Time running out for free Brake & Safety Inspection at McHenry County auto repair shop

Brake and Safety InspectionIn the rear-view mirror, you see your daughter’s anxious smile from the car seat in back. Dressed in her ballet outfit, you wonder to yourself how anyone could be so incredibly precious. Though your eyes were off the road for just a moment, that’s all it took; In that instance, a car has missed the red light and pulled into your path. Before you’re fully conscious of what has happened, your foot is already moving to the brake pedal … (read more).

Six Wonder Lake ski team members join Team U.S.A. in world competition

Pyramid_72dpiThe Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team is not only one of the best show ski teams in the country, it’s also a world-class ski team. One thing that makes it so spectacular is the ability of skiers and ‘support’ personnel to work together like a finely tuned engine. Another measure of the team’s ability is the sum of its parts – the individual ability of the performers on the team … (read more).

Catch some world-class water skiing in Wonder Lake Sunday

Pyramid_72dpiSunday, the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team, one of the top performance ski teams in the world, will give its final performance of the 2014 season. The performance will take place at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31, at Center Beach, 5313 E. Lake Shore Drive, in Wonder Lake.

“Our next performance (after Sunday) is Memorial Day weekend,” said Jarret Graff, a member of the team and one of six from the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team who were chosen as part of the U.S.A. team in the world tournament. “We perform Memorial Day through Labor Day.”

The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team has finished in the top five of national teams each year since 1995 and finished fourth this year. They’ve finished first four times in that period – 1996, 2001, 2002 and 2010.

The performance Sunday will include their renowned barefoot skiing, ballet, jumps and pyramids, as well as a mix of other routines. For the second year in a row, they finished first at the nationals in the jumps category. Their final routine is a showstopper – a 36-person ski pyramid.

The 36-person ski pyramid is what Graff calls a “pre-fab pyramid.” That means that the skiers get into position on the dock and are then pulled into the water. A 36-person ski pyramid is actually three 12-skier pyramids skiing simultaneously.

“We can do seven different pre-fab pyramids,” Graff said, describing a pre-fab pyramid as one that starts on the dock. “That’s something we’re known for.”

Graff said the performance Sunday will last about one-and-a-quarter hours. Though it’s the last performance of the season, he said spectators can expect the full treatment.

“Our motto is go big or go home,” he said, referring both to their philosophy while competing and when simply performing. “We definitely ski for the crowd.”

Denny Norton, the owner of Ringwood based Performance Unlimited, said that, though he’s lived nearby for years, he recently saw the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team perform for the first time.

“They’re incredible,” said Norton. “They’re definitely worth going to see.”

There is no charge to attend the performance. However, the ski team is supported by contributions and will accept donations at the time. They also raise money to support the team with a Haunted Hayride at Petersen Park, McHenry, in October.

Is it time to change your timing belt: it could be costly to wait too long

Building_Small (2)A customer, at Ringwood-based Performance Unlimited, had their car towed in the other day because the engine wouldn’t run. The damage to internal parts of the engine were extensive and, unfortunately for the customer, avoidable. The car’s timing belt broke causing a chain reaction of internal-engine damage … (read more).

Landscape design is the key to your new Elkhorn patio

Elkhorn landscape designSo you’ve decided to do something about that little-used patch of grass out back of your Elkhorn home; you’ve decided it’s time to build your dream patio – a place where you, the family and friends can gather to relax and entertain. Before you jump into the project, make sure you’ve got a good foundation though … (read more).

Ten days left on automotive charging and starting components

Charging System DiscountsThere are 10 days left – 10 days to bring your car into a NAPA AutoCare Center, such as Performance Unlimited in Ringwood, for a rebate on electrical components – NAPA battery,, alternator or starter. The offer is extremely timely in a general sense as, with autumn and winter pending, you’ll probably want to have your charging system checked anyhow … (read more).