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Old Second has an immediate need for Part-time Teller at our Yorkville-Countryside Parkway Location and two Part-time positions in Plano!
Teller responsibilities include:

  • Working in an often fast-paced environment with front-line customer contact
  • Accurately and efficiently processing customer financial transactions
  • Identifying sales opportunities to meet customer needs using Old Second products and services
  • Providing front-line customer service including handling customer questions and concerns
  • Strictly following bank procedures and identifying fraudulent activity to prevent potential losses to the bank
  • Staying current on new bank products and services and on fraud alerts
Tellers work in an often fast-paced and high-volume cash-handling environment with front-line customer service responsibilities.  The aptitude to accurately apply concepts learned in training is crucial.  Some local travel may initially be required for training purposes.  Previous teller, cash handling, sales, and customer service experience preferred.

Open availability is strongly preferred.  Branch hours are 7am-6pm M-Th, 7am-7pm F, and 7am-1pm on Saturday

Servpro of Kendall County - Job Opening

Production Technician position available for water and fire restoration company. (IICRC) WRT certification, structure cleaning, and contents cleaning experience preferred. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, speak fluent English, and have the flexibility to work overtime and weekends. Applicants must have their own transportation and all applicants will be subject to a drug and background check.

Please apply in person to :
Servpro of Kendall County
27A Stonehill Road
Oswego, Il 60543

Mutual Ground, Inc.- job posting
Job Title: Clinical Director
FLSA Classification: Exempt/Full Time
Reports to: Executive Director
Job Summary:  Responsible for overall operations of all domestic violence and sexual assault programing. To ensure an excellent level of service to clients who seek help at Mutual Ground.

Responsible for day to day program operations of the agency; Regularly update and maintain policy manuals for sexual assault and domestic violence programs; Ensure compliance as an approved ICDVP/CEU training facility; Ensure compliance with ICADV/ICASA and DHS audits; Provide CEU trainings to outside groups and execute speaking appearances; Lead outreach and awareness activities; Provide direct report supervision; Conduct monthly coordinator meetings; Develop and monitor coordinator staff work schedule and assign responsibilities; Analyze situations and take necessary actions to provide crisis intervention; Provide direct service to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault when appropriate; Assist and make recommendations to Executive Director regarding program design, development, and implementation of services and transitional programs; Report to Executive Director any unusual incidents or behaviors that could indicate problems while ensuring that all required policies and procedures of Mutual Ground, Inc. are followed; Embrace and support the mission, vision, guiding principles, and goals of Mutual Ground, Inc.; Review each employee’s job performance on a yearly basis (or more often if necessary); Complete a random audit of documentation in client files; Become familiar with InfoNet and WS software and regularly generate reports for Executive Director; Make recommendations to the Executive Director regarding employee advancement and retention  Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.; Provide phone availability 24/7;  Develop and maintain all forms in compliance with DHS, ICADV, and ICASA; Provide supervision and linkage agreements with abuser treatment programs; Interview and train prospective employees who directly report to you; Responsible for training and/or identifying trainings for staff; Ensure confidentiality at all times; Other duties as assigned; Attend regular professional education classes/workshops to continuously upgrade job skills or promote the image of the agencyMaintain ICDVP certification; Attend One on Ones with Executive Director; Attend all-staff meetings; Assist with grant writing as appropriate; Be available on call for sexual assault hospital calls as needed; Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Ability to utilize standard telephone/fax/copier equipment;  Maintain the high ethical and professional standards

Resumes should go to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Midland States Bank Financial Strength Rating Remains “Superior” from Nationally Recognized Firm
Midland States Bank retained its five-star “Superior” rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., a nationally recognized bank rating and research firm. Bauer reserves its five-star rating for only those banks it rates as the strongest, safest banks in the United States.

“It is very gratifying to be recognized once again for our continued excellence by such a well-respected rating firm for our consistent growth trends, capital levels, profitability levels and asset quality,” stated Leon Holschbach, President and CEO of Midland States Bank. “This rating confirms our positioning statement of ‘Great Strength’ to our customers and the general public. In today’s uncertain economic times, customers want to feel confident that their bank is strong and stable, and we are proud of our ongoing performance and this rating reaffirms our results.”

