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Everyday Heroes Nominations


2016 Everyday Heroes Nominations will be accepted from November 1, November 30!

The 2016 Everyday Heroes will feature our McHenry County First Responders. Those police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and EMT's who work every day to keep McHenry County safe. Chosen heroes will be honored at an awards breakfast event in March. Details to follow! A special print and online section of the Northwest Herald will individually feature these heroes on February 20, 2016.

Everyday Heroes are the people who make McHenry County a great place to live and work. They make a difference through actions rather than words. Early next year, the Northwest Herald will honor McHenry County's Everyday Heroes who are first responders to our local emergencies. Whether a police officer, firefighter, paramedic or EMT, this is your chance to nominate those who give tirelessly and selflessly. Everyday Heroes avoid the spotlight, but deserve our appreciation. We know they are all around us, doing what they can to make our lives better, and neighborhoods safe and secure.

We welcome nominations through November 30, 2015. To qualify, the nominee must either live or work in McHenry County. Nominees may be of any age. Tell us in 250-500 words what makes someone you know an Everyday Hero. Please be as specific as possible. Examples are helpful in the nomination review process. Nominations can be submitted online at nwherald.com/hero

Taste of Home Cooking School

November 4, 2015

Taste of Home's Culinary Specialist Guy Klinzing returns to the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn for the Northwest Herald's annual Taste of Home Cooking school! Join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 for an evening full of fun, prizes and cooking.

A pre-show expo starts at 3:30, doors to the ballroom open at 4:30 and show begins at 7pm. This show usually sells out and tickets are limited.

VIP tickets are $45 and include a reserved seat, cookbook, Taste of Home digital subscription, door prizes and a gift bag filled with coupons and a magazine.

General admission tickets are $18 and include general seating, Taste of Home digital subscription, door prizes and a gift bag filled with coupons and a magazine.

Purchase your tickets online at nwherald.com/tasteofhome

Questions? Please contact Meredith at mschaefer@shawmedia.com

Gold Sponsor: Centegra Health System

Decoration Sponsor: Timeless Holidays

Appliances Provided by Gulgren Appliance

Groceries Supplied by The Fresh Market

Congratulations to the 2015 Commitment to McHenry County Award Winners

September 24, 2015

The Commitment to McHenry County Award recognizes corporations, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses for their outstanding efforts toward making McHenry County a better place to live and work. Northwest Herald reader nominations are submitted and honorees chosen by a selection committee of business and education-related professionals from the McHenry County area.

The Commitment to McHenry County reception and awards ceremony and dinner was held at the Crystal Lake Country Club on September 24, 2015. Photos from the evening can be viewe on the Northwest Herald facebook page. Please click here to read the full article. Individual stories, highlighting each recipient, are linked below.

Honored that night were:

New Business of the Year: Marvin's Toy Store

Non-Profit of the Year: Gavers Community Cancer Foundation (Fewer than 50 employees) Home of the Sparrow (51+ employees)

Workplace of the year: Exemplar Financial Network (1-50 employees), Sage Products (51+ employees)

Community Service and Giving: In Sync Systems (1-50 employees), Sage Products (51+ employees)

Commitment to Community: Steffan's Jewelers (1-10 employees), Exemplar Financial Network (11-50 Employees), Centegra Health System (51+ employees)

Compass Award: Michael Eesley

Our Commitment to McHenry County Sponsors:

American Community Bank

McHenry County Clerk's Office, Mary McClellan

Centegra Health System

For questions, please contact Meredith at mschaefer@shawmedia.com.

Shaw Media offers businesses unique sponsorship opportunities targeting a variety of potential customers. Sponsorships are limited! Don't miss out! To see the Northwest Herald Events and Sponsor Video, click here!

For more information or to secure a sponsorship, please contact our marketing department. LeeAnn Atwood at latwood@shawmedia.com or Meredith Schaefer at mschaefer@shawmedia.com .

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