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  • Tales From the Motherhood: 'Sweeney Todd' hits Paramount stage

    My daughter and I recently took in one of Paramount Theatre’s matinee performances of the musical thriller ”Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet St ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Editor's Notebook: Talking journalism with North students

    During February, members of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association board try to get out to classrooms to speak with journalism students.
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Good Natured: Pop goes the email for 'Good Natured' columnist

    I was at Barnes & Noble the other day, killing some time between appointments, when I came across a jack-in-the-box. I’ll admit, I was a little taken ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Adjusting meals for diabetics

    A new cookbook, “Healthy Makeovers for Diabetes” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is just the ticket for home cooks looking for ways to cope with a diagno ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 4:39 pm
  • In Focus: From above

    I was excited to see balcony access as I arrived to photograph the wrestling sectional at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates recently. I love getti ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 7:31 am
  • Community Voice: Solitary confinement is no place for children

    Five years ago, conditions and services at facilities operated by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice were a mess. Facilities were overcrowded ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Before The Diploma: Being the shy kid in school

    I’ve been shy my whole life. It generally takes me awhile to get warmed up to new people before I can truly be myself. Once I’m comfortable around som ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • St. Charles Park District: Picnics are perfection at park district pavilions

    One can almost imagine seeing this request on a message board:In search of a unique outdoor venue fo ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • River Town Chronicles: It’s flu season all over the world

    Like me, have you been feeling enervated? Cantankerous?No, I’m not talking about feeling sick; that’ ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:19 am
  • @ Your Library: March (book) madness

    March Madness is great fun, if you’re a fan of college basketball. If you’re more into reading than basketball, get psyched for the library’s second a ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 8:22 am
  • Community Voice: The benefits of herb gardening

    I planted my first herb garden 25 years ago. My inspiration came from an herbalist named Althea. A friend suggested she might help alleviate my terrib ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 7:13 am
  • Good Natured: Catching up with the goldenrod gall fly

    Note to readers –áthis column has been updated from its original version, which ran in 2013.A few we ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 12:21 pm
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Coping with information overload

    These are strange days. I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from exposure. Overexposure. To the news, to others’ opinions about the news, to my ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 12:20 pm
  • St. Charles Park District: A Nerf Night of fun Feb. 18

    Know any kids with a bad case of cabin fever? If so, head on over to the Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18 for a N ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 8:40 am
  • Joan Knows: It's the sentiment

    Some of us recall those sweet days in grade school when we made our own valentines.We assembled the ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 8:40 am