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Gresey: Holiday shopping? Check out Planit Kane

Shopping for presents during the holiday season can be time consuming – and expensive.

Those looking to save cash while shopping local are invited to check out the Planit Kane website,

Planit Kane is a site packed with savings opportunities. Visitors to the site will find discount vouchers that can be bought and put toward purchases at local restaurants, retailers and service centers.

For example, those who visit the site will find a $10 voucher for Michael Angelo’s 3rd Street Deli in Geneva that can be bought for $5; a $50 voucher for The Bike Rack in St. Charles that can be bought for $25; and a $10 voucher for Kiss the Sky in Batavia that can be bought for $5.

The vouchers can sell out, so shoppers looking to save at a particular business may want to visit the site right away.

In addition, Planit Kane features easy access to coupons, local entertainment listings and other information.

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Today marks a big day for The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps Red Kettle Campaign.

Donations collected today in the Tri-Cities area will be matched by Colonial Cafe and Ice Cream.

The second annual event furthers the shared mission that Colonial and The Salvation Army have in working together to meet community needs, states a Tri-City Corps news release.

John Arthur Anderson, community ambassador for Colonial, noted that his father, Joe K. Anderson, helped bring The Salvation Army to the area in 1951 after seeing a need. The Joe K. Anderson Community Center in St. Charles, out of which The Salvation Army operates, is a testament to the relationship that the organization and business share.

As such, members of the Anderson family will ring bells for The Salvation Army in front of Colonial at 552 S. Randall Road in St. Charles from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

John Arthur will man the red kettle from 8 to 9 a.m.; his sister, Jody Jaynes, will be there from 9 to 10 a.m.; his niece, Suzanna Chock, will be there from 10 to 11 a.m.; his children, Andrea Paris, Courtney Anderson and Steven Anderson, will be there from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and John Arthur will be there again from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

In addition, bell ringers will be outside of the Colonial at 1625 E. Main St. in St. Charles.

“The Anderson family and The Salvation Army have been involved together for a long time, and it’s an honor to ring ... ,” John Arthur said.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at or 630-845-5368.

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