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Fire causes $150,000 damage to St. Charles homeAn early morning fire Sunday in the kitchen of a St. Charles home caused an estimated $150,000 in damage, but residents were able to escape unharmed, authorities said. The St. Charles Fire Department responded at 4:33 a.m. to the fire at 1723 Howard St. and were successful in stopping its spread before it extended to the rest of the house.Last Updated Mar 9, 2014 10:42 AM
It’s good to be Irish in St. CharlesUpdated Mar 8, 2014 6:23 PM
Dave Heun says this coming week it's good to be Irish, especially in St. Charles.
Dryer blamed for St. Charles townhouse fireUpdated Mar 5, 2014 11:42 PM
Firefighters believe a clothes dryer sparked a townhouse fire Wednesday night on the 800 block of Pheasant Trail in St. Charles. According to a news release, St. Charles firefighters responded to a resident’s 911 call to find a blaze in a second-floor utility room.
Chicago tour stop, '80s music take former St. Charles resident back in timePosted Mar 9, 2014 5:45 AM
Former St. Charles resident Paul Wiley never really saw himself as a musical theater-type guy. Through much of the past decade, Wiley could be found performing at Windy City rock venues like Metro or Double Door in bands like Egostatic, Jupiter Blue and Royal. But that changed when Wiley, 41, was hired in January as a guitarist for the national tour of the hit 2009 Broadway jukebox musical “Rock of Ages,” which returns to Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre starting Tuesday, March 11.
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- Garrett Ard and Lisa Dawn Foertsch rehearse for Wheaton Drama's special Broadway musical revue, "Broadway Ballot". Performances are Aug. 17-19 at Playhouse 111. Tickets and information at http://www.wheatondrama.org Steven Merkel
"Romeo & Juliet" kicks butt at Wheaton Drama from June 28-July 7
Not your usual Shakespeare, Wheaton Drama's production of "Romeo & Juliet" brings a current New Orleans setting and exciting stage combat to the famous play. In this press shot, the Capulet/Montague feud gets personal for Tybalt (Eric Waddick)and Benvolia (Lynda Wellhausen). Show information and tickets at http://www.wheatondrama.org Steven Merkel
- 14U Wasco Team 4 won 1st place in the Susan G. Komen "Pretty in Pink" tournament last weekend sponsored by Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball League. Grace Sobieski threw for 5 perfect innings, stole a total of 5 bases, and closed the 3rd with a double play. Kate Gill threw 2 innings allowing only 1 hit. Liv Doyle, Kate Weber, Hannah Springer, Adriana Conlee, Leah Thompson, Lexi Coakley all stole for a combined total 20 bases to win the championship 10-1. TSS Photography
- Local Fishing club Fox Valley Area Anglers (FVAA) poses with the veterans they took out fishing for the day on Lake Waubesa. Pictured left to right Eduardo Garza US Navy, Robert Skidmore US Air Force, Ken Kuhnle FVAA, Pete Ponti US Army, Kevin Newcomer FVAA, Tom Smith Army, and Keith Bowgren FVAA.
Wayne Stayskal (right), retired Tribune Media editorial cartoonist, explains some of the finer points of his work to guests when Windsor Park, a Covenant Retirement Community at 124 Windsor Park Drive in Carol Stream, hosted a retrospective exhibit of his syndicated work. About 75 people attended the artist’s reception Aug. 20, including Stayskal’s wife Helen (center) and son Bob (left). The show is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sept. 30.
To see a video interview and catch a glimpse of the engaging personality who humorously commentated on culture for more than 30 years visit www.WindsorParkIllinois.org/downloads-news. For details, call Windsor Park at (630) 510-5500. Shirley Mott
- Congratulations to team Jackpot (Strikers U-13) for winning the Kicks for Cancer 3v3 U-14 Tournament defeating Deadly Deceptions (Campton United U-13) in the final 7-5. Pictured back row: Coach Jim Corno Jr., Ryleigh Strubler, Brandon Knapp and Joe Corno. Front row: John McCaffrey, Brian Bartholomew and Matthew Gombar. Mike Gombar
- Tim and Susan Campbell of Rolling Meadows sample slices of Lou Malnati's famous deep-dish pizza at the 5th annual Clearbrook Around the World Food Tasting presented by Meijer. Lifetime Treasures Photography
- Anderson Animal Shelter, a South Elgin nonprofit dedicated to the compassionate and humane treatment of homeless service animals, is one of several organizations participating in Santa’s Village Azoosment Park’s Carousel for a Cause initiative. Painted by artist and art teacher Maryann Diazsandi of South Elgin, this carousel horse will be one of six on display at Santa’s Village Azoosment Park throughout the 2013 season and will then be given back to Anderson Animal Shelter to use as an auction item or for display. The Santa’s Village Azoosment Park Carousel for a Cause initiative was developed to commemorate the work of resident artist Dutch Akers of Crystal Lake who restored the Park’s carousel for the new season. As a part of the initiative, Santa’s Village Azoosment Park reached out to six different nonprofit organizations to design their own masterpiece for display at the Park. A Carousel for a Cause celebration will be held at the park on Thursday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Andrea Schnorr
