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Chamber board takes no position on Founder’s Crossing By Larry Lough

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Local home sales stabilize as new construction continues

Woodstock will get a look at a third design plan for Founder’s Crossing – if that’s really its name. During a members-only meeting last week with the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry,

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developer Ken Rawson rolled out his latest proposal for a housing development north of the Metra station. The plan for 92 small-lot, singlefamily homes (originally 91) has been modified again, this time to eliminate 10 houses directly north of the Metra parking lot, where Rawson proposes two 18-unit apartment buildings.

The day after the Aug. 7 meeting, the chamber Board of Directors voted not to take a formal position on the development, according to Executive Director Danielle Gulli. She said the board was disappointed that only about 14 chamber members, along with a handful of city officials, See HOUSING Page 2

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Judy Woodson leads a tour of native plants at her Woodstock home during a nature walk Saturday sponsored by the local Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. It was one of two local sites toured where invasive plant species had been removed and native plants restored.

City won’t try to regulate ‘solicitors’ By Larry Lough

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In February, the City Council eliminated “aggressive panhandling” as a violation of city ordinance, renaming that section of the code “Peddlers and Solicitation.” Last week, the council repealed the ordinance altogether. And it is uncertain when, if ever,

Woodstock will try again to regulate beggars and solicitors in light of a shifting legal landscape. City Attorney Ruth Schlossberg, who crafted language for the new code in February to try to comply with recent court rulings on solicitation, suggested the outright repeal. “... [U]ntil jurisprudence in this area offers clearer guidance,” she wrote in a memo to the council, “we believe

that the City’s best course of action at this point to avoid a potential challenge on constitutional grounds is to repeal the Solicitation Ordinance ... in its entirety.” Asked after the Aug. 6 council meeting when such legal clarity might come from the courts, Schlossberg said, “Not in the foreseeable future.” See PANHANDLE Page 2


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showed up at Stage Left Café for Rawson’s presentation. “The board felt they did not have a solid feel for where members fall on the issue,” she explained. But she said the board believed members of the city Plan Commission were well-qualified to make recommendations on development issues. “We felt the Plan Commission was best suited to decide on individual developments,” Gulli said. “They have our full confidence.” Commissioners have twice recommended – by 5-4 and 7-0 votes – that the City Council reject the preliminary plat for Founder’s Crossing on the former Die Cast factory site along Clay Street. The commission apparently will now consider the latest preliminary plat, probably in September, according to Joe Napolitano, director of Building and Zoning.

Her recommendation was triggered by a letter last month from the American Civil Liberties Union and two advocacy groups for homeless people. Schlossberg said in her memo to the council that courts had determined solicitation ordinances could not be content-based, “that if you have to look at the content of speech in order to know how to regulate it, then such regulation is almost always prohibited under the First Amendment.” The ACLU letter, while expressing appreciation that Woodstock had amended its ordinance in February, warned that the code was “still content based and unconstitutionally overbroad ... because it applies only to those who ‘make a request of any sort [to] another person’ and not to those who approach another person for any other purpose.” As such, the ACLU suggested, the city’s amended ordinance would have made it illegal to ask someone for the time if standing within 3 feet of that person, asking for directions within 20 feet of a bus stop, or working in pairs to collect signatures for a petition. Schlossberg’s memo told the council that city police still could enforce criminal laws “when panhandling behavior rises to the level of threats, intimidation, extortion or assault,” but they could not cite people for city ordinance violation for the behavior. In fact, the ACLU’s letter noted police could enforce unwanted touching (battery), blocking a person’s way, blocking the entrance to a building, or threatening someone (intimidation or extortion).

No retail included

In meetings dating back to February, Plan Commission members objected that the proposal did not conform to the downtown development plan, approved by the City Council in January. That document calls for high-density, transit-oriented development next to the train station. Gulli said her board was “in full support” of the downtown plan. Commissioners also have objected to the absence of a retail component that the downtown plan envisions in a mixed-use development. The retail component is not addressed in Rawson’s latest plan. During the meeting with Rawson at Stage Left Café, Gulli asked why the development did not include a convenience store or dry cleaners that would be convenient for the 118-unit development. Spero Adamis, a commercial real estate broker who is working with Rawson, told her that retail business could develop later around the housing site. “We think other retail sites are better,” Adamis said. “I think that can

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Developer Kenneth Rawson of Chicago shows his latest design for a housing development north of the Metra station in Woodstock. The presentation was made last week to the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry. happen, but we don’t think this is the site for that. This is a residential development.” Cody Sheriff, newly appointed chairman of the Plan Commission, was disappointed the new plan did not include high-density housing, other than the two apartment buildings, as the downtown plan calls for. “I’d like to see the Plan Commission work with the developer to make this [site] make sense,” he said. Rawson said that unless demand dictated otherwise, those buildings would likely be the last construction in the development, built only after the single-family homes were completed, probably in 2022.

The houses would sell for $225,000 to $250,000, Rawson said. The Woodstock area has only a two-month inventory of homes in that range, he reported. “As long as you stay in that price range, there’s tremendous depth of market,” he said. In the effort to encourage more local feedback – and win support – for the project, architect Rhonda Rawson, co-developer with her father, asked for more feedback and suggested the name Founder’s Crossing could be changed to something more contemporary. She encouraged suggestions. “I want this project to feel like it belongs here,” she said.

Officials say bat in Woodstock tested positive for rabies A bat that tested positive for rabies was recently found at a home in Woodstock, the McHenry County Health Department reported Friday. No human exposure was reported, according to a news release, although potential exposure to several dogs playing with the bat was considered.

Health officials said that keeping pets (even those who stay indoors) up to date with vaccinations would keep them from getting rabies and provide a barrier of protection for people if a rabid animal bites a pet. “Never touch a bat with bare hands,” the news release said. “Using a shovel or plastic bag

ensures no direct contact. If a bat is found inside, contain it in a room by closing the door,” said Maryellen Howell, manager of the department’s Veterinary Public Health Division. People should call Animal Control immediately, 815-459-6222, if they, a family member, or a pet has had direct contact with a bat.

Police see no change

When the ordinance was amended in February, Police Chief John Lieb said the change would not “to a great extent” affect how his officers dealt with complaints about panhandlers. “It’s not against the law for one person to ask another person for money,” Lieb said at the time. “But if their behavior is in violation, that individual can be cited.” The amended ordinance had prohibited 15 specific solicitation actions that had been known as “aggressive panhandling.” Those include getting too close (within 3 feet), continuing to solicit after being denied, and following someone who is trying to walk away. The language also made it a violation to use profane language or gestures, to solicit in a group of two or more people, or to solicit between sunset and sunrise.


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and Wheeler Street between First and Third streets. City Engineer Ryan Livingston had explained those projects needed sewer work completed before the streets were covered with new pavement. “These improvements are very important to the citizens of Woodstock,” City Councilman Jim Prindiville said last week just before the street work was approved. That was the only comment made before the five council members

present – and Mayor Brian Sager by phone – gave unanimous approval in a single vote to several items on the meeting’s consent agenda, including the street work. In other action Aug. 6, the council amended the city ordinance on tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products to comply with new state laws, effective this past July 1, that prohibit sales of the products to anyone younger than 21 years old.

Holiday traffic drive underway till Sept. 3

Woodstock Police this week will begin a traffic safety campaign focusing on drunken, unbuckled, and distracted drivers ahead of and during the Labor Day weekend. The crackdown will run from Aug. 16 through early Sept. 3.

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More than $1.7 million in repairs and resurfacing of Woodstock streets this year should be underway by now. Trucks with crews and materials, along with the necessary equipment to rip up asphalt and put down new pavement, will fill city streets for the next three months as A Lamp Concrete Contractors of Schaumburg works toward a Nov. 15 deadline for improvements to a dozen streets. Because the two bids received for the work were significantly higher than the budgeted amount, two street projects were dropped from the original 2019 list: Lincoln Avenue between Dacy and Tryon streets

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Lincoln Avenue west of Tryon Street will have to do with patching since that street was pulled from the city’s 2019 resurfacing program because of high bids.

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Contractor must finish by Nov. 15

A 35-year-old Woodstock woman has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to unlawful delivery of 15 to 100 grams of cocaine, a Class X felony, Daisy R. Judge RobCazares ert Wilbrandt handed down the sentence last week to Daisy R. Cazares, who was accused of selling cocaine in December and again in January.

