Cooling Season is Here: Remember AC Maintenance

“Understanding air conditioner maintenance means knowing how a system works,” says Fred Martin, Jr., of Martin Enterprises.

Most times, central air includes a system with indoor and outdoor units connected by copper tubing and wiring. Having a system in good operating order is vital to comfort, efficiency and keeping utility bills in check, Martin says.

Outdoors there’s a condenser coil, compressor, fan, motor and electronics. For indoors–either a furnace or a fan coil–there’s typically an evaporator coil, blower fan and motor, and air filter.

With help from the outdoor compressor a chemical refrigerant circulates between the indoor and outdoor units in copper tubing. Heat is pulled from indoor air though the evaporator coil and exits the system through the outdoor condensing coil. Cooler air is blown into the home through ductwork.

Regular AC maintenance minimizes many issues caused by dirt and debris. An HVAC technician will check for longer-term issues, and if need be, take steps to prevent premature failure or breakdowns during the cooling season, according to Martin.

Learn more at; 847.438.3081.

Junior Golf School in Hawthorn Woods

Young golfers will realize their potential in this progressive skill development school working on a Hat System encouraging young golfers to improve. Instructors concentrate training on areas where individual improvement is needed. A unique reward system is established for practicing as well as performing. If your child has expressed interest in learning golf in a structured and fun environment, sign up for this school. Junior Golf School is held at Hawthorn Woods Country Club beginning June 11. For details including clinic schedule, fees, and registration information, visit


Savvy Spirit Celebrates Grand Re-Opening at the Ice House Mall

Barrington’s Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated a ribbon cutting for the Grand Re-Opening of Savvy Spirit & Women’s Accessories at the Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St. in Barrington, which featured a jewelry trunk show by Serge & Ulla of Paris.

“We’re thrilled to be in our beautiful new location at the Ice House Mall,” said Rosemary Doherty, manager/buyer for Savvy Spirit. “Our new space provides the perfect opportunity to show off Savvy Spirit’s new spring fashion designs and accessories from local, national and international designers.”

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Conservation Organizations Awarded BACF Grant for Water Protection Educational Resources

Three Barrington area conservation organizations will collaborate to help Barrington-area residents protect local water sources, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation.

Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership (FC/SCWP) will coordinate efforts, Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) will develop the demonstration area along Flint Creek, and Citizens for Conservation (CFC) will develop the schematic planting design, determine best native plants and create homeowner design. The collaboration will provide restoration demonstration areas, educational activities, native planting instructions, sample planting designs, online resources, and how-to libraries aiding local residents.


One Night In Memphis

One Night in Memphis® (created and directed by John Mueller) is the number one booked and critically acclaimed tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley performed live and starring former cast members of the Broadway smash, “Million Dollar Quartet.” Enjoy over 90 minutes of authentic rockabilly, country, gospel and 1950’s rock and roll. June 16, 8pm at the Raue Center, 26 N Williams St, Crystal Lake. Tickets start at $26 ($18.20 for Raue Members); visit for ticket info. 

Strategies for Dealing with Opioids in the Workplace

Learn the challenges and identifiers of drug misuse (whether prescribed or not); HR preparedness; & prevention and treatment initiatives to keep employees and their families healthy and safe at this presentation sponsored by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC).

Speakers include Michael G. Nerheim (State’s Attorney), Howard Cooper (Lake County Coroner) and Dr. John Prunskis (Advisor on the Pain Task Force for the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services in D.C. and CEO of the Illinois Pain Institute). Meet at the District 95 Administration Building, 832 S Rand Rd (next to Wal-Mart) in Lake Zurich. Lunch is included, served at 11:45am, with the program beginning at noon (ending by 1:30pm). Email for details and registration information; $20.00 LZACC members, $35.00 non-members.