Bauer analyzes all of the nation’s more than 7,000 banks. The research company compiles the ratings after analyzing factors that demonstrate the bank’s strength, including profits, assets and cash on hand. It recommends doing business with banks with four or five stars. Midland’s rating is for the quarter ending December 31, 2013.

Earthmover Credit Union is currently selling caramel, kettle, butter, and Chicago style popcorn for $5/bag, through the month of April for Meadow Loy. Meadow, 2 of Plano, was diagnosed with epilepsy about a year ago. She has been hospitalized 6 times, on top of countless trips to the hospital. We are raising funds for a seizure detecting dog, which will tell us when she is about to have a seizure to get her to a safe location. Earthmover Credit Union is also accepting monetary donations at each of their five branches.

Earthmover Credit Union (ECU) has been awarded 2nd Place for the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award competition in the $200-$500 million asset category for the state of Illinois!  The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award, sponsored by the Illinois Credit Union League, honors credit unions for their social responsibility work and charitable projects that support its community.

For 2013, ECU raised $19,000 to benefit many local families and organizations.  ECU’s Charity Committee arranges monthly fundraisers at its branches, hosts BBQ fundraisers, collects and sorts food at local food pantries, and collects toys for Toys for Tots.  ECU has a “Vote for Your Favorite Charity” poll each month on its website and Facebook page.  Members vote for the charity they would like to see earn a contribution!

Earthmover Credit Union is a not-for-profit and member owned financial institution that has been in operation for over 55 years.  There are five branches conveniently located in Yorkville, Montgomery, Oswego, Aurora, and North Aurora.  For more information visit or search Earthmover Credit Union on Facebook.

April Events & Specials at Karma Skin + Massage Studio
Did you know you can book right from your computer and get an email reminder the day before your appointment?
What's new?
--We're still buying an oak tree for Yorkville for every massage booked in April!
--Mother's Day is coming! Gift certificates can be purchased online.
--We have a couple of appointments left for Saturday and Sunday as of now.
--WAXING season is here! Julie has appointments for waxing on Wednesday and Thursday.
--Book our new Thai Herbal Compress experience!
Thai Herbal Compress Experience – 90 minutes – $100
•    This massage is a traditional thai practice using heated medicinal herbal compresses to induce deep relaxation, ease muscular tension and boost the body’s energy level. The massage incorporates Swedish & Thai techniques with the use of warm compresses to relax, stretch & open up the body’s vital pathways allowing “Prana” (life energy) to flow. The herbal compress is made from a traditional formulation that includes lime kaffir, tumeric, camphor, lemongrass, and other herbs known for their medicinal properties.
•    The herbal compress allows us to provide aromatherapy, thermal therapy and herbal therapy all at once in a modality that is unique.You will feel both intensely relaxed and energized by this restorative treatment!
Also, as a special gift , you get to take home the herbal compress which we suggest using in a bath soak ($30 value).
Schedule Now

Karma Skin + Massage Studio
718 N Bridge Street
Yorkville, Illinois

Join us for Holy Week as we celebrate the events of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Celebrate with Him as he enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Witness His humility in the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday at 7 p.m.; Walk the way of the cross with Him at 12 noon and Stand with him during his passion on Good Friday at 3 p.m.; Wait with us as we prepare our hearts on Holy Saturday at the 8 p.m. Vigil Mass and Renew your Baptismal promises as we celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

If you are 55 or over and a re looking to make new friends and grow in faith at the same time, join St. Patrick’s OKC Club for a fun meeting and program on April 25th at 11:30 a.m.  This month a certified laughologist will be our guest speaker guiding us toward greater health and wellbeing through laughter.  Snack on selections from Tastefully Simple after the presentation.  Open to seniors over age 55.

