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  • Therapy dog helps with literacy skills Mar 16, 2015 5:41 PM
    Every Friday morning a very special friend comes to Leman Middle School in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 to listen to stories being read by students with special education needs in Ms. Rivera’s classroom. This friend, Churchill, is a very lovable, gentle dog that has been specially trained as a therapy reading dog. When approached by the dog’s owner, Jeanine Schueman, with the opportunity to have Churchill read with her students, Ms. Rivera jumped at the chance and scheduled weekly visits. “ When this opportunity was offered, I thought it would be something the kids would really enjoy. Reading aloud can be tricky for some of them, considering their disabilities, and reading to Churchill gives them an opportunity to feel comfortable reading aloud. Also, the kids feel like it is a reward for all their hard work when at the end of the week they get to take a break and read to Churchill,” stated Ms. Rivera. Each of her students gets an opportunity to read quietly in a room with Churchill, while Mrs. Schueman gently guides the students through the book. “Churchill and I became certified as a therapy reading dog team because I wanted to give back to the community, especially within District 33, “shared Mrs. Schueman, who is also a parent of a student in District 33. “It is my passion to help children become better readers, which in turn will help the children become better students, and in the future, more productive citizens.” According to Mrs. Schueman, the main objective of the therapy reading dog program is to provide a relaxed and “dog friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice their reading skills. Children who have difficulties reading tend to be self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates. By sitting down next to a dog and reading, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Other facilitators at Leman Middle School have also had their students read, as well as practice other literacy skills, with Churchill. “Having Churchill visit our reading intervention class was by far one of the most memorable experiences of the year. The students’ academic performance grew immensely while having a furry companion strolling around the classroom. Emotionally, the room had such a calm, relaxed, and joyful feeling. We cannot say thank you enough to Jeanine for allowing us this amazing opportunity. It was a true blessing!” shared Marielle Ostling, facilitator at Leman Middle School. Additionally, Ms. Ostling could see the students were more comfortable opening up and sharing their thoughts on what they were learning when they could speak directly to Churchill and pet him. “It was fun having Churchill in our classroom because we read a story, he listened, and we wrote on a Post-It note [what we learned]. Churchill saw us write on the paper and we could pet him. We are glad Churchill came to visit us,” shared student Adamaris Rodriguez.

     
  • Easter egg hunt for adults by moonlight and flashlight Mar 16, 2015 7:42 PM
    With flashlight in hand, adults, age 18 and older, are invited to search for Easter eggs from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, at Boy Scout Camp Big Timber in Elgin. The first-ever Three Fires Council Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt includes 6,000 numbered plastic Easter eggs scattered over 10 acres of wooded campground. Select eggs will be redeemable for prizes. The grand prize (each night) is a 42-inch flat screen television.

     
  • Home Show returns to St. Charles this weekend Mar 16, 2015 9:18 PM
    Back for their 56th season of doing shows in the Chicago area, The Home Shows, Inc. will hold their annual gala of exhibitors at St. Charles’ Kane County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22. Residents in the Fox Valley suburbs are invited to attend this free exposition with free parking. They will see the latest in home remodeling and repair products and services.

     
  • Book program welcomes Lester Munson Mar 15, 2015 5:26 PM
    Batavia’s popular monthly noontime book program Books Between Bites welcomes back Lester Munson at noon Thursday, March 19. He will discuss three books: “Michael Jordan: The Life” by Roland Lazenby; “Geronimo” by Mike Leach and Buddy Levy and “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown.

     
  • Heun: Rt. 38 roadwork could mean smoother Swedish Days parade route Mar 14, 2015 6:52 PM
    Dave Heun says the repaving of State Street in Geneva should make for a smoother Swedish Days parade this summer.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Mar 16, 2015 5:36 PM
    Carl L. Waver, 50, of Batavia, was charged with disobeying stop signs and fleeing the police at 9:06 p.m. Sunday on Wagner Road, according to a police report.

     
  • Geneva church “Commits to Knit” to help women, children in distress Mar 13, 2015 11:43 PM
    More than 30 members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva are using their knitting and crocheting skills to make a difference in the world. The church’s Commit to Knit group creates one-of-a-kind handcrafted items — scarves, shawls, baby blankets, clothing, dolls and more — which are donated to women and children in need locally and globally.

