• Aurora resident wants turtle crossing signs installed near Oberweis Dairy

    NORTH AURORA – Jim Levey of Aurora would like motorists to be on alert for turtles trying to cross a busy portion of Randall Road near Oberweis Dairy ...
    Aug. 12, 2013 - 11:27 pm
  • Otto: Do blondes have more fun? Maybe squirrels

    OK everybody, think fast: Who or what, comes to mind when you hear the word blonde? Certain movie stars? Various jokes? The debate about who it is tha ...
    Aug. 10, 2013 - 9:08 am
  • Learning to Grow: Hydrangeas mean summer

    If roses are Shakespearean drama, love and wars won and lost, then hydrangeas are salty sea air, sunburned shoulders, and sand in your shoes.
    Aug. 9, 2013 - 3:59 pm
  • Bird is the Word employee helps injured goose

    BATAVIA – Thanks in part to Bird is the Word employee Jenny Rychter, an injured Canada goose no longer is nursing a sore leg.
    Aug. 8, 2013 - 10:46 pm
  • Otto: Start spreading the news about shrews

    Think your lawn or garden doesn’t have a resident population of insectivores? Have we got shrews for you.
    Aug. 2, 2013 - 11:21 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Don’t turn your back on zucchini

    This year, for the very first time, I planted zucchini in my vegetable garden. I don’t have a large garden so I opted for just one plant to provide a ...
    Aug. 2, 2013 - 4:53 pm
  • Otto: A bumper crop of braconid wasps

    This year promises to be big for gardeners. Plenty of rain, along with a few steamy days of what my grandfather the farmer used to call “good growing ...
    July 26, 2013 - 11:46 pm
  • Learning to Grow: The serviceberry tree

    Serviceberry, also called Juneberry, (Amelanchier) is a native tree or shrub that produces bluish fruit – small berries similar to blueberries in size ...
    July 26, 2013 - 4:57 pm
  • Otto: Stag beetles come out to play

    The heady aroma of fine cigars. The rise and fall of male voices, punctuated with deep, booming laughter. It didn’t take a girl popping out of a cake ...
    July 19, 2013 - 11:45 pm
  • Learning to Grow: It’s time to begin planning fall garden

    The garden my friend Mary Ann and I have at the Geneva Park District community garden is in full swing. All it takes is a bit of heat, humidity and mo ...
    July 19, 2013 - 5:35 pm
  • Year's first West Nile activity found in Kane County

    A batch of mosquitoes collected near Algonquin has tested positive for the West Nile virus, making it the first evidence of the disease in Kane County ...
    July 16, 2013 - 11:22 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Enjoying the garden by moonlight

    As midsummer arrives, days are longer, and the mercury finally soars, the hours we spend in the garden while the sun beats down tend to get shorter, a ...
    July 12, 2013 - 5:13 pm
  • Cool, rainy summer, but hot days could be on horizon

    Few people in the Tri-Cities are rooting for the return of sustained summer heat more than Holly Cabel.
    July 11, 2013 - 6:39 am
  • Otto: Welcome to the world, Manny the praying mantis

    Whoever said parenting is not for sissies knew exactly what he or she was talking about.I know this ...
    July 5, 2013 - 11:20 pm
  • Access to water, navigability for boats keys to Fox River’s future

    Pulling on the oars, gliding across a glassy, mirrored surface, broken only by the ripples of his boat, David Tyler Miller often has time to just thin ...
    June 29, 2013 - 9:07 am