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Sign up starting April 2 for the Community Garage Sale

The Oswego Community Garage Sale, sponsored by the Environmentally Conscious Oswego (ECO) Commission happens Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, 2018, throughout Oswego. 

 Residents may sign-up at the Oswego Village Hall beginning on Monday, April 2, 2018, to be included in the advertising for the Community Garage Sale. The fee to be included in advertising is $15. Once the fee is paid, the participant will receive a sign and yard stake to place in their yard during their sale. The list of those participating in the Community Garage Sale will be published in the Ledger-Sentinel on Thursday, May 10, about one week prior to the sale, in addition to the Village's website and social media outlets. The cut-off date to sign-up is Friday, April 27, 2018, to be included in the Ledger-Sentinel advertisement.

After the sale, your garage sale sign and yard stake can be returned to the Oswego Village Hall for a $10.00 refund.  Please return all signs by Friday, June 8.

Check back here, or on the Village's Facebook page for a list of sales. 

The Village of Oswego ECO Commission looks forward to your participation in the Oswego Community Garage Sale! Questions about the Community Garage Sale should be sent to eco@oswegoil.org.


Wine on the Fox pre-sale tickets available for purchase

Tickets are on sale now for Wine on the Fox, presented by john greene Realtor, returning May 5 and 6 to downtown Oswego.

The festival promises to offer a little something extra this year, with additional wine selections, multiple tiers of wine, and an opportunity to creatively interact with Oswego businesses.

“Some of the feedback we’ve heard from attendees was simply a desire for more diversity in the wines we had to offer,” said Julie Hoffman, community engagement coordinator of special events for the Village of Oswego. “This new model welcomes back and celebrates our Illinois favorites while also offering patrons new selections to try. We also hope the new pricing tiers will let attendees get adventurous with some new vintages, whether they’re on the hunt for a new, inexpensive table wine or a more exotic gift-worthy selection.”

Also new this year, Oswego’s small businesses are joining in on the fun with interactive and crafty demonstrations and make-and-take activities, free to event attendees.

Plus enjoy live entertainment from last year’s favorites Junkyard Groove and Lincoln Don’t Lie, the up-and-coming Althea Grace Duo, the crowd-pleasing American Idol contestant Gina Glocksen Band, and more, while noshing on food pairings from tasty Italian to gourmet grilled cheese.

Most importantly, Wine on the Fox offers an opportunity for friends and neighbors to come together to toast to the arrival of spring in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, all benefitting the Oswego community.

Packages this year begin at $15 and include a commemorative glass, a wristband, and seven wine tickets. Small, 1-oz. pours begin at just one ticket each. A two-day Mother’s Day Package includes a commemorative glass and wristband, 22 tickets to be used over two days, and the choice of a special gift from downtown Oswego businesses Bentleys’ Pet Stuff, Aroma Roots, or The Garden Faire.

Proceeds from Wine on the Fox benefit event programming and community amenities throughout the year. Fourth of July fireworks, Movies in the Park and other fun for Oswego families will be made possible because of the contributions of Wine on the Fox sponsors, participating businesses and attendees.

A 2018 Wine on the Fox glass is required in order to consume alcohol at the festival. Please note that no beverages may be brought into the festival park, with the exception of milk and other children’s drinks. Bottles of wine will be available for purchase for off-site consumption only.

Designated drivers are rewarded for their role in keeping the event and our community safe with complimentary bottled water and soda. The designated driver tent is sponsored by the Oswego Rotary Club, as a part of its Operation Impact, an initiative to reduce teen driving accidents in Oswego.

Wine package tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite. A small online ticketing fee applies. Wine glasses and tickets purchase online can be picked up at Will Call the day of the event.

Tickets go on sale at Oswego Village Hall in the weeks prior to the event, and will also be available at the door.

For more information or to buy tickets visit www.wineonthefox.com. For a full listing of events happening this summer around Oswego, visit www.GoOswego.org.   

