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Just say no to plastic bags

City plans Earth Day gift: 5,000 reusable shopping totes By Larry Lough



World War II veteran Ed Long has some stories he can tell

Woodstock wants to help you break the plastic bag habit. This coming weekend through Earth Day on Monday, the city is working with local retail stores to give away

tried to hang a bag on the front door of every residence in Woodstock in 2017 and 2018. Local retailers have been recruited to help with the giveaway. It’s a moneysaver for them: The Wall Street Journal reported U.S. retailers spend $4 billion Please see FREE BAG, Page 2




about 5,000 reusable canvas shopping bags in an effort to cut down on singleuse plastic bags, which usually end up in a landfill. The bags supply is left over from a $40,000 purchase the city made two years ago of the sturdy cloth bags. Up to 13,000 were distributed as the city

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Sunday’s snowstorm kept Woodstock Fire/Rescue crews busy, Capt. Brendan Parker reported. The driver of this food-delivery truck, which slid off South Valley Hill Road shortly after noon Sunday, was taken to Northwestern-McHenry Hospital, as was the driver of a van who WFRD crews removed from his vehicle earlier Sunday off Valley Hill Road. Neither injury was life-threatening, Parker said, but the hill made it difficult to get an ambulance to the scene. Woodstock received an estimated 8.5 inches of April snow.

Plan for bag fee get sacked? By Larry Lough


Seventeen months after agreeing Woodstock should have a 10-cent fee to discourage single-use plastic bags at retail stores, two city government committees have struggled to move the proposal forward. In the meantime, the Illinois Legislature seems poised to pre-empt

any local initiative. Legislators are considering a statewide 7-cent tax on plastic and paper shopping bags. That bill advanced out of the Senate’s revenue committee last month. The big difference between the two is that the city of Woodstock would get half of the local bag fee; the state fee would give Woodstock nothing.

As Earth Day approaches April 22, single use plastic bags represent serious environmental problems – globally as well as locally – and governments at all levels are looking at fees to discourage their use. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family uses about 1,500 single-use bags each

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year. Less than 1 percent are recycled, the Center of Biologic Diversity estimated.

State moves forward

Locally, the city’s Environmental Commission and Cultural and Social Awareness Commission have met jointly several times on the bag issue, a project of Sustainable Woodstock. The last meeting was Nov. 1, when Mayor Brian Sager told them their proposal wasn’t ready to be presented to the City Council. In Springfield, the sponsor of the statewide bag fee – Democratic Sen. Terry Link of Waukegan – promised in early March to bring an amended bill back to the committee, which had given unanimous approval from its five Democrats and two Republicans at the meeting. Link said his bill was involved




in negotiations over the proposed budget of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker because the bag fee would mean about $20 million in revenue for the state. As the bill now stands, the 7-cent tax would give 2 cents to retailers to cover the costs of implementing the tax. The state would put 2 cents directly into the general revenue fund and deposit 3 cents into the Checkout Bag Tax fund, which would pay for solid waste management programs in counties where the tax was collected. And the law would allow local bag fees only for cities that had adopted them before 2018. “That kind of put a little bit of a crimp in our plans,” said Deb Schober, the city’s human resources director and staff liaison with the Cultural and Social Awareness Commission. “That kind of hobbles us.”

Plastic bags still popular

At their meeting in November 2017, members of the two city commissions agreed on a 10-cent fee

for each disposable bag. Proceeds would be divided 50-50 between the retailer and the city, which would dedicate its income for the environmental/human health fund. Earlier that year, the city spent $40,000 to buy reusable canvas bags and tried to distribute one free to every household in Woodstock – an estimated 12,500 to 13,000, according to Schober. Other bags were available for sale at City Hall and the Woodstock Public Library, and certain retailers, for $3 apiece. But as any local shopper can observe, few consumers have heeded the campaign to discourage single-use plastic bags – except Aldi, which charges customers for bags. Minutes of the November meeting show the mayor suggested a spring 2019 meeting between the council and the two commissions. Although legislative action was seen at that time as unlikely, the state’s financial problems have apparently created an urgency to drive revenue for the state, which the bag tax would do.


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a year on single-use plastic bags for their customers. The city had been working with the “big seven” local retailers – Farm & Fleet, Harley-Davidson, JewelOsco, Kohls, Menards, Walgreens and Walmart – on a proposed bag fee. But that effort has stalled and might now be moot because of state legislation under consideration to enact a bag fee. As part of its business model, Aldi Food Market already charges customers for paper and plastic bags. Details of the bags distribution were not available Monday afternoon, when The Independent went to press. Check the city’s website,, for details about where you can get a free bag.

Green Living fair April 28 will offer tips to help Earth

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Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church in Ridgefield will host its sixth annual Green Living Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 28, at 8505 Church St. in Ridgefield. Organized by the church’s Earth Care Team, the fair will provide information for all ages about caring for the earth through ecodisplays and green living tips. This year’s fair will include helping monarch butterflies and other pollinators, the local water supply and how to keep it clean, action to stop climate change, new developments with the local food co-op, and residential and community solar options. The public is invited to attend this ecoevent to learn, explore, and take action on the environment. For more information, email the church at

Neighbors in no mood for local ‘party house’

Several neighbors attended the commission’s first meeting on the topic Dec. 6, when the commission heard testimony before postponing a decision until Feb. 28, when it was delayed again until March 28. Neighbors complained at the

Use of this home as an Airbnb at 1245 Club Road, near Bull Valley Golf Club, is at the center of a neighborhood dispute. December meeting about disruptive renters of the home, which has a three-car garage and can sleep 16 people. The renters and their guests are often noisy, neighbors told the commission, and parked on the street in front of neighboring homes. Napolitano said street parking was allowed in Woodstock. Krandel said he met with a group of neighbors to try to settle their differences, agreeing to conditions such as no on-street parking. But the meeting wasn’t productive. “They just don’t want you to do it,” Krandel said of neighbors’ feelings about the rental arrangement. Commission members were interested in close monitoring by the owner during the hours the home is

rented, but Krandel said 24-7 supervision wasn’t practical. Tinkoff suggested no other option was acceptable. “Once trouble happens,” he said, “there is no remedy for the neighbors.” Krandel said the house had been cited by the city for ordinance violation, but he expected the matter would end up in circuit court. The request for a special use permit was expected to be considered by the City Council this week. The Planning Commission voted 5-1 to recommend denial, with Chairwoman Katherine Parkhurst dissenting, explaining, “We don’t have an ordinance prohibiting that type of use.”

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Hours of discussion during two public meetings are expected to lead to a lawsuit in a neighborhood dispute over a “party house” across from Bull Valley Golf Club. That is what neighbors derisively call a home at 1245 Club Road that is rented to people who use the clubhouse at nearby Bull Valley Country Club – golf groups, wedding parties, and other short-term users. Gary Rabine, who owns the golf club as well as the house and three adjoining lots, markets the home as an Airbnb, much like a bed-andbreakfast, according to his attorney, Craig Krandel. Such use is not covered by Woodstock’s city ordinance, the lawyer told the Planning Commission last month, and the owner doesn’t believe he needs a special use permit to rent the home, Krandel said. The request for the permit is part of the owner’s concession to being a

“good neighbor,” the lawyer said. But attorney Bruce Tinkoff, representing the aggrieved neighbors, argued the house was “the equivalent of a motel,” which is prohibited in a residential neighborhood. “The planned use of the property is as a motel,” he told the commission. Joe Napolitano, director of Building and Zoning, said homeowners were allowed to rent their properties, but uses such as proposed by Rabine were not addressed in the zoning code. “They really don’t fit into any definition we have,” Napolitano said at the commission’s March 28 meeting. He said he hoped to remedy that with a code amendment this year.


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D-200 welcomes police presence in high schools By Larry Lough


High schools in Woodstock School District 200 are sharing a police officer for the remainder of this school year. Officer Josh Rapacz of the Woodstock Police Department, who has been the officer at Woodstock North High School, was recently promoted to patrol sergeant. He had been the resource officer for both Woodstock High School and Woodstock North until the current school year, when the city and school district agreed to add an officer so each school could

have its own. That leaves WPD officer Matt Prentice, who has been the officer at WHS, to cover both schools until the end of classes next month. A WHS alumnus, Prentice began as resource officer last year. At its meet- Matt ing last week, the Prentice D-200 Board of Education approved an agreement

with the city to maintain an officer at each school when classes resume in August. Police Chief John Lieb said the second officer for 2019-20 school year had not been chosen. The decision was endorsed by principals at both schools. “It’s been a great comfort, I think, to a lot of students ... that an officer is there all the time,” said Darlea Livengood, principal at WNHS. Art Vallicelli, principal at WHS, praised the officers for being “proactive” in engaging students to develop relationships. The City Council still has to approve the new contract.

D-200 Finance Director Risa Hanson said the city had already reimbursed the district for the reduced police staffing the rest of this term. She said that amounted to about $9,500. Under the contract, D-200 reimburses the city for the school year salary, benefits, holiday pay, and uniform allowance for the two officers. The total for the 2019-20 school year will be no more than $118,600, paid in two equal installments Sept. 1 and Jan. 1. The exact figure will depend on the seniority of the second officer chosen.

Released after posting 10 percent of $1,500 bond. Court date May 2. ■ James H. Chrisopulos, 67, Woodstock, was arrested April 7 in the 1200 block of Lake Avenue on a charges of retail theft. Taken to jail. Bond and court date to be set. ■ Danielle M. Hernandez, 21, Wonder Lake, was arrested April 7 in the 3700 block of Doty Road on two counts of battery. Held on $1,500 bond. Court date May 16. ■ Tiffany A. Horton, 37, Woodstock, was arrested April 8 in the 1100 block of Wheeler Street on a charge of battery. Released after posting 10 percent of $1,500 bond. Court date May 16. ■ Talina Cruz, 31, Woodstock, was arrested April 10 at Quinlan Lane and Pleasant Street on charges of no valid driver’s license and driving too fast for conditions. Released after posting $1,500 bond. Court date April 25.

and what was found at the scene. Ambulance calls of Woodstock Fire/Rescue District are reported here in number only.

