Friday, January 13, 2012
There are several snow hills to check out throughout the area.
After spending too much time inside, a heavy snowfall allows families to get some fresh air and to take an exhilarating ride on a sled. Fortunately, there are lots of sledding hills in this area and most of them also have beautiful scenery. One of the most exciting sledding hills is at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, a steep hill set among a forest of trees. Lights make this a popular hill, said Mike Tully, assistant superintendent of maintenance operations for the Lake County Forest Preserve District. The district has a second sledding hill at Old School Forest Preserve, near Libertyville. The hilly geography of Algonquin provides three sledding venues in its village parks. The Braewood Park hill was the first sledding hill in the …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Ideas to help your kids have an attitude of gratitude.
Sue Kirchner is a family fun coach and weekly contributor to Patch.com. She created ChocolateCakeClub.com and ChocolateCakeMoments.com both sites dedicated to helping busy families have more fun together. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on TV, newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Thanksgiving is all about family and giving thanks, right? Well, maybe eating, too. While we have the family and the eating part down pat, we try a variety of activities to help our kids develop more of an attitude of gratitude. Here are some ideas we've found to create a more grateful family. Model gratitude. As parents, we need to do a good job of modeling how to be grateful. When someone helps you, your kids will hear you say "thank you" and …
Sunday, January 2, 2011
From weight loss to having more fun, LITH shares goals and aspirations for 2011.
Lake in the Hills residents share New Year's resolutions while out sledding, skating and ice fishing.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Nationally, retail sales from Nov. 5 to Dec. 24 increased by 5.5 percent to $584 billion,
Retailers nationwide are bustling with post-holiday cheer as sales totals, both online and in-store, for the 2010 shopping season rose over last year's. Retail sales from Nov. 5 to Dec. 24 increased 5.5 percent to $584 billion, marking the best performance in five years, according to a MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse report. The New-York based company measures retail sales across all payment forms. According to the SpendingPulse report, online holiday shopping sales rose 15.4 percent to $36.4 billion, which included a record six days when sales exceeded $1 billion per day. Online sales boomed in particularly when retail websites offered free shipping days. How did local retailers fair this holiday season? Lake in the Hills businesses …
Monday, December 27, 2010
The Lake in the Hills Police Department provided information from reports from the holiday weekend.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department responded to the following police reports from Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Barricades Stolen Two barricades were reportedly stolen from two separate LITH parks Thursday morning. One barricade was taken from the parking lot at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, at 10:05 a.m. The second barricade was taken from Butch Haegel Beach, 71 Hilltop Drive, according to the Lake in the Hills Police Department daily bulletin. Drunken Driving Arrest A 40-year-old Wisconsin man was arrested around 12:28 a.m. Friday for reportedly driving drunk. He was pulled over near Algonquin Road and Scotty Avenue. The man faces charges for driving while under the influence of alcohol and speeding. He was later released …
Friday, December 24, 2010
LITH families sled, get in snowball fights and do some last-minute shopping.
Lake in the Hills families get outdoors the day before Christmas to do some sledding, play pick-up games of hockey and get in snowball fights. See our photo gallery and add your own Christmas photos by logging into the LITH Patch website.
Several special drinks are being served this month.
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Friday, December 24, 2010
If you're looking to get into the holiday spirit, there are many local haunts where you can get special drinks for the season. Some local establishments are offering a special selection of Christmas beers, while others have concocted their own mixed drinks just for this season. 12 Beers of Christmas For example, at Duke's Alehouse, 110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, you'll find a variety of seasonal drinks, including some made with Duke's own peppermint-infused vodka. One of the most popular, general manager and chef Zak Dolezal said, is a White Russian. The restaurant is also pleasing holiday taste buds with a new peppermint mochatini, which is a coffee, chocolate and peppermint martini, he said. You can't have Christmas without cranberries, …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The simple ingredients make it a great last-minute dish to put together for the holidays.
Theresa Scandurra, co-owner of La Trattoria in LITH, says the restaurant's Mozzarella Caprese Salad is one of her personal favorites. An added bonus: It's easy to make and quick to whip up as a last-minute holiday side dish. "All of our recipes are family recipes," Scandurra said. "It is a favorite of mine because the simple ingredients go so well together. I especially love fresh mozzarella." Scandurra was kind enough to share the recipe with us and our readers and even gave it a slight redesign for the season to add some holiday color. Mozzarella Caprese Salad Wash tomatoes and place in festive bowl. Drain water from fresh mozzarella, add to bowl. Tear basil, add to bowl. Add Kalamata olives, peperoncini, olive oil, oregano, salt and …
The annual LITH tree-decorating contest resulted in over 2,000 items donated to charity.
Over 2,000 non-perishable items were collected during the village's annual tree-decorating contest this past month. The winner of the contest went to All Star Towing. In total, 764 cans of food were donated and left under a tree bought and decorated by All Star Towing, village officials said. The tree sat along wih several other trees decorated by area businesses on the lawn at village hall, 600 Harvest Gate, for much of the month. Overall, 2,285 non-perishable items were collected throughout the contest, which wrapped up this past Monday. Those canned foods will be donated to the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry and Grafton Township Food Pantry. Runners-up in the contest include: Lincoln Prairie School, which collected …
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Police recovered Christmas presents that were taken from a home in the 2900 block of Brisbane Drive.
A 30-year-old Carpentersville man and four area teens broke into a LITH home Monday and stole several wrapped Christmas presents. Following a police chase and a search of the home, officers were able to arrest all five and recover the gifts taken from the residence, which is located in the 2900 block of Brisbane Drive, according to a Lake in the Hills Police Department press release. The burglary was originally reported by a resident inside the home who called 911 around 10:53 a.m. Monday. The caller hid in a second-floor bedroom while the burglary was in progress, according to the news release. When police arrived, four of the suspects had fled the scene. Officers were able to track the suspects down near the 2900 block of Hillsboro Lane…