McHenry County honors top educators…. and more.

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McHenry County honors top educators

Six McHenry County educators were lauded by their peers for being among the best of the best at the first annual Educator of the Year Awards Dinner.
Jill Kuhns (second from left in the photo), a physical education teacher at Husmann Elementary School in Crystal Lake, won top honors as the overall Educator of the Year. Other winners included (from left to right), middle/high school English and history teacher Mariel Herzog (Evergreen Academy), guidance counselor Daren Dusenske (Prairie Ridge High School), and pre-kindergarten special education teacher Kelley Di Raimondo (Leggee Elementary School).
Not pictured are Woodstock District 200 Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Michael Moan and Justin Smith, who were honored as top administrators.
You can read more about the awards by clicking here. Congratulations to the winners, as well as the McHenry County Regional Office of Education and the Community Foundation for McHenry County, for partnering to create the new award.


Nominees sought for Senior Hall of Fame

The Illinois Department on Aging is accepting nominations for the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame, which is open to adults age 65 and older who excel in the categories of community service, education, performance/graphic arts, and the labor force.
You can learn more and submit nominations before the June 1 deadline by clicking here.
The Senior Hall of Fame was established by the General Assembly in 1994 to honor older adults’ accomplishments and contributions. Each year, four Illinoisans aged 65 or older are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their community work.
Through the rest of May – which is Older Americans Month – McHenry County government is highlighting some of the many services for seniors that are funded through its Senior Services Grant Commission. Be sure to follow the county on FacebookLinkedInInstagram and Twitter to learn more.


Chambers unite to create Young Professionals Group

Three chambers of commerce have come together to launch a new group aimed at the next generation of business people!
The Young Professionals Group is a joint endeavor by the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. The group is focused on connecting young professionals in the midst of launching their careers and businesses to give them opportunities to network and be inspired.
Members got together for the first time last week at X-Golf Algonquin to eat, drink and play virtual indoor golf. Congratulations to the chambers for putting this together!


Pedapalozza returns to benefit Family Health Partnership Clinic

It took spring a while to return, but it looks like biking weather has returned just in time for the annual Pedalpalooza fundraiser for Family Health Partnership Clinic!
The event this Saturday and Sunday throughout McHenry County’s wonderful bike trail system allows participants to get exercise for a good cause, and to qualify for special discounts and offers at locations all along the route. Visit to learn more and register.
The mission of the Family Health Partnership Clinic is to improve the health of the community by providing a broad spectrum of health care services to the underserved.
Last year’s event raised more than $43,000 for Family Health Partnership Clinic; they created a 3-minute highlight video you can watch by clicking here.


McHenry County’s state parks getting $2M investment

Illinois will spend almost $2 million to improve two McHenry County state parks through the Rebuild Illinois capital plan.
More than $1.3 million will be spent to upgrade electrical service and lighting at camp sites at Chain O’Lakes State Park. Another $643,100 will be spent to replace almost 23,000 square feet of roofing on buildings at Moraine Hills State Park.
The Illinois Capital Development Board announced the funding awards last week as part of a $51 million investment throughout northeastern Illinois to address deferred maintenance projects. You can read more about it by clicking here.


It’s showtime again at the McHenry Outdoor Theater!

Well, we’ve covered enjoying the return of spring weather through hiking, biking and camping, so why not catching a movie at one of McHenry County’s most iconic attractions?
That’s right – it’s drive-in movie season again at the McHenry Outdoor Theater.
The 1510 Chapel Hill Road theater, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, opened on May 6 for the season. At their heyday, there were more than 4,000 drive-in theaters nationwide; now there are only 400 or so left.
Click here to visit their website for a schedule of movies and events, and click here to follow them on Facebook!


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