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This Weeks Job Hunting Tips
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If you've got a job, you probably want to hold on to it until you find another one, even if it's less than ideal. But remember, in most states, employment is at-will, meaning you can be fired for almost any reason (so long as it is not discriminatory) -- including looking for a new position. So how can a job seeker tap the full power of her network without blowing her cover with her boss? Use

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these tips from national workplace columnist and career advisor Liz Ryan to keep your job search under wraps. Do: Tell Your People -- in Person: Ryan says your network is your best resource for finding new opportunities, but use it with caution. "Because even our most well-meaning friends can inadvertently spill the beans in unfortunate ways, it's best to share this news in person, while you're looking in someone's eyes," she says. This will allow you to stress how important discretion is. Mix and Mingle: Start going to face-to-face networking events to expand your network. To keep things discrete, Ryan advises, "Don't announce, 'I'm job hunting.' Instead, tell other attendees, 'I work for XYZ Company doing A, B and C. Of course, like everyone else, I've got my eyes open right now.'" Build Your Profile to Raise Your Profile: Network from the comfort of your own home by creating or expanding your BeKnown and LinkedIn profiles. "Build your [professional networking profiles] and network by inviting friends and colleagues -- all but the people you work with right now -- to join your network," Ryan says. Tap Your Resources When Doing Research: When thinking about where you want to work next, Ryan says look first to your network. "Begin to research employers and reach out to them through trusted friends and colleagues who either work there now, used to work there or know people who can make introductions to the employer for you." Expand Your Network and Knowledge Online: Another way to build your network is to participate in online discussion groups. "Look for groups devoted to job search and career topics to grow your knowledge base and contacts," Ryan says. Don't:

Broadcast Your Intentions: Ryan strongly advises job seekers to avoid any means of broadcast communications. "If you use a LinkedIn broadcast message or a group email to tell friends you're job hunting, there's an excellent chance that someone will not read it carefully and inadvertently tip your hand to the wrong people," she says. She also reminds folks with a vested interest in secrecy not to list their job hunting status on any social-networking sites. Find Out How You'll Fare at a Job Fair: Job fairs are attracting record numbers of attendees. If you are among them, there's a strong possibility you could run into someone who knows both you and your current employer, creating an awkward situation that could cost you your job. Therefore, says Ryan, "Avoid attending job fairs as a method to meet prospective employers." Count on Coworkers: Keep your search a secret from even your most trusted colleagues. "Asking current coworkers for help or advice with your job search puts them in a bad situation, torn between loyalty to you and their paycheck," Ryan says. "Don't ask them to do that." Blindly Respond to Blind Ads: Employers often use blind advertisements to attempt to find a replacement for a current employee who does not yet know he is about to be fired. Responding to one, then, puts you in jeopardy of applying to the very company for which you work (perhaps even for your very job). Even if it isn't the same position or a lateral one, Ryan says, "Don't send your resume to any blind job ads in which the employer is not clearly identified." Give Out References at Your Current Company: It's hard to get a job without references. In fact, solid references are often what seals the deal. However, you shouldn't use your current team members or supervisors as references. "You'll use these folks as reference-givers down the road, but while you're still working at XYZ Corp., it's not ethical or

appropriate to ask XYZ-affiliated people to recommend you for a different job," Ryan says.

Patriotic View
by Pat Gavros

Alan K. Simpson once said, “There is no ‘slippery slope’ toward loss of liberty, only a long staircase where each step down must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders.”. One person and one act can rob the rights of many others. Take, for example, the recent fallout from a Falmouth, Massachusetts town meeting where Melissa Freitag (filling in for the Board President that evening) chose to read a poem before the meeting began and forego the Pledge of Allegiance. With that simple act, she took away the rights of every individual in that room. And, considering that the town had officially made it part of their meeting rules over two years ago, it’s actually stunning that one person can simply choose not to obey the rules. That’s how it begins. When Fox News asked several residents what they thought about it, you got two very different opinions. One gentleman voiced the concern that it’s a slippery slope when we begin removing symbols of our democracy. Another lady responded that there were more important things to worry about. I agree, the more important thing to worry about is how does one person come to power who can remove the rights and wishes of the larger majority? Some might say, it’s just the Pledge…..not a big deal. We’ve got the economy to worry about, and healthcare, and a litany of other pressing issues. What difference does it make it you stand and honor a flag with a few simple words? Well, pose that question to the thousands of individuals, parents, spouses, loved ones and friends of the troops who have gone to fight defending what that flag stands for?

