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  • In Focus: Birthday girl

    I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to more than a few 100th birthday parties. When I was invited to St. Charles resident Donnie Wind’s 101st ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Joan Knows: Area arenas and a European cafe

    Before he became mayor of St. Charles, I only knew Ray Rogina by his reputation as a keen and exciting teacher.
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • St. Charles Park District: ​Bat away winter blues with fun February programs at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

    Winter driving you a little batty? Feel like you’ve been living in a cave? A trio of winter events at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles c ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:01 am
  • Picturing the Past With ... the St. Charles History Museum

    In the early days before refrigeration, ice was essential for keeping food fresh and dairy products cold. Fortunately, St. Charles residents did not h ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 3:43 pm
  • Guest View: Finding a mechanic you can trust

    One day, back in 2001, I heard an unwelcome noise coming from the back of my car. I needed to find an honest mechanic who would not charge me a fortun ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:01 am
  • The Write Place: Change the channel, change your world

    These days, it seems that American teenagers spend a lot of time glued to a TV or computer to watch their favorite shows. Frankly, I’m not surprised – ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Waubonsee Voices: Consider serving on a chamber board

    Waubonsee Community College is represented on 13 different chambers of commerce throughout Kane and Kendall counties. Having served with the Elburn Ch ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 9:46 am
  • Beyond the Bookshelves: Learning about the April 4 library referendum

    Now that the Geneva Library Board of Trustees will ask voters to approve issuing $21.8 million in bonds to pay for a new library at 210 S. Sixth St., ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 8:40 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Bringing out your inner pastry chef

    Classic French pastries were long the domain of expert bakers. But a new book – “Patisserie at Home” (Harper Design) – paves the way for serious home ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 8:37 am
  • The Modern Domestic Woman: 'Heart-keeping' – the criteria for a higher power

    We are all multifaceted beings. I am a daughter and a sister. A friend and a wife. I’m an aunt and a mother, and finally, a writer. In tending to my s ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 8:37 am
  • Chamber Exchanger: What's on tap in 2017

    Welcome 2017! The new year always brings new ideas, new resolutions and new goals as we strive perso ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 4:52 pm
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Parenting teens and precious moments

    “Breakfast in bed” I’d said as she blinked, awake-but-not-awake as I placed the wee bowl of berries at her bedside and she scooched back under the cov ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 4:47 pm
  • Good Natured: Getting bit by the composting bug

    I don’t remember exactly when I got bit by the composting bug, but I’m guessing it was 2012, the year after I got bit by the gardening bug.
    Jan. 14, 2017 - 7:58 am
  • River Town Chronicles: Movies are all the rage ... GRRR!

    “Road rage is getting uglier, angrier and a lot more deadly,” headlines the Washington Post, a fact to make you pause before screaming at the next Esc ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 1:00 pm
  • In Focus: Man with a plan

    I first learned about Greg Zanis in 2008. It was a few days after a student opened fire on a classroom at Northern Illinois University. A colleague of ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 5:30 am