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Recovery home approved in Crystal Lake

Written on August 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm, by


A residence for men recovering from alcohol or drug addiction will be opening in Crystal Lake this fall. The home, located at 131 Ellsworth St., was purchased by Chris Reed and New Directions Addiction Recovery Services. Up to 12 men will live in the home, which is slated to open by October. Some renovations needContinue Reading

Rugby program looks to continue growth

Written on July 11, 2016 at 6:25 pm, by


Two years ago, the Crystal Lake Lions rugby team couldn’t even field a team without outside help. Today, it can take the field at the U-12 and U-14 levels, without outside assistance. The squad started out its first year with just seven players, so it combined with teams from Lake Forest and Arlington Heights justContinue Reading

Family life rounds out golfer

Written on June 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm, by


Joe Affrunti travels the world, seeking to make it on the professional golf scene. From Argentina to California, the Crystal Lake native is working to blaze his own trail. However, as hard as he works on tour, he tries to carve out time every morning and evening to connect with his son, Jack, via FaceTime.Continue Reading

Former resident to lead newscast

Written on May 16, 2016 at 7:04 pm, by


A Crystal Lake native has been named one of the anchors of ABC 7’s “Eyewitness News at 4 p.m.” Rob Elgas will join co-anchor Linda Yu, meteorologist Cheryl Scott and sports anchor Jim Rose in late May. Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director of ABC 7, said Elgas’ promotion will also include news reportsContinue Reading

District 155 swimmers heading back to YMCA

Written on April 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm, by


Community High School District 155 is looking to return to the Sage YMCA for swim team practices and meets following a one-year hiatus. The School District went elsewhere last year when the Sage YMCA of Metro Chicago increased its rental charges. Negotiations between the Crystal Lake YMCA and District 155 have cut the per-lane poolContinue Reading

Baseball program digs in to improve fields

Written on March 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm, by


A fund-raising effort will mean improved baseball fields for local youths. The Crystal Lake Babe Ruth program raised $45,000 to better the fields at Lippold and Veteran Acres parks. Justin Banasynski, president of Crystal Lake Babe Ruth, said the 56-year old baseball organization wants to improve local fields and rebuild its house leagues. He saidContinue Reading

Plastics firm molds to changing markets

Written on February 11, 2016 at 9:21 pm, by


A Crystal Lake plastics producer has registered record earnings despite sales dropping more than $50 million from a year ago. AptarGroup marked earnings of 67 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015, beating its own estimate of earnings between 61 and 66 cents per share. The Crystal Lake firm had earnings per shareContinue Reading

Remains of soldier in Vietnam War finally return home

Written on January 21, 2016 at 7:19 pm, by


    An Illinois soldier will be laid to rest 46 years after he went missing. The remains of Staff Sgt. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery, Ill., who had been missing since Oct. 3, 1969, while on a reconnaissance mission in South Vietnam, will be buried Thu rsday – his 68th birthday — at LittleContinue Reading

Willow Creek plans for new home

Written on January 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm, by


Willow Creek Community Church is looking to move to a 25-acre near downtown Crystal Lake. The church is planning a multi-use facility with a 2,000-seat auditorium, indoor play area for kids, and space for classes and workshops. There would also be outdoor recreation activities, including a splash pad, according to concept drawings. The church projectContinue Reading

Four Plaids blend pop, holiday tunes

Written on December 7, 2015 at 6:57 pm, by


Four crooners are set to provide area residents with holiday tunes and plenty of style. “Plaid Tidings” is being presented on select weekends in December and early January at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. Plaid Tidings features Joel Bennett as Frankie, Roy Brown as Sparky, Chris Davis as Jinx and RyanContinue Reading

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