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:JOVVSVMÄJPHSZMLHY[H_ºHTI\ZO» Proposed meeting would discuss how to lower local school levies By Larry Lough LARRY@THEWOODSTOCKINDEPENDENT.COM

School officials in Woodstock are wary of a meeting proposed by McHenry County Board Chairman

Jack Franks to discuss reduction of school tax levies. e meeting will take place June 6, when Franks has invited local school districts for a discussion on lowering property taxes.


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e invitation followed voters’ nearly 75 percent approval in March of an advisory referendum that suggested a 10 percent cut in school levies. at would follow a reduction of



Jim Zoia of Zoia Monuments in Woodstock steadies a memorial marker as his son, Tony, lowers the stone and Ray Guzman reaches for a broom to clean the base. The men put the monument in place May 8 in Oakland Cemetery before a dedication ceremony this coming weekend to mark the graves of children buried there a century ago.

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About a century late, Woodstock will do right by 48 almost-forgotten children who are buried in Oakland Cemetery. ose children are buried in an

open plot that, until last week, was undisturbed and unmarked. But Zoia Monuments installed a memorial stone on the site May 8 ahead of a dedication ceremony this coming weekend. “A hundred years later, we’re just finishing the job,” said Gail Sorensen, who spearheaded the project. e event will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the space behind the cemetery’s mausoleum. Please see Graves, Page 5

Looking for a last-minute graduation gift before the ceremonies this weekend? You might try an umbrella. It’s been a rainy couple of weeks. And weather might not cooperate with outside photo-taking of new graduates Saturday evening at Woodstock North High School and Sunday afternoon at Woodstock High. Regardless of the weather, both schools have planned their commencement exercises indoors – at their respective school gyms. WNHS plans to hand diplomas to 216 new graduates starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. WHS will create 230 new alumni beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. e 167 new graduates of Marian Central Catholic High School will have to wait until 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, in Landers’ Pavilion at the school.

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e County Board has no authority over schools’ budgeting, board member John Parisi noted, mentioning that 10 percent would be a “difficult cut” for schools, which get most of their funding from property taxes. According to Risa Hanson, chief financial officer for D-200, the December 2017 levy for the 2018-19 school year budget was about $56.7 million, down about $1 million from the previous levy. So a 10 percent reduction would mean the district would probably have to cut well over $5.5 million a year in expenses – unless it chose to dip into its budget surplus. According to Hanson, the fiscal year typically ends with a balance of no more than $1 million, but it has accumulated to give the district a current reserve fund of about $24 million. School districts’ rates make up the largest share of property tax bills, Franks noted in his invitation. “We’re not here to criticize public education or the fine work that our teachers do,” he said in a news release announcing the meeting. “But the voters told us in March that schools need to lower their taxes.” e Marengo Democrat pointed out that Crain’s Chicago Business has reported McHenry County homeowners on average paid property taxes that are higher than 96 percent of the nation.

Franks said that County Board members Michele Aavang and John Jung, both Republicans from Woodstock, helped to lead the effort to put the advisory referendum on the ballot this spring. Voters approved it by a nearly three-to-one ratio. Franks had suggested a May 10 meeting, but a group of “McHenry County School District Superintendents” responded in a letter that early June would be better for them. ey also wanted all districts represented – and by superintendents only, not school board members. “I want a decision-maker there,” Franks told e Independent. “e school board actually approves the budget.” But at the end of the D-200 meeting last week, the school board decided to send Superintendent Mike Moan and Communications

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If you don’t have a ticket, you can’t get into the ceremonies at Woodstock High and Woodstock North. Both schools have distributed tickets in advance. At Marian, the ceremony is open, but seating is on a first-come, firstserved basis. Student speakers are scheduled at all three graduations. And at North, Principal Darlea Livengood plans to say a few words. At Marian, a special presentation will award an honorary diploma to the parents of Tyler Gardner, a member of the Class of 2018 who died of cancer last year as a junior. In his memory, his classmates have been raising funds for a tuition scholarship at Marian Central by selling memorial bracelets for $2 each. e bracelets say, “Forever a Hurricane,” and include the initials T.G. 4.7.17, the date of his death. For more information on the schools’ ceremonies, see Page 15.

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Director Kevin Lyons to the meeting. Moan had cautioned that as an administrator, “I can’t speak for the board, [but] I can speak for the district.” e superintendent said he would report to the board on the meeting. Franks’ news release said the discussion would “focus on finding meaningful and realistic cost savings, such as examining budget surpluses, the amount of administrative overhead, space utilization, joint purchasing and sharing of resources.” He said the present situation could not continue. “Our taxpayers can no longer afford to hear local governments say that it can’t be done or that the status quo can’t be challenged,” his statement said. “I can’t say this bluntly enough – our taxpayers are in crisis. ... Our kids are leaving out of state for college and not coming back because they can’t afford to settle down here. Taxpayers are watching their taxes for schools go up while they watch student enrollment drop. is is unsustainable.”

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11.2 percent in the county’s levy for this year. Franks invited the superintendents and school board presidents from nine of the 16 school districts with administrative centers in McHenry County, including District 200. But during their meeting May 8, Woodstock School District 200 board members had a lot of questions about the format. “I’m not sure we know a lot about what the nature of this is,” board President Carl Gilmore said. He suggested the board obtain “more information on how it’s going to be presented before we decline or accept.” He said he feared a public meeting could be “very, very antagonistic.” “We want to be responsive,” Gilmore said after the meeting. “But we don’t want to be ambushed.” But Franks said at least the first meeting would not be open to the public. “At least until we start coming up with concrete proposals,” he said. “We need to figure out the next steps, see what is manageable.”

He said people who are fleeing local property taxes could lead to the county’s first-ever decrease in population in the 2020 census.




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County committee to study smaller board McHenry hasn’t cut board size as others, but still about same number of members By Larry Lough LARRY@THEWOODSTOCKINDEPENDENT.COM

Does McHenry County have too much government? County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants to explore reducing the size of the 24-member board after the U.S. Census in 2020. Franks announced last week he would reconvene the county’s Ad Hoc Committee on Governmental Consolidation at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, to debate the idea. “McHenry County’s voters spoke loud and clear in a 2016 referendum that Jack Franks the County Board can do the job of representing the people with fewer members,” Franks said in a news

release. “I couldn’t agree with them more. e voters in that election also chose me as Chairman, and I, along with a sensible County Board majority, are going to move this forward.”

Opportunity to change After each U.S. Census, the County Board may adjust its size. The McHenry County Board has had 24 members since 1972, after the Illinois Constitution allowed voters to directly elect their board members. Since then, it has been the only collar-county board to not reduce its membership. According to Franks, after the 2010 U.S. Census, county boards of Lake, Kane and Will counties reduced their sizes. The McHenry County Board discussed doing that, but it never went beyond the talking stage. The DuPage County Board shrunk in 2000 to comply with a state law limiting the size of boards in counties, other than Cook, with more than 800,000 people.

But none are much smaller than McHenry County, according to the counties’ websites. In fact, Will County has 13 two-member districts, one of whom is speaker, for a total of 26. Kane has 24 singlemember districts, plus a chairman, the same total as McHenry County. Lake has 21 single-member districts, plus a chairman, and only DuPage has fewer that 20 members, with six three-member districts, plus a chairman. In 2016, 77 percent of McHenry County’s voters supported an advisory referendum on whether the County Board’s size should be cut in half – to 12 members. It was spearheaded by then-Chairman Joe Gottemoller, who noted that a fivemember Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors controlled a budget larger than the budgets of 25 states.

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Consolidation Committee, said businesses were always looking to improve delivery of their services. “This is a long-overdue discussion for the McHenry County Board to have,” he said in the news release. After hearing testimony on abolishing the office of recorder of deeds, the ad-hoc committee recommended the issue be decided by voters in binding referendum in March. Voters approved the idea by a nearly 4-to-1 ratio, and the office will be merged with that of the county clerk in 2020. “The taxpayers told us to do more with less when it comes to the number of officials they have to elect,” Franks said in the news release. “We heard what they have to say, and now it’s our duty to roll up our sleeves and come up with a plan.” The 10-member Ad-Hoc Committee on Governmental Consolidation includes board members John Jung and Mary McCann, both of Woodstock.

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“e community took this project to heart,” Sorensen said. “It touched the community so deeply.” She said the $3,000 needed for the memorial was not difficult to raise. It took only an article published last August in e Woodstock Independent that appealed to the public for funds. “Within two weeks of the story in e Independent, we had enough money to do the project,” Sorensen said. “It really was a community project.”

Some names discovered

The history e Chicago Industrial Home was begun by the Rev. omas B. Arnold, a Methodist minister who began caring for abandoned street children in his own Chicago home. In 1891 he moved the home and its residents to Woodstock, at Routes 47 and 120, where Hearthstone stands today. e philosophy at the time, Sorensen explained, was to get the children off the streets of the city and into the country, “Where they could get fresh air, food, and a roof over their heads.” Over the years, Woodstock Children’s Home began housing wards of the state, referred from the court system in the days before Illinois began using foster homes. e home shared its site with the Old People’s Rest Home, founded in 1903 by the Rev. J.D. Kelsey, first superintendent of the Children’s Home. Eventually, the Children’s Home became a day care center before Hearthstone turned the campus into retirement housing and a senior care center.


But it first was the passion of Sorensen, who researched “off and on for about two years” the history of 48 children, many of them orphans, who had been residents of the Chicago Industrial Home for Children, later renamed Woodstock Children’s Home. She solicited the help of two Oakland Cemetery Board members, President Nancy Irwin and Secretary Pam Moorhouse. Sorensen’s research revealed the names of 20 of the children buried in the cemetery along West Jackson Street. e others’ names will likely never be known. ey all died, sometimes several in quick succession, between 1894 and 1926, victims of flu, measles, diphtheria, and other ailments. And while their graves might have had simple markers at one time, those, too, have been lost to history.


During the April meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, Chief Mike Hill and the board recognized several people for their rapid actions that helped to save the life of Jerry Qualkenbush, who had collapsed at Woodstock North High School. Those recognized were (from left, posing with patient) Dan Klenske, Capt. Scott Nieman, Amanda DeGrave, Tricia Bogott, Qualkenbush, Crystal Carlisle, Kristi Dodge, and Maggie Heldt. Not pictured are Heidi Nieman and Jeff Legare.

