CRYSTAL LAKE AND CARY, IL — Well, Crystal Lake and Cary readers. We’ve finally made it to the weekend.

As we bid farewell to the work week, we want to get you caught up on what’s been happening in the area and what else is in store this weekend. Fall festivals will be in full swing across the area and many corn mazes, apple orchards and pumpkin patches will be reopening for the season.

You can expect temps in the 90s and a mostly dry and sunny weekend.

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  1. McHenry County Government: MCDH Salmonella Outbreak Investigation Ongoing (Press Release Desk)
  2. Richardson Adventure Farm Is Back: Your Guide To Opening Weekend (Crystal Lake-Cary Patch)
  3. Your Guide To Art On The Fox (Algonquin-Lake In The Hills Patch)
  4. Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Several Children: The charges stem from numerous sexual assaults against children, some younger than 13 years old, that took place between 1991 and 2000.
  5. Man Gets 20 Years For Cocaine Possession: Police found Ivan Olan in possession of more than a pound of cocaine and $24,000 in cash.
  6. Man, 30, dies after canoe flips over in Fox Lake (WGN TV Chicago)
  7. One person critically injured in early morning Hoffman Estates crash (Daily Herald)
  8. Elgin’s Community Crisis Center names new executive director (Chicago Daily Herald)
  9. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with acts of service (Chicago Daily Herald)
  10. Loaded Gun, Feces On Floor: Child Endangerment Allegations: A Wonder Lake couple charged in the October 2020 child endangerment case are expected to appear in court in the coming weeks.
  11. Coroner’s Office Identifies 64-Year-Old Woman Who Died in Elgin Townhouse Fire (
  12. Carpentersville Fall Fest returns Sept. 25 (Chicago Daily Herald)
  13. Bicyclist dies after being hit by a car on Randall Road in Elgin (Chicago Tribune)
  14. Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich hosting kids’ health and safety fair Saturday (Chicago Daily Herald)
  15. Drunk Parents Leave Loaded Gun On Bed: Authorities (Crystal Lake-Cary Patch)
  16. The girlfriend of an Elgin hospital employee who died of COVID after refusing the vaccine now wants ‘to help anybody and everybody I can’ (Chicago Tribune)
  17. Bicyclist killed in Randall Road crash in Elgin (Daily Herald)
  18. McHenry County Government: Registration Now Open For MCAC’s Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine And Microchip Clinics In October (Press Release Desk)
  20. One person killed in crash on Randall Road in Elgin (Daily Herald)
  21. Kenmode Creates Resources to Assist OEM Engineers in Selecting Materials and Finishing Options for Metal Stamped Parts (
  22. Take the first step: Barrington Area CROP Walk fights hunger locally, globally (Chicago Daily Herald)
  23. New program in Elgin seeks to keep nonviolent offenders out of criminal justice system (Daily Herald)
  24. Major road project in Hawthorn Woods area advances 10 years after initial study (Daily Herald)
  25. Now Arena events just got easier for visitors with sensory issues (Daily Herald)
  26. Round Lake Police Seek Help Locating Where Victim Was Shot Before He Drove to Behm Ln and Peterson Rd (
  27. Police have few details in Round Lake shooting that left 17-year-old in serious condition (Lake and McHenry County Scanner)
  28. P.E.O. Chapter DY of Elgin awards scholarship (Chicago Daily Herald)
  29. Online campaign for Round Lake Beach teen who died in crash raises $25,000 (Daily Herald)
  30. Judge sentences McHenry man to 20 years in prison for possessing cocaine (Lake and McHenry County Scanner)
  31. Elgin News Digest: Lao community’s Elgin history explored in museum exhibit; fundraiser for D300 Food Pantry underway; Literacy Connection holding ‘pirate’ event to raise funds (Chicago Tribune)
  32. This year, you can see the Elgin Short Film Festival online or in person (Chicago Tribune)

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Today in Crystal Lake-Cary:

  • Early Childhood Screening – Oak Knoll Early Childhood Center (12:00 AM)
  • Yay! YA Book Bags – Cary Area Public Library (10:00 AM)
  • Service League Rocks The Beach (5:00 PM)

