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  • Kaneland Connection: Bringing Kory Home effort set in Elburn

    ELBURN – A fundraising effort – Bringing Kory Home – aims to help the family of a Kaneland High School teacher in the quest to adopt a 3-year-old boy ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 8:36 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: 'As long as all is well with your soul'

    Sometimes it’s not clear, even the day a column is due, what I should write about. Typically a thought’s been brewing and percolating, sometimes for w ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 8:09 pm
  • Editor's Notebook: People, pets and a pitch to readers

    Pets kept popping up in the newsroom Wednesday.Not literally (although that would have been super fu ...
    Jan. 23, 2016 - 10:11 am
  • In Focus: Blue skies and hockey pucks

    I love getting to do new things, and photographing hockey is one of the best new things I’ve been able to do this winter. 
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 10:38 pm
  • Joan Knows: Powerball hype passes; on to other topics

    Not much was said about that really loud ripping sound, as so many of us dispensed of our Powerball tickets and accompanying lists of benefactors.
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 8:35 pm
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: New resource taps Vitamix’s potential

    Once the first infomercial aired in 1949 for Vitamix, the high-powered blender became a workhorse in the kitchens of professional chefs and dedicated ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 5:05 pm
  • The Write Place: See me as I am

    I was around 15 months old when I got my first pair of glasses. My mom still has them for sentimental reasons, and looking at them now, I’m amazed tha ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:07 pm
  • Beyond the Bookshelves: Preparing for college with your library card

    Ready for some college prep? Your Geneva Public Library card offers access to financial aid workshops, ACT practice tests, test prep databases and mor ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 6:48 am
  • Waubonsee Voices: Fitness trends 2016 in three words: digital, wearable, personal

    It’s the month of packed gyms, new memberships and renewed commitments to health and fitness. If you’re one of the many planning to boost your efforts ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 8:11 pm
  • Kaneland Connection: Herras thrilled to move into old home of Elburn's fire station

    ELBURN – As Laura Herra walked from room to room in the new J&R Herra Inc. location at 210 E. North St., she noted a few ways that family members alre ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 6:50 am
  • Chamber Exchanger: Networking event, Charlemagne night on tap for St. Charles Chamber

    Welcome 2016! The new year always seems to bring excitement for new opportunities and possibilities of what lies ahead.
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 8:17 pm
  • Editor's Notebook: Donate blood and help save lives this month

    I was speaking with my mom the other day, when she mentioned to me that we would soon – once again – be able to donate blood together.
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Heading toward the FAFSA finish line

    First FAFSA filed! Fun, fun, fun! Can I think of some less-savory F-words to describe this experience?
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 11:29 pm
  • Good Natured: Missing the neat night sounds of the eastern screech owl

    Last week in this space, we took a look at the life and times of Strix varia, the barred owl. Although still considered a rare species in Kane County, ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 11:17 pm
  • In Focus: Lucky numbers

    Twice in the past two weeks I was assigned to visit a local convenience store to photograph Kane County residents purchasing Powerball tickets. 
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:47 pm