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  • A White Christmas gift from our staff Dec 25, 2014 9:45 AM
    It may have been all that eggnog, but we went to sleep last night with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads. And we think we heard the sound of eight tiny reindeer — or was it nine? — pitter-pattering across our rooftop, but we can't be sure. In any case, when we woke this morning we were smiling because whether our lawns were a dull brown or covered with a fresh coat of white didn't really matter. What mattered is that we could share the season with the folks we love and with our readers.

     
  • Mooseheart’s Santa gets as much out of Christmas as the kids Dec 24, 2014 7:01 AM
    Bob Miller has portrayed Santa Claus at Mooseheart with a huge team of St. Charles East students as his elves. He also has been Santa with a group of Haines Middle School students as his gift-bearing assistants. Though retired, his annual trips to Mooseheart continue, and on Dec. 19, he donned the red suit and white beard and delivered gifts to Mooseheart’s elementary-aged children for the 11th year.

     
  • ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ raises funds for Aurora, Elgin homeless outreach Dec 23, 2014 1:13 PM
    Sign up now for the ninth annual Wayside Cross Ministries fundraiser, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” benefiting Lifespring and Urban Youth Ministries in Aurora and Elgin Wayside Center in Elgin.

     
  • Rudolph exhibit celebrates 2 big anniversaries Dec 23, 2014 1:05 PM
    The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum, 6422 Main St. in Union, celebrates two landmark anniversaries related to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer this season.

     
  • DuPage County forest district picnic, camp permits go on sale Jan. 2 Dec 23, 2014 3:56 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve District starts taking reservations for its picnic areas and camp sities on Jan. 2.

     
  • North Central art exhibit explores consumerism Dec 23, 2014 3:50 PM
    Naperville’s North Central College will showcase a collection of artwork by Matthew Litteken in an exhibit titled “And, And & And” through Feb. 5. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the college’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St.

     
  • Aurora reopens Indian Trail bridges for winter Dec 23, 2014 3:51 PM
    In an effort to reduce construction congestion throughout the winter months, Aurora has reopened the Indian Trail bridges with reduced lanes. One traffic lane in each direction will be open for motorists throughout the winter. The reduced lanes may cause minor traffic delays. The Illinois Avenue and Sullivan Road bridges will remain as detour routes to reduce congestion.

     
  • Meet for New Year’s Day nature walk at Creek Bend Dec 23, 2014 10:46 AM
    Area seniors are invited to a gathering at a Kane County Forest Preserve on the first Thursday of each month, during the “Senior Stroll” nature program series.

     
  • New Year’s party package offered at Abbey Farms Dec 23, 2014 10:41 AM
    Celebrate this New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the new Nagel Family Emporium at Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora.

     
  • Making the most of New Year’s resolutions Dec 23, 2014 3:30 PM
    Our Ken Potts provides some tips and suggestions for making New Year's resolutions that might actually stick.

     
  • Students demonstrate the spirit of Christmas Dec 23, 2014 12:45 PM
    Students in the seventh- and eighth-grade at Our Lady of Humility School prepared for Christmas this year by making lunches for the homeless and singing for the residents at two area facilities for the elderly.

     
  • Editor’s Choice: Fox Valley holiday lights winner Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Jim and Vicki Lococo’s home at 1320 Prairie Dr. in Algonquin won the Fox Valley Editor’s Choice Award in this year’s contest.

     
  • Editor’s Choice: DuPage County holiday lights winner Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Amundsen family’s holiday lights display at 3111 Wolfe Court in Naperville won the DuPage County Editor’s Choice Award this year.

     
  • Editor’s Choice: Northwest holiday lights winner Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Patrick Alog of Mount Prospect won the Northwest Suburban Editor's Choice Award for his holiday lights display at 600 S. Pine.

     
  • Editor’s Choice: Lake County holiday lights winner Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Milt and Barb Wikell won the Lake County Editor’s Choice Award for their holiday lights at 429 Killarney Pass Circle in Mundelein.

     
  • Editor’s Choice: Tri-Cities holiday lights winner Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Evensen home at 585 Carriage Drive in Batavia has won the Tri-Cities Editor’s Choice Award in this year’s holiday lights contest.

     
  • Lake County mayors look back village accomplishments in 2014 Dec 22, 2014 2:50 PM
    We posed this question to mayors in Lake County: What was your village’s top accomplishment in 2014? See what they had to say.

     
  • Fine Line art center offers day to explore classes Dec 19, 2014 10:39 AM
    If you need a change of pace after the holidays, give yourself the gift of a fun day trying out a variety of art classes at the annual Exploration Day on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

     
  • Illinois State Scholars include 81 Huntley High students Dec 19, 2014 12:55 PM
    Eighty-one Huntley High School seniors recently were named to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s 2015-2016 State Scholars List for outstanding academic achievement.

     
  • Enjoy festive train displays at Sun City through Dec. 28 Dec 19, 2014 3:00 PM
    The Model Railroad Club of Sun City Huntley will be running model trains this holiday season through Dec. 28. Each year, the club raffles off three model train sets. This year’s raffle is a Canadian Pacific Passenger Train set that includes engine, cars, track and a transformer.

     
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