Ask that question of a Gold Star parent whose child died defending that red, white and blue symbol of freedom around the world? Ask that of a veteran who has given up part of his life to serve his country. Ask a child who hasn’t seen their parent in over a year, who goes to bed every night without a goodnight kiss or hearing “I love you” from their parent. And, by all means, go and ask that

of a hero missing an arm, a leg, their sight, or their sanity for that “not so important” symbol! And so, the next time you think that saying the Pledge of Allegiance means nothing, try to remember the price of freedom. Remember that for many of us we’ve never had to pay anything. It’s been given to us as a gift by those who have sacrificed so much, and the very least we can do to say I’m proud and grateful, is to stand, put our hand over our heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance. I always have…..and by God, I always will. No one person will ever take that right from me. Rights can only be stolen by those who would allow it.

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Aurora Green Fest
by Mavis Bates

Aurora Green Fest and Solar Powered Concert, June 9th, 2012 Fox Valley’s Premier Sustainable Community Event! Win a complete solar power system for your home courtesy of WCP Solar

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March 26, 2012 Aurora welcomes Green Fest 2012! Mark your calendars for June 9th, 2012, 10 am - 3 pm. Join us at Prisco Community Center & McCullough Park at 150 W. Illinois Ave for our third annual Celebration of Sustainability! This family event is free to the public. Aurora Green Fest features local educators, entrepreneurs and environmental groups working together to build our local green economy. This is a BIG party with a BIGGER purpose – promoting ecological balance and inspiring social entrepreneurship to raise up our entire community. Visitors will enjoy: •Environmental Education – be aware of issues impacting our neighborhoods and homes •Local Organic Farms – boost family health and support our local farmers •Be Green to Save Green – learn how to lower utility bills, explore alternative energy sources •Sustainable Living Solutions from local green vendors and sponsors •Green Art Show – 3D sculpture art from reusable objects

•Recycling Extravaganza – Bring computers and electronics, medicines, documents for shredding, metals, and more. Big additions to this year’s festival include: •The area’s first-of-its-kind Solar Powered Concert, powered by WCP Solar, Inc. featuring live music from The Giving Tree Band – Chicagoland’s nationally-acclaimed, enviroconscious music group •Green Car Show featuring the latest trends in environmentally friendly vehicles •Live Eagles and Hawks from SOAR, an organization focused on conservation and preservation of American raptor species •Keynote Speaker Jack Darin Director of the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter Festival attendees will have a chance to win the concert’s solar system for their home. The grand prize includes a complete five-kilowatt residential solar system and installation, made possible through a generous contribution from WCP Solar. Raffle tickets are only $10, with proceeds going to help grow Aurora Green Fest in 2013, when

the committee hopes to move the festival to the city’s new festival grounds at RiverEdge Park. “We are thrilled to take the Green Fest in new directions,” said Mavis Bates, the Festival’s director and chairman of Aurora Green Lights. “We are on a mission to spread the word about building a sustainable future. We invite everyone to learn more about green initiatives and participate in what’s happening right here in our own Fox Valley.” “WCP Solar is excited to demonstrate the potential of solar power to the community in such an innovative way,” says Dr. Everton Walters, WCP Solar’s founder and CEO, about the solar-powered concert, “This is a great opportunity to show the community how well solar works, and how it can help you not only save money on your electric bills, but decrease the amount of power coming from dirty sources.” Limited sponsorships and vendor spaces are still available. Visit auroragreenfest.com for information. What: Aurora Green Fest & Solar Powered Concert When: 10 am to 3 pm Saturday, June 9th Where: Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora IL 60506 Cost: Free ### Aurora Green Lights is an independent, non-profit citizens’ group, with a mission to promote sustainable living in the Greater Aurora Area. The Conservation Foundation is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment. WCP Solar Services, LLC is a full-service engineering firm that specializes in the design, development, and installation of Solar

