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On June 1, 2016, the Yorkville Police Department executed a search warrant on the Kendall County Food Pantry. At that time, Yorkville Police Department officials advised that an investigation is being conducted into possible improper use of Kendall County Food Pantry funds by two previous volunteers. The Board is currently investigating these issues and is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials. At this time the Kendall County Food pantry hopes to continue its mission to assist the people of Kendall County.
Cross Students Shine Bright in May
Over 80 preschoolers at Cross participated in a Trike-a-thon to raise almost $6,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Eighth grader Arielle Willman wrote an essay based on the 14th Amendment and her essay was chosen by the Kendall County Republican Women’s Club. Arielle attended a special brunch at White Tail Ridge Golf Course to read her essay and accept a monetary gift along with an elephant bank for savings.
Eighth grader Nicholas Winkelman won a trip to Washington D.C. in May to participate in the Scripps’ National Spelling Bee. Nicholas was Cross Lutheran’s school bee winner, as well as Grundy-Kendall’s regional winner this past spring. Nicholas competed against 284 other students.
8th Grade Graduation
The educational journey at Cross ended for 19 students with their graduation on May 27th. These students met all the requirements for graduation and received a congratulatory send-off from family, friends, and staff of Cross Lutheran. The students will be attending 10 different high schools next year. God’s blessings to them all!
Cross hosted its 7th Annual 5K LutherRun/1M Fun Run on May 7. Participants in the event and donors helped to raise $2,500 for Cross Lutheran School’s athletic program. Thank you to TRADESMITH INCORPORATED and the many other donors who helped make it a success.
We've Got Your Back
Rush-Copley invites you to attend a free spine health event on Saturday, June 25, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Rush-Copley Medical Center. Rush-Copley Medical Group neurosurgeons, Dmitry Ruban, M.D., and Kevin Kelly, M.D., will be presenting. Dr. Ruban will discuss the latest minimally-invasive techniques and use of intra-operative CT scanner for spine surgery. These technologies help minimize complications and allow for faster recovery after common spinal operations. Dr. Kelly will be discussing the latest advancements in motion preservation spinal stabilization technology as well as the related surgical indications.
A continental breakfast will be served. Raffle prizes and giveaways. To register, visit rushcopley.com or call 866-4COPLEY (1-866-426-7539).
Saturday, June 25 • 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Rush-Copley Medical Center, Aurora
College Pro Cuts
Spring Sales Offer!
As a proud new member of the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce we are offering the following Spring Sale! Non-YACC members can schedule your weekly mowing and receive 2 free lawn cuts! YACC members can also schedule your weekly mowing and receive 2 free lawn cuts and 2 free man hours of clean up or handy-man work to help you bump start your summer!
Call Mike at 630-640-1505 or Pat at 630-640-1504
Please take a moment and visit our website at www.collegeprocuts.com!
WE LOVE YOUR REFERRALS!!!
Grant Writer Job Posting
Position: Grant Writer, Non-exempt / Part Time
Location: Aurora, IL
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled
Program Description: Mutual Ground, Inc. (MGI) is one of the largest and oldest domestic violence/sexual assault agencies in Illinois. MGI provides comprehensive, victim centered services that focus on safety, stability and hope.
Job Summary: Responsible for researching and executing grants to fund Mutual Ground. Requires extensive research on Mutual Ground initiatives as well as local, state, and federal grant initiatives. Also responsible for reporting and maintaining contact with coordinators of programs to assist in reporting outcomes to grant monitors.
- Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience in grant writing
- 60 domestic violence/sexual assault training – can be obtained at time of hire
- Exceptional ability to communicate verbally and in writing
- Ability to utilize standard telephone/fax/copier equipment
- Maintain high ethical and professional standards
- Acceptance and respect for cultural diversity, sexual orientation and religious backgrounds
- Demonstrated ability to manage overall goals while attending to details
- Above average knowledge of a computer including MS Office and the Internet and email applications
- Examples of Duties
- Research need within Mutual Ground for funding
- Research funding/grant opportunities on a local, state, and federal level
- Coordinate with the executive director for input on agency goals and objectives
- Coordinate with finance director for budgetary goals and objectives
- Coordinate with the clinical director and department heads for input on departmental goals and objectives
- Request grant information, requirements, and applications
- Maintain a calendar with grant renewals and reporting due dates
- Follow unique guidelines and rules of each funder
- Write grants according to specific guidelines and give new outgoing grant applications to executive director for review
- Responsible for all reporting on grants
- Ensure confidentiality at all times
- Attend monthly all staff meetings
- Participate in professional training and development
- Knowledge of Mutual Ground policies and procedure
How to Apply:
MGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability.
