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Donation to benefit military families

Early last month  St John’s presented checks Commander Lowell Reiser from Hampshire VFW Post 8093 Matthew Musil from GenoVets

Early last month, St John’s presented the checks to Commander Lowell Reiser from Hampshire VFW Post 8093 and Matthew Musil from Genoa Vets Home. Each check was in the amount of $1,068.57 and they will distribute the money to the families in need.

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Updated: February 4, 2013 2:38PM

Every year on the fourth Saturday of August, St. John’s United Church of Christ-Harmony (the corner of Route 20 and Harmony Road) has an annual Fay’s Pork Chop & Chicken Dinner — an event that brings visitors from near and far. This year, the church had the biggest crowd ever and served 930 dinners in 2½ hours.

The focus this year was to reach out and help area military families in need by donating 50 percent of the proceeds to them. Early last month, St John’s presented the checks to Commander Lowell Reiser from Hampshire VFW Post 8093 and Matthew Musil from Genoa Veterans Home. Each check was in the amount of $1,068.57 and the organizations will distribute the money to the families in need. St. John’s meets at 9 a.m. for Sunday worship services.

Algonquin: ‘1,001 Books Before Kindergarten’

The Algonquin Area Public Library District’s is hosting a literacy program for young readers. Beginning Monday, Jan. 7, the library kicks-off its 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program. 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten was designed to get parents actively involved in reading to their child from birth and help foster a lifelong love of reading as children gain pre-literacy skills.

1,001 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for families with children birth through age five. Parents will be able to register their child/children for the program with their Algonquin Area Public Library Card at the Youth Services Desk. At registration, information will be given about the program and the Library, the children’s collection and recommended reads, early literacy skill and early literacy practices, and a book log for the first 100 titles recorded in 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten. After each set of 100 books are read and logged, parents and children can return to the Youth Services Desk, pick-up a prize and pages for the next 100 books, and receive information about upcoming library programs. When 1,001 books are reached, the child will get a graduation ceremony, a book and their picture on our wall of stars.

Sign up during January 7-13 and receive a special prize. This reading program is for babies to children 5 years old, not yet in kindergarten and an Algonquin Library Card is required to register for this program.

Campton Hills: Garfield Farm offers scholarship

Garfield Farm Museum is proud to announce the 6th Annual $2,000 scholarship for graduate studies in museum administration. Applications must be made by Jan. 31. The Garfield Farm Museum Historic Administration Scholarship Fund has been established within the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. This annual scholarship is focused on students at the Masters Level or higher, pursuing degrees in historic administration, archaeology, public history, museum administration or related fields of study who preferably have demonstrated a strong commitment to the preservation of historic sites through their studies, work experience, volunteer or other community activities. Ron Yenerich, a friend and donor to Garfield Farm Museum, is underwriting the scholarship. Potential applicants from the southern half of Kane County and Kendall County enrolled at an accredited college or university are encouraged to inquire of the Community Foundation by calling (630) 896-7800 or visiting

Outstanding candidates who live in close proximity to the Valley in Will, DuPage or northern Kane County, will also be considered. The farm is owned by the nonprofit Campton Historic Agricultural Lands with Garfield Heritage Society providing the interpretation of the site through tours and programs. Garfield Farm Museum is located five miles west of Geneva, off Route 38.

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