The DeKalb County Community Foundation is excited to announce the 4th year of its Youth Engaged in Philanthropy program. Service minded youth interested in improving their community and learning about philanthropy are invited to attend an Informational Meet and Greet this Sunday, August 19th, from 3-5pm.
There will be food, games, friends and fun. In order to qualify to be a YEP member you must be a resident of DeKalb County who is 14 – 18 years old and enrolled in High School or equivalent education program. The Meet and Greet will be held at 2846 Wedgewood Drive in DeKalb.
YEP is a locally led youth philanthropy program that teaches young people leadership skills and the importance of community involvement and philanthropy. Their goal is to stimulate and develop the spirit of philanthropy in young people and to inspire a lifelong interest and a commitment to serving others. YEP assists the DeKalb County Community Foundation in addressing youth issues in our community and is a youth led committee of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Read more →
This weekend kicks of Kirkland’s 64th Annual 4th of July celebration! Sponsored by the Kirkland Lions Club, they have a lot of new acts on the stage this year and are adding more. The Kirkland folks have put together an impressive, full schedule of events for their celebration which will be held on this Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and July 1st and on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3rd and 4th.
This weekend, besides the usual food, craft and specialty vendors, there will be a carnival, water fights, a ventriloquist, a magic show and much more. For the adults, there will be Bingo, live music and a beer tent. There will be a car show on Saturday and a tractor show on Sunday. After a one and a half day break the fun starts up again on Tuesday at 5pm and runs until midnight. Wednesday has a full schedule of events that kick off at 7am with a pancake breakfast. The Celebration ends on Wednesday with a spectacular fireworks display beginning at 9:30pm. Learn more at the Kirkland 4th of July website. Full schedule of events at the Read More link below.
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Affordable summer fun for family and friends. Well, put tent camping in DeKalb County at the top of that list. At a cost of $4 per tent there simply isn’t a better bargain for your enjoyment dollars than a campsite at Russell and MacQueen Forest Preserves along the Much to Do on Route 72 corridor in northern DeKalb County.
Russell Woods Forest Preserve on the western outskirts of Genoa may be the county’s most popular parks. The popularity is expected to grow when the adjacent South Branch Prairie and the Hoppe Heritage Heritage with the authentic 1835 Miller-Ellwood cabin opens in late 2012 or 2013. Russell is picturesque in all four seasons and is a hiker, runner or cyclist’s dream. Fishing the Kish or skipping rocks or learning something at the Natural Resource Education Center. Read more →
Be a part of the 31st annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2012, the two-day bike ride along the beautiful backroads of DeKalb County, Illinois, for a world free of MS! Select your own route length–up to 200 total miles. The Tour de Farms MS Bike Run is this weekend, June 23 – 24. Bike MS Tour de Farms is one of over 100 rides that happen across the US that raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Collectively these rides raise close to 90 million dollars annually with over 100,000 cyclists. Tour de Farms is open to the public with route options ranging from 35-200 miles over one or two days.
Ordinary people just like you enter this extraordinary event every year. You can count on resources from the Greater Illinois Chapter and the Bike Shop partners and sponsors every mile of the way to help you train, keep you motivated, and support you on the route. As cyclists finish up their ride they are invited over to the festival on Saturday which offers food, bands, beer and more.
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Yesterday marked the final period in which established parties could fill vacancies in nomination to offices without a candidate from the March 20, 2012 Primary Election. For local offices, (those in DeKalb County), the appointed candidates to run in open positions for the established parties are as follows:
Richard Schmack for State’s Attorney (D-Sycamore)
Sarah Greer for County Board District 12 (D-Sandwich)
Frank F. O’Barski for County Board District 10 (D-DeKalb)
These names are slated to appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in their respective positions. A challenge period now runs through June 11, 2012, should anyone wish to contest their filing paperwork.
Additionally, parties have until August 29, 2012 to slate a candidate to appear on the ballot for the position of Regional Superintendent of Schools. Effective July 1, 2012, long time Regional Office of Education Superintendent, Gil Morrison will resign his post; creating another vacancy in office.
Independent Candidates begin filing their nomination paperwork during the period running from June 18 through June 25, 2012. For County-Wide candidates, Independents must obtain a minimum of 1,460 signatures. For County Board positions, candidates must obtain a minimum of 117 signatures to appear on the ballot. Forms, maps, and filing instructions for those candidates are found at www.dekalbclerk.com.
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Relay For Life of DeKalb County is this Saturday, June 2nd at the DeKalb High School, 501 West Dresser Drive, DeKalb. Relay For Life raises funds for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving programs. That allows them to help people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back!
As of this writing, 336 participants in 51 teams have signed up and $53,855 raised right here in DeKalb County this year. Relay For Life is an overnight relay-style event. Teams of people camp out around a track. Members of each team then take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities. It is a family-friendly environment for the entire community.
Teams may arrive at 3:30 pm to start setting up their campsites. The event will kick off with the Opening Ceremony at 6 pm Saturday and will go until 6 am the following morning. They Relay all night because cancer never sleeps- so neither will they!
