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  • A day of fishing rekindles childhood memories Aug 19, 2014 1:06 PM
    When our Stephanie Penick came upon two dads and two young boys fishing in a Naperville park, it sparked all sorts of childhood memories -- some of which might surprise you.

  • Scott’s Walk raises awareness of testicular cancer Jul 29, 2014 3:10 PM
    A walk at Whalon Lake in south Naperville helps celebrate the life of Scott Zager and raise awareness of tewsticular cancer.

  • Taking a step backward isn’t always bad Jun 24, 2014 11:53 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick says a recent trip to see her parents reminded her that taking a step backward isn't always bad.

  • Volunteers played key roles in Naperville's many successes Apr 30, 2014 2:31 PM
    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 1:32 PM
    Stephanie Penick asks if the Naperville City Council has lost its spirit of volunteerism as it looks for some benefits.

  • A history lesson of little-known Naperville facts Mar 25, 2014 1:09 PM
    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.

  • Heartwarming tale about an ice box Feb 11, 2014 9:07 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.

  • The best Christmas present? All those memories Dec 17, 2013 12:39 PM
    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 11:11 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 1:40 PM
    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 12:30 PM
    With the Naperville Rotary Club gearing up for its next fundraiser, our Stephanie Penick can't stop thinking about soup.

  • Saving the world, one duck at a time Aug 27, 2013 6:00 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.

  • Naperville history lessons can come in several forms Jul 22, 2013 1:27 PM
    Our Stephanie Penick learns that lessons about Naperville's history can come in several different forms.

  • Columnistís love of creative cake decorating comes full circle Jun 4, 2013 1:36 PM
    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.

  • A little kindness could go a long way May 3, 2013 1:01 PM
    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.

  • Naperville celebrates Prairie Pathís 50th birthday Apr 5, 2013 6:00 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.

  • Make your own feeder and become a backyard birder Feb 18, 2013 1:02 PM
    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.

  • Christmas memories include gifts of disappointment Jan 11, 2013 3:15 PM
    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 11:48 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 man overcomes physical challenges to join dad in shredding business Oct 24, 2012 5:26 PM
    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.

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