‘Very emotional’ Sorensen said the money raised paid for the slab under the monument, engraving of the stone, and installation. Tony Zoia of Zoia Monuments agreed to provide the memorial stone at cost. Sorensen was present last week when Zoia and his crew – his father, Jim, along with Ray and Jesus Guzman – installed the monument on that previously vacant site. She described it as a touching moment. “I talked to Tony about the journey, from the time I found those graves,” Sorensen said. “To watch it [being installed], it was very emotional.” At Sunday’s public ceremony, Sorensen will give the welcome, and Pastor Randy Weller will offer a prayer before explaining the history behind the burials. e names of the 20 identified children will be read by Evan and Elin Kaye, and Pastor Amanda Bergstrom will say a closing prayer. And the 48 children buried at the site – some of whom records identified only as “baby” – will each have a white wooden cross that Irwin has made.


Tony Zoia (left) of Zoia Monuments in Woodstock helps to prepare a memorial base with the help of his father, Jim, and Ray Guzman The men, along with Guzman’s son, Jesus, installed the stone May 8 for a dedication ceremony Sunday. Zoia provided the marker at cost. Flowers for the gravesite will be provided by local garden clubs and Apple Creek Flowers, Sorensen said.

In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved inside the mausoleum.


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Robber gets 7-plus years prison time for 2016 stickup



A 2016 armed robbery in Woodstock has earned a 7½-year prison term for one of two men accused of the crime. e sentence for Andres L. Hernandez, 22, Harvard, pleaded guilty last week to the offense of aggravated robbery, a Class 1 felony. e negotiated plea agreement, accepted May 9 by Judge James S. Cowlin, also requires Hernandez to make restitution of $450 to his victim. Police said Hernandez and a codefendant, Bryan Estrada of Woodstock, confronted a male victim in the parking lot of Super Market La Trinidad, 1230 Davis Road, in October 2016. e robbers showed a firearm and hit the victim in the head before taking his wallet Andres L. and cellular tele- Hernandez phone, according to a news release from Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County state’s attorney. is case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Victor Escarcida. Charges against Estrada are pending.

Chief’s car tire cut; homeless man held under $20,000 bond A bond hearing has been set for June 4 for Arthur E. Johnson, a homeless man who is charged with slashing the tires of two city cars – including the police chief’s. Johnson, 62, faces two counts of criminal damage to government property under $500, a low-level felony with a possible prison term of 1-3 years. His bond on those charges is $20,000. Johnson is currently serving a 60-day sentence in jail for stealing $80 in goods from Walmart. His court record includes dozens of arrests over the past 25 years, including felonies involving drugs and dog fighting.


Police investigate the scene of a single motorcycle accident May 6 that killed 72-year-old Donald E. Hansen of Woodstock. McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said an autopsy showed Hansen had suffered blunt trauma to the head when he was thrown from his eastbound motorcycle after it left Kishwaukee Valley Road on a curve at Vermont Road about 11 a.m. He was pronounced dead about an hour later at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock.

Superintendent gets new contract, raise D-200 board extends Moan through 2023 By Larry Lough LARRY@THEWOODSTOCKINDEPENDENT.COM

Four years ago, Mike Moan came home to be superintendent of the Woodstock school district that he had attended as a child. Five years from now, he will still be here. e District 200 School Board last week extended Moan’s contract through the 2022-2023 school year. Moan, 45, will be paid a salary of nearly $193,000 for the 2018-19 school year, an increase of 1.75 percent over his current pay. He will receive a 2 percent raise in each of the final four years of the contract. In the last year, his salary will be almost $209,000. e contract was approved unanimously without board discussion. In a news release, board President Carl Gilmore said Moan and the district had been achieving goals the board has set. “Under Dr. Moan’s leadership, District 200 has made great strides in implementing curricula, improving tests scores and educational opportunities, and evaluating resources,” Gilmore said in the statement. “e board believed continuity is essential to continue these gains.”

According to a district news release, since 2015, District 200 students have consistently improved their overall scores in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Col- Mike lege and Careers, Moan outpacing the gains of average Illinois students in literacy. “We were unanimous in our opinion that Dr. Moan is the right leader to continue to improve outlooks for Woodstock students,” Gilmore’s statement said. “is contract extension ensures the benefit of Dr. Moan’s tireless service for the next five years.” Moan, 45, is a 1991 graduate of Woodstock High School. For 17 years he was a teacher, coach, and administrator in Huntley School District 158, where he eventually served as was its academic officer. “As a proud product of District 200 schools, moving back home to work in District 200 has been an incredible experience for me and my family,” Moan said in the news release. “I am very grateful for the opportunity the Board of Education has offered me to stay. We will continue to work with all of our stakeholders to provide an

outstanding education for the children of our community.” Moan and his wife, Paula, live in Woodstock with their daughter, who attends District 200 schools. eir older son attends the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

Defeating bullying e board also heard an update on the district’s anti-bullying program and introduced amended policies on reporting and preventing incidents of sexual harassment and bullying. Associate Superintendent Brian McAdow told the board the program spanned kindergarten through high school. “Prevention is far more important than stopping the behavior after it has started,” he said of the training for students and staff. Ryan Hart, principal of Westwood Elementary, explained that early intervention was being taught to first-graders. “We’re teaching students not to be bystanders,” he said. e program also provides students with life lessons, said Diana Frisbie, principal at Olson Elementary. “We’re building empathy; we’re building social skills,” she told the board. “We’re building people.” e program also brings in parents – of both the bully and the bullied – to discuss problems.


Woodstock, the daughter of Axel Frederick and Jessie Violet (Klossowsky) Carlson. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock and attended Zion Lutheran Church in Belvidere. She married Jim Whiston on Nov. 6, 1974. He preceded her in death in July 1994. She had been employed at variAlberta Elaine ous places, includWhiston ing packing pickles at Claussen’s; ^HZ[OLIHPSPMMMVY[OLÄYZ[^VTHUQ\KNLPU McHenry County; and was an inspector of manufacturing, including Woodward and Arnold Manufacturing in Marengo. In her

younger years she tamed wild mustangs in Washington state and even raced stock JHYZ°:OLLUQV`LKZL^PUNHUKYLHKPUN:OL had lived in various places, so she found NYLH[LUQV`TLU[PUYLKLJVYH[PUN^P[OLHJO move. Survivors include three daughters, Melody (Neal) Anderson, Linda (Rick) Ferguson, and Janis (Mike) Huff; 12 grandchildren, Lori (Bill) Durkee, Lane (Wendy) Anderson, Shane Ackerman, John (Christina) Ackerman, Jayson (Ellen) Ferguson, Ben (Kimberly) Ferguson, Cathy (Jeff) Dawson, Paul (Liz) Huff, Jennifer (Mike) Foster, Dawn (Randy) Stenback, Megan (Josh) Hart, and Matthew (Erica) Lee; 25 greatgrandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Lucido; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three sons,

date May 24. Q Karl F. Natschke, 29, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, was arrested April 30 in the 2500 block of South Eastwood Drive on two McHenry County warrants charging failure to appear. Held on $20,000 bond. Court date to be set. Q Leonard Montcalm, 55, Woodstock, was arrested April 30 on a charge of violation of a stalking no-contact order at 1920 Sebastian Drive. Held on $1,500 bond. Court date May 24. Q Arthur E. Johnson, 62, transient, was arrested May 2 at 120 W. South St. on two counts of criminal damage to governmentsupported property. Held on $20,000 bond. Q Timothy P. Pena, 37, Woodstock, was

arrested May 2 on a McHenry County warrant charging failure to appear. Held on $5,000 bond. Court date to be set. Q Oscar D. Castenda, 30, Woodstock, was arrested May 2 on charges of failure to notify of damage to property, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and improper lane usage in the 300 block of Washington Street. Held on $1,500 bond. Court date May 25. Q Nicole K. Reiher, 30, Harvard, was arrested May 3 on a charge of driving while license suspended. Released after posting 10 percent of $1,500 bond. Court date June 7. Any charges are merely accusations, and defendants or suspects are presumed innocent unless proved guilty.


Police tape blocks access to an area along Van Buren Street where gunshots were reported about 1 p.m. Sunday. Police said they believed the “negligent” shooting was not a threat to the public.

OBITUARIES Robert Vernon Lacy Jr. Robert Vernon Lacy Jr., 58, a former resident of Woodstock, died Jan. 10, 2016, in Safety Harbor, Florida. He was born Aug. 31, 1957, in Chicago, to Robert and Ruth (Wilkes) Lacy. Survivors included his mother, Ruth (Wilkes) Lacy; three sisters, Sharon Kennedy, Sandra Bouchard and Barbara Exell; two brothers, Gary Bouchard and Jim Lacy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation was followed by spreading the cremains in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alberta Elaine Whiston Alberta Elaine Whiston, 89, of Belvidere, formerly of Woodstock, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018. She was born Dec. 28, 1928, in

Randy, Gregory and Jeffery; two brothers, Granville Carlson and Owen Carlson; and a sister, Virginia Bruce. A celebration of life graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Cremation rites have been accorded. e Woodstock Independent publishes obituaries and photos without charge. Please email obituaries to pr@ or bring them to 671 E. Calhoun St. To the extent possible, obituaries are published as provided. However, long obituaries may need to be edited. For information, call 815-338-8040.

POLICE BLOTTER Q Tony N. Seward, 42, McHenry, was arrested April 29 on charges of driving while intoxicated, DUI over 0.08, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and improper lane usage on Washington Street east of Elm Lane. Released after posting 10 percent of $1,000 bond and surrendering driver’s license. Court date May 24. Q Daniel Wielontek, 20, Woodstock, was arrested April 29 on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass to property at 2101 Edgewood Drive. Held on $1,500 bond. Court date June 7. Qn Robert L. Jenkins Jr., 28, Wonder Lake, was arrested April 29 at 2200 N. Seminary Ave. on a charge of criminal trespass to state-support property. Released after posting 10 percent of $1,500 bond. Court

CORRECTION In the May 2-8 edition of The Independent, a photo page of prom king and queen candidates from Woodstock High School, Woodstock North and Marian Central Catholic carried an incorrect label that said, “Homecoming Royalty.” It should have said “Prom Royalty,” as the photo captions correctly noted. We regret the error and any confusion it might have caused.


McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, all three juveniles were charged before being transported to the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center in St. Charles to await a detention hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse that was scheduled for Monday afternoon. e Sunday incident followed a report last week of two people shooting BB guns at a school bus along Raffel Road near Merryman Field in north Woodstock. Police reported later taking two people into custody in a car at a parking lot at Marian Central Catholic High School ursday afternoon. No one was reported injured when the shots were fired at a bus from a nearby town in Woodstock for a high school baseball game. Police said charges were pending.

