News briefs from Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.
Emergency testing schedule changed
Batavia officials have decided to forgo testing its emergency siren systems weekly. Currently, the city of Batavia tests the sirens every Tuesday morning. State law requires that sirens be tested monthly. Officials say that the city's current radio system tests the integrity of the sirens twice each day, and if there is a problem, the system sends an email to city officials, so officials decided to only test the weather sirens the first Tuesday of the month.
Festival looks for community help
The coordinators of the Art in Your Eye art festival in Batavia are seeking volunteers to help with everything from the children's tent to artist check-in at the annual art festival scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22. Interested volunteers should call (630) 761-3528 or email email@example.com to volunteer. All volunteers will receive an orange shirt or Art In Your Eye poster.
Library adds digital service
St. Charles Library patrons now have access to TV shows and movies with their library card. The library recently added "hoopla", a new digital media service that allows patrons to borrow movies or television series from tablet, browser or smart phone. The new service is free and has automatic returns, which eliminates late fees. For details on hoopla, visit stcharleslibrary.org or hoopladigital.com and click 'Sign Up."
Police to offer free shredding
The St. Charles Police Department will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 14. The event is part of an effort to keep residents' information from ending up in the hands of identity thieves. A contractor, ProShred, will take care of the shredding. Interested residents can take their documents that day to the St. Charles Police Department parking lot, 211 N. Riverside Ave.
Nominations sought for community award
TriCity Family Services is seeking nominations for the 2013 William D. Barth Award, an annual honor that recognizes those who make a significant impact through community service on the central Kane County area and someone who is recognized as a community leader. The William D. Barth Award is sponsored by TriCity Family Services to honor Barth, a founder of TriCity Family Services. Send nominations to Miranda Barfuss, TriCity Family Services, 1120 Randall Ct., Geneva, IL 60134, or by fax to (630) 232-1471or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City to seal cracks in streets
The City of Geneva will be sealing cracks in 23 streets beginning this week as part of this year's road improvement program. According to city officials, employees seal cracks to prevent water infiltration into the pavement base, a process that makes the roads last longer. All 23 streets are in neighborhoods and the project will not require any lane closures, officials said. A map of the affected streets is posted on the city's website at geneva.il.us under the "construction projects" link. The entire program should be completed in three days, weather permitting, according to officials. For more information, call the city's public works department at (630) 232-1501.
Teacher honored by orchestra
A Geneva music professor at Waubonsee Community College recently received the Fox Valley Orchestra's first-ever "Champion of the Arts" award for his dedication to the arts and arts education in the Fox Valley, according to a press release from Waubonsee. The orchestra is also naming the principal percussion chair in his honor. "I feel honored and humbled by the recognition from my peers in the arts community," said Gibby Monokoski. A former "teacher of the year" among Illinois community colleges, Monokoski has performed throughout the nation as a trumpeter and jazz pianist and has taught at Waubonsee for 39 years. He teaches music theory, composition, American music literature and jazz piano, and coordinates the college's music performance program. Monokoski served as president of the Fox Valley Symphony until it closed in 2001 and is currently on the board of directors for the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame.