Army veteran on cross-country journey speaks in Bartlett
May 24, 2012 3:20PM
Updated: July 3, 2012 8:51AM
Bartlett: Bicycling Army vet to speak about PTSD
Thomas Skinner, a U.S. Army veteran from La Mesa, Calif., is on a cross-country bicycling trip that will end at the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in White River Junction, Vt. Raising awareness about PTSD to reduce the associated stigma is the focus of Skinner’s 3,500-mile cross-country mission. His service dog, Scrubs, is along for the ride. At 11 a.m. Sunday, Skinner will visit Immanuel United Church of Christ in Bartlett to present “What Comes After Welcome Home,” a program that covers his personal experience with service-related PTSD and ideas for welcoming returning veterans into our community. Skinner’s uncle, the Rev. Ted Preuss, served as pastor as Bartlett’s Immanuel UCC from 1970 to 1994. A free-will offering will be collected to support Skinner as he continues his journey. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at Skinner’s website, www.understandingptsd.org. Immanuel UCC is located at North and Western Avenues in Bartlett. For more information, call 630-289-1320 or visit www.bartlettiucc.org.
East Dundee: Police plan extra holiday patrols
The East Dundee Police Department will take part in a traffic safety campaign during the period through May 28 by conducting special patrols during the days preceding Memorial Day through that date to curtail impaired drivers and safety belt law violators. Police remind residents that if they are hosting a Memorial Day weekend party, they can be held liable if someone they serve is involved in an impaired-driving crash. Anyone attending a Memorial Day weekend party is urged to designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person their car keys. The Memorial Day traffic safety campaign is made possible through federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
St. Charles: Fine Art Show set for this weekend
The Downtown St. Charles Partnership will host the 14th annual St. Charles Fine Art Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Fine Art Show is held on South Riverside Avenue, between Route 64 and Illinois Street. The 2012 Fine Art Show will once again feature the work of more than 100 artists in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, photography and sculpture, as well as ceramics, jewelry, glass and mixed media. Free trolley tours of historical downtown St. Charles also will be available during the weekend. For more information on the show, visit www.stcharlesfineartshow.com.