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ree juveniles have been charged after what police described as a “negligent discharge” of a firearm Sunday off the Square. Each of the three – ages 17, 14 and 13 – face multiple charges, according to a news release Monday from the Woodstock Police Department. Police said they also confiscated a stolen gun that the younger boys were selling to the 17-year-old. e gun reportedly had been taken by the younger boys during a series of car burglaries over the past weekend. Woodstock police said they had been called about 1 p.m. Sunday to 113 Van Buren St., on the south

side of the Square, after a report of “shots fired.” After a quick preliminary investigation, they determined the public was in no danger and reported that in a news release and Facebook posting. In addition to the gun, additional evidence from several other car burglaries the boys had allegedly committed was recovered and secured as evidence, police said. Police said the downtown location where the teens met was a matter of convenience and not related to any Woodstock Square activity. Soon after the sale of the handgun, a single shot was fired. No one was injured, police reported, and nothing indicates that more than one round was fired. After police conferred with the




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Cheryl Wormley Larry Lough Sandy Kucharski Ken Farver

Best option isn’t always good one

When everybody is in agreement, the discussion doesn’t usually last very long. At the May 1 meeting of the Woodstock City Council, nobody suggested that the Old Firehouse Assistance Center for the homeless is in a good location – on the edge of the downtown business district and next to a residential neighborhood. en why did the debate about OFAC’s lease go on for 3½ hours? Because nobody had an idea of where else it could be – practically speaking. Alternative sites suggested all have downsides in terms of availability and/or suitability. Neighbors of the center, which offers services to the local homeless population, are angry and frustrated over repeated encounters with aggressive and abusive men who are attracted to OFAC for a meal, a shower, and maybe help in finding housing or a job. Even members of the council were frustrated that of the few options the city had two years ago, the former fire station at South and roop streets was the best choice. In fact, the old firehouse is the perfect facility – in the wrong place. Council members acknowledged several times that the site was “not ideal.” at’s a gross understatement. Neighbors find the site to be not only “not ideal,” but not acceptable. And understandably so. Even the plan laid out by Mayor Brian Sager – to have a permanent, fixed-site facility up and running west of Woodstock by October 2019 – didn’t placate neighbors’ fears about the safety and security of their homes and families now. Who can blame them? In response to complaints at the meeting, the council shortened the proposed two-year lease extension to 12 months (with a possible extension), and re-emphasized the city’s right to terminate the OFAC lease with service providers “anytime for any reason,” with a 90-day notice. If someone comes up with a better plan – temporary, we hope – please share. Council members are as eager as neighbors to move on. Otherwise, it appears to be a matter of tolerating a “not ideal” situation for a while longer.


Let’s urge rehab, rebuild before new construction RI was very dismayed to read that the city of Woodstock is considering lowering impact fees for new construction. As much as a third of single-family homes in Woodstock are rentals, so what is the point of encouraging more of the same? Many of those landlords are renting reluctantly while waiting for real estate prices to recover. On-line sites such as Zillow show that recent housing sale prices rarely cover the initial

purchase price. Houses are often sold at a loss after improvements, regardless of when they were initially purchased. McHenry County’s population has been declining, its taxes are high, and residents should not be subsidizing developers. The city should encourage redevelopment in existing neighborhoods through rehab or rebuild, rather than building new subdivisions at taxpayer expense. Frank Wedig Woodstock

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and set the same day; to touch the hand of a newborn baby; or to listen to an octogenarian talk about life. Pause to listen to songs of birds or to the music of cultures – yours and others. Avoid packing each day with so much to do that you have little time to delight in what God created. Savor the wonder of you and your many talents and opportunities as well as the talents and opportunities of others. One more thought – this one is the sail. It’s part of the lyrics of the song, “I Hope You Dance,� written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers. It was made popular by Lee Ann Womak about the time you were born, so I’m thinking it was created especially for you: I hope you never lose your sense of wonder You get your fill but always keep that hunger May you never take one single breath for granted God forbid love ever leaves you empty handed I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance, And when you get the chance to sit it out or dance I hope you dance. I hope you dance ... Cheryl Wormley is publisher of e Woodstock Independent.




































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bombarded almost every second by messages from peers and people around the world. Some of the messages bear truth. Unfortunately, Cheryl many are biased Wormley or untrue. In +LJSHYH[PVUZ order to champion truth, you must differentiate what is true from what is not. I wish I could tell you truth abounds in our world. You know better, and so do I. You’ve seen elected officials, professional athletes, entertainers, and people in all walks of life disregard truth for their own gain. It takes courage to uphold truth. It might mean taking a different path than others are taking – even, from time to time, your friends. You will be rewarded for seeking the truth – not immediately, maybe, but in the long run. Successful endeavors and loving relationships are rooted in and nourished by truth. Look around you. Aren’t the people you truly admire the ones who are champions of truth? Second, wonder – savor it. There’s so much to see and do in this big, wide, wonderful world. And for you, opportunity abounds to explore and savor the wonders of the universe, too. Take time to watch a bee pollinate a flower; to enjoy the sun rise

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This week’s Declarations is for our graduating seniors. If you aren’t a graduate, I invite you to continue reading, too. Woodstock has the good fortune of having three high schools. At the end of each school year, the community watches with great pride the commencement exercises of three senior classes. This year’s graduations, as you well know, are Woodstock North High School, Saturday, May 19, with 216 graduates; Woodstock High School, Sunday, May 20, with 230 graduates; and Marian Central High School, Friday, May 25, with 167 graduates. I believe high school graduations have at least two purposes: to recognize and celebrate the academic accomplishments of graduates, and to give elders and teachers one more opportunity to share values and wisdom. I’ll leave the celebrating of your academic accomplishments to you, your schools, your families, and your friends. Your graduation weekends will be festive and fun. I’m going to take this opportunity to share values and wisdom. Not that I consider myself wise. I just want to send you on your way to whatever is next with two anchors – truth and wonder, and a sail. First, truth – be a champion of truth. Be true to yourself. Be true to what you believe. And seek the truth. Championing truth will not be easy. It requires diligence and vigilance. You are being



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Deals lure high school seniors out of state Some seek warmer areas; others find more out of Illinois By Susan W. Murray



Graduation ceremonies will take place at Woodstock North High School, Woodstock High School, and Marian Central Catholic High School over the course of the next nine days. us will commence a summer of graduation parties, jobs, dorm room shopping, and the tearful goodbyes with longtime friends. Many of those setting off for fouryear colleges or universities share something else. ey are part of a growing trend, underway since 2002, to leave Illinois for their college education. e Illinois Board of Higher Education reported a 57 percent increase in out-of-state enrollment between 2002 and 2016. In 2002, 29 percent of Illinois seniors enrolled in an out-of-state school; in 2016, the percentage was 46 percent. From the Woodstock high schools this year, the percentage is even higher (see box). e outmigration of 18-year-olds parallels the decline in Illinois population. In December, the U.S. Census Bureau reported a fourth straight year of population loss, with McHenry County one of only 19 counties to achieve population growth from 2016 to 2017. Amanda Harmer, District 200’s career facilitator for the past 13 years, said that students spread out more each year. Every May, she puts up a map and inserts pins in the locations where seniors are headed for college. In the past five years, she said, there are “places I’ve never stuck a pin before.”

‘Choosing to go warm’ Rebecca Reed, the head of Marian’s guidance department, noted the growing popularity of the Southeast among Marian’s seniors, speculating that some visited schools in the region while on vacation. “ey’re choosing to go warm,” Harmer said. District 200 students who are “looking for sunshine” are choosing schools

in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and Southern California, Harmer said. e decision to head southeast is made easier if students have family in that area, she added. is year, the college choice that drew more Marian students than any other was – wait for it – the University of Alabama. Nine members of Marian’s Class of 2018 are headed to Tuscaloosa in the fall, among them Woodstock resident Carolina Kirwan. “e money was the biggest factor,” Kirwan said of the financial aid. Boston College was the prospective pre-med major/Spanish minor’s first choice, but the assistance offered couldn’t compete with what Alabama held out. To increase enrollment and fortify its financial footing, Alabama has marketed itself ambitiously nationwide. Reed saw the first UA representative come through Marian’s doors four years ago, able to bestow six different levels of merit scholarships for out-ofstate students with an ACT score of at least 27 and a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Reed said that the nine who had enrolled at Alabama for the fall of 2018 received tuition breaks ranging from $20,000 to $110,000 over four years. “I visited a friend [at Alabama], and I really liked it,” Kirwan said. She appreciated the brick buildings and the quad on the traditional college campus. “And the weather,” she noted. She looks forward to the opportunity to “meet people from different areas.” Kirwan’s ACT scores and high GPA meant that she had to cover only room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses – about $15,000 a year, according to

Some stay close Other students who choose to go out-of-state stay within a three-hour boundary that Harmer described as “typical.” Within that distance, they can “still be close to Mom if they need to,” she said. Harmer and Reed noted the growing popularity of the Wisconsin state schools, other than the Madison campus. Ten Marian graduates will head to six different Wisconsin publics. “ey’re very economical,” Reed said. Luis Padilla of Woodstock North Continued on next page


Woodstock North seniors (from left) Jake Micelli, Luis Padilla, and Luisa Cervantes have made their college choices as they near graduation on May 19. Micelli and Cervantes will begin their post-secondary careers at McHenry County College, while Padilla will take advantage of a reduced out-of-state tuition rate at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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*Includes gap year, apprenticeship, enlistment in military, or undecided. Source: Amanda Harmer, D-200 career facilitator, and Rebecca Reed, head of the guidance department at Marian Central. (91 percent of WHS seniors responding; 84 percent of WNHS seniors responding; 100 percent of Marian’s seniors responding, although some are undecided.)

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Carolina Kirwan, a Marian senior and Woodstock resident, is one of nine Marian students headed to the University of Alabama this fall. Seven Marian graduates in the Class of 2017 became members of the Crimson Tide. The distance to Tuscaloosa means Kirwan will likely get home just three times over the course of the school year. “I’ll have friends to alleviate homesickness,� she pointed out.