Join us on May 4th at 11:30 a.m. for the blessing and dedication of our new shrine statues honoring the life and example of St. Gianna Beretta Molla.  The blessing will take place in the church immediately following the 10:30 mass.  Details about the shrine, which will be installed this spring, can be found at  All are welcome to attend!

Kendall County Forest Preserve District - Magnificent Mars
Date:  Friday, April 18
Time:  8:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Meadowhawk Lodge, Hoover Forest Preserve 11285 Fox River, Yorkville, IL 60560
Age: All Ages
Fee: Free
Description: Join us for an educational presentation about the beautiful red planet, Mars, as we welcome back popular presenter and astronomer Bruce Abels. The presentation will be followed by a guided telescope viewing. Families are welcome bring their own telescopes.
Registration Required by April 16: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Education Department, 630-553-4025 and at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Social Media: Facebook @ Kendall County Forest Preserve District Education Department.
Sense of Samadhi -
We are Moving!!  As of Monday, April 21st Sense of Samadhi will at our new location at 202 Bridge Street in downtown Yorkville.

Yogic Trance Dance, Saturday, April 26th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free your Body and Mind with yoga and dancing!  Explore the energy within by opening your channels with some yoga asana and then allowing the prana to flow through in time with sound and rhythm for a collective journey. Think of dancing as "applied yoga," the music will be a selected blend of warm, world influenced, and inspiring electronic music, and we will explore how movement benefits the Body, Mind, and Spirit.
$20 for members, $30 for non-members, Kids under 15 are Free.

Perfectly,Imperfect Me Spiritual Awareness Group
Wednesday, April 30th
During the 8 sessions we will learn what tools are available to you in order to communicate with your Angles/Spirit Guides, work through blockages that may be holding you back, create a vision board to manifest your path, and learn how to embrace your truth and openly share it with others.  We will meet every two weeks on Wednesday nights from 7pm-9pm.
The cost for each session is $20.   Please contact Heather Denton to register at  630-277-0770. Registration ends April 22nd.

Justice For Your Soul
Usui Reiki Level 3, Sunday, May 4th, 1pm - 4pm
This 3 hours class is for anyone who has completed any Usui Reiki level 2 class. You will receive your third level attunement, symbols, reference materials, and a certificate of completion. We will go over each new symbol in detail and practice passing attunements on to others.  This class is limited to 7 students so you must pre register. Please contact Susan at 630-803-1584 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or to sign up!
Cost is only $250!

Foxy's Ice Cream
Take time to attend a great family event on Earth Day:
Ice Cream for the TREES at Foxy's Ice Cream on April 22 from 4pm-8pm. 30% of all the proceeds from the day will go to buy trees in Yorkville, IL.

Heartland Blood Centers Yorkville
How to be a hero?  Help save lives by donating blood at the following upcoming Heartland Blood Centers Yorkville blood drives:

Saturday, April 26th Join the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association Blood Drive and Home Expo at the Heritage Home Décor & Design , 129 Commercial Street in Yorkville from 10AM to 2PM on Heartland’s Mobile Coach.  Every donor will receive a Premium Zippo Candlelighter!   Please sign up online at or call Marie at630-978-9000 to reserve your preferred donation time. Bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating. 
Walk-ins are also very welcome! 

Thursday, May 8th Join the Yorkville Lions Club in their life-saving blood drive at the Beecher Community Center, 908 Game Farm Road in Yorkville from 3PM to 7PM.  Call Bill at 630-553-0695 to sign up or try online signups at   While supplies last, every donor will receive a coupon redeemable for a free scoop of Culver’s Ice Cream. Thank you to Culver’s of Yorkville for their generous support! Please bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating.  Walk-ins are also very welcome!

Thursday, May 15th Help save lives by giving blood at Yorkville Congregational Church, 409 Center Parkway in Yorkville from 3PM to 7PM.  Please call the church at 630-553-7308 or sign up online at to reserve your preferred donation time.  Please bring   photo ID and eat a good meal before donating. Walk-ins are also very welcome!   Every donor will receive a Premium Zippo Candlelighter!

