At Home with Merle Burleigh – October 4, 2023

MERLE’S CORNER
 
Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, Homecoming at West Chicago Community High School started off with a bang and culminated with the Wildcats football team winning against Streamwood High School with a score of 21-17 .In the morning, the band and cheerleaders greeted the students. The pep rally was filled with games, laughter and spirit. Karen Huerta was named Homecoming Queen; Garnica Assam Alwan was named Homecoming King. Other members of the Royal court were Sophia Spinelli, Kylie Doyle, Clarissa Alvarez, Valerie Harris, Michael Angeles, Sebastian Alvarez Soto, Fabio Piloni, and Brady Johnson.
Getting energy for the parade, students had a variety of delicious feats to enjoy at the Food Fest. The West Chicago Fire Protection District engines and West Chicago Police department led the parade, their sirens announcing the start. The band played the lively tunes, the Homecoming King and queen waved royally, various clubs and organizations carried signs, marching happily. As with most parades, candy was tossed to the spectators, of which there were more this year. After the parade the We Gone and Staff gathered for some reminiscing. On the field, juniors and seniors competed in the powderpuff game. The final score was seniors-5 and juniors-56.
In the evening, Wildcat alumni met in their special tent. Wearing special shirts, they spent the time laughing and talking until the game started. Crowds filled the stands in Memorial Field to cheer on the Wildcat team. They watched a well played game with the outcome of a Wildcat win.
Saturday, spirits continued to be high as the students attended the Homecoming Dance in the high school Commons Area. This ended a memorable 2023 West Chicago Community High School Homecoming. https://merleburl.com)
 
AROUND AND ABOUT
 

Fandomers, the new West Chicago Public Library event open to teens and adults catering to the interests of those involved in “fandom culture,” is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, in the main meeting room, 118 W. Washington St. This month the screening is the 2019 animated film “Scooby Doo.” Other activities include music, crafts, games and snacks. To make a reservation, visit https://wcpld.info/, under calendar.

 

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park presents its Date with History series program at 7 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, via Zoom or in person in the Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road. Author David M. Chrisinger discusses his 2023 book, “The Soldier’s Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II.” Registration is required. To register, visit org .Parking is complimentary for those attending in person.

 
At the height of his fame and influence during World War II, Ernie Pyle’s nationally syndicated dispatches from the front lines helped shape America’s understanding of what the war felt like to ordinary soldiers. Pyle had a genius for humanizing the soldiers he met overseas. Chrisinger brings Pyle’s journey to vivid life.
Chrisinger is executive director of the Public Policy Writing Workshop at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and the director of writing seminars for The War Horse, an award-winning not-for-profit newsroom dedicated to reporting on the human impact of military service. He is the author of several books.

“Fall in Love with Art” is the 2023 Artober Fest exhibit in Gallery 200, 103 W. Washington St., for the month of October. The eleven artists participating are Margaret Bucholz, Marge Hall, Blue Kubica, Kathi Kuchler, Sharon Malec, Clem Ondracek, Laurie Piper, Britta Renwick, Elisa Rijos, Starla Sneak and Sue Tripp. Artoberfest includes a variety of paintings, drawings, photographs and three dimensional work, plus some whimsical pieces for the fall season. The artists’ reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2023. https://merleburl.com)

 

West Chicago City Museum hosts its 34th Annual Tales Tombstones Tell cemetery walk Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood Avenue and York Street. Tours leave from the cemetery entrance at Garden Street starting at 6:30 p.m. and every 10 minutes after, with the last group stepping off at 7:30 p.m. Lanterns and luminaries light the path through West Chicago’s oldest cemetery. While waiting, guests are entertained by the music of Roger Kotecki. There is no charge; donations are welcome. For more information call the Museum at 630 231-3376 or email [email protected]

