Holiday lights_3Over the years, fewer and fewer homes are decorating with Christmas lights this time of year. Frankly, it’s a hassle. You have to climb into the attic and dig the lights and decorations out from where you stored them last year, if you put them up last year at all. You have to pull the ladder out of the garage and climb around the house trying not to fall. You hate to join those who have stopped putting up their lights but there must be a better way … (read more).



What’s in a quality auto repair and maintenance shop?

Choosing the right auto repair shop is essential.

Choosing the right auto repair shop is essential.

You don’t want to bring your car just anywhere for auto repairs and maintenance. You want an auto repair shop you can trust. And, by trust, that means you can trust that they have the expertise and equipment to do the job right. But, trust also means that you know they’ll be looking out for your best interests, as opposed to ‘how much they can get out of you’ … (read more).

Shop With A Cop party Thursday at McHenry VFW – a good time that benefits area children

Tapestry 2Johnsburg and McHenry High School Madrigal Choirs will do a holiday sing off dressed for the Victorian Era. Table after table will provide a plethora of raffle items, silent auction items, live auction items – and then there’s the food and the fun. Anyway you look at it, the 8th Annual Shop With A Cop networking fundraiser is a party you don’t want to miss.
“We’ve raised close to $15,000 each year for McHenry County Police Charities Shop With A Cop program,” said Wayne Seely, the president of MC3, the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce business networking group that sponsors the Thursday, Nov. 20, fundraiser party. “And we have one heck of a good time doing it.”
The fun starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. at the McHenry VFW – on the north side of Route 120 a little east of the Fox River. There is no cost to attend. Funds are raised through contributions and through auction and raffle entries at the party.
With the money raised at the event, area police officers will pick deserving children up at their homes. A short ride in the squad car will bring the officer and child to an area store where each child receives a winter coat, hat, gloves and boots, along with $150 for holiday shopping.
2013_choral group_72dpi“One of the great things I’ve heard about this is that the police officers often have to remind the children to buy something for themselves,” said Seely, who owns and operates Visual Horizons, an area Web and search engine optimization company. “The children are focused on buying presents for their family.”
After shopping, the police officers take the children out for breakfast. While they dine, members of MC3, and other volunteers, wrap the presents.

For information, call Mike Kutnick at 815-363-8600.

Cold weather can leave tires flat: child benefit can pick you right up

flat tireWith the unexpectedly early arrival of really cold weather, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your tires. Many cars have aluminum alloy wheels these days. Cold weather can cause leaks when tires are matched with aluminum wheels …

Only 9 days left until Shop With A Cop fundraiser

From 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, there is a must-attend party at the McHenry VFW – just east of the Fox River on the north side of Route 120. The event is free to attend and will raise money so that area police officers can take deserving children for a one-on-one shopping experience … (read more).


It’s not too late to add landscape lighting to your Walworth home

Walworth_landscape lightingA ring of light around the pole glistens off the snow in your Walworth yard. Out the window, your landscape lighting beats back the cold-winter darkness, illuminating the contours of your property and highlighting even the most detailed features, including boughs lined with snow and rows of ice cycles hanging from the eves … (read more).

Gutter guards offer convenience while protecting your roof and home

Diamond Gutter ShieldEvery year, it’s the same thing; the gutters fill with leaves and, if someone doesn’t get up there and clean them, trouble is brewing when the snow flies. When the gutters are full, ice and snow build up onto the roof. On a warmer winter day, when the snow and ice start to melt, instead of flowing down the gutter and downspout, they look for somewhere else to go … (read more).