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  • Pat Branson, who grew up in Batavia, is now mayor of Kodiak, Alaska

    Not only did she move to Kodiak, Alaska, she became mayorMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Chris Burrichter

    Movin’ on up: Batavia grads make their mark on the worldJan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.”

  •  Daily Herald columnist Sammi King, at center in front of Birgit Ridderstedt, appeared with other local children in 1957 on a WTTW special on Swedish Christmas customs.

    Keeping Swedish Christmas traditions alive Dec 20, 2013 12:00 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 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Patricia Rosenberg, with husband Michael, fights back tears while a song is played for her late daughter, Andrea Will, during candlelight vigil in 2010 at the Peg Bond Center in Batavia. Will was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1998 while a student at Eastern Illinois University.

    Aurora facility offers assistance to domestic violence victims Oct 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.”

  • Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Janine Webbles of Batavia painted the barn at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles using a photograph by Daily Herald staff photographer, Laura Stoecker, as a guide. The original photo was taken on Feb. 17, 2011 — after a big blizzard — and was painted in the same year by Webbles. She is an avid lover of nature, especially wildflowers, and paintings of local forest preserves and the Batavia Riverwalk hang on her wall.

    Photojournalism inspires Batavia artist Sep 12, 2013 12:00 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."

  •  Dr. Charles Ambler Bucher, Civil War surgeon, will be portrayed by Trevor Steinbach of Batavia at a Civil War encampment this weekend.

    Civil War encampment, exhibit comes to Batavia Aug 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Robin Hewitt of Batavia, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, recently turned 50. Many people with his disease don’t live much past 20. “My days are pretty full, and I enjoy the time I get to spend with my friends,” Hewitt says.

    Batavia man with muscular dystrophy celebrates 50th birthday Aug 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Decorations of all kinds are worked into the scenery in the back yard of Sandi and David Leeming’s Batavia home. Their gardens will be part of the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners “Gardens of De-Light and Shade” garden walk on Saturday, June 22.

    Batavia club’s garden walk set for Saturday Jun 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Works by artist Stan Meyer, who grew up in Batavia, will be featured in a solo show at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. The opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

    Batavia native returns to exhibit art Mar 21, 2013 12:00 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.

  •  Kevin King of Batavia is a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan, a country on the Caspian Sea bordered by Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran. His duties include teaching English to children.

    Why do Peace Corps volunteers do it? Feb 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Batavia natives Matt Flannigan and Kevin King are Peace Corps volunteers; Flannigan in Sierra Leone, Africa; King in Ganja, Azerbaijan. Although their assignments are challenging, they say the rewards are great. "My job is all about little victories," Kevin King said. "Even in the small victories there are great rewards."

  • From left, Jordan Morgan, 16, as Lee; and Claire Heronemus, 17, as Ruth rehearse for Batavia High School’s presentation of “Marvin’s Room.”

    ‘Marvin’s Room’ an emotional journey for BHS actors Jan 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    "Marvin's Room" moves into the Black Box Theater this weekend at the Batavia Fine Arts Center. It promises to be theater so gripping that playwright Scott McPherson's words may be with you long after the lights go out on the production.

  • Retired Batavia High School band director John Heath, shown at an alumni concert at the high school, will lead this year’s Do-It-Yourself “Messiah,” a fundraiser for STAGE, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre Sunday, Dec. 9.

    John Heath to lead Do-It-Yourself “Messiah” in Batavia Dec 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    When the folks at STAGE, the Batavia support group for theater in the schools, were looking to repeat the "Do It Yourself' Messiah" this year, they couldn't find the funding and considered canceling the event. Then Dan Ross of Allstate Insurance offered to help.

  •  A sautéed emerald greens dish is cooked up in the Roquette America kitchen by Geneva High School students.

    Fox Valley Food for Health cooks for cancer patients Nov 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    The countdown to Thanksgiving Day has begun. But for some with cancer, the very thought of preparing a big meal -- or even an everyday meal -- is too difficult to imagine. Dietitian Mary Fremgen and executive Susan Leigh have joined to create Fox Valley Food for Health, a new not-for-profit program that provides weekly plant-based meals (with fish or chicken) to those in need, created by high school culinary students.

  •  The Wienermobile made a recent stop in Batavia and people immediately came to see the iconic promotional vehicle.

    ‘Miles of smiles’ when Wienermobile stops in townOct 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    Sammi King says some things never get old, including a recent stop by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Batavia. King says she remembers going to see the vehicle when she was a kids.And this time, neighbors of all ages came out of their homes, not just to get the iconic wiener whistle but to have the opportunity to recapture a moment from their youth.

  • Nicole Magerkurth, 5, displays her first quilt. Inspired by Batavia’s Quilt and Textile Show, Nicole plans to enter a quilt in next year’s show.

    5-year-old Batavia girl is already quite the quilter Aug 16, 2012 12:00 AM
    The recent Quilt and Textile Show produced some amazing talent, one of whom was only five years old. Tiny Nicole Magerkurth visited the quilt show two years ago and was so taken by the show that she wanted to make a quilt. “I went to Prairie Shop Quilts and got a Christmas Doggie Quilt to make by myself,” said Nicole. “And I’m going to show that in the quilt show.”

  • Batavia grad forms all-male singing groupJul 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    Batavians are taking their talents on the road. Talented TJ Breen, who graduated from Batavia High School in 2008, has joined up with 10 fellow singers from Indiana University to start "Gentleman's Rule," an all male group that plans to tour this fall.

  •  Retiring Batavia High School music teacher and band director was honored last weekend at an alumni concert at the high school. Heath has had a great impact on the students, and the community as a whole.

    Batavia celebrates its ‘music man’ May 31, 2012 12:00 AM
    More than 1,200 people filled the Batavia High School gym to honor one who has given our community one of its greatest gifts — the gift of music. Like Meredith Willson's popular music teacher in the musical "The Music Man," John Heath has transformed our community just by sharing his love of music with many of us and with our children.

  •  Marnie Mamminga’s grandparents pose on their newly constructed log steps at Wake Robin, 1929.

    Batavia author’s book relives Northwoods memories May 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    For many of us who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin was the place where we spent the vacations of our youth. These were carefree days filled with the sounds of screen doors slamming shut, the feeling of sand between our toes and the warmth of a bonfire at night. Batavia writer Marnie Mamminga revisits these memories with her recently published book, "Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts."

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