11:04 p.m. – 1100 block of Walden Oaks Drive; carbon monoxide incident; truck

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11:33 p.m. – 2900 block of Strauss Court, carbon monoxide incident; engine

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6:14 p.m. – 1100 block of North Rose Farm Road, alarm system sounded due to malfunction; truck

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■ Maria Rosario-Flores, 25, Harvard, was arrested March 30 at Jefferson and Church streets on charges of driving with suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic communications device. Released after posting 10 percent of $1,500 bond. Court date April 25. ■ Dustin L. Smock, 44, Wonder Lake, was arrested March 31 in the 300 block of Dean Street on two counts of domestic battery. ■ Isaiah R. Dunn Vigo Gomes, 24, Woodstock, was arrested April 3 at Walden Oaks Drive and Kimball Avenue on charges of unlawful possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of cannabis. Taken to jail. Bond and court date to be set. ■ Male juvenile, 16, Woodstock, was arrested April 9 on 16 counts of disorderly conduct and three counts of criminal defacement. Released to parents. Court date to be set. ■ Eric R. McMinn, 42, Ridgefield, was arrested April 6 in the 1200 block of Lake Avenue on a charge of retail theft.

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the college conducted a waste audit on April 5, when students and staff volunteers sorted, measured, and weighed food scraps from the cafeteria kitchen, dining area, and culinary labs. The audit resulted in 163 pounds of food compost and 87 pounds of recycling that would have ended up in the landfill. “It’s really encouraging,” Hankins said. “This is a really good snapshot of where we are now and what we need to improve and how to adjust for everyone going forward.” Hankins has been working at the college for the past six years to implement initiatives to support green campus, green curriculum and green community. “The composting program addresses all three initiatives by reducing the college’s carbon footprint, teaching students about composting and boosting the green economy in northern Illinois,” she said.

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Composting of food scraps from its cafeteria and dining area is part of the latest initiative by the Sustainability Center at McHenry County College to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and enhance the commitment to being green. As part of the college’s overall commitment to sustainability, food composting efforts began last August behind the scenes with the kitchen and culinary classes. According to a news release, the college launched a food scrap composting program April 1 by installing new recycling bins in the MCC cafeteria and Commons area. Staff and student volunteers have helped people to sort their food waste, paper and plastics, and other waste from their cafeteria trays during lunch hours. “People are really curious and interested in how to do it right,” said Kim Hankins, director of the Sustainability Center, referring to students and college employees who are getting used to the new system of sorting their waste into composting, recycling, or landfill receptacles. “Our goal is to reduce the college’s carbon footprint,” Hankins said. “Less waste means less waste hauler trucks coming to and from the college and less waste in the landfill. We hope to eventually scale back our waste hauler service, which in turn, saves the college money. “Food waste takes up a huge part of the waste system, so composting food scraps means less waste goes into the landfill, which extends the life of the landfill.” Composting is good for the economy, good for our bodies, good for the air, and good for water conservation, she said. Studies have shown that when food is landfilled, it decomposes without air and creates methane, a highly potent and

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Other college-wide sustainability efforts have resulted in the MCC Café becoming a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant, making MCC the only community college in the U.S. to reach that level as of last fall. In addition, MCC hosts annual Green Living Expos, which have MCC PHOTO resulted in at least five new solar installations added in McHenry Jennifer Kainz of Mindful Waste, a nonprofit group in Barrington, and County. Plus, MCC offers 70 classes MCC student Luca Palacios, president of the college’s Environmental Club, sort through food scraps from MCC’s cafeteria during a waste each semester that have a green audit to determine how much the college is sending to the landfill. The component in their core lessons audit was part of the college’s launch of a food-composting program. plans. New recycling bins in the college’s Commons area helped to kick off MCC also offers a LEEDS credit the new food-scrap composting program. class in the construction management program and added the speAUTO|HOME|LIFE|BUSINESS|RETIREMENT harmful greenhouse gas. containers.” cialty option of urban agriculture Hankins said she was commit- in the associate in applied science ted to educating students about degree in horticulture. Luca Palacios of Woodstock, pres- sustainability. Hankins said she would intro*FREE INSURANCE REVIEW* ident of MCC’s Environmental Club, “We want our students to be duce a new sustainability effort this revisíon de sus said he was excited about the com- exposed to sustainability as part of summerGratis: – event kits for employee aseguranzas posting program. their everyday life choices as well as department luncheons. Instead of “I’m glad to see we’re making a learning about it in the classroom,” using disposable tableware for cerAUTO|HOME|LIFE|BUSINESS|RETIREMENT change [to waste disposal] that’s she said. “This helps prepare them tain events, employees will be able and me! return a kit with permanent,” he said. “It’s impor- to make responsible decisions with to check out Call AUTO|HOME|LIFE|BUSINESS|RETIREMENT tant because it’s a lot of waste. Peo- the choices in front of them.” plates, cups, utensils, and table ¡Llámeme! ple need to take the effort to sepacan be washed To measure the impact of the new cloths – all items *FREEthat INSURANCE REVIEW* *FREE INSURANCE REVIEW* rate materials into their respective program to compost food scraps, and reused.

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James D. Hodges, 93, of Woodstock, Ill., passed away on Feb 22, 2019, in Surprise, Ariz. Born in Cherokee County, Ga., on June 22, 1925, to George and Ada Elliot Hodges. Jim was their only child. He married Ruth Berg Bohn Hodges on May 11, 1991. Jim was a loan officer at The State Bank of Woodstock for over 20 years and retired from Harris Bank in Barrington. He was very active


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Bohn, Roger (Lynda) Bohn, Phillip (Cindy) Bohn; and grandchildren, Jason (Karrie) Hodges, Nathan (Kelly) Hodges and Marjorie Hodges, and Rachel Bohn, David Bohn, Matthew (Megan) Bohn, Heather (Kraig) Bohn, Andrew Bohn, and Sara Bohn; and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be held Friday, April 19, 2019, starting at 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service at the First United Methodist Church. 201 W. South St.. Woodstock. Burial will be after the service at Oakland Cemetery in Woodstock. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Woodstock, 201 W. South St., Woodstock, IL 60098, or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 200 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. For more information, call the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home in Woodstock at 815-338-1710 or see our website at 2200 N. Seminary Ave., building A. Patti Nomm, director of the department’s Environmental Health Division, said in a news release the special pricing was a success when offered the first week of April in recognition of Public Health Week. McHenry County is in a Zone 2 area, or medium risk for radon. For more information, call 815-334-4585 or visit

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Mae T. Frederick of Louisville, Colo., age 99, passed away on April 8. She is loved and remembered by her four children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grand children. Daughter of Edward and Martha Schoeneberger, of Niles Center (now Skokie), Ill. She was the wife of the late Harold Frederick. She is survived Mae T. by her children, Frederick Steven Frederick (Kathy), Jan (David) Waltz, Sue (Stephen) Mundorff, and Cathy (John) McLaughlin, and her sister, Luella Smith. She was the proud grandmother of Michael, Jeff, Megan, Jenny, Kirsten, Allison, Patrick, Colin and Liam and great-grandmother of Oliver, Owen, Natalie, and Julia Mae. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; brothers Edward and Roger Schoeneberger; and sister Betty Wetendorf. Mae attended Mundelein College and graduated from the American Academy of Arts in Chicago. She worked in the art department of the Chicago Sun-Times and at Goldblatt’s department store, creating


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How do you do your part? Start with a bag

Start simple: Get a reusable bag. Use it. Make sure to keep it in your car so you always have it when you go shopping. If you already have a bag, use it. Even if it’s not of a biodegradable material, use it anyway. Purists will scoff, but one “illegal” bag will save hundreds, maybe thousands of plastic bags from entering the local trash stream. Involve your children or grandchildren. It’s going to take years to reverse the damage we’ve already done to dear Mother Earth, and they’re going to have to sustain the effort. Need a bag? The city of Woodstock has 5,000 to give away, sturdy canvas bags that are totally legal. See the story on Page 1 about the giveaway in conjunction with Earth Day this coming Monday. This is small stuff, but its something you can easily do. Enough small things can make a big difference. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Simple concepts. We all can do at least that much. We owe it to Mother.


Celebrate Earth Day 2019 ...

... as if the very air we breathe depended on it “It is high time for people to know about these rapid changes in their environment, and to take an effective part in the battle that may shape the future of all life on earth.” – The New York Times Book Review about Rachel Carson’s No. 1 Best Seller, “Silent Spring” Rachel Carson’s book, published in 1962, represented a watershed moment and sold more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries. “Silent Spring” is considered a wakeup call about the human species’ impact on the environment. The book contributed to environmental awareness at the time and, along with other writings by Carson, advanced the global environmental movement. Founded in 1970, Earth Day went global 20 years later, and today more than 1 billion people participate worldwide. The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. Sen. Nelson was frustrated that the environment was not part of political discourse, and armed with a strong disposition toward education as a

remedy, he took to action. He enlisted Dennis Hayes, a young activist who had been student president at Stanford University, as Earth Environmental Day’s national Defenders coordinator. The Green Scene They showed there was widespread public support for the environment and were proved correct when 20 million people “showed up” on April 22, 1970. Sen. Gaylord was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1995), the highest honor given to civilians in the U.S., for his work on founding the Earth Day movement. And, in December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues – the EPA. The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is, of course, proud to share our founding year with that of the environmental movement in our country. And, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating our planet this Earth Month – from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 20, at Prairieview Education Center, where we have enjoyed co-sponsoring this annual observance for many years with the McHenry County Conservation District, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. And on Monday, April 22, please join The Environmental Defenders’ Education Committee on Earth Day itself for a documentary film titled “Earth Days,” cosponsored with the McHenry County College Sustainability Center. The showing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in Luecht Auditorium at MCC,, 8900 U.S. 14, Crystal Lake. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, and countless other events are taking place throughout the county this Earth Month. So, please check the papers and celebrate Earth – a special planet, rich with diversity, that we all call home. Happy Earth Month from The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County! By Cynthia Kanner, executive director of The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County


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Even if spring seems to be slow to arrive, summer will come. The Woodstock Fourth of July Fireworks Committee held its first meeting of 2019 last week. The committee in various forms has coordinated Woodstock’s Fourth of July fireworks since 1995. I know because I have been on the committee all those years – so has Jim Campion. We aren’t the only members. Others are Mark Indyke, Ryan Allison, Larry O’Connor Sr., and Matt Hedges. Woodstock’s fireworks are by the community for the community. Donations from businesses and individuals

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to support a wide variety of Mercyhealth programs in McHenry County and throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Thank you, Mercyhealth volunteers, for your selfless compassion and acts of kindness. Your passion makes lives better every day! Would you like to become a Mercyhealth volunteer? We are accepting volunteer applications for all of our locations. Learn more about volunteering by calling 888-396-3729 or visiting We would love to welcome you to our family – it’s quite a remarkable group. Javon R. Bea President/CEO Mercyhealth

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Three of my columns over the last five weeks have shared a common theme – promoting Woodstock. I started by challenging readers to share in 75 words or less what makes Woodstock special. Two weeks ago, my column title was “What we say about our schools matters, too.” This week, Julie Diamond and the the Rev. Melinda Hinners-Waldie responded. I especially connected with Julie’s “… hardworking, salt of the earth good people” and Rev. Hinners-Waldie’s “… we love and care for our youth and those who teach them.” Julie emailed: “Living in Woodstock has given our family many blessings. Our daughters attended St. Mary School, Northwood Middle School, Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock High School and Woodstock North

Because of Nugent, he won’t attend the fair

I wish to add my voice to the outrage of the booking of Ted Nugent for the Aug. 3, Saturday night attraction [at the McHenry County Fair]. Considering Nugent’s political stances, his public association with the NRA, his deviant behavior regarding pedophile activities, and the possible type of people his presence will attract, is it worth the problems that may be caused, in order to pay for the new grandstand? How much will overtime for sheriffs and local Woodstock police cost? Since when is money more important than providing a safe, family-values atmosphere at the fair? Rest assured, that attendance will be greatly decreased if Ted Nugent performs. The entire fair will be boycotted by McHenry County residents who are

High School. At each school they were provided a stellar education by teachers and administrators who genuinely cared about their personal and educational well being. “There is always something to see or do in this cozy, charming town. Our neighborhoods are filled with residents who are hardworking, salt of the earth good people!”

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Rev. Hinners-Waldie texted: “For 12 years I worked with the marvelous students in Woodstock ... as Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church. Our church, locally and internationally, was founded on faith and education. First Presbyterian is blessed with educators as well as brilliant students. I taught confirmation classes and Sunday school for those years and was continually amazed with the love and faithfulness the kids had for their schools. I continue to be in touch with many of the families and realize even more deeply today that our schools impacted them in beautiful ways. Our schools gave them self-confidence and engendered in them the love of learning. Encouragement in all life skills was so evident and, to me, is the essence of quality education, “Woodstock will always be blessed with high quality education and schools, because we love and care for our youth and those who teach them.”


Cheryl Wormley is publisher of The Woodstock Independent. Her email address is

not participants in livestock and other displays. As a resident of McHenry County, I, for one, will not be attending the fair this year. Norman K. Siegel Woodstock

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have paid for the fireworks every year since the committee formed. The goal this year is have the best Fourth of July fireworks in McHenry County. Cheryl That means raisWormley ing $16,000. Declarations If you’d like to help, join the committee. The next meeting is at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Isabel’s Restaurant. For more information, call Jim at 815-459-8440.

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Spring is playing games with us. It teased us about 10 days ago with two nearly 70-degree days. Since then, it’s been back in the 30s, 40s, and 50s with rain, wind, and an 8-inch snowfall. I keep reminding myself it’s only April. I’m happy to report I have a few daffodils in bloom in my yard, and the daffodils on the north side of Country Club Road – the ones benefiting from the still-somewhat-south sun – are in bloom. So, it’s time to take a drive through Bull Valley to enjoy the legacy of Nancy Jung and Lyn Pensinger. Back in the mid ’80s, Nancy and Lyn envisioned the beauty of daffodils blooming along Bull Valley roads. They shared the idea with the Bull Valley Garden Club, and the rest, as is said, is history. Some years garden club members and residents planted as many as 10,000 bulbs. They bloom each year for all to enjoy.



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Reception recognizes 60 local Aurora U. graduates

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Aurora University’s Woodstock Center recognized the accomplishments of its graduating class of 60 students with a reception last week. Teri Tomaszkiewicz, vice president for alumni relations welcomed students and their guests. Dr. Rebecca Sherrick, university president, provided remarks.



Roll & Read family event set April 26 at Northwood

Marian Key Club earns recognition Club captures platinum at district convention By Janet Dovidio


The Key Club at Marian Central Catholic High School earned many Platinum-level awards at the recent Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Convention and Leadership Conference. The convention also included training activities for future board members. The awards for overall club activities included a second place in Single Service for the Marian Cares outreach; third in Major Emphasis for the Spina Bifida Christmas party; first place for club shirt; and second place for club video.

We have a very strong, dedicated club. We constantly come together to serve many different groups of people and we love serving others.”

-Kevin Kumm, Marian Key Club president

Several individual members were recognized. Ellen Sharp won Distinguished President and received the I-I District scholarship; Kevin Kumm received Distinguished Treasurer; and Danielle Lattanzio won first in the talent competition for her violin performance of Vivaldi’s “Summer.” Marco Gomez retired as lieutenant governor of Division 11. Freshman Paris Marshall, the newly elected lieutenant governor, will

lead all the clubs in the division for the 2019-20 school year. Kumm, new president of the Marian Key Club, said the club’s strength is how the active members rally together for important service projects. “We have a very strong, dedicated club,” he said. “We constantly come together to serve many different groups of people, and we love serving others.” Key Club adviser Brittany HullSolomon agreed. “Marian’s Key Club has a rich history in our community,” she said. “All of their recognitions were well-deserved and show just how committed these students are to getting out into their community and making positive differences. I am very proud of each and every one of them.”

Free training offered to volunteer literacy tutors

McHenry County College is offering free training for volunteer literacy tutoring in reading, math and/or English language skills. Four two-hour training sessions are required. The Tuesday trainings will take place from 10 a.m. to noon April 23 and 30, May 7 and 14 in Room B169/169. Thursday sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25, May 2, 9 and 16 in Room A112. Monday and Wednesday trainings are offered during June. For more information, call Marie Day at 815-455-8542 or visit the website



Marian Central Catholic High School Key Club members and adviser at the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Convention were (front row, from left) Michaela Henning, Paris Marshall, Ann Bush, Ellen Sharp, and Olivia Arza; (back row) adviser Brittany Hull-Solomon, Danielle Lattanzio, Kevin Kumm, Jacob Benigni, and Trent Dolter.

Families from five schools in Woodstock School District 200 are invited to get active and celebrate reading at the first Roll & Read Campus Connection event Friday, April 26, at Northwood Middle School. Woodstock Willie, Miss Woodstock Alondra Flores, and Mayor Brian Sager will participate in the event, which will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Treats from Papa Murphy’s, Culver’s and Kona Ice will be offered, along with book giveaways. Representatives from Woodstock Public Library will also help with the event. Families from Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center, Mary Endres Elementary School, Northwood Middle School, Woodstock North High School, and families with pre-K and life skills students from Greenwood Elementary School are invited to attend. Families are invited to circle the Northwood track, with story readings between laps. Roll & Read is the second Campus Connection event of the 2018-19 school year. The first event Nov. 1 had more than 100 families attend..

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Frank Manno creates playground art during recess at Greenwood Elementary School. A D200 Education Foundation grant helped to buy adaptive art tools for children with disabilities.

Grant gives Artz for All to Greenwood School By Janet Dovidio


Life Skills teachers at Greenwood Elementary School have received a grant to include all students in arts projects. The District 200 Education Foundation awarded an Impact Grant for a program the teachers call Artz for All. The money was used to buy adaptive art tools from the Zot Artz arts organization, which creates adaptive art tools for children with disabilities. This assistive technology transforms wheelchairs into huge paintbrushes or chalk drawers to allow for creation of large or small works of art, indoors or out. The Greenwood Life Skills team of Cory Knopik, Jeanette Letmanski and Lindsey Mortell help children stamp, draw, and print. Students of all abilities and ages can participate.

“It’s all play, but they learn, explore and develop skills while having fun together,” Knopik said. In addition to the joy of creating art, these activities also serve to enhance development of motor skills, social skills, concentration, and increase in self-esteem. Teachers also oversee inclusive planned days in which the students in Life Skills classes and general education classes can use the adaptive tools to create art together. The equipment is also available outside during recess times, weather permitting. “What we love the most about our Artz for All tools is that it opens up a new way for inclusive opportunities to occur,” said Knopik, Letmanski and Mortell jointly. “The art tools are designed for people with special needs and invite their peers to join in on the fun.”

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Megan Baker is a junior at Woodstock High School. Mrs. Brainard, the teacher who nominated Megan for Student of the Week, said she is “always willing to help others and me.” Megan has been on the honor roll and is currently part of the National Honor Society. She has been on the WHS dance team for three years and volunteers at Christmas Clearing House over the holidays. Her brother, Ben, inspires her daily to always want to do her best and follow her dreams, because “he is always striving to be his best self inside and outside of school.” Megan feels she is successful because she is very hardworking and is supported by her friends, family, and teachers.

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Northwood Middle School students (from left) Joe Gerloff, Bob Gerloff, and Claire Miranda were among the Challenge Corps students who presented their ideas at the Illinois Lakes Management Association’s conference April 4 in Crystal Lake.