The walk celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the incorporation of West Chicago as the Town of Turner in 1873. In 1986, it was incorporated as the Village of West Chicago. The interpreters tell the story of those who lived through the historic early years of the community. These include  John B. Turner, the man who created the railroad junction that would become West Chicago; Salome Wurtz whose husband ran the successful Turner Co-operative Creamery; Charles Clark who presented the petition for the incorporation of the Village of Turner in 1873, Nicholas Reuter, the child of German immigrant parents; Clara Haffey Church, the wife of the first President of the Village of Turner; Sutter Conley whose husband served on the board of the Oakwood Cemetery; and Adelaide Evenden who was in the first graduating class from Turner School in 1878. (This is not the current Turner Elementary School).
Interpreters are  Carol Vigsnes, Paulina Garcia, Rita Balgeman, Beth Carlson and Bob Fotus, Maureen Navadomskis, Tom Tawney, Carol Townsend and Ayva Salter. Volunteers are Tom Fessler, Peggy Krauch, Pam Kramer, Becky Hall and Gail Smith. https://merleburl.com)
 

Coffee with Controllers is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, in the Kitty Hawk Cafe in DuPage Flight Center, 2700 International Drive. Persons can ask questions as they meet the staff. The coffees are the first Saturday of each month.

 

League of Women Voters of Wheaton in partnership with the Wheaton Public Library holds its Living room Conversations program at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, via Zoom. The topic is “Welcoming Diverse Neighbors” Immigration is a highly personal and political topic. The discussion focuses on listening to each other’s experiences and increasing the understanding to build a foundation for better relationships and solutions. To register, visit https://my.org/illinois/wheaton/calendar.

League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.
 

Due to rain, the Yoga in the Park class, hosted by Healthy West Chicago, is rescheduled to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. 2023 in the Shell at Reed Keppler Park. Participants need to bring a mat or blanket.

 

Healthy West Chicago holds guided grocery tours with a certified nutritionist. The tours help people learn how to choose healthier food items and maintain a budget. The next tour is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, in Jewel-Osco, 177 E. Roosevelt Road. Participants meet in the produce section by the grocery carts. To register, visit https://www.healthywestchicago.org/grocery-store-tours.

 
During the tour participants learn four key shopping skills. These are identifying whole grains, reading food labels, buying fruits and vegetables on a budget and comparing unit prices. The tour ends with a $10 grocery challenge. Each participant receives a $10 grocery gift card and is challenged to purchase healthy meal ingredients for under $10. (https://merleburl.com)
 

The West Chicago Park District monthly social gathering for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, at the ARC, 201 W. National Street. The theme is “Fireman Fish Fry.” Members of Illinois Association of Fire fighters Local 3970 fry up the fish once again. There is no charge. Reservations deadline is Friday, Oct 6, and may be made at https://www.we-goparks.org/special-events.

 

West Chicago Park District hosts Paint & Sip, “Pumpkin Patch Fun.” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in the ARC in Reed-Keppler Park, 201 W. National St. The cost is $42, which includes all supplies. To register, visit https://www.we-goparks.org/adult-programs. The instructor is from Pinot’s Palette. The event is geared for persons 14 and over. Painters over the age of 21 may bring their own bottle of wine.

 

The Fall Choral Concert of West Chicago Community High School is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in the auditorium, 326 Joliet St. Brandon Fantozzi is the director. The concerts are streamed on the high school’s athletics youtube page, (https://www.youtube.com/@westchicagowildcatathletic7074).

 

In partnership with Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Central Kane County, Naperville and Roselle/Bloomingdale host the Civic Awareness Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, via Zoom and in person in the Cantigny Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road. The program is “(Dis) Trust in Elections—Identifying Who Distrusts the Election Process and Why” The speaker is David Hiller, board member with the Campaign Legal Center and former President and CEO of the McCormick Foundation. Registration is required. Register at Cantigny.org.

