Flood-proofing workshops scheduled
Solutions to sewer backups,
leaky basements and flooding from overland flow will be the focus of
two free workshops on flood-proofing. A workshop in Gurnee is
scheduled for Wednesday, July 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Warren
Township Hall, 17801 W. Washington. Another workshop is scheduled in
Des Plaines on Thursday, July 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Oakton
Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road.
The workshops will include an
hourly overview of flood-proofing techniques. County, state and
federal agencies officials will be on hand to assist with post-flood
building permits, property locations on floodplain maps, information
on the National Flood Insurance Program and recommendations on
post-flood cleanup and safety. Publications will also be available,
including the "Guide to Flood Protection in Northeastern Illinois."
The workshops are sponsored by
the Office of Water Resources of the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V, and the
Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management. The
Gurnee workshop is also sponsored by the Lake County Stormwater
Management Commission, and the Des Plaines workshop has additional
sponsorship from the cities of Des Plaines and Mount Prospect.
The public is invited to drop
in at either session anytime between 4 and 8 p.m. For more
information, call the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
at (847) 918-5260 or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at
(847) 608-3100, ext. 2022.
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It's time for Super Saturday at the Illinois State Museum
"Fun Times at the Five and
Dime" is the next "Super Saturday" program in A Place for Discovery
State Museum. The
event will be Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come explore
the days of yore and learn about toys of the past. Discover how toys
have changed and what makes them so popular. Make an old-fashioned
toy to take home.
Super Saturdays have ongoing
activities throughout the day. Most activities can be completed in
30 to 45 minutes, although participants are welcome to stay for as
long as they wish. Parents are invited to participate with their
children. All Super Saturdays are free and open to the public.
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A Place for Discovery is a
hands-on gallery for children on the second floor of the Illinois
State Museum. It is a great place for children to touch objects
similar to those on display in the museum.
The museum is located at the
corner of Spring and Edwards streets in Springfield and is open
Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from
noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby, and
the building is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For
more information call (217) 782-6044 or TTY (217) 782-9175.
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New exhibit opening at Spurlock Museum in Champaign
The Illinois Natural History
Survey, in conjunction with the University of Illinois' Spurlock
Museum in Champaign, plans to open a new exhibit entitled "Illinois:
An Epic Landscape." The exhibit highlights the stunning array of
biological diversity found in Illinois and targets the unique Cache
River basin, which supports some of the largest and oldest trees
east of the Mississippi River. The area is a primeval landscape of
cypress and tupelo swamps and lowland forests. It is the domain of
unique plants and animals more commonly encountered in the bayous of
For more information, contact
Michael R. Jeffords at (217) 333-5986.
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Fishing tournament winners
The Illinois Conservation
Foundation's annual Sam Romano Lake Michigan Fishing Tournament was
won by a team of anglers including Robert Russell, Mark Gekas and
Tim Ozenkoski, all of Springfield, and Ekkehard Kubler of Winnetka.
The winning quartet, fishing from aboard Capt. Dale Florek's charter
boat Noble, hauled in fish weighing 33.4 pounds to claim the event
title. The day's biggest individual catch was a 16-pound coho
salmon, hooked by Jeff Ketelsen of Palatine, fishing from Capt. Mike
Bieber's charter boat Stoked. The tournament was conducted out of
the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club at North Point Marina in Lake County.
Proceeds benefit the Illinois Conservation Foundation's youth
fishing, hunting and other programs on behalf of the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources. For more information, contact the
Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way,
Springfield, IL 62702-1271; phone (217) 785-2003;
Department of Natural Resources