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Casale: This and that

Community voice

If you are looking to chase away the winter blahs, I recommend a visit to the 31st annual Boy Scout Troop 32 auction Jan. 25 at American Legion Post 76, 570 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream.

As a regular attendee, I will attest that this evening is a guaranteed good time with lots of laughs and bargains, too.

Doors open at 7 p.m., allowing visitors to view the many items headed to the auction block and items reserved for the white elephant auction. At 7:30 p.m., it’s off to the auction, led by professional auctioneer Mike Schadel, who has again donated his time and talent to support this fundraiser.

Anything from golf packages, restaurant certificates, oil changes and hotel packages to a will written by Carol Stream attorney Robert McNees will go up for bid.

“The auction proceeds will help offset the Scouts’ expenses,” said volunteer Cindy Knapp, who has supported this event since the 1980s, when her son, Keith, began his scouting career as a young child.

“We hope many people come out to make it a success,” she said.

Donations will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day of the auction or contact auction chairwoman Mary Schramer at 630-682-0076 for information on how to make a donation. Also keep in mind household items, electronics in good working order and large baskets will be accepted.

Admission is free and so are the snacks. There will be a cash bar.

Carol Stream gives back

I’m proud to announce that many village residents, businesses, organizations and groups supported the 2013 Carol Stream Christmas Sharing program. Their generosity provided holiday food baskets for 287 needy village families and toys for their 583 children. This is another example of how our village rallies behind those in need.

Holiday greens pickup available

Flood Bros. Disposal Co. will collect your holiday trees and wreaths through Jan. 17, free of charge. Be sure to remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights and nails before placing these items curbside. After Jan. 17, there will be a fee to dispose of these items.

Until next month, keep warm and stay safe!

To contact Jenny Casale, email her at

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