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Thirteen D-200 students from the Challenge Corps teams at Woodstock North High School and Northwood Middle School presented their hydro-dynamic ideas to the Illinois Lakes Management Association’s conference April 4 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Crystal Lake. Their alternative energy solutions generated power by using existing rainwater runoff areas not being utilized. One idea included using the energy to better illuminate road signs in dangerous areas, such as curves or water on the road. Another idea used rain water in a downspout that could power small household items. Participating WNHS students were Kamryn Butenschoen, Makenzie Klesch, Mackenzie Rogers and Madison Wheeler. Northwood participants were Owen Bonnett, Bob Gerloff, Joe Gerloff, Will Madigan, Claire Miranda, Emerich Parpart, Malaika Parpart, AJ Ringpis and Alexandra Roske. The Challenge Corps students attended programs during the past

two years that prepared them for the conference. They were part of the First Lego League “Hydro Dynamic” season. They participated in a field trip sponsored by McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program, which was held at Dean Street Education Center. Gigi Carlson is the Challenge Corps teacher at the schools and also the district’s gifted-programs facilitator. “This opportunity allowed our students to present their findings and solutions in a purposeful and relevant way that had been inspired by the science of that experiential field trip,” Carlson said. “D-200 has been very supportive of this program,” she added. “We are grateful for the opportunity to participate at all levels.” The D-200 Challenge Corps program is for gifted and talented students from fourth grade through high school. The younger students are pulled from class to participate, while the high school level meets during lunch hours. Students are selected based on their standardized and IQ tests, as well as teacher and parent survey information.


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Shelley drew from the then-unfolding Industrial Revolution, which seemed well on its way to usurping the natural world; from the revolutionary philosophy of the day, which was doing the same with the world of God; and from her own experience as a woman, imagining “man’s” attempt to create life purely of his own will, with neither God nor his own female counterpart to assist.

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(this weekend’s production) and Jonny Lee Miller in the former. In half a year, just in time for Halloween, the Opera House will consider showing the second recorded performance – with the actors switched.

It was a dark and stormy ...


Thumb’s-up indicates the new projection screen successfully made it through a second-floor window of the Woodstock Opera House after an elaborate move that included a crane blocking downtown streets briefly. The 22-by-12-foot screen was bought in February to allow expanded video offerings at the theater.

Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein” was critically acclaimed for its atmospherically grotesque costumes and set design, and for the emotionally wrenching performances of the leads in all four of their combined roles. The following is a partial reprint of an article from The Independent last September, written to announce the Woodstock Public Library’s “Frankenstein Film Festival,” which commemorated the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s novel. (The original article has been awarded the third-place prize for Best Review of 2018 by the Illinois Press Association.) “Frankenstein” the novel was first thought up in 1816, the “Year Without a

Summer,” when the eruption of Mount Tambora plunged the world into a brief ice age. Mary Godwin, her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, and mutual friend Lord Byron were on retreat in the Swiss lake country, passing the unnaturally cold-and-rainy summer with a writing contest to see who could make the most frightening “ghost story.” Byron, drawing from German folklore, wrote the story that would eventually take shape as Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The future Mrs. Shelley, more vexed for inspiration, eventually found herself with a grim, yet much more contemporary vision. “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together,” she once recalled. “Then, on the working of some powerful engine … stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion … supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.”

Throughout the 19th century, the book and stage adaptations of the story attracted both philosophers, who debated the nature of what is “human,” and fans of the grotesque, who began one-upping each other to see how monstrous Frankenstein’s stitchedtogether creature could really be. In film, of course, the latter take on the story has prevailed. 1931’s “Frankenstein” was a perfect fit for a time that had even then fallen from the Romantic-era grace pictured by Shelley. The original creature’s Adonis-like sculpting was replaced by Karloff’s rough shamble of bolts and body parts, its sharp mind housing an inquisitive but lost soul replaced by the hastily acquired brain of an executed criminal. With Shelley’s skepticism of technological power already vindicated by World War I, and more still to come in World War II, the less human and more “industrialized” monster had fertile ground in the public imagination to grow in. But deeper than just its shock value, Frankenstein is one of the most subtly terrifying stories for an often desensitized modern audience – a tale of science turned mad by lack of wisdom, frighteningly prescient both a hundred years ago in 1918, and in our own era of genetic engineering, runaway development, and culture mutated by instant communication. Time will tell if our own bold attempt to cheat nature of its due will meet a similarly tragic end as Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.


Woodstock Opera House this weekend will debut its Live Theatre Broadcast series with a beast of a production. The first installment, being screened this Saturday, will be Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. The play was filmed by National Theatre Live from a 2011 performance. Opera House director Dan Campbell said that while the whole production was filmed in one take, the use of multiple cameras means the audience will “get the best seat in the house, no matter where you are.” From April through September, the series will continue with nine more recorded-live plays and one presentation of the Bolshoi Ballet. If the “Frankenstein” production is successful, Campbell said, it could get a fitting bookend. The play was performed with its lead actors alternating the roles of Dr. Frankenstein and the monster, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the latter role for one show

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They’ve got poetry month in the bag

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Did you get caught up in the “yarn bombing” in downtown Woodstock? The yarn pockets are a play on Poem in Your Pocket Day, courtesy of Atrocious Poets of Woodstock. The event started years ago as a way for a national poetry organization to encourage people to share poems with others during National Poetry Month, according to Jessica Campbell of Atrocious Poets. “We decided to make actual pockets full of Gwendolyn Brooks poems,” she said in an email. “It’s a fun way to engage people who are just going about their day – something that catches their eye (and their curiosity) and encourages them to stop, figure out what’s going on, and read a poem.” Poems are also on display inside the Old Courthouse. The Woodstock Independent is helping the Atrocious Poets to celebrate National Poetry Month in April by publishing the work of local poets. The local poetry group invites you to look out your own window and find a poem in the fashion of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, who found that method as inspiration for her beloved and influential poems about the lives of black people in Chicago. What inspiration lies outside your window? Send your poem to any time this month. If you like, include a photograph of the view out your window to accompany your poem. Select poems will be published in The Independent and displayed at the Old Courthouse Arts Center as

Backyard drama between bush and bird feeder tease squirrels chirp amongst each other as they spy a chipmunk standing tall, nut in hand poised to flee


Woodstock has been “yarn bombed” by the Atrocious Poets in recognition of National Poetry Month in April.

part of the One City, One Poet celebration featuring Gwendolyn Brooks. The group has scheduled several events this month: • Friday, April 26, 6 p.m., follow the Atrocious Poet pub crawl, Woodstock Square, $20 • Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m., “The Land Speaks in Verse: Wild Woodstock Walk” (a collaboration with The Land Conservancy), Donato Conservation Area, free

– Linda K. Miller Linda K. Miller is a Cary poet whose latest poetry is online at under the name Stormyfalls. Linda enjoys reading her poetry at area venues such as the Raue Center, Woodstock’s Old Courthouse, Stage Left Café, and the Burning Bush Gallery.


A barn under construction on the Ray Larsen dairy farm on Charles Road near Route 47 in 1980 is shown.

Don Peasley Photo Collection, McHenry County Historical Society

Join the McHenry County Historical Society, 6422 Main St., Union, for the unveiling of our new exhibit, “Prairie Trails to Strange Tales: McHenry County’s Earliest Years” from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, May 3. This exhibit features tales of the first pioneers who settled the prairie and how they influenced McHenry County’s earliest communities. Learn about these McHenry County ghost towns in their heyday and what remains of them today. Free admission to the exhibit opening. The opening reception will include craft beer tastings for those 21 and older from Crystal Lake Brewing, Lucky Girl Brewing Company, McHenry Brewing Company, Scorched Earth Brewing Co, and ShadowView Brewing. Beer tasting package available, $20 sold at the door, includes souvenir pint glass, six tasting tickets, and pub snacks. All proceeds benefit the McHenry County Historical Society. Jazz / Blues music by Tom Steffens/Gary Parker Duo. Call 815-923-2267 for more information.

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Newest business brings a spot of tea to the downtown By Susan W. Murray


In the compact storefront at 203 Main St., vacated in February by the Sugar Circle, a new concept is brewing. Paula Aitken and husband Randy are readying their tea shop, Casting Whimsy, for opening by the end of April. The shop will feature hot and iced teas, English scones, and shortbread cookies, all made on-site. The Aitkens create their own recipes with organic ingredients and do their own tea blending and packaging. All of the base teas, coffee, cacao, and several other ingredients are fair trade items. Casting Whimsy will sell Steepware and tins, as well as honeys from Woodstock’s Hillbunker Farms and from Nonie’s Bees in Crystal Lake. The very idea of opening a tea shop was once beyond whimsical for the Aitkens; it never even crossed their minds. Paula grew up in Woodstock, the daughter of Steve and Rita Arnold,

and graduated from Woodstock High School before earning her degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career took her to Medline, a healthcare products manufacturer, where her official title was product data management manager. She and Randy, also a Medline employee, have been married for 13 years. The couple have five children – three teenagers from Randy’s first marriage and a 7-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.

On second thought

Nine years ago, for Christmas or his birthday, Paula gave Randy a present of a “Walking Food Tour” in Chicago. One stop on the tour was a tea shop. Paula, a dedicated coffee drinker, and Randy, a 6 a.m. Diet Pepsi devotée, could not have been less interested in the shop owner’s 15-minute presentation on the art of tea brewing. “We stood in the back and paid no attention,” Paula said. Along with the other people on the tour, they were handed a to-go cup of tea to carry to their next destination. As they walked along, sipping their drinks, the two looked at one another. “Hey, this is pretty good,” Paula said to Randy. Each asked what the other could remember about the presentation, but they both came up blank. A woman


Paula Aitken stands behind the rose-covered trellis next to the new counter at Casting Whimsy, scheduled to open at 203 Main St. by the end of the month.

on the tour who overheard and had observed their indifferent behavior in the shop shook her head and rolled her eyes. After the tour, they reversed course. “We walked back there and spent some ridiculous amount of money on tea,” Paula said. Someday, the couple agreed, they

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In addition to its teas that are blended onsite, Casting Whimsy will offer a selection of tea tins for its customers.

