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  • 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.

     
  • The many uses - both good and bad - of stinging nettles Sep 8, 2014 11:30 AM
    You’re out for a walk in the woods, enjoying a stroll along the river. Then suddenly, you feel as if you’ve been stung by a thousand sharp needles. Your arms and legs start to burn and itch. Sound familiar? Welcome to the world of stinging nettles.

     
  • Kane County Cougars stadium improvements should sail through Sep 5, 2014 6:49 PM
    Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners took their first look Friday at the infrastructure improvements proposed for Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Kane County Cougars. District President John Hoscheit said the changes are welcome, and he has no concerns about plans to increase the number of concerts at the stadium.

     
  • Forest preserve starts up Homeschool Explorations Aug 29, 2014 10:12 AM
    Join the Forest Preserve District of Kane County this fall for the popular nature series, "Homeschool Explorations." Each month, the home-school program focuses on a different topic at a different forest preserve, allowing home-school children to interact with local nature areas and learn about varying themes.

     
  • Seniors can enjoy a free stroll in Kane County preserve Aug 29, 2014 3:47 PM
    The Forest Preserve District of Kane County invites area seniors to join the free monthly "Senior Stroll" program. On the first Thursday of each month, Forest Preserve District naturalists lead a leisurely walk through a Kane County Forest Preserve, and share ecology highlights along the way. The strolls last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk.

     
  • Batavia school board questions need to extend TIF district life Aug 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Batavia school officials are questioning why city officials want to extend the life of a downtown tax-increment financing district, which offers incentives for repair and development of properties. Especially since the district doesn't expire until 2027. “I did find the letter from the mayor to be a bit vague,” school board member Melanie Impastato said. “Why does it need to be extended for that long of a term?"

     
  • Kane to spend $200,000 on cross-country track before study Aug 13, 2014 6:50 PM
    Kane County officials agreed to a somewhat risky move Wednesday by pushing forward with the second phase of engineering on a proposed cross country facility before learning the results of a financial feasibility study. The engineering will cost $200,000 and could be lost funds if the study turns up red flags. Not expecting any bumps in the road, a board committee decided its better to not delay spring construction while waiting for the study.

     
  • Story time at St. Charles nature center Aug 8, 2014 4:29 PM
    Surrounded by wildlife displays, Valerie Verscaj kept kids entertained Friday with her animated readings at the Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles. The St. Charles youth services librarian kept the children’s interest with songs, movement and reading during the monthly “Story Time at the Nature Center” program.

     
  • Kane Co. forest commissioner explains need for better golf Aug 1, 2014 5:40 PM
    Kane County Forest District Commissioner Mark Davoust is the leading advocate for golf course enhancements at Settler's Hill. Davoust responded Friday to questions about why the golf course must get better and how the changes fit in with the plans for a neighboring cross country course.

     
  • West Dundee preserve getting new trail, fishing access Jul 28, 2014 5:21 AM
    Long-awaited improvements that will make Brunner Forest Preserve more accessible to the public are coming later this year, with the construction of the longest single trail ever built by the Kane County Forest Preserve District. The 741-acre preserve has been open to the public since the district bought the property in 2008. However, with few land improvements, the property has a public stigma of being mostly inaccessible.

     
  • Kane Co. edges closer to cash deal for Settler’s Hill revamp Jul 24, 2014 5:58 PM
    Details of an agreement that will send more than $800,000 from Kane County to the Kane County Forest Preserve District for Settler's Hill Golf Course improvements met the liking of commissioners Thursday. The money is just part of more than $4.25 million that may eventually flow to the forest preserve district for the Geneva facility, not including the cost of building a new clubhouse.

     
  • Summer twilight: an enchanting time Jul 18, 2014 2:40 PM
    The long, hot day melts in the dimming light. Faintly, the evening star appears in the sky. Animals begin to shift in the shadows. It’s twilight. It’s summer. And summer twilight is an enchanting time.

     
  • Kane Co. earmarks $1 million for planned cross-country facility Jul 9, 2014 6:20 PM
    A draft of Kane County's 2015 budget shows $1 million earmarked for the actual construction of a new cross country course at the old Settler's Hill landfill in Geneva. The money is a little less than the original overall cost projection for the project. The track has been redesigned to make it a little cheaper to build. The whole operation still sits on the formation of a cleanfill operation, permitting from the IEPA and a financial feasibility study.

     
  • It takes many clovers to make a meadow Jul 7, 2014 6:01 AM
    There’s a whole world of clovers out there. Each kind is useful, and each is pretty in its own right. The next time you walk in a field, look around and you’ll surely see a clover or two. Here are some of the varieties you'll find locally.

     
  • Kane County Audubon Society holds bird walk in Batavia Jul 5, 2014 6:30 PM
    Terry Murray of Aurora and the Kane County Audubon Society led avian enthusiasts for a hike around Nelson Lake at the Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia on Saturday morning.

     
  • Kane County needs lots of dirt for planned track Jul 1, 2014 7:07 PM
    Architects and land planners have found a way to bring a proposed cross country facility into harmony with the future upgrades of Settler's Hill Golf Course. If elected officials like the plan, construction of the cross country track may begin soon. But first they need dirt, and lots of it.

     
  • Aurora Sportsmen’s Club sued over contamination at Sugar Grove site Jul 1, 2014 8:10 PM
    The Illinois Attorney General’s office has filed a lawsuit against the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club, seeking damages and clean up of lead shot deposited on several acres at the Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, where the club used to shoot until five years ago. The club's president said its aware of the situation and has been working with authorities to resolve the matter.

     
  • Longmeadow Parkway construction might result in more winter fun Jun 27, 2014 11:02 AM
    Nature lovers may not be a big fan of the plan to send the Longmeadow Parkway right through the middle of Brunner Forest Preserve. But there may be at least one benefit for fans of outdoor activity. There will be so much surplus soil at the site that officials think it can be used to add new recreation opportunities at the nearby Raging Buffalo, primarily a new sledding hill.

     
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