Yorkville Public Library
Community Story Time
The Youth Service Department of the Yorkville Public Library is looking for area businesses to host a story time. If you have an interest, space & availability on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, in the morning, we would like to have a half hour story time at your place of business. Please contact Marianne Eberhardt or Jennette Weiss @ 630-553-4354 x109 for any further information.
Fox Valley Family YMCA
There's a Y in Every Family! Summer Membership Special – Join today!
$185 Summer Family Membership and $85 Summer College Membership (Membership runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2016)
Summer Day Camp Kicks Off May 23
One week or the whole summer. Indoors and out. From adventures to arts, and camp songs to cannonballs, at the Fox Valley Family YMCA Summer Day Camp your kids will have an amazing experience, all in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment. When you count on us, you can count on the best summer ever for your kids. Stop in or register online. Visit our website for more info.
Summer Enrichment Programs
The Y is here to create experiences for your child that inspire, combat summer learning loss, and promote healthy living, all while making strong connections and friendships. Our Early Learning Academy, Gymnastics, Dance, Cooking, Theater, Arts, and Sports Departments have put together a summer full of fun and educational options for you to choose from. Our Summer Enrichment Programs offer weekly programs or one-day fun days, located at our Central Branch. Visit our website for a full list of classes.
Early Learning Academy Infant Enrollment Special
The Y's Early Learning Academy is proud to offer a limited time special for parents enrolling their infants into our child care program. Sign up today and we'll waive your security deposit and your first week's tuition is free (a $420 dollar value)! Our Infant Room is led by our caring and tenured staff. We provide baby formula and organic baby food (for those children ready for solids). Stop by and take a tour - we'd love to meet you!
The Fox Valley Family YMCA is a mission-centered, cause-driven charity organization dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, and families in Kendall and DeKalb counties.
Central Branch: 3875 Eldamain Rd., Plano, (630) 552-4100
West Branch: 707 S. Main St., Sandwich, (815) 786-9998
Idea Marketing Group
Marketing Intern Wanted!
Idea Marketing Group is looking for a marketing intern to help with online marketing, specifically with blogging and social media campaigns. Here is your chance to work side-by-side with experienced creative professionals who are passionate about their work. We have an open office plan and encourage teamwork to produce award winning projects. We are focused on recruiting local talent in the Chicago area. Interns have often become permanent employees after internships have completed.
•Yorkville, IL office (Local Candidates Only)
•Flexible, part-time hours
•Word and Excel Experience
•Experience in online marketing, specifically with blogging and social media campaigns
•Knowledge of WordPress and Google Analytics a plus
•Responds to customer inquiries, questions and concerns as needed
•Strong writing skills, strong verbal communication skills, detail oriented, ability to multi-task
•Tons of energy, passion, humor, compassion, and enthusiasm
•Non-paid, 3 month internship
Serious Applicants Only!
Mid-Day Play Pet Services
Now Offering Puppy Training Classes
Mid-Day Play is pleased to announce a variety of training classes to help you and your dog build a relationship! We will be offering:
- Puppy 101 & 102
- Beginning Obedience
- Adolescent Workshop
These classes are being taught by a certified dog trainer with over 20 years experience. A good training foundation is critical when raising a puppy. As a puppy moves into adolescence, it is also important to understand common adolescent behavior.
Our passion here at Mid-Day Play is to help make puppy/dog ownership as fun and exciting as possible!
Call more for information: 815-739-7669
Facebook: Mid-Day Play
Alarm Detection Systems
To learn more about a career at Aurora based Alarm Detection Systems, Inc., please watch this video.
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
920 N. Bridge Street
Contact: Cristina Padilla
Earthmover Credit Union
Raising Funds For Alex Kruse
Earthmover Credit Union is currently selling Mint Meltaways, Caramel Whirls, and Chocolate Covered Almonds from World’s Finest Chocolate for $2 a box through the month of June for Alex Kruse. In July 2015, Alex of Oswego, was diagnosed with an infectious disease that attacks your brain, HSV1 Encephalitis with a brain lesion. This infection affects his motor skills, memory, light and sound sensitivity, and dizzy spells. Alex also has heart issues the doctors are trying to stabilize. Earthmover Credit Union is also accepting monetary donations at each of their five branches. All funds raised will be given to Alex to help pay for medical expenses.
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 www.earthmovercu.com or search Earthmover Credit Union on Facebook.
Raging Waves Waterpark
Raging Waves Waterpark is now hiring! Open positions include a full-time salaried Maintenance Technican and many other seasonal positions for the summer of 2016. Follow the link for more information on how to join the team at Illinois' Largest Waterpark!