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arrested Aug. 5 at Irving Avenue and Eastwood Drive on a McHenry County warrant charging failure to appear. Taken to jail. Bond and court date to be set. ■ Colin B. Imhof, 30, Woodstock, was arrested Aug. 6 in the 700 block of Irving Avenue on charges of driving under the influence, driving under the influence with blood-alcohol content over 0.08 percent, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Held on $3,000 bond. Court date Aug. 23. ■ Hector D. Guevara Jr., 19, Fox River Grove, was arrested Aug. 6 in the 1900 block of Sheila Street on a charge of criminal trespass to motor vehicle. Held on $1,500 bond. Court date Aug. 22

■ Jamaine Craft, 35, Chicago, was arrested July 27 in the 200 block of North Benton Street on charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer, resisting a peace officer; obstructing identification, and reckless conduct. Taken to jail. Bond and court date to be set. ■ Ronnell D. Smith, 35, Woodstock, was arrested Aug. 2 in the 1900 block of Charles Street on a charge of driving while license suspended. Taken to jail. Bond and court date to be set. ■ Martin Arellano, 55, Woodstock, was arrested Aug. 6 in the 1900 block of Charles Street on two counts of domestic battery. Taken to jail. Bond and court date to be set. ■ Troy R. Chambers, 33, transient, was arrested Aug. 6 in the 100 block of Van Buren Street on a charges of assault. Held on $1,500 bond. Court date Aug. 26. ■ Juvenile, 17, Woodstock, was arrested Aug. 6 in the 200 block of Church Street on charges of resisting a peace officer and disorderly conduct. Released to parent. Court date to be set. ■ Timothy L. Alltop, 54, Burlington, was arrested Aug. 8 in the 3700 block of Doty Road on a charge of disorderly conduct. Released after posting 10 percent of $1,500 bond. Court date Aug. 15. ■ Bradley J. Lamkin, 25, transient, was

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■ Odunayo O. Olatokun, 41, Woodstock, was arrested July 31 on charges of speeding 15-20 mph above limit and driving on suspended driver’s license. ■ Daisy R. Cazares, 35, Woodstock, was arrested July 31 on a charge of driving on revoked driver’s license. ■ Douglas W. Jordan, 40, Woodstock, was arrested July 31 on a charge of violating an order of protection. ■ Aaron J. Rendon, 36, Wonder Lake, was arrested Aug. 1 on charges of aggravated battery of a child under 13/great bodily harm, domestic battery/physical contact,

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and domestic battery/bodily harm. ■ Pamela S. VanFleet, 46, Wonder Lake, was arrested Aug. 3 on charges of driving on suspended driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle with registration suspended, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. ■ Anthony E. Chrisos, 53, Woodstock, was arrested Aug. 3 on charges of resisting a peace officer and criminal trespass/ remaining on land. ■ Steven M. Fernstrom, 41, Woodstock, was arrested Aug. 4 on charges of speeding 15-20 mph above limit and driving on suspended driver’s license. ■ Sabrina A. Syed, 20, Woodstock, was arrested Aug. 5 on charges of disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct/false reporting to public safety agency. ■ Gerard B. Gordon, 48, Woodstock, was arrested Aug. 5 on charges of aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated DUI with license suspended, and driving on a revoked/suspended license from DUI. Charges are only accusations of crimes, and defendants are presumed innocent until proved guilty.

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

Ambulance calls Aug. 1-7: 67 Fire Runs Aug. 1 11:15 a.m. – 2000 block of North Seminary Avenue, unintentional smoke detector activation, no fire; shift commander, engine, truck, ambulance 1:58 p.m. – 200 block of Terry Court, building fire; truck, engine, shift commander 5:28 p.m. – 1100 block of South Fleming Road, traffic accident with injuries; ambulance, truck, shift commander 9:52 p.m. – Route 47 and Vanderkarr, Hebron, assist police or other agency; truck Aug. 2 3:07 a.m. – 3200 block of Pond End Lane, Wonder Lake, malfunctioning alarm system sounded, shift commander, ambulance 7:22 p.m. – 1000 block of Tappan Street, outside rubbish fire; truck Aug. 4 11:17 a.m. – Lucas Road and Dean Street, outside rubbish, trash or waste fire; engine, brush truck, shift commander 3:22 p.m. – Lucas Road and Route 47, brush or brush-and-grass mixture fire; engine, brush truck, shift commander, tender

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Barbara Ann Corbett, 83

2:35 p.m. – 200 block of South Hough, Barrington, chemical spill or leak; hazmat Aug. 5 10:50 a.m. – 600 block of South Eastwood Drive, unintentional alarm system activation, no fire; truck, ambulance, shift commander Aug. 6 2:40 p.m. – 1000 block of Wheeler Street, lockout; truck 3:09 p.m. – 771 Donna Court, gas leak (natural or LP); truck 6 p.m. – 2000 block of Willow Brooke Drive, cooking fire, confined to container; shift commander, engine 8:23 p.m. – 200 block of South Tryon Street, carbon monoxide incident; truck Aug. 7 5:32 a.m. – 2100 block of Lake Avenue, unintentional alarm system activation, no fire; engine 7:15 a.m. – Dean and Calhoun streets, traffic accident with no injuries; shift commander, ambulance, truck

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Terry Thompson, 85 Terry Thompson, 85, of Lake Geneva, Wis., Florida, and Woodstock, Ill., passed away Aug. 7, 2019. He was born May 5, 1934, to Loren and Helen Thompson of Woodstock. For 50 years, Terry was an owner-operator in trucking, most of which was “over the road” between Illinois and California. Terry was a skilled fabricator and built his own masterful rigs (Terrybilt). To the very end he continued his skills in the world of rat rods and truck shows. He was married 64 years (and 10 hours) to his lovely bride, Carol (Stilling) Thompson. They had three children, Douglas (preceded in death), Brian of Laporte, Colo., and Lisa (Giuseppe Gaias) of Las Vegas, Nev. He had four grandchildren, Kristi (Jason Robarge) and Matt (Tracy) Thompson of Colorado and Jami (fiancé Cody Sauber) and Erica Thompson of Illinois. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m.

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Barbara Ann (Roskie) Corbett, 83, died on Aug. 2, 2019, after a short illness. She was the daughter of Toney and Catherine Roskie. She passed away at JourneyCare Woodstock, the site of the hospital in which she was born on Jan. 24, 1936. She is survived by her loving daughters, Dena (Dave) Vollman of Niles, Mich., and her sister, Caryl (Dan) Lemanski of Woodstock. Barbara will also be missed by her adoring granddaughters, Ashely, Aleyna, Amanda (Ryan) Jerson, and great-granddaughter, Evelyn Jerdon, also of Niles, Mich. Her nephew, David Lemanski, her niece, Stacie Udelhover, and her daughters, Taylor and Kendall, of St. Charles, Ill., also will miss her smiling presence. Barbara grew up at the Todd School and graduated from Woodstock High School. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in education. At NIU she was a member of the

Delta Sigma Theta sorority, which later became Delta Zeta. She went on to serve as an elementary school teacher in Illinois and Indiana. In later years she worked for the McHenry County Workforce Center and later for the McHenry County Youth Services Bureau. While living at Hearthstone, she was president of the Residents Council Board. She was also an active and longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a member of the Evangelical Committee. In lieu of flowers, please direct your donation to the JourneyCare Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010. Memorials in Barbara’s memory would be appreciated by the First Presbyterian Church, Woodstock.

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Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager will be honored this week as one of the Illinois State Fair’s Illinoisans of the Day during the 2019 celebration of the state’s agricultural heritage and accomplishments. The formal recognition will come at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Brian State Historical Sager Museum on the State Fairgrounds. Aug.14 is also designated as Governor’s Day. According to a news release, the Illinoisan of the Day award is awarded by the Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation to people who exemplify the qualities of integrity, dependability, sense of community and strong ethics. Award criteria also include affiliation with county or state fairs and demonstrated involvement in public service, educational projects and youth programs. Sager’s role in agriculture and education began with 4-H involvement from childhood to adult leadership. He spent 18 years teaching animal and plant sciences and economics at McHenry County College and worked 12 years with U of I Cooperative Extension Service. He has been involved with the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs for many years.

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Brand new name couldn’t hurt proposal

Maybe a name change is a good idea for that ever-evolving proposal for a downtown housing development introduced to Woodstock last September as a 94-home neighborhood called Founder’s Crossing. After two rejections by the city Plan Commission, developers Ken Rawson and his daughter, architect Rhonda Rawson, have shown a commendable willingness to alter their plan – but only up to a point. Adding two apartment buildings, where 10 homes had been planned, is a nod toward the highdensity, transit-oriented housing that is called for in the city’s plan for downtown development. Singlefamily homes (now numbering 82 after an earlier downsizing) would still dominate the project. But the Rawsons continue to resist a retail component that the downtown plan also envisioned as part of a mixed-use development. Negotiations will continue, no doubt. The main thing that is nagging us, however, is the eagerness of the developers, and some advocates of Founder’s Crossing, to disregard the downtown plan that underwent months of preparation by city staff and review by the City Council before being adopted barely six months ago. We understand that, after the former Die Cast factory site north of the Metra station has gone undeveloped for a decade, some people are anxious for visible progress. Note there is a difference between “eager” and “anxious.” But we’re more sympathetic with those who insist the final plan for development should be the right one, not just the most recent. Members of the Plan Commission have held fast to their idea that patience will produce the right proposal, one that respects the ideas within the downtown plan. So, sure, suggest a more contemporary name for a housing complex whose target market is millennials and empty-nesters. A rebranding can’t hurt. And let’s continue to rework both the concept and details of this plan. We’ll wait.

