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A Look at Zook to be at Elgin History Museum

Updated: June 8, 2013 6:17AM

Elgin: Look at Zook to be at History Museum

A Look at Zook: the Unique Architecture of R. Harold Zook, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Elgin History Museum. Cost is $3 for adults and free for museum members.

Homes with distinctive “thatched” roofs, exposed chamfered beams, brick, stone, stucco and wood, beamed cathedral ceilings, and small irregularly shaped rooms bring Cotswold-style cottages to mind. But mix in spider web designs, V-shaped windows, chevron patterns, and cut-out work in wooden shutters, gates and window boxes, and you get the unique designs of R. Harold Zook, noted architect of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, according to the museum.

Although the majority of R. Harold Zook’s buildings were built in Hinsdale and Park Ridge, there are at least two Zook homes in Elgin. Author Betty Green will have her book on Zook available for sale.

Elgin: Latest Leadership Academy grads listed

The 2012-13 class of the Elgin Area Leadership Academy graduated Saturday, celebrating its completion of an eight-month intensive leadership program that provided them insight into many aspects of their community.

This year’s graduating class includes John Brittain, Brittain’s Express Oil & Lube; Sjoukje Brown, School District U46 (Lincoln Elementary School); Jessica Bunn, Judson University; Kate Burlette and Christie Chandler-Stah, Gail Borden Public Library; Angela J. Causey and Sheldon Dunn, Housing Authority of Elgin; Kim Dewis and Jeff Luker, city of Elgin; Cathy Doherty Johnston, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital; Karen Downs; Emma Eschenfeldt, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois; Karin Jones, Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance Agency; Joseph Kelly, Sherman Hospital; Bill Kousoulas, Gordon Flesch Company; Kathryn Michel, Michael Mulcrone and Tanya Ternes, Elgin Community College; Paul Regan; Roger Simmons; and Russell Wimberly, Severity Design.

Since the EALA was introduced in 1991, more than 450 local business, government and neighborhood persons have completed the program and have committed to become stronger leaders for the community. The next class will be offered in the fall of 2014. More information is available from Carol Gieske at the Elgin Area Chamber at 847-741-5660 or online at

West Dundee: Local author Crawford at book signing

Local author and educator Laura Crawford will speak on the release of her newest book, “Benjamin Franklin from A to Z,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble.

A percentage of all purchases made by supporters of Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, including of Crawford’s books, on Saturday will be donated back to the school. In addition to reading a selection from her book at 2 p.m., followed by a Q&A period, she will available at the store from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to sign copies.

Crawford is a reading specialist at Sleepy Hollow Elementary, a network representative for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a member of the Illinois Reading Council. Inspired by her students’ fascination with U.S. history, Crawford is also the author of “The American Revolution from A to Z” and “The Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving from A to Z,” in addition to several other books.

Barnes & Noble is at Spring Hill Mall, 1468 Spring Hill Mall Blvd., West Dundee. For further information, call Suzanne Lattanzio at 847-426-4602.

Fox Valley: Seidel named director of NHS office

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago Inc. announced the hiring of Mary Lu Seidel as the director of its Fox Valley office. NHS of Chicago’s suburban-based affiliate, NHS of the Fox Valley, has been responding to the need for affordable housing resources in Elgin and the surrounding Fox Valley region since 2005 by creating opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, maintain home ownership over the long term and improve their lives, according to a release.

Seidel has more than 20 years of community development experience in areas ranging from Chicago to the northwest suburbs and McHenry County.

St. Charles: Donations collected for Crisis Center

Sensible Threadz, a discount retail and resale store at 208 S. Kirk Road, St. Charles, is collecting food items in May for the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. Customers can bring in three to five dry or nonperishable food items and receive a $5 credit toward their purchases that can be used anytime.

The Community Crisis Center was founded in 1975 to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis.

Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families in crisis due to domestic violence, sexual assault or economic/financial difficulties. The Crisis Center is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the state and was instrumental in organizing both the Illinois and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The mission of the Community Crisis Center is to provide Safety, Hope, Advocacy, Respite and Education for those impacted by crisis and violence in the Fox Valley Region and Illinois.

Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline and information and referral; emergency temporary shelter for 40 women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence or financial crisis; individual and group counseling; court and hospital advocacy; financial assistance to abate homelessness; emergency food pantry; abuse intervention program; transitional living program; a distinct children’s program; and community education. The Community Crisis Center service area includes northern Kane County from St. Charles to the northern edge of the county and far northwest suburban Cook County; there are no service area limits for domestic violence victims. For more information about its services, visit its website at

For more information on donations at Sensible Threadz, call 630-587-0736 or visit

Hanover Twp.: Counseling for job seekers offered

Hanover Township is offering job counseling for residents looking for assistance in finding employment. Township staff will work one-on-one with residents to develop a personalized plan and employment search for all types of work. Job counseling is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Astor Avenue Community Center, 7431 Astor Ave. in Hanover Park, and at the Community Relations Office, One American Way in Elgin.

In 2012, the unemployment rate for Hanover Township was identified as higher than both the state and national averages at that time.

Hanover Township is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, WorkNet and area community colleges to offer a variety of quality services.

The township also recently launched a Job Club that meets on the first and third Monday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the township office at 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Topics for job club meetings include resumé writing, interview techniques and more.

For more information, call 630-540-9085.

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