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Street Sign Replacement

January 21, 2020

For anyone who’s interested, here’s a catalog of street signs that we’re considering for replacements in Woodcreek.

On page 7, there’s the "Scroll Bracket Arm with Bellflower Scroll"; on page 11, examples of cast aluminum street signs; on page 15, posts (we’re considering round posts); on page 17, post finial "Acorn"; on page 40, an example of a replacement for our entrance sign at Curran Road.

January Quarterly Meeting village_squire_mchenry

January 5, 2020

The quarterly meeting of the WPOA will be held on January 21, 2020 at the Village Squire, 4512 West Elm Street in McHenry. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Latest By-Laws and CCR

September 21, 2019

New in Documents of Importance:

Special Leaf Collection

March 22, 2109

Prairieland Disposal will be doing a special leaf collection March 25 — March 29 to collect any remaining leaves that did not get picked up during the fall leaf collection. Residents are asked to have their leaves alongside the roadway by 7AM on Monday March 25. One pass through the City will be made beginning on March 25, this pickup will not follow the garbage day schedule. Please have all leaves out on Monday, March 25 by 7AM.

Quarterly Meeting

December 30, 2018

The January meeting of the WPOA will be held on January 15, 2019 at the Village Squire in McHenry. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.


September 6, 2018

There's a picnic at the west end of Matanuska, this Saturday at 1 p.m. You didn't forget, did you?

July Meeting

June 30, 2018

The July meeting of the WPOA will be held on July 17, 2018 at the McHenry Moose Lodge at 3535 N. Richmond Road in McHenry. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Alderman Scott Curry on the Gravel Pit

March 14, 2018

A series of email messages regarding Meyer Materials’ requested extension to operations at the gravel pit [ More… ]

April Meeting

April 9, 2018

The April meeting of the WPOA will be held on April 17, 2018 at The Village Squire, 4512 West Elm Street in McHenry. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Voting Results for Changes to Covenants and Bylaws

March 15, 2018
Covenant Voting Results
Yes No Approved / Rejected
Article V, Section 3 Location of Structure 30 5 Approved
Article V, Section 5 Temporary Structures 27 8 Approved
Article V, Section 10 Allowance of Home Businesses 29 5 Approved
Article VII, Section 2 Building Materials 29 5 Approved
Article VII, Section 3 Home Business Constraints 29 5 Approved
Article VII, Section 5 Signs 32 3 Approved
Article XI, Section 4 Enforcement 31 4 Approved

City Council Meeting Regarding Gravel Pit Annexation Agreement

February 1, 2018

The McHenry City Council will discuss an extension to the gravel pit agreement at a meeting on Monday, February 5. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., but the extension discussion is the last item on the agenda.

Read the message that was sent to local residents by Scott Curry, the alderman of McHenry Ward 4.

January Meeting

December 18, 2017

The January meeting of the WPOA will be held on January 16, 2018 at The Village Squire, 4512 West Elm Street in McHenry. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

CCR Changes: The Voting

October 30, 2017

The proposed changes to the CCR and bylaws are now available in the Documents of Importance.

The November issue of The Woodcreek Promulgator, containing your ballot for voting on these changes, is being mailed this week.

CCR Changes: The Voting

October 17, 2017

The ballots for the CCR changes will be in your mailbox this month.

January Meeting at TBD

October 17, 2017

Our January meeting will be at a location to be determined, on January 16, 2018 at 7 p.m.

October Meeting at Moose Lodge

September 28, 2017

Our October meeting will be at the McHenry Moose Lodge

Moose Lodge 691 is located at 3535 N. Richmond Road (a.k.a. Illinois Route 31), on the southwest corner of Richmond and Johnsburg Roads. The meeting will, as usual, commence at 7:00 p.m.

Changes in Waste Disposal

July 29, 2017

The last trash pickup by Waste Management will be next Monday, July 31. After then, use the new containers that have been supplied by Prairieland Disposal.

Also on Monday, do not retrieve your Waste Management containers after they have been emptied. Waste Managment will be collecting their containers.

July Meeting at Moose Lodge

July 9, 2017

Our July meeting will be at the same location as last April: at the McHenry Moose Lodge, 3535 N. Richmond Road. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

No food service this time; the kitchen will be closed.

No Trash Pickup on Memorial Day

May 26, 2017

There will be no trash pickup on Monday, May 29, because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Next week’s pickup will be on Tuesday, May 31.

April Meeting at Moose Lodge

February 28, 2017

Our April meeting will be at yet another venue: the McHenry Moose Lodge!

Moose Lodge 691 is located at 3535 N. Richmond Road (a.k.a. Illinois Route 31), on the southwest corner of Richmond and Johnsburg Roads. The meeting will, as usual, commence at 7:00 p.m.

And Tuesday — from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — is $1 Taco Tuesday!

January Meeting at Sports Page MY PLACE

January 12, 2017

Sports Page has suddenly decided to not be open on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday; so once again our meeting has been moved; this time to My Place at 4621 W Elm Street. That’s between Car-X and O'Reilly Auto Parts, on the south side of the street, across from McHenry Furniture.

January Meeting at Sports Page

January 10, 2017

The January meeting will be at Sports Page, the old Firewood location on Route 120. We will not be meeting at Marzano's; it is not available.

Trash Day is Tuesday

December 23, 2016

Monday’s usual trash pickup will be delayed until Tuesday, for the next two weeks. Pickup will be on December 27 and January 3.


November 7, 2016

In case you didn’t know, you are in McHenry Precinct 34, and your polling place is

Evangelical Free Church Of Mchenry
2614 N. Ringwood Road

The polls will be open from 6 A.M. to 7 P.M. You did remember to change the time on your clocks, didn’t you?

