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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00
Phase II dedication for Elgin Veterans Park
The dedication of “Phase II” of the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.
This event will officially dedicate a nearly $90,000 addition to the current veteran’s memorial paid for entirely by public donations. Its completion will stand as a year-round tribute to veterans interred at sea and allow for more dignified services involving floral tributes.
The program will include the Elgin Choral Union and the Northwest Baptist Academy Marching Eagles band and will be followed by a reception at the Meadows Community Room of the library.
St. Charles Fire Dept. receives accreditation
The St. Charles Fire Department has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The St. Charles Fire Department is one of 186 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.
CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process is voluntary, and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.
West Branch Regional Trail is operational
A section of the West Branch Regional Trail between Ogden and Jefferson avenues in Naperville has been reopened following maintenance work by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
The maintenance work began July 22 and was completed by in-house crews from the Forest Preserve District. The trail reopened several days ahead of schedule.
This section of the West Branch Regional Trail was established through a cooperative effort between the Forest Preserve District, the Park District and the City of Naperville to create a walkway through Naperville along the West Branch of the DuPage River. The three agencies worked together to acquire land, construct new trails and maintain existing trails within forest preserves, parks and residential areas.
Danada begins fall horse-drawn hayrides
The fall horse-drawn hayride season at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton begins Sept. 7 and runs Saturdays and Sundays noon to 3 p.m. through Nov. 3 except Oct. 12 and 13.
Passengers load on a first-come first-served basis at the main stable every 45 minutes and can meet the horses before each ride. Rides are 30 minutes long and travel through the forests and fields of Danada Forest Preserve. Tickets are available from the driver and are $5 per person for ages 13 and up, $2 for ages 5 – 12 and free for children under 5. Danada may cancel rides because of the weather. Parking and admission to center, which is at 3S507 Naperville Road, are free.
Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to reserve private rides, which can accommodate up to 500 people and include a warming fire. Youth groups, churches, schools and families celebrating special events can arrange for custom packages. Private group rides are scheduled at different times than public rides, and pricing varies.
For more information about public hayrides or to make arrangements for a private group, call Danada Equestrian Center at (630) 668-6102.
WCC official leads Batavia Aging group
Waubonsee Community College Director of Campus Operations Dale Willerth, of Batavia, has been re-elected president of the Batavia Council on Aging by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Willerth has been involved with the council for the past eight years, serving as president for the last six.
The Batavia Council on Aging helps guide and support the low-income Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized Riverrain Point Senior Housing Retirement Community in Batavia.
“This is a wonderful opportunity and a privilege to help low-income seniors with excellent affordable housing in my community,” Willerth said.
Electrophysiology lab construction at Mercy
Presence Mercy Medical Center recently started construction on a $4 million project to renovate its electrophysiology lab that will include the newest generation of equipment and a redesigned layout for enhanced patient care.
Electrophysiology is the fastest growing of all the cardiovascular disciplines. An EP test records the electrical activity of the heart, and often is used to help determine the cause of heart rhythm disturbance known as arrhythmia. From this test, doctors can determine the best treatment for patients.
The first phase of the project will focus on improving infrastructure and installation of equipment that will decrease risk of infection. The new design will improve the flow of patients through the suite, offering patients a smoother experience when they come in for testing and treatment.
The next phase includes installation of the newest generation of EP equipment, which will provide patients with lower doses of radiation due to its reliance on digital technology. This new technology also offers improved image quality, allowing physicians to see results with more clarity.
Completion is scheduled for early 2014.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:05