■ Residence at 2490 Verdi St., Woodstock, was sold by The Jill Ann Schultz Living Trust, The Villages, Fla., to Carol F. Robey, Woodstock, for $195,000. ■ Residence at 523 Lake St., Woodstock, was sold by Donald E. Peabody, Sycamore, to Chelsi Burger and Jason Dunn, Woodstock, for $146,000. ■ Residence at 2850 Haydn St., Woodstock, was sold by Mandy M. Morton, Woodstock, to Gilbert Davila, Jr., Woodstock, for $275,000. ■ Residence at 2764 Woodworth Ave., Woodstock, was sold by CalAtlantic Group, Inc., East Dundee, to Kathy Wietrzy Kowski, Woodstock, for $232,325. ■ Residence at 840 Duvall Drive, Woodstock, was sold by The Paula J. Pena Trust, Issaquah, Wash., to Donna Stephens, Woodstock, for $169,000. ■ Residence at 314 Highland Ave., Woodstock, was sold by Michael D. Amico, Woodstock, to Stephen J. Hrncar Jr., Woodstock, for $60,000. ■ Commercial building at 329 Lake Ave., Woodstock, was sold by Home State Bank, N.A., Crystal Lake, to 329 Lake, LLC, Woodstock, for $50,000. ■ Residence at 368 Meadowsedge Drive, Woodstock, was sold by CalAtlantic Group, Inc., East Dundee, to Christopher E. Wojdelko, Woodstock, for $273,210. ■ Residence at 2732 Woodworth Ave., Woodstock, was sold by CalAtlantic Group, Inc., East Dundee, to William M. Sevcik, Woodstock, for $263,920. ■ Residence at 4616 Sunnyside Road, Woodstock, was sold by The Sue Rodig Trust, Woodstock, to Robert John Sadoski, Woodstock, for $232,500.




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would open their own tea shop. “Someday” came in December 2016.

Just playing around

After nearly 10 years at Medline, Paula learned that her department would be moving to Northfield. With their son still in preschool, the logistics of childcare and a long commute made no sense. She decided to see whether tea blending and sales could be her fulltime occupation. At first, Paula said, she experimented with blending by “playing around with things that sounded good.” She earned certifications in blending and flavoring through an online academy that ships boxes of ingredients and supplies to its students. The next challenge was to create a company name. “The name was one of the most difficult things,” Paula said. She and Randy settled on “casting” for the spell or mood that a good tea creates. “Whimsy” felt like a “nerdy, pop culture, fairy tale tie-in.” Randy creates a name for each tea, always referencing pop culture or a fairy tale. “Liquid Schwartz” is named after the engine fuel in Mel Brooks’

“Star Wars” parody, “Spaceballs.” Casting Whimsy’s honey/lavender tea, “Tale Number 62,” is the story of “The Queen Bee” in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The company’s first sales were online and at a different farmers market or craft shows every Thursday through Sunday. “It got the brand name out there,” Paula said. As a surprise, perhaps, to those who believe this nation has a predominantly coffee culture, the Tea Association of the U.S. reported in 2018 that “on any given day, more than one half of the American population drinks tea.” Among millennials, 87 percent drink tea. The Aitkens discovered that gamers, whether video or board games, and steampunk aficionados (a mixture of science fiction and fantasy that features steam-powered machinery) “are big tea drinkers,” Paula said

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The Aitkens ship their teas all over the country and have served customers in Canada and New Zealand. With their success online and at the farmers and craft markets, the couple kept an eye out for a suitable place for a shop. Walking down Main Street one day, Paula saw a sign in the window at the

Casting Whimsy blends and packages organic tea. Sugar Circle announcing its move to Benton Street. She called City Hall and was told that there had been a lot of interest in the storefront – to the point that no more names would be taken. Some weeks later, Paula was pulling into the City Hall parking lot to deposit her water bill payment in the drop box. A beep on her phone indicated that she had a new email – from the city letting her know that 203 Main St. was available, if she was still interested. She was, and the Aitkens received the key to the shop on March 1. Pasting a sign on the door, “Coming near a movie theater near you,” Paula and Randy went to work preparing the space. The floors, in good condition, remain the same, while the interior has been repainted. On one wall, Astroturf

gives the appearance of a hedge, with Alice in Wonderland standing above. The opposite wall has a black-andred harlequin pattern to symbolize the Queen of Hearts. “It took six hours just to do the taping,” Paula said. While the space is narrow, there is enough room for tables and chairs with seating for six. The Aitkens plan to include a free little library for reading and will stock a rotating collection of video games for those who want to bring in their computers and play games while sipping tea. The window now bears the Casting Whimsy name, and a new awning is scheduled to arrive soon. Their hours are not yet set, and Paula and Randy are the only employees for now, but Casting Whimsy will be open Tuesday through Sunday. Paula wants customers to be able to visit the shop during the Tuesday Farmers Market and the Wednesday evening summer band concerts. Before having her own place, Paula rented kitchen space at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Seminary Avenue to comply with state regulations that required her to use a commercial kitchen for blending teas. “The best part of the shop,” she said, “is having my own place to blend my teas.”


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Ed Long enjoys telling a war story or two over a beer at the VFW post in Woodstock. he recalled spending weekends visiting the fire department and one surprise visit on his own turf. “He would bring the firetruck to my house, and I’d be able to climb on it,” Fultz said. “Those were good memories; it was very special.” For Long’s son, Bob, himself a Navy veteran of Vietnam and then a Chicago police officer, the bond over military service is deep. “My brother [Gary] and I both were in Vietnam,” Bob Long said. “But I

think, for me, it is kind of cool, because I was in the NSA with the Navy, and my dad held a similar position in the Army. I also was stationed by Yokohama, and so was my Dad.”

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The look of surprise written on the face of World War II veteran Ed Long was unmistakable as he made his way down the steps at Woodstock VFW Post 5040. More than 40 of Long’s family and friends had gathered April 7 to celebrate the 92nd birthday of the U.S. Army veteran and retired Chicago firefighter. Long has been a patron of the post at 240 Throop St. for more than a dozen years. His daughter and his niece both bartend there, and for him, the VFW provides a place to tell stories about his service overseas as well as his many years as a Chicago firefighter. Family members shared memories at the celebration. His sister-in-law Carol Easley said she – as a sister of his wife, Ann – had known Long since she was 7. “He taught me to drive,” Easley said. “He stood on the running boards, and it was a stick shift, of course, and it was quite jerky. I threw him off the car! … I cannot believe he wasn’t hurt, but he kept teaching me. He’s a good guy.” His grandson Jeff Fultz of Zion said

rest of his life. Most of Long’s friends were off fighting in WWII, so in 1944, he decided to lie about his age on his forms, claiming to be 18, when he really was 17, so he would be drafted into the Army. He landed at Fort Meade Army Base in Maryland, and while on furlough, he married Ann before heading to California to be shipped overseas. “I was on the hatch on the ship,” Long said. “There was beautiful sunshine, and the water was like glass. I couldn’t believe it.” He recalled that he was sleeping on deck when the boat was attacked by a submarine. “There was a fire,” Long explained. “My job was to keep men from jumping.” The ship was sent to Pearl Harbor for repairs, and Long saw first-hand the devastation left in the wake of the 1941 attack. “We weren’t allowed off the ship, but all we could see were tall things sticking out of the water,” he said. “We were there for three days, and we saw sunken ships and columns sticking up. We didn’t see anyone else around.” When his ship was repaired, Long and the rest of the crew traveled to Japan, where they were dropped in from 500 feet by the 11th Army Air Corps and introduced to jungle combat. In between memories of jumping into foxholes to escape bombing raids and trying to avoid the rats that inhabited their four-man, dirt-floor tents, Long joked about the memories of C-rations that contained cigarettes, powdered coffee, chocolate, and, “containers of cheese!” he said, throwing up his hands. “Who is going to trade you for a can of cheese?” he said. “But we ate what we had, and when someone had a can of meat, it was something,” Not long after that, he said he was told to pack his bags. “I was going to Fort Mills in Corregidor – an island just outside of Manila,” he said. “I was transferred to an engineering outfit. They needed a driver, and I got the job. … It was a good job – I had a cement floor, and no rats like in Japan.”

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VETERAN Long spent time ensuring that maps were burned and kept out of enemy hands. He also worked on jeeps before being transferred back to Japan.

transferred to O’Hare, he was the first on the scene of the tragic crash of Flight 191 in 1979. Being a firefighter was the great love of his life. “I loved every minute of being a firefighter,” Long said. “I just did. I was happy there.”

‘I was home’

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One of Long’s most vivid memories is becoming ill with a ruptured appendix. He endured several surgeries before returning to his post, serving a commander who worked at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. He recalled being sent to Nagasaki to pick up chlorine just after the atomic bomb was dropped. “It looked like a mess; I didn’t even know what this atomic bomb was all about – I just thought it was a bigger bomb,” Long said. “But I read about it later in the Stars and Stripes.” Several months later, his appendix was removed. “When I recovered, they said I was eligible to go home, but that I had to carry my duffle bag – which I wasn’t supposed to carry because I wasn’t supposed to lift anything heavy,” he said, “I didn’t care. I just wanted out of there.” He boarded a ship, clinging to the letters from his wife, just dreaming


Family and friends present World War II Army veteran Ed Long with an appropriate cake during a surprise party for his 92nd birthday at VFW Post 5040. of reuniting with her. Two years after forging his papers, Long could see native soil again. “When we got to Seattle, all I could see was fog – fog, fog, fog,” Long recalled. “But then it lifted. I was home.” His wife and year-old daughter, Kathy, were waiting for him in Chicago.

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In the years after the war, he and Ann, who were married 70 years before she died, had six more children – Bob, Gary (who served in the Army in Vietnam, but who was killed shortly after he returned home), Carol, Karen, Mary, and Eddie (who died at birth.) At age 34 Long became a Chicago firefighter at Engine 30 on Ashland Avenue, and then, after having

He is the great love of his family’s life. “Our home was the one everyone wanted to be at,” said his daughter, Mary Long. “My best friend said she wanted to be there because my dad was hilariously funny, and my mom was pure love, … and that is how it was. “My Dad is loved by everyone, and when he goes to the VFW, the guys love to hang out with him, and he loves to hang out with them. There aren’t many WWII veterans around, … and I think they really appreciate him.” Long was honored by the Chicago Cubs in 2016 during a ceremony on the field, and he also traveled with the Honor Flight to see memorials in Washington, D.C. “I was glad that I served – I’m proud of it,” Long said, “but I was much happier to come back. I wanted to be home. I learned how much I loved home.”


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This article is coming to you live from the comfortable confines of our living room, but by the time you read it we will be miles into our adventure along the Appalachian Trail. We are the Unlikely Duo: a patient, beautiful, caring woman who can find the best in everyone, and me, the Beast to Belle’s beauty. Our goal is to keep you updated about our AT journey that has been dubbed Trek 4-25. Over the past few weeks, we and several other members of our collective have been trying to raise funds for two local nonprofits with the ultimate goal of raising $25,000 to be split between them. Those benefactors are Turning Point, which offers shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence, and Transitional Learning Services, which offers housing support, peer to peer support groups, and employment assistance to our veterans who are down on their luck. Businesses and citizens alike have been asked to help in our effort by either a flat-rate donation, or “do pledge” -- a set amount (anywhere from 5 cents to $1) per mile of the trail that we cover. Let’s tell you a little more about the AT. Starting in Springer Mountain, Ga., and ending atop Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine, the AT is a 2,180-mile, white-blazed trail. White blazes are basically paint stripes on trees, posts, or whatever semipermanent object that can be tagged to indicate the correct direction one is going.


Bryson Calvin and Ysenia Galarza pose for a photo in Woodstock before they headed for Georgia to begin their Appalachian Trail adventure. The AT crosses 14 states and typically takes anywhere from five to seven months to complete a full thru-hike. By averaging about 100 miles a week, we hope to complete our trek near the end of September. As we make progress along the trail, we will provide you all with a little more detail as far as the state we are in (mentally, physically, and literally what state), plus any experiences that you might enjoy hearing about. Our backpacks currently weigh in at 27 and 20 pounds. In them we have our tent, sleeping bags, and pads, clothes, water filters, first aid supplies, and, most important, food! We will also be carrying one cellphone, a digital camera, and GoPro to document our experience. Video collected during our Trek will be sent to a production company in Woodstock that will format the footage into episodes you’ll be able to find on YouTube (Thanks, Steve!). We will keep you all abreast on when episodes will be posted for your viewing pleasure.  I’m sure that of the dozens of questions one might ask a hiker about to partake a thru-hike, the main one is, Why? Why would

you leave your job, family, friends, to walk more than 2,000 miles in variable weather conditions for upward of six months? Sounds more like a punishment than anything else. Well, the answer is that we want to give back. We have been blessed with good health, great friends, and the ability to make a positive impact in our community. I personally have been a huge advocate for our veterans who go through so much to protect our lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. No child or parent should ever have to go through a violent domestic episode, but we want to make sure services are available to them should it occur. We need your support to make that happen. So, if you have a minute to spare, donate what you can to help our cause. If you’re not able to donate, feel free to spread the word to drum up interest and potentially find other donors. We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on this epic adventure that’s about to unfold. Here’s to the Trek 4-25. Cheers, Bryson Calvin and Yesenia Galarza

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Denise Hoover and Kayti Sault of Woodstock were among eight McHenry County College students whose artwork was selected for the 2019 Skyway Juried Art Competition. MCC is one of eight community colleges participating in the exhibit, which ended April 17 in the Robert F. DeCaprio Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. Chrissy Heller of Lakemoor won Best of Show for her archival inkjet print titled “Girl.” Julia Fisher of Crystal Lake won an Award of Excellence for her oil on canvas titled “Wrapped in Patriarchy.” “MCC has won the Best of Show Award

“Wrapped in Patriarchy,” an oil on canvas by Julia Fisher, won an Award of Excellence.

at Skyway for the last three years,” said Sandra Lang, MCC art gallery curator. “We are proud of our art students for this wonderful accomplishment.”


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Sixty-nine local charities have joined the McHenry County Human Race, a 5K walk/run, which will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 28, at McHenry County College. The race lets runners choose which organization will receive proceeds from their race registration. People can also fundraise for organizations of their choice. Walk-in registration of $45 will be accepted at packet pick-up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 and from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. on race day in the cafeteria (Building B). Children 10 and under may register for $15. More than 1,000 people are expected to race this year. The top male and female will receive a prize and award. Medals will be given to the first three individuals to complete the race in the following age categories: 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 and over. Volunteer Center McHenry County provides $2,400 in prize money for agencies, including a $300 Community Foundation for McHenry County award and a $250 General Kinematics Award. For more details about prizes and the race visit the website For more information about the Human Race, call 815-344-4483 or visit

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Note to readers: Bryson Calvin, 35, and Yesenia Galarza, 27, are Woodstock residents who are hiking the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. Bryson worked for the McHenry County Conservation District for the past 12 years. Yesenia has worked for Falcon Green Resources for the past six years. They will share their adventure, in words and photos, from Trek 4-25, with readers of The Independent through an occasional report from the trail.

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30 years ago – 1989

■ The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved a conceptual plan for the Castleshire residential development on Borden Lane. ■ Northwood Elementary School fifthgrader Seth Krause, with the help of the school’s PTA, organized a fundraiser for the “Adopt an Eagle Nest” program that rescued and rehabilitated eagles and cared for their habitats. ■ Marian Central Catholic High School senior Patti Wightman pitched two shutouts for the Lady ’Canes softball team.

25 years ago – 1994

■ The Woodstock School District 200 Board of Education voted to adopt the Pegasus program, a reading program that encouraged students to read “real” books rather than anthologies or condensed stories. ■ The McHenry County Farm Bureau’s Ag Expo, held every other year at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, benefited more than 3,350 McHenry County elementary students.

20 years ago – 1999

■ Farm & Fleet celebrated the grand opening of its new site at the southeast corner of U.S. 14 and Lake Avenue. ■ The city of Woodstock Plan Commission voted 5-2 to recommend the City Council formally protest the construction of a peaker power plant off Dean Street – just outside the city limits. ■ The McHenry County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency was making plans to deal with any problems caused by Y2K, including power-grid failure.

15 years ago – 2004

■ Negotiations between District 200 teachers, represented by Local 1642 of the American Federation of Teachers, and the D-200 negotiating team concluded with a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract. Negotiations had begun in October. The two entities met 13 times with the final meeting lasting nine hours. Final approval would require a vote of the teachers and the school board. ■ Kim Larson was named new executive director of the Adult & Child Rehab Center. ■ The Woodstock High School varsity girls track team took second at a 12-team meet at Riverside-Brookfield.

The 4x1000 relay team of Lydia Loehner, Kelsey Duhai, Rachel Hansen, and Nikki Kreger took first with a season-best time

10 years ago – 2009

■ Bryan Sager was re-elected as Woodstock mayor. City Council incumbents Richard Ahrens, RB Thompson and Michael Turner were unopposed. ■ In the District 200 School Board race, Paul Meyer, Marcy Piekos, Katherine Lechner, and Camille Goodwin were elected. Steve Schreiner received more votes than Goodwin, but he was the fourth highest vote-getter in Dorr Township, and no more than three members are allowed from one township. Goodwin was representing Seneca Township. ■ Woodstock and Woodstock North high school students were staging “Little Shop of Horrors” at WNHS. Chip Humbertson was the voice of Audrey II – the venus flytrap-like plant that feasts on blood to survive. Luke Denman manipulated Audrey II’s mouth movements. The show featured 20 performers, 20 members of the backstage crew, and a half-dozen in the orchestra pit.

5 years ago – 2014

■ Kolze’s Corner Garden manager Brian Moxley was encouraging gardeners to participate in the nationwide Plant a Row for the Hungry program. The goal of the program was for the gardeners to donate the produce from each designated row to a local food pantry. ■ The Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce selected Folliard Carpentry as its 2014 Business of the Year. ■ The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5040 announced winners: Patriot’s Pen – McKayla Reinhardt, Northwood Middle School; Voice of Democracy – Alyssa Andren, Marian; and Elisabeth Sullivan, WHS; and Teacher of the Year – Gail Vanderpoel, NMS.

1 year ago – 2018

■ The Woodstock City Council voted 6-1 to issue an RFQ – request for qualifications – to find out what potential investors might propose as a use for the Sheriff’s House and Jail. ■ Three finalists for managing director of the Opera House were being interviewed. The field had been narrowed from 23 applicants. John Scharres, who had been the managing director since 1992, had retired at the end of March.

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Woodstock High School Library 501 W. South St. 7 p.m.


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Resurrection Catholic Church

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Grace Fellowship Church 200 Cairns Court 6 to 8 p.m. 815-337-6510

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April 25, 7 p.m. Woodstock High School 501 W. South St. 815-338-4370


April 26, 7 p.m. Woodstock North High School 3000 Raffel Road 815-334-5700


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Independence Health & Therapy 2028 N. Seminary Ave. 10:30 a.m. to noon 815-338-3590

COFFEE WITH THE CHIEF Woodstock Police Department 656 Lake Ave. 7 p.m. 815-338-2131

MCHENRY COUNTY HORSE CLUB MEETING Dorr Township Office 1039 Lake Ave. 7 p.m.

ATROCIOUS POETS Ethereal Confections 113 S. Benton St.