Hiller discusses the (Dis)Trust in Elections report released in May 2023. As a new election cycle dawns, CLC believes now is the time to educate, provide transparency and rebuild Americans’ confidence in elections. With that goal in mind, CLC commissioned a study by the Ad Council Research Institute to determine Americans’ trust in the election process. Informed by a dual-phased, mixed-methods research study, the two organizations targeted seven key states of Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia.
Hiller is an experienced news media publisher, attorney, and philanthropic executive. He had a 20-year career with Tribune Company, where he started as Vice President and General Counsel in 1988. During that time he served in many leadership roles including President of Tribune Interactive, Publisher of the “Chicago Tribune”and Los Angeles Times. Highly involved on the boards of various philanthropic and charitable organizations, Hiller also served as President and CEO of the McCormick Foundation from 2009 to 2020. His board involvement has included the Field Museum, Chicago History Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and Thrive Chicago.
League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.
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West Chicago Park District hosts its annual Boo Bash from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, in the ARC, 201 W. National Street. It is geared for children age two and older. The charge is $10 for residents, $12 for non-residents in advance or $15 at the door. Adults are free with a paying child and must accompany children. Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.Activities include hayride, live entertainment, games and crafts.https://merleburl.com)

 

The West Chicago Lions and Rotary Clubs Pancake Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023, in the Commons at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet St., Entrance H. The ticket price is $6, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children under the age of 3. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased from club members, Republic Bank, FNBC Bank & Trust, The UPS Store, Manna Real Estate, Daniel and Associates Real Estate, Edgerton & Edgerton Attorneys, Extra Value Liquors and Murphy Ace Hardware. There are door prizes and a 60/40 Raffle. The Sight and Sound Truck is available for persons to test sight and hearing. https://merleburl.com)

 

Healthy West Chicago hosts “Fall Garden Clean Up” presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, in Gallery 200, 103 W. Washington St. Members of DuPageCounty Master Gardeners discuss ways to make the task simpler. The presentation covers ways to organize fall tasks into a an easy month-to-month to do list, plus a printable checklist is provided. Registration is not required. For childcare or transportation needs, email info@healthywestchicago.

 

West Chicago City Museum presents the Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, at 1 p.m.Oct. 19, 2023, in the Museum, 132 Main St. The book is “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” by Kate Clifford Larson. To get a copy of the book or for further information, visit Friends of West Chicago City Museum website, com or call 630 231-3376. It is not necessary to read the book to attend.

Per McNally Jackson books, “Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary was intellectually disabled, a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. In Rosemary, Kate Clifford Larson uses newly uncovered sources to bring Rosemary Kennedy’s story to light. Young Rosemary comes alive as a sweet, lively girl adored by her siblings. But Larson also reveals the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly difficult in her early twenties, culminating in Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret. Only years later did the Kennedy siblings begin to understand what had happened to Rosemary, which inspired them to direct government attention and resources to the plight of the developmentally and mentally disabled, transforming the lives of millions.”
Kate Clifford Larson is a bestselling author of critically acclaimed biographies. An award-winning consultant for feature film scripts, documentaries, museum exhibits, and public history initiatives, Larson is frequently interviewed by national and international media outlets. She is a Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center Visiting Scholar. https://merleburl.com)

West Chicago Park District holds a Recreational Adult Bags Tournament from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. The competition is against players from different skill levels across the DuPage and Kane County area. The fee is $40 for residents, $48 for non-residents and includes game-play, lunch and prizes for first, second and third place. Alcoholic beverages for purchase are available for persons age 21 and over. Players must form their own teams. Games are self-officiated. Registration deadline is Sunday, Oct. 15. To register, visit we-goparks.org/athletics. https://merleburl.com)

 
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
 

Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, offers Painting & Potables at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. The charge is  $45 for the workshop of a Halloween Gnome Pallet and all supplies are included. A professional artist instructor gives the guiding steps Registration deadline is Monday ,Oct. 9, and may be made at  https://www.hawthornesbackyard.com/upcoming-events.

 

Jacob Buchholz and Brian Wunschel, employees at Buck Services, are now certified Expert Custodial Technicians from Cleaning Management Institute. CMI provides the solutions to training and certification needs within the cleaning industry https://merleburl.com)

 

Opening its first location outside of Texas, Wood Distribution Solutions, LLC, is located in the 259,000 square-foot building at 595 Innovation Drive. The business is a logistics and transportation company.

