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  • Learning to Grow: Creating a garden habitat for monarch butterflies

    One of my favorite books as a child was “The Travels of Monarch X” by Ross E. Hutchins. I was amazed at the journey taken by monarchs and have been fa ...
    May 29, 2015 - 4:06 pm
  • Tales From the Motherhood: Wisdom for the (younger) ages

    Every time I thought about writing a letter to Holly, to be opened on the occasion of her high school graduation in four years, I worried I’d ramble o ...
    May 29, 2015 - 4:02 pm
  • Raging Waves changes opening date to June 5

    YORKVILLE – Due to impending bad weather this weekend, Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville has pushed back its opening date to Friday, June 5 (weather ...
    May 29, 2015 - 10:17 am
  • Learning to Grow: Salvias beautify garden

    One of the great plant groupings is salvia. Culinary, tender and perennial – all are wonderful. But, perhaps, the best for season-long beauty and colo ...
    May 22, 2015 - 2:32 pm
  • Tales From the Motherhood: ’Tis the season of backyard babies

    Owl babies and duck babies and bunny babies, oh my! ’Tis the season. In our backyard, too. I didn’ ...
    May 22, 2015 - 2:28 pm
  • Waterline Writers to host final event before summer hiatus

    BATAVIA – The Waterline Writers group will host its final event of the season at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17. The Waterline Writers group will pick back up ...
    May 15, 2015 - 5:06 pm
  • St. Charles Fine Art Show to return for 17th year

    ST. CHARLES – More than 100 artists will showcase their work at the 17th annual St. Charles Fine Art Show on Memorial Day weekend. 
    May 15, 2015 - 4:59 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Summer of lavender-scented bunnies

    My first attempt at growing lavender resulted in a very nice shrub that lasted exactly two seasons and supplied me with scented sprigs galore.
    May 15, 2015 - 4:56 pm
  • Tales From the Motherhood: From Cheerios to prom tuxedos

    Sunday afternoon I received an amusing text from Noah, who was busy busing tables at Pal Joey’s. “S ...
    May 9, 2015 - 5:00 am
  • Learning to Grow: Mindfulness is key when pruning spring-flowering shrubs

    As your list of spring clean-up items grows, you may be wondering what to do about those misshapen shrubs, or that dead spot on your evergreens, or th ...
    May 9, 2015 - 5:00 am
  • Fiora's to host award-winning California winemaker for tasting event

    GENEVA – Fiora's restaurant in Geneva will host a special wine-tasting event with an award-winning winemaker at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14.
    May 8, 2015 - 3:28 pm
  • Theory: Two sides of the same coin

    There is only so much we can do to change ourselves, short of surgery, that is. We can alter our appearance with colored contacts, hair dye, braces an ...
    May 1, 2015 - 5:28 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Mulch ado about nothing ...

    With the news headlines pointing out the divisions in American society, it is nice to find a cohesive similarity that binds us all together. Baseball? ...
    May 1, 2015 - 5:25 pm