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Front-page photo said so much in one shot I just wanted to say, what a wonderful photo that was on the cover of the July 31-Aug. 6 Independent of a kiss between a young soldier about to deploy and his fiancée, whom he had just proposed to. Tricia Carzoli captured so much in that one shot – youth, love, commitment, duty, and faith in the future. What a photo! Eileen Millard Woodstock

Anti-cancer fundraiser should ban smoking Went to my first Gavers Barndance this summer. Wasn’t sure what to expect, and have to say we were impressed by the food and the band/dancing. However, I was appalled that

smoking was allowed at the event! Here we were, listening to someone on stage talking about fighting lung cancer, while we were forced to keep moving around to avoid exposing ourselves to second-hand smoke (and there were MANY smokers, which meant we couldn’t enjoy ourselves outside the tent). Thankfully, at least the tent was non-smoking, but it was really stuffy. Those of us who choose not to smoke should be able to get some breeze without exposing ourselves to a known carcinogen. Not only has Gavers failed in its mission of “cancer education,” it consciously made it easier for those who choose to partake in an activity that has been proved to cause cancer (and at the expense of those of us who “got the message” and want to avoid this carcinogen). This is easily solved: don’t allow smoking on the event grounds; a designated smoking area should be set up in the park downwind from the event. I wrote to Gavers directly and

heard nothing, so taking this message public. I will not support an organization that behaves so hypocritically and encourage others to avoid this event until it is non-smoking. Vilia Jakaitis Woodstock

City needs new plan for housing project Given my 40+ years as a professional designer, I am among Woodstock’s most qualified residents to opine on the aesthetic and practical aspects of the proposed Founder’s Crossing development. Wednesday evenings’ presentation (Aug. 7) was among the weakest I’ve ever seen. The presentation was sophomoric and discombobulated. Incredibly, it featured the work of other architects and other builders! Continued on next page


outfitted ballparks for the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers among others. I also knew Gearing Up for Good grew out of his reading “Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance.” “At this stage in my life, both professionally and personally, I have come to realize that I have an opportunity before me. One that will allow me to take on a grueling physical (and perhaps even larger mental) challenge with the greater mission of bringing cognizance to a serious brain disease – Parkinson’s,” he said on the website. So, why Parkinson’s? Though no one in Joe’s family has suffered from the disease, it had struck loved ones of several of his employees. The money raised will provide financial support for the development of a pilot and the first in a series of satellite centers in partnership with University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute. The centers will offer treatment options to reduce gait and balance problems and the tremors that result from Parkinson’s and other nervous-system disorders. When we talked Friday, Joe had logged more than 400 miles, and he said the fund total had moved above $100,000. He can be followed at gearingupforgood.org, where donations also can be made. Photos and updates are posted daily on Facebook – Gearing Up For Good.

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That being the case, she is actually not a qualified architect. Has she left a false impression in the minds of the credulous individuals who will be making the decision to approve or disapprove the project? Further, she has no staff and claims she will be designing all 85 homes and two four-story apartment buildings ... personally. That is a preposterous assertion. If the Woodstock City Council swallows this developer’s story, it will be a blunder from which Woodstock will never recover. It is predictable that, in short order, those houses will not be the “gingerbread, white picket fence, storybook” homes the developer would like us to imagine. By contrast, as a practical matter, many if not most will inevitably

become rental property, with broken trampolines and rusted bicycles in weed-filled yards. Founder’s Crossing will become an embarrassment to Woodstock and a sad legacy for our mayor, as he moves on to his other interests. In brief, that project is irredeemably inadequate. My recommendation to the city is to commission a brilliant architectural and planning firm to develop an ideal plan for the former Die Cast site. Then, seek accomplished homebuilders to implement the ideal concept in order to create a community as beautiful as Victorian Village, where yours truly and our mayor reside.

As a design professional, it was embarrassing to watch. Moreover, the plan itself is entirely wrong for our community, and the dwelling designs are hohum, to put it mildly. Seemingly, the developer’s daughter has all along left the Plan Commission, the mayor, the City Council members, and our citizens with the misleading impression that she is an architect. She may have taken some architecture classes in college. Or, perhaps she even majored in architecture. However, apparently she did not serve an apprenticeship and lacked the skill and/or knowledge to pass the necessary tests to become a licensed architect.

Cheryl Wormley is publisher of The Woodstock Independent. Her email address is c.wormley@thewoodstockindependent.com.

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have an advance crew or someone trailing behind. His hybrid bicycle has only a couple of small pouches in the front – one of which holds the hammock he sleeps in every Cheryl night. Wormley His goal is to Declarations find a park or camping area by the time he “tires out” each day. “One night I just found a spot where I could tie the hammock between two trees,” he said. When I asked about food, he pointed to a pouch that fit in the triangle of the bike’s frame and said, “I have a sandwich in there, and I buy dehydrated foods like dates and raisins and fresh fruits like bananas.” Concerned about his going it alone, I asked more questions. “I have a virtual support team,” he said. His team is a group of 10 family and friends who are back in Cincinnati. Three are responsible for “Kids Corner,” which is easily accessible on the trek’s web page, gearingupforgood.org. Two are raising money; one is responsible for safety logistics and is Joe’s emergency contact; and one is the content manager for the web page and Facebook. His wife, Jane, is his card “handerouter” to generate interest among bike clubs and retailers. I’d done a bit of research, so I knew Joe is the CEO of Motz Corp., a successful and recognized provider of natural and synthetic turf, having

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I’m always interested in talking with people, and I am really intrigued with people who are committed to endeavors that set them apart from the herd. So when a friend of the greater Wormley family told me her father would celebrate his 65th birthday by Gearing Up for Good on his 6,500mile bicycle trek to raise $650,000 for the support of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, I was all ears. Little did I know then that I would have the opportunity to meet Joe Motz on the Woodstock Square last Thursday morning on the seventh day of his 90-day mission. The movie “Groundhog Day” lured him to our town. It’s not hard to find a cyclist on the Square. One just looks for someone wearing a cycling jersey and pants. I found Joe and two members of the Barrington Bicycle Club at Starbucks. When Danny and Lena learned he planned to ride from Barrington to Woodstock on U.S. 14, they offered to escort him on less-traveled and more-scenic roadways, including Country Club Road. “The barns were great,” Joe said. “I grew up on a farm.” Joe seemed to have all the time in the world to talk with me. I was the one who was concerned about him being short of his halfway-point for the day. His daily goal is 85 miles. Unlike many who traverse the greater Midwest and West on twowheelers – in Joe’s case, from Cincinnati to San Diego and back to Cincinnati – he is going solo. He doesn’t

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D-200 teacher Brett Fankhauser uses a flagpole to start a lesson about pulleys for an elementary school summer enrichment class July 31 at Mary Endres Elementary School. This is the second year that District 200 offered voluntary summer enrichment classes.

Teacher Melinda Malo helps students work on their marble track during her STEM class July 31 at Mary Endres Elementary School.

A new school year always brings a fresh start, especially this year at Greenwood Elementary School, where new principal Julie Smith will begin her first year with Woodstock School District 200. Smith was most recently assistant principal at Spaulding School in Gurnee School District 56, Julie where she pre- Smith viously was a behavior specialist and a fourthgrade teacher for 13 years. Smith was hired over the summer to replace Tom Wollpert, who was chosen as facilitator for the district’s new Challenger Learning Center, which will be housed at Olson Elementary School in September. “I have a lot of experience in the classroom,” Smith said, “and what I value, and where my career has taken me, is teaching. I’m a teacher at heart. In schools, it is our job to teach children, in every situation.” Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University in 1998 and a master’s in instruction and leadership from St. Xavier University in 2002. She also obtained a master’s in principal preparation from Concordia University in 2016. Superintendent Mike Moan said he was excited about the experience that Smith brought to the position and believed she would be a great fit for Greenwood. Smith said she had enjoyed meeting other District 200 staff members and was excited about Continued on Next page

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About 100 Woodstock elementary school students spent part of summer taking enrichment classes. Woodstock School District 200 offered, for a second year, enrichment classes this summer for elementary school students to learn new skills and get excited about and prepare for a new school year. District 200 has traditionally offered jumpstart summer school for students who need an extra boost to perform at grade level in reading and math. But two years ago, administrators decided to offer new programs for students who were looking for fun summer learning opportunities. “It gets them back into the routine of getting up and ready to learn,” said Jennifer Malecke, principal for District 200’s summer school program. “I know from raising my own kids that summer can be tough for routines. “And it’s fun. They’re really enjoying it. They got to pick the classes they wanted, and that helps them stay motivated.” Students were able to choose from Spanish, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), art, coding, and dance classes, which were newly added this year. STEM students built tracks to race marbles, built boats to learn about buoyancy, and participated in other fun projects. The curriculum for each class was developed by District 200 teachers. Classes this summer were held from July 22 through Aug. 1 at Mary Endres Elementary School. About 100 students from first through fifth grades participated in this summer’s classes. Keely Krueger, assistant superintendent for early childhood and elementary education, said parents appreciated having a fun summerlearning opportunity. Educators will continue working toward keeping the course offerings engaging so repeat students will have new experiences each summer, she said.

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meeting Greenwood families and staff. She said she appreciated the small-town feel of the school. “Everybody has been so welcoming,” she said. “It’s a really nice community.” Smith said she was learning the system, the community, and about the students. She will soon begin to assess how students’ academic needs are being met, Smith added. “I’m big on individualizing learning — matching lessons to the student’s needs,” she said. “No two kids learn the same way.” Greenwood Elementary School, 4618 Greenwood Road, has about 300 students enrolled, most of them in first to fifth grades, although the school also houses pre-K and kindergarten students with special needs. At its regular board meeting on June 18, the District 200 Board of Education approved hiring Smith at an annual salary of $92,000.

