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Online National Archives Genealogy Fair

On October 28, 29, and 30, 2014, the National Archive and Records Administration is hosting a big online genealogy event.  During these three days of Internet broadcasting, those interested in learning more about genealogy can listen to genealogy experts from the National Archives facilities and from the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services talk about using Federal records as resources for family history research.  The sessions start at 10 AM EDT each day.  After the event, recorded sessions and handouts will remain online.  Learn more at http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair.

By annes on October 27, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized

Britannica Library

britannicaThe Library now subscribes to the excellent and authoritative Encyclopedia Britannica’s online presence, Britannica Library. Explore thousands of topics in science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics for school projects, review concepts taught in the classroom, or learn something new. Very impressive are the more than 90,000 images, videos, and audio clips. There are 3 levels – children’s, teen, and adult – with great information for everyone. It would be easy to spend an afternoon or evening exploring here.

By Steve Browne on September 25, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized

Skunked!

In case you hadn’t noticed (lucky you!) it’s skunk season! Removing skunk scent can be difficult because the oily compound responsible for the odor is not water soluble. In suburbia, the skunk’s prime target seems to be our dogs – mine got sprayed three times last year! Here are some tips from Carriage Hill Kennel in Glenview if your dog gets “skunked.”

1. Keep the dog outside. Most dogs seem to get sprayed in the face and the first thing they do is rub it all over your bed (or other furniture) and it’s very difficult to get the smell out of your house. For the same reason, put on old clothes and use old towels during the cleanup. It’s easier just to throw them away!

2. Mix 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda, and 2 Tablespoons of dishwashing liquid (Dawn works best.) Do not wet dog down before applying this solution. Pour mixture over the dog and let it sit for 10-15 minutes (be careful not to get it in the dog’s eyes.) Rinse the dog thoroughly and let dry in the sun if possible.

3. Don’t mix this solution before hand and store it in a container as it could possibly explode. There are also products at pet stores specifically for removing skunk odor.

4. If you prefer to take your dog to a groomer for the cleanup, let the groomer know the situation before you drop your pet off. Many times, there is a separate grooming area for “skunked” dogs as they do not want the smell to permeate their business.

5. If you discover skunks have taken up residence on your property – usually in wood piles or under decks or stoops – you will need to call a private company for removal. The Village of Mount Prospect does not remove any wild animals.

Good luck!

By JoR on July 11, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized

Flying the Flag – the right way!

It’s that time of year, when Old Glory is proudly displayed.  The United States Flag is one of the most visible and important symbols of our country and the United States Flag Code spells out proper use of the flag.

From a staff, the union (the blue field) should be at the peak, unless the flag is being flown at half-staff.  No other flag should be placed above or to the right of the American flag. The flag can also be displayed vertically, hanging flat so the folds fall free. The union should be uppermost to the flag’s own right (the observer’s left.)

Customarily, the flag is flown from sunrise to sunset, although it may be flown 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during night hours.  Proper illumination is a light specifically for the flag (preferred) or a light source in the area that allows the flag to be identifiable. The flag should not be flown in inclement weather, unless it is made of all-weather material (many are.)

The flag should not touch the ground or be used for draping or decoration. No part of the flag should be used as a costume, in clothing, or for advertising purposes.  Lapel pins are allowed and should always be worn on the left near the heart.

When a flag becomes too worn to display, it should be respectfully disposed of, preferably by burning.  American Legion Post 36 and VFW Post 2992 host an annual Flag Day (June 14) ceremonial burning of worn flags. For more information on displaying the flag, visit the American Legion website at http://www.legion.org/flag/code .

By JoR on Categories: Uncategorized

Fireworks!

Interested in which community is hosting fireworks? The Chicago Tribune published a list of many towns getting ready to celebrate the holiday.

By Patricia Smolin on July 2, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized

Legal Assistance Referrals/Recomendaciones de Abogados

Speak to an Attorney for free, provided by Between Friends, an advocacy organization to help battered women and children of domestic violence.  You can call to set an appointment at either at Rolling Meadows or a Chicago location.  Please call for a specific location 773-274-5232 x23.

Also, please review the attached to find dates of this service and free or low cost legal services.

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By Patricia Smolin on April 19, 2012 Categories: Uncategorized

NEW! Sign up for the Experience Mount Prospect Text Marketing Program

 

Sign up for the Experience Mount Prospect Text Marketing Program to receive the latest news on shopping, dining and events in Mount Prospect.

Using a cell phone, just text EXMP to 36000 and you will be ready to receive news, coupons and special offers from your favorite Mount Prospect businesses!

Sign up today – our first message is going out next week and you won’t want to miss it!

This program is sponsored by the Village of Mount Prospect. To stop receiving messages, text STOP to 36000.

By Patricia Smolin on March 30, 2012 Categories: Uncategorized

Copyright Questions

We often receive questions about copyright; e.g. ownership of one’s work, what is needed to use another’s work, public domain, etc.  A helpful guideline is provided by the U.S. Copyright Office.

Steps to copyright an image can be also useful, as well as how to determine which images provided by Google may have restrictions on use, especially for advertising.

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Uncategorized

E-file Your Income Tax Forms

If you have not yet attempted to file your state and federal income tax forms electronically, be aware that e-filing has personal benefits. If you are receiving a refund, you can elect to have it directly deposited in to your bank account, and you will get your money much faster than if you wait to have a check sent to you.  By filing electronically and choosing direct deposit, the time lapse from submitting your form to getting your refund can be less than a week! And you will not be using any paper in the entire transaction.

 The IRS allows anyone to e-file their federal forms for free: Free File. 

The State of Illinois also allows e-filing: e-Services for Individuals and direct electronic deposit for refunds.

Make this the year you go electronic: save paper and time!

By julie collins on February 26, 2012 Categories: Uncategorized

Treasury to End Over-the-Counter Sales of Paper U.S. Savings Bonds in 2012

The Bureau of the Public Debt announced this summer that as of January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds will no longer be sold at financial institutions. This action, which supports the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s goal to increase the number of electronic transactions with citizens and businesses, will save American taxpayers approximately $70 million over the first five years.

But savings bonds, introduced in 1935, are not going away. Electronic savings bonds in Series EE and I will remain available through purchase in TreasuryDirect®, a secure, web-based system operated by Public Debt – where investors have been purchasing savings bonds, available 24/7, since 2002.

Those currently holding paper savings bonds can continue to redeem them at financial institutions. Bonds, which have not matured, but were lost, stolen or destroyed, can be reissued in paper or electronic form.

Series I paper savings bonds remain available for purchase using part or all of one’s tax refund. For more information on this feature, visit www.irs.gov.

For more information about the elimination of paper savings bonds and how to enroll in TreasuryDirect, visit

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/.

By Patricia Smolin on November 13, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized