Articles filed under King, Sammi

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  • A look at one woman’s collection of more than 500 Santas Dec 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Linda Schielke’s parents loved Christmas. It’s no surprise that she loves the holiday as well. Schielke, wife of Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke, expresses her love of the season through her extensive collection of Santas, which now numbers more than 500.

     
  • He carves Dala horses; his daughter paints them Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    He does the carving, and she does the painting. That's how Swedish Dala horses are created by father-daughter team Jason and Julia Lekander of Batavia. The horses are popular in Scandinavian decor, particularly around the holidays.

     
  • Donate $20 to toy drive, receive Riverwalk photo Dec 4, 2014 8:01 AM
    In an effort to help with Batavia's toy drive, Mike Hoag, an amateur photographer, has offered a Riverwalk photo that is creating quite a stir on social media. For a $20 donation to the toy drive, he will send the donor a JPEG file of the Riverwalk photo for printing at home.

     
  • Halloween fun rules Batavia at BatFest Oct 22, 2014 10:01 PM
    If you venture into downtown Batavia this Saturday, beware of small projectiles. A pumpkin seed spitting contest and marshmallow shooting contest are among the newest offerings at BatFest, Batavia's celebration of the Halloween season.

     
  • Batavia couple married 70 years Oct 1, 2014 2:33 PM
    Joe and Betty Stephano of Batavia are marking 70 years as a couple this year.

     
  • Batavia native, engineer mentors girls in robotics camp Jul 10, 2014 10:11 AM
    In 2002, Denise Karabowicz was the only girl on the Rotolo Middle School’s Lego Building Club. Eleven years later, she’s running the show, along with her dad, Ron. “I know what the robotics program did for me when I was in middle school,” she said.

     
  • 44 years later, BHS class ring returned to owner Jun 19, 2014 3:01 PM
    A Facebook page titled "If u grew up in Batavia" has done more than just help residents and former residents share memories. It was recently instrumental in helping a class ring that had been lost for more than 40 years find its way back to its owner.

     
  • Batavia resident was the ‘father of Flag Day’ Jun 9, 2014 2:00 PM
    Flag Day celebrates its 65th anniversary on Saturday, June 14. Much of the credit for the celebration of our nation’s symbol falls to a former Batavian, Bernard J. Cigrand.

     
  • St. Charles Peace Corps volunteer describes his time in Ukraine Apr 17, 2014 11:59 AM
    Most people in the Fox Valley know Mike Dixon for his commitment to historic preservation. The former St. Charles architect has been involved in several local historic restorations. So, it was a bit of a surprise when he decided to leave his firm at the age of 62 and join the Peace Corps. He was assigned to Ukraine, where he shared his knowledge of architecture and took more than 15,000 photographs before being evacuated abruptly due to the escalating political unrest.

     
  • Not only did she move to Kodiak, Alaska, she became mayor Mar 26, 2014 1:44 PM
    Kodiak, Alaska, is a long way from Batavia, Illinois. But Pat Branson, who is in her second term as Kodiak's mayor, says growing up in Batavia gave her the foundation she needed to become a community leader.

     
  • Movin’ on up: Batavia grads make their mark on the world Jan 29, 2014 2:28 PM
    Not long ago, I spoke with Chris Burrichter, a 2004 graduate of Batavia High School. Burrichter had recently joined the prestigious law firm of Kirkland Ellis LLP in Chicago. “There were 50 new lawyers joining the firm in the Chicago office,” said Burrichter. “I looked around and there were two other new associates from Batavia; Billy Foster and Shane Mulrooney.”

     
  • Keeping Swedish Christmas traditions alive Dec 20, 2013 11:30 AM
    By the time Christmas comes, Sammi King says she will have made dozens of Swedish cookies, nine loaves of Swedish rye bread, 2 cardamom coffee cakes, 144 Swedish pancakes and 15 pounds of korv, or Swedish potato sausage, all to keep her Swedish celebrations alive.

     
  • It’s easy to be proud to be a Batavian this weekend Nov 25, 2013 7:56 PM
    This weekend, Batavia residents have two opportunities to show community support. On Saturday, Nov. 30, we can make the trip to DeKalb to support our football team. On Sunday, Dec. 1, we can head to the Celebration of Lights in downtown Batavia and support our musicians.

     
  • Aurora facility offers assistance to domestic violence victims Oct 17, 2013 7:00 PM
    Sammi King talks with Michelle Meyer of Mutual Ground in Aurora about its Walk for Hope on Saturday in Geneva. According to the FBI, one woman in this country is beaten every nine seconds. A woman is raped every five minutes. Three women die each day at the hands of a partner or husband. It happens in homes where families live from paycheck to paycheck, as well as homes where money is not an issue. “It runs the gamut,” Meyer said. “We have offered help to attorneys and doctors as well as the homeless.”

     
  • Photojournalism inspires Batavia artist Sep 12, 2013 11:46 AM
    It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true, Daily Herald photojournalist Laura Stoecker should feel honored by the work of Janine Webbles. The Batavia resident enjoys Stoecker's nature photography so much, she's created some paintings inspired by Stoecker's photos, including one she named "Laura's Barn."

     
  • Civil War encampment, exhibit comes to Batavia Aug 30, 2013 3:41 PM
    The Civil War was America’s most deadly war with over 620,000 Americans losing their lives with another 1.1 million casualties. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, re-enactors from the 17th Corps Field Hospital, the 104th Illinois Volunteers and Battery G will be setting up an encampment at the Batavia Riverwalk.

     
  • Batavia man with muscular dystrophy celebrates 50th birthday Aug 28, 2013 1:35 PM
    If someone turns 90, it’s awesome. Ninety-five is even better. One hundred is big news. Fifty? Not so much. Yet Robin Hewitt of Batavia, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and recently celebrated his 50th birthday, has long surpassed the average life expectancy for the disease. “Robin is amazing,” says his friend Dan Sladek, a former director of the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation in Aurora. “I don’t know anyone who has such a will to live.”

     
  • Batavia church member uses sign language to help others connect Jul 31, 2013 3:52 PM
    Sammi King talks with Pat Quast, who teaches sign language at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia so all members can communicate with the hearing-impaired people who attend the church.

     
  • Batavia club’s garden walk set for Saturday Jun 17, 2013 4:10 PM
    In the French-inspired garden of Sandi and David Leeming of Batavia, the star attraction is the water feature. Two streams flow over waterfalls and come together in a large koi pond nestled along the patio. The Leemings' garden, and several others, will be showcased in the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners' 2013 garden walk, "Gardens of De-Light and Shade." Tickets are $13-$15 for the walk, set for Saturday, June 22.

     
  • Batavia native returns to exhibit art Mar 21, 2013 5:51 AM
    When nationally known artist Stan Meyer opens his show Thursday, March 21, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, his mother Elaine will be the one standing nearby, beaming with pride. "My mom was probably my earliest inspiration, as an artist," said Meyer, who grew up in Batavia but now lives in Colorado.

     
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