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Scholarships empower local women By Janet Dovidio

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Two local women are among six McHenry County College students to receive the Education to Empowerment award, a scholarship and mentoring opportunity for women offered by the Friends of MCC Foundation. Citlaly Velasco of Woodstock and Alexa Slack of Bull Valley are recipients, along with Emily Johnson of Marengo; Audre Knecht and Erin Wallin, both of McHenry; and Katarzyna “Kasia” Zajac of Algonquin. The E2E scholarship amount is $10,000. More than $200,000 has been awarded to over 25 students since the program began in 2013. Velasco is a member of Latinos Unidos and participated in MCC’s 2019 Latino Empowerment Conference. She enrolled in the certified nursing assistant

program while attending Woodstock North High School and currently works at The Fountains in Crystal Lake. After earning an associate degree in nursing, she would like to obtain a bachelor’s Citlaly degree in nursing. Velasco Velasco hopes to specialize in neonatal care or obstetrics. Slack is pursuing her desire to become an elementary school teacher. While attending McHenry Community High School West, she earned the Key Club International Medal for completing more than 50 hours of community service. She attends classes at MCC while also teaching preschool at KinderCare. Slack hopes

to transfer to Roosevelt University after obtaining her associate degree in elementary education at MCC. The mission of E2E is to empower women to reach their potential and achieve economic Alexa Slack independence. “We are so excited about the strides made in the past year,” said Nancy Wenzel, co-chairwoman of the Education to Empowerment Executive Committee. “Through the generosity of our current members and our expanding member base, we have increased the annual scholarship award from $8,000 to $10,000. It gives us great pride to support our scholarship recipients.”

teachers in Woodstock and other school districts in McHenry County. The grants provide additional funds so students can participate in special classroom/ school projects. Any public school teacher,

pre-K to high school, is eligible to apply. For information and the application form, visit mcrta.org. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 31. Awards will be announced in January.

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Grant program offered for local public school teachers

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Funny business: Laughstock back in town

No joke! Opera House to host four comedy performers Staff Report

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Belly laughs are back in Woodstock for a second year as the Laughstock Comedy Festival takes to the stage this weekend. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. And for aspiring comedians, two of the performers will conduct a workshop on stand-up comedy the afternoon before the show. Headlining the main show will be Tim Walkoe, a musician and improvisational actor who weaves his talents through his performance. “Laughstock is a lot of fun, and you get four comics for $25,” Danielle Gulli, executive director of the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release. Organizers are promoting the

event to out-of-towners as a destination weekend in Woodstock with “great food, arts and comedy on the picturesque town square.” Walkoe, from Chicago, has headlined more than 100 comedy clubs nationwide, including the Comedy Stop venues in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Zanies, Funny Bones, and Comedy Store, among others. The Chicago Tribune wrote about Walkoe: “Nonstop laughter from start to finish ... Walkoe’s rapid-fire delivery and shoot-from-the-hip style leaves audiences laughing so hard it’s hard to catch up to the next joke.” Among the performers returning from last year’s festival are Patti Vasquez, a Chicago favorite and an internationally performing comedian, and veteran actor/ comic Carl Wolfson, who offers topical material on politics and pop culture. He has headlined 10,000 shows nationwide. Vasquez has appeared on shows such as “Comedy.Tv,”“The Very Funny Show,” and “Comics Unleashed” and

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Tim Walkoe will be the headliner Saturday night for the second annual Laughstock at the Woodstock Opera House. has guest-starred on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.” In June she ended a five-year run as late-night radio host at WGN in Chicago. She has written and performed several one-woman

shows, including “Tales of a Diaper Diva: From Stolis to Stirrups,” “Tequila and Shamrocks” and “Sometimes Mommy Swears.” Continued on Next page

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Seats were where you could find them if you didn’t bring your own for Woodstock’s Rockstock finalé Saturday. The featured act was Marrakesh Express (far left) after Who’s Who and frontman Wayne Garamoni (left) opened the show before a crowd of close to 1,000 people on the Square. It concluded a three-concert series to observe the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock (N.Y.) Music Festival of 1969.


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New comic Matty Ryan will open the show. Tickets cost $25 a person for regular seating. To buy tickets, ticket information, and other show details, visit LaughstockFes- Patti tival.com. Vasquez And, if you ever dreamed of being on that stage performing your own stand-up routine, Wolfson and Vasquez will lead a stand-up comedy workshop at the Opera House from 2 to 4 p.m. before taking the stage Saturday evening. Tickets to the workshop cost $25 a person. L a u g h s t o c k Carl is presented by Wolfson the Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce, and Real Woodstock. To learn more, visit realwoodstock.com.

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The Hat is back, and once again – for the third year – the Woodstock Square will be transformed into a world of enchantment. The city’s hit fantasy festival of the past two summers has a new name, a new day, and a new season. Witches & Wizards of Woodstock will move to the fall this year – four days before Halloween – from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. It was a Thursday afternoon and evening affair in the past two years. Also, unlike past years, the Square won’t be completely shut down this year. Main Street will remain open, as will Cass from Main to Throop, so traffic can get through, for dropping off moviegoers, for example. According to a news release from the city of Woodstock, the all-ages event will feature “the beloved Magical Hat, the Loyola University Quidditch Squad, fantasy-themed trivia contests, scavenger hunts, games, crafts, shopping, amazing food and beverages, and all manner of entertainment offered at no charge to attendees, whether magicians or

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Witches & Wizards of Woodstock will take on special meaning this year as the festival will come four days before Halloween. Previous festivals have been on Thursday, but this one will be on a Sunday.

muggles.” The Woodstock Public Library, city of Woodstock, and the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry are working together with businesses on the Square and corporate sponsors to ensure visitors have a magical fall afternoon.

Downtown businesses will be encouraged to keep Sunday hours for a change for the many hundreds – thousands? – who are expected to attend. Nick Weber, director of the Woodstock Public Library, has said the nearness to Halloween wasn’t unintended. “We’re definitely expanding the brand, to witches and wizards and mythology,” Weber had said in June. “We’re opening it up as widely as possible, and Halloween is a natural fit for this. ... That’s the right time of year for dressing up and doing a little make-believe with costumes.” Fans can follow the WWoW event on Facebook to catch the latest updates, facebook.com/ events/682169422230776/?active_ tab=about, or visit the event web page at woodstockpubliclibrary. org/library/page/witches-and-wizards-woodstock-2019. Applications for vendors are still being accepted, according to the news release, and volunteering is a great way to be part of the magic. For more information, email Weber at nweber@woodstockil.info.


Prices up only slightly from 2018 home sales By Susan W. Murray

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For those who sweated their way through the housing market crash, a stable market comes as a welcome relief. Prices of single-family detached homes in Bull Valley, Greenwood, and Woodstock rose 1.3 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2018. That comes close to matching the growth in average sales price of 1.8 percent from 2017 to 2018, as reported by Jolene White, real estate agent with RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest. Hot real estate markets are strung throughout the country, largely in suburbs outside major U.S. cities: Watauga, Texas, outside Fort Worth; Castro Valley, Calif., outside San Francisco; and Peabody, Mass., outside Boston, to name a few. Sellers in those areas enjoy the luxury of receiving multiple offers over list price. “That is not here,” said Rick Bellairs of Berkshire Hathaway. “We are in a flat spot. The difference

from 2018 is negligible.”

Lower price, faster sale

Despite that horizontal line on the graph, some sectors of the market are experiencing brisk sales. “Entry to mid-level is the hottest part of the market,” Bellairs said. “Over $300,000, it starts getting dicey.” While the average market time for a home was 93 days in the first six months of the year, houses priced below $250,000 moved much faster, between 17 and 78 days on average.

Sales of Single-Family Detached Homes: January through June 2018/2019 Change Average Market Time: 105 days/93 days/-12 days Average Sold Price: $234,721/ $237,587/+1.3% Number Sold: 217/225/ + 3.6%

Richard Ahrens, with Keefe Real Estate, said below-average market time reflected a “lack of inventory, more prevalent in the $125,000 to $175,000 range.” “What we’re seeing is a very Continued on Next page

City of Woodstock Building Activity Report Summary: January through June   Single-Family Detached Homes 2018/2019 Change Number of Permits: 32/33/+1 Construction Cost: $3,808,213/$5,010,987/+24% Average Construction Cost: $119,000/$152,000/+22%

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Transactions filed in the McHenry County Recorder’s Office from May 8 to 15 . ■ Residence at 3030 Jonathon Lane, Woodstock, was sold by Gary Caron, Marengo, to Anthony Vialpando, Woodstock, for $315,000. ■ Lot 15 and Lot 16 on Acorn Path, Wonder Lake, were sold by Doug Sanders and Diane Murphy, to Charles O’Niel, Wonder Lake, for $17,800. ■ Residence at 11023 Dorham Lane, Woodstock, was sold by The Joy E. Chappell Trust, The Villages, Fla., to Mark Cooper, Woodstock, for $375,000. ■ Residence at 216 E. Donovan Ave., Woodstock, was sold by Matthew T. Chase, Woodstock, to Thomas H. Fox, Woodstock, for $134,900. ■ Residence at 2465 Savanna Grove Lane, Woodstock, was sold by Keith Eggert, Schaumburg, to Feliciano G. Flores Jr., Woodstock, for $245,000. ■ Residence at 116 W. Willow Ave., Woodstock, was sold by Thomas A. and Denise E. Wyse, Edgerton, Wis., to Diego Delgado, Woodstock, for $173,900. ■ Residence at 1461 Cordgrass Trail, Woodstock, was sold by Zachary and Jaimie Beatty, Wonder Lake, to Juvenal Escobar, Woodstock, for $231,000. ■ Farm, approximately 5 acres, on North Queen Anne Road, Woodstock, was sold by The Hagenow Family Trust, Woodstock, to The Adam L. Krejci and Staci L. Krejci Joint Declaration of Revocable Trust, Woodstock, for $40,000. ■ Vacant land at 1324 Wicker St., Woodstock, was sold by The Dorothy McBride Trust, Lombard, to Timothy McBride and Julia Constantz, Woodstock, for $30,000. ■ Residence at 760 Duvall Drive, Woodstock, was sold by The Estate of Frances Sugden, Woodstock, to Sarah N. Gardner, Woodstock, for $195,000.

