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  • Head out to a fall festival this Saturday Sep 15, 2014 1:19 PM
    Several fall festivals set for this weekend in the Fox Valley offer a variety of ways to welcome the new season. Each festival has a different focus — history, healthy lifestyles, or family activities.

  • New sports playbook: How to come out as gay May 5, 2014 10:09 AM
    A new type of playbook is fast evolving in the world of sports: An informal, commonsense protocol for how prominent gay and lesbian athletes can come out with maximum acclaim and minimum turmoil. Key decisions include how to reveal one’s story, whom to tell it to and — crucially — when to tell it.

  • Putin says sanctions threaten U.S., EUu role in Russia energy Apr 30, 2014 9:01 AM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that further economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis may lead Russia to reconsider participation by U.S. and European Union companies in energy and other key industries.

  • Maple sugaring heralds spring’s arrival Mar 5, 2014 1:00 PM
    The best things in life are worth waiting for. Spring, for example. The initiation of spring for many folks is maple sugaring. Both spring and maple sugaring are a long time coming this year. But they are coming.

  • Ice fishing a family affair in McHenry County Feb 16, 2014 7:07 AM
    A frozen Lake Atwood in McHenry County is the last place you'd expect to find a seven months pregnant woman. But that's where Meghan Stack and her husband Fred were ice fishing Saturday afternoon. Dressed in thermal wear, they fished from inside Fred's nylon shanty. “I wouldn't be out here without the shanty,” said Meghan Stack, who was introduced to the sport by her husband.

  • Conservation groups offers outdoor Valentine’s Day celebration Feb 12, 2014 3:36 PM
    Enjoy an evening with your family or that special someone under the full moon and stars. Come to McHenry County Conservation District’s “Valentine’s Day Celebration Under the Stars” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Prairieview Education Center

  • Algonquin, Carpentersville score grant for Fox River improvements Dec 29, 2013 8:00 AM
    Algonquin and Carpentersville have secured a grant aimed at enhancing recreational opportunities along the Fox River, which runs through both villages. “It was great to have a willing partner who has similar goals and we can work together to try to make the river more of a regional draw,” said Ben Mason, Algonquin’s senior planner. “The stretch from Algonquin to Carpentersville is four miles, so that’s a very good stretch.”

  • Obama reversal on health plan gets mixed reviews Dec 27, 2013 7:44 AM
    President Barack Obama’s decision a month ago that allowed people to keep insurance policies once slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul has received a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers. In pitching the overhaul, Obama had long promised that people who liked their policies could keep them. But many consumers complained upon getting notification from their insurers in October and November that their individual policies would be canceled.

  • McHenry County Conservation district to hold final Trail of History event Oct 17, 2013 12:03 PM
    If you’ve never looked out over the crest in McHenry County’s Glacial Park into a valley of pioneer-era encampments, the 25th anniversary Trail of History is not the one to miss. When 200 re-enactors set up the weekend of Oct. 19-20, it’ll be the last time the McHenry County Conservation District hosts the beloved event, which traditionally draws up to 10,000 visitors.

  • High court sends back Texas race-based plan Jun 24, 2013 6:40 PM
    Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas admission plan.

  • New program teaches kids about nature and songwriting Jun 24, 2013 10:43 AM
    Bring out the “natural” musician in your children … enroll them in McHenry County Conservation District’s newest program, “Nature Songwriting for Kids.”

  • Sponsor a tree for McHenry’s reforestation program Apr 29, 2013 7:44 AM
    Join in the "Planting for Tomorrow" reforestation program at McHenry County Conservation District's Coral Woods Conservation Area near Marengo. Donations will be accepted until April 30.

  • Maple trees offer more than just syrup Feb 27, 2013 3:20 PM
    ‘Tis the season to think maple. Granted, this is not Vermont, it’s Illinois. Nor is it autumn, it’s winter. But our native Illinois maple trees are noteworthy, especially now, when the sap is rising and maple trees bring the promise of spring.

  • Explore Animal Tracks in Glacial Park program Jan 30, 2013 2:13 PM
    Are you looking for something the whole family can do for free on a Saturday afternoon? Join the McHenry County Conservation District for a "Lost Valley Venture" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 or 23 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park.

  • Manager of McHenry County Conservation District retires Jan 24, 2013 1:59 PM
    Tom McCarthy took his last trip to the office Jan. 11 after 37 years of service to McHenry County Conservation District. McCarthy, 59, has been the Land & Facilities Manager for the past 25 years, responsible for maintaining the infrastructure; buildings, roads, bridges and equipment.

  • Ice fishing a family event in Cary Jan 5, 2013 4:07 PM
    The Gerner family's first attempt at ice fishing yielded just a couple of little fish, but a whole lot of fun on Saturday in Cary. The Gerners of Johnsburg were among more than 150 people who participated in the McHenry County Conservation District's first Frosty Fishing Fair on Lake Atwood at The Hollows Conservation Area.

  • No inflation increase in McHenry Co. proposed budget Oct 17, 2012 5:25 PM
    Next year's proposed budget for McHenry County accounts for no cost-of-living increase in the property tax levy while giving raises to union and nonunion staff, a balance that the county board first gave a nod to back in July. The county would collect about $2.3 million less in revenues than allowed under the tax cap law, officials said.

  • Trail of History recreates Northwest Territory in McHenry County Oct 17, 2012 1:54 PM
    The perfect way to spend a fall day outdoors is at the McHenry County Conservation District's annual "Trail of History" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, at Glacial Park, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood.

  • Give your input on Fox Bluff Conservation Area Aug 22, 2012 10:34 AM
    The McHenry County Conservation District is accepting comments from the public until Friday regarding preliminary conceptual plans for the Fox Bluff Conservation Area, which includes the former 116-acre Camp Algonquin, which closed last year after more than 100 years. Right now only the northern half of the Fox Bluff is open to the public.

  • Input sought on improvements to Fox Bluff Conservation Area in Cary Jul 28, 2012 10:43 AM
    McHenry County Conservation District is accepting public comments on improvements being planned for Fox Bluff Conservation Area located at Cary-Algonquin and Cold Springs Road in Cary. A public viewing of the draft plan will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake.

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