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Stop the insanity

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Public speaker Bean gives ‘Social Media, Kids and the Law’ presentation at Sugar Grove Public Library SUGAR GROVE—Jeff Bean’s message while speaking to attendees on Sunday at the Sugar Grove Public Library was loud and clear. Bean, the founder of Act on Bullying and a longtime police officer, made a special appearance at the library…

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Holding out hope

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Blackberry Township suspends monthly senior get-together activity, may renew event later this year BLACKBERRY TWP.—Blackberry Township’s has suspended its monthly senior get-together event, but may renew it later this year. Low attendance was the primary reason for suspension of the event, but Township Supervisor Fred Dornback is hopeful that the program will return and prosper.…

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Early voting to begin Feb. 4

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KANE COUNTY—Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham recently announced that early voting will start Thursday, Feb. 4, inasmuch as the Illinois State Board of Elections hearings have been held and confirmation of the final certification of the candidates to be placed on the ballot for the 2016 General Primary ballot have been determined. Clerk Cunningham…

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Metra reminds customers about Feb. 1 fare increase

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CHICAGO—Metra recently reminded customers about the fare increase that took effect on Monday. Approved by the Metra Board of Directors last November, the increase will generate 2 percent in additional fare revenue to fund a portion of the new operating costs for the federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system and the purchase or…

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Sixth Annual Super Shuffle 5k Feb. 7

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GENEVA—Join the Geneva Park District for its sixth annual Super Shuffle 5k, on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Geneva Middle School South, 1415 Viking Drive, Geneva. Check-in and on-site registration will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m. Immediately following the race, gear up for the game at the Stephen…

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Cougars to host two job fairs in February

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GENEVA—The Kane County Cougars will hold a job fair for prospective seasonal employees on Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 34W002, Cherry Lane, in Geneva. Interested individuals are encouraged to stop by the ballpark at any time during either of the four-hour sessions…

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Horsing around

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HorsePower Therapeutic Riding to host fourth annual bowling fundraiser MAPLE PARK—Back in 2012, Carrie Capes felt there was a need for children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities to have a place to ride horses. “At the time, I had a 12-year-old with special needs who was thriving from riding horses,” Capes said.…

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Bringing Kory home

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Adoption fundraiser to take place Feb. 27 ELBURN—When Genoa, Ill., residents Patrick and Nora Tomasik made the decision to adopt a 3-year-old boy with special needs named Kory, the entire Kaneland community got involved. First, help began in the form of a GoFundMe page titled, “The Tomasik’s Adoption,” where more than 41 people have donated…

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Waubonsee VITA program offers free tax help

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AURORA—Volunteers with Waubonsee Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer free tax help again this season in downtown Aurora. Beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, a team of volunteers associated with Waubonsee will again partner with the Center for Economic Progress to sponsor the free income tax return preparation assistance sessions for eligible members…

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Kane County Sheriff’s Office conduct alcohol compliance checks

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KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Sheriff’s Office last week conducted an alcohol compliance operation at several businesses. Ten of the 12 businesses were found to be in compliance and did not sell alcohol to the undercover agents. Two businesses did sell alcohol to the undercover agents. The employees who sold the alcohol were issued citations and…

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Kane Circuit Court Clerk employee charged with theft

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KANE COUNTY—An employee of the Office of the Kane County Circuit Court Clerk was recently charged for stealing money she was responsible for as part of her employment. Kelli D. Brackett, 39, most recently of the 15S block of Farnsworth Avenue, Aurora, and formerly of the 600 block of Hill Street, Sycamore, was charged with…

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Learn how to identify trees in the winter at forest preserve nature program

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KANE COUNTY—Learn to identify trees in the winter during a “Learn from the Experts” nature program later this month. During “Winter Tree Identification” on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., you’ll learn the basics of tree identification (without leaves) and gain experience using a botanical key to identify native trees. Kane County Forest…

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Blackberry Twp. residential taxpayer workshop

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NORTH AURORA—Blackberry Township Assessor Uwe Rotter will offer a workshop on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the North Aurora Fire Station No. 2, located at 2201 Tanner Road, North Aurora, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. At these meetings, taxpayers will be provided with information on the property tax cycle, how assessments are developed and how to…

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Volunteers needed for Fox Valley Hands of Hope

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GENEVA—Fox Valley Hands of Hope (FVHH), a community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, is in need of volunteers for its Adult and Children Bereavement Programs, as well as bilingual volunteers. Volunteers provide emotional support, offer respectful caring and non-judgmental listening while providing a healing presence to clients and…

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Is recycling worth it? Setting the record straight

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by Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling Coordinator KANE COUNTY—Have you ever wondered whether recycling is worth it, or perhaps heard someone say that they think that recycling is not viable, or that cities pay more money for recycling programs than they would to just landfill everything? Recently, there have been articles that devalue recycling published…

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‘Illinois Manufacturing Excellence’ grant will help Kane businesses grow

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KANE COUNTY—A new $25 million U.S. Department of Commerce grant to the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center will help Kane County manufacturers grow and compete. The funding, which was awarded by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, includes an initiative to help small businesses keep up with technology changes in the industry. It…

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Waubonsee seeking volunteer tutors to support Adult Literacy

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AURORA—The Adult Literacy Project at Waubonsee Community College is seeking volunteers to tutor adult students in reading, writing and speaking English. The Adult Literacy Project will offer a tutor training session on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Waubonsee’s Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St. Additional online, self-paced readings are also…

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Kane County experienced record-setting weather in 2015

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KANE COUNTY—No one knows what weather lies ahead in 2016, but looking in the rear-view mirror, you can see what the National Weather Service-Chicago has called “an active year of weather and water.” To say the least. In fact, it was a record-setting year, filled with weather events that caused school cancellations, property damage, transportation…

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