Month: December 2017

Halloween Festival on Main Street

On Sunday, October 28th, entire families from Wauconda and surrounding communities crowded along the walkways of Main Street as they took part in “Trick-or-Treat on Main Street”. The event was coordinated by the businesses on Main Street. The event lasted most of the day as treaters visited each business along Main Street for either treats, deals and prizes. Wauconda’s Village Hall opened its front steps to receive pumpkin-carving contest entrees as well as serving for the start of the Scavenger Hunt that made it’s way along Main Street. The Highlight of the day’s event was the Parade of Pet Costumes that took place on the steps of the Citizens Activities Center. Wauconda’s CERT team coordinated the flow of traffic on Main Street while assisting area citizens at all crosswalks. This event drew to a close by 6 p.m.

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Wauconda FD Respond to Bulldogs Fire Alarm

The Fire Alarm at Bulldogs blared through the restaurant Friday afternoon, around 2:40 pm.

The Wauconda Fire Department showed up within no time.

It was only a false alarm.

Roodhouse Soldier Promoted to the Rank of Colonel

Drew Dukett of Roodhouse, commander of the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Chicago, was promoted to the rank of colonel Oct. 4 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield.

Dukett enlisted to the active duty Army in 1980, later joining the Illinois Army National Guard in 1985 and commissioning as a second lieutenant in 1990 through Officer Candidate School at Camp Lincoln. Dukett has served overseas in Germany and Korea and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Camacho, 108th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office/ Drew Dukett of Roodhouse, commander of the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Chicago, is promoted to the rank of colonel by his wife Laura Dukett Oct. 4 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield.

Wauconda Got Pumpkin!

A recent pumpkin carving contest at the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers’ Market drew a young crowd of artists willing to test their carving skills and imagination on big, bright orange pumpkins.

Tables filled with prospective jack-o-lanterns lined the sidewalk in front of the Chamber in downtown Wauconda, enticing market visitors to slice silly, happy and scary faces into the gourds. Parents were on hand to help little ones carve their ideas into souvenir artwork.

Congratulations to four-year-old Sadie Doyle and her mom, Sue Doyle of Wauconda for slicing up a first place winner! Wauconda Middle School students, Stephanie Boone and Tori Chaffee scooped in with second and third place creations. All three winners received a dazzling bucket loaded with Halloween goodies, and they, along with all of the other contestants, took their pumpkins home.

To view all of the pumpkin carving photos, please visit the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce on FaceBook.

Special Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m.

To help residents make an informed decision about the upcoming referendum addressing the future of the community’s drinking water, the Village Board has scheduled a Special Town Hall Meeting for Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Wauconda High School’s East Cafeteria, 555 N. Main Street, in Wauconda. Speakers at that meeting will address the current drinking water system, a history of the steps taken to meet the growing water demand, and potential future concerns.

“The Board has been engaged on this issue for the past few years, and we have been actively exploring future water supply alternatives based on expert predictions,” stated Wauconda Mayor Mark F. Knigge. “The existing water supply is simply not adequate to meet future water demands, and groundwater is susceptible to contamination. Over the past few years, we’ve invested time and funds to research alternatives to secure a clean, sustainable water supply for the future. To that end, we have requested and received a rare Lake Michigan allocation. As a Board, we have gone as far as we can go without the consent and input from the voters.”

Please CLICK HERE to view the informative audio enhanced video.

The Village hopes that these informative sessions help our voters make an educated choice on the November 6th ballot.

Goal-Setting Seminar for Teens

Sunday, October 21st, Certified Professional Success Coach Louie Sharp will be holding a Goal-Setting seminar for students between the ages of 12-18.

From 1-4:00 pm, Louie will touch on popular topics, based on 3 categories:

“Life Purpose”: Why are you here? What should you be doing with your life, and How do you pick a career path or occupation for the rest of your life? “Goals”: What are they? Why are they important? How do you achieve them? Which ones are right for you? “Self Esteem”: Do you believe in yourself? Do you like who you see in the mirror? ARe you confident enough to make all your dreams come true? Students will discover the answers to all these questions and lots more at this interactive seminar, including learning all about who YOU are!

