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Woodstock shop makes 'recovery glass' for New Directions

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:50 a.m. CDT

The Other Side in Crystal Lake opened its New Directions Youth Recovery Services Outpatient Program on Monday, and a shop on the Woodstock Square is doing its part to help out.

Ken West, owner of Material Things Artisan Market, and two local youth are creating "recovery glass" – pendants, coins and suncatchers displaying the Alcoholics anonymous symbol – to raise money for the program. 

The Other Side, 93 Berkshire Drive, Unit G, Crystal Lake, is the area's first sober bar, a nonprofit organization that provides entertainment in a substance-free environment. New Directions Youth Recovery Services provides treatment to adolescents struggling with substance abuse dependence and support to their families, according to its website. 

"McHenry County is woefully inadequate in regards to facilities and services for those in our county battling addictions – especially our youth," West said. 

Money collected through pledges and the handmade glasswork sold at West's store, 103 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock, will be totaled during a celebration at 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at The Other Side. For information, visit

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