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  • Gather around the campfire to mark winter solstice Dec 17, 2014 7:01 AM
    The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will hold its annual Winter Solstice Campfire at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The program is free, and all ages are welcome to herald the return of the sun. The program will include stories from different cultures, emphasizing the interplay of cultural, astronomical, and ecological events on this pivotal day.

     
  • What’s it like to work for the forest preserve district? Dec 12, 2014 1:24 PM
    “I want your job!” said the twentysomething barista as I ordered my latte at the drive-up window. His comment was based solely on seeing the Forest Preserve District of Kane County emblem on my shirt. My colleagues have had similar reactions when wearing their uniforms. What is it about the Forest Preserve District logo that triggers this response?

     
  • New Kane panel leader not sold on Settler’s Hill cross country track Dec 10, 2014 7:42 PM
    The future redevelopment of Settler's Hill in Kane County will be steered by a person who, so far, is not as optimistic about the potential profits of building a cross country facility on the former landfill. County board member Kurt Kojzarek is the new chairman of Kane County's Development Committee.

     
  • Recycle Christmas tree lights at Kane event Dec 9, 2014 2:09 PM
    Christmas tree lights not working? Dispose of them responsibly, at the Kane County Recycles event from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 13, at 540 S, Randall Road, St. Charles.

     
  • Kane County gets new forest district leader amid political wrangling Dec 10, 2014 5:31 AM
    Longtime commissioner Mike Kenyon was voted in by his peers to be the new president of the Kane County Forest Preserve District Tuesday. It creates an intriguing pairing in county leadership as Kenyon and county board Chairman Chris Lauzen were outspoken political rivals just two years ago.

     
  • Model railroad club invites kids to operate trains Nov 17, 2014 2:04 PM
    Watching trains run around a large model railroad layout is fun, but what’s even more fun is having a chance to operate the trains yourself. At the 65th annual Valley Model Railroad Club’s open house and food drive, kids — and adults — will have this opportunity.

     
  • Love the outdoors? Become a Kane County Certified Naturalist Nov 14, 2014 5:01 PM
    Are you someone who loves nature but doesn’t know how to learn more about it? Do you wish you could explore the woods but feel too shy to do it on your own? Come out of the closet and join like-minded people in the Kane County Certified Naturalists program.

     
  • ComEd Grand Prairie approval to shutter Burlington business Nov 12, 2014 8:51 AM
    The approval of ComEd's Grand Prairie Gateway will put at least one area establishment out of business, a condition the owner hopes is temporary. “I'm so angry about the injustice,” Deborah Hirschberg said. “We went through all this garbage and the ruling completely disregarded that judge's recommendation. The ICC did not do what it was called to do, which is protect its citizens.”

     
  • State officials want to shoot up to 130 deer in Kane County forest preserves Oct 31, 2014 12:31 PM
    State officials will shoot up to 130 deer in Kane County's forest preserves in 2015, according to a plan that received preliminary approval by forest preserve district commissioners Thursday. That number is an increase from what commissioners approved last year. Sharpshooters would enter Bowes Creek Woods and the Meissner-Corron forest preserves for the first time in this new round of culling. The state plan is designed to ward off the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population.

     
  • How bad will our winter be? A caterpillar can tell you. Oct 22, 2014 3:28 PM
    Memories of last year's icy winter are etched in our minds. Many are wondering what's in store this winter. Look no farther than the woolly bear caterpillar. Like Punxsutawney Phil, the renowned groundhog who predicts the coming of spring, the woolly bear caterpillar is said to predict the winter ahead.

     
  • Fox River Bluff West closed until Oct. 24 for parking lot work Oct 20, 2014 11:25 AM
    Fox River Bluff West Forest Preserve will be closed to the public Oct. 20-24 due to scheduled parking lot improvements at the St. Charles preserve.

     
  • Youth sports could use part of new Kane forest preserve site Oct 16, 2014 4:39 PM
    Youth soccer, baseball and lacrosse players may get to use part of a 60-acre site the Kane County Forest Preserve District recently purchased in Blackberry Township. The former Gum family farm, on Bateman Road, is just south of McNair Field, where Elburn Youth Baseball now plays.

     
  • Kane County forest preserve looking for volunteers Oct 16, 2014 1:46 PM
    Share your time and talent with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and help restore, protect and maintain your local forest preserves. Find out more about the volunteer positions available and the requirements for each at an upcoming Volunteer Orientation meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

     
  • Pumpkin Trolley ready to roll from museum Oct 15, 2014 1:48 PM
    The Fox River Trolley Museum’s Pumpkin Trolley will take be taking families to the “Ole Pumpkin Patch” starting Saturday morning in South Elgin.

     
  • Half of Kane board misses at least 22% of meetings Oct 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    The latest attendance report for Kane County Board members shows about half of the elected officials continue to miss at least 22 percent of the meetings they were scheduled to attend. The report came with a renewed call to reconsider pension and insurance benefits for the part-time board. “We shouldn’t run for either the salary or the benefits,” one board member said.

     
  • Nighttime nature hikes explore the nocturnal world Oct 3, 2014 1:56 PM
    Ever wonder what goes on at night in nature? The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is offering special night hikes this month to explore the nocturnal world. The guided walks will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and 18, in St. Charles and Elgin.

     
  • Geneva’s Prairie Green Preserve plan running out of support Oct 1, 2014 7:20 PM
    The wetlands at Prairie Green Preserve, that Geneva officials hoped would help pay partially for the land, still aren't working properly. And aldermen are not keen on putting more money in to fixing the situation.

     
  • The sandhill crane: A restoraton success story Sep 13, 2014 7:49 AM
    It's a restoraton success story. Just 10 years ago, the sandhill crane was a rare sight in Kane County. But wetland restoration efforts have been a boon to this big bird, and sandhills are now a common sight throughout northern Illinois.

     
  • Both sides see victory in ruling on ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway plan Sep 12, 2014 2:25 PM
    A review of ComEd’s $200 million Grand Prairie Gateway project denies the electricity giant’s application because some portions of the plan don't provide alternate routes for equipment that runs through Elgin, for example. But the impact of that nonbinding ruling is up for debate. “ComEd is encouraged by the administrative law judge’s proposed order," an official said.

     
  • Kane officials hope for big profits from cross-country track Sep 10, 2014 6:43 PM
    Kane County officials increased their economic hopes for the proposed cross country track at the former Settler’s Hill landfill Wednesday after hearing a ringing endorsement from an influential local track and field official. The vision now sees up to 45 running events at the facility and a six-figure income source via parking fees.

     
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