There’s a meetin’ tonight!

October 18, 2016

Marzano’s on 31, at 7:00 p.m. Be there. Aloha.

October Association Meeting at Marzano’s

September 1, 2016

Our October meeting will again be at Marzano’s, despite a previous report that we were looking for a new venue. Thanks to Gerry Stueckemann for knowing the secret password.

Labor Day Trash Pickup

September 1, 2016

Trash pickup isn’t happening this coming Monday; because of Labor Day holiday, pickup will be on Tuesday, September 6.

New Sign at the Old Lot

August 27, 2016

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

July 31, 2016

When our previous off-site meeting place, Firewood, unexpectedly closed in December, we managed to locate a suitable venue at Marzano’s on Route 31; we had previously held some January meetings there.

But once again, we’re looking for an Association meeting site. Marzano’s is under new management, and the cost of using a banquet room is ridiculous — for us, anyway.

If you know of any local establishments with really inexpensive conference rooms, please contact us. We need a new one!

Rumor has it that the former Firewood will be reopening as a sports bar, but we don’t know if they will still be making rooms available for meetings.

The Woodcreek Promulgator for March 2016

February 28, 2016

It’s here!

Revision of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions

February 13, 2016

There’s a page for that.

McHenry County Choppers

January 31, 2016

ComEd Scissorhands is planning its usual hack-and-slash of the local plant life. They’ll be in our area during the next three months, reducing our glorious woodland treasures to gnarly, disgusting remnants, all the while telling us that they’re protecting our power lines.

For more information, see ComEd.com/Trees , or call 800.334.7661 (“800-Edison-1”, if you’ve got the time to find those tiny letters on your phone) and ask to speak with a “Vegetation Management representative”.

Meeting Place Found: Marzano’s

January 11, 2016

The January 19 meeting will be held at Marzano’s, 1501 S. Route 31, McHenry. We’ve met there before, for a few of the January meetings. 7:00 p.m.

We Need a Meeting Place

January 3. 2016

Our usual meeting place, Firewood Restaurant, unexpectedly closed on December 30. Our next meeting needs a location! Any suggestions? Contact us if you’ve got one.

signpost3r_9-19-15 Vandalized Signpost

September 19, 2015

Mike Bown reports “They did it again! Signpost at corner of Matanuska and Ojibwa vandalized sometime Friday night. I have all pieces, will get repaired.”

Quarterly Meetings

The Woodcreek Board of Directors meets on the third Tuesday of the first month in every calendar quarter. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.

Association Meeting for Autumn

The next Association meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16, 7 P.M., at Mike Bown’s home, 1118 Matanuska Trail.

Due to a lack of interest, a “Fall Festival” will not be held this year.


There is a new stop sign on Pin Oak Court, at its intersection with Ojibwa Lane.

This information will probably be ignored by those of you who speed down Ojibwa in your mini-vans, but it’s the most excitement in Woodcreek since Bill Conley replanted the greenery at the entrance sign.

Entrance to Woodcreek
The entrance to Woodcreek, lookin’ good. Thanks, Bill!

J.U.L.I.E., J.U.L.I.E., J.U.L.I.E On September 10th, a person was observed planting small pennants on the northeast corner of Ojibwa and Pin Oak. Speculation on the purpose of these pennants was rampant; one of the wilder guesses was the possibility that an 18-hole miniature golf course was being constructed at that corner.

However, on the morning of Monday, September 17th, a representative of McHenry Public Works arrived and installed a stop sign, in short order.

Going post hole The installation took about half-an-hour. Not only was a stop sign installed, but the existing “No Outlet” sign on the northeast corner was relocated: it was too close to the curb. Not that way.

The new, shining sign now stands tall on that corner, its bold white letters and bright red background beckoning to travelers, as if to say “Cease your journey for a brief moment; admire my form, and consider the weight of my message.”

However, on the opposite corner, the post which previously held the “No Outlet“ sign stands rusted and forlorn, its metal shield stripped from its summit.

Full Stop

The first two vehicles to pause and reflect at the new sign were large trucks representing MDC (formerly Marengo Disposal Company). However, a third vehicle — marked with the eagle logo of the United States Postal Service — failed to stop before entering the intersection, although it did properly signal for a right turn.

Addenum: as we go to press, a front-loader (sometimes called a “backhoe”) extracted the post which was previously used for the “No Outlet” sign. The front-loader was last seen proceeding east on Ojibwa Lane, no doubt to gather with its brethen and boast of the booty it had acquired.

Found: Empty Beer Can

Empty beer can

This can was found near the intersection of Ojibwa Lane and Pin Oak Drive on the morning of Sunday, May 20th. Its owner may claim it by sending email to WPOA , describing the can and its contents. When retrieving the can — which is being held in a safe location — be prepared to supply a full set of fingerprints and a DNA sample, for comparision with the evidence which we have taken from the can itself.

All Telephone Numbers Require Eleven Digits

In case you hadn’t heard, Area Code 815 has a new overlay code, 779. This new area code encompasses all of the current 815 geographic area. As of February 17, 2007, all telephone numbers within the 815 and 779 area codes are be required to dial eleven digits, not just the ‘usual’ seven.

Eleven-digit dialing has been permitted in 815 since August 19, 2006; but as of February 17, 2007, eleven-digit dialing will be mandatory. On and after February 17, attempting to dial a seven-digit number will trigger an alert message, “you must dial one plus the area code to reach this number”.

So, from now on, be sure to add 1-815 in front of your local calls!