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State budget problems in Illinois are a factor, too. “e state of Illinois’ issues have not helped,â€? Reed said of the growing numbers of students headed out-of-state. “ey’re looking for long-term success,â€? Harmer said, “in economically strong places.â€? If there is any good news for Illinois, it is that 97 percent of the students who enroll in two-year colleges remain instate, according to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Luisa Cervantes of Woodstock North received one of only three Founding Faculty Scholarships at McHenry County College. With 60 credit hours of free tuition, Cervantes will begin her study of criminology, with the goal of becoming a proďŹ ler for the FBI. Cervantes wanted to remain with her family, and MCC provided a “cheaper option.â€? “I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go,â€? Woodstock North senior Jake Micelli said. He will begin his pursuit of a nursing degree at MCC to “get my feet wetâ€?

and will decide on a school to ďŹ nish his education after “a semester, a year, or maybe two whole years.â€? Two years at an in-state community college is no guarantee that those students will remain in Illinois to complete their studies. Micelli has Bradley University in Peoria and UW-Oshkosh in his sights. Plug any of the nine other Midwest states into the “State of Residenceâ€? box in MSEP’s search engine to search for a reduced out-of-state tuition rate and no Illinois schools pop up with offers. Moreover, between 2015 and 2017, fulltime undergraduate enrollment at Illinois public schools dropped 5 percent, the state reported. Faced with a 9 percent enrollment drop between 2015 and 2017, Northern Illinois University announced this year that it would eliminate the out-of-state tuition rate. All incoming students, regardless of where they reside, will pay the yearly tuition rate of $9,465. e choice to go to school out-ofstate comes with long-term ramiďŹ cations. Students want a place where they can get internships, start a career, and start a family, Harmer pointed out. e Board of Higher Education reported last year that one-third of those who leave Illinois for college will take a job out of state when they graduate.


made college visits in Illinois but said he saw “nothing that intrigued me.� Padilla chose the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he intends to major in biochemistry. e senior wanted to complete his bachelor’s degree at a “cheap� price, saving money to eventually pursue a doctorate. Under the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), Padilla will pay a reduced rate on the regular outof-state tuition. “It’s the same cost as in-state tuition at Western Illinois University,� he said, “and Oshkosh has a beautiful campus.� Ten states participate in the MSEP, agreeing to charge no more than 150 percent of the in-state tuition rate for out-of-state students. MSEP estimates that an Illinois student will pay $10,693 a year in tuition to attend UW-Oshkosh. In-state tuition at Western Illinois University is $11,267. Katie Littner, a Marian senior and Woodstock resident, will cross the border to study nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee. “It’s far enough,� she said. “My parents won’t be coming to visit me all the time, but I can get home in an emergency.� Littner said she fell in love with Marquette: the beautiful church, the school’s mission, and the sense of

family. e cost, though, was “way too much.â€? Littner appealed to the school, declaring it her ďŹ rst choice, and asked whether there might be more aid available. e school upped its assistance offer. “It’s doable now,â€? Littner said.

18 D-200 seniors earn PRIDE awards

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Blue Streak PRIDE award recipients: Matt Kozel, Courtney Sciarro, Jose Botello-Herrera, Gavin Bishop, Alex Almeida, Christopher King, Tyler Peake, Autumn Overly, and Breanna Funk


Thunder PRIDE award recipients: Collin Mergl, Samantha Long, Sandra Balleno, Amanda Valdes Garcia, Cora Klopfenstein, Gina Wagner, Citlaly Velasco, Justin Wesolek, and Jacob Maher Staff Report THE INDEPENDENT

Eighteen outstanding seniors at Woodstock and Woodstock North high schools were recognized with prestigious PRIDE awards by the Woodstock District 200 School Board. PRIDE stands for Positive Recognition in District 200 Education. e 2018 winners of the awards, which have been presented to seniors since 1990, were nominated in seven categories by staff members, parents, employers, and community members. e honors were announced at the schools’ awards assemblies this month. Winners are: For Excellence in Athletics WHS: Autumn Overly and Tyler Peake

WNHS: Samantha Long and Collin Mergl Why: Seniors who have participated in at least six athletic seasons, and have displayed excellence in character and athletic ability For Unselfish Service to the Community WHS: Christopher King WNHS: Sandra Balleno Why: Seniors who have performed community service without pay For Excellence in the Fine Arts WHS: Alex Almeida, music; Gavin Bishop, theater; Breanna Funk, visual arts WNHS: Amanda Valdes Garcia, music; Cora Klopfenstein, theater; Gina Wagner, visual arts Why: Seniors who have taken at least two courses in art, chorus, band and/or drama and have

participated in at least two co-curricular performances For Outstanding Personal Achievement WHS: Gavin Bishop WNHS: Citlaly Velasco Why: Seniors who have dealt with a personal challenge during their high school careers and have succeeded in persevering to obtain a diploma For Exemplary Scholarship WHS: Jose Botello-Gerrera WNHS: Justin Wesolek Why: Students are who are academically in the top 5 percent of the class, with consideration given to rank in class, rigor of academic schedule, participation in academic co-curricular activities, and academic honors received in high school For Unselfish Service to the School WHS: Courtney Sciarro

WNHS: Amanda Valdes Garcia Why: Seniors who have displayed dedication to the school and enthusiasm for various activities in school. For Unselfish Service to the School WHS: Courtney Sciarro WNHS: Amanda Valdes Garcia Why: Seniors who have displayed dedication to the school and enthusiasm for various activities in school For Excellence as an Employee in the Community (Vocational) WHS: Matt Kozel WNHS: Jacob Maher Why: Seniors who have taken at least two courses in business education, industrial technology, family and consumer sciences, or other career technical area, held a job in the community, and were recommended by the employer for excellence in the workplace.

High school graduation ceremonies in Woodstock are planned over the next two weekends. Here is the who, what, where and when of local commencements you need to know.


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Time and date: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 Place: Woodstock High School, James Shipley Gymnasium

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Woodstock School District 200 recognized 26 retiring employees at a dinner this week. ose employees, and the dates they started with the district, are: Q Karen Batdorff, secretary to the assistant principal at Creekside Middle, 1991 Q Michelle B. Beutlich, vision/orient mobility teacher for the district, 2006 Q Rebecca Blaho, elementary orchestra teacher for the district, 2010 Q Nancy Cain, media specialist at Verda Dierzen Elementary, 1995 Q Amy Cannata, transportation route supervisor, 1995 Q Pete Catan, building trades teacher at Woodstock High, 1996 Q Pamela Cooper, learning resource center associate at Woodstock North, 1994 Q Teresa Dailey, district director of human resources, 1993 Q Laure Foerster, math teacher at Woodstock High, 1998 Q Jeff GrifďŹ th, industrial tech teacher at Woodstock High, 1985 Q Betty Hopp, ďŹ fth-grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary, 1985 Q Caite Hunn, third-grade teacher at Mary Endres Elementary, 1989

Q Dorothy (Dotty) Kaufmann, associate at Westwood Elementary, 2001 Q Ellen Lohmeyer, second-grade teacher at Mary Endres Elementary, 1994 QMickey Martin, technology support, 2001 Q Katherine Mitchell, counselor at Creekside Middle, 1997 QKarla Nussbaum, special ed life skills teacher at Woodstock North, 2003 QSusan Oberman, ďŹ rst-grade teacher at Dean Street Elementary, 1999 Q Dora Reyes, bilingual home school liaison at Verda Dierzen Elementary, 1992 Q Robert Rivera, sixth-grade social studies teacher at Northwood Middle, 1999 Q Cynthia (Cindy) Ruck, transportation route driver, 2007 Q Kathleen Sabaj, food service manager at Woodstock High, 2003 Q Sandra Schroeder, transportation route driver, 1985-93, 2008 QNoralea Simon, transportation route driver, 2005 QJoanne Sotiroff, special ed resource teacher at Northwood Middle, 2002 QJerry Swedberg, director of technology for the district, 1984

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Teresa Dailey is retiring as director of human resources for District 200. She began in the District 200 personnel ofďŹ ce in 1993. “I am a people person and like to work with people,â€? she said. “It is a much larger district now with a dramatic change in the number of employees.â€? Dailey earned an education degree at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a professional in Human Resources certiďŹ cation from Northern Illinois University in 1998. “My favorite Teresa part of the job has Dailey been the opportunity to call a candidate to welcome them to the District,â€? she said. Dailey is proud that the district is one of the ďŹ rst to use an online application process for candidates. ere is great collaboration with human resources departments in other districts. “e biggest challenge,â€? she said, “is that there are not as many students

going into education. eir focus is more on STEM jobs in industry.â€? roughout her career, Dailey has participated in many district programs. She especially enjoyed judging the eighth-grade presentations about interviewing a person in a chosen career. “Students were focused, conďŹ dent and had outstanding presentation skills,â€? she said. Her ďŹ rst retirement activity will be a trip with her husband in early August to the Apostle Islands, as they both especially enjoy walking. Volunteering with the education group Leadership Greater McHenry County is also a goal. “Over the years I’ve seen District 200 grow and change in many wonderful ways, and I’ve been proud to be a part of those changes,â€? Dailey said.“ere’s one constant that has remained throughout the years, though, and that is the dedication and caring of the district’s staff. It’s been an honor to be a member of this team.â€? Superintendent Michael Moan added, “Teresa has been the heart and soul of our human resources department in District 200. Teresa combines an incredible professionalism for human resources with the human touch. At all times she has made each and every employee feel a part of one big family.â€?


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Local band Seasalt launches ‘new wave’ EP Release this weekend with Waverly concert By Nathan Willcockson THE INDEPENDENT

is Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Waverly Ballroom will host the “Tea Party For Teens” EP release concert for Woodstock’s newest and youngest band, Seasalt. With Woodstock’s Becky Sargeant on guitar, Spring Grove’s Drew Zaremba and Jon O’Brien on drums and bass, and Poplar Grove’s Kayla Seeber on vocals, Seasalt blends a wide variety of pop and new-wave influences into a retro West Coast sound. “We’re all really into Paramore,” said Sargeant, who writes most of the band’s songs along with Seeber. “eir last album, ‘After Laughter,’ was very ’80s new wave. at’s a big thing we pull from. I’m a huge Blondie and Talking Heads fan. [Red Hot Chili Peppers] is a big one.” Zaremba, who handles the band’s management and promotion, said it was a collaboration. “It’s all of us butting heads with each other with these different types of music we listen to,” he said. “Kayla listens to more pop music, I listen to screamo music”

“Drew’s a major metalhead,” Sargeant added. “I listen to a lot of Smiths and Cure.” “I listen to a lot of blues and old rock,” O’Brien said. According to Sargeant, “None of us listen to the same things.”

High school music roots Sargeant has been involved in music well before Seasalt, performing in the Woodstock High School Varsity Choir, Madrigals, theater and Jazz Choir. “When we have originals, Kayla will write something with a core progression and a vocal melody, and she’ll bring it to me, and it’s just a process of arranging the whole thing, …” Sargeant said. “at skill kind of came from being in choir, [knowing] what part is supposed to do what, each part having its own time to shine and its own level of importance.” It was thanks to another extracurricular group, the varsity band at the Lake Geneva House of Music, that Seasalt got together. “If you’ve ever seen the movie “School of Rock” with Jack Black, it’s basically that,” Sargeant said. “It’s run by a guy named Chris Buttleman. He’s done a lot. He was the guitar tech for Joe Walsh while he was in e Eagles, he built guitars for Eddie Van Halen, and somehow he just

“We’d like to take it all the way, that’s every musician’s dream.” - Becky Sargeant settled down in the Midwest.” e band came together at the LGHoM over several months starting in summer 2017. “I came there while Kayla was in there,” Sargeant said. “Drew hadn’t been in the group yet, and Jon had yet to be in there either. We actually got Drew in the band because his cousin, Graham Scott, was in the band, and right before he left he was like, ‘Hey, I have to go to college soon; here’s my cousin who plays drums!’”