Waubonsee Community College
Small Business Development Center
Effective June 30, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Waubonsee Community College will be closing due to lack of state funding.
To all my business clients, it has been a pleasure serving you over the past ten years. I have vicariously lived both your successes and your struggles. I have truly enjoyed working with each of you, and wish you all the best.
To all of my stakeholders, especially SBDC host and grant match funder, Waubonsee Community College, thank you for supporting the program, spreading the word, and encouraging so many small business owners and entrepreneurs to take advantage of assistance from the SBDC. The program could not have had the many successes it has enjoyed without you.
I will be staying at Waubonsee in the roll of Educational Program Developer for Customized Training in Waubonsee's Workforce Development Division. I look forward to my continued involvement with the local business community.
There are many resources in the area available to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners. Below are links to these resources - please reach out to them for more information:
Small Business Development Center at Elgin Community College
Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage
Small Business Development Center at Joliet Junior College
Women's Business Development Center ScaleUp Program
Women's Business Development Center - Women's Business Center
Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center Business Accelerator
Fox Valley SCORE
Harriet Parker, Manager, IL SBDC at Waubonsee Community College
Plano Community Garden
The Plano Community Garden was founded in 2009 on the premise that we would create a place for the community to not only come garden, but also serve those in need in Kendall County by donating fresh produce weekly. Our mission has always been to set aside and tend plots that would directly serve the Kendall County Food Pantry in addition to donating from our personal plots as well. To date, we have been very successful and have donated an average of 5,000 pounds of fresh vegetables every year to the pantry. This year all the KCFP plots have been planted and we aniticipate early deliveries to the pantry.
Donations for New Shed!
The garden is in need of a new larger shed. We are currently asking for donations to help pay for it. Remember we are a 501 3c non-for-profit and all donations are tax deductable. Our thought is when we get this larger shed we would like to post a "Friends of the Garden" list as advertisement and thank you for any one or company donating over $100. Donations of any amount can be sent to Plano Community Garden, P.O. Box 217, Plano, IL 60545.
Rain Barrels for Sale
The garden has several 55 gallon plastic drums that can be used as rain barrels. $15 each and you add the hardware. $50 each and we will add the hardware. We offer delivery if needed and we will give instructions on how to use and set up.
Again, thank you for your commitment to bringing this spirit of change to our neighborhood. We look forward to reporting to you on our progress at the end of the season. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates.
New Life Church
New Life Church Summer Volleyball League
The Over-the-Net Volleyball league will continue this summer at New Life Church! 4 on 4 play will be on Monday nights starting June 20 - August 15 at 6:30 pm. This is a recreational league but all skill levels are welcome! Register your team with at least one female player for $140 ($35 per person). Subs are sometimes needed, so if you don't have a team, come and you may be placed on a team. For more information or updates and cancellations, join the Over-The-Net Volleyball page on Facebook. Register your team at nlcyorkville.org/events.
New Life Church Volleyball Tournament – June 25
New Life Church will be hosting an Over-The-Net Volleyball tournament on Saturday, June 25 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. The tournament will be a 4 on 4 competition, including a competitive division (played on sand) and a recreational division (played on grass). There is a minimum of 1 female player per team. The cost is $50/player and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Kendall County Special Olympics. There will also be cash prizes for the winning teams! Partner with us and Kendall County Special Olympics to make this a great fundraising event! Sponsor or register your team at nlcyorkville.org.
New Life Church’s Day Camp Registration Open
New Life Church’s Cave Quest Day Camp registration is now open! Join kids, ages 3 (potty-trained) through entering grade 6, as we explore who God is during this exciting and fun-filled quest! Each morning, we will make our way through some great stations where we will explore, sing, play games and more! The adventure takes place July 18 - 22 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at New Life Church. Early registration is $15 per child until July 12, and goes up to $20 after July 12. You can register at nlcyorkville.org/events.
New Life Church is located at 3205 Cannonball Trail, Yorkville.
State Representative John Anthony & State Representative Mark Batinick
ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYERS!
Looking for Qualified Job-Seekers to Match Your Business’ Employment Needs? Join Rep. John Anthony & Rep. Mark Batinick for a Free Jobs Fair
Saturday, June 25th
9:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Minooka Central Community High School
301 S. Wabena Avenue, Minooka
All area businesses are invited to participate! Space is limited, so call to reserve your spot today!
Goodwill Store & Donation Center In Yorkville
Join Club Goodwill REwards and you’ll earn REwards points -- reach 75 points and you’ll receive a $5 Club Goodwill REwards coupon for use on a future purchase. With Club Goodwill REwards every purchase matters. The program is open to all customers 13 years of age or older.