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Sen Bob Passes
by Jennifer Rice Editor's note: Jennifer Rice is the editor in chief of the Fox Valley Labor News

Robert “Bob” Mitchler died Thursday, April 19 in his rural Oswego home. He was 91. Managing Editor Jennifer Rice fondly remembers the former Illinois State Senator for his sense of humor, his kindness and his steadfast devotion to helping people. Bob Mitchler was a people person. He loved working with people, veteran organizations and schools. He truly was a Renaissance man. I first crossed paths with Mitchler in 2010. I was to spend a few hours with the then 89-year-old veteran, summing up his life for a feature story. In the end, I spent two days with him — an excessive amount of time for a story. On the first day, we talked for so many hours, the sun had disappeared, making the possibility of outdoor pictures impossible. I would have to come back. “Why don’t you come back tomorrow?” Mitchler asked. “At lunchtime. We’ll have lunch together.” It was more of a statement, than a question. And that’s what I did. After lunch, we moved outside. A few days prior, a storm had blown through Kendall County, snapping several tree branches and scattering dead twigs and limbs in his yard. Before I know it, I’m riding shotgun in his John Deere Gator 6x4 vehicle, zipping all over his yard, Mitchler talking my ear off. He suddenly hits the brakes and points to a pile of twigs. “Why don’t you throw them in the back?” I do as he says.

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A few feet further, he stops again. “Why don’t you throw them in the back?” Again, I do as he says. Suddenly, I begin to see a pattern. I notice several piles of twigs. I realize I was here to help him pick them up. And I didn’t mind at all. Listening to Mitchler speak was a reporter’s dream — he never stopped talking. He was so knowledgably, on everything. He had the best stories.

He served in both WWII and Korea. He was 21 when he enlisted in the Navy, just before Pearl Harbor. In September 1950, three months after marrying Helen, he was called to active duty when North Korea invaded South Korea. For Veterans Day, he’d talk to students. He wanted to stress to them to talk to their grandparents; ask them about their role in the war. Just

“Well,” he said. “Maybe when you’re 90, you’ll be able to catch up to me,” which drew laughs from most of the partygoers. I’m glad I had the honor and experience to know Mitchler. To know him is to love him. I consider him a friend and I’m sad that he’s gone. To the sea his spirit is now.

Naperville Democrats
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undertaken to address areas of concern. Ms. Simon, a professor at SIU-Carbondale, is the Governor’s “point person” for education issues and has recently completed visits to all forty-eight community colleges across the state. She has worked with legislators to introduce legislation which will help more students complete their college work on time and with less debt. She also serves as Chair of the P-20 Joint Education Leadership Council for the State of Illinois whose purpose is to make sure there is a seamless transition from pre-school to grad school to the workforce. As with all of the constitutional officers, Ms. Simon has an office in Springfield at the Capitol, another office at the Thompson Center in Chicago, and one in Carbondale, her home city. She described the beauty of her office at the Capitol, the sleek styling of the offices in Chicago, and the two rooms in an IDOT building in Carbondale…with the sign on the entrance to the building encouraging visitors to scrape the mud off their shoes before entering! Sheila, a very accomplished musician, concluded her presentation with a bit of entertainment as she good naturedly played the banjo brought to the event by a supporter, inviting the audience to join her in singing three verses of This Land is My Land! Selections from her CD, Loose Gravel, were played frequently during the evening.

