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Local beat: Spend part of Valentine's Day with Rep. Farnham

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State Rep. Keith Farnham's town hall meeting originally scheduled for January has been moved to Valentine's Day.

But love's got nothing to do with it.

Instead, Farnham is opening the floor to constituents. He invites you to tell him what's on your mind before he returns to the legislative session in Springfield. Light refreshments will be served.

The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Carpentersville village hall. For more information or to reserve your spot at the meeting, send an e-mail to or call (847) 841-7130.

Spring Hill Mall gives back: Spring Hill Mall has announced the first semester winners of its "My School's Cool" program in which local schools get cash, based on points they earn from the mall based on extra credit, school involvement and mall receipts.

The program's aim is to support local schools while giving people a reason to shop at the mall.

The winners are:

• St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School in West Dundee, which won $5,000.

• Immanuel Lutheran School in East Dundee, which won $3,000

• Dundee-Highlands Elementary School in West Dundee, which won $1,000

• Dundee Middle School in Carpentersville, which won $750

• Liberty Elementary School in Carpentersville, which won $250.

You don't have to be a teacher, student or parent to participate in the program. If there's a school you'd like to help, you can still get involved with the program, which launched Sept. 15 and continues through the current school year.

For a list of participating schools and other information, visit

Empty spaces: Both Carpentersville's image improvement commission and park commission are in need of members.

Each commission needs two people -- both bodies seat nine members and the term of nontrustee membership is two years, unless you're filling an unexpired term.

While the image improvement commission focuses on neighborhood improvement and other activities that encourage residential and commercial property care. The park commission, as you can imagine, recommends policies to the board of trustees that deal with the village's parks.

If you are interested in serving on either board and live in Carpentersville, send a letter of interest to: Ed Ritter, Village President, village of Carpentersville, 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive, Carpentersville, IL 60110.

For more information, call (847) 426-3439. Ask to speak with Janice Murphy about the park commission and Cindy McCammack about the improvement commission.

• Lenore Adkins covers Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee, Hampshire, Huntley and Grafton Township. To reach her, send an e-mail to, friend her on her Daily Herald Facebook page or call (847) 608-2725.

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