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Workers for builder D.R. Horton put up one of the new homes in the Sanctuary. Priced in the low $300,000s, the four-bedroom, three-bath homes are located off McConnell Road. New-home construction accounted for 15 percent of single-family detached home sales in the first six months of the year.

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Jobs, tax income jump as county tourism increases Tourism in McHenry County supported 1,720 jobs and created $8.32 million in local tax revenue, local tourism officials say. According to a news release, spending on local tourism last year increased by 3.6 percent over the previous year, to $256.33 million, contributing to record economic growth in the state. Jaki Berggren, executive director of Visit McHenry County, said marketing efforts of Visit McHenry County had helped local tourism to increase for the ninth year in a row. The figures are part of data released last week by the Illinois Office of Tourism. Jan Kemmerling, acting director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, said both international and domestic travel expenditures reached $41.7 billion in 2018, a $2 billion boost to Illinois’ economy since 2017. More than 117 million visitors came to Illinois in 2018 – the eighth consecutive year of record tourism growth in the state.

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Homes priced above $300,000 are taking longer than the average market time of 93 days to sell. This four-bedroom, three-and-threequarter-bath home on Dorham Lane was listed on July 9, 2018, for $439,900 and sold nearly 10 months later for $375,000.

The hottest sector of the real estate market is in homes priced below $300,000. This four-bedroom, two-bath home on South Madison Street was listed for $218,500 on May 15 and sold 37 days later for $213,000.

the first six months of 2018 took an average of 267 days to sell. In 2019, 22 homes have sold in the same price range, with an average market time of 114 days. Go up a step on the ladder to the $350,000 to $399,999 range, and the 2018 average market time of 175 days fell to 140 days in the first six months of this year. And although nothing priced above $549,999 sold in the first six months of last year, two homes priced between $600,000 and $799,999 sold between January and June of this year. Across McHenry County, the number of sales in the first six months of the year declined 8 percent, from 2,193 in 2018 to 2,009 in 2019. Nonetheless, 54 homes priced over a half million dollars sold in the county in the first six months of 2019, versus 33 homes in that price range last year – a gain of 39 percent.

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Homeless Center earns honor for Mercyhealth Mercyhealth was recently honored with the 2019 Dick Davidson NOVA Award by the American Hospital Association for its House of Mercy Homeless Center in Janesville, Wis. It was among only five hospital-led programs in the nation to receive the honor. This award recognizes hospitals and health systems for their collaborative efforts toward improving community health status, whether through health care, economic or social initiatives. Mercyhealth was honored July 25 at a ceremony during the AHA’s Leadership Summit in San Diego. For more information about the House of Mercy, call 608-754-0045.

Repainting work begins on county’s highways The McHenry County Division of Transportation warns motorists to watch for workers and vehicles engaged in the repainting of county highways. Work began last week to sandblast off old pavement markings and paint new ones along select stretches of county highways. Precision Pavement Marking, of Elgin, will be paid $230,000 to do the work. Contractors started west of Route 47 and will work their way east, according to a news release. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month, weather permitting.

strong cross-section of young people trying to get out of the rental market, seniors with an improving market trying to move out and into a condo or townhome, and investors very strongly active in the market,” Ahrens said. While Bellairs’ description of “dicey” might sound discouraging for those whose homes are priced above $300,000, “it’s getting better,” he assured. The 17 homes priced between $300,000 and $349,999 that sold in

New home sales remain a significant part of the 60098 market. While new construction accounts for the same percentage of overall sales of single-family detached homes, the average construction cost has risen. “Increased construction costs are likely related to the subdivision,” said Joe Napolitano, Woodstock’s director of Building and Zoning. Last year, the majority of permits were for homes in Apple Creek, where homes priced in the $200,000s were still available. “This year,” Napolitano said, “most

are from the Sanctuary development, and they are selling in the low to mid-$300s.” Interest rates are “not part of the problem,” Bellairs said, as the recent range has been between 3.5 percent and 4.5 percent. On July 31, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates a quarter point, the first decrease since 2008. In other good news, fewer “distressed properties [foreclosures, short-sales, or court approved sales] have closed in 2019 versus 2018, allowing room for traditional home sales to hit the market,” White said. “The margin is small – 8 percent in 2018 versus 6 percent in 2019 – but every bit helps.” What does hurt sales are the lagging economy and high taxes in Illinois. The state lost 45,000 people in 2018, the fifth straight year of population loss. “If a family is expecting a baby or facing a divorce, those families often are staying local,” White said. “However, empty-nesters are moving out of the state.”

EXPERT ADVICE Richard Ahrens of Keefe Real Estate, Rick Bellairs of Berkshire Hathaway, and Jolene White of RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest had some recommendations for buyers and sellers in the current market:

For Buyers

• Especially for homes priced below $300,000, be preapproved for a mortgage and ready to move. • Be ready to come to the table and write a solid offer. • If you need to sell your home in order to purchase, have your home listed on the market before writing an offer.

For Sellers

• Have the house in ready-toshow condition. • Address all repairs and minor changes before putting the house on the market. • If looking for top dollar, be sure that all mechanicals (furnace, air conditioner, water heater) are in good working order. Have everything serviced and replaced if necessary.


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When stray livestock roamed the Square Kirk Dawdy

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Immediately after Alvin Judd helped establish Woodstock (known as Centerville at the time) as the new county seat of McHenry County in 1843, a small, wooden county courthouse was built in what is now the Woodstock Park in the Square. As the county’s population grew, this courthouse soon became insufficient, and in 1858 a larger brick courthouse was built on the west side of the Square. The county donated the land in the center of the Square to the city to be used as a city park. The next year, 1859, the Square Park was graded and grass and trees were planted for the first

time. The Woodstock Sentinel newspaper suggested that citizens who were “willing to undertake the planting of flowers and shrubs should be permitted to do so” and that “the taste and competition thereby enlisted would in one season change the park’s rough barren appearance to that of a garden.” The Sentinel also noted that “few towns in the west, or anywhere else, would present a more interesting appearance than Woodstock’s square park.” In addition to the grading and the planting of grass and trees, a fence was built around the Square Park. More than ornamental, it served to keep out wandering livestock and horses that would trample and eat the Square Park’s decorative plants and grass if given the chance. In addition to the utilitarian fence, one of Woodstock’s earliest ordinances, passed in August 1853, was also intended to curb the “running at large” of horses

and cattle within the city limits. These animals were required to be kept in a yard or secure place between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Anyone who found a wayward animal during those hours was legally allowed to confine the animal and collect a fee of $1 a day (per animal) until the animal was claimed. After three days, if the animal was not accounted for, it could be sold at auction for profit. The only requirement of the confiscator was that the animal’s owner had to be notified of the animal’s whereabouts, or a notice describing the animal had to be secured to the county courthouse door. Years later, Woodstock employed a poundmaster who was tasked with impounding livestock that were loose within the city limits and assessing appropriate penalty fees. Depending on the number of errant livestock at any given time, being Continued on Page 16

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At one time, the Park in the Square was an attraction for wandering livestock.

Girl Scouts from Woodstock and Wonder Lake were among a group that enjoyed a summer day camp titled Girls About Making Epic Summers – G.A.M.E.S. The troops met during June 24-27 at Mary Ann Beebe Center in Harvard, which is a property of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. In keeping with the theme, every Scout learned archery, heard speakers, and learned to cast and fish, cook over a fire, and climb a rock wall, among other topics. “The girls had a great time exploring games of all types,” said Denise Mercuri, camp director. “They learned how to play games from other countries, traditional camp games, board games, and sports.” The four-day camp involved 52 campers, 23 adult volunteers, and 29 girl volunteers, who were in sixth grade and above. They began preparations in January when they chose a theme, designed a patch, and determined the camp schedule. They planned activities and picked songs, and were taught safety and first aid. They also learned about a variety of camp situations that might happen. “Every day at camp our adult volunteers told me how great the girl volunteers were,” Mercuri said. Marvin’s Toy Store sent speakers who brought toys for the campers to explore. Personnel from Options & Advocacy, which provides services for people in McHenry County with developmental disabilities or delays, shared with the campers how all games could be played by anyone regardless of their abilities. Girl Scout Troop 307 taught the campers about reducing their carbon footprint and the time it takes for items to decompose. “A big thank you to our adult volunteers,” Mercuri said. “This year’s focus was on the girl volunteer experience as a leadership experience. They did an amazing job. I am incredibly proud of them!”

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poundmaster could be a lucrative position. In the Aug. 21, 1879, edition of the Woodstock Sentinel, a humorous article was printed regarding the Woodstock poundmaster and his attempts to capture a wayward cow that managed to gain access to the Square Park: “That ‘there is many a slip ’twixt the cup and the lip’ [proverb similar in meaning to ‘don’t count your chickens before they hatch’] was verified in the case of his Honor Poundmaster Harbinson, the other day. ‘Billy’ spied a loose cow and gave chase through the park. The cow and Billy were having a running argument as to which gate should be used as an exit, and as the bovine chaser was galloping through the park, his mind fondly contemplating the luxuries the pound fee would purchase, a change came o’er the spirit of his dreams; a farmer joined in the chase and yelling to the city herder, ‘here you let that cow alone. That’s my cow,’ disappeared down the street like a vision of electricity. Poor Billy’s gallop simmered down to a trot, then to a walk, and finally a dead stop, and he stood with his tongue out of one side of his mouth and his coat tails listlessly drooping, as he looked down the street after the flying farmer and his truant cow. ‘That’s a violation of the statues of the state statutes of the state law of the state of Illinois,’ came in agonized accents from the ‘officer of the day.’” Since the need to deal with stray livestock in current Woodstock is rare, the function of the poundmaster has evolved into the modern dog-catcher or animal control officer. And, as was the case dating back to August 1853, according to the current Woodstock City Code (Title 4, Chapter 3), no animals (including cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine, fowl, etc.) are allowed in the Park in the Square.

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If you have Woodstock or McHenry County historical documents, images, or items or have documented stories and are willing to share with the Woodstock Public Library’s Local History Archives, please contact the library at History@WoodstockIL.info This is a regular column of the Woodstock Public Library.

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PHOTO BY JIM KEEFE

Jim Keefe took this photo on April 30, 1997, the same day he documented the demolition of the smokestack at the Woodstock Die Cast site along Clay Street. The photo, with Benton Street in the background, was captured in the afternoon. With the boys’ khaki and navy shorts and the older girl’s plaid skirt, these look like St. Mary students out for some after-school rollerblading. Do you know these children? If so, please contact Maggie Crane at MaggieC@woodstockil.info. By Susan W. Murray

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Program to explore links between ballots, blacktop

Kay Shelton Kozak, an instructor of anthropology at Kishwaukee College, will present “The Women’s Suffrage Movement and Good Roads Movement in Illinois” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. The free program will be preceded by the society’s annual meeting and presentation of the Nancy Fike Scholarship at 6:30 p.m., and followed by refreshments. The public is welcome to attend. The Good Roads Movement and voting rights gained traction together, Kozak says, and improved roads further facilitated the spread of the automobile and increased women’s freedoms.

Adoption fees waived to ‘Clear the Shelters’ of pets

The fifth annual Clear the Shelters Day will be observed Saturday, Aug. 17, during which adoption will be waived for all adoptable cats and dogs over 6 months of age. The event will be from 10 a.m. until 2:30

p.m. at the McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center, 100 N. Virginia St.,, Crystal Lake. The adoption fee for available puppies and kittens will also be reduced. Adopted pets also will go to their new homes already spayed or neutered; microchipped; treated for parasites, fleas and, ticks; and vaccinated with age-appropriate vaccines, including the rabies shot, according to Maryellen Howell, manager of the adoption center. MCAC will join more than 1,200 shelters across the country for this event. For more information, visit mcdh.info or call 815-459-6222.

St. Mary support program for people grieving loss

St. Mary Parish will offer the GriefShare support program (St. John Ministry) on Thursdays from Aug. 22 to Oct. 31 to help and encourage people who are mourning the death of a loved one. Sessions will be led by people who have experienced grief and want to help others cope with it. The program is a nondenominational Christ-centered network assisting

more than 12,000 churches worldwide, including many Catholic parishes. A $15 registration fee includes the cost of the workbook for personal reflection. A weekly video presentation is followed by the opportunity for discussion or simply listening to others. Participants will meet each week in the conference room of the Conway Center from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Each session is “selfcontained,” so participants do not have to attend in sequence. Call St. Mary Parish office at 815-3383377 to register.

Meeting will gauge interest in Shirley Temple Fan Club

Stage Left Café in Woodstock will host an organizational meeting for a Shirley Temple Fan Club at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The informal gathering for all ages could be the first of regularly scheduled meetings to discuss collecting memorabilia, use of social meeting, and other matters involving the former child star. For more information, call Donna Dickinson of Dickinson’s Little Vaudeville at 847-528-3942.


30 years ago – 1989

■ The McHenry County Defenders, Hartland Families United, Alden Neighbors Together, and the McHenry County Land Savers had organized a campaign in opposition to the possible siting of a landfill in McHenry County. ■ Triathlete Cam Widoff, Woodstock, competed in Avignon, France, as a member of the U.S. triathlon team.

25 years ago – 1994

■ Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra visited Woodstock while in McHenry County to present a $1.3 million state grant to McHenry County College. ■ The Woodstock Public Library replaced its card catalog with a computerized catalog system.

20 years ago – 1999

■ Woodstock School District 200 purchased land on Charles Road to be used for a new transportation center. ■ The Redeemer Lutheran Church softball team won the city Church League softball championship. ■ The Woodstock Dolphins swim team placed third in its divisional meet at Dundee, finishing with 1,078.5 points.

15 years ago – 2004

■ The Woodstock Police Department and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a string of five robberies at D-200 schools. In all five cases, computers and/or technology equipment were taken. ■ Centegra Health System applauded Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decision to sign House Bill 7307 terminating all nine members of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. At the time, Centegra was appealing an April decision made by the IHFPB that approved a new 70-bed Mercy Health System Hospital in Crystal Lake. Centegra went to court the same day to add a second count to its assertions against the IHFPB’s April decision.

10 years ago – 2009

■ The Woodstock City Council voted 6-0 to approve a $92,703 contract to install new period-style light poles and fixtures as part of a downtown streetscape improvement project. ■ Red Barn Farm Market on Route 47 south of town was celebrating its 40th anniversary. Harvey and Norma Skerke started the market after buying a 280-acre farm in Woodstock. At the time of the 40th anniversary, Red Barn Farm Market was owned by John

17 Skerke and Susan Klehm, son and daughter of Harvey and Norma, and John’s wife, Cathy. ■ The 40th anniversary of the iconic Woodstock Festival held in New York was being celebrated at Galt Airport in Greenwood. The event featured nine tribute bands paying homage to the artists who made the original festival a success. Jolene Stanard was credited with the idea of an event. Her husband, Michael Stanard, gave it his support, and Laura Witlox was the event organizer.

5 years ago – 2014

■ A military helicopter hovered over a crowd of about 250 who gathered at the McHenry County Government Center on Purple Heart Day to dedicate McHenry County’s Purple Heart monument. The double-sided granite monument was placed in front of the main entrance to the Courthouse. Woodstock resident Sgt. Richard Young organized the effort to erect the monument. ■ The City Council approved Ethereal Confections’ request to be able to serve alcohol outside, making its café and bar a more visible part of the business. ■ Anne-Marie Elsinger, a 13-year-old Girl Scout and member of Woodstock Troop 325, had been awarded the highest achievement in the organization, the Girl Scout Gold award.

1 year ago – 2018

■ For 25 years, Susan Singleton wanted the McDonald’s restaurant franchise in her hometown, Woodstock. She had been a McDonald’s owner/operator since 1985 and had seven franchises in McHenry, Kane and DeKalb counties. Her wish had come true in March 2018. “We asked for 25 years,” Singleton said, “and they finally said yes.” ■ Convinced their concerns about problems with the homeless were not being addressed, a group of downtown Woodstock business owners and near-south-side residents had launched a neighborhood watch. The affected area surrounded the city’s Old Firehouse Assistance Center, 120 W. South St., where services were being offered to the homeless. ■ Daniel Campbell was in his third week as the new managing director of the Woodstock Opera House. “There is much history here,” he said. “… I want to both respect that history and bring youthful enthusiasm. I’m still burgeoning with new ideas.”

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1150 S. Rose Farm Road 9 a.m. to noon conserveMC.org

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

18 SUNDAY

14 WEDNESDAY Marian Central Catholic High

15 THURSDAY

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Woodstock School District 200 K-12 and St. Mary School

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YOUNDER PRAIRIE WORK DAY

Yonder Prairie 1150 S. Rose Farm Road 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. conserveMC.org

19 MONDAY GRIEF SHARE

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

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

SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP

20 TUESDAY

Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6 to 7 p.m. woodstockpubliclibrary.org

KIWANIS WOODSTOCK MEETING

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

COFFEE AT THE CAFÉ

Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. Noon to 1 p.m. woodstockkiwanis@gmail.com

Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. 1 p.m. For senior citizens bvidales@woodstockil.gov 815-338-4363

WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET

CRUISE NIGHT

17 SATURDAY Woodstock Square 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

HABITAT RESTORATION Boger Bog 2399 S. Cherry Valley Road 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. mccdistrict.org 815-455-1537

YONDER PRAIRIE WORK DAY Yonder Prairie

Offsides Bar & Grill 680 S. Eastwood Drive 6 to 9 p.m. offsidesbar.com

WOODSTOCK CITY COUNCIL MEETING City Hall 121 W. Calhoun St. 7 p.m. 815-338-4300

21 WEDNESDAY

WOLF OAK WOODS WORKDAY 8930 Route 120 9 a.m. to noon conservmc.org

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

WORLD FILM NIGHT

Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6 p.m. 815-338-0542 “Over the Limit” will be shown.

