Tuesday, November 9, 2010


As you've no doubt noticed, I haven't posted here in some time. I'm going to go ahead and leave the posting of important news items to the other blog at volonews.blogspot.com. I will, however, keep the links up to date and turn this into more of a business directory exclusive to Volo. If you're a local business and want a link on this site, please let me know. I still get a few hundred page views a month on my old postings.

Who knows, if the retail side of things starts to pick up again after Thornton's opens next week, maybe I'll start taking a more active posting role.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Volo Looking to Spur Downtown Redevelopment

From the June 9, 2010 Daily Herald:
By Lee Filas - Daily Herald Staff

Volo officials hope new sewer and water lines on Route 12 could lead to future redevelopment of the village's downtown area.

Mayor Burnell Russell said Volo will borrow $2 million bond to be used to extend water and sewer lines to the corner of Old Volo Village Road and Route 12. The area is now served by well and septic systems.

Construction to bring water and sewer lines to the area would begin after the bond is officially in hand Thursday morning, Russell said.

"For me, it's real exciting," Russell said. "We are slowly putting bits and pieces of our master plan together and watching as these areas develop into commercial and residential properties."

A closed gas station, tavern, a closed bait shop and the old Volo village hall are currently in the area the sewers will serve.

With the addition of sewers, a proposed Thornton's Gas Station could begin construction at that intersection, Russell said. Village board members hope other smaller businesses will open shop there.

Russell said it's unclear how much potential sales tax revenue could be added to the annual operating budget as a result of the sewer installation.

"Redevelopment has been slowed recently due to the economy, but we are starting to see it pick up a little," he said. "With these sewer and water lines being put in place, it could lead to big things on Route 12 down the road."

Volo has been working for the past decade to attract more businesses to town through the use of sewers along Route 12.

Unfortunately, Russell said most developments that were planned for the 7 miles of Route 12 in Volo have either fallen through or been put on hold because of the economy.

Previously, sewers were extended on the east side of Route 12 to most residential developments. This is the first expansion of sewers to the west side of Route 12.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Volo boy with cystic fibrosis gets his wish for a therapeutic hot tub

By Vincent Pierri | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 4/30/2010

Wauconda Middle School student Hayden Manahan was granted his desire for a hot tub by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Volo boy was treated to a limousine ride home from school and a party with his friends. The warm, swirling water is therapeutic for Hayden, who has cystic fibrosis.

It took less than three minutes for Hayden Manahan to get out of the limousine, put on swim shorts and flop into the hot tub.

The recipient of a Make-A-Wish Foundation gift, the 11-year-old Wauconda Middle School student, got a surprise limo ride home from school only to find family and friends waiting with balloons, burgers and boisterous cheers.

"I've got the best seat in the house," Hayden, of Volo, said as he slid into the backyard tub.

The seven-seat, 350-gallon, top-of-the-line whirlpool was compliments of the Arizona-based charity and Hot Tubs Etc. of St. Charles.

The warm, swirling, water is therapeutic for Manahan who has cystic fibrosis.

"With therapy and medication, Hayden has been really able to manage his condition," said Hayden's mom, Andrea. "He felt a little guilty getting this gift, but I reminded him that he's worked hard to stay healthy and that matters. This is a celebration of life."

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. Nearly 70,000 people are affected worldwide.

Currently, there is no cure, but drug treatment and other therapies can lengthen life expectancies.

The folks at Make-A-Wish heard about the Manahans from Hayden's doctor at Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge.

"Dr. Gabriel Aljedeff submitted Hayden's name," his mother said. "He's always loved hot tubs whenever we've stayed in a hotel or go to the water parks. And it's very therapeutic for him."

Make-A-Wish is marking the 30th anniversary since the first wish was granted. The organization grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois has granted more than 9,000 wishes since 1985, officials said.

And what's the best thing about the hot tub?

"Having those jet sprays right on my back," Hayden Manahan said. "It really feels good after a long day."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

They probably said it was going to be for medical purposes

Volo men arrested in pot sting
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald

Two men accused of growing marijuana in the basement of their Volo home pleaded not guilty Thursday in Lake County circuit court.

Mark Getzinger, 35, and John Theobald, 37, each face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver.

Assistant State's Attorney Fred Day said a caller to Lake County Crime Stoppers suggested the two were growing marijuana, and police obtained a search warrant for their house in the 300 block of Terrace [sic] Springs Circle.

Around 2:30 p.m. on March 30, agents of the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group raided the house and discovered 11 marijuana plants growing in the basement, Day said.

The basement was outfitted with halogen lights, a watering system and fans for the plants, Day said.

Police also found cultivated marijuana stashed in several places in the house, Day said.

The total weight of all the marijuana in the house was around 5 pounds, Day said, and has an approximate street value of $7,500.

Associate Judge Theodore Potkonjak scheduled a trial of the case for June 11 and ordered the pair, who are free on $2,500 bond, to appear in court again June 1.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt - Village Hall 4/3/10

From the Village website:

The Village will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, 9 am @ Village Hall. Please call the Village and let us know how many children will be attending and what age. Make sure each of them has a basket for the hunt!

The phone number is 847-740-6982.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Volo Village Road closed to thru traffic

Volo Village Road is closed to thru traffic between 120 and 12. All businesses remain open on Volo Village Road.

I imagine this stretch will be closed for several months as construction on the new Thornton's station continues throughout the spring.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Am I the only one who hasn't gotten his census form in the mail yet?

Be sure to complete your form and send it in, no matter how many questions you are/aren't answering! With only 180 Volozens counted in the 2000 census, we are bound to see an increase with all the development that occurred in the last 10 years!

Speaking of development, the snazzy new "Coming Soon" sign in front of Thornton's is up!