Lions Club Tootsie Pop Day and Blood Drive

Yorkville Lions Club Tootsie Pop Day! Friday May 2nd 3:00 - 7:00pm
The Lions Club holds Tootsie Pop Day every year to receive donations that in turn helps us fund scholarships, donations and projects that Lions Club funds. We hope to see everyone out in the Yorkville area!

Beecher Center Blood Drive, Sponsored by the Yorkville Lions Club - Thursday May 8th 3:00 - 7:00pm
Join the Lions Club to help aid others with your donation! Please call Bill at 630.553.0695 to reserve your preferred donation time, or sign up online at Please bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating. Your single donation may save up to 3 lives and you earn points redeemable in the Warm Hearts Club!

Country Comfort Boarding and Grooming -Donate to the Kendall County K9 Unit
May 3rd, 12pm-4pm
Pony Rides!  All Day Doggie Fun!
Ton of different vendors!
Raging Waves, Pony Rides, K9 Cop/Show
Pay to ride the poinies and the proceeds go to the Kendall County K9 Unit
*No Fee to come and walk around
*All ages and dogs on leashes are welcome!

Country Comfort Boarding and Grooming
3215 Cannonball Trail
Yorkville, IL

Ellis House & Equestrian Center Presents: CHOCOLATE, TRUFFLES, & CUPCAKES

Rebecca Roulo, Independent Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate DiscoveriesTM
Vicky Kovacs, Wilton™ Certified Master Cake Decorator

Event Includes:                                                                                                                                       
•     A brief History of Chocolate! Is chocolate really over 2,000 years old?
•     Truffle Recipe, Instruction, and Hands on Truffle Making! Let’s get crazy with chocolate!
•     Cupcake Decorating Instruction, including The Perfect Icing Recipe & Hints and Tips to decorate like the pros!  Make your cupcakes look like they came from the bakery!
•     All supplies are provided!
•     Eat your creations!

When:                Sunday, May 4th, 2014; 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Where:               Ellis House & Equestrian Center: 
13986 McKanna Rd, Minooka, IL 60447
Ages:                 14 & Up; 8-14 with an adult
Class Size:         Minimum 10, Maximum 30
Cost:                  $10
Registration:       815-475-4035 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Girl Scout Re-Registration Internet Café will be held Wednesday, May 7, 4 – 8 p.m. at the Yorkville Rush Copley (conference room) 1100 W. Veterans Parkway. Here is a link to claim your spot for re-registration
Rush-Copley - Women’s Wellness Below the Waist
Women’s wellness is important from head to toe. Different ages and stages means new health concerns, especially below the waist. Join Suzanne Bergen, M.D., a board-certified gynecologic oncologist, and Arin Ford, M.D., OB/GYN, for an informative talk about women’s pelvic health. Topics include hormonal changes and treatment, endometrial ablation vs. hysterectomy, genetic testing for gynecologic cancers, prevention and detection of female reproductive cancers such as ovarian, cervical and uterine cancers and more. Enjoy refreshments, raffle prizes and more! Registration required. Hurry, space is limited! To register visit or call 866-4COPLEY (1-866-426-7539).

Wednesday, May 7 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging
4355 Montgomery Road, Naperville

Fox Valley YMCA - Join us for Leadercast
"Leadercast" exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year's theme - Beyond You - challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. Experience Leadercast live on May 9 and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

Last year, over 100,000 leaders from 14 countries watched via video simulcast "Leadercast." Now in its 15th year, this full day, experiential conference is on track to reach its largest audience to date.

Featuring: Andy Stanley . Malcolm Gladwell . Archbishop Desmond Tutu . Randall Wallace . Jack Welch . Laura Schroff . Dr. Henry Cloud . Simon Sinek . Laura Bush . Cat Deeley, co-host . Tripp Crosby, co-host

Your Fox Valley YMCA is the exclusive local host for this energizing and informative experience. A limited number of tickets are still available to the public to join other community and business leaders hear some of the best speakers in the country. Call or stop by today and save yourself the time and costs of traveling to Atlanta to attend firsthand.