When: Sunday, October 21 from 1-4:00 pm

Where: The Mundelein Park District Chalet (888 Dunbar Road, Mundelein)

Cost: $5 (limit 35 students)

To register, email Christa Lawrence or call (847) 949-9435.

Breaker – Volo Woman and 2 Daughters Found Safe

Last seen in Wauconda on Oct 6th as she visited her parents, missing Volo mother Aneta Marsek and her two daughters have been found.

A Sunday evening statement said that Marsek and her two children were located in the Wisconsin Dells and reflected they were “on vacation.”

All 3 are in good condition.

Temps Dip Fall Colors Arrive

Fall colors start showin up in Wauconda

As temperaturs fall, fall colors show up. Temperatures expect to hover in the low fifties for the next five or six days.

Chamber Pumpkin Carving Contest, Oct. 11

Thursday, October 11th, between the hours of 5-6:00 pm, the Wauconda Area Chamber will be holding pumpkin-carving contest ath the Wauconda Farmer’s Market. The Chamber will supply the pumpkins, you supply the carving tools (and/or color markers). You may also keep your pumpkins when you’re done!

Kids of all ages are welcome, children under 13 years MUST have adult supervision.

For more information, call 847-526-5580.

Scarecrows on Main Showcase Creative Brains

1st Place Winner, Wauconda Boat’s fisherman shows off his catch of the day

Young and old alike jumped into the spirit of autumn by participating in a scarecrow building contest in downtown Wauconda this past Thursday. Sponsored by the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, the second annual Scarecrows on Main event was held in conjunction with the Chamber’s Farmers’ Market.

Eighteen groups participated in the popular contest, including Aspire Boutique, Beyond the Garden, Bulldogs Grill, Creative Alliance Graphic Design, Edlin Inc., Edward Jones Investments, Wauconda Girl Scout Troop 50, jj Twig’s Pizza & Pub, Lake County Watersports, Lindy’s Landing Restaurant and Marina, Main Street Outfitter, Middleton’s on Main, STAR Runners, the Leichty Family, Wauconda Area Queens, Wauconda Boat, Wauconda Park District, and the Zuniga Family. The imaginations of the participants resulted in a myriad of scarecrows lining the middle of Main Street, including Jake from The Blues Brothers, Peter Criss from the American rock band, KISS, a medieval knight, a fisherman and a chef.

The first place winner of this year’s contest was Wauconda Boat, whose fully geared fisherman showed off his catch of the day – a large-mouthed bass and a blue shark. Second place went to Wauconda Girl Scout Troop 50 for their colorful punk rocker, and third place went to jj Twig’s Pizza & Pub for their ghoulish delivery man who was offering a pizza featuring brains, eyeballs, spiders, bats and severed appendages. All 18 creations were put up for adoption immediately following the contest. Almost all were adopted, and many are on display at local businesses including the Wauconda Park District, Bliss Wine and Gifts, Bulldogs Restaurant, Middleton’s On Main and Beyond the Garden. Village Mayor Mark Knigge adopted Wauconda Boat’s award-winning fisherman for display at the village hall.

“The Chamber’s initial goal, last year, was to create an annual tradition, featuring local creativity that rivals similar programs like Antioch’s Bears on the Chain and Chicago’s Cows on State Street,” said chamber executive director, Sandy Hartogh. “We’ve doubled the number of registrants this year, and the popularity is spreading like wildfire. We already have people asking when they can register for our 2013 event! We want visitors to include our town in their fall excursions, and what better way to entice them then with a display of local art that heralds the season while promoting a very fun community.”

Proceeds from the adoption fees were given to the contest winners. Special thanks goes to Joe Wojton of Joseph Builders for providing the scarecrow stands, and to Ralph Schmidt of Schmidt Engineering for donating the straw.

To view all of the Scarecrows on Main, CLICK HERE to visit the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce on FaceBook.