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

SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP

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27 TUESDAY

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COFFEE AT THE CAFÉ

2 MONDAY

Culture, Arts & Music 1039 Wanda Lane 3 to 4 p.m. $10 suggested donation RSVP encouraged, 815-575-8587

Woodstock Square 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. woodstockfarmersmarket.org Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. 1 p.m. For senior citizens bvidales@woodstockil.gov 815-338-4363

LABOR DAY

3 TUESDAY

WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET

CRUISE NIGHT

Woodstock Square 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. woodstockfarmersmarket.org

Offsides Bar & Grill 680 S. Eastwood Drive 6 to 9 p.m. offsidesbar.com

FOX VALLEY ROCKETEERS MEETING

ATROCIOUS POETS

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SHIRLEY TEMPLE FAN CLUB

Woodstock Square 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. woodstockfarmersmarket.org

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

24 SATURDAY

25 SUNDAY

WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET

GRIEF SHARE

Ethereal Confections 113 S. Benton St. 7 p.m. Atrociouspoets.com

Woodstock Square 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. woodstockfarmersmarket.org

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26 MONDAY

Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6 to 7 p.m. woodstockpubliclibrary.org

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Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. 3 p.m. 847-528-3942

Woodstock North High School 3000 Raffel Road, Room D187 7:30 p.m. 815-337-9068 foxvalleyrocketeers.org

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8930 Route 120 9 a.m. to noon conservmc.org

SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6 to 7 p.m.

Resurrection Catholic Church

5 THURSDAY SENIOR ACTIVITIES Dorr Township 1039 Lake Ave. 10:30 a.m.

2918 South Country Club Road Woodstock, IL 60098

We welcome all to join us at our Mass times: Saturday at 5:00 pm & Sunday at 9:15 am (This schedule runs Sun., June 16 - Sun., Sept. 8) We, the members of the Resurrection Catholic Church, are a prayerful, loving community formed by the Holy Spirit, striving to be a sign of the Gospel values of Jesus Christ: justice, truth and love.


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STAGE LEFTOVERS

Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. woodstockoperahouse.org

WOODSTOCK JAZZ FESTIVAL: TITO CARILLO & NIA QUINTET Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. jazzonthesquare.com $10, $20 premium

JOHN WOJCIECHOWSKI AND THE PAUL ABELLA TRIO WOODSTOCK JAYCEES GENERAL MEETING Mixin Mingle 124 Cass St. 7:30 p.m. 815-575-8065

SPANISH CON- 6 FRIDAY VERSATION GROUP FRIDAY FUN DAYS Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6 to 7 p.m. woodstockpubliclibrary.org

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Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. All day woodstockpubliclibrary.org

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Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Woodstock Opera House 121 Van Buren St. $25 A seating, $20 B seating woodstockoperahouse.com

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

SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT

Potts & Pans Steelband Sept. 8, 3 p.m. Culture, Arts and Music 1039 Wanda Lane $10, free for children younger than 6

9 MONDAY GRIEF SHARE

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

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

10 TUESDAY

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

SPOKEN WORD CAFÉ Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. woodstockoperahouse.com theater

THE CREATION OF ‘THE KING AND I’ Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road $15, proceeds to benefit Woodstock Area Community Ministries Direct Assistance Program Call 815-338-2721

THEATER

‘HAMLET’ - A LIVE THEATRE CINEMA EVENT Aug. 25, 2 p.m. Woodstock Opera House 121 Van Buren St. $18 adults, $15 students and senior citizens woodstockoperahouse.com

COMEDY

LAUGHSTOCK COMEDY FESTIVAL Aug. 17, 8 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. $25 operahouse@woodstockil.gov

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WATER LILIES OF MONET: THE MAGIC OF WATER AND LIGHT

CAFÉ COMEDY NIGHT Aug. 24, 8 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. $10 operahouse@woodstockil.gov

Aug. 29, 7 p.m. Woodstock Opera House 121 Van Buren St. $18 woodstockoperahouse.com

ΩCOFFEE AT THE CAFÉ

Resource Center 501 W. South St. 7 p.m. 815-338-8200

Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. 1 p.m. For senior citizens bvidales@woodstockil.gov 815-338-4363

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CRUISE NIGHT

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8930 Route 120 9 a.m. to noon conservmc.org

12 THURSDAY

ATROCIOUS POETS

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on JULY 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: WHIPPLE LEGAL SERVICES located at 1050 PRAIRIE DR ALGONQUIN IL 60102. Owner Name & Address: MARC WHIPPLE 1050 PRAIRIE DR ALGONQUIN IL 60102. Dated: JULY 29, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 7, 2019, August 14, 2019) L10840

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STATE OF ILLINOIS COUNTY OF MCHENRY IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTY-SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF MCHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS Case No. 2019 PR 224 Estate of Louis Cacciatore, Deceased CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Louis Cacciatore of McHenry County, Illinois who died on June 19, 2019. Letters of Office were issued on July 22, 2019 to Michelle R. Cacciatore whose attorney is Thomas B. Hood 501 N. Riverside Drive, Suite 204, Gurnee, Illinois 60031. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Court at the McHenry County Courthouse 2200 N. Seminary Ave. Woodstock, IL, 60098 or with the representative, or both within six months from the date of the first publication of the herein notice and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within ten days after it has been filed. /s/Thomas B. Hood 501 N. Riverside Drive, Suite 204 Gurnee, Illinois 60031 847-2474-6633 ARDC 6190322 tom@hoodlawpc.com (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 7, 2019, August 14, 2019) L10843

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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on JULY 30, 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: Malito’s Pizza located at 105 S TAYLOR STREET MARENGO IL 60152. Owner Name & Address: JOSEPH R DEMARCO 5027 WALNUT

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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on AUGUST 2, 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: ORGANIZATIONAL TRAINERS + CONSULTANTS located at 2409 N. VILLA LANE, MCHENRY IL 60051. Owner Name & Address: LAWRENCE D KOKKELENBERG 2409 N. VILLA LANE, MCHENRY IL 60051. Dated: AUGUST 2, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 7, 2019, August 14, 2019) L10845

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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on AUGUST 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: Lorna E Jones DBA Lorna Care located at 8602 GARRISON ROAD WONDER LAKE, IL 60097. Owner Name & Address: LORNA E JONES 8602 GARRISON RD WONDER LAKE, IL 60097. Dated: AUGUST 5, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 14, 2019) L10846

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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on AUGUST 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: MARIGOLD PEDIATRIC THERAPIES located at 121 POMEROY AVE CRYSTAL LAKE IL 60014. Owner Name & Address: JAMELA BORNE ROBSON 121 POMEROY AVE CRYSTAL LAKE IL 60014 and ELLEN LOUISE HENNING 131 N GOVERNOR ST SYCAMORE IL 60178.

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TO: Frank Gluth and Unknown Heirs of Frank Gluth RE: Western Shores Property Owners Association, Inc. v. Frank Gluth et al. Calloway Circuit Court, 19-CI-00298 Dear Mr. Gluth and any Unknown Heirs of Frank Gluth, I have been appointed as Warning Order Attorney by the Calloway Circuit Court in Murray, Kentucky by Order dated August 5, 2019, to notify you of the nature and pendency of an action filed against you in the Calloway Circuit Court. This action is an attempt to recover annual dues, fees, and penalties which the Plaintiff claims you owe and are delinquent. I was not appointed by the Court to represent you in this case. My only duty is to attempt to notify you of the pendency of the suit. You have fifty (50) days from the date of my appointment (August 5, 2019) to obtain an attorney of your own choosing, if you wish, and file, or have filed on your behalf, a response to the Complaint filed against you. Any response should be mailed to or filed with the Calloway Circuit Court Clerk’s Office with a copy to all opposing attorneys, as well as a copy to myself as Warning Order Attorney. If you do not respond to the Complaint within fifty (50) days, the allegations of the Petition may be deemed admitted as a matter of law and a Judgment may be entered against you by the Court. Sincerely, Chris Hendricks P.O. Box 1575 Murray, KY 42071 (270) 293-5944 (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 14, 2019) L10848

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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on AUGUST 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: CHICAGOLAND360 located at 1100 W STONE CREEK CIR CRYSTAL LAKE IL 60014. Owner Name & Address: JOSEPH WOODSON JR. 1100 W STONE CREEK CIR CRYSTAL LAKE IL 60014. Dated: AUGUST 5, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 14, 2019) L10849

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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on JULY 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: GARLIC UNDERGROUND located at 99 MAPLE STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 60014. Owner Name & Address: MIMI FUMO AND TOM VENEZIO, 99 MAPLE STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 60014. Dated: JULY 29, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 7, 2019, August 14, 2019) L10839

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 22nd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT MCHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS RUNNING BROOK FARM TOWNHOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff vs. ESTATE OF JANICE ANDERSON, THOMAS ARDEN, MATTHEW ARDEN, UNKNOWN HEIRS & LEGATEES OF JANICE ANDERSON and UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS, Defendants CASE NO. 19LM408 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION The requisite Affidavit for Publication having been filed, notice is hereby given you, ESTATE OF JANICE ANDERSON and ALL UNKOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF JANICE ANDERSON, defendants in the aboveentitled case, that the above-entitled Forcible Entry and Detainer action was filed on 7/24/19 and is now pending. 1. The names of all Plaintiffs and the Case Number are identified above. 2. The Court in which said action was brought is identified above. 3. The name of the titleholder of record is JANICE ANDERSON. 4. A legal description of the real estate sufficient to identify it with reasonable certainty is as follows: SUBLOT 8 IN AMENDED PLAT OF LOT 40 OF THE 2ND AMENDMENT TO THE FINAL PLAT OF RUNNING BROOK FARM OF JOHNSBURG PHASE 1, BEING A RESUBDIVISION OF VACATED SUBLOTS 40, 41, 42, 43, 47, 48, ALL OF LOT 50 AND PART OF LOT 49 IN THE 1ST AMENDMENT TO THE FINAL PLAT OF RUNNING BROOK FARM OF JOHNSBURG PHASE 1, BEING A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE EAST HALF OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 23, IN MCHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS. IDENTIFIED BY PERMANENT INDEX NO. 09-23-277-058-0000 5. A common address of the real estate is as follows: 2606 Kendall Crossing, Johnsburg, IL 60051 NOW, THEREFORE, unless you, ESTATE OF JANICE ANDERSON and ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF JANICE ANDERSON,

