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Book Reuse and Recycling Event ‘busiest’ ever

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About 69,000 books went home with new readers from the “busiest” Will County Reuse and Recycle Book Event to date.

Tim Anderson of the Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division said the event at the Pilcher Park Nature Center June 5-7 “was the busiest in both number of people who attended and books.” Anderson has spearheaded the event, which began in 1999, the last four years. The event is co-sponsored by the Joliet Park District.

Will County honors 48 schools with Earth Flag Awards

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Nearly 700 students and staff members from 24 Will County schools attended the Earth Flag Awards ceremony at Rialto Square Theater in Joliet.

Another 24 schools also won the award after working with the Joan O’Keefe, the Environmental Educator with the Resource Recovery and Energy Division of the Will County Land Use Department, but were unable to attend.

Will County offers residents spay/neuter discount for pets in June

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Will County residents who have their pets spayed or neutered at participating veterinary offices in June can receive a $40 county-sponsored discount.

The discount applies for up to two animals per household and is exclusively for pet owners who live in Will County. More than 10,000 pets have been treated since the program originated in 2007.

Homer Glen students ready to grow

Students, staff plant fruits, vegetables in school garden

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Students gathered around the plant with its one strawberry, not yet ripe, careful not to dislodge the fruit from the vine.

The strawberry plant was one of several attractions as students, staff and guests milled around the raised garden beds at William E. Young School, christened the Young Sprouts Grow and Learn Garden, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 15.

Free Book Reuse and Recycling Event to be held June 5-7

Will County Resource Recovery and Energy Division, Joliet Park District co-sponsors

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The annual Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, June 5-7, at Joliet Park District’s Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive.

Schools, libraries and members of the general public can bring any unwanted books for reuse and recycling, said Tim Anderson of the Will County Land Use Departments Resource Recovery and Energy Division. The books will be available to anyone attending the event free of charge. Categories include fiction, non-fiction, children’s, romance, hobby, travel, health and living, religion, textbooks, periodicals, magazines and cookbooks. 

Mobile Workforce Center’s June schedule announced

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The Mobile Workforce Center’s June schedule has been announced by the Workforce Services Division of Will County.

The mobile unit travels throughout Will County to help residents with resume development, cover letters and job applications. The workforce center contains 11 computer stations, internet access, and offers keyboarding lessons, as well as resume and job search assistance using online listings including jobs4people.org and Illinois workNet.

Fiesta to benefit Sunny Hill Nursing Home residents with Alzheimer’s

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Gratitude for the care that residents receive at Sunny Hill Nursing Home and lessons learned about how the brain operates will benefit those with Alzheimer’s disease for years to come.

That gratitude is from the family of the late Richard Churnovic and KSKJ, the organization of which he and other Sunny Hill residents were members, said Danette Krieger, Sunny Hill’s Activity Director. The late Richard Tezak, also known as "Mr. Sunny Hill," was also a member of the fraternal organization.

Will County Sheriff’s officers trained to administer Narcan

Life-saving drug reverses the effects of an opioid overdose

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Will County Sheriff’s deputies were trained to administer naloxone, a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, on Thursday, April 23. Naloxone is sold under the brand name Narcan.  The training is part of the Will County HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions) initiative in the office of Will County Executive Larry Walsh.

Mobile Workforce Center’s May schedule announced

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     The Mobile Workforce Center’s May schedule has been announced by the Workforce Services Division of Will County.

     The mobile unit travels throughout Will County to help residents with resume development, cover letters and job applications. The workforce center contains 11 computer stations, internet access, and offers keyboarding lessons, as well as resume and job search assistance using online listings including jobs4people.org and Illinois workNet.

Workforce Services Division releases May workshop schedule

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     Workforce Services Division of Will County has scheduled its May workshops for job seekers.

     Participants will learn interviewing techniques at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Successful Interviewing. Learn how to prepare for a job interview, be confident and make a positive impression. Attendees may schedule an individual, digitally recorded mock interview after completing the workshop. 

Will County to host three household hazardous waste collection events

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Just in time for spring cleaning, the Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division will host a trio of one-day residential household hazardous waste collections.

The first, part of Recyclepalooza, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Joliet Junior College, 2015 Houbolt Road. 

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