Sheila Simon Inspires and Entertains Democratic Supporters Following introductions by Naperville resident, Nancy Chen, who once managed her Senator Simon’s office in Chicago and Dianne McGuire, Chairwoman of the Naperville Township Democratic Organization, Sheila Simon, the first woman to ever hold the office of Lieutenant Governor in the State of Illinois, inspired, enlightened, and entertained one hundred plus attendees at the NTDO annual fundraiser held on April 26th at the Black Finn American Saloon in downtown Naperville. In her remarks, Ms. Simon highlighted several of the more noteworthy accomplishments of the current administration. Mentioned first was the passage of the civil union legislation in January of 2011, making Illinois the 7th state, along with the District of Columbia, to give same sex couples significant legal rights. In addition to civil union legislation, this administration joined fifteen other states in abolishing the death penalty in Illinois. Governor Quinn spent two months listening to the voices on both sides of this issue before signing the legislation in March of 2011. The Lieutenant Governor, a former southern Illinois prosecutor, encouraged the Governor to sign the legislation. The last accomplishment she mentioned centered on the passage of Senate Bill 7 which addressed education reform measures. She highlighted the collaborative nature of the process

He recounted his time running for state senator, how he loved to campaign — “nice, clean campaigning, no mudslinging. We campaigned on issues and platforms,” he remembered. Something they don’t do today, he remarked. “Never get into a squirting contest with a skunk,” he told me, shaking his finger to the air for emphasis. “If you’re a public figure, you never get into an argument — even if you’re opponent’s wrong. Because the skunk will win, and you’ve got that splattered all over you, and you’ve got to live with it,” he said. He had a political career he was very proud of. Over the year, he said politics changed. The General Assembly changed. “Today, I couldn’t stand doing what they’re doing down in Springfield.”

thinking about the question made Mitchler get tears in his eyes. “I’d tell those young students, ‘Around the holidays, take your grandfather aside. Ask him, ‘Will you tell me what you did in the military?’” He told me several times he’s really had a wonderful life, a good life. That summer and the next, he asked me to canoe alongside him during the Mid-American Canoe Race on the Fox River. That first summer, I tipped my canoe — twice. Before I knew it, Mitchler was long gone. After the race, he held a 90th birthday party for himself at his house. That’s where I finally met up with him; smelling like river water, dirty with dried mud on my legs and a few bruises to boot.

County Wide Profile
by Dick Kolf

Kendall County Outdoor Education CenterCelebrating FortyYears of Service to Kendall County and Beyond! K C Outdoor Ed Center Outdoor Ed Programs Challenge Course Student Leadership Adult Education Visiting Teachers News

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Roundtable 2012 Resources Photos Contact KCOEC UPCOMING EVENTS! June 11 - 15, 2012: Methods of Experiential Education - AU Grad Class June 18 - 22, 2012: Nature Quest for youth going into grades 7, 8, 9. Week of June 25, 2012: Backpacking Trip for students entering grades 10, 11, 12. July 10, 11, 12, 2012: Survivor Camp for youth going into grades 4, 5, 6. July 16 - 20, 2012: Nature Quest for youth going into grades 7, 8, 9. August 18, 2012: 5th Annual Family Adventure Day - We’re currently looking for environmental/adventure/conservation organizations and individual outdoor enthusiasts who are interested in displaying, donating time/materials, or would like to run a family focused activity related to outdoor education. Booth space is also available for interested parties. Contact Deanna Bazan at 630-553-7108 x 1 or by filling out the contact form. Last Year’s Exhibitors: SOAR (Save Our American Raptors), Red Horse Band (Live Music), Yorkville Troop 40 (Dutch Oven Cooking), Belfry Bees Exhibit, Lynda Blacker (Archery), Oswego Schools (Bug Hunt), Sandwich Park District (Geocaching), Kendall County Soil and Water (Natural Resource Games), Kendall County Forest Preserve (Walk in the Woods), Kendall County Extension (Seed Activities), Ellis Equestrian Center (Pony Rides), Student Leadership Initiative Program (Candle Dipping and Rope Making), Kendall County Forest Preserve (Neshnabe’k Native American Village). ABOUT THE CENTER The Kendall County Outdoor Education Center (KCOEC) is physically located on the site of the Hoover Forest Preserve at 11285 Fox Road, two miles west of Yorkville, Illinois. The Regional Office of Education acts as the administrative agent for the center. Because of this unique setting, the KCOEC has access to areas of prairie, hardwood forests, several streams, and the Fox River. The facility also has several outdoor teaching stations, a small indoor classroom, a new team challenge course, a living history area, and a Native American tipi. The mission of the KCOEC is to provide students the opportunity for experiential learning in an outdoor setting. A common thread woven into all outdoor education activities is a strong stewardship responsibility,

