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Updated: April 7, 2013 6:22AM

Elgin: Crisis Center joins in national hunger campaign

The Community Crisis Center, Inc. of Elgin is participating in the 16th Annual Feinstein $1 Million National Campaign to Fight Hunger.

The Crisis Center is eligible to receive a portion of the $1 million in donations of cash and/or nonperishable foods received between until April 30 and that mention the Feinstein Campaign. Donated food items will be valued at $1 each.

All donations will support the Crisis Center Emergency Food Pantry that is available every day for individuals and families who struggle to make ends meet. Last year the food pantry dispersed an average of 104 meals each day

Cash donations can be sent to the Crisis Center at P.O. Box 1390, Elgin, IL 60121-1390 with Feinstein Challenge written in the memo field. People can deliver a donation of food to 37 S. Geneva St., Elgin, and when signing the donation board add Feinstein Challenge. For more information call 847-742-4088.

Elgin: Public Museum to hold ‘oddities’ program

The Elgin Public Museum’s Preschool Awareness World Series (PAWS) will celebrate “Nature’s Oddities.” From birds that only “fly” in water to beetles that catapult themselves into the air and boneless fish to sea creatures whose brains are in their throats and teeth are in their stomachs, the wide range of nature is truly astounding.

Prowling Polar Bears will be held on Saturday, March 16th, from 10 to 11:30 am. The Museum is in Elgin’s Lords Park at 225 Grand Blvd. The fee for each child is $10; members are charged $8 per child. Registration must be completed by March 11. Call 847-741-6655, email, or visit to register.

Other Upcoming PAWS are Wiggly Worms on April 20, Perky Penguins on May 18 and Leggie Lobsters on June 15.

Elgin: Ecker Center sets fundraiser at restaurant

The Ecker Center for Mental Health will hold a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 13 at Nick’s Pizza & Pub, 990 S. Randall Road. The restaurant will give the Ecker Center 15 percent of all dine-in and carry-out sales (excluding alcohol and sales tax) from anyone who comes in with a fundraising flyer. The flyer may be printed from Ecker’s website or from Ecker’s Facebook page.

Hampshire: Firefighter to speak at HCE meeting

A member of the Hampshire Fire Protection District will give a talk on scams, fire protection and home safety at the Hampshire-Henpeck HCE (Home Community Education) Unit meeting at 1:30 p.m. March 19 at Heartland Bank, 819 Warner St. The public in invited. For more information, contact Barb Janicak at (847) 683-1131 or Barb Mursu at (847) 683-4037.

Elgin: Local resident is named top social worker

Elgin resident Karen Haggard is being honored as the 2013 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Jane Addams District. The NASW Illinois Jane Addams District covers the northwestern region of Illinois.

Haggard is readjustment counselor at the Rockford Vet Center, specializing in the treatment of PTSD. She has many years of progressively responsible clinical and leadership experience, providing mental health services within a variety of settings including federal, state, and community agencies. She provides professional trainings for educators, health and mental health professionals, and family members of veterans. Haggard also is a Red Cross volunteer and mental health trainer.

Hanover Twp: National Preparedness Week

The township is promoting National Severe Weather Preparedness Week this week, asking employees and residents of the community to Be a Force of Nature and better prepare for severe weather threats in the area.

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort to increase awareness of severe weather and to motivate individuals, families, businesses, and communities to take actions that will prepare them in the event of severe weather.

Each year, individuals are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes and other types of severe weather, despite advance warning. In 2012, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Severe weather knows no boundaries and affects every individual.

“Just by staying informed during inclement weather and taking the time to put together an action plan and preparedness kit, many families will be better off during severe weather,” said Dan Palmer, director of Hanover Township Emergency Services.

An emergency supply kit should include: battery operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, 3 gallons of water per person, in a food-grade, plastic container, minimum three-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no preparation or refrigeration and little or no water. To view all the items for a basic disaster supply kit, please visit

For questions about emergency preparedness or if you are interested in joining the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit, please call 630-837-0301 or email

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