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Wold new VP, board member

CRYSTAL LAKE – Derek J. Wold has been elected vice president of the Baxter & Woodman Inc. Consulting Engineers and given a seat on the board of directors.

Wold joined the firm in 1996 and is the firm’s Wastewater Group leader. Wold manages the firm’s water and wastewater engineers, located in nine offices throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Focusing on implementing energy efficiency improvements in water and wastewater process design projects, Wold has been instrumental in providing energy reduction solutions to wastewater agencies throughout northeast Illinois. He has received national recognition, being selected to present at the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference in 2011 and 2012.

The city of Belvidere is the firm’s most recent client to be honored with the American Public Works Association Project of the Year Award for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Aeration System Improvements. The project realized a 50 percent drop in energy use.

Wold earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and an active member of the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies and the Water Environment Federation.

Wold is based at the firm’s Mokena office.


CRYSTAL LAKE – YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago announced the appointment of Sean Nelson as executive director of Sage YMCA, located at 701 Manor Road in Crystal Lake.

A YMCA of Metro Chicago employee for 17 years, Nelson now serves as executive director of the Foglia Family YMCA in Lake Zurich.

“A long-time employee of the organization, Sean shares our passion for and dedication to the Y of Metro Chicago’s mission to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility throughout the Chicagoland area. Having successfully managed two of the three largest centers within the Y of Metro Chicago network, Sean excels at building relationships with members, donors and the community, while also inspiring staff and effectively and efficiently managing facilities,” said Kathy Bosco, group vice president, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. “We know that this dedication will continue as he takes on this new challenge.”

“I’m excited for this new challenge in my Y career and look forward to serving Sage YMCA members,” said Sean Nelson. “My father was an executive director at three YMCA’s – I practically grew up at the Y. I believe in the mission of the Y. We open doors, build character, strengthen neighborhoods and bring families together – which motivates me and is why I enjoy my job every day.”

The Y of Metro Chicago will launch a national search to find the next executive director of its Foglia center

The Y of Metro Chicago develops and nurtures the potential of more than half a million people each year. The nonprofit network includes 25 membership centers, five camps, and hundreds of programs across the city and suburbs. For information, call 815-459-4455.

Top beginners recognized
ALGONQUIN – Lia sophia recently recognized several of its advisers in the area for reaching certain sales levels in their first 15 weeks with the fashion jewelry company. Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers include: Pat Foss and Stacy Wessel of Algonquin and Terri Landey-Bluver of Lake in the Hills.

For information, visit or call 800-487-3323.

Deep Dish Dash benefits clinic
LAKEWOOD – Lou Malnati’s is celebrating its five-year anniversary in the Lakewood community Aug. 26 with the 5-K Deep Dish Dash. The race benefits the Family Health Partnership Clinic’s breast cancer fund, a McHenry County charity committed to helping women with breast cancer. 

In cooperation with the village, the event will start and end in the restaurant parking lot at Ackman Road and Redtail Drive. Registration for the Deep Dish Dash opens June 8 at There is a $35 registration fee that includes entry into the run, a T-shirt and a race bag.

The race starts at 8 a.m. and winds through the community. Pizza will be served after the race to all runners. 

“This cause is very near and dear to our heart. The Lakewood Lou Malnati’s has three breast cancer survivors.” said Sasha Wright, the general manager at Lou Malnati’s Lakewood. “We hope the staff from all 34 Lou Malnati’s pizzerias and the residents in our community will participate.”

Law office moves
HARVARD – The Law Office of John W. Gaffney has moved to 67 N. Ayer St., Suite 101, in Harvard.

It is across the street and a few doors down from its previous location. The telephone number, fax number and email will unchanged. For information, call 815-943-0900.

Hermann joins Welcome Wagon
CRYSTAL LAKE – Renee Herrmann, of Crystal Lake, has become the Crystal Lake/Algonquin/Huntley/Dundee community marketing executive with Welcome Wagon.

Since 1928, Welcome Wagon has been helping new residents learn about the businesses and service providers in their communities. “Gift Book welcome packets educate new residents on local restaurants, dry cleaners, florists, hair salons and many more important day-to-day-living services,” Hermann said.

Century 21 Affiliated receives national recognition
LAKE IN THE HILLS – Century 21 Affiliated, with an office at 9109 Trinity Drive in Lake in the Hills, was honored recently as the fastest growing real estate brokerage company in the Century 21 2100 Club by production and sales transactions.

A plaque was presented to company president Bill Kessler at the Century 21 2100 Club Retreat, a special business retreat held in Miami, Fla.

Century 21 Affiliated has been family owned since 1967 and a member of the Century 2 System since 1975. Since then, it has grown to become one of the 20 largest Century 21 firms in the nation. For information, visit or call 847-343-4226 .

Elmore is grand
CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake resident and local architect Mark Elmore has been named the 2012 grand marshal of the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade.

The parade steps off at 1 p.m. July 1 at city hall and heads 1.8 miles down Dole Avenue before ending at the Lakeside Festival grounds.