Dream of touring Drew, who acts as the band’s main promoter, said the internet was a big part of getting a small, modern band noticed. “From my perspective of watching bands grow, I’ve seen how bands utilize their fans with Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, using stories and paid promotions to get their stuff out there,” he said. “Nowadays there’s lots of fanbases that make friendships on the internet. When we’re posting our stuff online, we’re really just trying to get out to the people we know want to see us, and

want to see us for who we are. It’s still a very local outreach, but as of recently as we’ve seen with our song “Kool Girl,” it’s been reaching out to more and more places. We have listeners from South America and the UK, so it’s really cool to see how that pushes into people’s feeds that you would never expect.” Drew says that his ultimate dream would be to go on tour. “Playing our shows recently, we make friends with bands, and it’s so much fun to meet new people and learn from them, get what they have from experience and branch out,” he said. “Some bands have shown interest in us; I remember getting an offer back in March, but we couldn’t do it because of school.” According to Sargeant, “We’d like to take it all the way, that’s every musician’s dream. “I’m pretty sure that one way or another, we’re all going to end up playing together, whether it’s this band or another one. We all work very, very well together, even when we’re butting heads on something.” Drew said the immediate focus is for the EP to be a success and to start the band’s next project. Seasalt will be performing May 19 with bands Rotten Mouth, Willows, and with Drew’s cousin, Graham Scott.







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Woodstock Children’s Summer Theatre announced auditions for this summer’s production of “Mary Poppins Jr.” will be May 22 to 24 at Unity Spiritual Center, 225 W. Calhoun St., Woodstock. Auditions are open to students who live in Woodstock or attend a Woodstock-area school and have completed grades four to eight by the end of this school year. Students will audition with a maximum of nine other students during a 45-minute time slot. The three times available are 4, 5 and 6 p.m. During the audition, students will be asked to do cold readings from the play, learn a dance step, and sing a short excerpt from “Jolly Holiday.” Copies of the music are available at the Woodstock Public Library or can be accessed online. Performance dates are July 20 to 22 at the Woodstock Opera House. Call 815-337-2195 to schedule an audition.


Marianna Kostova of Woodstock High School reads her creative writing entry that won her a $1,000 scholarship from the Woodstock Fine Arts Association. The 10 winners countywide in a variety of artistic categories were honored April 26 during the annual Talent Showcase at the Opera House.

Concert series kicks off June 1 at Glacial Park Bring a picnic dinner or dessert and a lawn chair to enjoy a summer evening of free musical entertainment next month with Belle of the Fall on the back patio

of the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood. The acoustic folk duo will perform from [V!WT1\ULMVY[OLÄYZ[VMMV\Y First Friday Concerts planned through September at the McHenry County Conservation District’s intimate outdoor setting under the branches of ancient oaks with stunning views of the outstretched valley. Registration is not required. In case of bad weather, concerts will be moved indoors. No glass containers are allowed, and the site closes at 9 p.m. Other First Friday Concerts will be July 6, with The Stingrays performing; Aug. 3, Lara Bell; and Sept. 7, Hurricane Saxophone Quartet. For more information, call Prairieview Education Center, 815-479-5779, or visit About Belle of the Fall, Vents Magazine wrote: “To say that Belle of the Fall lead singer, Julia Autumn Ford, possesses the voice of an angel is beyond obvious. Soft, tender and raw all at once; Julia’s vocal delivery is light as a feather yet powerful enough to knock down an entire city block with one turn of a phrase. Her partner in crime, bassist Tracy Walton, rounds out Belle of the Fall’s folky, yet modern, sound, described as ‘indie folk rock pop alternative Americana with a soul.’”

FOR THE ARTS Hedy Weiss, theater and dance critic for WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, was the featured speaker May 4 at the 38th annual Woodstock Fine Arts Association Spring Luncheon Fundraiser for the Arts in McHenry County. Weiss spoke about the value of the arts in transforming communities, detailing the rise of the “storefront theater” movement that helped to revitalize Chicago. Among luncheon guests were (from left) Woodstock City Council member Jim Prindiville, Mayor Brian Sager, and City Manager Roscoe Stelford. Proceeds from the event will fund 2019 WFAA scholarships, which have been awarded each year since 1964 to McHenry County high school seniors with recognized abilities in the performing, literary and visual arts.


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70-year-old business now being managed by Kunes Auto Group By Larry Lough


After 70 years in the automobile business in Woodstock, the Benoy family is in a “transitionâ€? that is expected to lead to a sale of the dealership this summer. Kunes Country Auto Group has already started to manage the sales and service business at Route 47 and U.S. 14 as details of the acquisition are worked out. Cars on the lot already sport Kunes license plates. “It’s not ofďŹ cial yet,â€? cautioned Dale Benoy, who, along with his brother, Tim, owns the dealership their father bought in 1948. Ray Benoy died in 2010.

“e opportunity came up – for them and us,â€? Benoy explained. “Tim and I have no successors to the dealership. ‌ e timing was right.â€? Kunes, which is based in Delavan, Wisconsin, owns dealerships in Wisconsin and, mostly, Illinois. e sale of the local Chrysler-Dodge-JeepRam business is expected to be completed in 60 to 90 days, giving Kunes its 16th dealership and sixth Chrysler store. “ey’re looking to expand, in both sales and service,â€? Benoy said. “ey’re out to grow and thought Woodstock was a good location with a lot of potential.â€?

New car emphasis He said last week the dealership had 125 to 130 new cars in inventory, but was selling off the used vehicles as Kunes wanted to boost the number

of new units to 150 to 175. It already has been advertising for more sales staff in Woodstock with recruitment ads that boast of being “a 16-time winner of Automotive News’ coveted ‘Best Dealership to Work For’ award.� Greg Kunes started the business in Delavan in 1996. He could not be reached for comment. While the business will remain at its high-visibility location, Benoy said, the building “will be updated as time goes on� and the name will change “eventually.� Tim Benoy, 57, will remain with the business for a year “to help with the transition.� Dale, 66, said he would probably retire after the deal closed, ending 44 years at the dealership – and years before that working around the family business. “We grew up with the business,� he said.



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Q Residence at 244 Fieldstone Drive, Woodstock, was sold by CalAtlantic Group W Inc., East Dundee, to Latrice Monica Ellis, In Woodstock, for $264,185. W Q Residence at 200 Fieldstone Drive, Woodstock, was sold by CalAtlantic Group W Inc., East Dundee, to Andrew James In Hymes and Lindsay MacIntyre, WoodH stock, for $230,991. st Q Commercial building, approximately 1,200 square feet, at 665 W. Jackson St., 1, Woodstock, was sold by the Joan A. Purdy W Trust, Waupaca, WI, to LROC Properties Tr Southwest LP, Austin, TX, for $150,000. So Q Residence at 506 Ridgeland Ave., Woodstock, was sold by MK Investing, LLC, st Mount Prospect, to Tom and Laura Dybdal, M Woodstock, for $100,000. W Q Residence at 2106 Aspen Drive, Woodst stock, was sold by Juan and Guillermina Sa Santana, Austin, TX, to Kyle and Rachel Sh Sherman, Woodstock, for $173,500. Q Commercial building, at part of 2000 S S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, was sold by Pearl Woodstock LLC, Glenview, to Am Amerco Real Estate Company, Phoenix, AZ AZ, for $2,250,000. Q Residence at 3003 Harrow Gate Drive, W Woodstock, was sold by George H. Weile ler III and Susan W. Weiler, Genoa City, WI, to Walton and Linda Rosquist, Woodstock, for $277,500. fo Q Residence at 4603 S. Illinois Route 47, W Woodstock, was sold by Lowell and Prisci cilla Fetty, Woodstock, to Fidel Gonzalez C Correa, Woodstock, for $165,000. Q Land at 3518 Raycraft Road, Woodstock, w was sold by The Judicial Sales Corp., Chica cago, to Joe Wuchterl, Gary Lechner & M Marc Hathaway, Palatine, for $40,801. Q Residence at 2501 Mustang Trail, Woodst stock, was sold by Wells Fargo Bank, N National Association, AS, Coppell, TX, to Ry Ryan Hagen, Crystal Lake, for $224,175.






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Two Woodstock projects are part of Nicor Gas’ Ga Volunteer Week, May 12 to 19. Nicor employees, their families, and friends fri are volunteering in their local communities as part of the largest effort to date m in the 22 consecutive years of the program. Twenty-eight service projects with 20 different dif organizations will be completed throughout th the week, including cleanup and planting at a nature center and painting and pla landscaping. lan Outdoor cleanup was planned May 12 at Hearthstone He Manor in Woodstock, and similar work is planned at a shelter for women and an children May 19. Since 1996, the Nicor Gas’ Volunteer Day occurred the third Saturday in May. oc

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The Illinois Department of Transportation cordially invites you to attend the open house public hearing* concerning the improvement of IL 47 (US 14 - Charles Rd), in the City of Woodstock, McHenry County. Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 Time: 4-7 p.m. Location: The Challenger Learning Center 222 E Church St. Woodstock, IL 60098 Purpose of the hearing: x

To present and obtain public input on the preferred alternative and the Environmental Assessment (EA)

Interested persons may attend anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Exhibits will be on display and an audiovisual presentation will be shown continuously during the meeting. A Public Forum will begin at 6 p.m., where the public will be invited to make a statement to a court reporter. Project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions. Written comments can be accepted at the meeting, mailed after the meeting, or submitted via the project website at




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The EA has been completed and will be presented at the public hearing. The EA describes the purpose and need of the proposed project, alternatives considered, the recommended preferred alternative, anticipated environmental impacts, project benefits, and potential mitigation measures. It will be available for public review and comment on the project website at; and at the Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock City Hall, and the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s District One office in Schaumburg located at the address below. Comments will be accepted via mail and on the project website through June 21, 2018. *This meeting is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Anyone needing specific assistance should contact Victoria Watts of Images Inc. at (630) 510-3944, ext. 109. People planning to attend who need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the TTY/TTD number (800) 526-0844 or 711; TTY users (EspaĂąol) (800) 501-0864 or 711; and for Telebraille dial (877) 526-6670 at least five days prior to the meeting.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pastor needs a wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Originally from Pennsylvania, he began his path to Woodstock when he met his future wife, Pam, a native of Fox River Grove, at college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A friend said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be a senior pastor, you need a wife,â&#x20AC;?


e man who shepherded the congregation at Woodstock Free Methodist Church for 25 years will retire this month with hopes of taking over a new ďŹ&#x201A;ock. e Rev. Dave Cooper and his wife, Pam, will head west to a 38-acre farm in Meriden, Iowa, population 150, where he plans to raise chickens. Likening himself to Oliver from the television series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Acres,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said he was looking forward to the wide-open spaces. Unlike the TV show, however, his wife is looking forward to the new location just as much. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My grandkids are the real calling card,â&#x20AC;? he said of their destination. e move will bring them to within 10 miles of their daughter and sonin-law who farm in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where did 25 years go?â&#x20AC;? Cooper said as he reďŹ&#x201A;ected on his years ministering the congregation at Woodstock Free Methodist. He is not looking to take on the responsibilities of a senior pastor, he said, but he will continue to seek out churches in need of assistance. He also plans to counsel at a shelter for battered women that his daughter is involved with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do ministry and help somewhere,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said.