conservation ethic, and environmental harmony.While enhancing the standard school curriculum, the KCOEC offers the opportunity for student decision-making, self-confidence development, team building, risk taking, leadership development, and personal adventure. Historically, the KCOEC is funded through a cooperative that includes the school districts of Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, and Somonauk, Illinois. The Center provides services for the students within this cooperative. Groups outside the cooperative are also served on a space available basis. The Center provides one-day, outdoor education experiences for over 8,000 people each year. The participants range in grade from pre-kindergarten through high school and adults. Each program day is developed with the classroom teacher and is designed to enrich the classroom curriculum. Activities at the KCOEC include: nature studies, living history, orienteering, team building, and more. See the Scope and Sequence for more information. The KCOEC has been providing quality outdoor learning experiences for the students of the Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, and Somonauk school districts for the last 40 years. We look forward to continuing the adventure into the future. Director: Deanna Asst. Director: Mark Phone: 630-553-7108 Bazan Rothman

North and the Civil War in the South, World War II and the Vietnam War. Interact with replicas of artifacts on loan from the First Division Museum at Cantigny; view artifacts from Naper Settlement’s museum collections; and learn about the servicemen and women from Naperville. More Details Girls Scouts May Day May 6, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. It’s a badge-earning bonanza for Daisies, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts. Pick up your Badge-in-a-Bag at check-in, visit the activity stations, tour the buildings, play games and earn your Petal or Badge. More Details My Country, 'Tis of Thee Special Themed Weekend May 6, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. Throughout our country’s history, patriotism and the American spirit have been called upon and tested time and again. Visit activity stations commemorating the Civil War in the North and the Civil War in the South, World War II and the Vietnam War. Interact with replicas of artifacts on loan from the First Division Museum at Cantigny; view artifacts from Naper Settlement’s museum collections; and learn about the servicemen and women from Naperville. More Details My Country, "Tis of Thee May 12, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. Join Naper Settlement during the month of May as we take a look back at the role of Americans before, during and after wartime. As the Civil War loomed, the entire country readied itself. People prepared supplies, displayed their flags, and young men signed up to fight. This cycle repeats itself throughout our country’s history. A variety of weekend activities will be offered throughout the month focusing on the theme, “My Country,’Tis of Thee,” including flag trivia, rolling bandages, learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, visiting the Murray House interpreted for the Civil War era, taking a Victory Garden tour and more. Celebrate our community’s heritage with special community programs, events and heritage-themed activities with area partner organizations and the City of Naperville. Shop downtown Naperville merchants from May 15– 30 and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Naperville Heritage Society.

More Details Preserving Your Family Heirlooms May 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Naper Settlement Collections Care and Storage Facility 180 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville (Enter through Door C at building's far northwest corner) Protecting your family’s treasures helps preserve the cultural heritage of our nation. Preventive care will prolong the life of cherished family possessions by slowing down the natural deterioration process. This program offers information on basic care and proper handling of furniture, metals, ceramics, and glass objects to prevent and reduce damage. Attendees will have an opportunity to consult about care and storage options for their own special family heirlooms. Program includes a tour of the Museum Collections Care and Storage Facility. For ages teen to adult. More Details My Country, "Tis of Thee May 13, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. Join Naper Settlement during the month of May as we take a look back at the role of Americans before, during and after wartime. As the Civil War loomed, the entire country readied itself. People prepared supplies, displayed their flags, and young men signed up to fight. This cycle repeats itself throughout our country’s history. A variety of weekend activities will be offered throughout the month focusing on the theme, “My Country,’Tis of Thee,” including flag trivia, rolling bandages, learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, visiting the Murray House interpreted for the Civil War era, taking a Victory Garden tour and more. Celebrate our community’s heritage with special community programs, events and heritage-themed activities with area partner organizations and the City of Naperville. Shop downtown Naperville merchants from May 15– 30 and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Naperville Heritage Society. More Details Julie Andrews May 13, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Century Memorial Chapel Everyone remembers Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp, but who was she before that? Jenny Riddle dramatizes and performs songs from the life of Ms. Andrews before she was Mary or Maria in her presentation of Julie Andrews’ memoir, “Home: The Early Years.” Hear the voice that Julie Andrews

