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  • Good Natured: The irresistible sounds of frogs

    Last week, I traveled to southern Illinois to attend the annual Environmental Education Association of Illinois’ annual conference, “Bridging Gaps Und ...
    April 17, 2015 - 7:50 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Growing unusual vegetables from seeds

    What are the advantages of starting plants from seeds? After all, you can find many varieties of tomatoes, peppers and other family favorites as finis ...
    April 17, 2015 - 5:01 pm
  • In Focus: Along for the Ride

    While traveling on Route 64 in St. Charles this week, driving with my windows down, I heard a kind of buzzing sound. I looked to my right and noticed ...
    April 16, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • The Write Place: History comes alive in Springfield

    Two weeks ago was spring break, a much-anticipated week off from school and responsibility. My Insta ...
    April 15, 2015 - 9:50 pm
  • Kaneland Connection: Kaneland residents speak out on wrestling room, art cuts

    SUGAR GROVE – In the early stages of Monday night’s meeting of Kaneland School District 302’s school board, there was joy and applause for the recogni ...
    April 14, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Waubonsee Voices: 3-D printing builds possibilities and interest

    During the past few years, 3-D printing has been the technology buzzword in the news. But, in fact, it’s been around since the 1980s.
    April 14, 2015 - 8:14 pm
  • Chamber Chat: 50/50 raffle will benefit nonprofit groups

    Wednesday is the dreaded April 15 – also known as tax day. However, this year the Geneva Chamber or Commerce is putting a positive spin on tax day – i ...
    April 13, 2015 - 7:48 pm
  • Good Natured: Get lost – in a good way – at Hickory Knolls Natural Area

    Editor’s note: The following is an update of a column that originally ran in 2009.The spring break s ...
    April 10, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • Editor's Notebook: Best of the Fox contest underway

    The Kane County Chronicle has launched its annual Best of the Fox competition, and voting is taking place now.
    April 10, 2015 - 10:01 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Start small when planting first vegetable garden

    In mid-winter, when you’re stuck indoors poring over seed catalogs and looking at pictures of other people’s gardens in glossy magazines, it’s easy to ...
    April 10, 2015 - 2:35 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: Heartfelt moments from the heart of America

    I couldn’t very well drag my dear daughter along on a road trip to see my terminally-ill father in Florida and expect her not to have a little fun alo ...
    April 10, 2015 - 2:47 pm
  • River Town Chronicles: There ought’a be a law – or maybe I’m just cranky

    Imagine folks out walking the dog and – not wanting their mutt’s bag of business to perfume their promenade – they drop it on your unsuspecting lawn.
    April 9, 2015 - 11:04 pm
  • In Focus: Community gathering

    As with most election days since I began in journalism almost 20 years ago, I started my day Tuesday at local polling places looking for voters willin ...
    April 9, 2015 - 6:43 pm
  • Park district facilities make getting older a blast

    If the key to success in real estate can be boiled down to three things – location! location! location! – then the same holds true for birthday partie ...
    April 8, 2015 - 7:41 pm
  • Before the Diploma: Yes to the dress

    After over a month’s search, I finally said yes to the dress! My prom dress, that is.In all honesty, ...
    April 8, 2015 - 5:30 pm