Friday, February 15, 2013
Scouts are invited to participate in a program Feb. 24 that will be not only sweet, but also help them earn scouting badges.
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Friday, February 15
From The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Nature is sweet at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook, and Boy and Girl Scouts are invited to join a special event that’s all about maple syrup. The program, “Scouts, Get Sticky!,” Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will show scouts how to make maple syrup from start to finish. They’ll learn about the parts of a tree and the importance of tree sap, hear who first discovered how to make syrup and much more. Children ages 5 to 17 are welcome to join, and all participants will receive a one-of-a-kind Fullersburg Woods maple syrup patch. The program meets some requirements of the Legacy Tree badge for Cadette Girl Scouts and the …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will hold its hike for adults on Feb. 9 at Fullersburg Woods. Registration is required.
Love is in the air. For the outdoorsy lovebirds out there, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has romantic evening planned in advance of Valentine’s Day. The forest preserve district is hosting its Valentine’s Day tradition, the “Romantic Night Hike” at the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook. The hike will be held Feb. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Couples, who register, will be invited to stroll along lantern-lit paths that meander through the woods, while enjoying the sound of burbling water as the Salt Creek passes under the scenic bridges, according to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. In addition, there will be hot chocolate and at the end of the trail there will be a fire for roasting marshmallows and…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Why not start out the new year by giving back to local organizations. Here are a few local nonprofits seeking volunteers.
The New Year has arrived and if you are like most people you’ve made a few resolutions. Often people resolve to give back more to their communities, and keeping that in mind, here are some local organizations who are always looking for volunteers. Know a group that should be on this list, but isn’t? Add it in comments or e-mail Local Editor Mary Ann Lopez at email@example.com. Glen Ellyn Food Pantry: Not only does the pantry need food and monetary donations, it relies heavily on its volunteers to keep operating. SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education): Volunteers are sought for the nonprofit to help with office tasks and organizing. Volunteers of all ages are welcome whether students or retirees. And, …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
During autumn, when deer are breeding, it is the time when the risk of accidents with deer are most common.
From the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Drivers are urged to slow down and stay alert to avoid deer-vehicle collisions. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, collisions involving deer during 2011 caused injuries to 613 individuals and killed six people in the state. While these figures reflect the continuing overall decline of such accidents in recent years, they illustrate the ongoing dangers that motorists face. Accidents can occur at any time of the year, but autumn — when deer are breeding, or “in rut” — is the most dangerous. As deer search for mates, their activity levels increase, and they move more frequently. Collisions usually occur as deer cross roadways to reach other habitat. Drivers should watch …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
We compiled a map of recent coyote spottings in town. Here's what you need to know about the elusive animals.
In DuPage County, living with coyotes comes with the territory. More than likely, you have spotted a few around town, like your neighbors who have already shared locations where coyotes were spotted. While some residents enjoy seeing wildlife in the urban environment, as recent stories have publicized, there have been instances where small dogs were killed by coyotes. Taking preventative measures may limit interactions with coyotes. Some tips include: avoid feeding them; avoid leaving pet bowls and food outside; clean up spilled bird seed from feeders and keep grills and barbecues clean, according to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. More than 90 percent of a coyote’s diet is small mammals, according to the Forest Preserve …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Last week, two employees and one contractor were charged in DuPage County after attempting to steal funds from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
Attorneys for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County filed a civil action in court last week seeking to recover taxpayer dollars related to former employees attempts to steal more than $100,000. The complaint for declaratory judgment was filed in DuPage County Circuit Court as DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced charges against former Forest Preserve employees Mark McDonald and Dave Tepper as well as Arif Mahmood from the computer vendor company Alamach Technologies, Inc, according to a news release from the forest preserve district. The District had withheld filing the suit at the request of Mr. Berlin to allow his office to complete its investigation. “We want to make sure we take every step possible to recover…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Two former DuPage County Forest Preserve District employees are charged with plans to bilk a government entity of more than $100,000.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Two former DuPage Forest Preserve District employees face charges of stealing more than $100,000 from a government entity with two "elaborate" schemes over a six-year period, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin announced Wednesday. A third man, a contractor, also faces charges for stealing. Mark McDonald, 53, of the 1000 block of Childs Street in Wheaton, and David Tepper, 49, of the 300 block of Franklin Avenue in River Forest, worked in the Forest Preserve's IT department. McDonald was the director and Tepper was a manager, according to a press release from the State's Attorney's office. Arif Mahmood, 37, of Glendale Heights, a former contractor with the forest preserve, also faces charges of stealing more than $10,000. …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Learn how honey gets from the hive to the table at a free program at Kline Creek Farm.
Time to get in those last few fun days out with the kids before they head back to school next week. Why not mix a little education with a field trip type event. On Aug. 18, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Kline Creek Farm will celebrate National Honey Bee Day at the farm’s honey house. The Kline Creek Farm is an 1890s living-history farm located in West Chicago. Those who attend the event are invited to visit the farm’s honey house to learn how bees make honey and the process to get the honey from hive to homes. Roughly 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants rely on insect and animal pollinators and about one-third of the food we eat would not exist without the help of bees. Along with access to the honey house, those …
Monday, August 13, 2012
The Ryder Cup takes place at Medinah Country Club in September and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is offering some background and history on the event.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Submitted by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Are you one of the many golf fans excited that the 2012 Ryder Cup will be hosted here in Chicagoland at Medinah Country Club? Discover the history of the sport’s premier international competition during a lecture by golf professional Peter Longo on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The Ryder Cup began in 1921 as a good-will exhibition and has grown to one of the most fiercely contested team events. Professional Golfers’ Association Life Member Peter Longo is a trick-shot artist, speaker, historian and television personality who will bring his dynamic presentation style to entertain and inform the audience about this historic tournament. Admission to the…
Friday, November 18, 2011
The results of an external investigation will be turned over to the DuPage County State's Attorney Office.
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County announced Friday in a statement on the district's website that two administrative employees were suspended without pay for a possible misuse of taxpayer funds and/or resources. The suspensions came after the district hired an external expert who examined the situation, according to the statement. One of the employees resigned Nov. 7. The other was terminated on Nov. 15. The district is not identifying them at this time. Based on the external expert's findings, the statement said, the matter is being referred to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for further review. District officials said they will have no further comment while the matter is reviewed by law enforcement.