Crystal Lake-Cary Patch Notebook

  • McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: “Congratulations to our newest hire, Deputy Gabriela Valencia! Deputy Valencia was sworn in by Sheriff Prim yesterday in front of her supportive family and friends. We wish her the best of luck at the academy and in her future career!” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: “On Tuesday, August 10, McHenry County was hit with severe thunderstorms resulting in downed power lines and trees along with debris scattered across roadways. Our Communications team (known also as dispatch or radio), handled over 60 eme…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Conservation District: “🎉Congrats to the winners of our 2021 Summer Photography Contest! The winners are instagram users @Tweberart (Adventure and Exploration categories), @photosforwildlife (Discovery category), and @bradwackerlin (Tranquility category). We a…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Historical Society: “From the Postcard Collection: “Looking North on Main St.” (Alden Road), Alden, early 1900s.” (Facebook)
  • Crystal Lake Elementary District 47: “MEET ABE!! He is a Portuguese Water Dog who is also a therapy dog. He and his owner/trainer Carol Skala visited South Elementary School today to get reacquainted with the school. Abe will be visiting some lucky students in the Aspire pro…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center: “Graham has been here long enough for us to watch him grow up💔 Having Graham here this long has been bittersweet because we’ve loved watching him grow from the small, shy kitten he was when we first introduced him to the almost full grow…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County College: “It’s not too late to join us this Fall! Our 12-week classes begin September 13 and you can register until the first day of class! Use our Simple Scheduling tool to have an advisor put together a customized schedule for you! See www.mchen…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center: “Nope, you’re not seeing triple🤍🤍🤍 Tofu, Dove, and Everest are an adorable 4 month old set of siblings looking for their forever homes! They’re all laidback while still being fun, so would be a great fit for most families. Make Dove, T…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Conservation District: “🐸While we don’t usually associate tree frogs with water, their lifecycle is similar to other frogs in that their eggs are laid in water and they hatch as tadpoles before becoming frogs. 👍Check out this tiny tree frog spotted this weekend.” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Historical Society: “From the Postcard Collection: A houseboat on the Fox River near McHenry, postmark 1911.” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County College: “We are excited to announce the @sweetscots is opening tomorrow, September 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.! Make sure to stop in and pick up a freshly baked treat from our amazing MCC students.” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County College: “What a great day to be outside for our Fire Science students to do their training.” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Sheriffs Office: “Have a happy and safe Labor Day!” (Instagram)
  • McHenry County Conservation District: “🦃🦅Happy International Turkey Vulture Day! These raptors play an important role in nature: cleaning up carrion. Earlier this week, our staff spotted a bald eagle flying with a group of turkey vultures! While not something one sees every…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County College: “The Sweet Scots Bakery is officially open! September 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stop in and grab a baked treat and say hi to the chefs!” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: “Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. In honor of those who have been affected, and those who continue to fight, we are here for you. If you’re looking for help, here are resources in McHenry County: – McHenry County Suicide Prevention Ta…” (Facebook)
  • Crystal Lake Elementary District 47: “Superintendent Dr. Hinz visited Husmann Elementary School this morning delivering cold beverages to staff. A fun way to start the day and week! #D47pride” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center: “Shout out to our adopters for a great second week of #cleartheshelters🎉 ❤ We had: 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 6 kittens adopted last week! 👉 We have 1 dog, 4 cats, and 7 kittens still looking for their forever homes. If you’d like to take one o…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County Sheriffs Office: “Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. In honor those who have been affected, and those who continue to fight, we are here for you. Resources in McHenry County: – McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force https://mchenrycrisisservices….” (Instagram)
  • Visit McHenry County, Illinois: “Celebrate Mexican Independence Day on the Woodstock Square on September 12th! Enjoy live entertainment, family activities, authentic food and beverages and fun for all. Learn more about this event and all of the other fun coming up in Mc…” (Facebook)
  • Jr Wolves Football & Cheerleading: “The event is ready to go! The baskets look amazing! The cork pull table is over flowing. Can’t wait to see all our Wolves Families tonight. Doors open at 7!” (Facebook)
  • The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County: “As we move into Fall . . .” (Facebook)
  • Crystal Lake Baseball: “Fresh coat of stain on picnic benches, Field 4 dugout benches, and around flagpole! And flowers in the flower box! Ready for Fall Ball to start on Saturday! Huge thank you to Dan Dreher, our VP of Facilities, for putting in work on Labor…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County College: “We are excited to announce the @sweetscotsbakerymcc is opening tomorrow, September 8, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.! Make sure to stop in and pick up a freshly baked treat from our amazing MCC students.” (Instagram)
  • McHenry County College: “The October 7 College Fair is your chance to meet with representatives from over 120 colleges and universities! Free and open to the public. See the complete list of institutions participating at” (Instagram)
  • Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street: “Let’s start the month out right with some pre-festival fun! This scavenger hunt is FREE and just-for-fun. Grab a game card from Mellie’s Chocolates (2 N. Williams) or Marvin’s Toy Store (64 N. Williams), our website at https://downtowncl…” (Facebook)
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore – Woodstock: “Wow! Patio set, table, umbrella,4 chairs and 2 child size chairs! Step2 cottage!” (Facebook)
  • Crystal Lake Park District: “As we enter the new school year, it is perfect time to announce a recent achievement for our staff and Extended Time program! The Crystal Lake Park District Extended Time program along with Sam Thompson, Recreation Supervisor in charge o…” (Facebook)
  • Crystal Lake Public Library: “Friends’ Annual Mum Sale is this Saturday! Get your fall mums and help the Friends of the Crystal Lake Library, too! Download a fundraiser form from the Friends’ website (see link below) and shop at Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery this…” (Facebook)
  • McHenry County College: “The BLS estimates that the employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Attend an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Inform…” (Instagram)

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