 

Reuse Electronics, a recycled component wholesaler, recently opened at 245 W. Roosevelt Road. The company is not a drop-off site.

 

Red Cloud Contracting,811 Industrial Drive , is a general contracting office, primarily focused on residential projects. With more than a decade of experience in the industry, the company specializes in custom-finished basements, but also offers services for kitchen and bathroom remodeling, as well as all other home spaces.

 

DASH Empower Fitness LLC is operated by two local West Chicago teachers, and National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainers, who just launched an online business. The online business provides workout programs specific to one’s goals. Persons purchasing a workout program receive access to an app, where they can track their workouts and get video examples. For further information, visit https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61550899563739…Empower is a women’s fitness brand dedicated to helping women of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels achieve their health and wellness https://merleburl.com)

 
COVID-19
 
The DuPage County Health Department developed a dashboard to provide information on the total number of people, in DuPage County, who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, the dashboard includes a map which shows the distribution of reported cases by municipality and is updated at 4:00 p.m. daily. DuPage County’s “COVID-19 Dashboard” is a one-stop-shop for all the information it offers including a town-by-town breakdown of cases. As of Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, there were 12,177 cases and 67 deaths; this is the number from the beginning of track recording.
 
REMEMBRANCES
 

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Keith E. Ferguson, who at the age of 67 passed away Thursday, July 6, 2023.

 

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Barbara A. Hughes, who at the age of 79, passed away Friday, September 22, 2023.

 

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of E. Clifton “Bud” Wilson Jr., who at the age of 93 passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.

 

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Victoriano “Vic,” Alcazar, who sat the age of 64 passed away, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2023.

 
SCHOOLS
 

Due to a lack of available quorum, the October 10, 2023, regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting for Benjamin School District 25 has been canceled. A Special Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday,October 16.

 

In its Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, football game, Wheaton Academy won over Bishop McNamara High School with a score of 51-0.

 

As Wheaton Academy homecoming draws to an end, Friday, Oct, 6 2023, students wear maroon and white. The varsity soccer game against Riverside Brookfield High School is at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks. Saturday, Oct. 9, is the Fall Informal with a carnival, yard games, food trucks and a DJ.

The alumni activities begin Thursday, Oct. 5, and end Sunday, Oct. 8. Reunion celebration years are 1973 and 1998. The 2023Alumnus of the Year is Chet Stewart, class of 1958. Nick Le, class of 2013, is the 2023 Distinguished Young Alumnus. The recipient of the 2023 Richard Hold Science Award is Sam Dominguez, class of 1988.
 

Neela Myers, a senior at West Chicago Community High School, was named a Commended Student in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program.Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2024 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2024 competition https://merleburl.com

 

Receiving a Board Salute from West Chicago Elementary School District 33 was Emily Hernandez, dual language first grade teacher at Turner School. She was recognized for making the Kindergarten Camp successful; there was the most student participation. “She was never flustered or overwhelmed in challenging situations. We had emails from parents indicating their appreciation for how Ms. Hernandez cared for their children in challenging situations.”

Kathy Sawicki, Wegner School Gifted Specialist, nominated Stephanie G., a Wegner School student, and Tony Sindt, a Wegner School parent, for a Board Salute from West Chicago Elementary School District 33. Last year, Stephanie received a $500 grant from the not-for- ’profit organization ‘One Tree Planted.’ This is a grant program for children ages 5-12 years old who are interested in making an impact on our environment.” Sindt is the owner of Seasonal Concepts Landscaping. He helped plant a sugar maple tree at the school, donating his time, materials and expertise. https://merleburl.com
 

In the Fun Friday video Sept. 22, 2023, Marc Wolfe, Division Head of Career & Technical EducationDirector of Student Activities, interviewed faculty and staff who are graduates of West Chicago Community high Schoo. I was surprised by the number, approximately 35, but possibly more. I was surprised by the number, approximately 35, but possibly more.

