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Aggregation of Electrical Suppy
Village of Downers Grove and the Village of Westmont have awarded a
contract to First Energy to provide electric supply services through
the villages' Municipal Electrical Aggregation Program.
here to read more.
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Village of Downers Grove and Creative Recycling are offering
electronics recycling on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00
to Noon. Drop-off location is in the
employee parking lot at rear of Village
Hall, 801 Burlington Avenue, off
Curtiss Street. There
accept pretty much anything you would think of as
"electronics" such as computers (along with monitors, printers, etc.),
VCRs, stereos, gaming consoles, televisions, and other gadgets. A
longer list of acceptable and unacceptable items may be found on the
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Beekeeping at Lyman Woods
Early this spring the Downers Grove Park District installed four new hives for honeybees in Lyman Woods. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance contributed partial funding
for this project. The Bee Yard Project included a purchase of
protective suits and masks so that Lyman Woods interpretive program
participants can help with the honey harvest.
The bees at the new Lyman Woods apiary have been hard at work this
summer, as have the Lyman Woods staff with junior beekeeping camps and
bee activities for all ages.
Honey was harvested from the hives in July and again in
September. After the bees were pacified with smoke, the hives
were opened and honeycomb-filled frames were removed. The wax
caps were cut from the combs and the honey extracted, filtered, and
bottled, yielding a nice light-gold honey that was in great demand and
has been sold out for this year. A short video of the process of filling the jars may be found at Honey Harvest.
Lyman Woods staffer and beekeeper Marge Trocki lent her
expertise. The Cook-DuPage Beekeepers Association generously
provided funding for four scholarships to the beekeeping camp.
Be sure to watch for opportunities next year to learn more about the Lyman Woods honeybees!
Lyman Woods and Belmont Prairie Volunteering
Outdoor Restoration Activities:
projects include restoring trails with wood chips, removing invasive
brush, collecting and sowing native seed, hand-pulling non-native
plants, and gardening. Most workdays begin at 8:00 am and end at 10:30
am on Saturdays. You must pre-register at least one week in
advance of the scheduled workday.
tools, safety glasses and work gloves are provided for all volunteers.
The number of volunteers may be limited for some workdays due to the
sensitivity of the Natural Areas. Volunteers under 14 must be
accompanied by an adult. To register for a workday please contact Shannon Forsythe, Manager of Natural
Resources and Interpretive Services,
at 630-963-9388 or SForsythe@DGParks.org
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the
natural and cultural heritage of Downers Grove. In the past, we have
maintained sharp focus on the natural heritage within our community.
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance has been instrumental in the
preservation and protection of Lyman Woods, and Belmont Prairie, which
continue as on-going projects.
We are now also committed to the preservation
of cultural aspects of Downers Grove, including its rich
architectural heritage. We work to accomplish our mission through
education as well as community outreach.
Can you find this house
in Downers Grove and why is it important? (Click the image for
PDHA Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Center Room 503
935 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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restore the 1846 Blodgett
House, one of the Village's
oldest houses, which reflects our rich cultural heritage. PDHA
supports such efforts
to preserve valuable
historic resources for
here to learn about the 1846 Blodgett House project.
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Click here to learn
more about other local historic
preservation activities in Downers Grove.