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  • In Focus: Time of transition

    It’s a time of transition. Football players are preparing for playoffs, most of the fall sports are either in post-season play or team members already ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • The Write Place: Halloween magic never truly fades

    Kindergarten. Clad in an angel costume, I marched around Coultrap Elementary School with my class, the childlike excitement of Halloween washing over ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 11:04 pm
  • 'An ugly place': Levy talk continues in Kaneland

    SUGAR GROVE – Members of the Kaneland School District 302 Board directed Associate Superintendent Julie-Ann Fuchs to move forward with plans for a ten ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 12:55 pm
  • Guest View: The county budget process – ultimate responsibility with only limited authority

    Before I was elected to serve as Kane County Board chairman, I was warned that, with 24 strong-willed board members each representing about 25,000 con ...
    Oct. 27, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Editor's Notebook: Lencioni has 'best job in the world'

    It was just more than a month ago that I received an email from coworker J. Tom Shaw, the former publisher of the Kane County Chronicle, regarding a m ...
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm
  • Good Natured: Witness a flatworm phenomenon at Delnor Woods

    The great naturalist John Muir once wrote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • River Town Chronicles: The American flag can’t cast a ballot

    On a shelf in the garage, our American flag patiently waits to stretch its stripes, shine its stars and wave at passersby. It commemorates all those m ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • In Your Court: Divorce and retirement plans

    Recently, attorney Veronica Silva was a guest speaker for the Kane County Bar Association’s Family Law Committee on the topic of qualified domestic re ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • In Focus: In for a good scare

    One of my favorite things to do on Friday nights in middle school with my friends was to go to one of our houses, order food and watch scary movies. T ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 8:01 pm
  • Before The Diploma: We can work it out

    To all the soccer moms and recreational league soccer coaches out there, I have simply one request, and that is to please be kind to your teen referee ...
    Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:03 pm
  • Kaneland Connection: Kaneland celebrates students' accomplishments

    SUGAR GROVE – Anticipating a large crowd, the Kaneland School Board moved its meeting to the cafeteria of Harter Middle School last week, as officials ...
    Oct. 21, 2014 - 8:30 pm
  • Chamber Exchanger: St. Charles Chamber reports 160 new members this year

    Chamber of Commerce Week was celebrated all over Illinois last month from Sept. 8 through 12. Here at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, we had a bu ...
    Oct. 20, 2014 - 7:11 pm
  • Good Natured: Surprise! That's a lizard

    Don’t you just love life’s little surprises? You reach in your coat pocket and find a forgotten $5 bill. Yay! You run into an old friend at the grocer ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 11:02 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: Turf war – Synthetic turf fields’ possible link to cancer causing a stir

    Oh man. It seems that for several years, my kids have routinely played soccer on synthetic turf fields, the likes of which some now link to cancer. Ug ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 11:09 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Ornamental grasses provide plenty of fall color

    Fall is often a time of diminishing color and bloom in the garden. Many perennials have petered out by then, and plants grown as annuals are on their ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 3:24 pm
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