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Elgin to hold east-side Walk With Mayor Wednesday

Mike Lee president/CEO Kane County Teachers Credit Union.

Mike Lee, president/CEO of Kane County Teachers Credit Union.

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Updated: September 21, 2013 6:15AM

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain and Hoffman Estates Village President Bill McLeod lead a walk through the Cobblers Crossing and Canterbury neighborhoods at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Walks with the mayor are being conducted in different neighborhoods throughout the year to promote walking as a way to get exercise and a healthier lifestyle. “We want to encourage all of our residents to exercise regularly, so that they can enjoy the benefits of better health. I am an avid walker and invite our residents to walk with me and Mayor McLeod on Aug. 21 when we come to Freedom Run Dog Park,” Kaptain said.“Research has shown that by walking 30 minutes, five times a week, we can halve the risk of heart disease and reduce stress, cholesterol and blood pressure.”

The walk will take about 45 minutes and provide an opportunity to talk with Kaptain and McLeod and meet neighbors. The walk will start at Freedom Run Dog Park, 6150 Russell Drive. Walk with the Mayor is sponsored by Activate Elgin, a coalition of community partners, which promotes communitywide efforts to improve health, well-being, and overall quality of life. For more information, call 1-847-931-6127.

East Dundee: Bikes for Boomer fundraiser set

The Bikes for Boomer Motorcycle Ride will be held Saturday. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Rosie O’Hare’s, 702 Water St. Bikes leave at 10 a.m.

All motorcyclists are welcome to participate. The ride is 100 miles long with stops at Full Moon Salon, MVP’s, Mott’s and ending at Rays Evergreen Grill in St. Charles at 4:30 p.m. for an after party with a pig roast, raffle prizes and a band.

All proceeds go to Leukemia Research Foundation, a non for profit that supports research for leukemia and provides assistance for those affected by blood cancers. Over the past four years, the Angarola family has donated more than $4,000 to the foundation in memory of Thomas “Boomer” Angarola.

Elgin: Senior Stroll Sept. 5 at Fitchie Creek Preserve

Seniors are invited to join Forest Preserve District of Kane County naturalists each month on a stroll through natural areas.

During “Senior Stroll,” participants visit a different forest preserve to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. The next one will be Sept. 5 exploring the trails of Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve, 39W933 Russell Road.

Strolls start at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent and sunscreen. This is a free program, but donations are welcome to cover the cost of refreshments. Registration is not required for “Senior Stroll.”

In the event of severe weather, call 847-741-8350 for cancelation information.

For a full roster of Forest Preserve District nature programs, visit

West Dundee: Thorne pet industry award finalist

Vicki Rae Thorne, founder of Earth Heart Inc., has been named a finalist in the Women in the Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award competition. Thorne was nominated in the Solopreneur category. She and 24 others will now move on to compete within the categories and finally, for the Woman of the Year Award.

Thorne will sit on a panel of experts who will participate in a roundtable discussion on Saturday of the WIPIN conference, which runs Aug. 23 to 25 in Portland, Oregon. She also will be recognized during the Woman of the Year Award ceremony held in conjunction with the conference.

“The Women in the Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards were designed to recognize the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets — dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics — and their pet parents,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN. “The awards are a celebration of women who have devoted their lives to the pet industry and shine as beacons of women helping women and pets with passion. Thorne is a perfect example.”

St. Charles: Red Cross blood drive set for Sept. 7

The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Kane County Community Center, 121 N. Second St., St. Charles. September is National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare for emergencies of all types, including ones that require blood transfusions. By giving blood through the American Red Cross, donors help ensure an adequate supply is available.

Eligible donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet patient needs. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again.

Help the Red Cross be prepared by making an appointment to donate blood. Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Elgin: Mike Lee president and CEO of credit union

Mike Lee has been named president/CEO of Kane County Teachers Credit Union.

Lee had been the vice president of member relations at Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union for the past two years. Prior to that, he was president of the Midwest region, chief membership officer, and chief marketing officer for seven years at Members United Corporate Federal Credit Union. Lee serves on the following Boards of Directors: CUES of Illinois, Illinois Credit Union Foundation, and Ministry Partners. He also is chairman of the board for Ministry Partners Securities.

Lee replaces the retired Craig Bradley as president/CEO of the credit union. Bradley had served as the credit unions top executive for more than 35 years.

Bartlett: Library to hold inaugural Bartlett Reads

Bartlett Public Library will celebrate the inaugural Bartlett Reads community reading event by reading the bestselling book The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband by local author David Finch. This September, Bartlett Public Library focuses on Asperger Syndrome, with events happening throughout the month.

Library book discussions will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road; 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at

Tipsi Monkey, 778 W. Bartlett Road; and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the library.

In addition, a dramatic reading, a memoir writing workshop, and a parenting lecture will take place throughout the month.

To make this a truly community-reads project, everyone is encouraged to read and discuss The Journal of Best Practices on their own, in book clubs, and in discussion groups.

Library Director Karolyn Nance said that “reading Mr. Finch’s memoir makes you feel like you are sitting with him having a cup of coffee as he shares with you different stories of his life and how he learned to deal with having Asperger Syndrome. It is a wonderful opportunity to have such a talented writer visit our library.”

To learn more, visit, call 630-837-2855, or email

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