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Program to paint Carpentersville homes needs applicants

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Carpentersville is looking for certain groups of people in the village who need help painting their homes.

Every September, the village's Paint-A-Thon committee paints the exteriors of three or four homes for seniors and disabled veterans.

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This year's Paint-A-Thon will be held Sept. 6, but if it rains, the event will move to Sept. 13.

Applications for seniors and disabled veterans who would like to be considered for the program are available in Carpentersville at the Dundee Township Senior Center, 665 Barrington Avenue, or within the community development department at village hall, 1200 LW Besinger Drive.

If you would like to paint or donate paint and cash, call (847) 428-6645.

Eighteen years and counting: Algonquin has been named a Tree City USA community for the 18th time by the Arbor Day Foundation that honors communities for its commitment to urban forestry.

To secure the honor, a community must meet four requirements that involve having a tree board or department, having an ordinance that focuses on tree care, offering a community forestry program with annual expenses of at least $2 a person and having an Arbor Day proclamation and observance.

"We are always grateful to be recognized for the quality of our urban forestry program," Algonquin Village President John Schmitt said in a statement. "Algonquin's tree-lined streets add significantly to the quality of life in our village."

The program is sponsored by the foundation in addition to the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Support the walkers: St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gilberts is holding a 10-mile walkathon through the Dundee area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Its proceeds will raise money toward a vacation Bible school scheduled for July 21-25.

If you'd like to cheer the walkers on, stop by Woodman's Foods at 2100 Randall Road and the Home Depot at 251 Spring Hill Road, both in Carpentersville.

The church is on 18N377 Galligan Road. For more information about the event or where to support walkers, call the church at (847) 428-4054.

• Lenore Adkins covers Community Unit District 300, Algonquin, Carpentersville, the Dundees, Sleepy Hollow, Grafton Township and Hampshire. To reach her, send an email to ladkins@dailyherald.com or call (847) 608-2725.

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