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Thursday, 26 December 2013 14:23

St. Charles parking lot offers electric charger

A Charge Point, Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charger recently was installed on the fourth floor of St. Charles downtown 1st Street Parking Garage on 1st and Illinois streets. The dual charging unit is available to residents to charge their electric vehicles free for up to two hours.

The technology allows users to monitor station availability and receive notifications about the progress of their charging.

The City received a 50 percent matching grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to install the $12,000 unit.

City Administrator Mark Koenen said: “We feel the station not only benefits our residents, but it is another plus for our City and downtown and further strengthens our commitment to embracing greener technologies.”

West Aurora alum holiday CD available

"Winter Dreams,” a collection of holiday songs by the West Aurora High School alumni choir Ancora Imparo, is now available online or at certain locations for $15.

The 16-song CD can be purchased online or at Pockets restaurants, Kiss the Sky in Batavia, the Dist. 129 administration building and through members of Ancora Imparo.

Ancora Imparo, eight former members of West’s a cappella choir, is under the direction of former West music director Meg Papadolias. Profits from the CD sale will benefit the A+ Foundation’s Meg Papadolias Endowment Fund, which supports music instruction in Dist. 129 Schools.

For more information, contact Meg Papadolias. at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Johnson Elementary honored by Bears

Johnson Elementary School teacher Saúl Olivas had a great view of a recent Chicago Bears victory, thanks to his commitment to keeping East Aurora School District 131 kids healthy.

From among the 3,800 Illinois Schools that participated in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, Johnson Elementary was one of just five to receive on-field recognition at the Dec. 9 Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys. Olivas, a special education teacher assistant at Johnson, received two tickets and was invited to go on the field prior game.

Participants had to meet a set of criteria to be eligible to win, including hosting a Fuel Up to Play 60 kick-off event and sharing their school wellness strategies at www.FuelUptoPlay60.com.

Earlier this year, former Bears wide receiver Anthony Morgan visited Johnson Elementary to celebrate the school’s commitment to physical fitness, as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Dates for Christmas tree pickup in Batavia

As part of the City of Batavia’s refuse contract, Advanced Disposal will pick up live Christmas trees on residents’ regular collection dates. Residents do not have to use a sticker for Christmas tree removal on these dates only. After these dates, residents should affix a refuse/yard waste sticker to the tree and place it at the curb on their regular collection date. All materials such as plastic bags, ornaments, lights, nails, etc. should be removed from the trees. Live wreaths and garland should be placed in your regular refuse.

The schedule calls for pickups on the following dates.

South Side (Wilson to the south between Kirk/Randall): Wednesday, Jan. 8; Wednesday, Jan. 15.

North Side (north of Wilson to Fabyan between Kirk/Randall): Thursday, Jan. 9; Thursday, Jan. 16.

Far West Side (Randall west to City limits): Friday, Jan. 10; Friday, Jan. 17.

Therapy dogs for kids session in Montgomery

A presentation featuring a therapy dog from Paws 4 Kids will be offered at the Montgomery Village Hall at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9. Jackson is a four-year-old Labrador Retriever that was originally raised to be a Leader Dog for the Blind but has since been trained as a therapy dog and licensed through Therapy Dog International.

Jackson is part of a new program in Will County that offers comfort to children who have suffered abuse.

This program is offered by the Village of Montgomery as part of its Senior Citizen Program. There is no charge and the event is handicap accessible.

The monthly Senior Lunch and activity for ages 55 and up will begin at 11 a.m. after the presentation. There is a $4 charge for lunch and pre-registration for lunch is required by Jan. 8.

For additional information, call the Montgomery Village Hall at (630) 896-8080 ext. 1559

St. James Farm is now open for winter visits

For the first time since the site’s opening, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites visitors to explore St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville in winter.

Over 3 miles of trails lead visitors on foot, bicycle, snowshoe, cross-country ski and horseback through this 612-acre forest preserve, which also features a pond with largemouth bass, bluegills and catfish for catch-and-release fishing.

“St. James Farm officially started operating year-round in May, but this is the first time the new schedule will allow visitors to get a winter perspective of this scenic preserve,” says manager Wayne Zaininger.

Zaininger recommends a few seasonal highlights, such as bird-watching in the 100-acre woodland, which visitors can reach via the 1.6-mile Red Trail, and enjoying landscapes only winter can offer.

“The bright yellow of many of the preserve’s historic buildings is particularly striking against a crisp blue sky and snow-covered grounds and makes a distinct subject for photographers,” he says.

Like most DuPage County forest preserves, St. James Farm is open daily from one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset. Preserve access is free and is available from the main entrance on Winfield Road. Trail users may also enter from the Illinois Prairie Path near the trail’s underpass at Butterfield Road. The turf parking lot and entrance at Hoy Avenue are closed for the season.

McHenry screenings to test cholesterol levels

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) will offer a cholesterol screening at its Woodstock office, 2200 N Seminary Avenue (Building A), on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 7-9 a.m. Appointments are required at (815) 334-4851. The cost is $35.

The screening requires a 12-hour fast and includes total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure and cardiovascular education.

For more information on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/what_you_can_do.htm.

Indian Prairie seeks science fair judges

Indian Prairie School District 204 needs judges for the 2014 District Science Fairs at Metea Valley High School on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and at Neuqua Valley High School on Saturday, Feb. 1, , from 8 to 11:30 a.m. If interested, please fill out the form on the district's website at http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Forms/SciFair.aspx.

—Suburban News Briefs are compiled from news sources and submitted items.

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