 
They are Jamie Philips, Physical Development Teacher/Head Wrestling Coach, class of 1996; David Pater, Admin Assistant Principal, class of 2002; Brittany Nelson,World Language Teacher, class of 2006; Ari Coss, Social Worker, class of 2017; Helen Cortez, Special Education Teacher, class of 1987; Dorian Carrasco, Deans Assistant, class of 2010; Jozy Morales ,Assistant Dance Coach, class of 2022; Mandy Lane, Management Information Systems Assistant, class of 2004; Jared Perez, Math Teacher, class of 2011; Conor Zaputil, Physical Development “Interim Division Head  PE & Drivers Ed Teacher,” class of 2011;Eric Cuautle, dean’s office Clerk/receptionist, class of 2014; Drew Plumb, Biology/AP Environmental Science Teacher, class of 2005; Candace Fikis (formerly Kairys) Humanities Teacher, class of 1993; Elizabeth (Lizzy) Mastroianni, Spanish Teacher, class of 2015; Corrie Stieglitz, Biology and Horticulture Teacher , class of 1993; Hollie Donovan, Social Studies teacher, class of 2017; and Karen Dorynek, Transition Program Job Coach, class of 2000.

Others are Linnea Favela, Social Worker, class of 2002; Leslie Fireman English Teacher, class of 2000; Maria (Maricarmen) Correa , SPED Program Assistant, class of 1996; Fanny Lopez, Student Services Administrative Assistant, class of 1987; Christina Lomibao, Staff Nurse, class of 2013; Viviana Cuautle, Teaching and Learning/Admin Assistant to Assistant Principals and Director of Activities, class of 2010;Karen Szot, School Psychologist , class of 1983; Jackie Voss, English teacher, class of 2014; Lucy Del Real, Deans Executive Assistant, class of 1984; Daniela Almarales, English teacher, class of 2019; Luke Madden, Chemistry and Physics Teacher, class of 2018; Donna Kubica, Learning Resource Center Clerk, class of 2014; Sophia McComb, Head Varsity Dance Coach, class of 2021; Valeria Vargas, Clerk-Cashier, class of 2018; Blanca Ruiz, Student Resource Center paraprofessional, class of 1999; Brandon Fantozzi, class of 1995; and Rose Campos, recently retired administrative assistant to Wildcat Athletics, class of 1973.

 
CHURCHES
 

New Hope United Methodist Church, 643 E. Washington St., holds Blessing of the Animals at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. It is held outdoors. https://merleburl.com

 

Reverend Burke Masters is the author of “Grand Slam For God:A Journey from Baseball Star to Catholic Priest,” which was published August 2023. Per Google Books, “In this page-turning memoir, Father Burke takes readers on an intimate personal journey-—from his childhood outside of Chicago, to his success in baseball, to his conversion to Catholicism, and finally, to his acceptance of his vocation.” Reverend Burke served as pastor at St. Mary’s Church for four years. At this time, the school was still open and he implemented baseball, soccer, and football programs as Parochial Vicar. He was chaplain to the Chicago Cubs, Prior to becoming a priest he worked for the Kane County Cougars. Currently he is the pastor at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale.Visit https://abc7chicago.com/13797225/ to watch interview with Masters https://merleburl.com

 
COMMUNITY MEMBERS HIGHLIGHTS
 

West Chicago resident and author, Susan Wells, is a participant at the Sixth Annual Authors Fair in the Meadows Community room in the Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin. From 2 to 4 p.m. ,attendees meet the local area authors, discover new and interesting reads and enjoy some light refreshments. The author’s books are available for purchase. Wells wrote “Secret:Lives,” which takes place in West Chicago.