April 29, 6:30 p.m. Woodstock North High School 3000 Raffel Road

FOX VALLEY ROCKETEERS MEETING Woodstock North High School 3000 Raffel Road, Room D187 7:30 p.m. 815-337-9068


WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET Woodstock Square 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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WHS JAZZ CONCERT May 2, 7 p.m. Woodstock High School 501 W. South St. 815-338-4370


May 4, 8 p.m. Woodstock Opera House 121 Van Buren St. $32

FIRST SATURDAY MUSIC May 4, 7 p.m. Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock 225 W. Calhoun St. $3 donation


Woodstock Square 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Performers will be: May 4: 9 a.m. Sandy Souls, 11 a.m. Lara Bell; May 7: 9 a.m. Courtney Reinhard, 11 a.m. “Jazzman Jeff” Justman; May 11 9 a.m. Kishwaukee Ramblers, 11 a.m. Sue Fink; May 14: 9 a.m. Thingama Jig, 11 a.m. Tricia Alexander


Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 5:30 p.m.


Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6:30 p.m.

WOODSTOCK CITY COUNCIL MEETING City Hall 121 W. Calhoun St. 7 p.m.

8 WEDNESDAY WOLF OAK WOODS WORKDAY 8930 Route 120 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


May 10, 24, 7 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. $15


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Grace Fellowship Church 200 Cairns Court 6 to 8 p.m. 815-337-6510


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MEMORY MAKERS STORYTELLING GROUP Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 9:30 a.m. 815-338-0542 Led by Joy Aavang

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16 THURSDAY SENIOR ACTIVITIES Dorr Township 1039 Lake Ave. 10:30 a.m. Lunch - $5 donation 815-338-0125


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Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 3, 2019, April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10750



Dated: APRIL 9, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10758



ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on APRIL 4, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: GREEN FIELD IRRIGATION located at 302 E PARK ST HARVARD IL 60033. Owner Name & Address: GERMAN ROJAS HERNANDEZ 302 E PARK ST HARVARD IL 60033. Dated: APRIL 4, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10755


ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on APRIL 4, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: Davecamp Farms Kates Kritters Mobile Petting Zoo located at 3620 N Rte 47 Woodstock IL 60098. Owner Name & Address: David W. Sims Jr. 3620 N Rte 47 Woodstock IL 60098. Dated: APRIL 4, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10756




ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on MARCH 27, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: RAVEN OAKS FARM located at 19219 IL RT 173 HARVARD, IL 60033. Owner Name & Address: LINDSEY BUILTA-EICHHOLZ AND JOHN EICHHOLZ JR. 19219 IL RT 173 HARVARD IL 60033. Dated: MARCH 27, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10753

ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on APRIL 5, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: JIMS WOODSTOCK KITCHEN located at 104 N BENTON ST #211 WOODSTOCK IL 60098. Owner Name & Address: JIM BURCHARD 104 N BENTON ST #211 WOODSTOCK IL 60098. Dated: APRIL 5, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10757



ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on MARCH 25, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: Charming Choices Biz located at 4045 Springlake Drive Lake in the Hills IL 60156. Owner Name & Address: NinaSue Lowe 4045 Springlake Drive Lake in the Hills IL 60156. Dated: MARCH 25, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 3, 2019, April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10748 NOTICE OF CHANGE TO DBA FILE # 16684 Public Notice is hereby given that on MARCH 28, A.D. 2019, a Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of McHenry County IL concerning the business known as K.T. NAILS located at 1204 DAVIS ROAD, WOODSTOCK IL 60098 which certificate sets forth the following WITHDRAWAL OF NAME change in the DBA thereof: TUNG TRAN 4705 SAGINAW STREET LAKE IN THE HILLS IL 60156. Dated THIS 28th day of MARCH, A.D. 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County

ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on MARCH 29, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: TACTEK TECHNOLOGY SERVICES located at 2410 WESTWARD DR #814 SPRING GROVE IL 60081. Owner Name & Address: TAD COHEN 2410 WESTWARD DR #814 SPRING

ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on APRIL 9, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: AVTECH SOLUTIONS located at 8404 APPALOOSA LN SPRING GROVE IL 60081. Owner Name & Address: JOHN MINKER 8404 APPALOOSA LN SPRING GROVE IL 60081.


Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Woodstock Cemetery Association will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, Illinois. Dated April 10, 2019 /s/ Nancy Irwin, President (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10760


Notice of Self Storage Sale Please take notice Red Dot Storage 6 Woodstock located at 2105 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock, IL 60098 intends to hold an auction of the goods stored in the following units in default for non-payment of rent. The sale will occur as an online auction via on 5/2/2019 at 9:00 am. Unless stated otherwise the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. Rolando Siazon Unit #236; Linda/ Dennis Popovits Unit #306; Steve Tolvstad Unit #463; Paul Heilman Unit #518. All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10761


ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on APRIL 10, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: ELIJAH’S HANDYMEN located at 2012 ERNEST LANE, JOHNSBURG IL 60051. Owner Name & Address: KAI DAVID HANSEN 2012 ERNEST LANE JOHNSBURG IL 60051. Dated: APRIL 10, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10762


ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on


STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTY-SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT MCHENRY COUNTY-IN PROBATE Case No. 19PR000120 In the Matter of the Estate of GEORGE H RUDOLPH Deceased CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of GEORGE H RUDOLPH Of: SPRING GROVE, IL Letters of office were issued on: 4/9/2019 to: Representative: ROBERT MCKENDRY 1516 POLARIS RD SPRING GROVE, IL 60081 whose attorney is: WAGGONER LAW FIRM 4 N WALKUP AVE CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 60014 Claims against the estate may be filed within six months from the date of first publication. Any claim not filed within six months from the date of first publication or claims not filed within three months from the date of mailing or delivery of Notice to Creditor, whichever is later, shall be barred. Claims may be filed in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court at the McHenry County Government Center, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, Illinois, 60098, or with the representative, or both. Copies of claims filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to his attorney within ten days after it has been filed. /s/KATHERINE M KEEFE (Clerk of the Circuit Court) ((Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10764


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING On 5/23/2019 at 8:00 a.m.. a meeting conducted by Woodstock CUSD 200 will be held at Clay Academy 112 Grove St., Woodstock. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 20192020 school year. If you are the parent of a homeschooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Woodstock District 200, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Lisa Pearson at (815) 337-5146. (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10765




ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on MARCH 29, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: MARKET GROVE located at 1210 COURT ST MCHENRY IL 60050. Owner Name & Address: LINDA MCCALEB 1210 COURT ST MCHENRY IL 60050. Dated: MARCH 29, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 3, 2019, April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10752

ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on APRIL 9, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: INTEGRAPHICS located at 505 NORMANDY LN PORT BARRINGTON IL 60010. Owner Name & Address: DAVID MURDOCK 505 NORMANDY LN PORT BARRINGTON IL 60010. Dated: APRIL 9, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10759

APRIL 10, 2019 An Assumed Name Business Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk in McHenry County, IL under the following business name and address, and setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting business known as: 324 LEARNING located at 18711 RAVEN HILLS DR MARENGO IL 60152. Owner Name & Address: MATT PALANOS 18711 RAVEN HILLS DR MARENGO, IL 60152. Dated: APRIL 10, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 17, 2019) L10763

April 17-23, 2019

NOTICE OF CHANGE TO DBA FILE # 16684 Public Notice is hereby given that on MARCH 28, A.D. 2019, a Certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of McHenry County IL concerning the business known as K.T. NAILS located at 1204 DAVIS ROAD, WOODSTOCK IL 60098 which certificate sets forth the following ADDITION OF NAME change in the DBA thereof: QUANG TAN NGUYEN 14525 S. TROY AVENUE, POSEN IL 60469. Dated THIS 28th day of MARCH, A.D. 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 3, 2019, April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10751

GROVE IL 60081. Dated: MARCH 29, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10754


STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTY-SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT MCHENRY COUNTY-IN PROBATE Case No. 19PR000059 In the Matter of the Estate of JULIA A HOWELL Deceased CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of JULIA A HOWELL Of: WOODSTOCK, IL Letters of office were issued on: 2/27/2019 to: Representative: DENISE A HOWELL 453 CENTER ST WOODSTOCK, IL 60098 whose attorney is: CLARK & MCARDLE 75 E CRYSTAL LAKE AVE CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 60014 Claims against the estate may be filed within six months from the date of first publication. Any claim not filed within six months from the date of first publication or claims not filed within three months from the date of mailing or delivery of Notice to Creditor, whichever is later, shall be barred. Claims may be filed in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court at the McHenry County Government Center, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, Illinois, 60098, or with the representative, or both. Copies of claims filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to his attorney within ten days after it has been filed. /s/KATHERINE M KEEFE (Clerk of the Circuit Court) ((Published in The Woodstock Independent April 3, 2019, April 10, 2019, April 17, 2019) L10724

April 17-23, 2019




GIRLS SOFTBALL Woodstock North ■ April 8 Woodstock North won 2-1 against Johnsburg. ■ April 9 Woodstock North lost to Burlington Central 11-2. ■ April 11 Woodstock North beat Woodstock 8-3. ■ April 13 Woodstock North lost to Badger 4-3.

Despite weather, softball teams heat up By Sandy Kucharski


Multiple cancellations have plagued softball this spring, but at this point the coaches have a pretty good feel for the season, based on the games they’ve managed to get in. Following are early season reviews for Woodstock High School, Woodstock North High School and Marian Central Catholic High School, obtained through email interviews with the head coaches.




WNHS’s Felipe DeAvila pitches in a 15-9 win over Marengo April 8.

Woodstock ■ April 8 Woodstock beat Round Lake 15-0. ■ April 9 Woodstock lost to Marengo 3-1. ■ April 13 Woodstock beat Guilford 10-0 and 12-6 in a double header. BOYS BASEBALL Woodstock North ■ April 8 Woodstock North beat Marengo 15-9. ■ April 9 Woodstock North beat Marengo 20-7. ■ April 11 Woodstock North beat Marengo 5-0. ■ April 13 Woodstock North beat Lakes 11-10. Woodstock ■ April 8 Woodstock lost to Burlington Central 7-2. ■ April 13 Woodstock lost to St. Edward Catholic 2-1.

