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posted: 1/11/2010 12:01 AM

Your Christmas trees will be picked up on regular trash day in C'ville

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By now, your live Christmas tree is likely dry and brittle and shedding those pesky pine needles all over your home. The fresh scent is no longer apparent and the gifts that once piled up underneath have long been opened.

So, what do you do with the 6-foot-tall tree that is sitting in your living room?

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In Carpentersville, West Dundee and East Dundee, you can strip the greenery of all ornaments and drag it to the curbside for pick up with your regularly scheduled trash pick up.

In Carpentersville, Christmas trees will be collected on a resident's regular pick up day until Jan. 29. Trees must free from lights, tinsel and garland. In East Dundee, trees will be collected with regular trash through January and February. The last chance to get your Christmas tree picked up and hauled away in West Dundee is Friday, Jan. 15.

Library news: If you have outstanding fines at the Dundee Township Public Library, now would be a great time to return items. The library is offering a Fine Forgiveness Program to help patrons start the new year with a clean slate.

From Sunday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 23, patrons with outstanding fines can pay half of the fine amount. The library will donate half of the fine to the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville, while the other half of the fine will be forgiven and forgotten by the library. The program covers fines for items checked out from the Dundee library only. Items must be returned before payment. Fees for damaged or lost items and collection/referral fees are not eligible for forgiveness. Payment must be made in cash or check. For information, contact the Circulation Desk (847) 428-3661, ext. 301 or 309.

The library is also looking to form a teen advisory group to give input and opinions on how to best utilized the area of the new library designated to young adults. If you are interested, send an e-mail to dundeeteens@dundeelibrary.info, or call Elizabeth Mavros at (847) 428-3661, ext. 320.

Open house: The end of the school year is fast approaching and Immanuel Lutheran School in West Dundee wants parents and prospective students to give them a try.

The school is conducting open houses from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 and Tuesday, Jan. 12. to help decide if Immanuel is the right fit for kindergarten to eighth grade students. Appointments are encouraged by calling (847) 428-0101 or e-mail Julia Heinz at jheinz@immanuel-ed.org.

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