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  • It’s time to plant Joe Pye weed

    Joe Pye weed, known as Eupatorium purpureum or Eupatorium maculatum in botanical circles, belongs in your garden. It entices butterflies to the landsc ...
    Sept. 8, 2016 - 8:51 am
  • Geneva Chamber of Commerce brings the flavors of fall

    Reading the paper or watching TV, you can hardly miss all the back-to-school ads that have been trying to capture our attention since July 5.
    Sept. 7, 2016 - 9:48 am
  • Library Lights: Four-year goals include enhancement of programs, resources, services

    Charting a course for an unseen future is never easy, but absolutely necessary. The Sugar Grove Public Library is pleased to announce the finalization ...
    Sept. 6, 2016 - 5:49 pm
  • Good Natured: Prairie dropseed has the sweet smell of popcorn

    Note to readers - this column originally ran in 2012.Mmm … popcorn ...It’s one of my favorite snacks ...
    Sept. 3, 2016 - 7:00 am
  • Tale from the Motherhood: 2016 is a year of new perspectives

    “Are the teachers really young, or are we just super old?”“Are the teachers really young, or are we just super old?”
    Sept. 3, 2016 - 8:58 am
  • Joan Knows: Bad luck comes in bunches

    Bad luck!Have I offended one of you? A voodoo curse? Broken mirror? (At this rate, it must have been ...
    Sept. 3, 2016 - 3:00 am
  • ​St. Charles Park District, Norris Rec Center a match made in fitness heaven

    There’s fit, and then there’s fitness. And when both come together in a seamlessly sensible way, it is truly a match made in fitness heaven.
    Sept. 1, 2016 - 9:26 am
  • The Write Place: Going for the gold in 2016 Olympics

    For the past few weeks, I tuned in to NBC along with the rest of America to watch the coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio. Although I’m admittedly no ...
    Sept. 2, 2016 - 8:08 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Rethinking salad as a main dish

    Salads are often underrated says London-based chef Peter Gordon, the author of “Savour” (Jacqui Small).
    Sept. 1, 2016 - 8:35 am
  • Grazie, Chef Roberto, from one proud cook to another

    As I write this, Jerry and I are staying with three other couples in the quaint village of Barbarano in northern Italy. The farmers harvest grapes her ...
    Sept. 1, 2016 - 8:28 am
  • Picturing the Past ... with the Batavia Depot Museum

    This is the time of year when children return to school. Please be extra aware of children crossing the street as you’re driving. This photo, taken in ...
    Sept. 1, 2016 - 8:27 am
  • Sound Off: 'Working over summer'

    Working over summerWhy does Geneva School District 304 value the lives of teachers and office person ...
    Aug. 31, 2016 - 4:52 pm
  • Learning To Grow: Great ground covers for your garden

    Do you have areas where it is difficult to establish or maintain grass? Even if you are a fan of lawn, would you like to reduce your grassy areas and ...
    Aug. 27, 2016 - 8:00 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Getting it done over the phone

    I remember the days when Noah grimaced whenever I suggested he order the pizza. You know, make the call.
    Aug. 27, 2016 - 6:30 am