Come to the Green Side

January 30, 2011, 7:01 am
Filed under: Environment, Gardening, Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary

Aren’t you looking forward to the warm months with all of the vibrant beauty of the many blooming flowers?  Have you ever taken a walk through Spring Valley and appreciated not only the stillness of this far-from-remote spot but the many bits of nature that you don’t ordinarily see in your neighborhood?  If you’d like to experience the peacefulness and beauty of this local preserve all year long with the help of your computer, here’s your chance!

Beginning in March, Ed Tummillo invites you to subscribe to the Spring Valley Wildflower Blog.  As a nature photographer who has been taking pictures of the flora and fauna of Spring Valley for the last five years, Ed will keep you up to date on the blooming of the various wildflowers of the Sanctuary.  In subscribing to the blog you will be provided with:

  • Photos of the wildflowers throughout the blooming season
  • A weekly updated list of wildflowers that are currently in bloom or about to bloom at Spring Valley
  • Hints for identifying the different types of wildflowers
  • A detailed map showing the best locations in Spring Valley for viewing and photographing the wildflowers.
  • Recommendations for how and whent to photograph the flowers.

If you would like to subscribe to the Spring Valley Blog at no charge, please send Mr. Tummillo an email at  Simply say “Sign me up for the Blog” in the subject line.


January 16, 2011, 7:01 am
Filed under: Farmers' Markets

Are you looking for a Farmers’ Market to frequent this winter?  Have a taste for something fresh or interesting?  Would you like to encourage the locavore movement by visiting and shopping for local foods and items?  

Don’t despair that it’s winter and your Farmers’ Market has shut down for the year.  Try the Markets mentioned on another blog, The Local Beet.  This is a list for the 2010/2011 winter season and encompasses all of the Markets they are aware of.

January 9, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Outdoor Activities

After we have the equivalent of 4 inches or more snow on the ground, why not head over to Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary in Schaumburg to try your hand at snowshoeing?  It’s a nice way to experience Mother Nature in a winter environment at a minimal cost. 

  • Rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9-3 with all rentals being returned by 4:30.
  • The rental rate is $3 for a maximum of 3 hours use at Spring Valley.   A driver’s license or some of other form of ID is required as a deposit.  A rental application and liability waiver must be filled out at the Nature Center Visitor Center.  To take snowshoes off site, a deposit of $50 is required along with a $6 cost per day.
  • First-time renters will be asked to view a short video on the proper way to use snowshoes prior to taking them out.

Call 847-985-2100 or head over to the Spring Valley Nature Center at 1111 E. Schaumburg Road.  It’s great get some exercise and take advantage of Spring Valley in a whole new way.

January 2, 2011, 7:01 am
Filed under: Electronics, Light Bulbs, Local Drop-off Sites

The Village of Hanover Park is pleased to announce that they have added Christmas light and extension cord recycling to their household recycling program.  In conjunction with Elgin Recycling, they will be accepting the lights and cords through February 2011.

As a reminder, it is also possible to recycle household batteries, electronics, and CFL bulbs at Hanover Park.  These items are collected year round and are open to residents and non-residents alike.

As a reminder, the types of batteries accepted are:

Nickel Cadmium
Nickel – Metal Hydride
Lithium – Ion
Non – Spillable Lead Acid
Primary Lithium

All of the above items can be brought to the Public Works facility located at 2041 Lake Street, weekdays, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

When making the trip, don’t forget that you can also drop off your electronic items.  Accepted are:   computers, CPUs, monitors, keyboards, televisions, radios, microwaves, laptops, printers, cell phones, UPS systems, PDU’s, fax machines, phones, DVD players, VCR’s and stereo equipment.

Please be aware these recycling options are  restricted to households only.