• Learning to Grow: Companion planting – A beneficial practice used by farmers, home gardeners

    It is nearly indisputable that some things just work better together.  Fred and Ginger, Sonny and ...
    June 7, 2013 - 5:49 pm
  • Gifford: Living wild – rooms going fast at Fox Valley Wildlife Center

    The Drake Hotel in Chicago houses about 500 rooms, and the city’s Palmer House Hilton offers a staggering 1,640 or so. But as impressive as those numb ...
    June 4, 2013 - 11:59 pm
  • Learning to Grow: A love-hate relationship with a weeping willow

    I threaten to cut down our weeping willow after every storm while we’re out picking up all the branches it dropped. I threaten to cut it down when my ...
    May 31, 2013 - 3:47 pm
  • Pam Otto: It’s crayfish-berry season in Kane County

    Who doesn’t love a good berry? Strawberries! Raspberries! Blueberries! Crayfish? Yep, it’s crayfish- ...
    May 28, 2013 - 11:40 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Mastering mulch

    Every two to three years in the spring we perform a ritual at our house that is repeated at many other homes in our area – the spreading of the mulch. ...
    May 24, 2013 - 7:16 pm
  • Adult, baby bison a popular attraction at Fermilab campus in Batavia

    BATAVIA – Fermilab computing manager Eileen Berman has had the opportunity to look bison straight in the eye. And she didn’t need to travel far from h ...
    May 21, 2013 - 4:59 pm
  • Otto: It’s the right time to hunt for tiger beetles

    I’ve never, by any stretch of the imagination, been considered quick. I can’t dash, I don’t dart. In fact, the only time I recall moving with any spee ...
    May 17, 2013 - 11:53 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Protect tomatoes this summer

    I recently attended a telenet presentation at the University of Illinois Extension Office. This program, “All About Tomatoes,” was presented by Elizab ...
    May 17, 2013 - 5:17 pm
  • Otto: Kinglets: Fluttering regally among the branches

    “Long live the king!”Dutch folks everywhere cheered this past week as their much-beloved Queen Beatr ...
    May 14, 2013 - 9:56 am
  • Great horned owl family draws interest in Geneva

    GENEVA – Joann and Gary Hollerauer hiked through Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, straight to the tree in which a pair of great horned owls have succ ...
    May 3, 2013 - 9:44 am
  • Eaglets have hatched at Mooseheart

    MOOSEHEART – A pair of eagles again have decided to nest on Mooseheart property, and it appears two eaglets have hatched.
    May 3, 2013 - 10:05 am
  • Despite flooding, many appreciate benefits of living near the river

    A week after the Fox River overflowed its banks and sent water crashing into his house, Antonio Gualtieri still was cleaning up.
    May 1, 2013 - 9:37 am
  • Otto: Song sparrows and their sweet, sweet music

    “Sweet, sweet, sweet…blah blah blah yada yada.”“Sweet, sweet, sweet…blah blah blah yada yada.”“Sweet ...
    April 27, 2013 - 7:13 am
  • Learning to Grow: Becoming a good bird landlord

    I have always enjoyed watching birds in my garden, especially when they take up residence in one of my birdhouses in the spring. 
    May 17, 2013 - 5:18 pm
  • North Aurora urges residents, businesses to report flood damage

    NORTH AURORA – The Village of North Aurora is participating with other communities, counties and the State of Illinois to conduct an initial damage as ...
    April 22, 2013 - 3:58 pm