Thursday, January 31, 2013
Village says conditions not safe for annual winter tournament.
This week’s crazy weather pattern _ which included record warm temperatures and lots of rain _ has wrecked havoc on winter activities, including the cancelation of Lake in the Hills annual Pond Hockey tournament. Wood Creek Lake has four inches of ice, but the Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department needs the ice to reach a depth of at least eight inches, said Trevor Bosack, recreation supervisor. The Pond Hockey tournament was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2. It had already been cancelled in January due to warmer weather. “At this point, we are just going to cancel it for the year,” Bosack said. Tuesday’s warm temperatures and the rain depleted the ice on the lake, he said. The weather also affected the village’s two outdoor ice …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Third annual tournament will be held at Woods Creek Lake Saturday, Jan. 19.
Tuesday, January 8
Get ready to cheer on your favorite team at Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation’s Pond Hockey Tourney on Jan. 19. Teams interested in registering should act quickly because the tournament is almost full. The village is also looking for officials. This year’s tournament begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Woods Creek Lake. All the games have two 15-minute (running clock) halves with a two-minute halftime. The winning team will be honored on the ice during the national anthem at the Feb. 17 Chicago Wolves game. Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to the unseasonably warm weather. The first tournament, held in 2011, drew 12 teams. Village Administrator Gerald Sagona got the idea for a tournament after talking with his dentist and …
The Algonquin snowboard ski park is open for the season and the lack of snow is not a problem.
While the area has measured only a few inches of snowfall so far this winter, Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park/Wakeboard School has plenty of the fluffy stuff. The Algonquin snowboard ski park is open for business with a few new features like the Burton Riglet Park for riders 11 and under, according to Raging Buffalo’s website. It is the first park in the Midwest and teaches children the principles of snowboarding. The park, at 19N460 Rt. 31, is open daily from 4 to 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
As you head back to work, in the cold, after a month of overeating and overconsumption, here are some things to cheer you.
Many of us will be heading back to work today, after nearly a month of fun, overeating, drinking too much and spending too much money. To rub it in, the weather is slapping us in the face with winter's coldest temperatures so far. January may be cold, but it isn't all cold-hearted. Here are some good things to look forward to this month: 1. Movies. Many of year's best movies are released late in December so they'll be fresh in the minds of Academy Awards voters. Take advantage of the post-holiday lull to sneak out to the movies in your spare time. Get showtimes here. 2. Winter sports. If you bundle up and keep moving, you'll find the outdoors invigorating rather than intimidating. Check local park districts, such as the Niles Park …