- The Batavia High School Boys Varsity Soccer team travelled downstate last weekend to participate in the annual Morton Invitational Tournament. The boys came away with 3 wins resulting in a first place trophy. After competing in this tournament for several years, this team was able to accomplish something no other Batavia team has done before--taking first place overall in the tournament! Janice Heinz
- Buried Truth in a mystery novel which takes place in Lake County. It is Gunter Kaesdorf's first published novel. Barb Kaesdorf
In conjunction with Accretive Helping Hands, Accretive Health employees teamed up with St. Thomas Health and Baptist Volunteer Services in Nashville, Tenn., to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Pictured at the worksite are Accretive Health employees Macee Bumpus (left) and Clint Anderson (right). As part of its ongoing commitment to philanthropic activities in the communities it serves, Accretive Health employees founded an organization dedicated to charitable giving, with Accretive Health, Inc., providing an initial financial endowment. Accretive Helping Hands was launched in December 2012 as an exciting new way for Accretive Healths 1,750 U.S. employees to extend their volunteerism. Accretive Helping Hands helps patients and their families navigate the difficulties encountered after treatment by partnering with community healthcare and social work providers.At Accretive Health, we are taking a very grass roots approach to our volunteer work, said Chris Hartemayer, a senior manager at Accretive Health. We have the people in place across the country and we are looking forward to assisting patients in the communities where they live and work.
About Accretive Helping Hands
Accretive Helping Hands is a non-profit organization (501(c)(3) status pending) whose mission is to partner with healthcare and social service providers to jointly identify patients and their families and assist these individuals in a way that extends beyond the episode of care.
If you would like to make a donation to Accretive Helping Hands you can email the charity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Accretive Health
At Accretive Health, our mission is to help our healthcare clients strengthen their financial stability and deliver better care at a more affordable cost to the communities they serve (increasing healthcare access to all). For more information, visit www.accretivehealth.com. Accretive Helping Hands
- Father and son, Jake (#66) and Bob Schmitt, embrace at the end of the 11U CYFL Panthers PINK Tough game against the Kaneland Knights. It was Jake's last game as a Panther and Bob's last as the coach and CYFL President. The CYFL Panthers hosted an entire day of PINK Tough Football games on October 12,2013. The league selected the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation to receive our donations. Stacy Gilmore Photography
- Dr. Dean M. Park, D.M.D. and his Geneva Smiles Dental Staff all decided to wear red today in support of National Wear Red Day! One of our Dental Assistant's family members suffers from heart disease and we wanted to show our support by participating in such a wonderful day of support! Dr. Dean M. Park's practice has been in Geneva, IL for over 3 years now. Located at 477 S. Third Street, Suite 142 Geneva IL 60134. Kristen Sommerfeld/Office Manager
Elgin Theatre Company proudly presents their September show, Ken Ludwig?s The Fox on the Fairway! Performances of this raucous comedy will run from September 6th to the 22nd at the Kimball Street Theater in Elgin, IL. This is ETC?s first production of the 2013-2014 season. An accessible performance for the deaf and hearing impaired will be available on Sunday, September 15, at the 2pm show. Anyone who would like seats near to the interpreter is encouraged to reserve tickets in advance.
Bingham, the president of the Quail Valley Country Club, is in a difficult position. Justin, his new assistant, is in love with Louise, a waitress at the club. Bingham has also discovered the golfer he thought would play for his club in the annual tournament has been recruited by his counterpart and nemesis from the opposing club, Dickie. The huge bet he had foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost. Fortunately, he discovers that Justin is actually a good golfer and finagles a quick membership so Justin can play for his team. Justin gains a huge lead but then learns that Louise has lost the engagement ring he gave her and he comes unglued. Justin goes on to lose his lead, and breaks his arm. Bingham is desperate, and the appearance of his wife complicates the matter, as she catches him much too close to Pamela, the sex-starved Vice President of Quail Valley. Can Bingham find a replacement for Justin to win the game, win the wager, and get his life in order?
The cast features Edward Duncan of Elk Grove Village, Kim Green of South Elgin, Scott Neidl of Carol Stream, Henry Honshul and Melynda Benjamin of Elgin, and Miriam Mikhael of Northbrook. The ASL Interpreter for the September 15th show is Andrew Ross of Carpentersville. The play is directed by Frank Del Giudice and is produced by Linda Collins and Edward Duncan.
Performances will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 6th to the 22nd at the Kimball Street Theater of the Elgin Academy. Show times are 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. The theater is located at the northeast corner of Kimball Street and Dundee Avenue in downtown Elgin.
