October News from the Chamber

Haunted Hayride Fundraiser

Sponsored by the Wonder Lake Ski Team and will be held at Petersen Park: Oct 12 & 13, 19 & 20, starting at 7PM. Check out their flyer for more information, let's all support the Team and enjoy the fun ride!

Autumn Drive: Oct 19-21st

Local farms are offering fall produce like pumpkins, honey, jams, soaps, and vinegars, as well as “tastefully simple” products. Experience tractor rides, petting zoos, hay rides, and even pumpkin and apple launchers. Pick your own apples right from the trees or pumpkins in the fields. Many stops include visiting crafters selling: pottery, jewelry, lawn ornaments, and dozens of other crafts. Some stops are mini craft fairs in themselves. Antique dealers are selling refurbished furniture, trunks, cook books, tools, white elephants, and vintage jewelry. Scattered throughout the drive are garage sales and barn sales where treasures can be found. Visit their website for more details.

Trick or Treat Hours

The Village of Wonder Lake and surrounding neighborhoods will host Trick or Treat Hours from 3-8PM on October 31st. If you do not wish to participate, please turn off your outdoor lights.

Halloween Safety - Trick or Treat

Halloween is not only a busy night for children but for adults as well. There are many precautions that can be taken to have a safe and fun night.

An easy way to deter potential problems is to make sure your house and your property are well lit. Light is one of the biggest deterrents for burglaries. Suspects will most likely choose a dark residence over one that has clear visibility at night.

Extra caution needs to be taken while driving on Halloween not only during the night but during the day as well. Children tend to be pre-occupied with everything going on around them and not paying attention to safely crossing roads with parents or in a crosswalk. If you are the parent of a trick-or-treater, please remind them of road safety and to watch out for cars when crossing the road. Choose paths that are lighted and are familiar to you and your child.

Other things to consider are: If you set jack-o’-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that children’s costumes will not accidentally be set on fire. Better yet, use battery-operated pumpkin lights.

  • Carry your cell phone and a flashlight.
  • Explain to your children that you need to check their candy before they eat any of it.
  • Make sure their costume does not restrict their movement or vision.
  • If your child will be carrying a prop such as a pitchfork or sword, make sure the tips are flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Never carry real weapons.
  • Tell your children to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
  • Make sure you set a time for your children to be home and stress the importance for them to be home at that time.
  • Control your pets: don’t take a chance that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door.

Dog Training Classes

Alden Kennels Starting October 22nd at 6pm, Six week session is $150.00 at Alden Kennels, 6810 Barnard Mill Road, 815-728-0559 or AldensKennels@gmail.com. Call today to reserve your class! See their website and Sign Up Online!

Fall Leaf Collection for Residents

Week of October 29th and again the week of November 26, 2018 for Village of Wonder Lake residents. Please have your leaves to the edge of the road, not in the road or blocking culverts, by 6AM Monday… due to scheduling issues, leaves may not be picked up in your area that day, however, it will be one day that week. Please rake LEAVES ONLY to the edge of the road. Make sure no rocks, bottles, branches, bricks or other debris are included with the leaves as this will slow down the pickup process or damage the equipment.

Stuff the Trailer Food Drive

November 3rd, look for the Wonder Lake Ski Team Trailer on the east side by The State Bank, and bring your food donations from 9AM-1PM. Donations will be given to the Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry. The food pantry is open from Wednesday 10-11:45AM and Thursday 8-10:45AM, at Nativity Lutheran Church, 3506 E. Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake. The pantry has special need of the following items: soups; paper and cleaning products; toiletries; and cash donations. For information, call 815-355-5459.

Holiday Food Boxes

Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry will be collecting funds for Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. For Thanksgiving it will be 12 pound turkeys with all the sides and for Christmas it will be hams with all the sides. Cost is $16 per box and we’re raising money for 400 boxes. Donations can be mailed to WL Neighbors Food Pantry at PO Box 293, Wonder Lake IL, 60097.

Daylight Saving Time

Reminder: Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour, Sunday November 4th, 2018.

Fall Back: Home Preparedness Checklist for DST

On the first Sunday in November, we come to the end of Daylight Saving Time. As you circle the house, resetting clocks, take time for this short safety checklist to make your home safer.

Change the clocks and the batteries: Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives ... if they’re powered by a fresh battery. Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year--so celebrate Time Change Sunday with fresh batteries all around.

Replace light bulbs: Long dark winter evenings call for a little illumination! Since you’ll have stepladders out to reach smoke detectors and clocks, double up on safety (and energy savings) by checking for light bulbs and fixtures. Consider replacing conventional bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LCD bulbs. The U.S. Environmental Protection estimates that replacing standard bulbs with energy-efficient ones saves over $30 in electricity costs over their lifetime.

Prepare for cold and flu season: With the cooler weather comes colds and flu. Check your medicine cabinet and assess stocks of over-the-counter medications. Make sure you have sufficient non-aspirin fever reducers, cough syrup, and decongestants needed to fight colds or flu. In the pantry, a stockpile of canned soup and lemon-lime soda can ease cold symptoms and fight off dehydration--and don’t forget to stock up on disposable tissues for all those coughs and sneezes!

Make or review your family emergency plan: If an emergency strikes, will your family know what to do? Review your family’s emergency plan, or create one for the first time. Update phone numbers, addresses and contact information, and post an Emergency Information Page near the phone.

Village of Wonder Lake Parking Policy

  • It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any Village street, between the hours of 2:00AM - 6:00AM.
  • It is also prohibited to park on the roadway after 2" of snowfall.
  • It is prohibited for residents to deposit the snow from their driveways onto the roadway.

The WL Police Department encourages all residents to drive safely in inclement weather, keeping in mind that there are residents walking & enjoying the season. Your participation will ensure a safe season for everyone, and will assist the Village in serving you with efficiency and the quality you expect. If you are a resident and cannot remove your vehicle from the roadway, please contact the Village, See their websiite for contact information.

Santa’s Christmas Stroll

As the weather changes it is time for us to start preparing for our annual Santa’s Christmas Stroll in December. This event was formerly called the Winter Wonder Walk. This is a special event for the children in our community. Santa will be visiting, and we will have games, crafts and raffles. We are looking for sponsors and volunteers, please contact the Chamber at 815-728-0682. Check our website for future announcement concerning date and time.

Become A Volunteer

Chamber has transistioned to a volunteer based system (October 2018). Businesses and residents are encouraged to participate in membership and support our annual events to keep our community strong and vibrant. Contact the Chamber to lend your hand! “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” — Dale Carnegie

Advertising Opportunities

Chamber members (and non-members) can use this newsletter to get in touch with the community. If you would like to have something added to our next issue going out in November, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have an outdoor sign which can be used by Chamber members, clubs, churches and organizations to promote events in Wonder Lake. If interested, please contact the Chamber at chamber@wonderlake.org or give us a call. Did you know that the Chamber does ribbon cuttings for business? Let the Chamber board join you in a photo. This is a wonderful way to advertise your business. Contact the Chamber for more information, 815-728-0682. Don't forget to check out our Business Spotlight. The Chamber can help you use the power of our website to enhance and grow your business!

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