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  • Taking a step backward isn’t always badJun 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick says a recent trip to see her parents reminded her that taking a step backward isn't always bad.

     
  • Naperville's downtown Riverwalk is a prime example of the kind of public/private partnership that can turn dreams into reality.

    Volunteers played key roles in Naperville's many successesApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    As Volunteer Appreciation Month wraps up, our Stephanie Penick says she's mindful that Naperville's generous community spirit, a year-round activity, is one of many things that attracted her to move here.

     
  • Has city council lost its spirit of volunteerism?Apr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Stephanie Penick asks if the Naperville City Council has lost its spirit of volunteerism as it looks for some benefits.

     
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    A history lesson of little-known Naperville factsMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Public speaking isn't high on our Stephanie Penick's list of favorite things to do. But a recent speaking engagement led her to recall some of those who came before her and some little-known Naperville history.

     
  • Stephanie Penick’s dad, Don Crookston, with his prized 66-year-old Sears Roebuck Coldspot refrigerator.

    Heartwarming tale about an ice boxFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Stephanie Penick's parents will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day. That's all very sweet, of course, but here's the really amazing part: They've been using the same refrigerator for almost all of that time.

     
  •  Jim Penick, left, with sons Tep and Jeff in 1985.

    The best Christmas present? All those memories Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick says the best Christmas present of all usually turns out to be all the wonderful memories.

     
  • Plenty to give thanks for this year and always Nov 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick says there's plenty to be thankful for this year ... and always.

     
  • Books offer political lessons from the 19th century Oct 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick learns some valuable political lessons from a book written in the 19th century.

     
  • Rotary benefit gets Stephanie thinking about soup Sep 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    With the Naperville Rotary Club gearing up for its next fundraiser, our Stephanie Penick can't stop thinking about soup.

     
  •  Naperville Park District police officers are handing out cards urging visitors not to feed the ducks or geese along the Riverwalk.

    Saving the world, one duck at a time Aug 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    As kids head back to school, our Stephanie Penick is hoping they'll be lifelong learners. And she hopes the adults and children who feed bread to the ducks and geese along the Naperville Riverwalk are willing to learn the lesson that feeding the wildlife is bad for the animals and bad for the environment.

     
  •  In 2012, Beatrice McGovern won first place in the Hometown Picnic Apple Pie Contest at Naper Settlement.

    Naperville history lessons can come in several forms Jul 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick learns that lessons about Naperville's history can come in several different forms.

     
  •  Stephanie Penick made this luau birthday cake for New York City advertising man Jerry Della Femina in the early 1970s.

    Columnist’s love of creative cake decorating comes full circle Jun 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Stephanie Penick's love of cake decorating convinced her to start her own business years ago in New York City. Now, she says, she's come to fully appreciate Wilton Enterprises, a DuPage business that helped supply her needs and still plays a key role in cake decorating everywhere.

     
  •  The poem inscribed on a memorial marker reminds visitors to the Naperville Riverwalk that we all need a little more kindness.

    A little kindness could go a long way Apr 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Since the days of Captain Joe Naper, Naperville has been blessed with a generous spirit of caring, accompanied by volunteer citizens who reach out to help during tough times, our Stephanie Penick says.

     
  •  The Illinois Prairie Path celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and covers 62 miles on converted railways.

    Naperville celebrates Prairie Path’s 50th birthday Apr 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Through its ties to May Watts, Naperville boasts a close relationship to the Illinois Prairie Path, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Our Stephanie Pencik explores the Naperville connections and the community's pride in the naturalist who founded the trail project.

     
  •  With a few craft supplies, you can create a bird feeder and attract a little wildlife to your backyard.

    Make your own feeder and become a backyard birder Feb 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick has fond memories of watching wild birds with her children and building feeders with her son. Today, she shares her tips for backyard birding.

     
  • Stephanie Penick received this vanity chair for Christmas after hoping the big box contained a bridle with reins and a bit for the horse she was sure she was getting. Her story inspired readers to share their Christmas disappointments and drew a good laugh from her dad.

    Christmas memories include gifts of disappointment Jan 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick touched a nerve when she shared her story of the year she wanted a pony for Christmas but opened up a vanity chair instead. Readers couldn't wait to recount their Christmas disappointments.

     
  • Concerned residents can say a lot in just three minutes Nov 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick is getting ready to speak before the Naperville City Council next week about a proposed development along Water Street in downtown. See what she has to say.

     
  • Naperville's Luke Koupal atop a snow bank on Groundhog Day 2011.

    Naperville man overcomes physical challenges to join dad in shredding business Oct 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    If you were around on Groundhog Day in 2011, you likely remember when nearly 20 inches of snow blew into town. In the aftermath of the blizzard, huge mounds of the white stuff sat shoveled at the corners of intersections. I photographed a neighbor, Luke Koupal, after he had climbed high atop one of the mounds. I asked for a wave and Luke gave me one. Little did I know at the time the significance of his kind gesture.

     
  • Demonstrate ample caution when purchasing prescription drugs Sep 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    Stephanie Penick says caution always should be the byword when purchasing prescription drugs, either online or at your pharmacy.

     
  • Be thankful for farmers — and tomatoes Aug 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick made two summer trips to Indiana. Along the way, the dry landscape reminded her of an important expression passed along years ago when she helped the Wheatland Plowing Match Association with its newsletter. Simply put, "No farmers, no food."

     
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