Head coach: Brian Heidtke Assistant coaches: Jenn Koeser, Jay Fuller, Nick Piquette, Kory Beckman Varsity roster: 12 Top returning athletes: Michelle Hanson, Nichole Piquette, Sarah Cornell, Katie Walsh Promising varsity newcomer: Kiley Ryan “Right now we are hitting the ball well,” Heidtke said. “Our strikeouts are low, which means we are taking cuts and making contact. “Michelle Hanson bats leadoff, and she has been a great spark for us.” Heidtke gave a shoutout to sophomores Meghan Nixon, CaroleAnn Goglin, Katie Walsh, and Kaley Beckman for hitting the ball hard to begin the season, as well as freshman pitcher Kylie Ryan. He is looking forward to the return of senior pitcher Nichole Piquette, who has been out


Thunder’s Mackenzie Salazar rounds third base headed for home, while the Streaks Kaley Beckman covers the base. North topped WHS 8-3 in the crosstown matchup April 11 at WNHS. of the lineup early in the season. “The [Kishwaukee River Conference] is a tough softball conference,” he said. “With the conference schedule starting, we will need to be at our best every game to keep our winning record.”


Head coach: Kurt Farnam Assistant coach: Steve Bostler Top performers: Megan Bokowy, Jenna Golembiewski, Amelia Fitzgerald, Maggie Finnegan and Jamie Gatz. Varsity roster: 13

“We have a strong pitching core with Ellie, Chloe and Piper ... a strong defense throughout the field,” Sandall said. He looks for the team to improve on being more consistant on hitting up and down the line up. “With only losing two seniors, we have a solid line up with veterans and young players,” Sandall said. “Pitching will be our strong point with Ellie returning and Choe throwing hard right behind her. They are a good one-two punch.”

The team participated in a springbreak tournament this year. “After spending three straight weeks in a gym we traveled to Nashville for the Southern Warrior Classic High School Softball Tournament,” Farnam said. “This was the first time this year we pitched, took ground balls, or even hit on dirt. We knocked the rust off quick ... beat some really good teams and felt good about the way we were playing.”




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WNHS senior Mackenzie Sprung gets a hit April 11.

Head Coach: Paul Sandall Assistants: Nicole Gunter, Caitlin Senn Varsity roster: 13 Top returning athletes: Ellie Thurow, Chloe Vermett, Piper Benedict, Abby Hartmann, Mykenzie Selof


Marian’s Molly Finnegan bats April 1 against Crystal Lake South.

Beattie also ran in the 1,500meter run, finishing in 4:31.38. Team scores were not kept at the Tennessee Relays.

Baseball Zach Kammin Zach Kammin (Woodstock), a Coe College pitcher, improved to 5-1 with a 4-1 win over Wartburg College. Kammin, who worked 9.0 innings, allowed one earned run on four hits. He fanned three and walked three. Coe is 21-2 overall and 11-1 in the American Rivers Conference. They continue to lead the conference. Softball Emily Miller (Marian Central Catholic) helped North Central College down Elmhurst College in both of their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin contests. In the 7-3 triumph, Miller was 2-for-4 with a double. She scored twice and drove home one run. In the 8-5 win over EC, she was 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. She scored twice. North Central is 18-6 overall and 4-0 in the CCIW.

Lacrosse Patrick Brunken (Marian Central Catholic) played 48 seconds in goal in Benedictine’s 21-7 win over Cornell University. Brunken made one save and allowed one goal. Benedictine is 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. Message from Chamness For athletes to be included in College Report, please email with “Woodstock Independent” in the subject line . To be included, an athlete must be a resident of a town or a graduate of a high school covered by The Woodstock Independent, and must be an intercollegiate athlete. Please submit the name of the athlete, the town of residence or former high school, the college/university attended, and the sport being played. Dan Chamness writes The College Report for The Independent.




■ April 9 Woodstock North lost to

Crystal Lake South 7-0.

LACROSSE ■ Marian Central lost to Conant 11-10 in double overtime. TRACK ■ April 8 Woodstock North girls placed first at the KRC Tri. ■ April 13 Woodstock boys and girls placed first at Marengo’s Ed Reeves Invite where six teams competed. GIRLS SOCCER Woodstock North

■ April 8 Woodstock North beat Marengo 3-0. ■ April 9 Woodstock North lost to Streamwood 2-1. ■ April 11 Woodstock North lost to Guilford 1-0. ■ April 13 Woodstock North lost 5-2 against Amos Alonzo Stagg High in the PepsiCo Showdown. COURTESY PHOTO

Marian’s Ben Strang, flanked by his sister Jayne and parents Craig and Tina, signs a letter of intent April 8 to play baseball at Harper College in Palatine. The Hurricane pitcher began playing ball when he was in grade school and has played ever since, including all four years in high school. “I feel like the coaching and pitching are good for what I need to take pitching to the next level,” Strang said of his choice to attend Harper.” He plans to major in kinesiology.


Emma Dorn dribbles April 10 in the Streaks’ 9-0 win over Harvard. Woodstock

■ April 9 Woodstock lost to DeKalb 3-1. ■ April 10 Woodstock beat Harvard 9-0. ■ April 11 Woodstock lost 1-0 against Jacobs in the PepsiCo Showdown.

Marian Central

■ April 8 Marian Central lost to Harlem 5-1. ■ April 13 Marian Central beat Marian Catholic 1-0.


Bradley Kohler (Woodstock North) helped the Augustana College 1,600-meter relay win the event at the Ashton May Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and held at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kohler and his three teammates dashed to the finish line in 3:24.05. Wisconsin-LaCrosse was second in 3:25.08. He was also a member of the 400-meter relay team, which finished second in :42.85. Individually, the sprinter took 22nd in the 400-meter dash with a time of :52.41. Jarod Baker (Woodstock), who runs for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, took 46th in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:16.84. Wisconson-LaCrosse won the meet with 1,578.33 points. Augustana was fourth with 102.50

points, while Wisconsin-Platteville was fifth with 99 points.

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Grace Beattie, a Woodstock graduate, has etched her name in the Illinois State University top-10 list before, and she will surely do it again before her career is over next year. At the University of Tennessee Relays, Beattie, who was already on the 3,000meter steeplechase top 10 list, helped the distance-medley relay team to run Dan Chamness the third fastest outdoor time in The College Illinois State his- Report tory, as the Redbird foursome ran a time of 11 minutes, 34.28 seconds. In a stroke of double irony, the Redbirds finished third overall in the event and Beattie is also a part of the indoor distance medley relay team at ISU, which ran the third fastest time in history.


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Marian senior Andrew Lydon plays the short game April 8 against Round Lake.




Sophomore Riley Ellegood gets a jump on a return April 8 when Woodstock High School hosted Hampshire.


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WHS senior Evan Geske had a very productive week at the plate for Blue Streak baseball, posting a .476 batting average including three doubles and a triple. Evan’s on-base percentage of .560 and five runs scored helped power the Streaks offense through the week. Evan was active on the mound as well, posting a 1.31 ERA while earning the save in the Streak’s 1-0 win over Marian Central on April 6.


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Woodstock North junior Shea Jones keeps her eyes up as she pursues the ball. The Thunder beat conference rival Marengo 3-0 at home April 8. Mariana Vergara, Katelynn Ward, and Jones each contributed a goal and an assist.


Where GRADE is listed, grade levels apply to 2019/2020 school year

Weight Lifting Camp Bobby Mickey

Time Grade Camp Dates 7-12 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00-noon

Wrestling Camp 6-8 Ches Kirkpatrick Dougherty 9-12 Chris Girls Basketball 9-12 Collin Kalamatas 7&8 ckalamatas@wcusd200.org1-3 4-6 Boys Basketball 9-12 WHS Shipley Gym K-2 Alex Baker 3-5 6-8 Volleyball Camp 9-12 Jill Rokosik 6-8 jillrokosik@gmail.com1-5 Tennis Camp 1-8 Justice/Porter 9-12

June 3-August 1 (excluding 7/1-7/5) July 1-3 9:00 am- noon Monday-Friday July 8-July 26 July 15-July 18 6:00-7:30 pm M, T, Th, & F 7:00-9:00 am June 17-28, July 8-30 & August 1-2

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July 22-July 25 (rain date 7/26) 5:00-6:15 pm July 22-July 25 (rain date 7/26) 6:30-8:00 pm

$45) $45

June 18 & June 19 June 18-June 20

$40) $50)

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10:00-noon 12:30-1:30 pm 1:45-3:00 pm 8:00-10:00 am noon-1:30 pm 1:30-3:00 pm 1:00-3:00 pm 8:00-10:30 am 11 am-12:30 pm 11 am-12:30 pm 9:00-10:00 am

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Summer Baseball 9-12 Monday-Friday June 3-June 28 TBA $70) Matt Prill 3-5 June 17-June 20 10:00-noon $60) mprill@wcusd200.org6-8 June 17-June 20 1:00-3:00 pm $60) Golf Camp 9-12 June 6, 13, 20, 27 3:30-dusk $140) Brent Filetti July 18 & 25 or $20/date GREENS FEE MADE PAYABLE TO: Bull Valley Golf Club $100) Bowling Camp 9-12 Monday, Tuesday & Thursdays 11:00 am-1:00 pm Brian Heidtke June 3-June 27 June 10, 11 & 13 1:00-2:30 pm $30) 3-8 Softball Camp 9-12 M-Th June 3-June 27 8:00-10:00 am $75) Brian Heidtke *No camp June 10-13, asking for HS volunteers to work grade 3-8 camp June 10-June 13 8:00-10:00 am $45) 3-8

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Fee $50)

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