Here are the exclusive benefits of Club Goodwill REwards:
10% military discount every Tuesday
15% senior discount every Wednesday
10% student discount on every Saturday
Scratch-off promotions on the 15th of every month – save 10%, 15% or even 20%
25% birthday discount off a single purchase during your birthday month issued at register.
Discount coupons by e-mail plus advance notification of sales and promotion
Advance notification of sales and promotions
Join today – it’s absolutely free! More information
FENG SHUI WORKSHOP
Local Interior Designer & Feng Shui Consultant Pamela S. Stutzman will facilitate this afternoon workshop on Saturday July 9th from 2~5 pm.
Register EARLY To Secure Your Attendance! Light refreshments will be served. $50 in advance, $60 at the door
Metaphysically Fit Fest 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 12pm to 9pm at Bientennial Rivefront Park in Yorkville!
Family Friendly! Learn more about MFF! Click HERE!
Interested in becoming a sponsor!? Click HERE!
Interested in becoming a vendor?! Click HERE!
Yorkville Junior Women's Club
The 2015 Duck Pluck was a great success due to the generous prizes donated by so many local businesses and organizations!
The 2016 Duck Pluck will once again be sponsored by the Yorkville Citizens Police Academy Alumni and the Yorkville Junior Women’s Club. Your donation of a prize, large or small, will go a long way toward making this year’s fundraiser another successful venture.
With your donation, you will get your name and logo included in all advertising, as well as on the banner that will hang all weekend in the Duck Pluck booth at Hometown Days. This year’s Duck Pluck will be held during Hometown Days in Yorkville on Sunday, September 4 at 4pm.
Thank you for your support!
The Duck Pluck Committee
Yorkville Citizens Police Academy Alumni
Yorkville Junior Women’s Club
Fox Valley United Way
Hundreds Join Us in "Celebrating a Community That Cares"
It was great to see so many wonderful community advocates at the Fox Valley United Way Annual Breakfast last Thursday. This is our favorite event every year because we get to celebrate you: donors, volunteers, advocates and social service agencies who care about our neighbors in need.
We take the caring power of the community and harness it to make the greatest impact for the greatest number of individuals. To donate and join us to LIVE UNITED, click here
Do you have a passion for change in your community? Do you know that a phone call, letter or social media post to lobby for legislation to help the less fortunate can make a huge impact? Visit our website here to learn simple ways that you can advocate for your neighbors in need.
Whatever your interests or availability, there are organizations and events that you can support with your unique talents. To find your perfect place, check out:
Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus
Morris Hospital Included in Becker’s 100 Great Community Hospitals List
Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Becker's has published a version of this list annually since 2011. This is the fifth year the list has included 100 hospitals. For the purposes of this list, Becker's defines a "community hospital" as one with fewer than 550 beds that has minimal teaching programs.
According to Becker’s the hospitals on the list are spread across the country, some not far from major metro areas and some in rural communities. Morris Hospital is one of six on the list from Illinois.
“This is quite a year for us, between the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals award, our continued Straight A’s from Leapfrog, and now the listing among Becker’s 100 Great Community Hospitals,” says Mark Steadham, President & CEO of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “For all they do to provide extraordinary quality care and service, our staff and the physicians who practice at Morris Hospital truly deserve this national recognition.”
Serving patients at 22 locations in 11 different communities, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as physician offices in Braidwood, Channahon, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Mazon, Morris, Newark, Ottawa and Yorkville. Through the services of over 1,700 healthcare professionals, physicians and volunteers, Morris Hospital provides lifesaving cardiac intervention with angioplasty and stents, a radiation therapy center for cancer patients, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, and immediate care services at three locations. Morris Hospital is a Level II trauma center and a Level II perinatal care provider with an intermediate care nursery. In 2016, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM.
Voluntary Action Center - Kendall Area Transit
Attached is your Summer 2016 edition of the Kendall Area Transit Newsletter. Also please check out our website for more information!
VAC Names New KAT Director
Mike Neuenkirchen has been named the Voluntary Action Center’s new KAT Director. Neuenkirchen takes over for Paul LaLonde, the program’s first director, who recently accepted the position as VAC’s assistant executive director.
“We are truly excited to bring Mike in as the new KAT Director. He not only has a strong track record as a director of rural community and public transportation programs, but his overall diverse professional background gives us the confidence he will keep KAT strong into the coming years,” LaLonde said.
Neuenkirchen called the appointment a “magnificent opportunity.” He continued, “I am very honored to serve an organization of VAC’s quality, especially because I get to continue in the community transportation world. I’ve seen firsthand how KAT helps the community. It offers transit dependent persons independence, medical care, and economic opportunities.”