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My Country, 'Tis of Thee Special Themed Weekend May 5, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. Throughout our country’s history, patriotism and the American spirit have been called upon and tested time and again. Visit activity stations commemorating the Civil War in the

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thought of as a “gimmick” at age 10 that became one of the most recognizable voices in the world. More Details Civil War Days May 19, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Naper Settlement Grounds You become part of history when you experience the sweeping pageantry and spectacle of the war that divided a nation during Civil War Days, an annual event at Naper Settlement. More than 300 Civil War re-enactors camp on site, providing a living historical view of the past. When the bugle sounds each day at 2:30 p.m., troops from the North and the South will charge into battle with rifles at the ready and cannons booming. Afterward, you can see the work of the Civil War surgeons as they demonstrate 19th century medical techniques. Interact with famous personages of the past who step from the pages of history books, such as President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, the Generals and many more. More Details My Country, "Tis of Thee May 19, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. Join Naper Settlement during the month of May as we take a look back at the role of Americans before, during and after wartime. As the Civil War loomed, the entire country readied itself. People prepared supplies, displayed their flags, and young men signed up to fight. This cycle repeats itself throughout our country’s history. A variety of weekend activities will be offered throughout the month focusing on the theme, “My Country,’Tis of Thee,” including flag trivia, rolling bandages, learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, visiting the Murray House interpreted for the Civil War era, taking a Victory Garden tour and more. Celebrate our community’s heritage with special community programs, events and heritage-themed activities with area partner organizations and the City of Naperville. Shop downtown Naperville merchants from May 15– 30 and 10 percent of the proceeds

will be donated to the Naperville Heritage Society. Civil War Days May 20, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Naper Settlement Grounds You become part of history when you experience the sweeping pageantry and spectacle of the war that divided a nation during Civil War Days, an annual event at Naper Settlement. More than 300 Civil War re-enactors camp on site, providing a living historical view of the past. When the bugle sounds each day at 2:30 p.m., troops from the North and the South will charge into battle with rifles at the ready and cannons booming. Afterward, you can see the work of the Civil War surgeons as they demonstrate 19th century medical techniques. Interact with famous personages of the past who step from the pages of history books, such as President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, the Generals and many more. My Country, "Tis of Thee May 20, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. Join Naper Settlement during the month of May as we take a look back at the role of Americans before, during and after wartime. As the Civil War loomed, the entire country readied itself. People prepared supplies, displayed their flags, and young men signed up to fight. This cycle repeats itself throughout our country’s history. A variety of weekend activities will be offered throughout the month focusing on the theme, “My Country,’Tis of Thee,” including flag trivia, rolling bandages, learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, visiting the Murray House interpreted for the Civil War era, taking a Victory Garden tour and more. Celebrate our community’s heritage with special community programs, events and heritage-themed activities with area partner organizations and the City of Naperville. Shop downtown Naperville merchants from May 15– 30 and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Naperville Heritage Society.

My Country, "Tis of Thee May 26, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. Join Naper Settlement during the month of May as we take a look back at the role of Americans before, during and after wartime. As the Civil War loomed, the entire country readied itself. People prepared supplies, displayed their flags, and young men signed up to fight. This cycle repeats itself throughout our country’s history. A variety of weekend activities will be offered throughout the month focusing on the theme, “My Country,’Tis of Thee,” including flag trivia, rolling bandages, learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, visiting the Murray House interpreted for the Civil War era, taking a Victory Garden tour and more. Celebrate our community’s heritage with special community programs, events and heritage-themed activities with area partner organizations and the City of Naperville. Shop downtown Naperville merchants from May 15– 30 and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Naperville Heritage Society. Walking with Soldiers: The Civil War Tour May 26, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM @ Walk begins at Naper Settlement Visitor Center Mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which started in 1861 and lasted for four years, with a special tour at Naperville Cemetery. Learn the story of how Levi Shafer’s gun fired the first two shots at Gettysburg;

