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Jun 02, 2015 12:58PM ● Published by Katelyn Nelson

 Patten House featured on pewter ornament

Looking for the perfect gift for those who live in or love Geneva? The City’s newest pewter ornament featuring the restored Patten House is now available for purchase. The 2015 ornament depicts the home on the front and history of the building on the back. The ornament is being sold for $12 Mon. through Fr. from 8am–5 pm at City Hall, 22 S. First St. You can also visit the City’s website at geneva.il.us and click “Shop The Geneva Store.” Sherri Weitl, 630-232-7494.

Marjolyn Van Der Hart receives award from Geneva Chamber Board Member Michael Olesen.

 Geneva Arts Fair winners

Congratulation to the 2015 Geneva Arts Fair Winners: Annette Poitau (2D), Jack McClean (3D), Laura Stamper (3D), Marjolyn Van Der Hart (2D), Michael Weber (2D), Natalya Sots (3D), Robert Cholke (2D), and Steve Edgar (3D).

Participate in voluntary electric load reduction program

During summer’s warmest days, Geneva residents can provide some relief to the City’s electric operations–and their own utility bills–by reducing their power consumption for a few hours in the afternoon. The City offers a voluntary electric load reduction program to all customers by alerting them via Twitter and their website to cut down electric usage during peak hours of the day.  The program is strictly voluntary, has no penalties and requires no reporting or tracking of usage. The benefits of reducing energy are making Geneva a greener community and keeping future electric costs down. Follow the City’s Twitter account @CityofGeneva or visit geneva.il.us, click the “Notify Me” button, and subscribe to the “Peak Power Day Alerts” in the “Alert Center.” Subscribers can choose to receive updates via email or text messages. 630-232-1503.

Play a round of mini golf

Geneva Park District’s Stone Creek mini-golf is now open for the season! Play a round or two with family and friends. Wheeler Park, 822 N 1st Street.

 Road work limits Route 38 street parking at night

As the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Rt. 38 construction begins, parking on W. State St. will remain open during the day with road work taking place from 8pm to 6am. Visitors heading downtown in the evening should monitor “no parking” restrictions, which will be in effect from 6pm to 6am along various segments of the highway. Throughout the project, work from Anderson Blvd.to First St. will primarily occur during overnight hours to alleviate the impact on the downtown business community. Construction from Bricher Rd. to Anderson Blvd.is being performed during the day due to the proximity of residential homes along Rt. 38. The overall IDOT project calls for resurfacing Rt. 38 from western Kane County to Rt. 31 in downtown Geneva. Geneva will provide construction updates at geneva.il.us/Rt38construction. Brian Schiber, 630-232-1501, bschiber@geneva.il.us.

Third level now open in parking deck

The Third St. Commuter Parking Deck’s capacity has increased by 180 spaces with the opening of the new third tier expansion. Construction on the $4.5 million project began in August, 2014 and was funded entirely by grants through Metra. The structure was shut down for six months before work was substantially completed in late January. The first two levels reopened to commuters and downtown visitors Feb. 1, but the third tier remained closed as crews had to wait for warmer weather to seal, stripe and paint the new addition. The daily fee parking remains $2 and free during the evening and weekends. The total deck capacity is now 540 spaces. The facility was expanded in order to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific’s future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove some existing surface parking lots. geneva.il.us.

The City of Geneva could lose $1 million in state funding

The City of Geneva is urging residents to visit ProtectMyTown.com to voice their opposition to Illinois leaders regarding Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal aimed at taking local revenue to fix the state’s budget problems. Attempts to take local income tax revenue from the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) to close budget gaps at the state would cause Geneva to lose $1 million annually. The LGDF returns tax dollars to Illinois communities, including Geneva, to fund essential services such as police and fire protection, street maintenance and snow plowing. If the local revenue is reduced, Geneva will have to make up for the funding shortfall by cutting services. After logging on to ProtectMyTown.com, it only takes three easy steps to directly contact state officials: 1) Review the letter 2) Fill out the contact information and 3) Hit the “Take Action” button to complete the form. Residents can also forward and share the website through social media to invite their friends to join the movement. geneva.il.us.

Monthly brush collection program continues

The 2015 brush collection has begun and is intended for the disposal of tree limbs and branches that are removed by the property owner, not for lot clearing. Crews will not collect material produced by a private contractor. Residents should place brush and limbs on the parkway by Mon. at 7am, on their scheduled week. Tree branches must be stacked with the cut ends facing in one direction toward the curb or edge of the pavement—not in the street. Branches and stumps cannot exceed 12" in diameter, and tree limbs should be less than 12' in length. Don’t tie bundles of branches with rope or wire, and no foreign materials, such as construction debris, fencing, lumber, wire, grass clippings, flowers, and garden waste will be collected. geneva.il.us, 630-232-1501.

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At the Park District…

For more information, to register or see all Geneva Park District activities call 630-232-4542 or visit genevparks.org

Swim and watch a movie together

Geneva Park District presents Flick n’ Float Nights in July and August. On July 24 watch Annie at 8:15pm and on Aug. 14 see Into the Woods at 8pm. Twilight admission rates apply. Sunset Pool, 710 Western Ave.

Park Cookout

Aug. 11, 5:30–7pm, Weaver Park

Enjoy a FREE Park Cookout at Weaver Park. Food is first come, first served.

At the Library…

To register or see a complete listing of events and programs visit gpld.org or call 630-232-0780.

Business Book Discussion

Aug. 11, 7–8:30pm

Crazy is a Complimentby Linda Rottenberg

A Literary Evening of Writers and Wine 

Attendees must be 21 and older

Aug. 13, 5:30–7:30pm

Join us at The Little Traveler to enjoy samplings of wine and learn tasting tips. Rick Holinger and other writers from Geneva Library’s Night Writers Workshop will read throughout the evening. The Little Traveler will donate all proceeds to Friends of the Geneva Library. This event is limited to 50 people.

Streaming Video:  What’s all the Hoopla?

Aug. 12, 7–8:30pm

Viewers now have more choices than ever. Michael Gershbein, founder of the tech tutoring company “Very Smart People,” walks attendees through the most popular options. Bring your own tablets and smartphones, as well as your GPLD library card.

Football Basics in a Snap!

Aug. 17, 7–8:30pm

Donna Terrell and Robin Beavers, knowledgeable and self-professed football-crazed addicts, provide the novice and casual fan alike with the tools to watch and enjoy a pro football game. 

Discuss a business book

Discuss the latest books and research related to business, personality and learning at Geneva Public Library on July 14 from 7-8:30pm. Cynthia Wade, an experienced group facilitator, guides the discussion of the book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. Registration required. 127 James Street. 630-232-0780 X251, gpld.org.

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