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posted: 5/1/2012 12:07 PM

Internet not keeping Campton, St. Charles straight

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Maybe there is something to this ZIP code theft conspiracy.

A week after I mentioned that reader Phil Kessler had sent in a note claiming that Campton Hills came up as a 60174 ZIP code for online map searches, rather than St. Charles, another example has surfaced.

Kay Catlin tells me she does a lot of online business, and 60175 always comes up as Campton Hills, even though she lives in St. Charles/St. Charles Township and knows it owns the 60175 code.

When she orders a product online, it is sometimes rejected because it won't accept St. Charles as a 60175, she added.

"This ZIP code fiasco was one of many concerns put forth during the incorporation of Campton Hills," Catlin said. "We were assured our St. Charles ZIP codes would not be co-opted."

But something happened to make 60175 default to Campton Hills, she said.

"Again, we were assured this would be fixed, but apparently it hasn't been for 60174 or 60175," she added.

Garage sale heaven: When I moved into the Tri-Cities more than 30 years ago, one of the first things I noticed was area residents loved their garage sales. My wife talked me into helping her organize one, and it was amazing how many people showed up.

Thus, it makes a lot of sense for cities to tie in garage sales with some form of fundraising. Batavia has that in mind for Friday and Saturday, with its 19th annual Batavia City-Wide Garage Sale event.

Those who register for the event also donate $30 to support the Batavia Fireworks Fund. In addition, those who do not live in Batavia, nor own a garage, can register for a location in the downtown flea market for a $20 donation to set up a table and sell stuff on Saturday.

You may still have time to register for either setup at

Peace and quiet: It's a great idea, but not everyone is aware of it. So some education is in order.

In becoming a daily commuter into the city, I learned quickly about the "quiet cars" on the Metra train and became fond of that hour of relative silence. Granted, the train makes plenty of noise rattling along the tracks and the conductors are always announcing the next stops, but otherwise you can count on a fairly quiet, restful cruise in these cars that don't allow conversations on the phone or among friends.

Unless, of course, folks who don't use the trains regularly hop on board excited and enthusiastic about a fun trip into the city. Those people, of course, nab a seat in the quiet car and start partaking in two wonderful human traits -- talking and laughing. It leaves the regulars in the quiet car hoping the newbies will see the small signs designating a quiet zone. The quiet car represents a pretty decent way to get from Geneva to Chicago. You appreciate the quiet even more when you hear an alternative -- the train making a screeching noise like a million kids scraping fingernails on a chalkboard when it changes rails near the Ogilvie Transportation Center.

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