July 4 Festivities in the Hollow

Come out early and get in a bit of exercise and try your luck at landing that big one and claim your prize. The day starts at 8 a.m. with a 1-mile “fun run” starting at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School followed by the Bob Zdenek Memorial Fishing Derby at Lake Sharon at 9 a.m.

Refreshments open at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Bill Ritchie Memorial Parade. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m., with the fire departments leading the parade around Sabatino Park, made up of children on bikes, skaters, tractors, and floats. If you wish to be in the parade, meet at the Sleepy Hollow Pool parking lot at 11:00 a.m. No registration is required. See the parade flier for additional lineup instructions. There will be trophies awarded for the best floats and the best tractor.

Again in 2017, the Service Club is proud to welcome the Chicagoland Chapter of the Buick GS Club of America car show. The car show starts at 10 a.m and runs until 2 p.m. Visit the BGSA Car Show site for additional information.

The festival features food, games, live music performances by The Lennys, and other entertainment throughout the afternoon. Sign up early at the ticket booth for a chance to be in the pie eating contest that will take place at 2:30 p.m. with trophies for the 1st and 2nd place contestants. At 3 p.m. the winners (who need not be present) of the raffle will be drawn. Raffle tickets are available right up to the drawing and are a great tax deductible way to support the Service Club. The games close at 3 p.m. while the music and refreshment wind down around 4 p.m.

At 7 PM the park begins to fill with spectators waiting to enjoy one of the best fireworks displays in the area. The Service Club asks for a donation per car to help fund the event. Arrive early and enjoy the evening with friends.

The fireworks start at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Setup is on July 3 at 3 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome to help with setup or on the day of the event. See any club member or go to the ticket booth during the festivities.

Family Sponsor parking passes and tickets will be delivered to your house by Wednesday afternoon (July 3). If you do not receive your tickets or parking pass by July 3, you can pick them up at the Ticket Booth during the day on the 4th. For Sponsor parking, please enter off of Thorobred Lane near the fire house.

Visit the 2017 July Fourth Schedule page for a timeline of all the July 4th events. Check out the fun from the previous year’s celebration in the Service Club Photo Gallery.

Position of Village Clerk

The position of Sleepy Hollow Village Clerk was not filled in the recent municipal election. This is a part time position with some flexibility and an annual salary of $6,000.  The main duties of the clerk are attendance at village board meetings, committee meetings and public hearings, and preparation of minutes from those meetings. The Village Clerk also maintains the village records and has other responsibilities. This position will be filled through appointment by the President and Board of Trustees. If you would like more details on this position, leave your contact information at the Village Hall or email Norine at nolson@sleepyhollowil.org

New 2017 Kane County Recycles Guide

Hello all,
We have printed the new Kane County Recycles Guide early this year, so that it will be an annual (calendar year) guide. We used to publish it in conjunction with Earth Day in April, but since the annual event schedule is out in January it makes more sense to publish in January! We will plan to do the same for the coming years.

We are preparing the mailings and shipments today and you should have yours sometime this week. Please get rid of/recycle all of last year’s guides (2016-2017) and fill your racks with the new guide.

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You may also access the electronic version here.

QuadCom adds texting to area emergency services

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By: Erin Sauder
Elgin Courier-News

QuadCom is the latest dispatch center to give area residents another means to reach the call center in an emergency.

Beginning March 1, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon customers living in or traveling through the QuadCom service area may be able to use their cell phones to send a text when making a 911 voice call isn’t possible.

The multi-agency emergency dispatch center serves the villages of Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, South Barrington and West Dundee.

“Text-to-911 is beneficial for our residents and especially important for those with speech or hearing impairments,” said Elizabeth A. Heitkamp, director of QuadCom. “We are excited to be able to offer this service.”

QuadCom officials have been engaged in the process of establishing the text-to-911 service since early 2015.

Making a voice call is still the most efficient way to get access to emergency services, Heitkamp said. Customers should use the texting option only when calling 911 is not an option.

West Dundee Fire Chief Randy Freise agreed.

“It’s a good thing to have that capability, especially for people who are in a situation where they can’t talk or are having a hard time breathing,” he said. “But I would emphasize it’s still better to actually call in and talk to the operator who can ask questions, get a sense of what’s going on, and the urgency of the situation. But if someone can’t talk they can use texting as another option to get help.”

Text messages should include clear location information, along with the nature of the emergency, according to QuadCom officials.

Unlike 911 voice calls, emergency personnel will not be able to determine location information for a customer sending a text message, nor will they be able to speak with the person sending the text to quickly ascertain their location. Abbreviations and slang should never be used with text messages to 911.

Because of limitations of text message routing, location of texter, carrier and other factors, not all text messages from customers within the service area will be routed to QuadCom, officials said. Instead, people may receive a bounce back message from their carrier. If a text to 911 for an emergency is not answered in a timely manner, customers should make a voice call to 911.

More information regarding text-to-911 can be found on the National Emergency Number Association website at http://www.nena.org and the Federal Communications Commission website at http://www.fcc.gov.

Erin Sauder is a freelance reporter.

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Kane County 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

The Kane County Division of Transportation is in process of updating the County’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. The Transportation Plan is a blueprint for the County to address the transportation and mobility needs for those living and working in Kane County over the next 20 years. A key activity in the planning update process is an interactive online survey seeking input from residents, workers, employers and travelers throughout the County.
 
The survey will be open through December 5th and is available in both English and Spanish languages. You will be asked to prioritize transportation issues and rank priorities. There is also an interactive map to mark locations and provide feedback on issues and locations that may be of concern to you. The feedback we receive informs the plan and could have an impact on how transportation funds are prioritized for the future.  
 
Any questions?  Please email PlanningStaff@co.kane.il.us or contact Jennifer Becker, Project Manager, Kane County Division of Transportation at (630) 444-2957.

West Nile Virus Information

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Additional information about West Nile virus www.kanehealth.com/west_nile.htm and Zika virus http://www.kanehealth.com/zika.htm can be found on the Kane County Health Department’s Web site or the lllinois Department of Public Health’s Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm and http://www.dph.illinois.gov/diseases-and-conditions/zika-cdc.