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Help free Carpentersville fire chief from 'jail'

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Carpentersville Fire Chief John Schuldt is going to jail.

Yes, you read that right.

He's not going to be locked up in your typical jail, though. It's one of his own making at Nick's Pizzeria and Pub in Elgin.

"I don't want the bosses to be upset that I got put in jail," Schuldt said.

Schuldt will have an hour to raise money at the restaurant on Sept. 28 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He hopes to send affected kids to camp in 2012.

As part of the warrant issued for his arrest, he'll "turn himself in" to the restaurant, don a black and white-striped prison suit and call everyone he can within that hour to "bail" him out.

The jailbird's -- I mean chief's -- bail is set at $3,200, which is enough to send four kids to camp for a week.

"I've been doing it for probably the last seven or eight years and I really and truly believe in muscular dystrophy and the prevention and trying to find a cure," Schuldt said, adding that he doesn't know anyone with the disease. "If we only worried about what affects us or our immediate family, then society as a whole wouldn't be a better place."

Last year, Schuldt raised $3,500. As of Tuesday evening, he'd raised $425.

If you can't make it out to Nick's, you can still donate online by visiting

Bringing the heat to Huntley: Sixteen people heated things up recently during Huntley Farmers Market's first-annual garden salsa competition.

But there could only be three winners for the contest that was held Aug. 20. Elaine Mazur, of Lake in the Hills, won for hot salsa, April Joyce, of Huntley, won for medium salsa and Bob Wagner, of Union, won in the mild category.

Curious about what they put into their salsa? Visit

The farmers market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 8 in the Huntley square. For more information, visit the market's page on Facebook.

• Lenore Adkins covers Huntley, the Dundees, Carpentersville, Hampshire and Sleepy Hollow. To reach her, send an email to or call her at (847) 608-2725.