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Aurora church’s indoor live nativity Dec. 18-19

AURORA—With costumed actors and farm animals, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurora will stage a second annual “Bethlehem Walk,” an indoor live nativity pageant. The event designed to recreate the first Christmas will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19, at the church’s ministry center, 55 S. Constitution Drive in Aurora. The… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A note regarding PARCC test scores

The local PARCC scores were recently released. As State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith emphasized when the statewide results were released, this is a completely different type of assessment than we’ve ever had and these results simply set a baseline. In addition, PARCC standards are internationally benchmarked. Previous tests were benchmarked against state standards, and this… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A letter to District 302 families and staff

The winter holidays are fast approaching. This week, our students and staff will be wrapping up projects, performances and celebrations before break. It’s a busy time of year for our learning community and we appreciate the support and involvement of our parents and community. Before we break for the holidays, we want to also provide… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thank you and congratulations

Congratulations to the officers and staff of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District on their new headquarters and training facility, and thanks for hosting a well-attended and successful open house on Sunday. Even a day of rain didn’t “dampen” the crowd’s enthusiasm. Also, special congratulations to Alan Isberg on his retirement and his many… Keep Reading


Avenue J announces performances of ‘Elf, Jr.’

NORTH AURORA—Avenue J Studios in North Aurora presents “Elf, the Musical, Jr.” Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-20, at Rosary High School, 901 N Edgelawn Drive, Aurora. The cast is comprised of 20 talented youth, ages eight to 14, representing several local communities including Aurora, Sugar Grove, Batavia, Geneva, Montgomery, and Elburn. Buddy, a young orphan… Keep Reading

Faith/Sugar Grove

SKD Giving Tree overflows with generosity

The Saint Vincent dePaul Society of St. Katharine Drexel parish hosted its annual Giving Tree. In November, a Christmas tree was decorated with paper ornaments on which a gift request was made. In addition, there was some information included about each recipient, such as age and gender. Each parishioner who wanted to participate took an… Keep Reading

Events/Sugar Grove

Bliss Woods habitat restoration workday Dec. 26

SUGAR GROVE—A Bliss Woods habitat restoration workday will take place on Saturday, Dec. 26, 9 a.m. to noon at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, located on Bliss Road, just east of Route 47 in Sugar Grove. Volunteers are needed to help cut and stack small to medium invasive shrubs. If you would like to bring your… Keep Reading


Changes coming in Kane County Electronics Recycling Program

KANE COUNTY—Changes are coming to Kane County’s electronics program, Kane Coun- ty Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland said on Monday. Two of four permanent electronics recycling drop-offs will no longer accept items after Tues- day, Dec. 15. The two Kane County drop-offs that are closing are located at 200 N. Raddant Road, Batavia, and 1800 South… Keep Reading

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Health & Wellness

Kane County Animal Control offers pet safety tips

KANE COUNTY—Christmas and New Year’s and all the days in between can be a stressful time for your furry friends, especially if most of the festivities are at your home. Kane County Animal Control is offering a countdown of eight safety tips to make your pet’s holiday season merry and bright. They’ll add one tip… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Roads well-traveled

Village completes roundabout, opens south leg of Dugan Road at Route 30 SUGAR GROVE—The freedom to drive on the south leg of Dugan Road at Route 30 may not have been on your holiday wish list this season, but the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has delivered such a gift to local drivers. The closure… Keep Reading


A time for recognition

Kaneland Educator of the Year nominees announced KANELAND—Kaneland honorees for the 41st Annual Kane County Educator of the Year awards were recently named. The nominating committee selected Jessica Weibler, an early school educator at Harter Middle School; Raney Good, classroom middle school educator at Harter Middle School; Michelle Jurcenko, classroom high school educator at Kaneland… Keep Reading

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Local News

A grand opening

Anderson Road bridge is open for business ELBURN—The size of the crowd and variety of people who turned out for the opening of the Anderson Road extension and bridge on Monday morning was a visual reminder of what it took to bring this project to completion. Federal, county and local government representatives, past and present,… Keep Reading


Elburn Village Board passes tax levy for 2015

ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved a tax levy of $824,000, the same amount it has levied for the past five years. Although the village requests this amount, it typically receives an amount less than the levy requested. Elburn’s equalized assessed value (EAV) increased by 1.9 percent this year over last year, an increase… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer ECFPD Fire Station 11-11-15-1

Open for all to see

ECFPD to host open house for new Station One facility Dec. 13 ELBURN—The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District (ECFPD) will host its grand opening celebration and open house for Station One, located at 200 E. Route 38, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 to 5:30 p.m. “Everyone has been asking to see the new facility.… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

To the grove in droves

Holiday in the Grove 2015 a ‘booming success’ SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove held its annual Holiday in the Grove event throughout the village on Saturday. According to Holiday in the Grove President Diana Baker, this year was a booming success, as shown through the large increase of ticket sales for its Breakfast with Santa. “We had… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Christmas in Kaneville Dec 2015-1

Yuletide cheer

Christmas in Kaneville event a big success KANEVILLE—Christmas kicked off early in Kaneville last weekend with the village’s annual Christmas in Kaneville celebration, and it was a big success. The weekend kicked off on Dec. 3 with the tree-lighting ceremony. “We had about 30 people attend,” said Pat Hill, Kaneville village president and owner of… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Jinglepalooza Dec 2015-11

Jinglepalooza a ‘warm and fuzzy’ night

Event sees nearly 500 visitors ELBURN—Leah Morong loves living in the tight-knit community of Elburn, where events like Jinglepalooza bring people together in the spirit of the holiday season. “It was a wonderful evening,” Morong said. “We had a good crowd and everybody enjoyed themselves.” The event was conducted at the Elburn and Countryside Community… Keep Reading


T & C Library Friends host Christmas raffle

The Friends of the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn held their annual Christmas raffle on Saturday at the library. The winning tickets were drawn by Friends member Joe Kryszak and supervised by Friends Executive Vice President Joan Hansen. The winner of the quilt, donated by Gwyneth Johnson of the library’s Quilt Workshop, was… Keep Reading

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