“Mark has volunteered countless hours, generously donating his time and talents to several architectural projects within the Crystal Lake community,” chamber President Gary Reece said in announcing Elmore as the grand marshal.

Elmore’s work includes Anderson BMW Mazda Volkswagen of Crystal Lake; the original Holy Apostles Church; McHenry County Orthopedics; buildings for the Crystal Lake Park District, including the Rotary Building at Veteran Acres Park, and countless others.

Newly retired, Elmore continues to be an advocate for the Crystal Lake chamber, serving as an Ambassador of the chamber. Elmore was named Crystal Lake chamber member of the year in 1983, and was chairman of the chamber’s Board of Directors 1988-89. He has been a chamber Ambassador since 1984 and was Ambassador chairman 1995-96.

In 2003, Elmore was presented the Pride In Crystal Lake Award for being an integral part of the chamber building renovation, and he received the Carl E. Wehde Award in 2005 for efforts in assisting the Crystal Lake community.

His business, Mark Elmore and Associates, was a member of the chamber for more than 30 years. Elmore also served with the Crystal Lake Jaycees and was awarded the Illinois Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young Person’s award in 1987.

“It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that many thousands of Crystal Lake residents have benefited from Mark Elmore’s efforts,” Reece said.

Many familiar and favorite entries are returning to this year’s parade, sponsored by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Centegra Health System and Home State Bank. The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce is again partnering with the Crystal Lake Lions Club, the city of Crystal Lake, and the Northwest Herald on the project.

MCCD honored
WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Conservation District’s “ Weekend of Restoration” in September, was named an exceptional and unique program by the National Association of County Park & Recreation Officials.

The Turtle Marsh Restoration and took place in Glacial Park, a 3,500-acre natural area in northeast McHenry County. To qualify for the award, the project had to be an outstanding example that other agencies could adopt or emulate.

“This kind of event could happen anywhere in the country. All that is needed is a small area of damaged land in need of restoration and an agency willing to do the planning up front to make it possible,” said Research Field Station Ecologist Tom Simpson.  “The Conservation District already has plans in the works for the 2012 Weekend of Restoration, Sept. 21 through 23 where this time we will focus on an oak savanna restoration, planting 200 oaks and native shrubs at Glacial Park in Ringwood.”

MCCD will accept the award at NACPRO’s annual swards banquet July 15 in Pittsburg.

Re/Max fetted for fundraising
Six Re/Max offices have been honored for their fund-raising efforts to benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) in Chicago.

Each of the firms received a Outstanding Citizen Award for its efforts. As a group, their contributions accounted for approximately 70 percent of the $102,000 donated by the Re/Max Northern Illinois network.

Honored for their donations were Re/Max Unlimited Northwest, with offices in Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich and Palatine; Re/Max of Barrington and Re/Max Now of Barrington; Re/Max Great American North of St. Charles; Re/Max All Pro of Bloomingdale and Sugar Grove; Re/Max Suburban, with offices in Arlington Heights, Glen Ellyn, Libertyville, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg and Wheaton; and ReMax City, with offices in Chicago.

HEBRON— Illinois Tool Works Filtertek, located at 11411 Prince Road in Hebron, received an Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of the company’s recent money-saving, electricity-sparing lighting retrofit project.

Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems presented the award, which is given to companies that save significant energy through the implementation of Orion’s technology.

WLC Enterprises installed high-performance, energy-efficient Orion Energy Systems fluorescent fixtures, replacing hot-burning high-intensity discharge (HID) and soon-to-be-obscure (through government mandates) T12 fluorescents.

Before the retrofit, there was a mix of 832 HID and T12 fixtures. WLC Enterprises installed 777 four-lamp and eight-lamp fluorescents and still improved the lighting, ITW Filtertek maintenance employee Tony Marotta said.

The retrofit is projected to save ITW Filtertek, which specializes in the manufacturing of liquid filters, more than $23,000 a year due in reduced electrical useage. In addition, 3,192 tons of CO2 indirectly will be removed from the atmosphere.

The Board of Directors of Faith in Action of McHenry County is very pleased to announce that the program received a generous grant in the amount of $5,000.00 from the Andrew & Alice Fischer Charitable Trust.   

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Faith in Action is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that utilizes volunteers to provide numerous services to seniors throughout the entire county so they can maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life by remaining in their own home or the home of a loved one for as long as possible.  We never charge for services. 


You can provide transportation, friendly visits, yard work, minor home repairs or short-term respite care.  While you must be 25 years-old to drive a senior, volunteers of all ages are welcome.   


If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a dedicated volunteer with Faith in Action, please contact the office today at 815-455-3120 or visit our website at [ ]  Just an hour of your time can make a real difference in the life of a senior!

Sarah J. Ponitz, B.S., J.D.

Executive Director

Faith in Action of McHenry County

7105 Virginia Road, Suite 25

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

815-455-3120 (P)

815-455-3813 (F)

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