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Peasley: Professional Woman of the Year honored

Woodstock’s Professional and Business Woman of the Year is Laura Crain, who was accorded the honor Monday at the Stage Left Cafe.

She has volunteered with the Girl Scouts since 1999 as service unit manager for Sybaquay Council. Crain helped raise funds for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to the Girl Scout facility.

Crain has worked for Woodstock District 200 since 2007 as the Drug-Free Community Support program project coordinator. She started the Community Partnership Coalition and serves as its coordinator. The coalition raises awareness of drug, alcohol and bullying issues in the schools.

Crain has been a member of the Woodstock Cultural Diversity and Social Awareness Commission since 2008. She traveled to Zacatecas, Woodstock’s sister city in Mexico, with the city delegation. Crain provided lodging for guests when the Zacatecas band visited Woodstock.

Crain has a passion for education and development of young people in Woodstock. She lives in Woodstock with her husband and three daughters.

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Tickets are on sale for the 65th annual Miss Woodstock scholarship pageant. The pageant is at 7 p.m. May 31 at the Woodstock Opera House. The winner will compete in the Miss McHenry County pageant at the McHenry County Fair in August.

Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been a part of the Miss Woodstock pageant since 1949. Over the years, more than 60 young women have been helped with their continuing education by participating in this Woodstock tradition.

Call the Opera House box office at 815-338-5300.

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Nancy Irwin was honored at a retirement luncheon April 5. Irwin was the office manager for the McHenry County Historical Museum in Union for 11 years.

“I’ve relied heavily on Nancy Irwin to get through those first few months in the corner office,” said Kurt Begalka, director of the museum. “I’ve told her on more than one occasion that she knows where the skeletons (actually ‘just bones’ at this point, she corrected me) are buried around this place!”

Begalka thanked Irwin for all the smiles and encouraging words she gave all visitors and workers at the museum.

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Timothy Clifton will celebrate his retirement at an open house at Woodstock City Hall. Mayor Brian Sager and the Woodstock City Council congratulate Clifton on his 20 years of service as city manager. Clifton will be honored at the city council chambers from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

City manager is the chief administrative officer for the city of Woodstock. He oversees all city departments. His office is responsible for the dissemination of information to the City Council, preparation of the City Council agenda, and development and oversight of the city’s annual budget.

• Don Peasley has been an editor, columnist and historian in McHenry County since October 1947. He began his association with Shaw Publications in 1950. He is a frequent contributor of articles and photos. He may be reached at 815-338-1533.

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