$45 Chamber Members and $65 non-members includes lunch. Event runs 8am - 4:30pm. Regular price is $149 but has been underwritten through the generous support of the Wadsworth Family Christian Character Building Development Fund.

Fox Valley YMCA - Central Branch - 3875 Eldamain Rd. - Plano - 630.552.4100
Learn more at

Waubonsee Community College - Change a Life:  Be a tutor!
Adult Literacy Project
• Work with individual students learning English or basic literacy skills OR assist teachers in English as a Second Language (ESL) or Adult Basic Education (GED) classes
• Choose your own schedule
• Ongoing support and professional development
• Free training

Contact: Elsie Mills
Volunteer Tutor Coordinator
(630) 801 - 7900, ext. 4221 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Next Training:
May 10 & 17, 2014 (both days required)
9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Aurora Campus
Preregistration required
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506
Fox Valley United Way: Join us for our Annual Breakfast
Thursday, May 15
Celebrating a Community

Where: Pipers Banquets
1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

When: Check-in 7am
Breakfast 7:30am - 9:30am

Cost: $20 per person
$175 per table (10 people)

Contact: Deborah Collins
phone 630-896-4636 ext.102
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Register online at

Fox Valley United Way, 44 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora IL

My Fathers Hands - Smokin' Hot Golf Outing

If you are a fan of golf, cigars, cold beverages, and taking half days on the Fridays of long weekends... then this is for you!  Please help support local non for profit My Fathers Hands by signing up for the 2014 'Smokin Hot' Golf Outing.

This event will take place on Friday May 23rd at Orchard Valley Golf Course starting at 1:30 p.m. You can participate in course games, raffles, the silent auction, and someone will be wining a trip to VEGAS!

Go to and click on the Golf Ball at the lower right corner to register!
Registration will close on May 9th, so grab your 4-some and sign up today!
For questions please contact Matt Strausberger at 630-897-0033

Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus
Morris Hospital is pleased to offer free, non-emergent transportation service for individuals needing rides to our new healthcare center in Yorkille and to the main campus of Morris Hospital.  This important service makes healthcare accessible to patients who may be unable to drive or have limited mobility.  Our vehicles are equipped  to accommodate wheelchairs, and volunteer drivers and assistants are specially trained to assist riders on and off the vehicles.

Become a member of the Morris Hospital Volunteer Transportation Team by contacting the Volunteer Office at (815) 705-7022.

Our Yorkville healthcare center is scheduled to open on April 7, so be a part of our opening day team!
Geneva Kayak Center - 2014 Calendar is Online - Registration Open!
A new season has already begun! We recently returned form Ocean Camp Northern California and the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium and our Coast of Georgia Expedition starts today! If this hadn't been an epic winter season, we'd be asking "Where did the winter go?" 

Winter is still here but the kayaking season is here as well! We'll be flying in from Georgia and headed straight to our booth at Canoecopia - the Midwest's un-official start to all things paddling. We have so many great things planned for our customers in 2014, it's impossible to list them all in a newsletter. 

We point you to our 2014 Online Calendar.  You can check out all the Chicago area sea and whitewater kayaking programs, cool adventures to Georgia, Alaska, Maine and the Great Lakes, symposia and new local tours! From each event, you can navigate to a full course description or click on the "Register" button to book your experience! Let the clicking begin.....

2014 Calendar of Events
The SAL( Sons of the American Legion), has a breakfast on the 2nd Sunday of the month until April. Please come on out for a wonderful buffet breakfast with delicious food from 7:30-10:30.  We also have a burger and a draft beer every Monday for $2.00 from 5:00-7:00. Come on out and join us.  Also every 2nd and 4th Monday we feature Trivia night from 6:30-8:30. All are welcome to join us. Come have a great burger and draft beer and test your mind with friends playing trivia. Come in any time to watch the Bears game any time they are playing. Our Hall is available to rent for any occasion, call for pricing and any questions you may have.  We feature Bingo every Thursday evening from 7:00-until its over, food available from 5:00-7:00. Bring a friend.  Please make a note that our fish fry will be closed for the months of December and January and will resume again in February. Call if you have any questions.  630-553-7117. We are also open to the public Monday-Saturday for lunch from 11:00-2:00. We feature great burgers, chili and daily specials. Please come in for a great lunch...carry outs available also. Thank you for supporting the American Legion.  Please pray for our troops and their families that are not able to be together this Holiday Season.  God Bless our troops.

Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare Community Benefit
Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare’s Community Benefit totaled $206.3 million in fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).  Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare is the health system created by the 2013 merger of Edward Hospital & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, and includes Edward Hospital, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Linden Oaks at Edward.

Included in the system’s Community Benefit was nearly $26 million in charity care – the cost of medical services for patients provided free or partially reimbursed, through the system’s Financial Assistance Policies, which call for all patients to be treated without regard for their ability to pay for services.

“It is our commitment to provide quality healthcare for all who walk through our doors,” says Pam Davis, System CEO, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare.  “That’s especially true for our patients and families who are unable to pay due to their financial situation or because they don’t have health insurance.”

Cinofe Consulting Corporation - Get Started with Microsoft Windows Server Today
Microsoft Windows Server is the foundation of many of the applications that your business relies upon today, and owning and maintaining the hardware to run it has long been a cost you've had to endure.

But with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, companies like Cinofe Consulting Corporation can get the pre-configured virtual machines they need to start running fully supported Windows Server virtual machine instances in minutes—without the cost and complexity of having to purchase or manage servers.

AWS is fast, instantly scalable, and dependable. By moving to the cloud, you can start saving costs immediately by reducing or eliminating your existing hardware and better invest those dollars in projects that will grow your business.

For more information, contact Cinofe Consulting Corporation.
Please call 630-570-9772 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.
Earlier in the year, the Kendall County Board became resolute in improving the County website with the goal of improving transparency, accountability, and citizen involvement. Well, after a summer of planning and I.T. development, the new website has been unveiled! Have you had a chance to see it yet? In addition to being much sleeker and more user-friendly, the site features much more information than before, such as budgets, tax information, and contact information. The KAT portion of the site includes new links,
including holiday schedule, KAT newsletters, Park and Ride information, and a link to the KAT Facebook page! Let us know what you think by visiting

Ellis House & Equestrian Center - Teaching Conservation Through Recreation
*Baby Chicks
*Easter Egg Hunt at 5:30pm
*Ethan Bell
Family Fun Night
First Friday of EVERY month from 4p—7p
Pony Rides—$ ,Tractor-Pulled Hay Rides, Face Painting, Bon-Fire, Crafts, Board Games, Nature Trails, Concessions—$, Come join the fun!

2014 Dates
January 3, February 7, March 7,April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, No FFN ~ Independence Day, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5

Summer Day Camp Programs at Ellis House & Equestrian Center
Ellis day camps are not just fun and games, they are educational too! Day camps provide children the opportunity to learn all the basics of horse care including – feeding, grooming, bathing, behavior, and nutrition. Fun and educational activities include hands on horse handling that teach safe responsible care for horses. Pony rides, games and crafts will be provided each day. Availability of camp programs will vary based on interest. Registration is limited to 12 children per camp.
Camp Pricing:
• Parent – Tot: $35 in Kendall County / $40 out of Kendall County Includes riding
• 1 day camp: $50 in Kendall County / $55 out of Kendall County Includes riding
• 3 day camp: $170 in Kendall County / $180 out of Kendall County Includes riding