see how the shell that killed Dr. Horace Potter is incorporated into his headstone; view the grave of a Confederate soldier buried at the cemetery; and hear stories of Civil War veterans who were from Naperville. For ages teen to adult. (Some historical material may be too graphic for younger audiences.) Footsteps: A Guided Tour of Century Walk Art May 27, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Tour begins at the Naper Settlement Visitor Center Step through the pages of Naperville’s history as a museum educator shares the stories represented by ten of the extraordinary pieces of Century Walk public art interspersed throughout downtown Naperville’s historic buildings and walkways. Learn about the artists and inspiration behind the murals, mosaics, reliefs, mobiles and sculptures located within a half-mile walk of the museum. My Country, "Tis of Thee May 27, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ 523 S. Webster St. Join Naper Settlement during the month of May as we take a look back at the role of Americans before, during and after wartime. As the Civil War loomed, the entire country readied itself. People prepared supplies, displayed their flags, and young men signed up to fight. This cycle repeats itself throughout our country’s history. A variety of weekend activities will be offered throughout the

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month focusing on the theme, “My Country,’Tis of Thee,” including flag trivia, rolling bandages, learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, visiting the Murray House interpreted for the Civil War era, taking a Victory Garden tour and more. Celebrate our community’s heritage with special community programs, events and heritage-themed activities with area partner organizations and the City of Naperville. Shop downtown Naperville merchants from May 15– 30 and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Naperville Heritage Society. Naper Settlement Special Events Civil War Days May 19, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Naper Settlement Grounds

You become part of history when you experience the sweeping pageantry and spectacle of the war that divided a nation during Civil War Days, an annual event at Naper Settlement. More than 300 Civil War re-enactors camp on site, providing a living historical view of the past. When the bugle sounds each day at 2:30 p.m., troops from the North and the South will charge into battle with rifles at the ready and cannons booming. Afterward, you can see the work of the Civil War surgeons as they demonstrate 19th century medical techniques. Interact with famous personages of the past who step from the pages of history books, such as President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, the Generals and many more.

Civil War Days May 20, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Naper Settlement Grounds You become part of history when you experience the sweeping pageantry and spectacle of the war that divided a nation during Civil War Days, an annual event at Naper Settlement. More than 300 Civil War re-enactors camp on site, providing a living historical view of the past. When the bugle sounds each day at 2:30 p.m., troops from the North and the South will charge into battle with rifles at the ready and cannons booming. Afterward, you can see the work of the Civil War surgeons as they demonstrate 19th century medical techniques. Interact with famous personages of the past who step from the pages of history books, such as President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, the Generals and many more.

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Oswego KC "ROSARY FOR LIFE" 9:00 am Thu 5/31 Oswego KC 1st Degree If you would like further information on the Knights Contact Information Mailing Address Oswego Knights of Columbus Council #7247 P.O. Box 486 Oswego, IL 60543 Street Address Columbus Club 197 East Washington Street Oswego, IL 60543 Phone/Email Phone: 630.554.9813 Membership: Oswego_KC_ Membership@oswegokc.org Columbus Club: Columbus_club@oswegokc.org Webmaster: webmaster@oswegokc. org

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VILLAGE GOES GREEN The "Green Village" Program is an ecologically friendly initiative that incorporates a variety of plans and ordinances determined to be sensitive to the needs of the environment through new development and day-to-day activities in the Village of Plainfield. The "Green Village" initiative evolved due to the nationally rising green movement and the Village's desire to practice environmentally friendly best management practices and to commit to urban sustainability. It is believed that this initiative will aid in preserving the existing character and sense of place of the surrounding landscape for current residents and future generations.

