’s current transportation contract with Superior Ambulance, which did not submit a bid for the district’s 2019 fiscal year.

Public urges reduction in use of pesticides Four people spoke during the public participation segment of the meeting. All four speakers encouraged the board to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides in the district’s parks. The district currently does not use pesticides at Van Voorst Park. Payment for 25% of City parking lot passes Board members also voted unanimously to approve Vision 2020 Communication a payment of about $74,000 to the City of Elmhurst to Plan presented cover the park district’s 25-percent obligation toward reThe meeting included an update on the district’s im- paving the parking lot of the maintenance facility at 985 plementation of its Vision 2020 Communication Plan. S. Riverside Drive. Laura Guttman, the district’s strategy and planning coorThe existing parking lot at the facility was 17 years dinator, provided the update. Guttman noted that the dis- old and in need of repair. The parking lot features a high trict is working to increase community engagement, and volume of daily traffic from several city and park district had hired Public Communications, Inc. (PCI), a Chicago vehicles, including large utility vehicles. The district and based public relations firm, earlier this year. PCI is pro- the city have an intergovernmental agreement for shared viding the district with assistance if the board decides to facility use, with the city utilizing park district property pursue a referendum. The district also hired PCI to help in York Commons for Fire Station #2, and the district sustain community engagement about the district’s Vi- using the space and amenities (including offices, indoor sion 2020 plan, which became effective on Jan. 1, 2018. and outdoor parking stalls, fuel pumps) of the city’s That plan is the district’s updated strategic plan. maintenance facility at 985 S. Riverside Drive. Guttman noted that the district’s website—epd.org— The grinding, repaving and restriping of the parking will provide the community with a full range of infor- lot was part of the city’s contract paving program that mation about the district and its strategic plan. She men- included grinding and overlay work on about 6.2 miles of tioned that PCI made a video that describes what resi- asphalt and concrete streets. The project was completed dents want the district to provide to the community. She in May. The final construction cost to the city was nearly then showed the board the video, which is about three $300,000. The district’s 25-percent portion of the project, minutes long. Elmhurst Park District Executive Director therefore, was almost $75,000. Jim Rogers stated that the video would be shown at the The park district board will hold its next meeting on state of the district address at The Abbey on Oct. 1. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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