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Earth Day Recycling Extravaganza

The Village’s ECO Commission will hold an Earth Day Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, April 21, 2018, in honor of Earth Day.  The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego. The event will include demonstrations of beekeeping and honey, composting, rain barrels, and raising chickens.  Fox Metro will be hosting a drop off for medical prescriptions and EpiPens. Eye glasses, keys, batteries, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, and packing materials may also be dropped off.  There will be a book and bicycle exchange, and a collection of dog-related items for area rescue organizations.  Groot Industries will be on hand collecting electronics of all kinds.

The Village of Oswego, in partnership with the Conservation Foundation, is selling rain barrels! Rain barrels are large containers that capture storm water from your roof that would otherwise be lost as runoff. Per the Conservation Foundation, approximately 40 percent of total household water use during the summer months is for watering lawns and gardens. Rainwater is a sustainable solution for watering flowers and gardens, or washing cars and windows. 

Place your order before April 17, 2018. Rain barrels will cost $55-$60 and can be ordered through Upcycle Products. Choose to deliver the barrel to your home for an additional $5, or choose municipal pick up for no additional charge, to be picked up at the Earth Day event.

At the Earth Day event, in honor of Arbor Day, Village of Oswego Public Works staff will be planting two trees at the Oswego Village Hall. This will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m. If you would like to be a part of this annual event, please be at the Village Hall parking lot near the Gazebo by 10:00 a.m.

For more information about the Earth Day Event, please contact the ECO Commission at eco@oswegoil.org.


Hydrant Flushing

The Public Works Department will be flushing fire hydrants during the two-week period of April 9th – April 20th (weather permitting).  Crews will begin flushing at 7 a.m.  Please do your laundry before that time or after 6 p.m. on these days to avoid rust discoloration of clothes. If your clothes become discolored, please notify the Public Works Department at 630-554-3242.

This spring, hydrants will be flushed in the following neighborhoods: 

Boulder Hill

Brookside

Cedar Glen

Downtown Oswego

Stonegate

Windcrest, both old and new sections

The Public Works Department flushes fire hydrants in the spring and fall under the recommendation of the Illinois EPA. Flushing does a number of things including cleaning of water mains and producing fresh water to areas of the system that have low or very little usage. Flushing cleans the water mains by running high flows of water through fire hydrants to get rid of iron deposits that could produce colored water and, in some instances, plugged water meters. Flushing also helps produce fresh water by opening hydrants at the end of water mains and pulling fresh water all the way to the end of the line. This helps if a resident lives in a new subdivision that has little water usage.

REMEMBER – if the Village crews are in your area, do not do laundry until after 6 p.m. on the days of flushing. Also, before running your hot water, run all cold water taps first to make sure the water is running clear. Only when it is running clear is when you want to run your hot water.

The department will be putting up signs to alert residents of the upcoming flushing. These signs will be placed throughout the Village the week before the flushing.  Please watch for them. 


Oswego awarded for excellence in financial reporting for 15th year

For the fifteenth year in a row, the Village of Oswego has been recognized for its commitment to transparency in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

Oswego was awarded the Certificate of Achievement from the GFOA for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ending April 30, 2017. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the field of government accounting and financial reporting, and this year is the fifteenth year that Oswego has been awarded the recognition.

In addition, the Village of Oswego received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its Resident’s Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ending April 30, 2017. The Resident’s Annual Financial Report is a simplified and visually engaging version of the Village’s financial reports designed to be easily understood by residents without financial backgrounds. This is the second year the Village of Oswego has earned recognition for the Resident’s Annual Financial Report.

The 2017 Resident’s Annual Financial Report is available for download under the Popular Links section of the Village’s homepage at www.oswegoil.org. A copy of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is available at www.oswegoil.org/government/departments/finance.aspx

For more information on Village of Oswego financial reporting, contact the Village of Oswego’s Finance Director Mark Horton at 630-554-0864 or visit www.oswegoil.org.


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