Bernotas Symphonic Band

This video highlights the 2009 Bernotas Symphonic Band:

The symphonic band & jazz band compete at Music in the Parks in St. Louis, MO.

White Sox game National Anthem audition/demo.

Chicago White Sox game May 22, 2009, events surrounding the National Anthem performance.

This video was part of the year-end band banquet, highlighting final band events leading up to Cynthia Zimmerman’s retirement.

Click here to see the Bernotas band perform the National Anthem at the White Sox game.


Three Oaks Recreation Area – Grand Opening

I attended the dedication ceremony of Crystal Lake’s new park Three Oaks Recreation Area. The 462 acre recreation area opened at 6:30AM on October 1, 2010.

After photographing the ceremony  I spent a few hours exploring and taking photos around the site.

Three Oaks Recreation Area Dedication Ceremony

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City Council members join in unveiling the bronze dedication plaque.


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On the west end of the Lake House is a nice zero-depth splashpark.

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Bernotas Band perform the National Anthem

The award winning Symphonic Band from Richard F Bernotas Middle School in Crystal Lake, IL perform the National Anthem at US. Cellular Field before the Chicago White Sox Game on May 22, 2009.

Band director Cynthia Zimmerman (a huge White Sox fan) was elated to direct the symphonic band at a Sox game. This was the last time after 29 years of service, the retiring band director would direct a performance of the symphonic band.

The Chicago White Sox Defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.

Lakewood Home mostly destroyed by fire

The sound of fire trucks never seemed to stop while I was watching my sons baseball game at Lippold park. From where we were watching the baseball game we were 1.5 miles from the fire and could see the smoke. Our neighbor had just dropped her son off for his baseball game and told me that a home in Brighton Oaks located behind our homes, was on fire. I quickly headed back to see the action.

Upon my arrival no flames were to be seen, but the sight and smell of smoke lingered in the air. Fire trucks lined the street and firefighters were everywhere.

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Asphalt company employee injured in fire

By TOM MUSICK, NORTHWEST HERALD, Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:25 AM CST

HUNTLEY – An asphalt-company employee was taken by ambulance to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin after a fire Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started about 2:30 p.m. near a conveyor belt outside Allied Asphalt Paving Co., 11900 Raymond Court, which is about a half-mile east of Route 47 and Kreutzer Road.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, said Chief Jim Saletta of the Huntley Fire Department.

Saletta said a male employee had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

When firefighters arrived, Saletta said, liquid asphalt was burning near large silos behind the building and sending flames and thick smoke into the air.

“It was a lot of black smoke,” Saletta said. “It was looking pretty dramatic there.”

Some witnesses reported hearing an explosion, Saletta said. Fire officials were investigating that and other possible causes Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Woodstock and Rutland-Dundee fire departments also responded to the scene. Huntley police helped with traffic control.

Fire at asphalt plant

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A fire burns Wednesday afternoon near a conveyor belt outside Allied Asphalt Paving Co., 11900 Raymond Court. Huntley firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly, but one plant employee was injured.