     
  • Display your skills for collegiate coaches at JUCO Spring Hoops Showcase Mar 13, 2015 11:49 PM
    High school and junior college men’s and women’s basketball players with collegiate aspirations are invited to display their talents for coaches at the JUCO 2015 Spring Showcase. The event takes place on Saturday, April 25, at Judson University in Elgin.

     
  • Bring your items to Kane County Recycles event Mar 12, 2015 1:31 PM
    The Kane County Recycles event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 14, behind the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 540 S. Randall in St. Charles. This month’s event will feature document shredding.

     
  • Express Employment Professionals Hosts National Leadership Event Featuring Daymond John, Dan Aykroyd and Liz Murray Mar 13, 2015 4:02 PM
    Back for its sixth year and sponsored by the Chicagoland Express Employment Professionals offices, the FREE event will be held Wednesday, April 8 at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road in Rosemont, Ill. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 7:50 a.m.

     
  • Examine your estate plan at April 18 personal finance program Mar 12, 2015 9:17 PM
    Do you know you already have an estate plan? The question is whether it’s the right estate plan. Find out the answer to this and other questions at the “Estate Planning: Getting Ready” program with University of Illinois Extension at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the St. Charles Public Library.

     
  • Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice to offer “Memories of Mom” Mar 12, 2015 10:18 PM
    Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering “Memories of Mom,” a support group for women who have experienced the death of their mother. The group meets Tuesdays, April 7 to May 12. Because many adult daughters share a bond with their mothers like no other, when a mother dies, the loss will continue to echo throughout a woman’s life as she copes with many realizations and changing roles.

     
  • Join GLMV Chamber of Commerce at economic luncheon Mar 13, 2015 12:57 PM
    Business leaders, managers and executives can prepare for the future at the GLMV Chamber of Commerce 2015 Economic Outlook Luncheon to be held Tuesday, March 17, at Dave & Busters, Westfield Mall, Vernon Hills.

     
  • Kane coroner: ‘Action plan’ needed to fight heroin Mar 11, 2015 5:30 AM
    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell on Tuesday called for the county to come up with an "action plan" to deal with heroin abuse. "No one in here can take this on by themselves," Russell said at a Batavia forum he co-sponsored with Sheriff Don Kramer.

     
  • GLMV Chamber of Commerce Presents Breakfast For Growth Seminar: ‘March Into Marketing You Biz’ - 3/18 Mar 12, 2015 10:13 AM
    Get pro tips and discover how to use the power of marketing to increase exposure and visibility of your business, at the upcoming GLMV Chamber of Commerce Breakfast For Growth Seminar "March Into Marketing Your Biz" to be held Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 - 9 am at the GLMV Chamber Office, 1123 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Mar 10, 2015 1:00 AM
    Heather L. Sanders, 24, of Aurora, was charged with retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis at 3:24 p.m. Sunday at Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road, according to a Batavia police report.

     
  • Rockford Diocese invites you to join “Be Reconciled” Day March 25 Mar 10, 2015 9:19 PM
    For the second year the Catholic Diocese of Rockford is inviting people to come to confession during its “Be Reconciled” initiative set for Wednesday, March 25. Bishop David J. Malloy, recognizing the need for God’s grace and forgiveness in the lives of Catholics, has again asked the 105 parishes in the 11-county diocese to add Wednesday, March 25, to their regular Lenten confession calendar and, where possible, to offer confessions that day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

     
  • Waterline Writers to feature winners of climate poetry contest Mar 12, 2015 12:59 AM
    As part of the Water Street Studios “Climate Crisis” exhibit and event series, Waterline Writers will feature the winners of the climate poetry contest, as selected by poet Kristin LaTour, at the monthly event at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the studio, 160 S. Water St. in Batavia. Winner Donna Pucciani and honorable mentions Tricia Marcella Cimera, Jim Lewis, Lucinda Marshall and Barbara Ungar will be joined by performance artist Luis Mejico with an interdisciplinary piece based on the poems.

     
  • Fox Valley Eagles Football to hold Combine and Showcase Mar 11, 2015 8:22 PM
    The Fox Valley Eagles of the Iron Athlete Football League has announced the team will hold its combine tryouts at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Intra Soccer Fieldhouse, 37W950 Mason and Tyrell roads in Elgin.

     
  • Images: The Week in Pictures Mar 9, 2015 1:00 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos, representing two dozen communities, of young musicians performing, young chefs competing, young people playing and more ice and snow.

     
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