Kendall Area Transit, or KAT for short, is a community and public transportation service that is dial-a-ride based. Kendall County has partnered with VAC to operate KAT since 2009. Service officially began in March 2010. As KAT director, Neunkirchen’s major responsibilities will include expanding community outreach efforts, creating more transportation partnership opportunities, and securing more local match dollars required by federal and state transportation grants.
For more information about Kendall Area Transit visit here
Named One of the 100 Top Hospitals
Edward Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Edward made the 100 Top Hospitals list in the Large Community Hospitals category and is one of four non-teaching hospitals in Illinois that earned Truven recognition. “This means Edward’s doctors, nurses and staff are providing high-quality, compassionate care to our patients, and we’re doing it in a way that’s efficient and financially smart for the organization,” says Pam Davis, System CEO, Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Promotion for Bill Kottmann
Bill Kottmann has been promoted to President & CEO of Edward Hospital, effective July 1. Bill, a long-time Naperville resident and healthcare industry veteran, will report to Edward-Elmhurst System CEO Pam Davis. “Bill has been a great colleague and friend and is one of the key reasons for our growth and success over the years,” says Pam. “He’s led almost every new joint venture we’ve been involved with, and has recruited many key physician leaders to our medical staff. He’s highly respected throughout the Edward-Elmhurst family, and is well known for his civic leadership activities.”
Senior Services offers valuable information and assistance for those over 60 years of age. It also offers meaningful ways to give back and to use your time earned talents and knowledge to help others. You can learn more about programs and services at Senior Services and also the nationally recognized Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP, by calling 630-553-5777. Visit us at the Beecher Center, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville IL, 60560, or online at www.seniorservicesassoc.org. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/seniorservicesassoc
Kendall County Fairgrounds
Calendar of Events
The Kendall County Fairgrounds is coming into our busy season. We've got some dates we would suggest you mark on your calendars, become a friend on Facebook and check out our website kendallcountyfair.org. We have lots of rentals these days from weddings, wedding receptions, private auctions and other community activities and fundraisers. Merrie is ready to help you your event, timing and other needs. Call her at 630-212-0686.
Here are those dates that are available to the whole public:
Second Sunday of each month thru and including October. We have the Scout Flea Market. Gates open at 10am and close at 3pm. They have been rates as one of the top 4 markets in the state if Illinois with good items, great location and lots of fun in a great atmosphere. Good food too.
The Midwest Street Rod Car Club is again having its annual car show at the fairgrounds for its 6th or 7th time. Last year there were 630 some cars to be judged 2years before that there was over 700. Lots of fun here games, drawings, awards, and that great sweet corn. Check out their website for early bird registration. Gates open at 8am. The date on that show is June 26th.
On July 8 & 9 the Fox Valley Pro Rodeo is presented by the Kendall County Fairgrounds for the support of the youth programs of the Fairgrounds. This is its second year for this big event. Tickets will be available soon at many participating sponsors throughout the Fox Valley. They are: Heartland Bank at Newark, Plano, Millbrook and in Aurora, Rosati's pizza in Yorkville, Roadhouse Bar and Grill in Yorkville, Sanchez Bros Western Ware in Aurora, Just in Time in Sandwich, Feece Oil in Batavia and on-line at our website kendallcountyfair.org. There is a Facebook we would love you to friend to watch for coming activities which is foxvalleyprorodeo. Both shows kick off at 7pm with gates opening at 5:30pm. Come early enjoy the food, beer and wine and kids games with the Cowboys and clowns. Saturday night we have "Whiskey Romance" performing live on the stage. So you can stay late with the entertainment eat more of the good food and enjoy friends and the fairgrounds. Sponsors are still welcome use the website or call 630-553-2860 and leave a message and we will call you back.
And of course the biggest event at the fairgrounds of the entire year is the County Fair and the dates this year are August 4, 5, 6 & 7. Lots more on that event on the web site and Facebook
So mark your calendars and set those dates aside and remember. The Fairgrounds is the place "Where Family and Friends Meet" for fun, friendship and just plain good old comfort this year with all that is happening here every month.
Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Kendall County Forest Preserve District’s 2016 Summer Camps for Children.
Each fun-filled camp session features nature hikes, games, crafts, exploration and discovery. Camps are offered for different age groups pre-K through age 13, with program offerings at both Hoover Forest Preserve in Yorkville, and at Ellis House and Equestrian Center in Minooka. Camps begin the week of June 13 and run through the week of August 5.
Summer Camp Catalog and Enrollment Forms are available online.