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"Green Village" will be ongoing and evolve with the passing of time as new ordinances and educational programs are created. Today, the initiative focuses on enhancing the Village's green network by preserving land in a natural state and providing links between the Village's green areas. The Village has already been named a Tree City and has been awarded the Urban Conservation Community Award by Will/ South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District. The Village hopes to expand on environmental awareness by encouraging environmentally friendly best management practices and sustainable development practices. The following items give a brief overview of what is being done with this initiative today. Natural Landscaping Design Guidelines & Permit Application • Green Village 2012 Lecture Series • Beautification Plan • Countryside Plan Natural Landscaping Design Guidelines Native plantings are recognized for the aesthetic and ecological benefits they bring to an area including: Improving storm water management and controlling flooding. Reducing air pollution and the amount of chemicals needed for landscape maintenance. Increasing regional biodiversity and decreasing the numbers of pests and diseases. Conserving water and preserving its quality. Providing historical and cultural interest by restoring and connecting residents to the original landscapes of the area. To help residents interested in incorporating native plantings on their properties, the Village has created illustrative Natural Landscaping Design Guidelines, a Natural Landscaping Brochure , a Natural Landscaping Maintenance Brochure , and a Natural Landscaping Poster that showcase the attractive flowers and native plants that residents may enhance their properties with. The Village strongly supports the use of native plants in landscaping.

Native plants will help to restore the area's natural beauty and aid in creating a unique identity for the Village. The Village has also initiated a new permitting procedure that allows the Village to maintain an accurate record of where naturally landscaped areas are throughout the Village and ensure that they are maintained correctly to restore the area's natural beauty. Natural Landscaping Permit Description • Natural Landscaping Permit Application Green Village 2012 Lecture Series The Village of Plainfield and the Plainfield Public Library District have partnered to present a series of monthly programs with an environmental focus. Programs are free and are held the second Monday of each month at the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield. Click here for a complete schedule. For more information, please call Jonathan Proulx with the Village Planning Division at (815) 609-6139 or Therese Chaves with the Plainfield Public Library at (815) 327-2505. Beautification Plan The Beautification Plan focuses on identifying the green networks, or emerald necklace, that is prevalent in the Village, and then enhancing it by means of landscaping, lighting, signage, and public art displays. The Plan goes into great detail identifying goals for each element by creating Before & After pictures and outlining attractive areas of the public realm. The Beautification Plan envisions the creation of a network of richly landscaped boulevards, parkways, and public parks which will help preserve the Village’s bucolic past through a comprehensive greening of the Village’s public realm. This new green fabric of boulevards, parkways, and parks will provide an opportunity to unify the various neighborhoods and commercial corridors together into a new town vision for the 21st century. Today’s beautiful, sustainable city incorporates ideas from the Garden City and City Beautiful movements. It forms the basis of today’s progressive theories. The Village’s

Beautification Plan will aim to focus on four key components. These components include: Stewardship, improvement, and maintenance of community assets. Coordinated planning and beautification programs. Excellence in design. Establish visually harmonized landscapes along corridors throughout the Village. Village of Plainfield Beautification Plan Village Announces Beautification Pilot Project - March 6, 2008 Beautification Pilot Project Presentation Countryside Plan The Countryside Plan encompasses approximately 1,500 acres along the far western perimeter of the Village and outlines a series of guidelines for all future development within this area. These 1,500 acres are located within the “Countryside Estate” district and this district allows for a density of less than 1.0 units per acre. The plan promotes two types of development; either “conservation design” or “hamlet designs” within the area of the plan. In addition, extensive “Best Management Practices” are outlined throughout the plan and the plan identifies that future roadway

improvements throughout this area should be designed in a more naturalistic and ecologically friendly manner. Furthermore, specific design guidelines area created through the plan for future residential and commercial development. As outlined in the plan, a minimum of 50% of the area will be required to be set aside as perpetual open space for future generations and an extensive network of bike trails and pedestrian paths will be planned for the area. In addition, a number of recreational uses such as biking, walking and equestrian sports have all been identified as potential uses for this area. Village of Plainfield Countryside Plan For more information about the "Green Village" initiative, please contact the Planning Division at (815) 439-2824.

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