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  • Good Natured: 'Stink bug' – a term we’ve heard a lot lately

    “Stink.”It’s the kind of word that makes people cringe. Beyond its primary definition of “having a s ...
    Dec. 10, 2016 - 7:26 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Where is the helper 'elf' when she's needed?

    I was in a panic. I needed a birthday gift wrapped. But my wrapper-extraordinaire, my “elf,” was slacking. It was so unlike her. Gift wrapping was her ...
    Dec. 10, 2016 - 7:26 am
  • In Focus: The big dance

    I really love photographing local high school sports. The passion young athletes have is infectious, and most of them know that the last play, inning ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 8:19 am
  • Discover Your Library: Stay bundled, stay warm, read an eBook

    Greetings! As I begin my second month at the St. Charles Public Library, I want the community to know I am working hard to enhance the library’s missi ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 12:12 pm
  • The Write Place: Let there be peace on Earth

    It’s finally December, and most of the world is waiting in eager anticipation of Christmas and other winter celebrations. Driving through my neighborh ...
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 8:25 am
  • Picturing the Past with ... the Geneva History Museum

    The Geneva History Museum’s oldest and rarest treasure is an 18th-century Neapolitan crèche that is displayed in a 17th-century French provincial corn ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 1:07 pm
  • St. Charles Park District: Spend a little, get a lot with new drop-in fitness financing at park district

    The secret to good physical fitness is to find an activity you like and stick with it. But with so many choices out there, how does one find the perfe ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 1:05 pm
  • Library Lights: The giving of self at the library

    SUGAR GROVE – We hear a good deal about giving this time of the year. Holiday giving, memorial giving, giving “in the name of,” and honorary giving in ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:49 am
  • Chamber Chat: Preparing for the holidays in Geneva

    How did it become December and the end of 2016 already? As a child, time seemed to go so slow, especially right before Christmas. And now, all I hear ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:06 am
  • Editor's Notebook: Alexander's to host Lazarus House clients

    Alexander’s Cafe in St. Charles is doing something special for the clients of Lazarus House this holiday season.
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 8:48 am
  • Guest View: Improving the reader experience on our website

    With 2017 nearly upon us, I wanted to share with you some of the changes that already are happening at, and what that means for you, t ...
    Dec. 5, 2016 - 4:41 pm
  • 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