Cooper said. He took his ďŹ rst senior pastor position in 1976 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and was married in 1977. Shortly after, he was transferred to Evanston, where he ministered for 13½ years. Finally, he was called to Woodstock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where he spent 25 years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and will retire in June with a total of 42 years of service as a senior pastor. During that time, he has performed hundreds of marriage ceremonies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and even more funerals. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watched families grow and move on, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experienced advances in technology that now allow his sermons to be shared online and piped into Hearthstone Senior Living Community.

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After 25 years, Rev. Dave Cooper will retire, move to Iowa farm

Chaplain for WPD Cooper said one of his most memorable and cherished experiences during his career in Woodstock has been serving as a volunteer chaplain with the Woodstock Police Department. He is often called out to the scene of fatal accidents. He offers support on counseling to ofďŹ cers on duty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps me to understand the community better,â&#x20AC;? Cooper explained. He named the people of the congregation as something he has enjoyed, having watched hundreds of individuals and families pass through the church over the past 25 years. He recalled how they came together in 2008 to remodel and modernize the sanctuary, providing all the labor and completing the work between Christmas and Easter. And there was the child of a member who was given one chance in a hundred of survival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;e church prayed and prayed for him,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said, and he beat the odds. ese things were signiďŹ cant in


The Rev. Dave Cooper of Woodstock Free Methodist is retiring after 25 years of serving the church and community. Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ministry, but his family also ďŹ&#x201A;ourished in the local community. His wife is a 24-year veteran with Woodstock School District 200. And their sons, Aaron and Nathan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; better known as the Enduro Brothers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have been in The Independent for their motorcycle odyssey across South America.

Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last day will be Sunday, June 3. e congregation will host an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in his honor. Hearthstone Chaplain Randy Waller will assist the Woodstock Free Methodist Church during the transition, ďŹ lling in as a vacancy pastor after Cooper leaves.

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A recent celebration observed the 101st birthday of Sylvia Klosowski (front, second from left), a 30-year resident of McHenry County and formerly of Chicago. Pat Leinen of Woodstock (second row, far right) is a caretaker. Present at the gathering at McHenry Village Square were (front, from left) Anne Marie McAloon, Sylvia, Nadea Wiegal, and George and Linda Klosowski; (back) Richard and Dawn Machalinski, Xavier Wiegal, Natalie and Valen Wiegal, Al and Nancy Hayes, Christine Sjorgren, and Leinen.


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Get pets vaccinated, microchipped June 2 A rabies vaccine and microchip clinic is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Woodstock Harley-Davidson, 2235 S. Eastwood Drive. For an appointment, call McHenry County Animal Control, 815-459-6222. Rabies vaccine costs $15 for one year, $30 for three years. In recognition of Pet Preparedness Month, McHenry County Department of Health is donating microchips. A $5 administration fee will be charged. The service is for McHenry County residents only. Only cash and checks will be accepted. A similar clinic is planned for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at McHenry Harley-Davidson, 1903 Route 120, McHenry.

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Help oak trees live healthy, long lives If you drive along Illinois Route 120 between Woodstock and McHenry, you have surely seen the Wolf Oak Woods property. is is the site where “that oak” lives. You know, the large bur oak whose branches touch the ground! e Land Conservancy of McHenry County bought the 30-acre property in late 2016, and volunteers set about clearing invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle brush from beneath and around the oaks. Lisa Haderlein Nearly every Speaking of Wednesday of the Nature month, a group gathers from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. with chainsaws, loppers, and herbicide to remove the non-native shrubs and vines, like bittersweet, that threaten to kill the oaks. e problem is not limited to McHenry County. Invasive trees, shrubs and vines are killing oaks throughout Illinois (and beyond). Efforts in Lake County and Southern Illinois, both called “Let the Sun Shine In,” are using public awareness campaigns as well as oak woodland restoration projects on public land to help more people understand that a healthy oak woodland is not a dense thicket of brush. Rather, healthy oak woods are places where sun hits the ground, nourishing native spring wildflowers, and allowing seedling oaks to grow. Oaks are sun-loving trees, and without ample sunlight reaching young oaks, they will last only a few years. Without young oaks, there will be no oaks to take the place of the large trees that will eventually die. Forty percent of McHenry County was once covered with oak woods and savannas. Today, barely 4 percent of the county has oak woods, and 84 percent of those are on private land. e remaining oaks tend to be old – 150 or more years old – and under stress. Stress comes from the choking effects of invasive shrubs and vines, improper pruning, and soil compaction and root damage during

development. When under stress, oaks are more susceptible to pests and disease such as oak wilt and bur oak blight. Also, few young oaks are growing to take the place of the veteran trees once they die. e choking brush blocks sunlight from reaching young seedlings on the woodland floor in an unmanaged woods. Or, a mowed lawn is maintained under and around the oaks to keep the woods looking like a park. Either way, the seedling oaks have nowhere to grow. Next time you drive along Route 120 between Woodstock and McHenry, be sure to look at the Wolf Oak property – it’s on the north side of the road, about one-tenth of a mile west of the light at ompson Road. Look into history by looking past the namesake Wolf Oak to the oak woods behind, and then to the wetland behind the oaks, and then to the ridge of trees behind the wetland. is is a sight that Native Americans and early European settlers would have seen. Wolves and bison would have seen this view too. A piece of living history for all to see! New volunteers are always welcome at Wolf Oak Restoration days. In fact, if 400 volunteer hours are logged at the Wolf Oak Woods between May 1, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2019, TLC will receive $4,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to restore of the property. is month, restoration events are set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16 and 23. Snacks and hand tools will be provided. Dress for outdoors work. For those who would like to learn more about taking care of oak woods, TLC offers several programs throughout the year in its Oak Keepers series. A workshop to teach the correct ways to use herbicide when managing invasive species will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. ursday, May 17, at Hennen Conservation Area, 4622 Dean St., Woodstock. Preregistration is required. Call 815-337-9502, or visit Lisa Haderlein is executive director of e Land Conservancy of McHenry County.



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25 years ago Q Incoming Woodstock Mayor Bill Anderson said his main focus would be for â&#x20AC;&#x153;City staff, council members, and members of the boards and commissions to have the same goals and objectives.â&#x20AC;? Q e Woodstock Rotary clubs became the ďŹ rst in McHenry County to commit to Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new Adopt-AHighway program, taking on Route 14 (Lake Avenue/South Street) from the brickyard to Dean Street. Q Chris Gehrke, who had served as president of the Woodstock VFW Auxiliary for ďŹ ve one-year terms, was elected president of the Fifth District VFW Auxiliary. Gehrke was the second Woodstock VFW Auxiliary member to hold the ofďŹ ce. Nyda Fogarty had been president in 1981-82.

20 years ago Q e Benoy family celebrated its 50th anniversary in the automobile business in Woodstock. Q e Marian Central Catholic High School girls softball team defeated Discroll 5-2 behind Kelly Landers, who had two hits and scored three runs. Q e Woodstock High School varsity girls soccer team, coached by Matt Wesley, had won four of its past ďŹ ve games, including a 2-0 victory over Marian Central. e Streaks were 7-4, which was a signiďŹ cant improvement over the previous yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nal record of 1-19.

15 years ago Q e Northwest Herald replaced the Chicago Tribune as the main event sponsor of Woodstockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dick Tracy Days. Q e Woodstock City Council unanimously approved a longterm plan to beautify the downtown business district and provide signage to better guide visitors and

tourists to the heart of Woodstock.

10 years ago Q District 200 announced the names of teachers and other staff members who would open Woodstock North High School in the fall. Q Woodstock resident Erane Elizabeth Scully, 83, was featured in The Woodstock Independent, Scully had recently published a book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;e Carrion Vine,â&#x20AC;? about her capture and imprisonment by the Russians and escape during World War II. Q The Woodstock Independent and Woodstock resident Jill Cramer sponsored a bone marrow registry drive at the Woodstock Public Library. In total, 58 participated and were added to the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.

Five years ago Q e District 200 building trades students and their teacher, Pete Catan, were hosting an open house at 1411 Sandpiper Lane. eir 2,600-squarefoot, three-bedroom house was the largest built in the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 39 years. Q The City Council approved a request by Ortmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Iron Tavern to serve alcohol in its outdoor beer garden. Q Five WHS girls track and field teammates advanced to the IHSA Class 2A state track and field meet. Junior Maura Beattie qualified in the 3,200meter; freshman Grace Beattie qualified in the 300 high hurdles; and the 4x800 relay team of Maura and Grace Beattie, freshman Megan Hansen, and senior Kerstin Wolf also advanced.

One year ago Q Reilly Wurtz was crowned Miss Woodstock during the 2017 Miss Woodstock Scholarship Pageant. Hannah Kaufmann was named Little Miss Woodstock. Q Eighteen businesses and public places throughout Woodstock were hosting displays of American military memorabilia and uniforms from World War II to the present. e project, the second in as many years, was organized by Butch Borchardt, a Vietnam War veteran. Q WHS won the championship in the ďŹ ve-school Kishwaukee River Conference boys tennis tournament. e Streaks took ďŹ rst in all four doubles matches and two of the three singles matches. WNHS was second.

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Q Carrie Hill was crowned May Tribute Queen at Woodstock High School. Q e Olson Junior High School math team, coached by Mary Fitzpatrick, ďŹ nished second in the McHenry County Junior High Math Contest. e Northwood Junior High School team, coached by Barbara Cook, ďŹ nished ďŹ fth, and the St. Mary School team, coached by Susan Standish, was ninth. Crystal Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lundahl Junior High School was ďŹ rst.

