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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00
Aurora seeks donation of 'perfect' holiday tree
The City of Aurora is looking for a property owner to donate what would become the City’s official holiday tree for the 2013 season.
The tree must be a minimum of 40 feet tall, accessible from the street, and be clear of overhead utility wires. The selected tree would then be professionally removed, lifted on to a truck, and transported to downtown Aurora for display during the holiday season. The City will make sure the stump and surrounding area are fully restored at no cost to the property owner.
Residents interested in donating a tree should call Aurora’s Customer Service Division at (630) 256-4636. A City representative will then perform a site check and determine the condition and feasibility of harvesting the tree.
The tree will be lit during Aurora’s second annual Winter Lights and Holiday Walk on Friday, Nov. 22, by Mayor Tom Weisner and the winners of the Miss Merry Christmas and Jack Frost contest. The event, which features carolers, artwork, holiday crafts, and refreshments, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6 p.m.
Nominations open for Elgin 'Image' honors
The Elgin Image Commission is now accepting nominations for its annual Recognition Awards. Community members are encouraged to nominate individuals who have made a significant contribution in one or more of the following categories: professional architecture, communications, education, the arts, science/medicine, military/government/public service, volunteerism, and business. All nominees must be deceased at least ten years and have an obvious tie to the City of Elgin.
Previous Elgin Recognition Award Winners include, James T. Gifford, the founder of Elgin and B.W. Raymond, a Chicago capitalist who was instrumental in bringing the railroad and watch factory to Elgin.
Winners will be announced in early October.
For more information call 847-931-6100.
WCC to host open house at Plano site
Individuals interested in enrolling at Waubonsee Community College are invited to attend “Experience Waubonsee” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the college’s Plano Campus, 100 Waubonsee Drive.
Attendees will tour the campus, meet Waubonsee staff members and get a taste of college life.
For more information or to RSVP, go to www.waubonsee.edu/visit or call the Admissions Department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.
Opened in January 2011, Waubonsee’s Plano Campus is comprehensive, meaning that students can earn a complete degree at this one facility. In addition to credit degree programs, community residents can also find personal enrichment, professional development and adult education courses at the campus.
Work continues on St. Charles city hall
St. Charles officials report that construction work on the downtown Municipal Building continues to move forward.
Window replacements on the upper floor of the east elevation of Old City Hall have been completed and the large “garage door” window is being installed. Replacement of the limestone base and stone copings is underway and a final washing of this elevation is scheduled in the coming weeks.
The roofing contractor has completed the replacement work on all the roof sections. Only minor finishing touches are left to finalize as the interface between the roof and the outward facing elevations are completed.
Work is progressing on the installation of the new “blonde” brick. The wall construction is taking shape from the bottom up, with about 80 percent of the new brick installed. Upon completion, the scaffolding will be removed from the sidewalk and touch-up work will begin.
In the coming weeks city officials anticipate that the project will move into its final phase. Over the next two weeks, contractors will complete the final touches on most elevations and start the demobilization process. The goal is to vacate the “checkerboard lot” by the week of Sept. 30, weather permitting.
WCC prof named 'Champion of Arts'
Waubonsee Community College Professor of Music/Instrumental Gibby Monokoski, of Geneva, recently received the Fox Valley Orchestra’s first-ever Champion of the Arts award for his dedication to the arts and arts education in the Fox Valley. The orchestra is also naming the principal percussion chair in his honor.
"I feel honored and humbled by the recognition from my peers in the arts community,” he said.
Monokoski has been noticed by audiences across the nation during his performances as a trumpeter and jazz pianist, but, for the past 39 years, his home base has been WCC's Sugar Grove Campus. He teaches music theory, composition, American music literature, and jazz piano, while also coordinating the music performance program. In 1987 Monokoski was recognized as top teacher among all Illinois community colleges.
Monokoski served as president of the Fox Valley Symphony until it closed in 2001 and is currently on the board of directors for the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame.
Volunteers sought to rebuild Hall playground
Hall Elementary School, 2001 Heather Drive in Aurora, seeks 150 volunteers to rebuild the school playground Oct. 9-11. Prep days will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and, if necessary, Thursday, Oct. 10. Build day will be Friday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m.
Naperville to host youth volunteer fair
An annual Youth Volunteer Fair for families and students grades 6 through 12 will be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Local nonprofit agencies and organizations will be available to showcase volunteer and advocacy opportunities, enabling students to find service venues that match their interests, major, career goals and schedules.
This free event is open to all students from area middle and high schools. For more information, call (630) 527-6562 or visit www.kidsmatter2us.org.
DuPage Health Dept. offers well water testing
The DuPage County Health Department reminds county residents with private wells to get their well water tested annually to protect their families and friends.
The Health Department recently refurbished its water testing lab which analyzes well water samples for safety and wastewater samples for the proper operation of private septic systems.
There are approximately 18,000 private wells in DuPage County. An annual test is recommended or whenever work is done on the well or on your plumbing, such as hot water tank replacement.
The Health Department tests well water for $35. The test covers basic coliform bacteria and nitrate screening.
The Health Department has experienced increases in water testing this year due to well water testing following the April flooding and increases in the number of homes with private wells being sold in unincorporated areas.
Residents may stop at any of the Health Department's public health centers in Addison, Lombard, Westmont or Wheaton to pick up well water testing supplies and instructions, as well as drop off their samples.
For information on private wells, call the Health Department at (630) 682-7400 and speak with Environmental Health Services.
--Suburban News Briefs is compiled from news sources and submitted items.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:03