Pony 1 Day Camp for Parent-Tot -
Our Parent-Tot camp for children ages 3-5 is a great way to spend time with your child learning about horses through grooming, crafts, games, and pony rides.
Pony 1 Day Camp -
Our one day camp for children ages 6-8 is a great way for younger
children to learn about and play with the horses. Children are introduced
to grooming, feeding and handling horses through hands on activities.
Games such as pony leading relay races offer a fun way to test their skills.
Kids also get a chance to let their artistic side shine through crafts. Children also learn
about conservation on a horse themed nature tour.
Pony 3 Day Camp -
Our three day camp for children ages 9-13 offers children a thorough introduction into the world of horses. Kids get to experience a variety of activities involved in the daily care and management of horses. Kids learn about and assist with feeding, grooming, handling, saddling and bridling horses. A variety of topics are covered including horse shoes, health care, horse
behavior and feeding. Each day includes horse games, crafts to bring home, and pony rides. Kids also learn about conservation, and how horses affect nature through daily nature hikes.
Children enrolled in camp must wear long pants and sturdy close toed shoes. For safety reasons children wearing sandals, shorts or cloth sneakers will not be able to participate in horse handling activities. Approved helmets will be provided for pony rides and riding activities.
What to Bring to Camp Please send your child to camp with a bagged lunch, sunscreen, hat, water bottle and a jacket or any weather appropriate gear. Though activities can be moved indoors in inclement weather, the indoor arena and stable area are still exposed to the elements.
In horse camp, kids get a chance to hike through the forest; they also learn about the native plants and care of the environment in their craft and game activities.
There are many native mammals, birds and animals at Ellis house and equestrian center. Throughout their day at camp, children will see the daily hunting activities of barn swallows, herons, hawks and other animals. Staff will point out wildlife to the students during activities and hikes incorporated into the camp. We also explain how the local wildlife's survival is tied to the horses and the environment created by the horses here at Ellis.

The Kendall County Forest Preserve District has several new VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS!
Volunteers are a great asset to the Kendall County Forest Preserve District. Volunteers can assist with education programs, the Laws of Nature Center, Natural Areas Restoration as well as the Hoover Volunteer Program. So if being outdoors and maintaining the natural areas sounds good to you, then volunteer with our Natural Areas Restoration team.  But if you enjoy learning and promoting the history of Kendall County, then come maintain our Native American Neshnabe’k Village or provide resources as a docent with our Hoover Volunteer Program.

In all, the Kendall County Forest Preserve volunteer will have the opportunity to monitor invasive species; seed and herbicide forest preserve property, as well as learn about our up-and-coming steward program. For more information on volunteering with our natural areas restoration team, please contact Jody Strohm at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are interested in our Hoover Volunteer Program, please contact Ylanda Wilhite at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Children’s Nature Initiative is asking for your help to create a safe natural space where children can connect with our environment. It will be a space where trees, trails, rocks and water are not just landscaping but essential components for learning and play.

Through a partnership with the Kendall County Forest Preserve District, the Children’s Nature Initiative intends to redevelop a half acre plot at the scenic Hoover Forest Preserve to create the Nature Exploration Station. This wide-ranging nature play space will include a children’s garden, outdoor stage, art and music areas, forts, cultural interpretation area, a water feature and more.  There is no other place like this in northern Illinois.

Creating an outdoor play space in Kendall County like the Nature Exploration Station was the dream of Stephanie Harvey-Tansey and Dr. Natalie Lambajian-Drummond from Whole Child Pediatrics in Yorkville. Unfortunately, Stephanie will not be here to see the dream become a reality as she passed away earlier this year from an undiagnosed heart condition. Now, Dr. Natalie, Jessica Harvey (Stephanie’s sister-in-law) and Shanna Pinks (Stephanie’s cousin) have formed the Children’s Nature Initiative to complete her goal, and the Nature Exploration Station’s children’s garden will serve as her memorial, “Stephanie’s Garden.”

The Children’s Nature Initiative recognizes your dedication to your community and appreciates your support for local organizations.  Through tax deductible donations from local individuals, groups and businesses like yours, we will be able to provide a magical natural space for the children in our community.

