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  • Editor's Notebook: A time to reflect, offer feedback

    The holidays are upon us, and in the spirit of all the giving taking place this season, I’d like to extend an invitation to our wonderful newspaper re ...
    Dec. 3, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Good Natured: A word about witch hazel

    I will always remember my first encounter with witch hazel. I was about 6 years old and – for whatever reason – running headlong around my parents’ ho ...
    Dec. 4, 2016 - 6:23 pm
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Still making sense of election results

    At a recent meeting of our Human Library (volunteers from marginalized groups who share their experiences of discrimination during conversations with ...
    Dec. 3, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • The Wine Detectives: A trip to Grand Cayman and Seven Fathoms Rum

    On a recent vacation to Grand Cayman, I was talking with several restauranteurs about what was going on regarding new trends in wine and spirits on th ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 3:53 pm
  • River Town Chronicles: Fishing for something to do

    For a teacher, the worst-case scenario occurs when faced with a classroom of students for whom you have nothing prepared. Or, rather, you HAD somethin ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • In Focus: From the bench

    For the past 18 years, the Kane County Law Library has invited judges to read to children as part of Family Reading Night. I love covering this event. ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Before The Diploma: Sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table

    Every year for Thanksgiving my family goes to my grandparents’ house. It’s a small get-together with just my family of five, my grandparents and my un ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 8:44 am
  • St. Charles Park District: Copious critters at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

    It’s not often that you get to meet a snake named Kevin. Or a tarantula named Miss T. Or a salamander named Sally.
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 10:21 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Discovering the secrets of Cuban cuisine

    Just published “ĄCuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen” (Ten Speed) sheds light on the food and culture of the fascinating island 90 miles ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 10:21 am
  • Guest View: Social media: Networking opportunity or a road block for millennials?

    It’s millennials’ worst nightmare – increasingly, employers are using social media accounts when assessing the capabilities and capacity for success o ...
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 7:36 am
  • In Focus: Role models

    Most high school athletes still look up to their own role models, such as their parents, upperclassmen, college or professional athletes.
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: All welcome to next Human Library event

    In the spirit of practicing what I preach, and doing my part in my own little corner of the world to help make it a more joyful, peaceful place for ou ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 8:56 am
  • Good Natured: Wh-who’s there? A great horned owl

    The conversation lasted late into the evening. A tiny sliver of a moon rose up, the stars came out ... and still the participants persisted. They soun ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Joan Knows: Truly saying thanks

    It’s not as easy as it used to be to say thanks.Like most of us, we got by with a stated thanks for ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 8:55 am
  • St. Charles Park District: Winter break Is anything but boring with St. Charles Park District activities

    Want to snowshoe on frosty fields or bake biscuits on a vintage woodstove? How about shooting some hoops or climbing a cave wall? Wherever your intere ...
    Nov. 24, 2016 - 5:30 am