Ice cakes on the wiper blades leaving wide swipes of slush in the center of their reciprocal path. The headlights reflect back off the large and heavy flakes of snow falling in your path reducing visibility to a matter of yards and the safe speed of travel proportionately. A drive that normally takes a little more than an hour has already taken three – and home is still several communities down the road … (read more).
Come out to Cal & Shan’s Christmas Tree Farm at 14216 Thayer Road, Woodstock, Saturday and you can cut your own Christmas tree. More than that, you might win a trip to the ‘North Pole’ or a spot on the Hallmark Channel.
“The Hallmark Channel called us and asked if we would like to participate in their program,” said Melissa Manke, whose husband, Todd Manke, owns Cal & Shan’s. “They’ll be out here Saturday all day – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.” (read more)
Throughout most of the year, Cal & Shan’s provides landscaping services or snow removal services. This time of year, however, they join the holiday revelry by providing a traditional cut-your-own Christmas tree tradition. They kicked off that service Sunday in the Woodstock Christmas Parade … (read more).
Parties are great the way airplane rides are great; you love them as long as the landing comes off without a hitch. Unfortunately, parties gone bad is less of a concern when the party is a dud. The real problem is when other negative factors attach themselves to the experience – such as when your vehicle gives you trouble or you run afoul of the law … (read more).
Most days of the year, businesses focus on providing quality products and services for their customers. Those customers are thankful for that philosophy and what it means to them in terms of savings, convenience and peace of mind. Still, when they discussed that which they’re thankful for over Thanksgiving dinner that doesn’t mean they included quality products and services in that list … (read more).
For the seventh year in a row, the MC3 Shop With A Cop party was a big success. However, the event Thursday night, at 31 North Banquet and Conference Center in McHenry, was truly a success because it raised more than $14,000 for McHenry Police Charities.
MC3 is a McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce business networking group. The party the group coordinated included raffles, live and silent auctions, food, a cash bar and live music from Jess Entertainment. The live music also features a sing off between the Johnsburg High School Madrigal Choir and the McHenry High School Madrigal Choir. In a very close vote, by those in attendance, Johnsburg won the sing off.
“It’s really a great thing when people can get together for a good time while benefitting a great cause,” said Mike Kutnick, a realtor with Prudential First Realty of McHenry and a member of MC3.
Kutnick, who is a driving force behind the event, said the police use the monies raised to take deserving children holiday shopping. Each child goes one on one with an officer to Walmart in Johnsburg. The police chaperones frequently speak of having to remind the children to buy something for themselves.
“It’s amazing,” said Kutnick. “Here are these children from families that have financial challenges and the first thing they think of is buying presents for members of their families.”
While MC3 coordinates the party and fundraiser, the benefactors come from all points in the community. Many contributed by purchasing raffle tickets or bidding on auction items. Other contributors who donated raffle, auction and cash included:
You barely hear it. Maybe it’s just a slight vibration in the pipes but you know it’s working because, when you turn on a faucet, the water comes out. Behind that reliable flow of water is a pump that carriers the water from your well and into the house or office … (read more)