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  • Good Natured: A real weasel, a bona fide mustelid

    So the other day we had a bit of an oddball show up here at the ‘Knolls. Slinky and furtive, he skulked in the shadows and did his best to avoid detec ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 9:52 pm
  • Theory: Change is going to do you good

    New Year’s resolutions, we make them … and break them. The idea is good, but the execution, flawed. ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 6:00 pm
  • River Town Chronicles: The gift of periodical adjustments

    With 20 shopping days until Christmas, it’s not too late to send a magazine gift subscription to that annoying relative or sometimes friend. Periodica ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 8:21 pm
  • In Focus: A seat at the table

    I started my Monday morning after the holiday in the Kane County Board room to photograph Kane County Sheriff Donald Kramer’s swearing-in ceremony.
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 6:43 pm
  • Open-gym activities warm up downtime

    Although winter hasn’t officially started yet, cold weather has been hanging around long enough to infect most people with a significant case of cabin ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Before the Diploma: Wonderful Christmastime

    Let’s face it. My friends are everything. Without them, who else would I confess dumb secrets to and bake unsuccessful cakes with?
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • Kaneland Connection: Elburn board OKs $824K tax levy

    ELBURN – Members of the Elburn Village Board on Monday unanimously approved the village’s tax levy of $824,000.
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Good Natured: Turtles require a long-term commitment

    I guess we all have our Thanksgiving favorites. My brother likes turkey, and lots of it. I’m partial to stuffing. And my buddy Arthur, he’s a sweet-po ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:00 pm
  • Editor's Notebook: Chronicle hosts home-schooled students

    Earlier this month, the Young Philosophers group stopped by the Kane County Chronicle newsroom for a discussion about journalism and a tour of our off ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: Using books to foster empathy

    It’s hard to know what to say to children about the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Monday evening, a grand jury chose not to charge Ferguson Police Off ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 4:23 pm
  • In Focus: 'Directors of First Impressions'

    I got to spend part of a day last week hanging out at JP Jewelers in St. Charles. I mean, who doesn’t like to spend the morning with diamonds? 
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 8:33 pm
  • Donation of sculpture embodies international spirit of volunteerism

    From his home, Mike Dixon can look down into Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles and the “Sculpture in the Park” exhibit where this year’s entries engage ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 9:57 pm
  • The Write Place: Thanksgiving is a time to cherish blessings

    It’s Thanksgiving Day, and there are many things I could do with this column. I could reflect upon my childhood memories of this holiday, from the exc ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 7:02 pm
  • Batavia Business Beat: Get hooked on a local business

    Each day I have the opportunity to meet with local business owners to learn more about their businesses and to see what the Batavia Chamber of Commerc ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:57 pm
  • Editor's Notebook: Editor and student talk 'Takeover'

    Earlier this month, I wrote about how the Kane County Chronicle was to participate in the “World Teenage News Takeover” project, an effort promoted by ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:05 am
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