Tickets are $15/adults and $12/seniors and youths. Group rates are available. For reservations or more information, please call 847-741-0532, email email@example.com or visit www.elgin-theatre.org. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This program is funded in part by a grant from the City of Elgin and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission. Ed Duncan
- Geneva Rotary hosted its annual holiday party for over 80 clients of the Association for Individual Development. Many AID staff also attended this special event. The party featured a delicious turkey dinner, entertainment, Santa Claus and his helpers and presents for all was held Dec. 17 2013. AID clients and Geneva Rotary look forward to this special day many months in advance. Special thanks to all Geneva Rotary members, volunteers for the event and sponsors. Many pictures of the event held at First Baptist Church Geneva - West Campus are in the club photo albums at this website and also on the club Facebook page. Geneva Rotary is a service club for persons who live or work in Geneva or the surrounding area - guests and potential new Rotarians are always welcome at our meetings. Visit www.genevarotary.org David Nelson
- Jim Otepka of Tri City Family Services presented at Geneva Rotary on Jan. 7 about its Wilderness Challenge program for teenagers entering high school. This program teaches the teens interpersonal skills and builds self-esteem. It is held each June at a location in northern Minnesota. Geneva Rotary made a grant to support this program. Geneva Rotary service club welcomes guests and potential new club members to all its meetings. Visit www.genevarotary.org for more information. Pictured: Jim Otepka with Geneva Rotary club president Michele Kinzler. David Nelson for Geneva Rotary
Many of the veterans shown who reside at Windsor Park, a Covenant Retirement Community in Carol Stream, will have their service photo and other memorabilia on display in the community's Centrum beginning Friday, Nov. 8. Intended to honor all veterans, the show is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 15. Windsor Park is located at 124 Windsor Park Drive. Captain Richard Blackburn, first row center, holds a book of his memoirs. He received the French Legion of Honor for valor in one of the main campaigns during WW II in France. Visitors can also view a world map with pushpins designating where each veteran served. Windsor Park residents plan this display each year. Those involved in 2013 are Harman Barnard, Ray Smith, Charlie Ochs, Ralph Weldon, Bill Anderson, Stan Johnson, and Herb Clausen.
For more information, call Windsor Park at (630) 510-5500.
Those pictured (left to right) are:
First row: John Weber, Henry Nelson, Jim McLuskie, Roy Comstock, Clarence Aronson, Eunice Blackburn, Richard Blackburn, Ray Smith, Matt Leonard, Warren Larson, Eugene Young, Donald White, Robert Baptista.
Second row: Bob Muzzy, Howard Headley, Reg Gerig, Len Buck, Dick Rung, Robert Fox, Check Lewis, Clayton Barker, Howard Morey, Wallace Alcorn, Charles Ochs, Stan Yohe, Edward Ayers, Dick Gerig, Jason Johnson, Wayne Cook.
Third row: Bob Doenges, Bill Anderson, David Blomberg, Jim Carr, Bill Taetzsch, Ralph Welton, Stan Johnson, Glenn Heck, George Saunders. Jim Steere
- Congratulations to Claire Mellish, Ian Vitalis, Katy Karayannis, Lena Shaprio and the Illinois Trial Team for their 1st place win at the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Throwdown mock trial Tournament in Cleveland, OH. The Illinois Trial Team is the premier mock trial team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, allowing undergraduate to try legal cases against teams from all across the nation. The Illinois Trial Team looks forward to many more successes in the coming season. For more information visit www.illinoistrialteam.com. Amyna Visram
- Mount Prospect's very own Lee DeWyze, who won American Idol in 2010, will perform at the Cures Gala event on Oct. 26, benefiting the nonprofit Gateway for Cancer Research. Having lost his grandfather to cancer, Lee is a long-time supporter of cancer research. The musician has generously donated an autographed guitar, an autographed CD and shirt, and two tickets to his upcoming concert in Chicago. These items are being raffled to the public through Oct. 26. Raffle tickets are available for $25 each online at DemandCuresToday.org/Lee Gateway for Cancer Research
- Shannon Thompson (center), Special Events & Promotions Manager, Northern Illinois Food Bank, accepts a check for $1,400 from Lifesource staff members Dominika Janiga and Andrew McElroy. The donated food was gathered at LifeSource's 19 Chicagoland area donor centers in December as part of its "Triple Your Giving" promotion. Photo courtesy of LifeSource
Taken Sunday, Sept. 1 in the evening. Steven Santroni
- First-grade class of Mrs. Hobbs at Davis Primary School in St. Charles. They are displaying the masks they recently made for a class project inspired by award- winning mask-making artist, Michael Hickey. Ms. Brittany Evans, Assistant teacher to Mrs. Denise Hobbs.
- Christi Christides with Tri-color Amaranthruus / Summer Pointsetta. Taken in her backyard in glendale heights, our little get-away, I did not realize this flower would become so tall, I am 5'4 . Melissa my daughter
- The work of Bunky Echo-Hawk, Pawnee/Yakama artist from Oklahoma will be featured in the neXt gallery Celebrates Ēkwabet's 25th Birthday Bunky Echo-Hawk
- Scout arrived at Casey's Safe Haven horse rescue in Elburn looking for a new beginning. Scout and other horses and ponies are available for adoption. Please visit www.caseysil.org Alexis
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