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  • Beyond the Bookshelves: Listening to our community

    When our community talks to us, we listen. And we get a lot of feedback – people call, stop at a desk to talk to a staff member and fill out suggestio ...
    Oct. 20, 2016 - 8:29 am
  • Picturing the Past ... with the St. Charles History Museum

    The most special story at the heart of St. Charles is that of Col. Edward J. Baker and how he remade the town with the vast wealth of his brother-in-l ...
    Oct. 19, 2016 - 8:59 am
  • Learning to Grow: Are those pumpkins on a stick?

    If you’ve browsed the stalls at a local farmers market lately, you’ve likely noticed bunches of tiny pumpkins on sticks arranged into artful bouquets ...
    Oct. 19, 2016 - 8:58 am
  • Chamber Exchanger: Craft beer event, legislative lunch on tap in St. Charles

    Fall is here! Sports in Illinois are at an all-time high; the Chicago Cubs have advanced to the National League Championship Series and hopefully cont ...
    Oct. 19, 2016 - 8:59 am
  • Before The Diploma: Halloween then and now

    Halloween really changes as I grow older. I still love Halloween time and enjoy looking at all the spooky decorations and goofy costumes, but there is ...
    Oct. 18, 2016 - 8:42 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Silverton’s pork stew recipe a winner

    Nancy Silverton’s latest cookbook, “Mozza at Home” (Alfred A. Knopf), is hot off the presses, and it’s a dandy.
    Oct. 17, 2016 - 2:58 pm
  • Good Natured: Ants on the move and what that means

    Even though temperatures this fall have been mild, seasonal changes are occurring all around us. The increasingly shorter day lengths have leaves turn ...
    Oct. 15, 2016 - 6:00 am
  • Editor's Notebook: Back from a trip out west

    It’s been an entire month since I returned from my trip out West.Yup. I went to Yellowstone and Gran ...
    Oct. 15, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • In Focus: Keep in stein

    I had another first-time experience the other day when I had the chance to photograph a stein-hoisting competition at Bulldog’s Cellar in Batavia. The ...
    Oct. 14, 2016 - 8:43 am
  • Norris Recreation Center members reap benefits beyond fitness, health

    When people sign up for a health club membership, they expect to realize benefits in terms of strength, agility and stamina.
    Oct. 13, 2016 - 7:00 am
  • Joan Knows: Time to celebrate October

    Knock knock.Who’s there?Orange. Orange who?Orange you glad it’s October!Soon this tangy color will b ...
    Oct. 13, 2016 - 6:00 am
  • Park district special events brighten the season for kids, families

    The holiday season kicks into full gear from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 when the St. Charles Park District hosts its popular “Little Lady Tea Party and ...
    Oct. 12, 2016 - 6:41 pm
  • Park District Dish: Batavia resident setting bar high

    Teens and recent college grads have been getting a bad rap for being the “entitlement generation,” but one local teen is breaking those stereotypes wi ...
    Oct. 12, 2016 - 11:31 am
  • The Write Place: ‘Hamilton’ does not throw away its shot

    If you had asked the average American a few years ago what the next big hit on Broadway would be, I’m guessing that a hip-hop musical about the Foundi ...
    Oct. 12, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Getting creative with your dehydrator

    It’s time to discover the potential of the home dehydrator, and food writer Sarah Dickerman aims to show how in her new book “Dried & True” (Chronicle ...
    Oct. 12, 2016 - 9:09 am