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  • Good Natured: Cooler weather brings unexpected house guests

    This week’s column comes in the form of a public service announcement, courtesy of my cat, Jimmy.Bei ...
    Sept. 24, 2016 - 7:00 am
  • Mamma Mia!’ the perfect mother-daughter date

    Holly and I were on hand for the Paramount Theatre’s recent press opening of the musical “Mamma Mia!” and, WOW, what a show! And, wow, what a lot of s ...
    Sept. 24, 2016 - 6:00 am
  • River Town Chronicles: Our little suburban house on the prairie

    I’ve just come in from doing lawn work, as has my wife, Tia. We work separately to avoid any confusion as to who’s responsible for fetching lawn bags ...
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 6:13 am
  • Chamber Exchanger: Lots going on this fall at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce

    Fall is officially here. In my opinion, this is the best time of year – the weather is perfect and there are so many fun activities to do!
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 3:55 pm
  • Good Natured: Native plants make all the difference

    When was the last time you had an aha! moment?You know what I’m talking about. An abrupt realization ...
    Sept. 17, 2016 - 6:26 am
  • Reading to dogs seems like a great first step

    Kids, dogs and books. Yay! Huge fan of all three, here. Put ‘em all together and whaddya get? A brilliant idea! I recently heard news about the beauti ...
    Sept. 17, 2016 - 6:00 am
  • The Write Place: Jumping into junior year of high school

    I have officially been a junior at Geneva High School for close to a month, and as summer comes to a close, the full reality of being an upperclassman ...
    Sept. 15, 2016 - 10:27 am
  • Waubonsee Voices: The future of health care education

    Since the beginning of the early 1900s, educating health care professionals in institutions of higher education rather than hospital-based diploma and ...
    Sept. 15, 2016 - 10:25 am
  • Beyond the Bookshelves: New book club service makes conversation easy

    Part of the fun of reading is joining a book club so you can talk about books and share your impressions of the characters, plot and writing. But with ...
    Sept. 14, 2016 - 9:44 am
  • Batavia Park District: Hill to retire after 40 years

    Doing the same thing for 40 years may seem treacherous or boring to some, but to Carla Hill, it’s been an adventure.
    Sept. 14, 2016 - 9:44 am
  • Discover Your Library: September is the time for library cards

    Vote for next generation of library card designsThe library has always known we’re a community of re ...
    Sept. 11, 2016 - 4:30 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Weeds are always jumping into family photos

    Darn it, every year I say the same thing when I take my kids’ "first-day-of-school" pictures. “The ...
    Sept. 11, 2016 - 8:25 pm
  • Good Natured: Chance of yellow jacket sting high this season

    Farmers – those with livestock in particular – have a saying: “Some days you step in it, some days you don’t.”
    Sept. 10, 2016 - 6:00 am
  • River Town Chronicles: If Lincoln had been Trumping at Gettysburg

    Humorist James Thurber’s hilarious essay, “If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox,” imagines the disastrous consequences had General Grant been beso ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 7:00 am
  • Take center stage with these programs

    ST. CHARLES – If all the world’s a stage and there’s a budding thespian or comedian, singer or dancer living in your house, then a variety of park dis ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 4:00 am