Defendants, file your written Appearance in this action with the McHenry County Circuit Clerk, by the 5th day of September, 2019, a judgment by default may be entered against you in accordance with the prayer of the Complaint. PAUL A. KRIEG Attorney No. 06194523 PAUL A. KRIEG, LTD Attorney for Plaintiff 226 W. Judd Street Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 338-4909 kandw215@sbcblobal.net /s/Katherine M. Keefe, Clerk of Court (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 7, 2019, August 14, 2019) L10842

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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: LEGAL INSPIRATION located at 1050 PRAIRIE DR ALGONQUIN IL 60102. Owner Name & Address: MARC WHIPPLE 1050 PRAIRIE DR ALGONQUIN IL 60102. Dated: JULY 29, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent August 7, 2019, August 14, 2019) L10841

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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on JULY 22, 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: ROA’S GARDEN AND SERVICES located at 10192 HUNTER TRAIL, HUNTLEY IL 60142. Owner Name & Address: BALENTE ROA 10191 HUNTER TRAIL, HUNTLEY IL 60142. Dated: JULY 22, 2019 /s/ JOSEPH J. TIRIO (McHenry County Clerk) (Published in The Woodstock Independent July 31, 2019, August 7, 2019, August 14, 2019) L10837


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The Sypolt family (above) waits to be pulled out of the water on Wonder Lake. (Left) Everyone is up and skiing as Bree Kusz snaps some photos for the Sypolt family holiday card.

Watersports of summer abound on Wonder Lake By Sandy Kucharski

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While most local watersport enthusiasts have to pack up and head out of town to enjoy their recreation of choice, lakeside residents of Wonder Lake can enjoy those same sports right in their own backyards. Any given summer day, sports of all sorts are ongoing on the private lake northeast of Woodstock. The 832-acre lake – one of the largest private lakes in Illinois – allows speedboats and other motorized crafts, opening the door to a myriad of water sports. In the early-morning hours, fishermen dot the quiet pond, and then the ski boats come out towing skiers and inner tubes, while jet skis and wave runners dart across the water. Pontoon boats cruise the length of the lake, and members of the award-winning Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team can be found practicing their precision maneuvers. The lake is managed by the Master Property Owners Association. Qualified property owners belong to the MPOA and pay fees to help maintain the lake for sportsmen of every stripe to enjoy. The association also plans activities and promotes the lake life.

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Skiing buddies Lew Daniels (left) and Richard Kusz enjoy barefooting on Wonder Lake.

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Tony Kusz and his wife, Bree (standing), circle around to pick up skiers they were towing and photographing.

Growing up on the water

Tony Kusz has lived on Wonder Lake most of his life. A 2008 graduate of Woodstock High School, Kusz grew up enjoying all the amenities the lake offers. After a few years spent living among the cornfields of Northern Illinois University, he felt the call to return to the lake. After he established his career and got married, he and his wife, Bree, bought a lakefront house just down the street from the house where he was raised. The couple enjoy life on Wonder Lake, and they spend most of the summer on or near the water, frequently hosting watersport fun for friends. While some visitors come with skills, many others are novices when it comes to skiing or piloting a jet ski. “We always have the option to go to the lake,” Kusz said. “I always remember not to take it for granted, since it’s not an option for most people.” Often thrust into the role of instructors, the Kuszes patiently share their knowledge with guests. Their boat is even equipped with a boom, basically training wheels for waterskiing. The boom is helpful as a steady aid for new skiers to get the feel of the water or for those who want to go to the next level and learn how to barefoot ski. While she didn’t live on the water year-round, Bree

Kusz grew up skiing at her grandparent’s lake house. Watersports were a common interest when the couple met in college. “I was willing to come out when he asked me to go skiing,” she said. “Then he exposed me to the world of barefooting.” Tony Kusz and his dad, Richard Kusz, are experienced barefoot skiers, a technique that is exactly what the title implies. Somewhat of a novelty on the water, the Kuszes’ 1988 Wetbike, piloted by Tony, occasionally takes a spin around the lake. The sight of this precursor to the modern jet ski, the Wetbike draws a lot of attention from neighbors.

Fun ’til fall

The watersport season on Wonder Lake goes considerably longer than most swimming pools, depending on the fall temperatures. Most avid boaters stay on the water well into fall before putting their boats up and pulling out their shore stations. Dry suits, while not necessarily warm, allow skiers access to cold water by sealing the water away from their skin. Tony Kusz recalls, “Back when we were insane, we used to ski up until [the lake] froze, and we had to break the ice around the docks.” This year, however, he said, lake users would have a hard stop on Oct. 1, since the MPOA will lower the lake level this fall to do dam repairs.

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Wave runners are a fun family craft frequently seen on the lake.


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Back to school ... later, pool City pool shifts to weekend hours after a busy summer By Sandy Kucharski

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Just as the start of school in Woodstock School District 200 marks the end of summer for Woodstock teachers and families with children, it also marks the end of weekly daytime hours at Woodstock Water Works. The pool, staffed primarily by high school and college students, is now open on weekends only through Labor Day. “We lose guards to college,” Woodstock Recreation Director Dave Zinnen said, “and almost every one of the [high school age] lifeguards is in a fall sport.”

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The lingering cold, wet weather this past spring and early summer had a direct effect on the opening of the swim season for WWW. Zinnen

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In a well-choreographed jump, (from left) Robert Simandl, Jared Kay, Adam Kay, Brody Ryan, Liam Vizanko, and Dylan Howen prepare to hit the water at Woodstock Water Works. reported that the pool was closed for the first seven days of operation in May. Then in mid-June, things started to pick up as summer finally

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blossomed. Temperatures broke the 70-degree mark on June 24, and Zinnen reported that the pool entertained 20 guests that day. A heat wave on June 25 brought 800 visitors through the gates, followed by 1,500 guests on June 26. The season was finally underway. Visitor traffic continued to be steady in the weeks to follow, with attendance averaging 600 to 800 a day until numbers began to decrease steadily again during the McHenry County Fair. In all, without the final couple

of weekends tallied, attendance came close to 40,000. “Next week could push it over,” Zinnen said. He reported that, despite the fact that the pool is heated, the spring cold snap affected attendance at swimming lessons and rentals as well as during open swimming. After the Labor Day closing, the staff will check out the pool for maintenance issues, completing as many projects as possible before weather prohibits the work.

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Ben Moscinski and forward Austin Geils spent the summer competing with the Hurricanes in area shootouts and camp. Since Walsh was announced, this offered the opportunity for the returning players to get a sense of what to expect from their new coach as the season and school year approach. “I think it’s been amazing,” Geils said. “He brings a lot of knowledge about the game to our team, and energy that makes the game super fun and makes you want to go play 110 percent.” Geils in particular noted the team’s participation in the Crystal Lake South shoot-out, where despite being down a few players, the Hurricanes still held their own against some strong teams from around the Chicago area. “We weren’t down a lot,” Geils said. “And he encouraged us that, ‘We weren’t going anywhere and [were] not giving up.’” Marian is coming off a 2-29 season. The ’Canes, who finished last in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, look forward to a fresh start with Baranski back from injury and a significant portion of the roster returning.

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Marian Central Catholic High School welcomes new basketball head coach Charley Walsh for the 20192020 season. Walsh, an area coaching veteran both at the high school and travel league levels, will return to the high school scene after a few decades focusing on travel ball through his Prime Time program. Walsh previously coached at the high school level for Harvard High School in Charley the early ’90s and Walsh Barrington High School in the ’80s. “I think he’s going to do a great job,” said Curtis Price, Marian’s athletic director. “I know he’s determined to come in here and make the program even better than what it was before. “One thing I loved about him was his passion for the game of basketball

and developing student athletes. In the school and student-athletes a prohigh school basketball, you need that.” gram of which they can be proud. Ron Theberge, assistant coach for Price noted the energy Walsh brings through his coaching style and the Cary-Grove High School, knows from type of play it inspires as another ben- coaching with Walsh at Barrington efit of the program’s new leadership. that this is something at which Walsh “I’m all about attitude and compet- can succeed. ing like your hair is on fire,” Walsh said. “From what I’ve seen when I’ve “Enthusiastic about what you’re doing been at Charley’s games when he is every possession of every game.” coaching the club kids, they’re having fun,” Theberge Walsh also said. “He is probknows that hav- “I’m all about attitude and ing fun is an competing like your hair is on ably more about important part of getting to know fire ... enthusiastic about what his players and the equation. He agrees that the you’re doing every possession developing rapport and respect sport at times can of every game.” versus Xs and seem like more - Marian head basketball coach Os – but he still of a job as players feel pressure Charley Walsh understands what to commit to yearit takes.” long competition in a single sport. In And that, Theberge said, will make contrast, he hopes to maintain a fun for some exciting basketball for Marian fans. atmosphere at Marian. “He will let his players play and Experience on the court has also taught Walsh that while all of the fun- react,” Theberge said. “It will be updamentals can be right, relationships tempo; they’ll extend their defense and attitudes win games. His vision and get after people. for Marian is to develop that winning “It’s a great hire for Marian Central.” culture and attitude to provide both Senior guards Jakub Baranski and

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