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This Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd, is the Northern Illinois Art Show at the DeKalb County Courthouse, 110 East Sycamore Street, in Sycamore. This show is the annual show for Kishwaukee Valley Art League, with vendors from all over the midwest showing fine arts and crafts. Admission is free so plan to stop in and take a look around!
The juried 41st Annual Northern Illinois Art Show accepts original arts and crafts. Any entries that are found to be manufactured or are not original works will be rejected during the application process. It is held on the lawn of the beautiful DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore, Illinois, at the corner of Route 64 and 23. Hours are 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday. This event is free to attend.
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Brigadier General Steven P. Huber
Brigadier General Steven P. Huber (ILARNG) has been invited by the DeKalb County Forty et Eight Voiture 207 to be the military VIP guest speaker for several events during the 2012 Memorial Day Weekend. He will start Memorial Day at the Mayor’s Memorial Day Breakfast.
The Mayor’s Memorial Day Breakfast will be held at the Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State Street in Sycamore on Memorial Day, Monday morning, 6:45am – 7:30am, May 28th, 2012. Brigadier General Steven P. Huber will be the military VIP guest speaker. To attend the breakfast, contact Frank Beierlotzer at firstname.lastname@example.org, RSVP prepaid is $10.00. Pay at the door is $15.00.
From there Brigadier General Steven P. Huber will be escorted by motorcycles to all of the following events: He is the guest speaker at the Joiner Cemetery at 8:15am on West Old State Road just east of Five Points Road. He will be in the DeKalb Memorial Parade at 9:00am, guest speaker at the Malta Methodist Church at 10:00am, in the Genoa Memorial Day Parade at 11:30am and be the guest speaker at the Genoa Cemetery at noon.
UPDATE: 10am 5/17/12 to the recommendations and restrictions
After the vote to deny failed by one vote, county board members voted 13-8 in favor of accepting Stonehouse Park’s amended special use permit Wednesday evening at the DeKalb County Board meeting. The approval came with eleven new conditions and contingencies from the hearing officer and health department and board members warned owners that a single violation could lead to a revocation. Keeping them ‘on a short leash’, an expiration date of Feb. 28,
2012 2013 was also added to the permit. Owners Steve Cecchin and Gregg Larson must reapply for the special use permit at that time.
The vote came after the park was closed for health department violations and went through two public hearings on the issue. Neighbors have complained about the change of the park from a family campground to a primarily music and festival venue. Late night noise as well as lost and inebriated campers have been a concern for the Rollo farming community. Stonehouse Park is on the Sheriff’s Sale list for June 14th, 2012.
DeKalb County Board members who voted to keep Stonehouse Park open include Democrats Jerry Augsburger, Bob Brown, Sally DeFauw, Julia Fauci, John Hulseberg, Stephen Reid, Ruth Anne Tobias, Anita Jo Turner, Derek Tyson and Patricia Vary. Republicans Julia Fullerton, Riley Oncken and Jeff Whelan joined them in support of the park. Republicans Marlene Allen, Larry Anderson, Dan Cribben, Russ Deverell, John Emerson, Charles Foster, John Gudmunson and Scott Newport voted against the permit.
Following were the recommendations and restrictions put on the special use permit:
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This Saturday, May 19th, the DeKalb (7am), Red Roof DeKalb (8am), Cortland (1pm), Sycamore (3pm) and Malta (4pm) storage facilities will be the sites of public auctions. All facilities are owned by DeKalb County Self Storage, 1005 W. Lincoln Hwy. in DeKalb.
These auctions are the final step in a a long process through which they have tried to collect past due rent from their delinquent tenants. They undertake auction of a customer’s stored goods only as a last resort, and then only in scrupulous compliance with the self-service storage statute enacted by the Illinois Legislature. The public is most welcome to attend these auctions and purchase items.
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“Youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote and be philanthropic,” cites the UCLA/Higher Education Institute.
DeKalb County KEYS (Keep Engaging Youth to Succeed) and Kishwaukee United Way are hosting the first annual Care or Be Square Youth & Family Volunteer Fair for DeKalb County middle and high school youth on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at DeKalb County Community Outreach Building’s Blank Slate Room (2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Mary Hess, Asset Specialist at DeKalb County KEYS Initiative says “Not long ago, our research found only 22% of DeKalb and Sycamore youth report they are given useful roles in the community. The youth & family volunteer fair is one way we can let our kids know that they can make a valuable contribution in the communities where they live. ”
The Care or Be Square Youth & Family Volunteer Fair is free and open to students from all DeKalb County middle and high schools. It is designed to facilitate volunteer connections and help ignite the volunteer spirit that has shaped our thriving community. The volunteer fair hopes to provide young people and their families with a myriad of opportunities that will compliment both their interests and schedules. To assist attendees in learning about what volunteer opportunities are available, an information booklet detailing each participating organization will be distributed.
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NIU students from the communications department have been creating a documentary about the Stop the Mega Dump efforts. The screening of their Mega Dump documentary titled “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” is this Saturday May 5th, along with seven of the other documentaries the class made this semester.
The film about the Stop the Mega Dump effort is the last of the “festival” and will begin at approximately 4:30pm (showings will run from 1pm-5pm). Anyone and everyone is invited, there is plenty of room and it is free. All of the films have been made by dedicated students eager to display their work.
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