Ongoing construction on Huntley's interchange project at Route 47 and Interstate 90, and other nearby road work, forced officials to reschedule the village's Fourth of July fireworks show.
The annual fireworks show that celebrates the United States' independence will now take place nearly two months later on Saturday, August 31 during Labor Day weekend. Officials said in a news release that the interchange construction and ongoing work along Freeman Road caused officials to reschedule the event.
All other regularly scheduled Fourth of July weekend events, including the Huntley Outlet Center's Fourth of July summer sale and the All-American Family Fun Day at the Farmer's Market, will go on as planned.
For more information, contact Huntley Village Hall at (847) 515-5200
Numerous Huntley residents received a mailing this week from Direct Energy, the village's electrical supply company, in error.
Residents, who are currently enrolled in the the village's electrical aggregation program, should have only received a postcard that detailed the new electrical rate, effective this August through June 2014. Those residents simply need to do nothing to continue service with Direct Energy.
Residents, who have either moved to Huntley in the past year or opted out of the electrical program last year, should have received information about the program and the choice to opt-out of the program. Those residents need to complete and return the provided form, if they want to opt-out.
Residents, who are currently with another retail electrical company, should have received a letter about the program with Direct Energy and an invitation to enroll in the program.
Excluding taxes and other utility fees, Direct Energy's new supply rate is $0.049 per KWH. ComEd's supply rate from June to September is $0.051 per KWH and increases to $0.0547 from October to May 2014.
For more information, contact the Village of Huntley, (815) 515-5200.
The Huntley Rotary Club recently awarded four Huntley High School seniors each with $750 scholarships.
The club presented the scholarships to seniors Jacob Elam, Joshua Elam, Jessica Marsh and Jennifer Perrone during the high school's awards night in late May.
Each of the four seniors will receive a $750 check to help them jumpstart their college careers.
The District 158 Education Foundation recently awarded six Huntley High School seniors with scholarships totaling in the thousands.
Chad Alexander, chairman of foundation's scholarship committee, presented seniors Taylor Hilbrant, Ashley Knipp, Alexander Krum, Marek Makowski and Jason Trovela each with a $1,000 scholarship during the high school's senior awards night earlier this month.
Senior Jessica Marsh received a $500 scholarship as the winner of the Fruin Farms Student Scholarship. The committee interviewed 10 students from a pool of 18 applicants before selecting the six recipients.
The students had to list their extra curricular activities, while answering questions regarding their post-high school plans.
To learn more about the foundation, visit www.district158.org/education-foundation/.
More than 400 people turned out to taste pizza and vote for their favorite pizza maker in Huntley Community Radio's first-ever "Pizza Wars" fundraiser.
Residents, from seniors to teens, turned out for the fundraiser on May 18 to sample pizza from eight area vendors. The crowd ultimately selected Papa Saverio's Pizzeria and Catering as the overall best-tasting pizza.
Nearly 50 volunteers helped organize the fundraiser, which benefited the Huntley Community Radio. The all-volunteer station launched an online radio station late last year devoted to Huntley area news. The group is also making plans to launch a low-power FM station.
Allen Pollack, the station's executive director, said the "Pizza Wars" fundraiser exceeded all expectations and will likely become an annual event in the future.
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Stephen started working at the Northwest Herald on April 2012. He covers the village of Huntley, Consolidated School District 158, Community Unit School District 300 and the Marengo area.