Partners will be featured on a beautiful permanent display at the Nature Education Station as well as mentioned in the press.  The partnership levels are as follows: roots – up to $100, trunk – up to $500, branches – up to $1000, leaves – up to $5000, crown – more than $5000.  You can pledge through crowdtilt or checks can be made out to Forest Foundation of Kendall County or donations can be mailed to Forest Foundation of Kendall County, PO Box 143, Yorkville, Il. 60560.  The Forest Foundation will mail out a receipt with a tax ID number.
Senior Services Assoc. in Yorkville

VOLUNTEERS AGE 55+ NEEDED FOR RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM.  Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed in Oswego & Boulder Hill
Volunteers, age 55+, using their own automobile, are needed to deliver meals in the Oswego and Boulder Hill areas on Mondays and Wednesdays. Meals are picked up at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Washington Street in downtown Oswego then delivered to the area’s fragile elderly and disabled ensuring a daily nutritious meal and enabling them to live independently in their home.

Delivery volunteers are required to have a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, as well as pass a background check. This is a great volunteer opportunity for solo volunteers, friends to volunteer together, husband and wife teams.  Children are also permitted to make deliveries with an accompanying adult.  Is it your time to give?  Looking to get out of the house and help a neighbour?  This is the opportunity for you.

RSVP of McHenry, Kane & Kendall Counties is sponsored by Senior Services Associates ( I am the Kendall County contact person and can be reached by phone at 630-553-5777 or e mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.
Medical Pedicures and Laser Treatments have arrived at the Foot & Ankle Centers

The offices of Dr. Paul Bishop and Dr. Tom Rappette are offering new treatments in foot care.

The first is a Medical Pedicure at our new Foot Spa.    At the Foot & Ankle Centers, we offer Waterless Pedicures in a safe, sterile environment with a licensed nail technician.  We practice the same sterilization techniques that we use for surgical procedures.  Even our nail polish will not be used from one patient to the next.

Laser treatment of nail fungus and warts is now available.  Many people suffer from unsightly toenails caused by a fungus.  Unlike oral medications that can affect liver and/or kidney function, laser treatment offers a safe and effective way to treat these nails.

For additional information, go to We’re also on Facebook at “Foot and Ankle Centers.”  Call the Foot & Ankle Centers today to schedule your appointment:  Yorkville – 630-553-9300, Morris – 815-942-9050 or Sandwich – 815-786-9451.

Solar Rebate - Independence Renewable Energy

The Illinois solar and wind rebate program is taking applications. This is a great chance, combined with the federal 30% tax credit, to have over 50% of a system paid for by the government.

For you or any one you know who is interested in solar energy, please pass this along.
Contact me for more info.

Norman Johnson
Independence Renewable Energy
ETA PVI-L1 Installer
Member ISEA

Edward-Elmhurst offers Online Test to Determine Risk for Anxiety Disorders
Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare has added AnxietyAware to its menu of online assessments to help people determine if they’re at risk for one of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S.  Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults age 18 and older, but only about one-third of those receive treatment.
Anxiety disorders also include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and panic disorder.

AnxietyAware,, is a free, five-minute online screening to help identify a person’s risk of an anxiety disorder.  A mental health professional at Linden Oaks at Edward reviews the confidential questionnaire and responds with a personalized assessment and recommendations about next steps.  If a person’s assessment indicates a heightened risk of anxiety disorder, they’ll receive a call within 24 hours from a Linden Oaks clinician who will offer a free mental health assessment.  If contact information is not submitted, a phone number at Linden Oaks is provided so a person can schedule a free assessment.
Rush-Copley Emergency Center - The First Emergency Center Serving Kendall County 24/7

Kendall County residents now have quality emergency care closer to home.  Rush-Copley's Emergency center offers emergency care - anytime - for thousands of area residents. From fevers to coughs to broken bones and more, the Emergency Center delivers peace of mind with treatment that is available 24/7.  If further attention for hospital-based care is indicated, an on-site ambulance and helipad are available for transport.

Rush-Copley Emergency Center staff includes board-certified emergency physicians and emergency-trained nurses who offer the expertise and personal attention patients appreciate. The more than 6,000-square foot facility has three treatment rooms and a procedure room.  The facility features comprehensive diagnostic services including X-ray, MRI, CT, mammography, ultrasounds and laboratory services.