 

West Chicago resident Becky Hall is the winner of the Row by Row Quilt at Thimble Quilts in Lockport. The theme this year was “Summertime.” This is the eighth year one of her quilts has been a winner. Row by Row Quilts are quilts made up of rows of quilt blocks or components with each row distinct from the others.This Quilt Style was embraced by the Row by Row Experience® in 2013 by Janet Lutz, and is designed for quilters and shops alike. https://merleburl.com)

 

The dog park in Estes Valley, Colorado, was renamed the Carolyn Patch Fairbanks Dog Park. She was known for leading the Estes Park Pet Association. Fairbanks was a former long time resident of West Chicago; she passed away at a the age of 74 Feb. 14, 2021, in Estes Park, She lived most of her younger years in the historic home on the 200 block of Arbor Ave., where she found purpose in rescuing stray and abandoned pets. Fairbanks and her husband Bill moved to Estes Park in the late 1970s.

 
Per her obituary, “Carolyn had a clear vision when she became President of the Estes Park Pet Association in 1990. Over the years she helped find homes for thousands of stray and abandoned pets; raised money to cover the costs of sterilization and care; appeared in the local media; and educated young people about the humane treatment of animals. Nearly every week for over 20 years, she brought joy to the residents at Prospect Park Living Center with her therapy dogs.” https://merleburl.com
 
CLUB/ORGANIZATION NEWS
 

The Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 hosts Bingo on Sundays at the post, 431 N. Neltnor Boulevard. Doors open at noon, games start at 1:30 p.m.

 

Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month, DuPage County Board chairman Deborah Conroy presented a proclamation to Fernando Ramirez, president of Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, board members Omar Espinosa and Miriam Blumenthal. MCCD organizes Mexican. Independence Day Fest in West Chicago. https://merleburl.com

 
CITY OF WEST CHICAGO
 

The 2023 Sidewalk and Curb Maintenance Program is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, and to be completed by November 2023.

 
ODDS AND ENDS
 

Fire Prevention Week is from Monday, Oct. 8, through Saturday. Oct. 14, 2023. The theme for the month is “Cooking Safety Starts with You,” highlighting the importance of practicing safe cooking skills at home. The first Presidential Proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925. https://merleburl.com

 

As DuPage County communities, including West Chicago, connected with the College of DuPage Warhol exhibit this summer,16 local artists created traditional Loteria images in pop art styles. To participate in WeGo Loteria, community members have two options, obtaining a printed playing board from the entryway of City Hall, 475 Main St., or downloading one from the City’s website, at org/loteria. To play, participants need to locate the artwork that corresponds with the specific Loteria images on their playing cards and record the unique ID code provided on each installation. Once the card is completed, participants upload an image of it to [email protected]. There are prizes, one per person, while they last.

 
Site locations are Biscuits and Gravy, Carniceria Jimenez, Dr. Thadius Bieniek, Educare DuPage, Gallery 200, Gloria’s Jewelry, Happiness N’ Hair, Office of State Senator KarinaVilla/State Representative Maura Hirschauer, Jorge’s Paleteria, The Journey’s Path Metaphysical Supply & Wellness Center, Kindred Coffee Roasters, La Cocina de Maria, La India Grocery, La Michoacana, Lupita Bakery, Metra Station, Parra’s Bakery and Republic Bank. Others are Sign-a-Rama, The Slice Spot, Supermercado Tampico, The ARC, Turtle Splash Water Park, City Hall, West Chicago City Museum, Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad Depot, Pioneer Steam Train Model at Sesquicentennial Park, West Chicago Fire Protection District, West Chicago Police Department, West Chicago Public Library, Zone250, Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce and The Whistle Stop.
 

At the West Chicago Park District Adult Puzzle Pursuit, the pieces came together as three teams beat the clock. There was a two-hour limit.The Wolf Pack won First Place, finishing in 54 minutes and four seconds and received a Park District Prize Pack. The Bridal Party took Second Place with 1 hour, six minutes and 25 seconds. Close behind were Getting “Jiggy” with  the time of one hour, 42minutes and 58 seconds. Participants pieced together a custom puzzle of the ARC Center , which they kept. to take home. https://merleburl.com

 

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