Melanie Kohout, 16, of Geneva participated in the 76th running of the All American Soap Box Derby race in Akron, Ohio, for the World Championship this past weekend. Melanie competed with over 450 boys and girls, and competed against 44 other Masters rally racers, where she went undefeated all day Saturday. At the end of the day Melanie was crowned All American Soap Box Derby World Rally Masters Champion.
Royalty rode a float in a parade celebrating the 42nd annual Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival in downtown Aurora on Sunday, July 28. The fest opened with food, Folkloric dancers and a talent contest at RiverEdge Park on Saturday.
Michelle Mann, 18, of St. Charles, a member of Girl Scout Troop 51396, received her Girl Scout Gold Award after completing a complex series of requirements, including the implementation of a significant community service project.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva youth group recently spent a week in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, framing a house for Itasca Habitat for Humanity.
The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners invite the public to visit their Idea Garden. Eight different garden beds are designed to show homeowner garden techniques that can be easily replicated in their own yards. The Idea Garden will be open to the public from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31. The garden is located directly behind the Master Gardener vegetable stand at the corner of Peck Road and Route 38 in St Charles.