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Columns

  • River Town Chronicles: A Christmas tale offers up a New Year’s resolution

    Once upon a recent time, a senior couple from South Elgin, let’s call them Tim and Sally, decided to donate their fake-fir Christmas tree to charity. ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 8:44 am
  • Before the Diploma: Goodbye Christmas, hello new year

    This past week, I’ve felt like I’ve gotten no sleep. As I write this, Christmas is less than a week away, and I, just as many others, have been scramb ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 7:04 am
  • St. Charles Park District: Ice skating classes a sure cure for kids’ cabin fever

    For an active child, winter can be a challenge. It’s hard to run and play when frigid winds stop you cold. One of the best ways for kids of all ages t ...
    Dec. 29, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Batali shares Chicago deep-dish pizza

    Celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook writer Mario Batali takes readers of “Big American Cookbook” (Grand Central Life & Style) on a grand tour ac ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 7:44 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Happy to go 'Under the Sea' with latest Paramount production

    I’ve yet to see a Paramount Theatre production truly flounder, and “The Little Mermaid” is no exception.
    Dec. 24, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Good Natured: 'You might be a naturalist if ... '

    Note to readers –áthis column was first published in 2010.Years ago, a thoughtful naturalist, or per ...
    Dec. 24, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Joan Knows: Thanking those who make a difference

    At Christmastime, it is good to begin by appreciating gifts we already have in our great communities.
    Dec. 23, 2016 - 6:06 am
  • St. Charles Park District: Prepping for preschool –áprogram helps little ones step up to the plate

    It’s never too early for a child to learn to have fun … or to have fun while learning. And children as young as 18 months get to do it all as part of ...
    Dec. 22, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • The Write Place: Celebrating the light of Christmas

    One of my favorite family traditions during the holiday season is driving around various neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. Seeing the beautif ...
    Dec. 22, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • @ Your Library: Winter fun indoors

    The new year is right around the corner and so is the Batavia Public Library’s annual Winter Library Club for Families. Library club is somewhat diffe ...
    Dec. 22, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Picturing The Past With ... the Batavia Depot Museum

    The first post office opened in Batavia in 1841.The railroad played an important part in mail delive ...
    Dec. 21, 2016 - 8:40 am