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  • Good Natured: Keeping an eye, and ear, out for chickadees

    Well, it happened again the other day, just as it does every year about this time: The realization that Christmas is less than a week away. A smatteri ...
    Dec. 30, 2013 - 1:23 pm
  • Good Natured: A bird with supreme acrobatic talents

    Every grade school has one. You know what I’m talking about – the kid who could climb onto the monkey bars and, in one or two deft maneuvers, defy gra ...
    Dec. 18, 2013 - 12:18 pm
  • Otto: Thankful for the cockroaches

    It’s the season for gratitude, a time of year when people make a special effort to list the things for which they are thankful.
    Nov. 25, 2013 - 6:38 am
  • Otto: There’s really no such thing as ‘just a bug’

    When was the last time you, or someone you know, uttered those fateful words, “Oh, it’s just a bug,” then proceeded to spray, swat or stomp to smither ...
    Nov. 14, 2013 - 10:25 am
  • Learning to Grow: Fall clean up and spring planning

    Even as a young child, fall has always been my favorite time of year.  I love the cool, crisp air, and it is a pleasure working outdoors. 
    Nov. 1, 2013 - 5:19 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Fall – when nature prepares for coming months

    Regular readers of this column may recall the enthusiasm with which I embrace autumn. I just delight in the smell of wood fires at dusk; leaves turnin ...
    Oct. 25, 2013 - 4:30 pm
  • Otto: Road trips with roaches and a great, big snake

    Regular readers of this space may recall the time, 21/2 years ago, that I arranged to trade a few reptiles from my personal collection for assorted cr ...
    Oct. 21, 2013 - 11:35 am
  • Learning to Grow: Amaryllis are available in wide array of colors

    After we finish our garden chores and head indoors for the winter, we long for a way to satisfy our green thumbs. Mine scratch their proverbial garden ...
    Oct. 18, 2013 - 4:55 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Saying goodbye is for the birds

    Shortened daylight hours and cooler temperatures signal that winter is on its way. This also means that some of our feathered friends will start their ...
    Oct. 11, 2013 - 5:57 pm
  • Otto: What’s up with water snakes? They’re out and about

    Holy Nerodia, Batman! The water snakes are everywhere!OK, maybe “everywhere” is an exaggeration. But ...
    Oct. 5, 2013 - 8:34 am
  • Learning to Grow: Curb appeal vs. curb clutter

    Mother Nature has recently bestowed upon us cool and sunny days – days that are just right for outdoor activities.
    Oct. 4, 2013 - 4:19 pm
  • Otto: Catch a glimpse of the 'flying cigars'

    If the answer is “flying cigars,” what do you suppose the question might be?If you said something in ...
    Sept. 28, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Learning to Grow: Kale, a fall favorite

    While fall is truly my favorite season, it is always sad to see summer come to an end.  The beginn ...
    Sept. 27, 2013 - 3:53 pm
  • New director receives warm welcome at St. Charles Park District reception

    ST. CHARLES – Members of the St. Charles Park District on Thursday said they couldn’t be happier that Holly Cabel is the organization’s new director.
    Sept. 27, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Descendants of Garfield Farm settlers get together for reunion

    CAMPTON HILLS – Until Saturday, Judy Painter Thompson never had been to Garfield Farm Museum, which is on land her ancestors first settled in 1835.
    Sept. 25, 2013 - 6:43 pm
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