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Power of Attorney? Maybe good graduation gift


May 16-22, 2018


A Power of Attorney is a document that allows another person, called your â&#x20AC;&#x153;agent,â&#x20AC;? to sign your name and/ or conduct business or make health care decisions on your behalf with the same legal effect as if you had signed or acted yourself. You need one now. Sometimes in a client meeting, I facetiously ask when the client plans to die or become disabled. Life and death follow fairly predictable patterns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; until they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. We all know stories of young people hit by tragedy. e management of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disability is somewhat easier with advanced directives like Powers of Attorney. POAs can be used for short-term or single-event purposes, like a real estate closing, or they can be long term. By law, they can be made â&#x20AC;&#x153;durable,â&#x20AC;? which means that even when you (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;principalâ&#x20AC;?) no longer have the mental capacity to act, your agent may continue to act on your behalf. is is a valuable feature and allows most of us to avoid the need for a court-appointed guardian to make

decisions for us when we cannot do so. Unlike a court guardianship, advance directives do not involve the current surrender of the prin- Patricia C. cipalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights, Kraft and the POA can Estate Planning be revoked or +LT`Z[PĂ&#x201E;LK amended at any time while you have mental capacity. POAs simply give a trusted person access to important medical and ďŹ nancial information and the right to speak on an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf when the time comes. You might know that standard advance directive forms are available online from many sources. ey are better than nothing, but might not be sufďŹ cient for you. ey are designed for a general audience and meet minimum legal standards in each state. For example, online forms might not include the power to deal with the IRS, to access your digital assets and

information, to perform basic estate planning for a disabled person, or to arrange assets in such a way as to qualify a person for government aid. By law, the agent may act only for the beneďŹ t of the principal and not for his own beneďŹ t. However, the risk of an agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s misuse of the power must be considered before an agent is appointed. Also, the POA agent is not under a duty to act, like a guardian is, so choose your agent carefully and name someone who will be willing and able to step up. An agent acting under a POA is entitled to be reimbursed for his expenses and reasonably compensated for his time. If you cannot think of a friend or family member to name as your agent, consider a bank trust department or a professional guardian at a life-care service company. Even if you can think of someone to name, a professional agent might be better able to â&#x20AC;&#x153;hit the ground runningâ&#x20AC;? than any family member, and a professional wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel burdened by the job as some family members do. e Durable Power of Attorney can

be made effective immediately; or it can spring into effect at the future mental disability of the principal. It is generally not a good idea to make it effective â&#x20AC;&#x153;when a court determines that I am disabled,â&#x20AC;? because one of the beneďŹ ts of the Power of Attorney is the avoidance of court involvement in this process at all. Note: Even with a Power of Attorney, guardianship cannot always be avoided. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a high school graduation present idea: POAs naming Mom or Dad as agent so the family is not prevented from obtaining medical information or assisting a college student in need who is older than 18. Note: is column provides general information related to the law designed to help readers understand their own legal needs. is column does not provide legal advice. Please consult a lawyer if you want legal advice. No attorneyclient or conďŹ dential relationship exists or will be formed between the reader and the author of this column. Previous columns can be seen in the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog at

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“FACULTY, FACULTY,” an art exhibition of works from art department faculty at McHenry County College, is on display through July 12 at the Old Courthouse Art Center in Woodstock. e exhibit features recent work that includes painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and jewelry. “e art faculty at MCC balance their teaching duties with their personal practices,” Matt Irie, MCC art department chairman, said in a news release.


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“ese practices keep their skills sharp and keep them active in the art world. It is the philosophy of the department that a vibrant art practice informs studio teaching and in turn, teaching informs art making.” “FACULTY, FACULTY,” is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions at the Satellite Gallery in the Old Courthouse Art Center, in partnership with e Northwest Area Arts Council. e exhibition is free to the public. For more information, contact Matt Irie at 815-455-8552 or send him an email at


(Left) “Sand Panther,” a collaged acrylic latex on panel by Matt Irie, is part of the “FACULTY FACULTY” exhibition featuring recent work from McHenry County College art department faculty. The work will be displayed through July 12 at the Satellite Gallery in the Old Courthouse Art Center. (Right) “Untitled (#3) Inferno,” an archival inkjet print by Justin Schmitz.

calendar 16 WEDNESDAY MEMORY MAKERS STORYTELLING GROUP Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 9:30 a.m. 815-338-0542 Led by Joy Aavang

Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6 p.m. 815-338-0542 “Architects of Denial.”



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

Golden Eagle Bank 975 Country Club Road Noon to 1 p.m.





WOLF OAK WORK DAY Wolf Oak Woods 9100 Route 120 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Family Alliance 2028 N. Seminary Ave.

YONDER PRAIRIE WEST WORK DAY Yonder Prairie 1150 S. Rose Farm Road 9 a.m. to noon


Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 9 a.m. to noon 815-338-0542 Tour departs from Woodstock Public Library entrance

‘FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES’ IN 3D Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre 209 Main St. 10 a.m. KVUH[PVU[VILULÄ[;OL3HUK Conservancy of McHenry County


656 Lake Ave.) 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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FAMILY HIKES Ryder’s Woods Park 750 Kimball Ave. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 815-337-9502



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20 SUNDAY FAIR DIDDLEY Woodstock Square 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

YONDER PRAIRIE EAST WORK DAY Yonder Prairie 1100 S. Rose Farm Road 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

HOME FOR CHILDREN MEMORIAL DEDICATION Oakland Cemetery Jackson Street 2 p.m.

WHS COMMENCEMENT Woodstock High School 501 W. South St. 2 p.m. 815-338-4370

‘IN MY WORLD’ SERIES Pleasant Valley Conservation Site Shelter 1 13315 Pleasant Valley Road 2 to 3 p.m. The life and habits of the muskrat


May 25, June 8, 7 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. $3 donation 815-338-5164

SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT Potts & Pans Steelband June 10, 3 p.m. Culture, Arts and Music 1039 Wanda Lane

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP McHenry County Workforce Center 500 Russel Court 9 to 11 a.m. 815-338-7100

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

WALK IN THE PARK Emricson Park South Street entrance parking lot noon Free, no registration 815-334-8850 Led by Molly Oakford, PT, DHS

INTERVIEW WORKSHOP McHenry County Workforce Center 500 Russel Court 1 to 3:30 p.m. 815-338-7100 Reservation required

MOVIES SET IN ILLINOIS Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6:30 p.m. “The Fugitive.”


May 17, 7:30 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. $5 donation Advance sign-up is required at

JAZZ JAM May 18, June 1, 8 p.m. Stage Left Café 125 Van Buren St. 815-337-1395 $5 donation

9100 Route 120 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


May 18, 19, 8 p.m. Woodstock Opera House 121 Van Buren St. $30 815-338-4212

FIRST SATURDAY MUSIC June 2, 7 p.m. Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock 225 W. Calhoun St. $3 donation



MARIAN COMMENCEMENT Marian Central Catholic High School 1001 McHenry Ave. 7 p.m. 815-338-4220

26 SATURDAY WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET 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. 815-455-1537

SUN AND SAFETY DISCUSSION Woodstock Water Works 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road 1 p.m. woodstockrecreational department 815-338-4363

27 SUNDAY DUCK RACES Woodstock Water Works 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road 1 p.m. woodstockrecreational department 815-338-4363

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

WALK IN THE PARK Emricson Park South Street entrance parking lot noon Free, no registration 815-334-8850 Led by Molly Oakford, PT, DHS

MOVIES SET IN ILLINOIS Woodstock Public Library 414 W. Judd St. 6:30 p.m. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

30 WEDNESDAY DISTRICT 200 BOARD OF EDUCATION Woodstock High School Library 501 W. South St. 7 p.m.



May 26, 7 p.m. Stage Left Café 121 Van Buren St. No cover 815-337-1395 Featuring Regi Carpenter, Snap!

DANCE AN EVENING OF DANCE An Evening of Dance June 9, 7 p.m. Woodstock Opera House 121 Van Buen St. $25 815-338-4212 Judith Svalander Dance Theatre will present a dance program.

Woodstock Opera House 121 Van Buren St. 6 p.m. $20 adults, $18 students and senior citizens

4 MONDAY ATROCIOUS POETS Ethereal Confections 113 S. Benton St. 7 p.m.

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

5 TUESDAY ALZHEIMER’S DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP Valley Hi Nursing Home 2406 Hartland Road 6 p.m. 815-334-2817

WALK IN THE PARK Emricson Park South Street entrance parking lot noon Free, no registration 815-334-8850 Led by Molly Oakford, PT, DHS

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







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STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 22nd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT MCHENRY COUNTY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF COURT DATE FOR REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE (ADULT) Request of Lucas Ribeiro Gonzalez Case No. 2018RM000288 There will be a court date on my Request to change my name from: Lucas Ribeiro Gonzalez to the new name of: Matthew Lucas Bennett The court date will be held on June 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at 2200 N. Seminary Ave. Woodstock, McHenry County in Courtroom # 204, Dated at Woodstock, IL, April 24, 2018 /s/LUCAS RIBEIRO GONZALEZ (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 2, 2018, May 9, 2018, May 16, 2018) L10521


May 16, 2018) L10523


NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE SALE Please take notice Red Dot Storage 78 – Woodstock located at 740 Washington Rd. Woodstock, IL 60098 intends to hold an auction of the goods stored in the following units in default for non-payment of rent. The sale will occur as an online auction via www. on 05-29-2018 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. Albert A Pribek Unit #C147; William McKay Unit #E233. All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 9, 2018, May 16, 2018) L10526

Independent May 9, 2018, May 16, 2018) L10530


ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on May 2, 2018. An Assumed Name )\ZPULZZ *LY[PÄJH[L ^HZ ÄSLK PU [OL 6MÄJL VM [OL *V\U[` *SLYR PU 4J/LUY` 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: LAMENT GRIEF COACHING located at 7608 ASH DR., WONDER LAKE IL 60097 Owner Name & Address: EVELYN BOURASSA 7608 ASH DR., WONDER LAKE IL 60097. Dated: MAY 2, 2018 /s/ MARY E MCCLELLAN (County Clerk (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 9, 2018, May 16, 2018) L10531


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ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on May 8, 2018. An Assumed Name Business *LY[PÄJH[L^HZÄSLKPU[OL6MÄJLVM[OL 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: Passion Transforms Hair Salon & Barber Shop Inc. located at 67 N Ayer St #2 Harvard IL 60033. Owner Name & Address: Patricia Villarreal 802 E McKinley St Harvard IL 60033. Dated: MAY 8, 2018 /s/ MARY E MCCLELLAN (County Clerk (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 16, 2018) L10534

ASSUMED NAME ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on April 14, 2018. An Assumed Name Business *LY[PÄJH[L^HZÄSLKPU[OL6MÄJLVM[OL 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: LISA BOELTER SOFTBALL located at 2309 N RINGWOOD RD. UNIT F, MCHENRY, IL. 60050. Owner Name & Address: LISA BOELTER 5311 STILLWELL WONDER LAKE IL 60097. Dated: APRIL 14, 2018 /s/ MARY E MCCLELLAN (County Clerk (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 16, 2018) L10537



STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 22nd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT MCHENRY COUNTY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF COURT DATE FOR REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE (ADULT) Request of Luara Mirela Kurachi Ferrini Case No. 2018RM000288 There will be a court date on my Request to change my name from: Luara Mirela Kurachi Ferrini to the new name of: Laura Amanda Bennett The court date will be held on June 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at 2200 N. Seminary Ave. Woodstock, McHenry County in Courtroom # 204, Dated at Woodstock, IL, April 24, 2018 /sLUARA MIRELA KURACHI FERRINI (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 2, 2018, May 9, 2018, May 16, 2018) L10522

ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on May 2, 2018. An Assumed Name Business *LY[PÄJH[L^HZÄSLKPU[OL6MÄJLVM[OL 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: ALA’S BOUTIQUE located at 121 W VAN BUREN ST, MARENGO, IL 60152. Owner Name & Address: DEBRA L MAJEWICZ 121 W VAN BUREN ST MARENGO IL 60152. Dated: MAY 2, 2018 /s/ MARY E MCCLELLAN (County Clerk (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 9, 2018, May 16, 2018) L10529

ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on May 4, 2018. An Assumed Name )\ZPULZZ *LY[PÄJH[L ^HZ ÄSLK PU [OL 6MÄJL VM [OL *V\U[` *SLYR PU 4J/LUY` 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: AS LANDSCAPING located at 1200 N DIVISION ST LOT 12, HARVARD IL 60033. Owner Name & Address: SEVERO NOVA ESQUIVEL & AMALIA G RIOS 1200 N DIVISION ST LOT 12, HARVARD IL 60033. Dated: MAY 4, 2018 /s/ MARY E MCCLELLAN (County Clerk (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 9, 2018, May 16, 2018) L10532

NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE SALE Please take notice Red Dot Storage 6 – Woodstock located at 2105 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock, IL 60098 intends to hold an auction of the goods stored in the following units in default for non-payment of rent. The sale will occur as an online auction via www. on 06-05-2018 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. Timothy Moss Unit #822. All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 16, 2018) L10535





ASSUMED NAME Public Notice is hereby given that on April 27, 2018. An Assumed Name )\ZPULZZ *LY[PÄJH[L ^HZ ÄSLK PU [OL 6MÄJL VM [OL *V\U[` *SLYR PU 4J/LUY` 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: JOHNSON AND LEGRAND located at 6911 STATE PARK RD SPRING GROVE IL 60081. Owner Name & Address: GARY A JOHNSON 6911 STATE PARK RD SPRING GROVE IL 60081. Dated: APRIL 27, 2018 /s/ MARY E MCCLELLAN (County Clerk (Published in The Woodstock Independent May 2, 2018, May 9, 2018,


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Sports Rominski excels as middle relief pitcher for Hillsdale College Kolton Rominski had a chance to work twice against Walsh University in the first 10 days of May. e Hillsdale College pitcher, a Marian Central Catholic graduate, did such a good job in the first outing in middle relief, he earned a save in the second opportunity in five days. In the 1-0 win in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament, Dan the Woodstock Chamness resident worked The College two innings. In his Report time on the hill, he allowed two hits and fanned one to earn his first save of the year. In the first game, a 6-4 Hillsdale win over Walsh, Rominski also worked 2 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Hillsdale, still involved in the conference tournament, is 24-27 overall and 17-10 in the GMAC. Ian Maxeiner (Marian Central Catholic), a Carthage College senior, worked 1-1/3 innings in Carthage’s 12-4 win over Illinois Wesleyan University. Maxeiner allowed only two hits. He fanned two. He did not get a save or a win. Carthage is 30-10 overall and 17-7 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. ;YHJRHUKÄLSK Grace Beattie (Woodstock) took 11th in the 800-meter run at the University of Wisconsin Twilight, which was held at the Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex in Madison. e Illinois State University runner finished the race in 2 minutes, 18.49 seconds. e meet was scored as a head-to-head meet between all teams. Illinois State defeated Loyola University (234-90), but lost to Marquette University (242-205), University of Northern Iowa (330.5-171.5) and Wisconsin (256.5-201.5). Bradley Kohler (Woodstock North), an Augustana College freshman, Please see College, Page 41



The sectional champion Lady ’Canes pose with the trophy they earned May 11.

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e Marian Central Catholic High School girls track and field team competed in the IHSA sectional at Woodstock North High School May 11. e Lady ’Canes tied for first with Carmel, bringing home a sectional title, for the first time since 2000. “We were pretty excited for this meet as we knew we had an opportunity to win,” said head coach Andrea Radcliffe. “Our athletes were seeded very well in the majority of our events.” Marian athletes won three of the four jump events, and two of the four relays. An exchange zone disqualification in the 4x200-meter relay eliminated the team from a third relay win. In an unfortunate twist, Reagon Kelly took a bad fall in the 400 as she was beginning her final sprint toward the finish line. However, she got a second chance when she ran the final leg of the 4x400. She passed a runner with 10 yards to go to take second,

earning a spot in the state meet and guaranteeing the sectional title. Individual qualifiers included the sprint duo of Dominique omas and Meaghan DiPietro, first and second in the 100. omas also took second in the open 200 and will be competing in both open races at the state finals at Eastern Illinois University, Friday, May 18. Regan Dineen won the long jump with a jump of 17-1. Returning state contender Eve Meintz won the high jump (5-01) and pole vault (8-07). Because of the high winds and wet conditions that night, coaches instructed her to only take five jumps and only one vault, which was enough to clear the bar and take first place. e first-place 4x100 team included Meintz, DiPietro, Dineen, and omas (51.56). e second-place 4x400 team included Nora Kelly, Molly Iden, Dineen, and Reagon Kelly (4.24.86). “We are extremely proud of our entire team and their accomplishments this year,” said Radcliffe.

WHS sends two to state Woodstock High School junior Kylie Hagmann earned a sectional

championship title as well as a trip to state in the 3,200 (11:37.46) at the WNHS sectional. She’ll be joined in Charleston by teammate Syd Heidtke, who qualified with a second-place finish in the 300 low hurdles (49.01). Both athletes are repeat state qualifiers. Although no other Streaks made state qualifying marks, WHS showed depth, garnering points in enough events to earn sixth place as a team. WHS point scorers included: Jerelyn Jones, fifth, 100 (13.41); eresa Presisto, sixth, 400 (1:06.87); Shannon Koscinski, third, 600 (5:51.43) and third 3200 (12.00.17); Jones, Cat Kaufmann, Katie Steponaitis, Presisto, fourth, 4x100 relay (54.22); Kaufmann, Steponaitis, Audrey Baker, Jones, fourth, 4x200 relay (1:58.14); Kaufmann, sixth, long jump (1506.50); and Presisto, sixth, triple jump (31-08.00) Host team WNHS finished 12th with points from: Emma Mergle, fifth, 800 (2:40.45); Mikayla Deehring, Amber Elliott, Meghan McCann, Mergl, fifth, 4x400 relay (4:40.90); Kaley Brucker, Elliott, McCann, Mergl, third, 4x800 (10:55.61); Jennifer Garcia, sixth, shot put (31-10.00) and sixth, discus throw (80-00)





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Elijah Pena, WNHS, stretches out in the triple jump. Pena was conference champion in the event.

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e boys track and ďŹ eld teams from Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School competed May 10 in the Kishwaukee River Conference meet hosted by Marengo High School. e ďŹ eld events produced a champion for each team. Nate Sciarro, WHS, ďŹ nished ďŹ rst in the long jump with a leap of 20-6 1/2. For WNHS, Elijah Pena won the triple jump (42-10.25) for a conference title. Final team scores landed WNHS in fourth and WHS ďŹ fth in the conference.

Other top individuals for WNHS included third-place ďŹ nishes for: Joe Grover, 110 high hurdles (15.45); Aidan Filetti in the 400 (53.40); and Pena in the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.07). Top relay teams included second for the 4x200 relay team (1:33.19); second, 4x400 relay (3:29.92); and third, 4x100 relay (45.62). Top ďŹ nishers for WHS were Sean Doyle, second, discus (124-00); third, Julio Arellano-Zapata, 3,200 (10:05.75) and 1,600 (4:42.36); and third, Aidan Schleutermann, 800 (2:04.22). e 4x800 relay team of Diego Cruz, Carter Hansen, Mason Hurless and Adam omas, third (9:09.25).


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SCOREBOARD Girls Softball Q May 9 Woodstock lost to Burlington Central 7-3. May 10 Woodstock traveled to Marengo for a doubleheader, the Streaks lost 11-1 and 9-1. Q May 10 Woodstock North beat AldenHebron 10-0. May 11 Woodstock North took a loss to Marengo 7-2.

Boys Baseball Q May 7 Woodstock played Harvard, losing 8-5. May 8 Woodstock beat Harvard 7-2. May 10 Woodstock won over Harvard 5-4. Q May 8 Woodstock North lost to Richmond-Burton 3-1. May 9 Woodstock North lost to Richmond-Burton 13-11. May 10 the Thunder took a loss to Richmond-Burton 10-1. Q May 8 Marian Central lost to Carmel 10-0.

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Girls Soccer Q May 11 Woodstock North beat Richmond-Burton at home 3-2.

Girls Track and Field Q May 10 Richmond Burton hosted the KRC meet. Woodstock girls placed third.




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Selena Juarez (Woodstock), a North Central junior, and Marisa Monbrod (Marian Central Catholic), a Carthage junior, competed in the CCIW Championships, hosted by North Central. Kohler was 14th in the men’s 200meter dash, breaking the tape at 0:22.88. In the javelin, Juarez was 14th with a toss of 28.45 meters. Monbrod ran the longest race of the meet, finishing 18th in the 10,000-meter run. She ran a time of 42:32.66. Carthage took third in the women’s team battle, scoring 123.5 points. North Central was fifth with 117 points. Wheaton College won the women’s team title with 187 points. Augustana took second in the men’s battle with 261.5 points. North Central took first with 286.5 points. Cora Uidl (Woodstock) took 12th in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which were hosted by the University of

Wisconsin-River Falls. e UWLaCrosse freshman vaulted 10-10.25 inches. UW-LaCrosse won the team title with 228.75 points. UWEau Claire took second with 149.25 points. Softball Emily Miller (Marian Central Catholic) was 1-for-3 with a walk as her college team, North Central College, defeated Carroll University 7-4. Miller scored a run. In NCC’s 13-3 loss to Illinois Wesleyan University, Miller was 1-for-3 with a double. She scored one of three NCC runs. Both games were played in the CCIW Tournament hosted by IWU in Bloomington. North Central is 31-10 overall and 12-4 in the CCIW.








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