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  • Good Natured: Gypsy moths and remembering a special dance

    When I think of the word gypsy, two images come to mind.One is circa 1972 and features the stage at ...
    May 14, 2016 - 8:16 am
  • Smile, Janet's Cooking!: A double-layer cake – just like Mom’s

    We do not call ourselves professional cake makers at The Catering Gourmets. But we do make tasty Texas sheet cakes. The chocolate version has been aro ...
    May 14, 2016 - 8:20 am
  • In Focus: Fun at the field

    Last week marked my first Kane County Cougars game of the season, and I had a great homecoming. The team debuted a new Ozzie this season, so my first ...
    May 13, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Joan Knows; Memorial Day memories from St. Charles

    Looking back, it was early in May that my thoughts turned to Memorial Day.For me and my contemporari ...
    May 13, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Young golfers get into swing of things

    Parents wanting to introduce their son or daughter to the perfect sport might well be looking for a game that teaches honesty, strength, manners, resp ...
    May 12, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Picturing the Past ... with the Geneva History Museum

    This photograph is of the interior of the Beauty Culture building erected on the grounds of the Illinois State Training School for Girls in 1937.  
    May 12, 2016 - 7:51 am
  • Discover Your Library: Read for the Win! is for everyone

    “One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” – Jeannette Walls, author of “The Glass Castle”
    May 12, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Park District Dish: Batavia is swimming in history

    I am relatively new to the Batavia community, having started work at the Batavia Park District a year and a half ago. My first impression of Batavia w ...
    May 12, 2016 - 7:50 am
  • The Write Place: Appreciating all kinds of teachers

    Now that we’re finally in May, the excitement of summer is right around the corner, even though the weather doesn’t quite seem to agree! It feels as i ...
    May 12, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Learning to Grow: Using – or not using – native plants in landscaping

    What is all the hype about native plants? What plants are considered to be native, and are they all good choices to use in landscaping?
    May 11, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Backstage Questions With ... Ron Onesti: Prince tribute band info, Guns N' Roses update and more

    “I was DEVASTATED by the loss of Prince! I saw you had a major tribute band the day after he died. How did you get the band so fast?" – Jimmy D., St. ...
    May 11, 2016 - 7:52 am
  • Chamber Chat: Tickets on sale for 50/50 Community Raffle

    May marks the return of the 50/50 Community Raffle. This year, the Geneva Chamberof Commerce is partnering with CASA Kane County. One winner will be d ...
    May 10, 2016 - 12:14 pm
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: ‘Naked Cookbook’ focuses on healthy eating

    You have heard it before: There’s no quick fix when it comes to diets. London-based Tess Ward, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and food blogger, undersc ...
    May 10, 2016 - 8:39 am
  • Sound Off: 'Dangerous territory,' 'Good window cleaners' and other items

    Dangerous territoryCurrently, in the year 2016, we have many individuals who are required to take se ...
    May 9, 2016 - 9:15 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: New house rule: If you spot it, deal with it

    Besides the hard and fast cellphones-sleep-overnight-in-mom’s room edict, there aren’t a lot of rules in my house.
    May 7, 2016 - 5:30 am